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Fall Courses

Virtual Saints offers competitively priced, for-credit virtual classes during the school year to our current Saints community and to students from other schools in grades 9-12. This program will serve academically motivated students who wish to complete a required course to create more room in their regular schedule, or take a high-interest elective course that is typically not offered during the school year. Participating in this program will create more opportunities for students to take a wide array of specialized classes later in their high school years.

*The deadline to register for fall Virtual Saints classes is August 19, 2022.

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  • AP Psychology

    Instructor: Emily Philpott
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Tuition: $800

    This is a challenging year-long course designed to introduce students to the field of psychology: the scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior. We will be looking at behavior with regard to internal conditions, as well as their relationship to others and their environments. This course exposes the student to the various theories and approaches that psychological research has adopted and provides the student with the results of that research. The material covered in AP Psychology is equivalent to that of an introductory level Psychology course at a college or university; therefore, requiring work and dedication. We will study topics such as psychological disorders, memory, personality, sensation and perception, neuroscience, motivation, emotion, social psychology, intelligence, and child development. Throughout the course, you will be actively involved in experiments and activities, employ psychological research methods, and discuss ethical considerations.  At the end of this course, students will not only be prepared to take the AP exam, but they should be better able to understand, explain, and predict human behavior.
  • Cinematic Francophone Identity

    Instructor: Wesley Saylor
    Materials: All materials will be provided by the teacher
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm CST
    Tuition: $475
    This course focuses on using film to discuss what it means to be Francophone. We will first learn how to look at film by analyzing film techniques and discuss what a typical American film means. Then we will use that to explore a film of a different Francophone country: France, Canada, Martinique, Algeria, & Indochina (Historical piece). Each country includes a series of articles, youtube videos, & background research before watching the film. At the end of the course, you will be responsible for a final project that allows you to go and watch a film on your own, applying everything we have learned to discuss “Francophonia” in that chosen film. The instructor has an approved list available - other options will be considered.
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  • Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist British Literature

    Instructor: Dr. Lara Kees
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors, Vol 2. ISBN 978-0-393-60309-5 and Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte ISBN: 978-1505313499

    British literature produced between the French Revolution and the First World War continues to be some of the most popular & influential: for one thing, think of all the films and miniseries devoted to Jane Austen, to Victorian novels, and to the time around World War I (Downton Abbey, anyone?)! We continue to be interested in this turbulent period, and in this course, we will conduct a survey of its three main literary movements: Romanticism, Victorianism, and Modernism. Using primarily The Norton Anthology of British Literature, we will pair the literature with visual arts and learn how these artists read and responded to one another. There is a strong focus on poetry, but we will read some the fiction and drama from the time as well.
  • Short Story as Memoir: Critique and Editing

    Instructor: Jen Whitt
    Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
    Tuition:$475
    Materials: Selected stories will be emailed at the beginning of each week. You will need a journal/paper if you think better using a pen and paper. If not, we will be using shared Google Docs for all peer reviews.
     
    Participants in the class would learn to think like writers, to better understand the techniques a writer uses and the decisions a writer must make. 

    By focusing on the short story format, the class would examine how the construct is the perfect vehicle to build a personal narrative. Through a close study of a collection of diverse short stories, students will learn how to turn the mundane and ordinary from their life into memoir. 

    Work for the class includes a Harkness table short story analysis that ties directly to daily writing prompts. In addition to the nightly readings, students will be expected to generate pieces for critique as each class will contain a creative writing workshop either in small groups or one-on-one. The final week will primarily  consist of revisions and edits with the goal of producing an original short story memoir that could then be published. Depending on schedules and the timing of the class, it is possible to also have an author come as a guest speaker to offer tips and feedback. 

    Short stories to be examined include works by: Irving, Hemingway, Chopin, Dubus, Kinkaid, Plath, Walker, Bellow, O’Brien
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  • Timeless Jane Austen

    Instructor: Dr. Carolyn Brown
    Grade Levels: 12th
    Tuition: $475
    Jane Austen, who died 204 years ago this July, remains one of the most popular authors in the world. She only wrote six complete novels, but all continue to be read  and studied widely. In this class we will begin with a biography of Austen in order to examine her life and career, and then read two of her novels: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. In addition, students also will read an “Austen-inspired” work, literary criticism, and view clips from modern film adaptations of the two novels in order to attempt to understand her enduring popularity.
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Global Online Academy

St. Andrew's is the only school in Mississippi to have been granted membership in Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world that provides online courses which go beyond the confines of the traditional school curriculum, and we are excited to now be able to provide this experience to students outside of St. Andrew's through Virtual Saints' curriculum. Interested students can view the full course offerings here and browse popular courses below.

*The the cost of semester GOA courses is $650 and a full-year course is $900. The deadline to apply for Fall GOA classes is August 19, 2022, and the deadline for spring enrollment is December 23, 2022.

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  • Problem Solving with Engineering and Design

    This course investigates various topics in science, technology, computer programming , engineering, and mathematics using a series of projects and problems that are both meaningful and relevant to the students lives. Students will develop engineering skills, including design principles, modeling, and presentations, using a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. This is a course that focuses on practical applications of science and mathematics to solve real-world issues. Prototyping and project based learning are therefore essential components of the course. Upon completing this course, students will have an understanding of the application of science and mathematics in engineering and will be able to make informed decisions concerning real-world problems. Furthermore, students will have worked on a design team to develop a product or system. Throughout the program, students step into the varied roles engineers play in our society, solve problems in their homes and communities, discover new career paths and possibilities, and develop engineering knowledge and skills. There are no particular math or science prerequisites for this course, just an interest in using STEM to solve problems and a desire to learn!
  • Climate Change and Global Inequity

    Nowhere is the face of global inequality more obvious than in climate change, where stories of climate-driven tragedies and the populations hit hardest by these disasters surface in every news cycle. In this course, students will interrogate the causes and effects of climate change, and the public policy debates surrounding it. In case studies, we will research global, regional, and local policies and practices along with the choices of decision makers and what they mean to the populations they serve. Who benefits, who suffers, and how might we change this equation? We will collaborate in workshops with classmates to deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues surrounding climate change. Throughout the semester, we will meet with professionals working in the field of climate change, and will also build and curate a library of resources and share findings in varied media, engaging as both consumers and activists to increase knowledge and advocate for sustainable norms. Finally, students will have the opportunity to reach a global audience by participating in GOA’s Catalyst Conference in the spring, as they present their individual projects to spark change in local communities through well-informed activism.
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing

    Tell your own stories and the stories of the world around you! This course centers on the art of shaping real experiences into powerful narratives while growing in foundational writing skills. Participants will read, examine, and write diverse works of creative nonfiction including personal narratives, podcasts, opinion editorials, profile pieces, and more. Emphasizing process over product, this writing workshop provides opportunities to create in new ways. Students will practice essential craft elements (voice, style, structure) while reflecting stories from their own lives, communities, and interests. They will also build a personalized library of inspiring mentor texts, consider opportunities for publication, and develop sustainable writing habits. Both in real-time video chats and online discussion spaces, students will support one another intentionally; feedback is an essential component of this course, and students will gain experience in the workshop model, actively participating in a thriving, global writing community. Creative nonfiction has never been as popular as it is today; participants will experience its relevance on their own lives as they collaboratively explore this dynamic genre.
  • Introduction to Psychology

    What does it mean to think like a psychologist? In Introduction to Psychology, students explore three central psychological perspectives in order to develop a multi-faceted understanding of what thinking like a psychologist encompasses:
    • The behavioral
    • The cognitive
    • The sociocultural
    The additional question of “How do psychologists put what they know into practice?” informs study of the research methods in psychology, the ethics surrounding them, and the application of those methods to practice.

    Real World Application: Understanding Psychology Day-to-Day

    During the first five units of this psychology high school class, students gather essential information that they apply during a group project on the unique characteristics of adolescent psychology. Students similarly envision a case study on depression, which enables application of understandings from the first five units. The course concludes with a unit on positive psychology, which features current positive psychology research on living mentally healthy lives. Throughout the course, students collaborate on a variety of activities and assessments, which often enable learning psychology through understanding each other’s unique perspectives while building their research and critical thinking skills in service of comprehending the complex field of psychology.
  • Filmaking

    This course is for students interested in developing their skills as filmmakers and creative problem-solvers. It is also a forum for screening the work of their peers and providing constructive feedback for revisions and future projects, while helping develop critical thinking skills. The course works from a set of specific exercises based on self-directed research and culminates in a series of short experimental films that challenge students on both a technical and creative level. Throughout, we will increasingly focus on helping students express their personal outlooks and develop unique styles as filmmakers. We will review and reference short films online and discuss how students might find inspiration and apply what they find to their own works. Prerequisite: Students must have access to an HD video camera, tripod or other stabilizing equipment, and editing software such as iMovie, Premiere Pro, etc.
 

Malone

St. Andrew’s academics evolve and expand to provide our students the very best opportunities to explore their curiosity. Thanks to a partnership with the prestigious Malone Schools Online Network, St. Andrew’s students are able to access challenging and specialized classes taught by instructors at independent schools around the country. We are excited to be able to offer our Virtual Saints students access to these unique courses. Interested students can browse popular courses below or view the full 2022-23 catalogue.

*The cost of a semester Malone course is $800 and full-year Malone course is $1600. The deadline to apply for Malone fall/spring classes is April 15, 2022.

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  • A Mathematical Modeling Approach to Social Justice

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: Precalculus (prior or concurrent)
    Instructor: Jay Noland, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN

    The main purpose of this course is an introduction to mathematical modeling through graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal techniques. We will focus on data from and explore social justice issues such as the Wealth Gap, Achievement Gap, Climate Change and others. We will use elementary functions (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, etc.) to build models and address questions with the goal of developing scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. Students will also use technology in a range of ways to effectively communicate their hypotheses and conclusions.
  • Arabic I

    This first-year course of a two-year sequence is an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of formal speech and most printed materials in the Arab-speaking world. Students will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet and will develop beginning proficiency in the language. Through frequent oral and written drills, students will develop their basic communication skills.
  • Forensic Science

  • German I

  • Global Voices of Oppression

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Instructor: Linda Rodriguez, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Jackson, MS

    This semester seminar is designed as a survey of literature that focuses on expressions of oppression. From protest to processing, persecuted populations have created many mechanisms to give voice to their suffering. Books, memoirs, songs, short stories, and documentaries will all be used to discover the power of personal experience. Additionally, the class will explore the ways in which oppressed voices have been instruments in forcing positive social change throughout the 20th century.
  • The Science and Ethics of Sports Performance: Genetics, Biochemistry and Sociology

  • Turbulent Times: History of the First Amendment and Dissent During American Wars

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: AP US History or equivalent suggested
    Instructor: Dr. John French, Prairie School, Racine, WI

    Benjamin Franklin once said that “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.” An oft-cited quotation by champions of American civil liberties protections and anti-war activists, Franklin’s passage illustrates how dilemmas regarding the balance between free speech and national security have tested and often perplexed American politicians, courts, and citizens since the inception of the country. During wars the government reserves the right to draft men into the armed services, confiscate the property of individual citizens, set prices, ration food and fuel, and drastically increase taxes. Viewing them through the prism of the nation’s existential crisis, most citizens accept these compromises on their liberty. Ben Franklin, however, lived in a premodern world devoid of anthrax, drones, Internet communication, and long-range nuclear weapons. The Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the awesome power nor puissant pressure of commanders-in-chief who, obligated to protect the lives of millions, regularly criticize dissenters. And thus, lines must be drawn between civil liberties and national security - but where? Through reading, discussing, and critically analyzing primary and secondary sources from each American war (from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terror), students will emerge with a better understanding of American wars, their dissenters, and the meaning of freedom under its most intense stress tests.
 

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    Linda Rodriguez 

    Upper School English and History Teacher, Director of Virtual Learning
    (601) 853-6000
Foundations — Grade 12 • Jackson, Mississippi
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