Middle School Classes

Study Hall – all periods
This year we are offering  the option of a 30-week 1 ½ hour supervised Study Hall during each class period. We offer this option in order to help you with your schedule and prevent you from running back and forth to the Tutorial.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday  
Day/Time: each period
Cost: $145
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Math Tutoring Labs 

In an attempt to provide a comprehensive math program  this class has the option of attending a math lab for help, review, or just to complete home work with a tutor to answer questions nearby.  The math lab will be Thursday(????   Time).  You have two options when signing up for this class. 

Regular class fees for TCT PreAlgebra and up include 4 math labs as needed over the course of the year. Appointments for math labs are mandatory.

Option 1 – Four additional math labs (by appointment only) $80.

Option 2 – Ten additional math labs (by appointment only) $180.

Option 3 – Entire 32 weeks of math labs $280 if combined with a TCT math course or $400 if not combined with a TCT math course.

Thursday
Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades:5th-8th
Tutor: Lindsay

Thursday 
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades:9th-12th
Tutor:Lindsay


Pre-algebra

Step further into the world of algebra skills. Students will continue their studies on integers, order of operations, and numeric expressions in a 32-week 90 min course. They will dive deeper into algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities and graphing on a coordinate plane. Problem solving will be a key aspect of pre-algebra.

This course will be supplemented with tutor-made video lessons twice a week and online assignments through a game-based program provided by the tutor. Class time will be spent reinforcing video lessons through hands-on activities and extending the lessons for advanced learners. Students will need to come to class having viewed the lessons and completed their daily online assignments in order to stay on track.

Provided by the student Curriculum: McDougal Littell Mathematics Course 3

Textbook link:  https://www.amazon.com/McDougal-Littell-Middle-School-Course/dp/0618508171/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515180143&sr=1-7&keywords=mcdougal+littell+course+3

Tuesday (with optional Thursday Math Tutoring Labs)
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades: 7/9
Class Fee: $380 (Bonus: 4 Thursday Math Labs included )
Books and supply fee: $65
TutorLindsay

*Supply fees include a one year subscription to and online immersive math program that provides a platform for comprehensive math studies and real time observations of the student progress


Conquering Fractions, Decimals & Percents for Advanced Elementary/Early Middle School 

 This course is designed to review all operations with fractions, decimals and percent’s over 32 weeks for an hour and a half. It will also delve into basic equations and operations with integers. These concepts can be stumbling blocks for many learners and with a good foundation, students will be more successful in middle and high school math courses such as Algebra.  This course is the first step into the world of critical-thinking math skills.

This course will be supplemented with tutor-made video lessons twice a week and online assignments through a game-based program. Class time will be spent reinforcing video lessons through hands-on activities and extending the lessons for advanced learners. Students will need to come to class having viewed the lessons and completed their daily online assignments in order to stay on track.

“This class is a full curriculum and follows a Middle School 6/7 course. No supplemental curriculum will be needed.”

Curriculum: Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 2

Link for textbook: https://www.amazon.com/McDougal-Littell-Math-Course-Student/dp/0618610707/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515180928&sr=1-1&keywords=mcdougal+littell+course+2

Tuesday 
Time: 9:00 – 10:30
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $65*
Tutor: Lindsay

Thursday 
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades:5-7
Class Fee: $335
Books and supply fee: $65*
Tutor:: Lindsay

*Supply fees include a one year subscription to and online immersive math program that provides a platform for comprehensive math studies and real time observations of the student progress


French 1 &2

Parlez-vous Francais? Non? Then French 1 is the answer! French 1 is a high-school level course that will cover the fundamentals of listening, speaking and writing European French. We will learn the ins and outs of basic grammar and how to apply it, as well as vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and novice conversation. Students will be immersed in culture as they learn, enhancing their comprehension and understanding of the language as a whole. Schoolwork will include homework from a provided curriculum, films, projects, conversation groups, and outings to cultural activities with the class. The goal is that students will come away with practical French language skills and a deeper knowledge of the arts that it is embedded in. French 2 builds upon that foundation.

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Tutor: Debbie Kohlbacher


Ancient History, Middle School 

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will begin at Creation and go through the time of Christ, exploring Egypt, Greece, Rome and more, and encountering King Tut, Cleopatra and Socrates, just to name a few. Class time will contain lecture, discussion, and projects. We will explore the world of mummies, decode hieroglyphics and cuneiform, build a ziggurat and have chariot races.

Students will need access to a copy of Mystery of History; https://www.themysteryofhistory.com/history-curriculum/#volumeIry, Volume I.

Wednesday 

Time: 10:45 -12:15
GRADES:  6th – 8th
CLASS FEE: $325
SUPPLY FEE: $50  Students will need a binder.
TUTORKathy Ethridge


Physical Science (Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science)

In this 30 week, 1 ½ hour class, students will be introduced to the stunning world we live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air, to icebergs, to astrophysics, students will receive thorough lessons in each element of the physical world.  The text, Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd edition), discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. In class we will conduct many experiments and discuss the major points from assigned reading. This class is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum. 

Students will need to purchase Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd edition .

Tuesday
Time:   10:45-12:15
Grades: 8th – 10th
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Aynsley Clark


Becoming a Skilled Chatter Box
Intro to Speech

Becoming a Skilled Chatter Box is a 30 week 1 1/2 hour class designed for 4th -6th graders to help them express themselves and communicate with confidence in front of an audience. This will
be done in many ways that encourage students and hopefully extinguish the fears and anxiety that come with standing up in front of a group of people. It is a necessary skill for students to be able to communicate well, but
one that can be done having fun! Using “out of the box” group games, very interesting individual class and at home assignments, helpful tricks mixed in with some practical teaching methods, students will become skilled chatterboxes in no time!

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Tutor: Beth Vess


Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology 

All creation is awe-inspiring, but the work of the human body, created in the very image of God, is especially jaw-dropping! This 30 week 1 ½ hour class will embark on the fascinating study of anatomy and physiology and will showcase the intricacy and design of the human body, from DNA and cell creation to the skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous/endocrine, immune, and integumentary systems. The text is integrated with health and nutrition information, as well as plenty of scripture and biblical application, and is a complete guide to the human body. It is written in an enjoyable, conversational tone that will keep kids engaged. This class will include lecture, experiments, anatomical models, dissections and hand on experiences of all kinds. All activities will drive home on the concepts covered in the class and the text. Also included with be an overview exploring the history of medicine.This class will be challenging and fun. Quizzes, test, homework assignments, and personal projects will be given and graded by the instructor. Tests and quizzes will be done through Schoology.com Supplies provided by the instructor: All lab supplies, dissection supplies and specimens, models, graphs and charts, notebook, additional text, activity worksheets, tests and quizzes.

Provided by the student: The text “Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology”  You Must have a reliable internet connection to attend this class

Tuesday 
Time: 10:45 to 12:15
Grades: 5th – 8th
Class Fee: $325
Books and supply fee: $85
Tutor: Megan Powell


Águilas 1/2/3 (“Eagles” Beginner & Intermediate Spanish)

In this 30-week class, we will explore Spanish in a fun, hands-on way, using conversation, games, music, food, and books. We will be “Exploradores” (Explorers) who visit Spanish-speaking countries, sample their foods, listen to their music, and celebrate some of their festivals and holidays. Guest speakers will share why Spanish is important to them and how they use it. The class goal is for students to know basic daily vocabulary, be able to carry on brief conversations in Spanish and be enthusiastic about further language learning. Take-homes will help parents and siblings to join in learning Spanish and having conversations together! This class focuses on both spoken and written Spanish. Returning Spanish students benefit from continued conversation and listening practice while being challenged by upper-level projects using differentiated learning. Supplies provided.

Thursday 
Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 4-8
Class Fee: $300
Supply fee: $85
Tutor: Wendi Sisson


Creative Writing (Middle School)

“Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.”
— Robin Moore, author

This course is designed to unleash your student’s natural creativity and build their confidence as writers.

Students will learn what makes a compelling story and how to write it. In-class critique groups and personalized editorial feedback will help students grow as writers and communicators. All writing projects will incorporate IEW principles.

A variety of units will be covered to help students find their writing niche. They will include:

Journalism
Blogging
Short Stories
Poetry
Brainstorming
Speechwriting
Novel Writing (don’t be intimidated, students will only be writing a few chapters)

In addition, students will participate in these exciting online challenges:

  • National Novel Writing Month, more than 400,000 authors and writers participate in this challenge to meet writing goals. https://ywp.nanowrimo.org
  • Storystorm encourages a storm of new ideas and provides valuable insight from published authors. https://taralazar.com

Required Materials:

  • Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words by Ralph Fletcher
    • ISBN-10: 0380797011
    • ISBN-13: 978-0380797011
  •  National Novel Writing Month’s Young Novelist Workbook – High School,  4thEdition  —    https://www.createspace.com/6113490
  • Internet access and computer. All assignments will be typed.

*For a complete English credit, parents should supplement this class with their own grammar and literature curriculum.

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Creative Writing IEW (Level A & Level B)

This 30 week 1-1/2 hour class is built on the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. The majority of assignments will be from the IEW curriculum. However, these will also be alternated with assignments with more flexibility and freedom, including poetry, journalism writing, speech writing, and brainstorming.

Students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, write 3 paragraph stories, write from pictures, and compose creative essays from the brain. This approach provides a structured approach to unleashing creativity and building communication skills.

The class includes weekly writing lab with peer feedback and teacher review. Students will present their papers and gain experience in oral presentation skills. There will be weekly writing assignments.

***Access to computer and printer are required. All final papers must be typed and printed

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Computer Programming (6th-8th)

In this 30-week class, we will learn the basics of computer programming. We will begin with computational thinking, then progress to write code using the Java programming language, which is an industry standard. Students will do labs in class and at-home programming assignments. Students will finish the year by creating a computer game that they can share with friends. A laptop to bring to class is recommended but not required, but students will need access to a computer at home with Windows 7 or more recent and capable of running the required software (a very limited number of laptops are available for use in class on a first-come, first-served basis.) The software & textbook are provided.

Prerequisite: This class teaches programming and assumes students already have a comfort level of using a computer. Students must have basic skills to navigate a computer, or they may need the Computer Essentials class first. See tutor for details.

WEDNESDAY

Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 6th-8th
Class Fee: $332
Supply fee: $85
Tutor: Wendi Sisson


Computer Essentials

In this 30-week class, we will be learning how to use and feel comfortable with a computer. Students will learn basic skills to navigate a computer (how to create, save, open, edit & find files on their computer). We will cover basic skills for the following software: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Internet browsers, Schoology. We will also cover the anatomy of a computer, digital citizenship, online safety, and a brief introduction to programming. Keyboarding will be assigned for at-home weekly practice but will not be covered in-depth in class. Each student will work on 1-2 group projects and give an individual PowerPoint presentation to the class. This class requires no previous computer knowledge.

A laptop to bring to class is highly recommended but not required. The computer must have Windows 7 or more recent operating system & the Microsoft Office Suite (students can get a discount on the purchase price). Very limited number of laptops are available for use in class on a first-come, first-served basis. The textbook is provided but the above operating system & software is the parent’s responsibility. Macs are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

WEDNESDAY
Time:  12:55-2:25

Grades: 7th-12th (parents also welcome to enroll)
Class Fee: $400
Supply fee: $85
Tutor: Wendi Sisson


Logical Thinking

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class, students will develop skills in Logical Thinking and Group Dynamics. Using problems, mysteries, puzzles, and games, each child will learn to draw conclusions, think deductively, put things in sequence, and explain how a problem was solved. They will participate in group activities to learn how to work together, solve problems effectively and experience the creative process.

This fun and challenging class will be using team-building activities from Destination Imagination. DI teaches the creative process by allowing students to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of their program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own.

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Tutor: Kim Erickson


The Science of Cooking Class 

This yummy 30 week 1 ½ hour class will focus on the Science of Cooking.  You see Cooking is science at work.  There are so many scientific concepts and methods at work in the kitchen every day.  Chemical reactions, oxidation, emulsion, catalysis’s, and diffusion are only some of the things that happen in a busy kitchen on a daily basis.  To know the science is the beginning of becoming really good chief.  Your budding Chief will enjoy hands on cooking experiences from boiling water to creating complete nitrous and delicious meals.  They will become confident in experimenting with the skills they learn in the class. Everyone is going to enjoy the homework for this class as your student will be using the concepts they learned at home.  We will be teaching the students culinary skills and helping them to learn how to create and enjoy foods that are both tasty and healthy.  We will cover the science of food preservation, preparation, and proper cooking tech, storing and clean up.   More details to come.

This class must have at least 10 students enrolled to hold.

Tuesday
Time: 2:35 – 4:05
Grade: 4th and up
Class Fees: $330
Supply fee: $85
Tutor: Megan Powell


Sketch Render and Paint 3D

Not a repeat of last year.
This 30 week art class will teach students how to sketch and paint landscapes, portraits, still life, and botanicals in Ink wash, watercolor and acrylic mediums.
 This year I will also include simple 3D work including sculpture, up cycling, and collage.
 My ultimate goal is to help the students become comfortable with sketching, painting and creating beauty in the world around them.
Some previous art experience is required.

Tuesday    
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 5th grade and up
Class Fee: $330
Supply fee: $87 (all materials are provided with this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith


Phonics of Art and  Drawing Level I & II 
(Tuesday and Thursday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used.  They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging.  This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability.

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TutorAmy Potter Smith


 Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I II III & IV (Wednesday)

The Phonics of Art and Drawing levels I & II is a 30 week 1 ½ hour class where the students will learn to develop and improve the fundamental drawing principles that will enable them to draw anything! This progressive step-by-step course will provide a solid foundation for artistic expression. The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style (Impressionism & Expressionism) Uses charcoal, oil pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Level II students will continue to work on these same principles with more challenging subjects and more expanded media used. They will use the additional tools of color pastels, water colored pencil and be introduced to acrylics. Student must have completed level I to be allowed to participate in level II.

Parents please note this class is challenging. This is for the serious art student who is willing to work hard and complete difficult tasks to improve their art ability. I encourage parents of 4th grade students if you have any questions as to which art class would best benefit your student to call Megan at 901-682-3554 to find out more information about the best fit for your child or children.

Wednesday
Time:  12:55-2:25
Grades:  4th & up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Level I II $85  Level III IV $95 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Elem. & MS Latin – Levels 1, 2 & 3
 
This 30-week course is designed to introduce Elem. and middle school students to the exciting Latin language. We will focus on grammar forms and vocabulary to give your student a firm foundation for upper level Latin translation.  We will also begin the study of Latin roots of English vocabulary words, which is a great test prep program for students planning on taking any test with a vocabulary section.  This is a fabulous course for your  elem. or middle school student!

World Geography/American Government

Fall semester will focus on World Geography with an emphasis on world cultures, religions, governments. The fall semester will involve studying different participating United Nations countries and will culminate in our participation in the YMCA Model UN. The spring semester will focus on American Government and Tennessee History. This semester will culminate with students preparing a proposed bill to present at the Youth Legislature. This program teaches civic involvement, understanding of the process of government, writing,
research technique, parliamentary procedure, debating skills and oral speaking skills.

The YMCA Center for Civic Engagement is a statewide leadership
development program designed to allow students ages 11-19 to experience
the processes of government in a hands-on way. Students in the program
have the opportunity to engage in mock governments at the state,
national and international levels. Students spend a semester choosing a topic and writing a proposed bill.
They then present their bill in committee at the YMCA conferences with
students from other Memphis schools. The students will then vote to send
a bill from their committee to the General Assembly. If your bill is
chosen you then present before the entire assembly. There will be a $30 per student, per semester charge from the YMCA to participate. This will be paid directly to the YMCA.

Tuesday
Time:  12:55-2:25
GRADES: 6th – 8th
CLASS FEE: $325
SUPPLY FEE: $30, plus a $25 per semester fee to be paid to the YMCA
TUTOR: Kathy Ethridge


Introduction to Middle School Language Arts:  Grades 5-6

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class is geared to younger middle school students. Each class will consist of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling.

Reading and writing will blend seamlessly. Through novels, short stories, poetry and brief articles, students will improve comprehension skills and have examples for writing assignments. Writing topics explored with be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short reports, 5-paragraph essays, and self-editing. Grammar reinforcement will include hands-on activities to teach parts of speech, punctuation, and correct usage. Vocabulary and spelling will blend to teach root word, prefixes and suffixes. There will be a weekly test combining spelling and vocabulary, along with a reinforcement workbook.

Instructor will supply necessary curriculum and reading materials, with the exception of a mystery and a biography book. Supply Fee reflects instructor’s purchase of these items.

Curriculum workbooks and print-outs supplied by instructor:

  • WriteShop Junior, Level F Activity Book
  • Word Roots, Level 1
  • Poems
  • Historical Letters
  • Short Stories & articles

 

Reading books to be loaned to students:

  • Jungle Book
  • American Tall Tales
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Where the Red Fern Grows

Items to be supplied by students: 3 ring binder, pens/pencils, and paper

Tuesday   
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 5-6
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $100
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


Advanced Middle School Language Arts: Grades 7-8

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class is geared to older middle school students. Each class will consist of literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling.

Literature will include Socratic discussions of selected novels, and blend seamlessly with the writing component. Literary elements will be explored and students will learn to identify these and incorporate them into their writing assignments. Grammar will focus on cementing parts of speech, and their correct usage. Vocabulary and spelling will combine to increase language and spelling abilities needed in high school and beyond.

Curriculum workbooks and print-out material supplied by instructor:

  • Analytical Grammar
  • Analytical Grammar Review pages
  • Vocabulary Virtuoso
  • Beyond the Book Report

Reading books to be loaned to students:

  • The Hobbit
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch
  • A Christmas Carol
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • At the Back of the North Wind
  • The Bronze Bow

Items to be supplied by students: 3 ring binder, pens/pencils, and paper

Tuesday    
Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 7-8
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $100
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


Apologia’s General Science +STEM

This 30 week 1 hour 40 minute course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences as well as a great introduction to more advanced study skills. Adding a STEM challenge to each quarter gives the added bonus of incorporating concepts learned with an engaging project. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all areas of their live.

We will be using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science. The course covers topics like the history of science, scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, human anatomy and physiology. Therefore, its scope is quite wide. The classes will consist of both lecture and lab experiments, hands on learning exercises 4 multi week STEM challenges and fun mastery games.  The key text incorporates an engaging, conversational tone capable of grabbing teenagers’ attention and keeping their minds on track. The authors give a Christian viewpoint and lift up God’s incredible design for the world, which is reinforced with colorful illustrations, pictures, tables and charts.

You will need to purchase the Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd edition. Textbook, and the 2nd edition Student Notebook 

Home access to computer/internet is required for this class.  We communicate test and post grades on line.

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STEM advanced 

STEM creates a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects, and structures according to certain specifications. In the process they explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In this 30 week, 1 ½ hour class, the mission will be to grow students’ capacity for creativity, fun and back-loaded learning in a STEM context. Creativity is not only a valuable academic tool but also a life skill that can serve students throughout their lives.  Like all skills, creativity can be developed with practice. We will emphasize innovative, original solutions and products.  A typical STEM class presents students with a problem or challenge that has many potential solutions, none of which are obviously superior to others.  Students contemplate, design, build and later explain a solution that complies with the specifications.  For example, students will discover the principles of flight by designing their own kites with common materials, or they will ponder Newton’s laws and the concept of force as they design and create their own building to examine how forces act on that building during an earthquake.  There will be multiple right answers and failure will be reframed as a necessary part of learning.  We will focus on real-world problems and solutions.

At this level the course becomes more rigorous and challenging. Projects can take multiple classes in order to develop, complete and test the solutions to a challenge.  Students will be required to keep a STEM notebook, and follow the Scientific Method for solving problems.  They will also be responsible for evaluating themselves, their team and their project.  Planning and research for some of the projects will be done independently.

It is important to note that students MAY attend STEM in addition to their regular science and math courses.

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Middle School/High School Drama
Take your students’ theatre and drama experience to the next level!
This course provides kids of all experience levels the opportunity to have professional dramatic guidance while exploring various genres of theater.  Through exercises, games, skits and fully staged productions, your children will develop their skills like never before.  Kids will be challenged to push themselves to explore new ways of dramatic expression.
Productions being considered are ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’, ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’, and ‘ Schoolhouse Rock’. (subject to number and make-up of students enrolled in each class)

Tuesday
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $325
Supply Fee: Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set, Prop and Class Supplies: $125
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn

Wednesday
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $325
Supply Fee: Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set, Prop and Class Supplies: $125
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn

Thursday
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $325
Supply Fee: Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set, Prop and Class Supplies: $125
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn