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AP Art History – 1 credit

Creation consists of beautiful patterns, designs, and systematic movements rejoicing in the One Who designed it. Humanity has always tried to express the beauty and precision of our creative God. AP Art History is designed to help students foster an understanding and knowledge of historical approaches taken in architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms, past and present, from a variety of cultures in reflecting and expressing the beauty of God's Creation. 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. 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 through the lens of Scripture. Students will be 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. Prior art training is not a prerequisite nor does the course cater exclusively to future Art History majors. Students will be exposed to a college-level course

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Note: This course will not necessarily prepare you for the 2016 AP Art History Exam. Students seeking only dual or elective credit should consider taking this version of the course. Our new AP Art History course will meet the 2016 AP Art History exam expectations and will be released in October 2015.

AP Biology – 1 credit

AP Biology help students look at the design to understand the Designer. The key themes of the AP Biology course - the scientific processes, the effects of science on technology and society, the chemistry and makeup of living organisms, genetics, Creation, and diversity - are explored to notice the inherent design of all living things. 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. Throughout this course students 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 the student for the AP Exam in May.

Prerequisites: Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Algebra 1. Students will be exposed to a college-level course. Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

 

AP Calculus AB – 1 credit

The concepts in AP Calculus begin with zero and work toward infinity. In this course, students work through a series of interactive video lessons along with thorough explanations of the biblical foundation and historical approaches to the study of mathematics. These resources will help bolster the student’s understanding of Calculus in a fully integrated way and best prepare the students 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 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry. Student will be exposed to a college-level course.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP Computer Science A – 1 credit

Computers are everywhere you look. Step into the world of writing the software that makes computers work. 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 while learning how faith and Computer Science go hand in hand. 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 1 and 2. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

AP English Language and Composition – 1 credit

The written word is powerful, and we are responsible for understanding and analyzing it based on the known truths of God’s Word. 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 from a biblical perspective. 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 1, 2 (honors), with a B+ average. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP English Literature and Composition – 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 “tasting” each with a critical eye and analyze it against the truth of God’s word. 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. The students will how tasty truth can be (Ez. 3:3)

Prerequisites: Recommendation, English 1, 2, 3 with a B+ average. Students will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP Macroeconomics – ½ credit

How would you fix the economy? In AP Macroeconomics, students have been called upon to assist the leader of the Macro Islands where the economy is in shambles, and in need of some feasible solutions. They will discover how to create an economic plan that demonstrates Christian stewardship of scarce resources. The objectives of this course will be to engage students in real world application of the economic concepts that they will be tested on when taking the Advanced Placement exam. The students will seek to teach this island the principles of biblical economics in order to improve their economy and bring glory to God through their financial decisions and practices.

Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP Microeconomics – ½ credit

As the new President of the Sunny Seas Shell Company, you will be wrestling with two problems while learning all you can about microeconomics for the good of your company. First, how do you make money without falling in love with it? Second, how will you use what God has given you to honor Him and bless others? You will be required to exhibit your knowledge in May at the annual Board of Directors’ meeting (the AP Exam).

The objectives of this course will be to engage students in a real world application of the economic concepts they will be tested on when taking the Advanced Placement exam provided by the College Board. In this class students will analyze the basics of supply and demand and then investigate the various models of business organization from a biblical perspective. As students participate in these activities they will become more knowledgeable about economics, better prepared for the AP exam, and become better consumers in the real world as they use their resources for God’s glory and the good of others.

Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP US Government and Politics – ½ credit

“Lights, Camera, Action...” Prepare to study the intricacies of the American Political Culture in light of the pervasive presence of the Gospel. The script is written and the actors participate daily in the drama of American politics. Students will be “on location” to delve into primary source documents. They will go behind the scenes with stars such as the President, Congress people, and Supreme Court Justices. They will research the roles of the media, political parties, interest groups, states, candidates, bureaucracy, and the public in the governmental process. Finally, they will witness the large- scale production of policy building in the areas of economic/social policy, foreign policy and public administration. While our nation's governmental forms may not be explicitly described in the Bible, there are many principles and themes throughout scripture which provide Christians with direction on how to interact and respond to government.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of American History is strongly recommended.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP US History – 1 credit

The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world. In line with college and university U.S. history survey courses’ increased focus on early and recent American history and decreased emphasis on other areas, the AP U.S. History course expands on the history of the Americas from 1491 to 1607 and from 1980 to the present. It also allows teachers flexibility across nine different periods of U.S. history to teach topics of their choice in depth.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of World History is strongly recommended

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP World History – 1 credit

How does God see humanity and the history of the world? That is the overarching goal of AP World history as students explore the major themes of world history comparing them with biblical truths. This course spans the Neolithic age to the present in a rigorous academic format organized by chronological periods and viewed through fundamental concepts and course themes. Students analyze the causes and processes of continuity and change across historical periods from different philosophical perspectives all in contrast with biblical truths. Themes include human-environment interaction, cultures, expansion and conflict, political and social structures, and economic systems. In addition to mastering historical content, students cultivate historical thinking skills that involve crafting arguments based on evidence, identifying causation, comparing and supplying context for events and phenomenon, and developing historical interpretation.

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 from God’s eternal perspective.

Prerequisites: None. Student will be exposed to a college-level course.

Recommended Grade Levels: 11th - 12th

Additional Info: NCAA Approved