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Academics

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Online
Academics

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The Gravitas curriculum is The Stony Brook School curriculum, built for online.

Click here for the 2023-2024 Schedule of Live Classes to see when our classes meet.

As a Gravitas student, you will take four rigorous courses at a time, allowing you to dive deeply into what you are learning instead of juggling all of the courses for the academic year at once. You can attend live online class at times that fit your schedule and complete coursework when it’s most convenient for you.

You will take math, world language, and some elective courses over the course of the academic year and intensive courses in eleven-week blocks, one at a time. Your intensive courses will take approximately three hours per day, with about 80 minutes devoted to live instruction and discussion with your classmates.

The online Middle School academic program equips students for success as Gravitas high school students by teaching them how to become good learners and critical thinkers. Gravitas teachers work with Middle School students to help them reason, read, listen, write, and speak effectively. The core program includes Ancient and Modern World History, project-based Science classes we call STEM 7 and 8, and English courses that focus on reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Middle School students take their math and Spanish classes at their ability level, so some of their classes will count toward the High School transcript. Additionally, Middle School students take online courses in Bible and the Arts to round out their learning experience.

The online High School academic program consists of major intensive courses in Humanities, English, and Science, year-long courses in Math and Spanish, and once-per-week minor courses in Character Formation, Health and Human Flourishing, the Arts, and Theology. Additionally, students can take courses in the Gravitas Passion Academies, which allow students to go deep in highly marketable and intrinsically interesting areas of study. In each Academy, students can take sequenced clusters of elective courses, mostly project-based, which together equip them to do amazing things in a focused area of passion.

All of the online courses in Gravitas are intentionally designed and integrated with one another so that students will continuously deepen their understanding of truth, beauty, and goodness as they study what we call the wisdom questions: questions about God, the natural world, human nature, virtue and vice, and individual and communal flourishing.

Upon graduation from Gravitas, after working diligently and maximizing your opportunities, you will be ready to take on the intellectual challenges of academics at the top colleges and universities in the world. You will also be stronger in character and have a greater sense of your particular gifts, passions, and purpose.

5th and 6th grade

5th - 6th Grade

  • English 5/6 - Rotation of Literature and Writing
  • World History 5/6 - Rotation of Ancient and Medieval
  • Bible 5/6 - Rotation of Old Testament and New Testament
  • Art 5/6
  • Science 5/6 - Rotation of Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Nature Studies
9th and 10th grade

9th Grade

  • Humanities 9
  • English 9 Regular or Honors*
  • Biology Regular or Honors*
  • Health & Human Flourishing
  • Studio Art: Drawing and Painting

10th Grade

  • Humanities 10
  • English 10 Regular or Honors*
  • Chemistry Regular or Honors*
  • Theology
Passion Academy online courses
  • Advanced Computer Science*
  • Advanced Digital Art*
  • Biotechnology
  • Blockchain
  • Computer Programming
  • Data Engineering*
  • Data Science & Cognitive Computing*
  • Digital Marketing
  • Ethics Bowl
  • Engineering Innovation & Design
  • Ethics of Technology
  • Film Studies
  • Finance: Business Economics
  • Finance: Investments
  • Finance: Philanthropy
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • International Space Station Research & STEM
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Redemptive Entrepreneurship
  • Sports & Entertainment Management
  • Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability & Architecture
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7th and 8th grade

7th - 8th Grade

  • World History 7/8 - Rotation of Early Modern and Late Modern
  • English 7/8  - Rotation of Literature and Writing
  • Science 7/8 - Rotation of Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Nature Studies
  • Bible - Rotation of Old Testament and New Testament
  • Study Skills
  • Art 7/8
11th and 12th grade
  • College-Level Ethics
  • Advanced English Rhetoric & Composition or English 11/12 A
  • Advanced or Regular European History
  • Advanced English Literature & Composition or English 11/12 B
  • Faith & Philosophy
  • Advanced or Regular United States History
  • College-Level or Regular Physics
  • Advanced Science Electives
Math
  • Math 5/6
  • Pre-Algebra I
  • Pre-Algebra II
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II Regular or Honors*
  • Pre-Calculus Honors*
  • Advanced Calculus*
  • Advanced Statistics*
  • College-Level Multivariable Calculus*
  • College-Level Linear Algebra*
World Languages
  • English as a Second Language
  • Chinese I (summer only)
  • Chinese II (summer only)
  • French I
  • French II
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
Advanced Elective Courses
  • Advanced Macroeconomics* (summer only)
  • Advanced Microeconomics* (summer only)
  • Advanced Biology*
  • Advanced Chemistry*
  • Advanced Physics with Calculus*
  • Advanced Environmental Science*
  • Anatomy & Physiology*
  • Advanced Studio Art*
  • Philosophy Honors: Artificial Intelligence*

*Honors, Advanced (AP prep), and dual credit College-Level versions available

Note: Not every class is offered every year. Whether a course runs depends upon reaching minimum enrollments.

Notice of Nondiscrimination as to Students:

The Stony Brook School admits students and provides equal educational opportunities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. The School does not discriminate against students on the basis of any of the above protected classifications in the administration of its educational, athletic or admissions policies.