Enhanced courses are an excellent option for students who want to have additional teacher interaction and accountability. Some important things to note about Enhanced Courses:
To take full advantage of our Enhanced courses, it is important that students stay on track with their scheduled assignments. This allows them to benefit from the discussions with their teacher and classmates. Meeting deadlines is a skill that will aid students in their high school classes and beyond. Enhanced courses require assignments to be turned in by the due date to receive full credit. For each day the assignment is not submitted, the student will have 5% deducted from the assignment grade with a maximum deduction of 20 percent.
*Exceptions to this late policy may be considered in cases of illness, travel, or unforeseen events. Students will need to contact their teacher to seek approval for an exception.
English 9: Enhanced
9th Grade English continues to build on the sequential review and development of grammar and communication skills in writing. Evaluation of world literature develops analytical skills using examples of short stories, the novella, the novel, poetry, and drama selected from a variety of periods and authors. A research paper using appropriate style, format, and documentation will examine the conflict between the secular moral struggle and the Christian worldview.
English 10: Enhanced
English 10 provides a generalized overview of World Literature from various current and ancient societies. It covers major works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama and introduces students to the historical context, author’s influence, and literary impact of the works. Extensive research and writing are also elements of this course.
English 11: Enhanced
Throughout the course of 11th grade English, students will be challenged to become more mature writers who are able to clearly and properly express themselves through both academic and creative writings. Additionally, students will become more-equipped readers who are able to dig far beyond the surface meaning of a text and see the purpose, creativity, and significance of various types of literature. The 11th grade English course places its literary focus on texts specifically from American Literature, from the first settlers to the Age of Faith, the Age of Reason, the Romantic and Realist movements, the Harlem Renaissance, and Modern Literature. Literary genres will include the following: poetry, short stories, personal diaries, nonfiction essays, a novel, and drama. As students strengthen their ability to interpret literature, they will express themselves through various styles, including creative, expository, and persuasive writing.
English 12: Enhanced
English 12 provides a generalized overview of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the Restoration. This course covers major works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Students study the historical content, authorial influence, and literary impact of these works. Additionally, this course will challenge students to strengthen their research and writing skills.
World History I: Enhanced
The first half of World History uses a Biblical worldview to survey early African, American, Asian, and European cultures from creation to the establishment of early societies in the Americas. A Biblical approach to World History demonstrates that man, though made in the image of God, is innately sinful and has limitations and in need of redemption. The course uses the Bible as a historical source to complement historical research and study to reveal God as the prime architect in human history and Jesus Christ as central to that history. Students will also study the geography of ancient civilizations in an attempt to understand their patterns of behavior, including religion, science, economy, and government.
World History II: Enhanced
The second half of World History uses a Biblical worldview to survey African, American, Asian, and European cultures from the Fall of Rome in A.D. 476 to modern times. A Biblical approach to World History demonstrates that man, though made in the image of God, is innately sinful and has limitations and is in need of redemption. The course uses the Bible as a historical source to complement historical research and study to reveal God as the prime architect in human history and Jesus Christ as central to that history.
U.S. History: Enhanced
This course provides an overview of American History from early exploration to the present. It will examine the development of the American republic with special attention paid to the political, intellectual, economic and cultural influences on the development of the United States as an exceptional nation in a global context.
Government: Enhanced – (Semester only)
Government is needed to restrain sin; to preserve order; and to protect the life, liberty, and property of all individuals. This course will evaluate the foundation of American Government. Paying particular attention to the purpose and roles of all government, the course will emphasize the United States Constitution, the three branches of government, the separation of powers, and the issues, interests, and institutions of American politics. The primary purpose of this course is to train people for effective citizenship.
Economics: Enhanced – (Semester only)
Provides an overview of both microeconomics and macroeconomics, including the relationship between worldviews and economic theory. It places an emphasis on free-market economics. Students study microeconomic theory as it relates to the nature of property and property ownership, the laws of supply and demand, profits and incentives, the morality of markets, the role of market information, and the price system. The section on macroeconomics will cover the role of civil government in the free market place, and the growth of government involvement in the economy, which includes discussions on political economy and public policy. Additionally, topics such as taxation and fiscal policy, monetary theory and inflationary policies, tariffs, minimum wage laws, unemployment, and the nature of price controls are addressed. Students also study a brief overview of the U.S. federal budget and the rise of entitlement programs in contrast to American constitutional theory related to federalism and limited civil government.
Virginia History: Enhanced – (Semester only)
Virginia History provides an overview of the history, geography, and government of the Commonwealth of Virginia from the 16th century to the present. Studies pay special attention to the contributions the Commonwealth has made to the progression of American History in areas of law, government, education, economics, and religion.
Algebra 1: Enhanced
Algebra 1 takes the student beyond the basic mathematics skills learned at lower level classes of mathematics and introduces them to topics that explore higher mathematic principles and skills. The student will investigate and solve problems that use both real numbers and variables. Students will use the skills to solve real-life problems to help students function better in the world around them. The course places an emphasis on solving equations, including linear, quadratic, inequalities, multi-step, and variations. Factoring and graphing will be used to solve a variety of equations and systems of equations. Also, students will explore and relate practical application to skills related to exponents, statistics, and probability will be explored and related to practical application.
Geometry combines the skills of algebraic thinking with the abstract concepts of plane geometry to give the student a good foundation in mathematical logical thinking and the skills needed to develop sequential proofs. The material includes the exploration and practice of inductive and deductive reasoning, the Pythagorean Theorem, properties and principles related to polygons, and a more detailed look at trigonometric ratios. As the student studies material through video lectures and practice, he/she will become more familiar with constructions, the measurement of angles, and relationships such as similarity and congruency
Algebra 2: Enhanced
Algebra 2 is a math course that builds on the material covered in Algebra 1 with more detail and added subject matter. Beyond the basics of Algebra 1, this course develops skills related to linear systems in two and three dimensions, matrices, complex numbers, conic sections (their properties and equations), and a thorough study of trigonometric functions, graphs, and identities. The student studies the material through video lessons, worksheets with answer keys, daily practice and animated examples. Building on the foundation of Algebra 1, the Student will expand his/her knowledge of functions including exponential, radical and logarithmic varieties.
Pre-Calculus will begin with a review of essential algebraic concepts such as exponents, radicals, polynomials, factoring, and complex numbers. The student will then study material related to trigonometric identities, systems of equations and matrices, and graphing everything from linear and quadratic functions to vectors and polar coordinates. Concepts such as absolute value, synthetic division, and radical expressions will be coupled with real applications of trigonometric functions, combinations, and probability. The course presents material through video lectures and illustrations, and the student has the opportunity to practice learned skills and explore topics such as limits, differentiation, and integration.
Calculus is an advanced high school mathematics course. It builds on principles of Geometry, Algebra and other prior mathematics courses to take students into the world of limits, derivatives, special computational techniques such as the Power Rule, and differentiation. Calculus also explores topics related to sequences, series, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Finally, the course presents the mathematics of physics through vector calculus. This is a course that is an important prerequisite for many educational programs in engineering and science.
Earth Science: Enhanced
God designed the Earth with unique properties and characteristics. He created a delicate balance amongst the systems of the earth, the solar system, and the universe. This course places an emphasis on understanding the Earth’s systems, their interrelationships with each other, and man’s effect on the earth. Students have the opportunity to explore rocks and minerals, geology, Earth’s interior, Earth’s geologic history, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, weather, storms, climate, oceans, the solar system, and stars and galaxies. The students are challenged to explore the rationale behind secular, old earth, and young earth science in order to be more effective at presenting the Gospel scientifically. The course is a rigorous, multimedia and laboratory-based science course that will require supplies for the hands-on labs.
Biology is an examination of God’s living creations beginning at the atomic level, progressing to the cellular level, and then continuing on to the organism as a whole. The course focuses on the Scientific Method to utilize the student’s critical thinking skills. The course incorporates a virtual laboratory component to develop the students’understanding as well as provide real-world applications. The student should have completed or been currently enrolled in Algebra I to be successful in biology.
Biology: Enhanced Syllabus (No Materials Required)
Chemistry begins its study of God’s creation at its most basic level: the atom and its components. The course then focuses on the other basic principles of matter, their properties, and reactions. The Scientific Method is used to develop the student’s critical thinking skills. The course incorporates a virtual laboratory component to expand the student’s understanding as well as provide real-world applications. The student should have completed or be enrolled in Algebra II to be successful in chemistry.
Chemistry: Enhanced Syllabus (No Materials Required)
Physics is a general course with the intention of exposing students to the physical and mathematical relationships that allow us to describe the world that God has created. The first semester of this course focuses on Newtonian Mechanics while the second semester covers a variety of topics including Electricity and Magnetism, Sound and Light Waves, and Modern Physics. The course incorporates a virtual laboratory component to expand the students understanding as well as provide real-world applications. The student should have completed or be enrolled in Algebra II to be successful in physics.
Physics: Enhanced Syllabus (No Materials Required)
Foreign Language Electives
Spanish I includes mastery of basic concepts with an introduction into more advanced grammatical concepts. Through the use of web-based technology, students will begin this exciting journey into learning a second language. Not only will the students build language skills, but they will also learn about various Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures. Students can expect to use their new language both in written and oral form as they complete each of their assignments throughout this course. Additionally, students will learn more about their own faith by reading the Bible in Spanish and analyzing Bible stories.
Spanish 2 builds on the fundamental language elements taught in Spanish 1 and continues to focus on the four language skills, which are reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the target language. Through this course, students broaden their knowledge of Spanish grammatical structures and vocabulary allowing them to freely communicate ideas using various tenses. Students are challenged through their lessons and assignments to improve and further develop their language skills and their comprehension of Spanish. Students are also introduced to native aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures, which allow connections to be made with their own culture. Lastly, throughout this course, students examine Scripture in the target language as they learn about different biblical topics related to adolescents.