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Visual Arts Courses Including Art History, Drawing, and Comic Books


Art History Medieval - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Mondays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load:
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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What was all that funny looking art of the “Middle Ages” all about and why should I be interested?  Come find out just how profound and significant this time period was for both the world of art and for our Christian faith.  We will study:  Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic Art through live class, class pages and personal experiences.  We will tackle very diverse projects such as:  chainmaille techniques, carving, illuminated letters, bookbinding, and wax resists.  As you will see, our course combines:  history, art, worldviews, religions, church history, philosophy, practical applications, and whatever else we can fit in!  It is a great option for those who want to deepen their artistic knowledge or those who learn history better from seeing and doing.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents:  This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history.  Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity.  The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum.  There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent.  The textbook may also contain these images.  Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course.  Course textbook is recommended for those studying for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

Art History – Portable Edition, Book 2:  Medieval Art (3rd or 4th Edition) by Marilyn Stokestad; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.  ISBN  9780205790920

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Art History of the Modern Era - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Modern art has come to mean a variety of things from innovative and forward, to confusing, offensive, or simple.  This semester we will tackle the art that makes most people scratch their heads and blurt out, “I don’t get it!”  We will also have the opportunity to try some modern techniques and approaches to our own art.  We will cover many of the most recent “-isms” such as:  Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and others.  Art History-Study and Practice classes continue to provide the opportunity  for subject interaction through live classes, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and five diverse art projects.  We will address our subjects in chronological sequence beginning in the 1700’s and progressing through to the current trends of today.  We will also look at the role of Christians in contemporary art.  Through our study, students will develop an understanding of how visual expression is influencing our current culture and will learn new tools to improve their own visual expression.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents:  This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history.  Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity and/or graphic images.  The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum.  There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent.  The textbook may also contain these images.  Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course.  Course textbook is recommended for those studying for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

The Story of Art  16th edition by E.H. Gombrich; Phaidon Press Limited; London, 1998.  ISBN  0714832472

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Colored and Watercolor Pencil

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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In this course, the students will be introduced to colored pencils and watercolor pencil. Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain proficiency in the use of these media in drawing, portraiture, abstract art, animals, scientific illustration, landscapes, and more. They will be introduced to techniques, application and incorporation of these techniques in art expression. They will be introduced to the basic elements of art and provided opportunities to experiment with these elements. Finally, students will be exposed to a multitude of career choices in the field of illustration.  The ultimate goal of this class is for students to execute successful drawings and to produce a body of cohesive art composition using colored pencil and watercolor pencil.

This course is offered for those who enjoy drawing.  Knowing that there will be varying levels of mastery in drawing skills, the instructor will offer various challenge levels as we approach each topic.  In this way, the student will be able to receive the challenge he/she needs at a basic or advanced level.  These two tracks will culminate in a collection of projects or an online portfolio.  Live class demos, in-class drawing time, and self-determined challenges will continue to engage students in our studio community.  Students should expect short daily drawing assignments as well as larger completed drawing projects.  Plan to devote 2-4 hours of time per week outside of class to this subject.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

A list of colored pencil and watercolor materials will be supplied to enrolled students.  Computer video and audio capabilities are strongly encouraged.


Comic Book Creation II: In Color!

Instructor: Miss Charlotte Royal
Email: charlotteroyal@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th Grade and Up
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: Comic Book Creation I
Homework Load: Normal (daily sketchbook and weekly project assignments)
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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This one-semester course further develops the skills students learned in Comic Book Creation I. Comic Book Creation II students will be guided in developing effective storytelling from their own ideas as solo creators. Students will practice adding both hand-painted and digital color to their creations and will learn ways to market their comic books in order to effectively reach their intended audiences. They will also practice each stage of the comic book’s development, previously created by hand, through digital media, giving them the opportunity to try out various techniques used by professionals in the field as they each develop a style of his or her own. Daily sketchbook use and idea journaling will continue the good practices developed during Comic Book Creation I. The finest of the completed coursework will be published in a printed collection at the end of the school year!

Course description and class content developed by Charlotte Royal for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies coming soon!


Film Courses


Filmmaking II

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: Filmmaking I or equivalent experience (contact teacher)
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Film and other visual storytelling has become the literature of our age and it’s important for young people be fluent in this exciting and influential craft.

This class builds on the concepts and techniques introduced in Filmmaking 1 and includes more advanced concepts and techniques, focused on narrative filmmaking. The class will be interactive with class members developing their own projects and reviewing with their peers. Students will complete their own short, narrative film with experience in the following activities and skills: (1) story and script development; (2) script breakdown and scheduling; (3) working with actors; (4) camera techniques; (5) production audio techniques with sync and double-system sound; (6) interior and exterior lighting techniques; (7) narrative film editing; (8) finishing and distribution on DVD and web.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Textbook: The Filmmaker’s Handbook, 2013 edition by  Steven Asher & Edward Pincus. ISBN# 978-0-452-29728-9 (paperback available for approx. $20 online).  [Note: this is the same textbook as used in Filmmaking 1, if you have purchased it for that class, you need not purchase it again!]

 “Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students will watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction and learning.

Equipment & Software: Students need to have access to a basic video recording device with a microphone input. This could be something like a camcorder, a late-model iPhone/smartphone, or Digital SLR (DSLR) camera with video capability. They also need access to a computer with digital video editing software for home assignments. Examples of software include Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, PowerDirector, Lightworks, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, HitFilm, and Sony Vegas. A high-level program is not needed as we are focusing on storytelling, not fancy effects. However, use of some of the basic programs (especially Windows Movie Maker) can be an extra challenge and are strongly discouraged. A small investment in a better program can save many headaches.

This also applies to filmmaking equipment like audio gear, lights, and camera support. Students who are serious about learning need to be prepared to make some investment in the tools of their craft, just as any artist or musician needs to invest in their tools and instruments. It need not be a huge burden, but it’s important. I also will post documents listing (with links) basic equipment that will make filmmaking much more pleasurable and effective.

Please check with the teacher if you have a question about a camera or editing software.


Film Directing and Producing

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: Recommended, but not required: Filmmaking 1 & 2 or Screenwriting
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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In the world of independent filmmaking, it’s essential to learn a broad range of skills. An emerging filmmaker must take on many roles, including the roles of Producer and Director. This course looks at filmmaking from a creative but non-technical perspective to give students the necessary skills to pull together a quality film project of any scale.

We will look in-depth at the specific roles of the Producer and Director, how they help to lead and create films, what they need to know and understand about stories, visual design, working collaboratively with other creative people, and the business side of filmmaking.

Projects include script analysis, visual design, storyboarding, lookbooks, short video design projects, scheduling, budgeting, and more. Even if you are still a beginner, if you are serious about becoming a well-rounded filmmaker, this course will take you to the next level.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Textbook: None required, but we will have readings from articles and web links I provide. I also have recommended texts if you are interested in deeper study.

“Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students need to be prepared to watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction.

Equipment & Software: One of the great things about producing and directing is that you don’t need a lot of gear (unlike other parts of filmmaking!)  Students will need to have a working word processor and spreadsheet program and a DVD player/movie streaming service for most assignments. We also do a few practical video-based assignments for which the student will need to have access to a camcorder and basic editing software.


Culinary Arts Courses


Introduction to Baking and Pastry Art

Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Pasos
Email: jenniferpasos@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th Grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of kitchen equipment, kitchen safety, and sanitation.
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Students are introduced to professional baking and pastry procedures with an emphasis on understanding the function of each baking ingredient. Through the course of fifteen weeks students will demonstrate their expertise in preparing quick breads, yeast breads, pate-a-choux pastries, tarts, pies, cookies, dessert sauces, and elegant plated desserts.  Students will complete the course with a cake war demonstrating their skills in baking, decorating and presenting a themed cake or cupcake display.

Course description and class content developed by Jennifer Pasos for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Optional Supplies:
The chef instructor will teach from Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 2nd Edition presented by the Culinary Institute of America.  This is an excellent resource and highly recommended, but not required.


Photography Courses


Advanced Photography

Instructor: Ms. Caitlyn Wise
Email: caitlynwise@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Age (special circumstances discuss with teacher)
Min/Max#: 8/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This class takes the topics learned in Introduction to Photography and expounds on them. We delve deeper into mastering the technical aspects of photography, while at the same time developing a creative style. This class challenges students to think outside of the box and step outside of their comfort zone.

Course description and class content developed by Caitlyn Wise for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

A DSLR or a camera that can shoot in manual mode is require for this class. Editing software is recommended, but not required. No books are required. 


Architecture Courses


Architectural Drafting & Design II

Instructor: Mrs. Melisa Kaiser
Email: melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students (10th-12th grade)
Min/Max#: 6/24
Prerequisites: Architectural Drafting & Design I
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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This semester-long course will build upon the skills learned in Architectural Drafting & Design I. Students will continue to learn how to see, draw, and think like an architect, with a focus on three-dimensional design and representation. We will begin by learning to draft isometric, oblique, and perspective views, then spend a few weeks learning about 3D design. In an exciting introduction to architectural modeling, the computer program, SketchUp, will be used to create and explore digital representation. Students will finish the semester with their own design for a chapel.

Weekly assignments will consist of a sketchbook or drafting assignment as well as a reading requirement. A weekly assessment will account for the completion of the reading assignment. Three projects will be done concurrently with weekly assignments during the semester.

A microphone and webcam are strongly recommended.

Course description and class content developed by Melisa Kaiser for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Design Drawing by Francis D. K. Ching, ISBN-13: 978-0470533697
List of required supplies may be obtained by emailing melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com

 


Graphic Design Courses


Illustrator 101

Instructor: Mr. Chris Johnson
Email: chrisjohnson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1: CLOSED
Group 2: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Enjoy drawing? Bring your art skills to a new medium creating scalable vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. This hands-on class will give students comprehensive knowledge of this powerful industry-standard software while exploring elements of design and composition. Students will dabble in commercial graphic design creating a logo and laying out typography as well as create a variety of digital fine art drawings. Students will submit projects in multiple stages, from draft to final, enhancing their work through positive peer & instructor critiques.

Projects include newspaper covers, caricatures, animal drawings using shapes, animal logos, church posters and so much more!

Course description and class content developed by Chris Johnson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription. $19.99 a month for students.


Photoshop 201

Instructor: Mr. Chris Johnson
Email: chrisjohnson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: Photoshop 101
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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In Photoshop 201, we take what we learned in Photoshop 101, learn some more neat features, and put it to work creating some really cool finished pieces. The students learn more about editing pictures through channels and how typography can really affect finished pieces.

Projects include magazine covers, double exposure pictures, business cards and letterhead, GIF’s. Caricatures, posters and so much more.

Course description and class content developed by Chris Johnson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription. $19.99 a month for students.


Adobe Muse 101

Instructor: Mr. Chris Johnson
Email: chrisjohnson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Thursdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Create and publish professional websites that look great on desktop and mobile browsers, using a free-form canvas and layout tools, without writing any code.

During the course of the class, students will design and build their own website that they can upload and use for any use they want.

Course description and class content developed by Chris Johnson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription. $19.99 a month for students.


InDesign 101

Instructor: Mr. Chris Johnson
Email: chrisjohnson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1: CLOSED
Group 2: Spring Semester, Fridays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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The industry-leading page design and layout toolset lets you work across desktop and mobile devices to create, preflight, and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, iPad apps, eBooks, and interactive online documents.

Course description and class content developed by Chris Johnson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription. $19.99 a month for students.


Graphic Design 101

Instructor: Mr. Chris Johnson
Email: chrisjohnson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th-12th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: Either Photoshop 101, Illustrator 101, or InDesign 101; must have taken one of those classes.
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Students will be introduced to the world of graphic design by learning in more detail topics like typography, color theory, project planning, and layouts. All of these topics are key when it comes to designing pieces of graphic design. They will use Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign to bring various projects together.

Projects include print items like business cards, flyers, menus, letterhead, and brochures.

Course description and class content developed by Chris Johnson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription. $19.99 a month for students.


Computer Hardware


Creating Websites with WordPress

Instructor: Mr. David Bjorgen
Email: davidbjorgen@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Mondays at 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: none
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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WordPress is a powerful and capable content management system (CMS) that can be used to create a variety of websites, from simple blogs to powerful commercial websites. It is the most popular website management system in use on the web, supporting more than 60 million websites. To put it in perspective, WordPress powers over 27 percent of the entire Internet!

This course will guide students through every single step of creating a website based on WordPress. I’ll show you how you can install WordPress on your computer for free; there is no need for domain names or hosting.

Along the way, we’ll learn how to leverage powerful plugins and themes to enhance your site. We’ll conclude with a beautiful, responsive website you can be proud of.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of website creation or WordPress. It’s a complete course for anyone, no matter what your technical ability. If you’ve ever wanted to build a professional website or blog but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you.

Course description and class content developed by David Bjorgen for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
No book is needed


Microsoft Essentials Fundamentals II

Instructor: Mr. John Willoughby
Email: johnwilloughby@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High - High School
Min/Max#: 15/28
Prerequisites: None, although Microsoft Fundamentals I is ideal
Homework Load: Low
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This course assumes no previous experience using MS Office or equivalent tools.  We will review the body of work from semester one in brief for Office MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The course will then cover further features of the above as well as add a focused week on Microsoft Outlook, Access, and One Note. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply the tools to some of the most common uses they may encounter (writing papers, schedules, budgets, and school presentations).

Course description and class content developed by John Willoughby for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Any version of Microsoft Office (PC or Mac) to include Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel only.

 


Deep Thinking


World Religions

Instructor: Mr. David Bjorgen
Email: davidbjorgen@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: none
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Explore the historical development and teachings of different worldwide faiths. Indigenous religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Baha’i, and more—we will analyze each religion from a biblical perspective, and consider how the contemporary beliefs and practices of each of these traditions have evolved.

The Bible teaches Christians to “study to show yourself approved” (2 Timothy 2:15). There is great value in studying other religions in that it helps us better understand those we seek to evangelize. In addition, studying other religions helps us better understand the uniqueness of our own faith.

This is a great course for mission-minded students or anyone who has friends of differing faiths.

Course description and class content developed by David Bjorgen for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

TBA


Note Taking Necessities

Instructor: Mrs. Jenny Cuter
Email:
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays at 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High and High School Students
Min/Max#: 7/28
Prerequisites: none
Homework Load: Light/Normal (Some homework can be combined with student’s other
courses!)
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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What is one of the most critical skills that can make or break a student’s ability to succeed in academic pursuits? Note taking! This course focuses on note taking basics – how to take and then utilize notes for effective learning. Some forms of note taking covered include: t-charts, bullet points, Cornell notes, picture/doodle notes, idea charts and webs, mind maps, and summaries.  Taking notes based on lectures, textbooks, literature, and research are covered. Students will practice marking up and annotating works and using proper citations. They will explore and practice many types of note taking skills in order to develop an effective and individualized approach that will work best for themselves. This course is practical, accessible, and applicable to any area of study, and homework will be primarily open-ended, so students can practice the skills taught in their other courses and turn in those notes for credit.   Materials are teacher provided.

Course description and class content developed by Jenny Cutler for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

All materials provided by teacher.


English


Grammar & Vocabulary


Word Guru II: Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary

Instructor: Mrs. Marilyn Whitlock
Email: marilynwhitlock@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: Word Guru I or knowledge of basic English grammar (placement tests available)
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 0.5
Tuition: $275
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This class is the final and most advanced in our series of grammar and vocabulary courses. In the grammar portion of the class, students will analyze the components of the English language in depth, with an emphasis on use in complex sentence structures. Ample time will be devoted to instruction in proofreading and revising so that errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics can be detected and avoided. Students will also finish a comprehensive study of Greek and Latin word stems. Upon completing this course, students will be well-prepared to understand college-level texts and to apply that understanding in their own use of the English language.

Course description and class content developed by Marilyn Whitlock for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Holt Traditions: Warriner’s Handbook, Sixth Course: Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Sentences, ISBN-13:9780030990045; available here.

Vocabulary From Classical Roots E, ISBN-13: 978-0838822609; available here.


High School Creative Writing and Composition Courses


Creative Writing

Instructor: Mrs. Jess Woods
Email: jesswoods@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Mondays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 7/28
Prerequisites: Student must be able to demonstrate solid paragraph writing skills with the appropriate application of punctuation and grammatical structure. Equivalent of a full year English course is preferred.
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This course is for both aspiring writers AND those who would consider themselves non-writers.  Whatever the student’s  level of inspiration or ability, this course will push all students to grow in skill and creativity.  During this 15 week course, students will explore the world of blogging, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and playwriting.   Pupils begin the study by delving into the exciting blogosphere, an emerging and relevant form of modern writing.  Students will create their own themed blog within the class’ private LMS.  For the remainder of the course, students will study classic and modern examples of short story, poetry, and non-fiction.  The semester concludes with a quick study of playwriting.

Course description and class content developed by Jess Woods for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies: all materials provided by teacher.

 


Foundations of Composition III: Advanced Skills and Themes

Instructor: Mrs. Marilyn Whitlock
Email: marilynwhitlock@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 10/20
Prerequisites: Foundations of Composition I or English I ; Foundations of Composition II is helpful; significant experience with 5 paragraph essays and MLA; check with teacher for evaluation of previous work if the student has not met the prerequisites
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Advanced writing skills prepare the seasoned high school writer for college-level composition through the study of rhetorical methods applied to an array of writing situations.  Students will learn to read critically the thought-provoking essays in The Brief Bedford Reader while also learning tips from professional writers to better enhance their own writing.  Students will practice writing in traditional essay forms, timed writings, impromptus, and discussion boards as they navigate their worldviews with historic and contemporary issues.   Both APA and MLA documentation forms will be covered, giving students exposure to the most common writing formats they will encounter in college. Rules for Writers will be a mainstay students will reference throughout their academic careers. Students will need to secure access to Google Docs for this course. Detailed feedback will be given for assignments as students are coached through the art and science of writing well. This course is writing-intensive and will require students to keep a rigorous pace; the reward will be the acquisition of confidence and competence in practical skills necessary for university writing success.

Course description and class content developed by Marilyn Whitlock for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

The Brief Bedford Reader, 13th Edition, by X. J. and Dorothy M. Kennedy, Jane E. Aaron and Ellen Kuhl Repetto, ISBN-13: 978-1319031183; *You may rent this text through Amazon Prime

Rules for Writers with 2016 MLA Update, 8th Edition bu Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers, ISBN: 978-1319083496

Developmental Exercises for Rules for Writers, by Wanda Van Goor and Diana Hackner, ISBN-13: 978-1319011208


Foreign Language


All Foreign Language classes require a headset microphone – not the built-in computer microphone or speakers. Placement tests are available. Please contact the individual teacher for further assistance.


Foreign Language Sampler

Instructors: Frau Gleason, Señora Lamolinara, Madame Duss, Moaleema Bjorgen, Royal Sensei
Email: susangleason@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Fridays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 6th-8th Grade
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Bonjour! Hola! Marhabaan! ようこそ! Guten Tag! اهلا وسهلا! Join Excelsior’s celebrated foreign language staff of native and near-native speakers for a semester of five languages! Basic German, Spanish, French, Arabic and Japanese will be taught (in that order) by stellar instructors in increments of three weeks with a short, written test at the end of each language. Students will learn the alphabet, a Bible verse, numbers, colors, basic greetings/expressions and something unique to the target language. Instruction includes interesting bits of culture, with music and videos adding to the fun! Each student chooses a name in the target language for use in class. This course will help younger students decide which language they will study. A microphone headset is required as students will be speaking with the instructor and their classmates. Come with us on this international adventure!

Course description and class content developed by respective foreign language teachers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies: None

All Foreign Language classes require a headset microphone – not the built-in computer microphone or speakers.


Geography & History


Revolutions and their Consequences

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Email: susaneggers@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 4:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 10/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Since ancient times, revolutions have been part of the history of our world.  While some of these revolutions had little lasting effect, others succeeded in changing the world.  In this class, students will study four different revolutions, the American, French, Russian, and Chinese.  What made these revolutions so … revolutionary?  What were the ideologies that sparked these revolutions?  Did these revolutions have anything in common?  What were some of the short- and long-term consequences of these ideas and actions?  In this course, student work will be assessed through weekly assignments based on readings from both primary and secondary sources and through a project where they will choose one of these world revolutions to explore in-depth.  Students will be challenged to think deeply about these revolutions and their consequences and to share their thoughts with their classmates both during live class and through discussions in our class pages in PowerSchool.  Since discussion will play an important aspect of this class, a working microphone is necessary for this class.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Eggers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

TBA


WWII: Stories & Analysis

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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World War II defined a generation and created the world as we know it. Today’s global dynamics saw their origins in the numerous battles, strategies, outcomes, and, most importantly, the policies crafted at the end of the conflict. WWII has fascinated both students and historians, and with good reason. The complexities of the conflict posit the question: is this humanity’s finest hour, or rather is it humankind’s lowest point? Perhaps it is WWII’s cataclysmic clash of fundamental ideas that continually draws scholars and theorists back. While many understand that worldview permeates all things and that ideas and thoughts have consequences, how does this particular conflict demonstrate this fundamental truth?

In this course, students will wrestle with and analyze the philosophies, the acts, and the events that surround this conflict. Pupils will delve into the Allied response and intervention as a result of conflicting worldviews, and they will learn why failure to stop the spread of radical ideas necessitated such a policy and action. Students will use some of the best resources available to explore this topic, including a self-published workbook by Lt. Col. (USAF ret.) Doremus. This class is highly interactive, so be prepared to engage with each other and to have fun!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy – ISBN 0-393-03925-0
World War II: The Autobiography by Jon E. Lewis – ISBN 978-0-7624-3735-1
Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer – ISBN 978-0-8024-0850-1
WWII Student Workbook by Gene Doremus – order information provided prior to first class session


Aviation History: da Vinci to Unmanned Flight

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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The invention of the airplane, just over one-hundred years ago, has truly changed our lives. And to think where we have come in such a short period of time is amazing. Today we have pilots sitting in a module in Nevada, remotely flying and dropping bombs on an enemy in Iraq. We have huge cargo airplanes landing on a dirt runway in remote Africa.

This course examines the incredible journey of manned flight. We start with the story of the Wright Brothers and then move through the past one-hundred years studying the people, places, and events that pushed the science of flight from one advancement to another. Much of the course centers on the warplane, since it was war that drove many changes. However, commercial aviation is not neglected; we’ll learn about the early airline industry and how it transformed into a fast, safe, reliable way to travel.

This is not a science class, but we will dig into some of the science that makes the story of the airplane so remarkable. Be prepared for some fun outdoor activities as we attempt to connect with the courageous and persistent inventors of flight!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Textbook: A Journey into Aviation History – ISBN: 0-536-33383-1
Workbook: History of Airpower – Student Workbook. Buy here: www.createspace.com/5960044


Government & Economics


American Government

Instructor: Mrs. Ann LeBlanc
Email: annleblanc@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Mondays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Is the U.S. a republic or a democracy? Should the mass media play a role in defining American government? Did  the Founding Fathers define the government adequately? Do citizens serve the government, or does the government serve the people, abiding by the Judeo-Christian values granted it by the Constitution?

This course will be an eye-opener for students! The objective of American Government is to provide pupils with an understanding of the principles and ideals of the Founding Fathers, the structure and function of the branches of government, as well as the policy considerations and politics facing our nation. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Mock Congress utilizing concepts learned in this course. This is a highly interactive class, in which critical thinking and discussion are cornerstones.  Supreme Court cases and original documents of the framers will be discussed and analyzed.

Course description and class content developed by Ann LeBlanc for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

American Government, 3rd Edition, BJUP, ISBN: 978-1-60682-194-7

QuickStudy.com, U.S. Government trifold academic outline


Economics

Instructor: Mrs. Becky Frank
Email: beckyfrank@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This course covers the financial concerns of the country, businesses, and the home, with Scriptural principles are applied to all areas. Included are discussions of the laws of supply and demand, circular flow of income and products, the use of money, banking, and government intervention, the promotiton of free market ideals, business competitions, unemployment, productivity, and inflation.

Course description and class content developed by Becky Frank for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Economics Student Text, Second Edition by BJU (Grade 12), ISBN-13: 9781591664116
(no need to buy the activity manual or other resources)

 


Science


Pre-Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Stokes
Email: debbiestokes@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 18/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Pre-Biology is a great introduction to the vast field of biology.  Students will be introduced to most of the topics in biology and will explore these subjects in a fun and interactive way.  Some of the topics covered include characteristics of life, cells, genetics, cell reproduction, and looking at the diversity of lifeforms here on planet earth – everything from bacteria to plants and animals.  Students will also engage in several labs and small projects throughout the semester to put their learning into action!  Six quizzes will be given to allow students to demonstrate what they understand.  This is a great way for students to put into practice the successful skills of being engaged in class and studying.  Note packets will be provided for each unit covered.  Students will fill in the blanks in these note packets during our classes together as we travel through information.  This provides a nice way for students unfamiliar with taking notes to ease into the art of listening and taking notes on important topics.

Course description and class content developed by Debbie Stokes for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Science Shepherd Life Science by Dr. Scott Hardin (only the textbook)  ISBN 978-0982856833

Labs: The labs for this course will be supplied by teacher after course begins.  The majority of items needed for the labs can be found in your kitchen or easily picked up at a grocery store.  There may be a few items that will need to be purchased from a lab supply company.  These will be at a minimal cost and teacher will give further instructions for this once class begins.


Pre-Physics

Instructor: Mrs. Heather Getson
Email: heathergetson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: GROUP 1: CLOSED
GROUP 2: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 5/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This class is a great introduction to the concepts behind more complex physics.  Students begin with what matter is and how energy works.  Students will learn how atoms and molecules make up matter and the different states matter can take: solid, liquid, or gas.  When students engage in the unit discovering how things move, they will discuss forces and friction by building simple machines and roller coasters. They will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion and why magnets behave the way they do.  Students will also put together a battery-powered circuit that shows how electricity works and powers a fan.  They will see the earth is a huge magnet with force fields and draw those field lines based on a magnet experiment.  There will be periodic quizzes (5) over the material in students’ books and in classes, giving most young scientists their first experience with quizzes.  This is a great introduction to physics and how God has made the things in our world to balance. Students will also learn about lab reports and how to take notes in class and when they are reading assignments.

Course description and class content developed by Heather Getson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies: 

Exploring the World of Physics:  from Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy by John Hudson Tiner, ISBN: 0890514666


High School Science Courses


Exploring Space: The Final Frontier

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays at 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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The final age of exploration is truly that of space! The Word declares that this is indeed His glory and His handiwork! In this course students analyze and explore this final frontier available to man. Why enter space? What are the benefits? What are the consequences? What are the dynamics involved in it, both scientific and political?

Students will come to understand manned and unmanned space flights including the framework and workings of spaceflight, the various vehicles used, the launching systems as well as flight mission systems and protocols. The first half of the course covers the history of the space program, particularly the space race with the former Soviet Union. The second half is an introduction to the science of orbits and propulsion. Pupils also examine the engineering aspects of current technology such as Nano, robotics and even the pioneering commercialization of mankind’s last frontier.

The classroom time for this course is small group oriented. Be prepared to work together with fellow classmates!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Supplies:
Exploring Space Textbook – Order information provided prior to first class session
Space Student Workbook – Purchase here – ttps://www.createspace.com/5914419
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions DVD 4-Disc SetOrder on Amazon

How to Register

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