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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Pre-algebra

 MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR 

Cost: $400

Grade Level: 7-12

Prerequisites: None

 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: $400

This class is designed to help students excel in all of Algebra 1 skills and to prepare them to excel in Geometry as well the following year. Students will be taught to look for patterns, create equations that allow them to extend this pattern, and make predictions. 

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. 


Geometry

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $550

This class is designed to help students excel in all of Geometry skills and to prepare them to excel in Algebra 2 the following year. Geometry is the study of shapes and the discovery of the relationships and patterns formed in shapes. We will also use deductive reasoning to create proofs and create constructions using a compass.

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:

 Composition notebook with graph paper

Colored pens or pencils 

Geometry kit

Small bottle of school glue 

Access to a Google account 


Algebra 2

MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR

Cost: $650

This class is designed to help students excel in all of Algebra 2 skills and to prepare them to excel in Pre-calculus the following year. Students will be taught to look for nonlinear patterns and solve and graph with these to make predictions.  

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: 

Notetaking guide (ISBN: 978-0-618-73693-5) 

Workbook (ISBN: 978-0-618-73696-6) 

Calculator (TI-30XIIS(minimum requirement) or TI Graphing Calculator) 

Access to a Google account 


Math Homework Help Class

MEETS ONCE A WEEK PER SEMESTER

Cost: $80

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.


Physical Science

 MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR  

Cost: $650

A course designed to introduce the student to the world around him and the universe it is in, from a biblical perspective. Introductions to the fields of geology, astronomy, physics, and biology will be presented emphasizing evidence for creation by an intelligent designer. Textbook: Apologia Physical Science 

 More information, as well as a list of supplies needed, will be available on the syllabus, which will be posted on this page by July 1. 


Chemistry

 MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR    

Cost: $525 (includes a $75 supply fee)

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. Some experiments will be done at home and some will be conducted during class time. 

Supply List:

 Discovering Design with Chemistry ISBN-13 978-0996278461 

Discovering Design with Chemistry Test/Answer Book ISBN-9780996278478 

Scientific Calculator 

Safety goggles/glasses 

Notebook 


English I Foundations

 MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR   

Cost: $425

In this class, students will be taught the fundamentals of writing an essay including thesis statements, organization, transitions, introductions, conclusions, form, outlines, and annotating. They will look at different genres of essays and apply the fundamentals to write various essays including expository, narrative, and argumentative. Students will also better understand literary elements and apply to a text as we write a literary analysis essay.

This class is intended for 7-9 grade.

Supply List:

The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing
https://iew.com/shop/products/elegant-essay-student-book-only
$29.00

IEW Student Resource Notebook
https://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook
$19.00

A packet from me
$20


British Literature

 MEETS ONCE A WEEK FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR  

Cost: $425

This course challenges students to improve their written and oral communication

skills, while strengthening their ability to understand and analyze literature. The

course guides students in the close reading and critical analysis of classic works of

British literature and helps them appreciate the texts and the contexts in which

the works were written. Students broaden their composition skills by examining

model essays. Through in-depth planning, organizing, drafting, revising, proofreading, and feedback, they hone their writing skills.

Supply List:

Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2002
This version only!
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (December 31, 2002)
ISBN-10: 9780141439563
ISBN-13: 978-0141439563
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0141439564/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
$9.90

The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing
https://iew.com/shop/products/elegant-essay-student-book-only
$29.00

Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis
https://iew.com/shop/products/windows-world-introduction-literary-analysis-student-book-only
$29.00

And a packet from me $20.00

Possibly Wuthering Heights $6.19


 

College Algebra, For Dual Credit

MEETS ONCE A WEEK PER SEMESTER.

5 students minimum

Cost: $150 per semester plus Lone Star administration fee

Prerequisite: Lone Star College Assessment

Supply List:

 Laptop or tablet 

Access to Program (information given at first class) 

Calculator (preferred- TI-30XIIS) {Graphing calculators NOT allowed} 

Notebook 


Spanish I: Instructional

Cost: $450

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:

Notebook 

Three ring binder for handouts 

100 pack of notecards (any size) 

Spanish/English Dictionary is OK to bring but not required 


Conversational Spanish

Cost: $250

This class is independent of Spanish I because it can serve as a fantastic supplement to our Spanish I class or it can supplement a Spanish curriculum the student is using at home, such as Rosetta Stone. This fun and engaging class will afford an opportune time for students to build their conversational skills, receive help with Spanish homework, play educational games, and most importantly, ensure a structured second-day-a-week of language use, which is critical for mastery and pemanence of language acquisition.