National Mythology Exam Preparation – Middle Fall


    “[My daughter] was thrilled to receive her gold medal for the National Mythology Exam. We are so appreciative of the quality of instruction in her prep course!” ~Parent Sarah J.



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    Greek goddess Athena statue for the National Mythology Exam Prep course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held On Thursdays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM Pacific - Middle Semester - 10/16/24 - 12/13/24

    Students will discover stories from Greek and Roman mythology as they prepare for the Pegasus National Mythology Exam. Interactive games, quizzes, and live webinars will help students process facts and practice for success on the multiple-choice Pegasus National Mythology Exam.

    Students are not required to take the Pegasus National Mythology Exam. Many students take the class purely for the joy of learning.

    Athena’s Mythology class is offered in the fall to ensure students have enough time to prepare for the exam the following spring. The Pegasus National Mythology Exam is administered and proctored by parents during the dates set by Excellence Through Classics, usually in February. The Mythology classroom will remain open through the beginning of the spring semester to allow students a chance to review the material before taking the exam.

    Athena’s students win the Athena Gold Medal of Excellence with a score of 100%!

    “The most prominent undertaking of Excellence Through Classics is the National Mythology Exam [NME]. Since 1989, the exam has been offered to students in elementary, intermediate, and middle school…grades three through nine. The NME is consistently given to over 10,000 students in approximately 400 schools around the United States and in several foreign countries” (Excellence Through Classics).

    Excellence Through Classics awards bronze, silver, and gold medals to students who excel on the National Mythology Exam.

    Former Student’s Testimonial: 

    Note to Parents:

    • Although the Pegasus National Mythology Exam may be taken by students at different levels, Athena’s is focused on preparing students working at grade levels 5-8 only.
    • This course is not for students with a vast knowledge of Greek/Roman Mythology who would not need help preparing for the National Mythology Exam.
    • This course attracts students ages 11 and under.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read approximately 15 pages in our text.
    • Respond to 1-2 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Students may choose to complete the Pegasus National Mythology Exam.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Mythology webinars include teacher-led exploration of topics discovered in the reading assignment.
    • Actively participating (via the microphone and chat) in online discussions about the topics presented.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books/materials (Subject to change by the ETC):

    • d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by d’Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar
    • Guerber, H. A., The Myths of Greece and Rome, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1993
    • Recommended for 2023: O’Connor, George. Hera: the Goddess and Her Glory. From the Olympians Series. A Neal Porter Book, 2011.
    • Additional materials or material changes may be set by ETC for the Pegasus National Mythology Exam.
    • Students wishing to take the Pegasus National Mythology Exam:
      (Please note, although this course may be open for enrollment, ETC’s website may not be up-to-date with the current school year’s information. Information for the current school year will be available in the fall.)