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Rigorous Course Work

Here is a list of the curriculum used by First Baptist Christian School.


K4 Program

Saxon Pre-Kindergarten curriculum teaches letters and sounds, numbers and number concepts, concepts of season, holidays, and manners, as well as other important pre-school concepts.

BJU Bible teaches the Pre-Kindergarten child Bible stories and applications for their lives.



Elementary

BJU Bible provides a systematic plan for increasing Biblical knowledge while connecting Bible events with historical events. It teaches students their need of Christ as personal Savior and encourages Christ-likeness in their daily lives.

Saxon Math promotes student success through the sound educational practices of incremental development and continual review.

BJU Reading produces confident, eager readers by emphasizing comprehension and developing phonics systematically. A variety of story types not only teach reading but encourage growth in Christian character as well.

BJU Spelling is a carefully planned, distinctively Christian program that presents spelling as a tool for communication and emphasizes reliable spelling generalizations.

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is a curriculum that encourages development of neat, legible handwriting - both manuscript and cursive.

A Beka Language is a systematic, comprehensive grammar curriculum which teaches the structure and orderliness of language. It places strong emphasis on applying knowledge to writing and using words to express God's love to others.

The Ohio Adventure (published by Gibbs/Smith) delivers the required Ohio history content in an effective and inviting way, making history come alive. Grades 5-6 also participate in a History Fair each year.

A Beka Science provides a solid foundation in science which is soundly based on the Word of God and Christian principles.



Junior High

The Life of Christ is a basic study of Christ's life, focusing on the miracles, parables, and teachings of Christ covering the time period from His birth to His ascension.

Old Testament Characters is a biographical survey of the Old Testament focusing on twenty major questions and characters.

JH Reading explores classic literature and authors as well as continuing work on comprehension, literary terms, oral reading ability, vocabulary, and spelling.

JH English reviews and further develops the eight parts of speech, usage, and mechanics and engaging in the practical use of this grammar as we learn sentence and paragraph structure and how to write effectively.

Physical Education involves the exercise of our bodies using skills, games, and other activities that provide exercise. This course is a fun way to keep fit as well as learn good sportsmanship and team work.

Life Science stresses concepts that are significant to all Christians. It emphasizes areas that are particularly important to a Christian Philosophy. Three primary goals will be: learn about various topics and concepts in life science; seek God's wisdom to apply biblical principles to those topics and concepts; have the courage to do what is right in the light of your knowledge of life science and the wisdom provided by God.

Earth Science divides the universe into four major divisions. The four divisions are as follows: The celestial sphere-outer space; the atmosphere-the layers of gases surrounding the earth; the lithosphere-the solid part of the earth and its surface; and the hydrosphere-the natural waters that cover and penetrate the earth's surface.

Junior High Math teaches basic mathematical principles and introduces some basic algebra and geometry.

Junior High Health teaches the basics of taking care of the body God gives each of us and gives the students tools to maintain or improve their overall physical health.

World Studies looks at World History from the Middle Ages to present, showing how God uses different nations and people to spread the Gospel around the World. Included in the curriculum is a History Fair project.

American Republic begins with America's beginnings and shows that it was founded on Biblical principles. Included in the curriculum is a History Fair project.

High School Requirements

New Testament Survey is a survey of the New Testament in Biblical order focusing on the historical backgrounds, themes, and messages of the books.

Old Testament Survey is a survey of the Old Testament in Biblical order focusing on the historical backgrounds, themes, and messages of the books.

Systematic Theology is a survey of 10 major Bible doctrines and familiarizes students using both Biblical study and practical Biblical application.

World History begins with Creation and gives an overview of the history of the World. It parallels with Biblical History from Creation through the Roman Empire and continues to present day.

American History begins with the fight for independence and follows the men and women God used throughout the years to establish and lead the United States.

American Government teaches the basic structure and activities of Federal, State, and Local government, explores Biblical responsibilities for Christians in relation to government and looks at current events in today's politics.

Physical Science is based on the premise that we have the authority to study the physical world based on the unchanging, infallible Word of God. It covers the biblical philosophy of science, the study of matter, the study of chemistry, and physics.

Biology is the study of life, dealing with topics that are basic to all biological studies, including the philosophy and theories in this area that most affect our lives. The Science of organisms surveys the major groups of living organisms on our planet. The study of Human Life includes the study of human anatomy and physiology and on the Christian philosophy related to our physical, mental, and spiritual selves.

Chemistry is the study of God's creation at the atomic and molecular level. It reinforces faith and enables the student to realize the orderliness of all that surrounds them. Students will study about the makeup of matter, the design of atoms, the periodic table, bonding, formulas, solutions, acids, and bases. This will be accomplished through spending time in both the classroom and laboratory settings.

English 9 is an overview of the fundamentals of great literature and the various types of literature. Students learn about how these fundamentals (conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone) shape the different forms of literature and how they can be used to convey spiritual truths in literature and in their own writing.

English 10 delves into the intricacies and beauty of our native language. Students practice using these elements (themes, allusions, symbols, irony, etc…) in their own writing and search for and apply the timeless, godly principles often found in great literature.

British Literature is an overview of the periods of British Literature from the Anglo Saxons to the present and the philosophies and history that influenced it. Students develop critical thinking skills as applied to literature to create their own evaluations of certain pieces and apply the Biblical lessons that are always a part of truly great literature.

American Literature is an overview of the different periods of literature in America, the development of different types of American literature, and the different philosophies and events of history that affected them, particularly the influence of Scripture and faith on American history and literature.

Algebra I introduces basic algebraic principles, formulas and some simple geometry.

Algebra II builds on Algebra I by covering more advanced algebraic principles including solving problems using more than one formula.

Geometry covers geometric proofs, shapes, and formulas.

Speech Communication is an introductory class in communications. Students give speeches periodically throughout the semester and observe public speakers from various walks of life.

Drawing I & II allows students to develop their creativity through the use of pencil, chalk and other media in the classroom. This class provides an overview of basic drawing skills.

*Courses listed are generally taken by our students. Alternative courses are available to fulfill requirements.

High School Electives

Computers I & II is designed to familiarize students with the basics of computer terminology, typing, and an understanding of the Microsoft Office suite.

Computers Application Suite is individualized according to the students' needs regarding two different areas of Computer instruction.

Computers Application A (Microsoft Office) is an introductory course designed to teach students fundamental concepts for  Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. This course will prepare students for the Microsoft office skills necessary to be successful in college or the work force.

Computers Application B (Adobe Photoshop)is designed to familiarize students with the basics of digital photo manipulation using the Adobe Creative Studio 4 suite of software - primarily Photoshop.

Economics gives an overview of Economics and teaches the importance of good stewardship of the things God has entrusted us with.

Financial Literacy is based on a Dave Ramsey series for students which covers debt, savings, budgeting, investing and many other practical areas in finances that seniors need before leaving high school.

Business Math is one of the most practical math classes any student can take. Some of the topics covered are as follows: keeping a checking account; taking out loans; purchasing a home; making investments; running a business; financial management; and comparison shopping. This course stresses being a good steward with what God has graciously given bestowed upon us.

Pre-Algebra is an introduction to some of the basic algebraic principles and formulas that will be used in Algebra I and some simple geometry

General Math is a review of some basic mathematical principles, along with some basic algebra and geometry

Pre-Calculus is an introduction to more advanced algebraic, geometric and trigonometric principles

Foods offers students an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills, nutrition, and food safety in a hands on environment. Students learn how to follow a recipe, using the proper techniques and utensils. All products are then evaluated by classmates and the teacher.

Spanish I introduces the Spanish language by giving the student a wide vocabulary and by presenting the basic grammar structure to form sentences and paragraphs.

Spanish II expands on Spanish I by building upon the basic foundation and then adding more complicated structures and increased vocabulary. Students are encouraged to use their Spanish out of school, as their conversation becomes more fluent.

Spanish III is for students who wish to advance to a higher level of understanding and interaction in Spanish. Interesting activities, such as cooking South-American food, learning about particular countries, and having puppet shows make this class very interesting. Students are encouraged to use the Bible verses and passages they learn with Hispanic speakers.

Introduction to Photography teaches basic photography skills. There are two goals for beginning photography students. The first goal is to learn how to use a digital or film SLR camera effectively. This is accomplished by a correct exposure using the proper lens aperture and shutter speed. The second goal of the beginning photography course is for students to explore related career opportunities as well as a basic history of photography.

HS Drama explores the purpose of drama as entertainment, education, and inspiration through both lecture and hands-on activity. All parts of drama are touched on including history, lighting and sound, costuming, and make-up, as well as all the aspects of acting.

Family Living studies all the dynamics of living within the family. The traditional Family Life Cycle is expanded to the Christian Family Life Cycle modeling the changes in a family with God as the Creator, Sustainer, and Goal. One of the highlights of this course is the opportunity to participate in the Baby Think It Over project.

Movies as Literature teaches students how to understand character and plot development of a variety of classic movies viewed in class. Students learn to respond intellectually, orally, and spiritually to the issues raised in the movies and develop a moral standard by which to analyze movies from a variety of time periods.

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