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Announcement About Biola Youth Academics and Torrey Academy

Biola Youth Academics (BYA), which includes Torrey Academy (TA), Star Academics, Private School Satellite Program (PSP) and Elementary Academics, will be closing at the end of this 2019-20 academic year, June 2020. Biola will, however, retain the Friday elementary clinicals led by the School of Education. The spring 2020 semester will be the last semester for all who are enrolled in Biola Youth Academics and Torrey Academy.

We appreciate the support of the Biola Youth Academics and Torrey Academy families throughout the history of the programs. BYA celebrated 20 years in 2016 and TA will celebrate 24 years in 2020. It has been a rich history of serving hundreds of K-12 students by providing academically rigorous programs from a biblical worldview. Thank you to all the current families and students and the many alumni from the programs.”

Under the direction of Robin Slagle, a new program called Star Homeschool Academy will launch in Fall 2020. Similarly, the Torrey Academy tutors, led by Jacob Waller and Anna Barber, will launch Emmaus Classical Academy in Fall 2020. Neither program will be affiliated with Biola University but both will closely follow the same educational models and biblical principles as Biola Youth Academics and Torrey Academy. 

Enrollment is now open for both Star Homeschool Academy and Emmaus Classical Academy. Visit starhomeschool.com and emmausclassical.org for details. For information regarding Eight-Week Clinic courses, please visit biola.edu/education/news-events.


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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Star Academics

Humanities

  • (Grade 12-)

    This one-semester course covers the basics of economic principles, including economic laws and current economic issues. The concepts of competition and market structure, supply and demand, the role of prices and costs, inflation, and depression are covered. Students study the role of the government, the Federal Reserve, and the citizens to determine how their interaction creates prosperity or poverty. There is also a section dealing with personal finances and Biblical financial principles

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- ,$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 12-)

    This one-semester course is a comprehensive survey of American Government. Students gain a firm foundation of knowledge concerning the history of American governmental structure and function. The ideas regarding a citizen's responsibility to the government are included. Students study the constitution, party politics, and all three branches of the government.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- ,$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Torrey Academy

  • (Grade 10-12)

    A capstone to the Inklings and Foundations of American Thought courses, the Faith of Our Fathers class challenges students to be transformed by their Faith. Your student will seek to gain nuance in their convictions as they consider the implications of their beliefs in dialogue with the greatest thinkers of the Christian tradition. The Faith of Our Fathers curriculum traces the history of Christian literary and theological tradition, and invites students to enter the world of scholarship through research, presentation, and critique in community.

    Faith is open to any 12th grade student, or any 10th-11th grade student who has completed Inklings or Foundations. However, we highly recommend taking Faith after completing both Inklings and Foundations. Faith is worth 30 high school credits: 10 of Honors World Literature, 10 of Honors World History, and 10 of Honors

    Bible/Theology.

    This is a Hybrid course and includes the option to attend the class meeting online via Canvas video-conference or in-person at our La Mirada Campus.


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    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- , W/F12:10PM-1:30PM$750Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 10-12)

    Prepare your student to flourish in society as they learn concepts of finance and go beyond the numbers to analyze how different economic systems and choices line up with Christian principles. Grounded in the Great Books tradition, your student will read influential economists and theologians and discuss their philosophies in Christian community, guided by an experienced tutor. Each student will leave this class prepared to better steward their resources and be a more conscientious citizen of, as St. Augustine would say, both the City of Man and the City of God.
    Economics is open to all 10th-12th grade students. Economics is worth five high school Honors Economics credits.

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    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- , M/W12:30PM-1:30PM$480Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (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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    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- , M/W10:30AM-11:50AM$675Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- , M/W10:30AM-11:50AM$675Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 10-12)

    The Writing Lab is an online tutorial to be taken alongside a first-year student's core class (The Inklings, Foundations of American Thought, or Faith of Our Fathers). It has a schedule of assignments for students to complete independently as preparation for their course assignments in their core class. Though the course covers the overall requirements for academic writing, it is not tutor-led. For students who would benefit from a class setting with direct interaction and accountability with their tutor, we would recommend enrolling in Rhetoric. All first year students in Inklings or Foundations who have not previously completed Rhetoric are required to enroll in Writing Lab or Rhetoric.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- ,$135Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Partnerships

  • (Grade 10-12)

    The Writing Lab is an online tutorial to be taken alongside a first-year student's core class (The Inklings, Foundations of American Thought, or Faith of Our Fathers). It has a schedule of assignments for students to complete independently as preparation for their course assignments in their core class. Though the course covers the overall requirements for academic writing, it is not tutor-led. For students who would benefit from a class setting with direct interaction and accountability with their tutor, we would recommend enrolling in Rhetoric. All first year students in Inklings or Foundations who have not previously completed Rhetoric are required to enroll in Writing Lab or Rhetoric.

    This course is taken through Independent Learning Academy (ILA). In order to register for this course, you must first register with ILA. Read more about our partnership with ILA.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    OnlineSpring 2020 Semester -- ,$135Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll