Early Moderns through Schola Classical Tutorials (2019-2020)

$700.00 $501.00

Old Western Culture: Early Moderns, is a full-year literature and history curriculum for high school students (and above). Learn about the greatest and most influential works from the early modern period, reading Donne, Milton, Locke, Pope, Burke, Austen, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and more! In this “flipped-classroom” approach, students learn from the award-winning Old Western Culture video course, and then meet for live discussion each week with the author of the course, Wesley Callihan. As an integrated humanities curriculum, Early Moderns explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art from the perspective of the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world.

SPECIAL NOTE: Early Moderns is partially released. Read the full note in the description below!

10:30-12:00 a.m. Pacific


Product Description


  • 1 school year of live, weekly instruction
  • Special pre-release (digital versions) of Year Four: Early Moderns curriculum included in the purchase.**Special note: The class includes a special pre-release version of Early Moderns curriculum. The first unit, Rise of England, is ready for digital release immediately, and we hope to have the other three units done in time. However, due to the nature of production deadlines, we can’t guarantee it, and so Wes Callihan agrees to work flexibly with what we can deliver. This means that you’ll use the videos if they’re ready, and Mr. Callihan will adapt his teaching either way. Becuase we can’t guarantee it, we are including it for $1! Be the first class to use the materials! 

Schola Classical Tutorials does not grade papers or exams, though we do offer this service separately.

Please note: Roman Roads Media processes the payments and curriculum orders for Schola Classical Tutorials, but the live instruction itself is provided by Wesley Callihan of Schola Classical Tutorials.


A “flipped classroom” is one in which the lecture typically given in class is watched at home, and the time normally spent doing homework occurs live in class. In other words, you watch the recorded lecture on your own, followed by answering questions. You then interact with the teacher and other students online going over the lesson, followed by previewing the next lesson.

How this looks will differ somewhat by subject. For literature (Old Western Culture), this means an Oxford style “recitation,” or small group discussion once per week. For Logic this will mean students watch the video lessons on their own, and then meet to go over the lesson 2 or 3 times per week. Since this is an online school, these meetings happen live via video conference.

Old Western Culture: Early Moderns class materials can be purchased separately here.

Minimum age: 14 years old.

Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam

The weekly “recitations” are live audio/video/chat sessions that meet once a week, running from September through early May (see Class Schedule tab), in which the students and tutor discuss the material being studied, go over the students’ work, and preview the work for the next week. The students and tutor log in to a virtual classroom at the stated time for the tutorial and then are able to communicate by talking, typing, and collaborative web browsing. There is no special software needed – it all happens automatically when you log in. Both PC and Mac users are able to participate in these courses, but a highspeed connection (DSL, cable, wireless, satellite etc.) is required.
The tutorials are supported by web pages for each class which contain all information necessary for that class. These class pages list the course syllabus, reading and writing assignments and other work, announcements relevant to that class, and additional resources for the students to pursue; the student has access at all times to the class page.

Two High School Humanities Credits, which can be broken down to 1 History and 1 Literature.

Each quarter has an end-of-term exam and term paper. The parent is responsible for grading the exams and papers, as well as for preparing student transcripts.