A one-semester course, worth five high school credits. The majority of this semester seeks to answer "Why should I be Catholic?" with an approachable introduction to Catholic apologetics in the text and study guide A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court.  The study includes a defense and explanation of the teachings, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic Church, seeking especially to address the concerns of fundamentalist Christians.  The tail-end of the semester moves on to Where We Got the Bible…Our Debt to the Catholic Church, which explores the role played by the Catholic Church in forming, preserving, and disseminating Scripture, particularly addressing myths about Catholic opposition to Scripture.


Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 2: U.S. Studies IIB Study Guide

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Student study guides and course plans for the second semester of the U.S. Studies, B Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at

Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court

  • Author: Martin Deporres Kennedy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Lilyfield Press, 2009, 2021. Print.
  • ISBN: 0967149215        978-0967149219
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316 pgs; 14 chapters; resources.

Philadelphia Catholic to King James’s Court: Study Guide

  • Author: Martin Deporres Kennedy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Lilyfield Press, 2009, 2021. Print.
  • ISBN: 0967149223        978-0967149226
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72 pages.

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

  • Publisher/Copyright: Ignatius Press, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0898708338        978-0898708332
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While we use this edition of the Bible, any Catholic version in hardcover or paperback will suffice.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Author: U.S. Catholic Church
  • Publisher/Copyright: USCCB Publishing, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 0385479670        978-0385479677
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846 pages. Any edition from any publisher will do. It is standard practice to reference the Catechism as "CCC" in print. The STAA course plans follow this practice.

Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters

  • Author: Kevin Vost
  • Publisher/Copyright: Sophia Institute Press, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 1933184175        978-1933184173
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250 pages

Where We Got the Bible...Our Debt to the Catholic Church

  • Author: Right Rev. Henry G. Graham
  • Publisher/Copyright: TAN Books and Publishers, 2004. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895557967        978-0895557964
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16 chapters; 176 pages.

STAA Student Zone

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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.


Spring Live Class: Catholic Apologetics B

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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 8 through 12 that meets every other academic week of the second semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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