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Curricular development and program integration are vital components of maintaining courses that challenge and prepare students for college and life. Each department at Mount Pisgah is led by a Department Chair who is responsible for maintaining and developing curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade and assists in implementing best practices. Our courses of study reflect thoughtful design coupled with intentional implementation by faculty.

For more information see our entire course list below or read our Upper School Policies and Information.

Course of Study

In addition to required courses, students must enroll in two semesters of academic electives in addition to Personal Health and Fitness.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

World
Language

Christian Education / Health

English I

OR

Honors English I

 

Geometry

OR

Honors Geometry

OR

Algebra I

 

Biology

OR

Honors Biology

 

 

 

Ancient World History
 & Geography

OR

Honors Ancient World History
& Geography

 

Latin 1

OR

Latin 2

OR

Spanish I

OR

Spanish II

OR

Honors Spanish II

 

 

Overview of the Bible

(.5 credit)

Personal Health &
Fitness PHE 202

(.5 credit)

In addition to required courses, students must enroll in three semesters of academic electives. Sophomores are limited to one Advanced Placement (AP) course.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

World Language

Christian Education

World Literature

OR

Honors World Literature

 

Geometry/Hon Geometry

OR

Algebra II

OR

Hon Algebra II

 

 

 

Chemistry

(co-req: ALG II)

OR

Hon. Chemistry

(co-req: ALG II)

OR

Physical Science

(for students not taking

ALG II sophomore year)

 

 

World History: Modern

OR

AP World History: Modern

 

 

 

 

Spanish III

OR

Hon. Spanish III

OR

Hon. Spanish IV

OR

Latin III

OR

AP Latin

 

 

Bible Elective

(.5 credit)

 

In addition to required courses, students must enroll in three to five semesters of academic electives depending on World Language track. Juniors are limited to three Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

World Language

Christian Education

American Literature

OR

AP Language and Composition

 

Algebra II

OR

Hon Algebra II

OR

Adv. Algebra & Trigonometry

OR

Hon. Pre-Calculus

 

 

Chemistry/

Hon. Chemistry

(co-req: ALG II)

OR

Environmental Science

OR

Human Anatomy

OR

AP Biology

OR

AP Chemistry

(co-req: Hon. Pre-cal))

 

US History

OR

AP US History

 

 

Spanish III

OR

Hon. Spanish III

OR

Hon. Spanish IV

OR

Latin III

OR

Latin IV

OR

AP Latin

 

 

Bible Elective

(.5 credit)

 

Elective choices are based on progress towards graduation. Seniors are limited to three Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

World Language

Christian Education

British Literature

OR

AP Literature and Composition

 

Adv. Alg. & Trig.

OR

Honors Pre-Calculus

OR

Statistics

OR

Calculus

OR

AP Statistics

OR

AP Calculus

 

Chemistry/ Hon. Chemistry (co-req: Alg 2)

OR

Environmental Science

OR

Human Anatomy

OR

AP Biology            

OR

AP Chemistry (co-req: Hon. Pre-cal)

OR

Physics (prereq: Adv. Alg. & Trig)

AP Physics 1 (co- or prereq: Hon. Pre-cal)

Economics

OR

Honors Economics

OR

Government

OR

Honors Government

 

 

 

AP Spanish     

OR

Hon. Spanish IV

OR

Latin IV

OR

AP Latin

 

Bible Elective

(.5 credit)

Bible Elective

(.5 credit)

 

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Psychology
  • Physics I: Algebra Based
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

Students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the AP Examination in May.  The fee for the exam is set by The College Board and is announced annually

English (4 credits)

English 101 serves as a general introduction to Upper School English designed to develop basic skills of students as mature readers and writers. Students engage with works from a variety of genres including novels, essays, plays and poetry. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition will be integrated with close reading textual analysis. By examining the purposes of writing, students will develop their own written expression and improve their language awareness while discovering the depth and richness of literary studies.

You will learn techniques of literary criticism and be introduced to major components of literary theory. As a class, we will engage with works from a variety of genres including novels, essays, plays and poetry. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition will be integrated with close reading textual analysis. In the first semester, you will enhance your understanding of principles of critical thinking and apply your knowledge in writing, analysis, and oral presentations. In the second semester, you will apply higher order thinking, in-depth research, and advanced writing techniques to refine the written assessments you produce.

The class is divided into four main focus areas: literature, grammar, composition/creative writing and vocabulary. This course continues to build on the grammar curriculum that is taught in 9th Grade English. Students should be able to demonstrate mastery of important grammatical concepts by elevating knowledge and usage of this skill set. Classical novels, from a range of nationalities, periods, cultures and genres, are read. Each week, students complete short, creative writings using the vocabulary words for the week.

This course builds on the grammar curriculum students were taught in 9th Grade English. Honors students should be able to demonstrate mastery of important grammatical and literary concepts at levels involving greater depth and originality. They read classical novels from an expanse of nationalities, periods, cultures and genres. Honor students are required to submit a research project. In order to complete this project, students are provided with a supplemental reading list.

Through the study of American literature students not only become aware of the great, controversial, and beautiful ideas contained in America’s literary history but also examine the interactions among the writer’s purpose, subjects, and audience expectations. Assignments consist of expository, personal, and persuasive writing, oral expression, vocabulary development, and research and analysis.

"An AP English Language and Composition Course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers' intentions and elicit readers' responses in particular situations" (CollegeBoard). Class discussion is in-depth and analytical. Formal and informal writing assignments are numerous. Additionally, because this class is recognized by the College Board, and the syllabus reflects collegiate standards, students enrolled in this class are held to a higher standard of maturity in regards to both their commitment and behavior.

Students develop an understanding of chronological context, exploring the ways in which a work is (or isn’t) shaped by the world around it. Instruction in language conventions generally occurs within the context of reading, writing and speaking, rather than in isolation. The class involves oral presentations, seminar-style discussions, research papers, timed writing, and other formal and informal assessments.

“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” (CollegeBoard). In addition, since this is a college-level class, a greater maturity is expected of the students in terms of commitment to the class.

ESL Courses

This course is open to qualified freshmen and sophomore international students and others for whom English is an additional language. This is an Upper School English Language Arts course with assignments carefully scaffolded and tailored to challenge students at their current English proficiency levels. Our focus is on reading and doing written and spoken analysis of literary and informational texts. The course is structured around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts 9-10. This course replaces English 9 or English 10 and is a year-long course with a full homework load. Students receive letter/numerical grades. iTEP-SLATE Plus, TOEFL Junior, IELTS, or TOEFL iBT scores are required prior to enrollment in this course.

This course is open to qualified juniors and senior international students and others for whom English is an additional language. This is an Upper School English Language Arts course with assignments carefully scaffolded and tailored to challenge students at their current English proficiency levels. Our focus is on reading and doing written and spoken analysis of literary and informational texts. The course is structured around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts 11-12. This course replaces English 11 or English 12 and is a year-long course with a full homework load. Students receive letter/numerical grades. iTEP-SLATE Plus, TOEFL Junior, IELTS, or TOEFL iBT scores are required prior to enrollment in this course.

Mathematics (4 Credits)

This course begins with a review of basic concrete skills, using the four fundamental math operations, variables, simple equations and the number system. Later concepts include topics such as real numbers, fractions, linear functions, polynomials, systems of linear equations, equalities and inequalities, rational and irrational numbers and expressions and quadratic functions. Problem-solving techniques, with emphasis on accurate calculation skills, are incorporated throughout the year as related concepts are taught. Students master basic algebraic skills and their practical applications in preparation for subsequent required course work such as Geometry and Algebra II.

Geometry reinforces algebraic skills as well as incorporating the study of measurement, properties and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces and solids. Students continue growth in problem solving and reasoning learned in Algebra I through the study of the relationships of different shapes. The course includes techniques of inductive and deductive reasoning, as written in two-column, paragraph, flow and indirect proofs. Right triangle trigonometry is learned and applied to real world situations.

Honors Geometry reinforces algebraic skills as well as introduces new subject areas. Students continue growth in problem solving and reasoning learned in Algebra I through the study of the relationships of different shapes. The course includes techniques of inductive and deductive reasoning, as written in two-column, paragraph, flow and indirect proofs. Right triangle trigonometry is learned and applied to real world situations. Students in Honors will be expected to extend their understanding of Geometry through critical thinking, independent work, and more challenging problems.

Principle course skills in Algebra II include simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, applications of factoring, operations with rational expressions, complex and irrational numbers, graphing equations and inequalities, the study of functions, exponents and logarithms. Included in the course work and derived from previous skills are many applications using basic and advanced word-problem strategies. The use of a scientific/graphing calculator is required.

Principle course skills in Honors Algebra II include simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, applications of factoring, operations with rational expressions, complex and irrational numbers, solving polynomial equations, graphing conic sections, the study of functions, exponents and logarithms. Included in the course work and derived from previous skills are many applications using basic and advanced word-problem strategies. The use of a scientific/graphing calculator is required. Students in Honors will be expected to extend their understanding of Algebra II through critical thinking, independent work, and more challenging problems. 

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry topics are presented in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numerical/data-based, graphical and symbolic. Concepts are introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic situations and accompanied by appropriate use of technology. Topics studied include: linear relationships and functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions and their graphs and trigonometric identities and equations.

Honors Pre-Calculus prepares students for the rigors of Calculus. Topics are presented in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numerical/data-based, graphical and symbolic. Concepts are introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic situations and accompanied by appropriate use of technology. Topics studied include: linear functions, polynomial functions, power functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logistic functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, matrices, conic sections, limits and derivatives. Students will be held to a higher standard across all aspects of the course as compared to on-level Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry.

This advanced math course is ideally suited for students interested in business and economics, life sciences, and social sciences, but are not ready for AP calculus. This course begins with an extensive development of a library of elementary functions, including their properties and uses.  Both differential and integral calculus are studied with an emphasis on application. Students are also introduced to multivariable calculus, as well as brief discussion of differentiation and integration of trigonometric functions. Students are encouraged to investigate mathematical ideas and processes graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally.  Graphing calculator technology will be extensively used in this course and students will continue their study of mathematical modeling.

This course is designed for those students who have shown significant mastery of algebraic and trigonometric skills. Students are exposed to studies in many rigorous topics, including limits, continuity, differentiation and definition of integral, fundamental theorem of calculus, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, techniques of integration and various applications. The use of a scientific/graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: Honors Pre-calculus.

Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting data in order to make decisions. This course examines descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, and statistical inference. This course gives students a deep understanding of these topics, allowing them to use statistics to make informed decisions.

Advanced Placement Statistics is the upper school equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college statistics course. In this course, students develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer and tabulate results from surveys and experiments. Probability and simulations aid students in constructing models for chance behavior. Sampling distributions provide the logical structure for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Students use a TI -83/84 or TI-Nspire graphing calculator, various statistical software and Web-based java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analyses of real data.

Science (4 Credits)

This course gives students an understanding of some of the major concepts of cellular biology and ecological concepts. Topics such as cell structure and function, heredity, evolution, interdependence of organisms, biochemistry, energy and organization in living systems are taught using a variety of learning strategies. The course also addresses how science is related to career decisions, personal welfare and responsibilities as citizens, the quality of life and the economic status of our country. Students gain knowledge and engage in the processes that enable them to solve problems and make sound decisions, establishing patterns of lifelong curiosity and learning.

This course gives students an understanding of some of the major concepts of cellular biology and ecological concepts. Topics such as cell structure and function, heredity, evolution, interdependence of organisms, biochemistry, energy and organization in living systems are taught using a variety of learning strategies. Honors students will be required to complete extension activities and additional projects. The course will also address how science is related to career decisions, personal welfare and responsibilities as citizens, the quality of life and the economic status of our country. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and engage in the processes that will enable them to solve problems and make sound decisions, as well as establish patterns of lifelong curiosity and learning to help students be prepared for college and ready for life.

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory level biology course. The curriculum is based on four big ideas:

  1. The process of evolution (def. change of time) drives the diversity of life. 
  2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 
  3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.
  4. Biological systems interact and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Extensive laboratory work will be an important part of the course with reports done in great detail. Lab work includes ten AP labs, along with multiple abbreviated lab-learning opportunities, focusing on lab technique and core curriculum topics. Extensive, inquiry-based, laboratory experiences are designed to develop scientific reasoning, data collection, technological skills and partner communication. The curriculum follows the AP Curriculum Framework for Biology. Students are required to take the AP Examination for Biology. An AP Lab Course is required in addition to the class period.

This course is an overview of the major concepts in physics and chemistry. Concepts such as structure of atoms, motion and forces, conservation of matter and energy, action-reaction principle and the behavior of waves are taught using a variety of learning strategies. The course also addresses how science is related to career decisions, personal welfare, responsibilities as citizens, the quality of life and the economic status of our country. Students gain knowledge and engage in processes that enable them to solve problems and make sound decisions, establishing patterns of lifelong curiosity and learning.

Chemistry uses experimentation, observation and problem solving to reinforce a study of atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, reactions, measurement and primary states of matter. The student utilizes mathematical skills to analyze and synthesize quantitative data. Additional emphasis is placed on problem solving, disciplined studying and writing lab reports. The latter employs the process of critical thinking and analytical reasoning required by the scientific method. The course also emphasizes laboratory skills, safety in handling chemicals and equipment, and the ability to work in collaborative groups.

Honors Chemistry is an advanced comprehensive upper school chemistry course. The Honors Chemistry class will focus more on the depth of foundational concepts and explore more advanced topics. The topics to be studied this year are the atomic structure, the design of atoms, the periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, reactions, solutions, acids, bases and two specialized branches of chemistry (organic and biochemistry). The experiments in the laboratory exercises will incorporate problem solving, planning and designing, performance, analysis and application. The course strive to emphasize critical thinking and analysis skills, laboratory skills, safety in handling chemicals and equipment, connectivity to algebra and the ability to work in collaborative groups.

This course is comparable to general chemistry taken during the first college year. Students learn to apply the basic principles, concepts and operations of college chemistry. Topics include atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium and thermodynamics. Students maintain a laboratory notebook and use scientific calculators to solve problems. This course requires extensive, nightly home preparation. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry. A lab period is required in addition to the class period.

This course explores some of the major concepts of environmental science. Topics - such as human population growth and cultural revolutions, the advent of environments concerns, fossil fuels, nuclear and alternative energies, air pollution and conservation, soil erosion and conservation, waste disposal and management, the cycling of Earth’s resources, interactions in bio systems – are introduced through a variety of learning strategies. The course also addresses how science is related to career decisions, personal welfare and responsibilities as citizens, quality of life and the economic status of our country. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge about and engage in the processes that enable them to solve problems and make sound decisions, establishing patterns of lifelong curiosity and learning.

This course provides a basic understanding of the structure and functions of the human body with an emphasis on homeostasis. Study includes anatomical orientation, protection, support and movement, integration and regulation, transportation, absorption and excretion, reproduction, growth and development. This course also emphasizes laboratory skills and the ability to work in collaborative groups.

Physics provides students with a conceptual understanding of physical concepts as it helps develop problem-solving skills using mathematics. Students gain a better understanding of how the world around us operates and are prepared for further college study of physics. Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry or Honors Pre-Calculus. Seniors only.

This course is an algebra-based, introductory college-level course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory simple circuits. Through inquiry based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. Prerequisite: Honors Pre-Calculus. Seniors only.

Social Studies (4 Credits)

This interdisciplinary course focuses upon building and enhancing students’ analytical skills. The scope of the course focuses upon civilizations, as well as political and physical geography, prior to 1200 CE. Current events are interspersed with historical analysis to help students connect their study of the ancient world with modern social, economic and political contexts and trends. Students will engage in learning activities that stimulate thought and curiosity as they explore human global connections that drive the past, present and future. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze primary and secondary sources, compare and contrast historical and modern globalization trends and explain their views through essay writing and oral presentation.

The Honors level Ancient World History and Geography course replaces the regular course, with more rigorous instruction and a higher expectation in regard to student academic performance. This interdisciplinary course focuses upon building and enhancing students’ analytical and evaluative skills. The scope of the course focuses upon civilizations, as well as political and physical geography, prior to 1200 CE. Current events are interspersed with historical analysis to help students connect their study of the ancient world with modern social, economic and political contexts. Students will formulate well informed hypotheses, develop argumentative essays and present their work. Student work will focus upon evaluating continuity and change over time, contextualization, comparison, and causation. 

This course builds upon Ancient World History and Geography, analyzing global political, economic, and social trends and connections since 1200 CE. Students will continue to engage in learning activities that stimulate thought and curiosity as they explore human global connections that drive the past, present and future. Students will critically analyze primary and secondary sources and write document-based, argumentative essays based upon thorough research and analysis. The course loosely adheres to the AP curriculum, engaging the six major AP World History themes: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

This course replaces World History: Modern with a College Board-approved course in which students are expected to write, analyze and assess at a higher level. “In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation” (2019-2020 Course and Exam Description, p. 7).

Because all students take a year-end exam in May, there are very specific content and skill benchmarks that the course must achieve throughout the year. All students should begin this course with a clear understanding that the class is rigorous and maintains a very fast pace. Success in this course requires organization, motivation and flexibility. The most successful students in this course end the year with a good understanding of university-style pacing and learning.

This course instills in students an appreciation and critical understanding of the American experience. To achieve this goal, students read, write, articulate and think critically about the scope of American history. Students learn the pivotal events, key personalities, great movements and important developments in American history from Pre-Columbian civilizations to the present. Classroom activities include, but are not limited to: discussion, lecture, cooperative learning groups, role-play, essays, creative writing, study guides, vocabulary, oral presentations and debate.

This course replaces United States History with a College Board-approved course in which students are expected to write, analyze and assess at a higher level. “In AP U.S. History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. The course also provides eight themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures” (2019-2020 Course and Exam Description, p. 7). Students are required to take the College Board AP U.S. History examination in May. Students work toward preparation for the May AP Exam by practicing test-taking strategies, extensive readings, extensive writing and copious note taking.

This is a required, one-semester course offered at the senior level. Economics is the study of choice and how individuals, governments and institutions impact the marketplace and overall economy. Students understand and analyze organizing principles including micro-economics, macro-economics and personal finance and investing. By the end of the semester students are able to see all choices through the lens of economic theory. Classroom activities include, but are not limited to: discussion, Socratic lecture, cooperative learning groups, role-play, essays, and debate.

This is a one-semester, required course offered at the senior level. Honors Economics replaces the Economics requirement with a course that involves the expectation of rigorous discussions, argumentation and analysis. Economics is the study of choice and how individuals, governments and institutions impact the marketplace and overall economy. Students understand and analyze three main course elements including micro-economics, macro-economics and personal finance and investing. By the end of the semester students see all choices through the lens of economic theory. Classroom activities include, but are not limited to: discussion, lecture, cooperative learning groups, role-play, essays, study guides, vocabulary and debate.

This is a one-semester, required course offered at the senior level. The government course instills an appreciation and an understanding of the history, structure and functions of government at the local, state and national level. Students examine the philosophical foundations, the structure and functions of the American government and its relationship to the states and citizens. Students also compare the American system with other systems of government. Students are challenged to develop their own interpretation of American political life and are prepared for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

This is a one-semester course offered at the senior level. This course replaces the government requirement with a course that involves the expectation of rigorous discussions, argumentation and analysis. The government course instills an appreciation and an understanding of the history, structure and functions of government at the local, state and national level. Students examine the philosophical foundations, the structure and functions of the American government and its relationship to the states and citizens. Students also compare the American system with other systems of government. Students are challenged to develop their own interpretation of American political life and are prepared for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Christian Education (2 Credits, .5 per year)

Overview of the Bible is an introductory course for all incoming freshmen, which will present important themes throughout the entirety of Scripture, threading the Old and New Testaments into one holistic story. While this course will cover the main characters, events, and information presented throughout Scripture, students will aim to see the Bible not simply as a disjointed collection of ancient history, but as a beautiful story communicating to us God's relationship to both the ancient world and today. Focus will be placed on where the Bible came from, the history of Israel, the beginnings of the Church, and how to apply Biblical principles and teachings in our modern world.

Christians often avoid reading difficult Old Testament passages which conjure a different image of God than that of the enemy-loving, grace-filled Jesus of the New Testament. This course will tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable portions of Scripture. Warfare and other like passages of the Old Testament will be confronted in this course by examining the biblical, philosophical, and ethical implications of such passages. How can a Christian respond to accusations that God is violent, jealous, oppressive, and destructive? This course will seek to reconcile the seemingly disconnected nature of God portrayed in the Old & New Testaments by learning how to critically read the texts faithfully.

The search for meaning and purpose is central to the human experience.  Why are we here, where did we come from, what is good or bad, and where are we headed?  The human attempt to answer these questions has led to several resulting philosophies and religious experiences worthy of examination.  This course will seek to identify how humans aim to create meaning outside of God, will study specific belief systems that have developed in modernity (such as New Ageism, Scientology), will analyze the ethics of pop culture, and will consider the validity of a biblical perspective when it comes to answering some of life's most powerful questions.

Students will be introduced to the life and theology of the apostle Paul as they study the book of Romans. The class includes a brief biographical look into Paul’s life through the eyes of his close friend Luke in the book of Acts. As the focus of the class moves to the book of Romans, students will gain an insight into the theology of Paul. Students will study the first eight chapters of the book in order to understand the essence of the gospel through Paul’s writing.

This course explores portions of the biblical text dealing with the end times.  Students will learn various historic and modern approaches to the topic, as well as how other cultures and religions around the globe conceive of end time events and the concept of eternal destiny. From their study, students will be able to formulate their own understanding of the end of time and articulate how it affects the day to day living and faith journey of the individual.

This semester course will work through a comparison and contrast of the four gospels as we unpack the life of Jesus and his miracles. We will also cover parts of Acts as we see the fulfillment of Jesus’ purpose on Earth.

This course surveys the foundational beliefs and practices of the world’s leading religions. Students explore and analyze what other cultures believe and why. Additionally, students view such beliefs and practices through the prism of Christianity.

This course is open to Upper School international students new to MPCS. Geared toward students who have never heard the name Jesus, this class gives students a background to understand the Christian faith and culture. This course covers the structure and organization of the Holy Bible. We read passages from the Bible to understand who God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are, what the Trinity is, and why we celebrate Christmas and Easter. We learn about sin and the need for redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ. The course also provides a place to further explore what is discussed during Fresh Air (Chapel) sessions. As needed, this course also provides language support for students’ other classes.

World Languages (3 Credits, may include MS credits)

The first year of Latin begins the process of comprehending the Latin language through practice and reading it. Through these readings, students develop an understanding of the social and political history of the Romans, especially during the first century A.D.

During this second year of Latin, students refine Latin reading skills and continue to strengthen English reading and vocabulary skills through vocabulary building and structure analysis. Through the reading selections and class discussions, students acquire more in-depth knowledge of the daily lives and history of the Romans and continue to make comparisons relevant to today’s society. Furthermore, the students also compare effects of the geography of the ancient Roman world and that of the United States on aspects of culture, such as food, dwellings, clothing and the arts. Intermediate and advanced writing tasks also build a bridge to understanding the written word.

All skills developed in Latin I and Latin II are applied in this course. Major emphasis is placed upon continuing and advancing communication in the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students enhance their writing skills; review and master previously acquired grammatical skills, and increase the quantity and application of vocabulary. A main focus of this course will be the construction and usage of the subjective mood. Readings will include cultural topics designed to reinforce important unit themes, as well as excerpts from Latin literature. 

Our Latin 4 class seeks to accomplish two goals. For the students who will be going on to AP Latin the following year, this class provides another year of scaffolding, wherein students are presented with a comprehensive grammar review while they read Latin from original sources. Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s De Bello Gallico will be highlighted. For non AP students, Latin 4 is a great survey of Roman literature. Works will include Ovid, Catullus, and Plautus, in addition to Vergil and Caesar. Throughout the year, students will encounter Roman art and architecture that augment their understanding of the written word.

The AP Latin course is designed to give students the training and experiences needed to be successful on the College Board AP Latin exam. Our course goals are to develop the students’ abilities to translate the required passages from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s De bello Gallico into English as literally as possible, to help them understand the context of the written passages (including the political, historical, literary, and cultural background of each author and text), and to help them understand the reasons behind particular styles of writing and the rhetorical devices employed. With these considerations in mind students will learn to analyze the text and draw their own logical conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to review a variety of annotated texts of the Aeneid and the De bello Gallico which provide copious AP practice questions. This course encourages students to read Latin prose and poetry aloud and at sight with accurate comprehension and appreciation. For the Vergil text, students will learn dactylic hexameter and how it is used to enhance the text and create effect, and students will scan the poetry regularly. Assessments will include homework, exams, sight translations, presentations, vocabulary quizzes, research projects, recitations, and analytical and interpretative essays.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the Spanish language. Students will develop basic language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Basic grammatical structures will be presented including sentence constructions, present tense of regular and irregular verbs, direct and indirect object complements as well as additional verb tenses and deeper investigation into basic verb usage. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

This course is an intermediate level Spanish language course. Students will expand their language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Basic grammatical structures will be reviewed as complex grammatical structures will be introduced including past tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, the imperative tense and the use of reflexive and reciprocal constructs. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

This course is an intermediate level Spanish language course. Students will expand their language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Basic grammatical structures will be reviewed as complex grammatical structures will be introduced including past tense conjugations of regular and irregular verbs, the imperative tense and the use of reflexive and reciprocal constructs. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. *The honors level course includes a Pre-AP curriculum to further build language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in a format similar to the AP Spanish Language exam. Prerequisite: 90% or above in Spanish I.

This course is an intermediate-advanced level Spanish language course. Students will expand their language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Complex grammatical structures will be reviewed and expanded upon, including the use of the subjunctive mood in a variety of situations, the use of future and conditional verb tenses, expansion on the imperative tense and an introduction to the passive voice. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

This course is an intermediate-advanced level Spanish language course. Students will expand their language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Complex grammatical structures will be reviewed and expanded upon, including the use of the subjunctive mood in a variety of situations, the use of future and conditional verb tenses, expansion on the imperative tense and an introduction to the passive voice. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

This course is an advanced level Spanish language course. Students will grow their language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. All concepts presented in previous levels will be reviewed and examined at a higher level of detail focusing on the minute details of the Spanish language. Students will explore smaller grammatical structures such as the use and omission of definite and indefinite articles, the use of the passive voice in a variety of situations and examine further the use of the subjunctive mood. This course is preparatory for the AP Spanish Language exam as it introduces students to interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication styles for all themes present on the AP Spanish Language exam. The curriculum is based upon the five Standards in World Language Education which are communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

*The honors level course includes a Pre-AP curriculum to further build language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in a format similar to the AP Spanish Language exam.

This AP Spanish Language and Culture course has been designed specifically around the AP Spanish Language exam and is meant to maximize the student’s preparedness for the exam. This course will focus on improving the student’s proficiency across the three modes of communication presented on the exam: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational by using a variety of authentic Spanish-language resources from various authentic Spanish-language media including online print, audio and audiovisual, as well as from more traditional sources that include literature, essays, magazine and newspaper articles and charts, tables and graphs.

Electives

This course is open to all qualified seniors as an elective. The AP European History course instills in students an appreciation and an understanding of the impact European History has had on Western civilization and the world. To achieve this goal, students read, write, articulate and think critically at a college level about vital issues in the European experience. Students master the complexity of the pivotal events, key personalities, great movements and important developments in European history from the Renaissance through the present day. Students read, write, discuss and express themselves critically about vital issues in the European historical experience. Classroom activities include discussion, lecture, cooperative learning groups, essays and the analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students are required to take the College Board AP European History examination in May. Students work toward preparation for the May AP Exam by practicing test-taking strategies, extensive readings, extensive writing and copious note taking.

This is a College Board-approved, year-long elective course offered to qualified juniors and seniors and is taught at the college level. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students cover material on their own. The AP curriculum stresses higher order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context taught at a collegiate pace. Students are required to analyze, synthesize and evaluate primary and secondary sources in addition to memorizing, comprehending and applying facts. Students are required to take the College Board AP Psychology examination in May. (AP HW Load, Full-Year Course, Required Summer Reading)

This is an elective, semester course open to juniors and seniors. Students are introduced to the various theories that are applied to the studies of human development, human relationships, mental and emotional disorders, dream analysis and treatments in these fields. This course investigates the physiological state, the cognitive state, personality, learned behavior, fixations/phobias and mental illness. Research and case studies play a major role in the course. Students engage in active learning, critical and creative thinking and simulations to further their understanding of the subject matter.

This semester course teaches students the principles of managing resources common across multiple organizations - business (for profit & not for profit), church, school, government, military and family. Students will become familiar with Sixteen Steps to follow to build a business as well as prepare a resume and learn job interview skills.

This semester course teaches students the basic aspects of personal finance, corporate finance, and the functionality of stock markets as well as general accounting concepts for entities of all size and type.  This elective develops students’ understanding and skills in areas such as money management, budgeting, financial goal attainment, the wise use of credit, insurance, investments, and consumer rights and responsibilities. 

The focus of the course will be on the functionality & criticality of PR, Communication, Branding, Advertising, Promotion, etc in the 6 entities across multiple organizations - business (for profit & not for profit), church, school, family and philanthropic. . This course will familiarize students with the art, science and psychology of sales. 

Principles and Strategies of Leadership will explore the tasks, strategies, and skills of effective leadership across multiple fields. The course is grounded in the belief that effective leadership is good leadership and includes moral aspects such as service to others, honesty, and integrity. Through a series of lectures, case studies, guided interaction, and group exercises, students will learn to develop individual and group leadership skills to impact their lives and their communities.

These courses are designed to prepare students for both the SAT and ACT during their junior and/or senior year. The course is team-taught by instructors who specialize in teaching verbal, reading, writing and mathematical skills related to both tests. (Light HW Load, Semester-Long Course)

This course is designed for students with an interest in child development and elementary education. They spend two class periods per day as an intern in a lower school classroom, working as a classroom aid or assisting the teacher or students as deemed necessary by the lead classroom teacher. Placement in the lower school classroom is a collaborative effort between the upper school guidance counselor and the lower school administration based on classroom needs. Quarterly reviews of the student’s progress are shared with the upper school guidance counselor. This is a Pass/Fail class.

Animal Behavior is a college preparatory level course that will take an in depth look into principles of animal behavior. Focus on a comprehensive approach to how behavior is studied including foundations in genetics, learning and cultural transmission of behaviors. Discuss factors that affect behavior and behavior modification strategies. Ability to understand and identify behavioral principles in live action and discuss various management strategies

This semester course is designed to teach students the various types of journalistic writing styles. Incorporated in each class are examinations of journalistic ethics, layout, libel, trends and responsibilities.

Students in this semester-long course are introduced to the works of African American authors in 4 periods:  colonial, antebellum, reconstruction, and the Harlem renaissance. This course is designed to increase students' appreciation and knowledge of African American literature through the history of the United States.  Through close readings of selected literary works, students will enhance and increase their development of literary and analytical skills. Reading selections will include fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Assessments will be done through a variety of creative assignments.

Studying a variety of poetry, students will become more critical and sensitive readers, writers, and learners. Rather than studying works divided by time period or single author, students will take a more humanistic approach to examine, and later compose, poetry by subjects, with each unit focusing on different emotions, for Poet Mary Oliver wrote, “poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” The hope for each student in this class is to understand what poetry can be for mankind and why we can be so moved by it.

Public Speaking is offered to students at any upper school level. The primary aim of this course is to improve speaking, listening, composing and reasoning skills. This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking.

This class will focus on the planning, creation, selling, financing and distribution of Mount Pisgah's yearbook. The finished product will be completely student-generated. The fundamentals of yearbook journalism include coverage of the year’s events, ethics, writing story copy, writing captions, creating sidebars and photojournalism. Yearbook design includes creating aesthetically pleasing layouts, using enhancing graphics and effectively using color. Integral to yearbook journalism is developing and carrying out a theme, both verbally and graphically, that suits the School. Work outside of normal classroom hours may be necessary for this class.

The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of computer science with major emphasis in problem-solving, programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. Topics covered in this course include one- and two-dimensional arrays, advanced data structures (including trees, linked-lists, stacks, queues, maps and sets, and other abstract data types), algorithms, analysis of algorithms, and object-oriented programming (OOP). Prerequisite- AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and care. Prerequisite- Mobile App Development or 3D Programming.

Design Thinking is a course based on the Stanford University methodology of finding and solving design challenges that impact the human condition. This 21st century approach challenges students to become empathetic, self-aware innovators. This process will lead students to develop an idea for a mobile app that solves a real-world problem. Using an introduction to Mobile App Development software called Mad-Learn, students are introduced to coding and development of mobile apps, ultimately creating a functioning app that can be published for others to use. Students with an interest in creation using technology and innovative thinking will be inspired to design and build apps during this course.

Intro to Computer Science is an introductory computer science course designed for students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, and programming are all taught with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. Additionally, this course explores the human side of technology as we analyze what it means to be a citizen of digital spaces and the implications through topics such as Internet safety, social media, digital privacy and security.

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic elements and techniques involved in filmmaking, video broadcasting, and audio and digital media production.  Students will apply these fundamentals by participating in hands-on group projects. These tools used and the skills developed in this class will introduce students to the skills required to work in industries ranging from film and television, sports media, local production studios and emerging jobs related to streaming video and on-line productions.

What is it like to be a television news anchor? In Introduction to Broadcasting, students will discover a world of emerging technologies, as well as storytelling and script writing assignments. The ability to create video based projects will allow students to enter the world of visual media which is so prevalent in society today. This creativity will hopefully spark an interest in video journalism, comedy, public service, school initiatives, community activities, and much more.

Fine Arts (1 Credit)

Art 1 is a semester long introductory level course exploring foundational skills & creative thinking using various media and techniques including drawing, painting, mixed media, and sculptural techniques. This course introduces students to the language of art and art terminology while developing their skills, technique and creative problem-solving. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret their own artwork and the work of others through critiques and self reflections. This course will provide students a basic understanding and appreciation for the visual arts. (Semester-Long Course)

Art II is a semester long intermediate drawing course designed to enhance basic drawing skills and technique and provides further exploration of drawing media. Students will apply design principles to their work in a variety of media. Studio experiences include drawing, mixed media and printmaking projects. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, analyze and interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques and self reflection. Students will develop creative problem solving through art production and the development of personal artistic voice. (Semester-Long Course - Prerequisite: Art I)

Art III is an advanced level drawing course with an emphasis on developing a greater depth of understanding of art and the application of design principles in a variety of media. Studio experiences include drawing, painting and mixed media projects. This course reinforces drawing skills and critical analysis skills for responding to master drawings of different historical styles and periods. Students will examine solutions to drawing problems through student drawings and those of other artists. Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, analyze, and interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques and artist statements. Creative problem solving will be explored through art production and the study of master artists and their works along with continued development of personal artistic voice. (Semester-Long Course - Prerequisite: Art I & Art II)

Art IV is an advanced level drawing and painting course that explores a variety of painting techniques and offers opportunities to apply the techniques in a variety of media. The course will examine solutions to painting problems through the study of color theory and composition.  Students will demonstrate their ability to respond, analyze, and interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques and artist statements. Students will resolve complex painting problems and continue their development of concept and personal style. (Semester-Long Course - Prerequisite: Art I - III)

This semester-long class is intended for students who have completed Art I - IV and are interested in the further development of their art portfolio. Students will work with the instructor to develop personally meaningful artworks that synthesize materials, processes, and ideas. Students will research artists to inspire their concepts and compositional development. Exploration of media and continued development of skills and techniques will be emphasized. Independent study students develop and apply skills of inquiry and investigation, practice, experimentation, revision, communication, and reflection.This course is intended to develop a college portfolio and/or will serve as a pre- AP Art and Design course.  (Semester-Long Course - Prerequisite: Art I - Art IV)

Ceramics I is a semester long course designed to introduce students to the characteristics of clay and design in clay using various techniques of construction and decoration.  This course provides opportunities to apply design techniques in clay through hand building and/or throwing on the potter's wheel and introduces surface decoration, and glaze application. The course presents ceramic/pottery forms as art and craft in historical context and explores ideas and questions about the purposes and functions of ceramic forms, past and present. Students in this course will also demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret their own artwork and the work of others through critiques and self reflections.  This course will provide students a basic understanding and appreciation of ceramics as a visual art media.

The AP Art and Design course is a year long course designed to prepare and guide students through the art-making process of creating an AP Art and Design Portfolio. The framework presents an inquiry-based approach to learning about and making art and design. Students are expected to conduct an in-depth, sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas. The framework focuses on concepts and skills emphasized within college art and design foundations courses with the same intent: to help students become inquisitive, thoughtful artists and designers able to articulate information about their work. AP Art and Design students develop and apply skills of inquiry and investigation, practice, experimentation, revision, communication, and reflection. (Year-Long Course - Prerequisite: Art I - Art IV)

This course will introduce students to the tools and skills required to create an original play from nothing. Students will investigate and engage with physical theatre, improvisation, text analysis, dramaturgy, and traditional character development, culminating in the performance of the original work at the end of the semester for a paying audience.  Additionally, students will learn voice and acting technique, improvisation, character analysis, monologues as well as theatre vocabulary, theatre history and performance responses, correlating with Georgia Performing Arts Standards. We will develop creative problem-solving skills and discuss attending college and pursuing careers in the theatre, arts, communications and entertainment fields. (Semester-Long Course)

This course will develop students’ improv and storytelling skills through the fundamentals of dramatic improvisation, Theatre Sports, contact improv, and mask work. Students will play games, improvise in long and short form formats, and present solo pieces. Students will also be offered the opportunity to perform with the MPCS Improv Team. (Semester-Long Course)

Students will gain a general knowledge of all aspects of theatre arts and discover ways that performance both reflects and influences everyday life. Students will investigate and engage with solo performance, storytelling, monologue, two-person scenes, as well as some improv and theatre history.

(Semester-long Course)

Musical Theater focuses on singing, acting and movement skills in a variety of musical theatre performing styles.  This class lays the foundation for musical theatre song performance through learning to use your own personal voice type to sing different genres of songs and learning to analyze the lyrics to find out how to communicate the story through vocal and physical expression.  Students will begin to build their audition portfolio and develop auditioning skills. The class forms an ensemble performing group that learns and performs songs from a variety of musicals, from Vaudeville to today's Broadway shows, and will perform a spring Musical. (Semester Long Course)

This course explores the many dimensions of the play production process. Students will investigate the basics of play construction and analysis, production design, costume, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound design. Students will need access to a functioning and reliable laptop, headphones, and be prepared to work with a variety of construction and craft tools.

(Semester-long Course)

Throughout the year the students will be guided by Essential Questions put forth by the College Board: What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art? In this course students will contextualize and analyze European and global artworks, apply complex terminology to artworks, styles and movements, and ultimately learn to communicate at a post-secondary level in expressing their analysis of these works.  The course will spend the most time on Renaissance art to the 21st century. We will explore ancient through the Medieval ages, and global arts including Africa, the ancient North and South Americas, Asia, Near East, Oceania, and Islamic traditions. Students will learn from a College Board set list of 250 artworks chronologically, beginning with Paleolithic painting/sculpture and ending with Post-Modernist contemporary artists.

This is a college level class and will follow the given curriculum requirements of the College Board. Students will learn to read, write, arrange and compose. The course will also include an intensive listening component for advanced development of ear training and sight singing.

US Band is the large ensemble that focuses on bringing the foundations of musical skills and knowledge together into a comprehensive music education. Over the course of four years this class will go through a comprehensive study of music history, group performance, music theory, and composition. We will study everything from the classical period, to jingles, Disney to heavy metal. If you want to understand the inner workings of how and why your favorite music is performed while learning how to compose and play yourself this class is for you. This year long course can not be left second semester and requires some night time performances.

This class is designed for any student interested in learning to perform vocal music well. Students will learn about the human voice, music theory, music history, various musical skills and how to apply this knowledge to the development of a chorus. The long-range goal is to help students develop the necessary skills to prepare them to become musically self-sufficient. Students may NOT move in and out at the semester mark.

The course in Ballet and Jazz dance includes strength, flexibility and conditioning and progressions including turns, kicks and leaps as well as classical ballet instruction. In the Jazz portion of the class the dancers also learn contemporary dance steps that are used in modern Broadway theatre. Dancers will learn key dance foundations as well as original choreography. This course fulfills a PE credit.

This semester-long course will explore the history of American photography, will introduce students to Principles of Photography, and will train students to edit images using Adobe Photoshop Light room. Students will need access to a DSLR camera, a computer and Adobe Photoshop. No pre-requisite required. (Semester-Long Course; Art Fee Required)

This advanced-level digital course will introduce students to the Principles of Design and will explore basic graphic design techniques. Students will learn layout design and typography manipulation and will be introduced to Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop. Students will need access to a camera, a computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop. Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Imaging. (Semester-Long Course; Art Fee Required)

This upper-level digital course is for fall semester art students who wish to develop their digital art portfolios. Students will develop works for their portfolio using prompts to generate ideas. Students will be encouraged to take their work to the next level using digital media while applying their knowledge of the Principles of Design to each work. Students will utilize multiple software programs to aid their artistic development. Through the creative process, students will work independently to conduct research, develop sketches and generate ideas for each one of their artworks using visual journaling to express their ideas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Imaging and Advanced Digital Imaging. (Semester-Long Course; Art Fee Required)

In Guitar, students will learn basic techniques of playing the guitar and basic music theory. This class is designed to provide students with a way to experience music with or without prior musical knowledge. (Semester-Long Course) 

In this course students will be introduced to the world of percussion, rhythm, and music theory. By diving into the world of percussion, students will be challenged and introduced to a side of music they hear every day, but may not know and understand how it works. Broken into three main sections the Mt. Pisgah Percussion class will focus on: understanding rhythm, developing good time and rhythm, and performance. So whether you want to become a better musician or just better at Rock Band, the Mount Pisgah Percussion class will help you achieve these goals and more. This semester long class is for every student regardless of experience. (Semester- Long Course)

In Intro to Piano students will learn basic techniques of playing the piano and basic music theory. This class is designed to provide students with a way to experience music with or without prior musical knowledge. (Semester-Long Course)

Students in the Orchestra/Advanced Strings class will expand their knowledge of the foundations of proper string instruments playing along with obtaining a high level of mastery with reading, notating and interpreting music. Some evening performances during the school year will be mandatory. Students may NOT move in and out at the semester mark.

Physical Education and Health (1 Credit)

*Graduation Requirement*

Students will be given tools through which they can grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually, seeking to prioritize Christ's message of purpose and identity over that of the world's. This course will help students not only identity healthy patterns for physical well-being, but also help establish practices for healthy interpersonal relationships with peers and the world at large. Students will be encouraged to view their identity through the lens of Christ's claim of adoption as sons and daughters, discovering how that calling begins internally and leads to outward expression of that confidence and accountability. 

This course is designed to teach students about health concepts that affect our daily lives, including nutrition, fitness, flexibility, stress reduction, body composition, drug and alcohol awareness, growth and development, injury prevention and safe behaviors, and Adult CPR certification.

In this course, students participate in a number of different fitness-related sports and activities.

This class provides weight training techniques facilitating the total development of the student (physically, mentally and socially). This course will aid in the development of a positive self-concept through successful learning experiences and physical growth. (Semester-Long Course)

 

MPCS Graduation Requirements

Subject, Course and Credits Required.

English

English

World Literature

American Literature

British Literature

4

Fine Arts**

Semester long electives in music, art or drama

1

Math

Algebra

Geometry

Algebra II

Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus

Calculus or Statistics

4

World Languages

Spanish or Latin I

Spanish or Latin II

Spanish or Latin III

2

Physical Education** 

Personal Health and Fitness grade 9

Weight Training, General PE or 2 seasons of varsity sports participation

1

Science

Biology

Chemistry

Two electives of choice

4

Social Studies

Ancient World History and Geography

World History: Modern

US History

US Government **

Economics  **

4

Christian Education** 

 

Overview of the Bible (.5)

Three electives of choice (.5 each)

2

Electives

A minimum of 1 additional elective is required from any area              

1

** Semester Long Course

Total Credits 23

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