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This course is designed to move from English basics to skill sets and ultimately to application and usages of English principles. Students read and respond to literature, learning about inferences, literary devices and comprehension of an author’s viewpoint. Writing will be aimed at specific purposes and audiences and will emphasize expression, reflection, style, influence and communication of ideas. Knowledge of English mechanics, grammar and spelling will be targeted in class discussions and students will be encouraged to formulate specific points of view. Students will develop strategies for active reading and clear writing.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Novels: TBD**

**Supplies Needed:** 3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

The study of ninth grade English language arts will include grammar, vocabulary, literature and composition. Students will learn the disciplines of analysis, sentence construction, identification of parts of speech and the function and relationship of words in sentences. Class discussions will highlight oportunities for students to improve their communicaiton, presentation and critical thinking skills.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Novels: TBD**

**Supplies Needed:** 3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

This course of study will continue to include literature, composition, grammar and vocabulary. Exploration of literature will demonstrate the effectiveness of English composition and presentation, while observing the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions. Emphasis will be placed on determining an author’s intent and theme and recognizing techniques used to deliver a message or idea.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Novels: TBD**

**Supplies Needed:** 3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

This course will expand proficiencies in using the tools of reading and writing with emphasis on comprehension and mastery of syntax, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling and usage in written communication. Word analysis and systematic vocabulary development will also be included. Writing skills will emphasize clear, logical writing patterns, word choice and usage, and will include the writing and delivery of assigned speeches. Essays will be written and the techniques of writing research papers will be studied and applied. Composition and literature will be blended into a cohesive whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literary passages, continuing to develop and strengthen their skills.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Novels: TBD**

**Supplies Needed:** 3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

This course reviews basic math concepts, number sense, computation/estimation, areas, and measurements, ensuring students have a solid mathematical foundation. Students are then introduced to the basics of percentages, algebra, and geometry. This course includes some hands-on learning activities to be completed individually and in groups.

**Prerequisite:** Placement by instructor

**Required Textbook:**

*Intermediate Mathematics*, Abeka, 1st edition , 2019, #294012 (available on Abeka.com)

**Supplies Needed:**

Loose leaf binder with paper or 3-subject notebook, ruler, and pencils

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Algebra 1 – Introductory Algebra.

Pre-Algebra provides the foundation for Algebra. Main topics include fractions, decimals, integers, ratios and proportions, solving equations, percents, introduction to geometry and graphing. This class will incorporate some hands-on learning activities (individual and group) to be completed in class.

**Prerequisite:** Math 7/8 or placement by instructor

**Required Textbook:**

*Barron’s Pre-Algebra The Easy Way*, August 2019, Caryl Lorandini, ISBN: 9781438012094 (available on Amazon.com)

Other worksheets will be added for instruction and homework, but will be provided by the instructor.

**Supplies Needed:**

Loose leaf binder and paper or a 3 subject notebook, graph paper or notebook, ruler, pencils, and calculator (used in some sections)

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Algebra 2 – Intermediate Algebra.

**Students learn to:**

- Simplify expressions using the order of operations
- Solve linear equations and use them to solve application problems
- Solve linear inequalities and graph and express answers in interval form
- Find slope and intercepts of a linear equation in two variables
- Simplify expressions using laws of exponents
- Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials
- Factor polynomials
- Solve quadratic equations using multiple methods
- Solve systems of linear equations in two variables
- Write a linear equation given pertinent information

**Prerequisite:** Pre-Algebra or placement by instructor

**Required Textbook:**

*Introductory Algebra*, Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, Third Edition, ISBN 978-0073384542 (available used on amazon.com)

**Supplies Needed:**

Paper, pencil, graph paper, loose leaf notebook

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus with College Algebra

**Students learn to:**

- Solve polynomial equations by factoring
- Solve equations involving rational expressions and apply them
- Solve equations with radicals and rational exponents
- Perform operations with complex numbers
- Recognize functions defined by sets of ordered pairs, graphs, and equations and to apply function notation to applications
- Sketch graphs of linear relations and determine a linear equation in two

variables given pertinent information - Solve linear inequalities in one and two variables
- Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula, completing the

square, factoring, and extracting roots - Solve absolute value equations and inequalities

**Prerequisite**: Algebra 1 or placement by instructor

**Required Textbook:**

*Intermediate Algebra*, Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, Third edition, ISBN 978-0073384429 (available used on amazon.com)

**Supplies Needed:**

Pencil, graph paper, loose leaf notebook, straight edge (six inch ruler will suffice)

Geometry introduces mathematical properties, theorems, and vocabulary involving proofs. It includes topics such as the study of points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, congruence and similarity, area and volume, and coordinate geometry. Geometry helps to develop critical thinking skills as it relates to logical reasoning and argument. Hands-on learning will be provided in many classes both individually and in groups.

**Pre-Requisite:** Algebra 1

NOTE: Students may take Geometry prior to or after taking Algebra 2.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Supplies Needed: **

Loose leaf paper and binder, pencils, ruler, compass, protractor and calculator

The goal of this course is to prepare students for appropriate level class when entering a college/university

**Students will:**

- Solve quadratic and rational inequalities
- Review the methods for solving quadratic equations, equations in quadratic form and radical equations
- Develop an understanding of the concept of a function including topics such as the domain and range of a function
- Study techniques of graphing functions including polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions
- Use distance and mid-point formulas to develop equations of conics and convert the general form to standard form
- Study the properties of logarithms and their application in simplifying expressions and solving exponential and logarithmic equations
- Develop strategies for finding zeros of polynomial functions including Rational Roots Theoerm and Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
- Study matrix solutions of linear equations

**Prerequisite**: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry or placement by instructor

**Required Textbook:**

*College Algebra*, 6th edition; Authors: Stewart, Redlin, & Watson; ISBN: 978-1111990169 (available used on amazon.com)

**Supplies Needed:**

Scientific calculator, pencil, graph paper, loose leaf notebook

This course teaches students about the nature of science, the history of life and some of the amazing creatures that exist in God’s creation, how the body works, and history of our earth. We will look at geology, fossil records, archaeology, paleontology, and introduce life science concepts that will be used later in biology. (*Student Notebook that goes along with the book is required. It contains space for personal notes and has the questions and space for the On Your Own, Study Guide and Summary questions.*)

**Textbook Required:**

*Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Edition*, Sherri Seligson, Apologia, 2019, ISBN 978-1-946506-27-6

*Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Edition Student Notebook*, Apologia, 2019, ISBN 978-1-946506-30-6

**Supplies Needed:**

Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, spiral notebook, fineline markers, calculator (suggested but not required), pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue

This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.

**Textbook Required:**

*Exploring Creation with Biology*, 3rd Edition, Apologia, 978-1-946506-45-0

**Supplies Needed:**

Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue

Topics include significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, and equilibrium.

Experiments include measuring specific heat, discovering the electrical conductivity of compounds dissolved in water, measuring the width of a molecule, exploring freezing-point depression, using the ideal gas equation, recognizing the effects of catalysts, and much more.

**Prerequisite:**

Must have successfully completed Algebra I

**Textbook Required:
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*Discovering Design with Chemistry*, Dr. Jay L. Wile, Berean Builders, 2015, ISBN 978-0996278461

**Supplies Needed:**

Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue, and scientific calculator (such as TI-30XS Multiview or TI-36XPro – both available from Amazon for less than $20)

Physics is often referred to as the “fundamental science” because it forms the basis of all other fields of science. In this course we will look at fundamentals of motion, explore work and energy, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism. To study and understand the details of how the above concepts interact in nature one must do a lot of observation and experimentation. One of the aspects of observation and experimentation is measurement which this course of study will be practicing frequently.

**Prerequisites:**

Must be proficient with Algebra concepts and familiar with basic Geometry/Trigonometry concepts (sine, cosine, tangent)

**Textbook Required:**

*Exploring Creation with Physics*, 2nd edition, Apologia, ISBN 978-1932012422

**Supplies Needed:**

Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue, composition book, scientific calculator (such as TI-30XS Multiview or TI-36XPro – both available from Amazon for less than $20)

This course will take students on a guided trip of self-discovery as they use sight, hearing, taste, and smell to experience Texas history. The class will use a wide array of books, hands-on projects, virtual field trips, essay writing, and student presentations to delve into the great state of Texas and its rich history. Students will learn about geography, history, culture, government, economy, and citizenship, as they explore key people, events and influences that have earned Texas its larger than life reputation among other states.

**Required Textbooks: TBD**

**Supplies Needed: TBD**

This course explores geography and cultures as it guides students on a journey around the world. Students will use books, virtual field trips, food and more to learn about lands and people around the globe. They will practice note taking, organizational/research skills, presentations and writing as they tackle past and present events that impact and help foretell the future.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Supplies Needed: TBD**

This course provides a chronological study of the major events in the history of the United States, from the first American settlements to the early days of the Trump presidency. Students will develop critical thinking skills as they study and discuss the many challenges that have threatened our nation both in the past and the present. They will learn to evaluate people, events, and movements, preparing them to make informed decisions about local, state and national issues.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Supplies Needed: TBD**

The goal of this class is to deepen students’ understanding of the world by examining the record of man and his relationships from the time of creation to the rise of globalism in the 20th century. Students will apply analytical skills to determine causes and effects and to identify major patterns. They will read, write, create maps, make presentations and have FUN as they explore God’s purpose and plan in human events.

**Required Textbook: TBD**

**Supplies Needed: TBD**

Do you know who our Founding Fathers are? Do you know why they wrote the Constitution? Was this document “inspired by God”? Do you know what happened at the Constitutional Convention? If not, this class is for you!

We are truly a blessed country – but why? This course explores the historic events that lead to the Founding Fathers writing the Constitution; compares the US government to other world governments; and walks line by line through each section of the Constitution, examining the importance of this timeless document and learning to defend our unalienable rights. The class will include readings, discussions, guest speakers, research, writing and projects as it brings government to life for students and prepares them to be good stewards and defenders of our Country.

This class fulfills the Texas high school requirement for United States Government.

**Required Textbooks:**

*American Government*, Abeka, Third Edition, Item #89281

*American Government Quiz and Test Book*, Abeka, Item #89311

A pocket-sized Declaration of Independence

A pocket-sized US Constitution

**Supplies Needed:** Spiral for note-taking, paper, pens

The goal of this course is to provide students with a greater understanding of economics from multiple perspectives by studying both the history and politics of economics. Students will explore economic viewpoints of individual consumers, small business owners and global economies. Included are studies of the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finance and its influence, money and prices, and inflation/deflation cycles.

**Required Textbook:**

*Economics: Work and Prosperity*, Abeka, Third Edition, Item #174653

*Economics Quiz and Test Book – Revised*, Abeka, Item #325562

**Supplies Needed:** Spiral for note-taking, paper, pens

This first-year computer science class will loosely follow the requirements for the CS Principles AP Exam. The course is a mix of lecture and lab, covering overview topics such as the roll/social impact of digital information in the world, in addition to programming specific topis such as variables, loops, functions, testing, etc. Either Python or JavaScript will be used for the programming portion of the class (decision will be finalized later in the summer). This class is suitable for all ages and no experience is required.

**Required Textbook:** Will be listed later in summer. The hope is to use an online free curriculum.

**Supplies Needed:** Computer and access to internet (a laptop preferably that can be brought to class on lab days), spiral for note taking, folder/notebook for organizing handouts

This one-semester class will focus specifically on the SAT, but will be helpful for students needing to prepare for any standardized test. The course will cover basic test-taking topics, but will also incorporate review of English/Grammar and Math concepts included in the SAT exam. Because of limited on-campus time, students will need to self-administer practice exams at home. Toward the end of the semester, several non-school days will be set aside for students who wish to practice taking a full SAT (all sections) in one day. Please note that the course will not include the essay writing portion of the SAT. This course may be offered again in spring at a different time if there is enough interest.

**Required Textbook: ** Will be listed later in summer as new guides become available. Instructor may provide handouts/test booklets for a small copy fee.

**Supplies Needed:** Pencils, spiral/notebook paper for notetaking and working problems, notebook/folder for organizing practice tests and handouts, an SAT-approved calculator

An interactive beginners course designed to introduce students to the beautiful language of Spanish. Students will learn to speak, read and write on a basic level. This class is very interactive because the best way to learn a language is to speak it. The student will learn through memorization, repetition, conversation, role play and song.

**Required Textbooks: TBD**

**Supplies Needed:** Notebook, pencils

An intermediate Spanish class taught with personal conversation and real world application.

**Pre-requisite**: Completion of Spanish 1 at TSC with a minimum grade of C OR grade of C or higher on a skill level test provided by the instructor. Contact Mrs. Peck with questions on class enrollment.

**Required Textbooks: **

*Mas que vencedores Spanish 2A* (published by Abeka)

*Mas que vencedores Spanish 2B*

*Vocabulary Manual for Mas que vencedores Spanish 2*

*Mas que vencedores Student Test Book Spanish 2*

**Supplies Needed:** Notebook, pencils

CoffeeHouse is a central room for studying, visiting, and snacking between classes. Students may choose to do schoolwork or just hang out and talk with their friends. Though TSC Staff monitors these periods to ensure appropriate and courteous behavior, students are free to choose how they wish to spend their time. As the name suggest, Coffee and Cocoa are available, as well as light snacks. The cost for CoffeeHouse is $15 per month per period.

Back by popular demand: Fakenews And Critical Thinking! This CoffeeHouse alternative is one of our students’ favorite things! Rather than study or visit in CoffeeHouse during off periods, students can sign up for this current, relevant, thought-provoking and highly-interactive session.

FACTs and Fallacy will include current events and revisit the topic of logic as introduced in the 2020-21 school year. What is meant in our current world culture by right? Left? What is the worldview of those offering us the news? Learning what is happening in current events teaches us about our culture and our place in the world. This exciting class explores not only current events, but also teaches how to recognize common logical fallacies. The class format will be discussion, debate, readings and video clips, with little or no homework assigned.

More sections may be added later if there is enough interest. Cost for FACTs is $15 per month per period.