Courthouse
2017-2018 Course Descriptions
Important Note:
Parents are responsible to acquire textbooks and any other items listed under "Text" in course description unless otherwise noted in the course description.  Copy/lab/supply fees are due at Orientation in August and are paid directly to the teacher.  Please do not include those with your registration.
2017-2018 Courthouse
Classes (Wednesdays)
HS Social Sciences

World History I
World History II
American History
Government/Economics

HS Science

Biology
Chemistry
Forensics/Anatomy
Advanced Biology
HS English Classes

American Lit w/Comp Course
British Lit w/Comp Course
World Lit w/Comp Course
Writing/Grammar 1
Writing/Grammar 2
College Prep Writing

HS Foreign Language / Electives
ASL (American Sign Language)



HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES

HS World History I– Creation through Exploration – 8th Gr and up
Teacher: Tanya Williamson
Description:  Through this course students will learn ancient history that traces all man’s history to the Garden of Eden.  From there students will discover the history of ancient empires while discovering the human ways of the people laying the development for an exciting section on medieval history and the formation of the Christian Church. This class will include a Midterm and a Final Exam.
**NOTE:  A 1-year World History course is offered at our Midlothian Campus.
Text: BJU Grade 10 World History, 4th Edition,  BOTH Student Text Book AND Activity Book. (The same books will be used in WH 2). ISBN-13: 9781606821183 and ISBN-13: 9781606821909
Copy Fee: $15.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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HS World History II – Age of Discovery to Modern Day
Teacher: Tanya Williamson
Description:  This course is a continuation of WH 1 but can be taken as a stand-alone course.  Students will continue their journey through time and the study of all things “human” from a Christian perspective. We travel through the Enlightened World, the European World, and the Modern World.  Students will have the opportunity to express mastery of the material through various learning styles and will include comprehension, writing, artwork, oral and visual projects, Socratic seminars, worksheets, and tests/quizzes, including both a Midterm and Final Exam.
**NOTE:  A 1-year World History course is offered at our Midlothian Campus.
Text: BJU Grade 10 World History, 4th Edition, Student Book B (If you purchase a used book, you will need to purchase a new Student Activities Book; it is included with a new text.) 
Copy Fee: $20.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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High School American History
Teacher: Tanya Williamson
Description: This positive, patriotic approach to American history brings to life events and personalities that have shaped America and places a special emphasis on America's Christian past. United States History recounts the story of our nation's history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God's providence and America's Christian heritage.  This class will have both a Midterm and Final Exam.
Text: BJU Press United States History, 4th Edition for both texts, Student Text and Student Activity Book,ISBN-13: 9781606820063 and ISBN-13: 9781606820056
Copy Fee: $20.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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Government & Economics
Teacher: Denise Barisano
Description:  These one semester courses are Christian based, covering the Biblical basis of government, the American Constitution, the federal, state, and local governments, economics in the early church, markets, trade, money, business, and much more.  Students will learn through class discussions, individual and group projects, and games.  Each course consists of 15 units and 3 exams.  There will be a minimum of one field trip during the school year.
TEXT:  Exploring Government; Ray Notgrass; ISBN 978-1-60999-100-5; 2016 edition.
           Exploring Economics; Ray Notgrass; ISBN 978-1-60999-094-7; 2016 edition
           No additional books are needed.
Copy Fee: $10.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $445.00 per year/$44.50 per month
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LANGUAGE ARTS COURSES          

HS Writing and Grammar II
Teacher: Abigail Pegram Grove
Prerequisite: High School Writing and Grammar or comparable course (final grade of 85% or better)
Description:  This course is recommended for older high school students with several years of formal writing experience. Using techniques from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and Along These Lines, students will develop an organized, creative writing style. Writing assignments incorporate an abundance of research in addition to formats such as process, description, cause and effect, and persuasion. Class will also include lessons in outlining, condensing, source citing, and avoiding plagiarism. Additionally, students will evaluate and respond to persuasive articles to help prepare for the new SAT style writing. This course will continue to review the basics of grammar and mechanics, and significant time will be spent on varied sentence structure. Vocabulary studies will also be a major focus of the class.
Text: Advancing Vocabulary Skills: Short Version by Sherrie L. Nist (2009, ISBN-10: 1591941946)
Copy fee: $30 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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Spotlight on American Ethos (HS American Literature w/Composition course)
Teacher: Pam Shaffer
Description: (A High School English Credit Course) This literature course will explore various American literary works and their themes from the Early National Period to the Modernist Movement.  Students will be taught the value and practice of interpreting literary works. Through reading, lectures, class discussion and assignments students will discover how literary works are a reflection of and comment on the culture, and the social, moral, political and philosophical issues of the period in which they were written. And yet, each of the pieces still has importance, influence and impact today.  Argumentation and oral/written literary analysis is incorporated into this course.
Some of the literary works we will be studying are:   Jack London: The Call of the Wild; Herman Melville: Billy Budd; Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin; John Steinbeck: The Pearl; Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and short stories by Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen Crane.
Text: A complete list of required books will be provided at enrollment/prior to the start of the school year; books should be the complete and unabridged literary work. Students will need to have a copy of each book at the appropriate time during the course. 
Supplemental Reading Material: These items will be provided to students throughout the school year.
Copy Fee: $22.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee:  $445.00 per year/$44.50 per month
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HS Writing and Grammar I
Teacher: Abigail Pegram Grove
Description:  Recommended for students in the 9th grade and up; students should have completed at least one year of formal grammar and writing studies. Using techniques from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and Format Writing, students will develop an organized, creative writing style. Grammar will be applied to writing paragraphs and essays in order to develop correct and varied sentence structure. Writing assignments include different formats such as process, cause and effect, and persuasive styles in order to prepare students for later high school and college composition classes. Many writing assignments will be research-oriented beginning with paragraphs and then essays of various lengths. Class will also include lessons in outlining, condensing, source citing, and avoiding unintentional plagiarism. A variety of high school vocabulary words will also be studied.
Text: Format Writing by Frode Jensen (2006, ISBN# 1886061297)
Copy fee: $30 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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Rethinking the British Literary Canon (a HS British Literature Course w/Composition)
Teacher: Pam Shaffer
Description: (A High School English Credit Course) Students often ask, “Why is this book required reading? Why do I have to read something that was written SO LONG ago?” With this course they will read and discuss literary selections from the past - the Old English, Renaissance, Neoclassical, Victorian, Edwardian, Modern and Post-Modern periods - with the expectation that they will come to recognize the answer to these very questions for themselves. The literary pieces will come alive as they identify and examine the works for thematic elements, context and what these imply about human nature. What students may think of as old, dead works will breathe fresh, contemporary thought and study.  Students will be asked to present oral arguments during class discussion as well as write character/literary analysis essays.
Some of the literary selections covered in this course are:  Beowulf; Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe; H.G. Wells’ Time Machine; C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters and Orwell’s 1984.
Text: A complete list of required books will be provided at enrollment/prior to the start of the school year; books should be the complete and unabridged literary work. Students will need to have a copy of each book at the appropriate time during the course.
Supplemental Reading Material: These items will be provided to students throughout the school year.
Copy Fee: $22.00 per student
Tuition Fee: $445.00 per year/$44.50 per month
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Masterpieces from Around the World (a HS World Literature w/ Composition course)
Teacher: Pam Shaffer
Description: (A High School English Credit Course) Students will study a variety of literary works - drama, epic poetry, and novels - that have a readership and impact beyond their original language and cultural area, thereby offering a cross-cultural perspective of literature. Students will be afforded a glimpse into foreign lands over a range of historical periods. They will see how these great literary works transcend time – that the themes and ideas are still VERY relevant today.  Students will discover that these world masterpieces gain in translation.  Meaning, these literary pieces inspire, enrich and can take on new meanings at different times and in different places.  These works are able to adapt themselves to and acquire meaning in different cultures – they are MASTERPIECES!!  Students will be asked to present oral arguments during class discussion as well as write character/literary analysis essays.
Some of the literary works we will be studying are:  The Epic of Gilgamesh; Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment; Victor Hugo: Les Miserables; Ibsen: A Doll’s House; Rand: Anthem; Virgil: The Aeneid
Text: A complete list of required books will be provided at enrollment/prior to the start of the school year; books should be the complete and unabridged literary work. Students will need to have a copy of each book at the appropriate time during the course. 
Supplemental Reading Material: These items will be provided to students throughout the school year.
Copy Fee:  $22.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $445.00 per year/$44.50 per month
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College Preparatory Writing
Teacher: Abigail Pegram Grove
NOTE: Placement will be confirmed based on writing samples submitted along with registration forms.
Recommended for high school seniors or advanced juniors, students who register for this class should possess two or more years of formal writing and grammar experience. Using the resources designed by the Institute for Excellence in Writing and early college-level assignments, this class will offer a variety of writing experiences. It will also introduce specific tips for the writing portion of the SAT essay exam. Paper planning and polishing will be stressed through specific lessons in creativity and style. To help the student prepare for college-level classes, skills in outlining, note-taking, and overall essay construction will be taught. A thorough review of writing mechanics (punctuation, grammar, etc.) will be conducted as well. Vocabulary words will be taken from SAT study guides (approximately 100 words for the year).
Text: The Blue Book of Punctuation and Grammar by Jane Straus (10th edition, 2008) plus writing textbook TBA
Copy fee: $30 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $445.00 per year/$44.50 per month
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SCIENCE & HEALTH COURSES
   
Biology
Teachers:  Joette Lehberger and Alyssa Delano
Description: Exploring Creation with Biology is a course that will demonstrate the complexity and wonder of God’s creation through a comprehensive introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Students will learn about the study of life by exploring bacteria, fungi, chemistry, cellular function, genetics, ecosystems, and much more! Classes will consist of interactive lectures and experiments.
Text: Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd  edition), with accompanying solutions manual recommended for parents.
Copy/Lab/Supply fee: $60.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $495.00 per year/$49.50 per month
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Chemistry
Teacher: Carrie Woolfolk
Description: Chemistry is a math-based science of reactions between substances and the factors that become affected by those reactions.  The students will not only learn about a variety of chemical topics, but also use their knowledge through laboratory experiments and class projects with presentations.  This class will be taught from a pure creation perspective, focusing on the intricacies of God's perfectly created interactions.  Additionally, students will learn how to refute old earth theories. 
Pre-requisite: Algebra I
Text: Prentice Hall Chemistry, ISBN 0131152629 (any version)  These are available inexpensively on Amazon.com   Be sure to click on "used" since the new price is much higher.
Lab Fee: $50.00 per student per year
Copy Fee: $10.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $495.00 per year/$49.50 per month
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Forensics/Anatomy
Teacher:  Carrie Woolfolk
Description: This full-credit lab-based science class will introduce you to the fascinating world of forensics and crime scene investigation, incorporating biology, chemistry, research skills, and laboratory methods, as well as introduce an ample amount of anatomy topics.  The course outside of class will be reading and writing intensive, but class time will focus around the experiments, including a rat dissection and crime scene analyses.  The subject matter of this class will be concentrated on learning the techniques God has given us to fight for justice for the innocent.  (We will not discuss extremely sensitive matters, such as rapes or any crimes having to do with children) 
Text: Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle, 2nd Edition (2016 copyright), ISBN: 978-1-119-18165-1 **UPDATED VERSION FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
    Death’s Acre by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, (ISBN:0-425-19832-4), Berkley Books, 2003
Lab Fee: $50.00 per student per year
Copy Fee: $10.00 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $495.00 per year/$49.50 per month
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Advanced Biology
Teachers: Joette Lehberger and Alyssa Delano
Description: Advanced Biology is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who have already completed a high school biology course. This course will guide students through an in-depth study of the many bodily systems which function together to sustain the human body. Some of these bodily systems include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, endocrine and digestive systems. Classes will consist of interactive lectures as well as labs. This course will explore the design of the human body that is undeniably “fearfully and wonderfully made!”
Text: Apologia’s The Human Body Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr. Jay L. Wile and Marilyn M. Shannon
Lab/Copy Fee: $60 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $495.00 per year/$49.50 per month
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FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES
 
American Sign Language 1 (ASL)
Teacher:  Violet Blaine
Description: Welcome to American Sign Language 1: In this class you will learn conversational ASL by interacting with other students and the teacher, be introduced to fundamental elements of the deaf or hard-of-hearing culture, learn receptive and expressive finger spelling and signing skills, and understand the history of ASL and its progress from the 1800's to now.  Our goal will be to have course instruction and activities primarily in ASL or "Voice-Off."  Please note that there is significant work that should be done at home with the use of the required book and various internet resources.  It is helpful to have someone (a parent or sibling) learning and practicing with you.
Text: Learn American Sign Language by James W. Guido (available at Amazon.com)
Copy Fee:  $10 per student per year
Tuition Fee: $395.00 per year/$39.50 per month
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