Home Economics

Janell Campbell

This is fun, practical hands-on learning class where students will learn basic kitchen skills, food prep, meal planning, baking, gardening, sewing, crafting, and much more. Optional: this class will be taking several field trips during the semester on days outside of class (TBA).  * Sibling discounts available   *Offering significant discounts for those taking more than one of my classes

  • When: Tuesdays, 5th Period, 1:45pm-3:05pm
  • Cost: Semester class $210 + $25 supply fee + $20 HERC fee = $255
  • Minimum Number of Students: 8
  • Prerequisite: None

Homeschool and High School Advising

Sandy Armstrong

I will have regular office hours at HERC all day on Tuesdays, and by appointment on Thursdays. Please email or call to schedule counseling.

  • Cost: $25 per hour

Mixed Media Drawing and Painting projects & Intro to Digital Photography - THURSDAYS PERIOD FOUR

Bob Ross

Mixed Media:  Drawing using pencils, pastels, and charcoal and Painting projects & Digital Photography using your phone or iphone, or a digital camera, optional using computer with program: Adobe Photo Shop Elements. To edit and enhance photographs.  Working on and paintings using photos projects. The Art Projects being considered: Painting on wood, Rustic Folk art project, Painting on 3-D surfaces. Paper Collage, Block Printing techniques, Large and small artwork formats. When: Thursdays Period Four (12:20 to 1:40 pm)   Cost: per semester $210.00 includes the $20 HERC fee = $210.00 Tutor: Bob Ross

  • When: Thursdays Period Four (12:20 to 1:40 pm)
  • Cost: $210.00 includes the $20 HERC fee = $210.00
  • Minimum Number of Students: N/A
  • Prerequisite: none

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: <www.betaclub.org>

  • When: First 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 www.amazon.com 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

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 amazon.com (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

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 all day on Tuesdays, and by appointment on Thursdays. Please email or call to schedule tutoring.

  • Cost: $15 per hour

Spanish 1 (College Prep) CANCELLED for 2018-2019 school year

Jill Ekberg

According to the U.S census bureau in 2011, 37.6 million U.S. residents spoke Spanish at home, a 117% increase since 1990. Spanish is by far the largest non-English language spoken in the United States making it a growing necessity for language study. This class will teach students to read, write, and speak Spanish and meet basic survival and courtesy requirements. Students will be able to order a meal, make a purchase, follow directions, make small talk, understand present and past tense, gender, number, subject-verb agreement, and memorize Bible verses in Spanish. Different interactive teaching techniques will be used including mandatory projects to enhance learning and enjoyment. Regular homework with a listening component is assigned. Students/Parents correct the homework with the answers provided for immediate feedback and correct practice outside of class. Curriculum and Materials: Spanish 1 for Christian Schools student text AND Spanish 1 Activities Manual www.bjupress.com , a three ring binder with dividers and index cards. Some textbooks are available in the HERC library. The materials fee is non-refundable. Materials include: listening curriculum, advanced Quizlet membership, homework and verb pages, syllabus, testing, and miscellaneous. A detailed grading sheet is emailed at each semester.

  • When: 2019-2020 school year if demand
  • Cost: $460 (includes nonrefundable fee of $40 HERC and $40 materials)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 6

Spanish 2 (College Prep)

Jill Ekberg

Grade: 9-12 This course is designed to develop an “intermediate-low to intermediate-mid” level of proficiency as defined by the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). A thrust of the text is to teach students to reach out to Spanish speakers with the gospel of Christ. Different teaching techniques will be used including mandatory projects and participation in the end of the semester showcases. Consistent homework is necessary and parents/students need to correct the homework at home for immediate feedback and correct practice outside of class. Curriculum and Materials: Spanish 2 for Christian Schools student text AND Spanish 2 Activities Manual www.bjupress.com, a three ring binder with dividers from Spanish 1. Some textbooks are available in the HERC library. Some parents prefer to have the teacher's manual as well. Some may be available in the HERC library. The materials fee non-refundable and is per family. It includes the listening component, advanced Quizlet membership for vocabulary practice, syllabus, weekly homework, testing, etc.. A detailed grading sheet is emailed at the end of each semester.  Minimum Number of Students: 5

  • When: Thursday, 1st period, 8-9:20 AM
  • Cost: $460 (includes nonrefundable fee of $40 HERC and $40 materials)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of BJU Spanish 1 or contact instructor

Speech and Communication

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

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 One 8:00 – 9:20 am - Semester One, 10 week class
  • Cost: Cost: $140 (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: Tuesdays, Period 2 (9:25 - 10:45 am)
  • 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 Veritas 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: 2When: Second Thursdays, 3:10 - 4:30 pmCost: $25 HERC fee Tutor: Sandy Armstrong

Worship Team

Carol Ashbrook

The student led team will lead the HERC community in prayer and praise at the worship rallies held on the first Thursday of every month. The last Thursday of the month prior to the rally, the worship team will meet for practice. Trained musicians and singers are needed (no lessons are given during this time). All worship team members are encouraged to attend every worship rally whether leading, assisting with tech, or participating in the congregation.  Make new friends, use your God-given talents, and bless others as we worship our Lord in prayer and praise together. 

  • When: Last Thursday of the month 3:10-4:30 & 1st Thurs worship rally between 3rd&4th period
  • Cost: $25
  • Minimum Number of Students: 3 minimum
  • Prerequisite: Prior instrument training and ability to play and/or sing in a group setting. Must be able to read and play chord charts.