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    Beginning with High School

    If you were starting an MP cottage school or MP-related co-op with a focus on high schoolers, what classes would you offer?

    My oldest child will be in 9th grade next year. We're new to our city and the homeschooling groups are pretty sparse in our area. My husband is a pastor serving two parishes, one of which has an empty, well-maintained school attached to it. So I have a space. I know the general advice is to start with offering Latin, but I'm pretty certain we won't have other interested families whose students would be ready for Fourth Form. Maybe a literature class or Logic?

    It's important to me that my son has a group of peers for his high school years, and I think I need to build something for that to happen. My only other option that I'm aware of is to drive about an hour for Classical Conversations, which would not be my preference.
    DS, 13 (MP 8M, with modifications)
    DD, 10 (MP 4M)
    DD, 6 (MP 1)
    DS, 2

    #2
    I just want to say, BLESS you for recognizing the need and striving to build that community.

    So, you may not have folks who can be ready for Fourth Form, but what if you switched up and did Henle I instead for high schoolers?

    I agree with adding Logic. I'm tagging Nerdmom so that she can chime in with ideas for an MP program for older kids.
    2022-23: Year 12 of homeschooling with MP

    DD1 - 27 - college grad, bakery owner
    DD2 - 16 - 11th grade - HLS Cottage School - online classes, Dual Credit - equestrian &theatre
    DS3 - 14 -7A Cottage School - soccer/tennis/aviation -dyslexia &dysgraphia
    DS4 -14 - 7A Cottage School -soccer/tennis/aviation -auditory processing disorder
    DD5 - 10- Mash up of SC levels and standard MP, Cottage School - inattentive ADHD - equestrian &tumbling
    DS6 - 8 - MP 1/SC -- 2E cutie with dyslexia, dysgraphia &ADHD

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      #3
      Hello Shauna, I think logic is a great idea! I also think that you could offer literature and classical studies. For classical studies specifically, t can be a significant benefit to parents if you offer them a course that covers the Epics or Greek Tragedies. Those are hard courses to find! Really these classes are just book studies, so you don't need a seasoned teacher necessarily. You just need someone brave enough to dive head first into the Aeneid and then lead students through the MP guides. I've seen this done in several hybrid schools and would be happy to talk more with you about it if you're ever interested. Give me a call at 502-855-4824!

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        #4
        Starting with high school can be tricky, because students haven't had similar backgrounds. But if I were to try, I'd start with Latin, logic, classical studies, and literature. If I had more time/resources, I'd add in music (choir, probably) and some sort of art (drawing lessons, calligraphy, etc - something with a structured focus, not just a free-for-all).

        Best of luck to you!
        Amanda - Mama to three crazy boys, teacher at St. Dominic Latin (FFL, TFL, 4FL, Traditional Logic 1&2), Memoria College student

        2021-2022
        9th grade - a mix of MPOA, Vita Beata, Lukeion, and AOPS
        8th grade - 8M with modifications
        4th grade - 4A

        "Non nisi te, Domine. Non nisi te" - St. Thomas Aquinas

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          #5
          Thanks, Nerdmom and Shane S, for your feedback. I love the idea of adding in music!
          DS, 13 (MP 8M, with modifications)
          DD, 10 (MP 4M)
          DD, 6 (MP 1)
          DS, 2

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