Algebra I – Kris Grigas
Grade: 9 - 10
Class Size: minimum 8 maximum 15
Cost: $75 monthly; $15 materials (due in May)
Text: Algebra I: Expressions, Equations, and Applications, Paul Foerster, ISBN: 0-201-860945 or 0-201-32458x Solution Manual, ISBN: (text provided by student).
Prerequisites: Student should have a solid understanding of the concepts covered in prealgebra before taking this class.
Description: This is a challenging course that lays the foundation for all higher mathematics.
It provides the mathematical understanding to operate with concepts at an abstract level.
Topics covered are: expressions and equations, negative numbers, the quadratic equation,
inequalities, polynomials, exponents, radicals and quadratics. It has the normal content of a
first-year high school algebra. Successful completion of this sequence prepares students for
Geometry or Algebra II. Student should have a solid understanding of the concepts covered in
pre-algebra before taking this class. Expect 5-7 hours coursework per week including daily
lessons and tests. Tests will be provided by the instructor.
Geometry – Kris Grigas
Grade: 9 - 10
Class Size: minimum 8 maximum 15
Cost: $75 monthly; $15 materials (due in May)
Text: Geometry: Seeing, Doing and Understanding, 3e, Harold R. Jacobs, ISBN: 0-71674361-2 Enhanced Teacher's Guide, isbn: 07167-5607-2 (text provided by student)
Prerequisites: Algebra I
Description: This course is a study of traditional Euclidean Geometry. The student will
become familiar with both plane and solid figures. The properties of these figures will be
studied through the use of undefined terms, definitions, postulates, and theorems. Geometry
uses proofs to build logic skills and analytical thinking. This text includes high-interest, realworld exercises and humor to capture the students' interest and help them understand the
application of what they are learning. A firm foundation in geometry is essential in further
mathematical study and can help increase the appreciation of our world and our Creator.
Expect 5-7 hours coursework per week including daily lessons and tests. Tests will be
provided by the instructor.
Algebra II - Kris Grigas
Grade: 10 - 12
Class Size: minimum 8 maximum 15
Cost: $75 monthly; $15 materials (due in May)
Text: Algebra and Trigonometry, Paul Foerster, Solution Manual, ISBN: 0-201-25286-4
Prerequisites: Student should have a solid understanding of the concepts covered in a
college preparatory type Algebra I before taking this class. Placement test required.
Description: Topics covered are: linear functions, systems of equations, quadratic,
exponential, logarithmic, rational, and irrational functions, sequences and series, and
trigonometry. Successful completion of this class will enable a student to test in to college
level mathematics or go on to a high school calculus course. Expect 5-7 hours coursework
per week including daily lessons and tests. Tests will be provided by the instructor.
Pre-Calc: Kris Grigas
Grade: 10 - 12
Class Size: minimum 4 maximum 15
Cost: $75 monthly; $15 materials (due in May)
Text: PreCalculus With Limits-A Graphing Approach, by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards,
Houghton Mifflin Company along with the Solution manual (text supplied by the student Edition and ISBN info to be provided)
Materials: Graphing Calculator, TI-83 or better, Notebook, pencils, straight edge, paper,
graph paper, optional – colored pencils (the world is much prettier in color)
Prerequisites: Student should have a solid understanding of the concepts covered in a
college preparatory type Algebra II before taking this class. If you have any questions, if your
student is ready, please contact the Kris Grigas 425-222-6383.
Homework Expectation: 5-7 hours
Description: Pre-Calculus is designed for students planning to take Calculus. In this course,
students will learn to graph and analyze functions, solve equations, analyze data and draw
scatter diagrams and find curves of best fit. We will use graphing calculators to recognize
patterns, visualize, explore, model and connect mathematics to various disciplines. This
course will include the following topics:
Functions and Their Graphs
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Trigonometric Functions
Analytic Trigonometry
Additional Tropic in Trigonometry
Applications of Trigonometric Functions
Polar Coordinates and Graphing
Topics in Analytic Geometry
Sequences and Series
Writing for High School: Kimberly Williams
Grade: 9-12
Class Size: 12-20
Cost: $25 monthly, $30 materials
Text: Grammatically Correct 2nd edition by Anne Stilman (teacher supplied)
Prerequisites: None
Description: This class will provide a writing program developed from various teacher
resources. We will sharpen various fundamental writing skills including: development of strong
thesis statement and formal outline, correction of dangling modifiers/wordy
sentences/misplaced commas/pronoun confusion, and correct usage of phrases and clauses.
Some SAT prep will be covered in relation to writing prompts and writing mechanics questions.
In the fall, several paragraph forms will be learned. In the spring, students will work on a
persuasive research paper. Most work will be completed in class, but paragraph and research
assignments will require outside work. There will be in class quizzes to reinforce and evaluate
the writing mechanics skills. Homework will be minimal until research paper assignment which
may require 3-5 hours per week.
World History, Ancient: Dr. Paul Dean
Grade: 9-11
Class size: 20
Cost: $50 monthly; $25 materials/copying fee (due in May)
Text: TBD
Prerequisites: 1st year ICT students must take Writing for High School; returning students are
strongly encouraged.
Homework Expectation: 3-5 hours
Description: We will be exploring the rich history of the ancient world encompassing the time
from creation up through the early middle Ages. Below is a tentative list of what will be
covered. Class time will be spent in lecture and discussion. Students will be responsible for
weekly reading and assignments including essays and short research papers.
Agricultural Revolution
Emergence of Civilization
Egyptian Civilization
Ancient India
Ancient China
Ancient Greece
Rome to 500 A.D.
Literature of the World, Focusing on Ancient Literature:
Literature/Writing: Kathryn Dean
Grade: 9 - 11
Class size: 20
Cost: $50 monthly; $20 materials (due in May)
Texts: Tentative
Periods cover ancient history, focusing primarily on Egypt, Greece, and Rome. We will also
cover plays and short stories of the world providing a broad scope, encompassing time from
creation up through the early Middle Ages. Tentative booklist includes: Tales of Ancient Egypt
by Green, D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Till We Have Faces, the
plays of Sophocles, Last Days of Socrates, The Best Things in Life and The Children's Homer
by Colum. The Bronze Bow by Speare, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (with reader's guide),
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Quo Vadis? by Sienkiewicz. We will be spending
class time analyzing and discussing literature of the ancient world and holding it up to the light
of Scripture. Students will be graded on weekly vocabulary and comprehension tests, journal
entries, book tests, formal writing assignments including literary essays and creative writing,
and basic historical information discussed in class. The students will be challenged to examine
their own beliefs, attitudes, and behavior as they read about the lives of others. Students may
expect 5 hours of homework per week.
Physical Science: Rhonda Zuetschel
Grade: 8-9
Class Size: 8-20
Cost: $35 monthly; $80 materials
Text: Physical Science, 4th edition, BJUP 2008
Prerequisites: Completion of pre-algebra
Homework Expectation: 3-4 hours per week
Description: This class presents an introduction in the basic principles of chemistry and
physics which will provide a solid foundation for high school biology, chemistry and physics.
Topics covered include: properties of matter, atomic structure, chemistry of matter, machines ,
mechanics, heat , electricity, sound and the electromagnectic spectrum. As science at this
level cannot be learned in 1 hour/week, students are expected to read and learn the material at
home. Depending upon the student, parental involvement will be necessary to ensure
understanding and completion of assignments. Class time is devoted to short lecture followed
by laboratory experiments which will compliment the reading. Laboratory skills and safety will
be emphasized. The student will be expected to read 10-20 pages of text, complete weekly
worksheets, and write occasional lab reports.
Physics – Rhonda Zeutschel
Grade: 9 - 12
Class Size: 8 - 15
Cost: $45 monthly, $120 Materials (due in May)
Text: Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition by Wile
Prerequisites: Completing of Physical Science, Algebra I and Geometry, knowledge of basic
trig functions.
Description: Not only is physics fun, physics is the most elegant and fundamental of the
sciences – it is a study of matter, energy, space and time. As chemistry is nothing more than
the applied laws of physics and modern biology is merely applied chemistry, a scientific
understanding of the world requires knowledge of physics. In the mathematical precision of the
laws of physics, which apply to the universe, the hand of the Creator is revealed. This course
uses a rather simplistic text and focuses on the basics of physics. Motion in one and two
dimensions, Newton’s Laws, Work, Energy, Waves, Optics, Electricity, and Magnetism. Class
time will include both lecture and lab. Labs will include extensive work with computerized
sensors introducing students to a level of technology not readily available in most classrooms.
Homework includes reading text, completing problem sets and writing lab reports. Homework
is expected to take 5 – 8 hours/week. While physics is fun, expect a LOT of math – solid math
skills and completion of Algebra I and geometry (student may take geometry concurrently) are