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American Literature: The purpose of American Literature is to learn the concepts and ideas embodied in literature that shaped America and made her a distinct nation.  Students will discuss such themes as liberty, justice, independence, happiness, sacrifice, and other concepts fundamental to the American idiom.  Students will be asked to read several great works by American authors and discuss them both in class and in essay form.

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of solid journalistic writing, including specific techniques that will improve writing for not only publication, but for academia and the future workplace as well.  Types and techniques include editing, interviewing, in-depth reporting, sports writing, editorial writing and journalism ethics.  Writers and reporters from local media outlets may also give presentations.  Students will hone their skills through writing exercises and assignments and will create a portfolio of their best writing.  Student writing will be used to create the Providence Academy Word (PAW), the school’s online newspaper. Students will also be challenged to seek publication of one or more of their class assignments in a variety of local publications or media outlets.


This course is designed to familiarize students with the broad outlines of European history from the Renaissance and Reformation to the present. It covers the startling religious, economic, intellectual, scientific, technological, political, artistic, cultural, ideological, and social changes that have come to shape not only Western civilization but also world civilization in general. Because so much of modern history has been dominated by Europe, and because Europeans pioneered the crucial historical processes that have since been experienced, to lesser or greater degrees, by the entire global community, this course focuses particular attention on events and developments in Europe, while at the same time trying to shed light on the changing patterns of interaction, articulation, and domination that have characterized the relationship between the nations of Europe and the rest of the world. There will be a heavy emphasis throughout the course on primary source reading as well as student writing.

US History 1492-1877 is the first part of a two year survey of the history of the United States of America. This course is intended to introduce students to key figures, historical events, political, religious, economic, and intellectual movements that significantly influenced the founding and development of the United States up to the year 1877. A heavy emphasis will be placed on class discussion, reading primary sources, and writing.

This class is a survey of Catholic Theology with an emphasis on the Person of Jesus Christ, His salvific mission, the Catholic Church, and particular apologetical questions. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and Patristic and Scholastic writings will be utilized in order to engage students and assist them in developing a deeper relationship with their Savior.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theological foundations of the Catholic Faith as expressed in both the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds. Students will use the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Scripture, and the writings of prominent theologians to explore more deeply the Person of Jesus Christ, His salvific mission, the Catholic Church, and particular apologetical questions. A heavy emphasis is placed on the articulation of theological concepts in both spoken and written form.

This course is intended to help students enhance their communication skills and gain more poise and confidence in preparing and delivering a speech to an audience.  These life skills are improved by practicing how to effectively organize and orally present information on various topics and in different forms to an audience. 





elcome to 8th Grade English and Literature class!  I am delighted to have you as a student!  And I invite you to prepare your imaginations for a journey where we will encounter heroes, villains, the redeemed, and the fallen.  Over the course of the year, you will meet classic characters (Kino, Napoleon the Pig, Scrooge, Scout, Atticus Finch, Romeo, Juliet and many more), and you will grow in your understanding of the great conversation literature presents – the conversation about what it is to be human.  You can join the great conversation and, in addition, cultivate new ideas and skills that will develop you into a stronger reader, writer, speaker, and thinker.

Are you ready for the journey?


Welcome to 6th Grade English and Literature class!  Prepare your imagination for a journey you will never forget. You are about to encounter primeval monsters, sail the high seas, and meet famed heroes. Over the course of the year, you will explore myths, legends and fairytales from ancient Greece, the high middle ages of Scandinavia, and the early 19th and 20th centuries of Britain and Russia.   You will also develop new ideas and skills that will help you become a better reader, writer, speaker, and thinker.

 Are you ready for the journey?

The 2D Art Projects class was created to offer middle school students the opportunity for more in-depth explorations in art beyond what is covered in the CKC classes.  Each quarter consists of three or four main projects focusing primarily on a range of drawing, painting and mixed-media techniques.  Additional, smaller assignments will lead up to or compliment the major projects throughout the semester along with the viewing and discussion of images from art history. 

Music Appreciation 7 focuses on the Romantic Era of music. The class will study the lives and the music of the composers who lived between 1800-1930, and will also study Blues and Jazz. other topics that will be covered will include: music theory, understanding the evolution from classical music to romantic music, and exploring by composing or analyzing a jazz piece. 

In the Music Appreciation course, students continue the study of Western music starting with the end of the Romanic Era and continuing to the present day.  Students are introduced to the lives and compositional works of the world’s great classical composers from 1900-2012.  In addition to studying the musical aspects of these compositions, students are exposed to the historical and cultural influences of the time.  Music theory, opera, jazz, music theatre, and world music are also discussed as they relate to each time period.

History is a record of the past. In this class we will ask: what drives human behavior? How have humans adapted and improved their societies and way of life? What causes change over time? 

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The 8th Grade Religion course will systematically examine how God reveals Himself to man. This course will examine natural revelation - what can be known about God by contemplating creation itself - and then moving to the two modes of Divine Revelation: Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Most of the course will focus on an examination of Divine Revelation as found in Sacred Scripture, showing how the Bible can be seen as one story in which the New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed in the New. The central figure of Divine Revelation, and therefore of this course, is Jesus Christ.

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