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High School Curriculum

Bible

9th grade

Bible 9 – the Gospel of John: This course covers the Gospel of John and related topics.  Students work through the Gospel of John textbook, which covers both issues of history and theology. Furthermore, miscellaneous topics related to Christian ethics and doctrine are also covered.  (1 credit)

10th grade

Bible 10 – Theology: This course covers basic Christian doctrine: From the doctrine of God to the doctrine of last things (eschatology). Multiple sources are used to cover the various topics that are addressed. The Bible itself is utilized to ground the doctrines discussed.  (1 credit)

11th grade

Comparative Religions: This class is a comprehensive study of the 5 major world religions.  Students learn the key doctrine of each religion and how it compares to the doctrine of Christianity. The goal is to better understand our own faith, and be confident in our choice to follow Christ, as well as be better equipped to evangelize to others. (1 credit)

12th grade

Bible 12 – Apologetics: This course covers issues surrounding the defense of the Christian faith. This course does not only cover issues of basic Christian doctrine but also how to defend such doctrines against non-Christian worldviews. Furthermore, students cover arguments for God's existence and how to utilize them in real conversations. Students also cover miscellaneous topics of interest which prove helpful in real conversation with people who may have questions about the Bible. (1 credit)


 

English

9th grade

English (Honors):  This course offers a balanced focus on composition and literature.  Typically, students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph thematic essays and compositions.  The study of literature encompasses various genres as students improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine authors' intent and theme and to recognize the techniques employed by the author to achieve the goal.  (1 credit)

10th grade

American Literature (Honors):  The immense physical and psychological devastation of the Civil War and Reconstruction ushered in a period of radical transformation in American life. These changes found their way into literature in a variety of new forms and through a number of new and exciting voices who offered stunning critiques of American society while simultaneously challenging what it meant to tell a story “realistically.” 10th grade English focuses on American Literature and explores the changing face of American literature. In addition to studying American literature, students develop their grammar and writing skills, which include argumentative essays, persuasive writing, critical lens essay, research papers (both literary and topic related), and S.A.T. vocabulary prep. (1 credit)

11th grade

English Literature (Honors):  Through the voices of a diverse group of authors, thinkers, and prominent political and cultural figures, British Literature surveys the history of the English language from the Old English period through the contemporary writers of today. Through the careful study of poetry, prose, essay, drama, and other literary genres, students refine the skills of critical thinking and rhetoric with thought- provoking writing and research assignments.  (1 credit)

12th grade

World Literature (Honors): The class surveys world literature through 20th-century short stories, novels, speeches, and poetry drawn from a wide variety of languages and cultures. Topics include colonization, cultural identity, alienation, gender roles, family life, and social class. In further examining world literature, students will analyze select works of major writers, relate the literary works and their authors to one another and to their common heritage, discuss how literature has influenced the ideas and images that people hold about class, race, and gender, and apply the conventions of standard written English to the creation of expository discourse that is clear, coherent, sufficiently developed, and stylistically sound through analysis and reflection papers and a final thesis paper.  (1 credit)


 

History

9th grade

Global Studies 9 (Honors):  Through a study of World History, students will gain an understanding of and an appreciation of past civilizations, governments, cultures and religions.  They will compare past history to the present state of both foreign nations and that of the United States.  Through comparison, students will evaluate problems and solutions for present day issues facing peoples of the world. (1 credit)

10th grade

Global Studies 10 (Honors/Regents): Through a study of World History, students will gain an understanding of and an appreciation of past civilizations, governments, cultures and religions.  They will compare past history to the present state of both foreign nations and that of the United States.  Through comparison, students will evaluate problems and solutions for present day issues facing peoples of the world.  Students take the World History Regents at the end of this two year course. (1 credit)

11th grade

American History (Honors/Regents): Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the history of the United States of America from the first Americans to its current importance and position within the world.  Students will examine the importance of various movements, wars, prominent individuals, policies and documents and the impact they had on shaping our nation.  Students will take the American History Regents at the end of this course.  (1 credit)

12th grade

Government/Civics: Students will analyze levels and branches of American government. The course provides students with an overview of the changes and developments of our government along with discussions about current issues. Students also examine the Constitution, political parties, elections, interest groups, mass media, and political behavior. (1/2 credit)

12th grade

Economics: Students survey basic economic topics, including supply and demand and the circular flow of income and products. Case studies are reviewed.  Students will study the comparative economic systems, business, competition, money and banking, and national economics concerns such as productivity, unemployment, and inflation. Students consider personal economic concerns such as budgeting, managing credit, saving, and financial planning. (1/2 credit)


 

Mathematics

9th grade

Algebra I (Honors): This course includes the study of multiple representations of linear and non-linear functions.  It includes concepts for working with rational numbers, various expressions, analyzing and solving linear equations & inequalities, data analysis, probability, statistics, and polynomials.  (1 credit)

10th grade

Geometry (Honors): This course includes the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations. Writing proofs are an integral part of this course.  (1 credit)

11th grade

Algebra II (Honors): This course builds on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, matrices, and concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions.  (1 credit)

12th grade

Pre-Calculus (Honors): This course is a preparation for advanced Calculus courses. It covers topics that include polynomial, rational, and exponential functions, conic sections, and trigonometric concepts. Students learn analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.  (1 credit)


 

Science

9th grade

Earth Science (Honors/Regents): Students will gain an understanding of and appreciation for the sciences in all aspects pertaining to the Earth.  Through an extensive study and synthesis of the various branches of Earth Science, students will explain the question of why Earth is capable of supporting life. Students take the Earth Science Regents at the end of the course.  (1 credit)

10th grade

Biology (Honors/Regents): Students will demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the life sciences, including biology, ecology, zoology, and botany.  Students will explore the structure and life cycles of living things from their basic cellular foundation to their impact on and interaction with their environment and other living things.  Students take the Living Environments Regents at the end of the course. (1 credit)

11th grade

Chemistry (Honors): Students will demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the relationships and interactions between energy and matter.  They will apply and evaluate various methods of problem solving to understand their world through the science of chemistry and will connect the importance of chemistry to all other branches of science.  (1 credit)


 

World Languages

9th grade

Spanish II (Honors): Spanish II begins with a detailed review of Spanish 1 grammar. There is an emphasis on increasing opportunities to use the language through speaking, writing, reading and listening. Students will learn new vocabulary and grammar necessary for more sophisticated readings and more complex dialogues. Students will be engaged in a variety of activities to foster a better understanding of the language and culture. (1 credit)

10th grade

Spanish III (Honors):  Students continue to develop their communicative competence by interacting orally and in writing with other Spanish speakers, understand oral and written messages in Spanish and making oral and written presentations in Spanish.  Students communicate on a variety of topics at a level equivalent with their study, using more complex structures in Spanish and moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  They comprehend the main ideas of the authentic materials that they listen to and read and are able to identify significant details when the topics are familiar.  Students develop the ability to discuss in Spanish topics related to historical and contemporary events and issues. (1 credit)


 

Physical Education

9th-12th grades

The high school Physical Education program entails a variety of physical activities and sports such as units in callisthenic exercises, basketball, volleyball, team handball, and many more. The program enhances students' knowledge on the importance of daily participation in physical activities. It is designed to give students the opportunity to gain personal fitness skills, to be empowered to meet challenges and develop positive behaviors toward fitness.  (0.5 credit each year)


 

Music

 

Music Performance -  Worship Team  9th-12th grades:  Students will develop an understanding of the different roles in worship ministry. The VSCA worship team is responsible for leading their peers in worship during the Friday chapel.  It consists of selecting songs, singing, and/or playing an instrument for chapel. (1 credit per year)


 

Visual Arts

9th – 12th grades: The Visual Arts program at Valley Stream Christian Academy seeks to develop a personal vision and greater depth of understanding of art and its application of the elements and principles of design.  Creative problem solving, critical thinking and a broad range of experiences from a Christian perspective help build the foundation for effective communication through various art media. Studio experiences include drawing, painting, illustration, and sculpture. (1 credit per year)


 

Entrepreneurship

12th grade: Entrepreneurship is based on the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program.  In this course, each student has the opportunity to start and operate his/her own small business.  Students' academic and life skills are enhanced through a hands-on curriculum that reinforces math, reading, and writing.  It also helps to develop skills in critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and decision-making.  The class culminates with student presentations of a business model.  (1 credit)


 

Graphic Design

10th grade:  The class includes creating visual concepts, using computer software to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers.  The students will develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines and corporate reports. This also includes t-shirts, posters and cereal box designs. (1 credit)


 

Health

11th grade: This class will focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and social sides of health.  Students will explore ways to live a healthy life with class discussion, hands on experiments, as well as projects on how to bring an awareness of health to the world around us.  Time will be researching what is currently happening in the topic of Health in our society. (1 credit)


 

Leadership

12th grade: This class will focus on Christian Leadership, specifically on how to develop leadership abilities and strategies. Some of the focuses will be compiling a resume, interview skills, event planning, community outreach, servant leadership, organizing events, public speaking, fundraising, and school outreach, as well as a time for personal growth. This class will sharpen the student to become more effective Christian leaders in our school, church, and community. (1 credit)


 

Psychology

12th grade:  This course is designed around the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for High School Curricula. This class helps students gain an understanding of key principles of psychological science and see applications in the real world. Topics covered include life development, perception, learning, memory, personality, and motivation. (1 credit)


 

College Prep/Missions

11th grade: The College Prep class is given to the eleventh graders to start getting them prepared for college applications and the college selecting process. In the class we are using the program NAVIANCE,  a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post secondary goals and improve student outcomes. Students will be taking multiple surveys that will narrow down career choices that may be at interest to them based on their personality. Students will also have access to over a million scholarships available for application. 

The missions portion of the class is an opportunity for students to learn about missions and get involved with the Latin American Childcare program by fundraising or writing letters to three sponsored children VSCA supports. The LACC works to establish new churches and schools in slum areas of Latin American cities. The gifts of each sponsor would provide a Christian education and things like food, medical care and, in some cases, uniforms for the individual children.


 

Foundations in Personal Finance

12th grade

This class is a financial literacy course that empowers high school students to make sound financial decisions for life.  The curriculum was created by Dave Ramsey, a New York Times best-selling author and the radio host of The Dave Ramsey Show.