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KONOS Academy offers accredited math, science, foreign language, art, and music classes to any student (subject to available space and prerequisites).

Course descriptions are listed below. For specific questions about courses, please contact the course teacher directly. Each teacher arranges for and distributes materials.

Elementary Math (4th-6th)

Jodi Worlow
We will use a variety of methods to learn, memorize, review, and recall the basic math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Our goal will be lots of practice which will include but not be limited to timed assessments, fun fact games, as well as friendly competitions that will develop quick recall of all the facts. This weekly review of facts will complement and enhance any math curriculum you will be using at home. This class is geared for 4th-6th graders but we will consider other ages.
Cost: $50 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jodi@konos.org

Middle School Math

Marielle Hersey
Middle School Math, using Saxon Algebra 7/6, will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Tests. Because we often find that math skills are not mastered, math fact drills are an integral part of class. 3×5 Index cards will be created with formulas/concepts that can be used to review prior to standardized tests. Mental Math is critical. Math needs to be taught to where students SEE math logically!
Cost: $65 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Pre-Algebra (6th-8th)

Marielle Hersey
Pre-Algebra will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Tests. Because we often find that math skills are not mastered, math fact drills are an integral part of class. 3×5 Index cards will be created with formulas/concepts that can be used to review prior to standardized tests. Mental Math is critical. Math needs to be taught to where students SEE math logically!
Cost: $65 per month plus $50 one-time materials fee
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Algebra I (8th-9th)

Marielle Hersey
In-depth introduction of variables, constants, expressions and equations. Topics covered will be: solving equations, simplifying expressions, understanding order of operations, using properties, arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers. Polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals and expanding arithmetic knowledge.
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra; prerequisite testing
Cost: $65 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Algebra II

Marielle Hersey
This course expands on the topics of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. Topics include: (1) relations, functions, equations and inequalities; (2) conic sections; (3) polynomials; (4) algebraic fractions; (5) logarithmic and exponential functions; (6) sequences and series; and (7) counting principles and probability.
Prerequisite: Algebra I; prerequisite testing
Cost: $65 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Geometry

Cassie McGuire
A comprehensive course featuring coverage of geometric terms and processes, logic and problem solving. Includes topics such as parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, inequalities and quadrilaterals. Various forms of proof are studied. Emphasis is placed upon reasoning and problem solving skills gained through study of similarity, areas, volumes, circles, and coordinate geometry.
Prerequisite: Algebra I; prerequisite testing
Cost: $65 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
cassie@konos.org

Pre-Calculus

Cassie McGuire
This course prepares the student for future success in calculus, chemistry, physics, and social sciences. The incremental lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Includes continued practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and trigonometry introduced in Algebra 2 and features new lessons on functions, matrices, statistics, and the graphing calculator.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II/Geometry. Demonstrating an understanding of Algebra II concepts by passing a “Readiness Test for Advanced Mathematics.”
Cost: $65 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
cassie@konos.org

Jodi Worlow
This middle school science class is designed to give students in the logic stage an overview of life science.  We will use a hands-on approach to study plants, animals, and the human body, giving the students a solid foundation for high school biology.  Students will be challenged to think analytically about facts and become familiar with the scientific method. Students will encounter a classically taught Charlotte Mason class that will begin the transition to traditionally taught upper level science.
Cost: $55 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
jodi@konos.org

Biology I

Dr. Jessica Shockey
This course will cover the basics of biology through lecture, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises. Students will be required to prepare for labs prior to coming to class, and they will have homework assignments as well as in-class quizzes. In addition, they will have at least 4 exams each semester, including a mid-term and a final. Some of the major topics we will cover include: Basics of Science, Science of Biology, Chemical Basis of Life, Molecular and Cellular Structure, Biological Energy, DNA, Genetics & Inheritance, Microbes, Plants, Animals, Biodiversity, and Human Structure and Function.
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $75 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
jessica@konos.org

Biology II

Dr. Charles Thaxton and Dr. Kimberly Wollenhaupt
Biology II will evaluate biological, theological and other evidences in the debate between evolutionary and non-evolutionary views of origins. The course will encourage in-depth critical analysis of the arguments using teacher lectures, outside resources, student research/presentations, and lab studies.  Natural process evolutionary views permeate our culture — often in subtle ways.  Understanding the evolutionary and non-evolutionary views and the evidence on which they are based and objections to each are the foundation for future studies.

The course will be co-taught by Dr. Charles Thaxton, Ph.D. and Dr. Kimberly Wollenhaupt, M.D. Dr. Thaxton co-founded with wife Carole the Konos Academy, co-authored The Mystery of Life’s Origin and The Soul of Science, both of which have been translated into several languages, and has lectured widely on the subject of origins. Dr. Wollenhaupt has a passion to equip students with critical thinking in these areas. This course will be offered every other year.
Prerequisites: Biology I is necessary before enrolling. Chemistry is also highly recommended but not mandatory. Students who desire to take the class and have not completed Chemistry must receive approval from the instructors.
Cost: $75 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday

Chemistry

Dr. Jessica Shockey
This college preparatory course is designed to meet or exceed Georgia Performance Standards as published by Georgia’s Department of Education. The class format consists of one hour of lecture and one hour of hands-on laboratory. The following topics are covered: Matter Classification, Atomic Theory,   Periodicity, Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Law of Mass Conservation, Empirical and Molecular Formulas, Stoichiometry, Kinetic Theory, Gas Laws, Solution Chemistry and Acid/Base Chemistry. Each week there are text and laboratory assignments. The course also includes in-class quizzes, proctored exams, a midterm and final exam.
Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra I
Cost: $75 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
jessica@konos.org

Physics 1

Martha Blanchard
This is a thorough physics course that emphasizes problem solving to build a strong conceptual understanding of physics principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. Using a hands-on approach to physics concepts, the course presents the ideas behind what makes physics practical, while building a solid base of knowledge of how the physical universe works. Minimum math prerequisite is geometry, while current enrollment in Algebra 2 or Pre-calculus is preferred.
Materials: Conceptual Physics
Cost: $75 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
martha@konos.org

Computer Science Principles

Tom Robinson
This course is an introduction to computer science with a primary emphasis on software development.  Students will learn the new and very popular programming language, “Python,” that is used widely in analyzing data. Students should have basic computer skills and understanding, and completion of Algebra I as a prerequisite is recommended. Students should understand the mathematical concepts of variables, expressions, and functions. These ideas are routinely used in computer programming.
Cost: $90 per month
Class Day: Friday, 12-1:30

Introduction to Spanish (5th-8th)

Judy Linzie
This class is an introduction to Spanish for 5th through 8th grade students, providing them with a basic Spanish language and grammar foundation, as well as some conversational skills. The students will have a consumable grammar and language workbook and will read numerous stories in Spanish throughout the school year. Hands-on activities, arts & crafts, skits, songs, games and the retelling and dramatizing of familiar stories and fairy tales will reinforce the material being studied. This class runs in a three-year curriculum cycle, so the student may study new and reinforcing Spanish material for three years, acquiring a good foundation, before entering high school Spanish.
Cost: $55 per month plus one-time materials fee of $75 for all books and supplies
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

Spanish I (8th-12th)

Judy Linzie
Introduction to Spanish for 8th through 12th grade students, with exercises in reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar, vocabulary and culture using Descubre 1 curriculum and other resources. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, this class covers the necessary curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn communication skills that with application she or he can use in everyday life and travel. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my Spanish students.

The Descubre 1 curriculum (from Vista Higher Learning) used in this class is an outstanding program that cohesively integrates the text, technology and media with an unprecedented access to multiple learning resources. Its dramatic video presentations, online tutorials and practice exercises, cultural and language-learning information make this one of the best teaching tools available on the market today. The purchase of this material offers ongoing Vista online support.
Cost: $65 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $40
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

Spanish II

Judy Linzie
Intermediate level study of Spanish with an emphasis on increasing communication skills through speaking, listening, writing and reading, continuing to build vocabulary, grammar, and cultural insights. The Level 2 Descubre curriculum is used along with other resources. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, this class covers the necessary curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn effective communication skills that with application can be used in everyday life, work or further schooling. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my Spanish students.

The Descubre 2 curriculum (from Vista Higher Learning) used in this class is an outstanding program that cohesively integrates the text, technology and media with an unprecedented access to multiple learning resources. Its dramatic video presentations, online tutorials and practice exercises, cultural and language-learning information make this one of the best teaching tools available on the market today. The purchase of this material offers ongoing Vista online support.
Prerequisite: Spanish I
Cost: $65 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $40
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

Spanish III/IV

Judy Linzie
Advanced level of study with emphasis on Spanish communication skills through speaking, writing and reading, continuing to build vocabulary, grammar and cultural insights through literature and composition. The coursework includes some preparation for the CLEP college board exams. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, the course will engage the student in some fun Konos-style activities, while studying a two-year Advanced curriculum and earning Spanish 3 and 4 credits. With Spanish 1 and 2 completion as a base, along with practice and application, the student is poised to acquire higher level Spanish understanding and communication skills by high school graduation. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my Spanish students.
Prerequisite: Spanish II/III
Cost: $65 per month & one-time $60 materials fee includes a textbook, a consumable workbook and resources used in the class
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

American Sign Language

Susan Greco
Our study of American Sign Language (”ASL”) is an introduction including basic grammar, classifiers, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and deaf culture/history. The acquisition of any language requires some understanding of its cultural heritage. Students should be prepared to practice the facial expression and non-manual aspects of ASL.  It may put the learners outside their comfort zone.  No voice is permitted throughout class times.  With practice the student will adapt to this environment. Along with a workbook/DVD curriculum we will include daily sign drilling in our homework and a variety of interactive exercises.
Cost: $65 per month & one-time $20 copy fee
Class Day: Monday
sue@konos.org

Classical Art

JoDette DiDomizio
Our instructional program teaches classical art principles: students begin at their current level of artistic ability, and then move to higher levels of personal success.  Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our goal is focused on building a solid foundation of art skills while discovering individual creativity.  Students learn to utilize functional drawing techniques by layering different mediums through step-by-step instructions. Students also learn elements of art using various mediums like pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and pastels.  Drawing techniques include a TouchPoint Drawing system (which develops the eye and hand while drawing with accuracy and proportion).  Our exercises are building blocks for skills that prepare students for future career opportunities in design and graphic arts.
Cost: $75 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
1jodetted@comcast.net

Elementary Drawing (6-8 yrs old)

JoDette DiDomizio
For 6, 7, and 8-year-olds; maximum 5 students
Our instructional program teaches classical art principles: students begin at their current level of artistic ability, and then move to higher levels of personal success.  Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our goal is focused on building a solid foundation of art skills while discovering individual creativity.  Students learn to utilize functional drawing techniques by layering different mediums through step-by-step instructions. Students also learn elements of art using various mediums like pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and pastels.  Drawing techniques include a TouchPoint Drawing system (which develops the eye and hand while drawing with accuracy and proportion).  Our exercises are building blocks for skills that prepare students for future career opportunities in design and graphic arts.
Cost: $75 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
1jodetted@comcast.net

Basic Filmmaking

Doug Dunklin
The Basic Filmmaking course will be a weekly, 1 ½ hour class that covers the fundamentals of the creative, technical and management aspects of filmmaking.  Students will learn the processes and procedures in the all areas of pre-production, production and post-production.  They will learn how to use cameras, lights and sound equipment as well as how to edit their work and put it all together.  The basics of screenplay writing, formatting and breaking down will also be covered.  This will be a hands-on course that emphasizes doing.  The students will be making their own films.  A photography class as a prerequisite is encouraged but not required.
Cost: $65 per month
Class Day: Monday
doug@konos.org

Film Photography

Jeremy Harwell
Film Photography – A return to the foundations of the art
This course will explore the history and beginnings of photography starting with an overview of the greatest masters of photography and photography’s history. Students will then progress to the darkroom and learn how to process film as well as print their own work in a traditional darkroom environment. The tools learned in this course will be the foundation for beginning to “see.” Composition, finding where the light is, interacting with subjects — all these make up the ingredients for a great image and we will cover all these subjects in great depth.  We will also discuss cameras, both film and digital, lenses, and finding your own expression in photography.
Cost: $65 per month plus one-time $75 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jharwell@harwellphotography.com

Technical Theater I

Dr. Dana Spears
In this introductory class to technical theater, students will learn the basics of production and design in the areas of sets, props, costumes, make-up, lighting, sound, and stage management. The course is hands-on and involves numerous projects and field trips. All students will participate in backstage roles for at least one Konos production during the year. They will attend and critique the technical aspects of live productions. Students will have design projects in each content area and will have opportunities (based on interests) to use power tools, alter costumes, select and create props, apply stage make-up, style wigs and hair, run the backstage for a production, and run lights or sound equipment. Students will need access to Microsoft Office’s Excel software, preferably on a laptop, and will be taught to use the design functions in Microsoft Word.
Grades: 9-12, 8th graders by special permission
Cost: $70 per month plus one-time book and materials fee of $75
Class Day: Friday 12:30-2:00
danaspears110@gmail.com

Social Studies Support

Dr. Dana Spears
Dr. Dana Spears will teach a “Social Studies Support” class for KA high school students on Fridays in the 2017-18 academic year from 10 a.m.- noon in the Carrier Center at CCW. This class will help prepare students for KA history and psychology tests by reviewing lectures, watching videos, and discussing reading assignments. Reviews will be given for mid-term and final examinations. Study guides will be provided to all those enrolled, even if they miss a class due to illness or travel.

This class is especially recommended for new students to the KA high school program and those who want a deeper understanding of history and psychology. This is a support and review class for Konos Academy students and is NOT a history or psychology class for students enrolled in Konos Plus classes only. New students may join this class at any time.
Cost: $55 per month (2 hour class)
Class Day: Friday, 10 a.m. – noon
danaspears110@gmail.com