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Liberty University Online Academy offers a wide range of accredited, 100% online high school courses in a variety of formats. These programs help your student achieve academic success, earn an accredited online high school diploma, and prepare them for the future. Students study core subjects, including language arts, mathematics, history, and science, and choose from an ever-growing variety of electives including Bible and Spanish. LUOA regularly adds new electives to the curriculum selection. Program benefits include:
Survey of the Bible
In a world where basic knowledge and understanding of the Bible can be difficult to attain, this course acts as a tool to help individuals gain a “big picture” perspective of God’s Word. In particular, this course will give students a glimpse as to how God has worked throughout history to initiate and carry out His plan of redemption for the human race, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Introductions to the Old and New Testament will be presented and a survey of each of the sixty-six books will be conducted
In this course, students will be challenged to consider many of the most difficult questions regarding Christianity and to make a decision about Jesus Christ. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to introduction to apologetics, the definition, and importance of truth, existence of God, authenticity of Scripture, miracles, the historicity of Jesus and his bodily resurrection, and the problem of evil.
Living a Godly Life
This full-year course combines topics of biblical life applications with gender-specific topics. Because of this, the course is split into Male and Female versions. Life Applications (1st semester) concentrates on two areas of biblical study: The Book of James & The Life of Jesus Christ. The following topics will be explored and discussed: humility, perseverance, working faith, self-control, wisdom, and pitfalls to avoid. See the syllabi below for specific breakdowns for A Godly Man and A Woman of Worth.
Global Studies – (Semester only)
Global Studies is an elective course for high school students. The course is a one-semester course that investigates essential material related to both personal evangelism and worldwide missions. The content includes historical and biblical principles and information that describe the Christian worldview and how the Gospel message is shared. Students will not only learn about missions, but they will also be given opportunities to display their knowledge of the material and apply it to both everyday life and world outreach.
Intercultural Communications – (Semester only)
Intercultural communications will equip students with the understanding, skills and potential motivators necessary to effectively understand and incarnate the gospel, understand and navigate culture, and engage culture and cultures with the gospel in transformative ways.
Ninth 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 undertakes the study of the literature of the ancient civilizations (Hebrew, Greek, Roman, etc.) and European literature during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, The Age of Rationalism, the Romantics and Realists, and the literature of the Modern world. Grammar and vocabulary will also be studied as well as research and writing.
At the start of the course, students work through a series of lessons purposed specifically at helping all students become more mature writers and more astute readers. These reading and writing skills will then be continuously reinforced throughout the remainder of the course lessons. The 11th grade English course places its literary focus on texts specifically from American Literature. Two modules take students through a comprehensive summary of American literature, spanning from the first settlers and their writings through every major literary period, including the Age of Faith, Age of Reason, the Romantic and Realist movements, the Harlem Renaissance, and up to modern-day literature. Literary genres will include poetry, short stories, personal diaries, nonfiction essays, a novel, and drama. Students study the classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and also the drama “Our Town.” As students read to understand literature, they will be able to reflect on the literary works through various styles of writing, including creative writing, expository writing, essay and short answer responses, and thoughtful literary analysis. The writing portion of 11th grade will also include a full research module in which students will be able to go through the various stages of creating a proper, grade-level appropriate research project, culminating with a well-developed research paper.
English 12 provides the student with a broad overview of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance periods through the Modern. Seniors will take on the challenge of the British masters including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens, and many others. Uniting the study of various genres will be extensive writing activities as well as vocabulary, grammar, and research.
Algebra 1 is a math course that presents the fundamental concepts of algebraic thinking and operations. The course will give students instruction and practice in the areas of equations, functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials and factoring. The student will also investigate topics related to quadratic functions and equations, exponential and radical functions, and data analysis and probability. As the students progress through the course he/she will be presented the material through video lecture, daily practice, remediation as needed, and preparation for further math studies.
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 is presented 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 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 will be presented the material through video lectures, 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 functions.
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. As the material is presented through video lectures and illustrations the student will be given the opportunity to practice learned skills and explore topics such as limits, differentiation, and integration.
Trigonometry – (Semester only)
Trigonometry is a one-semester course designed to take the student through a detailed study of trigonometric identities. The material will include topics on graphs and functions, the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, vectors, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. The student will take a closer look at conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. The subject matter will be presented by video lecture, daily practice, and include sample video solutions, a glossary of terms and other ancillary materials to aid in learning.
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 mathematics of physics is presented through vector calculus. This is a course that is an important prerequisite for many educational programs in engineering and science.
World History I: From Creation to the Renaissance
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 will demonstrate 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. 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: From the Renaissance to the Present
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 will demonstrate 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.
Virginia History – (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. Special attention will be paid to the contributions the Commonwealth has made to the progression of American History in areas of law, government, education, economics, and religion.
United States History provides an overview of the progression of the American republic from early exploration to the present. It will examine the development of the American nation with special attention paid to the political, intellectual, economic, religious, and cultural influences on the development of the United States as an exceptional nation with a unique place in the global context.
Government – (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.
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. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the Earth’s systems, their interrelationships with each other, and man’s effect on the earth. Students will be given 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 will be given the challenge 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 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. Chemistry students should have completed or been currently enrolled in Algebra II, successfully to function in this course.
Chemistry Syllabus (No Materials Required)
Physics is a general course intended to expose 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. To successfully function in this physics course, students should have completed or be enrolled in Algebra II.
Physics Syllabus (No Materials Required)
This class will explore the structures of the human body and the terminology associated with the structures. Emphasis will be placed on orientation, organization, and body systems. Body systems covered will include integument, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous. Further explanation will cover the special senses and how the student will be able to apply the anatomical knowledge to a future career! Please note: This course requires a Course Waiver to be signed in order to register for the course.
Physical Education & Health
Health and PE I
Health & PE I is designed for 9th grade students but can be taken by a high school student on any level. It will guide the students to establish a biblical worldview regarding the body and overall health. Health is taken First Semester and PE is taken Second Semester. During the Health weeks, students will investigate topics on physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health including nutrition, community, online safety, and developing a biblical worldview about the body. During PE weeks, students are given instructional content, including video instructions, regarding aerobic and anaerobic exercises that will strengthen the body. Students will perform these activities and provide video submissions to their instructor for grading—male students with male teachers and female students with female teachers. The students will additionally complete weekly activity logs recording regular physical activity to ensure that they stay active. Following this course, a student should have a deeper understanding of health and physical fitness from a variety of disciplines.
Health and PE II
As a continuation of Health & PE I, the Health & PE II course is designed for 10th-grade students but can be taken by a high school student on any level. It will guide the students to establish a biblical worldview regarding the body and overall health. Health is taken First Semester and PE is taken Second Semester. During the Health weeks, students will investigate topics on physical, mental-emotional, social, and spiritual health including body systems, depression, relationships, and accountability. During PE weeks, students are given instructional content, including video instructions, regarding aerobic and anaerobic exercises that will strengthen the body. Students will perform these activities and provide video submissions to their instructor for grading—male students with male teachers and female students with female teachers. The students will additionally complete weekly activity logs recording regular physical activity to ensure that they stay active. Following this course, a student should have a deeper understanding of health and physical fitness from a variety of disciplines.
Personal Financial Literacy – (Semester only)
Personal Financial Literacy is a one-semester course that provides the student basics on financial practices and literacy. Topics such as goal setting, money management, insurance principles, and consumer rights will be coupled with projects that allow the student to display real-life investigation and insight into financial management. The student will use mathematical operations and skills to solve problems involving interest, investment, and sound financial planning.
Economics – (Semester only)
Economics is an introductory course in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, including a discussion on the relationship between worldview and economic theory, with an emphasis upon free market economics. Students will be presented with microeconomics theories 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, the price system, as well as monetary theory. The section on macroeconomics will cover the role of civil government in the free market place, as well as the growth of government involvement in the economy, which includes discussions on political economy and public policy. In this regard, topics such as taxation, monetary and inflationary policies, the role of unions and organized labor, tariffs, minimum wage laws and unemployment, and price caps will be addressed. Keynesian economic theory will also be presented.
Academic & Career Success – (Semester only)
Academic Success and Career Planning is designed to equip students to be successful online students and guide them in making wise choices for further career or academic endeavors. This course offers an orientation to the purpose and mission of LUOA and how a student’s academic performance should be viewed in relationship to the biblical worldview. Included in this course are resources to enhance a student’s scholastic pursuits including communication, study, notetaking, and time management skills; reading and comprehension strategies; methods for evaluation of resources for research and writing; and approaches for future career planning.
Computer Applications I – (Semester only)
The course will introduce the student to the operation and use of computers. Specific applications taught include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. Students will use these applications to design, develop, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. In addition, students will learn basic terminology and concepts related to the use of computers in today’s society.
*Must be in at least 10th grade
Computer Applications II – (Semester only)
The course will introduce the student to intermediate and advanced computer applications. Specific applications taught include, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. Students will use these applications to design, develop, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. This course provides the IT foundations that are applicable to all curricula.
Note: This course is designed for PC use and strongly recommended; however, a Mac can be used to complete a majority of the course. Please note there will be several functions unavailable on a Mac that are needed to complete some of the required assignments. You will need to have access to a PC to successfully complete this course.
*Computer Applications I is prerequisite
Essentials of Business – (Semester only)
This semester-long course is an introduction to the goals, processes, and operations of business enterprises for students. The main focus is on the functions that a company – whether a multinational corporation or a corner grocery store – must manage effectively to be successful. These include accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, operations management, and strategic planning. Attention is also given to the legal environment in which businesses operate, and the importance of business ethics and corporate citizenship.
*Computer Applications I is prerequisite
Programming Logic: C++ (Semester only)
This course will guide the student in developing structured program logic with good programming practices. Included in the course are fundamental programming concepts, including decision making, looping, and classes with a focus on practical examples. The text contains flowcharts and pseudocode to provide some familiarity with these development tools. Simulated tasks are provided for C++.
*Recommended for an 11th or 12th-grade student. Should also have sufficient computer knowledge and completion of Computer Applications I.
Programming Logic: Java (Semester only)
This course will guide the student in developing structured program logic with good programming practices. Included in the course are fundamental programming concepts, including decision making, looping, and classes with a focus on practical examples. The text contains flowcharts and pseudocode to provide some familiarity with these development tools. Simulated tasks are provided for Java.
*Recommended for an 11th or 12th-grade student. Should also have sufficient computer knowledge and completion of Computer Applications I.
Programming Logic: Python (Semester only)
This course will guide the student in developing structured program logic with good programming practices. Included in the course are fundamental programming concepts, including decision making, looping, and classes with a focus on practical examples. The text contains flowcharts and pseudocode to provide some familiarity with these development tools. Simulated tasks are provided for Python.
*Recommended for an 11th or 12th-grade student. Should also have sufficient computer knowledge and completion of Computer Applications I.
Web Design – (Semester only)
Family and Consumer Science
This course is designed to establish foundational skills to provide the student with a basic understanding of the major aspects of family life using a multi-dimensional approach. Modules include instruction of successful living while analyzing basic proficiency levels in food and nutritional fitness, international cuisine, and preparation and planning for large gatherings.
High School Guitar
Have you ever dreamed of playing the guitar? Whether you love music, want to play guitar for your family and friends, or desire to be a music star, this course is a great place to start. No prior music experience is needed. You will learn the fundamentals of music and the basic skills necessary to play a wide variety of music styles. Student guides, Carlos and Ariel, will guide you through each step of this journey towards becoming a skilled guitarist and musician. This course can be used as a performing/fine arts credit to meet the art requirement for high school graduation.
Music Appreciation – (Semester only)
Music Appreciation provides instruction in basic musical elements and instruments, traces the development and growth of several forms of music, and give students a foundation to appreciate music more fully. Students will be exposed to several genres of music in the world around them and discover how they experience music. Students will learn the names and backgrounds of several famous musical composers and their contribution to their particular genre. Students will also learn how and where classical music began, how it developed over the centuries, the ways in which classical music has affected modern music and the ways in which music and culture affect one another.
French I includes an introduction to and mastery of basic concepts and vocabulary in this beautiful language while also exposing students to the culture, geography, and history of the francophone world. Using 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 French-speaking cultures and histories. Students will use their new skills in writing, listening, reading, and speaking. Additionally, students will gain a better understanding of biblical worldview as we encounter and appreciate a new perspective.
In Latin I, students develop the ability to comprehend simple written Latin texts based on a variety of topics. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of texts rather than interpersonal communication. To support the development of reading skills, students learn the basics of spoken Latin and write very simple phrases and sentences. Students compare the history and traditions of Roman culture to their own culture and recognize examples of the influence of Roman civilization in their own world. Through their understanding of the structures and vocabulary of the Latin language, students enhance their understanding of these same linguistic elements of English.
In Latin 2, students continue to cultivate the ability to comprehend written Latin texts on a variety of topics. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of texts rather than interpersonal
communication. To support the development of reading and interpretation skills, students learn to understand oral Latin and write increasingly complex phrases and sentences. Students also learn about the perspectives, practices, and products of the ancient Roman people and identify the impact of this civilization on Christ’s time on earth. Through their understanding of the structures and vocabulary of the Latin language, students enhance their understanding of these same linguistic elements of English.
Students in Spanish I will master the basic concepts of Spanish and be introduced to more complicated 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 cultures. Students can expect to speak throughout the course and to use their new language both written and orally in each of their assignments. Additionally, students will learn more about their own faith by reading the Bible in Spanish and contemplating worldview issues through the eyes of various cultures.
Spanish II builds on the fundamental language elements taught in Spanish I 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.
Spanish III builds on the fundamental language elements taught in Spanish I and II 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, with an emphasis on oral communication in various tenses. Students are challenged through their lessons and assignments to improve and further develop their language skills and their comprehension of Spanish. Lastly, throughout this course, students examine Scripture in the target language as they learn about different biblical topics related to adolescents.
America’s Colonial Foundations – (Semester only)
America’s Colonial Foundations provides an introduction to the major topics of the establishment of British North America, their political economic and social structures, religious and intellectual characteristics and the transition from distant citizens of Great Britain to a new American identity. It will examine changing relationships with Native Americans, development of racial slavery as a labor source, and European cultural influences on the various colonial regions.
American Literature – (Semester only)
Throughout the course of American Literature, students will be able to encounter and experience the full span of America’s rich literary history. The course begins with the literary contributions of America’s first settlers and explores how their faith and difficult circumstances shaped their lives and the literature through which they captured these early moments of America. The course then moves through the Age of Faith, during which the core of American Literature was shaped by a strong and foundational faith, and then into the Age of Reason, during which the world of science and modern thinking started to shape the literature of the times. The study of literature then moves into the Romantic period, and then the Realist period, both of which shaped American Literature at its core and brought about significant changes to the style, structure, and purpose of literature. The introduction of Modern literature includes the literature of the early 1900s, including the Harlem Renaissance, and then Post-Modern literature brings students into the study of current day texts. Overall, the course includes literature spanning from the 1500s to the current day and introduces students to some of the greatest authors and works in American Literature. Genres that are included are nonfiction essays, diaries, sermons, letters, and editorials, fictional short stories, novel excerpts, and an array of poetry.
British Literature – (Semester only)
This course provides a generalized overview of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon Era to the Restoration. 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.
Civil War and Reconstruction – (Semester only)
This course introduces the student to the important themes, people, and ideas arising from the period of the American Civil War. While the focus of the course is from 1850 to 1877, the place of the war and its impact on subsequent American history is also examined.
College Planning & Preparation – (Semester only)
College Planning and Preparation is a one-semester elective course that allows students to begin the process of planning and preparing for college. Instruction includes a focus on the decision-making process of choosing a school, including the inquiry and application processes and financial requirements. Also covered is an overview of basic expectations for college-level reading, writing, and research.
Consumer Math is an elective course that covers topics related to basic mathematical skills and then directs the student to apply those skills in real life situations and problems. The course will offer a review of basic skills related to math operations and properties. The student will learn how to apply math in a variety of ways in order to be a better-educated and informed consumer. Included in the course of study will be a survey of basic financial practices and computations that correlate to business and personal money management.
Creative Writing – (Semester only)
Creativity in humans is evidence of God’s image within, and the exercise of that creativity through the medium of the written word gives rise to the possibility of impacting both the present and the future for eternity. A close study of God’s written word demonstrates His appreciation for the literary elements of writing in the figurative and precise diction present in the Bible as evidenced in Scripture’s inclusion of poetry, the historical narrative, and the beautifully creative. This Creative Writing course provides the student with an outlet to express (or discover!) that part of his or her God-reflecting image through the study of the elements of narrative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, and drama as well as the application of those through the student’s original creative non-fiction compositions, short stories, poems, scripts, and plays.
History of the Constitution – (Semester only)
The Story of the Constitution provides a survey of the history of the United States Constitution emphasizing the ideological origins of Constitutional principles and the history of the drafting, adoption, amendment, and application of the Constitution.
Public Speaking – (Semester only)
Everyone has an occasion to speak in public. Sometimes it may be as the main speaker at a specific event, other times it could consist of leading a small group discussion such as a Bible study, or it could simply be a conversation between two people. In order to be an effective public speaker, it is important to know some basics about purpose, research, situation, types of speeches, and the audience. This course will present information, exercises and example speeches to clarify the main points related to public speaking.
Christian Authors – (Semester only)
The Christian Authors course provides an in-depth study of the major works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. The course will address the religious, cultural, and literary influences upon the works, as well as the influence of the two authors upon each other’s work.