Physical Education, Dance, Health, Drivers Education


CrossFit - Instructor: Mrs. Gillson (Certified Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and Certified Crossfit Kids Trainer)  - Grade Level 5th through adult

CrossFit is a fitness program that has been around roughly 12 years. CrossFit is functional in that every movement we do in CorssFit transfers over to movements that you would make in everyday life.  An example is that in a typical gym you would see a lot of people taking dumbbells and curling them up, in everyday lie we typically don't lift things in that manner.  In everyday life we are picking up things off the ground or maybe having to lift something up overhead to put it on a high shelf..  We teach how to lift things in a safe manner so that injuries are less likely.   CrossFit works in 10 different fitness domains making you a well rounded athlete.  You will work on balance, agility, flexibility, and mobility, speed, cardio, strength, cardio, stamina, power, and coordination.

Each class consists of something called DROM (stands for dynamic range of motion) which kind of wakes up the body and gets it ready for a workout, a warm up, a skill session where we work on the skills needed to do the workout (that way everyone is doing them safely and if someone isn't we look at scaling the movement to help them work up to their full movement), the actual workout and then typically some sort of game at the end

In addition to being a Level 1 CrossFit and a CrossFit Kids Trainer.  Mrs. Gillson is also certified in Olympic Lifting, Power Lifting, Kettlebells, Mobility/Flexibility, and Gymnastics.

All students will be required to journal each day.  They will need a spiral notebook designated to Cross-Fit.


Physical Education - Tuesday - Instructor: Ms. Jean Schmidt - Grades (K - 2) and (3 - 5)

Physical Education is a fun way for your children to learn new sports skills in a safe environment, become more physically fit, experience how fun it is to exercise, and grow to love and encourage others. Each class session will include a warm-up, relays/circuit training, teaching of new skills/sport/rules, and a sport or game.

Students in either session (preschool -2nd grade) or (3rd-6th grade) will learn new skills at their appropriate levels, through participating in games and activities that improve skill, endurance and overall fitness.  Students should wear comfortable clothing that they are able to move in along with tennis shoes.  Examples of sports that will be offered throughout the year are: soccer, flag football, softball/t-ball, basketball, volleyball, track and field events, bowling, gym games, and much more.

I am excited to serve your children this year. One of my favorite scriptures expresses my vision for this year’s class: “For in Him, we live, and move and have our being!” Acts 17:28a.

If you have any questions, please contact me at davidsch12@yahoo.com.


Physical Education,  Monday or Tuesday - Instructor: Mrs. Gillson - Grade 7-12

The students in physical education class will learn new skills while participating in games and activities that improve skills with practice and training.  The activities promote enthusiasm and inspire learning with an emphasis on fundamental sports instruction.  Good sportsmanship and respect for others will also be emphasized.  

Multiple sports will be offered through the year, including team, individual and dual sports.  The students in physical education will also learn the importance and advantages of staying active throughout their lives and there will be an emphasis put on fitness for life.   Physical Education class will take place mainly indoors, but we may occasionally be outdoors depending on weather and field conditions.  Students are required to wear comfortable clothing that they are able to move in and tennis/running type shoes. 

Examples of sports that will be offered throughout the year are: soccer, badminton, golf, flag football, softball/t-ball, lacrosse, tennis, tumbling, volleyball, track and field events, floor hockey, bowling, and much much more.  

All students will need a spiral notebook for daily journaling.  This notebook should be designated for journaling for PE class


Archery - Instructor: Mrs. Gillson - Grades 7-12

 All equipment is provided for the class.   This is a one semester course offered only first semester. We follow the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).  All equipment provided is NASP approved.  If there is enough interest, we may put together a competitive team. 


Endurance Camp - Instructor:  Mrs. Gillson - Grades 4-adult

Endurance Camp is designed for runners of all levels from complete beginners who are maybe just looking to be able to run a mile non-stop and build to a 5K.  Intermediate runners who have mastered 5K's and are maybe ready to step up to maybe doing a 1-K  or a half marathon and then Advanced runners who are maybe looking to do their first marathon or better their previous marathon time.  Each month we work on a different piece of running, starting with breathing and working into other areas, like stride, relazing, etc.  By the end of the semester, you should see a significant imporovemnt in your running.  This is a 1 semeseter class that will be repeated 2nd semester. 


Cardio Boot Camp - Instructor:  Mrs. Gillson - Grades 5 to adult

The Cardio Boot Camp is a fun filled hour that includes a warm up, mobility, and then a high intensity interval workout.  We iwll work on body weight movements, running, jumping, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and much more.  Class includes some at home work to do during the week. 


Beyond Strong Weight Training - Instructor: Mrs. Gillson - Grades 5 to adult

Are you ready to get seriously strong in 2019?

Beyond Strong is a strength program designed to get you gains in your major lifts quickly, safely, and most of all effectively. We will cover both Power Lifting  (Press Series, Dead-lift, Squats, Bench Press) and Olympic Lifting (Clean & Jerk and Snatch).  The instructor is a certified weight lifting coach, in both Power Lifting and Olympic Lifting and has years of experience coaching athletes of all levels in proper lifting technique.   In each class there will be a warm up, mobility work, skills session on the lift of the day and auxiliary work.  Participants are expected to be attentive and receptive to coaching cues in order to stay safe.  We will be starting the semester out with lighter loads and doing a lot of work on form before we move up to heavier weights.  Please contact the instructor with any questions. 


Soccer  - Instructor:  Mr. Giebel - Grades 2-5

In this soccer class students will be introduced to the fundamentals of soccer, which include the skills, rules, strategies, and physical fitness required to play the game.   Please make sure students have shin guards and tennis shoes on the first day of class.


Soccer – Tuesday – Instructor: Ms. Jean Schmidt - Grades (5-12)

This class will focus on the basics of soccer and give your child the opportunity to develop a love for the sport while learning how to be part of a team. The main focus will involve energetic, all-inclusive games that will build students' soccer skills as well as teach them the fundamentals of good sportsmanship through sharing, passing and awareness of others.


Sports Sampler - Instructor:  Mr. Giebel - Grades 6-12

In this year long class we will spend 8 weeks on each of the following sports-soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football. Students will learn the skills, rules, and strategies to play the games.  We will begin the year with soccer.  Please make sure students have shin guards and tennis shoes on the first day of class.


Coed Basketball - Instructor:  Mr. Giebel - Grades 6-12

Course Description: Instruction for all levels of skill in the fundamentals of basketball. Emphasis on the development and improvement of total fitness, skill, and general knowledge about basketball for leisure time use. This course will enable the participant to practice and acquire proper techniques and strategies associated with basketball such as; ball handing, passing, shooting, playing defense, and much more.   Students will also learn the rules governing the game.

Games will be played during most classes to reinforce lessons taught.


Volleyball - Instructor: Mrs. Schrunk – Grades  {4-6} and (7-12)

Student will learn basic volleyball skills in a fun, welcoming, atmosphere.  The first 15 minutes of class will focus on the physical fitness: warm ups and stretching.  The remainder of class time we will work on skills.  The main focus will be on a positive self-esteem coaching experienceI am able to meet students where they are at and encourage them to be the best they can be.

If there is enough interest, the instructor will look at the high school level playing in competition with other schools for second semester.


Soccer – Tuesday – Instructor: Ms. Jean Schmidt - Grades (5-12)

Students will learn basic soccer skills from dribbling to shooting. This class will give your child the opportunity to develop a love for the sport while learning how to be part of a team. The main focus will involve energetic, all-inclusive games that will build students' soccer skills as well as teach them the fundamentals of good sportsmanship through sharing, passing and awareness of others. 

Class will begin with warm-up and stretches and then involve skill and teamwork drills. If time allows, we will incorporate scrimmages to let the students apply the skills they have learned. Students should wear comfortable clothing that they are able to move in along with tennis shoes.  


Tang Soo Do  Karate - Instructor: Mr. Grothe  (Grade 1-5 and 6-12)

Beginner Tang Soo Do Karate (Grades 6-12)  

Course Description: Beginner TSD Karate (Teen) will focus on foundational Martial art skills; basic stances, blocks, strikes, and kicks in addition to basic defensive strategies, joint locks, sparring, rolls and falls. There will also be a focus on character; developing confidence, leadership and respect.

Required Materials: 

Start up package: $50. This one time fee provides a uniform, white belt, Patches, Student Manual, and WTSDA membership.

Testing Fee: $30. At the end of every semester we will have a rank test. This Fee provides Breaking material, Belt, Certificate, and association fees.

Additional Info:

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean Martial Art, sometimes called “Korean Karate”. It is a striking art that specializes in kicking, and stresses the development of power through technique rather than muscle. Tang Soo Do incorporates defensive techniques and strategies, joint locks and weight distribution using both hard and soft theories in our fighting style.  Personal betterment of ones-self is by far the top priority of Tang Soo Do; developing good character allows us to positively affect our family, friends and community.

We are a part of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA), one of the largest Martial Arts Associations world wide. Being A part of the Association allows students to come to Regional and World events such as Tournaments, Learning seminars, clinics and Demo Teams. Membership also allows students to keep the same rank at another WTSDA school if they ever move to another state or country.


Beginner Tang Soo Do Karate (Grades 1-5)

Course Description: Beginner TSD Karate (Youth) will focus on foundational Martial art skills; basic stances, blocks, strikes, and kicks in addition to basic defensive strategies, situational awareness and tumbling. There will also be a focus on character; developing confidence, leadership and respect.

Required Materials: 

Start up package: $50. This one time fee provides a uniform, white belt, Patches, Student Manual, and WTSDA membership.

Testing Fee: $30. At the end of every semester we will have a rank test. This Fee provides Breaking material, Belt, Certificate, and association fees.

Additional Info:

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean Martial Art, sometimes called “Korean Karate”. It is a striking art that specializes in kicking, and stresses the development of power through technique rather than muscle. Tang Soo Do incorporates defensive techniques and strategies, joint locks and weight distribution using both hard and soft theories in our fighting style.  Personal betterment of ones-self is by far the top priority of Tang Soo Do; developing good character allows us to positively affect our family, friends and community.

We are a part of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA), one of the largest Martial Arts Associations world wide. Being A part of the Association allows students to come to Regional and World events such as Tournaments, Learning seminars, clinics and Demo Teams. Membership also allows students to keep the same rank at another WTSDA school if they ever move to another state or country.

Michael T. Grothe
Owner and Chief instructor

WTSDA Certified 3rd Degree Instructor
WKGC certified Level II Qi Gong Instructor
Martial Arts Academy of Tang Soo Do MN


Pickleball!  - Instructors: Mrs. Boudreau and Mr. Wahlstrom - Grades 4-6 and 7-12

Have run and get exercise playing the fastest growing sport inf the world....PICKLEBALL!! A paddle sport created for all ages and skill level!!!  Pickleball is a combination of elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton.  This class will offer an opportunity to learn the sport and rules with doubles partner style play.

Equipment needed: Paddle


Creative Movement - Instructor:  Ms. Brinna King - Grade Preschool

Course Description: A wonderful opportunity for your little one to explore a joyful introduction to creative dance movement!  This 30 minute class will explore creativity through dance, music, and self expression!

Dancers will work on warming up their bodies, stretching, basic ballet technique, and self expression while exploring creativity in movement.

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Girls Class Attire: Pink ballet shoes, black leotard, and pink tights, A dance skirt or tutu may be added as long as it is above the knee. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.


Dance/Ballet Kindergarten - Instructor: Ms. Brinna King - Kindergarten

Course Description: Develop a love for dance with basic ballet technique combined with creative movement! This 30 minute class will cover basic ballet technique and vocabulary, while music and movement games, will foster creativity and rhythm.

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Girls Class Attire: Pink ballet shoes, black leotard, and pink tights, A dance skirt or tutu may be added as long as it is above the knee. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

Boys Class Attire: Black ballet shoes, black tank, sweatpants, cut off sweats or basketball shorts.

Ballet shoes may be leather or canvas and should have a full sole (not split).

An outer layer of clothing may be worn during the winter months to stay warm at the beginning of class.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Hip Hop   - Instructor: Ms. Brinna King - Grades 1-2

Course Description: Learn basic hip hop technique, heavy concentration on rhythm and moving creatively, while building confidence and style. This class will feature Christian Hip Hop music, by Christian Hip Hop artists (Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee etc).

 

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Class Attire: Sweatpants, leggings or capris, no shorts or pajama pants. T Shirt or tank top (appropriate for HERO), Tennis shoes.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Hip Hop - Instructor: Ms. Brinna King  - Grades 3-5

Course Description: Get in the groove with this fun and fast moving introduction to hip hop dance! Learn beginner hip hop technique while developing rhythm, self confidence and creativity. This class will feature Christian Hip Hop music, by Christian Hip Hop artists (Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee etc).

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Class Attire: Sweatpants, leggings or capris, no shorts or pajama pants. T shirt or tank top (appropriate for HERO), Tennis shoes.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.

Course Description: Get in the groove with this fun and fast moving introduction to hip hop dance! This course will offer beginner hip hop technique while developing self confidence and creativity.

Class Costume Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may paid second semester. 

Class Attire: Sweatpants, leggings or capris, no shorts or pajama pants. T shirt or tank top (appropriate for HERO), Tennis shoes.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Hip Hop - Instructor-  Ms. Brinna King - Grades 6-12

Course Description: A fun and fast paced class designed to incorporate hip hop technique with more intricate movement.  Students will be guided and encouraged to develop their own unique style.

Class Attire: Sweatpants, leggings or capris, no shorts or pajama pants. Tshirt or tank top (appropriate for HERO), Tennis shoes.

Class Costume Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.

Boys Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, black ballet shoes, black tank, sweatpants, cut off sweats or basketball shorts.

Ballet shoes may be leather or canvas and should have a full sole (not split).

Jazz shoes should be slip on.

An outer layer of clothing may be worn during the winter months to stay warm at the beginning of class.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Ballet/Jazz  - Instructor:  Ms. Brinna  King - Grade 1-3

Course Description: Build confidence, strength and discipline with this introduction to ballet and jazz dance! This course will cover basic to intermediate ballet and jazz technique and vocabulary.  Music and self-expression will give the student an opportunity to explore and exercise while they work to achieve their very best.

Class Costume Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Girls Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, pink ballet shoes, black leotard, and pink tights, A dance skirt or tutu may be added as long as it is above the knee. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

Boys Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, black ballet shoes, black tank, sweat pants, cut off sweats or basketball shorts.

Ballet shoes may be leather or canvas and should have a full sole (not split).

Jazz shoes should be slip on.

An outer layer of clothing may be worn during the winter months to stay warm at the beginning of class.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Ballet/Jazz  - Instructor:  Ms. Brinna King - Grade 3-5

Course Description: A more fast paced introduction or addition to ballet and jazz dance.

This class will continue introducing new dance steps while building and strengthening technique.  Students will combine and coordinate more complicated movement and have the opportunity to express themselves in their own unique style.

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester.

Girls Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, pink ballet shoes, black leotard, and black leggings. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

Boys Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, black ballet shoes, black tank, sweatpants, cut off sweats or basketball shorts.

Ballet shoes may be leather or canvas and should have a full sole (not split).

Jazz shoes should be slip on.

An outer layer of clothing may be worn during the winter months to stay warm at the beginning of class.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Ballet/Jazz  - Instructor:  Ms. Brinna King - Grades 6-12

Course Description: Ballet and Jazz technique for beginner-advanced. Students will grow their dance vocabulary as well as movement, through strength and stretching exercises, and technique work.

This class will continue to provide a creative outlet through movement and self expression.

Class Fee $20 - This cost will cover the costume required for the performance showcase at the end of the school year.  The fee may be paid second semester. Girls

Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, pink ballet shoes, black leotard, and black leggings. Hair should be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

Boys Class Attire: Black jazz shoes, black ballet shoes, black tank, sweatpants, cut off sweats or basketball shorts.

Ballet shoes may be leather or canvas and should have a full sole (not split).

Jazz shoes should be slip on.

An outer layer of clothing may be worn during the winter months to stay warm at the beginning of class.

Grading Information: Dancers are evaluated based on attendance, in class participation, and completion of performance.               

Guidelines for Success: Participate by trying all movements and increasing personal best each class.  Be on time for class and come prepared dressed in class attire.


Introduction to Psychology and Mental Health  Instructor: Mrs. Hannah Fansler - Grades 9-12

“The Brain is wider than the Sky” ~Emily Dickinson~(1830-1886)

 This is a 2-semester course which explores the basics of Psychology: the science of behavior and mental processes. Various perspectives of Psychology will be examined to help reveal the larger picture of what, why, and how humans think and behave in the ways they do. Students will be participating in engaging discussions and experiments throughout the academic year which will prepare them to assess popular Psychological theories from some of the most famous Psychologists in history, filtered through a Christian worldview. Grading will be based on the following criteria:

50% - Attendance and Participation

25% - Weekly Homework Assignments

25% - Experiments, Activities, and Projects

Textbooks: (Purchased through the HERO Bookstore)

1.)  Exploring Psychology, 8th Edition, by David G. Myers

ISBN: 978-1-42923825-0

2.)  Study Guide to Accompany Exploring Psychology, 8th Edition, by Richard O. Straub, ISBN-13:978-1-4292-3199-2 or ISBN-10:1-4292-3199-8

 


Health, Safety and Manners - Instructor: Mrs. R. Wahlberg  - Grades K-2

Students in this class will learn the basics and value of manners and etiquette in the home, at school, and in public settings. Using fun and interactive role-playing scenarios, students will practice skills with each other that emphasis respect, proper introductions, table manners, and social skills that will last a lifetime. Join us, please!

We will begin the year with an overview of health, safety, and manners, then study individual topics, and review! :)

·         Introducing yourself and others appropriately

·         Practicing proper hygiene and dental care

·         Designing thank you cards

·         Interacting with people who are different than you (ethnicity and disabilities)

·         Speaking and apologizing with kindness and respect

·         ...and so much more!

Required Textbook: Shimmin, D. (2011). Health, Safety, and Manners 2. Pensacola Christian College, U.S.A. A Beka Books. (Available at the HERO book store)

Class Fee: $6 per semester (two semester course). This will be used to cover the cost of copies, additional craft supplies, and meals. We will be preparing a special meal with casual and formal themes and creating our own table decorations. Families will be asked to sign up for a small portion of the meal

Students in this class will learn the basics and value of manners and ettiquette in the home, at school, and in public settings. Using fun and interactive role-playing scenarios, students will practice skills with each other that emphasis respect, proper introductions, table manners, and social skills that will last a lifetime.

Join us, please!


Cooking/Manners/Health/Nutrition  (with an emphasis on Health, Safety, and Manners in the Kitchen and beyond) - Instructor: Mrs. Ruth Wahlberg – Grades 3-6

Does your student have a special knack with a whisk? Or does your student know what a whisk is? All levels of kitchen abilities are welcome in this fun introductory course to cooking in the kitchen. Students can expect to spend half of our time learning hands-on in the kitchen – creating simple and healthy snacks, a few tougher meal recipes, and getting acclimated to using the tools and appliances of the kitchen. We will focus our classroom time on kitchen safety, health and nutrition, and using our manners in the home, kitchen, and beyond.

Join us for a tasty time of fun and learning! 

We will be creating our own recipe and resource book throughout the year. This binder will be available for purchase at the HERO book store. 

Cost of the binder is $20 total includes the fees for ingredients and printing.  

NOTE:  This is a one semester course.


Health/First Aid/Nutrition  Grades 9-12 - Mrs. Stacie Frank

Apologia’s newest curriculum, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, covers what maturing students need to know to help them make the best choices they can for themselves as they become young adults. Health is about stewardship: managing what you have as well as you can. This 15-module course, covers the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing into a healthy adult. Students will study the human body systems, senses, genetics, temperaments, and physical influences on thoughts and feelings. The course respectfully covers mental illness and emotional stability, as well as the inestimable value of another human being, our culture, our gender roles, our families, socialization, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of both macronutrients and micronutrients, including the importance of exercise and proper diet. Students will also learn first aid and earn Red Cross CPR certification. This is a full health textbook. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. There will be assigned reading and writing about reproduction and the surrounding topics but will not be discussed together in class.

Both the textbook and a student notebook are required to complete this course. CPR training and certification through the American Heart Association will cost $30 and will be held on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM at Crossroads. 

Please contact me with any questions: staciefrank@gmail.com


Overview of the Old Testament (Hands On) - Instructor  Mrs. Jenny Lofstad: - Grades 4-6   2018-2019

Class Description: Students will chronologically travel through the Old Testament, digging deeper than just the basic facts learned in Sunday school. Through a combination of teaching and discussion, every lesson will answer the following questions: 1. How does this point to Jesus? 2. How does this apply to my life today?

In-class projects will include:

-Building a model of the Tabernacle

-Creating Advent ornaments that tie the events of the Old Testament to the coming of our Savior

-Participating in a simplified Passover meal 

I created the curriculum based on Bible study materials from the following teachers: Beth Moore- - The Patriarchs,  Kelly Minter -  Nehemiah,  Priscilla Shirer - Jonah,  Ann Voskamp -  The Greatest Gift,  and others! Through concepts found in My Father's World homeschool curriculum, AWANA, and my own research and development I have made these concepts accessible to children.

There is a $10 additional materials/textbook fee.  This can be purchased at the HERO bookstore. 


Cold Case Christianity - Evidence for the Christian Faith - Mrs. Rische (grades 5-8) - Monday 3:30-4:30

From the movie God is not Dead 2, Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace lays out the case for Christ—His life, death, and resurrection.  Using criminal justice investigative techniques, he teaches students “how to think rather than telling them what to think.”  An interactive website, textbook, Training sheets, and Academy Notebooks help students use investigative tools, analyze evidence, and formulate conclusions based on fact. (Year-long course)


World Religions - Instructor: Mrs. Rische - Grades 10-12

This class will explore the beliefs of several of the most widely practiced and influential religions of the world.  The content will emphasize, but not be limited to, the exploration and analysis of Judeo Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic views of reality and the world.


Christian World View - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 9-12

We will be using the textbook, Understanding the Times by David Noebel. This course will aid high school students in developing a Biblical perspective for the understanding of history, governments, law, economics, psychology, biology, sociology, and a number of other subjects. Students will study our founding fathers origin and basis for the Constitution, Bill or Rights, and our democratic governing system. Students will be presented with a clear explanation of the worldviews that are contending for the hearts and minds of modern man. There will be additional reading and research papers required.


Philosophy of Science: Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Hoehl  - Grades 10-12

Interesting and challenging questions can be found at the interface of science and religion, and sometimes it seems as if science and Christianity are enemies. Even among themselves Christians disagree about what the findings of science mean for faith. Written in a pre-scientific time for an ancient culture, the Bible does not speak directly to all the issues that scientific findings raise, and many questions do not have easy “black and white” answers. This one semester course explores the following relationships between contemporary science and the Christian faith:

Part 1: Science, faith, and the universe - how we know what we know, our underlying presuppositions, development of modern science in Christian Europe, different kinds of truth, scientists’ view of the big bang, limits of science, “God of the gaps,” the multiverse, ways of relating science and faith

Part 2: Creation, evolution, and interpreting Genesis - young earth creationism, intelligent design, progressive creationism, evolutionary creation, literary genres in the Bible and interpretation, different ways Christians interpret Genesis 1, randomness in science, theory of convergence, the problem of physical evil, how human death fits into evolutionary and biblical accounts

Part 3: Evaluating competing hypotheses, and moral choice - Does God exist?, a finite universe, fine tuning, beginnings, what makes you you, what makes you human, emergence in human identity, seeing humans as whole persons, what makes humans different from animals, biblical principles for making decisions, ethical issues, objective moral choice

It is not expected that everyone will agree with everything in this curriculum, and the class takes neither a debate nor a “defend the faith” approach to the philosophical issues – it is not an apologetics class. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills to support the student’s own convictions, and respecting (though not necessarily agreeing with) different conclusions. Homework assignments provide the opportunity for the student to think through the material and support conclusions in a rational manner.


Drivers Education offered through TEEN, Inc.

HERO has a relationship established with  TEEN, Inc Driving School to teach HERO students Drivers Education  classes. You will need to contact them to enroll in a class near you. You can learn about their company at www.teensincdriving.com .  You can email them at teensinc@aol.com  or call them at (651) 237-0311. Students must be 14.5 years of age to enroll in this class.