Making Mistakes Well

I often find myself telling my students that one of the most important things that they can learn in school is how to make mistakes well. At first, this might seem a little counter-intuitive—Really, Miss G? Mistakes?

The truth is that no matter how hard we try, we are all going to make mistakes and errors from time-to-time…even teachers do! Knowing how to learn from one’s mistakes and how to deal with setbacks without being paralyzed can be incredibly difficult, but it is a valuable life skill.

I’ve noticed in the past few years that more and more students seem to struggle with anxiety or anxious thoughts, and feel very overwhelmed when they don’t score well on a multiple choice test, or when they have to make revisions on an essay, or perhaps they have fallen behind. Sometimes, there’s a tendency to avoid the work entirely, something that usually compounds the problem. Instead, we try to help students work through mistakes and setbacks, hopefully allowing them to see these as opportunities for growth.

Here are some tips that can help you “make mistakes well”:

  1. Reframe. When a student sees a poor grade on an assignment, their first instinct is often, “I’m stupid, I don’t get this and never will.” This is especially common on multiple-choice tests, and can lead to a feeling of defeat.At CEA, we try to encourage students to remember that a quiz or test grade is only one measure of learning, and not always the best one. A low grade only means that there is some gap in understanding—it’s just a matter of finding the gap and helping students to bridge it! 🙂 Since we are a mastery-based program, this is a key goal for us as teachers. We work with students to revise work to help put the focus on real learning and not just a test score. We also try to have different types of assessments, such as projects or essays in addition to multiple-choice tests, so that students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning.
  2. Review and Revise. When a mistake is made, it’s important to figure out exactly what happened in order to prevent making that error in the future. Finding past mistakes and fixing them can help solidify a deeper understanding of concepts.At CEA, we help students with this process in a few different ways. With math assignments, we often ask to see “scratch work”, so that we can help students figure out where the mistake is. Sometimes, it might just be a small error that threw off the final answer! We also try to encourage students to practice this skill by checking their own work and hopefully catching errors before they submit things! In other classes, it might be a matter of making notes on an assignment or helping students address concepts they need to learn a little more fully.This is also a practice we constantly engage in ourselves. Every year as a school, we look at survey data and other feedback; then we make goals to constantly improve what we do as a school. The ability to look at one’s work and find ways to continuously grow is a valuable life skill that can be applied in multiple contexts.
  3. Regain Confidence. The final key is remembering that none of us is perfect. Making a mistake or error from time to time is inevitable. The goal is to not allow our mistakes to paralyze us, but to figure out how to address the error and move forward confidently. Our goal is to support students in this process, and to be a resource for them to help them grow and learn both content and important life skills.
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Drawbacks and Benefits of an Online School

As an administrator for a small, Christian online homeschool program, one of the biggest drawbacks for students is the potential for isolation and limited peer social interaction. While learning online creates tremendous learning advantages, and overall, outweighs potential drawbacks of isolation, being proactive in creating a social environment can really help your child. At CEA, we encourage students to complete many online activities, including competitive sports, team sports, dance, joining a gym, gymnastics or taking up a martial art, getting involved with a homeschool co-op, taking advantage of community events, etc.

Get creative. There are many local homeschool co-ops, both in small towns and cities. Many of these groups use outside academic avenues, but children of all ages come together for common, social interaction and events. Homeschool groups often travel together for fiend trips and other social activities. In addition, many homeschool groups have specialized tutors for difficult topics such as science labs and math help for a student that may need one-one-one interaction from time to time. CEA’s curriculum is an excellent program, but we recognize that some children may need more support.

Go to your community library for support. Many libraries have resources and programs that can keep any student engaged. Often, libraries will have series of educational opportunities, and sometimes CEA can give extra credit for these assignments. Broaden the horizon of learning, outside the computer. Connect outside of cell phones, Ipads, and computers.

Another way to connect socially is through church youth groups and missions teams. Many of CEA’s online high school students collect support, pray and participate in planning and going on a mission trip. Credit can be earned for the full participation of a mission trip by writing a 500 word essay. Students can also participate in good old fashioned letter writing and pen pal writing to students in another country. We encourage students to make postcards and to write about things that are important to them.

While there are a few drawbacks to online high school education, there is a rising number of homeschoolers across the country and the world that are choose online education because the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks, including:

  • Flexibility, where students can access course information anywhere, anytime, and work at their own pace around their social endeavors.
  • Choices, where students are able to choose from a wide range of courses, including honors, Advanced Placement courses, and unique, fun electives.
  • Academic enrichment, where students not only learn, but develop strong time management skills that will help them in college.
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Getting Ahead with an Online High School

While many students in high school take online classes to “catch up”, having to take credits they may be “short” on to graduate, CEA encourages high school students take courses to “get ahead.” CEA’s Gradpoint summer school program allows students 8 weeks to finish one course, working as little as 3 hours online per day. Some students can work much quicker, some may need additional time, all built into a schedule that works for you. CEA’s courses are flexible, where students can enroll anytime, and finish a course to recover a credit, or get ahead in their educational graduation plan.

Taking high school online courses in the summer can be completed anywhere as long as you have a computer, and access to the internet. CEA provides a low cost option to complete a course over the summer. Instead of being tied to your local school and taking a class everyday over the summer, an online course can travel with you wherever you go. Because CEA is a fully accredited online high school, your credits will transfer back to your local public school. Sometimes, students are encouraged by their ability to be successful online, and transfer to CEA to finish their high school education. Here is a testimony from a student who stays with their grandparent:
“With CEA, our granddaughter was about to finish her 9th grade year, and her grades are better than ever! We especially appreciate the easy on-line format which eliminates the need for books, and the flexibility of the scheduled work. Also, we are able to get ahead and to take time off whenever we need it. The teachers and staff have been very responsive and stepped in with additional one-on-one tutoring when needed. Thanks CEA for a great Christian education!”
– S. Baker

With CEA’s online high school courses, students can take a math, science, history, or English course, as well as trying out unique electives such as criminology, cosmetology, or archeology! Students who attend online summer school programs can develop better note-taking and time management skills, as well as learning important content for a successful transition to high school or college.
Other benefits from taking an online high school course this summer are:

  • Cost – CEA offers a full credit course for $500, including teacher support.
  • Recovery- Credit recovery, with prescriptive learning courses. Students easily move on within the subject where they show proficiency, only focusing on problematic areas.
  • Transition- Taking a course to help junior high students transition to high school.
  • Advancement- taking a course to graduate early or skip ahead to a higher-level course.

Taking an online high school course is a win-win situation for any student in high school, for both the student who is struggling, and for the high-achieving student. An online summer school course will also allow students to see if online schooling is a good option for them, especially since many colleges now, use online learning.

Mrs. Z
BA Theology/Admin

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Changing to a new school in the middle of the year

If you are thinking about changing schools mid-year, here are some good reasons to consider Christian Educators Academy (CEA):

  • Our admissions process is simple and quick, and can typically be done in just a day.
  • We have payment plans that make the tuition affordable.
  • CEA is fully accredited by Advanc-ED and SACS.
  • Our enrollment is open – students can register any time of the year.
  • We schedule classes around individual preferences and needs – we are extremely flexible.
  • We have limited enrollment and get to know all of our students personally.
  • We assign all students a homeroom teacher who regularly monitors their progress.
  • Students who enroll in January, have a choice of two curriculum – Apex and Gradpoint.  After January, students can enroll any time in Gradpoint.
  • For high school, we transfer in credit for any work that documented on an official transcript from an accredited school. For middle school courses, we recognize any completed semesters shown on a report card from previous schools.
  • We award credit for students transferring out of a home-school subject to review by our Curriculum Director; we require documentation of the curriculum used, grades earned and work samples.
  • We work with students who have partially completed semesters.  While we cannot award credit for partially completed semesters, and students do have to start courses over, we work with students on an individual basis to make the transition less burdensome.
  • Students can also re-start their whole year over with CEA, using our Gradpoint curriculum.   Students have the option of either trying to complete the year by August / September and starting next year at the regular time,  or taking a whole year to complete the year.

There are many reasons that students consider transitioning iThis is the time of year when many parents and students think about changing schools.  There are many reasons for thinking about such a change:

  • Student just transitioned to a new school in the fall that isn’t working.
  • Bullying and peer-pressure.
  • Current curriculum isn’t working
  • Student is starting new activities and needs more flexibility in their schedule.
  • Recent diagnosis of a medical condition which will interfere with regular school attendance.

By enrolling in Christian Educators Academy, you can be assured that your child will receive a high-quality education from caring professionals, using the best college-preparatory curriculum available, and that any work they complete at CEA will be documented on an accredited diploma.  If you are interested in making a transition, please e-mail or call our business office today to discuss your options.

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Homeschooling and the Holidays

Home schooling and the Holidays

This is the time of year when students and parents ask us about working over the holidays.  Leading up to this, some students have gotten seriously behind in multiple classes, with perhaps 20 or more assignments overdue in some classes.  This year we have instituted a new Homeroom process to warn students and parents right away when there is a problem.  This has greatly reduced incidents, and has greatly helped to mitigate the issue in most cases long before the Holidays arrive, but still there are a few cases of behind students.

What we find is that students and parents tend to over-focus on the Holidays as a solution to the problem of having over-due assignments.  A typical semester-long high school course is designed to be done over an 18-week period, with a moderate amount of effort, 3 hours or so, every week.  Although people commonly think that “I’ll catch up over Thanksgiving, or the Holidays”, really we are just talking about a few days, or maybe a week or two, that is also being used for traveling, shopping, special meals, family events, other activities and perhaps worship services.   The time that is really available for doing schoolwork may only be a few hours or a couple of days.

To make an analogy, if we think of the normal pace as say, walking a mile in an hour, which for many people is quite reasonable, trying to compress a month or two of work into a few days is the same pace a as 4- or 6-minute mile.  Most students simply do not have the ability to successfully work at that pace.

Another way to look at it is that the 4 days of Thanksgiving is really just 3% of an 18-week semester and even the two weeks at Christmas is just 11% of an 18-week semester.  Parents and students who think that they will complete 25% or more of a course during that time are not being realistic.  The other problem is over-focus on Holiday periods as the end-all solution to the problem.  Parents and students don’t effectively use the 18 or 20 weeks already built into the school schedule, and instead hyper-focus on the really small amount of time that the Holidays represent.

Everyone needs some time away from work and school to relax and have fun, relate to family and friends and to reflect.  Weekends and holidays exist for a reason.  The best and healthiest approach to life acknowledges and incorporates periods of rest, with the understanding that these are necessary for the health of the individual, and also help us to improve our effectivity and performance when we do work.

Although Christian Educators allows Gradpoint students to work over the holidays, we don’t strongly advise it, and we don’t push it.  If a student has some extra time on their hands and they want to use it for school, fine, but not at the expense of spending time with family or having time relax and enjoy life.  On the other hand, with our Apex curriculum because it involves teacher involvement on a weekly basis, in order to allow our teachers a break to spend time with their families, we have to stop all access to the curriculum for a two week period at Christmas, and a 3 week period in July.  Every year we receive requests from parents to grant “special” access for their child.  Unfortunately, in Apex, without continuous teacher support, students can’t progress.  Having even a few students working means that teachers get no break, and this is simply unfair to the teachers.  For that reason, we do not allow access to anyone in Apex over that period.  And even though we clearly stipulate that in our contracts and communications, every year we inevitably get requests from parents for exceptions.

The real answer for students who are running behind is to help them figure out how to use the time they do have more effectively – whether it be looking at overcoming motivational issues, working on skills like study habits, note-taking, test-taking and time-management.  By learning how to use the time more effectively in the 18 weeks per semester that they do have, we can increase student performance to a much greater degree with much less effort than focusing on a few days or hours.

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Gradpoint Middle School Electives

Gradpoint Middle School Electives


Beginning Spanish:

In this course, students will learn basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary through interactive lessons that will include images, recordings and videos.



Who? What? When? Where? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions for the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.


Orientation to 2D Art

In this course, students will experience the creative processes used by all artists. They will learn how to analyze, interpret, and evaluate art. At the end of this course, each student will have a portfolio of work that demonstrates their own skill and creativity as an artist.



Students see photographs every day on television, on the Internet, and in magazines and newspapers. What makes a great photograph? How did the artist capture a story? What are careers in photography? In this course, students learn and apply fundamental skills to use a camera and take photographs of animals, people, and landscapes. Students gain an understanding of how photography can be a means of documentation or high art. Students examine photographic careers and explore self-reflection to further their creative growth as they develop a photographic portfolio. This course helps students select subjects, take photographs, and print and display memories!


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Gradpoint Middle School Core Classes

Gradpoint Middle School Core


Language Arts (English)


Year 1 (6th grade):

This course covers concepts in grammar, reading, and study skills. It gives students a strong foundation in skills that they will use throughout middle and high school.


Year 2 (7th grade):

This course delves more deeply in reading and writing skills, exposing students to important foundational aspects of literature. It also exposes them to different types of writing that they will explore in their high school courses.


Year 3 (8th grade):

This course continues building on the foundations set in the previous two levels of Language Arts, adding different styles of writing and literature into the mix to develop their abilities further.





Basic Math (6th grade):

In this course, students compare, order and perform operations with decimals and write and solve one-step equations using number sense and inverse operations. They are taught how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. The also explore ratio and proportion and study the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents, find percents of numbers, and estimate percents. Students explore theoretical and experimental probability, graph points and functions, solve and graph inequalities, find square roots, identify rational numbers, and use the Pythagorean Theorem.


Intermediate Math (7th grade):

In this course, students further develop their skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, integers and fractions. They learn how to solve equations and inequalities, identify congruent figures and find missing measures, and find the area, circumference, surface area and volume of shapes and objects. Students also investigate linear and nonlinear relationships, slope, transformations, and symmetry. Each lesson contains real-world examples guiding students through the problem-solving process.


Pre-Algebra (8th grade):

This course addresses concepts related to performing operations with integers and fractions, factoring, and simplifying expressions with exponents. The course shows how to solve multi-step equations and inequalities, and it presents concepts related to writing and solving proportions and percent problems. Students learn to recognize linear functions and their graphs, identify polygons and solids, solve for area and volume, and display data.



Social Studies


World Studies (6th grade):

The World Studies course provides a unique balance of history, geography, and culture; it expands students’ understanding of each world region through a focus on its major countries. Additionally, students learn the foundations of geography. Regions covered include Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the United States and Canada, Europe and Russia, and Latin America. The history and geography of the ancient world and medieval times to present day are also included.


American History: Colonies-Civil War (7th grade):

The American History course presents a chronological history of the American experience from the earliest times to the Civil War. It covers topics such as, colonial America, the American Revolution, and issues faced by the early republic. It also covers westward expansion, and the Civil War.


American History: Industrialization-Present (8th grade):

The American History course presents a chronological history of the American experience from the Civil War to the present. It covers topics such as industrialization, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War. Finally, students learn about the challenges faced by the United States in the 21st century.





Life Science (6th grade):

The Life Science course begins with a review of measurement skills and the scientific method. Then students learn to classify organisms based on taxonomy, domains, and kingdoms. Cell structure, function, and processes are covered next, along with DNA, heredity, and the theory of evolution. The systems of the human body are presented, followed by extensive coverage of biological ecosystems, habitats, organism populations, and environmental issues.


Earth Science (7th grade):

The Earth Science course begins with a study of the Earth’s interior structure, forces, and types of rock. Earth’s topography is covered next, including mountains and oceans and forces that form and change surface features over time. Next, students learn about the solar system, star formation, and current theories concerning the nature of the universe. The course is completed by a study of the Earth’s atmosphere, including energy transfer, wind, weather, and climate.


Physical Science (8th grade):

The Physical Science course begins with an investigation of the elements of matter and their properties and states, followed by a study of chemical compounds, chemical bonds, and reactions. Next, students turn their attention to the topics of motion, forces, and energy, followed by an investigation of magnetism and electricity, including semiconductors and digital devices. The course concludes with a study of wave phenomena, including sound, light, and radio waves.

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Gradpoint High School Electives, Mythology – W

Gradpoint High School Electives, Mythology – W


Mythology and Folklore

Mighty heroes. Angry gods and goddesses. Cunning animals. Since the first people gathered around fires, mythology and folklore has been used as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. Beginning with an overview of mythology and different kinds of folklore, students will journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons and outwit gods, follow fearless warrior women into battle, and watch as clever monsters outwit those stronger than themselves. They will explore the universality and social significance of myths and folklore, and see how these are still used to shape society today.


Peer Counseling

Helping people achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding of human experiences. Peer counselors help individuals reach their goals by offering them support, encouragement, and resource information. This course explains the role of a peer counselor, teaches the observation, listening, and emphatic communication skills that counselors need, and provides basic training in conflict resolution and group leadership. Not only will this course prepare you for working as a peer counselor, but the skills taught will enhance your ability to communicate effectively in your personal and work relationships.


Personal Finance

How do our personal financial habits affect our financial future? How can we make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing? This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft.



This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history! Along the way, you’ll run into some very strange characters. For example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you’ll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western civilization originated. You’ll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you’ve “closed the book” on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you—from atoms to outer space, and everything in between.



Students gain an understanding of human behavior, including biological foundations and the brain, sensation, motivation, and perception. Students explore the relationship between learning and memory; various personality theories; emotions; states of consciousness; cognition; life-span development; and applied psychology.


Real World Parenting

What is the best way to care for children and teach them self-confidence and a sense of responsibility? Parenting involves more than having a child and providing food and shelter. Learn what to prepare for, what to expect, and what vital steps parents can take to create the best environment for their children. Parenting roles and responsibilities, nurturing and protective environments for children, positive parenting strategies, and effective communication in parent/child relationships are some of the topics covered in this course.


Social Media

Have a Facebook account? What about Twitter? Whether you’ve already dipped your toes in the waters of social media or are still standing on the shore wondering what to make of it all, learning about how to interact on various social media platforms is crucial in order to survive and thrive in this age of digital communication. In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of social media platforms like Facebook®, Twitter®, Pinterest®, Google+, and more. You’ll also discover other types of social media you may not have been aware of and how to use them for your benefit—personally, academically, and eventually professionally as well. If you thought social media platforms were just a place to keep track of friends and share personal photos, this course will show you how to use these resources in much more powerful ways.



The world is becoming more complex. How do your beliefs, values and behavior affect the people around you and the world in which we live? Students will examine social problems in our increasingly connected world, and learn how human relationships can strongly influence and impact their lives. Exciting online video journeys to an array of areas in the sociological world are an important component of this relevant and engaging course.


Sports & Entertainment

In this course, students have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. They will learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well-known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. This course introduces fundamentals on how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event, such as the Super Bowl, or how to play a role in such an event.



Veterinary Science

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times, we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.



World Religions

Throughout the ages, religions from around the world have shaped the political, social, and cultural aspects of societies. This course focuses on the major religions that have played a role in human history, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, and Taoism. Students will trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture. The course will also discuss some of the similarities and differences among the major religions and examine the connections and influences they have.


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Gradpoint High School Electives, D – Music

Gradpoint High School Electives, D – Music


Digital Photography I

Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-ups, and action photographs.


Digital Photography II

In today’s world, photographs are all around us, including in advertisements, on websites, and hung on our walls as art. Many of the images that we see have been created by professional photographers. In this course, we will examine various aspects of professional photography, including the ethics of the profession, and examine some of the areas that professional photographers may choose to specialize in, such as wedding photography and product photography. We will also learn more about some of the most respected professional photographers in history, and we will learn how to critique photographs in order to better understand what creates an eye-catching photograph.


Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business of your own. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services. Students will also learn more about the regulations that apply to businesses, marketing products and services, and the legal and ethical guidelines that govern businesses.


Fashion & Interior Design

In this course, students explore what it is like to work in the industry by exploring career possibilities and the background needed to pursue them. Students will learn the basics of color and design then test their skills through hands-on projects. In addition, they’ll develop the essential communication skills that build success in any business. By the end of the course, students be well on their way to developing the portfolio they need to get their stylishly clad foot in the door of this exciting field.


Forensic Science I

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.


Forensic Science II

Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.


Gothic Lit

From vampires to ghosts, these frightening stories have influenced fiction writers since the 18th century. This course will focus on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrate how the core writing drivers produce, for the reader, a thrilling psychological environment. Terror versus horror, the influence of the supernatural, and descriptions of the difference between good and evil are just a few of the themes presented. By the time students have completed this course, they will have gained an an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the complex nature of dark fiction.



Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE):
Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) combines instruction in health and physical education in a full-year, integrated course. It focuses on developing skills, habits and attitudes to maintain a healthy lifestyle and applying lessons learned to physical fitness. Through active participation and real-world simulations, the course aims to demonstrate firsthand the value of conscientious lifestyle management. HOPE lays a foundation for making healthy decisions by building seven skills: accessing valid health information; analyzing internal and external influences; self-management; interpersonal communication; decision-making; goal setting; and advocacy. Students apply these skills to a variety of topics throughout the course, including mental and social health; physical activity; nutrition; substance prevention; disease and disorders; injury prevention and safety; and personal health. HOPE requires routine participation in adult-supervised physical activities.



History of the Holocaust

Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of anti-Semitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy. The study of the Holocaust is a multidisciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester-long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference and the potential for government-supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.


Hospitality & Tourism

With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers. As a result, hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This course will introduce students to the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas. Student will learn about key hospitality issues, the development and management of tourist locations, event planning, marketing, and environmental issues related to leisure and travel. The course also examines current and future trends.


Lord of the Rings

“The Lord of the Rings” is one of the most popular stories in the modern world. In this course, you will study the movie versions of J.R.R. Tolkein’s novel and learn about the process of converting literature to film. You will explore fantasy literature as a genre and critique the three “Lord of the Rings” films.


Music Appreciation

Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.

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Gradpoint High School Electives, A – C

Gradpoint High School Electives, A-C



The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past, present and future, and in addition address the problems humans face in biological, social and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity and diversity of humankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the anthropological world are just one of the powerful learning tools utilized in this course.


Art I: World Cultures

This course provides an introduction to fundamental techniques and concepts of representational and expressive drawing within a variety of media. Emphasis is on object representation, spatial illusion, and the organization of structural relationships in two-dimensional space.



Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using online tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.



In today’s world, biotechnology helps us grow food, fight diseases, and create alternative fuels. In this course, students will explore the science behind biotechnology and how this science is being used to solve medical and environmental problems.



Interested in a career in cosmetology? This course provides an introduction to the basics of cosmetology. Students will explore career options in the field of cosmetology, learn about the common equipment and technologies used by cosmetologists, and examine the skills and characteristics that make someone a good cosmetologist. Students will also learn more about some of the common techniques used in caring for hair, nails, and skin in salons, spas, and other cosmetology related businesses.


Creative Writing

For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange, hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.



In today’s world, crime and deviant behavior rank at or near the top of many people’s concerns. In this course, we will study the field of criminology – the study of crime. We will look at possible explanations for crime from the standpoint of psychological, biological and sociological perspectives, explore the categories and social consequences of crime, and investigate how the criminal justice system handles not only criminals, but also their misdeeds. Why do some individuals commit crimes when others do not? What aspects in our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why are different punishments given for the same crime? What factors— from arrest to punishment—help shape the criminal case process?


Culinary Arts

Food is fundamental to life. Not only does it feed our bodies, but it’s often the centerpiece for family gatherings and social functions with friends. In this course, you will learn all about food, including food culture, food history, food safety, and current food trends. You’ll also learn about the food service industry and try your hand at preparing some culinary delights. Through hands-on activities and in-depth study of the culinary arts field, this course will help you hone your cooking skills and give you the opportunity to explore careers in this exciting industry.

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