KONOS Academy is 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 or Wednesday 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.
Students who follow the four-year program and take selected Supplementary Courses fulfill all the graduation requirements of the state of Georgia and may receive an accredited transcript upon their graduation. Students may enter the four-year plan at any point in the sequence.
"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
"It has been a long time since (our daughter) has said she loved school, but she talks about how much school feels like a big family and how blessed she feels to go to school there!"
J.F., Konos Academy father
"Thank you for bringing the writing sparkle back into my daughter! She comes back glowing from your class and has begun doing some independent writing on her own."
K.R., Konos Academy mother
"At Konos Academy, my brain began to grow, and I began to think. I did not want to think. I was content in my happy little world where 'ignorance is bliss.' However, as time went on and as my second year in Konos drew to a close, my outlook on knowledge and learning began to evolve. My tiny, feeble brain started to produce this strange new sensation. (I later discovered that it was called thought.) I wondered if I might be able to break away from my brain-dead society in order to join the other humans that had discovered what I had. In the end, my thirst for knowledge conquered all other impulses."
J.P., Konos Academy graduate
Four-Year Program of Study
YEAR I ANCIENT WORLD: CREATION TO CHRIST (2013-14)
History A (Ancient World History) – 1 credit
Old Testament and World Religions – ½ credit
English A (World Literature and Composition) – 1 credit
Speech/Drama A – ½ credit
Psychology and Career Search – ½ credit
YEAR 2 ROOTS: ROME TO RENAISSANCE (2014-15)
History B (Medieval World History) - 1 credit
Worldview Studies – ½ credit
English B (British Literature and Composition) – 1 credit
Speech/Drama B - ½ credit
Health – ½ credit
YEAR 3 AGE OF EXPLORATION: REFORMATION TO ROMANTIC (2015-16)
History C (American History) - 1
American Government – ½ credit
English C (American Literature and Composition) – 1 credit
Speech/Drama C – ½ credit
Art and Music Appreciation – ½ credit
YEAR 4 MODERN TIMES: 20th CENTURY TO PRESENT (2016-17)
History D (Modern History) - 1 credit
English D (Modern Literature and Composition) – 1 credit
Speech/Drama D – ½ credit
Ethical Issues - ½ credit
Economics – ½ credit
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.
In 2013-14 we are in Year 1 of the sequence: The Ancient World (Creation to Christ). Detailed course descriptions of our current offerings are below.
2013-14 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Tuesdays or Wednesdays (choose one) 9:15-2:45
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 their courses, while receiving accredited grades for each course. The focus of 2013-14 is The Ancient World (Creation to Christ).
HISTORY (1 credit)
The theme for 2013-14 is BEGINNINGS. The ancient world wrestled with the basic questions and provided assorted answers. Using a variety of resources we examine the thoughts and lives of early civilizations and show their similarity to today’s culture. Each year we also review the big picture of history and geography. Students learn by lecture, personal research, and group presentations.
ENGLISH (1 credit)
English literature is coordinated with the history units. We read and analyze a wide variety of plays, poems, historical fiction, and current works based upon ancient themes. KONOS scholars have earned a reputation for excellence in writing. Students practice vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills every week.
OLD TESTAMENT AND WORLD RELIGIONS (.5 credit)
Our history course uses the Old Testament as an outline. As the Israelites encounter other civilizations (Egyptians, Sumerians, Hittites, etc.) we study each civilization and its effects on present world religions and cultures.
PSYCHOLOGY AND CAREER CHOICE (.5 credit)
How did God create people to be? We view the biblical perspective of man, his purpose, his problems, and solutions in contrast to naturalistic assumptions about the nature and problems of people. In addition, students explore their God-given gifts and explore a potential career.
SPEECH AND DRAMA D (.5 credit)
Students gain confidence and competence in rhetorical skills through practice in public speaking and drama. Each year students participate in a major theatrical production.