NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY: 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.
ENGLISH: Handbook of Grammar and Composition and Workbook (A Beka Book); English Literature for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press); The Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan); Vocabulary Workshop G (Sadlier-Oxford)
This class provides a thorough review of fundamental grammar skills such as parts of speech, sentence patterns, phrases, and clauses. Graduated writing assignments allow for practice of grammar skills. The writing assignments range from the basic five paragraph essay to a major ten page research project. Students practice the MLA documentation style. The course emphasizes vocabulary development using weekly word lists in preparation for the SAT. In addition, reading comprehension is further developed through the study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxton period to the Stuart Period (450-1688). Both individual and group literary teaching presentations promote cooperation and reinforce skills for public speaking. Students present both oral and written book reports from biography, fiction, and non-fiction.
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.
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 also approved for 4 college credits through Colorado Christian University.
ADVANCED FUNCTIONS AND MODELING: Algebra and Trigonometry (Pearson Education)
Advanced Functions and Modeling is a course with three main objectives: to help students acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry; to show how math can model real-life situations; and to foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills. During the first semester, students learn the fundamentals of trigonometry and conics necessary for success in college mathematics. The semester ends with a study of probability and sequencing, with a focus on real-life situations, such as determining the value of an annuity. Second semester is a thorough review of Algebra II principles, but with a strong emphasis upon problem solving and real-world modeling. Students review linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
General Biology: Biology. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2013 Brooker R, Widmaier E, Graham L, Stiling P.
The Honors Anatomy course, which includes labs and dissections, is an advanced study of the human body. The class begins with a review of cellular structure and respiration. The focus then shifts to human anatomy and physiology. Students are continually reminded that they are learning about God’s handiwork, not an accident of nature. Information about medical careers, nutrition, injuries, and first aid supplements the course work. Discussion of course-related current events and bio-ethical issues is encouraged. The year ends with an in-depth study of creationism and its defense before an unbelieving world.
FORENSIC SCIENCE: Forensics for High School (Kendall Hunt)
Forensic science is a tool for practicing science as inquiry. For every piece of physical evidence brought in for analysis, the student must apply the scientific method. The student must observe, collect and classify data while looking for relationships and form a hypothesis. The student must then test the hypothesis and advance to a conclusion. Students must then be prepared to defend conclusions based on their own empirical evidence.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: American Government (Bob Jones Press)
This fall semester course prepares students for responsible citizenship with a discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. The curriculum provides insight on a variety of topics such as the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy, and more, all from a biblical perspective.
ECONOMICS: Economics (Bob Jones Press) and Foundations in Personal Finance (The Lampo Group)
In the spring semester students are introduced to economic principles including capitalism and investing. Students are taught to develop proper stewardship of all God has given us, making wise decisions, and avoiding the trap of materialism. The semester is divided between studying microeconomics and macroeconomics. Focus is placed on personal budgeting, including paying bills, maintaining a balanced budget, and establishing savings. Students learn to write checks and maintain a balanced checkbook.
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):
Listening to Music, 8th ed. by Craig Wright (Cengage Learning) Ledgerwood Devotionals: Music Investigations Bible Study by David Ledgerwood
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 Maranatha Baptist University.