HEP Elementary Classical School
Director: Joanne E. Juren, B.A., M.Ed.
K-5th Grades Classical School Parent Meeting
We invite you to come and meet our teachers, tour the building, and make new friends!
What is Classical Education?
Classical Education returns to the time-honored educational theory of the past. The classical method was the only educational theory in practice in Western Civilization for over two millennia. Beginning in Classical Greece and Rome, and continuing through the Puritan and Colonial eras of our nation, children that were fortunate enough to receive an education received a classical one. Classical Education produced Archimedes, St. Paul, St. Patrick and Columbus, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Christopher Columbus, Shakespeare, and our own great George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. These giants of their times are only the tip of the iceberg of the great philosophers, scientists, theologians, writers and artists that lived and worked through the 18th century. They lived up to their potential, and each in their own way impacted the course of human history, because their potential was unlocked in part by Classical Education, which prepared them to grapple with the problems of their day.
The core of Classical Education is the trivium, which simply put is a teaching model that seeks to tailor the curriculum subject matter to a child’s cognitive development. The trivium emphasizes concrete thinking and memorization of the facts of the subjects in grade school; analytical thinking and understanding of the subjects in middle school; and abstract thinking and articulation of the subjects in high school. Subjects unique to Classical Education which help accomplish the goals of the trivium are Grammar, the science of language usage; Logic, the science of right thinking; and Rhetoric, the science of verbal and written expression. Classical Christian Education is further characterized by a rich exposure to the history, art, and culture of Western Civilization, including its languages (Latin and Greek), its philosophy and literature (the Great Books of Western Civilization and the Christian tradition), and the development of a Biblical worldview.
Why Return to Classical Education?
The combination of the progression of learning from facts to understanding to expression (the stages of the trivium) and the additional classical subjects, work together to give children the tools to think for themselves and to be independent, life-long learners. That is the primary goal of Classical Education. It is to equip educated men and women able to approach previously unknown subject matter, problems, or life situations; and using the tool of learning which have been practiced and refined and internalized in school; to grasp the subject or problem, analyze it according to the standard of truth, and understand and do something about it. Classical Education therefore trains children for success in any field, whether it be marriage and family life, work dealing with society and individuals, business, or arts and the humanities. Furthermore, Classical Education has proven its effectiveness in training for scientific excellence, which depend on the arts of fact-finding, analyzing, adherence to truth, and the problem-solving skills of which Classical Education specializes. Secondarily, it works: children taught by this method routinely exhibit academic proficiency.*
In classical education, history lies at the center of the curriculum. The chronological study of history allows even small children to learn about the past in an orderly way. We will use the Story of the World four book series as our history program for K-6. Students enrolled in 2013-14 studied Ancient Times and in 2014-15, the Middle Ages. They will study the Early Modern Times in 2015-16, and in 2016-2017, the Modern Times. Each age group will enjoy age appropriate activities and learning experiences. The purpose of our program is to give the child a love for history, create a basic understanding of major cultures, and an idea of the chronological order of historical events.
*HEP Bookstore has several great books on Classical Education if you want more information!
Registration Forms for 2016-17
Each of the following three forms must be completed for each child enrolling in the Classical School. Phone enrollments will be not complete until signed forms are received via mail, fax, or delivery. Students will NOT be allowed to attend class without the signed forms.
Other forms are located at the top of the Fall 2016-17 Schedule page.
All class syllabi are now located on the TeacherEase Program. Check under Digital Lockers for your class syllabi. They may be downloaded to your computer from this page. 2016-17 Syllabi will be available in August once the TeacherEase program is set up for the fall semester.
Schedule – Kindergarten
The focus of the Kindergarten Classical Program will be on early reading, early math with games, memory work, science and social studies units, music, and art. Taught by an Elementary Certified teacher, Tiffany Shafer, students will explore new ideas, experience hands on learning, and learn to work with others. Parents will be expected to cover the areas of Phonics/Reading, handwriting, and math at home. Students should bring a sack lunch, but no foods to heat up.
Dates: Tuesdays – 8/29-11/14/17 and 1/16-4/17/18
Time: 9:15-1:15 pm
Teacher: Tiffany Shafer
Cost: $ 1300.00 for the full year
1st-2nd Grades Class Schedule
1st and 2nd Grade Program Description
The focus of the 1st and 2nd grade Classical Program will be on language arts, history, science, drama, math games, and art. Spanish will be taught on Mondays. Taught by Elementary Certified teachers, students will explore new ideas, experience hands on learning, and learn to work with others. Parents will be expected to cover the areas of Phonics/Reading, handwriting, grammar, spelling, and math at home.
Students should bring a sack lunch, but no foods to heat up.
Mondays: 8/28-11/27/17 and 1/15-4/16/18
Thursdays: 8/31-11/16/17 and 1/18-4/19/18
Time: 9:15-3:15 pm
Teachers: Carrie Rothberg (Mondays)
Tiffany Shafer (Thursdays)
Cost: $3300 both days
$2000 one day
3rd-5th Grade Class Schedule
Grades 3-5 cover Science, Language Arts, History, and Art on Thursdays. Thursday students should bring a sack lunch, but no foods to heat up.
Thursdays: 8/31-11/16/17 and 1/18-4/19/18
Time: 9:15-3:15 pm
Teachers: Beth Bishop (Art), Brooke Pennington (History), Katie O'Neale (Language Arts), Sue Rothberg (Science)
Cost: $2000; after 7/4 $2050; after 8/4 $2100
Grades 3-5 cover Spanish and Singapore Math on Mondays.
Mondays: 8/28-11/27/17 and 1/15-4/16/18
Price for each course if also registered on Thursday: $595; after 7/4 $610; after 8/5 $625 (includes a 10% discount for 2017-18)
Note: There will be no lunch period provided on Mondays since each course is a stand-alone course and students will leave after their last class.
Spanish Grade 3 – 1-2:30 pm (Schultheis)
Singapore Math Grade 3 – 2:45-4:15 pm (Sue Rothberg)
Spanish Grade 4 – 9:15-10:45 am (Schultheis)
Singapore Math Grade 4 – 10:45-12:15 pm (Sue Rothberg)
Spanish Grade 5 – 10:45-12:15 pm (Schultheis)
Singapore Math Grade 5 – 9:15-10:45 am (Sue Rothberg)
6th-8th Grade Class Schedule
(Includes Classical History and in Grade 8 – JTT 8)
Students in grades 6-8 will find a great selection of courses listed under Class Schedule 2015-16. Click on this link in the menu on the left side of this page. All classes are priced separately.
Classes offered include:
- English 6, 7, 8, or Honors JTT 8 (strong 8th graders may sign up for this course with teacher recommendation)
- Math 7/6, 8/7, Algebra 1/2, Algebra 1 (math placement test required or previous teacher will recommend)
- Middle School Speech
- Texas History
- Classical History
- Science 6
- Life Science
- Physical Science
- Middle School Spanish, Sign Language
- Computer Science
9-12th Grade Class Schedule
Course descriptions and prices are listed in the regular class schedule. Most of the major classical courses are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Electives are offered at various times on Monday-Friday.
The JOURNEY THROUGH TIME COURSE is a multi-year humanities course. History, literature, writing, research, and oral presentation skills are thoroughly covered.
Each Journey Through time course may count as 1 English and 1 History on the transcript each year. The suggested history courses are listed after each class. Please understand that the history overlaps each year. Students are advised to take World Geography and Government/Economics to round out the Social Studies credits. The courses also count as honors credit if one makes an A or B in the course.
Journey Through Time – YEAR I (8th grade) – ANCIENT TIMES (Creation – 476A.D.) – Joseph Morton (English 8, History 8, Bible)
Journey Through Time – YEAR 2 (9th grade) – THE GREEKS AND ROMANS – Leesa Wolf (English 9, Ancient History, 1/2 credit NT Bible)
Journey Through Time – YEAR 3 (10th grade) – GREEK AND ROMAN TIMES/MEDIEVAL TIMES – Joanne Juren (English 10, World History)
Journey Through Time – YEAR 4 (11th grade) – THE RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION/THE AGE OF REASON – Karen Freeman (English 11, American History)
Journey Through Time – YEAR 5 (12th grade) – THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM/MODERN TIMES – Karen Freeman (English 12/Modern History)
Additional Classical Program Courses Offered:
- Spanish I-3 – Fred Rodriquez
- Speech – Joanne Juren
- Debate, Logic, Philosophy – Joseph Morton
- Physical Science – Sue Rothberg
- Biology 1 & 2, Chemistry 1 & 2, Algebra 1 – Cheryl Red
- Algebra II, Advanced Mathematics, Calculus– Linda Hendrix
- Physics – Linda Hendrix
- Government, Economics, World Geography, Psychology – Karen Freeman
- Art – Beth Bishop
- Computer Science – Melissa Juren
- Honors Statistics – Lisa Wolf
- Foreign Language – Fred Rodriquez, Dannette Lira-Anderson, Sarah Kruse
COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL
FOUR YEAR PLAN
These are suggested courses for a Classical Education and for a strong College Preparatory Schedule. HEP offers most of these courses already and will add the ones labeled future courses as student interest demands them.
Please understand that a student will probably not take all of these courses. These are suggestions. Students may also take the courses in different years than suggested.
Recommended book: GETTING READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE by Joanne Juren (available at HEP Bookstore).
|English||Journey Through Time (JTT)||JTT||JTT||JTT|
|Mathematics||Algebra I||Algebra II||Advanced Mathematics||Advanced Mathematics/Calculus/College Algebra|
|Physics (optional depending on major in college)|
|Classical Foreign Language||Latin I||Latin II|
|Logic||Logic I & 2||Material Logic||Rhetoric|
|Art||Art I/Sculpture||Art 2/Drawing 1||Drawing 2/Art 3||Drawing 3/Art 4|
|Speech/Drama||Speech/Debate/ Drama||Speech/Debate/ Drama||Speech/Debate/ Drama||Speech/Debate/ Drama|
|Music||Music||Music||Music||History Classical Music (future course)|
||Any elective||Any elective||
Total Credits: 24-28