2018-2019 Courses

Schedule18-19 – .pdf of schedule for viewing on your phone)

Tuesday Course Offerings:
Note that the majority of classes offered will meet two days per week (both Tues. and Thurs.)

8:30 – 9:25 Env. Science Chemistry Psychology European History Spanish II World Lit
9:30-10:25 Env. Science Biology Applied Math German I Spanish I American Lit
10:30 – 11:25 Computers Biology US History Health/Wellness French II British Lit
11:50-12:45 Algebra II Marine Biology Gov’t/Econ Geography French I Sports Med
12:50 – 1:45 Computers Latin Journalism  Sociology  Music Apprec.

Thursday Class Offerings:

8:30 – 9:25 Env. Science Chemistry Psychology European History Spanish II Composition I
9:30-10:25 Env. Science Biology Applied Math German I Spanish I Composition II
10:30 – 11:25 ACT Prep Math Biology US History Creative Writing French II ASL 2
11:50-12:45 Algebra II Marine Bio Gov’t/Econ Geography Photog I ASL 3
12:50- 1:45 Latin CompositionI World Religions Sociology  Photog II  ASL I

Schedule18-19 .pdf of schedule for viewing on your phone) 

Course Descriptions:

English/Language Arts

American Literature – WAITLIST
Focusing on American authors from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Ray Bradbury, the American Literature course will cover important literature as well as the historical importance of the time period in which the literature is set or written. Class time will be spent discussing important themes and literary elements and making connections between the literature and the real world.  We will cover important themes of friendship, honesty, forgiveness, prejudice, war, and more. Complete novels, plays, short stories, and poetry are included in this course, and tests and projects will be assigned throughout the year. Honors option available.

Reading List (subject to revision): Native American short stories, Early American poetry, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Up From Slavery, Shane, To Kill a Mockingbird, Farewell to Manzanar, The Chosen, Fahrenheit 451

British Literature – WAITLIST
With genres ranging from romance to satire, forms ranging from the sonnet to the novel to the play, and authors ranging from illiterate storytellers to Nobel Prize winners, British literature remains one of the cornerstones of literature curricula around the world. In this survey of British literature, we will begin with the Middle Ages and The Canterbury Tales and then move through the Renaissance with a study of Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne. We’ll make a brief visit to the Restoration to study some satire before moving to the Romantic Period where we will spend time with Jane Austen and the most famous Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats). Our literature from the Victorian Period will include poetry, short stories, and a Dickens novel; we will finish the course with some modern poetry. Honors option available.

Reading List: BeowulfThe Canterbury TalesLe Morte D’ArthurThe Merchant of VeniceParadise Lost, Northanger AbbeyWuthering HeightsA Tale of Two Cities, various short stories and poetry by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Browning, Dylan Thomas, Yeats, and T. S. Eliot.

The focus of this composition course will be on the four modes of writing – narration, description, persuasion, and exposition. We will focus on content and structure and cover some general grammar skills. Writing assignments vary in length and format, but we will finish the course with a focus on the five-paragraph essay.  This course is geared toward students who want to gain more confidence in their writing and who need to spend some time building a foundation for advanced composition.

Required Materials: Teacher created materials, included in cost of course

Composition II
The focus of this course will be expository writing, and development of a strong essay will be our focus. Students will write comparison/contrast essays, character sketches, critical analyses, persuasive letters, literary reviews, and more. This course is geared toward students who have been exposed to formal essay writing and who are ready to hone their advanced writing skills such as using transitions, improving word choice, writing clearly and concisely, and employing a variety of sentence structures.  Composition I is not a prerequisite of Composition II.

Required Materials: Teacher created materials, included in cost of course

Creative Writing – WAITLIST
Students will develop writing skills and learn to write for enjoyment.  This class will focus on creative story writing, poetry, and how to develop plot, characters, setting, and theme.  We will also examine and practice the writing process including pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The students will explore the methods of published authors and analyze various works of fiction to guide our understanding.

Required Material:  The Creative Writer Level 3:  Building Your Craft

The students will study the basic principles of print and online journalism as they examine the role of printed news media in our society. They will learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles.  This class will learn about format and layout design as they will produce a Compass Prep newsletter and Yearbook.

Required Materials: No required materials; $15 copy fee in addition to course fee

World Literature
We will begin in Greece with Homer’s Odyssey, travel to England for some Shakespeare, and then take off around the world with literature selections from around the globe. Along our journey, we will discuss important themes of war, the Holocaust, friendship, truth, family relationships, and more. Students will prepare for weekly discussions by reading assigned chapters. Our class time will focus on identifying literary elements (symbolism, character, conflict, etc.) and their importance to the work, as well as discussing issues raised by the literature.  Honors option available.

Reading List: (subject to revision): Mythology, The Odyssey, The Trumpeter of Krakow, Romeo & Juliet, A Single Shard, Around the World in 80 Days, Cry the Beloved Country, Night, Children of the River, The Giver

Foreign Language

American Sign Language I – WAITLIST
This is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. Students will learn basic signs, ASL sentence structure, and Deaf culture through direct instruction, periods of immersion, songs, and games. Students will be given assignments to practice between classes. Many universities such as Clemson, Converse, Gardner-Webb, and UNC accept ASL as a foreign language and even offer ASL as a major or minor. ASL may be of interest to students who will be pursuing careers in education (especially special education) or in the medical field. It is also a great foreign language choice for students who may benefit to a kinesthetic language in place of an oral one.

Required Materials: None. Students will need regular access to the internet to watch assigned videos and take quizzes.

American Sign Language II
This is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 (ASL 1). Students will build on their knowledge of basic signs, ASL sentence structure, and Deaf culture through direct instruction, song, games, and periods of immersion. Students will be given assignments to practice between classes.

Required Materials: None. Students will need regular access to the internet to watch assigned videos and take online quizzes

American Sign Language III
This is a continuation of American Sign Language 2 (ASL 2). Students will build on their knowledge of basic signs, ASL sentence structure, and Deaf culture through direct instruction, song, games, and periods of immersion. Students will be given daily assignments to practice between classes.

Required Materials: TBA. Students will need regular access to the internet to watch assigned videos and take online quizzes

French I
The goal is to speak and have fun. The course will cover basic vocabulary, grammar, history, and culture. The instructor is a professional French teacher with 20 years of experience who speaks the language fluently and has studied in France.

Required materials: Basic French Premium Second Edition by McGraw Hill  Author: Elaine Kurbegov, ISBN-13: 978-1259836398

French II
Students will continue to learn the necessary grammar and vocabulary to increase their progress in the language. The course will focus on communication skills. Students will continue to use the book from French 1.

Required materials: Basic French Premium Second Edition by McGraw Hill  Author: Elaine Kurbegov, ISBN-13: 978-1259836398

German I
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world and the economic leader in Europe. It is the home to some world-famous companies: Mercedes, Porsche, VW, Siemens, and Bosch. Germany will continue to be an important trade partner for the US, and speaking German will increase a student’s job opportunities.  In this course, students will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. During the first semester, students will learn the alphabet and pronunciation of letters to help them form future words.  They will study greetings, the numbers 0-20, family, time, articles and adjectives, present tense verbs, and nominative and accusative cases.  Their vocabulary will increase daily as they progress.  Quizlet, game time reviews, and class discussions will reinforce these skills. In the second semester the topics of study increase. Students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary and add past and present perfect tense verbs.  A variety of learning styles is used. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the German-speaking world and its culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Required materials: German Demystified 2ND EDITION (not conversational)

Latin – Canceled

Spanish I
Offering a beginners level to the Spanish language. We will be learning the Spanish language alphabet as well as proper pronunciations of words with foundation in vocabulary for conversation and learning  the verb conjugations.  This course is taught by a bi-lingual speaker.

Required Books: Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 1

Spanish II
This course will continue to explore the verb tenses and conversation necessary to speak the language. We will put great emphasis on speaking and reading Spanish.

Required materials: Breaking the Spanish Barrier Level 2


Algebra I – Canceled

Algebra II
Algebra II concepts include functions, linear equations, graphing and modeling, polynomial and radical expressions, quadratic equations, sequences and series, trigonometry, and probability.  During each class time, we will go over the questions from previous homework assignments and also have a lesson on new concepts.  In addition to problems in the textbook, we will use an online homework system that gives immediate feedback and step by step help or video help on problems.

Required materials: Algebra 2 by Amsco

Applied Mathematics
Bridge the gap between just learning mathematical procedures and using them in everyday situations with the practical exercises of Applied Mathematics. This course covers concepts such as buying, insuring, and maintaining a car; understanding social security tax; creating and balancing a budget; renting a home; buying food and clothing; completing tax forms; affording leisure time.  These principles will give the student sound, Biblical views for managing his own money. Students will use the model problems and practice exercises to understand the value of money and how to use it wisely.

Required Material:  Abeka Consumer Math in Christian Perspective (2nd ed.) and Foundations in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey, Homeschool Student Text (New Ed.)


Biology class with a lab component will be a hands-on class environment.  In addition to covering topics in the textbook, the course will also bring in up-to-date biology topics. The focus will be on developing the scientific method for proper laboratory study, class lectures, and discussions. Grading will be offered based on online module tests, class participation, and lab reports.  We will follow a plan of study based on the Apologia Biology curriculum.

Required materials:  Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition, Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Robert and Barbara Thompson, goggles, box of gloves, lab notebook. 

Chemistry w/ Lab – WAITLIST
This course will cover the chemistry concepts needed for a high school chemistry with lab credit. There will be homework, quizzes, and module tests to help the student master the concepts and lab experiments with formal lab reports. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: Algebra I. Students must know how to do unit conversions. This course follows the Apologia Chemistry 3rd Edition.

Required Materials: Apologia Chemistry 3rd Edition, Lab notebook

Environmental Science w/ Lab – (ADDITIONAL CLASS ADDED)
Environmental science is an inquiry-based course exploring the science of our physical environment.  Units covered will include earth systems, land and water, ecosystems, energy, populations, environmental problems, and pollution. In addition to the Biozone worktext, students will also complete labs and problems sets from Environmental Science: Active Learning Laboratories and Problem Sets.  Students will have the option of taking the AP Environmental Science test in May.

Required materials: BioZone Environmental Science

Marine Biology w/ Lab
This course is designed as a second-year life science elective for freshmen through seniors who already have an understanding of biology (not a prerequisite).  Students will learn about the physical structure and chemistry of the ocean, the diversity of ocean life, marine ecology, and the scope and impact of human interactions with the oceans.  Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented. Dissections and observations will include, but will not be limited to microscopic plankton, bio-luminescence, coral, sponge, sea-star, clam, and dogfish shark.  The student will be required to keep a lab notebook, read assigned pages, work through questions and study guides in the text at home, and follow directions through Canvas. Students will be assessed in a variety of formats including standard Canvas tests, labs, performance assessments, and participation.  Topics at a Glance: The Chemistry of Water · Marine Reptiles and Birds · Marine Algae and Plant Life · Marine Fishes · The Microbial Ocean · Fishing and Fisheries · Marine Invertebrates · The World Ocean · Marine Mammals · Human Impact on the Ocean.  Two field trips (approx. cost – $10) will be planned during the year and will need drivers.

Required materials: Apologia Marine Biology 1st edition text and loose-leaf notebook. (All lab materials supplied)

Social Studies

European History (with AP option)
It is impossible to understand our current world without studying past events.  In this class, we will examine European history from 1500 AD to present.  The course is divided into two semesters: the Renaissance through the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution to the present. The areas of concentration include historical, political, and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions and their development. These areas will be studied from a variety of perspectives with the hope of providing a balanced view of history.  Students will have the option of taking the AP European History exam in May.

Required Materials: The Making of the West, People & Cultures Since 1500 Volume 2

This class provides a survey of geographic principles through a regional approach. Beginning in North America, students will “travel” from continent to continent around the world studying the geography, cultures, landforms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country.

Required Materials:  Cultural Geography 4th Edition

This course will cover the history and foundation of our principles and beliefs, branches of government, political parties, and electoral process, as well as the media’s effects on politics. The economic portion will cover the history of economics, investment cycles, velocity, business cycle, recessions, depressions, inflation, along with demand for money. This course will fulfill 0.5 credit hours of Economics and 0.5 credit hours of Government.

Required materials: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (An Uncle Eric Book) 7th Edition by Richard J. MayburyThe Money Mystery by Richard MayburyAre you a Liberal, Conservative or Confused? by Richard MayburyMagruder’s American Government by Prentice Hall.

Psychology – Canceled

Sociology is the study of basic social behavior, from group dynamics to deviant behavior.  Do you act differently alone than you do in a group setting?  Why do you do this?  How does culture affect human behavior and social interaction?  Students will learn the answers to some fascinating questions and gain a greater understanding of why humans act as they do.

Required Material:  Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships 1st Edition

The primary goal of this American History course is to learn and understand the history of the United States from the first Americans to present day. Students should be able to identify the major themes in American History and explain their importance at each stage in the development of the United States. We will start at the beginning with the First Americans. We will continue our quest of exploring the Americas, Colonial America, The Spirit of Independence, and the American Revolution. After visiting those times, we will then head into The American Revolution, The Constitution, Growth and Expansion, Manifest Destiny, the Split between the North and South, and the Civil War. After the Civil War, we will dive into Westward Movement, the Industrial Age, The Rise to a World Power, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, The Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, and all the way to TODAY…

Required materials: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I and Volume II) by William J Bennett; as well as an online component.

World Religions
“No person in the modern world can be considered educated without a basic knowledge of all the great religions of the world—Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. But [in the English-speaking world] our knowledge of Judaism and Christianity needs to be more detailed than that of other great religions, if only because the Bible is embedded in our thought and language.” — Author, professor, and education theorist E. D. Hirsch.  This course presents a comparative study of world religions, including but not limited to Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Learn why a Bible-based worldview makes sense; explore the flaws and false assumptions within secular humanism, Marxism, and other worldly viewpoints; finally, receive an explanation of how exactly a Christian worldview works in fields such as law, sociology, ethics, politics and other influential spheres including other religions.

Required Materials:  Christianity, Cults & Religions – Rose Bible Basics, Pamphlet, and Participant Guide; Worldviews in Focus: Thinking Like a Christian


ACT Prep (Fall semester only) – WAITLIST
This one-semester course will include tips and practice on all sections of the ACT. Class time will be split between instruction and taking practice tests. There will be no homework required for this course, but there will be additional videos and practice options available for those who wish to do more.

Required materials: All printed materials will be supplied by the instructor

ACT Math Prep (Spring semester only)
This one-semester course will include tips and practice on the math section of the ACT. Class time will be split between instruction and actually taking practice tests. There will be no homework required for this course, but there will be additional videos and practice options available for those who wish to do more.

Required materials: All printed materials will be supplied by the instructor

Computer Applications and Programming – WAITLIST (Additional Class Added)
This is a two-semester course covering Microsoft Office applications the first semester and web programming for the second semester. Students will learn to effectively use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint through a series of projects. Basic computer hardware, online skills, and computer usage will be explored each week through short research reports. Keyboarding skills will be practiced through typing papers, and typing speed tests will be completed each week. During the spring semester, students will learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript. They will also complete a semester-long blogging project learning both online media skills and the WordPress platform.

Required materials: Laptop computer required for class

Health & Wellness
This class will provide students with a thorough understanding of all important physical, mental and social health issues. The students will pursue a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon scriptural principles. Topics include anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, disease, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more.

Required Materials:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition

Music Appreciation
The goal is to help students understand the importance of music in our society and how it can benefit and nourish our souls.  Students will study the history of music by focusing on  the following periods: Ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and Pop. The class will also study World Music and discover how different cultures express themselves through music.  Students will  share and learn which current music styles are important to their generation. We will compare and contrast all music styles as we listen to songs in class. Students will be able to analyze, critique, and discuss the composition of a song. The fundamental elements of music theory will be taught such as harmony, rhythm, and how to read basic sheet music.  Finally, Students will write three original songs by the end of the course.

Required materials: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music History; Additional Online course for the class: Khan Academy, Arts and Humanities: Music Basics course.

Taught by a professional photographer, this year-long course will begin with basic photography principles. It will progress to cover not only principles of photography but the technical aspect as well. We will also cover in this course post-production editing techniques used to bring your photographs to the next level. Must have a camera that can utilize all manual settings. DSLR preferred but not required. Must also have video editing software such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Photography II

Sports Medicine
This introduction to sports medicine course will cover basic first aid, common injuries, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, taping/wrapping techniques, important anatomy (the skeletal system), and more. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice important taping, wrapping, and wound care techniques. We also have opportunities to visit local athletic training rooms and hear from current athletic trainers on the high school and college level. Sports medicine is an amazing field in itself, but it is also a great bridge for students interested in medicine, physical therapy, or personal training.

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