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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions


ART:  MULTI-MEDIA / 3-D, 7th +

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Terri Kryzer

Multi-media / 3-D art is an exciting, hands-on, creative class that focuses on a variety of mediums including drawing, pastels, painting, and 3-D art.  Students will learn shading, blending, form and texture through a variety of projects. 

This course includes drawing, designing, one clay piece-glazed and fired, paper projects, cardboard and tape, printmaking, needle felting, working with joint compound, wood and a multi-media project on canvas. 

This class invites and encourages students to explore, fashion and learn not only about art but their ability to create.


  1. There is a 5 student minimum and 12 student maximum for this class.
  2. This class is offered at two differenct times during the 2018-2019 school year to ensure all students in Track 3 have the opportunity to take art.  
  3. A $30.00 supply fee will be collected by the tutor on the first day of class.  Venmo, cash or check made out to Terri Kryzer (pronounced Kree-zer).

Cost:  Early Registration = $280/year ($290 after July 1st) + $30 supply fee payable to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

THEATER I, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 15 weeks, first semester only, Julie Nelson

Are you interested in exploring the world of acting?  Do you need a class to fulfill your fine arts requirement?  Or maybe you are simply looking for a fun elective class to take.  Well, then Intro to Theater is the class for you!  In this class you will learn about the basics of theater and acting.  You will tap into your creative side by participating in fun theater activities, exciting acting improvisations, and creating original group skits.  You will develop skills in vocal projection and clarity, the use of vocal and facial expressions, the use of body language and gestures, and proper staging techniques.  You will also learn the basics of character analysis and how to develop a believable character.  These skills will all be applied to scene work and monologues which will be rehearsed and performed in class.  This unique class will increase self-confidence, develop creativity, build teamwork, and teach you the basic techniques of acting - all done in a fun, positive environment.  Students should expect an average of two hours of weekly homework.  Full, active class participation is required!  

Students should bring to class:  a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, and a highlighter

Cost:  Early Registration = $160/year ($170 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

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.  This course expands upon repeated practice to refine effective skills in order to effectively handle the challenges of the course.  

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," critques, 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.  Some grammar and vocabulary will be included, however, the focus will be on 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:

  • IEW Student Resource Notebook (SRN-S-$19) 
  • Access to a computer and printer
  • 2" - 3" ring binder 
  • 12 tabbed dividers
  • loose leaf filler paper and writing utensil
  • different colored fine-tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments
  • Mini stapler
  • USB flash drive

Cost:  Early Registration = $325/year ($335 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



55 min. class, 30 weeks, Heather Sandahl

Take a trip down the Mississippi with Tom Sawyer and share Anne Frank's secret hideout in Nazi Germany.  This is an introductory course to literary elements such as plot, characterization, and theme, to build student's comprehension and applicaction.  Based on the IEW Teaching the Classics, the course will teach concepts using classic short stories, poems, and four books including Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and A Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  Students will be equipped with close reading skills and take the first steps towards literary analysis.  Students should be prepared to share ideas in class discussion, complete short writing assignments, and weekly reading assignments.

Cost: Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



85 min. class, 30 weeks, Heather Sandahl 

Class Objective:

To challenge students to go beyond reading comprehension by utilizing critical thinking and literary analysis methods to increase discernment and prepare them for higher level education.

Class Description:

Learn what it takes to be a spy in the Revolutionary War or defend innocence in an Alabama courtroom.  This course will cover eight major literary works from the Revolutionary War era through the 20th century including:  James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.  Along the way, we will meet notable authors and study the worldviews that influenced their writing.  Using IEW's Windows to the World, the course will also explore literary devices, such as foreshadowing and alliteration, through additional classic short stories and poems.  Students will be equipped to ask questions, collect evidence, and form opinions.  This will involve exercising close reading skills and developing proficiency in literary analysis that can be applied to any piece of literature.  Students should be prepared to share ideas in class discussion, complete analysis papers, and weekly reading assignments.

(We offer British Literature & Composition and American Literature & Composition in alternating years.)

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



55 min. class, 20 weeks, Marti Ackland

Conveying an idea through speech, whether to convince, entertain, express an opinion, etc., is an important skill.  Our children need to learn to communicate clearly and unashamedly in today's society.  Proper communication can make a big difference in getting a job, making a friend, sharing Christ, acception an honor, approaching a government leader, etc.  Learning and using these skills now, in high school, will make for better communicators in the future!

  1. Students develop quality speech skills by learning the importance of good speaking skills, how to deal with fears of speaking, various types of speeches, and finding, writing, and preparing good material. 
  2. Students will practice using their voices well, proper breathing techniques, eye contact, facial expression, gestures and body movement, critiquing skills, and learning about a variety of speakers who have made a significant impact through the use of their words. 
  3. Class is opened with prayer and scripture is often used.

No text is required for this class.

Cost:  Early Registration = $155/year ($165 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



MATH LAB - Pre-algebra through Pre-Calculus, including Statistics, College Algebra, and ACT prep, 7th+

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Esther Williamson

Do you have a math student who needs extra math homework help on a weekly basis? Register for one of our new math homework help classes where a qualified math instructor can give one-on-one assistance. Classes will be limited to 3 students to maximize the amount of time the instructor can devote to each student.


  1. Students should bring their current math curriculum, homework, pencil, and solutions manuals (if they have them) each week. If the math class is online, they should bring a laptop as well.
  2. Students should come prepared with a great attitude and questions about the concepts they are struggling with.

Cost:  Early Registration = $210/year ($220 after July 1st) - this works out to just $7/session for semi-private math tutoring!  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 




85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

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

Cost:  Early Registration = $390/year ($400 after July 1st); price includes $30 supply fee.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



85 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

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 Apologia 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. Students can expect a test every two modules. There will be bi-weekly homework covering the review questions, as well as some additional projects.

Required Materials:

Supply Fee:  $30.00

Cost:  Early Registration = $360/year ($370 after July 1st) + $30 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



85 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

A systematic introduction to science designed primarily for grades 8th - 10th. Topics include the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather,the structure of the earth, physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Lab experiments will be completed in class. Tests will be given in class and will each cover two modules. Students must keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for lectures, class discussions, and experiments.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (can be taken concurrently) and Apologia General Science (or equivalent science course)

Homework: 3-4 hours per week

Required Materials:

Supply fee:  $15.00

Cost: Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 1st) + $15 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



55 min. class, 30 weeks, Laura Glassel

Explore the world of engineering through hands-on projects.  In-class projects will cover the following topics:  bridges, small engines, catapults and trebuchets, pneumatic machines, electrical circuits, satellite motion, aerodynamics, and buoyancy.

Homework:  1-2 hours per week

Required materials:  Tutor supplies all matericals.  No curriculum needed.  Students should bring a 3-ring binder and paper to class.

Supply fee:  $30.00

Cost: Early Registration = $250/year ($260 after July 1st) + $30 supply fee payable to Laura Glassel on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 



SPANISH I, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Patty Noguera

The students will develop their knowledge and skills of the Spanish language through listening, reading, speaking, and writing via conceptual-based learning and units of study. Vocabulary, grammar, culture, and the history of the Spanish-speaking world will all form integral parts of this course. This first year of language acquisition study will provide students with a strong foundation as they pursue fluency in the Spanish language in the future. This class will cover roughly the first half of the textbook and workbook.

Required Materials:

Cost: Early Registration = $335/year ($345 after July 1st).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th.