Core Studies

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The following is an overview of secondary core studies:

Mathematics

Most students who have attended FACS in elementary school are prepared for pre-algebra in seventh grade, following up with algebra in eighth. Those who need additional practice before moving on to higher math study general math in seventh and pre-algebra in eighth.

High school students work at general college preparatory or honors levels in algebra I and II, geometry and pre-calculus (which includes probability and trigonometry). Advanced placement calculus also is available. Following this course, students may test for qualification to receive college credit. Dual enrollment college algebra is a popular choice among seniors.

Select, high-performing students compete each year in the American Math Exams.

Junior and senior high curricula include Saxon, Houghton Mifflin, McDougal Littell and Addison Wesley.

Natural Science

Junior high students are given a basic foundation in both biology and Earth science. High school students are required to complete a minimum of three science courses, choosing from biology, honors biology, anatomy and physiology, honors anatomy & physiology, physical science, chemistry, honors chemistry, honors chemistry II, physics and advanced placement biology.

In addition to acquiring knowledge needed for college entrance examinations and postsecondary coursework, students also gain insight into scientific issues in the context of a Christian worldview.

English

FACS takes an integrative approach to the teaching of grammar and writing. Literature and grammar are taught in specific units and incorporated into writing assignments throughout junior and senior high school.

All students complete vocabulary units from seventh through 12th grades, gaining constant practice in utilizing vocabulary required for success on standardized tests and college entrance exams.

In literature, students follow a six-year structured reading plan that covers classic works and authors in drama, novel, short story and poetry. For instance, students analyze the works of Edgar Allen Poe four of their six years in secondary school. By the time they leave FACS, students are acquainted with Poe as a writer of horror materials as well as the inventor of the detective story.

Students survey world literature their freshman year, studying it in greater depth as sophomores. Juniors study American literature. Honors English is available to qualified students from the freshman through junior years. Seniors choose between standard British literature and a more rigorous AP English course in British literature. Many of our AP students qualify for college credit, after examination. Dual enrollment college English also is available for seniors.

Social Sciences

FACS is dedicated to teaching social studies and history in a way that contrasts sharply with secular education. While many secular textbooks revise history to emphasize politically correct viewpoints, texts chosen by FACS present a clear picture of historical events that teachers use as a springboard for thoughtful reflection.

As one of our teachers puts it: "One must admit the reality of absolute truth before one can accurately assess historical events. One cannot have a positive effect on the future when the past is framed incorrectly."

After completing social studies units in seventh grade, FACS students begin a formal study of history with an eighth grade survey of American history. High school students must complete four units in social sciences: world history, world geography, economics (1/2 unit) and American government (1/2 unit). Our more serious-minded students take an advanced placement U.S. history course, for which the syllabus has been authorized and approved by the College Board. These students may qualify for college credit, following examination. Advanced placement and dual enrollment government also are offered.

World Languages

Mastering a world language is important not only for college entrance and study, but also for ministry and business application in an increasingly multi-lingual society.

Students who completed elementary studies at FACS already have a basic foundation in Spanish.

Beginning in the freshman year, FACS students working toward an arts & sciences diploma commit to at least two years of language study. Some complete three years. Courses are offered in Spanish, French, German, and Latin.

In addition to formal language study, many FACS students utilize language skills on short-term mission trips. Some FACS French students also immerse themselves more deeply in the language during summer trips.

Business & Technology

Students practice keyboarding in elementary and junior high school. In addition, freshmen must complete a formal computer keyboarding course.

Other business and technology courses are offered as electives. These include accounting (a basic study of general principles as used in proprietorship, partnership and corporation setting) and computer applications I and II.

Computer applications I covers use of Excel and Power Point software. Computer applications II involves advanced usage of Excel and Power Point and also enables students to gain proficiency in Word, Access, and Desktop Publishing.

Bible & Worldview

Biblical instruction at FACS is non-denominational, focusing on essential Christian doctrine with practical application.

The goal at the secondary level is to thoroughly ground students in an understanding of the major worldviews that frame decisions and lifestyles in the family, workplace, and society.

Texts from Colorado-based Summit Ministries contrast a Biblical worldview with other prominent worldviews such as secular humanism and Marxism-Leninism. Students discover how a person's worldview colors his understanding of theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, law, politics, economics and history.