Whitesburg Christian Academy
Monday, November 20, 2017

Upper School Course Descriptions

 

 
Middle School Course Descriptions


BIBLE

Bible 7 (7th Grade)
Biblical perspective on building personal habits (integrity, truthfulness, hard work, kindness, virtue, etc.) that result in godly attitudes and habits of life  emphasizing God’s Word is the true basis for character.
Curriculum:  Character Quest, Intermediate Logic: Mastering Propositional Arguments

Bible 8 (8th Grade)
An in-depth study of Bible characters in order to learn principles for surviving life’s challenges.  The positive and negative examples of Old and New Testament characters are examined to show that through Christ anyone can not only survive but thrive in the midst of the hardships of everyday life. 
Curriculum: Survival Quest

SCIENCE

Life Science (7th Grade)
An overview of life sciences and the observations made by scientists about the complexity and design of God’s creation.  Topics include classification, cell structures, genetics, microbiology and plant biology.
Curriculum: Life Science Student Text, 4th ed.

Space and Earth Science (8th Grade)
One Semester
Proclaims God's handiwork through the study of the physical universe.   It affirms the young earth creationary view of the Earth's history and rejects the uniformitarian/evolutionary models pervading our culture.  The material presents a testimony of God's judgment and plan for redemption through the study of scientific philosophy and models, outer space meteorology, geology, and oceanography/hydrology.
Curriculum: Space and Earth Science Student Text, 4th ed.

Environmental Science (8th Grade)
One Semester
Designed to investigate the role of humans in their environment. The material includes ecosystems, biomes, climate, agriculture, the problems associated with sustainability of the earth, and critical environmental issues. This is presented from a Christian viewpoint.
Curriculum: Environmental Science, 2006

HISTORY

World History and Geography (7th Grade)
A broad survey of events in world history from creation to the reformation movement from a Christian perspective. Included in this course will be units on world religions, the influence of Greek and Roman cultures, Asian and African Empires, Medieval Europe, the Crusades, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation periods.  This course includes major geographic concepts and skills and a study of the interaction of people and their environment over time.
Curriculum - World Studies Student Text, 3rd ed.

U. S. History (8th Grade)
A broad survey of the major events in U.S. history from a Christian perspective, beginning with its colonization in the 1600s through the present time. Focus will be placed on the religious, political, and cultural influences on American society and how the U.S. transitioned from a small agricultural nation to an Industrial and military world power.
Curriculum – American Republic Student Text, 3rd ed.
 
ENGLISH
 
English 7 (7th Grade)
Study of foundational concepts and appreciation of literature. The application of scriptural principles to analyze the authors' ideas, techniques and themes. Use of Latin word parts to recognize word families. Positive and negative context clues, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. Grammar parts of speech, five basic sentence patterns and basic mechanics. Complex sentences and adjective clauses are introduced. Writing activities emphasize the mastery of well-written sentences, paragraphs, and summaries as well as research skills.
Curriculum – Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature, Holt Traditions Warriner's Handbook, Wordly Wise 3000 Student Book 7

English 8 (8th Grade)
Reader response, critical thinking skills, literary analysis, and reasoning justification applied to timeless themes of coming of age, adventures, discoveries, and heroes. New vocabulary words in context, by identifying synonyms and antonyms, and through nonfiction reading passages. Review of parts of speech, phrase, clause, sentence structure, agreement, mechanics, and usage. Literary and analytical writing activities including various types of essays and a MLA documented research paper.
Curriculum – Excursions in Literature Student Text (3rd edition); Holt Traditions Warriner's Handbook Student Edition; Worldly Wise 3000 3rd Edition Student Book 8
 
MATHEMATICS

Pre-Algebra (7th – 8th Grade)
Introduces arithmetic principles, algebra skills, and geometric concepts. The focus is on rational numbers, equations, proportions and similarity, linear and non-linear functions, two and three dimensional space, and statistics and probability.  Mathematical modeling and real world problem solving are emphasized.
Curriculum – Pre-Algebra, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)

Algebra (7th – 9th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Algebra, Placement Test
Highlights applications using statistics and geometry to develop the algebra of linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, radical equations and includes probability concepts in conjunction with algebraic fractions.   The course aims to integrate and connect algebra to other areas of mathematics, to other disciplines, and to the real world.  Students learn effective uses of mathematics by incorporating the use of higher-order thinking skills with a wide variety of problem types in daily assignments.
Curriculum - Algebra 1, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)
 
Geometry (8th – 10th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite-Algebra, Placement Test
Geometry presents coordinates, transformations, measurement formulas, and three-dimensional figures.  Students formalize their understanding of geometric concepts, including congruence and similarity, circle chords, secants and tangent segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, angle and side measures in polygons, proofs, logic, transformations, the Pythagorean Theorem, constructions, coordinate geometry, and surface area and volume of solids.
Curriculum - Geometry, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)
 
ELECTIVES - MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School Band (7th-8th Grade)
Pre-requisite: at least 1 year of band
Intermediate instrumental ensemble for all middle school students.  This group focuses primarily on continued fundamentals of playing and reading music, with special focus on key signatures (scales, chorales), time signatures (cut time, compound meters, and various 16th note rhythms), tuning, and balance.  Students will continue learning to develop a warm, characteristic tone in all ranges of their instruments and will begin to understand how their specific part contributes to the ensemble as a whole. This group performs three concerts each year.

Symphonic Band (7th-12th Grade)
Credit: 1.0
Pre-requisite: Audition for Band Director
Open to students serious about maturing on their instruments.  We focus on performance, sight reading, and concentrating more complex literature.This group performs 5 concerts each year.
The Academy band program is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA) and North Alabama Private School Band Organization (NAPSBO).  Provides several opportunities which include the Solo and Ensemble Festival, the All-State Band, District Honor Band, North Alabama Private School Honor Band, and the Music Performance Assessment. 

Middle School Choir (7th – 8th Grade)
Further educates in choral music, beginning to intermediate music theory and music history.  The students will rehearse and perform music literature from various genres and will memorize and perform these selections at two concerts each year.  They will also be assigned four various projects each year that will expand their musical knowledge.

Middle School Art (7th – 8th Grade)
Students spend time learning new skills and techniques through a basic study of the different elements of art.  Through projects practicing the different elements, students are able to incorporate their own creative expression. Students will be able to render an observed space accurately, efficiently use various drawing materials, accurately portray perspective and shading, depict correct proportions on faces and figures, create interesting compositions, and render details, texture and reflections.  Students will use learned skills to create their own self-expressive drawings and paintings.

Middle School Drama (7th – 8th Grade)
Involves students in a study of dramatic arts that will provide a foundation for future participation in and appreciation of dramatic arts.   Additionally, the students will gain confidence in giving dramatic presentations in front of an audience and will learn to work with others in a cooperative and responsible manner.  Students are given an opportunity to develop their confidence before an audience while learning the basic techniques of dramatic performances on a middle school level.

Physical Education (7th – 8th Grade)
Provides students with a wide range of team and lifetime sports.  The activities give students the opportunity to appraise their interests in extracurricular sports options as well as giving them a variety of lifetime activities they may engage in as adults.  Emphasis is placed on team work, goal setting, and giving our best effort in all we do to glorify God.

Study Skills (7th Grade)
Provides students with an opportunity to practice what they have learned in classes throughout the day. Students receive the scaffolding and the tools to help them succeed academically as they begin upper school. Students spend time practicing communication skills, proper note taking skills, organizational skills and good time management skills. Planner for this class are highly recommended.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE 

Spanish I (8th – 11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Teaches students how to ask and answer questions, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel.  Grammar and vocabulary are taught with activities incorporating student interaction.
Curriculum: Asi se Dice, Level 1 Student Edition(Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)
 
COMPUTER

Introduction to Computer (8th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed for students who have little or no computer experience.  Topics include the discussion of the different data storage, display, and other computer technologies.  Emphasis will be placed on the computer as a tool.
Curriculum: Plain & Simple: Office 2010

Keyboarding (8th Grade)
 
 
 

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


BIBLE

Bible 9 (9th Grade)
Credit- 1.0
A thorough chronology of the life of Christ, beginning with eternity past and ending with eternity future, with its natural application to developing spiritual maturity.  The course uses a computer/information age theme to teach students how they can look to the life and teachings of Christ as a blueprint for how they live their lives.
Curriculum: Jesus and the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg; ESV Study Bible

Bible 10 (10th Grade)
Credit- 1.0
A comprehensive overview of the whole Bible and its unifying theme, God’s Plan of Redemption, which confronts students with the need for faith.   God’s plan from pre-creation to the unfolding of heaven is traced, emphasizing the connections between the events and their meaning for today's world.
Curriculum: ESV Study Bible

Bible 11 (11th Grade)
Credit- 1.0
A traditional approach to doctrine synthesized to the high school level and combined with creative challenges toward personal application.  The doctrines of God, the Bible, man, sin, salvation, and Christ are examined with the emphasis of the truth and the application to daily life.
Curriculum: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, ESV Study Bible

Bible 12 (12th Grade)
Credit- 1.0
Takes a hard look at the integration of faith and knowledge as students look toward future life decisions, including engaging the culture, career selection, marriage and family, lifestyles, and more. 
Curriculum: Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald. S. Whitney, ESV Study Bible

SCIENCE

Biology (9th Grade)
Credit- 1.0
Covers cellular biology, genetics, biotechnology, taxonomy, origins, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy.  The course also presents Christian positions on biotechnology, abortion, evolution, homosexuality, ecology, disease, and drugs. The class laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce and complement the material presented in the student text.
Curriculum - Biology Student Text, 4th ed.(BJU Press)

Physical Science (10th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Provides the necessary foundation of knowledge and theory for subsequent science courses, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Through practical Bible integration, students learn that a Christian worldview permeates true science.  It begins with basic information regarding matter and measurement early in the text; then builds on that beginning the essential information in classical physics, work and energy, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and optics.
Curriculum - Physical Science Student Worktext & Lab Manual, 4th ed.(BJU Press)

Chemistry (11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Presents students with the foundational ideas behind atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, organic and biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The text stresses the marvels of design in Creation and promotes the development of organized problem solving.
Curriculum – Chemistry: Matter and Change (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

Physics (12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite – Trigonometry/Statistics/Functions
Opens the world of forces, movement, mechanics, and energy.  It features the foundations of electricity, magnetism, and optics and stresses a logical problem-solving approach with many examples and diagrams. Students will put their math skills to use in a derivative approach. Two years of algebra are recommended as a prerequisite.
Curriculum – Physics: Principles and Problems (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Combines a systematic approach to the study of the human body with practical laboratory exercises designed to highlight the wonders of this most unique creation of God.  Students will be challenged to integrate earlier science disciplines into this survey of the systems and functions of the human body.
Curriculum – Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 11th ed. (McGraw-Hill)
 
HISTORY

World History (9th Grade)

Credit-1.0
This course is focused on the study of the major people, places, ideas and events that shaped the course of world history from the Renaissance to present day.  Presented from a Christian worldview, this course will incorporate a geographic study of the different world regions and will center on the political, social, cultural, religious and economic changes within those regions and how they impacted the world as a whole.
Curriculum – World History Student Text, 3rd ed. (BJU Press)

World Geography /U.S. History to 1865 (10th Grade)
Credit-1.0
A survey of the physical and political geography of the world. Land forms, climates, resources, economics, religions, culture and governments in each region of the world will be explored.  Students will also utilize geography skills and principles through map work and study.
Students study U.S. history from its colonization to the year 1865 from a Christian worldview.  Focuses on the events that led the U.S. to its independence, including the religious foundations of our country, the development of the U.S. government, and the early years of the American republic. Also covers westward expansion, Manifest Destiny, the turbulent years prior to and during the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Curriculum – Cultural Geography Student Text, 3rd ed. and Activity Manual (BJU Press) and United States History Student Text, 3rd ed.(BJU Press)

United States History 1865-Present (11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Presented with a Christian perspective, it begins its study of American history from the year 1865 and covers events such as the Gilded Age, the World Wars, and the Cold War.  Students will also study modern U.S. history from Kennedy to Obama and discuss how they can be active citizens in creating America’s future. 
Curriculum – United States History Student Text, 3rd ed. (BJU Press)

United States History Dual Enrollment (11th Grade)
Two Semester Course
Credit-0.5 each semester/3.0 credit hours each semester
This is a Calhoun Community College Course. The first semester course surveys United States history during colonial, revolutionary, early national, and antebellum periods. It concludes with the Civil War. The second semester course surveys United States history from the Reconstruction Era to the present.
Pre-Requisite-An overall 3.0 cumulative GPA and administrative approval
Curriculum – The American Pageant, 15th ed.

American Government (12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Prepares students for responsible citizenship with a discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic.  Material discussed includes the Constitution, in depth insights into the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy, and more, all from a biblical perspective.
Curriculum – American Government Student Text, 2nd ed. (BJU Press)

Economics (12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Examines the concepts and theories of economics from a Christian perspective and profiles individual countries and economic perspectives.  It leads students through an investigation of how basic economic principles work at home, in businesses, in financial markets, and in government.  The course stresses free market ideals and Christian economic values.
Curriculum – Economics Student Test, 2nd ed. (BJU Press)
 
ENGLISH
 
English 9
Credit-1.0
Literary analysis to interpret and evaluate in light of biblical truth with instruction in literary elements: conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. Study of Latin word parts and the difference between denotative and connotative meanings. Parts of speech, basic sentence patterns, usage, and mechanics are reviewed. Relative pronouns, pronoun reference problems, and indicative/imperative mood are introduced. Research, writing, speaking, dictionary, library and study skills, and the writing process are part of the course. Included are a research speech project and writing activities include expository essays, personal narratives, and personal responses to literature.
Curriculum – Fundamentals of Literature Student Text (BJU Press); Holt Traditions Warriner's Handbook Student Edition Grade 9; Wordly Wise 3000; 3rd Edition Student Book 9
 
English 10
Credit-1.0
Advanced literary concepts and the process of understanding literature. Literary selections are analyzed from several genres and interpreted in light of biblical principles and historical context. Vocabulary study focuses upon Greek word parts and the contribution of Greek to modern English. The importance of proper word selection for vivid writing is emphasized. Grammar instruction provides a review of the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics. The five basic sentence patterns are reviewed while writing processes and strategies such as sentence expansion and reduction, coordination and subordination, and parallelism are taught. A research paper will be written in conjunction with the tenth grade rhetoric class.
Curriculum   Elements of Literature Student Text (BJU Press); Holt Traditions Warriner's Handbook Student Edition Grade 10; Wordly Wise 3000; 3rd Edition Student Book 10
 
English 11
Credit-1.0
Built upon the chronological study of American literature authors that connects the authors' lives and writings with the corresponding historic and literary periods. The concept of the American dream is traced from the colonial period to the modern age in American literature. Vocabulary study is based on standardized test preparation. Basic grammar is reviewed in relationship to its necessity in writing excellence. Advance grammar concepts are introduced and connected to writing techniques. Writing projects include a research project, literary analysis, expository writing, timed essays, and college application essays.
Curriculum – American Literature Student Text, 2nd ed. (BJU Press); Wordly Wise 3000; 3rd Edition Student Book 11
 
English 12
Credit-1.0
Study of literary works from eight periods in English literature: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. A review of classical mythology focusing upon the concept of the hero in literature. Grammar rules and writing strategies are studied as students write essays that focus upon literary analysis. A research paper is accomplished in conjunction with the C.S. Lewis writing seminar that is required for senior students.
Curriculum   British Literature Student Text, 2nd ed. (BJU Press); Wordly Wise 3000; 3rd Edition Student Book 12
Additional texts: Beowulf; The Divine Comedy; Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth; A Christmas Carol; The Canterbury Tales; The Annotated Milton: Complete English Poems; The Pilgrim's Progress; Frankenstein; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
 
MATHEMATICS

Algebra (7th – 9th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Algebra, Placement Test
Highlights applications using statistics and geometry to develop the algebra of linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, radical equations and includes probability concepts in conjunction with algebraic fractions.   The course aims to integrate and connect algebra to other areas of mathematics, to other disciplines, and to the real world.  Students learn effective uses of mathematics by incorporating the use of higher-order thinking skills with a wide variety of problem types in daily assignments.
Curriculum - Algebra 1, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)
 
Geometry (8th – 10th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite-Algebra, Placement Test
Presents coordinates, transformations, measurement formulas, and three-dimensional figures.  Students formalize their understanding of geometric concepts, including congruence and similarity, circle chords, secants and tangent segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, angle and side measures in polygons, proofs, logic, transformations, the Pythagorean Theorem, constructions, coordinate geometry, and surface area and volume of solids.
Curriculum - Geometry, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)

Algebra II (9th – 11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite-Geometry
Emphasizes working with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers, and roots, and functions based on these concepts.  Students study linear relations and functions, quadratic, polynomial and radical functions and relations, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences and series, probability and statistics, and trigonometric functions and identities to solve models of real world situations.
Curriculum - Algebra 2, Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)

Trig/Functions/Stats (10th – 12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Algebra II
Presents descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, and further work on polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.  Enough trigonometry is available to constitute a standard Pre-calculus background in trigonometry and circular functions. Algebraic and statistical concepts are integrated throughout, and modeling of real phenomena is emphasized.
Curriculum: Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (McGraw-Hill)

Pre-Calculus (11th – 12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Trig/Functions/Stats
Focuses on the study of functions including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions.  Other topics are conic sections, vectors, complex numbers, polar coordinates, sequences and series, probability distributions and an introduction to limits and derivatives. 
Curriculum - Glencoe Precalculus Student Edition (McGraw-Hill)
 
Pre-Calculus Dual Enrollment (11th – 12th Grade)
Two Semester Course
Credit-0.5 each
Pre-Requisite: Algebra III, Meet requirements for dual enrollment at UAHuntsville or Calhoun.
 
Calculus (12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Calculus
Includes limits, differentiation, integrals, differential and parametric equations, infinite series, and vectors.   Derivatives are found and applied numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Previously studied functions are analyzed using calculus concepts. The relationship between the derivative and the definite integral is developed.  Real-world situations involving rates of change using difference or differential equations are modeled.
Curriculum: Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill)

Calculus Dual Enrollment (12th Grade)
Two Semester Course
Credit-0.5 each
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Calculus, Must meet requirements for dual enrollment at UAHuntsville or Calhoun.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
 
Spanish I (8th – 11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Teaches students how to ask and answer questions, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel.  Grammar and vocabulary are taught with activities incorporating student interaction.
Curriculum: Asi se Dice, Level 1 Student Edition (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

Spanish II (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Spanish I
Teaches students how to communicate at an intermediate level in a store, a bank, an airport, a hotel, a doctor's office, an auto shop, and on the mission field.  Grammar, pronunciation, spelling, writing, listening, talking, verb tenses, and moods are emphasized in a variety of exercises.
Curriculum: Asi se Dice, Level 2 Student Edition (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

Spanish III (10th – 12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Requisite: Spanish II
Further develops students' mastery of vocabulary, oral communication skills, and grammatical structure with a special focus on verb forms. The text features true stories and letters from missionaries in Spanish-speaking countries, teaching the language as well as the culture.
Curriculum: Curriculum: Asi se Dice, Level 3 Student Edition(Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)
 
FINE ARTS

Art I (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed to develop skills and gifting. Students will apply all elements of design in their work through different projects assigned. 
 
Art II (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Pre-Requisite-Art I
Uses the drawing and design skills that are covered in Art I to create detailed projects.  Projects are completed independently and in order.  All assigned projects must be completed for each of the grading periods.  Students who work more quickly will be able to work on independent projects to add to their portfolios.
 
Art III (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Pre-Requisite-Art I and Art II
An advanced level art class.  Large scale projects include furniture painting, fashion design, large canvas paintings and several graphic design projects.  Students work independently and at their own pace on projects designed to reinforce the principles learned in Art I and II.
 
Choir (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of choral music. This course will include foundational studies in vocal techniques, sight `singing, music theory concepts, and music history. The rehearsing and performing of choral music will achieve the application of these principles. Choir is open to all students with an interest in singing.  Students will perform two concerts per year.

Drama (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Involves students in a study of dramatic arts that will provide a foundation for future participation in and appreciation of dramatic arts.   Additionally, the students will gain confidence in giving dramatic presentations in front of an audience and will learn to work with others in a cooperative and responsible manner.  Students are given an opportunity to develop their confidence before an audience while learning the basic techniques of dramatic performances.

Photography I (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed to teach students the basic introductory concepts of the photography medium, including lighting, composition strategy, and camera functionality, so that they can create well-composed and memorable images which are reflective of the beauty of God’s creation and the blessings that are present in everyday life.
 
Photography II (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Pre-Requisite:  Photography I
Builds on the basic core concepts of Photography I but furthers the learning experience by allowing students to develop knowledge related to color technique, texture, tinting, and additional editing applications and effects to create images which poses a greater depth of feel and clarity.

Symphonic Band (7th-12th Grade)
Credit: 1.0
Pre-requisite: Audition for Band Director
Open to students serious about maturing on their instruments.  It is open to all high school and middle school students who meet necessary requirements. We focus on performance, sight reading, and concentrating more complex literature.
This group performs 5 concerts each year.

Yearbook (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Teaches students criteria for good photographs and how to organize them in a layout.  Students will be responsible for taking and selecting photos, cropping and creating layouts, and creating captions.
Technology

Introduction to Computer (8th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed for students who have little or no computer experience.  Topics include the discussion of the different data storage, display, and other computer technologies.  Emphasis will be placed on the computer as a tool.
Curriculum: Plain & Simple: Office 2010

Advanced Computers (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit – 0.5
Pre-Requisite – Intro to Computers
Curriculum: Introduction to Computer Science using Java (Glencoe)
 
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES:  

Health (9th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of all important health issues.  The information is biblically-based and scientifically-sound and directs teens toward making wise choices.
Curriculum: Health: High School, Choices for a Winning Lifestyle, Student Textbook (Purposeful Design)

Lifetime Fitness (9th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Promotes lifelong physical activity and healthy lifestyles that result in lifelong fitness, wellness, and health.  It helps students become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness, learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles, and take personal responsibility for program planning and setting individualized goals.
Curriculum – Fitness for Life by Charles Corbin and Ruth Lindsey

Rhetoric (10th grade)
Credit-1.0
Designed to teach students how to use language, argument, and persuasion effectively through speech and more importantly, through writing. Students will study the essential components of rhetoric. Students will study the rhetorical tradition and the art of both oral and written persuasion using Aristotle’s Rhetoric as well as interrelated areas of the Bible. There will be an emphasis on speech writing, informal and formal oration, rhetorical analysis, Biblical integration, and the use of persuasive techniques through writing and public discourse.
Curriculum: The Essential Guide to Rhetoric (Bedford/St.Martin's); Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle (Memoria Press)

Senior Thesis Seminar (12th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Teaches college-level research and writing skills both in the MLA and in the APA format. Each student completes an extensive research paper on a public policy issue of civic importance. Research skills and techniques are taught, including how to evaluate and use source documents and materials, research organization, outlining, correctly citing sources, incorporating footnotes and endnotes, bibliographies, etc.  Research instruction is focused at the individual level. Students will give an oratory presentation where they defend their thesis. Students give three formal speech presentations throughout the year, and additional writing assignments will include literary analysis and response to the works of C.S. Lewis.
Curriculum: A Writer’s Reference, 8th edition (Bedford/St. Martin's); The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

GENERAL ELECTIVES

Home Economics (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-0.5
Home Economics helps create an understanding of food and healthy eating, food preparation, cooking and entertaining, crafts, home care and ways to be thrifty.

Pre-Engineering (11th Grade)
Credit-1.0
Pre-Engineering motivates students with project-based learning at its best. Engineering core concepts are taught in class, while the practical applications and projects are online. Students create individual projects or collaborate on group projects.
Curriculum: Pre-Engineering (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

American Film Classics (11th Grade)
“This is an upper school elective course that is designed to cultivate the student’s knowledge of classic American films against the cultural background of individual time periods. Students are able to trace major events in American history and society by examining different aspects of the films that are viewed and discussed in class. Since the course emphasizes the great films and film stars of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, multiple avenues of discussion are available. Because so many of these films are based upon classic plays and novels, students also participate in discussions of the quality of the adaptations from the original work. Several opportunities will be provided for the students to develop, write, and film original presentations during the year. 

Varsity Athletics (9th – 12th Grade)
Credit-.05
Varsity Athletics provides student athletes with the opportunity to improve fitness and athleticism specifically for the sports in which they participate.  Students will engage in supervised conditioning and resistance exercise with the goal of improving fitness and athleticism for their upcoming season.  The coach will provide a prescribed course of conditioning in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, and other applicable areas of fitness.  Grading will be based on attendance and participation.  While in season, athletes will participate in their regular season practice.