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Belhaven High Scholars Year 1

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Subject Categories:
Bible and Worldview, College Dual Credit, English Language Arts, History, Literature and Media, Writing and Composition

This course is Year 1 of Belhaven High Scholars. Year 2 information is here.

In partnership between TPS and Belhaven University, High Scholars is a “classics” (“Great Books”) program that integrates western history, literature, and art from ancient to contemporary times. Live classes feature interactive dialogue, including regular teacher-moderated “round table” discussions, allowing students to examine and analyze course topics through collaborative conversation. The integrated nature of this program allows students to dive deep into the events and ideas that have shaped the modern world: students study not only the literature, art, and history of western civilization, but also the intellectual and philosophical movements – the ideas and modes of thought – that lie behind these. These trends and developments are analyzed and considered from a distinctly biblical worldview. This two-year curriculum welcomes students grade 10 and up.

  • Four (4) live interactive classes each week, including regular “round table” discussions (mics and cameras)
  • 24 college credits (Freshman Comp 1 and 2, World Lit 1 and 2, Western History 1 and 2, Contemporary History, Art Appreciation)
  • Two (2) years of high school History, Lit and Comp, and academic electives (6 HS credits)
  • Content integration allows for considerably lower total workload than each subject taken separately

High School Credits Year 1 and 2 (TPS transcript)

Year 1

  • High Scholars Western Literature and Composition 1 (1 credit)
  • High Scholars Western History (1 credit)
  • High Scholars Western Worldviews (1 credit)

Year 2

  • High Scholars Western Literature and Composition 2 (1 credit)
  • High Scholars Contemporary World History (1 credit)
  • High Scholars Art History (1 credit)

College Credits Year 1 and 2 (Belhaven University transcript)

Year 1

  • ENG101 Freshman English I (3 credits)
  • ENG203 Survey of World Lit I (3 credits)
  • HIS107 Civilization I (3 credits)
  • HIS108 Civilization II (3 credits)

Year 2

  • ENG102 Freshman English II (3 credits)
  • ENG204 Survey of World Lit II (3 credits)
  • HIS205 Contemporary World History (3 credits)
  • ART215 Art Appreciation (3 credits)

(Note: These numbers and titles are from the Belhaven University Course Catalog)

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (80% or higher) of TPS English 3 Lit Analysis and Comp (or higher)
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (80% or higher) of TPS American History, Lit, and Comp
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

College Credit Fees: During the course, students will be required to register with Belhaven University and pay for the college credits ($600 per year). This is in addition to the TPS tuition.

Attendance Required: Because this course involves frequent in-class discussions and seminars, regular active participation is required and is factored into the course grade. Students who plan to regularly miss one or more classes per week must obtain TPS written concurrence for the courses to receive credit. TPS will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests while maintaining the high school and college credit requirements.

“This course greatly enhanced my understanding of classical history and literature from a Christian standpoint! Because it was dual enrollment through Belhaven University, we got the added bonus of earning college credit without having to take a stressful AP exam at the end of the year. But without a doubt, the best part of High Scholars was seeing my classmates four days a week and getting to know them personally!”

Emma M

“There are so many things I could say to influence others to take this class. This course really focuses on strengthening the foundations and thoughts of its students. In the English section, I got to read so many interesting short stories, poems, and essays and discuss their meanings and themes with my fellow classmates. In History, I received objective lessons on historical events and movements. I even got to discuss and debate my own ideas on subjects like Globalization, Marxism, Imperialism, and much more. In the Art History section, I got to learn about different cultures and their ideas through their art. I got to see different ways of looking at history or topics just through different pieces of art. All of the teachers are well educated in their studies, friendly and loving to their students, and focus on teaching their students how to think and discuss. This class has brought me much joy, and I hope that you strongly consider taking it.”

Daniel W

“I would recommend this course to anyone looking to get a deeper education in high school. The teachers give you the tools and resources and teach you how to write and learn like a college student. Not only have I developed better writing skills, learned so much about world literature and history, and learned to appreciate art, but I also feel that after taking this class I am more prepared to go to college and have a better grasp of what will be expected of me.”

Isabel M

“I recommend this course because it so successfully combines English (literature), History, and Art History and they all follow the same timeline! I had never done Art History before, and the College Art Appreciation part of High Scholars Year 2 helped me understand and appreciate art in so many new ways.”

Glorianna G

“I really cannot praise High Scholars highly enough. The teachers are fun, engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they teach. I never knew I could learn so much while still having fun. With this class meeting four days a week, there is more of an opportunity to grow closer as a class, and I am so grateful for the friends I have made. Rather than studying different eras of history as compartmentalized sections of time, I have learned how all of history interconnects, giving me a much fuller understanding of the world of the past. Although this course is a challenge and a large time commitment, it has transformed my writing and helped me reach academic heights that I never knew I could.”

Carolyn Y

“High Scholars has been awesome! It changed my perspective of the world and how I perceive things around me; it challenged me, but I found a new sense of adventure. Class is always a fun trip down history filled with stories as old as time; it’s mind-boggling. Belhaven became more than a class to me, it was my epiphany. And all of my teachers and classmates were amazing!”

Abigail J
Reviews from Students and Parents