2017-18 Classes


Choir (8-12th grades) - Rachael Keefe

No Audition is required. This class fulfills the fine arts credit where students will learn and apply technical skills, analyze, collaborate, create, and perform music. Students will enjoy singing, instruction in music theory, and sight singing. We will perform a variety of pieces from different historical periods, countries, languages, and genres while incorporating targeted vocal exercises that teach proper support and increase range and vocal ability. Concerts will be performed at the end of first and second semesters with a performance at graduation. Additional rehearsal prior to each concert will be necessary.

Advanced Choir (8-12th grades) - Rachael Keefe —NEW—

Prerequisite: CEC Choir Class. Returning students to choir will register under the Advanced Choir. Students will not be required to repeat the theory portion of the class. They will enjoy a leadership role helping new students acclimate to the choir. Advanced students will have the opportunity to collaborate and create an original piece for the choir to perform if desired. This will be an exciting opportunity for returning students to apply what they have learned in their first year of Choir.

Drama (6-12th grades) - Debra McFerran

This course is an effective program for the theatre student which will focus on the rudiments of acting from the creativity of the mind to the application of the body and voice. At the end of the first and second semesters, the class will audition for and perform in a theatre production. There will be additional rehearsal time prior to each production.

Advanced Drama and Theatre Production (9-12th grades) - Debra McFerran

Not only will the Advanced Drama students focus on the rudiments of acting, but will also learn what happens on “the other side of the curtain” from stage to house management. They will be involved in the first and second semester productions; therefore, additional rehearsal time, prior to each production, will be necessary.

Music Appreciation - Jonathan Pennington

This class fulfills the fine arts credit by teaching the history of music through interaction with the different periods, movements, style, and technique. The class will include field trips to musical events.

Middle School Bible (6-7th grades) - Janice Cook

Study of the Old Testament utilizing the Route 66 curriculum, with the first year covering Genesis through Job and the second year focuses on the Psalms through the Prophets.

Middle School Bible (8-9th grades) - John Abel

Study of the New Testament with the Bible as the primary text, focusing on our relationship to God’s kingdom today.

Bible 101 (10-12th grades) - Greg Siegfriedt-Wilson

This class will give the student a practical historical overview of the Bible and its message of Redemption. It will also train the student how to study the Bible for themselves, while learning sound principles of interpretation.

Worldview Apologetics (9-12th grades) - Greg Siegfriedt-Wilson

This class will train the student to understand, articulate, promote and defend the Christian Worldview in a secular environment. It will also expose them to competing worldviews and the proper response to them.

World Religions (9-12th grades) - Greg Siegfriedt-Wilson

This course will explore the basic tenets of the major religions currently practiced in our world. We will take a brief look at some traditional/tribal religions and also look at modern pluralistic claims about religion. The goal of this class is to familiarize the student with the major religious belief systems in the world today and, to a lesser degree, evaluate their truth claims.

Business/Dual Credit (11 – 12th grades) - Mike Wisley

Pre-requisite: 3.0 if taking for dual credit through IWU. This course is an overview of business, including: business ownership, entrepreneurship, economics, global markets, ethics, social responsibility, management and leadership, human resources, marketing, financial management, and accounting.

Career Development/Dual Credit (11-12th grades) - Mike Wisley

Pre-requisite: 3.0 GPA if taking for dual credit through IWU. Taught from a Christian perspective, this class is designed to help students figure out their strengths and passions, in order to help them determine God’s plan for them.

Chess Fundamentals (6-12th grades) - Andrew Porter

Beginning students (no prior chess knowledge required) learn the basics and progress through fundamental strategies, tactics, essential openings/endgames, etc. Chess history, instruction, and interactive practice are routinely incorporated. Sportsmanship and respect for others are emphasized.

Advanced Chess (7th-12th grades) - Andrew Porter

Prerequisite: Chess Fundamentals or the permission of the instructor. Advanced students build on fundamentals as they learn more advanced skills and strategies, along with teaching experience as they guide novice players in some of their learning. Chess history, instruction, and interactive practice are routinely incorporated. Sportsmanship and respect for others are emphasized.

MS Cognitive Skills (6-8th grades) - Deena Beard

This pass/fail course is designed to enhance thinking and learning skills and to implement strategies for reading better and faster. Students learn to organize information, study effectively, and thus increase in confidence.

HS Cognitive Skills (9-12th grades) - Deena Beard

This pass/fail course is designed to enhance thinking and learning skills for high school students. Topics of study include: strategies for becoming organized and independent; reading better and faster; overcoming test anxiety; increasing academic performance.

MS Computer Fundamentals (6-8th grades) - Lisa Lloyd —NEW—

Offered at the middle school level, this class is an introductory course to computers that will teach principles of software and hardware, and MS Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Computer Fundamentals (9-12th grades) - Lisa Lloyd

Students will become familiar with the basic principles and terminology of computers. MS Office software application skills will be taught. Students will gain practice in using key applications: Word, Excel, & PowerPoint, as well as understanding social and ethical issues within technology.

Principles of Computer Science (9-12th grades) - Lisa Lloyd

Computer Science subjects to be covered in the year long course are ethical and social implications, history, and an exploration of careers within the computer science field. The course will spend time teaching students how to analyze problems, use creative thinking, and create solutions, while introducing students to the JAVA programming language. Students will create a portfolio of their work, and the AP Computer Science Principles Exam is optional in the spring.

Health and Fitness Training (9-12th grades) - Sandy Shepard

The course satisfies the Kentucky Department of Education’s requirements for health (½ credit) and physical education (½ credit). There are no prerequisites. Topics covered will include: Fitness Assessment (testing), Nutrition, Cardio, Strength, Balance, Agility, Flexibility and Core training principles and methods. We will use Robert Ward’s book Sports Speed and Nancy Naternicola’s book, Fitness: Steps To Success. A health textbook written from a Christian perspective (BJU or ABeka) will be used to cover basic information about the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. Labs will be incorporated into the curriculum as we learn to design fitness activities tailored to the goals of each student. During the second semester we will continue to log our progress in fitness and finish the remaining curriculum in the health textbook. The primary goal is to give students the tools to take responsibility for their wellness by incorporating exercise and healthy eating into their daily lives. For the competitive athlete, goals to improve strength, conditioning and agility can be included.

HS Journalism/Yearbook (9-12th grades) - Susan Essa

A high school class designed to introduce students to all forms of journalism and yearbook design. Students will produce a school newsletter and the CEC yearbook.

Advanced Journalism/Yearbook (10-12th grades) - Susan Essa

Prerequisite: HS Journalism/Yearbook. Students will transition to editorial boards to help oversee the design and production of the Consort newsletter and the CEC Yearbook.

Psychology (10-12th grades) - John Abel

The course will be an examination of the current and historical perspectives in psychology from a Christian perspective. It will be a thorough introduction to the field and study of Psychology and will prepare the student for further study in college.

Speech (9-12th grades) - Gus Nelson

Speech and Communication will be a course designed to help students come to understand that speaking in public through verbal communication is mostly an extension of what they already know how to do well. Students will learn how to plan and execute speeches and will learn communication techniques and theories which will help them overcome anxieties about speaking in public, both formally and informally. Each student will deliver several speeches during the course of the year, graduating from more simple, informational speeches early on, to more sophisticated, persuasive speeches at the end. Students will also learn how to engage others in less formal circumstances and, in particular, will learn some ways to share their faith in sincere and thoughtful ways.

Sociology (9-12 grades) – Sandra Goodlett

Written specifically for high school students, Holt Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships, teaches students the meaning behind human behavior and society’s impact on the individual. Students will create models and graphics, and participate in research and service projects.

English 6 (6th grade) - Sandra Goodlett

This course is a combination of grammar, literature, and composition taught from a Biblical world view. The Abeka grammar and literature curriculum, as well as various literary selections, will be covered. The curriculum used for this course is Abeka 7th grade.

English 7 (7th grade) - Sandra Goodlett

This course is a continuation of the English skills covered at the 6th grade level. The Abeka grammar and literature curriculum, as well as more advanced literary selections, will be covered. The curriculum used for this course is Abeka 8th grade.

English 8 Literature and Composition (8th grade) - Susan Essa

This course is geared for those who have a strong grammar background and desire to develop writing skills through essays, creative writing and a research paper. The text is the Prentice Hall series Silver edition. The curriculum used for this course is Prentice-Hall grade level 8.

English 9 Literature and Composition (9th grade) - Debra McFerran

This course will focus on the fundamentals of writing utilizing a portfolio of academic and creative writing, including a research paper. Utilizing the Prentice Hall World Literature text, the class will be an overview of major epics and writings, taught from a Christian world view.

English 10 Literature & Composition (10th grade) - Sandra Goodlett

Students will analyze classic novels and plays, and develop both creative and academic writing skills, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Quarterly Reader’s Journal and writing portfolio are required.

English 11/12 - American Literature and Composition (11 -12th  grades only) CLEP - Susan Essa

Taught from a Christian world view, utilizing the Prentice Hall series, this class is an overview of American literature.  Students will develop both creative and academic writing skills, culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Students will read additional American novels during the year.

English 12/ Dual Credit American Literature and Composition (12th grade) CLEP - Beverly Clark

The prerequisite for this class is English 11 or permission of the instructor. In conjunction with Boyce College, the compositions in English 12 will fulfill the ENG 101 and ENG 102 class credits with personalized in class instruction. This class will also include an overview of American Literature, taught from a Christian worldview. Students will read additional American novels throughout the year.

Chinese 1 (8–12th grades) - Rachel Swann

Provides an introduction to Chinese language and culture and is designed to teach basic conversational pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, as well as general language-learning skills.

Chinese 2/3 (9-12th grades) - Rachel Swann

Chinese 1 is a prerequisite. This class combines 2 and 3 into one class, both using the same curriculum, for two levels of students. For Chinese 2 the class will focus on review and improving fluency with new materials, not the same as for Chinese 1.

Italian 1 (9-12th grades) - Kathy Siegfriedt-Wilson

An introductory class at the high school level. The curriculum will cover grammar, conversation, phonics, and vocabulary. Students will receive an introduction to Italian culture.

Latin 1 (8-11th grades) - Susan Essa

The beginning Latin class introduces Latin basics. Book 1 emphasis is placed on vocabulary and translation.

Latin 2 (9-12th grades) - Susan Essa

Latin 1 is a prerequisite for Latin 2 which introduces advanced concepts in grammar while continuing  vocabulary and translation.

Spanish 1 (9-12th grades) - Micah Tufts

An introductory class at the high school level. The curriculum will cover grammar, conversation, phonics, and vocabulary. Students will receive an introduction to Latin American and Spanish culture.

Spanish 2 (10-12th grades) - Micah Tufts

Spanish 1 is a prerequisite for the Spanish 2 class. This is a continuation of the grammar, conversation, phonics, and vocabulary in the Spanish 1 class.

Enrollment in math classes is based largely upon results of a placement test, which is required of all new students at an additional cost of $30 per student, made payable to CEC, (dates and times scheduled with the Lori Hertrick— see Math Placement Page for more information). Those students already enrolled in math classes at CEC need not take this test since their placement is based upon their previous year’s progress. The following Saxon math classes will be offered:

Math 7/6 (6-8th grades) - Cathy Wills

Math 8/7 (6-9th grades) - Andrew Porter

Algebra ½ (7-11th grades) - Linda Jones

Algebra 1 (9-12th grades) - Linda Jones

Algebra 2 (9-12th grades) - Linda Jones

College Algebra/Dual Credit (11-12th grades) - Cathy Wills

Prerequisites: A final grade of 80 or above in Saxon Algebra 2 at CEC or on the final exam for that course. 3.0 GPA if taking for dual credit through Boyce. This course covers functions and their graphs, mathematical modeling, matrix algebra, sequences and series, and probability. Thinking skills are emphasized.

Pre-Calculus (10-12th grades) - Cathy Wills

This course is designed to prepare the student for calculus and other upper-division math courses. Emphasis is on the continuation of the practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and skills while upper-level algebraic concepts and skills are introduced. There is heavy emphasis placed on the trigonometric functions and graphing the conic sections. 

Calculus (Advanced) (11-12th grades) - Bill Speicher

Explores an introduction to all basic Calculus topics, including derivatives and integrals.  Should prepare a student for the AP Calculus exam and / or college Calculus. Calculus students have the option of taking the AP Calculus examination.

Consumer Math (11-12th grades) - Linda Jones

Financial Peace for the Next Generation by Dave Ramsey

Designed to apply mathematical concepts to real-world life situations, the prerequisite is Algebra 1 with integrated geometry. Weekly discussion in current economic issues.  Independent projects are included.

Personal Finance/Dual Credit (11-12th grades) - Mike Wisley

Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA if taking for dual credit through IWU. This course applies biblical principles and real life practical applications to financial decision-making. Students will develop a financial plan for spending, investment, and risk management.

SAT Math (10-12th grades) - Cathy Wills

This course reviews concepts in algebra, geometry and advanced math for the purpose of preparing students to take college entrance exams such as the SAT. Students will work through these concepts in class and complete weekly problem sets for homework. Students will have opportunities to practice standardized test problems relating to these concepts. This course completes the geometry requirement begun in Saxon Algebra 1 and 2.

Science 6 (6-7th grades) - Janice Cook

Utilizing the Bob Jones text, this General Science class provides an excellent overview with emphasis on the scientific method.

Science 7 (7-8th grades) - Janice Cook

Utilizing Science Earth and Space by Abeka, this science class gives a strong preparation for high school science courses without the necessity of an advanced mathematical background.

General Science (7-8th grades) - Brenda Garrett

Text: Exploring Creation with General Science (Apologia)

Physical Science- (8-9th grades ) - Tina Mitchell

Pre-requisites:  Must be in or have completed Pre-Algebra/ Algebra ½. Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science (Apologia)

Biology 1 (9-11th grades) - Katy Tappmeyer

Pre-requisites: None. Text: Utilizing the Bob Jones Biology text, this course fulfills a lab requirement for college prep students.

Anatomy/Biology 2 (10-12th grades) - Sandy Shepard

Prerequisite: Biology 1. This class will explore human anatomy as detailed in Marilyn Shannon and Rachael L. Yunis' textbook, The Human Body: Advanced Biology in Creation, 2nd edition (2013).  (This is the updated version of Jay Wile's Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Topics covered will include but are not limited to the following organ systems: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscle, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, Digestive, and Respiratory Systems. There are several labs and the dissections will include a cow's eye, cow's heart and a fetal pig (covered by the lab fee). In addition index cards and colored pencils are required.

Chemistry 1 (10-12th grades) - Tina Mitchell

Pre-requisite: Algebra 1. Text: Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile.

Chemistry 2 (10-12th grades) - Bill Speicher

Pre-requisites: Chemistry 1 and must have been in or completed Algebra 2. This advanced class is a continuation of Chemistry 1 utilizing the Apologia Advanced Chemistry text. The course includes everything that is typically discussed in a first year university-level chemistry course. It is complemented by a rigorous online lab which gives students exposure to sophisticated laboratory techniques.

Physics (11-12th grades) - Bill Speicher

Pre-requisites: Must be in or have completed Algebra 2. An in-depth study of the laws of motion, optics, waves, and electrical and magnetic theory. This college preparatory course is a must for anyone interested in science or engineering. Physics is often referred to as the “fundamental science.” In principle, all fields of science can be reduced to physics.

Advanced Physics - Bill Speicher —NEW—

Pre-requisite: Students taking this course should have completed or be currently enrolled in calculus. Advanced Physics is a calculus-based physics course. It is equivalent to an introductory college level course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics as they explore topics such as mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and special relativity. Students in this class have the option of taking the AP Physics exam. The text used for the course is Fundamentals of Physics, 9th edition, by David Halliday and Robert Resnick. This text has been well known to science and engineering students for decades as “the gold standard” for introductory level college physics courses. While this course is calculus-based, only a basic understanding of derivatives and integrals is required. Completion of Introductory Physics is recommended but not required since this course explores most of the same topics but in a more rigorous, calculus based, fashion.

CSI: Forensic Science (9-12th grades) - Brenda Garrett

Pre-requisite: Algebra 1/2. This is a forensic science course for high school students that focuses on practices and analysis of physical evidence found at crime scenes. The course explores several of the sciences utilizing many techniques. A few of the techniques include investigating hair samples, fiber, DNA, virtual autopsies and the ballistics of a bullet. The text is a Kendall Hunt publication written by Barbara Ball-Deslich.

All classes are taught from a Christian perspective, utilizing texts, taking notes with class discussions, learning test-taking skills, and completing projects. Current events are included for high school classes.

Modern World History (II) (9-12th grades) (CLEP) - Beverly Clark

This class provides an overview of world history from 1648 to the present day with a text that covers the events of the French and American Revolutions, the World Wars to 9/11 and contemporary world issues. Students will learn to take notes, discuss current events, integrate the Bible with world philosophies and religions, and present group oral reports. Advanced students may qualify for the CLEP test for Western Civilization II.

Middle School World History (6-7th grades) - Andrew Porter

Survey of modern world history from Middle Ages to present. Utilizes Bob Jones curriculum. Coursework includes text readings, workbook, introductory notetaking, videos, tests, activities, class discussion.

Middle School American History (7-8th grades) - Andrew Porter

Survey of American history from the Colonial Era through the present.

World Geography (8-9th grades) - Andrew Porter

Surveys physical, political, and social geography of the world's seven continents. High school credit.

American Government & Current Affairs (Advanced) (11-12th grades) - Gus Nelson

This class covers the branches of government, as well as an in-depth analysis of the fall election and current affairs. A college prep course that incudes projects such as a mock Senate, and also a Cabinet meeting. Students have the option of taking the AP Government exam or the CLEP test for college credit.

Year at a Glance

2017 EVENT
1/3 Begin Second Semester
3/1 Third Quarter Ends
3/7 Fourth Quarter Starts
3/23 Spring Dance for 9-10th grades at Kye’s 2 Ballroom, Jeffersonville, Ind.
3/24 Open House, IWU, Louisville campus
4/13 Spring Gala, Owl Creek CC
4/21-22 Spring Performance of Drama and Choir at Gingerwoods
4/28 Junior-Senior Prom, Wildwood CC
5/10 Last Day of Classes
5/17 Graduation at Southeast Christian Church (new location!)
5/16-17 Achievement Testing
8/21 Prayer Walk / Orientation
8/22 First Day of School
10/11 End of First Semester
10/17 Second Quarter Starts
11/21-22 Thanksgiving Break
12/13 Second Quarter Ends; last day of classes before Christmas break
2018 EVENT
1/9 Begin second Semester
2/20-21 Winter Break
3/7 End of Third Quarter
3/13 Start of Fourth Quarter
4/3-4 Spring Break
5/16 End of Fourth Quarter; last day of classes