Quest I

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS?

Quest is a study of social leadership. In Quest I, you will gain proficiency in understanding a Thomas Jefferson Education methodology. You will study great speeches and biographies to explore the role of statesmen in history. You will sharpen your writing skills while responding to essay questions regarding inspiring leaders. You will also read and discuss classic books. There will be written and oral exams.

PURPOSE

Vision: See that the world needs valiant leaders and recognize your potential to fill a leadership role
Mission: Prepare yourself to fulfill your personal life mission
Ability: Begin with the end in mind, create systems and habits to accomplish your vision, and develop the six keys of personal influence
Skills: Increased capacity to read, write, speak and think through using proofs which support your statements.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

Completion of Pyramid Project

HOW MUCH TIME WILL BE REQUIRED?

15 – 25 hours each week

COST:

Please see the Tuition & Fees page for a complete list of costs and administration fees.

BOOKS STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE

Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens by DeMille and Brooks
A Thomas Jefferson Education by DeMille
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
The Chosen by Potok
The Giver, Gathering Blue and The Messenger by Lowry
Biographies on Martin Luther, Patrick Henry, John Brown, Gandhi & Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
The Real George Washington
The Real Thomas Jefferson
Ghandi; fighter without a sword (out of print available from LEMI)

COURSE LENGTH

This is the first semester of a three semester course.  Quest I semester runs September through the end of Decemberl.

NOTE TO PARENTS

This is an Apprentice Scholar Project which motivates students to study through inspiring mentors, positive peer pressure, exposure to greatness, higher expectations, due dates, internal rewards and an opportunity to certify.

HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR STUDENT

Students will need a writing mentor for their essays. They have an essay due every other week so they should be submitting either a first draft or a revised copy of their essay to their writing mentor every week. Hold weekly mentor meetings with your student so they can report to you what their assignments are and how they are progressing towards
achieving them. They will need to choose a leader who embodies at least one of the Six Keys of Personal Influence (example, service, oral persuasion, written persuasion, prayer and the arts) and write a 2 – 3 page paper on how that leader exemplifies the key(s) of influence.