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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions



70 min. class, 30 weeks, Carla Taepke


This class is designed to prepare high school students for college and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are expected. Using the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) method, students will strengthen skills learned in previous levels: note taking, structural and stylistic techniques, and report writing. They will learn new skills including essay construction and various essay types: timed essays, writing from essay prompts, and larger multi-source research papers with MLA formatting. Research papers will be presented using PowerPoint. Students will use IEWs new Fix It! books to learn grammar through editing. Weekly vocabulary will be included.

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

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

Required Materials: (Materials purchased from IEW have 100% money back guarantee)

Pick ONE IEW Structure and Style for Students (SSS) Materials. (2019 Updated curriculum).

IEW SSS Level C Year 1, student packet with binder and tabs $35 [ISBN: 978-1-62341-508-2]

IEW SSS Level C Year 1, student packet $29 [ISBN: 978-1-62341-511-2] (Purchase your own binder and tabs)

Pick ONE grammar book (Purchased through IEW.com $19). Tutor can provide placement advice.

Fix It! Grammar Level 2, Town and Country Mouse (4th Edition, 2022)

Fix It! Grammar Level 3, Robin Hood (4th Edition, 2022)

Fix It! Grammar Level 4, Mowgli and Shere Kahn (4th Edition, 2022)

Teacher-provided IEW resource binder ($10).

Access to a computer and printer.

Loose-leaf paper, pencils, black/blue and red pens.

Supply Fee: $10. A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Carla Taepke and given to tutor on the

first day of class.


70 min. class, 30 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

If CONTINGENCY PLAN for online classes is implemented, SPEECH & COMMUNICATION will be delayed until live classes resume. 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt,

so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6)

Inform, entertain, and persuade: using these three umbrellas as guidance, students of all levels will learn tools to construct a speech, present before an audience, and speak with confidence in class!

Overview Levels A, B and C: Even the timidest student will build assurance as we practice together and support each other in our journey towards improved communication capabilities. We will practice reading and presenting in a variety of styles and incorporate games and other devices to assist in building skills, confidence and poise. Within each umbrella of speech, we will discuss how we can use our words and presentation skills to glorify God and represent Christ. We will also explore the importance of speech as both a right and a privilege of the American citizen. Students will enter this class at Level A with little to no experience in presentation skills and leave with confidence in their abilities to more thoughtfully inform, entertain, and persuade others using their new repertoire of skills.

Level B- Intermediate Speech: Students who have completed one year of speech class are invited back to continue the fun. Each week, continuing students will be re-acquainted with the week’s skills and be asked to demonstrate advanced application of the skills with new tasks and goals. We’ll add new projects, time requirements, and challenges to expand previously developed skills.

New This Year!

Level C- Upper Middle school or ½ High School Credit level –Advanced: Incoming High School Students as well as those who have successfully completed two years of this class with Mrs. Wahl are eligible to take a third year of this class! This offering will have a longer (15 min) class period each week to explore and apply both additional skills as well as more complex assignments. Students who successfully complete this third-year class will be eligible for ½ credit of a high school communications class.

***High School students seeking the ½ high school elective credit may enroll in this class whether they have had levels A and B or not.

Homework for all levels: Class will vary depending upon levels and consist primarily of speech preparation activities. Time will be given most weeks for work to be completed during the class session under the guidance of the instructor. High School level students should expect 2 hours of homework on average with an occasional assignment taking longer.

Portfolios and Binders: All students will construct a portfolio to demonstrate learning in this class. Each student will receive a 3-ring binder on the first day of class that he or she should bring each week, along with a pencil and an excitement for learning! **Second and third year returning students should bring their previous year’s binder to class.

Texts: There are no textbooks required for this course. All materials needed will be supplied by the instructor.

Supply Fee: Levels A, B and C: $15 supply fee for first-year speech students or second-year/third-year students who need a new binder.

Supply Fee: Levels B and C: additional $5 supply fee for second-year/third-year (Level B and C students) and incoming High School students for class handouts and materials

Please bring check made out to Mrs. Rebecca Wahl and give to Tutor on first day of classes.




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. 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)

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.


70 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke


This is a full year course. This science class introduces students to topics foundational to the field and study of physical sciences for students primarily in grades 8-10. Topics include: scientific method, measurement, states of matter, atmosphere, earth and weather, physics , forces, energy, heat, chemistry atomic structure, molecules, motion, sound, light, and so on. Lab experiments included.

Students are expected to keep up with reading assignments and other homework in order to understand the material, prepare lab reports, etc., especially in preparation for lectures, class discussions and experiments.

Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1 completed or concurrently enrolled; students will need to solve algebraic equations.
Homework: 2-5 hours per week

Text: Creation based Physical Science curriculum: Updates will be posted

3-ring 1.5" binder with notebook paper and a calculator

Supply Fee:  $20.00.  A check for the supply fee must be made payable to Erica Woytcke and given to tutor on the first day of class.


Financial Literacy, 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 15 weeks, Rebecca Wahl


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

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


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

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.


55 min. class, 30 weeks, Gretchen Gramenz

This class is designed to enable learning and exploring through games & building sets with fellow homeschooling classmates. Gameschooling-Learning Together classes will begin with identifying the game or activity featured along with a topic and short outline. Handouts will be supplied for students to follow along and take home.

We will take a varied approach throughout the year ranging from:

  1. STEM inspired applications- featuring LEGO®, K’NEX®, Gravitrax®, marble or other type mazes, etc.
  2. Tabletop Games- to focus on history, geography and story telling.
  3. Student Choice Game days- students bring games from home and teach the group the rules of the game!

The LEGO® portion of class will focus on understanding forces, motion, and interactions by providing easy hands-on learning experiences. K’NEX® offers students the ability to create structures and engineering projects such as levers and pulleys, suspension bridges, and a roller coaster. Gravitrax® lends itself to creating fun experiments in Newtonian physics, etc.

Fun class time void of academic expectations will provide a comfortable opportunity for students to learn together, share ideas and build relationships! Tabletop and Student Choice games encourage exploring a variety of games for fun and opportunity to lead others indirectly developing presentation skills!

This is not a graded class (no tests, etc). Topics will be adapted to be appropriate for ages enrolled.

*Some parent volunteer time may be required; (Buyouts for drop-off students available; Please contact administrator Laurie Gentrup directly).

Supply Fee: $15.00 per student; make check payable to Gretchen Gramenz and pay directly to Tutor on first day of classes.