HIGH SCHOOL - 9-12 GRADE CLASSES

Our recent survey results demonstrated an interest in FLA offering high school classes, so we explored adding secondary level offerings to the 2019 fall schedule.  After careful review, we determined there is currently not enough interest to add a full schedule of high school classes. However, many of our fall enrichment and core classes would be appropriate for secondary students.

High school students are welcome and encouraged to enroll in these classes.

 As a homeschooling family, you best know your student's needs and whether this option would be a good addition to your educational plan. Foothill Learning Academy is here to support you!
                                                                                       

WRITING AND LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES                     

Writer's Workshop: The 5-Paragraph Essay 
Grades 5-8                    
                       

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

The focus of this class is teaching students how to respond to a prompt and write an effective, organized, well-developed five paragraph essay. Throughout their educational journey (including standardized testing), students will be required to write well-developed paragraphs or essays on-demand. This type of writing is completed in-class, in a limited amount of time. On-demand writing requires students to develop the ability to focus a topic, provide relevant evidence, select an appropriate organizational structure, and complete the task within one setting. This class is designed to provide practical, step-by-step instruction in how to approach in-class prompts and successfully write clear, concise, organized, and creative responses in a timely manner. We will begin with tactics for writing well-developed paragraphs, and move on to five-paragraph essays. The class will follow a writer’s workshop model, with brief topical instruction, followed by individualized writing support. 

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

Journalism: FLA Newspaper

Grades 6-8                                                                                              

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

In this exciting class, students will become sleuths and reporters! We will learn and engage in the various aspects of journalism including interviews, research, investigation, article writing, editorials, photography, editing, publishing, reporting, and broadcasting. The class will work together to create a Foothill Learning Academy Newspaper which will be reproduced and distributed the last week of classes. Students will also get a flavor for broadcast journalism, as they script and film a news broadcast to be shown at the end of the year celebration. Class space is limited to 12 students.

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

Novel Study

Grades 5-8                                             

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

This interactive class is completely literature-based and fun! We read, discuss, and analyze super engaging, age-level appropriate novels. Each week the students will read and annotate focusing on various aspects of the novel including mood, theme, characters, conflict, literary devices, and personal connections. There is optional homework students can complete for a grade to prepare them for discussion, increase their critical thinking skills, and satisfy state curriculum requirements. This class is perfect not only for students who love to read, but for students who are resistant readers as well. ​All books will be provided and are included in the class tuition. Fall semester we will be reading two of my favorites, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Come join us and READ ON!

Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

Middle School Write On!

Grades 6-8                                                                                        

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Our focus fall semester will be response to literature and poetry. We will begin with learning to recognize and create a variety of literary/poetic devices (simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, imagery, symbolism). We will then apply that knowledge in annotating, analyzing, and responding to several super-engaging short stories and poems. Students will respond to literature in a variety of written formats, including poetry, character analysis, theme study, essay and short answer paragraphs. Responding to literature is an essential writing skill for all students and will be the main type of writing required from them as they move into high school and beyond.


Teacher: Mary Frederick

email: messages2mary@att.net

phone/text: 916.990.3494

website: www.writeon4kids.com

SCIENCE CLASSES                     

Science of Magic
Grades 4-8    
         

$200 per semester (1 voucher)

Students will explore how magnetism, light, friction, motion, inertia, gravity, heat, visual perception, and probability can be used to create fun magic tricks to mystify your friends and family. This class will be followed by The Science of Foods spring semester.

             

Teacher: Lisa Hindmarsh

email:  lisahindmarsh@yahoo.com

phone/text:  530.313.3789

website: www.handsonsciencefun.com

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HISTORY CLASSES                     

US History
Grades 6-8  
                                               

$180 per semester (1 voucher)  

 

Students study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution (beginning with colonization) up to reconstruction following the Civil War.  After reviewing the development of America's democratic institutions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions. 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

American Cinema
Grades 4-8
                                        

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

 

In this course students will participate in a survey of classic American cinema, from a historical and cultural perspective. The student will be exposed to various movie clips, such as Charlie Chaplin, 2001 Space Odyssey, and  Gone with the Wind while discovering the films cultural context. Students will also explore the influence of media on the American experience and the importance of understand  world view portrayed in cinema.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

MATH CLASSES                     
 

Math Lab:  Analyzing Algebra and Formulas

Grades 6-8                                                    

$175 per semester (1 voucher)

 

This class is a Math Lab with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate Algebra. Students interested in general math help, as well as those who’d like to learn more about concepts in Algebra, should consider joining. This year we are focusing on Algebra’s real world applications through word problems as well as formulas. Students will learn the correct steps on how to approach word problems. They will be given all the tips and tricks! They’ll learn how to identify their known values, unknown values, as well as how to ‘pull out’ all the necessary information. Students will also be exposed to formulas, such as formulas for area and volume, even the quadratic formula! All these topics will be taught using fun, interactive activities and puzzle worksheets. This will ensure that students are having fun while learning!

Teacher: Joe Vargas

email:  YourFirstChoiceTutoring@gmail.com

phone/text:  916.805.7333

website: www.firstchoicetutoring.com

FINE ARTS AND ENRICHMENT CLASSES                     

 

American Sign Language (ASL) 1

Grades 4-8

$175 per semester  (1 voucher)

Students will  learn the basics of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.  They will learn basic communication skills through ABC's/ fingerspelling, numbers, ASL word order, sentence types, and verbs. We will play fun games and activities to help remember vocabulary.

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

American Sign Language (ASL) 2

Grades 4-8

$175 per semester  (1 voucher)

Pre-requisite: ASL 1

This class will be a continuation of ASL 1 plus building on sentence types, time, duration, classifiers, pluralization, inflection, and describing rooms, objects and locations. I look forward to working with my returning students!

Teacher: Jaime Layton

email: philandjaime@gmail.com

phone/text: 530-306-0786

Mock Trial
Grades 6-8
                                                                     

$180 per semester (1 voucher) 

  
Mock trials have proven to be an effective learning tool for students of all grade levels. It helps them understand the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional criminal or civil trial. Students experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant and what legal arguments are effective. This class is taught by Mrs. Chiappe, a former practicing California Attorney.


Teacher: Laurie Chiappe                     

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net              

phone/text: 916.293.8060                

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Speak Up! Speech & Debate
Grades 6-8
                                  

$180 per semester (1 voucher)


Students explore concepts in public speaking, critical thinking, argument and debate. This course covers the different styles of speeches, rhetorical strategies and the art of debate. A major focus of the class will be the elements of rhetoric as it pertains to information, persuasion and debate. The students will give several speeches to classmates. Various styles of speech will be studied, including: persuasion, impromptu, extemporaneous, and debate.

 

Teacher: Laurie Chiappe

email:  Lchiappe@comcast.net

phone/text: 916.293.8060

website: historyrockswithmrschiappe.com

Guitar
​Grades 4-8  
                                           

$180 per semester (4 vouchers at $45 each)

In this class, students will not only learn how to read music, but will also learn to play by ear. Sheet music provides the fundamentals children need to grow in their musical ability, while playing by ear makes learning music fun and something they can do anywhere. The primary materials used for instruction will be Guitar for Kids - Hal Leonard Guitar Method and additional activities put together by the  instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to bring their own guitars to class each week. 

Teacher:  Jonathan Jimmerson

email: jjmusiclessons1@gmail.com

phone/text: 505.720.4617

website: www.jjmusiclessons.com

Introduction to Photography

Grades 4-8 

$182 per semester (4 vouchers at $45.50 each)

Photography is exciting! It allows us to capture a memory and freeze it in time. This introductory class is designed to help students gain confidence in their ability to use the functions of their camera. We will learn the basics of photography including: light, exposure, and composition. Each class will offer a new project-based lesson. So, let's go capture some memories. This course can be continued into second semester as yearbook design. Students continuing will build on previous skills and work on the composition of our Foothill Learning Academy yearbook.   Students will need to bring their own digital camera (not a cell phone camera) to class each week. If a student does not have a camera,  a shared camera will be available for class use.

Teacher: Sara Diggs

email: sararenee.87@gmail.com              

phone/text: 916.502.6470    

Mixed-Media Art 
Grades 4-8                
                                                                                                                           

$190 per semester (1 voucher)

Express your creativity through amazing art!  Doing art has been shown to improve motor skills, teach decision-making, develop a sense of inventiveness and innovation, develop engineering skills (sculpture) and improve academic skills.   This class will introduce students to various 2-D and 3-D art forms through fun and inspiring art projects, such as papier mache sculpture, collage, clay, relief work, mask-making , mono-printing and more.  Fine art skills are taught in a fun and engaging way. Class fee includes all supplies.

Teacher: Brenda Williams   

email: brenda@brendawilliamsstudio.com

Phone/text: 916.337.1990     

website: www.BrendaWilliamsStudio.co

No-Bake Cake Decorating

Grades 4-8

$192 per semester (4 vouchers at $48 each) 

In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of cake decorating, along with mastering homemade frosting recipes. We will work on how to: frost a cake, different piping techniques, using fondant, hand painting, and creating sugar flowers. Each week will have a different theme. All cakes will be store bought, as well as any other food items used in projects. We will not be using any ingredients that contain nuts. However, we will be using dairy products, and cakes will contain gluten. If students are unable to consume these ingredients, they are still welcome to participate to learn the decorating skills. 

Teacher: Sara Diggs

email: sararenee.87@gmail.com              

phone/text: 916.502.6470

Computer Programming
Grades  4-8   
                                                    

$164 per semester (1 voucher)  


Kids will explore the exciting world of computer programming through the interactive Scratch interface, and use their imaginations to create their own programs / video games! This class will teach students the basics of programming and video game design in a fun and easy-to-understand way. No previous computer experience is necessary.
PLEASE NOTE: A laptop computer is required for this class.

 

Teacher:  Asten Fallavollita

email: atfallavol@gmail.com

phone/text: 916.220.6798

Leadership & Service: FLA Student Government

Grades 6-8

$180 per semester (1 voucher)

Through a series of guided interaction and group exercises, students will explore the principles of leadership and learn to develop individual and group leadership skills to impact their lives and their communities. Content areas include decision-making, goal setting, effective communication, servant leadership, organization and time management skills, and concrete strategies to implement change. Additionally, by planing FLA events and activities, this class gives the homeschool student the unique opportunity  to experience traditional  "student government"  without attending a school

 

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