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 20, 2021.

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  • Advanced Placement Human Geography

    Instructor: Donna Patrick
    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.
  • 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.
  • Coding in Python: A Beginner to Intermediate Coding Course

    Instructor: Price Chadwick
    Materials: A PC or MAC for coding plus a secondary device for connecting to the class and viewing the instructor's screen. The secondary device could be a secondary monitor, an iPad, or a second laptop or computer (including Chromebook). Unless you have a very large computer screen, it will be hard to view the instructor's screen and your coding screen on a single laptop monitor.
    Grade Levels: 9th-12th
    Tuition: $475
    Python is, currently, the most popular programming language in the world. Used in web applications, data analytics, games, and networking, Python is a great language to learn. Because of its simplicity in terms of command structure, Python is incredibly readable and logical. This course is designed for a range of students from those who have no coding experience all the way to intermediate coders with experience in other languages. Because many of the lessons may be completed at the student's own pace, more advanced students will be given more advanced challenges while novice coders can feel comfortable learning the basics.
  • 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.
  • Photoshop

    Instructor: Emmi Sprayberry
    Grade Levels: 11th-12th
    Tuition: $475
    Students would explore a more in-depth approach to Digital Manipulation via Photoshop.
  • 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.
  • 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 $850. The deadline to apply for Fall GOA classes is July 30, 2021, and the deadline for spring enrollment is December 20, 2021.

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  • Abnormal Psychology

    This course provides students with a general introduction to the field of abnormal psychology from a western perspective while exploring the cultural assumptions within the field. Students examine the biopsychosocial aspects of what we consider abnormal while developing an understanding of the stigma often associated with psychological disorders. Through book study, videos, article reviews, and discussions, students consider how our increasingly global world influences mental health in diverse settings. In learning about the different areas of western abnormal psychology, students study the symptoms, diagnoses, and responses to several specific disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or schizophrenia. Students develop an understanding of how challenging it can be to define “normal” as they begin to empathize with those struggling with mental distress. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to attend to their own mental well-being. The course culminates in an independent project where students showcase their learning with the goal of making an impact in their local communities.
  • Architecture

    In this course, students build an understanding of and apply skills in various aspects of architectural design. While gaining key insights into the roles of architectural analysis, materials, 3D design, and spatial awareness, students develop proficiency in architectural visual communication. We begin by learning the basic elements of architectural design to help analyze and understand architectural solutions. Through digital and physical media, students develop an understanding of the impact building materials have on design. At each stage of the course, students interact with peers from around the globe, learning and sharing how changes in materials, technology, and construction techniques lead to the evolution of contemporary architectural style and visual culture. The course culminates with a final project in which each aspiring architect will have the opportunity to work towards a personal presentation for the GOA Catalyst Conference. Students will, through a variety of outcomes, present an architectural intervention that they have proposed as a solution to an identified need, one emanating from or focused within their own community. Throughout the course, students will refer to the design process and will use journaling techniques to track, reflect, and evidence their understanding of architecture.
  • Introduction to Investments

    In this course, students simulate the work of investors by working with the tools, theories, and decision-making practices that define smart investment. We explore concepts in finance and apply them to investment decisions in three primary contexts: portfolio management, venture capital, and social investing. After an introduction to theories about valuation and risk management, students simulate scenarios in which they must make decisions to grow an investment portfolio. They manage investments in stocks, bonds, and options to learn a range of strategies for increasing the value of their portfolios. In the second unit, students take the perspective of venture capital investors, analyzing startup companies and predicting their value before they become public. In the third unit, students examine case studies of investment funds that apply the tools of finance to power social change. Throughout the course, students learn from experts who have experience in identifying value and managing risk in global markets. They develop their own ideas about methods for taking calculated financial risks and leave this course not just with a simulated portfolio of investments, but the skills necessary to manage portfolios in the future.
  • iOS App Design

    Learn how to design and build apps for the iPhone and iPad and prepare to publish them in the App Store. Students will work much like a small startup: collaborating as a team, sharing designs, and learning to communicate with each other throughout the course. Students will learn the valuable skills of creativity, collaboration, and communication as they create something amazing, challenging, and worthwhile. Coding experience is NOT required and does not play a significant role in this course. Prerequisite: For this course, it is required that students have access to a computer running the most current Mac or Windows operating system. An iOS device that can run apps (iPhone or iPad) is also highly recommended.
  • Race & Society

    What is race? Is it something we’re born with? Is it an idea that society imposes on us? An identity we perform? A privilege we benefit from? Does our own culture’s conception of race mirror those found in other parts of the world? These are just a few of the questions that students in this course will explore together as they approach the concept of race as a social construct that shapes and is shaped by societies and cultures in very real ways. Throughout the course students will learn about the changing relationship between race and society across time and across cultures. Engaging with readings, films, and speakers from a variety of academic fields (history, sociology, anthropology, literature) students will explore, research, reflect on and discuss the complex set of relationships governing race and society.

Malone Schools Online Network

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 view the full course offerings here and browse popular courses below.

*The cost of a semester Malone course is $850, and the deadline to apply for Malone fall/spring classes is April 28, 2021.

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  • Advanced Applied Math Through Finance

    This one-semester course will provide students a mathematical and conceptual framework with which to make important personal financial decisions using algebraic tools. Specifically, the class will investigate i) the time value of money (i.e., interest rates, compounding, saving and borrowing) using exponential functions; and ii) the characteristics and risk/reward tradeoff of different financial instruments/investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, using algebra, probability and statistics. Other financial algebra topics selected with student input may include financial accounting, depreciation methods and foreign currency exchange.

    The course will stress use of the TI-83/84 calculator, Excel spreadsheets and iPad apps. Students should be comfortable with exponential growth models and, preferably, the concept of the number e for continuous compounding. They should be willing to exhibit an interest in mathematical reasoning and display a hefty dose of curiosity about the language and problem-solving nature of personal finance.
  • Are We Rome?

    Inspired by Cullen Murphy’s 2007 book of the same name, “Are We Rome” will examine the similarities between the Roman empire and the United States. This course is designed to be a capstone for study in classics and history. The interdisciplinary nature of this course will serve as a vehicle by which students of Latin and history can expand their knowledge and apply that knowledge in an intercultural comparison. Since 1776, from our system of government to the architecture of government buildings, the United States has used Rome as a foil for itself, and forefathers of the US created many institutions using Rome as a model. This course will be structured around one basic question: How can the United States learn from Rome?

    We will examine political and social ideologies, privatization, globalization, borders, and exceptionalism. Taking our beginnings from the founding of these two nations, we will discuss the governing practices and bodies, the rhetoric of politics, and the public view of governmental institutions with emphasis on how these progress and change. The course will culminate with analysis of the most recent political and social events in the U.S. and form a final conclusion on our topic. Our class discussions will be centered around primary sources from both Rome and the US. Weekly reading and writing assignments will be required.
  • Computer Science: Solving Problems with Computational Methods

    This project-based course will teach computational thinking skills through problem solving in computer science. Students will choose real projects based on their interests in the arts, humanities, STEM, and the world around them and then leverage the power of computer science to approach them. For example, students might design a website to bring attention to an issue in their communities, create a game that addresses an real-world issue, draw on big data to answer an environmental or historical question, compose music through code, or code a 3D scene in virtual reality to convey an emotion. 

    For each project, students will break down a problem into pieces, build a sequence of steps to solve the problem, and translate those steps into a digital or technological solution. Students will work independently as well as collaboratively in groups, give one another feedback, and discuss/ debate ethical questions related to current topics in computer science and the world. The course is suited for students who wish to gain exposure to computational methods, coding, and other tools of computer science and those who wish to take their skills in these areas to a new level and apply them.
  • 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.
  • Vector Calculus

    An accelerated approach to vector calculus intended for future math, physics, and CS majors. Course topics include generalized vectors, functions of several variables and partial derivatives, the gradient, optimization including gradient descent, potential functions and conservative vector fields, line integrals, double and triple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, surface area, divergence and curl, Greens Theorem and Stokes Theorem, and general change of coordinates. Time-permitting, differential forms will be introduced.

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