Plus+ Courses

Open to all homeschool families

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.

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

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.
Cost: $75 per month & materials
Class Day: Monday
martha@konos.org

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

Web Development

Tom Robinson
Web Development focuses on current technology and tools for developing web-based applications. This is a full year course in computer programming and application development with the main emphasis on developing web-based applications. Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. One final exam for each semester will be taken at the end of each semester. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework, and the final exams. Prerequisites include basic computer skills, including a basic working knowledge of the following terms and concepts: text files, image files, Internet, web browser, directory or folder, subdirectory, copying files, and accessing the web. Algebra 1 is also recommended as a prerequisite.
Cost: $90 per month
Class Day: Friday

Middle School Spanish (5th-8th)

Judy Linzie
This introduction to Spanish course teaches commonly used vocabulary, grammar and conversation skills. using a consumable workbook, dramatic readings of bilingual stories, and conversational skits to strengthen reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and pronunciation. Language drill games, class projects, songs, and some seasonal hands-on activities are used to reinforce Spanish and cultural teaching. This class is offered in a three-year cycle, allowing students to have new material whether they take the course one, two, or three consecutive years.
Cost: $55 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50 for all books and supplies
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

Spanish I (8th-12th)

Judy Linzie
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: $65 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $50
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 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: $65 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $50
Class Day: Monday
judy@konos.org

Spanish III/IV

Judy Linzie
Intermediate/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 a two-year intermediate/advanced curriculum and earning Spanish 3 and 4 credits. 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 students.
Prerequisite: Spanish II/III (Evaluation required for transfer students)
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 (ASL) I

Susan Greco
ASL is THE language (completely visual) for the Deaf in North America: rich with content and meaning. Students will study the meaning of every message, dispel misconceptions, analyze how to set up sentences in ASL grammatical order, ascertain the accuracy and comprehension of these, and express successfully. Interactive activities include games and role plays. ASL history and Deaf interest stories broaden the student’s understanding of Deaf culture. With a backdrop for learning ASL in a non-judgmental atmosphere, we proceed at a moderate pace. After an initial class of some voice the remainder of the year requires a “no voice allowed” policy in order to foster a close-to-immersion experience. A biography project, signed Scripture, and signed hymn/spiritual song are included in our studies. Along with an ASL “buddy” these paired students meet outside of class on media OR in person to complete scheduled activities. Lastly, a “field experience” is required per student: one (1) hour in a social setting with Deaf people (“no voice” environment) and a typed narration of their observations about the field experience.
Materials:  Student needs to obtain: Textbook & DVD Vista Signing Naturally Level 1 Textbook/DVD edition, Units 1-12 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, edited by Lisa Cahn, Dawn Sign Press, CA, 1993, 1998, ISBN10: 1581211279   
**NOTE: THERE MAY BE A CURRICULUM CHANGE AS THESE MATERIALS ARE OLD AND DIFFICULT TO FIND. IF PARENTS DO NOT HEAR FROM THE INSTRUCTOR ABOUT THIS BY JUNE 1, 2019 WE WILL KEEP THE ABOVE LISTED CURRICULUM (TEXTBOOK/DVD) AND THERE WILL NOT BE A CHANGE.
– earplugs, index cards, notebook (for class notes and journaling), pen/pencil/highlighter, access to the internet, ASL dictionary (online for free: lifeprint.com or handspeak.com)
Cost: $65 per month & one-time $20 copy fee (this covers your student’s copy costs + project materials for the school year)
Class Day: Monday
sue@konos.org

American Sign Language (ASL) II

Susan Greco
ASL is THE language (completely visual) for the Deaf in North America: rich with content and meaning. Building upon ASL I, the student does a thorough review to determine accuracy and ability to comprehend. Grander detail is presented to absorb, rehearse and apply in class. Along with an ASL “buddy” these paired students meet outside of class on media OR in person to complete scheduled activities. Interactives include games and role plays. ASL performance is extensive on this level. ASL history and Deaf culture will weave through the year along with a biography project, signed Scripture, and signed hymn/spiritual song. Lastly, a “field experience” is required per student: one (1) hour in a social setting with Deaf people (“no voice” environment) and a typed narration of their observations about the field experience. With a backdrop for learning ASL in a non-judgmental atmosphere, we proceed at a moderate-challenging pace. After an initial class of some voice, the rest of the year requires a “no voice allowed” policy in order to foster a close-to-immersion experience.   
Prerequisite: ASL I
Materials: Student needs to obtain: Textbook & DVD Vista Signing Naturally Level 1 Textbook/DVD edition, Units 1-12 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, edited by Lisa Cahn, Dawn Sign Press, CA, 1993, 1998, ISBN10: 1581211279   
**NOTE: THIS IS THE SAME TEXTBOOK/DVD FROM ASL I; THERE MAY BE A CURRICULUM CHANGE AS THESE MATERIALS ARE OLD, DIFFICULT TO FIND, AND OCCASIONALLY NOT IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. IF PARENTS DO NOT HEAR FROM THE INSTRUCTOR ABOUT THIS BY JUNE 1, 2019 WE WILL KEEP THE ABOVE LISTED CURRICULUM (TEXTBOOK/DVD) AND THERE WILL NOT BE A CHANGE.
– earplugs, index cards, notebook (for class notes and journaling), pen/pencil/highlighter, access to the internet, ASL dictionary (online for free: lifeprint.com or handspeak.com)
Cost: $65 per month & one-time $20 copy fee (this covers your student’s copy costs + project materials for the school year)
Class Day: Monday
sue@konos.org

American Sign Language (ASL) III

Susan Greco
ASL is THE language (completely visual) for Deaf in North America: rich with content and meaning. Building upon ASL II, the student does a general review of all concepts previously presented along with an incremental review of vocabulary. Use of classifiers is vital to presenting accurate descriptions. The student will be exercised in this aspect throughout the year. Class retains a “no voice allowed” policy. Self-evaluation is encouraged along with that of their peers and the instructor in-class. Students will be assigned an ASL “buddy”; these paired students meet outside of class on media OR in-person to complete scheduled activities. Deeper study of ASL history, biographies, and Deaf education is weaved through the year along with projects for signed Scripture, signed hymn/spiritual song, and an optional field trip to a school for the Deaf. Transliteration from English to ASL and reverse interpreting is sprinkled-in for exposure to these important dynamics of Deaf and hearing relationships. Lastly, a “field experience” is required: one (1) hour in a social setting with Deaf people (“no voice” environment) and a typed narration of their observations about the field experience.
Prerequisite: ASL I & II
Materials: Student needs to obtain: Textbook & DVD Vista Signing Naturally Level 2 textbook/DVD edition, Units 13-16 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, Dawn Sign Press, CA, ISBN: 0-915035-16-2
-earplugs, index cards, notebook (for class notes and journaling), pen/pencil/highlighter, access to the internet, ASL dictionary (online for free: lifeprint.com or handspeak.com)
Cost: $65 per month & one-time $20 copy fee (this covers your student’s copy costs + project materials for the school year)
Class day: Monday
sue@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

Web Development

Tom Robinson
Web Development focuses on current technology and tools for developing web-based applications. This is a full year course in computer programming and application development with the main emphasis on developing web-based applications. Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. One final exam for each semester will be taken at the end of each semester. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework, and the final exams. Prerequisites include basic computer skills, including a basic working knowledge of the following terms and concepts: text files, image files, Internet, web browser, directory or folder, subdirectory, copying files, and accessing the web. Algebra 1 is also recommended as a prerequisite.
Cost: $90 per month
Class Day: Friday

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 10:30 or Friday 12:30
1jodetted@comcast.net

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

Basic Filmmaking

Doug Dunklin
The Basic Filmmaking course will be a weekly 1 1/2 hour class that covers the fundamentals of the creative, technical and management aspects of filmmaking. Students will learn the processes and procedures in all the 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. All materials, cameras and equipment will be provided. A photography class as a prerequisite is encouraged but not required.
Cost: $65 per month
Class Day: Friday, 12:30-2:00
doug@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

Web Development

Tom Robinson
Web Development focuses on current technology and tools for developing web-based applications. This is a full year course in computer programming and application development with the main emphasis on developing web-based applications. Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. One final exam for each semester will be taken at the end of each semester. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework, and the final exams. Prerequisites include basic computer skills, including a basic working knowledge of the following terms and concepts: text files, image files, Internet, web browser, directory or folder, subdirectory, copying files, and accessing the web. Algebra 1 is also recommended as a prerequisite.
Cost: $90 per month
Class Day: Friday

Social Studies Support

Renee Delorenzo
Renee Delorenzo will teach a “Social Studies Support” class for KA high school students on Fridays in the Carrier Center at CCW. This class will help prepare students for KA history 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. This is a support and review class for Konos Academy students and is NOT a history class for students enrolled in Konos Plus classes only. New students may join this class at any time.
Cost: $55 per month
Class Day: Friday
renee@konos.org