Elective Classes

Personal Finance (fall semester only)


Saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing, retirement, insurance, 
money and relationships, careers, taxes, and giving are among the subjects of this class.
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool will guide the content of the class.
Grades will be based on classroom participation and completion of homework.
Prerequisite:  none
Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: one semester, Fall 2015

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Tuition: $175 per semester

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirement:

Each student will need his or her own copy of  the following worktext. 

There are other editions available, so be sure you are getting the book shown in the following link.

Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be about 2-4 hours per week.


World Religions


This class will be a study of all the major world religions, their history, sacred writings, culture and tenets. This will include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more. We will also study broader categories of worldview and belief systems (monotheism, polytheism, animism, atheism, etc.). The class will include readings both from a world religions book and from various sacred texts, and will include field trips to religious institutions in the Twin Cities. The primary focus of the class will not be apologetic but missional, to equip students with understanding in order that they may better love their neighbors throughout the world, and better love God, the author of truth and salvation.

Tutor:  Kristina Eaton

Tuition:  $170

Grade Level: 9th-12th


Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Text: Students need to purchase their own textbook:
 Wilkinson, Philip. Illustrated Dictionary of Religion. New York: Dorling Kindsley, 2006.
ISBN# 0-7566-2018

Supplies: 3 ring binder for class notes

Prerequisite:  None

Homework: 2 hours a week 


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 each semester.

Tutor: Chris Carl

Length: Full Year

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, sides, snacks, 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 plus $50 workbook fee payable on the first day of WEST, cash or check to Jennifer Holt.

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:  Nothing additional

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. We will look at the art of composition, basic photography terms and techniques (i.e. ISO, shutter speed, aperture, filling the frame, Rule of Thirds), lighting, and the various types of photography, among other thingsStudents 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. 
This year long course will take a hands-on approach as students will have the opportunity to learn through experimenting with 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's beauty and creativity in our photography. Students will have the chance to showcase some of their work at the end of each semester. Those who have taken the class before are welcome to take the spring portion again as it will be similar but will also give students the chance to grow and develop more skill in the various types of photography and lighting. 
Tutor: Kari Smith
Grade Level: 7-12
Tuition: $175
Class Size:  minimum 8 students, maximum 16 students
Equipment Requirements: Students must have access to a DSLR camera (preferred) or a point and shoot camera, the instruction manual for that camera, a tripod (optional) and have the ability to submit digital assignments to tutor electronically as well as print off some assignments
Supplies: notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes, folder for handouts
Homework: 1-2 hours/week on average 
*NOTE: With the approval from the tutor - Students who know how to take pictures on manual mode and have a good grasp of basic composition as well as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture may sign up for spring semester without having taken fall semester. 

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 6 or 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 6 weeks for Fall Semester/7 weeks for Spring Semester

Fall Session: - Six Mondays: September 14 to October 19, 2015

Spring Session - Seven Mondays:  January 11 to February 22, 2016

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


Class Size5 students minimum; 20 students maximum

Textbook Requirements:  Fall students should purchase their own copy of Cracking the ACT with 6 Practice Tests, 2015 Edition by Princeton Review.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8041-2550-5.  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.