West Harpeth Christian Tutorial Welcome to WHCT

Course Time:

  • This course is offered on Tuesdays.
  • Please note, this is a one semester/.5 credit course
    that is only offered in the FIRST SEMESTER.
  • All high school students will be accepted into this course.
    However, this course is best suited to upperclassmen.
    I strongly advise against enrolling freshmen.
        Course Text:
  • Students will need a physical Bible, not a digital or online Bible. The best Bible translation is one the student can read and understand. Students will not need to purchase an additional textbook for this class.
  • Each week, students will receive a listening guide to make note-taking in class easier, colorful outlines of the book or biblical period we're studying together, along with maps and other helpful visual aids.
  • Course Outline and topics can be seen here.
Course Description:
Students will discover how the many books of the Bible form one big story. They will learn the importance of reading and interpreting this story through the “lens” of its original ancient Near Eastern context. Students will develop an understanding of ancient Near Eastern geography, literary devices, and customs in order to unlock new layers of meaning in the story.
Students will learn like ancient Jewish disciples, by asking questions of their teacher and one another and by processing what they learn together. Students will also reflect individually on what God is teaching them and how they should respond.

Class Time:

  • Our classroom time will primarily be spent in interactive lecture and demonstrations of key Biblical rituals and customs. Students will participate in class discussion by asking and answering questions, and by laughing at my jokes.

         Homework Requirements:

  • Students will be assigned a short scripture reading or video to watch every weekday.
    Scripture readings will never exceed one chapter and videos will never be more than five minutes in length.
  • Students are then expected to answer one question about what they read or watched.
  • These daily assignments are designed to be completed in 10-15 minutes. As the semester progresses and workloads in other core classes increase, these daily assignments will be reduced from five to four per week.
  • There are no projects or exams in this course, but there are two important memorization quizzes for which students will write out, from memory, the Sh'ma (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) and the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).

         Late Policy:

  • Students are encouraged to plan ahead and let me know in advance when they will be unable to complete daily reading/video assignments for any reason.
    Without communication in advance, late assignments will not be accepted unless due to an excused absence as defined by WHCT policy.


  • 75%  daily reading/video assignments
  • 25%  scripture memory quizzes
  • extra credit opportunities will be offered
  • Past student performance in this course: 40% A, 30% B, 20% C, 10% F                                                                 


  • Bible containing both Old and New Testaments.
  • 1/2 - 1" binder
  • loose-leaf paper
  • pens