Classes by Diane Baker


American Sign Language 1 College Prep

Diane Baker

American Sign Language is quickly growing to be the third most used language in America, and is a valid choice to meet the high school foreign language requirement. This course will introduce the basics of ASL and show the differences between ASL and other forms of communication for the hearing impaired. Many techniques will be implemented, such as worksheets, videos, skits, class practice. The student will learn Beginning ASL, including vocabulary, deaf culture and history, and the grammar and sentence structure that makes it an official language. Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration. A notebook, binder and writing utensils are required. 

  • When: Thursdays Period Five 1:45 – 3:05 pm
  • Cost: $460 (includes $40 HERC fee), $40 non-refundable HERC fee is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: none

American Sign Language 2 College Prep

Diane Baker

This is a continued study of American Sign Language and will count as the student’s language requirement. ASL II will address more fundamentals of the language and emphasize grammar structure, conceptual accuracy, sign placement and an increase in vocabulary. We will also work on idiomatic expression, descriptive details, translation and “reading” other signers. Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration. A notebook, binder and writing utensils are required. Signing Naturally text is also used but does not need to be purchased for class. Text sheets will be provided by the tutor when needed. Prerequisite: ASL 1 with grade of C or better.

  • When: Thursdays, Period Four 12:20 – 1:40 pm
  • 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: 5
  • Prerequisite:  Prerequisite: ASL 1 with grade of C or better

American Sign Language 3 College Prep

Diane Baker

This is a continued study of American Sign Language and will count as the student’s language requirement. ASL 3 will address more fundamentals of the language and emphasize grammar structure, conceptual accuracy, sign placement and an increase in vocabulary. We will also work on idiomatic expression, descriptive details, translation and “reading” other signers.  Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration. A notebook, binder and writing utensils are required. Signing Naturally text is also used but does not need to be purchased. Text sheets will be provided by the tutor when needed.

  • When: Tuesdays or Thursdays if desired, if a class is available.
  • 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: 2
  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ASL 1 and 2 with grade of C or better.

American Sign Language 4 College Prep

Diane Baker

This is a continued study of American Sign Language and will count as the student’s language requirement. ASL 4 will address more fundamentals of the language and emphasize grammar structure, conceptual accuracy, sign placement and an increase in vocabulary. We will also work on idiomatic expression, descriptive details, translation and “reading” other signers. The textbook is Learning American Sign Language: Level I and II (ISBN 0205-27553-2) This textbook is used for ASL 2 and 3. Signing Naturally text is also used but does not need to be purchased. Text sheets will be provided by the tutor when needed.    Prerequisite: ASL 1 - 3 with grade of C or better.

  • When: Thursdays Period Two, 9:20 - 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: 2
  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ASL 1 - 3 with grade of C or better.

Classical Astronomy

Diane Baker

From Abraham to Ancient Greeks and Romans, to American pioneers and the 19th Century, Classical Astronomy was known by all - nobility and common-folk alike. Understood by Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare and others, it is known as a concrete science and was part of the Seven Liberal Arts of classical education, including being taught at Harvard  University’s start. We will gain a foundation of the sun, moon, planets and stars (fixed and wandering), progression of day and night and direction, months, calendars and constellations through the naked eye. There will be field activities, discussion and field trips, to make the stars and sky a part of life. “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let there be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.’” –Genesis 1:14. This counts as a Lab Science.   Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration.  Small spiral notebook or 3-ring binder with paper. 

  • When: When: Tuesdays, Period 3 (9:25 - 10:45 am)
  • Cost: Cost: $470 (includes $40 HERC fee and materials fee), $50 non-refundable is due at time of early registration in June
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: None

Economics College Prep

Diane Baker

Economics is the second semester of a student’s 12th grade requirement. This class will deal with the economics of countries and people from a biblical perspective. Topics covered include free enterprise, capitalism, free market, wealth and stewardship, and economic roles of individuals as well as government. There is much discussion, as well as projects, video clips, and class interaction. NOTE: Each component may be taken separately; Together with Government Class, these count as the 12th grade history core classes. Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration. A notebook, binder and writing utensils are required.

  • When: Thursdays, Period One 8:00 – 9:20 am, Second Semester only
  • Cost: Cost: $230 (includes HERC fee), The $20 non-refundable HERC fee is due at time of registration. (Students may register in June or in January.)
  • Minimum Number of Students: 5
  • Prerequisite: none

Government

Diane Baker

American Government fulfills the first part of the 12th grade history core curriculum. The class will consist of lectures, Q&A sessions, current events, projects and case studies. We will approach local, state and federal government from a biblical perspective. There is much discussion and the class is highly interactive and will stir the Christian student to pray for their current government, and support its biblical beginnings and future. The textbook is Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration.  3-Ring binder, paper and writing utensils are needed.

  • When: Thursdays, Period One 8:00 – 9:20 am, First Semester only
  • 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
  • Prerequisite: None

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

World History

Diane Baker

This class will introduce students to the history of the world, concentrating on Western Civilization. We will explore the importance and effects of Christianity on early civilizations. Students will understand how geography also affected people in their development socially, economically, and politically, as well as culturally. We will see the rise of democratic ideas and Christian influence. There will be much discussion, research and projects to make this an interactive classroom. Required text: Curriculum required: info given at the time of registration.  3-ring binder, paper, pens, pencils, access to e-mail for updates and homework

  • When: When: Thursdays, Period Three, 10:50 – 12:10 pm
  • 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: 5
  • Prerequisite: None