High School Course Description
English I and II /Honors
This rigorous World Literature course is enriching in experience, analytical and critical in reading, composition and thought, and probing in self-awareness. The course involves the study of a wide range of literary themes, genres, mediums, and methods.
CP English III/Honors
American Literature, from Colonial to the present, is the focus of this course from which writing assignments emanate. Interpretive and critical thinking skills are emphasized, and essay writings are primarily analytical or persuasive. Activities that hone reading comprehension, grammar, mechanics, and usage reinforce student skills.
CP English IV/Honors and Dual Enrollment Available
British Literature covers the major periods of Great Britain’s literature from the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods, into the Elizabethan era, then to the Victorians and ending with the modern era. Students will develop and improve their reading, writing, and thinking skills through close reading and written literary analysis.
The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until modern times. Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the history of the world.
U.S. History/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades*
The focus of this course is the study of the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. Students will learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography. They will obtain a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States history.
CP Government/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
This course will provide students with knowledge of the United States Government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the policy-making process; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy; and the American economic system.
This course emphasizes the analysis of the American economic system as it relates to the individual and other economic systems. Specific units will cover microeconomic issues such as the law of supply and demand, factors of production, and the business cycle. Macroeconomic issues will include money and banking, monetary and fiscal policy, international trade and comparative economic systems.
This course highlights the function of the earth’s system. Emphasis is placed on the human interactions with the Earth’s geologic and environmental systems, predictability of a dynamic Earth, origin and evolution of the Earth system and universe, geochemical cycles and energy in the Earth system.
CP Biology/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
This course is laboratory-based science class in which students will study the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter and energy, and organization in living systems and the behavior of organisms.
CP Anatomy/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
This course focuses on the structure and function of the human body. The students will study all major organ systems including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The course also introduces common human disease processes.
CP Chemistry/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
This course is a laboratory-based science class in which students will study the structure and properties of matter as they explore chemical reactions, the structure of atoms, conservation and interactions of energy and matter.
The course emphasizes the importance of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to personal health and wellness. It is a course designed to expose students to a broad range of issues and information relating to the various aspects of personal health, which include the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and environmental aspects. Topics of exploration include, but are not limited to: nutrition, physical fitness, schools against violence in education, child abuse and neglect recognition and reporting, stress, weight management.
Students learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance.
Computer Technology/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
Computer Technology is a computer laboratory course. Students will use the computer for a variety of software applications and operation, additional computer information, computer trends, careers, and further educational opportunities. Students will select, combine, and apply appropriate software needed to function effectively in our rapidly changing technological, global society. Students will focus on advanced technology skills vital to business and industry, use technology to analyze and manage information and integrate software applications.
This course introduces students to the history, theory, and genres of music. The course explores the history of music, from the surviving examples of rudimentary musical forms through to contemporary pieces from around the world.
This foundational drawing course is an introduction to the structure and articulation of forms. Some or all of the media used that may be introduced are charcoal, pencil, crayon, and wet media. The student will become familiar with fundamental techniques and competent at rendering a convincing drawing based on the observation of the underlying structure of objects with an understanding of composition. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice three-dimensional design and develop an art portfolio
Fundamentals of Graphic Design
The course explores the basic foundations of design through a series of visual projects that explore the principles and elements of design. Students will work both with analog and digital media as they explore two-dimensional, three-dimensional design along with color theory.
Introduction to Business
This is a basic business course designed to acquaint students with the activities associated with a business. Students will gather a basic understanding of general business, economics, entrepreneurship, business communications, business ethics, the government’s role in business, marketing, and business finance.
Sociology/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
Sociology is the study of human relationships. Topics include the family, social groups, minorities, propaganda, education, and rural and urban problems. The student who has a reading problem and/or is unable to do abstract reasoning will have difficulty with many of the class assignments.
This course is designed to help students apply biblical morality to their daily lives. The students will look at both questions of right and wrong and some of the most current issues facing society today. The students will examine various competing worldviews and compare them to a biblical worldview.
Academic Algebra I covers basic algebraic concepts including exponents, linear and quadratic equations, graphing, and polynomials.
Academic Geometry is a logical step in the continuation of the study began in Algebra 1. It is designed to broaden the students’ understanding of basic geometric principles, while challenging them to evaluate and apply those principles in more difficult ways. Academic Geometry students examine the properties of two- and three- dimensional objects. Proof and logic, as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions, are stressed.
CP Algebra II/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
Academic Algebra II is a one-year course designed for college bound students. This course builds on the foundation created in Academic Algebra I. Students will review the basic laws of Algebra and expand upon them to cover deeper content and more difficult analysis. Students are introduced to trigonometry and geometry topics are incorporated throughout the course.
CP Pre-Calculus/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
Pre-Calculus is a one-year course designed for college bound students. Topics covered include geometry, trigonometry, logarithms, advanced algebraic concepts and abstract problem solving.
CP Calculus/ Dual Enrollment Available during the 11th and 12th Grades
The calculus course is designed for mathematics majors and for students interested in engineering and other mathematics related fields. Following an intensive review of topics from algebra, geometry and trigonometry, the course provides an extensive introduction to differential and integral calculus.
Physical Education I
Students in Physical Education advance their skills and understanding in sports, some of which they may participate later in life. Sportsmanship, teamwork, strengthening the body, and an appreciation of leisure activity will be developed during this course.
Communication is essential in all disciplines of life. Verbal communication is examined and experienced in Speech class. Emphasis is placed upon the development of each student’s ability. This one-semester course seeks to develop the verbalization and oral organizational skills to enable students to communicate effectively. Students will present various types of speeches (viewpoint, instructional, demonstration, informative, persuasive, and impromptu) as well as learn to be an effective listener.
This introductory course is designed for students with little or no previous study of Spanish. The course teaches basic language patterns and vocabulary. Repetition and comprehensible input are important components of this course. Focus is on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is an integral part of the course and is introduced through the use of media, games, adapted readings and class discussions. In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities.
Students continue to further develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on comprehension, reading, writing and communication practice in the target language using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary and structures. Supplementary materials are introduced to enhance language use. Aspects of contemporary Spanish culture are introduced through the use of media, games, and adapted readings in small or large group discussions. In addition to written/oral assessments, students are assessed using a variety of formats: oral dialogues, presentations, written compositions and other means.
College Entrance Exam Prep ACT/SAT
Preparatory course for high school juniors and seniors is designed to develop the skills necessary to improve ACT/SAT scores. This course emphasizes test-taking techniques in addition to providing the preparation in each portion of the test in English, mathematics, reading, and science.
* Dual Enrollment Course must be approved by KCS administration before student enrolls.
AP Human Geography
The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
AP Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet, there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.
AP Calculus AB
Calculus AB is designed to be taught over a full high school academic year. This course is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are taught.