Classes for Students in Grades 9-12

STEM CLASSES

Experimental Science

Grades 6-9

$25/month

Teacher: Billie Jo Fouts

Question - Experiment - knowledge 

In this hands-on class, we will be exploring fundamental concepts basic to general chemistry, physics, and biology.  These scientific truths give us glimpses of God’s creative hands. We will learn more about the Creator of all things by understanding more about his creation through science and experiments.  Supply Fee: $30/year

Vet Science II

Grades 6-9

$25/month

Teacher: Jenny Liedberg

This class will build on the first year. We will learn to read xrays, give injections, practice bandaging and many other skills needed with taking care of our pets and livestock. We will have many guests visit the class - most with four legs, but we'll have a human guest too,  who can share their experiences as a veterinarian. Supply Fee: $25/semester

SAT and ACT Strategies

Grades 9-12

$30/month

Teacher: Janie Zeigler

Let’s give these students confidence for their exams! Together, we will practice a new test-taking strategy each week. We will examine each common question type for reading, writing, and math on the 2021 SAT. We will discuss the most common mistakes made by students, and then work individually during our class time on the student’s own areas for growth. The students will practice problems together and become more confident with the testing formats. Supply fee: $15/semester

Marine Biology Exploration and Lab

Grades 9-12

$30/month

Teacher: Janie Zeigler

Dive into learning with this one-semester dip into all things marine! This fun and hands-on-course will include many dissections, hot topic discussions, interviews with marine biologists, and more!  Explore the Marine ecosystems and discuss the incredible underwater biodiversity. *Note: This is an exposure/exploration class to introduce students to the topics of marine biology and is not intended to be used as a high school science credit.  No to minimal homework will be assigned. Supply fee: $40

Biology

Grades 9-12

$65/ month or included in MAP

Teacher: Donna Brown

Monday Academic Program Science Class 90 minutes

This biology course is designed to fill one lab science credit for high school students.  The text book provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Some specific topics covered in this class include the study of life (including DNA), each kingdom in biological classification, the cell, cellular reproduction, Mendelian Genetics, and human body systems. (reproduction will be skipped because of time constraints). Lab work will include microscope labs and plenty of dissection!   Requirements: Textbook -  Science Shepherd Biology  (Only the text is required.  The Parent Companion is helpful, because it summarizes the chapters but not required.  The lab manual and test booklets are NOT needed). The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. Supply Fee: TBD

Environmental Science

Grades 9-12

$65/ month or included in MAP

Teacher: Karyn Artz

Monday Academic Program Science Class 90 minutes

Environmental Science is a year-long high school science class designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. Topics covered include ecology, mineral and energy resources, population, ecosystems, biomes, biodiversity, climate change, land, water, air, and agriculture.  The aim of this course to increase students' knowledge of the environmental challenges of today while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.  This course is open to students in grades 9-12 and will satisfy one high school science credit.  The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. Supply Fee: TBD

Physics

Grades 9-12

$65/ month or included in MAP

Teacher: Donna Brown

Monday Academic Program Science Class 90 minutes

This is a college-prep physics course and is designed for the student who has completed Algebra 1 and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis. It will be taught both conceptually (Lots of hands on) and mathematically.   Requirements: Textbook -  Apologia Exploring Creations with Physics, calculator (I use a Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator). The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.   Supply Fee: TBD

SOCIAL STUDIES  & WORLD VIEW CLASSES

Evidence of the Bible

Grades 7-12

$25/month

Teacher: Paula Semple

Have you ever wondered where the Bible came from and how it has been preserved through generations? This class will explore the archaeological evidence that shows us where each piece was discovered and how these pieces have come together over time to give us the Bible we have today. We will do more than dig through history as each discovery will build upon a foundation for challenging your faith and giving you a greater understanding of what you believe. Be prepared to be challenged!

Supply fee: $0

Sociology

Grades 8-12

$25/month

Teacher: Allison Keeling

Sociology is centered on the behavior of people in groups, specifically how people relate to one another and influence each other’s behaviors. Topics include socialization, social interaction, social change, and collective behavior.  Students will be able to compare and contrast their daily lives, cultural norms, and their relationship with family and friends with that of other people and cultures from around the globe. Students will gain in understanding of culture and in awareness of perspective taking. Class will be primarily based in classroom activities and discussions. 

Supply fee: $0

World History I

Grades 9-

$35/month or included in MAP

Teacher: Jessica Ham

Monday Academic Program Social Studies

In this course, students will gain a strong understanding of world history from creation through the 1620s. We will cover archeology, early civilizations and kingdoms, classical Greece, Rome, Christianity, African history, the early Middle Ages, the development of European nations, the Far East, Pre-Columbian America, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.  Assignments will be differentiated for different grade levels and honors students.  The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. 

Required text: Streams of Civilizations Vol. 1, 3rd edition

Supply fee: $0

LANGUAGE ARTS  CLASSES

Shakespeare: Play by Play

Grades 8-12

$25/month

Teacher: Sarah Craig

This in depth class takes a close look at three of Shakespeare’s plays over the course of the year. (Henry V, Comedy of Errors, and Romeo and Juliet) We’ll explore his influence on the language and culture of his day as well as how and why his plays and poems continue to be a vital and influential part of modern writing and art. We’ll also look at meter, character, and plot and how he uses them to tell a rich and enduring story. Whether you’re passionate about Shakespeare or have never read anything he wrote and want to learn more, this is the class for you. Supply fee: $15/year

Creative Writing

Grades 7-12

$25/month

Teacher: Paula Semple

If you are creative and have a mind filled with ideas, this is the class for you! We will explore all types of writing from poetry to short stories, and learn about literary concepts including alliteration, prose, metaphors, acrostics, personification, character development, plot, setting and so much more!

Students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills through weekly journals and producing a final collection of their works for a book as the class is completed. Each student will have the opportunity to publish their own book as well as contribute to a class book.  Supply fee: $10/year

Unlikely Heroes (& Heroines!)

Grades 8-12

$25/month

Teacher: Sarah Craig

What makes someone a hero? Is it only daring adventures and bold decisions? This class is a close look at three famous protagonists who don’t seem to be made for greatness but still manage to have a significant impact on the world around them. (Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) We’ll also take the opportunity to look at some biographical information about each author and discuss how their lives impacted their writing and the choices they made for their characters. Students may bring their own copies of the books or may have the teacher order them for a small charge.  Supply fee: $0

Public Speaking

Grades 8-12

$25/month

Teacher: Paula Semple

The ability to speak well in front of an audience is a skill that puts students and adults well ahead of their peers.  This course will give the confidence and skill set for students to be able to present in front of any type of audience. Skills in confidence, poise, and presentation will be gained through multiple types of presentation, peer-to-peer evaluation and self-assessment. Students will be expected to prepare presentations of various lengths and requirements throughout the entire course using multiple techniques and topics. Topics will range from social situations to job interviews and formal presentations with visual aids.   Supply fee: $0

High School English

Grades 9-12

$65/month or included in MAP tuition

Teacher: Kristy Dennis

Monday Academic Program English class 90 minutes

This course focuses on a study of literary genres and informational texts.  Literary works will represent a variety of times and cultures and give students the foundation to study various genres. In conjunction with reading skills, students will demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres: argumentative, informational/expository, and narrative. They will also engage in research, creative writing, and the writing process. Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking. This course is designed for 9th and 10th grade students but would be a great option for struggling 11th or 12th grade students.  Differentiation will be provided, and an honors option will be offered. The teacher will provide grades and feedback throughout the year with final grades in December and May.  Supply fee: $0

British Literature and Composition

Grades 10-12

$65/month or included MAP

Teacher: Kristy Dennis

Monday Academic Program English class 90 minutes

This course is a survey of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the present.  It builds upon previous high school English courses and focuses on literature and informational texts, writing modes and genres, and essential conventions for reading, writing, and speaking. Students will develop an understanding of chronological context and the relevance of period structures in British literature. They will also develop an understanding of the ways the period of literature affects its structure and how the chronology of a work affects its meaning. Students will encounter a variety of informational and literary texts and read texts in all genres and modes of discourse. While the continued focus is expository writing in British literature, students will also demonstrate competency in argumentative and narrative genres. Students will engage in research, creative writing, and the writing process. Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking.  Differentiation will be provided, and an honors option will be offered.  The teacher will provide grades and feedback throughout the year with final grades in December and May.  Supply fee: $0

LANGUAGE  CLASSES

Spanish I

Grades 8-12

$60/month

Teacher: Rebekah Nunez

90 minute class; no prerequisite

This class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life as well as count as a high school foreign language credit. 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   **Spanish II will be offered 2022-2023   Supply Fee: $10/semester

American Sign Language I

Grades 8-12

$60/month

Teacher: Sherri Michelle Mills

90 minute class; No prerequisite 

This class is designed to learn American Sign Language and count as a high school foreign language credit. We will work on ASL grammar, sentence structure, Deaf Culture, fingerspelling, and most importantly non manual markers. We will read a novel about a deaf student. It is imperative that students have & use Google Classroom, which we will use in our weekly assignments. Students will view videos and make videos of themselves doing homework in sign. As with any language, attendance and attention to weekly work will enhance student’s success.

Suggested Books: Signing Naturally Units 1-6, ISBN 9781581212105 (Green), ASL dictionary, Supply Fee: $25/semester

American Sign Language II

Grades 9-12

$60/month

Teacher: Sherri Michelle Mills

90 minute class

ASL 1 is a prerequisite class.

This class is designed to deepen our understanding and use of  American Sign Language. We will continue to work on ASL grammar, sentence structure, Deaf Culture, fingerspelling, and most importantly non manual markers.We will have a unit concentrating on classifiers and classifier stories, as well as Deaf History. It is imperative that students have & work well with Google Classroom, which we will use in our weekly assignments. Students will view videos and make videos of themselves doing homework in sign.  As with any language, attendance and attention to weekly work will enhance student’s success.

Suggested books: Signing Naturally Units 7-12, ISBN 9781581212216 (Purple), ASL dictionary, Supply Fee: $25/semester

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS  CLASSES

Fine Arts

Grades 8-12

$25/month

Teacher: Diane Stokowski

We will be creating with a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, ink, paint and chalk pastels. The experienced artist will refine their skills. While the inexperienced artist will learn skills to make them a better artist. We won’t just be drawing! We will also sculpt out of a variety of materials, and mix mediums!  Supply Fee: $30/semester

Intro to Photography

Grades 6-12

$25/month

Teacher: Alicia Holman

In this beginner photography class, students will familiarize themselves with the camera they will be using and learn about various aspects of photography such as the anatomy of the camera, basic composition, lighting and other visual storytelling components of photography. Along with learning how to take photos, students will also learn how to create photos using editing techniques available in almost all free or paid editing software. The class objectives will be taught using a project based method which will allow for first instruction, then hands on implementation. In order to maximize in class time, students will be assigned projects that they will begin in class, but will possibly need to be completed outside of our weekly class time. We will display a selection of our work for Compass Family Nights. This class will require a digital camera such as a point and shoot, a DSLR, or even a cell phone camera.   Supply Fee: $15/semester

Theatrical Production

Grades 9-12

$25/month

Teacher: Danielle Bailey Miller

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.  Students will enjoy a final performance to showcase their skills that they have worked on all year. This class is open 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 scene work. Students will need to bring a 3 ring binder for the production class.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes and some out of class rehearsal time will be required.  Supply Fee: $15/year

Musical Theatre/ Vocal Performance

Grades 7-12

$25/month

Teacher: Olivia Synan

This class will help students develop the vocal skills needed to participate in group and solo singing opportunities.  Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. This class will perform during the fall and spring semesters.  A primary focus of the class will be on pieces from Broadway musicals, and the class will work in conjunction with Musical Theatre/ Dance to create dynamic numbers. 

Musical Theatre/ Dance

Grades 7-12

$25/month

Teacher: Heather Arnold

This course focuses on development and execution of dance and performance skills as they relate to musical theater dance style and using dance as a method of storytelling as it relates to musical theater. Students will gain a better understanding of how dance and choreography create and bring dramatic elements to life. Students participate in physical conditioning to improve strength and flexibility, practice applicable dance techniques rooted in ballet, jazz, and social dance, and learn multiple pieces of choreography in order to fast-track dance performance ability and confidence on stage, in rehearsals, and at auditions. The class will work in conjunction with Musical Theatre / Vocal Performance to create dynamic numbers for fall and spring Family Nights.

Audition Prep/ Solo & Ensemble

Grades 6-12

$25/month

Teacher: Sarah Craig

Whether you’re auditioning for the local community theater, planning on a career in the arts, or just enjoy performing and want to gain confidence in your own skill, this class is for you. We’ll be training in various audition styles such as prepared monologues and songs, cold reads, and improv as well as best techniques for reading scenes and taking direction. We’ll also work on finding each student's style and strengths so that they craft an audition that will be satisfying and fun. This class will require memorization and involve two performance opportunities.

Supply Fee: $20/year

Soccer Drills & Scrimmage

Grades 8-12

$25/month 

Teacher: Kevin Kaes

With the highschool soccer class, we will spend half of the class doing drills, and the other half scrimmaging. I want each student to become a better soccer player by doing a few simple drills, but I also want to make sure they are having fun and get plenty of time to play the game. The drills in this class will not be hard, so if a student is new to soccer, no worries, everyone will have a proper introduction to the sport. So some weeks we might scrimmage for the whole class. The goal in this class is to get better at soccer, be a team player, and most importantly have fun.

Supply Fee: $5/year

Archery

Grades 3-12

$35/month

Teacher: Jenny Liedberg

This outdoor target archery class will introduce students to the terminology, equipment, and basic shooting techniques. 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 inclement days, we will work together indoors reviewing with simple terminology quizzes, and practicing 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.  

Supply Fee: $15/semester

Bow Fee: $35 (one time fee)

Cooking

Grades 8-12

$30/month

Teacher: Paula Semple

Are you ready to learn to cook? This class is designed to teach basic to advanced cooking skills, meal planning and preparation, kitchen safety and meal presentation. Students will utilize many different types of kitchen tools as they navigate from appetizer to desserts with plenty to taste along the way. Most foods will be made from scratch and will cover skills such as bread and pasta making, burgers, egg rolls, pies and packable lunch ideas. Knife skills and safety practices will be taught as well as safe handling practices.  Students will complete this course with a full notebook including over 100 recipes that will practiced during the year. *New recipes and techniques will be taught, so the class is open to new and returning students.

Supply Fee: $30/semester

Games

Grades 8-12

$15/month

Teacher: Maureen Altman

Learning can be fun, but sometimes we just need to take some time to play because ……. well, it just makes us happier humans. Come have fun, hang out with friends or friends-to-be and maybe learn a new game or two. Develop a habit of playing that will help you all through your  life

Supply Fee: $0

Study Skills

Grades 9-12

$25/month

Teacher: Maureen Altman

So often we get so caught up in completing our assignments and meeting deadlines that we are not able to think through how we actually learn or consider what works best for us.  We can get stressed or let’s be honest, stress builds up in our homes, and we know that does not help. 

This class will look at areas such as our different learning styles, improving our short and long term memories, studying for tests and note taking. We will also work together to fine tune our schedules so we feel on top of our work loads, increasing our confidence and our independence. This class is equally relevant whether we are just starting high school or preparing for college.

Supply Fee: $10/year

Yearbook

Grades 7-12

TBD

Teacher: Kristy Dennis

In this course, students will develop skills related to graphic design and journalism while working to create the annual Compass yearbook.  Topics covered will include elements and principles of design, journalistic writing, typography, and photography (as it relates to pictures for the yearbook).  The yearbook class will work together to develop ideas, cover designs, and themes for the yearbook.  Work will begin in the abstract (discussing concepts and practicing with sample pages) and move to the concrete (designing and creating the 2021-2022Compass yearbook from start to finish).

Application required

Supply fee: $0

Leadership/ Student Council

Grades 8-12

$TBD

Teacher: Kristy Dennis

Students in the leadership class serve as a student council for Compass and actively plan Game Nights, field trips, Snack Shack, the yearbook, and more. This practical course is designed to help students develop the tasks, strategies, and skills needed for effective leadership by helping them practice decision making, goal setting, and collaboration.  

Application required

Supply Fee: $0

RECREATION & PRACTICAL SKILLS