Class Descriptions & Student Placement
Humanities and English Language Studies are offered in the morning. Students enroll for the entire morning block, although there is flexibility in placement between the two disciplines, depending on student background and ability. Morning classes commence at 9:00 a.m. with Conventus et Recitatio (Gathering and Recitation). See the High School Evaluation & Grading page for complete information on optional additional services.
Latin is offered in the afternoon for students from 5th through 12th grade. Classes begin at 1:00 p.m. with a brief Conventus et Recitatio Latinae (Gathering and Recitation of Latin). Please note that there is a tuition charge for high school Latin studies (Latin Alive 1 & 2), since the teachers of these classes will provide evaluation of homework, quizzes, and tests.
All Providence Prep students from 5th grade up must be enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions (unless no class is available for their level). All of our courses reinforce and complement each other.
Students will be required to purchase curricula and materials for each of the classes listed below. Lists for these will be finalized in the summer and links will be provided in the Providence Prep Bookstore. We are very mindful of cost considerations as we plan, and many of the materials that we will require are available used at Amazon, or free on Paperback Swap.
For an overview of how our classes are conducted, visit Philosophy, Distinctives, and Methods. Please note that all class offerings below are contingent upon full staffing of teaching positions and a minimum of five students in each class.
Humanities is mainly comprised of history and literature studies. For the 2016-2017 academic year, our history and literature studies will focus on Christendom—from the advent of Christianity in the Roman Empire through the Medieval Age and up to the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe.
Humanities II – Christendom (9th-12th grades)
The outstanding King’s Meadow Modernity curriculum is the centerpiece of this level, along with literary selections from the classic Great Books canon of western civilization. Students will be expected to listen to lectures, complete literature and journaling assignments, and prepare presentations, papers, and projects outside of class. Essays required in the English Studies classes will complement these assignments. Most students may consider this one history credit plus one literature credit. For additional information on class content, visit the 2016-2017 bookstore page.
Humanities I – Christendom (6th/7th-8th grades)
Students will still focus mainly on living books and poems that relate to the time period under study. In addition they will also be studying a history text, reading some primary sources, and gaining academic skills which will serve them as they transition into upper level studies. Geography will be included in context. Students will be expected to complete reading and journaling assignments in history and literature, and prepare several presentations, papers, and projects outside of class. Essays required in the English Studies classes will complement these assignments. For additional information on class content, visit the 2016-2017 bookstore page.
Christendom for Grammar Students (4th to 5th/6th grades, for students of on-site teachers and helpers)
Students will focus on the time period under consideration by reading high interest age-appropriate living books and poems that will bring this time period to life. Geography, Picture Study, and Composer Study are emphasized. For additional information on class content, visit the 2016-2017 bookstore page.
Christendom for Primer Students (K-3rd grade, for students of on-site teachers and helpers)
Students will focus on the time period under study by reading high interest age-appropriate living books and poems that will bring this time period to life. Geography, Picture Study, and Composer Study are emphasized. For additional information on class content, visit the 2016-2017 bookstore page.
Our English Studies incorporate grammar, composition, literary analysis, and poetry. The composition portion of the class is based on classical methodology, including an emphasis on the progymnasmata (progym) and literature-based lessons. Materials are from Cottage Press.
Poetics & Progym III (10th grade & up – Prerequisite Poetics & Progym II or equivalent)
Students complete the Progym as they work through speech-In-character, description, thesis, and law. We continue to study and apply rhetorical and literary theory. Advanced poetry study continues, with analysis and composition. Students continue to study and classify figures of speech and figures of description, as well as employ these in their own writing. Visit Cottage Press Language Arts for Upper School for additional information.
Poetics & Progym II (9th grade & up – Prerequisite Poetics & Progym I or equivalent)
Students begin with Progym twin exercises confirmation and refutation, then practice the common-place exercise, and finish with triplet exercises encomium, invective, and comparison. These provide the basis for advancing essay analysis and composition. We introduce more advanced rhetorical and literary theory, which students then apply in their essays. Poetry study continues, with advancing analysis and composition. Students continue to study and classify figures of speech and figures of description, as well as employ these in their own writing. Visit Cottage Press Language Arts for Upper School for additional information.
Poetics & Progym I (8th grade & up – Prerequisite Bards & Poets)
Students review and apply skills from previous levels, with abundant practice in outlining and summarizing. Poetics & Progym I introduces the basic expository essay via the proverb and anecdote exercises of the Progym. We continue to study and classify figures of speech, and employ them in student essays. Poetry study includes comprehension, scansion in four meters, and study of poetic forms. Literary terms and concepts are studied and cataloged in order to facilitate understanding in students’ Humanities studies. Again, a student may profitably spend two years in this class to provide review and mastery. Visit Cottage Press Language Arts for Upper School for additional information.
Bards & Poets (6th-8th grades)
A more intensive study of grammar begins in this level. In composition, students review the fable exercise of the Progym, and then move to the narrative exercise with models that increase in length and complexity through the year. Bards & Poets includes vocabulary analysis, advancing literary analysis, sentence construction skills, editing skills, and more complex outlining and summarizing skills. Students study beginning figures of speech and figures of description and apply these to writing assignments. Basic poetry scansion (analysis of meter) is introduced and practiced regularly. This course does move quickly, so some students will need to spend two years at this level, with the second year providing review and mastery of crucial foundational skills. Visit Cottage Press Language Arts for Intermediate Students for additional information.
Fable & Song (4th-5th grades, for children of on-site teachers and helpers)
The focus of this class is the fable exercise of the Progym, with some short narratives and poems included as models. Beginning grammar is taught with an introduction to the parts of speech and basic sentence diagramming. Other skills taught and/or reinforced include spelling analysis, beginning literary analysis, and dictionary skills. Visit Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children for additional information.
Primer Story & Rhyme (K-3rd grade, for children of on-site teachers and helpers)
Students at this stage prepare for formal composition studies later by narrating fables and stories, and by copying and memorizing beautiful patterns of language in passages from the Bible, poetry, and well-written prose. For students who are ready, a gentle introduction to spelling and grammar concepts is provided in the context of the copywork selections. Visit Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children for additional information.
Latin is highly recommended for all Providence Prep students beginning in 5th grade. We begin our Latin classes each week corporately chanting the Latin grammar and reciting Latin memory work selections for about fifteen minutes before dividing into our respective classrooms. There are two divisions of Latin offered, each of which has three levels.
Latin Alive I, II, and III
These three courses comprise three years of high school Latin credit, and are ideally suited for 9th through 12th grade. 8th grade students who have studied at least one or two years of Latin for Children, or who have exceptionally strong English grammar skills, can also begin in Latin Alive I. This class has a required tuition of $200 per year since teachers must provide assessment and evaluation of homework, quizzes, and tests.
Latin for Children, Primers A, B, & C
We recommend that students begin these sequential classes no sooner than fifth grade, and continue through 8th grade. Latin vocabulary is emphasized, and basic Latin grammar concepts are covered in a review and mastery format. In the process of learning Latin grammar, English grammar is reviewed and reinforced. Students learn to parse and translate Latin sentences, and eventually, longer passages. Vocabulary study includes much work with derivatives. This three year course provides many academic benefits for students across all disciplines. It is also a strong preparation for a rigorous high school Latin course of study.