(Please note that the courses described below are not necessarily ones offered each year. Some courses rotate on an alternating basis thereby affecting availability each given year.)
Students are required to take Bible every year they attend Covenant Christian School. Bible courses for high school grades focus on the study of history, doctrine, and application of Biblical principles. All high school students come together for a weekly chapel service focusing on worship, prayer, and sharing God’s Word through a variety of speakers and programs.
INTERPRETING GOD’S WORD
- Basic Hermeneutics (1005340; 1/2 credit) is geared to expose students to the Bible as literature and to teach basic rules for accurate Bible interpretation and application. Students will examine the structure and form of Biblical figures of speech, typology, and other Biblical language conventions used by the writers of the Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(History) 2109370; 1/2 credit) is a one semester course designed to familiarize students with the essence and nature of the Christian Church, its inception (beginning with the Book of Acts and a brief study of 1st and 2nd Corinthians), its dynamic development, and its impact upon human events and history.
DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLD AND LIFE VIEW
(Philosophy) (2105340; 1/2 credit) will help students gain a practical understanding of the various world and life views (e.g., cults, secular humanism, eastern religions and philosophies, etc.) vying for their allegiance, as well as develop a personal Biblical apologetic (scriptural reasons) to refute such philosophies and views.
GREAT DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE
(Philosophy) (2105340; 1/2 credit) is a doctrinal course geared to familiarize students with major teachings of the Bible. Students will examine the scriptural basis of these doctrines from a Reformed perspective. It is divided into three fully integrated sections: (a) The world view of Biblical writers, progressive religious thought of Biblical writers tracing salvation history through the course of Biblical history, (b) Reformed Biblical doctrine, cursory survey of Reformed doctrine and the Westminster Shorter Catechism, (c) Christian ethics, the application of Biblical principles and doctrines to practical Christian life and service.
SENIOR SEMINAR - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
(0800330; 1/2 credit) is an exclusively 12th grade course covering several subjects relating to Christian family living and relationships: Ethics, Dating and Sex, Financial Management, Marriage and the Family. This course will include extensive reading, discussion, guest speakers, and aptitude/personality testing.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP 101
(2400300; 1/2 credit) This class is designed to explore Biblical leadership from both a practical and academic perspective. It is the hope of this class to integrate a knowledge of Biblical leadership in the minds and hearts of each student. As such we will explore the foundations of leadership through scripture study, class discussion, projects, books and movies. In addition, the class will use their knowledge of leadership in practical ways through participation, planning and leading in the following areas: PreK helpers, Secondary Chapels, Elementary Christian Growth Week, and service opportunities in and around CCS. The goal of this course is to help each student become more knowledgeable (practically and academically) about biblical leadership and specifically how to live out CCS’s motto of becoming “wise servant-leaders.”
(2105330; 1/2 credit) is designed to give students a "hands-on" look at what it means to be a follower of Christ from the perspective of Mark's gospel. Students engage in group learning activities through a manuscript study of Mark, as well as book discussions focused on key issues on how to grow in your faith. The class involves a lot of daily class participation and interaction with the scriptures.
WORLD RELIGIONS AND APOLOGETICS
(2105310; 1/2 credit) is a course designed to give students a grasp of the major world religions and cults of our day. This includes groups like Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. The second half of the course explores how Christians can effectively communicate the gospel message in our culture today. Group learning, projects and outside-the-classroom activities are features of this course as well.
GRAPHIC DESIGN (0103300, 1/2 credit). The purpose of this course is to enable students to use digital technology to create works of art that reflect knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design. The class will include tutorials for software: Macromedia’s Graphic Software, Fireworks, Freehand, Flash, Elements, PageMaker, and iPhoto. The course also makes available a production and web design component for our school.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (0200310; 1/2 credit). This course covers word processing, spreadsheet analysis, and presentations through Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (This course is subject to availability based on enrollment.)
YEARBOOK I (1006304; 1 credit) is designed to give instruction and hands-on experience in all aspects of yearbook production including the following: planning, managing, advertisements, layout, digital photography, financing, and editing. Students will apply godly principles of doing things "decently and in order" as is glorifying to God. The yearbook is published using Adobe InDesign program.
YEARBOOK II (1006305; 1 credit) is designed to give students continued instruction and hands-on experience in all aspects of yearbook production.
YEARBOOK III (1006306; 1 credit) will continue instruction and hands-on experience in all aspects of yearbook production and provide advanced students opportunities to fill leadership roles such as editor and producer.
JOURNALISM (1006300; 1/2 credit) is designed to introduce students to learning the essential skills of reading, writing, and editing journalistic pieces. This course will focus on ethics in journalism, determing what constitutes "news," interviewing, and exploring the differences between journalistic mediums.
ENGLISH I (1001310; 1 credit) stresses instruction in reading and vocabulary skills. It includes a study in standard grammar as well as literature emphasizing character-building principles, using discussions, which help students read with understanding while sharpening their thinking and writing skills.
ENGLISH II (1001340; 1 credit) includes development of reading and vocabulary skills with an emphasis upon greater maturity in literary appreciation, criticism, and analysis of themes found in World Literature including instruction in speaking and listening, study skills, reference skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Emphasis is placed on writing, applying grammar skills, and vocabulary analogies.
ENGLISH III (1001370; 1 credit) includes development of reading and vocabulary skills necessary for the analysis of themes found in American Literature including instruction in speaking and listening, study skills, reference skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Continued emphasis is placed on writing, applying grammar skills, and vocabulary usage.
ENGLISH IV (1001400; 1 credit) includes development of reading and vocabulary skills necessary for the analysis of themes found in British Literature including instruction in speaking and listening, study skills, reference skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE (1001430; 1 credit) develops students’ awareness and sharpens their skills in effective writing, critical thinking, and critical reading. The emphasis is upon preparing students for more specialized studies in English and American literature, and upon building skills in writing expository prose. The Advanced Placement Examination is taken at the end of the year.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (10014203; 1 credit). This course provides students with an understanding of the semantic, structural, and rhetorical resources of the English language, as they relate to the principles of effective writing. The Advanced Placement Examination is taken at the end of the year.
ART HISTORY HONORS (0100330; 1 credit) Students explore the role of art in history and culture through observation and analysis of significant works of art and architecture from Prehistory through the 16th century. This course incoporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.
DRAMA I, II, AND III (04003103, 0400320, 0400330; 1/2 credit). This course introduces students to the study and practice of theater arts and literature. The content includes an overview of the history of the theater and the fundamentals of theater operations, which include scenery construction, costuming, lighting, makeup, and acting. Instruction is provided in reading and interpretation of dramatic literature, and in the techniques and mechanics of acting, set, costume, and lighting. Students will produce plays or other dramatic presentations at evening performances and Friday chapels.
SPEECH I (1007300; 1/2 credit) stresses the fundamentals of formal and informal oral communication, while teaching students how to choose and perform that which is worthy. It offers the student a basic Biblical study of the types and purposes of speech and oral communication, as well as regular practice and coaching in giving speeches of various sorts. Classical and modern selections allow students to analyze, interpret, and evaluate literature as well as use their speech skills to glorify God and benefit others. Speech I includes a thorough study and practical uses of oral communication as found in the medium of drama. Required class for seniors.
DEBATE I (1007330; 1/2 credit) Students will study the components of formal and informal debate, including common principles of logic and strategies used in debate. In addition to apologetics, the course will emphasize actual debates in defending the Biblical position of various contemporary cultural issues, including abortion, euthanasia, secularism, and others. The formation of a school debate/ forensic team is the long-range goal of this class. Required class for seniors.
COLLEGE AND CAREER RESEARCH (1700380; 1/2 credit). The purpose of this course is to enable students to make informed career choices and develop the skills needed to successfully plan and apply for college or a job. This class is only offered during our summer school program and only for seniors. The class also includes college campus trips, a career project, and a jump start on the college application and scholarship search process.
SPANISH I (0708340; 1 credit) focuses on the basic vocabulary and language structure necessary for communication in written and oral forms, including reading, speaking, and writing. The student will develop communicative skills and cross-cultural understanding. At the end of this course the student will possess sufficient basic vocabulary and structure to comprehend others and to express him/ herself in areas of immediate need. Bible verses are also translated.
SPANISH II (0708350; 1 credit; prerequisite Spanish I) reinforces the skills of Spanish I, and expands grammatical knowledge and speaking and writing skills. Reading, writing and culture receive more attention with communication remaining the primary objective. The course will enable the student to speak, understand, read, and write Spanish in everyday situations with a strong emphasis on sharing the gospel, in preparation for missions.
SPANISH III (0708360 1 credit; prerequisite Spanish II). The purpose of this course is to expand previously acquired skills to include expansion of vocabulary and conversational skills through discussions based on selected readings, acquisition of additional grammatical concepts through analysis of reading selections, and acquisition of contemporary vocabulary relevant to everyday life of Spanish-speaking people.
PRE-ALGEBRA (1200300; 1 credit; placement by testing) is designed as an incremental approach to a review of fractions, decimals, solving simple linear equations, perimeter, area, square roots, and word problems. This course is designed for students who have had previous instruction in Pre-Algebra but whose knowledge and skills are not strong enough for Algebra I.
ALGEBRA I (1200310; 1 credit) is an introductory study of real numbers, covering the study and use of positive and negative numbers involving variables, rational and irrational numbers, factoring, and solving word problems. It introduces linear equations, functions, and the quadratic formula. This course may also be taken in a two-year cycle for an Algebra Ia and Algebra Ib credit.
GEOMETRY (1206310; 1 credit) This course focuses on aspects of Euclidean Geometry such as properties and construction of points, lines, planes, and angles. This study also includes properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons along with proofs of these concepts. Additional topics include inductive reasoning and logic, formulas for three dimensional solids, proportions, and basic trigonometry
ALGEBRA II (1200330; 1 credit) expands concepts covered in Algebra I and geometry and introduces the study of trigonometry. Skills of completing the square, deriving the quadratic formula, and simplification of radical and complex numbers are practiced. Emphasis is given to systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, systems of nonlinear equations, and fundamental word problems.
TRIGONOMETRY (1211300; 1 credit - prerequisite Geometry and Algebra II) expands on the concepts presented in Algebra II and covers geometric concepts, the vocabulary of geometry, paragraph proofs, analytic geometry, and fundamentals of algebra. In depth coverage includes a rigorous treatment of Euclidean geometry, analytic geometry, fundamentals of algebra, as well as trigonometry and logarithms.
PRE-CALCULUS (1202340; 1 credit) This course is intended to provide students a foundation in the mathematical concepts of functions, graphing, complex numbers, logarithmic functions, trigonometry, matrices and analytic geometry including concept integration in real life situations. Concepts are supplemented by use of a graphing calculator. One of the goals of this course is to help build an intuitive foundation for Calculus.
AP CALCULUS AB (1202310; 1 credit) This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to study college level mathematics under the guidelines of the College Board Advanced Placement program. The course content will follow the outline set forth by the College Board for Advanced Placement Calculus AB. The problem sets contain multiple-choice and conceptually oriented problems similar to those found on the AP examination. Whenever possible, students are provided an intuitive introduction to concepts prior to a rigorous examination of them. Proofs are provided for all-important theorems. Numerous applications to physics, chemistry, engineering, and business are treated in both the lessons and the problem sets. Second year of this class may be taken for an AP Calculus BC credit with accompanying AP exam.
AP STATISTICS (1210320; 1 credit) Careful analysis and interpretation of relevant information is a critical skill for students to make sense of all the information they are presented. This course teaches the students the mathematical models, rules, and formulas needed to transform raw data into something meaningful. Students will be instructed to make use of the calculators to enhance the development of statistical understanding through exploring and analyzing data assessing models and performing simulations. AP type problems will be practiced through the year with a concentrated review of statistical concepts using actual released AP problems during the final week before the scheduled AP exam.
CHORUS I - Concert Choir (1303300; 1 credit) will provide students with experiences in vocal production techniques and part singing, enabling them to worship and praise God with the gift of song. Content should include, but not be limited to, choral performance techniques, musical literacy, appreciation and listening. Exposure to secular and classical pieces will broaden their musical knowledge. This course requires auditions as well as after school practices and performances.
CHORUS II (1303310; 1 credit) focuses on the more proficient music students who desire to use their talents for the Lord. The content includes performances in more advanced choral literature, participation in the all-state musicianship exam, and attendance at a seasonal clinic. Attendance at a district festival will assess their progress. Auditions and after school practice are required.
CHORUS III (1303320; 1 credit)
CHORUS IV (1303330; 1 credit)
VOCAL ENSEMBLE (1303440; 1/2 credit) this fine arts credit requires participation in the Friday chapel Praise Team. Practices are usually Tuesday and Friday mornings. The semester credit is earned at the end of the year.
HOPE (3026010; 1 credit) This course, previously separated as Personal Fitness and Life Management, develops and enhances healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices, student health, and fitness. The material covers relationships, abstinence, college and career choices, stress management, substance abuse, money management, and nutrition.
TEAM SPORTS (1503350; 1/2 credit). This course covers advanced offensive, defensive, and transition strategies for team sports, evaluating risks and safety procedures, rules, and equipment, associated with sports activities.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (2003310; 1 credit) provides students with a quantitative investigative study of the introductory concepts of physics and chemistry from a Biblical perspective. The content includes, but is not limited to, motion, forces, electromagnetism, wave phenomena, measurable properties and classification of matter, and interaction of matter. The historical development and the unifying principles of each field are emphasized. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this course.
BIOLOGY (2000310; 1 credit) provides students with general exploratory experiences and activities in the fundamental concepts of life. This course expands and refines the biological concepts introduced in elementary and middle school and presents additional content. This course is a survey of the major areas of biology, including biochemistry, cytology, genetics, taxonomy, botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy. Basic knowledge and terminology are covered, and scientific and laboratory skills are further developed.
CHEMISTRY (2003340; 1 credit - prerequisite Algebra I) provides students with the study of composition, properties, and changes associated with matter. The content shall include, but not be limited to, measurement, classification, and structure of matter, atomic theory, molecules, periodicity, chemical bonding, formula writing, nomenclature, chemical equations, kinetic theory, gas laws, acids and bases, energy relationships, solids, liquids and solutions. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this course.
PHYSICS (29003380; 1 credit - prerequisite Algebra I) provides students with an introductory study of the theories and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and the forces of nature. The content shall include, but not be limited to, mechanics (motions, forces, power and energy), thermodynamics, wave phenomenon (light and sound), magnetism, nuclear (atomic and particle physics), electricity (electrostatics, capacitance, resistance, circuitry). Laboratory activities are an integral part of this course.
MARINE BIOLOGY (2002500; 1 credit) includes an understanding of biological principles and information dealing with several aspects of taxonomy, evolution, ecology, behavior, and physiology of marine organisms. Selected groups of marine organisms are used to develop an understanding of biological principles and processes that are basic to all forms of life in the sea. This class is subject to availability based on enrollment.
AP BIOLOGY (2003405; 1 credit) provides a college level course in biology and prepares the high school student to seek credit and/or appropriate placement in college biology courses. The content includes, but is not limited to, molecular and cellular biology (chemical basis of living systems, cells, enzymes, energy transformations in cells, cell division, genetics), organ biology, and population biology. The Advanced Placement Examination is taken at the end of the course.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (2000350; 1 credit). The purpose of this course is to provide exploratory activities in the structures and functions of the components of the human body, cell function, disease processes, and human inheritance. Lab investigations, including the use of scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety procedures, are an integral part of this course.
(2000380; 1 credit) This course will challenge you to integrate the study of biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and their interactions with an emphasis on Florida flora and fauna. You will be asked to identify common field techniques used by ecologists as well as become aware of local and global environmental issues. During this course we will also examine individual, group, and governmental activities important for protecting natural ecosystems.
(2003370; 1 credit). The purpose of this course is to study the development and application of chemistry principles and concepts. The student will use the scientific method, discuss atomic theory, compare chemical bonding, demonstrate knowledge of nuclear chemistry as well as investigate other chemistry concepts. The AP exam is required at the completion of this course.
AP PHYSICS C MECHANICS
(2003430; 1 credit). The purpose of this course is to provide study in mechanics, classical electricity, and magnetism. Students will analyze the principles of kinematics, describe systems of particles and statics, describe rotational motion, demonstrate knowledge of electrostatics as well as other physics concepts. The AP exam is required at the completion of this course.
GEOGRAPHY (2103300; 1/2 credit) begins with physical geography, emphasizing the wisdom with which God created the earth for man’s use. The focus then turns to political, economic, and cultural geography, revealing God’s direction. Geographic and scriptural principles are applied to each region of the world, serving to broaden the student’s horizons as well as give a missionary vision.
WORLD HISTORY (2109310; 1 credit) surveys the chronological development of civilization from creation to modern times while teaching students to interpret historical events in the light of God’s Word. The student is exposed to the ways that political, social, economic, geographical, scientific, and cultural events have affected human civilization.
AMERICAN HISTORY (2100310; 1 credit) surveys American history from its discovery to the present, emphasizing underlying causes and issues. Students will acquire an understanding of the chronological development of the American people by examining political, economic, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events affecting the rise and growth of our nation, looking at application to twentieth century problems. Religion’s contribution to our heritages is emphasized.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (2106310; 1/2 credit) focuses on understanding the American governmental structure and political behavior at the federal, state, and local level. It examines the principles and mechanics of our constitutional republic while underscoring the responsibilities of Christian citizenship. Areas of emphasis include Biblical and governmental principles, the Constitution, political parties, elections, pressure groups, citizenship, the branches of government, and economics.
ECONOMICS (2102310; 1/2 credit) surveys basic economic principles and explores how these principles work in business firms, financial markets, and government. It also includes a practical analysis of the use of economic principles and managing the finances of a household. Students will study the major characteristics of the economic systems in the U.S. and their role in this system as producers, consumers, savers, investors, resource owners, voters, and taxpayers.
AP AMERICAN HISTORY (2100330, 1 credit). The purpose of this course is to develop the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems, content, and materials of American historic development. This is done by focusing on persistent themes and change in history and by applying historical reasoning to seek solutions to contemporary problems. The Advanced Placement Examination is taken at the end of the course.
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (2109380, 1 credit). This is a college-level survey of modern European history from 1450 to the present. The purpose of this course is to develop the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems, content, and materials of European historic development. This is done by focusing on persistent themes and change in history and by applying historical reasoning to seek solutions to contemporary problems. The Advanced Placement Examination is taken at the end of the course.
AP WORLD HISTORY ( 2109420; 1 credit) This is a one-year survey of world history from prehistoric times to the present, but mostly since 600 BC. This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the national APWH exam in May. There is emphasis on interpreting documents, mastering a large body of factual information, and writing critical essays. The Advanced Placement examination is taken at the end of the course.
CCS SUGGESTED COURSE AGENDA
World History or AP
American History or AP
Physics or AP
Government/Economics or AP
Course selections may vary according to scheduling availability. Upperclassmen have priority when selecting electives.