The high school Bible curriculum is designed to help students have a better knowledge of the books of the Old & New Testament and the stories they contain. The overall emphasis is on the Unconditional love of God, encountering the grace of Jesus Christ, recognizing the work of God’s Spirit, seeking God’s Will and applying it to our daily life.
Book of John, Book of Romans, Old Testament Prayers, Book of James
Book of Acts, New Testament Prayers
Living out my Faith
An introductory course designed to enable students to develop an individual financial plan. Topics include the responsible use of credit (including credit cards), savings and investments, taxes, real estate, employee benefits, and retirement planning.
Students in this course are responsible for updating the JCS website. Opportunities are provided for them to develop their skills in digital imaging and web design. Prerequisites: Teacher Approval
English I focuses on reading skills and various types of literature. Students learn to be conscious of their writing voice, to enhance thesis writing skills, and improve grammar usage through writing assignments.
English I (Honors)
This class also develops rhetorical and reading skills, but includes additional reading and/or writing assignments and more self-directed projects.
As students transition from 9th to 10th grade, they will be exposed to the thematic concept of culture. Students read both literature and informational texts focusing on The Human Condition and Cultural Conversations. Students will write, produce and distribute different text types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives. Students will demonstrate understanding of figurative language and accurately use general academic words and phrases sufficient for communicating at the college and career readiness level.
English II (Honors)
Sophomores in Honors English focus on The Human Condition and Cultural Conversations. Students will explore fictional characters and real individuals whose world-view is affected by their culture. In addition to students’ interactions with these texts, they will continue to refine their understanding of style and rhetorical skills. Students in Honors English move through the curriculum at a faster pace and will be assigned independent reading and research presentations.
Junior English will focus on rhetoric and the role it plays in argument as students read selections that contribute to the American Voice. To achieve this end, students will look at multiple perspectives in order to get a clearer picture on both American and world approaches to argument. Building on rhetorical foundations laid in 9th and 10th grade, students will broaden their skill set and be introduced to the rhetorical triangle, rhetorical canon, schemes and tropes, and continue to develop a more mature writing style.
A comprehensive study of British literature from the Old English through the Modern periods. In composition, students will further develop their essay and research writing skills.
ENG 101, English Composition I (3 credit-hour course) Spring semester
An introduction to college writing. Students draft and revise essays written in a variety of rhetorical modes.
ENG 102, English Composition II (3 credit-hour course); Fall semester
An introduction to research and argumentative writing. Students write research papers, critical essays, and argumentative essays using MLA style.
ENG 246, World Literature II (3 credit-hour course) Spring semester
A survey of western literature, from the 17th century to the present. This course exposes students to a wide range of writers, periods, literary movements, and currents of thought in modern western literature. The focus is on literature other than British and American literature. Prerequisite: ENG 102, English Composition II, or the equivalent.
Spanish I is the first in a series of courses designed to lead you to communicating in Spanish. You will be immersed in the language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. People best acquire a second language much like they acquire their first—by hearing speech in context. TPRS (Total Physical Response—Storytelling), the method that we use, introduces vocabulary along with gestures. The vocabulary is then used in the context of situations and stories which you (the student) take part in creating. Intuitively, through much repetition within these stories, you will learn basic vocabulary and the structure (grammar) of Spanish, with grammatical explanations after the fact. In addition, you’ll sing, view videos and take part in several cultural events to give you a taste of life in Spanish-speaking countries.
Spanish II is a continuation of immersion in the Spanish language as well as the culture. We will be examining in greater depth the everyday life of Spanish and Latino peoples and will also build on the vocabulary and grammar concepts from Spanish I.
Spanish III (Honors)
Spanish III is an elective course for those interested in using their Spanish beyond the classroom. Spanish III students will learn to communicate with a higher quality of fluency and oral proficiency. Emphasis is placed on refining grammar, improving pronunciation, and building a richer vocabulary. This course is designed to prepare students to continue to take Spanish in college.
This course uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. Problem solving situations will provide all students an environment, which promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics, to other disciplines and to the real technological world. Topics include: operations with real numbers, linear equations and inequalities, relations and functions, polynomials, algebraic fractions, nonlinear equations, factoring, linear systems and exponents.
High school geometry covers a wide range of concepts including reasoning skills, logic, parallels and polygons, triangles, perimeter and area, shapes in space, surface area and volume, similar shapes, circles, and trigonometry. An inductive and deductive approach will be used to discover and aid in understanding the concepts and terminology of elementary geometry. Important formulas will be derived and applied to solve real world problems.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
High school Geometry Honors covers a thorough study of concepts including reasoning skills, logic, parallels and polygons, triangles, perimeter and area, shapes in space, surface area and volume, similar shapes, circles, and trigonometry. An inductive and deductive approach will be used to discover and aid in understanding the concepts and terminology of elementary geometry. Important formulas will be derived and applied to solve real world problems. This course also covers an introduction to trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Algebra I and teacher approval
This course extends the content of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. Topics include: relations, functions, equations and inequalities; conic sections; polynomials; algebraic fractions; imaginary and complex numbers; sequences and series.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry
Algebra II (Honors)
This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, conics and concepts. It also introduces matrices and their properties, transformations and sequences. Intensive work with the graphing calculators is included. The topics in this course are important for students’ success on the ACT and other college mathematics entrance exams.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry Honors and teacher approval
This course provides a general overview of mathematics and seeks to reinforce concepts learned in Algebra I, Geometry/Trig, and Algebra II. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for the ACT math test and insuring readiness for college mathematics.
Prerequisite: Geometry, Algebra II, and ACT Math less than 21.
This is a statistics course for students whose background is basic algebra. We will cover a broad range of topics which include business, sports and science. We will be using the graphing calculator and Microsoft EXCEL.
Prerequisite: College Algebra or Bridge Math and ACT Math 21 or greater.
College Algebra (Honors) (Fall/Spring)
The concept of function is central to this course. Students will learn general information about functions and their graphs as well as specific information about many types of functions including linear, quadratic, higher-degree polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. Solutions to equations, inequalities, and applied problems will be obtained using both algebraic and graphic methods. Extensive work with graphing calculators is completed. (This class may be taken for dual credit.)
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ACT Math 21, and GPA 3.0.
Precalculus (Honors) (Spring)
A study of polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities. This course is designed to strengthen a student’s technical skills and conceptual understanding in mathematics. (This class may be taken for dual credit.)
Prerequisite: GPA 3.2 and College Algebra with average at least 85.
The fundamentals of analytic geometry are blended with single variable differentiation and integration. (This class may be taken for dual credit.)
Prerequisite: GPA 3.25 and Precalculus with average at least 85.
The JCS Band Program is a Fine Art based program that seeks to develop the artistic and creative abilities of students while also promoting excellence, leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. There are three different age groups: Beginning (grade 6), Intermediate (grade 7), and Senior High (grades 8-12). Students must have two (2) years previous band experience to perform in the Senior High level.
The JCS Choral Program is a Fine Art based program that seeks to develop the artistic and creative vocal abilities of students while also promoting excellence, leadership, and desire to use their gifts to glorify God. There are three categories for the choral program: Beginning (grades 6-8), Senior High Chorus (9-12), and Advanced Chorus (performance tryouts required).
Health is a combination of physical education activities and health topics. Emphasis is placed on sport-specific skills and the knowledge of healthy lifetime choices.
Physical Science is a freshman level survey class in which students are introduced to the basic principles of physics and chemistry. Emphasis is placed on developing foundational understanding of the laws of motion, energy, scientific measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table; atomic structure; ionic, metallic and covalent bonding; chemical nomenclature and formulas. Physical Science will be required for graduation.
Biology is a sophomore level survey class in which students are introduced to the basic principles of cytology, biochemistry, genetics, taxonomy, ecology, botany, and anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on the comparison of the various forms of living organisms and Man’s obligation to maintain synergy within the ecosphere. Biology will be required for graduation.
Biology is a sophomore level survey class in which students are introduced to the basic principles of cytology, biochemistry, genetics, taxonomy, ecology, botany, and anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on the comparison of the various forms of living organisms and Man’s obligation to maintain synergy within the ecosphere. The major difference between general and advanced biology is the pace at which information will be covered and the depth to which the information is covered. Most materials used in these two classes are very similar but more detail will be required of students in advanced biology. Biology will be required for graduation.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or Administrative Approval
This course is a continuation of Biology I with an emphasis on lab activities.
Prerequisite: Biology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology
This class will focus on the various anatomical and physiological characteristics of the human body. Emphasis is placed upon the various roles of each system and the cooperation among the systems to maintain homeostasis for the individual.
Prerequisite: Physical Science & Biology
Students enrolling in ecology will be exposed to the many factors influencing the maintenance of balance within our ecosphere. Students will participate in several lab experiences to help them gain an understanding population dynamics and other ecological phenomena. Students will also be expected to compose research papers and give several technology based presentations. Students who have had ecology will be given preference when choosing team members for the various environmental competitions. (Offered on demand)
In this introductory chemistry course, students will explore chemistry and learn how it influences our daily lives. Lessons focus on the scientific method, theories and scientific laws; matter and change; scientific measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table; electrons in atoms; ionic, metallic and covalent bonding; chemical names and formulas; and chemical quantities.
Chemistry I (Honors)
The course’s laboratory component is an integral portion of most lessons.
Chemistry II (Honors)
Students who have shown themselves to be exceptional chemistry students may opt to take Chemistry II. This class is designed to parallel the subject matter required for a college level chemistry class.
Physics, an honor class, introduces students to the concepts of kinematics, dynamics of motion (which includes vector analysis, and one and two dimensional motion), universal law of gravitation, momentum, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism. Students utilize calculator based lab units (CBL’s) to collect and analyze data. This course is intended to prepare students that will take physics at a university.
Prerequisite: Algebra II
In World History High School students study the history of civilization to the present day. There is an emphasis on the time period of the Renaissance to the present day.
In U.S. History the students will be studying from Reconstruction to the present. The students will utilize different methods that historians use to interpret the past and its effect on the future.
American History (Honors)
In Honors American History the students will be studying from exploration to the present. The students will utilize different methods that historians use to interpret the past and its effect on the future. (This class may be taken for dual credit.)
The Government course focuses on the foundations of the United States Government, the State Governments, and local Governments. It will be a study of the function and powers of Government at all levels.
In Economics the student will learn the principles of how people, businesses, and governments use the resources they have. It is also a course that includes consumer responsibility.
Intro to Art
This course is built to accommodate the student who needs to fulfill their fine arts requirement toward graduation and to develop the interest of rising artists. Units revolve around the elements of design. Sketchbooks are used extensively to produce original work.
This course is built to advance the serious art student’s ability to create and develop an original style and perception. Units revolve around the principles of design. Contracts are used the second semester to develop a sense of time management and personal style and interests.
Prerequisite: 85 or above average in Art I
Art III is an advanced course for the serious art student. Personal style and interest are developed through multi-media projects. Contracts are used for the student to develop specific areas of technique.
Prerequisite: 90 or above average in Art II
(See Web Development/Coding under Computer)
(Electives will vary from year to year depending on demand.)
In Computer Applications students will develop advanced computer skills using word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation tools. Students will also study the impact technology has on society. Students will be given an introduction to desktop publishing and computer hardware.
In Contemporary Issues, students study various dynamic issues facing today’s society enabling them to discover their values and responsibilities as citizens in that society. The course will utilize six social studies standards of essential content knowledge and four process skills are integrated for instructional purposes. Students will utilize different learning methods to research, discuss, debate and formulate opinions on those contemporary issues.
Family and Consumer Science
The focus of Family and Consumer Science education is the individual, the family and the community. STREAM education requires students to develop the ability to transform information into knowledge by using standards to certify that this information is meaningful, categorizing it to a purpose, and then transforming their knowledge into wisdom by applying it to real life. Real-life applications will be used in the classroom, throughout projects, and during off-campus excursions. Students will explore standards related to careers and budgeting, housing and interior design, nutrition, as well as food preparation techniques and hospitality.
The primary goal of this journalism program is for students to improve written communication skills. Many high school students seek opportunities to explore career possibilities in the media. This journalism class will focus on developing students’ writing skills through the publication of a digital, student generated newspaper.
This course is a practical course in life that will benefit students as they prepare for adulthood. This class will benefit students in the “real” world. Areas that this course would cover: Nutrition and fitness for life, Financial Management, Relationships and Parenting, and Random Life skills.
Students in Beginning Photography look at the history of photography and how it has evolved from film photography to the modern age of digital photography. Different types of photography are explored while students begin using cameras and learn about composition, cropping and editing. In Advanced Photography, students dig deeper into the mechanics of their cameras and how to use them all properly to achieve the best photographs possible.
In Psychology, students study the development of the individual and the personality. Students will study the concepts of Research Methods, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Altered States of Consciousness, Learning, and Psychological Disorders. While studying each topic, students will be given opportunities to relate the concepts to their own lives, or explore the concepts in real world settings.
Robotics students explore microcontrollers and learn to integrate computers with electronic devices such as LED’s, motors, and all types of sensors. The class teaches programming languages enabling computers to communicate with robotic devices.
In Sociology, students study dynamics and models of individual and group relationships. Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people, including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and tradition. Students will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation and respect for the variety of human cultures.