Academics

Course Descriptions 2018-2019

English

Elementary Homeroom

1 year. Grades 3-6

This class incorporates history and English.

For English, we cover poetry, expository writing, narrative writing, and opinion writing. We use the Four Square Writing Method. Students produce a variety of creative writing.  Grammar and editing exercises are part of homework assignments each week.

For history, we’ll study New World explorers using “History Through the Ages: An Activity-Based Study Designed to Teach Hands-On.” Students will learn what an explorer is and encounter the first explorers: Eriksson to Hudson and Cook in the Bering Sea and ending with pirates!

In this study, we use creative writing, make recipes of the era, add events and historical people in a notebook timeline, make authentic crafts and games, and put many small paper assignments into a completed lap book.

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

Instructor: Barb Peterson

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Middle School English

1 year. Grades 6-8

This class provides students with a foundation in writing that will move them through lessons focusing on paragraphs, essays, creative pieces, and research papers.  Grammar lessons will be taught in class, and students will be provided with homework that will allow them to practice their newly acquired grammar skills at home. Vocabulary is incorporated into grammar and literature lessons. Literature lessons that include literary devices and analysis are designed to correspond with books chosen by the teacher and the student.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Thursdays  10:00-11:55

Middle School English/World History

1 year. Grades 7-8

Students will improve compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This yearlong course explores world history from Gutenberg to 21st century technology. Along with reading great literature, students will develop confidence in the writing process while growing toward greater independence and creativity. Students will gain experience in note taking, writing stories, writing simple reports, creative writing, and writing essays. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of writing and through concise editing exercises. Students will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Note: Homework assigned is for two classes. Expect 2-3 hours per week, per class, for a total of 4-6 hours per week for this course.

Instructor: Stephanie Hunkins

Thursdays, 10:00-11:55

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.)

This class is designed for students to build and strengthen foundational reading, writing, and academic skills. While reading great literature, students will develop confidence in the writing process while gradually growing towards greater independence and creativity. Students will gain experience in note taking, writing stories, writing simple reports, creative writing, and writing essays. This will help students to organize any type of composition for any class. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics to more sophisticated writing. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of writing and through concise editing exercises. Students will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Instructor: Stephanie Hunkins

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

English Literature

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

Students read, analyze and discuss an array of literature types and incorporate writing, grammar, and vocabulary concepts throughout the year. They also strengthen their critical thinking skills and practice various writing techniques, including writing a research paper.  Students will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Instructor: TBA

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Writing & Composition

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

Students focus on learning to improve and develop their writing skills in various nonfiction essay forms: descriptive, expository, narrative, and persuasive. Students learn to discover and refine their ideas, compose and revise their thoughts, and proofread and edit their papers. We also edit each other’s work. Discussion on becoming effective Christian communicators is woven class activities.

Monthly independent reading and weekly work to develop vocabulary and grammar are included. This is an interactive class revolving around discussion and small and large group interaction. Each student will begin at his or her present skill level and make measurable progress in writing ability. Individualized attention will be given when possible, in and out of class. Students also complete a research paper and will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 12:35-2:35

Health

Two options are available: an online version that can be taken either semester, or an in-class version during second semester. The syllabi for both classes are available from the respective instructors.

Health (in class)

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

Students use curriculum designed to provide them with a thorough understanding of important physical, mental and social health issues. Written directly to teens from a caring and friendly perspective, Total Health presents a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon scriptural principles. Anatomy, stress, L.I.F.E management, maturity, responsibility, changing relationships, spirituality and reaching one’s fullest potential are topics addressed through the text. Students also complete the Legacy Institute’s You Are Designed For a Great Story program. The young men in the class read God’s Gift to Women by Eric Ludy, and the young women read Leslie Ludy’s Authentic Beauty.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 1:00- 2:45.  2nd semester

Health (online)

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

This one-semester class provides an overview of components of healthy choices and lifestyles, focusing on physical fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, reproductive health, and mental health. The emphasis is on learning and applying health information that students can use now and in the future. Factors that result in personal wellness and those that hinder wellness are examined. The course equips students with the knowledge and tools necessary to make positive lifestyle choices related to diet, exercise, disease prevention, mental health, and stress—all in the context of a God-honoring lifestyle. While completing weekly assignments, student keep a health journal discussing how they are applying and integrating what they’re learning. Each student completes a project on a topic of his/her choosing, using a creative media of their choice (video, audio, visual). The project promotes a health concept. Past projects: a brochure on suicide prevention; an infographic on improving sleep habits; a poster on digital addiction.

Note: This course uses an online format. Students meet at the beginning and end of the semester, then work independently at home–in collaboration with the teacher–to complete weekly assignments using educational videos and readings. No text book is required.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

History / Social Studies

Middle School English / World History

Grades 7-8

Students will improve compositional skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This yearlong course explores world history from Gutenberg to 21st century technology. Along with reading great literature, students will develop confidence in the writing process while growing toward greater independence and creativity. Students will gain experience in note taking, writing stories, writing simple reports, creative writing, and writing essays. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of writing and through concise editing exercises. Students will participate in the Writers’ Conference.

Note: Homework assigned is for two classes. Expect 2-3 hours per week, per class, for a total of 4-6 hours per week for this course.

Instructor: Stephanie Hunkins

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

World History

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

From the beginning of civilization to the 20th century rise of globalism, students will see God’s purpose and plan in human events. Students 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. Through biblical evaluation of current events, students become more prepared to act as informed Christian citizens.  Students complete political and physical maps of the world continents, illustrated timelines, biographies, and mini reports on significant historical events that will provide the pages of a World History Compilation Portfolio.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

Contemporary World Problems

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 exposes 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. Issues discussed will closely follow current events of the day.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 1st semester

High School Civics/American Government

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

This one-semester class gives students an inspiring look at the blessings we enjoy as American citizens and the symbols we hold dear, then proceed to a fascinating study of the Constitution, the government it established, and the rights and privileges it guarantees the American people. After studying the Constitution and the national government, students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels. Students also have the privilege of hearing from local and state office holders who will visit the class throughout the semester.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55 2nd semester

Foreign Language

Spanish I

1 year/1 credit. Grades 8-12. 8th graders receive high school credit. (This course fulfills 1.0 of an elective credit.)

In this highly interactive first-year course, students learn and practice conversation, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar. Cultural insights are added to give context and help the language make more sense. Basic English grammar skills are needed.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

Spanish II & III

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

Continuing to build on the foundation of first-year Spanish, this time frame combines Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 students who will work cooperatively and separately to gain fluency and conversation skills, reading, writing, and grammar competency. Past, future, conditional, perfect, and subjunctive tenses are covered.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a first-year Spanish class, or interview with instructor.  For Spanish 3, students should have completed Spanish 2 or demonstrate competency.

Instructor: Karen Schmidt

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Mathematics

Elementary Math

1 year.  Grades 4-6

Elementary mathematics builds basic mathematics skills in grades 4-6. This class begins with multi-digit addition and subtraction and expands into multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement and data, basic geometry, place value and rounding, expressions, patterns, factors, multiples, and algebraic thinking.

Students take weekly tests, quizzes, and speed drills in class.  They study their multiplication facts and are tested on a number each week. The class incorporates activities and games (most of the time using candy or food; fun!) that pertain to the concepts for the week.  We use A Beka Arithmetic and students will be put in their appropriate level book.  Expect five lessons a week for homework.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

Middle School Math (Math Fundamentals and Pre-Algebra)

1 year/1 credit. Grades 6-8

Middle School Math 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.

This class is a combination of Math Fundamentals and Pre-algebra. Students will work in a textbook suitable for their math skills.

Instructor: Caty McGrew

Integrated Math

1.0 year/1 credit. Grades 9-12.

This course includes algebra and geometry concepts combined with general math skills review. The content areas include computation with real numbers including fractions, decimals, and integers; rates, ratios, and percent; exponents and radicals, variables and functions; solving equations; graphing and problem solving; and geometry concepts. All students study each of the content strands at their individual level.  Integrated Math 1, 2, 3, and 4 (if needed) can replace the traditional sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 1. This course is designed with the struggling learner in mind and is more individualized than a typical class.

Prerequisites: Completion of Pre-Algebra and teacher approval. Students may take Integrated Math after Algebra 1 or Geometry, but the course title (level 1, 2, or 3) will depend upon the skill level of the student.

Instructor: Christina South

Tuesdays 1:00-2:45

Algebra I

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

This course covers what is typically taught in first year high school algebra. Students review basic operations involving positive and negative numbers, explore various kinds of functions, study linear equations, polynomials, radicals, and learn to solve systems of equations, quadratic equations and inequalities. 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 Pre-Algebra or equivalent (as determined by the instructor).

Instructor: Christina South

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

$50 fee for two-day class period

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

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

Geometry

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

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

Instructor: To Be Announced

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

$50 fee for two-day class period

Pre-Calculus

1 year/1 credit. Grades 10-12 (This course fulfills 1 credit of the required 3 credit math   requirement).

This class continues building on skills learned in algebra and geometry. Topics include trigonometry, polynomials, conic sections, polar coordinates, imaginary and complex numbers, probability, and functions. A graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite: Students should have completed Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry and have strong skills in fractions, factoring, and graphing.

Instructor: Cathryn McGrew

Tuesdays 11:10-12:55

Psychology

Psychology

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

Psychology is a course required for many college degrees, but often is taught with a secular worldview. This course is a survey of the field of psychology. Students  learn the following psychology perspectives: psycho-dynamic, behavioristic, humanistic, and evolutionary. These are compared with a Christian worldview. The class also covers the history of psychology and current theories on motivation, emotion, development, memory, sensation, abnormal psychology, social psychology, treatment, and positive psychology. After this class, students will be ready to face their college psychology course with a Christian worldview as a foundation.

Instructor: Kassie Means

Science

Elementary Science – Exploring Creation with Zoology

1 year. Grades 3-6

Students explore the science of flying animals. First topics of study are the scientific method and what zoology is.  Students learn details of all flying animals. Subtopics include feathers, flying, nesting, and hatching. Students will study specific flying animals from birds to bats. Lastly, the class will cover insects from life cycles to social habits.

Students will participate in the Science Fair. Parents will need to help their child with completing this project, specifically in collecting research on their topic, typing the final paper, and building the student’s presentation board.

Instructor: Cathryn McGrew

Thursdays 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies

Middle School – Life Science

1 year. Grades 7-8. (Grade 6 with instructor permission.)

This course starts with a study of cells and microbiology and progresses to the study of classification, structure, and function of plants and animals. Finally, students examine ecosystems and the environment.

This course includes labs and requires writing formal lab reports. Students will participate in the Science Fair.

Instructor: Cathryn McGrew

Thursdays 8:00-9:55

$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.  Students participate in the Science Fair.  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

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. Students participate in the Science Fair. 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

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. Students participate in the Science Fair. 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 10:00-11:55

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Anatomy and Physiology

1 year/1 credit.  Grades 10-12. (This course fulfills 1 credit of the 2 credit science lab requirement)

The course explores the principles of the structure and function of the human body. Areas of study include: basic chemistry, cell and tissue studies, organs and an overview of all the human body systems. One of the aims for this class is for students to marvel at the intelligent design of the human body as created by God. Dissections and lab work will be key components to recognizing and understanding anatomy and physiology. Students participate in the Science Fair.  In addition to the class time, there is a science tutoring time offered on Tuesdays to help students who have questions or need extra help.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a biology course.

Instructor: Amorah Nelson

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

$50 lab fee for supplies and tutoring

Life Practicum, Christian Worldview

Life Practicum

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

This course provides instruction in those critical areas of life that can determine personal and financial success. Through Dave Ramsey DVD lessons, class discussion, and personal growth activities, students acquire knowledge and skills they can access to make choices in relationships, money, work, and daily living. An independent option is offered; a weekly contact time must be agreed upon between teacher and student.

Instructor: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

Tuesdays 8:00-9:45

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 Jeffry;  Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong by John MacArthur (ed) and other selected materials. The instructor also provides a list of other titles for further study.

Instructor: Patrick Slyman

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