+Bible

Old Testament Survey

This course will cover the overarching story of the Old Testament.  Key components include the timeline of Old Testament events, geographic locations of Old Testament events, memorization of scripture, and the completion of a devotional journal. (Quarterly Focus: The Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetical Books, The Prophets).  

New Testament Survey

This course will cover the overarching story of the New Testament.  Key components include the timeline of New Testament events, geographic locations of New Testament events, memorization of scripture, and the completion of a devotional journal. (Quarterly Focus: Jesus and the Gospels, Acts and the Early Church, Paul and his Epistles, General Epistles and the Apocalypse).

Understanding The Times

This course is a guide to understanding the ideas and forces shaping our times. Understanding the Times offers a fascinating, comprehensive look at the how the tenets of the Christian worldview compares with the five major competing worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism. This course is a dual credit through Bryant College. Upon successful completion students earn 3 credit hours of Philosophy.

Biblical Study Methods

This course teaches students to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves. The course provides practical, hands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretive process, emphasizing the Bible’s redemptive arc and encouraging unity of application across the scriptures.

+English

English I

This is an English course that focuses on foundational skills in both literary analysis and writing.  Reading will cover a variety of forms and genres, including short stories, novels, and epic poetry. Writing will be practiced through both short-term and long-term writing assessments and will focus on the three major modes of expository, narrative, and persuasive writing.  Students will write a research paper as well as present a research based multimedia persuasive presentation.

English II

This is a college preparatory English course that focuses on higher-level literary comprehension and oral communication skills.  Readings will focus on, but not be limited to, works by Christian authors. Students will also read works by William Shakespeare and other works of literary merit.  Writing will cover short-term essay and larger expository and comparative literary analysis essays. There will be a heavy focus on public speaking, including multiple smaller presentations along with larger presentations, utilizing ceremonial speaking, informative/presentational speaking, and persuasive speaking.

English III

This is a college preparatory English course that is designed to expand students’ understanding of the multiple approaches that may be taken to analyze various genres of writing. Specific reading selections will be used to develop skills in literary analysis.

English IV Language & Composition

Students will learn the basics of rhetorical analysis while being challenged with college-level reading and writing assignments.  While a diverse range of texts will be read, emphasis will be on analyzing the rhetorical skills and practices of non-fiction works.  Frequent short-term writing assignments will be balanced with quarterly essays which will progress through multiple stages of revision.  Also, elements of rhetoric from other media, including visual and digital sources, will be considered.

+Foreign Language

Spanish I

This is an introductory course that is designed to expose students to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop basic proficiency through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will have hands-on experiences that include a variety of traditions that Spanish-speaking people groups practice. The students will interact with their peers and the instructor in Spanish as they develop their skills in this foreign language. 

Spanish II

This course is designed to further develop grammar and vocabulary in order to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will work to comprehend the language at a conversational speed, write using everyday expressions about ordinary activities, and read from a variety of sources. Special emphasis will be placed on interpersonal communication and the ways in which language and culture interact. 

Spanish III

Spanish III is designed to allow students to continue to develop their language proficiency through the use of comprehensible input, cultural studies, and project-based learning. The students will grow toward Intermediate-High proficiency level, using present, past, future, and subjunctive tenses in their communication. In this class, the students will develop greater accuracy in their language usage and will acquire language through increased peer interaction, autonomous reading choices, and investigative projects in addition to consistent comprehensible input. This class has increased rigor based on the completion of at least 2 years of previous instruction in Spanish and is intended to develop students’ abilities for use in real-world situations as well as for their studies in higher education.

Spanish IV

This course will focus on refining skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking through the use of authentic written materials and cultural experiences. This course will build upon the previous three years of intensive Spanish acquisition. Activities and assessments will include academic papers, literary analysis, creative presentation, and weekly conversation hours. This is an advanced course that will prepare students for college Spanish programs.

+Math

Algebra I

This course is designed to develop the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students to succeed in advanced courses. It requires students to apply concepts and skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. Topics covered include relations and functions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, statistics, and an in-depth focus on quadratics.

Geometry

This course emphasizes the application of algebraic concepts to geometric figures through logical and deductive reasoning. Topics discussed include parallel and perpendicular lines, planes, polygons, circles, angular measurement, postulates and theorems for problem solving, formal proofs, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, and right triangle trigonometry. Concepts covered include congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion.   

Algebra II

This course builds on specific topics from Geometry and extends the content of Algebra I.  Advanced topics include conic sections, algebraic fractions, matrices, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences and series, counting principles and probability. The key concepts and theories introduced in this course increase students’ mathematic literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. 

Trigonometry (1 semester)

Trigonometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with the relations between the sides and angles of plane or spherical triangles, and the calculations based on them. Topics include graphing, analyzing and applying the six trigonometric functions, Pythagorean relationships, ,right triangle trigonometry, and trigonometric formulas and identities.

Precalculus (1 semester)

PreCalculus prepares students for the rigors of calculus through the study of properties and graphs of trigonometric, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions. Other focus areas include complex numbers, conic sections, matrices, sequences, series, and limits. 

Calculus

This advanced math course is designed for students intending to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Although the material is covered at a slower pace, the expectations and rigor are the same as a college course. Topics covered are limits, derivatives (and their applications), integrals (and their applications), inverse and exponential functions.

+ Physical Education / Health

Physical Education

All PE courses are designed with the understanding that, “God created us to move.” This course focuses specifically on increasing student awareness of how God created our bodies to move in many different ways. Each class period involves an introductory activity, fitness development, lesson focus, and closing activity. 

Health

This course is designed to educate students in all areas of health: spiritual, mental, physical, and social. Topics covered include the life cycle of growth, development, heredity, environmental health issues, diseases, substance abuse, safety, fitness, nutrition, and sexual abstinence. This class is taught from a Christian perspective to inspire students to live a lifestyle pleasing to God.

+Science

Biology I

This course focuses on key biological concepts including ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, *evolution, physiology, and diversity. Laboratory experiences are an extension of classroom instruction and are inquiry-based, requiring students to apply the scientific method, problem-solving strategies, and critical thinking skills.

*An explanation for MCHS’s approach to discussing evolution as a scientific theory can be found in the Biology I course syllabus. 

Chemistry I

This is a general chemistry course that focuses on the composition and properties of matter. Topics include atomic structure, molecules, matter and energy relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory experiences are an extension of classroom instruction and work to develop observational skills, experimental methodology, and deductive reasoning. 

Honors Biology II

The first semester is a laboratory course emphasizing the fundamentals of organization, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell cycle and cancer, genetics, gene expression, viruses, bacteria, and microevolution. It is a dual credit course through Greenville University. Upon successful completion students earn 4 credit hours of General Biology I.

The second semester will focus on the principles of human anatomy and physiology, including basic chemistry, microscopic investigation of cell and tissue samples, physiologic exercises, and an overview of the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and senses, endocrine, blood, heart and the circulatory system, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary systems, and reproductive.

Physics

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental scientific principles of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe.

+Social Science

Civics (1 semester)

Civics is a course designed to help students understand the important role they play as individuals in a democratic society. Contents of this course include the United States Constitution, the roles of state and local government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the relationships between the branches of government. All students are required to pass tests on the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.

Geography (1 semester)

Geography will involve an overview of the many aspects that make each land around the globe unique. Students will study and discuss the effects of political, economic, cultural, social, and religious geography on people groups and the relationships they have with one another. The conversations that will be held regarding these topics will provide opportunities for students to improve their understanding of how to more effectively disciple people whose cultures and life experiences are different from their own.

World History

This course provides an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period. It will develop historical thinking skills so students can interpret, analyze, evaluate, and contextualize how human interactions have shaped the development of religions, cultures, governments, economic systems, philosophy, the arts, and science and technology throughout history and in varying geographical locations.  

U.S. History

This course provides students with a better understanding of the events that have shaped American society. This class requires students to analyze how international circumstances have historically affected the philosophy, politics, diplomacy, government, and religion within our nation. Students must also examine the transition of our nation throughout its history and consider the role they will play in its progression moving forward.

Consumer Education (1 semester)

This course is designed to teach high school students the fundamentals of personal finance. Topics covered include budgeting, saving, investing, insurance and taxes, and career and college planning. The course is taught from a biblical perspective with special emphasis on generosity and a God-first perspective of money.