Nurturing Hearts and Challenging Minds
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K-12 Curriculum

High-school Course Descriptions

 

Ninth-grade Required Courses

 

One from:     

Algebra I:  This course introduces students to algebra and its uses in the world. Topics include solving for variables in equations, and other math operations using 

or

Pre-Algebra:  This math class is an option to Algebra I and usually offered to ninth-graders. Topic areas focus on real-life math applications in a variety of areas including problem solving, estimation, graphs and charts, shapes, ratios, and proportions. Year-long course.

Earth Science:  This science course covers the topics of rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, weather, oceanography, environmental concerns, the Earth-Moon system, and the universe. Year-long course.

English 9:  Insights into Literature – English 9 explores themes in a variety of literature and provides writing instruction in a variety of forms. Year-long course.

Old Testament:  This course is an overview of the historical books of the Old Testament tracing the physical and spiritual lives of the people of Israel. One semester.

PE/Health:  The course covers stress, body systems, tobacco and drug abuse, nutrition, and sex education. The PE component emphasizes skill, strategies, and knowledge of team and individual sports. Year-long course.

World History:  This is a survey of the history of the world from creation through today. Although all areas of the world are studied, emphasis is given to Western Civilization. Year-long course.

 

Tenth-Grade Required Courses

 

One from:     

Algebra I:  This course introduces students to algebra and its uses in the world. Topics include solving for variables in equations, and other math operations using 

or

Geometry:  This course reinforces algebra concepts and applies them to two and three dimensional shapes. Prerequisite: Algebra I. Year-long class.

American History:  This course is an overview of American history from the 1400s through today. Year-long course.

Biology:  The topics covered include ecology, cell biology, evolution, creationism, and the six biological classification kingdoms:  animals, bacteria, fungi, plants, protists, and viruses.

Computer 10:

One from:     

English 10:  Encounters with Literature and Media Studies –   The class looks at various literary genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama) and also studies film as narrative. Developing writing techniques and skills is also a critical component of the course. Prerequisite: English 9. Year-long course.

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High-school Language Arts:  This year-long course inspires appreciation for the various genres of literature. Students may study film as a narrative. Writing skills will be reviewed and expanded upon. Prerequisites include English 9 and teacher recommendation.

New Testament:  This class covers at least two of the gospels, the Book of Acts, and selected epistles. Students learn of the life and ministry of Jesus and the birth and formation of the early church. One semester.

 

Eleventh-Grade Required Courses

 

Christian History/Doctrine/World Religions & Cults:  This is an overview of the history of the Christian church to the current century. This study traces the various doctrinal issues which are key to the development and diversity within the Christian church. Students in this course will learn about the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, and about cults, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Scientists, and others. Year-long course.

One from:     

English 11: American Literature and Language:  Students read American literature from 1800 to the present – poems, plays, novels, biographies, and short stories. Students also learn about American dialects and standard English usage, and write frequently. Course prerequisite: English 10. Year-long course.

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High-school Language Arts:  This year-long course inspires appreciation for the various genres of literature. Students may study film as a narrative. Writing skills will be reviewed and expanded upon. Prerequisites include English 9 and teacher recommendation.

 
Twelfth-Grade Required Courses

 

Christian Living:  This is a required senior course that serves as a capstone class to tie together many ideas taught during the students' NMCHS careers. Students learn a Christian worldview as it relates to or differs from the many secular viewpoints influencing our culture, past and present. One segment of this class study is also dedicated to a concentrated look at what it means to be a Reformed Christian. Students will complete a Discipleship and Discernment Demonstration as part of this course. One semester.

Government:  This course primarily considers the workings of the American federal government. Brief overviews of state and local governments and of foreign systems are also featured. One semester.

 
High-school Electives

 

Accounting:  The course covers basic accounting principles and procedures. A workbook accompanies the text, allowing for extensive practice. One semester.

Algebra II:  This course—usually taken by juniors—features algebraic expressions and forms for studying functions and modeling of real-world situations. Graphing is a focus of the course. Prerequisites: Algebra I and geometry. One semester.

Art I:  An introductory art course focusing on the elements and principles of art and a variety of media.  One semester.

Art II:  An intermediate level course focusing on developing drawing skills using a variety of media.  One semester.  (Prerequisite:  Art I)

Art III:  An intermediate level course focusing on developing painting skills using a variety of media.  One semester.  (Prerequisite:  Art II)

Art IV:  An intermediate level course focusing on developing pottery skills.  One semester.  (Prerequisite:  Art III)

Band:  A 9th-12th-grade instrumental ensemble with 3-5 performances each year.

Chemistry:  is an introductory course including the topics of atomic structure, chemical bonding, reaction stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetic molecular theory, acids, bases, and salts. Usually taken by juniors.  Year-long course; offered every other year.

Choir:  A 9th-12th-grade SATB ensemble with 8-10 performances each year.

Current Events:  This elective considers what is occurring in the world, with primary emphasis given to the United States. Methods of teaching include discussions of magazine articles, newspaper articles, and videos. One semester.

English 12:  British Literature and College-Writing Seminar –  Students learn about English grammar, write extensively, and read British literature from Shakespeare to the present. The second semester focuses on writing skills and research methods particularly necessary for the college-bound student. Course prerequisites: a minimum grade of C+ in The English Language course and a grade of B or better in English 10 and 11. Year-long course.

The English Language:  This class is an elective but is required for students planning to take Spanish and/or English 12: British Literature. The course reviews basics of grammar and usage for speaking and writing. Open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. One semester.

Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (FST):  A college-preparatory course usually taken by seniors with an interest in higher-level math content, such as math, engineering, business, or science, the class integrates statistical, algebraic and trigonometric functions. Prerequisites: Advanced Algebra and Geometry. Year-long course.

Geography:  This elective is usually taken by ninth-graders. In it students learn the location of most of the countries in the world, major cities, bodies of water, and other features. Students also learn about the different countries' cultures. One semester.

PE II:  This is a course usually taken by juniors and seniors. The course emphasizes body strength and conditioning through sports play, aerobic training, and weight-lifting. One semester.

Personal Finance:  This is a course taken by juniors and seniors. The course emphasizes investing, saving, and giving, all from a biblical perspective. Taxes, checking accounts, housing, and car shopping are also featured. One semester.

Pre-Algebra:  This math class is an option to Algebra I and usually offered to ninth-graders. Topic areas focus on real-life math applications in a variety of areas including problem solving, estimation, graphs and charts, shapes, ratios, and proportions. Year-long course.

Psychology:

Publications:  This is a class in which seniors design and produce The Reflector, the yearbook for NMCHS. Various skills are developed to accomplish this task, such as fund raising, business management, photography (digital and film), journaling, and design. Year-long course.

Shop:  Taken at McBain Public School.  Please contact the NMCS high-school guidance counselor.

Spanish I:  This course introduces students the vocabulary and grammar of Spanish. A look at Spanish-speaking cultures is also part of the class. Prerequisite: C+ or better in The English Language. Year-long course.

Spanish II:  This class develops and intensifies the skills and knowledge of the language and Spanish-speaking cultures. Year-long course.

Wexford/Missaukee Career Technical Center courses:  See Wexford/Missaukee Intermediate School District services

 
Requirements for Graduation

 

English:  3 credits (English 9, 10, and 11)

Math:  2 credits (Algebra I and Geometry or Pre-Algebra and Algebra I)

Bible:  2 credits (One semester of Bible per year: Old Testament, New Testament, Christian History & Doctrine, and Christian Living)

History:  2 credits (U.S. History, World History)

Science:  2 credits (Earth Science, Biology)

Government:  1/2 credit

Computer:  1/2 credit

PE & Health:  1 credit

A student must successfully complete a minimum of 22 credits in order to graduate from NMC, including the 13 required credits listed above. A student can earn 6 credits for attending Career Tech Center for two years. Remaining credits must be selected from electives at NMC or from other studies arranged with the approval of the school administration.

 
 Suggested College Preparatory Classes

 

English:  4 credits (English 9, 10, 11, Oral Communication, English Language, British Literature, Connections)

Math:  3-4 credits (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Functions-Statistics-Trigonometry)

Science:  4 credits (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, & Physics)

Social Studies:  4 credits (World History, U. S. History, Government)  Including at least one from Geography, Psychology or Current Events.

Foreign Language:  2 credits (Spanish I & II)

Computer:  ½ credit

Note: Most colleges would like to see 6 to10 electives.