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Our archived traditional school at home courses are courses we have offered in years past at Kolbe Academy but are not currently listed in our Course Catalog. We grant credit for the courses and can offer you the digital course plans as a courtesy, however, they are no longer our main offerings. We are not able to update these course plans, provide advisor support, or provide paper plans for these courses.

 

If you would like to use one of Kolbe’s archived courses, please make a note for your advisor on your student’s course registration form. If you’re adding the course after you registered for classes, you may submit a Course Change Request Form and make a note there. Your advisor will send the course plans to you via email, unless noted below that they will appear in your Parent Portal.

 

High School Archived Courses

History

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Designations 

Course Description 

World History

Christ the King, Lord of History textbook, Anne Carroll, 1994

This course covers world history from the beginning of recorded history to the present. The perspective is Catholic throughout, with Biblical history skillfully interwoven with secular records in the early chapters. Special attention is paid to the growth of the Church and its influence in the world. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.

American History

Christ and the Americas, Anne Carroll, 1997

K

To obtain a broad Catholic understanding of the anthropological history of the Americas up until the last decade. Gives the role of the Catholic Church in American history. Starts with the earliest explorers and concludes with the 1990’s. Covers American history in a fast-paced, thorough, interesting manner. Each era has its own in-depth coverage. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.

 

Math

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Designations 

Course Description 

Geometry Geometry: A Guided Inquiry, Chakerian. K *Archived course starting with the '23-'24 school year. This Geometry course can follow any Algebra I program, whether the student has used Saxon Algebra I, Jacob’s Elementary Algebra, or another First year Algebra course. If questions should arise about the preparedness of a student for this course, please contact the Academic Advisor department at Kolbe Academy. This course presents all the geometrical concepts in a traditional fashion to the high school student. This course will sufficiently prepare the student for questions on the math section of the PSAT, ACT, or SAT standardized tests. Students completing this course as well as a previous Algebra I program will be ready to take the traditional second year of Algebra II. Students who wish to continue on in the Saxon mathematics series upon completion this Geometry course will find much repetition in the Saxon Algebra II course because the majority of the material covered is Geometry. Students choosing to continue with Saxon after this course should be prepared to take through Advanced Mathematics I in order to complete all the Algebra II concepts necessary to succeed on the ACT and SAT standardized tests. It is more desirable for students to pursue a traditional Algebra II course following this  Geometry course. The Kolbe Academy recommended course of study includes continuing with Foerster’s Algebra and Trigonometry upon completion of the Geometry: A Guided Inquiry text.
Algebra 1 Jacobs 1979 K

Harold Jacob’s Elementary Algebra provides a strong course for the Algebra I student. His text is set up in a traditional style so that students have the opportunity to practice many types of problems taught within each lesson. This course provides the backbone of Algebra I concepts to prepare the student for taking Algebra II, and adequately prepare a student to take the Algebra 1 Math sections of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT standardized tests. Additional graphing supplements are provided in the course plan starting on page 21 as an introduction to graphing.


Students can succeed in this course after completing any pre-Algebra course, including the Saxon Math 8/7 (with pre-Algebra) text. Students who struggled with Saxon Math 8/7 are advised to use Saxon Algebra 1/2 or another pre-Algebra course prior to beginning this course. Note that about the first five chapters will include much review of pre-Algebra concepts. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Geometry Jacobs K

This Geometry course can follow any Algebra I program, whether the student has used Saxon Algebra I, Jacob’s Elementary Algebra, or another First year Algebra course. If questions should arise about the preparedness of a student for this course, please contact the Academic Advisor department at Kolbe Academy. This course presents all the geometrical concepts in a traditional fashion to the high school student. This course will sufficiently prepare the student for questions on the math section of the PSAT, ACT, or SAT standardized tests. Students completing this course as well as a previous Algebra I program will be ready to take the traditional second year of Algebra II. Students who wish to continue on in the Saxon mathematics series upon completion Jacob’s Geometry will find much repetition in the Saxon Algebra II course because the majority of the material covered is Geometry. Students choosing to continue with Saxon after this course should be prepared to take through Advanced Mathematics I in order to complete all the Algebra II concepts necessary to succeed on the ACT and SAT standardized tests. It is more desirable for students to pursue a traditional Algebra II course following this Geometry course. The Kolbe Academy recommended course of study includes continuing with Foerster’s Algebra and Trigonometry upon completion of the Jacob’s Geometry text.


The Harold Jacob’s Geometry text includes engaging language that will help to keep the interest of the student throughout the duration of the course. The lessons are set up to challenge students, yet offer sound explanations to give students the tools to complete problems efficiently. The author has set his text up to include three sets of problems with each lesson so as to present the basic concepts in Set I exercises, applications in Set II exercises, and extension of concepts in Set III exercises. Finally, there are Algebra reviews located at the end of most chapters in the student textbook. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Algebra 1 

Saxon 

The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Algebra 2  Saxon K The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 
Advanced Math Saxon K

The advanced math course plan contains three options of how to implement this course over one or two years. The first course plan covers the entire book in one year. Only highly motivated and able students should attempt the one-year course. The last two course plans together cover the book over two years which is Kolbe’s core (K) track. 

  • Course Plan I - Precalculus (with Geometry) - Covers entire Saxon Advanced Math book in one year
  • Course Plan II - Algebra III with Geometry - Covers the first 60 lessons of the Saxon Advanced Math book in one year
  • Course Plan III - Precalculus - Covers the remaining 65 lessons of the Saxon Advanced Math book in one year

Most students will benefit from a two-year approach to the course so that advanced concepts can be grasped more easily. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Calculus  Saxon K

The textbook contains a sufficient review of Pre-Calculus concepts, however, students should not attempt this Calculus course without completing one of the following: Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Saxon Advanced Mathematics, or other equivalent Pre-Calculus course. This book is designed for prospective mathematics majors as well as for students whose primary interests are in engineering, physics, business, or the life sciences. The calculus course plan contains three options of how to implement this course over one or two years. The first course plan covers the entire book in one year. Only highly motivated and able students should attempt the one-year course. The last two course plans together cover the book over two years which is Kolbe’s core (K) track.

  • Calculus I & II - Covers entire textbook in one year. Students will be prepared for taking the AP Calculus AB Exam as well as preparing them fairly well for the AP Calculus BC Exam. 
  • Calculus I - Covers the first 75 lessons in the textbook. Students following the Kolbe Calculus I track will have a firm foundation in Calculus I concepts and a brief introduction to Calculus II concepts. 
  • Calculus II - Covers lessons 73-148 in the textbook. Students following the Kolbe Calculus II track will have a firm foundation in Calculus II concepts.

Most students will benefit from a two-year approach to the course so that advanced concepts can be grasped more easily. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

 

Science

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Designations 

Course Description 

Anatomy & Physiology

Hole 10th Ed.; Texts difficult to locate.

K

While the word “anatomy” is derived from the word for “dissection”, this course will require little dissection. Instead, the student will study and benefit from the results of countless dissections that produced proper names and descriptions of the structures of the human body. Furthermore, the student will learn the function of these structures, properly known as the science of physiology and come to appreciate the complexity of God’s creations.

 

This course does touch upon some ethical issues present in today’s society, including birth control, fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization and genetic engineering. The Hole’s textbook periodically features a “Topic of Interest” note that should be used as topics of discussion between the parent and student. Later in the year, the student will use one of these ethical issues and focus on the Church’s teachings concerning it in a short paper. This course suggests supplemental materials that focus on the Church’s teachings when indicated to help guide both parent and student during such discussions.

Chemistry Charlesworth: An Introduction to Chemistry   The course is designed to give students an appreciation of the order and complexity of creation. Students will develop an appreciation of the invisible atomic and molecular world and learn how events at that level influence the visible world of matter.

The workload may vary somewhat week to week. The course plans encourage the student to cover material by topic, which may provide a more thorough understanding of the concept. While some topics may be more simple and covered in less time, others are more complex and may require more of the student’s time. Please remember that above all, the student is encouraged to cover material at the pace that works for him/her.

Some type of laboratory work is strongly encouraged. A total of 20 labs are recommended for the year. You will notice that some weeks do not have “Lab recommended.” This is because those weeks may contain a lengthier amount of textbook work or review.

Chemistry

Prentice Hall 2005

K

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other. The “Core Chemistry” track will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules. This course provides an introduction to chemistry suitable for students in a college preparatory program. 

 

Foreign Language

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Designations 

Course Description 

German I

Deutsch: Na Klar!

K

Provides a sound foundation of German vocabulary (10 words memorized per day is ideal), an introductory grasp of German grammar and syntax, facility in German pronunciation, and reinforcement of the student’s grasp of grammar through the study of German.

German II

Deutsch: Na Klar!

K

N/A

Italian I Prego! 6th or 8th Ed. K Provides a sound foundation of Italian vocabulary (10 words memorized per day is ideal), an introductory grasp of Italian grammar and syntax, facility in Italian pronunciation, and reinforcement of the student’s grasp of grammar through the study of Italian.
Italian II Prego! 6th or 8th Ed. K N/A
Latin I Wheelock 6th Ed. K Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. This course in Latin will give a comprehensive introduction to Latin grammar.
Latin II Wheelock 6th Ed. K N/A

 

 

K-8 Archived Courses

 

Grammar

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

Kinder Language Arts Pearson Phonics & McGruffy Reader

Kindergarten Language Arts is directed to the development in the student of the capacity to recognize the letters of the alphabet and their pronunciation and moving on to reading. Phonics K starts right into introducing letters and their sounds, using both the workbook and the phonograms. McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer begins easily but will progress rapidly.

Grammar 3 

Lepanto

If the student has done Kolbe Academy’s English 2, it is recommended that he skip Lepanto Grammar 3 and go on to Lepanto Grammar 4. The teaching of English should be cumulative. In Grade Three the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. As the material is introduced he will not remember everything he learned the previous year, but it will come more easily to him. Every year the student expands his knowledge and should not be confused or overwhelmed with the new information. Likewise, everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student’s reading, composition, spelling, and phonics. Introducing the children to books and to the library brings them to understand how we learn best of all: through literature. This course should be supplemented with readings in literature. Quarterly or semester book reports should be completed on this reading. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Grammar 4

Lepanto

English Grammar for Grade Four implements the functions of all the parts of writing to develop in the student the ability to write clearly and persuasively. This is partially accomplished by using the method of "imitation," reading the stories that go along with the Lepanto Grammar text and then imitating the methods used in the stories to develop the writing skills of the student. This year in grammar brings all learning from the previous three years into focus and applies it in a progressively more difficult, but rewarding way. Lepanto Grammar 4 – This is the best English book in publication for this level at this time. While it is good, it does have a major shortcoming. In many cases incorrect terms are used. The student should be introduced to the correct terms and taught to use them. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 
Grammar 5 Lepanto Grade Five English Grammar is designed to lead the student to speak and to write with precision, skill, and persuasiveness. To accomplish this, the course must instruct the student in the use of all the parts that go to make up English Grammar: clear understanding of parts of speech, sentence construction, paragraph usage, syntax, punctuation, abbreviations, and capitalization. In addition, the student will be instructed in the social graces essential to achieving effective communication. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 
Grammar 6 Lepanto The lesson plan covers Part Two of the Lepanto Grammar book, which is Grammar. The teaching of English should be cumulative. In Grade Six the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. As the material is introduced, he will not remember everything he learned the previous year, but it will come more easily to him. Every year the student expands his knowledge and should not be confused or overwhelmed with the new information. Likewise, everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student’s reading, composition, spelling, and vocabulary. Kolbe Academy has skipped around this particular Lepanto Grammar book to provide the best course possible for your child. Lepanto Grammar covers each part of speech separately, nouns first. A parent who is teaching nouns and comes to an example of a noun as a direct object will run into problems if you haven’t taught verbs yet. Kolbe has designed the course plans to follow the sequence in the 1979 version of Lepanto Grammar that was implemented successfully in our day school. Note that Part One of Lepanto Grammar, which is Composition, is not used in this course. Composition is studied in Kolbe Academy’s Vocabulary and Composition course using Sadlier-Oxford Composition Workshop series. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 
Grammar 7 Lepanto The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the Lepanto Grammar book, which is the Grammar. The teaching of English should be cumulative. In Grade Seven the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. A dictionary is recommended for use in English. Note that Part One of Lepanto Grammar, which is Composition, is not used in this course. Composition is studied in Kolbe Academy’s Vocabulary and Composition course using Sadlier-Oxford Composition Workshop series. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 
Grammar 8 Lepanto The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the book, which is Grammar. The teaching of English should be cumulative. In Grade Eight the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. This course is designed to teach students to speak and write correctly and effectively in the English language. Students should progress, at this level, to an understanding of English grammar that should suffice for a lifetime of general usage with some amount of study of more complex construction. The class will also emphasize, secondarily, training in the social graces, which are necessary for successful communication. Note that Part One of Lepanto Grammar, which is Composition, is not used in this course. Composition is studied in Kolbe Academy’s Vocabulary and Composition course using Sadlier-Oxford Composition Workshop series. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

 

 

Composition & Vocabulary

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

Comp & Vocab 6 Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop, Enriched Edition, Level A, 2013;
Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level A, 2009

Grade Six Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in a dictionary, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication. It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.


Grade Six Composition will aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education. Many of these skills can be applied in Kolbe Academy’s Literature program both in written assignments and book reports. Overall, this course should dovetail with the literature course in assignment of written work.

Comp & Vocab 7 Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop, Enriched Edition, Level B, 2013; Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level B, 2009 

Grade Seven Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in a dictionary, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication. It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.


Grade Seven Composition will aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education. Many of these skills can be applied in Kolbe Academy’s Literature program both in written assignments and book reports. Overall, this course should dovetail with the literature course in assignment of written work.

Comp & Vocab 8 Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop, Enriched Edition, Level C, 2013; Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level C, 2009

The Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level C text will be used to aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education. If you wish, you may have the student write the activities on paper instead of in the book.


The Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop should be used to encourage the student to use the new vocabulary words in speech and written work. It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.

 

 

History

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

History 3 Stories of Great Americans, For Little Americans The aim of this history book is to help the young reader appreciate the contributions made by individuals to our country in the beginning years.
History 4 Famous Men of Greece & Famous Men of Rome, Memoria Press Famous Men of Greece and Rome introduces the student to the great figures of ancient Greek and Roman history and myth, and to trace the historical rise and lasting influence of the civilizations. The textbooks can be supplemented with material from other sources, particularly encyclopedias for the writing of brief research reports.  
History 6 The Old Word and America 1984 This course of history is selected to introduce the course of history as it developed from three civilizations: The Hebrew, The Greek and The Roman. It is from these three cultures that Western Civilization, as we know it today, was built. The Hebrew gave us the Old Testament, which contained the promise of a salvific man/god. The Greek gave us the principles of logical thought and reasoning, and The Roman gave us a system of secular order that formed the modality for creating the great cities and governments in Europe. The flow of history in this course will be drawn from the beginnings of history through to the foundations of the American drama.
History 7

 

Christ the King, Lord of History by Anne Carroll, 1994.

This course covers world history from the beginning of recorded history to the present. The perspective is Catholic throughout, with Biblical history skillfully interwoven with secular records in the early chapters. Special attention is paid to the growth of the Church and its influence in the world. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

History 8

Christ and the Americas, by Anne W. Carroll, 1997

Kolbe suggests that the student read Uncle Tom’s Cabin in literature to coincide with the third quarter of history. The course plan for Uncle Tom’s Cabin covers an entire quarter, so it would be beneficial for the student to read it in the second quarter. If the student has not already read Miguel Pro by Ann Ball, it would be beneficial to
read it in the third quarter. His story is told in Chapter 21 in the Quarter 3, Week 7. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

 

 

Math

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

Kinder Math MCP K Kindergarten mathematics is directed to the development in the student of the capacity to understand the concepts presented in preparation for first grade. MCP Math K begins very simply and prepares the student for first grade.
Math 1 MCP A This course is based on the natural processes of thinking, namely induction and deduction. Inductive thinking arrives at the answer almost immediately because it seems obvious (although it is not always exact). Deductive thinking is a step-by-step process of reasoning leading to a solution. One process is not better than the other, only different from the other.
Manipulatives are very important with beginning math. Strings of beads, Legos, toothpicks, or anything that can be counted will work. The child should understand that six is not just six, but is six ones. He should count out the amounts and begin to memorize the facts. Begin with the simplest of addition and subtraction problems using manipulatives. Once he understands the concepts, use flash cards to memorize the facts, building up from the smaller to the larger. This can be done before starting in the math book.
Math 2 MCP B Grade Two mathematics continues the activities of first grade in the area of inductive and deductive activities. The book begins with review of concepts that the student has already learned. It is important that the student memorize all math facts. He should know all of the addition and subtraction facts; however, children have a tendency to forget them. Drill the student in the facts with flash cards, writing the facts, doing time tests, or something similar. Pages 37 & 39 of these course plans contain all 100 addition math facts, and pages 41 & 43 contain all 100 of the subtraction math facts.
Math 3 MCP C This course of mathematics for third grade is directed to expanding the principles of the four functions that were begun in the second grade: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These four functions are the underpinnings of all that will be studied in arithmetic. Essentially, the course will involve the use of both inductive and deductive activities.

Saxon 5/4 

Saxon 

This course introduces to the student a program of "foundational" elements upon which the successful equations are worked out. This program contains a thorough review of addition, subtraction, and single digit multiplication and division. The subsequent arithmetic content includes number concepts, estimation functions, two- and three-digit computations, decimals and fractions. The basic skills of algebra and geometry are introduced.

 

Continual and incremental practice with word problems, measurement, scale, and graph reading, as well as arithmetic, provides the opportunity for students to learn and remember the foundational skills and concepts of mathematics. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Saxon 6/5

Saxon

This course is designed to strengthen and increase the student’s basic mathematical skills to a fifth-grade level of competence. Be sure to read the introduction that Saxon provides at the beginning of their books. Each lesson should begin with a warm-up exercise with the Facts Practice Test as described in the introduction of Saxon Math 6/5. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

Saxon 7/6

Saxon This course moves the student from arithmetic to foundational treatments of "geometry, measurement, algebra, number, and scale and graph reading." Word problems are also included. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.  

Saxon 8/7

Saxon This course provides the student with an introduction to algebra, on a level to be used before Algebra 1 or before a pre-Algebra course. If a student completes this course with ease, he is ready to go onto Algebra 1. The student who struggles with this course is advised to continue with Saxon Algebra 1/2 or another pre- Algebra course. Although much of the same ground is covered, he will be able to attain greater mastery. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.  
Algebra 1/2 Saxon This course provides a transition “from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra.”
Students who may have struggled with Saxon Mathematics 8/7 are encouraged to use Saxon Algebra 1/2
prior to moving onto a course in Algebra I. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

 

 

Science

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

Science 5 Harcourt Purple Tiger

Fifth-grade Science is an intermediate introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences. The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues in-depth science in later years. Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations along with the reading of the textbook. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.  

Science 6

Harcourt Purple Tiger

Sixth-grade Science is the continuation of an intermediate introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences. The most important part of teaching science is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues in-depth science in later years. Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations along with the reading of the textbook. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal.  

Earth Science Holt Science and Technology Earth Science, 2007 This course covers topics in geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The topics in the field of Earth Science sometimes present students and parents with controversial issues, including the origin of life on earth, formation of the universe (cosmology), and other issues. It is up to the parents as first teachers of their children to discuss these issues with their students and instruct the students in Church teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of the Big Bang is studied in Quarter 4, Week 4, but Church teaching on this issue is addressed within the course plan. The digital course plan will be available in your Parent Portal. 

 

 

Foreign Language

Course Title 

Textbook(s) 

Course Description 

1st Year New Missal Latin

 

New Missal Latin Book 1
New Missal Latin Pronunciation Guide Tape 1

Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. This beginner's course in Latin uses a book ideally suited for grade school age students. Students master a large amount of Latin vocabulary while becoming acquainted with Latin grammar and syntax, including simple declensions and
conjugations.

2nd Year New Missal Latin

 

New Missal Latin Book 1
New Missal Latin Pronunciation Guide Tape 1

Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. This beginner's course in Latin uses a book ideally suited for grade school age students. Students master a large amount of Latin vocabulary while becoming acquainted with Latin grammar and syntax, including simple declensions and
conjugations.

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