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Lang Arts / English Classes

For complete COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, click on class below in chart and/or go to Class Schedule & Registration

For assistance in choosing the correct class, please see WEST's Class Track Guidelines

Tuition Payments are broken up with two payments for semester classes and four payments for annual classes.


How to Read Your Bible  -  New 8-12 K. Hage Full Year     $330
Writing Fundamentals 1/2 (IEW)
see below for FAQs
5-7 Djerf Full Year     $390
Writing Fundamentals 1 (IEW)
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7-9 Djerf Full Year    $390
Writing Fundamentals 2 (IEW)
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8-10 Djerf Full Year    $390
Essay Writing 8-12 Fraser Full Year    $370
Introduction to Communication/Speech 8-12 Fraser Full Year    $370
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 8-12 Holt Full Year    $370
Journalism 7-12 Larson Full Year    $360
Creative Storytelling  -  New 8-12 Powers / Bergren Full Year    $360
Great Books  -  New 8-12 Schaible Fall Sem    $170


FAQS - Writing Fundamentals Levels: ½, 1, and 2

*All writing classes are full year courses. A tuition payment will also be required for the second semester of this class.

Class Description:

Writing Fundamentals (Level ½), Writing Fundamentals (Level 1), and Writing Fundamentals (Level 2) will be using the Institute for Excellence in Writing method to teach students strong foundational writing. From note taking, structural and stylistic techniques, creative writing, and report writing to more advanced skills such as timed essays and critiques, students will learn skills that will prepare them for high school, PSEO, and college-level writing assignments.

THREE LEVELS of Writing Classes: Starting at the elementary level, students need as many years of writing practice as possible before proceeding to high school and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are an expected medium for learning. It takes time and repeated practice to digest effective writing skills, and students must start with small bites and gradually work to greater challenges. Thus, these writing classes offer three levels: Writing Fundamentals (Level ½) for grades *5-7, Writing Fundamentals (Level 1) for grades 7-9, and Writing Fundamentals (Level 2) for grades 8-10. Based on a principle of mastery, these courses provide time and space for meaningful practice, growing competence, and significant refinement of individual style.

Parental Involvement: Parents must proofread all assignments. To better nurture, reinforce and benefit from these skills, parents of younger students are enthusiastically encouraged to attend classes with their students. Assignment and checklists must be downloaded. Grades will be posted on iGradePlus.com. This will be able to be accessed by the parent and the student.

*NOTE: Regardless of past writing experience, ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST START AT Writing Fundamentals (Level ½) or Writing Fundamentals( Level 1)

½ is not required, but it is highly recommended before Writing Fundamentals (Level 1). Students should repeat Writing ½ and/or Writing Fundamentals (Level 1) until they are ready to move on. Level 1 is recommended to be taken for two years so the student is solidly prepared for Level 2. Each year the same units are taught with all new assignments. It is best to take the Writing classes consecutively until the student has successfully mastered all Writing Fundamentals levels. Level 2 has a prerequisite – a student must have completed two years of Level 1 or have teacher approval to register.

Regardless of past writing experience, no mid-year entry is allowed. Students must take Fall and Spring semesters of each level within the same school year to complete that level.