Course Descriptions 2022-2023

Computer Science

Elementary Computer Science

Half year. Offered 1st semester. Grades: 3-8.

This class will introduce the computer to elementary-aged students. Elementary students will be learning to type properly using an online program. Students will also learn the basics of Google programs, including Google Docs and Google Slides. Chromebooks will be provided for class, but a computer with a keyboard is required for homework and practice. Students will need access to a Gmail account of their own to log in to Google programs and to Typing Club.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

Early Elementary Program

Early Elementary K-2 Course

1 year. 2-day class. Grades: K-2.

This class will introduce young students to classroom/group activities and the enjoyment of learning together.

Our focus will be to develop confident readers using phonics-based materials, and early writing skills including sentence structure, basic punctuation, and writing simple paragraphs and stories. We will also work on mathematics with manipulatives and games, and incorporate history and science into unit studies. Some active time and Bible study will also be a part of each day.

Packets will be sent home weekly with homework that reinforces skills already presented during class time. It will be parents’ responsibility to supervise the work done at home and return it to the teachers each week.

Instructor: Elizabeth Gunn

2-day class

Tuesdays 8:00-11:00 and Thursdays 8:00-9:55.

English

Elementary Homeroom

1 year. Grades 3-6

This class incorporates History and English.

The history portion of this class will focus on American history. We will begin learning about First Nations and explorers, and then continue to focus on the formation of our country as we know it, its government, the Civil War, westward expansion, and more. Our historical studies will be intertwined with our writing and literature studies. Students can expect to read and write weekly, practice handwriting, gain skills in using more advanced sentence structure, understand grammatical concepts, and strengthen their vocabulary.

Prerequisites: Students should be reading at 3rd grade level and be able to write a complete sentence with capitals and punctuation.

Instructor: Elizabeth Gunn

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Middle School English

1 year. Grades 6-8

During this time of tremendous social, emotional and intellectual transition, middle school students are ready for more academic rigor and challenges. In this reading and writing focused class, students will engage in reading a large variety of engaging and challenging works from the English canon, along with examples of classic children’s literature. They will grow as they work individually, participate in small groups and engage in whole class discussions and activities. Students will comprehend, analyze and evaluate short stories, novels and poetry. Grammar, vocabulary and spelling will be regular components of class with the student goal of increased proficiency in written communication and reading comprehension.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Middle School English/Washington State History

1 year. Grades 6-8.

While fulfilling the Washington State History requirement for middle school, students will grow their knowledge base and build a more solid foundation in reading, grammar, and writing. HISTORY-Students will create a State Notebook as they explore their beautiful state of WA! Study includes state symbols, geography & weather, history, cities, economy, government, wildlife & plant life, entertainment, and attractions. READING-Students will dive into great works of literature which will bring to life their history lessons and explore other important issues/genres. They will also get to choose their own reading books each month. They will be required to read various genres and will complete a monthly book review. WRITING-Students will focus on the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Weekly practice will improve these traits and interactive class activities will develop them throughout the year. GRAMMAR-Students will build a strong foundation for understanding the basic concepts of grammar and use them effectively when reading, writing, or speaking. Students will prepare for high school level English classes and future language study by building their foundation in essential grammar rules, vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure, and basic sentence diagramming.

Instructor: Sarah Slyman

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 copy fee for grammar and writing curriculum

English Foundations

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 4 credit English requirement.)

English Foundations seeks to build and strengthen students’ foundational reading, writing, and academic skills. Through reading a wide range of literature, students will test out and strengthen their writing skills. Novels, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and plays will be read, studied, and analyzed throughout this course. Students will gain experience in writing essays by analyzing and responding to the text. Their writing will be strengthened through developing a solid knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, and by ongoing use of creativity in the writing process and special projects. Students will also earn a foundational understanding of the eight parts of speech. From there, we will work on sentence structure and punctuation. Thesis statements, topic sentences, editing, study skills, and creative writing will also be incrementally discussed and taught throughout the year. Each student can expect to write a research essay.

Instructor: Elizabeth Gunn

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

World Literature and Composition

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 4 credit English requirement.)

Students will engage in meaningful discussions and activities to gain a deeper understanding of world literature, spanning from ancient to modern writings. With an emphasis on the Socratic method, students will analyze, comprehend and evaluate novels, short stories, plays and poetry. The intertwining of literature and history will remain a focal point. Students will continue the study of more advanced grammar, spelling , and study and reference skills. As students respond to the readings, they will become more proficient writers by composing descriptive, narrative and persuasive essays and poetry. Students will write a research paper in the fall.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Foreign Language

Spanish I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1.0 credit of the 2.0 credit World Language requirement)

With an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension, this introductory Spanish course is designed to build confidence and communication skills in the beginner. Using an online curriculum called ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool), students will spend the year learning, conjugating, and creating sentences for self-expression using the present tense of the 60 most common Spanish verbs and corresponding vocabulary represented by gestures, visual cues, and pictures to infer meaning. Each week, the student will work on mastering the assigned course content, and come prepared to speak and answer questions about what they studied. Towards the end of the third quarter, students will begin learning the phonics of Spanish and learn to read using stories and passages in Scripture.

Instructor: Lisa Rollins

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 or Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Spanish II

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1.0 of an elective credit.)

This course is a progression of course content completed in Spanish I using the online curriculum ULAT (Universal Language Acquisition Tool). Its projects are designed to increase the accuracy, fluency, and self-expression of the Spanish speaker. Modals, present progressive, commands, and past tense verb forms will be introduced and students will continue reading and writing practice that emphasizes comprehension through narration and pronunciation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a first-year Spanish class, or interview with instructor.

Instructor: Lisa Rollins

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 or Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Health

Health

1 semester/0.5 credit/2nd semester Grades 9-12. (This course satisfies the 0.5 credit of 1.5 credits of physical education and health.)

Students will use curriculum designed to encourage teens to make health and wellness a priority! This class will address nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, mental health, safety, first aid, disease prevention, drug abuse, spiritual growth, and more. They will also learn an atlas of the body systems—digestive, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory. The young men in the class will read God’s Gift to Women by Eric Ludy, and the young women will read Leslie Ludy’s Authentic Beauty. All students will need to complete a CPR class.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Tuesdays 8:00-9:55 2nd semester

History/Social Studies

World History

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the 1 credit of the 1.5 credit Contemporary World History requirement.)

From the beginning of civilization to the 20th century rise of globalism, your student will see God’s purpose and plan in human events. Your student will study the beginning of nations at the Tower of Babel, the beginning of writing in Sumer, the rise of republican government in Rome, the revival of humanities in the Renaissance, the rise of exploration from Europe, and the consequences of Communism in Russia. Students will also complete current events in order to have a grasp on the events going on around the world as well as geography assignments to give them general knowledge about the location of countries. Honors credit is available for an additional fee. The students will need to write a research paper on a teacher-generated topic pertaining to World History. This also can serve as the ANW research requirement.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

High School Civics/American Government (1st semester)

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the Civics requirement.)

Students in this one semester class will learn the history, the meaning, and the daily functions of the U.S. Constitution in their life and their nation. They will understand why the Founding Fathers fashioned a document of God-given rights that have stood the test of time and political tinkering. Students will examine the questions: What does the Constitution actually say? What does it mean? What were the Founders’ intentions for this document? And how is it being interpreted to shape our laws and way of life today? After studying the Constitution and the national government, students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 1st semester

Contemporary World Problems (2nd semester)

One half year—2nd semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 of the 1.5 credit Contemporary World History requirement).

This one semester class will expose students to historical foundations, institutional structures and government processes necessary to engage in informed discussion about public policy. Students will be able to draw connections between historical tensions and current controversial issues, and evaluate, synthesize and debate policy from multiple perspectives. Honors credit is available for an additional fee. The students will need to write a research paper on a teacher-generated topic pertaining to Contemporary World Problems. This also can serve as the ANW research requirement.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 2nd semester

Mathematics

Elementary Math (Grades 4-5)

1 year. Grades 4-5.

Elementary mathematics builds on and solidifies basic skills in math. Areas of focus include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, basic geometry, place value and rounding.

Students take weekly tests, quizzes, and speed drills in class. The students study their multiplication facts and are tested on a number each week. The class incorporates activities and games that pertain to the concepts for the week.

Instructor: Alora Shubkegel

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Math Fundamentals

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-12

Math Fundamentals continues to build the algebraic skills developed in elementary mathematics. Areas of focus include ratios, rates, proportions, percentages, arithmetic operations, negative numbers, properties of numbers, variables and expressions, geometry and the coordinate plane, fractions and decimals, numbers and operations, solving equations, relationships and functions, systems of equations, and various other math concepts.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Pre-Algebra

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-12

This course prepares students for algebra and includes a review of basic skills and the introduction of variables. Also covered are signed numbers, positive and negative exponents, and linear equations.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

2-day class

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45, Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Algebra I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12 (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 math credit requirement.)

This course builds the foundation for all future math classes. Although applications of algebra will be studied, students benefit greatly by learning to be diligent and attentive to details in this math class. Students will also be challenged to think critically with abstract concepts. They will solve, graph, and apply linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic and exponential equations. The overall emphasis of this course will be on understanding the “why” of algebra through mastery of concepts and skills, and application to real world problems. Students will also review basic operations involving integers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Additional fees will apply if there are less than 5 students.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra or the equivalent (as determined by the instructor)

Instructor: Christina South

2-day class

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 and Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Geometry

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 math credit requirement.)

Practical applications, logic, and art come together in this math class. Students will study the properties and applications of common geometric figures including points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures. Basic trigonometry concepts will be covered at an introductory level. Students will memorize vocabulary, apply geometric concepts to figures and in real-life applications, and complete proofs. This class will include artistic and practical projects. Inductive and deductive reasoning will be used in proofs and problem-solving. Algebra I skills are used and reviewed throughout the course. Students will also review basic operations involving integers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Additional fees will apply if there are less than 5 students.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I or the equivalent (as determined by the instructor)

Instructor: Christina South

2-day class

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 and Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Algebra II

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12 (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 math credit requirement.)

This course covers what is typically taught in second year high school algebra. Topics include solving, graphing, and the application of linear, absolute value, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Matrices, functions, sequences, probability, and an introduction to trigonometry also are be taught. The overall emphasis is on understanding the “why” of algebra through mastery of concepts and skills and application to real world problems.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I or equivalent (as determined by the instructor).

Instructor: Christina South

2-day class

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 and Fridays 8:00-10:00

Science

Elementary School Science: Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics

1 year. Grades 3-6

Introduce your children to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics! The activities and projects in this course are sure to delight and inspire your young minds. They’ll begin by exploring the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, and then journey through simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms, before discovering concepts of electricity and magnetism. Along the way, your students will participate in fascinating and fun experiments and investigations. All the while, God will be glorified as the Master Designer of all that they’re discovering about the world and how it works.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

$50 lab fee for supplies

Middle School Science: Life Science

1 year. Grades 6-8

This course will start with a study of cells and microbiology. Then we will study classification, structure, and function of both plants and animals. Finally, we will examine ecosystems and the environment. This course includes labs and will require writing formal lab reports.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

$50 lab fee for supplies

Physical Science

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 credit of required 2 credit science lab requirement.)

This course starts with a study of matter and energy. Then students are given an introduction to chemistry and biochemistry and engage in a study of physics concepts. This class gives students a great foundation for future higher level science classes such as chemistry and physics. Eighth grade students who do not want high school credit have the coursework adjusted accordingly. This course includes labs and requires writing formal lab reports. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Biology

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1 of required 2 credit science lab requirement.)

This course covers cellular and molecular biology (cells and genetics), botany (plants), zoology (animals), and basic human anatomy and physiology (human body). This course includes labs, some of which are dissections. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Chemistry

1 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 2-credit science lab requirement.)

The course covers various areas of inorganic and organic chemistry. Subjects may include the following: structure of atoms, periodic table, types of bonding, naming compounds, types of chemical reactions, acids and bases, gas laws, measures of concentration, solutions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Mathematical calculations are involved so students need to have taken or be taking Algebra I. This course includes extensive labs and requires writing formal lab reports. In addition to the class time, a science tutoring time is offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Prerequisite: Successful completion or current enrollment in Algebra I.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Life Practicum, Biblical Worldview

Life Practicum

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 credit of the 0.5 Life Practicum credit elective requirement.)

This course is meant to provide instruction in those critical areas of life that can determine personal and financial success. Through Dave Ramsey DVD lessons, speech and communication lessons, class discussion and personal growth activities, students will acquire knowledge and skills in which they can access to make choices that bring life in relationships, money, work and daily living.

Instructor: Dana Bitto

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45 1st semester

The Theology of The Gospel

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills 0.5 credit of the 3.0 credit elective requirement.)

The purpose of this class is to build the foundation of Christianity in the gospel and biblical theology from Scripture. Everyone is a theologian, but not everyone cultivates their theology from the Bible. This course will develop a biblical theology based on a simple outline of the gospel: God, Man, Jesus, You. It will serve as a precursor to Biblical Worldview by establishing the basis for having a biblical worldview.

Instructor: Tim Drumm

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 1st semester

Biblical Worldview

One half year—1st semester/0.5 credit. Grades 9-12. (This course fulfills the Biblical Worldview requirement for graduation.)

The study of the biblical worldview focuses on its foundation; interpretation; teaching about God, Christ, sin, and salvation; and application to current ethical issues. Students learn the definition of biblical worldview and understand its distinctiveness from other world religions and philosophies and will be able to rightly interpret God’s Word and apply it to everyday ethical issues. They also become equipped to defend this worldview. In the process, students are humbled before a majestic God who, in love and grace, has revealed Himself as Savior.

Assigned Reading: Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz; Bitesize Theology by Peter Jeffery; Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong by John MacArthur (ed.) and other selected materials. The instructor provides a list of other titles for further study.

Instructor: Tim Drumm

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45 2nd semester

Arts

Geography through World Cuisine

1 year. Grades: 3-6.

This class will travel across six of the seven continents as we explore the world through delicious food. From a bird’s eye view the students will travel around the globe stopping to learn simple recipes such as miso soup or pupusas. As we focus on a different country each week we will learn how the climate and topography of a country affects what foods are eaten. Students should bring an apron and appetite to each class.

Teacher: Brittany Ericson

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

Art Appreciation from DaVinci to VanGogh

1 year. Grades: K-6

Starting at the Renaissance, students will learn about the great artists across centuries ending with the Post Impressionists. This is a hands-on class for students to experience the various mediums and techniques of the world’s greatest artists. The goal is appreciation for the many ways in which art is made and for the students to be inspired to see the world differently. Each week we will have a different art project focusing on a new artist each week.

Teacher: Brittany Ericson

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Mixed Media Fine Arts

1 year. 1.0 credit. Grades: 7-12. Fulfills 1.0 credit of the 2.0 Fine Arts Requirement.

Students will spend the duration of the course exploring different mediums for creating unique works of art. Watercolor, acrylics, paper, charcoal, pencils, pastels and other mediums will be explored. During each lesson the students will learn art theory basics like color theory, perception, proportion and balance. The
final project will be a culmination of all they have learned in a mixed media piece of their design.

Teacher: Alicia Bettger

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

Culinary Arts/ Cooking

1 year. Grades 7-12. 1.0 credit. Fulfills 1.0 credit of the 1.0 credit Occupational Education requirement.

Students will begin their journey in the kitchen with food safety and knife skills. Each week there will be an opportunity to practice new techniques for cooking, sautéing, roasting, sauces and stocks, dessert, pasta and plating, etc. This class will have an emphasis on nutrition, safety, planning and preparation. The culminating project will require each student to create a menu plan, prepare and present as a final.

Teacher: Alicia Bettger

Thursdays 8:00-9:55