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HS Course Descriptions

ALCS HIGH SCHOOL COURSE  DESCRIPTIONS

 
BIBLE

Students are required to take 4 credits of Bible to graduate from Abundant Life Christian School.  Transfer students will be grandfathered in to this requirement.

BIBLE 12-WORLDVIEWS & WORLD RELIGIONS (1 Cr):  It is an examination of various world views & religions from a Christian perspective.  Special attention is given to helping students understand what it means to embrace a Christian world view.  Students are challenged to be able to explain not only what they believe, but why they believe it.  As the course examines other world views, the students focus on how our foundational presuppositions shape our lifestyle choices, beliefs, and answers to life’s major questions such as Where did I come from?, Where am I going?, and What is the meaning of life?  The second semester provides an overview of the major religions and cults stemming from these world views.  Students should recognize how these religions function in the context of the cultures that they are part of.  More importantly, students should gain a heart to pray for these people and play a part in the effort to reach them for Christ.  In essence, this course is an aid to preparation for life after high school; because students will be confronted throughout life with individuals who hold radically different ideas from their own, this course will equip them to respond biblically while choosing to live out their faith in every aspect of their daily life.

SOCIAL STUDIES

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & CIVICS (1 Cr):  This course will examine the structure of government in the United States and how it functions.  The primary focus will be on the national level, but attention will also be given to state and local government and how citizens can be involved at all levels.  The course will also address many important current issues that are part of the political debate in this nation.

AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS (1 Cr):  This course offers college level of difficulty and sophistication in the study of government and politics in the United States.  Because of the complexity of assignments and the difficulty of tests, freshmen and sophomores who enroll in the class must demonstrate past success at a level that shows they will be able to succeed in an AP class.  Coursework prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in U.S. Government & Politics administered by the College Board in May.  There is an additional fee to take the exam.  Most colleges and universities will issue college credit to those students scoring above a pre-determined level on the A.P. exam.  Homework commitment time exceeds the High School norm and is commensurate with college level coursework.

US HISTORY 1800-PRESENT (1 Cr):  This course is offered to 11th grade students and runs the duration of the school year.  It gives students an overview of our nation's past from the Antebellum era of the early 1800s to modern times.  Attention is paid to the major individuals and movements that have shaped American history.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY (APUSH) (1 Cr):   This course is taken by 11th & possibly 12th grade students, and will be taught in a hybrid learning style using curriculum from Sevenstar Academy. (Prerequisites:  Instructor/Administrative approval.  APUSH is offered to 11th & 12th grade students).  This course offers college level of difficulty and sophistication in the study of U.S. History.  The primary purpose of this course is to enable the committed student to learn, appreciate, analyze, reflect upon and write well about America’s past.  Study focuses on the political, diplomatic, economic, intellectual and cultural history of the United States from the colonial era to the present.  Coursework prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in American History administered by the College Board in May.  There is an additional fee to take the exam.  Most colleges and universities will issue college credit to those students scoring above a pre-determined level on the A.P. exam.  Homework commitment time exceeds the High School norm and is commensurate with college level coursework.

GLOBAL STUDIES (1 Cr):   This course is taken by 12th grade students, and will be taught in a hybrid learning style using curriculum from Sevenstar Academy.  What does it take to live in a complex and increasingly interdependent global society? It takes knowledge and skills that help you understand the people in this world God has created, their environments and issues. Your assignment is to learn about global decisions that affect us and missionaries throughout the world through problem-based learning from a Biblical worldview.  Global studies will be taught by ALCS staff in a hybrid format using curriculum from Sevenstar Academy.

SOCIOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY (1 Cr):  Sociology examines how human behavior is influenced by our membership in groups and society as a whole by looking at how humans are socialized and culture is transmitted from one generation to the next.  Special attention is paid to examining significant social issues from a Biblical perspective including marriage and family, sex roles, social status, race relations and poverty/wealth, among others.  Psychology is an orderly investigation of psychological concepts and their applications in light of biblical truth regarding human nature.  The course primarily focuses on insight into human nature.  Some of the topics covered include the origins of personality, the nature of learning/thinking, motivation and emotions, and dealing with stress and frustration.

ENGLISH

ENGLISH 9 (1 Cr):  This course is taken in 9th grade for the entire year.  In this basic-level English course, students will learn foundational skills in the areas of literature analysis, numerous writing forms, grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary comprehension.  Students will employ their knowledge through literature discussion and essay writing. Students will learn to compare/contrast literary themes with biblical values.

SPEECH/COMPOSITION (1 Cr):   Speech and Composition are separate classes; each is taken during one semester of 10th grade.   Speech class is designed to provide students with basic public speaking skills, as well as in-depth understanding of the process of effective communication.  Composition class incorporates literature into the study of major areas of writing disciplines.  During both semesters, emphasis is placed on developing advanced vocabulary, mechanics, usage and grammar skills.

AMERICAN LITERATURE (1 Cr):    This course is offered to 11th grade students and runs the entire year.  In this upper-level English course, students will read, analyze, and interpret American literature from Puritan to contemporary times.  The study and discussion of various literary works will enable students to interpret universal themes and struggles, and to develop a biblical perspective of these themes and struggles.   Students will also use literature to practice creative and critical thinking skills.  These skills are then demonstrated through a variety of classroom activities and assignments, including essay writing, discussion, speech activities, and testing. In addition to the study of American literature, students will explore the six traits of writing, and incorporate those components in their various writing projects.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (1 Cr):   Prerequisites: Instructor/Administrative approval.  AP Literature and Composition class is offered to 11th grade students only. Students must complete assigned summer reading and accompanying study guides over the summer. Completed study guides are due the first day of class.  This course offers college-level difficulty and sophistication in the study of literature and composition.  The A.P. English course in Literature and Composition engages students in careful reading and critical analysis of literature.  Structure, style, themes, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, literary devices and tone of literary works are examined and discussed.  Composition work emphasizes students’ ability to explain clearly, cogently, and elegantly an understanding and interpretation of literary works through the prism of a biblical worldview.  The A.P. Literature exam will be offered by the College Board in May; an additional fee is charged to take this exam.  Many colleges and universities will issue college credit to those students scoring above a pre-determined level on the A.P. exam.  Homework commitment time exceeds the high school norm and is commensurate with college level coursework.

BRITISH LITERATURE (1 Cr): This course is offered to 12th grade students and runs the entire year.  In this upper-level English course, students will read, analyze, and interpret British literature from Anglo-Saxon to contemporary times.  The study and discussion of various literary works enables students to interpret universal themes and struggles, and to develop a biblical perspective of these themes and struggles.  Students also use literature to practice creative and critical thinking skills.  These skills are then demonstrated through a variety of classroom activities and assignments, including essay writing, discussion, speech activities, and testing. In addition to the study of British literature, students will explore the 6 traits of writing.  Students will receive rubrics outlining the usage of the 6 traits of writing, as they will incorporate those components in their various writing projects. British Literature lays the foundation for students wishing to pursue A.P. Literature the following year.

MATHEMATICS

*Math tracks will be determined by placement tests prior to ninth grade.

PRE-ALGEBRA (1 Cr):  This course will help students develop their basic math, as well as, introduce algebra concepts.  A calculator may not be used in the first semester.

ALGEBRA I (1 Cr):    This course will give students instruction on algebra concepts, such as, solving equations, graphing, factoring, and working with polynomials.

GEOMETRY (1 Cr):    (Prerequisite: Algebra I). While using a hands-on, inductive approach to learning, students will learn truths found in planar and solid geometry.  Significant time is also spent growing each student’s deductive logic skills.

ALGEBRA 2 (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Geometry). This course will review algebra 1 concepts and give instruction on more advanced algebra concepts, such as, radicals, quadratic equations, and conics.  A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required.

ADVANCED MATH (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Algebra 2).  During the first semester, students will study Trigonometry.  During the second semester, students will study probability, statistics, and an introduction to Calculus.  A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Advanced Math with a minimum grade of “B”)  Calculus is the study of four main concepts: limits, derivatives, indefinite integrals and definite integrals.  The student will learn to analyze these concepts numerically, algebraically, verbally and graphically.  A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for each student.  This course is equivalent to a first semester college calculus class, and students who pass the College Board AP Calculus Exam in May are eligible to receive college credit from most colleges and universities.  There is an additional fee to take the exam.  Acceptance into this A.P. course is subject to Instructor approval. Homework commitment time exceeds the High School norm and is commensurate with college level coursework.

CONSUMER MATH (1 Cr):  Consumer Math will be offered through Sevenstar Academy as an online course.  This comprehensive review and study of arithmetic skills applies to both personal and vocational business opportunities. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, percentages, basic statistics, and graphs. Practical applications in finance, taxes, budgeting, banking and home ownership are provided.  Prerequisites: None

SCIENCE

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (1 Cr):   Open to 9th grade students.  Students get an introductory overview of both chemistry and physics in this course.  The first half of the course covers the chemistry of matter.  The second half covers the physics of matter.   Concepts will be explored during classroom discussions and demonstrations.  There is an emphasis on hands-on learning with many student laboratories taking place.

BIOLOGY (1 Cr):     Open to all 10th grade students, or to 9th grade students who have completed or will be scheduled in Algebra 1 during the 9th grade year.  9th grade students who are in Algebra 1 at the same time as Biology must have earned a grade of “B” or higher in their Math 8 course.

CHEMISTRY (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Biology).    This course follows a logical, sequential development of major chemistry principles.  It is organized around a central theme that the properties of matter are a consequence of its structure.  Classroom discussion, demonstrations, and laboratories are methods used to enhance the learning of these concepts.  Students are encouraged to integrate their faith as they learn about the evidence of design in the order and complexity of chemical processes.

PHYSICS (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Chemistry and enrollment in Algebra 2 or Advanced Math. Exceptions require administrative approval.).  Physics involves the study of motion, the effect of forces, and various forms of energy, such as heat, light, electricity, and magnetism.  Involved in the study of most chapters are practice problems and hands-on laboratory explorations.  The mastery of physical laws is fundamental to all sciences and satisfies a natural curiosity for a deeper understanding of God’s creation.

ADVANCED PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY (APC) (1 Cr):   (Prerequisites: Chemistry and Physics with a minimum grade of “B”).  This course will use a combination of group projects, laboratories, and demonstrations along with traditional teaching methods to engage students in a deeper understanding and use of both chemistry and physics.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The following co-ed classes are offered by ALCS to meet the physical education requirements for graduation.  All classes are 1 semester, meet 2 days per week, include physical fitness testing, and earn ¼ credit per semester.  Students in 9th grade, and those transferring to ALCS who have not had Health, will take one semester of Health as well.

HS  PE (.50/yr):   Instruction, practice and play in an extensive number of team activities with a primary focus on lifetime sports.  Students are also introduced to weight training principles and personalized weight training programs to increase muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.  Safety practices, weight room etiquette, and various lifting techniques are taught.Fitness tests are performed during each semester and are used for grading purposes and the indicating of measurement physical improvement.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

*While Foreign Language is not required for graduation, it is required for college entry.  It is strongly recommended that college-bound students begin taking foreign language in their freshman year, as it may not fit into their schedule at ALCS later.

Note: A student receiving a failing grade at the end of any first semester Spanish course will be administratively dropped for second semester.

SPANISH I (1 Cr):    (No prerequisite). Students will develop conversational and written Spanish language skills within controlled, practical contexts.  While acquiring basic conversational skills, the students will be exposed to the underlying grammatical structures of the language.  Students will develop a general understanding and appreciation of the skills involved in learning a foreign language through various reading, speaking, writing, and listening activities. They will also have assigned readings in English that lead them to think critically about the role of Spanish and Spanish speakers in the United States today.

SPANISH II (1 Cr):    (Prerequisite: Spanish I).  Complete review of necessary structures from Spanish I.  Students will gain a greater fluency of Spanish skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities and will learn additional verb tenses and gain more linguistic awareness of the grammar of the Spanish language. (The class will use hybrid technology to enable students to be exposed and assessed on their increasing language ability through a variety of measures, while always being monitored by a competent teacher.) They will have cultural assignments that lead them to understand diverse perspectives by studying parts of either Mexican or Central American cultures.

SPANISH III (1 Cr):    (Prerequisite: Spanish II).  Complete review of necessary structures from Spanish I and II.  Students will improve their ability to write and converse in Spanish with improved functional accuracy, begin to read more extended authentic texts, learn and practice all of the verb tenses, and study a few of the many Spanish-speaking cultures in South America.  This is a project-based course and will include many complicated language tasks such as, but not necessarily, putting on a fashion show, making a newspaper, creating a video drama, and reporting historical news from various Spanish-speaking countries.

SPANISH IV (1 Cr):   (Prerequisite: Spanish III).  This course is a continuation of Spanish III. The Spanish language will be studied through the literature and history of Spain, and related language tasks.  Oral presentations, cultural research projects, reading authentic texts, writing essays and journals, listening to extended speech, and re-teaching language items to other students are some of the activities that will strengthen the student’s ability to use the language to communicate usefully.  The use of the spoken and written language with increasing functional accuracy is emphasized, along with critical reading of academic texts.

*Although this is not an AP course, students who wish to take the AP test in Spanish will be given the option to challenge themselves to that level with the teacher’s assistance, although extra-class hours will most likely be required for success.

FINE ARTS

2-D ART (.50 Cr):   Open to 9-12th grade students, focuses on drawing and painting. Learn basic drawing skills such as perspective, portraiture, still life, composition, expressive line and explore elements of art and design. You will experiment with several drawing and painting materials and will be challenged to express yourself in your art.

3-D ART (.50 Cr):    Open to 9-12th grade students, focuses on sculpture and ceramics. You will be exposed to several types of sculpture building materials and concepts. Examples: carving, wire, paper mache, recycled art, textiles/fabric arts, mosaics, etc. You will also complete two or three ceramic projects during the year, as well as get a chance to throw on the pottery wheel!

MIXED MEDIA ART (.50 Cr):    Open to 9-12th grade students, covers the whole spectrum of art but focuses on projects that use both 2-d and 3-d qualities together. You will be challenged to think outside of the box to create a wide range of art projects. Examples: altered books, print-making, collage, paper cutting, ceramics, sculpture, textile art. This class challenges you to try new things.

CHOIR (.50 Cr):   This choir is open to all 9th -12th grade students.  The basic concentration will be on the ALCS Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as the WSMA (WI School Music Association) spring choir festival.  We hope to also have 1-2 outside performance opportunities.  Attendance at all performances is mandatory.  This class will meet 3 times per week and will earn ½ credit per year. Light written homework assignments will be given.

BAND (.50 Cr):  Beginning 2012-2013, Band will be offered through Overture Band Programs, Inc., who provides Band programs to private & parochial schools who would otherwise be unable to provide instrumental music instruction to their students.  Overture hires state licensed instrumental music teachers to teach in schools it contracts with.  Parents pay “band tuition” to Overture to have their children participate in the Band program.  Teachers provide weekly group band rehearsals and semi-private lessons, teaching students all aspects of playing their instruments.  Students will participate in two concerts per year, as well as other musical opportunities including Honor Band & Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Summer Band Camp and Summer Lessons are also available.  Parents will need to provide a quality instrument (rented or owned) related supplies, & lesson books.

**Choir and band are both elective classes.  With the exception of piano entries, any student wishing to participate in the spring solo/ensemble festival on an individual or small group basis is required to participate in either the band or music program at ALCS.

PUBLICATIONS (.50 Cr):     (Open to students in grades 10‑12 by Instructor Approval Only, due to the nature of this class and limited number of students the lab can accommodate.  This course provides students the opportunity to dramatically affect the finished product of the Abundant Life Christian School yearbook.  Students will be responsible for all facets of yearbook development and production.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following: marketing and fundraising, soliciting donor sponsors, layout and design, employing basic photography skills, meeting deadlines, collaborating on development of theme, surveying and gathering information, generating professional communications, uploading photographs to Jostens website, scanning photographs, creating and organizing online folders, navigating the Jostens website.  This class requires students have the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with other students on Yearbook Staff,  show initiative, exercise good judgment and self discipline, be respectful of the computer lab, and be self motivated. In addition to work completed in class, students WILL BE expected to attend various school activities and events outside of classroom hours. This class meets 3 times a week for the entire school year.  Upon completion of the Yearbook, another publication will be worked on.

Additional Electives

HS Electives:
Drama Club, Competitive Sports, Worship Team, Art Club

MS Lunch Electives:
Art Club, Competetive Sports, Drama Club, Stomp

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