Our Scholar School

 Our Youth Scholar classes are for ages 12-18.  Please check the schedule for classes offered the current school year.

Liber Academy uses the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy of education, and the LEMI – Leadership Education Mentoring Institute methodology.  Thomas Jefferson education is a philosophy based on the “Liberal Arts” meaning “the arts whose concern is virtue and the knowledge for freedom.”  The LEMI methodology uses project-based learning as opposed to subject-based learning, these are called scholar projects. As scholar projects are all encompassing and can be fairly intense, LEMI recommends that scholar students only be enrolled in one or two scholar projects at a time.

The LEMI Scholar Projects:  Shakespeare Conquest, Key of LibertySword of FreedomHero Project, Pyramid Project or Georgics (Math and Science), QUEST I,II,III and the Edison Project.  These are our core classes.  These projects use the Greek and Hebrew Liberal Arts form through exploring Original Sources, using Group Discussions, Tutorials, Coaching, Simulations, Oral Presentations, Paper Writing and Lectures.

Liber Academy also offers additional classes to enhance and support the individual’s education.  These vary based on the needs of the students and current mentors.  In the past, these have included art, music, speech, geometry, economics, Spanish and social dance.   Note:  Elective Classes will not require much out-of-class study time.  This way, our youth will be able to focus on their studies for the core classes.

Scholar Projects.

Each project seeks to develop and inspire Vision, Mission, Abilities, Skills and Knowledge and is divided into approximate ages and levels of Practice Scholar  ages 12-15,  Apprentice Scholar ages 13-18 and Self-Directed Scholar ages 15-18.  It is important to remember the Practice Scholars are transitioning from Love of Learning to Scholar Phase.

PRACTICE SCHOLAR CLASSES

Shakespeare Conquest/Actors Training

Shakespeare Conquest is a 2-semester fun, interactive immersion approach to studying the heightened language of one of the greatest bards who ever lived. The first semester students study one play in depth throughout the semester, discussing a few scenes at a time but they are challenged through the “Royal Challenge” to watch, listen to or read 17 plays during the same semester. It is a race, whoever gets to 17 first is crowned high king or queen. Over the course, there are lectures on interesting poetic nuances and they learn to create a vocabulary list, write papers and give presentations on Elizabethan Times.  During the 2nd semester, the troupe performs a Shakespeare Play and in the late spring, attends Shakespeare Showdown acting training where they perform for and mingle with other acting troupes around the region of Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Nevada.

Key of Liberty 

Key of Liberty is a two-semester project with a third semester option called Sword of Freedom. Part I  is the study of the American Revolutionary War period, the Declaration of Independence and principles of good government. the United States Constitution, and other founding documents. Directed to 12- to 15-year-old Practice Scholars, this class offers an inspiring environment in which students are challenged to learn about many principles of government and read biographies of the founders

Sword of Freedom (One Semester)

Sword of Freedom is the study of the unraveling leading to the American Civil War, the war time and reconstruction. Students read four distinguished classics, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Across Five Aprils, an Abraham Lincoln biography and To Kill a Mockingbird. Lectures are presented on historical events and principles of war and peace. Students are assigned sides at the beginning of class and asked to debate from that point of view and to participate in simulations defending their side of things. It is truly controversial and a grand blast!

The Hero Project (One Semester)

The Hero Project is a study of the Great Wars. Students learn about the build-up to the World Wars, why the world went to war and the consequences of war. Each student is encouraged to seek out a WWII vet and interview him, give a presentation and write papers. Lectures are presented in the cycles of history and our place in it. They read four great classics of their choice. What a great discussion!

Pyramid Project

  1. I & II (two semesters) Introduction to Logic, Characteristics of a Scientist/ Document Studies – Students continue applying the language of math to their core books and are encouraged to “wonder.” In addition, they are taught to follow lines of logic, apply the characteristics of a scientist, to discover and apply truth, experiment and make commitments to studying math consistently and with more vigor. They are given opportunities to give presentations and participate in simulations. Lectures are presented on the 9 Characteristics of Scientists and principles of the Inteligro Method as found in the book, Inteligro Math by Tiffany D. Earl

Writing Tutorials trained Mentors available upon student/parent request

Students are encouraged to bring the papers they are writing for their scholar projects, read them to the class, discuss the content and learn  writing tips that help them become great writers.

Math Coaching – not available the 2017-18 Year

Students play puzzle and math games. The report on their chosen math goals and get individualized help when needed.

APPRENTICE SCHOLAR CLASSES

Classical Acting

Classical Acting is the study of drama through the ages. Students study four different time periods and how things changed over time. The students choose a play to perform, cut the script or in some cases rewrite an original script and perform in a traveling troupe, traveling to elementary schools throughout the area.

Pyramid Project

  1. Introduction to the Characteristics of Scientists and Mathematicians.
  2. I and II …..Goals:  While continuing the habits gained in Pyramid 1 & 2, the diligent scholar in this class will acquire the ability to carefully analyze difficult documents resulting in increased ability to study; will increase in ability to identify and produce logical arguments and will gain a deep respect for studying original documents.  Students are held accountable for math lessons and study hours (working on presentations, following up on Ah-ha’s, and epiphanies from class)  I haven’t failed yet to inspire a deeper love for mathematics, too.  But that’s a side benefit. : )

Texts :  Descartes, Discourse on Method (Book IV)  The document packet will include short excerpts from Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Darwin, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Lavoisier, Agassiz, Lyell, Einstein, Faraday, Zeno, Newton, Euler, Riemann, Godel.

Lectures and presentations will be posted on the Liber Academy website and should be accessed outside of class time.  Document studies will be done in class.
Study Materials Needed in Class: Internet devices encouraged (smart phones, ipads, etc.), essential reference books, any Dictionary of Mathematics, any Dictionary of Philosophy,
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, Document Packet, Binder, PLENTY of paper.  We will be diagramming arguments so computers are important but paper and pen are REQUIRED.

  1. III Georgics (2 Semesters) – Georgics is a study of the earth and the principles learned by men who work the land. Students are encouraged to grow a garden and present on their success.
  2. IV Chemistry – Pyramid Project Chemistry is the study of the basic elements of the earth, how the small things are big, chemical reactions apply to real life and the mysteries of the molecules. Students choose their own chemistry text and share their findings with the group. They memorize molecular structures, visit labs and rub shoulders with inventors of the modern world.
 Prerequisite: to Pyramid IV is Pyramid I & II

Georgics

Think of Georgics as “civilization builders.” It is about becoming a homesteader. It teaches the basic and essential skills and principles that a healthy civilization is built upon. Stewardship, entrepreneurialism, faith, forgiveness, community interdependence. Cosette Stevens

A fundamental principle of Georgics is that our freedom is tied to the land. When we are able to provide for ourselves, bless our community, work with our neighbors, etc., we are free. If we require someone else to provide our food, shelter, water and more, we have lost much (and are in danger of losing all) of our liberty. Diannalynn Claridge

There’s more simulations, activities and field experience (literally), than any of the other projects. The word Georgics comes from  poems by Virgil in which you can find the principles and results we are learning about. They are the principles listed in the description LEMI gives.

Quest I (formally TJYC-I)

QUEST I – Qualities of the Universal; Enduring, Self-evident and Timeless – Is a leadership course wherein students study original speeches and documents of the great leaders in history such as Martin Luther, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King. Students read biographies of each of the leaders and four suggested classics including Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. In this course they are asked to write 1-2 page persuasive essays on each of the documents. They are exposed to blue book exams, oral exams and final exams.

Quest II (formally TJYC-II)

Quest II- Qualities of the Universal, Enduring, Self-evident and Timeless focuses on Statesmanship through the study of great leaders. Studentsl read biographies of leaders who represent the Characteristics of Statesmanship (virtue, wisdom, diplomacy, courage, inspire greatness in others and move the cause of liberty). You will study a leader of your choice for each of these traits, then write an essay and give a presentation on how this leader represents the characteristic. You will learn research skills and apply them by writing a research paper on a topic of your choice. You will learn transformational writing in the process.

Quest III (TJYC-III) 

This course focuses on three areas; learning the language of world views, personal management, and principles of good government and jurisprudence.  The reading of David Noebel’s,

For World Views, The reading of David Noebel’s, Understanding the Times introduces the scholar to the basic beliefs of Marxism, Biblical Christianity, Secular Humanism,  Post-Modernism, New Spirituality(Cosmic Humanism) and now Islam with comparisons in 10 disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Law, & History.  Exploration of each worldview includes original documents, discussion, response writings, presentations and a creation of the student’s own manifest.  This segment of study includes lengthy discussions of each worldview led by a scholar.  Mentor’s lectures include The Power Structures in America,Writing Tutorials, and any others that pertain to the topics or as needed.

For personal management, Steven R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is discussed in its entirety with expectations of implementing the “habits” in their acquisition of scholar skills.  Each scholar leads a discussion on a section of this incredibly life-changing discourse toward Private and Public Victory!

For principles of good government, reading of the book, The 5000-year Leap, by Cleon W. Skousen is assigned. Each scholar then chooses a principle and identifies a current event that either supports or violates it and then presents a written report along with an oral presentation.  Lastly, a quiz is given on the memorization of the 28 principles therein.

In accordance with the Pillars of a Leadership Education, the pillar of Simulation is a big part of this course.  As a final assignment, the scholars research two land-mark U.S. Supreme Court cases from which two separate simulations of the cases are re-enacted before “justices” in a court setting.  The class is divided into two teams representing the appellant or petitioner and the respondent.  Oral arguments, writing skills and research are put to the test in this setting in which scholars really shine.

All events are followed by a Graduation Dinner with speeches and awards.

Students are encouraged to bring the papers they are writing for their scholar project courses, read them to the class, discuss the content and learn to apply the six points of editing to their papers.
1. Target Audience – establishing voice to speak to the audience
2. Content – creating operational thesis statements and using proofs
3. Structure – Intro, body, conclusions
4. Flow – flowing from point to point maintaining an even voice
5. Grammar – rules of grammar
6. Punctuation – rules of punctuation
They learn to write and rewrite.

SELF-DIRECTED  SCHOLAR CLASSES

The Edison Project

Scholars in this level are taught how to nail their 1, 2 and 3 primary objectives. They are encouraged to only commit to the things in their lives that move these objectives forward. They are encouraged to find mentors, travel, become fluent in languages, take college entrance exams and shoot for the stars. They begin this process by attending a fun weekend retreat and really hashing through the options with trained mentors. During the year they report on their progress and study “The Seven Creative Powers;” Material Power, Relationship Power, Personal Power, Task Power, Knowledge Power, Authority Power and The Power of Allegiance.

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