Upper School Curriculum

High School Course Descriptions
 

High School English Courses

English 9 (A Beka and BJU Press)
 

A traditional grammar and writing worktext from A Beka Book emphasizes the fundamentals of grammar and develops the student’s ability to think analytically and to write clearly and effectively. Each section begins with concise rules and clear examples to illustrate the rules. Pertinent exercises follow immediately after the rules. In addition to grammar, spelling and vocabulary along with a study of literature is incorporated into the English program. Spelling words apply 4 basic spelling rules and 7 keys to good spelling, as well as frequently misspelled words. Fundamentals of Literature teaches the student to be a discerning reader by focusing on the fundamentals of literature—conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. The student studies contemporary and classic American, British, and world authors in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Critical thinking skills are encouraged throughout the text through discussion questions. Concepts and literary works are analyzed using scriptural applications.

English 10 (A Beka and BJU Press)

A traditional grammar and writing work-text from A Beka emphasizes the fundamentals of grammar developing students’ ability to think analytically and to write clearly and effectively. In addition to an emphasis upon traditional grammar the student will continue a study in vocabulary and spelling. For each vocabulary word, the following information is imparted: syllabication, pronunciation, part of speech, etymology, definition, sentence example, synonyms, antonyms, and related forms. Lastly, students will broaden their understanding of literature by focusing on advanced literary concepts. Students will learn the method and the importance of literary analysis by studying pieces from several genres and interpreting them in light of biblical truth. One of the major literary pieces studied is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The textbook promotes critical thinking skills as key to understanding and appreciating literature. Also, a visual analysis section found at the beginning of each unit relates the unit’s topic with the visual arts.

English 11 (A Beka and BJU Press)

The primary focus of the course is editing and revising. Students learn how to choose the right words and how to compose correct and effective sentences. The exercises are structured in such a way that the students are repeatedly required to go through the editing and revising phases of the writing process in much the same way that a professional writer does. There are also exercises on using the library and on writing paragraphs and paraphrases, as well as review exercises on grammar and mechanics. In addition to the grammatical foundation the course introduces students to more than seventy authors in a study that connects the authors' lives and beliefs as revealed in their writings with the corresponding literary periods. Lessons examine Colonial-Revolutionary, Romantic, Realistic/Naturalistic, and Modern periods and issues relevant to each period such as Darwinism and religious liberalism.

English 12 (A Beka and BJU Press)

The primary emphasis of the course continues to be editing and revising. Students are repeatedly required to go through the writing process while investigating literary works. There are also exercises on using the dictionary and the library and on writing paragraphs and paraphrases, as well as review exercises on grammar and mechanics. British Literature discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. The literature collection traces English Christianity from its beginning to the present and studies Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth.

High School Mathematics Courses

Algebra I (McGraw-Hill)

Students will focus on intuitive problem solving skills that go beyond routine algebraic abilities to give them the opportunity to think creatively to solve puzzles and challenges through studying such topics as the real number system, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, linear equations and inequalities in two variables, systems of linear equations, exponents and polynomials, rational expressions and functions, radicals and rational exponents.

Advanced Geometry (McGraw-Hill)

This course is designed to familiarize students with basic concepts pertaining to geometry including fundamental definitions relating to but not limited to lines, angles, and circles. Students are introduced to formal proofs as well as reasoning processes. Polygonal studies include calculations of interior and exterior angles, area, and perimeter. Basic trigonometric functions are studied as well as proportional relationships within the right triangle. Congruency between triangles is learned as well as determining similarity. The fundamental relationships existing between regular polygons and the circle provide students with an understanding of ratios and proportions. Students’ study of solid geometry will include volume, surface area, and lateral area of polyhedrons.

Geometry (BJU Press)

Students begin with an introduction to basic geometric terms and work their way to basic trigonometry in their study of primarily Euclidean geometry. Throughout this journey students will perform basic constructions such as bisecting angles and segments, work through proofs, and determine the area and volume of two and three dimensional shapes.

Advanced Algebra II (McGraw-Hill)

Students are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving through learning linear relations and functions, quadratic, polynomial, and radical functions and relations, discrete mathematics and trigonometry.

Algebra II (BJU Press)

Algebra II is a continuation of the concepts taught in Algebra I. The course begins with a thorough explantion of operations and linear and quadratic functions then moves through systems of equations, radicals, and complex numbers. The course will introduce trigonometry to the students in order to prepare the student for pre-calculus. The course ends the year by covering probability and statistics and analytic geometry from an algebraic standpoint.

College Algebra (McGraw-Hill)

College Algebra covers material that is usually taught in two semesters of college. The course begins with routine problems requiring basic algebraic skills, algebraic vocabulary, symbols, and notation; the remainder involves solving non-routine problems in which students will demonstrate an understanding of concepts such as linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, systems of equations, radical expressions, exponential expressions, matrices, and probability and statistics.

Pre-calculus (McGraw-Hill)

Throughout this text students will see that many real-world phenomena can be modeled by special relations called functions that can be written as equations or graphed through the study of linear relations and functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, the nature of graphs, polynomial and rational functions, the trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, vectors and parametric equations, polar coordinates and complex numbers, conics, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and combinations and probabilities.

Calculus (McGraw-Hill)

Students are strongly encouraged to engage with the subject and to think along with the text, gaining a solid understanding of the underlying concepts by employing all the perspectives in the mathematician’s toolbox- preliminars, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration, applications of the definite integral, differential equations, infinite series, vectors and the geometry of space, vector-valued funtions, functions of several variables and differentiation, multiple integrals and vector calculus.

High School Science Courses

Physical Science (BJU Press)

Physical Science is an exciting and engaging introduction to the world of physics and chemistry. It builds a foundation of basic knowledge regarding matter and measurements early in the text, then furnishes the student with the key principles and scientific laws of classical physics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and optics.

Biology (BJU Press)

Biology shows your student God’s power and glory in creation as he learns about cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. When studying topics such as creation and evolution, human cloning, abortion, and stem cell research, students are pointed to Scripture as the ultimate authority and are encouraged to develop a biblical perspective about these topics.

Chemistry (BJU Press)

Chemistry guides students in investigations of atomic theory, chemical composition and reactions, stoichiometry, gases, thermodynamics, kinetics, and more. The chemistry text promotes analytical thinking and inductive problem-solving skills through many exciting chemistry experiments.

AP Physics (McGraw-Hill)

Physics offers classical mechanics, work and energy, periodic motion and wave theory, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. These topics are presented in conjunction with real-world modeling exercises (dominion modeling) that reinforce a Christian worldview by demonstrating the relevance and validity of approaching science from a biblical perspective. The course is mathematically rigorous and algebra-based. The well-prepared student should have completed at least two years of algebra and one year of geometry instruction. In order to help students succeed, the necessary math skills are gradually introduced in a scaffold fashion, reinforced with numerous example problems.

Anatomy and Physiology (McGraw-Hill)

Students are introduced to the structure and function of the human body. The course is geared toward students who are pursuing careers in allied health fields and who have minimal background in physical and biological sciences. The chemistry and cell physiology necessary to understand biological processes are covered in the study. The content balances structure and function to provide an integrated view of how the human body works. All physiological structures are tied to some level of body structure and organization.

High School Bible Courses

Lightbearers (Summit Ministries)

Lightbearers curriculum is designed, first, to help students see the big picture about life.  A second purpose of this course is to show students how the Bible provides answers to all of life's most important questions.  Thirdly, the concept that ideas have consequences will be emphasized.  Good ideas have positive consequences while bad ideas have negative consequences.

 

Survey of the New Testament (Purposeful Design)

This survey course is intended to provide an overview of each book in the New Testament. It is structured in such a way that students will be presented basic information as well as guided in exercises, discussions, and enrichment activities to give them a solid understanding of each New Testament book.

 

Christian World View (Summit Ministries)

This course designed primarily for eleventh and twelfth grade students outlines the differences between Christianity and the other prominent worldviews vying for allegiance in Western culture: Islam, Postmodernism, Secular Humanism, Marxism, and New Age. In a time when more than half of all Christians lose their faith in college, no other curriculum so effectively prepares students to defend the Christian worldview against all its competitors.

 

Understanding the Culture (Summit Ministries)

What is culture? Why does our culture matter? Understanding the Culture provides practical ways to engage and understand the culture in which we live. Walking through this text will help Christians apply the beliefs that we hold as truths and engage with the significant issues of our culture according to our Christian worldview. Chapters address issues such as: how Christians can think, speak, and communicate clearly, how we can care for God’s creation, and how we can care for those living in poverty.

 

 

 

High School Social Science Courses

World History (BJU Press)

World History guides students through the story of history from the dawn of civilization to the present world. Students are encouraged to explore the past and delve in to the twists and turns of world history through relevant activities and class discussions. The text emphasizes how a Christian worldview affects the study of history, illustrating the crucial nature of viewing history through the lens of the Bible. Students will learn basic themes throughout modern world history, understand the cause and effect of major events, know key leaders and nations and their impact on modern history, assess the causes of nation’s rise and fall to power, and recognize the impact religious beliefs have on a nation’s governing system.

AP History (MacMillan)

Ways of the World is one of the most successful and innovative textbooks for world history. This 2-in-1 textbook and reader includes a brief-by-design narrative that is truly global and focuses on significant historical trends, themes, and developments in world history.  This course is taught at a college level preparing students to take the AP exam.

US History I (BJU Press)

When combined with US History II this course is a comprehensive survey of American history. Students will study the discovery of America, founding of the new colonies, life in the colonies, the War for Independence, struggle to form a new nation, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian time periods and Manifest Destiny.

US History II (BJU Press)

course completes the comprehensive survey when combined with US History II. course begins with the Civil War and continues its exploration through the Obama administration. Students will discuss the era of World War I, World War II, the Cold War and beyond.

Government (BJU Press)

This one-semester course prepares students for responsible citizenship by focusing on the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. The student will grapple with the constitution and the right and responsibilities put forth in the constitution, look at how political parties affect the governmental system in America, look closely at the branches of government developed in the constitution, and discuss how economics are carried out in American society.

Economics (BJU Press)

This one-semester course takes a broad look at economics from both a microeconomic and macroeconomic view. Economics is defined and the relevance of supply and demand is demonstrated. The economics of a nation and the different styles of economic systems such as capitalism, socialism, and communism are discussed. In addition, the course discusses topics such as the market system, banking, the wealth of a nation and how wealth is measured. Lastly, students are shown how to manage their own personal economics through banking and budgeting.

High School Elective Courses

 

Physical Education (Various online publishers for activities ; Presidential Physical Fitness goals are aspired)

Students are encouraged to strengthen their physical and spiritual well-being as they meet. Running, stretching and strengthening are combined with multiple sports activities. Students are encouraged to be adopt an active lifestyle which can be maintained throughout adulthood.

Spanish I (BJU Press)

Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

Spanish II (BJU Press)

Spanish 2 teaches students to communicate comfortably at a beginning-intermediate level with Spanish-speaking people in a variety of settings: a store, a bank, an airport, a hotel, a doctor's office, an auto shop, and on the mission field. Grammar, pronunciation, writing, listening, verb tenses, and moods are explained through a variety of exercises and Spanish dialogues.

Computer Applications (Prentice Hall)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills to solve business problems using the computer as a tool. The course is project-based so you learn by creating real-world projects. Topics for consideration include: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Integrated Projects.

Psychology (Harcourt)

Psychology begins by defining basic psychological methods. Later, it discusses not only the psychological but also the biological aspectsof the brain and body. In this class the students are also taught the different stages of human development. Students will gain an understanding of general psychological terms, well-known psychologists and how and why people behave in a given way.

Health (Purposeful Design- Total Health)

A one-semester course giving Biblical direction for a successful life. Topics under consideration are relationships, health safety, spiritual well-being, time and financial management, and citizenship.

Art Appreciation

Students are introduced to the history of the Christian art movement. This course includes introduction to art history, form, technique, and art vocabulary. Students are introduced to artists, their lives and their influence on art, as well as, religion.

ACT Prep (ACT Premier, act.org, actstudent.org, Conquering ACT Math and Science)

Students will determine an ACT base score prior to this ACT course while working toward improvement through the duration of the course. Students will be challenged to work on weaknesses in order to raise their overall college entrance score. Students will also be taught test taking skills.

Visual Arts

Students will learn and demonstrate an increased understanding of the elements of art design principles while studying art techniques, art styles and processes in the creation of art. Students will peruse various artists works of art while developing their own artwork of the style being studied.

Lego Mindstorm

This robotics course provides step-by-step insturctions for how to use the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 software. The software focuses primarily on engineering, technology, and computer science. It also provides an opportunity to integrate cross-curricular activities, such as science and mathematics, when students complete the challenges students will build Lego robots, program the robot using the EV3 software and to complete various obstacle courses.

Labview (National Instruments)

Students will recognize the main components of the LabVIEW environment and be able to create a new project and VI that acquires and analyzes data and then displays the results. Students will learn to use LabVIEW tools to debug and troubleshoot Vis and how to implement basic error handling techniques.

AP Computer (McGraw-Hill)

Students will learn to use and implement commonly used algorithms in the programming language, Java. Students will describe sequential programming basics such as variables, input/output, assignment statements, and simple method calls. Students will also explain basic concepts of Javadoc, describe ways to communicate with users who are not programmers, describe organizational strategies, and describe the major programming paradigms such as top-down design, bottom-up design, using pre-written software for low-level modules and prototyping.