HIGH SCHOOL

Anchor offers a variety of High School courses designed to meet the varied needs of our students. Our selection includes core subjects on many levels, along with unique electives, all designed to nurture a well-rounded, God-focused student.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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ADULTING 101: THE GAME OF LIFE (10th-12th)

ALGEBRA 1

BIOLOGY & LAB

CARTOONING & CHARACTER DESIGN

CHEMISTRY & LAB

CHORAL ENSEMBLE

DRAMA PRODUCTION

ESSAY WRITING & ANALYTICAL LIT (10th-12th)

ESSAY WRITING & LITERATURE (9th)

FINE ARTS & MIXED MEDIA

FITNESS

FORENSICS (10th-12th)

FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

IEW WRITING (7th-9th Grade)

MAPPING THE U.S. BY HEART

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOSHOP

SET DESIGN

SPANISH 1

SPANISH 2

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION 

U.S. GOVERNMENT

TUESDAY COURSES

 

ADULTING 101:  THE GAME OF LIFE

(10th-12th grade)  

TUTOR:  Caroline Allie
REQUIRED TEXT:  None

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30
COURSE FEE:  $260     MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The Game of Life is a hard one! Learning to be an adult in this modern world is filled with challenges. Patterned after the famous board game, this year-long high school elective course will cover a vast array of topics. Students will dig into personal finance (budgeting, investments, credit, debt, saving, giving, real estate, etc.); learn basic automotive upkeep (like changing tires, oil, and fluids); become proficient in sewing, knife & kitchen skills, cleaning basics, simple home repairs, and home maintenance; and dive into internet safety, social media presence, and etiquette in various situations. We will identify and approach all the ways we use math in our everyday lives, from finances to home improvements to cooking.  And this is just scratching the surface!  Scripture will be used to guide students in how to conquer challenges in conflict resolution and decision-making. We will use a variety of resources to accomplish this task, including guest speakers from our community and talented parents from within Anchor, presentations, hands-on experiences, role-playing, journaling, and research.  You've got a great life ahead of you!  Are you ready for the ride??

ALGEBRA 1

TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino

PRE-REQUISITE:  Student must have completed 8th grade level math or a pre-algebra equivalent.  A mandatory diagnostic test is required to determine a student's readiness for this class. Please email Anchor to request this test before enrolling. 
REQUIRED TEXT:  Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs, 2016.  (Student textbook required; solutions manual optional, but recommended; teacher guide not necessary.)  Available through Amazon.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30
COURSE FEE:  $260     MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate, consistent daily work

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will use the textbook as the primary resource, but will also utilize Khan Academy for practice and quizzes, as well as instructional videos provided by instructor.  Class time will be used for teaching new skills and review.  The book covers a full course in algebra that will prepare students for higher-level math courses and chemistry.   Content will cover functions and graphs, integers, rational numbers, exponents, polynomials, factoring, fractions, and more.

BIOLOGY WITH LAB

TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino
REQUIRED TEXT:  
Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Ed. textbook and student notebook

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30
COURSE FEE:  $260      MATERIALS FEE:  $50, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This college-preparatory biology course will provide a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, with a strong emphasis on hands-on activities and laboratory experimentation.  Students will explore God’s Creation from the microscopic world of single cell bacteria, fungi, and protozoa to the complex organisms of the animal and plant kingdoms.  Class will be comprised of lecture, homework review, microscopy, laboratory experiments, dissections, and other hands-on activities.  Upon completion of this course, students will be well-versed in the 5 kingdoms of Creation.  Grades will be based on homework completion, research topics, and performance on chapter tests.

CHEMISTRY WITH LAB (CANCELLED)

TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino

PREREQUISITE:  Algebra 1
REQUIRED TEXT:  Discovering Design with Chemistry, Dr. Jay L. Wile, ISBN: 978-09962784-6-1

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00
COURSE FEE:  $260      MATERIALS FEE: $40, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This chemistry course is a college-preparatory course which 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. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.  Throughout the course, the student is shown how chemistry reveals the amazing design that exists all around us.  From the details of atomic structure to the makeup of the very air that we breathe, chemistry shows us the marvelous handiwork of God.  Class time will be used to review key concepts, practice the math associated with chemistry, and conduct hands-on experiments.  Grades will be based on homework completion, laboratory participation, and write-ups, as well as performance on chapter tests.

FORENSICS

(10th-12th grade.  Two identical sessions of Forensics are offered.)

TUTOR:  Melissa Dell
REQUIRED TEXT:  
Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, 2nd Edition, by Anthony J. Bertino and Patricia Bertino; ISBN-13: 978-1305077119; ISBN-10: 1305077113

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 or 10:30-12:00
COURSE FEE:  $260      MATERIALS FEE:  $50, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course offers a hands-on, laboratory experience that integrates concepts learned in biology, chemistry, and physics to strengthen individual skills in scientific reasoning and observation. Using inquiry-based methods, students will learn basic scientific and mathematical methods and models required in forensic science. The course also includes examination of physical evidence, correct crime scene protection and investigation, and observation skills. Course topics will also include: hair, fiber, and textile analysis, forensic botany and soil analysis, fingerprints, DNA profiling, blood and spatter analysis, forensic toxicology, casts, firearms and ballistics, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology, manner and mechanism of death, etc.  Upon completion of this course, students will have a strong foundation in forensic science. Grades will be based on homework completion, cooperative assignments, projects, presentations, lab performance, quizzes, and tests.

FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

(This class will meet both Tuesdays and Thursdays.  All students must enroll in the Tuesday class, but the Thursday class is optional for those students desiring more instruction during the week. The Thursday class is more of a tutoring group to reinforce Tuesday's material and is offered in semesters, giving students the option of taking one or both semesters, based on their needs.)

TUTOR:  Caroline Allie

CLASS LENGTH:  Tuesdays--60 mins/32 weeks/Thursdays--60 mins/Fall 15 weeks/Spring 17 weeks

CLASS TIMES:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 (required) & Thursdays 9:30-10:30 (optional)

COURSE FEE:  Tuesdays--$170 / Fall Semester Thursdays--$80 / Spring Semester Thursdays--$90

MATERIALS FEE:  $15 Tuesdays only/$5 Thursdays per semester

HOMEWORK LEVEL:   Moderate, consistent daily work

PRE-REQUISITE:  A mandatory diagnostic test is required to determine a student's readiness for this class. Please email Anchor to request this test before enrolling.  

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This pre-algebra class will focus on the skills your high school students need to prepare for Algebra 1. Two to three new skills will be taught each week, and the tutor will work closely with students to ensure comprehension of new information.   Students must complete assignments outside of class to keep up with the pace of the course.  Khan Academy Math will be used in conjunction with this class, and the tutor will give weekly assignments through Khan.  

This course will be an excellent supplement to your student's math education. This is not a stand-alone curriculum, but rather a supplementary course to boost students' math skills and help them reach grade-level understanding.  During class time, students will be working independently and in groups and instructed in a manner that will maximize involvement and understanding. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include:  positive & negative numbers, combining like terms, equation & inequality solving, graphing, linear equations, and beginning geometry.

*If we discover that your student is in need of more intensive instruction, tutoring sessions will be made available at an additional cost.

IEW WRITING (7th-9th Grade)

(Even though each IEW course spans three grade levels, each course is on a two-year rotation, covering two different textbooks.  It is recommended that students take both years of each course before moving on to the next level, providing a solid foundation of writing skills on which to build.  Once both texts have been completed within the course, a student should advance to the next higher class.)

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

PREREQUISITE: Because this level of IEW moves at a more rapid pace, it is recommended that a student who is new to IEW be able to write an organized paragraph with a clear topic sentence and complete body sentences before enrolling in this course.  If there is uncertainty about the placement of a 7th grader in an IEW class, it would be beneficial to speak with Mrs. Backhaus before registering. 

REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, 1st Ed., Feb. 2017, by Lori Verstegen  (Student Book Only); 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; American Heritage Student Thesaurus grades 7-12 (or any readable, quality thesaurus will suffice.)

PLEASE NOTE: The Student Resource Notebook is also a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included (FREE!) with your purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website listed above. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Approximately 30-45 minutes daily; varies from student to student.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parents in the home, this class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write about American history.  Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including vocabulary and stylistic techniques. In addition, we will be writing narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references. We will also complete weekly grammar editing worksheets which will boost the students’ general ability to communicate through the written word. Daily journal entries will provide practice of written expression.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Your child will be instructed in the basics of this theme-based program and encouraged to grow in confidence while improving writing ability.

MAPPING THE U.S. BY HEART

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

TEXT USED BY TUTOR ONLY:  Mapping the World/USA by Heart by David Smith.  Student does not need to purchase text.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Each student will need an atlas, which will be ordered by the tutor. Payment for the atlas will be expected once class begins. (The exact amount is unknown at this time but will be less than $25.)  The tutor will send a list of other needed supplies.

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $170     MATERIALS FEE:  $30

Please note that a large portion of the Materials Fee will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps for each student and the graphing paper used for this course.

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the USA through David Smith's Mapping the World/USA by Heart. This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand and create their own map of the United States by the end of the year. We will also be exploring each state and researching information for periodic classroom presentations. For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary.)

PHOTOGRAPHY

TUTOR:  Tina Jenkins

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  A computer with photo editing software of the student's choice; a DSLR Camera (IMPORTANT:  Point-and-shoot cameras are not allowed. The camera must have manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 or Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $170     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This will be a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to learning to use our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through the basics of photography in the first part of the year by composing technique photos. These will be compiled in an album created by the student on the Shutterfly website.  The last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing the techniques they have learned. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and a copy will be printed for each student to use in their portfolio review.  We will end the year with a photography exhibition. Each student will be required to submit two 8x10 matted prints for this end of year event.  This class will be graded by the tutor to encourage students to complete their assignments in a timely manner.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The album with the collaborative photo story will be printed by the tutor for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and is dependent upon the length of the album and other factors, but cost will be kept to a minimum.

SPANISH 1

TUTOR:  Ammie  DeGrange

REQUIRED TEXT:  Avancemos Level 1 Student Textbook, 2007 Ed., (ISBN-13: 978-0618594061); and Avancemos: Level 1 Cuaderno: Practica por Niveles Student Workbook (ISBN- 978-0618765935)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./ 32 weeks

CLASS TIME: Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $260  MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their understanding of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. They will have weekly homework and memory work as well as regular tests and quizzes. Students should come to class prepared and ready to participate. This course is designed for students in grades 8-12.

SPANISH 2

(A ‘B’ or better in a high school level Spanish 1 course.  The knowledge of English grammar basics is helpful.)

TUTOR:  Ammie DeGrange

REQUIRED TEXT:  Avancemos Level 2 Student Textbook, 2007 Ed. (ISBN-10: 0547871937); and Avancemos: Level 2 Cuaderno: Practica por Niveles Student Workbook (ISBN-978-0618782192)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $260     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Students will focus on developing and expanding many of the areas learned in Spanish 1, including vocabulary, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, and adverbs. They will also review present and preterit verb tenses and be introduced to the imperfect, future, compound, and subjunctive tenses. Students will develop their reading and listening comprehension through a variety of activities and will be expected to practice their speaking skills in class. They will have weekly homework and memory work as well as regular tests and quizzes. Students should come to class prepared and ready to participate. 

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION

(Two sections of this class are offered by two different tutors, but the course content will be the same.) 

TUTOR:  Mary Bowen

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Students should have access to an iPad with the Stop Motion Studio Pro app ($4.99 on iTunes) downloaded before class starts.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEES:   $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $65

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Building upon inspiration from Shawn the Sheep, Wallace & Grommit, and The Lego Movie, students will create stop-motion animations from Legos, clay, wire, paper and other materials. Students will develop storyboards, characters, and mini sets, as well use the Stop Motion Studio Pro app to build their projects.  This is a very energetic and challenging class...be ready to create!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY COURSES

 
 

CARTOONING & CHARACTER DESIGN

(Spring Semester only.)

TUTOR: Cody Slaughter

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays, 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $30

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Do you ever get pictures, ideas, or character ideas in your mind?  Do you like to doodle, draw, or sketch but don’t know how to make something happen with those creative ideas? If so, then Cartooning & Character Design is for you!  In this class, students will learn creative process, line drawing, and the development of characters and storyline.  Students will brainstorm, create, sketch, and color creatures, people, and settings. Facial expressions, movement, color, lighting, texture, and story line will be explored through assignments. Students do not have to be skilled at drawing BUT must desire to work hard at sketching & creating.  Students will keep a sketchbook journal throughout this class. Be prepared to have fun but diligently create!

CHORAL ENSEMBLE

(Fall Semester Only)

INSTRUCTOR:  Liesl Schiavone

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./12 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Fall Semester Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:   $100     MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:   Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to strengthen musical skills, promote music literacy, and foster a foundation for life-long appreciation and enjoyment of music through a varied choral repertoire. We will explore fundamentals of choral technique and vocal placement while learning music notation through the use of choral octavos. Students will experience varieties of choral repertoire and their historical and cultural significance.

DRAMA PRODUCTION

(Spring Semester only.)

DRAMA INSTRUCTOR:  Liesl Schiavone

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Students will need to provide any costumes for his/her role in the production. Families will also be asked to contribute props to the play if possible.   

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140      MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Varies

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course will teach beginner and intermediate acting skills, improvisation, and the elements involved in putting on a theatrical production from beginning to end.  Students will audition and be assigned roles to prepare throughout the semester for their final performance. Students will be required to memorize lines and blocking (movements on stage) and contribute artistically to the production. 

ESSAY WRITING & ANALYTICAL LITERATURE

(This course is for students in 10th grade and up. The Essay portion of this class is nearly identical to the Essay & Literature class, but the Analytical Lit portion of this class is more challenging than the other Literature component.  Once this class fills, additional enrollees will be given the option to be placed in the Essay & Lit class for 9th grade and up.) 

TUTOR: Cathy Backhaus

REQUIRED TEXTS:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) The Elegant Essay:  Building Blocks for Analytical Writing (Student Book)  by Lesha Myers. 3rd Edition, 2011 - Copyright 2006, ISBN# - 978-0-9845496-8-9; IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Windows to the World – An Introduction to Literary Analysis  by Lesha Myers; 1st Edition, January 2008.  ISBN# - 978-1-62341-103-9

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to Heavy  Weekly textbook reading assignments plus worksheets for Essay.  After a review of the IEW elements of structure & stylistic techniques and completion of the material, there will be weekly essay writing assignments. For the Analytical Literature component, weekly reading assignments (all contained within the textbook), workbook exercises, and/or writing assignments will be required.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  As stated in the IEW catalog, “The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process.  From captivating introductions, to compelling descriptions and convincing conclusions, students learn to bring their words and their arguments to life.”  The Institute for Excellence in Writing's mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.”  Windows to the World is an introduction to literary analysis that shows secondary students how to analyze elements of literature: setting, plot, characterization, imagery, allusions, parallelism, and much more. Students will read, infer, analyze, discuss, and write about literature.  Additionally, it seeks to teach students to recognize an author’s worldview so that Christian discernment skills will develop and grow.   

ESSAY WRITING & LITERATURE

(This course is recommended for 9th grade and up. The Essay portion of the class is nearly identical to the Essay & Analytical Literature class, but the Analytical Lit portion of the other Essay class is more challenging than this Literature component.  The Essay & Analytical Lit class (below) is recommended for 10th grade and up.) 

TUTOR: Cathy Backhaus

REQUIRED TEXT:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) The Elegant Essay:  Building Blocks for Analytical Writing (Student Book)  by Lesha Myers. 3rd Edition, 2011 - Copyright 2006, ISBN# - 978-0-9845496-8-9. A book list for the Literature component will be sent to all enrolled students.  

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  As stated in the IEW catalog, “The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process.  From captivating introductions, to compelling descriptions and convincing conclusions, students learn to bring their words and their arguments to life.”  The Institute for Excellence in Writing's mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.”  During the second semester we will be studying and analyzing literature through the reading of various books still being considered.

FINE ARTS & MIXED MEDIA

(The same media will be used during both Fall & Spring semesters but the projects will differ.)

TUTOR:  Mary Bowen

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks (Fall) & 90 mins./17 weeks (Spring)

CLASS TIME:   Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEES:   $120 (Fall) / $140 (Spring)     MATERIALS FEE:  $45 (Fall) / $55 (Spring)

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will create art projects based on technique and themes. Students will be encouraged to explore color and style using various mediums such as acrylic, gouche, watercolor paint, pastels, canvas, and paper. Students will learn about color, value, light, mediums, and texture, resulting in a portfolio full of beautiful artwork!

FITNESS C

(Fitness C is offered at two different times on Thursdays. Students may register for one or both semesters.)

INSTRUCTOR:  Kayla Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  40 mins./Two 12-week semesters 

CLASS TIME:   Thursdays (Fitness C-1) 11:20-12:00 or (Fitness C-2) 2:30-3:10

COURSE FEE:  $60 per semester     MATERIALS FEE:  None

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will be 40 minutes of high-energy and fun-filled activity, starting with a dynamic warm-up, a series of exercises, and ending with games. By making exercise fun, students get excited to move around. Moving around results in becoming physically stronger and more energetic. It's a great first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!

PHOTOGRAPHY

TUTOR:  Tina Jenkins

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  A computer with photo editing software of the student's choice; a DSLR Camera (IMPORTANT:  Point-and-shoot cameras are not allowed. The camera must have manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 or Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $170     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This will be a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to learning to use our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through the basics of photography in the first part of the year by composing technique photos. These will be compiled in an album created by the student on the Shutterfly website.  The last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing the techniques they have learned. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and a copy will be printed for each student to use in their portfolio review.  We will end the year with a photography exhibition. Each student will be required to submit two 8x10 matted prints for this end of year event.  This class will be graded by the tutor to encourage students to complete their assignments in a timely manner.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The album with the collaborative photo story will be printed by the tutor for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and is dependent upon the length of the album and other factors, but cost will be kept to a minimum.

PHOTOSHOP BASICS

(Fall Semester only.)

TUTOR:  Cody Slaughter 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  A laptop capable of running Adobe Photoshop; a mouse. The minimum requirements to run Photoshop can be found on Adobe’s website, linked here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Fall Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $120   MATERIALS FEE:  $10

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular digital imaging programs used by graphic and digital designers. In this course, students will learn all the basics needed to become thoroughly grounded in Photoshop.  Hands-on assignments will teach students to enhance, distort, scale, color, and manipulate images to create that perfect shot.  

SET DESIGN

INSTRUCTOR:  Melissa Hardesty

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Some basic tools may be required for students on the Set Design Team.  The instructor will send a list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $125      MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Varies

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will work in cooperation with the Drama class to build props and design the set for Anchor's annual Drama production at the end of the year. This course will involve the implementation of simple carpentry skills and engineering concepts, artistic creativity, and team-building opportunities.  A knowledge of basic tool use is recommended. 

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION

(Two sections of this class are offered by two different tutors, but the course content will be the same.) 

TUTOR:  Cody Slaughter

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Students should have access to an iPad with the Stop Motion Studio Pro app ($4.99 on iTunes) downloaded before class starts.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEES:   $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $65

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Building upon inspiration from Shawn the Sheep, Wallace & Grommit, and The Lego Movie, students will create stop-motion animations from Legos, clay, wire, paper and other materials. Students will develop storyboards, characters, and mini sets, as well use the Stop Motion Studio Pro app to build their projects.  This is a very energetic and challenging class...be ready to create!!

U.S. GOVERNMENT

(A 9th grade class and a 10th-12th grade class are offered of this course.)

TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED TEXT:  Exploring Government* Curriculum Package by Ray Notgrass  (*While this curriculum is written as a 1/2-credit high school course, the tutor will be supplementing with other activities and resources to create a full 1-credit course.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00 (recommended 10th & up) & 1:00-2:30 (recommended 9th & up)

COURSE FEE:  $260     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   In this course, students will study Biblical teachings about government and leadership, definitions and historical examples of different forms of government, and the background to the American constitutional system. The course provides a thorough study of the U.S. Constitution and the workings of the federal government. Students will also study state and local government, the revenue and budgeting process, international relations, specific issues that government faces today, and the ways individual citizens can be involved in government. We will read primary source documents and essays about government to complement the lessons. To demonstrate understanding, students will delineate and construct viable arguments, participate in Socratic Seminars and discussions, engage in historical simulations, and create multi-media presentations.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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