High School Academics
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Bible Courses Four credits required for all students
Bible Survey - 9th Grade: This year long core class exposes freshmen to a thorough overview of the Bible. In this class the student will gain an appreciation for each book, major events, important dates, key “players” and significant theological issues. The goal of this class is to give the student a “bird’s eye” or “big-picture” view of the Scriptures.
The Life of Christ - 10th Grade: This Fall semester course introduces the student to the historical Jesus by studying the person and teaching of Christ as put forth in the four gospels. In this class, the student will learn what Jesus had to say about a variety of issues, learn when key events occurred in the life of Christ and how His teaching has changed the course of world history. The goal of this class is for the student to come to a point of true belief about the person and work of Christ.
Acts, Paul and Early Church History - 10th grade: This class is a Spring semester course that begins with the resurrection of Christ and covers church history up through the present. In this class the student will be introduced to both key figures and key movements in early church history as well as study those who are presently making a contribution to today’s church. In many ways, this class is similar to a study in ecclesiology (study of the church) in that students will be able to see how the church has been a part of God’s plan since the beginning of time.
11th Grade Bible choices vary per school year - below are possible options:
Doctrine and Apologetics: A one-semester elective designed to educate and ground the student in the major Biblical doctrines of the historical Christian faith (Doctrine) and to equip the student with the mental tools to adequately defend his or her faith in the marketplace (Apologetics). Bible memory work is required.
Cults and World Religions: A one-semester overview of selected cults and false world religions as seen from an orthodox, Biblical Christian view, particularly where they speak of the nature of the Triune God and the dual nature of Christ. Bible memory work is required.
Galatians/Ephesians: A one-semester elective designed to familiarize the student with the text and theology of Galatians and Ephesians, with emphasis on salvation and the Body of Christ.
Parables: A one-semester elective designed to educate the student concerning the observation and interpretation of the parables; especially in their relationship to the Messianic Kingdom.
John: A verse by verse exposition of the Gospel of John relative to its theology, life of Christ, and applicational truth.
Matthew: A verse by verse exposition of the Gospel of Matthew, with special emphasis on Christ’s offer of the Kingdom to Israel and the parables of the Kingdom in chapter 13.
Philippians/Colossians: A verse by verse study of Philippians and Colossians, emphasizing the Believers relationship to Christ, and applicational truth.
The Christians & The Media: This class is designed for either the Junior and or Senior who wants to learn about how the media affects our culture. Students begin by studying early forms of communication and track the progress of communication by studying the art, radio, television, movies, drama, and music. The goal of the class is to equip the student with the ability to be discerning in an age where the visual reigns supreme.
New Testament Greek: This class is designed for either the Junior and or Senior who wants to lay a strong foundation in the area of English, The Sciences and Biblical Greek. This is a great class for the student who is seriously thinking about entering Bible College or going into full time ministry. Methods or parsing, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence diagramming are used to enhance the understanding of God’s Word in its original language.
Understanding the Times - 12th Grade: A year-long required course for seniors which examines the four main world views as well as the assumptions and presuppositions that have led to them. The objective is to develop a Biblical worldview in order to develop a framework for evaluating the times in which we live and to equip students for the college classroom. Bible memory work and a major paper are required.
English Four credits required for all students
A year-long required course for freshmen that introduces them to great literature and scholarly composition. Their studies are centered around the theme “The Journey: Coming of Age,” a concept that relates the conflicts of youthful protagonists to the personal experience of 9th graders. The course focuses on essay writing that responds to literature and includes vocabulary, grammar, and speech instruction.Honors 9:
Students requesting an honors class will take an entrance exam, have grades from the last three quarters checked, and have a teacher recommendation. Class size is limited to 20 students, and summer reading is required. Honors 9 follows the same basic curriculum as English 9 but with a faster pace, more reading, and additional challenges in analysis and composition. English 10:
A year-long required course for sophomores that surveys world literature and builds composition skills. The course theme is “Western Traditions and World Perspectives,” which seeks to broaden students’ awareness of culture and literature, while strengthening a Christian world view. Literary criticism is a major focus of the 10th grade curriculum, and vocabulary, grammar and speech instruction continue.Honors 10:
Students requesting an honors class will take an entrance exam, have grades from the last three quarters checked, and have a teacher recommendation. Class size is limited to 20 students, and summer reading is required. Honors 10 follows the same basic curriculum as English 10 but with a faster pace, more reading, and additional challenges in analysis and composition.English 11:
A year-long required course for juniors that surveys American literature and builds composition skills. The course theme is “Christian Influence in the American Tradition,” tracing the spiritual development of the United States from is Puritan and patriotic roots through the modern works that reflect the effects of transcendentalism and religious skepticism. Vocabulary studies focus on S.A.T. success, and speech and composition instruction feature strategies of persuasion.Honors 11:
Students requesting an honors class will take an entrance exam, have grades from the last three quarters checked, and have a teacher recommendation. Class size is limited to 20 students, and summer reading is required. Honors 11 follows the same basic curriculum as English 11 but with a faster pace, more reading, and additional challenges in analysis and composition in preparation for Advanced Placement testing in the 12th grade.English 12:
A year-long required course for seniors that analyzes the significance of language in the Christian world and prepares graduates to function independently on a college level. The course theme of “Excellence, Artistry and Ministry” seeks to inspire students as they demonstrate mastery of standard literary terms, the basics of grammar, fundamentals in research and composition, and an understanding of literary and cultural history of the West. Students are encouraged to assess their abilities and goals in the language arts and to develop a “world view” mindset in evaluating language and literature in the modern world.A.P. English 12:
Students requesting an honors class will take an entrance exam, have grades from the last three quarters checked, and have a teacher recommendation. Class size is limited to 20 students, and summer reading is required. Much of the A.P. curriculum is the same as English 12, but the emphasis on preparation for the A.P. English Composition Exam requires additional instruction in literary analysis and timed writing. The course moves at a faster pace with more reading and more college-style approach to literary instruction.Back to top
Social Studies Three credits required for all studentsWashington State History:
This one-semester course is required for graduation. Students study the history of the Pacific Northwest developing reading, writing, and thinking skills and preparing verbal presentations for class (non-credit graduation requirement fullfilled in middle school)World History - 10th Grade:
This year-long course is designed to familiarize students with world events, culture, and intellectual movements. Students will learn to think critically and responsibly about our heritage and future. Students will develop thinking, reading, and writing skills. U.S. History - 11th Grade:
This year-long course is required for graduation. Students will examine events, people, places, culture and historical themes from 1865 to the present. The main events of United States history will provide the scaffolding to examine political, intellectual, military, economic, and social development. A Christian perspective and student evaluation will provide a foundation for a Christ-centered worldview.Advanced Placement U.S. History - 11th Grade:
This year-long course is an alternative for US History. Students will work to develop college skills and knowledge to think and write critically and to score high on the Advanced Placement test in early May. Students will examine events, people, places, culture and historical themes from pre-history to the present. The main events of United States history will provide the scaffolding to examine political, intellectual, military, economic, and social development. A Christian perspective and student evaluation will provide a foundation for a Christ-centered worldview. Entrance test and teacher permission required.Civics - 12th Grade:
This semester-long course is required for graduation. This course is designed for developing an understanding of the United States Government. Concepts of political thought, structures, and workings of government will be traced. Each student will be encouraged to become involved in the political process and develop convictions based on his or her Christian faith.Contemporary World Problems (CWP) - 12th Grade:
In this semester-long course, also required for graduation, students view the significant current events of the world. Content learned from previous courses provides the background to understand the causes and effects of global situations. Each student is encouraged to develop his or her own interests in the course projects.
Algebra 1 : This year-long course will train students in the rules of Algebra, solving and graphing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities and other algebraic concepts and connections to geometry. This course is a pre-requisite to Geometry.
Geometry: This year-long course deals with geometric objects. The course deals with logic and the ability use proofs in drawing logical conclusions. This course is a pre-requisite to Algebra 2, Math Analysis, and Calculus.
Algebra 2 : This year-long course deals with algebraic concepts and trigonometric functions. The course deals with advanced algebraic equations and the trigonometric relationships found in mathematics. This course is a pre-requisite to Math Analysis and Calculus.
Math Analysis: This year-long course provides a strong foundation of pre-calculus concepts, techniques, and applications to prepare students for more advanced work. The class is designed to help develop the students’ quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills. The pre-requisites for this course are Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Algebra 3-4.
Calculus: This year-long course deals with the topics of limits, differentiation, graphing, integration, infinite series, vectors, analytical geometry, and differential equations. This class is designed to prepare the student for college calculus and in the AP program, to give the student the opportunity to test for college credit. The pre-requisite for this course is Math Analysis.
Statistics: This two-semester course dealing with techniques and skills needed to make informed decisions. This course helps develop the thought processes that are used to make informed decisions and correlations. The course is an elective course to help students prepare for statistics in college.
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Science Three credits required for all students, including one credit of algebra based lab scienceBiology:
This required year-long course takes the biblical perspective of studying the science of life. This course is a continuation of what was studied in the Introduction to Biology class. Students learn to use the scientific method to study the attributes of life: movement, growth, and reproduction. Laboratory experiments are conducted in the classroom. Anatomy/Physiology:
This year-long course studies how our bodies are put together and how they work. Emphasized throughout the course is the relationship between anatomy - the study of the structure and shape of the body and body parts and their relationships to one another - and physiology - the study of how the body and its parts function. Chemistry:
This year-long course helps the student explore, through study and experimentation, the elements, how they relate to each other on the periodic table, and how they combine and react in acids, bases, salts, and oxides. Physics:
This year-long course is the equivalent of the first half of a first year college course. Kinematics, dynamics, oscillations, fluid flow, and thermodynamics are studied in depth.Advanced Placement Physics:
This year-long course is the equivalent of the second half of a first year college course. Waves, electromagnetics, optics, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and relativity are studied in depth. Physics is a prerequisite. Advanced placement credit is given for this course.Engineering the Future (HS STEM course):
This course is designed to integrate science, technology, and math with engineering. The year long course covers two broad areas of engineering: 1) forces and structure; and 2) electricity and circuits. Throughout the course, students will be actively involved with minds-on and hands-on projects to foster and demonstrate their learning.
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1.5 credits required for all studentsCo-Educational Physical Education:
This is a high activity based, success-oriented program build to achieve a Christ-like view of lifetime fitness and required for all students.Weights and Conditioning:
Students will learn the proper use of weights in order to build conditioning skills for lifetime fitness.
0.5 credits required for all students
Health: In this required semester-long class, students will develop the Christian values and knowledge about his or her personal development and environment necessary to participate in the adult world. The study of biblical principles will reveal God’s power, perfection, and wisdom as a basis for studying the family, nutrition, safety and first aid, disease and disorder, drugs, and sexuality.
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World Languages Two credits required for all studentsSpanish:
First year through fifth year classes are offered.Fine ArtsTwo credits required for all students
Art I/II: This course is designed to engage students in the creative process through a wide variety of art mediums, subjects and techniques. We will spend time exploring the history of art and the role it has played in Christian cultures as well as how art can become a form of worship.
Art III/IV and Advanced Art: This course is a continuation of Art I/II. The mediums and techniques are similar but the subject matter is more complex. Projects will encourage creative expression and challenge students to think about more abstract concepts. Overall projects are longer and more in depth, simulating a college level environment. Most importantly, we will explore what it looks like to work in the various design professions and how to maintain your Christian identity in a very lost field.
Multimedia: This course is designed to engage students in the creative process through the exploration of computer based design. We will spend time learning the basic design elements and principles as well as creating projects relevant to the design industry. Students will learn to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Google Sketchup and In-Design.
Photography: This course is designed to engage students in the creative process through the exploration of digital photography. We will spend time learning the various components of a camera as well as the art of composing a good image. Students will learn photo editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and other tools.
Yearbook: This course is focused on brain storming, designing, creating and distributing the High School yearbook. This class has a unique structure and students must be willing and able to work within different requirements. This class is one of the few you will take that is not about you; it is about creating a timeless book for the entire student body. Students wanting to take Yearbook should be willing to actively participate in critiques and discussions. Everyone taking Yearbook will experience a real world working environment with collaboration, conflict resolution, deadlines, product design and delivery.
Jazz Band: Jazz Band is a performance-focused class. Members are required to be completely fluent on their instrument on every assigned part and must be willing to work hard to achieve the high standards expected in this class. There will be time spent exploring the history of Jazz and how music in general and Jazz in particular fits into our lives as Christians. Enrollment in this class requires permission of the director.
Concert Band: Concert Band is a development-focused class. Because of the wide variety of skill levels, this is a non-auditioned class. Repertoire consists of classic band literature, modern works, movie and musical themes and a variety of other genres. It also includes classroom study from method books and other sources. There will be ample time spent discussing the place of music in Christian culture and exploring the role of music Biblically.
Chamber Singers: This course trains beginning to advanced singers in proper vocal technique, music reading, blend and musicality by exploring a diversity of musical literature set for 4-part mixed choir. Each semester, the ensemble will perform at least twice in both competitive and non-competitive atmospheres. There will be discussion about the role of music Biblically and exploration of its place in Christian life and culture.
Strings: Strings is a non-auditioned class and welcomes string players of all levels. Strings consists of learning basic scales, arpeggios and chorales as well as repertoire of all playing levels. Strings also teaches practice techniques, rehearsal techniques and ensemble skills. Repertoire consists of classic strings literature, Christian music, modern works and a variety of other genres.
One credit required for all students
Career Concentration Electives Two credits required for all students
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