High School Curriculum
High School course offerings are listed below by department and include a course description and prerequisites. If applicable, fees, applications or interviews are noted. For more information, please email our guidance office at email@example.com.
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.
The purpose of this class is to instill an acquaintance with the 27 books of the New Testament writings in order to acquire overall biblical literacy. This is accomplished through an overview of each book with regard to its background information (i.e. authorship, date of writing, historical context, audience) and content (i.e. main emphases and themes of each book). The first half of the course focuses on New Testament fundamentals (e.g. NT canon, authority & inspiration of the NT, NT society & culture), the four gospels and the book of Acts. The second half of the class focuses on Paul’s letters and the general letters. Throughout the class, students contribute to and engage with the overall story of the New Testament and the grand narrative of the Bible as a whole.
This Old Testament course acquaints students with the background, content, synopsis, message and genre of God’s story within each book. Another aim is to study the unity of all the books as the prophetic interpretation that reveals God’s purpose to rescue and redeem the world. Students intentionally look into the culture and daily lives of the people of Ancient Israel and the Middle East. In addition, they explore the lives of many Old Testament characters, emphasizing God as the true Hero of the Old Testament narratives and prophecies that point to Jesus as the Messiah. Students learn to view many passages through a hermeneutical (interpretive) view and active application to display how they can apply what they interpret to their lives today.
This is a fast-paced theological study which allows students 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.
This course examines the six most prominent worldviews influencing the world today (Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism). It shows how their influence manifests in the key academic disciplines operating in America’s institutions of higher learning today (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics and History). It launches discussions about how ideas become persuasive and how to identify patterns of ideas so students can understand the world around them. If students master the world of ideas, they will be significantly less likely to be taken captive by false philosophies (Colossians 2:8) and significantly more likely to understand the times in which they live and know how to be responsible citizens (1 Chronicles 12:32). 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. This course helps students engage biblical faith in life areas where God has placed them today.
This course provides students with a deepened understanding of Christian leadership while incorporating practical learning experiences in the area of Christian ministry. Students study the qualities and skills of Christian leaders. The class collaborates with school leadership and area non-profit ministries to learn about the operations, functions and strategies that are utilized in ministry. The students operate within a class leadership structure and organize project-based teams to accomplish their goals. Students complete projects that will expose them to growing their skills in the area of ministry in tangible ways. Through the areas of technology, planning and strategy, the students experience the “behind the scenes” of implementing chapel, crew and special events. Students 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. Application and interview required.
This class focuses on a biblical worldview requiring in-depth study of Scripture and discussing important themes in apologetics. Students learn how to think and listen critically. Students are 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 analyze various genres within the pieces of literature, deepen understanding of varied authors’ purpose and style; as well as writing responses and creating various presentations and project based assessments. Students refine writing skills through multiple writing assignments, focusing on both the style and the mechanical accuracy. Grammar and vocabulary study come from class reading; as well as specific lessons based on the needs of the class and individual students.
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. Students are challenged to think uniquely and problem solve when it comes to varied analysis of literary pieces and historical connections.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Genres and Themes is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, as well as department recommendation and approval.
American Literature builds on foundations of composition, literary analysis, vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking. Students study the prose and poetry of American writers from major literary periods and consider style and theme in the context of the writer’s life and times. Vocabulary study comes 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 the standard class.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors American Literature is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in Genres and Themes or a final grade of A or B in Honors Genres and themes, as well as department recommendation and approval.
This course covers excerpts from various genres of the Anglo-Saxon period through early 20th century such as Beowuulf, Shakespeare, and Dickens. Students practice critical thinking skills as they analyze the literary excerpts, the historical background of the author and era, as well as the fictional or dramatic elements of the piece using a biblical worldview. Students continue to build their writing skills focusing on syntax and critical analysis. Students use the four modes of writing: expository, narrative, persuasive and descriptive. Grammar is reviewed as it applies to effective writing: subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, verb tense and punctuation.
Honors British Literature differs from Honors British 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors British Literature is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in American Literature or a final grade of A or B in Honors American Literature, as well as department recommendation and approval.
This course surveys great works of world literature. Students 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, constitutes 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors World Literature is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in British Literature or a final grade of A or B in Honors British Literature, as well as department recommendation and approval.
This college-level course engages students to become skilled readers of prose texts emerging from a variety of socio-historical contexts, and 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 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 students are required to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May.
Prerequisites: Grade of at least a B in American Literature Honors or transfer students with English II Honors; grade of A in American Literature with high WRAP, PreACT, PSAT scores, as well as department recommendation and approval.
This college-level course challenges students 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 purchase paperback books so they can annotate them and retain a record of their intellectual journey. Students prepare 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 students are required to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. Fee required.
Prerequisites: Grade of at least a B in British Literature Honors or transfer students with English III Honors; grade of A in British Literature with high WRAP, PreACT, PSAT scores,as well as department recommendation and approval.
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 write from a creative perspective to build on existing writing skills while developing new ones. Using the writing process, students 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 gain a greater understanding of themselves and their place as creative beings in God’s universe. This is an elective course and does not count as an English credit requirement.
This course covers the core tenets of journalism, including study of the First Amendment, news writing, interviewing, online design, photography, multimedia reporting, data visualization, law and ethics, and media and news literacy. Writing genres include news, opinion/editorial, feature, and sports. The journalism class contributes to our student online news site, the 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. Journalism II students serve as editors of our student online news site, Blue & Gold, and, as such, are responsible for planning, organizing, editing, and publishing news writing and reporting. Students compile a portfolio of a minimum of 12 news stories, six photo essays, and eight data visualization stories by the end of the year. Journalism II students create and produce publications, including the annual Blue & Gold graduation edition. Journalism II students also experience building a blog site and writing content.
Prerequisite: Journalism I
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 providing a foundation of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for critical thinking and modeling of real-world problem solving through a Biblical worldview. Students analyze situations using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear and quadratic relationships. Technology is 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 study lines, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, area and volume, and trigonometry. Students learn to visualize and analyze geometric relationships in two and three dimensions and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Honors Geometry is an advanced course designed for hard-working, 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, students also investigate formal proofs and perform geometric constructions. Students are challenged to apply their knowledge and become creative problem solvers.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Geometry is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in Algebra I or a final grade of A or B in Honors Algebra I, as well as department 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 logarithmic functions are introduced in this course, along with probability and statistics.
Honors Algebra II is an advanced course designed for hard-working, 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Algebra II is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in Geometry or a final grade of A or B in Honors Geometry, as well as department recommendation and approval.
Advanced Functions and Modeling is designed for students who have completed Algebra II and is an alternative to Precalculus. It provides a comprehensive review of Algebra II and 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.
Honors Precalculus is an advanced course designed for hard-working, 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Precalculus is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a
final grade of A in Algebra II or a final grade of A or B in Honors Algebra II, as well as department recommendation and approval.
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. All enrolled students are required to take the AP exam in May. Fee required.
Prerequisites: Grade of 85% or higher in Honors Precalculus with department recommendation and approval.
Honors Probability and Statistics provides an introduction to statistics and probability that prepares 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Probability and Statistics is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in Algebra II or a final grade of A or B in Honors Algebra II or Honors Precalculus, as well as department recommendation and approval.
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.All enrolled students are required to take the AP exam in May. Fee required.
Prerequisites: 95% or higher in Algebra II, Grade A in Honors Algebra II, or 85% or higher in Honors Precalculus with department recommendation and approval.
The Science Department seeks to grow a community of inquisitive learners and reflective thinkers. Our goal is to offer courses that helps students build basic skills and content knowledge that they will draw upon in their future endeavors in college and beyond. Our science program provides core sequence of biology, chemistry and physics that emphasize on problem solving, analysis, laboratory experience, and application of these principles in everyday life. The science program also offers a number of science related electives including Anatomy & Physiology, AP Environmental Science, STEM, and Forensics. The science program’s overarching purpose is to under gird the students with a solid foundation in science that will enable them to understand and appreciate the natural order of the created universe.
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 are covered as students discover evidence that point to their Creator. Students engage in activities that promote analytical thinking and development of higher-level cognitive skills. This course requires some degree of independence and self-directed learning.
Honors Biology focuses on the same primary topics as Biology, but with greater depth and breadth. Students find and analyze current research in science and present a summary of those findings. Students engage 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Biology is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, along with department recommendation and approval.
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 need a working knowledge of science to make informed decisions economically, politically, and ethically. The course is structured as a semester of chemistry and a semester of physics. The chemistry component includes the concepts of states of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, acids and bases, solutions, and nuclear chemistry. The physics component includes motion, energy, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
The course focuses on 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 develop an appreciation for the ordered and patterned nature of the physical world as designed by our Creator. The honors course has depth of content as well as responsibility outside of the classroom for learning; the labs are rigorous and multifaceted and the projects are research oriented.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Chemistry I is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, final grade of A in Algebra I or final grade of A or B in Honors Algebra I, along with department recommendation and approval.
Physics is the study of nature to describe and predict events by seeking to understand the relationship between motion, force, energy and time. Students study the theoretical elements of science with laboratory experimentation. Students learn to set up equations that will govern motion, energy transfer, discuss problem solving techniques while developing 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.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Physics is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, final grade of A in Algebra II or final grade of A or B in Honors Algebra II, along with department recommendation and approval.
This college level course provides 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 students are required to take the AP exam in May. Fee Required.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or above in previous honors science course with departmental recommendation and approval.
AP Biology is designed to be equivalent to the rigor found in an introductory college biology course. Differing from high school biology, AP Biology covers concepts with more depth and require a significant amount of independent study outside the classroom. Students focus on 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 are 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 are 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. All students are required to take the AP exam in May. Fee required.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or above in previous honors sections of Biology and Chemistry or with department recommendation and approval.
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 are involved in lectures, lab activities, readings, case studies, and online resources.
Prerequisites: Biology & 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 utilize case studies, hands-on experiments, dissections and technology to discover how form and function are interrelated.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Anatomy and Physiology is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in Biology and Chemistry or a final grade of A or B in Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry, along with department recommendation and approval.
A team of high school students are chosen to participate in this program as a science class offered during the school year. Students work as a team with at least two mentors to design, build, and program a MicroLab science experiment to be conducted aboard the International Space Station. The rocket launch is in late spring and the students work under non-negotiable deadlines from NASA. Students must have a desire for creativity and innovation and a history of academic success. Completion of the application process is required for consideration. Students work on Stamp Kit to learn the basics of software controlled circuits as part of their summer assignment. Fee and Application Required.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors STEM Research is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, Grade of A or B in Honors Science Courses, interview and department recommendation and approval.
The Social Studies 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.
This course addresses six periods in the study of World History, with a key focus of study from the mid 15th century to present. Students study major turning points that shaped the modern world. Students develop relevant enduring understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical cultural context and Biblical worldview. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of civilizations of the past and societies around the world. Students uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes all through a Biblical Worldview. They 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.
This course addresses six periods in the study of World History, with a key focus of study from the mid 15th century to present. Students study major turning points that shaped the modern world. Students develop relevant enduring understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical cultural context and Biblical worldview. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of civilizations of the past and societies around the world. Students uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes all through a Biblical Worldview. They 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. The Honors level allows for students to engage in the use of primary sources, advanced critical thinking, analysis, oral and argumentative writing.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors World History is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, department recommendation and approval.
US Government and Economics is divided into two parts: first semester focuses on U.S. Government and second semester focuses on Economics. Part one provides students the opportunity to learn about the government of the United States at the federal, state, and local levels. Students explore the purpose of government as well as examine the duties, responsibilities, and individual roles of citizens in a democracy. This course prepares them to become contributing members of American society. Part two allows students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how these concepts relate to each other, and understand the structure of economic systems. Students use economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, local, national, and international economic issues. Students work with tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. Various simulations and interactive activities are used to engage student critical thinking, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration.
Honors US Government and Economics is a year-long course divided into two parts: first semester focuses on U.S. Government and second semester focuses on Economics. Part one provides students the opportunity to learn about the government of the United States at the federal, state, and local levels. Students explore the purpose of government as well as examine the duties, responsibilities, and individual roles of citizens in a democracy. This course prepares them to become contributing members of American society. Part two allows students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how these concepts relate to each other, and understand the structure of economic systems. Students use economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, local, national, and international economic issues. Students work with tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. Various simulations and interactive activities are used to engage student critical thinking, research, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration. The Honors level allows students to engage in advanced critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors US Government & Economics is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in World History or a final grade of A or B in Honors World History, as well as department recommendation and approval.
This 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 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. This course helps 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.Fee required.
Prerequisites: 95% or better in World History or 85% or higher in Honors World History with department recommendation and approval
This course provides is an one-year survey of American history from the Colonial Period to the present. Students continue to build upon previous studies of American History. They use the skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. Students further develop higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. Using textbooks, primary sources, and current events, students 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 focuses on American history from the Colonial Period to the present. Students continue to build upon previous studies of American History. They continue to use the skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. Students further develop higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. Using textbooks, primary sources, and current events, students 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 are expected to demonstrate higher-level analysis of their understanding and interpretation of historical events.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors US History is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a final grade of A in US Government & Economics or a final grade of A or B in Honors US Government & Economics, as well as department recommendation and approval.
AP United States History is designed to give students a thorough understanding of United States history, requiring students to master analytical skills in approaching history, including chronological thinking, historical argumentation and historical interpretation. This 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. Fee required.
Prerequisites: Grade A in US Government and Economics with department recommendation and approval.
The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. All enrolled students are required to take the AP Psychology Exam in May. Fee Required.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or above in previous English classes, with department recommendation and approval.
Exposure to World Languages 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.
Spanish I 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 and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using novice-mid fluency. All Language Modalities are used: writing, speaking, listening, and reading.
Spanish II continues the emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. 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. Prerequisite: Spanish I.This course is taught in 10 % English and 90% Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using novice-high fluency.
Prerequisite: 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. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using intermediate-low fluency.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Spanish II is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a sound knowledge of Spanish I, as well as department recommendation and approval.
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. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using intermediate-low fluency.
Prerequisites: Spanish I and II
Honors 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. This course is taught almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to express themselves in Spanish using intermediate-mid fluency.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Spanish III is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a sound knowledge of Spanish II, as well as department recommendation and approval.
Honors Spanish IV is for the student who wants to continue studying the language without the rigors of an AP class. The structures of the first three years are reviewed and further advanced structures 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 an intermediate-high fluency.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors Spanish IV is contingent upon report card grades, test scores, a sound knowledge of Spanish III, as well as department recommendation and approval.
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 French, German, Latin and Mandarin. Fee Required.
Health AND PE
Health and PE are not elective courses, but instead required for graduation. Athletic Conditioning and Weight training are elective courses so they will not satisfy the Health/PE required course for graduation. Elective PE courses provide students with a variety of fitness and sport training while emphasizing building Christian character.
This course emphasizes students on the importance of lifetime physical fitness through aerobic exercise, flexibility training, strength training and sport. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve overall health and athletic performance. Additionally, the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics in the learning and performance of physical activity and sport are emphasized. Units of activity will include physical fitness as well as traditional sports and games. This course is a graduation requirement.
Health is a semester course that guides students through physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. This course is designed to enhance the awareness and knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices and being able to apply them through a biblical worldview. Students learn about mental and emotional health, nutrition throughout the semester as well as several adolescent, young adult, and adult risk behaviors such as tobacco use, dietary patterns that contribute to disease, sedentary lifestyles, reproductive health, along with alcohol and drug uses.
This course is a graduation requirement.
Weight training assists students with developing knowledge and skills regarding free weights and universal stations while emphasizing safety and proper body positioning. Anatomy and conditioning are additional class instructional components. Upperclassmen receive priority for this class.
This course is designed to educate students who are at the beginning fitness level to the advanced athletes. This emphasizes how to establish fitness goals and a plan to accomplish those goals. Class includes, but not limited to: aerobic training, strength, yoga, flexibility and endurance training.
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 is an introductory course in robotics and programming. Students utilize various Lego Robotics materials and programing fundamentals to configure and control movement and actions. Students are introduced to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. Students are involved in development, building and programming a LEGO MindStorm robot over the course of two semesters. During the first semester, students learn programming and software basics that are used for robots design and assembly. During the second semester, students work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. This course fosters creativity in hands on building and design as well as reinforcing programming and software development skills encompassed in the software development life cycle (SDLC).
Integrity, leadership, creativity, teamwork and family involvement are the heartbeat of our Arts program. Participation in artistic activities inspires students to develop their God-given talents while growing in stature. The Arts are a form of worship mentioned throughout Scripture. Our program is designed to educate students in all of the major artistic disciplines.
This class focuses on strengthening, toning and stretching exercises for dancers. Dance conditioning provides a regimen of exercises for the development of a dancers physical endurance, strength, flexibility and coordination.
This class offers a more in depth study on improving students’ dance technique who have prior experience in choreography and are prepared for a more demanding course. Performances are required and make up part of the course grade.
A dance evaluation and audition required.
Prerequisites: At least two semesters of dance courses or classes (off campus dance classes, dance team, participation in a school or off campus production).
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. Students 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. Audition Required.
High School Choir provides students the opportunities to develop their musical potential and understanding through singing in a choral ensemble. Students learn various vocal techniques and experience singing different genres of music. Choir is open to all students with an interest in singing. Students perform concerts on and off campus throughout the school year.
Band gives students the opportunity to showcase God-given talents, bring glory to God and refine their musical abilities, as well as equip them to use their music as a ministry in a church, community, as a career, or a pastime. While preparing for performances, emphasis is on musical skills, musicianship, teamwork and cooperation. 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.
Theatrical Studies gives students an overview of theatre history, including how theatre has both reflected and influenced world history. Students study a variety of acting concepts and techniques, write and adapt plays, practice theatrical design and production. Students discover and refine their own beliefs about the intersection of faith and creativity, improve their communication skills and explore new avenues of self-expression.
This class gives advanced acting students a challenging environment in which they can unlock their potential, in order to prepare them for college acting programs/professional work. Students will leave ready to be salt and light in the theatre world. Students will 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.
Prerequisite: Theatrical Studies
Students learn composition skills while exploring many forms of art media including graphite and charcoal, watercolor, printmaking and sculpture. There is a strong emphasis on drawing as the foundation for all other visual art forms. Students complete weekly sketchbook assignments to increase their drawing and observation skills seeking to honor our Heavenly Father as the first Creator in all assignments. Art elements and principles along with studio habits are emphasized.
Students continue to explore a variety of art media and processes. Students build on skills learned in Art I and continue to complete weekly sketchbook assignments to further develop skills in drawing and observation. Students learn to communicate their reflections of their work through artist statements and class critiques. They spend more time discovering the role of art throughout history and world cultures. Students also begin learning how to communicate their ‘voice’ in their artwork.
Prerequisite: Art I
This class is for students who are motivated and committed to further developing their talents and artistic voice. Weekly observational and creative drawing assignments are expected as well as written artist statements for every project completed. Students are required to create a digital portfolio documenting their progress throughout each project. Students compete in at least two art competitions and as a class, plan and help organize at least one art show during the school year. While building on technical skills learned in previous art classes and learning organizational skills, each student gains experience in focused journal work – crucial to success in the AP Art & Design program. Students are expected to complete a summer assignment..
Prerequisite: Art II
Honors Art IV is for advanced art students who desire to continue their art practice and builds on the foundation and skills learned in Honors Art III. This course is an opportunity for students to further stretch their artistic abilities.
Prerequisite: Honors Art III
AP Art & Design 2D allows students to develop and apply skills of inquiry and investigation, practice, experimentation, revision, communication, and reflection. The class helps develop artists and designers who are skilled, inquisitive and able to thoughtfully articulate about their work. For the final exam, students submit a portfolio that consists of two parts – the first, a combination of 15 digital images that show a sustained investigation of a body of work. These images, along with a written assessment are uploaded to the College Board. The second portion of the portfolio consists of 5 physical pieces of artwork (or high-quality printed reproductions) that are assessed and scored by a panel of College Board trained evaluators. Fee Required.
Prerequisites: Art I, II and Honors Art III
Digital Photography focuses on the skills needed to comfortably and confidently take high-quality photographs using DSLR camera equipment. Major topics of study include composition and content, editing, using shooting modes, light exposure, focus, conveying movement and color. Emphasis is placed on building a portfolio that demonstrates the ability to capture neutrally-exposed images that convey beauty, meaning and/or tell a story. Students gain an awareness and appreciation for both the art form and the technical aspects of photography. Students are given time to complete all required work during class. However, if the student would like to move past the mundane, capturing images outside of class time is encouraged. Students MUST have access to a DSLR camera.
This course builds upon Digital Photography 1 and challenges students with portfolio work, compositional techniques and how to use photo editing software. Students formally critique the work of their peers and both past and present photographers in order to continuously grow and challenge their style and perspective. Much of the shooting and skill development is done outside of the classroom. Students MUST have access to a DSLR camera.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I
In this course, students learn the foundations of good design and how to apply these principles to communicate visually. Students learn to use the design process to solve problems in the classroom and beyond. Students use a combination of traditional and digital design formats, including Adobe Suite CC components.
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 prepares students for success in high school and/or post secondary education. Course topics include reading improvement skills, note-taking, outlining, decision making, stress management, library and research skills, listening skills, vocabulary development and test-taking skills. The course includes exercises designed to generate organized critical/logical thinking and writing while implementing a guided 45-minute study hall each class period.
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 learn the principles of logical argument through a series of debates based on research.
Students produce a high-quality publication that covers the school year from a Christian worldview for all divisions (elementary, middle and high). This requires students to develop journalistic writing, photojournalism and yearbook design skills in order to implement them into a book that appeals to and includes all student groups. The high level of quality that is the standard in class requires dedication to the publication and leadership by the student editors. Each student holds a vital position as a staff member. Because of the deadline pressures involved, students must be organized and responsible. Application Required.
This course is for students who are interested in becoming an educator. Students 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. Application and monthly meeting during CREW required.
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn and apply skills needed to take a concept from an idea to a business. Students cover fundamental economic business principles, ideation, intellectual property, business forms, creating and managing a business, communication, branding, financing and leadership. Students are challenged to think through the purpose and value of entrepreneurship, including non-profit and social entrepreneurship, as well as ethical issues in business and marketing. A strong emphasis is placed on bringing Christian values and ethics into the business place as well as developing practical skills in public speaking, critical thinking and spreadsheet & presentation tools. In this course, students learn and evaluate entrepreneurship principles through discussion of current events, guest speakers and hands-on projects. Students work in teams to collaborate on projects, including national stock market investing, developing a business plan, researching trademarks, creating a non-profit, conducting an elevator pitch, creating a commercial and ultimately conducting a “Shark Tank-style” presentation for a new business idea.