High School

1st hour

Apologia Biology with Robin Storch and Amy Key

Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology, the course 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.

This is a graded class in which one-third of the grade is from class participation, one-third from homework, and one-third from exams. There is a heavy reading requirement as well as an online lecture component outside of Ignite class time.

Students will need the Biology Textbook and a 1 1/2″ binder with notebook paper. (Possibly dividers if your child likes to organize in that way.) $40 fee

Discovering Design with Chemistry with Vanessa Kittredge

Discovering Design with Chemistry is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra I. This independent-study, college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter. Throughout the course, the student is shown how chemistry reveals the amazing design that exists all around us. From the details of atomic structure to the makeup of the very air that we breathe, chemistry shows us the marvelous handiwork of God.

This is a 36 week course. To start out on pace, students will need to start their coursework in mid August if they are able. We will review the lessons and complete a majority of the labs at co-op but coursework and tests will need to be completed at home. I will give each student a chemistry binder that includes daily lesson plans, worksheets and lab report sheets.

Supplies needed:

Discovering Design With Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile TEXTBOOK AND ANSWER KEY/ TEST BOOK


 In addition to the textbook, Dr. Wile has some great resources to help your student along the way:

The course website with helpful links organized by each lesson


 To personally ask Dr. Wile a question


$75 Lab Fee per student. This will include all materials needed to complete labs at co-op as well as the Chemistry Binder.

Intro to Journalism with Julie Davis and Kelsey Klaassen

In this High School elective course we will explore the many aspects of modern journalism! Throughout the year, we will learn the basic principles and practices of journalism through fun and engaging discussions and activities. A few of the things we will explore are the history of journalism, what makes writing a news article different from traditional writing, how to gather information and conduct interviews, how to identify reliable news sources and the important role ethics play in a journalist’s job. This class will also create some type of publication throughout the year for our Ignite families. Cost $10/year


Drawing Through the Mediums! With Kacie Berkel and Jayme Roberts

Going back to a more traditional art class! We are going back to basics and learning values, shapes, lines, contrast, texture,  space etc. We’ll explore these concepts through charcoal, prisma color pencils, colored chalk, watercolor pencils and anything else I can fit in our budget! Hoping to teach your awesome kiddos how to stretch and grow in their talent through drawing! $70

2nd hour


American History with Cindy Beall

Description: The Mayflower. The Boston Tea Party. The Louisiana Purchase. The 13th Amendment. Prohibition. The Great Depression. Segregation. If you aren’t familiar with the aforementioned list, you will be after this American History class. Take a journey with me through our nation’s history as we study the birth of a new nation to the current state of our Union. There is so much to learn about our nation’s history, which will most certainly take us the rest of our lives to uncover. But we can focus on the major events and get a broad sense of how and why we became the United States of America.

We will use the A Beka American History textbook entitled Heritage of Freedom to be our guide. The class will consist of homework each week as well as tests for each unit. You will need adequate time each week to complete assignments – you won’t be able to complete it in one day. So please prepare to give your best effort. This will count for one (1) history credit on your high school transcript. (Note: Please bring textbook to Ignite the first day.)

Textbook: (can be used if able to locate)


$20 (all year – printing fees) + $37.50 for textbook (purchase on your own), 1.5-2 inch binder, and a set of 5 dividers 

Defending Your Faith with Monica Kilhoffer and Donna Dalrymple

Apologetics is the rational defense of one’s faith. Christian apologetics presents evidences and rational arguments to someone who doubts the truth of Christianity or to someone who wants better reasons for believing the bible is true and Christianity is the only valid religion. Answer questions or doubts you or others may have. If God is a God of love, why is there so much suffering in the world? Is there really evidence for the Resurrection of Christ? How do we know to the bible has been copied correctly? What about the apparent contradictions in the bible? Get answers to these questions and so many more! Great class discussions where you are free to bring your doubts and questions. We all have them. Get answers! No homework for this class. Class fee is $10.


Conversations with Maureen Russell

This will be a super fun class discussing everything from the latest trends to the biggest controversies. Combining topics from psychology, philosophy, science, pop culture, current events and more!  Come ready to share your opinions and be challenged in your thinking. $5

3rd hour

Classic Literature with Kelsey Klaassen and Julie Davis

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who can not read.” Reading great books broadens the mind! It creates or confirms the reader’s dreams, thoughts, convictions. It exposes the reader to new cultures, different time periods and diversity. In short, reading and encountering what is found within a great book can leave the reader richer than before. That is our hope for this class! We will read and explore 5-6 great books over the course of the year in a casual, more “Bookclub” like atmosphere. (There may even be snacks!) No big writing assignments in this class. We will require short written author studies prior to reading each book and a brief written synopsis of the student’s feelings and thoughts at the conclusion of each book.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

  Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

**Still determining the final 1-2 books. Feel free to contact Kelsey with any questions about what they may be.

Cost $5/year

Bible Project+ with Christie Gunkel and Jennifer Coody

You love God, you’re doing Bible plans and likely additional Bible at home, so why take a Bible class at Ignite?

Because it’s time. In the coming years you will grow more and more independent in many ways, all the way up to that highly anticipated launch into adulthood.

What then? You have to decide what a life following Christ will truly look like for YOU in YOUR generation. In a world filled with many voices claiming to be true—you will have to fight to stay focused on the only absolute Truth in a different way than previous generations before you. And, to be honest, a quick devotional just isn’t gonna cut it. The Word of God is your only weapon against the enemy and against your flesh. We want to help equip you to know your weapon and be prepared to use it in that battle.

We spent years reading the Bible and doing other people’s studies and plans, but when we learned to study the Bible inductively for ourselves we realized how much we’d been missing!

If you want to know God more deeply and excavate the riches of Scripture for yourself, as well as explore and discuss the overarching themes and message of scripture through Bible Project videos, this class is for you!

Intro to Public Speaking with Kim Heinecke and Cindy Beall

Whether it’s a formal presentation, leading a group or a simple speech, most of us will find ourselves speaking in front of people from time to time. You can tackle this challenge with confidence and skill!  In this class you will explore public speaking skills and techniques, analyze historical speeches, discover a basic model for constructing various types of speeches, learn to effectively communicate your message, and practice in front of an audience. This beginner class is for anyone wanting to overcome the fear of public speaking or those wanting to improve public speaking skills.

*Students will be required to participate in classroom presentations. Homework will be assigned each week. Materials needed: notebook/folder for notes and access to Internet at home. If this class is too full, priority will be given to seniors and juniors and we will offer it again.

Class Fee: $5

Drama/ Improv with Anna Light

Whether your student has a flair for the dramatic or has a hard time coming out of his or her shell this class will help develop their quick thinking skills through fun improvisation games while exploring their talents for acting, stage presence, script reading and memorization, building confidence and channeling high-energy passions into storytelling and comedy. $15

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