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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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR9:30AM-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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR9:30AM-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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR9:30AM-2:05PM$525Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Star Academics

Humanities

  • (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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR9:25AM-10:25AM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 9)

    An exciting overview of literature and its elements is explored in this course through a variety of stories, while the study of authors and time periods give perspective to these readings. The course includes weekly writing assignments. Class discussion and group projects enhance the classroom experience.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T9:25AM-10:25AM$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 7-8)

    This course focuses on major events in history from creation to modern times and teaches students about their place in world history. The students complete maps, timelines, and bi-weekly compositions along with in-class art projects. In this course, the instructors emphasize the interpretation of historical events in light of a Christian worldview.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR12:25PM-1:25PM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Mathematics

  • (Grade 9)

    This course includes a logical, concise discussion of algebraic vocabulary, real number systems, inequalities, and solving of equations, including linear systems. The students receive extensive experience solving story problems which brings practical application of algebra to the real world
    Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or equivalent.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T8:20AM-9:20AM$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 10-11)

    After students have mastered the basic principles of Algebra 1, this course gives a deeper understanding of linear equations, polynomials, and factoring. Students are immersed in the study of complex numbers, rational expressions, and other second-year algebra topics.
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T10:50AM-11:50AM$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Science

  • (Grade 9-10)

    This course is a survey of general biology. Topics include botany, the purpose and design of human anatomy and physiology, the methodology and philosophy of the life sciences, genetics, the variety and design of vertebrates and invertebrates, and cellular and molecular biology. Laboratory work, discussion, hands-on experiments, and dissections are included.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T12:25PM-1:45PM$545Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 11)

    In this course students explore the mystery of the atom and gain an understanding that chemical science brings with it the burden of responsibility to use it to benefit mankind. Students gain a foundational understanding of atomic structure, bonding, kinetic theory, solution, and equilibrium. This course stresses applications of chemistry through discussion and lab experiments, identifies marvels of design in creation, and promotes the development of organized problem solving skills.
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T12:25PM-1:45PM$545Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR10:30AM-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
    TustinFall 2019 SemesterR/T9:25AM-10:45AM$675Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll