New for 2016-17 School Year

July 6, 2016

Press release!

We are excited to announce the following new programs and curriculum for the 2016-17 School Year.

New Online Courses for 2016-17 School Year

  • Honors Algebra 1
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Latin Prose & Poetry
  • AP Statistics
  • Spanish 3
  • English 11: Classical Rhetoric

Additional Instructional Time

Additional instructional time has been added for all online honors and upper level math, science, and foreign language classes.  These classes will now meet for 1:20 minutes twice/week.  Honors and upper level courses in math, science, and foreign language include:

  • Math: Honors Algebra 1, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2/Trig, Precalculus, Honors Precalculus, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB.
  • Science: Honors Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics 1, AP Biology, AP Chemistry
  • Language: Spanish 3, Latin 3, AP Latin Prose & Poetry

New Online Honors Seminar offered

Kolbe is very excited to announce a new program for both online and homeschool students to enjoy.  Currently, students enrolled in online Honors Theology, Literature, or History, have attended live class with students enrolled as "Core" Theology, Literature, and History students.  While honors students will continue to attend live class with core students, beginning in the 2016-17 School year, "Honors Seminar" will be offered for honors students to attend for live, dedicated, and in-depth discussion of the topics they encounter during regular class time.

Here are some details on the new program:

  • Honors Seminar will be organized by grade level and will rotate each week among the topics of Theology, Literature, and History.  Students taking one or more honors courses in these subject areas are invited to attend all seminars, but may choose to only come to the seminars pertaining to their honor's subject.  For example, a student taking 9th Grade Honors Greek Literature, may attend every 9th grade Honors seminar or just the Literature seminars.  As Kolbe's curriculum is very well integrated among the liberal arts courses, honors students will find that much is to be gained by attending all of the seminars.
  • Seminar will meet on Mondays for 1:20 but not during holiday, review, or exam weeks. There are a total of 21 seminar meetings per year equaling about 7 per subject.  A schedule with seminar dates and subjects covered will be released at a later date.  
  • Homeschool students may enroll for the online honors seminar without enrolling for the online course.
  • Honors seminar will replace the requirement for honors students to write extra papers in both the online and homeschool courses for Theology, Literature, and History.  Homeschool honors students may still opt to write extra papers in lieu of enrolling for honors seminar.  
  • Instructors leading seminar will be required to assign an additional short reading assignment, typically from an essay, short story, poetry reading, encyclical, or article.  
  • Instructors will be required to grade students on active participation during the live seminar classes.  This may include contribution to discussions, presentations, and other in-class activities designed by the instructor.
  • Instructors will be rotate teaching honors seminar so that honors students will be exposed to the wealth of knowledge, talent, and teaching styles that Kolbe Academy is blessed to have.

New and Improved Self-Paced Courses

Kolbe released its first iteration of self-paced courses during the 2015-16 School Year.  These courses used recordings of last year's online courses, along with the homeschool course plan, to maneuver a student through Kolbe's homeschool curriculum.  However, we quickly realized that the set-up of these courses was not ideal for the audience and presented much confusion for students trying to use the homeschool course plan.  With that in mind, we wanted to quickly address this issue by developing a new self-paced course program, even if it meant releasing the courses in a much slower way.  The new courses will integrate the homeschool curriculum into Schoology, our learning management system, so that the student can step through the assignments piece by piece.  Additionally, videos recorded especially for self-paced students (and not just pre-recorded videos) will be integrated strategically right into the course plan.  The following are a list of courses that will be ready in August or September of 2016:

  • 7th Grade History:  Light to the Nations, Volume I
  • 8th Grade History: Light to the Nations, Volume II
  • 9th Grade History:  Ancient Greece
  • 10th Grade History: Ancient Rome
  • 9th Grade Literature:  Ancient Greek Literature
  • Algebra 1
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Latin 1 (Henle)
  • Latin 2 (Henle)

More may be ready and will be announced as they come available.  Self-paced courses do not include teacher interaction, grading, or textbooks, but do include course plans, study guides, exams, video instruction, and answer keys for parents to grade exams, papers, and study guide questions.

Digital Access to Records!

Kolbe is excited to announce that we are in the final stages of implementing a new Student Information System (SIS).  This new system will allow families to access their digital records for their child including past and present course information.  Not only will this system be a nice feature for all of our families, it will also help our administrative staff serve our families in a much more thorough and efficient way.  Look for more information later this spring!