COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The following courses are offered to our Secondary students at Emmanuel Christian Academy. Some of these courses are offered on a rotational basis instead of yearly. Our goal is to provide a concise overview of each course to help aid parents and students when making academic course decisions. Some of the courses listed below may have prerequisites.

Mathematics

Grade 7 Math

Grade 7 Math is a course designed to help students fully understand how to interpret and compute all rational numbers. They can add, subtract, multiply, and divide all decimals and fractions, as well as represent percentages.

Pre-Algebra

This course is designed to challenge the student and prepare students for Algebra 1. Topics covered include the real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios, functions and linear relationships, systems of equations, geometry, area and volume, probability and statistics.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the first year in a three-year college preparatory math sequence. Algebra 1 focuses on the structure of the real number system. This course examines symbolic representations in solving real-world problems. Linear, quadratic, systems of equations, and problem solving are investigated. Graphing, both as a means of displaying data and analyzing data in one or two dimensions, is an integral part of this course. Review is built into every section and unit of study. A sound foundation in Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra skills is essential for success in this course.​​

Honors Algebra 1

The Algebra I Honors course is designed to provide students with an in-depth level of instruction, an accelerated pace and a cooperative learning environment. The course guides students in the development of critical thinking skills and algebraic problem-solving skills which provide the foundation for real world problem-solving. It is targeted to highly motivated students who have previously had some algebra. 

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the second math course in high school and will guide you through, among other things, linear equations, inequalities, graphs, matrices, polynomials and radical expressions, quadratic equations, functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions, sequences and series, probability and trigonometry.

Honors Algebra 2

Honors Algebra 2 is a mathematics course designed for students of high math ability who have completed Algebra 1. Topics covered will include: linear functions and relations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, graphing in space, polynomials and rational expressions, sequences, exponents and logarithms, probability, matrices, and trigonometric functions and identities.

Geometry

Topics covered include the language of geometry (points, lines, planes and angles), reasoning and proofs (paragraph, two column, flow, indirect, and coordinate), parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, applications of congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, circles, polygons and area, surface area and volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations.

Pre-Calculus

This course is designed to complete the student’s pre-calculus training. Topics from trigonometry and higher algebra are reviewed and/or extended. A study of analytic geometry is included. Basic calculus concepts including limits, derivatives, continuity and integrals will be developed. The course is designed for those capable students who have completed Algebra II. Students successfully completing this course with a grade of “C” or higher should be prepared to take Calculus.

AP Statistics

AP Statistics gives students hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, graphing, and interpreting real-world data. They will learn to effectively design and analyze research studies by reviewing and evaluating real research examples taken from daily life. The next time they hear the results of a poll or study, they will know whether the results are valid. As the art of drawing conclusions from imperfect data and the science of real-world uncertainties, statistics plays an important role in many fields. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP Statistics prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in science, sociology, medicine, engineering, political science, geography, and business.

This course has been authorized by the College Board to use the AP designation.

Technology

Programming (Dual Enrollment)

An introductory course in computer programming designed to provide beginning programming students with an understanding of the fundamental logic principles used in the writing of computer programs. Topics include input/output, variables, data types, assignment statements, conditional structures, loops, arrays, classes, objects, methods, and functions. The course requires substantial hands-on programming of computers in a computerized classroom environment.​​

Web Design (Dual Enrollment)

Students will learn how to use HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to define the structure and content of web pages. Students will create HTML documents that incorporate images, tables, lists, forms and other HTML elements. Students will use Cascading Style Sheets to control web page layout and format HTML elements. Students will use image editors to manipulate web graphics and FTP clients to upload web pages to a web server. The course requires a lot of hands-on practice designing and coding HTML pages.

Introduction to Software Applications (Dual Enrollment)

This course teaches the use of the microcomputer as an office productivity tool. It covers creating and editing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and computerized visual presentations. Currently, the Microsoft Office software products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are being taught in depth. In addition to office productivity tools, this course covers file-management using the Microsoft Windows operating system. 

Design Principles and Media Production (Elective)

The Design Principles and Media Production elective provides students with introductory knowledge and experience in design and media production with specific practical instruction in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro. Standard terminology and processes will be introduced while increasing skills through valuable and practical projects. This course allows students to grow in creativity and technical abilities in a fun environment while learning valuable skills for their future.

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 1 includes Spanish and grammar vocabulary, facts and cultures of Spanish-speaking regions, memory verses, helpful charts and tables, writing assignments, and more! Your students will perform frequent practice and review exercises to develop proficiency, practice critical thinking, establish good study habits, and retain important cultural information.

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 continues engaging students in a functional approach to learning the Spanish language. Through exercises, reviews, oral application, writing labs, and more, students will learn new tenses and vocabulary, and they will develop the practical tools needed to increase their fluency in the Spanish language. This text includes 12 units containing Bible memorization, advancing grammar concepts, vocabulary lists with illustrations, practice exercises, and dialogues.​​ 

English 10-12

English 10

English 10 is a course organized around the study of various genres of Literature including novels, non-fiction expository texts, drama, and poetry. The course emphasizes instruction in the development of clear argumentation, support, and structure of analytical paragraphs and essays. This course also engages with grammatical concepts such as parts of speech, clauses, phrases, and sentence structure. English 10 also provides a strong vocabulary base where students are memorizing definitions alongside each word’s synonyms and antonyms.

English 10 Honors

English 10 Honors is a course organized around the study of various genres of Literature. It includes the study of expository texts, novels, drama, and poetry. Students will be challenged to grow in their practical language skills through class discussions, essay writing, creative projects, and oral presentations. Students will continue to develop grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary skills. Students will also construct multi-paragraph essays that respond to non-fiction texts, analyze literature, and persuade an audience. Analysis is a key skill that students will employ as they explore the significance of a piece of text and the elements of writing that create meaning. 

*Recommended Prerequisites: Students must have an 85 or above to take this course. Recommendation from previous English teacher is also highly encouraged.

AP English Literature and Composition

The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

*Recommended Prerequisites: Must have an 85 or above to take this course. Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is a course that explores different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve writing and composition skills. This course is designed with the goal of inspiring students to develop original pieces and ideas.

History

World History 9-10

This course begins with Creation and covers the basics of major world civilizations, leaders, wars, and important eras that shaped the modern world. This course emphasizes God’s sovereignty over world events and gives students the opportunity to analyze different religions and philosophies from a Biblical perspective. Students will compare primary and secondary sources to explore deeper critical thinking as well have open class discussions about complex world issues and leaders and how they have shaped the world today.

American History 9-10

This course is intended to deepen the students’ understanding of America’s unique history, values, and ideals. Students will understand major wars including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, American involvement in both WWI and WWII, the Cold War, and modern conflicts in the Middle East. A greater understanding of how eras like the Industrial Revolution made profound impacts on social and cultural changes will be evaluated with a Christian Worldview, and students will have opportunities to both debate and discuss these issues in class while analyzing Primary and Secondary sources and drawing conclusions allowing for better critical thinking.

American Government 11-12

American Government is a course for students to cover the fundamentals of American government including foundational principles, a general overview into each branch of government, and a basic understanding of local government. This class emphasizes the importance of a Christian world-view and how it relates to government. Students taking this course will be given the opportunity to analyze current events with a worldview perspective as well as take part in debates and critical thinking about legislative decisions both past and present.

Science

Physical Science 

Physical Science is taken in 9th or 10th grade and covers preparatory aspects of both Chemistry and Physics. It covers foundational concepts such as matter, chemical reactions, and kinematics to prepare students for more advanced science courses. An emphasis is placed on scientific modeling and framing science through a biblical worldview. This course includes labs to enrich student understanding.

Biology

Biology is taken in 9th or 10th grade and surveys a broad range of topics including cytology, genetics, zoology, botany, ecology, human anatomy and physiology, and biological origins. This course includes labs using a microscope and dissecting organisms to enrich student understanding. An emphasis is placed on understanding biology through a biblical worldview and refuting the faulty theory of biological evolution.

Chemistry

Chemistry is taken in 11th or 12th grade and encompasses a study of matter, its properties, and its interaction with other matter. Chemistry requires students to think conceptually and mathematically and includes topics such as the atomic model, chemical compounds, chemical reactions, unit conversion, and stoichiometry. Students will learn to create scientific models and use the scientific method through demonstrations in class and guided laboratory experiments. An emphasis is placed on understanding chemistry through a biblical worldview.

Anatomy and Physiology/Health

Anatomy and Physiology/Health is composed of two classes that each last one semester. Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the importance of studying humans due to our creation in the image of God. Health is a practical course that gives students the information and tools to live a physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy life. Emphasis is placed on living a healthy life guided by the principles of God’s Word.

Music

Middle School Choir 

MS Choir is designed for all students 7th-9th grade who are looking to sing in a choral setting and learn to sing in 3-4 part harmony, learn basic vocal techniques including breathing, basic sight singing and rhythm, and vowel pronunciation, and also experience performing. MS Choir students perform in two concerts per year and have opportunities to perform in the NEACS Fine Arts Competition in New Hampshire.

High School Choir

HS Choir for grades 10th-12th covers singing in 4-6 part harmonies and dives deeper into choral singing. HS Choir students are also given the opportunity to perform in two concerts per year as well as competing at the NEACS Fine Arts Competition in New Hampshire. 

Middle School Handbells

MS Bells for 7th-9th grade is open to all students, including those without previous music experience. MS Bells covers basic handbell playing technique and covers introductory basics as well as performing level 1-2 pieces for the Spring Concert.

High School Handbells

HS Bells is for more experienced musicians who are able to read notes and rhythm fluently and are developing a passion for music. HS Bells are given the opportunity to perform in two concerts as well as other performance opportunities like the Governor’s mansion and Christmas festivals. HS Bells also competes at the NEACS Fine Arts competition in New Hampshire. HS Bell participants must be able to read sheet music and understand rhythm and must have some experience playing an instrument.

ECA Worship Team

The ECA Worship team is open to all choir members, 7th-12th grade, who wish to be a part of leading worship for ECA’s chapel services held once per week. Students will gain real life experience performing week after week with real live instrumentalists and vocalists. Students with experience playing an instrument who would like to be part of the band are welcome to join as the team allows space and depending on if that instrument can be included.

clubs and electives

Aeronautics (Elective)

This elective module comprises short theory lessons to give students foundational knowledge on the principles of flight spread out over the multiple days. Through a hands-on approach, the students will then apply science concepts to design, build and/or programme a quadcopter. There is a $150 fee associated with this course for the purchase of a drone that the student will be able to keep. 

Media Team (Elective)

Students entering the ECA Media team must exhibit intermediate knowledge of Adobe Premier as well as understand the basics of videography, photography, and editing. Students will spend this time creating campaigns for the school’s Instagram account as well as help in creating promotional videos and taking photos throughout the school year of both elementary and secondary classes and events.

Book Club

Students will be responsible for reading a novel and incrementally discussing the book in length. This club will promote a love of Literature, encourage critical thinking and deeper engagement, and provide accountability for students in reading and comprehension.

Chess Club

Chess club gives students an opportunity to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment, as well as learning new strategies to improve their own game. Students of all levels are welcome to come, as help is given to those who need it.

Sewing

Students will learn to thread a needle and hand-sew basic stitches. Students will learn to thread a sewing machine and make scrunchies, zipper bags, t-shirt bags and other small projects. They will also learn to hem and sew a ripped seam with and without a sewing machine.

 

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