National Mythology Exam Preparation

“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.

Instructor: Dr. Kirsten Stein

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Strive to win the Athena Gold Medal of Excellence with a score of 100%!

blue book 50 Students will discover stories from Greek and Roman mythology as they prepare for the National Mythology Exam. Interactive games, quizzes, and live webinars will help students process facts and practice for success on the multiple-choice National Mythology Exam. Students are not required to take the 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 receive enough time to prepare for the exam. The National Mythology Exam is administered and proctored by parents during the dates set by Excellence Through Classics. These dates usually occur during the winter months of the following semester, soon after Athena’s spring semester begins. 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.

Parents: This class usually attracts students aged 11 and under. Students 12 and above may request an individual classroom with Norse Mythology information instead of attending live webinars.

Required books/materials for 2017-18 school year:

  • d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by d'Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar
  • Theme: ‘Ancient Beginnings’ for 2017-18 school year (Please note, ETC determines the themes for the year.)
  • We will also focus on the literary sub-theme: Tales from Africa for 2017-18 school year. Tales from Africa, retold by Kathleen Arnott, published by Oxford Univ. Press, 1998, ISBN #0-19-275079
  • Optional - More advanced students may also purchase: Guerber, H. A., The Myths of Greece and Rome, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1993
  • Students wishing to take the National Mythology Exam:
    • National Mythology Exam Homeschool Registration - Parents must register their children for the appropriate grade levels at the Excellence Through Classics website. Hover over the NM Exam link on the left side of the Excellence Through Classics website and click "ETC Order Form" on the pop-out menu. On the "Excellence Through Classics" drop-down menu, click "National Mythology Exam" to order (Athena's will prepare students in grades 3-9.)
    • National Mythology Exam - $4/US $5/Outside US
    • NME registration & shipping - $15/US $20/Outside US


  • Student must be able to read at a 3rd-grade level or above. Athena's Academy will prepare students in grades 3-9.
  • Please email us if your student is a teen and interested in taking the National Mythology Exam.

arrow right 3 What to Expect in the Classroom:

The National Mythology Exam Preparation classes are appropriate for students working at grades 3-9. Learning activities include communicating ideas, videos and multimedia, and web 2.0 tools to synthesize new concepts. In addition, students are asked to complete 1-2 assignments during the week. Assignments include:

  • Required: Reading the required material
  • Optional: Working with web 2.0 tools on online projects

arrow right 3 What to Expect in the Webinar:

Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions available for students with schedule conflicts. Students are asked to contribute to the live webinar by doing the following:

  • Actively participating through the use of the microphone and chat option to the webinar discussions and games.

arrow right 3 Enrollment in this 8-week course includes free access to moderated discussion forums and Athena's Minecraft server.


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