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Upper Elementary Class Listing

This is the Upper Elementary (grades 3-6) class listing for 2017-2018 Academic Year.

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Classes are priced for semester or full year (1-day per week and 2-days per week are noted).

Note: One parent is required to attend the first day of class only, when we will set expectations and answer questions.

Elementary Students are only allowed to be on campus, without a parent, when they are in class or with one hour break between classes. During that hour, you will need to register the student for an OPEN hour at a cost. We will try to add or move classes, if possible, to fill in some spaces or time.

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Link to the REGISTRATION FORM here


ART Elementary Art [Watch Video]

Mrs. Isabelle Griesmyer

Day: W, 1:00-1:50, Tuition: $405/YR, $80 Mat Fee

This will be a process oriented class where students can create for the experience, not just for the product. A variety of materials will be used in many ways so that they can explore line, color, pattern, shape, form, and space while doing their art. Projects will include pattern making, printmaking, paper weaving, collage, and some clay work. Grades 3 - 5.


Day: W, 2:00-2:50, Tuition: $405/YR, $80 Mat Fee

Explore folk art and crafts from different parts of the world. Each session will focus on a different country and the art created there. We will look at pattern and textile designs in Africa and make some masks. While looking at Japan and China, some brush painting, scrolls, and festive decorations will be explored. Then we will skip across the world and finish up in Latin America. This class is for children in third through eighth grade.


Class are not repeated from last semester so new students may join and past students will learn something new too.

Welcome to the real world of 21st century skills and discover how Young Engineers of Today can help students of all abilities engage in STEM, using the latest technologies. Students are challenged with hands-on, minds-on projects, and learn real world skills in an academic context. Our students become technology creators, not just technology consumers. This class will be a hybrid program, meeting for a total of 48 hours over the course of four months. Students will convene twice a week online, where a teacher will conduct a live, interactive lesson where the students are able to participate and ask questions. Students can also review these lessons at any time.

Outside of class, students will work on engineering projects during the week. Students even have access to their instructor outside of the lessons, with the ability to contact them via email or call with questions. Students also meet every other week for two hours to do additional, cooperative construction and lab work. Topics that may be covered this semester: 3D Printing, Aircraft Design, Aerospace, Architecture, Bridges, CAD, Electronics, Flight, Game Programming, Internet Of Everything, Microcontrollers, Network Security, Physical Computing, Raspberry Pi (micro computing), Robotics, or Simple Machines. This class gets rave reviews from parents and students every semester. You will not be disappointed!

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 3 hours outside of class. Varies based on interest of student.


ENG Institute for Excellence in Writing Level A

Mrs. Kristy Huddle

Day: M, 9:30-10:20, Tuition: $270/YR, $0 Mat Fee

Writing is an essential discipline that extends beyond your child’s home school years. This class will walk students through IEW’s (Institute for Excellence in Writing) nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) to help them organize any type of composition. This is a structured class, but is guaranteed to be interactive and fun.

Intensive A: 3-5 th graders (3 rd grader should be strong in reading comprehension) OR 6 th graders who struggle in reading comprehension.

Student Writing Intensive A ( http://www.iew.com/shop/products/student-writing- intensive-level-notebook-packet

Student Resource notebook ( http://www.iew.com/shop/products/student-resource- notebook )

Optional (but recommended):

Portable Wall ( http://www.iew.com/shop/products/portable-walls )

There will be homework each week. (1 hour a per week)

Parents will receive detailed feedback on EACH writing assignment


HIS 50 States

Mrs. Mary Snow

Day: M, 11:30-12:20, Tuition: $270/YR, $0 Mat Fee

Students will learn about the 50 states with a stronger emphasis on North Carolina.

Grading: State Form, Map Skills, and Projects

Book: National Geographic Kids United State Atlas; $12.95 (Barnes & Noble)

Materials: Provided during class time.

Estimated Homework: 30 mins. per day

Supplies: Pencils


LAN Spanish Elementary Beginner

Sra Iris Moran

Day: TH, 10:30-11:20, Tuition: $520/YR, $20 Mat Fee

Do not let your child miss the chance to become bilingual. Studies show that the younger a person is when he learns a language, the more proficient he will be for the rest of his life in that language. In this class, students will be taught Spanish the right way -- through immersion. They will learn through songs; games; and hands on projects.

Study Hours outside of class: 2+ hours per week

Instructor's Grading: Pass/Fail

Supplies: Notebook (any style) with paper, 3x5 index cards (students may need 900 - 1000 cards throughout the year) and a good Spanish/English Dictionary.


LIF Mini Society [Watch Video]

Mrs. Kristy Huddle

Day: W, 11:30-1:00, Tuition: $50/YR, Materials Cost Varies based on the projects selected

Mini-Society is a fun way for the students to learn about economics in a meaningful way. Over this year your child will help to create a mini-society in a group environment and be an active part of it with real responsibilities. They will learn how to design a product, create and advertise it, as well as understand how our market economy works. They experience working as an integral member of a team, work out their own conflict resolution (with guidance, if needed), express their thoughts diplomatically and many other “real world” applications as they create a society of their own making. They will begin a society from scratch (a group of individuals with no corporate name, no organization, no rules) and form critical components of a smoothly operating civilization by trial and error. The experience is yours for a $45 fee and items that you will provide for your child in their experience.


Day: MW, 8:30-9:20, Tuition: $520/YR, $0 Mat Fee

This class will include review of addition and subtraction as well as factoring, introduction of multiplication, measurements, finding areas, liquid measurements, skip counting numbers from 2 to 10, rounding (10, 100, and 1000), double digit multiplication, and prime and composite numbers. A test is needed to determine placement in this class.

We use MathUSee workbooks for practice, but use the best method to teach individual students in the classroom. We believe that the way to determine the best math class a student is based on skill as opposed to age. Please go to the MathUSee website and take the placement test to determine your student's readiness for the class. Here is the link: https://www.mathusee.com/schools/getting-started/placement/placement-tests/

Book to Purchase: Mat-U-See Gamma Student Kit- $25.00

Location to Purchase: MathUSee.com

Instructor's Grading: Workbook, class participation, test booklet

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minuets


Day: MW, 2:00-2:50, Tuition: $520/YR, $0 Mat Fee

This class reviews addition, subtraction, multiplication as well as division, concepts of perpendicular and parallel lines, finding areas of various shapes, place value, expanded notation, remainders, volume, fractions, and roman numerals. A test is needed to determine placement in this class.

We use MathUSee workbooks for practice, but use the best method to teach individual students in the classroom. We believe that the way to determine the best math class a student is based on skill as opposed to age. Please go to the MathUSee website and take the placement test to determine your student's readiness for the class. Here is the link: https://www.mathusee.com/schools/getting-started/placement/placement-tests/

Book to Purchase: Math-U-See Delta Student Kit- $25.00

Location to Purchase: MathUSee.com

Instructor's Grading: Workbook, class participation, test booklet

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minuets


Day: MW, 10:30-11:20, Tuition: $520/YR, $0 Mat Fee

This class reviews all math skills learned previously as well as adding and subtracting factions, rule of four, multiplication and division of fractions, linear measurement, mixed numbers, improper fractions, addition and subtraction of mixed numbers, division of fractions and mixed numbers, multiplying three fractions or mixed numbers, solving for the unknown, finding area and circumference of a circle. A test is needed to determine placement in this class.

We use MathUSee workbooks for practice, but use the best method to teach individual students in the classroom. We believe that the way to determine the best math class a student is based on skill as opposed to age. Please go to the MathUSee website and take the placement test to determine your student's readiness for the class. Here is the link: https://www.mathusee.com/schools/getting-started/placement/placement-tests/

Book to Purchase: Math-U-See Epsilon Student Kit- $25.00

Location to Purchase: MathUSee.com

Instructor's Grading: Workbook, class participation, test booklet

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minuets


Day: MW, 9:30-10:20, Tuition: $520/YR, $0 Mat Fee

This class reviews all math skills learned as well as exponents, place value with expanded and exponential notation, decimal numbers with expanded notation, adding and subtracting decimal numbers, introduction of the metric system, multiplying decimals, finding percents, pie graphs, multiplying decimals, finding mean, median and mode, probability, point, line, ray, and line segments, planes, math symbols, and angles. A test is needed to determine placement in this class.

We use MathUSee workbooks for practice, but use the best method to teach individual students in the classroom. We believe that the way to determine the best math class a student is based on skill as opposed to age. Please go to the MathUSee website and take the placement test to determine your student's readiness for the class. Here is the link: https://www.mathusee.com/schools/getting-started/placement/placement-tests/

Books to Purchase: Math-U-See Zeta Student Kit- $30.00

Location to Purchase: MathUSee.com

Instructor's Grading: Workbook, class participation, test booklet

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minuets


Instructor will contact you after registration is received to set up schedule for tutoring.

Tutoring is individually scheduled and priced based on the skill level of the student. Mrs. Mary Snow will evaluate your child ($25 fee applied to tutoring fee) and discuss solution as it applies to your student.

Please go to the Contact Us tab and let us know your interest. We will contact you to schedule evaluation and parent conference.


Day: M, 11:30-12:20, Tuition: $405/YR, $15 Mat Fee

Private student and adult Lessons also available Prices vary based on duration of lessonn to be determined by at a private interview.

Drum Set FUNdamentals 1: This will be an introductory drum set class, where fundamentals of drumming are introduced, and the joy of drumming is encouraged. Proper hand and foot technique will be stressed, with a focus on learning to read and perform basic snare drum rhythms, rudiments, and basic rock beats and drum fills. Students will also be introduced to many of the greatest drummers in history, and be inspired!

Drum Set FUNdamentals 2: This class will build on Drum Set FUNdamentals 1, with further emphasis on reading more complex rhythms, drum chart interpretations, rudimental application and pattern studies, groove and time study (with metronomes and loops), musical styles (funk, jazz, hip hop, etc.) , “music minus one” song play alongs, odd times, and much more! The ultimate goal of this class is to give students all the tools they need to become solid drummers, and true musicians!

Private Drum Set Lessons--beginner to advanced levels, all ages.

Private lessons are tailored to the individual student, and allow the most efficient and focused atmosphere for serious study of the drum set. As in all lessons, quality progress and fun in learning are keys to success

Grade Level for this class: 4-12

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 Minutes per day

School Supplies Needed: Drumsticks, access to Edmodo, printed lesson plans, or pdf on your (smart phone/tablet/laptop***), a good attitude, and willingness to learn. Recommended Stick sizes 7A or 5B wood tip or nylon


This is a one day per week class. Several options are listed below.

Guitar 1 - Day: M, 9:30-10:20, Tuition: $405/YR, $15 Mat Fee

Guitar 1- Day: T, 9:30-10:20, Tuition: $405/YR, $15 Mat Fee

Guitar 2 - Day: M, 10:30-11:20, Tuition: $405/YR, $15 Mat Fee

Guitar 2 - Day: T, 2:00-2:50, Tuition: $405/YR, $15 Mat Fee

Guitar/Bass 1 introduces students to the concepts needed to play simple progressions (two or more chords played repeatedly) in a group setting. The goal is to help students learn music in a manner similar to learning a language. This class begins with “baby talk” -basic chords. In the same way a baby says its first words, musicians can learn to say a lot before they know music. Unlike most chord books, students will learn to "speak phrases” - play progressions; instead of learning random “words” -chords. Next we will learn the “alphabet” -notes on the fretboard; which is applied the same on many instruments. We will use this knowledge to learn one or more easy songs. A great investment for any student wanting to explore the possibility of playing guitar, but also perfect for serious guitarists needing a strong foundation of the basics.

Guitar/Bass 2 picks up where Guitar/Bass 1 ends. Using the same idea that music is a language we will continue building our vocabulary, and expanding our knowledge of the fretboard. This class begins with progressions beyond “baby talk”, and introduces each chord type (sus, maj 7, etc.), as well as multiple chord voicings. Students will learn how to “spell” each chord type using the “alphabet” -notes on the fretboard, and another new tool, the Major Scale. We will use this knowledge to learn one or more songs relevant to the material. Students will also have opportunities to play with advanced students from other classes (like Drums 2) during academy showcases, programs, and other events.

Guitar/Bass 3 picks up where Guitar/Bass 2 ends. This class shifts direction to explore musical styles, and build on the foundation taught in Guitar/Bass 1 and 2. We will explore difference between styles, and which chord types are more dominant from one style to another? This class will begin by learning pieces from several different songs, covering styles of music including, but not limited to: rock, pop, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and country. During this process we will learn one or more songs through 100%. Finally using the language concept, students will apply all of the music theory taught in this class, and previous classes to create their own original song. There will also be opportunities to play with advanced students from other classes (like Drums 3) during academy showcases, programs, and other events.

Pre-Requisite: Guitar/Bass 1-4th grade – no experience Guitar/Bass 2-5th grade-experience Guitar/Bass 1 or equivalent Guitar/Bass 3-6th grade – experience Guitar/Bass II or equivalent

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minute per night

School Supplies Needed: Guitar or Bass (acoustic or electric – NO amps!) pick, access to Edmodo, printed lesson plans, or pdf on your (smart phone/tablet/laptop***) a good attitude, and willingness to learn.


MUS Private Music Lessons (guitar, drums, ukulele)

Mr. Kelly Lowder

Instructor will havea parent conference to determine lenght of lesson and time.

Private & Semi Private 30 minute lessons for guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, drums, or music theory. Lessons are once weekly at your designated time. Contact us to schedule your spot.

Pre-Requisite: 8 years and older

Estimated Homework Time Each Week: 30 minutes of practice per day

School Supplies Needed: Your instrument and its accessories


Day: W, 11:30-12:20, Tuition: $270/YR, $25 Mat Fee

An introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics. Students will be exploring the properties of matter and the basics building blocks of life. This course will cover the laws of motion and thermodynamics, various forms of energy, electricity and magnestism and a study of simple machines. There will be engaging activities, experiments and projects for hands-on learning.

The book for this course: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics can be purchased through cbd.com for $25.99. also Journal. $25.00 materials fee. Students will be graded based on class participation, journal completion and class project. Estimated time, outside of class to complete work less than 4 hours. Grade level 3-6. For class students will need pencil, eraser, book and journal.

Instructor's Grading: Workbook, Class participation, projects


SCI Zoology Flying Creatures

Mrs Mary Snow

Day: W, 1:00-1:50, Tuition: $270/YR, $25 Mat Fee

Using the Apologia Zoology 1 book and journal, we will learn about animal classification and dynamics of flight. We will discover birds, flying reptiles, insects, and bats. Students will enjoy experiments in the classroom and at home based on these exciting lessons.

No pre-requisite. Book to Purchase: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 Text Book (ISBN#978-1-932012-61-3) $25.99 new CDB.com and Notebooking Journal (ISBN 978-1-935495-11-6) $19.99 new CBD.com. Materials Fee $ 25.00 (and parents may be asked to send in a few household items). Estimated time to complete work at home is less than 5 hours. Student will be graded based on participation in class, completion of journal assignments and class project. For class, students will need pencil with an eraser and their book and journal.


SCI Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures

Mrs. Mary Snow

Day: M, 1:00-1:50, Tuition: $270/YR, $25 Mat Fee

Students will discover fascinating facts about the general features of aquatic animals and the characteristics of the most common habitat, the Ocean. They will also learn about crustaceans, mollusks, cephalopods, and much more.

Grading: Science projects and participation

Book: Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day ISBN 978-1-932012-73-6

Materials: Book & workbook for older students

Estimated Homework: 30 mins. a day

Supplies: Pencils


Lunch time for Elementary Students

12:20-1:00

Elementary Students who have ended their class schedule at 12:20 should be picked up before 12:30. If a student has a class before and after the lunch time on Monday or Wednesday, then they may bring a bag lunch and remain on campus to eat lunch and prepare for their next class. Staying on campus to eat lunch is a privilege and should be regarded as such. There is no charge for a student staying on campus during the lunch hour on Mondays and Wednesdays if they have a class at 1:00. If they do not have a class at 1:00, a parent must pick up the child before 12:30. If you have any questions, please click the Contact Us tab and enter your questions there.


OPEN (available for Elementary Students only on Mondays and Wednesdays)

any open hour in the day between two classes

Open Class is for children under 12 (3rd-5th grade) who are not assigned to a class, but are remaining on campus in-between classes. $125.00 per semester per class hour/day. The student must have a class before and after the Open Class. The student may do school work during this time, but it is not intended to be a study hall. There will be activities available so that students are interacting with others. We encourage students to not bring hand held games to use during this time, but be engaged with others or study for another class. Students must register for any open hour they will be on campus on Monday or Wednesday as an individual "class" time.

This class is offered only on Elementary class days. Questions concerning this class can be sent using the Contact Us tab. $125.00 per semester per class hour/day.


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