Academics

Course Descriptions

HISTORY

U.S. History
This year-long core class is a survey course in American history that begins with the Native Americans and progresses through modern times. Students will examine and analyze events and topics during the colonial, Revolutionary, early national and antebellum periods, Civil War and Reconstruction, the close of the frontier, the rise of America as both an imperial and industrial power, and the Post-Cold War era. Students will develop critical thinking skills orally and in writing through analysis, evaluation and synthesis of different types of sources. (1.0 credit)

Washington State History
For students who have not yet completed the Washington State History requirement, this course presents the history of the Pacific Northwest including unique geography, cultures and contributions to world history, developing reading, writing and thinking skills and preparing verbal presentations for class. (0.5 credit)

World History
This class explores how civilizations throughout history developed, flourished, made lasting contributions to future civilizations, and then declined. This class uses maps, primary sources, media sources, and hands-on projects to explore how the world has changed from the beginning of creation up until now. (1.0 credit)

ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

English literature and composition I,II,III
This required full year course introduces students to a variety of literary forms, including poetry, drama, short story, and novel. Emphasis is placed upon the foundations of critical analysis in the development of and appreciation for good literature in its historical context. Oral and written communication skills, including grammar, vocabulary, and syntax are developed and refined. Students will also study the purposes and strategies of rhetoric to help them evaluate literature.

Honors English A

This class focuses on the different components of narrative literature, including characters, conflict, structure, and theme. Students read short stories, poems, a five-act play (Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac) as well as two novels (The Scarlet Pimpernel and Cry, the Beloved Country). Students expand their writing skills through literature-based writing, creative writing, persuasive writing, and research writing. Special grammar-based proofreading classes enable students to edit their own work successfully, and students hone oral presentation skills during the persuasive writing unit.

Honors English B (Alternate Year)

This class focuses on the different techniques that great writers use to communicate deeper meaning in their work. In their reading assignments, students analyze such techniques as metaphor, allusion, symbol, and irony as they read short stories, poems, and a Shakespeare play (Romeo & Juliet), as well as two novels (Out of the Silent Planet and Peace like a River). Writing assignments focus on using proofreading skills and the literary techniques studied to produce clear, beautiful, meaningful works, including a how-to essay, several personal narratives, a short story, and poetry.

American Literature

In this survey-style course, students focus on the great authors and works of American literature—from the early colonists’ records of the New World to modern writers such as Bradbury and Hemingway. As students read literature from America’s past, they are also encouraged to connect that literature with historical events, and, even more important, shifts in worldview. Writing projects allow students to explore the literature and areas of personal interest while learning college-preparatory writing formats, including comparison-contrast techniques, a critique, and research-based writing.

World and British Literature

This advanced literature class covers some of the greatest works of literature in a survey-style approach. Starting with a quarter-long unit on ancient literature before moving to primarily British literature, students read short works, excerpts, and several whole works (Macbeth, Pilgrim’s Progress, The Screwtape Letters, and a novel of choice). Students hone both oral and written skills as they analyze the literature. Additional writing projects expand students’ persuasive, creative, and research-based writing abilities, while enabling them to apply editing and proofreading skills.

MATH

AcademicsAlgebra In this full year course, students will learn to understand the role of mathematics in God’s creation. They will be taught to perform operations and calculations using real numbers, decimals, and fractions as well as using and solving algebraic equations. They will master the order of operations, conversions, and be able to read and create graphs from equations, as well as apply statistics and probability to real-life situations. Students will be introduced to basic geometry, the Pythagorean formula and quadratic equation. (1.0 credit)

Geometry
Throughout this course, students will be introduced to the wonder and order of God’s universe as they learn the properties, measurements, and relationships of lines, space, and shapes. 1st semester – students will study the language of geometry, including: points, lines and angles; conditional statements and deductive reasoning, and how to apply algebraic properties to solve geometric proofs. Students will learn about basic geometric transformations, identify special quadrilaterals and use their properties to find missing measures. 2nd semester – students will classify triangles and prove congruency; use the Pythagorean Theorem and properties of right triangles to find missing measurements; identify parts of circles formed by tangents, chords, radii, and secants of circles; use formulas to find perimeter, area and volume of assorted polygons, circles and geometric shapes; learn the equation of a circle, to identify its center and radius; and apply distance, midpoint and slope formulas. (1.0 credit)

Advanced Algebra
In this full year course, students will study properties and applications of real numbers, exponents and radicals, polynomials, rational expressions, equations and identities, additive and multiplicative inverses, arithmetic expressions, order of operations, variables, name and notations, algebraic expressions, monomials, terms, simplifying algebraic expressions, problem solving using expressions, equations and identities, and trigonometric functions. Students will learn how to solve and graph polynomials, as well as divide polynomials with synthetic division. They will know how to apply the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Students will apply and graph logarithms and exponential equations and inequalities, as well as us the Binomial Theorem and Pascal’s Triangle. Students enrolling in this course should have successfully completed Algebra. (1.0 credit)

Trigonometry
In this full year course, students will be introduced to the use of statistical methods to analyze data. Students will apply statistical analysis to functions and their graphs and transformations. Students will know the circular function identities involving the sine, cosine and tangent relationships and will learn general solutions to trigonometric equations. Students will further explore power and logarithmic functions. Students will apply the principles of probability to permutations, series and combinations. Students will learn to analyze and graph polynomial functions. Students enrolling in this course should have successfully completed Advanced Algebra. (1.0 credit)

Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics
Throughout this course, students continue to explore the wonder and order of God’s universe while preparing for calculus. 1st semester – Students will study logic and reasoning, function behaviors, equations and inequalities, integers and polynomials, rational numbers and functions, and trig identities and equations. 2nd semester– Students will explore recursion and mathematical induction, polar coordinates and complex numbers and the derivative. (1.0 credit)

HEALTH AND FITNESS I, II, III, IV

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In this full year class students will gain an understanding that physical activity for a lifetime is vital to a healthy and well-rounded life. Students will see improvement in areas of coordination, fitness and self-confidence. In addition to team sports such as volleyball, soccer, track and field, and frisbee, students will engage in individually designed fitness programs. (0.5 credit)

FINE ARTS

In these full year courses, students will learn to appreciate and think about various fine art disciplines from Christian perspective. This will include both visual and performing arts. DSCN1000[1]Study of the visual arts is aimed at the development of a visual vocabulary, visual competency and appreciation, technical understanding and practice, and awareness of art and artists, past and present. (0.5 credit)

Art I

This class lays a firm foundation for other 2-D art classes by focusing on drawing and basic monochromatic shading techniques. The class focuses on seeing to draw, measuring techniques, perspective, and other drawing basics.

Art II

In the first half of this class, students build on what they learned in Art I, focusing on design, composition, and creative manipulation of source pictures. The second half of this class focuses on color theory and watercolor techniques. Students learn how to put together the building blocks of a strong work of art, as well as how to use those building blocks to communicate creatively.

(An Art III class will likely be developed next year!)

Advanced Art

This class traces the history of Western art, starting with ancient Sumerian and Egyptian art and finishing with modern art movements. Tests and quizzes cover great works of art through the years, as well as philosophical questions related to art history. As students learn about different historical art movements and forms, they will be given the opportunity to create “theme projects” that reflect the art forms being studied. Students will also create several large-scale independent art projects over the course of the year. Please note that students taking Advanced Art are expected to have taken Art I and Art II.

SCIENCE

AcademicsBiology This full year course, is an introduction to life science including the scientific method, introductory organic chemistry, cells and cellular processes, genetics (including mutations), the origin and development of life, classification of organisms. Students will understand the function of bacteria and viruses, protista (including protozoans and algae), fungi, botany, invertebrates, arthropods, ectothermic and endothermic vertebrates. Students will engage in a study of human life including an introduction to human anatomy and physiology, various body systems (such as skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, excretory, nervous, endocrine and reproductive). Laboratory experiences are included. (1.0 credit)

General Science
This full year course is an introduction to the fields of astronomy, geology and oceanography with particular attention paid to geological and oceanographic features of the Pacific Northwest and island geography. (1.0 credit)

Physics
In this course, students will begin to discover how objects interact in God’s intricate universe. Exploring Creation with Physics provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics. Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this text is an ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism.

OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION

 
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Journalism

In this vocational education class, students get hands-on writing and publishing experience as they produce a weekly school newspaper. Students learn the basics of journalism, including interviewing techniques, constructing newspaper articles, journalistic style, and different types of journalistic writing (editorials, reviews, profiles, etc.). Students are also encouraged to get involved in their local news community, through reading the newspaper, writing letters to the editor, and visiting a local newspaper office.

Home Economics

This hands-on vocational education class is split into two semesters: one designated for cooking and the other for sewing. During the cooking semester, students learn basic food safety and preparation guidelines while cooking actual meals and side dishes. During the sewing semester, students learn how to read and assemble a pattern as well as how to use a sewing machine and other tools.

**Note – Other classes can include opportunities to participate in peer tutoring, yearbook publication, computer application, business applications and community involvement.

ELECTIVES

Introductory Logic
This full year course will introduce students to the art of reasoning well, including the foundation and history of logic, recognizing basic types of statements, arguing with syllogisms, arguing in ordinary language, and identifying informal fallacies. Additional exercises include critical thinking skills. (0.5 credit) Old Testament Seminar This full year course introduces students to the Old Testament era, including the times of the patriarchs, the Israelite sojourn in Egypt and subsequent exodus, the period of the judges and kings, exile and return. Particular attention will be given to the relation of Old Testament events to those of other world civilizations (such as Sumerian, Egyptian, Chinese, Assyrian, Chaldean, Scythian, Persian, etc.). (0.5 credit)

New Testament History
This one year course is a survey of the intertestamental period, the life of Jesus and the writings of the New Testament era. (0.5 credit)

Latin I
In this full year course, students will learn the fundamentals of the Latin: vocabulary, case structure, the Latin verb and sentence structure. Translation and grammatical analysis will be emphasized. The aim of this course is to prepare students to read Latin literature, to improve their command of the English language by studying the close relations (historic and linguistic) between English, Latin and the Romance Languages, and to gain an appreciation of Western culture and the world of the New Testament through an introduction to Roman culture. (1.0 credit)

Latin II
In this full year course, students will review the basics of Latin vocabulary and syntax. Students will analyze the tense, voice and mood of the Latin verb. This course will emphasize reading and translating Latin. Readings will include Esther from the Vulgate, Julius Caesar’s Commentary on the Gallic Wars, several selections of Latin poetry and several Psalms. Students enrolling in this course should have completed one year of Latin study. (1.0 credit)

Civics
Civic education is essential for active participation by informed citizens. It is necessary that Christians involve themselves in the governing of nations and understand how God has shaped our nation’s government. This course will explore the fundamental issues of government from a Christian worldview as well as individual rights and responsibilities. Students will examine why God instituted government and what types of rules and laws are needed to maintain a safe society for diverse individuals and groups. Students will develop the skills to make informed decisions, to resolve conflicts peacefully, to articulate and defend positions, and to engage in the civic and political life of their communities. Students will explore the structure of the United States government and recognize that government exists for God’s glory.

Learn to Write the Novel Way

This writing-intensive elective takes students step-by-step through the process of writing, editing, and finishing a complete novel, using Carole Thaxton’s acclaimed Learn to Write the Novel Way text. Friendly to both beginning and advanced writers, this class is perfect for students who can’t get enough of creative writing.