High School

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
Social Studies
Language Arts
Physical Education

College Prep
Leadership/Community Services
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.

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.

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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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.

Journalism Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
Course teaches development of a newspaper. Skills learned are applied in the production of the student newspaper The Horizon Times. Elements of news writing, editorial writing, editing, layout, and advertising are introduced and implemented. This course may be taken for either a semester or a year

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.

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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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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.

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry Grade Level: 10-12 Prerequisite: Algebra II Credit: 1
Course offers college and technical preparation using the classical logical approach. Major units of study are the review of algebra and geometry, function and relations, linear functions, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and log functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, quadratic relations and systems, higher degree functions and complex numbers, sequences and series, probability and random variables, circular function and right angle trigonometry.

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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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.

Chemistry Grade Level: 11 Prerequisite: Min grade of “C” in Physical Science & Algebra I 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 activities are done on a regular basis to solidify chemistry basics, providing valuable research skills transferable to all sciences.

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.

Biology II Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Minimum “C” in Biology I Credit: 1
Course is the final chapter in life science: the study and appreciation of man’s anatomy and physiology. As an extension of Biology 1, study begins with an overview in comparison of anatomy and physiology among vertebrates. Exposure of a functional design is examined in vertebrate classes from Agnatha to Mammals in comparing anatomical and physiological similarities. In appreciation to the Scriptures of Psalms “…fearfully and wonderfully made”, this study of man and his 12 body systems helps one to appreciate his uniqueness and purpose in life. Opportunities in dissection and outside field trips help acquaint students to this fascinating field of human study and application.

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.

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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High School Electives

College & S.A.T. Preparation Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
A required elective provided for 11th and 12th grade students pursuing further education at the college level. Emphasis is focused on improving test taking techniques. Instruction is also directed towards preparing college admissions forms. Course prepares the college-bound student in resume writing, SAT preparation, searching for a college, financial aid options, and scholarship preparation and search. Upon completion of course, students will: have a résumé for scholarships and employers, be familiar with the type of SAT questions and how to approach them, be able to search for colleges and scholarships online, be able to fill out and answer college application questions, be familiar with the different types of financial aid offered, be able to fill out a FAFSA and have an awareness of financial aid assistance at the federal, state, and local levels and scholarships or grant/loan opportunities.

Consumer Math Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: ½
Course gives students a fundamental analytical approach in preparation for successful financial management in the disciplines of this world. This 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. Assignments include projects completed outside of the classroom.


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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Keyboarding & Word Processing Grade Level: 7-12 Credit: 1
Major units of study include the use of the keyboard and mouse, utilizing the task bar and screen parts, learning word processing and computer graphics, and working on speed and accuracy to 35 wpm.

Leadership/Community Services

Leadership/Community Service I Grade Level: 7-12 Credit: ½
Course introduces students to the qualities of Godly leadership, develops public speaking skills, and offers opportunities for community service. Upon course completion, students will be able to demonstrate the qualities of a Godly leader through service and speak to a group through an informal presentation

Leadership/Community Service II Grade Level: 7-12 Prerequisite: Minimum “C” in Leadership I Credit: ½
This course, offered in the Fall only, builds on skills from Leadership I to develop and implement a community service project as a team. Students meet once a week to develop team-building skills, journal experiences, and develop strategies for implementing a major service project addressing specific needs in our local community. Majority of work is done outside of class. Students accepted to Chamber Leaders are exempt from this class.

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Other Electives

Boy’s Toys Grade Level: 7-12 Credit: ½
An elective exploring some practical experiences and skills young men can share throughout adulthood. Some areas of benefit include: woodworking, welding, small engine repair, automotive maintenance and those father/son outdoor activities that include exposure to hunting, gun safety, trap shooting, and reloading as well as fishing, bait and fly-tying techniques. Strong emphasis is placed on proper handling and safety associated with these activities.

Wood II Grade Level: 7-12 Prerequisite: “Boy’s Toys” or “Wood 1” Credit: ½
An extension to the introduction on woodworking as part of the Boy’s Toys elective class. Students will be given an expanded range of woodworking projects to better refine woodworking principles and techniques. Student’s will need to design, construct, and complete their project in a timely manner, which will be determined by the degree in difficulty of the project of design. Greater varieties of joint construction will be introduced; a greater exposure to metal work, and hardware, with some electrical wiring exposure for lighting.

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Fine Arts

Music (Voices of Galilee) Grade Level: 7-12 Credit: ½
The Voices of Galilee Choir is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through songs containing sacred text. All styles and periods of music are included in the selection to be performed. Voices of Galilee students are ambassadors of the school to area churches and the community at large. Extracurricular and Sunday performances are required on occasion each year. Students learn theory and music fundamentals and principles during class. Worksheets are given and may be taken home as homework. Periodic theory tests are also required.

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.

Art Grade Level: 9-12 Credit: ½
Course is tailored to the goals of the students. Foundational elements (line, shape, color, balance) are reviewed and mastery of accurate rendering is pursued. Students participate in one “public” show and several competitions where their work is judged and displayed.

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