National Beta Club

Carla Muller

BETA CLUB The National BETA Club is the largest independent non-profit youth organization in America.  For more than 80 years it has prepared today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.  The BETA Club motto is, “Let us lead by serving others.” This is a club that recognizes that true leadership is developed by serving others.  As a club, we will meet to discuss service opportunities (inspired and presented by the members). Each meeting will be run by members according to "Robert's Rules of Order" This is a national honor society that is recognized by secular universities.  A one-time membership fee is required---BETA is a lifetime membership.    For more information: <>

  • When: Third Thursday of each month 3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 one-time fee for BETA Membership plus Club fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: n/a
  • Prerequisite: Membership in National BETA Honor Club

Philosophy 1 (College prep)

Carla Muller

  This class is comprised of two semesters. The first semester the students will be able to identify the four major competing worldviews: Biblical Christianity, Marxism/Leninism, Secular Humanism, and Cosmic Humanism. They will also obtain a working knowledge of philosophical terms and their meanings. The second semester will focus on these four worldviews within each of the ten disciplines of theology, ethics, psychology, sociology, biology, philosophy, history, law, politics, and economics. A wide variety of teaching techniques and experiences will be implemented, such as videos, skits, artwork and discussions. Recorded readings of the text will be made available if needed. Required text: The Battle for Truth by David Noebel copyright 2001 ONLY (PLEASE NOTE:  This text is out-of-print, but available online for $0.01 and up--used. A few texts available in HERC library) Supplies fee includes class notebook, all homework pages and supplementary materials.

  • When: Thursdays, Period 1 8 a.m. -9:20 a.m.
  • Cost: $410 + $40 HERC fee + $25 Supplies fee= $475
  • Minimum Number of Students: 10
  • Prerequisite: none

Philosophy 2 (not offered for 2019-2020 Year)

Carla Muller

   This class will focus on taking the knowledge from Philosophy 1 to an expressive level.  Class lectures will focus on “tension points” within the competing worldviews and on a variety of subjects intended to underscore the veracity of the biblical worldview. Regular testing will be given on these “tension points.” “Islam” and “Post-Modernism” will be introduced as two new worldviews. Several research assignments will require access to the worldwide web.  PLEASE NOTE: This class requires more independence and self-motivation than Philosophy 1. Required: Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews by David Noebel & Dr. Jeff Myers 2015 $25.99 new hardback--used also available at (Please, no KINDLE or electronic books). 

  • When: Thursdays, Period 5 1:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
  • Cost: $410 + $40 HERC fee + $25 Supplies fee = $475
  • Minimum Number of Students: 7
  • Prerequisite: Philosophy 1 with a grade of 90% or higher---or, a 90% or higher on final Manifesto

Physical Science Lab and Lecture

Rebekah Blanca

Students will investigate and learn various science concepts through both lab and text. This will be a full year course. Students will complete labs biweekly during class and complete 3 formal lab reports per semester. Tutor will lecture on chapters in text biweekly and encourage class discussion/participation. Students will complete “On Your Own” Questions, Study Guide Questions, and chapter tests at home in order to complete a full year of Physical Science credit.  Curriculum Required:  1) Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science: text, 2nd edition. (Available on for $50.00 for purchase, or $19.47 to rent).  2) Solutions and Test Book (Available on for $11.50) 3) Science Lab Journal (any type as long as it has graph paper. Available on for about $6.00-$9.00)    

  • When: Thursdays, Period Two: 9:25-10:45 am
  • Cost: $340 + $40 HERC fee + $50 materials fee = $430.
  • Minimum Number of Students: 6
  • Prerequisite: None

Private Tutoring for Specific Needs

Sandy Armstrong

SAT/ACT Prep and College Essay Writing, Private Tutoring for Specific Needs I will have regular office hours at HERC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am experienced in tutoring for SAT/ACT Prep, College Essay Writing, English Grammar, and Math through Pre-Algebra. I am also experienced in tutoring students with special needs, and doing various types of diagnostic testing. Please email or call to schedule testing or tutoring.

  • Cost: $15 per hour

Small Business Ownership and Management

Carol Edwards

Fall 2019, This one semester elective course is designed to teach students to perform marketing and management functions and tasks associated with owning and operating a small business. Students will learn beginning business finance, marketing and management. During the semester, they will develop a business plan and a budget, understand the role of government in a free enterprise economy and study successful businesses and identify characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. The goal of the class will be to equip each student with the knowledge, hands on experience to launch their own business and to identify their God-given talents that may be used in the small business sector. Who knows, maybe they'll earn enough money to pay you back for this class! Contact Mrs. Edwards directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for class registration confirmation and questions. 

  • When: Thursday, 3rd Period, 10:50 -12:10
  • Cost: 1 Semester $180 plus $20 HERC Class Fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 4
  • Prerequisite: Highschool age


Tammy Bulford

This course introduces speech making  based on a traditional approach.   Classical rhetorical theory will be covered and theoretical understanding and practical  application of oral communication will be developed.  Students will go  through an in-depth analysis of several historically significant speeches.  After close  examination of each speech, students will write and deliver some of the following: 1. Platform Speaking (Original Oratory, Expository, Persuasive) 2. Literary Interpretation (Humorous, Dramatic) 3. Other Speeches (Prose, Poetry, Storytelling) 4. Limited Preparation Speeches (Impromptu and Extemporaneous)  This course will also focus on current events, helping students  become able to think  critically and communicate effectively about today’s issues.  If it is in the news, we could be discussing it in class.  Learning how to adequately  communicate and discuss today’s issues will help our youth become better informed  voters, develop the ability to see both sides of today’s issues, and ultimately be prepared  to defend their beliefs. Questions are expected and encouraged. Parents are welcome to observe any class. Feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns.    

  • When: Thursdays 5th period (1:45-3:05)
  • Cost: $200 + $40 Non-refundable HERC fee
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: None

Speech and Communication . (not offered 2019 - 2020)

Diane Baker

We know that "pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." - Proverbs 16:24. Yet, many cannot adequately convey their thoughts, needs and opinions in an accurate or appropriate manner. "I'm too afraid." "I can't possibly speak in front of class, let alone the whole school; That takes a special gift." "I don't know what to say at a job interview." "I want to talk to my friends about Jesus, but I get tongue-tied and just can't speak." We've all been there at some point. Through hands-on practice, this class will help you fight through fear, research topics, organize, write & present your thoughts. In this small-classroom environment, you will work on listening, critical thinking, and evaluating skills. You will practice spontaneous speech and written speeches, as well as using communication skills for different settings ranging from One-on-One to public speaking. You do not have to be the most talkative type and you don't have to be an arguing expert to get your point across. Whether you want to be a lawyer, an evangelist, or a parent helping their child, speech class will help you build confidence and present yourself well. Material needed for class: notebook, paper, pencil & pen.

  • When: Tuesdays, Period Second 9:25 – 10:45 pm, first semester
  • Cost: Cost: $230 (includes HERC fee), The $20 non-refundable HERC fee is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5 (10 max)
  • Prerequisite: None

Study Skills (Not Offered 2019-2020)

Diane Baker

“But I Did study!” “I thought I knew the material.” “I am just not good at that class.”“That is not my learning style.” “I did it like this in High School but…” “It doesn’t matter. I’m not going to college anyway.” We have all heard, and said, these same lines for any class or situation. Whether you are studying for a class or learning something new for that new job offer, learning is a life-long experience. Many times it is not the class, topic, job, teacher, or boss. Many times it is the WAY we study that keeps us from learning any material needed. This class will give some insights into the brain and learning, effective note-taking practice, and valuable study skills that can be used for High School, college, church and future work. We will discuss some “learning styles” but will also focus on how to use and develop the wonderful brains that God gave each of us to study better and learn more efficiently. With a little effort and a few changes, we can all “study to show (ourselves) approved and “be transformed by the renewing of our minds”. ANYONE can Learn (and study.)

  • When: Tuesdays, Period two 9:25 - 10:45 am - Semester One, 10 week class
  • Cost: Cost: $170 (includes $20 HERC fee), $20 non-refundable is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: None

U.S. History

Diane Baker

The class will consist of lectures, Q&A sessions, current events, the Founding Fathers, our history with the world, and our accomplishments (good and bad) as a nation. We will take a brief look at our government and how it has progressed. There is much discussion and debate. We will use video, research and projects that make the class interactive and remind the students of the immigration, ingenuity and Spiritual culture of our nation. Required text: Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration.  Notebook, paper, pen, pencils, e-mail for class updates.

  • When: Thursdays, Period One, 8 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
  • Cost: Cost: $460 (includes $40 HERC fee), $40 non-refundable HERC fee is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 6
  • Prerequisite: None


Sandy Armstrong

Grade: 7-12 The Truth is that EVERYONE is gifted! Veritas (truth) is a club where HERC students can hone their leadership skills as they plan and implement fun and educational events to highlight gifts and abilities of their fellow HERC students. Past events include Showcases, fundraisers, art shows, Talent Shows, Career Carnivals, and Christian Youth Film Festival entries. Your imagination is the limit! Come and we'll get creative - and busy - and everyone will benefit! Minimum Number of Students: 2 When: Second Thursdays, 3:10 - 4:30 pm Cost: $25 HERC fee Tutor: Sandy Armstrong

Worship Choir

Carol Ashbrook


  • When: Thursdays Period 4
  • Cost: $175/ semester plus a $25 materials fee and HERC fee of $20/semester
  • Minimum Number of Students: 3
  • Prerequisite: none