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Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

2017-2018 Classes

Classes are organized by subject.  Scroll down to see what is being offered for Art, Bible Study & Character Development, Clubs, Language Arts, Languages, Logic & Rhetoric, Math, Music & Drama, Physical Education, Practical Skills, Science, Social Studies, and Study Hall.

Art

Arts & Crafts  Grades K4-2                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $20/semester

Laura Rupers

Does your child love crafts, but you dread dealing with the mess? In this class, your child can craft to his heart's delight! We will be doing FUN, messy, exciting crafts with painting, sculpting, print making, and much more while we make our own play dough, slime, a t-shirt, a tote bag, toys, wall art, cool gifts for others, and much more! Shhhh . . . don't tell the kids, but they will be learning art concepts at the same time. (They'll be having so much fun, it will feel like playtime!) We will do easy, kid-friendly crafts with emphasis on each child's creativity and individuality, not on how well they can make a cookie-cutter copy of the teacher's example. Never fear about stained outfits - we will make sure their clothes are well protected as we explore!


Painting & Crafting Stories     Grades 1-4                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

Rebekah Nunez  email: [email protected]

Calling all artists! Students will be encouraged to try new things as they create a variety of art projects using acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media.  This class is targeted towards grades 1-4, with projects moving at an appropriate pace to keep students engaged while learning and practicing skills. The inspiration for our painting & craft projects will come from children's literature; for example, we might read the book Flotsam and then create an underwater inspired painting, or we might create an spring field scene based on the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.  We will read new stories, practice new skills, and try new projects, so students who have taken the course will still benefit from a second year..

Art Smart          Grades 3-7                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Alicia Holman
Art offers students the opportunity to be creative and gain confidence in skills they may not realize they have. Art Smart will challenge students through directed learning to try new art techniques, hone their skills, and experiment with different media, including watercolors, acrylics, pastels,and pencils.  Methods of directed learning will vary. At times, directions will be given to the whole class, while other times, the class will be divided into stations and work independently with a set of directions to produce a piece of art. Each class will utilize and fine tune listening skills and the ability to follow directions. Projects will be geared toward students' abilities in grades 3-7 and taught with step-by-step instruction so that students can create their own works of art.

Survey of Fine Art Mediums    Grades 3-7                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will get to experience and develop works of art with the following fine art mediums: acrylics, oils, watercolors, graphite, charcoal, mosaics, Papier Mache, oil pastels, traditional pastels, carving, colored pencils, conte, print making, calligraphy and scratch art. Students will get an understanding of each medium and learn tricks and techniques for two weeks prior to moving on to the next one.


Painting with Acrylics  (Fall)  Grades  6-12                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $35/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will learn how to mix colors, glaze, use dry brush techniques, use various brushes and palette knives, and blend paints. Students will be introduced to color theory and design so that they can produce high quality paintings.

Working with Pastels  (Spring)  Grades:  6-12                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $35/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will learn how to cross hatch, scrumble, do value studies, use fixative, blend, design and complete many pastel paintings. Supply fee covers pastel set and various types of papers


Language Arts: Literature, Writing, Grammar

Analytical Grammar, Jr.  Grades 3-6                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk email: [email protected]
Analytical Grammar is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, Homeschooling 101: The Essential Handbook, and Simply Charlotte Mason!  Jr. Analytical Grammar is a program intended to introduce the ideas of English grammar to younger students.  Concepts covered include: All the parts of speech, five sentence patterns, parts of a sentence, Classic sentence diagramming, Plenty of exercises to teach and reinforce skills, and tests and quizzes to evaluate progress.  Students will need to provide their own copies of the workbooks from Analytical Grammar: Junior Analytical Grammar Workbook (1st semester) and the Junior AG Mechanics Workbook (2nd semester)

Analytical Grammar   
Grades 8-12                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk email: [email protected]

Analytical Grammar is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, Homeschooling 101: The Essential Handbook, and Simply Charlotte Mason!  Analytical Grammar teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage.  It has been used successfully with all students from the learning disabled to the highly gifted.  This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun. Analytical Grammar is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach that will prepare your student for high school and college-level work. Analytical Grammar covers: All the parts of speech and parts of the sentence, Phrases and clauses, Classic sentence diagramming, Rules of punctuation and capitalization, and Common usage errors.  Analytical Grammar includes: Student notes, Plenty of exercises to practice skills, and Tests to evaluate progress.  Required text: Analytical Grammar student workbook (www.analyticalgrammar.com)

This course is recommended for students who have a background in grammar and are looking to further develop their knowledge and skills, as it will pick up with the second volume of Analytical Grammar.  However, it is not necessary that new students have completed the first volume of Analytical Grammar to participate in the class; a solid background from any program will prepare the student for the class.   If you have any questions about whether or not your child should join this class, please email the instructor. 


Creative Writing Grades 3-7                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $15/semester
Alicia Holman  email: [email protected] 

Every kid has a story to tell, and creative writing allows that story to be told...creatively, of course!  Creative Writing will build students’ confidence in finding their own creative voices. Students will learn the basics of how to write short stories, poems, and other writing styles. As a class, we will use fun games and activities to help master the fundamentals of creative writing.


Living Books and Creative Learning  Grades K4-2                                                                            Monthly Fee: $45* Supply Fee: $30/semester

Lauren Sobaje  email: [email protected]

*This is a two-period class.* Come and enjoy a Charlotte Mason- inspired early elementary program based on living books and creative learning! Class will start with some culinary creations. The children will hand-make a snack together and partake during story time! Well-loved classics as well as tales by modern authors will be read aloud. Nursery rhymes, poetry, music, art, culture & geography will all be incorporated. Movement and learning games, Show & Tell, and lots of social interaction will all work together to provide a feast of beauty and goodness!  (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated as snack will be provided.)

Journalism    Grades 7-12                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester  

Nanette Heckler      email: [email protected]

Students will learn how to obtain information from credible sources and how to interview people. Students will try their hand at writing hard news stories, feature stories, and editorials. Students will acquire editing skills while using proper AP style. Finally, and most importantly, students will contribute their articles to be published in a Compass Co-op periodical as well as on the website blog.

Public Speaking  Grades 6-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester     

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]
Students will learn basic and advanced speaking skills necessary for higher educational endeavors, being successful in the business world and making an impressive impact in today's society. Students will do some speaking each week, building up to final longer speeches with an audience.  Students will also be able to watch some famous speeches. The course begins with learning polite social speaking, speaking in the business world, reading prose, making oral reports, demonstrative speaking, informative speaking, and working up to persuasive and argumentative speaking.
 
Literature for Grades 6-7   MAP*                                                                                                                      Included in MAP Tuition
Brianne Baine                                                                                                                                                    A la carte Monthly Fee: $30
The primary goal of this class is to encourage an enjoyment of reading quality literature and to help students connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. All of the content presented will be taught with a Christian worldview. The readings will be enhanced with instruction in defining and recognizing the basic literary elements within literature. Audio/visual materials will be used at times to supplement the historical events encountered within the readings. Students should glean from this course a greater appreciation and enjoyment for reading, tools for enhancing the understanding of what they read, knowledge of literary terms and how to recognize them at work in literature, a rich exposure to historical events, and the experience of sampling a wide variety of literature genres.
*This class is offered on Mondays and included in the Monday Academic Program Tuition

Writing for Grades 6-7      MAP*                                                                                                                      Included in MAP Tuition
Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]                                                                                                A la carte Monthly Fee: $30
Using strategies from a variety of sources, including IEW, Writing Aids, and Writer's in Residence, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Instruction and practice in grammar skills will be included through the use of daily exercises.  Writing assignments will tie in with history and literature studies as students learn to make connections in a meaningful way.  This class will encourage students to practice brainstorming, sentence construction (in the context of short writing assignments), paragraph construction, the organization of ideas, and several types and purposes of essays. Students will build on these basic skills by planning, writing, and revising essays, and experiencing writing and reading as a multi-step process. Students will also learn the process and value of peer-to-peer editing. *This class is offered on Mondays and included in the Monday Academic Program Tuition

English Grades 8-10   MAP*                                                                                                                            Included in MAP Tuition
Brianne Baine and Kristy Dennis                                                                                                                       A la carte Monthly Fee: $60             
This 90 minute high school English course is a combination of literature and composition. Emphasis in both semesters will be placed on composition skills, critical reading, and critical writing skills.  The composition portion of the class will build on writing and grammar skills as students learn to brainstorm, organize, plan, research, write, and revise a variety of assignments.  Daily exercises in grammar will reinforce skills, and students will practice editing through peer-to-peer review. In literature, students will learn and improve skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature. Using short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, students will learn literary elements including plot and structure, characters, theme, setting, and point of view. Audio/visual materials will be used at times to supplement the historical events encountered within the readings. Students will also become familiar with recognizing literary devices such as allusions, parallelism, symbolism, and irony. This course will guide students in recognizing an author’s worldview and comparing it to the biblical worldview so that they may exercise discernment in all their reading.  
HONORS: This class will be offered as an optional Honors course. Honors students will complete all the assignments from the regular syllabus but also have additional outside reading (including one or two additional novels) and at least two extra papers. The Honors option will also require a Student Contract signed by the student, parent, and teacher. Completing the Honors option in addition to the regular coursework will allow the title “Honors” to be added to the student’s transcript. 
High School students in this course may use it on their high school transcript as 9th grade English I or 10th grade English II
*This class is offered on Mondays and included in the Monday Academic Program Tuition

Languages

American Sign Language Class     Grades 1-4                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

American Sign Language Class    Grades 5-8

Sherri Michelle Mills    email:[email protected]

This class will be based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Students will become familiar with basic ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and ASL grammar to construct simple sentences. We will work on visual and receptive skill building and also learn about the deaf/ hearing impaired culture. The class is taught using total communication which encourages students to embrace all modes of communication such as signed, oral, auditory, written and the use of visual aids. An American Sign Language notebook,  pencil, and handouts will be provided throughout the semester.

Instruction at the Middle School level will be tailored to each student's current skill level, so new and returning students are encouraged to sign up.


American Sign Language I   Grades 8-12                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester /

Sherri Michelle Mills   email: [email protected]

This class will be based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Students will learn to communicate with ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and ASL grammar. We will work on visual and receptive skill building and also learn about the deaf/ hearing impaired culture. The class is taught using total communication which encourages students to embrace all modes of communication such as signed, oral, auditory, written and the use of visual aids. Homework will be assigned, and with successful completion of the class, students may claim one foreign language credit for their high school transcript.  Required Text: Signing Naturally, Units 1-6 available on Amazon


Fun with French   Grades 1-5                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

Laura Rupers

Take a whirlwind tour of France without leaving the classroom! We will learn basic vocabulary and conversational phrases, sample delicious foods, sing fun songs (many will be new to you!), make crafts, play games, explore French culture, and meet special guests. Though we will learn LOTS of vocabulary and useful conversational phrases, our focus will be on fun, hands-on activities, with little to no writing or grammar.


Elementary Spanish  Grades 1-4                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester

Rebekah Nunez  email: [email protected]
This interactive class introduces students to the sounds and sights of Spanish language and culture. Students will learn through songs, games, crafts, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. We will also do fun, in-class activities to practice simple writing and word recognition in Spanish.


Conversational Spanish  Grades 5-8                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $10/semester

Rebekah Nunez  email: [email protected]

This interactive class gives students the ability to have simple conversations in Spanish as they learn pronunciation and audio & visual recognition of words and phrases. We will also learn some culture of the Spanish-speaking world with different holidays throughout the year. Students will learn through songs, games, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. Students are expected to practice and work at home so that they build long-term memory of Spanish. Required text: Spanish For You! Conversaciones Textbook only http://spanish-for-you.net/product/spanish-class-use-option-3/ (select Conversaciones textbook)

Spanish I    Grades 8-12    M/W*                                                                                                               Included in MAP tuition

Rebekah Nunez  email: [email protected]                                                                                   A la carte  Monthly Fee: $65**

This class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life. Students will develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish covering time & date, weather, food, school, family, and their hobbies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation, noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. I will assign students independent work to continue their learning on the days we do not meet.  Required text: Prentice Hall – Realidades 1

*Monday/Wednesday course - in order to complete the class and count it for high school credit, students must attend class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 

**This class is offered on Mondays as part of our MAP Day.  However, if you would like to sign up for just Spanish I instead of the whole Monday program, it is available a la carte for $65, which includes both days.


Spanish II    Grades 8-12    MAP*                                                                                                               Included in MAP tuition

Rebekah Nunez  email: [email protected]                                                                                    A la carte  Monthly Fee: $65*

This 90-minute class will build on foundational knowledge to further students’ skills for using Spanish in everyday life. Students will continue developing practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish including topics such as school & extracurricular activities, personal hygiene, celebrations & competitions, doctor visits, natural disasters, and movies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation (present and past tense), noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. I will assign students independent work to continue their learning on the days we do not meet.  Required text: Prentice Hall – Realidades 2

*This class is offered on Mondays as part of our MAP Day.  However, if you would like to sign up for just Spanish II instead of the whole Monday program, it is available a la carte for $65.

Math

Marvelous Math   Grades K4-2                                                                                                                       Monthly Fee: $25    Supply Fee: $10
Carolyn Kaes [email protected]
Researchers have found that young children are, by nature, curious about math, and it becomes real to them as they use it by talking, reasoning, playing and doing.  Successful experiences lay a foundation for positive math attitudes.  To explore basic math concepts, each class will begin with calendar time. During this time we will count, explore base ten, identify money, days & months of the year, learn the concepts of today, tomorrow, yesterday, and explore addition and subtraction concepts.  We will then move on to working on basic math skills, all centered around seasonal themes. As time allows, the children will also explore math centers and manipulatives to develop fine-motor skills, improve coordination and expand their problem-solving skills.  These hands-on learning opportunities will help children in their everyday lives and will prepare them to learn more advanced mathematical concepts in their future education.

FUNdamental Math  Grades 2-4                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $20
FUNdamental Math  Grades 4-6
Rhonda Smith   email: [email protected] 
Who says math is no fun??  Join us for a chance to experience math in a fun and engaging way through puzzles, games, activities, and group collaboration. We will review and learn new math concepts through hands-on activities and interesting projects that complement the math students are learning at home. Material covered will be appropriate for grades 2-4 or 4-6, depending on the class,  and will build in difficulty throughout the year, although we will review throughout the year as well. 
In Grades 2-4, we will focus on exploring math concepts from different angles to promote mastery of core concepts and provide multiple methods of problem solving.  Expected topics include (but are not limited to): addition, subtraction, shapes, geometry, skip-counting, measurement, fractions, estimation, multiplication, and division.
In Grades 4-6, we will focus on creating and using a mental “toolbox” for solving a variety of common math problems.  Expected topics include (but are not limited to): multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, graphing, negative numbers, statistics, data, variables, and percents. 
For both classes, there will be occasional brief homework (< 15 minutes), but the purpose will be to complete projects started in class, not for repetitive practice of math facts.  If you have any questions about the material or placement of your student feel free to contact me.

Music & Performance

Beginner Ballet    Grades K4-2                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30, Costume Fee: $40*
Abbey Hulsey  email:[email protected]

This class is a great introduction to dance for the beginning ballerina as well as reinforcement for a returning dancer.  Class includes barre work, center floor, and across the floor technique.  Dancers will increase their vocabulary and gain valuable knowledge to execute and strengthen their technique.  Ballet shoes, tights, and a leotard are a must.  Hair must be away from the face in a ballet bun or tight ponytail.   

* Costume fee is payable in installments


Combo Dance   Grades 3-7                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $30, Costume Fee: $40*

Abbey Hulsey  email:[email protected]

Older students will gain and strengthen theor skills in ballet and contemporary dance.  Dancers will explore movement and self-expression with choreography, improvisation, and technical training.  Each class is composed of barre work, across the floor technique, and center floor combinations.  This class is perfect for those seeking to have fun, gain confidence, and experience various styles of dance.  Leotard and tights are required for class, and hair must be in a ponytail or bun.

* Costume fee is payable in installments


Music for Little Mozarts  Grades K4-3                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

NeeCee Delk email: [email protected] 

New & returning students welcome!  Music for Little Mozarts is the perfect place for your budding musician to develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music, as well as the history and works of its greatest composers. Over the  course, your child will explore rhythm and musical symbols and engage in activities that focus on singing and exploring instruments! Come join music friends  Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn through play in The Music Room!  This class incorporates new songs and fun activities every semester, so new and returning students will benefit!


Music & Chorus  Grades 2-6                                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25

Carolyn Kaes [email protected]

In this class we will explore the world of making music together while we learn about famous music makers of the past. This class will be primarily hands on as we learn basic group singing skills with simple and fun choreography. As we sing and move, we will learn about music theory and famous composers while studying various historical pieces, cultural songs, and show tunes. Our chorus will experience performing for Compass events as well as for other local organizations such as assisted living facilities and churches. 


Musical Theatre Grades 7-12                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15

NeeCee Delk email: [email protected]   and Abbey Hulsey   [email protected]                                                                                   

Taught by local experienced musical theatre director, NeeCee Delk, and choreographer, Abbey Hulsey, this musical theatre class is for students who are ready to develop or increase their skills in all areas of musical theatre.  This active class is themed around specific Broadway show styles.  Activities include learning music, staging, choreography, audition technique, and rehearsal terminology.  This class will culminate with a mini-showcase of material that will be performed at Family Night shows or in combination with the Theatrical Production Class performance.  *Open to new students pending teacher approval (based on experience or audition)


Drama      Grades K-3                                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

Drama      Grades 4-6                                                                                                                     

Danielle Bailey Miller email:  [email protected]                                                                        

Explore acting in a fun, safe environment!  This class will help students develop many skills, including leadership, self-confidence, communication, public speaking, listening, and teamwork.  Students learn to harness their imagination and creativity through fun improv games and exercises that teach character development and scene building in a non-threatening environment. These classes continually build on knowledge and skills learned in previous years, so returning students are always welcome and have room to grow in their dramatic craft!  Although we will give a fun presentation for the parents at the end of the semester, the focus will be more on skills and less on performance.  This is a great class to help children to build self-confidence!  Come dressed ready to move and ready to laugh. Students will perform scenes at the Fall and Spring Programs. Students will need to bring a folder with pockets.


Theatrical Production Class  Grades 7-12                                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15
Danielle Bailey Miller email:  [email protected] 
This class will focus on the production process from start to finish: from auditions to production. Students will learn the basics of an audition process, the rehearsal process (performance side and the technical side), and the final production. The class will present one performance at the end of the school year of a one-act play that will be selected by the Director. This class is open to to anyone interested in acting or interested in the technical side of theatre. This class will build on concepts taught in previous years, so returning students will continue to develop their acting and production skills while learning new plays and skits.   Students will need to bring a 3 ring binder for the production class.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes. *Open to new students who are interested in learning the tech-side of theatre.  Roles for spring performance have been cast.


Delk's Piano Students                                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

NeeCee Delk  email:  [email protected]

This class is for Mrs. Delk's returning piano students.  Please contact the teacher if you have any questions.

Group Piano Lesson  Grades 2-5                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15
Carolyn Kaes [email protected]

Group lessons are a great way to engage children in a social learning experience that is able to capture both their imagination and their concentration.  It’s the live interaction with others that motivates us. We want to see what others are doing, share what we’re personally experiencing, be enveloped in a sense of community, and find support through it all.  Students that see, hear and feel a sense of community tend to stick with music instruction longer, giving teachers more time to turn students into life-long music makers.  What is a group piano class like? In short, it will involve sight, sound and emotion.  Students will learn essential technique in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  NOTE:  A portable keyboard with headphones will be required and weekly practice will be expected.


Group Piano for Older Beginners  Grades 5+                                                                                                        Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: TBD
Carolyn Kaes [email protected]

Group lessons are a great way to engage children in a social learning experience that is able to capture both their imagination and their concentration.  It’s the live interaction with others that motivates us. We want to see what others are doing, share what we’re personally experiencing, be enveloped in a sense of community, and find support through it all.  Students that see, hear and feel a sense of community tend to stick with music instruction longer, giving teachers more time to turn students into life-long music makers.  What is a group piano class like? In short, it will involve sight, sound and emotion.  Students will learn essential technique in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  NOTE:  A portable keyboard with headphones will be required and weekly practice will be expected.


Group Guitar for Beginners      Grades       3-12                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee:$15
Carly King
The beginner guitar course will consist of learning the fundamentals of reading standard music notation first and foremost. The class will also learn how to read modern guitar tablature notation. They will learn important mechanical concepts like the anatomy of the guitar, how to use both hands correctly, as well as
how to tune the instrument. They will also learn fundamental music theory concepts such as scales, chords, and melody/harmony. Students will be required to memorize melodies, songs, and common chord progressions. There will be opportunity to play solos, duets, and ensemble music as well. The music styles
learned will be classical, traditional, pop/rock, and folk. The goal is to introduce students to everything they need to know to enjoy the guitar and music in anyway and any style!

Intermediate Group Guitar  Grades 4-12                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $30 Supply Fee: TBD
Carly King
In this course, students will build on previous musical knowledge and guitar skills.  The students will sharpen their reading skills and learn to read on all 6 strings by the end. This course will have a heavier emphasis on learning chord progressions and learning how to switch chords easily and smoothly. There will be a continuation of linear music theory, with application of new concepts such as Triad theory. The goal of this course will be to play melodies, harmonies, triads and chords, and apply them in order to complete music selections. This class is intended for students who have had at least one semester of guitar instruction or an older beginner who can read music.

Physical Education & Recreational Classes

Archery for Beginners  Grades 3-12                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $35, Supply Fee: $25
Jenny Liedberg  email: [email protected]
This outdoor target archery class will introduce students to the terminology, equipment, and basic shooting techniques needed to have fun and shoot safely. Once students have achieved success with the basic shot process, we will add elements such as games, walking while shooting, shooting moving targets, and optional scoring competition. On days with inclement or cold weather, we will learn together indoors about archery history and culture around the world, review with simple terminology quizzes, and practice correct form and posture with exercises. This class will be conducted in a supportive and encouraging manner with an emphasis on safety, fun, and personal improvement rather than competition with others. The class is suitable for second grade and up, parents included! The supply fee includes your own bow to keep. Students with their own bow may be able to have the supply fee waived after the equipment is checked by the instructor.

Intermediate Archery  Grades 4-12                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $35, Supply Fee: $0
Jenny Liedberg  email: [email protected]
This outdoor target archery class will continue instruction for students who have already had at least one semester of archery class.  Students who have achieved success with the basic shot process will add elements such as games, walking while shooting, shooting moving targets, and optional scoring competition. On days with inclement or cold weather, we will learn together indoors about archery history and culture around the world, review with simple terminology quizzes, and practice correct form and posture with exercises. This class will be conducted in a supportive and encouraging manner with an emphasis on safety, fun, and personal improvement rather than competition with others. The class is suitable for fourth grade and up.  Students are expected to supply their own bow.

Chess and Games Club    Grades 3-10                                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $15 
Christi Leach
This class is a fun way to end the day.  In this class, students will have the opportunity to play a variety of games that promote social interaction, strategy, skills building, and more.  Some class periods may involve a whole group game, while other classes may allow students to break off into smaller groups for board games and chess tournaments.

Games! Games! Games!    Grades K4-3                                                                                                          Monthly Fee:
$25 Supply Fee: $15
Tiena Thacker
Everyone loves to play games, especially children!  But games are more than just fun, they teach a variety of skills disguised as having a great time!  In this class, students will play a variety of indoor and outdoor games, gross and fine motor skill games, and moving and thinking games as well as creating a few of their own games. In addition to “just having fun," students will also learn important life lessons and skills such as: good sportsmanship, how to win and lose gracefully, team work, integrity while playing, coordination, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, sharing, taking turns, perseverance, and more.  Along with weekly planned activities, students will also work on creating, designing, building, and teaching their own games.
  
Martial Arts, I 
  Grades 1-4                                                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $30

Matt Graham  email: [email protected]

Our recreational classes are exciting, safe, and FUN! Students gain self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-protection skills while making new friends. Students will learn a variety of martial arts techniques drawn from jiu jitsu with a focus on fitness and self defense. Uniforms are optional. No belts required or belt testing. Students who do not wish to wear a uniform may wear comfortable and athletic shirt and pant or shorts. Modest clothing required.


Martial Arts, II      Grades 5-12                                                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $30 
Matt Graham           email: [email protected]
Class will develop and gain more advanced skills in self- discipline, self-awareness, self-confidence, true self-defense, and coordination. Students will learn a variety of martial arts techniques drawn from jiu jitsu with a focus on fitness and self defense. Pending on the interest and skill level of the class, we will offer sparring (sparring can be thought of as reflexive responses against an unplanned attack). Students will learn to move beyond the predetermined series of movements they have relied upon in favor of spontaneous movements designed for true self defense.  No uniforms required. Modest clothing required.

Physical Education    Grades K-6                                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25
Brenda Kaes

Physical Fitness class will be a fun and exciting class to get us moving. Students will engage in special game or team building exercises to improve skills: agility, speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, reaction time, and coordination. Students will learn and play various team sports and activities. The will gain understanding of good sportsmanship and team building skills. All students must wear gym attire with socks and tennis shoes.


Recess K4-4                                                                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $15
Brenda Kaes
Recess is a great way to end the day as younger students can run off excess energy with supervised playtime on the playground or outside games (indoor during inclement weather).

Strength and Grace: Fitness for Young Ladies         Grades 5+                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee $30*
Sarah Beam  email: [email protected]
In this class, girls will focus on growing strong - both physically and spiritually - through physical fitness exercises and prayerful Bible study.  Girls will build physical strength and flexibility through exercise, discuss the necessity of good nutrition and physical fitness for our long-term health and happiness, explore the importance of treating ourselves and others with kindness and compassion, and spend time with Bible study and journaling activities that support the idea of finding the strengths God has given us and learning how to use them to serve the world around us.   *Supply Fee includes exercise mat, mat carrying strap, and journal.

Practical Skills

Financial Literacy   Grades 6-12                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $10/Spring

Renee Jackson  email: [email protected]

This financial literacy course is designed to introduce students to concepts of personal finance and money management. Students will be taught various skills and strategies necessary to foster responsible financial decision making and planning, spending, saving, and investing.  Goals of the course include the following:  1. Students will be prepared to effectively manage their current or future financial resources, allowing for greater financial security.  2. Students will recognize that financial decisions may lead to either immediate or long-term benefit or consequence. 3. Students will recognize the importance of being a wise consumer. 4. Students will recognize the importance of discipline and wisdom in creating budgets and in saving for unexpected circumstances as well as for retirement.


Cooking  Grades 2-5                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $30/semester

Lauren Sobaje    email: [email protected]

    Are you someone who always wants to help in the kitchen? Would you like to learn some new culinary skills, use math in a recipe, learn your way around preparation and cleanup in the kitchen, and plan and execute your own simple meal for your family? Come join us as we learn easy recipes to fit all different meal times in a day. Go home with a Class Recipe and Planning Book as a keepsake of our culinary journey together. *Many of the projects will be eaten in class. * If you were in the class last year, these will be new recipes. (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated.)

Cooking  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $30/semester

Lauren Sobaje    email: [email protected]

    "Choose Your Own Adventure"- Each week we will choose a new recipe out of a class suggestion box, and that will be the culinary adventure we embark upon with each other the following week. We will taste test different versions of the same recipe and come up with our favorite. Finally, we will do an Iron Chef-type challenge in teams. Go home with a Class Recipe and Planning Book as a keepsake of our culinary journey together.  If you were in the class last year, these will be new recipes. (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated.)

Fiber Arts / Handcrafts  Grades 6-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $20/spring
    Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]
    Fiber Art is just a fancy term to include all art forms created with fiber (yarn, thread, etc).  In today's fast-paced, digital world, there is a level of joy and peace to be found in simply working with your hands and raw materials to create something  beautiful.  In this class, we'll cover three of the most common fiber arts: knitting, crocheting, and sewing. No experience needed - we will introduce concepts and provide simple projects for practice.  For students who have some experience with the fiber arts, we'll learn new stitches and create more complex projects to allow them to develop their skills.  All projects will be done by hand (no sewing machines required).  Students will be expected to work on projects at home, and links to youtube videos will be provided to help students  if they forget a step while working at home. Supply fee covers tote bag, 2 sets of knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles, notebook with printouts, as well as yarn and fabric to complete projects.

Leadership      Grades 8-12                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $10
    Kristy Dennis email: [email protected]
    This practical course is designed to introduce students to the tasks, strategies, and skills needed for effective leadership. Students will learn and practice how to make decisions, set goals and tasks, delegate, organize and manage time, work together, create a project budget, and communicate.  Class instruction will move from theory (in-class activities and games to practice) to real-life application as students work together to plan, implement, and lead projects and activities.  Students in the leadership class will have the choice of working together in teams to plan service projects for the community, organize activities for students, and/or create the student yearbook. By the end of the course, students can expect to have first-hand experience with leading multiple projects.
    Requirements: Previous leadership experience is not required; however, due to the nature of this course, all students will be expected to work and contribute equally.  Many tasks will need to be completed outside of class hours.  *Limited openings available.  Please check with the teacher if your child has not received prior approval to join mid-year.

    Study Skills             Grades   7-12  (Fall Semester)                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee:   $15

    Leslie Davis MEdSandi Sirotowitz MEdrvey C. Parker PhD

Test Prep ACT/SAT   Grades  8-12  (Spring Semester)                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $15
    Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]
    Students will gain an understanding on how each test is set up and scored. Students will learn tips to tackle each section of both tests. In class, students will do drills and practice exam questions to gain confidence for taking the tests.  Required Text: TBD

Woodworking 101  Grades 3-6                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25/semester
    Dave Ham email: [email protected]                     
    Woodworking 101 for 3rd to 6th graders is designed to teach the very basics of woodworking.  The overarching emphasis of the course will be to show the students how they can build and/or fix things using their hands, simple tools and a basic understanding of the physics of wood.  The course will start with the basics of everything about wood, woodworking tools and, of course, safety.  The course will build upon those basics to apply hands-on skills/techniques to build simple but fun woodworking projects such a peg game, a battleship (or cruise ship) or possibly a tool caddy/doll cradle.  Students will not only take away a project at the end of each semester, but they will have a basic understanding of how things are made and a useful exposure to basic hand tools and simple power tools as applicable.

Woodworking 101  Grades 7-12 *                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $25/semester
    Woodworking 101 for 7th-12th graders is designed to teach the basics of woodworking.  The overarching emphasis of the course will be to show the students how they can build and/or fix things using their hands, simple tools and a basic understanding of the physics of wood.  The course will start with the basics of everything about wood, woodworking tools and, of course, safety.  The course will build upon those basics to apply hands-on skills/techniques to build simple but fun woodworking projects such a marshmallow catapult, a bookshelf or a toolbox.  Students will have the opportunity to shape, finish and stain projects.  Students will not only take away a project at the end of each semester, but they will have a basic understanding of how things are made and a useful exposure to basic hand tools and simple power tools as applicable.

Science

Lego Building Challenge   Grades K4-5                                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $30

Tiena Thacker

Calling all LEGO-maniacs and kids who enjoy being creative!  Each week in class, students will have fun and work creatively to complete a LEGO challenge. Students will be given a variety of LEGO pieces and a building challenge. The challenge will give a general description of what they need to complete, but it will be up to the student to add their own imaginative touches to their creation.  Depending on the challenge, students will work independently, in pairs, or in small teams to complete the challenge. In addition to working on their building, engineering, and creative skills, students will develop other important skills such as problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, fine-motor development, and collaboration. Students will also work on presentation skills (eye contact, volume level, posture, being in front of a group, etc) as they share their Lego creations at the end of each class. 


Mad Science   Grades K4-2                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Alicia Holman
Come be a mini mad scientist as we learn all about science through hands on experiments. We will use our 5 senses along with some fun and engaging sensory materials to discover the world around us. Students will challenge themselves and each other with asking the who, what, where, and why questions as well as making educated guesses. Our mini mad scientists will enjoy the hands on, sometimes messy, always exciting and fun activities!


Science at Your Fingertips       Grades 2-4                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Science at Your Fingertips      Grades 4-6

Rhonda Smith    email: owlbi[email protected]

Is science one of those subjects that you want to spend more time on but never seem to “get around to” because it’s too time consuming, messy, or difficult to make interesting?  In this class we will explore science concepts from a variety of disciplines (Earth Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry) through hands on, messy, fun, and interesting activities that allow students to get their hands into science! 

In the 2nd-4th grade class, we will use memorable experiments that introduce and reinforce one or two main concepts associated with each experiment.  I love to see students learn through asking questions and seeking the answers to their questions through experiences and experimentation.

In the 4th-6th grade class, we will explore topics in more detail and cover more complicated aspects of the experiments.  I love to see students learn through asking questions and seeking the answers to their questions through experiences and experimentation.  To further encourage this curiosity, there may be occasional, optional homework that allows students to research interesting and unanswered questions that arise during class time.


Weird Science      Grades 3 - 7                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25   Supply Fee: $25/semester

Maryanne Romano     email: [email protected]

If you like to make things that pop, ooze, fizz, and glow, then this is the class for you!  In this class we will utilize scientific method and hands-on experiments to learn about science and the world around us. When not preforming interesting (and possibly messy) experiments we will incorporate S.T.E.M. projects that will both challenge the students and build upon their team working skills. This class is sure to bring out the budding scientist and engineer in all of us.


God's Design for Life Grades 2-4          MAP*                                                                                                            Included in MAP Tuition
God's Design for Life Grades 5-6         
MAP*                                                                                                            A la carte Monthly Fee: $30
Brianne Baine
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Life, students will learn about the World of Animals, the World of Plants, and the Human Body through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, questions for each unit, and quarterly projects.
*This class is offered on Mondays and included  in the Monday Academic Program tuition.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science           Grades 7-8        M/W*                 Included in MAP Tuition  Supply Fee:
$25/semester
Maryanne Romano  email: [email protected]                                                            A la carte Monthly Fee: $35 one day, $65 two days
The goal of each and every one of my science classes are for the students understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview, we will discuss such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and the human anatomy and physiology.  There will be a lot covered in this class! Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them.

Since this course is designed to be a student first systematic introduction to the sciences, I also plan on teaching basic study skills and techniques that will aid the students for years to come.

Parents are responsible to ensure that their student(s) complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home.

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012866, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with General ScienceStudents will also need a three-ring binder with paper and dividers to dedicate to this class for the year.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.  To take the class a la carte, your child can attend both days or just one, depending on your interests and needs. 

**Due to the high cost of supplies for this class, all students (including MAP) will need to pay the supply fee directly to the teacher.


Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology           Grades 9-12        M/W*                              Included in MAP Tuition  Supply Fee: $35/semester
Maryanne Romano  email: [email protected]                                                            A la carte Monthly Fee: $35 one day, $65 two days

The goal for each and every one of my science classes are for the students understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview, we will discuss such topics as body systems, classifications of species, the chemistry of life, ecosystems, and genetics. We will also take a look at the theory of evolution including macroevolution and microevolution. Through class discussion, labs (including dissection), and additional hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of science and the world around them.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, along with a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology.  Parents are responsible to ensure that their student complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home.

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012545, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology.

Students will also need a three-ring binder with paper and dividers to dedicate to this class for the year.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.  To take the class a la carte, your child can attend both days or just one, depending on your interests and needs.

This class is now closed as an a la carte option.  Space is limited, and we are reserving the remaining spaces for those students who sign up for the full day of classes on Mondays.  If you would are interested in this class (but not the full Monday schedule), you may register to be on the waiting list.

**Due to the high cost of supplies for this class, all students (including MAP) will need to pay the supply fee directly to the teacher.


Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry  Grades 9-12                                                   Monthly Tuition: $60 Supply Fee: $10/ spring semester

Renee Jackson

In this two-semester course, students will study measurement, properties and classification of matter, atomic and molecular structure, atomic bonding, chemical reactions and equations, solutions, and acids/bases/pH. 

At-home expectations: Students will be required to read all assigned material and finish all pre-lab and post-lab work at home (approximately 1- 1.5 hours per day). Weekly work will consist of reading the text, completing the "On Your Own" as well as section review questions and completing the study guides. Pre-lab and post-lab questions as well as lab reports will also be completed at home. Students should be caught up on reading and prepared to discuss the content in class every week. Tests will be administered by parents at home after each module and turned in class for grading.

In-class procedure:The beginning of each class will be spent explaining and reviewing key concepts read in the text, answering questions and explaining lab procedures. The latter portion will involve performing experiments designed to demonstrate current topics. Occasionally, brief quizzes will be given in class. A timeline of anticipated topics and assignments will be given at the first day of class.

Grading: Scores will be given to students for the following: Class participation,Text review question, Pre-lab and post-lab questions & lab reports,Quizzes, and Tests

NOTES: A parent/student contract must be signed to enroll in this class.  Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, 10 students maximum. A deposit of $50 (Lab fee) must be paid before the start of the semester to reserve your student’s spot.

Required Supplies: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Ed., ISBN#:978-1-932012-26-2 with Solutions and Test Manual and Composition Notebook (100-page)

Social Studies

Georgia History    Grades 6-12                                                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $15/semester
Alicia Holman  email: [email protected]
Students will navigate through exploring Georgia history including early inhabitants thru modern day. Areas of study will include government, economy, cultural impact and geography. We will learn about local landmarks and people of historic significance. Learn fun trivia, facts and oddities about Georgia and how it has uniquely contributed to the nation and world. Students will be assigned a project each semester based on an area of Georgia history that interests them allowing them to dig deeper into the subject area.

History Through Literature  Grades 3-6                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $15
Alicia Holman  email: [email protected]
Join us as we bring American History to life using literature. We will use a variety of literary materials such as books from the following series Who/What Was…, I Survived…, and Dear America as well as passages from classic historical fiction. In addition, we will use quality picture books depicting various historical moments to spark dialogue. We will begin with the Colonial Times and work our way through Modern Era. Along with each historical era, we will engage in hands on activities that bring the time period right into the hands of the students. Students will have outside reading assignments in order to use classroom time for discussion and engagement. A book list will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Missionary Stories     Grades K4-2                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $20/semester
Jeni Pittard  email: [email protected]
Your children will hear real-life stories of missionaries, including tales of God's protection, provision, and "everyday" miracles. We'll also study the culture, food, language, and geography of the countries where the missionaries served.

Order in the Court  (Fall) Grades 5-8                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25  Supply Fee: $15/semester
Alicia Holman  email: [email protected]

Students will participate in a Mock Trial Simulation giving them opportunity to conduct a trial based on a classic fairytale in order to develop their courtroom skills. After developing the necessary vocabulary, students participate in the trial. Students not only learn the concepts, but they also learn valuable teamwork and time management skills. The unit culminates in a full mock-trial enactment.


Ecopolis  (Spring) Grades 5-8                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15/semester

Alicia Holman  email: [email protected]

Students run their own government to learn about issues including scarcity, resource allocation, needs vs. wants, opportunity costs, entrepreneurship, and global interdependence. Engaging in on going role-play, students will take on the challenge of understanding how people work together to form functioning communities. Students will strengthen their practical math skills, problem solving skills, team building skills, and critical thinking skills.


World Religions  (Fall)   Grades 7-12                                                                                                        Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: $10/semester
Jeni Pittard   email: [email protected]
This class will focus on learning how to share the Gospel and how to defend the Christian faith. We will study the Bible and use the truth of the scripture to discuss faith respectfully and intelligently with followers of world religions and cults such as Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism.

Christian Apologetics (Spring) Grades 7-12                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25 Supply Fee: none
Jeni Pittard 
This class will equip students with tools to strengthen and defend their faith. We will look at scientific studies, historical and archeological records, and of course, Biblical evidence for God's creation of the world and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will walk through Lee Strobel's The Case for A Creator (1st 8 weeks) and The Case for Christ (2nd 8 weeks). Students will need to provide their own books. (These can be borrowed/shared or checked out from the library, but I would recommend a personal copy for underlining/notes.)

Ancient History  Grades 5-8    MAP*                                                                                                                           Included in MAP Tuition     
Brenda Kaes  email: [email protected]                                                                                                        A la carte: $30

Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes will embark on a four-year chronological study of history. Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects, especially for students in the older grades.

*This course is taught as part of our Monday Academic Program and included in the cost of MAP tuition.


Ancient World History  Grades 8-10    MAP*                                                                                                    Included in MAP Tuition
Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]                                                                                               A la carte Monthly Fee: $35
In this high school level course, students will understand ancient world history from a Christian perspective of faith in God and respect for the Bible. In addition to reading the history narrative about events, issues, and people from around the world and across the centuries, students will read the words of people who made history in original documents, speeches, poems, and stories.  A variety of writing assignments and hands-on project ideas will help students engage in what they are learning. In addition to a thorough survey of Western Civilization, the curriculum will offer coverage of the ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia.  This course can be counted as an elective social studies credit on your child's high school transcript and will provide the depth and knowledge base needed to study Modern World History, a required social studies course, scheduled for 2018-2019.
*This course is taught as part of our Monday Academic Program and included in the cost of MAP tuition.

Study Hall

Study Hall  Grades K-12                                                                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $10

Christi Leach

Study Hall provides students with an opportunity to work on school work, study, or read in a supervised, quiet environment.  Students should bring materials to study or work on every week.  Younger students can bring coloring supplies or electronics with headphones.  If students need help on their school work, the study hall teacher is available to assist them.  Study Hall is $10 per student per month for one or two periods.  New for 2017-2018: Students may not take more than two periods of study hall in one day.






















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Archived Class Descriptions

Around the World    Grades: K-2                                                                                               Monthly Fee:  $25, Supply Fee: $10/ $15 second sem.

Kelly Conley    e-mail: [email protected]

In this class, we will learn about the wonderful world God has made for us.   We'll start with locations like "my house," community , town, city, state, and world. Then we'll spend time in each discussing things like safety at home, community helpers, GA landforms, etc. We'll follow that with an overview of the continents and oceans of our world.  We'll utilize great books and fun crafts. I hope your child will join me on this exciting trek to explore our world! 


50 Nifty States     Grades 2-5                                                                                                         Monthly Fee:  $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Donna Brown  email: [email protected]
Each semester the focus for this class is our very own 50 Nifty United States. The class is literature and art based. Activities include: a salt dough map of Georgia, a "suitcase" with little "souvenirs" from all 50 states, a lapbook, and a postcard collection. Students will learn states, capitals, landmarks, rivers, lakes etc. while completing craft projects, making collections, etc. This is a class with movement and mess - with some sit down work thrown in on occasion.

North American Explores (continued into the spring)     Grades: 2-5                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30 

Kelly Conley  e-mail: [email protected]

Students will follow the journeys of 10 famous adventurers. The engaging hands on activities, maps, timelines, and informative articles will be stored in labeled History Pockets and bound in a decorative notebook. Students will be proud to see their accumulated projects presented all together. 


The American Revolution
    Grades 2-5                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30
Kelly Conley e-mail: [email protected]
This important period of our country’s history will come to life when students create the exciting projects. History Pockets will include information pages, maps, a timeline, arts and crafts projects, reading and writing connections. The topics presented are: Introduction to the American Revolution, Causes of the War, Famous Patriots, A Soldier's Life, Battles, Spies and Traitors, and Birth of a Nation.


From Igloos to Didgeridoos: An Exploration of Countries and Cultures  Grades 3-8                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/Semester

Maryanne Romano    email: [email protected]

Join us as we travel around the world without ever stepping foot outside of Athens.  In this fun and interactive class, students will learn geography as they explore countries from around the world.  They will have the opportunity to experience many different cultures through hands on activities such as music, games, traditional foods, arts and crafts, each tailored to the age and grade of your particular student.  We will touch on the basic history of each region that we study and learn about the rich traditions of other cultures, as well as some of our own.


American Government
(Fall)    Grades 6-10                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

This class consists of the study of the history of the US Constitution, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, state and local governments, the bureaucracy, elections, lobbyists and the political process.


Current Events (Spring)  Grades 6-10                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will learn about how the media works, how to discern reputability of sources for news, how to locate bias, and what is happening on a local, state, national, and international basis. Students will be required to read outside of class, bring in articles, discuss current events, and write an occasional report.

Mad Scientist Lab  Grades 3 - 5                                                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semeste


Donna Brown  email: [email protected]
The first semester of this class will be Chemistry and Physical Science based. Labs will ooze, fizz and even light stuff up! The second Semester will be Biology and Earth Science Based. We will dissect several different organisms, learn about the functions of our
bodies, and explore the surface of our earth.

FUNgineering     Grades 2-5                                                                                                                Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Donna Brown  email: [email protected]
Have fun learning about the science of Minecraft, creative engineering, and more using hands-on methods. Play with Legos and K'nex while learning about different areas of science. Several areas of science will be covered in this fun class.


Apologia's Exploring Creation through Chemistry & Physics   Grades 3-6                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Brianne Baine      email: [email protected]

This course utilizes the Charlotte Mason methodology to give young students an introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics. It is a wonderful way to teach your young students just how God made everything in the universe. The author presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study that covers atoms, molecules, simple chemicals, laws of motion, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines. Parents will be responsible for ensuring their children read the text (individually or together) before class each week. We will discuss the material learned as well as complete a fun & exciting lab weekly!  Materials Required: The textbook, Apologia Exploring Creation through Chemistry & Physics; ISBN: 978-1-935495-98-7


Chemistry   Grades 9-12                                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $45, Supply Fee: $50/semester*      

Brianne Baine  email: [email protected]

Looking at science with a Godly prospective, students will gain an understanding in scientific measurements & units, classification of matter, chemical equations and reactions, atomic & molecular structure and more.  Completion of Algebra I is necessary before taking this course. Labs are “hands-on” and some virtual. At home Responsibilities: Students will be required to read all material and finish all prep work at home (approximately 1- 1.5 hours per day). Student will be given a syllabus prior to the beginning of the semester explaining how to set up their chemistry notebook and what items need to be completed at home and in class. Weekly work will consist of reading the text, completing the "On Your Own" questions, doing the review questions/problems and completing the study guides. Lab reports will be completed at home as well. Students should be caught up on reading and prepared to discuss the content in class every week. Parent involvement at home is necessary so students will not fall behind and get “lost” in the class.Tests will be administered by parents at home after each module and turned in class for grading. In Class Learning: The beginning of class will be spent explaining concepts discussed in the text, answering questions, reviewing, explaining lab procedures, and making sure that students have adequate knowledge of the material. The latter portion of class time will involve performing experiments that will help “bring to life” what we’ve learned. Occasionally, brief quizzes will be given in class. A syllabus will be provided PRIOR to the first day of class.

Required Supplies for Class: - Apologia Exploring Creation With Chemistry (2nd Ed.), ISBN#:978-1-932012-26-2; Solutions and Test ManualNotebook w/dividers--A section for Notes, "On Your Own" answers, Lab Reports, Review Questions and Tests is recommended. *Apologia only has the 3rd Edition on their website now, so email me if you need help finding the correct texts.

Grades: Scores will be given to students for the following: class participation, homework (problems), lab reports, lab participation, quizzes, and tests. I will assign scores for class participation, homework completion, lab participation, lab reports, quizzes, and projects. Parents will administer tests at home, then the students will turn the tests in to the tutor to be graded. ALL scores will be posted by the tutor on ENGRADE so you may keep track of your child’s academic progress.

NOTES: A parent/student contract must be signed to enroll in this class.  Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, 10 students maximum.

DEPOSIT: A deposit of $50 (Lab fee) must be paid before the start of the semester to reserve your student’s spot.
* Second semester Supply Fee TBD

Thematic Unit Studies with Math  Grades K4-2                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Kelly Conley    e-mail: [email protected]

Continuing with the thematic units from the literature class we will explore math concepts.  Each class will begin with calendar time. During this time we will count, explore base ten, identify money, days & months of the year, learn the concepts of today, tomorrow, yesterday, and explore addition and subtraction concepts. We will then move on to working on basic math skills all centered around a theme, such as counting apples, making patterns with animals of autumn, etc. As time allows the children will also explore math centers and manipulatives.  Even though the two theme classes are related they are independent of each other.

Consumer Mathematics    Grades: 7-10                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Rebekah Nunez   email: [email protected]

Students will learn practical math skills with everyday life applications including buying a car, budgeting for housing and travel, managing time, and smart shopping for food and clothing. The goal of this course is to help students see how math is useful and fun in real life. Students will be assigned work to continue learning at home on the days we do not meet. I will encourage students to look for fun examples of math as they are out and about during the week and we will discuss their findings in class.   Students should bring a simple calculator with them to class. It doesn't have to be fancy, just perform simple math functions. We will focus on students doing the math themselves but as we build skills it will be helpful to have calculators for quick checks.

Required materials: A Beka Book – Consumer Mathematics and the test and quiz book.

Godly Character for Kids  Grades 2-5                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25

Brianne Baine    email: [email protected]
“Good character is the inward values that determine outward actions.” ~Character First curriculum. According to God's Word, man's primary purpose is to glorify God. Learning character allows a child to recognize that they were formed by a loving Creator who has a purpose for their lives. Your children will learn about Godly character as we explore the “Character First” and “Kids of Integrity” curricula. The goal of this class is to build lifelong character in our children while having fun! We will cover a range of character traits including: self-control, responsibility, punctuality, patience, dependability, compassion, flexibility, creativity and resourcefulness. We will learn about each character quality through history and nature stories, songs, crafts, coloring sheets, object lessons and memory work. Each character trait is associated with an animal and a historical figure that demonstrates that trait. This method reinforces the attributes of the trait for the student.


Bible Study for Young Ladies   Grades 6-12                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will study in depth key and not so key stories and provisions of the Old and New Testaments of the bible.  The fall semester will be dedicated to stories from the Old Testament that point to Christ, and the Spring semester will be a chronological study of one of the gospels from the New Testament. Students are expected to read assignments prior to class and then to analyze and discuss such assignments in class. Bring a Bible.  No supply fee. $25 monthly


Bible Study for Young Men  Grades 6-12                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $0

Anthony Costa    email:  [email protected]

Young men will learn to reject and refuse to fall into the trap of broken male culture values that teaches: stay a boy, be passive, indulge, impress, increase stuff, be entitled, not grow up and be like a thermometer that merely reflects the surroundings. We will explore and unpack in active and fun ways what it means to be God's man and have authentic manhood by looking and learning from our ultimate example of manhood, Jesus Christ. Jesus was more like a thermostat that influences the surroundings, lived for and through God in all areas of life.

Etiquette   Grades K4-4                                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/sem
Etiquette   Grades 5-8                                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/sem
Kate Leyva [email protected]
Treating others with respect is key when it comes to etiquette, and that will be a main focus of this class. Students will learn proper social skills for a variety of environments - from speaking respectfully to adults to communicating with their peers to answering the phone.  Lessons will focus on day-to-day etiquette more than fancy behavior. 

Fun Phonics    Grades K4-2                                                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15

NeeCee Delk email: [email protected]

"I'm trying hard to learn to read,  but what's a kid to do, when there's a GO and NO and SO and then a word like TO!"  Taught by a veteran teacher with 15 years experience in the teaching of beginning phonics and early reading, FUN PHONICS class will help your children build solid reading and spelling skills with a multi-sensory, sequential phonics program that is also designed to be fun! Working to build phonemic awareness, decoding, and fluency skills to strengthen reading comprehension with activities and lessons using the multi -sensory approach,  this class will help provide the essential building blocks for a lifelong love of reading.


Story Time:  Unit Studies in Literature  Grades K4-2                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30

Kelly Conley  e-mail: [email protected]

This class will feature fun, quality read-alouds.  We will have circle time for story reading, shared story telling/writing, crafts, snacks, songs, and play. Stories will be selected to support thematic units that correspond with holidays, seasons, and more.  There is no limit to the content that can be explored through these fun packed units!


Tea Time With Shakespeare & the Poets  (Fall)    Grades 3-6                                                                             Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15 Lauren Sobaje    email: [email protected]
Many of us have this ideal picture in our minds of sipping tea around a beautifully spread table with our children, listening to classical music, and then reading Shakespeare and poetry as they narrate back to us and we memorize sections together. However, this ideal is not always possible while trying to squeeze in all the other subjects at home. Here is a chance for students to delight together in truth, goodness, and beauty. We will sip tea and enjoy a treat together while focusing on a different famous composer's music each time. In each class, we will read aloud and attempt to memorize poetry from many classic children's favorites. Finally, we will  read aloud from Tales From Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. By sketching out the characters together, using role play, and even manipulatives, very young children can not only enjoy these famous plays, but also understand the characters and plot while being able to retell small sections in their own words. (Mature younger children, and older students are also welcome. Please contact me. * Despite the rigor of the content, this will be a low-stress environment, and students will not be put on the spot if they are uncomfortable.)


Literature Circle (Charlotte Mason-style): Discussion, Narration, & More (Spring)     Grades 2-6                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Lauren Sobaje    email: [email protected]
Younger children who are good readers, and older students are also welcome. Please contact me. In this class, we will form a Literature Circle to
encourage a love of reading in the students as well as thoughtful book discussion and narration. We will utilize what Charlotte Mason called, "Living Books" as our selections. Specifically, we will choose books at an intermediate reading level (3rd-6th) that come alive to the students and invoke thought, feeling, and soul. These will be read aloud in class, while some reading will also need to be done at home. Students will learn how to narrate short sections. We will draw out character lessons from the text, and discuss key elements of literature, at times doing a Reading Response Journal, playing Literature Center and trivia games, doing class presentations, etc.  Students will be expected to read and complete some short assignments at home. 

We will read the following three novels together: The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge, Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Brink, and Little Britches, by Ralph Moody. If time permits others, we will read King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry or Nesbit's The Railway Children.  Parents will supply their own copies of the novels.


Elementary Writing with WriteShop  Grades 2-5                                                                                                  Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
Brianne Baine     email: [email protected]

In this class, students will learn that a series of stepping stones make up the writing process: Brainstorming (topic suggestions, graphic organizers, etc), Writing, and Self-editing and revising.  Each engaging lesson uses games to introduce skills such as replacing weak words with strong ones, forming sentences of different lengths, and using emotion words in writing. Students will be taught to use these new tools in their writing projects. In this class, students will write a variety of genres including fiction (adventure, science fiction, mystery), nonfiction, short reports, and poetry.  WriteShop is an award-winning, incremental writing program.  Parents will need to supply the WriteShop Junior Activity Book D


Writers Workshop I with Write Shop Grades 6-9                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10
NeeCee Delk email: [email protected]
Writers Workshop I will help build confident writers who are comfortable with all the steps of the writing process, from brainstorming to writing to self-editing and revising. Using WriteShop’s “learn-practice-do” approach, students will develop skills that will become habits.  Each engaging lesson presents a new writing skill that is introduced as a Skill Builder exercise, put into practice in the current composition, and applied to future compositions. Additionally, WriteShop focuses on clarity, conciseness, colorful vocabulary, and sentence variety that will add sparkle to dull, ordinary compositions.
Students in Level 1 should purchase the
WriteShop I Student Workbook

Writers' Workshop II  with Write Shop Grades 9-12                                                                                            Monthly Fee: $35, Supply Fee: $10
Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]
Writers Workshop II helps students expand their writing abilities. This level focuses on descriptive narration, narrative voice, point of view, and use of tense. Later lessons introduce persuasive writing and the basic 5-paragraph essay model. Students will write multiple kinds of essays, where they will learn to express an opinion and develop and support it with facts, details, and examples.  Students write one composition over a two-week period, revising it twice. Incremental in approach, exercises are designed to be approached consecutively, building upon previously learned material. Working through assignments by brainstorming, drafting, and revising, students learn to edit their papers methodically, using a Writing Skills Checklist purposefully tailored to the individual lesson.  Students in Level 2 should purchase the WriteShop II Student Workbook

WILD Science   Grades 1-3                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Rhonda Smith    email: [email protected]

Join us as we investigate the wonders of wildlife!  We will learn about the animal kingdom from fish, reptiles and amphibians to birds, insects and mammals plus some plants, bacteria and fungi for good measure.  Using hands on activities with live animals as much as possible, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about the amazing wildlife that surrounds us.  For example, we’ll explore the food chain with glow-in-the-dark brine shrimp and their predators, find out why frogs are slimy, and observe the metamorphosis of insects from larvae into adults.  Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals and find out how much fun science can be!


WILD Science                     Grades 4-6                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Rhonda Smith    email: [email protected]

Join us as we investigate the wonders of wildlife!  We will learn about the animal kingdom from fish, reptiles and amphibians to birds, insects and mammals plus some plants, bacteria and fungi for good measure.  Using hands on activities with live animals as much as possible, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about the amazing wildlife that surrounds us.  For example, we’ll explore the food chain with glow-in-the-dark brine shrimp and their predators, find out why frogs are slimy, and observe the metamorphosis of insects from larvae into adults.  Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals and find out how much fun science can be!  In this class for older students we will delve into some more technical details of animal adaptations and introduce the scientific method to answer questions and study wildlife.


DESTINATION IMAGINATION Team Challenge (STEM/STEAM-based)     Grades 3-5 and 6-8                                Monthly Fee: $25,Supply Fee: $55

Brianne Baine     email: [email protected]
Destination Imagination's program teaches kids how to work in teams to solve hands-on creative challenges and help children improve their self-confidence and communication skills.  The fun and engaging challenges are open-ended and enable students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage, and curiosity. 2015-2015 challenges included building a vehicle to carry a team member, designing and creating a musical instrument, doing a service project, writing creatively, and more.
Why STEM/STEAM: Destination Imagination (DI) is an organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, and build on their unique strengths. DI Challenges complement a student’s education by foster curiosity, courage and creativity.
Teams are will be made of up to seven students in grades 3-5 and 6-8.  The supply fee covers the $30 team registration fee plus a $25 materials fee.  This course requires a year-long commitment of the students and parents. There will likely be time outside of class needed to complete projects. There will also be competitions that the teams will participate in which travel will be required. (Tournaments are usually in Feb/March/April).  For more information to common questions visit: http://www.gadi.org/ or http://www.destinationimagination.org/
*** Elementary Students who enroll after August 1st may participate in the class but may not be on the team.  We still have room for middle school students in the class and on the team.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science           Grades 7-10                                     Monthly Fee:
$25, Supply Fee: $25/semester

Maryanne Romano  email: [email protected]

The goal of this course is for each student understand and enjoy (not just tolerate) the study of science. Through a Christian worldview, we will discuss such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Parents are responsible to ensure that their student complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home. Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them. When time allows, students will be encouraged to work together in study groups to complete study guides and prepare for the at home tests.   

Required: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774, Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science  Suggested: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Notebook

B Debate       Grades 6-12                                                                                                                          Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: 10/semester

Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]

Students will learn basic and advanced research skills, analytical skills, and debating skills which are necessary for achieving success in higher education and in the work force.  Students will do some speaking most weeks, continually growing in the area of argumentation.  Occasionally, students will watch key debates from history and current events.  Students will debate each other in class, the instructor, and perhaps outsiders.


B Logic and Problem Solving, Level II  Grades 6*, 7-12                                                                           Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $20/semester

Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]

This course will delve deeper into logic and critical thinking as students study valid and invalid arguments, logical fallacies, circular reasoning, and more.  Class time will include analyzing arguments, improving reasoning, and developing problem-solving skills.  Problem-solving activities will encourage students to improve communication and thinking skills while working together to solve problems with creativity, imagination, brainpower, and a fair bit of silliness. *6th graders welcome pending instructors' permission (please contact in advance).

A Logic and Problem Solving   Grades 5-9                                                                                              Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $15/semester

Kristy Dennis  email: [email protected]

This course allows students to develop logic and problem solving skills in a fun and exciting environment. Class time will include analyzing logic problems such as analogies, syllogisms, grid puzzles, and cause & effect statements, but the focus of the class will be hands-on learning. Activities will encourage students to improve communication and thinking skills while working together to solve problems with creativity, imagination, brainpower, and a fair bit of silliness.

A Public Speaking     Grades 6-12                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $10/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]
Students will learn basic and advanced speaking skills necessary for higher educational endeavors, being successful in the business world and making an impressive impact in today's society. Students will do some speaking each week, building up to final longer speeches with an audience.  Students will also be able to watch some famous speeches. The course begins with learning polite social speaking, speaking in the business world, reading prose, making oral reports, demonstrative speaking, informative speaking, and working up to persuasive and argumentative speaking.


Nature Exploration   Grades 3-6                                                                                                    Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Alicia Holman  email: [email protected]
Are you itching to get outside? Join us as we learn practical skills and develop an appreciation for nature.  Students will try their hands at woodworking, water filtration, solar cooking, and more. Students will also learn to identify safe and dangerous plants, insects, and animals, practice basic outdoor first aid, and utilize mapping and orienteering skills.  Additional projects may include building bird houses or toolboxes, making sundials and learning to use the sun in resourceful ways, designing a mini-ecosystems, and creating nature/solar artwork .  Students will keep track of their discoveries in their Nature Logbook.  This will be a fun, hands-on class for boys and girls alike.

Survival Skills       Grades 6-12                                                                                                     
Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25/semester
Alicia Holman email: [email protected]

Survival Skills will allow students to gain confidence in skills needed for the great outdoors as well as basic practical living.  Students will gain hands-on experience through woodworking, solar cooking, water filtration, plant/animal/insect identifications, and basic first aid.  We will even look at natural remedies using native plants.  Students will practice setting up a tent, preparing a safe camp site, and building a fire.  Proper fire safety and alternative ways to start a fire will be taught.  We will also try our hand at carpentry projects and possibly some wood burning art.


Physical Education   Grades K4-8                                                                                                                                      Monthly Fee: $25

Amanda Harrison        email: [email protected]

Physical Fitness class will be a fun and exciting class to get us moving. Special game or team building exercises to improve skills: agility, speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, reaction time, and coordination. Students will learn and play various team sports and activities. The will gain understanding of good sportsmanship and team building skills. All students must wear gym attire with socks and tennis shoes.

Photography I (Fall)  Grades 6-12                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25

Brianne Baine  email: [email protected]

The ABC’s of Digital Photography: Join us for a fun-filled learning adventure that will help develop a wonderful life-skill your student can benefit from their whole life! During class, we will tackle many different projects throughout the year to learn about and enjoy digital photography. This project-based class is ideal for preteens & teens who love taking pictures or who grab your phone to take pictures every chance they get!

Why Photography: Photography is an incredible tool to help us creatively look at everything we see and enjoy the beauty in the everyday things. It really helps us to be still and look.  It also helps kids and teens to see things differently, foster decision-making skills, develop more patience, appreciate photography as an art and as a science, and have fun!  A few projects will include building a pinhole camera lens, making sun prints, embarking on a photo scavenger hunt, becoming a photojournalist, painting with light, and more.  Additionally, photography students will work together with the yearbook club to create a Compass Community yearbook.  Required materials: students must bring any digital camera to class and have access to a computer.

**AS A WAY OF FOSTERING THE SAFE USAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CLASS TIME WILL BE DEVOTED TO EDUCATING THE STUDENTS ON THE PROPER AND IMPROPER USES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS IT RELATES TO TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

Photography II (Spring) Grades 6-12                                                                                                               Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $25
Brianne Baine   email: [email protected]

Let the fun continue with Digital Photography 2! This class is a continuing exploration of the art of photography for the photography student. This course builds on the foundational skills acquired from The ABC’s course. Students will expand on basic concepts of photography using digital processes to create imagery and visually communicate ideas. Students will utilize digital cameras and online software to further create and expand on a body of artwork. Post-production skills including retouching, image manipulation, and collage techniques. We will work on projects, which will include instruction and practice in the following areas: Refining exposure, Controlling motion and time through the shutter, Understanding camera lenses and lens filters, Flash photography, Subject lighting- Location lighting techniques, Image Editing including retouching, local image adjustments, software plugins and filters, Image management and archiving, backup and storing images, Image printing and other output, The Business of Photography

Prerequisite: ABC’s of Digital Photography or equivalent (check with teacher)

Required Materials: DSLR camera preferred, laptop with internet access recommended

B Drawing        Grades 6-12                                                                                                                 Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee $30/semester
Nanette Heckler  email: [email protected]
Students will learn how to do contour and gestural drawing, shading, drawings from memory, abstract drawing, dendoodling, perspective and design and composition.  Students will work from life and photographs.  Students will learn how to show mood and add emotion into their drawings.  For inspiration, students will occasionally examine drawings from various masters. 

Culinary Kids Cooking Class                                                                                                                   Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $40/semester

Brianne Baine

From a simple grilled cheese sandwich to a homemade rue sauce or from uncomplicated cupcakes to a sophisticated Australian pavlava, your student will learn how to do the following: Plan menus,Organize grocery lists,Kitchen safety and hygiene,Knife skills,Food preparation techniques,Working with recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,Cake decorating,Seasonal cooking,Setting tables and buffets,and Entertaining etiquette.  If interested:  creating and serving High Tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones, and lemon curd.  Many of the class projects can be eaten for lunch that day. 10 student limit
American Literature   Grades 5-8                                                                                                         Monthly Fee: $25, Supply Fee: $30/semester

Kristy Dennis email: [email protected]

The 18th and 19th centuries were an exciting time in American history.  Join us as we re-live this time through stories of the era— Johnny Tremain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Across Five Aprils, and short stories from Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe,& Mark Twain. Students will be introduced to literary elements while discussing literature with a Biblical worldview. They will have the opportunity to participate in and complete projects that are both educational and fun. Students will be expected to read and complete some assignments at home.

The supply fee covers the cost of the novels and materials. A list of books will be made available before the first class; if students provide their own copies of the books, the supply fee will be $10/semester. 

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IEW Student Writing Intensive   Grades 9-12                                                                                                                           Monthly Fee:   $25

NeeCee Delk  email:[email protected]

This full-year course will help high schoolers of various abilities to develop a solid foundation in writing while exploring a variety of interesting topics - no previous IEW experience needed! Skills addressed include research reports, summarizing, note taking, using multiple references, essays, thesis statements, rhetoric, some grammar topics, and much more.
Required materials (to be used all year):

1) Student Textbook – You may order either the $19 full binder or the $10 download. The binder will come with everything but will require some assembly. For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections. http://iew.com/shop/products/student-writing-intensive-level-c-notebook-packet

2) Student Resource Notebook - (NOTE to previous IEW students: This is the same SRN we used for the 2014-2015 school year.)

You may order either the $19 full spiral bound book or the $15 PDF download. (When purchasing theme-based IEW books, this comes as a free download; our particular student book for high school [SWI-Level C] is not theme-based. However, if you have ever purchased a theme-based IEW book in the past, check the front pages for download instructions.) For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections.http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook

3) Folder or notebook of your choice - This is for organizing completed student work and other handouts.


IEW Elementary Writing (Bible-Based Writing Lessons) Grades 2-6                                                        Monthly Fee: $30, Supply Fee: $15

Brianne Baine   email: [email protected]

Bible-Based Writing Lessons, the text for this class, will use Bible texts, stories, and themes, though 31 lessons moving through all nine IEW units. It will provide style checklists at three different levels of complexity to suit your child's grade and abilities.This theme-based workbook will be adapted to grade levels 3rd to 6th. The workbook can be ordered through [email protected] http://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons or from Christian Book Distributors. IEW copyright on this item permits copying the student book for use by multiple children within your immediate family. Students will need the student text on the first day of class. This class will be limited to 12 students and parent involvement will be based on the ability of the student.



IEW Ancient History-Based Writing     Grades 6-8                                                                                                                     Monthly Fee: $25

NeeCee Delk  email:[email protected]

Gladiators and mummies and myths – oh my! In this fun, yearlong course students will write about six major ancient civilizations—Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, and Rome—while learning a variety of writing techniques. No previous IEW experience is needed! Beginning to experienced writers will develop a solid foundation in writing and learn a bit of vocabulary and grammar/punctuation along the way. Genres include research reports, creative writing, essays, reports, critiques, note taking, and much more.

Required materials (to be used all year):

1) Student Textbook: http://iew.com/shop/products/ancient-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only

2) Student Resource Notebook - (NOTE to previous IEW students: This is the same SRN we used for the 2014-2015 school year.)

You may either download it as a PDF for free (with purchase of the student book), or you can order the $19 full spiral bound book. For the download, you will need to print, hole punch, and organize the handouts in your own binder, plus you will need to buy/create indexed dividers to separate the sections.

http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook