10th Grade



BIBLE 9/10 (Taught on a 2-year cycle):
YEAR 1LifeQuest
LifeQuest is a Bible course written for students in a Christian high school. It presents the life of Christ beginning with His existence prior to Creation and His prophesied coming in the Old Testament, proceeding to His birth, His three-year ministry, death, resurrection, and extending to His current work in the world, second coming, and eventual heavenly rule.  Continuing for thirty-six weeks, it provides a complete instructional program with an in-depth study of the four gospels of the New Testament.

YEAR 2Reality Quest
Reality Quest is a Bible course written for students in a Christian high school.  The focus of this course is the basic doctrines of the Bible carefully crafted into age appropriate lessons with strong emphasis on the application of truths to daily lives.  The first semester focuses on the doctrines of God, the Bible, man, sin, salvation, and Christ.  The second semester presents the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, Christian life, the church, Satan, future events, hell and Heaven.  The course is designed to meet the goal of establishing Christlike character as students pursue the quest for truth in their own lives.

BIOLOGY I: Biology for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
This laboratory course promotes scientific thinking through problem solving, a process that encourages curiosity and careful inquiry. Each chapter begins by introducing basic concepts and reviews them wherever they appear in other chapters throughout the book. Our study includes cellular biology, genetics, biotechnology, taxonomy, origins, microbiology, and botany. As we explore the science of life and the God of life, we will see His design and how nature fits together according to a plan. The laboratory exercises provide important illustration and close examination of topics covered in lecture. They include working with the microscope, research techniques, the use of biological keys and plant identification.

HONORS BIOLOGY I:  Biology for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
This honors course is designed so that students will see God’s power and glory in creation as they study cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. When studying much-debated topics such as Creation and evolution, human cloning, abortion, and stem cell research, students are pointed to Scripture as the ultimate authority.  Students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their biblical worldview as they articulate and support their positions on these topics. Students enrolling in Honors Biology must demonstrate strong writing skills and should have a high average in previous science courses.

ENGLISH: Writing and Grammar 10 (Bob Jones Press); World Literature (A Beka Book); Vocabulary Workshop Level D (Sadlier-Oxford)
Students in 10th grade English review fundamental grammar skills and are introduced to concepts that enable them to become better writers. The course includes a basic review of parts of speech, sentence patterns, and usage skills. Students also learn two new sentence patterns, subjunctive mood verbs, and ways to fix modifier errors in writing. The writing projects focus on improving sentence variety, fluency, and paragraph development and begin preparing students for the writing portion of the SAT. The study of literature introduces students to literary devices such as character development, plot, setting, theme, imagery, and figurative language. It covers both poetry and prose and introduces the students to authors, such as Dickens, Frost, Browning, Tennyson, Tolstoy, and Poe. The students learn to analyze literature through various writing projects. The novel The Pearl is part of the literature study. The course includes a study of vocabulary and spelling to prepare the students for standardized testing.

HONORS ENGLISH: Grammar and Composition IV, World Literature (A Beka Book); A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens); Silas Marner (George Eliot); Vocabulary Workshop Level E (Sadlier-Oxford)
This honors course includes the core mechanics of grammar, stressing phrases and clauses. It also emphasizes vocabulary development both with the text and reading assignments. Reading comprehension is strengthened through the study of world literature, including literary analysis of poetry, nonfiction, and fictional short stories by major authors. Students learn MLA documentation and complete several essay-writing assignments and one major research project. They present both oral and written book reports on biography, fiction, and non-fiction.

HONORS ALGEBRA II: Algebra II (Pearson Education)
The Algebra II course is designed to expand the student’s understanding of Algebra I and prepare him for Calculus. The first quarter is spent reviewing equations, graphs, linear systems and inequalities. Matrices and quadratic functions are covered later in the first semester. Students learn to find zeroes and graph polynomials equations. Radical and rational functions are discussed extensively. The course ends with right triangle trigonometry. The students learn all six trigonometric ratios with their values for the four reference angles, and they are introduced to the basic Pythagorean trigonometric identities. Throughout the year students learn to model word problems with equations and confirm graphs with calculators.

GEOMETRY: Geometry: Tools for a Changing World (Pearson Education)
In geometry, students are taught the basic skills of inductive, deductive, and indirect reasoning. They are introduced to geometric constructions and the world of art as it applies to geometry. Students review coordinate graphing and apply their algebra skills to the study of parallel and perpendicular lines. Students investigate the properties of basic geometric shapes and the properties of reflections, translations, and glide reflections. The Pythagorean Theorem is taught, along with the special properties of 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles. Students learn the formulas for surface area, lateral area, and volume of specific three-dimensional figures and apply the properties of parallel lines to find missing angles. Learning to write a 2-column proof provides the students with practice in writing well-reasoned arguments. Properties of triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and kites are developed, as well as similarity and proportion. The year ends with an introduction to right-triangle trigonometry and circles.

WORLD HISTORY: World History (Bob Jones Press)
Beginning with ancient civilizations, World History presents a survey of events from Creation to the twenty-first century. An emphasis is placed on world religions, church history, and God’s dealings with man throughout history. In the first semester, students study Ancient Civilizations; The Eastern World and World Religions; The Medieval World including early Christian Church History; and The Awakening World including the Renaissance and the Reformation. The second semester covers The Enlightenment; European History with emphasis on the Revolutions of the nineteenth century and the expansion of European colonialism; and The Modern World, including World Wars I and II and late twentieth century history up to the present day. Student Activity Books emphasize map skills, charts and timelines and Bible studies.

SPANISH 1:  Spanish 1 (Bob Jones Press)
Spanish 1 presents the basics of the Spanish language as spoken in Latin America . Students learn greetings, verb conjugations, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures and get a glimpse of the Spanish-speaking world as a mission field. Students develop a beginning reading and conversational ability, laying the foundation for further study of the language. The course emphasizes understanding and practical application rather than rote memory. Students should have a basic understanding of English grammar before beginning this course. Students complete language activities each week to strengthen their understanding of the language flow and to build vocabulary.

LOGIC II: Traditional Logic I (Memoria Press), Advanced Formal Logic (Memoria Press)
This one semester course  is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposite, the three ways in which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms.  As the course moves to the advanced logic, students will consider excerpts from Lewis, Descartes, Plato, Hume, and Aquinas.

This one semester course introduces the student to public speaking.  Students prepare and present a variety of speeches including introduction, informative, impromptu, demonstrative as well as oral interpretation of selected works.  Students learn to select and research a topic, analyze the audience, write, and deliver a speech.