The Writing & Grammar 12 contains very thorough explanations of grammatical concepts such as the parts of speech, phrases and clauses, usage, and mechanics. It introduces advanced grammatical concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbs, and adverbial nouns. It also includes reference chapters on library skills and study skills. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to apply grammatical knowledge to communication. Students are led through the writing process and are given specific writing assignments throughout the course. Projects include a research paper, a literary analysis, a folktale, a narrative poem, a hymn, an analytical essay, an interview, a memoir, an analogy, and an in-class essay.
British Literature discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. Traces English Christianity from its beginning to the present and studies the Shakespearean drama, Macbeth.
In the American Government, students will learn about essential features of American government, from the historical and scriptural foundations to a detailed analysis of its inner workings. The course provides an overview of changes and developments in our government with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and current events.
Economics introduces and explores key principles of economics from household purchases to the stock market. Each chapter includes personal finance sections which explain important economic principles and provide practical information about budgeting, banking, debt, credit and interest. Students will also learn about issues related to national economic systems and policies.
Physics offers classical mechanics, work and energy, periodic motion and wave theory, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. These topics are presented in conjunction with real-world modeling exercises (dominion modeling) that reinforce a Christian worldview by demonstrating the relevance and validity of approaching science from a biblical perspective. The course is mathematically rigorous and algebra-based. The well-prepared student should have completed at least two years of algebra and one year of geometry instruction. In order to help students succeed, the necessary math skills are gradually introduced in a scaffold fashion, reinforced with numerous example problems.
Precalculus equips students for college with precalculus skills. This advanced math curriculum emphasizes functions, graphing, and trigonometry throughout and introduces differential calculus.
Personal Finance addresses the need for financial competency as students leave high school. The class is divided into basic record keeping, ethics, budgeting, goal creation, personal and corporate taxation, insurance and retirement planning. The class is presented in context to current life and economic circumstances and the application of Biblical principles of money and family.
The first semester, we study world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Scientology, Mormonism, and others. The purpose of the course is to prepare the seniors for encounters with people of other religions they will possibly encounter when they leave high school. The second semester we study apologetics, to give students insights on how to share their Christian faith, and the reasons behind why we believe what we believe, knowing that the Christian faith of our graduates will be challenged when they leave their homes. We will be using a book called "Smooth Stones" by Joe Coffee, an outstanding guide for students, as well as truths from the Word of God.