Category Archives: HARC Course Descriptions

US History

American History: A Truthful Telling of one of the World’s Greatest Stories”

Will cover American History from 1400’s through the present! The good…the bad…and the ugly. We will approach America’s rich history through a lens of Biblical Truth with our only allegiance being to the Glory of God.

There is much to learn from our nation’s past, but only if we look at it accurately and honestly. America is indeed the greatest nation that has ever existed, but like each of us as individuals, it has a checkered past. Together, we will harvest both the good and the bad fruit and will learn deep and enduring truths from each.

Instructor: Steve Noble

Materials: TBA

Intro to Programming

This course aims to introduce students to the computer programming language Python. We will discuss why an understanding of programming is essential in modern society, cover the basics of constructing a program from a series of simple instructions in Python, and delve into practical uses of programming skills in various industries.  More advanced concepts like data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases will also be covered.  Students will learn how to translate their knowledge of Python into other languages like Javascript and Go. Throughout the course we will also discuss various cutting edge topics including Mobile App Development, Security & Privacy, Opensource, Internet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Blockchain, and others.

Instructor:  Dave Conklin


Students should have completed Algebra 1 and have some aptitude/interest in computer programming.  Actual programming experience is not required. If you have any questions, please contact me at


We will be using Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 3 by Dr. Charles Russell Severance and will also follow along with the related Coursera course offering.  We will supplement with a number of free online resources.

Students will need a functioning laptop they can bring to class.  This does not need to be the latest and greatest model! The laptop should minimally:

Have at least 2GB of RAM and 1GB storage

Boot up reliably on a Mac, Linux or Windows OS

Run a modern web browser with several tabs open without crashing/lagging


Personal Finance

Course Description

As parents, we know the devastating impact of financial illiteracy:  bankruptcy, broken marriages, high stress levels.  Let me help you show your student the financial impact of their choices.  Along the way, we will cover (and they will get to experience via practice) the following subjects:  Working with Google Sheets, Budgeting, Student Loans and Financial Aid, Career Choice and Payroll, Car Purchase, Home Purchase and Furnishing, Marriage, Children and Divorce, Investments and Retirement Saving, All Types of Insurance.  The class is a journey through the student’s “life” from graduation to their mid 40s.  Each lesson, the student will learn a financial truth and apply it by making a choice that will impact their personal budget.  They will calculate and see their savings rise and fall based on these choices.

Instructor: Charla McKinley 

Materials Required:  

Student Workbook (purchased separately at

Laptop with Google access


English Grammar and Composition (EGAC)


This is a comprehensive grammar, spelling/vocabulary, and beginning writing course that includes literary analysis. The class is offered primarily to 8th and 9th grade students.

The grammar curriculum for this course is Saxon Grammar and Writing 8, the 2nd edition. This complete curriculum is developed in the classic Saxon model of incremental development and continuous review and includes instruction in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary development. Students can expect thorough instruction and practice in all areas of grammar including types of sentences, capitalization, punctuation, diagramming, all parts of speech, clauses, antecedents, appositives, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, and much more. The weekly vocabulary development includes core-knowledge content in the areas of geography, science, literature, and history.

In addition to an extensive grammar focus, this course also provides instruction for writing paragraphs and essays. We use the Windows to the World curriculum, which is very efficient for helping students learn valuable writing skills while also providing instruction on literary analysis as the basis for their writing. The Windows to the World Curriculum includes instruction in the following topics as the basis for literary analysis and writing: annotation, plot/suspense, characterization, symbol, theme, setting, mood tone, irony, parallelism, allusions, and point of view.

This is a two-semester (year) course and counts as 1.0 English credit.

Students can expect 2 – 3 hours of homework per week for this class.

Instructor: Missy Meece

2 Texts:

1. Grammar and Writing 8 by Curtis Hake ($37.95 on Amazon)

You should order the paperback copy and either the 1st or 2nd edition will suffice for class. You DO NOT need the accompanying Student Workbook–this is a writing textbook. You also do NOT need any of the teacher guides or answer keys. I provide families with all the grammar answers. Please make sure you only order the grammar text. Reach out to Mrs. Meece if you have any questions about ordering.

ISBN-13: 978-0544044326

ISBN-10: 0544044320 Grammar & Writing: Student Textbook Grade 8 2nd Edition 2014: 9780544044326: STECK-VAUGHN: Books

2. Windows to the World Student Book ONLY ($29.00 from the IEW company)