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



Libertas Academy Middle School History

Another exciting class and exciting new teacher next year!

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 at 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


(Rome to Renaissance)

Grades 6-8

 World and Church History begins with a brief review of the people of God in the Old Testament and the development of the new “Israel of God” in the New Testament.  As the new church experienced the Roman Empire and the Roman persecution students will see persecuted Christians emerge from hiding to spread their faith all over the Roman Empire, from the Middle East, Italy and North Africa to faraway Gaul, Britain and Hispania. Then, in the 600s, students will watch the brand-new Islamic faith arise in a flash to drive Christianity out of the Middle East, North Africa and Hispania– even as Christianity continues to spread into Germany, Eastern Europe and beyond.

Next, students will look at the Vikings as they invade coastal territories all over Western Europe and gain a permanent foothold in northwest France, part of which the French will name “Normandy” after these “Northmen.” In 1066, Norman Vikings will leap across the English Channel to conquer England. We will study every monarch of England from that first French-speaking Norman king, William the Conqueror, through the thoroughly English Queen Elizabeth I. Along the way, students will learn of the progress and regress of the Christian faith.  We will take a look at the conditions that gave rise to the reformation and its’ influence on the culture.

During the season of exploration explorers  Columbus and his successors will discover a whole New World– two whole continents and countless islands that no living European knew existed. The Spanish conquistadors will overwhelm the natives of this New World, exploiting its resources to build the largest, mightiest empire the world has yet seen.

Curriculum will be the second year of Biblioplan. For more information visit or email


America’s Story – Elementary History

Libertas Academy is happy to welcome Laura Williams to our teaching team.

Laura Williams, mother of two, has been homeschooling since her soon-to-be middle schooler was in preschool. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Liberty University, where she went on to earn her M.A. in Counseling. She has taught or assisted in a variety of homeschool classes since 2012. She desires to make learning fun, relevant, and adaptable for each student’s various learning abilities.

Below is information on the class she is teaching.


America’s Story ~ Elementary History

From the Ancient Americas to the Great Gold Rush

then onto the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution.

Grades 2-4
We begin at the infancy of our country and travel through the founding of our great nation, catching glimpses of the men who would become known as the Founding Fathers. Then we travel to the Wild West and then go on to explore the Industrial Revolution. History comes alive in the stories and adventures of explorers, pioneers, and innovators who saw in America the chance to live a dream — to freely worship God, to have the chance to own land, and the search for wealth and opportunities. Discover the people who braved and tamed a wilderness to form communities and states that dot the landscape of this great land we know today. Finally, meet the amazing Americans who changed the world with invention and ingenuity.


We will have fun in this class learning our country’s great story in a gentle and multi-sensory way. A variety of learning methods will be used from story reading, story telling, music, arts and crafts, narration, drama, research, presentations and more. This curriculum is appropriate and adaptable for all elementary ages.


Required Resources

Semester 1: America’s Story Volume 1 plus Teacher Guide (Previously called Student Journal, it includes the necessary Student Journal and project material as well as expanded information for the home education teacher.)     By Angella O’Dell
Semester 2: America’s Story Volume 2 plus Teacher Guide (Previously called Student Journal, it includes the necessary Student Journal and project material as well as expanded information for the home education teacher.)    By Angella O’Dell

This class will have a small materials and project fee.  For more information on Libertas Academy visit or email

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Middle School Earth/Space Science

Just one of the amazing classes offered at Libertas Academy next school year.  We are excited to have David Brackin join our teaching staff!  For more information visit or email


Earth/Space Science: This course is designed for the middle school student (6-8).   Using a strong inquiry base approach students will handle meteorites, rocks and hardened volcanic lava. They will build working weather instruments and safely look directly at the Sun. Areas of study will be the Universe, galaxies, our solar system, the sun, moon, asteroids, meteors, and comets.

The role of Florida in space exploration will be examined. The influences, causes, and effects of weather will be explored. A biblical view of the Earth’s structures and history will be thoroughly assessed from a geologic standpoint. All topics are approached from an inquiry hands-on basis.

Required resources are the 4th Editions of Answers in Genesis: Our Universe, Our Weather and Water and Our Planet Earth books (3 books total) Students will need a 3-ring binder with 5 dividers. This class has a 40 dollar lab fee plus monthly tuition.

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David Brackin(

David received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 1979 and Masters of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983. After graduating from NOBTS he returned to UCF for post baccalaureate work in education in order to qualify for a Florida Teaching Certificate. He received his Florida certification in 1985. His certifications are in Middle Grade Science, Biology, 9-12 History and Social Studies. In 1985, after 3 years of teaching high school and middle school history and science in private schools, he began his 31 years as a middle school science teacher for Orange County Public Schools. During his time with OCPS he taught life science, earth/space science and physical science at different times as he was placed “where his experience was needed most.” He and his wife Julie home schooled their four children for 20 years and during that time that he worked in public schools. He retired from OCPS in June of 2016 and is now looking forward to working with the homeschool community. David’s philosophy in teaching is that science should be as much of a hands-on experience as possible. The labs that he has written and will be using for this class have been distributed throughout Orange County Schools been published on the Florida Department of Educations website CPALMS.

Libertas Academy Debate and Logic

Below is information on one of the classes we are offering this year.  For more information visit or email

Debate & Logic

A Study of Argument, Logic, Speech and Debate for Middle School Students

Argument! Why would I want to teach my kids to argue? By “argument” we do not mean an emotional quarrel or petty squabble, but rather a reasoned case for or against a point of view. The Argument Builder focuses on enabling students to build compelling and persuasive arguments. Students first study the logical structure of good arguments and then study how to use several lines of argument to build their own with the use of examples, analogy, comparison, testimony, and statistics.

What are the Secrets of Great Communicators? Long ago, the vital skill of speaking well, or “elocution,” was considered an essential part of every citizen’s basic education. Sadly the art of speaking well has faded as a required subject in most schools, but it should not be a missing element in our students’ education.    Via the Secrets of Great Communicators we will study the ways of Moses, Isaiah, and Paul in the Bible as well as Martin Luther, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan, and more!

The Art of Eloquence or Say What You Mean! A fun and easy way to study beginning debate. Say What You Mean: Beginning Debate creates an inviting environment in which to study the often intimidating topic of debate in a format that is both comfortable and exciting. Students will learn the formal rules of debate and learn to defend both sides of an issue as they grow in their confidence to speak in public.






Grades 5-8



The Argument Builder by Shelley Johnson (Classical Academic Press)

The Secrets of Great Communicators Student Text by Jeff Myers

Say What you Mean: Beginning Debate (The Art of Eloquence) – purchased as class for group discount

3-Ring Binder with lined paper, page protectors and at least 6 dividers


Materials Fee:

$35 per student – Includes the DVD lessons, handouts, testing and MORE!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”


Proverbs 18:21

Elementary/Early Middle School Chemistry and Physics

Upper Elementary and Early Middle School Chemistry and Physics This class will use the Charlotte Mason methodology to give your student an introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics. Engaging the students with lectures, projects, and experiments, our studies will cover atoms, molecules, simple chemicals, laws of motion, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines. We will make lava lamps, build a periscope, grow crystals, create our own solar powered oven and more!

If you would like more information about this class, email or visit Rhonda Gatewood, mother of four, has been homeschooling since 2003.   She received her B.S. in Biology with an interdisciplinary minor in Chemistry and Mathematics from Florida State University where she went on to earn an M.B.A. in Business Administration. A native Floridian, Mrs. Gatewood’s passion is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of our local environment.  Mrs. Gatewood’s teaching style is to develop a student’s love of learning, rather than promoting rote memory. Relaxed, fun, collaborative lessons with a unit study-type engagement is her preferred method of instruction.

Preschool/Kindergarten Class – Libertas Academy

I am extremely happy that our amazing teacher is coming back next year to teach a preschool/kindergarten class at Libertas Academy. See the information below and email or visit for more information. Spots are filling up fast!

Prek:K class

Algebra I – Libertas Academy

Libertas Algebra 

(8th grade – High School)


Students ready to begin instruction in Algebra can expect a fun and interesting year with this course.  Using the Life of Fred Beginning Algebra text, this class will provide instruction in all required skills for high school level Algebra.


The strategic use of the Life of Fred series allows for greater individual learning opportunities.  With class meeting once per week, students working independently between sessions might find standard math curricula more challenging to understand.  The chosen text provides ample context, real life application, and explanation.  As a result, homework will be heavier on reading and lighter on practice questions than a typical math class.


Teacher availability and student responsibility are essential components to the course.  The instructor will be available by phone and email for questions during the week.  This is vital in making the class successful!  No student should be willing to “give up” on math for the week and wait for the next class to gain understanding.  It is an expectation and a requirement for students to admit need and seek help at any point they feel stuck.


Mastery of the subject matter and continued ability to show proficiency combine together as the goal of this course.  Grades will be given every 9 weeks based on the following formulas:


9 weeks grade (first and third 9 weeks): 10% class participation/attendance, 25% homework completion, 15% in-class written work, 15% quizzes, 15% chapter tests, and 20% mid-semester exam


Semester grade (second and fourth 9 weeks): 10% class participation/attendance, 25% homework completion, 15% in-class written work, 10% quizzes, 10% chapter tests, 10% mid-semester exam, and 20% semester exam.


Required Texts: Life of Fred Beginning Algebra and Life of Fred: Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra

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Lisa Smith Teacher Profile
Lisa Smith graduated from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts awarded with a BFA in Dramatic Writing in 2003.  Her pursuits in writing have led her down various paths including work in the publishing industry, as a blogger, and as a freelance editor.  Lisa enjoys writing and has a passion for the writing of others.  She is a voracious reader and truly enjoys the process of taking a first draft to a final one as both a writer and an editor.
Lisa’s varied interests include mathematics.  During (and since) college, she tutored for Kaplan Test Prep for all sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT.  Additionally, she has served as a private tutor and course instructor for advanced mathematics courses like Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2.  Math mastery came easy for her, but the enjoyment of math didn’t come until she began teaching it to others.  She loves helping students who loath math learn to appreciate and excel at it.
After years of serving only as a private tutor, Lisa is excited to share her passion for learning (be it English, Writing, Math, or Science) in a classroom setting.  Students should anticipate an instructor who cares most about comprehension and the ability to demonstrate mastery than one who wants answers by rote.  Her genuine enthusiasm about learning and her personal ability to connect with her students have proven an effective formula for enabling that exact outcome in the past and serve as her continual goal.