Online and Hybrid
These courses, offered by the Eight Schools Association, encourage academic autonomy and an independent work ethic while broadening our curricular offerings. They also offer opportunities for belonging to virtual communities of learners who collaborate on shared tasks and connect through common interests.Kathleen Lyons Wallace, Associate Headmaster
- Beginning Arabic
- Accelerated Greek Sequence
- Introduction to Theater History
- Democracy, Media and Politics
- Water and Humanity
Beginning Arabic is a team-taught online class that integrates synchronous and asynchronous web tools in teaching and learning. Students work with a variety of online media to master the Arabic alphabet and sounds, build vocabulary, develop speaking and listening skills, and acquire grammar concepts at the basic level. Students learn how to speak about themselves, their families and their environment, to initiate and sustain conversations, and to compose several paragraphs related to their daily routine. Students also read authentic short texts on familiar topics and discuss their main ideas. This course focuses on Modern Standard Arabic with an exposure to Levantine colloquial through music, songs, and short videos.
The Department of Classics at Phillips Academy is excited to offer a pilot program of Beginning Attic Greek as part of the Eight Schools association (ESA) Connected Online Learning initiative. This course introduces not only the vocabulary, forms, and syntax of Attic Greek, but also the thoughts, feelings, and actions that characterized Greek culture. When we say “Attic Greek,” we mean the Greek of Periclean Athens, when the civilization was at its apex. This is the language that gave voice to authors like Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Euripides, Demosthenes, Thucydides, and many others.
Students in this class travel back in time, as the Internet permits, to explore the changing form and function of theater throughout history. Through an analysis of significant productions – from The Bacchae at the Theater of Dionysus in 405 B.C. Athens, to the Noh theater in the shogun court of 14th century Japan, to Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 1949 –the course introduces students to key moments and movements in theater history. Students investigate developments in stage architecture, the changing styles and methods of production, and the shifting “place” of the stage within culture.
All politics is now “mediated.” Radio, television and the Internet suffuse our culture and transform the presentation of issues, candidates and the American governmental system itself. To understand politics, one must understand the role media play in politics. After a brief review of the earliest techniques of political communication in Ancient Greece, this course examines the idea and practical impact of the First Amendment and 19th/early 20th century newspapering. It then considers the emergence of radio and the dominant medium of television from the 1930s to TV’s political golden epoch, the 1950s-1990s.
Water and Humanity, available to juniors and seniors within the Eight Schools Association (ESA), examines the dynamic and tenuous relationship between water resources and human development. Exploring water from a multidisciplinary, project-driven perspective, students think critically about the central role water has played and must continue to play in the viability and vitality of all civilizations, as well as the many challenges that people face in sustaining, protecting, and gaining access to usable fresh water. Students encounter diverse materials, use holistic approaches, and engage in innovative project planning to consider, understand, and propose solutions to complex water issues.