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Star Academics Electives

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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 Status Enroll
00024 Garden Grove G 102 R 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00
00041 La Mirada 8A F 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00
00167 Yorba Linda 101 T 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00

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

Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12) This course is a practicum in speech and effective communication. 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 Status Enroll
00150 Yorba Linda B4 T 10:50AM-11:50AM $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 Status Enroll
00151 Yorba Linda B4 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 Status Enroll
00063 La Mirada 4 W/F 3:00PM-4:00PM $320.00
00135 Temecula Valley 7 T/R 1:45PM-2:45PM $320.00
00171 Yorba Linda B3 T/R 3:00PM-4:00PM $320.00

Sample Class Schedules

For an idea of how to fit Biola Youth Academics into your high school schedule
Class Schedule
Class Schedule w/ TA Courses


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.

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