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of our 2021-2022 Classes**

 

** We do have some classes that run at the same time, so before registering,

 

please make sure your class choices do not overlap **

Pathway meets weekly on Fridays in Huntersville, NC. 

Please email us with any questions at pathwayhighschool@gmail.com.

      Registration for ALL High School Classes will close on August 6, 2021     

Intro to Psychology - Psychology for Everyday Life

Class Fee: $450 - $495 (No additional fees). *** Course fee varies with date of registration ***

Register by April 15: $450

By May 31: $475

After May 31: $495

Instructor:  Beth Gregory

Class Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

This course is a year-long exploration of psychology with application of concepts to the student’s everyday lives both academically and in their relationships. This class will build a foundation for any future college-level psychology course.

 

High School Credit: 1 Social Science or 1 Elective credit.

 

Course Objectives

  • Students will study the major concepts and theories of psychology. They will learn key terms and concepts in the field of psychology and apply this to everyday life.

  • Students will become familiar with psychological research methods.

  • A Christian perspective will be incorporated throughout the course. Lectures will expand on the text and offer discussion time for improved understanding.

  • Topics will include: memory and thought, personality, how we learn, attitudes and social influence, motivation and emotions, intelligence, development, abnormal psychology, interests and careers and much more.

 

What do students say about this course?

“Psychology is so interesting, and this class is a fun way to explore the science while having fun.”

“It is very interesting to learn what goes on inside our brain…. the projects are very interesting

to conduct and the current events stretch you to learn what is going on outside your city.”

“This is my favorite class ever!!...So fun! I have learned so much.”

“I love the energy and it’s fascinating. You are a fantastic teacher…”

​​​Grade Level: 9-12 th grade - age 14 years and up. (Consider each student’s maturity level in this decision.)

 

Class Size: Minimum: 10 students. Maximum: 20 students.

 

Homework Requirements/Grading:

Homework includes weekly reading from the course text, homework assignments, quizzes/tests and short projects. Class participation and attendance are also part of the overall grade.

 

Course Material

  • Textbook: Understanding Psychology, Author: Kasschau, Richard A., Ph.D., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, (Copyright 2014). ISBN: 9780076631940.

  • Purchase textbook only (no e-books or teacher’s editions please). No online access card/code needed.

  • *You may find used textbooks online for under $20….in the spring and then prices go up.

  • Suggestion: consider purchasing the text from a current student and “pre-order” it for when it comes available at the end of this school year.

  • *Beware of international textbook versions in alternate languages.

  • This is a secular textbook written for high school students. Classroom lectures add/incorporate a Christian perspective as well as additional content and research for enhanced learning.

 

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Modern World History

Class Fee: $475

Instructor:  Clay Broussard

Class Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm

I. DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

 

This course is a survey of Modern World History, with emphasis on extracting meaning from history to see God’s ultimate purposes. The course will quickly progress through from the foundations of the modern era as ushered in by the American and French Revolutions and the ideas of individual rights and equality under the law.  The role of religion, culture, science, philosophy and of politics will all be evaluated along the way. During our historical analysis we will look closely at the aftermath of the anti-Christian political theory and is insatiable desire to build a “heaven on earth” without God.  The story of the Modern world is very much this story:  The world without God and mankind as the measure of all things. The student will exit the class not only understanding the major “events” of history but understanding why the Judeo-Christian worldview has led to abundant freedom and technological advancement resulting in longer lifespans, greater per capita prosperity, political freedom and nations that have held up “lex rex” (the law is king) as one of its highest ideals only to see this prosperity and blessing undermined through deliberate invasion of the “commanding heights of culture”.  The instructor is hopeful that in this study the student will be inspired to evaluate the current degrading of this foundation for freedom that is all around us today and be able to easily predict the emerging lack of freedom that is sure to come in the Western experience if we continue to discard all the wisdom applied through the ages.  The hope is in obtaining this high school humanities credit, the student will become an inspired advocate for Christian society and its incredible benefits to humanity. 

 

II. PURPOSE STATEMENT (OR ROLE OF THE CLASS IN PROGRAM OF STUDY)

 

The course will fulfill a full credit for high school for humanities/social studies.

 

III. OBJECTIVES

 

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

 

1. demonstrate their acquaintance with the lecture and/or written material related to historical Ideas/concepts and key events by the successful completion of assignments and class attendance.

2. demonstrate how particular ideas have shaped modern culture are brought to bear in the contemporary setting:  The student will demonstrate how worldview shapes policy and culture by the successful completion of a research paper.

3. demonstrate historical knowledge by  interacting with the course by performance on a mid-term and final exam.

4. Demonstrate achievement through successful performance on quizzes.  (These will not be “pop” quizzes)

 

IV. REQUIRED RESOURCES FOR THE COURSE (these books can be bought cheaply if not found for free)

 

  1. Holy Bible

  2. Access to the Internet.

  3. Most materials to read will be assigned from the public domain.

  4. City of God, St Augustine

  5. Plato’s Dialogues

  6. Modern Times, Paul Johnson

 

 

V. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE

 

1. Readings & Class Participation:  Each student will be required to do all assigned readings and attend and participate in class.

2. Paper:  Each student will be required to write a research paper on a topic which must be pre-approved by the instructor.  This paper will be 5-7 pages in length with full citations.

3. Tests:  Each student will be required to successfully pass both a mid-term and final exam.  A study guide will be given by the instructor. 

4. Quizzes:  Each student will be required to successfully pass 2 quizzes throughout the term.  The quizzes will be announced prior to being given

 

VI. GRADING

 

Grade Percentages

Readings & Participation 25%

Paper: 25%

Tests 35%

Homework/Quizzes 20%

 

VII.  COURSE OUTLINE

 

Part I:  The Foundations of Modernity-The Key Ideas Driving the Events

 

Lectures 1-10: 

  1. Foundations of the New World:American Revolution/French Revolution/Enlightenment

  2. The Wealth of Nations

  3. The Romantic Reaction-A world of subjectivity

  4. Anti-Religion or New Theology-Discarding orthodoxy in the Church

  5. Limits to Knowledge-The Positivist School and the death of certainty

  6. Nietzsche’s Superman:Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  7. Darwin’s new explanation for the creation

  8. Marx’s quest to Destroy the old social-order spreads like a virus

  9. The New Atheist Zealots replacing the Church:Lenin/Trotsky/Stalin

  10. The New Social Order

 

Part II:  The Buildup to Conflict

 

Lectures 11-20: 

  1. Nationalism and the race for Empire

  2. European Conflicts-France and Germany

  3. Slavic Humiliation and a backwards Russia

  4. The explosion of the free market system in the USA

  5. German Aggression & the last dynasties (Hapsburg/Romanov)

  6. The Crisis in the Balkans

  7. The July Crisis and the Guns of August-WW1

  8. The Progress of the War

  9. The Aftermath of the German Surrender-Versailles and Hatred

  10. Economic Chaos-The Great Depression

 

Part III:  The World on Fire

 

Lectures 21-30:

  1. 10 Days that Shook the World-The Bolsheviks seize power in Russia

  2. German rearmament

  3. Adolf Hitler and Nazism

  4. Nazi Aggressions

  5. Appeasement leads to War-Invasion of Poland

  6. The Continent is taken, Hitler invades Russia

  7. The Lion of Freedom-Winston Churchill and the English Resurgence of Spirit

  8. The Japanese Aggression and Pillage in the East

  9. The USA-Economic Dominance wins the War

  10. The Holocaust and the Jews

 

Part IV: The Evil Empire

 

Lectures 31-40:

  1. The Iron Curtain Falls:Freedom vs. Tyranny

  2. The failure of the “International Revolution” and the Marxists Response

  3. Capturing the Commanding Heights and subverting Freedom

  4. Proxy Wars across the Globe-Korea, Vietnam, Cuba

  5. Maoist Bloodbath-The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution

  6. A declining USA finds its new Champion-Reagan.

  7. Thatcherite England regains her glory

  8. Socialism: the godless idea that won’t die-Ireland and Africa

  9. “Tear Down this Wall!”

  10. Where is this all going?God’s Sovereignty and the Book of Daniel and Laodicea

Economics & Government

Class Fee: $475

Instructor: Clay Broussard

Class Time:  2:30 - 3:30pm

The class will explore the key elements of Government and Economics while emphasizing their distinct interrelationship, including, but not limited to:  Economic Theory and Social Contract Theory as well as the historical progression of systems of Government/Economics and their relationship and dependence upon Philosophy/Religion, Technological Progress, Natural Resources and the Arts.  The consequences of ideas regarding freedom (individual rights) and the move to the collective currently underway in the West will be examined historically and as related to current events specific to Government and Economics.  A Biblical worldview will be stressed as the only foundation for human freedom politically.  The course will examine and evaluate Gov/Econ through the lens of the City of God, as characterized by human prosperity and liberty with the City of Man, and its oppressive and insidious recurrence and man imposed tyranny.

Key figures and turning points in history will be evaluated and discussed with a goal of basic comprehension of the ideas and impacts contained therein that have brought us to the modern world. 

 

Highlights will include:

Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Jefferson, Adams, Bastiat, Hamilton, Madison, The Magna Carta, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, Von Hayek Emphasis will be placed on the philosophical/Christian development of the West as the primary cause of  America's founding.  Once this is established, we will look at  the branches of Government, Key Supreme Court Decisions and their impact on Freedom as well as current events and the daily news cycle.  

After the above, we will venture into Economic Theory and study both economic freedom, and the counter, Marxism in all of its pernicious forms.  This will again bring us face to face with current events in our world.  

The students will be required to read select texts and articles in a reading schedule (tbd), interact in classroom debate and dialog, and exhibit comprehension of the subject matter via tests (2) and a research paper (1).  

While the subject matter at hand can be daunting and dry, the instructor will seek to build a lifelong passion for activism and evangelism through proper integration of the subject to our actual life experiences.   The goal is to bring the material to life!  

World Literature and Composition

 

This class if full....  There is still space in the 11:30 World Lit/Comp class.  If your student wants to take the 11:30 Lit/Comp class, and it conflicts with Personal Finance, Biology or Spanish 3, please email us and we will work it out to open space in the 1pm class for your student. 

 

Wait List: If you would like your student to be placed on a wait list for this class, please email us at pathwayhighschool@gmail.com.

Class Fee: $450

Instructor: Sara Rhew

Class Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Students will journey around the world to learn about some of history’s greatest authors and their works, from the ancients like The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Psalms and Plato’s Republic to Les Miserables, Don Quixote, and The Three Musketeers. In addition, we’ll explore what makes these masterpieces stand the test of time and still challenge us today. We’ll also search for similarities and differences that exist across time periods and geographical regions with books like Cry the Beloved Country and The Good Earth. We’ll explore short stories, non-fiction, novels, and drama as well as poetry excerpts from This Same Sky, including works from Africa and the Far East. 

 

In the composition component of the course, the fundamentals of grammar will be reviewed, as well essential elements of essay writing including specific types of essays using The Elegant Essay from IEW and Jensen’s Format Writing. The variety of writing will benefit students at all points in their highschool journey and includes 5 paragraph essays, essay responses, journaling, creative writing, a research paper, and a faith-based reflective paper. We’ll integrate vocabulary within our literature selections and also focus on SAT/ACT vocabulary prep.

World Literature and Composition

Class Fee: $450

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Instructor:  Jill Graham

Class Time:  11:30am - 1:00pm

This year we will read a survey of literature from across the world and across time periods including The Epic of Gilgamesh (and comparison with world-wide flood narratives), Greek myths and The Odyssey, Yeh Shen (the original Chinese Cinderella) and other Asian poetry/literature, African folktales and the novel Cry the Beloved Country, The French classic Les Miserables, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (which shows the influence of Greek mythology on Western literature).

For grammar, we will study sentence structure through diagramming and sentence formulas as well as other usage issues.  For composition, we will use the book The Elegant Essay from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, which focuses on descriptive and persuasive essays, and reviews the concepts of thesis statements, organization, transitions, conclusions, and other elements of successful writing.  For vocabulary building, we will use the Worldly Wise vocabulary books as well as an overview of Latin and Greek roots.

Biology

Class Fee: $470 (includes lab fees)

Instructor: Shari Kaiser

Class Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Exploring Creation with Biology

2 Volumes: Third Edition

 

--  NOTE:  THIS IS A NEW EDITION  -- 

There are significant changes from the 2nd edition. 

Students must have the new edition for the class - two books - both text and solutions guide.

APOLOGIA EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES, By: Vicki Dincher

 

This college-prep biology course is designed to be the student's first high school science course, and provides students with a thorough understanding of the relevance of scientific inquiry. Textbook readings are backed by hands-on experiments that take students' book knowledge and bring it into real-world applications. After completing this course, students will be able to understand the vocabulary of biology and gain a strong understanding of the scientific method that will equip them to analyze data across other disciplines.

 

Modules cover atoms, chemical structures, ecosystems, biomes, ecological communities, cell structure and function, cellular energy, DNA, proteins, cell cycles, and genetics (including inheritance, disorders, and technology). Students will also learn about prokaryotes, viruses, protists, fungi, and the fascinating worlds of plants and animals.

 

This course will include labs and lectures. Students will be expected to prepare lab reports and demonstrate their understanding of covered concepts with closed-book tests. Consistent attendance is required. The text and course are taught from a Christian perspective. This course requires a substantial amount of work to be done by the student at home. The student is expected to check and correct his/her own homework. Parents will be expected to oversee completion of homework and at-home tests. The facilitator will present each module’s concepts, provide in-class lab time, grade tests and lab reports and provide progress reports. Late homework is not accepted in this class.

 

An Honors option is available for this course at no additional cost. Details will be presented on the first day of class or can be requested via email.

 

Textbook ISBN-13: 9781946506450

Solutions ISBN-13: 9781946506467

Two-volume set $71.25 from christianbook.com as of 04-Feb 2021

[optional: MP3 Audio CD for auditory learners ISBN-13: 9781946506498]

Course Credit: 1 credit of Science with lab

Open to: 9th - 12th Grades

 

 

Chemistry

Class Fee: $460 (includes lab fees)

Instructor: Shari Kaiser

Class Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

​​​Math Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra 1 (no exceptions)

 

This college-prep course will include labs and lectures. Students will be expected to prepare lab reports and demonstrate their understanding of covered concepts with closed-book tests. Consistent attendance is required. The text and course are taught from a Christian perspective. This course requires a substantial amount of work to be done by the student at home. The student is expected to check and correct his/her own homework. Parents will be expected to oversee completion of homework and at-home tests. The facilitator will present each module’s concepts, provide in-class lab time, grade tests and lab reports and provide progress reports. Late homework is not accepted for this class. This course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.

An Honors option is available for this course at no additional cost. Details will be presented on the first day of class or can be requested via email

Texts: Discovering Design with Chemistry Textbook by Jay Wile – published by Berean Builders ISBN: 978-0-9962784-6-1 Publication date: 2015 Answer Key and Tests for Discovering Design with Chemistry, Softcover ISBN #: 978-0-9962784-7-8

 

Class Fees:  $460 (includes lab fees)

 

Text Cost: Bundled together/new: $65.00 at www.christianbook.com or www.bereanbuilders.com

 

Required Supplies: Simple scientific calculator – must have parentheses and scientific notation.

 

Course Credit: 1 credit of Science with lab

 

Open to: 9th - 12th grade students who have successfully completed the math prerequisite.

Sociology with Leadership Development

​Class Fee: $425-$495 (No additional fees). *** Course fee varies with date of registration ***

Register by April 15: $425

By May 31: $475

After May 31: $495

 

Instructor: Beth Gregory

 

Class Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

 

This course is a year-long study of sociology, the scientific study of social structure.  It is a study of group behavior patterns, how individuals are influenced by society and culture and how people’s actions and beliefs can help change society and culture over time. For this reason, the course will include study and practice in leadership habits for positive cultural change.

 

High School Credit: 1 Social Science or 1 Elective credit.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Students will study the major concepts and theories of sociology. They will learn key terms and concepts in the field of sociology and apply this to their environment.

  • Students will become familiar with sociological research methods.

  • A Christian perspective will be incorporated throughout the course. Lectures will expand on the text and offer discussion time for improved understanding.

 

Topics Include: cultures, family, political and economic systems, religion in society, social stratification, social change and movements, race and ethnicity, deviance, more.

 

Students will learn and practice everyday leadership skills tied to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (Book not needed). This will include personal habits and relationship skills.

 

What do students say about this instructor?

“This is my favorite class ever!!...So fun! I have learned so much.”

“I love the energy and it’s fascinating. You are a fantastic teacher…”

“My time in class is very beneficial to understanding….. much greater understanding.”

“Mrs. Gregory is an awesome, fun and knowledgeable teacher.”

 

​​​​Grade Level: 9-12th grade

 

Class Size: Minimum: 10 students. Maximum: 20 students.

 

Class Meeting Time: Classes will meet on scheduled Pathway Christian Co-op days for 1 hour.

 

Homework Requirements/Grading:

Homework includes weekly reading from the course text, homework assignments, quizzes/tests and short projects. Class participation and attendance are also part of the overall grade.

 

Course Material:

  • Textbook: Sociology & You, Author: Shepard, Jon M., Ph.D., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, (Copyright 2014). ISBN: 978 0076631933 or 0076631931.

  • Purchase textbook only (no e-books or teacher’s editions please). This is a secular textbook written for high school students. Classroom lectures add/incorporate a Christian perspective as well as leadership habits based on Stephen Covey’s highly effective habits.

  • *You may find used textbooks for under $20, when shopping early in the spring.

  • *Beware of international textbook versions in alternate languages. Ie., do not order 0078745195

 

​Spanish Immersion - Level 1

 

Class Fee: $380 + $45 materials:

  * when registered and deposit received by May 30 -  $425

  * after May 30th - $455

Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

Class Time:  10:00 - 11:00am

Required text: Curriculum provided by the teacher:  A Charlar - Spanish Level 1

Prerequisites: none

Course Information:

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel I !


This class is a year-long introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. The aim is to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension of the spoken language.

 

There will be an emphasis on developing native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Customs and cultural insights will also be presented. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell has designed a personalized curriculum that ensures progress in her students’ language abilities. From day one the target is for the student to learn to face situations using Spanish with confidence. The lessons, therefore, are given in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

 

​​Spanish Immersion - Level 2

Class Fee: $380 + $45 materials:

  * when registered and deposit received by May 30 -  $425

  * after May 30th - $455

Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

Class Time:  9:00 - 10:00am

                                             

Required text: Curriculum provided by the teacher:  A Charlar - Spanish Level II

Prerequisites: Spanish Level I 

  ** If student has taken classes with another teacher other than Mrs. Hartzell, she would need to discuss their experience with parent before registering for this class. **

Course Information:

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel II !


This is a year-long course in the Spanish language and culture. This is the second course in the series of Spanish Immersion Classes and is designed for the student who has completed Spanish Immersion level 1.

The focus will be placed on the continued development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension of the spoken language. There will be an emphasis on developing native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Customs and cultural insights will also be presented. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell has designed a personalized curriculum that ensures progress in her students’ language abilities. From day one the target is for the student to learn to face situations using Spanish with confidence. The lessons, therefore, are given in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

​​Spanish Immersion - Level 3

Class Fee: $380 + $45 materials

When registered and deposit is received by April 2, $425

After April 2, $455

Instructor:  Carmen Hartzell

Class Time:  11:30 - 12:30pm

 

Required Text:  Curriculum provided by the teacher

 

Prerequisites:  Spanish Immersion I and II (or equivalent). 

   ** If student has taken classes with another teacher other than Mrs. Hartzell, she would need to discuss their experience with parent before registering for this class. **

 

Course Information:

 

¡ Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español Nivel III ! 

This is the third course in the series of Spanish Immersion Classes and is designed for the student who has completed Spanish Immersion level I and II.

 

This course will provide interactive opportunities to enhance essential language skills such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It will prioritize speaking through realistic scenarios, in order to improve fluency and prepare students for real-life communication. This course will expand on Spanish I & II and will introduce new lessons. It will continue to develop and strengthen native pronunciation, essential vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and cultural awareness. The teacher will target instruction by communicating lessons in Spanish / English simultaneously when needed, allowing for an easier and more rapid course correction. Mrs. Hartzell personalizes the lesson plans to ensure progress in her students’ language abilities. Upon completion of this course, students would have increased their bilingual proficiency through receptive and expressive language practices. The lessons will be provided in Spanish by a bilingual, native Spanish-speaker.

 

 

 

Foundations in Personal Finance - Dave Ramsey

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Class Fee: $300

 

Instructor: Stephanie Flannery

 

Class Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

 

Course Information:

This course teaches students how to handle and think about money in a Godly way.  The information learned is invaluable to becoming a successful steward over all that God has blessed us with.  “Stewardship is managing God’s blessings God’s ways for God’s glory. See, the Bible tells us in Psalm 24:1 that He owns it all: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (KJV).” – Dave Ramsey

 

Topics Include

Saving, Budgeting, Debt, Life After High School, Consumer Awareness, Bargain Shopping, Investing & Retirement, Insurance, Money and Relationships, Careers & Taxes, and Giving.

 

Class time will consist of students watching the videos (20-30 mins.), while following along and note taking using the student text. We will then have class discussion and complete activities together. Students will have the opportunity to work with other students to discuss and present case studies and other activities in class.  In addition, we will have two class presentations and two guest speakers from the finance community during the year. 

 

Homework will consist of reading the course material, studying vocabulary terms, completing study questions/worksheets, reading any additional articles assigned, taking chapter tests, and utilizing the Foundations learning website:  foundationsU.com. 

 

Required Text:

Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition for Homeschool, 2014 Edition (Student Text $25-30)

– By Dave Ramsey:

https://www.christianbook.com/foundations-personal-finance-school-student-text/dave-ramsey/9781936948192/pd/948192?event=ESRCQ

 

Reviews of Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance - from:  www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com:

 

“I don’t think any American high school student should graduate without completing this course.”


“The videos are recorded sessions of Dave Ramsey teaching at what appears to be a college.  The audience is mostly students, but there are a lot of parents in attendance, as well. Dave is engaging, funny, and just plain entertaining as he takes often complex concepts and makes them easily understandable.”

Introduction to Computer Systems

Class Fee: $450

 

Instructor: Matthew Graham

 

Class Times:  3:30 - 4:30pm

 

This is an introduction to Computer Systems for high school students. The aim is to show students the kinds of IT careers you can go into and to help them think through the areas they might be interested in. Essentially, I want to teach the course on IT that I wish I had in high school.

 

Course Objectives:

· Understand main IT career paths

· Understand the physical components of a computer and basic computer optimization

· Understand what operating systems are, their basic architecture, and how you might manage an OS in a job setting

· Understand how computers communicate with each other (Networking / Protocols)

           - Introduction to network OSI model, TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, etc.

· Understand core programming concepts

· Understand databases - Learn about MySQL (install, create databases, tables, queries, etc)

· Understand key IT security concepts and tools

- Understanding IT Management - Introduction to IT management concepts

 

Each one of these topics could be an entire class. The goal here is to give students a solid introduction to each major topic and allow them to dig deeper into the topics that interest them.

This course will be project based - since that is how it works in the real world. I will be their coach, project manager, and technical mentor as they work on their projects.

There will be lectures and discussions, but a large part of what we will be doing is actual computer work. Just like in the real world, they can use their favorite search engine to look up “How to use an external css style sheet” or “How to configure a RAID on an HP Proliant server”. They can copy, paste, and modify code. They can build a virtual environment to test things. Ultimately, I want them to have a solid picture of the fundamental concepts they will need to explore technology on their own.

Students will be coached on what projects to take on, but they will have a lot of input into what projects they want to do. In the end, they need to have tangible deliverables.

 

Course Material:

A laptop computer (preferably Windows, but Mac or Linux will work as well). We will need these to be brought to class every Friday.

Prerequisites: None

Minimum Number of Students: 8

 

Pathway Gavel Club

Class Fee: $100

 

Instructor: Elizabeth Lopez

 

Class Times:  2:30 - 3:30pm

Pathway Gavel Club is an affiliate club of Toastmasters International.  The mission of Toastmasters is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which members have the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which foster self-confidence and personal growth.  Gavel Club is the 18 and under version of Toastmasters, and runs similarly.

Gavel Club members will:

  • Deliver speeches throughout the year based on the goals outlined in the Competent Communicator Booklet.

  • Overcome nervousness when speaking in front of their class in a safe, encouraging environment.

  • Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.

  • Listen carefully to others’ ideas.

  • Participate in and lead various jobs each week during Club Time.

  • Offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.

 

All these skills are necessary for earning a living in today’s competitive job market, but are also essential for maintaining healthy personal relationships and achieving academic goals in high school as well as college.  Gavel Club offers an environment for students to gain confidence and get comfortable speaking in front of others while having fun in a supportive, encouraging environment.

Gavel Club is a student run class in which each student participates in every session. There are several jobs that are required to run Gavel Club, and each student will be given a different job each week.  Students will complete speeches throughout the year.  Upon successful completion of 10 qualifying speeches, the student will receive the “Competent Communicator” award from Toastmasters.  This achievement is looked upon favorably on college and job applications.

Each week, there will be an award for best speaker, best evaluator and best table topic.

Our goal is for each student to grow individually in their overall communication abilities throughout the year.

Weekly homework will usually take less than 30 minutes, unless you are a speaker that week.  It is recommended that speakers write and practice presenting their speech 2-3 weeks prior to their Speech Day.

 

All materials required for class will be provided by the instructor.  Students are responsible for providing all material that is needed for their speeches:  note-cards, handouts, display boards, visual aids, etc.

We look forward to a fun, productive year!