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High School Program

High School Core Curriculum

 

Bible 9—Kingdom of God & Discipleship (That the World May Know-Focus on the Family/Exploring Faith & Discipleship- CSI) Historical/narrative approach to understanding God’s Plan for humanity and the inauguration, advancement, and consummation of the Kingdom of God. (1st semester)

Personal life application through group discussion, personal Bible study, personal  prayer and devotional exercises aimed at Connecting students with God’s plan for beginning the Church, expanding  the Church,  and interacting with their lives. (2nd semester)

Bible 10—Biblical Doctrines & Christian Community (Bible Doctrines- ABeka/Exploring Faith & Ethics- CSI) A Systematic approach to understanding God’s Process for relating to Him, His Word, and to other believers by thoroughly examining the major doctrines of the Church. (1st semester)

Personal life application through projects and assignments aimed at helping students relate to the broader Christian Community.  Students will examine the doctrine of the Church, a variety of world religions, and become familiar with denominations and issues involving the local, national, and world Christian community (including controversial/fringe/cultic distortions of Christianity). (2nd semester)

Bible 11Apologetics & Christian Calling (Timeless Truth-ACSI/ Exploring Apologetics- CSI/Explorer’s Guide—Kendall-Hunt) A systematic approach to defending the Faith through informed, compassionate Apologetics that examines a variety of attitudes including the comparison of mainline Christian beliefs as well as other world religions and cultic groups. (1st semester)

Personal life application through interactive projects and assignments focused on the theme of Christian Life Calling and Purpose.  Students will be encouraged to actively and prayerfully seek God’s direction and revelation in the areas of foundational values, their unique design, and their God-given personal mission. (2nd semester)

Bible 12Worldviews & Christian Thought (Sophie’s World, FRS; The Question of God, PBS; wide variety of periodical literature readings) First semester is a historical/narrative approach to critical ideas in Western Philosophy and foundational presuppositions that inform Classical, Christian, and early Modern worldviews.  Second Semester focuses on 20th Century cultural developments and the shift from modern to post-modern perspectives.  Writing exercises and projects are used to cultivate cultural literacy and critical thinking skills necessary for an informed articulation of foundational personal beliefs (worldview!). Can be taken for Honors credit.

 

English 9—Introduction to Literature (ABeka) This course introduces students to the basic elements of literary analysis, grammar/punctuation, essay writing and vocabulary development through the study of prefixes and Latin and Greek roots.  Literary modes include the short story, the novel, the play, and poetry.

English 10—American Literature (ABeka & Bob Jones University Press) Students will view American history and culture through its literary development.  It exposes students to the positive and negative forces that have shaped our nation’s social and literary consciousness.  Students will study symbolism, theme and character development by reading novels, poetry, and critical essays and research paper writing.

English 11—British Literature (ABeka & Bob Jones University Press.) Students will study the development of written English through the literary modes of poetry, drama, essay, and novel. Higher-level engagement with grammar/composition and critical thinking will equip students with skills needed for standardized college-entrance testing.

English 12—Communication Studies/Writing Skills (ABeka/Essential of Speech Communication-McDougal-Littell/American Short Stories-Nextext) Students will engage in a broad range of college-preparatory activities including speech communication, technical writing, research paper writing, and literary analysis.  Emphasis will be given to public speaking, research and thesis development, and critical thinking skills.

 

World History & Cultures (World History Human Legacy- Holt Rinehart & Winston)  Foundational class in historical studies, primarily for freshmen.  Surveys significant themes, events, ideas, and individuals that have shaped human history.  Teaches students the tools of historical study while examining the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the world’s major civilizations.  Western civilization is emphasized, but comparative overviews of non-Western cultures are also included.

U. S. History since the Civil War (The Story of America-Holt, Rinehart, Winston) General survey of significant themes, events, ideas, and individuals that have shaped U. S. history since the Civil War.  Begins with an overview of the Early Republic and its division, and then pursues more in-depth examinations of major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the U. S.  Students conduct research on topics such as oral history, local history, biography, and other topical themes.

Civics (Third Alternative:  Christian Self-Government, Xulon; Electing Our Government, St. Martin’s) This multi-faceted course cultivates civic awareness in students and equips them to be informed, active citizens.  Students read and analyze key documents in American government, with extended emphasis on the Constitution of the United States.  They also study the functions and purposes of national, state, and local government.  The course concludes with a general survey of economic systems, principles, and basic elements of the U. S. economy. (1 semester course)

AP U.S. Government & Politics (“We the People: A concise Introduction to American Politics”, by Thomas Patterson, McGraw Hill) - (1 semester course) This class is a college-level, semester long study of the American political system.  It surveys the historical developments that inform the political ideals of the American Republic.  Students pursue an in-depth study of the Constitution and learn how its principles and provisions are embodied in our governmental institutions, political culture, and public policy.  Additional topics include perspectives on civil rights/liberties; the role of political parties, activist groups, and media in shaping public policy, perception, and participation. 

Illinois History and Government (Primary Text:  Illinois:  Crossroads of a Continent by Lois A. Carrier (U of I Press, 1998); articles from Illinois Heritage magazine and the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society also are used.- (1 semester course) This one-semester class is open to juniors and seniors and is offered as a Dual-Credit class with Parkland College (but taught here at Judah).  Students are introduced to the significant cultural, political, social, and economic events and influential individuals that define Illinois history and government.  Students will connect specific historical events with long-term trends and be expected to critically express their insights and observations in class discussion and written examination. Methods of historical inquiry, use of primary sources, and interpretation of data will also be learned through writing projects, including a research paper. Course will receive the “honors” designation.

20th Century World Affairs (Primary Text: The Choices Program- curriculum resources produced by the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.  Video segments from The People’s Century, produced by WBGH Boston). (1 semester course) This course is a survey of the important developments in world affairs that defined the past century and shaped our contemporary world.  The United States began the century as an emerging player on the world stage.  Victory in the Spanish-American War and Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy activities made America into an imperialistic force that challenged the dominance of the Great European Powers. As Europe consumed itself in the Great War, America stepped into a new role “to make the world safe for democracy.”  The changing U.S. role in the world was guided by critical decisions and choices, motivated by specific values and interests, and accompanied by significant consequences that influence foreign policy to this day.  These realities provide the framework for investigations throughout the semester.

 

Algebra IA (Prentice Hall Mathematics) A one-year course that covers the first half of the standard Algebra I course. Focus is on: solving equations and applying proportions; solving and graphing linear functions, inequalities, and systems; problem solving and real-life applications.

Algebra IB (Prentice Hall Mathematics) A one-year course that covers the second half of the standard Algebra I course.  Focus is on: exponents; operations with polynomials; graphing and solving quadratic functions and equations; working with radical and rational expressions and functions; problem solving and real-life applications.

Algebra I- (Prentice Hall Mathematics) A one-year course that covers standard first-year algebra (All content in Algebra IA and IB is included in this course).  Focus is on: rational and radical expressions; linear and quadratic equations; graphing linear and quadratic functions and systems; problem solving and real-life applications.

Geometry- (Prentice Hall Geometry) Formal approach to the study of plane geometry.  Topics include: properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; rules of angle measurement in triangles; concepts of right triangle trigonometry including vectors; Law of Sines, Law of Cosines; transformations; and circles.  Student should have a minimum pre-requisite of C in Algebra 1 or Algebra1A/1B. 

Algebra 2 (Prentice Hall Algebra 2)  Topics include: linear, quadratic, rational, radical, logarithmic, and exponential functions and equations; matrices, probability, conic sections and as time allows selected topics of discrete math and right triangle trigonometry. The College Algebra course follows.  Pre-requisite: A minimum grade of C in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A/1B and Geometry.

Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry (Prentice Hall Algebra 2) (Honors)  Topics include: linear, quadratic, rational, radical, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric functions and equations; matrices, conic sections, probability, sequences, series, normal distributions; unit circle, trigonometric identities.  The Pre-Calculus course follows. Pre-requisite: A minimum grade of B in Algebra 1 and Geometry.

College Algebra (Houghton Mifflin) In-depth course intended for college-bound students who desire 4 years of high school mathematics.  Topics include: polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations; systems of equations and matrix methods, determinants, Cramer’s Rule; sequences and series, binomial theorem; and analytical geometry. Pre-requisite: A minimum grade of C in Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 w/Trig.

Pre-Calculus (Houghton Mifflin) (Honors) A very rigorous course in terms of mathematical content and pace to prepare strong math students for Calculus.   The content covers both college algebra as mentioned above and college trigonometry including the topics of trigonometric identities, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions and equations, vectors, DeMoivre’s theorem, polar graphing, and rotation of conic sections.  Pre-requisite: A minimum grade of B in Algebra 2 w/Trig.

Calculus or AP Calculus AB- (Houghton Mifflin) (Honors) Calculus is a college-level mathematics class that covers advanced material similar to the first semester of a calculus sequence or AP Calculus AB syllabus.  Topics covered include limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications to related rates, optimization problems, and area under a curve, complex volumes, force, work, and fluid pressure.  (Topics of a 2nd semester of a college-level course will be covered as time allows in the spring.)   This course is an Honors course or can be taken as an Advanced Placement (AP Calculus AB) course with additional assignments/projects and more rigorous testing to better prepare the student for the AP Calculus AB exam in May.  Pre-requisite: A minimum of B in Pre-Calculus.

 

Introduction to Chemistry/Physics (Bob Jones University Press) Foundational science course intended to introduce freshmen to the physical world, ordered and designed by the Creator to function according to physical and chemical laws.  Students will master the tools and skills of scientific inquiry through problem solving, laboratory investigation, and guided experimentation. 

Biology (Bob Jones University Press) Introduction to life sciences that emphasizes general biological principles:  how design determines function, how complexity exists only within organization, how diversity of organisms reflects a wondrous Creator.  Fields of study include botany, taxonomy, zoology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and genetics, cellular and molecular biology.

Chemistry (Addison-Wesley Prentice Hall) An in-depth examination of the chemical make-up of the physical world-- important to all students who wish to understand their increasingly synthetic and technology-driven culture; essential for those who anticipate scientific study in college. Emphasizes the quantum model of atomic structure and its relationship to the physical universe.  Engages students in precision laboratory experimentation and problem solving activities.

Physics (Cutnell & Johnson, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Physics is the most basic of all sciences.  It deals with the behavior and structure of matter.  It is divided into classical physics: motion, fluids, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics: relativity, atomic structure, condensed matter, nuclear physics, elementary particles, cosmology and astrophysics. Pre-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher. This course is an Honors course.

 

Spanish 1 (“Realidades”- Prentice Hall) Introduces students to the structure of the Spanish language with an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.  Students begin to grasp the language through practice in basic conversation skills, reading, and writing exercises.

Spanish 2 (“Realidades”- Prentice Hall) Students develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and gain more mastery of vocabulary and grammar.  Understanding of Spanish culture is extended through studies in the geography and customs of Hispanic countries.  Fluency in the language is developed through more creative speaking and writing activities.

Spanish 3 (“Paso Y Paso”, Prentice Hall) Intended for the motivated foreign language student.  Provides an in-depth review of previously-learned grammatical structures.  Emphasis is placed on reading short stories and a novelette.  Greater ease of speaking is a primary objective.

Spanish 4 (“Paso Y Paso”, Prentice Hall) Honors Spanish class for the highly motivated student.  Emphasis is placed on development of reading skills through the use of Spanish literature and La Biblia.  Use of the tools of self-expression in oral and written Spanish helps students achieve an advanced command of the language in oral and written forms.

Spanish 5 (will begin in the 2014-2015 school year)

 

Health - A one semester course, taken as an on-line course provided by Judah Christian School; generally completed by the end of the sophomore year, but open to any high school student.  This course is required for graduation.

Physical Education (Sports Participation may be used as substitute) Four semesters total (girls First Semester; boys second Semester).