Honors – Dual Credit Classes

Friendship Christian School seeks to provide an opportunity for our high school students to reach their highest potential as well as prepare them for college by offering several Honors and Dual Credit classes. The Dual Credit classes are approved though Colorado Christian University.

Honors classes include English, Physical Science, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, World History, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, and Anatomy.

Dual Credit classes include Old Testament and New Testament Survey, English Composition, Intro to Literature, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, United States History, and Public Speaking.

Below are the course descriptions for the dual credit classes offered.

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY (DUAL CREDIT):  The Holy Bible, Encountering the Old Testament (Arnold and Bayer),MacArthur Bible Handbook (MacArthur)
This college-level course focuses both on the big picture of the Old Testament as a whole and on the specific books of the Old Testament.  The emphasis for each book will be the authorship, purpose, theme, and flow.  Students will discover each book within its historical context and will learn to apply life principles from the content of the material.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY (DUAL CREDIT):  The Holy Bible, Encountering the New Testament (Elwell and Yarbrough), MacArthur Bible Handbook (MacArthur)
This college level course looks at the Bible as a whole and examines each book for specific information. Emphasis is given to identifying the authorship, purpose, theme, and flow of each book as it relates to the historical context in which the book was written.  Students will gain a better understanding of the connections among the New Testament Books and will identify fulfillments of prophecy as they unfold in Scripture.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION / DUAL CREDIT ENGLISH COMPOSITION: Handbook of Grammar and Composition (A Beka Book), Workbook V for Handbook of Grammar and Composition (A Beka Book), American Literature for Christian Schools (BJU Press),Vocabulary Workshop Level F (Sadlier-Oxford), plus selected pieces from literature
This advanced course includes the refinement of skills in grammar usage and mechanics. It also emphasizes vocabulary development in preparation for the reading comprehension section of the SAT. In addition, reading comprehension and analytical skills are developed through the study of American literature, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by major American authors. Students refine skills in MLA documentation and complete several essay-writing assignments in addition to one major research project.  In order to earn AP credit, students enrolled in AP English Language and Composition are prepared for and expected to take the AP exam on the designated date.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION / INTRO TO LITERATURE (DUAL CREDIT): Handbook of Grammar and Composition (A Beka Book), Workbook V for Handbook of Grammar and Composition (A Beka Book), British Literature for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press),Vocabulary Workshop  Level G (Sadlier-Oxford), plus selected pieces from literature
This advanced course includes the refinement of skills in grammar usage and mechanics. It also emphasizes vocabulary development in preparation for the reading comprehension section of the SAT. In addition, reading comprehension and analytical skills are developed through the study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Independent and group projects develop critical thinking skills.  Students become proficient in MLA formatting through writing assignments such as compare/contrast, argumentative, and literary analysis. Creativity is encouraged with student-directed topics. Mechanics, grammar, and style will also be taught throughout the year, and students will evince growing skills in revising their compositions by using correct and effective sentence structure and coherent, unified, and emphatic paragraph development. The students will be guided by their grammar handbook, the Composition Checksheet, and by teacher and peer reviews.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

HONORS PRE-CALCULUS (DUAL CREDIT): Pre-calculus for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
Pre-calculus begins with a review of basic trigonometry from Algebra II. Topics include radian measure, reference angles, trigonometric ratios, and triangle solutions. Students then review linear and quadratic functions and apply that knowledge to finding zeros of functions and graphing. They learn about other types of functions, such as power functions, exponential functions, piece functions, trigonometry functions, and rational functions. Graphing these functions, along with finding domain, range, zeros, and asymptotes, is discussed. Students learn interval notation and continue the study of functions with inverses and compositions. They are introduced to the properties of logarithms and work with various types of equations. Students learn to prove various trigonometry identities are taught about conics and indirect and direct variation. They study limits, foundational to the study of calculus in the 12th grade. A basic study of statistics, as well as a review of geometry formulas needed for calculus, completes the year.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

AP CALCULUS/ CALCULUS I (DUAL CREDIT):
Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (Pearson Prentice Hall)
Advanced Placement Calculus is taught as a college level course meant to challenge those students who have completed Pre-calculus. Students begin with a study of limits motivated by the need to find instantaneous rates of change, and then they advance to derivatives. Most of the first semester is spent discovering the relationship between derivatives, rates of change, tangent lines and graphs of functions. Second semester begins with estimating finite sums which leads to the development of the definite integral and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course ends with many applications of integration derived from graphs and data. Most tests are divided into two parts. In order to receive college credit as an AP course, students must achieve at least a 3 out of a possible 5 points on the national AP Calculus exam in May.  As a dual credit course, AP Calculus is approved for 4 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY (DUAL CREDIT): United States History (Bob Jones Press)             Advanced Placement United States History is a challenging course that is designed to be the equivalent of a college level course in a high school setting.  It is a year-long course that will cover American history from the age of exploration to the present. Students are expected to have solid reading and writing skills and be willing to devote a considerable amount of time to homework and study.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, and interpretation of primary sources and other documents.  In order to receive AP credit for this course, students must take the AP United States History exam on the designated day.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

SPEECH / PUBLIC SPEAKING (DUAL CREDIT):
A Syllabus for Fundamentals of Speech by (Anna Lloyd Neal)
This honors course is an introduction to speech communication which emphasizes the practical skill of public speaking, including techniques to lessen speaker anxiety, and the use of visual aids to enhance speaker presentations. The course goal is to prepare students for success in typical public speaking situations and to provide them with the basic principles of organization and research needed for effective speeches.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.

MUSIC APPRECIATION (DUAL CREDIT):
Listen by Karmen
Music Appreciation will be a study of how to listen to music. The student will be able to understand what is happening and what the composer wants to communicate through a cognition of the type and style of the music, its historical context,  its function (musical purpose) and the performance characteristics (timbres, style, context).  This music will be drawn from all historical genres. Because we are a Christian School, the class will include a short discussion of Hymnody and Hymnology.  This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.