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  • Freshman Core Classes

     
    Bible: Introduction to Christian Principles (CCU course, 3 credits)
    The purpose of this course is to help students understand the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. First, this will be done through learning the correct way to study God's word, which is the story of His kingdom. Students will be able to study the Bible and accurately explain what the authors intended it to mean in its original historical and literary context. Second, students will learn how the Old Testament prepares the way for God's kingdom and Jesus as king. Finally, students will learn how Jesus brought the kingdom, taught about the kingdom, and invited people into the kingdom through an in-depth study of the Gospels. 1 Credit.
     
    Language Arts: English 9
    Students entering high school begin to step away from intense guided instruction through literary works and begin to implement everything they have learned into their writing, speaking, and educated higher-level thinking. In this class, students study seven main categories through the art of short stories written in the 19th and 20th centuries ("Implications of the Short Story: A Treasury of Short Stories for High School Students": Pathfinder Edition, TextWord Press). These short stories implicate themes of ingenuity, progress, satire, isolation, remorse, personal development, and social conscience. The activities and assignments directly correlated to these works of art will cultivate high-level themes of ingenuity, progress, satire, isolation, remorse, personal development, and social conscience. The activities and assignments directly correlated to these works of art will cultivate high-level reading comprehension through in-depth questioning techniques, challenging writing assignments, and extensive vocabulary exercises. Students will continue to advance in their grammar skills through exercises and comprehension assessments ("Writing & Grammar 9": Third Edition, BJU Press).  1 Credit.
     
    Math: Geometry

    This course focuses on the development of higher-level thinking skills through the investigation of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruence and similarity of figures, areas and volumes, symmetry in terms of transformations, and an introduction to trigonometry.  Paragraph, 2-column, flow-chart, and indirect proofs are incrementally developed.  1 Credit.

    Math: Algebra I

    This course focuses on the integration of algebraic concepts in technology and real-life applications.  Students explore the simplification, solving, graphing, and interpretation of linear, exponential, radical, quadratic, and rational functions manually and with technology.  1 Credit.

    Science: Physical Science
    This course begins with a real-life worldview introduction to why we study science. The course begins with classical mechanics, then progresses through work and energy, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and light and optics. These transition naturally into chemistry topics beginning with the atomic model, moving on to elements, compounds, and chemical reactions; and finishing with solutions, and acids, bases, and salts.  1 Credit.
     
    History: Church History and Geography (CCU course, 3 credits)
    The broad history of Christianity and the spread of the church examined within the format of class discussion, readings, vocabulary, written responses, and the creation of a map of the world.  1 Credit.
     
    Foreign Language: Spanish I

    The introductory Spanish language course presents the learner with activities that practice the four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students will build a strong foundation in the comprehension and production of vocabulary, conjugation, and other basic grammatical structures via a communicative style.  Students will learn to communicate in present tenses using regular and irregular verbs as well as idiomatic structures.   1 Credit.

    Physical Education 9

    The 9th grade physical education course is designed to encourage maximum participation in physical activity and also to prepare students for the activities they can use for their own lifetime physical fitness.  1 Credit.

    Art: Sketching 1 (1 day/week)
    Students will be training to view an object and reconstruct it on paper using basic sketching tools.  Students learn how to draw with pencils, pens, charcoals and pastels.  ¼ Credit.
     
    Technology:  Computer Programming I (1 day/week)
    In this course, students will complete online programming tutorials through codeacademy.com.  These tutorials will focus on computer coding in HTML, Python, and JavaScript.  ¼ Credit.
     

    Sophomore Core Classes

     
    Bible: Studies in Christian Doctrine and Discipline (CCU course, 3 credits)
    The purpose of this course is twofold:  to help students think correctly about Christian doctrine as well as to put into practice the spiritual disciplines of Christianity. In this way, the students will learn how transformation happens by the renewing of their minds and be able to offer their bodies as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12: 1-2). First students will learn major Christian doctrines through a study of systematic theology. They will search the Scriptures to find truth about theological topics like God, man, sin, salvation , and end times. Second, students will learn how practical transformation happens in the Christian life. They will be encouraged to learn and put into practice the spiritual disciplines. They will also study the poetry of Scripture to see an example of spiritual disciplines in God's word.  1 Credit.
     
    Language Arts: World Literature
    In tenth grade, students encounter eight extensive units through the elements of literature:  imaginative comparison, sound and syntax, allusion and symbol, irony, folktale and epic, essay and short story, poetry, and drama ("Elements of Literature": Second Edition, BJU Press). Students will grow in their understanding of how elements of literature come together to make a literary classic. Students will be challenged to apply scriptural principles to their analysis of each author's ideas. Through assignments and in-class discussions, students will apply their critical thinking skills to analyze techniques of good writing. Biblical worldview will combine with literature to create a solid basis for understanding God in a way that is personal and unique to each student. 1 Credit.
     
    Math: Algebra II (Prerequisite: Algebra 1)

    Students review and extend their knowledge of linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and rational functions and their graphs; and systems of equations.  Students will also explore exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics, trigononometric functions and identities, and the analytic geometry of conic sections.  1 Credit.

    Math: Geometry
    This course focuses on the development of higher-level thinking skills through the investigation of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruence and similarity of figures, areas and volumes, symmetry in terms of transformations, and an introduction to trigonometry.  Paragraph, 2-column, flow-chart, and indirect proofs are incrementally developed.  1 Credit.
     
    Science: Biology
    Students will see God's glory in creation as they learn about cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. 1 Credit.
     
    History: World History (CCU course, two semesters, 3 credits per semester) 
    Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 4000 B.C. to the present. Within a biblical framework, students will examine the interaction between humans and the land; the development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and integration of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. They will develop and use skills and methods of historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical and biblical arguments; making historical comparisons; and analyzing context, causation, and continuity and change over time.  1 Credit.
     
    Foreign Language: Spanish II (Prerequisite: Spanish 1)

    Second year Spanish is a continuation of the Spanish I with an emphasis on acquiring vocabulary while studying the past tenses.  Students will learn how to communicate about travel, leisure activities, food, art, childhood experiences, health, home and family.  There is an emphasis on using the four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.  1 Credit.

    Physical Education 10
    Second year Spanish is a continuation of the Spanish I with an emphasis on acquiring vocabulary while studying the past tenses.  Students will learn how to communicate about travel, leisure activities, food, art, childhood experiences, health, home and family.  There is an emphasis on using the four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.  1 Credit.
     

    Junior Core Classes

     
    Bible: Studies in Christian Doctrine and Discipline (CCU course, 3 credits)
    The purpose of this course is to help students see the differences between Christianity and the other major worldviews that fight for their attention in today’s culture. The five worldviews that will be examined are Islam, postmodernism, secularism, Marxism, and new spirituality. The course will examine how these worldviews approach key issues like theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, and economics.  When God’s truth on these subjects is compared with the answers provided by competing worldviews, students will be able to recognize for themselves the way God has designed his creation to work.  1 Credit.
     
    Language Arts: British Literature
    In a study of British Literature, students will explore the English language in its earliest forms. The textbook takes us through a variety of different Olde English poems and epics that enhance our understanding of how they told stories in the early centuries. Ordered chronologically, students will study literary pieces from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, the Age of Revolution, and the Age of Reform. Students will soon realize the biblical connections we can make to these pieces, due to the emphasis on religion many of these authors held.  1 Credit.
     
    Math: Precalculus (CCU course, 3 credits; Prerequisite: Algebra II)
    Students will develop a deep understanding of trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and function transformations.  The student will also be equipped for college math courses by emphasizing functions, graphing, and by introducing students to differential calculus.  1 Credit.
     
    Math: Algebra II  (Prerequisite: Algebra I)

    Students review and extend their knowledge of linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and rational functions and their graphs; and systems of equations.  Students will also explore exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics, trigononometric functions and identities, and the analytic geometry of conic sections.  1 Credit.

    Science: Chemistry (Prerequisite or Corequisite: Algebra II)

    This introductory course is designed to give a general overview of the study of molecules and their interactions. Chemistry is an inquiry- based course that examines matter and the changes it undergoes. An emphasis is placed on observing evidence of precision and design inherent in the science of chemistry. Covering 9 major topics the course establishes a firm foundation for future classes and understanding of chemistry experienced in everyday life. The course attempts to help students develop a deeper understanding of the scientific processes and recognize the interconnections among science, technology, society, and the environment. The major topics covered will include: matter, atoms, compounds, reactions and equations, states of matter, solutions, equilibrium, energy transformations and biological chemistry. 1 Credit.

    History: US History (CCU course, 2 semesters, 3 credits per semester) 
    Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes of the (now) United States, from the time of European exploration to the present. Within a biblical framework, students will examine the interaction between humans and the land; the development and interaction of cultures and peoples; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. They will develop and use skills and methods of historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical and biblical arguments; making historical comparisons; and analyzing context, causation, and continuity and change over time.  1 Credit.
     
    Foreign Language: Spanish III
    The emphasis of this course is on understanding and developing the ability to correctly use previously learned grammatical concepts along with new aspects of Spanish grammar, to attain proficiency in Spanish.  Students will be able to express themselves both orally and in writing at a more advanced level.  Through listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, students will build additional vocabulary and grow their knowledge of the culture, history, arts, traditions and peoples of the Spanish speaking world.  1 Credit.
     
    Physical Education II

    The 11th grade physical education program is designed to encourage maximum participation in physical activity and also to prepare students for activities they can use for their own lifetime of fitness.  1 Credit.

    Senior Core Classes

     

    Bible: Studies in Christian Doctrine II: Pauline Theology (CCU course, 3 credits)
    The purpose of this course is to encourage our senior students to spend their final year digging into the word of God.  The book of Romans is one that has impacted church history in pivotal ways and will therefore be the book students study for the year.  Each student will develop a rich theological understanding of the Gospel from Romans, memorize a chapter of the book, and draw practical life-application from it as they prepare for life after high school.  The class will also offer a specific focus into common issues, such as a Christian view of evangelism in school/work, dating and marriage, and healthy
    Christian community.  1 Credit.

    Language Arts: American Literature (1 semester)
    A historical approach to literature is used to discuss the five major periods of American literature, from Native American and colonial literature to contemporary literature. Students are challenged to analyze and critically evaluate selections within a literary and historical/cultural context and through a biblical worldview. 1/2 Credit.

    Language Arts: Composition I (1 semester; CCU course, 3 credits)
    Student will generate effective compositions using various methods for critical thought, for the development of ideas, for the arrangement of those ideas to achieve a specific goal, for the application of an appropriate style, and for revision and editing. Student will demonstrate an understanding of the ways that language and communication shape experience, construct meaning, and foster community.  1/2 Credit.

    Math: Calculus (CCU course, 3 credits; Prerequisites: Precalculus, Algebra II)
    The student will develop understanding of calculus as the body of mathematics that seeks to precisely answer questions about rates of change and accumulation of continuous changes. Calculus has two branches: derivative and integral. Derivative calculus seeks to answer the question, “How is it changing right now?” The student will understand the concept of limits and apply it to define and prove derivatives. The student will learn to differentiate all of the most common functions and apply conceptual understand of derivatives to analyze functions and solve applied problems. Integral calculus seeks to answer the question “How much has accumulated?” The student will apply limits to sums of small changes to define and prove integrals. The student will learn to integrate functions and apply conceptual understanding of integrals to solve applied problems. 1 Credit.

    Math: Precalculus (CCU course, 3 credits; Prerequisite: Algebra II)
    Students will develop a deep understanding of trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and function transformations. The student will also be equipped for college math courses by emphasizing functions, graphing, and by introducing students to differential calculus. 1 Credit.

    Science: Physics (Prerequisites: Chemistry and Algebra 2)
    Students will study traditional physics topics, such as classical mechanics, energy, matter, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, and optics as well as modern physics in a context of exercising good and wise dominion over God’s world. 1 Credit.
     
    Foreign Language: Spanish IV (Prerequisite: Spanish III)
    This course is a continuation of Spanish III and is intended to be an immersive experience. The use of the Spanish language with increasing functional accuracy is emphasized. As part of the course activities, students will read, study and discuss Scripture entirely in Spanish. 1 Credit.
     
    Physical Education 12
    The 12th grade physical education program is designed to encourage maximum participation in physical activity and also to prepare students for activities they can use for their own lifetime of fitness.  1 Credit.