Secondary Course Descriptions

JUNIOR HIGH

BIBLE

Course:  Gospel Survey
Department:  Bible
Grade Level:  7-8Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  The Gospel survey begins with an investigative approach to the truth about Jesus Christ and His claims to be God.  The foundations of the Christian faith are established through the exploration of historical, archeological, prophetic, and experiential proofs.  The course continues through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Students will study the character of Christ and how His character is manifested through His different experiences.  Students will also research Christ’s teachings and discover how they can be applied to our everyday lives, even in a culture that is hostile to the truth.  In addition to learning of the different miracles Christ performed, students will interact with Christ’s teaching parables and compare them to applicable lessons in our modern day.  Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application.  This course is offered on a rotating basis with Old Testament Survey with emphasis on Genesis.

Course:  Old Testament Survey with emphasis on Genesis
Department:  Bible
Grade Level:  7-8
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  The Old Testament survey course begins with a study of Lee Strobel’s “Case for the Creator.”  Students will dissect scientific theories to evaluate the evidence and determine the truth of evolution versus intelligent design.  Through the following of the evidence, students will begin studying the first book of the Bible, Genesis.  The study of all 50 chapters of Genesis will reveal where God came from, how the Earth was created, the foundation of sin, and God’s promises to His people for redemption and restoration.  The Old Testament journey will continue through the books of Exodus and Judges, where students will learn about God’s expectations and humanity’s rebellion.  Overall, students will explore Biblical law, history, poetry, and prophecy.  Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application. This course is offered on a rotating basis with Gospel Survey.


BUSINESS

Course:  Computer Applications
Department:  Business
Grade Level: 7
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  In this one semester course students will practice and explain safe and appropriate online behavior, personal security guidelines, digital identity, digital etiquette, and acceptable use of technology including understanding the negative impact of inappropriate usage.  Students will define and use current technology terminology appropriately; understand and implement troubleshooting techniques; acquire, analyze and manage information from digital resources; use Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to create a variety of documents for defined tasks; use keyboarding techniques while building speed and accuracy; create and edit files and databases; plan and create media projects.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Course:  7th Grade English
Department:  English Language Arts

Grade Level:  7
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  This course will develop deep critical thinking and evaluation skills through reading fiction and non-fiction text.  Oral and written activities involving novels, along with other short literary works, will aid the students in their mastery of comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making literary and spiritual applications among ideas and between texts with a concentration on textual evidence. The writing process will be taught with emphasis given to text-dependent analysis writing. Various technological programs will encourage the evaluative and synthesis open-ended responses to literary and informational texts. Grammar will be practiced to enhance effective writing.

Course:  8th Grade English
Department:  English Language Arts
Grade Level:  8
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description: This course will concentrate on understanding how to connect non-fiction, short stories, and novels, including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, and The Hiding Place to scripture.  To improve their speaking and listening skills, students will learn to effectively engage in collaborative discussions and analyze information represented in various media formats.  Students will focus on writing genres such as informative/explanatory with an emphasis on argumentative.  Using valid and varied sources to gather important information, students will develop research skills through writing, rewriting, conferencing, revising, editing, and publishing.

FINE ARTS

Course:  Art
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  7 -8
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  The junior high art program is designed to further the skills and techniques acquired in the elementary art program.  Also, this course is designed to challenge the students with higher level creative and critical problem-solving skills. The students will consider career opportunities in art and how the skills they learn in their art education classes may be applied to all areas of life. The students will establish an art portfolio for the purpose of building a body of work throughout their secondary school years.  Emphasis will be placed on individual growth and excellence.

Course:  Band
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  7 -8
Pre-Requisite: None, Elementary band preferred

Description:  Students in band will acquire music literacy (notation, rhythms, meter, scale, symbols and terms such as crescendo and staccato) and the ability to perform independently and in groups musical pieces at an appropriate level of difficulty from varying genres.  Students will demonstrate appropriate concert and stage etiquette as both an active listener and performer during live performances.  Students will develop their talents as a means of providing both personal fulfillment and instrumental praise to their Creator.  Groups will perform at local venues (i.e., Christmas performances) and will be evaluated by judges at contest.

Course:  Choir
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  7 -8
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  Students in choir will learn to read music, sight sing using solfege and Curwen hand signs, and sing with proper posture, breathing and ensemble technique, which includes matching pitch, vowels, tone, dynamics, etc.  Students will sing a variety of choral music in various styles, including modern and classical, as well as using voice as an instrument of praise.  Groups will perform at local venues (i.e., Christmas performances) and will be evaluated by judges at contest.

Course: Theatre Arts
Department: Fine Arts
Grade: 7- 8
Pre-requisite: None

Description:  This course introduces students to various aspects of the theater and drama. It incorporates a variety of dramatic presentations and skills development including:  monologues, dialogues, plays, character development, proper expression, emotion, and memorization of lines. Set design, costume design, stage make-up, blocking, lighting, and audio effects are techniques learned in the development of dramatic presentations. Two major school productions are performed annually.  Selected students may participate in inter-school competition.

MATHEMATICS

Course: 7th grade Mathematics
Department: Mathematics
Grade Level: 7th
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  This course is designed to reinforce math concepts taught throughout elementary and prepare students for pre-algebra.   Elements of geometry are introduced.   The consistency of mathematics is reflected throughout creation and science, thus displaying the character of God.

Course: Pre-Algebra
Department: Mathematics
Grade Level: 7-8
Pre-Requisite: 7th Grade Mathematics or successful testing criteria

Description:  This course sets the stage for Algebra 1, the foundation for all higher mathematics courses.  Specific topics include numbers and Integer operations; scientific notation; algebraic properties; introductory equations and inequalities; prime factoring/ GCF / LCM; decimals, ratios, proportions, unit conversion; algebraic expressions; percentages; introductory functions/relations; introductory statistics; introductory radicals; introductory geometry.  In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.

Course: Algebra I – 1 credit
Department: Mathematics
Grade Level: 8-9
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Algebra

Description: This course is an introductory credit bearing high school course.  Algebra I is the foundation of all higher mathematic courses.  The course focuses on mastery of the following concepts:  Numbers, Basic Set Theory and Real Number Operations; Variables and solving Algebraic Equations; Ratios / Proportions / Unit Conversion; Solving Inequalities; Relations, Functions and their Graphs; Understanding Linear Functions – Lines, Slopes, Graphs; Introductory Linear Systems – e.g. Two equations Two Unknowns; Managing Exponents within Algebraic Equations; Polynomial Operations and Factoring Polynomials; Solving Equations containing Radicals; Solving Quadratic Equations.  In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ATHLETICS

Course: PE / Athletics
Department: Physical Education / Athletics
Grade Level: 7-8
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  In this course students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health.  Students choosing a competition sport (football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, softball, baseball, tennis, golf) will participate in team practice during the season of the sport rather than PE class. Enrollment in athletic conditioning is an expected component of participation in team sports.  Classes/teams are gender specific with the exception of cross country, track, tennis and golf.

SCIENCE

Course: Life Science
Department: Science
Grade: 7
Pre-requisite: None

Description:  This course is an introduction to biology. Primary topics include cells, genetics, plants, animals, and human body. A central focus of the class is the understanding that science can only be taught truthfully and correctly if not separated from God, since He created science. The realization that science is really the study of God’s creation is integral to the course. Students will develop the skills necessary to make sound scientific observations based on a biblical worldview.

Course:  Earth and Space Science – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade: 8
Pre-Requisite:  none

Description:  This course covers all aspects of Earth Science including, but not limited to: earth’s structure, rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes, oceans, weather and meteorology, fossils, and space. Curriculum is taught within a biblical framework and with a young-earth perspective, believing that God created everything in six 24-hour days as Scripture suggests. As we study cave formations, ocean currents, and nebulas, we learn about God through what He has created. This gives us a sense of awe and wonder that helps us glorify Him. The importance of having a biblical worldview in scientific areas will be emphasized. Comparing and contrasting secular and biblical scientific thinking is also important to the course.  Earth and Space is a offered as a credit-bearing high school class.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Course:  Texas History
Department:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  7
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  This one semester course provides a survey of the history of the state of Texas, from early civilizations such as the Native Americans up to present day events. Students will be introduced to and learn the full scope of Texas. This will include units on the natural characteristics of Texas, Native American life and culture, Spanish Colonization, years as Mexican territory, the Revolution and resulting Republic, early statehood, Texas’ involvement in the Civil War and Reconstruction, the discovery of oil, Texas during the Great Depression and World War II, Civil Rights and Segregation and finally any contemporary issues happening in our state. The focus of each of these eras will be on the people, events and issues during the specific time and their impact on the state of Texas.  Biblical principles are applied as events and decisions are examined.

Course:  U.S. History to 1877
Department:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  8
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  This class is an exploration into the birth and development of America with special focus on the geography, economy, government, military, foreign affairs and people who helped to shape the new nation. Units of study include: Colonial America and the events leading to Revolution and Independence from England; United States Constitution and the major debates shaping the young Republic; Westward Expansion and the effects it had on Native Americans the land and other nations; Factors contributing to and impact of early American Industrialization; Causes and Events of the American Civil War; complex issues connected to Reconstruction Era; major concepts of Democracy.  Students will examine the events of history and historical decision making through the lens of Scripture and in the process further develop their own Christian Worldview. History is shown as the evidence of God’s hand at work in humanity.

TECHNOLOGY

Course:  Robotics
Department:  Technology
Grade Level:  7-8
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  Students will gain an understanding of the principles of robotics and use collaboration and creativity in designing and programming robots to meet set criteria.  Through data analysis, students will identify task requirements, plan search strategies, and use robotic concepts to access, analyze, and evaluate information needed to solve technological problems, create solutions and evaluate results.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

BIBLE

Course:  Apologetics – 1 credit
Department:  Bible
Grade Level:  9-10
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:   The course teaches the basics of the Christian faith and shows students how to defend and promote the biblical worldview against many of the detractors in our world today.  The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 to “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”  As ambassadors for Christ, we need to be equipped to share our faith with unbelievers who question so much of what we believe.  These questions about life and faith deserve thoughtful responses that will glorify the Lord.  Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application.  This course is offered on a rotating basis with Reflecting the Character of God.

Course:  Reflecting the Character of God – 1 credit
Department:  Bible
Grade Level:  9-10
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  God has revealed himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. This course will challenge students to move beyond just learning more about God and to really start becoming more like Him. In this course the students will learn from the life of Christ and the early church what it really means to reflect God’s character in their lives each day. Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application.  This course is offered on a rotating basis with Apologetics.

Course:  Faith & Culture – 1 credit
Department:  Bible
Grade Level: 11-12
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  This course examines some of the major cultural issues we face today and better equips the student to engage the culture from a biblical worldview.  In other words, we want to love the people in this world and point them to Christ, but not compromise our faith and values as believers.  We want our students to be better prepared to change the culture rather than be changed by it.  The way this happens is by understanding what God’s word says about the issues we face as a society and then incorporating that truth into our day to day lives. Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application.  This course is offered on a rotating basis with Understanding the Times:  A Survey of Competing Worldviews.

Course:  Understanding the Times:  A Survey of Competing Worldviews – 1 credit
Department:  Bible
Grade Level: 11-12
Pre-Requisite(s):  none

Description:  Understanding the Times is premised upon the idea that the world has an underlying order, that there are even “patterns that extend to life’s big questions,” and that it is “possible to figure out which patterns are good or bad, true or false, just or unjust”  The patterns are presented within the context of the six worldviews that encompass most belief systems: Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism. These worldviews themselves are then examined from the perspective of ten key academic disciplines since this is where we see worldviews in action. Those academic disciplines are theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.  Students will be better prepared to apply Christian truths to each of these disciplines which will help them avoid many of the false narratives trying to be passed off as truth.  Specific Bible passages will be incorporated for memory and application.  This course is offered on a rotating basis with Faith & Culture.

BUSINESS

Course: Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) – .5 credit
Department: Business
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite(s): none

Description:  In this one semester course students learn and apply technical skills to address business and academic applications of emerging technologies, create world-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software.  Responsible digital citizenship and research practices are incorporated within the class

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Course: English I / PAP English I – 1 credit
Department: English
Grade Level: 9
Pre-Requisite(s): none

Description: English I is a course where students learn literature, including works from various countries and authors, poetry, and short stories. Students will learn to evaluate literature based on literary elements, such as character development, alliteration, symbolism, foreshadowing, and many other literary devices authors use to tell their stories, as well as Biblical principles displayed and/or violated within a work by the characters. Students will evaluate several works according to assigned criteria that will lead them to a deeper understanding of each work read, with a special emphasis on viewing literature through the lens of scripture. Differentiation between standard and PAP English I will be seen in assigned literature selections (outside reading), writing criteria, vocabulary, preparation for future AP testing or dual credit courses, and grading expectation.  Premium grade points are awarded for PAP English I.

Course: English II, English II PAP – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade: 10
Pre-requisite: English I

Description:  Analytical and active reading are a large part of this course for sophomore students. These students explore and evaluate different styles of literature. Typical reading selections might include The Iliad, The Inferno, and Romeo and Juliet. In addition, the class focuses heavily on the skills required to successfully communicate in writing. Students finish the course with an understanding of world literature, improved writing skills, and an ability to apply global ideas to a Christian existence.  Differentiation between standard and PAP English II will be seen in assigned literature selections, writing criteria, vocabulary, and grading expectation.  Premium grade points are awarded for PAP English II.

NOTE: English 1301/1302 and English 2322 and 2323 are options for 11th/12th grade FBCA students in place of English III and English IV when taken at San Jacinto College – Central Campus as a face to face class taught at 7:00 -8:30 in the fall and spring semesters.  This option is not offered as an online or summer course.

Course: English III – American Literature and Composition – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade: 11
Pre-requisite: English II

Description:  Students in their junior year grade will investigate and survey different styles of literature throughout American history, beginning with early American settlers. Examples of literary selections include: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’, The Scarlet Letter, The Poisonwood Bible, “Rip Van Winkle”, “O Captain, My Captain”.  The class concentrates on skills required to successfully communicate in analytical writing.   Students receive instruction and assignments designed to create active learners and intelligent thinkers, not only gaining information, but interpreting the world around them through a Biblical lens.  Attention is given to preparation for college entrance exams.  Vocabulary, research, essay writing, and project presentation are integral to the course with the goal of developing effective communicators.

Course: English IV – British Literature – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade: 12
Pre-requisite: English III

Description:  This course will cover British Literature throughout time and genre. Students will study Beowulf, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, poetry, short stories, and works by other famous British authors like HG Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, and culminating with CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Students will hone their writing skills, learning to write within any genre’s expectations. They will write a new ending to a short story, write essays that evaluate various aspects of each piece of literature studied throughout the school year, and write book studies of various authors and genres of literature, including fiction and non-fiction, evaluating character development, literary devices, Biblical application, and literary value for each book, short story, or poem they read. Students will learn research techniques and how to use Turabian style as well as MLA. In addition, students will learn college study skills and time management methods.

Course: AP English Literature and Composition – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade: 11, 12
Pre-requisite: English II

Description:  Using the British Literature course as a basis, this course will prepare students to take the AP test. Students will learn the vocabulary they will find on the AP test, learn the terminology specific to the AP test, be taught to write essays that will receive a high scores on the AP test, and be taught how to answer the multiple choice section of the AP test successfully. Students will take four practice tests to prepare for the AP test. This course will also cover British Literature throughout time and genre. Students will study Beowulf, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, poetry, short stories, and works by other famous British authors like HG Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, and culminating with CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Students will write essays that evaluate various aspects of each piece of literature studied throughout the school year, and write book studies of various authors and genres of literature, including fiction and non-fiction, evaluating character development, literary devices, Biblical application, and literary value for each book, short story, or poem they read in a way that will help them on the AP test. Students will learn research techniques and how to use Turabian style as well as MLA.

Course: Journalism I – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite(s): none

Description: This course is designed to teach students the foundation of a free press, the first amendment, the ethics of journalism, writing for a newspaper, including news, features, sports, and opinion. Students will participate in newspaper publication from the interview stage to the layout stage. This course also provides students with layout, photography, and design tools necessary to produce a yearbook. Special attention will be paid to a student’s obligation before God to be honest and truthful and to always write and act with integrity.

Course: Journalism 2-4 – 1 credit
Department: English Language Arts
Grade Level: 10-12
Pre-Requisite(s): Journalism I

Description: This course takes the skills learned in Journalism I and uses that knowledge in staff leadership positions. These editors organize and oversee all aspects of the newspaper by assigning stories and photographs and laying out the paper. Editors also oversee the yearbook production from theme development to planning, to cover design, to page layouts, editing, and photography. Journalism 2-4 students are eligible for consideration for induction into Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. Special attention will be paid to a student’s obligation before God to be honest and truthful and to always write and act with integrity.

Course: English as a Second Language
Department: English Language Arts
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite(s): None

Description:  English as a Second Language is designed to assist international students who are still developing English proficiency.  The course uses topics common to other FBCA courses (primarily Bible) to develop vocabulary, writing skills, and proper grammar usage.  Students work in groups and individually.  Time is devoted to improving oral presentation, reading for content, and peer editing.  Course is offered only when sufficient number of students would benefit.

FINE ARTS

Course:  Art I – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Art I is a two-semester course that introduces students to the fundamentals of art and design.  Throughout the year students will explore the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.  They will be presented with a variety of lessons which will provide opportunities to build skills, investigate techniques, and explore a variety of art media.  Critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity encourages students to build a solid foundation in and appreciation of the visual arts.  Emphasis will be placed on individual growth and excellence.

Course:  Art II – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: Art I

Description:  Art II is a two-semester course that extends students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of art and design.  Throughout the year students will be presented with a variety of lessons which will provide opportunities to build skills, investigate techniques, and explore a variety of art media.  Critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity encourage students to build a solid foundation in and appreciation of the visual arts.  Emphasis will be placed on individual growth and excellence.

Course:  Art III – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: Art II

Description:  Art III is designed to offer students opportunities in advanced art techniques in all available media. Students will be given opportunities to explore creative solutions to a variety of art problems as well as explore a specific subject in creative ways.   Students will build a portfolio of work which will help them develop expertise in specific art media and reinforce their skills of personal expression.  The portfolio could also be used for entrance requirements to art schools and universities.  Emphasis will be placed on individual growth and excellence.

Course:  Art IV – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: Art III

Description:  Art IV is designed to offer students opportunities in advanced art techniques in all available media. Students will be given opportunities to explore creative solutions to a variety of art problems as well as explore a specific subject in creative ways.   Students will build a portfolio of work which will help them develop expertise in specific art media and reinforce their skills of personal expression.  The portfolio could also be used for entrance requirements to art schools and universities.  Emphasis will be placed on individual growth and excellence.

Course:  Band – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: Junior High Band or ability to play a band instrument

Description: Students in high school band will extend their music literacy (notation, rhythms, meter, scale, symbols and terms such as crescendo and staccato) and ability to perform independently and in groups musical pieces at an appropriate level of difficulty from varying genres.  Students will demonstrate appropriate concert and stage etiquette as both an active listener and performer during live performances.  Students will develop

their talents as a means of providing both personal fulfillment and instrumental praise to their Creator.  Groups will perform at local venues (i.e., Christmas performances) and will be evaluated by judges at contest.

Course:  Choir – 1 credit
Department:  Fine Arts
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Students in choir will learn to read music, sight sing using solfege and Curwen hand signs, and sing with proper posture, breathing and ensemble technique, which includes matching pitch, vowels, tone, dynamics, etc.  Students will sing a variety of choral music in various styles, including modern and classical, as well as using voice as an instrument of praise.  Groups will perform at local venues (i.e., Christmas performances) and will be evaluated by judges at contest.

Course: Theatre – 1 credit
Department: Fine Arts
Grade: 9-12
Pre-requisite: None

Description:  This course introduces students to various aspects of the theater and drama. It incorporates a variety of dramatic presentations and skills development including monologues, dialogues, plays, character development, proper expression, emotion, and memorization of lines. Set design, costume design, stage make-up, blocking, lighting, and audio effects are techniques learned in the development of dramatic presentations. Two major school productions are performed annually.  Selected students may participate in inter-school competition.

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Course: Spanish I – 1 credit
Department: Languages other than English
Grade level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  Spanish I is an introductory level course intended for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish language. The student will develop the ability to understand short words when listening and respond verbally or in writing, using words, phrases, and sentences. The student will be able to detect main ideas when listening and reading, make lists, copy accurately, and write from dictation. This course also covers different aspects of the Latin American culture.  The course is designed to open doors of communication for the sharing of the gospel of Christ to non-English speakers.

Course: Spanish II – 1 credit
Department: Languages other than English
Grade level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: Spanish I

Description:  This course is intended for students with a basic knowledge of Spanish language. The student will continue developing the ability to understand short words when listening and respond verbally or in writing, using words, phrases, and sentences. The student will be able to detect main ideas when listening and reading, make lists, copy accurately, and write from dictation. This course will also cover different aspects of the Latin American culture.  The course is designed to open doors of communication for the sharing of the gospel of Christ to non-English speakers.

MATHEMATICS

Course: Algebra I – 1 credit
Department: Mathematics
Grade Level: 8-9
Pre-Requisite: Pre-Algebra

Description: This course is an introductory credit bearing high school course.  Algebra I is the foundation of all higher mathematic courses.  The course focuses on mastery of the following concepts:  Numbers, Basic Set Theory and Real Number Operations; Variables and solving Algebraic Equations; Ratios / Proportions / Unit Conversion; Solving Inequalities; Relations, Functions and their Graphs; Understanding Linear Functions – Lines, Slopes, Graphs; Introductory Linear Systems – e.g. Two equations Two Unknowns; Managing Exponents within Algebraic Equations; Polynomial Operations and Factoring Polynomials; Solving Equations containing Radicals; Solving Quadratic Equations.  In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.

Course:  Geometry – 1 credit
Department:  Mathematics
Grade Level:  10th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I

Description:  Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system.  Emphasis is placed on the description and use of inductive, deductive, and intuitive reasoning skills.  Powers of abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and logical reasoning patterns are improved through this course.  Points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures are among the structures studied.  The focus is on comparisons between these figures concerning surface areas, volumes, congruency, similarity, transformations, and coordinate Geometry.  Algebra I skills are use throughout the course.  A scientific calculator is needed.  Geometry provides the opportunity to view Creation through the variety of formations used by God.

Course:  Math Models – 1 credit
Department:  Mathematics
Grade Level:  11th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I, Geometry

Description: Math Models is designed to enable students who struggle with high school mathematics to build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I and extend their learning of Algebra and Geometry.    This mathematics course provides a path for students to succeed in Algebra II.  In order to count for high school credit, the course must be taken prior to Algebra II.

Course:  Algebra II – 1 credit
Department:  Mathematics
Grade Level:  10th, 11th, or 12th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I, Geometry

Description:  This course is designed to build on skills introduced in Algebra I and Geometry.  It will introduce and develop advanced algebra skills such as basic algebra, linear relations, transformations of parent functions, system of equations, matrices, quadratic equations, complex numbers, polynomial functions, radicals, exponents, inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and rational expressions and equations.  In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed. Students who earn credit in Algebra II should take Pre-Calculus, Honor’s Pre-Calculus, or College Algebra next.

Course:  College Algebra – 1 credit (MATH 1314)
Department:  Mathematics
Grade level:  12th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

Description:  This course is a study of different types of functions, such as polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic, and exploring the applications for these functions.  Other topics include system of equations, matrices, sequences and series, probability and conics.   In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.  The fall semester of the course will be stress critical concepts necessary for the first half of the course.  Students will then enroll in MATH 1314 at SJC for the spring semester and continue the course with an FBCA math instructor facilitating the course and serving as a  tutor.  Students who successfully earn credit in this course will have earned three hours college credit.  Option:  Students who wish to enroll in MATH 1314 in the fall may take the course as a one-semester  online course, but will not have the advantage of an FBCA math teacher.

Course:  Pre-Calculus – 1 credit
Department:  Mathematics
Grade Level:  11th or 12th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

Description:  This course is designed to build on skills introduced in Algebra II such as polynomials, functions, inverse functions, equations, conic sections, and complex numbers.  Trigonometry topics will be introduced and developed, such as the unit circle, graphing trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations.  Other topics introduced are polar graphs, vectors, sequences and series. Differentiation between standard and Honors Pre-Calculus is seen in pace, depth of instruction and incorporation of additional units.   Premium grade points are awarded for Honors Pre-Calculus. In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.  Students who earn credit in Pre-Calculus should take Calculus or College Algebra next.

Course:  Calculus – Dual Credit – 1 credit
Department:  Mathematics
Grade level:  12th
Pre-Requisites:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus

Description:  Calculus AB is the equivalent to the first semester of college calculus.  Students may choose to take this course as a dual credit class, or for high school credit only.  Topics introduced and developed are limits, differential equations, integration, logarithmic functions, exponential and other transcendental functions, differential equations, and applications of integration.  Calculus focuses on representing concepts graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.  In this course, as in all of mathematics, the order that God has established in our lives and universe is displayed.  Students who complete this course are eligible for 4 college credits from Colorado Christian University. Premium grade points are awarded for this course.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION / ATHLETICS

Course: Strength Training / Athletic Conditioning – .5 credit per semester
Department: Physical Education / Athletics
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  In Strength Training students engage targeted muscle groups in sequenced exercise patterns to enhance core strength, muscle mass and fluidity and general health benefits.  Training may be geared to specific sports activities.  Student athletes may participate in the course as a part of the athletic conditioning associated with their sport.  In such case, no additional credit is offered beyond the .5 credit given for an in-season sport.

Course: Athletics- .5 credit per in-season sport
Department: Physical Education / Athletics
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  Students choosing a competition sport (football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, softball, baseball, tennis, golf) will participate in team practice/competition during the season of the sport after school.  Classes/teams are gender specific with the exception of cross country, track, tennis and golf.  Enrollment in athletic conditioning is an expected component of participation in team sports.

SCIENCE

Course:  Earth and Space Science – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade: 8 (available to freshman/sophomore students who were not enrolled at FBCA in Grade 8)
Pre-Requisite:  none

Description:  This course covers all aspects of Earth Science including, but not limited to: earth’s structure, rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes, oceans, weather and meteorology, fossils, and space. Curriculum is taught within a biblical framework and with a young-earth perspective, believing that God created everything in six 24-hour days as Scripture suggests. As we study cave formations, ocean currents, and nebulas, we learn about God through what He has created. This gives us a sense of awe and wonder that helps us glorify Him. The importance of having a biblical worldview in scientific areas will be emphasized. Comparing and contrasting secular and biblical scientific thinking is also important to the course.  Earth and Space is a offered as a credit-bearing high school class.

Course: Biology – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade Level: 9 or 10
Pre-Requisite(s): None

Description: The lecture and laboratories provide instruction of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including Scientific Inquiry and Research Methods; the Chemistry of Life including macromolecules; Cell Structure/Function; DNA Replication; Cell Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetic Patterns of Inheritance; survey of life including Bacteria, Viruses, fungi, Protists, Invertebrate zoology, Vertebrate zoology, and Ecology. This course introduces the student to biological life on the planet.

Course:  IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) – 1 credit
Department:  Science
Grade(s):  9 or 10
Pre-Requisite:  Algebra 1 (completed or concurrent)

Description:  This introductory course integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in topics such as: atomic structure, properties of matter, classification of matter, solution chemistry, atomic bonding, motion, force, energy, and waves. The use of technology and laboratory investigations is a primary focus in instruction. Student investigations will emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the lab. IPC must be completed prior to Chemistry and Physics to count as Science credit.

Course:  Chemistry – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade Level: 10
Pre-Requisite(s):  Geometry (may be concurrent), Biology

Description:  Chemistry is designed to provide students the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.  Chemistry is presented as an opportunity to examine the building blocks of God’s creation.

Course:  AP Chemistry – 1 credit
Department:  Science
Grade Level:  10 – 11
Pre-Requisite(s):  Algebra II (may be concurrent)

Description:  AP Chemistry is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a one-year general chemistry college course. AP Chemistry includes those topics regularly covered in a typical general chemistry college course, and differ from the usual first high school course in chemistry in respect to the textbook(s) used, the depth of topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the time and effort required of students to achieve mastery of concepts.  Chemistry is presented as an opportunity to examine the building blocks of God’s creation.  Premium grade points are awarded for this course.  It may be taken in place of Chemistry, but credit cannot be earned in AP Chemistry in addition to credit in standard Chemistry.

Course: Dual Credit Biology/Molecular Biology
Department: Science
Grade Level: High School (11-12th)
Pre-Requisite(s): Biology and Chemistry

Description: Fall – This college level course is designed to provide the student with a deeper look at biological life on the planet. This course offers up to 7 hours of college credit through Colorado Christian University and will satisfy the university biology requirement for non-majors. The lecture and laboratories provide instruction of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including Scientific Inquiry and Research Methods; the Chemistry of Life including macromolecules; Cell Structure/Function; DNA Replication; Cell Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetic Patterns of Inheritance; the Flow of Genetic Information including Transcription and Translation; Regulation of Gene Expression; and Genetic Biotechnology in Medicine and Industry. Spring – This lecture course provides instruction of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including Creation and Evolution; Cell Respiration; Photosynthesis; Bacteria; Viruses; Protists; Fungi; Ecology including Population Ecology and Ecosystems; Overview of Nonvascular and Vascular Plants; Invertebrate and Vertebrate Taxonomy; Human Body Systems Overview.

Course: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Dual Credit available) – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade Level: High School (11-12th)
Pre-Requisite(s):  Biology and Chemistry

Description: This college level Anatomy and Physiology course is designed to provide the student with a deeper look at human systems. This course offers 8 hours of college credit through Colorado Christian University.  Lectures and labs for the Fall semester provides instruction of biological principles with an emphasis on Body Organization including Anatomical Planes, Body Cavities/Linings, and Form and Function; Cell Metabolism, Organization, and Movement in and out of Cells; Levels of Tissue Organization; the Integumentary System; the Skeletal System; the Muscular System; the Nervous System; and the Endocrine System. In addition, the Spring semester provides instruction of biological principles with an emphasis on Blood and Blood Components; the Cardiovascular System; the Lymphatic and Immune System; the Digestive System; Nutrition and Metabolism; the Respiratory System; the Urinary System; Water and Electrolytes; and the Reproductive System. Dissections are performed in this course.

Course:  Environmental Systems – 1 credit
Department:  Science
Grade Level:  11- 12
Pre-Requisite(s):  Geometry, Algebra I, Biology, and Chemistry

Description:  Environmental Systems is designed to introduce students to the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science; analyze the relationship between humans and the natural environment; discover how ecological realities and the material desires of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution.  Environmental Systems will cover the following topics: Biodiversity, Sustainability, Ecosystems, Human Population Dynamics, Natural Resources, Pollution, Environmental Quality, Global Changes, and Environment and Society. In Environmental Systems students explore the implications of the Dominion Mandate of Genesis 1.

Course:  Physics – 1 credit
Department:  Science
Grade Level:  11 – 12
Pre-Requisite(s): Geometry, Algebra II (may be concurrent), Biology

Description:  Physics is designed to introduce students to the laws of physics, the experimental skills, including the mathematical aspect of problem-solving, required in physics and to the social and historical aspect of physics as an evolving body of human knowledge about nature.  Students will study concepts involving measurement, mechanics, waves and sound, magnetism, and momentum and energy. Physics illustrates the rationality of the universe and the ability of man to discern and apply the mathematical structure placed in the universe by the Creator.

Course:  AP Physics – 1 credit
Department: Science
Grade Level:  11 – 12
Pre-Requisite(s):  Geometry, Algebra II

Description:  AP Physics is an algebra-based, introductory college level physics course.  Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as rotational motion, work, energy, and power, mechanical waves and sound, and introductory simple circuits. AP Physics is presented as an example of the rationality of the universe and the ability of man to discern and apply the mathematical structure placed in the universe by the Creator.   Premium grade points are awarded for this course.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Course: World Geography – 1 credit
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9
Pre-Requisite(s): none

Description: This course is designed to teach students the importance of geographic and cultural location in understanding our world. Students will learn that location and culture can affect evangelism methods, language, family bonds, food, customs, and financial systems. Students will also develop an understanding of where they are in the world in comparison to other people and cultures, developing an appreciation for where they were born. Maps will be an integral part of this course, but students will also experience speakers and food from other countries, as well.

Course: World History – 1 credit
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 10
Pre-Requisite(s): none

Description:  World History is a course for sophomores concerning the nations and peoples of the world.  Included with the history and geography are cultural development, political and economic systems and social structures.  The student will be challenged to think critically about international relations, human commonalities and differences and their impact on present day cultures and situations and the student’s own life.  The course is taught from the perspective of God as the primary Worker of history. Events and societal beliefs are discussed with an eye to their connections to God and His purposes.

Course:  United States History – 1 credit
Department:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  11

Description:  United States History since 1877, is the second part of a required two-year study beginning in Grade 8.   The course reviews the founding documents of the U.S. government: framework for its heritage. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies, and reform movements, including civil rights. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and eras and analyze their causes and effects. Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process.  Students will examine the events of history and historical decision making through the lens of Scripture and in the process further develop their own Christian Worldview. History is shown as the evidence of God’s hand at work in humanity.

Course: United States History 205 – Dual Credit – .5 credits
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 11
Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This one semester course is a university-level survey course from 1491 – 1877 and spans from Pre-Columbian America to the end of Reconstruction. In addition to basic historical facts, the course develops historical thinking skills such as causation, comparison, change and continuity over time, and periodization using primary sources. Topics include Columbian exchange, early colonization, American Revolution, the early republic, Jefferson’s America, the expansion of democracy, territorial expansion, sectional conflict, the Civil War and Reconstruction and incorporates cultural, economic, political, religious, and ideological topics. Special consideration is given to the role of faith in America. Students who complete this course are eligible for 3 college credits from Colorado Christian University. Premium grade points are awarded for this course.

Course: United States History 206 – Dual Credit – .5 credits
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 11
Pre-Requisite: United States History 205

Description: This one semester course is a university-level survey course from 1865 – present and spans from Gilded Age America to the present. In addition to basic historical facts, the course develops historical thinking skills such as causation, comparison, change and continuity over time, and periodization using primary sources. Topics include the Gilded Age, western expansion, imperialism, progressive era, World Wars, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, counter-cultural movements, the Vietnam War, the stagnant 70s, conservative resurgence, the technology and information age, and the rise of global terror and incorporates cultural, economic, political, religious, and ideological topics. Special consideration is given to the role of faith in America. Students who complete this course are eligible for 3 college credits from Colorado Christian University. Premium grade points are awarded for this course.

Course: U.S. Government – 1 semester – .5 credits
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course is a survey of United States government. It covers topics such as the purpose of government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, the relationships between the national, state, and local governments, political systems, foreign policy, and elections. In addition to course readings and classroom activities, students engage in projects such as visiting a local government body (i.e. city council meeting) and simulate either the legislative process or argue an appellate case. Students are encouraged to participate in civic society by praying for elected officials, following/supporting candidates of their choice, running for office, communicating with elected officials. Students are encouraged to consider and analyze different points of view on a variety of topics through the lens of a Biblical worldview.

Course: Economics – 1 semester – .5 credits
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Economics is an introductory survey of micro and macroeconomics with significant time spent on personal finance. Topics include the tension between scarcity and insatiability, supply and demand, economic models, economic systems, forms of business ownership, the stock market, property rights and responsibilities, unintended consequences, market systems, economic indicators, the role of government in the economy, currency and banking. Students engage in a Stock Market simulation over 10 weeks and a budget simulation lasting 8 weeks. Students learn the importance of a budget, paying bills on time, and tracking expenses and income, and savings. Students are encouraged to view wealth from a Biblical worldview.

Course: Advanced Academic Topics – 1 credit
Department: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: Self-motived and a self-starter, eager to learn and be challenged

Description:  AAT students strive to attain several goals, such as strong communication skills, research skills, strong work-ethic, perseverance, and confidence, through academic competitions and exposure to world-class speakers. The main goal is to develop the skills and talents that God has given in order to make Him known and to equip students to fulfill His purpose and calling in each one. Some of the academic competitions AAT students engage in are YMCA Texas Youth and Government mock trial, World Affairs Council’s Academic WorldQuest, National History Day program, and YMCA Model United Nations, and Citizen Bee. The course is graded based on points achieved for projects/competitions and the level of success students attain in competitions. Students are ranked based on their total points at the end of the school year. Students are required to have business professional attire for competitions. Entry fees for competitions range from $600-1500 for the year. Students receive honors credit and premium grade points for this course the first two years.

Course:  Personal Finance – one semester – .5 credit
Department:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  9-12
Pre-Requisite:  None

Description:  Personal Foundations is an interactive course combining video presentations from Dave Ramsey and his team of experts, on-site teacher, and student activities designed to educate and reinforce sound principles of managing money.  Units of study include:  Saving & Budgeting; Credit & Debt; Financial Planning and Insurance; and Income, Taxes and Giving.  Students are encouraged to view wealth from a Biblical worldview.

TECHNOLOGY

Course: Introduction to Computer Science – 1 credit
Department: Technology
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  This online interactive introductory course for students brand new to programming teaches the foundations of computer science using the Python language.  While preparing students for AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, it teaches students how to think computationally and solve complex problems, skills that are important for every student.  Units include:  Beginning in Computer Science, Number Calculations and Data, Making Decision, Repetition with Loops, Graphics, For Loops, Text and String Processing, Subprograms, Arrays, 2-D Arrays, and Internet.

Course: AP Computer Science A – 1 credit
Department: Technology
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1 required; Algebra 2 recommended. Introduction to Computer Science recommended for those with no programing experience.

Description:  In this online course students will learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society, including art, media, and engineering.  The course, offered by Edhesive, teaches fundamental programing topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and ethical and social implications of computing.    AP Computer Science A teaches object-oriented programming using the Java language and is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester, college-level course in computer science.  It will emphasize problem solving and algorithm development, and use hands-on experiences and examples so that students can apply programming tools and solve complex problems.  This course will prepare students for the end-of-course AP Exam.

Course: AP Computer Science Principles – 1 credit
Department: Technology
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1 required; Algebra 2 recommended. Introduction to Computer Science recommended for those with no programing experience.

Description:  This online course consists of seven units, carefully structured to guide notice students through the study of computational technology.  Each unit is sequenced to first establish a context for course material, then teaching the core skills for creating and using computational tools, followed by demonstrating real-world applications of digital technology, and finally allowing students to exhibit skills they have developed.  The course, offered by Edhesive, was developed in partnership with the University of Texas and introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity, and how computing impacts our world.  The course will prepare students for the end-of-course AP exam.

Course: Robotics – 1 credit
Department: Technology
Grade Level: 9-12
Pre-Requisite: None

Description:  Students will gain an understanding of the principles of robotics and use collaboration and creativity in designing and programming robots to meet set criteria.  Through data analysis, students will identify task requirements, plan search strategies, and use robotic concepts to access, analyze, and evaluate information needed to solve technological problems, create solutions and evaluate results.

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES

Various online dual credit courses may be taken with principal’s approval as elective courses, but may not substitute for core requirements.  For example, a student may choose to take GOVT 2306 Texas Government for dual credit, but may not substitute GOVT 2305 Federal Government for the FBCA senior level government course.  Interested students with room in their schedules may enroll in courses such as GOVT 2305 as an Early College High School course in addition to FBCA senior level government.  The ECHS course will not appear on the high school transcript.  A list of generally approved online dual credit courses is found below. Contact secondary office for details regarding dual credit enrollment.

ARTS 1301 – Art Appreciation  MUSI 1303 – Fundamentals of Music

ARTS 1303 – Art History I  MUSI 1306 – Music Appreciation

ARTS 1304 – Art History II  MUSI 1310 – American Music

DRAM 2366 – Film Appreciation  PHIL 1301 – Intro to Philosophy

ECON 2301 –  Macroeconomics  PSYC 2301 – Gen Psychology

ENGL 2311 – Technical Writing  SOCI 1301 – Intro to Sociology

GOVT 2306 – Texas Government  SPCH 1311 – Intro to Speech Communication

HIST 1301 – US History I  SPCH 1315 – Public Speaking

MATH 1314 – College Algebra  SPCH 1318 – Interpersonal Communication

MATH 1342 – Elem. Statistics  SPCH 1321 – Business & Professional Speech