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All Biola Youth Academics courses are biblically centered. Secondary level courses are taught at a college preparatory level.

The course levels listed in parentheses (excluding Torrey Academy Classes) are guidelines. We realize that homeschoolers often cross grade-level "boundaries" for many subjects; therefore students are welcome to enroll in any class that suits their level of achievement. Please remember that our core courses are college preparation level.


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Elementary Academics

Elementary Full Day

  • (Grade 1-2)

    Language Arts: Students receive instruction in reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Classroom activities emphasize reading comprehension skills, phonics, sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary. Specifically, students gain knowledge in literary analysis, writing strategies, listening skills, punctuation, recitation, and spelling.
    Math: All students receive instruction appropriate to their grade level in numeration, addition and subtraction, sets, comparing numbers, rounding numbers, place value, rational numbers, even/odd numbers, fractions, money, measurement (time, linear and temperature, weight, volume, area), beginning geometry, patterns, statistics, graphing, and problem solving. Second grade students are also instructed in beginning multiplication and division, and writing number sentences.
    Science:This biblically based course guides students through science concepts with hands-on activities, engaging discussions, and interactive classroom lessons. Each year-long study focuses on a particular science discipline, which ensures that students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Please refer to the Elementary Academics Curriculum Summary Chart for this year's emphasis.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterT9:30AM-2:05PM$525Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 3-4)

    Language Arts: Students receive instruction in reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Classroom activities emphasize reading comprehension skills, phonics, sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary. Specifically, students gain knowledge in literary analysis, writing strategies, listening skills, punctuation, recitation and spelling.
    Math: Students receive instruction appropriate to their grade level in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percent, estimation, patterns, variables, expressions and equations, identify equivalent units of linear measurement, read Celsius thermometer, use scale to find distances on a map, balance checkbook register, solving measurement problems, powers, roots, data analysis and probability, geometry, names of line segments, and introduction to algebraic concepts and procedures.
    Science:This biblically based course guides students through science concepts with hands-on activities, engaging discussions, and interactive classroom lessons. Each year-long study focuses on a particular science discipline, which ensures that students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Please refer to the Elementary Academics Curriculum Summary Chart for this year's emphasis.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterT9:30AM-2:05PM$525Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 5-6)

    Language Arts : Students receive instruction in study skills, grammar,and vocabulary. The writing process includes writing a rough draft, revision, editing and final draft. Journal writing rounds out the process. Various novels are read at home and comprehension is discussed in the classroom weekly. At the conclusion of each novel, Socratic discussion takes place in the classroom, and book projects are presented several times each semester. Spelling is taught at home. Please refer to the Elementary Academics Curriculum Summary Chart for novels and curriculum used.
    Math: Students receive instruction appropriate to their grade level in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percent, estimation, patterns, variables, expressions and equations, measurement of physical attributes, solving measurement problems, powers, roots, data analysis and probability, geometry, and introduction to algebraic concepts and procedures..
    Science:This biblically based course guides students through science concepts with hands-on activities, engaging discussions, and interactive classroom lessons. Each year-long study focuses on a particular science discipline, which ensures that students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Please refer to the Elementary Academics Curriculum Summary Chart for this year's emphasis. .

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterT9:30AM-2:05PM$525Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Star Academics

Humanities

  • (Grade 7-8)

    From Native American society through modern America, students use art projects in class to enrich their study of America's past. Gaining an appreciation of the providence of God in the development of a country based on Biblical principles, the class discusses great works of American art as well as politics, geography, and events that have shaped America's history. This course complements the Intermediate Composition course.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW12:25PM-1:25PM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 7-8)

    Junior high students with no prior Institute for Excellence in Writing experience and those who have been introduced to the techniques will work toward mastering valuable writing skills. Writing instruction includes note taking and paragraph writing, narrative summaries, essays, research writing, creative writing, and writing stories from pictures. An in-depth study of English grammar examining parts of speech, parts of a sentence, sentence diagramming, sentence patterns, and agreement is also included.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW12:25PM-1:25PM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 8)

    Building upon their prior knowledge of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, students continue to use elements of this program as they read novels and respond to the ideas within them. Discussion of time period, author, and theme add understanding to the readings, and vocabulary study and grammar review build students' confidence in their writing skills. This course is intended for those with at least one year of Institute for Excellence in Writing experience and coordinates with the American History with Art course.
    Prerequisite: English 7

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW9:25AM-10:25AM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Mathematics

  • (Grade 8)

    In this course students learn the fundamentals of pre-algebra. Strategic exercises enable them to navigate through their course work and on to higher mathematics courses. Topics include integers, rational numbers, variables, solving equations, and much more.
    Prerequisite: Students should be proficient in their math facts and basic arithmetic skills.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW8:20AM-9:20AM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Science

  • (Grade 7-8)

    In this course science is not just a collection of facts, but is viewed as a process of historically important events, structures, and actions that can be observed in or from the earth. Dynamic class discussions include topics such as geology, oceanography, atmosphere, weather, astronomy, space exploration, and environmental science.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW10:30AM-11:50AM$325Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Torrey Academy

  • (Grade 10-12)

    Begin the transformative process of uniting scholarship and discipleship through encountering Christian literary heritage. In this course, your student will engage with the works of the twentieth-century group of Christian writers and thinkers known as the Inklings, as well as authors who influenced or were influenced by their writing. Designed to spark a passion for critical thinking and for the beauty and wonder of the Triune God, the content of this first-year Torrey Academy class focuses on issues of faith, learning, and culture. Through reading, discussing, and writing in community under the guidance of an experienced tutor, students will develop their skills as academic thinkers and communicators while cultivating deep friendships.

    The Inklings is open to all 10th-12th grade students, but highly recommended before enrolling in Foundations or Faith. Inklings students are required to enroll concurrently in the Writing Lab, unless the student has previously taken the Torrey Academy Rhetoric course. Inklings is worth 20 high school credits: 10 of English Composition and Literature and 10 of Critical Thinking.

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    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    La MiradaFall 2019 SemesterW/F9:25AM-10:45AM$675Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll