High School

Welcome to the Oklahoma Christian School High School website.  We are so glad you are exploring what Oklahoma Christian School can offer your student in the way of spiritual formation through a biblical emphasis in our courses, academic excellence in our course offerings, and Godly relationships built by the community set forth by our teachers, staff, and students themselves.

Our purpose at Oklahoma Christian School is to produce graduates who can lead humbly, love as Christ loved, and be ready for whatever path the Lord lays before them.  In doing so, we complete His command in I Peter 4:10 that “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  We excitedly see our graduates walk out the door and do just that, from attending an Ivy League university to going directly to the mission field.

On this page, you can explore our course offerings, learn more about our Academic Support Program for students with learning differences, find any and all documents and forms students will need throughout the year, and opportunities our students have to serve in the community as well as opportunities for their own spiritual growth. 

In essence, this school belongs to God; our job is to steward well what He has given to us, including the students who fill the hallways.  His Word and His Will guides our decision-making, instruction, and conversations, for without His guiding hand the rich legacy of OCS would mean nothing.  Our faculty and staff hold true to the Oklahoma Christian School Mission of partnering with you in educating the whole person to glorify God.

Sincerely,

Adria Smith

HS Principal

HS Assistant Principal

Course Offerings

Bible

Bible I (9th grade)
The first semester is a survey of the Old Testament focusing on God’s revelation of Himself and His plan of redemption throughout the Old Testament. The second semester is a study of the four New Testament Gospels revealing Jesus Christ, the Promised Messiah; the fulfillment of God’s plan and promise for man’s redemption. Emphasis is placed on pursuing and building a stronger relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Bible II (10th grade)
This course consists of a comprehensive study of the New Testament with special attention paid to various topics, ideas, and issues that apply to today’s teenage Christian journey in life. Students will be searching for Biblical guidance to then implement in spiritual and physical relationships with the hope of developing into men and women of God.

Bible III/Worldview (11th grade)
This course begins with building a foundation of the understanding of what a worldview is (religious and non-religious) and building a worldview based on Christianity.  Students learn about post-religious thought to gain an understanding of the layers of atheistic viewpoints in our society. The second semester is designed as a comprehensive survey of Christian theology and several other religions including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Students will examine and compare these other religions to Christianity and in so doing will arrive at a greater understanding both of those religions and of Christianity itself. This understanding should strengthen the student’s faith in Christianity and equip him/her to dialogue lovingly and intelligently with members of other religions.

Bible IV-Apologetics (12th grade)
This course is designed as a comprehensive survey of Christian apologetics (or defending the faith) from both classic and contemporary standpoints for faith in Christ. Students will learn that Biblical Christianity is both logical and truthful.  It also engages common challenges and objections that people offer to (1) belief in God, and (2) belief in Christianity. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of why they believe what they believe. The goal is to help them prepare to face challenges to their faith as they enter college and begin their adult lives, as well as, to give them a foundation to do what Peter commands all Christians to do in 1 Pet. 3:15, “give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have, doing this with gentleness and respect.”

English & Communications

  • English I (9th grade)
    Students receive instruction in and demonstrate an understanding of the different genres of literature including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and the epic poem.  In those genres, they receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of literary techniques and figurative language used in the texts.  The students will also exhibit and apply an understanding of formal English grammar and usage in writing in several formal essays.  The students receive instruction in and demonstrate an understanding of the research paper.  Their understanding will include MLA format, the development of an introduction and thesis, the ability to incorporate research with correct citations, the ability to organize an argument, and the development of a conclusion. Students will also continue to build a useful vocabulary for written and oral communication.
  • Pre-AP English I (9th grade) **
    In addition to the course description of English I, students complete and study various novels that have appeared on the AP Exam.  Timed Writings are introduced and used to mimic the AP exam.  Additional projects and outside reading requirements are also included in this course. Prerequisite: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • English II (10th grade) World Literature and Rhetoric
    This class continues to build upon the foundations laid in English I, preparing the student for the ACT and PSAT/SAT testing, a variety of writing modes, and for additional topics at the English III and English IV levels. Additional focus will be directed toward preparing the students for research-based writing and the understanding of literature through written and oral examples, as well as, introducing the idea of rhetoric in nonfiction and fiction texts. This course is designed to challenge students in literature analysis and composition. Literature study incorporates world literature and some modern pieces.  The focus of our grammatical study will be to develop the abilities of each student as a writer through self-reflection and specified grammatical lessons based on gaps in understanding.
  • Pre-AP English II (10th grade) World Literature and Rhetoric **
    In addition to the course description of English II, students focus more on analysis of rhetorical devices and the use of rhetoric in nonfiction pieces.  Students are expected to read more outside novels and be able to develop a well-composed work of writing in a segment of time.  Prerequisite: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • English III (11th grade) English Language and Composition: American Literature Survey
    The 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 includes dates of literary eras, the philosophies held by the authors of said eras, and examples of literary styles and genres from the eras.  Literary forms studied will include essays, short stories, poems, and novels. The students will receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding of elevated vocabulary. The students receive instruction in and demonstrate understanding analytical essays. Their understanding will include MLA format and be based on the analysis of assigned short stories or poems as well as a research paper.
  • Pre-AP English III (11th grade) American Literature, Language, and Composition **
    In addition to the American literature course studies, the students will read complex texts with understanding and write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. This course is designed to be a college level writing course, which engages in becoming skilled readers of prose in many rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for many different purposes. Analysis of these readings will be communicated through dialectical journals, timed writings, independent essays, collaborative writing, and in-class responses. Research skills will be a major element of the course leading to synthesis of primary and secondary sources cited correctly using MLA conventions. Prerequisites: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • English IV (12th grade) English Literature and Composition
    This course is a study of British literature from 450 AD to the Modern Period as well as literature from former British colonies around the world. The student will also develop analytical skills in writing small and large expository papers on these literary pieces and the thematic thread connecting each piece to one another. The student will learn words from a word bank from the SAT to prepare for the test and college.
  • AP English (12th grade) Literature and Composition **
    An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Through the close reading of the selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.  As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Students are responsible for the exam fee (approximately $93) determined by the College Board. Description from CollegeBoard.org.  Prerequisites: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.

Social Studies

  • US Government .5 credit (9th grade)
    This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of US Government.  Throughout the course, students examine and evaluate the institutions of government, those who influence these institutions, the public policies made by these institutions, and the influences of the electorate on policies.  In addition, students are able to connect concepts in government with economic policies and procedures.
  • Oklahoma History-.5 credit (9th grade)
    This course will help prepare students to examine the impact of US History on the area of Oklahoma and the integration of Oklahoma history into US History.  Students engage in extensive writing and discussion about how Oklahoma felt the decisions of the nation in every area of life: cultural, religious, agricultural, and technological.
  • World History (10th grade)
    Students will study the expanse of time from the growth of early civilizations to the mid-1900s.   Students will focus on the transitions of power, 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) century.
  • AP European History (10th-12th grade) **
    AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course.  This Advanced Placement course focuses on developing students’ understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present.  The course has students investigate the content of European history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods employed by historians when they study the past. At the end of the course, students are expected to take the AP exam in the spring. *CollegeBoard.org, 2016. Prerequisite: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • US History (11th grade)
    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.
  • AP US History (11th grade)
    This course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university American history course. In APUSH, the student will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from 1491 to present day. To achieve this, students will be using the same skills, practices, and methods used by professional historians. Prerequisite: teacher recommendation considered.
  • Human Geography (12th grade)
    This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.  Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. *CollegeBoard AP Human Geography Description
  • AP Art History (12th grade) **
    This Advanced Placement course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university art history survey course.  AP Art History explores such topics as nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and responses to art.  Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth and holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms, constructing understanding of individual works and interconnections of art-making processes and products throughout history.*CollegeBoard.org Description, 2015.  Prerequisite: NWEA results may be considered; teacher recommendation considered.

Mathematics

  • Algebra I (9th grade)
    Algebra I is the in-depth introduction of variables, constants, expressions and equations. The student will receive instruction in and demonstrate ability in the areas of understanding order of operations, solving equations, simplifying expressions, using properties (field axioms), arithmetic operations with polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic functions), working with radicals and rational expressions.  Fundamentals of graphing calculators will be taught.
  • Intermediate Algebra                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Intermediate Algebra is designed to strengthen the students’ conceptual and procedural algebraic skills by creating a bridge for skills from Algebra I and Geometry to future mathematical endeavors in a progression that will increase students’ readiness for college, careers, and life. This course has been developed to deepen student understanding by intentionally creating meaningful connections between various mathematical representations (i.e. symbolic, visual, and physical). Intermediate Algebra will focus on strengthening and expanding the elements from Algebra 1 such as the number system, linear inequalities and linear functions and will serve as the foundation to branch into the study of polynomials, quadratic functions and statistics. This course will strengthen students’ problem-solving abilities through the use of projects and collaborative learning (sde.ok.gov)
  • Pre-AP Algebra I (8th grade) **
    This course covers topics from Algebra I at an accelerated pace and covers some advanced topics more thoroughly than the regular course.  Prerequisite: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Geometry (10th/11th grade)
    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) polyhedra and other solids. An understanding of proof and logic is developed. Use of graphing calculators and computer drawing programs is encouraged. Prerequisite: Algebra I.
  • Pre-AP Geometry (9th/10th grade) **
    This course includes the study of traditional plane geometry concepts at an accelerated pace and covers some advanced topics more thoroughly the regular course.  Prerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra I and NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Algebra II (10th/11th grade)
    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. Prerequisite: Algebra I & Geometry.
  • Pre-AP Algebra II (10th or 11th grade) **
    This course covers the same subject matter as Algebra II plus some advanced topics.  Material is covered at a faster pace and in greater depth in order to prepare students for AP mathematics.  A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: Pre-AP Algebra I & Pre-AP Geometry and NWEA consideration; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Pre-AP PreCalculus and Trigonometry (11th or 12th grade) **
    This course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement or college Calculus.  Topics extended from previous studies are polynomial functions, rational functions, systems of equations, complex numbers, and analytic geometry.  New topics introduced are trigonometry, probability, sequences and series, and limits.  A graphing calculator is required for this course. Prerequisite: advanced math courses; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Concurrent College Algebra (Student choice of dual credit) 
    This course is offered through Colorado Christian University and is taught by our teacher as a Representative of CCU.
  • AP Calculus AB (11th/12th grade) **
    AP Calculus AB is structured around three big ideas: limits, derivatives, and integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. This Advanced Placement course studies elementary functions, limit of a function, derivatives, integral and techniques of integration, and applications of calculus to real-world problems in fields of life science, business and economics, social science, physics, and engineering. Students will learn to formulate written responses to support conclusions resulting from mathematic computations.  A graphing calculator is required.  Students taking this course are expected to take the AP exam in the spring. Prerequisite: Pre-AP PreCalculus; teacher recommendation considered.
  • AP Calculus BC (12th grade) **
    The topics covered in AP Calculus (BC) include: limits of differential calculus, using calculus to find extrema, Integral calculus, sequences and series.  This course may be taken as an extension of AP Calculus (AB) or as a replacement.  A graphing calculator is required.  Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP exam in the spring. Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB or Pre-AP PreCalculus; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Algebra III (12th grade)
    This is an introductory course in Financial Mathematics.  The course covers the following fundamental topics in finance: the time value of money, portfolio theory, capital market theory, security price modeling, and financial derivatives.  Students will learn about the different types of interest (simple, discount, compound), annuities, debt retirement methods, investing in stocks and bonds.  Time permitting, more advanced topics will also be covered like the dissecting of financial models.

Science

  • Biology (9th grade) 
    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.
  • Pre-AP Biology (9th grade) **
    This course presents these concepts necessary to understand all forms of life, including cell structure of plants and animals, functions within these cells, genetics, the scientific method, and ecology at a faster rate and with more in-depth study of the material than in the regular course. Additional projects, computer applications, outside readings, and activities may be required.  Prerequisite: NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Physical Science (10th grade)
    This laboratory course consists of introductory level chemistry and physics including: measurement; motion; forces; work and power; atomic structure; elements and the periodic table; compounds; matter and temperature.  Emphasis is placed on inquiry-style learning and development of skills such as observing, inferring, data collecting, and graphing. It is recommended that students take Algebra I prior to this class.
  • Chemistry (10th/11th grade)
    This laboratory course emphasizes a hands-on learning approach to chemistry.  Topics include: solutions, acids, bases, atomic theory, periodic law, chemical bonding, and gas laws.   Quantitative and qualitative analysis of these topics will be examined. Prerequisite: Biology.
  • Pre-AP Chemistry (10th grade) **
    This lab course covers the same material as general chemistry; however, Pre-AP is more in-depth in some areas and may cover additional topics.  Students who can think abstractly and are willing to be challenged are encouraged to take this course.  Prerequisite: Algebra I and Pre-AP Biology; NWEA results considered; teacher recommendation considered. 
  • Pre-AP Chemistry II (11th grade) **
    This lab course is a completion of Pre-AP Chemistry I with the combination of both courses to be an equivalent of a first semester college course in chemistry.  This course continues skills and content introduced in Pre-AP Chemistry I.  Prerequisite: Pre-AP Chemistry I and Algebra II-previously or concurrently; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Physics (11th/12th grade)
    This course is an Algebra-based physics course covering Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound.  The course may also include but is not limited to: electric circuits; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Algebra II and Physical Science.
  • Zoology/Human Anatomy (11th/12th grade)  
    The first semester of this course covers animal behavior, ecology, anatomy/physiology and species diversity.  Students work in groups to complete lab practicals in dissection or microscope work.  The second semester consists of the internal and external structures of the human body and how it performs vital functions.  Prerequisite: Biology.
  • AP Environmental Science (12th grade) **
    This Advanced Placement course is designed to have students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry and geography. *College Board, 2016. Prerequisites: At least one life science and one year of physical science as well as Algebra II; teacher recommendation considered.
  • AP Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AP Chemistry is an introductory college-level chemistry course. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy (apcentra.collegboard.org). Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.

World Language

  • Spanish I (9th-11th grade)
    This course introduces students to the language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Each study of grammar and vocabulary enhance the skills needed to be effective communicators of the language. In addition to the language itself, students also learn history, culture, and countries of the Spanish speaking world by comparing it to their own in the areas of history, art, and geography.
  • Spanish II (9th-12th grade)
    This course continues and builds the skills of language learned in Spanish I.  Familiarity in language and use of past, present, and future tenses are used to communicate in writing and speaking about every day events, from ordering a meal to going to the movies.  Students continue learning more in depth about the Spanish speaking culture around the world. Prerequisite: Spanish I
  • Spanish III Honors (10th-12th grade)
    This course is designed to build and move students into fluency in speaking, writing, and reading.  Students practice their skills within the course and through interactive computer technology. Students will also learn about the culture of the Spanish-speaking world, with primary emphasis being placed on our neighbor Mexico and Nicaragua, home of OCS’ sister school.  Students also pursue cultural studies by reading literature of important Spanish authors.  Prerequisite: Spanish I, II
  • AP Spanish (11th/12th grade)
    This course is designed and conducted in Spanish and requires a higher proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.  This course is designed to enhance students’ oral and written performance in Spanish.  Students read numerous texts in Spanish, as well as participate in discussions, extensive writing assignments, and grow in understanding of the complex structures of the language.  Prerequisite: Spanish I, II and III; teacher recommendation considered.
  • Spanish  V (12th grade)
    This course builds upon the skills of Spanish IV, focusing on reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish, with additional attention devoted to reading authentic novels, listening to and watching authentic videos, and adding to the student’s repertoire of speaking skills.

Electives

Fine Arts/Communications Credit

  • Art Foundations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Art Foundations is a level 1 course. The course consists of the study of the theory of Art in combination with “hands-on” projects to promote art appreciation. Through discussion, reading, lecture, and hands-on projects, students will be exposed to the Elements and Principles of Art.                                                                                              
  • Intermediate Art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Intermediate Art is a level 2 course that places an emphasis on the elements and principles of Art, the course consists of projects, studio work, and sketchbook assignments that are used to build a portfolio. 
  • AP Studio Art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AP Studio Art is an advanced level course. This course consists of studio time, which is used to explore different mediums and develop a portfolio. Students will create a portfolio that demonstrates quality, breadth, and concentration in alignment with the AP Studio Art guidelines. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • AP Art History                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This course explores such topics as the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and responses to art.  Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms including architecture, sculpture, and painting. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • Band                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Band is an instrumental music course. The course is designed to prepare students to play in large and small ensembles and as a soloist. The course expands on the basic sight reading and music vocabulary that students would have learned in middle school.
  • Band (Honors)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Band (Honors) is a college preparatory instrumental music course. The course is designed to prepare students to play in large and small ensembles and as a soloist. The course expands on the sight reading and music vocabulary that students would have learned in the first two years of high school band. Students will also learn about different genres of music.
  • Creative Writing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Creative Writing is designed to help students walk through the different components of the writing process in order to produce poetry, short stories, personal journals, and creative non-fiction.
  • Debate I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Debate teaches students how to participate in the rational exchange of ideas and arguments as they relate to significant social issues. Speech events sharpen speaking and writing skills. Students are required to perform in class and will have the opportunity to attend weekend competitions throughout the year.
  • Debate II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This course builds on the skills practiced in Debate I and introduces students to more advanced techniques in areas such as speech analysis, speech production (both prepared and impromptu), and formal argumentation (various forms of debate). Students continue to practice research skills, organizational strategies, critical listening and thinking, and the ability to present ideas on value, fact, and policy issues with confidence.
  • Literature Appreciation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Literature Appreciation is a course designed for students to develop reading skills necessary for success and personal enjoyment by practicing Free Voluntary Reading (FVR).
  • Intro to Speech and Drama                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This course is an introduction to drama and public speaking. It is designed to enrich confidence and creativity, while emphasizing the importance of communication through performance.
  • Advanced Speech and Drama                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This course will build on the introductory elements of Drama. Students will focus on many aspects of the theatre, including but not limited to, theatre history, audition techniques, improvisation, script and character analysis, stage makeup application, acting styles & techniques, and much more.
  • Spanish III Honors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This course continues to build on the foundation established in Spanish I and Spanish II by expanding students’ knowledge of more complex key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students will cultivate a higher level of sophistication in their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as examine Hispanic culture more thoroughly with emphasis on arts and literature. The course has been carefully aligned with the world-readiness standards for learning languages set forth by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This course integrates language skills from Spanish I, II and III using real-world sources and materials. Students will work on a higher level of speaking, listening, writing and listening skills. They will use these skills in three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Students will examine cultural perspectives and practices in the Hispanic world. Students taking  the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam at the end of the course may receive college credit by obtaining a score of 3 or better. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • Spanish Conversation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This elective course integrates language skills from Spanish I and II. The course focuses entirely on conversation and comprehension in the target language. Students will be required to use the target language in class to build fluency as they role-play, conduct interviews, and discuss current events and contemporary issues.

Technology Credit

  • Computer I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Computer 1 is an introductory course. This course is designed to help students develop 21st century skills in web design, cybersecurity, digital photography, Photoshop and video game design.
  • Computer II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This course focuses on the thriving field of videogame design and development. Students will learn the programming languages Javascript and C# through Code.org’s Game Lab, Blender, Unity, Python, and Unreal game engines. In addition to creating their own games, students will study video game history, mechanics, psychology, physics, and production, with a focus on collaboration and Christian ethics. PREREQUISITE: Computer I or AP Computer (or completion of summer assignment and conversation with Mrs. Emig)
  • AP Computer Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (APCSP) is an honors course recognized by College Board. The course and curriculum is designed by Code.org and is designed to prepare students for the end of course Advanced Placement test and Performance Tasks. APCSP offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impact. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.        
  • Robotics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Robotics is designed to study how to design, build, program, and perform a task.  This course is designed as an introductory robotics class. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies.  This course will involve students in the development, building, and programming of a Vex robot.   

Fine Arts/Communication or Technology Credit

  • Journalism I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Journalism is an introductory course. This course is designed to help students develop journalistic skills to help them communicate information in print and broadcast formats.                                                                           
  • Journalism II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Journalism II is an extension of Journalism I. Students will further develop journalistic skills to help them communicate information in print and broadcast formats.                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Digital Art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Digital Art is a level 2 course where students will learn and practice the skills necessary to create various kinds of digital works. Students will learn to utilize Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, and they will learn how to determine which program is best suited for use in different situations. 
  • Music Leadership I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The course is designed to introduce students to singing and or playing in a worship team ensemble. The course teaches basic sight-reading, music vocabulary, as well as biblical integration as it applies to worship.
  • Music Leadership II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This course, taken after Music Leadership I, will build on foundational knowledge of Music Leadership I and gear more toward performance and leadership for our older students. 
  • AP Seminar/AP Research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AP Seminar is an advanced course offered to Sophomores and Juniors. These courses taken sequentially can result in the  AP Capstone Diploma program. Each course is designed to prepare students to qualify for college credit through testing, research, and performance tasks. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • Stagecraft                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This course is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the theatre including: tool identification and application, set building, costumes, lighting and sound. Students will work individually and in groups to gain experience in the design aspect and practical application of theatre production.
  • Yearbook                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yearbook is designed so that students produce and publish a yearbook that preserves the history of the current academic school year. Students learn journalistic skills and develop the ability to apply those skills to the actual production of a yearbook.    

Other Electives

  • AP Seminar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas (apcentral.collegeboard.org). Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • AP Research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense (apcentral.collegeboard.org). Prerequisites: teacher recommendation considered.
  • Concurrent Psychology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This course will be a basic survey of major topics in psychology.  It introduces the study of behavior and the factors that determine and affect behavior from both a scientific and biblical perspective. This course is dual credit with Oklahoma Christian.
  • Concurrent Public Communications                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This course will focus on basic public speaking with emphasis on biblical concepts.  Students will learn to research topics and organize them effectively.  Students will be required to use delivery techniques and appropriate language during their speeches.  Listening to and analyzing speeches will also be required.  This course is dual credit with Oklahoma Christian.

Academic Support

Academic Support Program

In the high school classroom, OCS teachers strive to provide the level of differentiation necessary for individual students. When that level of differentiation is not adequate, OCS provides additional academic support that assists students with assignment completion and additional time-on-task.

Two levels of academic support are offered at the high school level:

  • Accommodations plan – student receives a written accommodation plan which is implemented in the regular classroom. The purpose of an accommodations plan is to provide the least amount of accommodation necessary for the student to become successful in the classroom. There is no financial cost to be placed on an accommodation plan.
  • Pull-out lab – student receives daily academic support in-person with the academic support teacher in the academic support room. In addition to one-on-one and small group support, the student also receives an accommodation plan.

Academic Support Admission Procedure

Students are admitted to the academic support program through a formal process. First, students are identified by either a teacher or parent as a candidate for services. Academic struggles and low grades are often the first indicators that a student may require additional support. Once a child is identified, the principal will schedule a meeting with parents and the academic support teacher to discuss the benefits and details of receiving academic support services.

Academic Support Admission Qualifications

To qualify for a written accommodations plan or to receive services in the pull-out lab, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a diagnosed learning disability; or
  • Receive below 70% average in their core classes on their semester report card, or
  • Be on academic probation; or
  • Receive a “Low” score in any major category of their NWEA standardized testing. Students that receive a “Low Average” score on their NWEA standardized testing may qualify for a written accommodations plan at the discretion of the middle school principal.

Academic Support Program Tuition

The cost of participating in the Academic Support Program is $1,000 per year. For students who do not need an entire year of services, the annual tuition will be prorated. There is no charge for receiving a written accommodations plan.

Opportunities to Serve

OCS high school students have the opportunity to serve and learn to lead in a variety of contexts. Each high school student is required to acquire service hours each year. Many students, however, go above and beyond the required expectations and serve others both locally and abroad.

International Mission Trips

OCS high school students may participate in two overseas mission trips each January as part of the mini-mester week.  One team heads to Jamaica, where they build relationship and focus their energies on constructing homes for low-income families.  A second group travels to Nicaragua, where they join forces with a local church, conducting evangelism and discipleship activities.

Student Council

High School Student Council is comprised of an executive board of six leadership-oriented seniors, four class presidents, and a male and a female representative from each class. Student Council’s goal is to plan and execute our school’s two homecomings, three senior nights for co-curricular activities, and two major philanthropic events. The first of these events is a long-standing Christmas party at Westwood Elementary in Oklahoma City. Each Westwood student receives a large box packed with gifts, but the true value of the day is in the one-on-one attention lavished on the Westwood students by our high school students. The second event is H.E.R.O.E.S. Week, a week of full-campus activities to raise money for a worthy beneficiary. Our recipients range from local families and charities, to Christian schools in Sierra Leone and Haiti, to villages in Kenya.

H.E.R.O.E.S. Week

H.E.R.O.E.S. stands for Hands Extended Reflecting Our Exalted Savior. H.E.R.O.E.S. Week originated in 2003 when a group of students wanted to make a unique difference in the lives of others. The High School Student Council determines the recipient each year, organizing and sponsoring this event. In the past, our school has helped members of our own OCS family who have medical needs, have raised funds for a medical center in Sierra Leone, and have raised money for Christian schools in Haiti. Altogether, OCS’s mission-focused H.E.R.O.E.S. Week has raised more than $365,000 to benefit our community and world since 2003.

Student Leadership

Student leadership at OCS has many faces. Formally, there are executive councils for every organization on campus, beginning at the middle school level. Depending on the function of the organization, positions on these councils are attained either through election or teacher assignment. The most active group on campus is the OCS High School Student Council. Comprised of four class presidents, eight class representatives and a six-person executive council of seniors, the student council plans and executes two homecoming celebrations, three senior night recognitions, and two major philanthropic events that reach into our local community and the world. On another level, it is our goal to foster within the heart of every student a desire to give of themselves. The spirit of volunteerism is encouraged, and many of our students serve on local and international mission teams during breaks from school.

Principals' Leadership Counsel

PLC members expand the voice of the mission and vision of OCS and maintain a Christ-centered lifestyle. They represent a diverse group of OCS students who are seeking to grow their leadership skills, aid in promotion of OCS, and serve the school and community beyond our walls.   A PLC member must be rooted in his/her faith and willing to grow in wisdom as a leader and have a passion for OCS!  As a member of PLC, students will engage in two important roles – ambassadors and advisors – while developing critical leadership skills.  Students will be ambassadors to new students, new families, and alumni at school events or for tours; likewise, students will serve as advisors to the principals and each other to enhance the mission, vision, and community of OCS High School.  Participation in events (roughly 80%) is required and should be considered when applying. PLC members will be hosts and guides during evening events including but not limited to New Student Orientation, Open House, and Parent/Teacher Conference nights, Homecoming activities, fundraising events as well as any alumni events.  Students in this role will serve as ambassadors to new students, shadows, and tours for new families, requiring missing classes intermittently.  PLC members will attend meetings on Thursday at lunch or when called to help plan community building activities at OCS, especially for the high school.

College Counseling

Welcome to the OCS college counseling department!

OCS offers an intensive college placement program for our students. We develop strategies for each student as they complete their college preparatory education. Our college counseling office assists students as they navigate the planning and application process.

Family Connection (Naviance)

Students and parents will find a vast number of resources on our website specifically designed for College Prep.  Use the link to the right to access the Family Connection website to find test prep resources, a calendar of upcoming events, college visits, scholarship links, and much more.

Our office is passionate about educating and developing the whole person and engaging students in the creation of their own personal stories. We continually look across the divisions for opportunities to engage students, support their academic development, and encourage an exploratory culture inside and outside the classroom. We are deeply committed to quality and we work hard to deliver high-level services to all students and families.

Sherry Sage, M.S., LPC
College Counselor
405-341-2265 Ext 504
ssage@ocssaints.org

Student Centered

When the time comes to narrow the focus on the college search, selection, and application process, we empower our students. We equip them with rich resources, excellent advice, and unparalleled insight into the world of admissions so that they become fully engaged self-advocates. This approach creates real ownership and ultimately results in a decision made by the student and his or her team, not by the team for the student.

Match-Driven

We believe that the stronger the match between person and place, the greater the potential for continued growth, development, and success. Ultimately, we believe in our students’ futures and strive to help each student find the college that is the right fit. Our office also studies enrollment patterns and data and maintains close relationships with admissions personnel in an effort to demystify the admissions process and give our students and families realistic expectations for outcomes.