2024 - 2025 Courses

1st Period: 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM

Elementary 1 Language Arts (2nd-3rd)

Elementary 1 Language Arts for 2nd and 3rd Graders offers a dynamic and engaging environment where young learners enhance their writing, speaking, and listening skills. This course is designed to foster creativity and improve grammar through a variety of hands-on and interactive projects. Whether your child is new to the course or returning, they will find fresh challenges and opportunities to grow. No specific IEW curriculum purchase is necessary as the instructor incorporates diverse IEW techniques tailored to our young learners' needs.

  • Creative Writing Projects
    Students will unleash their imagination by creating their own comic books, writing poetry, and crafting a mini-play. These activities encourage students to express themselves and build storytelling skills.
  • Grammar and Revision
    Through writing their original pieces, students will learn important grammar rules and apply them during the revision of their creative works to improve clarity and effectiveness.
  • Oral Communication Skills
    The course emphasizes oral skills through expressive reading sessions, acting out the mini-plays they write, and engaging in lively discussions about poetry and stories. This practice not only enhances public speaking skills but also boosts confidence.
  • Listening and Respect
    A significant focus is placed on developing respect for others and becoming good listeners. These social skills are vital for personal and academic growth.
  • Adaptable Learning Experience
    For returning students, the course content is refreshed with new projects and stories, ensuring that each child's learning journey continues to be exciting and enriching.

Elementary 2 Language Arts (4th-5th)


Elementary Mandarin Chinese (2nd-5th)

This Mandarin Chinese course is specifically designed for young learners in grades 2 through 5, offering a captivating introduction to the language and culture of China. Students will learn basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary and phrases while also exploring the art of Chinese calligraphy. The course is structured to engage children through interactive and age-appropriate activities.

  • Introduction to Mandarin:
    Students will begin by learning fundamental words and phrases that are essential for basic communication.
  • Expansion of Vocabulary:
    The course will progressively introduce more vocabulary, focusing on themes relevant to the students' everyday lives and interests.
  • Basics of Calligraphy:
    Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy, including how to hold the brush, basic strokes, and writing simple characters.
  • Cultural Insights:
    Through language and calligraphy, students will also gain insights into Chinese culture, enhancing their global awareness and appreciation for diversity.

This course provides an enriching environment where young learners can develop linguistic skills and an appreciation for Chinese cultural traditions. It's an ideal introduction to one of the world's most spoken languages.

Gardening & Canning (5th-12th)

This year-long course offers a detailed exploration of the entire process from seed to table, illustrating the marvels of God's creation. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of various gardening and food preservation techniques. The course is structured as follows:

  • Garden Planning:
    Utilizing the calendar and square foot gardening methods to maximize space and efficiency.
  • Seed Starting:
    Techniques for starting seeds indoors and through winter sowing to ensure year-round growth.
  • Planting:
    Methods for transplanting seedlings, direct sowing, and optimizing fall gardening practices.
  • Plant Care:
    Includes pruning, supporting plants, harvesting, and composting to enhance garden health and productivity.

Additionally, the curriculum covers:

  • Plant Types:
    Differentiating between annuals and perennials, and exploring heirloom seeds.
  • Gardening Techniques:
    Implementing pollinator-friendly and companion planting strategies alongside succession planting.
  • Food Preservation:
    Techniques for making pickles, salsa, jam, and dehydrating herbs, enabling students to enjoy their garden's bounty year-round.
  • Reflection:
    Encouraging students to journal their progress and plan for future gardening seasons, fostering a reflective and forward-thinking approach.

General Science (6th-8th)

The course "Exploring Creation with General Science" by Apologia, designed for 7th grade students, provides a foundational introduction to various scientific disciplines through a Christian worldview. This curriculum is well-suited for homeschool settings and emphasizes a thorough understanding of scientific principles by engaging students in diverse and practical activities.

Course Overview:

  • Scientific Exploration:
    Students are introduced to the scientific method, experiment design, and the practical application of scientific theories.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum:
    The course covers a broad range of topics, including simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy, and Earth Science (which encompasses astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and more).
  • Interactive Learning:
    The curriculum includes numerous hands-on experiments to reinforce learning and understanding of scientific concepts. Students also undertake a project to build a Rube-Goldberg machine, integrating various scientific principles.
  • Christian Perspective:
    The course integrates a Christian worldview, helping students see the connection between science and their faith through readings and testimonies from scientists who share this perspective.

Course Materials:

  • Textbook and Student Notebook:
    Essential for guiding the learning experience, with structured lesson plans and space for note-taking and recording experiment results.
  • Solutions Manual and Test Book:
    Provides answers to study guide questions and tests, facilitating effective review and assessment.
  • MP3 Audio CD:
    Offers an audio version of the textbook for varied learning preferences.
  • Format and Structure:
    The course is designed to be completed over a school year, with lessons planned for four days per week, ensuring a manageable pace and thorough comprehension of the material. This course is tailored to provide junior high students not only with foundational science knowledge but also with insights into how scientific inquiry can coexist with their faith principles

High School Creative Writing (9th-12th)

The High School Creative Writing course is designed to cultivate your teen's ability to think creatively and express themselves in diverse and engaging ways. This class encourages students to explore and analyze various forms of literature, enhancing their understanding of different writing styles and genres. Through group discussions, individual projects, and progressive assignments, students will develop their skills in comprehension, writing poetry, crafting short stories, creating advertisements, journaling, and producing different types of essays.

  • Literary Analysis:
    Students will analyze various literary forms to understand style differences in genres, audiences, and themes.
  • Developing Writing Skills:
    Assignments will increase in complexity as students advance their skills in grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
  • Project-Based Learning:
    Encourages the application of analytical skills to develop and complete creative projects throughout the academic year.
  • Enhanced Communication:
    Focus on improving students' ability to articulate thoughts and arguments in both written and oral forms.

This course is perfect for students seeking to enhance their creative expression and analytical skills in a supportive and challenging environment.

IEW - Institute for Excellence in Writing (6th-8th)

"Structure and Style for Students: Year 1 Level B Premier" offers a comprehensive two-semester writing curriculum tailored for students reading at a Grade 6 to Grade 8 level. Utilizing the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s proven Structure and Style Approach, this course promotes creativity, effective writing skills, and a solid grammar foundation. Students will participate in a variety of writing activities designed to enhance their abilities in composing original works and mastering the writing process.

  • Targeted Reading Levels: Ideal for students in Grades 6 to 8.
  • Creative and Incremental Lessons: Features daily assignments that build writing skills step-by-step.
  • Comprehensive Writing Process: Covers all aspects of writing from brainstorming topics to publishing final drafts.
  • Grammar Enhancement: Integrated grammar lessons to improve sentence structure and writing clarity.
  • Preparation for Advanced Writing: Equips students with the skills needed for high-level writing challenges.

Join us on this journey to becoming confident and capable writers, ready to tackle any writing task with enthusiasm and skill!

Web Design & Coding (8th-12th)

Students will need access to a laptop for both class and homework assignments.

The Web Design and Coding course, aimed at grades 8-12, equips students with a solid foundation in website coding and design principles. Through engaging lessons and practical projects, this course prepares students to proficiently create website prototypes and applications.

  • Chart the flow of user actions through a site or application.
  • Determine the necessary components for pages and screens.
  • Create wireframes for pages and screens.
  • Layout site pages or screens to establish a basic prototype.
  • Use HTML & CSS to code the basics of the prototype.
  • Expand the prototype with additional screens to support a complete use case.

Through classroom and video lessons, hands-on projects, and real-world applications, students will learn to create prototypes using HTML, CSS, and content management systems like WordPress and DotNetNuke.


Applications to download:

Sublime Text (FREE) Visual Studio Code (FREE)

2nd Period: 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM

Algebra 1 (9th-12th)

The Algebra 1 course, designed for students in grades 9 and up, utilizes the Math-U-See curriculum to cover essential algebraic concepts and skills. This comprehensive class introduces students to fundamental topics such as solving linear equations, graphing functions, and manipulating polynomials, as well as delving into advanced areas including systems of equations, inequalities, metric conversions, scientific notation, and pre-calculus elements.

  • Interactive Learning:
    Students will engage with the material through approximately 20-minute instructional videos from Math-U-See, supplemented by hands-on problem solving in the instructional manual.
  • Structured Assessments:
    Regular assessments include worksheets, weekly focused tests, and quarterly review tests to monitor progress and reinforce learning.
  • Supportive Instruction:
    Opportunities for virtual discussions and problem-solving sessions with the instructor are available, providing personalized support when students request additional help.
  • Preparation and Participation:
    Students are encouraged to prepare questions prior to classes to enhance understanding and participation during live discussions.

This course aims to not only build strong foundational skills in algebra but also to develop critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities in a supportive and structured online learning environment.

Bible - Passing the Torch

This ongoing Bible course for high school students is designed to deepen their understanding of Scripture, enhance their knowledge of God, and strengthen their faith. Through interactive lessons, engaging discussions, and practical applications, this course equips young believers to confidently live out their faith.

  • Grow in Knowledge of Scripture:
    Systematically explore the Bible to understand its messages, themes, and relevance to everyday life.
  • Deepen Understanding of God:
    Dive into the study of God's character, attributes, and deeds as revealed through the Scriptures.
  • Strengthen Faith:
    Foster personal faith development through reflection, prayer, and the application of biblical truths.
  • Equip for Service:
    Provide resources and training to help students serve effectively in their churches and communities.
  • Build a Firm Scriptural Foundation:
    Establish a solid foundation in Scripture that encourages students to develop and rely on a supportive church community. This foundation is crucial for standing firm in faith amid increasing societal challenges to Christian beliefs.

Chemistry (10th-12th)

This Chemistry course for grades 10-12 offers students an in-depth exploration of fundamental chemistry principles. Designed to prepare students for college-level studies or careers in chemistry-related fields, this class incorporates hands-on experiments, engaging discussions, and problem-solving activities. Students will delve into critical topics including atomic structure, chemical bonding, reactions, and thermodynamics.

  • Hands-on Experiments:
    Engage in practical laboratory experiments to understand complex chemical concepts and observe real-world applications.
  • Core Chemistry Topics:
    Study atomic structure, chemical bonding, the intricacies of reactions, and the principles of thermodynamics.
  • Problem-Solving Activities:
    Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through targeted activities that challenge and expand understanding.
  • Foundation for Advanced Study:
    Build a robust foundation that prepares students for further academic pursuits in chemistry or related scientific disciplines.

Through dynamic instruction and interactive learning environments, students will gain a thorough understanding of essential chemistry concepts, setting the stage for future academic and professional success.

Elementary Science Grades (3rd-6th)

"Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology" offers young learners in grades 3 to 6 an awe-inspiring journey through the human body, reflecting the incredible design and complexity of God's creation. Presented in a conversational tone, this course makes learning about the various body systems engaging and accessible. It combines scientific knowledge with health, nutrition, and biblical insights, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience.

  • Detailed Study of Human Body Systems:
    Explores major systems such as skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous/endocrine, immune, and integumentary.
  • Integration with Health and Nutrition:
    Includes important health and nutrition information that complements the anatomical studies.
  • Spiritual and Biblical Connections:
    Offers plenty of scripture references and biblical applications to relate scientific knowledge back to faith.
  • Interactive Learning Activities:
    Features experiments, notebooking assignments, and narration, along with a "Personal Person Project" to enhance understanding and retention.

Through interactive content and engaging dialogue, students will not only learn about the human body but also appreciate its marvel from a scientific and spiritual perspective.

English Literature (10th-12th)

The English Literature class offers high school students an immersive exploration into a broad range of literary works from diverse historical periods and cultures. This course aims to enhance students' appreciation of literature while developing their analytical and interpretive skills through the study of classic and contemporary works.

  • Historical and Cultural Contexts:
    Delve into the literary works within the context of their historical and cultural settings to better understand the narratives and themes.
  • Literary Analysis:
    Learn to analyze literary texts, focusing on elements like theme, character development, narrative structure, and stylistic devices.
  • Critical Discussion and Writing:
    Engage in discussions that foster critical thinking and refine writing skills through essays and response papers that argue interpretations using textual evidence.

By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the power of literature to reflect and shape society, enhancing both their reading and critical thinking skills. This course prepares students for advanced studies in literature, humanities, and related fields.

Middle & High School Intro to Mandarin Chinese (6th-12th)

This Beginner's Mandarin Chinese course for Middle and High School students (grades 6-12) provides an engaging introduction to one of the world's most spoken languages. The curriculum is designed to spark interest in Chinese language and culture through foundational lessons in calligraphy, basic vocabulary, and simple conversational phrases.

  • Introduction to Calligraphy:
    Students will start with basic Chinese calligraphy, learning how to hold the brush and make strokes, which are essential for writing Chinese characters.
  • Basic Vocabulary:
    The course focuses on essential vocabulary that forms the building blocks of the language, helping students start to communicate basic ideas in Mandarin.
  • Simple Conversations:
    Through interactive activities, students will practice simple conversational phrases that are useful in everyday situations, enhancing their speaking and listening skills.
  • Cultural Exploration:
    The course includes an introduction to Chinese culture, traditions, and history, providing students with a context for their language studies and fostering a deeper understanding of the cultural background.

Aimed at beginners, this course is perfect for students looking to take their first steps in learning Mandarin Chinese, offering a supportive and culturally enriched learning environment.

Spanish 1

"Spanish 1: Introduction to Culturas," utilizing the Wayside Publishing Entre Culturas Level 1 curriculum, is an online course designed for Middle and High School students beginning their journey into the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This beginner-friendly course focuses on laying a solid foundation in the Spanish language through engaging, interactive methods, accessible through an online platform.

  • Language Skills Development:
    Students will learn foundational grammar and vocabulary to build basic conversational abilities, reading comprehension, and writing skills.
  • Interactive Learning Experience:
    The course incorporates a variety of interactive activities, authentic materials, multimedia resources, and real-life scenarios to enhance learning.
  • Cultural Exploration:
    Students will explore the rich diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures, engaging with topics like traditions, customs, food, music, art, and everyday life.
  • Communicative Competence:
    Emphasis is placed on effective communication in Spanish, with frequent opportunities for meaningful interaction in the target language to build confidence and fluency.

By the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of Spanish language and a deeper appreciation of the cultures that shape it, preparing them for further studies in Spanish. Students must have achieved a grade of 75% or higher in a previous Spanish 1 course or pass a pre-assessment administered by the instructor.

Note: This course requires access to a laptop and reliable internet, as the curriculum is delivered entirely online through Wayside Publishing's Entre Culturas Level 1 platform.

Story of the World (6th-8th)

"The Story of the World: Volume 1 - The Ancient Times" takes students on an exhilarating journey through the beginnings of human history. Aimed at grades 6-8, this course captures the fascinating stories from the earliest nomads to the last Roman Emperor. Students will explore ancient civilizations across the globe, including those in Egypt, China, India, and Greece, engaging with their histories, cultures, and significant contributions to human development.

  • Global Ancient Civilizations:
    Dive into the rich histories of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Greece, and Rome.
  • Cultural Developments and Contributions:
    Learn about key advancements in writing, architecture, government, and society that shaped the modern world.
  • Engaging Story-Based Approach:
    Engage with history through a narrative method that makes ancient times relatable and vivid.
  • Interactive Learning Activities:
    Includes maps, timelines, and hands-on projects to enhance understanding and retention of historical facts.

This course offers students a comprehensive view of the ancient world through an interactive, engaging format that emphasizes the narrative of history as a story filled with intrigue and lessons.

3rd Period: 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Baking (5th-8th)

"Baking Basics" is an exciting and educational course for students in grades 5-8, designed to introduce young learners to the art and science of baking. Under the guidance of an experienced baker, students will explore a variety of baking techniques and delve into creating delicious recipes from scratch.

  • Bread Making:
    Learn the basics of bread making, from mixing dough to baking, and understand the science behind yeast and fermentation.
  • Cake Decorating:
    Explore the creative art of cake decorating, using different icings and techniques to create visually stunning cakes.
  • Pastry Creation:
    Dive into the world of pastries, mastering techniques for making flaky crusts and sweet fillings.
  • Safety and Cleanliness:
    Emphasize the importance of kitchen safety and maintaining cleanliness while handling food.

This course is perfect for budding chefs and young learners eager to explore their culinary talents in a fun, engaging environment. Through hands-on activities and supportive instruction, students will not only learn how to bake but also gain an appreciation for the chemistry and creativity involved in making their favorite treats.

Elementary Social Studies (K-5th)


Geometry (9th-12th)

"Geometry with Math-U-See" offers students a comprehensive exploration of geometric principles covering shapes, lines, and angles in both two and three dimensions. This course is designed to develop students' critical thinking skills and mathematical reasoning through a structured study of area, volume, the Pythagorean theorem, congruence, similarity, coordinate geometry, and an introduction to trigonometric functions.

  • Structured Learning Approach:
    Students begin each chapter at home by reading the instructional manual, viewing Math-U-See's teaching videos, completing the first worksheet, and preparing questions for in-class discussion.
  • Comprehensive Coverage of Topics:
    The curriculum includes detailed study of key geometric topics such as area, volume, congruence, and the fundamentals of trigonometry.
  • Interactive and Supportive Learning:
    In addition to weekly classes, students have access to virtual discussions and problem-solving sessions with the instructor to enhance understanding and address individual needs.
  • Assessment and Feedback:
    After in-class meetings, students complete additional worksheets and a focused test each week to reinforce learning and assess progress.

This course is delivered using the Math-U-See curriculum, known for its clear, innovative teaching methods and hands-on learning approach. Students are required to have access to a computer and internet to utilize the online resources effectively.

For more information about the curriculum and to access teaching materials, visit the Math-U-See Geometry page on Christian Book: Math-U-See Geometry.

Middle School Creative Writing (6th-8th)

"Middle School Creative Writing" is an immersive course designed to introduce students to the vibrant world of creative writing. This course focuses primarily on fiction writing, while also exploring poetry and creative non-fiction. Through this exploration, students will develop their writing skills and gain an understanding of different literary genres and techniques.

  • Exploration of Genres:
    Students will delve into various genres including poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, with a special focus on fiction writing.
  • Technical Writing Skills:
    Learn key writing techniques such as formatting dialogue, understanding the three points of view (first, second, and third), and mastering different poem forms.
  • Character Development and More:
    Study overarching literary concepts like character development through selected readings and targeted exercises.
  • In-Class Writing Exercises:
    Participate in writing exercises designed to enhance creativity and skill without the obligation to share work publicly, although opportunities to share will be available.
  • End-of-Year Portfolio:
    The course will culminate in a portfolio that showcases students’ creative work in their preferred genres.

Grades will be based on participation in class discussions, completion of readings and responses, and dedication to writing projects. This course offers a safe space for students to explore and experiment with their writing, encouraging growth through creative expression without fear of failure. Students are required to bring a notebook for writing exercises and any desired note-taking.

Personal Finance (9th-12th)

The Personal Finance course for grades 9-12 provides students with a fundamental understanding of financial principles and practices essential for managing personal finances. Through this course, students will learn about budgeting, saving, investing, credit management, and financial planning, preparing them for financial independence and responsibility.

  • Budgeting and Saving:
    Understand how to create and manage a budget and the importance of saving for future goals.
  • Investing Basics:
    Learn the fundamentals of investing, including different types of investments and risk management.
  • Credit Management:
    Explore the uses and dangers of credit, how to read a credit report, and ways to build a good credit score.
  • Financial Planning:
    Develop skills to plan for long-term financial health, including setting financial goals and understanding taxes and insurance.
  • Avoiding Debt:
    Gain knowledge on how to avoid unnecessary debt and learn strategies to minimize financial liabilities.
  • Getting Out of Debt:
    Understand various methods and strategies for paying off existing debts effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning to Live with No Debt:
    Learn how to create a lifestyle that minimizes debt, emphasizing financial freedom and independence.
  • Real-World Applications:
    Apply concepts learned in class through simulations and real-world scenarios to make informed financial decisions.

Intro to Philosophy (9th-12th)

The Introduction to Philosophy course offers high school students a broad overview of philosophical thought and inquiry. This course delves into fundamental philosophical questions about knowledge, existence, ethics, and reason. Students will engage with the ideas of renowned philosophers, explore various schools of thought, and critically analyze how these ideas apply to contemporary issues.

  • Fundamental Questions:
    Explore central philosophical questions regarding existence, consciousness, and the nature of knowledge.
  • Ethical Inquiry:
    Examine different ethical frameworks and their applications in real-world scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of moral philosophy.
  • Critical Thinking:
    Develop critical thinking skills through analyzing arguments, constructing reasoned responses, and debating philosophical positions.

This course is designed to encourage students to think deeply about the world around them, question conventional wisdom, and develop reasoned arguments. It prepares students for further studies in philosophy and other disciplines that require analytical thinking.

Spanish II (10th-12th)

"Spanish 2: Exploring Culturas," based on Wayside Publishing's Entre Culturas Level 2, is an online course designed to build upon the foundational skills acquired in Spanish 1. This course deepens students' proficiency in Spanish and enhances their understanding of the diverse cultures within the Spanish-speaking world. As students engage with interactive activities and authentic resources provided through the Wayside Learning Site, they will expand their ability to communicate effectively in Spanish.

  • Advanced Communicative Skills:
    Focus on refining listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities, with an emphasis on complex grammatical structures and expanded vocabulary.
  • Interactive Online Activities:
    Utilize a variety of interactive activities, multimedia resources, and real-life scenarios available through the online platform to enhance learning.
  • Cultural Immersion:
    Deep dive into the rich tapestry of Spanish-speaking cultures, exploring traditions, customs, social norms, history, and contemporary issues.
  • Comprehensive Cultural Readings and Projects:
    Engage with cultural readings, videos, discussions, and projects that foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of the interconnectedness of Spanish-speaking cultures.

By the end of Spanish 2: Exploring Culturas, students are expected to achieve a higher level of language proficiency and cultural competence. This course sets the stage for continued exploration and mastery of the Spanish language and its diverse cultures in subsequent levels.

Note: This course is delivered entirely online through Wayside Publishing's Entre Culturas Level 2 platform and requires students to have access to a computer and reliable internet connection.

YouTube Media Prod. (8th-12th)

The YouTube Media Production class for grades 8-12 offers an exciting opportunity for students to learn the essentials of video production for YouTube. Guided by experienced instructors, students will acquire skills in scriptwriting, filming, editing, and promoting their videos. This hands-on class is designed to help students produce engaging and professional-quality content.

  • Scriptwriting:
    Learn the fundamentals of crafting compelling scripts that capture the audience's attention.
  • Filming Techniques:
    Gain practical skills in video shooting, including the use of cameras, lighting, and sound equipment.
  • Editing:
    Master video editing software to cut, arrange, and perfect your video content.
  • Promotion Strategies:
    Explore methods to effectively promote your videos on YouTube and other social media platforms.
  • Original Content Creation:
    Create your own video projects, receiving continuous feedback and guidance from the instructor.

Chapel (30 min)

At each chapel, we are committed to presenting the gospel through contextual and expository teachings from scripture. Our goal is to glorify God and lead attendees to Christ through clear, scripture-based messages.

  • Expository Teaching:
    Our messages are rooted in scripture, aiming to faithfully present biblical truth.
  • Gospel-Centric:
    We deliver the message of Christ’s atonement in an age-appropriate manner, guiding attendees towards a deeper understanding of the cross.
  • Vetted Speakers:
    Each speaker is approved by West Salem Baptist, ensuring they uphold the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.

We invite parents, teachers, and students to join and engage actively in our teachings.

4th Period: 1:30 PM - 2:25 PM

Algebra II (10th-12th)

Algebra II for high school students is a comprehensive course designed to deepen understanding of algebraic concepts and prepare students for further studies in mathematics. This course covers a range of topics including conics, systems of equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions, providing students with the tools they need to solve complex problems and think critically about mathematical relationships.

  • Advanced Algebraic Concepts:
    Explore and master topics such as function transformation, evaluation, and more complex systems of equations.
  • Hands-On Problem Solving:
    Engage with real-world problems through detailed examples and practice problems that enhance understanding and application of mathematical theories.
  • Comprehensive Learning Materials:
    Utilize resources like "Algebra II All-in-One For Dummies" to access a wide range of lessons, practice problems, and quizzes both in print and online.

This course is tailored to help students not just learn but excel in Algebra II, providing a robust mathematical foundation with access to extensive resources and support materials. For more detailed information and to access additional resources, students can explore here.

Biology (8th-10th)

In the Biology class for grades 9-10, students delve into the fundamentals of life sciences, studying cell biology, genetics, and ecology. This course is structured around lab-based activities, including hands-on experiments, dissections, and microscopy, which provide a deep understanding of biological processes and their environmental interactions.

  • Cell Biology:
    Explore the structure and function of cells through detailed microscopic examinations and laboratory experiments.
  • Genetics:
    Understand the principles of genetics through activities like gene mapping and DNA analysis.
  • Ecology:
    Study the relationships between organisms and their environments, emphasizing ecosystem dynamics and conservation.

Through these comprehensive scientific investigations, students gain a critical understanding of the interconnectedness of the biological world. This curriculum not only fosters scientific acumen but also encourages critical thinking and analytical skills.

For more details on the textbook used in this course, visit Exploring Creation with Biology Textbook.

Elementary French (2nd-5th)

Welcome to our Introductory French course, where beginning students in grades 5-8 explore the basics of the French language in a lively and engaging environment. From introducing yourself to ordering a croissant in Paris, this course is designed to make French accessible and fun. Students will learn essential vocabulary and grammar, count to 100, and express their favorite things, all while immersing themselves in French culture.

  • Practical Language Skills:
    Learn to use French in real-world situations through interactive speaking and listening exercises.
  • Cultural Immersion:
    Explore French culture through songs, short stories, and games that enrich the learning experience.
  • Interactive and Fun Learning:
    Engage in a variety of activities designed to make learning French exciting and enlightening, including classroom games and group discussions.

Grades will be based on participation in class activities, completion of assigned work, and a final project that showcases what students have learned. Notebooks will be required for note-taking and class exercises. This course aims to build a strong foundation in French, paving the way for further language study.

Middle School Art (5th-8th)

The Middle School Art class for grades 5-8 is a vibrant exploration of various art forms and creative expression. In this course, students will delve into painting, drawing, and sculpture, learning both the practical techniques involved and the historical context of these art forms. This class encourages students to develop their own artistic styles and ideas through a combination of theoretical study and hands-on projects.

  • Diverse Art Techniques:
    Students will gain experience in different artistic mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture, enhancing their skills and broadening their creative horizons.
  • Art History and Theory:
    Lessons on art history and theory provide students with a deeper understanding of the evolution of art and its cultural significance.
  • Creative Development:
    Through individual and group projects, students will explore and develop their own artistic styles and creative ideas, fostering personal growth and artistic expression.

This course is designed to nurture creativity and appreciation for the arts, offering students a comprehensive platform to express themselves and explore their artistic potential.

PE (K-4th)

Our K-4th grade Physical Education program is designed to foster physical, social, and cognitive development through engaging activities. This course promotes a healthy, active lifestyle by encouraging physical fitness, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

  • Physical Skills:
    Activities aimed at improving motor skills, coordination, and overall fitness.
  • Social Interaction:
    Exercises that enhance teamwork and communication.
  • Cognitive Challenges:
    Games that support strategic thinking and decision-making.

This PE class is designed to instill a foundation for lifelong health and activity, making physical education both fun and educational.

Precalculus with Trigonometry

The Precalculus with Trigonometry course is designed for high school students aiming to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts before entering calculus. This course meticulously covers key areas such as relations, functions, various types of functions including linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational, as well as an in-depth exploration of trigonometric functions.

  • Foundational Concepts:
    Study sets of real numbers, the Cartesian coordinate plane, and the distance in the plane, establishing a strong foundation in algebraic relations and function theory.
  • Advanced Function Analysis:
    Explore transformations, function arithmetic, and graphs of functions to understand their behavior and characteristics.
  • Trigonometry and Applications:
    Delve into trigonometric identities, the unit circle, and inverse trigonometric functions, applying these concepts to solve real-world problems.

This course prepares students not only for advanced mathematical studies but also enhances their problem-solving and analytical skills through a structured curriculum that includes both theoretical study and practical application.

Self Defense (7th-12th)

Our Self-Defense class for grades 6-12 equips students with practical techniques for personal protection in various situations. The course emphasizes not only physical self-defense skills but also situational awareness, confidence building, and the critical importance of self-control and de-escalation strategies.

  • No Equipment Required:
    Students do not need to purchase any special equipment or uniforms, making it accessible for everyone.
  • Practical Skills Over Traditional Martial Arts:
    Focuses on practical techniques that are more applicable in real-life situations than traditional karate or martial arts.
  • Personalized Attention:
    Classes are conducted in small groups to ensure individual attention and tailored instruction.
  • Empowerment Against Bullies:
    Learn strategies to defend against bullies and other predators, enhancing personal safety and well-being.
  • Physical and Mental Benefits:
    Gain strength, improve coordination, and build self-confidence through physical exercises and mental training.

This class aims to empower students to feel safer and more confident in their ability to protect themselves and handle challenging situations responsibly.

5th Period: 2:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Health & Nutrition (8th-12th)


Chess Club (6th-12th)

The Chess Club for grades 6-12 offers a vibrant community for students who meet regularly to engage in chess activities. This club provides a stimulating and enjoyable environment where members can enhance their chess strategies, participate in competitive tournaments, and form meaningful connections with fellow homeschoolers.

  • Skill Enhancement:
    Members improve their chess skills through regular practice sessions and strategic gameplay.
  • Tournament Participation:
    Engage in club-organized chess tournaments that challenge members to apply their skills in a competitive setting.
  • Community Building:
    Build lasting friendships and a supportive network through shared interests in chess and collaborative learning.

The club is dedicated to fostering a love for chess while promoting intellectual growth and social interaction among its members.

Elementary Art (K-4th)

Our Art class for K-4th grade students offers a vibrant introduction to the world of art, engaging young learners in various forms such as drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Each session starts with an introduction to the art form or artist being studied, followed by interactive activities that allow students to practice techniques and express their creativity through their own art pieces.

  • Diverse Art Forms:
    Students will explore different artistic expressions including drawing, painting, collage making, and sculpture.
  • Engaging Introductions:
    Each class begins with an educational segment about a specific art form or artist, setting the stage for the day’s activities.
  • Hands-On Creativity:
    Students engage in hands-on activities designed to foster their artistic skills and encourage unique self-expression.

The goal of this course is to cultivate a love for art in a fun and engaging environment, helping students to unleash their creativity and develop their artistic abilities at an early age.

High School Physical Education & Exercise (9th-12th)

Our High School Physical Education program for grades 9-12 emphasizes a balanced approach to health and fitness. Students will engage in cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility routines, coupled with learning about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Comprehensive Fitness Education:
    The curriculum includes cardiovascular training, strength exercises, and flexibility routines to promote overall physical health.
  • Nutrition and Healthy Living:
    Students will explore nutritional science and learn practical ways to implement healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Goal Setting and Assessments:
    A physical fitness assessment at the beginning and end of the year helps students set personal goals and monitor their progress. The focus remains on the process of building a healthy lifestyle rather than the results of these assessments.

Evaluations are based on effort, attitude, improvement, and knowledge rather than physical performance metrics. Students are expected to participate actively, dressed in appropriate workout attire and equipped with a water bottle for hydration.

Theater (8th-12th)

Course Description: This year-long Theater Arts class explores the multifaceted art of communication, integrating biblical worldviews and promoting wholesome ideals. Students will explore a wide range of theatrical elements including characters, plots, themes, time periods, cultures, and worldviews present in theater.

  • Character Expression:
    Master the art of expressing stories through characters, using staging, props, dialogue, scenery, and costuming.
  • Script Work:
    Deepen understanding of script reading and engage in scriptwriting that reflects biblical worldviews.
  • Audience and Character Building:
    Develop nuanced characters and learn how to connect with audience perspectives effectively.
  • Analysis:
    Engage in individual and group analysis of characters and plays, enhancing critical thinking and discussion skills.
  • Productions:
    Participate in several larger productions, showcasing the skills developed throughout the course.

Projects and assignments will be integrated throughout the year to help students achieve these objectives, fostering a comprehensive understanding of theatrical arts.

US History (9th-12th)


6th Period: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

High School Art (9th-12th)

This drawing class takes students on a journey through various drawing techniques, exploring a range of subjects including people, objects, landscapes, and abstract forms. As the year progresses, we will introduce elements of color and experiment with different mediums to enrich our artistic expressions. Students are encouraged to try each medium to discover which inspires their creativity the most.

  • Exploring Techniques:
    Begin the class by learning different drawing techniques to capture various subjects like people, objects, and landscapes.
  • Incorporating Color:
    Add elements of color to the work, experimenting with various mediums to enhance creativity.
  • Personal Artistic Growth:
    Encourage each student to find their unique artistic style, empowering them to pursue their passion for art.

This course aims to cultivate a love for art, enabling students to boldly explore their creativity and artistic expression.

Intro to Electronics (9th-12th)

The Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Engineering course is a two-semester program aimed at motivated high school students interested in engineering, the physical sciences, or electrical trades. The course focuses on fundamental electronic circuits, teaching students to analyze, design, and troubleshoot circuits while gaining hands-on experience with a variety of projects.

  • Semester One - Foundational Concepts and Basic Circuits:
    Covers topics like static electricity, direct and alternating current circuits, batteries, inductors, capacitors, and introduces digital concepts.
  • Semester Two - Applied Electronics:
    Focuses on practical application, including power electronics, residential wiring, motor control, amplifiers, oscillators, and digital circuits.
  • Hands-On Projects:
    Students will engage in weekly projects and practical applications to reinforce their learning, culminating in a final digital audio synthesizer project.

The course provides comprehensive support to ensure students grasp the necessary concepts and mathematical tools. Homework assignments will focus on reviewing problems or introducing new concepts. The instructor aims to arm students with knowledge and skills for future careers in engineering, science, or as professional electricians.

Dance (2nd-6th)


Middle School Physical Education (5th-8th)

In this Health and Fitness class, students will learn a holistic approach to health, incorporating cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle practices. The class emphasizes active participation, a positive attitude, and continuous improvement in overall health.

  • Personalized Fitness Goals:
    A fall fitness assessment establishes a baseline for setting personal activity and nutrition goals, which are reassessed in the spring.
  • Holistic Health Approach:
    Focuses on cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises, combined with lessons on nutrition and lifestyle.
  • Active Participation:
    Students are expected to participate actively, dressed in appropriate workout attire and prepared to engage fully in the exercises.

The aim of this course is to develop a lifelong commitment to healthy living, focusing on the process of improving health rather than the results of fitness assessments.

Pre-Algebra (7th-10th)

The Pre-Algebra class for grades 7-8 uses the Math-U-See curriculum to introduce students to essential concepts in mathematics. Students will master arithmetic operations with integers, rational numbers, and algebraic expressions, laying a solid foundation for future math studies. The course will also cover linear equations, inequalities, and functions.

  • Comprehensive Curriculum:
    Students will learn and practice key pre-algebra concepts through Math-U-See's structured curriculum.
  • Interactive Learning:
    The course includes theoretical explanations, problem-solving exercises, and interactive activities to enhance student engagement and understanding.
  • Preparation for Advanced Math:
    Emphasis on linear equations, inequalities, and functions provides students with a strong mathematical foundation for further studies.

For more details on the curriculum and materials, visit the Math-U-See Pre-Algebra page on the Christian Book website.

Psychology (9th-12th)

The Introduction to Psychology course provides a comprehensive overview of psychology's core concepts, theories, and research methods. Students will explore diverse topics such as cognition, behavior, motivation, emotion, development, and mental health, gaining foundational knowledge of psychological principles and their applications.

  • Course Objectives:
    Learn key psychological concepts and theories, develop critical thinking skills, and apply psychological principles to real-life situations.
  • Assessment and Grading:
    Quizzes and tests account for 30%, written assignments for 30%, class participation for 20%, and projects for 20%.
  • Course Outline:
    The curriculum spans 18 weeks, covering topics like research methods, biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, developmental psychology, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

Students will also participate in a final project and presentation, applying their understanding of psychological concepts to independent research.

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