Anchorage Christian Schools

High School Classes and Textbooks

Bible Courses

Life of Christ (9th grade)

LifeQuest  Lifeway

This class uses a computer/information age theme to teach students how they can look to the life and teachings of Christ as a blueprint for how they live their lives. Written primarily for 9th graders, LifeQuest will give students the tools, examples, and motivation to make their life quest to be more like Jesus.

 Biblical Studies (10th grade)

FaithQuest  Lifeway

10th grade Bible is a survey course that focuses on helping students understand God’s redemptive plan for man, see how it unfolds in Scripture, and embrace their roles in it. Students will trace the implementation of God’s plan from pre-creation to the unfolding of heaven, emphasizing the connections between the events and their meaning for today’s world. Each chapter of the text engages students in personal study and application of Scripture.

 

Christian Philosophy I (12th Grade)

 

Understanding the Times Summit Ministries

Using the text Understanding the Times, Christian Philosophy outlines the differences between Christianity and the other prominent worldviews vying for allegiance in Western culture: Islam, Postmodernism, Secular Humanism, Marxism, and New Age. In a time when more than half of all Christians lose their faith in college, no other curriculum so effectively prepares students to defend the Christian worldview against all its competitors.

 

Christian Philosophy II (12th Grade)

 Understanding the Culture Summit Ministries

What is culture? Why does our culture matter? Understanding the Culture provides practical ways to engage and understand the culture in which we live. Walking through this text will help Christians apply the beliefs that we hold as truths and engage with the significant issues of our culture according to our Christian worldview. Chapters address issues such as: how Christians can think, speak, and communicate clearly, how we can care for God’s creation, and how we can care for those living in poverty.

 

 English Courses

 English 9

Grade 9 Writing and Grammar  Bob Jones University Press

Themes in Literature  ABEKA

Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry III  ABEKA Books

English 9 is a year-long required course for freshmen that focuses on the basics of grammar and composition.  The course also includes literature studies that seek to build good character qualities in students while increasing enjoyment of good literature. Each unit is based on a theme, such as courage, faith, joy, justice, and humility. Leo Tolstoy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, William Cowper, and Guy de Maupassant are but a few of the famous authors whose works are represented in the literature text. Many of the vocabulary words in the Spelling text are from the literature text. Spelling words apply 4 basic spelling rules and 7 keys to good spelling, as well as frequently misspelled words. Students will have numerous writing opportunities which includes book reports and a formal research paper

English 10

Grade 10 Writing and Grammar  Bob Jones University Press

World Literature  ABEKA

Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry IV  ABEKA Books

English 10 is a yearlong required course for sophomores that builds on the grammar and foundation laid down in the 9th grade. Instruction includes verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics of English grammar. The course leads students through the writing process and teaches writing strategies such as sentence expansion and reduction, coordination and subordination, and parallelism. Writing projects include a persuasive speech, editorial, eyewitness report, research essay, cause-and-effect essay, short stories, poetry and metaphor, and webpage design. Students are required to write a formal research paper.  World Literature begins with a collection of enjoyable prose and poetry from classics by such authors as Dickens, Poe, Goethe, Tolstoy, and Hugo. The text focuses on literary devices such as character development, plot, theme, setting, and imagery.  Literary selections encourage students to appreciate great literature. The focus of the spelling/vocabulary is word analysis, which includes and understanding of Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots. If one knows these word parts, he can determine the meaning of thousands of new words without having to look them up. To help students sharpen their reasoning ability a series of verbal analogies are incorporated into the lessons.

English 11

Grade 11 Writing and Grammar  Bob Jones University Press

American Literature  ABEKA Books

Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry V  ABEKA Books

English 11 is a year- long required course for juniors that coverssentence structure, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and more while emphasizing their application to writing. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to strengthen writing skills through specific writing projects such as analytical essays, research papers, memoirs, interviews, and more. American Literature is a broad study of various types of literature which helps students to love and appreciate the literature of our country. Authors include Irving, Cooper, Whittier, Clemens, Frost, Thurber, and many others. Transcendentalism and the literary trends of the twentieth century are not simply accepted as “art” but are evaluated in light of the Scriptures for the students’ edification. America’s great preachers, hymn writers, statesmen, and Bible scholars are given their rightful place in American literature. Several books are also studied and analyzed as part of this English course.  Spelling/Vocabulary is a continuation of the word analysis skills introduced in 10th grade.

English 12

Grade 12 Writing and Grammar  Bob Jones University Press

English Literature  ABEKA Books

Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry VI  ABEKA Books

English 12 is a year- long required course for seniors reviews the seven sentence patterns and introduces advanced concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. This course leads students through the writing process and teaches writing strategies such as variety, emphasis, and sentence logic. Writing projects include a formal research paper as well as literary analysis, analytical essays, and other writing opportunities. British Literature is an anthology that traces the development of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century. The background material with many selections is designed to help students understand the context and the content of the work and evaluate it in Christian perspective.  Spelling/Vocabulary is a continuation of the word analysis skills introduced in 10th grade.

AP English Literature(grade 12)

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. 7th Edition, Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs

Barron’s AP English Literature and Composition 2008 2nd edition

5 steps to a 5 writing the AP English Essay

Additional books:

            Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

            Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

            Metamorphosis -Frank Kafta

            The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

            To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee

            Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

            Spiritual Warfare in a Believer’s Life- Charles Spurgeon

This Advanced Placement Literature and Composition course has two equally important goals.  First, this class offers students the chance to work at a college English level while still in high school, providing excellent preparation or the challenges and demands of college. The dual primary emphases of the class are studying literary devices used in fictional works by reading the works of canonized authors, and developing student writing skills to an analytical, critical, and stylistic level considered successful by the scorers of the Advanced Placement test.  This course offers students the opportunity to read and respond in essay form to a number of important works of literature.  Finally, the students will study advanced vocabulary they are likely to encounter on the AP test.  Second this class will prepare students for the AP test, which is administered in May. In order to receive weighted credit for AP English Literature students must take the AP Exam in May.   (to access summer reading assignment click on the link AP English Literature Summer Reading 2014)

Math Courses

Course 3- Saxon (Pre-Algebra)

Saxon Math Course 3 integrates and distributes traditional units, giving students time to learn and practice skills throughout the year, master content, and develop algebraic thinking.

 Algebra 1-Saxon

Algebra 1 covers all topics in a first-year algebra course, from proofs, statistics and probability to algebra-based real-world problems. With Algebra 1, students begin developing the more complex and understanding required for advanced mathematics.

 Geometry- Saxon

Geometry includes all topics in a high school geometry course, including perspective, space, and dimension associated with practical and axiomatic geometry. Students learn how to apply and calculate measurements of lengths, heights, circumference, areas, and volumes. Geometry introduces trigonometry and allows students to work with transformations. Students will use logic to create proofs and constructions and will work with key geometry theorems and proofs. – See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Saxon-Geometry/9781602773059#sthash.MIyeRpvh.dpuf

 Algebra 2-Saxon

Algebra 2 covers all topics that are traditionally covered in second-year algebra as well as a considerable amount of geometry. In fact, students completing Algebra 2 will have studied the equivalent of one semester of informal geometry. Ample time is spent developing geometric concepts and writing proof outlines. Real-world problems are included along with applications to other subjects such as physics and chemistry.

 

 AP Calculus

Calculus- Saxon

 AP Calculus is designed for prospective mathematics majors and students interested in engineering, computer science, physics, business or the life sciences. The program covers all topics in the Advanced Placement Calculus AB and Calculus BC syllabi. Instruction takes full advantage of graphing calculators, using them for visual demonstrations of concepts and confirming calculations.  In order to receive weighted credit for AP Calculus students must take the AP Exam in May.

 Science Courses

Physical Science (9th grade)

Physical Science – Bob Jones University Press

Physical is an exciting and engaging introduction to the world of physics and chemistry. This course is required for all freshmen and provides an essential foundation for subsequent science courses, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The course also shows that true science involves glorifying God and serving our fellow humans. Through practical Bible integration, students learn that a Christian worldview permeates true science. It furnishes the student with the key principles and scientific laws of classical physics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and optics. After mastering these concepts, students are equipped to study more advanced concepts such as the structure of the atom, compounds and chemical reactions, and mixtures and solutions.

 Biology (10th Grade)

Biology Student Text- Bob Jones University Press

Biology Lab Manual- Bob Jones University Press

In this required sophomore class the 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.

 Chemistry (11th Grade)

Chemistry Student Text- Bob Jones University Press

Chemistry Lab Manual- Bob Jones University Press

 The Chemistry course is a introductory course covering the make-up of matter, the design of atoms, the periodic table, bonding, formulas, reactions, solutions, and several specialized branches of chemistry.  It uses mathematical processes that are not too complex.  This course does not promote evolutionary ideas; on the contrary, it advances detailed study of God’s creation to gain a better appreciation for what God has made and to increase the students’ faith.

 Advanced Chemistry/Physics (12th Grade)

Chemistry Student Text- Bob Jones University Press

Chemistry Lab Manual- Bob Jones University Press

Physics, the Foundational Science- ABEKA Books

Physics Lab Manual– ABEKA Books

 Advanced Chemistry/Physics is an upper level science course designed to challenge students who have a continued interest in science after completing their first year in high school chemistry.  The first semester of the curriculum covers solutions, thermodynamics and kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids, bases, salts, oxidation-reduction and introduction to organic chemistry.  During second semester students study physics where matter, energy, applied algebra, liquids, gases, solids, forces, concurrent forces, velocity and acceleration are emphasized. Information is presented from a Christian perspective where scientific supports for creation are emphasized.

 Anatomy (12th Grade)

Body Structures and Functions- Thomson

 The Anatomy Class is a senior level class. This course includes great topics such as a review of medical terminology, case studies to promote critical thinking, and complete coverage on the effects of aging. A chapter on Infection Control has been added to give more coverage to this critical topic in health care. Topics included in this course are: Introduction to the Structural Units, Chemistry of Living Things, Cells, Tissues and Membranes, Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Central Nervous System, Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System, Special Senses, Endocrine System, Blood, Heart, Circulation and Blood Vessels, The Lymphatic System and Immunity, Infection control and Standard Precautions, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Nutrition, Urinary/Excretory System, Reproductive System, Genetics and Genetically Linked Diseases,

Social Studies

Geography (9th Grade)

Cultural Geography –Bob Jones University Press

Cultural Geography Activity Book –Bob Jones University Press

Geography is a required course typically taken the freshman year. It 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.

Alaska History (9th Grade)

Alaska History is a one semester required course typically taken the freshman year. Through use of video, lecture, projects, and field trips the following topics are covered: Alaskan geography, Alaskan history beginning with the pre-contact natives and including the Russian occupation, sale of Alaska to the USA, the gold rush period, Alaska railroad, World War II and Statehood, oil exploration.  Emphasis is also given to the different Alaska Native groups, their cultures, and how they impact Alaska today.

 World History (10th Grade)

World History Student Text – Bob Jones University Press

World History Activity Book – Bob Jones University Press

World History is a one year required course typically taken the sophomore year.  It guides the student through the story of history from the dawn of civilization to the present world. Students are encouraged to explore the past and delve in to the twists and turns of world history through relevant activities and class discussions. The course emphasizes how a Christian worldview affects the study of history, illustrating the crucial nature of viewing history through the lens of the Bible.

United States History (11th Grade)

United States History- Bob Jones University Press

United States History Activities Book- Bob Jones University

 United States History recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage. This high school level history course is required and is typically taken the junior year.

Civics (12th Grade)

American Government- Bob Jones University Press

American Government Activities Book- Bob Jones University

 Civics is a one year required course typically taken the senior year.  The course prepares students for responsible citizenship with a discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Material discussed includes the Constitution, in depth insights into the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy, and more, all from a biblical perspective.

Online Options

 Rosetta Stone (9th -12th Grade)

All foreign language is taught through the Rosetta Stone Curriculum. Students have the opportunity to take virtually any foreign language they choose through this computer based curriculum.  The courses are monitored by a teacher in our Learning Lab.  The following languages can fulfill a two year language requirement for college entrance and scholarship purposes. Foreign language is recommended for all students taking a college prep course of study.

Ignitia (9th -12th Grade)

Ignitia is an internet based online program that offers many alternative elective choices.   Courses are offered online, under a teacher’s direction in the Learning Lab.  For a full listing of courses offered see the High School Course Listing.  (High School Class Listing)

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