"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
Course Descriptions - 2013-2014 School Year
Note: Course descriptions with texts marked "TBA" or "TBD" will be posted by the end of June.
This course is aimed at 11th and 12th graders, preparing for writing at the college level. The course will help students focus on planning, organizing, and developing a variety of college-level compositions. Emphasis will be placed on using appropriate style and voice as well as the conventions of standard English and citation. The course teaches students how to construct and develop arguments, use and represent sources, and revise and improve their prose.
Text:Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers, 7th edition; Lynn Quitman Toyka with Douglas Hesse; Pearson Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ; 2005. ISBN# 013144350X
Instructor: Peg Mehaffey
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of algebra in this course. 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.
Note: This course is designed for students in grades 8-10.
Materials: Spiral notebook, graphing calculator, pencils
Text: Prentice Hall Mathematics Algebra 1, (c) 2004,
ISBN 0-13-052316-X. The solutions manual is optional, but recommended.
Instructor: Angelica Rohring
This course is designed to build upon and extend the concepts and skills studied in Algebra 1. Topics to be studied include an introduction to exponential, logarithmic, polynomial and trigonometric functions, systems of quadratics, matrices, complex numbers, progressions and series, conic sections, and probability and statistics with real world applications and graphing calculator perspective in each topic. Minimum course requirement is Algebra 1.
Text: Algebra II, Prentice Hall, c2004 (Bellman, Bragg, Charles, Handlin & Kennedy)
Publisher: Pearson School
Student Edition price: $79.47
- ISBN10: 013062568X - ISBN13: 9780130625687
Solution Key price: $34.97 (Not to be handled by students.)
- ISBN10: 0130375586 - ISBN13: 9780130375582
Instructor: Shelley Suckow
The study of history for the Christian is an attempt to view the history of the world within the framework of God’s redemptive plan. American History has a unique place in the history of the World. America was 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 ideals of individualism, liberty and self-government. 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: Abeka, United States History 11, "United States History in Christian Perspective, Heritage of Freedom."
Instructor: Scott Carlson
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
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
This art program is designed to involve the student in the creative process while developing observational skills. The main text will be Artistic Pursuits by Brenda Ellis, which will cover the elements of art and composition. Also, drawing exercises from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook will be incorporated.
- No text required
- 2” 3-Ring binder
- Plastic page protectors
- #2 Pencils
- Design Ebony pencils
- Pencil pouch for 3-ring binder
Fee: $15.00 will be collected at the beginning of the semester to cover all of the paper, paint, pastels, charcoal, etc. that will be provided by the tutor.
Instructor: C.J. Koenig
Biology with Lab
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.
- Text plus Test & Solutions Manual
- Four Lab Specimens (worm, crayfish, perch, & frog)
- Dissection pan and tools
Instructor: Tina Prevatt
Chemistry with 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.
Instructor: Maria Matthias
Drawing and Painting
This class is designed to give the student hands on experience of the process of drawing and painting portraits and scenes in a realistic manner. We will work to set up a good foundation in drawing and then as the semester progresses we will take the plunge into oil painting. Ultimately we will be drawing and painting a self-portrait, then a portrait of a fellow class mate.
The course will be conducted for 1 semester and each class will be 90 minutes. Semester cost excluding supplies will be $140.00.
Supply Fee: $50 will be collected at the beginning of the semester to provide each student with access to the following materials:
- A variety of oil paints
- Painting easel
- Paint brushes
- Cleaning supplies
- Oil painting medium
- Artist pencils
- Spray Fixative
- 5 16x20 inch canvases
- Watercolor paper
- Grey toned paper
- Hardboard to be used as a backing for the drawing paper
To save on supply costs, all will stay in the classroom to be used by other classes. I will have enough supplies so that each student will have access to his or her own easel, paint brushes, pencils, etc.
Disclaimer about oil painting: Often, parents and students have questions or concerns about the safety of oil painting. The main danger in oil painting is using solvents in mediums and for cleaning. It is only a danger in excess and in an enclosed environment with no ventilation. This class will NOT use ANY solvents so as to avoid the issue entirely. We will clean our brushes with oil, soap and water making the practice of oil painting as safe as any painting. Another danger of oil painting would be specific lead based paints (that are wonderful to use) but in this course the students will NOT be exposed to any metallic or lead based paint. Other than that, I do not foresee the students eating any of the paint, so we will be okay. Each student must take care to not stain his or her clothes. It would be a good idea for the student to have an old shirt on hand or artist frock, apron, etc. which will not be provided.
Note: This course is designed for students in grades 9-12.
Instructor: Samuel Shelton
Elements of 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.
Texts:Composition Handbook by Cindy Herndon (I will order a copy for each student enrolled, to be distributed at Back to School Night Cost: $25.)
Prentice Hall Literature GOLD ISBN: 0-13-698556-4 (This book available from Amazon.com and Abebooks.com 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
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.
Note: There will be a $20 music fee per semester; purchased music will be the student’s property and responsibility.
Instructor: Robin Henshaw
Perhaps no other language has affected the world quite like Greek. The lasting contribution of ancient Greece has been language and culture. It became the trade language of Rome, and today we speak Greek without even realizing it, using such words as “knowledge” and “video.” By studying Greek, a student will set a firm foundation for learning other Western languages, mathematics and science. Beyond any educational significance, Christians understand Greek to be the language through which God revealed truth about His Son, Jesus. Greek is peculiarly fitted for this task. Greek is a very precise language, yet the Greeks themselves were abstract thinkers. No other language is better suited to take the abstract thought of philosophy and theology and express it precisely and definitely.
In our selected text, “New Testament Greek Made Functional,” we will not just be memorizing words and studying grammar. This text is designed to help the student solve the meaning of all Greek words and phrases, not just ones we have memorized. The faithful Greek student should be able to translate the Greek New Testament before the end of the year. This class is intended for students in High School.
Text: New Testament Greek Made Functional, cost $ 40.00 (Instructor will place a group order prior to class start)
- 3 x 5 notecards
Instructor: Scott Carlson
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
Instructor: Tina Prevatt
This course is open to both students and parents. We will start by reviewing/learning essential computer concepts, Windows 7 basics, and file management techniques. From that foundation, we will move to a detailed, hands-on instruction of the three most commonly used Office 2010 application programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The book assumes a typical installation of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate using an Aero theme, but you can also complete the material in the text using another version of Windows 7, such as Home Premium. You will only see minor differences in how some windows look. The browser used for any steps that require a browser is Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Students should bring a fully charged laptop to each class session, unless told otherwise.
Windows 7 System Requirements:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Office 2010 System Requirements:
|Computer & Processor||500MHz or faster processor|
|Memory||256 MB RAM; 512 MB recommended for graphics features and certain advanced functionality.|
|Hard disk||3.0 GB available disk space|
|Display||1024x768 or higher resolution monitor|
|Operating System||Windows XP (must have SP3) (32-bit), Windows 7, Windows Vista with Service Pack (SP) 1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only), Windows Server 2008, or later 32- or 64-bit OS.|
|Graphics||Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9.0c graphics card with 64 MB or more video memory.|
Text: CMPTR, 1st Edition, Pinard/Romar
©2012 Course Technology, Cengage Learning
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Instructor: Class not scheduled 2013-2014
Middle School English
Middle School students will learn sentence grammar; however, the major component of the course will be writing paragraphs and essays. Students will be introduced to narrative, description, definition, and comparison and contrast modes of writing. They will explore short stories, poems, and drama using the textbook. Creative writing projects will enforce principles of composition and literature.
Note: This course is designed for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Text: McDougal-Littell: The Language of Literature 7 (ISBN 0-395-73702-8)
- 3-ring binder
- loose leaf paper
- notebooks (spiral bound or composition books)
- pencils and pens (one blue or black ink and one green ink)
Instructor: Peg Mehaffey
Physical Science with Lab
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. This is an excellent course for preparing students for college-prep high school science curriculums.
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.
Required Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition; Apologia Ministries. The textbook and solutions/test manual. (ISBN: 978-1-932012-80-4)
Students will also need their own pair of safety glasses, and may be asked to bring in household supplies from time to time to aid in experiments.
Instructor: Maria Mathias
Physics with Lab
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.
Instructor: Maria Matthias
Fall Semester: Students will be taught the fundamentals of working with raw clay, the types of under glazes, glazes, washes and other paints that can be used as well as details of a kiln and how it works. Students will receive lessons in pouring slip, which is liquid clay, into molds. They will create pieces that can be cleaned, fired and painted.
Spring Semester: In addition to working with clay, students will have the opportunity to choose a ceramic piece to finish. Ceramics involves painting, dry brushing and glazing already formed pieces. Continuing first semester students may have the opportunity to learn how to throw pottery using the wheel as the instructor deems them ready. All of the works and pieces are usable.
Note: Class sized limited to 10. Adults are welcome if space permits.
A $20 supply fee will be collected each semester.
Instructor: Judith Bigelow
Fall & Spring Semesters: Students will continue to expand upon the skills that have already been taught.
Note: Class size limited to 10. A $20 supply fee will be collected each semester.
Instructor: Judith Bigelow
Pre-Algebra provides an essential, solid foundation which students will need to excel in their future mathematics endeavors. This course will cover a wide range of mathematical concepts, some of which the student may (and should) already be somewhat familiar with, and some totally new. Topics include:
- Whole Numbers
- Powers, Exponents, and Roots
- Powers and Square Roots
- Expressions and Equations
- Ratio and Proportion
- Working with Monomials and Polynomials
Students taking this course should have strong grasp of calculating sum, difference, product and quotient of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. They should also know their times table up to (at least) 9X9, and be familiar with charts, graphs, and basic geometric shapes.
Instructor: Angelica Rohring
This Fall Semester course is designed to help students in the 8th – 12th grades gain the skills needed to speak comfortably, confidently, and effectively in front of groups. Through study, instruction, and practice, students will:
- Discover how speaking well will help in achieving goals
- Learn how to organize a speech
- Learn ways to communicate effectively to the heart of the audience
- Learn to deliver a speech with confidence
Students will write and deliver six speeches during the semester. Student speeches may be videotaped as an instructional tool.Text: The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen Lucas, 9th edition, ISBN 007313564X or 978-0073135649
Instructor: Peg Mehaffey
Spanish 2 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 (Students may rent copies from the instructor for $5. These will be given out on Back to School Night.)
Instructor: Brenda Cavallaro
Note: Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 will alternate years that they are offered. In 2014/2015 CCT will not offer Spanish 2.
This class will help 8th – 12th grade students grow in their knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and expression of dramatic works. Students will participate in theatre exercises to develop or further improve skills in creativity, diction, projection, expression, observation, stage presence, blocking, memorization, relaxation, improvisation, concentration, stage terminology, stage management, and critical thinking about plays. Classroom improvisational activities, character building activities, monologues, and scenes will help students apply their knowledge.
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 in all activities. Grades will be based on participation in activities, monologue delivery, application of acting techniques, and homework assignments. Students are encouraged to attend one or more dramatic performances during the school year.
- Students are requied to bring journals to class
Materials Fee: $10 for purchase of scripts for in-class use.
Instructor: Crystal Rapp
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 or spring sessions. 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 served basis.
Note: Students taking private voice lessons may take Ensemble free of charge.
Instructor: Robin Henshaw