CURRICULUM High School Grades 9-12
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In Christian art education, students study and produce works of art based on aesthetic and historical understanding. A comprehensive curriculum includes instruction in aesthetics, art heritage, art criticism and art-making. In all levels, classroom handouts are the basis for personal art books reflecting the study of the various media, artists and art history. Students are also responsible for an art report, sketchbook, quizzes and tests. All students are encouraged to develop their God-given talents through the use of creative expression. All art classes are elective.
Art 100, 200, 300: A comprehensive and rotating art curriculum is provided at all levels and covers all media at various Trimesters. This course introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills and painting techniques. Studio experiences in the classroom will give students opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, pastel, fibers, watercolor, acrylic or oil paint) while developing student’s individual style and creative problem-solving skills. The course allows students to culminate in an Independent project where students will be encouraged to explore personal Art goals. The elements of art and principles of design will be studied throughout the course. Students will also be responsible for sketchbook homework, quizzes, and a written final exam.
Digital Photography: Students will use their own digital camera and flash drive and the school’s PhotoShop program to utilize various camera techniques to embrace technology and use this to your advantage. Students will learn various ways to present their photos through framing and matting.
3D Art: Jewelry Making: Study the History of various precious metals and stones. Learn how to create jewelry pins, earrings, bracelets, chokers and necklaces with techniques of wrapping, knotting, burning, wirework, and beadwork to name a few. Repurposing broken and donated jewelry will be utilized to fashion one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a hands-on class! Be prepared to create some unique pieces as well as a small book of jewelry ideas.
Ceramics: This course introduces students to ideas executed in various ceramic hand construction techniques including slab, coil and mold. Students explore construction processes, clay and glaze materials, firing processes and use of equipment. Emphasis will be on process and exploration.
Drawing: Spend an entire Trimester learning the Art of drawing through the use of various tools and papers and surfaces. Use of pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pastels, oil pastels, pen and ink, crayon and mixed media will be introduced in new and interesting ways. Students will learn various ways to present their drawings through framing and matting. All Students will also be responsible for sketchbook homework, quizzes and a written final exam.
Painting: Study the various mediums of painting. You will be exploring watercolors, acrylics and oils as well as mixed media. Step by step brush and palette knife techniques will be taught, care of paint and tools on different surfaces as well as art history. You will have time at the end of the Trimester to explore your favorite media. All Students will also be responsible for sketchbook homework, quizzes and a written final exam.
The primary emphasis of the Bible curriculum is the integration of faith, church and family in the lives of its students. The aim of this department is to discover, disseminate, and disclose the Kingdom’s agenda to a world that has been separated by sin from the purpose and plan of God. Students will be challenged to move to the forefront of religious freedom and to become healthy, contributing members of the body of Christ.
BIBLE 9 – INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: This course is the study of the Old Testament. This study will give us insight into God’s relationship with His people, how God established a covenantal relationship with His chosen nation and provided redemption and atonement for them. Students will learn how to read this unique, ancient book; how to pay attention to contexts, including the historical-cultural one; and how the many stories form one story with Christ at the center of it all.
BIBLE 10 – THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS: This course is the study of the Gospels and the historical context of the Gospels. The course begins with the Babylonian captivity and return, then looks briefly at the Intertestamentary period and then focuses primarily on the four Gospels. The historical, cultural and geographical setting of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is also emphasized.
BIBLE 11 – APOLOGETICS: This course will deal with the growth of the early church in Acts as well as a study of some of the major religions of the world. Through these two topics students will strengthen their own faith by developing and applying a Christian worldview and learning to answer difficult questions about Christianity. Prerequisites: 11th or 12th grade
BIBLE 12: ETHICS: Christian Ethics is a course designed to examine the basis for and the nature of Christian conduct from a biblical and theological context. The course will focus on how God calls us to make moral decisions in a fallen world that still belongs to God. A special emphasis will be given to tough questions of daily living, while keeping in mind our responsibility as Christians to be Christ’s ambassadors of grace. Prerequisites: 12th Grade
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETS: This course will examine the Old Testament prophets in light of the general trend of prophecy in Israel and the ancient Near East. The primary objective of the course is to understand the life and message of prophets in relation to the events, ideas, traditions, problems, etc., of their own time. We will study the prophets in light of the exile, attempting to see the relationship between the historical setting and the prophetic message. Considerable attention will be given to the historical situation and religious social conditions to which the prophets addressed their messages. Prerequisites: 10th or 11th grade
LIFE AND LETTERS OF PAUL: The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul is a course designed to explore the history and geography of the travels of this great man of Scripture, the Apostle Paul. This course will investigate the culture and historical setting of the missionary journeys of the apostle. Each of his epistles will be viewed in light of the context in which they are presented. Special emphasis will be given to the occasion, purpose and characteristics of each epistle. Pre-Requisites: 10th, 11th or 12th grade
INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE: Introduction to the Bible is a course designed for WMC’s international students to introduce them to God, to help them encounter Him through Scripture, and to develop a passion for knowing Him and His Word. Students will understand that the Bible is for all people of all nations of all time. The Bible’s key characters will be profiled and its major themes will be examined. Considerable attention will be spent on how the good news of God’s love for us and redemption through Jesus Christ is the overarching narrative of all of the Bible, and how we should respond to Him and His Word.
BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY COURSES
The purpose of the Business Department is to prepare students reflect Christianity in the way they make economic decisions affecting their personal and professional lives. Students need basic vocational and business skills to be productive in future endeavors, whether in the workplace or in higher education. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 1 is required; other courses are electives.
ACCOUNTING : This course is recommended for students with an interest in business/finance, being a business major in college, or planning to own their own business. This course introduces students to fundamental accounting principles and procedures providing a sound foundation for further study in the business area. Students will analyze financial transactions and prepare financial statements. Students may utilize computer software to apply concepts to real-life situations. At the end of the trimester, if time allows, students will complete the accounting practices for a simulated company, which ties all units of study together. Students completing Accounting may qualify for college articulation credit through Baker College. Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 1: This course is recommended for students with an interest in business. This class is an overview of the field of business study. Some of the topics covered will include the business and its environment, forms of business ownerships, information and communication systems and management responsibilities. Prerequisite: 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 2: This class is a continuation of Introduction to Business 1. It will cover basic concepts of Business Management. It will include study of Management Responsibilities, Financial Management, Production and Marketing Management and Human Resources Management.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Business 1 and 11th grade
BUSINESS MARKETING: Introduction to Marketing is a one-trimester course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of marketing and its role in society. Instruction will focus on how marketing impacts businesses, helps people and benefits society. Students will examine career opportunities in marketing and explore the interpersonal and communication skills needed for success in marketing careers. The course will also include working closely with the Warrior Wearhouse and the booster club.
Prerequisite: 11th grade and Introduction to Business
PERSONAL FINANCE: This class will to present to you all of the skills necessary to change the way you look at money, credit and compound interest, and set yourself on a path to win with money. You will be empowered, equipped and entertained while building confidence in your own financial decision-making. Students will use a hands-on approach with online interactive assignments and other projects.
Prerequisite: 10th 11th or 12th grade
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 1 (required): This course is designed to instruct students in how to use the computer as both a business and personal tool through the use of computer applications software. Appropriate software for word processing, spreadsheets and graphics will be used. Students will also use the internet and e-mail for this class. Emphasis will also be placed on improving student keyboarding skills.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 2: This course is a continuation of Computer Applications 1. Students will be introduced to advanced usage skills of word processing and spreadsheets software. Additionally, instruction will be given in the areas of database management and presentation software. Emphasis will be placed on using the software for collaboration as well as productivity. Students will continue to improve their keyboarding speed and accuracy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Applications 1.
STEM 1 – Intro to Computer Science and Programming Students will gain an entry-level knowledge of computer science, basic electronics, and mechanics by programming a Linux computer to control simple circuits and program a small car-style robot. The course also helps students become good digital stewards equipped with a Christian worldview and Christian ethics in their use of technology.
STEM 2 – Intermediate Computer Science and Programming: Students will build upon their knowledge, ideas and skills gained in STEM 1 through extended use of a Linux computer to control circuits, machines and especially various sensors with more complex coding. Students will work with sensors (the internet of things) to gather data like temperature, light, humidity, etc., in order to build robots that gather data, solve problems, and open possibilities. The course continues to further the student’s understanding of how a Christian worldview and ethics impacts their understanding and daily use of technology.
By nurturing the ability to communicate in words, the language arts celebrate one of God’s greatest gifts to us: that of expression. To make sense of God’s creation, we study various writers’ interpretations of life regarding our world and culture, as well as response to others and to God Himself. God’s people are also expected to communicate to the world His news of love and redemption. Accordingly, students are given opportunities to develop their communications skills in the classroom in a variety of ways: by responding to literature in journals, reading logs, papers, and discussion; by writing research papers; by reading a variety of literature; by studying the English language; and by writing and presenting speeches.
INTRO TO LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: Intro to Literature and Composition is a two trimester course which introduces analysis of world literature past and present, and covers in-depth development of expository, persuasive, narrative and research writing. A multi-genre, themed-unit approach is used covering novels, short-stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. (2 trimesters)
SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION: Speech and Communication is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the communication process. The student will learn to develop skill in researching a topic, gather and organize material for a speech, and deliver effective speeches to an audience. The student will learn to listen and evaluate oral communication effectively, as well as understand the differing ways we communicate and God’s plan for communication. (1 trimester)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE:. African-American Literature is an English 10 class offered to our students here at Western Michigan Christian High School. Throughout the trimester we will discuss various forms of essays, poetry, prose, and individuals to study the transformation of literature, culture and philosophical ideologies in the African-American community.
Prerequisite: Intro to Literature and Composition
RHETORIC 10: Rhetoric is a one trimester course designed to help students improve their argumentative writing skills. Classroom focus will include reading and writing speeches, debates, and arguments using the classic rhetorical skills of ethos, pathos, and logos. Students will increase their understanding of expository writing and speaking and will grow in their ability to write argumentative essays in preparation for the SAT and other standardized writing tests. (1 trimester)
Pre-Requisite: Intro to Literature and Composition
AMERICAN LITERATURE: American Literature is a two trimester course which focuses on the study of the evolution of American literature, emphasizing how it reflects society’s differing views of man and God throughout its time periods. Emphasis is placed on becoming familiar with American writers, styles, and philosophies, and understanding how expressed themes are prevalent in today’s society. Students will develop the ability to read literature with greater skill and understanding, and acquire the ability to write critical analysis of American authors and literature. (2 trimesters)
Prerequisite: Intro to Literature and Composition
BRITISH LITERATURE: British Literature is a 1 trimester course which provides students with a basic understanding of the English literary movements and the works that were produced during the movements. The students will learn critical thinking and analyzing skills needed for the college level. Units of study will include Anglo-Saxon literature, Shakespeare, 17th & 18th centuries, and the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. (1 trimester)
Prerequisite: Intro to Literature and Composition and American Literature
RESEARCH 12: Research writing is a 1 trimester course which prepares students for the rigors of college-level research and writing. Studies will focus on college entrance essay writing, MLA citations, developing an annotated bibliography, plagiarism, and in-depth research. (1 trimester)
Prerequisites: Intro to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition and American Literature
AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: AP English Language and Composition is a 3 trimester course which engages students in becoming skilled readers of nonfiction prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. (3 trimesters)
Prerequisites: Intro to Literature and Composition, American Literature, and teacher recommendation
AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. (3 trimesters)
Prerequisites: Intro to Literature and Composition, American Literature, AP Language & Composition, and teacher recommendation
CREATIVE WRITING: This course focuses on three main styles of writing: creative nonfiction, poetry, and fictional short stories. Throughout this trimester long class, students will develop new skills for writing, expand their vocabulary, read and discuss published material to use as models, keep a writing journal, and create a writing portfolio of multiple pieces of finished work. (1 trimester) Prerequisite: Intro to Literature and Composition
THEATER ARTS 1: Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of dramatic literature and theatre arts. Students will acquire logical, critical and creative thinking skills while at the same time students will increase their confidence and ability to think and perform in front of an audience. Students will perform in several one act plays during the year.
THEATER ARTS 2: Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of dramatic literature and theatre arts. Students will acquire logical, critical and creative thinking skills while at the same time students will increase their confidence and ability to think and perform in front of an audience.
MEDIA STUDIES: A faith-based study of the history and development of the media. Students will learn and apply the eight concepts of media literacy. They will understand the impact of media on today’s society and the Christian response. Media studied will include journalism, advertising, radio, television, and film. (1 trimester)
FILM AND LITERATURE: This is a 1-trimester classed designed to help students analyze literary elements as demonstrated through film. Students will study characterization, symbols, proxemics, transitions, music, and cinematography, and analyze the way that different films use these elements to tell a story. Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade.
ENGLISH FOUNDATIONS: English Foundations is an entry-level English class for international students learning English. This class will focus on everyday speaking and listening and the basics of writing and reading. Cultural and daily life topics are covered as well.
ENGLISH TRANSITIONS: English Transitions is an upper level English class for international students. This class will focus on academic writing, revising and editing. The class will also have a reading comprehension component and deal with other language skills as needed.
READING LAB: This class addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a rigorous standards-based program. Instruction will include reading comprehension, writing in narrative and expository modes, language conventions, vocabulary development in meaningful contexts, and reference skills. Students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials within the context of varied thematic connections. Throughout this course, students will be engaged in learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.
The Industrial Arts program includes subject areas that enable students to use a hands-on approach in their pursuit of understanding and appreciating God’s presence in an industrial and technological world. All courses are elective.
MACHINE & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: Open to all students, Machining and Engineering Technology is a one-trimester introductory exploration of four major areas in industry – communications, construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Through problem-solving applications, students are involved in a variety of activities and projects utilizing CAD (computer-aided drawing), woodworking, metalworking, and plastics, and 3D printing as well.
CONSTRUCTION TRADES: Woods: Construction Trades teaches the basics of residential construction while demonstrating how those skills apply to high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Students work as a team to learn the skills necessary to build a home while also learning cutting-edge techniques used in both residential and commercial construction. Emphasis is placed on energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmentally friendly practices.
MECHANICAL CAD: The space shuttle, the Concorde supersonic airplane, and high-speed trains are just a few outstanding engineering achievements. Using your imagination, dream of unique possibilities that will be designed in the twenty first century. Ideas like these are realized through Computer-Aided Design (CAD). This course will teach you the skills needed for a career in architecture, computer-aided design, engineering, and technical illustration. Students will focus on CAD techniques, product design and visual communications used throughout the world.
ARCHITECTURAL CAD: Architectural CAD includes advanced concepts of Architectural Drafting and Interior Design. The course is project-oriented and will require students’ development of a set of working architectural drawings for a residential dwellings.
Prerequisite: Mechanical CAD I.
CNC TECHNOLOGY: This course is open to all students in 10th-12th grades who want to learn how to use the CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Machine in class. This is a one trimester course. They will use the operating software of Alpha CAM and use the ShopBot CNC Router to cut out what they have made on the computer.
Prerequisite: Mechanical CAD.
The Mathematics program at WMC encourages students to understand that the subject has its roots in God’s orderly creation. The mathematical underpinnings of creation are so pervasive that they are readily accessible through everyday objects and experiences; thus students can use mathematics to better understand and evaluate both natural and social phenomena. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to distinguish the numerical and spatial properties of things, to represent them numerically or pictorially, and to generalize properties. In addition, they should be able to imagine never-ending processes, infinite classes of abstract objects, and consideration of the possible as well as the actual. Students have the opportunity to use physical models, pictorial representations, inductive and deductive methods, intuition, analogy, and comparison to discover the mathematical framework of our world.
ALGEBRA I: Here students move from arithmetic to mathematics and our creator’s universal language. This course highlights applications using statistics and geometry to develop the algebra of linear equations and inequalities, including probability concepts in conjunction with algebraic functions. Considerable attention is given to graphing and to application of the lessons.
BASIC GEOMETRY: Like the standard geometry class, Basic Geometry emphasizes both organization and developing logical thinking skills in students; this class is for students who need to learn the fundamental concepts of geometry using a step-by-step approach. Mathematical ideas are introduced and reinforced using a variety of methods, including three-dimensional models, manipulatives, construction and hands-on applications. Proof is not the overriding theme of the class, so many theorems are offered as postulates or rules. Algebra topics are reviewed constantly. Students who complete the class have been exposed to all of the basic geometry concepts covered by the ACT & SAT. Prerequisite: Placement by the academic counselor in consultation with the instructor.
GEOMETRY: This course emphasizes organization, developing deductive and inductive reasoning abilities, and improving communication skills. Coordinates, transformations, measurement formulas and three-dimensional figures are presented throughout. To teach writing proofs and other mathematical arguments more effectively, the course lays a step-by-step foundation of prerequisite understanding. Applications abound throughout the course.
BASIC ALGEBRA II: Like the standard Algebra II class, Basic Algebra II emphasizes work with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithms, conic sections, trigonometry, probability, and complex numbers. Students who complete the class have been exposed to all of the concepts covered by the SAT.
ALGEBRA II: Students review and expand upon the basic terminology, notations, concepts, skills, and applications of the previous courses in algebra and geometry. This course emphasizes facility with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial and other special functions as tools for modeling real-world situations.
BUSINESS MATH This course covers a wide range of contemporary personal finance-related and business-related math topics such as banking, budgeting, using credit cards, marketing, and calculating and analyzing business costs. A major emphasis of Business Math is the application of these skills to real-world scenarios students can use in their everyday lives.
HONORS STATISTICS: The purpose of this two-trimester course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students will be exposed to four themes beginning with exploring data through describing patterns and departures from patterns. They will sample and experiment through planning and conducting a study. They will anticipate patterns by exploring randomness through use of simulation and probability. Finally students will study statistical inference through estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Prerequisite – Algebra 2
HONORS PRE-CALCULUS: Students study descriptive and inferential statistics, combinatorics and probability, and do further work with polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Enough trigonometry is covered to constitute a standard pre-calculus background in trigonometry and circular functions. Algebraic and statistical concepts are integrated throughout the course, and modeling of real phenomena is emphasized. Students will use a graphing calculator to study functions, explore the relationships between equations and their graphs, analyze data, and develop limit concepts.
AP CALCULUS: Calculus is the mathematical tool used to analyze changes in physical quantities. Where there is motion or growth, or where variable forces are producing acceleration, calculus is the mathematics to apply. In previous math courses students learned how to calculate with numbers, that is, to simplify algebraic expressions, work with variables, and reason about points, lines and figures in a plane. Calculus involves those techniques and skills but develops others as well, with greater precision and at a deeper level. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
Music is among the fine arts that can further spiritual growth, inspire further study of our world, and develop creativity and expression. Students develop skills to help them appreciate quality music, to provide aesthetic experiences, and, most important, to praise our God. The goals of the Music Department include nurturing four aspects for a balanced learning process: to grow in the craft of music and technical ability (to develop the body), to grow intellectually (to develop the mind), to inspire (to develop the soul), and to grow personally (to develop the heart). All courses offered are elective, full-year courses. Placement of students enrolling in performing groups requires the consent of the instructor.
HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND: This course welcomes all 9th through 12th grade students with previous band experience. During this course we will advance our fundamental skills of playing an instrument in an ensemble setting. Musicians will have some evening performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, a Fall concert, Christmas concert, Pep Band performances at varsity athletic events, a Spring concert and at WMC’s graduation ceremony. Band members will also compete in Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Band Festival and have the opportunity to compete in MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival.
HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND: This is an audition only ensemble that welcomes any 9th through 12th grade musician wanting to perform in a jazz ensemble. 9th grade musicians accepted are also required to be in high school concert band as well. Auditions take place in the Spring prior to the upcoming school year. During this course jazz musicians will gain a deeper understanding of music theory and improvisation through the use of recordings, research, performance of jazz music from many different styles and performances. Performances for this ensemble include, but are not limited to, a Fall concert, a Christmas concert and a Spring concert. The jazz band will also perform during a variety of community events.
GUITAR 1: This single trimester class for the beginning guitarist (no experience necessary), includes the teaching of basic chords, picking patterns and song accompaniment. The class content also includes, but is not limited to, staff notation, rhythmic concepts, and ensemble playing. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar
WOMEN’S CHOIR: Women’s Choir is a non-auditioned choral group, open to 9th – 12th grade women. Repertoire encompasses SA-SSAA literature at the primary to intermediate level. Members will work extensively on basic sight-reading skills, tone quality, articulation and performance protocol. Students in the Women’s Choir will participate in the fall Choral Workshop Day, the Christmas Collage, MSVMA Choral Festival, Pops Concert and Spring Concert. Students also have the option to participate in MSVMA Solo & Ensemble Festival.
MEN’S CHOIR: Men’s Choir is a non-auditioned choral group, open to 9th-12th grade men. Repertoire encompasses TB-TTBB literature at the primary to intermediate level. Members will work extensively on basic sight-reading skills, tone quality, articulation and performance protocol. Students in the Concert Choir will participate in the fall Choral Workshop Day, the Christmas Collage, MSVMA Choral Festival, Pops Concert and Spring Concert. Students also have the option to participate in MSVMA Solo & Ensemble Festival.
CHAMBER CHOIR / MADRIGALS: Chamber Choir is an advanced mixed ensemble, comprised of students from grades 10-12. Auditions for the Chamber Choir take place in May for the following school year. Repertoire encompasses SATB-SSAATTBB literature at the intermediate to advanced level. Additionally, the choir divides into gender ensembles for the purpose of experiencing outstanding SSAA and TTBB repertoire. Students in the Chamber Choir will participate in the fall Choral Workshop Day, the Christmas Collage, MSVMA Choral Festival and Solo & Ensemble Festival, Pops Concert and Spring Concert. In addition, the Chamber Choir is frequently invited to sing at community events and worship services in the area. All Chamber Choir members are strongly encouraged to study voice privately, to hone their individual skills. 10th grade Chamber Choir members are encouraged to enroll concurrently in Women’s or Men’s Choir, to further enhance their musicianship. Students may audition and be admitted mid-year if spots become available due to course conflicts or attrition.
WORSHIP ARTS: Worship Arts is a 1-trimester class that focuses on 3 things: 1.) The heart of worship 2.) The musical and/or visual art of worship 3.) Creating a worship environment. Students will spend time in worship as a group and discuss what personal worship time looks like as well as focusing on Biblical worship and creating and cultivating a heart of worship at WMC. Students who wish to be a part of the WMC Worship Team may be asked to take part in Worship Arts class.
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The overall focus of Physical Education is to give students knowledge that will help them to care for the bodies God has given them and to develop physical activities that will serve them for a lifetime.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Sports Skills & Games: This course will feature fitness and team sports activities. Fitness activities are designed to increase health and well-being for the present, with an eye towards promoting lifelong fitness. The goal of the different sports played in Physical Education is to increase skill while learning sport history, rules and strategies. Physical education aims to encourage regular and habitual exercise through a variety of activities in order to be faithful stewards of our bodies. Prerequisite: 9th or 10th grade
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Advanced Team Sports/Individual Sports: This course will build off of the general knowledge, skill and strategies that students were exposed to in PE: Team Sports. Additionally, the class will participate in a variety of different indoor/outdoor individual sports. Special emphasis will be put on physical fitness levels, game rules, advanced strategies and sportsmanship in order to apply and use the bodies that we have been gifted. Prerequisite: 11th or 12 grade
LIFETIME SPORTS AND FITNESS: Throughout the course of the trimester students taking Lifetime Sports and Fitness will participate in numerous sports and activities. The purpose of these sports is to expose students to activities they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Students will participate in sports such as paddleball, badminton, bowling, golf and tennis. In addition to sports, students will also concentrate on personal fitness levels. Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade
VARSITY STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: Varsity Conditioning is designed to help WMC athletes achieve or help maintain a level of strength and fitness for their athletic seasons. Through a variety of different activities students will gain and apply knowledge of multiple ways in which to attain fitness. Students will be able to take these concepts and apply them to a life-long pursuit of healthy living. Through this course, students will be will be challenged and taught the importance of taking care of our God-given bodies. Prerequisite: Participation on a WMC JV or Varsity level athletic team.
HEALTH: This high school health education course increases student knowledge about health related issues while meeting the state’s and district’s one semester health education requirement for graduation. The course covers basic health, nutrition, fitness, awareness of HIV/AIDS and STDs, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress management, conflict resolution, and long range health planning. Each health unit incorporates cognitive, affective, and skill objectives into an activity centered program. Students are involved in group discussions, role playing, lectures, guest speakers, and videos in order to gain basic information to become informed health decision makers.
Science is the systematic study of everything that can be examined, tested or verified. Because different branches of science shape the way we understand our planet, other living things and ourselves, we need to see all of these topics in a way that makes sense of God’s creation. A goal in all our classes is that students see God as the creator and sustainer of all of creation. This overarching belief affects our view of existing knowledge and new discoveries. Students are encouraged to use a variety of discovery methods: research in the lab and in the field, reading and responding to the textbook and journals, written reports and analyses and discussions with peers and instructors.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE: This is a two-trimester introductory science course with an emphasis on Earth and Space science. Foundational science skills such as scientific notation and dimensional analysis will be reviewed in preparation for the SAT, and projects will integrate scientific models and the new engineering design principles of the Next Generation Science Standards. Topics covered include structure of the Earth, surface features, geologic time, the atmosphere, the solar system, Earth-moon system, and the life cycle of stars.
BIOLOGY: Biology is a two trimester course designed to give students an understanding of the broad principles involved in the science of life. Students will have the opportunity to study topics such as ecology, cells, genetics, and the classification of living things. Students explore these topics through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory activities. Specific activities include a fetal pig dissection, discussion of the biblical perspective of the origins of life, and a writing assignment on the ethics of genetic engineering.
AP BIOLOGY: This course is a rigorous, fast paced equivalent of a college level Biology Course. This course builds upon the concepts covered in Biology and Chemistry and 25% of the class time is devoted to hands-on laboratory experiences. College credit may be earned by passing the Advanced Placement Biology tests offered in May. Summer assignments are required for this course.
CHEMISTRY: Chemistry is a 2-term class designed to give students a basic understanding of the broad principles involved in inorganic chemistry. Students will explore these topics through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory activities. Topics include the structure and composition of atoms, the Periodic Table, Thermochemistry, behavior of gases, and interactions between different types of chemicals.
PHYSICS: Physics is a two-trimester course that includes both lectures and lab work. The topics covered include motion, forces, momentum, work, energy, circular motion, center of gravity, wave behavior, optics, electrostatics, and special relativity. Prerequisites: Two years of science and previous or current enrollment in Algebra 2.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY: Anatomy & Physiology is a two-trimester course that takes an in-depth look at the structure and systems of the wonderful bodies God made for us. The course covers an introduction to the body and cell function and then looks at different systems in the body. Systems covered include Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Defenses, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproductive and Senses. Prerequisite: Physical Science: Physics, Physical Science: Chemistry and Biology
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: This is a one-trimester course open to all 10th-12th graders. Environmental science is a study of how Christians can help bring about harmony between humans and creation. This study will include political, economic, social, and religious views; agreement is not always achieved, but forthright discussion is a part of the learning experience. Topics included are environmental ethics, relationships in the environment, ecology, biodiversity, ecosystems, principles of population, energy and patterns of consumption, and management of resources.
LIFE SCIENCE IN THE MOVIES: This is a one-trimester science elective course open to students who have taken Biology previously. In this class, we will watch various films that focus on a wide variety of scientific topics. We will discuss how science is represented in these media and how we as Christians should respond. The specific topics we will cover include: genetic engineering, treatment of disabilities, scientific research, virus transmission, and science fiction.
NATURAL SCIENCE: Natural Science is a one trimester science elective. In this class students will confront problems such as hunger, pollution, recycling and energy use. Through discussion, students will gain a better understanding of our calling as Christians to restore the creation God has entrusted to us. With their knowledge of the current issues our world is facing, students will develop possible solutions to these problems through a process of questioning, designing, and engineering technology.
The goal of the Social Studies curriculum is to prepare Christian citizens to serve in the world and to see the unfolding of God’s plan for the world and our role in that plan. The study of History gives a diverse view of culture; the study of Civics and United States History gives students knowledge and thinking skills to see and understand their responsibility as American citizens; studying diverse cultures enables students to understand their responsibility as American citizens; and the study of Sociology and Psychology gives students the opportunity to analyze ourselves and community.
WORLD HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY: This two-trimester course describes factors that characterize the major Western civilizations from the Greeks through the industrialization of Europe. The interaction of geography, economics, politics, and religion is used to understand the development of the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern eras, including their events and movements.
WORLD CULTURES: This one-trimester course studies people, places and cultures in a global perspective, with the purpose of preparing students to account for differences in culture, religion and government. The assessment of human interaction with the environment and the connection between location and movement encourages good stewardship and the recognition of global trends. Geography and global processes will be taught through relevant current events.
CIVICS: In this one-trimester course, students are exposed to the foundations of American government and the workings of the American political and economic systems, as well as current events discussions.
UNITED STATES HISTORY: In studying the political history of the United States, students are encouraged to grapple with the realities of living in a free society. First trimester covers 1800-1940; second trimester is United States history from World War II to the present.
CURRENT EVENTS: The purpose of this course will be to help students develop the habit of staying abreast of current issues at a national and global level and understand the impact of national and global issues on their lives and perhaps, then, to respond or to react to these issues. Emphasis will be on contemporary issues; background materials in geography, religion, history, politics and economics will fill in and round out the course.
ECONOMICS: The purpose of this course is to give students an idea what a college intro to what economics class might cover. This course will help students gain a deeper understanding of basic economic concepts and the role they play as Christian citizens in the U.S. economy.
AMERICAN POP CULTURE IN THE TURBULENT 1960’S: This is an elective history class which will examine the Turbulent Sixties – the decade that changed America. Topics will include the domestic and foreign policies of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, along with the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the Space Race.
PSYCHOLOGY: Open to 11th-12th graders. A one-trimester course offered bi-annually. Psychology is the study of individual behavior – both the observable and behavior not directly observable, such as mental processes, emotions and the unconscious. Students explore themselves and their relationships by first gaining knowledge from resources such as their textbook and readings, then applying this knowledge in a variety of ways.
SOCIOLOGY: Open to 11th-12th graders. A one-trimester course offered bi-annually. Sociology challenges students to analyze both societies and their own behavior directly affecting interrelationships and the factors that form that behavior. After an analysis of various topics of sociology, students apply these concepts to society today and to their own lives, with the goal of understanding the Christian’s responsibility in relationship to others.
AP U.S. HISTORY: Advanced Placement United States History is designed to give college level classroom experience and to prepare students for the A.P. test given in May. To that end students will work on developing skills in historical analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite – Juniors or Seniors who have completed U.S. History with a B or better.
By learning the language of another culture, we can begin to break down a barrier between others and ourselves, which in turn can lead to respecting others, to understanding them and to supporting them. Improving relationships between peoples should be among our goals as Christians, and an attempt to achieve this can be made through communication with our neighbors. In all courses, students will be exposed to other cultures through various activities and attention to current events.
FRENCH I: In this course students will be creating a foundation of language and culture that will be built upon in the coming years. Emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of vocabulary and language structure in tandem with cultural, historical and geographical knowledge and experiences. Trying new things and keeping an open and thoughtful mind will be fundamental to the experience (and to student success) in this program. Learning opportunities will take place through games, music, film, skits, oral and written assessments, plays and good old fashioned work.
FRENCH II: In this course students will be building further upon the foundation of language and culture that they have already established. Emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of vocabulary and more advanced language structure (past tense, imperfect, imperative) in tandem with cultural, historical and geographical knowledge and experiences. Trying new things and keeping an open and thoughtful mind will be fundamental to the experience (and to student success) in this program. Learning opportunities will take place through games, music, film, skits, oral and written assessments, plays and good old fashioned work.
FRENCH III: In this course students will be further building upon the foundation of language and culture that they have already begun. Emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition and further development of vocabulary and language structure in tandem with cultural, historical and geographical knowledge and experiences. Oral communication will be a priority as students will be expected to express themselves in French during class interaction. Learning opportunities will take place through games, music, film, skits, oral and written assessments, plays and good old fashioned work.
FRENCH IV: In this course students will be using everything they have learned in the past three courses and taking it to a new level. Emphasis will be placed upon oral and written communication in tandem with cultural, historical and geographical knowledge and experiences. Trying new things and keeping an open and thoughtful mind will be fundamental to the experience (and to student success) in this program. Learning opportunities will take place through games, music, film, skits, oral and written assessments, plays and good old fashioned work.
SPANISH I: This two-trimester course introduces students to oral and written Spanish. Students memorize vocabulary and grammatical rules and develop the ability to conjugate verbs in the present and preterite tenses. They will be introduced to oral application of the vocabulary and grammar, along with some reading and writing in Spanish.
SPANISH II: In this 3-trimester course, students will continue to memorize vocabulary and learn more grammatical rules. Besides learning added verbs in the present and preterite, the students will learn to conjugate verbs in the imperfect tense and to make formal and informal commands. Oral and written work will be used to improve use of the language.
Prerequisite: Spanish I
SPANISH III: In this 2-trimester course, students will continue to memorize vocabulary and learn more grammatical rules. Additional tenses learned are conditional, future, present perfect, pluperfect, and present subjunctive. Additional oral, listening and written practice will take place.
Prerequisite: Spanish II
SPANISH IV: In this 2-trimester course, students will be given a grammar review. The final tenses learned are imperfect subjunctive, present perfect, and pluperfect subjunctive. Additional vocabulary will be learned, and various opportunities will be given to allow students to practice the oral and written language. First- trimester reading practice will use a book of short stories. Second trimester, the students will read a novel to refine their comprehension.
Prerequisite: Spanish III
CHINESE I: Introduction to Chinese is a two trimester course which will familiarize students with the very basics of Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn the sounds of Chinese and how to read the phonetic, romanized alphabet. Students will learn the basics of characters and how to read and write about 200 characters and radicals. Speaking and listening will focus on short, real life situations., as well as a number of cultural topics. Uses the Integrated Chinese textbooks which are used on most college campuses.
CHINESE II: Chinese year 2 is a two trimester course which is a continuation from Intro to Chinese. Grammar and cultural topics strive deeper and spread wider through daily life in Chinese. Uses the Integrated Chinese textbooks which are used on most college campuses.
CAREER EXPLORATION: This class introduces students to a framework for understanding their lives through the concept of purpose and calling. It enables them to develop tools that will help them make decisions in life consistent with this life calling and purpose. This course is based on the Life Calling Model created by Dr. Bill Millard. The Model contains three basic components: foundational values, unique design and personal leadership. Through the exploration of these components students will begin to have a better sense of what they believe, what their strengths are, what they are passionate about and more. This is a far more effective approach to choosing majors and making other decisions for college and beyond than most typical “career counseling” efforts, which many times focus primarily on self-centered interests. Rather than focusing just on an individual’s potential in a career, this course offers the opportunity to look at the person holistically.
CHAPEL LEADERSHIP: This class is made up of the chapel planning team, whose main focus is leadership of the high school chapels and spiritual development activities at Western Michigan Christian. Students will learn leadership skills and the Scriptural foundation for the different elements of corporate worship as they plan, prepare, present, and evaluate chapels for the school year to foster the spiritual formation of all students. On occasion, the class will prepare chapels for the middle school students or assemblies for large group activities with a variety of desired goals that support a Christian educational setting. The students will also play a vital role in the spiritual development activities throughout the school year.
CHARACTER BUILDING & LEADERSHIP: In this course students will be learning and practicing the spiritual disciplines as they relate to being a good leader. We will also be learning and using leadership skills as we create and complete a fundraiser. Lastly we will be finding different ways to serve those around us.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: This is a one-trimester course designed to aid incoming freshman with basic study skills and give academic support as they transition into high school. The areas that will be covered consist of knowing and utilizing learning styles, using online resources, writing effectively, study skills, note taking, time management, presenting information to a group, researching different areas, writing letters and studying for exams. This course will also allow students to have some class periods where they can finish up homework, projects and receive assistance.
SENIOR SEMINAR: Senior Seminar is a course that helps students prepare for the next steps after high school. Students will get assistance applying to college, applying for scholarships and writing essays. Students also will also spend time in a job-shadowing position that will give insight into what steps they may want to take after graduation.
SUCCESS SEMINAR: Success seminar is a course that helps students with learning difficulties receive assistance with homework and preparing for tests. This course is also designed to give students opportunities to work in study groups with their peers. Educational Support Services Director must approve each student that requests to take this course. Students that will be considered for this course are students that have a current Service Plan or that are failing 3 or more classes based on test scores.
SAT PREP AND STUDY SKILLS: This course includes thorough review of SAT Test content, including mathematics concepts, grammar rules, and reading strategies, with special emphasis on test-taking strategies that strengthen students’ standardized test performance, as well as identification of learning and study styles, and time management skills. Course includes complete sample SAT tests.
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center gives a variety of programs used to prepare students in 11th and 12th grades for different career paths. Students attend the Tech Center for approximately 2½ hours, Monday through Friday mornings or afternoons, and attend classes at WMC for the remainder of the day.
MACTC Programs Include:
- Allied Health Technologies
- Auto Collision/Refinishing
- Auto Service Technology
- Business Careers
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Catering & Culinary Management
- Construction Trades (at building site)
- Cosmetology (at Booker Institute of Cosmetology)
- Criminal Justice
- Electrical/Computer Technologies
- Environmental/Veterinary Sciences
- Graphic Productions Technologies
- Internet, Network and Security Technologies
- Machining/Engineering Tech
- Visual Communications
- Welding Technology
For more information:
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
200 Harvey St.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: (231) 767-3600
Fax: (231) 767-2692
MACTC Web Resources:
- Direct College Credit – Students dual-enroll and receive a college transcript accepted at most Michigan colleges and universities
- Academic Credit – English, math, science and visual/performing art