Blaze Class Descriptions 2022-2023

All students not currently enrolled at Blaze for the 2021-2022 school year will be required to take placement exams prior to enrolling in the following courses: Math, Science, Writing.

Math


Algebra 1:$625 ($62.50 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This course covers basic algebra topics such as solving equations and inequalities in one and two variables, graphing linear equations and inequalities, working with exponents and factoring.
Prerequisites: Pre Algebra; Assessment provided by Blaze Director; Assessment dates TBD

Algebra 2:$625 ($62.50 per month) Dr. Amy Nabors
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This course is an extension of the Algebra 1 curriculum. Topics that were first introduced in Algebra 1 will be built upon and applied to problems that require higher order thinking skills. Fundamental skills of mathematics will be applied to such topics as functions, equations and inequalities, probability and statistics, logarithmic and exponential relationships, quadratic and polynomial equations, and matrices. Technology will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above.

Geometry:$625 ($62.50 per month) Dr. Amy Nabors
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This in an activity-based geometry course. All major topic are covered including (triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, area, volume, congruency, similarity etc.)  
Prerequisites: Algebra 1; Assessment provided by Blaze Director; Assessment dates TBD

Dual Credit Algebra/ Pre-Calculus:$625 ($62.50 per month) Dr. Amy Nabors
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
DC Algebra: This course study will include algebraic equations and inequalities, absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants. Additional topics may include sequences and series, combinatorics, probability and mathematical induction.
DC Pre-Calculus: This course will cover topics common to most traditional pre-calculus courses such as the following: linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, and vectors.
Prerequisites: Grades higher than 75 in Algebra 1, Geometry,  with a passing TSI OR Grades higher than 75 in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 with a passing TSI or PSAT, SAT, ACT score

Math Homework Help:$200 per year Dr. Amy Nabors
This class is for all math levels and gives the student an opportunity to work on  math homework with an expert math teacher available to give hands-on help. This class is available to every student, but can be especially helpful if the student needs a little extra help. It also gives mom a nice break. Students may enroll for one semester or both.
**Must be enrolled in a math class at Blaze to register**

Science

Junior High Science:$575 ($57.50 per month) Natalie Champagne
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This physical science course investigates a select array of key topics including: types of matter, energy, order and design in creation, forces and fields, measurement, motion, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, and the nature of scientific knowledge. In addition, students in this class will discuss worldview issues like the meaning of the presence of order in the universe and how this points to a Creator behind it, as well as the nature of truth, theories, facts, hypotheses, and the nature of scientific knowledge.
Prerequisites: Assessment provided by Blaze Director; Assessment dates TBD

High School Chemistry:$625 ($62.50 per month) Natalie Champagne
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This class is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra 1. This college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gasses, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. The course contains many experiments that illustrate various concepts being explored.  
Prerequisites: Algebra 1; Assessment provided by Blaze Director; Assessment dates TBD

High School Physics:$625 ($62.50 per month) Natalie Champagne
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This high school physics course is appropriate for anyone in high school who has taken or is currently taking Algebra 1. This course does not use trigonometry so it is appropriate for those in 9th grade, but is also challenging enough for students in the upper grades of high school as well.
The students will learn about many topics in physics such as the scientific method, Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, momentum, atoms and matter, heat and temperature, pressure and buoyancy, waves, sound and light, electricity, DC circuits, fields and magnetism, and geometric optics.
Class time will be spent doing experiments, answering questions on material previously covered and introducing new material.  Cumulative quizzes will be given weekly and four quarterly tests will be given.  The textbook used focuses on mastery based learning.  Each week students will spend about 2/3 of their time on new material and 1/3 of their time reviewing old material.  Lab reports will also be done throughout the year.
Prerequisites: Assessment provided by Blaze Director;

Science Homework Help: $200 per year Natalie Champagne
This class is for all science levels and gives the student an opportunity to work on science homework with an expert science teacher available to give hands-on help. This class is a boon to every student, but can be especially helpful if the student needs a little extra help. It also gives mom a nice break. Students may enroll for one semester or both.
**Must be enrolled in a science class at Blaze to register**

English

Junior High English:$575 ($57.50 per month) Jeni Johnson
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Students will have the opportunity to grow their abilities through writing reports, narratives, creative stories, essays and critiques.  In addition, there will be a focus on the mechanics of writing including capitalization and proper punctuation.

High School English:$625 ($62.50 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Students will have the opportunity to grow their abilities through writing reports, narratives, creative stories, essays and critiques.

Dual Credit English 1301/1302:$$625 (62.50 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug- May
English 1301 involves students in the intensive study and practice of writing processes, from invention and research to drafting, editing, and revising, both individually and collaboratively.  Emphasis is placed on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style.  English 1301 focuses on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and analysis.
 Students learn to develop and support cogent written arguments, utilizing proper rules of evidence-gathering to draw key conclusions, to document sources, and to integrate citations using appropriate conventions of style (APA, CMS, MLA).  English 1302 focuses on critical thinking and problem solving to shape and define content, while also holding students responsible for the fundamentals learned in English 1301.
Prerequisites:Passing scores on TSI, SAT or ACT exams prior to August 1

History

Junior High Texas History:$575 ($57.5 per month) Samantha Slack
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Students will study the history of the great state of Texas from early times to present day. They will examine the full scope of Texas history including the cultures of Native Americans living in Texas prior to European exploration and the eras of mission-building, colonization, revolution, republic and statehood. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events and issues and their impact.


Government/ Economics:$625 ($62.50 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Students will be covering both government and economics over the course of the school year. The first semester will focus on government. Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course that provides a half-year credit in government. Lessons cover federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution.
The second semester, students will be studying economics. Exploring Economics is a one-semester high school course that helps students understand economic terms and issues that have an impact on the United States and its citizens. This course introduces both microeconomics and macroeconomics, providing one half-year of credit for high school.
For a full year credit, students would need to take both semesters.


High School Art History/ Music History:$625 ($62.50 per month) Carly O’Quinn
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Art History is a great way to add to your student's Fine Arts high school credits. For the reluctant performer, this is an academic way to experience and appreciate art while also tying in some history and geography.  From the earliest works of archeological antiquity to modern pop art, this class will be an introduction to the artists who have shaped the artistic world. Giotto in 1266 to Warhol in 1976. Each artist's life is explored, along with their major works, public reaction, and impact upon the world and art after their deaths. There is a lot to be learned as we dive deep into hidden and not-so-hidden meanings and implications frozen in these important works. They tell us what we need to know about the people living in a time before cameras and film.

*Parents: please note that some works of art contain nudity. While it will never be our main focus and we will linger on these works only briefly, please make sure that your student has the maturity and understanding to handle this aspect of the course.

Students will read in preparation for class, participate in classroom discussions, and complete weekly activities to better comprehend styles and artists.

Music impacts and is impacted by history and culture, events, and beliefs. Composers create windows of understanding into the time, place, events, and norms which shaped their lives. Music allows us an entirely unique vehicle of expression. You'll consider what music really is; perhaps you'll find through these lessons that you have a unique definition of what is or isn't music. You may even find music to be funny, disturbing, or moving! Classical music is uniquely part of our Western civilization. This course provides a close-up look at famous composers, their music, and their times, with special attention to character. Even the musically challenged will enjoy this course!

Students will be required to read and listen prior to class in order to participate in classroom discussions. Class time will include a lecture, discussion, and listening as we make our way through the different musical periods. We will work throughout the semester to identify composers and their famous pieces as well as distinguishing characteristics of those periods.

Foreign Language

Spanish 1: $600 ($60.00 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This class will provide students with a general introduction to the Spanish language: pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information, and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of listening and speaking skills. The main objectives of the class are to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation; to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish speaking cultures, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts; and to enhance their learning by providing real life experiences with native Spanish speakers.
It is the purpose of this class to go beyond the academic, and in a fun, meaningful way create connections that will aid in building lifelong learning.                              Prerequisites: None

Spanish 2: $600 ($60.00 per month)
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
In this class we will build on the basic skills acquired in Spanish 1. This course will reinforce the skills learned in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be on perfecting pronunciation, mastery of basic grammatical structures, and increased communicative proficiency.
Prerequisites: Spanish 1

American Sign Language 1:$600 ($60.00 per month) Kelly Spriggs
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This course will provide students basic signing skills that will enable them to participate in simple signing conversations. In addition, students will learn Deaf culture and proper etiquette when conversing with a Deaf person.
Prerequisites: None

Elective Courses

Theology I (High School): No Cost, Pastor Chris Gober
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Theology is the study of God, and in Theology One we explore many aspects of Christian belief about God. Covering all three persons of the Trinity, the good news of Jesus, the nature of sin, the free gift of salvation, and so much more. This class has a required textbook that can be purchased at christianbook.com for under $20 and on Amazon for under $25.
Prerequisites: None

Basketball Skills: $600 ($60.00 per month) LaTonya Romanazzi
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
The focus of this basketball program is to teach each player the basic fundamental skills that are needed to compete successfully in basketball.
Prerequisites: None

Theater I:$600 ($60.00 per month) Matt and Ginny Brannon
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
The objective of this class is for students to gain confidence in their ability to speak and perform in front of an audience. Side effects may include increased creativity, better listening skills, and improved memorization, empathy, and flexibility.
Many shy and introverted kids enjoy playing a character and having words provided for them instead of struggling with what to say. Our prayer is that this class ministers to your children by growing their confidence and tapping into sides of themselves they didn’t know they had.
Class structure will include monologue work, scene studies, and improv. We plan to have a lot of fun.
Prerequisites: None

Theater II:$600 ($60.00 per month) Matt and Ginny Brannon
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
This class is for students who have completed Theater Arts I. Other students may audition for the class with a prepared monologue. In this class, we will continue work on improvisational skills and character development, but we will be using more challenging scene study and allowing students to begin to explore and appreciate the classics. If students are actively auditioning for roles in local productions, they will have opportunities to workshop audition pieces in class. Each semester will conclude in a showcase where students can perform some of their favorite work from the semester.
Prerequisites: Theater 2

Adulting 101:$625 ($62.50 per month) Matt and Ginny Brannon
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Have you seen that meme that says “I’m so glad I’m learning to do parallelograms instead of taxes. That will really come in handy come parallelogram season”?
That’s the spirit behind this class. Not that parallelograms don’t have their place, but many high school graduates fly the coop and end up discovering a world where they feel unequipped to function. We want to go through some of the fundamentals of adulting, to impart some knowledge that most of us take for granted but can give confidence to young people who want to feel ahead of the game.
We’ll be using Dave Ramsey’s new Home School curriculum to learn the basics of budgeting and personal finance.
We’ll be talking about Health Insurance - Healthcare is a disaster and we couldn’t decipher it if we tried but we will at least cover the basics- What is a deductible, premium, copay, and alternatives to traditional health plans.
We’ll even be looking at some car maintenance tips so your student will know what to do with a flat tire or check engine light.
Teen Talk - A few minutes each class will be spent discussing and role playing things like- how to introduce yourself and make small talk, good manners and etiquette, how to establish a good reputation, how to greet parents of your friends when going to hang out at their home, etc.
These are the types of topics we’ll be tackling, and we’ll be doing regular AMA’s (Ask Me Anything) so we can help these students avoid some of the mistakes we’ve made and learn some valuable lessons sooner rather than later.

High School Intro to Business Entrepreneurship: $625 ($62.50 per month) Samantha Slack
This class meets one time per week Aug-May
Students will learn the basics of starting a business with core business concepts. They will examine various business entities and how they are run. Students will focus on creating a business plan for the business of their choice while also focusing on marketing and promotion of said business. We will discuss maintaining business supplies, competition and employees.
Prerequisites: None

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