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May 29th to September 8th, 2017

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Registration fee and registration form need to be received by May 15th, 2017.

Please contact Ms. La Keisha Boyd if you have any questions – kboyd@westernchristian.org.

WHY TAKE ONLINE COURSES THIS SUMMER?

Whether you need to recover credits from the past year or you are looking to get ahead, online courses for the summer are a great option. Not only will you earn your credits in a flexible format, you will also enjoy your summer. Overall, an online course for the summer allows you to earn credits in a flexible, convenient, and relevant way. Whether your post-high school plans are to attend college, or to pursue other challenging endeavors, familiarity with online courses and the technology that comes with them, are a great asset for life. WCHS Virtual Academy Summer Program is open to all students in the community on a first-come, first-served basis. A full course covers a 15 week period and you must participate weekly. Manditory participation of 6 weeks per semester is required to receive credit.

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TAKE A COURSE WHERE & WHEN YOU WANT!
  • While on vacation
  • In-between work & play
  • Morning, afternoon, night
  • Maintain a summer job and earn credits
  • Participate in summer camps or sports and not miss a beat
  • Relax at home while taking your courses

 

SUMMER COURSE USAGE
  • Recover credits
  • Course advancement
  • Decrease time for course completion compared to school year
  • Study a course that interests you
  • Get ahead on credits required for graduation
  • Approval required to take AP and Honor courses
IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR ONLINE COURSES
  • Self-starters
  • Self-motivated
  • Works well independently
REGISTRATION

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Registration Fee: $35.00 per class

The registration fee and registration form must be received by May 24th, 2016 to reserve your position in the desired class.

A fee of $25.00, or the legal amount as set forth by California law, will be charged on all returned checks – and must be paid in cash prior to online class start date.

VIRTUAL ACADEMY ONLINE SESSION FEE

Session Fee: $815 for a full course, $440 for a semester

Tuition must be paid in full by May 24th, 2016.

REFUND POLICY:
  • Registration Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • Full refund (excluding registration fee) is available up until the day before the course starts.
  • No refunds after the course starts.

Orientation is mandatory and held on-campus.

Please contact Ms. La Keisha Boyd if you have any questions. kboyd@westernchristian.org

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(Courses not listed below may be available upon request.  Contact WCHS with questions.)

ACT Prep

Practice, lots of practice, is the key to doing well on the ACT. This ACT Prep course allows the student to prepare for the upcoming ACT exam in an interactive and interesting way. Students are able to review essential content, assess their own knowledge, measure their learning, play interactive drill games, and review flash cards in this online environment. As the student progresses, they will have opportunities to explore learning from a biblical perspective, discuss the content, share study tips, and ask questions of their classmates and teacher in the biweekly discussion forums. All of their work, self-assessments, and drill-and-practice work is tracked for them and organized for easy review according to both the level of mastery they have achieved and their own comfort level Page 14 with the content. In addition to following the prepared study plan, students can access any of the content they have already studied for additional review. Need a study break? A variety of games are available in order to review the content in even more entertaining ways. This course offers the most current, interactive, and organized opportunity for any student to practice and prepare for the ACT.

Prerequisites: None

Algebra I

Algebra I is the foundation—the skills acquired in this course contain the basic knowledge needed for all future high school math courses. The material covered in this course is important, but everyone can do it. Everyone can have a good time solving the hundreds of real-world problems algebra can help answer. Each module in this course is presented in a step-by-step way right on the computer screen. Hands-on labs make the numbers, graphs, and equations more real. The content in this course is tied to real-world applications like sports, travel, business, and health. This course is designed to give students the skills and strategies to solve all kinds of mathematical problems. Students will also acquire the confidence needed to handle everything high school math has in store for them.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 7th grade mathematics with a grade of C or better.

Algebra II

This course allows students to learn while having fun. Interactive examples help guide students’ journey through customized feedback and praise. Mathematical concepts are applied to everyday occurrences such as earthquakes, stadium seating, and purchasing movie tickets. Students investigate the effects of an equation on its graph through the use of technology. Students have opportunities to work with their peers on specific lessons.

Algebra II is an advanced course using hands-on activities, applications, group interactions, and the latest technology.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

American History (US History)

American history is full of big questions that grab our attention. In this course, you will look at some of the most profound questions that thoughtful Americans still debate. You will research many important events throughout the history of America. In the process, you will witness the development of America from its first settlers to today’s superpower status.

Questions about slavery, regulation of business, religious freedom, and how to maintain a stable world order have always been part of the American experiment. Most of the time, the answers are not so simple, but we want to know what you think. To develop your personal beliefs, you will use verified sources, including original documents and the writings of people contemporary with the events. Equally important, this course will challenge you to apply your knowledge and perspective of history to interpret the events of today. The questions raised by history are endlessly fascinating. We look forward to your participation in the debate.

Prerequisites: This course is recommended for students in 11th grade. Successful completion of English 1 is strongly recommended.

AP Computer Science A

The AP® Computer Science A course is equivalent to the first semester of a college level computer science course. The course involves developing the skills to write programs or part of programs to correctly solve specific problems. AP® Computer Science A also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. In addition an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course.

Prerequisites: Algebra I & II

AP English & Language Composition

1 CREDIT The written word is powerful, and we are responsible for understanding and analyzing it based on the known truths of God’s Word. The AP Language and Composition course will provide high school students with college level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric and expository writing from a biblical perspective. Students will become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Both their reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing. This course will effectively prepare Page 4 students for the AP Exam by enabling them to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts, while developing further communication skills on a college level.

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, English 1, 2 (honors), with a B+ average. Students will be exposed to a college-level course.
Recommended Grade Levels: 11th – 12th
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

AP Macroeconomics

You have been called upon to assist the leader of the Macro Islands who is running for reelection next year. The economy is in shambles, and you need to come up with some feasible solutions. This will not only help the people of the Macro Islands but will also ensure a victory for your employer. You were hired over the Internet and received a first class ticket to the Macro Islands where you can learn firsthand about the situation. You arrive at Pineapple Airport in the middle of the day and are met by a man with a briefcase who is holding a sign with your name on it. You approach the man and introduce yourself. “I’m Mr. Scarcity,” he says. “I’ll be your guide as you learn about the economic situation of the islands. You need to learn everything you can about both macroeconomics and our Macro Islands for your presentation to our island leader in May.” (Your AP Exam.)

Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

AP Microeconomics

You traveled to the Macro Islands to assist the leader in winning re-election. You came for a job, but you realized as you were working that you loved the islands and wanted to make your home there. Because you are adept at giving economic advice to the leader, you have been appointed as the new President of the Sunny Seas Shell Company. As part of your role in assuming the leadership duties of the company, you will need to brush up on microeconomics. The Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Equilibrium to act as your personal assistant and advisor as you transition into your new role. You will be learning all you can about microeconomics and will be required to exhibit your knowledge in May at the annual Board of Directors’ meeting (the AP Exam).

Prerequisites: None. Students will be exposed to a college-level learning experience.

AP Art History

This course is designed to foster in students an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. In addition to visual analysis, this course emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender and the functions and effects of works of art. Prior art training is not a prerequisite nor does the course cater exclusively to future Art History majors. This course was designed to meet the requirements of the Advanced Placement Art History requirements precisely. Students will learn to look at these works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity and to articulate what they see or experience in light of a Christian worldview. Students will able to identify the presence or absence of Biblical truth reflected in art and architecture through the centuries.

Prerequisites: Course intended for Juniors and Seniors. Successful completion of World History and high-level reading and writing skills are strongly recommended.

AP World History

AP World History covers the history of the world from 600 C.E. to the present with an introduction unit on the period before (covering around 8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.). The course emphasizes ―patterns of change‖ and the connections between the various world cultures throughout the time period being studied. Students will gain an understanding of the global experiences of humanity and be able to apply that knowledge to their growth and development as ―citizens of eternity.

The class has two major goals: (1) to prepare students to be successful on the AP World History exam and (2) to provide students with an understanding on why the world developed the way it did.

Critical Thinking and Study Skills: SAT Prep

This course is designed to strengthen the student’s test-taking skills. It will enhance his/her performance in all content areas and prepare them for national standardized tests (like the SAT and ACT). Students will practice problem solving, critical thinking strategies, the structure of standardized exams, and verbal competence and mathematics reasoning. As the trip progresses, students acquire new and essential learning strategies.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Recommended Grade Levels: 10th – 11th

English 9 (International Students Only)

This is one course in which what students see and what students say really matters. No two people experience books, plays, or community events in exactly the same way, and no two people describe their experiences with the same words. How clearly can students see what is happening before them? How compellingly can they describe what they saw to others? In this course, students find out. Great books, short stories, poems, and plays convey messages and feelings that make them great. In this course, students learn how to look for the message. They learn how to trust their feelings about that message and how to express clearly and convincingly what they think. The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to see and hear with real understanding and to communicate with real conviction.

Prerequisites: None

English 10 (International Students Only)

In English II, students learn how the human experience—real life—is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, students explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as laughter, obstacles, betrayal, fear, and transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, students explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

As in life, students have many choices in the English II course. They choose the order in which they complete the units. Students also choose some of the works they read and have countless choices when it comes to demonstrating what they have learned. Whether reading a poem or a novel, writing a story or an analysis, or studying a Shakespearean tragedy or a modern suspense film, students explore what it means to be human, a subject on which they are already experts!

Prerequisites: English 1

English 11 (International Students Only)

“Extra, extra, read all about it!” It’s all right here in black and white, in the pages of The Virtual Times newspaper. Published at key periods in American history, The Virtual Times takes us right into the action. The writing is clear and concise. The stories and opinions give us perspective. The sports and entertainment sections give us the color and flavor of the times.

In English III, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times. Students gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. They discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences. Students are also asked to observe, investigate, and report on stories of today. The goal is for students to be thorough, accurate, and compelling in their writing.

Prerequisites: English 1 & 2

Forensic Science 1

Justice must be served! Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensics 1 seeks to guide students into an understanding of God’s desire for both justice and mercy as they investigate the order and design in Creation that enables crime scene investigation. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

Prerequisites: None
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

Forensic Science 2

Examine the evidence! Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. While taking Forensics 2, students continue the discovery of order and design in Creation. Students will discover how the evidence can clearly uncover both evil intentions and godly pursuits. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. Students will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.

Prerequisites: None
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

Game Design

How can computer games advance the Kingdom of God? This course will introduce students to the basic skills necessary for game design and the biblical principles every gamer should know about designing and using computer games. They will study the various games in the industry and analyze their approach in terms design and development. The student will explore the processes and art of making game elements like story, levels, sound, user interfaces, and levels. This analysis will include an orientation to the gaming market and innovative techniques’ impact on it. Finally, the student will merge all these elements into a functional prototype showing their understanding of the game design process.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th

Geometry

Observe the principles of geometry at work in God‘s world. Investigate and discover why the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed and the Great Pyramids of Giza did not.

Geometry is everywhere, not just in pyramids. Engineers use geometry to build highways and bridges. Artists use geometry to create perspective in their paintings, and mapmakers help travelers find things using the points located on a geometric grid. Throughout this course, you will be taken on a mathematical highway illuminated by spatial relationships, reasoning, connections, and problem solving.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or its equivalent.

Global Studies

With more than seven billion people in the world today, there is more need than ever to research and tell the stories of the global community from God’s perspective. Researching and writing these stories will be your assignment as a new reporter for God’s News Network. In this course, all the stories are big stories. Human rights, the environment, global security, and international economic systems are all part of your beat. The stories also have real human interest because they deal with peoples’ customs, cultures, and how they interact with each other and the truths of God’s word. Your job will be to research the facts and present them with clarity and context. Your job will also involve identifying real global problems and then, suggesting well-developed solutions. This is a course that makes you think. The stories are current and compelling. They need to be told, and the right person to tell them is you!

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

Introduction to Social Media

Have a Facebook account? What about Twitter? Everybody dabbles in one form of social media or another, but how can these platforms be used for God’s glory and our good? Learning how to interact on various social media platforms is crucial in order to survive and thrive in this age of digital communication. In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and more. You’ll also discover other types of social media you may not have been aware of and how to use them for your benefit— personally, academically, spiritually, and eventually professionally as well. You will also explore some principles from God’s Word relating to our use of these platforms. If you thought social media was just a way to keep track of friends and share personal photos, this course will show you how to use these resources in much more powerful ways while abiding by biblical principles.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th

Leadership Skills Development

What does it take to be a leader? God has created each of us with the ability to influence and lead others in a way that glorifies God while taking responsibility for our own choices and goals. In this course, students will acquire the skills necessary to succeed in high school, college, and life while influencing others as well. Students will learn to take action by pressing their Turbo Button, manage their time by staying in the Lasting Zone, chart their goals by identifying a North Star, and many other proven leadership techniques developed by Mawi Learning, a leadership training organization that has worked with more than one million students. Segment One focuses on personal goal-setting and the skills necessary to lead your life in a disciplined way. Segment Two contains a service project focusing on external leadership skills and the power you have to change your world for God’s glory. Whether Page 17 students are struggling or already at the top of their game, Leadership Skills Development will give them new confidence to live a life of godly influence.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th

Mobile App Programming

This course will teach foundational computer science methodology, concepts, and programming while students utilize the latest mobile development software and technologies to demonstrate their understanding. From the first lesson students will utilize what they are learning to develop and produce functional Android applications that they can share with classmates, family, and friends. Lessons are a mix of dynamic activity, video guidance, lecture, and tutorials. The lessons are designed to engage both the novice and expert student in the field of mobile application development. Note: The course was developed utilizing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. It is strongly recommended that students have access to this tablet in order for tutorials, video, and screenshots to align. Note: The course was developed utilizing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. It is strongly recommended that students have access to this tablet in order for tutorials, video, and screenshots to align.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th

Personal and Family Finance

How do our personal financial habits affect our financial future? How can we make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing? How can we honor God with our finances? This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, giving, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft. Students will explore how to honor God with their money as they seek to be wise stewards of the resources He blesses them with.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th

Pre-Calculus (Math Analysis)

Students, as mathematic analysts, will investigate advanced mathematics concepts and use them to solve problems encountered in operating national parks. Throughout the course, students will be exploring the mathematical design of God‘s creation and how their lives should reflect His glory. The core components of the course include the study of functions and the development of skills necessary for future success in calculus. In addition, a detailed examination of trigonometry and elements of analytical geometry are incorporated in the curriculum.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Social Problems 1

Societies, governments, and individuals enjoy a very complex relationship among each other, often with no shortage of problems. Building on the foundation of God’s word and an understanding of the impact of human sinfulness, students will focus on the causes and response to these problems. Each unit is focused on a particular area of concern as students discover not only how these social problems affect them personally and the world around them, but how they can make a difference globally while standing on God’s Word and declaring His truths.

Prerequisites: None
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

Social Problems 2

There are plenty of problems in the world that isolate, divide, and destroy. We were created for community; we are called to be loving, redemptive, and edifying. How can we do that for God’s glory? The Social Problems 2 course continues to examine timely social issues affecting individuals and societies around the globe. Students learn about the overall structure of the social problem as well as how it impacts their lives and their communities. Each unit focuses on a particular social problem, including racial discrimination, drug abuse, the loss of community, and urban sprawl, and discusses possible solutions at both individual and structural levels. Scripture is used to bring an eternal perspective to each. For each issue, students examine the connections in the global arena involving societies, governments and the individual and how to confront them with the mind of Christ.

Prerequisites: Social Problems 1
Recommended Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
Additional Info: NCAA Approved

World History

Whether they lived 3,000 years ago or 100 years ago, people are always making history. It does not matter if they lived in medieval Europe or ancient Egypt, the people who came before us are responsible for nearly all that we have today. In this course, you will have the job of “curator” of the Windows of the World Museum. You will be learning about the many wings of the museum and will have the opportunity to speak with your Director about the exhibits.

World History gives students the opportunity to visit the past, connect with the present, and look to the future. Join others in the exploration of ancient and modern civilizations, their impact, and their contributions to today’s global society. The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of a global community. Students will use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics, diverse cultures, and humanities to solve problems in academic, civic, social, and employment settings.

Prerequisites: None