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For general academic information, consult the CAJ High School Student Handbook

Typical basic schedules: see graduation requirements

  1. 9th: Bible and PE/Health, English, math, biology, World History, and study hall
  2. 10th: Bible and PE/Health, English: World Literature, language, math, science, study hall and 1 elective per semester
  3. 11th: Bible and PE/Health, English: American Literature, American history, study hall and electives
  4. 12th: Bible and PE/Health, English: British Literature, Japanese Culture/Global Issues, study hall and electives.


Contents

Art

Introduction to Art I

1 semester
This course is an introduction to basic concepts and media in the visual arts as well as a survey of Western art history from classical Greece to the Renaissance. Students will explore the elements of art, discover the ideas and characteristics that make art last through time, be able to judge an artwork’s quality, as well as engage in the process of art-making, and learn to apply biblical principles to art. A field trip to a local art museum may be included in the course.

Introduction to Art II

1 semester
This course is an introduction to basic concepts and media in the visual arts as well as a survey of art history from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. Students will explore the principles of design, discover the ideas and characteristics that make art last through time, be able to judge an artwork’s quality, as well as engage in the process of art-making, and learn to apply biblical principles to art. A field trip to a local art museum may be included in the course.

Ceramics I

1 semester
This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore ceramic media and processes. Students will learn basic skills in hand-building, working on the potters wheel and creating a variety of surface designs. The course also includes a look at some of the scientific and cultural aspects of ceramics, and connections between creation and Creator.
Prerequisite: No prerequisite.

Ceramics II

1 semester
This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore ceramic media and processes. Students will build on clay-working skills learned in Ceramics 1 and apply them to more complex projects. The course also includes a look at some of the scientific and cultural aspects of ceramics, and connections between creation and Creator.
Prerequisite: Ceramics I or instructor approval.

Drawing and Painting

1 semester
This course is an exploration of two dimensional design. Students will discover the aesthetic qualities that make drawing and painting interesting, create their own works in various drawing and painting media, and be able to evaluate the success of their own work and the work of others. Students will also study themes from art history and a look at the ties between art and faith.
Prerequisite: No prerequisite.

Sculpture

1 semester
This course is an exploration of three-dimensional design. Students will discover the aesthetic qualities that make sculpture interesting, create their own sculptures in various media, and be able to evaluate the success of their work. The course will also include highlights from the history of three dimensional form, and connections between creation and the Creator.
Prerequisite: 1 semester of art or instructor approval.

Senior Art

1 or 2 semesters
This one semester class is designed to allow 12th grade students who have taken one or more high school art classes to explore a particular artistic medium or area of interest in greater depth, and to prepare seniors for the more independent initiative required of serious art students in a college setting. The class includes independent study in art history and weekly discussions on selected readings from Madeleine L’Engle, Francis Schaeffer, H.R. Rookmaaker and other sources that relate art and faith.
Prerequisite: 1 semester of art or instructor approval.

Studio Art, AP

The AP Studio Art course is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. AP Studio Art students do not take a written AP exam, but will be responsible for submitting a portfolio of their work for evaluation in May. Students in this class work on producing and evaluating portfolios in the areas of Drawing or 2-D Design. During the first semester students produce 12 artworks that demonstrate their abilities, range and versatility with different media, techniques and ideas. During the second semester each student produces 12 pieces that investigate a single visual idea or personal interest. Students whose portfolios receive a score of 3 or higher may earn college credit at participating universities.

Studio Art I and II

Variations on the Studio Art, AP course.

Bible

Bible 9: Introduction to Christianity

1 semester spread across the school year
This course provides a framework for understanding Christianity. In addition to learning about what is in the Bible, it explores broader questions about the overall story that Christians find in the Bible, where the Bible came from, why Christians look to it for truth and guidance, and how to read the Bible. This framework, when filled out by later classes in the CAJ Bible curriculum, prepares students to succeed in their Bible-based integration of their Senior Comprehensives topic into the overall story that Christians find in the Bible.
Text: NIV Study Bible

Bible 10/11: Understanding the Gospels

The purpose of this course is to equip you to read and understand the gospels, the four narratives about Jesus that begin the New Testament. We will explore questions like: Can the gospels be trusted? Why are there four of them? What kind of book is the Bible? Why were the gospels written? What is the “good news” they tell about? How do the gospels carry forward the story of the Old Testament? Why did the gospel writers choose to include the stories they included?

Bible 10/11: The Screwtape Letters

The purpose of this course is to equip you to think about big questions about life and reality in conversation with Christian teaching, important literature, and your own experience. To do this, we will use C.S. Lewis’ fictional book The Screwtape Letters, a collection of short letters in which a senior demon (Screwtape) gives advice to a junior demon (Wormwood) about how best to tempt a particular human being (“the Patient”) away from God and into hell. Along the way, we will explore questions like: What’s the real difference between good and evil? What’s the world really like? How much can we control ourselves? How can we be truly free? How does having bodies affect how we experience and understand the world? What is God really up to? What do we really need in life, and where do we get it? What is true love?

Bible 10/11: The Wisdom Books

What does it mean to make wise choices in life, especially when we face difficult decisions or encounter painful situations? For help in answering this relevant question, we will look to the Bible’s “Wisdom Books” -- Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job -- and the writings of other important authors such as The Apostle Paul, Elie Wiesel, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We will focus on how Christ is the wisdom and power of God as we investigate the meaning of living well in God’s world -- a world where we often encounter problems, confusions, and even suffering.

Bible 10/11: Apologetics

This course focuses on Christian apologetics—explaining how Christianity answers hard questions and is reconciled with our understanding of the way the world works. After beginning with a survey of what apologetics is, we will learn about how logical arguments work and then begin to look at hard questions that Christians have had to answer throughout history. Through individual and group work, we will learn how Christians understand the relationship between faith and reason, what some of the most important challenges to Christianity are, and how Christians should respond to these challenges, both from a logical and an interpersonal perspective.

Bible 12: Ethics

1 semester spread across the school year
Bible 12 looks at Ethics, as well as playing a role in the Senior Comps process. Students learn what sets Christian ethics apart from secular ethical systems by studying 5 major ethical systems: Deontology, Utilitarianism, Ethical Egoism, VirtueEthics, and Moral Relativism. Once this baseline for understandings about ethics has been laid, students learn about Christian ethics, and compare it to what they know of these 5 secular ethical systems. Students also debate the application of the 10 Commandments to see how they might be used to guide a Christian in understanding the appropriate Christian perspective on current issues.

Computer

Video Production

1 semester, First & Second Semester
In this introduction, intermediate and advanced levels to digital video, students will learn camcorder shooting tips, video capturing techniques, video editing, and exporting video to different forms of media for presenting final projects to a group of people. Projects include making a documentary, music video, and short stories. Software applications include: iTunes, iMovie, iDvd, Final Cut Express.

Digital Photography

First Semester
In this introduction to digital photography, students will learn to capture photos using a digital camera, and photo editing techniques on a computer, and printing. Students will create their own slideshows, using photos that they have taken themselves demonstrating at least 10 different compositional concepts along with brief descriptions of each concept. Students photos may be selected to be used for the yearbook as well as other school publications and the school website.
Software applications include: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Bridge.

Digital Photography and the Graphic Arts

Second Semester
Students will learn to capture photos using a digital camera; editing photo techniques and printing. The main emphasis in this class is to learn how to manipulate photos and original drawings in a photo editing software or illustration software to create various effects that can be used in a variety of situations such as web pages or in print. Student photos may be selected to be used for the yearbook as well as other school publications and the school website.
Software applications include: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Illustrator.

Yearbook Journalism

First & Second Semester
Students participate in an intense study in basic design, typographic principals, digital photographic editing, and caption writing, using professional software applications used in magazine layout production. Students must be self-motivated. Software applications include: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Bridge.

Computers and Computer Programming

First & Second Semester (based on demand)
Students learn database design, computer hardware, networking and programming. In the database design unit, students use FileMaker Pro and MySQL to design databases. Students study the interoperation of the operating system and hardware in the hardware unit. In the Networking unit students study how data moves from computer to computer and how that data is interpreted by the computer. Students study procedural and object-oriented programming and work on individual projects.

English

English 9

2 semesters
An introduction to world literature ranging in scope from ancient epics to contemporary novels. Students interpret, evaluate, and respond to literature as they wrestle with perennial questions about truth, identity, justice, and stewardship. Within each unit, an emphasis is made in developing reading, writing, and presentation skills. Students discuss literary texts, compose analytical and narrative essays, study grammar and vocabulary, and give both formal and creative presentations.
The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451 and How Grammar Works: A Self-Teaching Guide.

English 10

2 semesters
A survey of world literature emphasizing voices from countries other than the US and Great Britain and how people from many cultures have wrestled with the following significant questions: “Who am I?”, “Who is my neighbor?”, “What is wrong with the world?”, and “What is the significance of words?”. Special effort is made to incorporate works from every country represented in the class. Units incorporate composition, vocabulary, and literary analysis. Students will complete an independent study of grammar, give presentations, write in journals, analyze and respond to literature, take tests and quizzes, and write a research-based worldview perspective paper.
Texts include Cry the Beloved Country, Night, A Doll’s House, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

11th grade American Humanities (English and History Credits)

2 semesters, 2 periods
A thematic survey of American history and literature, covering themes such as American identity, foreign policy, voting and minority rights, economics and stewardship, technology and civil rights. Students will learn how literature reflects and affects historical developments in a thematic progression, especially as it concerns the nature of the American dream and the "hyphen-American" experience. Students will give presentations, study and use rhetoric, write both analytical and creative pieces, research and compose a secondary source author paper and participate in online and in class discussions. Texts include The Crucible, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, Obasan and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

AP English Language component: students may choose to participate in the additional work of preparing for the AP Language test, working through essays of synthesis, rhetorical analysis and argumentation, as well as reading strategies for fiction and non-fiction materials and evaluating prose and poetry for rhetorical effect. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

English 11

2 semesters
A chronological survey of American literature from the pre-colonial era to the present. Students explore the ideological progression of literature through the origins of humanity's search for meaning, the rhetoric of revolution, the search for equality, the struggle with hope and despair, the rhetoric of frontiers and novelty, the nature of the tragic hero and the nature of the American dream. Students will give presentations, study and use rhetoric, write both analytical and creative pieces, research and compose a secondary source author paper and participate in online and in class discussions. Texts include The Crucible, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

AP English Language component: students may choose to participate in the additional work of preparing for the AP Language test, working through essays of synthesis, rhetorical analysis and argumentation, as well as reading strategies for fiction and non-fiction materials and evaluating prose and poetry for rhetorical effect. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

English 12

2 semesters
A question driven study of European culture from the medieval to the postmodern, focusing on British literature, seeking to understand man's search for meaning through a foundation of good and a struggle through evil and suffering. Students will read, write, think, research and speak in order to reflect, evaluate and synthesize their learning. The course is organized by units, each of which is comprised of a major polished paper, several timed essays, novel, short story and poetry reading, as well as a major presentation and a literary terms test.
Major texts include: Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Murder in the Cathedral, Macbeth, Hamlet, Great Divorce, Frankenstein, Brave New World, 1984 and one or two contemporary British novels, renewed each year.

AP English Literature:In addition to the above curriculum, students will work through AP reading lists, write essays of poetry and prose analysis and open literary critique, as well as evaluating poetry and prose reading in multiple choice questions. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

EAL (English as an Additional Language) (9, 10, 11)

2 semesters
The EAL classes in high school support students at each respective grade level to improve their academic English across the curriculum. Students are given opportunities to develop their grammar skills, build their academic vocabulary, improve their reading strategies, develop their writing, listening and thinking skills, and hone their presentation skills across the academic content subjects. Students’ English language foundation is strengthened while they are being supported in successfully completing the classroom assignments of these academic subjects.

Home Economics

Home Economics I and 2 (repeatable)

1 semester
This project based course is designed to expand on the cooking and sewing skills from the middle school curriculum. Students will have both individual and collaborative studies in a variety of skills including meal planning and preparation, budgeting, shopping, stewardship of resources, service/hospitality, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlework and quilting. Discussion of how we honor God with these skills is woven throughout the course. Each student also completes an independent project with the approval of the teacher.

Industrial Arts

Industrial Arts I

2 semesters (not required to be sequential)
This is a course designed for the student to gain a working knowledge of woodworking with hand and power tools. The students will be introduced to the basic concepts of woodworking such as how to plan a project, read an existing plan, measure and cut a piece accurately, use common hand and power tools. Scrollwork is the preferred project type. The students build small projects in the process of learning these introductory skills.
Text: Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: A step-by-step guidebook to essential woodworking techniques by Tage Frid (Oct 1, 1994)

Industrial Arts II

2 semesters (not required to be sequential)
This course will build upon the basics introduced in IA I. The students will work on their individual projects using various hand and power tools. Each student must select a woodworking specialty on which s/he would like to focus such as: scrollwork, turning [lathe], bandsaw, whittling, intarsia, etc.
Prerequisite: two semesters of Industrial Arts I or the equivalent as determined by the instructor
Text: Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: A step-by-step guidebook to essential woodworking techniques by Tage Frid (Oct 1, 1994)

Industrial Arts III (offered when possible)

2 semesters (not required to be sequential)
This is a course designed to allow the student to move on from the basics and fundamentals introduced in IA I and II to the higher skills of woodworking. Each student must select a woodworking specialty on which s/he would like to focus such as: scrollwork, turning [lathe], band-saw, whittling, intarsia, etc.
Pre-requisites: two semesters of IA II or the equivalent as determined by the instructor
Text: Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: A step-by-step guidebook to essential woodworking techniques by Tage Frid (Oct 1, 1994)

Industrial Arts IV (offered when possible)

2 semesters (not required to be sequential)
Content students study: This is course is designed to give the student an opportunity to develop his/her skill as a woodworker beyond IA I, II, and III. Each student must select a woodworking specialty on which s/he would like to focus such as: scrollwork, turning [lathe], band-saw, whittling, intarsia, etc.
Pre-requisites: two semesters of IA III or the equivalent as determined by the instructor
Text: Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: A step-by-step guidebook to essential woodworking techniques by Tage Frid (Oct 1, 1994)

Math

Algebra I (Grades 8 or 9 – High School credit only if taken in 9th grade)

2 semesters A basic course in first level algebra. Topics studied include open sentences, systems of equations, graphing of linear functions, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, exponents, radicals, quadratic conditions, absolute values, and practical applications. A graphing calculator is required.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Basic math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as, fractions, percents, decimals, whole numbers and ratios, and successful completion of a Pre-Algebra course recommended
TEXT: Algebra 1 (Pearson 2012)

Algebra 2 (Grades 9 - 11)

2 Semesters
This is an advanced algebra course which includes number systems, review of linear sentences, polynomials, rational expressions; systems of sentences, introduction to functions, coordinate geometry, exponents; logarithms, trigonometry, conic sections; graphing calculator; and some theory of equations, sequences, probability, and statistics.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Successful completion of a year of Geometry and Algebra 1 .
Text: Algebra 2 (Pearson 2012)

Applied Mathematics

This is a high school standard course that develops mathematical applications to situations in everyday life. The course investigates mathematical applications in statistics, financial mathematics, spreadsheets, living spaces and project management. Fundamental skills are practiced regularly. Students are encouraged to consider questions like: How does mathematics help us to understand God's nature? How can we serve others with mathematics? How can mathematics help us find the truth? Essential Skills: Geometry is a recommended prerequisite. No set text.

Geometry — grade 9 or 10

2 Semesters
Geometry is the study of visual patterns. In this course mathematical observation skills are sharpened by recognizing and analyzing these patterns as they relate to the shape and size of objects, both physical and theoretical. This course also includes an introduction to logic and proofs.
The student will continue to learn more about two and three diamentional shapes build on their algebraic base. Mathematical thinking is rigorous and different from much of the thinking used in our everyday lives. Problem solving and logical thinking skills will be strengthened by this class.
Entry skills / Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Text book: Geometry (Pearson 2012)

Precalculus — (grades 10 – 12)

2 semesters
Pre-calculus covers functions and graphs including polynomial, power and rational functions; Exponential, logistic and logarithmic functions; Trigonometric functions and identities; Discrete mathematics including sequences and probabilities. This course prepares students for Calculus.
Entry skills / Pre-requisite: Advanced Algebra
Text: Pre-calculus, Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic/Demana, Waits, Foley, Kennedy Addison Wesley(2006)

Calculus (Non AP and AP) (grades 11 – 12)

2 semesters
Non AP Calculus: This is for students who take Calculus but opt not to take the AP exam. The topics of study are the same as AP Calculus.
AP Calculus: This course prepares students for the AP Calculus exam in the spring. The study focuses on properties of functions: continuity, limits, differentiation and integration, volumes of solids of revolution. Students who complete the course satisfactorily should be adequately prepared to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.
Entry skills / Pre-requisite: Pre-Calculus

Calculus-BC (12 grade)

2 semesters
A second year Calculus AP course. In addition to the AB requirement also covers topics like partial fractions, integration by parts, Taylor and Maclaurin series and lengths of curves. Students who complete the course satisfactorily should be adequately prepared to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Completion of Calculus (AB)
Student Text: Calculus Graphical, Numerical Algebraic

Statistics, Advanced Placement

This is a college-level course that investigates the nature of data collection, techniques of data analysis, probability and inferential statistics. The course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Statistics exam, although this is not required. Students are encouraged to consider broader questions such as: How do we find the truth in this world? How can we serve others with mathematics? How can God's love of truth guide our research? Essential skills: Algebra 2, although current enrollment in Precalculus or Calculus is an advantage. Text: Stats: Modeling the World (Pearson).

Music

Band: Concert Band

2 semesters
In this class, the student will rehearse and perform a higher level of music literature, as well as learn the advanced skills and techniques that are necessary to perform such music. The student will learn to play and cooperate in a team environment. The student will understand and appreciate his/her fellow classmates and the other instruments, as well as their own. Through class rehearsal and individual practice time, the student will build self-discipline on their instrument, which will lead to improved skill of the instrument, and will also transfer to other aspects of the students’ life. Through concerts and other public performances, the students will gain an understanding of music’s impact on and its relationship with the school, church, and community at large.

Band: Jazz Ensemble

2 semesters
Jazz Ensemble is a class in which musicians come together to learn and play as a collaborative ensemble. Most of the time students will play as one whole unit (big band), but there will also be time and opportunities provided for students to work in smaller groups called combos. Learning jazz is like learning a new language, therefore listening is a critical component for all students. Weekly listening to jazz musicians is a requirement in this class and suggested artists are available for students who have no reference point for their instrument. Improvisation is what makes jazz what it is. Students will be taught a systematic approach to improvisation and soloing in class through theory and application. Students will have opportunities to practice soloing with both the whole ensemble and smaller combos. Students will learn how to effectively communicate in the language of jazz, be it through interpretation or improvisation, ultimately learning how God has created us in his image as creative beings.
Prerequisite Director’s approval

Band: Wind Ensemble (pending staffing and interest)

2 semesters
In addition to the opportunities available in the Concert Band, students in a wind ensemble will have the opportunity to cover a wider range of repertoire for their instrument in the form of solos, same-instrument ensembles (ensembles/consorts), and larger family ensembles such as brass, woodwind, percussion, or any combination therein. Members of the ensembles will have the opportunity to perform in venues that are not possible with a larger ensemble. Such possibilities may include, but are not limited to: solo and ensemble festival, Christmas carols, churches and other venues, based on ability and time limitations of the class. A smaller class setting will allow students to go deeper into the music they rehearse and perform, which will in transfer into and further enrich the Concert Band.
Prerequisite Director’s approval

Choral: Concert Choir

2 semesters
This course seeks to encourage the development of a lifelong love of singing. Areas of study will include basic vocal technique, the development of music reading skills including sight singing, and the performance of music literature with both sacred and secular texts ranging from the Renaissance through contemporary styles. Though the choir is a group activity every effort will be made to encourage poise, confidence, and musical artistry in each individual singer. Performance opportunities include three on-campus concerts, and the KPASSP Choral Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.
Prerequisite: An audition with the director may be arranged to determine the student’s vocal range and ability.

Choral: Chamber Singers

1 credit/year
This course is designed for singers from the Concert Choir who desire a higher level of music, are independent learners, and are willing to spend time outside of the school day in rehearsal and performances. This course is one of the primary public ministry outreaches of Christian Academy in Japan. Literature includes sacred and secular music of the 16th to 21st centuries. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, outreach concerts for local churches, morning worship services and festivals. Chamber Singers rehearse two mornings per week; rehearsals are before school (7:20 - 8:20 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be called as needed. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. (Financial aid is available.) Open to students in 9th grade and above.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir is required. Auditions for this group occur in May for the following school year. Additional auditions may take place in the beginning of the school year.

Handbell Ensemble

1 credit/year
The CAJ Handbell Ensemble is one of the public ministry outreach groups of Christian Academy in Japan. The group rings five octaves of handbells and five and a half octaves of handchimes, sometimes includes other instruments (as needed and available), and occasionally utilizes student conductors. Ringing technique is taught in class, and musicianship is emphasized. Literature includes sacred and secular music written specifically for handbells, arrangements of hymns, praise songs, and other well-known songs, and transcriptions of classical pieces. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, morning church services, and outreach concerts. The CAJ Handbell Ensemble rehearses two mornings per week before school (7:15 to 8:15 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be scheduled as needed. No prior ringing experience is necessary. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. Concert attire is provided.
Prerequisites: Ability to read music (treble or bass staff or both) is required. Auditions are held in late May or early June for the following school year.

Orchestra: String Orchestra

2 semesters
Course open to students in grades 6 through 12 who are currently studying a string instrument at an intermediate level equivalent to a grade 3 or above of the ABRSM or Trinity examinations. Students will study music from a variety of styles and genres in preparation for concert performance. Students receive practical experience in string ensemble and orchestral playing. Only string students may register for Orchestra. Rehearsals include sectionals, chamber music, small groups and larger ensemble. The course includes the development of listening skills, music theory, and opportunities for student leadership such as student teaching or student conducting. The Orchestra performs at school concerts and church or community events.
Prerequisite: Director’s approval

Concert Band/Concert Choir

2 credits/year
This option is designed specifically for those students who would like to continue to develop both instrumental and vocal skills. These selected students will alternate between choir and band rehearsals, which will meet during the same period of the day. Students are expected to practice the material for both classes on their own time in addition to practice with the groups during the class period. Attendance at all performances, such as on-campus concerts and the KPASSP Choral festival, is mandatory.
Prerequisite: Band and choir directors’ approval at the beginning of the school year or at semester change.

Physical Education

PE/Health

(Required Course for 4 semesters of HS)
All students will be taking PE/Health each year they attend CAJ. In 9th grade the emphasis will be on physical fitness, the body systems, wellness, nutrition and first aid/CPR. In 10th and 11th grade a variety of lifetime sports and activities will be taught as well as an emphasis on mental and social health, substance abuse and sexuality. 12th grade will be a time to choose specific areas of sport interest and develop skills further as well as prepare for adult health issues and deepen health literacy.

Strength and Conditioning

1 semester
PE Elective. This course will give students the opportunity to know and understand the benefits of a well-planned strength and conditioning program, as well as be familiar with terminology, basic concepts of program design and basic physiology. Students will be able to prescribe and implement an appropriate program to improve total body strength, power, speed, agility and balance. They will be able to perform various exercises with good technique, and will demonstrate the ability to incorporate proper safety procedures into training activities.

Social Studies

History 9

2 semesters
World History is a broad-reaching subject, but is essentially a study of people. This class will explore the ways in which people have changed over time, and the ways they've stayed the same. We'll examine what people believe, what they've done, and how our environment changes our behaviors. We will investigate many cultures, events, and conflicts in an attempt to discover the connections of the past to the present. Students will have a variety of ways to demonstrate their understanding through discussions, debates, projects, presentations, and collaboration.
Texts include Ancient World History, Patterns of Interaction, 2003 , MODERN WORLD HISTORY

AP Economics (Micro and Macro)

2 semester elective for 11th and 12th graders.
This course focuses on microeconomics in the first semester, and macroeconomics in the second semester. Students have the choice of taking the micro and/or macro AP tests. Economic principles are set in the context of contemporary society and current events. This is an exceptionally rigorous class as the demands for preparing for both tests demand the same pacing as a college semester course.
Text: Foundations of Economics (7th) by Pearson
Prerequisite: Administrator approval

AP World History (Advanced Placement)

2 semester elective usually taken in Grade 10, open to other grades.
This course is a survey of world history from pre-historic times to the present. Students will consider the following essential questions: “What can we learn about how to live from studying the past?” and “How does the past influence the present?” Students will do research, social studies skill development activities, analyze documents, write essays/essay circles, write DBQ essays (document based questions), give presentations, take tests/quizzes, and participate in discussions.
Texts: The Global Experience AP Edition,
Prerequisite: Administrator approval

Soc. St. 11: U.S. History

2 semesters
A survey of United States history from 1400’s to the present. Students will consider the following significant questions: “Who is my neighbor?”, “Why should Christians study history?”, and “What is the relationship between the development of American society and the ideals of democracy, individualism, capitalism, and Judeo-Christian values?” Students will give presentations, write essays, debate, discuss issues, read one novel (The Jungle) and take tests.
Text: The Americans Copyright 2005

11th grade American Humanities (English and History Credits)

2 semesters, 2 periods
A thematic survey of American history and literature, covering themes such as American identity, foreign policy, voting and minority rights, economics and stewardship, technology and civil rights. Students will learn how literature reflects and affects historical developments in a thematic progression, especially as it concerns the nature of the American dream and the "hyphen-American" experience. Students will give presentations, study and use rhetoric, write both analytical and creative pieces, research and compose a secondary source author paper and participate in online and in class discussions.
Texts include The Crucible, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, Obasan and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

AP English Language component: students may choose to participate in the additional work of preparing for the AP Language test, working through essays of synthesis, rhetorical analysis and argumentation, as well as reading strategies for fiction and non-fiction materials and evaluating prose and poetry for rhetorical effect. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

AP U.S. History 11th grade

2 semesters
In addition to the normal U.S. History material, students will do outside reading, write essays from past AP tests, and discuss historical interpretations. Students will review two weeks before the AP test using study guides and practice tests. Major assessments include book reviews, essays, and document-based questions. Student Texts: American Pageant, 13th edition
Prerequisite: Administrator approval

Soc. St. 12: Japanese Culture and Global Issues (JCGI)

2 semesters
Students will move between units in Global Issues and Japanese CultureGlobal Issues: A survey of contemporary issues and governmental systems. Students will consider the following significant questions: “How should Christians use wealth and power?”, How should Christians apply truth and justice to complex situations?”, and “Why is it important for Christians to be aware of cultures and issues around us?” Students will participate in an Senior Comprehensives, participate in a Senior Ministry trip, and participate in a wide variety of group activities including debates and discussions. Japanese Culture: An integrated study of Japanese culture and history (prehistoric to the present). Students will analyze Japanese cultural values and experience a variety of traditional art forms including wood block printing and kabuki. Students will consider the following significant questions: “How has my life in Japanese culture shaped who I am?”, “What does it mean to be a Christian in Japanese culture?”, and “What role will Japanese culture play in my future?” Students will travel to Tohoku and Aizu Wakamatsu, write a reflection paper addressing Christianity in Japan, give presentations, read one novel (Silence), and interact with speakers. Required Senior Course

Science

Science 9: Biology

2 semesters
This course covers topics of ecology, cell biology, and genetics; the five kingdom classification systems are studied ending with a look at God’s ultimate creation: humans. Students will consider the following significant questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us? What are some aspects of genetics that have an impact on society? How do the organ systems of our bodies work together? Students will write a genetics report, complete a body system project, and do a newspaper article review. Required freshman course.
Text: Miller & Levine’s Biology (2014)

AP Biology (Advanced Placement) (grades 11-12)

Subject to Availability
2 semesters
AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course, and completing the course prepares students for the AP Biology exam. The course focuses on developing conceptual understanding of scientific principles and processes that relate to living organisms and systems using science practices. The course is designed to help students also develop inquiry and reasoning skills, be able to design a plan for collecting and analyze data, and connect concepts in and across domains. Prerequisite: Biology
Texts: Campbell Biology, (10th Edition, 2014)

Chemistry (Grades 10 - 12)

2 semesters
Chemisty is the study of the interaction of natural substances at the molecular and atomic level to produce many phsyical phenomena that humans observe in their daily lives. The course is designed to be as interactive, participative and motivational as possible. Students will be given ample opportunity to experiment and use chemical substances, and challenged to link experimental observations to theoretical facts. Prerequisites: Biology, and Algebra II.
Text: Chemistry Matter and Change (Glencoe McGraw-Hill), teacher supplied notes

AP Chemistry (Advanced Placement) may be offered some years for 11th or 12th grades

2 semesters
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.
AP Chemistry strives to meet the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course are expected to attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic.
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. Surveys of students who take the AP Chemistry Exam indicate that the probability of achieving a grade of 3 or higher is significantly greater for students who successfully complete a first course in high school chemistry prior to undertaking the AP course. Thus it is strongly recommended that credit in a first-year high school chemistry course be a prerequisite for enrollment in an AP Chemistry class. In addition, the recommended mathematics prerequisite for an AP Chemistry class is the successful completion of Advanced Algebra

Environmental Science (primarily 10th grade)

2 semesters
This is a high school course that seeks to apply principles from all the scientific disciplines to issues of environmental care and sustainability. Especially, it will consider case studies in the environmental impact of human activities. Essential questions will include: How can we care for the creation? What issues need to be considered when making viable environmental decisions? What aspects of modern life-style are hindering/helping the care of the environment?
Prerequisite skills: Biology is recommended.
Text: Environmental Science (HMH)

Physics (Grades 10 - 12)

2 semesters
This is a non-AP high school physics course which covers concepts in classical mechanics, waves, sound and an introduction to electricity. Concurrent enrollment in a math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students can take one of the AP Physics courses the following year if they choose to.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2.
Text: Physics, by Walker, (Pearson)

AP Physics 1 (Grades 11 or 12)

2 semesters
This is a college-level physics course which covers topics in classical mechanics, waves, sound, and an introduction to electricity. Concurrent enrollment in a higher-level math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students who complete the course should be adequately prepared for the Advanced Placement Physics 1 exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2. Enrollment in a higher-level math course is recommended.
Texts: Physics, by Walker (Pearson).

AP Physics 2 (Grades 11 or 12)

2 semesters
This is a college-level physics course which covers topics in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and quantum physics. Concurrent enrollment in a higher-level math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students who complete the course should be adequately prepared for the Advanced Placement Physics 2 exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2, although Precalculus is recommended.
Texts: Physics, by Walker (Pearson).

Robotics

1 semester
This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be using VEX EDR robot kits, Robot C software, Virtual Worlds and Autodesk Inventor. Students will start off learning with the Claw-Bot about engineering, engineering problem solving and basic programming. They will be given basic introductions to VEX EDR robots and Autodesk® Inventor®. Topics will include programming, sensors, logic, building basics, gear ratios, torque and friction, project management, scientific method based decision making. However, the main learning is going to revolve around the inquiry of the student. Learners are expected to be active participants and they can take their learning beyond the classroom.

World Languages

Japanese

Japanese I 2 semesters
Every year Japanese I focuses on the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with the emphasis on Japanese daily culture. This course is intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese. Hiragana, katakana, and kanji (50) are taught in the context of the cultural content the student is learning. Students will study greetings, self-introductions, shopping, food and drink, family, daily routines and school.

Japanese II 2 semesters
Every year Japanese II reviews and continues conversation and focuses on complex grammar, mastering the verb and adjective forms. Cultural studies are emphasized in speech/presentation, project, writing assignments. This course is intended for students who have taken Japanese I or have a similar competency level. Prerequisite: Japanese 1. Students need to have mastered hiragana and katakana in reading and writing.

Japanese III 2 semesters
Every year Japanese III reviews and continues conversation and focuses on complex grammar, reading, listening, and writing simple compositions. Cultural studies are emphasized in speech/presentation and project besides composition. The course emphasizes the use of Japanese for active communication. Prerequisite: Japanese II

Japanese IV 2 semesters
Every year Japanese IV focuses on refining the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to prepare for going to the AP Japanese course. Students study grammar and practice oral and writing skills with new vocabulary and kanji, do presentations and projects and write compositions. Prerequisite: Japanese III

AP Japanese 2 semesters
Every year AP Japanese is designed to develop students’ proficiency in Japanese through the integration of the four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students are expected to be self-motivated and are prepared to take the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam. The course is conducted entirely in Japanese. In addition to studying kanji and increasing reading comprehension, students will express their thoughts through compositions, presentations and projects. In order to enhance their knowledge about Japanese culture, class materials include articles, brochures, advertisements, videos/DVDs, websites and supplementary books. Prerequisite: Japanese IV

Japanese Literature and Society 2 semesters
This course is designed for students with native, or near native, Japanese language skills. This class, conducted fully in Japanese, focuses on the study of selected works by Japanese authors that deal with linguistics, geography, history, religion, and culture. Students are expected to have Japanese skills high enough to read, comprehend, analyze, and critique all reading material in Japanese. Students are also expected to demonstrate of such responses to their reading in written Japanese. The objective of this course is to enhance each students’ Japanese language skills in order to understand and appreciate Japanese culture further and deeper, and to love and serve the Japanese people as Christ taught us. AP Japanese test may be taken if not already taken. Prerequisite: Native level Japanese skills, significant amount of formal Japanese education or equivalent.

Japanese Literature, 20th Century Authors 2 semesters
This course is designed for students with native, or near native, Japanese language skills. This class, conducted fully in Japanese, focuses on the study of selected 20th century Japanese authors and their notable works. Students are expected to have Japanese skills high enough to read, comprehend, analyze, and critique the works of 20th century Japanese authors in the original language. Students are also expected to demonstrate of such responses to literary works in written Japanese. The objective of this course is to enhance each students’ Japanese language skills in order to understand and appreciate Japanese culture further and deeper, and to love and serve the Japanese people as Christ taught us. AP Japanese test may be taken if not already taken. Prerequisite: Native level Japanese skills, significant amount of formal Japanese education or equivalent.

Spanish

Spanish I 2 semesters
Spanish I is an introduction to the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students begin writing short compositions within the first nine weeks. Cultural studies of Spanish speaking countries are woven throughout the curriculum. Religious vocabulary is increased through the use of Spanish Bible texts for devotions and the memorization of Bible verses in Spanish.

Spanish II 2 semesters
Spanish II reviews and continues conversation, complex grammar, and advanced reading, listening, and writing assignments. Cultural studies continue to be woven throughout the curriculum. Students will begin giving short speeches in Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I.

Spanish III Honors 2 semesters
Spanish Honors/III reviews and continues conversation, advanced grammar, reading, listening, and writing. Cultural studies are presented with each unit emphasizing a different geographical area of the Hispanic world. Literature for each unit is also presented. Students give longer speeches in Spanish. The course also teaches to the Spanish SAT which students should be prepared to take in November.


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