Academics Department

CLASSES AT A GLANCE

Our excellence does not stop with fine arts, we are dedicated to partnering with parents to teach, mentor, and inspire students in a
college preparatory academic environment. Offering a variety of courses that satisfies graduation requirements for the state of Texas.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Write Shop I & II

Assisting students to find confidence in their ability to write descriptive sentences and build strong paragraphs. This course will cover descriptive and informative paragraphs, first and third person narratives, techniques of style, and self-editing. WriteShop I establishes a basic framework of descriptive, informative, and narrative writing. WriteShop II helps students expand their writing abilities by building on that earlier foundation as compositions shift focus to descriptive narration, narrative voice, point of view, use of tense, persuasive writing and the basic 5-paragraph essay model.

English I (Intro to Lit.)

This class will cover literature, grammar, vocabulary and composition (primarily essay writing). Students will read literary classics and have in depth class discussions with their peers. This course will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for English I.

American Lit/History

A combination of American literature and American history. This three-credit course will help the student gain a fuller understanding of our nation’s past as they read the history narrative, read classic American literature, complete writing assignments and study what the Bible says about issues and ideas in American history. This course will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for English II – IV, with an additions credit for Social Studies/History.

World Lit/History

A combination of World literature and World history. This three-credit course will provide a biblical, historical overview along with focused lessons on key events, concepts and people. Students will read literary classics and have in depth class discussions with their peers. This course will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for English II – IV, with an additions credit for Social Studies/History.

British Lit/History

This class covers British history, literature, vocabulary, grammar, and composition (descriptive, persuasive, point of view), and poetry. Students will read literary classics and have in depth class discussions with their peers. This course will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for English II – IV, with an additions credit for Social Studies/History.

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I & II

Master the fundamental concepts of algebra. Establish a firm foundation for higher math with an eye toward success on the PSAT/SAT tests and in college. Enjoy the success facilitated by a review format curriculum. In Algebra I students will study real numbers, variables, factoring, exponents, roots, graphing, coordinates, solving equations, inequalities, and an introduction to functions. In Algebra II students study real numbers, complex numbers, polar coordinates, functions, linear functions, quadratic functions, some geometry (including simple proofs), area volume, logarithms, and fundamental trig ratios. These courses will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for math in Algebra 1 and Algebra II.

Geometry

Take the mystery out of geometry! Study points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, area, perimeter, volume, deductive reasoning, and proofs. Students are well prepared for the geometry section of the PSAT and SAT tests. These courses will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for math in Geometry.

Pre-Calculus

This mathematics course is a must for the successful college bound student. Study trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Establish a firm foundation with an eye toward college success and PSAT/SAT test success.

SCIENCE

Biology I

This Biology course will explore God’s awe-inspiring handiwork in everything from microscopic cells to earth’s largest creatures. Topics will include the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification system, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and more. Lectures, discussions, hands-on lab experiments, dissections, and other activities will fill the allotted class time. This course will give students a deeper appreciation of God’s creation while satisfying part of their graduation requirements.

Chemistry

This year-long basic high school course will use Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Jay Wile. It will cover measurement and units; energy, heat and temperature; atoms and molecules; matter; chemical equations; stoichiometry; atomic and molecular structure; polyatomic ions and molecular geometry; acid/base chemistry; solutions; gas phase; thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; chemical equilibrium; and reduction/oxidation reactions. The course will include lectures and labs. This course will give students a deeper appreciation of God’s creation while satisfying part of their graduation requirements.

Anatomy & Physiology (Advanced Biology)

This Anatomy and Physiology course will give students a deep appreciation of how they are fearfully and wonderfully made. The eleven body systems will be studied in detail with lectures, discussions, hands-on lab experiments, dissections, and other activities filling the allotted class time. This course will give students a deeper appreciation of God’s creation while satisfying part of their graduation requirements.

OTHER COURSES

Speech

This speech class is designed on a two-year plan. The student is more than prepared for college level speech classes after completion of both years. The first year includes interviewing another student and introducing the student to the class, campaign speeches with elections of class officers, introductory speeches, goalsetting speeches, informative speeches, and a final panel discussion group project. Additional speech choices include: demonstration, tall tale, storytelling, famous speech interpretation, and
poetry interpretation. There is also an emphasis in vocabulary building. The student learns to evaluate his peers as well as impromptu speaking. The major goal of this class is to teach students to be fearless in public speaking all to the glory of God.

Christian Worldview

We will examine current events, issues and ideas while also providing students the tools necessary to evaluate the differences between the Christian worldview and others, i.e. Secular Humanism, Postmodern, Marxism, Islam, and Cosmic Humanism (New Age). The impact of these ideas will be evaluated in the following areas: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology,
psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history. Upon completing this course, students should be able to understand the
role of the Christian in the political realm and have the ability to examine a myriad of issues facing our world today while learning to
respond with a biblical worldview. This is a required course to participate in TAFA’s graduation ceremony.

Government/Economics

Government will comprise the first semester where we will study the foundations and organizational structures of American government including federalism, the U.S. Constitution, the federal legislative, executive and judicial branches, and state and local governing entities. We will also examine the political party system, elections, campaigns, and political involvement. Second semester we will study Economic Theory with an emphasis on personal finance. Students will learn how the economy functions while also learning the importance of budgeting, saving, and investing. This course will satisfy Texas state graduation requirements for Government/Economics.

Spanish (Elementary, Middle School, High School)

Elementary Spanish class will prepare the young student to speak a second language. This class will be interactive with age-appropriate games and activities as the student begins to learn and expand their Spanish vocabulary. Middle School Spanish is the next level in preparing the student to speak a second language. Students will
continue to learn and expand their Spanish vocabulary, while being introduced to the cultural/historical highlights. High School Spanish presents the basics of Spanish as spoken in Latin America. Students learn greetings, verb conjugations, basic vocabulary,
pronunciation, grammatical structures while beginning reading and conversational ability.

DUAL CREDIT

English Composition I

A study of rhetoric and effective writing processes. Emphasis on expository and evaluative writing. This class will involve video lessons that will need to be completed by students outside of class and the in-class hours will be used to work
through the material with the students to ensure students understand and are progressing through the material and written assignments. 3 Credit Hours through LeTourneau University (Fall)

English Composition II

A study of argumentation/logic and writing for the professions with an emphasis on using the personal computer to plan, draft, and revise written projects. Each student is required to write a fully documented research paper and give oral presentations in class. This class will involve video lessons that will need to be completed by students outside of class and the in-class hours will be used to work through the material with the students to ensure students understand and are progressing through the
material and written assignments. 3 Credit Hours through LeTourneau University (Spring)

US Government

The constitution and structure of the United States government will be emphasized. In addition, forces that impact the federal government’s operation will also be evaluated including the role of the media, the economy, and its global relations. 3 Credit Hours through LeTourneau University (Fall)

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Our Teachers:

Whitney Fowler

Biblical Studies & Government
Whitney is a 2006 TAFA Alumni. After graduating, she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dallas Baptist University, followed by a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing. She was on staff at DBU as the Assistant Director of Spiritual Life and taught foundation classes for freshmen students.  She served as a TAFA Board member before she came on staff as a teacher. She teaches the foundations of Christian faith, along with apologetics and the importance of a biblically based worldview.

Melinda Russell

Biblical Studies & Government
Mrs. Russell has been teaching ballet at TAFA since 1999. She studied classical ballet with Clarice Duffy, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She danced with the University of Evansville Ballet Company and participated in a summer dance intensive with the Ohio Ballet. After studying ballet and modern at TCU, she pursued a degree in elementary and special education, graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in education.

Marilyn Mitchell

Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
Marilyn is a graduate of East Texas State in Commerce, Texas and taught Junior High English before becoming a mom. After which she homeschooled her boys until they graduated from TAFA and then joined the staff as a science teacher.

Rachel Hillman

Chemistry & Physics
Rachel graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Education and Developmental Psychology. She taught as an ESL Math Teacher at the International Newcomer Academy, in the Fort Worth ISD. She has been an active homeschooler since 2006 and has graduated 2 of her 10 children.

Teddy Wasik

English, Literature & History
Mrs. Teddy teaches the high school level literature & history classes. She has been a part of the TAFA family since 2000. As an educator, it is her desire for the students to experience a different learning adventure every time they walk into the classroom. Her class is known for book discussions and debates in a wholesome and Christ-centered environment. Each week they explore history, classic literature, and what the Bible says about issues and ideas that relate to our world.

Kyle Scarborough

Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, & Pre-Cal

Kyle graduated from UTA with a degree in Mathematics and from TCU with a Masters in Software Development. He spent 40 years being an engineer and supervisor of engineers before retiring in 2019. Since then, he has been teaching high school students a variety of different subjects. He is also an adjunct professor at TCU teaching undergraduate business students. Kyle is married to Teresa since 1982. They have eight children, most of whom spent some time at TAFA. Kyle has been teaching the oldest adult Sunday School class at his church since 1999.

Judy Medina

Spanish
Spanish was the primary language spoken in her home growing up. After high school she began working at a counseling center for teenagers. Within a year she was
employed by a Spanish radio station called KESS 94-FM. Her duties began as a receptionist and ended as a disc jockey. After eight years of radio, she developed a love for the Spanish language. Other careers include being a Spanish translator/interpreter for a law firm, pharmacy, mental health department, and a church congregation. She has been working at TAFA since 2009 as the Spanish teacher.

Cathy Loyd

Speech
Cathy spends most of her time as a full-time voice, piano and music theory teacher in her home studio in Fort Worth, Texas.  She went to college on vocal scholarships, first at Weatherford College and then at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she received her music degree with emphasis on voice and musical theatre.

Carolyn Power

US Government
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