2018-2019 Information

Schedule of Classes (updated 8/9/2018)

Family and Faculty Directories (updated 8/10/2018)

Books & Supplies (updated 7/19/2018) - Don't forget to use the Live Oak Amazon link. As an Amazon Associate, Live Oak Academy earns from qualifying purchases.

Launch Day (updated 8/14/2018) NEW

Class Rosters (updated 8/6/2018)

Registration OPEN through August 1st, 2018.

New students, even from current Academy families, must complete the Admissions process with Judy Trehan before registration.

New Student Registration Checklist
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New Classes offered for 2018-19

Graphic Design I (Materials Fee applies) Sign up for this class when you submit Course Requests on NetClassroom.

Design is an ever expanding and relevant part of our globalized, interconnected world. In this course, we will explore what constitutes the field of graphic design. We will adopt the language of visual expression through a variety of methods and materials including typography, abstraction and drawing, photography, research, project based assignments, lectures, exercises, and class critiques. The core of this course will be a focus on the principles of composition, leading to further consideration of graphic design as a state of communication, form, language, identity, observation, and aesthetics.
Although software mastery is not the primary objective of the course, we will learn the following computer programs and core competencies associated with each:
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign
In this course, we will address the following questions:
What is design? What is design thinking? What is/isn’t art? Which mediums, if any, are design specific? What are the core competencies required as a graphic designer? What are the greater applications of a graphic design education?
Pre-requisite: Completion of Studio Art 1 or Instructor approval
9th grade and above

AP® Microeconomics (AP Fee applies) Sign up for this class when you submit Course Requests on NetClassroom.
AP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.
This year-long course provides students with an understanding of the principles of economics as they apply to individual decision-making units, including individual households and firms. The course examines the theory of consumer behavior, the theory of the firm, and the behavior of profit-maximizing firms under various market structures. Students evaluate the efficiency of the outcomes with respect to price, output, consumer surplus, and producer surplus. They examine the behaviors of households and businesses in factor markets, and learn how the determination of factor prices, wages, interest, and rent influence the distribution of income in a market economy. There are ample opportunities to consider instances in which private markets may fail to allocate resources efficiently and examine various public policy alternatives aimed at improving the efficiency of private markets.
AP Microeconomics will cover the following topics: It begins with basic economic concepts. This is followed by the nature and functions of product market. Specifically, this section will focus on supply and demand, theory of consumer choice, production and costs, firm behavior and market structure. The course continues with evaluation of factor markets During this time it discusses derived factor demand, marginal revenue product c. hiring decisions in the markets for labor and capital, and market distribution of income. The course concludes with causes of market failure-specifically externalities and public goods- and the role of government which examines public policy to promote competition and effects of Income distribution.
Pre-requisites:  Algebra 1 & Geometry or determined eligibility

Practicing Photography - the Fundamentals of Analog Photography

(Fall Semester only) $395 Enrichment Tuition + $100 Materials Fee applies

7th grade and up 

Taught by Steven Zambon, sign up with sysadmin@liveoakacademy.org 
In this 12-week course, we will learn the fundamentals of analog photography. Why analog?  Besides being a timeless, inimitable substance, film helps to hone photography skills by making the art more rigorous and more contemplative. Limited to 24 or 36 exposures per roll and not having immediate feedback as in digital photography, photographers must rely more heavily on their own skills rather than the features of their camera and editing software. Also, they must think each shot through and imagine what it will look like before taking the picture.

This more contemplative and more rigorous form of photography is the perfect way to learn the fundamentals. Like footage shot in slow-motion, the analog process slows down the subject and allows for more detailed study. In this course we will become familiar with our cameras, making them extensions of our eyes. We will learn what makes up a good picture, and we will learn how to take certain kinds of pictures. Additionally, because this is analog photography, we will learn how to develop film. 

Materials required: Any 35 mm film camera with working light meter is accepted. Suggested cameras: Either Nikon N80 or Pentax Super ME

Schedule Dates and Times: Monday 3:05-4:00pm (Subject to change)

Date (Fall 2018)


September 10th

 How to Operate Camera

September 17th

 Developing Film

September 24th

What makes a Good Picture?

October 1st


October 8th


 October 22nd

Still Life

October 29th


November 5th Portrait
November 12th 

Long Exposure

November 26th

Telling a Story

December 3rd

Experimenting with Film

December 10th

Experimenting with Developer


Public Speaking 1 (Fall Semester only) $395 Enrichment Tuition applies

4th grade and up 

Taught by Rose Debate Institute, but sign up with sysadmin@liveoakacademy.org 

Text Book: Rose Institute: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Schedule Dates and times TBA

Date (Fall 2018)


Week 1


Week 2


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5

The Art of Oratory: Structure


LOA Fall Break – No Class!

Week 6

 The Art of Oratory: Style

Week 7

The Art of Oratory: Humor

Week 8

First Impressions

Week 9

Competitive Speech: Interpretive Speaking


 LOA Thanksgiving Break – No Class!

Week 10

Competitive Speech: Impromptu

Week 11

Final Presentation & Review




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