High School



9th - 12th Grades

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


COURSE DESCRIPTIONStop

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High School CLASSES


World HistoryPsychologyDiscoveries in Computer Science
World LiteratureCreative Writing (1 SEM)Essay Writing and Analytical Lit
Forensic Science BiologyHonors Chemistry
American Government and EconomicsDramaDeveloping a Biblical Worldview

History and Literature through Cinema

 


Middle and High School CLASSES


Public Speaking Fitness IEW Writing (7th-9th Grade)
Mapping the U.S. by Heart Photography (8th+) Boot Camp
ASL: American Sign LanguageLights, Camera, Action! FALLFoundations of Pre-Algebra
Visual ART: Tools of the Trade 1 (FALL)


Visual ART: Tools of the Trade 2 (SPRING)


TUTOR: Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED TEXT: Glencoe World History Modern Times by McGraw-Hill Education ISBN-13: 978-0078745270 or ISBN-10: 0078745276 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $276     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course will investigate the political and cultural forces in history which have shaped our world as we know it today.  Students will develop an understanding of historical events and ideas by analyzing a variety of texts and perspectives. 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. Topics to be investigated will include:  The Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment; the revolutions in the Atlantic World; the Opium Trade and changing China; Shifting ideologies (Darwinism, socialism, communism, fascism, Nazism); Colonial and imperial encounters in the African Congo-Free State; World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.       

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TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED TEXT:  

1.) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo ISBN: 978-1-4165-0026-1

     Les Miserables SUMMER READING: FANTINE pages 3 - 134, COSETTE pages 135 - 216,     MARIUS pages 217 - 294 

2.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - ISBN: 978-0-141-43974-7

3.) Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Joseph Conrad - ISBN-13: 978-0140186529; ISBN-10: 0140186522

4.) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - ISBN: 978-0-449-21394-0

5.) Animal Farm by George Orwell - ISBN: 978-0-451-52634-2

6.) Night by Elie Wiesel - ISBN: 978-0-374-50001-6 (all students will need to have the same copy, tutor will list specifics in the Syllabus)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays at 1:00

COURSE FEE:  $276     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:    This course will investigate the political and cultural forces in history which have shaped our world as we know it today.  Students will develop an understanding of historical events and ideas by analyzing a variety of texts and perspectives. 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. Topics to be investigated will include:  The Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment; the revolutions in the Atlantic World; the Opium Trade and changing China; Shifting ideologies (Darwinism, socialism, communism, fascism, Nazism); Colonial and imperial encounters in the African Congo-Free State; World War I, World War II, and the Cold War

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TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

REQUIRED TEXTIEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) The Elegant Essay: Building  Blocks for Analytical Writing (student book)  by Lesha Myers. Third Edition, 2011 - Copyright Date: 2006

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $276     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate. Weekly textbook reading assignments plus worksheets.  After reviewing the IEW elements of structure & stylistic techniques and completion of the material, there will be weekly essay writing assignments. Finally, weekly literature work will be required in the second semester.

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-12th (Priority is given to 9th graders)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As stated in the IEW catalog, “The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process.  Students learn to bring their words and their arguments to life, from captivating introductions to compelling descriptions and convincing conclusions. We will be studying and analyzing various books such as The Book Thief by Markus Zus during the second semester and practicing our essay writing skills. A booklist will be sent to all enrolled students once completed.

TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday at 2:30

COURSE FEE:  $276     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:This class will follow a PIE (People, Inventions, Events) concept as we explore the span of America from the 1700s - 2000s. Class will discuss/study key people, inventions or events that created change within the American culture. The Fall semester will focus on 1700-1800s with the Spring semester focusing on 1900-2000s. Students will be expected to complete reading selections and all classwork in advance of class as required. Students will complete semester project focusing on the invention they believe is the most significant for that century

TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday at 10:30

COURSE FEE:  $276     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: TBD

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TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  FALL or SPRING Thursday's 9:00-10:30a

COURSE FEE:  $150     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate 

PREREQUISITE: Students should be proficient writers and have experience in structured essay writing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this one-semester course, students will have the opportunity to unleash their imaginations and spark their creativity through their writing.  Completing writing assignments such as short stories, blog posts, and poetry will allow students to fully develop their creativity and give them different outlets to express themselves.  Students will not just be writing; they will expand their vocabulary, learn pre-writing strategies, and use story elements such as plot, character development, and conflict to create amazing, creative writing pieces. Students will be required to come to class fully prepared, complete all assigned work, and be ready to participate fully.

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TUTOR:  Melissa Dell
REQUIRED TEXT
Miller & Levine Biology @2019

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30
COURSE FEE:  $
276  

MATERIALS FEE:  $60, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This college-preparatory biology course will provide a detailed introduction to general biology methods and conceptsemphasizingon hands-on activities and laboratory experimentation.  Students will explore God’s Creation from the microscopic world of single-cell bacteria, fungi, and protozoa to animal and plant kingdoms' complex organisms.  The class will comprise lectures,  homework reviews, 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, lab participation, and performance on chapter tests.   

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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./32weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 

COURSE FEE:  $276    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 10th-12th

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 examining physical evidence, correct crime scene protection and investigation, and observation skills. Course topics will also include hair, fiber, 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.     

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TUTOR:  William Pellegrino
REQUIRED TEXT
Discovering Design with Chemistry Set link to the textbook

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00
COURSE FEE:  $276  MATERIALS FEE:  $60, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate-heavy

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a college preparatory chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra I. The 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 class will consist of lectures, homework review, laboratory experiments, and other hands-on activities. Grades will be based on homework, lab participation, and chapter tests. 


TUTOR: Kim Stolarik

REQUIRED TEXTS: Code.org

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $276    MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Computer Science Discoveries, designed by code.org, is a comprehensive introduction for students with no prior experience with computer programming. Some topics covered include Digital Citizenship, Sequencing, Loops, Events, Impacts of Computing, Binary Numbers, Data, and many other skills. We will use hands-on activities to introduce abstract concepts concretely before moving to the computer! Students will need a computer for the class that meets the requirements listed by code.org to run their program and videos.    For technical requirements, please refer to the Code.org website


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TUTOR: Theresa Berkoski

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by the instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

CLASS TIME: FALL- Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $140   MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This high school Psychology course is designed to give teens a life-skills course that introduces them to the concepts needed for an introductory understanding of the subject. The course covers topics needed for a half-credit of Social Science for a homeschool transcript at an average high school level. There will be instructions for leveling up to a college prep class or a high-level honors class if one desires. This leveling up is presented to the teen as meaningful choices of reading, study, or activities that give them the right to name this as a powerful honors-level credit. **Please discuss this further with me if you are interested in doing so. Topics of study will range from studying the brain, famous influencers in the field of psychology, perception, learning, genetics, careers in the field, sleep, dreams, and so much more! Additionally, we will have at least 1 field trip planned in the semester as well.  


TUTOR: Theresa Berkoski

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by the instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

CLASS TIME: SPRING- Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will discover memorable stories from the voices of the people who lived through it. These are based on my favorite historical books and movies and help bring history truly to life. **Due to the short time in class, some viewing may be required out of class. A detailed list will be provided in time. Discover memorable stories from the voices of the people who lived through it. We study history to learn for the future.? Not every student enjoys learning through reading. I have found a class like this is perfect for our auditory learners especially. We will use movie guides, group discussions, and a final project as opportunities for character development, growth mindset, and learning about the world around them. 


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TUTOR: William Pellegrino

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CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursday 9:00-10:30 (Spring)

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course will teach beginning 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 stage directions and contribute artistically to the production. Material fees will cover script, performance fees, a recording fee, set costs. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.

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TUTOR: Robert Kendall

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by the instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $276    MATERIALS FEE:  none

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you know what you believe? Better yet, why you believe it? Do you know how your faith impacts your daily life? Do you wrestle with why others believe differently than you do? How do we know Christianity is correct? In Developing a Biblical Worldview, we will study the various worldviews available, consider their strengths and weaknesses, and help students learn to view everything in the world around them through the lens of the Bible. We will study various popular cultural examples, deciphering the messages taught, and consider how to respond in a Christ-like way. Utilizing the Socratic method, we will challenge the students to apply the Bible to our time and culture accurately. This fulfills one of the elective credits for Maryland High School graduation.

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TUTOR: Dave Sylvain

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by the instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

Description:In this semester-long course, get hands-on experience with lighting, cameras, mics, and editing software so that you can start producing your own videos with confidence. This introduction to the principles of filmmaking will give you a solid foundation to build on as a hobby, a side hustle, or even professionally!

*A laptop with 16gb of RAM highly recommended, but not required.

Taught by David Sylvain. David is the Creative Pastor at NEWLIFE Church overseeing all communications, creative arts, and online elements of the ministry at NEWLIFE

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TUTOR:  Jessica Kruse 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 minutes twice a week

CLASS TIMES:  Tuesday 9:00-10:00; Thursday 9:00-10:00

COURSE FEE:  $370.  MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Students must complete homework at least 3 days a week outside of Anchor class time.

PRE-REQUISITE:  Students should be working on at least 6th grade math. If you are unsure if your student is ready, please email Caroline Allie at [email protected].com

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This pre-algebra class will focus on the skills your students need to prepare for Pre-Algebra. 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. Students will be working independently and in groups during class time and instructed to maximize involvement and understanding. 

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TUTOR:  Kayla Handly

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  40 mins.

CLASS TIME: Thursday 2:30-3:15; 3:15-4:00 

COURSE FEE:  $85/semester

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

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!

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AnchorBOOT CAMP: FALL or SPRING ( girls, guys, or coed)

TUTOR:  Kayla Handly

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  40 mins.

CLASS TIME: Thursday 1:00-1:45; 1:45-2:30 

COURSE FEE:  $150/semester

MAX CLASS SIZE: 6

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Fitness Bootcamp is for anyone wanting to improve strength and stamina for any activity. This fun workout consists of sports drills, lightweights, jump rope, boxing, circuits, fun games, and interval training. A total of six individuals will be in this session for a more personal training experience.

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TUTOR: Angela Somers

REQUIRED TEXT:  Provided by the tutor

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins Tuesday and Thursday

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 Thursdays 2:30-3:30

COURSE FEE:  $370     MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The primary focus of the course is to introduce students to American Sign Language.  In addition to learning ASL, students will be exposed to the fundamental aspects of the Deaf community.  By following the historical development of the Deaf community in America as its foundation, this interdisciplinary course will explore Deaf history, Deaf culture & community, American Sign Language, literature, and art.  In level 1, students should greet others, describe basic activities, types of weather, basic daily and weekly routines, tell where you live, name family members, friends, types of relationships, and I am happy to be adding Christian signs!

TUTOR: Laura Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS: The tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks Spring semester

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays: 9:00- 10:30 or 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $55 

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A deeper exploration of the creative process with tools of drawing, painting, wood-burning, and clay.

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TUTOR: Laura Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS: The tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH: 90 mins./17 weeks Spring semester

CLASS TIME: Thursdays: 9:00- 10:30 or 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE: $140 MATERIALS FEE: $55

HOMEWORK LEVEL: Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A deeper exploration of the creative process with tools of pen and ink, paper collage, printing, and weaving.

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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, Second Edition, November 2019 by Lori Verstegen  (Student Book Only)  Please note that this is a revised edition.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $276    MATERIALS FEE:  $45

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

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-9th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write about US history. Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including grammar rules, vocabulary, and stylistic techniques. We will be writing narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references. Daily journal entries to provide practice of written expression will be assigned every other week throughout the year.  Also, we will complete weekly FIX-IT Grammar editing worksheets, which will boost the students’ general ability to communicate through the written word.

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TUTOR: William Pellegrino

REQUIRED TEXT:  Beginning Public Speaking Student Work pack text link

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140     MATERIALS FEE:  $10

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide students with a foundation in basic public speaking skills applicable to future courses and careers. Skills covered will include constructive critique, expository speeches, content & delivery, impromptu speaking, persuasive oratory, and current events. Students will practice writing and presenting various speeches to their peers to further their public speaking skills. Homework will include writing, memorizing, and preparing speeches.

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TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

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

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Each student will need an atlas, which the tutor will order. 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 6th-12 Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $180     MATERIALS FEE:  $60

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

GRADE LEVEL: 6th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the world through David Smith's Mapping the USA by Heart.  This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand maps and will be able to create their own world map by the end of the year.  For more information, please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary)

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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 a manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $180    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 8th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to using our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through photography basics 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.  In the last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing their techniques. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and the tutor will print 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 promptly.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The tutor will print the album with the collaborative photo story for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and depends on the length of the album and other factors, but the tutor will keep the cost to a minimum.

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