Click on any of the 2021-22 Class Offerings listed below to see an expanded description of each course.
*In cases where two or more classes are separated by an -OR- the student and parents will choose the class that best fits the student's academic interests and needs.
hands-on math & logic
Find math a bore? Not anymore! No homework. No worksheets. No problem! This course will have you up and moving as you work together with friends to problem solve and troubleshoot. We will focus on the conceptual side of mathematics, along with logical processes using various games, mind benders, puzzlers, and brain teasers. This course is perfect for those who may not be ready or not need credit for macroeconomics.
speech & intro to debate
“FITTING WORDS… provides them with tools of communication that will equip them for life… In this course, students will learn the theory of using words well, study the greatest speeches of all time, and practice the skills of effective oratory. Rhetoric is the art of using words well and is measured by our ability to teach men the truth, to move men to goodness, and to delight men with verbal beauty.” (excerpt from Roman Roads Media website)
This course will introduce students to various types of speeches and argumentation in an engaging, hands-on manner. In addition to preparing original speeches, students will learn to speak off-the-cuff and to write and give prepared speeches. Debate techniques will be explored. Learn skills to enhance public speaking such as physicality, voice control, diction and posture. Students should have a basic working knowledge of finding reputable sources of information, citing works in written form, and writing an outline, as these skills will be crucial to completing required speeches. This class is geared toward upperclassmen who will earn one credit of Speech and Introduction to Debate upon completion of coursework.
Students will be required to read the weekly assigned material, complete homework assignments and tests at home, and participate in class activities. Each student will need a composition journal and a copy of the text Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric Second Edition, with the ISBN-10: 1-944482-28-8. Families can purchase a copy of the necessary text at
Fitting Words | Individual Products – Roman Roads Press.
All coursework will be submitted and graded digitally. A final grade based on test scores, class participation, and homework will be calculated at the end of the year. Students who may not be ready or not need high school credit for a public speaking course should enroll in Hands-On Math & Logic instead. This class can be successfully completed if students invest about one hour a day. These students and their parents will sign a contract pledging to diligently stay on top of all assignments. If a student is unable to maintain said contract, he/she will lovingly be encouraged to join the fun in Hands-On Math & Logic.
Embrace the process, and not the product. No skill or experience required! Come venture into the world of creating, using a variety of mediums, techniques, and projects. Whether you are timid or confident in this subject, embarking on this messy adventure will be unforgettable. Students will have the pleasure of participating in an art show at the end of each semester. Tuition covers any art supplies needed for participation in this class.
physical science - apologia
“This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. The course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the Earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.” (excerpt from Apologia website)
Deepen your understanding of the physical world God created. Through discussion and experimentation, students will finish the year with a firm grasp on this foundational concept.
Each family will need to purchase a copy of the Apologia Physical Science Second Edition textbook prior to the start of classes. Students will be required to read the weekly assigned text, complete corresponding homework, participate in class discussions and labs, and complete in-class lab reports. A final grade based on test scores, class participation, study guides, and lab reports will be calculated at the end of the year.
bju's cultural geography
Students will enjoy trekking the globe and meeting the diverse cultures that inhabit it. Cruise past continents, countries, capitals, and landmarks while mastering map skills in a hands-on fashion. Weekly reading assignments will equip them for contribution in class discussion.
Before the year begins, students will need a copy of BJU Cultural Geography Student Text Fourth Edition (ISBN - 978-1606824993) to be prepared for class.
*For high schoolers: If students complete the assigned reading and homework as well as participate in class discussions and activities, this course will earn them one credit of high school World Geography.
Why can’t I stick my fork in the microwave? Why use baking soda on a grease fire? What’s the big deal if my tire is just a little low? Savants will discover a wealth of knowledge, tips, and tricks to steer them toward success at “adulting”. Students will investigate important life skills from cooking, meal planning, basic home maintenance, car care and repair, and laundry to interviewing and interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
Join Mrs. Cooper’s fun-loving nature as she approaches hands-on life skills in class.
Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” This is an hour block of “you’ll never know what’s coming” fun. Students see that paths to learning aren’t always shaped as what is expected. Keeping on track with our hands-on theme, this class is sure to keep them guessing as opportunities abound.
In this course you will gain and develop skills in one or more areas of the yearbook creation process. This will include, but is not limited to, page design, photography, copywriting, marketing, or any other skill required to create a memorable yearbook. This is a hands-on course; you’ll be able to come to class every day and learn by doing. Outside of developing these individual skills, we’re also working towards a single, shared goal: to create a memorable yearbook that students and faculty of South Side Schoolhouse will treasure. Students will need to bring a personal laptop with wi-fi capabilities for use in class. Class size is limited. Enrollment in yearbook is subject to Director’s approval.
advanced biology (human a&p) - apologia
“Start your high school students off with a greater understanding of how they are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image...This homeschool high school human body course covers both the anatomy and physiology of each of the human body’s organ systems for those students who have successfully completed high school biology and chemistry classes. It is recommended for 12th grade, although it could be taken earlier if the science prerequisites are met. When fully completed, this course can be listed as honors and/or an advanced course on high school transcripts. You can rest assured that the subject matter covered in this course is rigorous enough to prepare students for college-level work.” (excerpt from Apologia website)
Each family will need to purchase a copy of the Apologia Advanced Biology Third Edition textbook* prior to the start of classes. Students will be required to read the weekly assigned text, complete corresponding homework, participate in class discussions and labs, and complete in-class lab reports. Students will also complete tests at home that are to be returned the following week in order to be graded by the advanced biology teachers. A final grade based on test scores, class participation, study guides, and lab reports will be calculated at the end of the year. This class can be successfully completed if the student studies for about one hour a day five days a week. These students and their parents will sign a contract pledging to diligently stay on top of all assignments. One credit of high school advanced biology or anatomy and physiology will be earned upon successful completion of coursework.
*Enrollment in Advanced Biology is subject to prior completion of general biology and Director’s approval.
Whether it’s strength training, honing conditioning skills, or lively group games and activities, Savants will have a chance to explore a variety of physical activities, and most importantly have fun making a lot of noise together.
Looking for a “hands-on” approach to foreign language? This is for you! Whether just beginning or building on sign language skills, students will build vocabulary and have the opportunity to practice signing with classmates.
southside strider's band
Whether experienced or a newbie, there’s a band waiting for you. Mrs. Meyer began a homeschool band twelve years ago with just a handful of players, and is seeking continued growth with interested students. She enjoys sharing her love for music with students, just as they enjoy “striking up the band” for her. Each semester, concert and symphonic bands conclude with a performance, while marching band has additional performance opportunities.