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, synopsis, message, genre and personal application of each book. It is also to study the unity of all the books in the progress of revelation and redemption. In addition, we will see that it is a record of God’s interactions with his people, as well as many prophecies in the Old Testament that point to the coming of the true Messiah. We will be intentionally looking into the cultures and daily lives of ancient Israel and the Middle East. As we focus on the different eras of Old Testament history and it's characters, there will be the challenge to emulate the faithfulness of many of the people we study, and to also learn from the negative examples of some characters. Character quality and life application will be emphasized as we also dig in to learn about many historical facts.
Understanding the Faith is a fast-track, fast-paced theological education for those who want to understand God and His world in a profound way and share their faith intelligently with unbelievers. This is the definitive resource for understanding how God's Word can be true and authoritative in a relativistic world. With only 17% of today's believers able to articulate and defend their Christian beliefs, this becomes a required resource in the journey of faith and leadership.
Once a believer is steeped in biblical theology, apologetics, and worldview, he or she can communicate biblical truth to friends, loved ones, and associates. The gospel affirms the requirement for sharing God's Word on timely topics, as well as developing strong relationships from which to influence and change cultural structures and values. UTC helps believers engage biblical faith in life areas where God has placed them today.
The Christian Leadership Practicum elective course is to provide students with a deepened understanding of Christian leadership while incorporating practical learning experiences in the area of Christian ministry. Under the guidance of the lead teacher, students will study the qualities and skills of Christian leaders. The class will collaborate with school leadership and ministry partners to gain understanding of the operations, functions, and strategies that are utilized in ministry. The students will operate within a class leadership structure and organize project-based teams to accomplish their goals. Students will complete projects that will expose them to growing their skill set in the area of ministry in tangible ways. Through the areas of technology, planning, and strategy the students will experience the “behind the scenes” of implementing chapel, crew, and special events, the students would also serve as a think tank for new ideas to foster the spiritual formation of the student body. The goal is to prepare the student to be proficient in serving in the non-profit sector and develop the spiritual maturity of our students so they are best prepared to continue their pursuit of serving God beyond the walls of our school.
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.
English courses 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 helps students learn to read critically and carefully through writing and guided discussion. Instructors encourage students to examine works from the perspective of a Christian worldview. 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.
Genres and Themes 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 refine writing skills through multiple writing assignments. Grammar and vocabulary study come from class reading.
Honors Genres and Themes differs from Genres and Themes in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more independently, complete more complex 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.
American Literature builds on foundations of composition, literary analysis, vocabulary,and critical thinking. Students study prose and poetry from major literary periods and consider style and theme in the context of the writer’s life and times. Grammar and vocabulary study come from class reading.
Honors American Literature differs from American Literature in the intensity and depth of study. Students read more independently, complete more complex writing assignments, and demonstrate mastery of more advanced 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.
This course surveys great works of world literature. Students will read, analyze, and evaluate a wide range of texts, which include all major literary genres. Students develop their critical-thinking skills as they encounter, comprehend, and evaluate diverse cultural contexts. The class includes extensive writing practice in a variety of forms. Discussion is an integral aspect of students’ growth as communicators, and as such, will constitute a critical component of the course.
Honors World Literature 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.
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.
"This junior-level course enables students to become skilled readers of a variety of non-fiction texts and to become more skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Students will become more aware of authors’ purpose, audience, and style and will continue to develop their knowledge and appropriate usage of various rhetorical devices. Students will write and edit essays frequently throughout the year.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I (Genres and Themes) and English II (American Literature)."
This honors-level junior course differs from Standard English Composition in the intensity and depth of study and expectations. 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 80% or above in Honors American Literature or grade of 90% in American Literature with departmental recommendation and approval.
This course covers the core tenets of journalism, including study of the First Amendment, news writing, interviewing, online design, photography, multi-media reporting, data visualization, law and ethics, and media and news literacy. Writing genres will include: news, opinion/editorial, feature, and sports. The journalism classes will produce our student online news publication, Blue & Gold.
This course continues more in-depth study of the core tenets of journalism, including study of the First Amendment and analysis of the Fourth and Fifth Estates. Honors journalism students serve as editors of our student online news publication, Blue & Gold, and, as such, will be responsible for planning, organizing, editing, and publication of news writing and reporting. Students will compile a portfolio of a minimum of 24 news stories, six photo essays, and ten data visualization stories by the end of the year. Honors journalism students will also build a blog site and post on it in a strategic periodic method.
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.
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, according to the physical laws expressed in the periodic table. It is a problem-solving course with laboratory experimentation to reinforce concepts. The course is designed to be foundational, examining a wide range of basic, fundamental concepts in Chemistry. Students will also develop an appreciation for the ordered and patterned nature of the physical world as designed by our Creator.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.
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
Physics is the study of nature to describe and predict events by seeking to understand the relationship between motion, force, energy and time. In this course, we will study the theoretical elements of science with laboratory experimentation. Students will also learn to set up equations that will govern motion, energy transfer, discuss problem solving techniques. They will also develop a greater understanding of the order and design of God’s creation. This course is designed as preparation for college engineering and other advanced sciences.
Algebra II/Trigonometry are required pre-requisites for this 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 are required to take the AP Exam in May with the potential to 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, internet resources, reading Case for the Creator, textbook readings and note taking, case studies, demonstrations, and class discussions. Other activities may be used to enhance concepts in the course including field trips and additional inquiry activities; fee required. Prerequisite: Grade of B or above in previous honors sections of Biology and Chemistry or with departmental recommendation and approval.
In its broadest definition, Forensic Science is the application of science knowledge and experimentation to the practice of law. Forensics has become a tool that uses the methods of science to help solve crimes by determining the who and the how of criminal activity. The course is multidisciplinary in scope, borrowing concepts from chemistry, zoology, anatomy, genetics, physics, psychology, and sociology. In developing a basic understanding of the world of forensics, students will be involved in lectures, lab activities, readings, case studies, and online resources. Although intended to be a general course without rigorous academic demands, students are expected to have successfully completed coursework in Biology and Chemistry.
Anatomy and Physiology introduces students to the magnificence of the detail and intricacies of the human body as it was made in His image. By applying prior knowledge in Biology and Chemistry, students develop a deeper understanding of all the body systems and how they interact with each other. This course introduces students to the proper scientific terminology, dissections and application of principles. Throughout the course the students will utilize case studies, hands-on experiments, dissections and technology to discover how form and function are interrelated. Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
Math is the basic language of science and technology. This complex system that we use to model and understand our environment affirms 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 creatively think, process, and problem solve in all areas of learning. The classroom experience focuses on 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.
Algebra I is a review of pre-algebra skills and provides a foundation of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for critical thinking and modeling of real-world problem solving through a Biblical worldview. Students will analyze situations using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear and quadratic relationships. Technology will be utilized to explore systems of equations, factoring polynomials, radical functions, linear inequalities and data analysis.
Geometry provides a thorough introduction to classical Euclidean geometry and reasoning through investigation and discovery. Students will study lines, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, area and volume, and trigonometry. Students will learn to visualize and analyze geometric relationships in two and three dimensions and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Geometry Honors is an advanced course designed for hardworking, mature, and mathematically talented students with an emphasis on independent learning and problem solving. In addition to a more in depth study of the topics listed in Geometry, Honors students will also investigate formal proofs and perform geometric constructions. Honors students are challenged to apply their knowledge and become creative problem solvers.
Algebra II is the study of algebraic concepts including linear, quadratic, rational and polynomial functions, systems of equations, and complex numbers. The exponential and logarithmic functions are introduced in this course, along with probability and statistics.
Algebra II Honors is an advanced course designed for hardworking, mature, and mathematically talented students with an emphasis on independent learning and problem solving. 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 a unit on trigonometry.
Advanced Functions and Modeling is designed for students who have completed Algebra II and is an alternative to Pre-calculus. It provides a comprehensive review of Algebra II and a further study of advanced algebraic concepts. Topics include linear systems, transformations, matrices, trigonometry, probability, and functions such as radical, quadratic, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, piecewise and rational.
Pre-Calculus Honors is an advanced course designed for hardworking, mature, and mathematically talented students with an emphasis on independent learning and problem solving. This course examines the advanced topics typically studied in a freshman year college algebra course. Emphasis is on mathematical modeling and the study of functions as a preparation for the study of college-level calculus. Topics include applications of trigonometry, advanced algebra, analytic geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, vectors, matrices, linear transformations, systems of equations, conic sections, parametric equations, sequences and series, and limits.
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The course covers concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections among these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
Prerequisites: Grade of 90 or above in Pre-calculus Honors with departmental recommendation and approval. Fee required.
AP Statistics is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
Probability and Statistics Honors provides an introduction to statistics and probability that will prepare students for life in a world filled with data, as well as for the many college majors that require statistics. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploratory analysis, planning a study, probability, and statistical inferences.
The History Department emphasizes equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for civic competence and developing the historical perspective critical for interpreting the complex issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow through a Biblical Worldview. Teachers use a variety of activities to promote historical thinking. Through these activities, students learn to interpret primary and secondary sources, to think critically, and to write analytically.
World History is a year-long survey course that explores the key events and historical developments since Creation that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of World History provides the opportunity to learn about all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, geography, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes all through a Biblical Worldview. Students will refine the following abilities: reading 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.
World History Honors is a full year course designed for students willing to commit to a class that will challenge their analytical thinking and writing skills. The purpose is to develop a greater understanding of the developments from Creation to the modern era, with specific focus on historical events and geography. At the Honors level, a large amount of reading and writing are required. Assignments for each unit include primary source reviews, document-based questions, and collaborative projects. The Honors level allows for students to engage in advanced critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration. Placement in the Honors level will be determined based upon student performance in previous history courses and teacher recommendation.
US Government and Economics is a year-long course that is divided into two parts: first semester focusing on U.S. Government and second semester focusing on Economics. Part one 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 as well as examine the duties, responsibilities, and individual roles of citizens in a democracy. In doing so, this course will prepare them to become contributing members of American society. Part two of this course allows students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how these concepts 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, national, and international economic issues. Students will work with tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. Various simulations and interactive activities will be used to engage student critical thinking, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration.
Honors US Government and Economics is a year-long course that is divided into two parts: first semester focusing on U.S. Government and second semester focusing on Economics. Part one 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 as well as examine the duties, responsibilities, and individual roles of citizens in a democracy. In doing so, this course will prepare them to become contributing members of American society. Part two of this course allows students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how these concepts 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, national, and international economic issues. Students will work with tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. Various simulations and interactive activities will be used to engage student critical thinking, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration. The Honors level allows for students to engage in advanced critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration. Placement in the Honors level will be determined based upon student performance in previous history courses and teacher recommendation.
This course provides a one-year survey of American history from the Colonial Period to the present. Students will continue to build upon previous studies of American History. They will continue to use skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. Students will further develop higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. Using textbooks, primary sources, 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. Collaboration and critical thinking are emphasized as integral ways of understanding the content.
This course provides a one-year survey of American history from the Colonial Period to the present. Students will continue to build upon previous studies of American History. They will continue to use skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. Students will further develop higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. Using textbooks, primary sources, 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. Collaboration and critical thinking are emphasized as integral ways of understanding the content. Students at the Honors level will be expected to demonostrate higher-level analysis of their understanding and interpretation of historical events. Placement in the Honors level will be determined based upon student performance in previous history courses and teacher recommendation.
Advanced Placement United States History is designed for the motivated student and is oriented to students seeking college credit. 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 thinking, historical argumentation, 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. Students with high-level reading, writing, and thinking skills are encouraged the take this challenging course. The course is equivalent to an 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. Prerequisites and teacher recommendation are required for enrollment.
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 past and current theories and contributions of prominent psychologists. Students will understand the discipline of psychology using various perspectives and research. They will make connections in the relationship between biology and behavior and how interaction with others influences thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and behaviors. They will understand human differences and strategies for coping when those differences create dysfunction. 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. Prerequisites and teacher recommendation are required for enrollment.
Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is designed for the motivated student and is oriented to students seeking college credit. The course is divided into five units of study related to the curriculum outline as designed by the College Board. This course is designed to provide students with not only the facts about government, but also with analytical and critical thinking skills. The AP U.S. Government and Politics course is the equivalent of an introductory college level course and will provide students with the necessary capabilities for post-secondary work in Political Science. Students will learn to assess historical materials (documents, graphs, tables, cartoons, films, recordings), their relevance to a given problem, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in political scholarship. The AP U.S. Government and Politics course will help students develop the skills necessary to arrive at their own conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and the ability to present arguments and reasons to defend their judgment through oral and written form. All enrolled students are required to take the AP US Government and Politics exam in May. Prerequisites and teacher recommendation are required for enrollment.
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 regular present tense verbs. Students are introduced to the art, culture, and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. This course is taught in English and Spanish. All Language Modalities are used: writing, speaking, listening, and reading.
Spanish II continues emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing with the class starting in English and Spanish but ending 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. Prerequisite: Spanish I.This course is taught in English and Spanish. Students entering Spanish II will need to have a solid understanding of Spanish I.
Spanish II Honors continues emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing with the class 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 magazines. Prerequisite: Spanish I and the students need to be recommended by their Spanish I teacher.This course is taught in Spanish. 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, offer suppositions, and learn how to pray in Spanish. Students watch movies read magazines in Spanish on a regular basis. Hispanic art, music, nutrition, and environmental responsibilities are studied. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I and II.
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, offer suppositions, express their opinion about different topics and learn how to pray in Spanish. Students watch movies read magazines in Spanish on a regular basis. Hispanic art, music, actual situation in Latin American countries, nutrition, and environmental responsibilities are studied. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using a basic vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish I and II and the students need to be recommended by their Spanish II teacher. Students entering Spanish III Honors 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. In this course students are able to understand and analyze literature from Spain and Latin America, prepare for a job interview in Spanish, do community work in the Hispanic community of Charlotte and receive visits from people who speak Spanish as a second language.This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using a intermediate vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish I, II and III and students need to be recommended by their Spanish III teacher. 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 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.
High School Choir provides students the opportunities to develop their musical potential and understanding through singing in a choral ensemble. Students will learn various vocal techniques and experience singing different genres of music. Choir is open to all students with an interest in singing. Students will perform concerts on and off campus throughout the school year.
"The Lord continues to bless the band program at Carmel whose mission is to lead students to their fullest potential through quality music-making experiences. Students exercise personal responsibility and commitment to group goals and demonstrating proper stewardship of God’s gift of music. Band grants opportunities to showcase student’s God-given talents, bring glory to God and refine their musical abilities, as well as to equip them to use their music as a ministry in a church, community, as a career, or as a pastime. “That in all things He might have the preeminence” Colossians 1:18.
While preparing for performances, emphasis is on musical skills, musicianship, teamwork and cooperation. The band program trains the next generation of artists to live Christ centered lives while excelling in their discipline.
In addition, band students have the opportunity to be recognized as participants in various Honor Bands in a professional and challenging environment.
Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.
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 and the CITA Theatre Festival. Audition required
The goal for this High 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 explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape, portraits, including personal ideas, taste and styles. Students will improve their drawing skills through weekly sketchbook assignments. 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.
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 students furthering their 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.
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. Students must have completed successfully two other Art classes and have a teacher recommendation. *Students will be expected to complete summer assignments before this class begins in the fall
Art IV Honors is for advanced art students who have taken Art I - III Honors and desire to continue their art practice. This course is an opportunity for students to further stretch their artistic abilities.
AP 2D Art & Design is for advanced art students who are motivated and committed to completing a portfolio of work equal to that of a college-level foundations of design course. With emphasis on the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, composition, and expressing ideas with their artistic voice, students will be challenged throughout this course. The final ‘exam’ for this course is a submission of a portfolio to the College Board that includes a combination of 29 digital and physical artworks, along with a writing portion that accompanies the digital images. Students must commit to working outside of class time in addition to completing summer assignments before class begins in the fall.
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! (DSLR cameras are preferred)
This continuation course will challenge students with portfolio work, 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 and perspective as a photographer. Much of the shooting and skill development will be done outside of the classroom. Students MUST have access to a DSLR camera.
Students will learn how text and images interact to portray a message. Students will practice, create products, and study professional, "real world" projects using techniques and tools in Adobe Photoshop. Can be taken for Technology or Fine Arts credit.
A continuation of the introductory Graphic Design I class, this intermediate course will give students the opportunity to dig further and explore what it really means to be a designer. Students will use different digital software programs to master design techniques through daily practice and assigned projects.
This class focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching differently. The goal of dance conditioning is to provide a regimen of exercises for the development of a dancers physical endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.
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.
Computer Aided Design is a study of modelling and representing the objects. The students will use the AutoDesk © Inventor software. The students will be trained to use 3-D solid or wire frame modelling by conceiving the design of an object, creating, editing and adding dimensions to the created object. The designs used in this course come from variety of disciplines. This course is designed as a preparation for college engineering or other advanced design course.
Students will learn to design and develop solutions using programmable robots. They will learn the RobotC 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. This course is designed as a preparatory course for engineering and other programming courses.
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.
Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. Students are introduced to how the internet actually works, and what happens inside a computer when we type in a webpage. The students are then challenged to display knowledge of the skills learned and create their own network, while using Raspberry Pi machines to program and learn the language of Python.
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.
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 a mentor to conceive, design, build, test, integrate, an deliver a MicroLab experiment to NASA. The microlab experiment will be conducted aboard the ISS for a period of 30 days in late spring of the school year. This course involves science, math, engineering, technology, and communications. The students on the team are also required to complete a forty-hour course in PBasic programming. Course requires a fee.
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.
Health class will provide students with information and insight into how to develop and maintain a commitment to life-long health with the Bible being its foundation. The goal is for students to have the information, or the ability to access information, to make positive choices when it comes to their health. This class will deal with the integration of the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Students will use discussions, films, readings, writing, lectures, pictures, guest speakers and special projects to explore the many aspects of personal and community health issues.Health is an interesting subject for students because of the personal application the material has for now, and throughout their lives. Topics include Human Body Systems, Infectious and Noninfectious Disease, Nutrition, Fad Diets, Eating Disorders, Body-Image, Fitness and Exercise, Sleep, Assessing information in the media,Alcohol, Drugs,Tobacco Addiction/Dependency, Pornography, Reproductive Health, Abstinence, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, First Aide, Relationships.
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.
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.
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.
This course enables students to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence in a variety of situations. Students practice a number of different kinds of presentations from demonstration, informative, personal experience speeches, to interview practice and even sermon preparation. Students will also learn the principles of logical argument through a series of debates based on research.
Freshman Seminar is designed to ease students transition to high school and provide them with basic skills needed to be successful in high school and college level coursework. This 1 semester course will introduce students to CCS high school expectations, teach essential organizational skills, explore their unique personality and learning style and how this applies to high school, college and career opportunities, The course is taught with an emphasis on organization, study skills, human relations, and technology. Topics to include CCS Life, Study Skills, Technology Use, Academic Integrity and College Preparation.
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 is required.
This class is designed to help students learn the skills, objectives, and strategies of team sports. This course will include the development of the skills necessary to play team as well as individual sports, and will give students the opportunity to implement the skills in competitive play. Sports may include, but are not limited to: basketball, flag football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, pickleball, badminton, and volleyball. This course will also include daily cardiovascular fitness and touch on the very early stages of strength training.
This course is for students who are interested in becoming an educator. Students will have the opportunity to partner with a CCS teacher at the grade level of choice and provide assistance with teacher administrative tasks, as well as have the opportunity to work with small groups of students to teach and assess content, as appropriate.
In this course students will evaluate the concepts of going into business for themselves and working for or operating a small business. Emphasis is on the exploration of feasible ideas of products/services, research procedures, business financing, marketing strategies, and access to resources for starting a small business. Students will develop components of a business plan and evaluate startup requirements. English language arts and social studies are reinforced. This course will also have a marketing focus. Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved from the creation to the consumption of products/services. Students will develop an understanding and skills in the areas of distribution, marketing-information management, market planning, pricing, product/service management, promotion, and selling. Students develop an understanding of marketing functions applications and impact on business operations. A strong emphasis is placed on bringing Christian values and ethics into the business place.