Coram Deo is a classical Christian school serving North
Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville and surrounding areas.
Logic students will engage in a 2-year survey of the Bible, with the Old and New Testaments being mined for exciting truths and deep understanding. Our teachers are chosen for their Bible knowledge and cover its themes thoroughly, lovingly, and in accordance with our Statement of Faith.(1)
Learning to write well is a key component of education. In both 7th and 8th grades students will take a composition class (including elements from Rod and Staff, the progymnasmata, and examples of great works from great writers) to help them write with style and fluidity, as well as to prepare them for the construction of essays and research papers. These classes will be taught cooperatively with the humanities and Bible teachers.
In grades five and above, Coram Deo Academy teaches history and literature together in a humanities format. Each day will feature two class periods built around one era of human existence, exploring its timeline and people, great books and great thoughts, and watching how the truths of the Bible are played out in God’s workings with Man. Under the guidance of their instructors students will study primary sources and will be expected to fully participate in class discussions.
Our scope and sequence calls for 7th graders to immerse themselves in the ancient world, from creation through the Roman empire. An emphasis will be placed on the Greeks and Romans, including the great, formative wars, empire building, and religious thoughts. Books read may include Oresteia, the Odyssey, works by Plato, Caesar’s Gallic Wars, works by Cato and Cicero, and the writings of the early church fathers. 8th graders will continue their tour through history by living in the medieval world, starting with the decline of the Roman empire and journeying through the Renaissance. Along the way they will interact with Augustine, John Foxe, Bede, Arthur, Alfred, Beowulf, Chaucer, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare.(2)
Latin is fundamental to the classical experience and a powerful aid in understanding and using English. Students in 7th and 8th grade work through Wheelock’s Latin (a textbook often taught in college) in a two year A-B course. It is our intent that every student become competent in grammar and reading, so that in the School of Rhetoric they will be ready to begin translating important works and writing their own compositions in Latin.
Math has become a perennial Achilles’ heel to American schools. Many students are locked into programs that dictate their pace. We desire our program to be thorough and rigorous, yet taught in such a way that students can progress most smoothly. For that reason we allow students to test at the end of seventh grade and the end of eighth to evaluate their progress and choose, with permission, the course that is right for them. Most students will continue on to precalculus and trigonometry, but advanced students can expect to finish calculus.
All students will take Math 7 (using Saxon’s Algebra ½) and work on basic operations, numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, graphing, factoring, LCM, GCF,area, surface area and volume of geometric figures, ratios and proportions, similar figures, mean, median, mode, algebraic equations, variables, solving linear equations, graphing and solving inequalities, exponents, angle measure, interest, and polynomials. At the end of that course most students will move on to Math 8 but those who are ready can, by permission, move on to Algebra (see School of Rhetoric course descriptions). Math 8 uses Basic Algebra (Brown, Smith, and Dolciani) to study basic operations, numbers, variables, equations, basic area equations, algebraic terms, polynomials, factoring, binomials, trinomials, linear equations, graphing, linear equations in two variables, graphing inequalities, quadratic equations and factoring.
Using a basic algebra text for eighth grade math means that the teacher can present algebraic concepts at the slower pace appropriate for most eighth graders, and at the end of the year those who have truly grasped its concepts might still be able to test into geometry or algebra II.
At Coram Deo Academy we believe God created the natural universe and imposed order on it. Nature’s unimaginable beauty and complexity lead us to say with the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God!” The study of the rules nature and the definition imposed on it is what we know as science. Coram Deo students are expected to take four years of science and gain a deep understanding of the working of the natural world.