Curriculum

Curriculum

AG104F CASE-AFNR
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
Students in this Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course will be introduced to the world of agriculture, the pathways they may pursue, and the pursuit of agriculture from a scientific perspective. Students will investigate the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics through labs, field trips and research projects. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning.

AG201S Animal Science
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
In this course students will investigate topics within animal science, both from a zoological and agricultural perspective. The method of study will primarily be inquiry-based, developing a better understanding of scientific concepts through labs, field trips, and written, verbal and graphic communication of scientific information. We will use the living world around us whenever possible as our laboratory. Possible topics of study include invertebrate and vertebrate exploration labs, livestock and the environment, comparative anatomy (dissections), life on a dairy farm, how a cattle auction works, basic animal husbandry and use and maintenance of the Hillcrest Academy greenhouse and compost bin. Prerequisite: CASE-AFNR

AG202F Soil and Conservation
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
Students will have an understanding of soil practices, soil formation, land classification and use and soil fertility. This course will prepare students to be Christian stewards of our land. Protecting our natural resources such as air, soil, water, land, fish and wildlife for economic and recreational use will be studied. Students will investigate animal and plant species that naturally occur in Iowa, and will be able to use the knowledge learned in this course in soil judging contests. Prerequisite: CASE-AFNR

AG105 CASE-Plant Science
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
In this course students will investigate topics within plant science, both from a botanical/biological and agricultural perspective. The method of study will primarily be inquiry-based, developing a better understanding of plants and how they work through direct experience in the greenhouse, labs, readings and field trips. We will use the living world around us whenever possible as our laboratory. Objectives include use and maintenance of Hillcrest Academy  greenhouse, basic plant identification, use of a dichotomous key, study of native versus non-native plants and how much insects are able to eat them study of plant population dynamics in the Hillcrest woodlot and Redbird Farms prairie, and plant anatomy and physiology. Additional objectives may include the importance of soil for plants, what nutrients plants need and how they get them, corn and soybean production and plant diversity and history. This course meets the Hillcrest Academy graduation science requirements.

AG213S Landscaping
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is for students who want to develop skills in designing, constructing, and maintaining planted areas. Proper selection of plants for various areas, seasonal growth, and locations will be emphasized. Construction of structures will be examined. Career opportunities, leadership activities, and cost analyses related to the landscaping industry will be investigated. Students will learn the art of landscape drawing and design. Projects include detailed landscape drawings, construction of landscape models and use and identification of plant materials. Prerequisite: CASE-Plant Science

AG211F Ag Construction/Home Repair
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is designed to provide students with introductory level experiences in the area of agricultural construction. Introductory woodworking will be the focus of the first nine weeks. Students will construct basic sawhorses and have an independent project that will be displayed at a school event. The second nine weeks will focus on how to make repairs in your own home. Skills used to maintain a home such as framing, electrical wiring, plumbing and concrete construction will be demonstrated. Students will also examine home design and the cost of housing and repairing. Prerequisite: CASE-AFNR

AG212S Small Engines/Welding
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is designed to provide students with introductory level experiences in repairs that would occur at the home or on the farm. The first nine weeks will be devoted to understanding the fundamentals of small gasoline engine repair. The second nine weeks will be devoted to developing arc and mig welding skills. Each student group will be provided with his or her own Honda engine to complete the course lab work. Prerequisite: CASE-AFNR

FFA   Must be taking one semester per year of Agricultural Education and/or have consent of instructor.

AR001 Introduction to Art (grade 9)         
Fall: 1 quarter: 2.5 units
A required course that delves into the purposes of art, explores the elements and principles of design, and gives students an overview of art throughout history.

AR100 Ceramics (Offered alternate years)                                             
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students will learn a variety of hand building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab, and will have a chance to explore working on a potter’s wheel.  Advanced sculpture problems and additional time on the potter’s wheel may be chosen by students taking a Creative Projects in Ceramics.

AR101 Drawing
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
Drawing is a good place to start when learning art.  Most other art classes will benefit from the skills acquired in drawing. Students will use graphite (pencil), ink, colored pencils, and pastels to draw from both direct observation and their imaginations.

AR102 Computer Graphics
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students will start by learning Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Sculptris, and then will be able to explore another computer program depending on their interest.  Some of the programs available include, but are not limited to Blender, Adobe Indesign, Sketchup, Godot, Substance Painter/Designer, UE4, Daz Studio, Anime Studio Pro, Rebelle, Amberlight, Manga Studio, Xenodream, fontforge, etc.

AR103 Painting
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
Painting will include explorations in both acrylic and watercolor.  Students will learn basic techniques and color theory and will then will generate their own compositions that incorporate their own unique ideas and style. Taking Drawing first is preferred, but not required.

AR104 Photography
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students will learn practical and creative skills in photography, and will use Adobe Photoshop to refine and print their photos.  Each student needs to have access to a digital camera or newer phone model. Please ask if you do not have access to a camera to see what we can work out.

AR105 Sculpture (Offered alternate years)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
Sculpture will include working with polymer clay, styrofoam, found objects, and a variety of different materials.  Students will work exclusively in three dimensions.

AR999X Creative Project Art
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students who have excelled in two or more completed art courses may enroll in a semester of Creative Project Art, which is defined in conversation with the instructor.

BI001 Old Testament Survey (Grades 9/10) (offered alternate years)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This is a required course designed to enable the student to obtain a working knowledge of the Old Testament story. Students will be introduced to methods of Bible study along with memorization of the books of the Old Testament and important texts.

BI002 New Testament Survey (Grades 9/10) (offered alternate years)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
A continuation of Old Testament Survey, this required course enables the student to obtain a working knowledge of the Biblical story continued in the New Testament through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the beginnings of the early Church. Students will build on their skills of Bible study, and will memorize the New Testament books and important texts.

BI003 Church & Anabaptist History (Grade 11)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This is a required course that studies the continuing work of God through the history of the Church. The class begins by focusing on the Church as a whole and then moves to a focus on the Anabaptist movement and its principles.

BI005 Christian Family Living (Grade 12)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is a study of Christian principles related to family living. Self-concept, faith development, and communication skills will be examined in the context of parent-child and husband-wife relationships. Each student will be required to do parental interviews and an in-depth analysis of his or her own faith development, plus present his or her own in-depth study of a selection component of the course. This course fulfills the Bible requirement for the senior year.

BI006F Christianity in the World Arena (Grade 12)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course enables the student to develop an awareness and understanding of the Christian faith in light of other major world religions. Through group research and projects, the class studies how the five main world religions, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism, address issues which are important to many Christians. This course fulfills the Bible requirement for the senior year.

BE103 Introduction to Business
Spring: 1 Semester: 5 units
This class will introduce you to the world of business. You will learn about basic economics and then explore the various elements of business including business organization, marketing, management, human resources, finance and entrepreneurship. Recommended for any student interested in a business career or unsure of their future career.

BE104 Computer Business Applications
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is designed to acquaint students with the advanced principles associated with information processing. Students study computer concepts and software applications. Topics of study include computer concepts, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software applications. Communication skills, keyboarding, decision-making, technology and critical thinking skills are reinforced in this course through business application projects.

BE202 Entrepreneurship
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
In this course, students learn the basics of planning and launching their own successful business. Using the BizInnovator curriculum, students will work in the development of the “entrepreneurial mindset”. They will be encouraged to develop creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving – thus equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed.

Whether they want to start their own money-making business or create a non-profit to help others, this course helps students develop the core skills they need to be successful. They learn how to come up with new business ideas, attract investors, market their business, and manage expenses. Students hear inspirational stories of teen entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into reality, and then they plan and execute their own business.

MA303 Personal Finance
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course teaches students how to save and invest money, create and maintain a budget, manage credit, control debt, and set financial goals. The course also helps students develop consumer awareness of all types of insurance, renting and buying a home, and paying taxes. This course does not meet standards for regents university entry requirements.

BE400S Marketing
Spring: 1 Semester: 5 units
Marketing is a course that will study how goods and services flow from businesses to the consumer. We will learn the path a product takes from its creation to being put in the hands of the consumer. The four P’s of marketing (Product, Price, Place & Promotion) will be studied.

BE401 Accounting
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course is designed to help the student develop the ability and desire to keep records for personal use and to interpret and analyze business papers and records. The course provides preliminary training for the advanced study of accounting as well as for personal use. The first cycle begins with the simplest basic concept: a sole-proprietor service business. Each cycle adds new concepts such as a corporation merchandise business, payroll, subsidiary ledgers, etc. Also a federal income tax unit will be included.

FC101 Child Development (Grades 11/12)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
The course covers the developing child from conception through the age of six. Areas of study include physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual development. During the first nine weeks the student will evaluate parenting styles and learn child-care techniques. For the last nine weeks the student will observe on-site day care, preschool and kindergarten settings, evaluate teaching styles in early childhood education, and facilitate several preschool sessions at Hillcrest Academy for area preschoolers.

FC102 Clothing Textiles
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This elective course is for students with little or no sewing experience. The student will gain skills in the use of the sewing machine and iron by completing several small projects to be compiled in a binder as a personal resource.. The student will complete a garment from a pattern and a recycled project.

FC104 Introduction to Foods
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students will explore the influences on eating choices and guidelines for good nutrition. They will study the tools, terms, and techniques of food preparation and incorporate them into labs spent cooking and eating. They will learn about nutrition, reading labels, sports nutrition, supplements, fad diets, restaurant dining, food safety and proper etiquette. They will also learn to plan nutritious menus, concluding with the preparation of a family meal.

FC106 Interior Design
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course covers the historical aspects of housing, innovative housing trends, elements and principles of design, and style. An emphasis is placed on interior design. The course is project-and career-oriented, concluding with the redesign of a room of choice and a “professional” class presentation.

FC205 Culinary Arts
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is designed for those interested in attaining higher culinary goals. Students will learn cooking and baking methods, nutrition, food safety and sanitation, tools and equipment, knife skills, and plating presentations through work in the kitchen labs. International cuisine will be emphasized. Proper etiquette in the business world will also be covered. Prerequisite: Introduction to Foods or permission of instructor.

FL100 Spanish I
2 semesters: 10 units
This course is designed to teach students beginning Spanish grammar and culture through reading, writing, listening, projects, and speaking activities, based on ¡Ven Conmigo! I (Holt). Communication in Spanish is the ultimate goal of all activities through an understanding of language and cultural practices. The text is supplemented with real objects such as magazines and children’s books. Students will be able to read, write, converse, and comprehend, as well as understand the present and past tenses by the end of the year. Students must maintain a ‘C’ average or better to advance to Spanish II.

FL200 Spanish II
2 semesters: 10 units
This course builds on the base established in Spanish I and expands into more complex grammar and communication skills, based on ¡Ven Conmigo! II (Holt). The text is supplemented with real objects such as magazines, and books, and occasional guest lectures in the target language. Spanish II focuses on putting oral and written skills to practical use through activities and projects. Students should be able to understand and use present, past, future, conditional and several of the compound tenses by the end of the year. Students must maintain a ‘C’ average or better to advance to Spanish III. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I.

FL300 Spanish III
2 semesters: 10 units
In this course, students again review all grammar covered in Spanish I and II, and study advanced Spanish grammar intensely, based on ¡Ven Conmigo! III (Holt). The focus of Spanish III is communication in all tenses previously studied, expanding into the subjunctive and compound tenses. Each unit also includes an example of Spanish Literature that re-emphasizes grammar studied in the unit. Real objects of a more complex nature than previously used is supplementary to the text. Students spend time cooking and sampling authentic foods and discussing current events. Students should be able to communicate in the tenses listed with an expanded vocabulary over Spanish I and II. Students must maintain a ‘C’ average or better to advance to Spanish IV. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II.

FL400 Spanish IV
2 semesters: 10 units
This course focuses on oral and written communication (composition and conversation) and Hispanic literature. Some grammar review will be covered primarily in the context of writing assignments and journaling. The intention of the course is to fine-tune and develop knowledge and skills already acquired. The subjunctive tense will be heavily stressed. The course will require research relating to different aspects of immigration, politics in Central/South America and Hispanic culture. No specific text will be used. Newspapers, magazines, novels, movies, and television programs in the target language will be important sources for projects, discussions, and compositions. Prerequisite: successful completion of Spanish III.

A variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available to students online through the University of Iowa Online AP Academy. Students may designate a period of the day to work on the online course. Students taking the AP courses may earn both high school and college credit. High school credit is awarded based on the completion of work for the course; college credit is based on the score obtained on the AP exam and is awarded at the discretion of the institution upon enrollment.

APMIEC AP Microeconomics
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Learn how to spot patterns in economic behavior and how to use those patterns to explain buyer and seller behavior under different economic conditions. AP Microeconomics studies the economic way of thinking, understanding the nature and function of markets, the role of scarcity and competition, the influence of factors such as interest rates on business decisions, and the role of government in promoting a healthy economy. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, this course prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study in business, history, and political science. Prerequisite: Algebra I.

APMAEC AP Macroeconomics
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Macroeconomics explains how to identify trends in our economy and how to use those trends to develop performance measures and predictors of how our economy will grow or decline. Examine how individuals, institutions, and influences affect one’s own economic status, and how these factors can change one’s life through employment rates, inflation, government spending, taxes, and production. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP Macroeconomics prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study in business, history, and political science. Prerequisite: Algebra II.

APSTAT AP Statistics
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
AP Statistics gives students hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, graphing, and interpreting real-world data. Students will learn to effectively design and analyze research studies by reviewing and evaluating real research examples taken from daily life. Statistics focuses on the uncertainties and compromises of the real world and plays an important role in many fields. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP Statistics prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study in science, sociology, medicine, engineering, political science, geography, and business. Prerequisite: Algebra II.

APGOVS AP U.S. Government and Politics
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
U.S. Government and Politics studies the structure and operations of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. Students will gain the analytic perspective necessary to critically evaluate political information, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes. Along the way, students will develop the skills needed to examine general hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes. Along the way, students will develop the skills needed to examine general propositions about government and politics, and to analyze the specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. Government and Politics prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study in political science, law, education, business, and history. Prerequisites: U.S. History and good writing skills.

APUSHIS AP U.S. History
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
Mastery of historical knowledge and critical analysis are the cornerstones of AP U.S. History. Students will learn how decisions and events of the past continue to have profound effects on the world today and how knowledge of the causes behind past events can influence future decisions. They will put factual knowledge to work by weighing evidence and interpreting problems presented by historians. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. History prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study in history, political science, economics, and sociology. Prerequisites: At least a B in most recent social studies course and good writing skills

LA001 English I – Fundamentals (Grade 9)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
The course focuses on the basic principles of English grammar, usage, and the general conventions of the written language. Elements of literature are also explored, such as character, plot structure, setting, and style.

LA002 English I – Literature (Grade 9)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course builds on literary concepts introduced in English I – Fundamentals and focuses on three main units: Shakespeare, poetry, and the epic. Works included represent various time periods and provide an introduction to some of the classics, including excerpts from The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet, as well as a range of poetic works from various cultures and historical periods.

LA003 English II – Composition (Grade 10)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course surveys several kinds of writing (persuasive, descriptive, expository, and narrative) and gives students practice in writing each of them. Grammar and usage rules from English I – Fundamentals are briefly reviewed and built upon as students learn what constitutes high quality writing and practice it by writing a series of formal compositions throughout the semester.

LA004 English II – Communication (Grade 10)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
The course introduces students to the basic principles of effective communication. The course includes public speaking, speech preparation and delivery, speech purposes, parliamentary procedure, interpersonal communication, conflict management and problem solving, group discussion, and oral interpretation. Students are required to give many short speeches and complete communication projects.

LA005 English III – Research (Grade 11)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This rigorous course prepares students to examine the credibility and reliability of scholarly sources and to utilize those sources without plagiarism. Students must master MLA formatting (APA formatting is optional) as they explore three units of research with three major culminating assessments: 1) argumentative research (8-15 page research paper on a current social issue of their choice); 2)  career research (job shadow experience and project-based explorations); and 3) historical research on the Holocaust (book analysis paper).

LA006 English III – American Literature (Grade 11)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course includes a chronological study of the American history of literature, including short stories, novels and plays. Significant time during the semester is devoted to studying a range of novels. Coursework includes but is not limited to: writing short compositions reflecting important aspects of these works, in-depth analysis essays, exams and quizzes.

LA011 English IV – Advanced Writing (Grade 12)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This elective, one-semester course is designed for the college-bound senior who desires exposure to a variety of writing situations, with an emphasis on creative writing. Samples of writing include but are not limited to: literary explication, personal narrative writing, essays of definition/persuasion, position paper, poetry, short story, flash fiction, and memoir writing. Basic writing skills are sharpened by reading sample essays, classmates’ essays, free writing, work-shopping and rewriting. The emphasis on the continual process of writing, revision, and refinement. Final grades are based on the student’s semester portfolio.

LA013 English IV – Advanced English (Grade 12)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
An elective course developed around World Literature, the emphasis of this course is reading novels, short stories, essays, poems, and analyzing films. Themes include: justice/injustice; the role of men/women within cultures; power; survival; colonialism and post-colonialism, and the Christian response to all these areas. Evaluation is in the form of tests, projects and papers.

LA016 Novel I (Grade 11/12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Students venture into the novel as literary form by independently reading and analyzing a variety of literature genres and authors. Content consists of reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster and seven novels of the reader’s personal selection (with text complexity and theme requirements). Weekly response papers and an extensive analysis paper about each novel produces the student’s grade. Weekly discussions with the instructor help guide the student’s progress. Prerequisite: successful completion of English III Research and permission of instructor.

LA017 English IV – Rhetoric
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This practical English course is intended primarily for seniors who plan to attend a two-year post-secondary school or enter the workplace upon completion of high school. Communication, participation in groups, accuracy in technical reading,electronic communication, and all forms of everyday English skills will be emphasized. Final reviews of usage, mechanics, writing skills, comprehension, and vocabulary skills will also be included. Students will hone their reading tastes and work toward comprehension and analysis. Opportunities for speaking, writing, and extensive project work are also included.

LA901S English IV –  Readings in Theater
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course emphasizes reading mastery through the uses of plays, play excerpts, and monologues. Interpretive reading is supported by vocabulary study, directing techniques, and literary analysis. Students will bolster their communication and reading skills with frequent in-class performances. This course is designed both for students who are interested in dramatic performance and those who seek to improve their communication and reading skills to join the workforce after high school. This course fulfills senior English requirement for graduation. Admission is through teacher recommendation only.

LA500 Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is a year-long course that provides an intensive examination of a wide variety of literature and highly specialized literary concepts. AP English is a challenging college-level course designed to cover a range of materials typically found in a college literature or rhetoric survey course, and will conclude with the AP exam, taken at the end of the year. The score earned by the student on the AP exam determines whether college credit is earned by taking the course. This course is open to seniors expecting to attend college the following year. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

LA900 English IV – Applied Writing
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This elective course includes the basics of practical/applied writing for journalistic purposes. Layout, copy, photography and organization will be learned. Students will learn succinct wording, how to encapsulate events in words and design with Jostens Yearbook software and Adobe Photoshop. Evaluation is based on mini-project assignments and cooperative group efforts completing historical documents. Pass/fail evaluation. This course does not fulfill English core requirements.

MA003 Pre-Algebra
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course builds a strong foundation for further study in algebra, geometry and statistics. Topics covered include problem solving, order of operations, work with decimals and fractions, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, proportion and percent, probability and statistics, and introduction to geometry.

MA100 Algebra I
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course covers the basics of algebraic reasoning including writing, graphing, and solving equations and inequalities with variables, real numbers, exponents, and square roots. Other topics covered include work with ratios, proportions, percents, and polynomials. Much emphasis is given to the study of slope and y-intercepts of linear functions, but also quadratic, exponential and radical functions are introduced (for further study in Algebra II). The graphing calculator is used as a tool for graphing any type of function quickly, as well as for data analysis (histograms, scatterplots, and line graphs) and probability (random numbers, combinations, and permutations). Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to take Geometry. Prerequisite: successful completion of Pre-Algebra.

MA200 Geometry
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
The focus of this course is on reasoning with logic and geometric shapes, starting with the basic foundation of points, segments and angles. Also covered are properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, circles, and triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons. Formulas for perimeter, circumference, area and volume of both two and three dimensional figures are studied. Trigonometry is introduced with the study of right triangles. Transformations (reflections, translations, and rotations) are explored and geometric reasoning and proof is encouraged throughout the year. Upon completion of the course the student will be prepared to take Algebra II. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.

MA300 Algebra II
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course addresses operations with functions, transformations of functions, and the basic properties of functions (domain, range, zeros, and local extrema). The main functions studied are polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical. Other topics include curve fitting, linear systems, matrices, sequences and an introduction into complex numbers, probability and statistics, trigonometry and conic sections. Upon completion of the course the student will be prepared to take Pre-Calculus or a similar-level course. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry.

MA302 Life Skills Math
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course includes math skills for everyday living, covering topics such as proportions, percents, fractions, decimals, and problem solving. It also builds a solid foundation for further study in algebra, geometry, and statistics. This course does not meet standards for regents university entry requirements.

MA304 Intro to Computer Programing
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
A course for students interested in learning the Java programming language. Topics include basic Java commands, program structure, input/output, strings, number types, Boolean expressions and logic, decision structures and looping. It will involve writing structured programs to solve mathematical and real world applications. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Geometry.

MA400 Pre-Calculus
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course guides students through an in-depth analysis of the basic types of functions (polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logistic, logarithmic, and trigonometric). The analysis addresses continuity, extrema, asymptotes, symmetry, transformations, and end behavior. Other topics include complex numbers, limits, writing mathematical proofs, vector manipulation, conic sections, combinatorics, discrete mathematics and statistics. Upon completion of the course the student will be prepared for the AP Calculus or any college-level calculus course. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra II or a similar course.

MA500 Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course covers all topics mandated by the College Board for AP Calculus-AB as they appear in the AP Calculus Course Description. Content covered include: limits of functions, continuity, derivatives and their applications, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, and simple differential equations. Upon completion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam and to continue their study of calculus in a college level Calculus II course. Prerequisite: successful completion of Pre-Calculus or a similar course and the consent of the instructor.

MU001 Introduction to Music (Grade 9)
Fall: 1 quarter: 2.5 units
This one-quarter course is required for all freshmen. Each week this class looks at a different genre of music, figuring out how songs in that style work. Then students have a weekly project where they create a song of whatever genre is being discussed. As a final project, the class creates an original composition which is performed at the concert at the end of the quarter.

MU100 Chorale
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 2.5 units
This is a choir available to any interested freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. The course is designed to introduce basic singing skills to beginners and advance the skills of experienced musicians. Sight-singing, vocal development and musicianship are all integral to this course. The Chorale performs in several public concerts throughout the year and may participate in IHSMA large group contest each May.

MU101 Symphonic Band
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 5 units
This is an elective opportunity for any student seeking to improve skills on a musical instrument. Students participating in Symphonic Band will develop a documented practice routine. Performances are scheduled throughout the year.

MU200 Concert Choir
Fall: 1 semester: 2.5 units
Concert Choir is open to juniors and seniors. A principal  goal is to improve singing within a choral setting. Teamwork is an important emphasis as a means to achieving a healthy choral sound. Prerequisite: minimum of 1 semester of Chorale or by special permission from the music director.

MU300 Touring Choir
Spring: 1 semester: 2.5 units
This ensemble is selected by audition in late Fall. Membership in the choir reflects a commitment to excellence in the choral art. Touring Choir performs a series of concerts in churches of the local area in the spring of the year, and participates in the MSC Choral Festival. Prerequisite: Concert Choir the previous semester or special permission from the music director.

MU500 AP Music Theory
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course is designed to examine aspects of music theory on an intensive and advanced level. The primary goal of the course is to allow students to grow in their knowledge of music theory in preparation for potential college-level study. Course content will expand upon material from Advanced Music. A secondary goal is to prepare students for the AP Music Theory Exam given in May. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PE005 Health I (Grade 10)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is recommended in the sophomore year. It includes the study of spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental and social health, as well as infectious diseases and preventive measures. Reproductive health, mental disorders, nutrition and illegal substances will also be discussed. One semester of Health is required for graduation.

PE006 Health II (Grade 10)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course includes elements of Health I but with the option of more individualized reading and research. It also includes units on safety, first aid, consumer health and health-related careers. One semester of Health is required for graduation.

PE100 Physical Education
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 1.25 units
Physical Education activities shall emphasize leisure time activities which will benefit the student outside the school environment and after graduation from high school. A rotating schedule for PE classes allows students to be exposed to numerous activities to create interest in some individual or team sport that may become lifelong activities. All students physically able shall be required to participate in physical education activities during each semester they are enrolled in school except  for the following reasons.

  • Academic waiver for students with a full load:  2 semesters allowed for seniors, 1 semester per year allowed for students in grades 9-11. The student seeking to be excused must, at some time during the period for which the waiver is sought, participate in physical activity for 120 minutes per week and sign off on the Healthy Kids Act waiver form.
  • Cooperative or work-study program or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student to leave the school premises for specified periods of time during the day.
  • An organized and supervised athletic program which requires at least as much participation per week as a semester of  PE.
  • Conflict with religious beliefs (includes Health also):  parent/guardian must file a written statement with the principal.

SC001 General Science (Grade 9)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course is recommended for freshmen. The first 18 weeks will consist of environmental and life science; the second 18 weeks will be focused on meteorology and geology. Students will perform labs and explore the world around us by observing our local environment and the organisms that cohabitate in that environment. Students will investigate important questions in the field of environmental science that affect both the world be live in and our lives here in Iowa.

SC002 General Biology (Grade 9/10)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This course is required for graduation. It is recommended in the sophomore year, but is open to freshmen with a strong interest in science. First semester topics: The common characteristics of living things and molecular processes of biology from atoms to cells. How cells divide, obtain nutrients and capture the energy from the sun. Inheritance patterns and genetic diseases. Second semester topics include: the discovery of the genetic material; how information is passed from DNA to RNA to proteins and how mutations sometimes occur in that process; the variety of species on Earth from bacteria to humans; plant growth and development; and ecology and how all living things are dependent on the natural cycle.

SC003 Chemistry (Grade 10/11/12)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is an elective course covering the principles, methods, concepts, and applications of chemistry, employing a discovery approach. The nature of matter and reactions thereof are studied based on observations and data taken experimentally. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.

SC004 Physics (Grade 10/11/12)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is an elective course covering the classical physics areas of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, sound, and light. Some time is also given to the modern physical areas of atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite/corequisite: successful completion of Algebra II.

SC025 Anatomy and Physiology (Grade 11/12)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This is a college preparatory course for students with an interest in life science careers, particularly in the healthcare field. It includes readings and labs in human anatomy and physiology, DNA and genetic technology, the chemistry of living organisms, cell physiology, organ systems and two or more field trips. Prerequisite: successful completion of General Biology & consent of instructor; corequisite: successful completion of or progress in Chemistry.

SC201 Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry (Grade 11/12)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
Students who are planning to study chemistry in college will benefit from this class, which will expose them to areas of chemistry that could not be  covered adequately in the first year. Topics include stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: successful completion of Chemistry.

SC202 Advanced Placement (AP) Physics C (Mechanics) (Grade 11/12)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is for students considering engineering or physics in college. Topics are covered in more depth than in first year physics. Topics include: motion, forces, energy, rotation, and gravity. Prerequisite: successful completion of Physics.

AG105 CASE-Plant Science
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
In this course students will investigate topics within plant science, both from a botanical/biological and agricultural perspective. The method of study will primarily be inquiry-based, developing a better understanding of plants and how they work through direct experience in the greenhouse, labs, readings and field trips. We will use the living world around us whenever possible as our laboratory. Objectives include use and maintenance of Hillcrest greenhouse, basic plant identification, use of a dichotomous key, study of native versus non-native plants and how much insects are able to eat them study of plant population dynamics in the Hillcrest woodlot and Redbird Farms prairie, and plant anatomy and physiology. Additional objectives may include the importance of soil for plants, what nutrients plants need and how they get them, corn and soybean production and plant diversity and history. This course meets the Hillcrest graduation science requirements.

SS001 World History (Grade 10)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is a survey course examining the history and cultures of the world. An emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of cultures, religion, geography, and historical events to better understand current issues of globalization, modernization, conflict, empire, and terrorism.

SS002 American History (Grade 11)
Fall and Spring: 2 semesters: 10 units
This is a survey of the history of the United States from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the Civil War to the present. The class works to develop critical and historical thinking skills to better understand American life today.

SS003 American Government (Grade 12)
Spring: 1 semester 5 units
This course analyzes the organization and function of our national, state and local governments with an emphasis on the relationship of government to American life. Students are encouraged to explore the relationship between their faith and their role as citizens.

SS100 Economics (Grade 11/12)
Fall: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Economics including micro-, macro-, with an understanding of how these concepts are present in our everyday lives. Economics deals with the many ways people and organizations employ their talents and resources to best satisfy society’s desires. Students have an opportunity to participate in a state-wide stock market simulation competition.

SS102 Readings in 19th & 20th Century World History (Grade 11/12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This individualized course requires extensive reading (2,000 pages) of biographies, histories, or historical fiction on subjects of personal interest to the student. Book reports or summaries allow for reflections on the readings.

SS104 Sociology (Grade 11/12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This course is an introductory survey of sociology exploring how sociologists explain societies. Students are introduced to the major theoretical approaches used by sociologists to explore such topics as the family, poverty, deviance, socialization, racism, education, sports and religion.

SS105 Psychology (Grade 11/12)
Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
Areas of study will include theories of learning, motivation, emotions, personality development, mental illness, and abnormal psychology. Students will participate in a counseling skills workshop, research one theorist, and read current research on a topic of their choice. Through this course, the student will come to better understand the larger field of psychology.

SU000 Study Hall
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 0 units (by permission only)

SU100 Library Aide (Grade 12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 0 units (by permission only)

SU101 English Language Learners
Fall : 1 semester: 2.5 units (subsequent semester as needed)
Students are assigned one period a day for an English Language Learners class. The focus of this class is to determine the student’s English language ability and assist students in gaining competence in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students receive vocabulary instruction and homework help for other classes. Students also receive instruction on interpreting the cultural context of the English language. Students are assessed on progress and earn elective credit for the course. Students receive continuing ELL services until proficient.

SU102 Peer Tutor (Grade 12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 0 units (by permission only)
This is designed for students who demonstrate mastery over course materials and are interested in providing assistance to other students. Students would work under the direction of the guidance counselor and/or the resource instructor.

SU400 Creative Projects (Grade 12)
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 5 units
This class is designed for seniors who are self-motivated and wish to explore a project of personal interest in any academic subject area. Students are required to express interest to the guidance counselor, submit three teacher recommendations, and write an essay explaining the scope, depth, and outcome of the chosen semester-length project. A faculty committee will then determine his or her acceptance or rejection into the class. A faculty proctor will be selected to meet with the student once a week. Grading is pass/fail. Areas of choice could include robotics, computer design, technology, consumer science, writing, business management, agriculture, fashion, journalism, etc. The only limit is the student’s desire and imagination.

SU900 Directed Studies
Fall or Spring: 1 semester: 0 units
This is a course geared to student needs for remedial work in a particular area. Special emphasis is given to study skills.