Scholars may choose to attend academic classes on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, Friday Enrichment Day (Friday afternoons), or both programs. Scroll further down the page for Monday afternoon and Friday morning academic class options.
Our Friday Enrichment program begins at 11:30 with lunch and social time and ends at 3:30. There is a $50 membership fee that is paid by everyone enrolling in THA. This is due within one week of enrollment. There is a $150 Enrichment Fee that, along with any supply fees for enrichment classes, will be divided into four monthly payments. (Certain academic class fees can also be wrapped into these monthly payments.) Our Clark Youth Theatre enrichment class fee will be paid directly to Clark, and our Choir fee will be paid directly to Anthem Road Academy.
Friday Enrichment Elective Period 1 Class Options – Scholars:
Please note that high school students who are taking Chemistry in our Academy program will have their Friday chemistry class during this class period.
- Theatre – 6th-12th Grades – Instructor: Clark Youth Theatre – $130 per student paid directly to Clark Youth Theatre – Does your child love playing pretend, making up characters, and putting on accents or voices? If so, Clark Youth Theatre’s acting classes are the place for them! Clark provides children from all different backgrounds an opportunity for a passion in the arts. During this one hour class, students will explore acting through improv games, monologues, and self-written work. Students will work as an ensemble with other students and be given the tools needed to memorize lines, create their own plays, and perform. Our welcoming and accepting teachers are excited to share their knowledge and to create with your children!
- Home/Life Skills – 6th-12th Grades – Instructor: Janey Jacewitz – $20 supply fee paid to THA (wrapped into monthly THA payments) – This will be a mostly hands-on life skills training class to help build knowledge for everyday living. We will cover cooking (prepping, planning, budgeting, and hands-on cooking), vehicle maintenance, basic sewing (fixing holes, sewing on buttons, making own sewing kit), and stress management.
- Elementary Assistant
- Beginning Programming with Python – 6th-12th Grades – Instructor: Ronald Timoshenko, Cofounder and CTO of Remble Inc.–a Tulsa-based relationship health and wellness startup (www.remble.com) and 20 years experience reading and writing code – no extra fee (The coding book used for this class can be purchased in print or accessed online for free.) This class will introduce students to the basics of programming with Python and will teach them programming fundamentals and how to read, write and execute simple programs in the Python programming language. We will follow along with Zed Shaw’s excellent, “Learn Python the Hard Way”–which is available for purchase as a book (https://learnpythonthehardway.org/) and for free online: https://learnpythonthehardway.org/python3/. No purchase is necessary for the class.
- Students will need to bring a laptop (recommended), tablet, or mobile device that can open, edit, and create Python files to class every day (see resources below)
Students will need to download and install the necessary apps for their preferred device before the first class
- Python for Windows, macOS, or Linux:
Download the latest version at: https://www.python.org/downloads/
(Optional) Download VSCode: https://code.visualstudio.com/
- Python for iPad or iPhone (choose one):
Pyto – Python 3: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pyto-python-3/id1436650069
- Python for Android:
Friday Enrichment Club Hour Options – Scholars:
- Yearbook/Social Committee (for returning THA high schoolers only, due to limited spots) – 9th-12th Grades – led by Jessica Paul – no fee – Students will collaborate with their peers to create a THA yearbook commemorating the 2022-2023 school year. We will use teamwork, photography, design, copy writing, and editing skills during this process. Students should be prepared to work in class as well as meet on Zoom a few times outside of class. In addition to yearbook design, this group will plan several social events, including a fall and spring dance, as well as organize volunteer opportunities for all of THA. Come prepared to work hard and have fun!
- Creativity Club – 6th-12th Grades – supervised by THA Leadership Team and parent volunteers – $15 supply fee (wrapped into monthly THA payments) – Creativity Club is exactly that – a club where students with a shared interest in creative pursuits gather to create alongside and encourage each other. Students can work on individual projects or they can collaborate. They can practice their favorite form of creativity or explore new ones with the materials we will have on hand. Creativity Club’s intent is to foster a self-paced, self-determined, and nurturing space for creativity and friendships to thrive.
- Magic: The Gathering – 6th-12th grades – club led by THA high school students – no fee – beginning and experienced players in 6th-12th Grades – Cast spells and summon fantasy monsters with Magic: The Gathering, the original collectible card game. Students may bring their own cards or borrow cards from the club leaders.
- Elementary Assistant
- Computer Club – 6th-12th grades – club led by THA high school student – no fee – Join Computer Science Club to learn about and discuss the science of computers and the parts that run them. Santino will lead students in topics of discussion such as how to build a pc, how to troubleshoot problems, and tips on buying/building a computer.
Friday Enrichment Elective Period 2 Class Options – Scholars:
- Finance Park – 9th-12th Grades – Instructor: Amy Boyett – $25 materials fee paid to THA (wrapped into THA monthly payments) – Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s program for personal financial planning and career exploration. This program, comprising a curriculum and a simulation at the local Junior Achievement location (our students will attend the simulation on November 8th), helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. Finance Park covers all 14 areas of instruction on the OK State Financial Literacy Requirement.
- Watercolor – 6th-12th Grades – Instructor: Rachel Mize – $10 supply fee paid to THA (wrapped into THA monthly payment
- Elementary Assistant
- Strategy Games – 6th-12th Grades – no extra fee – Come exercise your brain and play a variety of strategy games with THA friends. Students may bring their own games, and THA will have a variety of games available.
After THA on Fridays – THA has a YMCA Youth and Government club available to students in 9th – 12th grades. The academic purpose of Youth and Government is to introduce students to how the branches of government work through a model government experience at the state capitol where they can participate as legislators, lobbyists, media members, or in mock trial, but YAG is so much more than this. YAG students get to meet and become friends with kids from all across the state all while practicing leadership skills! This club meets at THA every couple of weeks after Friday Enrichment and on a state-wide Zoom meeting one evening a month. Most THA YAG meetings won’t take long, and if a student can’t attend all of those meetings, it’s not a big deal. Students will also attend a training/kick-off event Wednesday, September 28th north of Edmond. After that if they decide to move forward with participation in YAG, they will attend District Conference on Saturday, December 3rd at Edmond North High School and State Conference February 23rd – 25th, 2023 in Oklahoma City. Students may attend District Conference before committing to the state conference if they would like. The cost for YAG is a $20 membership fee that covers the training and the District Conference. If your student decides to attend State Conference, the cost for that is $260. This includes hotel and food. Scholarships are available through YMCA. Let Anna-Maria know if you have any questions about YAG!
Academy (Monday Afternoons and Friday Mornings)
In addition to the $50 membership fee paid by everyone upon THA enrollment, Academy students will pay academic class fees. (Students who only take one academic class at THA and are not enrolled in Friday Enrichment will pay a reduced membership fee of $25.) Fees for middle and high school language arts, and high school Spanish will be wrapped into your total THA fee and added to your monthly THA payments. High school chemistry, high school history, middle school Biology, and middle school Chinese fees will be paid directly to the instructors for those classes.
Students in the academic program may take one to three classes. All academic classes are taught by qualified instructors who are certified teachers or have degrees/training in their specific fields. Our Monday academic classes will meet between 12:00 and 3:00, and our Friday academic classes will begin at 9:30 and meet until 11:30 when our enrichment program starts. Scholars who take Chemistry will have their Friday chemistry class during the first hour of our Enrichment program.
On Monday, students in our Academy may come at 11:30 for lunch and/or social time. We will offer a study hall during our academic program for students who have a gap between their classes. Friday academic students who are staying for the enrichment program will eat lunch with enrichment students before the enrichment classes begin.
Scholar Classes (9th – 12th grades)
9th graders may choose middle school academic classes instead if those would be a better fit. See Trailblazers page for information about those classes.
First Period: High School Literature and Writing – Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 and Fridays 9:30 – 10:30 – Instructors: Sarah Koepp and Anna-Maria Lane – $200 per student per semester (wrapped into THA monthly payments) – Students will need to purchase or check out novels from the library (list will be provided) and will need to purchase How to Read Literature Like a Professor (less than $10 new or less than $5 used) and The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition (Seventh Edition) (less than $5 used) – homework expectation of about two hours of written homework a week plus reading time – For literature, students will use Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor as a source book to discuss novels, both classical and modern, as well as film, television, and songs. Students will also closely examine textual excerpts from published novels, plays, and poems, looking for themes, archetypes, symbols, or patterns from Foster’s book. The writing portion of the class will focus on reading, analyzing (from a writer’s viewpoint), and writing various types of essays, using the The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition (Seventh Edition) by Thomas Cooley. High School Language Arts Disclaimer: This is a college prep course, and some of the materials used are intended for college students/adults and may contain mature themes or content.
Second Period, Choice 1: American History – Mondays 1:00 – 2:00 and Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 – Instructor: Stacey Leigh, Oklahoma certified teacher – $200 per student plus a $20 supply fee (both paid directly to the instructor) – about two hours of homework a week – The focus for the fall semester will be A People’s History of Abolition and the Civil War, which encourages students to take a critical look at the popular narrative that centers Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator and ignores the resistance of abolitionists and enslaved people. This course will help students understand how ordinary citizens — with ideas that seem radical and idealistic — can challenge unjust laws, take action together, pressure politicians to act, and fundamentally change society. The second semester will focus on a different era of American history. This history class, if taken both semesters, can be counted a full American history credit. This would also be a great elective!
Second Period, Choice 2: Spanish – Mondays 1:00 – 2:00 and Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 – $125 per semester (wrapped into THA monthly payments) – a couple of hours of homework a week – This course will be provided by Homeschool Spanish Academy. THA students will be together in a room with the Homeschool Spanish Academy teacher on video at the front of the room. This course, when taken both semesters, can be counted as a foreign language credit.
Third Period: Chemistry – Mondays 2:00 – 3:00 and Fridays 12:30 – 1:30 – Students will need to purchase the Chem Explained curriculum for use at home (info on curriculum cost in next paragraph). There will also be a $125 fee paid to Forrest Valkai who will be teaching the class on Mondays plus a supply fee of no more than $50 (amount will be determined after we know enrollment numbers) paid to THA (will be wrapped into monthly THA payments).
We will receive a group discount on the curriculum, and after enrollment we will send an email with the group discount code. The Chem Explained curriculum membership costs $295 plus shipping for the full year or, if semesters are bought separately, $149 for the first semester and $159 for the second semester. We will receive a group discount of $75. To receive the discount upfront, you must buy the full year membership. If you purchase the semesters separately, you won’t receive the discount until you purchase the second semester. If you do not want to print the worksheets and other materials, you may purchase a Student Resource Manual for $49. If you do not want to to print the answer keys, student tests, and quizzes, you may purchase the Teacher Resource Manual for $59. However, everything in the Student Resource Manual and Teacher Resource Manual is available to be printed with purchase of a membership.
On Mondays students will complete labs and other activities led by Forrest. Fridays will be a day to work on assignments together as a class, have class discussions, and listen to guest speakers. Parents will pay Forrest $125 per student plus a $50 lab fee to THA. There is no extra charge for the Friday portion of the THA class. Chem Explained can be counted as a lab science credit. We will be working through the chapters required for the Traditional level of the course. Students who wish to do the more advanced level may add the corresponding chapters to their at-home work.
Chem Explained (www.chemexplained.com) is a college prep high school chemistry course that comes with a teacher, “Mr. Riz,” an award-winning chemistry teacher of 46 years! THA chemistry students will complete the Chem Explained work at home (videos, podcasts, notes, worksheets, and tests). Parents and students will use answer keys to grade this work at home. On Mondays, our THA high school science teacher, Forrest Valkai, will lead students in discussions and labs ($125 fee will be paid directly to Forrest for this service). On Fridays, students will work on work together, participate in class discussions, and learn from guest speakers. Students will be given a schedule for moving through the curriculum so that the class stays together as they move through the course. This is a high school chemistry class, so students should expect to put in several hours of work at home each week.
Please note that the Friday chemistry time is after lunch and during the first Friday Enrichment hour, so students who take Chemistry will not take the first Friday Enrichment elective. You may notice on the the Chem Explained website that there are three different levels at which students can take the course. THA chemistry students will be working at the traditional level. Chem Explained recommends that students complete Algebra 1 before taking the course.
What are the main differences between ChemExplained.com and other online chemistry courses?
ChemExplained.com comes with a TEACHER! This means that the #1 difference is the 365+ teaching video podcasts! The students do not have to read a textbook and try to figure out chemistry on their own. Ask the students that have done this. It’s frustrating! As the student listens to Mr. Riz, a licensed professional chemistry instructor, the student will be engaged in learning even difficult chemistry concepts in a way they can understand. Difference #2 is the rigor and success of the course which will help the student take their understanding of chemistry to the next level. Students that successfully complete the ChemExplained.com course do NOT drop out of chemistry at the next academic level; in fact, most students earn A’s and B’s.