High School Course Descriptions

MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA
Grade: 9 Credit: 1 unit
Algebra 1 presents algebra topics in a logical order with detailed examples to promote student comprehension. Numeric and algebraic expressions are simplified before solving and graphing linear equations, inequalities, and their systems. Polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, and solving rational and quadratic equations are also covered. Special features focus on probability and statistics.

GEOMETRY
Grade: 9-11 Credit: 1 unit
Learn from a balanced study of proofs, theorems, and real-life geometry. Included are area, volume, congruence, similarity, space, transformations, constructions, and trigonometry. The book contains analytic geometry features, Geometry Around Us, Geometry and Scripture, and biographical sketches of mathematicians.

ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY
Grade: 9-11 Credit: 1 unit
Algebra 2 will shape your student’s worldview by emphasizing how mathematics helps Christians serve others and glorify God. Each chapter opener presents an interesting real-world application and a clearly stated Biblical Worldview Connection. Algebra 2 covers concepts such as linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and probability and statistics. Complex numbers are also covered throughout the text.

PRE-CALCULUS
Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1 unit
This college preparatory course emphasizes functions, graphing, and trigonometry throughout and introduces differential calculus. Math Around the World and biographical sketches of mathematicians appear throughout the text. An approximation methods feature, Math and Scripture, and dominion modeling activities for graphing calculators are in every chapter. This book replaces Advanced Math.

CONSUMER MATH
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1 unit
Prepare your students for making financial decisions with instruction about credit card charges, taxes, interest on loans and savings, personal banking, and costs of transportation, food, clothing, utilities, insurance, and filling out income tax forms. Being a good steward of the Lord’s money is the primary emphasis. The student text presents concepts with numerous examples and step-by-step explanations. Each section contains five cumulative review problems, and each chapter contains a chapter review.

COMMUNICATIONS

WRITING and GRAMMAR with FUNDAMENTALS OF LITERATURE and COMPOSITION
Grade: 9 Credit: 1 unit
Writing & Grammar 9 reviews the eight parts of speech, five basic sentence patterns, usage, and mechanics. The 9th-grade English educational materials introduces relative pronouns, pronoun reference problems, and indicative/imperative mood. Dictionary skills, library skills, study skills, and the writing process are exercised and implemented throughout the course. Writing projects include a comparison/contrast paragraph, a personal narrative, a research essay, a personal response to literature.

Fundamentals of Literature Student Text (2nd ed.) conveys the literature’s foundational elements of conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure, and tone. Students are also introduced to literary criticism and are encouraged to read and analyze literature in light of a Christian worldview. The literature selections are delivered in an attractive new format accompanied by rich illustrations, author biographies, and application questions that promote critical thinking skills.

WRITING and GRAMMAR with ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE and COMPOSITION
Grade: 10 Credit: 1 unit
Writing & Grammar 10 teaches the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics of English grammar. The English educational materials also review the five basic sentence patterns. Reference chapters include library skills and test-taking strategies. The textbook guides students through the writing process and teaches effective writing strategies.

Elements of Literature broadens students’ understanding of literature by focusing on advanced literary concepts. Students will learn the method and the importance of literary analysis by studying pieces from several genres and interpreting them in light of biblical truth. One of the major literary pieces studied is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The textbook promotes critical thinking skills as key to understanding and appreciating literature. Also, a visual analysis section found at the beginning of each unit relates the unit’s topic with the visual arts.

WRITING and GRAMMAR with AMERICAN LITERATURE and COMPOSITION
Grade: 11 Credit: 1 unit
Writing & Grammar 11 (3rd edition) presents the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics. Review the seven sentence patterns and introduce advanced concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. Reference chapters include library and study skills. Writing projects include the research paper, literary analysis, folktale, narrative poem, hymn, analytical essay, interview, memoir, analogy, in-class essay, and letter to the editor.

American Literature Student Text (3rd ed.) contains introductory essays for each unit providing an overview of the cultural and historical events and ideas influencing each literary period. The instruction for the literature selections is structured around the reading process approach. Students will improve close-reading skills with questions during reading that focus on the three strands of study: Analyze, Read, and Evaluate.

BRITISH LITERATURE
Grade: 12 Credit: 1 unit
The purpose of British Literature is twofold: to improve academic writing in preparation for college-level work and to increase critical reading and response skills. British Literature discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. The literature collection traces English Christianity from its beginning to the present and studies Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth. Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to summarize, analyze, and respond to a literary piece at a collegiate level while maintaining strong Christian principles and a biblical worldview.

SCIENCE

BIOLOGY
Grade: 9 Credit: 1 unit
See science in modern life as your student studies an introduction to cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. The biology materials uphold the sanctity and wonder of life as God has created it. These materials discuss Christian positions on eugenics, drugs, abortion, diseases, miracles, evolution, euthanasia, homosexuality, ecology, genetic engineering, AIDS, and animal rights.

CHEMISTRY
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1 unit
Presents recent chemistry-related research and developments, relevant dominion science problems with stimulating discussion starters, and a new chapter discussing modern materials. Chemistry-related career features inform students of opportunities to serve God and mankind through science. New features include learning objectives at the start of every section, chapter summary points for quick review, page numbers for boldface terms, and much more.

PHYSICS
Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1 unit
Physics introduces students to the world of forces, movement, mechanics, and energy, and lays the foundations for learning about electricity, magnetism, and optics. In addition to learning the logical problem-solving approaches so integral to all disciplines, students will also develop a solid biblical worldview, learn how to apply it in scientific study, and gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the orderliness of God’s creation.

HISTORY

WORLD HISTORY
Grade: 9 Credit: 1 unit
World History recounts the story of mankind from creation to the present. Students examine ancient civilizations through the Greeks to the Roman Empire. Then they survey India, Asia, and Africa on their way to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, upon which modern history is founded. They are challenged to discover the forces, issues, people, and movements that have shaped our modern world. God’s providence and Bible integration are given prominence as the students are taught to view the world through a Christian lens.

AMERICAN HISTORY
Grade: 10 Credit: 1 unit
Uncover the exciting history of our nation in an informative and thought-provoking survey of the history of the United States. Within a biblical worldview, gain understanding of the forces, issues, and events that have shaped United States history and the people who made it happen.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1 unit
In the American Government your student will learn about essential features of American government, from its historical and scriptural foundations to detailed analysis of its inner workings. The course provides an overview of changes and developments in our government with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and current events.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH 1
Grade: 9 Credit:1 unit
Through this course students will learn communicative language based on functional grammar structures. This training will help students to begin to apply this in Bible readings in order to understand and share the gospel of Jesus. There will also be an introduction of the Spanish (Latin American) culture.

SPANISH 2
Grade: 10 Credit: 1 unit
Through this course students will learn a more communicative language and the ability for expression in writing. This training will help extend the knowledge of reading the Bible in Spanish and simple prayers in the foreign language.

SPANISH 3
Grade: 11 Credit: 1 unit
This course offers an Extension of Communicative Language and Culture of Latin America through an introduction of Spanish literature. The technique and ability to say, read, and understand more complex texts in Spanish is necessary in this course.

BIBLE

FOUNDATIONS OF GRACE
Grade: 9 Credit: 1 unit
Walking in the power of grace extends to all aspects of life, from how we relate to God and others to how we utilize our resources. Through
Foundations of Grace, students will develop a proper perspective on grace as the foundation of everyday Christian living. Topics of teaching include the identity of a Christian as a new creation and the Christian’s practical response to grace while growing in God.

LIFE OF CHRIST
Grade: 10 Credit: 1 unit
The humanity of Jesus is the inexhaustible treasure entrusted to us by the Father. The eternal Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us and thus every facet of His life speaks to us of His heart. Life of Christ will examine the life of Christ from the Incarnation to the Ascension as recorded in the Gospels. Students will receive a survey of the historical context as well as gain confidence in the inspiration and reliability of the Gospel accounts in light of modern scholarship. Specific attention will be paid throughout the course to teaching style, culture and the world of first century Israel.

CHURCH HISTORY & ESCHATOLOGY
Grade: 11 Credit: 1 unit
This first semester of Church History & Eschatology will focus on the historical expansion and establishment of the church across the earth up to modern day. The influential individuals and philosophical approaches to Christianity that both strengthened and weakened the Good News of Christianity will be examined. The second semester will then address the shaping and role of the church in the coming days before the return of Jesus. The most glorious time for the body of Christ still lies ahead!

APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH
Grade: 12 Credit: 1 unit
Apologetics & Research will focus on the discipline of defending the Gospel through research, class debates, and examining the systemic approach to heretical beliefs that were combatted throughout church history. The goal of the class is to establish a foundation of Christian beliefs that prepares the student for the secular and atheistic world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

GYM 1
Grade: 9 Credit: 0.5 unit

GYM 2
Grade: 10 Credit: 0.5 unit

GYM 3
Grade: 11 Credit: 0.5 unit

GYM 4
Grade: 12 Credit: 0.5 unit

ELECTIVES

COMPUTER
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
In the Computer class elective, students will gain typing proficiency and computer literacy in programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, and Prezi, and will practice creating and delivering presentations using these different programs.

SPEECH
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
A one-semester course, which involves topic choice, research, organization, and effective communication. Speaking projects include introductions, interviews, demonstration speeches, declamations, informative speeches, devotional speeches, and persuasive speeches. This course also includes discussions of the communication process, audience analysis, and public speaking guidelines.

THEATRE
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
This course prepares students for performance at school gatherings, in church, and in competition. Excellent appendices contain performance pieces as well as resources to minimize research.

CHOIR
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
This course will focus on vowel placement, articulation, and resonance, utilizing choral songs to help foster these skills. The students will focus on singing solid melody lines in worship and art songs while maintaining proper vowel formations. In addition, this course will focus on rhythm, ear training, chord qualities, and sight singing to undergird the student’s abilities. The student’s performance(s) will serve as the final examination of this course.

DRAWING & DESIGN
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
This is a “hands-on” foundations course in basic drawing and design principles. This course will be divided between drawing and design, 2 days a week. The 1st day (of the week), the student will be exposed to different “experimental” approaches to drawing (both from life and imagination). Students will master techniques in light (gradation) and line (shape and form). They will also be given opportunities to copy from various styles (including the masters—both past & present). The 2nd day, the student will be taught basic principles of design (how to lead the eye, using grids, color and form). The student will master techniques for creating “pleasing- to-the-eye” compositions. The course will end with a final project that combines drawing & composition with options for using learned collage techniques (combining drawings with fragments of magazine images etc.).

YEARBOOK
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
The Student Yearbook Committee is composed of dedicated high school students who are particularly interested in the arts, marketing, photography, communications, and the like. The Yearbook Committee emphasizes skills such as organization, communication, creative design, multitasking, and even social skills. Student members learn to brainstorm together through creative ideas of visually displaying their school’s spirit as well as set and meet deadlines for given projects.

HEALTH
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 unit
In Total Health, students will engage in discussion of health related topics from a Christian perspective. Topics include nutrition, physiology, medicine, human development, disease prevention, and the like. Discussion also includes mental, emotional and spiritual health awareness.

INTERNSHIP
Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 unit or 1 unit
Internships are designed to foster an innovative environment where education and business collaborate together to provide meaningful experiences for students. Internships give students a chance to learn from professionals with real world experience and to explore their professional interests as they progress in their education.