English 10 Elements of Literature College Prep

Carla Muller

Elements of Literature (Eng. 10 College Prep) (gr. 10-12) - full year - Carla Muller   This course will lead students through a study of the “elements” of literature--imaginative comparisons, allusions, symbolism, irony, and devices of sound-- by studying primarily American and British authors.  These studies will focus on five genres-- biography, fiction, lyric poetry, drama and the personal essay. There is also a special unit on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The students will learn the importance of literary analysis by studying these pieces and interpreting them in the light of Biblical Truth.  The class format will include lecture, discussion and reading, as well as audio/visual teaching aids. A year-long syllabus will be sent home to ensure communication between parent/teacher, student and tutor.  Curriculum required: 1.) Elements of Literature for Christian Schools, $59.44 christianbooks.com  Bob Jones University Press.  (There are a few copies available in the HERC library);  2.)Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (any edition) starting at $3.95 at amazon.com. Contact Carla Muller with questions or to be added to Temporary Class Roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: (Thursdays, Period 2 (9:25 a.m. - 10:45 am)
  • Cost: Cost: $435 + $40 HERC fee. Supplies fee $25 = $500
  • Minimum Number of Students: minimum of 7 students/maximum 20)
  • Prerequisite: For grades 9-12

Exploring Creation With Zoology: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day

Jessica Grant

Course Description  Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1   The ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow-rumped warbler, little brown bat, spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Mexican bean beetle, common honeybee---they all have wings, and you'll find them here in this lavishly illustrated elementary science curriculum. Using the Charlotte Mason approach, 14 lessons include notebook activities, special projects, and hands-on experiments to teach kids about birds, bugs, bees, beetles, butterflies, and more. This is a YEAR LONG unit study that is ideal for parents teaching multiple grades.  This Zoology course and the other Zoology course will be offered as year-long courses but cover different information. *This class can be taken as an enrichment course but for maximum benefit, the text and journal are recommended($60) Please contact Jessica Grant for more information and to be added to temporary class roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>  

  • When: Thursdays, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Elem Cohort 1 hour classes)
  • Cost: $320 + $40 HERC fee = $360 (*see note above re: text and journal)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4

Exploring Creation with Zoology: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day

Jessica Grant

Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Dive into the underwater world of marine animals! The textbook for this curriculum is written directly to the student, the gentle conversational style makes Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day perfect for elementary children to read on their own, or for family reading times. Presenting information with a strong creationist viewpoint, this detailed course contains units on aquatic animals, whales, seals, fish, sharks, reptiles, Cephalopods and many other creatures you didn't even know existed!  There will be some note booking, ocean box making and hands on experiments coupled with this course. This is a YEAR-LONG unit study that is ideal for parents teaching multiple grades. This Zoology course and the other Zoology course (flying creatures) are separate year-long courses but cover different information. *This class can be taken as an enrichment course but for maximum benefit, the text and journal are recommended ($60) For more information or to be placed on a temporary class roster, please contact Jessica <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Thursdays 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Elem Cohort 1 hour classes)
  • Cost: $320 + $40 HERC fee = $360 (*please see note about materials above)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4

Game Schooling

Elizabeth Haber-Lopez

Game Schooling In this fun class, students will play games to supplement their other core high school curriculum – Math, English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc games.   1 semester, may extend to 2.     Suggested credit to supplement their other core classes.   Please email Elizabeth Haber-Lopez with any questions  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Thursdays 1:45-3:05 pm (Period 5)
  • Cost: $215 plus $20 HERC fee per semester + $10 Material fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4
  • Prerequisite: n/a

Government (College Prep)

Diane Baker

American Government fulfills the first part of the 12th grade history core curriculum. The class will consist of lectures, Q&A sessions, current events, projects and case studies. We will approach local, state and federal government from a biblical perspective. There is much discussion and the class is highly interactive and will stir the Christian student to pray for their current government, and support its biblical beginnings and future. The textbook is Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration.  3-Ring binder, paper and writing utensils are needed.   Contact Diane Baker with questions or to be put on Temporary Class Roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Thursdays, Period 4 12:20 – 1:40 pm, First Semester only
  • Cost: Cost: $250 (includes HERC fee), The $20 non-refundable HERC fee is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: None

High School Research Writing MLA Format

Tammy Bulford

        This course is intended to introduce students to the world of research writing. They will be learning the MLA style format. By the end of the semester they will produce a 5 page MLA style research paper complete with in text citations and works cited page.   Required Books: Dictionary, Thesaurus, & Laptop not required but highly recommended   Feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns. Tammy Bulford / email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   One Semester Class (2nd semester)

  • When: 3rd Period (2nd Semester)
  • Cost: Cost: $250 + $20 HERC fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 8

High School Spelling Vocabulary and Grammar

Tammy Bulford

Mrs. Bulford High School Spelling, Vocabulary & Grammar One Semester Class (1st semester)   Required Books: Easy Grammar Plus / Abeka Vocabulary, Spelling & Poetry III student book     This course is intended to provide students with grammatical tools to help them speak and write properly.  There will be weekly spelling & vocabulary tests and weekly grammar assignments. The goal is to prepare students for Research Writing second semester.    Required Books: Easy Grammar Plus / Abeka Vocabulary, Spelling & Poetry III student book   Feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns. Tammy Bulford / email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • When: 3rd Period (Semester One)
  • Cost: Cost: $250 + $20 HERC fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 8

Intro to Ballroom Dance

Emma Warren

Intro to Ballroom Dance: Students will be introduced to a wide range of ballroom,  group, and line dances. They will learn how to count music, how to have a good dance frame, and proper etiquette. Students will also learn dance history and become comfortable and  confident individuals on the dance floor and in social gatherings. This course runs for 2 semesters (an entire school year). HERC uniforms and closed toes required      (discounts provided if more than one student from a family is attending).   For more information or to be put on a temporary class roster please contact Emma Warren <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: 4th Period
  • Cost: $320 per student plus $40 HERC fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 6 min...30 max
  • Prerequisite: none

Intro to Robotics

Holly Assi

  This full-year class will involve brainstorming, designing, building and programming a robot with a competitive game in mind. There will be no formal curriculum as it is a hands-on, student-driven class to give students the opportunity to gain experience in STEM related fields (there is some online curricula that parents can use at home if they so desire). No grades will be given, as the class is participation based only. Participation and commitment are key to the success of this class. Several former members of the local award-winning home school robotics team "The Battle Bolts" will be providing guidance and expertise to students during class time. Our teams will participate in the Kern Robotics League, where we will compete with other local high schools on four different Saturdays. In addition, there will be several local full-day tournaments that we have the option to compete in this year. Teamwork, as well as learning good communication and problem-solving skills are other added benefits of this class. Parent involvement is highly recommended. Limited spots available. All materials will be provided, however if you have a laptop you can bring to class that would be beneficial, but not required. When: Thursdays, Period 5 AND Club Time 1:45-4:30 p.m. Grades: 7th-12th Cost: $400 (+$40 non-refundable HERC fee) Minimum Number of Students: 4   Contact Holly Assi with questions or to be added to Temporary Class Roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Period 5 and 6 1:45- 4:30 pm
  • Cost: $400 (+$40 non-refundable HERC fee)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4
  • Prerequisite: Grades 7th - 12th

Introduction to Botany Through the Study of Trees

Elizabeth Haber-Lopez

An Introduction to Botany Through the Study of Trees Students will learn:  the basic aspects of botany, including plant systems and organs, and their functions to identify the internal parts of plant systems --         The basic process of photosynthesis and respiration ·        The process of polinization, fertilization, and seed dispersal ·         How to classify trees according to their characteristics.   Field trips optional (but recommended) outside of HERC hours Periodic guest presentations by a certified arborist, 1 semester, may extend to 2. Suggested credit for one semester high school science.       Please email Elizabeth Haber-Lopez with any questions  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Thursdays Period 4
  • Cost: $215 plus $20 HERC fee per semester
  • Minimum Number of Students: Max students 6

National Beta Club

Carla Muller

BETA CLUB The National BETA Club is the largest independent non-profit youth organization in America.  For more than 80 years it has prepared today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.  The BETA Club motto is, “Let us lead by serving others.” This is a club that recognizes that true leadership is developed by serving others.  As a club, we will meet to discuss service opportunities (inspired and presented by the members). Each meeting will be run by members according to "Robert's Rules of Order" This is a national honor society that is recognized by secular universities.  A one-time membership fee is required---BETA is a lifetime membership.    For more information: <www.betaclub.org> Contact Sponsor Carla Muller with questions or to be added to Temporary Club Roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Third Thursday of each month 3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 one-time fee for BETA Membership plus $25 Club fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: n/a
  • Prerequisite: Membership in National BETA Honor Club

Open Tutoring for All Things English

Tammy Bulford

    Tutoring for new or struggling readers will consist of two main parts:     READING Phonological Awareness Phonics and Decoding Fluency Vocabulary Comprehension   SPELLING A multisensory approach will be used so that the students can be successful in spelling regardless of his particular learning style. The key to this program is learning phonograms, which are the sounds that a letter or letter combination makes. Using this approach, after learning his phonograms, a student knows what his choices are for spelling that particular sound.  That is why students will start at the beginning with letters and sounds. They will then memorize the rules and the exceptions to the rules. The only “sight words” they will have will be the ‘rule breakers’. All teaching and lesson activities are multisensory with a strong emphasis on mastery learning based on reinforcement (games) and review.   The plan for all other English tutoring will be strictly student by student.   Feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns. Tammy Bulford / email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • When: 4th Period
  • Cost: $25 per session plus $40 HERC non-refundable fee for year
  • Minimum Number of Students: N/A
  • Prerequisite: N/A

Personal Finance

Heidi Oxford

PERSONAL FINANCE:  This is a semester length course for high school students to help prepare them to be responsible stewards of their financial matters as they transition into adulthood, encouraging them to not get into debt as they begin this phase of life.  Topics that will be covered include:  savings, budgeting, credit, debt, financial planning, insurance, income, taxes, and giving.  Classroom time will be spent in lectures, discussions, videos, tests, and (as available) guest speakers.  At home, the students will read and fill out assignments in their text workbook, as well as keep their own simulated budgets and tracking expenses.  They will need a folder with 3-hole prongs, and notebook paper.   Curriculum required:  Foundations in Personal Finance, High School Edition by Dave Ramsey.  Best price ($25-30) is usually found at Rainbow Resources or https://www.ramseysolutions.com/store/education/foundations-in-personal-finance-high-school-homeschool-student-text.  Contact Heidi Oxford with questions or to be added to the Tentative Class Roster.       <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> (please note the "period" between "HERC" and "Oxford")  This course will also be open to HERC graduates

  • When: Thursdays Period 4 (sem 1) Thursdays Period 5 (sem 2)
  • Cost: Cost: $225 + $20 HERC fee + $10 supply fee = $255
  • Minimum Number of Students: 8

Philosophy 1 (College prep)

Carla Muller

  This class is comprised of two semesters. The first semester the students will be able to identify the four major competing worldviews: Biblical Christianity, Marxism/Leninism, Secular Humanism, and Cosmic Humanism. They will also obtain a working knowledge of philosophical terms and their meanings. The second semester will focus on these four worldviews within each of the ten disciplines of theology, ethics, psychology, sociology, biology, philosophy, history, law, politics, and economics. A wide variety of teaching techniques and experiences will be implemented, such as videos, skits, artwork and discussions. Required text: The Battle for Truth by David Noebel copyright 2001 ONLY (PLEASE NOTE:  This text is out-of-print, but available online www.amazon.com for $0.01 and up--used. A few texts available in HERC library) Supplies fee includes class notebook, all homework pages and supplementary materials. Please contact Carla Muller for more information or to be added to the Temporary Roster <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

  • When: Thursdays, Period 1 8 a.m. -9:20 a.m.
  • Cost: $435 + $40 HERC fee + $25 Supplies fee= $500
  • Minimum Number of Students: 6
  • Prerequisite: none

Pre-Algebra (Saxon Algebra 1/2)

Jessica Salmeron

Saxon Algebra ½ Jessica Salmeron  This is a full year pre-algebra course using the incremental approach of Saxon math. Some topics covered include Prime and Composite numbers; fractions & decimals; order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem and more. We will also cover an introduction to geometry and discrete mathematics. A year long syllabus will be provided.   Contact Jessica Salmeron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to be added to a temporary class roster. 

  • When: TBD
  • Cost: Cost: $500 + $40 HERC fee = $540
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4