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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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , M9:30AM-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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , M9:30AM-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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , M9:30AM-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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T10:50AM-11:50AM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R10:50AM-11:50AM$495Online 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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T10:50AM-11:50AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T12:30PM-1:30PM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R10:50AM-11:50AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T12:30PM-1:30PM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R9:30AM-10:30AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R9:30AM-10:30AM$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 10-11)

    This course provides a strong mathematical foundation in geometry. Concepts covered in the course include the nature of reasoning, lines and angles, triangle congruence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, the right triangle, circles, concurrence theorems, regular polygons, and geometric solids. In addition, students master two-column and paragraph proofs and complete various constructions.
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R9:30AM-10:30AM$495Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T8:20AM-9:20AM$295Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 12-)

    This dynamic class includes instruction in algebraic functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to calculus.
    Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Geometry

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R9:25AM-10:45AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R8:00AM-9:20AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R8:00AM-9:20AM$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
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T9:25AM-10:45AM$325Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 9-10)

    In this lab science course students explore the foundations of chemistry and physics including matter and energy, chemistry, motion, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. Physical science is valuable preparation for upper-level chemistry and physics. This course also includes a discussion of science versus evolution.

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R8:00AM-9:20AM$545Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
  • (Grade 12-)

    Students in this course investigate questions such as what keeps them glued to their seat as they go around the giant loop on Riddler's Revenge, and they explore the mysteries of matter in motion. Course topics include Newton's laws, work and energy, waves and optics, electricity, magnetism, and more. .
    Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Geometry

    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R8:00AM-9:20AM$545Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll

Torrey Academy

  • (Grade 10-12)

    In Foundations of American Thought, students enter a community that challenges them to develop a holistic understanding of responsible American citizenship. While reading and discussing texts that span from thinkers like John Locke and Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglass, they encounter those who model well-rounded loyalty to this country we all call home. Your student will leave Foundations prepared to claim a place in their country characterized by courage and truth, and knowing that a true love of country necessitates a love for its people.

    Foundations is open to all 10th-12th grade students, though we highly recommend taking it after Inklings and before Faith. Foundations is worth 35 high school credits: 10 of American Literature, 10 of American History, 5 of Government, and 10 of Bible/Theology.

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    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R12:30PM-1:50PM$750Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R12:30PM-1:50PM$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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    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R10:50AM-11:50AM$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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    LocationTermDaysTimeCostStatusEnroll
    Yorba LindaSpring 2020 Semester -- , T/R10:50AM-12:10PM$675Online Enrollment ClosedCall to Enroll