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High School Level (8th grade and up)

High School classes require a greater level of commitment on the part of the student. Courses at this level involve not only learning new concepts but also being able to analyze them and place them within the larger context of a worldview. Students should expect more rigorous homework assignments, weekly exams and long-term projects. Preparation for related college-board exams is a by-product of some high school level classes. Classes require the purchase of textbooks and other related materials.
Algebra I Tuesday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Students will use Saxon’s Algebra I to learn about: signed numbers, exponents, solving equations, two equations with unknowns, graphing equations, scientific notation, ratio, percent, unit conversions, geometry, perimeter, area, volume, English to metric conversions, and surface area. In a typical day, the first two hours of class encompass instruction and application of principles using current events and science and engineering examples. The third hour of class accommodates an untimed, weekly quiz. Text: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition.
Placement test required.
Studio Art Tuesday 1:45 - 3:45 pm
This course introduces students to core elements of art and principles of design. We will investigate a variety of art media and work on developing portfolios that reflect each student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, graphic design and mixed media will be explored.
Shakespearean Drama (7th-12th grade) Tuesday 3:45 - 5:30
Yes! Shakespeare can be fun! It’s meant to be performed, not just studied behind the desk. Students will learn different aspects of acting skills, choral recitation, and play analysis with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s texts. A Shakespeare play will be chosen and performed for friends and family at the end of the school year. This class is for students in grades 9-12 and mature 7th and 8th graders. Minimal to light homework mainly involves memorization, poems, sonnets and Shakespeare’s texts during rehearsal period. This class will enable you to fulfill a high school fine arts elective credit and make friends with a great group of passionate students at the same time.
US Civics (7th-9th grade) Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This class teaches middle school students about the US government and active citizenship. Through books, primary sources, group projects, and assignments, we will explore the history and principles of our constitutional representative democracy to help students become effective, responsible citizens. Possible field trips, such as visiting a local courthouse, city council meeting, or state legislative session, will provide, first-hand, practical lessons in civic duty and how each level of government performs.
Economics (7th-9th grade) Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
This Introduction to the Principles of Economic is a natural complement to U S Civics. Students will learn the basic principles of a free market economy, cooperative markets and entrepreneurship, globalization, recession, inflation, stimulus packages, and bailouts. These topics dominate today's headlines and are critical for the well-educated student to comprehend.