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Course Descriptions

BIBLE

Bible 9 – Students start by exploring God’s existence, who He is, what He is like, and what it is like to have a relationship with Him, then they study the person of Jesus Christ through His birth, passion week, death and resurrection as the ultimate Gift of love to humanity.  God has chosen to lavish His love upon us through many gifts.  Using the Bible to guide them, students explore the gifts of Creation, Sabbath, Grace, and their Identity in Christ.

Bible 10 – The students will study the history of God’s people in the Old Testament by examining the stories of Hosea and David, individuals who lived their lives after God’s own heart. Then during the second unit students explore the profound, eternal truths shared from Jesus’ heart in the Sermon on the Mount.  Continuing on through history the New Testament church is studied by examining the book of Acts and the work of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the past and in our lives today.  How we live, as Christians while waiting for Jesus to return, is explored in the last unit of study.

Bible 11 – The students will study the history of God’s Word and learn that it is trustworthy and enduring before beginning the study of Daniel and Revelation. In Daniel and Revelation students will understand how God has been personally involved in our earth’s history and how He has foretold with complete accuracy what has happened in the past and what will happen in the final hours of earth’s history. Trusting that God knows the beginning and the end, equips us to walk with Him and prepares us for the last unit of study which is the leading of the Holy Spirit in the development of the Adventist church and in our personal lives today.

Bible 12 – Students explore World Religions and what Christianity offers as they seek to know what they personally believe in the first unit.  During the next unit students examine various worldviews and their own personal worldview which impacts their response to the tough questions in life.  As the value of the Bible is established in living the Christian life, a study focuses on what advice it shares about relationships, in areas such as friendships, dating, marriage, family and conflict resolution.  The final unit offers portraits of Jesus as presented in the book of John which can deepen understanding of the Savior of the world and our relationship with him.

 

ENGLISH

English 9 – English I is a broad-based language arts experience. Students learn grammar and vocabulary and write essays, creative writing, and poetry. Students study general literature in many genres and discus important themes.

English 10 – This course includes grammar, vocabulary, creative writing, essays, and research techniques. Students read classical and general literature in many genres and make connections. The standard of grading is higher than English I.

English 11 – This course includes usage, vocabulary, speeches, other creative writing, a research paper and American Literature.

English 12 – This course covers usage, vocabulary, creative writing, essays, and poetry. ACT prep is provided in the beginning of the year. Students will write a research paper. The course offers a survey of British Literature from about 400 A.D. to the present.

 

FINE ARTS

Art 1 – This course is designed as a general art class, to give an exposure to the Visual Arts. It includes the theoretical art principles and elements of design as well as an introduction to various art materials and procedures used to produce works of art. Special emphasis is placed on the spiritual nature of visual expression.

Art 2 – The student will build on the art skills they learned in Art 1.  The student will continue to learn about the old masters and contemporary works of art.  They will be exploring more hands-on work in class, digging deeper and learning to express themselves in different ways.

Band – The goal of this class is to assist young people in developing their instrumental abilities, to encourage teamwork and ultimately, through music, to draw them into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Bells – The goal of this class is to assist young people in developing their instrumental abilities, to encourage teamwork and ultimately, through music, to draw them into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Choir – The goal of this class is to assist young people in developing their vocal abilities, to encourage teamwork and ultimately, through music, to draw them into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Choraliers – An audition-only select singing group with the goal to encourage teamwork and ultimately, through music, to draw them into a closer relationship with Jesus.

 

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Basketball – The students will learn and develop the fundamental skills needed to play the game of basketball. They will also learn the rules of basketball and how to apply them. In addition to basketball, the students will be introduced to the joy of service, witnessing through our program. Students will learn to value the sport through a Christian perspective.

Freshman PE – This class will combine physical conditioning with team sport skills. It will teach the fundamental skills of team sports and guide the students toward unselfish play and sportsmanship.

Fitness PE – This is a class that will focus on individual fitness with a combination of weight and cardio training.  It will help the students to identify goals in fitness and create a plan that will achieve their goals.

Girls’ Volleyball – The students will learn and develop the fundamental skills needed to play the game of volleyball. They will also learn the rules of volleyball and how to apply them. In addition to volleyball, the students will be introduced to the joy of service; witnessing through our program. Students will learn the value of the sport through a Christian perspective.

Gymnastics – The students will develop gymnastics skills in tumbling, free-exercise, limited apparatus, acro-sports, and team pyramids. In addition to gymnastics, the students will also be introduced to the joy of service, witnessing through our programs and clinics.

Health– Based on Spiritual principles, this class includes an introduction to the God-designed structure and function of the human body. Through instruction and self-evaluation, emphasis will be placed on applying the principles of a healthy lifestyle so students will know how to achieve and maintain that condition.

Individual P.E. – The students will develop and personalize their own fitness program, which will include goals relating to physical fitness. They will also be responsible to keep a journal/log book for all individual workouts. They will also be responsible to meet with the teacher once a week to go over these programs. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of physical fitness as it pertains to health.

Outdoor Education – This class is an elective physical education course. Those students who sign up to take this class are required to come to all of the meetings that will be held prior to the trip. On this trip students will learn basic outdoor education skills: canoeing, hiking, setting up tents and outdoor cooking.

 

LANGUAGE

Rosetta Stone – Through a Rosetta Stone e-Learning program, students can choose from 24 different language options.  Students with limited to no exposure to a language can develop everyday conversational skills through a self-paced program that involves lessons, games, activities and stories.  Advanced levels build speaking confidence and expand existing language skills.

 

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I – Topics covered include linear and second degree functions, real numbers, and graphs, with real life examples.

Algebra I does not count as a math credit requirement for graduation.  Students taking Algebra I will earn an elective credit. 

Algebra II – A survey of algebra and trigonometry with emphasis on functions, relations, polynomials, sequences and series. Algebra II is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I with a grade level of at least a C-.

Geometry – The study of points and space will be explored with triangles, parallelograms and two column proofs. Logical sequence, deductive reasoning, and investigation will organize this class. Geometry is for students who have successfully completed Algebra I.

Pre-Calculus – A study of the algebraic foundation of calculus. Topics will include functions, graphs, analytic geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics and limits. This class is intended for students who have completed Algebra II, Geometry and Survey of Math achieving a grade of B or higher in previous classes.

Statistics – Elementary statistics is designed to introduce basic concept and techniques for collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making predictions.  This class is intended for students who have completed Algebra II and Geometry.

 

SCIENCE

Anatomy & Physiology – An advanced subdivision of biology, anatomy is the study of the structure and shape of the body and its relationships to one another; while physiology focuses on how the body parts function and work together. A grade of B or higher in Biology is required and student must be of junior or senior class standing.

Biology – The basic study of the plant and animal kingdoms. Plant topics include plant structure and function along with reproduction. Animal topics include discussion of animal phylums from the simple to the complex and animal feeding, respiration, circulation, excretion, movement, and reproduction. Lab experiences include field projects with plants and animals along with dissection methods of simple animals to learn internal anatomy.

Chemistry – Chemistry topics include atomic structure, periodic table, ionic and covalent compounds, chemical naming, chemical reactions and the mole theory, stoichiometry, gases, mixtures and solutions, and acids and bases. Included are chemistry labs that require a knowledge of chemistry lab equipment, safety methods, and problem solving for chemical reactions. Prerequisite: completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Algebra II.

Physical Science – Lower division physical science with activities, lab experiences, and classwork in the topics of motion, forces, work and energy, heat and temperature, waves, sound and light, electricity, and magnetism. Chemistry topics are covered in matter, atoms, and elements with some ideas on reactions.

Physics – Upper level physical science involving higher level equations and concepts in the topics of motion, vectors, forces, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion, fluid mechanics, heat, waves, sound and light, and electricity along with circuits. Required lab experiences are part of this class that involve problem solving. Prerequisite: completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Algebra II. Geometry is recommended.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE

American Government – Students will study the making and functioning of the U.S. Constitution as well as the national judiciary, executive and legislative branches. They will also learn about state, county and local government operations.

U.S. History – Brief account of the discoveries, colonization and struggle for independence; growth of slavery, expansion of the country and the Civil War; reconstruction, the World Wars, the Cold War, disintegration of the Soviet Union and important events of the 21st century.

World Geography – The study of basic concepts in contemporary geography. Includes population patterns, mapping techniques, locational analysis, spatial diffusion, landforms, climates and urban and environmental concerns.

World History – The study of ancient civilizations, medieval institution, modern political, economic, social and cultural developments in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Campus Ministries – Campus Ministries is a course designed to help students develop skills in ministry.  It is based on three assumptions: 1) Since you are attending a Christians Academy, you have a desire to have a relationship with God, 2) You wish to help others develop a relationship with God, 3) You want to develop your skills in helping others see Jesus.

Throughout the year students will have opportunities to do the following: Plan, organize, and lead spiritual events and programs off and on campus, use biblical resources in planning programs and studies, lead small groups, speak and sing publicly, and plan and lead song services, run sound and idea systems, create presentations and ideas, and develop articles, flyers and poster for events.  Your grade is not a measure of your spiritualty, but the quality and quantity of your participation in this class.

Family and Consumer Science – This class is an introduction to cooking, sewing and other home-making skills.

Technology I – This course includes an in-depth study of technology including the essential functions of word processing, presentations and spreadsheets as well as exploring new technologies and applications.

Web Design – A beginner course that studies web design components using xhtml coding. Prerequisite: Technology I.

Yearbook – This class incorporates design, photography, writing and time management to publish the annual yearbook for Maplewood Academy. Students are responsible for assignments and deadlines for all the components of the yearbook.

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