Scholar phase is the natural transition that occurs in students, ages approximately 12 to 14, who have had a strong Core and Love of Learning phase, and ends around ages 18 to 19. During the scholar phase a student begins to think more abstractly and transitions from needing strong guidance into a self-directed learner. This is accomplished through reading of classics in all different academic areas, in-depth discussion and writing about what they have learned, and mentored projects
Arlington Liber Academy's Scholar classes are offered based on four phases:
approximately age 12-13
This phase is characterized by a student who will move in and out of Scholar phase. A transition scholar will go back to Love of Learning for hours and sometimes days at a time. They usually need lots of movement and hands on activities.
approximately age 12-14
This phase occurs after fully transitioning out of Love of Learning. A student in this phase will want to move less and discuss more. A practice scholar is willing to work independently for short periods of time. They may also prefer to approach more than one subject at a time.
approximately age 13-15
This is the phase where a student begins to see the value in collaborating with a mentor. They are willing to work independently for much of their day. They are ready to begin preparation to discover their personal mission and can appreciate the hard work involved in their education.
approximately age 14-17
In this phase a student is willing to devote many hours to study. They will seek out mentors to help them pursue their educational goals and personal missions.
Classes offered for the 2021-2022 school year include:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
(Enrollment maximum: 10)
In this class we will explore some of America’s great entrepreneurs and what made them successful. The goal of this class is to learn to think outside of the box, look at problems from a new angle, and apply talents and skills to come up with solutions. Students will ask themselves how they can use their passions to fulfill a need. We will also discuss the process involved in starting a new business, keeping track of financials, and advertising. Reading will be articles, and some books.
Transition Scholar / Practice Scholar / Apprentice Scholar
Mentor: TeriAnn Lewis
Speech & Debate:
(Enrollment maximum: 12)
The first semester will focus on developing speech skills, learning the different types of speeches and presenting speeches. Students will spend each week either studying a speech, researching for a speech or writing their own to present. Second semester will focus on the beginnings of debate. Students will learn the basic rules of debate and will spend each week either researching or preparing notes/speech to debate. Topics for discussion may be selected by the mentor and speeches will be over the student's interests. Topics for debate will come from both mentors and students.
Apprentice Scholar / Self-Directed Scholar
Mentor: Larissa Ram
(Enrollment maximum: 8)
I tried writing jokes about the periodic table...but I realized I wasn’t quite in my element. Come cook with Einstein instead. Scholars will learn about acids, bases, atomic bonds, ions, oxidation and more through weekly readings, practical chemistry, and technical writing.
Apprentice Scholar / Self-Directed Scholar
Mentor: Rebekah Kowis
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration for Scholar Clubs will be done at Orientation. Classes will be formed based on student interest. Some options for scholar clubs include speech and debate, choir, sign language, board games, etc.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(No enrollment maximum)
A fun interactive approach to studying Shakespeare. In the fall, students will study one play in depth throughout the semester, discussing a few scenes at a time, as well as learning to create a vocabulary list, complete writing prompts, and give presentations on Elizabethan times. There will be an in-depth option for Scholars who have taken Shakespeare in previous years and want to delve a little deeper. Students are also encouraged to read other works of Shakespeare to “earn rank” throughout the Fall semester. During the spring semester, we will have a Shakespearean feast before the troupe prepares, practices, and performs a Shakespeare play.
Transition Scholar / Practice Scholar / Apprentice Scholar / Self-Directed Scholar
Mentors: Kandice Johnson & Kristen Marcroft