HORIZON

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

High School

Student Code of Honor
One of the goals of Horizon Christian School is to promote Christian character. In keeping with the goal, students are responsible to follow Biblical standards of conduct as part of their growth to maturity. The Bible gives us many principles for living, but the following have been identified as specific guidelines for student behavior. Click here to download the Student Code of Honor.

Horizon High School Descriptions

Classroom Structure: Traditional seven period schedule. Students meet in seven 55-minute periods for the entire year.

Student/Teacher Ratio: Dependent on courses and/or lab accommodations. Approximately 20:1

School Day:
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Start: First Tuesday following Labor Day
End: Mid-June
Major Breaks: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring

 

Course Studies
Electives
Social Studies
Bible
Language Arts
Physical Education
Mathematics
Science
College Prep
Languages
Computer
Other Electives
Fine Arts

 

Social Studies

Geography Grade Level: 9 Credit: 1
Geography is the introductory course in the Social Studies curriculum. Both physical and human geography are emphasized. The history and challenges of cartography are addressed. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe and locate 166 nations, the states, provinces and territories of the United States, Canada, and Australia and major geographic features of the world. Students will also develop basic map navigational skills.

World History Grade Level: 10 Credit: 1
World History is the foundational course to the social studies curriculum. Focus is placed on the great civilizations from ancient, medieval and modern times, both western and eastern. Study skills and analytical abilities are emphasized. Students will learn to take notes, write short research papers, and summarize oral events.

AP United States History Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1
Students will study the history of the United States from a Christian worldview. Major units of study are the Age of Exploration, Colonial America, War for Independence, the 19th century, the 20th century, and the 21st century. Each unit discusses what happened, why it happened (as best as can be discerned), other possibilities that history could have taken, and how it relates to major events of our day. Current events are also presented and discussed.

AP American Government Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
Government is an eighteen week journey of reliving our country's early struggle in forming a government; one that not only serves the people, but is of the people. From the Magna Carta and the Articles of Confederation, and through the debates of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and a check and balancing act of powers, emerges this Constitution; a document hallowed by Godly men which has endured this test of time, while yet governing the affairs of man. An in-depth, yet practical examination of the branches of power as they operate today, by utilizing current-event accounts and activities witnessed before us.

Economics Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
This study is an eighteen week presentation of our capitalistic economy that is regulated by its supply and demand. This overview will demonstrate its regulation both individually as well as nationally. What drives an economy in its success and failures from a world-wide scale? The impacts of recession or inflation, the influence of trade and taxation, are only brief topics and concerns examined in this course.

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Bible

Intro to Worldview (11th/12th Grade - final year 2014/15)
This course introduces students to the study of worldview from a Christian perspective including contemporary religious and secular worldviews, an introduction to major world religions, an overview of apologetics (the reasoned defense of the Christian faith) and consideration of how to faithfully and respectfully share our faith with others. Material will be presented through a combination of lecture, print, class discussion, and video. Students will be expected to perform independent research, deliver class presentations and write at a pre-college level.

Christian Faith Fundamentals (9th/10th - all incoming HR students beginning 2015/16)
This course introduces students to the Christian Faith. We will begin with a consideration of big questions (What is real? What is right and wrong? Why am I here?) and move into an overview of the basics of worldview. We will move forward with a presentation of the Christian message of salvation in Christ and continue on to a consideration of how Christians view the Bible. After a considerable overview of Bible themes, contents and structure we will end the year by introducing Christian Theology, the defense of the Christian Faith, how to grow as a Christian and finally practical tools and methods for Bible study. This course is intended to provide foundational understanding for navigating the Christian Faith in general and life at Horizon in particular, and prerequisite understanding for all HS Bible elective classes.

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Language Arts

Finding Your Voice: Sec. A Grade Level: 9 Credit: 1
Through a variety of activities, accommodating all learning styles, students will explore classical literature, vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. Focus is placed on the student's emerging styles in writing and verbal expression. Major units of study are vocabulary, grammar, writing, and reading/literature.

Finding Your Voice: Sec. B Grade Level: 10 Credit: 1
Through a variety of activities, accommodating all learning styles, students will continue to explore classical literature, vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. Focus remains on the student's emerging styles in writing and verbal expression. Major units of study are vocabulary, grammar, writing, and reading/literature.

AP Language & Composition 11-12 Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1
This is a practical course to develop language skills necessary for successful college and vocational entrance. Students will prepare resumes and essays expressing their distinct personalities. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature to develop their own writing style.

AP English Literature & Composition Grade Level: 11/12 Prerequisite: Min "C" in Eng 10 Credit: 1
The purpose of this rigorous course is to develop close reading skills in students through the analysis of and response to a variety of classic pieces of literature. All students taking this course will be expected to sit for the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam to receive AP credit on their transcripts. Receiving a score of (3) or better on this exam will give students the ability to seek college credit for this class.

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Physical Education

Physical Education Grade Level: 9-12 Credit: ½ *
Course introduces students to team sports, competition, and Christian sportsmanship. Students receive instruction in the rules, history, and strategies of various sports, such as: golf, football, table tennis, and cross-country. Emphasis is on developing skills and fundamentals, as well as integrating a personal plan for regular physical exercise. Students are encouraged to develop a positive attitude toward their individual fitness and God-given potential, and are provided with an opportunity to learn life-long skills, enabling them to participate in sports and build a foundation for a healthy self-image. "In whatever you do, do it heartily unto the Lord rather than unto men." Colossians 3:23

* Varsity Sports participation – a student who plays on a Horizon varsity sports team receives 1 credit for playing in three sports, and receives a ½ credit for playing in two sports. No credit is given for only playing one sport during a school year.

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Mathematics

Pre-Algebra Grade Level: 7-12 Prerequisite: Minimum "C" in Math 7 or teacher recommendation Credit: 1
Pre-Algebra is a continued progression of basic math principles and logic, developing an appreciation in problem solving methods and applications using real numbers. Emphasis on applied mathematical principles and functions include: word problem set-up and solving, unit multipliers (conversions), fractional applications of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, linear and coordinate graphing, understanding expressions of equality and inequality, geometry shapes and dimensions (area, volume, surface area), one-variable expressions, and applying prior concepts in crossing over to elevated algebraic expressions and real world problem solving.

Algebra I Grade Level: 8-12 Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra Credit: 1
Course stresses a logical axiomatic development and a high application of real world problems. Major units of study include expressions and equalities, operations and negative numbers, properties (postulates) of algebra, applied problems, polynomials and radicals, quadratic equations and applications, two variable expressions, exponential expressions, applying prior concepts, radical algebraic expressions, inequalities, functions, and advanced topics leading to advanced algebra. Course is college preparatory.

Algebra II Grade Level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Algebra I Credit: 1
Course begins with a general review of sets of numbers, polynomials, equations and inequality. The core of the course includes the use of linear inequalities and quadratic exponential logarithmic rational and irrational functions. The use of functions as mathematical models of the real world is emphasized.

Geometry Grade Level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Algebra I Credit: 1
Course includes college preparation, algebraic applications, and the deductive logical approach. Students will be introduced to an inductive approach. Major units of study include deductive reasoning, points, lines & planes, rays and angles, congruent triangles, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, the right triangles, circles, the concurrence theorems, regular polygons and the circle, geometric solids, non-Euclidean geometry and coordinate geometry.

Pre-Calculus Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Algebra II Credit: 1
Pre-calculus is a third or fourth year high school course designed to prepare students for calculus. Specific topics include exponents, logarithms, trigonometry, graphs of sinusoids, matrices, higher-order, polynomials, rectangular and polar coordinator functions, complex numbers, and probability.

Calculus Grade Level: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus Credit: 1
This class is an introduction to Differential and Integral Calculus designed to prepare students for college calculus. Specific topics include functions, parametric equations, limits, principles of differentiation and integration, applications of differential and integral calculus, and differential equations.

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Science

Physical Science Grade Level: 9 Credit: 1
Course is designed to expose students to the fascination of their physical universe with an emphasis on problem solving and application. Topics range from creation and evolution to an appreciation of energy, with all its transitional forms. Matter in its elemental form to the variety of chemical relationships they share in relationship with each other, will introduce students to chemistry. Experimentation and creative project research will assist the exploration and understanding of each scientific thought and process.

Biology I Grade Level: 10 Credit: 1
An opportunity for students to evaluate science from a Christian perspective. In contrast to modern Taxonomy, the Biblical Classification of Life presents a focus on God's creation and not evolution theory alone. From unicellular to multicellular, creative design is visible in all created life; both in its processes as well as in an organisms anatomy. Laboratory investigation using the scientific method will assist the student's understanding of cell metabolism and variations between organisms, providing students with a hands-on exposure and instruction necessary for success.

AP / Basic Chemistry Grade Level: 11/12 Prerequisite: Basic Algebra skills Credit: 1
Course teaches foundational principles of chemistry in preparation for deeper studies with an emphasis on problem- solving in relationship to the basic concepts of chemistry. Laboratories and hands-on activities are done on a regular basis to solidify chemistry basics, providing valuable research skills transferable to all sciences.

AP / Basic Physics Grade Level:11/12 Prerequisite: Basic Algebra skills Credit: 1
This course is designed to bring about a deeper appreciation of the world in which we live and the rules that govern it. The focus of this course is comprehension of the basic concepts. Minimal emphasis is placed on the mathematics that can be applied to these physical principles. Concepts are reinforced by labs and other hands-on activities using various aspects of the scientific method.

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Languages

Spanish I Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1
Introductory course designed to give students basic language tools for communication in Spanish. Focus is on basic vocabulary, grammar, Hispanic culture and geography, with opportunity to develop skills in listening, reading, and speaking.

Spanish II Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Minimum "C" in Spanish I Credit: 1
Course reviews and builds upon listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills introduced in Spanish I. Students are taught to communicate in different tenses in a variety of "real-life" situations simulated in class. Students are encouraged to develop and use communication skills by participating in plays, presentations, projects, and service in the Hispanic community.

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Computer

Computer Applications Grade Level: 9-12 Credit: 1
This course focuses on making students proficient on the computer, typing as well as running basic applications necessary to success in today's world.  Students become familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as coding web pages in html.  In addition, students are taught basic hardware principles and trouble shooting on the computer.  Upon completion of the course students will be touch typing and able to handle the basics of any computer hardware and software.  Prerequisite for the upcoming AP Computer Science course.

On-line Courses: Grades 10-12 Credit: 1/2 (duration - 1 semester)
This classis for self-motivated students 10th through 12th grade who would like to leran through Tufts, Harvard, or MIT. Students may choose from Blender 3-D Design, Force and Strategy, Architecture, and Films for Social Change, Podcasting, and others.  The courses do not grant college credit.

 

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Other Electives

Money Management Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
This course gives students a fundamental analytical approach in preparation for successful financial management in the disciplines of this world. The course introduces the foundational principles necessary for both individual and corporate success as financial stewards. Topics include simple banking practices, budgets, loan applications, small business tax preparation and record keeping practices, investments, inventory, and income.

Greek & Norse Mythology: Grades 9-12 Credit: 1/2 
This class covers key stories from Greco-Roman and Norse mythology and introduces students to some of the foundtional texts, stories and concepts for Western culture.  We use metaphors and language borrowed from mythological sources every day.  Many of the values of the Greco-Roman and Norse mythological worlds differ from Christian values, and these differences give students opportunity for reading and writing.   

Jesus Goes to the Movies: Grades 9-12 Credit: 1/2 
Students exercise their interpretive muscles together as they view a series of movies about Jesus.  How is Jesus presented in these movies?  How do the movies portray Jesus's message and mission, the disciples?  Students learn about and use some tools from cinema studies as they become more careful viewers.

Yearbook Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
Course involves production of the annual Horizon yearbook. Students learn to create a ladder, construct page layouts, and gain community involvement through ad sales. Elements of photography are included.

Senior Workshop: Grades 12 only  Credit: 1
Students will be placed in local businesses throughout the community by an application process to receive on-the-job experience in a variety of areas. This gives a student the opportunity to apply the learning they have achieved in the classroom as well as the chance to explore possible careers for their future.  Some internships offered in the past include: web design, surveying, architecuture/construction, food services, education, museums, medicine, marketing, informational technology services, management, journalism, and many more.

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Fine Arts

Concert Band  Grade Level: 9-12 Prerequisite: 2 years band or audition/acceptance from music director Credit: ½
Artistically challenging and technically difficult musical selections provide students with the opportunity to further advance in their musical abilities. Concerts, mass bands and musical reviews offer students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of becoming more accomplished musicians. This elite group performs jazz and blues repertoire as well as concert and pep band selections.

Art Meets the World  Grade Level: 9-12 Credit: ½
This course is designed for those that have ever looked at a piece of art and wondered, "What's the big deal?" In this art class students will learn how different art styles connect with what they read in their history books. Students will chew over art, sculpture and architecture from Cave Art to Cartoons.  Students will create art corresponding with each time period to better understand why these artists are such a "big deal".  By the end of the year, student teams will dream up and create a masterpiece of their own.