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-

9:00-10:00 - Biology - CLOSED

9:00-10:00 - World History

9:00-10:00 - Spanish 2

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

9:30-11:00 - Russian 2 (Fall Semester Only)

10:00-11:00 – U.S. History

10:30-11:30 - Forensics

11:00-12:00 - Spanish 1 

2:00-3:00 - Poetry & Composition 

3:00-4:00 - Speech & Debate

4:00-5:00 - Rhetoric

4:00-5:30 - Constitution Class (Spring Semester only)

- WEDNESDAY - 

1:30-2:30 - Art History

-DESCRIPTIONS-

Biology

9th-12th grades

Teacher: Tasha Walker

Biology encompasses interrelationships of living things, levels of biological organization, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and evolution using the foundation that life began with God and we are created in His image and likeness to glorify Him. This course includes laboratory work, scientific inquiry, real world application, and higher-level thinking. Students are expected to participate in all activities and actively engage and ask questions. Students will work independently from the teacher while at home (review and study the content covered in class) to achieve student autonomy.

 

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him and for Him." - Colossians 1:16 

Forensics

9th-12th grades

Teacher: Tasha Walker

  Forensic science is a multidisciplinary applied science encompassing several sub-fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and crime science investigation (CSI). These sub-fields include genetics, toxicology, entomology, ballistics, pathology, computer forensics, fire debris, and trace evidence. This course focuses on problem solving within an interdisciplinary scientific, relevant context. This course includes application scientific methodology, science content, and use of science technologies. Forensic science is to apply scientific methods to substantiate legal investigations. The course will use hands-on activities including lab testing as well as textbook work.

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).

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.

Russian 2

Teacher: Leah Smith

Grades: 9th-12th

Pre-requisite is Russian 1

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.

U.S. History

9th-12th Grades

Teacher: Adonna Pryor

A Multi-sensory, literature based class on U.S. History.  This class will utilize timelines, original writings, maps, worksheets, classic literature, lapbooking, videos, and music to U.S. and major world history events from 1400 through modern times.  Our curriculum is taken from Homeschool In the Woods.  This class will cover 1 full credit in each of the following: U.S. History, U.S. Literature, & part credit in Geography.  

World History 

Teacher: Adonna Pryor

Grades 9th-12th

A multi-sensory, literature based class on Ancient World History.  This class will utilize timelines, original writings, maps, worksheets, classic literature, lapbooking, videos, and music to study ancient history from creation to the fall of Rome. Our curriculum is taken from Homeschool in the Woods.  Students will need a Bible, "The Student Atlas" by Tim Dowley, and a 2" three ring binder.  A one time fee of $35/student covers all printed materials and license fees.