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.

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.

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.

Live high school classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – Noon, Mountain Time, August 21, 2018 to May 28, 2019. View the Calendar.

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Semester 1: Health      Semester 2: Financial Literacy
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 Essentials

Modern 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

Chemistry

Semester 1: Music Appreciation                Semester 2: Computer Technology

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

Semester 1: Health      Semester 2: Financial Literacy

Science Fiction and Fantasy 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

Chemistry

English: Writing Essentials

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

Semester 1: Music Appreciation                Semester 2: Computer Technology

Modern World History

Semesters

1st Semester: August 21, 2018 – January 15, 2019

2nd Semester: January 17, 2019 – May 28, 2019

Note: Students are welcome to join Ensign Peak Academy for the 2nd Semester.

Student Orientation

The High School Student Orientation was recorded and is now posted in the Student Center. Enrolled students should watch the recording to be introduced to our mentors, and assist you in learning how to enroll in your courses in Canvas and GoToMeeting, how to submit assignments, and communicate with your mentors.

Course Schedule Rotation

Ensign Peak Academy course schedules rotate each year in the same manner as the LDS 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.

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.

2018-2019 Live Courses

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.

Math

Visit the Shormann Math page to learn about our self-paced Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus courses.

World Languages: Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese

Visit the Rosetta Stone page to learn about our self-paced World Language courses.