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Photo by Ambro. Published on 26 September 2012

 

NOTE: All classes meet once a week for 90 Minutes

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ACT Prep Class- (1st semseter only) Dr. Kelly Helmick

The ACT Prep class is a semester offering that will provide strategies and learning opportunities for improving an individual’s test score. Focus will be given to all areas of the ACT, including English, reading, science, math, and writing. Students will face practice questions and tests both in the classroom setting and during their assigned home studies and some will be done online.

Required materials:

-The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018 Edition (not available until May 30, 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-1119386896

ISBN-10: 1119386896

-McGraw-Hill Education: Top 50 ACT English, Reading, and Science Skills for a Top Score, Second Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1259586279

ISBN-10: 1259586278

-McGraw-Hill Education: Top 50 ACT Math Skills for a Top Score, Second Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1259586255

ISBN-10: 1259586251

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Advanced Biology: The Human Body – Margaret Porch

Prerequisite: Biology (Chemistry helpful but not required)
Supply Fee: $45/semester
Textbooks:
-Apologia The Human Body 2nd Edition (Textbook and Solutions/Tests Set); ISBN 978-1-940110-11-0 (1st Edition will not work)
-DK Anatomy Coloring Book (This book has already been purchased in quantity. The cost of this book has been incorporated into the supply fee, spread out over 2 semesters)
~or individually:
-Apologia  The Human Body: Advanced Biology in Creation by Marilyn Shannon and Rachael Yunis, 2nd Edition; ISBN 1-978-1935495-72-7
-Apologia  The Human Body: Advanced Biology in Creation Solutions and Tests; ISBN 978-1-935495-97-0

Advanced Biology: The Human Body gives the student the equivalent of a university biology course. In order to take this course, the student must have completed a first-year Biology course. While completing a first-year Chemistry course is helpful for this course, it is not required as the Chemistry exposure in the first year biology course is enough to understand some of the Chemistry in this course. The Human Body covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail.

Description of what will occur in class:
Students will dissect a cow’s heart, brain, spinal cord, kidney and eye. They will analyze the human skeleton, do microscopic analysis of many tissues in the body, have some fun physiology labs, and learn just how fearfully and wonderfully we are made! Students will also end the class with a fetal pig dissection, which will help review all we learned throughout the year.

Module 16 is the module that covers human reproduction. That module will not be taught in a class setting, but will be left to be taught in the home setting. Quizzes will be provided for the students. Class time will be used for fetal pig dissection instead.

All photocopies and materials needed at home will be provided.

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Algebra 2

Prerequisite: Geometry
Textbook: Prentice Hall Algebra II 2011; ISBN: 978-0133500431 (Textbooks are available to rent through LCC for $25/year)
Online access: MathXLForSchool.com ($25 account fee covers all student’s classes)

Note: Graphing calculators are required for Algebra II — TI-83 or TI-84 

Algebra 2 is a course that expands upon and helps us better understand knowledge learned in both Algebra 1 and Geometry. Some subjects that were taught in those courses are investigated a little further and a little more in depth. There are new topics that are also presented in the course to help prepare students for future math classes. It is a study of functions, equations and graphs. Many types of functions are studied including quadratics, polynomials, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Students will learn about systems of equations and matrices. The course will also include a study of probability and statistics as well as trigonometry. All aspects of the course will be taught from a Christian perspective and we will use mathematics to help us better understand God’s world.

Mathematic skills just like sport or music skills need to be practiced often during the week. Homework and tests will be assigned online through Mathxlforschool.com.  with approximately 4 assignments weekly.  The homework has open and closing dates that require the student to practice math throughout the week instead of cramming to get it done in one session right before class.  Internet access and an access fee (approx.$25) are required to use the mathxlforschool.com site.  This site provides immediate feedback to the student with every math problem and also provides examples of how to do the problems if they need a reminder of what was covered in class.

 

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Bible 4 – Survey of the Bible- Dr. David Vaughan

Prerequisite: 9th grade or older

Description and textbook to be announced later.

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Biology – Margaret Porch

Prerequisite: General or Physical Science and in the process of taking Algebra (approx. grade 10)
Lab Fee: $35/semester
Textbooks:
-Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition; ISBN 978-1932012545
-Apologia Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition; ISBN 978-1932012552

This course will survey and provide an introduction in the following areas of modern Biology with descriptions of the underlying scientific principles:

  • cellular biology
  • genetics
  • taxonomy (classification of organisms)
  • microbiology
  • botany
  • zoology
  • anatomy

The textbook materials and class discussion will also provide a Christian worldview position (sanctity, wonder and stewardship of God’s creation of life) on such current topics as eugenics, miracles, evolution, ecology, disease, genetic engineering, animal rights, abortion and euthanasia.

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Chemistry- Dr. Kelly Helmick

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Chemistry is a year-long offering that is designed to be a college preparatory class. Students will learn how chemistry principles interact with their everyday lives as well as prepare students for a variety of careers. We will use textbook work, classroom activity, and at-home and in-class experiments to deepen our understanding of these principles. Some work may also be done online.

Required materials:

Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile (2015)

ISBN-13: 9780996278461


Discovering Design with Chemistry Lab Kit
(available from Nature’s Workshop Plus)

These materials will make your at-home lab activities much easier, but the activities can be done with alternate home materials.

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Classical Rhetoric

This class will introduce the student to the fundamentals of becoming an effective public speaker. These skills will enable the student to become a more effective communicator and listener. The student will learn the basics of making delivering an argument, understanding your audience and building skills for effective communication. These skills will enhance the student’s ability to communicate not only in the arena public speaking but also in personal communications, personal and public debate and become a more effective witness in sharing the Gospel.

Much class time will be spent in opportunities for the student to speak before the class and will build on those experiences as we learn and implement the new-found knowledge as the class progresses through the academic year.

The final exam will be a written as well as a final oral presentation.

Student Textbook:  “Fitting Words” Roman Roads Media ISBN-10: 1-944482-02-4

Student Workbook: “Fitting Words”  Roman Roads Media ISBN-10: 1-944482-10-5

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Experiencing Music 1 (Sr High 10-12)- Aaron Latina

Prerequisite: None
Textbook:

This is a music theory and history class for anyone wanting an in-depth study of music, how God designed music, and how we can understand and apply music to the best of our abilities.
– A biblical study on how music works
– We’ll dive into how God created music, and how we can use it to worship him
– We’ll learn the theory behind how music is put together
– We’ll explore how to reflect God by being creative with music
– We’ll develop musical skills that we can apply to any instrument, including the ability to sight-read, hear a song and pick out the chords, transpose on the fly, and even write our own music
– We’ll even touch on the technology that is used in today’s music studios to produce our own music

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Geography-(Jr High 7-9) Molly Nesham

Prerequisite: None
Textbooks:

-Each family should have the Teacher’s Guide to go over answers; ISBN for the set: 978-1-935495-64-2

-We cover the Eastern Hemisphere in the Fall and the Western Hemisphere in the Spring. And, we will use teacher-created materials
-A Child’s Geography Volume 2:  Explore the Holy Land by Ann Voskamp and Tonia Peckover; ISBN: 978-1-932786-33-0
-A Child’s Geography Volume 3:  Explore the Classical World by Terri Johnson; ISBN: 978-1-932786-53-8
-a 3-ring binder or notebook to hold maps and project work.

A very hands-on, multi-level approach to learning the geography of the world over the course of two semesters:  the Northern Hemisphere (Fall) and Southern Hemisphere (Spring).  Although this is class is geared to 8th or 9th Grade students, there are optional assignments for upper level students.  Take your family on a grand tour of creation–one continent at a time!

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General Science (Jr High 7-9)- Margaret Porch

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra (complete or in process), at least 12 yrs old
Lab Fee: $70/semester
Textbooks:
-Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd Edition two book set, ISBN 978-1932012897 (Textbook only: 978-1-932012-86-6 | Solutions and Test Manual Only: 978-1-932012-87-3)
-Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd edition Student Notebook , ISBN 978-1-935495-70-3

This course is designed to be a systematic introduction to the sciences for the junior high student (7th and 8th grade – primarily 7th) or for the accelerated 6th grader (with instructor permission). This course covers the scientific method and scientific inquiry, the history of science, simple machines, and the classification of life along with a number of modules covering creation science including archaeology, geology, paleontology, the fossil record, and fossils. The human body is also studied with a look at all the systems in the body in the framework of being fearfully and wonderfully made.

All classwork will be taught from a biblical, young earth creation point of view.

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Health- 1st semester only- Diane Vaughan

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe 2nd edition, soft cover, ISBN 1583312269
Spring semester only

A young person’s health is multidimensional. Spiritual health influences physical, mental, and social health, and all of these play an important role in the success students experience in living up to the potential God intends for their lives. Students in this semester course will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and a Christian perspective on health issues facing teens in the twenty-first century. In addition, students will gain an understanding on the components of a balanced nutritional diet, the major bones and muscles of the human body and an understanding of the basics of first aid. The class will stress making godly choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sex.

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Introductory Logic- Cindy Bleikamp

Prerequisite:  None

Textbooks:

-Introductory Logic, The Fundamentals of Thinking Well by James Nance & Douglas Wilson;

ISBN: 978-1-59128-165-8

Here is what is included (from the web site):

  • How to properly define terms for maximum precision and accuracy — and thus win the debate,
  • How to form and interpret statements, the building blocks of logical thought,
  • How to compose valid syllogisms, and — just as importantly — expose the invalid fakes using counterexamples,
  • How to analyze arguments in normal English,
  • How to identify and deflect informal fallacies (one of the most instantly applicable parts of logic).

This is a two semester, high school class.  Students need to purchase the student handbook listed above.  One to two lessons will be covered every week, with an in class test or quiz most weeks.  Weekly homework will consist of reading, exercises, and studying for quizzes.

It is expected that grades will be available through an online gradebook.

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Latin Rudiments 3 – Dr. Michael Bond

Prerequisite: Latin Rudiments 1 & 2

Textbook: Latin Primer 2 and Latin Primer 3 from Canon Press

Students will learn a few new concepts while also continuing to add to the concepts they already know. They will learn the 4th conjugation and the 5th declension as well as learning to translate the indirect object and prepositional phrases. Emphases (note: plural of “emphasis”, a Latin word!) will be placed on sentence translation and vocabulary memorization.

 Basic homework requirements: 20-30 minutes a day consisting of worksheets, written work,  and memorization of vocabulary and chant charts.

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Pre Algebra-(Jr High 7-9) Molly Nesham

This course prepares students for High School Math and beyond through mastery of Arithmetic skills and a focus on solving real-world problems. Students should not use a calculator in the first half of the class, but they may use one for exponents in the second semester.

Topics include:  Sets, law of sameness, order of operations, fractions, percents, area, perimeter, basic statistics, solving equations, and using formulas.

Textbook:  Becoming a Problem Solving Genius by Edward Zaccaro

(ISBN 13: 978-0-9679915-9-7) and teacher-created materials based on the needs of the students.

Supplies:  1.5″ 3-ring binder, bound composition book with graph paper, math compass, colored pencils, ruler, and protractor.

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Personal Finance (Sr High 10-12) –

2nd semester only- Dan Benson

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Foundations in Personal Finance–Home School Edition by Dave Ramsey, ISBN 978-0981683911
Fall semester only

An overview on how to manage your money, from income to expenditures and budgeting, based on biblical principles. Students will understands the basics of free market economics. They will learn about setting priorities in expenditures and the value of living within their means and saving, as well as the dangers of debt and credit.

All this will be taught in the light of the financial and technical trends that are quickly engulfing not only this country but the world and how those trends will effect each of us financially and spiritually.

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Physical Science – (Jr High 7-9) Molly Nesham

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra (complete or in process), at least 12 yrs old
Lab Fee: $25/semester
Textbooks:
-Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Wile Apologia Educational Ministries 2nd edition, ISBN 978-1-932012-77-4, www.apologia.com
-Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science, ISBN 978-1-932012-78-1

The study of the Physical Sciences introduces the student to the natural sciences and lays the groundwork for later specialized study, particularly in chemistry and physics. This is a survey course that also covers topics from meteorology, geology, astronomy and specifically attempts to provide foundational knowledge of the process of scientific study. Great emphasis will be placed on experiments and the scientific method.

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US Govt. & Constitution- Dan Benson

Textbook; Foundations for Freedom ISBN 978-1-935796-37-4

A survey of the development of Government in America from the colonial days to the founding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We will cover the Constitution in depth, line by line, article by article and section by section. There will be additional reading and a paper required on the Federalist and Anti-Federalists papers. Copies of the Federalist and Anti-Federalists Papers will be provided by the teacher.

There will be weekly to by weekly quizzes, a paper on the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers and a final exam.

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Algebra 1

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra
Textbook: Prentice-Hall Algebra I 2011; ISBN: 978-0133500400 (Textbooks are available to rent through LCC for $25/year)
Online access: MathXLForSchool.com ($25 account fee covers all student’s classes)

Note: A Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS calculator is required for this class

Algebra 1 begins the formal high school study in mathematics. Basic concepts and properties of Algebra are introduced early to prepare students for equation solving. Abundant exercises graded by difficulty level address a wide range of student abilities. Concepts and skills are introduced algebraically, graphically, numerically and verbally often in the same lesson to help students make the connection and to address diverse learning styles.

Mathematic skills just like sport or music skills need to be practiced often during the week. Homework and tests will be assigned online through Mathxlforschool.com. with approximately 4 assignments weekly. The homework has open and closing dates that require the student to practice math throughout the week instead of cramming to get it done in one session right before class. Internet access and an access fee (approx. $25) are required to use the mathxlforschool.com site. This site provides immediate feedback to the student with every math problem and also provides examples of how to do the problems if they need a reminder of what was covered in class.

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American History & Government – Dan Benson

Prerequisite: 11th or 12 grade
Textbooks:
-American Govt. Textbook 3rd Edition, BJU Press, ISBN 978-1-60682-194-7

-Activity book 3rd Edition, BJU Press, ISBN 978-1-60682-392-7

Class Objectives:

  1. This class will be taught with a Biblical worldview
  2. The student will gain an understanding of the need for a moral and just government in the context of how different types of government systems function in a fallen world.
  3. The student will be able to understand and articulate the structure and function of Government under the Constitution.
  4.  The student will gain a working knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The student will understand the influence and events that shaped those documents.
  5. The student will have knowledge and understanding of the subsequent amendments and the direction the nation has taken under the Constitution.

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American Literature
Prerequisite: None

This course is a comprehensive exploration of American History through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to include American and Missouri Government studies. Specific topics covered include the colonization of the New World, the Puritans, the Founding Fathers, westward expansion, the industrial revolution, the War Between the States, and Reconstruction. All studies will be through a Christian Worldview, challenging the student to further their thinking skills and ability to consider the integrated influences that have formed our country.

A general reading list includes:

  • A History of the American People by Paul Johnson (Harper-Collins)
  • The Patriot’s Handbook edited by Dr. George Grant
  • The Last Crusader by Dr. George Grant
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Greyfriars Anthology of Puritan Sermons edited by Gregory Wilbur
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  • Greyfriars Anthology of Early American Short Stories edited by Gregory Wilbur
  • The Confidence man by Herman Melville
  • Nashville 1864 by Madison Jones
  • Poetry from the Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter 4th edition.

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Bible 1

Prerequisite: 9th grade or older

This survey course covers all the major areas of biblical doctrine such as bibliology, theology proper, Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology and others. As a survey course, the material is covered broadly but not deeply. The course is designed for the beginning Bible student.

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Bible 2 – Dr. David Vaughan

Prerequisite: 9th grade or older

Soteriology is the doctrine of salvation. In this course we will study the key concepts of salvation such as justification, redemption, reconciliation, sanctification and others, by using the Book of Romans as our fundamental guide.

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Computer Systems and Network Careers

Prerequisite: None

Full-year course introducing students to the fundamental principles for IT careers

The first semester will cover the basis for A+ Certification (PC Hardware & Software Basics). From CompTIA’s website:

The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exams cover maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.

The second semester covers the essential concepts for a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification which, if pursued and acquired, would provide a solid foundation for any network administrator. From Cisco’s website:

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. CCNA Routing and Switching is for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with 1-3 years of experience. The CCNA Routing and Switching validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

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Creation Science

Prerequisite: None
Lab Fee: $25/semester
Textbooks:
-The Geology Book by Dr. John D. Morris, Master Books; ISBN 0-89051-281-7

-The Fossil Book by Gary and Mary Parker, Master Books; ISBN 0-89051-438-0
-Evolution: The Grand Experiment by Dr. Carl Warner, New Leaf Press; ISBN 0-89221-681-6

Creation Science is designed as a full-year (two-semester) look at Evolution versus Creation using three books: Geology Book by Dr. John Morris, Fossil Book by Gary and Mary Parker (both published by Master Books/New Leaf Press) and Evolution: The Grand Experiment by Dr. Carl Werner, published by New Leaf Press (www.newleafpress.net). In addition, the students will watch three creation science DVD presentations at home and  answer study guides on what they watched. The DVD’s will be provided.

The class is designed as a junior high class, but high schoolers can take it as well. For high school credit, additional assignments will be given from Ken Ham’s Answers books. These books can be accessed online at answersingenesis.org.

The Geology and Fossil books introduce the student to the wonders of geological study and provide a strong foundation in understanding paleontology from a six-day creation point of view. Dr. Werner’s book is colorful and inviting to students to read and study. Students learn about the theory of evolution, the history of science and evolutionary theory and are presented with new discoveries being made in science which have undermined previously-accepted ‘evidence’ supporting evolution. Students will be given a workbook with weekly, thought-provoking questions on each chapter to review at home. The three DVD presentations are by Dr. Jobe Martin and present a series of animals and their characteristics as being uniquely created by God.

This is a 90-minute lab- and discussion-based class. When appropriate, labs will be performed that reinforce the creation concepts learned. Discussion of concepts learned will sometimes be in a game format, other times in a Powerpoint presentation, and other times in a question and answer format. Students will be given a study guide, project book, and syllabus for the semester on the first day of class of each semester.

The lab fee which will cover all copies and supplies for labs and projects done in class, to include a creation science notebook for students to work on throughout the year.

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Economics – Dan Benson

Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade
Textbooks:
-Economics textbook 2nd Edition, BJU Press, ISBN 978-1-59166-411-6

-Activity book 2nd Edition, BJU Press, ISBN 978-1-59166-712-4

One-semester course offered both in the Fall and Spring

This class will be an overview of the historical development and evolution of various economic philosophies, banking and money systems from a Biblical worldview. The course will also include an overview of the contemporary economic issues and trends. In the light of these issues and trends, this course will analyze the various economic systems and philosophies that have political and social influence on America today and on the nations around the world.

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English Grammar & Writing (Sr High 10-12)

Prerequisite: English Grammar
Textbook: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (Required for Second Semester), ISBN 1603290249
Supply Fee: $25

Designed to equip students with the tools needed for successful writing, this year- long course will introduce the various types of written assignments required in college courses and beyond. Assignments will include journals, creative writing, book reports, and research writing. A portion of each unit will be spent outlining appropriate grammar and style for each. The bulk of the second semester will be focused on a 10-page, MLA-style research paper, which is the standard term paper for college classes. Students will demonstrate what they have learned via written assignments of their own and will be familiar with standard college writing forms by the end of the year.

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English Grammar

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Writing/Grammar 9 Student 3rd Edition, BJU Press, ISBN 9781606822395

Using Bob Jones University’s text Writing and Grammar 9, we will study the complexities of the English language.  We will dive into each of the eight parts of speech, develop an understanding of correct mechanics, and utilize those skills in writing as much as possible.

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Experiencing Music 2 (Sr High 10-12) – Aaron Latina

Prerequisite: Solid foundation in music basics; Intro to Music or Experiencing Music 1
Textbook: To be determined

Successful completion of the class combined with passing a final certification test will certify college credit for Freshman Music Theory I (3-6 credit hours).
If student has completed Experiencing Music I or Intro to Music or has a solid foundation in the basics of music and your looking to earn college credit you will want to take this “challenging” class.

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Forensic Science (Sr High 10-12)

Prerequisite: Completed Biology and Chemistry
Textbook: Rented from teacher for $40
Lab Fees: $30/semester

Forensic science is an applied science, and the main emphasis of the course will be hands-on investigation, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students will learn about careers involving forensic science, learn to collect data and analyze it critically, and work both independently and as a team.

Topics covered will include crime scene analysis, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood typing and spattering, trace evidence, ballistics, comparative anatomy, drugs, and poisons. We will be doing as many labs pertaining to these topics as time, space, and equipment allow.

The class requires a basic knowledge of biology and chemistry and students will need Internet access, as some online research is involved.

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French

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Ultimate French, 2000 Edition by Heminway, ISBN 978-1-4000-0963-3

This course will provide the fundamental concepts of modern language, including introductory vocabulary, basic syntax, conjugations and declensions, translational skills, as well as proper pronunciation of the language. The basic culture of the language will be studied, as well as its influence on our world.

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Geometry- (HS 11-12) Cindy Bleikamp

Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Textbook: Prentice Hall Geometry (2011) ISBN: 978-0133500417 (Textbooks are available to rent through LCC for $25/year)
Online access: MathXLForSchool.com ($25 account fee covers all student’s classes)

Geometry is a course that uses knowledge gained from Algebra 1 to explain the properties of objects. A firm foundation in Algebra 1 is necessary for this course. We will cover the recognition, understanding and use of geometric properties and relationships among points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons of Euclidean Geometry. Students will complete algebraic, coordinate, and deductive proofs of these relationships, and study measurements of both two and three-dimensional figures. Students will also be introduced to advanced topics such as right triangle trigonometry which will prepare them for Algebra 2 and beyond.

Mathematic skills, just like sport or music skills, need to be practiced often during the week. Homework and tests will be assigned online through Mathxlforschool.com  with approximately 4 assignments weekly.  The homework has open and closing dates that require the student to practice math throughout the week instead of cramming to get it done in one session right before class.  Internet access and an access fee (approx.$25) are required to use the mathxlforschool.com site.  This site provides immediate feedback to the student with every math problem and also provides examples of how to do the problems if they need a reminder of what was covered in class.

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Greek 1 – Dr. David Vaughan

Prerequisite: None

Students begin a study of classical Greek grammar, syntax, and forms learned inductively through constant observation of usage. They will acquire a Basic Greek vocabulary augmented by repetition in context, by study of principles of word formation, and by attention to English derivatives. Composition into Greek, both written and oral, will be used to drill grammar and syntax.

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Greek 2

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Greek 1 or teacher approval

Students will continue their study of Greek through this two semester course. This course will build on the foundations provided in Greek 1. There will be continued increase in Greek vocabulary, while students continue their proficiency in learning to read Greek, translate both the Septuagint Greek (Greek OT) and the Greek New Testament Bible.

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Home Economics – Jeanette McCartney

Prerequisite: None
Requirements: Student must have access to a portable sewing machine to bring to class. If the student does not have access to a machine there will be tentative approval for registration based on availability of loaner machines.

The purpose of this course in to instruct and prepare daughters to be more knowledgeable and confident of the skills needed to be successful in their future home.  Completion of this class can be used to satisfy the Practical Arts credit needed according to the Missouri state high school graduation requirements.

The first semester will focus on sewing. The second will focus on cooking, meal planning, budgeting, etiquette and various other aspects of the home.

There will be small additional costs for materials and food items.

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Introduction to Music (Jr High 7-9)

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: Complete, ISBN 9780882848976

Music is a valuable part of today’s culture, not only for entertainment, but also for worship purposes. In this course, students will explore the basic structure of music through the study of music theory. Students will also examine past and current contributions and trends in music. Finally, students will be able to write and accompany simple melodies on the keyboard

Upon completion, students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of music theory including the staff, different clefs, key/time signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, chords and their inversions, and basic cadences and progressions. Students will be able to identify and play chords on a lead sheet to simple melodies. Ear-training exercises will also be included to help develop students’ auditory skills. The students will also be able to identify significant past composers and their contributions to music.

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Latin Rudiments 1

Prerequisite: None

This is a course which will focus on five things: vocabulary, declensions, conjugations, memorization of charts, and simple Latin translations. The class will cover 300-400 vocabulary words, the first three Latin conjugations, the first three declensions, along with the memorization of “chant” charts. The student should expect 20-30 minutes a day of homework. This is an introductory course that goes at a slower pace that Latin 1. This class is ideal for a 6th, 7th or 8th grader.

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Latin Rudiments 2 – Dr. Michael Bond

Prerequisite: Latin Rudiments 1
Textbooks:
-Latin Alive primers A & B by Larsen and Perrin, edition 3.6; ISBN: 9781600510007
-Latin Activity Book by Baddork and Perrin, edition 2.5;  www.ClassicalAcademicPress.com [note: only purchase Primer A and the Latin Activity Book for now]

Students will continue memorizing vocabulary, learning new conjugations and declensions along with improving their proficiency in translating Latin sentences.

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Latin 1

Prerequisite: None

Students will memorize over 600 vocabulary words while learning to read and write Latin sentences. The emphasis will be on learning to read Latin, translating English sentences into Latin, and having a broader English vocabulary. Latin is one of the more difficult languages; therefore, time, effort, and discipline will be needed in order to do well in this class.

Basic homework requirements: 20-30 minutes a day consisting of worksheets, written work, memorization of quotes/vocabulary/conjugations/declensions, and reading/memorizing chant charts

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Latin 2 – Dr. Michael Bond

Prerequisite: Latin 1
Textbooks: Latin Alive books 1 & 2 by Karen Moore and Gaylan Dubose; edition2.2; www.ClassicalAcademicPress.com [note: only purchase only book 1 for now]

Students will continue their study of Latin through this two semester course. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in both reading and writing Latin sentences and paragraphs. Vocabulary will continue to be increased, while attention to the details of grammar studies and verb studies intensify.

Basic homework requirements: 30 -40 minutes a day consisting of worksheets, written work, memorization of quotes/vocabulary/conjugations/declensions, and translating passages

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Logic

Prerequisite: None
Textbooks:
-Traditional Logic I, An Introduction to Formal Logic by Martin Cothran; ISBN:9781930953109

-Socrates Meets Jesus by Peter Kreeft; ISBN: 978-0830823383
-Answer Key (ISBN: 9781930953116) is recommended but not required
-Traditional Logic II, Advanced Formal Logic by Martin Cothran; ISBN:9781930953123
-Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli; ISBN: 9780830817740
-Answer Key (ISBN: 9781930953130) is recommended but not required
-A Bible

Logic – The Original Thinking Skill
What could be more basic and essential than reading, writing and calculating?  Thinking, of course, is the prerequisite for reading and writing, and Logic, the art of thinking, is the second branch of the trivium. One of the seven liberal arts, Logic teaches one how to live, enabling a person to rise above his material environment to live an intellectual, a rational, and therefore a free life in gaining truth.  Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

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Language Arts (Jr. High)

Prerequisite: None
Textbooks:
-Grade 6: STARS (Strategies to Achieve Reading Success) Book F; ISBN 978-0-7609-6368-5

-Grade 7: STARS (Strategies to Achieve Reading Success) Book G; ISBN 978-0-7609-6369-2
-Grade 8: STARS (Strategies to Achieve Reading Success) Book H; ISBN 978-0-7609-6370-8

Becoming a proficient reader and writer will impact a student throughout life. In this class, students will work on reading skills to increase reading comprehension. We will explore a variety of genres as we analyze both fiction and nonfiction works. Additionally, students will practice grammar skills independently from and in collaboration with their writing as they explore and execute the writing process for narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing.

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Omnibus: Humane Letters 1 (Antiquity)
Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes readings in the great literature of Western Civilization. The format of the Omnibus (“all encompassing”) is designed to integrate multiple studies within primarily history, theology and literature so students should understand the connections between disciplines and more properly understand our world. The amount of study material requires significant outside class reading and serves to avoid the artificial distinction of one hour learning slots which is a barrier to unified thinking and an integrated worldview of history. Omnibus I (Antiquity period) embodies a study of the account of creation through Genesis and continues through all the great civilizations of the ancient world to the fall of Rome.

A general reading list includes:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Primeval Saints
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Rasselas
  • Aristotle: Poetics
  • Portable Greek Historians
  • Homer’s Iliad and/or Odyssey (Fagel’s translation)
  • Julius Caesar
  • Wilbur
  • Mahand
  • Grant: Anthology of Ancient Literature.

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Omnibus: Humane Letters 2 (Christendom)
Prerequisite: None

This course involves a study of the time period from the fall of Rome and the Patristic Age of the early church through the time of the Reformation, completing the study with the Enlightenment and the Puritans in the late 18th century. It examines this time era through historical, literary, and theological works, while employing a Christian worldview to all of life. Students will be introduced to the social structures of the era, including the Barbarian migrations, national settlements, feudal social structure, monasticism, the rise of the Islamic threat, the Crusades, Gothic art and architecture, Medieval academic advances, the rise of the divine right of kings, the rise & relapse of the Renaissance, and the attempts to reform the Church.

A general reading list includes:

  • Augustine: Confessions
  • Beowulf (Heaney, trans.)
  • Shakespeare: Henry V
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (J. R. Tolkien, trans.)
  • Dante: The Inferno (Hell) (Dorothy Sayers trans.)
  • Walter Scott: The Talisman
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: Canterbury Tales (Neville Coghill ed.)
  • Christopher Marlowe: Dr. Faustus
  • John Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Norton Shorter Anthology of Poetry, 4th ed.

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Omnibus: Humane Letters 3 (Modernity)
Prerequisite: None

This course covers the study of the era from the late 18th century through the 19th and 20th centuries and examines the primary events and influences of the time period through a Christian worldview. Students will be exposed primarily to 19th century European events and their profound influence on the forming of the United States. Specific events and people covered will include the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Revolutions of 1848, Karl Marx, Thomas Chalmers, World War I, World War II, and the evolution of philosophies that have formed in modern times.

A general reading list includes:

  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin)
  • Silas Marner (George Eliot)
  • The Antiquarian (Walter Scott)
  • Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
  • Hard Times (Charles Dickens)
  • Greenmantle (John Buchan)
  • The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • The Lord of the Rings (J.R. Tolkien)
  • Short Stories (Flannery O’Connor)

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Omnibus: Humane Letters 4 (American Culture)
Prerequisite: None

This course is a comprehensive exploration of American History through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to include American and Missouri Government studies. Specific topics covered include the colonization of the New World, the Puritans, the Founding Fathers, westward expansion, the industrial revolution, the War Between the States, and Reconstruction. All studies will be through a Christian Worldview, challenging the student to further their thinking skills and ability to consider the integrated influences that have formed our country.

A general reading list includes:

  • A History of the American People by Paul Johnson (Harper-Collins)
  • The Patriot’s Handbook edited by Dr. George Grant
  • The Last Crusader by Dr. George Grant
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Greyfriars Anthology of Puritan Sermons edited by Gregory Wilbur
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  • Greyfriars Anthology of Early American Short Stories edited by Gregory Wilbur
  • The Confidence man by Herman Melville
  • Nashville 1864 by Madison Jones
  • Poetry from the Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter 4th edition

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Physics – Molly Nesham

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Geometry
Textbooks:
-Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics 2nd Edition, ISBN 978-1932012422
-Apologia Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physics 2nd Edition, ISBN 978-1932012439
-Lab: The Student Lab Report Handbook: A Guide to Content, Style and Formatting for Effective Science Lab Reports, 2ND ED by John D. Mays, ISBN 978-0-988-32287-5
Other materials: A Math XL account for online assignments. This can be the same account the student uses for Math at LCC. A new account is $25.

Physics is a full-year course introducing students to the fundamental science of Physics, ranging from DC Circuitry to the two-dimensional trajectory of a ball launched from a trebuchet. Taught from a Christian perspective and reinforced with Creationist resources, this is a very hands-on course with lab experiments, projects, and demonstrations that augment learning and make it fun. Much of the lab work is not in the textbook, but the experiments have all been tested. Students will be given a syllabus that lists daily reading assignments, problems and work to be completed at home and online.

There will be quizzes at the beginning of most class periods and a comprehensive exam after each semester.

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Pre-Algebra – Cindy Bleikamp

Prerequisite: Basic arithmetic skills including percentages, ratios, fractions and decimals
Textbook: A Beka Pre-Algebra 3rd ed, ISBN 147095(abeka.com); student text and teacher key OR solution key
Supplies: Compass, protractor, Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS calculator

Pre-Algebra is a full-year introduction to the topics of mathematics covered in high school classes as well as a review of basic arithmetic. Topics covered include measurement, Algebra, scientific notation, geometry, business mathematics, statistics, and more. Also of particular note: “problem-solving strategies help students apply mathematical skills to word problems.”

Engrade.com is used for grades, syllabus, and communication with parents and students.

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Spanish I

Prerequisite: None
Textbook: Spanish Now! Level 1 (7th *with audio CDs) ISBN 978-0-7641-7774-3

Learning Spanish is a fantastic way to challenge your mind and develop an understanding of another culture. In Spanish 1, students will learn vocabulary and language structure which will enable them to communicate in a variety of formats. Listening, speaking, writing, and reading will be frequent modes of practice to strengthen and reinforce language skills.

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Trigonometry

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Geometry
Textbooks:
-Life of Fred Trigonometry by Stanley F. Schmidt, ISBN 978-0-9709995-3-5
-Fred’s Home Companion Trigonometry, ISBN 978-0-9709995-8-0 (1 book per family)
Other materials: A TI83 or TI84 graphing calculator, Math compass, protractor, and a Math XL account for online assignments. This can be the same account the student uses for all Math at LCC. A new account is $25.

Trigonometry is a full-year course that combines concepts of Algebra and Geometry into powerful and practical applications. Whether a student is headed for college and Calculus, a technical career, or digging wells in Africa, this course is a bridge to a brighter future.

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World History

Prerequisite: None
Textbooks:
-World History Student Activities Manual (4th ed.)  BJU Press #278747
-World History Text (4th ed.) BJU Press, Rent from teacher $25.00.

We will cover the story of mankind from creation to the present. Students examine ancient civilizations through the Greeks to the Roman Empire. We will also do a survey of India, Asia, and Africa on their way to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, upon which modern history is founded. The students will discover the forces, issues, people, and movements that have shaped our modern world. God’s providence and Bible integration are given prominence as the students are taught to examine the world through a Christian world view.

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Worldview: American History

Prerequisite: English Composition recommended
Textbook: BJUPress U.S. History Student Text (4th Ed), ISBN 978-1-60682-005-6 (bjupress.com)

As the first of this two-part course, we will study American history.  As we study significant events and important people, we will develop our understanding of worldview and how it impacts history and society.  This course is coupled with the Worldview: American Literature course, as we will be studying the time periods of the literature we read in depth.  There is no specific prerequisite for this course, but because I will be assigning essays, the completion of a composition course would be helpful.

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Worldview: American Literature

Prerequisite: English Composition recommended
Required reading:

  1. How to Read Slowly by James W. Sire
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Arthur Miller
  3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

As the second of this two-part course based on George Grant’s lecture series, we will dive into the world of the written word, studying classics in American history.  We will begin with an important book, How to Read Slowly by James W. Sire, for understanding of how to appreciate literature and understand the worldview present, while still abiding ourselves in Truth. Then we will read several sermons, speeches, essays, and historical documents vital to the beginning of the United States.  As the year progresses, we will read and analyze short stories and novels that had significant historical impact, including but not limited to, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There is no specific prerequisite for this course, but because I will be assigning essays, the completion of a composition course would be helpful.

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