Course: Choir and Music Appreciation
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 3:15 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $59 per month + $50 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)

Course: Ladies Ensemble
Grade Level: 6-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:15 – 3:45pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $43 per month + $40 application fee
Book: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided for 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 Drama – Theater Arts
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:15 – 4:15pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $59 per month + $50 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students – a small fee of $6-8 will be charged in early February
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 production dates in April/early May 2020 TBA.  Please note that extra rehearsals outside of class time WILL be required, 6-8 sessions early in the spring semester (Jan – March).  These rehearsals are mandatory as they are an important part of our rehearsal time.  We will also have a couple fundraisers during the year to pay for our production costs.

Course: High School Art
Grade Level: 8-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $59 per month + $60 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, and mixed media graffiti pieces! 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 would prayerfully and mindfully use your discretion to censor your child’s textbook prior to them viewing it.

Course: Personal Finance (fall semester)
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beverly Fowler
Cost: $59 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 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, 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.

Course: Health & Wellness (spring semester)
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beverly Fowler
Cost: $59 per month + $20 application fee
Book: Health for Christian Schools, by Bob Jones University, ISBN# 0890847568.  Order used at and other used book websites.  We will provide supplemental material in addition to the book.
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.

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 Tuition for any student who has applied and been accepted to HHL*
Book: Acts Part 1 – Jesus’ Witnesses, Empowered by His Spirit – Precept Workbook, Acts Part 2 – Paul, Jesus’ Witness to the Gentiles – Precept Workbook.  The workbooks can be found at under their shop tab, “by Series”, and “Precept upon Precept” section.  You will need to choose either the NASV or ESV version. You can also do a search for the title of the workbooks.  If you need help call 800-763-8280. Students will need to purchase a 1 ½ inch three-ring notebook for handouts.
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 by marking keywords and phrases, asking who, what, when, where, why and how questions as they observe, interpret, and apply the text.  The Book of Acts clearly focuses on the history of the early church. It is the Biblical blueprint of how we are to relate to one another and the world as believers carrying out the great commission. We will study the boldness of the apostle Peter, and of Paul, the one who courageously went to the farthest parts of the known world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This study is divided into two sections: first semester Acts Chapters 1-12 and second-semester Chapters 13-38. Learn how God spread the gospel from Israel, northward to Antioch, and then westward to Asia Minor, Greece, and finally to the heart of the Roman Empire. Learn how to live an authentic Christian life from the Apostle Peter, and from Paul, who went from persecutor of the church to preacher.  This is a FREE course being offered on a first come first serve basis to any accepted HHL high school student.  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:
*Students must take at least one other class at HHL to be eligible for this free class.

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