Getting Started 7 – Testing & Graduation Requirements

It is important to find where you or your student needs to begin working in the curriculum.

You can find this out through TESTING.

The Curriculum is set-up in Units, each of which has a FINAL EXAM.

WHERE TO BEGIN? AT THE BEGINNING!

WHY?

1 – For the student’s benefit. REVIEW IS GOOD, plus the student may have missed something along the way. By working his way through all the tests, he may find areas of weakness which can then be strengthened.

2 – For the Academy’s benefit, to assure integrity of the academic standards of the Academy. In this way, we assure that those who attend and receive CERTIFICATES of COMPLETION actually ‘know their stuff’.

HOW TO TAKE THE TESTS
For each subject, take the test for the first Unit. If you pass with 100%, GREAT! Go on to the second unit. If you DO NOT pass with 100%, GO BACK and LEARN WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN. Then, retake the test. Progress to the next unit when you have passed the First Unit test at 100%. Progress to succeeding units as you finish the previous ones.

WHY?

Because we don’t know what you know and don’t know and you don’t know what you know and don’t know.

This is because our curriculum is different from all other curriculums, and you are different from all other persons.

This means that to find your starting place in the curriculum you need to test.

By testing, even the first units of a subject or category, you will find-out things you may not know.

THE CORE SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Science, Math and History+.

Begin with Unit 1 – Level 1 in each subject. Look over the test for that unit. If you think your child could pass-off parts or all of it, administer those parts you think your child could pass-off. Whatever your child still needs to know within that beginning unit, teach, then re-test. When your child can pass the test with 100%, proceed to the second unit in the series.

A student may proceed from unit to unit, taking tests, learning what he doesn’t know, then re-taking the tests and passing-off that unit. However, when the parent and student both come to the conclusion that the student should do all the work within a unit, that is the student’s working level. Generally speaking, when the student knows less than 60%, that is, scores 60% or less on a test, he should probably work through the whole unit. That would be his beginning working level.

OTHER SUBJECTS & COURSES:

a – We recommend that students start in the Scripture courses where they are; that is, if age 4-7 in the appropriate Scripture Stories class; if older the appropriate year round course.

b – We also recommend that students read through and do the Family Life courses until they reach their age/grade level. Then, pursue those courses at the regular pace of one per year or level.

c – In Fine Arts, we suggest if there is an interest here, that you look over the courses and choose the course or courses you want to pursue. Then begin them. There is no testing to determine Level in the Fine Arts units.

d – In Financial Literacy, we again recommend that the student start at the beginning and move-up as quickly as possible to his age/grade level.

WHAT IS AGE/GRADE LEVEL?

That’s an interesting question. We have divided the curriculum into
1 – Early Elementary – Levels 1 & 2
2 – Mid & Late Elementary or Grammar or Middle School or Junior High (3rd- 8th) – Levels 3-6
3 – High School and Higher – Levels 7-10

NOTE: These are OUR LEVELS, where WE would like to see students at a particular age. However, since Level 5 is Algebra and expected of a student who has been with us since age 4 or 5 and therefore is age 10, it is not realistic to expect that of all 10 year olds. Fortunately, since you are doing homeschool, you can assess where your student needs to be, doing what he needs to do to progress.

CAN YOU TEST OUT of the ACADEMY? YES. But, it is highly unlikely.

YOUR STUDENT, or YOU, IF YOU ARE THE STUDENT, COMPLETES the Testing in History+, Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The Student also completes the units or demonstrates that he or she has done work equivalent to Family Life Levels 1 – 10; Financial Literacy Levels 1-8; Scripture through Level 8, and Fine Arts through at least one Level 7-10 course.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 32 SECONDARY UNITS of LEVEL 7-10 COURSES
* Seminary or Scripture Study – Up to 4 Units
* Language Arts – 4 Units
* Foreign Language – 1 to 3 Units
* Health & Fitness – 4 Units
* History + – 4 Units
* Science – 3 Units
* Financial Literacy – 1 Unit
* Family Life & History – 3 Units
* Math – Units Sufficient to Complete Geometry & Algebra II
* Other Units of Student Choice to Equal 32 Units Total

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