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English Department

Students are required to pass four consecutive years of English to graduate.

English 9
This course covers basic literary elements, a broad survey of literature from classical to contemporary, different literary genres, and composition. Students will strengthen writing skills, primarily working on autobiographical, analytical, and persuasive essays. Emphasis will be placed on writing as a process and in developing a strong voice and perspective in their writing. Students will learn to outline, edit and revise.

English 10
This course covers basic literary elements, a broad survey of literature from classical to contemporary, different literary genres, and composition. Students will gain a more complex understanding of metaphor, allegory, symbol, irony, and allusion. There is a strong emphasis on poetry.

English 10 Honors
This course covers the same material as English 10, plus a stronger emphasis is placed upon literary analysis skills–especially in poetry. Students are expected to be able to recognize and discuss more subtle and complex meanings in the literature. They should have mastered basic writing skills. The reading requirements are more rigorous. Teacher recommendation is required for enrollment in this class. There will be additional books to purchase for this course.

English 11
This course is a comprehensive survey of American literature from a Christian perspective. The survey is chronological, with literature divided into four major time periods. The writing emphasis is on narrative, literary analysis, and reflective compositions. We will study the political and social influences of each time period. Students will employ MLA standards for documentation and presentation.

AP English Language 
Students in this introductory college-level course read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of nonfiction prose selections, deepening their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composing abilities. Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, persuasive and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts.

English 12
This is a comprehensive chronological survey of British literature and a sampling of European literature. Students will learn to evaluate a work’s literary artistry and consider the social and historical values it reflects and embodies. In composition, we will focus on literary analysis, reflective, and business writing. Students will be required to do multimedia presentations in class.

AP English Literature and Composition (for 12th grade only)
This is approved for AP status by the College Board. First semester is a broad survey of literary genres with extensive readings in short stories, poetry, and drama. Second semester focuses on literary novels and some additional poetry analysis. All students are required to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam in May. Students who pass the exam may earn credit for their freshman year in college. This class is open to all students who wish to enroll. There is a mandatory summer reading list, and an additional class fee of $85.00 for exam administration.

Science Department

All students must pass two years of science to graduate.

Physical and Earth Science
This freshman-level course is intended to give students the mathematic and scientific foundation from which to interpret the everyday, physical world around them.  First semester is primarily dedicated to physics concepts with a heavy emphasis on determining and evaluating the relationships among physical properties like mass, time, volume, etc.  Students will also engage very basic chemistry ideas to help bridge concepts between both terms.  The second semester teaches concepts that expound on the physics, but with an application towards the natural world around them, namely via the disciplines of geology, astronomy, and meteorology.

Biology
This course is required for all students to graduate. They must have successfully passed Algebra I. This is a life science course.

Chemistry
Algebra I is a prerequisite.  This is an introductory course in chemistry.  Students will participate in labs using mostly everyday chemicals to understand basic principles of how electrons govern the way matter combines and rearranges itself at the atomic scale.  This course follows physical chemistry all the way through a basic primer on organic chemistry.  Students must purchase the calculator designated by the teacher for this class.

AP Chemistry
Algebra II and Chemistry are prerequisites.  This course will enable students to take an entire year’s worth of college-level chemistry content and so is designed – both by the College Board’s AP program and Upland Christian Academy – as a second-year high school course.  Some topics covered will be either significantly more in-depth than or foreign to a regular high school chemistry class.  Students must purchase the calculator designated by the teacher for this class.

Anatomy and Physiology
Students must have successfully passed a lab Biology class with a grade of at least “C” to take this class. This is a life science course.

AP Biology 
Pre-requisites: Students must have successfully passed Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology with grades of “C” or better to take this class. This class will require intensive studying and homework. Students are required to take the AP Biology exam in May. This course is approved by the College Board for “AP” status.

AP Physics
Algebra II is a prerequisite.  AP Physics is a college-level course in the discipline of physics.  Whether 1, 2, C: mechanics or C: electricity and magnetism is taught will depend on student demand.  Currently, AP Physics 1 is the most popular.  Students must purchase the calculator designated by the teacher for this class.

Math Department

All students are required to pass three years of math for high school graduation

Accounting
(course description coming soon)

Algebra I
(course description coming soon)

Geometry
Students must have successfully passed Algebra I to take this class.

Algebra II
Students must have successfully passed Algebra I and Geometry to take this class.

Pre-Calculus
Students must purchase the calculator designated by the teacher for this class. (Texas Instrument T89–the same calculator will be used for AP Calculus.) Students must have successfully passed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to take this class.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB
This course is approved by the College Board for “AP” status. Students must have successfully passed Advanced Math to take this class. This class will require intensive study and homework time. Students must have the Texas Instrument T89 calculator. Students are required to take the AP Calculus AB exam in May. There is an additional class fee of $85 for this class to cover the cost of the exam.

Social Studies Department

UCA requires four years of social studies classes for high school graduation.

World History 
This 10th grade class covers the Age of Exploration to the 20th century.

AP World History
The AP World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present. This college-level course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

U.S. History
This 11th grade class is a chronological survey of the United States from Reconstruction to the present day.

AP U.S. History
Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) surveys the history of the United States beginning with the pre-Columbian era and ending with international affairs and domestic events in the post-1945 period to the 1990s.  The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the political, economic, social, and diplomatic trends and themes in United States history.  Some attention is given to historiography and more to the analysis and interpretation of historical documents.  The course also will focus on providing students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the events, people, trends, and themes in U.S. history.

Government
This class is one semester required for seniors. It is an introductory class to understanding our federal government.

Economics
This introductory semester class for seniors covers the basics of micro and macroeconomics. It is required for graduation.

AP U.S. Government
The main purpose of this course is to prepare students for the AP Exam in U.S. Government and Politics. Another important purpose is to give students a number of current and historical examples to relate the course material to.  The main areas of study in the course are aligned to the AP test: The Constitution and its underpinnings, political parties, interest groups, the media, Institutions of American Government, public policy, political behaviors and beliefs, and civil rights and liberties.

Bible Department

UCA requires all students to take Bible each year they are enrolled at our school. If a student earns an “F” in any semester of Bible, he or she will be placed on probation. If the student fails any subsequent semester of Bible, he/she may be asked to withdraw from UCA.

Bible 9: Bible Survey and Christian Ethics
In order to prepare students for a thoughtful and impactful life of faith, this yearlong course will lay a foundation for students in their understanding of the Bible and ethics.  First, to lay the groundwork, students will be informed about the origins and reliability of the Bible and cover an overview of Biblical content in all of the different books, genres, sections, and themes across both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament.  Having laid the foundation of Biblical literature, students will then examine a number of cultural-ethical topics and issues that face followers of Christ in their contemporary setting.

Bible 10: Biblical Metanarrative and Life of Christ
The entirety of Biblical literature attests to a single Grand Story (or metanarrative) that initiates at the beginning of creation in Genesis 1, and finds its resolution at the conclusion of all things in Revelation 22.  At the center of this Grand Story is the climax, where God Himself puts into the flesh and blood of a poor Jewish Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, who lives a beautifully world-changing life, experiences an enigmatic death, and shocks the world with a powerful resurrection. In this yearlong course students will hone their skills in tracing the Biblical metanarrative from the beginning, to Jesus, to our current situation, and on through to the end of the story.  Since Christ marks the pivotal point in the story, students will spend a significant share of the class investigating the credibility of the Gospel accounts and the content of the life of Christ.

Bible 11: Romans and Revelation
Following the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, His disciples and the early community of faith wrestled with the implications of those realities. In Paul’s epistle to the Romans we have a clear presentation of the theology, philosophy, and Christian living practices of the early Christian community. Furthermore, John’s Apocalypse (the book of Revelation), presents modern readers a window into an ancient genre that speaks to the realities of persecution, faithfulness, and empire. This yearlong course is a study dedicated to unpacking the rich truths found in these two texts by analyzing the cultural and historical context surrounding ancient Rome, Palestine, and Asia Minor. In doing so, students will then be equipped to wrestle with these same concepts, struggles, and realities that face them in their own contemporary context.

Bible 12L: Love, Dating, and Marriage
This semester-long course will center on God’s views on Love, Dating, and Marriage. Christian love at its core grows out as a reflection of God’s love. Thus, love and Christian action should be the natural outworking of knowing more about Jesus and his love for others. This course will first provide a philosophical and ethical framework for students to approach the topics of love, dating, and marriage. Considering the biblical witness and Christian traditions in the area of romance, students will learn to think critically about relationships, and practically apply content covered in the class.

Bible 12W: Worldview
Ever since Marshall McLuhan first coined the term “global village,” the truth of this short phrase has only grown in its applicability to the modern world. As students interact with their global neighbors in real life and on various media, the need to understand their own worldview and the worldview of others becomes increasingly essential. This semester-long course solidifies the students’ understanding of the Christian worldview, and also explores the cultures, philosophies, and religions with which the students will inevitably have contact. Worldviews are discussed and analyzed in media, and students are then equipped to missionally express the Gospel in each of these contexts.

Fine Arts Department

All students are required to take one year of a performing art class for graduation.

Choir
This class places a strong emphasis on performance. Students’ grades are closely tied to attendance in class and performances. Students must also purchase a performance outfit. This class is open to all students but requires teacher approval. This class may be repeated for elective credit.

Ensemble
This class is for our performing vocal group and is by teacher selection only. All interested students must audition with the Visual and Performance Art Director in the spring. Students must be able to participate in a rigorous performance schedule and purchase performance outfits.

Art I
This class is introductory art appreciation and student project oriented. Students may need to purchase additional necessary materials for projects.

Art II
This class requires teacher approval and the successful completion of Art I. There is a strong emphasis on art appreciation/analysis and student projects.

Art III
This class requires teacher approval and the successful completion of Art I and II. It is designed for the self-directed student who is looking to develop style and content, and gain experience in a wider variety of artistic processes. Students are expected to already have a strong foundation in the elements and principles of design.

Yearbook
This class is by teacher approval only. Students must be able to work independently, and attend various extracurricular events to cover them for the yearbook. Students must be able to work late if necessary to meet all deadlines. Basic computer skills are required. This class may be repeated.

World Languages Department

UCA requires two years of foreign language for graduation.

Spanish I and Spanish II
This course focuses on developing fluency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Spanish language. The goal of this course is for students to be able to have a variety of conversations at the beginner and intermediate levels. Each class is one full year.

Spanish II Honors
This course focuses on developing language skills at a more academic level with an emphasis on grammar instruction in addition to the skills learned in the regular Spanish II course.

Spanish III
This class emphasizes language, culture, traditions, and arts throughout the Spanish speaking world. Students are expected to be proficient in their verbal and writing skills so that their prior cultural and linguistic knowledge can be built upon to produce essays, speeches, conversations, and presentations in Spanish.

Spanish IV and Spanish IV Honors
This course focuses on the progression and development of advanced speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills at the highest level. There is continual use of all past learning as students gain confidence in authentically using the language 100% of the time. The students participate in more in-depth studies of the Hispanic and Latin-American cultures and history through research and presentation of findings and are exposed to a variety of media including authentic texts, articles, films, websites, and music. It is the goal of this class to master the advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to enable students to more effectively communicate with fluency. The honors course takes a more in depth look at Spanish speaking authors and artists as students research the connections between works of art and writing and their impact on issues of social justice.

Mandarin I 
Mandarin I is an introductory course for students who have had no prior exposure to spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. The emphasis in this class is to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using both Pinyin phonetic system and Simplified Chinese characters. The course also introduces the social and cultural aspect of the language. In addition, projects and fieldtrips will be incorporated throughout the year so the students can appreciate the language in its various authentic settings.

Mandarin II
Mandarin II is a higher leveled course for students who have already taken Mandarin I. The emphasis in this class is to review and continue the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using Pinyin phonetic system and Simplified Chinese characters. The course also embeds the social and cultural aspect of the language. In addition, projects and fieldtrips will be incorporated throughout the year so the students can keep appreciating and exploring the language in its various authentic settings.

Other Electives

These classes do not meet the UC requirements, but count for high school electives credit.

AP Psychology
This course is approved by the College Board for “AP” status. Students should expect a significant amount of reading and studying. All students are required to take the AP Psychology exam in May. There is a class fee of $85 to cover the cost of the exam.

Creative Writing
This course is an introduction to creative writing through three genres: short story, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting. This course focuses on analysis of narrative structure, criticism, and literary technique. Students will workshop their pieces with the class, thus promoting the concept of collaboration in creation of literary art.

Speech
In this class, students develop the skills needed to be confident and articulate speakers. Types of speaking covered in the course range from informative speaking to persuasive speaking and business presentations.

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