Electives Course Offerings

Art - Middle School (7th-8th) - Tutor: Deborah Neuhs

This middle school art class provides students with a foundation in art technique, expression  and historical analysis. This 32-week class is designed to improve students’ art skills through  pencil, pen, colored pencil, and pastel drawing projects as well as painting projects. Students  will develop their creativity and be able to incorporate art elements (line, shape, color, value,  form texture, and space) as they build a sketchbook portfolio with technical exercises and  drawing projects. They will begin with a pencil drawing project where students will learn how to  analyze and correctly render proportions. From there they will move into additional pencil  projects, pen, and colored pencil drawings as they learn to incorporate value, visual texture,  composition, and perspective into their drawings. In the second semester, students will be  creating watercolor and acrylic painting projects. They will build on their understanding of  value, composition and color theory from the first semester and learn how to incorporate those  concepts into watercolor and acrylic projects.  

No prior art experience is needed.  

Materials:  

9x12 sketchbook 

Set of drawing pencils that include: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B 

Erasers 

Blending tools  

18 inch ruler 

Fine point permanent pen 

8x10 canvas 

Paint brushes 

Prang watercolor paint 

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to middle school students grades 7th & 8th

Annual Tuition: $495 / 40 Contact hours ​

Art - High School (9th-12th) - Tutor: Deborah Neuhs

This 32-week high school art class expands students' prior understanding of art technique,  creative expression and historical analysis through a series of 2D drawing and painting projects  in pencil, pen, and colored pencil as well as watercolor and acrylic paints. Students will  develop their creativity and be able to incorporate art elements (line, shape, color, value, form  texture, and space) as they build a sketchbook portfolio with technical exercises and drawing  projects. They will begin with a pencil drawing where they will learn more advanced techniques  in composition and perspective drawing. From there, students will learn how to incorporate  visual texture in a pen drawing. They will then conclude the semester with color theory and  technique that teaches students how to blend and layer colored pencils in a colored pencil  animal portrait. In the second semester, students will be creating watercolor and acrylic  painting projects. They will build on their understanding of value, composition and color theory  from the first semester and learn how to incorporate those concepts into watercolor and acrylic  projects.  

No prior art experience is needed.  

Materials:  

9x12 sketchbook 

Set of drawing pencils that include: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B 

Erasers 

Blending tools 

18 inch ruler 

Fine point permanent pen 8x10 canvas 

Prang watercolor paints

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all high school grades 9th & up

Annual Tuition: $495 / 40 Contact hours ​

Health and Nutrition - Tutor: Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.  

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This homeschool high school health and nutrition curriculum explores the physical, social, mental, and spiritual concepts that are needed for a healthy lifestyle. With detailed illustrations and photos, clear explanations, and enhanced readability, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition will prepare high school students for college-level studies as well as life beyond the classroom.

 

These objectives will be accomplished through interactive lessons from the textbook taught in the classroom. Students will present orally a personal case study on the subtle influences in their personal life and what they are doing to produce success. This presentation will be as a project in December and another project in May. Students need to complete homework from the textbook on the four week days which we do not meet for class. 

 

From the Apologia website https://www.apologia.com/health-nutrition/ : “Please note: Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is a full health textbook for high school. Some students may not be mature enough to discuss some of the topics. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. We respectfully discuss the act of marriage, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. We discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. Please use your knowledge of your students to decide when this homeschool health and nutrition high school course is appropriate for their maturity levels.”

 

If there is a topic you would prefer your student not cover in this class, the syllabus will alert you of the topics and days it will be covered.  Students will not be penalized in their grades if they miss that portion of the curriculum, as long as the parent communicates with the tutor prior to missing a module.  

 

Course Text for Semesters 1 & 2: Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition (God’s Design for Your Body, Mind, and Soul) Basic set which is the hardcover text and spiral notebook.

You will not need the answer key. 

  • ISBN-10: 1940110343

  • ISBN-13: 978-1940110349

 

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all high school grades 9th & up

Annual Tuition: $495 / 40 Contact hours ​

Creative Writing Elective -- Tutor: Katrina Ryder​  Click here for Mrs. Ryder's course description video

​We spend 3/4 of the year writing short stories and the other 1/4 writing skits and poems.  We use a workshop model wherein students share their work on a weekly basis; therefore, writers need to be comfortable with the idea of reading aloud, providing and receiving constructive feedback, and peer editing. This class is a great choice for students who love writing for pleasure and want to be challenged with new forms of writing. Students must utilize the Google Classroom platform and Google apps for online submission and discussion.  This class is NOT sufficient as a full high school English credit as we do not discuss formal academic writing OR much outside literature. This is an elective class.

ONCE per week. $495 

Recommended: 7th-12th

Credit: 1 credit of Elective