Elective Classes


NOTE:  Students with previous sewing experience may register for Sewing Spring semester without having taken Sewing Fall semester


To provide a basic knowledge of sewing or to expand upon the students’ skills that they might already have. Students will gain a basic knowledge of how to sew with a machine, how to thread the upper and lower threads, use the different stitches that are available on their machines and identify the different parts of a sewing machine. They will learn how to use the basic sewing tools and how to read and use a pattern. The students will sew 3 or 4 different projects by themselves.

Tutor: Chris Carl

Length: One Semester

Prerequisite: None

Grade level: 5th – 12th grade

Class Size:  5 student minimum

Homework:  TBD

Tuition: $165 per semester

Required Supplies:

  • A sewing machine
  • A tape measure (the small round, retractable one is my favorite)
  • Straight pins with the little colored balls at the end
  • Sharp scissors
  • White and blue marking pencils
  • A sewing gauge (ruler)
  • Empty bobbins
  • White and black thread
  • A box to keep all of the supplies in

Cooking for Real Life  


Cooking with whole foods is becoming a lost art. Come learn how to take simple ingredients and turn them into delicious (and nutritious) meals, snacks, and treats that will fuel your body for optimal health. We’ll get back to the basics by learning how to peel, chop, blend, juice, and prepare a variety of dishes including smoothies, soups, salads, bread, spreads, and many more tasty treats. This fun, hands-on class will equip students with valuable life-long cooking skills, create confidence in the kitchen, and instill sound nutritional principles. Bring your sense of adventure and your appetite!

Tutor: Connie Bendickson

Length: Full Year

Level: 6th – 12th grade

Class Tuition: $185 per semester

Class Size: 5 minimum; 9 maximum

Text/Supplies: None

Prerequisite: None

Homework: TBD

Light Bearer’s Worldview


Students will learn how “ideas have consequences”. What one thinks and the ideas one believes determines how he or she views the world and lives one’s life. This course will guide students in their exploration of the foundations of the Christian worldview while comparing these to the foundations of other, competing worldviews. Students will learn how to apply their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, economics, and history.

Summit Ministries; “Light Bearers” curriculum will provide the core guidance through topics such as apologetics, cults, evolution, naturalism, moral relativism, relationships, and socialism.

Tutor: Jeff Herringshaw

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: 8th – 12th grade

Class Tuition: $175 per semester

Class Size: 5 to 20 students


Prerequisite: Curiosity, a desire to think and ask questions.

Homework: Weekly writing and workbook assignments


Study Skills

Class Description:  

 In this class, students will learn strategies for making study time more fruitful and efficient.  Areas of focus include healthy study habits, note-taking skills, memory tools, graphic organizers, word identification skills, math and spelling tools, and test-taking strategies.   

Tutor:  Jennifer Holt

Class Length:  Fall Semester Only

Grade Level:   7th-12th

Tuition:  $160 (includes cost of 3 assessment tests)

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:  Study Skills and Strategies for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students OR Study Skills and Strategies for High School Students by Mangrum-Strichart.  $50.  Students will be contacted by tutor in summer to arrange for bulk purchase of these books (to hopefully lower the price).

Supplies:  Nothing additional necessary.

Prerequisite:  None

Homework:  Yes,  1-2 hours/week

Required:  Internet access for assessment tests


Basic Photography 


This course will introduce students to the basics of photography - composing shots, different types of photography, and the basic components and techniques of handling a digital camera. Students will be given opportunities to express their unique creative flare, with the goal of each student coming away with a better understanding of photography, how to use their camera and how to express themselves through picture taking. We will look at the art of composition, basic photography terms and techniques, and the various types of photography, among other things. The course will take a hands-on approach as students will have the opportunity to learn through experimentation the topics we are discussing.  Students will be challenged to look at the world around them in a new way as we seek to see God in our photography. Students will have the chance to showcase some of their work at the end of each semester.
Requirements: Students must have access to a point and shoot or DSLR camera (preferred), the instruction manual for that camera, a tripod (optional) and have the ability to submit digital assignments to tutor via email, CD-ROM, thumb-drive or Drop Box
Tutor: Kari Smith

Grade Level: 7-12

Tuition:  $170

Length: Year Long Course

Class Size:  minimum 5 students, maximum 15 students

Requirements:  Students must have access to a point and shoot or DSLR camera (preferred), the instruction manual for that camera, a tripod (optional) and have the ability to submit digital assignments to tutor via email, CD-ROM, thumb-drive or Drop Box

 ACT Test Prep


This course is designed to guide students through strategies that will help them prepare for the ACT Test. Students will be familiarized with the general content and structure of the ACT, strategies both for studying strategically and for taking the test strategically on exam day. Throughout the 7 weeks students will study each portion of the test: English,mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Throughout the course they will take practice exams and diagnostic exams to determine each student’s individualized study needs.

Tutor: Heather Kipp

Class Length:  This class meets for seven weeks only.

Fall Session - Seven Mondays: September 8 – October 20, 2014

Spring Session - Seven Mondays:  January 12 - February 23, 2015

Grade Level:   10th – 12th grade students planning to take the ACT test within the next year; or by approval of instructor

Tuition: $185

Class Size: 5 students minimum; 20 students maximum

Textbook Requirements:  Students should purchase their own copy of Cracking the ACT with 3 Practice Tests, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8041-2438-6.  It can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or another retailer of your choice.

Supplies:  If possible, students should also bring the scientific or graphing calculator that they intend to use when they take the ACT test.

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Homework will be given each week to guide initial student preparation for the ACT.  It will include study skill activities, ACT practice and diagnostic exams, practice activities for each test content area, and individualized study assignments.