Brief course descriptions of High School classes for grades 9th-12th are listed below. For detailed information, including expectations and prerequisites, please see the Course Description Handbook.
Some high school level classes such as American History and Credit-Based Art are available for 8th graders ready for the pace and workload. If your 9th grader is in need of remedial courses or a physical science class, please see our Middle School Class Offerings.
In MS/HS Art Class, we will explore different mediums and styles to create a wide variety of pieces, all "wall hanging worthy". Rather than giving step-by-step "how-tos", different techniques will be demonstrated and then space will be given for students to explore, so no two works will be alike!
Foreign Language Courses
High School American Sign Language (ASL)
ASL is a rich and complex language. Recently declared as an official language and recognized across the United States as a foreign language, more and more high school teachers across the country are teaching ASL as an elective. This class is designed to prepare individuals to successfully interact with ASL users. Lessons are structured around language needed for common life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogue coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture and history of the Deaf community in the United States.
High School Spanish
This class is an introduction to new students at the High School level building off content learned in Middle school. The students are presented with the sentence and grammar structure in order to have conversations with the vocabulary learned. The students are required to work at home at least 20 minutes of Spanish with their assignments and a workbook. Each unit will present a cultural aspect to highlight diversity among Spanish-speaking countries and a reader to help the student build confidence. With each week, the desired outcome is building off of the reading, writing, and conversational skills to become a Spanish speaker.
Language Arts Courses
High School Research and Composition Writing
Research is not just a “school skill,” but a set of mental habits and practices that help us collect, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems and make wise decisions. In this course, students will spend the first semester learning the craft of research, which will prepare them to engage in a self-guided, long-term project in the second semester. In class, students will study great models, learn about different tools and techniques for research, and participate together as a community of learners every week. Outside the classroom, students will dive into interesting sources and develop their own thinking and conclusions through informal writing assignments. We will celebrate our work with a formal presentation of research at the end of the year. This academic writing class intends to prepare underclassmen for high school writing. Building off of middle school writing, skills in proper formatting, research, citations, general composition, and persuasive writing will equip students for future high school course work. This class is foundational to a student desiring to take creative writing or literature class as well as test prep.
High School Introduction to Literature and Speech
This year-long class is designed for underclassmen or older students who may not be experienced in reading and analysis for upperclassmen-level literature. The desired outcomes of the course are for students to:
Recognize, comprehend, interpret, and analyze various conventions and genres of literature-- fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.
Formulate, critically edit, practice, and confidently present 4 types of speeches.
This class alternates between American and British literature sources for the advanced and experienced high schooler. For 2022-2023, students will enjoy a sampler of some of American literature’s finest works, observing how language and literary tradition evolved into its current form. We’ll study each text through a steady rhythm of reading, annotating, and discussing, sharing our reactions, questions, and analysis of the stories as we go. Students will learn and practice the skill of literary analysis by writing responses to interesting prompts, eventually composing their own formal literary analysis essay. Our final adaptation project will challenge students to produce an artistic interpretation of their favorite text (such as a comic strip, a short film, or a board game) and present it to the class. This advanced high school course requires research and writing skills and an advanced reading comprehension level.
Physical Education Courses
MS/HS Physical Education
Course objectives are that each student enjoys physical activity, improves their overall strength and conditioning, learns and practices fitness principles and plays, and learns lifelong sports and team sports. Geared with focus on 60 minutes of sports and active play with 30 minutes of learning and study of nutrition, wellness, and health. Some homework required.
High School Biology
This course provides students with a broad overview of the many disciplines involved in the study of life. It starts with a brief introduction to the definition of life and then discretely examines and explores each of the five biological kingdoms. Students will participate in hands-on labs including animal dissections, microscopic life studies, and many chemical process labs. In addition, students will complete a handful of projects throughout the year.
High School Chemistry
Chemistry is one of the most fascinating studies of the orderly design of our perfect Creator! The chemistry course is based on regular laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students will learn about the structure and properties of matter and its interactions. Laboratory experiments will be used to reinforce topics studied from the text. This course requires a total of 2 hours of class and lab time and is priced at a different rate due to lab time and materials required.
Private Tutor- Human Anatomy & Physiology
This course covers both the anatomy and physiology of each of the human body’s organ systems. This study will introduce the organizational levels of the human body from a single cell to the 11 major organ systems: skeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, integumentary, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive. We will also perform laboratory exercises including some dissections.
This class is offered as a private tutor class. The instructor will use EPIC resources such as praxi but will set their own pricing and requirements. Students may register for this class along with other EPIC classes but will pay the instructor directly. Max 5 Students. For information on pricing and other class details, please contact Laura Marsman at email@example.com.
Social Science Courses
United States History
This class presents history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. Each unit includes a Bible study highlighting spiritual issues related to history. It is comprehensive, giving students a survey of events and issues from European exploration to the war on terror, with extensive coverage of the twentieth century. The Exploring America Curriculum Package includes three books:
Part 1: Columbus through Reconstruction (first semester)
Part 2: Late 1800s through the Present (second semester)
American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History (assigned readings)
Government and Economics
Explore the foundations and current events in the United States government from a Biblical worldview. Students will learn about all levels of government from local, state, and federal. Economics will also be a component of this class. Understanding the world of economics and how we can become better stewards of God's resources through the lens of current events will be presented. Projects will help students apply this foundational knowledge to real-life scenarios. Offered in alternate years with World History.
**This class is not offered for 2022-2023 but will return for the 2023-2024 EPIC year.**
Students will explore world history in a project-based environment. Through reading, literature, and scripture connections, students will help see God’s Story play out through historical events, people, and places throughout the world.
High School Bible
A general overview of the basic skills and doctrines that are an important part of living life as a Christ-follower. Topics will include the character and attributes of God, Bible study skills, Christian disciplines, worship, and evangelism. The focus of this class will be hands-on learning to equip students to grow and mature in their faith. Discussion and written responses will also be an integral part of our class, especially as we explore the broad range of denominational similarities and differences on several of these topics
High School Bible Year 1: Theology & Worldview
This class will offer an in-depth study of and discussion about basic faith truths of the Christian Worldview and Reformed Biblical beliefs. Students will do at-home projects and papers to discover how these truths impact culture. Students will also learn to have tactical conversations with those of other belief systems. This class serves as a prerequisite for an upper-level Apologetics class.
High School Bible Year 2: Apologetics & Evangelism
This class will build on the foundation of the Christian worldview and beliefs learned in Year 1 of High School Bible and create a scaffolding for how to both defend and share that faith with the world around us. Students at the college level are inundated with questions and accusations regarding their faith, and we want our EPIC students buttressed up to give an answer for what and why they believe what they do! Students will read amazing literature on defending and sharing their faith, partake in meaningful conversations, and create projects and papers that help them process all they will learn.
Logic and Problem-solving
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. During class time at EPIC, students use many different STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and creative problem solving to figure out a solution to their assigned problem. Teams can have a maximum of 7 “brains” so space is limited for this class. One team of middle school students and one team of high school students are planned.