High School Courses
Our high school courses help develop students to think for themselves and make wise spiritual, home, and community decisions. Our goal is to give the students spiritual eyes so they can identify possibilities all around them. Most of our high school graduates choose to go to college, which is the focus of our academic program, so WCA gives them a firm academic and spiritual foundation for their journey.
Our high school Course Catalog lists each of our courses along with a description. The catalog can be found on our website [navigation]. Here is a brief synopsis of courses available for homeschool students:
Math – The high school math program is designed to accommodate a variety of skill and interest levels. Courses range from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus.
Social Studies – Students may take World History, United States History, American Government, Macro Economics, and Consumer Education.
Science – Our laboratory sciences include Introduction to Physical Science, Biology, Honors Chemistry and Honors Physics.
English – Students may pursue up to four years of instruction in grammar, composition, and literature, including AP English.
Bible – Courses prepare students in Biblical content, doctrine, apologetics, worldview, and application.
Spanish – The study of foreign languages teaches students to appreciate other cultures as well as deepens and solidifies their understanding of English and the overall communication process. Four years of courses are offered at Westlake.
Computer Applications – Students gain competency in various office applications including Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Access®, and PowerPoint®, as well as graphics and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Fine Arts – Opportunity is provided for instruction in creative visual arts, as well as participation in instrumental and choral music. See a presentation of the band program below.
Sports – see a presentation of the athletic program for homeschools in the next section.
Homeschool students taking courses must follow the same application process as full time Westlake students.
- WCA homeschool registration fee $125 (one registration fee per student for all services)
- Tuition, per course (yearly) $1250
- Curriculum fee, per course $30
Westlake athletic programs offer homeschool students opportunities to engage their physical abilities while enhancing character and spirit. WCA sports offerings include basketball, soccer, and volleyball for boys and girls, in graded teams for grades 4-12. Homeschool students enjoy the same level of excitement and involvement in sports teams as full time students. Check online for exact fees on our documents page.
Homeschool students participating in sports must take either at least one academic course or band from Westlake.
Sports fees, per sport $105-195 (range, depending on sport)
Athletic uniform Deposit (refundable) $30
Westlake Christian Academy’s band program is recognized for excellent instrumental music performances in area churches and in the community at large. Students from WCA’s band program perform not only for school functions, but also for churches and in musical groups throughout the community. Our goal as a department is to honor God with excellence in the performance of quality instrumental music and to encourage lifelong participation in music.
Beginning Band – Qualified home school students in grades four and up may take the music aptitude test to determine readiness for our Beginning Band program. Beginning Band is for students in their first year of playing a band instrument. Students typically receive one 30 minute group lesson and one full band rehearsal per week, held during the school day. Students in Beginning Band finish the first year by performing in a Spring Beginning Band Concert.
Intermediate Band – Qualified home school students in their second year of band participation who have successfully demonstrated skills above the Beginning Band level make up the Intermediate Band. Students typically receive one 30 minute group lesson and two full band rehearsals per week, one before school and one during school hours. The Intermediate Band performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Qualified students may perform at solo and ensemble contests held in the spring semester.
Concert Band – Concert Band is for students having acquired the skills necessary to play music at an upper junior high to senior high school level, as determined by the director by audition. Students through 8th grade will typically receive one group lesson per week. The full band currently rehearses four mornings per week before school as part of this program. Westlake’s Concert Band performs at school programs, competes at contests, participates in music ministry for area churches and school chapels and participates in the Association of Christian Schools International’s music festivals.
Homeschool students taking band must follow the same application process as full time Westlake students.
WCA homeschool registration fee: $60 (unless also taking an academic course)
(Prices listed are annual/monthly)
Nine monthly payments, September through May.
Concert band uniform deposit (refundable) – $30
All bands are full school year commitments, not semester.
While Illinois does not require standardized testing for homeschooled students, most parents look for reliable external assessment of their children’s academic progress as an affirmation of their homeschool program. Westlake offers both achievement and ability testing annually in the spring for students in Kindergarten through grade 11, as classroom space permits.
Westlake uses the TerraNova 3 Complete Battery published by CTB/McGraw-Hill. The program is a carefully researched selected-response test that reflects today’s challenging standards for content and performance. It is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. Included in the test are five foundational PLUS tests designed to provide baseline data in word analysis, vocabulary, spelling, language mechanics, and math computation. This series of assessments generates precise norm-referenced achievement scores, a full complement of criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information. Homeschool parents are provided with norm-referenced achievement scores, criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information
Standardized testing fee $50
Reading Intervention (S.O.A.R.)
Westlake offers effective intervention services for students who need help with phonics, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. We call this program S.O.A.R. (Success On Active Reading). Under the guidance of a trained, certified special education instructor, students are tested for a baseline and tracked using the AimsWeb assessment. Then they are placed in small groups of 1-3 where they receive highly individualized intervention instruction using the Wilson and Read Naturally programs. Students meet for three 45-minute session per week in order to maximize retention and progress. The cost for this service comes to $30 per hour. The intervention program begins the first week of September and concludes in May, with 30 weeks of service.
There is a special application form for students receiving this service.
WCA homeschool registration fee – $60 (unless student is taking a course or band)
Reading intervention fee – $2160 (payable in 9 monthly installments of $240)