Academics

A Houston Christian Education

Houston Christian High School engages students in an empowering, dynamic education from a Christian worldview developing young adults into effective and impactful leaders. With nearly 70 percent of its faculty awarded advanced degrees, Houston Christian provides rigorous, collegiate-style academic programs where students are challenged to discover their potential and to become difference-makers in their communities.

A Houston Christian education goes beyond a transference of knowledge and develops a rich culture of learning and inquiry that has produced National Merit Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, perfect SAT and ACT scores, and graduates who attend the most esteemed universities in the country. In addition, our graduating classes regularly receive more than $7 million in collegiate scholarships. Our alumni frequent corporate boardrooms, Broadway stages, courtrooms, pulpits, and classrooms around the world. We take pride in the success of our students and look forward to celebrating future graduates as they positively contribute to communities around the globe through their careers and service.

Explore the links below to read specifically on how each of our departments works toward student success. We welcome your questions and look forward to partnering with you on your students’ educational journey.

Technology

Technology is an integral part of the learning process at Houston Christian High School.

The school utilizes the latest technologies to enhance the learning experience for all students. The cornerstone of the technology program is the one-to-one laptop initiative. All students have a laptop computer that provides access to online curriculum resources. Laptops operate in an 802.11n environment that allows wireless access to the Internet and the internal network from locations across the campus.

In addition to the one-to-one laptop initiative, the campus technology program includes classroom projectors, printers, document cameras, SMARTBoards and a business class network that incorporates both industry and educational software titles.

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Our Curriculum

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  • Bible Department

    The Houston Christian Bible Department strives to teach students how to interpret and apply the Bible through various hands-on, dynamic, interactive, and scholarly approaches. Through four required courses, one each year, students are introduced to the Old and New Testaments and principles of Christian leadership. Students also take a Christian perspectives class that explores a variety of logical, philosophical, and theological perspectives, comparing each to a biblical Christian worldview.

    Houston Christian requires these classes to allow students the opportunity to discover their own unique God-given callings. We also highly encourage students to serve in the multitude of volunteer and leadership roles on campus to further their spiritual development. Our alumni regularly serve overseas in short and long-term mission work and vocational ministry where they spread the love of God to people from all walks of life all around the world.

    Courses:
    • Introduction to Christian Leadership
    • Old Testament Studies
    • New Testament Studies
    • Christian Worldview


     
  • English Department

    As the largest academic department on campus, members of our English faculty foster a deep love of literature, culture, and art in order to elevate student creativity, critical thinking skills, and a deeper engagement with the written word.

    Houston Christian offers a wide variety of courses, which support and challenge every level of student. Our English faculty boasts more than 180 years of teaching experience and includes Houston Christian alumni among its number. Faculty to student ratios are intentionally kept low to facilitate personalized attention to fully develop students’ written communication skills and provide rich feedback on student work.

    Students are required to take an English class each year, with Pre-Advanced Placement courses available during the freshmen and sophomore years, and Advanced Placement available for juniors and seniors. Students must meet certain requirements to be accepted into  AP courses.

    We also encourage students to compete in national and state events such as Scholastic Art & Writing, This I Believe, and Letters About Literature, further strengthening their skills as they grow into effective communicators.

    Courses:
    • English 1
    • English 1 Honors
    • English 2
    • English 2 Honors
    • English 3
    • English 3 AP: Language and Composition
    • English 4: Society, Comedy, Tragedy
    • English 4: Ancient and Modern Heros
    • English 4 AP: Literature and Composition
  • Math Department

    In Houston Christian’s Math Department, students of all levels find the support needed to refine and strengthen their mathematical abilities. Our six highly-qualified instructors use a variety of teaching methods, including problem-based learning and flipped classrooms, while integrating technology through dynamic geometric software and calculators when appropriate. These highly effective, research-based teaching methods stimulate learning through class discussion and student inquiry, producing an average Advanced Placement exam passing rate of 90 percent in both Calculus and Statistics, with multiple students earning perfect Math SAT scores in recent years.

    Students also have the opportunity to test their skills outside the classroom by participating in the qualifying exams for the International Mathematics Olympiad and multiple university math competitions throughout the year. Students are encouraged to participate in the school’s math club.
    Houston Christian students graduate equipped to face the rigor of collegiate math, some progressing on to master or doctoral programs at the most prestigious schools in the country. 

    Math Department's Mission Statement: Uniting the faith, talents, and resources of its instructors, the mission of the HC Mathematics Department is to provide a personalized, active learning experience for all its students in preparation for the rigors of university-level mathematics.  We are committed to acting on current research in mathematics education and ongoing professional development.  The appropriate use of trending technologies, standards-based assessment and the integration of statistics into core courses are hallmarks of an HC Mathematics Education.

    Courses:
    • Algebra 1
    • Algebra 1 Honors
    • Geometry
    • Geomtry Honors
    • Algebra 2
    • Algebra 2 Honors
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Pre-Calculus Honors
    • Finite Math & Statistics
    • Calculus Business
    • Calculus AB/AP
    • Calculus BC/AP
    • Calculus 3
    • Statistics AP

  • Science Department

    In the Houston Christian Science Department, students explore God’s creation through scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and academic research. Our faculty continuously strives to challenge students through independent learning and instructional techniques, such as flipped classrooms, Socratic discussion, inquiry-based experimentation, and peer review. These methods empower students to apply knowledge to real-world situations and prepare them for the advanced independent learning of higher education.

    Houston Christian is constantly expanding its state-of-the-art facilities and using cutting-edge technology both in and out of the classroom. Biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and robotics are also available to students. Houston Christian is exploring plans to add an Innovation Lab in the near future to support the growth of engineering courses and our award-winning robotics team.
    Our Science Department takes pride in the number of alumni now serving in hospitals, veterinary clinics, and research labs around the country. 

    Courses:
    • Biology 1
    • Biology 1 Honors
    • Biology AP
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry Honors
    • Chemistry AP
    • Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Physics
    • Physics Honors
    • Physics C: Mechanics AP
  • Social Sciences Department

    Houston Christian High School empowers students to promote positive change in their communities. The Houston Christian Social Sciences Department takes pride in challenging our students to become servant leaders, civic minded citizens, and lifelong learners.

    Through an array of courses covering global issues, American and world history, US government, economics, and psychology, students gain critical knowledge of the social sciences, all within the context of a spiritual worldview. Teachers in the Social Sciences Department craft engaging lessons which incorporate research-based strategies such as Socratic seminar, debate, evaluation, and role play. The faculty also emphasizes writing, close reading, and performance-based assessment.
    The Social Sciences Department provides students with several opportunities for extracurricular involvement and community service including Model United Nations Club, Diversity Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council.

    Courses:
    • World History
    • World History and Geography Honors
    • World History AP
    • US History
    • US History AP
    • Government and Economics
    • Government/Politics AP and Non-AP Economics
  • World Languages Department

    The study of foreign languages at Houston Christian High School is motivated by the recognition that God is the source of all true knowledge and that in His goodness, He has granted us the means to communicate with Him and with others around the world.

    Technology is used where appropriate to enhance the learning experience and to connect students directly with the cultures they are studying. In addition, students progress in their critical thinking and analysis skills through classroom discussions and assignments that focus on the literature and cultures associated with the language they are studying. Leadership lessons are also integrated into the curriculum throughout the year. The foreign language department seeks to acquaint students with the richness of cultures and languages different from their own and to equip them to communicate in a foreign language in a culturally appropriate way. This involves the development of linguistic skills in the areas of aural comprehension, reading, writing, and oral expression.

    Courses:
    • Spanish 1 , 2, 2 Honors, 3, 3 Honors, 4: Conversations and Culture, and 4 AP
    • Latin 1, 2, 3 Honors, 4 Honors
    • Mandarin 1, 2, 3, 5: Conversations and Culture

Electives

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  • Accounting

    This course provides a basic understanding of accounting principles and applications. Students implement skills in written and computerized accounting to strengthen individual performance and to make a successful transition to post-secondary education accounting. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies and develop a foundation in the economical, financial, technological, social, and ethical aspects of business accounting to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. 

    Prerequisite:  Students must be in grades 11-12.
  • Computer Science

    Available Electives:
    • Computer Science A (Java) AP:
      The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics including problem-solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions, scaling up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities. This is a course for those who enjoy learning programming.  Taking AP Computer Science Principles first is recommended, but not required. Prerequisite:  Instructor approval. Prerequisite: recommended for 11-12 grade and requires instructor approval.
    • Computer Science Principles AP:
      Students develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems. They discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world. The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computer apps for both self-expression and problem-solving.  The course is equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. Sophomore students who have a strong interest in computers and have a strong work ethic are eligible to request this course. Prerequisite: recommended students must be in grades 10-12.
  • Distinguished Scholars Program

    DSP provides high-achieving students an enhanced learning environment to explore and build the skill set needed to become the next generation of leaders. Mirroring collegiate graduate programs, Scholars select a topic of choice to research and master the building blocks of communication as they strive to learn more and explore different perspectives culminating in a written thesis and oral defense.  The four-year program offers the opportunity to study a topic of the Scholar’s choosing in an interdisciplinary environment comprised of rigorous thought and research. Reserved for a limited number of high achieving students who apply and are approved by the director.

    Click here for more details.

    Available Electives:
    • DSP Research 9
    • DSP Research 10
    • DSP Research 11
    • DSP Research 12
  • Engineering in Robotics

    Students in this course will participate in a project-based curriculum that engages students in active, hands-on learning to challenge, motivate, and inspire students. Students experience and apply the engineering design process to compete in different challenges -  building, programming, and adapting robots to solve problems and earn points. Students will learn a version of the programming language C, work with VEX robotics parts, and collaborate in teams, integrating HC’s Leadership standards. No prior robotics experience is required. No prerequisites. Seniors may use this course as a fourth or fifth science credit. Juniors may take the course as an additional science option, thereby graduating with five science credits. Engineering cannot replace the junior science course. Open to grades 10-12
  • Entrepreneurship

    This course is designed to expose students to a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and to learn the entrepreneurial skills critical for success in the present digital age. Topics include but are not limited to ethical business practices, generating business ideas, developing a business plan, building a customer base, creating a platform, launching a product, marketing and branding, and use of social media and communication media. Students will explore ideas such as brand loyalty, economic factors for business success, and the role of technology in today’s entrepreneurial environment. Examination of past and current entrepreneurs will also play a significant role in the course. The capstone project for the course will be to create and launch a business idea.

    Open to students in grade 10 with teacher approval and open to all in grades 11-12).
  • Fine Arts: Band

    The Mustang Band offers a progressive learning situation, which gives the students the opportunity to find expression through musical performances on a musical instrument. Students will learn a variety of musical and rehearsal techniques necessary to elevate individual and group performances to an artistic level. The band members will have opportunities to participate in District and State Band Contests, Solo/Ensemble Contests, performances at HC athletic events, concerts, and a spring band trip. Students are encouraged to repeat this class for four years. Rehearsals occur during the pre-block period with extra rehearsals scheduled as needed. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Chamber Singers

    Chamber Singers are advanced musicians who have strong mature voices and sight reading skills. The choir competes at TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading or an equivalent contest. Students are encouraged to participate in the TPSMEA and TMEA All-State Choir Audition Process and the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Membership is determined through a rigorous audition process and is reserved for the most experienced of students within the Houston Christian Choir program. It is up to the discretion of the Director to determine if the applicant meets the requirements of the sight-reading element of the audition as well as behavioral expectations, commitment, and overall experience necessary to become a member. Members are required to attend regular rehearsals and to be members of and leaders in Chorale.  Open to grades 10-12, by audition only.
  • Fine Arts: Chorale

    Chorale members include beginning to advanced musicians who are interested in improving their voices and sight-reading skills. The choir competes at the TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest or an equivalent contest. Students are encouraged to participate in the TPSMEA and/or TMEA All-State Choir Audition Process and the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Members are required to attend class during the Fine Arts Block before school throughout the year. Students are required to purchase performance attire. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Dance & Intermediate

    Introduction:
    Provides the foundation in dance technique, terminology, choreography, performance, and dance history. Students explore various dance genres including ballet, jazz, hip hop, theater, and lyrical. Intro to Dance students perform at least two routines in the Spring Dance Concert. Open to all grades.
     
    Dance Intermediate:
    A mid-level dance course focusing on achieving greater body awareness and control, improving technique and flexibility, understanding terminology and the choreography process, and becoming a more proficient and dynamic performer. Intermediate Dance students perform three routines in the Spring Dance Concert. The course can be taken a second time. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Dance Intro. or by Teacher Approval.
  • Fine Arts: Dance Repertory (DOXA)

    Doxa Repertory Dance Company is a performance-based dance program showcasing the talents and strengths of its members through a variety of dance styles.  Being selected as a member of Doxa is a privilege and with it comes a responsibility to oneself,  fellow company members, and one’s craft. As Doxa members, students will continue to hone dance techniques while exploring the creative process of choreography and seeking opportunities to share that choreography with others. Audition only; open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Drama & Advanced

    Drama:
    Basic skills in role-play, impromptu, improvisations and pantomime are learned in this course. Students are challenged in all areas of creativity. The Acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, and Sanford Meisner are introduced into classroom activities. Additionally, history of the theatre is explored and examined. Class projects, papers, and performances will be assigned as the course progresses. Open to all grades.

    Drama Advanced:
    Advanced skills in role play, impromptu, improvisations, pantomime, monologues, original musicals and scenes are learned. The Acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Ion Cojar, Robert Lewis, Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner are explored, studied, and used to approach the realization of dramatic texts on the stage. Additionally, the history of the theatre is explored and examined. The class produces and participates in A Night of One Acts in May. Class projects, papers, and performances will be assigned as we progress through the year. Open to grades 10-12.
  • Fine Arts: Drumline

    Drumline class is a requirement for members of the HC Drumline.  Students are exposed to a broad range of musical styles, instrumentation, and ensembles addressing specific needs inherent to percussion technique and musicianship.  Students are taught percussion fundamentals including hand technique, mallet technique, rhythm training, ear training, and music reading.  The four primary areas of study are snare drum (both marching and concert), marimba, timpani, and ethnic/unique percussion.  Students gain performance experience in multiple settings such as solo, chamber, and chamber and large ensemble configurations.  During the Fall Semester, the members of the percussion class form the battery component of the pep band.  During the Spring Semester the class priority shifts to percussion ensemble and concert repertoire. Open to all grades (by audition only).
  • Fine Arts: Guitar Ensemble

    Prior guitar experience and musical knowledge are required to be placed in this class. Students are expected to perform as soloists, small ensembles, and full guitar ensembles with the class. The material for this class focuses on the skill of playing in various types of groups. Each class can be modified based on the skills of the students in the class. The primary focus each day is to achieve excellent musicianship. Course offered by audition or teacher placement and open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Guitar/Theory

    No prior musical knowledge is necessary to be successful. Content is designed to introduce students to many aspects of guitar proficiency at various levels. Beginning with the identification of each part of the guitar, beginner theory, and ensemble playing skills. Upon
    completion of level 1, the class will move to reading musical notes and playing correct rhythms efficiently as an ensemble. Each class can be modified based on the skills of the students in the class. The primary focus each day will be excellent musicianship. Open to all grades. Students provide their own guitar. Open to all grades. 
  • Fine Arts: History of Jazz, Pop, and Rock

    This course presents a survey of American Jazz and Popular Music from the beginning to the late 20th Century.  Styles include music from Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime, Blues, New Orleans Jazz, Swing Era Big Band music and pop singers, Bebop, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, Modal Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Fusion, etc. The course is non-technical and is geared to non-musicians.  Music terminology and concepts will be introduced as the course progresses.  The emphasis is on listening, and all tests and assignments will include critical listening, aural discrimination and identification of various works and styles.  The goal of the course is to enable the student to gain proficiency in attentive and critical listening to various styles of Pop and Jazz music to gain an understanding of the music through such listening, and to be able to understand and trace the historical development and evolution of the music. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Jazz Band

    This performance-oriented ensemble course includes practices in and outside of class. Advanced wind and percussion skills are stressed with an emphasis on performance.  Jazz music from various periods and of several styles is studied and performed throughout the year. Performance opportunities exist for all members of the Jazz Band. Enrollment for this course is limited based on instrumentation needs/requirements and proficiency of the students' ability. Open to all grades (by audition only).
  • Fine Arts: Music for Worship

    This class is designed for students with an active personal faith and a heart for worshiping through music. Topics covered will include the role of music in worship, leadership skills of music worship leaders, planning and preparing music for different worship settings, and the technical aspects of music in worship. The class includes preparing music to lead worship in select chapel services, learning the production aspect of such performances, and students will learn basic sound production techniques as they relate to this type of music and performance. Students who sing and/or play instruments are encouraged to take this class. This class is required for all students who wish to participate as a student worship leader.  Open to all grades (by audition only).
  • Fine Arts: Music Theory

    This course is designed to demonstrate and develop mastery of understanding in the theory of western music through figured bass, voice leading, form, and harmonic progression and through a series of written exercises and analysis projects; short concepts on counterpoint. These objectives are assessed using daily assignments (both in and out of class), weekly quizzes, and semester exams. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Orchestra

    This course is designed for 9th to 12th grade students with prior experience in violin, viola, cello or string bass performance. This ensemble is made up of students with excellent performing skills and a strong desire to continue their musical growth. Students will learn to listen to, analyze, perform and create music in an orchestral setting. Much emphasis in this course is placed on understanding history and various other cultures through music, and relating elements of music to other disciplines. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in seasonal concerts, TMEA, TPSMEA and ISAS contests and as well as national and international performance field trips. Community involvement is always a part of any school performing art as well. Private lessons are also encouraged. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Piano & Advanced

    Piano 1 
    This class is designed for beginning students who want to learn how to play the piano and advance their skill level. Instruction is provided in piano technique, music reading and introductory music theory and history. The aim of instruction is to develop the student’s musicianship and assimilation of music without guidance. Open to all grades.

    Piano Advanced
    This course is designed and intended for students that have already taken Piano 1 or currently take or have taken private piano lessons. Upon successful completion of this class, students will have refined functional piano skills needed to play intermediate and advanced piano pieces. Open to all grades.
  • Fine Arts: String Methods

    This course is designed for 9th to12th grade students who are interested in playing violin, viola, cello or bass for the first time or have had very little experience (no audition required).  Students will gain a basic understanding of string performance, music theory, history, and appreciation. Students will obtain basic instrumental skill development in many styles of music such as classical, rock, pop, world music, and many more, as well as music reading. The goal of this course is to develop the student's performance so they can enter into FAB-Block Orchestra the following year if they so choose. Ownership or rental of an instrument is necessary and can be provided by the teacher. Some school instruments are available upon request. Students will get the opportunity to participate in seasonal concerts, contests and field trips."Open to all grades; no previous skill needed.
  • Fine Arts: Technical Theatre

    All forms of theatre production are studied and put into practice: scenic design, construction, painting, lighting, sound, props, stage management, technical direction, house management, costuming, and makeup design. Safety and health standards are learned and upheld. This class supports all HC Black Box and Main Stage productions. Building and use of power tools are part of this course. Open to juniors and seniors approved by the instructor.
  • Fine Arts: Theatre Production

    The Theatre Production course produces three shows per year and the class is used as a rehearsal for these productions. The basic skills of staging, rehearsal techniques, character analysis, stage vocal production, cooperative and independent acting, oral communication, and problem-solving are explored. This is not a theoretical acting course, rather a practical realization of dramatic texts. Students are expected to attend all outside rehearsals called by the director. Auditions are required in addition to appointments by the instructor. Open to grades 10-12 with instructor approval. 
  • Global Affairs

    Students develop an awareness of local, national, and international issues and events, enhancing their understanding of the global community and its impact on international relations as well as individual lives. As a contemporary world course, the focus lies on the history of the modern world, particularly from the 1950s forward, with emphasis on current social, political, economic, and cultural issues. Students make comparisons, develop connections, and trace relationships between and amongst societies, governments, leaders, and various other collective entities. Open to students who have completed World History; open to grades 11-12.
  • History & Film

    History and Film is an elective course designed to familiarize students with the history of film making, the social and historical contexts in which popular films were made, and to introduce students to the skills necessary to analyze film as a visual art form. This course is designed for 10th through 12th-grade students. Students will explore the history of filmmaking from the early 20th century through the end of the 20th century.  Students will view and analyze a variety of films, particularly focusing on American films and filmmakers. Instruction will be supplemented by viewing significant films, through reading selections from the textbook and scholarly articles that explore the relationships between history and film.

    Open to all in grades 10 - 12.
  • Innovation for Social Impact

    What does it mean to be a changemaker? How might I use my interests and skills to make a meaningful impact? What role can I play in responding to complex global and local issues? Innovation for Social Impact students explore critical global issues within the spheres of society, environment, culture, and economics. Students build the skills of changemakers as they learn and practice frameworks of Design Thinking, research, and collaboration. This
    project-based course will connect students to local and global partners actively engaged in real problems in their communities. In the second semester, student teams undertake
    projects related to a selected issue and are guided through the process of planning, implementation, evaluation, and reflection. Students will build the skills of leaders, thinkers, and communicators as they work to achieve tangible and measurable goals
    designed for meaningful impact. Open to 10th-12th grade students.
  • Leadership

    At The George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders, we believe that all students have leadership potential and their particular gifts, talents, and skills can be enhanced through a biblically-based education, training, and development.

    We believe that leadership is a process, not a position; therefore, the broad goal of our leadership program is to promote a culture of engaged and spiritual leadership at Houston Christian.

    All Houston Christian students participate in the Passport to Lead program. For more details, please click here

    Available Electives:
    • Leadership Studies
    • Leadership Advanced
    • Leadership Organizational
  • Personal Finance

    The Personal Finance course exposes students to essential personal finance principles like how to budget, save, avoid debt, invest, become a wise consumer. This course counts as an elective and is open to grades 10-12.
  • Psychology

    Psychology explores the mental, cognitive, and emotional development of humans with special emphasis on childhood, adolescence, adulthood, perception, and personality development. Within this vast framework, psychology also examines the various theories of learning including classical conditioning and social learning.    Students identify major personality disorders and evaluate the role of nature and nurture in human development. Students will also explore how psychological concepts connect to the Christian faith and thus strengthen one’s understanding of Biblical teachings. 

    Open to grades 11-12.
  • Speech & Debate

    The speech and debate course will introduce novice students to the elements of public speaking. Students will develop various types of speeches and present them in a variety of environments, including informal/formal and small/large group settings. Students will learn the components of informative, expository, and persuasive speeches and practice effective delivery methods of each style of speech.  Building on their understanding of effective presentation, students will learn how to deliver impromptu speeches. Students will apply their developing speaking skills in classroom debates, following the collegiate IPDA and/or Public Forum format.
  • The Cold War and Vietnam Conflict

    An examination of the causes of the Cold War and its impact on the nations of the world. The conflict will be examined through the wide range of methods by which it was waged including proxy wars, technology, sports, cultural warfare, music, and political interference. The course will also examine in great detail the Vietnam Conflict with an emphasis on the American phase of the conflict and its role in the greater Cold War. Specific topics to be covered as related to the Vietnam Conflict will include Protest Music, the war protest movement, the impact on the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship between the counterculture of the 1960s and today’s political environment. The political rationale driving the decisions of American leaders for both the greater Cold War and the American phase of the Vietnam conflict will be examined in detail. Usually offered in alternating school years and.

    Open to grades 10-12.
  • Visual Arts: Art 3-D & Ceramics

    This is a foundational course using 3D and 2D materials with an emphasis on sculpture and ceramics. Students explore the Elements of Art and apply the Principles of Design in planning, developing, documenting, creating, and writing critiques of original works of art. Students will study alternative firing techniques, the pottery wheel, contemporary artists, and art history as they make cultural connections and explore realities, relationships, and ideas. Students develop artwork that demonstrates an understanding of a variety of media and problem-solving skills. (Open to grades 10 - 12)
     
    Art 3D/Ceramics Advanced 
    This course further develops three-dimensional skills through the use of advanced concepts and processing in clay and jewelry making, with a variety of other media. Students also take a look at how ceramics and sculpture are an integral part of outdoor art, installation, and conceptual art making. Students will have a portfolio that demonstrates a written skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas along with their best works of art. This portfolio can be used towards their AP portfolio the following year.  Prerequisite: Art - 3D/Ceramics and instructor approval.
  • Visual Arts: Art Photography & Digital Media

    This course helps students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction are emphasized: how cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students explore the Elements of Art and apply the Principles of Design in planning, developing, documenting, creating, and written critique of original works of art. Students receive instruction, demonstration, and view samples of the desired outcomes at the beginning of each lesson. They sometimes explore outside the classroom and shoot assignments based on what they are learning. Classroom instruction includes daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s). They discover what makes a successful photo and what does not.  Students must provide their own DSLR camera; Open to all grade levels.

    Art Photography & Digital Media Advanced:
    Advanced Photography & Digital Media is a second-year course that focuses on techniques that will aid students to express their ideas through various types of visual communication. Through photography, graphic design and digital media students will develop their creative concepts with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Design principles, elements of art, history of art and art criticism learned in Photography & Digital Media Arts level 1 will be built upon in Advanced Photography & Digital Media. Students will also build skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and aesthetics. Students will have a digital portfolio that demonstrates a written summary of content, processes, and a photo essay along with their best works of art. A digital portfolio is compiled and work is displayed throughout the year. Students must provide their own DSLR camera. Prerequisite:  Photography (introductory).
  • Visual Arts: Drawing & Painting

    Art 1 focuses on understanding, recognizing, and implementing the Elements and Principles of Art & Design in planning, developing, documenting, creating, and written critique of original works of art. Students will demonstrate this through the use of different media and techniques including: Drawing (graphite, inks, prisma), and Painting (acrylic and watercolor), Printmaking, 3D hand building with clay, etc. Students learn how to critique art works. Students also have a daily overview of Art History through warm-up activities completed in their sketchbooks. Students grow and acquire skills necessary to advance to different levels of courses offered. Open to all grade levels.
     
    Art - Drawing and Painting Advanced
    Advanced Art is a continuation of Art 1 and for students who are seriously interested in the practical experiences of visual art and have developed a strong technical skill set. Students are expected to apply these skills creatively as they develop a portfolio of work representing  their unique artistic vision. Students work with a variety of media and study techniques in art, including the relevance of past artists. Students build from previous art classes and grow while acquiring skills necessary to make higher-level decisions in composition and individual project direction. Students experiment with layering of mediums and available materials for individual expression. Students will have a portfolio that demonstrates a written skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas along with their best works of art. This course can be taken for one or two years.  Prerequisite:  Art 1-Drawing and Painting and department approval. Students must be in grades 10-12.
  • Visual Arts: Integrated Media Productions

    This course will include a focus on marketing, fine arts and digital media technology.   Students will gain skills in multimedia and interactive design, digital graphics, social media marketing, advertising, photography and videography production, as well as product development and delivery. Students must have their own digital 35mm camera. They will apply the principles and elements of design as they relate to each area of content, and participate in an end of year product identity project, that will include product design, logos and packaging, website design, video and audio commercials and social media advertising. This course is helpful for those interested in marketing, graphic design or business.  Prerequisite--application is required, approval from Visual Arts team, and priority given to students who have taken a visual arts course; for students in grades 10-12.
  • Visual Arts: Studio Art AP

    The AP Program offers three portfolios: AP Drawing (traditional drawing), 2-D Art and Design (design heavy drawing, painting, collage, digital drawing, and photography), and 3-D Art and Design (Use of any 3D materials such as clay, wood, and metal). The 3-D Design portfolio has a basic, two-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns (and methods). The portfolio asks the student to demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through the Sustained Investigation section. Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision: The Selected Works section permits the student to select the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content.  Students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas: Acceptable works come from work done in class or on the students’ own time and may cover a period longer than a single school year. Prerequisite:  Any Advanced Art course and instructor approval.  Usually open only to grades 11-12.
  • Visual Arts: Video Technology

    This video/media class offers students hands-on training in filmmaking, digital video skills, and broadcast skills. Students learn advanced skills in using digital camcorders, non-linear editing software and broadcast studio equipment. The emphasis is on learning skills and techniques including planning, producing, directing, editing and performing for video. Team and individual productions are produced as well as a daily video television program broadcast to the entire student body. The course emphasizes creating a flexible and creative working atmosphere stressing professional productivity and responsible and mature broadcasting standards.  This course may be taken for 1 or 2 years. Prerequisite:  application and instructor approval. Open to 11-12 grades.
  • Visual Arts: Yearbook & Journalism

    Students are responsible for planning and publishing the yearbook using journalism techniques, computer software programs, digital technology and photography.  The course exposes students to the information and techniques required to produce all necessary copy, photos, and layouts for the publication of a yearbook. As the yearbook is produced, sales and business management practices are developed. This course may be taken for 1-3 years.  Prerequisite:  Instructor approval.  Open to grades 10-12.