Elementary Courses K-6th
Mission Statement for Elementary Language Arts:
The goal of the elementary language arts program is to develop the student’s reading, writing and comprehension skills so they may be able to understand, communicate and draw meaning from God’s Word. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
The kindergarten language arts program Christ-centered and the students will understand God’s truth through early literacy skills. It is God’s plan that people can read well (1 John 5:13). Age-appropriate activities such as phonics songs, interactive charts, and games teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondences, short vowel sounds and blending in a fun and meaningful way. By the end of kindergarten, students will be reading fully decodable storybooks with single-syllable, short vowel words. Students will practice handwriting and correct formation of letters and numbers with the help of a handwriting program.
Students in first grade continue their phonics study. Students use phonics and decoding concepts using look, listen, point, sing-along charts and echo routines. Comprehension strategies build better readers. Repetition develops the knowledge of letters, phonemic awareness, phonics, reading vocabulary, word comprehension, and sentence comprehension. Students will practice printing legibly and will master handwriting skills with the help of a handwriting program.
Songs and jingles introduce students to grammar rules and the different parts of speech and continue to build on phonics skills. Creative writing is highly encouraged as students have the opportunity to use the writing process. Students will maintain manuscript writing through use and at the same time begin to make the transition to cursive writing. They will learn spacing words in sentences and spacing sentences in writing. Basic strokes for cursive writing develop with the help of a handwriting program.
Students use songs and jingles to learn grammar rules and the different parts of speech. Creative narrative, expository, and descriptive writings are encouraged as students have the opportunity to use the writing process in a variety of content areas. A variety of novels further student reading ability. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills. Handwriting skills in cursive with the student develop legible and neat handwriting.
Students will practice grammar through text exercises that will cover the parts of speech, sentences, and the mechanics of punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. Writing will include autobiographies, comparing and contrast, letters, stories, persuasive paragraphs, and research skills. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills. Students read four novels (one a quarter) and study them in depth.
Students will continue with the practice of grammar that will cover all parts of speech, sentences, and the mechanics of punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. Writing will focus on personal narratives, instructions, letter writing, descriptive writing, stories, and research reports. Students read four novels (one a quarter) and study them in depth. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills.
This class fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God. Students will focus on skills in the following areas: grammar, usage, mechanics, writing, and the writing process, speaking, listening, vocabulary, spelling, reading, study reference and test taking. Students develop the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication, use the writing process to create different types of compositions, develop higher-level thinking skills, including a repertoire of questioning strategies, summarizing and retelling skills, and strategies in literal, interpretive, critical, and evaluative comprehension. A variety of literature and independent reading foster appreciation of different genres of literature. A vocabulary, spelling program and handwriting curriculum provides exercises to increase those skills.
Mission Statement for Elementary Mathematics:
The goal of the elementary mathematics program is to establish and develop a solid understanding of foundational math concepts that students will build upon in the upper level math program. Students will grow to appreciate God’s character and His value of order. “But let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV
Students learn that mathematical concepts add to our expression in other areas of life - their creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding (Colossians 1:16). The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component of the instructional process for the kindergarten student. Students grasp the math concepts using tangible and hands-on activities. The units of study include; classifying and sorting, exploring patterns (algebra), numbers 1-30, constructing and using graphs, comparing measurements, telling time to the hour, describing geometric figures, simple addition and subtraction.
Students will be able to comprehend and apply the basic mathematic principles of adding, subtracting, measuring, counting, telling time, and simple geometry for mastery at the first grade level. Units include describing and comparing numbers, addition and subtraction concepts, organizing and using Data, measuring time, number patterns, identifying coins, and solving two-digit addition and subtraction problems. The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component to the first grade curriculum.
The student will comprehend and apply basic math principles of addition, subtraction, place value, money, measurement, time, geometry, and fractions for the second grade level. Units include; place value to 100, addition and subtraction concepts, organizing and using data, determining the value of money, measuring time and money, model fractions, measure length and area, and solving three-digit addition and subtraction problems. Students increase fluency, knowledge and comprehension of math facts through timed speed drills.
Students will be able to complete mathematical facts and concepts at the third grade level. Units include; place value, using patterns and algebraic thinking, measuring capacity, weight, volume, and time, multiplication and division facts, understanding fractions and decimals, and organizing, displaying and interpret data Students increase fluency, knowledge and comprehension of math facts through timed speed drills.
The fourth grade places an emphasis on place values into millions (including money), multiplication and division with whole numbers and solving problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals. Students will continue to learn and use the basic multiplication facts as they become proficient in multiplying larger numbers. Students also will refine their estimation skills for computations and measurements and investigate relationships between and among simple two-dimensional (plane) figures and three-dimensional (solid) figures. Students will graph points in the first quadrant in the coordinate plane, extend and duplicate patterns. Students solve problems involving perimeter, patterns, probability, and equivalence of fractions and decimals using concrete materials and two-dimensional representations. Students will recognize geometric transformation, such as reflection (flip), translation (slide), and rotation (turn).
The fifth grade places emphasis on learning integers, developing proficiency in using whole numbers into the billions, fractions and decimals to solve problems. Students will collect, display, analyze data in a variety of ways and solve probability problems. Students also will solve problems involving metric and time measurements, two- and three-dimensional figures, volume, area, and perimeter. Students begin to learn about variable expressions and open sentences. Students develop an understanding of ratios, proportions and percents.
Sixth grade will continue to study whole numbers, decimals, and rational numbers (fractions). Students will use ratios and proportions to compare data sets, make conversions within a given measurement system, and classify and measure two- and three-dimensional figures. They will collect, analyze, display, and interpret data, using a variety of graphical and statistical methods; use integers and percentages; find the probability of an event; and investigate numerical and geometric patterns. Students will use algebraic terms, inequalities and solve one or more variables within algebraic equations.
Mission Statement for Elementary Science:
The goal of the elementary science program is to understand God’s creation and basic scientific principles from a Biblical worldview using experiments, observations and hands-on learning experiences. “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” Hebrews 3:4
The focus of science in Kindergarten is to lead students to a greater understanding of God’s creation and how His creation was perfect from the beginning (Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 20”11). Kindergarteners will learn about the five senses, magnets, matter, water, living and nonliving things, and weather.
Students will start on the path to scientific inquiry with an introduction to the senses, heat, sound, animals and the heavenly bodies. Hands-on activities will help the student develop the science process skills.
Students will study living things, plants, environments, fossils, and dinosaurs, parts of the earth, natural resources, how the earth moves, light and shadows, how things move, heat and the systems of the body. Students will recognize that God is the Creator of all things!
Students will increase their knowledge of the world God made through the studies of classification of animals, the solar system, skin, photosynthesis, sound, weather, rocks and minerals, motion, and food chains. Students will develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities.
Students will explore God's wonderful creation through a study of ecosystems, insects, plants, force and machines, electricity and magnetism, light, the moon, water and oceans, weathering and erosion, natural resources, digestion, and bones and muscles. Students will also participate in hands-on activities.
Students will learn how humans use God's creation and design by studying minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, biomes, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. Students will participate in hands-on activities to develop science process skills.
Students will study the earth, cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems. Students will recognize God's hand in the creation of the earth. Hands-on activities and projects further their studies.
Mission Statement for Elementary Social Studies:
The goal of elementary social studies program is to understand that God crested the world and everything in it. He has a plan for humanity since the dawn of creation and is carrying it to completion. Students will recognize that God is in control at all times and can even use unjust rulers and nations to accomplish His plan. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
Students will explore God’s recorded plan for people through history and that He has a plan for each individual person (Deuteronomy 31:19, 21-22). Students will focus on learning their roles as a family member and a community citizen, the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. presidents. They will begin to read maps and learn that maps are representations of physical features and objects. They will study American holidays, people from long ago and people’s jobs.
This course focuses on relationships at school, family, work, neighborhoods, and communities. They study the history of special events and celebrations. Units reinforce map skills and geography. Students will learn about historical heroes and their responsibilities as Christians.
Geography, political science, citizenship, economics and current events form the core of this year alongside current events. Students will learn about the early history of the United States and develop map skills with hands-on activities.
This course is the study of the many different communities that surround students. It emphasizes responsible citizenship, develops multicultural awareness, and sensitivity. Students will develop geography skills, an understanding of their location in relation to other countries.
This course is a study of map and globe skills as students gain an appreciation of how history and geography go together. They will learn about various regions of our country, including the land, water, and resources of each region and the people and events from those regions. Students will also study the colonization of the U.S. until WWI.
Students will continue their study the history of the United States and the events that have helped shape our present. Students study events from WWI through the twenty-first century.
This course will be a study of the world, past and present. Students will study the civilizations in Africa, Asia, the early Americas, and the Mediterranean Empires through the 21st century.
Mission Statement for Elementary Electives:
The goal of the elementary electives program is to celebrate the uniqueness and personality of each student through self-expression. All electives recognize that the world around us is God’s artwork and students reflect God’s creativity when they themselves create. Activities are fun, engaging, hands-on and use a variety of mediums to express praise to the Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 ESV
This course inspire students to create and appreciate visual art. Students will not only explore different art media, but will also begin learning to think and plan their artwork. Students will understand the importance of reflecting on their work.
The Bible tells an incredible story about God’s love for the world. In this class, we will take kids on a journey through the Word of God to discover core beliefs, practices, and virtues of being a follower of Jesus. We want kids to discover that the Bible is more than just a book of stories…it is the blueprint for living!
This computer elective will explore a new curriculum for our K-6 students called Code.org. Students will create interactive games, stories and art using self-paced and guided tutorials online as well as “unplugged” classroom activities.
Introduction to Computers 4th-6th
This elective will introduce keyboarding skills. Students will be self-paced as they learn this foundational technology skill.
Creative Crafts K-3rd
This class will allow students to express themselves through a variety of craft projects. Aimed to be more hands-on than theory, the class will work with a variety of mediums to complete their special creations
Cultures Around the World K-3rd
In this elective, students will become “global citizens” as they learn about different cultures around the world. They will explore the traditions of nations - how other cultures live, eat, dress and what they celebrate. We will share how missionaries are using the native languages to reach the heart of the people that is allowing the Holy Spirit to draw them close to God. Passports not required!
Learning with Legos K-6th
This class offers hands-on-learning through fun activities by designing and constructing a variety of models using LEGO® bricks…some of the models will even move! Themes for projects will highlight math, science, language arts, reflection and communication. Students collaborate to solve problems with hands-on materials that encourage students to become an active part of the learning process. Students will also design their own LEGO® creations from computer-generated designs.
Music and Worship K-6th
This class is an introduction to music fundamentals through worship and song. Students learn worship songs for chapel in an interactive environment using lots of movement and games. Choreography and sign language allows the students to express themselves and find their passion for praising the Lord. They will understand more deeply the heart behind the words of the songs they learn. Use of Scripture in the classroom will reinforce the concepts and principles of praise and worship found in their songs as they “Sing to the Lord…proclaim His salvation day after day” (1 Chronicles 16:23)
P.E.Health and Nutrition K-6th
Who is in control of having a healthy body? You are! Aerobic exercises and nutritional education will enhance the awareness of what food and exercise can do for the body. Emphasis will be on acceptance of responsibility for one’s self. Through a variety of activities in aerobics, relays, stretch exercises and jogging, the student will improve his/her physical condition while having fun.
Science Lab K-6th
Students will engage in fun and exciting hands on learning experiences through experiments and games. Experiment with different things and see what happens by experimenting with chemical reactions. Science is a fascinating subject and students will explore it all!
Students learn Spanish cultural traditions through the study of the Spanish language. They will explore the themes of self and daily routines, family, food, community, celebrations, weather and seasons.
Strategic Games K-6th
This class will encourage your student to unplug from technology for a while and learn to interact with family and friends. Your student will work on interpersonal skills as they learn to play dozens of family-friendly games. Games such as Parcheesi, Monopoly, Allowance Game, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Sorry, Trouble Scrabble, Yahtzee, Tenzi, Bunko, Bocci Ball. There will be card games too, that encourage families to play together...War, Crazy 8's, Spoons, etc.
These skills can fill a child's toolbox so when meeting new friends or put in a new environment, children can think of clever ways to interact without relying on electronic devices. Games teach processing skills, cooperation, good sportsmanship, taking turns, and increases concentration. Come join us for an afternoon of fun!
Theater Arts K-6th
Students will study all components of theater arts, from backstage and technical aspects to the history and development of theater through the ages. In the spring students perform in a musical play. Students get involved through a job or role according to their interests and skills, whether it is dancing, sewing, or managing other students. The experiences they will gain through this production will equip them with invaluable team building and problem solving skills for the future.
High School Courses 7th-12th
Mission Statement for Middle and High School Language Arts:
The goal of the middle and high school Language Arts program is to assist students in their discovery of God and His ways through the study of literature, articulate, careful and creative writing and to prepare students for an academic career at the university level. “So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” Nehemiah 8:8 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” ~Romans 15:4
Genres of Literature 1 & 2 (Grades 7-8)
In Genres of Literature 1 and 2, students develop grammar and writing mechanics with the emphasis of increasing composition skills and styles of writing relating to the particular reading selections of the year. Genres of Literature 1 reading selections focus on historical nonfiction, mystery, drama and biography. Genres of Literature 2 reading selections focus on poetry, general fiction, graphic novels, fantasy and science fiction.
Classical Literature (Grades 9-10)
Classical Literature is a survey of Greek myths, drama, epics, and British legends. Students study the classics and the connections between the past and present. Writing emphasizes fiction and nonfiction styles as the students analyze the human condition in a timeless context.
World Literature (Grades 9-10)
World Literature is a survey of literature from various regions around the world, familiarizing students with global cultures and concepts. Writing emphasizes fiction and nonfiction styles as the students build compassion and understanding of the diversity of humans and all Creation.
American Literature (Grades 11-12)
American Literature is a survey of American works with teacher-led discussions about race, power, the American Dream and the role of our Christian values when navigating those issues. Students refine fiction and non-fiction writing skills.
British Literature is a survey of British works with teacher-led discussions about human character, emotion, national destiny, pride and disillusionment and the role of our Christian values when navigating those issues. Students complete fiction and non-fiction writing projects.
Mission Statement for Middle and High School Mathematics:
The goal of the middle and high school mathematics program is to investigate mathematical concepts and truth to show the importance of order and understanding so that students appreciate God’s view of the universe. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Fundamentals of Math (Grade 7)
This course teaches students how to solve problems involving consumer applications, use proportional reasoning, and will progresses to computations with integers. An understanding of the properties of real numbers, solving one-step linear equations and inequalities are used. Students will have the ability to compute with rational numbers (positive and negative fractions, positive and negative decimals, whole numbers, and integers) and use proportions to solve problems. Students will apply the Pythagorean Theorem and represent relations and functions using tables, graphs, and rules.
Pre-Algebra (Grade 8 or Advanced Placement)
The major emphasis of this course are rational numbers, proportionality, measurement, data collection and analysis, probability, and beginning algebra concepts. Students develop a deep understanding of rational number concepts, become proficient in rational number computation and learn the relationship among fractions, decimals, and percents. Students apply the Pythagorean Theorem and represent relations and functions using tables, graphs, and rules.
Algebra 1: (Pre-Algebra prerequisite required)
This course examines the basic structure of real numbers, algebraic expressions, and functions. The topics studied are linear equations, inequalities, functions and systems, quadratic equations and functions, polynomial expressions, data analysis, probability, and the elementary properties of functions. Mathematical modeling of real-life problems and problem solving are major themes of the course. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra
Students study Geometry as a mathematical system through the deductive development of relationships in the plane and space developed intuitively in previous years. Students study congruent segments and angles, circle chords, secants and tangent segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, angle measure in triangles, direct and indirect triangle congruence and similarity, proofs, solids of revolution, logic, similar triangles, transformations, the Pythagorean Theorem, geometric constructions, coordinate geometry, and surface area and volume of solids.
Algebra 2 is the study of the complex number system, symbolic manipulation, and functions. Students discuss, represent, and solve increasingly sophisticated real-world problems using advanced algebraic and data analysis techniques incorporating technology. They also study the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, matrices, and systems of equations. Students master linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions with an emphasis on making connections to other disciplines and as preparation for a multitude of careers. Students apply advanced data analysis techniques to find, justify and use the best-fit model from all function models. Communication of the problem-solving skills used is an important part of this course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Pre-Calculus completes the formal study of the elementary functions begun in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Students focus on the use of technology, modeling, and problem solving involving data analysis, trigonometric and circular functions, their inverses, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conics, and quadratic relations. Discrete topics include the Principles of Mathematical Induction, the Binomial Theorem, and sequences and series. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2
Mission Statement for the Middle and High School Social Studies program:
The goal of middle and high school social studies is to equip students to recognize God’s sovereignty and His leadership of world rulers and to carry out the mission of the stewardship of His world. “He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.” Job 12:23
United States History (Grades 7-8)
Students cover American history from the first settlers to the modern-day America. Units include the Americas, creating a nation, launching the Republic, nationalism and sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction, reshaping the Nation, reform and empire, and the changes and conflicts that led to our present day nation. Students will analyze the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America's growing role in diplomatic relations. Students will also study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal, the various factors that led to America's entry into World War II as well as the consequences of World War II on American life will. Finally, students study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, including the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America.
Reconstruction to the Present. Students will analyze the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America’s growing role in diplomatic relations. Students will study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal. The various factors that led to America’s entry into World War II as well as the consequences of World War II on American life will also be studied. Finally students will study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, including the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America.
World History (Grades 9-12)
Historical understanding requires students to engage in historical thinking, raise questions, and marshal evidence in support of their answers. Students engaged in historical thinking draw upon chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, historical research, and decision-making. These skills develop through the study of significant historical substance from the focused era or society. Students explore the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until 1500 A.D. in terms of the impact on Western civilization. In the first semester, the study of world history rests on knowledge of dates, names, places, events, and ideas. In the second semester, students examine history from 1500 A.D. to the present with emphasis on Western Europe. They explore geographic influences on history; increasingly, attention shifts to political boundaries that developed with the evolution of nations, the ways in which scientific and technological revolutions created new economic conditions that in turn produced social and political changes and noteworthy people and events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with strong connections to contemporary issues. . The Bible integrates into World History through the study of major world religions and their histories; particular attention focuses on Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Students study the Reformation, Martin Luther, the Counter Reformation and the spread of Christianity in a Biblical context.
World Geography (Grades 9-12)
Geographic skills provide the necessary tools and technologies for thinking geographically and help people make important decisions in their daily lives, such as getting to work and where to shop, vacation, or go to school. They also help people make reasoned political decisions and aid in the development and presentation of effective, persuasive arguments for and against matters of public policy. All of these decisions involve the ability to acquire, arrange, and use geographic information. Maps, graphs, sketches, diagrams, photographs, and satellite-produced images are essential tools of geography. Students study the world’s peoples, places, and environments, with an emphasis on world regions. They examine the world’s peoples and their cultural characteristics, landforms and climates, economic development, and migration and settlement patterns. Spatial concepts of geography provides a framework for studying interactions between humans and their environments. Using geographic resources, students employ inquiry, research, and technology skills to ask and answer geographic questions with emphasis on understanding and applying geographic concepts and skills to their daily lives The Bible integrates into World Geography through the study of major world religions and witnessing to adherents of other religions. Additionally, students learn that God created the world and man in His image and that God desires a personal relationship with his creation.
United States/Virginia History (Grades 9-12)
As a foundation to develop historical thinking skills, students will apply social science skills to understand the challenges facing the development of the United States. These skills support the investigation and evaluation of the fundamental political principles, events, people, and ideas that developed and fostered our American identity and led to our country’s prominence in world affairs. Virginia and United States History expands upon previously learned foundational knowledge and skills to include the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While continuing to focus on political, geographic, and economic history, students expand a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in Virginia and United States history. The Biblical concepts weave throughout VA/US History by recognizing that God is sovereign and is never surprised, that God plans the history of nations and all things that happen fit into His plans. God leads rulers when they look to Him for guidance and as informed, active citizens of the nation of the United States and the state of Virginia; we too should look to God for guidance in our personal life in all things.
United States/Virginia Government (Grades 9-12)
Virginia and United States Government develops student knowledge to enable them to become a citizen that effectively participates in civic and economic life. Students learn to examine fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the characteristics of the United States economy. They understand the duties and responsibilities of thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society, and effectively analyze the evolving political and economic roles of Virginia and the United States in the global community. The Bible integrates into this course through the study of God creation of the system of government that He placed above us. Students study Biblical principles found in the foundational documents that create the United States of America and how we express our beliefs through proper political action.The second semester is the study of both macro-and micro-economics. Students will understand and analyze issues involving individual and household choices, personal finance issues, business and entrepreneurial decisions, and public policy. Units of study will include: the market economy, the national economy, international economy, and personal finance.
Mission Statement for Middle and High School Science:
The goal of the middle and high school science program is to instill into the student’s hearts the understanding of scientific processes and their alignment with the Word of God. “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” Nehemiah 9:6
Life Science (Grades 7-8)
Students study the living world from a biblical worldview on organism classification, cellular biology, genetics, and the differences between Creation and evolution. A firm foundation is then set for the chapters on microbiology, botany, zoology, and ecological relationships. Microscope techniques and dissections are part of this course.
Earth Science (Grades 7-8)
Students will find themselves on a quest to learn how the world works. During this quest, students will find that Earth science is also a battle of worldviews. Students compare secular theories of origins to the affirmed conservative biblical view of Earth’s history shaped by Creation, the Fall, and the Flood. Learning about tectonic processes, landforms and earth materials, fossils, the oceans and waterways, the atmosphere, weather, climate and environmentalism, the solar system, the universe and cosmology, and space science from a Christian worldview shapes and strengthens the student’s understanding about God’s Creation.
Physical Science (Grades 9-12)
This course is a math-based overview of chemistry, physics and earth science presented from a biblical worldview. Covers air, water, measurement, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, earth and lithosphere, predicting weather, physics of motion, electricity and magnetism, radiation and atomic structure, light and sound, and astrophysics. Lab experiments are part of this class. Pre-or Co-requisite: Algebra 1.
Biology (Grades 9-12)
This course is an introduction to the study of living things, the chemistry of life, cell structure and processes, cellular reproduction, genetics, ecosystems, creation vs. evolution, and the five kingdoms: Monera, Protista, Fungi, Animals, and Plants. Students will perform experiments that include dissections.
Chemistry (Grades 9-12)
This course is the study of matter from a biblical worldview. The modules cover measurement and units, atoms and molecules, classifying matter and its changes, chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, polyatomic ions, molecular geometry, acids and bases, solutions, gas phase, kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, energy and heat, and reduction-oxidation reactions. Lab experiments are part of this class. Prerequisite: Algebra I; pre- or co-requisite Algebra 2.
Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 9-12)
Offered on alternating years, this advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Student will study the eleven organ systems in detail, including the reproductive system, with illustrations and descriptions. Prerequisite: Biology
Marine Biology (Grades 9-12)
Offered on alternating years, this course focuses on marine wildlife and habitats and covers biological kingdoms, microscopic organisms and their life cycles, marine creature anatomy, and ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf and deep ocean communities. Dissections and microscope labs are included. Prerequisite: Biology
Mission Statement for Middle and High School Bible: The goal of the middle and high school Bible program is to teach students the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, how to live out their faith in Jesus through servant leadership and to defend their Christian beliefs through critical thinking and Biblical truths. “Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’“ Matthew 22:37-39
Bible: Discipleship (Grades 9-12)
This class intends to teach our students that discipleship is a way of life, capable of influencing people’s everyday decisions as well as their interactions with the world around them. This kind of faith celebrates God’s specific care for each person in the global and local community of the church and shows marks of spiritual maturity, but is also in the process of growth.
Bible: Biblical Worldview (Grades 10-12)
This course will help students clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview and how it compares with the tenets of other leading worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism. Some of the issues compared are: abortion, apologetics, the arts, biotechnology, critical thinking, cults, euthanasia, leadership, radical environmentalism, radical feminism, and scriptural reliability.
Mission Statement for Middle and High School STEAM: The goal of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) program is to stimulate student interest and understanding of digital technologies, to train students to master a craft in order to create effective work, and to use digital media as a platform for expression of their faith. “See, I have called by name Bezalel … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship…to work in every craft.” Exodus 31:2-5
Introduction to Animation (Grades 7-8)
In this class students learn the basic principles and techniques of computer animation. In this course, students will work on several short animation projects. Students may need to spend some time outside of class in order to complete their project. Each student should also have a personal SD Card.
Introduction to Print Journalism (Grades 7-8)
This course introduces basic photography, writing, interviewing and yearbook design techniques needed for success in the credit-bearing Print Journalism course in high school.
Introduction to Robotics (Grades 7-8)
Intro to Robotics is a class designed for students to begin learning the programming, electrical, and construction skills required to create effective robots. Students will work in groups to complete projects in this area throughout the year. Students may need to spend some time outside of class in order to complete their projects. Each student should also have a personal SD Card.
Introduction to Video Journalism (Grades 7-8)
This course introduces basic editing, scripting and filming techniques needed for success in the credit-bearing Video Journalism course in high school.
Print Journalism (Yearbook) (Grades 9-12)
Print Journalism is the class that produces OakTree Academy’s yearbook. Students learn basic photography principles, interviewing techniques, graphic design, and copywriting. They create a portfolio of their own work in addition to publishing their work in the yearbook. Students should expect to take photos and interview other students on a routine basis. Each student should have a personal SD Card.
Print Journalism 2 (Grades 10-12)
Print Journalism II is a course that builds on the photography, journalism, and design skills learned in Print I, but also begins training students to be leaders in the classroom, editors of their team’s work, and proficient Adobe designers. Students in Print II may train to take an Adobe certification test at the end of the year. Students should expect to meet with instructor prior to each week’s class for additional instruction. Each student should have a personal SD Card. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Print Journalism 1.
Print Journalism 3 (Grades 10-12)
Print Journalism builds on skills learned in Print I and Print II, but also trains students to be mentors in the classroom and may assume the editor’s responsibilities. Students in Print III may train to take an Adobe certification test at the end of the year. Students should expect to meet with instructor prior to each week’s class for additional instruction. Each student should have a personal SD Card. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Print Journalism 1 and 2.
Robotics (Grades 9-12)
Robotics is the high school STEM cornerstone class. Students practice programming, electrical, and construction skills required to create effective technology projects with a greater degree of skill and complexity than the Intro to Robotics course. Students will work in groups as well as individually to complete projects. Each student should have a personal SD Card.
Video Journalism (Grades 9-12)
Video Journalism is a course designed to introduce students to basic video production, gathering news, and video editing techniques. Students will produce increasingly complex work that posts to YouTube under the banner of the school show Around the Oak. Students should expect to shoot video on a regular basis outside of class time. Each student should have a personal SD Card.
Video Journalism 2 (Grades 10-12)
Video Journalism II incorporates advanced editing techniques and expands on basic video production, gathering news, and video editing skills previously learned in Video Journalism I. Students should expect to shoot video on a regular basis outside of class time. Each student should have a personal SD Card. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Video Journalism 1.
Mission Statement for Middle and High School Fine Arts: The goal of the Fine Arts program is that students will learn to praise and glorify our Creator through artistic self-expression and collaborative activities in a fun and engaging environment. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Art Foundations (Grades 7-12)
The primary goal in this class is to promote a godly approach to both the practice and enjoyment of art among the students. The program develops interaction between student’s creative expressions and their appreciation for art. Classes encourage critical and creative problem solving skills and exposure and appreciation for historical and contemporary works of art. Students explore use of a variety of media such as pencils, colored pencils, markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor and acrylic paints, clay, and mixed media. After projects are complete, students participate in a class critique. Personal expression is highly encouraged - no previous experience is necessary. Students in grades 7-8 receive non-credit bearing assessment; assessments and work expectations for high school students are more rigorous with more accountability for credit.
Choral Music 1 (Grades 7-12)
In this elective, singing is the emphasis. We will learn basic vocal techniques including harmonizing, sight-reading, tempo, rhythm and singing in an ensemble. Sight-reading of music is not required. Music theory and history is also included. This class is participation based and includes many skill building vocal enhancement techniques to introduce and hone vocal skills. Students in grades 7-8 will receive non-credit bearing assessment; high school students perform at a more advanced level in performance for credit bearing assessment.
Choral Music 2 (Grades 10-12)
Choral Music II enables students to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired at the Choral Music I. Students continue the development of vocal production techniques and ensemble participation. Students have opportunities to explore choral music as a means of expression and communication. Through the collaborative environment of the choral setting, students develop an understanding of teamwork and leadership skills. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Choral Music 1.
Choral Music 3 (Grades 11-12)
Choral Music 3 coursework enables students to continue refining vocal skills and knowledge acquired at the Choral Music I and II levels. Students continue the development of vocal and production techniques, ensemble participation and using music as a means of personal expression and communication. Students at this level as tasked with peer mentoring responsibilities. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Choral Music 1 and 2.
Communication Arts (Grades 9-12)
Communication Arts is a project driven course that introduces students to a variety of communications fields: public speaking, acting, journalism, and video production. Students will work individually and in groups to create a portfolio of work that shows a grasp of the basic techniques of each field and demonstrates the purposeful thematic development of a Christian artist. This class (or an equivalent public speaking course) is a requirement for graduation. Each student should have a personal SD Card for this course.
Praise Band/Vocals (Grades 7-12)
This elective emphasizes playing as an ensemble, as well as basic music theory such as the importance of harmony, melody and rhythm in vocals and playing an instrument. This elective emphasizes music for worship and stage performance. Students in grades 7-8 will receive non-credit bearing assessment; high school students will perform at a more advanced level in performance for credit bearing assessment
Theater Arts 1 (Grades 7-12)
In this elective, acting is the emphasis. We will learn basic acting technique including objective, obstacle, tactics, blocking, stage presence, ensemble building, pure improve, and audition techniques. This class is participation based and includes many drama activities and games to introduce and hone skills. Students in grades 7-8 will receive non-credit bearing assessment; high school students perform at a more advanced level in performance for credit bearing assessment.
Theater Arts 2 (Grades 10-12)
Theatre Arts II help students make use of and build upon the concepts learned and skills acquired in Theatre Arts I. Through various modes of expression and performance, students investigate dramatic literature, theatrical styles, and historical periods. They study and respond to a variety of theatrical experiences that refine their communicative, collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem-solving skills. Students expand their artistic abilities and appreciation of theatre arts. This class teaches peer mentoring as well as elevated expectations for acting skills. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Theatre Arts 1.
CPR/First Aid/AED Training (Grades 9-12)
Virginia Department of Education accreditation guidelines for OakTree Academy require documented CPR/FIRST AID/AED training from an accredited school for each high school graduate. This one-day session awards a one-half health credit to participants and is required for every high school student prior to matriculation. Note: CPR/First Aid/AED training completed from vendors outside of the OTA program will not meet VDOE requirements.
Driver’s Education Training (Grades 9-12)
Learning to drive safely is a foundational adult life skill. OakTree Academy provides a number of driver training programs leading to a learner’s permit and eventually a license. Interested parents and students should contact the Guidance Department Head prior to enrolling their student for this option. Completion of one of the approved options earns one-half health credit.
Leadership (Grades 7-12)
This course will introduce students to basic leadership skills that will empower them with tools they will use throughout their lives. Students will build a foundation for life using Biblical and real life examples. Students study different leadership styles, evaluate their personal values and goals, and explore character traits that grow leadership skills. Students in grades 7-8 will receive non-credit bearing assessment; assessments and work expectations for high school students are more rigorous with more accountability for credit.
Personal Finance/Economics (Grades 9-12)
Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. In the first semester, on a personal level, students learn that their own human capital – their knowledge and skills- is their most valuable resource. For second semester, students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy interconnects with the global economy. The Biblical principle that money is a resource that God has given to mankind and we are to be good stewards of this resource is the underlying foundation of this course.
Physical Education Foundations (Grades 9-12)
The goal of OakTree Academy’s Physical Education curriculum is to guide our students to fulfill Virginias Commonwealth standards for flexibility, core training, endurance and cardiovascular health. We will emphasize the importance of nutrition, longevity and overall physical child development, while focusing on basic motor skills to strengthen coordination. Progressing in this course, the students will understand the importance of taking care of our human body and doing one’s best for the glory of God. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Road to College (Grades 11-12)
This class provides both live and online instruction, homework review, and customized recommendations based on SAT practice test performance, all aimed at helping students score higher on the SAT. The second semester focuses on skills needed for college admissions. This course satisfies the Virginia state requirement for an online course while preparing students for the world of college.
Work Apprenticeship (Grades 9-12)
High school students who are working as a part-time employee are eligible for one-half pass/fail credit per semester when they fulfill all requirements for this practical, real-life option available during both semesters and the summer. . Requirements include documenting a minimum number of thirty hours of work/semester, a performance evaluation from the employer, and two journal entries demonstrating application of work skills and solving work issues from a Biblical perspective.