Honors Biology (Lab) (CSU/UC)

The Honors Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory course. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: Biology AP requires a grade of “B” or better in chemistry and biology or instructor approval.

Honors Chemistry (Lab) (CSU/UC)

Honors Chemistry requires good math skills in applied algebra and geometry. The student will gain understanding in the areas of atomic theory, chemical reactions, liquids, periodic table, energy effects, the mole concept, reaction rates, equilibrium, solubility, acids and bases, oxidation reduction, electrons, chemical bonding, organic chemistry, molecular structure, and kinetic energy. Honors chemistry will cover these with a deeper level of study than regular Chemistry.

Lab fee required.

Prerequisites: A combined G.P.A. of 3.5 in Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry. Must have taken or take Algebra 2 or higher level math concurrently with class. Teacher recommendation is required

Honors Economics (CSU/UC)

“Honors Economics is a one semester class designed to take the student beyond the regular economics class level in preparation for intermediate college level course work. Students will examine the same topics and compete the same projects as the regular economics class at an accelerated pace and with greater in-depth study. Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in APU US History or “A” in US History with teacher recommendation. “
Prerequisites: Coming soon.

Honors American Literature

The Honors American Literature course description is coming soon.
Prerequisites: Coming soon.

Honors Introduction to Literature

The Honors Introduction to Literature course description is coming soon.
Prerequisites: Coming soon.

Honors World Literature

The Honors Introduction to World Literature course description is coming soon.
Prerequisites: Coming soon.

Honors English 10 (CSU/UC)

Honors English 10 will continue the foundation needed for communicating ideas through vocabulary, reading, writing, and speaking. The class will cover selected works of British, American and world literature to enable students to analyze how literature reflects historical eras and social and philosophical conditions. Students will complete a research paper and read six novels and plays. Summer reading is required.
Prerequisites: An acceptable score on an honors test and an “A” in English 9. Approval by English Department

Honors English 11 (CSU/UC)

Honors English 11 is designed to prepare capable and highly motivated students to demonstrate their potential. Students will refine reading, vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills. After a review of short stories, poetry, and drama, the course will begin a chronological study of American literature and end with a critical review research project. Students will read ten novels and six plays throughout the course. Summer reading is required.
Prerequisites: An acceptable score on an honors test and “A’s” in English 9 and 10. Approval by English Department

 

AP Biology (Lab) (CSU/UC)

The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory course. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: AP Biology requires a grade of “B” or better in chemistry and biology or instructor approval.

AP Calculus AB (CSU/UC)

A college level course, Calculus AB AP is designed to prepare the student to take the AP Calculus test. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : Graphing calculator required. “B” or better in Math Analysis

AP Calculus BC (CSU/UC)

A college level course, AP Calculus BC will review derivatives and integrals from AP Calculus AB and focus on how to use and apply these concepts to parametric, polar, and vector functions. Polynomial approximations and series will also be covered in depth. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : A or B both semesters of AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry (CSU/UC)

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is the branch of science that connects biology to physics and everything in between! This class differs from the other science offerings at WCHS because it utilizes a college level textbook and has a much stronger lab emphasis. Students will take the AP chemistry test in May and are expected to put forth their best effort during the exam to receive college credit.

AP English 12 (CSU/UC)

AP English 12 is a rigorous survey of British literature through the 20th century. The course provides an extensive study of British literature, poetry analysis, composition and a survey of literature from Gilgamesh through the 20 th century. Emphasis is placed on developing critical judgment through reading analytically and writing and composing critical papers. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination in literature and composition, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Summer reading is required. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : An 85% score or better on the English honors test, teacher recommendation, instructor approval, and successful completion of English 10 Honors and/or English 11 Honors.

AP Environmental Science (Lab) (CSU/UC)

AP Environmental Science provides its students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies requiring an understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world, identifying/analyzing environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluating the risks, and examining alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary making this a unique class. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Prerequisites: A grade of “B” or better in Chemistry, and an “A” in Biology; concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or above and instructor approval. Lab Fee.

AP French 4 (CSU/UC)

AP French 4 concentrates on the mastery and application of all grammatical rules. It requires more advanced reading of modern and classical French literature, as well as a continuing focus on oral and written expression. It is designed to form the basis for advanced work in literature and science. Continued readings and discussion of French culture are essential. Special emphasis is placed on preparing the student to take the French AP language examination, given in May. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the exam. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Workbooks will be purchased by the students.
Prerequisites: Completion of both semesters of French 3 with a “B” or the equivalent, or instructor approval.

AP Government & Politics (CSU/UC)

AP Government & Politics is a one semester class designed to take the student beyond the regular government class level in preparation for intermediate college level course work. Students will examine the same topics as the regular government class at an accelerated pace and with greater in-depth study. The course uses a college text, and is constructed according to the Advanced Placement guidelines. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by the students.
Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in AP US History or “A” in US History with 1.) teacher recommendation, 2.) summer work, 3.) contract mandatory

AP Literature & Composition

AP Literature & Composition description coming soon.
Prerequisites:Coming soon.

AP Spanish 4

AP Spanish 4 emphasizes the mastery and application of all grammatical rules. It requires more advanced reading of modern and classical Spanish literature, as well as a continuing focus on oral and written expression. It is designed to form the basis for advanced work in literature and science. Continued readings and discussion of Spanish culture are essential. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisites : “B” in Spanish 3, or the equivalent; or instructor approval.

AP US History (CSU/UC)

AP United States History is designed to take the student beyond the high school level and act as preparation for intermediate college level course work. The course uses a college text, and is constructed according to the Advanced Placement guidelines in order to prepare the students to successfully take and pass the AP U.S. History test. Textbooks will be purchased by the students.
Prerequisites: 1.) “A” in World History with teacher recommendation, 2.)summer work is required, 3.)students and parents must sign a contract and attend a parent meeting.

Algebra 1A (CSU/UC)

This class is designed to move at a slower pace, so students may cover the first semester of the first year of algebra over the course of two semesters. The student must also complete Algebra 1B to receive full credit for Algebra 1.
Prerequisites : The completion of pre-Algebra with a grade of “C” or better; Admission by math department recommendation.

Algebra 1B (CSU/UC)

Algebra 1B (CSU/UC)
Designed at a slower pace, Algebra 1B students cover the second half of Algebra 1 over the course of two semesters. The completion of Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B, with a grade of “C” or better, meets the CSU/UC algebra requirement.
Prerequisites : Completion of Algebra 1A with a “C” or better, or the completion of Algebra 1 with a “D” or better.

Algebra 1 (CSU/UC)

Algebra 1 is the first year college preparatory Algebra. Concepts are taught that will prepare the student for higher levels of preparatory math.
Prerequisites : The completion of Algebra 1A with a “C” or better or the completion of pre-algebra or Math 8 with a “B” or better.

Algebra 2 (CSU/UC)

Algebra 2 enables student to advance to higher levels of math including trigonometry and calculus.
Prerequisites : The completion of both Algebra 1 and geometry with grade of “C” or better.

Pre-Calculcas (CSU/alcu)

Pre-Calculas is an advanced level mathematics course that deals with trigonometry, functions, graphs, and applications of these concepts.
Prerequisites : A grade of “C” or better in Algebra 2; or grade of “D” with instructor approval.

AP Calculus AB (CSU/UC)

Calculus AP is designed to prepare the student to take the AP Calculus test. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : Concurrent enrollment in calculus and the calculus workshop classes. A grade of “B” or better in math analysis, or grade of “C” with instructor approval.

AP Calculus BC (CSU/UC)

A college level course, AP Calculus BC will review derivatives and integrals from AP Calculus AB and focus on how to use and apply these concepts to parametric, polar, and vector functions. Polynomial approximations and series will also be covered in depth. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : A or B both semesters of AP Calculus AB

Consumer Math

Consumer math focuses on the practical applications of math in our everyday lives. It covers, but is not limited to, concepts such as personal finance, purchase of a house or car, and employment.
Prerequisites : None

Geometry (CSU/UC)

Geometry will develop and use critical thinking and logic skills to solve geometric problems. Concepts are reinforced for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Geometry is a college preparatory class.
Prerequisites : The completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B with a grade of “C” or better in the second semester.

Intro to Computers – Computer 1

This class offers a study of the fundamentals of information systems. The primary objective of the class is to prepare students for academic and professional computer use. This class will primarily focus on learning the latest edition of the Windows operating system. Business and personal use of applications are discussed and demonstrated. Typing lessons are also provided.

Statistics (CSU/UC)

Statistics is the science of learning from data. (The Practice of Statistics p. xxi). This Statistics course is designed to introduce students to collecting, organizing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will study for broad areas of statistics: organizing data (putting context to numbers, observing patterns, and departures from patterns), producing data (deciding what and how to measure), probability (anticipating patterns in advance and simulating them), and inference (confirming appropriate selection of models).
Prerequisites : A grade of “C” or better in Algebra II, or grade of “D” with instructor approval.

Web Programming and Graphic Design 1 – Computer 2

Web and Graphic Design 1 students will explore the endless capabilities of the computer. HTML, Graphic Design, Flash Animation, Computer Hardware, and Beginning Computer Programming will be integrated in an application-based course.

Web Programming and Graphic Design 2 – Computer Web

This class will be an application-based course which will utilize students’ strengths developed in Web and Graphic Design 1 to help create and update Western Christian’s web site. The students will get to choose from graphic design, flash animations, HTML editing, photography or web programming and will be able to develop their skills at a higher level. Students will gain web– development experience equivalent to that of a professional organization.
Prerequisites : A grade of “B”‘ or better in Computer 2, or instructor approval.

Aerobics

The student will learn about the high and low impact step-class with emphasis on cardiovascular fitness. The student will identify the basic terms i.e., maximum heart rate, resting heart rate, recovery pulse rate, warm-up, and cool down. The student will identify the basic breathing techniques required for aerobic exercise.
Prerequisites : Girls only. Open to grades 10-12.

Cheer (Offered after school)

Cheer squads will learn about aerobic exercise and learn gymnastic skills, such as, tumbling, stunts, flips, and dance. Junior varsity and varsity cheer squads are open to girls.
Prerequisites : Try-outs are held prior to start of school year.

Physical Education 9-10 Boys

The goal of boys P.E. is to raise the student’s level of fitness, motor skills, self image, social behavior, and recreational interest. P.E. should provide opportunities for the student to obtain lifetime benefits that will lead to a healthy and more enriched life. All students are required to take two years of P.E. All ninth graders must take P.E. Tenth graders may choose a P.E. elective in place of regular P.E. or play two different sports in the next three years.

Physical Education 9-10 Girls

The goal of girls P.E. is to raise the student’s level of fitness, motor skills, self image, social behavior, and recreational interest. P.E. should provide opportunities for the student to obtain lifetime benefits that will lead to a healthy and more enriched life. All students are required to take two years of P.E. All ninth graders must take P.E. Tenth graders may choose a P.E. elective in place of regular P.E. or play two different sports in the next three years.

Physical Education Health

PE/Health The goal of PE/Health is to raise the student’s level of fitness, motor skills, self-image, social behavior, recreational interest and understanding of basic health and fitness concepts. PE should provide opportunities for the student to obtain lifetime benefits that will lead to a healthy and more enriched life. All students are required to take two years of PE. All 9th graders must take PE/Health. Tenth graders may choose a PE elective in place of regular PE or play two different seasons of a sport/sports in the next three years.

Prerequisites: None

Team Sports

Each player will learn about the rules and regulations of the sport and sportsmanship. Each player will learn about the personal, social and spiritual developments of participating in team sports. Each sport played earns five (5) units of credit toward graduation. An athletic fee will be charged for each sport taken .
Prerequisites : Tryouts are held prior to each sport offered.

Weight Training

Students will learn the proper lifting/training and safety techniques associated with each muscle group. The students will be placed on a lifting regiment dependant upon what they are training for. Student–athletes in the class will train for their various sports, and students will be placed on a system designed to increase muscle endurance as well as muscle strength.
Prerequisites : Separate sections for boys and girls. Each student must be participating in a WCHS sport. The class is open to grades 10-12.

French 1 (CSU/UC)

French 1 focuses on the four major skills of language learning–listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing–and the grammar and vocabulary necessary to acquire these skills. Students also receive an introduction to the customs, culture, and civilization of the French-speaking world. The course is conducted primarily in French.

French 2 (CSU/UC)

French 2 continues to focus on the four major skills of language learning–listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing–and the acquisition of the necessary vocabulary and grammar. Study of the customs, culture, and civilization of the French-speaking world will also continue. The course is conducted primarily in French.
Prerequisites : “C” in French 1 or the equivalent.

French 3 (CSU/UC)

French 3 emphasizes the acquisition and application of an expanded vocabulary along with grammatical instruction to develop more advanced speaking, reading, and writing skills. New cultural, historical, and literary material is introduced with accompanying assignments in reading and writing. The course is conducted entirely in French.
Prerequisites : “C” in French 2 or the equivalent

AP French 4 (CSU/UC)

French 4 emphasizes the mastery and application of all grammatical rules. It requires more advanced reading of modern and classical French literature, as well as a continuing focus on oral and written expression. It is designed to form the basis for advanced work in literature and science. Continued readings and discussion of French culture are essential. The course is conducted entirely in French.
Prerequisites : “B” in French 3 or the equivalent; or instructor approval.

Spanish 1 (CSU/UC)

Spanish 1 focuses on the four major skills of language learning–listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing–and the grammar and vocabulary necessary to acquire these skills. Students also receive an introduction to the customs, culture, and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. The course is conducted primarily in Spanish.

Spanish 2 (CSU/UC)

Spanish 2 continues to focus on the four major skills of language learning–listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing–and the acquisition of the necessary vocabulary and grammar. Study of the customers, culture and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world will also continue. The course is conducted primarily in Spanish.
Prerequisites : “C” in Spanish 1, or the equivalent.

Spanish 3 (CSU/UC)

Spanish 3 emphasizes the acquisition and application of an expanded vocabulary, along with grammatical instruction to develop more advanced speaking, reading, and writing skills. New cultural, historical, and literary material is introduced with accompanying assignments in reading and writing. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisites : “C” in Spanish 2, or the equivalent.

Spanish 4 (CSU/UC)

Spanish 4 emphasizes the mastery and application of all grammatical rules. It requires more advanced reading of modern and classical Spanish literature, as well as a continuing focus on oral and written expression. It is designed to form the basis for advanced work in literature and science. Continued readings and discussion of Spanish culture are essential. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Prerequisites : “B” in Spanish 3, or the equivalent; or instructor approval.

Bible 9- Old Testament Survey

This course is a survey of the Old Testament beginning with the creation in Genesis, the people and events through to God’s silence in Malachi. Emphasis will be placed on learning and applying the lessons of faith demonstrated in the lives of the characters studied in Old Testament. Attention will be given to dealing with the sin in our lives, redemption and understanding the far-reaching consequences of our sin. Students are also challenged to understand the relationship between our privileges as Christians and our subsequent responsibilities.

Bible 10- New Testament Survey

This course provides a survey of the 27 books of the New Testament. This includes, but is not limited to, authorship, dates and places of writing, key N.T. figures, and key themes (ideas). The application of Biblical truth to the Christian in the 21st century is also emphasized.

Bible 11- Christian Doctrine

This course is a survey of the major doctrines of the Bible. These doctrines will be analyzed and discussed, taking great care to demonstrate that the Scriptures are the only true source of theology. Attention will be given to some of the historical debates over doctrine in the church and students will be challenged to examine how Christian doctrine impacts their worldview and life.

Bible 12- Worldview Formation

Worldview Formation prepares students to be able to defend the Christian faith in the marketplace of ideas. The concept of worldviews is introduced, and detailed instruction is given regarding arguments for the existence of God, moral absolutes, creationism, the validity of Bible, and the proof of Jesus as Messiah. Various other ethical issues and topics of interest are discussed throughout the year and viewed through the biblical worldview.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bible 11

Creative Writing

Creative writing gives students the opportunity to explore short stories, poetry, plays, essays, and other nonfiction works from the point-of-view of a writer; and allows them to imitate specific literary techniques through creative means.
Prerequisites : Completion of English 9 and English 10.

English 9 (CSU/UC)

English 9 is the beginning course of the four year English program. It encompasses an in-depth study of grammar, vocabulary, spelling and composition. Students are introduced to research skills and the study of various genres in literature. In the ninth grade, the student builds his/her foundation for critically and analytically examining literary works. A research paper is required.

English 10 (CSU/UC)

English 10 continues to provide instruction and reinforcement in the major skill areas of grammar and literature. Emphasis is placed on more complex analyzation of world literature, reinforcement of writing and grammar skills, additional vocabulary study and research methods. The study of literature will also include selected novels and plays. A research paper is required.

Honors English 10 (CSU/UC)

English Honors 10 will continue a foundation needed for communicating ideas through vocabulary, reading, writing and speaking. The class will cover selected works of British, American and world literature to enable student to analyze how literature reflects historical eras, and social and philosophical conditions. Students will complete a research paper and read six novels and plays.
Prerequisites : An acceptable score on an Honors test and an “A” in English 9 are required.

English 11 (CSU/UC)

English 11 is an in-depth study including vocabulary development, writing skills and a systematic study of American literature from the early settlement to contemporary authors. The course will consist of grammar and composition, representative short pieces from each of the major periods of American literature, and composition writing and revising. A written research paper is required. Students will read five novels and three plays during the year.

Honors English 11 (CSU/UC)

English 11 HONORS is designated to prepare capable and highly motivated students to demonstrate their potential. Students will refine reading, vocabulary, grammar and composition skills. After a review of short stories, poetry and drama, the course will begin a chronological study of American literature and end with a critical analysis research project. Students will read ten novels and six plays throughout the course. Summer reading is required.
Prerequisites : An acceptable score on an Honors test and “A’s” in English 9 and 10.

English 12 (CSU/UC)

English 12 is a course in British literature and composition designed to provide a survey of literature from the 8th century through the 20th century. Students will read Shakespeare’s Othello and three representative novels. Study of vocabulary, the writing of various compositions and critical analysis of a British novel are required.

AP English 12 (CSU/UC)

English 12 AP is a rigorous survey of British literature through the 20th century. The course provides an extensive study of British literature, poetry analysis, composition and a survey of literature from Gilgamesh through the 20 th century. Emphasis is placed on developing critical judgment through reading analytically and writing and composing critical papers. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination in literature and composition, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Summer reading is required. Textbooks will be purchased by students.
Prerequisites : An 85% score or better on the English honors test, teacher recommendation, instructor approval, and successful completion of English 10 Honors and/or English 11 Honors.

Journalism

Journalism students will explore the history and background of mass media production, while learning to write news, opinion, feature and sports stories. Students will learn desktop publishing, page layout, photography basics and cropping skills. The journalism class will produce the school newspaper.
Prerequisites : A grade average of “B” or better in English and instructor approval.

Anatomy/Physiology (Lab) (CSU/UC)

This advanced college preparatory course studies the human body, including its anatomy and physiology. The course is taught from a molecular viewpoint with a biochemical emphasis. Pathology is included so that students become aware of possible malfunctions within their own bodies. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: “B” or better in Biology and “C” or better in Chemistry. Math Levels: “C” or better in both Algebra 1 (including 1A/1B) and Geometry.

Biology (Lab) (CSU/UC)

Biology emphasizes science as inquiry within the Christian worldview. Problem solving is given considerable emphasis along with the memorization of catalogued facts and names. Concepts include ecological relationships, individuals and populations; communities and ecosystems; plant, animal and protist diversity; and patterns of life on land and in the microscopic world. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites :Freshman must be enrolled simultaneously in Geometry. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: require a “C” or better in any previous science courses.

AP Biology (Lab) (CSU/UC)

The Biology AP course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory course. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination. Textbooks will be purchased by students. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites : Biology AP requires a grade of “B” or better in chemistry and biology or instructor approval.

Pre-Chemistry (not currently offered) (CSU/UC)

This course is a minimal math-based approach to chemistry that qualifies as a CSU/UC non-lab science elective if taken in the year preceding Chemistry. The course introduces students to the nature of science; the physical science method; solids, liquids and gases; the clarification of matter; atomic structure and the periodic table; chemical bonds; the elements; chemical reactions; acids, bases and salts; radioactivity and nuclear reactions; basic organic chemistry.
Prerequisites : A grade of “C” or better in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A/1B.

Chemistry (Lab) (CSU/UC)

Chemistry requires good math skills in applied algebra and geometry. The student will gain understanding in the areas of atomic theory, chemical reactions, liquids, periodic table, energy effects, the mole concept, reaction rates, equilibrium, solubility, acids and bases, oxidation reduction, electrons, chemical bonding, organic chemistry, molecular structure, and kinetic energy. Lab fee required
Prerequisites: “C” or better in previous science courses and Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 or “B” or better in previous science, Algebra 1 and Geometry and be taking Algebra 2 concurrently with Chemistry.

Honors Chemistry (Lab) (CSU/UC)

Honors chemistry will cover the same topics listed above for chemistry with a deeper level of study in each of the areas. Lab Fee Required
Prerequisites: A combined G.P.A. of 3.5 in Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry. Must have taken or take Algebra 2 or higher level math concurrently with class. Teacher recommendation is required

AP Environmental Science (Lab) (CSU/UC)

AP Environmental Science provides its students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies requiring an understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world, identifying/analyzing environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluating the risks, and examining alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary making this a unique class. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Prerequisites: A grade of “B” or better in Chemistry, and an “A” in Biology; concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or above and instructor approval. Lab Fee.

Physical Science

Physical Science course description coming soon.
Prerequisites :Coming soon

Physics (Lab) (CSU/UC)

Physics includes the study of measurement, optics, waves, mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and atomic and nuclear structure. The emphasis is put on analytical problem solving using Algebra. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites :“B” in all previous science courses, or instructor approval. Math levels: “B” in all previous math courses. Students must have completed Algebra 2. Math Analysis or Calculus should be taken concurrently.

Economics (CSU/UC)

Economics is a required state of California course that looks at the study of the choices and decisions people make about how to use the world’s resources. Students will study the macroeconomic aspects of supply and demand, world economic systems, the American free enterprise system, prices, market structures, business organizations, the stock market, GDP, taxes, banking, and fiscal and monetary policy. By better understanding these key economic principles students will be able to make wiser decisions in the economic world. Along with regular homework and testing, students will complete project work regarding the impact of supply and demand on the prices of roses for Valentine’s Day, a record and analysis of personal spending habits, research and investment in the stock market, research and creation of a fictional proprietorship, and an investigative study regarding the necessary procedures and finances needed to live on their own. Required for graduation.

Honors Economics (CSU/UC)

Economics Honors is a one semester class designed to take the student beyond the regular economics class level in preparation for intermediate college level course work. Students will examine the same topics and complete the same projects as the regular economics class at an accelerated pace and with greater in-depth study
Prerequisites : 1.) “A” or “B” in AP US History or “A” in US History with teacher recommendation, 2.) “A+” in Government with teacher recommendation.

U.S. Government (CSU/UC)

U.S. Government is a required state of California course that surveys the American governmental system. Students will study the foundations of the American governmental system, the Constitution, the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches, political parties, and civil rights and liberties. This class will help students comprehend and analyze the significance of current political events. The course will equip students in becoming informed citizens, and will stress the importance of citizen participation in our American governmental system. Required for graduation.

AP U.S. Government & Politics (CSU/UC)

Government AP is a two semester class designed to take the student beyond the regular government class level in preparation for intermediate college level course work. Students will examine the same topics as the regular government class at an accelerated pace and with greater in-depth study. The course uses a college text, and is constructed according to the Advanced Placement guidelines. All students enrolled are encouraged to take the AP examination, given in May. College credit may be granted for competency on this examination.
Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in AP US History or “A” in US History with 1.) teacher recommendation, 2.) summer work, 3.) contract mandatory

Psychology (CSU/UC)

Psychology is an elective class designed to help students gain insight into, and appreciation for, the wonder of important phenomena in their lives. Students will study individual human behavior, personality, self-esteem, emotions, child development, marriage, and family through a Christian perspective.
Prerequisites : Student must be at least of junior status.

U.S. History (CSU/UC)

United States History is a general history course that includes the study of Pre-colonial, Revolutionary, New Republic, Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Required for graduation.

AP U.S. History (CSU/UC)

United States History AP is designed to take the student beyond the high school level and act as preparation for intermediate college level course work. The course uses a college text, and is constructed according to the Advanced Placement guidelines in order to prepare the students to successfully take and pass the AP U.S. History test.
Prerequisites: 1.) “A” in World History with teacher recommendation, 2.)summer work is required, 3.)students and parents must sign a contract and attend a parent meeting.

World History (CSU/UC)

World History is a required state of California course that includes the study of Ancient Civilizations, Classical Civilizations, Medieval Times, Early Modern History and Revolutions, and on through World Wars I and II. Required for graduation.

Art 1: Fundamentals of Art

Art 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of art , line, value, texture, shape, balance, and pattern. Art 1 will explore a variety of media and techniques including: pencil , charcoal , pen & ink and printmaking . Brief lessons on significant artists will facilitate appreciation towards the arts. Lab fee and sketchbook required .
Prerequisite : None, open to all regardless of artistic ability; Payment of lab fee

Art 2: Color Theory & Media

Art 2 explores in-depth the fundamental s of art: color theory, line, value, texture, shape, balance, and pattern. Art 2 will explore a variety of medi a as well as techniques including: pastels and oil pastels, water colors, tempera, a crylic paints, and printmaking. In-depth lessons on significant artists and art movements will incorporate appreciation towards the art. Lab fee and sketchbooks are required.
Prerequisite : Art 1; Payment of lab fee

Art 3: Mixed Media

Art 3 is designed to further enhance basic skills and knowledge of the elements of art. This course involves in-depth long-term projects in medi a such as painting in both acrylics and oils, block printing, and sculpture. Lab fee , sketchbooks, and some supplies required (supply list will be given on the first day of school).
Prerequisite: Art 2; Payment of lab fee

Art 4: Independent Studies & Portfolio Dev.

Art 4 is a contract-based class where the understanding of the elements of art and proper technique are essential. This rigorous class requires students to supply their own professional materials, and compile a qualified portfolio by the end of the year. Lab fee required
Prerequisite : Art 3; Payment of lab fee

Ceramics 1: Introduction to Ceramics

Students will learn basic hand construction, limits and characteristics of clay, texture, decoration, glazing techniques, and wheel throwing . Towards the end of year, cultural influences will be studied in conjunction with a Raku firing. Advanced students will learn glaze calculations, advanced wheel throwing techniques, sculpture, as well as the loading and firing of the kilns. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites : None, open to all regardless of artistic ability; Payment of lab fee

Ceramics 2: Form & Surface Treatment

Ceramics 2 is an advanced ceramics course in which students design and construct wheel thrown and sculptural ceramic objects emphasizing form and surface enrichment, use molds, weigh, mix and use glazes, as well as load kilns and fire electric kilns. Students will learn the history of and practice Raku Firing. Emphasis will be placed on developing personal style of expression and interpretation.

Ceramics 3: Independent Studies & Portfolio Dev.

Ceramics 3 is an advanced ceramics course in which students continue to design and construct wheel thrown and sculptural ceramic objects emphasizing form and surface enrichment, use molds, weigh, mix and use glazes, as well as load kilns and fire electric kilns. Students will continue their learning of the history of and practice Raku Firing. Emphasis will be placed on a continued development of personal style of expression and interpretation.
Prerequisites : Ceramics 2; Payment of lab fee

Digital Photography

Digital Photography course description coming soon

Drama & Theater Arts

Drama 1 offers students experiences in fundamental acting skills including voice training, movement, acting technique, vocabulary, improvisations, scene study, character analysis and theater tradition. Individual and group acting projects are performed which require reading and analysis of scenes, and assessment of formal and informal presentations. Drama 1 also allows students to learn the technical and production elements of theater, including set design, scenery, properties, costumes, make-up, lighting, sound, and management.

Ensemble Choir

Ensemble Choir is a large mixed vocal ensemble designed to improve singing, and music reading abilities through intensive rehearsal. Frequent performances culminate in an annual tour . Requires off-campus concerts during weekends and after-school hours .
Prerequisite : None, open to all regardless of musical ability; Payment of clothing fee

Fashion Design & Textiles

The course Fashion, Design and Textiles is designed to extend the technical and aesthetic exploration of two and three-dimensional design. It teaches students the aesthetic aspects of design necessary to create sketches, designs, and original fashions. It also studies fashion trends throughout history, from ancient times, to modern day and includes an understanding of cultural, social, political, and economic influences on fashion design. Students utilize the elements and principles of design to create their own original designs in fashion. Through the use of a variety of fabrics, trims, embellishment and decorations students will express and explore fashion, art and design. Students will analyze the artistic nature of fabric and fashion design, explore the elements of the contemporary fashion movement and create their own interpretations of fashions. Each student will keep an E-Portfolio of his or her designs. Throughout the year, students learn how fashion design is connected to other academic disciplines and the career opportunities that are related to fashion industry and the world of fashion.

Filmmaking: Film Production

Film Production develops students’ abilities to film in HD and create short films. Students also learn how to edit on professional software (Final Cut Pro). Creativity and content are emphasized. This is a hands-on lab.

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

The Fundamentals of Public Speaking course is committed to training students to think critically, analyze ideas, and organize and present those ideas in compelling speech. Students gain insight into the power of speech by learning the procedures for researching, outlining, and delivering well-developed content. Students also gain the confidence needed to succeed in all fields of experience. Furthermore, students are confronted with the reality that a college career is necessary to reach their highest goals in life. To this end, students research university admission policies and develop a plan of action that will enable them to pursue the college of their choice. Students are also prepared to perform their academic best by acquiring skills, such as note-taking, active listening, and studying habits that will empower them to flourish during their high school career and beyond.

Hilltop Faith Concert Choir

Hilltop Faith is a sixteen-voice ensemble, which requires dedication to learning a wide range of challenging music. Performance schedules are rigorous.
Prerequisites : Admission by audition only.

Music Fundamentals

Music Fundamentals is an interactive course designed to teach students the basics of music theory, music history, and musical styles. Students learn to read and write music, improve their musical ear through music listening, and study musical periods and composers.

Shakespeare

This course will introduce students to the various literary components found in the romances and comedies of William Shakespeare. The focus of the course will be to analyze the text of specific plays and to write about them. Students will develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s poetic voice and his illumination of the human condition. Special attention will be given to the structure of each particular work, its style, themes, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

Yearbook Design

Yearbook Design is the lab based class responsible for production of The Challenger , the school yearbook. Students will employ the basics of page design, photo journalism, and writing for copy, headlines, and captions. Additionally, students will learn the ethics of news writing, desktop publishing, using the professional software Adobe InDesign for graphic design, as well as Photoshop, all on Macs. The intention is to provide students with professional marketable skills they can use beyond their high school experience.
Prerequisites : By interview and application only. Interviews will be conducted in the Spring during the previous year for all grade levels

Advanced Speech And Debate

Advanced Speech and Debate is an academic course that develops students’ aptitude for public speaking, reasoning and critical thinking skills, and an awareness of current events. Students gain these skills by participating in monthly in-class debates. Debate styles include Lincoln-Douglas value debate and Parliamentary debate.

Aerobics

The student will learn about the high and low impact step-class with emphasis on cardiovascular fitness. The student will identify the basic terms i.e., maximum heart rate, resting heart rate, recovery pulse rate, warm-up, and cool down. The student will identify the basic breathing techniques required for aerobic exercise.

Broadcast Journalism

Broadcast Journalism students will explore the history and background of mass media production, while learning to write news, opinion, feature and sports stories. Students will learn desktop publishing, page layout, photography basics and cropping skills. The journalism class will produce the school newspaper.
Prerequisites : A grade average of “B” or better in English and instructor approval.

Cheer

Cheer squads will learn about aerobic exercise and learn gymnastic skills, such as, tumbling, stunts, flips, and dance. Junior varsity and varsity cheer squads are open to girls.

Choir

Choir is a large mixed vocal ensemble designed to improve singing, and music reading abilities through intensive rehearsal. Frequent performances culminate in an annual tour . Requires off-campus concerts during weekends and after-school hours .

Concert Band & Worship Band

Concert Band & Worship Band is an instrumental/vocal ensemble providing weekly worship and music leadership in chapel. Class will include but not be limited to a study about worship, biblical principles on leadership, reading music and learning vocals. Rehearsals are daily.
Prerequisites:
1. Must be a Christian
2. Complete application by the 3rd quarter of the school year for all returning students, application includes: written testimony, reference from a pastor, experience in worship ministry, written paragraph on “What is Worship?” and character reference from Bible teacher.
3. Have a GPA of 2.5 and above. If GPA falls below 2.5 at any grading period; the student loses platform privileges. If student remains below 2.5 for two consecutive grading periods, this may result in removal from class and a loss of credit.
4. Live audition and interview by Bible chair, Bible teachers, and administrative representation.
5. Uphold student worship leadership contract (includes: support and comply with school rules and policies not only during school hours, but 24/7).

Creative Writing

Creative Writing course description coming soon.

Hilltop Faith

Hilltop Faith is a sixteen-voice ensemble, which requires dedication to learning a wide range of challenging music. Performance schedules are rigorous.
Prerequisites : Admission by audition only.

Intro to Computers (not currently offered)

This class offers a study of the fundamentals of information systems. The primary objective of the class is to prepare students for academic and professional computer use. This class will primarily focus on learning the latest edition of the Windows operating system. Business and personal use of applications are discussed and demonstrated. Typing lessons are also provided.

Life Calling

Introduction to Life Calling is a dual-credit course that introduces students to a framework for understanding their lives through the concept of purpose and calling. It enables them to develop tools that will help them make decisions in life consistent with this life calling and purpose. This course is based on the Life Purpose Model, created by Dr. Bill Millard. The Model contains three basic components: foundational values, unique design, and personal mission. Through the exploration of these components students will begin to have a better sense of what they believe, what their strengths are, what they are passionate about, and more. This is a far more effective approach to choosing majors and making other decisions for college and beyond than most typical “career counseling” which many times focuses primarily on self-centered interests. Rather than focusing just on an individual’s potential in a career, this course offers the opportunity to look at the person holistically.

Psychology

Psychology is an elective class designed to help students gain insight into, and appreciation for, the wonder of important phenomena in their lives. Students will study individual human behavior, personality, self-esteem, emotions, child development, marriage, and family through a Christian perspective.
Prerequisites : Students must be at least of junior status.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking course description coming soon.
Prerequisites :coming soon.

Team Sports

Each player will learn about the rules and regulations of the sport and sportsmanship. Each player will learn about the personal, social and spiritual developments of participating in team sports. Each sport played earns five (5) units of credit toward graduation. An athletic fee will be charged for each sport taken ..

Web Programming and Graphic Design 1

Web and Graphic Design 1 students will explore the endless capabilities of the computer. HTML, Graphic Design, Flash Animation, Computer Hardware, and Beginning Computer Programming will be integrated in an application-based course.

Web Programming and Graphic Design 2

This class will be an application-based course which will utilize students’ strengths developed in Web Programming and Graphic Design 1 to help create and update Western Christian’s web site. The students will get to choose from graphic design, flash animations, HTML editing, photography or web programming and will be able to develop their skills at a higher level. Students will gain web– development experience equivalent to that of a professional organization.

Weight Training

Students will learn the proper lifting/training and safety techniques associated with each muscle group. The students will be placed on a lifting regiment dependant upon what they are training for. Student–athletes in the class will train for their various sports, and students will be placed on a system designed to increase muscle endurance as well as muscle strength.
Prerequisites : Teacher recommendation, instructor and parent approval.

Bible 1.1, 1.2, 2.0

The English as Second Language (ESL) Bible courses are basic courses designed to teach second language learners about the Bible. The courses are basic and include teaching about how the Bible was developed, the human writers, God as the author, historical context, as well as the implications of biblical truths in a current context. Various teaching methods including lecture, writing and speaking assignments, interactive software, and additional resources are used while facilitating the development of English language proficiency.

ESL 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, Adv

The four levels of ESL English courses are designed to assist students in improving and refining their English reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary skills through the use of various texts, small class sizes, writing and speaking assignments, and additional resources (i.e. interactive computer based software). The student will experience a print-rich, engaging environment that will facilitate his/her development in the English language.

ESL USH (CSU/UC)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) United States History course is designed to introduce students to United States history. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with concepts, events, and influential people in United States history through various activities and learning methods while facilitating the development of English language proficiency.

ESL G/E (CSU/UC)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Government and Economics course is designed to introduce students to the United States government and economic system. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with concepts, events, and influential people in our United States government and economic principles and practices (civics) through various activities and learning methods while facilitating the development of English language proficiency.