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in Athens, GA

Wednesday Classes 2019-2020  Course Descriptions

Scroll down to find the classes you're interested in. All classes are organized by subject: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Languages, Logic & Rhetoric, Science & Math, Social Studies & Language Arts, Recreational Classes, and Practical Skills

Visual Arts

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 Grade
 Costs
 Descriptions
Arts & Crafts

Rupers
 K4-2
 $30/month

$0 supply
Does your child love crafts, while 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, printmaking, 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! (We will be doing lots of NEW crafts each year!) 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. Never fear about stained outfits—we will make sure their clothes are well protected as we explore!

Painting Stories

Nunez
 K4-4
  $25/month

$10 supply/
semester
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 Anansi the Spider by Gerald Mc Dermott and then create an African-inspired painting collage, or we might paint a playful scene based on "Pete the Cat."  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.

Creative Crafts

Thacker
 3-6
2-5
 $25/month

$30 supply/
semester
   Do you have a crafty creative kid who loves making hands on projects?  Then this is the perfect class for them! This class will emphasize not only creativity and fun, but also learning basic skills in many different areas of crafting. Some of the crafting themes will include: jewelry making, paper crafts, bath products like bath bombs and bubble bath, cake decorating, candy making, wall art, card making, fabric art, nature crafts, crafts that can be given as gifts, projects driven by the children’s interests and more.  Added bonus - your child will bring home awesome craft projects, but the mess and clean up stay at Compass! If your child has previously taken Creative Crafts, this year we will do some of their favorite projects from last year (like bath bombs!) but will also be doing many new projects keeping it fresh and fun for those who have taken it before. 

3-D Art /
Painting

Heckler
3-6
$25/month

$30 supply/ semester
Fall: Students will engage in all manner of 3D art.  Students will learn how to do paper mache, carve plaster, use traditional, air dry clay, make abstract sculptures, create a mosaic piece, and make jewelry with Sculpey bakeable clay.  

Spring: Students will learn how to paint using the following fine art mediums:  Pastels, Watercolor and Acrylics. Students will learn various techniques of blending and brushwork. Students will spend one third semester on each medium and will have enough time to get competent with each medium so that they can bring home masterpieces in each medium.  


 
3-D Art /
Painting

Heckler
 7-12
  $25/month

$30 supply/
semester
Fall: Students will engage in all manner of 3D art.  Students will learn how to do paper mache, carve plaster, use traditional, air dry clay, make abstract sculptures, create a mosaic piece, and make jewelry with Sculpey bakeable clay.  

Spring: Students will learn how to paint using the following fine art mediums:  Pastels, Watercolor and Acrylics. Students will learn various techniques of blending and brushwork. Students will spend one third semester on each medium and will have enough time to get competent with each medium so that they can bring home masterpieces in each medium.  


  Drawing

Heckler
  6-12
  $25/month

$0 Supply
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.  Students will be given a specific supply list for what to purchase for the class.
Art From Life

Raifford
 5-8

9-12
 $30/month
TBD Supply
 Description to come.  
Fall: Drawing from life
Spring: Painting from life
 

Performing Arts

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 Grade
 Costs
 
 Ballet

Hulsey
 K4-4
$30/month

$45 costume / semester 
 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 payable in three installments of $15, to be paid in full by October (fall) and March (spring).   


Drama

Bailey Miller
  K4-2
  $25/month

$10 supply/ year
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 stress-free 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 each semester, the focus will be more on skills and less on performance. This is a great class to help children 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.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes.

Drama

Bailey Miller
  3-6
 $25/month

$10 supply/ year
 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 stress-free 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 each semester, the focus will be more on skills and less on performance. This is a great class to help children 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.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes.

 Theatrical Production

Bailey Miller
  6-9
 $25/month

$15 supply/ year
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 stand-alone performance of a one-act play that will be selected by the Director and/or an Acting Showcase. 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.
 Theatrical Production

Bailey Miller
  9-12
$25/month

$15 supply/ year 
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 stand-alone performance of a one-act play that will be selected by the Director and/or an Acting Showcase. 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.
  Musical Theatre, Beginner

Delk & Hulsey
  6-12
$30/month

$10 supply/ year
This musical theatre class is for students who are ready to learn,  develop, and/or improve 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 perform pieces at Compass Family Night programs and at the Spring Arts Festival.  Students will be required to own black dance style pants and black jazz shoes by show dates.  Jazz shoes requested for weekly classes.
Open to students in grades 6 and up OR for students who have completed Ballet II or the equivalent dance program.
Musical Theatre, Advanced

Delk & Hulsey
  9-12
$40/ month

$10 supply/ year

This audition-based musical theatre class will help students grow in their dancing and singing skills.  Students will learn advanced choreography and specific dance styles.  This year's class wil perform at Family Nights as well as feature multiple songs in the Spring Arts Festival.
This is a two-period class to provide a deeper level of instruction in both singing and dancing.  You must sign up for both periods.
Jazz shoes are required for EVERY class and rehearsal.  New and returning students must audition for the class.
 

Music

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 Grade
 Costs
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Music for Little Mozarts

N. Hartgrove
  K4-2
$25/ month

$20 supply/ year
This class is perfect for your child whether or not he/she has any music exposure.  We will explore musical concepts such as steady beat, pitch matching, and notation through song, movement, games, and instruments.  We will also learn about some composers as well as build a musical vocabulary. This class incorporates performance with a feature at family night.
Music & Chorus

N. Hartgrove
  3-6
$25/ month

$20 supply/ year

Calling all singers!  This class will focus on group singing skills and fun choreography.  We will sing a variety of musical genres including religious, multi-cultural, and Broadway pieces.  Learning will also include music theory and notation. We will perform at Compass and community events.  
  Piano for Beginners

N. Hartgrove
  K-8
$30/month

TBD Supply
Perfect exposure to piano before committing to private lessons, this class is for the student who is curious about piano.  We will explore parts of the piano, basic piano playing fundamentals, and create sound through playing piano. Weekly practice is expected.  Owning a piano or keyboard is expected. As part of the class, students are expected to bring a keyboard to class each week. Please contact the teacher if you are interested but do not own a keyboard.  
 Piano, Intermediate Level

N. Hartgrove
 2-12
 $30/month

TBD Supply
This class is for the student who can already identify middle C, understands basic piano hand position, has limited music reading skills, and has access to an instrument to practice.  During the class we will build on playing skills incorporating two hand playing, pieces with the pedal, and different styles of music. We will build music theory skills. As part of the class, students are expected to bring a keyboard to class each week

  Guitar for Beginners

J. Hartgrove
  3-12
 $30/month

$10 supply/ year
  Beginner Level Guitar is guided by the driving question:  What do I want to accomplish on the instrument?  Emphasis will be placed on the skills required to play rhythm guitar (chord strumming):  open chord shapes, finger fluency, harmonic progressions, pick control, and rhythm patterns.  Related topics will include guitar anatomy, “care and feeding,” reading chord diagrams and tablature, tuning techniques, scale shapes, and basic music theory.
Each lesson will include demonstration, hands-on modeling, guided practice with specific techniques in small groups, and specific feedback individually.  A variety of resources will be used to create lesson plans and packets for students. Each student’s course of study will be customized according to age and ability level to maximize skill acquisition and enjoyment.  The approach is very hands-on and practical, designed with the end goal in mind: students will fluently strum chord progressions in a variety of rhythmic styles and musical genres.  Students will be expected to actively participate in small group lessons, demonstrate mastery individually with the instructor, and ultimately take part in group performances for the Compass Community.  Students will provide their own acoustic guitars with either nylon (preferred for younger) or steel (suitable for older) strings. The instructor is available for a consultation to assess students’ goals and placement.
 Guitar, Intermediate Level

J. Hartgrove
 4-12
 $30/month

$10 supply/ year
Intermediate Level Guitar builds on and reinforces the skills from Beginner Level, broadening to include increased chord vocabulary, greater rhythmic complexity, intensified fine-motor control, and expanded knowledge of the fretboard.  Topics will include barre chords, moveable scale shapes, blues progressions, and more sophisticated song structures. As appropriate, lead guitar playing will also be introduced (playing solos and riffs) and include single-note techniques such as hammer-on, pull-off, string bending, and advanced pick control.
Class instruction and resources will be the same format as Beginner Level.  The course of study may also be customized for each student to include specific areas of interest:  classical PIMA, folk finger-style, flamenco, bluegrass flat-picking, metal, etc. As students progress, the goal remains focused on skill and enjoyment:  students will perform an expanding variety and complexity of musical genres.  Students will be expected to actively participate in small group lessons, demonstrate mastery individually with the instructor, and ultimately take part in group performances for the Compass Community.  Students will provide their own acoustic guitars with either nylon or steel strings. When suitable, lessons may also be supplemented with electric guitar. The instructor is available for a consultation to assess students’ goals and placement.
 

Languages

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Beginner Spanish

Steele
 K4-3
$25/month
$10 supply/ year 
In this introductory level Spanish course, your student will gain a command of conversational skills in a foreign language while also being exposed to the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. The main focus at this level will be conversation, with an emphasis on the student's ability to talk about him or herself. We will also do fun crafts and activities to reinforce the new words and ideas we're learning.  
 Spanish I

Nunez
 8-12
Included in MAP tuition

A la carte pricing:
$65/month

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

Nunez
 9-12
 Included in MAP tuition 

A la carte pricing:
$65/month

This 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

*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 II instead of the whole Monday program, it is available a la carte for $65

American Sign Language

Mills
 K4-3
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
  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 will be tailored to each student's current skill level, so new and returning students are encouraged to sign up.
 American Sign Language

Mills
 4-8
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
  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 will be tailored to each student's current skill level, so new and returning students are encouraged to sign up.
 American Sign Language 
I & II

Mills
 8-12
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
  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.  Instruction will be tailored to each student's current skills level, so new students can begin with ASL I while returning students may claim ASL II.

Logic & Rhetoric

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Logic & Problem Solving

Leach
  5-10
 $25/month

TBD Supply
This course is for those who delight in solving challenging problems and expanding their brain power in a fun and exciting environment! Class time will be used to analyze 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 out-of-the-box thinking skills while working together to solve problems with creativity, imagination, and brainpower.
 Public Speaking

Heckler
 6-12
 $25/month

$0 supply/ year
 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.
 Leadership

Dennis
9-12
  $25/month

$0 supply
This practical course is designed to help students develop 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 includes in-class practice activities and many real-life applications as students work together to plan, implement, and lead projects and activities for Compass students.  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.

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. Additionally, as this class functions as a student council for Compass, students must be enrolled in at least 4 other Compass classes (Monday or Wednesday) in order to participate in the Leadership class so they have an appropriate awareness of "student life" at Compass.
 

Science & Math

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 Grade
 Costs
 
Natural Scientists

Holman
 K4-3
$25/month

$25 supply/ semester
Kids love nature! Everywhere we turn we can learn about nature. In this science class, students will explore many of nature's best phenomenons. We will study weather and learn about the water cycle, rainbows, clouds and various types of weather. We will also study each season as they approach to learn the why's and how's of seasonal changes. As weather permits, we will explore nature outside and even try our green thumbs at growing a plant. Students will love a hands-on class that allows them to explore the natural world around them through fun activities, crafts, experiments and projects!
 Math Monkeys

Holman
 K4-2
$25/month

$20 supply/ semester 
 Let’s go bananas for math! Math is all around us every day. In this class, students will learn early math concepts and how they apply to our daily routines. Through games, hands on activities and interactive play, students will gain knowledge in basic concepts such as patterns, addition & subtraction, counting by groups, shapes, time, money and other topics related to early elementary math. Exploration of numbers and mathematical concepts will help provide a positive foundation for more advanced math in the future.
Science Alive!

Rupers
 K4-3
  $25/month

$25 supply/ semester
 Join us as we explore God’s wonderfully wild animal kingdom! In this hands-on, experience-based class, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects & arachnids, and much more! We will be visited by the UGA Insect Zoo, local farmers, and many other special guests who will bring live animals for us to see up close! 
 Train Your Brain

Bidwell
 2-5
 $25/month

$30 supply/ semester
 Join this class for hands-on cognitive training (but the kids will just think it’s nonstop fun)! We will utilize exercises and games from Dr. Carol Brown’s Equipping Minds therapy program to stimulate visual/auditory processing, phonemic awareness and working memory!  These activities are beneficial for every brain! Whether you have a struggling reader, a child who struggles with memorization, or a child that just simply wants to improve their cognitive skill set – join us to Train Your Brain! Join this class for hands-on cognitive training (but the kids will just think it’s nonstop fun)! We will utilize exercises and games from Dr. Carol Brown’s Equipping Minds therapy program to stimulate visual/auditory processing, phonemic awareness and working memory!  These activities are beneficial for every brain! Whether you have a struggling reader, a child who struggles with memorization, or a child that just simply wants to improve their cognitive skill set – join us to Train Your Brain!
  Science Alive!

Rupers
  4-6
$25/month

$25 supply/ semester 
Join us as we explore God’s wonderfully wild animal kingdom! In this hands-on, investigation-based class, we’ll carry out observations and experiments to learn about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects & arachnids, and much more! We will be visited by the UGA Insect Zoo, local farmers, and many other special guests who will bring live animals for us to see up close!  In this class for upper elementary students, we will also delve into some more technical details of animal characteristics and practice the scientific method.
  Science by Design

Rupers
  5-9
  $25/month

$25 supply/ semester
   Though many children’s science books teach as settled facts that the earth is billions of years old, that humans evolved from apelike ancestors, and that the earth began with a (Big) Bang, scientists don’t all agree! Science is not only compatible with the Bible; science was designed by God. In this hands-on, activity-based science class, we will explore many branches of science in light of scripture and by examining the evidence in the world around us. For example, when we study the ways that fossils form, we will make our own fossil replicas while we learn amazing facts. Did you know that there are 1,000 massive, documented fossil beds around the world?  What about.that marine fossils are regularly found at the tops of mountains and in upper layers of rock in the Grand Canyon? Students will practice the scientific method and learn to use scientific terminology accurately to describe events, phenomena, and living things in our world!
 Fun with Chemistry

Mosley
  8-12
  TBD
Chemistry labs can ignite a student's passion for science in general and for chemistry in particular. In this Fun with Chemistry class, the focus will be on hands-on labs and experiments.  Students will get to see chemistry in action as they combine sodium hydrogen carbonate, calcium gluconate, and hexamrthylene to make a carbon smake erupt or ignite magneisum or copper to watch the different colored flames.  This lab class can be taken as a fun elective class with no outside coursework OR it can be used as the lab portion of a chemistry class students are doing at home.  *It does not follow a specifc curriculum or text
 Physical Science
for Elementary & Middle

Altman
 3-4
5-8
Included in MAP tuition

$0 supply

A la carte pricing:
$30/month
 Have fun with electricity, magnetism, and light; learn about machines and technology with hands-on activities and experiments. This fascinating series studies motion, energy, and technology and inventions.  This class is intended to be a full curriclulum.  Students will use class time to complete experiments and discuss concepts from the book.  At home, students will complete assigned reading and questions.  Upper elementary and middle school students will also take tests.  The teacher will provide graded assesment.

MAP class - only offered on Mondays, available as part of the MAP package or a la carte.
Apologia Physical Science

MAP teacher
8-12
 Included in MAP tuition
$30 supply/ semester

A la carte pricing:
$60 
 In this study of Physical Science, students will be introduced to the stunning world they live in as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air to icebergs to astrophysics, students will receive thorough lessons in each element of the physical world. This science has a math component as students will be expected to convert between units and measure velocity, volume, and more.  Students should be in pre-algebra or above while taking this class in order to have the pre-requisite math skills.  This class can be used to satisify one of the lab science credits for high school students.

Students  will be expected to read at home, complete questions, and take tests to turn in.  The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. 
 Biology

MAP teacher
 9-12
 Included in MAP tuition

$40 supply/ semester

A la carte pricing:
$60 
 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. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Please note that this course does not contain a discussion of human anatomy and physiology. Lab work will include microscope labs and plenty of dissection!
Students  will be expected to read at home, complete questions, and take tests to turn in.  The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.
 Environmental Science

Mosley
9-12
  Included in MAP tuition
$30 supply/ semester

A la carte pricing:
$60 

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 inlcude 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 will satisfy one high school science credit.


The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. 

 
 
 
 

Social Studies & Language Arts

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Grade
 Costs
 
 Creative Learning

Holman
K4-2
 A & B
$45/month
$30 supply/ semester

A OR B
$25/month
$15 supply/ semester


 

Come and enjoy a Charlotte Mason-inspired early elementary program based on living books and creative learning! This is designed to be a two period class, however, if two periods don't work for your schedule, you can sign up for either time block. A class discount is provided when you sign up for both.

The first half of the class (period A) will include stories with some culinary creations. The children will enjoy a snack together while listening to story time. Well-loved classics as well as tales by modern authors will be read aloud. This year, we will incorporate stories about famous artists, famous composers, different cultures, and much more.  

The second half of the class will (period B) will include movement and learning games, crafts, and lots of social interaction! When both classes are combined, your student will encounter a well rounded Charlotte Mason style learning experience that they will be sure to enjoy! (Please check with the teacher before registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated as a snack will be provided.)


 Our Great States!

Thacker
K4-3
$25/month

$20 supply/ semester 
Join us as we travel on an exciting adventure across our great United States!  Along with important information about the states like state capitals, flags, geography and history we will also be exploring fun things like regional and local culture, traditions, events, foods, legends, stories and landmarks. We will look at the uniqueness of each region and state but also the similarities we all share as Americans. As we learn about the states we will create a variety of projects, read stories, make crafts, play games and enjoy snacks from the different regions across our remarkable country.  Throughout the year we will map our travels and create memory books as we explore our great states!
 Community Helpers

Hunsinger
 K4-4
 $25/month
TBD Supply
  Who are the people in your neighborhood?  In this class, students will learn about various people who make their community go 'round from librarians to nurses and firefighters to police officers.  Class time wil be spent learning about our communityhelpers and building a notebook to take home at the end of the year.  Highlights of the class will include visits from local police officers, EMTs, medical professionals, and a field trip to the fire station!
 Poetry Tea Time

Massey
K4-3 
 $20/month

$0 supply
While enjoying a proper tea party with friends, we’ll work on etiquette and manners all while listening to beautiful poetry! Each week a student will be responsible for bringing in a snack from home to serve to the class. Please keep in mind that food and beverages will be a part of this class so we may need parent assistance if your child has a food allergy.
  Folk Tales, Fables, and Fairy Tales

Massey
  1-3
 $30/month

$0 Supply
   This class is about bringing stories to life! Students will listen to new stories each week that will appeal to both boys and girls: Henny Penny, The Brave Little Tailor, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Lion and the Mouse, The Milkmaid and Her Pail, The Fox and the Goat and many more. They’ll explore the stories through creating mini-books and crafts, as well as practicing summarizing and sequencing skills. Children do not need to be independently reading or writing. This class is appropriate for all levels of readers and writers.
 American Girl

Massey
 3-6
 $35/month
$0 supply
  Does your child love American Girls? Would they like to be more hands-on when learning about American History all while making new friends? If so, then this class is for them! Each semester we will explore history through the eyes of three different characters. We’ll immerse ourselves in various time periods through crafts, games, dances, and tea parties! There will also be an optional movie night each semester! Students are required to read three books a semester outside of class: First semester: Meet Felicity, Meet Kirsten, Meet Addy Walker. Second Semester: Meet Samantha, Meet Kit, Meet Molly.
 Global Missions - Interactive!

Bidwell
 3-8
 $25/month

$15supply/ semester
Learn about missions from a new perspective!  In this multimedia-rich class, we will explore missions in an interactive way.  We will Skype with missionary families in Africa, write to missionary kids on the other side of the world, and learn about their daily lives and the work they do! We will celebrate as we observe cultures receive God’s word in their language for the first time.  We will explore how God is growing His church all over the globe and how we can be a part of it! As a former international missionary, I am excited to watch God stir young people’s hearts to take the gospel to the nations!
 Our Great States!

Thacker
 4-7
$25/month

$20 supply/ semester 
 Join us as we travel on an exciting adventure across our great United States!  Along with important information about the states like state capitals, flags, geography and history we will also be exploring fun things like regional and local culture, traditions, events, foods, legends, stories and landmarks. We will look at the uniqueness of each region and state but also the similarities we all share as Americans. As we learn about the states we will create a variety of projects, read stories, make crafts, play games and enjoy snacks from the different regions across our remarkable country.  Throughout the year we will map our travels and create memory books as we explore our great states!
  Grammar

Delk
  4-8
 $25/month

$0 supply
In this course, students will be introduced to the ideas of English grammar in easy-to-understand lessons.  Using Junior Analytical Grammar, the teacher will cover the conent in class and assign work to be completed by students at home.  The text consists of “notes, which are really a series of questions and activities designed to help the child understand the grammatical concepts and written exercises.

Students will be expected to purchase the textbook and complete work outside of class time.

Book Club

Steele
 4-8
 $25/month

TBD supply
 This is a class for the kid who loves to read! Students will be given their choice between several titles, all newer releases, and will form discussion groups based on those choices. For the first semester, themes will include: World Book Tour, students will pick a title that takes place in a part of the world that interests them and present at the end of the first month; Comic-Con: students will pick from a range of age-appropriate graphic novels and will spend class time planning a con table with fan fiction they've written, costumes, discussion questions, etc.; Book Tastings: book choices will include food-themed stories and students will create foods and presentations based on their books.
Creative Writing

Semple
  5-9
9-12
  25/month
TBD Supply
 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, developing a blog 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. 
 Intro to Shakespeare

Craig
 7-12
 $25/month

TBD supply
 Join us for a fun and interactive look at some of Shakespeare’s most well known works. We will 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 modern writing and art. We will take a look at several different plays and sonnets and his use of meter, character, and plot. Whether you’re passionate about Shakespeare or have never read anything he wrote and want to learn more, this is the class for you.
 Sociology & You - Intro to Sociology

What Makes Us Tick - Intro to Psychology

Leach
 9-12
 $25/month

TBD supply
 

(Fall) Sociology is an elective course designed to familiarize students with various cultures and the problems resulting from people living in groups. We will cover such topics as culture, subcultures, social institutions, collective behavior, social change, social deviation, the family, religion, racial and ethnic minorities, poverty, and crime. The latter portion of this course deals specifically with the pressing problems of our society, their causes, and possible solutions.

Class time will consist of lecture, discussion and hands-on activities.  Additionally, there will be homework assignments and/or projects. High school students in this course may receive 0.5 elective credit. (Grades 9-12 – younger students may be accepted with instructor’s permission.)


(Spring) Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress.  Intro to Psychology cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing!

From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can’t get anywhere else.  

Class time will consist of lecture, discussion and hands-on activities.  Additionally, there will be homework assignments and/or projects. High school students in this course may receive 0.5 elective credit.  (Grades 9-12 – younger students may be accepted with instructor’s permission.)

*This is not a Christian curriculum, but we will address our topics from a Christian worldview when applicable.

 This Great Nation - A Course in Civics

Leach
 9-12
  $25/month

TBD supply
 Why do we study civics?  Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship as well as the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.  It is important that we study it because it helps us understand how the government works.

Beginning with a look at how government developed, this fun and engaging course covers such topics as our federal constitution, political parties, and government policy and involvement in various areas of our lives, including the economy, education and foreign affairs. The course stresses the importance of citizen involvement.

Lessons in this course include describing actions in the process of lawmaking, distinguishing among the various powers vested in the three branches of government, developing a position on the appropriate means of funding local services, and drafting a letter outlining a proposed solution for a current issue of the student’s own choosing.  High school students in this course may receive 0.5 elective credit.


Literature & Composition

Kaes
Dennis
Altman
 3-4

5-6

7-9A
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte: $30/month

$0 supply
Literature and Writing assignments will tie in with the history study as students learn to 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. 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. 
For writing and grammar in the elementary grades, students will use Rod and Staff's English series, a comprehensive and thorough (albeit old-fashioned) grammar program.
For writing and grammar at the middle school level, students will use Easy Grammar Ultimate Series as a grammar review and a variety of writing exercises including cretive writing, essays, poetry, and more.
*Offered on Mondays only*
History

Kaes
Ham
 3-4

5-6

7-8
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte:
$30/month

$0 supply
Join us for an exciting journey through the early Modern World with a focus on American History!  Using Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times, students will learn about the major historical events in the years 1600 to 1850, as well as geography, crafts, and tales from each culture.

This year will also focus heavily on early American history as students study how America transformed from an "undiscovered" continent to series of colonies, to a budding new country.
*Offered on Mondays only*
 American Literature & Composition

Dennis
 9B-10

11-12
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte: 
$30/month

$0 supply
 Students will embark on an overview of American literature from the founding of the nation to contemporary pieces. Literary study will be infused with historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. Literary terms and elements of poetry will be discussed throughout this course. Grammar instruction will be given through various writing assignments as well as daily review assignments. Writing assignments will include responses to literature journal entries, essays, and creative writing.  Students will be assigned novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction articles for outside class reading.  Students will be graded based on grade level, and this course can be used as an "English I, II, III, IV" credit or as an American Literature and Composition course (however you choose to list English classes on your transcript).  
Honors option available
*Offered on Mondays only*
 U.S. History

Ham
 9-10

11-12
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte: $30/month

$0 supply
U.S. History is a required high school course focusing on the study of  American history from 1600 to the present. Students will participate in the examination of the discovery of America, the colonization era, the founding of a nation, the Civil War, the Progressive Era, The Jazz Age, world wars and cold wars, depression, civil rights, Watergate, and America today. An in-depth investigation of historical events and periods, the fostering of multicultural awareness, the recognition of ethical, civic, and democratic values present in American history, and the development of a historical perspective in relation to contemporary events represent the major aspects of the course. 
Honors option available.
* Offered on Mondays only*

Recreational Classes

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 Games, Games, and More Games!

Thacker
 K4-3
 $25/month

$20 supply/ semester
 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 mixture of indoor and outdoor games, gross and fine motor skill games, thinking and learning games, games that allow them to move, and even create 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.

If your child participated in this class before, new and fun activities and games will be added this year, in addition to many of the best loved games from last year.

 
Lego Building Challenge 
I & II

Thacker
 K4-3

3-7
  $25/month

$25 supply/ year
Calling all LEGO-maniacs and kids who enjoy being creative!  Each week in class, students will have fun working to complete a LEGO challenge. Students will be given a large 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 as they share their Lego creations at the end of each class.  

If your child has previously taken the LEGO Building Challenge class, new challenges, construction skills and new learning with Legos activities will be added this year, keeping it fresh and fun for those who have taken it before.

LEGO Challenge Level 1 is for younger kids, those without much building experience, or those children who need a little more instruction and guidance with each activity. Challenges will be fun but simpler, allowing the students to explore, build, create and learn beginning construction skills.

LEGO Challenge Level 2 is for older children or those who have had a lot of building experience with LEGOS.  This group will take it to the next level in their building and creative skills by increasing the level of challenge difficulty and working with more advanced pieces and construction skills.  Surprise elements will be added during the challenges to increase problem solving and thinking skills


Dangerous Class for Kids

Steele
 3-6
 $25/month

$20 supply/ semester
Based on the books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, this class will equip your student with boredom-busting fun and adventure. Throughout the year, we will explore everything from battery making to pressing and preserving flowers. We'll learn about famous explorers, adventurers, and battles in history, star formations, and the solar system. There's something for everyone in this class that is sure to introduce your child to old ways of creating new fun!

*Not offered to students who have already completed the class*


 Archery

          Liedberg
  3-12
 $35/month

$35 bow

$15 supply/ semester
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 third grade and up! The initial bow fee provides students with their own bow to keep. (Students who already own a bow will not need to pay a bow fee if their bow passes inspection).  The supply fee covers targets and arrows (which are in continual need of replenishing.
Team Sports

Holman
 3-7
  $20/month
Let’s play ball, y’all! This class is an introductory class to team sports. Students will have the opportunity to spend several weeks each learning flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball and kickball. Basic rules of the game as well as technique will be introduced. Students are not required to have previous experience. When given the opportunity, students in this class will team up with the older team sports class to scrimmage and play together. Equipment will be provided for use in this class; however, for the safety of the student, athletic shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes) are required for participation
 Team Sports

Ham
 8-12
 $20/month
Whether your student loves to play sports or can't tell a football from a baseball, this class will be great.  Students will have the opportunity to spend several weeks each learning flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball and kickball. Basic rules of the game as well as technique will be introduced for those who are unfamiliar with the games.  Plenty of time will be spent on the fields and courts for kids to actually play each game. When given the opportunity, students in this class will team up with the younger team sports class to scrimmage and play together. Equipment will be provided for use in this class; however, for the safety of the student, athletic shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes) are required for participation 
 

Practical Skills

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Mom & Me Candy Making

Semple
K4 - 6 
  $25/month

$30 supply/ semester
Have you ever wondered about how candy shops make all of those fancy designs? In this class we will explore candy making techniques and designs that cover many different types of candy. Together we will learn fudge making, truffles, molded candies, chocolate designs, mints, rock candies, divinity, marshmellow candies, bark, brittle, ganache and so much more! This is a great opportunity to learn together as a family! Participants will complete class with a full notebook that includes all of the recipes we have tested and tasted from class.

Mom and Me Candy Making us for students ages 4 & up with parent present or 4th -6th grade if student only (mom is welcome to join as well).  Tuition and supply costs only apply to the students, not the moms.


 Candy Making

Semple
 7-12 
 $25/month

$30 supply/ semester
Have you ever wondered about how candy shops make all of those fancy designs? In this class we will explore candy making techniques and designs that cover many different types of candy. Together we will learn fudge making, truffles, molded candies, chocolate designs, mints, rock candies, divinity, marshmallow candies, bark, brittle, ganache and so much more! Participants will complete class with a full notebook that includes all of the recipes we have tested and tasted from class, and also complete recipes they have created using these techniques.
 Cooking

Semple
  3-7
  $25/month

$30 supply/ semester
Are you ready to learn to cook? This class is designed to teach basic 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.
 Cooking

Semple
 7-12 
  $25/ month

$30 supply/ semester
 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, with a final project including a self made cookbook with recipes they have designed along the way.
 Building Workshop

Holman
  2-6
  $25/ month

$30 supply/ semester
In this class, students will develop basic skills needed to build and finish simple wood projects. Emphasis will be placed on proper safety with basic tools such as screwdrivers and hammers. Students will take pride in building and painting each project to completion. Bird feeders, picture frames, and magazine racks are just a few of the exciting projects students will learn to build and bring home. No previous experience required, however a positive attitude to try something new is highly encouraged!
 Survival Skills

Holman
 6-12 
 $25/ month

TBD supply
  Join us as we learn the basics of survival.  In Survival Skills, students will a=gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas including but not limited to solar cooking, water filtration, plant/animal/insect identifications, and basic first aid.  We will even study natural remedies using native plants. Students will practice preparing a safe camp site, building a fire, and even cooking outdoors. In this class, students will spend most of the class tie engaged in hands-on opportunities related to learning the basic skills of survival as well as practical living skills.  
 Fiber Arts

Steele 
  4-12
 $25/month

TBD supply
Fiber Arts will be a tour of all the great things that we can make with wool. Students will have the chance to try their hands at weaving, macrame, knitting and crocheting. We’ll spend time learning about the different types of fiber, the creation of yarn, and some basic dyeing techniques.