Electives Course Offerings

Art I - Tutor: Ellen Lingo

No prior art experience is needed.  

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Annual Tuition: $495

Art II - Tutor: Ellen Lingo

No prior art experience is needed.  

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. 

 

  • 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

  • Annual Tuition: $495 

Becoming a Word Slinger:  How to transition from “No idea” to “Published Author” in 32 Weeks or less! - Tutor: Lynn Jones Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.  

Here is a message from your tutor: https://youtu.be/aDTjiODugX4

 

“Becoming a Word Slinger” is a yearlong course created to produce published authors. The course begins with the formation of an idea. The idea must be exciting enough to keep the student’s interest for an entire year. The course will end with the student having a published book in their hand and on Amazon. Some of the core values taught in this class are as follows:  Focus, the power of action, making decision, controlling procrastination, the freedom in living a disciplined life, time management, consistency, and courage.

 

This interactive course is taught by our very own President, Lynn Pierre. As a 5-time author himself; a wealth of knowledge and experience is at your fingertips. “Becoming a Word Slinger” is excellent for the future.  It will set your student apart, in the eyes of colleges, from someone who just has good grades. Imagine how your student, being a published author, would look on a transcript/resume. Studies show approximately 2,700 books are published each day.  If they can do it, you student can also. 

  • Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

  • Available: Open to students grades 9th - 12th

  • Annual Tuition: $495

Health and Nutrition - Tutor: Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T. Click here for Mr. Jones' course description video

 

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 weekdays 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 

Debate - Tutor: Melissa Cisneros​

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Debate is an elective that will give students an introduction to a variety of public speaking and formal debate styles, with a focus on the format of Public Forum and/or Lincoln-Douglas. Instruction will include research, observation, and practice with the purpose to instill in students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and analysis.

 

Course objectives include: learning effective research techniques in order to organize data into a persuasive speech and anticipate opposing arguments; practicing strong argumentative and rhetorical techniques while avoiding fallacies and other unethical debate practices; use active listening and note-taking skills during debates in order to strengthen or refute a position; developing strong public speaking skills by delivering both planned and impromptu speeches; and improving interpersonal skills by collaborating with teammates. Students will explore elements of debate in a non-competitive environment but they are encouraged to participate in both local and out of town competitions. Debaters will be evaluated on their analysis, use of evidence, and ability to effectively and persuasively organize, deliver, and refute arguments. There will be opportunities to compete in CCofSE and STOA League Speech Tournaments.

  • Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

  • Available: Open to all middle and high school grades 

  • Annual Tuition: $495 

  • Important Note: This class is part of the drop-off Tutorials, which is different than if a family participates in the Speech Club. See Speech page for more details.