Middle School Program

Welcome!

We are delighted for the opportunity to share our middle 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 middle school students (7th and 8th grade) 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 middle 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 Middle 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 US History American and British 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 US Geography English: Focus on Language Arts
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: Principles of Liberty – Part 1

Semester 2: Art Appreciation

Science Semester 1: Chemistry and Ecology

Science Semester 2: Geology and Astronomy

Class schedule for Middle 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 Science Semester 1: Chemistry and Ecology

Science Semester 2: Geology and Astronomy

US History
9:00–9:50 Pacific Time 10:00–10:50 Mountain Time 11:00–11:50 Central Time 12:00–12:50 Eastern Time Semester 1: Principles of Liberty – Part 1

Semester 2: Art Appreciation

US Geography
10:00–11:00 Pacific Time 11:00–12:00 Mountain Time 12:00–1:00 Central Time 1:00–2:00 Eastern Time American and British Literature (11:15 – 12:15) English: Focus on Language Arts

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 Middle 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 middle school course schedules alternate each year, 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

book-863418_1280American and British Literature

2-Semester Course

This course is a rich and thrilling adventure through some of the finest selections of American and British literature. It is taught in tandem with English: Focus on Language Arts. Students will enjoy engaging lessons, novels, a novella, a short story and poetry. These literature selections will provide a platform for investigations into the importance of family, virtue, Christian discipleship, integrity and courage, as well as literary themes, symbolism, plot-lines, characters, settings, writing styles, etc. Readings for this course include The Magicians Nephew, and The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis; The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sidney; King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain; “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London; “If” by Rudyard Kipling, and “Paul Revere’s Ride,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

laptop-2558666_1280English: Focus on Language Arts

2-Semester Course

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 is designed to provide an engaging opportunity for students to improve their language arts comprehension and skills, and to learn to articulate ideas in writing through a variety of cognitive procedures. Instruction interrelates with the American and English Literature course to provide topics for students to use as they articulate their own ideas as well as analyze, interpret, and evaluate the readings. Students will also sharpen their skills through fun games and activities designed to teach grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

mount-rushmore-902483_1280US History

2-Semester Course

The focus of this course is seeing the hand of God in the establishment of the United States. This course is a broad review US history, starting with the first Americans, explorers, Jamestown and Pilgrims, then proceeding to the 13 Colonies, the American Revolution and the writing of the US Constitution. Students will learn about influential US presidents, the growth of the nation, the War of 1812, slavery, transportation, women’s suffrage, and factory life. The second semester will cover the Civil War, reconstruction, immigration, the American West, The World Wars, The Great Depression, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Civil Rights Movement and wrap up with an overview of religious freedom.

america-1861417_1280US Geography

2-Semester Course

Explore the United States of America through this exciting geography course. Students will learn to appreciate the culture, climate, and physical features of each region. They will be invited to learn about the national parks and the city life, the farms and ranches, the everglades and mountains, the deserts and forests, the plains and shorelines, and the rivers and lakes of our beautiful country. The course will introduce students to some of the most impressive man-made structures and important heritage sites. Games for memorizing the states and capitals are included, along with many fun geography activities. The focus of this course is to inspire gratitude for America, and a desire to preserve this land of promise as we strive to become true disciples of Christ.

atom-1222516_1280Science Semester 1: Chemistry and Ecology

The Chemistry Unit will teach students basic chemistry. The unit will cover atomic structure, molecules and compounds, isotopes, electrons and chemical characteristics of elements, why atoms behave the way they do, ions, chemical reactions, covalent bonds, and ionic bonds. The patterns in chemistry will be presented as evidence of intelligent design.

The Ecology Unit will teach students the fundamentals of the distribution and interactions of organisms within their environment. Students will examine plant and animal populations, communities and ecosystems, from tiny bacteria’s role in nutrient recycling to the effects of tropical rain forest on the Earth’s atmosphere. Students will learn to appreciate the inter-relatedness of all things, as a pattern for Christian unity.

stone-arch-828730_1280Science Semester 2: Geology and Astronomy

The Geology Unit will help students understand the essential elements that make up the earth. Students will learn to appreciate the Creator’s grand design in the formation of the earth, and our role as stewards. The unit will cover the earth’s layers, the geology of time, rocks, minerals, how the land forms, the geological processes, and how we use the earth’s resources. The unit will finish with a fascinating review of earthquakes and volcanoes.

The Astronomy Unit will teach students about the terrestrial and Jovian planets in our solar system, our sun and moon, the motion of the Earth, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, our universe, galaxies and space exploration. Students will enjoy learning about how God uses heavenly bodies and their motion as a source of rich symbolism for teaching gospel truths.

starry-sky-1948523_1280Art Appreciation

1-Semester Course

Description coming soon!

 

 

 

independence-hall-1116201_1280Principles of Liberty- Part 1

1-Semester Course

Discover 14 fundamental principles of liberty upon which peace and prosperity are based. Learning is done through engaging object lessons, games, stories and activities designed to engage the young student. This course cultivates a love for liberty as it teaches how to apply these principles to real life decisions as students prepare for active citizenship. Students will learn of the indispensable role of religion and faith, in preserving liberty. It covers principles 1-14 as described in The 5000 Year Leap, from the National Center for Constitutional Studies.

Books and Materials

View the books and materials list in the Student Center.

2019-2020 Live Courses

World Literature

English: Language Arts Companion

World History

World Geography

Science – 1st Semester: Cells and Classification; 2nd Semester: Heredity and Genetics

Music Appreciation

Principles of Liberty – Part 2 (Covers principles 15-28 as described in The 5000 Year Leap, from the National Center for Constitutional Studies)