HS: Target Grades 9-12

Bridge: Target Grades 7-8 
Electives: Grades 7-12

For a suggested list of core classes by grade, click here.  

Note: High School credits listed are suggested credit based on successful completion of assignments.  Your evaluator can help you determine credit value based on your diploma program.

Courses

Period 1 - 8:15am-9:40am

HS: Advanced Biology (Full Year) -


Using Apologia's The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, this course continues the study of Biology with a detailed look at the Anatomy and Physiology of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Using the newly developed student notebook as a companion tool, and coupled with the knowledge gained in Biology, this advanced course is a great preparation for the CLEP test.The course includes an organizational look at the human body in general with basic review of the cell structure and function. From the basic unit of life, students will study body tissues, integumentary and skeletal (skin and bones) systems, muscles, the nervous system (both central and peripheral), endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic systems and more! Labs are also used in this course (primarily in the second semester) as an adjunct to the coursework. Labs may include: learning how calcium salts affect bone, microscopic examination of prepared slides, cranial nerve exam, use of a Snellen eye chart, cow's eye dissection, sheep heart dissection, blood typing, and more. Students will be assigned a medical ethic's project (second quarter) as well as a disease-specific research paper (fourth quarter) as a complement to the course material. The research paper does meet the 10-page requirement. This course is a great choice for those considering careers in healthcare or the sciences. Prerequisite: prior Creation or Physical Science AND Biology. Instructor: Jeanie Gresick-Schugsta, 1.5 Credits; $12.00/wk Text Required: (one text and one student notebook required as below)

  • Apologia-The Human Body (Advanced Biology) Student Textbook, 2nd Edition ISBN# ISBN-13: 9781935495727
  • Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body, 2nd Edition Student Notebook ISBN-13: 9781940110387
Reduced prices can be found at www.christianbook.com
Lab Fee:
  • $30 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Algebra II (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


For those that have completed Algebra I, you can take this course to master the next level. We will be using the BJU curriculum and packets the teacher has prepared, to help the student gain a better understanding. Prerequisite is Geometry. Instructor: Carol Richards, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk​ Text Required:

Material Fee:

  • $10.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Geometry (Full Year) - "GO"


Euclidean Geometry (points, lines, planes, and more) with some Analytic (graphing, measurement), logic, proofs, and formulas makes for a challenging adventure! This experienced teacher is eager to make the invisible concepts of Geometry concrete and accessible to you! Prerequisite: 80% proficiency in Algebra I skills (as determined by 1st assignment assessment with re-submissions until September 23rd). Please submit initially by August 12th (scanning on JupiterEd) to allow time for improvement by deadline. Instructor: Rudi Metzler, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • BJU Geometry for Christian Schools; 2nd Edition (ISBN #1-57924-236-7) Or 3rd Edition (ISBN # 978-1-59166-347-8); some texts available from teacher for $5 rental fee for year. If interested, please contact the teacher through JupiterEd.com.
  • Test Packet: Permission has been granted by BJU Press to reproduce/scan the tests and quizzes to registered KDO students. Scanned copies will be loaded on JupiterEd for students to print out.




HS: Physics (Full Year) - NOW AVAILABLE!


Apologia Physics: This college-prep physics course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis; this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. We will look at incorporating Vernier sensors, when possible, and utilizing in class experiments and online physics simulations into physics measurements and data analysis. Prerequisite: Algebra 1. This is a math intensive science class. Instructor: Tim Ouellette, 1.5 Credit; $12.00/wk​ If you are interested in this class and have already registered, please email registration@kdoacademy.org to make a schedule change. Text Required:

  • Exploring Creation with Physics Student Textbook; Apologia 2nd Edition #978-1-932012-42-2; ISBN: 1-932012-42-7
  • Exploring Creation with Physics Test Booklet #978-1932012-44-6
  • Safety Glasses or Goggles​
Lab Fee:
  • $50 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Psychology from a Christian Perspective (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


This is a way for your student to understand Psychology from a Christian Perspective and potentially avoid taking Introduction to Psychology as a required general education class in college (secular or Christian). This is a 1 credit Honors class which can be weighted (for GPA purposes) on a transcript. It is intended as preparation for the optional CLEP Exam. This Honors class is recommended for Juniors and Seniors or advanced Sophomores. It may be appropriate for some highly motivated, self-directed and mature Freshman. The social science of psychology lays foundational theory and practice in fields such as education, business and marketing, health care, sports, counseling of all kinds, politics, and even pastoral careers, among others. Psychology is usually taught from an humanistic and evolutionary perspective (even at Christian colleges). We will explore historical and current psychological theories with constant discussion as to how the special revelation of scripture addresses the same concepts. Along with Psychology, a dose of philosophy and theology will be thrown in for good discussion. Students should come prepared to discuss these topics and learn to discern the fact from the fiction in this broad discipline of social science. Chapters in our text, Psychology from a Christian Perspective by Dr. Tim Rice version 2 or 3, include: What is Psychology, A Christian Worldview, Psychology’s History and Worldview, The Brain and Nervous System, Sensation and Perception, Motivation and Emotion, Learning and Memory, Human Development, Consciousness, Thinking, Language, and Intelligence, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. This class will begin at 8:15 on the second week of KDO (we will miss the first week).
FOR STUDENTS OF ALL LEVELS : As Supervisors of a homeschool program, parents are ultimately in complete control of their child’s curriculum. As a teacher, I will provide a rich Psychology experience worthy of an honors credit and the CLEP exam for interested students. Parents may feel free to edit this curriculum offering and course level to suit the needs of their child. I will assign, discuss and grade according to my honors course offering, but parents may choose to report their own grade on their child’s official transcript. Though I fully embrace all academic levels, I do expect that all students will add to the overall classroom environment with a show of general interest for the subject, encouragement to others, and positive and productive attitude. ​
Instructor: Gail Kollmar, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required: Psychology: A Christian Perspective Dr. Tim Rice; ISBN-13: 978-0981558721




HS: Spanish I (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Students will be introduced to Spanish through reading simple stories and listening to, creating, dramatizing, and retelling stories as a class. The phrases and verbs taught in this class are based on the 300 most frequent words in the language. Students will also learn a variety of grammatical concepts including present tense, past tenses, articles, infinitives, conditional tense, gerund, reflexive verbs, indirect object pronouns, and verb conjugations within the context of stories. Focus will be on mastery and proficiency through repetition and stories. Homework will include reading and review exercises based on mini-stories to reinforce the vocabulary and structures of the language. We will read and discuss (in Spanish!) 4 mini-novels which include cultural information about native speaking countries. This class counts as full credit in humanities/foreign language. Instructor: Emily McCleary, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • $20 Rental fee for all required curriculum AND $30 deposit fee (refunded upon acceptable return of books at the end of the KDO year) Total: $50
  • Rental and Deposit fee paid directly to the teacher on the first day of class.
  • Curriculum rental includes: Spanish 1 Mini-Stories Textbook, and 4 mini-novels (Pobre Ana, Patricia va a California, Casi se muere, and El viaje de su vida)




HS: Speech (2nd Semester) - "GO"


When lists are compiled of the greatest fears that people have, one specific activity always makes the list: public speaking. And yet, with a few tips and some practice, anyone can become an effective public speaker! This class is designed to give students an introduction to public speaking by helping them craft some common types of speeches, giving them some pointers that will help the effectiveness of their speeches, and then give them the opportunity to present them in a safe and encouraging environment. No text is needed for this class. Instructor: Brian Kannel, .5 Credit; $9.00/wk




HS: Write Shop I (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Write Shop I teaches students to narrow their topics, choose vivid and descriptive words and gain confidence in their writing. Students learn to add interest to their writing by varying their sentence structure, improving passive voice usage, and adding transition words. Each lesson includes a Skill Builder activity that introduces new writing tools and grammar concepts. The classroom environment is relaxed and includes vocabulary practice, games, escape rooms, and activities that reinforce the course concepts. This class is intended for 8th, 9th &10th graders. NOTE: Class time is: 8:30-9:40

Instructor: Merry Parshall, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:
  • Write Shop I Student Workbook (Blue)




HS: Literature - Intro to High School Literature (Full Year) - "GO"


Students will learn the method and importance of literary analysis by studying novels from several genres and interpreting them in light of Biblical truth. Class time includes class discussion of the books we're reading, introduction of literary terms, and hands-on activities. A test or project will be completed for each novel, and essays are completed on different literary elements throughout the year. Each student will give a presentation on an author they choose at the beginning of the year. Weekly homework includes reading the literature and taking notes (instruction is given on how to do this at the beginning of the course). NOTE: Class time is: 8:30-9:40 Instructor: Christine Gatchell, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien




Bridge: Geography (Full Year) - "GO"


Using Apologia’s Around the World in 180 Days Student Workbook, (2nd edition), this class will take your student on a grand tour of our earth, one continent at a time. We will take an up-close and personal look at their people, history, culture, religion, plants, animals, and even the food that they eat. Homework assignments will include the workbook, online research, map work, menu design with a culinary dish for you to enjoy, and even acting as a travel agent and making a tri-fold tourist brochure. By the end of the year your student will have a firm grasp and understanding of our seven continents and the countries and people that live there. Instructor: Rachel Bowser, 1 Credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:

  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 180 DAYS-2nd edition of student workbook.
  • Vendor: Apologia Educational Ministries; Publication Date: 2011-ISBN-13: 9781935495581
Material Fee:
  • $5.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Bridge: Modern History (Full Year) - "GO"


Covering 1708 to 2014, our study begins with Bach and Handel, travels through multiple "wars of independence”, and analyzes the "wars of ideologies" of Marxism, Darwinism, Fascism, and the Cold War. World War I and II bring us to more modern day conflicts, including a collapsed Soviet Union, a divided Korea, tension in the Middle East, and an ongoing War on Terror. We will be studying the artists, inventors, writers, and humanitarians who contributed toward the "soul" of mankind over the last three centuries.
Weekly, the students will have brief readings from the text; short, topical responses; mapwork; and quizzes. A 3-5 minute speech will be assigned in the first semester and a 3-6 page research paper will be assigned in the second semester. An additional literature component will round out our curriculum: the student will read and respond to one book (relevant to the time period) per marking period, totaling 4 for the entire year. This course taps into the student’s curiosity and engages their interests as they are asked to investigate the topics that most interest them each week. Classtime will be used for further instruction, class discussion and engaging activities. This course uses the world history text Mystery of History 4 and covers important events in American history (the American Revolution, the War Between the States, the War in Vietnam, and the Civil Rights movement), but it is not recommended to stand alone as an American history course.
Note: Class time is 8:15-9:15 and if KDO is delayed, this class does not meet (the teacher will give instructions through the online school system). Instructor: Erin Pearce, 1 Credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:

  • The Mystery of History Volume 4: Wars of Independence to Modern Times ISBN 1892427303
  • Rand McNally’s “Historical Atlas of the World” Rand McNally’s “World Atlas - Know Geography”




Elective: Debate (1st Semester) - "GO"


Different than simply a run of the mill argument, an effective debate is enlightening and engaging regardless of the topic of the opinions of those who are listening. Students will learn the difference between debating questions of ideology versus policy as well as learning to debate as individuals, by teaming with a partner, and by working with a larger group. All of this will happen through debating topics that are meaningful to the class. While a specific text is not required, significant research will be necessary outside of class. This class is intended for High School. Instructor: Brian Kannel, .5 credit; $7.00/wk




Elective: Office 365 (I): Intro to Basics (1st Semester) - "GO"


Let’s face it, as we all head out into the world, there are few certainties in life – death, taxes and Office 365. Come be part of the learning revolution! Learn the basics within Office 365, the ones that help you be prepared for life (work life that is).

Semester 1: Computer Basics –

  • Learn the basics of how to use your computer – Understand how to use the desktop, create folders, save documents, use search features, etc. This will be part of the Office 365 class – Intro to the Basics.

Office 365 – Intro to the Basics

  • Learn Microsoft Teams – Get a good understanding of how Teams works and how it interacts with all the other Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Learn the ins and outs of Word – Gather a deeper understanding of the incredible tools that are available to make your documents, essays, reports, etc. stand above the rest. We will go over how to use these tools, how to incorporate into documents and how to dig deeper into these capabilities
  • Learn the workings of Excel – Excel is powerful spreadsheet tool that allows you to easily manipulate mathematical data and present through tables, charts and graphs. Learn to harness its power for good! We will go deeper and learn to understand functions and the other tools that are in it.
  • Learn the power of PowerPoint – Take the journey through the basics of PowerPoint and learn how to present with power! Understand not only how to create a presentation, but how to present! Learn how to properly grab audience’s attention through the use of transitions and animations.

Typing – Learn to type…at home…on your own… (it will be tracked!!)

This class is available to High School and Bridge students. Instructor: David Whitmarsh; .5 credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:
  • Laptop (ensure that is has the full capability to run Windows 10 OS)
  • Office 365 (Education suite)
Material Fee:
  • $45 Material fee for Office 365 subscription; paid to the teacher on the first day of KDO

Office 365 – Help with Requirements:

Laptops – There are laptops offered through Microsoft, for students, that start at $219 dollars - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/devices/default.aspx




Elective: Office 365 (II): Beyond the Basics (2nd Semester) - "GO"


Semester 2: Office 365 – Beyond the Basics

  • Learn all about email, calendars and appointments. We will learn the proper use of email, how to use etiquette and proper structure of an email. We will also learn the use of the calendar for scheduling appointments and meetings. We will also be utilizing other programs to work with our emails.
  • Learn OneNote. Learn what OneNote is and how powerful of a tool it can be. We will learn how to setup notebooks and create different pages within the notebooks. This is a great organizational tool for taking notes, creating content that can be transferred within the Office platform.
  • Learn other Apps that are part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite. These Apps will show you how to take advantage of the main MS programs and provide more power to tell your stories. We will learn Teams, OneDrive, PowerBI, etc…
  • Activities to be announced based on class progress, interest and understanding of the material being taught.
  • Basic Networking – Learn how to setup a home network and learn the basics of the tools, programs and software for creating it.
This class is available to High School and Bridge students. Instructor: David Whitmarsh; .5 credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:
  • Laptop (ensure that is has the full capability to run Windows 10 OS)
  • Office 365 (Education suite)
Material Fee:
  • $45 Material fee for Office 365 subscription; paid to the teacher on the first day of KDO

Office 365 – Help with Requirements:

Laptops – There are laptops offered through Microsoft, for students, that start at $219 dollars - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/devices/default.aspx





Period 2 - 9:45am-11:50am

HS: Biology (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology (3rd ed.), this course is a study of life - cell life (including structure and function), the basic chemistry of life, bacteria, protista, fungi, Mendelian Genetics, ecology, Creation, invertebrates, plants, reptiles, mammals and MORE! This course includes labs throughout the year including: use of the microscope, slide-making for microscopic observation, diffusion, osmosis, cell structure, pond life experiments, and dissections (earthworm, crayfish, perch). The course also includes supplementary learning including an exploration of biological classification, accidental discovery presentation, and a genetics project. Pre-requisite: Physical or Creation Science. Join us as we explore our miraculous Creation with Biology! Instructor: Jeanie Gresick-Schugsta, 1.5 Credits; $12.00/wk Text Required:

Lab Fee:
  • $25 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Chemistry (Full Year)  - "GO" [Wait list started]


In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. There will be a qualifying Algebra exam to certify competency in Algebra 1; an 80% is required to pass.This course is designed to be a first year high school Chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in Chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. This Apologia course covers significant figures, units, classifications, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students will have Laboratory experiments in class, approximately every other week. Instructor: Bill Fay, 1.5 Credits; $12.00/wk Text Required:

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry; 2nd Edition ISBN #: 978-1-932012-26-2
  • NOTE: Textbook rental option: Fee: $40 per book to use for the school year ($20 per book refunded when the textbook is returned to KDO in good condition). If interested in renting the textbook, please e-mail the teacher, Mr. Bill Fay at wnfay@comcast.net
Lab Fee:
  • $25 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Physical Science (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


Physical Science is excellent preparation for higher level bio, chem, and physics classes! This class allows students to enjoy learning about atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere. Students will see they can observe a phenomenon, ask questions, and test those questions during lab periods of interaction and hands-on experimentation! Every year students show great growth as they develop critical thinking, science vocabulary, and formal writing skills working on their lab reports! With about one hour of interactive lecture and one hour of lab experiments each week, students are always engaged in building these challenging science skills! Because of the calculations and formulas that students will encounter in this text, It is highly recommended that students who take this course be at an algebra level in math. Instructor: Christa Miller, 1.5 Credits; $12.00/wk Text Required:

Lab Fee:

  • $20 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS: Pre-Calculus (Full Year) - "GO"


For those students who have completed Alg II and Geometry. Equip your students for college with precalculus skills. Lessons emphasize functions, graphing, and trigonometry throughout and introduce differential calculus. Bob Jones textbook. Two hour class with some time for in-class work. Prerequisite: completed Alg II and Geometry. Instructor: Carol Richards, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk​ Text Required:

  • BJU Algebra II Text: ISBN 1-57924-654-0 (Bob Jones book)
  • BJU Pre-Calculus Text: ISBN 978-1-57924-386-9
Material Fee:
  • $10.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS 2A: American Government (1st Semester) - "GO"


In this one semester class, students will explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government. In addition to reading the textbook, students will join in on class games as a form of review, participate in an American patriotic memory challenge, and delve into dialectic discussion on Chuck Colson’s biography, Born Again, concerning his involvement in the infamous U.S government’s Watergate scandal. Instructor: Julie Tate, .5 credit in US Government; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass ISBN-13: 9781609991005
  • Exploring Government Quiz & Exam Book (2016 Edition) $3.95 @ CBD
  • Born Again by Charles Colson ISBN-13: 9780800794590




HS 2A: Logic (2nd Semester) - "GO"


In this Introduction to Logic class students will learn to spot errors in others’ logic and establish their own cognitive rationale. Students will focus on practical logic, such as fallacies you might encounter in a newspaper, but will also be introduced to various components of arguments and propositions. Some topics covered in class will include premises and conclusions, double negatives, and necessary and sufficient conditions, and substitutions of inverse or converse for its proposition. We will learn about “if then,” “only if,” “and” and “or” statements and how to determine the truth value of these sentences. With the guidance of The Fallacy Detective, our given text, students will learn to identify red herrings, circular reasoning, statistical fallacies, and propaganda. The Fallacy Detective features a Christian view of logic and was written by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Students will be required to read the text and do weekly homework assignments as they prepare for in-class discussion. This is geared toward the 9th grade student, but certainly a ready 8th grader or high school student would enjoy it. Your high school student will earn a ½ credit in Humanities. Instructor: Julie Tate, .5 credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Fallacy Detective Workbook Edition 2015; ISBN: 978-0-9745315-7-1
  • The Amazing Doctor Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies Flashcards. (Discounted at Rainbow Resource for $9.75)




HS 2A: Sign Language (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


American Sign Language (ASL): Learning through Themed Units This class welcomes those who are new to ASL as well as those who have taken ASL 1 or ASL 2 in the past. We will touch on some of the basics that have been previously taught in ASL 1 & ASL 2 with increase vocabulary. Deaf culture, Deaf individuals, and devices used by those who are Deaf will also be touched upon. The main text that will be used is “Master ASL! Level One” & "Signing Naturally Unit 1-6" (these books will not be required but used as guidance though this course ). This class will be "hands-on". Interaction with other student, learning games, projects, test/quizzes, Zoom and lots of fun will be happening while learning. This is a one credit course but is also being offered to Bridge students. Instructor: Brenda Davis, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk

Required Text:

  • The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary; ISBN: 1-56368-043-2
  • Access to the internet: Students will be required to watch Sign Language videos from different websites.
  • Video recording device (cell phone, webcam, camera or video camera). Some of the work will require the students to submit videos.
  • Data Storage Devise: Thumb drive with student’s name for submitting their work.
  • Students will need to have access to making video calls (Zoom, Google Chat, Face Time ...etc.) as part of their homework assignments. Using a Video Phone to make phone calls is also part of Deaf Culture

Material Fee:
  • Material Fee: $20.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS 2B: Personal Finance (1st Semester) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


This class will go through the Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool DVD series by Dave Ramsey. The goal of this curriculum is to empower students with knowledge and application of basic financial principles so they can make sound financial decisions for life. Each week students will learn important financial principles, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts, as they work through their student text workbook. Students will have additional homework each week which will include workbook pages and activities & articles from the online learning resource center FoundationsU.com. This is a one semester class. Note: this class is also offered Period 3. Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, $9.00/wk; .5 Economics or Consumer Math Credit (depending on your diploma program) Text Required:

Material Fee:
  • $10.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Study Hall - GO


Study hall students may converse in study hall and play table games. The students must respect the monitor. Students must keep in mind that there are those studying. Study halls are offered for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th periods for any Bridge or High School student. If you need study hall for 1st or 5th period, please note that on your registration. If we have enough interest, we may be able to provide study hall for those periods. Monitor: Sharon Birx, $3.00/per study hall; except High School Period 2 which is $5.00/study hall (class period is 2 hrs)




PLEASE NOTE: Period 2 is 2 hours long. 1 hour classes are listed as either 2A or 2B.





Bridge 2A: Seven Habits of a Successful Student (1st Semester) - "GO"


This course is highly recommended for all students who are making the transition to more independent studies and for those who desire to have the benefit of learning great habits to make them a successful student! In addition to learning the seven habits, we will be going through the SOAR study workbook to learn how to implement practical ways to become a better student. We will find out what kind of learning style works best for your child so they can effectively study, learn time & task management methods, organizational skills, note taking strategies, goal setting & communication skills. This class is geared for 7th - 9th grade and these habits and skills will be used throughout high school and college. Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, $7.00/wk Students need 3 things: -SOAR Study Skills Book -Planner -Binder System Text Required:

  • SOAR Study Skills Book; 1st Edition; Jan 2017 (NOT the 2006 edition) ISBN-13: 978-0977428007
    • Note: If you buy a used version please make sure it is not written in.
  • Student planner (showing a week at a time)
  • Binder System (Pick 1 system)
    • If keeping all KDO subjects in one binder then get:
      • (1 each) 3 ring binder (1 1/2") (with pockets on the inside & back flap)
      • 3 hole punched poly folders (ie: Avery Poly Binder pockets) 1 per subject
    • If keeping a separate notebook for each KDO subject then get:
      • (1 each) 3 ring binder (1" or whatever size is required) per subject (with pockets on the inside and back flap)
  • Notebook paper




Bridge 2A: Speech (1st Semester) - "GO"  [Wait List Started]


In this introductory course, students learn the basic skills needed to improve their communication skills. The course includes units covering social speaking, reading aloud, storytelling, poetry reading, speech organization, and formal speeches. Impromptu activities and games are part of each lesson to help the student become more comfortable speaking in group situations. Each student will present several impromptu speeches and three formal speeches.

Instructor: Merry Parshall, $7.00/wk Text Required:
  • Public Speaking: A Student Guide by Katherine Pebley O’Neil




Bridge 2A: PA History (2nd Semester) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


This course will give your student a well-rounded, detailed study of Pennsylvania history. We will be creating a beautiful notebook as we study the physical & political maps of PA, its symbols, a timeline of important PA historical events, PA government, charting the climate & geography of the state, noting key industries, cities, and the beautiful nature and wildlife of PA. To supplement the notebook, students will have homework each week to further enhance their learning of PA History and will have notebook assignments to complete at home. The semester project is a speech and report on an assigned PA person, place or event. This class does fulfill the homeschool requirement for PA History being taught in the secondary school level (grades 7th-12th). Note: this class is also offered Period 3.

Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, $7.00/wk .5 credit and is available to Bridge and High School students. Text Required:
  • My State Notebook: ABEKA Code Number 108731; $13.20 (you can order the bound or unbound version, whichever you prefer).
  • PA State History student booklet: ($18.95) Teacher will supply at $16.00/booklet (we can get a group discount with free shipping). Payment due the 1st day of class. If you would prefer to purchase your own copy, please let the teacher know (through Jupiter) by October 1, 2021.
  • 3-ring Binder (1"); if you are purchasing the ABEKA book unbound, you can combine those pages with the class notes/homework pages and use just 1 binder.

Material Fee:

  • $16.00 for the PA State History student booklet paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year​​




Bridge 2A: Math FUNdamentals (Full Year) - "GO"


A fundamental math course exploring and reviewing topics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and integers, as well as operations with fractions and decimals, and a review of basic geometry and graphs. This course is geared toward junior high schoolers to review elementary math subjects before algebra or high schoolers looking to review fundamentals as they work through their current math. Instructor: Tabitha Martin; $7.00/wk Required Text:

  • Mastering Essential Math Skills book two; ISBN #9780966621129
  • We will also use additional worksheets; possible copy fee-will advise
  • Notebook and Pencil




Bridge 2A: Writing with Purpose (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


Students will utilize the writing process and investigate the purposes for writing (entertainment, persuasion, and information) in this collaborative workshop-style course. We will examine the six essential writing elements (ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, and conventions) and explore a variety of appropriate publishing formats. Course assignments will include editing exercises, grammar study, and writing.

Instructor: Mary Oles, $7.00/wk

Text Required:

  • Grammar Made Easy: Writing a Step Above by Connie Schenkelberg (most easily attained as an electronic download via TeacherPayTeacher)

Material Fee:

  • $7 for student workbook paid directly to the teacher on the first day




Bridge 2B: General Science (Full Year) - "GO"


This is a true general science course covering a wide range of the branches of science. There is a large component of Earth Science (modules include astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, earth study, geology, paleontology, and environmental science) to give students a great foundation of that broad field of study. The students will learn what science is and, in a detailed and engaging way, how to utilize proper scientific method. Our class will be very hands-on with many labs and demonstrations as we focus on learning key vocabulary and essential scientific concepts. Note: This class is also offered in Period 3.

Instructor: Mary Oles, $7.00/wk

Text Required:

Lab Fee:

  • $20, Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Bridge 2B: Pre-Algebra (Full Year) - "GO"


The students must be comfortable with basic math functions. This class will effectively prepare them for Algebra I. We will be using BJU curriculum, which is well written so that each student will comprehend and feel confident about their abilities in all areas of math.
Instructor: Tabitha Martin, 1 Credit for grades 9-12; $7.00/wk
Text Required:

  • BJU Pre Algebra 2nd edition text ISBN 978-1-59166-546-5
  • BJU Pre Algebra 2nd edition student activities ISBN 978-1-59166-747-6




Bridge 2B: Write Shop Jr (Full Year) - "GO"


Write Shop Junior is an introductory course to the Write Shop Program. It covers basic writing skills, sentence and paragraph structure, word usage, grammar, and punctuation. The course includes vocabulary, hands-on projects, games, and activities. The learning environment is friendly and encouraging with the goal for each student to develop the necessary skills and confidence in their writing while participating in fun and engaging activities.

Instructor: Merry Parshall, $7.00/wk Text Required:
  • Write Shop Junior Book E Student Activity Pack




HS 2B: Accounting: Business Operations (2nd Semester) - "GO"


Learn about what it takes to operate your own business. Bookkeeping is a necessary part of every business, and taxes are an unavoidable part of all our lives. In this course, we will break down the tax form (Schedule C) that a sole proprietor (business owner) is required to use to report income to the IRS. We will look at the need for accurate and honest record keeping, methods of tracking your finances, and how to prepare items such as invoices. We will learn about important business relationships with your local banker, insurance agent, accountant and attorney. This course will also touch on Pennsylvania and local tax issues. Since the text for this course is the instruction manual for the tax form, there will be several handouts and students will be utilizing their note-taking skills. Suggested prerequisite: Personal Finance (taught by Sandra Rohrbaugh) and/or Economics Instructor: Michelle Mundis; $9.00/wk; .5 Math Credit (depending on your diploma program) Material Fee: $5 (for class copies) Paid directly to the teacher a the beginning of the school year




Elective 2A: Cooking (2nd Semester) - "GO"


Come learn the basics of cooking and baking through a variety of recipes! Students will learn at least one new recipe every week. Students will need to bring an ingredient each week. This same class is also offered in Period 2B & Period 3. Instructor: Britney Wood; $5.00/wk (Non-credit class) Text Required:

Material Fee:
  • $20 for initial supplies paid directly to the teacher on the first day of KDO
  • Students will be asked to bring an ingredient for the recipe each week




Elective 2A: Fiber Arts Workshop (1st Semester) - "GO"


NOTE: This class will start 9/17-- This class is an all-level knit, crochet, and embroidery BYO project workshop. Students bring their current projects to class for guidance, instruction, demonstration, explanation, mistake correction, pattern reading, and general help of any kind. This is a group class where students can encourage one another, work at their own pace with help at hand, and be inspired to try new techniques. Mrs. Kollmar will circulate around the room helping each student in turn throughout the class. Students will learn techniques, gain confidence, finish projects and have a great time. Mrs. Kollmar will inspire students and help students through all phases of a project, but will not require or assign any specific projects. This class is for self-motivated students who enjoy working with their hands and desire to learn new techniques. TIP: to best utilize class time and get the most new skill-based instruction, I recommend bringing a list of techniques you would like to master over the course of the semester. For those students who are fast learners, plan to work on many small projects so that you can learn new techniques each week. Mrs. Kollmar also offers the same workshop experience at Hobby Lobby in Hanover each week, as well as private lessons in most fiber arts.
Instructor: Gail Kollmar, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk Student supplied materials




Elective 2A: Fiber Arts Workshop (2nd Semester) - "GO"


This independent study workshop is designed for students to develop their choice of fiber arts skills with instruction and guidance. Motivated students who would like to experience knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, tatting, embroidery, dying, felting, etc. can be part of a group who will expose them and inspire them to create textiles. Students will set their own goals, bring their own materials, and work towards completing the projects they have chosen. Instead of a teacher-planned class, the instructor will be coaching, guiding, instructing, and inspiring each student throughout the workshop. Students may commit to join the group one semester at a time. For each successfully completed full semester, students may earn a half credit of Arts and Humanities coursework. Gail Kollmar is a PA certified Family and Consumer Science Teacher with 10 years teaching experience, an experienced fiber art instructor with classes and private lessons at A.C. Moore in Hanover, PA, and a long-time spinning demonstrator and instructor at the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. Instructor: Gail Kollmar, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk Student supplied materials




Elective 2B: Artists and Art Mediums (1st Semester) - "GO"


This is a class geared for the student who enjoys art but does not have a lot of time outside of class for homework.

The semester will be divided up into 4 different units. Each unit will be focused on one of 4 different mediums and one or more artists. Students will be given several project ideas based on the medium and artist. Students will choose a project and work on it in class for the next 3 weeks. Homework will not be assigned, however; the student is welcome to work on their project at home as time allows. Students will bring supplies from a master supply list. A log will be provided for the student and parent to record logged art hours. Students will be graded on being prepared with supplies, project, completed log, and readiness to work with a good attitude. Note: Semester I and II will have different artists and projects.

Instructor: Glenda Conklin; $5.00/wk

Required Supplies:

  • Supply list will be provided

Material Fee:

  • $5.00 materials and copy fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective 2B: Artists and Art Mediums (2nd Semester) -


This is a class geared for the student who enjoys art but does not have a lot of time outside of class for homework.

The semester will be divided up into 4 different units. Each unit will be focused on one of 4 different mediums and one or more artists. Students will be given several project ideas based on the medium and artist. Students will choose a project and work on it in class for the next 3 weeks. Homework will not be assigned, however; the student is welcome to work on their project at home as time allows. Students will bring supplies from a master supply list. A log will be provided for the student and parent to record logged art hours. Students will be graded on being prepared with supplies, project, completed log, and readiness to work with a good attitude. Note: Semester I and II will have different artists and projects.

Instructor: Glenda Conklin; $5.00/wk

Required Supplies:

  • Supply list will be provided

Material Fee:

  • $5.00 materials and copy fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective 2B: Cooking (1st Semester) - "GO"


Come learn the basics of cooking and baking through a variety of recipes! Students will learn at least one new recipe every week. Students will need to bring an ingredient each week. This same class is also offered in Period 2A & Period 3. Instructor: Britney Wood; $5.00/wk (Non-credit class) Text Required:

Material Fee:
  • $20 for initial supplies paid directly to the teacher on the first day of KDO
  • Students will be asked to bring an ingredient for the recipe each week




Elective 2B: Apologetics (1st Semester) - "GO"


Apologetics is simply being able to defend what it is you believe in. However, with an ever changing culture, we have beliefs that are developing and forming over time. This course is going to focus on solidifying a biblical foundation for apologetics and then dig into various cultural and moral issues we face today based on that biblical foundation. The course will be discussion heavy with role playing, conversations, and debates. If this is your first time taking a course like this you will be challenged to push your thinking to a place it may not have ever been and if you are taking this course for a second time you will be exposed to new content but also have opportunity to strengthen your understanding of some material you may have been introduced to. This class is geared for High Schoolers. Note: Students can take one or both semesters. Instructor: Pastor Brandon Vieth; $5.00/wk




Elective 2B: Apologetics (2nd Semester) - "GO"


Apologetics is simply being able to defend what it is you believe in. However, with an ever changing culture, we have beliefs that are developing and forming over time. This course is going to focus on solidifying a biblical foundation for apologetics and then dig into various cultural and moral issues we face today based on that biblical foundation. The course will be discussion heavy with role playing, conversations, and debates. If this is your first time taking a course like this you will be challenged to push your thinking to a place it may not have ever been and if you are taking this course for a second time you will be exposed to new content but also have opportunity to strengthen your understanding of some material you may have been introduced to. This class is geared for High Schoolers. Note: Students can take one or both semesters. Instructor: Pastor Brandon Vieth; $5.00/wk




Elective 2B: Survival Class (2nd Semester) - "GO" [Wait list started]


It seems basic, but are you prepared to survive an emergency? This is a 1 semester presentation and hands-on style class. In addition to reading the given text assignments, each week students will learn or practice a survival skill such as creating and packing a basic first aid kit, clean water retrieval, gleaning and preserving food, building a fire, understanding weather, the “laws of 3”, etc. Several guest speakers will present lessons: Dr. Tate – Director of WellSpan Urgent Care, Mr. Ken Swartz - York City Fire Captain, Former Naval Fighter Pilot - Mr. Kent Miller. Finally, a local field trip is being planned which will give students the interactive experience of finding and identifying foods in the wild. The semester will conclude with student presentations on survival. Instructor: Julie Tate, $7.00/wk Credit: .25 First Aid & Safety & .25 in Communications Text Required:

  • Show Me How To Survive by Joseph Pred ISBN-13: 978-1616281328
  • Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady by Scott O’Grady ISBN-13: 978-0440413134
  • Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Don Fendler ISBN-13: 978-0688115739 OR Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness graphic novel by Don Fendler ISBN-13: 978-0892729456
Material Fee:
  • $7.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




HS 2A: Creation Science (Full Year) - "GO"


Creation Science is designed to strengthen Biblical faith and increase the understanding of the science involved in the evolution/creation debate. The first 11 chapters of Genesis will be stressed along with up to date scientific information, which supports a literal 6 day creation and exposes the many shortcomings of evolution. The scientific method will also be used and exhibited throughout the course. Basic chemistry, biology, genetics, and physical science are introduced and taught to better grasp the talking points of the evolution/creation conversation. This mix of science and scriptures will help the student to appreciate the awesome Creator and His creation. This course demonstrates that science supports the scriptures. Just as there are natural physical laws, there are also spiritual laws. All of these laws were put in place by the Creator to show His power and wisdom. Instructor: Frank Blum, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis, Viewer Guide. Institute of Creation Research; ISBN: 978-1-935587590
    • This viewer guide accompanies the 12-episode DVD series Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis from the Institute for Creation Research. Appropriate for church, home or academic study, this guidebook reinforces and extends the learning points in the DVD. $5.99

Material Fee:
  • ​$15 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Elective 2B: Guitar I (1st Semester) - "GO"  [Wait List Started]


This course is crafted to equip each student with a thorough understanding to play the guitar. In the first semester, students will receive an overview of the acoustic guitar and its essential parts. With diligence and determination, students will acquire dexterity (strength) within their fingers & proper arching through scale exercises as well as proper finger placement on the fretboard. Instruction in minor music theory, notation of the guitar’s fretboard, chord structure & reading chord charts. Learning various picking styles, rhythm patterns and smooth chord progressions while playing the instrument. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to various genres including rock, folk, blues, alternative & modern worship songs. Weekly homework assignments will be required from each student participating and graded, based on their diligence, daily practice & understanding. Instructor: Shawn Adam Hoffmaster; $7.00/wk Required Materials:

  • 6 string acoustic guitar
  • guitar tuner or tuner app
  • guitar picks
Material Fee:
  • $15 for Guitar curriculum; paid directly to the teacher on the first day of KDO




Elective 2B: Guitar II (2nd Semester) - "GO"


This course is for intermediate guitar students who have advanced in the knowledge & musicianship. We will be writing out tablature charts & playing lead guitar. This course includes worship theology, various musicians & basic song writing. We will be learning a variety of modern worship songs, growing in excellence in order to perform before an audience if desired. This semester specializes in simplifying barred chords, understanding the use of a capo, key changes and weekly instrumentation (jam sessions) with the classroom. The students will also have the opportunity to learn to vocalize in the proper key along with the guitar in the form of their own song. Weekly homework assignments will be required from each student participating and graded, based on their diligence, daily practice & understanding. Instructor: Shawn Adam Hoffmaster; $7.00/wk Required Materials:

  • 6 string acoustic guitar
  • guitar tuner or tuner app
  • Capo (apprx $20)
  • guitar picks
Material Fee:
  • $15 for Guitar curriculum; paid directly to the teacher on the first day of KDO





Period 3 - 12:20pm-1:20pm

HS: Algebra I (Full Year) - "GO"


For those proficient in General Math skills (as determined by 80% success on 1st assignment with re-submissions until September 23rd) and ready for the next step, let this experienced and enthusiastic teacher guide you into the exciting adventure of Algebra! Work will be expected to be shown at all times as it demonstrates your ownership and thought process invested in solving the problems. Instructor: Rudi Metzler, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Algebra 1 for Christian Schools; 2nd EditionBob Jones University Press 2000ISBN#1-57924-325-8 for hardback; #978-1-59166-643-1 for softcover; some texts available from teacher for $5 rental fee per year. If interested, please contact the teacher through JupiterEd.com.
  • Test and Quizzes: Permission has been granted by BJU Press to reproduce/scan the tests and quizzes to registered KDO students. Scanned copies will be loaded on JupiterEd for students to print out.




HS: American Literature (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


The student will read classic works of American literature. The literature will include novels, short stories, poems, and biographies. Emphasis is placed on how the literature affects and reflects the cultural setting in which the work is set. This course is specifically designed to match the timeline of the American History course. Class time includes class discussion on the books as well as review of literary terms and hands on activities. The student will complete writing assignments in which they will analyze literary elements and historical emphasis. Each student will give a presentation on an author they choose at the beginning of the year. Reading notes for each chapter are required as homework. See the complete book list under the 'Bridge and HS Text Lists' tab in the drop-down menu. ​Instructor: Christine Gatchell, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville




HS: Spanish II: Conversational (Full Year) - "GO"


This class is meant to build fluency in Spanish through reading simple stories and listening to, creating, dramatizing, and retelling stories as a class. The phrases and verbs taught in this class are based on the 500 most frequent words in the language. Students will also learn a variety of grammatical concepts including present tense, past tenses, articles, infinitives, conditional tense, future tense, subjunctive, gerund, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, and verb conjugations within the context of stories. Focus will be on mastery and proficiency through repetition and stories. Homework will include reading and review exercises based on mini-stories to reinforce the vocabulary and structures of the language. We will read and discuss (in Spanish!) 4 mini-novels which include cultural aspects of native speaking countries. This class counts as a full credit in humanities/foreign language. Prerequisite: Student must have taken Spanish 1 at KDO with an 80% or higher grade or pass the entrance exam with 80% or higher. All exceptions must be individually approved by the teacher. Instructor: Emily McCleary, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • $20 Rental fee for all required curriculum AND $30 deposit fee (refunded upon acceptable return of books at the end of the KDO year) Total: $50
  • Rental and Deposit fee paid directly to the teacher on the first day of class.
  • Curriculum rental includes: Curriculum rental includes: Spanish 2 Mini-Stories Textbook, and 4 mini-novels (Mi propio auto, Donde está Eduardo, El viaje perdido, and Viva el toro)




HS: World History (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Using Notgrass Exploring World History, this course is a broad sweep of history, which will take students from Creation to present day with a Christian worldview perspective and a respect for God’s Word being the best original source document to use in the study of history. Semester 1 will cover the Creation through the Middle Ages and students will need Book 1. Semester 2 will cover the Renaissance to the Present and will need Book 2. With a little extra study, students may wish to challenge themselves and take the Western Civilization CLEP after Semester I and Western Civilization II CLEP in order to gain 3-6 college credits. Students will be required to read the text and answer questions each week and will be given assignments to further develop critical thinking. Students will NOT need to purchase the book In Their Words as the teacher will be able to direct the students to appropriate on-line resources of some of these documents. Two major class projects will be required: first semester students will do an in-class presentation, and second semester the students may choose between a research paper or a cited newspaper/newsletter. The topic must reflect the time period of the semester. Instructor: Julie Tate, 1 credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Semester I: Exploring World History Part I (Updated Edition by Notgrass Company 2014); ISBN-13: 9781609990619
  • Semester 2: Exploring World History Part 2 (Updated Edition by Notgrass Company 2014); ISBN-13: 9781609990626
  • Students WILL need to purchase the World History Quiz and Exam Book. This will be given to the teacher on the first day of class; ISBN-9781609990725
    • Students will NOT need to purchase the following coordinating products: In Their Words, Student Review book or the answer key.




HS: Write Shop II (Full Year) - "GO"  [Wait list started]


This course begins with creative essay assignments and proceeds to writing 5 paragraph essays. Class instruction includes voice tense with a focus on clarity, conciseness, vocabulary, editing, and stronger paragraphs. The 5-paragraph essay unit includes instruction on improving thesis statements, introduction, body, and closing paragraphs. Specific essays included in the program are opinion, compare/contrast, descriptive, and timed essays. Write Shop II includes class activities, games, and escape rooms to improve writing skills while being fun and challenging! The course is intended for students in 9th-12th grade who have completed Write Shop I. Students who have already completed a strong basic writing program and are well versed in grammar may also consider this option.

Instructor: Merry Parshall, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:
  • Write Shop II Student Workbook (Red)
  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 11th Edition (Please make sure you get the 11th Edition)




Study Hall - "GO"


Study hall students may converse in study hall and play table games. The students must respect the monitor. Students must keep in mind that there are those studying. Study halls are offered for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th periods for any Bridge or High School student. If you need study hall for 1st or 5th period, please note that on your registration. If we have enough interest, we may be able to provide study hall for those periods. Monitor: Sharon Birx, $3.00/per study hall; except High School Period 2 which is $5.00/study hall (class period is 2 hrs)




Bridge: General Science (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


This is a true general science course covering a wide range of the branches of science. There is a large component of Earth Science (modules include astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, earth study, geology, paleontology, and environmental science) to give students a great foundation of that broad field of study. The students will learn what science is and, in a detailed and engaging way, how to utilize proper scientific method. Our class will be very hands-on with many labs and demonstrations as we focus on learning key vocabulary and essential scientific concepts. Note: This class is also offered in Period 2B.

Instructor: Mary Oles, $7.00/wk

Text Required:

Lab Fee:

  • $20, Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Bridge: PA History (Second Semester) - "GO"


This course will give your student a well-rounded, detailed study of Pennsylvania history. We will be creating a beautiful notebook as we study the physical & political maps of PA, its symbols, a timeline of important PA historical events, PA government, charting the climate & geography of the state, noting key industries, cities, and the beautiful nature and wildlife of PA. To supplement the notebook, students will have homework each week to further enhance their learning of PA History and will have notebook assignments to complete at home. The semester project is a speech and report on an assigned PA person, place or event. This class does fulfill the homeschool requirement for PA History being taught in the secondary school level (grades 7th-12th). Note: this class is also offered Period 2A. Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, $7.00/wk .5 credit and is available to Bridge and High School students. Text Required:

  • My State Notebook: ABEKA Code Number 108731; $13.20 (you can order the bound or unbound version, whichever you prefer).
  • PA State History student booklet: ($18.95) Teacher will supply at $16.00/booklet (we can get a group discount with free shipping). Payment due the 1st day of class. If you would prefer to purchase your own copy, please let the teacher know (through Jupiter) by October 1, 2021.
  • 3-ring Binder (1"); if you are purchasing the ABEKA book unbound, you can combine those pages with the class notes/homework pages and use just 1 binder.
Material Fee:
  • $16.00 for the PA State History student booklet paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year​​




Elective: Cooking (1st & 2nd Semester) - "GO" [Wait list started for both]


Come learn the basics of cooking and baking through a variety of recipes! Students will learn at least one new recipe every week. Students will need to bring an ingredient each week. This same class is also offered in Period 2B & Period 3. Instructor: Britney Wood; $5.00/wk (Non-credit class) Text Required:

Material Fee:
  • $20 for initial supplies paid directly to the teacher on the first day of KDO
  • Students will be asked to bring an ingredient for the recipe each week




Elective: Intro to Art: Basic Elements of Art (1st Sem) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


In this Introduction to the Basic Elements of Drawing and Painting class we will introduce the basic elements of drawing and painting. We will practice each element and then will complete a project incorporating what we have just learned. We will work with a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, acrylics, and watercolors. Students will be given instruction and some work time in class, but the majority of projects will be completed at home. Projects are planned for every skill level so that even the accomplished artist can participate. Students will provide their own supplies and will be responsible to bring them to class each week. Grades are based on willingness to try, class preparation, completed hourly log, class participation, and project completeness, not on level of skill. Estimated homework time: 2 hours/week.

Note: 1st and 2nd semester classes are different; students can take one or both semesters.

Instructor: Glenda Conklin; .25 Credit; $7.00/wk

Required Supplies:

  • Supply list will be provided

Material Fee:

  • $5.00 materials and copy fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective: Intro to Art: Basic Principles of Art (2nd Sem) - "GO" [Wait List Started}


In this Introduction to the Basic Principles of Drawing and Painting class we will study the basic principles of drawing and painting. We will work on new, or review, elements and principles of art and then complete a project incorporating what we have learned. We will work with a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, acrylics and watercolors. Students will be given instruction and some work time in class, but the majority of projects will be completed at home. Projects are planned for every skill level so that even the accomplished artist can participate. Students will provide their own supplies and will be responsible to bring them to class each week. Grades are based on willingness to try, class preparation, completed hourly log, class participation, and project completeness, not on level of skill. Estimated homework time: 2 hours/week.

Note: 1st and 2nd semester classes are different; students can take one or both semesters.

Instructor: Glenda Conklin; .25 Credit; $7.00/wk

Required Supplies:

  • Supply list will be provided

Material Fee:

  • $5.00 materials and copy fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Bridge: Anatomy & Physiology (Full Year) - "GO"


Beginning with cells, this course introduces students to many different body systems, including the skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems. Along the way students will learn how systems interact, basics about nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and genetics. This course is designed to be very hands-on with activities and projects designed to help the students understand how each system works. Ultimately, students will grow in their understanding of how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Class homework should be expected to take 1-3 hours/week and will typically include any of the following: reading, completing worksheets, defining terms, watching videos, taking tests, creating projects, or drawing/labeling. Instructor: Christa Miller, $7.00/wk

Text Requirements:

Lab Fee:

  • $10 per student; paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the year




HS: Personal Finance (1st Semester) - "GO"


This class will go through the Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool DVD series by Dave Ramsey. The goal of this curriculum is to empower students with knowledge and application of basic financial principles so they can make sound financial decisions for life. Each week students will learn important financial principles, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts, as they work through their student text workbook. Students will have additional homework each week which will include workbook pages and activities & articles from the online learning resource center FoundationsU.com. This is a one semester class. Note: this class is also offered Period 2B. Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, $9.00/wk; .5 Economics or Consumer Math Credit (depending on your diploma program) Text Required:

Material Fee:
  • $10.00 Paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Elective: Interpreting Scriptures (1st Semester) -


Interpreting the Scriptures; Psalm 138:2 says that GOD "has magnified His word above His name" which stresses the importance of knowing what His word is saying. This class is for those who want to learn how to interpret His word using Hermeneutics; the science and art of applying methods and principles to correctly interpret scripture. Class time will be spent practicing those skills and learning about other resources that can help in their studies. We will NOT be teaching/learning church doctrine or theology. Students will need to have a Bible and the textbook 'Interpreting the Scriptures' by Kevin J Conner available through Amazon. It will be helpful for the student to have access to a Hebrew/Greek Concordance, such as Strong's Exhaustive Concordance There will be approx. 45 minutes of homework per day. This class is geared for High School but a mature bridge student may be considered. Note: Class will be offered as a semester class; students can take one or the other or both. Instructor: Rachel Bowser, .5 Bible Credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:

  • Interpreting the Scripture ISBN0-914936-20-4




Elective: Interpreting Scriptures (2nd Semester) -


Interpreting the Scriptures; Psalm 138:2 says that GOD "has magnified His word above His name" which stresses the importance of knowing what His word is saying. This class is for those who want to learn how to interpret His word using Hermeneutics; the science and art of applying methods and principles to correctly interpret scripture. Class time will be spent practicing those skills and learning about other resources that can help in their studies. We will NOT be teaching/learning church doctrine or theology. Students will need to have a Bible and the textbook 'Interpreting the Scriptures' by Kevin J Conner available through Amazon. It will be helpful for the student to have access to a Hebrew/Greek Concordance, such as Strong's Exhaustive Concordance There will be approx. 45 minutes of homework per day. This class is geared for High School but a mature bridge student may be considered. Note: Class will be offered as a semester class; students can take one or the other or both. Instructor: Rachel Bowser, .5 Bible Credit; $7.00/wk Text Required:

  • Interpreting the Scripture ISBN0-914936-20-4




Bridge: Decoding Words (Full Year) - "GO"


Does your student struggle with breaking down and figuring out words (especially multisyllable words) when they’re reading? Having a hard time reading assigned books and textbooks for their classes? And spelling, is that hard too? The way words work class goes beyond just the simple sounds that singular consonants and vowels can make. The aim is to help your student have a better grasp on the English language by using visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile senses to make connections between sounds and words. Over the course of the year we will focus on the 6 syllable types that make up the English language and many of the rules that follow so that your student will more easily recognize these syllables and use them to improve their reading and spelling skills. This class geared towards BRIDGE age students but all grades are welcome. Instructor: Melanie Quickel; $7.00/wk Note: Mrs. Quickel is a Certified PA Reading Specialist, M.Ed. Material Fee: $35; payable directly to the teacher on the first day of class. Material fee includes the following for each student: -Wilson Magnetic Letter Tiles -Personal sized white board -Expo marker -Class handouts





Period 4 - 1:25pm-2:25pm

HS: Advanced Writing (1st Semester) - "GO"


This course is designed to take the student’s writing to the next level. The focus is on improving research skills, organization, citing sources, and proper formatting of formal papers. We will review the four types of writing and then complete compositions in each style. The final paper will be a longer research paper where they will be required to incorporate the skills learned in previous lessons. Students completing Write Shop II or students who have completed a higher-level writing class may consider this option.

Instructor: Merry Parshall, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk No Text Required




HS: United States History (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait List Started]


This US History course covers our nation's history from colonial times up to the 2018 Election. The objective of this class is for students to understand American history and why it is important to them. Class time will be spent reviewing the current chapter, creating an in-class timeline, and working in small groups on activities to enhance learning. Each week students will be required to read the text and answer the chapter questions and will be given assignments to further develop their critical thinking skills and research abilities. Two class projects will be required: first semester a report & speech on a historical topic; and second semester: an in-class media presentation on a current US event (history in the making). For the in-class media presentation they will present their topic using some sort of technology; ie: Power Point, video, etc. With a little extra study, students may wish to challenge themselves and take The History of the United States I CLEP test after Semester I and The History of the United States II CLEP test after Semester II in order to gain 3-6 college credits. Instructor: Sandra Rohrbaugh, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • United States History Student Text (4th ed.); Bob Jones University Press; ISBN - 978-1-60682-005-6 . There are plenty used copies available at Amazon.com
  • Autobiography of Booker T. Washington: Up From Slavery (need for book report)
  • ​3 ring binder (1") with 7 write-on dividers
Material Fee:
  • $10 for classroom handouts paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




HS: World Literature (Full Year) - "GO"


The student will read classic works of world literature, from The Odyssey to Animal Farm. The literature will include novels, short stories, plays, and nonfiction. Emphasis is placed on how the literature reflects the historical settings in which the works are set. This course is specifically designed to match the timeline of the World History course. Class time includes class discussion on the books as well as introduction of literary terms and hands on activities. The student will complete writing assignments to analyze literary elements and historical setting. Each student will give a presentation on an author they choose at the beginning of the year. Weekly homework includes reading the literature and taking notes. ​Instructor: Christine Gatchell, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Beowulf
  • Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare
  • Great Expectations by Dickens
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy




HS: World Geography (Full Year) - "GO"


This one-year, all-encompassing, and digitally-based geography course will allow students to dive deeply into discovering about our great world! Students will study geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Hang on! This is going to be one crazy world-wide trip! Class periods will include games, activities, and student presentations as a form of review. Please go here to take a look at this incredible course: https://www.tylerhogan.com/product/north-star-geography Instructor: Julie Tate, 1 Credit; $9.00/wk Text Required:

  • $20 paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year. KDO World Geography students will use the North Star Geography by Tyler Hogan textbook, maps, etc., which will be disseminated digitally from the teacher for only $20 per student. Please go here to take a look at this incredible course: https://www.tylerhogan.com/product/north-star-geography/




Study Hall - GO


Study hall students may converse in study hall and play table games. The students must respect the monitor. Students must keep in mind that there are those studying. Study halls are offered for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th periods for any Bridge or High School student. If you need study hall for 1st or 5th period, please note that on your registration. If we have enough interest, we may be able to provide study hall for those periods. Monitor: Sharon Birx, $3.00/per study hall; except High School Period 2 which is $5.00/study hall (class period is 2 hrs)




Bridge: Literature (Full Year) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Have you ever had the pleasure of being swept away by a story – drawn into a new world, a different time? How about meeting a best friend nestled neatly in the pages of a great book? In this class, we’ll discover the joy of sharing extraordinary literature with others. This literary discussion-based class will feature the following books, many of which are multi-award winners: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Lathan, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, Rules by Cynthia Lord, Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, and Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. Instructor: Mary Oles, $7.00/wk Text Required:

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Lathan
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse




Bridge: Lego Simple Machines (1st Semester) - "GO"


This class provides students the opportunity to explore and more deeply understand a broad range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, including but not limited to, force, motion, and energy through a hands-on learning approach. Working in partner groups, students will utilize a kit of 400 LEGO bricks and a motor to explore and create simple and powered machines to model and better understand STEM concepts. Outside classwork/homework will be minimal but may be assigned weekly. The class will promote and require collaboration and observation and the ability to listen and follow directions will be key to success. Note: this class will have different projects and topics than 2nd Semester so a student can take one or both semeters. Instructor: Melanie Quickel; $7.00/wk Lego Kit Usage Fee:

  • $20 For use of Lego's kit at KDO
Material Fee:
  • $10 paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Bridge: Lego Simple Machines (2nd Semester) - "GO"


This class provides students the opportunity to explore and more deeply understand a broad range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, including but not limited to, force, motion, and energy through a hands-on learning approach. Working in partner groups, students will utilize a kit of 400 LEGO bricks and a motor to explore and create simple and powered machines to model and better understand STEM concepts. Outside classwork/homework will be minimal but may be assigned weekly. The class will promote and require collaboration and observation and the ability to listen and follow directions will be key to success. Note: this class will have different projects and topics than 1st Semester so a student can take one or both semeters. Instructor: Melanie Quickel; $7.00/wk Lego Kit Usage Fee:

  • $20 For use of Lego's kit at KDO
Material Fee:
  • $10 paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the school year




Elective: Art: High School Drawing and Painting I (Full Year) - "GO"


This credit class is geared for the 9-12th grade. In this class we will quickly learn, or refresh, our knowledge of the elements and principles of drawing and painting. A variety of projects will be based on the information that we discuss in class. We will use a variety of mediums including pencil, acrylic, charcoal and watercolor. Students will be challenged to work to the best of their abilities and have fun. Students will be expected to work 4 hours per week in addition to class time. Grades are based on willingness to try, class preparation, completed hourly log, class participation, and project completeness, not on level of skill.

Instructor: Glenda Conklin; $7.00/wk 1 Credit

Required Supplies:

  • Supply list will be provided

Material Fee:

  • $10.00 materials and copy fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective: Drama: Cavalcade of Characters (1st Semester) - "GO" [Wait list started]


Anne of Green Gables… Gollum… Mary Poppins… Sherlock Holmes… Julius Caesar… Peter Pan… Lucy and Mr. Tumnus… Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver... Charlie Brown and Snoopy! Phew! There are so many amazing characters in literature, stage, and film! Do you have favorites? Share them with the class and we’ll dive into their imaginary worlds through scripts and improv. In the end, we’ll have a fun-filled theatrical menagerie to perform for your family and friends! (No textbook required.) Instructor: Christina MacCloskey, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk Material Fee:

  • $5.00 fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective: Drama: The Odyssey (2nd Semester) - "GO"


Adventure awaits! Step onto the stage and back in time to Ancient Greece as we dive into the tale of the Greek hero, Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War. Monsters, myths, and mischief abound! The culmination of our class will be a performance of “The Odyssey” (in the style of Ancient Greek theatre!) for family and friends! (No textbook required.) Instructor: Christina MacCloskey, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk Material Fee:

  • $5.00 fee paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class




Elective: Math Assist (1st & 2nd Semester) -


This course will be for math students ranging from grades 7 through 12. Students will bring whatever math curriculum they are using to class each week. I will work with individual students (or small groups if possible) with whatever they are struggling with, have questions about, or just need more practice with, such as difficult math concepts, weak areas, or even new material. My goal is to provide students with a better understanding of the math that they are presently learning. No specific text required. Students are to bring their current math text. Note: Students can take one or both semesters. Non-credit class. Instructor: Tabitha Martin; $5.00/wk




Elective: Vocal Ensemble (1st & 2nd Semester) - "GO"


For students who enjoy singing, this vocal ensemble will learn vocal pieces sung in parts. Some songs will even be performed acapella. Some experience reading music and singing in parts would be helpful, but is not required. Note: Students can take one or both semesters. Instructor: Pauline Williams, $7.00/wk Material Fee:

  • $30 for music; payable directly to the teacher at the beginning of the year




Elective:  SAT Prep (1st Semester) -


This course is for students preparing to take the SAT. Class time will be spent learning testing strategies and working through sample test questions and writing prompts together to improve the students' testing skills and to determine what the students still need to learn before taking the test. Class time will not be spent learning subject content but rather pinpointing what they need to study on their own. Homework will be taking sample tests and studying the subject areas they need to improve. Grading will be based on completion. Instructor: Britney Wood, $7.00/wk





Period 5 - 2:30pm-3:30pm

Elective: Competitive Speech (1st Semester) - "GO"


Students will learn the various categories, rules, and requirements within NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) competitions. They will then choose a category in which to compete and develop a speech which fits within those guidelines. Areas of speech development will include drama, poetry, and other literary evaluation and review, creative writing and development of ideas, and research into current events. Finally, students will prepare and then polish their speech in order to be ready for competition. There will be one "mock" competition near the end of the semester. Students who desire to compete are encouraged to take both semesters of this class. In order to compete, a membership in NCFCA will be required. For more information, see ncfca.org. Instructor: Brian Kannel, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk




Elective: Competitive Speech (2nd Semester) - "GO"


The second semester of this class will focus heavily on the limited preparation categories within NCFCA competition, including a wide variety of topics. Students who are taking this class for a second semester will continue to progress in competition readiness and may have the opportunity to compete in additional competitions in the spring, including District, State, and even National competitions. There will be one required field trip for all students to a speech competition, at which students who took the 1st semester class and desire to will compete against other students from around the country. Students who are taking the class only during the 2nd semester will observe during this competition. Students who desire to compete are encouraged to take both semesters of this class. In order to compete, a membership in NCFCA will be required. For more information, see ncfca.org. Instructor: Brian Kannel, .5 Credit; $7.00/wk




Elective: Poetry (1st Semester) - "GO"


This class is appropriate for beginners as well as repeat students. We’ll study poetry styles throughout the world and through the ages while we actively create our own storehouse of masterpieces using a variety of methods and prompts. Budding poets, songwriters, and humorists will find this class beneficial! Bonus: There is an option for students in grades 9 - 12 to participate in the national scholarship program, Poetry Out Loud; however, participation is not a requirement of the class. (No textbook required.) Instructor: Christina MacCloskey; $5.00/wk Material Fee:

  • $5 paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of the year