High School

Art Courses

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Art

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! We also will examine various famous artists and art movements, both present and historical, so students also learn some basic art history.

Prerequisites: None
Grade Target: 6-12
Loop Schedule:  Offered every year with projects looping every 3 years
Credits: None
2021/2022:  Offered 1st Hour or 4th Hour.

Foreign Language Courses

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American Sign Language 1 (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.

 

ASL 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade Target: 9-12
Loop Schedule: Every Year - New topics and vocabulary every two years:

  • Year A  (2022/2023, 2024/2025):  The Basics, Things, People, Foods & Eating, Descriptions, Numbers/Money/Math, Time/Days/Seasons

  • Year B  (2021/2022, 2023/2024):  Places, Health & Survival, Recreation, Actions, Being & Feeling, Religion & Communication, Miscellaneous


Credits: 1 Foreign Language
2021/2022:  Offered 3rd Hour
Curriculum:  Master ASL! Level 1

ASL 2
Currently, we do not offer a second year of ASL, but you can contact instructor Sonja Harrison at terpharrison@gmail.com for private tutoring.

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Intro to Spanish

This class will cover vocabulary and cultural studies, as well as a study of Spanish grammar and sentence structure. We will employ the use of songs, games, and other activities to solidify the lessons as well as to make learning fun!  Your student will learn how to properly compose Spanish sentences and engage in conversation. This class will include many activities to allow your child to practice speaking the Spanish that they are learning to read and write, and will help them grow in confidence as Spanish-speakers.


Prerequisites: None
Grade Target: 6-8 (9th graders with no experience may benefit from Intro)
Loop Schedule: Every year with content spanning 2 years.  We recommend students take 1-2 years of Intro to Spanish before Spanish 1
2021/2022:  Offered 2nd Hour

High School Spanish

This class will cover vocabulary and cultural studies, as well as a study of Spanish grammar and sentence structure. We will employ the use of songs, games, and other activities to solidify the lessons as well as to make learning fun!  Your student will learn how to properly compose Spanish sentences and engage in conversation. This class will include many activities to allow your child to practice speaking the Spanish that they are learning to read and write, and will help them grow in confidence as Spanish-speakers.

Prerequisites: None, Intro recommended
Grade Target: 9-12 (Middle Schoolers can request if taken Intro/equivalent)
Loop Schedule: Looping schedule for two years.  Offered every year.
Credits: 1 Foreign Language
2020/2021:  Offered 3rd Hour

Language Arts Courses

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High School Research and Composition Writing

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.

Prerequisites:  Students should be reading on grade level and have the ability to communicate their understanding of learning through written and verbal facets.
Grade Target: 9-10, or upperclassmen who have not had an academic writing class
Loop Schedule:  Every Year
Credits: 1 English Language Arts
2021/2022:  Offered 2nd Hour

Curriculum:  The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons and Writing Research Papers, both by L. Myers, published by IEW. Student books only. 

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High School Introduction to Literature and Speech

Students will be introduced to a variety of literature types through reading, discussion, comparison, and analysis.  Class participation is critical to this class.  Students will also be given tools for preparing and presenting formal speeches within the themes of the literature studies.

 

Prerequisites:  Composition and Research Writing or equivalent
Grade Target: 10-11
Loop Schedule:  Every Year

Credits: .5 English Language Arts, .5 Speech
2021/2022:  Offered 3rd Hour
Curriculum:  Novels TBD each year

High School Literature

Using IEW’s Excellence in Literature courses, this class alternates between American and British literature sources.  Literary analysis skills learned and applied to great works through their history. In-depth study of these works springboard learning at home.  This advanced high school course requires research and writing skills and an advanced reading comprehension level.

 

Prerequisites:  Recommended- a high school academic writing class
Grade Target: 11-12
Loop Schedule:  Every Other Year

  1. British Literature (2021/2022, 2023/2024)

  2. American Literature (2022/2023, 2024/2025)

Credits: 1 English Language Arts
2021/2022:  Offered 4th Hour
Curriculum:  IEW Excellence in Literature and accompanying unabridged book list

Physical Education Courses

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High School 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 towards enriching the middle schoolers with an active learning class.

Prerequisites: None
Grade Target: 6-12
Loop Schedule: Every Year
Credits: 1 Physical Education

2021/2022:  Offered 1st Hour

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We recommend adding Apologia's Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition to your child's home education for a .5 Health Credit, but this will not be included in EPIC's High School P.E. Course.

Science Courses

Biology Class

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. Students will complete a handful of projects throughout the year as well.

 

Prerequisites: Student should be reading on grade level and able to communicate learning in verbal and written ways.
Grade Target: 9-10
Loop Schedule: Every Year
Credits: 1 Science with Lab
2021/2022: First Hour
Curriculum:  Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Biology, 3rd edition

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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 an additional ½ hour lab time outside of the 1.5 hour class and is priced at a different rate due to lab time and materials required.

 

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1
Grade Target: 10-12
Loop Schedule: Every year
Credits: 1 Science with Lab
2021/2022:  Class starts at 9:30 which is partway through 1st hour.  Class resumes after chapel for all of 2nd hour.  9:30-10, 10:30-12 for a total of 120 minutes of class time.

Curriculum: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd Edition

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High School Advanced Biology

This upperclassmen level class provides a college-prep study of the human body’s 11 major organ systems and their biology and physiology.  Lab experiments and dissection direct project-based learning and springboard content learning at home. This is an advanced level course with appropriate coinciding course work expectations.  *Due to low enrollment, this class has been cancelled for 2020-2021.

 

Prerequisites:  Biology, Chemistry
Grade Target: 11-12
Loop Schedule: Every other year (2022/2023)
Credits: 1 Science with Lab

2021/2022Not offered this year, on the schedule for 2022/2023

Curriculum:  Apologia Advanced Biology, 2nd Edition

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High School Physics

A college prep level science class for upperclassmen.  Students will learn to appreciate how scientists have observed God’s world for the past 3,000 years.  Concepts include laws of motion, displacement, magnetism, waves, optics, Newton’s Laws, electricity, and science and math integration.

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1, Geometry
Grade Target: 11-12
Loop Schedule: Every other year (2021/2022, 2023/2024)
Credits: 1 Science with Lab

2021/2022:  Offered 3rd Hour

Curriculum:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition

Social Sciences

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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.

Prerequisites: None
Grade Target:  10-12
Loop Schedule: Every other year (2022/2023, 2024/2025)
Credits: 1 Social Science
2021/2022Not offered this year, on the schedule for 2022/2023
CurriculumExploring Government by Ray Notgrass, Exploring Economics by Ray Notgrass

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World History

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.

Prerequisites: None
Grade Target:  10-12
Loop Schedule: Every Other Year (2021/2022, 2023/2024)
Credits: 1 Social Science
CurriculumExploring World History by Ray Notgrass

High School Bible

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Intermediate Bible

This class will introduce your child to essential Christian doctrines, challenging them to study God's character and respond to His Word. At this age, your students face growing personal responsibilities and increasingly complex questions about their beliefs. This study will help your students appreciate the structure of the Christian faith - its simple truths, the vast wisdom underneath, and the knowable yet incomprehensible Person holding it all together.  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 class, especially as students explore the broad range of denominational similarities and differences on several of these topics. (this is the curriculum used for Middle School Bible 2020-2021 and will be a repeat of the class)

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade Target:  8-10
Loop Schedule: Every Year

Credits: 1 Social Sciences Credit

2020/2021:  Offered 4th Hour

Curriculum: Dynamic Christian Living by Positive Action Bible Series

High School Bible Year 1 - Christian Worldview and Beliefs

This class will offer 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 system.  This class will serve as a prerequisite for an upper level Apologetics class that will be offered during the 2022/2023 school year.  

 

Prerequisites: It is recommended (but not required) that students take Intermediate Bible first.
Grade Target:  10-12
Loop Schedule: Every Year

2021/2022: Offered 1st Hour

Curriculum: 

  • Bible

  • Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God by J. Ryan Lister

  • Everyday Theology: What you Believe Matters by Mary Wiley

High School Bible Year 2 - Apologetics and Defending the Faith

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.

 

Prerequisites: High School Bible Year 1 - Christian Worldview and Beliefs
Grade Target:  10-12
Loop Schedule: Every Year
​ beginning in 2022/2023

2021/2022:  Not offered this year, on the schedule for 2022/2023

Curriculum:  TBD

Logic and Problem-solving

Creative Thoughts

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  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.  Two teams of middle school and one team of high school students are planned. Tuition is paid half in September and the remaining by October 26th. Due to the nature of the small class size and the rules bound by the Odyssey of the Mind organization, the October payment is non-refundable.

 

Prerequisites:  Must be able to attend local and state competitions in February and March (usually one Saturday each).  Extra practices leading up to competition. Dates TBA
Expectations:  There is a requirement for parent/family involvement in the form of volunteering, material prep, or judging on competition weekends. 
Grade Target: 9-12
Loop Schedule: New teams and problems each year
2021/2022:  4th Hour HS Team