Foundations in Personal Finance

Paula Davis

  This class will revolutionize your student’s thinking in practical money matters and show him how to deal with money God’s way. Saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing, money and relationships, careers and giving are all covered from a Biblical worldview. Each meeting will consist of a video presentation (Dave Ramsey and his team), note taking and class discussion. Parents are encouraged to sit in on the class and learn right along with their student! Materials needed: Foundations in Personal Finance High School Edition forHomeschool from, pencil or pen.

  • When: Thursdays, offered both 3rd & 4th periods (10:50-12:10 & 12:20-1:40), Room 4
  • Cost: $170 plus $20 HERC fee = $190

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: <>

  • 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 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 $23.99 new hardback--used also available at (Please, no KINDLE or electronic books). 

  • When: Thursdays, Period 3 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 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

Pre-Algebra- Updated

Michelle Law

Full year course covering the following concepts: definitions of algebraic language; powers; inequalities; equations (basic 2-step and multi-step); factoring and applications of factoring polynomials; functions and graphs, lines, slopes; solving systems of equations; quadratics; and solving rate problems and other word problems. Required: Saxon Algebra 1/2 Student Text, 3rd Edition (It's BLUE, be sure it's the 3rd edition). Strongly suggested: Saxon Algebra 1/2 Solutions Manual. (Seriously, you will want this for correcting any work at home. It has saved my sanity on more than one occasion.) Cost Note: In order to complete the material for the math course in one year, the class will need to meet twice a week. The cost is $525 per year (plus HERC/Materials fees) for classes meeting twice a week ($15 per week x 35 weeks). If a parent chooses to teach some of the material using DVD tutorials or other resources, a student may attend the class once per week (Thurs) for a cost of $350 + $5 supplies fee + $40 HERC fee ($395).  Payment plans available. If your child is not strong in Math, I highly recommend attendance twice a week. If not, they will need to read and comprehend the material on their own/with your help.

  • When: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, First Period, 8am - 9:20 am
  • Cost: $525 + $5 supply fee + $40 HERC fee = $570
  • Minimum Number of Students: 10

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)

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 , a three ring binder with dividers and index cards. Some textbooks are available in the HERC library. The materials fee is non-refundable and a per family fee. 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: Thursday, 5th period, 1:45-3:05
  • Cost: $340 +$40 non-refundable materials fee+ $40 HERC fee=$420
  • 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, a field trip, 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, 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, index cards for labeling, etc.. A detailed grading sheet is emailed at the end of each semester.  Minimum Number of Students: 5

  • When: Thursday, 4th period, 12:20-1:40
  • Cost: $340 +$40 non-refundable materials fee+ $40 HERC fee=$420
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: A successful completion of Spanish 1


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 (Club)

Jill Ekberg

The student led team will lead the HERC community in prayer and praise at the worship rallies held on: Oct. 5th, Nov. 2, Dec 7, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3rd. 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). Sign up and come to the first meeting to discuss the upcoming worship rallies. All worship team members are encouraged to attend every worship rally whether leading or in the congregation. The worship team may meet for other times during the year as interest and time permits. Come 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
  • Prerequisite: Prior instrument training and ability to play and/or sing in a group setting.