Facilitator: Kevin Smith

.5 HS Credit

The American Government class will provide students with a solid overview of the constitutional and political principles of American government. Also, this class will “shadow” the forthcoming election process that will be underway during the Spring semester 2016. The course curriculum will necessitate supplemental reading and online materials.


  1. Notgrass, Exploring Government curriculum package;
  2. Composition book;
  3. 3-ring binderI suggest families apply to Hillsdale College for a free publication, “Imprimis” @ This free newsletter provides key insight to political and social issues and is written by well-respected authors.

Anatomy & Physiology – w/ LAB

Facilitator: Miranda Comingore

1.0 HS Credit (Science)                    

This is an advanced biology course. Combined with Exploring Creation with biology, it gives the student the equivilant of a university biology course. Both courses together cover the entire “Advanced Placement – A/P curriculum. In order to take this course, the student must have completed a first year biology course. It covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail. NOTE: the reproductive system is covered in detail, including frank (not pornographic) illustrations and descriptions. The student text contains all student material, on-your-own questions and solutions, laboratory exercises, and chapter study guides. Color illustrations and diagrams. Solutions and Test Key sold separately.

Required Materials

LAB FEE: $50

*text: Apologia Advanced Biology: The Human Body

*Dissection Kit

*3 ring binder & notebook paper

Apologia Biology w/ Lab

Facilitator: Lorraine Smith

1.0 HS Credit (Science)

This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of General Biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.


*LAB FEE: $50

*Apologia’s 2nd Edition Exploring Creation with Biology plus Test & Solutions Manual by Dr. Jay Wile (available @ and new/or used from multiple vendors incl. &

*Apologia’s Notebooking Journal that corresponds with the 2nd Edition Biology Textbook

PLEASE NOTE:  Because of the differences between the first and second editions, students in this class MUST use the same edition. We will be using the second edition.

*2” 3 ring binder with 5 dividers

*Composition Notebook w/ Graph Lined Paper 


Facilitator: Steven Brown

1.0 HS Credit

Come join us as we venture forth into the magical realm of creative writing! Fasten your seatbelts as we delve into the world of slam poetry and crown LAF’s first Poet Laureate! Hold on tight as we listen to stories written by your friends that will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation and then rolling in the isles with laughter! Experience the thrill of writing and staring in your own theatrical masterpiece. Through one-on-one instruction, you will learn real-world applications for creative writing that are specific to your chosen college/career paths. In addition, we will focus on teamwork, creative thinking, public speaking, and sharpening your grammar/vocabulary skills. This class will be an experience that will challenge you to think miles outside the box. It will help you with everything from learning how to express yourself to developing creative problem solving techniques. This class – will be fun!


(Items with an * are not mandatory but would be helpful. I will have one of each of the books available for classroom use.)

  • Pencils/Pens
  • 3 – 1.5” 3 ring binders (Only two are needed for the first half of the year)
  • College lined paper (lots)
  • Daily Grams – Guided review aiding mastery skills, junior/senior high edition $26.00 (I think this is the one you recommended. I found it at
  • Books for papers etc. (I would like for the students to write reports using either a Christian author’s work, a book on their chosen career path, or a piece of work that is relevant to class discussions. I would think that they should be able to find those books at the local libraries.)
  • Apples for the teachers J
  • *Dictionary
  • *Rhyming Dictionary
  • *Laptops

Driver’s Education: Fall Semester

Facilitator: Steve Dziadik

.5 HS Credit (elective)

Student must be 15 years old or older by the end of the semester in order to take this class. Basically, those who will be old enough to get their Learner’s Permit.


*The Florida Drivers Handbook – may be downloaded from the internet or go to the local DMV and they will provide copies at no charge.

*note taking supplies

ECONOMICS   – Fall Semester

Facilitator: Kevin Smith

.5 HS Credit

This is a class designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of economics. The curriculum selected will explore such concepts. The half-year curriculum will be supplemented with Henry Hazlitt’s, Economics in One Lesson, available for free online at, (Foundation for Economic Freedom). In addition, students will be periodically asked to obtain the “Wall Street Journal” for use in class.


  1. Notgrass, Economics Curriculum package;
  2. Composition book;
  3. 3-Ring binder.

Foundations in Personal Finance (Dave Ramsey)

Facilitator: Lorraine Smith

1.0 HS Credit (Economics, Elective, or Adv. Alg. w/ Financial Applications)

This high school curriculum covers Personal Finance through an engaging and age-appropriate DVD series taught by Dave Ramsey. The turn-key program, which meets state standards and national guidelines, includes a comprehensive student workbook and a wealth of resources for educators. Units of study include Saving & Investing, Credit & Debt, Financial Responsibility & Money Management, and Insurance/Risk Management & Income/Careers.

Required Materials:

*Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance Student Workbook ($9.99 at

Humanities: Picturing America

Facilitator: Lorraine Smith

1.0 HS Credit (elective for 8th – 12th graders)

Picturing America curriculum is designed by the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as HSLDA’s Generation Joshua. This course will be taught from a Christian worldview. All of the visual work of art provide an entry point for further study of the historical time period. Students will be encouraged to develop writing skills as they become familiar with specific events in our nation’s history. As students learn how to look at art we will then go in depth for a closer look studying symbolism and looking at the picture for what it truly is in relationship to the time period. We will also incorporate literature, geography, civics, science, and architecture to gain a much better understanding of America’s Foundations, people, growth, struggles ,and great achievements.

A summer reading and movie list will be provided in the near future. We will be reading 3 novels during the school year that will complement our study. You can check out the current year’s assignments and information at Mrs. Smith’s Humanities Class blog:

Required Materials:

*”Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington

*”Across Five Aprils” by Irene Hunt

*”Common Sense” by Thomas Paine

*2” # ring binder with 5 dividers and notebook paper.


Facilitator: Jeff Armor

Experience a different, fun approach for Christian teens to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Using hands-on, fast paced games, this 9 week program will equip you with the decision making skills you’ll need for life!


~Learn your “ABC’s”: Actions – Beliefs – Consequences

~Develop a list of achievable life goals

~What’s your style of leadership?

~Leader or supporter; when to be which?

GOAL 1: Get your entire group across a molten lava pit carrying a pail of nitro glycerin! How do you do it? What’s the best method to use without losing any team members?

GOAL 2: Your group can’t decide how to get through a giant spider web without getting trapped within. There’s arguing and no one seems to be listening. How do you lead the group to a unified decision before time runs out?

Life Skills Management: Spring Semester

Facilitator: Henderson Riley (w/ Dennis DeNoia)

.5 HS Credit (elective)

The course code for this high school credit course is Florida DOE Course #2400310 – Leadership Techniques.

Course overview:   The Life Skills 4 Teens II course has been designed as a leadership techniques course.  There program will build on the 5 core areas of Life Skills 4 Teens I which are:

  • Goal Setting
  • Communication Skills including Public Speaking and Interviewing skills
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership Skills
  • Test Taking Skills Beyond the SAT

This second year course will allow students to discover their own true learning style by discover a personalized learning style. Students will be assessed in various methods discovering their own Multiple Intelligence which will allow them to discover their strengths and innate intelligences. Chris Cale, PhD is currently scheduled to conduct the initial assessment of students in early September using newly developed software to determine the multiple intelligences of each student.

The methodology will allow students to use the Life Skills 4 Teens II to

  • Discover their personal strengths and interests.
  • Discover how they best study and prepare for tests.
  • Discover what kinds of assessment are best for them when it comes to standardized testing.
  • Research colleges based on their intelligence findings. (This will include contacting desired universities and gathering admission requirements)
  • Research job opportunities. (This will include contacting companies and creating shadow opportunities)
  • Communication skills including both written and oral communications.
  • Career building skills will include:
    • Resume writing
    • Interviewing skills and techniques
    • Industry research
  • Students will create a mock life of who they want to be and how they want to live their lives.
  • Lifestyle planning skills will include:
    • Budgeting based on:
      • Career path
      • Family size
      • Living quarters
      • Demographics of desired living area
      • Vehicles
      • Recreation
  • Practice advanced stock market trading skills and research other investment strategies.


     *Students will be creating the rubric for portfolio assessments through research and group consensus.  The design of the course is to have students participate in decision making processes.

     *Students will be preparing and setting goals for many areas in their life including their academic endeavors.  Their ability to manage each goal will be assessed.  Not necessarily if the goal is met or not.

     *Quarterly portfolio assessments.

     *Students will be presenting portfolios in class and parents are welcome to attend.

     *Communication assessments.

    • Students will be assessed on both presentations and ability to provide feedback supporting others in the course.
    • Interviews of peers, community leaders and business leaders.

Outcomes of Course  To bring personalization of education to each and every student in the course.

To set achievable goals with specific measurable outcomes visibly in existence.  To see themselves as others see them.  To communicate in a way that leaves people empowered.  To eliminate gossip from conversations.  To study in a way that is productive and proactive.  To be a leader with a commitment to making a difference.  To be able to say what they mean and mean what they say.   To discover their unique entrepreneurial gifts and talents.   To discover their career and life path and put into practice how to fulfill that dream.  To provide leadership by being and demonstrating and the LAF mission.


*Student Materials: Notebook with paper, pen/pencil and power point. Laptops are welcome during class. Cell phones must be on silent and put away during class times.  

*Curriculum: Life Skills for Teens

It is my honor and privilege to lead and facilitate this course.

Dennis DiNoia, M.A.Ed                                    Redefining What is Possible in Education                              941-240-2957                             


Facilitator: Becky Conner

Grades: 7th – 12th

1.0 HS Credit (elective – for   8th – 12th graders)

The study of Logic is not only foundational to the mastery of all other subjects, but it provides a basis by which young people can evaluate and defend truth. In this intermediate level logic class, students will learn how to distinguish formal from informal logic while continuing to develop their understanding and application of the most important “logical fallacies”, including fallacies of relevance, fallacies of presumption and fallacies of clarity.

The primary text for this course will be, “The Art of Argument”, by Classical Academic Press, a fundamental text for the teaching of logic and critical thinking. Its goal will be to impart to students the skills needed to craft accurate statements themselves while identifying the flawed arguments frequently found in others. The format of the class will include teacher directed Socratic dialogue, as well as analysis of editorials, newspapers, advertisements and current events. Students will be challenged to steadily and methodically work their way through the required text, examining the definitions, exercises and worksheets contained therein. Regularly scheduled tests and quizzes can be expected.

Logic I is a High School credited course open to 7th through 12th graders.  However, as with other credited courses, only students who have actually reached the 8th grade will be eligible to receive the (1) graduation credit.  While those students who have completed, “Introduction to Logic”, will certainly have an advantage, it is not considered a required pre-requisite for Logic I.  Seventh grade students who have NOT completed the introductory class are advised to consult with Mrs. Conner as to which of the two scheduled Logic courses will be most appropriate for your student.


*“The Art of Argument” by Classical Academic Press

SAT MATH PREP: Fall Semester

Facilitator: Henderson Riley (w/ Dennis DeNoia

.5 HS Credit (elective)

Frequently Asked Questions *What happens during the sessions?

Students will join Mr. Henderson for a fun, fast-paced, 1 semester class. Mr. Henderson is a seasoned veteran teacher and has also been working with Mr. D and the Mr. D Math program for the past year. During the session, we go over practice problems that are similar to those on the SAT. Students see an example, then have their practice problems during the session. Students can see what key words allow them to translate the problems into the math they already know how to do. Mr. Henderson also shows students how to use scientific and graphing calculators during the sessions to help students to increase their speed on computation as well as analyzing data.

*What happens in between the class sessions?

Students use the Mr. D Math online video library for additional practice as well as reviewing each problem that was done in the class session. Students will also have access the Mr. D Math test prep portal which has test prep for all subjects and tests including the PERT, ACT, SAT and EOC exams!

*Will there be practice tests?

Yes. Mr. Henderson shows students how to grade themselves, time themselves and develop a study plan when preparing for the SAT. After the sessions have completed, students are instructed to complete practice tests in a time-simulated practice situation.
Are there any prerequisites?

Students should have completed Algebra I prior to taking the Math SAT Boot Camp, and they should have completed or be currently enrolled in Geometry.

What about the test changing in 2016?

The test is changing but mostly in the context of how the test is taken. The content is changing slightly but not as much as expected. Since Mr. Henderson is coming from the public schools system, he is well versed in new testing criteria and has been given high marks by Sarasota County Schools for his student success on their standardized tests. The new SAT has added a few questions that will have that new testing style and Mr. Henderson is already mastering at teaching strategies for students to be successful!

“I took the Mr. D Math SAT Boot Camp during October and November, and  when I took the SAT in December,  I raised my math score by 120 points when I took the SAT in November of this year!” — Maria (Grade 12), Tampa, FL



Shakespeare: Comedies vs. Tragedies

Classical Literature Honors

Facilitator: Christi Bowers

1.0 credits (FDOE Course Code #1020830)

To be or not to be: that is the question. English playwright William Shakespeare set the standard that shaped many genres of our modern literature and entertainment: comedy, history, tragedy, and romance. In this course, we will study the Bard through reading his plays, analyzing his sonnets, critiquing films, and even some in-class performances (ever rapped Shakespeare?). Students will have reading assignments every week in their Hewitt’s Lightning Literature curriculum and writing assignments for each play.


Available at ( – under Lightning Literature

(Will be used 1st semester)

Lightning Literature and Composition Pack                                       $55.72*

Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets (Item ID: 8077)

Grade Level: 11-12, Author: Elizabeth Kamath

Required Books: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice

*This Pack contains the Student’s Guide, Teacher’s Guide, and the four books the student is to read, listed in the order they are read for the course. Books can also be purchased separately.

(Will be used 2nd semester)

Lightning Literature and Composition Pack                                       $55.72*

Shakespeare Tragedies & Sonnets (Item ID: 8076)

Grade Level: 11-12, Author: Elizabeth Kamath

Required Books: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear

2” 3-ring Binder

8 Tab Dividers

College Lined Notebook Paper


Facilitator: Melissa Martin

  • HS Credit (Fine Arts)


*To develop good quality speaking & communication skills

*To become confident speaking in front of others

*To become confident and comfortable when being interviewed

*To overcome the fear of speaking by trusting in God’s presence and power that He makes available in every task


*Curriculum: TBD

*3 Ring Binder & Notebook Paper


WORLD HISTORY: “Around the World in 245 Days”:

From Past to Present

Facilitator: Kevin Smith

1.0 HS Credit

This class will promote a Biblical worldview. The book of Genesis will provide a foundation for an introduction to world history. Yet, other civilizations, societies and theories will be introduced, discussed and reviewed. Any historical study, especially world history, needs an understanding of the past to better comprehend the modern world.

The curriculum is well designed to instruct students on topics and readings from ancient history to modern times. The Notgrass format also allows students to incorporate Bible studies and literary classes, as separate courses, if so desired. The hard cover texts are beautifully illustrated and can be treasured and reviewed over and over again.


  1. Notgrass, Exploring World History Curriculum package;
  2. Composition notebook;
  3. 3-ring binder. The class may be required to supplement the curriculum with a book each semester to enrich our studies. The titles: TBA. I request families apply for ICR (Institute for Creation Research), “Acts and Facts” publication, which is free, and provides valuable instruction. Obtain by going to:   www.

Yearbook – Spring Semester

Facilitator: Andrea Ewing

.5 HS Credit (elective)

Yearbook class will be a one semester class that will involve building out the entire yearbook in that one semester! Students will be hands on with the Lifetouch website, help coordinate student picture days, take photos of LAF activities, sell yearbooks to the LAF membership, sell ad space to help cover the cost of the book, reach out to the membership for pictures to submit for use in the yearbook (via posts on the LAF website forum) and learn how to work well together on a project that offers many creative opportunities. Students will be expected to write short copy for pictures and LAF events that will be included in the book

Requirements for class:

*Students should be 14 yrs. Old or older.

*Students must have access to internet at home

*Students must have a laptop that can be brought to class every week – The yearbook is built out completely on a website by Lifetouch. If a student doesn’t have access to the internet at home and a laptop for class they will not be able to actively participate. If you have 2 students signing up, one laptop can be shared. Please talk to me prior to signing up for the class.

*Students need a basic working knowledge of their computer and how to maneuver around a website. Log in information will be provided ahead of the class start date so students can become familiar with the Life touch website and we will learn more details the first day of class.

*Students will be expected to do some homework outside of class including selling ad space and yearbooks. Don’t let that scare you…just ask the businesses you are familiar with like your dentist!

*This is a working class that will require getting along with team members.

*Students will be contacted from the beginning of the year to do a few things here and there: choose a cover for the book, volunteer to help with the first of two picture days, take and upload pictures, and sell ad space and books. At orientation each student will receive information on ad sales and prices. This should all require minimal time and will help to greatly improve the yearbook and save valuable class time for working on building out the book.

Other than a computer and internet, there is no curriculum required for this class. If you are good at photography, that’s a plus!