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Elementary Courses K-6th

Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Electives


The Kindergarten 4-5 program helps children develop the readiness and early literacy skills they need with age-appropriate activities. Our program uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to 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.

First Grade:

Phonics and decoding concepts are taught with the look, listen, point, sing-along charts and echo routines. Comprehension strategies are taught to build better readers. Repetition is used in 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.

Second Grade:

Students are introduced to grammar rules and the different parts of speech through songs and jingles. Creative writing is highly encouraged as students have the opportunity to use the writing process in note-taking and report writing. Novels are introduced as classroom and home reading. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills. 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 will be practiced with the help of a handwriting program.

Third Grade:

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 are used to further the students reading ability. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills. Handwriting skills will be practiced in cursive with the student developing legible and neat handwriting.

Fourth Grade:

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 vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills. Four novels are introduced (one a quarter) and studied in depth.

Fifth Grade:

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. Four novels (one a quarter) will be studied in depth. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills.

Sixth Grade:

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. This class will foster an appreciation of language as a gift from God, help 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, as well as the ability to foster appreciation of a variety of literature and independent reading. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills.


The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component of the instructional process for the kindergarten student. Students must grasp, through the use of tangible and hands-on activities, the math concept being presented. The units of study include; classifying and sorting, exploring patterns (algebra), numbers 1-30, constructing and using graphs, comparing measurements, describing geometric figures, simple addition and subtraction.

First Grade:

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; Describe and Compare Numbers, Develop Addition and Subtraction concepts, Organizing and Using Data, Measure Time, Recognize Number Patterns, Identifying Coins, Solving Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction Problems. The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component to the first grade curriculum.

Second Grade:

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, solving three-digit addition and subtraction problems, and simple multiplication and division. Timed speed drills are given to increase knowledge and comprehension of facts.

Third Grade:

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. Timed speed drills are given to increase knowledge and comprehension of facts.

Fourth Grade:

The fourth grade places an emphasis on 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 identify and draw representations of points, lines, segments, and rays. Students will graph points in the first quadrant in the coordinate plane, extend and duplicate patterns. Concrete materials and two-dimensional representations will be used to solve problems involving perimeter, patterns, probability, and equivalence of fractions and decimals. Students will recognize geometric transformation, such as reflection (flip), translation (slide), and rotation (turn).

Fifth Grade:

The fifth grade places emphasis on developing proficiency in using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals to solve problems. Students will collect, display, and analyze data in a variety of ways and solve probability problems using a sample space or tree diagram. Students also will solve problems involving volume, area, and perimeter. Students will be introduced to variable expressions and open sentences.

Sixth Grade:

Sixth grade will continue to study whole numbers, decimals, and rational numbers (fractions). Students will use ratios to compare data sets; make conversions within a given measurement system; classify three-dimensional figures; collect, analyze, display, and interpret data, using a variety of graphical and statistical methods; begin using integers and percents; find the probability of an event; and investigate numerical and geometric patterns. Students will be introduced to algebraic terms and solving algebraic equations in one variable.


Kindergarteners will learn about God’s plan for seeds, animals, the seashore, health, weather, and the seasons.

First Grade:

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.

Second Grade:

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!

Third Grade:

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.

Fourth Grade:

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.

Fifth Grade:

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.

Sixth Grade:

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.


In this course students will focus on learning their roles as members of a family and their school community. They will learn about families from now to long ago as they study different kinds of families that have existed in different societies and communities. They will also begin to read maps and globes, and learn how maps are representations of physical features and objects.

First Grade:

This course focuses on the life around us, school, family, work, neighborhoods, communities and the history of special events and celebrations. Map skills and geography are taught and reinforced throughout the units. Students will learn about historical heroes and their responsibilities as Christians.

Second Grade:

This course is based on geography, political science, citizenship, economics and current events. Current events are integrated throughout all the units. Students will develop map skills with hands-on activities.

Third Grade:

This course is the study of the many different communities that students are faced with. It emphasizes responsible citizenship, develops multicultural awareness, and sensitivity. Students will develop geography skills, an understanding of their location in relation to other countries.

Fourth Grade:

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.

Fifth Grade:

Students will study the history of the United States and the events that have helped shape our present. This course will start with the migration to the Americas, the voyages of Columbus, the settling of our new country, with life in the English Colonies, the American Revolution, forming a new government, to the twenty-first century.

Sixth Grade:

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 21stcentury.

Art: K-3rd

This course is designed to inspire students to create and appreciate visual art. Students will explore different art media and express what they see, know, feel and imagine.

Art: 4th-6th

This course is designed to 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 out their artwork. Students will understand the importance of reflecting on their work.

Bible: K-6th

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 a blueprint for living!


This computer elective will introduce 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.


This class offers hands-on learning through fun activities by designing and constructing a variety of models using LEGO bricks…and NEW this year, some of the models will even move!! Themes for projects will highlight math, science, language arts, reflection & communication. Students collaborate to solve problems with hands-on materials that encourage students to become an active part of the learning process.

P.E.Health and Leadership K-6th

Through physical activity, health awareness, and leadership lessons, this class will strive to develop leaders, one child at a time. Today’s changing world has a whole new set of rules. The Leader in Me curriculum from Franklin Covey, will give our students the tools to develop essential life skills and characteristics they will need in mind, body and spirit to be successful. In addition to leadership training, physical exercise and nutrition lessons will be covered.


Students will engage in fun and exciting hands on learning experiences through experiments and games. Experiment with different things and see what happens, which substances react with each other and which don't? Were the results surprising or as expected? Science is a fascinating subject and students will explore it all!


Students will learn the basics skills of sign language such as the alphabet, colors, numbers, and foods. Students will learn how to greet and respond to others using simple sign and two sign sentences. They will understand more about the heart behind the words of the songs they are learning and performing in the elementary chapels. Worship will be taught along with sign language to show the students that both are expressive forms of praise to our Heavenly Father. ”Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.” Pslams 8:2


Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural traditions through the study of the Spanish language. They will expand on the themes of self and daily routines, family, food, community, celebrations, weather and seasons.


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 we will produce a musical play in which all students are involved. Students will be assigned 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.


This class will be an introduction to the world of music theory, history, and cultures by incorporating hands-on active learning, lots of movement, games and songs, Students will learn about the types of musical instruments, the basics of reading music, and the origins of the music we hear today. Most importantly, we will learn how music can be applied to other subjects (such as history and math) to make memorization and learning fun and engaging. We also hope to provide performance opportunities for students who are interested!

Let’s Celebrate K-6th

Join us on a trip around the world as we learn about many wonderful celebrations and festivals of different people, cultures and countries. We will experience music, recipes, and multisensory activities, as well as practice our geography skills while we study holidays around the world. Come celebrate with us as we learn to appreciate the many differences and more importantly, the similarities between so many diverse and interesting cultures!

Math Enrichment Workshop 4th-6th

In a traditional math classroom, it is often difficult to bring in creative alternatives for reinforcing math concepts. With this afternoon workshop, we will experience math in a whole new way through games, art, hands-on activities, and higher-level thinking strategies. If your student struggles in math, this workshop could unlock a new way of learning classroom math.

Martial Arts K-6th

Oaktree Academy is partnering with Changing Lives Martial Arts, which is well known throughout Hampton Roads for teaching karate for kids at its four locations. Students will be given a karate uniform and be taught by experienced and licensed trainers. The benefits of learning karate include developing self-esteem, learning self-discipline, making a habit of physical fitness and developing a sense of respect. Class size is limited.

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High School Courses 7th-12th

English Mathematics History Science Electives

7th Grade:

This course is divided into two semesters. Semester one will focus on basic grammar with the development of grammar, writing, punctuation and mechanics. Semester two will focus on literature from different genres. Composition skills are directly related to reading selections in order to develop different styles of writing. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills.

8th Grade:

Semester one will focus on strengthening the student’s knowledge of basic grammar, writing habits, and their speaking ability. Semester two will focus on literature from different genres. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills.

9th Grade:

This course is divided into two semesters. Semester one will focus on basic grammar rules, punctuation and capitalization, correct sentence structure and paragraph formation. Writing formal and informal papers (structured paragraphs and essays, journaling, letter writing, and dialog), and the development of skills required for writing a research paper will be practiced. Semester two will provide the student with a variety of literature studies including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills as well as prepare students for the SATs.

10th Grade:

This course is divided into two semesters. Semester one will focus on grammar, writing, and vocabulary skills. This will provide the students the opportunity to review basic grammar (parts of speech and usage), expand knowledge of rules of grammar applied to writing, expanded vocabulary, and composition writing. Continuing the opportunity for writing, formal and informal writing will include short papers, journaling, formal letter writing, narratives and poetry, and researching skills for writing a research paper. Semester two will provide the student with a variety of literature including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills as well as prepare students for the SATs.

11th Grade:

Writing and Research. Students continue to enhance grammar through proper sentence and paragraph structure while building writing skills in the area of creative techniques, expository and technical, and narrative writing. Writing activities will include informal journals, essays, poetry, and literary critiques. Major emphasis in writing is directed toward the development of conducting research and in writing an informative and descriptive essay in preparation for a research paper. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills as well as prepare students for the SATs.

12th Grade:

Literature and Research. This course will focus on strengthening writing and reading through activities and assignments including student presentations, research papers, novel analysis and poetry. A variety of novels and texts will be used. American and British literature will be studied in alternating years. A vocabulary book provides exercises to increase vocabulary skills as well as prepare students for the SATs.

Math 7:

This course begins with the student solving problems involving consumer applications, using proportional reasoning, and will progress in computations with integers. An understanding of the properties of real numbers, solving one-step linear equations and inequalities will be 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.


The major emphasis of this course are; rational numbers, proportionality, measurement, data collection and analysis, probability, and beginning algebra concepts. Students will develop a deep understanding of rational number concepts, become proficient in rational number computation and learn the relationship among fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will 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.


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:

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. Linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions are studied 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: 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: Geometry and Algebra 2.

Personal Finance:

This course will help students to apply reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions. Students will explore career options to help develop personal income potential. Students will learn to organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow, maintain credit-worthiness, borrow at favorable terms and manage debt. Appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies, and implementing a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal goals is also discussed.

7th Grade:

U.S./Virginia. This course is an overview of history from the first settlers to the Vietnam Era. Units include: The Americas: World Meet, Creating a Nation, Launching the Republic, Nationalism and Sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction, Reshaping the Nation, Reform and Empire, Change and Conflict, Challenges at home and Aboard, and America in a Modern Era.

8th Grade:

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.

9th Grade:

World History. Students study the rise and fall of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They study the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, the 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. Students will study the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Lastly, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world.

10th Grade:

World Geography. This course will present the world in which we live from a biblical perspective. The systematic approach to this course divides geography into four key areas; physical geography, climate, economics, and society (population, culture, history and government). This study also includes a survey of the earth and its resources, the use of those resources by man, and the geographic and cultural features of people in the various regions and countries of the world.

11th Grade:

U.S./Virginia History. This course will explore the social, cultural, political, and economic changes that defined the American history from the late nineteenth century to the present. It will cover major events such as, the World Wars, and the Great Depression. Social movements such as civil rights, labor struggles, and women’s liberation will also be covered. Cultural trends including consumerism and youth cultures will be examined as well as technological developments ( i.e. the automobile, the atomic bomb, the television, computers, internet and biotechnology) and their effects on the daily lives of Americans.

12th Grade:

Government and Economics. This course is divided into two semesters: the first semester involves the study of government, and the second semester is the study of economics. The study of government is critical to constitutional democracy and a free society. Democratic societies do not function without the participation of informed and responsible citizens. To participate effectively, American citizens need intellectual and participatory skills, as well as knowledge about their government and society. The curriculum is built on five essential questions: what are civic life, politics, and government, what are the origins and foundations of the American political system, how does the government function to embody the purposes, values and principles of American constitutional democracy, what is the relationship of the United States to other nations and its role in world affairs, and what are the roles of citizens in American society?
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.

Life Science:

The living world is presented 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, ecology and human anatomy. Microscopes will be introduced and students will perform organ dissections.

General Science:

This course covers a mixture of physical, life, and earth science topics, including the history of science, scientific inquiry, experimental interpretation, history of life, foundations of geology, fossil record, classification, energy and life, and the human body systems from a biblical worldview. Microscopes will be used and students will perform organ dissections.

Physical Science:

This course is a math-base 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, Newton’s laws, gravity and circular motion, electricity and magnetism, radiation and atomic structure, light and sound, and astrophysics, including the age of the universe. Lab experiments will be performed in class. Pre-or-Co-requisite Algebra 1.


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.


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 will be performed in class.Prerequisite: Algebra; co-requisite Algebra 2.

Anatomy and Physiology:

This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The eleven organ systems are covered in detail, including the reproductive system, with illustrations and descriptions. Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry recommended.


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.


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.


Communication Arts is a fast paced, project driven trek through the basics of the wide variety of communication careers. Students will act a scene, perform a children's story, create an ad campaign, design a music video, deliver a speech, and much more.


Students in Spanish 1 will learn how to ask and answer questions, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel.


Spanish 2 students will learn to communicate at the intermediate level in a store, a bank, an airport, a hotel, a doctor's office, and an auto shop. They will have an overview of grammatical structure and learn Scripture passages.


Spanish 3 further develops the student's mastery of vocabulary, oral communication skills, and grammatical structure with a focus on verb forms.


This introductory course is designed to give students the basic language tools for developing proficiency in using Spanish for communication. Focus on the development of basic and relevant vocabulary, simple grammatical structures and in integrated approach to Hispanic cultures within a communicative approach. Students will be given opportunity to practice all four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.


This course will introduce students to critical personal leadership skills they will find useful throughout their lives. Utilizing fun and straightforward activities, students are encouraged to express themselves in thoughtful and creative ways, while reflecting on their approach to everyday situations and choices.


This virtual instruction class will provides live instruction, homework review, and customized recommendations based on practice test performance, all aimed at helping students score higher on the SAT. The second semester is focused on skills need to successfully prepare for college admissions. This course satisfies the Virginia state requirement for an online course while preparing students for the world of college.


In an attempt to expand the practical opportunities for our students, this course will aim to create a weekly video news program, which will cover school announcements and events, and would be appropriate to air in the school lobby (helping to keep students and families plugged in to the pulse of the school) and on the school website to promote our Oaktree style of learning and living.


This course offers students comprehensive experiences with detailed explorations in photography, graphic design, digital photography and editing. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency in photography, students will learn about the history, analysis, design concepts, use and interpretation of photos. Yearbook students will attend key events, and gather photos and information to compile our yearbook.


Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity and critical thinking skills to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and even international level.


This elective fulfills the Virginia Commonwealth standards for flexibility, core training, endurance and cardiovascular health. Agility, co-ordination and strength building are emphasized. Students will work towards fulfilling the requirements for the Presidential Fitness Test.


This course will help students to apply reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions. Students will explore career options to help develop personal income potential. Students will learn to organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow, maintain credit-worthiness, borrow at favorable terms and manage debt. Appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies, and implementing a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal goals is also discussed.


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. Students in this class perform for the high school chapel. Using music for worship and stage performance is emphasized in this elective.


This course prepares the student for the AP Exam in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition (alternating years). Instruction revolves around analyzing student writing and synthesizing compositions around literary themes such as thoughts from the past and the human condition. Additionally, specific AP test-taking strategies will be covered.


In this elective, singing is the emphasis. We will learn basic vocal techniques including harmonizing, sight reading, tempo, rhythm and singing in an ensemble. 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.


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.


This course is project –based using Google and Microsoft Office to teach foundational computer literacy. Using a hands-on approach, students are engaged in meaningful, relevant activities to create presentations, blogs, videos, publications and more!


This course introduces basic editing, scripting and filming techniques needed for success in the credit-bearing Video Journalism course in high school.


This course introduces basic photography, writing, interviewing and yearbook design techniques needed for success in the credit-bearing Print Journalism course in high school.