PLEASE NOTE: Liahona has a four-year high school curriculum. We will be using our Year Four curriculum. The following is a brief synopsis of each course:
History of Language and Literature / Liahona Grammar Vol. 4
This course of study analyzes the history and events which have shaped literature. The New Testament and interesting novels and poems are used to illustrate how language has changed. Students will discover why there are so many exceptions to grammar rules and how to use language to effectively develop their own ideas. This helps students recognize patterns and learn from past events and literature.
Students will study from ancient Israel up to Europe and the Reformation. Subjects include the Roman and Byzantine empires, the Crusades, the Middle Ages, a study of Islam, breaking the bands of Catholicism, and the steps needed for the Restoration of the Gospel. Students will explore the cause and effect of European influences on the writings of the founding fathers, including Jefferson, Adams, and Wythe.
This class covers the basic principles of Chemistry, such as atoms and atomic structure, how elements bond together, chemicals, the Periodic Table, and the development of organized problem-solving. This class also highlights how Divine Law and organization are discoverable by scientific inquiry. Classes will have regular experiments to recreate discoveries both simple and complex.
Liahona uses an incremental math curriculum called Saxon Math. Within an incremental curriculum, topics are developed in small steps spread over time. One facet of a concept is taught and practiced before the next facet is introduced. Both facets are then practiced together until it is time for the third to be introduced. Instead of being organized into chapters that rapidly develop a topic and then move on to the next strand, Saxon Math is organized into a series of lessons that gradually develop concepts. This approach gives students the time to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and how to apply them. Through continual review, previously-presented concepts are practiced frequently and extensively throughout the year. Saxon’s cumulative daily practice strengthens students’ grasp of concepts and improves their long-term retention of concepts.
Liahona students are not placed in math classes based on their age, but according to concept mastery of the prior curriculum. Sometimes it is necessary for students to repeat a course in order to demonstrate an 80% or higher mastery level. Below is the Saxon math curriculum offered at the Academy and to Distance Education students where indicated.