9th GradeBible I –2 semesters—1 creditThis Bible course is the study of the Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I and II Samuel, and I and II Kings. The successes and failures of great Bible figures are studied as well as the guidance of God in the journey of His people to the Promised Land. Application of biblical lessons to today’s social issues is discussed in depth.
10th GradeBible II – 2 semesters—1 creditThis Bible course looks at the letters of Paul including Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews. Students will learn of Paul’s conversion and his work in the church. Paul’s message of Jesus’s life, death, burial, and resurrection are discussed. Application of biblical lessons to today’s social issues is discussed in depth.
11th-12th GradeBible III and Bible IV—2 semesters – 1 creditThis two year Bible course is a sociological and historical study of Biblical literature. Topics studied include: history of the Bible, history of the early Christian church, apocalyptic literature in the Bible, prophetic literature in the Bible. Sociological studies include: personal relationships with God and relationships within the family and community. Critical interpretation is made of Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, I, II, and III John, and Jude.
9th GradeEnglish I –2 semesters—1 creditThe 9th grade English course is designed to rigorously introduce students to a broad study of literature and writing. Students master skills used in vocabulary development, grammar, sentence completion, and reading comprehension. A wide range of literature - including short stories, poetry, novels, and plays - are used to help students broaden their literary knowledge, deepen their thinking about important topics, develop communication skills, and connect their learning to other classes. They demonstrate their knowledge through the completion of a research paper and various other projects.
9th GradeHonors English I – 2 semesters—1 creditThe 9th grade Honors English course is designed for students with a deeper knowledge base in literature and writing and allows them a more sophisticated study of both of these elements. Throughout this in-depth course, students master skills used in vocabulary development, grammar, sentence completion, and reading comprehension. A wide range of literature - including short stories, poetry, novels, and plays - are used to help students broaden their literary knowledge, deepen their thinking about important topics, develop communication skills, and connect their learning to other classes. They demonstrate their knowledge through the completion of a vast array of projects and various writing assignments, including a research paper, critiques, and original fiction.
10th GradeEnglish II - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis course is a one-year experience in the study of English grammar, composition, literature, and SAT vocabulary. A review of fundamental grammar is given with an emphasis on more complex parts of the sentence, correct usage, and punctuation. Vocabulary is stressed weekly, and composition studies include expository essays, creative writing, and a research paper. Literature includes a study of the short story, novel, poetry, and drama. A unit on Shakespeare includes a study of Much Ado About Nothing. All incoming sophomores are required to have read the assigned summer reading book.
10th GradeHonors English II - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis course is an honors level study designed for students gifted in reading and writing. To qualify for honors English II, students must have received a 93 in English I or an 83 in Honors English I. An emphasis of literature includes critical reading, intense discussion and written expression, as well as a detailed study of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Additional units of study include weekly SAT vocabulary preparation, grammar skills with an emphasis on ACT preparation, composition skills, and an emphasis on essays, short stories, poetry, novels, and the research paper. All incoming sophomore honors English students are required to have read the assigned summer reading book.
11th GradeEnglish III - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis eleventh grade course is a study of practical grammar, composition skills, and American literature to prepare students for critical reading and writing abilities needed for successful higher education. The major focus is a detailed survey of significant American authors. Major movements and authors are studied thematically with an emphasis on understanding, interpretation, and critical thinking skills. Students analyze grammar daily in preparation for the ACT while they focus on full grammar units depending upon student need. Students have many opportunities to improve writing skills through a study of the components of good writing, by utilizing the writing process to compose essays, and by completing essay tests. Students complete an MLA research paper while also studying college-preparatory vocabulary.
11th-12th GradeDual Enrollment CompositionEN 1113/EN 1123 - 2 Semesters – 1 Credit (3-6 hours of college credit)This course, offered in conjunction with Lipscomb University, prepares students for expected college writing and for writing in the workplace by engaging them in writing processes, by encouraging critical thinking and research, and by analyzing the use of rhetorical principles. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences and purposes. English 1123 continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research.
11th-12th GradeDual Enrollment LiteratureEN 2113/EN 2133 – 2 Semesters – 1 Credit (3-6 hours of college credit)This senior course, offered in conjunction with Lipscomb University, engages students in a survey of both British and American literature. Through close analysis of various pieces of literature, students increase their critical thinking skills and improve the writing skills they acquired through EN 1113/EN 1123. Students are expected to move beyond basic comprehension capabilities as they explore the nuances of language writers use to create masterpieces of literature and as they analyze the ways in which these writers still speak to modern audiences. Successful students learn to articulate these observations through class discussion and various forms of writing. Enrolled students must have successfully completed EN 1113 and EN 1123.
12th GradeStandard English IV – 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis senior course is a survey of both British Literature and epic poetry, where students specifically focus on classical pieces such as: Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth, Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Aeneid, The Iliad, and Paradise Lost. These pieces are used to prompt numerous college level writing activities that will push students to think beyond the high school level. Students will also be expected to write: a college resume, a personal statement, an MLA research paper, comparative essays, definition essays, and poetry. After completing the Standard English IV course work, students will be highly prepared for college level writing and literature studies.
8th-9th GradeAlgebra 1 –2 semesters—1 creditAlgebra 1 is an introductory algebra course that emphasizes the structure of algebra and the development of computational problem-solving skills. Algebra 1 includes the study of relationships between quantities, linear relationships and exponential and quadratic relationships. Use of the graphing calculator is a continuing topic of study throughout the course as students solve equations of lines by graphing, graph linear inequalities, investigate the slope of a line and graph functions.
8th - 9th GradeHonors Algebra 1 – 2 semesters—1 creditHonors Algebra 1 is an algebra course that emphasizes the structure of algebra and the development of computational problem-solving skills. Honors Algebra 1 includes the study of relationships between quantities, linear relationships and exponential, quadratic relationships and advanced functions and equations. Use of the graphing calculator is a continuing topic of study throughout the course as students solve equations of lines by graphing, graph linear inequalities, investigate the slope of a line and graph functions.
9th-10th GradeAlgebra 2 –2 semesters—1 creditAlgebra 2 includes the study of the following functions: linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, logarithmic, exponential, and rational. This course also introduces topics such as matrices, graphing, and probability.
9th – 10th GradeHonors Algebra 2 - 2 semesters—1 creditHonors Algebra 2 is a thorough study of different concepts. This course includes the study of the following functions: linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, logarithmic, exponential, and rational. Students also will be introduced to topics such as matrices, probability, and trigonometry. This course is designed to stimulate and challenge the advanced math student.
10th – 11th GradeGeometry –2 semesters—1 creditGeometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. Informal and formal reasoning processes, including deductive and inductive reasoning, are used throughout the year to help develop abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and logical reasoning. This course includes an introduction to Trigonometry with the usage of right triangles, the six basic trigonometric functions, and the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines.
10th - 11th GradeHonors Geometry –2 semesters—1 creditGeometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. An emphasis on writing proofs is used in the honors classes to prove properties of the geometric figures. Informal and formal reasoning processes, including deductive and inductive reasoning, are used throughout the year to help develop abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and logical reasoning. This course includes an introduction to Trigonometry with the usage of right triangles, the six basic trigonometric functions, and the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines.
11th – 12th GradeAdvanced Algebra & Trigonometry –2 semesters—1 creditFor the first semester, this course reviews ACT skills along with an extension of Algebra II and a beginning study of more advanced topics in algebra. This includes rational expressions, solving equations including quadratic equations, logarithmic functions, complex numbers, inequalities and absolute value. Second semester is the study trigonometry. Topics include trigonometric ratios with right triangles, vector applications, Law of Sines and Cosines, identities and trigonometric graphs.
11th-12th GradePre-Calculus – 2 semesters—1 creditPre-calculus includes a rigorous study of functions including polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, analytic geometry, sequence and series, and probability. An introduction to limits and calculus are included. A TI 83 or a TI 84 calculator is required.
11th-12th GradeHonors Pre-Calculus – 2 semesters—1 creditHonors Pre-calculus includes a rigorous study of functions including polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, systems of equations, matrices, polar coordinates, complex numbers, sequences and series. An introduction to limits and calculus are included. A TI 83 or a TI 84 calculator is required.
12th GradeDual Enrollment College Algebra - 1 Semester – ½ CreditThis course is taught on campus through Lipscomb University. It includes a quick review of equations and inequalities; functions and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; sequences, series, and probability. Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra and at least a 21 ACT (or 500 SAT) math score.
11th-12th GradeCalculus – 2 semesters—1 creditThis course is designed to be an introduction to the methods of calculus. Students will learn to take limits and investigate the procedures and applications of differential and integral calculus.
11th-12th GradeAP Calculus AB –2 semesters—1 creditThis course is designed to meet the specifications of the College Board for a first year college course in calculus. Students will learn to take limits and investigate the procedures and applications of differential and integral calculus. All students who take this course will take the AP examination, which offers the opportunity to receive college credit based on their score and the chosen college.
9th GradeBiology – 2 semesters—1 creditBiology is a course that offers a broad range of topics dealing with the study of life. Following a review of the metric system and scientific method, students are introduced to biological concepts including cells, organization, evolution and creation, ecology, interaction, genetics, and classification.
9th GradeHonors Biology – 2 semesters—1 creditHonors Biology is a challenging laboratory-based course that presents detailed information about the concepts included in the regular Biology course including cells, organization, evolution and creation, ecology, interaction, genetics, and classification. Special emphasis is placed on preparing for upper level classes such as A.P. Biology by incorporating free response questions and lab investigations. Dissection of vertebrate and invertebrate animals is included. Honors Biology is designed for ninth grade students with exceptional motivation and high academic ability. This course fulfills the biology requirement for graduation.
10th GradeChemistry – 2 semesters - 1 creditChemistry is the study of matter, its composition, and its behavior. Students will investigate the physical and chemical properties and changes of matter; atomic structure; the periodic table; chemical bonding and composition of compounds; naming compounds; writing chemical equations; the structure and behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; acids and bases; and an introduction to stoichiometry. Laboratories are performed with an emphasis on problem solving.
10th GradeHonors Chemistry – 2 semesters - 1 creditChemistry is defined as the study of matter, its composition, and its behavior. This course is designed to establish a strong foundation in the subject of chemistry to prepare students for AP Chemistry. Students will cover the major topics of the physical and chemical properties and changes of matter; atomic structure; the periodic chart; chemical bonding and composition of compounds; chemical formulas and equations; the structure and behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; acids and bases; thermo chemistry and kinetics; equilibrium; and stoichiometry. Laboratories are performed with an emphasis on problem solving, inquiry, and critical thinking.
11th GradePhysics – 2 semesters - 1 creditPhysics is the branch of science concerned with the nature properties of matter and energy. The major topics of classical physics include optics, electricity, thermodynamics, waves and sound, and mechanics (representing motion and Newton’s Laws). The class is inquiry based with a high lab component. Mathematical treatment of concepts will be minimal.
11th-12th GradeAP Physics C – 2 semesters - 1 creditA second year course aimed to prepare students for a college major requiring physics for science and engineering majors. The course will be at least 20% lab based. The course follows the course objectives given by the College Board for AP Physics. In addition to the core content, students will be asked to complete special projects of an engineering nature.
11th-12th GradeAP Biology – 2 semesters - 1 creditThis course is an advanced study of plant and animal life, their structure, function, and interrelationships. Significant emphasis is placed on molecular biology and biochemical reactions at the cellular level. The main areas of study are biochemistry, cytology, genetics, heredity, biological diversity, and physiology. With the tremendous breadth and depth of material to cover, the pace is rigorous, and the student must devote himself/herself to a daily study of the material. Laboratory work is integrated into the course and is required of all students. The course culminates in participating in the AP Biology Exam for possible college placement or class credit.
11th-12th GradeAP Chemistry – 2 semesters - 1 creditAP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to achieve a level of knowledge in chemistry needed to obtain a 4 (considered well qualified) or 5 (considered extremely well qualified) on the AP Chemistry exam. Students should also be able to conduct laboratory experiments and write subsequent reports in a manner comparable to a college-level chemistry course, learn how to work as part of a team, and understand the work ethic and motivation needed to handle a college-level course. Areas of study include the following: atomic theory, reaction stoichiometry, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, periodic trends, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, gases, intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
11th-12th gradeHuman Anatomy and Physiology –2 semesters—1 creditHuman anatomy and physiology is defined as the study of the structure (anatomy) and the function (physiology) of the human body. Students will study the various tissues that make up the human body as well as the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and the reproductive systems. Also included in the course study are the special senses (eyes and ears). Labs center on the functions of the body and include measuring blood pressure and heart rate.
11th-12th GradePre-Engineering - 2 semesters - 1 credit (acceptance into course is application based)Engineering Computations with MATLAB (1st semester)Teaches students basic programming logic using MATLAB, a text-based, sequential programming environment. “MATLAB is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation.” MATLAB is quickly becoming a staple in undergraduate engineering curricula for teaching programming and implementing computational solutions to engineering problems. This course introduces students to fundamental programming logic and concepts, including data types, data structures, programming syntax, loop structures, flow control structures, screen-directed input/output, graphical input/output, file input/output, modeling of physical systems, development of user-defined functions, error trapping, and more. Students learn how to apply these concepts in MATLAB to solve engineering problems that include data analysis, digital signal processing, and modeling of physical systems. The content of the course is consistent with what is taught in an introductory programming course for engineers at the undergraduate level.
Engineering Computations with LabVIEW (2nd Semester)Teaches students basic programming logic using LabVIEW. “LabVIEW is a graphical (dataflow) programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test, and control systems using intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart.” LabVIEW has been used for industrial applications and advanced research for over 20 years because of its ability to interact with a variety of data acquisition and control hardware. LabVIEW has grown in popularity in new markets over recent years, largely due to the introduction of the new LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kit that features a modified version of LabVIEW as the programming platform. This course introduces students to fundamental programming logic and concepts, including data types, data structures, programming syntax, loop structures, flow control structures, screen-directed input/output, graphical input/output, file input/output, and more. Students learn how to apply these concepts in LabVIEW to solve engineering problems that include data acquisition, data analysis, and digital signal processing. Students learn how to use LabVIEW to interface with hardware for data acquisition. Upon completion of this course, students should be well prepared for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam, which is the first level of LabVIEW certification offered by National Instruments.
10th GradeWorld History - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis course teaches an overview of human history. It begins with the development of civilizations continuing through the classical time period and the development of Europe. Students learn of the growth and impact of the Middle Eastern societies and the Far East, concluding the course with the beginning of the 20th century. Focus is placed on the scope of humanity, diversity, and important changes throughout history. The approaches used to study these topics include discussion, reading comprehension, and reflective and persuasive writing skills.
10th GradeAP World History - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis is college-level human civilization course takes an accelerated look at the plight of humanity through history. Students have the opportunity to receive college credit by passing the Advanced Placement World History exam upon conclusion. This course takes a global look at themes throughout history and how different groups of people reacted to changes in their environment. Western Civilization is an important part of the course, but focus will be placed on the worldwide, big-picture view of humanity. Students enrolled in AP World History must have strong writing and reading comprehension skills.
11th GradeUnited States History - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThis course is defined as a survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present, including social, cultural, and economic developments; foreign relations; wars; and political events. Focus will be placed on relationships between the past and the present. Students will be taught to analyze primary sources, give oral presentations, enhance map and research skills, as well as practice writing and critical thinking skills in an attempt to balance content with skill development. Current events will be examined in order to make connections between the past, present, and future.
11th GradeAP United States History - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditThe AP United States History course is designed to provide students with the skills and understanding necessary to critically analyze the problems and triumphs found throughout American history. The course guides students through the history of America from colonization to present using primary source documents along with lecture and text to open the students minds to the what if’s and the why’s of history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them similar to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Preparation for the Advanced Placement US History exam is given so that student may receive college credit in US History.
12th GradeGovernment - 1 Semester – ½ CreditThis course is a study of the setup of American government with an emphasis on the federal government. Focus is given to developing skills such as reading, discussion, research, and critical thinking. The knowledge and skills learned in this class are intended to promote active citizenship.
12th GradeEconomics - 1 Semester – ½ CreditThis course is an overview of basic macroeconomics and microeconomics. Students will examine how governments and private businesses use monetary resources. The main focus of this course is to analyze how the American free enterprise system works within the context of modern-day globalization.
11th-12th GradePsychology - 1 Semester – ½ CreditThis course introduces the student to the in-depth study of behavior in humans and other life forms. The relationships among psychology and sociology will be examined. Issues arising from the course content will be examined with the purpose of formulating a Christian perspective. Topics considered include the nature of psychology, biological foundations of behavior, perception, learning and memory, language and thought, motivation and emotion, altered states of consciousness, personality, social psychology, and psychotherapy.
11th – 12th GradeSociology - 1 Semester – ½ CreditThis course is an overview of the study of how people interact within societies. Students learn about early sociologists and their theories. Topics covered in this class include social-economic classes, socialization, diversity, social inequalities, and social groups.
11th-12th GradesAP Psychology - 2 Semesters – 1 CreditPsychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental process. Students will discuss the various human behaviors and the thought processes behind the actions. This advance placement course will prepare the student for the AP exam at the conclusion of the study. Doing well in advanced placement courses eases the transition to college-level expectations.
11th-12th GradeHistory through Movies - 1 Semester – ½ CreditHistory through Movies is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the history of film and its relationship to specific historical and cultural developments. Through the study of various theatrical and documentary films, students will not only analyze, debate, and critique the artistic merits of film, but they will also closely examine each film’s historical, geographical, and cultural background and context. Students will participate in both Socratic seminars and written critiques of each film.
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