Abstract Art

  • E
  • ART3MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Abstract Art is an introduction to all the fun that abstract art entails. Students will learn about the artists that bring abstract art to life and develop their own fun ways to create their own projects. Abstract art will challenge the students to dig deep into their creativity and communicate in personal and impactful ways through their artwork. Topics include: color theory, composition, depth, movement, abstraction, paint application, and collage.

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Academic Reinforcement

  • E
  • English, Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Providing support and guidance for outside the classroom to ehnance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Academic Reinforcement (Athletes)

  • E
  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Providing support and guidance for outside of the classroom to enhance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Acrylics

  • E
  • ART4MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Acrylic is an introduction to opaque acrylic painting. Major emphasis is on experiencing a variety of techniques and creating composition through observation. Students will learn to find their own style when using acrylic and create multiple acrylic projects during the semester.

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ACT Prep: English, Reading, and Writing

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

The ACT Prep Class is designed to prepare students (10-12th graders) to take the ACT by equipping them with skills and test-taking strategies to improve their score. The class will cover content and strategies for English, Reading, and the optional essay.

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Advanced Functions and Modeling

  • AFM
  • Math, Technology
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Grades: 11th, 12th

Advanced Function & Modeling is a junior/senior level class. Course includes analyzing data, applying probability concepts and using functions to model and solve problems. By the conclusion of AFM, students will be expected to express data using graphical, algebraic, numerical and other representations, thereby building fluency in mathematical languages.

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Advanced PE

  • E
  • PEADV2
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

During this course students will be familiarized with all physical components of fitness. Once students have mastered the components, they will be challenged to create different ways to practice the components (team sports, HIIT training, aerobics, etc.).

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Algebra 1

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • ALG 1
  • Math
Grades: 9th, 10th

The main goal of Algebra is to develop fluency in working with polynomial equations including linear and quadratic equations. Students will extend their experiences with tables, graphs, and equations, utilizing technology to model and investigate mathematical concepts and ideas. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to God’s inherent order of the universe.

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Algebra 2

  • H
  • DE
  • LSP
  • *
  • ALG 2-DE, ALG 2-H, ALG 2
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th

Algebra 2 builds upon concepts introduced in Algebra 1. Major topics include solving advanced linear equations and inequalities, graphing lines and curves, polynomials, factoring, quadratic and exponential functions, logarithms, and radical expressions. The goal is to assist students in developing a Biblical Worldview as a result of coming to understand that Math is a way of recording and expressing the laws and relationships God created for the universe.

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Answering the Call to Ministry

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Do you have a sense that God is calling you to a vocational role, such as Pastor, Youth Pastor, Missionary, Chaplain, etc? Do you need time to work through this? Are you struggling for clarity? If you feel like there is nothing else you can do for work or a deep desire to completely have passion to serve God’s people, come and be a part of this elective. We will be going over clarity of the calling, serving the church, reaching the lost, and much more.

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Answering the Call to Ministry

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you have a sense that God is calling you to a vocational role, such as Pastor, Youth Pastor, Missionary, Chaplain, etc? Do you need time to work through this? Are you struggling for clarity? If you feel like there is nothing else you can do for work or a deep desire to completely have passion to serve God’s people, come and be a part of this elective. We will be going over clarity of the calling, serving the church, reaching the lost, and much more.

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Art

  • E
  • ART1
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is a general art class where students learn a variety of different mediums and art techniques, while encouraging to strengthen their creativity and love for art. Please note that students are not permitted to repeat the course once they have earned the credits.

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Art (Grades 1-5)

  • Fine Arts
Grades: Elementary

“You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’ garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. Exodus 28:3” God gives a variety of specialized abilities which are creative in nature.

The goal of the Elementary Visual Art program is to challenge students to use their creativity and imagination to develop their own style of art, while learning about how God created each of us in his image. We are his masterpiece, and although each of us are different, we are all created beautifully and carefully, with a specific plan.

Within each multi-class segment, a new artist is introduced, and a new art technique or medium is used such as Picasso and cubism, Van Gogh and acrylics, Da Vinci and sketching. Throughout the various projects, elementary students learn proper techniques when using watercolor, acrylic, oil and chalk pastels, paper, and pencil.

Over the course of each multi-day segment, students complete one large project using the new art techniques and concepts they have learned. Students are challenged to go out of their comfort zone and try something new, even if they are unsure how it will turn out. Students are taught how to turn mistakes into their own masterpieces, just as God can use our mistakes to make something beautiful.

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Art (K5)

  • Fine Arts
Grades: Kindergarten

“You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’ garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. Exodus 28:3” God gives a variety of specialized abilities which are creative in nature.

The goal of the Kindergarten Visual Art program is to student creativity and imagination, helping them to begin to develop their own style of art, while learning about how God created each of us in his image. We are his masterpiece, and although each of us are different, we are all created beautifully and carefully, with a specific plan.

Over the course of each multi-day segment, students complete one large project using the new art techniques and concepts they have learned. Students are challenged to go out of their comfort zone and try something new, even if they are unsure how it will turn out. Students are taught how to turn mistakes into their own masterpieces, just as God can use our mistakes to make something beautiful.

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Art & Science of Agriculture

  • E
  • Science, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will foster the wonder and amazement of how people use the God’s miracle of nature to clothe and feed the world. Using hands-on approaches, students will learn the basic principles of agriculture as related to the environment, natural resources, and food science. Students will also learn the history of agriculture to garner a better understanding of current agriculture practices. Quizzes and projects will be the primary tools of assessment with limited homework. Participation in FFA is encouraged, but not required.

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Astronomy

  • E
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Since creation, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and the universe that surrounds us. This course introduces students to the study of astronomy as well as how our universe reflects God’s glory. Topics include the history and development of astronomy, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, and the concepts of modern astronomy. Students also examine the life of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space. This elective is more academically based with a limited workload required outside of class.

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Baking and Cooking Basics

  • E
  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basics around the home, specifically the kitchen. They will begin the course by creating a class recipe book consisting of their favorite appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, and then learn the basics of cooking and baking.

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Baseball Skills

  • E
  • PEBBHS
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and strengthen baseball skills.

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Baseball Skills

  • E
  • PEBBMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to provide student with opportunities to develop and strengthen baseball skills.

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Basketball Skills

  • E
  • BSKTMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Want to improve your basketball skills? We will focus on drills and game like situations to get better and faster. We will work on dribbling, passing, shooting, and putting these skills into game like situations.

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Bible

  • BIBLE 6, BIBLE 7, BIBLE 8
  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle school years are a time when young people begin to make more and more decisions for themselves. Through His Word, God offers the wisdom we all need to live day to day in a manner that glorifies our Lord and Savior. In 6th grade students will journey through an Old Testament Survey course. The 7th grade will be equipped with the tools needed to build spiritual maturity. In these lessons, students will find an introduction to Christian doctrine, including basic approaches to salvation, prayer, and Bible study. Students can learn to live out their love for God and share Him with others. 8th grade students will answer the question “Who Is Jesus?” as they learn many facts about Jesus. They will be challenged to get to know Jesus in a personal and life changing way.

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Bible (Grades 1-5)

  • Bible
Grades: Elementary

“”In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Psalm 119: 14ff Reading and studying the Bible is important to growth in knowledge and understanding of life and our responsibilities in it.

At the heart of GCS is the mission that each child would put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to develop a Christian worldview. The goal of elementary Bible class is to build a foundation of biblical truth to prepare students for life and godliness. Students learn the Bible through the truths of creation, the fall of man, and the redemptive process. There is one, true God who is the creator and sustainer of all. Man is created in the image of God and created for fellowship with God, with each other, with ourselves, and with creation. As God’s image bearers students are taught to serve one another in love, and to be good stewards of His creation.

In addition to building a foundation of truth, elementary students will walk their way through a survey of the Old and New Testaments from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students are encouraged to hide God’s Word in their hearts through scripture memory, and to apply biblical truth to their own life in everyday situations. As students take the Word of God to heart, His character is revealed throughout their lives.

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Bible (K5)

  • Bible
Grades: Kindergarten

Come join us on the carpet to dive into God’s Word each day! Our goal is to teach the students the many aspects of God, the Creator, the Healer, the Savior, of the world. Students will learn about the different truths about God as well as character traits Christians should work to possess. Students will learn weekly Bible Verses and hide God’s Word in their heart.

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Bible 10 – New Testament Survey

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • BIB 10-DE, BIB 10-H, BIB 10
  • Bible
Grades: 10th

Our tenth grade Bible course provides an overview of the background and content of the New Testament, with an emphasis on beginning to prepare students to study and interpret the Bible on their own. Students learn about the content, authorship, date of writing, and important background issues for each New Testament book. By studying the New Testament, students are exposed to the Gospel and continue to develop a Christian Worldview regarding the reading and interpreting of God’s Word and God’s world.

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Bible 11

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • BIB 11-DE, BIB 11-H, BIB 11
  • Bible
Grades: 11th

The eleventh grade Bible course surveys the major topics in Christian theology and their relationship to each other. It treats significant developments in contemporary theological discussions of God, Christ, the Spirit and the Church, grace and human destiny. Students successfully completing this course are able to: 1) describe specific theological doctrines and topics and the various interconnections between elements of Christian theology; 2) demonstrate a familiarity with key figures and movements in theology and 3) evaluate them critically.

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Bible 12

  • H
  • *
  • BIB 12-H, BIB 12
  • Bible
Grades: 12th

The twelfth grade Bible course is about the ideas that construct our worldviews. Everyone has a worldview, which helps them interpret the world around them. Christianity has an explanation for reality, but so does Islam, Secularism, Marxism, and Postmodernism. Each of these worldviews is founded upon a pattern of interconnected ideas. Students will learn how worldviews dictate how we interpret and respond to issues like stem-cell research, abortion, transgenderism, human rights, poverty, technology, etc. Make no mistake, these worldviews are at war. This course opens students’ eyes to the factions competing for our hearts and minds. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Because all humans are sinners, the worldviews developed apart from God will be sinful and flawed. But with the Christian worldview, we get God’s perspective on the challenges we face and how to best deal with them.

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Bible 9 – Old Testament Survey

  • H
  • *
  • BIB 9-H, BIB 9
  • Bible
Grades: 9th

The Bible tells us the grand story of redemption and is our final authority for all of life. Ninth graders explore the Old Testament and the theme, “Jesus is both the Agent of and Goal of Creation.” By studying the Old Testament with this in mind, students are exposed to the Gospel and begin to develop a Christian Worldview regarding the reading and interpreting of God’s word and God’s world.

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Bible Study: David

  • E
  • BE3
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Explore the depths of God’s love in this study of David. Find out why this “man after God’s own heart” can make you laugh and cry, delight you and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. David’s life clearly demonstrates that God is always able to reach us, correct us, and reclaim our worship – no matter what we’ve done. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, or personal inconsistencies, this study will be an encouragement to you.

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Bible Study: Ephesians

  • E
  • BE4
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will be a part of an inductive Bible Study through the book of Ephesians. You may find yourself asking what an Inductive Bible Study is well, an Inductive Bible Study intentionally draws you into personal interaction with God through His Word so that your beliefs are based on prayerful observations and understanding of the Scriptures. Studying this way is summed up in the words of the Psalmist ” For you have taught me” (Ps. 119: 102).

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Boss Club

  • E
  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Boss Club

  • E
  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Calculus

  • H
  • CALC-H
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
Grades: 11th, 12th

Calculus is designed to develop the topics of differential, integral, and multivariate calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of completion. Students will be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to derivative-related problems with and without technology. The goal is to assist students in developing a Biblical Worldview as a result of coming to understand that Math is a way of recording and expressing the laws and relationships God created for the universe.

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Chess

  • E
  • CHESS
  • History, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

A beginners introduction to Chess, including history, notation and essential strategy.

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Chess

  • E
  • History, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

A beginners introduction to Chess, including history, notation and essential strategy.

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Childrens’ Ministry

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn to cultivate a heart for serving the children in their local churches. They will develop the skills needed to create and present short Bible lessons, games, worship, and Bible memory activities for pre-k and elementary students. We will even be able to use these skills to minister to our own elementary students here at GCS!

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Choir (Grades K-5)

  • Fine Arts
Grades: Kindergarten, Elementary

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth!” I Chronicles 16:23a.
Music is everywhere in the universe to praise God. Our choir program fosters a love for singing and worship through songs that are well known and newer songs from artists that are familiar and interesting. Students apply theory taught in music class to songs learned in choir. They also learn proper performance etiquette, stage performance, and how to worship through song as they prepare for our annual Christmas and Spring Concerts in this class. Ultimately, worship and singing for the glory of God, while having fun and learning, is the primary focus.

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Christian Development

  • E
  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course exposes students to foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will grow in their understanding of the gospel, their identity in Christ, and the call of the Great Commission.

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Classical Dance & Ballet (Girls Only)

  • E
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Expose students to the classical foundations and techniques associated with ballet and familiarize them with some of the aspects of the fine arts. Teaches dance as a discipline with correct form, stretching to enhance muscle flexibility and proper engagement of fine motor skills.

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Classical Dance & Ballet (Girls)

  • E
  • Fine Arts, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Expose students to the classical foundations and techniques associated with ballet and familiarize them with some of the aspects of the fine arts. Teaches dance as a discipline with correct form, stretching to enhance muscle flexibility and proper engagement of fine motor skills.

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Coding & Robotics

  • E
  • Technology
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will develop their God-given creative and innovative talents in conjunction with critical thinking and logical-analytical processing by engaging in various STEM projects. Students engage in Scratch coding lessons in the instructor’s formal online development studio hosted by MIT.edu. Students engage robotics using Arduino kits to complete a variety of projects. Students design and construct the robotic platform, then write Arduino code to send commands to and interact with their design. All activities are approached through a Christian perspective on Ethical Usage of Technology.

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College Application Planning

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students are be introduced to the college application process and coached through such topics as the Common Application, the personal essay, how to build a top notch profile, and effective communication skills including emails, phone calls, and interviewing. Suggested for Seniors, but all high school students are welcome.

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Couch to 5k

  • E
  • 5K
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Running isn’t your thing? Then this class is for you! Couch to 5k is a program designed to train complete beginners to run a 5k! We will begin with walking, and gradually, over time, add incremental periods of jogging until we are jogging a full 5k! The class will culminate with a few fun 5ks that the students will have the option to participate in, i.e. the color run, a mud run, an inflatable race, etc. Jogging increases cardiovascular health, boosts the immune system, and reduces risk of disease. This is a 4-day elective.

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Craft Projects

  • E
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will give students an opportunity to work with their hands on fun projects to take their minds off of academics. Crocheting will teach students basic steps to crochet (hoping to have blankets made by the end of semester). Cross-stitching will teach students how to do counted cross stitch. Scrapbooking will show students how to make a story book out of photos.

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Creative Novel Writing

  • E
  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will study the craft of narrative. We will examine good writing habits, dive into ‘deep point of view,’ plot development, character arcs, drafting, editing and other topics. Students will learn to use online resources including the ‘Young Writers’ Program.’ The primary focus on the class will be in creating a novel-length work as a semester long project.

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Creative Writing

  • E
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Creative writing is a time for students to be free to express themselves through their writing. Students will reflect in writing through assigned journal prompts within the structured genres of short story, fiction, and poetry.

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Creative Writing II

  • E
  • English
  • Prerequisite: Creative Writing
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

A continuation of the creative writing elective from first semester. Anyone can join, but we would be adding to the short stories already begun and then moving into poetry writing.

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Debate

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you enjoy “arguing” in the good sense of the term? Do you enjoy thinking logically, and making or refuting cases point by point? Do you simply want practice in public speaking and clear communication? Do you want to learn how to be more persuasive? Debate may be the elective for you!

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Discipleship

  • E
  • BEMS4
  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course focuses on helping students begin to grasp and deepen their understanding of what it means to “follow Jesus”.

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Early Release

  • E
Grades: 11th, 12th

Students in the 11th or 12th grade who are in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing may apply for the privilege of signing out early in lieu of an elective. This requires a parental signature on the appropriate form and administrative approval.

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English

  • LSP
  • ENG 6, ENG 7, ENG 8
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

“The Middle School English program focuses on reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary development. All major genres in literature are explored with an emphasis on fiction, nonfiction, short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Students use oral language, written language, media, and technology as they interpret, evaluate, and reflect literature. Students use oral language, written language, media, and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. Vocabulary development is encouraged throughout all subject areas. Students also explore the structure of language and study grammatical rules in order to speak and write effectively.

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English 1 (9)

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • ENG 1-H, ENG 1
  • English
Grades: 9th

English 1 is a study of literary genres that is aligned to state standards, created to engage and motivate students. Students apply effective reading strategies to a wide variety of literary and informational texts including the novel, short story, informational texts, drama and poetry. Throughout the course, students practice narrative, literary analysis, argumentative, and informational writing, as well as refine language skills related to writing, listening, speaking and viewing.

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English 2 (10)

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • ENG 2-H, ENG 2
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 1
Grades: 10th

English 2 focuses on literature by and/or about people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Selected pieces are organized into a genre-study style, beginning with short stories, research, and drama in the first semester, then wrapping up with a novel study, poetry, and culminating project in the second semester. Throughout, students explore themes of linguistic and cultural diversity by comparing, contrast. The students observe and listen critically and respond appropriately to written and oral communication. Conventions are essential for reading, writing, and speaking; therefore, instruction in language conventions and vocabulary will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking rather than in isolation.

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English 3 (11)

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • ENG 3-H, ENG 3
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 2
Grades: 11th

In English 3, students read and analyze works of American literature from colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and classroom discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for college entrance exams. This course prepares students for college.

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English 4 (12)

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • ENG 4-DE
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 3
Grades: 12th

In English 4, students read and analyze works of British literature from medieval times to more a contemporary view, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and classroom discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for college entrance exams.

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English Language Arts (Grades 1-5)

  • LSP
  • English
Grades: Elementary

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” Psalm 119:130. We are responsible for know and heeding what God says.

Literacy is a major building block in elementary education so students can become effective communicators in the written and spoken English language. Communication is an essential life skill that our students will learn to master in order to solve problems, think critically, and build relationships to further the kingdom of God. Instructional methods in our classrooms are designed to specifically target every area in Language Arts for a balanced approach to learning. Grace Christian School is committed to providing all students the necessary tools to help each student be successful.

The early elementary years stress the importance of particular phonetic skills and structures of the English language. Since beginning students present with different levels of language proficiency, the programs incorporate a variety of activities and challenges that engage students across the entire range of sensory experiences. As students grow and learn language structure, they will be able to use these skills in both reading and writing. Teachers use both individual reading and guided reading to provide help for students who need it and freedom for students who have the proficiency to work on their own.

The upper elementary grade programs continue the emphasis on sentence structure, while adding instruction on other elements of language instruction such as parts of speech, sentence types, and grammar mechanics. Mastery of these language skills provides the basis of solid writing skills and a working knowledge of the English language. Learning these skills helps to foster a love for reading and establish a foundation comprehending challenging texts through multiple genres in literature. Story elements such as character, conflict, setting and purpose are included in this instruction.

Students also study vocabulary through multiple activities that encourage them to learn meanings, usage and connotation. They are encouraged to choose vocabulary that is appropriate and meaningful for their purpose. The writing program follows along with this instruction in vocabulary, teaching students the basics of organization, purpose, and audience. Instruction is also given in creative writing, incorporating skills learned in grammar, vocabulary and story elements. Other instruction includes spelling rules and handwriting, both of which are necessary for effective communication.

The school provides an atmosphere where students are encouraged and expected to engage with one another through communication skills such as public speaking and active listening. Through the use of thoughtful and appropriate materials, the school also provides for students who display a variety of comprehension and maturity levels and encourages them to be independent readers. All of the school’s literature is chosen with a Biblical and faith-based foundation with the expectation of making students grounded in both language skills and a solid Christian approach to life.

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Essential Life Skills

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Our Life Skills class is a course designed to help students learn the necessary skills for everyday living as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. The course will emphasize both soft skills (goal setting, identifying personal strengths, communication/conflict resolution, proper online etiquette and letter writing, etc.) and hard skills (domestic/daily living, self-care, basic car maintenance, budgeting, etc.). This elective will be primarily participation based with the ultimate goal of each student becoming responsible and successful young adults. We will also work towards CPR certification.

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Everyday Spiritual Leadership

  • E
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Do you have a desire to grow more in your relationship with God, so that you can touch those around you? If this is you, then come and be a part of this elective. We will be looking at teachings from books such as: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, Radical by David Platt, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and Lead like Jesus by Ken Blanchard. We will also have opportunities to put into pracice what is learned by using our hands and feet to serve one another.

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F.I.T: Fun Intense Training (Girls)

  • E
  • PEELMS2
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Girls, we are going to get moving using music inspired workouts, high intensity interval training, Yoga, Pilates, and more. If you want to work out, laugh, release stress, and have a blast, come and join us!

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Fundamentals of Football

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn and enhance your fundamentals and grow your knowledge of the game with a USA Football certified coach. There will be valuable content for everyone & every skill level. Learning will be done in the classroom and on the field in NON-contact environments. Students will learn to throw, catch, run routes, blocking, and defensive pursuit.

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Games of Strategy

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Come learn fun new board games or replay classics. Develop strategies while engaging in friendly competition with friends.

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Geometry

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • GEOM-H, GEOM
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Grades: 9th, 10th

This course provides students an opportunity to study zero-, one-, two-, and three-dimensional geometry, to use geometric models, to apply the properties of figures in problem-solving situations, and to use appropriate technology to solve geometric problems.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • E
  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • E
  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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High School Cheer

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Let’s Go Crusaders! This elective is for the 2022-2023 Varsity Cheerleaders. The HS Cheer elective will participate in planning, promoting, and executing a variety of school spirit activities throughout the semester as well as to work to build and improve leadership and cheerleading skills.

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History

  • HIS 6, HIS 7, HIS 8
  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Our program keeps students engaged by taking a narrative approach to history, asking thought-provoking questions, and making real-life applications. In each subject, students will develop wisdom as they study the past and develop social studies skills in areas of geography, economics, culture, and civics. That wisdom will help them rightly discern aspects of the times in which they live. Starting in 6th grade students will go back to study Ancient History then move to World History during 7th grade. Eighth grade is U.S. history survey course that covers from 1750-1875. Topics covered include events leading to the Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, formation of government, War of 1812, westward expansion, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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History 10 – Civics/Economics

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • HIST 10-DE, HIST 10-H, HIST 10
  • History
Grades: 10th

In Civics/Economics, students will study the responsibility of citizenship with discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Areas discussed will include the Constitution, political parties and citizenship form a biblical perspective. Students will also investigate how basic economic principles work in countries, businesses and financial markets. American Government and Economics is designed to present American government and economics from a Christian perspective and to make students aware of the duties and responsibilities we have as American citizens as well as the privileges and blessings we enjoy. Students learn about the operations of our government, the protection and security provided by the Constitution, laws of the land and political relationships. Basic economic principles from the individual to the international scene are also examined.

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History 11 – United States History 1

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • HIST 11-DE, HIST 11-H, HIST 11
  • History
Grades: 11th

Many people simply consider history to be an archive of dates and facts to be memorized. But history is much more than that. It is a story about the lives of people and God’s redemptive work; it is “”HIS story””, God’s story. As students study our nation’s history, they will be invited to consider God’s wisdom, omnipotence, sovereignty, and benevolence within the scheme of our nation’s development and growth. Students will be challenged to think critically for the sake of analyzing historical events and critiquing the perspectives and choices of various historical figures. They will gain a clear outline of the major people, events, and developments that have propelled our nation toward being the nation that it is today. Students will focus on events happening between the following historical periods: New World – Reconstruction Era.”

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History 12 – United States History 2

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • HIST 12-DE, HIST 12-H, HIST 12
  • History
  • Prerequisite: History 11
Grades: 12th

United States History 2 is a contintuation of US History 1. Students study events happening from the Reconstruction Era to present day.

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History 9 – World History

  • H
  • *
  • HIST 9-H, HIST 9
  • History
Grades: 9th

World History is a survey course, which will connect the beginnings and foundations of world history to the current state of our nation and world. Throughout this semester, students will examine various civilizations throughout history and study the transitions of influence and power between these peoples. This course will expand the student’s knowledge of various ancient and modern cultures as well as introduce them to the foundations of multiple revolutionary movements involving knowledge, religion, and technology. As they study, students will travel around the world and across time to learn from and about several early civilizations (including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians), Medieval Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students will also monitor the effects of major transitions and movements as they affect the development of the modern world. It is the intent of this course to expand student knowledge of the history of the world as well as train them to understand from where our current world has come – religiously, culturally, and geographically.

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Intro to Agriculture

  • E
  • Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Introduction to Agriculture focuses on using a hands-on approach to biological & physical sciences as they are related to the environment, natural resources including hunting and fishing practices, food production science, and agribusiness. Students will enjoy learning about the basic principles of an agriculture education, allowing them to gain the momentum to study more advanced and specialized agriculture topics later in their education. Students will be encouraged to participate in FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities to provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

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Intro to Business & Entrepreneurship

  • E
  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship. Students will examine and develop the personal traits and behaviors fundamental to becoming a successful entrepreneur, and will be exposed to the first steps of the entrepreneurial process including the development of business plans. In addition, students will develop an understanding of marketing concepts and advertising.

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Intro to Construction

  • E
  • SHOP1
  • Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will earn certification through NCCER in the areas of Construction Safety, Hand and Power Tools, Construction Math, reading blueprints and a variety of other areas. This course will be practical yet provide students with the foundation to pursue future vocational training in the construction industry.

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Intro to Education

  • E
  • Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Intro to Education course is designed to help students understand the basic skills and training needed to become a teacher. We will look at the history of education as well as dive into the student’s philosophy of education. We will also touch on classroom management, using technology in the classroom and give hands on experience creating and teaching a lesson to their peers. Another unique feature of this elective is the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant or “TA” for the semester. Anyone thinking about becoming a teacher after graduation, would benefit from this hands-on experience!

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Intro to Forensic Science

  • E
  • Science, Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Scientific methods are radically changing the landscape of our criminal justice system. Increasingly, law enforcement and legal prosecution are reliant upon often complex and detailed scientific analysis of forensic evidence. This course is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection. Topics included are blood analysis, organic and inorganic evidence analysis, fingerprints, hair analysis, DNA, drug chemistry, forensic medicine, forensic anthropology, toxicology, fiber comparisons, soil comparisons, fire and engineering investigations, and more.

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Intro to Sign Language

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Intro to Sign Language

  • E
  • SIGN
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Intro to Trade Skills

  • E
  • Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students are introduced to the areas of Construction Safety, Hand and Power Tools, Construction Math, reading blueprints and a variety of other areas. This course is practical yet provides students with the foundation to pursue future vocational training in the construction industry.

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Journalism

  • E
  • English
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students that enroll in this class will learn important journalism skills in the areas of news writing, editing, photography, layout / design and other elements of production. They will participate in the publication of The Crusader, the student newsletter.

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Journalism

  • E
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students that enroll in this class will learn important journalism skills in the areas of news writing, editing, photography, layout / design and other elements of production. They will participate in the publication of The Crusader, the student newsletter.

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Keyboarding for Success

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

In this class students will be strengthening their keyboarding abilities to help set them up for success in our digital world. We will also be diving deep into programs like Google docs and slides so students can have a thorough understanding of all the many functions of these programs and be able to use them as efficiently as possible.

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Leadership

  • E
  • LDRSP
  • Life Application
  • Prerequisite: Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Leadership course is an application based elective recommended for all existing, elected student body officers and representatives. Non-elected students may also apply. Leadership will be a class focused on teaching students how to plan for and lead school-wide activities, fundraisers, service projects, and/or assemblies. Emphasis will include how to properly disseminate information regarding campus events and how to build community and create a positive educational environment. Students will learn how to become effective leaders who support their educational community. Students who wish to develop leadership skills as they prepare to take on leadership roles in their school and community.are encouraged to apply.

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Leadership

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

If you have ever thought about running for student government, being a team captain, or just having the guts to speak in front of others, this is the class for you! In Leadership, we will cover topics like team building, finding your leadership style, finding your voice, and so much more! We will work on school wide projects, like the newsletter!

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Marine Biology

  • E
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Seventy percent of the surface of Earth is covered by ocean, which includes 97% of one of our most precious resources-water. Forty percent of the human population lives within 100km of the coast yet we know more about the moon than the sea. This one semester elective course focuses on oceanography which is all the chemical and physical features of the oceans that in turn affect biological features of the ocean. We also look at the various marine organisms and ecosystems as well as explore our environmental impacts on the ocean. This course involves several small projects, a dissection and other lab investigations. Gen. 1: 21 ” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves …and God saw that it was good.”

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Marriage & Family

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Marriage and Family is a Biblically focused course that will examine marriage as an institution with an emphasis on how – one day – students can honor the Lord through marriage and parenting. Covered topics will include healthy communication, conflict resolution, gender roles, and biblical principles and how they apply to us as individuals.

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Math

  • LSP
  • MATH 6, MATH 7, MATH 8
  • Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The goal of Middle School math is to approach any problem with a growth mindset, understanding that learning is a process that involves many mistakes and using them as opportunities is a great way to clarify thinking. Relevant, real-life problem based learning enhances the contextual learning for the student. The series in middle school is vertically aligned to eliminate gaps and redundancies. It is horizontally aligned for consistency from level to level. Students may be provided the opportunity to complete Algebra 1 before entering high school.

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Math (Grades 1-5)

  • LSP
  • Math
Grades: Elementary

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?” Isaiah 40:12, ESV

The elementary math program is built on the foundational principle that all truth is God’s Truth. GCS is committed to implementing a program of excellence in purpose and practice throughout the learning process. Our purpose in teaching mathematics is to enable the students to become more aware of their Creator, and to develop an understanding of His characteristics of order, creativity, discipline, and power as He sustains His creation. In practice, as students learn these characteristics, they apply them to math concepts and understand that math is an integral tool for becoming wise stewards of God’s creation.

In the early elementary years, our program focuses on building a strong conceptual foundation of knowledge in our students’ mathematical understanding through the use of manipulatives and modeling. New concepts are introduced at the concrete level through the use of manipulatives to build understanding. As students engage in hands-on activities, they develop the skills needed to solve more abstract problems. Within these activities, students are introduced to the concepts of number sense, basic math fact mastery, and strategies for solving problems. Skills are also developed through the practices of drills and rote learning.

Our upper elementary math program continues to develop the students’ mathematical proficiency through the mastery of basic math facts, number sense, and problem-solving skills. Students learn to complete more advanced calculations in multiplication and division, with an emphasis on problem-solving and processing word problems successfully. The disciplines of algebra, geometry, fractions, and decimals are introduced as well. Students work individually and collaboratively, allowing them to demonstrate their own level of mastery, and to learn through engagement with their peers. Students and groups are challenged to explain their answers or reasoning, which further develops their level of understanding. The skills mastered in the upper elementary years enable our students to become confident in their ability to be lifelong problem-solvers.

The study of mathematics is a vital component of our elementary educational program. Through the development of mathematical competency, we seek to enable students to succeed in future years of educational development and to manage the gifts and areas of service that God entrusts to them in order to further His kingdom and to bring Him glory in their lives.

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Math (K5)

  • LSP
  • Math
Grades: Kindergarten

Count your blessings in Kindergarten! Our kindergarten math curriculum is designed to help students understand math so they can become better problem solvers with a Christian worldview. The teaching methods include manipulatives, interactive learning, discussion and reflection. These methods encourage reasoning and computational fluency as they apply the skills they have learned to real-life situations.

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Math can be Fun!

  • E
  • Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

In this class, students will get to apply mathematical concepts in fun, thought-provoking ways. Some contexts include logic puzzles, sudoku, math video games, and more!

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Military History

  • E
  • HE1
  • History
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will examine the role of the military and conflict in both the ancient and modern world. Students will be tasked to analyze conflicts through a strategic and tactical lens to understand not only what happened but what factors contributed to their outcomes, articulate the difference between strategy and tactics, and understand the role of technology in military history.

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Ministry Through Sports

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students would learn how to share their faith through their love for sports, what opportunities are available for athletes to be able to minister to others, and how to be a powerful athlete and a powerful Christian all at once.

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Money Matters

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn different financial terms. Will go over to balance bank account. Will go over difference between stocks and bonds. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of credit cards.

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Music (Grades 1-5)

  • Fine Arts
Grades: Elementary

“They and their families were all trained in making music before the Lord, and each of them – 288 in all – was an accomplished musician.” I Chronicles 25:7 God is pleased with excellence in musical performance which is done for His glory.

Elementary music classes focus on a curriculum of learning music concepts, reading music, playing an instrument, singing, and learning the lives of composers. Our goal is to foster a love for music as students discover it as a form of worship and a way to show their love for God.

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Music (K5)

  • Fine Arts
Grades: Kindergarten

“They and their families were all trained in making music before the Lord, and each of them – 288 in all – was an accomplished musician.” I Chronicles 25:7 God is pleased with excellence in musical performance which is done for His glory.

The goal of the Kindergarten music program is to foster a love for music as students discover it as a form of worship and a way to show their love for God. Students will not only learn about music they will also learn to sing in a corporate group during choir.

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Nutrition for Health and Disease

  • E
  • NUTRI
  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is a basic nutrition course where students will learn the foundations of nutrition and metabolism including macronutrients, micronutrients, and how these nutrients interact in such a way to support life. Students will learn how proper nutrition supports health and wellness by understanding food labels. The pros and cons of numerous dietary trends and fad diets will also be discussed. This course will have some quizzes and projects.

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Personal Finance

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Physical Education

  • E
  • PEMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Physical Education curriculum for grades 6 – 8 concentrates on the cognitive and physical skills required to participate and enjoy various team sports. This involves the knowledge and application of rules and basic skills and the understanding of competitive play and positive sports conduct – all with an emphasis on participation.

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Physical Education (Grades 1-5)

  • PE
Grades: Elementary

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize…”1 Corinthians 9:24ff. Games and athletic competition provide many pictures of the Christian life.

The purpose of the GCS Physical Education program is to assist students in realizing their God-given potential as it relates to physical achievement and fitness. Students are led in activities that teach self-discipline, goal-setting, and the difference between play and athletic competition. Of primary importance is the student’s realization that attitudes during physical training and play are to bring glory to God. Students are challenged to think of fitness as a lifestyle.

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Physical Education (K5)

  • PE
Grades: Kindergarten

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize…”1 Corinthians 9:24ff. Games and athletic competition provide many pictures of the Christian life. The purpose of the GCS Physical Education program is to assist students in realizing their God-given potential as it relates to physical achievement and fitness. Students are led in activities that teach self-discipline, goal-setting, and the difference between play and athletic competition. Of primary importance is the student’s realization that attitudes during physical training and play are to bring glory to God. Students are challenged to think of fitness as a lifestyle.

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Praise & Worship

  • E
  • PT
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel.

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Praise & Worship

  • E
  • PTMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel. Please note on the registration form that you are interested in being a part of the Praise Team.

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Pre-Calculus

  • H
  • PRE-CALC-H
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

In the Precalculus course, the students will be taught linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and conics (if time permits). The main objective is to ensure that the students are prepared for a college/university level math course or Calculus, depending on their future plans.

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Prevention & Care of Sport Related Injuries

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Injuries are part of all sports! This class will allow students to explore ways to prevent injuries from happening, as well as caring for injuries once they do happen.

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Public Speaking

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will introduce students to speech and debate on multiple levels. Students will learn to write and speak on self-generated and teacher-generated topics, as well as communicate effectively on given and selected issues. The course is designed to introduce and strengthen speech and debate skills, along with techniques in overcoming anxiety and misconceptions about public speaking. This course will focus on delivering, selecting, organizing speeches, persuasion, poise and verbal skills.

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Public Speaking

  • E
  • PS
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an academic course that introduces students to techniques on communicating effectively on given and selected issues. Students will write on self-generated and teacher-generated topics and deliver their speeches utilizing speaking strategies. This course will focus on selecting, organizing and writing speeches, delivering, utilizing props, persuasion, poise, verbal skills and overcoming anxiety.

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Reading Literature (K5)

  • LSP
  • English
Grades: Kindergarten

Let’s get reading!!! From learning letters and sounds, to blending them together to read words, to reading sentences, your kindergartener will be reading to you in no time! The Kindergarten Reading and Phonics programs are taught using the principles needed for basic reading skills. The reading program consists of differentiated reading groups that work on oral and silent reading skills along with applying comprehension skills through means of discussion and vocabulary development. The phonics and reading programs are correlated and coordinated together with the intent purpose of providing a solid foundation, helping students to become lifelong readers. Appropriate, engaging books are selected to help students grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually with an emphasis on pointing students to Christ and Christian principles.

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Road Trip!

  • E
  • HEMS2
  • History, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Are you interested in maps and traveling? Do you just want to know more about the world outside of America? Get ready to add more stamps to your passport. Your tour guide will lead you as you explore the world from the safety of your classroom. Throughout the semester we will explore the world’s places and cultures through videos, games, and other fun activities.

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Science

  • SCI 6, SCI 7, SCI 8
  • Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

GCS’ Middle School science program focuses on equipping students with the foundational knowledge of science concepts with emphasis on biblical principles. These principles reinforce the irrefutable evidence that there is indeed an Intelligent Designer who created the world in 7 days. Students will trace God’s redemptive plan from Creation through the Fall, culminating in His death on the cross and how this information intertwines with modern science and a Christian worldview.

6th grade class topics include: cells, organisms, heredity, and the human immune and nervous systems. 7th grade consists of a basic survey of biology, including the cell, genetics, creation versus evolution, the kingdoms of organisms, and human anatomy and physiology. Involves some limited lab opportunities, including dissection and the use of microscopes. Requires an insect photo collection at the beginning of the school year. 8th grade focuses on Earth Science and studies God’s glory in creation. Lesson plans consist of a study of the heavens and the earth’s motions, including topics such as instruments of astronomy, telescopes, the solar system, stars, galaxies, nebulae and other objects of the universe. Examines the oceans and the groundwater system. Focuses also on meteorology, geology, creation versus evolution, earthquakes and volcanoes. Involves a small rock collection and a rocketry project as culminating assignments in separate units.

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Science (Grades 1-5)

  • Science
Grades: Elementary

Romans 1:20a tells us that “since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, His power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood for what has been made”.

Since we believe that God is the Creator of all things, our science curriculum is taught interlocking the wonder of the created world with a Biblical worldview. In order for our students to understand God’s sovereignty in our world, they are introduced to grade-level specific vocabulary and multiple hands-on inquiry based activities. Our units of study include such things as life science, physical science, earth and space, and the human body.

We view teaching science as an opportunity to discover God’s majesty and glory. Science is integrated into all subject areas so that the learners make connections in all areas of study.

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Science (K5)

  • Science
Grades: Kindergarten

Colossians 1:16 tells us that God created all things for His glory! The Kindergarten Science Curriculum is designed to stimulate your child’s interest in the world that God has created for them. They will understand that He cares for and has a plan for each part of His creation, including our bodies, animals, and plants.

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Science 10 – Biology

  • H
  • *
  • SCI 10-H, SCI 10
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th

Biology is the study of life. Throughout this course, students will study different aspects of God’s creation – including macromolecules and organic chemistry, cells, DNA, genetics, evolution/creation, ecosystems, etc. The goal of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity, complexity, and unity of life and to gain an understanding of how God’s Creation supports and verifies God’s Word. Connections between the topics covered in class and real-world problems or events will be made, so that students can understand the importance of studying Biology. There is a lab portion to this course.

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Science 11 – Chemistry

  • H
  • SCI 11-H, SCI 11
  • Science
  • Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1
Grades: 11th, 12th

Chemistry is the study of the matter that makes up our universe and the different changes that matter undergoes. Throughout this course, students will study different aspects of chemistry and how it relates to our everyday lives. The goal of this course is for the student to gain an understanding of basic chemistry concepts such as the history of chemistry, the makeup of matter, atomic structure, molecular bonds, solutions, chemical properties and reactions. There is a lab portion to this course.

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Science 12 – Anatomy & Physiology

  • H
  • SCI 12-H, SCI 12
  • Science
  • Prerequisite: Biology
Grades: 11th, 12th

Anatomy/Physiology is an overview of the principles of the structures and functions of the human body at the cellular level with the goal of giving students a better appreciation of the complexities in God’s design of the human body. Each of the major body systems and their organs will be studied, along with an emphasis on the morphology and functional features of the body’s cells and tissues and how form gives rise to function. Areas of pathology and diseases associated with the major body systems will also be covered. Topics will be approached from a Biblical Worldview, emphasizing how detailed our bodies are as they integrate and cooperate with each other to maintain homeostasis. There is a lab portion to this course.

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Science 12 – Earth & Environmental Science

  • H
  • *
  • ENVSCI
  • Science
Grades: 11th, 12th

In environmental science, students study topics such as the basic principles of ecology and earth science, the relationship between humans and their environment, biomes, biodiversity, the impact of human populations on ecosystems, and agriculture. Students will also be challenged to brainstorm solutions to local, regional, and global environmental issues. Special emphasis is placed on being responsible citizens and stewards over all of God’s creation.

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Science 9 – Physical Science

  • H
  • *
  • SCI 9-H, SCI 9
  • Science
Grades: 9th

Physical science is a survey course, covering basic chemistry and physics, which provides students with a solid foundation they need to complete more advanced science courses throughout high school. There is a special emphasis on the history and nature of science, as well as how we can glorify God by studying His creation. Students will use math and problem-solving skills to investigate the marvels of God’s handiwork. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory experiments and small projects to reinforce that they learn in class. Topics covered include matter and non-matter, basic chemistry and atomic structure, magnetism, dynamics and kinematics, electricity, and light.

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Service in Action

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn what the Bible says about serving! In this elective, students will reflect on different ways to serve others within the school community and work together on small service projects throughout the semester.

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Set Design

  • E
  • SET
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students design and create the sets for the GCS drama productions. This class involves creating designs, collaboration, painting, building, and so much more!

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Set Design

  • E
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Set design is a course where students collaborating ideas and design/create sets for the GCS drama productions.

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Sketching & Pastels

  • E
  • ART2MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basics of sketching techniques, as well as chalk and oil pastels. They will be instructed on proper technique of each art medium, and develop their skills completing doing fun projects.

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Soccer Skills

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Want to improve your soccer skills? We will focus on drills and game like situations to get better and faster. We will work on dribbling, passing, shooting, and putting these skills into game like situations.

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Social Studies (Grades 1-5)

  • History
Grades: Elementary

Psalm 22:28 “For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”

Throughout our lower and upper elementary grades students study historical events in order to learn from past successes and failures. Students gain an understanding of history, geography, government, economics, and culture skills, all which are designed by God. But most importantly, they develop an understanding of God and Christian character and how that affects our society. While studying Social Studies, students will come to understand their rights and responsibilities as a citizen. Students learn that there are wrong and right choices, and that with those choices come consequences. Students are taught that, as individuals, we should be active in our communities and do our best to impact them for the cause of Christ.

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Social Studies (K5)

  • History
Grades: Kindergarten

Jesus loves the little children of the world! The Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum is designed to expose our students to interesting information about history, culture around the world, and our country, while emphasizing God’s love and care for us.

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Sound & Media Production

  • E
  • SMP
  • Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Spanish (Grades 1-5)

  • Foreign Language
Grades: Elementary

“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows not partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” Acts 10:34-35. God is concerned about all kinds of people, wherever they live or whatever language they speak.

Our Elementary Foreign Language program prepares students in early years to foster and appreciate the learning of a foreign language and understand another culture. Students develop and master Spanish vocabulary and grammar progressively at each grade level. Every lesson includes Biblical integration, and students apply and compare each lesson with Bible stories or verses. Students utilize technology to reinforce the process of learning a second language.

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Spanish (K5)

  • Foreign Language
Grades: Kindergarten

“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows not partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” Acts 10:34-35. God is concerned about all kinds of people, wherever they live or whatever language they speak.

Kindergarten Spanish is designed for students to continue developing communication language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These skills will be integrated at their most basic level to help students develop second-language skills. During the first semester, lesson plans are focused primarily on verbal communication to help students interact using Spanish as a second language. Spanish is incorporated into various activities including Bible verses, songs and games.

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Spanish 1

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  • SPAN1
  • Foreign Language
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

In this beginning course, students in grades nine through twelve start to build a foundation of the Spanish language through developing skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These skills are developed through the study of the Spanish alphabet, basic vocabulary and grammar, various cultural topics, and geography.

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Spanish 2

  • E
  • H
  • SPAN2
  • Foreign Language
  • Prerequisite: Spanish 1
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

Tenth through twelfth grade students continue grammar study through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will learn to use present and past tenses as well as commands. Honors level will learn future and conditional tenses. Through the exploration of short articles, dialogues, and culture readings, students will continue the development of their second language abilities.

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Sports History

  • E
  • MSEL2
  • History, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Sports history is a fun, active new elective that will exercise the brain and body by studying the history of numerous western sports. A variety of sports will be addressed in this elective. Students will research the beginnings of the sport, the most influential athletes in the respective sport, and research and reenact the most memorable plays from that sport. Students in this elective will also look at the concept of team building, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that develops when participating in a sporting activity. Additionally, students will research to understand the social, cultural, and financial contributions that these sports have on local communities and the nation as a whole.

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Sports Trivia

  • E
  • History, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is a fun and fast-paced elective. During each session students try to answer questions from a variety of Sports both mainstream and lesser known. We use a variety of formats so that students have the opportunity to work on teams, compete individually, as well as against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we have a lot of fun and learn a little bit about the sports we love.

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STEM

  • E
  • STEMMS1
  • Technology
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

As the creator of all things and the One who works through us, students will develop their God-given creative and innovative talents in conjunction with critical thinking and logical-analytical processing through various STEM projects and computer-based skill development which include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage in the Engineering Design Process and develop a real-world challenge project
  • Explore of the world of coding/programming with hands-on development in one or more
  • Improve aptitude in usage of Google Applications – Docs, Slides, Sheets
  • Keyboarding skills – guided practice using gcsstem.typingclub.com
  • All activities approached through a Christian perspective on Ethical Usage of Technology
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STEM (Grades 1-5)

  • Technology
Grades: Elementary

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you…In his hand is the life of everything and breath of all mankind” Job 12:7ff. God’s creation teaches how he is related to all of life.

The GCS Elementary STEM program is based on principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students develop their God-given creative and innovative talents through various STEM lab projects. Our focus is to offer learning opportunities that foster critical thinking, logical-analytical processing, and problem solving skills. We use a hands-on approach which requires students to utilize 21st Century skills. The program offers new learning avenues in fun ways for students, while building a foundation to support STEM education in middle and high school.

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The Armor of God Study for Teens

  • E
  • Bible
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This study by Priscilla Shirer (best-selling author and star in the hit movie War Room) is centered around Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The Armor of God is more than a Bible study; it is an action plan to prepare Christians for the invisible war around them as they arm themselves with: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.

Featuring video-driven teaching clips with accompanying film guides and thought-provoking questions and discussion, this elective will offer an in-depth look at Ephesians Chapter 6, provide strategies to develop your prayer life, and nurture growth and maturity in your walk with Christ.

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Theatre

  • E
  • THEA
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. As a Performing Arts student, each member is expected to be at each class time (2:15-3:05 Thursdays and fridays) and each afterschool rehearsal (if they are in a current GCS production) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00.

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Theatre

  • E
  • PAMS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play. Through theatre games and activities students will learn to lose inhibitions and will gain trust in themselves as well as others in their groups. As a Performing Arts student, each member is expected to be at each class time (2:15-3:05 Thursdays and Fridays) and each after school rehearsal (if they are in a current GCS production) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00.

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Trivia Challenge

  • E
  • MSEL1
  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Think you know it all? You’ll have a chance to prove it in this fun and fast-paced elective. During each session we’ll try to answer questions from a variety of categories including Math, Science, History, Bible, Entertainment, Sports and more. We’ll try a variety of formats so that students will have the opportunity to work on different teams, compete as individuals, work against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun as well!

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Watercolor

  • E
  • ART1MS
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will have fun learning about watercolor and the many various ways to use this fun art medium. They will be instructed on the proper ways to use the different styles of watercolor, while creating beautiful projects throughout the semester.

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Weight Training

  • E
  • WGT
  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Weight Training

  • E
  • WTMS
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Word Study Skills

  • E
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Word Study for those who need a boost with reading and spelling multisyllabic words. There will be a specific focus is on prefixes and suffixes commonly found on multisyllabic words. Students learn the spelling rules around the addition of prefixes and suffixes and also learn the meanings of prefixes and some Latin roots. Exercises include spelling practice, proofreading, crossword puzzles, word finds, fill in the blank, categorizing, sorting, writing help and passage reading for fluency and comprehension.

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World Religions

  • E
  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

If you were to begin a discussion with a Muslim, do you know what you would say about your faith? If you began discussing your faith with a Mormon could you explain the Trinity? We will first understand what we believe as a Christian and then dive into several world religions to understand what they believe and to better explain our own faith to someone that is devoted to another religion.

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Yearbook

  • E
  • YRBK
  • Fine Arts, Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to develop students’ skills in yearbook production by providing experiences in selected aspects of this course. Students will learn basic principles in proper journalistic skills, including writing copy, captions, headlines, digital photography, desktop publishing, and using appropriate technology tools for media production. Yearbook Production supports students’ development as writers, photographers, editors, independent users of technology, and responsible contributing members of the Grace Christian School community.

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