Tall Oaks Curriculum (6-12)


Tall Oaks Curriculum (6-12)

Logic School (6th-8th)

When the grammar of a subject is learned, we can go on to the Logic School, in which we apply reason to the facts we have learned in order to see inter-relationships, understand cause and effect, and analyze arguments. Although we teach logical thinking and analytical reasoning at all ages, we emphasize these skills and teach formal logic and debate in the Logic School. We teach our students to construct good arguments and to detect fallacious ones. We seek to develop in our students a biblical worldview consistent with the truth that God reveals. Whether the subject being taught is mathematics, science, literature, geography or the arts, we help our students develop an integrated understanding of God and His creation.

6th Grade

Saxon Math Course 2
Bible Survey Acts to Revelation
Science – Unit studies in Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics
Literature-based Reading Program
Vocabulary Vocabulary from Classical Roots
EnglishShurley Grammar 7
CompositionProgymnasmata (Chreia/Maxim)
History – 1812 to Present
Geography – World Geography
Latin - Lingua Latina
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program
Physical Education
Grammar of Music (Hand chimes)

7th Grade

Composition and GrammarOur Mother Tongue and English Grammar Composition: Second Course
General ScienceExploring Creation with General Science and God’s Design for Heaven and Earth
Latin ILingua Latina
LiteratureMere Christianity; The Hobbit; The Pilgrim’s Progress;  Animal Farm, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol; Romeo and Juliet; and Silas Marner.
Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots

Pre-AlgebraElementary Algebra
Old Testament - The Holy Bible
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program
Physical Education

8th Grade

Algebra IElementary Algebra
Latin IILingua Latina
LogicIntroductory Logic for Christian & Home Schools and Intermediate Logic for Christian & Home Schools
Classical Literature & Composition I 

  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (summer reading assignment)
  • Gilgamesh
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod
  • Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  • Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles
  • Medea by Euripides
  • Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber (excerpts)

Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Old Testament Biblical Theology
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (excerpts) and A House for My Name by Peter Leithart
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program
Western Civilization I

  • Histories, Herodotus.
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides.
  • The Life of Alexander the Great, Plutarch.
  • The Early History of Rome, Livy.
  • The History of the Church, Eusebius.
  • In Praise of Constantine, Eusebius
  • City of God, Augustine
  • Theaetetus, Plato
  • The Republic, Plato
  • Gorgias, Plato
  • Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • The Didache
  • First Apology, Justin Martyr
  • On First Principles (Book IV), Origen
  • The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Philip Schaff (ed)

Physical Education

Rhetoric School (9th-12th)

The capstone of a classical education is reached in the high school years when our students learn the rhetorical skills that allow them to master a subject and communicate it to others. They learn to conduct research, form their own conclusions, and effectively and persuasively communicate their understanding. 

The leaders of every field have reached this level of learning, which we call the Rhetoric School. By the time our students reach high school, they are developmentally ready to begin formal training in rhetoric, and to practice applying that training in all their subjects. We give them opportunities to hone their rhetorical skills through written work, including major theses in their junior and senior years, as well as oral presentations. They learn to defend their faith humbly and intelligently. They develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in higher education or to tackle any subject they want or need to learn. Tall Oaks students are equipped to be lifetime learners and leaders.

9th Grade

Argumentation and DebateThe Debater’s Guide
Physical Science - Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry
Classical Literature & Composition II

  • Ben Hur by Lewis Wallace (summer reading assignment)
  • Euthyphro and Apology by Plato
  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • Metamorphoses by Ovid (excerpts)
  • Confessions by St. Augustine
  • Beowulf
  • Inferno by Dante*

Vocabulary – Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Seeing, Doing, Understanding
Spanish IAvancemos 1
Western Civilization II – 

  • The Scientific Revolution, Shapin
  • Short History of Byzantium, John Norwich
  • The Life of Alfred the Great, Asser
  • Enneads, Plotinus
  • Rule of Saint Benedict
  • Morals on the Book of Job, Gregory the Great
  • Annals of Xanten
  • Procopius: Secret History
  • Tarik's Address to His Soldiers
  • History of the Patriarch's of Alexandria
  • Battle of Tours, Descriptions
  • Einhard's Life of Charlemagne
  • Concerning the Origin of Guilds
  • Orations, Themistius
  • The Divine Names, Dionysius
  • The Mystical Theology, Dionysius
  • The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Philip Schaff (ed)
  • Timothy's Apology for Christianity, Patriarch Timothy I
  • The Primary Chronicle
  • Abelard: Sic et Non (Yes and No)
  • John of Salisbury: The Metalogicon
  • Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica
  • Dictates Papae (Dictates of the Pope)
  • Urban II: Speech at Clermont
  • Fulk of Chartes: The Capture of Jerusaelm
  • William of Malmesbury, The Battle of Hastings
  • Magna Charta
  • Ordinance of Laborers, 1349
  • Joan of Arc: Twelve Articles of Accusation
  • Petrarch: The Ascent of Mount Ventoux
  • Lorenzo de Medici: Paternal Advice to a Cardinal
  • Pico: Oration on the Dignity of Man
  • Thomas á Kempis: Imitation of Christ (1427)
  • Erasmus: In Praise of Folly (1520)
  • Martin Luther: Ninety­-Five Theses (1517)
  • Martin Luther: "On Christian Freedom" (1520)
  • The 12 Articles of the German Peasants (1524)
  • John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Selected Works of Huldrich Zwingli
  • The Religious Peace of Augsburg (1555)
  • Westminster Confession
  • James I on the Divine Right of Kings (1609)
  • Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (1651)
  • John Locke: Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • John Locke: Two Treatises of Government
  • Isaac Newton, Principia (1687)
  • Descartes: Meditations
  • Enquiry, Hume
  • “Assayer,” Galileo
  • New Organon, Bacon

New Testament Biblical TheologyHoly Bible and The Four
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

Physical Education

10th Grade

Algebra IIAlgebra and Trigonometry
American LiteratureThe Scarlet Letter; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Great Gatsby; My Antonia; The Red Badge of Courage; Our Town; The Crucible; Moby Dick; and Evangeline
Biology and Lab - Exploring Creation with Biology College Prep
Spanish IIAvancemos 2
Systematic TheologyChristian Theology: An Introduction; On the Incarnation and Confessions
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

U.S. History

  • The Federalist Papers.
  • Selections from the Early Colonies.
  • Selections from Thomas Reid.
  • Letters from Benjamin Franklin.
  • Editorial by “Dickinson.”
  • “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine.
  • The “Antifederalist” Papers.
  • Jefferson's Autobiography.
  • Franklin's Autobiography.
  • “Memorial and Remonstrance.”
  • Andrew Jackson, Inaugural Address.
  • Andrew Jackson, First Annual Message to Congress.
  • “Memorial of the Cherokee Nation.”
  • Henry Clay, “Defense of the American System.”
  • John C. Calhoun, Slavery a Positive Good.
  • Charles Finney, What a Revival of Religion Is
  • Lyman Beecher, Six Sermons on Intemperance
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  • Horace Mann, “Education and Nat’L Welfare”
  • Cady Stanton, Remarks at Seneca Falls
  • William Lloyd Garrison, Defense of His Positions
  • Select Lecture of William Wilberforce before Parliament.
  • Margaret Sanger, The Case for Birth Control.
  • Margaret Sanger and Winter Russell, Debate on Birth Control.
  • The Franck Report.
  • The Truman Doctrine.
  • Abington v. Schempp.
  • Obergefell v. Hodges.

Personal Finance

11th Grade

AestheticsBeauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education; Music and Morals: A Theological Appraisal of the Moral and Psychological Effects of Music; The Fragrance of God; Symposium; Modern Art and the Death of Culture
British LiteratureSir Gawain and the Green Knight; 1984; The Faerie Queene (Book 1); Canterbury Tales; Emma; MacBeth; Henry V; Heart of Darkness; Robinson Crusoe; Paradise Lost
Chemistry and LabThe Spectrum Chemistry
Hermeneutics and Spiritual DisciplinesSpiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

PrecalculusAlgebra and Trigonometry and Precalculus with Limits

  • The Republic, Plato
  • The Politics, Aristotle
  • In Praise of Constantine, Eusebius
  • City of God, Augustine
  • Homilies on the Statues, John Chrysostom
  • "On Secular Authority," Martin Luther
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Theology and Social Theory, John Milbank

Rhetoric IAncient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students; Rhetorica ad Herennium; and Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Spanish III / IV - Interacciones
College Prep

12th Grade

Advanced Literature

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (summer reading assignment)
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (excerpts)
  • Eugene Onegin and “The Queen of Spades” by Alexander Pushkin
  • “The Nose” and “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Hamlet and The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Inferno by Dante*
  • Everything that Rises Must Converge (selections from the collection of short stories) by Flannery O’Connor**
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The World’s Greatest Short Stories (selections from the anthology), Ed. James Daley
  • Literature:  A Student’s Guide by Louis Markos

ApologeticsCity of God; Orthodoxy; Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies and The Abolition of Man
Scripture and Catechism Memory Program

CalculusCalculus of a Single Variable
Greek -  Athenaze by Balme and Lawall
College Prep

  • Foundations of Economics: A Christian View, Shawn Ritenour.
  • Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt.
  • The Literary Book of Economics, Michael Watts, ed.
  • Usury in Christendom: The Mortal Sin that Was and Now is Not, Hoffman

Physics and LabPhysics: Principles and Problems
Rhetoric IIThe Rhetoric Companion


Computer Electives
Vocal Ensemble
Debate Team