Schedule and Room Assignments

Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays in Herndon, VA. Filter by subject or grade below. You can see key dates in our Google calendar or view our Academic Calendar.

Quarter beginning January 18, 2021

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Thursday Classes

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Room 1

Science Kids: Chemistry Sampler (THU)

Science Kids: Chemistry Sampler (THU)Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 0

Science Kids is a lab-based science sampler program where our youngest scientists will be exposed to the concepts, acquire scientific vocabulary, and learn hands-on skills to needed to be comfortable with more advanced science classes as they get older. Your first or second grader will come home with an understanding of concepts like phases of matter, melting point, buoyancy, and life cycles. Most importantly, young students will gain confidence discussing science concepts and working with science equipment. Labs will teach students how to use a thermometer, take linear measurements, weigh items on a scale, peer into a microscope, record elapsed time, and make scientific sketches, for example.

Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. In Chemistry sampler students will learn about acids and bases, melting point, physical properties, solutions, polymers, and simple reactions that give off heat, gas, etc. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

1st-2nd

Room 2

French II (Private Session)

French II (Private Session)Closed

Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 1

Private instruction for French II

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

11th

(Year Long)

Room 4

Preschool Art Adventures: Lines & Shapes

Preschool Art Adventures: Lines & ShapesClosed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 0

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Preschoolers will experiment with a wide variety of materials such as tempera paints, finger paints, watercolors, color pencils, markers, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, tissue paper, and specialty papers through a guided, weekly themed project. Third quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Lines and Shapes through mixing and experimenting with a variety of media. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 2); Lines and Shapes (Quarter 3), and Terrific Texture (Quarter 4). This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 11. Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

11:00 am-11:45 am

Ages 3.5-5

Art: Pencil & Paint: Rollicking Rainforest

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 4

Elementary artists will enjoy a journey in a drawing and painting in this art basics class! Second quarter, students will be inspired by the rainforest and complete projects that feature projects such as favorite rainforest fauna- a poison dart frog, sloth, or howler monkey- or flora, in the forms of the unique trees and flowers. Students will learn how to combine basic shapes into the more complex forms of plants and animals. Some pieces will introduce the idea of composition with a featured element plus a background. Principles of drawing such as perspective, light, shading and textures will be presented and practiced. Paint will be applied to several of the projects to add color to a rollicking rainforest! Supple fee: There is a $10.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

3rd-5th

Room 5

Pre-Algebra

Pre-AlgebraClosed

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Day(s): Tues/Thur

Open Spots: 4

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 Numbers and Operations, Expressions & Properties, Equations & Inequalities, Functional Relationships and Ratios, Percent & Proportions. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, measurement 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: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, link to quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates.

Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Points will be assigned for completed homework, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

Textbook: The selected textbook is available free online, and a link will be posted on Canvas. Students who prefer a hard copy textbook may purchase or rent McDougall Littell's Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035). As an alternative, for any student who struggles with reading, the textbook can be purchased as an audio CD (ISBN #978-0618478828). In addition, students will be assigned work in IXL and class note packets. (See Supply Fee notes below).

Lab/Supply Fee: This course has a $65.00 supply fee which covers a 1-year subscription to IXL online math platform and a class binder with unit notes. The unit notes packet will be distributed at the beginning of each unit and includes additional examples, supplemental explanations, and practice problems. Please bring cash or a check made out to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: 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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

7th-9th

PreCalculus with Trigonometry

PreCalculus with TrigonometryClosed

Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Tues, Thu

Open Spots: 5

This is a complete course in high school 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 Precalculus 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 in order to be set up as 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 and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

10th-12th

(Year Long)

Room 6

Mental Math Fun: More Logic & Reasoning Puzzles

Mental Math Fun: More Logic & Reasoning Puzzles Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 4

Students will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles each week that will develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essence a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges.

For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to become your own questionner. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn't just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can not only be useful, but also fun!

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-6th

All About Astronomy: Are We Alone? Exoplanets and the Searc...

All About Astronomy: Are We Alone? Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thur

Open Spots: 5

In July 2020, NASA launched the Perseverance Rover to search for fossilized evidence of ancient microbial life in a crater on Mars. In September 2020, scientists announced that traces of phosphine gas, whose source is microbes, had been detected in the noxious clouds of Venus. And in October 2020, NASA announced that water molecules have been discovered across surface of the moon. This class will explore the big questions of, "Are we alone in the universe?"; "Is there other life"; and "Where?"

In this class students will examine the evidence from recent studies and past findings to debate these questions. They will discuss exoplanets and what conditions are needed for a "Goldilocks Planet", the "just-right" conditions for life to thrive. The class will learn about aspects of astrobiology and biomarkers for possible life, and will debate, "How will we know if life is found?" This class will use some NASA projects for educators in their investigation. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Exoplanets (Quarter 3); and Stars (Quarter 4).

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

5th-7th

Number Ninjas: Super Shapes

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 1

Does your child learn best by touch, movement, music, and play? Number Ninjas is based on the belief that children need to work with mathematics in a concrete, physical, and tangible way. Young students will love learning numerical concepts in this hands-on, exploration-based class where work with numbers feels like a game.

Third quarter, students will dive into geometry by creating plane figures and sorting them according to the number of sides, vertices, and angles. We will complete symmetrical pictures with pattern blocks and drawings. Students will compare and sort 2-D and 3-D shapes using everyday objects. We will build a in-class projects featuring shapes.

This class covers many of the 1st and 2nd grade Standards of Learning for math. Weekly update e-mails to parents will include suggestions for practice at home and extension activities. Students will receive a binder with a pouch for manipulatives that they need to bring to class each week.

Topics in the Series: Play with Place Value & Money (Quarter 1), Measurement Madness (Quarter 2), Super Shapes (Quarter 3), and Fun with Fractions (Quarter 4).

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

1st-2nd

Activity Room

Jiu-Jitsu Fit for Kids

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 7

Jiu-Jitsu Fit is a fun, interactive, physical fitness program for kids inspired by the Brazilian self-defense martial art jiu-jitsu. Students will follow a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies of jiu-jitsu including strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, balance, and fun! Included in the games and exercises of this class, students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness. This class helps keeps kids active, builds self esteem, and encourages teamwork.

Jiu-Jitsu Fit activities will be adapted for COVID prevention. Grappling and ground work will not be included in the program while COVID measures are in place. Students will be required to wear masks in class, and distances will be maintained for many activities in the workout. However, some self-defense work will require partners to work more closely, while both in masks, for simple moves such wrist-grabs.

What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-8th

FUNctional Fitness: Homeschool PE (THU)

FUNctional Fitness: Homeschool PE (THU) Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 5

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' homeschool PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

2nd-6th

Virtual 1

Writer's Workshop: Classics, Paintings, and Poetry- A Passp...

Writer's Workshop: Classics, Paintings, and Poetry- A Passport Adventure *ONLINE ONLY* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 6

Students will journey around the world reading classic stories and finding poetry in paintings as they study the masters of various art forms. A journal and passport will be handed out. Using an Ekphrastic poetry style to extend their thinking and encourage the writing of new meanings into old works, students will identify traditional poetry and free verse in classic literature. Student interpretations will extend influence the meaning of their own poetry as they study several famous artists and poets with international appeal: Van Gogh, Vermeer, Klimpt, Homer, Hopper, and O'Keefe, while Basho, Issa, and Muth will provide haiku, tanka, sijo, freeverse and sonnets as students travel from Europe to the States and on to Asia. In tandem, the class will read portions of Dickens, Twain, and Grahame to hear the voices of humanity and borrow a few lines to influence our own poetry. Each student will choose an artist for a report that will be shared in a printed class anthology. It will seem like a class game to get their passports stamped! Join us in our global travel.

The Writers' Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progress works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme.

Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer's Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions.

Topics in this Series: Reading Classics, Writing New Endings (Quarter 1); Finding Colorful Characters for our Fiction (Quarter 2); Writing from the Inside Out (Quarter 3); and Classics, Paintings, and Poetry- A Passport Adventure (Quarter 4).

11:00 am-11:55 am

5th-6th

Spanish I (Private Session)

Spanish I (Private Session)Closed

Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 1

Private instruction for Spanish I

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

8th

(Year Long)

Outrageous Nature: 4-Virtual Class Series *ONLINE*

Outrageous Nature: 4-Virtual Class Series *ONLINE*Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 2

This is a series bundle of the 4 Outrageous Nature virtual classes on the oceans, hurricans, the ring of fire- earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis, and migrations. See individual program descriptions for more detail.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Outrageous Nature: Extreme Deep *ONLINE-1 DAY*

Outrageous Nature: Extreme Deep *ONLINE-1 DAY*Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 10

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: Earth is 71% water, and yet only a relatively small portion of the world's waters have been explored. Scientists and explorers around the world are discovering more each day utilizing special technology to reach the deepest depths of the ocean. During the program, students will review the different layers of the ocean, examine where animals and plants live and how animals communicate. They will identify how deep ocean animals have survived and thrived in harsh conditions through adaptations. Students will also dive into how humans have explored the ocean and end with a guessing game of marine animal sounds.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Outrageous Nature: The Eye of a Hurricane, Predicting Disas...

Outrageous Nature: The Eye of a Hurricane, Predicting Disaster in the Atlantic *ONLINE-1 DAY* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: Hurricanes are one of the most formidable forces on Earth. During this program, students will learn about the characteristics of hurricanes, where they form, Atlantic hurricane season information, and the impacts on coastal communities. Students will learn about barometers and other scientific weather instruments used to predict storms. Scientific investigation and inquiry skills will be practiced by way of examining two unique barometers from the Museum's collection, in addition to creating their own simple barometer to conduct an experiment at home monitoring weather and air pressure.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Outrageous Nature: Ring of Fire: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Ts...

Outrageous Nature: Ring of Fire: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis *ONLINE-1 DAY* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: The Ring of Fire is a tectonically active zone that causes frequent and devastating natural disasters. In such a geologically dynamic area, mariners must be innovative when designing boats and ships. Powerful tectonic forces, like tsunamis, frequently damage boats and ships near the shoreline. In this program, students will attempt to design and build a tsunami-proof boat model from simple household items. To prepare for the challenge, the Museum educator will review the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Outrageous Nature: Are We There Yet? *ONLINE-1 DAY*

Outrageous Nature: Are We There Yet? *ONLINE-1 DAY* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: Did you know that migrating animals and humans share a surprising amount of navigational methods? In the beginning of the program, students will choose one of the featured animals who migrates through the Atlantic Ocean and/or Chesapeake Bay. Students will follow that animal throughout the presentation, noting navigational tools and migration stories. Students will also create a mental map and discover more about compasses and other common tools and methods used in navigation. At the end of the program, students will be tasked with developing a game idea/design that can help teach people about the challenges and solutions of successful animal migration and healthy habitats.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Virtual 2

Hysterical Shakespeare: The Bard's Best Comedy Scenes *ONLINE ONLY*

Hysterical Shakespeare: The Bard's Best Comedy Scenes *ONLINE ONLY*Closed

Quarter(s): 3, 4

Day(s): Thu

Open Spots: 0

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 take a tour of the funniest, most hysterical comedic acts across a broad selection of Shakespeare’s plays.

From mistaken identities to clowning to plain old verbal whit and timing, the works of Shakespeare have plenty of comedy to enjoy. The class will read and act out funniest scenes from the great comedies of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Taming of the Shrew. But did you know there are also great comedic moments in the Bard’s history and tragedy plays as well? Students will discover the humor in Henry IV’s Falstaff or Hamlet gravedigger scene. After a sidesplitting journey through scenes, the class will delve into Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the class will unravel the twisted tale of six amateur actors, four lovers, and upcoming wedding, and a band of meddling of forest fairies.

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, mockery, and satire across many famous tales.

The class will work from selections of original 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 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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Henry IV, Part I (Semester 1), Hysterical Scenes and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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.

Non-Meeting Dates: This first-semester class will last 16 weeks, meeting during Compass winter make-up dates (3/18 and 3/25), but off on April 1, and finishing on May 12.

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.

10:00 am-11:55 am

8th-12th

(Semester Long)

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level) *ONLINE ONLY*

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level) *ONLINE ONLY*Closed

Quarter(s):

Day(s): M, Thur

Open Spots: 1

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.

Schedule: This section will be held entirely ONLINE as virtual conferences with a Monday morning meeting from 8:00 am - 8:55 am, and a Thursday afternoon meeting from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm, with a 10-minute break, via Canvas Conference. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts. Please note that this section is intended to be online for the full year for most. Openings in the live, in-person Friday morning section may be possible for a handful of students when COVID gathering limitations are lifted.

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 will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site

Textbook/Materials: 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 $130 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The cost for the SAT Subject Test in Biology in spring or summer 2021 is not included. Each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam through the College Board.

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.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

9th-12th

US Government and Politics (Honors or On Level) *ONLINE ONLY*

US Government and Politics (Honors or On Level) *ONLINE ONLY*Closed

Quarter(s):

Day(s): M, Thur

Open Spots: 5

As Thomas Jefferson wrote to Richard Price in 1788, "wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government." That's what this course aims to do!

US Government and Politics is a year-long political science and civics course for high school students to build their knowledge of essential political structures and processes. Key themes in the course include Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, American Legal System and the Courts (30%); Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy (15%); Political Parties and Interest Groups (15%); Political Beliefs and Behavior (20%); and Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (15%).

Students will learn about the formal and informal machinery that "makes the system go" -– including the so-called "fourth branch of government," the bureaucracy we know so well here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. By the end of the course, students will also be able to explain the development of civil rights and liberties from their constitutional roots and through several Supreme Court cases; how political parties and interest groups work; the structure of elections; and the means by which citizens learn about politics and form political beliefs. Students will understand enduring issues, including separation of powers, checks and balances, and then tension between majority rule and minority rights.

LevelsThe course provides a substantive, full-credit experience in either an Honors or On-Level track. Honors and On-Level students meet together and share core preparation each week, but assignments and assessments are differentiated, with longer readings, more practice of synthesis and analysis, and additional writing at the Honors level. Both tiers offer a serious, full-credit experience. A student who wishes to move up or down a level during the year may consult with the instructor. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15.

Schedule: This section will be held entirely ONLINE as virtual conferences with a Monday morning meeting from 9:00 am - 9:55 am, and a Thursday afternoon meeting from 3:00 pm- 3:55 pm via Canvas Conference. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts. Please note that this section is intended to be online for the full year for most. Openings in the live, in-person Friday morning section may be possible for a handful of students when COVID gathering limitations are lifted.

Prerequisites: Students must be highly-skilled readers at the high school level or above; or else have very robust assistance at home with weekly reading assignments.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week outside class meetings for reading and homework, a range which may vary based on reading speed. Note that the core textbook is written at a basic college level, while other materials are targeted at either a high school audience or the news-reading public.

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, and message instructor and classmates. These are due by 10 AM on Thursdays before each Friday meeting to promote active, knowledgeable discussion in class. There will be a summer assignment that is due on September 10, before the first class meeting. The class Canvas site will open on August 3 with introductory information, a syllabus, and the initial assignment.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

This course was structured to allow interested students to prepare for the College Boards' CLEP exam in American Government. Time spent on major course themes intentionally mirror the CLEP test's percentages. Students interested in taking the CLEP exam will have to register and pay for those exams individually. This course is not offered at an AP level, but the instructor is willing to advise experienced students who wish to independently prepare for the AP United States Government and Politics exam in May 2021. Additional preparation outside of class, particularly in essay-writing and analysis of Supreme Court cases, would be needed for AP.

https://clep.collegeboard.org/history-and-social-sciences/american-government
https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-united-states-government-and-politics/exam

Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, Brief 8th Edition by Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright (ISBN-13: 978-1544316215). Electronic versions are available. Be sure to purchase the EIGHTH (8th) edition that is also labeled "BRIEF." Other readings will be provided by the instructor.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component full year, one-credit course in US Government, Civics, or Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

10th-12th