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Course Descriptions

Please Note: Classes marked with an asterisk are not offered every year. The Current Schedule can be found here. Classes that require additional lab fees are marked with a dollar sign. Current lab fees can be found here.
 

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Bible

Bible Encounter A  1 semester, 5 credits

The emphasis is on what Paul has to say about how young people should live their lives and relate to others in today’s times though his words of counsel and instruction are centuries old.  Instructor: Daniel Perrin

Bible Encounter B  1 semester, 5 credits

The emphasis is on what Paul has to say about how young people should live their lives and relate to others in today’s times though his words of counsel and instruction are centuries old. Instructor: Daniel Perrin

Bible Encounter C  1 semester, 5 credits

The emphasis is on what Paul has to say about how young people should live their lives and relate to others in today’s times though his words of counsel and instruction are centuries old. Instructor: Daniel Perrin


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Business Education

Computer Applications I & II 1 semester, 5 credits each

Students will develop proficiency in using the basic functions in word processing with Microsoft Word, spreadsheets using Excel, PowerPoint presentations, and experience in Desktop Publishing, as used in the classroom. The second course will introduce desktop publishing, web design and other common applications. Instructor: Julia Fitzgerald

Personal Finance 1 semester, 5 credits

The fundamentals of basic financial planning: budgeting; career and goal setting; checkbook balancing (manually, and Quicken and/or Excel), and investing principles are covered in this course. Dave Ramsey’s financial seminars are included. Instructor: Tyler Anderson


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English

Advanced Placement Language & Composition 2 semesters, 10 credits

A college-level course designed to enable students to take and pass a national test and receive college credit. Students are trained to become skilled in careful reading of literary works, writing of well-crafted critical essays, and analysis of various writing styles. Primary emphasis is placed on prose and non-fiction works. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.  Instructor: Kimberly Whidden

Advanced Placement Literature & Composition 2 semesters, 10 credits

A college-level course designed to enable students to take and pass a national test and receive college credit. Students are trained to become skilled in careful reading of literary works, writing of well-crafted critical essays, and analysis of various writing styles. Primary emphasis is placed on poetry, drama and fiction prose-length works. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Cliff Dolph

American Literature 2 semesters, 10 credits

A language arts class emphasizing creative and formal writing, a study of American literature, poetry, essay, short story, drama, and introduction to speech. Instructor: Kimberly Whidden

English I 2 semesters, 10 credits

Reviews and practices the  fundamentals of reading, writing, and grammar. WWVA Writing Standards are introduced. Instructor: Cliff Dolph

English as a Second Language ESL 2 semesters, 10 credits

Introduces  fundamentals of reading, writing, and grammar in English to students for whom English is not their first language. Also includes cultural education. Instructor: Cliff Dolph

Public Speaking 1 semester, 5 credits

The purpose of this class is to help students become effective public speakers. Preparation, methods of delivery, speaking to the audience, and evaluating others’ prepared and extemporaneous speeches will be covered. Instructor: Cliff Dolph

British Literature 1 semester, 5 credits

During the semester students will study Shakespeare’s life and times, writing style and unique use of vocabulary, his sonnets and at least three of his plays. Elizabethan history and literature will also be explored. Instructor: Kimberly Whidden

Writing 101 1 semester, 5 credits

This class is designed to help students find and develop their voice as a writer. It involves both creative and essay writing. Students develop an experiential and theoretical knowledge of the writing process, including an understanding of its stages from invention to revision. They come to understand the relationship between writer and reader, learn to revise a piece of writing, and learn to read and respond in a constructive manner. Prerequisite: English I. Instructor: Cliff Dolph.


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Foreign Languages

German I 2 semesters, 10 credits*

An introductory course teaching basic grammar and everyday vocabulary. A variety of learning methods are used including games, skits, role-playing, and music. Students will learn to converse in simple German. Instructor: Don Schafer

German II 2 semesters, 10 credits*

New grammatical topics include the genitive case, dependent clauses, declension of adjectives, narrative past and future tenses, present and past subjunctive, and the comparison of adjectives and adverbs. Prerequisite: German I. Instructor: Don Schafer.

German III & IV 2 semesters,10 credits each* 

Available by individual arrangement. Prerequisite: German II & III. Instructor: Don Schafer.

Greek 2 semesters, 10 credits*

The legacy of the Ancient Greeks is profound and enduring and in this class, both the language of classical Greece as well as its ideas are studied. Emphasis is given to the use of Greek in English, especially in science and the medical field. The last month of the course is devoted to reading passages from the New Testament in the original Greek. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Don Schafer.

Latin I 2 semesters, 10 credits*

An introduction to Latin and the Roman world. Basic grammar, vocabulary and ancient history are studied with special consideration for their relevance today. Emphasis is given to the use and influence of Latin, both in the English language and in our culture. The use of Latin in medical and bioscientific vocabulary is covered as well. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Don Schafer.

Spanish I 2 semesters, 10 credits ($)

First year includes regular and irregular verbs in the present and preterit tenses, pronouns of all kinds, and various practical vocabulary. Instructor: Don Schafer

Spanish II 2 semesters, 10 credits

The goal is to understand and speak the language with confidence. Additional topics include commands, the subjunctive and the conditional moods, and most other tenses. Prerequisite: Spanish I. Instructor: Don Schafer.

Spanish III & IV 2 semesters, 10 credits each

Available by individual arrangement. Prerequisite: Spanish II & III. Instructor: Don Schafer.


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History

Economics 1 semester, 5 credits

Economics is an introduction to fundamental business concepts and their application to decision making and our economy. Students will study business structures and the market economy as well as global economic issues. Instructor: Tyler Anderson.

Government 1 semester, 5 credits

A summary of the foundations of American government. Students will explore topic like constitutional principles, the three branches of government and civic responsibility. An emphasis is placed on current political thought and events. Instructor: Tyler Anderson.

U.S. History 2 semesters, 10 credits

Students examine American history in a chronological and conceptual fashion from its early beginnings to the present day. Emphasis is on the 20th-century and changing current events. Instructor: Tyler Anderson.

World History 2 semesters, 10 credits

An exploration of the events and themes of civilization. The first semester covers pre-history through the first global ages. The second semester places emphasis on 20th century events. Students will place ideas and actions into context and see how these have shaped our world today. Instructor: Tyler Anderson.


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Industrial Technology

Introduction to Engineering Design 2 semester, 10 credits

An introduction to drafting with an emphasis on drafting fundamentals, visualization, principles and elements of design. Students learn how to draw house plans, and how to use geometric construction techniques, and the CAD system.

Introduction to Technology 1 semester, 5 credits

A course designed to help prepare the student to better deal with objects of a technical nature. Emphasis is on safety and proper use of tools and machines. This course includes an introduction to the following area: sketching, CAD drafting, auto servicing and woodworking.

Wood Production 1 semester, 5 credits*

Students are exposed to the production procedures of manufacturing technology. This course covers the designing, producing, managing, and marketing of a product. The lab portion of class will be woodworking. Instructor: Marty Scott.

Welding 1 semester, 5 credits

An introduction to gas and arc welding with emphasis on safety, metallurgy, joint design, preparation, equipment setup and operation. The instructional activities include welding theory and hands-on experience using both gas and arc (stick and wire feed) welding. Instructor: Kris Margart


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Mathematics

Algebra I 2 semesters, 10 credits

This course supplies the foundation necessary for further study in mathematics and science. It involves a study of the processes used in the solution of real-world problems by algebraic methods. Prerequisite: Algebra readiness as indicated by pretesting and teacher evaluations. Instructor: Don Schafer

Algebra II 2 semesters, 10 credits

A transitional course preparing the student for more advanced mathematics. Topics from Algebra I are further developed. New topics include matrices, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. Prerequisite: Algebra I; Required: a graphing calculator. Instructor: Karl Loree.

Geometry 2 semesters, 10 credits

An elective course but required for entrance to many colleges. The course stresses logical approaches to problem solving and the understanding of geometric figures. Recommended: Algebra I. Instructor: Keith Wells.

Pre-Algebra 2 semesters, 10 credits

Offers a more gradual approach to learning algebraic concepts for students who need more preparation before enrolling in Algebra I. Instructor: Eric Anderson

Pre-Calculus  2 semesters, 10 credits

This course gives a thorough grounding for calculus. Topics covered: polynomial and rational functions, general systems of equations and inequalities, sequences and series, and the binomial theorem. Prerequisite: Algebra II Required: a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83 Plus). Instructor: Don Schafer.

Pre-Calc II 2 semesters, 10 credits*

This course explores the power of technology and its connections to mathematics. A graphing calculator is used to explore arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; single variable statistics and histograms; mathematical models using linear regression; residuals, coefficients of correlation, accuracy; transformations of functions; parametric equations with trigonometry; and other topics. Prerequisite: Algebra II Required: a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83 Plus). Instructor: Don Schafer.


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Music

Choir 2 semesters, 5 credits

A general singing group open to interested students. All aspects of proper vocal technique are emphasized, particularly those dealing with group singing. The choir may perform at local churches, service clubs, and other special events. Instructor: Patti Short

Band 2 semesters, 10 credits

Band is offered to those who would like to hone their skills at a musical instrument. Varied styles of secular and religious music may be performed at schools, churches, and special events. Instructor: Eric Anderson.

Praise Ringers 2 semesters, 5 credits

A group of experienced bell ringers utilizing five octaves of handbells. An audition is required. Prerequisite: At least two years experience of handbell ringing. Instructor: Patti Short.

Private Lessons 2 semesters, 2.5 credits ($)

Emphasis in lessons is placed on technique, tone control and sight reading. The goal is to develop the ability to perform both as a soloist and in a group. Off-campus lessons available. Monthly Lesson Fee required. Instructor: Varies.

String Orchestra 2 semesters, 10 credits

The string orchestra performs a repertoire of sacred, secular, and popular music from the Baroque period to the present. Emphasis is on service to churches, service clubs, school programs and other special events. Private study is the norm and recommended. Instructor: Benjamin Gish.


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Physical Education & Health

Acro Sports 2 semesters, 10 credits

Build pyramids, learn ground tumbling, springboard and circus type activities to be used in public performances. This group performs at various schools and special events throughout the year. All students are welcome. Class size will be limited. Tryouts required. Instructor: Scott Schafer

Health & Fitness 1 semester, 5 credits

Designed to introduce students to basic health principles needed to make intelligent decisions about how they conduct their lives. The curriculum includes current advances in health knowledge, healthful living and counsels from the Spirit of Prophecy.  Instructor: Scott Schafer

Intro to Acro Sports 1 semester, 5 credits

Introduces students to the sport of acrobatics. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for a higher level of acrobatic skills as well as an increased level of fitness.  Instructor: Scott Schafer

Lifetime Activities 1 semester, 5 credits

Activities and sports leading students toward a lifetime of activity are presented. This includes but is not limited to; golf, tennis, orienteering, international games, badminton, rock climbing, self defense, bowling, and ice skating. A moderate level of fitness is required and maintained throughout the course.  Instructor: Scott Schafer

Physical Education I 1 semester, 5 credits

In this freshman class emphasis is placed on fitness development while using a variety of activities, which students can then pursue for a lifetime of recreation and fitness.  Instructor: Scott Schafer

Weight Training & Fitness 1 semester, 5 credits

Students will develop and set up a individualized weight training program. These programs will be used during the semester giving students an opportunity to achieve and maintain muscular fitness.  Instructor: Scott Schafer

Winter Sports 1 quarter, 2.5 credits

Learn to ski and snowboard on the slopes at Bluewood. Class dates to be arranged once the season starts. Instructor: Varies


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Science

Anatomy & Physiology 2 semesters, 10 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of both form and function to the systems of the human body. Instructor: Malinda Saturno

Biology 2 semesters, 10 credits

A lab course emphasizing hands-on science through microscope analysis, anatomical dissection and numerous experimental investigations. The class focuses on the cell concept as it relates to all life forms. The concepts of plant and animal organs and body systems are studied, along with major study in environmental science and modern hereditary trends. Instructor: Malinda Saturno

Chemistry 2 semesters, 10 credits

A laboratory class covering the concepts of elementary inorganic chemistry. Emphasis is on problem solving and hands-on learning experiences. Prerequisite: Algebra II. Instructor: Karl Loree

Life Science 2 semesters, 10 credits

A basic level science class using laboratory and problem solving approaches. The class focuses on the cell concept as it relates to all life forms. The concepts of plant and animal organs and body systems are studied, along with major study in environmental science and modern hereditary trends. Instructor: Karl Loree

Earth Science 2 semesters, 10 credits

A basic level science class using laboratory and problem solving approaches. Among topics covered will be geology, astronomy, and meteorology. Graphing and simple algebra equations are used to interpret observations of the environment. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Karl Loree

Physical Science 2 semesters, 10 credits

A basic level science class studying the relationship between matter and energy. It introduces the student to the concepts of physics and chemistry through demonstration and lab experience. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Karl Loree

Physics 2 semesters, 10 credits

An introduction to energy, motion, waves, electricity, and magnetism with an emphasis on the conceptual foundations of Physics. Prerequisite: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment.  Instructor: Karl Loree


 

Other Electives

Drawing I and II 2 semesters, 10 credits each

Drawing I introduces the student to drawing skills. Drawing II enhances and strengthens skills learned in previous course. The goal for each course is to see the way an artist sees. Instructor: Chloe Congleton

Publications Class 2 semesters, 10 credits

Students in this class learn the process of putting together a weekly student newspaper as well as producing the school’s yearbook. The class will work on layout, photography, writing, meeting deadlines, working with InDesign, and other publishing programs. (Non-English credit) Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Cliff Dolph

Digital Photography 1 semester, 5 credits

This class will introduce students to the techniques of digital photography, videography, and the graphic arts. Adobe Photoshop software will be used. Students will need to supply their own cameras. Instructor: Chloe Congleton