Online Highschool Course

ONLINE Church History and Philosophy Course

9th-12th Grade


(1/2 credit for 1st semester Church History and ½ credit for 2nd semester Philosophy)


A History of the Christian Church


I love the study of Church History because it brings together two of my greatest passions, the study of history and the study of the church.  Why study church history?  I can think of four good reasons.


1)  It helps us understand the Bible, its interpretation and application to our lives.  It is the story of God’s dealing in the lives of His people and their response to Him.  And since human nature has not changed, the drama and flow of the history of the church has relevance for us today.

2)  It helps us understand doctrine.  The doctrine of the Trinity, for instance, or the doctrine of Christ, is He divine?  How were these questions resolved?

3)  It helps us understand the roots of today’s church.  Why do certain churches emphasize certain practices and believe what they believe while others don’t?

4)  It helps us guard against error, both in doctrine and life.  How we can stay faithful to what the Bible teaches and how to live lives consistent with all that it says.


This course will be a brief overview of key issues and circumstances that have helped shape and influence the world we live in and give us a better handle on why it is important to maintain the faith of the church fathers.


A Brief Overview of Western Philosophical Thought


The word “philosophy” comes to us from the combination of two Greek words, “to love” and “wisdom”.  The search for wisdom and truth has almost always been the curiosity of man. No study of Western Civilization is complete without a study of the ideas that shaped it.  Ideas, belief systems, explanations of how we actually get knowledge and “wisdom”  all have consequence on culture, politics and religions.


In this course we will examine some of the major philosophers and philosophies that have shaped our lives and culture. What do their ideas and belief systems look like now, in our lives and practices.  How are they influencing us in ways that we are aware and unaware?


This course will be very interactive and conversational.  There will be lectures, but every class will feature time for interaction, questions and discussion in an online group format.


This course will help us better understand what great thinkers were saying and help us to see things in different ways.  It will provide a precise and condensed summary of Western philosophical concepts and arguments. 


BOOK NEEDED: Consequence of Ideas by R.C. Sproul


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Benny Phillips earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University in 1977.  He has pastored several churches in the Washington D.C. and Orlando areas, and is currently the senior pastor of Redeemer Church at Lake Nona.  He has been an active member of the homeschooling community for over 30 years, and homeschooled all 7 of his children.  He served as the principal of The Regent Academy from 2004-2011



Elementary Speech Class

Elementary School Speech Course

Libertas Academy



Most children like to talk. They talk about their favorite things: movies, family, friends, video games, theme park rides, authors, and the birthday party they’re planning months in advance. But when it comes to sharing their views, passions, fears and beliefs – especially in front of a group — many children (and adults!) shrink back. They often worry about what others will think or wonder if the group will make them feel foolish. Consequently, they sometimes feel motivated to genuinely communicate only if their emotions are attached to their words.

This course will not be your average speech class. Using role plays; short dramatic presentations; interviews of friends or family; in-class one on one learning opportunities; both spontaneous and planned debates; and assigned writings for sharing with the class, students will learn to understand why “important” talk is important. Why do they need to know what they believe about a topic well enough to talk to others about it? What prevents them from feeling comfortable or confident enough to say what they think, even if their view is not shared by others? What is the process of working through nervousness and experiencing the joy of speaking in front of a group? What is important and unimportant when trying to persuade, instruct, provide explanation to or ask questions of another person?

In short, the class will learn to talk about the talk, and hopefully gain a vision for the gift of communication for now and in their future. The curriculum will be compiled by Sheree at the cost of $40 per student.

Sheree Phillips has been speaking publically since she was volunteered by her husband, Benny, to teach Sunday School to 7th graders in the mid 1970’s. Her reluctance to talk in front of groups has been slowly replaced over many years with a love for communication that has found her speaking at women’s conferences and retreats, homeschooling conventions, and countless women’s meetings. As the former homeschooling mom of seven, Sheree is passionate about teaching children to value communication and is excited about becoming a part of the Libertas faculty next year.


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HS and MS Communication and Leadership Class



A Study of Skills for Life & Personal Success for Middle and High School Students

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Imagine your teen had a roadmap—a step-by-step guide to help him or her get to where they want to be in the future. Goals, dreams, plans… all within reach!

Now updated for the digital age, this classic study applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions that today’s teens face. In an entertaining style, this study provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media.

HABITUDES The Art of Self Leadership: The “habits” and “attitudes” of leaders are uncovered in this

course, grounded in extensive research, utilizing language, images and stories specifically designed to resonate with today’s emerging generation, teaching life skills and leadership characteristics in a fresh, engaging way.

HABITUDES Helps Middle and High School Students:

  • 􏰀  Build character based on emotional security
  • 􏰀  Handle criticism and learn to use feedback for personal improvement
  • 􏰀  Become a better model of healthy leadership by increasing self-awareness
  • 􏰀  Turn their core values into actions that inspire peers to follow

In addition to the studies planned, students will learn professional presentation skills, work with mobile technology (laptops, tablets, flash drives), and develop and present their own “Student as Teacher” professional presentation in our classroom / small-group setting. As a class, we will work toward the goal of having “teams” of our students professionally present in front of the school at year’s end.


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Grades 6-12 (Suggested High School Credit: 1⁄2 Communication + 1⁄2 Leadership)

*The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey (“Updated for the Digital Age”) The *7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook by Sean Covey
*3-Ring Binder with lined paper, page protectors, and dividers