KONOS Academy (Grades 9-12)The culmination of the Konos experience
Taught by school founders, Dr. Charles Thaxton and Carole Thaxton, M.S., along with other gifted faculty members, students thrive.
High school students attend the one-day program on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and receive instruction, interaction, and testing in both a large group and small group setting in the subject areas of history, English, and the year’s electives (see below). In class, they are given assignments for the rest of the week. Parents receive professional support, group activities, and an organized curriculum for the year. All classes are accredited.
Contact KONOS Academy Lead Teacher – John Lee
You have stretched (our boys) academically and helped them solidify their world view. They are better equipped to go out into the real world as critical thinkers.
–J.C., KONOS Academy father
FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM OF STUDY
Students who follow the four-year program and take selected Konos Plus Courses fulfill all the graduation requirements of the state of Georgia.
These courses are listed according to Georgia requirements and will appear as such on transcripts. Nevertheless, it is important to know that our history core incorporates literature, speech, writing, art, etc. into its weekly syllabus. For example, while studying the ancient world, the Old Testament is used as a skeletal outline for studies of surrounding cultures. During year 2, the Medieval World includes the early church and the New Testament writings. During year 3, the Age of Exploration includes much more than just early American history, with the history of Great Britain, Europe, and Russia from 1600-1900, including art and music history/appreciation. The foundation of America includes the formation of government. During year 4, more than mere American history is included as we move toward global economics and other world relations. Likewise, ethical issues become paramount during this time period.
YEAR 1 ANCIENT WORLD: CREATION TO CHRIST (2017-18)
- Ancient World History – 1 credit
- Old Testament and World Religions – ½ credit
- World Literature and Composition – 1 credit
- Speech/Drama I – ½ credit
- Psychology and Career Search – ½ credit
YEAR 2 ROOTS: ROME TO RENAISSANCE (2018-19)
- Medieval World History – 1 credit
- New Testament/Early Church – ½ credit
- British Literature and Composition – 1 credit
- Speech/Drama II – ½ credit
- Health – ½ credit
YEAR 3 AGE OF EXPLORATION: REFORMATION TO ROMANTIC (2019-20)
- American History – 1
- American Government – ½ credit
- American Literature and Composition – 1 credit
- Speech/Drama III – ½ credit
- Art and Music Appreciation – ½ credit
YEAR 4 MODERN TIMES: 20th CENTURY TO PRESENT (2020-21)
- Modern World History – 1 credit
- Modern Literature and Composition – 1 credit
- Speech/Drama IV – ½ credit
- Ethics – ½ credit
- Economics – ½ credit
We’re so happy to be a part of something that has changed not only our daughter’s life (and by extension, ours), but is laying life-long groundwork for this whole group of kids! We never stop thanking God for the day we found Konos!
–D&G, Konos Academy parents
2018-19 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
With sufficient training in reading, writing, and reasoning, KONOS students are now ready for high school, college-prep courses. Rather than piecemeal courses, students immerse themselves in a historical period, which integrates all core courses while receiving accredited grades for each course.
The focus of 2018-19 is the Middle Ages (Resurrection to Renaissance).
Medieval World History - 1 credit
The theme for 2018-19 is ROOTS. Using a variety of resources we will examine the roots of Western civilization, starting with Jesus Christ in the Graeco-Roman world, through the development of the early Church and expanding through Europe. Each year also reviews the big picture of history and geography. Students learn by lecture, personal research, and group presentations.
British Literature and Composition – 1 credit
Cindy Johnson, John Lee, Joanne Lee, Dr. Sharon Sellers, Carole Thaxton, Mary Jane Macaluso, Suzanne Buchanan
English literature is coordinated with the history units. We will read and analyze a wide variety of plays, historical fiction, and current works based upon the Middle Ages. Students practice vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills every week. Each student will learn and practice essay organization and structure; and write analysis essays, summaries, articles and persuasive essays. They will also learn the skills of script and speech writing.
New Testament/Early Church – ½ credit
Our history course will use the New Testament as an outline for the early years of this period. Students learn and write about the influence of early church martyrs and leaders.
Health – ½ credit
This required high school course will be approached from a biblical perspective, incorporating personal stewardship of the body and individual physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Speech/Drama - ½ credit
Joanne Lee, Diane MItchell, Kim Pollard
Students gain confidence and competence in rhetorical skills through practice in public speaking and drama. Each year students participate in a major theatrical performance. This year’s play will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Shakespeare Cabaret.