This course emphasizes the study of different genres, such as the short story, biography, poetry, essay, drama and the novel. Students will become familiar with literature terms and will learn how to respond creatively to literature. Writing components are included.
Building on the skills they learned in English I, students will begin in-depth analyzation literature. Special emphasis will be placed on world literature and young adult literature. Writing components are included.
Prerequisite: English I
English III is a survey of American Literature within a historically based context. Students read classics from major American authors. Emphasis is given to developing critical thinking skills as students write formal and informal essays and answer questions from selections. Originality and creativity are fostered through oral presentations, projects and research. The clear expression and exchange of ideas is practiced through participation in class discussions and cooperative learning groups. Students are encouraged to interpret, analyze, and synthesize concepts and themes and evaluate literature within the context of Biblical truths. Writing components are included.
Prerequisite: English II
English IV is a survey of British literature within a historically based context. Students read classics from major British authors. Emphasis is given to developing critical thinking skills as students write formal and informal essays and answer questions from selections. Originality and creativity are fostered through oral presentations, projects and research. The clear expression and exchange of ideas is practiced through participation in class discussions and cooperative learning groups. Students are encouraged to interpret, analyze, and synthesize concepts and themes and evaluate literature within the context of Biblical truths. Because this is their last high school literature class, students will be asked to write in-depth, college-style papers.
World Geography is the study of geographical locations, land forms, bodies of water, and nations with a brief inclusion of their cultures. This class introduces the student to their world and the process of a global connection.
This survey course emphasizes the historical developments in Western European civilization, along with some treatment of civilizations in Africa and Asia, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and Japan. The course will also focus on the effects of warfare on society with emphasis on the conflicts of the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance/Reformation period, the French Revolution, and the 19th and 20th centuries. Current events will also be discussed.
This is a survey course covering key events, personalities, and ideas from the Colonial Period to the present.
*There is an honors section for this course.
This course considers the theory of government and the origins of American democracy. It emphasizes the organization of government, the principles of constitutional law, the justice system and the role of the citizen in a democratic society.
*There is an honors section for this course.
This course is a basic study of the structures, functions, growth, and interrelations of living things. Emphasis is given to human biology.
Required for graduation.
This is a pre-physics course which will introduce many of the topics that one might find in physics course. Math and formulas are used very little here. Topics included forces, motion, energy, momentum, and waves (light and sound).
This is a study of chemical laws and theories using lab techniques. Topics investigated include atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, states of matter, and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisite: Algebra II with B- 80%
This course examines the nature of energy and the relationship between energy and matter from the mechanics through nuclear reactions. Topics investigated include resolution/composition of forces, heat and thermal effects, conservation of energy and momentum, magnetism, electricity, simple circuit waves, atomic structure, and nuclear reactions. Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry with minimum B- grade or a B- in Pre-Calculus.
This study of algebra focuses on application of appropriate techniques, tools and formulas to interpret and solve problems with an ability to analyze results and draw appropriate conclusions. The concepts covered include but are not limited to the study of expressions, equations, functions, rational numbers, linear equations, polynomials, factoring and quadratic functions.
This course focuses on the development of deductive proofs with emphasis on plane geometry. It also covers trigonometry, constructions and coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: Algebra I or special permission.
This is a continued student of topics covered in Algebra I. Prerequisite: Algebra I with minimum C grade or special permission.
Survey of Math
This course is for seniors who are planning to go to college but who do not need a Pre-Calculus course. Survey of Math will review algebra and geometry concepts along with logic, probability and statistics.
Prerequisite: Algebra II
*Note: Students wishing to enroll in the advanced math program must have an “A” average.
This is a continuation of Algebra II. Topics covered are trigonometry, conics, sequences and series, functions, probability, limits, derivatives and integrals. Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry with minimum B grade in both. Available online through Andrews University for dual credit.
This course is primarily concerned with developing the student’s understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. Three major areas will be studied in depth: limits, derivatives and integrals. Available online through Andrews University for dual credit.
Physical Fitness and Education
This course emphasizes physical fitness, including the development and maintenance of a personal fitness program, and the fundamentals of team sports and activities. Shorts and running shoes are required.
In this course, students explore specific topics related to the importance to healthy living. The emphasis of the course is to promote responsible decision making and an understanding of the consequences of one’s choices and actions. To became aware of man God’s creature and why our physical, mental, social, and spiritual components are inseparable.
This course is an intensive study of the book of Genesis and focuses on providing answers to the question of man’s purpose on this planet and to the problem of sin. A study of the Gospels introduces students to their Savior, Jesus Christ.
This course traces the history of God’s dealings with man through His Church and covers the era from the Exodus to the present.
This course includes the following topics:
- Beliefs: This unit identifies the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and explores the scriptural basis for the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
- Romans: This unit explores and provides answers to the question of how god has resolved the problem of individual, personal sin.
- Daniel and Revelation: This unit explores God’s solution to the problem of sin on the cosmic scale
- Relationships: This unit emphasizes the practical consequences of the previous three units. Once I know why I am here, what God has done to deal with my sin problem and to deal with the larger problem of sin in general, how will my relationships with others be affected? More importantly, how will these truths affect my relationships with God?
This course includes the following topics:
- Gospel of John: This is an intensive study of how Gentile Christians of the first period of Christian church history reacted to their Savior and his provision of restoration—how they responded to their new identity, mission, and message.
- Worldviews and Religion: This subject takes the same theme of a new Identity, Mission and Messageand explores it in context of the modern church’s confusion over origins, purpose and destiny.
- Marriage and Family: This is a project-based course that uses Christ’s biblical marriage metaphor to prepare students for married life and a commitment to their spouse and to Jesus Christ for eternity.
- Hebrews: A study of how we react to the Savior and His provision of restoration.
Students are introduced to the Spanish language through basic conversational patterns, guided written exercises, and illustrated vocabulary words and phrases. Students learn to write simple sentences in Spanish with appropriate grammatical structure. Regular and irregular verbs are introduced in the present and simple past tenses.
Spanish II introduces students to more complex conversational patterns and verb tenses. Students engage in comprehension exercises and practice writing original sentences and paragraphs using more complex verb tenses. An appreciation for the Hispanic culture is fostered through reading and translating informational articles and engaging in activities that highlight various aspects of life in Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: Spanish I with minimum C grade
Service Learning is a vital part of the Hoover Christian School experience. Because HCS believes true education involves the development of a sense of value of selfless service, high school students at Hoover Christian School will engage in a variety of service experiences as part of their overall education program. Through these experiences, students will practice the command of Jesus to love their neighbor and sacrifice their own time and energy for the benefit of others.
These Fine Art classes consist of a series of exercises concentrating on the foundation of all art, realistic drawing. We use both drawings and paintings which teach the techniques and thought processes of the Old Masters of art: the Dutch, Italian and French painters, as well as the great artist, John Singer Sargent, who put all these ideas and concepts together to convey his message. Basic color theory is also introduced.
The basic fundamentals of drama and Stage Theater will be learned and applied through performances locally and on tours. Students will have the opportunity to develop writing, performance and improvisational skills. ALL ORGANZATIONAL TOURS ARE REQUIRED. STUDENTS MISSING A CONCERT APPOINTMENT WILL BE DOCKED ONE LETTER GRADE FOR THE NINE-WEEK PERIOD. Membership is by audition.
In this course, students will learn how to use their digital SLR cameras to take the best possible photographs in a variety of situations. Students will also learn how to organize and correct photographs digitally to make good photographs even better. This course will touch on photo history, photography in the world of art, and learn how photography can be used as a powerful form of communication.
In this class, students will develop skills in writing, computer layout, art, and photography as they design and publish HCS’s yearbook. This may not be taken as a Fine Art credit.