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

And lots more.

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)

And lots more.

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

And lots more.

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

And lots more.

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 Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology and will be taught from a biblical worldview. As a college-preparatory 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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This class will be comprised of both in-class, on campus instruction and off-sight, hands-on learning at a veterinary clinic. The classroom portion will be taught by the instructor, and the lab will be taught by a veterinarian, a DVM. In-class lessons will cover a variety of animal science and clinical topics  while the lab portion will give students real life instruction and an opportunity to develop competency in dozens of foundational skills that are not only needed in the veterinary field but are also needed to pass the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) exam for a certified veterinary assistant, CVA. 

Students in this course have the option of enjoying the class simply as a high school science credit, with the added bonus of learning practical skills and knowledge in the care of animals, or they may further use this course to help them pursue state certification as a CVA through TVMA. The state of Texas allows certification for a CVA as young as 16-years-old.

Completing this course will not give students every requirement needed for the certification, but it will give them a tremendous start towards meeting those requirements as well as other advantages such as opening doors to possible internships and providing opportunities for students to explore a possible career in veterinary science.