Blaze Courses

 

PRE-ALGEBRA

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $475

This class is designed to transition students from basic elementary math to the more complex thinking of algebra, with a focus on learning fluency with numbers.  Students will learn to manipulate numbers by analyzing complex problems and solving them in multiple ways. Students will be encouraged to think logically in order to solve a problem, not just to repeat given steps without knowing why.

Our focus of study:

1. Evaluate single-variable expressions. 

2. Use order of operations rules. 

3. Identify and manipulate patterns. 

4. Graph points on a coordinate plane.

5. Use the Distributive Property. 

6. Simplify expressions. 

7. Solve one-step equations and inequalities. 

8. Find mean, median and mode of a set of data. 

9. Substitute into formulas. 

10. Convert between metric and US units. 

11. Use divisibility tests. 

12. Find the prime factorization. 

13. Find the greatest common factor and least common multiple. 

14. Write fractions in simplest form. 

15. Simplify expressions with integer exponents. 

16. Write numbers in scientific notation. 

17. Write fractions as decimals and write terminating and repeating decimals as fractions. 

18. Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. 

19. Solve proportions. 

20. Find probability and odds.

21. Manipulate between fractions, decimals, and percent. 

22. Find a part of a whole.


ALGEBRA 1

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $460

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. 

Our focus of study:

1. Reviewing Number Sense—Memorizing Fractions/Decimals, Squares/Square Roots, Order of Operations, Properties

2. Simplifying Exponents/Radicals

3. Graphing on a RNL—Compound Inequalities – AND vs. OR

4. Classifying and Simplifying all expressions

5. Solving all Equations/Inequalities (Formulas)

6. Linear Equations – Classifying (Standard, Slope Intercept, Point Slope), Slope, x and y Intercepts, Relations (Functions, Domain, Range), Graphing (Horizontal, Vertical, Oblique)

7. Absolute Value Equations (Solving, Graphing – Transformations)

8.  Finding the Equation of a Line (Parallel and Perpendicular)

9. Solving Systems – 2 equations, 2 unknowns (3 methods – Graphing, Substitution, Elimination)

10. Quadratics – Simplifying/Factoring, Solving, Changing from SF to GF, Graphing

11. Exponentials – Graphing

12. Rational Functions – Simplifying and Solving

13. Percents, Probability, Statistics, Dimensional Analysis

And lots more.

This class is for students who have mastered number sense and pre-algebra. You can sign up for the class alone or for the class plus homework help. 

Supply List: 

Textbook – McDougal Little Algebra 1 by Ron Larson ISBN 0395937760 

Must have a google drive account, notebook, calculator (TI-30XIIlS scientific calculator or TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator)


GEOMETRY

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $675

Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

Our focus of study:

1. Patterns – Inductive Reasoning

2. 5 Geometric Units and Introductory Theorems

3. Segments—Measure, Distance, Midpoint, SAP

4. Angles—Measure, Angle Bisector, AAP

5. Classifying Pairs of Angles – Adjacent, Vertical, Linear Pairs, Congruent, Supplementary, Complementary

6. Perimeter and Area

7. Logic-Conditional, Biconditional, Deductive Reasoning, Proofs (Segments/Angles)

8. Lines and Angles (Perpendicular, Parallel, Transversal, Angles formed (CA, AIA, AEA, CIA, LP, VA)

9. Proving Lines Parallel

10. Triangles (Classify, BAT, Triangle Sum, Greater side/greater angle, Triangle Inequality)

11. Triangles-Special Segments and Pts. Of Concurrency

12. Triangles – Congruent and Similar

13. Triangles – Rt Triangles – Pythagorean Thm, Trig (Unit Circle), Special Rt, Rt Triangle with Altitude (Geo. Mean)

14. Polygons-Parallelograms, Quad Tree

15. Rigid Motion in Planes-Transformations (Reflection, Rotation, Translations, Glide Reflection)

And lots more.

This class is for students who have mastered Algebra 1. You can sign up for the class alone or for the class plus homework help.  

Supply List:

1 subject spiral notebook, calculator(TI-30XIIlS scientific calculator or TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator), Google drive account


ALGEBRA 2

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $650

Algebra 2 with Dual Credit option) Students seeking dual credit option will need to have passing TSI scores prior to August 1, 2021 for admittance into this program. Please contact Blaze Director for additional dual credit information.

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

In Algebra 2 our focus of study is on:

1. Review Linear Equations from Algebra

2. Linear Regression, Correlation

3. Piecewise Functions

4. Step Functions (Greatest Integer)

5. Systems—Solving 2×2 (6 methods—Graphing, Substitution, Elimination, Cramer’s, Augmented, Inverse), Equ/Inequ

6. Systems—Solving 3×3 (4 methods – Elimination, Cramer’s, Augmented, Inverse), Optimization, Area of a Tri. given 3 pts.

7. Matrices—Classify/Add/Subtract/Multiply/Properties/Inverse/Identity

8. Quadratics—Graphing, Factoring, Solving (Factoring, Quadratic Formula, Completing the Square), Equ/Inequ, Word Problems, Finding the equation

9. Complex Numbers—imaginary numbers

10. Polynomials—Classify, Standard Form, General Graphs, Evaluating (Synthetic Subst), Perfect Cubes (Pascal’s Triangle), Factoring, Dividing (Synthetic Division)

11. Solving Cubics

12. Graphing Cubics

13. Complex Radicals—Rational Exponents

14. Inverse Functions

And lots more.

This class is for students who have mastered Algebra 1.  You can sign up for the class alone or sign up for the class plus homework help.  

Supply List: 

Pearson online program- more information will be given prior to class starting; notebook/binder, calculator(TI-30XIIlS scientific calculator or TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator)


ADVANCED MATH

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost:  $700

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

This course is designed for students looking to take 4 high school math courses and/or pursuing higher math in college. We will cover topics such as trigonometry (Semester 1) and Pre-Calculus (Semester 2). 

Supply List: 

Open-Stax Pre-cal online textbook (free!), notebook, calculator (TI-30XIIlS scientific calculator or TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator)


MATH HOMEWORK HELP CLASS

MEETS ONCE A WEEK PER SEMESTER

Cost: $100/semester

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 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 can enroll for one semester or both.


JUNIOR HIGH LIFE SCIENCE

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR  

Cost: $510 (includes $35 supply fee)

This laboratory-based, junior high science course covers a wide range of topics that are of interest to modern scientists. It starts by describing our current understanding of atoms, molecules, the chemicals that are necessary for life, DNA, and cells. These topics are all discussed in the context of history, explaining how specific scientific advances led to the scientific explanations that the students are being taught. This allows students to learn not only the current scientific understanding of these topics, but also how scientists reached that understanding.

The course then uses what the student has learned to describe the living world. It discusses the levels of organization found in creation and spends time discussing topics at each level. As a result, students learn how cells work together to make tissues, how tissues come together to make organs, how organs form organ systems, how those organ systems produce organisms, and how those organisms relate to one another in populations and communities. The student then learns how those communities interact with the physical environment to form ecosystems, which then form biomes. Along the way, students learn about fascinating new discoveries such as the function of the human appendix, the human microbiome, and soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils. Throughout the course, God’s design in nature is highlighted, and topics in the creation/evolution debate are discussed.

This course is focused on learning through experiments and other hands-on activities. Class time will involve doing experiments, answering questions, going over the material in the chapters and taking in class quarterly tests.  Weekly quizzes will also be given.

Supply List:

Science in the Atomic Age  ISBN: 978-0-9962784-0-9


HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY

*This course is not offered 2021-22 school year.

This class will use Berean Builder’s Discovering Design with Chemistry and will be taught from a biblical worldview. It 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 gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. The course contains many experiments that illustrate various concepts being explored.  


PHYSICS

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost:  $610  

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. 

Supply List:

Introductory Physics ISBN: 9780998169958

Here is the link for the physics book:


BIOLOGY

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost:  $610

This high school biology class starts at the atomic level and progresses to ever-larger scales: cells, genes, microorganisms, plants, animals, and human organ systems. Each chapter includes straightforward learning objectives, exercises that call for both clear articulation of thoughts and full-sentence answers, and an organization of topics that steadily builds chapter by chapter. The final chapters of the book survey ecology and the theory of evolution. 

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.  Lab reports and projects will also be done throughout the year. 

Supply List:

Here is the link for the biology book:


SCIENCE HOMEWORK HELP CLASS

Must be enrolled in a Blaze science class.

Cost:  $100/semester

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 can enroll for one semester or both.


JUNIOR HIGH WRITING

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR   

Cost: $475

In this class students will practice the fundamentals of writing using IEW’s Year 1 Level B Structure and Style. 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 WRITING

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR

Cost: $500

This will be an engaging and challenging course for students to refine their skills in writing research papers, essays, and conducting literary analysis. We will be reading through classics and ancient literature, including The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer, as well as Greek and Roman mythology. We will be using IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) methods in our writing, with a strong emphasis on vocabulary. Join the adventure!

Supply List:

IEW Student Resource Notebook (this is actually a free download if any students have IEW curriculum that they have purchased, but we will need a printed copy in class, so it is up to them if they would like to download/print at home or purchase the spiral-bound copy from IEW for $19:  https://www.iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook)

Books we will be reading/preferred versions in the order that we will be reading them (they are welcome to purchase these as we go or buy all ahead of time):

The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Poetic Version (condensed) by Robert Watson

The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty

Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology (Dover)

The Iliad and The Odyssey (Robert Fagles translations/Penguin)

*Cliffs notes for The Iliad and The Odyssey may be used but are not a substitute for reading the original*

Eric Liddell by Catherine Swift

Other materials needed:

1 1/2″ – 2″ binder with dividers

1″ spiral notebook for vocabulary

notecards

pens/pencils

Bible


LIVE, LOVE, AND LITERACY

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $500

Literacy is like breathing. We inhale when we read and we exhale when we write. Throughout the course, using a balanced literacy approach, we will explore comprehension and composition techniques and strategies that will grow us in our literacy life across genres and content. We will learn to make our thinking visible through spoken and written words, and we will strengthen our communication and critical thinking skills through text analysis, research, and debate. Together will learn to live and love a literacy life!

Supply List:

5 subject notebook

Personal journal that inspires you to write

Pens and pencils that inspire you to write

Highlighters

Sticky notes

Access to a wide variety of books (i.e. library card, kindle, friends with books, etc.)


WORLD HISTORY

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost:  $525

This course will guide students through the story of history, starting with creation and continuing to the present. Students will analyze five key themes throughout history from a biblical perspective: justice, power, citizenship, environment, and world religions. They will also do specific studies on Africa, the East, Asia, pre-colonization Americas, and empires in Africa, India, and Asia. As they trace the major patterns in world history, they will see how those themes point more and more clearly to the triumph of the kingdom of God.

Supply List:  

BJU Press World History Student Text (5th Edition)

BJU Press World History Student Activities (5th Edition)


WORLD GEOGRAPHY

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $525

This class will take students on a grand tour of creation—-one continent at a time! Drawing information from a wide variety of resources, students will dive into the geography, history, religion, current events, and culture of all seven continents and consider how to share the gospel to people from each. Using an atlas, encyclopedia, textbooks, students will find geographical elements, define new terms, describe the geography of a certain area, and more! 

Supply List:

BJU Press Cultural Geography Student (5th Edition)

BJU Press Cultural Geography Student Activities (5th Edition) 


SPANISH I

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $500

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 life long learning. 

Supply List: 

BJU Press Spanish I Student Text (3rd Edition)


SPANISH II

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $500

In this class we will build on the basic skills acquired on 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. 

Supply List:

BJU Press Spanish II Student Text (2nd Edition)


THEATER ARTS/DRAMATIC SPEECH

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $500

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 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.

Theater classes will be led by the husband and wife team of Matt and Ginny Brannon, who met and fell madly in love in the Baylor University Theatre Department. Both graduated with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performance.


HOME ECONOMICS AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $525 (includes a supply fee of $25)

In this year long class, students will learn multiple lifelong skills including: Family finances, nutrition, and textiles. This class includes multiple hands-on activities and is perfect for students of all ages!  

Supply List:

Google drive account, notebook. Supplies will be requested periodically throughout the year for different activities- I will give at least a 2 week notice.


BASKETBALL SKILLS

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $525

The focus of this basketball program is to teach each player the basic fundamental skills that are needed to compete successfully in basketball.