Mission

Dominion Christian School was founded in 1996 and is committed to educating its students with “knowledge, truth, and wisdom” through the classical model. Dominion seeks to instill in each student a lifelong love of learning and to prepare each student for admission to selective colleges and universities.  Dominion is a non-denominational, co-educational institution, currently enrolling approximately 200 students (2015), K-12.

Objectives

Dominion prepares its graduates for selective college and university admissions through a demanding, liberal arts-based course of study.  In addition to standard core courses, students develop highly refined critical thinking and rhetorical skills, culminating in a senior thesis.   Dominion’s unique academic program is characterized by:

  • Emphasis on persuasive writing and speaking
  • Intensive study of the western tradition and its global interactions
  • A concentration in the history of mathematical, scientific and philosophical ideas
  • A Harkness (Socratic, round-table) teaching environment
  • Exploration of classical literature (see reading list sampling, below)

Senior Thesis

As a condition of graduation, seniors must write, orally present, and defend a 10-15,000-word thesis before a panel of faculty members, experts in the fields of topics being presented, and an audience comprised of students, parents, and community leaders.  Students research an approved subject and are mentored by faculty throughout the process.  The Senior Thesis is the capstone of the rhetorical skill gained over four years.

Admission Guidelines

Dominion’s curriculum is designed for college-bound students of above average ability. Prospective students take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), and a mid to high stanine average is required for admission. Students are admitted to Dominion on the basis of three major criteria:

  • Academic ability
  • Family compatibility with the school’s values
  • Student ability to positively contribute to the school culture

Dominion’s admission policy and process are need-blind, and approximately 10% of the operating budget is designated for need-based tuition assistance.

Faculty

The 2017-2018 upper school faculty consists of eight full-time and five adjunct core course instructors, all of whom possess degrees in their fields.

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
9th Grade

Math
Algebra I or Geometry

Science
Biology

History
Ancient

Literature
Ancient

 

Foreign Language
Spanish 1

Christian Studies
Systematic Theology

Rhetoric
Rhetoric/ Public Speaking

Arts/Athletics
Elective

 

* Indicates honors level course
**Elective options include Classical Guitar, Visual Arts, Athletics/Physical Education, Music & Art Appreciation, and Theatre

10th Grade

Math
Geometry or Algebra II

Science
Chemistry

History
Medieval

Literature
Medieval

 

Foreign Language
Spanish 2

Christian Studies
Medieval History

Rhetoric
Rhetoric/ Persuasive Academic Essay A

Arts/Athletics
Elective

 

* Indicates honors level course
**Elective options include Classical Guitar, Visual Arts, Athletics/Physical Education, Music & Art Appreciation, and Theatre

11th Grade

Math
Algebra II, Statistics,  or (Pre-cal)*

Science
Physics

History
Modern European

Literature
Modern European

 

Foreign Language
Spanish 3

Christian Studies
Worldview

Rhetoric
Rhetoric/ Persuasive Academic Essay B

Arts/Athletics
Elective

 

* Indicates honors level course
**Elective options include Classical Guitar, Visual Arts, Athletics/Physical Education, Music & Art Appreciation, and Theatre

12th Grade

Math
(Pre-cal)*, Statistics, or (Calculus)*

Science
Environmental Science*

History
American/Government

Literature
American

 

Foreign Language
Spanish 4*

Christian Studies
Christianity and the Modern World

Rhetoric
Essay

Arts/Athletics
Elective

 

* Indicates honors level course
**Elective options include Classical Guitar, Visual Arts, Athletics/Physical Education, Music & Art Appreciation, and Theatre

Graduation Requirements

Humanities (integrated literature/history) – 8 credits
Math – 3 credits (including algebra 2)
Science – 3 credits (including biology, chemistry, and physics)
Foreign Language – 3 credits
Christian Studies – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Rhetoric – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Fine Arts – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Athletics – 1 credit   (four ¼ credit courses)
Electives – 2 credits
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Total Minimum Required – 26 credits

In addition, all students study Latin in grades 3 through 8.  High school credit is given for Latin I, Latin II, and Algebra I courses taken in middle school at Dominion.

Class of 2015 SAT Distribution
1790 to 2230                                                        

Advanced Placement Courses
AP Calculus AB                                                                                                   AP Spanish Language
AP Statistics

Ranking Policy
Dominion does not rank students.

Other Pertinent Academic Policies

  1. Credit is awarded on the basis of the frequency with which a course meets in a one- or two- week period.
    • All core courses (humanities/integrated English and history; math; science; foreign language) are awarded 1 full credit (these credits are not divisible).
    • Other required or elective courses may meet on a half-time basis and may be offered for less than 1 full credit.  Quality points for less than full credit courses are calculated proportionally.
  2. All students must maintain a full schedule of at least five classes, regardless of the number of credits earned or the number of classes in the daily or weekly schedule.

Grading Scale

A+ 97-100       4.3
A 93-96           4.0
A- 90-92          3.7
B+ 87-89         3.3
B 83-86           3.0
B- 80-82          2.7
C+ 77-79         2.3
C 73-76           2.0
C- 70-72          1.7
D+ 67-69         1.3
D 64-66           1.0
F 63 or below    0

Most of Dominion's courses are taught at or above an honors level.  A one-half quality point “bump” is assigned to courses deemed especially reflective of the academic values in order to encourage students with strong aptitude and/or academic motivation to seek the most rigorous course of study, and a one-point quality "bump" is assigned to Advanced Placement classes.

Fine and Performing Arts

Dominion emphasizes instruction in the fine and performing arts throughout the curriculum as an expression of our commitment to an integrated, artistically informed understanding. Students in the upper school are required to enroll in a fine arts course each semester, and they elect music performance, theatre, or studio art courses. Students have been recognized in various local theatre festivals and competitions.

A Sampling from the Humanities Reading Lists

Ancient and Classical Studies

Aeschylus • Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides
Aristotle • Constitution of Athens
Augustus • Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Cicero • First Oration Against Catiline
Herodotus • Histories
Homer • The Iliad, The Odyssey
Lewis • Till We Have Faces
Plato • The Trial & Death of Socrates, Republic
Polybius • The Histories
Seutonius • The Twelve Caesars
Shakespeare • Othello, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
Sophocles • Oedipus the King
Tacitus • Germania & Agricola
Thucydides • Peleponesian War
Virgil • The Aeneid

Medieval Studies

Beowulf
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Transcripts from the Trial of Joan of Arc
Qur’an (excerpts)
Rule of St. Benedict

Athanasius • On the Incarnation
Augustine • Confessions, City of God
Bainton • Here I Stand
Cantor • In the Wake of the Plague
Chaucer • The Canterbury Tales (excerpts)
Dante • Inferno
Lewis • The Great Divorce
Machiavelli • The Prince
Muhammad • Charter of Medina, Last Sermon
Shakespeare • Richard III
Tuchman • A Distant Mirror

Modern European Studies

Book of Common Prayer
The Petition of Right
The Second Treaty of Paris

Romantic Poets
Tennyson

Bronte • Jane Eyre
Hobbes • Leviathan
Dickens • A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations
Dostoyevsky • Crime & Punishment
Equiano • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Hitler • Mein Kampf (excerpts)
Hugo • Les Miserables
Lewis • The Screwtape Letters
Locke • The Two Treatise of Government
Marx • Communist Manifesto
Milton • Paradise Lost
Orwell • Animal Farm
Remarque • All Quiet on the Western Front
Shelley • Frankenstein
Spenser • The Faerie Queene
Stevenson • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

American Studies

Selected Poetry, Essays, Speeches, Short Stories & Letters

Douglass • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Eliot • The Wasteland
Ellis • Founding Brothers
Faulkner • The Sound and the Fury
Fitzgerald • The Great Gatsby
Hawthorne • Young Goodman Brown
Hemingway • In Our Time
McCarthy • The Road
Miller • Death of a Salesman
Mitchell • Gone With the Wind
Paine • Common Sense, The Federalist Papers
Thoreau • Walden(excerpts)
Twain • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Washington • Farewell Address (excerpts)
Wharton • The Age of Innocence
Whitman • Leaves of Grass (excerpts)