HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES

~ Vision ~

Peachtree Prep is a tutorial program designed to assist homeschool families with 9th-12th grade students who desire to earn high school credits required for graduation.  Many courses, while definitely achievable at home, lend themselves to greater mastery when taught by professional teachers  in a group setting.  Peachtree Prep believes that in partnering with students and parents in this way, students can have a more engaging educational experience in high school and be better prepared for the transition into college courses.

 

Since the heart-beat of Peachtree Learning Center is the fine Arts, the first way we plan to partner with students and parents is by providing the opportunity to earn Fine Arts Elective Credits.  Secondly, it is our pleasure to offer core-subjects required for high school graduation.

Our partnership with parents

Peachtree Prep is designed to partner with parents who are the primary authority and educator for their children.  As the primary authority and educator, and it is the parent's responsibility to maintain accountability with their student's academic progress.  Peachtree Prep teachers will provide 1 to 1.5 hours of classroom instruction (see course descriptions) each week, communicate course expectations through a course syllabus and online grade reporting.  

Parents are responsible for enrolling their child with the supervising agency of their choice: either a church related school or local public school system.  Parents are responsible for all testing and attendance/grade reporting to the agency of choice. 

Our plan

Fine Arts classes will be offered once a week, with a focus on mastery of art concepts through projects and assignments weekly.  Academic classes will provide a once a week classroom experience with four days of assignments to be completed over the course week.  Teachers will provide a course syllabus which will include the curriculum being used; classroom and academic expectations; and how grades will be determined for the class. 

-SCHEDULE-

-MONDAY-

8:00-9:00 - Calculus

9:00-10:00 - Century of Conflict

9:00-10:00 - Pre-Calculus

9:00-10:00 - Personal Finance (Spring Semester only)

9:00-10:00 - Spanish 2

10:00-11:00 - Algebra 1

10:00-11:00 – High School Ancient World History

10:00-11:00 - Government (Fall Semester only)

10:00-11:00 - Economics (Spring Semester only)

11:00-12:00 - Christian Apologetics

11:00-12:00 - Spanish 1 

12:00-1:00 - High School Great Literature: Dickens & Austen

12:00-1:00 - Algebra 2

1:00-2:00 - Geometry

2:00-3:00 - Speech & Rhetoric 

3:00-4:00 - High School Composition & Mechanics

 

- WEDNESDAY - 

12:30-1:30 - Logic & Reasoning

 

-DESCRIPTIONS-

Algebra 1

Teacher: Canaan Bowman

Ages: 13+

This course will prepare students for more advanced mathematical studies and study algebra through historical, practical, and theoretical lenses. Algebra is an indispensable tool in learning to think well and solve problems, even in non-math settings.

Algebra 2

Teacher: Canaan Bowman

Ages: 13+

In this course, students will study more advanced algebra concepts not covered in Algebra 1 in preparation for more advanced math classes like Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Algebra is a bedrock for logical thought processes and problem-solving skills.

Ancient World History

Teacher: Adonna Pryor

Ages: 13+

Ancient world cultures beginning at the beginning and going through the fall of Rome. Completion of this class will give your student the following high school credits: 1- Bible, 1- World History, 1/2 World Geography, 1/2 World Literature, 1/2 Art History (Next year we will complete this series with World History from Middle Ages to modern times.)

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Calculus
Teacher: Canaan Bowman

Ages: 14+

In this course, students will study the many applications of Calculus and its developments and use throughout history. This class will prepare students to succeed in higher Math & Science related fields.

Century Of Conflict

Teacher: Bryan Knowles

Ages: 13+

The 20th Century witnessed the greatest loss of life in any century of recorded human history.  The scars left by the many conflicts of this era remain crucial to our understanding of the modern world.  In this two-semester course, students will gain an understanding of the key events and players on the world stage from China's Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century to the Middle East conflicts after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.  Students will be exposed to important underlying ideologies and will witness how these propelled the nations of the world through numerous civil wars, neighbors' wars, and two world wars. t his course will emphasize the superimposition of influences in the cause-and-effect nature of this era, culminating with a clear picture of where we find ourselves in the present day.  Classroom teaching will be lecture-based with multimedia presentations.  Assignments will include reading, writing, and knowledge based test.  Completion of this course will count for one credit in high scho

Christian Apologetics

Teacher: Bryan Knowles

Ages: 13+

"Be ready always to give a logical answer to every man that asks you a reason for the hope that is in you,  with gentleness  and respect." - 1 Peter 3:15.  Students in this course will begin to unpack the multitude of evidence for the Christian faith using Turek & Geisler's excellent book I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, supplemented by readings from other Christian apologists. Students will engage with scientific and historical arguments supporting the accuracy and authenticity of the Bible and will learn how to respond to some of the popular arguments against Christianity.  Assignments will include reading, writing, and knowledge-based tests. 

Composition & Mechanics

Teacher: Jennifer Wylie

Ages: 13+

Great writing begins with enthusiasm and a clear objective, but it also requires well-written sentences which lead the reader through a logical thought process, interesting journey or enjoyable experience.  Effective writing may preserve cherished memories, change hearts and minds, or motivate people to action. “The pen is mightier than the sword.”  The goal of this class is to strengthen basic writing skills and help high schoolers deepen their knowledge of good writing skills..  We will have a variety of writing assignments, as we also  strengthen the foundational building blocks of clear sentence and paragraph construction.  We will use literature as a springboard, along with speeches & poetry, and do some mini-lessons on grammar and mechanics. Students will be asked to make daily journal writing a habit to apply these skills and build fluency in addition to their daily assignments.

Economics

 (Spring Semester only)

Teacher: Bryan Knowles

Ages: 13+ yrs. 

Students will become familiar with basic national economic structures and how they relate and respond to government.  Students will also study basic American economic policies, government attitudes towards them, and their effects on everyday life.  Classroom teaching will be primarily lecture-based but will utilize multimedia resources where appropriate.  Assignments will include reading, writing, and knowledge-based tests.  Completion of this course will count for 1/2 high school credit in economics.

Geometry

Teacher: Canaan Bowman

Ages: 13+

In this course, students will advance on their knowledge of geometry concepts learned in previous math classes with emphasis on proof and geometric constructions. Students will also have practice in applying algebra in geometry problems to keep these skills well-polished.

Government

(Fall Semester Only)

Teacher: Bryan Knowles

Ages: 13+ yrs. 

In this course, students will develop a thorough understanding of United States government on the Federal level.  This course will strongly emphasize the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Consequently, students will interact with concepts such as federalism, checks and balances, and separation of powers.  Students will examine the many roles within American government, including each branch and major office, and how these have evolved - or have been created- over the years.  Because economics and government often intersect, students will also become familiar with basic national economic structures and how they relate and respond to government.  Students will also study basic American economic policies, government attitudes towards them, and their effects on everyday life.  Classroom teaching will be primarily lecture-based but will utilize multimedia resources where appropriate.  Assignments will include reading, writing, and knowledge-based tests.  Completion of this course will count for 1/2 high school credit in government.

The Major Works of Dickens and Austen

Teacher: Heather Anderson

Ages: 13+ yrs. 

Students will uncover the major literary works of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, including Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey.  This class will focus on themes, comprehension, analysis, and discussion. Students can expect writing assignments, vocabulary work, and a final project.  

Personal Finance **Spring Semester ONLY**

9th-12th grades

Teacher: David Stites

This personal finance class will study finance and the use of money from a Biblical perspective.  Subject matter will cover a range of subjects including: history of money in the U.S., establishing bank accounts, interest calculations, borrowing & credit reports, credit & debit cards, jobs & employment considerations, budgeting & investments.  Students will be encouraged to develop a healthy and responsible attitude regarding money that will help avoid potential problems in their future.  There will be weekly class lecture and activities, 1-2 hours of homework assignments, quizzes, a mid-term, and and a final exam. This class satisfies the 1/2 credit required for High School.  **Spring semester ONLY**

Poetry & Composition

8th-12th grades

Teacher: Jennifer Wylie

We will work on identifying the main goal of a writing project to consider all the additional messages that a writer communicates in their choice of words and writing styles. We’ll consider the history of writing, from hieroglyphics to poetry, from newspapers to Tweets. We’ll learn from Bible passages, historical letters, and the things we read in everyday life (blogs, magazines, advertisements and books). We’ll write to share thoughts, feelings and experiences (letters, editorials and journaling). We’ll write to bring about change (persuasive articles, speeches and advocacy). We’ll write for the sheer enjoyment of expressing ourselves (poetry, fiction and sharing a passion with others). Good writing begins with getting clear about purposes, then organizing thoughts to create a strong plan. We will expand vocabulary to find the best words for our thoughts and learn to edit our sentences to make them clear and effective. Finally, we’ll look at writing for non-print applications (spoken-word, podcasts, videos, and animations).

Pre-Calculus

Teacher: Canaan Bowman

Ages 13+

In this course, students will study mathematical concepts that have not yet been covered to prepare them for Calculus. We will also look ahead to basic tools used to solve problems in Calculus.

Rhetoric

8th-12th grades

Teacher: Jennifer Wylie

Rhetoric influences most aspects of our lives. It’s used by marketers, politicians, teachers, and even friends and family members, whether they know it or not. Research shows 95% of brain activity is unconscious. Our family and life experiences, including social and media exposures, lead us into patterns of thinking and behavior that are automatic, and often unquestioned by logic or reason. It’s important to understand how the media is able to use rhetoric and algorithms to shape and direct our lives, as well as how social media platforms are managed to get users to support certain ideas and oppose others. This class will help you learn to think logically and to identify propaganda and other ways rhetoric is used to persuasively to shape group beliefs, mindset, assumptions, expectations and behavior. We will learn how to discern the various levels of intent behind communication in speech, text, images and multimedia messages, and to evaluate the ethics and fruit of rhetoric as it’s used in the world today. We will practice using both logic and rhetoric to influence others without requiring deception or compromising core ethics and principles.

Spanish I

9th-12th grades

Teacher: Rosa Aranda
This class is designed to enable students to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish in most everyday contexts.  This pursuit is a process that involves five levels of learning: rote memorization, learning to handle new forms and structures, teacher-directed translation, learning to speak independently, and ultimately, being able to express your personal thoughts and desires.  Each class will include the following elements to help reach these goals: conversation, pronunciation, word formation, grammar lesson, vocabulary lesson, and homework assignments.  We will be using Por todo el mundo by A Beka Book Publications as the text for this class.

Spanish II

9th-12th grades

Teacher: Rosa Aranda 

Continuing upon the foundation laid in Spanish I, this class is designed to enable students to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish in most everyday contexts.  The semester will begin with a thorough review of Spanish I and continue with the second book of Por todo el mundo.  Learning a foreign language is a process that involves five levels of learning: rote memorization, learning to handle new forms and structures, teacher-directed translation, learning to speak independently, and ultimately, being able to express your personal thoughts and desires.  Each class will include the following elements to help reach three goals: conversation, pronunciation, word formation, grammar lesson, vocabulary lesson, and homework assignments.

Speech & Debate

8th-12th grades

Teacher: Jennifer Wylie

According to studies, more people are afraid of public speaking than of death! How can this be? We live in a time when people’s opinions and judgements are on full display in social media. It can feel dangerous to speak your mind on almost any topic, yet there has never been a more important time for reasonable people to step into the public space and effectively speak out. But there is a difference between talking AT someone and talking TO them. A good speaker understands their audience and how to speak in a way that can be understood and appreciated, and can debate a topic without being personal or offensive. In Speech and Debate we will practice: 1) speaking off-the-cuff on a variety of topics; 2) preparing and delivering speeches on topics you’re passionate about; and 3) researching and debating topics in the news or on our hearts and minds. We will create a comfortable space for sharing personal thoughts and experiences. All students will be required to show respect and support for each other. This is the class for: A) anyone who wants to overcome shyness or discomfort with speaking publicly or even with sharing opinions in social settings; B) those who need to learn a little tact and diplomacy without compromising their message; and C) anyone who wants experience in friendly debate to help others see a different point of view.