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Class List 2017-2018

The following classes are currently planned for 2017-2018.

Middle School

America the Beautiful Part 1 (Grades 6-8) 
  • 1 hour class using the text America the Beautiful, Part 1; We the People; Maps; and Timeline by Charlene Notgrass, along with the novels The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare; Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates; Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen; Brady by Jean Fritz; and Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.
  • This class is an American history, geography, and literature course designed for students in grades 6-8. Lesson guide your child chronologically through American history, highlighting key events, people, and places. We will be covering Part 1 (1000-1877 AD). Five novels (listed above) are suggested to read along with this course.
Narnia Writing Class (Grades 6-8)
  • 1 hour class using the text Following Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song by Laura Bettis, IEW, Third Edition, plus the first three novels in the Narnia series.
  • The writing class will focus on improving students' writing using Institute for Excellence in Writing techniques. Required reading during the class will be The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and The Horse and His Boy, all by C.S. Lewis. In 32 lessons, we'll identify story elements; isolate parts of speech; write from different points of view; and compare and contrast different characters.
Middle School Literature (Grades 6-8)
  • 1 hour class reading and discussing the five novels that coordinate with the courses America the Beautiful Part 1 and Narnia Writing Class. There will be vocabulary, projects, and a field trip to Gettysburg.
High School

Spanish I (High school or Middle school)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the text Avancemos I, Houghton Mifflin, 2013, Student text and workbook
  • This is an introduction to the Spanish language, including basic grammatical structures, basic pronunciations, and conversation. Students will learn to: greet people and say goodbye, tell time, use numbers from 0-100, use the alphabet, ask and answer simple questions, use number and gender, use direct object pronouns.
Spanish II (High school, prerequisite Spanish I)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the text Avancemos II, Houghton Mifflin, 2013, Student text and workbook
  • Vocabulary includes travel and recreation words, extended family, more classroom items and school activities, food and restaurant phrases, and more. Second year students learn to correctly conjugate and use the preterit, imperfect and subjunctive tenses. Reading and comprehension become more complex, and writing skills are honed.
Spanish III (High school, prerequisite Spanish I and II)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the text Avancemos III, Houghton Mifflin, 2013, Student text and workbook
  • Students will deepen their engagement with the language by expanding vocabulary and by learning to use the more intricate verb tenses and moods. Spanish III will focus on reading, writing, and listening in paragraphs. Additionally, students will be introduced to some significant works of literature and respond to them.
Writing Non-fiction (High school)
  • 1 hour class using the text Power in Your Hands - Writing Non-fiction in High School by Sharon Watson, 2nd edition.
  • The course provides twenty major writing assignments of varying lengths: opinion essay, persuasive essays, letters, exposition process essay, position paper, devotional, newspaper writing, biography, compare and contrast essay, literary analysis, definition essay, description essay, and narration essays. Course objectives include: teaching specific forms of non-fiction writing, developing competence and confidence in nonfiction writing, developing organizational skills for writing, practicing correct documentation, developing communication and critical thinking skills, strengthening proofreading skills, developing writing skills with practical application, and practicing skills for capturing attention and using writer's devices.
Speech and Presentations (High school, one semester)
  • 1 hour class using the text TED Talks - The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • Students will prepare to perform well in the type of public speaking presentation required by many community colleges and other schools. Students will develop their ability to effectively use PowerPoint and/or Prezi as they present their material using the extemporaneous technique. Students will also develop their ability to observe and critique other presentations as they watch selected TED Talks throughout the semester.
Introduction to Economics (High school, one semester)
  • 1 hour class using the texts Exploring Economics, Notgrass; The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli, Wiley; The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie; and The Gospel of Wealth.
  • The student will receive an introduction to Biblical teaching related to economics and the economic history of the United States. The student will then explore the basics of macroeconomics and microeconomics, learning about markets, money, trade, business organization, and labor. Concepts from the textbook will be substantiated by reading original source documents relating to economics. 
Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship (High school, one semester)
  • 1 hour class using the texts The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth
  • The instructor will draw on the 25 business courses he has completed and condense the most interesting and practical of these into this high school level, introductory course. He will also draw on his entrepreneurial experience of co-founding and managing a local lawn-care business. Students are encouraged to bring their own entrepreneurial endeavors to the class to be used as the subject of assignments for the course. Assignments will include basic accounting exercises, review of supply and demand, working with excel spreadsheets, and creating a simple business plan. Lecture topics may include: thinking like an entrepreneur, common motivational techniques, conflict resolution, real vs. fake networking, and a brief history of business in America.
French I (High school)
  • 1-1/2 hour course using the text French I for Christian Schools by Bruce A. Byers, Robert D. Loach, and Suzanne U. Anderson, 2nd edition, Bob Jones University, 2008; and the French activities manual for use with second edition, Un ete Pas Comme Les Autres by Zahler, Amsco School Publications.
  • This course is designed to cover much of the same material that a student would cover if taking the course in public school except that some Christian material will be included. Students have the opportunity to study with a certified instructor, to practice the material with other students in a classroom setting, and to have preparation to pass standardized tests such as the SAT 2.
Latin 1 (High school)
  • 1-1/2 hour course using the text Wheelock's Latin by Frederick Wheelock, Barnes and Noble, 7th edition.  (This text is used for Latin 1 and Latin 2)
  • This course is designed to cover much of the same material that a student would cover if taking the course in public school except that some Christian material will be included. At the end of the course, students will be able to: pronounce Latin words and sentences correctly; read aloud, translate into English, and answer questions on the Latin stories presented; demonstrate an improved English vocabulary and an improved knowledge of English grammar; translate sentences correctly from Latin into English and vice versa; and more.
World History (High school)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the texts Exploring World History Part 1, Exploring World History Part 2, In Their Words, and Exploring World History Student Review by Ray Notgrass.
  • At the end of the course, students will be able to: list the major historical events from prehistory to the 21st century; identify various important characters in World History and list their major achievements; develop a sense of historical periods and list important dates for each; show the connection of various literary selections to the history being studied; and discuss God's role and the role of the Bible in the history covered by this course. (Please note: The material covered in this class is for credit in World History, not in English or Bible as suggested in the textbook.) 
Algebra 1 (Grades 8-10)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the text Algebra by Tyler Wallace (available free in pdf format online)
  • Topics covered will include: review of pre-algebra, solving linear equations, graphing, inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, radicals, quadratics, and functions. 
Geometry (Grades 9-10)
  • 1-1/2 hour class using the text Amsco's Geometry by Ann Xavier Ganterf, 2008 (available free in pdf format online)
  • Topics covered will include: essentials of geometry, logic, proofs, congruence, transformations and the coordinate plane, geometric inequalities, slopes and equations of lines, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, solid geometry, ratios and proportions, circles, locus and constructions.
Biology (High school - taught off-site)
  • 2 hour class using the text Abeka Biology, 3rd edition; Abeka Biology Lab Book, 3rd edition; Abeka test book, 3rd edition; and Abeka test answer book, 3rd edition. (4th edition may be used if necessary - please check with the instructor for details) Each student will also need a box of gloves to be used for labs.
  • Course will include 15 dissections. Through a survey of the plant and animal kingdoms, as well as human biology, we will have a greater appreciation for God and his amazing creation. Part of each class period will be spent on lecture and discussion of the reading assignment for the week. The second part of the session will consist of hands-on laboratory work. In addition, students will be expected to complete one major project in which they design and run their own experiment. This experiment will be presented in class and/or a science fair and will be accompanied by a formal lab report. Smaller projects will be assigned as they coordinate with topics discussed in class. 
Registration is now open, and classes have size restrictions. For more details and information, contact us at


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Most high school classes are confirmed for the year, but still have room for more students. Don't forget the new Stewardship/Consumer Math class for high school students that was added recently! We encourage interested families to get their registrations in to ensure your spot, and to allow teachers to begin planning.
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Middle school level classes are filling up fast, and at the time of writing, the Narnia Writing Class is at capacity. Again, we urge interested families to get registrations in quickly in order to ensure a spot in class. 
These are some of the texts and books that will be used in middle school classes:

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Open House - February 15th

Thursday, February 15th, 8am - 12:30pm
We invite you to join us for this Open House where you will be able to observe classes during a regular school day and find out more about what we offer for middle and high school students. Meet our Board members, our teachers, and our families.
As we continue to plan for the 2018-2019 school year at Sure Foundation, we are still in need of some help from our member families! We are looking for a someone to teach in one of our middle school classes - US history, science, or Literature. This could free up a middle school teacher to take on a high school level class. At the high school level, we would like to offer Health and Chemistry, but teachers are needed. If you have interest or can suggest someone to help in one of these areas, please contact us at for more information.
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