2022-2023 Courses

Schedule22-23 – PDF for viewing on your phone or printing

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

All of our courses are year-long courses.

Tuesday Course Offerings

8:30-9:25World LitPersonal Finance/
Consumer Math
PsychologyMarine BioSpanish IIIAlgebra II
9:30-10:25American LitCreative WritingWorld HistoryEnv ScienceSpanish IGeometry
10:30-11:25British LitGeographyEarth/Space ScienceBiologySpanish IIAlgebra I
11:30-11:55LUNCH
12:00-12:55ComputersUS HistoryStudy SkillsAdv. Bio:
Anatomy
Spanish IPoli-Sci/MUN
1:00-1:55Spanish IIGov/EconFilm StudiesBiologyChemistryGeometry

Thursday Course Offerings

8:30-9:25Comp IPersonal Finance/
Consumer Math
PsychologyMarine BioSpanish IIIAlgebra II
9:30-10:25Comp IIJournalismWorld HistoryEnv ScienceSpanish IGeometry
10:30-11:25Logic & RhetoricGeographyEarth/Space ScienceBiologySpanish IIAlgebra I
11:30-11:55LUNCH
12:00-12:55Sports MedUS HistoryHealth & FitnessAdv. Bio:
Anatomy
SpanishPhotography
1:00-1:55Spanish IIGov/EconCriminal JusticeBiologyChemistryGeometry

Schedule22-23 – PDF for viewing on your phone or printing

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

~English/Language Arts~

American Literature (Honors option)
Focusing on American authors from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Ray Bradbury, this 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.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 9:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course fee: $260 (two payments of $130)
Recommended credits: 0.5
Reading List: 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, Code Talker, Fahrenheit 451

British Literature (Honors option) – 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 a modern mystery. Honors option available.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 10:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course fee: $260 (two payments of $130)
Reading List: BeowulfThe Canterbury TalesLe Morte D’ArthurThe Merchant of VeniceParadise Lost, Northanger AbbeyWuthering HeightsA Tale of Two CitiesThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd, various short stories and poetry by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, and more.

Composition I – waitlist
The focus of this composition course is 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 foundational for building confidence and preparing for advanced composition. The assignments are a great mix of creative pieces and academic ones, each with a specific purpose. Students receive in-depth, individualized feedback during all steps of the writing process, and the focus is on improvement from one step to the next. This course pairs well with World Literature.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 8:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course fee: $280 (two payments of $140)
Recommended credits: 0.5
Required Materials: None. Teacher-created materials will be supplied.

Composition II
The focus of this course is expository writing, and development of a strong essay will be our focus. Students will write comparison/contrast essays, critical analyses, persuasive letters, quotation responses, 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.  Important grammar skills will be covered and put to use in weekly writing assignments. Composition I is not a prerequisite of Composition II, but any students who have not taken Composition I will be asked to submit a writing sample to assess readiness.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 9:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course fee: $280 (two payments of $140)
Recommended credits: 0.5
Required Materials: None. Teacher-created materials will be supplied.

Creative Writing – waitlist
Creative Writing is a course designed to bring stories to life, by teaching students how to write engaging dialogue, build scenes, ramp up conflicts, create empathetic protagonists, select points of view, describe settings, hook readers, critique themselves, and more. We will also examine and practice the writing process including pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Designed for writers of all levels, this class will use several works of literature over the course of the year and count as 1 full english credit.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 9:30
Instructor:  Wendy Marus
Course fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Writing Fiction by Sharron Watson and Last Book In The Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Journalism
The students will study the basic principles of print, media broadcasting, and formatting a yearbook. They will learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles, also learning components of computer graphic design as they format and produce a Compass Prep newsletter and yearbook. We will learn about broadcast media as students write, film, and edit news announcements that will be broadcast to the students of Compass Prep.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 9:30
Instructor: Wendy Marus
Course fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Course fee includes copy fees, supplies, and computer subscription access. Students will need a computer in class.

Logic & Rhetoric – waitlist
Fallacious thinking—in the form of propaganda, exaggeration, misdirection, and even outright lies—abounds in our culture. Politicians, pundits, advertisers, and corporate spokespeople attack straw men, appeal to the majority opinion, promote red herrings, or oppose a view simply because they dislike the person who holds it. Familiarity with common fallacies of this sort helps make the student a more critical reader, listener, and thinker.  The first part of the course will focus on logical fallacies, knowledge of which will provide an essential lifetime framework for filtering good and bad reasoning, as well as writing and speaking effectively. This mastery of informal logic is a foundational subject by which other subjects are evaluated, assessed, and learned. In the second part of the course, students will combine their knowledge of logic and fallacies with a study of rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) to begin crafting convincing arguments in a series of creative and academic writing assignments.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 10:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Cost: $350 (two payments of $175)
Recommended credits: 1.0 (fulfills the .5 credit requirement for composition)
Required Materials: The Art of Argument by Larson and Hodge; other materials will be supplied by the instructor

World Literature (Honors option) – waitlist
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. This course pairs well with Composition I. Honors option available.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 8:30
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course fee: $260 (two payments of $130)
Recommended credits: 0.5
Reading List: 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

~Science~

Advanced Biology: Human Anatomy & Physiology
With an emphasis on connecting creation to the Creator, this is a fully revised Advanced Biology (Human Anatomy) curriculum and is intended for those who have successfully completed high school biology. Sixteen modules cover human anatomy and physiology, starting with a review of cell structure, protein synthesis, and mitosis, then explore the skeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Student text includes study questions, laboratory exercises, and illustrated module study guides. References to coloring exercises from the Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book (#000258) are incorporated.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00
Instructor: Joy Aldridge
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Additional Fees: $40 yearly materials and lab fee
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd ed. Text (also available in softcover), Student workbook, and Kaplan Anatomy Coloring book.

Biology – waitlist 10:30
Biology class with lab will be a hands-on class environment with labs using the microscope, observations and dissections.  In addition to covering topics in the textbook, such as cells, the study of life processes; the different Kingdoms; DNA; Genetics; Ecology; and how to properly use a microscope and stain specimens, the course will also bring in up-to-date biology topics and focus on developing the scientific method. Grading will be based on online module tests, class participation, projects, and lab reports.  We will follow a plan of study based on the Apologia Biology curriculum and will use an additional experiment book.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 (waitlist) or 1:00
Instructor: Joy Aldridge
Course Fee: $440 (two payments of $220)
Additional Fees: $40 yearly materials and lab fee
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd edition; Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Robert and Barbara Thompson

General Chemistry (Honors Option) – waitlist
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a general overview of chemistry and the science at work on the molecular level.  This is an exciting field of study related to many other science disciplines, the world around us, and our daily lives.  Topics covered will include: a review of the basic concepts of matter; atomic theory; the periodic table of elements; chemical bonding; molecular structure; binomial nomenclature; chemical equations and solutions; thermochemistry; acids and bases; oxidation and reduction reactions, and an introduction to organic chemistry.  We will also cover: technical writing, lab documentation, data presentation, lab reports, ethics in science, and related careers. Homework is required to successfully complete this course of study.  Students should expect to work daily so that they do not fall behind. Labs will be completed in class with instructor provided materials.  Tests and quizzes will be graded by the instructor; feedback will be provided.  Honors option available.
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Algebra I to take this course.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00
Instructor: Chloe E. Walker
Course fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Additional fees: $30 yearly materials & lab fee
Recommended credits: 1.0
Textbook: Apologia: Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd Ed; supplemental course materials will be provided by the instructor (online or in class)

Environmental Science (AP Option Available) – waitlist
The course will include lecture, discussion, research, data analysis, and creative problem solving. Students will be expected to attend class, participate in field work, conduct lab investigations and research, and to complete weekly homework assignments related to course material. Topics covered by the course include: The Earth and its geology, oceanography, basic chemistry, hydrologic and nutrient cycles, pollution, population, agriculture, natural resources, sustainability, environmental law, environmental activism, water and air purification, human impact, global connections, epidemiology, industrial hygiene and technology. This is a dynamic course where we will talk about everything from national parks to the great Pacific garbage patch. Environmental science is a great way to experience multiple science disciplines working together. AP Option – The AP Environmental Science course is designed to prepare students for the College Board AP Environmental Science Exam. In addition to the BARRON’s workbook, additional assignments and five practice exams will be completed to prepare students for the exam in May 2023. The student AP prep book will be provided by the instructor, with a study schedule after the AP course fees have been paid. Each AP student will receive his own preparation materials.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30
Instructor: Chloe E. Walker
Course fee: $440 (two payments of $220)
Additional fees: $30 yearly lab fee; $150/year for AP option
Recommended credits: 1.0 Credit Hour
Textbook: Environmental Science: a Global Concern, 14th edition, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2014 by Cunningham & Cunningham (ISBN-13: 978-0076806799)

Marine Biology
This course is designed as a second year life science course for high schoolers who already have an understanding of biology.  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 observation, bio-luminescence, coral, sponge, sea-star, clam, perch and dogfish shark. The student will be required to keep labs in the student 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, essays, projects, and participation. Two field trips are planned but not mandatory (approx. cost – $10 to pay at the time of trip) will be planned during the year and will need drivers.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30
Instructor: Joy Aldridge
Course Fee: $440 (two payments of $220)
Additional Fees: $40 yearly materials and lab fee
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required materials: Apologia Exploring Creation with Marine Biology (2nd ed) and Student Notebook (2nd ed)

Science of Earth & Space (NEW) – waitlist
The purpose of this science course is to provide the student with an in-depth experience investigating the earth and the heavens.  This course provides an excellent entry into high-school science coursework and may be suitable for some older “reluctant” science students. Topics covered will include: introduction to the scientific method, geology, minerals and rocks, geologic processes, oceanography, the atmosphere, weather and climate, our solar system, the stars, celestial bodies, mankind’s investigations in space, and a brief overview of environmental science.  We will also cover: some technical writing, lab documentation, data presentation, lab reports, ethics in science, and careers in science. Students should be able to read and study independently, and homework is required to successfully complete this course of study.  Students should expect to work daily so that they do not fall behind. Most labs will be completed in class with instructor provided materials. A small number of labs will be completed outside, or at home. Tests and quizzes will be graded by the instructor; feedback will be provided.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30
Instructor: Chloe Walker
Course Fee: $420 (two payments of $210)
Additional Fees: $20 yearly materials & lab fee
Recommended credits: 1.0 Credit Hour
Textbook: Science: Earth and Space (Abeka, 2nd. ed, 2018)

~Math~

Algebra I (Honors option) – waitlist
This course will lay the foundation for higher level math to come.  We will cover concepts such as distributing and combining like terms, order of operations, solving one step and multi-step equations and inequalities, solving and graphing linear equations, quadratic equations, and systems, and working with exponents.  Quizzes and tests will be given and graded by the tutor.  Homework will be graded by the student or parent.  Students should plan to spend 45 minutes to one hour per day on Algebra. An honors option is available.
Min/Max: 7/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30
Instructor: Wendy Lockhart
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required Materials: Prentice Hall Algebra I Student Edition (ISBN: 9780131657083) and Algebra I Solutions Guide (ISBN: 9780201861006), scientific calculator like a TI-30X (does not need to be a graphing calculator). The solutions guide may be rented from the instructor if not cost effective to purchase.

Algebra II (Honors option)
This second-year algebra course will develop deeper understanding of mathematical concepts learned in prior courses, such as factoring, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, and working with rational expressions and equations.  We will also dive into new concepts like logarithms, matrices, conic sections, and trigonometry.  Quizzes and tests will be given and graded by the tutor.  Homework will be graded by the student or parent.  Students should plan to spend 45 minutes to one hour per day on Algebra in order to be successful. An honors option is available.
Prerequisite:  A grade of C or better in Algebra 1 is recommended for success in this class.  Although not necessary, it is preferable that students complete Geometry before taking Algebra 2.
Min/Max: 7/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30
Instructor:  Wendy Lockhart
Course fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required Materials: McDougall Littell Algebra 2 2004 ed by Bob Larson (ISBN: 0-618-25020-4); McDougal Littell Worked Out Solution Key Algebra 2 2001 ed (ISBN: 0-618-02024-1); McDougall Littel Practice Workbook, Algebra 2  (ISBN:  0-618-73696-4).

Consumer Math/Personal Finance (Formerly Applied Math)
Consumer Mathematics/Personal Finance is a two-semester course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. It is a real­-world, project-­based, practical math course. Students will experience real-world scenarios and use strategies covered in the course to help them make sound financial decisions.  They will design personal and household budgets; simulate the use of checking and savings accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; evaluate and understand insurance and taxes, understand the process of purchasing a car and home; and study other related topics.  This course will provide a foundational understanding of making informed personal financial decisions.  A foundation in Algebra 1 is helpful for understanding and completing the mathematical formulas covered in this course.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30
Instructor:  Wendy Marus
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Material: Abeka Consumer Math in Christian Perspective (2nd ed.) andFoundations in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey, Homeschool Student Text

Geometry (Honors option) – 9:30 waitlist
Students will learn Euclidean geometry through the application of fundamental theorems and postulates.  We will study topics such as measurement and construction, coordinate geometry, relationships between parallel and perpendicular lines and their intercepted angles, congruent and similar triangles, area and volume formulas, ratios and proportions, special properties of segments and lines in triangles, circles and polygons, and basic trigonometry. Geometry is heavy on vocabulary, and concepts will build on one another throughout the course. Quizzes and tests will be given and graded by the tutor.  Homework will be graded by the student or parent. Students should plan to spend 45 minutes to one hour per day on Geometry in order to be successful. An honors option is available.
Prerequisite:  A grade of a C or better in Algebra 1 is recommended for success in this class.
Min/Max: 7/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 (waitlist) and 1:00
Instructor:  Wendy Lockhart
Course Fee:  $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required Materials: Exact editions listed: Glencoe Geometry 2001(ISBN: 0-07-822880-8), Glencoe Geometry Practice Workbook (ISBN: 0-02-825322-1), Glencoe Geometry Answer Key (ISBN: 0-07-822884-0) scientific calculator like a TI-30X (does not need to be a graphing calculator), compass, and ruler. The solutions guide may be rented from the instructor if not cost effective to purchase.

~Foreign Language~

Spanish I – 9:30 waitlist
This class is an exciting introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  Beginning with the basics of the alphabet and frequently used salutations, we’ll learn hundreds of vocabulary words and verbs and the fundamentals of Spanish grammar (conjugating verbs in present and past tenses, subject/verb and subject/adjective agreement, object pronouns, and idiomatic expressions).  Students will learn through written text, conversation, song, and other media outlets. Students will study Spanish-speaking countries and artists throughout the year.  Ideally by the end of the course, the students should be able to have simple conversations about themselves, their families, and what they like. There is no prerequisite for this class.
Min/Max:  6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 OR 12:00
Instructor: Señora Amanda Ghent
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required Materials: Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 1 (workbook only – the online access is not suitable for this class)

Spanish II – 10:30 waitlist
This second-level language course will continue to increase vocabulary, explore the verb tenses (concentrating on past, progressive and perfect, and future), and engage in daily conversation topics in order to grow individual fluency. We will develop more complex sentences (verbal and written) using object pronouns, prepositional phrases, and adverbial clauses.  The course will also dig deeper into Hispanic culture and current events. Students will learn through written text, conversation, song, and media and will finish the course with more confidence in conversation and written work.  Completion of Spanish 1 is required. If Spanish I was not taken at Compass Prep, the student must pass a placement test to enter level 2.  Please contact the instructor to arrange a testing opportunity.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 (waitlist) or 1:00 (New class)
Instructor: Señora Amanda Ghent
Course fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required materials: Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 2 (workbook only – the online access is not suitable for this class)

Spanish III
This third-level Spanish course will utilize the vocabulary and grammar from levels I & II to create a conversational classroom.  Students will fine tune aural comprehension skills through a brief review of level I & 2 material. Daily conversational activities will encourage the use of fundamental basics to establish communicative competence. Students will learn how to navigate through more complex texts to increase written comprehension. The student must have most recently completed Spanish II, or the equivalent, before participating in this class. If not a previous student, the student must pass the placement test prior to registration.  Please contact instructor to arrange a testing opportunity.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30
Instructor: Señora Amanda Ghent
Course fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits:  1.0
Required materials: Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 2; Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Level 1 – as a reference if still in possession; Los ojos de Carmen por Verónica Moscoso (hard copy, thrift find, or e-copy acceptable, but must be able to have in class for discussion); other short texts will be provided for classroom use.

~Social Studies~

Criminal Justice w/Forensic Science
This comprehensive class will empower students to think critically about the U.S. criminal justice system. Opening with the fundamentals of criminal justice, this class focuses on crime and criminal law, before progressing through detailed analysis of the major components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the administration of justice, and corrections. The Forensic Science element includes hands-on laboratory and project-based learning that will lead the student through the history of forensics and modern scientific advances in the field. Hair, fibers, DNA, ballistics, serology, poisons, drugs, arson, explosions, fingerprinting, forgery, and entomology are studied in detail. The scientific method, data analysis, and powers of observation and critical thinking to solve a problem are addressed in all aspects of the course.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 1:00
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: TBD

Geography
“Turn left here…. Rerouting, rerouting.” If you have ever used a GPS, you have heard these words or something similar.  With the invention of GPS, many may think there is no need to learn how to read a map.  In fact, the study of geography involves much more than just knowing where something is located on a map. In addition to map work, students in this overview course will learn about physical geography (geology, ecology, meteorology, oceanography, geology, etc.) as well as human geography (sociology, culture, religion, government).  In addition to the textbook lessons, quizzes, and map work, students will learn through research, current events, games, movie clips, discussions, projects, and presentations about this world that God gave us to care for and order for His glory and our benefit.  This course will fulfill the one hour credit of “other” Social Studies that is recommended for high school graduation.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30
Instructor: Ruthanna Marshall
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Materials: North Star Geography; atlas (Rand McNally’s Atlas of World Geography 6th edition recommended) Not required but available for purchase from Homeschool Buyers Co-op online is an audiobook of North Star Geography for those who learn auditorily or who have dyslexia. This is a digital product.

Government/Economics – waitlist
The objective of this class is to provide the student with a comprehensive survey of the American government and our economic system. This course will cover the history and foundation of our principles and beliefs, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, political parties, and the 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 the demand for money. We will also explore national debt, along with personal budgeting and how it affects future choices in education and job opportunities.  Students will learn through reading, lectures, current events, tests, games, and group projects.<
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00
Instructor: Wendy Marus
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended credits: 1.0 (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. Maybury, The Money Mystery by Richard Maybury, Are you a Liberal, Conservative or Confused? by Richard Maybury, and Magruder’s American Government by Prentice Hall.

Political Science and Model United Nations
This elective is a social studies course and will encompass many areas of study: forms of government and their history, international relations and foreign policy, international law and precedents, debate, public speaking, research and bias, the formation of the United Nations, current events, and the UN today. We will learn to use demographic data, and we will practice public speaking and debate current issues. Interested students continuing into the spring semester will have an opportunity to attend and “compete” at the Winthrop University Model United Nations Conference in March of 2023. (Separate conference fee to Winthrop University) Class time will be interactive and lively. Homework will consist of a variety of work including world geography, research, speech writing, reading for comprehension, and review questions. Homework completion will be critical to student success in the course.  Active and respectful class participation is encouraged! The class time, course work, and research required are sufficient for a full credit for a high school elective. Students must be able to conduct research and submit original written work. No prerequisites. Note: Model United Nations is offered as an “extra-curricular” activity at many public and private high-schools. It is highly recognized by college admissions officers across the country.  Students who participate in the MUN portion of this course should include it in their resume of extra curricular activities when applying to universities and colleges.
Min/Max: 7/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 12:00
Instructor: Chloe Walker
Course Fee: $350 (two payments of $175)
Required Materials:  Introduction to Comparative Politics, 6th Ed. (by, Kesselman, Krieger and Joseph) available used on Amazon at reasonable prices;  Model UN Handbook: A Preparation for MUN Conferences (by Greg Hodgin) also available new and used on Amazon; and a good World Atlas.  Supplemental course materials will be provided by the instructor (online or in class).

Psychology – waitlist
This fast-paced course will teach psychological science through wit, humor, and the telling of poignant personal stories (individually identified in the text). Topics will include: Psychology’s History and Approaches, Research Methods: Thinking Critically With Psychological Science, Biological Bases of Behavior, Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation, Emotion, and Stress, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Abnormal Behavior, and Social Psychology.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Myers’ Psychology 3rd Edition by David G. Myers (Author), C.Nathan DeWall (Author)

US History – waitlist
The primary goal of this American History course is to learn and understand the history of the United States from the first Americans to the 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 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…
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00
Instructor:  Wendy Marus
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required materials: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I and Volume II) by William J Bennett.

World History
In this course, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, continuity, and change over time; and developing historical arguments. For those interested in taking the AP exam, the course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state-building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: Glencoe World History 2nd Edition (National Geographic Edition)

~Electives~

Computers – waitlist
This course covers important computer applications, coding, blogging, Internet skills, and graphic design. Students will learn to effectively use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint through a series of projects. Basic computer hardware, internet safety, online research skills, and computer usage will be explored each week through presentations and fun activities. In the spring, students will complete a semester-long blogging project using the WordPress platform. A unit on coding will satisfy the programming component now required for computer science courses in South Carolina.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 12:00
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course Fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended credits: 1.0
Required Materials: A working laptop is required for class.  Students must have access to Microsoft applications for the first semester (a monthly subscription is available at a reasonable price).

Film Studies
Film studies is a course intended to familiarize students with the particulars of film history as well as to provide them with a chance to analyze film as a visual art form. This course should appeal to any students who are interested in learning how a film is made and who love to watch movies and discuss them. Students will be immersed in the films from some of American cinema’s best filmmakers including Walt Disney, Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Charlie Chaplin, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Blake Edwards, D.W. Griffith, James Cameron, Alfred Hitchcock, and more. Through these viewings, students will learn about and be able to analyze such concepts as mise-en-scene, chiaroscuro, montage, color, sound, editing, cinematic structure, and more. Viewings will be supplemented with scholarly articles that focus on the filmmakers and the films they have produced and various clips to analyze for concepts.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 1:00
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: All in-class material will be provided by the instructor. However, most movies will be viewed outside of the classroom setting. Students are required to have the ability to view movies in some capacity outside of class. This may include renting movies or paying to stream them.

Integrated Health & Fitness (NEW) – waitlist
This course combines the study of health and the element of physical fitness to provide full credits in both. The health portion of the course will provide an in-depth exploration of all aspects of health, including physical, emotional, and social well-being. We cover anatomy and body systems as a basis for understanding the body. We take a refreshing look at diet; while examining in detail the components of food, we also simplify the elements of diet to make it accessible. Some of the many topics covered are personal health care, drugs, aging, alternative medicine, and the environment and health. To satisfy the physical fitness part of the course, students will engage in a regular aerobic and strength-building fitness program, using a heart rate monitor as a tool. They will keep a PE Activity & Response Journal as a record of their activity, research fitness articles, create exercise plans, research various sporting activities, etc. The course reading incorporates cutting-edge research, and students are encouraged to tune into the media for health-related topics.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Thursday at 12:00
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $450 (two payments of $225)
Recommended Credits: 1.0 (Health) AND 1.0 (PE)
Required Materials: Health, Making Life Choices, (Student Edition) 1st Edition by McGraw Hill, 
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (paperback, 2009) by Michael Pollan, and Human Anatomy Coloring Book: an Entertaining and Instructive Guide to the Human Body – Bones, Muscles, Blood, Nerves and How They Work (Coloring Books) by Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian (previous health texts will not be used for this course)

Photography I
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.
Min/Max: 6/14
Meets: Thursday at 12:00
Instructor: Diane Payne
Course Fee: $330 (two payments of $165)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required materials: A camera that can utilizes all manual settings (DSLR) and Photoshop/Lightroom through Adobe Creative Cloud $9.99 monthly subscription

Photography II – canceled

Sports Medicine – waitlist
This introduction to sports medicine 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. This is a full-credit course.
Min/Max: 6/14
Meets: Thursday at 12:00
Instructor: Ginger Lockamy
Course Fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Required Materials: None.

Study Skills – waitlist
This class teaches the most critical learning, organizing, and communication skills needed to be successful in school. Those skills include identifying students’ strengths & “SuperPowers” (according to Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences), setting goals, establishing priorities, managing time, organizing papers, speaking & listening effectively, working with teachers & peers, reading and understanding textbooks, taking notes, studying for tests, preparing for presentations, and tracking long-term goals.
Min/Max: 6/14 students
Meets: Tuesday at 12:00
Instructor: Cayla Revels
Course Fee: $370 (two payments of $185)
Recommended Credits: 1.0
Required Materials: TBD

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