Twelfth Grade Curriculum
In this course, students prepare to defend their faith by learning about the worldviews that compete with Biblical Christianity: Marxism-Leninism, secular humanism, cosmic humanism, Islam and postmodernism. The worldviews are explored through the disciplines of theology, law, history, philosophy, ethics, psychology, sociology, politics, and economics.
Honors British Literature & Composition
The students will gain familiarity with British authors and their writings from some of the earliest known writings through the sixteenth century. The students will learn to appreciate the development of British literature in conjunction with its historical development. Units of study include the Anglo-Saxon Period, Medieval Period, Elizabethan Period and Shakespeare. Students will also continue to work on writing, mechanics, and vocabulary skills for the college setting.
Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations.
Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 2: Algebra-Based
AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.
This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.
Anatomy and Physiology
In Anatomy and Physiology, students learn about systems of the body, and how parts of them interact. A “levels of organization” approach is taken. Systems studied include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system and somatic senses. An overview of the digestive, respiratory, lymphatic, reproductive, and the excretory systems may be included.
In Astronomy, students use a hands-on approach to learning about the tools used to observe and measure bodies beyond the atmosphere of the Earth. The objectives for the course of Astronomy are to be able to compare our Sun to other stars; to explain how stars and planetary systems form and how stars produce energy; to explain how objects in the solar system move using Kepler’s laws of motion; to explain how technological advances have allowed us to test our hypothesis and expand our knowledge about the universe; to be able to explain the seasons; and to understand the movement of the moon around the earth and the reason for eclipses.
The goal of the Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
In this course, students will graph polynomial functions, determine domain, range and zeros of functions, use laws of exponents and logarithms to simplify expressions, use polar coordinates/complex numbers, establish trigonometric identities, and use trigonometric functions to model and solve real-life problems. Emphasis will be placed on graphs, and ownership of a graphing calculator is required.
The Statistics course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
The primary purpose of this course is to teach the principles of double-entry accounting and to learn the rules and procedures of accounting for profit-motivated businesses. Learning the “how” and “why” of accounting will not only enable one to keep accurate financial records for business, but will give one the capacity to use the same techniques in making wise personal decisions.
The Spanish IV course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The Spanish IV course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish.
The Spanish IV course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music , laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
Senior Research and Speech (Senior Project)
For Senior Research and Speech, each student selects a topic of passionate interest and investigates that topic by reading books or journals and interviewing professionals. Students are to initiate a relationship with a mentor; write a research paper from their findings; generate a real-world product; compile a portfolio as evidence of their learning; and present their findings, using multi-media, to an audience of peers, teachers, younger students, school board members and parents. It is a high-stakes course that demonstrates a student’s college readiness.