The Challenge IV Program

Challenge IV is a rare jewel in our day.

Challenge IV students sink their teeth into ancient writings of Homer, Virgil, and Hesiod, as well as modern writings of Lewis, Zacharias, and Leithart.

In the first semester, students survey the Old Testament and highlight the poetry of Scripture through a study of the Psalms.

They translate The Aeneid from Latin into English through Henle, while translating creation into number through math and physics.

Students read some of the past’s greatest writers, as well as contemporary works; they create, consider, and converse; debate, discuss, and digest the good, the true, and the beautiful.

The optional senior thesis is a capstone project, combining all the classical skills of rhetoric acquired by the student into a final original persuasive work that is defended publicly before a panel.

Challenge IV crowns the Challenge years by contemplating duty, honor, and leadership across the ages and into our own day.

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Ancient Literature (First and Second Semesters)
Ancient literature of Greek and Roman poets is the prime focus of the literature seminars.

Students analyze, discuss, and examine each epic work through a biblical lens.

Students complete a thorough study and dramatically interpret portions of each literature selection in conjunction with the companion guide.

Students practice rhetorical skills by leading seminar discussions and performing dramatic interpretations.


Language and Literature (First and Second Semesters)
Challenge IV’s language and literature seminar will explore and translate original language documents alongside the translated works.

Uncover the literal meaning of Virgil’s Aeneid in the ancient Latin while studying this epic poem.



World History (First and Second Semesters)
This student-led seminar focuses on various discoveries that have impacted and changed the course of nations.

Students read the text, record pertinent facts, and create a timeline to organize the discoveries in a linear context.

Six oral presentations of different scope and focus exercise the knowledge attained and stretch students to new levels of rhetorical skill.


Physics (First and Second Semesters)
The main goals of this math-based physics seminar are to provide a good foundation for understanding the mechanics of natural science and to develop a solid mathematical foundation for explaining the abstract ideas of work, energy, motion, and more.

Lessons are targeted, concepts are explored, vocabulary is defined, and problems are practiced.


Pre-Calculus and Calculus (First and Second Semesters)
Each week, students further their understanding and facilitate learning the assigned concepts from pre-calculus and calculus.

Conversations synthesize the ideas of relationships, shapes, higher order equations, variables, Euclidean proofs, trig functions, and in some cases, limits, derivatives, and integrals.

Students may work from the Saxon resource or any other math book of their choice, as the conversation centers around the universal building blocks of pre-calculus and calculus.



ReasoningTheology (First and Second Semesters)
In the first semester, students complete an Old Testament study, examining passages that point to Christ as the fulfillment and the embodiment of Scripture.

The second-semester changes focus to the New Testament ideals of faith and the Christian response reflected in behavior and actions.

Also, the unique creed and beliefs of Christianity are examined comparatively alongside other major religions.

Students explore, research, and present topical presentations while gaining rhetorical skills through vivid discussions during seminar.