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Curriculum

9th Grade

high school students studying

Bible

The focus of the class is to invite students to build a solid foundation of belief in the person of Christ. Students will examine the foundational elements of faith systems and understand the foundational distinctions of a Christ-centered worldview. Students will be challenged to apply the definitions of faith and truth in their examination of the Bible as God’s inerrant revelation.

  •  Foundations of Faith 1

Language Arts

Elements of Literature broadens students' understanding of literature by focusing on advanced literary concepts. Students will learn the method and the importance of literary analysis by studying pieces from several genres and interpreting them in light of biblical truth. The textbook promotes critical thinking skills as key to understanding and appreciating literature. Also, a visual analysis section found at the beginning of each unit relates the unit's topic with the visual arts. 

  • English II Honors

Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context. The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests. 

Science 

Biology Honors students will see God's power and glory in creation as they learn about cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. When studying topics such as Creation and evolution, human cloning, abortion, and stem cell research, students are pointed to Scripture as the ultimate authority and are encouraged to develop a biblical perspective about these topics. 

  • Biology Honors

Social Studies

Cultural Geography provides a survey of geographic principles through a regional approach. Students will "travel" from continent to continent around the world studying the geography, cultures, land forms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country. This text is filled with photographs, charts, maps, and first-person accounts that make this "virtual world tour" an exciting and stimulating exploration of world geography and culture.

  • Cultural Geography, Bob Jones University Press

 

Math

In Algebra I honors, students will be motivated to see the usefulness of math around them as they see how our God is a God of order and pattern.  Algebra I: Structure and Method, Book 1 provides a contemporary curriculum that is accessible to a wide range of students. Classroom-tested for effectiveness, this text contains carefully developed exercise sets with abundant practice skills and real-life applications. Activities also cover technology use, concept explorations, and critical thinking exercises.

  • Algebra I Honors

Geometry Honors students will be introduced to plane and solid Euclidean Geometry.  They will continue and expand their studies of coordinate Geometry from Algebra I.  Students will see God’s wonderful mathematical plan for the universe as they study topics such as reasoning and proofs, proportion and similarity, analyzing circles, exploring polygons and polyhedrons, surface area and volume, and all types of points, lines, and planes.   

  • Geometry Honors

 

Spanish I

This course introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language. 

  • Spanish I, Bob Jones University Press

 

Physical Education

Northside Christian Academy's Physical Education Program was developed to help students recognize their abilities and develop the skills given to them by God. Northside Christian Academy students are encouraged to learn new skills and work with their classmates to achieve their goals. The goal is for each student to develop good sportsmanship skills, Christ-like attitudes, and problem-solving abilities through participating in individual and team activities. All sports exercises are designed to motivate students to enjoy a lifetime of health and fitness.

  • Physical Education I

10th Grade

teacher helping student

Bible

The focus of the class is to invite students to build a solid foundation of belief in the person of Christ. Students will examine the foundational elements of faith systems and understand the foundational distinctions of a Christ-centered worldview. Students will be challenged to apply the definitions of faith and truth in their examination of the Bible as God’s inerrant revelation.

  •  Foundations of Faith

Language Arts

American Literature by Bob Jones University Press introduces students to more than seventy authors in a study that connects the authors' lives and beliefs as revealed in their writings with the corresponding literary periods. Lessons examine Colonial-Revolutionary, Romantic, Realistic/Naturalistic, and Modern literature and issues such as Darwinism and religious liberalism. Included is Thornton Wilder’r play, “ The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.”   The curriculum includes introductory essays about the cultural and historical events that affect each literary period, biographical essays for each author, and discussion questions for each author's body of included work.

  • English III Honors

Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context. The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

Science

Biology Honors students will see God's power and glory in creation as they learn about cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. When studying topics such as Creation and evolution, human cloning, abortion, and stem cell research, students are pointed to Scripture as the ultimate authority and are encouraged to develop a biblical perspective about these topics.

  • Biology Honors

Honors Chemistry students will be presented with the foundational ideas behind atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, organic and biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The text stresses the marvels of design in Creation and promotes the development of organized problem solving. 

  • Chemistry Honors

 

Social Studies

Uncover the exciting history of our nation with United States History, an informative and thought-provoking survey of the history of the United States. Within a biblical worldview, gain understanding of the forces, issues, and events that have shaped United States history and the people who made it happen.

  • American History, Bob Jones University Press

Math

Using Algebra Structure and Method Book 2 as the primary text, Algebra II Honors will take students on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of what really is happening when polynomials are factored, functions are graphed, and matrices are manipulated.  In this fast paced course, problem solving is introduced early and is integrated throughout.  Reasoning skills such as analyzing information, making conjectures, and giving convincing arguments are developed and sharpened throughout the course.  

  • Algebra II Honors

Geometry Honors students will be introduced to plane and solid Euclidean Geometry.  They will continue and expand their studies of coordinate Geometry from Algebra I.  Students will see God’s wonderful mathematical plan for the universe as they study topics such as reasoning and proofs, proportion and similarity, analyzing circles, exploring polygons and polyhedrons, surface area and volume, and all types of points, lines, and planes.   

  • Geometry Honors

 

Spanish II

Spanish 2 students learn to communicate comfortably at an intermediate level with Spanish-speaking people in a variety of settings: a store, a bank, an airport, a hotel, a doctor's office, an auto shop, and on the mission field. Grammar, pronunciation, writing, listening, verb tenses, and moods are emphasized in a variety of exercises and Spanish dialogues.

  • Spanish 2, Bob Jones University Press

11th Grade

high school students at lunch time

Bible

The focus of the class is to invite students to build a solid foundation of belief in the person of Christ. Students will examine the foundational elements of faith systems and understand the foundational distinctions of a Christ-centered worldview. Students will be challenged to apply the definitions of faith and truth in their examination of the Bible as God’s inerrant revelation.

  • Foundations of Faith

 

Language Arts

British Literature (2nd ed.) discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. This class traces British English with a Christian perspective from its beginning to the present and studies the Shakespearean drama entitled Macbeth.

  • English IV Honors

 

Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context.  The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

Science

Honors Chemistry students will be presented with the foundational ideas behind atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, organic and biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The text stresses the marvels of design in Creation and promotes the development of organized problem solving.

  • Chemistry Honors

Physics introduces students to the world of forces, movement, mechanics, and energy, and lays the foundations for learning about electricity, magnetism, and optics. In addition to learning the logical problem-solving approaches so integral to all disciplines, students will also develop a solid biblical worldview, learn how to apply it in scientific study, and gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the orderliness of God's creation.  Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Algebra II, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • Physics Honors

Advanced Biology Honors students will explore the human body using a text that has been updated with new textual material, beautiful illustrations, and a greater emphasis on connecting creation to the Creator. Sixteen modules cover human anatomy and physiology, including the skeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Student text includes study questions, laboratory exercises, and illustrated module study guides. Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Algebra II, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • Advanced Biology Honors, Apologia

Math

Using Algebra Structure and Method Book 2 as the primary text, Algebra II Honors will take students on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of what really is happening when polynomials are factored, functions are graphed, and matrices are manipulated.  In this fast paced course problem solving is introduced early and is integrated throughout.  Reasoning skills such as analyzing information, making conjectures, and giving convincing arguments are developed and sharpened throughout the course.  

  • Algebra II Honors

Pre-Calculus students have 3 main goals: (1) learning about the mind of God by discovering the order that He has richly and graciously imposed on His world, (2) the instruction of mechanics in solving problems that could arise in real world situations at home and at work, and (3) the development of problem solving, logic, and critical and creative thinking skills. As we learn more about the vast and infinite qualities of God’s mind, His majesty and power are put into greater perspective.  Concepts in Pre-Calculus include functions, transcendentals, trigonometry, limits, and derivatives.

  • Pre-Calculus Honors, McGraw-Hill

The students will learn statistics by following a non-theoretical approach without formal proofs, explaining concepts intuitively, and supporting them with abundant examples. The applications span a broad range of topics certain to appeal to the interests of students of diverse backgrounds, and they include problems in business, sports, health, architecture, education, entertainment, political science, psychology, life and social sciences, and more. This study of measures and chance will allow students to see just how amazing our God is to be sovereign over it all. Students will earn one credit for this course.

  • Elementary Statistics, McGraw-Hill

Spanish III

Students will further develop mastery of vocabulary, oral communication skills, and grammatical structure with a special focus on verb forms. The text features true stories and letters from missionaries in Spanish-speaking countries.  Students will explore the language as well as the culture.

  • Spanish 3, Bob Jones University Press

12th Grade

high school students at lunch time

Bible

Understanding the Times [ACSI] Understanding the Times is a classic invitation to the study of worldviews, a guided tour of the answers to life’s ultimate questions. This course will launch discussions about how ideas become persuasive and how to identify patterns of ideas so we can understand the world around us. It examines the six most prominent worldviews influencing the world today (Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism), and it shows how their influence manifests in the key academic disciplines operating in America’s institutions of higher learning today (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics and History).

Language Arts

British Literature (2nd ed.) discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. This class traces British English with a Christian perspective from its beginning to the present and studies the Shakespearean drama entitled Macbeth.

  • English IV Honors

Dual-enrollment courses are offered for students who completed English IV in the 11th grade year.

 

Vocabulary

The Vocabulary Workshop program focuses on the words, their meanings, their ranges of application, and their uses in context.  The approach is systematic because it begins with and builds upon a work list drawn from vocabulary that students will encounter in their reading. It provides students with the vocabulary skills they will need to achieve higher-level reading proficiency and to succeed at standardized tests.

Science

Physics introduces students to the world of forces, movement, mechanics, and energy, and lays the foundations for learning about electricity, magnetism, and optics. In addition to learning the logical problem-solving approaches so integral to all disciplines, students will also develop a solid biblical worldview, learn how to apply it in scientific study, and gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the orderliness of God's creation.  Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Algebra II, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • Physics Honors

Advanced Biology Honors students will explore the human body using a text that has been updated with new textual material, beautiful illustrations, and a greater emphasis on connecting creation to the Creator. Sixteen modules cover human anatomy and physiology, including the skeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Student text includes study questions, laboratory exercises, and illustrated module study guides. Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Algebra II, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • Advanced Biology Honors, Apologia

 

Chemistry II is an advanced course that looks at many concepts in physical and organic chemistry.   This course will reiterate the basics of Chemistry and continue more in depth studies.  This course will cover stoichiometry, bonding, chemical reaction, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. 

       

  • Advanced Chemistry Honors, Apologia

 

Social Studies

Work and Prosperity is set apart by its emphasis on free enterprise capitalism in a free market economy. After learning the biblical views of work, wealth, and stewardship, students can understand the proper economic roles of individual producers and consumers, as well as the role of the government from a conservative, Christian perspective. The stark contrast between the market economy—the cornerstone of prosperity in the United States—and the command economy—the hallmark of fiscal failure in Communist countries—is graphically presented. Essential concepts such as competition in the marketplace and private ownership of capital are discussed from a conservative perspective.  Students will earn a half credit for this semester course.

  • Economics, A Beka

American Government opens with an inspiring look at the blessings we enjoy as American citizens and the symbols we hold dear, then proceeds to a fascinating study of the Constitution, the government it established, and the rights and privileges it guarantees the American people. After studying the Constitution and the national government, students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels. The text concludes with a chapter on the opportunities and responsibilities of American citizens to get involved in their unique political system. Students will earn a half credit for this semester course.

  • American Government, A Beka

 

Math

The students learn statistics by following a non-theoretical approach without formal proofs, explaining concepts intuitively, and supporting them with abundant examples. The applications span a broad range of topics certain to appeal to the interests of students of diverse backgrounds, and they include problems in business, sports, health, architecture, education, entertainment, political science, psychology, life and social sciences, and more. This study of measures and chance will allow students to see just how amazing our God is to be sovereign over it all. Students will earn one credit for this course. Students must have a grasp of Algebra in order to successfully navigate Statistics. Specifically, students should be able to manipulate equations with multiple parameters and solve for missing values, be comfortable using a graphing calculator, and be able to read and create charts and graphs.

  • Elementary Statistics, McGraw-Hill

Calculus students have 3 main goals: (1) learning about the mind of God by discovering the order that He has richly and graciously imposed on His world, (2) the instruction of mechanics in solving problems that could arise in real world situations at home and at work, and (3) the development of problem solving, logic, and critical and creative thinking skills. As we learn more about the vast and infinite qualities of God’s mind, His majesty and power are put into greater perspective.  Concepts in Calculus include functions, trigonometry, limits, and derivatives.

  • Calculus Honors, McGraw-Hill

Electives

Art Studio

Students will learn and apply the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design through a variety of studio art activities designed to develop and enrich the creative thought process.  Various two and three dimensional media will be used to create works of fine art.  Techniques include but are not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Students may take this course as a two semester full credit or one semester half credit

 

Athletic Fitness I

This course is designed to fully prepare boys to participate in football as a contact sport.  This entry level course that is essential for 8-9th grade boys (unless otherwise recommended by the head football coach) desiring to play football.  The course will increase their muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, aerobic capacity, increase speed, as well as reduce body fat to an acceptable athletic level. This will reduce the chance of injury.   Personal development is also stressed and includes mental, physical, and spiritual development.  Character, leadership, discipline, teamwork, study habits, and mental toughness are emphasized. Students will earn 1 credit for this full year course.

 

Athletic Fitness II

The Advanced Fitness Course is offered to NCA high school students to challenge and develop varsity level football athletes. This class is set up to push each athlete to his or her limits and equip them to succeed in the sport. The class moves at an accelerated pace and has a rigorous curriculum.  First and foremost, this course puts God first, builds character, and leads boys toward becoming men of God. It is intense and demanding both physically and mentally. The goals of the advanced conditioning model of physical education and athletic fitness will be to improve flexibility, speed, and agility. We will be focusing on improving the students lifting technique, over all core strength and cardio training. Our work in class is designed to develop the entire student athlete through training to improve performance, reduce injury potential, and optimize athletic performance.  Units of training in conditioning are systematically introduced in phases. Each phase is designed to build upon the previous one to produce student athletes that will be in optimum condition and maintain that condition throughout their desired season, as well as the development of lifetime training skills. 

 

Creative Writing

In the creative writing elective course, students will be given an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques in verbal expression.  This course will give students a platform to experiment with a range of genres, such as short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels. Students will also develop an expanded understanding of the nuances of the English language, techniques pertaining to writing for an audience, and establish a deeper appreciation of the spiritual value that is revealed through practice of the creative arts.  In the end, this course is designed to assist each student as they work to discover their “voice” as a writer. 

 

Health and Nutrition

Health and Nutrition is a one semester, half credit course designed to provide students with an understanding of all important physical, mental and social health issues.  You will be presented with a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon scriptural principles.  Topics such as anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more will be addressed from a Christian worldview.  

 

Journalism

Students in Journalism I study aspects of producing digital and print publications and receive an introduction into the major players, topics, and trends in the media industry. Students begin developing skill sets in interviewing, reporting, writing, editing, and multimedia storytelling, in addition to learning how to be contributing members of an editorial team. Each member of the class will help strategize, produce, and manage content for the yearbook and/or the online home of NCA’s athletics program.   Students will earn one half credit for this semester course.

 

Personal Finance

Foundations in Personal Finance is a one semester course that meets students where they are in life so they can start making good money management decisions from day one.  This course by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel cover things like saving and budgeting for things like their first car and college, to the really fun aspects of investing.  Students will also learn about resume building, career options, negotiation, insurance and the world's most exciting topic: taxes!  Lead by an instructor, this course uses video, online blended learning and a workbook that students will find entertaining as well as educational. Using God’s word and the principals that it teaches about hard work and discipline, this course is designed to make sure students are ready for life after high school. Students will earn one half credit for this semester course.

 

Precepts Study

This Biblical course is designed to help high school students focus on what God has called each Christian to do and how he has uniquely equipped him or her for the task. Students will discover the spiritual gifts God has given and understand those given to all believers in order to glorify Himself and strengthen His church.  The goal of this one semester Bible study is for students to gain an understanding of how they are gifted to assist them as they step forward with college and career choices.

 

Strength and Conditioning

This course is designed to give students the ability to learn the strength and conditioning concepts and techniques needed to obtain optimal physical fitness. Students will learn the fundamentals of strength, power, endurance, flexibility, speed, and agility. The course will involve both lecture and physical activity. Through this class, students will come to a better understanding of God's intelligent design of the human body and how they can use strong, healthy bodies to serve the Lord.  Students may take this course as a two semester full credit or one semester half credit.

 

Worship Arts

The purpose of Worship Arts is to instruct and equip students to lead praise in a congregational setting, both at school chapel services and in the church. In the Bible, music is important to God. His people throughout history have used singing as an important part of a life of worship to him. In Worship Arts, we will deepen our praise experience by learning more about what it means to praise God, with our voices and instruments, seeking wisdom from music through history, including the Psalms. Students will learn all year, but will be put on stage at the teacher’s discretion. Some students will be ready right away, but since there’s no prerequisite for the course, there will be beginners who will need more practice before they take that step. 

 

Yearbook

This class is a full year elective and can be taken for one credit toward graduation.  This class will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions it will take to produce an excellent yearbook.  Students will learn and develop skills in layout design, writing, proofreading, photojournalism, computer, advertising design, and ad sales. Students will learn and demonstrate the values of diligence, responsibility, accountability, commitment, and teamwork in producing a quality yearbook.  Students will learn how to bring glory to Jesus through using and refining the interests and abilities that God has given them

 

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