High School Electives

See Student Handbook for number of electives required for graduation.

High School Psychology from a Christian Worldview – one credit
This course will offer students an engaging introduction to the major areas of psychology through a Christian worldview. Students will learn a variety of topics including the brain and nervous system, perception and sensation, genetics, human development, learning, history of psychology, communication, needs and motivation, personality, sleep and dreams, abnormal psychology, and careers in psychology.

Advanced Crafts – one credit
This class will be geared towards high school students.  Some of the projects will be similar to those made in the exploring crafts class but at a more advanced level.  Since the projects are at an advanced level, they may take several weeks to complete.  Possible project ideas include wood working, metal punching, quilling, and quilting.  This class will be at the high school level, therefore either a test or a research assignment will be given each quarter.  There will be an art fee of $40 and homework. (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

Sewing and Woodworking – one credit
One semester of this course will be devoted to sewing and one semester will focus on woodworking.  The lessons learned in these classes will give the students practical life skills that they will use throughout their lifetime—guaranteed.  While the students are creating projects, they will also be learning skills, tools of the trade, and terms.  The National 4-H curriculum books for woodworking and sewing will be used to develop the course.  A material fee of $40 covers the materials for the classes.  (This course offered during even numbered graduating years.)


Drama – one credit
This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of stage presentation.  Students will learn drama terms, character development, stage blocking movements, improvisation, storytelling, safe stage management, publicity and set building while rehearsing a play to be performed as a culminating experience.  The student will be required to attend practices outside of school time along with a full tech week.  A $40 fee will per charged.

Drama Tech – one-quarter credit
Students will learn the intricacies of the “behind the scenes” activity that is part of producing a theater production.  Students will become the stage crew for the current year’s production.  Class starts during the third or fourth quarter of the school year (depending on the production date).

Food Preparation (one semester) – one-half credit
This one semester home economics course focuses on food preparation.  The daily lesson plans include food preparation skills, nutrition, basic meal planning, consumer education, table service, and manners.  The food preparation skills teach the student the basics of preparing and cooking different kinds of foods.  Nutrition is included to educate students about their nutritional needs and to train them to meet those needs.  Meal planning involves planning well-balanced menus, shopping for foods that meet a family’s nutritional needs while staying within a budget, and preparing meals in the available amount of time.  A materials fee of $40 will be charged.

Advanced Cooking (one semester) – one-half credit
This course is a continuation of skills learned in Food Preparation.  Students will be required to do more meal planning and at-home assignments.  This course will prepare students to meet challenges of a busy lifestyle, yet still be able to plan easy, nutritious meals, all while staying within a budget.  A materials fee of $40 will be charged.

Yearbook – one-half credit
Yearbook is a workshop that requires that the student actively participate in the assembling of our school yearbook.  The student will take photographs and learn how to generate page layouts by cropping photos and using fonts to make a pleasing and readable page.  The class meets during lab times once a month in the fall semester and more frequently as the year draws to a close.  The student’s participation is graded on a pass/fail basis and is counted for ½ credit.

Teacher Aide – one credit
Teacher recommendation required
This is an opportunity for the high school student to develop skills in teaching.  The student will assist the primary instructor as needed.

Early Education Aide – one credit
The student will work during their study hall weekly to assistant the early education teacher in the care and teaching of the preschool children.  He/she will be required to plan two short lessons with crafts a month.

SAT Preparation/Study Skills – one credit
This course is designed to provide the student with test taking skills geared toward both the verbal and math sections of the SAT tests during the first two quarters of this class.  The last two quarters will be devoted to study skill enhancement.  (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

Newsletter – one-half credit
Students may do an Independent Study Class for the purpose of creating a school newsletter for monthly publication.  He/She will be required to turn in one article per month to the instructor and will receive one-half credit.

Parents are welcome to provide outside sources for electives including but not limited to:  private music lessons, chorus, band, private dance instruction, Math Counts, and community clubs.  To receive credit for these electives on the student’s report card, please submit by week 33, a course description and log of activity time.  A log would include the date of each activity, the time spent each day, a brief description of the activity and a number at the bottom of the chart with the total hours spent.  A spreadsheet would be an ideal format for such a log.  Once complete, the parent must sign before turning into the office no later than Week 33.  (See Handbook for required number of hours per credit).

For Independent Study credit for a core course (math, science, history, English and foreign language), follow the Independent Study guidelines as set forth in the Student Handbook.