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Spring Courses

Virtual Saints re-imagines teaching and learning to allow students the flexibility to participate from anywhere in the world and to complete the work within their own schedules. Combining both real time meetings with at your own pace activities and assignments, St. Andrew’s teachers will leverage the best pedagogical practices with new technology to design a unique and engaging experience for all. In addition, students can expect to have weekly individual virtual meetings with teachers to receive further guidance and feedback, for a truly personalized learning experience.

*The deadline to apply for spring Virtual Saints classes is December 23, 2022.

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  • Advanced Placement Human Geography

    Instructor: Linda Rodriguez
    Materials: 
    • De Blij, H.J., Alexander B. Murphy, and Erin H. Fouberg. Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, 11th ed.
    • Diamond, Jared.  Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies.
    • Grant, Richard. Dispatches from Pluto.
    Grade Level: 11th-12th
    Tuition: $475
    Advanced Placement Human Geography is organized around seven basic instructional units, drawn directly from the College Board curricular guidelines:
    1. Geography – its nature and perspectives
    2. Population
    3. Cultural patterns and processes
    4. Political organization of space
    5. Agricultural and rural land use
    6. Industrialization and economic development
    7. Cities and urban land use 
    The first unit introduces the students to geography as a field and to its key concepts, methods, and skills, including “how to use and think about maps and spatial data, how to understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places, how to recognize and interpret at different scale the relationships among patterns and processes, how to define regions and evaluate the regionalization process, and how to character and analyze changing interconnections among places.” The second unit focuses on population, including density, distribution, growth, and movement. The third unit examines cultural concepts, patterns, processes, practices, and landscapes. The fourth unit focuses on territory and the political organization of space, including the emergence of nation-states and alternative political-territorial arrangements. The fifth unit explores agriculture and rural land use, emphasizing different agricultural regions and revolutions. The sixth unit focuses on the processes and patterns of industrialization and economic development. The seventh unit examines urban land use and the origin and evolution of cities over time.
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  • Cinematic Francophone Identity

    Instructor: Wesley Saylor
    Materials: All materials will be provided by the teacher
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Synchronous Meeting Time: Mondays from 7:00-9:00 pm 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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  • The Cold War: American Foreign Policy, 1945-1991

    Instructor: Jim Foley
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Tuition: $475
    This course examines the development of this historical era from its beginnings during the Grand Alliance of World War Two, to its outbreak in the immediate post-war period, through detente and into the end of the Cold War with the end of Soviet rule in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Students learn about the political, military, diplomatic, and cultural dimensions to the Cold War.
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  • Graphic Design in Communications and Business

    Instructor: Emmi Sprayberry
    Grade Levels: 10th - 12th
    Tuition: $475
    Materials: ADOBE suite
    Prerequisite: Graphic Design 1 or extensive familiarity with ADOBE suite
    This course provides students with a continued understanding of the processes and systems common to careers in Graphic Design, Print, Advertising, Marketing, and more. This class incorporates local business, and community client-driven projects, which calls for students to think analytically and problem-solving real-world projects. Emphasis is placed on continuing to strengthen design concepts, spatial reasoning, effective design composition, professional client communication, evaluation of design (your work and others) for an audience, and meaning and effectiveness of designs while continuing to develop a professional portfolio to showcase their continued learning. Students will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, the possibility to visit local industry vendors, and explore interest in possible careers in the Design Industry. Software training includes advanced techniques in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
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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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  • Songwriters and Song Writing

    Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Tuition: $475

    Songwriters and Songwriting will be an elective course that combines a survey of some of the great songwriters of the last 100 years (from multiple genres) with a component in which students write their own song(s). Students will use as their primary textbook "Songwriters on Songwriting" by Paul Zollo and his sequel, "More Songwriters on Songwriting," which include interviews with well-known artists (including Bob Dylan, Kenny Gamble, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Herbie Hancock and many more) about their creative process.  Students will explicate the lyrics of well-known songs, from the Jazz Age to modern hip-hop and everything in between. They will also have a project where they write their own song, either individually or in partnership with another student. While the primary focus will be on the lyrical aspect of songwriting, students will also be expected to understand basic musical structure and (very light) theory.

    This course will also offer an adults only section which will meet at an alternate time from the student section.
 

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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  • Business Problem Solving

    How could climate change disrupt your production and supply chains or impact your consumer markets? Will tariffs help or hurt your business? How embedded is social media in your marketing plan? Is your company vulnerable to cybercrime? What 21st century skills are you cultivating in your leadership team? Students in this course will tackle real-world problems facing businesses large and small in today’s fast changing global marketplace where radical reinvention is on the minds of many business leaders. Students will work collaboratively and independently on case studies, exploring business issues through varied lenses including operations, marketing, human capital, finance and risk management as well as sustainability. As they are introduced to the concepts and practices of business, students will identify, analyze and propose solutions to business problems, engaging in research of traditional and emerging industries, from established multinationals to startups.
  • Graphic Design

    What makes a message persuasive and compelling? What helps audiences and viewers sort and make sense of information? This course explores the relationship between information and influence from a graphic design perspective. Using an integrated case study and design-based approach, this course aims to deepen students’ design, visual, and information literacies. Students are empowered to design and prototype communication projects about which they are passionate. Topics include: principles of design and visual communication, infographics, digital search skills, networks and social media, persuasion and storytelling with multimedia, and social activism on the internet. Student work will include individual and collaborative group projects, graphic design, content curation, some analytical and creative writing, peer review and critiques, and online presentations.
  • Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

    Much attention has been brought to the cryptocurrency space by the meteoric rise in the valuation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. More recently, meme tokens have also grabbed the spotlight. When thinking about cryptocurrency, there is much more to consider than just market capitalization or coins named after canines. Introduction to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency is an entry level course for anyone excited by the space. This course explores how we arrived at the place we are now, and what the current and possible applications of crypto are. We’ll explore how markets in crypto operate, where they’ve received practical application, and where the space may head in the future through the lenses of creators, consumers, and governments. In addition, we will take a deeper look at blockchain, the underlying technology that powers cryptocurrencies, and it’s many, far-reaching implications for the future of government, business, the arts and more.

    Each lens represents a different way to view the complex and interrelated causes and outcomes of the changing crypto landscape. Using a variety of technologies and activities, students work individually and with peers to evaluate each lens. Students then analyze and explore how these technologies may shape and disrupt the future not only of the crypto space, but of many current and future industries.
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

    Aspects of artificial intelligence permeate our lives and the algorithms power your favorite apps. How much do you really know about how AI works or how it is changing the world around us? This course will explore the history of research into artificial general intelligence and the subsequent focus on the subfields of narrow AI: Neural networks, Machine Learning and Expert Systems, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Vision and Facial Recognition. Students will learn how AI training datasets cause bias and focus on the ethics and principles of responsible AI: fairness, transparency and explainability, human-centeredness, and privacy and security.
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  • Macroeconomics

    Macroeconomics is the study of economic units as a whole rather than of their individual components. The aggregate unit is usually a national economy and that will be our focus in this course. Students will learn to better understand how to measure national economic activity with concepts like gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation and the strengths and weaknesses of these statistics. Students will then study theoretical methods of influencing national economic activity with monetary and fiscal policy and will learn about some of the controversy surrounding these policy tools. The advantages and disadvantages of international trade and of methods of setting exchange rates will also be introduced. The course will include an individual student investigation of a national economy other than their home country. Students will identify their economic findings and present resolutions in their final report.
  • Medical Problem Solving

    In this medical program for high school students, participants collaboratively solve medical mystery cases, similar to the approach used in many medical schools. Students use problem-solving techniques in order to understand and appreciate relevant medical/biological facts as they confront the principles and practices of medicine, and enhance their critical thinking skills through:
    • Examining data
    • Drawing conclusions
    • Making diagnoses
    • Treating patients

    Enhancing Critical Thinking in a Medical Environment

    Students explore anatomy and physiology pertaining to medical scenarios and gain an understanding of the disease process, demographics of disease, and pharmacology. Additional learning experiences in this high school summer medical program include studying current issues in health and medicine, interviewing a patient, and creating a new mystery case.
 

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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  • Environmental Bioethics: Exploring the challenges of local and global choices

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Instructor: Ellen Johnson, Ph.D., Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, DE

    This course will focus on such cases as environmental sustainability, global energy and food resources, gathered from sources in literature, journalism, and film. The academic study of ethics examines how people make the decisions. Curricula will build on a foundation of theoretical moral theories, more specifically, how one makes decisions when faced with complex, often controversial, issues. No prior knowledge of philosophy is assumed, however, authentic assessment of students’ initial facility with logical analysis will ensure that all students are challenged to grow and deepen their theoretical and practical understandings of the subject.
  • Philosophy in Pop Culture

    Target Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: None, but some familiarity/experience with logic helpful
    Notes: Netflix subscription required
    Instructor: Joyce Lazier, Canterbury School, Ft. Wayne, IN

    Have you ever had a realistic dream that you were sure was true and then work up confused? How do you know that you are not in the Matrix? What is real and what is not? This course will investigate the nature of existence. It will combine classic philosophic works, like Descartes, with contemporary movies like The Matrix and Inception, to contemplate what it is to exist and what the meaning of life is or should be.
  • The History of Modern Germany: World War I to the Present

    Germany has played a major role in the global events of the past century. World War I was fueled by German aggression, and during the interwar period, the failures of the Weimar Republic and the Great Depression led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. At the end of World War II, a divided Germany became the center of the Cold War that lasted until reunification in 1990. Today, Germany remains at the forefront of many contemporary issues, such as immigration, environmental sustainability, and remembrance culture. In this course, students will investigate the last 100 years of history through a lens of Germany. Students will connect virtually with experts and eyewitnesses while developing a better understanding of the world as they encounter people and ideas that are different from their own. 

    This course was designed in partnership with the Transatlantic Outreach Program, and students will have access to the most recent scholarship and virtual experiences from within Germany. Founded in 2002, TOP seeks to be the leading provider of curriculum and experiences relevant to contemporary Germany and their partners include the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation.
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  • The History of Modern Germany: WWI to the Present

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

    Germany has played a major role in the global events of the past century. World War I was fueled by German aggression, and during the interwar period, the failures of the Weimar Republic and the Great Depression led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. At the end of World War II, a divided Germany became the center of the Cold War that lasted until reunification in 1990. Today, Germany remains at the forefront of many contemporary issues, such as immigration, environmental sustainability, and remembrance culture. In this course, students will investigate the last 100 years of history through a lens of Germany. Students will connect virtually with experts and eyewitnesses while developing a better understanding of the world as they encounter people and ideas that are different from their own. This course was designed in partnership with the Transatlantic Outreach Program, and students will have access to the most recent scholarship and virtual experiences from within Germany. Founded in 2002, TOP seeks to be the leading provider of curriculum and experiences relevant to contemporary Germany and their partners include the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation.
 

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    Linda Rodriguez 

    Upper School English and History Teacher, Director of Virtual Learning
    (601) 853-6000
Foundations — Grade 12 • Jackson, Mississippi
South Campus | Infants to Grade 4
4120 Old Canton Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39216
601.987.9300
North Campus | Grades 5 to 12
370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
601.853.6000