Course: Choir and Music Appreciation
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 3:20 – 5:20pm
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $61 per month + $55 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 Drama – Theater Arts*
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:25 – 4:25pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $61 per month + $55 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students
Description: Do you have an inner Drama Queen or King waiting to take the stage?  If so, this class is for you–no experience required!  Creative workshops and projects will build on traditional principles of acting, script analysis, creating character, expression, stage movement, improv, theater history, and much more.  Additionally, during rehearsal and production, students will have the opportunity to experience certain 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, purpose, and commitment.  Play and specific production dates in April/early May 2021 TBA.  Please note:  extra rehearsals outside of class time will be REQUIRED, 6-8 sessions on select Fridays in the spring semester (Jan – April).  Please plan ahead to accommodate these important rehearsals.  Of further note:  A production fee of $50-75 (charged in October) will be required of all students in order to help pay some of our production costs.  We will have a couple of small fund raisers; specifically bake sales, to help offset the production fees.  Maximum student enrollment in this class is 25 participants.
Supplies List: 1″ (inch) 3-ring Binder with Dividers, Notebook Paper,  and plenty of Pencils.
*This class will not be offered via Online Real Time (ORT)

Course: High School Art
Grade Level: 8-12
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am OR 2:00 – 3:30pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $61 per month + $60 application fee
Books: 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 and other book websites.
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 Asia. Beginning at the tail end of the Renaissance, we will then make our way through movements like Romanticism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Fauvism.  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 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 such as acrylic paint, India ink, porcelain, glass, found materials, and collage. There will be weekly homework that reflects our studies in class.  Students will learn how to 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 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.
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Course: Personal Finance (fall semester)
Grade Level: 9-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Beth Warren
Cost: $61 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.
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: $61 per month + $20 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.

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. The only cost will be the workbook/materials ($20 + tax at Precept Ministries).
Book: Mark the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, ISBN# 978-1-62119-709-6, [Product number: 70757]. The workbook can be found at under their shop tab, “by Series” and “Precept Upon Precept” sections.  You can also call 800.763.8280. You will need to choose either the NASB or ESV version. Students will need to purchase a 1 ½ inch three-ring notebook, 8 colored pens or pencils for marking observation worksheets.
Description: 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.  Students will learn at home and in round-table discussion groups what the gospel of Mark says about Jesus. After we complete this New Testament study, we will peek into the Old Testament through the eyes of two women in these short chapter books, Esther and Ruth. However, you will not need to purchase a workbook for the studies on Ester and Ruth.  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.  The course format will require a small amount of homework each week depending on the amount the round tables complete together in class. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips and community service projects.
*Students must take at least one other class at HHL to be eligible for this free class.
Supplies List:
2” 3- ring Binder, eight colored fine-tip marking pens and carrying case, pen/pencil for note taking, and Bible.

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