Curriculum Guide

A comprehensive view of a Sound Christian Education Journey

An educational journey that develops the whole person from Pre-K to 12th grade

True Christian education addresses the head and heart of students

All students, no matter when they begin at SCA, embark on an educational journey. At SCA, we have crafted a unique, biblically-based, research-driven approach beginning in early education and then passing through the elementary, middle school, and high school years. We select the methods that will foster the development of the whole child. We value mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual growth. Focusing on the head and heart educationally, we seek to partner with parents to help their kids discover their passions, realize their potential, and become people who love Jesus and love others.

Ultimately, we believe that God has called us to develop disciples of Jesus and build leaders in the community who will engage the culture for the Kingdom. Our curriculum provides the strategy and the goals that our amazing teachers, specialists, staff, and administrators carry out. Our students are not passive receivers of an education. Rather, they are active participants in running their academic and personal races. With parents, extended families, volunteers, our board, and other supporters, we are united in this mission together. 

2021-22 Course Catalog

Alyssa Baker, M.A. Ed.

Dean of Education

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Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum combines a rich set of subjects through all grade levels that dramatically engage students and prepare them for the future. Our grace-filled learning environment is engaging, effective, and joyful!

Overview Pre-K-12

Our Bible curriculum begins in Pre-K and extends to 12th grade. It is fully connected, emphasizing a full exposure to scripture, supporting a developing relationship with Jesus, and culminating in studies of apologetics and systematic theology. All seniors do a project related to their faith or memorize 200 scriptures before graduation.

Our Humanities curriculum encompasses an excellent sequence of classes in English, History, World Languages, Civics, and other areas. Through the power of story, we build a love of these topics from the earliest of ages.

Our science curriculum develops a bold, exploratory mindset from elementary when students do special studies and experiments, to middle school where students study earth science and lean to appreciate God’s creation, to high school where students learn biology, chemistry, physics and other subjects with honors and A.P. offerings. 

Our physical education curriculum is grounded in the tenets of exercise science, which trains and stimulates students to physical activity and diciplines for a lifetime of good health. Our campus grounds and gym provide a wonderful context for engaging activities. Our fall, winter, and spring sports enjoy 70-80% participation from our student body.

Beginning in the early grades we engage children with stories and  foster a love of literature and the Bible. We train and equip kids to write and be creative. In the upper grades we offer a rich tableau of the great works of literature including Shakespeare and others. Throughout we build solid writing skills that will translate into every other subject and eventual direction in life. 

At Sound Christian Academy we love math! We help students to love math and learn the ways to think and solve problems. Every student is different. We teach them to learn how they think and then to advocate through a process called meta cognition. We build sequentially through the school journey so students can excel culminating in honors math and AP Calculus for some.

Our arts curriclum features an exciting group of classes in all aspects of the arts. This includes drama, music, choir, and band as performing arts. Classes also include areas of the fine arts such as painting and sculpture. And finally we offer occupational education supporting academics in the area of digital arts and design. All of these also provide opportunities for performance and display as well as service in the area of worship arts. 

It is our desire to encourage and challenge our students to prepare themselves for a future of serving our Lord with excellence. We aim to produce students who...

The information that follows is designed to introduce current and prospective students to what we offer in terms of classes. Please note that not all classes are offered every year.

Occupational Education

High School

The structure of the activities will introduce the engineering design process used by scientists and engineers in many industries. Each project starts with a design brief explaining the challenge, uses videos of robots in action to make real-world connections, and culminates in a final project that can be shared and presented. Throughout the process, students gain and use knowledge of science, technology, and mathematics as they engineer a solution. This structure is designed to help students develop the 21st-century, creative-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills required for success in school and beyond.




Bible

ELL Bible (Full Year)

High School

This class is for people who are learning English and are not yet ready to be in the Bible class with their peers. It is the desire of the school that international students know about God. Many students who come to TBS from another country may know little about the Bible. We want to help them understand what Christians believe at a level they can understand.




Bible

New Testament Survey (Full Year)

High School

New Testament Survey empowers the student to be able to read the New Testament in a contextually, theologically, and hermeneutically sound manner so that they can better understand, apply, and incorporate its teachings into their lives and worldview.




Bible

Old Testament Survey (Full Year)

High School

The Old Testament Survey empowers the student to be able to read the Old Testament in a contextually, theologically, and hermeneutically sound manner so that they can better understand, apply, and incorporate its teachings into their life and worldview.




Bible

Spiritual Formation and Christian Living (Semester)

High School

Christian Living is a study of the habits and disciplines of the Christian life. We look at how we are shaped and formed by God’s Spirit through prayer, Christian community and our calling and vocations. We will look at what it means to be a Christian in marriage or singleness, in our vocations, whether in ministry or in the work force, and as a student, worker, parent, spouse, neighbor and citizen.




Bible

Systematic Theology (Full Year)

High School

This full year course examines the great doctrines of the Bible. Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology. The students examine the application of doctrinal truths to their personal lives. They also learn basic Bible study techniques, such as examining the Scriptures for themselves.




Bible

World Religions and Apologetics (Semester)

High School

This class is designed to prepare students for the real world in defending Christianity and their personal faith against the false teachings of this world. It is a study of false religions and cults – and how a Christian can respond to each one as witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.




Physical Education

Fitness for Life (Semester)

High School

This class emphasizes how to stay fit and learn workouts that a student can do throughout his/her life in a fun and encouraging way. It is a combination of gaining a knowledge and confidence in weight training, stretching, jump training, cardiovascular fitness, circuit training, core work, and sport workouts. All nine major muscles groups will be targeted and students will be expected to log their fitness workouts. This is a class that can be taken again if it fits in the student’s schedule.




Physical Education

Health (Semester)

High School

Health is a course that will guide students through the many dimensions of health and wellness. Students will gain an understanding of the five components of health (physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and social), will develop skills needed in confronting difficult health-related situations, and will understand health promotion techniques that will establish a solid personal health in the five areas.




Physical Education

PE (Semester)

High School

Physical Education is a required class. Students are introduced to team and individual sports. The concepts of proper dynamic/ static stretching, cardio work, and specialized sport skills are presented. A variety of sports are studied such as volleyball, soccer, flag football, weight-lifting, running, basketball, and softball. PE is a one semester class.




Physical Education

Strength Development (Semester)

High School

The focus of this class is to teach the proper use of strength development equipment and techniques including free weights, machines, and circuit training, and cardio work. The goal is to expose students to the benefits of strength training in the areas of increased strength, muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, and cardio-vascular fitness. Instruction is provided in the identification of the nine major muscle groups and exercises to work each of them. Students are expected to log fitness workouts. This is a semester class that can be taken again if it fits in the student’s schedule.




Physical Education

Team Sports (Semester)

High School

The focus of this class is to teach students the ruled, strategies, and techniques of several team sports. They will also learn proper scorekeeping and officiating for the targeted sports. Students will also learn to play the sport in a team setting. Sports may include basketball, volleyball, football, and soccer.




Fine / Performing Arts

Band (Full Year)

High School

This ensemble includes 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade band students. Students continue to work on tone quality, music reading and listening skills, while focusing on more challenging music and refining performance skills. Students will become proficient at major, minor, and chromatic scales. The band will perform at several evening performances during the school year. This is a full-year elective class that meets during the school day. Students who sign up to take High School Band are committing to stay in the class for the entire school year.




Fine / Performing Arts

Choir (Full Year)

High School

This is a course that teaches vocal music performance in a group setting. The goals are to provide members with a better understanding and appreciation of music and their God given instrument, and to make each student a better musician. Singers will experience a variety of musical styles as well as languages. Performances are mandatory.




Occupational Education

Digital Photography (Semester)

High School

Students will learn the basics of photography, including common errors, composition, lighting, special effects, and more. Students will learn how to use their camera, edit images, and compose excellent photographs. They will apply these skills in various projects as 4×6 prints and themed collages.




Fine / Performing Arts

Drama (Full Year)

High School

Drama is an activity-oriented course that focuses on the art and skills necessary to create three dimensional characters, coherent stories, and compelling performances through strong listening skills, emotional connection, and exploration of the key elements of theatrical storytelling. The student’s creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and career readiness will grow through the skills acquired in drama. Art educates and enriches true faith in the Creator – God. Dramatic arts is a discipline that should inspire a deeper understanding of the Creator and His creation. It is the goal of this course to strengthen the student’s faith in God and their God-given abilities to embolden them to live their lives passionately for Christ.




Fine / Performing Arts

Drawing (Semester)

High School

Drawing class explores the Christian view of art, the five basics skills of drawing, the elements and principles of designs on a 2- dimensional surface. The study of color theory, and the use of mediums: charcoal, pastels, pen and ink and mat/frame work for showing.




Fine / Performing Arts

Painting (Semester)

High School

This class is designed to follow the drawing class. Watercolors, acrylics and oils are the focus of this course with the design of producing larger works of art.




Fine / Performing Arts

Pottery (Semester)

High School

The student will experiment with diverse media and their potentialities to create volume, line, and mass, employing materials such as clay, wire, plaster and cardboard.




Fine / Performing Arts

Sculpture (Semester)

High School

The student will experiment with diverse media and their potentialities to create volume, line, and mass, employing materials such as clay, wire, plaster and cardboard.




Fine / Performing Arts

Worship Arts (Full Year or Semester)

High School

This is an auditioned fine arts or occupational education course that focuses on providing music and worship through song for weekly chapels. Student opportunities include playing various types of instruments, singing, sound and visual production. Extra time outside of class once a week is required. A students’ Christian testimony is of utmost importance and is considered for approval and continued participation throughout the year.




Occupational Education

Yearbook Design (Full Year)

High School

In Yearbook, students are responsible for the creation and organization of the school yearbook. The methods used to accomplish this task include (but are not limited to): class discussion, computer technology, photography, page layout and design, research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills. Emphasis is placed on effort, communication, and on meeting deadlines. Students must complete an application available from the journalism adviser. Class size is limited. Course objectives include accurately recording the history of the school year and glorifying God in all aspects of the production of the book.




English

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (Full Year)

High School

AP English is an intensive course that emphasizes reading with comprehension and writing skillfully, clearly, and analytically. Students will read a variety of short and long works of British, American, and world literature including poetry, short stories, essays, novels and plays. These works will be taken from a variety of time periods ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period to contemporary. The class will read, discuss, explore, and write about the ideas and techniques used in the literature, with the goal of preparing for post secondary education and the advanced placement test given in the spring. Written communication skills will be practiced through journal writing, essay writing (both timed writes done in the classroom and essays composed outside of the classroom), creative writing and projects. Through various assignments and activities, the teacher acts as a guide and facilitator, allowing students to assume responsibility for their own learning. AP students will show themselves to be strong writers and discerning thinkers based on the materials read, class discussions, and completed writing assignments. They will also have opportunities to discuss how the materials studied compare/contrast to a Biblical world view.




World Languages

American Sign Language 1 (Full Year)

High School

ASL I is a beginning course in American Sign Language. Vocabulary related to introductions, exchanging personal information, living situations, family relationships, and daily activities will be introduced. Numbers, fingerspelling, basic grammar, and spatial agreement as well as an introduction to Deaf culture and history will be taught.




World Languages

American Sign Language 2 (Full Year)

High School

ASL II is a continuation course in American Sign Language 1. Students will continue to increase their vocabulary and signing skills through the study and use of classifiers, non-manual signals, and basic ASL syntax. Students will be introduced to basic storytelling, to Deaf idioms, and will continue to study Deaf culture and history.




World Languages

American Sign Language 3 (Full Year)

High School

ASL III focuses on increasing both expressive and receptive signing skills through vocabulary development, continued study of storytelling techniques with increased detail, expressing and following more complex directions, and interacting with peers in a variety of social exchanges. Deaf culture and history will continue to be studied, including Deaf poetry, idioms, and art.




History

AP US History (Full Year)

High School

U.S. History is taught as a study of the United States from its roots in the Age of Exploration and continuing through the present. Emphasis is placed on major decisions made by leaders in each period of our history and attitudes expressed by Americans, comparing those attitudes and decisions to biblical principles. Students are taught to connect decisions of the past with current conditions. Emphasis is placed upon recognizing and being thankful for the blessings that God has given to our nation. This course is intended to prepare students to succeed on the Advanced Placement U.S. History Test.




History

Civics (Semester)

High School

This course is designed to provide our students with a practical knowledge and understanding of our American government and its direct connection to them. Students will analyze original source documents of our country’s government and the Christian roots from which it was developed. Students will be expected to be informed in current events, which will be discussed in class. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the American system of government functions as well as the impact on individual citizens. Students will also be able to demonstrate their understanding that US citizens have both rights and responsibilities in order for our government to maintain order in our society




Occupational Education

Communications (Semester)

High School

Communication Class presents theories and exercises in verbal and non-verbal communication with a focus on interpersonal relationships in everyday life and business. Creative thinking and problem solving with verbal, non-verbal, and written communications skills will be emphasized in a “business model”. In the entirety of the class, emphasis will be placed on our communicative God that created us in His image to be communicators of His life, salvation, and love. Student will be exposed to community leaders who come on campus and share about a variety of communication methods used in the workplace.




History

Contemporary World Problems (Full Year)

High School

Students are taught to express their own thoughts on world problems through writing essays and participating in class discussions. It is taught from a biblical worldview and students are encouraged to engage our culture in a civil manner.




English

Creative Writing (offered is there is a need or desire)

High School

This class explores a wide range of descriptive and narrative writing. Students explore character, plot, and theme development. Exercises focus on word choices, the importance of character names, and dialogue. Students will experiment with poetry, skit writing, humor writing, children’s themes, and various writing styles.




English

English 11 – A Study of American Literature/Writing Development (Full Year)

11th Grade

Authors such as O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost and many more are studied. Types include suspense, character sketches, reflections of the Civil War era, and historical narratives. Writing projects include historical narrative, analytical, reflective, descriptive, and expository writing. At least one project will require parenthetical citations and MLA formatting. Students will focus on themes that allow them to study, analyze and appreciate the quality of strong writing while emphasizing the importance of applying scripture to the analysis of an author’s work. Students sharpen their critical skills as they observe the strengths of good writing and evaluate various techniques and themes of Christian and non-Christian writers. The writing program will include the five-paragraph essay and a research paper in conjunction with the history department.




English

English 11 Honors – Study of American Literature/Writing Development (Full Year)

11th Grade

Authors such as O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost and many more are studied. Types include suspense, character sketches, reflections of the Civil War era, and historical narratives. Novels may include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or similar classics which reflect the history of American Literature. Students will focus on themes that allow them to study, analyze and appreciate the quality of strong writing while emphasizing the importance of applying Scripture to the analysis of an author’s work. Students sharpen their critical thinking skills as they observe the strengths of good writing and evaluate various techniques and themes of Christian and non-Christian writers and practice similar writing styles. Expository assignments and a historical narrative will require parenthetical citations and MLA formatting.




English

English 12 – A Study of British Literature / Writing Development (Full Year)

12th Grade

Seniors begin the year with an introduction to the Greek theatre and drama as well as some excerpts from Plato and Aristotle. British literature will dominate the rest of the year, selections include Hamlet, Beowulf, the Canterbury Tales and authors such as Jonathan Swift, Charles Dickens, Frank O’Connor, Lewis Carroll, and William Wadsworth. Poets from the 17th, 18th and 19th century will also be studied. Students focus on themes that allow them to study, analyze and appreciate the quality of strong writing while emphasizing the importance of applying Scripture as a means of analyzing an author’s work.




English

English 12 Honors – A Study of British Literature / Writing Development (Full Year)

12th Grade

Seniors begin the year with an introduction to the Greek theatre through the study of Oedipus the King by Sophocles. British literature will dominate the rest of the year, selections include Macbeth or Hamlet, Beowulf, the Canterbury Tales and the Shakespearean Sonnets. Poets from the 17th, 18th and 19th century will also be studied. Students focus on themes that allow them to study, analyze and appreciate the quality of strong writing while emphasizing the importance of applying Scripture as a means of analyzing an author’s work. Writing projects involve analytical and persuasive emphasis, which include reflective essays, expository writing, written interviews, letters to the editor and essays of argumentation. Honors students will also be required to read The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.




English

English 9 (Full Year)

9th Grade

This course covers three general areas of study, literature, vocabulary, and grammar. Students learn research, writing, and study skills. Students read Night by Elie Wiesel and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as well as a variety of short stories that focus on literary elements. Grammar and vocabulary are taught or reviewed daily.




English

English I0 (Full Year)

10th Grade

This course is a study of world literature. Students will read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as well as selections from the textbook. Grammar is taught through writing and rewriting of the fiveparagraph essay. Students will receive instruction in writing through the five-paragraph structure, which is the springboard for all types of expository essays. Each student will be required to write a five-page research paper. Some creative writing will also be required.




English

English I0 Honors (Full Year)

10th Grade

This course is a study of world literature which includes selections from our textbook as well as the following pieces of literature: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Students will receive instruction in writing through the five-paragraph essay structure, the springboard for all types of expository essays. Each student will be required to write a five-page research paper. Some creative writing will also be required.




English

English Language Learners

High School

This course provides instruction in the four skills of the English language: listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as English grammar for speakers of other languages. The goal is to help students develop proficiency in English so they will be able to work more effectively and confidently in the regular classroom.




History

Pacific Northwest History (Semester)

Middle School

Pacific Northwest History is the study of WA, OR, & ID beginning with creation by God to the present day. The anthropology, geography, economics, and political science of the state will be examined. Students gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the land, history, and people of the Pacific Northwest and will recognize that history is the unfolding of God’s sovereignty. This class is typically taken by SCA Middle School students and is a graduation requirement.




World Languages

Spanish I (Full Year)

High School

Students will gain the ability to recognize, understand, and produce meaningful communication in Spanish in a variety of everyday contexts. These contexts include greetings; identifying themselves and expressions of courtesy; the classroom, class schedules, and school life; the days of the week; fields of study and school subjects; family life; identifying people, professions and occupations; pastimes; weather and vacations. They will begin to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students will be able to articulate their understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the Spanish language and their own. They will recognize connections and have a greater understanding of comparisons between their own culture and those of the Spanish-speaking world.




World Languages

Spanish II (Full Year)

High School

Students will gain the ability to recognize, understand, and produce meaningful communication in Spanish in a variety of everyday contexts. These contexts include clothing and shopping; colors; daily routine and food; health, medical terms and conditions; parts of the body; the car and its accessories and computers and the internet. They will begin to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students will be able to articulate their understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the Spanish language and their own. They will recognize connections and have a greater understanding of comparisons between their own culture and those of the Spanish-speaking world.




English Language Learners

Spanish III (Full Year)

High School

Students will continue to develop their ability to recognize, understand, and communicate in Spanish. They will learn to produce meaning communication in Spanish in a variety of everyday contexts. These contexts include personality, emotions, and personal relationships; parts of the house and household chores; nature and the environment; health and well-being; exercise and physical activity and professions and occupations.




Occupational Education

Speech (Semester)

High School

Speech Class introduces the principles of public speaking and provides the opportunity for students to orally present an introductory, personal experience/testimonial, informative, demonstration, persuasive, storytelling, impromptu, special occasion, and debate speeches. Topics include the principle of reasoning, audience analysis, collection of materials, outlining, and delivery. Emphasis in on the oral presentation of well-prepared speeches. In the entirety of the class, emphasis will be placed on our communicative God that created us in His image to be communicators of His life, salvation, and love. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their news, that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph. 4:29 (NIV)




History

US History (Full Year)

High School

U.S. History is a study of the United States from its roots in the Age of Exploration and continuing through the present. Emphasis is placed on major decisions made by leaders in each period of our history and attitudes expressed by Americans, comparing those attitudes and decisions to biblical principles. Emphasis is placed upon recognizing and being thankful for the blessings that God has given to us as citizens of this nation.




History

World History (Full Year)

High School

World History is taught as a survey of world history from creation to the 20th century. Students will study the history and geography of a variety of civilizations, while analyzing how this affects us today. Students will make connections between historical and current events and discuss how God’s plan has been seen throughout history. The class includes in-depth studies on World Wars, as students engage in hands-on activities. The class is also designed to present the Biblical picture of the growth of human civilization, and prepare the student for a class on worldviews by studying the growth of human philosophy over time.




Science

Advanced Human Biology (Full Year)

High School

This advanced biology course study with emphasis on the concepts and themes from biology integrated and pertinent to the human body. Both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems will be studied in detail. This course is designed as a good introduction to those interested in medical careers. Students will participate in a series of three dissections beginning with a cow eye, cow heart, and culminating with the dissection of the fetal pig. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to identify the individual functions of the body systems and distinguish how each system interacts with others to create the seamless integration that makes up the functioning human body. Students will be able to apply the body’s engineering to the amazing design of our Creator. Prerequisite: 2+ years of sciences.




Mathematics

Advanced Math/Trigonometry (Full Year)

High School

A full year course including solving equations and inequalities, trigonometric functions, identities and graphs, polar coordinates, logarithms, sequences and series and pre-calculus.




Mathematics

Algebra I (Full Year)

High School

A full year course including: the basics of Algebra; solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities; solving and graphing quadratic equations; factoring polynomials; and working with radical and rational expressions and equations.




Mathematics

Algebra II (Full Year)

High School

A full year course including: solving equations and inequalities, polynomials and quadratic functions, rational expressions, sequences and series and trigonometry.




Mathematics

AP Calculus (Full Year)

High School

Topics include a brief review of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, followed by discussion of limits, derivatives, and applications of differential calculus to real-world problem areas.




Science

AP Chemistry (Full Year)

High School

First year chemistry is a pre-requisite for this course, and it is recommended that a student take AP Chemistry directly after taking first year Chemistry. This course is designed to be a college level course covering the topics and instruction directed by the national college board. Much of the work involves solving math type story problems, and students must have taken an advanced math course or be enrolled in one at the same time they take AP Chemistry. Students will receive at least 30-45 minutes of homework per night. The AP exam occurs in May; April is used for intense preparation for the test. The last month of school will be much less intense and generally will be used to study topics that match the interests of students. Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra II and Chemistry. This class may not be offered every year.




Occupational Education

AP Computer Science (Full Year)

High School

The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first semester introductory college computing course. In this course students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about the importance of these problems and the impacts to their community, society and the world.




Science

AP/Honors Physics (Full Year)

High School

Physics covers the topics of Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Energy and Work, Impulse and Momentum, and basic circuits and electricity saturated with a Biblical worldview. Students will need a good operating knowledge of Algebra II and Trigonometry math processes. Physics requires students to apply these math skills to real world situations using higher-level problem solving skills most often in a “story problem” or lab format. AP Physics is a much more rigorous course and is aligned with the College Board standards. Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra II. This class may not be offered every year.




Science

Biology (Full Year)

High School

Biology is a laboratory science that covers the study of living things. Students will develop an understanding of the organic world by examining three units of study. The Science of Life includes topics such as cellular biology, genetics, and other material that concerns philosophy and theory. The Science of Organisms surveys the major groups of living things on our planet including the classification of organisms, disease and disorders, and ecology. The Study of Human Life involves the study of human anatomy and physiology.




Science

Chemistry (Full Year)

High School

Students develop a full operating knowledge of the interaction of matter and energy, learn about atoms, elements, our physical environment; all inside of a Biblical worldview. Chemistry requires an operating knowledge of Algebra I and Geometry and the ability to apply them to science concepts. Chemistry covers the major concepts in inorganic and basic organic chemistry. Must be enrolled in Geometry or higher (Algebra II recommended).




Science

Environmental Science (Full Year)

High School

The goal of the Environmental Science 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 and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The overall goal is to prepare students to have a confident Biblical worldview in Environmental Science and be able to give a reason for the hope they have in Christ when challenged from a scientific perspective.




Mathematics

Geometry (Full Year)

High School

A full year course which examines the basics of geometry; developing inductive and deductive reasoning skills; problem solving using proofs; working with lines, angles, polygons, and circles; and working with perimeter, area, surface area and volume of figures and solids. The students will gain insight into logic and thinking skills as well as develop strategies for problem solving.




Occupational Education

Into to Computer Science (Semester)

High School

Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of
computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing
the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is
designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain
tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer
Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem
solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s
students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers,
and societal and ethical issues.




Occupational Education

Personal Finance (Semester)

High School

Students will learn personal finance through an engaging and age-appropriate video series taught by Dave Ramsey. The program, which meets state standards and national guidelines, includes a comprehensive student workbook. Areas of study include planning and money management where students will learn to organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow; credit and debt where students will learn how to maintain credit-worthiness, borrow at favorable terms, and manage debt; risk management and insurance where students will learn to use appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies; and saving and investing where students will learn how they can implement a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal goals.




Science

Physical Science (Full Year)

High School

This course provides a good working knowledge of the basic laws and concepts in the physical environment, including key aspects of physics and chemistry. This class requires a good working knowledge of basic math skills. This class incorporates labs and projects into the learning process. The overall goal is to prepare students to have a confident Biblical worldview in physical science and be able to give a reason for the hope they have in Christ when challenged from a scientific perspective.




Occupational Education

Robotics (Semester)

High School

The structure of the activities will introduce the engineering design process used by scientists and engineers in many industries. Each project starts with a design brief explaining the challenge, uses videos of robots in action to make real-world connections, and culminates in a final project that can be shared and presented. Throughout the process, students gain and use knowledge of science, technology, and mathematics as they engineer a solution. This structure is designed to help students develop the 21st-century, creative-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills required for success in school and beyond.