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Geography
U. S. History
World History
Honors U. S. Government
AP U. S. Government and Politics
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
Pre-AP English I and II
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Algebra II

Geometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Consumer Math
Pre-AP Biology
Chemistry
Anatomy & Physiology
Physics
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Latin I
Latin II
Latin III

German I
German II
German III
Hebrew
Bible I – An Old Testament Survey with Manna
Bible II – A New Testament Survey with Milk for Beginners, Meat for the Mature
Bible III – The Word Made Flesh: Christ’s Life Lived Through Us
Bible IV – Apologetics, Bible Doctrines & Practical Christianity
Speech
Choir
Music Appreciation/History
Music Theory

Grace Preparatory Academy Course Descriptions

High School Courses

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See the Grace Preparatory Academy book list for curricula and resources.

 

Geography

Students in this course will gain a fascinating view of the world, enlivened by a meticulous presentation that focuses on the development of geographic literacy. Every region is studied in three parts: physical geography, cultural geography, and current events.

 

U.S. History

This course recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage.

 

World History
The first nine-weeks of this study will be a review of ancient history through the Age of Exploration. After the nine-week review, a comprehensive examination of world history will begin with the Age of Reason and proceed till students are brought up-to-date with the most current events related to world history. Current events will be utilized throughout this study, comparing and contrasting historical events/politics/conflicts with today’s international issues/crises that affect our lives. This course satisfies the mandatory world history credit for graduation and provides a weighted (honors) credit.

 

Honors U. S. Government
This course provides students with a foundational understanding of government, supplying insight into the nature and purpose of government, a study of the U.S. Constitution, and how the government functions on a federal, state, and local level. There will be great emphasis on the Original Intent doctrine in the interpretation of the Constitution and U.S. law. The students will be challenged to elevate their awareness of current political and international issues, as well as being encouraged to become active participants in the political process.  This course is offered as a full-year course and satisfies the mandatory half-year government credit, as well as a half-year elective credit. It provides a weighted (honors) credit.

 

Personal Finance and Economics

This one-semester course helps students understand economic issues that have an impact on their personal finances, the United States, its citizens, and the world around them. The course provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, and discusses current issues from a personal, community, national, and global perspective. Students will also learn the basics of budgeting, avoiding debt, and being responsible with their money. This half-year course satisfies the mandatory economics credit for graduation.

 

AP English Language and Composition
This course is designed to be taken by seniors.

This AP English Language and Composition Course approved by the College Board emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication. Students will review grammar, usage, and mechanics principles for the purpose of improving essay construction, especially within timed guidelines, in an effort to fully prepare for college writing across the disciplines. Emphasis in discussions and compositions is on rhetorical strategies as found during close reading analysis and global critical analysis. Through the in-depth study of various genres of literature and patterns of composition, this course is designed to assist students in becoming skilled readers, critical thinkers, and competent writers. This English course satisfies a mandatory English credit for graduation and provides a weighted (AP) credit.

 

AP English Literature and Composition
This course is designed to be taken by juniors.

Students in this course, approved by the College Board, analyze and discuss literary works from a variety of genres, including drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and essays, with special emphasis on American and British literature. Supplemental outside reading is required during each nine-week grading period. Students review grammar, usage, and mechanics principles for the purpose of improving composition skills and reading comprehension. Composition skills focus on improving paragraph and essay construction. Discussion focuses on close reading strategies, rhetorical strategies, global critical analysis, and development of personal voice in order to fully prepare for the AP exam, college application essays, and the language sections of the SAT. This English course satisfies a mandatory English credit for graduation and provides a weighted (AP) credit.

 

Pre-AP English I and II Course Description
These two English courses are designed to be taken by freshmen and sophomores in either order.

 

Pre-AP English students engage in a comprehensive study of English, working in both individual and collaborative settings. Reading and writing practice involves analysis of various genres of literature. Students develop their communication skills in written and verbal form. Through extensive practice in writing and discussion, students hone the skills of writing clearly and communicating effectively. In preparation for the rigors of AP English, students will analyze various texts in close reading assignments in order to learn to draw inferences and become more adept at understanding and responding to complex literature. These two English courses satisfy two years of mandatory English credits for graduation and provide weighted (honors) credits.

 

College Preparation
This course, offered only in the fall semester, is designed to be taken by seniors.

 

Seniors will go through the process of selecting, applying for, and gaining acceptance into college. Students will immediately narrow the choices for college and gain awareness of important application dates. They will fill out applications, write application essays, produce resumes, seek out financial aid opportunities, and learn to stay organized throughout the process. Each student will apply to at least three colleges and solicit reference letters from mentors or teachers for the admission process. We will also discuss the importance of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and how to fulfill the FAFSA requirements. This one-semester course serves as a half-year elective credit for graduation.

 

Algebra I
This class is a study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra. Ultimately, this course will prepare students to approach and solve problems following a logical succession of steps. This course introduces basic algebraic skills including relations, functions, graphing, radicals, factoring polynomials, rationals, probability, statistics and quadratic equations.  Pre-Algebra is a pre-requisite or a recommendation from math teacher to go from 7th grade math to Algebra. This course satisfies the mandatory algebra I requirement for graduation.

Algebra II
This class expands on the topics of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. The topics that will be covered include: relations, equations, inequalities, conic sections, polynomials, rational expressions, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences and series, and counting principles and probability. Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra I. This course satisfies the mandatory algebra II requirement for graduation.

 

Geometry
A comprehensive course featuring coverage of geometric terms and processes, logic and problem solving, this course includes topics such as parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, inequalities and quadrilaterals. Various forms of proofs are studied. Emphasis is placed upon reasoning and problem-solving skills gained through study of similarity, areas, volumes, circles, and coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra I. This course satisfies the mandatory geometry requirement for graduation.

 

Pre-Calculus
Course topics include college algebra, advanced trigonometry, and analytic geometry of two and three dimensions. Students experience a thorough analysis of all elementary functions and curve-sketching. Selected discrete mathematics topics include normal probability distributions and non-linear regression; hypothesis testing and practice with proofs, such as mathematical induction are included. Experience with graphing calculators is incorporated. Prerequisites: B or better in Algebra II and Geometry. Pre-Calculus serves as one of the mandatory higher-level math courses and the fourth mandatory credit for graduation for the class of 2017. Graduates in 2018 and beyond are not required to take this math course.

 

Consumer Math

This is the math class every student needs and most adults wish they had taken. The project based course teaches students about various pay structures, keeping a balanced checkbook and determining expenses for housing, transportation, utilities, and food. Students learn about auto and health insurance, and the effects of compound interest when they borrow or save money. Through paying bills and working for a virtual income rather than grades, they learn the necessity of spending less than you make, and that working harder pays off. In the second semester students learn about personal income taxes and the federal budget, and they design a business, test and market a product or service and track income and expenses. This course can serve as a 4th math class for graduates in 2018 and beyond who have taken Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, and is an excellent elective for students who will take advanced math classes, but want to be prepared for the math of real life.

 

Calculus
Students will review and extend their knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Additionally, students study differentiation, integration, and other calculus topics. They will gain proficiency using the TI-83 (or more advanced) Graphing Calculator. The main focus is to provide a solid background in material and mathematical skills necessary for college-level calculus. Requires a B or better in Pre-Calculus. Calculus is not a mandatory math for graduation, but may serve as a fifth math  and weighted (honors) credit.

 

Pre-AP Biology
Students in this laboratory-based class will examine such disciplines as genetics, ecology, microbiology, biotechnology, and the theory of evolution within the framework that life is God’s most marvelous and complex creation. Students will gain knowledge of scientific method, classification, cell structure and function, cell reproduction, DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis. They will understand the subject from a Biblical perspective, as God created it and as man has learned of it. Lab work will allow students to gain an understanding of scientific processes and the evaluation of data in order to prepare for the study of biology at the college level. Biology is a mandatory science for graduation.

 

Chemistry
The purpose of this laboratory-based class is to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of chemistry, an appreciation of its many benefits to mankind, and a better understanding of the precision and design of the physical world that God created. Chemistry is a mandatory science for graduation.

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prepares students for further study of anatomy & physiology at the college level. This course is available only if three or more students register. It is offered as a full-year course and satisfies the fourth science credit necessary for graduation while offering a weighted (honors) credit.

 

Forensics

This science course offers a truly experiential approach that engages students in active learning and emphasizes the application of integrated science. Student materials combine math, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science content aligned with the National Science Education Standards. Students will study different types of evidence and the techniques that are used in today’s crime-scene investigations.  They will learn about the vast array of jobs that are involved in the criminal justice department. Topics will include:  historical development of forensic science, trace evidence (hair, fibers, soil, pollen, and glass), fingerprinting, DNA, handwriting

 

Physics
The purpose of this laboratory-based class is to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of physics, an understanding of the ongoing scientific conversation of mankind, and a better understanding of the fundamental forces that God designed for the universe. It emphasizes problem solving using vector analysis and is designed for the student who has completed Algebra 1 and understands basic trigonometry. Physics is a mandatory science for graduation for graduates in 2016 and 2017. For graduates of 2018 and beyond, this will no longer be a required science.

 

Spanish I
This course introduces students to the Spanish language and culture through the Natural Approach, which helps them understand Spanish through a variety of interactive, communicative activities. This course satisfies a mandatory foreign language credit for graduation.

 

Spanish II
This course reinforces what students learned in Spanish 1 and begins to increase the known vocabulary and introduces more complex grammar structure, creating an appreciation for Spanish culture around the world. This course satisfies a mandatory foreign language credit for graduation.

 

Spanish III

This course begins with an extensive review of Spanish I and II. Students continue to enhance their learning of Spanish through conversation, translation, and further study of grammar and vocabulary. A third year of foreign language is not mandatory for graduation, but is highly recommended and serves as a weighted (honors) credit.

 

Latin I
This course introduces students to the Latin language. Students in Latin I will gain a solid grasp of the present and perfect systems of the first two verb conjugations, the five noun declensions, first and second declension adjectives, and approximately 200 vocabulary words. This course satisfies a mandatory foreign language credit for graduation.

 

Latin II
Continuing in Henle Latin I, this course reviews the concepts of Latin I and introduces more complex grammar structure. Students in Latin II will have a solid grasp of the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the present and perfect systems—active and passive, indicative and subjunctive—the five noun declensions, adjectives in three declensions, personal pronouns, prepositions, and approximately 250 additional vocabulary words. This course satisfies a mandatory foreign language credit for graduation.

 

Latin III
This course begins with an extensive review of the concepts of Latin I and II. Students continue by learning additional grammar concepts and an additional 500-600 vocabulary words with an emphasis on the translation of complex passages, including the passion of Jesus Christ from the Gospel of John. A third year of foreign language is not mandatory for graduation, but is highly recommended and serves as a weighted (honors) credit.

 

Bible I An Old Testament Survey With Manna

This course examines the 39 books of the Old Testament, surveying the historical, cultural, and linguistic background and context for properly interpreting the Bible of Jesus’ day. We will study parts of each O.T. book, emphasizing the actual message of the Lord for us in today’s world, and applying those truths to our lives. The “manna” part of this study is this: we are given “daily bread” (manna from above) in order to consume it, not to simply admire it; God’s Word is that manna, given that it might be eaten, in order to become a living part of who we are as believers. Thus, we shall explore the Old Testament, learning what is in it, plus, more importantly, what is in it FOR US. We shall apply that Word, God’s truth, in the same way as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, applied that very same Word to every aspect of His daily life. There was no New Testament in Jesus’ day! We shall study the only Bible that Jesus had. This year-long course, offered every four years, serves as an elective.

 

Bible II A New Testament Survey, With Milk For Beginners, Meat for the Mature

This course examines the books of the New Testament, surveying the historical, cultural, and linguistic background and context for properly interpreting the Bible of Jesus’ day. We will study parts of each N.T. book, emphasizing the actual message of the Lord for us in today’s world, and applying those truths to our lives. This year-long course, offered every four years, serves as an elective.

 

Bible III Christian Life—Word Made Flesh
This course takes a close look at Bible prophets, their lives, their message, and how God used men and women to speak His word to shape history. The goal of this course is to apply the “prophetic” Word of God (that Word which He is speaking to us today through the Bible) to our lives. The prophets declared God’s purpose for His people, and He Himself continues to declare life-purpose for us in His eternal plan through His Word, the Bible. This study will be applicable and relevant to today’s teenagers and the challenges they face in a hostile, secular environment. We shall study topics relevant to the students’ lives as they prepare to graduate and face the adult world on their own. Some of those topics will include God’s perspective on authority, financial stewardship, and marriage. This year-long course, offered every four years, serves as an elective.

 

Bible IV Apologetics, Bible Doctrines & Practical Christianity
This course examines foundational Christian doctrine, investigates some of the “why-we-believe-what-we-believe” questions from an apologetics perspective, and provides practical application of Bible truth to real-life issues that challenge today’s youth. Beyond the study of the arguments of apologetics, we shall examine how our lives are to be the greatest defense of our beliefs (apologetics), through our living witness of Christ in us. This year-long course, offered every four years, serves as an elective.

 

Choir
Choir is a vocal ensemble of mixed voices that performs choral music from a multitude of styles and periods. The focus is on vocal training to include correct breathing, posture, positioning, listening, note-matching, and blending to discover the voice that God has gifted to each individual student. This year-long course satisfies the mandatory fine arts credit, or serves as an elective credit for graduation.

 

Music Theory

This course is designed for students who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. In this music theory course, students will learn the essentials of music, including chord structure and note value. Students will improve their music reading, writing, and listening skills. This year-long course satisfies the mandatory fine arts credit or serves as an elective credit for graduation.

 

 

Art 1

Art 1 is an introductory course that helps students to understand the visual world around them.  It provides a broad exposure to the visual arts through a variety of experiences.  This course lays the basic foundation for learning art processes and procedures in the studio through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc.  Students will be given the opportunity to become fluent in art vocabulary, improve visual perception, and build creative and critical thinking skills. Students will learn to identify and describe the elements of art and the principles of design in order to plan and organize their own work in a visually pleasing manner. Art history and appreciation are incorporated into each unit of study.  This course fulfills one-credit Fine Arts requirement for graduation and is a prerequisite for upper level art classes.

 

Art II

This advanced art class focuses on improving knowledge and skills learned in Art I.  Drawing and Painting will be the media used in a variety of ways for extended projects. The application of the student’s knowledge of art elements and art principles of design learned in Art I will be incorporated into each project in this course.  In addition to class time, a commitment to working outside of class will be necessary in order to obtain the full benefit of the course.  A sketchbook will be used for homework and project planning. Each student will need to provide his/her own art supplies and a supply list will be given upon class enrollment. Art history and appreciation will continue in this course.  Art I is a prerequisite for this course however, previous art studies may be substituted based on the content of the class.

 

Speech

This one-semester course provides students with the skills and practice needed to make various kinds of speeches, including, expository, persuasive, process analysis, and introductory. Students will also learn how to perform well in interview situations. This half-year course satisfies the required speech credit for graduation.

 

 

 

Middle School Courses

6th Grade Math

This course teaches students to understand basic math concepts in order to become problem solvers and to prepare for higher level math.  Concepts include:  place, value, basic operations, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, ratio, proportion, percentages, statistics, graphing, probability and time & money.

7th Grade Math – This courses teaches students problem-solving and real-life uses of math, in addition to reinforcing elementary skills to begin building a bridge from elementary math to algebra.

Pre-Algebra – This course is the bridge from elementary math to algebra.  Algebraic concepts are applied with operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percentages and radicals.  Students are introduced to functions and relations using equations, tables and graphs.  Statistics and geometry are included in preparation for high school courses.

Algebra I
This class is a study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra. Ultimately, this course will prepare students to approach and solve problems following a logical succession of steps. This course introduces basic algebraic skills including relations, functions, graphing, radicals, factoring polynomials, rationals, probability, statistics and quadratic equations.  Pre-Algebra is a pre-requisite or a recommendation from math teacher to go from 7th grade math to Algebra. This course satisfies the mandatory algebra I requirement for graduation.

 

6th Science—Zoology

This course gives an introduction to the world of flight and animal classification, learning why the design we see in these incredible creatures points us to our Creator God. Students will learn how to identify various bird species by looking at their special physical characteristics, nests, and domestic practices. Students will also explore the world of bats, while exposing the misconceptions that most people have regarding these docile creatures of the night. They will then learn to scientifically classify insects with a simple glance at wings and other physical characteristics. Students will observe nature and the fascinating world God created.​​

 

7th Science—Chemistry and Physics

This course inspires students to explore the basic building blocks of creation, atoms and molecules, and then journey through simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms, before discovering concepts of electricity and magnetism. God will be glorified as the Master Designer of all that the students are discovering about the world and how it works. This exciting course will give your students a love for learning and a confidence in science that will carry them through the school years and beyond.

 

8th Science—General Science

This course has a very wide scope and covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Students  will explore these areas of science by performing in-class labs and taking notes, which will prepare students for their high school science classes.

6th Social Studies—World Geography

Students will pursue the ultimate adventure on the seven continents. Using the five themes of geography, students will explore the world. Students will use the world atlas and additional resources to learn about each country, the major landforms, and the people that live there.

 

7th Social Studies—Texas History

This course covers the exciting history of the great state of Texas. Students will examine the full scope of Texas history, including the cultures of Native Americans living in Texas prior to European exploration and the eras of mission-building, colonization, revolution, republic, and statehood. Students will use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas

 

8th Social Studies—U.S. History

Offering an interactive and comprehensive overview of American history, this course engages and inspires students to learn about the rich and diverse history of America’s native peoples, early European colonization and settlement in America, and the creation of a new nation through the American Revolution. Students will examine major changes brought about by the nation’s reconstruction, industrialization, and urbanization, and will consider the implications each of these events had on the expansion of the United States’ global influence through modern times.

 

6th Writing

Students will work on improving writing skills based on the principles in IEW (The Institute for Excellence in Writing). Emphasis in 6th grade is on enhancing grammar and vocabulary skills. Students will also learn the basic concepts of reading with depth and of writing analysis of literature.

 

7th Writing

Students will continue to improve their writing skills based on the principles offered through IEW. Students will learn to implement a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Students will also continue to work on reading with depth and on writing analysis of literature.

 

8th Writing

Students will master many of the writing principles offered through IEW. They will incorporate stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write more complex essays and reports. Students will also continue to master the techniques of reading with depth and of writing analysis of literature.

 

M.S. Art (all grades)

This is an introductory course that will allow students to become familiar with many different media used in art. This is primarily a drawing-based course, although watercolor and acrylic paint will be introduced as well. This course incorporates many aspects of our surroundings and perspectives. We will introduce the importance of art and the knowledge of significant art movements. It is important that students know right from the start that they are able to be artistic in many different aspects of life with different media and with their various talents. The freedom of expressing creativity will be encouraged in this course and will prepare them for moving forward in High School Art 1.

 

Middle School Choir
Choir is a vocal ensemble of mixed voices that performs choral music from a multitude of styles and periods. The focus is on vocal training to include correct breathing, posture, positioning, listening, note-matching, and blending to discover the voice that God has gifted to each individual stu