Honors & Dual Credit Opportunities
Friendship Christian School seeks to provide an opportunity for high school students to reach their highest potential and prepare for college by offering honors and dual credit classes. The dual credit classes are approved through Colorado Christian University and Maranatha Baptist University.
Honors classes include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Bible, and English. Some honors classes have a dual credit option including Old Testament and New Testament Survey, Precalculus, Calculus, and Intro to the Arts.
Old Testament Survey (Dual Credit Opportunity, alternating years): 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 Opportunity, alternating years): 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.
Honors Precalculus (Dual Credit Opportunity for Juniors): Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions by David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen
Precalculus 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 Maranatha Baptist University.
Calculus (Dual Credit Opportunity for Seniors): 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 Precalculus. 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. This course is approved for 4 college credits through Colorado Christian University.
Introduction to the Arts (Dual Credit Opportunity): This course is approved for 3 college credits through Colorado Christian University.