Parnassus Academy

Parnassus Online Academy

2014-2015 Schedule

Sign up by June 1st to receive $75 discount off the price of each course


Semester I (Sept-Dec)

Middle School

Grammar – Parts of Speech (1 hour per week) – covers the parts of speech and the rules governing their usage – $250

How to Read a Poem – (1 hour per week) – introduces students to the basics of reading poetry, including how to interpret metaphor and recognize genre – $250

Short Fiction – (2 hours per week) -  features major short story writers including Poe, Twain, and Kipling – $450

High School

British Lit. I  – (2 hours per week) – features major authors of the early British tradition, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton – $450

World Lit. I (AP Level) – (2 hours per week) – this is an AP style course covering classic Western authors like Homer, Sophocles, Cervantes, and Montaigne – $450

Literature of Christianity – (2 hours per week) – covers a selection of great works of literature with Christian themes and influence. Writers studied include Chaucer, Tolstoy, Hopkins, and C.S. Lewis – $450

History of Ideas I – (2 hours per week) – introduces students to the development of philosophical thought in the ancient and medieval periods; texts include Plato’s Symposium, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, St. Augustine’s City of God, and selections from Aquinas – $450

The Inferno – (1 hour per week) – explores Dante’s great tale of his journey through Hell, in search of redemption – $250

Shakespeare – The Comedies  – (2 hours per week) – covers major Shakespearean comedies, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It - $450

Writing Formal Poetry – (1 hour per week) – introduces students to the joy of composing formal verse; teaches techniques like meter, stanzaic pattern, and generic convention – $250


Semester II (Jan-May)

Middle School

Grammar – Parts of the Sentence (1 hour per week) – covers the parts of the sentence and rules governing their usage – $250

The Literature of Adventure – (2 hours per week) – explores classic tales of adventure like The Coral Island, The Time Machine, and The Chronicles of Narnia - $450

Short Fiction II - (2 hours per week) - features major short story writers including Joyce, Hemingway, and Doyle – $450

High School

British Lit II – (2 hours per week) – covers major authors of the later British tradition, including Blake, Keats, Dickens, Kipling, Huxley, and Tolkien – $450

World Lit II (AP Level) – (2 hours per week) – AP style course featuring authors like Moliere, Goethe, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy – $450

History of Ideas II – (2 hours per week) – continues the development of Western thought into the modern world, covering texts like Descartes’ Discourse on Method, Pascal’s Pensees, Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Moral, and Unamuno’s Tragic Sense of Life - $450

Crime and Punishment – (1 hour per week) – explores Dostoyevsky’s classic story of sin and redemption – $250

Shakespeare – The Tragedies – (2 hours per week) – students will read major Shakespearian tragedies, including Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear – $450


Class times will be determined in consultation with registered parents and students.  We will try to find times which accommodate the schedules of all interested families, and will add additional sections if necessary.  Syllabi and booklists will be sent out by August 15, at which time the first payment of $100 will be due.  This payment will be fully refundable through September 30.  The second payment, for the remainder of the price, will be due by October 1.  Prices do not include books; we will make every effort to keep the cost of books under $30 per class.


Interested parents should send an email to to register their child.  Please include the following information: student’s name, class(es) in which you which to enroll him or her, what days and times would be optimal for you (note: two hour courses will run twice a week, one hour per class).  We will reserve a place for your child, and contact you in early June to confirm class times.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email, or call Mark at 908-227-1605.


Your instructors:

Mark Signorelli (M.A., Catholic University) is a former high school English Teacher and well-known author.  His essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals.  He was also the head writer for a character education curriculum currently being implemented around the globe.

Mark Jarmon (M.A. & M.A.T., The College of New Jersey & Ed.S., Seton Hall University) is a K-12 Language Arts Supervisor and published poet.  He has presented academic papers at international conferences on Geoffrey Chaucer, Christianity in the 14th century, and Bruce Springsteen.