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Study African American History -- from Africa to the Present Day -- with TPS!
Study African American History with TPS!Climbing the Mountain – African American History from Africa to Present Day is designed to introduce students to the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans, tracing their accomplishments and struggles. Students develop an understanding of the African American culture through its history within the broader context of United States history. Students explore the African American narrative from African kingdoms, enslavement, emancipation, the Civil Rights era, and the social and political oppositions that have followed. The course features a focus on the Harlem Renaissance and the literary and artistic contributions of African Americans to all cultures, as well as their social, scientific, economic, religious, and political contributions. Through this course, students will have a greater understanding of current events involving the African American community. Learn more and enroll.

TPS News, Information, and Updates

Welcome! This is the place to stay current on TPS information about courses, events, and opportunities.


The 2021 Yearbook is up and running with photo galleries, student bios, and interactive comments. If you’re not in it yet, there is still time. (The password is in your StudyPlace messages.)

In case you don’t read all our newsletters (or you’re new), review all our current featured courses and tracks in convenient pictorial layout.

Enrollment Highlights

Elementary School Classes. Uniquely purposeful and enjoyable for our younger learners (grade 4+) at home. Learn more.

AP Exam Top Scores! TPS AP students are top scorers every year: 48% 5 (top score), 72% 4 or higher. Learn more.

Be a High Scholar! Earn 24 university credits and 6 high school credits in the two-year “great books” Belhaven High Scholars humanities program for students grades 10-12.

College Dual Credit. Affordable credits, flexible options! Learn more.

Boost your summer! We offer a full range of summer math and writing courses to help you build up, catch up or get ready for 2021-22.

New Courses (you may not know to look for)

  • Arts Appreciation for Young Explorers – In this course we look at the work of artists (of many mediums) from all over the world, past and present, and get messy with a creative activity for our hands and minds. This course develops little learners’ Critical Thinking skills through the Visible Thinking method. We also cover the elements of art on a beginning level…
  • Photography – Summer Starter – In this summer course students will learn the basics of how to utilize their camera settings, compose images, and work with natural summer light. Each week will cover a new theme or subject, and a new technique. After the first class each week, students will take some shots and apply what they learned…
  • Reading to Learn 4 – Did your child master reading basics only to struggle with comprehension and retention? Do you have a reluctant reader in your home who could use an academic boost? Does your elementary-aged student need to qualify for a more advanced English class? Or maybe you have a child who enjoys good stories, but chooses titles below grade level…
  • African American History – This course is fully titled Climbing the Mountain – African American History from Africa to Present Day. It is designed to introduce students to the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans, tracing their accomplishments and struggles. This course helps develop an understanding of the African American culture through their history within the broader context of United States history. This course will increase the student’s understanding of current events involving the African American community…
  • Eastern Kingdoms – A Survey of Asia’s History – Are you curious about…the development of yoga? The invention of fireworks and the cannon? The real story of Mulan? An ocean-going naval explorer 80 years before Columbus? The story of Indian curry? The origin of manga? The birth of Korean hangol writing? These and many more interesting topics are studied in this exciting course which focuses on the histories of India, South Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia from around 2000 years ago to the present day….
  • AP Human Geography – For the many people who have asked for this course, it is now in the catalog and available to strong grade 9 and up. Enjoy!
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics – We have a great teacher and are pleased to place this course back in the catalog. Take this course, do well on the AP exam, and impress the college where you apply to study policy, pre-law, or anything related to world studies or government.
  • Introduction to Playwriting – This course is a combined dramatic literature and creative writing course. Students with a passion or interest in theatre will be taken on a guided journey through a selection of unique and influential contemporary plays. Students will develop an approach to dramatic literature, gaining tools for reading and interpreting plays both as literature and as blueprints for a theatrical experience..
  • Web Site Design and Customization 2 – JavaScript and PHP – In this course, students will learn how to create and customize interactive web pages and apply these skills to actual web sites of their own. The majority of the course will focus on teaching students how to master the JavaScript programming language, which is used in virtually all modern web sites. Later, the course will shift to learning the PHP programming language to add further utility and complexity to their sites…
  • CADD 3D Modeling – Artifacts to Architecture – A digital 3D model is a representation of a physical form, generated using mathematical equations. If the thought of complex math makes design sound scary, meet Rhino 7. Rhinoceros 7 is the latest 3D modeling program, and it makes 3D modeling easier than ever before. With this cutting-edge computer application, if you can imagine it, you can design it visually. whether your interests are making 3D printed jewelry or designing an elaborate custom aircraft, a wide range of design fields can be reached starting from this course…

Improvements and Updates

  • Transcripts – We significantly cut the time and cost of getting a TPS transcript (with accreditation signature, seal and logo).
  • Middle School Workload – We monitor our own courses carefully and we appreciate the feedback we get as well. Based on our ongoing reviews, we have reduced the workload in middle school English and Science courses a bit.
  • English 3 Lit Analysis and Comp (Grade 9 English) – This is the course to take for every grade 9 student or maybe even older students to build a strong foundation in the essential skill of the analytical essay, so you can be ready for upper high school English and Social Studies courses, including college and AP. We have added a second version of English 3 to give students more options of literature and movies to discuss and analyze in their essay writing.
  • Foreign Language “Honors” – We have redesignated our two-day foreign language courses as “Honors” (changing the title, not the course). The one-day and two-day versions of the same foreign language course cover about the same breadth of material, but the two-day versions provide more instruction, practice and evaluation of spoken language, and students gain more proficiency through them. Students planning to go to Year 3 or AP in a language are encouraged to take the two-day versions if possible.

Items of Interest

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Teachers Wanted. TPS is now hiring teachers for 2021-22 and beyond. We meet with applicants throughout the year for the next upcoming school year, so please apply if you are ready to consider teaching with TPS for the upcoming school year. Courses of current immediate interest and other opportunities are listed on our Online Teaching Opportunities page.

Yearbook. TPS is sponsoring a yearbook for 2020-21! TPS students, teachers and staff will be able to submit profile information, quotes, photos, artwork, audio links, video links and other memories for adding to the 2020-21 yearbook. To start the process, we are forming a Yearbook Team of students to manage and work the project.

Academic Calendar. The 2021-22 academic calendar is posted, including 2021-22 class schedule posting date, enrollment dates, and school breaks.

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