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PLEASE NOTE:

This list of classes is everything we could offer. Not all classes make it onto our class schedule. If you see something here that is not on the schedule then contact the instructor for that class. We have flexibility: when there is interest we can gather a group and begin a class. Any time. Fees can be adjusted accordingly, and would be set by the instructor and the administrator. Please ask!

Note regarding Middle School / High School combined classes: The textbook and grading expectations are the primary differences between combined classes for Middle School and for High School. Students who take Geography, American History, or World History at the Middle School grade level and want to take it later to be included on their High School transcript can expect a different textbook and more individualized advanced work.

Min/Max enrollment is for all grades combined.


World Geography for Middle School / High School

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Mangum
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 6-8 (MS); Grades 9-12 (HS)
When: 1x weekly (Thursdays)
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text: TBD

Explore the world studying the geography of different regions. This course introduces earth’s physical features and patterns of human settlement and explores the importance of place for defining various ways of human life around the world. We will look at how the land, physical geographic features, peoples and cultures impact society, government, and the economy of nations and regions.


American History for the Middle Grades - 4/5American History for the Middle Grades

Instructor: Mrs. Vanessa Vis
Grade Level or Ability Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Prerequisite: Writing and reading abilities must be at 4th grade level.
When: 1x weekly (Tuesdays)
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text: The History of Our United States by A Beka

Course Expectations:

Out of Class:
Students will complete weekly reading and homework assignments. In addition, they will have two creative assignments per semester and a “hands on” final project to complete the year.

In Class:
Students will discover America’s rich history through instruction, hands’ on projects, and group activities.

Join us as we delve into the adventures of American history and develop our writing power! Events, places, and people will come alive through interactive class sessions and fun projects. Becoming an American hero or heroine for the day, writing a creative story with your favorite historical character, and creating an exciting presentation are a few of the activities you get to accomplish. Be a part of our journey through America’s story and the writing world.


American History for Middle School / High School

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Mangum
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 6-8 (MS); Grades 9-12 (HS)
When: 2x weekly
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Length: 2 Semesters

Text for Middle School: Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide. Big Fat Notebooks. Workman Publishing, 2016.

Text for High School: U.S. History, OpenStax, 2014.

Experience the history of the United States from the civilizations of the early Americas (pre-1492) up to modern times. We will focus on key people, events, and ideas from American history to understand the events that have shaped our country and the western hemisphere. We will make use of local historical sites, museums, and other opportunities to explore the value of the history that is all around us.


World History for Middle School / High School

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Mangum
Grade Level or Ability Level: Grades 6-8 (MS); Grades 9-12 (HS)
When: 2x weekly
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Length: 2 Semesters

Text for Middle School: Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide. Big Fat Notebooks. Workman Publishing, 2016.

Text for High School: Philip Parker, World History, London: DK, 2010, 2017.

Explore the events that have shaped the world from the beginnings of civilization to the modern day. Discover the people, places, ideas, and objects that played a role in history’s most important events. From major turning points to aspects of daily life, the history of the world will come to life through maps, pictures, first-person stories, and hands-on projects helping engaging with events from the past. NOTE: The textbook and grading expectations are the primary differences between this class for Middle School and for High School. Min/Max enrollment is for all grades combined.


U.S. Government / Civics

Instructor: Dr. Douglas Mangum
Grade Level or Ability Level: High School
When: 1x weekly (Tuesdays)
Min / Max Enrollment: 4/10
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text: iCivics.com

Civics class will teach students not only how our government system works, but how to actively engage it by becoming a part of the process. This class will use the iCivics curriculum. To quote the iCivics website: “iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life…iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly.”

The curriculum consists of classroom activities as well as online interactive tools and games. Through the activities, the student “steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do.”