Ninth Grade Curriculum
The Life of Christ
This course presents the life of Christ beginning with His existence prior to creation and His prophesied coming in the Old Testament, proceeding to His birth, His three year ministry, death, resurrection, and extending to His current work in the world, second coming and eventual heavenly rule. This course will teach the goals of establishing a Christ-like character as the students incorporate the teachings of Christ into their own lives.
In biology, students learn about how living things function, from a bottom-up approach. Students begin with learning about the chemical basis of life, continue with studying cells as the basic unit of life, and end with differences among the kingdoms and major phyla. Along the way, they study the basic principles of Mendelian genetics, causes and types of genetic mutations, and the basic theory of Darwinian evolution. Students engage in respectful discussion of scientific evidence that supports Creation as the origin of life and how it contrasts/compares with arguments that support Evolution.
Algebra 1 content involves understanding, writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations—including systems of two linear equations and inequalities with two unknowns. Quadratic equations are solved by factoring, by completing the square, by using graphs, or by applying the quadratic formula. Students will become proficient with operations on monomial and polynomial expressions. Students are introduced to rational expressions and use their factoring skills to simplify and compute expressions.
The Geometry course includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Topics include logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument. Students will be required to use different technological tools and manipulatives to discover and explain much of the course content.
World Studies III
The course content goals are to understand key political, economic, military, religious, and geographical forces which shaped and still shape our world; to possess a chronological and thematic perspective of western culture and civilization; to possess a visual sense of western civilization and history; and to be able to view western civilization and culture from different perspectives and interpretations. The year will conclude with a research paper on a global issue.
Honors World Literature & Composition
In this course, students will develop abilities in language arts to be able to read, write, speak, and listen for a variety of purposes. The course will focus on composition, grammar, literature, and reading. Literary pieces will focus on the Ancient East and Greece as well as Shakespeare. Writing will include developing effective paragraphs, an autobiographical essay, the five paragraph essay, and quick writes. Research writing will also be a required element using MLA. Grammar will be a weekly focus.
This course builds upon the language skills students gained in their elementary and middle school Spanish classes. At the high school level, all four elements (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) of language learning are taught, with special emphasis given to the development of conversational language skills. The culture of Latin America is also studied through videos and guest speakers from other countries.