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Course Descriptions - 2015-2016 School Year


Note: Course descriptions and information marked "TBA" or "TBD" will be posted by the end of June.

CCT Tutor Talk

Join us April 14th from 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. in the Cornerstone sanctuary for a “Tutor Talk.” CCT instructors will provide a two minute overview for each of their 2015/16 courses followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

All registration will be “mail in” using forms available on the website. Preferred registration for CCT families is April 12th – 26th. Registration for families not currently enrolled in CCT begins April 27th. Course placement will be offered to qualified students on a first come basis. CCT will notify you once your student has been placed in a course and will send a second notification once the class student quota has been reached. We expect several courses to fill up quickly.

Advanced Writing (1 Semester: Spring)

Friends enjoying time together ...

The goal of this course is to help students attain understanding and competency in writing a variety of essays, with emphasis on expository and persuasive essays, in preparation for college writing. Topics to be covered include the purposes for writing, the stages of the writing process, the structure of an essay. Emphasis will be place on how to organize material logically, how to prepare outlines, how to conduct research, and how to document sources. Issues with grammar and usage, punctuation, and mechanics will be dealt with as they arise.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, ...

Text: The Elements of Style, 4th Edition, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, Longman, 2000. ISBN 0-205-30902-X.

Required Materials:

  • Text
  • 3-ring binder
  • loose leaf paper
  • blue or black ink pen
  • red pen
  • highlighter

Instructor: Peg Mehaffey

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Algebra 1

Early equations ...

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of algebra. Topics include order of operations, the real number system, variables, first and second-degree equations inequalities in one and two variables, polynomials, systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and radicals, quadratic functions and equations, rational expressions, and word problems. Problem solving skills are honed as students gain knowledge of the fundamental rules of algebra.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, students will be provided with links to various websites containing explanations, practice problems, and videos. These online options will help reinforce the in-class lesson and enable students gain a better understanding of the covered material.

Note: This course is designed for students in grades 8-10. There is a required placement test (available below) to make certain students have the skills needed to succeed in the course. In the event your student does not pass the test, your course fee will be fully refunded.

Download the exam here: Algebra I Readiness Test

Materials: Three-ring binder with paper and dividers, graphing calculator, pencils

Text: PRENTICE HALL MATHEMATICS: ALGEBRA I, Johnson, Kennedy, Thompson, Charles, Bass, Bellman, Handlin, Davison, Landau, McCraken, Bragg (c) 2004, ISBN 0-13-052316-X.

Instructor: Sherri Hastings

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Algebra 2

Noting the numbers ...

In this course, students are introduced to the depths of algebra.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, students will be provided with links to various websites containing explanations, practice problems, and videos. These online options will help reinforce the in-class lesson and enable students gain a better understanding of the covered material.

Note: This course is designed for students in grades 9-10. There is a required placement test (available below) to make certain students have the skills needed to succeed in the course. In the event your student does not pass the test, your course fee will be fully refunded.

Download the exam here: Algebra II Readiness Test

Materials: Three-ring binder with paper and dividers, graphing calculator, pencils

Text: PRENTICE HALL MATHEMATICS: ALGEBRA II, Bellman, Bragg, Charles, Handlin, and Kennedy (c) 2004; ISBN 013062568X.

Instructor: Sherri Hastings

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American History

On the timeline ...

The United States has a unique place in the history of the World. The United States has been called the “Great Experiment” and with good reason. Much of the American Ideal is built on overcoming the mistakes of the past as well as implementing the ideals of individualism, liberty and self-government. We will see how these ideals have served to make the United States arguably the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of the world. We will chart dates and events of American history, but we will also discuss how the events, philosophies and policies of American history have led the United States to her unique position in the world. As we study American History, we will learn the story of America, but beyond this we will also see how God has worked in and through America and Americans.

Text: United States History: Heritage of Freedom, Abeka.

Instructor: Scott Carlson

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American Literature

This class explores literature from the Native Americans to the Post Modern Period (1980). The class will learn to discover elements of style as well as recurring themes in American literature. Activities include discussion, imitation, analysis, essays, oral presentations, projects, and tests. Students will read approximately 75 pages per week and generally have 1 written assignment per week. Throughout the year students are expected to memorize the authors presented in each period and each author’s famous work, style and theme.

Texts: Prentice Hall Literature: American Experience
ISBN: 0-13-698614-5

American Literature Handbook, by Cindy Herndon (I will order a copy for each student enrolled to be distributed at Back to School Night. Cost - $20)

American Literature Flashcards: Available from Cindy Herndon - $5

  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Adventures of Huck Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

These books are to be read over the summer for plot. We will reread these books together in class for theme, symbols, and style.

Instructor: Cindy Herndon

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Artist Study (1 Semester: Fall or Spring)

Student paints lighthouse from photograph ...

An art history survey course. Important works of the Masters will be studied and emulated. From Lascaux cave paintings to the High Renaissance to Pop Art of the 20th Century, students will become familiar with highlights of art throughout history and will develop an appreciation for the artists’ style through age-appropriate, fun, educational art projects.

Many works studied will also be part of the National Gallery of Art’s permanent collection.

Suitable for all ages.

Materials Fee: $10 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.

Instructor: Amy Davis

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Biology with Lab

Students work hard on a Biology dissection...

This college-prep biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.

CCT will provide microscopes and slides. Instructor will coordinate a class order for dissection materials.

Text: Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition Apologia Ministries ISBN: 1-932012-57-5. Be sure to obtain both textbook and test & solutions manual.

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.


  • Text plus Test & Solutions Manual
  • Four Lab Specimens (worm, crayfish, perch, & frog)
  • Dissection pan and tools

A group order for the Lab Speciment and Dissection Kits will be placed in early August or you may obtain your own.

Instructor: Cathy Eastburg

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Chemistry with Lab

Students work together in Chemistry Lab...

The chemistry course by Apologia is designed to prepare high school students for college chemistry. The 16 modules cover measurement and units, atoms and molecules, classifying matter and its changes, chemical equations, atomic and molecular structure, polyatomic ions, molecular geometry, acids and bases, solutions, gas phase, kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, energy and heat, and reduction-oxidation reactions. The text is well-written in a conversational tone and is easy to understand. The class is conducted in a lecture format with some instructional demonstrations performed by the teacher. Students will also perform some experiments themselves and will be required to keep a lab notebook to record their lab experiences. Tests are given at the end of each module. Students must have completed Algebra 1.

Texts: Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition; Apologia
ISBN 978 1932012293. This is a textbook and test / solutions manual.

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.

Note: Due to the significant amount of math in this course, all students must have passed Algebra 1 with an 80% or higher. Ideally, students should have already taken Algebra 2 or they should be taking it at the same time as this course. Prospective students must take a short exam prior to being accepted into this course.

Download the exam here: Chemistry Readiness Test

Exam results will be emailed and you may then register for this course.

Instructor: Maria Matthias

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Classic Dramas (1 Semester: Fall)

Friends enjoying time together ...

This class approaches drama as literature with an emphasis on the playwright’s use of setting, symbols, characterization, and style. The goal is to understand the structure, limitations, and art of drama as literature. Students will have to write both critical essays and creative pieces. Students will need the editions listed on the book list to facilitate class discussion.

Book List:

  • Sophocles: The Theban Plays, Penguin Books, 1974. ISBN: 13: 978-0-140-44003-4. The Theban Plays include the following:
  • -- King Oedipus
  • -- Oedipus at Colonus
  • -- Antigone
  • Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansbury, ISBN: 0-679-75533-0
  • Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, ISBN: 0-671-72294-8

Instructor: Cindy Herndon

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Drawing and Painting: Fundamentals (1 Semester: Fall or Spring)

Mr. Shelton guides students' drawing progress ...

This course will provide an intermediate workshop designed to introduce students to a wide variety of graphic tools and to acquaint them with their broad range of possibilities for manipulation. In this course, students will become familiar with various ways that the elements and principles of design and composition improve their creative work. Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting will investigate the functions of visual perception and apply these functions in the graphic representation of line, shape, space, perspective, volume, light and shadow, and proportion. Figure work and still life will be the focus of study. Students will copy old masters' drawings and paintings. Along with drawing tools, students will be introduced to oil painting: grisaille and limited color palette studies will be explored.

Homework: Some home-based study will be assigned from time to time.

Texts: None

Materials/Supplies: all supplies can be found at Michael’s

  1. Spiral sketch pad (8x10 through 16x20 sizes are appropriate) no newsprint
  2. Set of drawing pencils
  3. Set of charcoal pencils
  4. Erasers
  5. Carrying case for supplies

Materials Fee: $10 to offset cost of oil paints/palettes/brushes provided in class.

Instructor: Amy Davis

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Elements of Literature & Composition

Cindy Herndon teaches Literature & Composition.

This course lays a foundation for analyzing literature and for writing effectively. The literature is presented in a genre approach. We start with short stories and examine setting, plot, conflict, point of view, irony, suspense, and symbols. After mastering short story analysis, the class will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird. Drama follows with The Miracle Worker and Romeo and Juliet, both of which are in the text. The plays are read aloud and analyzed for symbols, foreshadowing, irony, figurative language, and classic elements. Prose is the third unit covered with a look at essays, journals, speeches, biographies, and commentaries. Students imitate many of the subjects presented in the prose unit. The final unit is poetry. We not only look at form, but also figurative language, musical devices, and imagery. This unit culminates in a project requiring identifying the terms studied and writing original poetry.

The second aspect of this course is learning to write and punctuate complex sentences and to build effective paragraphs. The four types of connectives are covered and students memorize all the connectives. Students will apply the learned rules to essays written in various modes of discourse: narration, description, comparison, contrast, cause and result, condition, persuasion, etc. Some writing assignments are imitations of what was studied in literature.

Composition Handbook by Cindy Herndon (I will order a copy for each student enrolled, to be distributed at Back to School Night Cost: $27.00)

Prentice Hall Literature GOLD ISBN: 0-13-698556-4 (This book available from and for under $10.)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (any edition is fine)

Connective Flashcards: Available on Back to School Night - $5

Instructor: Cindy Herndon

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English 6-8 (Middle School English)

Middle School students will learn the fundamentals of the English language and literature. Students will grow in their appreciation for a variety of forms of literary works, including short stories, poetry, essays, and dramas, responding to their readings in a journal. They will examine and practice the modes of writing, e.g., narration, description, exposition, and persuasion, in composing paragraphs, essays, and stories. Students will write a minimum of 4 formal essays plus a research paper in the spring semester. Instruction in standard usage and vocabulary development will support the students’ writing.

Students are encouraged to take Middle School English for two years in sequence. The texts are rotated so that specific material is new each year. Taking this English class each year of middle school provides the student with much needed practice in writing well and with exposure and review of literary concepts and terms and grammar and usage.

Note: This course is designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

The Language of Literature, 7th grade, McDougal Littell Inc., 1997. ISBN 0-395-73702-8

Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics: Elements of Language, 1st Course , Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2000.
ISBN-10: 0030563518 (Green workbook)

Required Materials:

  • 3-ring binder
  • loose leaf paper
  • 5 dividers
  • 1 notebook (spiral bound or composition book)
  • highlighter
  • blue or black ink pen
  • green ink pen

Instructor: Peg Mehaffey

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Students learning from Mrs. Henshaw ...

Expand your vocal horizons and learn the fundamentals of singing! Body alignment, breathing, tone production and resonance will be taught in a fun group environment. Participants learn songs together as a group and will have at least one performance opportunity per semester. Music theory, sight-reading, ear training, melodic and harmonic analysis, music history and international culture are all part of the curriculum. Students will also learn through playing chimes and other instruments.

Note: There will be a $20 music fee per semester; purchased music will be the student’s property and responsibility.

Instructor: Robin Henshaw

Collaborator:Rie Moore

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Health (1 Semester: Spring)

CCT Greek

This one-semester course integrates spiritual and moral truths, encouraging students toward wellness and helping them reach the potential God intends for them in their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical character. Topics include nutrition, diseases, body care, stress, anxiety, relationships, addictions, abuse, eating disorders, depression, peer pressure, and training in spiritual disciplines. Instruction will balance appropriate scriptural principles and physical health, while emphasizing parental involvement in applying knowledge learned. “We are body, mind, and spirit, and we cannot be truly healthy or happy unless we follow the laws of God who made us.” (Boe)

Text: Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle (Any Edition), by Susan Boe

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.


  • text
  • Bible
  • notebook

Instructor: Tina Prevatt

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Marine Biology with Lab

Marine Biology Lab ...

This course concentrates on marine wildlife and marine habitats. It provides a survey of members of each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. Students will learn about the microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. Students will also study the anatomy of many macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. They will then learn how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. The course ends with a study of marine resources and our relationship with the sea. There will be dissections, microscope work, student presentations, case studies, field trips, and possibly guest speakers. In order to take this course, students must have completed a first year biology course, preferably Exploring Creation with Biology.

Required Texts: Apologia Exploring Creation with Marine Biology 2-Book Set (text and solutions/test manual)
ISBN 978-1-932012-60-6.

Materials: Three-ring binder with paper and dividers.

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.

A group order for dissection specimens will be placed in August. The cost will be determined based on the number of students.

Instructor: Sherri Hastings

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Physical Science with Lab

Science students learn usefulness of soap ...

This Apologia course covers topics such as the atmosphere and hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.

Students will be required to read the assigned text prior to coming to class each week. Experiments will be performed in class to assist with understanding and mastery. Students in grades 8-12 may take this course for high school credit.

Required Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition; Apologia Ministries. The textbook and solutions/test manual. (ISBN: 978-1-932012-80-4)

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.

Instructor: Maria Mathias

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Physics with Lab

Maria Matthias and students work a physics experiment

This Bible-centered, college-prep physics course offers a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis. This course will provide the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. This course is designed for the student who has completed algebra and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry

Required Texts: Exploring Creation with Physics, Second Edition; Apologia Ministries. The textbook and solutions/test manual.

Class Fee: $15 to offset cost of consumable supplies provided in class.

Instructor: Maria Matthias

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Public Speaking for the High School Student (Fall)

The ability to communicate effectively in front of a group has been identified as a key skill for achieving success in the workplace. Students in this one-semester course, to be offered in the fall, will acquire the tools for writing and delivering a speech effectively. Speech writing in this course will support the student’s experience in essay writing for informative and persuasive purposes. Designed for students in the 9th-12th grades, the class will require preparation and delivery of four speeches, as well as analysis of the speeches of others. Course requires a minimum of 7 students.

Text: The Art of Public Speaking, Lucas, Stephen E., Sixth Edition;
ISBN 0-07-039064-9
(Available for purchase on; several copies are available for rent from instructor for $12 for the semester.)

Instructor: Peg Mehaffey

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SAT Prep

This semester-long course is designed to provide students with the tools to allow each student to perform at his or her best on the SAT.  It will be taught in a 2 hour block with Math portion and Reading/Writing portion. Students will practice basic SAT testing strategies and work on the three areas of the new test—Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, including the essay portion. The course will focus on developing critical thinking skills and using alternative methods to solve problems. Subjects covered include: when (not) to use a calculator, choosing an answer by process of elimination, grammar review, and metacognition. While whole group instruction will be integral to our class sessions, students will also work in small groups and independently to ensure optimal individual progress.

The math portion covers Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The reading/writing portion will include great test-taking tips for understanding vocabulary context and identifying passage tone and purpose. Reading class time will also focus on the essay portion of the SAT: how to prepare with source summaries, develop an argument, and support it with strong examples. Students will have quizzes on the assigned skills as well as practice sessions in class and at home.

Instructors: Shelley Suckow and Abigail Pegram

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Spanish 2

Spanish II will be a continuation and expansion of concepts, vocabulary, and grammar learned in Spanish I. In addition, the course will shift its focus from the student's personal world to various contexts, such as at the hotel, doctor's office, and airport. Cultural information will be incorporated throughout the lessons.

Text: Plazas y Paisajes by Scotts Foresman Press. Books may be purchased independently for $10 or rented for $10 from the instructor. These will be given out on Back to School Night.

Note: Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 will alternate years offered.

Instructor: Brenda Cavallaro

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Theater (Spring)

Students in grades 8 – 12 will audition, rehearse, and prepare for a Spring performance. Through this process they will develop their creativity, vocal projection, expression, stage presence, memorization, and improvisation skills. They will also be introduced to stage terminology, stage management, and critical thinking about plays.

Students will develop ensemble skills and cooperation as well as individual character building skills. Team work and memorization are required and students are expected to fully participate. Students are encouraged to attend one or more dramatic performances during the school year.

Text: None

  • Students are requied to bring journals to class

Materials Fee: $30 for purchase of scripts, royalties, and set pieces, as needed.

Instructor: Crystal Rapp

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Voice Lessons - Private

Private voice lessons offer instruction tailored to the individual needs and aspirations of each student. Mrs. Henshaw will help safely and properly develop the voice. Students will practice sight-reading, learn performance techniques, and receive coaching in diction, style and phrasing. Classical, musical theater, sacred and Christian contemporary repertoire is utilized. Students may sign up for the fall session. Students will be accepted in the spring semester, upon availability. A 45-minute session is recommended for high school students.


  • $348 for fourteen 30 minute lessons ($87 per month Fall:Sep/Oct/Nov/Jan and Spring:Feb/Mar/Apr/May)
  • $488 for fourteen 45 minute lessons ($122 per month - same months as above

Music Fee: As required or preferred. Some materials will be included in the course fee. Lesson time will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

Note: Students taking private voice lessons may take Ensemble free of charge.

Instructor: Robin Henshaw

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World History

The history of the world is the history of God sovereignly directing all the events of history to His desired end. History will culminate with the return of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the facts of history don't stand independent of God's purpose, but somehow fit within and flow toward the consummation of the world. In this class, we will chart human history from Creation to the Present, studying every major civilization, marking their places and events on a timeline, and centering on the coming of Jesus Christ. We will notice the people who made their mark on history. We will also observe how geography shaped history. In the end, the diligent student will have a better understanding of why the world is what the world is today.

Texts TBD

Instructor: Scott Carlson

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