High School Program

Welcome!

We are delighted for the opportunity to share our high school program with you. Our courses have been thoughtfully prepared to inspire and engage each individual student in a rich academic adventure, taught in light of the restored gospel. Ensign Peak Academy is established to teach Latter-day Saint youth, but welcome all interested students.

We specialize in high-touch, low-tuition online Learning Communities.

Live Program

Each year, our high school students (grades 9-12) attend a set of live, online classes as a Learning Community of 20-25 students. This facilitates the development of great friendships within the Learning Community. Students may opt out of any live class, and tuition will be reduced accordingly.

We are accepting 96 high school students for the 2019-2020 school year, in 4 learning communities.

Visit the Tuition Page to view the tuition rates

Students are invited to…

  • Enjoy inspiring instruction from our terrific mentors.
  • Discuss the lessons with mentors and other students through live webinar-based video, audio and chat.
  • Make consistent progress through rich and meaningful lessons.

2018-2019 Live high school classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – Noon, Mountain Time, August 21, 2018 to May 30, 2019. View the 2018-2019 Calendar.

2019-2020 Live high school classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – Noon, Mountain Time, August 20, 2019 to May 28, 2020. View the 2019-2020 Calendar.

Online personal study modules, assignments and quizzes are completed throughout the week, according to each student’s unique schedule.

Course Schedule Rotation

Ensign Peak Academy course schedules (sets of courses) rotate each year in the same manner as the Latter-day Saint Seminary program, and are therefore non-sequential.  This allows students to join a Learning Community in any year and progress through their middle and high school years. (See the chart at the bottom of this page.)

High School Schedule B: Live Program 2019-2020

  • Will be taught live online for the 2019-2020 school year (August 20, 2019 – May 28, 2020)
  • Will be offered as self-paced courses starting January 20, 2020

books-1149959_640American Literature

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

writing-pad-3229690_640English: Writing Dynamics

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

pyramid-2301471_640Ancient World History

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

 

new-zealand-3018634_640Earth Science

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

baby-2717347_640 (1)Family Science

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

business-1137367_640Entrepreneurship

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

 

 

 

 

A Parent Shares Her Experience

Amy Bowler“Our son has taken high school classes this year and we have been so pleased with his experience. His mentors are outstanding and the curriculum is excellent as well. I love how he’s been inspired to study more deeply in certain subjects because of what he’s learned in his classes. I also like the variety of study material and multiple options for the assignments. We’ll definitely be participating again next year!”

–Amy Bowler, St. George, UT

 

 

Learning Communities Class Schedules

All class schedules are subject to change.

2019-2020 Class schedule for High School Learning Community #1

Class Time

Tuesday

Thursday

8:00–8:50 Pacific Time  9:00–9:50 Mountain Time 10:00–10:50 Central Time 11:00–11:50 Eastern Time

American Literature

Family Science
9:00–9:50 Pacific Time 10:00–10:50 Mountain Time 11:00–11:50 Central Time 12:00–12:50 Eastern Time

English: Writing Dynamics

Ancient World History

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time 11:00–12:00 Mountain Time 12:00–1:00 Central Time 1:00–2:00 Eastern Time

Earth Science

Entrepreneurship

2019-2020 Class schedule for High School Learning Community #2

Class Time

Tuesday

Thursday

8:00–8:50 Pacific Time  9:00–9:50 Mountain Time 10:00–10:50 Central Time 11:00–11:50 Eastern Time

Family Science

American Literature

9:00–9:50 Pacific Time 10:00–10:50 Mountain Time 11:00–11:50 Central Time 12:00–12:50 Eastern Time

Earth Science

English: Writing Dynamics

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time 11:00–12:00 Mountain Time 12:00–1:00 Central Time 1:00–2:00 Eastern Time

Entrepreneurship

Ancient World History

2019-2020 Class schedule for High School Learning Community #3

Class Time

Tuesday

Thursday

8:00–8:50 Pacific Time  9:00–9:50 Mountain Time 10:00–10:50 Central Time 11:00–11:50 Eastern Time

American Literature

Entrepreneurship
9:00–9:50 Pacific Time 10:00–10:50 Mountain Time 11:00–11:50 Central Time 12:00–12:50 Eastern Time

English: Writing Dynamics

Earth Science

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time 11:00–12:00 Mountain Time 12:00–1:00 Central Time 1:00–2:00 Eastern Time

Ancient World History

Family Science

2019-2020 Class schedule for High School Learning Community #4

Class Time

Tuesday

Thursday

8:00–8:50 Pacific Time  9:00–9:50 Mountain Time 10:00–10:50 Central Time 11:00–11:50 Eastern Time

Entrepreneurship

American Literature

9:00–9:50 Pacific Time 10:00–10:50 Mountain Time 11:00–11:50 Central Time 12:00–12:50 Eastern Time

Ancient World History

English: Writing Dynamics

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time 11:00–12:00 Mountain Time 12:00–1:00 Central Time 1:00–2:00 Eastern Time

Family Science

Earth Science

2019-2020 Semesters

1st Semester: August 20, 2019 – January 16, 2020

2nd Semester: January 21, 2020 – May 28, 2020

Note: Students are welcome to join the live program anytime.

Capstone ImageThe Senior Capstone Project

0.5 Credit Course

Tuition: $185

The Senior Capstone Project is an opportunity for scholarly exploration into some of the greatest ideas that have intrigued mankind for millennia. Study and writing about great ideas invites seniors to recognize, appreciate, seek for and enjoy that which is good, true and beautiful. Mentors and administrators help students prepare to raise their personal “Ensign to the Nations,” as true examples of Christian character and personal discipleship, as they strive to become men and women of wisdom, knowledge, virtue, and purpose. Seniors work one-on-one with a mentor to develop, write and polish three essays, of 1000-1500 words each. Individual students meet with a mentor online, three times for each essay, for 20 minutes each time.

Student Orientation

The 2019-2020 High School Student Orientation will be held live online on Tuesday August 13, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm Mountain Time. The link and access code will be provided in the Student Center, shortly beforehand. Orientation will be recorded and posted in the Student Center.

New students should attend live, or watch the recording to be introduced to our mentors, learn now to use Canvas and GoToMeeting, submit assignments, and communicate with your mentors.

Returning students are encouraged to attend the first portion of orientation, to meet new mentors and hear about their new classes.

High School Schedule A

  • Now offered as self-paced courses (enroll anytime).
  • Currently being taught live online for the 2018-2019 school year (ends May 30, 2019).
  • Will be taught live online again for the 2022-2023 school year.

florence-1133602_1280Modern World History

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

This exciting course begins with in overview of the history of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the Renaissance. Students will then learn about the Age of Exploration and colonization, and the Scientific Revolution. Students will enjoy learning some of the most fascinating aspects of the modern histories of China, India, Korea, Japan, Iran and Russia. Special emphasis will be given to the Reformation, and its relation to the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Students will then dive into learning about the American and French Revolutions, the Atlantic slave trade, the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution. Both World Wars will be covered, followed by the division of Korea, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Cold War, the Information Age and Post-Colonial Africa.

book-2899636_1280Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

This course is a rich and thrilling adventure through some of the finest selections of science fiction and fantasy literature. It is taught in tandem with English: Writing Essentials. Students will become acquainted with several outstanding authors of these genres, through engaging lessons, novels, novellas, short stories and poetry. These literature selections will provide a platform for investigations into the importance of virtue, Christian discipleship, integrity and courage, as well as literary themes, symbolism, plot-lines, characters, settings, writing styles, etc. Readings for this course are Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card; Foundation, by Isaac Asimov; The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis; Smith of Wootton Major, by J.R.R. Tolkien; and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Novellas for this course include The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells; Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury; and The Light Princess, by George MacDonald. Short stories for this course include “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison; and “The Cold Equations”, by Tom Goodwin, with one delightful lesson on “Jabberwocky”, by Lewis Carroll.

write-593333_1280English: Writing Essentials

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

The Lord asks for disciples who are prepared to assist in the building of the Kingdom of God through articulate, well-reasoned persuasion.This course focuses on developing student’s skills and strategies for critical, independent reading and writing of expository, narrative, response to literature, and persuasive texts. MLA formatting will be taught. Instruction interrelates with the Science Fiction Literature course to provide topics for students to use as they articulate their own ideas as well as to analyze, interpret, and evaluate the readings. The goal of this course is to support students becoming independent, strategic, critical readers, writers, listeners, and speakers who communicate effectively in various forms, for genuine purposes, and to authentic audiences.

chemistry-740453_1280Chemistry

2-Semester Course, 1 Credit

This is an introductory course in theories and concepts of modern chemistry. The patterns in chemistry will be presented as evidence of intelligent design. Topics will be presented to increase awareness and understanding of the role of chemistry in everyday life and environmental issues. The course emphasizes the atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, properties of gases, solutions, reaction rates and equilibrium, acid‐base reactions, and chemical thermodynamics. The student will be introduced to quantum mechanics, organic and biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory work will develop students reasoning power, the ability to apply chemical principles; as well as acquaint students with chemical laboratory techniques.

fruits-82524_1280Health

1-Semester Course, 0.5 Credits

This course will teach students to view their body as a temple for their spirit. They will learn several valuable strategies for cultivating a healthy lifestyle, in order to fulfill their mission on the earth, have joy, and maintain the health and strength necessary for raising their future family.  Students will be encouraged to follow the Word of Wisdom, as they learn about basic nutrition, avoiding harmful substances, heart health and diabetes. They will learn techniques for managing stress and anxiety, and the benefits and strategies for physical fitness, maintaining an active lifestyle, and wholesome family recreation. The course will also cover basic first aid, safety considerations, tips for healthy sleeping, the value of regular hydration, healthy digestion, deep breathing and relaxation techniques. As students consider the health of their future family, they will learn about healthy pregnancy, childbirth and infant nutrition; the basics of prevention and treatment for some of the most common communicable and non-communicable diseases, and how to help themselves and family members recover from illness and surgery.

manhattan-1674404_1280Music Appreciation

1-Semester Course, 0.5 Credits

This music appreciation course covers music in western civilization from the Medieval Era to the present. In this course students will study the life and works of great composers like Hildegard von Bingen, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Copland, and more. This course is structured to accommodate students with and without previous musical training, aiming to inspire a true sense of understanding and appreciation for music and its application to the religious, political, and social environment of the past and present world.  

monitor-1307227_1280Computer Technology

1-Semester Course, 0.5 Credits

This unique course provides broad level computer literacy to prepare students for future careers and to provide general comprehension of computer-related topics, so that students feel confident in seeking for technology solution in many aspects of their lives. Topics covered include hardware, operating systems, software, productivity software, networks, the internet, programming, databases, creativity and entertainment, social platforms, family history, using lds.org, security, safety, privacy, data protection, societal impact, ethics, intellectual property, and legalities, careers and further education, and emerging technologies.

piggy-2889046_1280Financial Literacy

1-Semester Course, 0.5 Credits

This course covers a broad array of topics designed to prepare youth to be wise stewards of their finances – now and during their future adult life. Students will learn principles and strategies for tracking money, budgeting, saving, and developing good financial habits and goal setting practices. Guidelines will be given for selecting a financial institution, paying for college, understanding loans and credit scores, buying a car, considering the financial aspects of career options, and mortgages. Instruction will cover eCommerce, merchant accounts, payment gateways, and an introduction to cryptocurrency. A comprehensive overview of LDS donations will be given, as well as an excellent introduction to the joys of philanthropy. The course concludes with an overview of the rights and responsibilities of buyers and sellers, including protection from fraud, scams, ponzi schemes, avoiding gambling, safe online purchasing, and the role of government in protecting the consumer.

Note: The course books and materials list is posted in Student Center.

Self-Paced Program

  • Students may enroll any time of the year.
  • Select the courses you want, or enroll in the full set of courses described below.
  • Courses are accessed through Canvas. All grading, feedback and communication is provided within Canvas.
  • No time limit for course completion – students work at their own pace.
  • Upon completion, courses are entered onto the student’s High School Transcript.

View the Tuition page and the Admissions Process page for enrollment information.

Math Courses

We are pleased to offer Shormann Math for all of our students, as self-paced online courses. Please visit our Shormann Math page for details.

World Language Courses

We are pleased to offer Rosetta Stone courses in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese. Please visit our Rosetta Stone page for details.

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Ensign Peak High School Graduation Requirements and Live Course Schedules

Schedules A, B, C and D are sets of live courses. As self-paced courses are developed, students may opt to take all or some courses as independent, self-paced sections, in any order. Some self-paced courses are required for graduation.

Note: Graduation is contingent on Ensign Peak Academy receiving accreditation. This procedure has been initiated. Please see the accreditation page for more information.

REQUIRED AREAS Required Credit SCHEDULE A (2018-19) SCHEDULE B (2019-20) SCHEDULE C (2020-21) SCHEDULE D (2021-22)
English: Literature

Taught live

3 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

(1 cr.)

American Literature

(1 cr.)

English Literature

(1 cr.)

World Literature

(1 cr.)

English: Writing

Taught live

3 English: Writing Essentials

(1 cr.)

English: Writing Dynamics       (1 cr.) English: Writing Skills

(1. cr.)

English: Writing Adventures

(1 cr.)

World History

Taught live

4 Modern World History

(1 cr.)

Ancient World History

(1 cr.)

American History     (1 cr.) US Government and Citizenship

(1 cr.)

Math

Self-paced Independent only

3 Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry 

Visit Shormann Math page for details

(Each math course is 1 cr.)

Science

Taught live

3 Chemistry

(1 cr.)

Earth Science

(1 cr.)

Physics

(1 cr.)

Biology

(1 cr.)

World Languages

Self-paced Independent only

2 Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese

(6 Units of Rosetta Stone equal 1 cr.)

Visit Rosetta Stone page for details

*Physical Education

See note below

2 Health

(0.5 cr.)

Taught live

**Fine Arts

See note below

1 Music Appr’n

(0.5 cr.)

Taught live

Art Appr’n

(0.5 cr.)


Studio Art    

(0.5 cr.)

Computer Tech 0.5 Computer Tech

(0.5 cr.)

Financial Literacy 0.5 Financial Literacy

(0.5 cr.)

Family Science 1 Family Science

(1 cr.)

Principles of Leadership 0.5 Principles of Leadership

(0.5 cr.)

Electives:

Taught live

Fulfills

Elective

Credit

Entrepre-neurship    (1 cr.) Geography   (1 cr.)


College Prep (0.5 cr.)


Life Skills

(0.5 cr.)

Critical Thinking

(0.5 cr.)

Electives: Simulations Week      Live event  (addt’l cost) Fulfills Elective Credit Clash of the Cultures

(0.5 cr.)

Choose Your Own Adventure

(0.5 cr.)

Crossfire on the Floor

(0.5 cr.)

The Surprise Summit

(0.5 cr.)

***Total Electives Credit Requirement 2 See note below
Senior Capstone Project 0.5 Individually mentored and completed during the senior year.
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Self-paced Math Courses

We are pleased to offer Shormann Math for our students, as self-paced online courses. Please visit our Shormann Math page for details.

Self-paced Foreign Language Courses

We are pleased to offer Rosetta Stone courses in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese. Please visit our Rosetta Stone page for details.

*Physical Education Participation Credit

1.5 pass/fail participation credits may be earned through verified independent guided instruction in a sports team, individual sport, dance, yoga, or training and conditioning, towards fulfilling the Physical Education requirement.

**Fine Arts Participation Credit

1.0 pass/fail participation credit may be earned through verified independent guided instruction in dance, theater, drama, music lessons/ensemble, debate, or studio art, towards fulfilling the Fine Arts requirement.

Complete and submit this Participation Credit Application to receive credit for verified independent instruction in Physical Education and Fine Arts.

***Electives

Electives may include any courses that are in addition to the required credit amount, offered live or self-paced, in Fine Arts, World Languages, History, Science, English, and Electives.

Electives:

World Geography (1 cr.)

Critical Thinking (0.5 cr.)

Entrepreneurship (1 cr.)

College Prep (0.5 cr.)

Life Skills (0.5 cr.)

Graduation Credit Policy: Ensign Peak Academy accepts credit earned at other schools recognized by a national, regional or state accrediting agency.* Credit from other institutions, which is a reasonable match with the Ensign Peak Academy graduation requirements, will meet those requirements. A minimum of 25% of the credit applied towards graduation, must be earned through courses taken directly through Ensign Peak Academy. In addition, all Ensign Peak Academy students must complete the Senior Capstone Project in order to graduate.

If a student withdraws from a course prior to completion of 80% of 0.5 credits, the course will not appear on the transcript. Withdrawal from a course is done by sending a note to the mentor or administrator, letting them know that the student wishes to withdraw from a course and they will be deactivate from the course. We keep all academic records. Students are welcome to re-activate in self-paced courses they have withdrawn from, at anytime during their high school career.

*Recognized regional accrediting agencies include the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.