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.


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High School CLASSES


GovernmentAdulting
American History Through the WarsWriting Workshop
 American Literature Through the WarsBiology
EconomicsIdeas in the Art of Argument and Dialogue
Earth/Environmental Science

 


Middle and High School CLASSES



Intro to Graphic Design (FALL)FitnessIEW Writing (7th-9th Grade)Pre-Algebra
DramaCreative Writing (1 SEM)ASL: American Sign Language 1

ASL: American Sign Language 2

Foundations of MathVisual Art (FALL or SPRING) Inductive Bible Study (FALL)Life of Christ (SPRING)
Music Theory




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 supplement other activities and resources to create an entire 1-credit course.)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-10th

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 of 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.                                                                                                                           return to top

TUTOR:  Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: Booklist to be provided July 2022

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $50 (includes all supplies needed for the class)

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the growth and development of the United States via American authors from its inception to the current day. The class will introduce various authors within movements such as Transcendentalism to expose students to the societal trends of the time. Class discussions will explore the writings and the intertextualities between movements and genres. Students will complete writing assignments as part and parcel of this course and must complete all required readings and homework assignments before class.

TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesday 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $50 (includes all supplies needed for the class)

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the United States' history from its inception to the current day via the lens of warfare. Class discussions will center on building knowledge on the complexities and perspectives in the diplomatic, information, economic, and military domains pertaining to how the United States developed into the country it is today. Students must complete all required readings and homework assignments before class to ensure the discussion is valid and relevant.

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TUTOR: TBD

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $280    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL: TBD

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-11th (Priority is given to 9th graders)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class teaches the students the essential parts of a beautifully written essay so that they can learn how to craft one of their very own.   From captivating introductions to compelling descriptions and convincing conclusions, students learn to bring their words and arguments to life.return to top

TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXT: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  FALL or SPRING Thursday's 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $140     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

GRADE LEVEL: 8th–12th Grade

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:  Trisha Pellegrino
REQUIRED TEXT:  Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Ed. textbook and student notebook

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 1:00-2:30
COURSE FEE:  $280  

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-11th

MATERIALS FEE:  $50, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This college-preparatory biology course will provide a detailed introduction to general biology methods and concepts emphasizing 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 completing 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 Hardesty
REQUIRED TEXT: -
Purposeful Design: Earth and Space Science Link to purchase

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 2:30-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $280    MATERIALS FEE:  $75

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 10th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Earth Science class will use rigorous studies, engaging discussions, and outdoor exploration to instill a love and awe of the observable world around us. Using critical thinking skills, we will explore the Earth and learn how to observe it in a way that shows God’s hand at work. The class will consist of eight units, including geology, weathering and erosion, volcanos and earthquakes, oceanography and water systems,  meteorology, environmental issues, astronomy, and space exploration. This will be a hands-on class including around 6 or 7 field trips, including a geology tour through Maryland, a cavern tour, fossil hunting, a local swamp tour, a bay ecology tour, and a night astronomy lab. Field trips are optional but are strongly encouraged as they will enhance the lessons. Grades will be based on homework completion, discussion participation, lab performance, unit tests, and a final project.      

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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) World 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./30 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $280    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 World history. Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and style elements, including grammar rules, 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. Daily journal entries to provide written expression practice 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.

TUTOR:  Olivia Allie
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Monthly Creative Cloud (student discount) Subscription

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30, Thursdays 2:30-4:00 (Separate Classes)
COURSE FEE:  $140          MATERIALS FEE:  $20/month Creative Cloud Subscription (Total $60)

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 8th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the basics of graphic design: line, shape, space, etc., and how it comes together to create a finished product. They are also learning how to use programs created for graphic design. In addition, students will learn terms commonly used in graphic design like foreground, background, focal point, etc. Homework includes creating artwork based on that week's lesson (lines, shapes, etc.) and more significant projects incorporating multiple concepts learned throughout the course. 


TUTOR: Tracey Ernst

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:   $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $30

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Music theory is the building block for any musician who wants to compose and write their own songs, work with other musicians to perform ensembles, or understand their own music better. Students will understand the components of music (staff notation, rhythmic notation, harmonic & melodic intervals, chord structure, key signatures, meter, form, dynamics, tempo) both visually and aurally through various drills and games. The course will contain some written homework assignments. No prior musical experience is necessary. The instructor will include individualization that will challenge the students to grow musically from their current level of knowledge and ability. A $20 fee covers the cost of course materials.   (I own the curriculum, manipulatives, apps, etc… but the workbooks need to be printed ??)

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TUTOR: Liesl Schiavone

TEXT: Playbook

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./16 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursday 10:30-12:00 (Spring)

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th

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 for their final performance throughout the semester. 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, and set costs. In addition, students will be responsible for their costumes.

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TUTOR: Logan Chambers

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by the instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $120    MATERIALS FEE:  $30

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) If this verse is true, what does that say about how we Christians should know, interact, and understand the Bible? In this course, we will be asking and answering those questions. The goal is not only that the students who take this course will learn how to study and use scripture in their daily lives but also that they fall in love with God’s word and understand who they are and who God made them be. We will do this by analyzing the truth revealed through the Bible. 

This is an introductory Inductive Bible study course where we will study and discuss Biblical translations and interpretations and the historical context of the text—the different literary forms throughout the Bible. Also, How to apply scripture to our cultural context right now.

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TUTOR:  Logan Chambers

REQUIRED TEXT: A Bible

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks Spring semester

CLASS TIME:  Thursday 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $120     MATERIALS FEE:  $30

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTIONWhether you claim to be a Christian or not, the Life and ministry of Jesus completely changed the world. When we look in the bible, we have four different accounts of Jesus’ life: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Do all four of these accounts tell the same story? Why was Jesus seen as radical during his lifetime? Did he claim to be the incarnation of God? What was the core of his message, and why did it impact history and still today? These are some of the questions we will explore in the Life of Christ. We will look at Jesus’ life from a historical and philosophical perspective to see what we can learn about the man who changed the planet.  

We will discuss the themes of each Gospel writer. For example, why do Matthew, Mark, and Luke seem more closely connected than in the book of John? Next, we will look into the parables and the sermon on the mount to get the core of some of Jesus’ teachings, how they applied to his immediate audience, and what they mean for us today. Finally, we will look into his trial, death, and resurrection from a cultural standpoint to see if this one man was who he claimed to be. 

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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 and Fall 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: This class will take fine art learning to the next level and lead the students to create artwork that reflects themselves or conveys a message.  Sketchbooks will log techniques which will ultimately make an excellent reference book. In addition, students will have a deeper exploration of the creative process with drawing, painting, wood-burning, and clay tools.
 
*Students will be asked to purchase a specific journal for the class that is not included in the fee*

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TUTOR:  Jessica Kruse 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 on Tuesdays and 90 minutes on Thursdays

CLASS TIMES:   Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 (60 min) and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 (90 min)

COURSE FEE:  $465.  MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Assignments on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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 class will focus on the skills your students need to prepare for Pre-Algebra. The tutor introduces two to three new skills each week and works closely with students to ensure comprehension of further 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. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include Whole numbers, rational numbers, integers, positive & negative numbers, combining terms, inequalities, ratios, area, and volume. You can find outlines here: 6th Grade Outline7th Grade Outline. The class will use a variety of these 2 curricula. 

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TUTOR:  Jessica Kruse 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 minutes twice a week

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Curriculum Provided

CLASS TIMES:    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $555.  MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Assignments on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

PRE-REQUISITE:  Students should be working on at least 7th-grade math. If you are unsure if your student is ready, please email Caroline Allie at [email protected].com.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The tutor introduces two to three new skills each week and works 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. Topics covered will include real numbers, equations, exponents, ratios and percents, functions and linear relationships, systems of equations, geometry, probability, and statistics. 

TUTOR:  Jonathan Allie

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  45 mins.

CLASS TIME: Tuesday 1:00-1:45 and 1:45-2:30, Thursday 10:30-11:15 and 11:15-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $85/semester   MATERIALS FEE:  $15

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 significant first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!

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AnchorIdeas in Argument & the Art of Dialogue

TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Purchased by tutor/ $15.00 FEE

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /30 weeks

CLASS TIME: Thursday 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $50 ($35+$15 textbook fee) 

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course introduces the history, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art, and the craft of persuasion through analyzing and creating persuasive texts and speeches. In this course, students will learn to think critically and purposefully.

Students will develop skills to analyze arguments and identify rhetorical techniques. They will exercise their understanding of rhetoric to craft their arguments.  Specifically, students will develop their abilities to engage in ethical debate, search out logical fallacies in current discourse, and research issues of their choosing…and we’ll do lots of fun and silly activities along the way! return to top


TUTOR: Angela Somers

REQUIRED TEXT:  Provided by the tutor

CLASS LENGTH:  45 mins Tuesday and Thursday

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:15, Thursdays 9:00-9:45

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course's primary focus 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 they live, name family members, friends, types of relationships, and I am happy to be adding Christian signs!

TUTOR: Angela Somers

REQUIRED TEXT:  Provided by the tutor

CLASS LENGTH:  45 mins Tuesday and Thursday

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 3:15-4:00, Thursdays 9:45-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $280     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In part 2 of our ASL class offered in 2021-22, the students will continue to learn new signs and become proficient in using American Sign Language to communicate with others. The course's primary focus 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.  

                                                               

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TUTOR: Caroline Allie

REQUIRED TEXT:  No Required Text

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 10th–12th Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $280    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 guide students in how to conquer challenges in conflict resolution and decision-making. We will use various 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!


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