Course Descriptions & Syllabi

Pre-AP English Language

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This class is designed to help students excel in  thoughtful reading, excellent writing, and critical thinking skills, preparing them also for a smooth transition to the AP English Class.

Students will write a wide variety of academic essays such as literary analysis, expository, decorative, narrative, synthesis, argumentative, and extemporaneous. They will also learn  how to use MLA format, outline, document, quote properly, and more as they gain confidence and skills in using rhetorical devices, complex sentence structures, sophisticated vocabulary, and much more.

This class is for students who are familiar with a basic 5-paragraph essay.


More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, is available on the syllabus, which is posted at the bottom of this page.

AP English Language & Composition

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This class equips students to thrive in high-level reading, writing, and thinking, with a specific emphasis on rhetorical analysis and preparation for the AP English Language Test.  Students will hone their skills in a variety of writing genres including argumentative essays and synthesis essays.

While engaging and fun, this course can also lead to potential dual credit for college, and  add the coveted AP distinction on the high school transcript.


More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, will be available on the syllabus, which is posted at the bottom of this page.

Physics for STEM Students

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A college-level, algebra-based physics course, with lab, covering classical and modern physics designed for the 12th grade student who has STEM aptitude. The class will include a lab component by doing at-home experiments and writing lab reports. Taught from a Biblical worldview, the course will reinforce there is no dichotomy between faith and science while exploring the evidence supporting Romans 1:20. Textbook for both Fall and Spring: Openstax, College Physics. 

Algebra 1

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This class is designed to help students excel in all of Algebra 1 skills and to prepare them to excel in Geometry as well the following year. Students will be taught to look for patterns, create equations that allow them to extend this pattern, and make predictions. 

Our focus of study:

1. Reviewing Number Sense—Memorizing Fractions/Decimals, Squares/Square Roots, Order of Operations, Properties

2. Simplifying Exponents/Radicals

3. Graphing on a RNL—Compound Inequalities – AND vs. OR

4. Classifying and Simplifying all expressions

5. Solving all Equations/Inequalities (Formulas)

6. Linear Equations – Classifying (Standard, Slope Intercept, Point Slope), Slope, x and y Intercepts, Relations (Functions, Domain, Range), Graphing (Horizontal, Vertical, Oblique)

7. Absolute Value Equations (Solving, Graphing - Transformations)

8.  Finding the Equation of a Line (Parallel and Perpendicular)

9. Solving Systems – 2 equations, 2 unknowns (3 methods – Graphing, Substitution, Elimination)

10. Quadratics – Simplifying/Factoring, Solving, Changing from SF to GF, Graphing

11. Exponentials – Graphing

12. Rational Functions – Simplifying and Solving

13. Percents, Probability, Statistics, Dimensional Analysis

14. Direct Vs. Indirect Variation

15. Word Problems


This class is for students who have mastered number sense and pre-algebra. You can sign up for the class alone or for the class plus homework help. More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, is available on the 2019-2020 syllabus located at the bottom of this page.


Geometry

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This class is designed to help students excel in all of Geometry skills and to prepare them to excel in Algebra 2 the following year. Geometry is the study of shapes and the discovery of the relationships and patterns formed in shapes. We will also use deductive reasoning to create proofs and create constructions using a compass.

Our focus of study:

1. Patterns – Inductive Reasoning

2. 5 Geometric Units and Introductory Theorems

3. Segments—Measure, Distance, Midpoint, SAP

4. Angles—Measure, Angle Bisector, AAP

5. Classifying Pairs of Angles – Adjacent, Vertical, Linear Pairs, Congruent, Supplementary, Complementary

6. Perimeter and Area

7. Logic-Conditional, Biconditional, Deductive Reasoning, Proofs (Segments/Angles)

8. Lines and Angles (Perpendicular, Parallel, Transversal, Angles formed (CA, AIA, AEA, CIA, LP, VA)

9. Proving Lines Parallel

10. Triangles (Classify, BAT, Triangle Sum, Greater side/greater angle, Triangle Inequality)

11. Triangles-Special Segments and Pts. Of Concurrency

12. Triangles – Congruent and Similar

13. Triangles – Rt Triangles – Pythagorean Thm, Trig (Unit Circle), Special Rt, Rt Triangle with Altitude (Geo. Mean)

14. Polygons-Parallelograms, Quad Tree

15. Rigid Motion in Planes-Transformations (Reflection, Rotation, Translations, Glide Reflection)

16. Vectors (Coordinate/Component Form, Magnitude, Direction, Adding)

17. Similar Polygons-Ratio and Proportionality, Dilations

18. Circles-Tangents, Arcs, Chords, Inscribed Angles, Central Angles, Segment Lengths, Equation of Circle

19. Circles – Circumference, Area, Arc Length, Area of Sector

20. Polygons-Angles (PIAT/PEAT), Area of Regular, Geometric Probability

21. Polyhedrons-Classify, SA and Volume

22. Constructions-Midpt, Perp. Bisector, Angle Bisector, Congruent Angle, and more

23. Geometric Probability

24. Proofs


This class is for students who have mastered Algebra 1. You can sign up for the class alone or for the class plus homework help.  

More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, is available on the 2019-2020 syllabus located at the bottom of this page.

Algebra 2

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This class is designed to help students excel in all of Algebra 2 skills and to prepare them to excel in Pre-calculus the following year. Students will be taught to look for nonlinear patterns and solve and graph with these to make predictions.  

In Algebra 2 our focus of study is on:

1. Review Linear Equations from Algebra

2. Linear Regression, Correlation

3. Piecewise Functions

4. Step Functions (Greatest Integer)

5. Systems—Solving 2x2 (6 methods—Graphing, Substitution, Elimination, Cramer’s, Augmented, Inverse), Equ/Inequ

6. Systems—Solving 3x3 (4 methods – Elimination, Cramer’s, Augmented, Inverse), Optimization, Area of a Tri. given 3 pts.

7. Matrices—Classify/Add/Subtract/Multiply/Properties/Inverse/Identity

8. Quadratics—Graphing, Factoring, Solving (Factoring, Quadratic Formula, Completing the Square), Equ/Inequ, Word Problems, Finding the equation

9. Complex Numbers—imaginary numbers

10. Polynomials—Classify, Standard Form, General Graphs, Evaluating (Synthetic Subst), Perfect Cubes (Pascal’s Triangle), Factoring, Dividing (Synthetic Division)

11. Solving Cubics

12. Graphing Cubics

13. Complex Radicals—Rational Exponents

14. Inverse Functions

15. Solving and Graphing Radicals

16. Exponential Growth and Decay—Simplifying, Solving, Graphing

17. Logarithmic Functions—Simplifying, Solving, Graphing

18. Rational Equations—Direct/Inverse/Joint Variation, Simplifying, Solving, Graphing

19. Distance and Midpoint

20. Conics – Circles, Ellipses, Hyperbolas

21. Trigonometric Functions—Right Triangle, Radian, Ratios, Inverse, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines

22. Sequences and Series

23. Probability and Statistics—Permutations, Combinations, Compound Events, Independent/Dependent Events, Binomial/Normal Distributions


This class is for students who have mastered Algebra 1.  You can sign up for the class alone or sign up for the class plus homework help.  

More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, is available on the 2019-2020 syllabus located at the bottom of this page.


Pre-calculus

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This class is unique in that it not only helps students excel in pre-calculus skills, but it also prepares students for a smooth transition into AP Calculus the following year. Students will continue mastering nonlinear patterns, learning to analyze triangles through trigonometry and dig into data analysis in statistics and probability.

In Pre-calculus our focus of study is on:

1. Real and Complex Numbers, Complex Plane (Add/Subtract/Graph, Absolute Value, Midpoints, Distance)

2. Functions and the Nature of Graphs—Domain, Range, Family of Functions, Transformations (Translations, Reflections, Dilations), Describe the Function Transformation, Evaluating, Table of values, Composition of functions, Inverse Functions, Equations vs. Inequalities, Continuity and End Behavior, Critical Points, Extremes, Direct/Indirect/Joint Variation

3. Linear Functions—Slope, x and y intercepts, Graph, Find the equation, Families of Linears—Parallel/Perpendicular/Piecewise, Equ/Inequ., Word Problems, Regression

4. Systems—Review 2x2 and 3x3 and Matices (Add/Subtract/Mutiply/Properties/Solve/Inverse/Transformation Matrices), Linear Programming, Graph equ/inequ, Word Problems

5. Polynomial and Radical Functions—Domain, Range, Solve, Quadratics (max/min, roots, line of symmetry, equ/inequ, factoring/quadratic formula, discriminant), Polynomials (Divide-Long/Synthetic, Factor/Roots, Remainder/Factor/Rational Root Thms, Fundamental Thm of Algebra, Zeros, Quadratic Patterns, Given roots find polynomial, Pascal’s Triangle, Binomial Thm, Partial Fractions, Word Problems, Regression, Rational Exponents

6. Rational Functions—symptotes, Excluded Values, Solve, Word Problems

7. Trigonometric Functions – Converting between radians and degrees, Radians and Arc Length, Quadrants, Coterminal/Reference Angles, Rt Triangle Trig—ratios, unit circle, reference angles, Inverse, Solve, Solving a Right Triangle-sides/angles, Solving Triangles-Law of Sines/Cosines, Area of a Triangle—Sine/Heron’s Formula

8. Trigonometry Graphs—Linear and Angular Velocity, Graphing—Amplitude, Period, Translations, Inverse Graphs, Writing the Equation 

9. Trigonometric Identities—Complementary, Symmetry and Periodicity, Verifying, Sum and Difference, Double and Half-Angle, Solving Trig, Normal Form of a Linear Equation, Distance from a Point to a line

10. Vectors (2 dimensional)—Component Form and Coordinate Form, Magnitude, Direction, Resultant Vector (Triangle Method and Parallelogram Method), Add/Subtract/Multiply, Unit Vector, Linear Combinations, Application

11. Vectors (3 dimensional)—Component Form, Magnitude, Add/Subtract/Multiply, Linear Combinations, Parametric Equations

12. Polar Coordinates and Complex Numbers – Modulus and argument of a Complex Number, Rectangular to Polar, Match Polar Equations and Graphs, Simplifying Complex Numbers, Products/Quotients/Powers/Roots

13. Conics—Circles/Ellipses/Hyperbolas/Parabolas (Properties/Equations/Graphs), Rectangular and Parametric Forms, Transformations, Systems Equ/Inequ

14. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions—Domain, Range, Convert btw, Solve, Evaluate, Change of base, Properties (Product/Quotient/Power), Solving with multiple logs, Exponential functions over unit intervals, Growth and Decay, Compound Interest

15. Sequences and Series – Arithmetic/Geometric, Infinite, Explicit/Recursive (Convert), Convergent/Divergent, Sigma Notation, nth Term, Binomial Thm, Special/Iteration/Induction, Sum/Partial Sum

16. Probability—Combinations/Permutations, 2 way frequency tables, Permutations with Repetitions and Circular Permutations, Independent Events, Compound Events, Conditional Probability, Probability Distributions (Discrete, Binomial), Central Limit Theorem

17. Statistics – Central Tendency, Variability, Outlier, Correlation Coefficients, Regression Analysis, Confidence Intervals

This class is for students who have mastered Algebra 2 and Geometry. You can sign up for the class alone or sign up for the class plus homework help.  

More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, is available on the 2019-2020 syllabus located at the bottom of this page.

Math Homework Help Class

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This class is for all math levels and gives the student an opportunity to work on  math homework with an expert math teacher available to give hands-on help. This class is a boon to every student, but can be especially helpful if the student needs a little extra help. It also gives mom a nice break. The student can enroll for one semester or both.

High School Physics

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A hands-on, algebra-based physics course covering classic and modern physics designed for the 11th or 12th grade high school student wanting to round out their High School science studies. The class will include a lab component by doing all of the experiments in the textbook. Taught from a Biblical worldview, the course will reinforce there is no dichotomy between faith and science while exploring the evidence supporting Romans 1:20. Textbook for Fall: Apologia, Exploring Creation with Physics. Textbook for Spring: Apologia, Advanced Physics in Creation.


Physical Science

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A course designed to introduce the student to world around him and the universe it is in, from a biblical perspective. Introductions to the fields of geology, astronomy, physics, and biology will be presented emphasizing evidence for creation by an intelligent designer. Textbook: Apologia Physical Science 

Chemisty

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  This class will use Berean Builder’s Discovering Design with Chemistry and will be taught from a biblical worldview. It is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra 1. This college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. The course contains many experiments that illustrate various concepts being explored. Some experiments will be done at home and some will be conducted during class time. 

English I Foundations

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 This class is designed to guide students through a variety of literature in order to maximize their reading experience. This  will be done by providing activities that foster strong vocabulary, reading comprehension, and an understanding of literary elements. Students will also learn to become more effective writers as they are guided through the steps of beginning essay writing.  This will include brainstorming, outlining, creating a rough draft, editing, revising and publishing. Students will become familiar with various types of essays including persuasive, compare-contrast, and argumentative essays. They will learn the importance of developing a strong thesis, as well as all of the components needed for a structurally sound introduction, body, and conclusion. 

This class is intended for 7-9 grade.

Biology

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This class will use Aplogia’s Exploring Creation with Biology and will be taught from a biblical worldview. As a colelge-prepatory class, it will provide a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, complete with hands-on labs. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it equips students with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems, in addition to a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be exceptionally prepared for a college level biology course. The labs will include work with a microscope and some dissections. 

Veterinary Science

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