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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

 

ADVANCED WRITING (IEW), 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Jessie Papia

THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR Co-op & Tutor CONTINGENCY PLANS

This class is designed to prepare the high school student for college and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are an expected medium to communicate. Based on the foundations and methods of Institute for Excellence in Writing, this class will use the skills learned in previous levels to strengthen note taking, structural and stylistic techniques, and report writing to focus on more advanced IEW skills such as: timed essays, writing from "essay prompts," formal critiques, analytical writing skills (ACT and SAT writing portion has changed to an analytical focus), flashbacks, imitation of style, "super essay" (multi-resource) research paper, which will include in-text citations and a works cited page. Students will be required to present their research papers using a PowerPoint presentation. Weekly grammar and vocabulary will be included; however, the focus of this class will be writing.

Prerequisite: Successfully completed two years of IEW or have teacher approval to register. **Regardless of past writing experience, no mid-year entry is allowed.**

Homework: Weekly homework approximately 2-6 hours depending on assignment.

Required Materials:

· Teacher provided IEW Student Resource Notebook ($10.00)

· Teacher provided binder complete with grammar, vocabulary, and source material for weekly writing. ($35.00)

· Access to a computer and printer

· Loose leaf paper, pencils, black/blue and red pens

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $370/year (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $380 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022) 

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  $45.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Jessie Papia and given to tutor on the first day of class.

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

American Government and Economics, 10th - 12th

75 min. class, 30 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

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Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Romans 13:1)

In this full year class, we will begin by studying the origin and implementation of American Government using a Christian worldview, which understands that God created and ordained government and has provided for us certain guiding principles to help us effectively maintain society and glorify Him. Using a variety of primary sources including the Constitution itself, we will examine the origin of our republic and the processes of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. Within this study, we will examine the development of the party system, the voting process, and the interrelationship between the American Government and its people.

In the second half of the year, we will move from the way the government operates into a study of the economy. Over the course of the class, we will evaluate a variety of economic philosophies through a Christian lens. Within this study, we will examine supply and demand, competition, and the impact of economic policy on the government and the nation.

With appropriate levels of interest, motivation, and self-guided study of materials provided in class, a student will be prepared to take CLEP tests in American Government, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. As these are three of the more demanding CLEP exams, it is recommended ONLY for those students who are willing to work diligently on all assigned and extra opportunities throughout the year. If a student is interested in taking one or more of the CLEP exams, he or she should communicate those interests at the beginning of the year to the tutor, and the two will work together to select and prepare for the exams that may be best suited to the student’s demonstrated progress in class.

Students should expect weekly assignments to take between four to six hours and consist of a variety of reading, writing, and problem-solving activities. One to two longer writing assignments will be required for each semester of the class. While no group assignments will take place, we will engage in lively classroom discussion where group interaction will be required.

Students are requested to have a writing utensil and a supply of paper in loose-leaf or spiral form for note-taking in class. A calculator may be preferred for basic calculations. Other materials will be noted as needed on a week-by-week basis.

Prerequisites: Students will need to have an introductory understanding of American History and have completed Algebra I (or taking concurrently).

Textbooks:

  1. American Government in Christian Perspective, 3rd ed. (A Beka)

(2nd edition is also acceptable, though 3rd is preferred)

  1. Economics: Work & Prosperty in Christian Perspective, 3rd ed. (A Beka)

(2nd edition is also acceptable, though 3rd is preferred)

  1. A CLEP prep guidebook is recommended but not required for those students interested in taking one or more of the exams.

Grades: 11-12, with advanced 10th graders welcome

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $365/year (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $375 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022) 

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  $15.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Rebecca Wahl and given to tutor on the first day of class.


 

SCIENCE

ABEKA BIOLOGY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 9th - 11th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

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A Beka Biology: Taught from a creationist perspective, this biology course, intended for 9th grade and above, provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of general biology. In-class labs will give opportunities to develop skills such as writing lab reports, microscopy, and analysis of lab data, which is based on the scientific method. Additional topics include zoology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, cytology, and ecology.

This class will help prepare students for a biology CLEP test. Students will be expected to keep up with assigned coursework at home and will be given homework to complete on a weekly basis. Quizzes will be given in class, as well as a midterm and final exam. Note-taking will be required in class.

Homework: Students can expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours each week beyond class time to complete the necessary homework.

Required Materials:

  1. ABeka Biology – God’s Living Creation - 4th edition
  2. ABeka Biology Field and Laboratory Manual - 4th edition
  3. ABeka Biology Answer Key (optional, but recommended)

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $400/year (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $410 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022) 

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  $30.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Erica Woytcke and given to tutor on the first day of class.


CHEMISTRY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 10th +

75 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR Co-op & Tutor CONTINGENCY PLANS

This course is designed to be a high school chemistry course that gives the student a good foundation in chemistry in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. This class will also prepare the student to take the Chemistry CLEP test.

In order to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra 1 and should have access to a scientific calculator. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, thermo chemistry, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, equilibrium and organic chemistry. Students who take and understand this course will be very well prepared for a tough university chemistry course. Hopefully they will also gain an appreciation for chemistry around them in their everyday lives.

Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1

Homework: Approximately 4 hours per week. There will be weekly homework covering the review questions, as well as a mid-term and final exam. Lab reports will occasionally have to be finished at home instead of in class.

Required Materials:

· Discovering Design with Chemistry. Dr. Jay L. Wile. Berean Builders, 2015. ISBN: 9780996278461

· Students will also need a composition notebook for their labs, and a second notebook of choice for taking notes. Homework problems will be turned in on individual pages of paper, either from a notebook or loose-leaf (both are required to be stapled when turned in).

· Students must bring a scientific calculator to class each week, no exceptions.

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $395/year (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $405 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022) 

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  $30.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Erica Woytcke and given to tutor on the first day of class.


ELECTIVES

Financial Literacy, 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 15 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

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Mrs. Wahl has 8 years of experience in the financial industry and looks forward to exploring this important subject matter so students can be prepared as they make their way into adulthood!

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:11)

Financial struggles are a real problem facing the youth of today. More and more young adults are graduating from college in debt, and they don’t know how they got there. They’re racking up bills on credit cards and don’t understand why they can’t pay them off – or don’t realize that they should until they’ve maxed them out. We live in a nation of great prosperity, and yet many young adults wind up living paycheck to paycheck, trapped in a mess of financial confusion and entanglement.

In this semester class, we’ll dive into a look at the causes of these common pitfalls and how to avoid them. We’ll evaluate what scripture teaches us about handing worldly wealth and how we can apply that in our lives today to be good stewards of the resources God has given us.

We’ll start by looking at the basics of money, then quickly jump into setting goals, budgeting, saving and investing, credit, banking and checking, and last, but not least, we’ll look at insurance. Each student will leave this class with a solid understanding of how to live with money in a God-honoring way amidst a world trying to convince one to do otherwise.

Class time will consist of a variety of individual and group activities. Useful homework will be assigned each week and can be expected to take approximately 1-2 hours.

Prerequisites: Previous completion of Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Algebra I course.

Supplies: Calculator, paper and writing utensil for note taking in class

Textbooks: Ordering information will be provided by the instructor upon registration- **please do not order. Text: Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective, by Sara Hibbard Hayes

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $170/semester (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $180 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022) 

*SAVE NOW* The first three registrations will receive $50.00 off when registering for both Financial Literacy and Introduction to Logic.  

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  Class fees to be determined by first day of class.  Tutor will announce class fees to families for reimbursement by check.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Rebecca Wahl.


Introduction to Logic, 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 15 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

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A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. (Proverbs 15:1-2)

Talking to your neighbors, listening to and evaluating the news, reading a book, taking the ACT/SAT, scanning through social media, applying for a job, sharing your faith, purchasing products: these are all real-life situations where a trained sense of logic and the ability to think critically are useful. It is the goal of this class to introduce students to the art of reasoning. Students will learn how to form better arguments, avoid bad ones, and identify some common informal fallacies.

The class will offer a mix of formal (formulaic) and informal (everyday) logic, and each student will walk away from the class better prepared to think critically about the world around him or her from a Christian perspective, and to respond more thoughtfully and carefully with intention and wisdom.

The class will consist of a variety of individual and group activities. Homework for this class will take approximately 1-2 hours each week.

Prerequisites: None

Textbooks: Introductory Logic Student Text (5th ed.) by James B. Nance & Douglas Wilson ISBN-13: 9781591281658

Class Cost according to Registration Date = $170/semester (June 25 - July 23, 2022) and $180 (July 24 - Sept 20, 2022)  

*SAVE NOW* The first three registrations will receive $50.00 off when registering for both Financial Literacy and Introduction to Logic.  

** A late fee of $10.00 will be added to Family Registration Fee effective July 24, 2022 to Sept. 20, 2022.

Supply Fee:  $15.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Rebecca Wahl and given to tutor on the first day of class.