We are committed to a school size that frees us to be flexible and nimble when it comes to the needs of our individual students. Whether college-bound or trade-focused, we have the unique ability to offer students customized opportunities to help launch them into their chosen career path through our dual enrollment program with GRCC, internship openings with local businesses, partnership with the Careerline Tech Center, community service hours, and pioneering elective options.

Calvary faculty structure their classes to challenge students to think critically, write comfortably and engage actively through a hands-on approach that prepares students for the demands of career and higher education. Several of our faculty have postgraduate degrees and all of our teachers receive formal, ongoing training in discipleship methods, as we work as a bridge between student, teacher and the family unit to reinforce important relationships and values amongst each family represented.

 

Bible – Students participate in a one-year survey that fits together the pieces of the story of the Bible. They will learn to understand Scripture and scriptural principles as a whole. This study introduces them to each book’s context, especially in relationship to other books of the Bible. At the same time they will be challenged to evaluate their lives and encouraged to grow in their commitment to Christ.

Readers’/Writers’ Workshop – The 8th grade class focuses on foundational elements of writing and reading. The writing content includes the writing process, coherence, organization, style, craft and tone. Students write across various genres including narrative, expository, persuasive and poetic. Students also work on reading fluency, comprehension and enjoyment through a readers’ workshop, where they read both classic and contemporary novels, analyzing them for the author’s tone, style and various literary elements.

World History – This class covers historical material from the early civilizations through the Greek and Roman Empires up to the Reformation and the age of exploration. The majority of the class is spent studying European history with Asian, African and Latin American history spread throughout. The style of the class is a mix of lecture and notes, class activities and individual primary source readings, along with simulations and group activities. Particular emphasis over the entire course is centered on understanding cause and effect and implications of historical events.

Algebra I – Throughout this course, students solidify their understanding of real numbers and algebraic expressions, while also solving equations and inequalities using real-world problems. They are introduced to the concept of a linear function and linear systems of equations and inequalities. Students develop a deeper understanding of exponents and polynomials and begin to learn about quadratic and radical functions.

Physical Science – This course covers areas of scientific methods, introductory chemistry, and earth and space science. It includes labs and projects that apply the laws of physics and require students to use mathematical applications in basic scientific notation, statistics, algebraic processes and exponential powers and roots. Finally, this course introduces students to scientific writing and lab reports. Physical science is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Spanish – 8th Grade Spanish is designed to be a bridge from the elementary Spanish classes to the high school Spanish curriculum. Students have class 2 days a week and learn using a variety of methods, including TPRS, speaking and listening exercises, and reading and writing exercises. Students have vocabulary and grammar quizzes over the course of the semester and a final exam at the end of each semester.

Physical Education – Students continue to develop their hand-eye coordination through learning the fundamentals of many sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer. There is also time spent learning age-appropriate strength building, the importance of a healthy cardiorespiratory system, and how to become a team player.

Bible – Understanding the Bible is an essential part of every believer’s life yet many never learn to engage Scripture at a deep level. This study equips students to develop good observation, interpretation and application skills. Students learn how to identify and approach different genres of biblical literature. They also pull life lessons from the text while understanding that the Bible is ultimately God’s story.

Overview of Literature – The 9th grade class focuses on an overview of genres and writing styles as they are exposed to classical and contemporary pieces. This class emphasizes a strong understanding of structure, purpose and audience in reading both fictional and informational texts. Students then follow these structures and the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) to compose various pieces including argumentative, narrative and expository writing. The class works on fostering a mature command of language, vocabulary development, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and usage.

World History – This class covers historical material from 1500 AD to present day. The majority of the class will be spent studying European history with Asian, African and Latin American history spread throughout. Students also study WWI and WWII and the modern error in light of the threat of global terrorism. The style of the class is a mix of lecture and notes, class activities and individual readings and activities.

Geometry – In this course, students are introduced to geometric principles while also integrating their knowledge of Algebra. The course begins by laying the groundwork of necessary vocabulary and geometric proof. It then explores various properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, leading to a study of triangle congruence and similarity. Students finish the year with an introduction to trigonometry and a review of surface area and volume.

Biology – This course covers the areas of historical biology, biochemistry, cell biology, cellular energetics, human physiology, genetics and ecology. Students learn through experimentation, projects, textbooks and other resources. The course expands on the basic statistical analysis, logic and graphical analysis from previous science classes. Biology is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Spanish – The Spanish 1 class helps students develop an appreciation for foreign languages and culture.  Looking to the community and learning about other countries, cultures and traditions helps students expand their understanding of the diversity of God’s people. Through this course, students acquire basic skills needed for all areas of communication, which include listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes learning frequently used basic vocabulary and grammar structures and then integrating these two elements to create meaningful communication.

Physical Education – Students continue to develop their hand-eye coordination through learning the fundamentals of many sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer. There is also time spent learning age-appropriate strength building, the importance of a healthy cardiorespiratory system, and how to become a team player.

 

Bible – We live in a time in which many worldviews claim to have the answers to life’s important questions: Why are we here? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Is there a difference between right and wrong? Is there a God? This study evaluates major worldviews that students will encounter in the marketplace and helps them understand why having a biblical worldview matters. Students will be challenged to develop into intellectually responsible disciples of Jesus.

American Literature – This class focuses on developing skills in research writing, advanced composition, vocabulary building and literary analysis. The class focuses specifically on the development of American literature through the study of prose and poetry from the beginning to modern age. Students work on developing advanced composition skills, including college-preparation essay writing, by using specific focus correction areas.

Civics/Economics – This class covers the basics of American government and economics. We focus primarily on the Federal level of government, but we look at aspects of the State and Local government as well. The course finishes with an exploration of the macro and micro principles of economics, specifically how they play out on the national, state, local and personal levels.

Algebra II – This course explores linear functions and systems of equations in-depth, as well as introducing the concept of matrices. Throughout the course, students study a variety of other functions as well, including quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical functions in the context of real-world applications. Students also grow in their understanding of graphing calculators and how to use them to verify their answers.

Chemistry – Students learn general and inorganic chemistry as well as an introduction to organic chemistry. Students learn through experimentation, projects, textbooks and other resources. Labs reinforce chemical concepts and introduce students to analytical techniques and skills. The course applies advanced algebra, basic statistical analysis and problem solving skills. It also expands skills learned previously about scientific writing and lab reports. Chemistry is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Spanish – In Spanish 2, we work to build on the material that we learned in Spanish 1. The first few weeks focus on review and mastery of vocabulary and grammar. Then we move on to learn more vocabulary and several new and complex grammar concepts, which enable us to better our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and become better communicators. We also study the various cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.

Physical Education – Students are taught how to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives. This is accomplished through conditioning, strength training and team sports, all while continuing to develop a teamwork mindset.

 

Bible – The Apostle Peter urged us to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (ESV). This course introduces the important skill of apologetics.  Students will understand the necessity of apologetics in today’s social and philosophical climate, as well as the importance of each believer being able to articulate and defend why he or she holds a biblical worldview.

World Literature – This class focuses on developing skills in public speaking, advanced composition, vocabulary building and literary analysis. By studying various authors from world literature, students grow in their knowledge of literary forms, logical thinking and literary analysis. Students develop strong writing and critical thinking skills through the composition of short stories, persuasive essays, research papers, speeches, etc. By completing a world-issues paper, students develop research skills while actively applying their learning to a practical assignment which encourages them to see themselves as “world citizens” making a difference even today.

U.S. History – As a general overview of American History, this class covers material from the rise of Native American societies to the creation of the United States as a nation, on through the development of America and ending with key events of the 21st Century. The class is a mixture of lecture and notes, class activities and discussions with individual reading assignments assigned to students regularly. All topics include a Biblical perspective showing how God was and is at work throughout history.

Algebra II – This course explores linear functions and systems of equations in-depth, as well as introducing the concept of matrices. Throughout the course, students study a variety of other functions as well, including quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical functions in the context of real-world applications. Students also grow in their understanding of graphing calculators and how to use them to verify their answers.

Physics – This course is an algebra, geometry and trigonometry-based physics class that is designed to enhance math skills while giving students a strong mathematical foundation in physics. This course covers motion, forces, energy, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, electromagnetic radiation and an introduction to quantum mechanics and relativity. Physics class is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Spanish – Spanish 3 continues to build on what was already learned in Spanish 1 and 2. Students learn specific vocabulary, complex grammar, a wide range of tenses, different moods and specific sentence structures. Students are expected to use Spanish during class time in order to acquire communication skills. We learn using a variety of activities from the textbook, conversational activities, reading and writing practice, and a variety of other practical activities.

Physical Education – Students are taught how to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives. This is accomplished through conditioning, strength training and team sports, all while continuing to develop a teamwork mindset.

 

Bible – The Apostle Peter urged us to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (ESV). This course introduces the important skill of apologetics.  Students will understand the necessity of apologetics in today’s social and philosophical climate, as well as the importance of each believer being able to articulate and defend why he or she holds a biblical worldview.

Creative Writing and Composition – This class focuses on critical thinking, active reading and effective writing with a specific focus on college-level composition. The students write using various structures including description, exposition and persuasion. The emphasis on research writing further develops their skills in logic, synthesis and argumentation. Students also develop their ability to interpret a variety of literary forms, especially creative nonfiction, short fiction and poetry. Students discuss these works and write their own compositions modeled after these pieces.

History Concepts – This course builds upon the chronological foundation of 11th Grade U.S. History Survey by digging deep into key moments, events and people that shaped America. Particular emphasis is placed on cause and effect, implications and outcomes that those events had on shaping American society as it is today. Experiential as well as instructional strategies are used extensively in each unit.  Emphasis is placed on viewing all topics through the lens of a Biblical Worldview. The course relies on in-depth topical articles, videos, web based activities, group discussions and presentations along with analytical and implication-based primary source writings.

Pre-Calculus – This class is a college preparatory class aimed at preparing students for Calculus courses by solidifying their understanding of algebraic and geometric concepts learned throughout high school. Students delve deeper into trigonometric functions and analytic trigonometry. They are also introduced to the terminology and concepts undergirding Calculus. Students may choose between Pre-Calculus or Personal Finance courses in 12th Grade.

Forensics – This course covers the areas of investigative science involving biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy.  This course expands on the basic statistical analysis, logic and graphical analysis from previous science classes. This is a laboratory-based course that has no textbook. Students engage in one mystery or problem after another, with the goal of developing their skills in a) forensic techniques, b) investigation, c) data analysis, d) recognizing presuppositions, e) making conclusions, and f) communicating results to the public. This course involves extensive writing of lab reports and research reports. Forensics is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Statistics – This is an introductory course on basic statistics. Students learn probability theory and statistical analysis of data. Students also learn various statistical applications, including when to use them and how to interpret them. Students are involved in analyzing data and graphs throughout the course. Statistics is taught from a creation perspective, while evolution, as a mechanism, is taught extensively.

Spanish – Spanish 4 is designed to build confidence in using the Spanish language to communicate. We spend time reviewing and practicing various tenses, moods and sentence structures. Students write and present speeches, papers and projects. We read and discuss La Casa en Mango Street, various short stories and current events. Students complete a cultural analysis and presentation each semester. This course helps improve communication skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Physical Education – Students are taught how to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives. This is accomplished through conditioning, strength training and team sports, all while continuing to develop a teamwork mindset.