Course: Choir and Music Appreciation
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 3:15 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $64 per month + $65 application fee
Book: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided to students at no additional charge
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. In the 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 ($35) – 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)
Supplies List:  1-2″ (inch) Black 3-ring Binder, Mechanical Pencil, and Water Bottle.

Course: High School Art*
Grade Level: 8-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am OR 1:55 – 3:25pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $64 per month + $70 application fee
Books: Drawing with Older Children and Teens, by Mona Brookes, ISBN# 0874776619; The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia, by Dorling Kindersley Books, ISBN# 978-1465461780; Order NEW at and other book websites.
Description: This course is a wonderful survey of the arts for your high school student. We will learn and utilize the elements of art and principles of design. In this course, our class work will include a variety of media.  Our work in class will include observational and figurative drawing, cardboard relief sculptures, reductive charcoal drawings, pixelated portraits, and show stopping mixed media graffiti pieces! Various materials will include graphite, sharpie, cardboard, charcoal, spray paint, and pastels! We will mess up, try again, and refine our technique. 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. Homework will be given weekly. Homework, projects, and art experiences outside of class will fine tune each student’s learning and allow for much self-expression. This class will give your student a place to explore the visual arts, discuss the arts from a Biblical worldview, and explore the beauty of God’s creation. Most importantly, students will learn to use their art as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year curriculum rotation is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row or twice during their high school career without repeating information, homework, projects, 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 prayerfully and mindfully use your discretion to censor your child’s textbook prior to them viewing it.
*This class will not be offered via Online Real Time (ORT).  However, if a student is on vacation, otherwise absent or sick, they will be able to Zoom in for class to keep up with the class and missed work.
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Course: Personal Finance (fall semester)
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beth Warren
Cost: $64 per month + $30 application fee
Book: Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition for Homeschool Student Text, by Dave Ramsey.  Order through the website ( Students will only need the 288-page student soft-cover book.
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, and how to be good stewards of what God has given us (time, talent, influence, relationships and monetary means).  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 and students will study topics such as: budgets, tithing, debt, resumes, bank accounts and online banking, goal setting, and investing.  Practical application will be encouraged and hopefully worked on during the semester.  Homework will be assigned at the end of each class, plus quizzes every week, and projects during the semester regarding housing, food, and transportation.
Supplies List: 3-ring Binder with Dividers and Notebook Paper, Bible, Pen/Pencil and a simple Calculator.

Course: Health & Wellness (spring semester)
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beth Warren
Cost: $64 per month + $30 application fee
Book: Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, by Dr. Laura Chase, ISBN # 978-1940110349.  The book was published in 2018 by Apologia.  You MUST order this by calling Apologia directly.  They do not offer the textbook alone when ordering online.  They only offer the textbook and workbook set online, and students will not need the workbook.  Call 1-765-608-3280.
Description:  We have been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our Creator.  While we are all human, each of us is unique.  Our goal for this class 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.  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.  Homework will be assigned each week as well as quizzes and projects throughout the semester.
Supplies List: 3-ring Binder with Dividers and Notebook Paper, Spiral Notebook (for Journaling), Bible, Pen/Pencil and a simple Calculator.

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