We recognize the Bible to be the infallible word of God to creation as a special revelation, to reveal to us the life and work of God as our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. The Bible is all sufficient to lead someone to salvation and eternal life. With this understanding, our Bible department seeks first to lead in faith, through prayer, knowledge and experience as we explore Scripture to discern how to live for Jesus Christ in a Postmodern culture.
This course studies the books of the New Testament. The aim is to acquaint each student with the gospels, the history of the early church, the epistles and Revelation. At the completion of the course, students will be able to recount the basic facts of each book’s historical background, theme and content, understand the life of Christ and His teachings, describe the history of the early church, analyze the attributes of a Christian lifestyle through examination of the epistles, and discuss the meaning of Revelation.
Covering the books of the Old Testament, the aim of this course is to acquaint each student with the background, content, message and personal application of each book, and also to study the unity of all the books in the progress of revelation and redemption. At the completion of this course, students will be able to recount the basic facts regarding each book’s historical background, theme and content, understand creation theories, describe the meaning of the prophetic office, describe Israel’s geography and the location of important historical sites, list the basic themes and features of Biblical prophecy, describe the basic features of Hebrew poetry and apply the Old Testament’s message to our modern cultural context.
Apologetics is a class focusing on a Biblical worldview. This course will require in-depth study of Scripture and discussing important themes in apologetics. Students will learn how to think and listen critically. Students will be taught to articulate arguments for God’s existence and the historical reliability of the Bible. Ultimately, students will learn how to explain their own reasons for being a Christian.
Students will explore what daily life was like for the culture of the Old and New Testament . How did people live? What did they eat? How did they lead their daily lives, do their jobs, raise their children? Students will explore the holidays of the Jewish calendar and compare Christian holidays to understand the distinct connection between the two belief systems. Using film, fine art, drama, and food of the Bible, students will develop a rich appreciation of the cultural world of the Bible. Assessment will include a student exhibition of learning.
Students complete a chronological and synthetic study of the Gospels’ accounts of Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The course focuses on the time, place, circumstances, and people involved in the events of our Lord’s ministry. From the incarnation to the ascension, students will grasp a fuller understanding of Christ’s words and works in light of Old Testament prophecy and cultural context.
English courses are designed to provide instruction that develops communication skills, encourages critical thinking and analysis, and allows students the opportunity to study diverse styles of literature. A variety of literature—including many genres, cultures, and time periods—is incorporated into the curriculum while students learn to read critically and carefully through writing and guided discussion. Instructors encourage students to examine these works and their themes from the perspective of a Christian worldview, allowing students an opportunity to connect and compare their faith to another. Learning how to gather and evaluate a wide variety of information from many different sources and mediums provides students with a 21st century skill that can be applied to other subject areas as well. Courses also emphasize composition skills of various purposes and modes with a focus on rhetoric, literary analysis, and creative thinking. English instructors aim to teach students to communicate clearly and effectively, to intelligently read and understand a multitude of texts, and to effectively analyze the arguments presented to them – both in and out of the classroom.
English I focuses on developing critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Students analyze short stories, novels, poetry, and drama as they build their understanding of literary structure, style, and meaning. Students continue their refinement of writing skills through multiple literary analysis papers and expand these analytical abilities by consulting non-fiction resources to write a research paper. Students build vocabulary skills through the study of Greek & Latin roots and through the study of challenging literature. In grammar, they review parts of speech and sentence structure, focusing on skills for effective communication.
Prerequisite: Eighth Grade English
English I Honors differs from English I in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more independently, complete more writing assignments and demonstrate mastery of abstract concepts.
Prerequisite: 92% or above year-end grade in Eighth Grade English with departmental recommendation and approval, or 85% year end grade in Eighth Grade English with departmental recommendation and approval.
English II builds on foundations of composition, literary analysis, vocabulary and critical thinking. As students encounter prose, poetry and nonfiction from the major literary periods, they consider style and theme from a Biblical perspective and within the context of the writer’s life and times. They prove, practice and further develop their ability to write clearly and effectively. Vocabulary study concentrates on building skills related to college entrance exams.
Prerequisite: English I or English I Honors
English II Honors differs from English II in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more independently, complete more complex writing assignments and demonstrate mastery of more complex concepts than in standard class.
Prerequisite: Grade of A in English I or 89% year end grade in English I Honors with departmental recommendation and approval. Students with a Grade of B in English I will be considered with a recommendation from the department.
A junior level course where students investigate the essence of what it means to be American through a historical approach to the study of American literature. Students will develop critical reading and analytical skills as they explore novels, plays, dramas, poems, short stories, and essays. Particular attention is given to improving writing skills. Vocabulary and grammar study continue to emphasize correct application of words in various contexts.
Prerequisite: English II or II Honors
This course differs from American Literature in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more works independently, complete more complex writing assignments, and demonstrate greater fluency in critical reasoning and expression. A strong emphasis is placed on preparing students for college-level reasoning and writing.
Prerequisite: Grade of A in English II or 89% year end grade in English II Honors with departmental recommendation and approval; students with a grade of B in English II will be considered with a recommendation from the department
This grade twelve course is designed as a survey of great works of World Literature through the lens of a biblical worldview. Students will read, analyze, and evaluate a wide range of texts, both ancient and modern, which include all major literary genres to assist them in understanding a variety of cultures and perspectives. Students will develop their critical- thinking skills as they encounter, comprehend, and evaluate diverse cultural contexts, as well as compare the methods writers from different of cultural frameworks have used to convey their ideas. Students will develop their skills in formal composition as they respond to the texts they study, and will also have the opportunity to articulate their ideas through other modes of expression such as narrative, persuasive, and creative writing. Oral discussion is an integral aspect of students’ growth as communicators, and as such, will constitute a critical component of the course.
Prerequisite: American Literature or American Literature Honors
World Literature Honors differs from World Literature in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more independently, complete more complex writing assignments and demonstrate mastery of abstract concepts.
Prerequisite: Grade of A in American Literature or 89% year end grade in American Literature Honors with departmental recommendation and approval; students with a grade of B in American Literature will be considered with a recommendation from the department
This college-level course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose texts emerging from a variety of socio-historical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both students’ writing and reading should make them aware of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and the subject matter under consideration, as well as the way rhetorical conventions and language resources contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students will develop their awareness of how a writer’s style, including their own, can impact meaning. Rhetorical categories of style under evaluation include diction and connotation, importance and effect of detail, use of figurative language, syntax and organization. Timed writing assignments and essay revisions are performed frequently. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May.
Prerequisite: Grade of at least a B in American Literature Honors or English II Honors; grade of A in American Literature with high ERB, ACT Aspire, PSAT scores as well as a teacher recommendation from the department. Fee required. (Students will also need to purchase additional novels.)
This college-level course challenges seniors to hone their composition skills as they read and analyze a variety of literary genres and writing styles. Students expand their appreciation and understanding of language and become more perceptive readers and thinkers as they study literature from a Christian perspective. The course focuses on major works of literature by writers such as Shakespeare and Ibsen, rather than on literary excerpts from an anthology; consequently, students must be prepared to purchase paperback books so they can annotate them and retain a record of their intellectual journey. Students should be prepared for intense critical thinking, honest and in-depth class discussion, and a fast pace of study. Timed writing assignments and essay revisions are performed frequently. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.
Prerequisite: Grade A in American Literature Honors or grade of B in American Literature with high ERB, ACT Aspire, PSAT scores with a teacher recommendation from the department. Fee required.(Students will also need to purchase additional novels.)
This intensive writing course provides students with the tools to produce work in a variety of genres, ranging from poetry to short stories and drama, as students build a portfolio of work. Students will write from a creative perspective to build on existing writing skills while developing new ones. Using the writing process, students will demonstrate a command of the nuances of language, the effective uses of literary techniques, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing. Ultimately, students will gain a greater understanding of themselves and their place as creative beings in God’s universe. This is an elective course and will not count as an English credit requirement.
This intensive writing course provides students with the opportunity to hone their creative writing skills and to work more independently on genres and modes of interest. Students will write from a creative perspective to build on existing writing skills while developing new ones. Using the writing process, students will demonstrate a command of the nuances of language, the effective uses of literary techniques, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing. Ultimately, students will gain a greater understanding of themselves and their place as creative beings in God’s universe. This is an elective course and will not count as an English credit requirement.
The science program provides necessary background and skills from which students can become scientifically literate in order to make responsible decisions as a child of Christ. The classes actively involve students in problem solving, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and verbal and written communications. It is important that students develop an appreciation of science as a process to investigate and discover natural relationships in the created world. This includes a concern for the environment and appreciation for the physical and biological world.
Biology is an inquiry based laboratory course that incorporates aspects of cooperative learning and independent research to explore and understand God's design for the living world. A diverse range of topics such as cellular biology, genetics, ecology, plants, and animals will be covered as students discover evidences that point to their Creator. Students will be engaged in activities that promote analytical thinking and development of higher-level cognitive skills. This course does require some degree of independence and self-directed learning.
Students in Honors Biology will focus on the same primary topics as Biology, but with greater depth and breadth. Students will find and analyze current research in science and present a summary of those findings. Students will be engaged in activities that include analytical thinking, scientific inquiry, integration and use of higher level cognitive skills, organization and advanced oral and written communication skills. The course requires a high level of independence and strong application of self-directed learning strategies. Prerequisite: Grade of A in Earth Science, departmental recommendation and approval with concurrent enrollment in an honors level math course. Prerequisite: Grade of A in 8th Grade Science, departmental recommendation and approval with concurrent enrollment in an honors level math course
This is a laboratory course designed to provide students with a general knowledge of chemistry and physics to prepare for a college education. Students explore the relationship between matter and energy as part of our everyday lives. As we increase our use of technology in society, citizens will need a working knowledge of science to make informed decisions economically, politically, and ethically. The course will be structured as a semester of chemistry and a semester of physics. The chemistry component will include the concepts of states of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, acids and bases, solutions, and nuclear chemistry. The physics course component will include motion, energy, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. Prerequisite: Completed Algebra I
The course will study the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the transformation it undergoes. It is a problem-solving course with laboratory experimentation to reinforce concepts. The honors course will have more depth of content as well as more responsibility outside of the classroom for learning; the labs will be more rigorous and multifaceted than those in a standard chemistry course. Prerequisite: Grade of B or above in Biology Honors and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II Honors and/or departmental recommendation and approval
Physics introduces students to the fundamental concepts of force, movement, mechanics and energy laying the foundation for learning about electricity, magnetism and optics while discovering God's ultimate design for the Universe. In addition to learning logical problem-solving approaches integral to all disciplines, students will continue to develop a solid Biblical worldview, learn how to apply it in scientific study, and gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the orderliness and logic of God's creation. This course will make use of laboratory equipment, technological resources, and media to enhance the learning experience and will emphasize the development of organization, communication, and study skills and requires independent and self-directed learning. Prerequisite: Biology and Co-enrolled in Algebra II
Honors Physics is a course that introduces key topics in kinematics, dynamics, wave phenomena, electric fields and forces, magnetism, and optics while laying a foundation for understanding God’s design for the universe and a more advanced study of physics. Students will be engaged in activities that include analytic thinking, scientific inquiry, integration and use of higher level cognition, organization, and advanced oral and written communication skills. Writ- ten laboratory notebooks will be requirement and students will participate in independent and collaborative investigations using sophisticated laboratory equipment, technological resources, and media. This course requires a high level of independence and strong application of self-directed learning strategies. Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II with a grade of B or above and grade B or above in Honors Chemistry with departmental recommendation and approval
This science elective course is designed as a working lab class to learn microbiological techniques used in medical, industrial, and food industries relevant to microbiology. With a review of many topics in biology, this is a great course for those who are interested in a medical career. Prerequisite: Completion of biology and a physical science course
The goal of this college level course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. This course requires a college textbook and rigorous assignments. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Environmental exam in May. Prerequisite: Grade of B or above in previous honors science course with departmental recommendation and approval; fee required.
AP Biology is a biology course designed to be equivalent to the rigor found in an introductory college biology course. Differing from high school biology, AP Biology will cover concepts with more depth and require a significant amount of independent study outside the classroom. Students that successfully complete the AP Exam in biology will earn two semesters credit in biology at the college level.
Focus will be on students recognizing that science is not about a collection of facts, but rather a process of asking questions and solving problems that benefit the world. The concepts will be taught by integrating eight major themes into the entire course of study as outlined by The College Board. Those major themes include science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure and function, regulation, interdependence in nature, and science, technology, and society. Those themes will be addressed throughout the course utilizing lecture, hands-on labs, current events articles, peer reviewed journal readings, internet resources, reading Case for the Creator, textbook readings and note taking, demonstrations, and class discussions. Other activities may be used to enhance concepts in the course including field trips and additional inquiry activities.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of high school biology and chemistry with a 90% or better and teacher recommendation. The class will meet at 7:30 am two days per week. Fee Required.
A team of Upper School students at CCS apply and are chosen to participate in this program as a project based class offered during the school year. Students will work as a team with at least two mentors to conceive, design, build, test, integrate, qualify, deliver, launch, operate, and retrieve a MicroLab experiment to be conducted aboard the ISS in late spring of the school year. This task involves science, math, engineering, technology, and communications. In addition over the summer, all students complete a forty-hour course in p-basic programming. . Fee Required.
Students will study direct current (DC) circuits, especially in relation to resistors, capacitors, voltage, and amperage. Through the design, creation and testing of these circuits, students learn laboratory procedures, troubleshooting techniques, safety, and tools of basic electronic engineering. This is a hands-on course.
Under general supervision, the lab assistant will help the Science Teacher in implementing a science laboratory program for Upper School students. The position requires an aptitude for the sciences, organization skills, general courtesy and attention to detail. Student responsibilities include setting up laboratory equipment for science class; testing out new laboratory experiments prior to classroom; implementation; maintaining inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies (informs science teacher as to when new supplies and equipment is needed); and keeping laboratory equipment clean and in good working order. Lab assistants must be at least a sophomore; have a C or better in the core subject areas the current semester and maintain C during the lab internship; and apply for the internships using the Student Laboratory Internship Application.
Math is the basic language of science and technology. It is a complex system that we use to model and understand our environment, and affirm the existence of order in creation. The Mathematics department’s mission is to teach students math literacy and competency and to refine our God-given gift of rational thinking. Using logical, analytical, and critical thinking, students will develop mathematical skills to help them to creatlvely think, process, and problem solve in all areas of learning. The classroom experience focuses on 21st century skills, such as collaboration and teamwork, technology and informational literacy, and oral and written communication. The math department provides a rigorous curriculum that serves the needs of a broad spectrum of aptitudes and goals. The serious math student takes a sequence that culminates in AP Calculus and/or AP Statistics.
Algebra I is the first in a sequence of Upper School College Prep math courses.
Prerequisite: Grade of C in Pre-Algebra and/or departmental approval
Geometry introduces geometric concepts and reasoning through formal proof and informal investigation and discovery. Students learn to visualize and analyze geometric relationships in two and three dimensions and to develop inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in Grade 8 Algebra I or successful completion of Algebra I.
Geometry Honors is an accelerated course designed for mature, independent and mathematically talented students with emphasis on independent learning and problem solving. Topics listed in Geometry are also covered in this course with more depth.
Prerequisites: Grade of A in Algebra I and departmental recommendation and approval
Algebra II is the study of algebraic concepts including linear, quadratic, rational and polynomial functions, systems of equations, and complex numbers. The exponential and logarithmetic functions are introduced in this course, along with probability and statistics.
Prerequisites: Grade of C in Algebra I and Geometry with departmental recommendation and approval
Algebra II Honors is an accelerated course designed for mature, independent, and mathematically talented students. It continues the study of algebraic concepts with an emphasis on independent learning and problem solving. Topics include application of all concepts to model situations like those listed in Algebra II as well as sequences, series, and conics. Prerequisites: Grade of A in Algebra I and Geometry with departmental recommendation and approval; Competition Opportunity: Super Competition at UNCC- Level 3 Math
This course provides a study of mathematical modeling and the application of functions. Topics to be covered include data analysis, linear systems, linear programming, functions, transformations, exponential, logarithmic, piecewise, matrices, radicals, quadratic, polynomial functions, rational functions, trigonometry, and probability. This course will review algebraic concepts in context in order to allow students to retain their mathematical skills as they move on to college.
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Pre-calculus examines the advanced topics typically studied in a freshman year college algebra course.
Students receive an in-depth study of functions including extensive work with functions and their graphs, a rigorous development of trigonometry, sequences and series, and an introduction to vectors, and limits. Prerequisites: Grade of 90 or above in Algebra II Honors with departmental recommendation and approval
Equivalent to one semester of college calculus, this course is intended for students planning to pursue a college major requiring extended use of mathematics. Topics in this course include limits, derivative concepts and applications, and concepts and applications of integrals, including slope fields, and differential equations. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Calculus exam in May.
Prerequisites: Grade of 90 or above in Pre-calculus Honors with departmental recommendation and approval. Fee required.
A college level course that is required for majors in the social sciences, health sciences, and business fields. The purpose of the AP Statistics course is to introduce student to the major concepts and tools necessary for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploratory analysis, planning a study, probability, and statistical inferences. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Statistics exam in May.
Prerequisites: Grade B+ or better in Algebra II Honors or B+ or better in Pre-calculus with departmental recommendation and approval. Fee required.
The History and Social Science Department emphasizes equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary for civic competence and also developing the historical perspective critical for interpreting the complex issues of today and tomorrow. The instructors work closely together as a team to develop teaching approaches that motivate student learning and additionally use a variety of cooperative learning, roleplaying and debate activities to promote historical thinking. Through these activities, students learn to interpret primary and secondary sources, to think critically, and to write analytically. The department endeavors to develop students who have the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world, through the lens of a Biblical worldview.
World History is a year-long required survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments since 1350 B.C. that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, mili- tary conflict, literature & the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine the following abilities: to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to present information.
This full year course is designed for students willing to commit to a class that will challenge their analytical thinking and writing skills. The purpose of Honors World History is to develop a greater understanding of how geography along with cultural institutions and beliefs shape the evolution of human societies. The course covers world history from 1350 B.C. to the modern age with an emphasis on non-Western civilizations. There is a large amount of reading and writing required in this course. It is imperative that students understand that he/she will be responsible for all reading and writing assignments throughout the year. Assignments for each unit include historiography reviews, primary source reviews, document-based essay, and either a compare/contrast essay or a change-over-time essay.
Prerequisite: A year end grade of B or above in Grade 8 history course with Middle School Administration and departmental approval
This course will provide students the opportunity to learn about the government of the United States at the federal, state, and local levels. Students will explore the purpose of government and will examine how various forms of governments meet the needs of the people. Students will examine the duties, responsibilities, and individual roles of citizens in a democracy, as well as prepare them to become contributing members of American society. The second semester economics course allows students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how the principal concepts of economics relate to each other, and understand the structure of economic systems. Students will use economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, local community, national and global economic issues. They will use measurement concepts and methods such as tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data.
Honors Civics and Economics focuses on the roles and responsibilities of citizens from local, state, national, and global perspectives. Major topics of study include governance and economic structures, rights and responsibilities of participants, and how citizens can engage effectively in civic life. Emphasis is placed on developing both the knowledge and skills necessary to be an active and engaged citizen. Students gain an awareness and appreciation for the American government and free enterprise economic system and how our society compares to others throughout the world. In order to best prepare students to be engaged citizens in the world in which they live, teachers will incorporate simulations and interactive activities to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration. Prerequisite: Grade of A or above in World History with departmental recommendation and approval
This course provides a one-year survey of American history from the Colonial Period and the American Revolution to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Using the textbooks, primary documents and current events, students will learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. Essay writing and critical thinking are emphasized as integral ways of understanding how the past relates to the present and future. A major research paper is required in the spring semester.
This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business
and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. This course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The curriculum and academic expectations will be differentiated to accommodate gifted and highly motivated students.
Prerequisite: Grade of A or above in Government/ Economics with departmental recommendation and approval
Advanced Placement United States History is designed to give students a thorough understanding of United States History, requiring students to master analytic skills in approaching history, including chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and historical interpretation. The class strives to prepare students to assess historical materials, evaluate relevance and reliability, and deal critically with problems and materials in United States History. The course is equivalent to a full-year introductory college class, thus preparing students for intermediate and advanced college courses. All enrolled students are required to take the AP United States History exam in May. Prerequisite: High A (96 or above) in US Government and Economics with departmental recommendation and approval. Grade of high B (92 or above) in US Government and Economics Honors with departmental recommendation and approval Fee Required.
This college-level course covers a wide number of detailed topics in psychology. Students learn the basic concepts behind psychological experimentation and use them to better understand the past and current theories and contributions of prominent psychologists. The specific areas covered in this course are the history of psychology, research methods, neuroscience, nature/nurture, development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognitive processes and language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, stress and health, psychological disorders and therapies, and social psychology. Classroom methods include a balance of lecture, discussion, interactive activities, and demonstrations. This course seeks to illustrate the extent to which psychology is involved in the everyday lives of students. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Psychology Exam in May.
Prerequisite: High A (96 or above) in US History with departmental recommendation and approval; Grade A in US History Honors with departmental recommendation and approval; Grade B or above in US History Advanced Placement or a 3 or higher on the AP Exam with departmental recommendation and approval Fee Required.
Exposure to Foreign Language allows students to experience other cultures and peoples of the world in the classroom environment. The Great Commission’s directive is to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, Carmel Christian aims to expose students to the cultural differences among the nations and introduce them to basic conversational and written modes of communication with other peoples of the world.
This course introduces basic grammar, speech patterns, sentence structure, and common vocabulary. At the course's completion, students are expected to engage in basic conversations using present and preterite tense verbs. Students are introduced to the art, culture, and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish.
Spanish II continues emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing with the class continuing entirely in Spanish. Structures from Spanish I are reviewed and students learn to relate events in the past by comparing and contrasting the use of imperfect and preterite. Their knowledge of the art, culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries continues to be developed. Students regularly read and summarize Spanish-language children's books. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I. Students entering Spanish II will need to have a solid understanding of Spanish I.
Spanish III continues to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Structures from Spanish I and II are reviewed. Students learn to give commands, express desires, emotions, and doubt about situations surrounding them, talk about future activities, and offer suppositions. Students watch the news and read children's books in Spanish on a regular basis. Hispanic art, indigenous mysteries and archeological finds, career possibilities, nutrition, and environmental responsibilities are studied. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I and II. Students entering Spanish III will need to have a solid understanding of Spanish II.
Spanish IV is for the student who wants to continue language study without the rigors of an AP class. The structures of the first three years are reviewed and further advanced structures (including present and past subjunctive usage) taught. Emphasis will be on conversation and culture. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I, II and III. Students entering Spanish IV will need to have a solid understanding of Spanish III.
This course gives students the opportunity to take languages other than Spanish through a virtual program. Many languages are available through this kind of programming for students interested in that type of instruction. Languages offered include, Latin, French, Mandarin. Fee required per online course.
Integrity, leadership, creativity, teamwork and family involvement are the heartbeat of our Fine Arts program. Participation in artistic activities inspires students to develop their God-given talents while growing in stature. The Art are a form of worship mentioned throughout Scripture. Our program is designed to educate students in all of the major artistic disciplines.
This class offers a more in depth study on improving students’ technique who have prior experience in choreography and are prepared for a more demanding course. A dance evaluation is required. Required performances are part of class grade. (movement149)
Prerequisite: At least two semesters of dance courses or classes (off campus dance classes, dance team, participation in a school or off campus production). Audition and Fee required.
Carmel Christian School offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their gifting in leading worship through the Ignite Band program. Ignite Band allows students to train and develop their skills in the classroom, as well as lead worship each week for their peers. This dynamic program uses onstage technology as well as conventional instruments to provide a one-of-a-kind learning experience. There are positions for the following: lead electric guitar, rhythm electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard, male and female lead vocalists. Those interested must be able to show proficiency in their selected position. Instrumentalists must be able to read a chord chart and be comfortable using in-ear monitors and a click track. Vocalists need to be able to select material that suits their range, the ability to sing harmony, and a basic knowledge of modern worship artists and styles. This is a pass/fail course. This class will meet from 7:00-8:00 am three days per week.Audition required.
This foundational class will promote enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theater. Classwork will focus on the explanation of theater literature, preparing for Shakespeare Competition, theater performance, historical connection and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics and beginning scene work are used introduce students to acting and character development. Incorporation of other art forms in theater also help students gain an appreciation for them such as music, dance, and visual art. Students are required to take part in the Annual Shakespeare Competition at Wingate University in February. This class is being delivered through a special partnership with the Children's Theater of Charlotte. Teaching artists from this organization develop and deliver the curriculum on the CCS campus. Students are required to participate in the Annual Shakespeare Competition in February.
A continuation of the foundational class that will promote enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theater. Classwork will focus on the explanation of theater literature, preparing for Shakespeare Competition, theater performance, historical connection and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics and beginning scene work are used introduce students to acting and character development. Incorporation of other art forms in theater also help students gain an appreciation for them such as music, dance, and visual art. Students are required to participate in the Annual Shakespeare Competition in February.
Students have the opportunity to continue to develop their musical skills while participating in a quality ensemble experience. While preparing for a performance, the rehearsals include an emphasis on musical skills, overall musicianship, teamwork, and complete student cooperation. In addition to school rehearsals and performances, complete commitment by students outside of class is necessary to develop musical skills to their fullest potential. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Prerequisite: Students should have prior musical instrument experience, a working knowledge of their instrument and a desire to further their ability.
The Studio is an advanced acting course that trains student artists to prepare sketches, short plays, and full length productions for performance in chapels, Windy Gap, main stage productions, and various competitions and festivals. Work outside the classroom is required for performance and preparation. Mandatory attendance and participation includes but is not limited to Summer Camp Week, Windy Gap, NCTC/SETC Festivals, Wingate Shakespeare Recitation Competition, ITS State Theatre Festival, and the CITA Theatre Festival. This class will meet 3:30-5:30 pm three days per week. Athletic and other extra-curricular activity participation may be limited. This is a pass/fail course. Audition and fee required.
The goal for this Upper School art elective is that students will develop their technical and compositional skills by using a wide range of media such as, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, India ink, pastel, photography, metalwork and mixed media. There will be a strong emphasis on drawing from observation and composition studies. God made the world with such beauty and intricacy and He is the greatest teacher for our visual world. Students will come to appreciate this world daily. Students will be expected to keep a daily sketchbook throughout the year. There will be a bridge from drawing into painting skills with watercolor and silk paints. Students will explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape, portraits, including personal ideas, taste and styles. Students will continue to develop their compositional understanding by applying the Elements and Principles of Design to their sketches and drawings. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student’s work. Fee required.
This is an intermediate level exploring more in depth ways to communicate visually. The intent of the course is to continue to expand and improve intellectual, conceptual and manual skills while creating God honoring aesthetics. Students will learn to analyze and solve more complex visual problems while displaying an advancing skill set. During this course, students will begin to develop a personal “vision” in their artwork by exploring their individualized artistic 'Christian Voice'. Emphasis will be placed on the furthering the understanding of the Elements and Principals of Design. Through a study of a variety of media and techniques proficiency will be achieved. Students will continue to discover Art throughout history, thus comprehending the role it plays in world culture. Students will be aware of how creativity can successfully aid them in problem solving beyond the Art field.
Students will be expected to keep a daily sketchbook throughout the year.
Prerequisite: Art Studio I Fee required.
Pre-AP Studio Art is for students who are highly motivated and committed to art for purposes of creating a portfolio and participating in art competition opportunities. This course will provide opportunities for students to sharpen their skills through the use of a wide variety of media such as pen and ink, pencil, pastels, charcoal, water media, markers, and computer. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year . The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses. This course could have fees associated with it. Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation only. Must have completed successfully two other Art classes and have a teacher recommendation.
AP Studio Art is for students who are highly motivated and committed to art for purposes of creating a portfolio and participating in art competition opportunities. This course will provide opportunities for students to sharpen their skills through the use of a wide variety of media such as pen and ink, pencil, pastels, charcoal, water media, markers, and computer. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year . The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — cor- responding to the most common college foundation courses. This course could have fees associated with it. Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation only. Must have completed successfully two other Art classes.
Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation only. Must have completed two other Upper School Art Classes. Fee required.
This course is designed to teach students to become well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will discover the elements of art and the principles of design, how cameras work and have evolved, color theory, the importance of compositional techniques, and how to use photo editing software. Students can expect to formally critique the work of their peers, and both past and present photographers in order to continuously grow and challenge their style as a photographer. Students will be expected to spend time outside of class shooting and developing their photography skills. Access to a digital camera is essential! (Both Compact Digital Cameras or SLR Digital cameras are acceptable) Megapixels: >3MP, Shutter speed: anything between 1/15 and 1/250 Fee required.
Students will learn how text and images interact to portray a message. They will use current graphic design software and tools to solve problems and create products. This class will fulfill a Technology or Fine Arts credit.
In our Technology department, we construe computer science mainly to include theory of computation, design and analysis of algorithms, programming, computer graphics. Our goal is to equip students to prepare themselves for majoring in computer science in their undergraduate degree and possibly careers as computer professionals.
Our students frequently discuss the latest in today’s technology and envision big ideas and learning skills that will prepare them to teach themselves about tomorrow’s technology. To excel in these courses, the student must enjoy mathematics and be able to understand and come up with original logical and analytical solutions to simple problems. All technology courses are considered an elective.
This course teaches 3D design using the Autodesk software. The students will learn to design and translate their imaginations to real drawings. They will have their drawings created as physical objects using the CubeX 3D printer. It will also include problem solving strategies, classical representation methods, such as sketching isometric views, as well as CAD, orthographic projection and 3D modeling.
This course is an introduction to computer science, covering the basic concepts and elements of programming language. Students will gain experience writing programs that are well documented according to industry standards. Additionally, the students will be encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively to solve practical problems that illustrate application-building techniques.
This course is an introduction to modern problem solving and programming. Special emphasis is on algorithm development and software life cycle. Students will learn basic object oriented concepts, data structures and data manipulation in Java. This course also includes appropriate use of software tools, and discusses ethical issues arising from the impact of computing in our society. The course is intended for students who want to pursue in programming or information technology fields. Student must be a junior or senior.
Students will learn to design and develop solutions using programmable robots. They will learn the programming language to operate the robot and effectively use all its sensors. The course projects are able to tap the engineering skills to design and build a robot with needed sensors, program and test its functionality to provide the best possible solution.
Students will learn how text and images interact to portray a message. They will use current graphic design software and tools to solve problems and create products. Will fulfill a Technology or Fine Arts credit.
Electives at CCS allow students to take courses in several interest areas. This allows the students to experiment with skill sets to help guide them in to areas of study that they will use to serve the Lord. These courses offer opportunities of fun, problem solving, and growth in Christian character.
This course emphasis educating students on the importance of lifetime physical fitness through aerobic exercise, flexibility training, and strength training. Emphasis will be placed on the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve overall health and athletic performance. Additional emphasis will be placed upon the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity will include physical fitness as well as traditional aerobic sports and games. PE uniform required. (Purchase at Lands' End; www.landsend.com)
Students may elect to take dance in place of PE for credit. This course will introduce students to the basic techniques of several forms of dance. Students will perform at the Fine Arts Festival. Uniform required, determined by instructor.
Health Education includes a study of personal health, nutrition, mental health, stress management, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid techniques. This course is required for graduation.
This course is designed to help prepare students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. In addition to reviewing the basic verbal and mathematical skills assessed on the SAT, students will have access to test-taking strategies, test question samples with explanations, grading rubrics for peer and self-assessment, practice tests with complete multiple-choice assessments, essays prompts, and study resources. Instruction, followed by collaborative, guided, and independent practice, provides the foundation for the course.
Prerequisites: English I, English II, Algebra I and Geometry. Fee required.
This course prepares students for success in high school and/ or post secondary education. Course topics include reading improvement skills, such as scanning, note-taking, outlining, library and research skills, listening and note taking, vocabulary development, and test-taking skills. It also include exercises designed to generate organized, logical thinking, and writing while implementing a guided 45 minute study hall once a week.
This course helps students to master the fundamental structures and vocabulary of the English language as they develop their skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students grow in their ability to utilize and master level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation, with a minimum of errors, in order to support their academic writing. Students gradually extend these skills to focus on syntax and vocabulary development, and they learn strategies in order to advance their own reading, listening, and pronunciation ability. Students expand oral comprehensibility and learn to write complete, compound, and complex sentences, cogent paragraphs, and ultimately to write multiple-paragraph compositions that demonstrate organization of ideas, use of a thesis statement, and effective incorporation of supportive elements. This course contributes to the skills students will need to thrive in their mainstream classes.
Weight training assists students with developing knowledge and skills regarding with free weights and universal stations while emphasizing safety and proper body positioning. Anatomy and conditioning are additional class instructional components. Upperclassmen will receive priority for this class. Grades 10-11 may use this course to meet their PE requirement. 9th grade may not use weightlifting for their PE requirement. PE uniform required. (Purchase at Lands' End; www.landsend.com)
Ladies Athletic Conditioning is a year long elective class. This course is designed to educate students who are at the beginning fitness level to the advance athletes. Class will emphasize how to establish fitness goals and establish a plan to accomplish those goals. Class will be including but not limited to: aerobic training, strength, yoga, flexibility and step training.
PE uniform required. (Purchase at Lands' End; www.landsend.com)
Public Speaking enables students through practice to develop communication skills that can be used in a variety of speaking situations. Small and large group discussions, delivery of lecture or speeches in front of audiences are examples of speech delivery. Skills to be practiced include research and organization, writing for verbal delivery, stylistic choices, visual and presentation skills using technology, analysis and critique, and development of self-confidence.
A semester course focusing on life skills, college readiness, and Christian witness applications. Two week special topics by guest instructors. Topics could include: personal finance, preparing for an interview, Mock interview, Keeping the faith in a secular world and Social Media Use.
Yearbook teaches the art of producing a K-12 yearbook. Students are directly involved in the creation and publication of the yearbook. Students will refine their writing skills as they create a polished “copy” for yearbook pages. Some previous experience in photography, design and layout are useful for this class. Students will learn and apply skills related graphic design, copy writing, and journalism. Because of the many deadline pressures involved, students must be organized and responsible. Application and department approval required.
Students will work alongside a member of the Athletics Department to learn the scope of roles in the department and organizational skills necessary to deliver an athletics program. Application required, placement upon approval.
This class provides students the opportunity to develop skills and behaviors essential for employment, with emphasis on careers in education. Teacher Assistants work under the direction and supervision of the assigned classroom teacher. Application required, placement upon approval