Course: Choir and Music Appreciation
Grade Level:
 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 3:15 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $58 per month + $50 application fee
Music: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided to students at no additional charge
Retreat fees: $30 each semester – October and February are typical months for our retreats
Description: This class uses choral singing as the doorway to a well-rounded understanding of music.  The goal of this class is to encourage a love of choral singing, basic music literacy and musical collaboration.  We will explore the concepts of vocal technique, basic theory, ear-training, and stage presence. Rhythm, interval training and note-reading will be addressed each week as we learn to better understand the language of music. No prior musical experience is required. Beginning this fall, we plan to add opportunities for the students to participate in competitions through the East Tennessee Vocal Association (All-East, All-State and the local choral festival.)  Dates and costs will be provided in the choir syllabus.  Students participate in 1 retreat each semester – the retreats are all day on Friday and most of Saturday.  Our retreats, performances, and field trips are educational, unifying and fun. Friendships are developed and strengthened throughout the year.  Some of our high school students have gone on to study music at the collegiate level with some able to exempt certain freshman courses and/or obtain music scholarships.  It is our desire that our high school choir members gain a love for music and its Creator, and develop fond memories of experiences with their fellow students while singing great choral literature.  “Several studies have confirmed that music directly enhances learning through increased spatial development. Math and reading are improved by learning rhythms and decoding notes and symbols. So there appears to be cross disciplinary learning in music.” (Source: The College Board)

Course: Ladies Ensemble
Grade Level:
 6-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:15 – 3:45pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $42 per month + $40 application fee
Music: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided to students at no additional charge
Description: Ladies Ensemble provides an opportunity for girls in Middle School and High School to participate in a treble choir. This format is excellent for the developing voices of young women, as we often offer group voice lessons during the class period. Our performances and field trips are educational, unifying and fun. Students improve musical and vocal skills (becoming comfortable and secure in part singing), while cultivating close friendships among their fellow singers. No prior musical experience is required. Girls of high school age have the option to enroll in this class and High School Choir (Tuesdays at 3:15pm) and girls of middle school age have the option to enroll in this class and Middle School Choir (Wednesdays). Additionally, we will study music history and appreciation through class work, games, and music listening. Music theory, sight-singing, and rhythm drills will be regular components of the class. “Music classes offer many benefits which make them very indispensable. Performance programs enhance a student’s sense of self-esteem as well as their social skills. Students become a part of a positive group and organization. Not only do students profit socially from music programs, but they also gain academically.” (Resource: The College Board)

Course: High School Art – Art Appreciation
Grade Level: 8-12
Day/Time: Monday 1:30 – 2:50pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $58 per month + $50 application fee
Book: The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia, by Dorling Kindersley Books, ISBN# 978-1465461780; How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, by Keri Smith, ISBN# 978-0399534607. Order NEW at Amazon.com and other book websites. *Students who have this book from a previous year may reuse.
Description: Our God loves art.  From the beginning of time the Lord has displayed Himself and interacted with us through creativity. He’s the author of creativity! Through the study of the history of art we will see how God’s creation reflects His character by creating! We will study art of the Western world as well as important artwork from Africa and Asia. Beginning at the tail end of the Renaissance, we will then make our way through movements like Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Pop Art, and contemporary art.  During this process, we will learn about different artists, their styles, and how they can teach us through what they did. We will look at various masterpieces and examples of artwork that defined many cultures, even Japanese and African art. We will study techniques from various artists and try them in class. We will mess up, try again, and refine our technique. We will also learn to use our creative gifts as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. We will talk about how we, as artists, can reflect our time in history and be a light shining in the darkness. We will use all sorts of media in class, from drawing and painting to printmaking, sculpture and installations! There will be weekly homework. Homework and projects will reflect our studies in class, while sometimes preparing students for what is coming up in class. Students will give presentations of their projects and dialogue about each other’s work through critique. Students will also learn how to write their own artist statements about larger, more involved projects. A 2-year rotation of books is incorporated, so your child can take the class two years in a row or twice during their high school career without repeating information, homework, etc.
High School Book Disclaimer: At Hilger, our desire is to shepherd and guard our students’ hearts well while giving them a great education. In the art room, we specifically want to guard what they are seeing. Throughout art history, there are many paintings and sculptures reflecting God’s beautiful design of the human body. We ask that you would prayerfully and mindfully use your discretion to censor your child’s textbook prior to them viewing it.

Course: High School Drama – Theater Arts
Grade Level:
 9-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:15 – 4:15pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $58 per month + $50 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students at no additional charge
Description: Do you have an inner Drama Queen or King waiting to take the stage?  If so, this class is for you!  Creative workshops and projects will build on traditional principles of acting, script analysis, improvisation, theater history, and much more.  Additionally, during rehearsal and production, students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in several technical aspects of theater.  Participation in drama classes is fun, but can also help students gain a wide variety of skills they need to succeed in future educational and life goals, including teamwork, efficiency, self-confidence, focus, and purpose.  Come join us in drama class!  Play and specific and production dates in April or May 2019 TBA.  Please note that extra rehearsals outside of class time WILL be required, 6-8 sessions early in the spring semester (Jan –March).

Course: Personal Finance (fall semester)
Grade Level:
 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beverly Fowler
Cost: $58 per month + $20 application fee
Book: Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money: A Financial Study for Teens Workbook, by Howard and Beverly Dayton, ISBN# 1564270335, paperback, 2004/2005. You can order through the Crown Ministries website (Product Code: ZZSP24883), it is $16 + tax. Since this is a book/workbook, please DO NOT buy used!
Description: This is an introduction to personal finance. We will use Scripture to investigate the Lord’s perspective on how to manage money and possessions. Our goal is to help students understand what God’s Word says about stewardship.  In turn, we hope that this understanding will lead students to wise management of their finances as they begin to manage their own resources and enter decision making about college, careers, and even debt. We will discuss topics such as: budgets, tithing, debt, resumes, bank accounts and online banking, goal setting, and investing. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class, plus quizzes every week, and projects during the semester regarding housing, food, and transportation.

Course: Health & Wellness (spring semester)
Grade Level:
 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beverly Fowler
Cost: $58 per month + $20 application fee
Book: Health for Christian Schools, by Bob Jones University, ISBN# 0890847568. Order used at Amazon and other used book websites. We will provide supplemental material in addition to the book.
Description: Our curriculum will integrate concepts which apply to students’ decisions related to overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We will provide content and learning experiences in nutrition, exercise, disease prevention, human growth and development, healthy lifestyles, personal health and safety, community health and promotion, decision-making skills, and information regarding the use and abuse of unhealthy substances.  Our goal is to help students understand how to care for their body, while creating a biblical framework around nutrition, health, disease prevention, and life habits that are pleasing to the Lord.  Homework will be assigned each week as well as quizzes and projects throughout the semester.

Course: Bible Study – Precept Ministries
Grade Level:
 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 12:15 – 1:45pm OR Wednesday 9:00 – 10:30am
Instructor: Marissa Kuntze – Trained Precept Instructor
Cost: FREE for any student who has applied and been accepted to HHL*
The book will cost $15.99 + tax at Precept Ministries.
Book:  Abraham: A Journey of Faith, ISBN # 1934884138, Product Number: 22037.
Description: This class will count as 1 year of credit (for Bible or an elective).  We have partnered with Precept Ministries and will use their “Inductive Study” approach, which was created to help teens discover God’s truth, while going deeper into God’s precepts, promises and purposes.  The inductive bible study curriculum not only teaches students the Word, but teaches students how to mine truth in the Word.  We will be studying study the life of Abraham: A Journey of Faith.  You will discover how one small step of faith can become a gigantic leap when you follow God. Abraham’s faith impacted every nation and generation on earth. See how God can take an ordinary person to become the extraordinary part of His everlasting plan. We will wrap up our study at the end of the year with an additional character study of the lives of Jacob and Esau.  Spots are limited to ensure optimal class size and teacher-to-student ratio.  Homework will be given each week.  For more information on Precept Ministries, go to their website at: www.precept.org
*Students must take at least one other class at HHL to be eligible for this free class.

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