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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


Writing Fundamentals 1/2 (IEW) 5-7 Djerf Full Year    $195 per Semester
Writing Fundamentals 1 (IEW) 7-9 Djerf Full Year    $195 per Semester
Writing Fundamentals 2 (IEW) 8-10 Djerf Full Year    $195 per Semester
Essay Writing 8-12 Fraser Full Year    $180 per Semester
Introduction to Communication/Speech 8-12 Fraser Full Year    $185 per Semester
Journalism 7-12 Kilbride Full Year    $180 per Semester
How to Read Your Bible   -  new 8-12 Carvette Full Year    $165 per Semester
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 8-12 Holt Full Year    $185 per Semester
Great Books   -  new 8-12 Grindberg Fall Sem    $170 per Semester
Creative Storytelling  -  new 8-12 Powers/Bergren Full Year    $180 per Semester


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.