Catalogue of High Point Academy, Session 1903-1904, With Announcement for 1904-1905
Calendar for 1904-’05
Dr. J. B. McKee, Grant, Va.
Cicero Plummer, Grant, Va.
Oscar Grubb, Grant, Va.
Wm. Boyer, Grant, Va.
Dr. W. J. McGinnis, Grant, Va.,
N. E. Young, Principal, Senior and Junior Classes
J. J. Watkins, Intermediate Department
Miss Maude Thomas, Primary Department
Miss Pearl Booker, Music Department
Miss Hattie Walker, Elocution and Art Department
Course of Study
First Grade – Speller, First Reader, with written exercises, Observation Lessons
Second Grade – Spelling, Second Reader, First Lessons in Numbers and Penmanship, Simple Exercises in Composition
Third Grade – Spelling, Third Reader, First Lessons in Geography, Primary Arithemtic, Penmanship, Lanugage Exercises.
Fourth Grade – Spelling, Fourth Reader, Elementary Geography, Intermediate Arthimetic, Penmanship, Language Exercises.
Fifth Grade – Spelling, written: History of Virginia, Elementary Geography and Grammar, Map Drawing, Intermediate Arithmetic, Penmanship, Language Exercises, Mental Arithemetic, Beginners Physiology.
Sixth Grade – Spelling, written: History of U.S., Manual of Geography, Intermediate Grammar, Practical Arithmetic, Penmanship, Physiology
Seventh Grade – Practical Arithmetic, Higher Grammar, Advanced History, Elementary Algebra, Beginner’s Latin, Elementary Composition.
Eighth Grade – Higher History, Advanced Grammar, Advanced Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and Latin, Elementary Composition.
High School Department
Fall Term – General History, Advanced Rhetoric, Advanced Algebra, Plane Geometry, Caesar.
Winter Term – Virgil’s Aeneid, Plane Geometry, Higher Algebra, General History, Rhetoric, Practical Exercises in English Composition.
Spring Term – Virgil’s Aeneid, General History, Plane and Spherical Geometry, Rhetoric, Advanced Algebra.
Fall Term – French Grammar, Plane and Spherical Geometry, Physics, Cicero, Literature
Winter Term – French Reader, Literature, Physical Geography, Cicero, Trionometry (Plane)
Spring Term – French Reader, Geometry and Sperhical Trionometry, Surveying, Cicero, Physics.
The object constantly had in view by the Faculty of the Academy is thoroughness in all the studies pursued in all the Departments. The Senior Class is intended to prepare pupils for entrance upon the advanced course of the best colleges. We believe young men and young ladies can be well and economically educated in such a school; nor to we lose sight of the fact that the moral tone in a proper country community is often superior to that whcih prevails in many colleges, no matter how hard the authorities of such institutions may essay to inculcate morality. Too many young persons are sent away from the parental roof into large aggregations of students before they are properly prepared in mind, or steady enough in moral purpose. It is doubtful step for a parent to send his child out into the college world infirm in character, and unappreciative of better educational facilities. Many failures in scholastic effort can be traced to such dubious indulgence. It is an error too frequently committed in our country. A good home preparatory school, in this view of the case, becomes a necessity in preparation for successful endeavor.
High Point Academy is situated at Grant, Grayson County, Virginia, four miles from Troutdale on the Southern Va. Railroad. Is is surrounded by a rich agricultural and grazing territory inhabited by a moral, intelligent, progressive and hospitable people. The resident scholastic population will support a good attendance during a long session. The location of the Academy is, from every standpoint, a most eligible one for a educational center. The average attendance during the session of 1903-1904 was one hundred and sixteen for a period of six months. The public and private terms together continued for eight months. Succeeding terms will be of nine months duration.
|Primary Department, 1st and 2nd Grades per month||$1.00|
|Primary Department, 3rd and 4th Grades per month||$1.25|
|Grammar Department, 5th and 6th Grades, per month||$1.75|
|Grammar Department, 7th and 8th Grades, per month||$2.00|
|Junior Class, per month||$2.50|
|Senior Class per month||$2.75 and 3.00|
|Elocution Class, per month||1.50|
|Incidental fee, per month||.10|
|Board and Washing per month||$6.00 to 7.50|
The course in Pianoforte follows Matthew’s Standard as the leading outline of work, to which are added studies as indicated by the course.
The course pursued in Harmony and Composition comprises a thorough knowledge of all Scales, both major and minor; Intervals, Chords in all their various relations, Part writing, and modulations, Composition and Analysis of Musical Works.
Text Books used are Practical Harmony and Composition by Ruebush and Hall, Richter’s Harmony, Mathew’s Popular History of Music and Musicans. The Music journals are “The Muscian,” “The Musical Messenger” and “The Musical Million.”
Instruction is given in cultivation of the voice, Solo Singing, Singing at sight, Chorus Singing, etc. Special attention will be given to prepare students for playing organs in churches, and conducting. All music pupils are expected to take Harmony and Vocal music in class. At the opening of the school an Orchestra will be organized, and pupils may use any instrument they may have.
At Commencement a medal will be given for most improvement during 1904-’05; and all entering the contest are required to take full course, i.e., Harmony and Composition, Theory, History of Music and Musicians, Vocal and Instrumental Music, and must have been connected with the music department six months of this session.
|Vocal Music, daily, per month||$.025|
|Organ, 2 lessons per week, per month||2.00|
|Piano, 2 lessons per week, per month||2.00|
|Violin, 2 lessons per week, per month||2.00|
|Guitar, 2 lessons per week, per month||2.00|
|Piano rent, 1 hour each day, per month||.50|
|Piano rent, 2 hours each day, per month||.75|
|Gracie Anderson||Willie B. Greear||Lucy McCarroll||Denton McKee|
|Virgil Boyer||Willie W. Greear||Logene Parsons||Ida Plummer|
|Earl Greear||Eva Hash||Pearl Thomas||Grover Plummer|
|Denton McKee||Willie McKee||Iva Thomas||Maude Thomas|
|Ola McGinnis||Willie McGinnis||Ruth Thomas||Walter Young|
|Ida Plummer||Wayne Thomas|
|Ursie Plummer||Grover Thomas|
|Willie Padgett||Jones Walton|
Vocal class enrollment 70.
While our school is preparatory in character, yet diplomas will be awarded those pupils who satisfactorily complete the whole Academic Course. A moderate fee will be charged for those diplomas.
Two Literary Societies; the Creston and High Point, have been organized. Boys and gentlement have chiefly been the participants in the public exercises; yet the young ladies have also taken prominent parts on public occasions. We predict, for both these organizations increased future usefulness, and reputation.
|Contest in Debate||Grover Thomas, Grant, Va.|
|Contest in Declamation||Bayne Grubb, Grant, Va.|
|Contest in Recitation||Miss Denton McKee, Grant, Va.|
|Intermediate Contest in Recitation||Miss Okie Thomas, Grant, Va.|
|Primary Contest in Recitation||Miss Hallie McGinnis, Grant, Va.|
|The Greatest improvment on Piano||Virgil Boyer|
|The Greatest improvement on Organ||Miss Iva Thomas|
|The greatest improvement on Violin||Miss Eva Hash|
|The greatest improvement on Guitar||Miss Denton McKee|
|The Greatest improvement in Harmony and Theory||Miss Iva Thomas|
|The Greatest improvment in Primary Class, Piano||Miss Okie Thomas|
|The greatest improvement in Primary Class Organ||Miss Lucy McCarroll|
|The greatest improvement in sight singing||Miss Pearl Anderson|
In the preparation of this catalogue for the public, we have tried to be modest in our assertions; yet in the convenience and healhfulness of location of the Academy, in the intelligence and morality of the citizenship of the Grant community, we have the essential elements for a permanent and successful institution of learning. We feel assured the Faculty has succeeded in its labors in the past; and we feel equally confident of public approbation in the future.