High School Course Listings
High School Course Listings
Unless otherwise indicated, all the following courses are
for a full-year and a full high school credit. However, half
of a full-year course may be taken for a half credit. All prices subject to change due to publishers’ price increases. Daily lesson plans are included with each course. Often, supplemental materials, tests, and answer keys are enclosed within the Lesson Plan Book.
This one-semester, one-half credit course is based on the paperback text The Accounting Game™: Basic Accounting Fresh From the Lemonade Stand. Authors Darrell Mullis and Judith Orloff simplify the intricacies of small business operations by examining a virtual lemonade stand. The course is designed to create a specific learning experience to overcome many of the standard hesitations and difficulties with learning business fundamentals.
The chapter headings are as follows:
- Chapter 1 – Cash, Original Investment, Assets, Liabilities, Notes Payable, Owner’s Equity, Balance Sheets, Inventory, Earnings, Expenses
- Chapter 2 – Gross Profit, Net Profit, Income Statements, Cash Flow
- Chapter 3 – Retained Earnings, Loans, Credit, Accounts Payable, Notes Payable
- Chapter 4 – Paid Labor, Accounts Receivable, Bad Debt, Interest, Prepaid Expenses, Accrual Method, Cash Method, Creative Accounting
- Chapter 5 – Service Businesses
- Chapter 6 – FIFO, LIFO
- Chapter 7 – Cash Statements, Fixed Assets, Capitalization, Depreciation
- Chapter 8 – Profits vs. Cash
- Chapter 9 – Taxes, Liquidation
- Chapter 10 – Final Analysis — Improving Profits
- Answer Key
- About the Authors
Text: The Accounting Game™: Basic Accounting Fresh From the Lemonade Stand. Paperback, color, copyright 1998, 179 pages.
One-half high school credit. Tests graded for accuracy.
Text: Typing and Keyboarding for Everyone. A Thomson/Arco book that has been used to teach students, bookkeepers, and workers in all kinds of jobs. Teaches typing and keyboarding. A lesson a day, a few keys at a time, then words, sentences, and paragraphs. Entirely self-teaching, Cumulative reviews, Accuracy and speed-building in the same lesson, Basic office tips, Exercises for using your computer. Spot color, copyright 2002, 146 pages, includes Typing Tutor CD.
This course uses two different programming languages to teach computer programming. The first half of the course uses the Python language to teach the basic concepts of programming. Because Python is an interactive programming environment, the student will receive immediate feedback and more easily learn fundamental concepts.
After learning the basic concepts in Python, the course switches to the graphical environment of Visual Basic Express. Visual Basic Express is based upon the .NET programming system from Microsoft, which is probably the most popular Windows-based programming tool in the world.
Students will learn such concepts as structured programming technique, object-oriented programming, event-driven programming, binary numbers, branching logic, using functions, arrays, constants, using forms and controls, and programming for the Internet.
Working copies of both Python and Visual Basic Express are included with the course books.
Computer Programming using QBasic/QuickBasic
This course will teach you how to program computers using QBasic or QuickBasic. QBasic/QuickBasic is the Microsoft version of BASIC and is the most popular version of the programming language. This course is for students who need a half-credit course. For a full-year, full-credit course, students should take the Computer Programming course.
Introduction to Computers
To cope in the modern business world, the average citizen faces an increasing need for computer literacy and an understanding of the application of computers to the needs of people and organizations. This course is designed to help students develop computer literacy by teaching various computer applications and simple computer technology. The student will learn the processing cycle, data and information storage, input and output functions, and information systems. The text meets the Level One content standards of the Data Processing Management Association. One semester. One-half credit.
This is a combination Composition and Literature Analysis course, not a survey course. Spelling and vocabulary words also are studied throughout the year. The first half of each quarter concentrates on paragraph writing; the second half of each quarter concentrates on analyzing a reading selection. Students are asked to think about characterization and to give specific examples for character traits. Other literary elements such as the main conflict, plot, theme, point of view, foreshadowing and setting are studied.
This is a combination Composition and Literature Analysis course, not a survey course. Spelling and vocabulary words are studied throughout the year. The first half of each quarter concentrates on paragraph writing and longer compositions, as well as a research paper. The second half of each quarter concentrates on analyzing a reading selection.
In the first quarter, the student analyzes the theme and characters of Animal Farm. The second quarter teaches students about various aspects of poetry, such as imagery, figures of speech and other poetical devices. A Tale of Two Cities is analyzed in the third quarter for the theme, character development, and conflict. In the fourth quarter, a research paper is written.
The main objective of this course is to improve the student’s ability to analyze, interpret, and critique literature. Hopefully the student will develop an appreciation of great works of literature written from the Catholic point of view, as well as a deeper understanding of the Catholic view of reality.
Various selections are read to improve the student’s ability to appreciate different kinds of literature: the novel, poetry, narrative poetry, and the play.
This is a survey course, using a British literature textbook, yet at the same time it demands certain high standards of analysis of the selections. While the same kind of analysis is expected as was taught in the lower level English courses, more insight and maturity of interpretation is expected.
The Catholic textbook includes short stories by G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, and John Galsworthy; selections from the biographies of John Henry Newman, Evelyn Waugh, and Thomas More; dramas such as Everyman; essays by Addison and Steele as well as Belloc and Campion; satire by Swift; historical prose by Macaulay and Carlyle; narrative poetry from Paradise Lost; and lyric poetry from Keats, Wordsworth, and Hopkins.
Catholic Readings in American Literature
This course, based on a Catholic high school literature text, is a survey of American literature which includes many Catholic selections. In the section “Colonial Outlines – 1492-1775,” essays include a letter from Christopher Columbus, a Nativity play, a letter by St. Isaac Jogues, and a selection from the diary of Father Junipero Serra.
“Revolutionary Designs – 1775-1800” includes writings by Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson, but also “A Letter To Catholics” by George Washington and an essay by Charles Carroll.
“National Patterns – 1800-1865” includes selections by Irving, Thoreau, Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell, Poe, and Whittier, and Orestes Brownson.
Along with such giants as Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are included John Bannister Tabb, Agnes Repplier, Arthur Guiterman, Joyce Kilmer, Sister Madeleva, and Willa Cather.
Textbook: American Literature
Catholic Readings in World Literature
Based on a Catholic high school literature textbook, the program includes a Catholic perspective as well as Catholic selections. This survey course includes selections from authors O. Henry, Farrow (selection from Damien the Leper), Chesterton, Masefield, Rachel Field, Cecily Hallack, Benet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Franz Werfel (selection from Song of Bernadette), Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, and Keats.
Text: World Literature
This is a one-semester course concentrating on the plays of the classic English playwright William Shakespeare. In many ways, these plays show us how Catholic thinking, traditions, and culture have been reflected in the life and literature of the past. The plays studied are: As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and The Winter’s Tale.
This is an optional course which may be taken at any high school grade level. All the books are Signet Classic Edition. One-half credit.
Grammar and Composition 9
The first half of the course focuses on grammar. All major parts of speech and sentence structure are carefully presented, starting with basic principles and working up to more advanced concepts. The student will continue learning about nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, participles, gerunds, infinitives, adverbs, prepositions, phrases, clauses, and complex and compound sentences.
The second half of the course focuses on the development of writing skills. Three main types of composition are covered: description, both objective and impressionistic; narration, in chronological order and using dialogue; and exposition, which includes examples, cause and effect, comparison and contrast and analysis.
Text/Workbook: Grammar 9 for Young Catholics
The purpose of this one-semester course is to help the student learn vocabulary for personal conversation, for college papers, to understand what is read, and to do well on the college entrance exams.
The work text teaches the student new words from context, building vocabulary through central ideas, and words derived from Greek, Latin, French, Anglo-Saxon, Italian, and Spanish.
This course may be taken at any high school level. One-half credit.
Work text: Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student
The study of Latin can aid students to learn what language is. Latin can teach the student to speak and write more clearly in English or in any other language. Latin can be instrumental in developing habits of concentration and logical thinking.
This course employs the old Roman principle of war: Divide et Impera (“Divide and Conquer”). The program is divided into a series of conquerable, easy steps. In the study of any language, a strong, firm foundation is important to success. The ultimate aim is to acquire a mastery of word forms, syntax and vocabulary.
The texts were written for classroom use but unlike modern spoken languages, is presented in a classical, traditional method.
In this course, exercises are taken from the writings of Caesar. Translations are based mainly on Caesar’s Imperialism in Gaul, but a section of translations includes the story of Jesus Christ.
These exercises and translations are based mainly on Cicero to give the student an acquaintance with the finest in Roman oratory. In addition, there is a section of translation titled “Rome Versus Christianity. Christ Conquers the Empire.”
This basic course in French contains many types of exercises which make the learning of French easy and exciting. The book contains entertaining stories, skits, and dialogues which center around practical, everyday situations. The exercises stress basic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, essential structures, reading comprehension, and a guide to French pronunciation as well as a tape to accompany the exercises. The worktext is designed specifically for the at-home student.
At this level, the study of the French Language is to help the student attain proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The text presents the language within the context of the contemporary French-speaking world and its culture. Included with the text are a reader, a workbook, and supplemental Catholic selections for translation.
At the third year level, the objectives are to increase the student’s language proficiency and to build fluency. To accomplish this, the program consolidates the foundation established in the first two levels, then proceeds to expand student understanding of how the language functions. The course includes the student text (the first half for the third year student) with a workbook and supplemental Catholic translations (optional for the non-Catholic).
The worktext, as the Preface explains, “presents the Spanish language in an interesting and stimulating context through a personalization of the materials rather than through a traditional memorization of set formulas and dialogues.” The worktext is designed for the at-home student rather than for classroom use. Catholic supplement (optional for the non-Catholic).
Text/Workbook: Spanish Now!
At the second year level, the Spanish text uses more complex structures of basic Spanish, and expands the cultural themes. Beginning units provide a thorough review of the introductory structures and vocabulary; then, new material is presented with continual opportunities for written and oral practice of new expressions.
The third year Spanish course concentrates on the areas of oral communication, linguistic skills, and literature. Along with further study of grammatical structures, the text encourages the use of Spanish in real life situations, such as conversations, reading Spanish literature, and learning about Spanish history and culture. Thus, the course prepares the student for viewing and using Spanish as a living language.
This course, using the widely acclaimed John Saxon textbook, provides the necessary drill by reviewing all concepts in every Problem Set. The parts of a particular concept are introduced in small units so that they may be practiced before the next part is introduced. In algebra, as with all other math subjects, the student must thoroughly understand each step. In Algebra I, students learn basic algebraic concepts such as integers, factoring, fractions, and functions.
In Advanced Algebra, more complex concepts such as polynomials, rational expressions, and graphing are taught. Advanced algebra lays a solid foundation for the future study of mathematics, as well as many of the sciences, especially chemistry and physics. Required by all college-bound students, highly recommended for others.
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, geometry has had a dual aspect. It is claimed to be an accurate description of the space in which we live and it is also an intellectual discipline, a deductive structure. This course covers both Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry in a reasonably simple chronological presentation in order to familiarize the student with all the basic concepts of geometry.
This course is to help the student reason well to see more clearly if an argument reaches a sound conclusion, to determine if an answer is reasonable. As the author states, “You will more surely be able to synthesize the knowledge you possess into clear communication to advance the truth.” Part I: Introduction to Logic; Part II: Detecting Sophistical Arguments; Part III: Formal Logic; Part IV: Symbolic Logic. One-half year, one-half credit. Highly recommended for the college-bound.
Text: Principles of Clear Thinking
Advanced Math I & II
This course includes an integrated program of Geometry, Trigonometry and Algebra III. The first half of the text is for the first year, the second half of the text is for the second year. The author John Saxon writes that it is “designed to prepare students for a comprehensive pre-calculus course. The topics covered in this book are covered so thoroughly and in such depth that many will consider that this book in itself provides an excellent preparation for calculus.”
This course is appropriate for the serious math student, as a third and fourth year course.
An in-depth coverage of all the topics normally presented in the first two semesters of a three-semester calculus sequence.
Text: Calculus: With Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, Solution Manual
This course is an overview, appropriate to the high-school level, of the four pillars of the faith: the creed, the sacraments, the commandments, and prayer. The course also contains supplemental material in the lesson plans covering basic apologetics.
The first semester of this course covers the Mass, the Sacraments, and Sacramentals, while the second semester covers Catholic morality with supplemental material. The two texts are older Catholic high school textbooks by Father John Laux which have been reprinted and updated with footnotes by TAN Publishers.
In this course the student will begin by studying the purposes, origins, and versions of the Bible. Then the student will move on to study the books of the Bible, both individually, and in their natural groupings. Besides the doctrine and spiritual message of each book the student will also study the historical and social context of the books. The lesson plans include supplemental materials on such topics as Mary as Mediatrix, the Suffering Servant, Types of Christ, The Word Made Flesh, and the Incarnation.
An advanced apologetics course, this program aims to prepare the senior student for the modern pagan world. Written by Dr. Anne W. Carroll, with an imprimatur from Msgr. Burke of the Arlington diocese, the program covers He Who Is, Immorality and Freedom, The One True Church, Upon This Rock, Credo, Church and World, Justice in the Marketplace, Dialectical Materialism, Liberal Capitalism and the Social Encyclicals, War and Peace, Church and State, Christ as King, Man and Woman, Husband and Wife, Consecrated to Christ, Living God’s Life, Suffering in Christ, The Body of Christ, Praying in Christ. Our most popular course! We have recently added references to the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, plus have added an additional text: Catholic Apologetics by Father Laux.
Science and Health
Biology: A Search for Order
New Course: This new Biology course uses a textbook written for Christian students, Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity. A modern book of over 400 pages, the chapters cover The Insect World, Chemical Structure of Biological Materials, The Nature of Living Things, The Science of Genetics, The Development of the Individual, Classification of Organisms, Viruses, Algae, Animals, The Biology of Man, Plant Life, Theories of Biological Change. The objective tests, available online, are not meant to be difficult but to cover basic information in the field.
The Introduction explains that “Although the underlying theme of the entire text is the orderly processes described by the principles of biology, the content is not limited to an exposition of those principles. The book also contains a useful and comprehensive background of biological information…It has numerous illustrations, questions at the end of each section, and chapter review questions.”
Text: Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity, published by Christian Liberty Press.
Supplements: Humani Generis (encyclical), Biology Manual for Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity (optional purchase), Tests
Biology: God’s Living Creation (Old Course)
This text was written for Christian high school students. Chapters include: The Chemistry of Life, The Structure of Life, The History of Life, Classification of Organisms, The Kingdom Fungi, The Plant Kingdom, The Animal Kingdom, Human Anatomy, and Physiology.
Biology for Life: A Catholic online Biology Course
Written by a college biology professor, this course emphasizes the Human Body, and dedicates the first half of the year to studying the different systems of the Human Body. In addition, it covers the systems of the unborn as well as those of the elderly. The text is online, as well as the tests.
Because we realize that students may not be used to working with an online course, we send one of the regular textbook-course textbook and lesson plans, but encourage students to either supplement with the online Catholic course, or to take the online course and supplement with the regular textbook course.
For further information about our online Biology course, and how it works, you can go to our web site at www.setonhome.org. You will see a sidebar section called Online Courses. Click on Online Courses Info to learn more about the Biology course.
There are sixteen chapters, two weeks of study for each chapter. The following are the sixteen topics:
1 – The Cell and the Chemistry of Life
2 – The Circulatory System
3 – The Endocrine System (glands, hormones)
4 – The Respiratory and Excretory System
5 – The Nervous System and Senses
6 – Musculoskeletal System (muscles, bones, joints, skin)
7 – The Digestive System
8 – The Unborn Baby and the Miracle of Life (Genetics; Development of the Unborn)
9 – Reproduction and Regulation of the Cell (DNA)
10 – Single-Celled Organisms and Fungi
11 – The Plant Kingdom
12 – Vertebrates, Part I (fish, sharks, amphibians, frogs)
13 – Vertebrates, Part II ( reptiles, snakes, birds, mammals)
14 – Invertebrates, Part I ( sponges, worms, jellyfish, mollusks)
15 – Invertebrates, Part II (spiders, crayfish, shrimp, insects, grasshoppers)
16 – Creation versus Evolution
In this course the student will learn about mathematics in chemistry, systems of measurement, matter, energy, atoms and molecules; the story of the atom; why atoms separate and combine, how they react; about similarities and differences of liquids, solids, gases, acids, bases and salts. Lessons explain chemical kinetics and equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. The course is written in simple English and an easy format. Each section contains an outline, Key Concepts, and Chapter Summary.
A study of God’s creation for the Christian student, this course covers Constellations, The Earth’s Motions, The Moon, The Sun, The Planets, Exploration of Space, Weather Instruments, Atmosphere, Violent Storms, Geology, Minerals, Rocks, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Mountains, Erosion, Glaciers, Oceanography.
Text: Earth Science for Christian Schools
Tape: Evolution: The Hoax that is Destroying Christendom
This is a full year course, for one high school credit. The textbook, of over 700 pages, is Food for Today, written by several Home Economics teachers. The chapters cover Guidelines for Good Nutrition; Food and Fitness; Cooking Methods; Planning Meals; Choosing, Preparing, and Cooking Vegetables and Fruits; Dairy Foods and Eggs; Selecting, Storing, and Preparing Meat, Poultry, and Fish; Ingredients and Techniques for Baking. The objective tests are not meant to be all-inclusive but cover basic information.
Text: Food for Today
This is a more general health course than the Health I course, and is written from a Christian point-of-view. It covers such topics as Physical Fitness, Good Nutrition, Disease, Safety, and Basic First Aid. One semester, one-half credit.
Science of the Physical Creation is a Christian textbook published by the A Beka Book publications for Christian schools. The course covers Meterology and Oceanography; Chemistry including Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology including Weathering, Earthquakes, and Rocks & Minerals; and Physics, including Electronics and Electronic Computers.
The text is loaded with colorful charts and diagrams, illustrations and graphs.
Text: Science of the Physical Creation
Manual: Student Manual with Lab Exercises (Optional Purchase)
This course provides a simple, clear and straightforward presentation of the basic concepts of physics. The text was written with both average and advanced students in mind. The subject is taught at an introductory level, allowing the average high school student to grasp the concepts of Newton’s laws, statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, optics, DC circuits, waves, electromagnetics, and special relativity. The topics are covered to a depth appropriate for college students majoring in non-engineering disciplines. Consequently, advanced students who use the book should have great success with the Advanced Placement physics examination, and average students who are willing to do all the problems will also be able to pass the examination. A solutions manual is included.
Prerequisite: Algebra II
American Government for Christians
Though our nation has made great progress in many areas, there is still more which needs to be done to bring Americans close to God and His biblical principles. Christians must realize that by working and praying together, as well as by understanding our government process and becoming involved in our government, America can practice true justice towards all.
Chapters include: Government Under God, The Shaping of American Government, The Constitution, The Legislative Branch, The Presidency, The Federal courts, State and Local Government.
American History for Catholics
This course is designed to be very thorough for the Catholic high school student whom we see as leading citizens for the future. The Catholic text, Christ and the Americas, was written by Dr. Anne Carroll, “from a Catholic point-of-view. This…involves two elements. First, those events specifically relating to the Church and to important Catholics are covered in detail, and their relation to and impact on secular history are clearly shown. Second, events which are not explicitly ‘religious’ are examined with Catholic principles clearly in mind: Catholic principles of morality and of political and social justice.”
This course is based on a book, World Geography: A Physical and Cultural Approach, of almost 800 pages, written by a professor of Geography, and sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Though the book covers the culture of nations as well as the physical geography, our course focuses on the physical geography. Our emphasis is on Catholic and Christian nations, with primary emphasis on the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The book is filled with charts and graphics, full-color maps and photographs, with plenty of section reviews and chapter reviews. The objective tests for the course are not aimed to be difficult, but rather to help the student remember basic geographic facts about the world.
World History for Catholics
As Dr. Anne W. Carroll writes in her text, Christ the King: Lord of History, not all events make history, but only those events which have made a difference in the world. Historians need to make choices. “Each historian will write about the events he thinks are important and will give his own point of view.”
“This history book, therefore, will be based on the fact that the Incarnation is the central event in history and that everything else that has happened has meaning in relationship to this event…We will find out what happened in history, why it happened, what its results were, and what difference it made afterwards.”
Chapter headings: Abraham, Moses, Kingdom of Israel, The Achievement of Greece, The Achievement of Rome, The Most Important Event in History, The Apostolic Age, Empire Versus Church, The Great Heresies, The Barbarians and the Church, The Prophet and the Emperor, The Foundation of a New Civilization, The High Middle Ages, The Greatest of Centuries, Spain Becomes a Great Power, Revolt and Counterattack, England Against the Faith, The Catholic Defence, The Catholic Offense, The Age of France, The Rise and Fall of the Stuarts, Liberals and Despots, The French Revolution, The Age of Napoleon, The Nineteenth Century, World War I and the Russian Revolution, The World Between Wars, World War II, The Modern World.
This one-semester course in Economics is based on a textbook by Russell Kirk. Russell Kirk, who has now passed away, was a devout Catholic whose writings were very much in line with Catholic teachings. We are very grateful that this book is now available and formatted for high school students. It includes full-color pictures and graphs.
The lesson plans contain comments by John F. Clark, a graduate of Seton Home Study School and of Christendom College, and who majored in Economics. Mr. Clark is the CEO of an investment company that makes sure that all its investments are in companies that are either pro-life or in companies that are not supporting any pro-death agendas. Mr. Clark is also a regular columnist on CatholicExchange.com.
This economics course will be valuable in your personal day-to-day money management decisions, and in making business decisions, but the course will also help you to understand what is happening in your town, your state, your nation, and the world in regards to how they are managing money and investments.
Some chapter headings are: Economists and Economic Laws, The Factors of Production, The Laws of Supply and Demand, The Productive Market Economy, The Good That Competition Does, Efficiency of Production, Why Everybody Needs to Save, Government and the Economy, A Look at the Global Economy.