Academics

UPPER SCHOOL WRITING COURSES

(HONORS) WRITING & COMPOSITION

(Honors) Writing & Composition is intended to be an advanced study of the art of writing and all the components that will help students turn their prosaic prose into convincing academic arguments. Over the course of the year, students will review several different modes of writing (expository, persuasive, research-based, and narrative) and also learn how to channel this knowledge into success on the diverse writing requirements they will encounter at Epiphany and in college. The goal is for students to end the year writing pieces that effectively organize and support their ideas.  

(HONORS) INDEPENDENT STUDY & RESEARCH

The purpose of this course is to give students the autonomy to gain new knowledge on the subject of their choice. Students are expected to work self-sufficiently and to manage their time responsibly while becoming pundits, or experts, on their area of interest. Students are responsible for journals, research, and reflective papers. By the course’s end, students present an oral and written product on their subject of interest and compose a portfolio. Examples of student-selected topics for independent study include body image issues, space exploration, financial investment strategies, and collegiate sports scandals. 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Students will be exposed to a variety of global topics to prepare them for the 21st century, such as international business and law, human rights, peacekeeping, and environmental sustainability. To achieve this goal, students will work together on collaborative projects, engage in discussion and debate, hear from a variety of guest speakers, and open their minds to the possibilities for making change in the world. Students will also interact with peers from other parts of the world through video conferencing and online projects. 

DIGITAL LITERACY

This class is a required course for all ninth grade students. This course is designed to teach academic and practical application of technological information and resources. In addition, a significant part of this course is designed focusing on Digital Citizenship - the responsible use of digital information and resources.

SENIOR SEMINAR

 A capstone to the Life Skills classes, this course will challenge students in the realms of theology and self-awareness. The first semester of Senior Seminar will assist students with the college admissions process—reviewing personal statements and application essays, editing applications, searching for scholarship opportunities, etc. The second semester Comparative Religions moves into a seminar-style discussion class that explores faith and service. The course’s emphasis on faith reveals that religions and theologies of the world have more commonalities than differences. A heavy emphasis is placed on reflection and writing. It culminates in the “Love in Action” program that places students in service-oriented settings to 
enable them to wisely devote themselves to the service of others.