Course Descriptions

Science

Biology
This course is intended for the high school student who is interested in investigating the smallest units within biology: molecules and cells. Molecular and cellular biology is a dynamic field. There are thousands of opportunities within the medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial fields for a person with a concentrated knowledge of molecular and cellular processes. This course will give students a general introduction to a range of topics including basic biological concepts, the chemistry of life, cell structure, cell cycle, genetics, human genetics and biotechnology. This class will meet the Tennessee high school graduation requirement for biology with a lab.

Literature

English Literature: 9th & 10th Grades
Words are dangerous, magical; they require both risk and trust from us when we engage as readers. Words might be knives, bombs, balm, embers. In this course we’ll approach words, both written and spoken, as Revolution. Utilizing a variety of textual and visual formats, we’ll seek to discover the power of pen and ink. The course will be reading and writing intensive, but my primary goal is to make it both enjoyable and relevant. Texts are not yet finalized, but will most likely include: The Knife Of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness; The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood; and Strength To Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr. This class will meet the Tennessee high school graduation requirement for one year of English.

Personal Finance

Personal Finance/Entrepreneurship
The first semester will be spent dreaming of what the students’ lives will be like at 25-years old, while getting acquainted with the personal finance tools needed to accomplish those dreams and live a life free of financial stress. Second semester will be spent using the same tools to design a business from conception through execution, with a focus on income, cost, profit and cash flow. This class will meet the Tennessee high school graduation requirement for one semester of personal finance and/or an elective credit.

Humanities Electives

Art History
Students will explore the global evolution of human expression through this two-semester Art History course. Classes will offer a unique understanding of the arts through visual presentations overviewing humanity's creative developments from our earliest artistic attempts to the contemporary artworks of today. Students will learn to consider and discuss the influences of historical, cultural and geographical contexts along with the styles, techniques and materials used when creating ancient, folk and fine arts. This class will meet the Tennessee high school graduation requirement for humanities elective or may count toward a history credit.