Suggested Sequence

Whether your student is just starting or if you're really familiar with us, our sequences will help guide you. The sequences below are suggestions only and many times based on an ideal sequence. Please do not let this deter you. Whatever point you are jumping in is just fine. For example, if you have an 8th grader just starting us you should click on Suggested 8th Grade Sequence, look through the list, and then see the Special Notes section. As always, you can email us at onlineacademy@memoriapress.com, call us toll-free at (877) 745-8866, or even LiveChat us about your questions.

 

 3rd Grade Suggested Sequence

 4th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Fourth Grade Sequence:


  1. First Form Latin or Latina Christiana I
  2. D'Aulaires' Greek Myths (Fall) and Famous Men of Rome (Spring)
  3. Fourth Grade Literature or Fifth Grade Literature
  4. Composition: Fable Stage

 

Special Notes: Latina Christiana I is alright to take if your student has no background in Latin. In 5th grade your student would progress to First Form Latin. However, most 4th grade students we have in the Online Academy have found First Form Latin to be paced evenly enough and manageable.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 4th grade, we recommend that you read books from 3rd Grade curriculum, D'Aulaires' Greek Myths, and The Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer. This reading can be completed during the summer.

 5th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Fifth Grade Sequence:


  1. Second Form Latin
  2. Famous Men of The Middle Ages (Fall)
  3. Fifth Grade Literature or Sixth Grade Literature
  4. Composition: Narrative Stage

 

Special Notes: If your student has no Latin, Classical Studies, or Composition, you should probably choose classes from the 4th Grade Sequence. First Form Latin is usually the best choice for 5th grade students with no Latin background; if you prefer a slower course then Latina Christiana I is acceptable as well.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 5th grade, we recommend that you read books from 4th Grade curriculum, D'Aulaires' Greek Myths, and The Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer. This reading can be completed during the summer.

 6th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Sixth Grade Sequence:


  1. Third Form Latin or the appropriate Latin class (see notes)
  2. 6th Grade Mathematics
  3. Famous Men of Greece (Spring)
  4. Sixth Grade Literature or Seventh Grade Literature
  5. Composition: Chreia/Maxim or Middle School Composition I
  6. Middle School Science I or Middle School Science II

 

Special Notes: If your student has not taken Latin then First Form Latin is the best choice for 6th grade. If your student hasn't taken Famous Men of the Middle Ages then this can be taken in the Fall prior to Famous Men of Greece, usually at the same class time.  For Composition, if your student is just starting then he or she should take Middle School Composition I.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 6th grade, we recommend that you read books from 5th Grade curriculum, D'Aulaires' Greek Myths, Famous Men of Rome, and the Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer. This reading can be completed during the summer.

 7th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Seventh Grade Sequence:


  1. Fourth Form Latin or the appropriate Latin class (see notes)
  2. Pre-Algebra
  3. Classical Studies I or Famous Men of Greece (Spring)
  4. Seventh Grade Literature or Eighth Grade Literature
  5. Middle School Composition I or Middle School Composition II
  6. Middle School U.S. History
  7. Middle School Science I or Middle School Science II or Physical Science or Earth Science
  8. Traditional Logic I (Fall) and Traditional Logic II (Spring)

 

Special Notes: If your student has not taken Latin then First Form Latin is the best choice for 7th grade. If you are just starting the Composition sequence in 7th grade you need to take Middle School Composition I. Traditional Logic I and Traditional Logic II can be delayed until 8th or 9th grade if needed, but many find it helpful to take before 9th grade because they do not have the time for it in high school. If your student has no background in Classical Studies take either Famous Men of Greece, or, following the suggestions below, read Famous Men of Greece and The Trojan War and then take Classial Studies I.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 7th grade, we recommend that you read The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge, and Famous Men of Greece Chs. 1-10.

 8th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Eighth Grade Sequence:


  1. Henle Latin II: Caesar
  2. Classical Studies I: The Greeks and Homer's Epics
  3. Eighth Grade Literature or Ninth Grade Literature
  4. Common Topic or High School Composition I or Foundations for Composition
  5. Physical Science or Earth Science
  6. Traditional Logic I (Fall) & Traditional Logic II (Spring) if not taken in 7th grade
  7. Pre-Algebra or Algebra I

 

Special Notes: If your student has not taken any Latin then he/she should take First Form Latin or Henle Latin I, Units 1-5 If you prefer the reading selections in one Middle School Literature class, feel free to choose whichever course is best for your student. If you are just starting the Composition sequence in 8th grade then you should probably take Foundations for Composition or High School Composition I. Some may also opt to take Middle School Composition I in 8th (this if fine). Traditional Logic can be delayed until 9th grade if needed, but many find it helpful to take before 9th grade because they do not have the time for these courses in high school.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 8th grade, we recommend that you read The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge, and Famous Men of Greece Chs. 1-10. If your student is weak in English grammar then we recommend taking our Summer Grammar Camp class over the summer.

 

See 8th Grade Classes

 9th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Ninth Grade Sequence:


  1. Latin
  2. Classical Studies I or Classical Studies II
  3. Ninth Grade Literature, Tenth Grade LiteratureThe Short Story, or The Novel
  4. Composition: Depends where you are at in the sequence (see below)
  5. Traditional Logic I (Fall) & Traditional Logic II (Spring)
  6. College Prep U.S. History or AP U.S. History or Medieval History
  7. Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II
  8. Physics or Biology or Earth Science or Physical Science (Depends on interest)

 

See 9th Grade Classes


Special Notes For Those Just Starting With Memoria Press: If your student has not taken any Latin then he/she should normally take Henle Latin I Units 1-5 or First Form Latin. If your student has no background in Classical Studies, then during the summer prior to their 9th grade year he/she should read The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge (a concise retalling of the Iliad & Odyssey) and take Classical Studies I in the 9th grade year. If you are just starting the Composition sequence in 9th grade then you should take Foundations for Composition or  High School Composition I. If your student has already taken Traditional Logic I & Traditional Logic II then Material Logic (Fall) and Informal Fallacies (Spring) are next. Feel free to swap out classes as necessary, but please be mindful of any prerequisites listed.


Suggested Summer Preparation for New Students: For students just starting with the online academy in 9th grade, we recommend that you read The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge and Famous Men of Greece Chs. 1-10. If your student is weak in English Grammar then we highly recommend our Summer Grammar Review over the summer.

 10th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Tenth Grade Sequence:


  1. Latin: Depends on prior Latin. Henle Latin I, Units 1-5 if student has no Latin.
  2. Classical Studies I, II, III, IV (Depends on where student is at).
  3. Tenth Grade LiteratureThe Short Story or The Novel. Another Literature selection is fine if desired.
  4. Composition: Depends on level. See notes.
  5. AP European History or AP U.S. History or College Prep U.S. History or Medieval History
  6. Algebra I or Algebra II or Geometry. Or whatever Math class is appropriate.
  7. Anatomy & Physiology or another appropriate Science class.
  8. American Government, Political Philosophy, or Economics.

 

See 10th Grade Classes


Special Notes: If your student has not taken any Latin then he/she should take Henle Latin I, Units 1-5, especially if the goal is to get your student to a Latin translation course. If your student has no background in Classical Studies, then during the summer prior to the 10th grade year have them read The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge. Then take Classical Studies I. If your student is just starting composition and is a little weaker on grammar, take Foundations for Composition (though there are some grammar prerequisites). Students can also take High School Composition I. Traditional Logic I & Traditional Logic II should be taken, or Material Logic and Informal Fallacies (whichever works best with your schedule and sounds more interesting). Please feel free to drop, substitute, or add whatever courses are necessary for your schedule and student, but please be mindful of any prerequisites listed.

 11th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Eleventh Grade Sequence:


  1. Latin: Depends on prior coursework. Caesar or Cicero if ready. AP Latin if ready.
  2. Literature: Either Austen/Shakespeare, Divine Comedy, Tolkien/Lewis, or AP Literature.
  3. Composition: See Special Notes below.
  4. AP European History, or AP U.S. History or College Prep U.S. History or Medieval History
  5. Chemistry or Physics, or another appropriate Science class.
  6. Algebra II, Geometry, or PreCalculus.
  7. American Government, or Political Philosophy, or Economics.
  8. Classical Studies III: Cicero and Augustine or Classical Studies: Greek Tragedy.

 

See 11th Grade Classes


Special Notes: Students with no Latin should take Henle Latin I, Units 1-5 or continue with whatever course builds on the Latin course taken previously. Students with no background in Classical Studies should take Classical Studies I. Students not familiar with our Classical Composition program (progymnasmata) should take High School Composition I and High School Composition II in the Senior year. AP English Literature and Composition can also be substituted for High School Composition II if desired, and contains a significant writing component, but students should already have writing experience. Students can also opt to take Traditional Logic I and Traditional Logic II in place of something else. They are very important classes if a student hasn't taken them, but ultimately go with whatever works best with your schedule and interests. Please feel free to drop, substitute, or add whatever courses are necessary for your schedule, but please be mindful of any prerequisites listed.

 12th Grade Suggested Sequence

Suggested Twelfth Grade Sequence:


  1. Latin: Depends on prior coursework. Henle Latin III Cicero or AP Latin if ready.
  2. Composition: Depends on prior coursework. See Special Notes below and Composition classes.
  3. AP English Literature and Composition or another appropriate Literature class.
  4. Chemistry, Physics, or another appropriate Science class.
  5. Geometry or Pre-Calculus or another appropriate Math class.
  6. American Government, Political Philosophy, Informal Logical Fallacies, or Economics.

 

See 12th Grade Classes


Special Notes: Students with no Latin should take Henle Latin I, Units 1-5 or continue with whatever course builds on the Latin taken previously. Students with no background in Classical Studies should take Classical Studies I or Classical Studies II. Students unfamiliar with the Classical Composition method should take High School Composition I. AP English Literature and Composition can also be substituted and contains a significant writing component, but students should already have some writing experience.  Students can also opt to take Traditional Logic I and Traditional Logic II in place of something else. They are very important classes if a student hasn't taken them, but ultimately go with whatever works best with your schedule and interests. Please feel free to drop, substitute, or add whatever courses are necessary for your schedule, but please be mindful of any prerequisites listed.

 For Students Starting Classical Education

Recommendations For Students Just Starting Classical Education


This is simply a recommendation for incoming high school students starting their classical education with Memoria Press. Most of our High School level courses are suitable for students in grades 9-12, although some of them are more difficult than others. We are aware that many students are advanced in certain areas and thrive in more difficult courses; average students should adhere more closely to the suggestions.

Strong students in grades 9-10 who would like to take a more difficult course suggested for grades 11-12 have this option (we don't actually restrict you from enrolling), with the understanding that the course reading will be more challenging. The assignments in these courses are often more demanding and will require committed study, creative thought, and thoughtful planning.

As with all of our courses, we attempt to choose what we think are the best works and study them as slowly, carefully, and methodically as possible. If you have a question about the suitability of a course for your student, please send an e-mail to help@memoriapress.com and we'll be glad to help you.


Ninth Grade
Henle Latin I, Units 1-5
Classical Studies I: The Greeks & Homer's Epics
The Short Story or The Novel
High School Composition I
Traditional Logic I (Fall) and Traditional Logic II (Spring)
Biology or Physics or Physical Science
Algebra I


Tenth Grade
Henle Latin I, Units 6-14
Classical Studies II: The Ancient Romans, Virgil, Tacitus, & Cicero
The Short Story or The Novel
High School Composition II
Material Logic (Fall) and Informal Fallacies (Spring)
Biology, or Anatomy & Physiology, or Chemistry, or Physics
Algebra II or Geometry


Eleventh Grade
Henle Latin II: Caesar or French I
Classical Studies III: Cicero & Augustine or Classical Studies IV: Greek Tragedy
The Divine Comedy or Austen/Shakespeare
High School Composition III or Foundations for Modern Composition
AP U.S. History
Algebra II or Geometry
Chemistry or Physics, or another Science class
PSAT Prep class (students should take PSAT during junior year) 


Twelfth Grade
Henle Latin III: Cicero or AP Latin or French II
Classical Studies V: Classical Philosophy
AP Literature and Composition or Senior Thesis or another Literature class
AP European History
American Government (Fall) and Classical Rhetoric (Spring)
Political Philosophy (Fall) and Economics (Spring)
PreCalculus or another Mathematics class as needed


Questions? 877-745-8866 or onlineacademy@memoriapress.com