Course Descriptions

Advanced Placement

AP Art History – 1 credit

This course is designed to foster in students an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. In addition to visual analysis, this course emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender and the functions and effects of works of art. Prior art training is not a prerequisite nor does the course cater exclusively to future Art History majors. This course was designed to meet the requirements of the Advanced Placement Art History requirements precisely. Students will learn to look at these works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity and to articulate what they see or experience in light of a Christian worldview. Students will able to identify the presence or absence of Biblical truth reflected in art and architecture through the centuries. 
Prerequisites: Course intended for Juniors and Seniors. Successful completion of World History and high-level reading and writing skills are strongly recommended.

AP Biology – 1 credit

This challenging course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Over two semesters, the students are engaged in a wide variety of activities, with substantial emphasis on interpreting and collecting data in virtual labs, writing analytical essays and mastering Biology concepts and connections. The key themes of the AP Biology course are: the scientific processes, the effects of science on technology and society, the chemistry and make up of living organisms, genetics, Creation, and diversity.  
Throughout this course you will be expected to answer questions, reflect on issues and complete lab activities. The primary emphasis is to develop an understanding of concepts rather than memorizing terms and technical details. The course will successfully prepare you for the AP Exam in May.
Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I, Algebra I

AP Calculus AB – 1 credit

An interactive text, graphing software and math symbol software combine with the exciting on-line course delivery to make Calculus an adventure. This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Calculus AB exam given each year in May. With continuous enrollment, students can start the course and begin working on Calculus as early as spring of the previous year!
An Advanced Placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning.
Most colleges and universities offer a sequence of several courses in calculus, and entering students are placed within this sequence according to the extent of their preparation, as measured by the results of an AP examination or other criteria.
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry

AP Chemistry – 1 credit

Advanced Placement Chemistry is equivalent to a full-year introductory college course in general Chemistry. Student will learn fundamental analytical skills to logically assess chemical problems proficiently, based on a Christian worldview. Through fascinating and elaborative lessons, students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions based on informed judgment and present evidence in clear and persuasive essays. 
Prerequisites: Algebra 1

AP Computer Science A – 1 credit

The AP® Computer Science A course is equivalent to the first semester of a college level computer science course.  The course involves developing the skills to write programs or part of programs to correctly solve specific problems.  AP® Computer Science A also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable.  At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications.  In addition an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course.

Prerequisites: Algebra I & II

AP English Language and Composition – 1 credit

The AP Language and Composition course will provide high school students with college level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric and expository writing.   Students will become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.  Both their reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  This course will effectively prepare students for the AP Exam by enabling them to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts, while developing further communication skills on a college level.
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, English I, II (honors), with a B+ average. Student will be exposed to a college-level course

AP English Literature – 1 credit

For a year, participate in an AP upscale dining experience in the AP Literature and Composition course. Students act as food critics of exquisite literary cuisine.  Menu items include reading, analyzing, writing, rewriting, and discussing creations by the master chefs, renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors' narrative techniques, this dining experience equips students with recipes for success in college, in a career and the AP exam.
Prerequisites: Recommendation, English I, II, III with a B+ average. Student will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.

AP Macroeconomics – ½ credit

You have been called upon to assist the leader of the Macro Islands who is running for reelection next year. The economy is in shambles, and you need to come up with some feasible solutions. This will not only help the people of the Macro Islands but will also ensure a victory for your employer.
You were hired over the Internet and received a first class ticket to the Macro Islands where you can learn first hand about the situation. You arrive at Pineapple Airport in the middle of the day and are met by a man with a briefcase who is holding a sign with your name on it. You approach the man and introduce yourself.
"I'm Mr. Scarcity," he says. "I'll be your guide as you learn about the economic situation of the islands. You need to learn everything you can about both macroeconomics and our Macro Islands for your presentation to our island leader in May." (Your AP Exam.)
Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

AP Microeconomics – ½ credit

You traveled to the Macro Islands to assist the leader in winning re-election. You came for a job, but you realized as you were working that you loved the islands and wanted to make your home there. Because you are adept at giving economic advice to the leader, you have been appointed as the new President of the Sunny Seas Shell Company.
As part of your role in assuming the leadership duties of the company, you will need to brush up on microeconomics. The Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Equilibrium to act as your personal assistant and advisor as you transition into your new role. You will be learning all you can about microeconomics and will be required to exhibit your knowledge in May at the annual Board of Directors’ meeting (the AP Exam).
Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

AP US Government – ½ credit

"Lights, Camera, Action" ...Prepare to study the intricacies of the American Political Culture. The script is written and the actors participate daily in the drama of American politics. You will be "on location" to delve into primary source documents. You will go behind the scenes with stars such as the President, Congress people, and Supreme Court Justices. You will research the roles of the media, political parties, interest groups, states, candidates, bureaucracy, and the public in the governmental process. Finally, you will witness the large- scale production of policy building in the areas of economic/social policy, foreign policy and public administration.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of American History is strongly recommended.

AP US History – 1 credit

This challenging course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Over two 18 week semesters, the students are engaged in a wide variety of activities, with substantial emphasis on interpreting documents, writing analytical essays, and mastering factual content. Woven into the chronology of the course are the key themes of American History. Issues of American identity, diversity, religion and culture are examined. Economic transformations, the development of politic institutions and reform movements are evaluated. War, slavery, and demographic changes are assessed. Globalization and environmental issues are analyzed. These themes appear consistently in the course as the student journeys through broader course topics such as colonial and antebellum life, civil war and reconstruction, the gilded age and on to modern America.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of World History is strongly recommended

AP World History – 1 credit

AP World History covers the history of the world from 600 C.E. to the present with an introduction unit on the period before (covering around 8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.). The course emphasizes ―patterns of change‖ and the connections between the various world cultures throughout the time period being studied. Students will gain an understanding of the global experiences of humanity and be able to apply that knowledge to their growth and development as ―citizens of eternity‖. 
The class has two major goals: (1) to prepare students to be successful on the AP World History exam and (2) to provide students with an understanding on why the world developed the way it did.
Prerequisites: None

Bible

 Apologetics I and II

We are commanded as Christians to always be prepared when anyone asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (I Peter 3:15). These courses are designed to help students ―always be prepared.‖ To fail to offer young followers of Christ the opportunity to know and understand the rational reasons for Christianity is to prepare them for a life of shallow faith or to set them up for disillusionment over what they ―grew up believing.‖ Apologetics will open students‘ minds to the logic of Christianity and the rationality of the Christian worldview. Apologetics I and II will include Scripture memorization and personal devotional time as important aspects of a whole apologist. 
Prerequisites: None

Apologetics I – ½ credit

This course will introduce the rationale for studying apologetics and provide a basic understanding of the study of rational arguments. The course will define and identify worldviews helping the student to see the distinctions of a Christian worldview. The relationship between evangelism and apologetics will be studied. In the context of evangelism the course will prepare students to present arguments for the existence of God and the validity of Scripture. This is a semester course and won an ACSI award in 2006.

Apologetics II – ½ credit

The second course in apologetics will start with creation in Genesis and end with the new creation brought about by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Much time will be devoted to understanding the present debate of origins scientifically and theologically. In this course the problem of pain – why bad things happen to good people – will be responded to. Most importantly, reasons for belief in the resurrection will be studied and responses to common objections to the resurrection will be addressed. This is a semester course and won an ACSI award in 2006. Students are not required to take Apologetics I before Apologetics II.

Basic Bible Doctrine I and II – ½ credit

 Basic Bible Doctrine I is an upper-level high school course that covers several of the basic doctrines in Scripture, including the doctrines of Scripture, God, man, and sin. These teachings are dealt with in a systematic way that shows the unity and consistency of biblical truth. 
Basic Bible Doctrine II continues where Basic Bible Doctrine I left off. It covers the basic doctrines of Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, and Last Things. Care is taken to ensure that the doctrines presented are firmly established on the inerrant Word of God. 
Prerequisites: None

Have We Lost Our Minds?! Worldview Curriculum for Teenagers – ½ credit

 Have We Lost Our Minds?! directs students to comprehend core Christian truths with immediate application to their personal life, countering current cultural ideas. The student is taught a basis for Christian thought so that they construct a biblical worldview which addresses real issues in the real world. Because this course is designed to engage worldly thought processes, it is imperative students be able to rent, download, or borrow movies (i.e., Signs, The Matrix, Mission to Mars, etc.) and music. Since they are contemporary movies, parental discernment is advised before signing up for the class. This course is best taken by those that have finished the second semester of their sophomore year in high school (and those older than that). 
Prerequisites: None

Life Shaping Decisions- Applying God’s Word to College and Career Planning – ½ credit

 Life-Shaping Decisions is a one-semester course that aims at helping high school students think about life after high school from God‘s perspective. In today‘s world, that is a difficult task. Most people are consumed with living life from a perspective adopted from the world around them. This course will challenge young adults with the biblical concept of career stewardship. It will also give them the resources to begin building their own career plan wisely and faithfully. 
Prerequisites: None

Understanding the Times I and II – ½ credit apiece

 Understanding the Times (I and II) is a one or two semester course for the 11th or 12th grader (or adult) that brings a host of Christian worldview and apologetic experts to you. This class will help you clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview and how it compares with the tenets of other leading worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism. It is a challenging, demanding, and rich course. 
Some of the issues covered include: abortion, apologetics, the arts, biotechnology, critical thinking, cults, euthanasia, leadership, radical environmentalism, radical feminism, the problem of evil, religious pluralism, scriptural reliability, and more. The material has been provided through a partnership with Summit Ministries.
Prerequisites: None

Credit Rescue

Algebra 1 (CR) – 10 weeks

Algebra I is the foundation!  The skills you’ll acquire in this course contain the basic knowledge you’ll need for all your high school math courses.  Relax!  This stuff is important, but everyone can do it.  Everyone can have a good time solving the hundreds of real-world problems that are answered with algebra.
Each module in this course is presented in a step-by-step way right on your computer screen.  You won’t have to stare at the board from the back of a classroom.  There are even hands-on labs to make the numbers, graphs and equations more real.   It’s all tied to real-world applications like sports, travel, business and health.
This course is designed to give you the skills and strategies for solving all kinds of mathematical problems.  It will also give you the confidence that you can handle everything that high school math has in store for you.

Algebra 2 (CR) – 10 weeks

Prepare yourself to explore the exciting world of Algebra Two! This course will allow you to learn while having fun. Interactive examples help guide your journey through customized feedback and praise. Concepts are applied to everyday occurrences such as earthquakes, stadium seating, and purchasing movie tickets.  Through the use of technology, you will investigate the effects of an equation on its graph.
Travel through systems of equations, factoring, radical and quadratic equations in the first segment. In the second segment, you will venture into the realms of polynomial functions, rational equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, landing at sequences and series. Your instructor will be your guide along this journey and will provide you with timely advice.

American Gov (CR) – 10 weeks

Responsible citizenship means more than just paying taxes.  It means understanding the principles and practices of government.  It also means defining your beliefs as to what good government is.  In this course, you will gain a greater understanding on the history of the country's beginnings, and knowledge of how government functions at the local, state and national levels.   
The purpose of this course is to help you become an informed and active citizen.  In part, the Declaration of Independence asserts that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”  Make yours an informed consent.

American history (CR) – 10 weeks

American history is full of big questions that grab our attention. In this course, you will look at some of the most profound questions that thoughtful Americans still debate. You will research many important events throughout the history of America. In the process, you will witness the development of America from its first settlers to today’s superpower status. 
Questions about slavery, regulation of business, religious freedom, and how to maintain a stable world order have always been part of the American experiment. Most of the time, the answers are not so simple, but we want to know what you think. To develop your personal beliefs, you will use verified sources, including original documents and the writings of people contemporary with the events.

Biology (CR) – 10 weeks

This Biology course is designed to give the student a fundamental look at the characteristics of living organisms and their environment. Students will be introduced to the creation, structure, function, and diversity of living matter. 
The course provides scientific inquiry and discovery by incorporating hands on labs and a variety of web based activities that engage the student in their study of the biological life that surrounds us all.

Chemistry (CR) – 10 weeks

This course is designed as an interactive, 21st century course focusing on Chemistry. Topics include the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications.
This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of Chemistry. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web  tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of Chemistry in the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.

Economics (CR) – 10 weeks

Whether you are buying a car or renting a movie, your financial transactions affect you and the world around you.  How all this buying and selling creates an economy will become clear when you enter the virtual world of Econ City.
In Econ City, you will learn how government, business and the individual consumer influence our economic system.  In the shopping mall, you will see how your buying decisions influence the kind of products stores decide to sell.  At corporate headquarters, you will examine how businesses compete for your dollar.  At the bank, you will find out how wealth is measured.  And when you consult with your financial advisor, you will discover how much you are worth, and how to spend what you have wisely.   
The purpose of this course is to help you become a more informed consumer, producer, investor and taxpayer.  Your choices will directly affect your future, regardless of the city in which you live.

English 1 (CR) – 10 weeks

What can you see?  Somebody (your teacher) really wants to know.  This is one course in which what you see and what you say really matters.
No two people experience books, plays, or community events in exactly the same way, and no two people describe their experiences with the same words.  How clearly can you see what is happening before you?  How compellingly can you describe what you saw to others?  In this course, you will find out.
Short stories, poems and plays convey messages and feelings that make them great.  In this course, you will learn how to look for the message.  You will learn how to trust your feelings about that message.  And you will learn how to express clearly and convincingly what you think.  The purpose of this course is to give you the tools to see and hear with real understanding and to communicate with real conviction.

English 2 (CR) – 10 weeks

Join us in English II to see how the human experience – real life, your life – is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. We explore specific aspects of the human experience such as laughter, obstacles, betrayal, fear, and transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed. 
In this English II course you have countless choices when it comes to demonstrating what you have learned. 

English 3 (CR) – 10 weeks

“Extra, extra, read all about it!”  It’s all right here in black and white, in the pages of The Virtual Times newspaper.  Published at key periods in our American history, The Virtual Times takes us right into the action.  The writing is clear and concise.  The stories and opinions give us perspective.  The sports and entertainment sections give us the color and flavor of the times.
In English III, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times.  You’ll gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written.  You’ll discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences.
You’ll also be asked to observe, investigate and report on stories of today.  The goal is to be thorough, accurate and compelling in your writing.  Perhaps in times to come, people will want to read what you thought and wrote.

English 4 (CR) – 10 weeks

Choose any door, and the person inside will let you in.  Dozens of authors will invite you in to experience their works of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry.  After that, it’s up to you.  What you think about their ideas and the ways in which they present them is what will matter.
In this course you will be asked to choose the literature that interests you, analyze the subject matter as it is presented, and persuasively express your own ideas.  Every genre of literature has its own conventions for expressing emotions, perceptions, information and biases.  You will develop the tools to critically analyze what is being said, and share your insights with others.
As high school seniors, what you choose and what you say becomes very important.  The purpose of this course is to provide you with doors to open, ideas to experience, and opportunities to effectively express what you think.

Geometry (CR) – 10 weeks

One day in 2580 B.C., a very serious architect stood on a dusty desert with a set of plans.  His plans called for creating a structure 480 feet, with a square base and triangular sides, using stone blocks weighing two tons each.  The Pharaoh wanted the job done right.  The better our architect understood geometry, the better were his chances for staying alive. 
Geometry is everywhere, not just in pyramids.  Engineers use geometry to bank highways and build bridges.  Artists use geometry to create perspective in their paintings, and mapmakers help travelers find things using the points located on a geometric grid.  Throughout this course, we’ll take you on a mathematical highway illuminated by spatial relationships, reasoning, connections, and problem solving.
This course is all about points, lines and planes.  Just as importantly, this course is about acquiring a basic tool for understanding and manipulating the real world around you.

World History (CR) – 10 weeks

Whether they lived 3,000 years ago or 100 years ago, people are always making history.  It does not matter if they lived in medieval Europe or ancient Egypt, the people who came before us are responsible for nearly all that we have today.  
World History gives students the opportunity to visit the past, connect with the present, and look to the future. Join others in the exploration of ancient and modern civilizations, their impact, and their contributions to today's global society. The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of a global community.

English

English 1 – 1 credit

This is one course in which what students see and what students say really matters. No two people experience books, plays, or community events in exactly the same way, and no two people describe their experiences with the same words. How clearly can students see what is happening before them? How compellingly can they describe what they saw to others? In this course, students find out. 
Great books, short stories, poems, and plays convey messages and feelings that make them great. In this course, students learn how to look for the message. They learn how to trust their feelings about that message and how to express clearly and convincingly what they think. The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to see and hear with real understanding and to communicate with real conviction.
Prerequisites: None

English 2 – 1 credit

In English II, students learn how the human experience—real life—is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, students explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as laughter, obstacles, betrayal, fear, and transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, students explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.
 As in life, students have many choices in the English II course. They choose the order in which they complete the units. Students also choose some of the works they read and have countless choices when it comes to demonstrating what they have learned. Whether reading a poem or a novel, writing a story or an analysis, or studying a Shakespearean tragedy or a modern suspense film, students  explore what it means to be human, a subject on which they are already experts!
Prerequisites: English 1

English 3 – 1 credit

“Extra, extra, read all about it!” It’s all right here in black and white, in the pages of The Virtual Times newspaper. Published at key periods in American history, The Virtual Times takes us right into the action. The writing is clear and concise. The stories and opinions give us perspective. The sports and entertainment sections give us the color and flavor of the times. 
In English III, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times. Students gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. They discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences. Students are also asked to observe, investigate, and report on stories of today. The goal is for students to be thorough, accurate, and compelling in their writing.
Prerequisites: English 1 & 2

English 4 – 1 credit

Students explore the world of big ideas in English IV, where they choose which path they will travel first while exploring highly engaging thematic units. Each path guides students through a series of literary pieces, allowing students to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of the time as we