High School Curriculum
The goal of the English Department is the study of language and communication to glorify and respond to God, and to discern and respond to the literary world at large. This focus is applicable to all areas related to English as traditionally understood: speech, drama, poetry, prose, study of novel, and literary interpretation. God gave us the gifts of insight and communication, and we are expected to use and enjoy them carefully, creatively, and constructively for the furtherance of His kingdom and glory.
By studying the writers that have shaped and articulated the ideas that are a part of a Christian heritage, we will better understand where we have been as a western people and where we are going. Good literature, however, is more than a cultural artifact, influenced by and influencing history; it is a record of each author’s attempt to articulate universal truth. Because it tries to convey timeless truth, it is our challenge to compare or contrast it to the truth of God’s inspired word, the Bible. Each author reaches through time to reach us, and we are called to respond.
World-views in American Literature—Required
World-views in British Literature—Required
Encounters: A Christian Response to World Literature—Required
Writing – Elective
Mathematics helps us see the order and beauty of God’s creation and thus of God Himself. Therefore, mathematics derives its purpose, meaning, and value from God. Mathematics does not exist in isolation, but rather has clear connections with all aspects of God’s creation. Teachers use teaching methods that actively engage students’ minds and bodies, and discuss in their classes how the surrounding cultures view mathematics and how a Christian perspective differs. Teachers foster an attitude of appreciation for mathematics as a gift from God.
The mathematics curriculum at Sheboygan Christian High School ranges from Algebra I to Calculus. Students are required to complete three years of mathematics, with a minimum requirement of completing Algebra I, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra (Algebra II). College-bound students are encouraged to complete Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry. Students interested in fields such as the sciences, mathematics and engineering are encouraged to take PreCalculus and Calculus.
Students are also given the opportunity to test their math problem solving skills competitively at the annual math meet at Lakeland University.
Science is the systematic study of God’s creation. To accomplish this SCS uses a balanced approach of instruction, demonstration, observation, inquiry, and hands on learning.
SUMMARY OF CONTENT
Sophomore: Introduction to Chemistry and Physics
Junior and Senior Electives: Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science
The study of the Bible, God’s Word to us, should encompass head, hands, and hearts. Focus is on growth in the knowledge of God’s word- the facts of the Bible. In addition, students are challenged with engaging in an appropriate response. The knowledge that we gain informs our actions so that the Word is put into practice in all its many faceted applications. FInally, the ultimate goal in any study of the Bible is that it changes our hearts- hearts that know, serve and love God.
OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES
Focus is on a thematic overview of the Old Testament. Students will be encouraged to grow in their spiritual walk with God as they study God’s earliest plans and dealings with his people. Creation, the fall into sin, God’s covenant, Israel’s disobedience, wisdom literature, and the books of the prophets form the core of this course.
NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES
Continues the thematic survey of the Bible begun in Old Testament Studies. This course focuses on the New Testament, particularly the person and works of Jesus as he lived on the earth, died, and ascended to power and glory at God’s right hand. Also included are the intertestamental period, the beginnings and spread of the New Testament church, Paul’s journeys, the epistles, and finally Revelation.
DOCTRINE AND ETHICS
Consists of two distinct but related areas of study: biblical doctrine and ethics. The Bible is the main text and forms the basis for our answers (as well as questions). This course is “hands on” and is designed to confront the student with personal faith questions: What do I believe? Why do I believe what I believe? What specifically does the Bible say about this or that attitude or activity? What is my moral responsibility as a Christian in the world? This course is offered alternating years.
Covers a broad range of topics from VanTilian presuppositionalism to New Age influence on society. All topics, however, fall under one theme: defending the faith. In order to defend the faith we have to know our own belief structure, worldview, and presuppositions at the outset. We must also know what scripture says about the specifics of others’ belief structures. Finally, we must know how to specifically defend the faith to many different worldviews and religions. As I Peter 3:15 commands: “…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
Social Studies Department
The Social Studies curriculum at Sheboygan Christian High School is structured to help students understand who we are, and to help us understand our relationship with God, our fellow man, and the world at large. We recognize that man is created in the image of God, but because of Adam’s fall into sin all men are sinful in nature. Because of sin, our relationship with God, the world, and each other is distorted.
- It is the goal of the social studies department to help students gain a better understanding of who God is and to develop a relationship with Him.
- It is the goal of the social studies department to assist students in developing a better understanding of their fellow human beings and their Christian duty towards their fellow human beings in the past and the present world.
- It is the goal of the social studies department to assist students in gaining a better understanding of the world around them and to make them aware of their Christian responsibility to the world in which we live.
- It is the goal of the social studies department help students deepen their understanding of how people in the past have responded to God’s call to obedient living, and to build a more God-honoring world today and in the future.
Geography (Semester) — Required
World History 10 — Required
U.S. History 11 — Required
Government 12 (Semester) — Required
Economics 12 – (Semester) Required
Marriage and Family (Semester) – Elective
Advanced Placement U. S. History – Elective
Students will achieve the basic skills to understand and communicate in Spanish, and will develop an interest and appreciation of the Hispanic culture, in and outside of the U.S. In the Spanish classroom, SCS focuses on communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Students learn through the use of technology, songs, group work, conversation, and games. The classroom is a positive, challenging, fun and energetic environment that motivates and helps students succeed at becoming proficient in the language. By learning a new language, students’ minds are opened to new cultures and therefore new ideas and different ways of looking at God’s diverse world.
In High School, students learn to communicate verbally and in written form in the target language. In Spanish I students continue to learn basic vocabulary and grammar. Verbs and verb conjugations are in the present tense. Spanish II is the grammar-building year. There is strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and on verb tenses in the preterite, imperfect, future, and conditional. In Spanish III students are expected to be an active user of Spanish inside and outside the classroom. Grammar and vocabulary are mainly an in-depth review of knowledge already acquired in Spanish II. Spanish IV or Advanced Spanish class prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Exam.
Physical Education Department
Sheboygan Christian School’s physical education program seeks to support the growth of a Christian student in the image of God and provide understanding of our purpose and value in service to God.
God created man in His image and likeness, able to develop socially, mentally, physically, and spiritually. God desires to have a close relationship with us. Since sin came into the world through Adam and Eve our body and soul have been tainted by sin.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Christians need to do everything in their power to maintain their bodies in excellent condition to honor God and to be ready and able to serve God. Maintaining our bodies is a lifelong desire that involves exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient rest.
Applied Technology Department
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY
Introduces students to the many ways that technology is used at Sheboygan Christian High School. The class begins with a discussion of computer ethics and our Christian response to technology in our world. We move on to the internet and how to best navigate it. Some time is spent on basic word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software using the open source program OpenOffice. The emphasis here is on following step-by-step directions, especially when learning to use a new program. Time is spent on learning how to use Web 2.0 tools, like blogs, wikis, and a variety of others interactive web applications. Students are introduced to audio editing using Audacity and video creation and editing in various editing formats.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II
Python teaches the fundamentals of computer programming as well as some advanced features of the Python language. Students use what they learn in this course to build simple console-based games. This is a semester long course that is computer based with the assistance of the CodeHS website. This course is equivalent to an introductory Python course at the college level.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING III
Web Design is a project-based course that teaches students how to build their own web pages. Students will learn the languages HTML and CSS, and will create their own live homepages to serve as portfolios of their creations. This is a semester long course that is computer based with the assistance of the CodeHS website. By the end of this course, students will be able to explain how web pages are developed and viewed on the Internet, analyze and fix errors in existing websites, and create their very own multi page websites.
ADVANCED COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. Students learn about the internet, digital information, programming, data, and apply these concepts through creative projects, while building their portfolio. This is a yearlong course that is computer based with the assistance of the CodeHS website. It will culminate in the students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles exam.
This class is an independent class stressing student responsibility for learning and is divided primarily into two parts. Managerial Accounting emphasizes the internal use of accounting data by managers and others involved in making day-to-day business decisions and controlling revenue, costs, and expenses. Topics include: departmental accounting, multi-store businesses, and manufacturing businesses. Financial Accounting is concerned with the organization and control of financial resources, accounting for partnerships and corporations, and interpreting financial information.
Vocational Education Department
Students will learn how to be good stewards of God’s Kingdom by strengthening and exploring new skills to be used in the workforce, in home ownership, and in service to God and our community.
The vocational education courses offered at SCS are intended to introduce students to the skills and techniques necessary to perform basic tasks related to home ownership or careers in manufacturing and the trades, and then develop those skills to equip them for the workforce. Through project based applications and classroom instruction students will develop their manufacturing and woodworking skills for a profession or for a hobby.
INTRODUCTION TO WOODS
Introduces students to handtools and power tools as they are used in woodworking The students have set projects that illustrate differents sets of skills needed for completion. They are also encouraged to find and design new projects that broaden their skills and challenge their abilities.
INTRODUCTION TO METALS AND SMALL ENGINES
Uses individual and team projects to cover manufacturing processes used in today’s industries. Small engines are rebuilt and fixed. Students design and fabricate a different product every year. We spend time on brief units covering different aspects of the growing trades industry.
ADVANCED WOODS AND ADVANCED METALS
Gives the students a bit of freedom to explore skills in design and manufacturing, in both carpentry and metal fabrication. Each student has the Semester to complete a personal project, advancing the skills they learned in the previous year. The projects also require care research, design, and engineering.
MECHANICAL DRAWING AND AUTO CAD
Addresses the knowledge and skills required for creating technical drawings on paper, using conventional drafting tools, as well as on electronic media, using the networked version of AutoCAD LT. Topics include multi-view drawings, dimensioning, sectional views, pictorial drawings, fasteners, and assembly drawings.