Curriculum Information and Recommended Courses
Being able to customize a student's academic plan is one of the advantages of home education, so most home educated students take all their courses a la carte, often from a variety of sources. The sequences of a la carte courses we describe are suggestions and recommendations only, and the core and elective courses we list here are available individually, so your student can take any or all of them to suit individual core course needs or to round out an existing program.

Worldview

Most students do not have a solid biblical worldview before they go to college, and many do not gain it there either. The current Christian "worldview" seminars and curriculums are not serving well a generation that has direct access (information and social networking) to other worldviews and to the people that hold them. The traditional Christian approach to "worldviews" has generally been limited to evidential and logical apologetics discussions where Christians engage one another in hearty agreement without really understanding and engaging the other views. Though this approach is reassuring at the time, it is false assurance in the real world, where many Christian kids end up unable to apply their faith to their own lives, let alone offer it to others and defend it against sincere rational attack. Failing to engage other views accurately and respectfully leaves students ill-prepared for when they inevitably encounter the "real thing" outside the Christian classroom or discussion group.

TPS offers Worldview courses designed to meet a variety of needs at every level. For many, taking select courses one at a time will work best, and we list them below. For those who want a thorough curriculum that integrates history, literature, philosophy, and culture into a coherent curriculum, we would first like to draw your attention to two programs.

TPS Classical is a coherent four-year program (we consider some late entries) that integrates history, literature, philosophy, culture, Bible and worldview, in an integrated multi-credit approach. The program thoroughly covers Genesis through the Present, with an added emphasis on U.S. history and literature. Students study events, great works, and culture (art, music, and other cultural expression of the times), and analyze philosophy and worldviews from a biblical perspective. TPS Classical also includes TPS Starting Points, TPS Bible Survey, TPS Theology Matters, and TPS Worldviews and Issues, though these can also be taken without TPS Classical. This approach helps students understand the relationships between the different aspects, as well as follow the overall flow of thought, events and culture throughout history. This approach also keeps the student workload down to fewer total assignments on integrated topics. More information on TPS Classical...

Belhaven High Scholars is a two-year curriculum taught by Belhaven University that provides a seamless integration of history, literature, and Bible with a Christian worldview emphasis. This program is a thorough study of western civilization and worldviews, fulfilling 24 transferable college credits in history, literature, composition, philosophy, culture, and worldview. The program resources include media and resources developed by Belhaven's expert professors and staff. Students sharpen their biblical worldview as they study and critique the belief system of each culture while addressing inherent philosophical, political, and ethical issues. This unique approach teaches students the value of a Christian worldview for shaping a prosperous and healthy society, and helps students mature their own personal worldview based on the Bible. More information on Belhaven High Scholars...

Suggested Worldview courses or integrated programs
This sequence allows a student to take all of the courses before graduation. Suggested grade levels and prior courses are generally not prerequisites, except for TPS Classical and Belhaven High Scholars.

Grade 7 or 8: Propositional Logic and Apologetics
Grade 8 or 9: Thinking Like A Christian (one semester)
Grade 9: TPS Classical (Year 1)
Grade 9 or 10: Starting Points (also included in TPS Classical)
Grade 10: TPS Classical (Year 2), Bible Survey (also included in TPS Classical)
Grade 10 or 11: Theology Matters (also included in TPS Classical), Apologetics
Grade 11: TPS Classical (Year 3), Belhaven High Scholars (Year 1)
Grade 11 or 12: Worldviews and Issues (also included in TPS Classical)
Grade 12: TPS Classical (Year 4), Belhaven High Scholars (Year 2)

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Bible and Worldview" category in our Course Finder.

Grammar, Composition and Literature

The Potter's School has a coherent and comprehensive Grammar, Literature and Writing program. We will take your student from elementary grammar and writing, through literature analysis and essay writing in all genres and all levels, to polished top university level writing. Homeschool writing curriculums are plentiful, but even the best of them cover only the lower two-thirds of the TPS English program. To gain true excellence in writing, most students need a variety of gifted experienced live teachers to provide individual instruction and feedback. TPS offers you the best curriculum taught by experts at every level.

TPS Literature is not just book discussions and essays. We offer Literature at every level, and integrate significant Composition (essay writing) instruction into every Literature course. Furthemore, our Literature courses analyze not just books, but media of all types, including novels, movies, blogs, videos, and more.
  • For advanced students, we offer AP Literature and Composition (which is also our World Literature course), AP Language and Composition, Contemporary Literature, and Philosophy Literature, all taught at the early college level.
  • For the student entering high school who needs a one-year on-ramp of Grammar, Composition and Literature, we offer High School English Foundations.
  • For the high school student who needs an intensive year of Grammar and Composition to get ready for college, we offer Grammar Review and Research Essay Writing.
  • For the international student who has good conversational English but needs to learn to write well at an academic level, we offer the world's only Academic English as Foreign Language (AEFL) series.
  • Besides our core English track options that run from grades 5 through 12, we offer other great specialty courses like Creative Writing, Science Fiction Literature, Fantasy Literature, Poetry Through Lyrics, and others. Of course, all of these courses include deliberate top-notch writing instruction and evaluation too.
  • More information...

Suggested Grammar, Composition and Literature Sequence
Suggested Track to College Level Writing and Literature (Literature emphasis)
Grade 5: Adventures In Writing and Elementary Grammar
Grade 6: Writers Workshop
Grade 7: English 1, Summer Grammar Foundations (summer before English 1)
Grade 8: English 2, Summer Advanced Grammar (summer before English 2)
Grade 9: English 3: Literature Survey, Summer Literature Survey Camp (summer before English 3: Literature Survey)
Grade 10: English 4: Western Literature (Before 1650), English 4: British Literature, Summer Advanced Lit+Comp Camp (summer before English 4)
Grade 11: English 5: Western Literature (After 1650), English 5: American Literature
Grade 12: AP Literature & Composition, Contemporary Literature, Philosophy Literature

Suggested Track to College Level Writing and Literature (Composition emphasis)
Grade 5: Adventures In Writing and Elementary Grammar
Grade 6: Writers Workshop
Grade 7: English 1, Summer Grammar Foundations (summer before English 1)
Grade 8: English 2, Summer Advanced Grammar (summer before English 2)
Grade 9: English 3: Literature Survey, English 3: Foundations, Summer Writing Traits (summer before English 3: Foundations), Summer Literature Survey Camp (summer before English 3: Literature Survey)
Grade 10: English 4: Advanced Composition, Summer Advanced Composition Camp (summer before English 4)
Grade 11/12: Any TPS Level 3 Lit/Comp courses, AP Language & Composition

Other Literature or Composition courses
Narnia; Shakespeare; Science Fiction Lit; Fantasy Lit; Fairy Tale, Fantasy, and Myth; Creative Writing

Poetry courses
Poetry Through Lyrics; Poetry Survey

Research Essay Writing courses
Analyze This! (Summer Research Writing); Research Essay Writing

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "English" or "Literature and Media Analysis" or "Writing and Composition" category in our Course Finder.

Academic English as Foreign Language. Often students whose first language is not English desire to prepare for a national English exam, the TOEFL, or a high school or college program taught in English (e.g., a U.S. university, or an international university program, or even high school diploma from an English-speaking school). The Potter's School offers an English as a Foreign Language series of courses, taught by culturally sensitive teachers experienced with both EFL and academic English instruction. These courses are designed to take a student from conversational English to whatever goal he sets: national English exam, TOEFL, or even academic English proficiency sufficient to participate in mainstream academic courses (math, science, social studies, etc.) taught in English. More information...

Mathematics

TPS teaches real math: conceptual math with plenty of practical application problems.

Why is this important, and how is it different?

U.S. high school math scores are in the bottom third of developed nations. Homeschoolers don't improve on this, with many doing less rigorous math than students in public schools, because conceptual math is hard for many students to do on their own, and hard to teach well. Most homeschoolers change math curriculums one or more times, usually seeking an easier one.

Why is study of conceptual math important even for those who don't intend to pursue math, science, or advanced engineering fields? Studying conceptual mathematics develops solid logic and critical thinking skills. It trains the mind in important thinking processes for problem-solving and decision-making, both of which affect performance in other areas. Also, the SAT test includes problem-solving oriented math (rather than application of formulas, which is where most homeschool math focuses) through Algebra 2 (Advanced Algebra), and standardized test scores are the most heavily weighted single factor in college admission. Until relatively recently, study of conceptual math has historically been a staple of a good education, including even a "classical" Humanities education, in part because of its role in teaching logical analysis and thinking skills.

Why is a foundation in conceptual math essential for those who might pursue fields like math or science that are based on Calculus and higher math? Formula-based math does not prepare students well for Pre-Calculus and beyond, where the math becomes almost entirely conceptual. This is why math curriculums designed specifically for homeschoolers -- which are all formula-based, so they are easier to study at home -- can't effectively include Pre-Calculus and higher as part of the curriculum.

What makes conceptual math hard to learn and teach well? One major reason is that real math requires both inductive thinking (coming up with how to solve the problem) and deductive thinking (coming up with the right answer from the approach you have chosen). Many math curriculums, including many that are popular for being easier for students to learn and teachers to teach, start with math formulas and focus on how to use them to get answers for specific types of problems. This approach deemphasizes the inductive side, and limits the deductive side to a specific set of recognizable problem types, making "math" easier to learn, but also skipping much of what makes math effective for developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. (It also misses one of the primary aspects of the math portion of the SAT test.)

TPS uses the UCSMP curriculum, highly regarded for its emphasis on problem-solving and its overall rigor (we are referring only to the praiseworthy junior and senior high school version -- not the highly-criticized elementary version). When taught by an experienced teacher, it is a highly effective rigorous math program that has yielded excellent results over the past 15 years since TPS first started bringing real math to homeschoolers on-line. It has proven its superiority in preparing students for standardized tests and higher level math and science courses. Students find it challenging, especially if they don't have a strong foundation for conceptual math, but those who persevere find their understanding of conceptual math, their critical thinking skills, and their preparation for further math and science to be much stronger. Here are solid reviews from Cathy Duffy on the Algebra book and the Geometry book in the series.

Some students need only one day of live math instruction, so we offer a one-day-per-week track for many of our upper level math classes. Most students need a second day of instruction, so all of our math courses are available in a dedicated two-day format.

We have also found that many students coming into our math program from other programs wish they had a stronger foundation, so we have a TPS Summer Transition Math Camp to prepare students to do well in Transition Math (Pre-algebra) and a TPS Summer Algebra Camp to prepare students to do well in Algebra. We have also found that many students need strengthening in Algebra skills, prior to taking Geometry, Advanced Algebra, or Chemistry, so we offer a TPS Summer Algebra Review that is ideal for this.

We make real math attainable for homeschooled students, by offering it in the ways that your student needs it, where you pay only for the instruction you need.

See also: What Is a Biblical Worldview in Mathematics?

Suggested Math Sequences
  • Here is a diagram showing suggested math tracks for (1) students preparing for a math or science degree; (2) students preparing for a Social Science degree (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Business, Nursing, etc.); (3) students preparing for a Humanities or Liberal Arts degree.
  • All of our math courses are available in a dedicated two-day format. We also offer a one-day-per-week option for some of our upper level math classes.
  • We also have a series of summer math courses specifically designed to prepare students for TPS courses.

Prospective college Math/Science majors

Post-Calculus in high school: This is most thorough JH/HS math sequence available, leaving the student with the most options at the end
Grade 4: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 5: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 6: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 7: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 8: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 9: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 10: Pre-Calculus, Summer Advanced Algebra Review (summer before Pre-Calculus)
Grade 11: AP Calculus (more thorough than Calculus 1 course in college, and a great foundation for doing well in college Calculus)
Grade 12: Local college: College Calculus 2, College Calculus-based Physics, other post-Calculus 1 college courses

Fully ready for a college Math/Science major
Grade 5: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 6: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 7: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 8: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 9: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 10: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 11: Pre-Calculus, Summer Advanced Algebra Review (summer before Pre-Calculus)
Grade 12: AP Calculus (more thorough than Calculus 1 course in college, and a great foundation for doing well in college Calculus)

Ready for Calculus in college
Grade 6: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 7: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 8: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 9: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 10: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 11: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 12: Pre-Calculus, Summer Advanced Algebra Review (summer before Pre-Calculus)

Prospective college Social Science majors

Fully ready for a college Social Science major
Grade 5: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 6: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 7: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 8: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 9: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 10: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 11: Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (thorough preparation for SATs and non-Calculus college math)
Grade 12: AP Statistics

Ready for SATs and college math, including Statistics, college Algebra, and other courses required for Social Science majors
Grade 6: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 7: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 8: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 9: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 10: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 11: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 12: Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (thorough preparation for SATs and non-Calculus college math)

Prospective college Liberal Arts/Humanities majors

Fully ready for a college Liberal Arts/Humanities major
Grade 6: Adventures In Math (builds basic skills to prepare for conceptual problem-solving math)
Grade 7: Pre-Transition Math (introduction to conceptual problem-solving math), Summer Pre-Transition Math Camp (summer before Pre-Transition Math)
Grade 8: Transition Math (Pre-algebra), Summer Transition Math Camp (summer before Transition Math)
Grade 9: Algebra, Summer Algebra Camp (summer before Algebra)
Grade 10: Geometry, Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 11: Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2), Summer Algebra Review (summer before Geometry or Advanced Algebra)
Grade 12: TPS College Math for Liberal Arts

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Math" category in our Course Finder.

Science

What do you need to consider when planning your science curriculum and choosing your science courses? What do colleges expect?

Most college admission processes require at least two years of a laboratory science in high school. Since Biology has no prerequisite, most students take Biology as one required science. Beyond that comes Chemistry (which requires a solid Algebra foundation), and then possibly Physics (which requires knowledge at least through basic Trig functions). General Science and Physical Science are both great courses that help prepare junior high students for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Traditional homeschool science curriculums are a good start, but are not generally considered thorough or rigorous, especially as preparation for a college science or engineering major. We offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses that combine thorough academic rigor and uncompromising biblical worldview.
  • Content. We bring you a more complete course, using other texts and materials to supplement the basic text. We stand firmly on a biblical worldview, but we include content to cover various perspectives thoroughly enough that students won't be surprised when they encounter knowledgeable and persuasive adherents of other perspectives and worldviews.
  • Life Science. We offer two options, both from a thoroughly biblical worldview. One is a solid Apologia-based General Science course. The other is a step up to a Shepherd Science-based Life Science that is suitable as a prerequisite for TPS Pre-AP Biology and is recommended for students who want to be ready for a college major that requires significant science.
  • Physical Science. We offer two options, both from a thoroughly biblical worldview. One is a solid Apologia-based Physical Science course. The other is a step up to a Novare Science-based Physical Science that is suitable as a prerequisite for TPS Pre-AP Chemistry and is recommended for students who want to be ready for a college major that requires significant science.
  • Biology. We offer two options, both from a thoroughly biblical worldview. One is a solid Apologia-based Biology course that supplements the basic text with stronger content, dedicated lab report training, and more rigorous exams. The other is a step up to a Shepherd Science-based course that is suitable as a prerequisite for AP Biology or for students who want to be ready for a college major that requires significant science.
  • Chemistry. We offer two options, both from a thoroughly biblical worldview. One is a solid Apologia-based Chemistry course that supplements the basic text with stronger content, lab videos, dedicated lab report training, and more rigorous exams. It includes a Problem Solving Supplement section for those who need it. The other is a step up to a course that is suitable as a prerequisite for AP Chemistry or for students who want to be ready for a college major that requires significant science. The Pre-AP Chemistry course includes labs with a lab kit, labs with a virtual lab program, and a more rigorous lab evaluation process.
  • Physics. We revised our Physics program to make it more rigorous and more dynamic, with demonstrations and more. We make Physics interesting and attainable for students, as a second lab science or even a third high school science course.
  • Anatomy and Physiology. A college level Anatomy and Physiology course, taught by a teacher with experience preparing college students for the national exam.
  • AP Biology. Coming in 2016-17.
  • AP Chemistry. Coming in 2015-16.
  • Labs and Lab Reports. One of the areas of science where homeschoolers are least prepared for college is experience with labs and formal lab reports. We design our courses to prepare a student for formal lab reports in college, through a progression of teaching and examples, evaluated drafts, and final reports that systematically increases student proficiency throughout the course.
  • Exams. Rather than exams that require students to simply restate facts from the book, our teachers build exams that require understanding and critical thought, and that prepare the student to be confidently ready to do well in college science classes.

Suggested Science Sequence
Here is a diagram showing suggested science tracks for (1) students preparing for a Math/Science degree or medical degree or certification; (2) students preparing for a Humanities or Liberal Arts degree.

Grade 7: General Science, Honors Life Science
Grade 8: Physical Science, Honors Physical Science
Grade 9: Biology, Pre-AP Honors Biology
Grade 10: Chemistry, Pre-AP Honors Chemistry
Grade 11 or 12: Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology (2015-16), AP Chemistry (2015-16), Other Sciences (Note 1)

Note 1: Other Sciences include Marine Biology, Health and Wellness, Bioethics and Family, and more.

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Science" category in our Course Finder.

History, Government, Civics, Social Studies, and Social Sciences

The Potter's School teaches history from neither a secular revisionist nor a Christian revisionist approach. Rather, we study the people, events, ideologies, and movements as part of God's sovereign plan for individuals, peoples, and nations, worked through believers and unbelievers. We emphasize study of original source materials and often use rigorous secular texts, but we analyze all ideas, events and movements from a biblical worldview. Our History program is coherent and thorough, and a student who takes it start to finish will have unparalleled preparation for college and career. However, none of the courses are required as prerequisites for the others, and students can generally take them selectively and in any order.

TPS also has outstanding Government and Social Science options. We have excellent Geography courses -- one for junior high and one for high school -- that are strong foundations for the World and U.S. History courses. We offer the Government / Economics set that is required by many U.S. states, and the Government and Politics course recommended by the College Board and required by some states. We offer a top-notch Psychology course (with an AP option) that provides both a biblical understanding of Human Psychology and also analyzes the secular views from a thoroughly biblical perspective. We also feature excellent AP courses (all surpassing the AP standard and yet taught from a biblical worldview), including AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP Government and Politics, and AP Macroeconomics.

Suggested History, Government and Social Studies Sequence
Suggested grade levels and prior courses are not prerequisites.

History: Chronological Approach
Grade 6: World History Through Fiction
Grade 7: Ancient History
Grade 8: US History (JH)
Grade 9: World History 1
Grade 10: World History 2
Grade 11: US History (HS)

History: U.S. Traditional Approach
Grade 6: World History Through Fiction
Grade 7: US History (JH)
Grade 8: Ancient History
Grade 9: US History (HS)
Grade 10: World History 1
Grade 11: World History 2

Other Social Studies, Government, and Civics Courses
Grade 7 or 8: Geography for Junior High
Grades 9-12: US Government and Politics, Economics, World Geography (HS), US Government and Constitution, Constitutional Law, Bioethics and Family, Criminal Justice
Grade 11 or 12: AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, Psychology (or AP Psychology)

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "History," "Government," or "Social Science" category in our Course Finder.

Foreign Language

Most college admission processes require two years of a foreign language in high school. Some colleges require that the language be a living spoken language, and others do not have that restriction. You should check with colleges you may be interested in, to understand their specific requirements.

The Potter's School offers the most academically thorough on-line live interactive foreign language courses available anywhere, and we are continually adding to our offerings. TPS currently offers French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

Many of our language courses have optional Conversations Supplements, where your student can increase familiarity, fluency, and cultural awareness.

In many of our language courses (French, Spanish, German, Latin) we offer a Year 1A and Year 1B version, allowing the beginning student to take the first year of the language over two years, in a more relaxed pace to lay a more thorough foundation. Year 1A and Year 1B together fulfill the requirement for one year of a HS language, so students who take them can then go to Year 2 of that language. This is ideal for starting the language in grade 7, 8 or 9, because there is still plenty of time to complete Year 2 prior to college.

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Foreign Language" category in our Course Finder.

Bible

The Potter's School wants all its students to develop in their relationships with God, and in their academic and devotional Bible study skills. We offer our Bible courses at low cost and time requirements, to make them accessible to as many students as possible. It is our goal to help TPS students build, refine and apply Bible study skills throughout high school, in the midst of other studies.

Our Bible classes are academically and spiritually rich, and suitable for teens, parents or both. They include courses covering Bible background (history, culture), theology and doctrine, and biblical languages. They may generally be taken at any appropriate grade level, individually or in sequence. We have suggested some common sequences below.

We are also pleased to feature a new series of Logos Studies, each of which studies a particular book of the Bible while also teaching how to study the Bible, academically and devotionally. These courses are very low work over one semester for only $100, to make them accessible to busy students and families on a tight budget.

Suggested Bible Sequence
This sequence allows a student to take all of the courses before graduation. Suggested grade levels and prior courses are generally not prerequisites.

Grade 7 or 8: Ancient History, Propositional Logic & Apologetics, Thinking Like A Christian (one semester)
Grades 9-12: Bible Survey
Grades 9-12 (plus parents): Logos Bible Studies (academic and devotional studies)
Grades 9-12: Greek 1, Greek 2, Hebrew 1
Grade 10-12: Gospels & Life of Christ (first semester), Acts & Church History (second semester), Apologetics (one semester)
Grade 11: Theology Matters
Grade 12: Worldviews and Issues

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Bible and Worldview" category in our Course Finder.

Computer Science and Applications

Business Applications / Microsoft Office Applications: Integrated Business Applications (Microsoft Office)
Web Design: Basic Web Design
Computer Programming: Introduction To Computer Programming, Computer Programming in Python, Computer Programming in Java, Computer Programming in C++, Advanced Computer Programming
CADD Courses: CADD for Architectural Design, CADD for Mechanical Engineering Design 1, CADD for Mechanical Engineering Design 2


Bible Survey
Grades 9-12 (plus parents): Logos Bible Studies (academic and devotional studies)
Grades 9-12: Greek 1, Greek 2, Hebrew 1
Grade 10-12: Gospels & Life of Christ (first semester), Acts & Church History (second semester), Apologetics (one semester)
Grade 11: Theology Matters
Grade 12: Worldviews and Issues


To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Computer Programming and Applications" category or type a specific application like "cadd" into our Course Finder.

Art, Photography, and Digital Graphics

Suggested Art Courses

Art Survey and History

Note: TPS is seeking a qualified Art teacher to teach Studio Art Introduction, Drawing, Painting, AP Studio Art and AP Art History

Suggested Photography Sequence

Shoot and Critique (Level 1) (summer)
Photography (Level 1)
Modern Creative Portraiture (Level 2)

Suggested Digital Graphics Art Sequence
The Potter's School has a Digital Graphics Art program taught by a professional Graphics Artist for students who are pre-professional graphics artists or for talented enthusiastic hobbyists. Our art courses not only teach skills and help students build their portfolios, but they help students worship and reflect their Creator through creative Art.

Level 1: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Level 2: Adobe InDesign
Level 3: Advanced Web Design (Graphics and Layout) (coming 2015-16)

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Art, Photography, and Digital Graphics" category in our Course Finder.

Music

TPS offers a solid (and growing) series of Music courses. These are all top-notch theory and practice courses, taught by talented experts. They may be taken in any sequence, and some are offered in alternating years.

Suggested Music Courses

Introduction To Music
Music theory
Music Appreciation: Back to Bernstein
Contemporary Music Harmony
Contemporary Ear Training
Piano and Keyboard in Contemporary Worship and Praise Bands
Introduction to Songwriting

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Music" category in our Course Finder.

Academic and Career Exploration Electives

There are several Academic Electives which are so foundational that every student should consider taking them:
Study Skills
Research Essay Writing
SAT Preparation
Propositional Logic

TPS offers other fantastic Academic Electives. You won't be able to take them all, but you might want to try:

Academic Electives (aka "courses that don't fit completely into any one category")
Accounting
Bioethics and Family
Business Entrepreneurship
Constitutional Law
English Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots
Health and Wellness
Journalism for the Digital Age
More Than Words: Art of Communication
Personal Finance
Propositional Logic and Argumentation
and more...

We also have a growing selection of Career Exploration Electives for you to take introductory overview courses in various fields you might be interested in.

Career Exploration Electives
Nursing
Criminal Justice
and more...

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the "Academic Electives" or "Career Exploration Electives" category in our Course Finder.
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