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Cooking for Teens (Fri): Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

Fresh Herbed Brie Boule Appetizer

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Fall Twist Cobb Salad

Penne with Ricotta, Eggs, and Autumn Veggies

Roasted Chicken with Apples, Pears, and Cherries

Pumpkin Trifle Dessert

Chicken Posole

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flare (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Cooking for Teens (Fri): Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

Fresh Herbed Brie Boule Appetizer

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Fall Twist Cobb Salad

Penne with Ricotta, Eggs, and Autumn Veggies

Roasted Chicken with Apples, Pears, and Cherries

Pumpkin Trifle Dessert

Chicken Posole

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flare (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Cooking for Teens (Fri): Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

Fresh Herbed Brie Boule Appetizer

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Fall Twist Cobb Salad

Penne with Ricotta, Eggs, and Autumn Veggies

Roasted Chicken with Apples, Pears, and Cherries

Pumpkin Trifle Dessert

Chicken Posole

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flare (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Mosaic Masterpieces: Open Studio

Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites: None

Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.

Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (experienced students). Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millifiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

  • Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion
  • Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice
  • Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design
  • 3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques
  • Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design
  • There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assessments: will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

    Sweets Shop- Delectable Desserts

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kati Andresen

    Grade Range: 7th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.

    Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Compass bakers will learn to prepare a variety of desserts for friends and family, as an everyday treat or for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Each quarter, students will create a range of desserts including a pie, a cake, a tray bake, cookies, a tart, a mousse or pudding, and a chocolate (plus, a frozen dessert in 8-week quarters). The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

    Fall Harvest Apple Pie

    Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream

    Traditional Brownies and Black Bean Brownies

    Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheels

    Chocolate Tarts

    Boston Cream Pie Trifle

    Truffles

    Students will be eating what they bake each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging baking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.

    Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee:What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

    Sweets Shop- Delectable Desserts

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kati Andresen

    Grade Range: 7th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.

    Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Compass bakers will learn to prepare a variety of desserts for friends and family, as an everyday treat or for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Each quarter, students will create a range of desserts including a pie, a cake, a tray bake, cookies, a tart, a mousse or pudding, and a chocolate (plus, a frozen dessert in 8-week quarters). The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

    Fall Harvest Apple Pie

    Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream

    Traditional Brownies and Black Bean Brownies

    Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheels

    Chocolate Tarts

    Boston Cream Pie Trifle

    Truffles

    Students will be eating what they bake each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging baking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.

    Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

    Acting- Teen Scene: One Minute Plays

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2019

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: John Waldron

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Imagine a scene on a long airplane flight, in a Chinese restaurant, at an awkward class reunion, a doctor's waiting room, a kooky family reunion, an English pub, a football game, or even the mall. Envision those scenarios all in one zany production, as a collection of one-minute plays! The class will race through at least twenty super-short scripts featuring a range of zany mini stories. The class will cast, practice, and perform them in a rapid-fire form called tiny theater and flash fiction. One-minute plays are popular around the country in venues such as college theater, indie stage, and countless festivals such as the annual ?Gone in 60 Seconds? event.

    New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with the rapid-fire pace of these super-short plays as they connect with the audience, bring their character to life, and tell their story... in just one minute. Students will change characters and plots in quick succession and have to bring the audience along with them. If they forget a line, they ll improvise! From story to story, students will develop clever transitions and sequence the short scenes to a coherent class production.

    In this class, actors will learn the art of a cold read in front of a director. If a student would like to write a script for the class, he/she should bring a hard copy to the first day of class to review and edit with the instructor before the script is offered to the class.

    The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

    Topics in this Series: Wednesday Afternoon Live (Quarter 2); Long Form Improv (Quarter 3); and Mystery on Demand (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time! Workload: Students should expect to spend 1 hour per week outside of class learning his/her lines. Assignments: Parts will be assigned in class. Assessments: Will not be given. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

    3D History: Naval Battles of WWII

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top seas, deploy dozens of miniature ships and planes... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

    The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but our planet is 71% water which means that the fight happened there too! No real empire could hope to dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive steel castles with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless ocean to find the enemy fleet before they find you! In doing so we will learn about the technology and economic drivers that allowed different nations? navies to operate and how that affected the war?s outcome from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe.

    Topics in this Series: Naval Battles of WWII (Semester 1) and The Forgotten Fronts (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $310.00

    3D History: Naval Battles of WWII

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top seas, deploy dozens of miniature ships and planes... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

    The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but our planet is 71% water which means that the fight happened there too! No real empire could hope to dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive steel castles with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless ocean to find the enemy fleet before they find you! In doing so we will learn about the technology and economic drivers that allowed different nations? navies to operate and how that affected the war?s outcome from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe.

    Topics in this Series: Naval Battles of WWII (Semester 1) and The Forgotten Fronts (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $310.00

    Ace the ACT & SAT: Strategies for College Entrance Exams

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Fraser

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Whether college admissions tests (SAT, PSAT, or ACT) are right around the corner or down the road, this class will teach you how to tackle the tests, decode the questions, and boost your scores. While SAT/ACT test scores are not automatic ticket into the college of your choice, higher scores will get your application in the to-be-considered pile where admissions staff will take a closer look at all the other amazing things you have done.

    This class will help you feel prepared to face standardized admissions tests and take away some of the worry and mystery that surround these assessments. Each week, students will spend time on strategies for math and English portions of the tests. Students will learn about test designs and the types and difficulty levels of reading, grammar, and math questions. The class will learn how to approach multiple choice questions, how to read passages for comprehension, and what to do when you don t know an answer. This class is not a crash course that preps you for one test sitting, but rather teaches you lasting techniques to get you ready for whenever you decide to take a standardized test. The instructor will lay out a study plan for test-ready students and be able to offer tips on many aspects of the college admissions process. When the class wraps up, students and parents will understand the process of SAT and ACT testing and feel prepared for the personal challenge of the test experience.

    Topics in this Series: Success Skills for School: High School and Beyond (Semester 2). Prerequisites: For this class, students should be reading and have comprehension at or above grade level and have completed Algebra I. While geometry is included on the tests, completion of geometry is not assumed. Geometry formulas are provided within the tests, and the instructor will teach how to find and apply those formulas.Workload: Students should expect to spend one hour per week on homework for this class. Assignments: Prior to the start of class, each student should have taken a scored, practice SAT or ACT exam (found on the College Board or ACT website). All other assignments will be made in class and e-mailed to parents/students. Assessments: Students will take a variety of in-class and at-home time, practice test sections. The instructor will not provide additional assessments beyond the practice tests. Textbook: Students should purchase either The Official SAT Study Guide, 2019 Edition, published by the College Board (2018 ISBN # 978-1457309281), when published, or the The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2019-20 Edition (2018-19 ISBN #978-1119508069), when published. What to Bring: Students should bring their test book, notebook/paper, and a TI-83 or equivalent calculator to class to practice math questions that permit the use of a calculator. Phone calculators cannot be used. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) elective credit purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $253.00

    Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment- Trials of Ancient Greece

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This class will explore the judicial processes of the ancient world, starting with Ancient Greece. Students will learn how justice was carried out in a time before codified written legal systems, prisons, lawyers, or even formal judges existed and where the facts of your case depended entirely on how well your rhetoric could convince hundreds of your fellow citizens that would serve on a jury. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves, but will be expected to do so as an Ancient Greek citizen would have, through open debate. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be expected to debate from the perspective of both citizen and non-citizen residents of an ancient Polis. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions.

    Topics in this Series: Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

    Architecture in 2D- Drafting and Drawing

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Matthew Guenther

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will get creative and design their own special use space using technical drawings and renderings to convey their building concepts. Students will learn not only the technical side of architectural design and construction techniques, but also how light, space, and material selections make great buildings.

    Classes will begin with instruction on basic, two-dimensional architectural drawings (i.e., floor plans, elevations, sections, and details). Using tracing paper, grid paper, an architect?s scale, pencil, and pen, students will develop graphic skills to draw like an architect and communicate room shapes, wall materials, window patterns, door swings, bathroom fixtures, etc. Later, using their drawing skills and relying on inspiration from favorite buildings and architects, students will begin working on the design of their own project. The design process will begin with site studies and programming before moving on to block diagrams, schematic design, design development, and construction drawings.

    The student?s design challenge will be to dream, draw, diagram, and detail a 2000 SF addition to an existing home that will house the student?s ultimate hobby or hangout room. A student who is passionate about music might design a rehearsal studio with a recording room. A baseball enthusiast might design an indoor workout facility with a batting cage and a pitching bullpen. Student architect will use their own interests to guide their special use space: will it be a mega media room, an art studio, an indoor bowling area, a gourmet kitchen, a spa, or an arcade?

    Completed projects consisting of drawings, renderings, and design boards will be presented at the final class for classmates and parents.

    Topics in this Series: Architecture in 2D- Drafting and Drawing
    (Semester 1) and Architecture in 3D- Modelling (Semester 2) Prerequisites: Students should be able to work with fractions for scaled drawing work.Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Will be given in class and e-mailed to parents and students. Assessments: Throughout the semester, the class will work as in a collaborative design studio atmosphere with frequent, informal reviews.Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a kit consisting of tracing paper, grid paper, pencils, architect?s and engineer?s scales, presentation boards, and printing architectural drawings. What to Bring: Students should bring their architectural kit materials to class each week.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Visual Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $429.00

    Comic Art: Sketching Superheroes & Story Sequencing

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Pop Mhan

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    How does a comic illustrator portray the Incredible Hulk thundering through a concrete wall or sketch Captain America escaping the clutches of an enemy? Students will work with renowned comic artist Pop Mhan (DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics) to learn the art of comic illustration.

    During the first semester, students will learn to how to illustrate figures by tracing, sketching, and modifying familiar comic characters to be able to visualize how their forms are composed of simple geometric shapes. Then, once a student can draw a static, standing figure, he/she will learn how to manipulate the character's form to portray running, crouching, falling, flying, or fighting, and how to draw the same character again with the familiar proportions and detailing each time. Students will also learn the art of looking at common objects and breaking them down into simple lines and shapes, to portray props and backgrounds. Students will work from a furnished script (yep, comics are scripted stories), and will practice ?laying out?, or rough-sketching, sequential scenes in multiple panels, to tell the story. The student?s product in the first semester will be a working portfolio of figure studies, practice character sketches, a refined, unique character (or re-envisioning a known, existing character), and rough sketch lay-outs for sequential scenes. All first semester work will be done in pencil on paper.

    Topics in this Series: Comic Art: Sketching Superheroes & Story Sequencing (Semester 1) and Comic Art: Developiong Detail & Finishing Touches (Semester 2) Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week illustrating outside of class. Assessments: The assessment for this class will include an individual e-mail at the conclusion of the semester with the instructor?s qualitative feedback on the student?s work. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for pencils, paper, tracing paper, eraser, and portfolio. What to Bring: Students should bring their class supplies each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Visual Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $399.00

    Comparative World Religions

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Tia Murchie Beyma

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why is Easter, the most holy celebration of Christianity, named for an ancient European goddess? Why do Sufi dervishes "whirl?" Why do some people shave their hair, while others refuse to cut it, both in order to please God? How have nations, including the United States, been shaped by religion? Are all religions just different ways of saying the same thing, or do they have real differences as well as similarities? If you are curious about the history of religion and the beliefs and practices of different religions around the world, including those of your neighbors here in Northern Virginia, you will enjoy studying Comparative World Religions.

    This course will examine the Eastern faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism and the western, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What a rare opportunity! For most of human history, in nearly every society, neither religious diversity nor tolerance existed. Discussions about comparative religion were simply not possible. Only recently -- and still in just some parts of the world -- have we been able to enjoy calm, fruitful, and respectful conversations about religion that are not "catechism" (a term that means instruction in a particular faith). Those kinds of conversations are what students can expect in our study of comparative religion. This class will look at how and why religion plays such an important role in the lives of many ordinary people. Understanding our neighbors' belief systems and assumptions, even if we do not share them, can help everyone get along in a pluralistic world. Classes will include discussion, role play, and presentations. Once each quarter, the class will have a guest speaker to learn more about the values, beliefs, and practices of world religions.

    Topics in this Series: Comparative World Religions (Semester 1) and World History in the Making: Current Events & Courageous People (Semester 2) Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class each week to complete readings, watch videos, and sometimes create a brief written assignment or artwork. For those interested in covering more, there will be additional, optional material suggested by the instructor. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student s progress and workload. Assessments: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $296.00

    Compass Literarians: Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This Literarians writing board is a home for students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is often a solitary act, but writers also need a community in which to grow. Mirroring the design of famous writing salons/groups like The Bloomsbury Group, The Algonquin Round Table, and The Inklings, this course fosters a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development.

    Our first semester will focus on building a personal writing portfolio strengthening students' passions for genres and forms they are comfortable with as well as trying writing that is new to them. Using writing workshops to capitalize on what they already know and to encourage experimentation in unfamiliar areas, students can expect to grow as writers, editors and leaders in our Compass community.

    Students will use their own work and the works of professional authors to understand what makes good writing, to improve technique, to experiment with new forms/genre and to understand the drafting, editing and publishing process. They will explore publishing options through online platforms and hardbound journals.

    Our second semester will focus on editing and publishing. Students in this course will select writings from their portfolios and prepare them to submit to contests, anthologies and publications beyond our Compass campus. While continuing to draft and explore their own personal writing, students will assume editorial roles in the production of Pen Point, a beyond-our-classroom anthology. As editors, students will design and build an anthology, advertise the publication, solicit manuscripts and artwork, develop selection criteria, review/select/edit material, and learn the principles of layout and design. Embedded in this process are real-world experiences, and students will improve their communication and organization skills through goal-setting, time management, meeting deadlines, emailing, confirmations, proofreading, etc.

    Topics in this Series: A Creative Writing and Literary Magazine Board (Semesters 1 and 2, with registration by semester.) Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills. Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Assignments: Writing and editing assignments will be delegated by the student board. Assessments: In lieu of a teacher-provided assessments, writers will receive peer feedback on their own work, and the finished product will be a printed anthology for their portfolio. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for publishing expenses. What to Bring: Students should bring laptops to class to work collaboratively and real-time on shared documents and the class portal. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $296.00

    Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Bacteria & Prions (Honors or On-Level)

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Kathy Olsen

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Out of breath, sudden fever, rash! What could be wrong with this patient? This class is a case-based approach to the many infectious diseases that humans share and contract from domestic animals. Each week, students will be introduced to a new pathogen.

    The class will integrate principles of microbiology, immunology, physiology, and pharmacology within the framework of each epidemic. We will also discuss the historical, economic, and societal impacts that plagues and pestilence resulting from these infectious agents have wrought over the course of recorded history.

    The class will include laboratory activities in microbiologic techniques. Students will become familiar with principles of laboratory safety, light microscopy, biologic stains, culture techniques, and common immunologic tests.

    First semester lectures and labs will introduce the basic microbiology and diseases caused by bacteria and prions, an introduction to the immune system, and antibiotic therapy/resistance. Cases will include zoonotic diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Lyme Disease, Mad Cow Disease, Anthrax, and many others!

    This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors students will be assigned additional readings, homework questions, and lab reports. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

    Topics in this Series: Bacteria & Prions (Semester 1), Viruses and Parasites (Semester 2), etc.Prerequisites: Although previous classwork in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful, they are not prerequisites. Workload: On-level students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on assigned readings and lab reports. Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of the classroom. Assignments: All students will be expected to keep a lab manual for notetaking, lab reports, and assigned homework questions. Weekly readings will be documented in the course syllabus. Assessments: At the end of the semester, the instructor will review student notebooks and assign numerical scores to their notebooks, if requested, for the parents use in assigning letter grades. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition" by Marjorie Kelly Cowan (ISBN # 978-1259706615). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $100.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Equipment/Supplies: Students will be asked to bring microscopes to class some weeks. Students should have access to a compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $429.00

    Public Speaking for Success

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mo Hamilton

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Glossophobia is defined as the fear of public speaking", and in a recent survey conducted by Chapman University, public speaking was again defined as the #1 fear! Unfortunately, it is that fear that hinders many teens from becoming expressive, confident, and capable of speaking and being heard. Yet, public speaking is an invaluable skillset that we need throughout our lives!

    In this class, students will find their voice! Preparation is the key, so students will learn how to select and formulate a speech topic, get to know their audience, and develop a speech. The class will learn how to control the nerves, incorporate gestures, eye contact, and other nonverbal body language techniques, and how to enhance their presentations with vocal variety, props, and visual aids in addition to learning the Art of Engagement.

    Students will practice three speaking styles: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, and Original Oratory. Impromptu Speech is an off-the-cuff oral response to a question, statement, or phrase with minimal preparation. Participants will learn how to quickly think on their feet and deliver a two- minute speech. Extemporaneous Speech is prepared on short notice with thirty minutes to outline a position on an issue or theme given three prompts to consider. Original Oratory, a favorite in the National Forensics and Speech competition, can be an informative or persuasive speech that is composed, rehearsed, and delivered by the speaker on any topic they choose. At the end of the quarter, we will crown an Original Oratory Speech Champion...the first for Compass!

    Topics in this Series: Public Speaking for Success (Semester 1) and Debate-Able (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: will be sent by e-mail to parents and students. Assessments: will be provided in the form of score sheets/feedback from judges at the conclusion of final speech presentations. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English or Communications for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $279.00

    Shakespeare Off the Page: The Winter's Tale

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Heather Sanderson

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Read it! Act it! Students will enjoy this two-hour, semester-long workshop with Shakespearian coach Heather Sanderson who hails from England and is known for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of students throughout the Greater DC area. The class will explore Shakespeare's timeless romantic comedy, The Winter?s Tale, and analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives. Students will voyage to the shores of Sicilia to take on the personas of Kings Leontes and Polixenes, Queen Hermione, courtiers Camillo, Paulina, and Antigonus. A kindly shepherd, a wise oracle, a clown, and a young girl make up the cast of characters in this mixed-up tale of jealousy, intrigue, revenge, and redemption.

    Students will read various roles, study and act out scenes, practice monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens. Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character". The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify humor, satire, mockery, betrayal, and rejection in this mixed-up comedic tale of mistaken identity. The class will work from complete texts (not redacted, abridged, or simplified school versions) to hear and practice Elizabethan lingo. (How did someone of Shakespeare's time hurl insults or woo a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in a dark tale that has endured for over 400 years.

    Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare.

    Topics in this Series: Shakespeare Off the Page: The Winter's Tale (Semester 1), Shakespeare Off the Page: Death by Shakespeare (Quarter 3), and Shakespeare's Famous Re-Writes of English History: Antony & Cleopatra (Quarter 4). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class reading sections. Assignments: Sections will be assigned in class and included in the weekly e-mail to parents/students. Assessments: Will not be given. Textbook: The cost of the class text is included in the course fee. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English Literature or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $385.00

    Spy Games RPG, The History of Espionage: America?s First Spies

    Quarter 1,2: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This class will re-enact the great unseen intelligence battles of early American history, from Washington?s spies to Lincoln and Jefferson Davis?s, using RPGs (role playing games similar to Dungeons and Dragons) custom designed by the instructor.

    Real spying is less James Bond and more Sherlock Holmes. You follow clues and codes to lead you to secrets your enemies wish you didn?t know. Every country has secrets, and those must be defended, because knowing is half the battle. Students will be expected to learn about and practice code breaking, and try to encode messages to pass to their colleagues. Success will bring great advantage, failure could mean capture and death! We will examine the lives and techniques of real historical spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other using modified versions of the Pathfinder story-driven role playing system. Once you?ve uncovered the enemy?s secrets, we will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

    Topics in this Series: American Espionage, from the Revolution to the Civil War (Semester 1) and Modern American Spying, WWII through the Cold War (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.Assessments: Will not be given.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $281.00

    Algebra I

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: David Chelf

    Grade Range: 7th-10th

    Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

    This is a complete course in Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation real world applications. Topics in Algebra I include number systems, linear systems, rational numbers, complex numbers, exponents, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, absolute values, ratios, and proportions. In addition, the course will cover solving and graphing systems of functions, linear equations, and inequalities. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbooks for this class are (1) Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd edition paperback- new copy recommended- (ISBN-10 0471530123, ISBN-13 978-0471530121) and (2) A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 (ISBN-10 0965435229, ISBN-13 978-0965435222). A calculator is not necessary for this course. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra I for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

    Algebra II

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: David Chelf

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: Algebra I

    This is a complete course in Algebra II which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Algebra II include linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, and quadratic relations and systems. In addition, this course will cover higher degree functions with complex numbers, sequences and series, probability, data analysis, and trigonometric and circular functions. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbook for this class is Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications- Prentice Hall Classics (ISBN-10 0131657100, ISBN-13 978-0131657106). A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 is required for this class. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra II for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

    Geometry

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: David Chelf

    Grade Range: 8th-11th

    Prerequisites: Algebra I

    This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Students will learn deductive reasoning, and logic by completing geometric proofs. Topics in geometry include: lines, angles, congruence, concurrence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, regular polygons, and geometric solids. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbook for this class is Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0716743612, ISBN-13 978-0716743613) A calculator is not necessary for this course. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

    Pre-Algebra

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

    Grade Range: 7th-9th

    Prerequisites: None

    This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra that will provide an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic algorithms with an emphasis on problem solving. The major topics covered in this course are integers, order of operations, expressions, variables, equations, inequalities and polynomials. The course will also cover factors, fractions, exponents, and rational numbers. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

    Prerequisites: Students must be fluent in the four basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will need to show proficiency and have a thorough command of basic computation. In addition, a basic, introductory understanding and ability to work with fractions and decimals is required to solve equations and simplify expressions. If you are unsure about your child?s readiness for this class, the instructor will recommend one or more practice platforms and/or assessments to confirm placement. Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments. Assignments: will be e-mailed to parents and students after each class. Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent McDougall Littell?s Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035) and accompanying practice workbook (ISBN # 978-0618257522). As an alternative, parents can purchase the textbook on audio-CD for any student who struggles with reading (ISBN #978-0618478828). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $39.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the student?s online subscription to IXL online math platform where additional practice assignments are made. Please note that this subscription is typically $79.99 per student if purchased individually. What to Bring: Students will need a 1-1/2 inch binder with lined paper, graph paper, and a set of (5) dividers, a 12 inch ruler, and a TI-34 calculator. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Mathematics for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1079.00

    PreCalculus

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: David Chelf

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites: Algebra I, II, Geometry

    This is a complete course in PreCalculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Precalculs include functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric (right angle and unit circle). In addition, the course will cover polar coordinates, parametric equations, analytic trigonometry, vectors, systems of equations/inequalities, conic sections, sequences, and series. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in order to take this class. Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student?s progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student?s progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade. Textbook: The required textbooks for this class are Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071) and the downloadable Stitz-Zeager Precalculus, Preliminary 4th edition (www.stitz-zeager.com/Precalculus4.pdf) A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 is required for this class. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Precalculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1245.00

    Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level)

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Tia Murchie Beyma

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This full-year lab science course introduces classic biology topics updated for the 21st century. Biology studies living things and their relationships from microscopic to massive, ancient to modern, arctic to tropic. Our survey includes: (1) cellular and molecular biology, (2) ecology, (3) genetics, (4) biology of organisms (with selected human health and anatomy topics), and (5) evolution and diversity.

    You will observe microscopic organisms and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow. You will observe animal behavior, test your heart rate, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.

    By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the nature of science as a system of knowing; cite evidence for foundational theories of modern biology; explain basic biological processes and functions; describe structures and relationships in living systems; outline systems of information, energy, and resources; demonstrate valid experimental design; discern ethical standards; relate their values and scientific ideas to decision-making; and apply biology knowledge to their own health.

    In this flipped classroom, students are responsible for covering new material such as readings from the textbook and additional popular and scholarly sources, videos, and animations prior to class meetings. In-person sessions focus on active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.

    Labs address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. Hands-on dissection, always optional, is taught with preserved crayfish and fetal pigs.

    Sensitive issues: human reproduction is not taught separately, but mentioned as students learn about other, related topics such as sperm, eggs, stem cells, genetic disease, hormones, fetal development, breast-feeding, adolescence, and HIV. While there may be some debate-style discussion of topics such as GMO, abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered, but distinctions between gender and biological sex are discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections are optional. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, inseparably from other content. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.

    The course provides a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors has longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments; it is appropriate for students who seek more challenge or plan to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

    Prerequisites: Students should be very strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages. Workload: Homework includes term cards, brief written responses, weekly online quizzes, unit tests, occasional lab reports, and some creative assignments including sketching. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations, participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework.
    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments; upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests; track grades; message instructor and classmates; and participate in a weekly conference held in addition to the in-person meeting at Compass. That online session is conducted live but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict. Assessments: Points are assigned for class submissions, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Textbook: Students must purchase or rent the textbook ?Biology? (2010 edition with baby alligator cover) by Stephen Nowicki, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Holt McDougal (ISBN# 9780547219479) An e-book version is also available (ISBN# 9780547221069). By second semester, those who elect to take the SAT Subject Test will also need the College Board's "Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide" (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as the latest '"Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M" or "Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M." Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $125 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Supplies/Equipment: Students will need access to a computer/internet, compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting, splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, at least 400, 3?x5? index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper. Some of these supplies are used at home. Students should watch class announcements on Canvas to know when to bring items to class. Notes: The cost for the SAT Subject Test in Biology in spring or summer 2020 is not included. Each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam through the College Board. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1100.00

    Spanish I (On-Level or Honors)

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lisa Alsono

    Grade Range: 7th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Get ready for a full year of beginner level high school Spanish! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include the alphabet, numbers, time, dates, seasons, school, free time activities/hobbies, likes/dislikes, personal descriptions, family relationships, emotions, food/restaurants, places/locations in town, and shopping/clothing. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular present tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as articles, pronouns, adjectives, and comparative phrases.

    Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing worksheets and written assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class. Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class. Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for class materials in lieu of a textbook.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $597.00

    Spanish II (On-Level or Honors)

    Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 6, 2019

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lisa Alsono

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: Spanish I

    Get ready for a full year of intermediate level high school Spanish! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include describing homes and chores; planning a party; health, body parts and sports; vacations, leisure time activities, fun events and places of interest; communicating via phone and computer; and daily routines. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular past tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as commands, direct and indiect object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and the differences between ser vs. estar and saber vs. conocer.

    Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing worksheets and written assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

    Prerequistes Spanish I Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class. Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class. Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for class materials in lieu of a textbook. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $597.00

    Parent Proxy Form 2018 - 2019

    Quarter : Starts on September 6, 2018

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    Fill out this form to allow an authorized adult to drop off, pick-up, or care for your kids on campus while you are away.

      Price: $0.00

    Teen Drop-Off Form 2018 - 2019

    Quarter : Starts on September 6, 2018

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    Please fill out this form for each teen you have taking classes on campus.

      Price: $0.00

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