High School OVERVIEW
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 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.
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.
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 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.