Bible: Creation, sin and repentance, how God speaks to man through His Word, Bible examples of obedient, kind, and thankful men, examples of giving in the Bible, examples of working in the Bible, Bible examples of trusting God, the birth and life of Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, prayer, Bible examples of courage and witnessing.
Bible memory: 25-35 verses
Math (Pre-K): Recognizing numbers 0-20, number families, counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100, shape recognition, telling time by the hour, measuring objects up to 12 inches, sequencing numbers 1-20, heavy and light, more and fewer, spatial relationships
Math (Kindergarten): Counting 1-100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Number families (teens, tens, twenties, etc.). Telling time by the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour. Matching times on digital to analog clocks. Addition to 10, subtraction, finding missing addends, measuring objects by inches. Shape review. Finding the number before, after, and in-between. Writing numbers as the teacher reads them aloud (20-100).
History: School procedures and rules, kindness, self-awareness, the 5 senses, family and pets, community helpers (including a trip to a fire station) , transportation, children’s literature, the library (including a trip to the public library), autumn changes and harvest (including a trip to pick pumpkins), native Americans and Pilgrims (including a Thanksgiving Feast with the 2nd grade class). Science: sound, light, magnets, gravity, measurement, outer space. Christmas traditions and symbols. Winter changes and weather, cold-climate animals, animal homes. American symbols, presidents, patriotic songs and American folksongs, the U.S. mail system, cowboys, clowns. Dinosaurs, farm animals, zoo animals (including a trip to the zoo). Spring: earth changes and animals, chick hatching, making butter and baking bread, gardening and plant growth, insects, camping, the beach (including a trip to an aquarium), picnics and outdoor summer activities
Pre-Reading and Phonics (Pre-K): Uppercase and lowercase letters A-Z recognition, letter-sounds including short vowels, name recognition and writing first name, color-word recognition, sequencing story pictures, writing experience charts, writing and looking at pictures left-to-right, reading one-syllable words with short-vowels
Phonics and Reading (Kindergarten): Alphabet recognition review, letter sounds a-z, short vowels, long vowels with silent ‘e’ at the end of the word. Word families: words ending in ‘ck’, ‘nd’, ‘ff’, ‘st’, ‘mp’, etc. Words beginning with ‘st’, ‘sp’, ‘gr’ ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘fl’, ‘pl’, etc. Words ending in ‘ing’. Blends: er/ ir/ ur, ar and or. Sight/service word recognition: 45 words. 32 Readers
Spelling (Kindergarten): Weekly spelling tests will begin in January: words taken from the word-families and service words learned each week
Handwriting (Pre-K): Tracing uppercase and lowercase letters a-z, writing names, tracing numbers 0-20, using proper strokes
Handwriting (Kindergarten): Pre-cursive: Writing names (with lowercase letters except for the first letter of the name). Writing letters and words using proper strokes and size of letters.
Physical Education: Large motor skills: running, hopping on one foot, jumping, skipping, walking on a balance beam, tossing and bouncing a ball, bowling (with a soft inflatable ball and pins), calisthenics, following rules in playing games, relay races
Bible: This class covers a chronological and thematic study of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) in ten units- God Creates His World; God Keeps His Promise; God Protects His People; Christmas: God Sends His Son; God Guides His People; God Rules over His People; Easter; God Offers His Son; God Strengthens His People; God Speaks with His People and a Thanksgiving unit. Other concepts include introducing students to using the table of contents of a Bible to locate a verse and Bible memory verses. Character traits used in application stories show students their need of Christ as Savior and ways to apply biblical principles to personal life situations.
A field trip is taken to a local nursing home for Christmas caroling.
Textbook: Bible Truths for Christian Schools by BJU Press and King James Bible
English: This class covers capitalization of the first word in a sentence, proper names, days of the week, and months of the year; correct punctuation at the ends of sentences; recognition of complete sentences; words using suffixes, prefixes, syllables, compound words, rhyming words, opposite words, same meaning words, and contractions; alphabetizing of words; writing complete sentences and short stories; and creative writing.
Projects include writing a book.
Textbook: Phonics and English Worktext by BJU Press as well as other curriculum helps are incorporated.
Math: Arithmetic covers number recognition, counting, and writing 1-1,000; greatest and least; counting and writing by tens, fives, twos, and threes; number sequences; ordinal numbers; addition facts through 13 and three-digit addition with carrying; subtraction facts through 13 and two-digit subtraction; story problems; numbers before and after by ones, twos, tens, and hundreds; between numbers; counting and combining coins; telling time to the nearest five minutes; recognizing odd and even numbers; English and some metric measures; place value in ones, tens, and hundreds; unit fractions; reading a thermometer; using a ruler; multiple combinations; concept of multiplication; calendars; reading pictographs and bar graphs; developing listening skills; and Roman numerals.
Math labs are also incorporated.
Textbook: Arithmetic 1 by A Beka Books
History: Heritage Studies covers The New World; At Home in Early America (pre-1000 to 1682).
Geography covers beginning globe and map skills; compass rose; map symbols; keys; tracing routes; transportation; and simple mapmaking.
History covers the Vikings; Columbus and the New World; Indians; Plymouth Plantation and other first settlements.
Culture covers God’s laws and man’s laws; schools then and now; trading with the Indians; religion: one true God; needs and wants; families; and family trees.
Field trips include Historic Speedwell, Parsippany Police Station, and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.
Morris Museum School Loan Program is used.
Projects include Historical Thanksgiving Program, Making a Town, and History Fair.
Textbook: Heritage Studies for Christian Schools and Heritage Studies Notebook
Science: Earth Science covers the Earth. This includes the air: temperature, movement, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and clouds; and the weather: temperature, movement of air, four forms of precipitation, weatherman, thermometer, recording weather observations. Earth Science also covers Space. This includes the sun, moon, and stars: parts of the sun, path of the sun, shape of the moon, and constellations.
First Grade Life Science covers Living Things. This includes roots, stems, and leaves: parts for growing, grouping, and eating; flowers, fruits, and seeds: making new plants, flower groups, fruit and seeds, parts for eating; animals: tame animals, livestock, wild animals in the woods and in zoos. Life Science also covers the Human Body. This includes the senses: seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, hearing; and teeth: parts of teeth, two sets of teeth, shapes, jobs and care of teeth.
Physical Science covers Motion. This includes pushes and pulls (forces): gravity, magnetic force, mechanical force, and friction. Physical Science also covers Energy. This includes heat: melting and freezing, vaporizing and condensing, temperature changes; sound; vibration; travels in all directions and through gas, liquid, and solid; and how sound is used. Physical Science also covers Matter. This includes that matter: takes up space, can be weighed, exists in solid form, and in liquid and gas forms.
Projects include science experiments and displays, butterfly hatching, vegetable snack and soup day, moon journal and Science Fair.
Field trips are Covanta Energy Company and Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Morris Museum School Loan Program is incorporated.
Textbook: Science for Christian Schools and Science Notebook by BJU Press
Phonics: This class covers a review of vowels, consonants, blends, one- and two- vowel words, consonant blends; recognition and use of all phonics special sounds in reading; spelling rules: doubling consonants, dropping silent e, changing y to i; and oral reading.
Textbook: Letters and Sounds by A Beka Books and Phonics and English Worktext by BJU Press. A Handbook for Reading is also used.
Reading: Word recognition covers review and allocation of phonics concepts presented in First Grade Phonics and English: short vowels, single consonants, consonant blends, long vowels, r-influenced vowels, special vowels, soft and hard c and g, silent consonants, open/closed syllables; word families; context cues; service words; compound words; words with suffixes; antonyms; synonyms; contractions; syllable division.
Comprehension covers literal, interpretive, critical, appreciative levels; biblical truth; interpreting pictures; setting; character traits; making inferences; drawing conclusions; main idea; predicting outcomes; sequence events; true/false statements; classify; compare and contrast; comparatives/superlatives; following directions; size/spatial/time relationships; cause and effect; punctuation; sentence sense.
Vocabulary covers meaning from context; synonyms; contractions; action words; describing words; naming words; compound words; analogies; riddles; prefixes; suffixes; Bible words.
Literature covers reading a variety of genres: realistic fiction, folktales, fables, historical fiction, Bible accounts, missionary stories, drama, informational articles; fanciful elements; rhyme; similes.
Study Skills covers book parts; alphabetizing; color key; maps; diagrams; skimming; scanning; days of the week; glossary skills; locating information; calendar.
Silent Reading covers reading for specific information; and reading for author’s message.
Oral Reading covers communicating messages of the author; communicating meaning; communicating mood; portraying emotion; responding to punctuation; portraying characters.
On Yonder Mountain and Sarah Noble are the novels used. Outside reading programs supplement the reading curriculum.
Textbook: Reading 1 A-F and Reading Workbook 1 by BJU Press and Reading Lab by Science Research Associates Division of Macmillen/Mcgraw Hill School Publishing Company
Spelling: This class covers a weekly phonics based word list; a weekly test with phonics and reinforcement activities. Concepts taught include adding a suffix: -ed to a word ending in a consonant, -es to a word ending in “ss”, -ing to a word ending in a consonant, -ed to a word ending in an “e”, -er and –ed to a word ending in a consonant, -ing to a word ending in an e, and -ies to a word ending in y.
Dictionary skills include alphabetical order; recognizing syllables, and word forms.
Other concepts include structural analysis and word meaning.
Textbook: Spelling 1 and Poetry by A Beka Books
Handwriting: This class covers pre-cursive letter formation for A-Z; using correct pencil hold, paper position, posture, and spacing; being consistent in slant and letter alignment; and placing words on a line and lines on a page correctly.
Program based on BJU Press Handwriting.
Health: This class covers eating good foods; exercising; rest; posture; and care of body, clothes and home. Other concepts include safety at home and away from home; safety on streets, playgrounds, and water; and manners at home, school, church, and in public.
Textbook: Health and Safety by A Beka Books
Bible: This class covers a chronological and thematic study of the Old and New Testaments, adding a doctrinal emphasis in ten units: God Is My King; The Best Way; A Humble Heart; Christmas; Serving God; God Gives Courage; A Forgiving Heart; Easter; Jesus the Messiah; and A Generous Heart.
Bible study skills are introduced such as using the table of contents of a Bible, understanding parts of a verse, interpreting meaning, and using a Bible glossary. Character traits used in application stories show students their need of Christ as Savior and ways to apply biblical principles to personal life situations.
Activities include weekly chapel time; memorization of over 50 Bible verses, 10 plagues, 10 commandments, 12 apostles, 10 hymns; participation in the Christmas and spring programs; and Christmas caroling at a local nursing home.
Textbook: BIBLE TRUTHS 2; A Question of Yams; Pelts and Promises by BJU Press
English: This class covers the parts of speech (noun, verb, pronoun, adjective), sentence structure (sentences, fragments, subject and action parts, types of sentences), and mechanics such as capitalization and punctuation. Other topics covered are: the writing process--used to teach different types of compositions such as personal and make-believe stories, instructions, poetry, book reports, and descriptions; clear and effective writing; study and reference skills; listening and speaking skills.
A research report for either history or science fair is required.
Textbook: ENGLISH 2 by BJU Press
Math: This class covers number recognition, counting and writing. It also covers counting and writing to hundred thousands, threes to 99, fours to 100, and ordinal numbers. In the area of addition the students learn addition facts through 18, column addition, and four digit addition with carrying. In the area of subtraction the students learn subtraction facts through 18, column subtraction, and four digit subtraction with borrowing. Other concepts covered are: multiplication and division facts 0-5; story problems; multiple combinations; estimation; rounding; numbers before and after by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives and tens; counting and combining coins and bills; telling time to the nearest minute; English and some metric measures; drawing and measuring lines to one-half inch; developing listening skills; calendars; place value to thousands; unit fractions; making change; reading a thermometer, reading graphs; and Roman numerals.
Textbook: ARITHMETIC 2 by A Beka Books
History: This class is focused on working together in the American colonies (1607-1776). Some topics include: maps and keys, compass rose, simple map making, pictures graphs, historical maps, city maps, kings and queens, colonial life, founding of Jamestown, War for Independence, Constitutional Convention, communities old and new, farming, community life, and shop keeping.
Participation is required in whole class reading time and the bi-annual history fair. Individual research paper and project is required in addition to class project. Other projects include family geneology, town report, and shoe making.
Field trips may include Parsippany police station, Fosterfields Farm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and/or Historic Speedwell.
The class also participates in Parsippany’s fire safety trailer and fire truck tour, in a Thanksgiving Feast and takes an annual trip to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.
We will also participate in the Museum Loan Department at the Morris Museum which will allow students the opportunity to examine real historical artifacts and observe tangible objects with which to reinforce lessons.
Textbook: HERITAGE STUDIES 2 by BJU Press
Science: This class covers many topics which include: history of the earth, theories about the earth, fossils, shape of the earth, gravity, volcanoes, earthquakes, ocean shorelines, how the earth moves, plants, living and nonliving organisms, habitats, bones, muscles, forces, light and shadows, and measuring lengths.
Participation is required in whole class reading time and the bi-annual science fair. Individual research paper and project is required in addition to class project. Other projects include a science notebook which will contain activities, labs, and demonstrations with the purpose to present God as the creator of all things.
Field trips may include Morris County Arboretum. The class also takes an annual trip to the Sandy Hook seashore.
We will also participate in the Museum Loan Department at the Morris Museum which will allow students to see scientific specimens close-up which will reinforce lessons.
Textbook: SCIENCE 2 by BJU Press
Phonics: This class covers a teaching of the principles needed for basic reading skills: vowel and consonant sounds, consonant blends, clue words, digraphs, and diphthongs, counting syllables; syllable division: base words/prefixes/suffixes, VC/CV pattern, compound words, consonant+le; and accent in compound words.
Textbook: LETTERS & SOUNDS 2; HANDBOOK FOR READING by A Beka Books
Reading: This class covers reading comprehension in the literal, interpretive, critical, and appreciative levels. Other reading comprehension concepts include: classifying, sequencing, cause and effect, following directions, relevant information, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes. The students learn vocabulary words through their meaning in context. In the area of literature, the students learn setting, plot, point of view, metaphor, simile, fanciful elements, and other elements of literature. Other concepts include: study skills, silent reading, oral reading, and composition.
Students participate in a monthly reading program and in the Six Flags Read to Succeed.
Textbook: READING 2A-If Skies Be Blue; READING 2B-When the Sun Rides High; READING 2 Workbook; The Treasure of Pelican Cove by BJU Press; All Kinds of Animals by A Beka Books
Spelling: This class involves the use of phonetic based word lists with vocabulary words introduced second semester. It also covers suffixes, compound words, and dictionary skills. Weekly spelling words are incorporated into sentence writing and storytelling. Poetry is introduced and memorized.
In the spring, students have the opportunity to participate in the AACS Spelling Bee.
Textbook: SPELLING & POETRY 2 by A Beka Books
Handwriting: This class involves maintaining pre-cursive alphabet and mastering cursive alphabet. Some topics include: maintaining good handwriting skills--good posture, paper positioning, pencil hold, correct letter formation, slant, alignment, rhythm, spacing, neatness; applying use in subject content areas--Bible, math, English skills, science, history; copying good cursive models that include Scripture, poetry, hymns, pledges, recipes, thank-you notes, invitations, and friendly letters.
Textbook: HANDWRITING 2 by BJU Press
Bible: This class integrates doctrine into a chronological and thematic study of the Bible; including sin and salvation, purity, why Jesus came, eschatology, and Christian friends.
Students are required to learn 36 verses or passages by memory from the Bible that apply to each unit. These are memorized from the King James Version of the Bible.
Textbook: Bible Truths 3 by BJU Press
English: This class covers units on grammar and writing skills. The students learn about sentences, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation and usage.
Some of the writing units include writing a persuasive essay, writing a narrative in the form of a friendly letter, writing a book report, and reference skills. Each writing unit includes a project that students must do.
Textbook: English 3 by BJU Press
Math: Arithmetic begins by reviewing many second grade concepts including addition, subtraction, measures, telling time, using a ruler, and terminology for the four processes. Then, it builds new concepts including multiplication, division, word problems, converting measures and solving measurement equations, fractions, money problems, geometric shapes, finding the unknown number in an equation, and averaging numbers.
Some supplementary materials include, rulers, charts, flash cards, books, and objects.
Textbook: Arithmetic 3 by A Beka Books
History: This class begins with the U.S. as a new country and the process of forming a Constitution. It continues with the American frontier, westward expansion, the American Civil War and slavery, and transportation. It also includes the French Revolution, geography, facts about states and regions, folktales, legends, and fables, songs of war and peace, and celebrations.
Field trips often include a trip to the “Freedom Train” during the underground railroad section.
Textbook: Heritage Studies 3 by BJU Press
Science: This class is divided into five units. Unit 1 discusses cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals. Unit 2 discusses plants and ecosystems. Unit 3 discusses matter, sound, and energy in motion. Unit 4 discusses soil, rocks, minerals, weather, and the solar system. Unit 5 discusses cells, tissues, organ, and skin. Also included in this book is Bible integration, notebook pages, exploration lessons, and experiments.
Field trips include visiting the Liberty Science Center.
Textbook: Science 3 by BJU Press
Reading: This class includes reading stories, poems, dramas, and informative literature. The teacher also teaches phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, simile, alliteration, and silent and oral reading skills. The worktext is used to assess how well the student knows the concepts taught or how well he comprehended the story read.
Textbook: Reading 3A and Reading 3B by BJU Press
Spelling: This class includes weekly word lists for the student to learn to spell, and vocabulary words and meanings that they must learn. Also included are eight poems that are committed to memory. This material is supplemented with activities that reinforce the words, oral spelling of the words, and worksheets. Students also write in a journal each week to reinforce writing skills and spelling skills.
Textbook: Spelling 3 by A Beka Books
Handwriting: This class begins with teaching the cursive alphabet and then teaching the students how to join these letters and master good handwriting skills.
Textbook: Handwriting 3 by BJU Press
Bible: This class emphasizes memorizing Scripture, memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, studying the life of Christ, learning about the role of the Holy Spirit, applying Scripture to live a godly life, and studying the life of Paul.
English: This class covers sentence structure, nouns, verbs, nonfiction materials, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, personal narrative, friendly letter, compare/contrast essay, book review, tall tale, research paper, Haiku, and acrostic poem.
Math: This class covers addition, missing numbers in equations, place value, subtraction, story problems, reading clocks, perimeter, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percents, area, polygons, metric system, graphs, and volume.
History: This class teaches map skills: hemispheres, equator, latitude/longitude, prime meridian, International Date Line, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, natural resources, climates, regions, exploration of the South Pole, immigration, the fifty states (states, capitals, history, landmarks), inventions, American Industrial Revolution, communication: pony express, newspapers, telegraph, Spanish-American War, branches of American government, citizenship, economics: supply and demand, languages, adjustment of immigrants in America, communication and transportation, evangelism and missionary work, and New Jersey history.
Science: This class covers natural resources, water and oceans, moon, insects and spiders, plants, ecosystems, animal defenses, eyes, digestive system, nutrition, simple machines, electricity, magnetism, and light.
Reading: This class covers syllables, cause and effect, classification, sequence events, fact/opinion, main idea, relevant/irrelevant information, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, character growth and change, point of view, foreshadowing, moral, personification, rhymes, skimming, scanning, and paraphrasing.
Students are taught silent reading for information, for entertainment, for understanding, for spiritual growth, for the author’s message; and for biblical truth.
Students practice oral reading to communicate author’s message; communicate mood and motive; convey emotion; portray character; convey meaning of Scripture; voice inflection; and volume and pacing.
Spelling: This class consists of weekly word lists with challenging words and vocabulary, reinforcement activities, and six poems committed to memory.
Handwriting: This class works on maintaining cursive alphabet: uppercase and lowercase; maintaining good handwriting skills using ink pens; applying use in subject content areas—Bible, math, English skills, science, Heritage Studies; copying good cursive models that include descriptive paragraphs, outlines, journals, book reports, hymns, Scripture, timelines, titles, and labels
Health: This class covers bones, muscles, exercise, respiration, teeth, skin and hair, and proper hygiene.
Bible: This class is a survey of the Old Testament. Students will go through most of the books of the Old Testament and learn and discuss the major people, situations, and doctrines of the books.
The students will have Bible verses to memorize each week. They are usually 2 – 3 verses long and build to cover an entire passage. An example is Ephesians 6:11-18.
The students will also be learning many hymns and choruses throughout the year.
English: This class covers parts of speech, sentence structure, sentence mechanics, usage of homophones, pronouns, subject/verb agreement.
Writing skills from previous years are reviewed and expanded on.
There are writing projects, study and reference skill, and oral and speaking skills.
Math: This class covers numeration, review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, powers and roots, fractions, decimals, mixed numbers and decimals, percents, estimation, units of measurement (US Customary and Metric), temperature, time, unit coversion (US Customary and Metric), scale factors, elementary geometry (lines, angles, polygons, area, volume, perimeter), integers, and elementary algebra.
History: This class covers the history of the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. Areas of study are: early travel methods (car and plane), WW1, the states of the US (there is a state report for this section), the 20’s decade, the Great Depression, the rise of dictators in pre-WW2, WW2, the Cold War, and into the 21st century including the World Trade Center bombing.
Science: This is a general science class It’s goal is to complete the Earth Science concepts learned throughout Elementary school. The last two chapters cover Health. This also is a completion of Health learned throughout Elementary school. Topics covered are Minerals, Rocks, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Matter and Energy, Weather, Sound, Light, and Interaction in the Ecosystem. The Health areas covered are the Respiratory System and the Circulatory System.
The students are also introduced to the Science Laboratory. The students complete three labs per chapter. The labs are designed not only to reinforce scientific concepts but begin to integrate Math, and writing skills into science. Students are tested on terms, concepts and lab procedures.
Textbook: 5th Science, Third Edition by BJU Press
Reading: This class covers word recognition, comprehension of stories and poetry, vocabulary, different literary styles, use of study skills, silent and oral reading, and composition.
There are book reports assigned throughout the year.
Spelling: This class covers a weekly phonics based word list; a weekly test with vocabulary words from the word list. This spelling is based on generalizations, morphophonemic pairs, suffixes and prefixes, comprehension activities, and use of spelling words in context.
Handwriting: This class covers maintaining cursive alphabet, upper and lower case words, capital letter usage, and application in content areas.
Math (6th Grade): This course reviews earlier work with numbers; the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, powers, and roots; as well as fractions, decimals, percents, and estimates. Direct and indirect measurement, along with US customary and metric units, is also taught. Geometric topics include terms, lines, angles, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, solids, areas, volumes, and coordinate geometry. Algebraic topics include patterns, terms and sequences, integers, variables, simple equations, formulas, and properties. Word problems include money problems, discounts, gratuities, taxes, and interest. Statistics and data analysis are stressed, as is probability. Investigations on such topics as data representation, fractions, measuring and drawing angles, data collection, displaying data, geometric solids, scale drawings and models, and Platonic solids are also included.
Textbook: Saxon MS Math Course 1 (c2012)
Math (7th Grade): This course continues to build skills in mathematics and to prepare the student for the study of algebra. The course reviews earlier work with numeration; operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, powers, and roots; fractions; decimals and percents; estimation; and number theory. Measurement with U.S. customary units as well as metric units, temperature on 3 scales, and time is also taught. Geometric concepts include basic terms; lines; angles; polygons; triangles; quadrilaterals; circles and solids. Problems involving perimeter, area, and volume are also covered. Algebraic concepts including patterns, sequences, integers, variables, factoring, solving simple equations and inequalities; functions; and properties are also covered. Statistics, data analysis, probability; problem solving, and mathematical reasoning are also covered.
Textbook: Saxon MS Math Course 2 (c2012)
Algebra 1/2 (8th Grade): This course focuses on introductory algebra topics and facilitates the transition from concrete concepts of arithmetic to abstract concepts of algebra. The course reviews the sets of whole numbers and their operations; fractions and decimal numbers and their operations, real numbers and their operations, Roman numerals, as well as graphing data and using English or metric units of measure. Graphing in the coordinate plane, ratio, proportion, percent problems, exponents and roots; probability and statistics, as well as simplifying expressions and simplifying and solving equations are also taught. Applications such as simple and compound interest, markup and markdown, and commission and profit are also taught. Geometric topics include various angles and measurements, polygons, circles, triangles, geometric solids, perimeter and circumference; and areas of various shapes. If the book is completed early, ten additional topics, such as geometric constructions, data representation, base 2 numbers, roots, polynomials, transformation geometry; slope, and basic trigonometry, are available.
Textbook: Saxon Algebra 1/2, Third ed., (c2004)
Sixth Grade Science: This is a general science course. The book introduces the student to new concepts in both Earth Science and Life Sciences. Topics covered under Earth Science are: earthquakes, volcanoes, atoms and molecules, electricity, magnetism, motion and machines. The students complete a project on the stars and solar system. Topics covered under Life Science are: cells and classification, animal and plant classification, plant and animal reproduction, introduction to heredity and genetics, the Nervous System and the Immune System. Lab classes are structured to enhance the concepts learned and add to the skills learned the previous year. Again, math and writing skills are used to analyze and document work.
There are three to four labs per chapter. Students are tested on terms, concepts, being able to use the terms and being able to apply concepts both during class work and lab work.
Textbook: 6th Science by BJU Press
Life Science (7th Grade): This is a pre-biology book. It’s purpose is to give the knowledge and skills needed for high school Biology. Therefore, the teacher’s goals are to enable the student to become an independent learner with the skills and confidence to not only be motivated to find the answer but enjoy the quest. The concepts studied are: Biblical Creationism, cell structure and activities, cell division, genetics, heredity, introduction to Microbiology, plant structure and processes, invertebrates, vertebrates, animal behavior, man’s role in the ecosystem, structure and function of the human body; support and movement, internal balance, energy, and control.
Laboratory classes start to become more involved. Many labs require two to three days of work. Each lab is preceded by a pre-lab lecture and a post-lab discussion. The student also learns how to dissect. The animals dissected are: worm, starfish and frog. Students are tested on terms and concepts. Four labs a year are a test grade.
Textbook: Life Science, Third Edition by BJU Press
Earth and Space science (8th Grade): This course is a thorough presentation of the universe our God has Created for us. It requires more reading than previous science classes and student contribution is more time consuming. The topics covered are: the Christian Worldview and Science, glory of the stars, sun, and planets, etc. space exploration, the Atmosphere (meteorology, weather prediction), the Lithosphere (geology, minerals, rocks and fossils, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering) and the Hydrosphere (oceans, seas, glaciers and groundwater systems).
This class has three to four labs per chapter. Math is now totally integrated into this course. The students work in groups for many of the labs. Students are tested on terms, concepts, reasoning and understanding of lab results.
Textbook: Space and Earth Science by BJU Press
Reading (6th Grade):
English (6th Grade): Grammar covers sentence stucture, use of capitalization, commas, subject verb agrement, diagraming, colons, using quotations correctly, how to work with paragraphs, a student reseach paper, nouns (proper and common), verbs that show state of being, using troublesome verbs, pronouns and their uses, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjuntions, and interjections.
In addition to the grammar, the students works on a number of creative assignments throughout the school year. For example, the student will create his or her own poem book.
Textbook: God’s Gift of Language C by A Beka Books
Reading (7th Grade): Literature covers six units with a new theme for each unit. Each unit includes writing assignments and literary terms and concepts. In the unit Generosity, writing assignments include the Cinquain poem as well as a character description. The Literary Terms and Concepts unit includes autobiographies and memoirs. The Basis of Literary unit includes rise and fall actions, plot elements, plot twists, point of view, figurative language, theme, and setting. The student is introduced to literary devices such as personification, prose, metaphors and flashback.
During the year, the student will be working on five book reports which can range from a wrtten report to an oral presentation. The student will also have several group projects.
Textbook: Exploration in Literature by BJU Press
English (7th Grade): Grammar covers parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, sentence structure, and sentence patterns. In addition, students are introduced to dependent clauses, sentence types, clause structure, and sentence errors.
Students will also work on mechanics in capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage of subject and verb agreement, pronoun antecedent agreement, and troublesome words.
Students will develop writing skills that cover the writing process such as planning, drafting, revising, and proofreading. They will also perform writing projects in biograhical sketches, in-class essays, drama scenes, letters to the editor, and found poems.
Also each year, students review the basic study and reference rules.
Vocabulary, spelling, and poetry gives the student twenty troublesome spelling words and seven new vocabulary words each week.
There are six poems to memorize throughout the year.
Textbook: Writing and Grammar and Vocabulary/Spelling and Poetry I by A Beka Books
Reading (8th Grade): Literature has six units that focus on the important areas of decision-making and on interpersonal relationships. Each story is set up in the following order: Introduction of the Story, Analysis (questions about the story), an Application section which allows the student to draw conclusions about the reading, and Activity worksheets which are used to help understand the concepts being taught in the story.
The class is also required to keep a journal that is used in class.
There are six unit tests, five book reports, and two group projects.
Textbook: Excursion in Literature by BJU Press
English (8th Grade): Grammar covers an overview of parts of speech. As well, students will learn the following new material: pronoun-relative, verb-progressive tense, passive voice, correlative conjunctions, participles, infinitives, gerunds, verbal phrases with modifiers and how they function as different parts of speech. Students will review sentence structure, dependent clauses (such as adjectivial and adverbial clauses), mechanics usage, and review of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
Writing skills are reinforced. New material is covered such as writing an essay, thesis statement, outline, and introduction and conclusion paragraph. Writing projects include a travel brochure, news story, autobiography, debate, and advertisement.
The year ends with a review of study and reference skills plus dictionary work.
Vocabulary/spelling and poetry gives the student twenty new spelling words a week along with ten new vocabulary words. The student is also expect to memorize six poems throughtout the year.
Textbook: Writing and Grammar and Vocabulary/Spelling and Poetry II by A Beka Books
World Studies I (6th Grade): This class covers 12 ancient civilizations. They are: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece, Rome, Mayan, African, Japan, Byzantium, and the Middle Ages.
World Studies II (7th Grade): This course covers four periods of world cultural history. The first unit (1100-1650) includes Medieval Revival of Towns, The Renaissance, The Reformation, The Mongol Empire, and Traditions of Africa. The second unit (1400-1800) includes The Age of Exploration, Development of Latin America, Division of North America, The Era of Absolutism, and Settlement of Australia and Oceania. The third unit (1800-1900) includes European Industrialism, Raj India, China and the West, and Colonial Africa. The fourth unit ( 1900-Present) includes Twentieth Century Political Order in Europe, Communism in Russia, Divisions of Modern Asia, Realignment in the Middle East, Modern Africa, and Modern Latin America. Special segments include Major Religions of the World, Fulfilling the Great Commission, Twentieth Century Music and Art, and Canada.
A timeline of major events of one of the cultures is a required project, and students participate in the biannual history fair.
A possible field trip to Medieval Times or the Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo, New York is planned.
Textbook: World Studies by BJU Press.
Geography (8th Grade): This course covers both the physical and cultural aspects of the subject. After learning what geography is, students learn how to read grids using latitude and longitude coordinates, and how to read projections and relief maps. Before beginning a comprehensive study of each world region, the class studies the basics of societal differences between the hemispheres. World regions are studied in the following units: Europe, North America, Middle America and South America, Africa, The Middle East and Central Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania, and Antarctica.
A country notebook which is compiled throughout the year is a required project, and students participate in a group presentation and in the biannual history/geography fair.
Textbook: Cultural Geography by BJU Press
Bible (6th-8th Grade): The class rotates on a three year basis.
1st Year: Life of Christ
2nd Year: Practical Christian Living
3rd year: A Survey of the Bible
The Life of Christ is a chronological study of His life and teachings. Emphasis is placed on the principle that Jesus is God and is the example of how God wants man to live and think.
Practical Christian Living looks at some basic doctrines such as salvation and sanctification and their application to everyday life in our modern society. Practical application portions of Scripture, such as Romans 12, are also studied.
A Survey of the Bible takes a quick look at each of the 66 books of the Bible. The main theme of each book is discussed along with discussion and application of the “famous” passages in each book.
Each year the students are taught the fundamental truths of the topic. Memorization of different portions of Scripture is emphasized. Students are challenged to change their thinking to Biblically based thinking by the “renewing of their minds” (Romans 12:2).
This class gives each student a good foundation of Biblical understanding to begin to formulate their own Biblically based beliefs and convictions as they head toward the teen years.
Art (6th-8th Grade):
Choir (6th-8th Grade): Jr. and Sr. High choir focuses on singing in parts (SATB), learning how to blend with other voices, and using the voices that God has given man to praise Him. Students sing a variety of warm-up exercises, tonal recognition, and various types of choral work including sacred songs, folk songs, and classical pieces. Students sing both with piano accompaniment and acapella singing. Students have the opportunity to join large choral works, large ensembles 6 – 12 people, small ensembles 2 – 6, and solos.
The choir gives 2 concerts per year at Christmas (a cantata) and in May.
Students also participate in the GSACS Senior and Junior High music festivals.
Band (6th-8th Grade): Band is a continuation of prior learning. Students keep learning fingerings, counting, scales, rhythmic exercises, etc. The main objective is to learn a variety of styles of band music: marches, overtures, pieces written for band, and transcriptions from orchestral works.
The band gives 2 concerts per year at Christmas and in May. Students also participate in the GSACS music festival in May.
Keyboarding (7th and 8th Grade): Using TurboTyping, the students are taught to memorize the keyboard in order to type all of the letters, numbers, as well as key punctuation.
This skill is highly important in today’s technological society and important to learn at an early age so that this skill can be developed as student’s work on research papers and other projects throughout their high school years.
General Math (10th-12th Grades): This course is a remedial course for any student lacking the mathematical background to continue in the usual math sequence. This course reviews basic skills with whole numbers and integers; decimals; rational numbers; percents; statistics and measurement; ratio, proportions, and probability; as well as introductions to algebra and geometry.
Textbook: Achieving Proficiency in Mathematics
Consumer Math (10th-12th Grades): This course is a second remedial course for any student lacking the mathematical background to continue in the usual math sequence. This course reviews basic mathematical skills needed to function in adult daily life in our society.
Textbook: Consumer Math for Christian Schools
Algebra 1 (9th Grade): Algebra 1 covers typical first-year algebra concepts such as the solution of expressions and equations involving signed numbers, roots, and exponents (positive and negative); the distributive property; addition of like terms; solution of equations in one or more unknown(s); algebraic word problems; the solution and graphs of various functions with an emphasis on linear functions; solution of quadratic equations by factoring; ratios; addition, multiplication, and division of polynomials; substitution; complex fractions; adding and simplifying radical expressions; scientific notation; systems of equations; Pythagorean theorem; calculation of the perimeter, circumference, and area of geometric figures as well as the surface area and volume of geometric solids; statistics; and more.
Algebra I lays the foundation for Algebra II in 10th grade.
Textbook: Algebra I by Saxon Publishers
Algebra 2 (10th Grade): Algebra 2 covers typical second-year algebra concept. Some topics covered are positive and negative exponents, evaluation of expressions and equations; like terms; the distributive property; multiplication and division of polynomials; graphing linear equations; advanced substitution and elimination to solve a system of equations; slope-intercept method; equation of a line; simplification of radicals; scientific notation; complex fractions; rationalizing the denominator; unit multipliers; sine, cosine, and tangent; direct, inverse, and joint variations; completing the square; imaginary numbers; complex numbers; polar and rectangular coordinates; experimental data; complex roots of quadratic equations; vector addition; scientific calculators; quadratic formula; variable exponents; systems of nonlinear equations; irrational roots; slope formula; distance formula; systems of three equations; linear inequalities and their systems; and parabolas. Algebraic word problems focus on applications in physics, chemistry, and other real-world related problems. As well, some geometric ideas covered are perimeter, area, volume, surface area, sectors, transversals, proportional segments; inscribed angles; Pythagorean theorem; angle relationships; parallel and perpendicular lines; parallelograms; similar triangles; chords; secants; and more.
Algebra II lays the foundation for both Geometry in 11th grade with basic geometrical principles and for Advanced Mathematics/Pre-Calculus in 12th grade.
Textbook: Algebra II by Saxon Publishers
Geometry (11th Grade): This course is intended for those students who have satisfactorily completed Algebra 1. Geometry is taught as a separate course to adequately develop logical thinking (Euclidean Geometry). Topics covered include: Basics of geometry including patterns, inductive reasoning, basic terms and measure; reasoning and proof including conditional statements about segments and angles; perpendicular and parallel lines; congruent triangles; properties of triangles including perpendiculars and bisectors, medians and altitudes, and inequalities and 1 and 2 triangles; quadrilaterals, including polygons and properties, rhombuses, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, and kites; transformations including reflections, rotations, translations, and glide reflections and compositions; similarity including similar polygons, similar triangles, proportions, and dilations; right triangles and trigonometry including Pythagorean Theorem and its converse, special right triangles such as 45-45-90 and 30-60-90, trigonometric ratios, and vectors; circles; and areas and volumes of various geometric shapes.
Each student develops a Theorem Notebook with the information and formulas from each chapter plus additional information from the teacher. The students use this notebook during testing. (The goal of this class is that the student becomes proficient in using the theorems, not so much that they can memorize them.)
There on two to three paper labs for each chapter. The student is graded on homework, quizzes, paper labs and chapter tests. There is also a mid-term and a final exam.
Textbook: Geometry, Applying, Reasoning and Measuring by McDougal Littell.
Precalculus 1 (11th [accelerated program] & 12th Grade): This is the fourth course in our college preparatory math sequence. Students need at least an 86% year average in Algebra 2 and a 79% year average in Geometry to continue to this course.
This course usually covers lessons 1 – 75, including such topics as real and complex numbers; fractional and radical equations; linear and quadratic equations; word problems of various sorts; systems of 2 or 3 equations or inequalities; trigonometric functions and equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; factorial notation; summation notation; addition of vectors; a geometry review; angles measured in radians or degrees and conversion between the two forms; conic sections including circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas; statistics; and permutations.
Textbook: Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd ed.
Precalculus 2 (12th Grade ): This is the fifth course in our college preparatory math sequence. Students need at least an 86% year average in Precalculus 1 to continue in this course.
This second year covers lessons 70 – 125, including a review of the first year course, as well as trigonometric identities; permutations and combinations; matrices and determinants; probability; more on conic sections; arithmetic and geometric progressions; sequences and series; logarithmic inequalities; synthetic division; theorems such as the rational roots theorem, and the upper and lower bound theorems; roots of polynomial equations; and assorted functions and equations. Any remaining time is used to introduce calculus.
Textbook: Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd ed.
Accounting for Business and Personal Finance (12th Grade): During the first part of this course, the student is introduced to the basic vocabulary of accounting and learns the nine step accounting cycle for a sole proprietor service business, as well as business banking and payroll. In part two, the student begins a study of personal finance that includes Biblical teaching on money and right attitudes about money; personal banking; budgeting; credit cards and indebtedness; identity theft; insurance; and taxation from a variety of sources. During part three, the student is introduced to the ten step accounting cycle of a merchandising corporation; four special journals, including sales, cash receipts, purchases, and cash payments; the combination journal; and the accounts receivable and accounts payable subsidiary ledgers.
Textbook: Glencoe Accounting – First Year Course, (c. 2007)
Physical World (9th Grade): Physical World is a study in pre-chemistry and pre-physics in preparation for high school chemistry and physics. It emphasizes the theory with minor applications into the mathematical. Some topics covered are the following: science and its relationship to the Bible; the limitations of science; the scientific method; the measurement, properties, and classification of matter; the periodic table, periodic trends, and various types of atoms including their families, models, names, and forces of attraction between those atoms; reactions; solutions; acids; bases; salts; energy; momentum; machines and the distance principle; mechanics including kinetics and dynamics (Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion); fluid mechanics; gas laws; heat and temperature; electricity; magnetism; vibrations; sound; and light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
In pre-physics (2nd semester), the nature of the topics allows the class to become more hands on. The teacher comes along side the student participating with learning rather than too much instruction and/or lecturing. Therefore the student is required to work independently for most class preparation. Lab classes now become very intense and involved. Students must learn the concept and now figure out how to conduct the experiment. Post-lab is now used by the students to discuss the lab and why they got the results that they did. The students are tested on concepts and understanding them. The students are required to complete one Power Point presentation. This is a test grade.
Being pre-chemistry and pre-physics, this course lays the founadational principles which will be expanded and deepened in chemistry and physics.
Textbook: The Physical World: An Introduction to Physical Science by BJU Press
Biology (10th Grade):
This course requires the student to complete many varied assignments: anatomical and specimen drawing notebook, Leaf Notebook, Botany notebook, complex dissections, genetic punnet square and pedigree charts, and writings on microbiology.
This class does require more lecture time. Students develop a notebook with this information. The text book is used more as a reference than page by page coverage. Many labs require pre-lab preparation. This can be hands on or research. Students are quizzed on the drawings and tested on concepts and the ability to be able to use the information.
Textbook: Biology for Christian Schools by BJU.
Chemistry (11th Grade): Chemistry is an advanced study in chemistry with an emphasis on mastering the mathematical formulas and calculations behind the theory. Thus, it has Algebra II as a pre-requisite. Some topics covered are the following: the scientific method; composition and classification of matter; conservation of energy; reporting measurements; problem solving; Quantum model of the atom; electron arrangement; the periodic table; periodic functions; chemical bonds; oxidation numbers; nomenclature; the mole; types of reactions; writing and balancing reactions; stoichiometry; gas laws and the mole; solids, liquids; plasma; state changes; water and its reactions; concentration; colligative properties; colloids; suspensions; thermodynamics, kinetics, and their mechanisms; reversible and irreversible reactions; equilibrium; acids, bases, and salts; neutralization; oxidation-reduction reactions and balancing them; electrochemical reactions; natural radioactivity; induced reactions; and fusion and fission.
This course lays the foundation for college General Chemistry. Students who have taken Chemistry have done very well in college General Chemistry often sitting at the top of their class. Some students may be able to test out of General Chemistry in college.
Textbook: Basic Chemistry by BJU Press
Microbiology (12th Grade): Microbiology is a college level, senior science class. The purpose for this class is three-fold: 1. To enable students with poor math skills to complete three years of high school science. 2. To give the students a little glimpse of the intensity of college work. 3. To complete the student’s lab skills.
The student will complete this course with a practical knowledge of the following: 1. Bacterial classification and morphology 2. Uses of bacteria, controlling bacteria 3. Bacterial reproduction, growth and disease 4. Viruses 5. Viral reproduction and disease 6. Infectious disease and Communicable disease including how pathogens cause disease, how diseases are spread, and defense against disease 7. Medical and natural ways to control disease 8. Diseases caused by protozoans, algae, fungus and fungus-like protists.
Lab procedures and experiments learned and completed: 1. Hand washing techniques: for all ages. 2. Microscope use: electronic and computer 3. Sterile technique 4. How to use an incubator 5. Inoculating agar plates 6. Simple stain, gram stain and protist stain techniques 7. How to collect microscopic specimens 8. Identification of stained microorganisms 9. Interpretation of antibiotic sensitivity studies.
The students are graded on their lab notebooks, lab skills, analysis of lab data and their research projects. Their final project is a Power Point presentation.
Textbook: Where the Germs Are; A scientific Guide to the Microbes You’ll Meet in Everyday Life by Nicholas Bakalar
Physics (12th Grade): Being a one semester course, the emphasis is on learning how to problem solve and work with formulas. This is accomplished with a largely mathematical approach to the following topics: Velocity, Acceleration, Momentum, Vectors, Equilibrium, Friction, Motion Graphs, Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, Kepler’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation, Potential and Kinetic Energy, Electricity, Simple Machines and Efficiency, Elevator Problems, Beam Problems, Sliding Block Problems, Center of Gravity, Pascal’s Principle, Archimedes’ Principle, Snell’s Law, and Tensile Strength.
This course lays the foundation for college physics. Whereas not every subject is covered in this one semester course, it lays a solid foundation of problem solving, formula proficiency, and mathematical skills.
Textbook: Physics by Saxon Publishers
English (9th Grade)
Language Arts covers a review of capitalization, punctuation, subject/verb agreement, nouns, verbs, and pronouns. Essays are assigned throughout the year. Spelling and vocabulary are assigned each week. Literature focuses on the following fundamentals of the subject: types of conflict, types of characters, theme, the structure of poetry including meter, verse forms, stanza forms, and shape poetry. Another unit discusses the point of view from which a story is written. The final unit is a study of Cyrano de Bergerac. Great Expectations is a separate class study during the year.
Outside reading projects are assigned throughout the year as well.
Textbooks: Fundamentals of Literature by BJU Press; Grammar and Composition III and Vocabulary, Spelling, and Poetry III by A Beka Book
English (10th Grade)
Language Arts covers a review of adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections as well as proper usage and diction. Essays are assigned throughout the year. Spelling and/or vocabulary are assigned each week. Composition units include proper paragraph construction, exposition, using the library and writing a research paper (a yearly research paper is assigned), outlining, improving writing style, writing book reviews, writing precis, and writing a character sketch and type sketch. Literature focuses on the use of metaphors, onomatpoeia, allusion, symbol, and biography. The final unit is a study of Romeo and Juliet. A Tale of Two Cities is a separate class study during the year.
Textbooks: Elements of Literature by BJU Press; Grammar and Composition IV and Vocabulary, Spelling, and Poetry IV by A Beka Books
English (11th Grade)
Students briefly review grammar and spelling/vocabulary and are assigned writing topics throughout the year.
American Literature is studied. The text follows the chronological periods of American history beginning with the emphasis on God’s guidance in the founding of the colonies through modern writings. Special biographical information about the authors introduces each section. The units discussed include Literature of Settlement, Religious Experience, and Revolution; Knickerbockers; New England writers; Transcendentalists; Regionalists; Realists; Naturalists; Anti-Naturalists; and Modern Poetry and Prose. The Scarlet Letter is a class study.
Outside reading projects are assigned throughout the year.
Textbooks: American Literature by BJU Press; Handbook of Grammar and Composition and Spelling/Vocabulary V by A Beka Book
English (12th Grade)
Students briefly review grammar and are assigned bi-weekly vocabulary lessons. Composition units include reviewing proper paragraph construction, writing theme, extended outline, narrative, poetry, extended definition, essay, description, character sketch, vocation project, book reviews, and extemporaneous writing. A yearly research paper is assigned. British Literature is studied. The following periods of British literature are studied: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern.
Textbook: British Literature by BJU Press; Handbook of Grammar and Composition and Vocabulary VI by A Beka Books
World History (9th Grade): This course explores the geography, history government, economics, religion, and culture of the world’s major civilizations.
These studies are approached from a chronological approach. Careful attention is also given to the civilizations’ acceptance or the rejection of the one true God and the blessings or consequences for these actions.
Textbook: World History for Christian Schools BJU Press
US History I (10th Grade): This course covers settlement of North America through Reconstruction. The first unit includes a study of wilderness settlement, colonial life, and religion in the colonies. The second unit includes studies of the French and Indian War, the War for Independence, the Constitutional Period, and the Federalist Years. The third unit includes studies of the Jeffersonian Era, the Age of Jackson, and Growth in American Society. Unit four is a study of Manifest Destiny, and the fifth unit includes studies of sectional differences, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Special segments focus on perspectives of the Eastern Indians and perspectives on early photography in America.
A timeline of American history from exploration through Reconstruction is a required project, and students participate in the biannual history fair.
Field trips include alternating yearly trips to Philadelphia and Gettysburg.
Textbook: United States History by BJU Press
US History II (11th Grade): United States History II covers the industrial “Gilded Age” through the end of the twentieth century. The first unit includes studies of American industrialism, expansion of the West, the Progressive Era, and World War I. The second unit includes studies of the Twenties, the Thirties, and World War II. The third unit includes studies of Postwar America from 1945-1963, the “Shattered Society” from 1963-1973, the “Nation Adrift” years from 1973-1980, the Resurgence of the 1980s, and “New Challenges” of the 1990s leading into the twenty-first century. Special segments focus on perspectives on the Old West and perspectives on the Space Race.
A timeline of American history from the industrial period through the present is a required project, and students participate in the biannual history fair.
Field trips include trips to the Vanderbilt Mansion and the FDR home and library in Hyde Park, New York and a possible trip to the USS New Jersey in Camden.
Textbook: United States History by BJU Press
US Government (12th Grade): This is a one semester course which covers not only the basics of the three branches of government but also the biblical and historical foundations on which our nation was founded. The first unit discusses the biblical pattern for government as established by God, the Christian beginnings in America, and the meaning of democracy with a special emphasis on the documents of democracy. The second unit includes a history of the Constitutional Convention, the Constitution as the cornerstone of our government, and civil rights and responsibilities. The third unit focuses on the party system, campaigns and elections, and the pressures of politics. The fourth unit discusses the Congress, the Presidency, the Bureaucracy, the Judiciary, Federalism, and Foreign Policy.
Students are required to write a research paper and participate in the biannual history/government fair.
Textbook: American Government by BJU Press
Bible (9th and 10th Grade)
Proverbs (1st year): Proverbs teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This study will confront your child with the true meaning of wisdom and shows how they can live by God’s wisdom in every area of life.
The curriculum used is Positive Action and the KJV Bible.
Life of Christ (2nd year): Each child will take a journey through the Gospel of John and develop a deeper knowledge of Christ, as well as a deeper relationship with Him. Through The Life of Christ they will learn about Jesus in the context of the culture and land of His time.
The curriculum used is Positive Action and the KJV Bible.
Your child will learn verses from the KJV Bible that will enable them to apply these truths to their every day courses in life.
Bible Doctrines I and II (11th and 12th Grade)
1st year: Doctrine of God: Importance of our Relationship with God, Essence and Attributes of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit
Textbook: Behold Your God by Postive Action for Christ
2nd Year: Bibliology (Word of God), Anthropology (Man), Hamartiology (Sin), and Soteriology (Salvation)
Students are encouraged to develop a daily walk with the Lord, and this is incorporated into the homework assignments each week. Students will be required over the two years to read through the majority of the Bible and to pray on a regular basis.
This class prepares the student for life as they learn to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. An emphasis is placed on personal holiness with an awareness of man’s utter depravity and tendency toward sin. This requires keeping our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23)
Bible Quiz (9th-12th Grade):
Speech (12th Grade): This is a one semester course which covers the essentials of good speaking skills in the modern world, how to prepare, craft, and deliver a speech, various types of speeches by category, and how to be a good listener. Chapter studies include “Speechmaking in the Age of Diversity,” “Getting Started,” “Critical Listening,” “Understanding Your Audience,” “Speeches to Inform,” “Beginning and Ending Your Speech,” “Wording Your Speech,” “Delivering Your Speech,” and “Speeches to Persuade.”
Students are required to prepare, craft, and deliver eight speeches during the semester.
Speaking assignments include an expressive/dramatic reading to elementary students and a demonstration.
Textbook: Principles of Public Speaking
Spanish I (10th Grade): This course is an introductory approach to the Spanish language through a study of vocabulary and grammar. Vocabulary includes greetings, school, clothing items, members of the family, household items, creation terms, and vacation terms. Grammar concentrates on pronunciation, word formation, verse memorization, present tense verbs, adjective formation, and command forms.
Students are enriched through conversation, reading, interviews, reports, and oral translation.
Textbook: Por Todo el Mundo by ABeka Books
Spanish II (11th Grade): This course is a review and continued study of the Spanish language. Vocabulary encompasses city life, communication, clothing and jewelry, personal hygiene and getting ready, postures and bodily movements, adjectives of comparison, verbs of becoming, cooking and money and finances. Grammar covers the past, future, and imperfect tenses.
Students continue verse memorization including the Romans Road in Spanish.
Enrichment is continued through readings, reports, and translation work.
Textbook: Mas que Vencedores by ABeka Books
Art (9th-12th Grade):
Choir (9th-12th Grade): Jr. and Sr. High choir focuses on singing in parts (SATB), learning how to blend with other voices, and using the voices that God has given man to praise Him. Students sing a variety of warm-up exercises, tonal recognition, and various types of choral work including sacred songs, folk songs, and classical pieces. Students sing both with piano accompaniment and acapella singing. Students have the opportunity to join large choral works, large ensembles 6 – 12 people, small ensembles 2 – 6, and solos.
The choir gives 2 concerts per year at Christmas (a cantata) and in May.
Students also participate in the GSACS Senior and Junior High music festivals.
Band (9th-12th Grade): Band is a continuation of prior learning. Students keep learning fingerings, counting, scales, rhythmic exercises, etc. The main objective is to learn a variety of styles of band music: marches, overtures, pieces written for band, and transcriptions from orchestral works.
The band gives 2 concerts per year at Christmas and in May. Students also participate in the GSACS music festival in May.
Home Economics (9th-12th Grade):
Chess Club (9th-12th Grade):
Girls (9th-12th Grade):
Boys (9th-12th Grade):
Computers (9th Grade):
These classes are presented to meet the New Jersey state requirements that all high school students attend a Health class each year of high school. Each class meets for one marking period.
9th Grade Health covers CPR. Students put together a notebook showing their growth and development, and they project their future characteristics etc.
10th Grade Health covers communicable diseases and how to prevent and treat those diseases. Students do a PowerPoint presentation on a communicable disease.
11th Grade Health covers responding to medical emergencies at home, in school, and on the job. In addition, how to take care of an injured/ill person at home is discussed. Students put together a notebook demonstrating the care of an injured person.
12th Grade Health covers how to take care of yourself when sick and/or injured at college including prevention, things to try first, when to see a doctor, and what you need to know about insurance. Students put together a first aid kit especially designed for them and their medical needs.