High School Co-Op

LAF High School Co-Op offers a la cart classes to students in 9 – 12 grade.
Parents are not required to stay on campus while students are in classes, but all High School families are required to volunteer on campus during the year. Click here for more information on our Volunteer Requirements. 

2021/2022 Middle and High School Co-Op Schedule

GreenMiddle School Classes
Blue High School Classes
Purple  — Other Offerings

High School Tuition

High school classes are $210 each for the 2021/2022 school year, plus any lab/supply fees. 50% of tuition, plus 100% of lab/supply fees are due at the time of registration. Balances must be paid in full on or before the Middle and High School Orientation on August 10, 2021.

High School Classes

Below is our list of High School Co-Op Classes for the 2021/2022 school year. Next to each class, we have listed the facilitator for the class, the day, time and location of the class, the course description, and the required materials and additional lab/supply fees. 

Click here to meet our 2021/2022 Middle and High School Facilitators

Algebra 1 

Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
Tuition Fee: $210
 
Tuesdays, 11:15 – 12:30
Room S107
 
Course Description:
Algebra 1 is an in-depth study of mathematical problem-solving. Topics include solving equations, graphing and analyzing linear equations, solving and graphing inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, rational expressions, radical expressions, quadratics, and algebraic word problems. Good note-taking is a must.
 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student

Algebra 2

Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
Tuition Fee: $210
 
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:45
Room S107

Course Description:

Algebra 2 is a continuation of mathematical problem-solving. Topics include variable expressions, equations, systems of equations, systems of inequalities, matrices, real and complex numbers, factoring, quadratic functions, radical expressions, parabolas ellipses and hyperbolae, and an introduction to trigonometry. Good note-taking is a must, and a calculator (not on a phone!) is required each class.

Required Materials:

Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator

 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student
American Literature
Facilitator: Kim Thomson
 
Thursdays, 8:30-10:20
S105
 

Course Description:
This course is a high school college-preparatory literature and writing course designed with Hewitt High School Lightning Literature Composition guides. Hewitt’s Lightning Literature guides provide lessons in literature that will help your student’s reading comprehension, love of books, and their writing as well. For this course, students read eight unabridged books along with short stories, poems, and other shorter literary works that are included within the student guides. According to the instructions in the student guide, students write one to two papers for each book-length work and one paper for each shorter literary work.

Required Materials:
1. Lightning Lit. & Composition: American Early-Mid 19 th Century Student Guide
(1 st sem)
2. Lightning Lit. & Composition: American Mid-Late 19 th Century Student Guide
(2 nd sem)
3. 8 Unabridged novels (see below for details)
4. 2” 3 ring binder

1 st Semester Novels:
1. Benjamin Franklin (nonfiction: Autobiography)
2. Frederick Douglas (nonfiction: Narrative0
3. The Scarlett Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
4. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

2 nd Semester Novels:
1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
2. Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
3. The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
4. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Supply Fee:
$5  per student
Art 
Facilitator: Alaina Pompa
 
Thursday, 10:30 – 12:20
Youth Room
 

Course Description:

This class is for high school students who are interested in the visual arts and possibly considering a career in the arts.

The class will consist of 5 units: Drawing, Color, Composition, Sculpture, and Printmaking.

Students will practice observation skills and learn how to see like an artist. They will learn how to draw from life observation with an emphasis on still life and portraits. In the color unit, they will learn how to mix paint and how to use color to express themselves. Our Composition unit will learn how to use collage and design to communicate a visual message and tell a story with image. 3D projects will include cardboard sculptures, puppetry, and marionettes. In printmaking, the students will learn how to carve a rubber stamp and make their own patterns and greeting cards.

Throughout the course, students will learn about major artists, art movements, and the role of the artist in culture. Students will learn how to create and keep a portfolio and how to show their work

Please note: We will be using tools in this class including carving knives and razor blades. Students will receive instructions on how to safely handle these tools but need to demonstrate maturity and self control to participate.

Required Materials:
There is no textbook for this class. The supply fee will cover the majority of supplies to be used by the student in class.

 

Supply Fee:

$75  per student
Bible
Facilitator: Mary Lawrence 
 
Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:20
Room C103
 
Course Description:
Young people are looking for answers, and most Christians do not have a solid grasp on God’s Word. We learn about Bible stories, but we do not always learn how to study the Bible. We present Bible stories and character lessons, but not always as real history pointing to the reality of God. We teach the Good News of the Gospel, but without the literal truths of Genesis and a belief in the entirety of Scripture, the Gospel is diluted and often dismissed. This course will provide a foundation to why the Bible is trustworthy, how we can know God on a personal level, and how we can study His Word intellectually, apologetically, and for the assurance of our faith. We will use the first 3 units of Answers Bible Curriculum as a base, but will also be looking at an overview of the entire Bible, proper interpretation of Scripture and various views of interpretation (hermeneutics), as well as diving deeper into the topics presented in the curriculum. This foundational discovery of God’s Word will be academic as well as practical. It is time to get serious about our knowledge of God, His Word, and its direct correlation to our lives! 
 
Required Materials:
Student Guides, Units 1-3 can be purchased here 
pencils or pens 
highlighter
Either a 3 ring binder and paper, or a spiral notebook
optional Bible highlighters. 
 
 

Supply Fee:

$5  per student
Biology 
Facilitator: Kim Collins 
 

Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10:20
Room S105

Course Description:
Welcome to an exciting year studying biology. This course is designed from the Apologia curriculum, Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. This course is taught at an honors level.
 
There are 16 modules covering high school biology topics with labs. We will be completing one module every two weeks throughout the school year. Students perform 38 classroom labs that are recorded in their lab book. Lab books are an important part of this course which records the labs performed, diagrams and observations.

Students will be expected to participate in classroom discussions, and presentations. A weekly quiz is given covering subject(s) from the previous class. Students will be expected to have their homework assignments, module tests (graded by parent) and lab book completed to be checked after every two (2) modules. That pace will allow the class to complete our curriculum during
the school year.

Required Materials:
Textbook: Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition
Tests and Solutions Manual. 
* NOTE — We will not use the Student Notebook
Lab Book: 
  • One Composition Notebook with Graph paper
  • 3-Ring Binder with 5 Tabs labeled Notes, OYO Questions, Study Guide Questions, Quizzes, Tests

Optional:  the companion audio mp3 audio CD for the edition you purchase

Lab Fee:

$50  per student
Chemistry
Facilitator: Nick Gutsche
 
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room S107
 

Course Description:
An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include scientific notation, significant figures, mixtures, atomic theory, covalent and ionic compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, gas laws, acids and bases, and exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and take notes. Experiments will be done in class.
Required Materials:
1. Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile
2. Chemistry Lab Notebook (any brand, can be found on Amazon)
3. Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator
4. 3-ring binder with dividing tabs
5. Notebook for taking notes during lectures
 

Lab Fee:

$50  per student
 
Marine Biology 
Facilitator: Kim Collins
 
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:20
Room S105
 
Course Description:
Welcome to an exciting year studying marine science. This course is designed from the Apologia curriculum, Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, 2nd Edition. This class will be taught at an honors high school level, and therefore may be counted for the high school biology requirement.
 
It is my goal to provide students with both a classroom lecture and labs each week. 
 

There are 16 modules covering high school marine biology topics with labs. We will be completing one module every two weeks throughout the school year. Students perform 38 classroom labs that are recorded in their lab book. Lab books are an important part of this course which records the labs performed, diagrams and observations.

Students will be expected to participate in classroom discussions, and presentations. A weekly quiz is given covering subject(s) from the previous class. Students will be expected to have their homework assignments, module tests (graded by parent) and lab book completed to be checked after every two (2) modules. That pace will allow the class to complete our curriculum during the school year.
Required Materials:
Textbook: Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, 2nd Edition
Tests and Solutions manual. 
* NOTE — We will not use the Student Notebook
Lab Book: One Composition Notebook with Graph paper.
Lab Book: 
  • One Composition Notebook with Graph paper
  • 3-Ring Binder with 5 Tabs labeled Notes, OYO Questions, Study Guide Questions, Quizzes, Tests

Optional: the companion audio mp3 audio CD for the edition you purchase

 

Lab Fee:

$50  per student
 
Photography
Facilitator: Bobbi Rattai 
 

Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:20

Study Hall
 
Course Description:
This photography class with teach students all the important functions of shooting a DSLR camera on Manual Mode. They will learn how to take sharp, high-resolution images with great lighting, posing and composition.
 
It will cover camera basics, vocabulary, compositions, angles, posing, and some history of photography. Students will learn the different types of photography as well as equipment. We will work together setting up photoshoots and learning how to edit the photos later into the yeark, once they have mastered the basics. This class will be very fun and interactive. 
 
Required Materials:
SD Card 64 GB for saving students individual work 
Notebook
Pen/Pencil
3 ring binder for handouts/worksheets/quizzes 
A DSLR camera is not mandatory but would be very helpful. I will have a couple in class that can be shared during class time only.
If you don’t own one but have access to borrow one even if it’s just for specific weeks that would be great too. 
 
Lab Fee:
$10 per student
Speech and Public Speaking
Mariel Marconi 
 
Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:20
Room S107
 
Course Description:
 
This year-long course seeks to teach students skills of public speaking at the high school level, involving research, organization, and effective communication. Students will get experience speaking publicly and delivering speeches for their peers using visual aids and mixed media approaches to communication. In-class debates will also allow students opportunities for quick-thinking and exercise of logical structures. By the end of the first semester, students will be able to plan, construct, and deliver effective speeches, and successfully engage in debate guided by an understanding of the communication process, audience analysis, and public speaking guidelines. 
 
The second semester focuses on helping students make connections between the skills they’ve learned and real-life scenarios where these skills will help them succeed such as job interviews and conflict resolution. The same textbook will be used for both semesters. 
 
Required Materials:

College-ruled, spiral notebook with perforated pages for class notes
Pencil case with the following supplies
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Pens (blue or black)
1-inch three ring binder
Access to a computer at home
A USB flash drive
Sound Speech student textbook from Bob Jones University Press (978-1-57924-620-4)
 
Supply Fee:
$5  per student
World History 
Facilitator: Mary Lawrence
 
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10:20
Room C103
 
Course Description:
Our studies will take us from Creation to the 21 st Century. The course materials will guide us through ancient, medieval, and modern history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. We will also be exploring western civilization with focus on Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Along with the course materials, we will use film clips and other media to really bring the lessons to life in a fun and informative way.
Required Materials:
1. Notgrass: Exploring World History: curriculum package
2. 3 ring binder
3. Notebook paper
4. A smile
 
Supply Fee:
$5  per student
Writing: Advanced Composition and Creative Writing
Facilitator: Mariel Marconi 
 
Thursdays, 10:30 – 12:20
Room S107
 
Course Description:
Advanced Composition and Creative Writing is a high school, college-preparatory class which reinforces for students the basics, and teaches advanced skills of academic and artistic writing. Its design is based on college expectations of analytical reading and writing.
 
In the first unit, students will practice the foundational strategies of outlining, editing, and revision in expository and persuasive essays, following MLA guidelines.
 
The second unit teaches elements of literature and narrative, allowing students the opportunity to write creatively, and discuss their work in a scholarly way.
 
The third unit covers the history and formal qualities of five poetic forms (haiku, blank verse, sonnet, and free verse). We will take class time to practice peer-
editing, workshopping, and forming plans for integrating feedback in future work.
 

This course prepares students for higher level writing assignments and helps them develop strong writing habits, and editing and revision skills necessary for critical thinking and reading.

Required Materials:
College-ruled, spiral notebook with perforated pages for class notes.
Pencil case with the following supplies

  • Pencils and erasers.
  • Pens (blue or red)
  • Highlighters, at least three colors

1-inch three-ring binder
Access to a computer and printer at home
Optional Supplies
Whiteout

Major Assignments:
Expository Essay, 500-750 words
Persuasive Essay, 500-750 words
A flash fiction piece, 350-500 words
A portfolio of five poems, including at least three forms with a central theme and an introductory paragraph discussing selection of forms and theme., approx. 200 words

 
Supply Fee:
$5  per student
Other Electives
Sewing 
Facilitator: Judy Mann
Tuition Fee: $250
 
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room C103
 

Course Description:
In this class you will learn:  

  • Hand-stitching: the whip stitch, hidden stitch, sewing on buttons, and more  
  • Parts of a sewing machine  
  • How to thread and operate your machine  
  • Sewing techniques: we will practice straight-stitching, zig-zag, and spiral stitching  
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • How to pin and cut out a pattern  

In this class we will sew:

  • A decorative pillow (by hand)
  • A one piece apron  
  • A six panel skirt  
  • And more!  

Required Materials:

  • Sewing Machine in good working order.
  • Sewing machine toolbox  
  • Sewing machine needles #11 #14 #18
  • Manual for your machine (required) if you don’t have one please look it up online and print it out
  • 1-inch. 3 ring binder
  • 12-inch ruler
  • Pinking Shears (please make sure they work)

*Note — There will be a weekly materials list (included as needed) on the syllabus given out at Orientation, such as how much fabric we need to do a project, thread, zipper, and any embellishments needed. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE SUPPLIES FOR EACH PROJECT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE  CLASS AND WASH AND IRON THE FABRIC PRIOR TO CLASS.

Supply Fee:
$40 per student

Theatre Troupe

 
The LAF Co-Op offers three a la cart options from our student-run Theatre Troupe:
  1. A fall drama
  2. A spring musical
  3. A fall theatre and musicality workshop

To learn more about our theatre programs, click on the link.

Yearbook 
Facilitator: Allison Flagg
 
Tuition: $120 plus $5 lab fee
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:50
Room C103
 
Course Description:
Students will be creating the yearbook for LAF’s 2021-2022 school year; gaining and utilizing skills in
graphic design, layout design, caption writing and photography.
Required Materials:
laptop or tablet with google chrome installed.