Students will understand the basics of digital photography including composition, motion, light and aesthetics. They will learn how to use a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses. They will learn how to take portrait pictures, landscapes, close-ups, studio pictures, and merchandise photos. Students will master the photo program Lightroom to edit their photos.

While mastering these skills, students in this class will be creating the Yearbook for HomeTech Charter School… the memory record that tells “our story” for the school year. Students learn:

  • To choose a design “theme” for the year and plan the yearbook
  • Basic elements of design layout
  • Journalism ethics and copyright
  • How to work with an online program to create the yearbook
  • Meeting deadlines for publication and effective teamwork
  • Editing and proofing strategies
  • Marketing and distribution of the school yearbook
  • Planning and facilitate the Yearbook Signing Parties at the end of the school year.


  • 1-year Elective course
  • Appropriate for grades 7-12
  • Maximum of 12 students per section
  • Course is 2 hours per day - 2 days per week
  • Monday-Wednesday section: 1-3pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday section: 1-3pm
  • Attendance is mandatory
  • No pre-requisites

Creative Arts

This course is a graduation requirement, but students may take it as an elective if they have already met the Fine Arts requirement for graduation from High School.

  • 1-year long course
  • Appropriate for grades 9 through 12
  • Tuesday 12-1

Course is 1 hour, 1 day per week, but students can expect rigorous and demanding homework assignments every week.


Move your body in a variety of fun ways that will increase your strength, agility, and energy level. A variety of different activities will engage your entire body in dynamic ways, such as yoga, gymnastics, weight bearing exercises, and many more. No prior exercise experience is necessary, only a willingness to participate and a desire to move! The instructor has been playing sports her whole life and likes to exercise in a variety of ways.

Culinary Arts

Learn to cook a variety of delicious and healthy foods. Each class will involve the preparation of a new dish by following recipes, as well as experimenting with cooking without a structured recipe. Everyone will be involved in the classroom cooking process and will be asked to further their experience by preparing similar foods at home. If you enjoy eating good food and are interested in learning more about food preparation, this class will be fun for you! The instructor has worked in a variety of restaurants preparing food and enjoys eating well and cooking.

Italian Conversation

Learn the basics of Italian grammar in order to be able to converse in a variety of settings. A variety of dynamic and interactive methods will be employed such as games, songs, videos and interactive group work. Students will gain insight into the rich culture as well as establish a foundation in the vocabulary of this beautiful language. The instructor is half Italian, and has been teaching Italian at Butte College for the past 13 years.

World Dance Fusion

An energetic dance class, which will introduce a broad variety of world dance. Styles such as Brazilian, Bollywood, West African, and Charleston will be introduced and combined in a dynamic fusion. Dancing will be done to upbeat and current music that matches each genre. Any level is welcome, and prior dance experience is not important. If you like music, and enjoy moving your body, this class will be fun for you! The instructor has been studying dance for 35 years and teaches in the community of Paradise and Chico.

Math Skills: Basic Skills 

This class provides instruction and review of the basic math skills that each student needs to be successful in Algebra and beyond. The focus of the class is to assess each student individually, help the student to fill in any math “gaps” they need to learn, and to encourage each student to succeed in math.


  • 1-year elective course
  • Appropriate for students who can work independently and diligently
  • Weekly homework assignments
  • Appropriate for 11th & 12th grade students
  • Lower grade levels may be considered on a case by case basis
  • Course is 2 hours, 1 day per week
  • Attendance is mandatory
  • No pre-requisites
  • Wednesday section: 9-11am


  • 1-year elective course
  • Appropriate for grades 7 through 12
  • Course is 2 hours, 1 day per week
  • Friday 9-11am

Students must be motivated self-learners capable of running trial and error tests to attain a working robotic program. Although this course uses Lego robotics, the main emphasis of this course is programming, not robot building. Space is limited by the number of robotics sets and the number of laptops available. Maximum of 18 students. 

Success Classes

For any student in need of additional support with any subject and/or packets, there are several blocks of time throughout the week where they can come to school and receive help from a teacher.