Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Elementary School

The K4 (four-year-old kindergarten) class at WCCS operates 3 days a week (M,W,F).  The school day is 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Bible

Bible is integrated throughout the day at WCCS. Bible time is set aside for K4 students to learn Bible lessons from both the Old and New Testament; hands-on activities are used to help illustrate the lesson. Bible memory verses and music are also part of the Bible curriculum.  During the day, Bible is even extended into learning centers and snack!

 

Phonics

K4 students are taught each letter of the alphabet, upper and lower case.  Students are taught the sound that each letter makes, including both long and short vowel sounds. By mid-year the students are practicing blends.  By the end of the year, students are sounding out and blending consonant-vowel-consonant words.

 

Handwriting

K4 students are instructed on proper pencil grip, posture, spacing, and paper position. Throughout the year students learn to print their own names. Proper formation of the upper and lower case letters, as well as the numbers 1-20, are also practiced.

 

Numbers

K4 students practice counting, number concepts for numbers 1-20, graphing, and measurement using standard and non-standard units. K4 students also learn measurement concepts such as more/less, longer/shorter, heavier/lighter, time, and temperature.

 

Readiness Skills

K4 students participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities to encourage development–socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and academically. Some of those activities include manners training, large group playtime, small group learning centers, bean bag and scarf movement to music, rest time, art projects, and much more.

 

K-4 Specials: 

Music

Art

Physical Education

Library

The K5 (five-year-old kindergarten) class operates 5 days a week from 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.  This class provides children with an educational experience that will nurture not only their mind, but also their spirit.

 

Bible

The children learn that the Bible is God’s Word.  They learn how to apply knowledge of the Bible to their daily lives. Each lesson emphasizes the personal need for a Savior and instills a desire in every child to know more about God.  Students learn about the patriarchs of the faith through their daily lessons.  Chapel takes place on Wednesdays, where God’s Word is shared by a teacher or a pastor.

 

Phonics

K-5 students learn how to read by the use of  phonics. Children learn, review, and apply what they learn—sounds of vowels and consonants, blends, one-vowel and two-vowel words, words with special sounds, and sentence comprehension. The constant reviewing and applying enhances the students’ reading ability.

 

 

Penmanship

K-5 students learn how to write properly, as they are instructed on proper pencil grip, posture, spacing, and paper position. Students use these skills as they print letters, blends, and words. They also use these skills when printing their first and last names.

 

Numbers

K-5 students will learn to count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100, addition concepts up to 10, and the beginning of the subtraction concept. They will also learn the value of coins and dollars, time to the hour, time to the half-hour, calendar concepts, and the fraction of one-half.

 

Social Studies

Students’ sights are broadened as they learn how God uses children to accomplish His will throughout their home, community, country, and world.  Fun activities and coloring pages teach about community helpers, America, and children of different countries.

 

Science

Students learn about God’s plan for the universe and for their own lives. God’s creation and design for the weather, seasons, seeds, animals, and the seashore are highlighted through their colorful science book.

 

General

K-5 students learn the colors and geometric shapes, manners, health and safety procedures, and scissor skills.

 

K-5 Specials: 

Music

Art

Physical Education

Computer

Library 

Bible

First grade students study creation, the patriarchs, and the life of Christ in the Bible.  Students love Bible as lively music and Bible memorization is incorporated into their daily Bible lessons.  Students attend chapel on Wednesdays where a teacher or a pastor brings a challenge from God’s Word.

 

English

First graders learn foundational English skills that will prepare them to read and write with understanding and enjoyment.  They learn basic grammar that will be used in future creative writing.

 

Spelling

Spelling is a part of the first grade reading and phonics. Words are based on the

phonetic rule studied for that week.

 

Penmanship

Recognizing the importance of honing fine motor skills, first graders use and daily practice

manuscript handwriting.

 

Reading

Reading is taught using a phonetic-based curriculum giving ninety minutes a day to

phonics, guided reading groups, and fun games.

 

Arithmetic

First graders master addition and subtraction facts to 10 and are introduced to facts up to 18. Life skills of telling time, counting money, and solving word problems are included. Skip counting, a skill later used in  multiplication, is taught through songs that are exciting and fun.  Students also learn to analyze data and geometric shapes.

 

History

The history curriculum is supplemented with literature- based themes and activities. First graders love learning about the country’s founding fathers.

 

Science

Science is accentuated with hands- on- activities and yearly field trips to a children’s museum and planetarium.

 

First Grade Specials: 

Music

Art

Physical Education

Computer

Library

Bible

Second grade Bible includes Christian worldview shaping through memorizing Bible verses, singing, praying, and learning Bible lessons.  Beginning Bible study skills are also explored.

 

English

Second grade English fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God.  Students develop the correct use of grammar, begin learning the writing process, and develop reference skills.

 

Spelling

Second grade spelling emphasizes word sorting, word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application.  The students study grade-appropriate words and enjoy hands-on review activities.

 

Penmanship

Second graders polish their manuscript writing habits and learn cursive writing.  The writing habits learned in second grade will greatly influence their writing skills throughout their lives.

 

Reading

Second grade reading uses the phonics foundation to polish reading skills.   Decoding, expression, and comprehension skills are developed.  Students learn to read God’s Word and other literature.

 

Arithmetic

Arithmetic emphasizes addition and subtraction basic facts along with regrouping.  The concepts of multiplication and division are also introduced.   Number “sense” is emphasized by studying place value and problem solving.  Manipulatives and review games help to make learning fun.

 

History

Throughout this course, second grade students develop an interest in history, geography, citizenship, economics, and culture.  This course equips the student to discern connections between events and organize information in chronological order.

 

Science

Second grade science develops a knowledge of God through His creation.  Life cycles, fossils, conservation, and earth science are just a few of the concepts studied.  The scientific process is studied in depth and used in activities and hands-on experiments.

 

Second Grade Specials: 

Music

Art

Physical Education

Computer 

Library

Bible

The goal of the Bible curriculum in the third grade is to engage students in their own Christian growth.  To this end, the Bible time is set up as a time of discussion, personal Bible reading, quiet reflection, and private journaling.

 

English

The goal of language instruction is to foster an appreciation of language as a gift from God that equips humans uniquely among the created order.  As such, students are taught to develop the correct use of grammar in the spoken and written word.

 

Spelling

The spelling curriculum is designed to teach spelling patterns and strategies for application.  Lessons include word sorting (by letter patterns), word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application activities.

 

Penmanship

Proper technique and formation in penmanship is taught and reinforced in the third grade.  Everything in the third grade is written in cursive.

 

Reading

The third grade reading curriculum uses several different reading books to increase comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary which promotes good character through age-appropriate stories.

 

Arithmetic

After a quick review of addition and subtraction facts, students will begin to learn multiplication.  Mastery of multiplication is expected in the third grade.  Division, fractions, averaging, and simple measurements will also be covered.

 

History

The third grade history curriculum studies the working of God in the history of America through the biographies of some of the prominent Americans who had an impact on our country.

 

Science

The third grade science curriculum endeavors to establish a biblical worldview upon which all scientific discoveries are based.   It emphasizes a knowledge of God and His creation, and man’s role in stewarding that creation.   To that end, the curriculum promotes scientific literacy by teaching through active participation in the scientific method.

 

Third Grade Specials: 

Music 

Art  

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Physical Education  

Computer  

Library  

Bible

Fourth grade Bible instruction is organized into ten thematic units that surveys selected portions of the Old and New Testaments. Bible is an academic subject that includes Bible memory assignments, but the goal is to teach the students to know, love, and live the Bible!  Bible class time strives to instill a desire in students to know more about God, promotes understanding and application of Bible knowledge to daily life, and provides a systematic plan for the practice of Bible skills.

 

English 

The study of English in fourth grade fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God. English class develops the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication. The curriculum contains identification of the eight parts of speech, sentence types, diagrams, the writing process, and reference skills.

 

Spelling 

Spelling instruction equips the student to apply spelling skills in order to produce accurate, God- honoring written communication. Weekly list lessons include word sorting according to phonetic rules, word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application activities.

 

Penmanship 

Fourth graders continue perfecting their cursive writing skills. Correct letter formations are introduced/reinforced at the beginning of the year. Students are expected to demonstrate correct formation, spacing, letter size, slant, proportion, as well as overall neatness and good appearance. 

 

Reading

The fourth grade reading program is designed to produce independent readers and writers and to provide outstanding literary and character-building selections. The program promotes reading comprehension, decoding, reading the Bible with understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of good literature, enriched vocabulary, and good character traits. 

 

Arithmetic

Fourth Graders should have complete mastery of addition and subtraction upon entering fourth grade. The fourth graders are expected to know the 0—12 multiplication tables as this knowledge is necessary to progress onto more complex processes such as long division, larger multiplication problems, measurement equations, factoring, fractions, algebra, beginning geometry, and multiple step story problems.

 

History 

The focus of the fourth grade history is to develop a biblical worldview through the study of American history (1400’s to the present). To develop a proper perspective of their heritage, students need to learn/remember facts about history/geography. The class enjoys several field trips to enhance their understanding of the Ohio Valley history.

 

Science 

The fourth grade science curriculum contains ten units of study: Living Things, Insects and Spiders, Plants, Forces and Machines, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, The Moon, Water and Oceans, Weathering and Erosion, and The Earth’s Resources with supplemental units of study in health: Digestion, Bones, and Muscles.

 

Fourth Grade Specials:

Music

Art

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Physical Education

Computer

Library

Noteworthy Chorale (optional)

Bible

In fifth grade Bible, students are encouraged to grow in grace and knowledge by memorizing a weekly Bible verse.   Throughout the year students are taught many lessons in which they learn about God’s judgment and grace.  This helps to build godly character and obedience with a focus on evangelism and missions.  Lessons are taught using accounts from the Bible as well as stories about many heroes of the faith and missionaries.  Students also attend a weekly chapel service.

 

English

Fifth grade English alternates between grammar lessons and writing units.  Grammar lessons review and expand on previously learned concepts through daily guided lessons and independent practice.  Writing units reinforce the writing steps as students apply their grammar skills when completing writing assignments such as: sense poems, book reports, and personal narratives.

 

Spelling 

Spelling challenges each student to use written language to communicate effectively.  Students learn spelling patterns and strategies for application.  Students will be equipped to use effective proofreading and dictionary skills. Finally, students will incorporate meaningful writing experiences with their spelling consciousness.

 

Reading

Fifth graders continue to develop the reading skills of fluency, accuracy, and expression through daily reading assignments.  They also expand their word knowledge through weekly vocabulary assignments and activities.  Students will also read novels throughout the year and participate in book report activities.

 

Arithmetic

Students learn about and develop an understanding about such topics as whole numbers, fractions, decimals, graphs, and algebraic equations through daily lessons, review games, speed drills, in-class/small work groups.

 

History

Old World History is the focus of study in fifth grade.  After a quick introduction about the purpose of studying history and geography, students begin learning about many different time periods.  This begins with the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Middle East, the Far East, and Ancient Greece and then moves throughout the years to modern Middle East, Africa, England and the British Isles.  Students also study  geographical information about each of the continents.

 

Science

Science lessons are taught based on a Christian worldview foundation, in which students learn that God is the Creator of everything, that people are important to God, and people were put on earth by God to have dominion and authority over God’s creation.  Students are encouraged to explore God’s world through a variety of methods including: reading, videos, hands-on activities, and experiments.  Among the many topics covered in fifth grade science are: fossils and dinosaurs, biomes, weather, and minerals and rocks.

 

Fifth Grade Specials: 

Music

Art

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Physical Education

Computer

Library

Noteworthy Chorale (optional)

Band (optional)

Bible 

The theme of Bible class is Redemption: God’s grand design. Students will see how God’s plan from the beginning was to give a picture of His love and redemption for His creation. The work-text, lessons, and weekly memory verses all align to paint this wonderful picture of our Redeemer.

 

English  

English highlights grammar and the writing process.  Guided and independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews are modes of student engagement for concept reinforcement.

 

Spelling 

God’s gift of language enables us to communicate.   Writing is one avenue of propagating thought.  This course promotes the development of spelling consciousness in the field of language.

 

Reading  

Sixth grade students delve into readers containing a variety of stories, poems, and vocabulary.  Character themes are presented when applicable.  Reading comprehension skill sheets further enhance this discipline.

 

Arithmetic 

As students prepare for middle school math, this course covers a wide variety of topics ranging from basic mathematics to pre-algebra. Students will be introduced to the interactions of fractions and ratios, decimals, and percentages.  Students will use methods such as drills, quizzes, and critical thinking problems to reinforce their learning.

 

History  

History 6 is the exciting story of our country’s history and shows God ‘s intervention throughout the founding of our nation.  Students will learn about the history and geography of the Western Hemisphere.  They will memorize the American’s Creed, part of The Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the Constitution, become familiar with Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and be able to locate U.S. states and capitals.  Seeing history through this biblical worldview will help students gain wisdom about the past in order to make better decisions for the present and future.

 

Science 

Students will investigate many disciplines including earth, life, and physical sciences. Students will gain an understanding of how God created science to demonstrate His power over His creation. Students have the opportunity to participate interactively through projects and interesting lessons.

 

Sixth Grade Specials: 

Music

Art

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Physical Education

Computer

Library

Noteworthy Chorale (optional)

Band (optional)

Middle School

Bible

The 7th grade curriculum for Bible is a study of the Life of Christ. Topics covered will be Christ’s Character, His example and major experiences with a heavy focus on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, as well as Christ’s miracles, parables, and other teachings. Memory verses will be required, and the curriculum topics will not only be covered but also discussed regarding their application to our lives as Christians.

 

English

This course includes teaching grammar usage and mechanics, using literature as the hub around which the writing, grammar, and vocabulary revolves. Through various hands-on group projects the student will learn the elements of story as well as critically analyze and portray story using various media outlets.

 

Math 

Pre-algebra and statistics concepts are introduced and graphed. Solving equations and inequalities is included. An in-depth study of proportions, percent, expressions, and patterns will be undertaken. The concepts of negative numbers, integers and rational numbers will be reinforced. Calculating and graphing statistical displays, along with graphing transformations will be studied.

 

History

This history course begins with the foundation of the world as God’s creation and ends at the start of the 20th century. This course focuses on Western Civilization, examining mainly the development of Europe as well as parts of the Middle East and Far East. This class helps students break out of their mindset of viewing the world only from an American perspective. It instructs by evaluating information on the path of World History with Christ as its turning-point.

 

Science

This course is a life science class that examines the plant kingdom from the smallest microorganism to the largest redwood tree and the animal kingdom from bacteria to elephants. There is special emphasis on the biomes and ecosystems of the world.

 

Physical Education

The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up to games, team sports, and physical fitness activities. The students will have opportunities to become involved in life long physical conditioning activities. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play and friendly competition.

 

Study Skills

This course will help students build the skills needed to manage their time and activities as they move through school and into their careers. Students will learn how to manage time and finances. They will be taught critical thinking skills through running a business and consider how the human brain works to enable them to study more effectively. They will develop daily strategies needed to navigate through high school. Students will use multiple platforms to accomplish these goals including textbooks, real life examples, online workshops, and videos.

 

Keyboarding

This course is designed for students to learn basic keyboarding skills.  Students are taught keyboarding skills as well as number pad skills and word processing applications.  Students will use these skills to efficiently type documents.


Electives

Art  

The General Art program will provide guidance in developing aesthetic abilities in the student. The curriculum emphasizes creativity and the artistic process. The students will be introduced to a variety of different mediums through two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches to creating and responding to visual arts.  This class includes creative projects using oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Band                                                                                      Prerequisite: General knowledge of instrument.

While continuing to focus on the fundamentals of music, this group will expand into learning more difficult technical concepts such as: intonation, quality of sound, advanced rhythms, and alternate instrument fingerings. Students will perform as an ensemble and may be asked to perform solos.

 

Robotics 

This class focuses on the Technology and Engineering aspects of STEM by introducing students to exciting world of Robotics using the Legos. Students will plan, build, and program a variety of fun and intriguing technology-based structures throughout the year. Additionally, students will study related areas of robotics that include electricity, circuits, micro computing, and programming.

 

Choir

This course is a performance-based class.  Students spend most of their time preparing for performances.  Students will perform throughout the school year at special events including chapel.  Students will learn many types of music along with basic music theory and sight-reading skills.  There are also several events during the school year and Fine Arts competition in the spring.  Choir also offers opportunities for students to develop team building and leadership skills.

Bible

The goal of this course is to help students develop a Biblical Christian worldview. Students will learn how to develop their ability to defend their faith and witness to others, as well as to discern how God desires for us to live what we believe. Memory verses will be required for the class as well as thought-provoking discussion.

 

English

This course begins with further study of the parts of speech, sentences, and correct usage and includes development of writing skills through essay and report assignments.  The study and analysis of literature through stories, poetry, and prose will develop critical thinking skills as students focus on character, theme, plot, and point of view.  Communication skills will be developed through group discussion and analysis, focusing on textual support for application.  Development of vocabulary and memorization of poetry are included as well as written and oral book reports.

 

Math 8

This course reinforces the concepts of operations with decimals, fractions, and integers. Geometric concepts such as polygons, congruence, similarity, and area are reviewed and expanded. Probability, combinations, and permutations are discussed. Algebra concepts such as order of operations, solving inequalities and equations, operations with polynomials, and graphing lines are also taught.

 

History 8

In this course the student will move through American history from its discovery, to birth, to present day. While studying the story of our great nation the student will recognize the cycle civilization tends toward while learning how we as a nation and individuals can change our course for the future. This is all done while examining how history as a whole fits into the greater story written by our Creator.

 

Science 8

This course is a study of the physical aspects of our planet and the solar system. This class includes studying the universe above our planet and the land under our feet. It speaks of the glory of God’s power in his exceptional creation.

 

Physical Education

In this course the student will learn mental, social, and physical well-being. The student will also be introduced to principles of exercise, fitness, and movement skills. This will be accomplished through team and individual games and fitness training to promote mental, social, and physical well-being.

 

 Health

Students study healthy lifestyles by examining what the Bible has to say about maintaining a healthy mode of living.  Drug abuse, eating habits, and exercise are a few of the topics covered in the class.

 

Computer Basics

This course is an introductory course in computers and information processing to provide an understanding in the fundamentals of computers and information processing so that students may be able to understand what a computer is and how it operates.  Students will recognize and identify a computer system, input, processing and output devices, operating systems and all the associated computer terminology that goes with it.  Students will spend time on the computers doing varied internet assignments and searches.  The student will be introduced to Microsoft Publisher and do associated projects (flyers, announcements, cards, etc.).

 


Electives

 Art    

The General Art program will provide guidance in in the elements of and design of art. This class curriculum will focus on art history and art movements. The students will use a variety of material to create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects including oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Band                                                                                      Prerequisite: General knowledge of instrument.

While continuing to focus on the fundamentals of music, this group will expand into learning more difficult technical concepts such as: intonation, quality of sound, advanced rhythms, and alternate instrument fingerings. Students will perform as an ensemble and may be asked to perform solos.

 

Robotics 

This class focuses on the Technology and Engineering aspects of STEM by introducing students to exciting world of Robotics using the Legos. Students will plan, build, and program a variety of fun and intriguing technology-based structures throughout the year. Additionally, students will study related areas of robotics that include electricity, circuits, micro computing, and programming.

 

Choir

This course is a performance-based class.  Students spend most of their time preparing for performances.  Students will perform throughout the school year at special events including chapel.  Students will learn many types of music along with basic music theory and sight-reading skills.  There are also several events during the school year and Fine Arts competition in the spring.  Choir also offers opportunities for students to develop team building and leadership skills.

High School

Bible 9

(.5 credit) Required

The first semester will survey competing worldviews. The students will follow the journey of a teenager as he familiarizes himself with the history, tenets, and weaknesses of Hinduism, Buddhism, secular Humanism, and postmodernism. This journey is completed while contrasting each belief with the truth of Jesus Christ. During the second semester, the students will learn that everything is meaningless until viewed through the eyes and will of God as they walk through the book of Ecclesiastes and the supplemental text provided.

 

Bible 10

(.5 credit) Required

In the first semester, the students will familiarize themselves with five key aspects of systematic theology: theology proper, anthropology, Christology, soteriology, and ecclesiology. By preparing their minds in this way, the students will become more effective and productive followers of Jesus Christ. In the second semester, students look at who Jesus really is. A different approach will be taken by looking through the eyes of Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses before studying what the Bible and history teach about the real Jesus.

 

Bible 11

(.5 Credit) Required

This course provides an overview of many New Testament epistles, focusing on the life of Christ. The course begins with a study of the prison epistles, followed by pastoral epistles. The general epistles of James, 1 and 2 Peter, Hebrews, Jude, and 1,2,and 3 John are studied next. The text also emphasizes the application of the truths demonstrated in one’s daily life. Background information for each epistle is reviewed. The course concludes with an in-depth review of the book of Revelation.

 

Bible 12

(.5 Credit) Required

Mark 12:30-31 is the focus of senior Bible. Loving God completely by knowing Him, studying the Bible and worshipping Him are some of the first topics reviewed. Other topics such as service, sanctification, and purity are also studied. The second portion of the course focuses on loving one’s neighbor. Students review relationships in the home, the local church, and society as a whole through the eye of scripture.

World History (9)

(1 credit) Required

World History builds upon previous courses by instructing students in events from the early days of God’s creation to the nation building of the 19th century. This course focuses on the study of numerous nation-states from Great Britain, France, and Germany to the civilizations of the Middle East, India, and China. Students use their knowledge to decipher, appreciate, and appraise the cultural differences of various civilizations.

 

US History (10)

(1 credit) Required

US History builds upon previous United States history courses in discussing people, events, and ideas that originate at the foundation of the United States. This class begins in colonial times and works through the Revolutionary War, the creation of the republic, and the course of the country through the Civil War. With God at its center, this course develops students’ abilities of applying, synthesizing, and evaluating information on people, places, and turning points in the history of the United States.

 

20-21st Century History (11)

(1 credit) Required

The study of this course focuses on the relevance of the last century moving into our current timeline. The focus is on United States history, but the class also covers many international events such as World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. The goal of this course is for students to develop a new and better appreciation for recent history of the United States in the world. It helps advance their abilities in describing, evaluating, and justifying recent events.

 

American Government (12)

(.5 Credit) Required

Through this course, students will examine a Christian’s relationship to government, early governmental foundations and founders, the Constitution, political parties, the branches of government, and foreign policy.

 

Economics (12)

(.5 Credit) Required

This class explores basic economic principles, current economic issues, and the concept of choice and consequence on both personal and global scales. Basic concepts such as utility, opportunity benefit and cost, subjective value, free-market capitalism and other economic models, as well as a biblical perspective of personal finance will be studied.

English 9

(1 Credit) Required

Students will build skills in grammar, writing, and literature. Emphasis will be placed on communicating effectively though writing, and successfully comprehending and analyzing literature. Students will read and write in multiple genres, commit poetry to memory, and continue to develop their vocabulary and grammatical skills.

 

English 10

(1 credit) Required

This course includes a study of grammar focusing on parts of speech, sentences, and usage. It includes sentence analysis and development of writing skills through essay and research assignments. Development of vocabulary and memorization of poetry are included. Analysis of literature including: short stories, poetry, prose, and a Shakespeare play is also developed in this course. Literary analysis will focus on character, theme, setting, and conflict. Interpretation and communication skills will be strengthened through application of critical evaluation and group interpretation.

 

Literature and Composition (11 and 12)

(1 Credit) Required: Brit. Lit. and Comp. or Advanced Lit. and Comp.

This class is a chronological survey of the origins and development of English Literature as well as a course designed to help prepare students for college-level writing and research. The curriculum consists of analytical reading, critical writing skills, multiple essay genres, vocabulary enrichment, in-class writings, projects, and research papers. Throughout the course, students will be expected to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of texts.

 

Advanced Literature and Composition (11 and 12)

(1 Credit) Required: Brit. Lit. and Comp. or Advanced Lit. and Comp.

This class is a chronological survey of the origins and development of English Literature as well as a course designed to help prepare students for college-level writing and research. The curriculum consists of analytical reading, critical writing skills, multiple essay genres, vocabulary enrichment, in-class writings, projects, and research papers. Greater emphasis is placed on Shakespearean texts as well as more independent analysis than the British Literature and Composition class. The class is conducted at a more rapid pace, and writing assignments are generally more demanding.

 

Speech

(.5 Credit) Required

Through this course, students will receive instruction and practice in communicating through a variety of modes and for diverse purposes. Emphasis is placed on organization and developing excellent communication skills.

Algebra I

(1 Credit) Required: Alg. 1 or Adv. Alg. 1

Prerequisite: 8th grade math

During this course, students will write and solve multi-step equations, graph linear equations, write equations of parallel and perpendicular lines, write and solve various inequalities, solve systems of equations by graphing and substitution, solve equations with polynomial expressions, and graph quadratic functions. Heavy emphasis is placed on slope and graphing.

 

Advanced Algebra 1

(1 Credit) Required: Alg. 1 or Adv. Alg. 1

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The study of Algebra 1 is foundational to all higher math. This course proceeds at a more rapid pace than Algebra 1, thus covering some special topics at the end, such as graphing radical and exponential functions. Students will learn to evaluate numerical and algebraic expressions including radicals. Graphs of lines and developing equations of lines algebraically will be studied in detail. Polynomials and factoring will be studied extensively, and parabolas will be introduced with other nonlinear graphs. The course concludes with statistics and probability, time permitting.

 

Geometry

(1 Credit) Required: Geo. or Adv. Geo.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

During this course students will learn relationships between angles. Proofs are introduced, including inductive reasoning and conjecture. Graphing lines and distance between points will be reviewed. Triangle and quadrilateral classification and application of theorems are studied in detail including the use of algebraic expressions. (The use of algebra will continue throughout.) Students will understand ratios and proportions, as well as some trigonometry late in the course. Coordinate geometry will be used in the sections.

 

Advanced Geometry

(1 Credit) Required: Geo. or Adv. Geo.

Prerequisite: Adv. Algebra 1-C or better or teacher recommendation.

Euclidian Geometry is taught with heavy emphasis on coordinate Geometry. The course is taught at a faster pace than Geometry, enabling students to become better prepared for advanced courses like Trigonometry or Pre-calculus. Formal proof is introduced early and continues throughout. Relationships in triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons and circles are studies as well as right triangle trigonometry. The course concludes with a thorough study of area, surface area, and volume.

*Students choose which math classes to take their junior and senior year from the following classes.

 

Algebra II  (11-12)

(1 Credit) Elective. Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry

Algebra 2 continues the study of Algebra I. Linear equations and inequalities including use of matrices will be studied. All types of functions and their graphs will be considered including

transformations. Radicals, logarithms, and complex numbers are included. Students learn to use graphing calculators.

 

Statistics (11-12)

(1 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry

The study of Statistics begins with probability and various types of data descriptions. Binomial distributions will be covered, and the normal distribution will be studied extensively. Confidence intervals will be considered, followed by hypothesis testing. The course concludes with correlation regression, and, time permitting, ANOVA testing and chi square tests.

 

Pre-calculus (11-12)

(1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – C or better

The study of pre-calculus begins with an in-depth study of functions . The study of trigonometry functions and their inverses is covered as well as review of trig identities and solving trig equations. Systems of equations are studied, including use of matrices to solve. Parametric equations, vectors, polar coordinates and sequences/series are covered. The course concludes with limits and derivatives.

 

Conceptual Math (11-12)

(1 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry

This two-semester course will reinforce student’s knowledge in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios, and percentages, converting measure, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. These concepts will then be applied to real world functions so that students can see the correlation between the functions in a classroom and how they are used in various trades. A heavy emphasis is placed on word problems associated with trades.

 

Consumer Math (11-12)

(1 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry

In Consumer Math, students study and review arithmetic skills they can apply in their personal lives and in their future careers. The course begins with a focus on occupational topics; it includes details on jobs, wages, deductions, taxes, insurance, recreation and spending, and transportation. Students also learn about personal finances, checking and savings accounts, loans and buying on credit, automobile expenses, and housing expenses. It also includes instruction about filling out tax forms. Every lesson will help develop critical thinking skills and will emphasize biblical stewardship.

Physical Science 9

(1 credit) Required

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

This is a basic, but in-depth, science class that covers principles in chemistry and physics. Foundational concepts will be taught that can be used in later science classes. Chemistry concepts covered include building of the Periodic Table, structure of the atom, and bonding. Physics concepts include a history of science and application of it to the Creation Mandate, classifications and changes in matter, dimensional analysis, kinematics, dynamics, energy, work, simple machines, and electricity. This is a lab-based class with hands-on activities presented for each unit of study.

 

Biology 10

(1 credit) Required

This course is a study of the cell, genetics, and the plant and animal kingdom. It includes an overview of the systems of the human body. There are numerous science labs during the year including dissection of an eyeball and a microscope lab.

 

Chemistry 11

(1 credit) Required: Chemistry or Intro to Physics and Chemistry

Prerequisite: Algebra I

The Chemistry course begins with the scientific method and a discussion of the history of Chemistry. The classification and states of matter and the elements are discussed in detail. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, and nomenclature are covered extensively. Chemical reactions, acids/bases and redox reactions, and stoichiometry are studied and applied in hands-on labs.

 

Introduction of Physical and Chemistry 11

(1 credit) Required: Chemistry or Intro to Physics and Chemistry

This class is an elective science class that investigates weather, atmosphere, water, physics of motion, Newton’s laws, the hydrosphere, and the forces on the earth. This is a hands on class with many experiments.

 

Physics (11-12)

(1 credit) Elective

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Velocity, speed, and acceleration will be worked with extensively, along with Newton’s Laws, force, motion momentum and the concepts of work, energy and gravitation. Wave theory will be introduced that includes key concepts of sound. Light & optics are discussed. Magnetism and electricity are also studied. This is a lab-based class with hands-on activities presented for each unit of study.

 

Anatomy (11-12)

(.5 credit) Elective

Prerequisite – Biology – B or better

Students will investigate the systems of the human body in depth. Special dissection of the animal specimens are included as well as a study of the Drosophila fly and genetics.

Spanish I

(1 credit) Required

The goal of Spanish I is to introduce the student to the Spanish language and culture through development of basic grammar and vocabulary skills, utilizing projects, dialogue, and exercises.

Students will express themselves through written and spoken language to demonstrate a knowledge of sentence structure, vocabulary correctly used in cultural context, and memorization of scripture. Speaking the Spanish language in class is encouraged, and writing in the language is required to increase ability in use and comprehension of both the written and spoken word.

 

Spanish II

(1 credit) Required

Prerequisite: Spanish I

This class builds on the foundation laid in Spanish I in order to further develop language use and cultural understanding. Basic verb tense and use, along with vocabulary and sentence structure will be expanded by addition of more advanced grammar and vocabulary skills. Utilizing skits, projects, and videos, students will develop a deeper understanding of Spanish language and culture. Speaking the Spanish language in class is encouraged and writing is Spanish is required to increase ability in use and comprehension of both the written and spoken word.

PC Applications 1

(.5 credit) Required

Microsoft Office and its applications, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) are the focus of this class. By using the applications, the students will be able to create a variety of documents.

 

PC Applications 2

(.5 credit) Required Prerequisite – PC Apps 1

Microsoft Office is used to build on the skills learned in PC Applications 1, and students will be able to produce more challenging documents. Assignments will include the integration of data between the various Office applications covered throughout the text.

Health (12)

(1 credit) Required

The Senior Health class will provide guidance and emphasis on caring for God’s temple, our body. The students will be given hands-on activities, projects, field trips, and guest speakers to encourage a

healthier lifestyle. Throughout the school year, topics will include: body basics system, mental and emotional health, nutrition, exercise, safety, and CPR training, as well as the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

 

College Prep (11)

(.5 Credit) Required

The College Preparatory Class is to guide and encourage the students to consider the different pathways available after high school. The students will be given the practice ACT & SAT tests with guidance on college and technical school entrance exams. Financial Literacy for banking, savings, payment types, credit cards, credit scores, financing higher leaning, and taxes with assessments after each topic will be covered. Seminars on communication skills, resume formatting, and the interview process will also be covered. A variety of Guest speakers will be giving seminars on the following topics: colleges, careers, internet safety, and armed forces and the military. The students will travel to the local colleges for campus tours.

 

Physical Education (9-10)

(.5 Credit) Required

In this course the student will learn mental, social and physical well-being. The student will also be introduced to principles of exercise, fitness, and movement skills. This will be accomplished through team and individual games and fitness training to promote mental, social, and physical well-being.

(Note: Not all courses are offered every year.)

 

Art 9

(.5 Credit)

The General Art program will provide guidance in developing aesthetic abilities in the student. The student is involved in creating art, in analyzing, interpreting and making judgments about art, in researching and writing about art history, and in discussing and synthesizing ideas about aesthetics. The student is introduced to many careers in and related to the visual arts. The students will review the various mediums to express and create their own art works using oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 10

(.5 Credit)

This curriculum emphasizes creativity and the artistic process. The students will be able to grow in imaginative, creative, and critical thinking skills through the variety of assignments. This is a project based curriculum and includes creative projects using oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 11

(.5 Credit)

This course provides guidance in developing aesthetic abilities in students using their favorite media. In- depth projects allow more time to fully develop. This course continues to work on a wide range of projects using the various media to achieve the aesthetic beauty. The emphasis throughout this curriculum is placed on individual effort and creativity. We will travel to many locations to view art work in the community. Media used by the students include oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 12

(.5 Credit)

Students research and explore specific artists/movements and incorporate stylistic elements into their own original works of art. Students will travel to many locations to view art work in the community. This is an advanced course for students who show an aptitude for creativity and design.

 

Choir 9-12

(.5 Credit)

This course provides training for students to improve their vocal technique, choral part-singing, and interpretive skills as choral musicians through the practice and performance of a variety of styles of choral literature in a choir setting. This class is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble. Students will continue developing mastery of 4-part harmonies. Students will convey musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing, while incorporating facial expressions. Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time. The topics in this class will provide a strong basis for the continuation of their music skills as the high school age child continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music.

 

Band (9-12)

(.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Thorough knowledge of instrument.

The high school band develops players both as individual musicians and as ensemble performers. At this level, players will perform a variety of works, from classical to contemporary arrangements, and are expected to have a good understanding of their instrument.

 

Bible Quizzing (9-12)

(.5 credit)

Using the King James Version of the Bible, this course is designed for students interested in working on and memorizing a designated portion of the New Testament text for the school year. The students will work on Bible knowledge and speed of recall through memorizing large portions of the New Testament and developing their sequential memory. Students will recall verses by topics, keywords, and scripture reference. Throughout the year, students will attend competitions against other schools.

 

Yearbook (11-12)

(.5 credit )

In this class students will learn the components needed to successfully produce a school yearbook. Students will be instructed in successful picture taking, correct picture cropping, caption writing, page set up, and ad sales. Utilizing the Jostens Yearbook Avenue site, students will upload pictures for use and develop pages for publication of the school yearbook.

 

Media Productions (10-12)

(.5 Credit)

This course provides motivated students with a hands-on introductory experience in media production. It explores camera operation, script writing, lighting, audio production, and video editing. Students will be provided with the basic skills necessary to provide audio-visual support for school assemblies and banquets. It also included an introduction to graphic design. This course equips students with the necessary skills to function in a technology and media-centered society.

 

Physical Fitness

(.5 Credit)

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and necessary attitudes for a lifetime of personal fitness and activity. This class is activity based and promotes the development and maintenance of personal fitness and problem solving throughout life. Students are required to dress out and participate in selected fitness activities.

 

Current Events (12)

(.5 credit)

Covering local and world news, this course allows students to be aware of relevant current events. Students bring in national and local news reports weekly to discuss with each other, and students use tablets to research news articles.

 

Teacher Assistant (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

Students who may want to pursue a career as a teacher are encouraged to take this course. They are assigned to a teacher and assist in a variety of duties such as grading papers, developing bulletin boards, tutoring, and organizing. Assistants also help teachers prepare for lessons by getting material ready or setting up equipment.

 

STEM (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

STEM classes combine using principles of science and math with the engineering design process and technology in individual and group projects. Sample projects that high school students have studied include the human heart and mechanical valve designs, design of above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) used in the petroleum industry and the effect of hurricane conditions on ASTS in the Houston Ship Channel, and principles of math and coding skills.

 

PC Applications 3 (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: PC Apps 2

PC Apps 3 expands student knowledge of the Office Suite. Students create projects by researching and use various advanced components of Microsoft Office Suite. Assignments are associated with occupations that students may pursue and are also applicable to college assignments.

 

Drama (10-12)

(.5 Credit)

Students will learn the fundamentals of acting, script writing, and theater design. They will demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of a performance from inception to completion. Students will be required to participate in a variety of performances opportunities.

 

Home Arts (11-12)

(.5 credit)

This is an elective class that includes the study of fabrics, color, interior design, basic sewing, and cooking. Students participate in many hands on activities throughout the year.

 

Trigonometry (11-12)

(.5 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra. 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – C or better

The study of Trigonometry begins with radian and degree measure followed by properties of right triangles. Graphs of trig functions are studied extensively as well as inverse trig functions. Analytic trigonometry including proofs, trig equations, and various sum/difference and multiple angle identities are covered. The course concludes with the applications of trigonometry and vectors.

 

Algebra III (11-12)

(.5 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 Geometry,

Algebra 2, Trigonometry – C or better

The study of Algebra III is an in-depth study of functions with calculus in mind. Power functions, polynomials and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions are covered. Parametric equations are introduced as well as an in-depth study of vectors. Topics in analytic geometry such as  conics, parametrics, and polar coordinates are also studied. Trigonometry concepts are used throughout the course.

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