The Academy at Houston Baptist University
Transformative Classes for Home Schoolers
The Academy Difference
Homeschoolers have more options than ever before. Though you will find dozens of programs that offer homeschool students college credit and many that are teaching students in a classical, Christian model, rarely will you find the two combined into a seamless whole.
The Academy is committed to integrated humanities courses in the grand tradition of classical education. Through The Academy, students carefully read the primary works of the great thinkers in the Western tradition and interact with their instructor and fellow students in a discussion-based, student-driven, dynamic Socratic classroom environment.
Young adults can spot insufficient and inauthentic explanations, which many Christian curricula and cultures provide exceptionally well. But Christ is the true Christ; God is the God of truth, so one can be confident that Christianity will stand against any alternative, though it may take hard work. At the Academy, students will be taught to not accept nor dispense easy answers, but rather explore the depths of serious questions and big ideas alongside peers and professors who believe that, despite the relativism of the age, truth is real and worth pursuing.
The Academy serves homeschoolers through a series of classes, curriculum, and enrichment opportunities at our HBU campus, partnering homeschool sites in Magnolia, Nassau Bay, Katy, and online.
The Academy Distinctives
Full time, classically trained, dedicated Christian faculty, with over 300 hours of experience in Great Books education.
Dual-enrollment, allowing the student to earn transferable college credit from Houston Baptist University while engaged in a rich high school education.
Education for the whole soul; Academy classes invite the student to incorporate their heart and soul into their work, knowing that these are as important and as much worth educating as their mind.
Exclusive learning opportunities through Houston Baptist University, such as faculty lectures, concerts, and plays for Academy students.
An exclusive Chamber Orchestra, The Academy Players Theater Club, University Choir, and Pep Band for Academy students on the HBU campus.
Automatic acceptance into the Honors College at Houston Baptist University, with Academy faculty recommendation.
A community of friends and mentors, built around mutual love of Christ and a life of learning.
The Great Books Series
The Academy Great Books Series is a four-year overview of some of the most important works of western civilization. Classes are interdisciplinary, student-driven, and discussion-based designed to provide the student with an essential grounding in western history, literature, philosophy, theology, and culture through reading the original sources.
The completion of each year of the Great Books Series will earn the student three units of transferable college credit at Houston Baptist University.
Introduction to Great Books and Composition*
(recommended for 7th and 8th grades)
HBU Campus: M/W 12:30-1:30
Extraordinary Education, Magnolia, TX: T/TH 9am and 1:15pm
The Academy’s Introduction to Great Books is a great place for any student to start learning in the Socratic style from original source texts, and improve the quality of their academic writing in preparation for an intensive high school curriculum.
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Plato’s Apology; C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia; Louise May Alcott’s Little Women; Mark Twain’s Adventure of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; William Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer’s Night Dream and Romeo & Juliette; and more!
Great Books I
English 1320: The Greeks, Romans, and Early Christianity
(recommended for 9th and 10th graders, and open to any older students interested in the era)
HBU Campus M/W 12:30 - 2:00pm (Class currently full) and 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Extraordinary Education, Magnolia, TX, T/TH 10:40am - 12:10pm
Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Nassau Bay, TX, T/TH 9 - 10:30am
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey; Plato’s Meno, Theatetus, and The Republic; Aristotle’s Poetics and Nicomachean Ethics; Genesis, Exodus, and Psalms; Virgil’s Aenied; Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word; Augustine’s City of God; and more!
Great Books III
History 2312: Western Civilization and the Making of Modernity
(Recommended for 11th and 12th graders)
HBU Campus, M/W 12:30 - 2:00pm
Extraordinary Education, Magnolia, TX, T/TH 9:00 - 10:30am
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; John Locke’s The 2nd Treatise on Government; David Hume’s Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding; Selections from Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections; John Wesley’s A Plain Account of Christian Perfection; Jane Austin’s Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion; and more!
Philosophy 1310: Introduction to Logic, Rhetoric, and Composition
HBU Campus, M/W 2:15-3:15
Extraordinary Education, Magnolia, TX, T/TH 11:10-12:10pm
Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Nassau Bay, TX, T/TH 10:30 - 11:30am
Katy Classical Academy, Katy, TX, M/W 12:30 - 1:30 M/W
Great leaders and cultural influencers have this in common: They know how to think, write, and speak with clarity and authority. We’ve combined an integrated approach to the study of writing, rhetoric, formal logic, and foundational philosophy. This class will train students to think on their feet, accomplish any writing assignment with confidence and clarity, and become excellent communicators. Assignments will include argument analysis and logical exercises, presentations, in-class, writing assignments, and a paper a semester. As much as possible, the reading for this class will consist of writers who naturally integrate strong argumentation with compelling style, from Plato’s Gorgias to C.S. Lewis’s “Learning in Wartime.” Students can earn 3 units of transferable college credit.
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Poetics, and the Organon; Lewis Carroll’s the Game of Logic; Plato’s Apology, Gorgias, and Protagoras; Ancient Rhetoric for Contemporary Students; and G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who was Thursday.
Philosophy 1313: Introduction to Philosophy and Religion
HBU Campus M/W 3:30 - 5:00pm
Extraordinary Education, Magnolia, TX, T/TH 2:20-3:50pm
Starting with the book of Acts and working our way through the essential Fathers of our faith, Christian Theology introduces students to the incredible theological, cultural, and philosophical tradition that every Christian shares, no matter what church you go to. As the year progresses students will learn the foundational reasons for and philosophical underpinnings of the faith, enabling them to engage the many challenges that may come. Students can earn 3 units of college credit.
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Plato’s Timaeus & Euthyphro; Cicero’s On the Nature of the Gods; Augustine’s On the Free Choice of the Will; Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy; Anselm’s Proslogion; Selections from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica; David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; selections from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and many more!
Latin 1311: Latin I
HBU Campus M/W 10:00 - 11:30am
Covenant Classical Academy, Cypress, TX.
Latin I will introduce the student to the great foundational language of the Western world. Whether or not you have any Latin experience, this class will be necessary for translations, fluency, and future Latin classes. Our Latin professors' love of the language is contagious. Latin I will be challenging, but well worth the effort.
Readings will include, but are not limited to: Richard A. LaFleur’s Wheelock’s Latin 7th Edition; Anne H. Groton & James M. May’s Thirty-Eight Latin Stories 5th Edition; and Cassell's Latin Dictionary.
Art Methods and Materials*
HBU Campus M/W 5:15 - 6:15pm
This university level studio art class is an introduction to essential artistic mediums such as pen and ink, water colors, oils, pastels, charcoal, and clay. The students will spend the year learning how to use each medium for themselves as they study the famous painters and artists who used them best. The class is only open to students taking other Academy classes, and is free of charge.
The Academy Players Theater Society*
HBU Campus, Thursday 5pm-7pm
The Academy Players is a theater group comprised of students ages 8-18. Each semester, The Academy Players will perform a play. All students are welcome to learn, develop, and hone their theater arts skills. Auditions for the Fall play will be held in September.
* indicates courses are Junior High or High School credit only.
Registration is open. To express your interest or find out more, email TheAcademy@hbu.edu, or call 281-649-3661.