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Star Academics Electives

Culinary Arts (grade 8 – 12)

Great cooking requires the right technique. Whether students want to pursue a career in the food industry or cook a gourmet meal for their family and friends, they need to learn the fundamentals of cooking. Students in this course gain valuable skills by hands-on instruction on various topics including food and kitchen safety, knife skills, understanding recipes, food science, and more. All students in this course should expect to eat and have fun.
NOTE: This course has an additional materials fee of $20 per semester.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00023 Garden Grove T 1:40PM-2:40PM $220.00
00124 Temecula Valley R 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00

Digital Photography (grade 8 – 12)

This fun and interactive course provides basic photography skills through class assignments, photo field shoots, and field trips. Students in this course learn how to incorporate color, pattern, texture, lighting, and composition into their photographs in order to enhance the final image and produce a better photograph. Students learn about nature, landscape, portraiture and documentary photography as well as influential photographers in various styles.
NOTE: This course has an additional $20 materials fee per semester.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00160 Yorba Linda T 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00
00017 Garden Grove R 12:35PM-1:35PM $220.00
00107 Temecula Valley R 9:25AM-10:25AM $220.00
00040 La Mirada W 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00

Film (grade 8 – 12)

This course is an introduction to film production. Students learn the basics of preproduction, production, and postproduction, culminating in a finished short film. They are taken through the aesthetic and technological principles of filmmaking, including script development, crew organization, camera work, editing, and sound. Weekly exercises familiarize students with the various aspects of filmmaking, turning theory into practice and improving their skills through hands-on experience.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00162 Yorba Linda R 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00

Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12)

This course is a practicum in effective communication designed by one of Biola's debate coaches and communication professors. Topics include research skills, the structure of a speech, rhetorical devices and their use, and an introduction to basic communication theory. Students will prepare and deliver several speeches of varying lengths and topics.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00142 Yorba Linda T 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00
00058 La Mirada W 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00
00123 Temecula Valley T 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00
00024 Garden Grove R 1:40PM-2:40PM $220.00

Yearbook (grade 8 – 12)

This two-semester course develops an understanding of the production and publication of a yearbook through lecture, discussion, and specialized projects that enhance learning about layout, photography, design, editing, advertising, sales, and fundraising. The course culminates in the marketing, sales, and distribution of the finished product.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00143 Yorba Linda R 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00

SAT and Career Prep (grade 10 – 11)

This one-semester course is designed for juniors, although sophomores who have taken geometry may also take it in order to be better prepared for the PSAT or SAT. In this course students identify their skills and interests through assessment, then research suitable careers and university programs. They also review the admissions process and research financial aid opportunities, including scholarships and grants. This course covers SAT preparation in which students learn important strategies for success in all aspects of the SAT including math, critical reading, and essay writing.

CCN Location Room Day Time Tuition
00127 Temecula Valley T / R 1:45PM-2:45PM $310.00
00164 Yorba Linda T / R 3:00PM-4:00PM $310.00
00061 La Mirada W / F 3:00PM-4:00PM $310.00
00072 Online Canvas R 5:15PM-6:15PM $310.00
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Sample Class Schedules

For an idea of how to fit Biola Youth Academics into your high school schedule
Class Schedule
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Tuition is per semester. (see Tuition/Fees)

Course Level Guidelines

The course levels listed in parentheses (excluding Torrey Academy Classes) are guidelines. We realize that homeschoolers often cross grade-level "boundaries" for many subjects; therefore students are welcome to enroll in any class that suits their level of achievement. Please remember that our core courses are college preparation level, and students will be expected to maintain these high standards.

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