Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Road in Weddington

(where Potter Road and Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road meet, at the roundabout)

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For questions regarding Tutorials
(Instructor-led 8th grade - High school) shanantutorials@gmail.com 

For questions regarding Co-op
(Parent-led Birth - 8th grade) contact: shananclassicalcoop@gmail.com

About Shanan

Course Offerings


Logic (Traditional Logic) – Tutor: Lucas Carroll

This course introduces the classical syllogism in the first semester and moves into a robust study of logic in the second semester. As a result of taking this course and studying the structure and form of syllogisms (arguments), students will develop an understanding of logic at its most basic level and learn how to use good logic in a way that honors the Lord. They will be able to properly construct a syllogism (an argument) and accurately identify its parts. They will also be able to determine whether an argument is valid or invalid, sound or unsound. These objectives will be accomplished through interactive lessons from the textbook taught in the classroom. Students will present a syllogism as a project in December and present another syllogism in May. Students need to complete homework from the textbook on the four week days which we do not meet for class. To faithfully meet the requirements of this course, students can expect to spend about thirty minutes a day outside of class.


Course Text for Semesters 1 & 2:

Tutor will contact families with textbook information

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all grades 

Annual Tuition: $300

Church History & Apologetics – Tutor: Lucas Carroll

Church History Course Semester 1 Description: 

The purpose of this class is to help the student gain an understanding of church history. We will learn the important dates, people, places, and events from church history, covering about 2,000 years from 30BC-2000BC.  We will learn how to articulate the development of church history, chronologically in eight sections of history, including the days of Jesus, the early church Fathers, the age of Constantine, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Age of Reason, the Age of Progress, and the Age of Ideologies. The class emphasis will be on understanding what has happened in the history of the church, spending two weeks on each of the eight time periods. We will learn why theological orthodoxy has come to be defined by the major Christian traditions (i.e., Reformed, Baptist, Catholic, etc.). We will examine Scriptural arguments and theological reasoning for and against beliefs about the congregation of the church.

Apologetics Course Semester 2 Description: 

We will be learning how to effectively respond to specific objections that the Church is presently facing. We will learn how to reply to these objections that Christian college students will face on university campuses. We will be learning apologetic skills such as identifying the nature of truth and the laws of logic, demonstrating that God exists, adjudicating how miracles are possible, assessing that the New Testament is historically reliable, defending the prophetic life of Jesus, and showing that Christianity is true. We will briefly investigate other worldviews and the relationship between apologetics and evangelism.


Course Objectives: 1) We will learn what Apologetics is and why it is an important subject for Christians to study. 2) We will bolster our faith by learning how to show that Christianity is true. 3) We will identify and reply to anti-Christian, skeptical, and atheistic arguments. 4) We will develop a deeper passion for God and become better equipped to effectively evangelize the lost world around us.


Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Tutor will contact families with textbook information

Available: All grades but recommended for sophomores and above

Annual Tuition: $300

Introduction to Philosophy - Tutor: Lucas Carroll

This course is an historical introduction to the philosophical tradition. Its intent is to provide students with background familiarity in the history of Western thought. Comprehending this background will supply students with the resources to begin to engage independently in philosophical thought, in conversation with the great thinkers of the intellectual canon. The approach will be mixed, proceeding chronologically while maintaining sustained focus on the systematic development of central philosophical problematics (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical theology, philosophical anthropology, etc.). Through this course the student will become familiar with philosophical method, subject matters, and the lasting historical significance of the discipline."


Required text: The Voyage of Discovery (3rd Edition) by William F. Lawhead (~$10-20)

Optional but suggested text: Plato: Complete Works edited by John M. Cooper (~$40-50) 

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all grades but recommended for sophomore and above

Annual Tuition: $300

CLOSED Introduction to Psychology - Tutor: Karen Andrade CLOSED

This course in Psychology is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. During this  course we will examine a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • human development, cognition, states of consciousness, psychological disorders, and group behavior. 

  • The class will be taught from a Christian view to help students in spite of the predominantly secular teachings. A Christian worldview will provide the most logical path to fully understanding and answering questions about the human psyche.

  • This class will use a variety of methods to help optimize learning. These methods will include: lectures, videos, games, quizzes, essays and projects. Students should plan to devote at least 4 hours outside of class time to be successful.

  • All students will need an email address. Parents are expected to oversee the work of their student.

In addition to the standard class load, students have the option of completing additional honor’s level supplementary coursework that will help them prepare to earn college credit for this course through the College-Level-Exam-Program (CLEP). 

Preparing and/or taking the CLEP test is optional for students in this class and would require additional registration and Annual Tuition ($85) paid directly to the College Board upon completion of the course.

Text: Psychology 10th Edition, By David Myers ($20-50)


If the student prefers a digital book then the edition used in class can be found online for free at:

Psychology Textbook PDF

Note: Students will not use any access codes with the text.

Course Credit: 1 Elective 

Available: All Grades 

Annual Tuition: $425 THIS COURSE IS CLOSED

Debate and Speech Club

Through this club, students will learn the fundamentals of debate and will practice giving a variety of speeches. They will engage in practice debates after studying debate theory for most of the fall semester, and will practice giving several speeches, including limited prep, platform speeches, and interpretive pieces during the speech club time in the spring. Debate and speech both require participation in a local novice tournament and a qualifying tournament as the culmination of the club. 

The Speech and Debate Club is offered on Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:45. This is open to any students who would like to find out more about speech and debate. Please note, this is a club, not a credit class. This is also not a drop off club. Parents are expected to stay and help in some capacity. 

Fees are listed on the website http://www.shananspeechdebate.com/ 

***Please note Shanan Speech Club is a separate program from Shanan Tutorials and requires a separate registration form and fee***

Christian Communicators of the Southeast (CCofSE) http://ccofse.org/

Please contact Molly Faulkner at shananspeech_debate@yahoo.com for more information.