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"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

              - John Dewey

Classes

2024-2025 NEW MEMBER REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Returning Member registration opens Monday, March 4.

2024-2025

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classes are subject to change and contingent on meeting minimum registration

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MEMBER CLUBS FOR ALL AGES

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Creativity Club

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PRE - K

K - 2ND

3RD - 5TH

6TH - 8TH

UPPER MIDDLE  SCHOOL

EARLY HIGH
SCHOOL

UPPER HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION
PREP PATH

Grade levels are recommendations.
Members' understanding of their students' abilities is
highly weighed
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2024-2025 Class Descriptions 

*All classes are new or building on previous materials with the exception of Super Science.

PRESCHOOL

 

LIMITED Pre-K is geared toward 3-4 year olds. We will work on speaking and listening skills through a daily circle time using songs, calendar time, sharing, story time, and mindfulness and movement flows. We will work on community building through structured play activities and team building games such as learning play, fine motor and pre-writing skill building activities, and counting collections. Our themes will be both seasonal and geared toward a literary connection. Learning will be active and hands on for students to get a whole body approach to learning. I have a joy and passion for making learning fun, books come to life, and a dream of building that village that we all want for our children to thrive in!

Teacher: Austin Walker

Student supplies: glue stick, crayons, notebook.

WAITLIST Book Buddies 4 y/o - 2nd: This class will focus on fostering a love of reading, enjoying books, and reading comprehension skills, as well as some project-based learning and play. We will be reading some young readers chapter books as well as picture books. Each month will have a theme we will be studying. Some examples are; folk tales, rain forests [and other biomes], multi-cultural studies, history, author studies [Patricia Polacco and Robert Munsch], and fantasy. We will talk about what we read each week, answer questions, share thoughts, and work on our month-long project and have dedicated themed playtime.

Teacher: Austin Walker

Student supplies: none

ART

WAITLIST Creative Playground K-2nd: Explore the magical world of art, storytelling, and imagination in Creativity Playhouse! Each class introduces young minds to inspiring artists and storytellers, weaving their unique styles and techniques into hands-on projects that nurture imagination. Through a blend of art and storytelling, children will embark on a journey of self-expression, fostering a love for imaginative thinking and creativity.

Teacher: Mai Hamric

Student supplies: none

LIMITED Creative Explorers 3rd-5th: Unleash the artist within with Creative Explorers! In this dynamic class, students dive into the lives of creative pioneers, using their narratives to fuel unique projects. From painting to writing, participants will discover the joy of thinking outside the box, building skills that extend beyond art into problem-solving and empathy.

Teacher: Mai Hamric

Student supplies: none

Creative Portfolio 8th-12th: Whether you are interested in pursuing a creative field professionally or as a hobby, high school is the perfect time to begin defining your unique artistic voice and creating a professional portfolio to represent your work which you can use in applying for college, exhibitions, scholarships, or other artistic and creative opportunities. The Creative Portfolio Program focuses on honing your unique artistic style and mastering preferred mediums, guiding you toward creating a professional portfolio by year-end. Dive into new mediums, experiment with techniques, and uncover the essence of your artistic identity.

Throughout the year, you'll be introduced to new creative figures, examining their journeys and techniques to draw inspiration for your portfolio. Whether your passion lies in painting, writing, storytelling, sculpture, digital art, or a combination of mediums, this class is your canvas to explore, refine, and showcase your distinctive artistic voice.

Teacher: Mai Hamric

Student supplies: none

WAITLIST Fiber Arts 2nd-5th: In this handwork class, students will learn many foundational skills for various fiber arts. Students will have the opportunity to learn hand sewing, knitting, and crochet. We dive deep into each area so students can learn perseverance through each project and joy when a project is completed. Handwork encourages students to cross the midline of their bodies and visualize the steps to complete a project. This strengthens neuropathways, reinforces math skills, and provides opportunities for light meditation or an “out breath” in the school day. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, while we all might make the same project, each student’s work will be different from their neighbor’s.

Teacher: Katie Filer

Student supplies: none

Fiber Arts 4th-12th: In this handwork class, students will learn and build on skills for various fiber arts. Students will have the opportunity to learn crochet, spinning, weaving, and embroidery. In 3rd through 5th students are encouraged to challenge themselves, while still being provided plenty of support. The first segment of the year delves into ‘the how’; how something goes from raw materials to a useful or decorative object. Crochet continues to build onto and reinforce math skills while spinning and weaving teach students to slow their bodies and keep their focus on the yarn they are building and using. Embroidery begins our dive into color design, and how the use of colors can alter the visual representation of objects. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, while we all might have the same instructions, each student’s work will be different from their neighbor’s.

Teacher: Katie Filer

Student supplies: none

WAITLIST Mixed Media Art 6th-8th: In this class students will develop knowledge, understanding, and skills in the area of mixed media through the exploration of drawing materials, clay, collage, and more. Students will develop skill and confidence to express deeper levels of complexity. The exploration of materials and the expression of personal ideas is supported by examining art and understanding basic art concepts and principles of design. Students will reflect on their own art making process and will learn to discuss examples of art that is viewed throughout course.

Teacher: Deb Radabaugh

Student supplies: none

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

WAITLIST Creative Writing Grades 5th - 8th: In this course, your child’s imagination will come to life on paper. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres through reading and discussion, including short stories, novel excerpts, poems, plays, and essays. They will then practice learned techniques in their own writing projects, as well as in collaborative writing projects done with the whole group. Some fundamentals to be covered in this course will be character building, plot, theme, action, dialogue, rhythm, symbolism, and resolution, amongst others.
Course Prerequisite: Students must have a fairly solid understanding of basic grammatical components, such as sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling. They do not need to be advanced in these areas, as these skills will be organically covered in the day-to-day instruction, but exhaustive time will not be spent on teaching the basics.Course includes take-home assignments

Teacher: Liz Lavender

Student supplies: 3-ring binder, pencils, erasers, wide-ruled notebook paper

LIMITED English Language Arts 1st - 3rd: The 2nd-4th grade ELA course is aimed to extend students' core language arts and reading abilities by exposing them to a range of texts and writing styles and frameworks. The course aims to improve students' knowledge of basic English rules in writing and speaking, such as grammar and use, basic sentence structure, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. It also supports students in broadening their vocabulary and strengthening their listening abilities.

Teacher: Georgia Hemrick

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.

English Language Arts 4th - 6th: The 4th through 6th grade ELA course focuses on approaches for analyzing literature and comprehending informational materials in order to improve reading enjoyment and comprehension, as well as writing abilities.  As students model writing approaches in both literary and nonfiction applications, Ms. Hemrick will emphasize the rules of standard English in grammar and style.

Teacher: Georgia Hemrick

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.

LIMITED High School Writing, 8th-12th: To prepare students for ACT-style writing assessments, this course will focus on organization, clarity, and depth of thought in argumentative writing. We will start by agreeing on a particular context in which to write - a subject area both vague enough to allow freedom to explore personal interests and specific enough to allow meaningful comparison with other students (e.g. Technology, Food, Education, etc.) Once we have agreed on a topic, we will spend the next several weeks familiarizing ourselves with the literature on that topic. Students will read an article or book chapter each week and write summaries and responses to the readings. Responses will naturally grow more mature and academic as the semester progresses and the vocabulary of the field becomes familiar. Students will also be asked to respond to other students’ responses both in writing and in-class discussion to help sharpen their perspective on the issue at hand. We will also learn the basics of incorporating source material into an essay that is at least tangentially related to the general topic of this course. The last several weeks of the semester will focus more on technical aspects of writing - formatting, organization, etc. and will conclude with presentations of their essays.

Teacher: Liz Lavender

Course includes take-home assignments.
Student supplies: 3-ring binder, pencils, erasers, college-ruled notebook paper

Public Speaking & Debate 8th-12th: will introduce the practical skill of public speaking, including techniques to lessen anxiety, and the use of visual aids, and the importance of research and development to create a great speech. Civility and ethical speech-making are the foundations of this course. Its goal is to prepare students for success in typical public speaking situations and to provide them with the basic principles of organization and research needed for effective speech writing. We will explore topics including: Introductions, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Demonstration Speeches, Call to Action Speeches, Extemporaneous Speaking, Research techniques and source validity, Group discussion, intro to Debate if time permits.

Teacher: Deb Radabaugh

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.

WAITLIST Phonics Pre-K - 1st: Students will gain the knowledge to identify the letters of the alphabet. Students will study the different letter blends, phonemes, dipthongs, and morphemes. To teach the students the most effectively, TPR (Total Physical Response) will be used. We will sing, dance, and complete projects. Assessments will consist of class participation, homework, and projects.

Teacher: Georgia Hemrick

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens.

MATH

Integrated Middle School Math 6th-8th: Integrated Middle School Math is the culmination of math for Middle Grades, reviewing arithmetic calculation, measurements, basic geometry, and other foundational concepts and skills. Depending on the pace of students work, the class will continue into pre-algebra exercises, preparing the student for upper-level mathematics.

Teacher: Karen Johnson

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: Text (TBD), workbook, notebook, folder, pencil.

Integrated High School Math 8th-10th: Integrated High School Math builds and strengthens
students’ conceptual knowledge of functions, linear functions, equations, inequalities, sequences, basic
exponential functions, systems of linear equations, systems of linear inequalities, one variable descriptive
statistics, correlation and residuals, analyzing categorical data, mathematical modeling, and both
coordinate and transformational geometries.

Teacher: Karen Johnson

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: Text (TBD), workbook, notebook, folder, pencil.

MUSIC

WAITLIST Piano or Voice Private Lessons, All Ages: Lessons for voice or key board. Students will learn elements of music theory, musical expression, proper technique and most importantly have fun while playing music. Lessons are 30 minutes weekly. Individual or small group lessons available (2-5 students, great for siblings, discount applied to groups). Student must provide instrument.

Teacher: Stephen Burnette

At-home practice will be assigned.

Student supplies: folder, pencil.

SCIENCE

LIMITED Chemistry 10th-12th: Students will learn the fundamentals of chemistry, from the atomic to the universal scale. Discussions will include real-life applications of environmental, organic, biological, and industrial chemistry, and integrate hands-on labs and experiments to make our understanding of the chemical world tangible. Class will be 100 minutes each week to allow time for lab work.

Teacher: Jansen Gibson Education

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens

Geology 8th-12th: In Geology we will explore the study of the physical processes that shape the earth’s surface and how those processes affect humans and the environment. This class is 100 minutes bi-weekly and will include a combination of lectures, field studies, and student research, and presentations to create a well-rounded understanding of the physical processes of the earth.

This course will incorporate in-person and virtual instruction, as well as two field studies all on Wednesdays. Course includes take-home assignments

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens

Teacher: Jim Watson

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FALL:  10/9/2024 Field Study (RCS Fall Break)

SPRING:  4/2/2025 Field Study (RCS Spring Break)

WAITLIST Integrated Science: Eukaryotes 6th - 8th (5th option): This class is a fun, interactive, lab-based class. This year we are going to dive into the world of living organisms! From microorganisms to mammals your child will learn all about them. We will also learn about important people and events that furthered our knowledge of Eukaryotes.  Students will be given a workbook, teacher-created specifically for our course for at-home exploration and extension work. Science is fun and we will have fun learning!

Teacher: Molly Walters

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, notebook, pencils/pens, scissors, colored pencils. 

WAITLIST STEAM 3nd-5th: STEAM class will be a hands-on experience. Each week students will be presented with materials and design challenges that incorporate different aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about how to design and improve their projects.

Teacher: Jansen Gibson Education

Student supplies: folder, pencil, colored pencils or crayons

WAITLIST Super Science K-4th:  Mr Rich the Science Guy and the owner of Super Science Tennessee will keep students both entertained and focused on learning science while having fun. Full of hands-on activities, STEM will explore simple machines, flight, matter and mixtures, Newtons Laws, engineering, building and forces, electricity and more. This is a great class to start your elementary student thinking "scientifically' and loving science!

Teacher: Rich Askey

Student supplies: folder, pencil, colored pencils or crayons

SOCIAL STUDIES

Inventors and Inventions 6th-8th: An engaging combination of STEAM and HISTORY, Inventors and Inventions will explore inventions throughout time! Students will learn about the people, the technology, and the cultural moments that brought about huge changes in our world! We will challenge students to think about how inventions and innovations arise from previous efforts and discoveries. For instance, what previous inventions and innovations were necessary for the invention of the telegraph, telephone and electric light? We will examine the process of invention, how how other inventors and innovators subsequently improve upon the technologies, and how these  technologies are relevant today!

Teacher: Jennifer Slaughter

Course includes take-home assignments

Student supplies: folder, composition notebook, pencils/pens

Modern European History 8th-12th: This year, we are exploring Europe during the Renaissance through Chernobyl. This course will largely be a discussion-based reading course. We will hit on topics of interest including the Renaissance, The Enlightenment, World War I, The Holocaust, World War II, and beyond. Students will need to provide their books. A book list will be posted before the start of the Fall Semester.

Teacher: Molly Walters

Course includes take-home assignments

Student supplies: Books from book list, 1/2" 3-ring binder, dedicated section in a larger binder, pencils/pens, notebook.

SPANISH

LIMITED K-2, 6-12 Spanish: Mundito Spanish is a unique language and culture learning program that brings interactive lessons to students of all ages. Casey and her team take their approach from firsthand experiences teaching all over the world. Using what they have learned from these experiences, Mundito has created a curriculum that inspires students to love learning not just about language, but about cultures as well. Students will learn and practice vocabulary that relates to their daily lives, the alphabet, numbers, greetings, conversational phrases, and more! Upper grades will learn verbs and sentence structure and more advanced conversational skills. All classes will utilize Google Classroom for at-home activities. 

Teacher: Mundito Spanish 

Course includes take-home assignments, plus 20 minute daily practice at home recommended.

Student supplies: folder, pencil, crayons or colored pencils, glue, scissors, notebook for 3rd - 12th

TEST PREP

ACT PREP:  ACT Prep is a course that allows students to prepare for the college entrance tests. This class is designed to help students improve their ability to score well on the test as well as familiarize them with the components of the test. The purpose of this class is to help prepare college-bound students to score adequately on the test and/or to raise their scores to a higher level. With a renewed emphasis at the local, state, and national levels to improve test scores, ACT Prep is a course that was created to improve those scores.

Teacher: Karen Johnson

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: Text (TBA), folder, pencil, notebook

THEATRE

WAITLIST Intro To Theatre K-2nd: This class will be an intro to theatre arts and performing. We will practice singing songs, learning dance moves, as well as an introduction to theatre. We would be learning some short plays for children, mostly based off of tales they are already familiar with, and ending each month with a small performance for our family members to encourage students to put themselves out there “on stage.”
Teacher: Austin Walker

Student supplies: None

Theatre II 3rd - 5th: This Theatre class for 3rd-5th graders will include basic technical theatre aspects such as costume design, set design, make-up design, lighting design. The class will also incorporate play writing, basic stage combat, basic stage choreography, breathing techniques and acting skills. The students will perform an original work at the end of the school year.

Teacher: Georgia Hemrick

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook

Theatre III 6th -12th: Theatre class for 6th–12th will include intermediate to advance technical theatre aspects such as costume design, set design, make-up design, lighting design. The class will also incorporate play writing, intermediate stage combat, intermediate stage choreography, breathing techniques and acting skills. The students will perform an original work written by the students themselves at the end of the school year.

Teacher: Georgia Hemrick

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook.

 

WELLNESS

WAITLIST Life Skills 6th -8th: Life Skills will cover a wide variety of important topic including self-care, online etiquette and safety, relationships, simple home chores, goal-setting, and preparation for High School year. We will emphasis problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and growth toward independence.

Teacher: Jessica Nelson

Course includes take-home assignments.

Student supplies: folder, pencil, notebook.

CREATIVITY CLUB

 

Join us for a fun activity every week! 

We will have different stations set up for kids to explore at their own pace.

In between morning classes, they can choose self-led play or guided crafts. 

We will have Legos, books, games, and an arts and crafts table to help them choose their own adventure.
Included with membership!

 

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