High 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: $130
For Study Hall information click here


Biology with Lab

This 32 week 1 hour 40 minute course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. Exploring Creation With Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.  Students who take and understand this course will be very well prepared for a tough university biology course.

The key text, Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd edition) textbook, 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. Aspiring young scientists will enjoy the brief biographical summaries of notable scientists with Christian backgrounds.

We will also take 5-6 weeks to briefly cover Human Anatomy and Physiology using The Usborne complete book of the Human body. During this time we will dissect specimens from many body systems which will include muscles, bones, heart, kidneys, brains, and eyes.

Tutor will suppy all specimens, lab supplies, and notebook with study guide notes and other helpful material and a Lab Manuel

You will need to purchase:

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd edition) ISBN-13: 9781932012545

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The Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body: Internet Linked (Complete Books) (Flexibound) you will have to find it used and it needs to be this addition (same picture)

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Please note: This is a 32 week class

Tuesday  NOTE early start 8:50-10:30
Grades:  9-10
Class fee: $410
Lab & Supply fee $85
Tutor: Megan Powell


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 and the Physical Science Student Notebook; The multimedia CD is optional.

Day/timeTuesday  10:45-12:15
Grades: 8th – 9th
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
TutorAynsley Clark


Sketch, Render and Paint

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. My ultimate goal is to help the students become comfortable with sketching and painting the world around them. (Warning – Class size will be limited)

Tuesday  FULL  
Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 5th grade and up
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $85 (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. 

Tuesday   
Time: 12:55-2:25pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee:  $85 (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Amy Potter Smith 

Thursday
Time: 10:45-12:15pm
Grades: 4th and up
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $85 (all materials included in this fee)
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


Phonics of Art and Drawing Level I, II, III & IV  Multi-media

Art level III & IV  Multi-media is an advanced art experience.  In this 30 week 1 ½ hour class we will further explore advanced techniques in artistic expression.  The topics include Shape, Shadow, Contour Line, Perspective, Color Theory, Portraiture, Composition, and Style.   This course will include an art appreciation component with field trips to art galleries and other on location drawing experiences.  The art appreciation text, The Annotated Mona Lisa, gives the reader fascinating glimpses of art, the artists, and their critics’ evaluations.  You’ll finish this book understanding art and artists in a whole new way.

This class will use a wide variety of materials including but not limited to charcoal, pastels, oil pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, water color pencils, wire sculpture and acrylics on canvas.

If you have a student with advanced art skill and an independent worker you are welcome to talk with me about presenting examples of their work for approval. In this class I will be challenging the students to explore the art they see around them, to record ideas they would like to copy or alter into an art note book, and  to use in their own art work.  In class I will continually encourage the students to take their projects to a higher level.

For these levels you will need to purchase The Annotated Mona Lisa, a 1 inch 3 ring binder, and  “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Work book, Guided practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing” (Unless you have completed these texts in a previous art class)  and a blank page artist notebook for an art journal.

Wednesday
Time:  2:35-4:05
Grades:  4th -12th
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: Levels I & II $75   Levels III & IV $95  (all materials included in this fee)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Zoology with Lab

Pre-requisite: Biology

Zoology: the scientific study of the behavior, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals (Oxford Dictionary).

Students with an innate love of animals, or those who just want to learn more about animals, will enjoy Zoology. This 32 week, 1 ½ hour high school lab science class will comprehensively examine Kingdom Animalia. Topics to be covered include:

  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Ecology

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and lab activities. Labs will include dissections and other hands-on activities. Outside projects will be assigned to further reinforce concepts learned.
The selected textbook approaches zoology from an evolutionary perspective. The worldview I will teach is Creationism. Evolution will only be explored as a concept contrary to God’s Word.
Supplies provided by instructor: textbook: Zoology (7th edition), General Zoology Laboratory Guide (15th edition), all lab supplies, dissection supplies and specimens.

Tuesday       FULL
Time:  2:35-4:05
Grades:  10-12th
Class Fee: $375
Supply Fee: $100 (includes supplies provided by instructor)
Tutor: Rhonda Clark


French 1

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.

Tuesday
Time:  12:55-2:25
Grades:  9-12
Class Fee: $375
Supply Fee: TBD
Tutor: Elizabeth Stephans


Personal Finance (2nd semester)

Less than half of high school seniors qualify as financially literate, and more than 7 million borrowers are in default on student loans for college. Students are facing tremendous financial challenges without the basic knowledge needed to thrive in today’s economy.

Foundations in Personal Finance: High School  with Dave Ramsey will change the financial future of your student and set them on a path to win with money. They will be empowered, equipped and entertained while building confidence in their own financial decision-making. This class will teach students how to avoid debt, budget with intention, invest, and build wealth so they can give like no one else.

Synopsis

1 semester class 15 week class   Spring Semester 2018

Day/Time: Wednesdays 2:35-4:05
Grades: 9-12

Class Fee:
 $180
Supply fee: 
$50
Tutor:
 Lyndy Sossaman


Forensic Science 

This 32 week 1 1/2 hour class is designed to give students experience with investigation, hands on lab activities not to mention learning about the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. The curriculum “The Mystery of Lyle and Louise” is  used. This is a premier curriculum for forensic science designed for high school and introductory undergraduate education. Comprised of independent hands-on laboratory kits, Lyle and Louise introduces your students to a broad range of techniques in forensic analysis, including  Questioned Document Examination, Forensic Entomology, Bite Mark Analysis, Blood Spatter Analysis, and more.

The Mystery of Lyle and Louise
Hands-on Science and Social Justice

The National Science Education Standards would like to see students actively participating in scientific investigations. The Mystery of Lyle and Louise is a proven solution for engaging teens in science through forensic investigation. Students are drawn towards forensic science not only because it is hands-on science but also because of the desire to see justice prevailing. The Mystery of Lyle and Louise introduces skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, criminal justice, and more, so it is relevant to a wide range of career aspirations.

Complete Curriculum with Nine Analytical Techniques Until now, the lack of background knowledge and/or highly technical equipment has prevented the introduction of forensic science as a homeschool option. But The Mystery of Lyle and Louise is a comprehensive kit, designed as a complete curriculum for homeschooled students. In it, your teens will learn how forensic scientists perform the nine following analytical techniques: Blood Spatter Analysis, Forensic Entomology, Foot-print Analysis, Blood Detection and Evidence Processing, Document Analysis, Fingerprint Analysis, Bite Marks Analysis, Glass Fragment Identification, and Drug Testing and Analysis. After practicing these techniques, the students will analyze evidence in The Mystery of Lyle and Louise kit to examine the crime.
There will also be Power Point Presentations during class time and note taking will be very important.

You will need to purchase: 3 ring binder (at least 2 inches) and enough tabs for 10 sections; spiral notebook for lab journal and safety goggles.

Wednesday 2 spots left
Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades: 10-12
Class fee: $425
Lab & Supply fee: $85 (All curriculum and study materials will be provided)
TutorMrs. Andrea Reese


High School Chemistry

Friendly Chemistry is a hands on, fun and non -intimidating way to learn Chemistry. Every class session has a game, experiment or hands on method to teach the challenging concepts of chemistry. The chemistry concepts presented in Friendly Chemistry are NOT watered-down. The concepts are just explained in ways that are readily understood by most learners. Coupled with these explanations is a host of teaching aids, labs and games which makes the learning concrete and multi-sensory.

Topics covered are the same topics taught in a traditional high school chemistry course but using language and analogies that make it easier to understand. Atomic theory, elements, quantum mechanics, ionization, compounds, chemical reactions, moles, and stoichiometry are all covered! This class can meet the needs of those looking for Chemistry to fulfill their science requirements to graduate high school and also the student who is interested in a science based career. It is the perfect curriculum for a homeschool tutorial setting!.

Check out their website on the link below :

http://friendlychemistry.com/why.html

Students will need the Friendly Chemistry Student Edition and the Manipulatives book.

The Annotated Solutions book is optional if parents would like to check homework at home or make corrections. The student workbook is not needed as tutor will supply worksheets and pages as needed.

Tuesday FULL
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 10-12
Class fee: $425
Lab & Supply fee: $70
TutorMrs. Andrea Reese


American History 

In this 32 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will explore American history from the time Native Americans were the inhabitants of America to modern times. Special emphasis will be given to important documents that led to the development of America and to current events. Different forms of media will be used to address events and people in our country’s history. Students will also be given opportunities to develop their creative writing and presentation skills. We will use the Notgrass Exploring America curriculum volumes 1 & 2 as well as the American Voices book of original documents. You will need to purchase that on your own.  

Website for Notgrass curriculum: http://www.notgrass.com/notgrass/exploring-america.html

Tuesday, 12:55-2:25
Grades: 9th and up
Class Fee: $295
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Kathy Ethridge


Public Speaking

Whether it’s in front of a crowd or in a one-on-one job interview, communication skills are essential. This class will equip students to help them excel in the future. Students will give prepared speeches, participate in impromptu speaking exercises and serve as peer evaluators. Students will be assigned to present about 7 prepared speeches each semester. However, every student will speak in every class whether it is a prepared or impromptu exercise.

Student will learn:

  • The basics of organizing a speech
  • Effective use of eye contact, props, voice and body language
  • Effective research
  • Storytelling
  • Use of humor
  • Effective use of rhetorical devices
  • How to introduce a speaker
  • Job Interviewing skills
  • And much more!

*Meets the requirements for one High School credit (if approved by your cover school).

Required Materials:

  • No Textbook Required
  • Internet access and computer (all speeches must be typed)

Tuesday

Time:  10:45-12:15
Grades:  8th -12th  
Class Fee: $380 
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Kim Erickson


American Government and Economics

1st Semester – American Government*

Taught by a former legislative assistant to former Congressman Ed Bryant, this class is an overview of the modern U.S. government. Students will learn the role of government in their lives, as well as being challenged to examine their own role in shaping public policy now and in the future. In addition, each class will include critical thinking exercises that challenge students to examine real court cases and make a “rulings” based on their understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Required materials:

  • Internet access and computer
  • You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases (Red student book)
  • ISBN–10: 0-89455-440-9
  • ISBN–13:978-0-89455-440
  • American Government, A Beka

2nd Semester – Economics*

This class will give students a clear understanding of the impact of economics on their daily lives. Topics include “money (its origin and history), the dollar (its origin and history), investment cycles, velocity, business cycles, recessions, inflation, the demand for money, government (its economic behavior), and more.”

In addition, each class will incorporate the Stossel in the Classroom DVDs on micro- and macroeconomics. With an emphasis on critical thinking, discussion will be a central part of the class.

Required Materials:

  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard J. Maybury and Jane A. Williams
  • Internet access and computer
  • Economics: Work and Prosperity, A Beka

Tuesday
Day/Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 9th – 12th
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Kim Erickson

*Meets the requirements for the mandatory American Government/Economics High School credit.

 


World Geography*

Fascinating cultures. Erupting volcanoes. Global Positioning Systems. And bizarre foods. These topics and more are covered in this course! As students develop a foundation in map skills, they will also embark on a fascinating exploration of different cultures and people groups. (Of course, the best part of learning about other cultures is the food! Most classes will feature food and snacks from different regions of the world.)

Students will build their own atlas, play in-class games to learn country locations, engage in hands-on activities (like geo-caching), “travel” to other countries (via videos, food tastings, a foreign currency project, etc.), and be encouraged to pray for people groups worldwide.

Required materials:

  • North Star Geography by Tyler Hogan, Bright Ideas Press

ISBN-10: 1892427524

ISBN-13: 978-1892427526

  • DK Flags of the World Ultimate Flag Sticker Book (available from My Father’s World)
  • Rand McNally Classroom Atlas (available from My Father’s World)

ISBN-10: 0528015141

ISBN-13: 978-0528015144

  • Internet access and computer

 *Meets the graduation requirements for either:

  • One of the mandatory Social Studies credits (if approved by your cover school)
  • Or an elective.

Wednesday

Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 9th – 12th
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $90
Tutor: Kim Erickson


Novel and Fiction Writing Workshop
(Creative Writing*)

Is your student interested in writing fiction? Are they always coming up with new ideas for a story? This workshop will turn writing dreams into real manuscripts. Projects will focus on world building, character development, plot, pacing, and much more. Students will begin writing their own novel as well as shorter pieces like picture books and short stories. In-class critique groups and personalized editorial feedback will help students grow as storytellers.

In addition, students will participate in the overall writing community through these exciting challenges:

  • National Novel Writing Month brings together more than 400,000 authors and writers committed to meeting their writing goals. https://ywp.nanowrimo.org
  • Storystorm encourages a “storm” of new ideas and provides valuable insight from published authors. https://taralazar.com

*Meets the graduation requirements for either:

  • One elective credit (Creative Writing)
  • Or the writing portion of the required English credit (if approved by your cover school).

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, 4th Edition Can be found here: https://www.createspace.com/6113490
  • Internet access and computer (all assignments must be typed)

Wednesday
Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 9th – 12th
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $60
Tutor: Kim Erickson


Introduction to Literary Analysis with Composition (High School English 9/10)

This course combines literary analysis and essay writing to provide a foundation in important critical thinking and writing skills for High School, college and beyond.

Students will learn about setting, plot, characterization, imagery, allusions, parallelism, and much more. The text, Windows to the World, “provides a solid grounding in literary analysis—what to look for when we read a work of literature, the literary devices commonly used by authors and why they work well, and how authors succeed in conveying tone, theme, character, irony, point of view, and so forth.”

In addition, students will read several novels to supplement the shorter works contained in the text. They will also learn how to write a literary analysis essay, including using proper structure, writing a thesis, and using writing tools to make their essays shine.

*Meets the literature and composition requirements for the mandatory High School English credit (if approved by your cover school); parents must add grammar. 

Required Materials:

  • Windows to the World, IEW, ISBN: 978-0-9801005-1-8
  • The Elegant Essay, ISBN-13: 978-0-977986019
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Internet access and computer (all essays must be typed)

Tuesday

Time:  2:35-4:05
Grades:  9th & 10th  
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $50 
Tutor: Kim Erickson


Survey of CS Lewis Literature with Composition (High School English*)

“Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth. ” ~ C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is considered one of the greatest writers and thinkers of the 20th Century. This survey of his literature includes Christian apologetics, science fiction, children’s fantasy, autobiography and allegory. Class discussion will be conducted in a Socratic seminar style that challenges students to examine and evaluate powerful truths.

During first semester, students will write two literary analysis essays. During second semester, they will write a research paper. Students will learn how to use multiple sources, properly cite sources, develop a bibliography, and organize research.

*Meets the literature and composition requirements for the mandatory High School English credit (if approved by your cover school); parents must add grammar. 

Required materials:
    Surprised by Joy 
    The Magician’s Nephew
    The Screwtape Letters
    Out of the Silent Planet
    The Great Divorce
    Mere Christianity
    The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing by Lesha Myers 
[Published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing]

Additional textbook may be required: To be determined
Internet access and computer (all essays must be typed)

Tuesday
Day/Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 10-12 (Pre-requisite: English I, Introduction to Literary Analysis, or comparable coursework.)
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Kim Erickson


Advanced Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology grades 10-12

I have said it before and I will say it again 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 Advanced High School level Anatomy and Physiology class will embark on the challenging but fascinating study of the human body and its functions.  The class will showcase the intricacy and design from DNA and cell creation to the 11 major organ systems of the body. The text has 3 unifying themes: the relationship between physiology and anatomy, the interrelations among the organ systems and the relationship each organ to homeostasis.  This book will provide the student with a solid foundation in understanding and appreciation of the incredible living organism that is our human body.

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. This class will be challenging and fun. Quizzes, test, homework assignments, and personal projects will be given and graded by the instructor. All grades and tests will be accessible though Schoology.com.  Prerequisite for this class is High School Biology.  High School Chemistry though helpful is not required.

Supplies provided by the instructor: All lab supplies, dissection supplies and specimens, and models and the text book Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology.

Provided by the student: Student Workbook for Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 7th Edition  and Human Anatomy Coloring Book, Margaret Matt, colored pencils, notebook.

Must have reliable internet access to attend this class.

 Tuesday 10:45-12:15
Grades: 10-12
Class fee: $410
Supply fee $100 (includes all supplies, specimens and text book)
Tutor: Megan Powell


Advanced Drama 6th-12th

Take your students’ theatre and drama experience to the next level!

This course provides kids 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.

Performance dates will be ‪Saturday, November 18, 2017 and ‪Saturday, April 21, 2018. Tentatively scheduled plays for the ’17-’18 year are ‘What Happened after Once Upon a Time’ (November) and ‘The Sound of Music (April), (subject to number and make-up of students enrolled in each class).

Tuesday, 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6th-12th
Class Fee: $325
Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set and Class Supplies: $125
TutorDebbie Vaughn

Wednesday, 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6th-12th
Class Fee: $325
Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set and Class Supplies: $125
TutorDebbie Vaughn

 


ACT Prep*

This 12 week course is designed for students who have not previously taken the ACT and for students who have taken the ACT and want to improve their score. This course emphasizes test-taking strategies unique to the ACT, how to best use the time allotted for each section, how to maximize what you know, and how to approach questions that you don’t otherwise know how to answer. This course provides instruction on each portion of the test – English, Math, Reading, and Science. While success on the ACT depends primarily on mastery of specific concepts, a student’s ability to succeed can be greatly enhanced with careful preparation.

This course will be presented in both the fall and spring semesters. Homework will be given each week.
*This may be counted as a 1/2 – credit high school course. Please check with your cover school, however, for confirmation.

Calculator: Students must use an ACT approved calculator in class each week and must have access to this same calculator for at-home assignments.

Tuesday, 2:35 – 4:05
Grades: 9th – 12th
Class Fee: $180
Books and Supply Fee: $65 ( Includes ALL books and study materials)
Tutor: Laura Pickett