Plus+ Courses

Open to all homeschool families

KONOS Academy offers accredited math, science, foreign language, and art 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.

Elementary Math 2nd

Andrea Caldwell
This course will help students build a positive relationship with math and develop good habits. Students will learn new concepts and skills using concrete materials. Emphasis will be made on mastery and will include fact memorization drills. Lessons will be reinforced through fun activities and math games. Practice will be used to develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.
Cost: $65 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday
andrea@konos.org

Elementary Math 3rd

Andrea Caldwell
This course provides students with a strong math foundation. Students will learn new concepts and skills using concrete materials. Emphasis will be made on mastery and will include fact memorization drills. Lessons will be reinforced through fun activities and math games. Practice will be used to develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Students will have fun building a positive relationship with math and developing good habits.
Cost: $65 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday
andrea@konos.org

Elementary Math 4th

Andrea Caldwell
This course provides students with a strong math foundation. Students will learn new concepts and skills using concrete materials. Emphasis will be made on mastery and will include fact memorization drills. Lessons will be reinforced through fun activities and math games. Practice will be used to develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Students will have fun building a positive relationship with math and developing good habits.
Cost: $65 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday
andrea@konos.org

Elementary Math 5th

Andrea Caldwell
This course provides students with a strong math foundation to prepare them for middle school. Emphasis will be made on mastery and will include fact memorization drills. Lessons will be reinforced through the use of manipulatives as necessary. Practice will be used to develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and algebraic concepts.
Cost: $65 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday
andrea@konos.org

Middle School Math (6th-7th)

Micayla Clark
Middle School Math will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Assessments. 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. In this class, basic math skills will be mastered in preparation for upper level math.
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
micayla@konos.org

Foundations of Algebra (formerly Pre-Algebra) (7th-8th)

Marielle Hersey
Pre-Algebra will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Assessments. 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. Students will continue to build up on skills as they transition from concrete math as they master their math facts and start to work on algebraic concepts.
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $50 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: $72 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Geometry

Jamie Walker
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: $72 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jamie@konos.org

Algebra II (10th-11th)

Marielle Hersey
This course goes over Algebra topics at an advanced level. Major topics include the solving and graphing of linear and quadratic equations, factoring, a variety of types of word problems, solving quadratic equations by completing the square, solving simultaneous equations with fractions and decimals, complex roots of quadratic equations, solving systems of nonlinear equations, graphing and solving a system of inequalities and exponential equation.
Prerequisite: Algebra I; prerequisite testing
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
marielle@konos.org

Pre-Calculus

Jamie Walker
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: $72 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jamie@konos.org

Statistics

Micayla Clark
This course provides students with an introduction to important topics in statistics by focusing on the statistical thinking behind data collection and analysis. It helps students be more discerning consumers of statistics, teaching them to interpret the numbers in surveys, election polls, and medical studies. Topics include sampling, surveys, experimental design, organizing data, distributions, probability, and inference.
Cost: $72 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday

Middle School Science

Denise Chrzanowski
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: $65 per month plus one-time $60 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
denise@konos.org

Physical Science

Martha Blanchard
The course is designed as an introductory overview of the major concepts in chemistry and physics to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in physical science. The course includes more abstract concepts such as structure of atoms, motion and forces, conservation of matter and energy, action-reaction principle, and the behavior of waves. These concepts are investigated through laboratory experiences and fieldwork designed for students to develop appropriate knowledge and skills in science as inquiry.
Prerequisite: Completed or concurrently enrolled in Pre-Algebra
Cost: $82 per month plus materials fee

Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday
martha@konos.org

Biology

Biology: God’s Living Creation
Cheryl Turner
This course covers all the basics of high school biology through lectures, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises. Topics include botany (plants), zoology (animals), and cytology (cells), as well as a heavy emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, diseases, immunology, genetics, and DNA. All subject matter is taught from a Christian, Biblical perspective with detailed discussions about Creation versus evolution.
Cost: $82 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday
cheryl@konos.org

Chemistry I

Jamie Walker
This high school chemistry course is very academic and taught from a Christian perspective. Topics will include the following: measurements & units, atoms & molecules, atomic structure, molecular structure, polyatomic ions, molecular geometry, stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and more. Math is included in the workload, so pre-algebra and algebra are necessary prerequisites. The Apologia textbook, Exploring Creation through Chemistry, will be used. Class meets for 1.5 hours on Monday and fun, hands-on labs meet every other Friday for 1.5 hours. The instructor will contact students with class details, dates, and materials needed.  There is also a separate materials fee for labs.
Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra I
Cost: $82 per month plus one-time $55 materials fee
Class Day: Monday or Friday, plus lab every other Friday
cheryl@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: $82 per month plus materials fee
Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday
martha@konos.org

Computer Science Principles

Jamie Walker
This course teaches students the foundational concepts of computer science. Though the class includes an introduction to computer programming, the topics are much broader as we explore the content, practices, thinking, and skills central to computer science and its relevance to society. Computer Science Principles is the first of two computer science courses which will count as a foreign language credit. If not taken as a foreign language, this course may function as a fourth science credit.
Required Materials: Students must bring a laptop to class.
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $35 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jamie@konos.org

Web Development

Jamie Walker
The first semester of this course will begin with a basic introduction to the world of computer programming. We will then turn our focus to the more specific topic of web development. Students will learn to use HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to build basic web pages. Search engine optimization will also be covered in this portion of the course.  In the second semester, we will learn programming concepts using the JavaScript language to enhance web pages that we learned to build in the first semester. Values, types, operators, functions, and objects are some of the topics covered in this portion of the course. We will predominantly be focused on the client-side environment, but we’ll also learn about server-side code and data storage options.  This course will count as a 4th science OR as the second of two that are required for the foreign language requirement for graduation.
Prerequisites: Must have completed Computer Science Principles or have knowledge of computer programming fundamentals.
Required Materials: Students must bring a laptop to class.
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $35 materials fee
Class Day: Friday
jamie@konos.org

Middle School Spanish (6th-7th)

Kendra Cauble
This Spanish course uses the Bob Jones University Spanish I for Christian Schools textbook with a consumable workbook. The students will get a well-rounded introduction to Spanish vocabulary, grammar and language.  They will get practice in pronunciation and reading through conversational skits, dramatic readings of bilingual stories and easy Spanish readers. Regular language drills, games, class projects and some seasonal hands-on activities are used to reinforce Spanish and cultural teaching.
Cost: $65 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee for all books and supplies
Class Day: Monday
kendra@konos.org

Spanish I (8th-12th)

Kendra Cauble
Introduction to Spanish 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 has a thorough curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn Spanish 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 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: $72 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
kendra@konos.org

Spanish II

Kendra Cauble
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 has a thorough curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn effective communication skills that with practice and application can be used in everyday life, work or further schooling. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my 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 (Evaluation required for transfer students)
Cost: $72 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time $50 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
kendra@konos.org

Spanish III

Kendra Cauble
Intermediate 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. 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 an intermediate/advanced curriculum available in a two-year cycle to provide the opportunity to earn Spanish 3 and/or 4 credits. With practice and application, the student is poised to acquire higher level Spanish understanding and communication skills by high school graduation.
Prerequisite: Spanish II (Evaluation required for transfer students)
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $60 materials fee (includes a textbook, consumable workbook and resources used in the class)
Class Day: Monday
kendra@konos.org

Spanish IV

Kendra Cauble
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. 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 an intermediate/advanced curriculum available in a two-year cycle to provide the opportunity to earn Spanish 3 and/or 4 credits. With practice and application, the student is poised to acquire higher level Spanish understanding and communication skills by high school graduation. Honors Language Medallion at graduation may be earned with the completion of Spanish 4 at Konos Academy and some requirements (contact Spanish teacher for details).
Prerequisite: Spanish III (Evaluation required for transfer students)
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $60 materials fee (includes a textbook, consumable workbook and resources used in the class)
Class Day: Monday
kendra@konos.org

Computer Science Principles

Jamie Walker
This course teaches students the foundational concepts of computer science. Though the class includes an introduction to computer programming, the topics are much broader as we explore the content, practices, thinking, and skills central to computer science and its relevance to society. Computer Science Principles is the first of two computer science courses which will count as a foreign language credit. If not taken as a foreign language, this course may function as a fourth science credit.
Required Materials: Students must bring a laptop to class.
Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $35 materials fee
Class Day: Monday
jamie@konos.org

Web Development

Jamie Walker
The first semester of this course will begin with a basic introduction to the world of computer programming. We will then turn our focus to the more specific topic of web development. Students will learn to use HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to build basic web pages. Search engine optimization will also be covered in this portion of the course.  In the second semester, we will learn programming concepts using the JavaScript language to enhance web pages that we learned to build in the first semester. Values, types, operators, functions, and objects are some of the topics covered in this portion of the course. We will predominantly be focused on the client-side environment, but we’ll also learn about server-side code and data storage options.  This course will count as a 4th science OR as the second of two that are required for the foreign language requirement for graduation.
Prerequisites: Must have completed Computer Science Principles or have knowledge of computer programming fundamentals.
Required Materials: Students must bring a laptop to class
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Cost: $72 per month plus one-time $35 materials fee
Class Day: Friday
jamie@konos.org

Classical Art (6th-12th)

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: $82 per month plus materials
Class Day: Monday: 9:00-10:30 for ages 12-18; 10:30-12:00 for ages 10-14
1jodetted@comcast.net

Leadership Principles (9th-12th)

Ray Lewis
Modern culture and media openly attack principles of Biblical leadership. “Popular leaders” often destroy what they supposedly lead, and these media-christened celebrities and famous leaders accomplish little of lasting value. Everyone will be a leader during their lifetime whether it is as a parent, a small informal group, a manager within a business, or leading/owning a large business. In this class, we will look at some of the Biblical principles of being a leader, and we will look at the skills and attitudes required to know how to get things done. The instructor has spent over twenty years as a quality professional in both the airline and software industry.

Topics to be covered in this class:
1. Biblical Leadership and Serving
2. Organizing
3. Planning
4. Managing
5. Understanding Risk
6. Ambition
7. Money and Budget
8. Communication
9. Critical Thinking
10. Understanding Quality
11. Group Dynamics
12. The Vision Thing

Cost: $72 per month plus materials
Class Day: Monday
ray@konos.org