Days of Wonder School

                    A unique experience in education   

High School Classes

2018 - 2019

Days of Wonder School offers these advantages over other high school programs
  • A great, qualified staff devoted to making their subject material interesting and multi-sensory.
  • Small classes that offer individual attention.
  • The ability for students to earn a high school transcript and diploma with required and elective credits, including honors credit. (No DOW credit is given for classes with a final grade of D or lower.)
  • Teacher availability to help with course material after hours if needed (Sometimes this involves an additional charge.)
  • Low cost for classes compared to private school and tutoring.
  • A career development program designed to helping find the best post-high school program for each and every student.

Important: Unlike our “regular” program (preschool, K-8), high school students have the opportunity to attend full time or take only those classes that are needed.

Full & Part Time Classes
  • Full time classes are those that meet multiple times per week on M, T, & TH. Students earn 1 credit hour for these classes.
  • Part time classes meet once per week and generally give ½ credit.

Exception: Our Friday classes (which meet once per week) also give 1 credit hour. However, the homework is heavier to account for less class time.

Tuition
  • Full-time tuition is $270/month plus supply fees. (Price differs with each teacher and some will need no fee at all.)
  • Full-time tuition includes 3 full-time classes and 1 part time class.
  • In order to get the maximum benefit of time spent at DOW and the credits needed for graduation, we are adding a 4th full-time class that will cost an additional $75 per month.
  • Homeroom takes place on M, T, & Th and is the most important part of the day! It is a time in which students connect with teachers and other students at the end of the day to discuss assignments, projects due, future events, and school issues. It is required for any student taking 2 full time classes or more.
  • Friday Classes – We are offering 3 classes on Fridays that are required for graduation. It’s up to each family to decide how many of these classes to take and in what years. These classes are paid for separately. Those classes are Finance, German, & High School Design Fundamentals.
M, T, TH Classes

Full-Time Schedule for High School, 2018-2019 = 3 full time classes and & 1 part time class. There is an option of taking a 4th full time class and up to 3 Friday classes.

FULL TIME CLASSES ON M, T, TH:
LA (English, Literature, Grammar, Writing, ACT/SAT Preparation) 4.5 hours/week $85/month
Algebra1, Algebra II, Consumer Math, or Pre-Calculus 4.5 hours/week $85/month
Chemistry or Physics (higher price due to science equipment needed.) 3 hours/week, $80/month
American History 3 hours/week, $75/month

PLEASE NOTE: If your teen is taking a full-time load and drops a class, you will be asked to pay full price for all remaining classes.

PART TIME CLASSES ON M, T, TH:

These 3 classes are in session on Thursdays, 2 – 3:30. These are included in the full-time tuition.

Careers 12 weeks ¼ credit (½ credit is required for graduation)
Health - First Aid - Nutrition 12 weeks ½ credit
Phys Ed 12 weeks ½ credit
PART TIME CLASSES ON FRIDAY:

These classes will be held on Fridays. They are required for graduation and are usually offered every other year. Each family needs to plan out their child’s high school years to determine the best time to take them.

German 1.25 hour class, $70/month
Design Fundamentals/Fine Arts 1.5 hour class, $80/month
Finance/Economics 3 hours/week, $80/month

Please Note: Friday classes are charged separately from M/T/TH classes. You cannot combine Friday classes with M/T/TH classes to receive the full-time price.

High School Class Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:15 - 9:15
American History
8:15 - 9:15
American History
  8:15 - 9:15
American History
9:15 - 10:45
High School
Design Fundamentals
9:25 - 10:55
Language Arts Advanced
Algebra I & II
Consumer Math
9:25 - 10:55
Language Arts Advanced
Algebra I & II
  9:25 - 10:55
Language Arts Advanced
Algebra I & II
10:45 - 12:00
German
11:00 - 11:50
Lunch 🍎
11:00 - 11:50
Lunch 🍎
  11:00 - 11:50
Lunch 🍎
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch 🍎
11:55 - 1:25
Language Arts All Levels
Algebra II & Pre-Calculus
11:55 - 1:25
Language Arts All Levels
Algebra II & Pre-Calculus
  11:55 - 1:25
Language Arts All Levels
Algebra II & Pre-Calculus
12:30 - 2:00
Finance / Economics
1:30 - 2:00
Home Room
1:30 - 2:00
Home Room
  1:30 - 2:00
Home Room
 
2:00 - 3:30
Chemistry or Physics
2:00 - 3:30
Chemistry or Physics
  2:00 - 3:30
Chemistry or Physics
 
High School Teachers & Curriculum
Duff Orlemann
American History 🇺🇸

"Last year I taught Design Fundamentals and this will be my first year teaching American history.

Most history classes consist of lecture, note taking, memorization, and tests. This is NOT the way to learn history.

I will make history come alive by focusing on what life was like at different periods of American history and showing how historical events affect the decisions we make today."

Michele DiCristoforo
Language Arts ✏️📓

The Language Arts class includes:

  • World Literature
  • Writing: Essays, articles, research papers, creative works, literary analyses, and more
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • SAT/ACT Preparation

"Hello, I have a master’s degree in Education, bachelor’s degree in English, and I’m very energized to teach this class.

In keeping with the yearly theme, students will read World Literature, short stories, and poems. They will develop excellent writing skills by writing from direct experiences as well as in response to well-chosen World Literature. They will learn how to write research papers, creative works, literary analyses, journal entries, autobiographical work, essays, letters, and articles both independently and in groups. Students will learn that writing is a tool for personal growth, expression, analysis, and communication.

Grammar and vocabulary will be woven into all writing projects. ACT/SAT preparation will also be covered as time allows."

Liz Woodmansee
Algebra II ➗

"I have always loved math. I was a math interventionist 2–3 days per week for twelve years! This year I will be teaching Algebra I & II.

I have been part of the DOW family for the past five years. My husband, Woody, and I have been married for twenty-seven years and have three children. Our youngest Addie is the reason we came to DOW.

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Education. My degree was in special education but the subjects I excelled and loved were always math and art. I taught in the public school system for over twenty years. Next school year will be my fourth year teaching Algebra I and my second teaching Algebra II.

I enjoy math, probably a little too much, and love when the light comes on in a student when learning a new concept. I am always willing to come in early or stay late to help a student understand what we're doing in class. Every student has my email and phone number and know they can contact me anytime for help. I want every child to succeed and as long as they put the time in on homework, follow along and take notes in class, participate and most importantly ask questions or for help when needed they will continuously be building a strong math foundation throughout the school year."

 
Chemistry, Algebra I, & PreCalculus 🔬➗

"Hi! I have over 10 years’ experience in a chemistry lab at Quantum Chemical. I have an Applied Science degree, and I continued to study while working for a BS in Chemical Engineering. In addition to my work, I have volunteered many hours to science education, including public chemistry demonstrations, judging science fairs, as well as leading students through experiments to explain scientific principles. I have always enjoyed bringing Chemistry and science to young people in a way that makes them want to learn more…despite their level of math.

We may or may not be using a textbook. If we do, I will supplement it with hands-on experiments to develop a better understanding of Chemistry and the scientific method.

I also love math. So when the opportunity to teach Algebra I & Precalculus came about, I jumped on it! I love working with students to help them realize that math concepts can be understandable if taken step by step."

Meghan Egloff
Consumer Math ➗

"Consumer Math is a field of mathematics which shows you how to use math skills in real life situations such as buying a car, budgeting your money, investing, paying taxes, etc…

It is a great option for those who need another math credit that is practical to every day life."

 
Career Development 🏢

School and Beyond…Planning for the Future.

Goals:

  • Students will learn about themselves and their interests, their strengths, their passions.
  • Students will discover how those can be integrated into a career they will find rewarding.
  • Students will research available avenues for achieving their goals.
  • Students will explore work and career elements, college options, apprenticeships, alternative programs, etc.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to shadow various job sites.
  • Students will be taken on tours of local colleges and college programs as well as technical and high school extension programs.
FRIDAY CLASSES
Susanne Withrock
German 🇩🇪

"I was born in Austria and lived there for the first 30 years of my life, so German is in my blood so to speak. I have enjoyed teaching the class at this school in the last several years. I hope to have even more students come and learn German with me this coming year.

Vielen Dank und Auf Wiedersehen in der DOW Schule."

Duff Orlemann
Fine Arts 🎨

"Hello! I will be teaching the High School Design Fundamentals Class.

I introduce and emphasize key elements and principles of visual design. Those key elements are line, shape, value, texture, color, and space. The 2 key principles will be unity and variety. Students will develop working skills with layout and organization of design elements for a variety of visual effects.

The course emphasis will be on design as a means of communication. Students will learn about Gestalt theoretical principles and their relevance to composition and design. Some art history and contemporary trends will be infused within this course to add context and meaning.

I hope you will consider joining me in this incredible journey!"

TBA
Finance 🏦

 

Final Thoughts
  • We believe in a standard of excellence. Therefore, we only give high school credit for classes with a C average or better.
  • Homework is approximately 5-6 hours on Wednesday and Fridays. Reading should be a part of students' routine every day.
  • We want DOW students to be present to each other, their teachers, and their learning all day long. Therefore, students are asked to leave phones at home. If brought to school, they cannot be turned on until the student is in the car going home. Twice younger students have been exposed to unfavorable content while looking at a high schoolers phone after school. We will confiscate phones that are taken out at any other time.
  • High school students are the school leaders! As such, they become "buddies" to the younger students and display behaviors and personal appearances that students can look up to.