7th Grade Religion
In this course, students will be exploring Our Life of Grace. We will dive deep into our call as daughters and sons in Christ and the sacramental grace offered through His Church.
8th Grade Religion
In this course, students will be exploring Our Life in the Church, and our roles and our calling to live out our call to holiness in the study of the Bride of Christ, the Church.
Scripture (9th Grade)
This course will give an overview of salvation history by introducing the literature, history, and theology of the Old and New Testament. Close emphasis will be given to major figures, key events, and important theological issues. This course will provide a familiarity with the books and figures of the Old and New Testament and answers to major theological questions.
Church History (10th Grade)
The Church History course is a Seminar-Style survey of the 2,000-year History of the Catholic Church, with a special emphasis on the major texts and writings of the great thinkers of this period. A great part of the course will focus on the theological and spiritual patrimony left to the Church in the major writings of the Tradition (Fathers and Medievals). Another focus will be on the great Councils, and the doctrines and controversies which surrounded them. Finally, there will be portions of strict historical situations studied, as well as some writings from the contemporary magisterium (the last 200 years). The structure of the course as a whole will work out to be: 75% Historical Theology and 25% Ecclesiastical History.
Moral Theology (11th Grade)
This is an introductory course in Fundamental Moral Theology that will acquaint the student with the moral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and its application to contemporary moral issues. This course presents a study of fundamental Catholic moral teaching. Based on natural law and the teachings of Scripture and the Church, the course outlines a moral theology focused on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the insights of Pope John Paul II, as well as others.
Sacraments (12th Grade)
The Sacraments course is a survey of the theology of the sacraments from the 2000-year Tradition of the Catholic Church. The course will cover four to five of the seven sacraments of the Church, beginning in the Fall semester with Baptism and Penance. The Spring semester begins with the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (which is the “source and summit” of the course) and the year will culminate with Marriage and [possibly] Holy Orders. The students will engage the great authors of the 2000-year history of the Church, to include: the authors of Sacred Scripture; the Fathers of the Church; the Medieval Writers (in particular, St. Thomas Aquinas); the contemporary Magisterium (of the past 200 years or so); and some contemporary authors.
British Literature and Composition (7th Grade)
This class is a survey of British Literature that introduces students to noteworthy works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the Middle Ages to Modern periods, while teaching techniques of analysis and criticism that will be valuable tools for future literary studies. The course covers the following topics: the classic British novel, the short story, classic and contemporary poetry, and the allegorical novel. Lessons on vocabulary, grammar, and composition, as well as creative activities to reinforce reading, speaking, and listening skills, will be combined throughout the year.
American Literature and Composition (8th Grade)
This is class is a survey of American Literature that introduces students to noteworthy works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the 1700s to the 1900s, while teaching techniques of analysis and criticism that will be valuable tools for future literary studies. The course covers the following topics: the classic American novel, the short story, and classic and contemporary poetry. Lessons on vocabulary, grammar, and composition, as well as creative activities and projects to reinforce reading, speaking, and listening skills, will be combined throughout the year.
Louisiana Studies (8th Grade)
The Louisiana Studies course allows JPG students to learn the history, culture and characteristics of their local state in response to the call of the human vocation for communal service. Although historical study is the basis of the course, students also encounter the state’s natural beauty through scientific inquiry, learn about the cultural diversity of their locality, explore artistic contributions of Louisianians and otherwise study their surroundings with an eye toward communion with their fellow man.
Ancient World (9th Grade)
In this integrated course, students survey the history and literature of the Ancient World, focusing on the Mediterranean cultures that laid the foundations of Western Civilization. Through close readings of ancient epic, drama, history, and law, and engagement with artistic objects of material culture, students will develop their techniques of literary and visual analysis and criticism. Activities to reinforce reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills will be interspersed throughout the year.
Medieval World (10th Grade)
This course seeks to familiarize students with important texts, events, persons, and cultural movements from the Middle Ages and to further develop students’ techniques of literary analysis and criticism. Students will trace the progression of Medieval history by reading primary sources and studying representative works of Medieval literature, including numerous biographies, religious works (hagiography and hymns), Old English and Middle English poetic works, and Arthurian legend. Activities to reinforce reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills will be interspersed throughout the year.
Modern World (11th Grade)
This course seeks to familiarize students with important texts, events, persons, and cultural movements from the Modern Period and to further develop students’ techniques of literary analysis and criticism. Students will trace the progression of Modern history by reading primary sources and studying representative works of literature from the High Renaissance to the Victorian Period (with an emphasis on British Literature). Activities to reinforce reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills will be interspersed throughout the year.
American Studies (12th Grade)
The American Studies course aims to understand the roots of U.S. society, development of a nation, and changing horizons throughout time. The flow of the course will be chronological, covering the following main themes: colonial America, the Revolution, the age of Jackson, the Civil War, reconstruction and the Gilded Age, American hegemony, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and post‐Cold War America. By exploring major literary works, artistic depictions, American contributions to poetry, historical occurrences and cultural changes, this timeframe will be covered from various angles throughout the year.
Civics is the study of the formation of the United States of America, including foreign influences and those of the Founding Fathers; the study of the actions and duties of government, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches; and finally, the impact and duties of each citizen.
All upper school students at John Paul the Great Academy begin a two-year sequence designed to introduce them to the basics of the Latin language. Through careful study of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, students will develop their reading, pronunciation, and translation skills while working toward morphological mastery of Latin forms.
In Latin II, students pick up where Latin I finished. Students will continue with the foundation of the basics of Latin grammar, vocab, pronunciation, syntax, and root word derivatives, as well as ancient Roman culture. Like Latin I, the students will also encounter certain aspects of Ecclesiastical Latin as it relates to the Church’s theology and liturgy. In particular, the students will memorize various prayers and hymns of the Roman Catholic Church and her Liturgy, like the Ave Regina.
In Latin III, students will complete the introduction to Latin grammar, including the study of verbals and more uses of the ablative case and subjunctive mood. In this reading course, students will transition to original authors, while continuing to develop their oral Latin skills.
In this advanced course, students will read a rotation of Classical and late Antique authors (e.g., Caesar, Cicero, Ovid, Vergil, St. Augustine). While reviewing Latin grammar and syntax, students will be introduced to prose and poetry stylistic and rhetorical techniques, as well as meter.
The French program is designed to enable students to communicate effectively in French-speaking environments. French I is an introductory course in which the students learn to speak, read, listen, and write in French on a basic level. Students are introduced to various francophone cultures and encouraged to study their histories and traditions.
French II is the progression from French I that continues to enhance the students’ abilities to speak, read, listen, and write in French. This course adds a level of advancement by introducing vocabulary and verb usage that develops the student's ability to speak more fluently and read more advanced texts in French. Students continue to study French culture and traditions from around the world.