Upper Level Classes
Class names in orange font are linked to additional information about the class.
Composition and Literature
Junior High $10 supply fee
taught by Jennifer Holder
Read, discuss, and analyze literature in the historical context of the Reformation through Victorian era such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle as well as selections from Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, and Gulliver's Travels. We will also mix in contemporary works. In addition to the reading, we will have weekly writing assignments so students may practice essays, stories and a research report.
18th-19th Century Literature $150 per semester
taught by Tina Miller
A lecture and discussion style class studying the literature written during and about the 19th century. Students will be expected to read assigned works and complete written analysis work in preparation for class discussion. Grades will be based on a rubric including class participation, homework completion, quizzes and tests.
While all students will be expected to participate in class, parents will be able to choose from two homework options based on their child’s grade level and abilities.
If enrolled in both Lit and Comp $200 per semester
Composition $100 per semester
taught by Tina Miller
This composition class will meet in a video format on Thursday mornings for most of the semester, with the occasional meeting at a physical location. This class is an extension of Mrs. Miller's lit class, but uses a different textbook. Students are not required to participate in both classes.
taught by Pastor Chuck Hickey
American History $160 per semester
This class will cover American History from the late 15th century through the 20th century. Emphasis will be from a Christian Worldview perspective.
taught by Aaron Bogan
Western Civ II $160 per semester
An historical survey of Western Civilization starting with the early industrial revolution in England (mid-18th century) progressing chronologically to contemporary events. This class will focus on the development of the contemporary western world by critically evaluating the historical events and persons that significantly impact our present reality. The goal of the class is to develop the student’s ability to critically analyze events from the past to better understand and evaluate current events such that more informed future decisions can be made.
taught by Aaron Bogan
Worldview Prep $160 per semester
Two semester survey of six prominent worldviews and their unique impact on key academic disciplines (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology). Our goal will be to empower students to critically analyze the validity of these worldviews such that they will be better armed to rationally assert why they believe what they believe and (as a result) why they do what they do. Go to: understandingthetimes.com/overview for a more detailed description of the base curriculum.
taught by Pastor Chuck Hickey
High School Government $160 per semester
This class will meet fall semester only, and will cover the establishment of civil government in general, and our United States constitutional government specifically, from a Biblical and historical perspective.
High School Economics $160 per semester
This class will meet spring semester as a continuation of the high school government class, and will cover general economic principles, as well as money and banking from a Biblical perspective.
taught by David Rudolph
Pre-Algebra $160 per semester
Solid preparation for algebra and geometry. Integers and algebraic concepts are introduced beginning in Chapter 1 to develop students' algebraic thinking skills. Throughout the text, algebraic concepts are connected to arithmetic skills to build on what students know. Geometry concepts are integrated when appropriate to foster connections.
taught by Aaron Bogan
Algebra II $160 per semester
Second year Algebra course covering Functions and Relations, Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, Quadratic Functions and Relations, Higher Degree Polynomials, Complex Numbers, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Rational Algebraic Functions, Irrational Algebraic Functions, Sequence and Series, Probability, Data Analysis, and an Introduction to Trigonometry. Depending on our pacing we may skip Data Analysis and/or scale down Trigonometry.
Taught by Sue Branson
Physical Science $130 per semester
Our junior high and younger high school students will study Physical Science using the Apologia textbook. This class meets 16 weeks, following the extended high school schedule. Students will do a lab every week, and the lab supplies are included in the price of the class.
Chemistry $130 per semester
Students will study Chemistry this year. This class meets 16 weeks, and students will do a lab each week. Students may use the DIVE cd as well as a supplemental book to be chosen by each family.
Zoology $130 per semester
Our zoology class will be done as individual unit studies. No textbook is required, but the class will include lab work including dissections (different than the biology dissections.)
taught by Ruth Thompson
Spanish I $160 per semester
This will be a beginning level high school class.
Spanish II $160 per semester
Upper level high school Spanish.
History of Science II
taught by Stephanie Langdon
The class will read a story-like explanation of the progression of science throughout history, performing experiments that reveal how scientists discovered the mathematical laws that allowed science to progress through the ages. This year we will cover through Einstein, and cover physical science concepts.
taught by Lorrie Hickey
See below for descriptions
taught by Myra Roller
High School Drawing $100 per semester
See class descriptions below
High School General Art/Mixed Media $100 per semester
See class descriptions below
Speech and Communication
taught by Jen Holder $10 supply fee
The course introduces students to the basic concepts of communication and gives many opportunities to practice. We will prepare, present and critique informative and persuasive speeches as well as some poetry and group presentations. We will also study some great speeches of style, substance and impact in history.
Additional upper level enrichment classes are listed below.
Elementary and Enrichment Classes
These classes, taught by Myra Roller are a general introduction to art. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Roller back to teach at our co-op this year! Students use a wide variety of medium and techniques, and produce amazing, finished pieces that are sure to find a place on the wall. Favorite pieces will be displayed at our Fine Arts Evening!
Junior High/Senior High Art
General Art (7th-12th grade) $100 per semester
A variety of methods and media are experienced (example: acrylics, watercolor, ink, colored pencils, charcoal, pastels, etc.) to instruct students in the art of drawing, design, and painting. Continuing skills are taught in regard to the elements and principles of art, major artists and their works, and craftsmanship involved with various techniques. All supplies will be provided—there will be no art box supply list per student.
High School Drawing $100 per semester
To access the supply list, click here.
This class is for any high school student (beginner or beyond) who has a desire to develop his or her drawing skills. Students who are new to drawing will be introduced to the basics of drawing what they see and shading techniques. The first 8-10 weeks will be an introduction to drawing basic shapes and shading simple forms. This is followed by five finished drawings (fruit, mug, stuffed animal, shoe, and individual choice). Everyone works at his or her own speed, so the time that these are executed depends entirely upon the student. Skill is stressed at this level, not artistry. Students progress year after year, picking up where they left off. After the initial five drawings, students may choose to either continue with pencil, or try a new medium (pen & ink, charcoal, colored pencil, etc.). At this point the student can bring in his or her own still life object(s) or work from photo reference. As they advance, especially if they take this class for several years, creativity and artistry are stressed more in their choices.
Elementary General Art $100 per semester
A variety of methods and media are use to introduce students to the art of drawing, design, and painting. Beginning skills are taught while learning to explore new and familiar art materials. All supplies will be provided—there will be no art box supply list per student.
Upper Elementary Art (4th--6th grade)
Elementary Art (1st-3rd grade)
Preschool/Kindergarten art $15 supply fee per semester
This class will be a gentle approach to art, organized by one of our moms. These students might be little, but they live in the world God made, and they can experience His beauty and goodness in creation. So we'll let them create! This mom-taught class will be fun way to let our littles try out the basics of art technique. Students need to bring a paint t-shirt to leave at class.
Latin (4th-6th grade) $70 per semester
taught by Sarah Grogan
An easy introduction to Latin for students with no previous experience. Latin is a great preparation for other foreign languages as well as further classical studies. In this class, we will explore a new language, improve our vocabulary and grammar skills, and have fun doing it!
Sarah has experience teaching Latin to homeschool students and passed the National Latin Exam with high honors. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education.
Language and Cultures (1st-3rd grade) $15 per semester
This is a mom-led gentle introduction to various languages and cultures designed to give our young students some basic vocabulary and exposure to different people groups. The class covers very basic early words like numbers, colors, etc, with singing, stories and projects, as well as geography and lifestyles of the various countries.
These classes will focus on memorization in the form of history songs and timeline, skip counting, geography and grammar. This type of memory work reflects the grammar stage of the Classical model.
1st-3rd Memory Class $5 per semester
taught by Michelle Nephew
4th-6th Memory Class $5 per semester taught by Staci Everson
Literature (4th-6th grade) $5 per semester
taught by Carolyn Nephew
Students will analyze and discuss works of literature, study vocabulary and develop skills and strategies to comprehend literature, begin/continue to write well developed paragraphs and possibly a 3-5 paragraph essay.
1st-3rd Morning Science $10 per semester
taught by Chris Doughman
This class will focus on the human body using a full-paper model. Each student will add organs and systems to their "body" each week along with other hands-on activities. Second semester, the class will focus on chemistry and physics experiments and activities.
4th-6th Morning Science $10 per semester
taught by Christy Lanning
This class will study life science biology with an emphasis on animals, and oceans, properties of air and water and weather in the spring. There will be a thread of the scientific method through all of these and we will have a science fair in the spring.
Early Elementary Physical Education (age 4 years-3rd grade)
Our little students need some energy-burning activity, and this is it! This mom-led class will include games, skill-building activities, and lots of fun!
PE & Teamwork Challenges (4th-12th grade)
Focused on HOW we play the game as much what the rules are, this class will include some fast-paced physical games as well as some challenges requiring creative problem solving and lots of teamwork.
This Charlotte Mason-inspired class will help students to see the wonder of the world anew. Students will spend a lot of time outside, and work on the different aspects of journaling what they observe. Science principles will be taught as they relate to what the children are seeing and hearing outside. Come dressed for the weather!
Elementary Nature Study (1st-3rd) $10 Supply fee
Advanced Nature Study (4th-8th) $30 Supply fee
This supply fee is slightly higher to establish a nature journaling kit for use outside during class and for use outside of class. The student should bring a drawstring style backpack to first class to carry nature journaling supplies.
This class will focus on a variety of wacky critters in God's great animal kingdom. We will travel through the world continent by continent discovering the amazing adaptations each creature has to survive in its environment. Discovery will be facilitated through living books, lapbooking, crafts and hands-on activities.
$15 Supply Fee
This fun, creative class will always start with sharing a great book.
Next, children will work in teams of two or three to build a project using basic craft supplies. For example, if we read a book about pirates they may be challenged to build a sturdy treasure chest that can hold the provided “treasure”.
This should be an easy going and creative end to the day—perfect for our worn out little ones!
$10 Supply Fee
Our 4-6 year olds will explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math through hands on activities and stories focused on how our world works.
$10 Supply Fee
The youngest CAFE students will spend time listening to classic stories and doing related activities. Come and enjoy some great stories and fun adventures.
We love our littlest ballerinas! They're adorable even when things don't go exactly as planned. This clip is from the recital a few years ago. What cuties! (The dancers in the front are doing what the teacher is doing. The others are...dancing to the beat of a different drummer!)
Ballet These dance classes, taught by Michele Vollmer, are designed to introduce and improve the art of ballet while building personal confidence and discipline. Students will learn proper posture, combinations, ballet technique, and dance vocabulary as well as work towards a performance piece at our Fine Arts evening in the spring. Students may have black or pink leotards, pink tights and pink leather/synthetic leather ballet shoes. A small recital and costume fee may be required in the spring. Class placement is made with instructor recommendation.
Ballet I (app. age 5-9 years old) $65 per semester
Ballet II (app. age 8+ years old) $87 per semester
CAFE Ballet Company (By teacher invitation) $87 per semester
Taught by Heather Williams, member of the performance group Celtic Rhythm Dancers and Erickson Academy, and a former instructor at Donnelly Dance Academy, these co-ed classes are an introduction to the cultural fun of Irish dance. Students and adults are welcome to participate, and will learn a variety of traditional steps and dances. Students may dance in comfortable clothing, and any footware they choose. Some of the girls choose to wear jazz-style dance shoes or Irish ghillies. No wigs required!
Irish Dance $70 per semester
Taught by Stephanie Langdon, former music teacher for Fairfield schools, students will progress toward mastery of their chosen instruments. Musicians will participate in the Fine Arts Night at the end of the year, and may have to opportunity to perform in local nursing homes. Please note that instructor approval is required to join either class, and beginning lessons need to be arranged with Mrs. Langdon.
Beginning Band $20 per semester
Intermediate Band $20 per semester
Geared at high school or mature junior high students, this group will practice harmonizing and adding movement to their songs. Girls will improve their vocal quality while learning musical theater-style songs, and perform at the Fine Arts Recital at the end of the year.
This class will be an introduction to the fundamentals of sewing with a machine. Students will work on individual projects with help from a skilled and experienced seamstress. Students will be required to bring and be familiar with their own sewing machines each week.
Sewing (5th grade and up) $75 per semester
Ohio History will explore the fascinating people, places and events that have shaped the Buckeye state. We will cover the symbols, geography, agriculture and industry that make this area unique. Indiana residents will focus on their home state for related projects and presentations.
Ohio History (or Indiana for IN residents) $5 per semester
History With American Girls
Take a trip with one of the American Girls and explore the time around their story. The class will spend some time reading about the chosen girl's world, studying some history and geography during that time period, do some handicrafts and games that might have been played during the chosen era and taste some foods they may have eaten. Students will also spend some time strengthening their chararacter alongside the chosen girl and learn some basic etiquette. There will be a supply fee for each semester.
1st-3rd Grade American Girl History $25 supply fee
Taught by Beth Kenniv, city-wide youth theater director and head of Inspiring Arts Productions, this is a year-long comprehensive and heartfelt study of the Gospels using the Classical Academic Press’ “God’s Great Covenant, New Testament I.” Students will connect the historical, cultural, and geographical settings of the ancient world to bring a fresh impact to familiar bible stories. Part of class time will be dramatic, using bible scripts and improvisation games. Following in Jesus’ footsteps in all four gospels through discussion, activities and ‘acting it out’ will help us uncover God’s amazing covenantal promises and discover His even more amazing love for each of us. 30-40 minutes of ‘at home’ time will be needed each week.
Start a Store
Using the Charlotte Mason "Your Business Math" series, student will set up a store and hopefully make a profit. But there will be some surprises along the way! Students will learn to write checks, figure sales tax, pay bills, and keep a bank account ledger current, all while practicing basic skills like addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
$5 Supply Fee
FIRST Lego League Jr.
CAFE runs two teams that explore engineering and building concepts by participating in Jr. FLL, a worldwide program designed to teach kids about STEM. The teams meet first semester only, and members must be able to attend the Jr. FLL Expo on a Saturday morning in mid-January. Participation fee covers team registration with FIRST, team t-shirts and presentation and Lego supplies.
$75 Participation Fee
This class will lead our preschoolers through some fun songs and music games to prepare them to worship the Lord in song. The students will make music and listen to different genres, as well as doing music-related activities and crafts.
Students ages 4-6 will explore the world through play, crafts, music, games, and hands on activities. Students will need to bring a good attitude and their imagination to class.
$5 Supply Fee
**Please note: We are now only accepting preschool students who have older siblings in the elementary or upper level classes. Thanks!**