Courses

Unless otherwise noted, all our classes are 2 semesters in length. Many include the option for honors. Some classes–math and science courses particularly–have prerequisites. Others will require an entrance examination. If a class does not meet the 3 student minimum, it will be available at the discretion of the instructor on a tutoring basis only. Textbooks are provided.

 

Math

Our math courses begin in sixth grade and advance to Pre-Calculus. It’s best to start early in order to build a good foundation for the upper classes. 

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Science

There is an exciting array of science courses to choose from–from Life Science for younger students to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for upper-class students. 

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Language

Our language courses include both middle and high school literature courses as well as writing classes. We also have courses in French, Spanish, and–for the first time–Latin! 

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Social Studies

Our courses in social studies cover a broad spectrum, including World and U. S. History, Geography, and a joint Government & Economics course.

 
 

Electives

We offer a diverse array of electives to cultivate every interest—from Lego Robotics to Philosophy to Speech & Debate to Art Appreciation. 

 
 

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Math 6

Mark Freitag   

This course develops solid problem-solving skills in preparation for algebra, teaches methods of estimation, and familiarizes students with the use calculators to solve math problems.  This course is essentially a sixth grade math and is appropriate for advanced 5th graders as well as 6th graders.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:  Math 6 (BJU Press)


Fundamentals of Math

This class is essentially a seventh grade math and is appropriate for advanced 6th graders as well as 7th graders.  The course will essentially follow the textbook.  Homework assigments will be assigned requiring an additional 3 to 4 hours at home between classes.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:  Fundamentals of Math    BJU Press


Pre-Algebra

Mark Freitag

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The course syllabus will essentially follow the textbook.  Homework assigments will be assigned requiring an additional 3 to 4 hours at home between classes.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:  Bob Jones Pre-Algebra

Algebra 1 (honors option)

Mark Freitag

The course syllabus will essentially follow the textbook.  Homework assignments will be assigned requiring an additional 3 to 5 hours at home between classes.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:   Algebra 1 BJU Press


The course syllabus will essentially follow the textbook.  Homework assignments will be assigned requiring an additional 3 to 5 hours at home between classes.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:   Algebra 2 BJU Press     (We recommend that students take Algebra 2 before Geometry.)

Algebra 2 (honors option)

Mark Freitag


Geometry (honors option)

Mark Freitag

The course syllabus will essentially follow the Jacobs Geometry book.  An emphasis will be placed on understanding mathematical concepts pertaining to the application of Algebra to Geometry, and to the preparation of the student for higher math courses such as Trigonometry and Calculus.  This class also does a great deal of work with proofs and covers the concepts of basic logic.

Textbook: Jacobs Geometry 3rd edition


Pre-Calculus (honors option)

Mark Freitag

This class will be available in a tutoring format and will consist of one-to-one or small group time.  A suitable time will be worked out to meet the schedule of student and instructor.The course syllabus will essentially follow the Bob Jones Precalculus textbook.  Homework assignments will be assigned requiring an additional 4 to 6 hours at home between classes.  Class time will consist primarily of lecture, example problems, and question and answer time.

Textbook:  Bob Jones Precalculus

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Life Science

Martha Freitag

This course will cover the scientific method, microorganisms, the animal and plant kingdoms and the human body.  Taught at a lower level than high school biology, this course will serve as a good introduction to observing and studying living creatures designed for middle school students.

Textbook:        Life ScienceAbeka               Lab Fee:  $20.00


Middle School Earth Science 

Angela Hartman

 This course will cover atmosphere, weather, oceanography and geology.  In addition, research papers will be assigned to bring the students an acquaintance with the pioneers in the fields under study. 

Textbook:        A Beka Science: Earth and Space                     Lab Fee:          $40.00


Biology (honors option)

Martha Freitag

This course will cover such concepts as genetics, botany and zoology.  In-class laboratory work will be utilized to reinforce concepts. Homework will include observation reports, an insect collection and a research paper on creation vs. evolution.  It is important for the lab to run concurrently with the class. In order to provide the lab time necessary, this class will meet three hours per week. 

Textbook:        BJU Press Biology               Lab Fee:          $40.00


Chemistry (honors option)

Chuck Hartman

This course will cover stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics,  kinetics, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, gas laws, and equilibrium.   Heavy book work with manipulation of chemical reactions. 

Textbook:   Chemistry   Addison Wesley4th edition             Prerequisite:   Algebra I          Lab Fee:          $40.00


Physics (honors option)

Mark Freitag

Detailed introduction into the methods and concepts of general physics with heavy emphasis on vector analysis.  This course covers units, measurements, one-and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws, gravity, work and energy, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism.  Please note: this class is available for private tutoring by request only.

Textbook:   Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics         Tuition: Tutoring rate will apply                       Lab fee: $25.00

Physical Science

Mark Freitag

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Middle School Literature 2

Hosanna Greene

In this course, we will read well-loved works of substantial length–from Watership Down to Oliver Twist to Pride and Prejudice. Using these works, we will also work on developing good research and writing techniques. We will become familiar with standard MLA formatting to prepare for high school and college courses. By the end of this course, students should be able to discuss and analyze assigned works using a robust literary vocabulary.

Textbook: Vocabulary in Classical Roots; multiple texts include The Hobbit, Boy, To Kill a Mockingbird, and others.


Introduction to Literature

Hosanna Greene

 A combination of grammar, composition, and literature suitable for 8th and 9th grade students. The students will cover the essential elements of literature as well as putting their grammar to use in paper writing. This course will cover the themes of literature–conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view and moral tone.

Textbook:  To be determined


American Literature (honors option)

Hosanna Greene

This course will trace American literature from its roots to the present. Students will survey works from Puritanism, Rationalism, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, and Modernism, as well as the Harlem Renaissance. With each text, we will examine recurring questions raised by these texts–in particular, what does it mean to be American? As a class, we will also engage in focused discussion of each text and learn to write critical analyses using literary terminology. In preparation for college courses, we will become familiar with standard MLA formatting.

Textbook: Vocabulary in Classical Roots; multiple literary texts

Essentials of Writing

Hosanna Greene

“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” -Francis Bacon

In this course, we will write. We will compose fiction and nonfiction, formal and informal, extemporaneous articles and short stories. Our goal is simple: to become better thinkers and better writers. We will go through each step of the writing process, from prewriting to drafting to revising to editing. As we work to cultivate good writing habits, we will peer review our work in class for others to observe and critique. This opportunity for constructive criticism will help students learn to be comfortable with sharing and presenting their own work. Students will also learn to offer specific and helpful feedback to others’ writing. We will also read models of superb writing and discuss their narrative strategies, genres, and styles.

Textbook: The Lively Art of Writing; Vocabulary in Classical Roots


Spanish 1

Gabriella Alexander

This course will focus on learning the vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language. Students will learn to translate from Spanish to English, and from English to Spanish.

Textbook:   Temas!    


French 1

Gabriella Alexander

The course will focus on learning the vocabulary and grammar of the French language. Students will learn to translate from French to English, and from English to French.

Textbook: Bien Dit

Latin 1

Abigail Hartman

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History

World History

Chuck Hartman

The student will read world views and Biblical accounts focusing on original manuscripts from the time periods studied.  They will be encouraged to develop analytical skills by comparing and contrasting views.

No text – material is provided as hand-outs in class or is researched


American History (honors option)

Chuck Hartman

A review of US History from colonial 17th century through the present, with a focus on reading original sources and biographical studies of important figures of the period.  Students will be required to write papers (3-5 pages in length) from their reading assignments.  The significance of American Christianity upon the development of the country will be investigated. Note: This class is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

Textbook:  series by Clarence Carson; class handouts

This course will focus on the geography of various regions of the world.  It will cover North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  The student will learn physical features as well as people groups and cultures.  Students will research and assemble regional reports as a major portion of their progress assessment. 

 No text – material is provided as hand-outs in class or is researched

Geography

Chuck Hartman


Government & Economics

Chuck Hartman

A history course beginning with the various forms of government, including the process that led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution.  It will then cover U.S. Government in greater detail.  The students will be encouraged to develop analytical skills by comparing and contrasting views.

This course will cover the basics of economics.  Topics include the origin and history of money, the business cycle, inflation, recessions and depressions.  The students will do several projects including tracking prices over a period of time, investing in stocks and seeing how their investments grow and designing their own business.

Textbook: Carsons Basic Government; Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybery



Electives

Lego Robotics

Mark Freitag

Explore the world of robotics with the Lego Education System.  Students will build and program robots to perform various tasks.  Students will also learn how sound and light sensors help a robot operate.  This class is geared toward middle school students

No text book – handouts provided in class                          Lab fee: $25.00


Arduino

Mark Freitag

Using the Arduino board as a base, students will build a variety of projects.  From simple circuitry to robotics, the board is a great jumping off point to explore the world of technology.  This course will cover basic programing, how to work with electronics components and the basics of Ohms Law.

Textbook: in-class handouts         Lab Fee: $25.00      


Speech & Debate

Chuck Hartman

Strong communication skills are an invaluable asset to any one, regardless of life setting. To be able to present your project to your supervisors in a convincing manner, or to ably defend your faith–there are countless opportunities in life to "think well on your feet." This skill, however, is not one that is possessed by most people in our society.  One of the reasons for this lack of ability to communicate well orally, and to reason logically, is the absence from modern curricula of such courses as speech and debate. This course examines various forms of forensic exercise and debate debate, prose and poetry recitation, extemporaneous speaking, and oral composition.  Dr. Hartman participated in competitive speech and debate in high school, and has taken several courses on speech and homiletics in seminary (as well as having preached for three decades).