The philosophy of the Bible department is shaped by the conviction that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly without error in the original autographs given by God, and is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice. A study of the Bible constitutes the most significant discipline for any person. This concept is reflected in scripture, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Our response to reading and studying the Bible is belief in and obedience to the revealed will of God. No other book compares to the Bible. The Bible and the Christian faith can be defended as the sole deposit of eternal truth as revealed by God and embodies the revealed will of the Eternal God.
Students will understand the importance of why we study the Old Testament and summarize the chronological history of the Old Testament. The students will receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of God’s revelation of Himself and His redemptive plan throughout the Old Testament – continuing second semester to God’s fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ in the Gospels. Students will examine the life of Jesus by examining His eternal existence, incarnation, childhood, public ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
The students will be presented with the New Testament books, Acts through Jude. They will begin with the book of Acts and identify and explain what has been accomplished through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the early church proclaiming and inaugurating the kingdom of God. The students will continue through the Pauline and general epistles and will study the main persons and events of these letters. Students will be challenged to consider their own personal response to what Christ has done and the role they are called to play in the furtherance of His kingdom.
The students will receive instruction and demonstrate their ability to comprehend and defend the existence of the One God and His truths as found in the Bible. This will be accomplished through the study of the minor prophets and the Book of Revelation. Students will identify the true nature of salvation and the church. They will explore the differences between the varied beliefs in the world, past and present, so as to lead individuals to Christ.
Students will study the basic concepts of the Christian family found in the Bible. They will also study the attacks and general ethical problems that arise from these attacks from groups such as feminists, ethical secular humanists, etc. They will learn how to refute these attacks from a biblical point of view. Students will also study how to defend their beliefs and know how to articulate their faith.
Man made in the image of God is unique in his ability to communicate. The study and use of the written form of language is essential to the growth and wisdom of any man. God’s use of man is often correlated with man’s preparedness to minister to his society. The understanding of the elemental levels of language to the highest critical levels of thinking associated with the study of great literature and laws of rhetoric are essential to this process of preparedness.
The English I student will compose four formal essays. Each essay will have a unique purpose with one being a research paper. The students will read, analyze, and discuss five pieces of selected literature. They will exhibit an understanding of formal English grammar and employ these skills appropriately and continue to build vocabulary knowledge. The student will complete the course ready to begin the rigors of future English courses.
English II consists of vocabulary, grammar, poetry, short stories, plays, novels, and various forms of composition, including a formal research paper in MLA format. These tools work together to help students build a solid foundation of language usage in all formats, preparing them for upper high school classes and, ultimately, for college. The goal of English II is to equip students with knowledge and technique while exploring their creative potential.
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of the chronological nature and trends of American literature from 1607 through the mid-20th century. Their understanding will include dates of literary eras, the philosophies held by the authors of said eras, and examples of literary styles and genres from the eras. The students will receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of new spelling words and their definitions. The words are determined by their vocabulary workbook. The students will receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of the five-paragraph, analytical essay. Their understanding will include MLA format, the three-part construction of an introductory paragraph, development of a thesis and three points of support, composition of body paragraphs and transitions, and conclusion paragraphs. All essays will be based on analysis of assigned short stories or poems.
Students will study the history and literature of British Literature from 450 AD to the Modern Period. The student will also develop analytical skills in writing small and large expository papers on these topics. The student will learn words from a word bank from the SAT to prepare for this test and college.
Honors courses are available for students who meet the academic requirements.
Christian Philosophy of Mathematics - Evidence of the infinite, immutable, and creative God can be seen in every aspect of mathematics. God's precision and order ("But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner." I Corinthians 14:40) are seen as a student is enabled to identify a problem, assess the various methods of solving the problem, and deduce the most efficient method of solving the problem. Godly diligence ("Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed..." II Timothy 2:15) is required to learn and then employ the skills necessary to solve a problem. Faith ("...the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1) is essential to solve a problem. It is not always possible nor is it necessary, to see the end before one begins. With encouragement and confidence, students will show mastery of mathematical concepts and the ability to solve problems with order, diligence and faith.
Algebra 1 is the in-depth introduction of variables, constants, expressions and equations. The student will receive instruction and demonstrate ability in the areas of understanding order of operations, solving equations, simplifying expressions, using properties (field axioms), arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers, polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals, and simplification of rational expressions.
The student will receive instruction and demonstrate abilities and understanding of one, two and three-dimensional objects and their properties. Deductive and inductive reasoning as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions are stressed. Properties and relationships of geometric objects include the study of: (1) points, lines, angles and planes; (2) polygons, with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, right triangles; (3) circles; and (4) polyhedral and other solids. An understanding of proof and logic is developed. Use of graphing calculators and computer drawing programs is encouraged.
Algebra II is a course that expands on the topics of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. The student will receive instruction and demonstrate ability in areas of understanding quadratic and linear functions, equations and inequalities, conic sections, applying properties of exponents with polynomial and rational functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and sequences and series.
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of topics necessary for a solid foundation in college level mathematics courses. The topics covered include but are not limited to the following: a review of algebra, rectangular coordinates, operations with and compositions of functions, polynomial functions, complex numbers, logarithms, applications of logarithms including interest, exponential growth and decay, conic sections, matrix algebra, sequences and series, binomial theorem, permutations and combinations, and probability.
This course is designed to develop problem solving competency in the following areas: functions, complex numbers, logarithms, trigonometric functions and inverse functions, Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, areas of oblique triangles, trigonometric identities and equations, polar coordinates and graphs, conic sections, matrices and determinants, sequences and series, and the binomial theorem. The material covered would be comparable to college algebra and college trigonometry courses. This course has a special emphasis on the mathematical language and techniques required in the study of calculus.
This course in intended for students who have successfully completed the material presented in the Honors Precalculus course. The topics covered will include a review of elementary functions, limits, continuity, derivatives (sums, products, quotients, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, implicit) and antiderivatives, applications, and techniques of integration. The intent of this course is to build a foundation for college calculus.
Honors Math Courses
Honors courses in Algebra I, II, Geometry, and PreCalculus/Trigonometry are available for students who meet the academic requirements.
God’s word shows us, as believers, that we live in an orderly world created by Him. He has instructed us to subdue the earth, harnessing its resources, consuming its bounty, and protecting it as wise stewards. The more we learn and understand about our world, the more we can see God’s magnificent plan for our lives.
Man has developed theories, laws, and descriptions of the ways God’s world functions. Science teachers explain these concepts to students and are thus instrumental in a student’s exploration of the world. Science teachers help students carefully and objectively study God’s world and to evaluate all scientific theories and knowledge in light of the Bible. Biblical principles and the truth about creation are foundational to every student’s knowledge of the field of science.
This course covers the essential biological concepts and applications common to all living organisms. The nature of science, science processes and inquiry will be continually incorporated. Such processes include observation, measurement, classification, proper scientific experimentation, interpretation and communication of experimental results, and biological modeling. The biological concepts covered will include the cell as the fundamental unit of life; the molecular basis of heredity, that DNA determines the characteristics of organisms; biological diversity, which is developed through a gradual process over many generations; the interdependence of organisms, which is interrelationships and interactions between and among organisms in an environment; matter, energy and organization in living systems, which shows that all living systems require a continuous input of energy to maintain their chemical and physical organizations; and the behavior of organisms, which are responses to internal changes and to external stimuli.
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to recognize and perform problem-solving in the areas of matter, elements/atoms/molecules/ions, nomenclature, measurements and calculations, chemical composition and formulas, chemical reactions in aqueous solutions, chemical quantities and energy.
Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to recognize and perform problem-solving in the areas of atomic theory, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, radioactivity, and organic chemistry.
This course covers essential physics concepts and applications common to the universe. The nature of science, science processes and inquiry will be continually incorporated. Such processes include observation, measurement, classification, proper scientific experimentation, interpretation and communication of experimental results, and biological modeling. The physics concepts covered will include motion and forces.
History is the story of God and His creation of man; the story of God’s purpose, plan and redemption of mankind. History is viewed and taught through these themes and their impact on geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture and technology. We look at the impact of events and individuals through time, in order to understand the connectedness of the past’s influence on the present, and how that continues to shape the future of the world.
Civics gives students a basic understanding of civic life, politics, and government. It helps students understand the workings of their political system and that of others. The goal of civics is to develop informed, competent, and responsible citizens who are politically aware, active and committed to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy.
Studens will demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts and become familiar with the economic system of the United States and how it operates. They also explore the roles of various components of the American economic system. Students examine their roles as consumer, worker, investor and voting citizen. Topics of discussion include the Stock Market, comparative economic systems, and the impact of political and social decisions on the economy
Students are engaged in the study of American government. A major emphasis is placed on the study of American political ideology and the evolution of its democratic institutions. The course's purpose is to demonstrate the political behavior of the American electorate, the function of its citizens and their involvement in the local, state, and national structures of the American political system. Students will be able to evaluate the role of the national government and its relationship to the concept of liberty in a pluralistic society. Discussions will emphasize the changing political culture of American society and its effect on voting patterns, trends and the processes in government.
This course examines the geographic and historic foundations of our state. Oklahoma's past is studied from its prehistory to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes and the opening of the Indian Territory for white settlement. This semester course will include the cultural, economic, and political development of Oklahoma.
Students will describe and analyze the causes, events, and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction era; examine the impact of immigration and the Westward Movement on American society; and the changing role of the United States in world affairs at the turn of the twentieth century. He or she will also describe the social, cultural, and economic events between the World Wars; investigate and analyze the Great Depression and the causes, events and effects of World War II; and assess the foreign and domestic policies of the United States since World War II. The student will continue to strengthen, expand, and put to use the full range of process and research skills in social studies.
To educate the student, in the whole realm of world history, through the use of oral
and written traditions; this course covers the expanse of time, from the
conception of the world until mid-1900's A.D. Students will study the growth of
civilizations, including the transitions of power and the age of exploration and
expansion; the revolutionary advances that changed the patterns of living for the
people; and finally, the impact these beginnings have on the world in the
twentieth and twenty- first centuries.