OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY: 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.
ENGLISH: Writing and Grammar 11, American Literature (Bob Jones Press); Vocabulary Workshop Level F (Sadlier-Oxford)
Students in 11th grade English review the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases/clauses, usage, mechanics, and the seven sentence patterns. New concepts include tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. Students learn the writing process and writing strategies such as variety, emphasis, and sentence logic. Writing projects include a research paper, literary analysis, analytical essay, interview, memoir, analogy, in-class essay, and letter to the editor. Students are introduced 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 literature and issues such as Darwinism and religious liberalism. The novel The Scarlet Letter is included as part of the literature study. Lessons in vocabulary and spelling prepare the students for standardized testing.
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 also approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.
HONORS/DUAL CREDIT PRE-CALCULUS: 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.
ALGEBRA II: Algebra II (Pearson Education)
This Algebra II course is designed to expand the student’s understanding of Algebra I and prepare him for Pre-calculus. The first quarter is spent reviewing equations, graphs, linear systems and inequalities. Matrices and quadratic functions are also covered in the first semester. Finding zeros and graphing polynomials equations is taught. Radical and rational functions are discussed extensively. The course ends with right triangle trigonometry. The student learns all six trigonometric ratios with their values for the four reference angles. Modeling word problems with equations is taught throughout the year. Students must be able to calculate answers on paper and represent them graphically on a graphing calculator.
CHEMISTRY: Chemistry for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
This course will present recent chemistry-related research and developments, relevant dominion science problems with stimulating discussion starters, and a new chapter discussing modern materials. Chemistry-related career features inform students of opportunities to serve God and mankind through science. New features include learning objectives at the start of every section, chapter summary points for quick review, pages numbers for boldface terms, and much more.
HONORS CHEMISTRY: Chemistry for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
This course addresses the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry from a biblical worldview and takes an in-depth look into the workings of chemistry. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and reactions, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. A brief introduction to organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry is included. By studying the scientific laws that describe the behavior of nature, students can discover the orderliness and reliability of our God. Emphasis is on laboratory experiences that enhance materials presented in class. Upon completion, students should be able to complete labs, write lab reports, and apply principles from chemistry to other fields. This course varies from college preparatory chemistry in its higher volume of writing and its approach to the deeper understanding of chemistry.
UNITED STATES HISTORY: United States History (Bob Jones Press)
United States History is a survey of America from pre-Colonial times until the twenty-first century. Emphasis is placed on the growth of America through conflict and religious, political, and social movements. Students begin their study with a short survey of European history and factors that led others to search for a New World. They examine the thirteen colonies, including religion in the Colonies. The American Revolution and the establishment of the United States as a new country follow this. Students study the Civil War and how the U S grew during the nineteenth century. The second semester focuses on the twentieth century, including the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, politics, and the U S as a world power in the late 1900’s.
AP UNITES STATES HISTORY (APUSH): (Dual Credit) The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, 12th edition (Houghton Mifflin)
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 addition to reading the text, students will be expected to read Document Packets, view Powerpoint and Prezi presentations and complete assignments associated with the readings. All students will be expected to participate in class discussions of primary documents and events as well as debates of key issues. Writing is a key component of this class, and students will be expected to develop their skills by writing short essays, exam essays and maintain a file of all class materials. Students should develop the habit of underlining and/or highlighting materials, and make margin notes on the document packets as part of their homework.
SPANISH 2: Spanish 2 (Bob Jones Press)
This course 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. Students complete language activities each week to strengthen their understanding of the language and to increase vocabulary and fluency.
This one-semester course prepares students for taking the ACT. Students become familiar with the process through the ACT website and learn how to navigate the test while working on sample problems. Students are encouraged to take the ACT upon completion of this course. Students must earn a minimum composite score of 17 on the ACT in order to meet graduation requirements.
This one-semester course prepares students for taking the SAT. Students become familiar with the College Board website and learn how to navigate the test while working on sample problems. Students are encouraged but not required to take the SAT.