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English

English 9 (1 Unit)

English 9 is a required full-year course for all ninth grade students.  This course focuses on the fundamentals of grammar as well as the basic forms of expository writing.  Three full-page, revised papers are required, one in each of the three main forms of a paper.  Students are also introduced to great authors from a wide variety of genres.

 

English 10 (1 Unit)

English 10 is a required full-year course for all tenth grade students.  This course focuses on the fundamentals of grammar, the basic forms of expository writing and public speaking.  Three five-minute speeches are required within the year.  Students are also introduced to great authors from before the modern age with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and Beowulf.

 

English 11 (1 Unit)

English 11 is a required full-year course for all eleventh grade students.  This course focuses on issues in modern grammar, particularly prescriptive grammar as compared to descriptive grammar.  Students are required to demonstrate analytical thinking skills with two 1000 word projects, one of which is a researched and presented paper, the second is a critique of any particular school of authors with examples drawn from at least two short stories with in that class.

 

College and Career (1 Unit)

College and Career is a full-year course required for all twelfth grade students.  This is a program which prepares students for admission to four-year universities and colleges immediately after high-school graduation.  Students receive instruction in writing, reading and study skill, intensive college and career counseling and in-class tutoring from college students.

 

Math

Algebra I (1 Unit)

Algebra I is a required full-year course for all ninth graders.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in recognizing, writing, and evaluating expressions and equations.  Students are introduced to the laws of exponents, factoring of quadratics, and graphing quadratics.

 

Algebra II (1 Unit)

Algebra II is a required full-year course for all tenth graders.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in factoring quadratics and cubics.  Students are introduced to the properties of conic sections, the basic trigonometric function, imaginary numbers and solving inequalities.

 

Geometry (1 Unit)

Geometry is a required full-year course for all upper classmen.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in constructing and reproducing angles and geometric shapes, and formal proofs.  Students are introduced to informal and negative proofs.  Students are introduced to all six natural functions of trigonometry.

 

Trigonometry (1 Unit)

Trigonometry is a full-year course.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in finding the values of all six natural functions for nay right triangle and also proficiency in logarithms.  Students are introduced to limits, integrals, and differentials.

 

Language Arts

Spanish (1 Unit)

Spanish is a required full-year course for all tenth grade students.  This class is designed to provide an introduction to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  Students exercise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the Spanish language through a wide variety of activities.

 

Social Studies

United States History (1 Unit)

United States History is a required full-year course for all ninth grade students.  This course will cover major events, themes, and issues for United States history from “European Discovery” until the Civil War, from the Civil War until World War II and from post World War II to the present.

 

World History (1 Unit)

World History is a required full-year course for all tenth grade students.  This course will study world history from the beginning of known democratic systems into the 21st century.  Students study economics, politics, and the natural development of the world.  Historical problems are discussed and related to the current scene.

 

World Geography (1 Unit)

World Geography is a required full-year course for all eleventh grade students.  This course is designed to produce a geographically informed student who sees meaning in the arrangement of things in space, and applies a spatial perspective to life situations.  The geographically-informed student know and understands the following:  the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environmental and society and the uses of geography.

 

Psychology (1 Unit)

Psychology is a required full-year course for all eleventh grade students. This class is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior.  Students will study the biological and social causes of behavior, motivation, emotion, perception, thinking, learning and intelligence.  Participation and effort are critical parts of this class and will be a major part of one’s grade.

 

American Government (1 Unit)

This is a full-year course that is required for senior graduation.  Students will learn how and why the federal, state and local governments work and their impact on our lives.  Students will explore the interaction between politics and economics.  Assignments will emphasize how citizens can participate in politics and political processes.

 

Economics (1 Unit)

Economics is a required full-year course for all eleventh grade students.  A survey of economic topics will include and overview of economic theory and economic systems, the basics of supply and demand, competition and market economics.  Students will participate in various activities including simulation to gain an understanding of American economic practices.

 

Science

Biology (1 Unit)

Biology is a full-year course required for all ninth grade students.  This course introduces and explores the major concepts of modern biology.  Using textbooks, supplementary material, laboratory work (including dissection), students will learn about biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, biodiversity, organ systems and ecology.

 

Chemistry (1 Unit)

(Prerequisite – Algebra I)  This full-year college-preparatory course will concentrate on the properties of matter and the laws, principles and theories which describe these changes.  Some specific areas covered include classification of matter, chemical formulas and equations, mathematics of chemistry, structure of the atom, electron configuration, periodic table, gas laws, and solutions.  Laboratory experiences are a fundamental part of chemistry, and math is constantly used as a tool.

 

Physics (1 Unit)

(Prerequisite – Algebra II)  This college preparatory is a laboratory science course that investigates why and how things work.  Topics include mechanics, waves, heat, fluids optics, electricity, and magnetism.  Math is used throughout this course to predict and verify principles of physics.  The two major goals of this course are to prepare students for college science, specifically physics, and to improve the technical writing ability of the students.

 

Excel Biology (1 Unit)

(Prerequisite – Biology and Chemistry)  This full-year, college-level biology course covers molecular and cell biology, genetics and the biology of organisms and populations.  4 hours of college credit is granted for satisfactory completion through the Excel program in association with Missouri Baptist University.

 

Practical Arts

Personal Finance (1 Unit)

This is a required full-year course for all ninth grade students.  The purpose of this course is to examine the personal and business applications of basic math skills used by workers and consumers.  These application include the calculations of gross and net income, the use of checking and savings accounts, cash purchases, loans, the cost of owning and operating an automobile, housing costs, insurance, investments, and budgets.

 

Keyboarding/Computer Skills I & II (2 Units)

This full-year class is required for all ninth and eleventh grade students.  This course teaches students how to type by using the alpha-numeric keyboard, and how to format business and personal correspondence.  This course prepares students for vocational and personal use of the computer.

 

Physical Education

Physical Education (1 Unit)

Physical Education is a full-year course required for all ninth grade students.  This class is designed to expose the student to many different physical activities that will enhance and maintain a high level of fitness.  Students will learn and understand basic rules, strategies and history of a variety of team sports, individual sports and individual fitness activities in order to gain an understanding of lifetime physical well being.

Health (1 Unit)

Health is a full-year course required for all tenth grade students.  This class is designed to provide each student with the knowledge and skill to make healthy decisions and choices regarding their wellness through their lives.  It includes wellness and emotional health,  nutrition, eating disorders, refusal skills, drug abuse, violence prevention, conflict resolution and mediation, and first aid.

 

Fine Arts

American Literature (1 Unit)

This class is required for all twelfth grade students.  It is designed to explore some of the most renowned authors of the past and present.  Basic elements of the novel, short story and poem are the focus of the curriculum.   This course provides the student with an overview of authors, who deliberately set out to reflect the distinctive character of American culture.  This class also includes some international works as well.  Students are required to complete vocabulary and word drills, read four novels and complete the assignments given with each novel and to pass an extensive exam of literary terms and definitions.

 

Choir (1 Unit)

This full-year course is open to all students who wish to participate.  Students develop their vocal skills as well as the sight-reading of choral music.  The choir performs a Christmas and Spring concert as well as fulfilling community invitations to sing at various churches, nursing homes and civic functions.