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Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

2020-2021  Course Descriptions

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

Science, Technology, & Math

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 Grade
 Costs
Science All Around Us

Holman
 K4-3
$25/month

$25 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Kids love nature! Everywhere we turn we can learn about nature. In this science class, students will explore the wonders of the plant and fungi kingdoms. We will also study about our favorite trees, flowers, seeds, which plants are helpful or harmful  as well as pollinators and how plants grow. 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

$25 supply/ semester 

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 

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. **This class is for the beginning math learner or for the learner who might need a little more help in the areas listed above. A survey will be sent to parents after registering to gauge where your child is with beginner math concepts so the teacher can properly align the activities with the needs of the students.**

STEAM Challenges

Thacker
K-3

4-7
  $25/ month

$25 supply / semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 
 In STEAM challenge, students will be given a variety of fun and interesting materials each week to complete a specific challenge in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Math. Working in teams, they will build, design, question, deduce, strategize, create, problem solve, and experiment to complete the challenge, then present their projects at the end of class. One week, they might be given 12 straws, a piece of bubble wrap, 16 paperclips, cardboard tubes, tape, and two index cards and be challenged to create a vehicle that can transport something, powered only by blowing on it. The next week they may be given a small motor, some gears, building materials, and ping pong balls and be challenged to find a way to move the balls from one end of their invention to the other. Each week they will not only challenge their critical thinking skills and creativity, but will also be urged to build their collaboration skills while working with their group. Students will be encouraged to persevere when something doesn’t work the first, second, or even third time, but to learn from their failures and keep working until a solution can be found. They will not only learn to think outside the box to solve problems, but will feel empowered and excited about learning.
 Unlikely Animal Friends

Massey
 1-4
 $25/month

$0 supply
 WEDNESDAY ONLINE
Sometimes animals act in ways that seemingly go against all their instincts. Join us as we explore stories of animals that have formed unusual relationships. We will also learn facts about the animals in the stories and why that makes their friendships so unlikely. The class will involve presentation, video, and lots of group discussion. $10 per additional sibling
 Everyday
Chemistry

Saladino
1-4

5-8
$25/ month

$25/sem Supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 
Why does bacon smell so good? Why do eggs float in salt water and not in fresh? How do diapers work, and why do batteries die? In this class we will look at the world around us and discover that there is chemistry everywhere, and it is interesting! Kids will get introduced to chemistry in a way that is relatable and memorable.
Logic & Math Games

Saladino
 4-8
  $25/month

$5 supply/
semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
We will work together on logic problems that students can trick their friends and family with. We'll do logic problems, play math games, and sneak in some real world math applications. Math should be fun!
 Vet Science

Liedberg
 5-8
  $25/month

$25 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 
This class will introduce students to the different breeds and species of animals. We will explore the animals' behaviors, basic needs and roles in our communities. Not only will we explore domestic animal and pets, but we will discuss livestock and some wildlife. Students will learn about the animals' body systems and how to provide basic care and monitor vital signs. There will be hands-on days where we will observe and study live animals. 
  Code Quest

Steele
   3-8+
  $25/ month

$0 supply
 WEDNESDAY ONLINE
An express course designed for multiple age levels, this class will use code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals to expose your student to introductory coding concepts. Topics covered will include internet safety, sequences, loops, conditionals, functions, and variables. This class is for the student who has always wanted to learn the basics of coding, but isn't sure where to start. We will use Scratch-based drag and drop activities, including the opportunity to make your own art (fall) and game (spring) by the end of the year. Access to a personal laptop is  required.  $10/month to add an additional sibling to the class
 Financial Literacy & Life Skills

Saladino
 9-12
 $30/ month

$40 supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 
FALL: The course will use Dave Ramsey's 12-week Foundations in Personal Finance for homeschool curriculum. The program has videos for every lesson and includes topics such as the history of personal finance in America, saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing & retirement, insurance, careers & taxes, and giving. The video series will  be followed by weekly discussion and a fun end-of-semester project. 

SPRING: This semester will include life skills topics such as grocery shopping on a budget, test taking strategies, time management, how & what to cook in the microwave, mock interviews, tips for getting and staying organized, and more.
 MAP 
Elementary & Middle
Science: Human Anatomy

Padgett
1-7
Included in MAP tuition

$35 supply

A la carte pricing:
$30/month
 MONDAY TRADITIONAL 
In this course, students will be introduced to science concepts and be able to explore the natural world through hands-on lessons and experiments.  Material will be taught at a grade-appropriate level, and at-home assignments will be given.  This year, students will be using Apologia's Young Explorer series: Human Anatomy and Physiology.  This study will provide a comprehensive looks at the amazing features and intricate design of the human body.  Kids will learn about DNA and cell creation to the various systems that make up the body as well as health and nutrition information.  The textbook is written in an enjoyable, conversational tone that will keep kids engaged, and students will use the notebooking journals for a Charlotte'Mason approach to learning.  The teacher will provide assessment and feedback throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May
All MAP science students will be expected to participate in the Compass Science Fair in the spring.

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

Padgett
  7-8
 
Included in MAP tuition

$35 supply

A la carte pricing:
$60/month
 MONDAY TRADITIONAL
In this course, students will be introduced to the scientific method as they apply it to the concepts studied in this class.  Using Apologia's General Science curriculum, students will benefit from the experience of real labs and hands-on learning.  This course is designed to help students prepare for the high school science courses that lie ahead. The teacher will provide assessment and feedback throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May
All MAP science students will be expected to participate in the Compass Science Fair in the spring.

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

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

A la carte pricing:
$65

MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING 

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 8-12 and will satisfy one high school science credit.  The teacher will provide grades throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May. 

All MAP science students will be expected to participate in the Compass Science Fair in the spring.

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

Smith
 9-12
 Included in MAP tuition

$45 supply/ semester

A la carte pricing:
$65
 MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING
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.
Text book TBA
All MAP science students will be expected to participate in the Compass Science Fair in the spring.
Masks are strongly requested
MAP class - only offered on Mondays, available as part of the MAP package or a la carte.
 MAP
Chemistry

Smith


9-12
  Included in MAP tuition
$45 supply/ semester

A la carte pricing:
$65
MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING
Chemistry is the study of the structure and composition of matter that makes up living things and their environment. This course will also deal with the study of the changes of matter and the mechanisms by which changes occur. This course is recommended for college-bound students who have completed Algebra I or higher. In this course, we will cover topics such as matter, chemical reactions, solutions, and nuclear chemistry. In class and virtual labs will be conducted for most chapters. 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. 
Text book TBA
All MAP science students will be expected to participate in the Compass Science Fair in the spring.
Masks are strongly requested
MAP class - only offered on Mondays, available as part of the MAP package or a la carte.

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


WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.

During our two period block of time together, we start by enjoying a snack together followed by storytime. Well-loved classics as well as tales by modern authors will be read aloud. From there we bring our stories to life through games, crafts and learning centers related to our books. This class is an excellent opportunity for your little ones to engage in hands on activities that will stimulate both their minds and creativity as well as provide them with lots of social interaction. (Please check with the teacher prior to registering to see if dietary restrictions can be accommodated as a snack will be provided each class).


 Poetry & Story Time

Massey
K4-3 
 $20/month

$0 supply
WEDNESDAY ONLINE
Each week will begin with introductions. After friends greet each other, I will read a selection of poetry and a short story. Students may bring their own tea and favorite stuffed animal. We will discuss literary devices, work on memorization of poetry and conclude class with “share time”! $25/month ($10 per additional sibling)Each week will begin with introductions. After friends greet each other, I will read a selection of poetry and a short story. Students may bring their own tea and favorite stuffed animal. We will discuss literary devices, work on memorization of poetry and conclude class with “share time”! $25/month ($10 per additional sibling)
 Handwriting

Keeling
 K4-3
 $25/month

supply $20/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL 
So often students find learning to how to write to be boring and repetitive, but handwriting CAN be fun!!  This class uses a multi-sensory approach to teach correct letter formation, neatness, and legibility. Instruction is based primarily in the Zane-Bloser alphabet, but aspects of Hand-Writing-Without-Tears will also be incorporated. 

Students just beginning to learn handwriting, as well as those needing fine-tuning for neatness and legibility can benefit from this class.

 Little House on the Prairie

Mauldin
  2-6
 
$25/month

$30 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
The Little House on the Prairie books continue to capture the hearts and the imaginations of the young and old alike. Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, this timeless and classic series remains a favorite to this day. These beloved books tell the true story of Laura’s childhood as an American pioneer and give a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier. Over the course of two semesters, students will study various American poets, artists, and composers/hymns from this special time period in history, as well as become familiar with native plants of the frontier due to Ms. Wilder’s deep and lifelong love of nature. So, travel back in time with a heartwarming, endearing family through Charlotte Mason narration, Socratic discussion, several crafts, such as homemade rag dolls and corn husk dolls, soap making, painting a wooden peg doll family, straw hats with embellishments, paper dolls, a simple embroidery project, & more, as well as engaging activities and an end of the semester celebration that make history come alive!

Books Required: (Fall) The Little House on the Prairie (Book #3 in series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder; (Spring) On the Banks of Plum Creek (Book #4 in series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 I Have a Story to Tell

Thacker
2-5
 $25/month

$20 supply/ semester

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

Calling all storytellers! Is your child creative and full of great ideas for stories? Or maybe they have ideas but struggle to start writing because you just aren’t sure how? In I Have a Story to Tell!, students will have an opportunity to develop their writing and storytelling skills. We will explore different types of stories through writing, speaking, and book making! Ideas will be introduced using children’s literature, a variety of story starter ideas, and student lead ideas. As we work to create different styles and genres of stories, including adventure, mystery, fairy tales, comedy, science fictions, true life and more, students will make different types of books to share their short stories, including shape books, accordion books, pop-ups, comics, and others. Students will also build their oral story telling skills and learn about factors such as tone, volume of voice, facial expressions, and more.

This is a beginning writing class, focused on having fun creating their own stories and books but students will be doing the writing. While our stories will be short, students should be able to write well enough to put their words on the paper without getting frustrated after a sentence or two. Punctuation, grammar, and spelling help will be offered but not emphasized. This class is more about the creative process and having fun writing and illustrating their stories! Along with a variety of story starter ideas, word list suggestions will also be a given to broaden the students vocabulary. As they develop skills in writing and storytelling, their confidence will grow, as will their own unique storybook collection!

Interactive Shakespeare

Craig
 3-6
 $25 tuition
$10 Supply fee
  WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Join us for a fun and interactive look at some of Shakespeare’s most well known works. We’ll explore his language and meter in ways that get the students up on their feet and moving. We’ll also be looking at plot and character from a performance perspective that introduces his timeless stories and poems as more than just words on a page. Students will also get a chance to speak and perform in class (no memorization necessary) and gain an appreciation of what goes into interpreting Shakespeare’s work onstage.
Creative Writing

Semple
  5-9

9-12
  25/month
$10 Supply/ Semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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. 
Modern History Through Literature

Mauldin 
  6-9
 
25/month

$25Supply/ Semester

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

The study of history helps us learn from the past and helps students prepare for the present. Explore life stories of famous men and women and brilliant minds from the American Civil War to modern day times through quality literature, Charlotte Mason narrations, Socratic discussion, optional written assignments, websites, mapping, and a travelling trunk. From sharpshooter Sergeant Alvin C. York to missionary Gladys Aylward, from former slave Frederick Douglas to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and from the Civil War to the Vietnam War and the World Wars & Korean War in between, students will study examples of remarkable men and women worth emulating that demonstrate incredible innovation, determination, and faith. Through captivating stories and a Biblical worldview, students will examine the extraordinary sacrifices of ordinary men and women determined to face overwhelming obstacles with courage and strength of character.  


Required books (can be owned or borrowed): (Fall) Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, The Perilous Road by William O. Steele, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, Sergeant York by John Perry, The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy, Gladys Aylward: Little Woman by Gladys Aylward.  (Spring) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, Air Raid – Pearl Harbor! By Theodore Taylor, Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi, Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie RobinsonWater Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam by Huynh Quang Nhuong

Journey Into Narnia

Mauldin
 5-9
 $25/month

$25/semester supply
   WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
C.S Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia continue to stir the imaginations & hearts of the young & old alike. What exactly is their universal appeal? Calling all sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, come explore this mystery by stepping into the "wardrobe" & discover the hidden story of Narnia. We’ll explore underlying timeless truths & eternal values, revealing an abundance of Biblical parallels & spiritual themes concealed within the realm of Narnia, the mighty lion Aslan, & beyond. In addition to a Charlotte Mason style narration & gentle Socratic questions, students will engage in a "book club" style discussion, examine Biblical connections, and explore the life of the man behind the myth. Students will also study the evacuation & everyday life of WWII British children through pictures & online resources, present one book report to peers on a character of choice, engage in correlating science & art activities, & enjoy a grand finale party, "Tea with Mr. Tumnus," even sampling the infamous Turkish delight.   Are you ready to step into the wardrobe?
Required books: Chronicles of Narnia books 1-4
 Shakespeare: Play by Play

Craig
 7-12
 $25/month

$10 supply/ Fall semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
 This in depth class takes a close look at three of Shakespeare’s plays over the course of the year. (If you were a part of Intro to Shakespeare last year, we will be looking at all new plays!) 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.
 MAP

Stories, Science, and  History

Kaes

Padgett

 1-3
 Included in MAP tuition

 MONDAY TRADITIONAL
This class is designed for the beginning student.  Class time will be spent reading great stories, learning about events and people in history, performing hands-on science projects and experiments, and making crafts.  Suggested at-home reading for parents and child will complement the in-class studies, and content will go hand-in-hand with what the older elementary and early middle school students are learning in history and science.  This is to be considered an enrichment class while parents focus time at home on developing the child's reading, writing, and math skills.
MAP class - only offered on Mondays, available as part of the MAP package or a la carte.  
 MAP 

Literature and Composition with IEW

Bennet
 3-5
 
Included in MAP tuition


A la carte: $55/month

$0 supply
MONDAY TRADITIONAL 
Humorous characters, cunning creatures, & fascinating facts from science — 3rd-5th graders will truly enjoy writing with All Things Fun and Fascinating. Using IEW's award-winning methods, students build a firm foundation of writing skills that will transfer to all their written assignments.

With Fix-It! students will search for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. This encourages them to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

As icing on the cake, students will read a collection of historical fiction, biographies/true stories, and novels that will mesh with their studies in history class (Story of the World, Volume IV).  

Let the fun begin!

Students in this class will be expected to read and write at home for their weekly assignments.  The teacher will provide feedback and assessment  throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.

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

Literature & Composition

Dennis
Altman
 6-7

7-9
 Included in MAP tuition
A la carte: $65/month

$0 supply
MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING (GR. 7-9)
This language arts class is designed to increase your communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, and studying the English language.  Our primary focus of the class will be to develop competency in different writing styles, apply the rules of grammar, express yourself effectively, and read and appreciate literature of different forms.  Students can expect to read novels, short stories, dramas, poetry, and non-fiction texts.  Writing assignments will include journal responses, essays, reports, and creative pieces.  Vocabulary will be added as needed, but parents are encouraged to complete a vocabulary study at home as a supplement.  Because we are a community of learners, students will be expected at times to work cooperatively with peers and participate in class discussion (listening and speaking respectfully and meaningfully).   The two classes will teach similar concepts but at different levels.  The 7-9 grade class will challenge the students to prepare them for the expectations of high school.  Advanced 7th graders who are reading at or above grade level and are ready for the challenge should take the upper level.   7th graders who are not ready to prepare for high school level work should take the 6-7 grade class. 
The teacher will provide feedback and assessment  throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.

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

World Literature & Composition

Dennis
 9B-10

11-12
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte: 
$65/month

$0 supply
  MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING
Students will embark on an overview of World literature from a variety of cultures and countries. 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 World Literature and Composition course (however you choose to list English classes on your transcript).  
Honors option available
The teacher will provide feedback and assessment  throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.

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

Social Studies

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Around the World

Mauldin
 K4-3
 
$25/month

$30 supply/ semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Travel the world from the comfort of your own classroom! Embark on a guided tour to the continents of Asia, Antarctica, Australia, & Africa. Through a Biblical worldview, discover different cultures through delightful children’s literature, explore the variety of music from each culture, and create nature notebooks that showcase indigenous animals, the geographic elements of the country, and the flag and map. Around the World with Picture Books explores world cultures and geography through art, music, history, poetry, folktales & fables, Socratic questions, and culinary creations from around the globe. Do you have your passport ready?
 Rebel Girls

Massey
 4-8
 
$25/month

$0 supply
 WEDNESDAY ONLINE
Join us as we explore women who have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but are rarely mentioned in our history books. Each semester we will learn “Herstory” through the eyes of women such as Jane Goodall, Mary Anning, and Keiko Fukuda. This class will involve presentation, video, and lots of group discussion. A special note for the boys: This class is open to all! $10 per additional sibling)
Inventors and Inventions

Thacker
  K4-3

4-8
  $25/month

$25 supply/ semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
We’ve all thought, “Someone should invent something to solve that problem, or make this easier,” but what about the people who did just that?

Who invented the microwave? How does it work? What changes did it have to the way we eat? Why were toilets such an important invention? Who came up with idea for chocolate chips?

Join us as we investigate awesome inventions, their inventors and how their creations changed the world!

We will explore great inventions and how they work like the telephone, printing press, penicillin, the airplane, the computer, braille, bubble gum, the zipper, and many more. We will look at the time period surrounding the invention so we can better understand how and why there was a need for the invention and the impact it had on the world then and our lives now.

We will not only explore famous inventors like Davinci, Marie Curie, and George Washington Carver, but also lesser known inventors, including child inventors that have changed the world because of their perseverance, creativity, and sometimes unexpected accidents!

We will discover and observe how the inventions work, deconstructing them, when possible, to take a look inside or create our own versions of them through hands-on projects and activities. In addition, students will work on constructing their own inventions both on paper and from basic materials, inspired by those who took what seemed impossible and made it possible.

  Who Was? Minecraft

Steele
  4-8
  $25/month

$0 supply fee
 WEDNESDAY ONLINE

Take a trip through history using the Who Was book series…with a twist! We’ll read a new Who Was book every few weeks, all while building the world we’re studying in Minecraft. Recreate the city of Pompeii before and after its famous demise, learn about Marie Antoinette’s opulent life before her early death, build a model of the Titanic disaster, and construct the town Milton Hershey created around his world famous chocolate factory. These are just a few of the lives and stories we’ll encounter during this fun and interactive class. Minecraft Bedrock edition is required, but may be accessed via any platform (console or PC). Basic Minecraft knowledge is required as there will not be in-game instruction provided. Students will also be required to acquire each book, either purchasing it or getting it from the library. Here’s a list of the books we’ll be reading this year (5 each semester): 

Pompeii, Blackbeard, Marie Antoinette, Fredrick Douglass, Titanic, Walt Disney, George Washington Carver, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maria Tallchief, Milton Hershey 

$10 to add a sibling

 MAP
History

Kaes
 1-3

3-5

5-7
 
Included in MAP tuition

A la carte:
$30/month

$0 supply
MONDAY TRADITIONAL
Join us for an exciting journey through recent history!  Using Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age, students will learn about the major historical events in the years 1850-present day, as well as geography, crafts, and tales from a variety of cultures.


MAP class - only offered on Mondays, available as part of the MAP package or a la carte.
 
MAP
World Geography

Ham
 6-9
 Included in MAP tuition

A la carte:
$30/month

$0 supply
 MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING
"Geography is a knowledge of place names, location of cultural and physical features, distribution and patterns of languages, religions, economic activities, population and political systems. Physical regions and physical phenomena, such as tectonic activity, landform, climate, bodies of water, soils, and fauna. The changes in places and areas through time, including how people have modified the environment. Cartographers' tools, such as maps, instruments, graphs, and statistics, are also a part of geography." - National Geographic Society
Using Trail Guide to World Geography, we will take a journey to each continent. Students will be able to recognize important characteristics of each continent, read and create maps, identify key geographical terms and more. 
Depending on grade level, this class will be offered as a supplemental, exposure class (grades 6-7 doing Story of the World Hisotry) OR as the main social studies class with homework and outside assignments (grades 7B-9).
HONORS OPTION AVAILABLE

 MAP US Government & Economics

Ham
 9-12
 
Included in MAP tuition

A la carte:
$35/month

$0 supply
MONDAY TRADITIONAL OR STREAMING
Fall: Using Notgrass Exploring Government, students will explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present. Learn about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today. 

Spring: Students will embark on the study of economics as they learn about the choices that societies make regarding the production, distribution, and consumption of goods. We will learn about the economic principles of production, supply and demand, competition, inflation, and saving. We will also play the classroom version of the Stock Market to give hands-on experience of how the stock market works.  Students will use Abeka Economics Work & Prosperity (third edition)

Honors option available
The teacher will provide feedback and assessment  throughout the semester and a final grade in December and May.

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

Languages

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Elementary Spanish

Nunez
 K-5
$25/month
$10 supply/ year 
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
This interactive class introduces students to the sounds and sights of Spanish language and culture. Students will learn through songs, movement, 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.
 Intro to  Spanish

Steele
 4-8
 $25/month

$0 supply
 WEDNESDAY ONLINE
Spanish: this class will open up the wonderful Spanish-speaking world to students from the comfort of their own home! There will be lots of singing, playing games, and fun, all with language acquisition in mind. We will start at the very beginning, working on basic conversation skills and adding more vocabulary as we go. We will also explore cultural expressions from food and holidays, to clothing and music. This class will be great for the brand new to Spanish, and anyone who’s looking to polish their conversation skills as well.  $10 to add a sibling
 Spanish I

Nunez
 8-12
$60/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

This class will be offered again during the school year 2021-2022

 Spanish II

Nunez
 9-12
 $60/month
$10 supply / semester

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

This 2-period 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

 Spanish III

Nunez
 9-12
 $55/month

$10 supply / semester

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL WITH EXTRA ONLINE DAY

This class will extend students’ knowledge of Spanish and prepare them for more advanced grammar concepts that they would encounter in a college course. Students will further their language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. We will acquire vocabulary to discuss topics such as outdoor activities, art, health & nutrition, how we interact with others, jobs & future plans, and technology. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation (including present perfect, future tense, and subjunctive tense), por vs. para, direct and indirect object pronoun usage, 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 3 

*The class will meet for two class periods to provide students with instruction in grammar and opportunities to practice conversation skills. Please note: In addition to one 45 minute class on Wednesdays, the second 45 minute session will be held online via Google Hangout sessions, most likely on Thursday mornings. It is imperative that students plan on building this time into their schedule and plan on attending the online sessions every week.

American Sign Language

Mills
 K4-2
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
  WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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
 3-6
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
  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

Mills
7-12
 $25/month

$25 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 in 8th grade and up may claim one foreign language credit for their high school transcript.  Instruction will be tailored to each student's current skills level.
 American Sign Language II

Mills
 9-12
 
$25/month

$25 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
This class will be based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Students will continue to improve ASL skills with regards to 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.  Pre-requisite: successful completion of ASL I at Compass or equivolent.

Visual Arts

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 Grade
 Costs
 Descriptions
Arts & Crafts

Hunsinger
 K4-3
 $30/month

$0 supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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!
*masks on students requested for health concerns of teacher and family, but not required

Painting Stories

Nunez
 K4-4
  $25/month

$15 supply/
semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.

 Intro to Art

Hartgrove

 1-7
 $25/ month online

Included in MAP tuition

$0 supply fee

 MONDAY TRADITIONAL AND
WEDNESDAY ONLINE
This class will include many elements of art as well as a study of famous artists throughout history. We will start with primary colors, moving to shape and texture, still life, sculptures, landscapes, weaving, and quilting. We will incorporate concepts of symmetry, perspective, layering, geometric shapes, and even touch on architecture. Throughout the class we will learn about and observe art by artists such as Monet, Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Diego Rivera, Edgar Degas, and so many more! The class will be teacher led, providing a lesson on the given topic and artists. Then students will receive guided instruction for an art project and given the freedom to complete it on their own time. 

Monday Traditional: Masks are required for students at teacher's request

Online parents will be given a supply list for at least 1 month at a time so you are prepared for class, or for a small fee I will buy supplies and provide them for you. Many of the supplies are probably already around your house. This class is offered to a wide age range because of the online presentation; your child will determine how long she/he works on a project and what level of detail is put into it.  $10 to add a sibling for online class.
Art with the Masters

Stowkowski
3-8
$25/month

$20 supply
WEDNESADY TRADITIONAL
Come draw and paint like the masters! We'll review historic master artists such as Michaelangelo, Monet, and Rembrandt. Then we'll learn their style of art and create a masterpiece based on that artist. Most artists will be prior to the 20th century. We will use a variety of mediums: acrylic paint, watercolors, pencil, charcoal, and pastels. 

 
3-D Art

Stokowski
 3-8
 $25/month

$20 supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
In this class, we will utilize all sorts of mediums to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art and crafts. Many of the projects will revolve around the seasons and holidays for that particular time of the year. We will create bird feeders, sculptures, wall-hangings, pop-up cards, gifts for Christmas, and so much more! Children will learn how to utilize space and structure with materials while creating an extraordinary piece to be displayed. 
 
 Drawing

Stokowski
 3-8
 $25/month

$20/supply
 WEDNESADY ONLINE
Would you like to learn how to draw like a pro?  This class is designed to teach drawing through items you can find around the house or right outside your door.  We will use pencil, ink, charcoal, and Conte crayons (a type of pastel).  Each person will have their own sketchbook and the mediums required to learn the fine art of drawing basic shapes, landscapes, and more.  Each week, students will be asked to go on a hunt for the item they will be drawing (prior to class).  If learning to draw is something you would love to do, then this is the class for you!  Supply fee covers a bag of items that will be used for the class - bags can be picked up or shipped to each student.  $10/month to add a sibling ($20 supply fee for all students)
 Fine Arts 

Stokowski
  7-12
  $25/month

$20 Supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
This class will employ a blend of art history and appreciation with practical art application and skills.  Want to learn the most famous styles of art? From realism, impressionism, abstract, pop art and surrealism - in each segment, the student will learn about artists that are known for the style and who made it popular (and possibly why it was popular for that time period). Ever want to know why a tomato soup can became part of a movement, or why a watch is melting by a famous artist? This class may be for you! 
We will create student-driven artwork in the styles we study using a variety of mediums including paint, ink, pencils, charcoal, and watercolor.
 

Performing Arts

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 Grade
 Costs
 
 Ballet

Hulsey
 K4-4
$30/month

$45 costume / spring semester 
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.  Students will perform in a class-recital in the fall and larger group performance in the spring.   

* Costume fee payable in three installments of $15, to be paid in full by March (spring).   


Drama

A. Dennis
  3-4
 $25/month

$10 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 for parents at the end of fall semester and as part of family night in the spring. Students will need to bring a folder with pockets.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes.

 
Drama

Bailey Miller
 5-8
 
$25/month

$10 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY ONLINE
Explore acting in a unique and fun way!  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 online improv games and exercises that teach character development and scene building in a stress-free environment. Students will perform for family in a safe, outdoor venue or virtually.  This is a great class to help children build self-confidence. Students will need to bring a folder with pockets.  Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes.  $10 to add a sibling
  Studying the Classics

Bailey Miller
  6-8
 
$25/month

$10 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY ONLINE 
Explore classical scripts from Greek plays, Shakespeare, & Molière to Aphra Behn, Anton Chekhov, Oscar Wilde, Thornton Wilder, and beyond. We’ll also explore classical pieces of literature adapted into plays from authors like Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and others. We’ll learn such tools as script analysis and character development to present scenes and monologues in a safe outdoor venue or virtual performances.   Students/Parents are responsible for providing their own costumes.  $10 to add a sibling
History of Theatre

Bailey Miller
 5-8
  $25/month


WEDNESDAY ONLINE 
Students will learn about the history of theatre in a fun, engaging way.  Through interactive, online lessons, students will learn about the beginning of performances, theatre through the middle ages, Shakespeare, Victorian drama, and the theatre in the 20th century.  This is a great class for any child who loves performing or loves learning history!  $10 to add a sibling.

 Theatrical Production

Craig
 5-8
 $25/month

$15 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 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 and some out of class rehearsal time will be required.
  Musical Theatre, Beginner

Delk & Hulsey
  6-12
$30/month

$10 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 a spring show.
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, and some out of class rehearsal time will be required.
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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  Piano for Beginners

N. Hartgrove
 2-8
$30/month

$30 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL OR ONLINE
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.  
TRADITIONAL: 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.  
*Masks are required by students per teacher's request

ONLINE: This class will meet in a group and one on one. The class will meet for 20 minutes during the scheduled Wednesday class time as a group, then transition to meeting with each student individually. The one on one time will be a 15 minute lesson. Some students will meet with the teacher outside the scheduled Wednesday class time for this one on one time, however, it will be a set established consistent time each week. 
ALL: Parents will still have the supply fee, as the money buys the books needed to take the class. Students in the class are expected to have access to a keyboard or piano during the lesson and to practice on during the week. We will work toward a performance (virtual or in person) in the spring. 
 Piano, Intermediate Level

N. Hartgrove
 4-12
 $30/month

$30 supply/ year
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.  * Masks are required for students per teacher's request
 Violin

N. Hartgrove
 3-8
  $30

$25 supply / year

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL AND STREAMING

Curious about the violin? Come learn in a group setting; the class will be taught similar to an orchestra class. The students will all play together as an ensemble, learning the basics of violin, how to play as a group, musical notation, and rhythm. We will learn about famous violin players as well as composers of well known violin pieces. Students are expected to have a violin to use during class and at home for weekly practice. Parent involvement in practice at home is helpful.

Online students will tune in to the in-person class.  Traditional students will be required to wear masks per teacher's request

Masks are reuired for students per teacher's request

 Music Appreciation

N. Hartgrove
2-7
  $25

WEDNESDAY ONLINE
This class will study the development of music from ancient times, through Gregorian chant, Classical, Baroque, and Romantic music, to modern genres including gospel, country, and rock and roll! We will learn the development of our modern instruments and instruments of other cultures, including music of native African cultures, Polynesian, and Native American cultures. We will learn about opera and musicals as well as famous marches and orchestral pieces. The course will be lecture based, with listening selections of music. The students will discuss topics together and share experiences. The student will have projects to complete to share with the class based on his/her interests. No supplies will be needed other any a love for music!  $10 to add a sibling
 

Logic, Rhetoric, and Interpersonal Skills

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 Social Hour

Massey
Steele
 1-4

5-8
 $10/month
WEDNESDAY ONLINE
 Does your child need some free time to socialize and stay connected with friend or meet new people while social distancing? This is a great opportunity for students to develop relationship with fellow peers. Each week, the teacher will lead the discussion and we will see where it takes us!
 Public Speaking

Semple
 6-12
 $25/month

$10 supply/ year
  WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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
 Leadership/ Student Council

Dennis
8-12
  $20/month

$0 supply
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.
Apologetics: Defending Your Faith

Semple
  8-12
 $25/month

$0 supply
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
If you have ever wondered how to defend your faith when someone challenges what you believe, this is a class for you. The Bible is a rich book filled with tremendous wisdom that is also supported in science, philosophy, history and every area of world culture. Learn about how the words of scripture apply to each of these areas, as well as gain a deeper understanding of what it actually says regarding difficult, current issues that fill the media and news. This class will also explore the lives of missionaries who impacted the spread of the gospel throughout history. This class is designed for mature students who are ready to tackle difficult issues. 
Books required- BIble in a student readable translation. (Recommend New Living Translation or Holman Christian Version. Others are also acceptable)
Other book TBD
 Debate

Leach
  8-12
  $25/month

$15 supply/ semester

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

In this introductory debate class students will learn formats for debate, interpreting resolutions, developing affirmative and negative case constructions, cross-examinations, and evaluating arguments.  Students will analyze and apply specific formats for debate and processes of logic and critical thinking. Reading experiences, practice writing single issue briefs, interpreting resolutions, developing affirmative and negative case construction, listening to and performing cross examination, evaluating arguments and presenting debates are heavily emphasized in the course.

 Psychology 2.0

Keeling
  9-12
 
$25/month

$15
supply/ semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Go beyond a basic class in Psychology with Psychology 2.0, where we will study Personality Psychology and Abnormal Psychology (prior study of psychology is NOT a prerequisite)

FALL Semester will focus on Personality Psychology. Expect active discussion of various theories about personality and taking personality tests. Beyond a better knowledge base of Personality Psychology, students will gain in self-awareness, self-understanding, and an awareness of group dynamics. 

SPRING Semester will focus on Abnormal Psychology. We will go over various mental health diagnoses, understanding the diagnosis process, and exploring therapy and treatment options. Case studies, new research studies, and even analyzing famous characters from literature and movies will all be used in classroom discussions. Professionals from the field of Psychology will come as guest speakers to help students better understand “real life” application of class information.

 Ethics: A Question of Right and Wrong

Leach
  10-12
 $25

$15 supply / semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Ethics is the study of how we ought to live. Since the ancient Greeks, philosophers have held ethics as one of the most important fields in philosophy because of its intimate ties with everyday life. During the first part of this course we will consider and critique different principles and theories which claim to explain what makes an action right or wrong, and what sort of character traits we ought to develop. In the second part of the course we will investigate the status of ethical theories and claims. We will attempt to discover whether there are objective truths about how we ought to live, or if ethics is ultimately a matter of subjective opinions and desires. In the final part of the course we will consider some practical ethical issues such as global poverty and animal welfare.
 

Practical Skills

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 Sensory Explorers

Keeling
 K4-2
 $25/month

$25/ semester 
 supply
 WEDNESDAY TRADITOINAL
Children are naturally curious about the world around them.  This class aims to provide a wide variety of opportunities to learn about and explore using their “5 Senses.”  While students are participating in activities and games that provide sensory exposure, they will also be improving coordination, motor planning, and both fine and gross motor skills.      This will be a very hands-on and active class with activities such as obstacle courses, new foods and smells, sensory boxes, finger painting, and so much more.

**The instructor has experience working with children who have sensory issues and various sensory-related diagnoses. She is comfortable accommodating students’ specific and individual needs. 

 Be the Change

Massey
 3-8
 $35/month

$0 supply
  WEDNESDAY ONLINE
This class is about empowering and inspiring students to be the change they want to see in the world!  We will discuss children who have made a difference in the world and famous people who failed before succeeding. Students will also contribute to a “Positivity Newsletter” through sharing various mediums of art, stories, poetry, or any other form of expression to highlight positive moments in the week. Older students will take turns publishing the weekly newsletters. $10 per additional sibling
 Cooking

Semple
  3-7
  $30/month

$30 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.  *New recipes and techniques will be taught, so the class is open to new and returning students.
 Cooking

Semple
 7-12 
  $30/ month

$30 supply/ semester
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.   *New recipes and techniques will be taught, so the class is open to new and returning students. 
 Candy Making

Semple
 4-12 
 $30/month

$30 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.  * New recipes will be introduced, so the class is open to new and returning students.
 Sewing

DeVries
1-3 
$25/month

$30 supply 

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Students will learn basic hand-sewing techniques through making a series of fun and useful projects, such as pincushions, pillows, stuffed animals, wallets, superhero cuffs, costume elements, and household gifts. We’ll also explore up-cycling and repurposing found materials. Students will learn how to safely use hand-sewing tools, make basic stitches, use and draft basic patterns, and problem-solve mistakes. Our emphasis will be on enjoying the process and developing skills, while appreciating imperfections that make our work uniquely beautiful. 

 Sewing

DeVries
4-7 
 
$25/month

$30 supply

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Students will learn and develop hand-sewing techniques and gain some experience with a sewing machine. We’ll make a series of fun and useful projects, such as pincushions, pillows, stuffed animals, wallets, tool and and craft belts, accessories, and household gifts. We’ll also explore up-cycling and repurposing found materials. Students will learn how to safely use hand-sewing tools with confidence, make basic and decorative stitches, make repairs, use and draft basic patterns, and problem-solve mistakes. Our emphasis will be on enjoying the process and developing both creative and technical skills, while appreciating imperfections that make our work uniquely beautiful. Projects can be scaled according to individual each student’s level of experience; beginners as well as sewists with some experience are welcome. Students need not own a machine; a communal machine will be available for use in the class
  Sewing

DeVries
  8-12
 
$25/month

$30 supply

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

Students will learn a variety of hand-sewing and machine-sewing techniques through a series of useful and creative projects such as grocery totes, pillows, phone/tablet sleeves, household gifts, wallets, art totes and decorative patches. We’ll also explore up-cycling and repurposing found materials. Students will gain experience with hand-sewing basic and decorative stitches, threading and using a sewing machine, decorative mending, using and drafting basic patterns, choosing and handling fabric, and bringing creativity to their work. Projects can be scaled according to each individual student’s level of experience; beginners as well as sewists with some experience are welcome. Students need not own a machine; a communal machine will be available for use in the class.

 Yearbook

Dennis
 7-12
$20/month

$0/supply
 
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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 photograhy (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 2020-2021 Compass yearbook from start to finish).
 Photography & Digital Ediing

Holman
6-12
  $25/month

$10/supply
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Smile and say ‘Cheese’. 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. We will learn the difference between studio photography and natural light photography. Additionally, students will also learn about career options available to aspiring photographers such as various genres of photography, the logistics of running a photography business and legalities of being a photographer. Along with learning how to take photos, students will also learn how to edit them digitally. They will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Lightroom and Photoshop, as they learn how to post-edit their photos and prepare them for further design projects. 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. Students must also have access to Adobe CC software on a tablet or laptop and the ability to bring it to class each week. Adobe CC offers a student discount which homeschoolers are eligible for. 

More info can be found here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html#

**Offered twice for convenience - pick the time of day that best fits your schedule**

Recreational Classes

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Lego Building Challenge 
I & II

Thacker
 K4-3

3-7
  $25/month

$25 supply/ year

WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL

Calling all LEGO-maniacs and kids who enjoy being creative! Each week in class, students will have fun working to complete a LEGO challenge where students will be given a large variety of LEGO pieces to complete a building challenge. The students will be given 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 teamwork. Students will also work on presentation skills as they share their Lego creations at the end of each class.

LEGO Challenge Level 1 is for younger kids who don’t have much building experience or 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 who have had a lot of building experience with LEGOS or who have already taken level 1. This group will take it to the next level in their building and creative skills by increasing the degree of difficulty in the challenges. They will be working with more advanced pieces and construction skills. Surprise elements will be added during these challenges to increase problem solving and critical thinking skills.

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

  Soccer

 K. Kaes
  K4-3

4-8
$25/ month

TBD supply
 WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
K4-3: This class is a great introduction to the beautiful game! Students will learn the basic rules of soccer and gain personal skills including footwork, conditioning, and teamwork. Students should be prepared to participate in structured, but fun, activities that will increase their comfort with a ball at their feet, as well as the occasional small sided game. Shinguards, soccer cleats (no toe cleats, baseball, or football cleats) and soccer length socks are a requirement. A ball is not required, but is encouraged for students to continue to work at home. 

4-8: This class is a great introduction to the beautiful game! Students will learn the basic rules of soccer and gain personal skills including footwork, conditioning, and teamwork. Students should be prepared to participate in structured, but fun, activities that will increase their comfort with a ball at their feet, as well as the occasional small sided game. Shinguards, soccer cleats (no toe cleats, baseball, or football cleats) and soccer length socks are a requirement. A ball is not required, but is encouraged for students to continue to work at home. 

 Archery

          Liedberg
  3-12
 $35/month

$35 bow

$15 supply/ semester
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
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.
Allstar Athletics

Holman
 3-7
  $20/month

$10/semester supply fee
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
This class is an introductory class to sports, specifically flag football and open field sports (fall) and Olympic style sports as well as Ninja Warrior style activities (spring). Students will have the opportunity to learn basic rules and technique of the game as well as well known athletes that have influenced the sports world. Additionally, students will learn about basic body conditioning and what exercises and habits athletes use to stay healthy. Students are not required to have previous experience. 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.
 Backyard
 Sports

Ham
 8-12
 $15/month

$10/semester supply fee
WEDNESDAY TRADITIONAL
Backyard sports is an opportunity to get outside and play. There will be a variety of game options each week to choose from. Some will be team games, and some will be smaller group games. This is your chance to get some activity in as you socialize with others your age. Please remember to bring a water bottle and appropriate shoes each week.