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High School OVERVIEW

English

English I-This course will allow students to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills through various instructional strategies including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding.  Students will encounter various genres of literature and styles of writing with emphasis on nonfiction texts as well as evidence based writing.  
English II-Students will acquire knowledge of various literary genres, including the short story, poetry, drama, non-fiction, and novel.  Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, advanced composition skills, critical reading skills, and English language grammar and conventions.  
English III  
English IV (dual credit for III and IV)-Students will acquire a knowledge of major prose and poetry of English writers beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period.  By focusing on the mastery of grammar, vocabulary, and English language conventions, students will improve communication skills in preparation for college and the workforce.  
Senior Thesis (required for 12th grade)-The course is a capstone program designed to assist students in moving smoothly toward college-level work and suture life experiences.  This type of experiential learning assists students in developing critical thinking  skills which will prepare them to engage with the world in a meaningful way.

Math

Algebra I- This course is designed to emphasize the study of multiple representations of linear and non-linear functions.  It includes mathematical concepts for working with rational numbers, various expressions, analyzing and solving linear equations & inequalities, data analysis, probability, statistics, and polynomials.  Students will use hands-on materials and calculators when needed in solving problems where the algebra concepts are applied.
Algebra II-Students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten through Grade 8 and Algebra I. Students will broaden their knowledge of quadratic functions, exponential functions, and systems of equations.  Students will study logarithmic, square root, cubic, cube root, absolute value, rational functions, and their related equations.  Students will connect functions to their inverses and associated equations and solutions in both mathematical and real-world situations.  In addition, students will extend their knowledge of data analysis and numeric and algebraic methods.
Geometry-This course covers the correspondence between numerical coordinates and geometric points. This allows methods  from algebra to be applied and vice versa.  The solution set of an equation becomes a geometric curve, making visualization a tool for doing and understanding algebra.  Geometric shapes can be described by equations, making algebraic manipulation into a tool for geometric understanding, modeling, and proof.
Pre-Calculus-This course take an in-depth look at skills from algebra and trigonometry in order to prepare students for success in calculus class. Students use symbolic reasoning and analytical methods to represent mathematical situations, to express generalizations, and to study mathematical concepts and the relationships among them.  Students use functions, equations, and limits as useful tools for expressing generalizations and as a means for analyzing relationships.
Calculus  
Math Models  

History

US History-The content of this course, as appropriate for the grade level, enables students to understand the constitutional republic is a representative form of government whose representatives derive their authority from the consent of the governed, serve for an established tenure, and are sworn to uphold the constitution. The study of United States History will enable the student to have a deeper understand for the origins of America from exploration to present day.  In addition, the study of United States History will help students to realize that the sin of one person affects the lives of those around them (Ex. 20:5), and God has used war to accomplish His purposes Num. 31:1-20) and God places individuals in important places for a reason (Esther 4:14).
World Geography
World History-The content of this course, as appropriate for the grade level, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation. World History studies will enable students to have an understanding of people and places around the world and an understanding that God is accomplishing a plan through history and that he rules over all. (1 Cor. 15:23-28).  
Government-This course is the study of the origins, development, structure and functions of American national government. Topics include constitutional framework; federalism; the three branches of government, including bureaucracy; civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy reformation.  Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of the basic concepts and participatory process of the American political system, and will leave a more informed citizen.
Economics-This course will give students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer or small business owner to the global economy. The course will study the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles.  This course relates history and politics to the study of economics.

Science

Biology-This course is the study of the processes of life, the composition of organisms, and requirements of living organisms. Biology emphasizes the cell as the basic unit of life and examines homeostasis, heredity, methods of energy transformation, and differentiation of cells to create the diversity of life.
Chemistry-This course is the study of matter, atoms, molecules, and the interactions of these particles. Chemistry focuses on the mechanics of the atom, characteristics of the elements, and behavior of these particles in the formations and dissolutions of chemical bonds.
Physics-This course is the study of matter, energy, and force. Physics examines how mass and energy interact with space and time to determine the governing laws of the universe such as thermodynamics and gravity.
Environmental Science-This course is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth’s environment and the organisms within it. Environmental Science analyzes terrestrial systems, the interactions of those systems, the interactions of organisms with one another, and the effects that organisms and their environment have on one another.
Anatomy/Physiology-This course is the study of the physical structures of the human body and the processes that maintain that structure. Anatomy focuses on the layout of the human form and the specialized tissues that allow it to preform specific functions whereas Physiology focuses on homeostatic pathways, chemical communication between cells, and energy management.

Bible

Old Testament (9th Grade) Students gain an appreciation for the major figures, events and themes of the Old Testament and its foundational relationship to the New Testament. The course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline and their significance for Christian thought and practice.
New Testament (10th Grade) Students will understand the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises, judgment and rewards as they learn of Jesus life, teaching and ultimate death on the cross and what our response should be. The New Testament illustrates the blueprint for living a righteous life pleasing to the Lord, and students gain appreciation fo the provision He has offered us to achieve it only through Jesus Christ.
Church History (11th Grade) Students begin with an in-depth study of the book of Acts, discover the role of the Holy Spirit in the formation of the early church and in our lives today. Students then study the major events throughout history that have molded and shaped the current church today.  Focus is also given to eastern and western church doctrine and reformation.
Preparation for Life and Ministry (12th Grade) As a person’s worldview is typically firmly in place by the time they reach 13, it is imperative that a student develop and embrace a biblical worldview while still in high school so that when they enter the world as productive members of society, they are able to articulate and engage peoples from many different backgrounds and religious affiliations with the gospel truth in a way that is non-confrontational and salvific. This course equips students to that end.  Students will understand what they believe and why they believe as they do by examining what the Word of God says about cultural issues, memorizing Scripture so that their thinking can be in line with the teachings of Scripture.  Living in a diverse world means students must have a firm foundation of faith, be able to intelligently defend their faith, and know exactly what they believe and why before they are challenged by the world around them at every level.

Spanish

Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III

Electives

Choir I-This course is an introductory level class designed to introduce students to basic musical concepts such as proper vocal technique, music literacy, audience and performance etiquette, and basic ensemble singing practices.
Choir I-This course is an introductory level class designed to introduce students to basic musical concepts such as proper vocal technique, music literacy, audience and performance etiquette, and basic ensemble singing practices.
Choir II-This course is an intermediate to advanced-level class designed to continue developing and mastering musical concepts such as proper vocal technique, music literacy, audience and performance etiquette, and ensemble singing practices. Students will learn concepts through performance and evaluation of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical styles including, but not limited to: traditional choral music, a cappella music, spirituals, popular music, musicals and contemporary Christian music.
Drama
Art
Creative Writing- The goal of creative writing is to enable students to master the elements of effective prose, develop intellectual maturity through literary analysis, and gain confidence in their pursuit of the creative process. Students will focus on designing and using rhetorical devices in creative nonfiction, contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, adventure, folklore, and poetry.  
Instrumental Ensemble-This class welcomes any student who currently plays, or would like to begin to play a musical instrument. Emphasis is on improving individual abilities and preparing and performing public concerts.
Yearbook-This course offers students an opportunity to work on a team that takes a journalistic style approach to documenting the school year. The class promotes leadership building while students learn skills in editing, graphic design, photography, and journalism.
Teacher Aid  
Leadership (required)