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Course Descriptions

Courses Offered With Descriptions

LANGUAGE ARTS

English I

9th grade English course that presents an introduction to themes in world literature (including fables), poetry, literary terms, basic grammar, composition, and basic spelling/vocabulary skills.

English II

10th grade level English course that presents an introduction to backgrounds in world literature, poetry and mythology, recognition of literary devices, and continued development of writing skills.

English III

11th grade level English course that presents an overview of major figures in American literature (novel, short story and poetry), recognition and evaluation of literary devices, essay and research paper writing, spelling, and vocabulary skills.

English IV

12th grade level English course that presents an overview of major figures in the literature of Great Britain, includes novels, short stories, and poetry. Recognition and use of literary devices, literature analysis and evaluation, essay writing.

Advanced English Survey

11th or 12th grade level English course designed to enhance students’ preparation for the university work.  Course includes SAT test prep as well as college writing with an emphasis on vocabulary, literature, and speech.

AP (Advanced Placement) English Literature & Composition

The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.

ESL Grammar and Composition 1/2

This integrated skills course at the beginning level for the student who has little experience in English includes systematic instruction in reading, basic writing structures, grammar, and vocabulary. The goal of this course is to give the student a basic, solid foundation for further academic study in English. Students are recommended to take the Listening and Speaking course concurrently.

ESL Listening and Speaking 1/2

This beginning level course uses a communicative approach to English learning that integrates all four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students will build confidence and ability in conversational English, as well as continue to build their vocabulary for further academic study in English.

ESL Grammar & Composition 3/4

This intermediate/advanced level course integrates the basic skills of reading, writing, grammar & vocabulary in a class focused on academic preparation. Students will learn to write using subjects from a variety of content areas as well as level-appropriate American literature. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready to enter into mainstream English classes.

ESL Listening and Speaking 3/4

This intermediate/advanced level course includes a communicative approach to English learning that integrates all four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students will build confidence and ability in conversational English, as well as continue to build their vocabulary and oral presentation skills for further academic study in English.

FINE ARTS

Choir

A High School level music class where students will learn to sing three or four-part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choral music. Students will be required to participate in planned performances throughout the school year.

Spanish I

This course is designed to assist the student in achieving grade level proficiency in Grammar skills (understanding and usage through writing, listening, reading, vocabulary, and comprehension exercises) Special emphasis is given to oral and listening communication skills.

Spanish II (Prerequisite : Spanish 1)

This course utilizes a careful progression of activities that guides students from comprehensive input of authentic language through structured practice to creative, personalized expression. This course provides students with the tools and confidence to express themselves in Spanish.

The student is encouraged to participate actively in open dialogue and class discussions. The student will gain a cultural comprehension of the countries where this language is spoken. Special emphasis is given to writing and oral skills.

SCIENCE

Health

This course is designed to fulfill the State of Oregon’s requirement of a one-year health course.  Students will learn how the body works, as well as how to make wise choices regarding their personal lifestyles and health.

Biology

A study covering botany, zoology, human anatomy, and physiology. This is a laboratory class, including dissection and microscope usage.Topics of current interest such as cloning, new medicines, diet and health, etc. will be discussed.

Anatomy (Prerequisite: Biology)

Students will study human anatomy and physiology through hands-on studies and labs throughout the year.  Students will have the opportunity to learn

Chemistry (Prerequisite: Physical Science)

A basic high school chemistry course. Topics include matter, periodic table, chemical and physical reactions. This course is designed for the student who has an elementary knowledge of science and chemistry, but needs to develop the knowledge further.

Physical Science

A basic overview of many scientific disciplines, including: scientific method, meteorology, chemistry, creation,evolution,intelligent design, geology, oceanography, and physics.

Physics

A basic high school physics course. Topics include laws of motion, energy, force, and other basic principles of physics. This course is designed for the student who has an elementary knowledge of science and physics, but needs to develop the knowledge further.

AP Physics 1 (Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Precalculus)
This algebra-based physics class is offered every other year; alternating with AP Physics 2.  It covers mechanics, waves, and basic electric circuits.  Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the year.

AP Physics 2 (Calculus is not required but proficiency in Algebra and Trigonometry is expected)

Topics include:  Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves and optics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics.  This class includes general instruction supported by demonstrations, activities, and class discussion.

Honors Chemistry (Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra II)

A upper-level chemistry course modeled after a 1st year college/university inorganic chemistry course. It is a math-intensive course designed to prepare students to take the AP Chemistry test at the end of the year.

 

BIBLE

Basic Christianity

An introductory course that covers the basics tenets of Christianity designed for students with little to no background in the Bible or Christian beliefs and lower level English skills.

Foundations of Faith

An introduction to the Bible and Christian Faith. Verses from the Bible are memorized on a weekly basis. Topics include discussions about truth, characteristics of God, and others.

Journey of Faith

This course provides opportunities for students to explore and engage in God’s mission as the foundation for the story of the Bible, as the lens through which we all relate to others cross-culturally, as the centerpiece of history, and as the driving force for living “missionally” in whatever context we find ourselves. The course invites students to enter into a deeper understanding of God through joining Him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Old Testament Survey

An intermediate level course that teaches the stories and books of the Old Testament. Some knowledge of the Bible helpful, but not required. Emphasis will be placed on the major stories and figures of the Old Testament and how to apply principles learned in everyday life. Teaching is done through activities, lectures, and worksheets.

Philosophy/ Worldviews

An upper-level Bible course for juniors or seniors. The Biblical Christian worldview is presented and discussed in comparison with Secular Humanism and Eastern religions. Special attention is given to the topics of ethics, the media, and theology.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Government/Economics

Upper level course for juniors or seniors.  Government will examine the basic structures and principles of major types of governments in the world. Priority will be given to a study of the United States government.  Economics will examine the basic principles that govern economics on a world and on a personal level. Topics to be examined include monetary policy, taxes, stock market, and government influence on the economy. Special focus will be placed on individual finances.  Required for graduation.

United States History

An intermediate history course designed for juniors or seniors. Beginning with early exploration of the Americas by Europe and progressing through the present. The major political movements and leaders in US history are studied. Special focus is given to the 20th century through present.  Required for graduation.

AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History

An advanced college level course on United States history that requires more reading and writing and is designed for the advanced student.

World History

A basic introduction to the history of the world on a freshmen level. Beginning at the Biblical creation of the world, this class examines the groups, leaders, and ideas that shaped the world of today.

American History (for International Students)

An intermediate history course designed for students with no backgtound in US history. Beginning with early exploration of the Americas by Europe and progressing through the present, the major political movements and leaders in US history are studied.

MATHEMATICS

* All new incoming students will be tested to facilitate placement in the appropriate mathematics course

Algebra I

An introductory algebra course for freshmen or sophomores. Central to this course is an introduction to symbolic reasoning and calculating with symbols.  Students will develop an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences. Use of algebra in problem-solving situations will also be covered.

Algebra II (Prerequisite: Algebra I)

A continuation of Algebra I. Students will gain experience with algebraic solutions of problems, including quadratic equations, rational functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and the complex number systems.

Algebra III 

This course will start with a review of some of the topics covered in Algebra II, then will cover fractions, roots, quadratic equations and exponential functions.

Precalculus (Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent)

This is a course in college algebra and trigonometry for juniors and seniors, intended to prepare them for calculus. The concept of functions will be stressed. Coverage includes graphs, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, unit-circle and triangle trigonometry, systems of equations, and matrices. Graphing calculators are required.

AP Calculus AB 

This class is structured to prepare you for the AP Calculus AB exam, which will be required to take at the end of the year.  Also covered will be material found on the Calculus BC exam, with the option of taking that exam as well.  Graphing calculators are required.

Honors Business (Math Prerequisite: Algebra I)

A college level Business Math that applies mathematics to everyday business usage, including banking, investments, payroll/income tax, purchasing, product advertising/marketing, and interest loans. Opportunity is given for small accounting projects also. A must class for any college bound business major. HP 10BII business finance calculator required for this class.

Statistics

Covers many activities and will apply statistics to real-world situations.  This class will spend a significant amount of time using spreadsheets and graphing calculators.  During the course of the year this course will cover – Exploratory analysis, Planning and Conducting a Study, Probability and Statistical Inference.

Geometry

Geometry focuses on reasoning, proof, and constructions with a ruler and compass.  Special attention will be given to topics found on the SAT exam.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE

This course is a traditional physical education course that focuses on a variety of activities, sports, and methods to improve and sustain physical fitness. Course requires the purchase of a PE uniform.

ELECTIVES

Seminar

This course provides an introduction to a variety of topics not generally offered at the high school level.  Subjects covered may include areas such as art, classical music, cinema, chess, topics in 20th century history, current world issues, investing and the stock market.  Students will have opportunities to attend concerts, play, operas, ballet and art museums.  Content and trips will vary from year to year.  seminar is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and above.

Yearbook

Yearbook is an upper level class for juniors and seniors. This class covers beginning journalism concepts, photo composition, and digital-imaging software, while allowing students to have first-hand participation in producing the yearly CCA yearbook. Photography and creativity are a daily task for this class. This class also requires time outside of class for writing, photographing sports, activities, and daily life at school.

Introduction to Business

Course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the fundamentals of running a business.  From starting, to budget planning to implementing growth, Introduction to Business will give the student a broad idea of what it takes to be successful in the business world.