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Fundamentals of English - This course encompasses a fine balance of writing and implement grammar techniques through the practical uses of literary devices in journal writing and essay composition through Abeka.  Incorporated into the lesson is a weekly introduction to a vocabulary word list that is selected from the Latin and Greek.  We also study different facets of classical literature in our textbook and focus on reading comprehension in both our text and the selection of books we read.  Our out-of-text books will include:  The Basket of Flowers, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Kisses from Katie, Profiles in Courage and Roverandom.  The selected reading for our class will follow the Biblical theme of the quality of one's character.  Several projects will be done throughout the year to expand cognitive learning.  (1 unit)

Elements of English - This course picks up the pace with writing skills as we identify multiple forms of essays and writing techniques.  In literature, we will continue to explore excerpts from classical literature with Biblical themes through Abeka.  Incorporated into the lesson is a cumulative weekly vocabulary word list that is selected from the Latin and Greek and continues to build until the end of the quarter.  Our theme for tenth grade is long-suffering:  the journey of godliness.  The books we will read will be:  The Case for Christ, The Hobbit, Little Women, Night and an individual selection of a biography of a missionary.  Each of these books will show the power long-suffering has in the development of character and how it produces perseverance and eventually hope.  The class will have several projects to extend the text into practical understanding.  (1 unit)

American Literature - This is a Regent level course that intensely looks at literary devices and techniques, quality literature and classical reading through Abeka.  This year our theme and strong focus is our relationship with Jesus.  The reading selections are to complete the necessary coursework as well as the spiritual necessity of having a growing relationship with Christ.  The novels we will read will be:  The Book Thief, Homeless at Harvard, Crazy Love, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Merchant of Venice and Kingdom's Dawn.  We will continue to learn accumulated vocabulary from the Latin and Greek roots to prepare for the SAT or ACT.  We will serve on a field trip to a local mission where we will cook and feed those in need. (1 unit)

British Literature - The theme of our twelfth grade year is our personal walk.  How do we follow the voice of God and how do we as Christians respond to the call, direction and leading of God as part of our walk with Him?  We have a wonderful plethora of books that encourage our walk while investing into the greats of British Literature.  We will read the best from amazing authors such as C. S. Lewis, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and George Orwell.  Books such as The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol and Animal Farm.  We will continue to canon our vocabulary in the Latin and Greek.  We will work on resumes and writing for college.  We will also follow the literature text of Abeka to enhance our comprehension tasks, literary techniques and devices.  We will serve on a field trip to a local mission where we will cook and feed those in need.  (1 unit)

Creative Writing: Short Story

Creative Writing:  Poetry




Geography - this course provides a survey of geographic principles through a regional approach. Beginning in North America, students will "travel" from continent to continent around the world studying the geography, cultures, land forms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country. This course emphasizes the wisdom with which God created the world for man's use. (1 unit)

World History - this course begins with a brief review of history from Creation to the coming of Christ and progresses in a chronological journey around the world studying the ebb and flow of empires, cultures, Christianity, and world religions. It concludes with an examination of the trends of the emerging 21st century. (1 unit)

United States History - this course recounts the story of our nation's history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God's providence and America's Christian heritage. In addition, this course emphasizes the underlying causes and issues behind events.  The chapters on the Civil War, for example, go beyond the main issues of slavery and states’ rights to the other underlying factors that brought about that war. (1 unit)

American Government - in this course, students will learn about essential features of American government, from its historical and scriptural foundations to detailed analysis of its inner workings. The course provides an overview of changes and developments in our government with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and current events.  In addition, it examines the principles and the mechanics of our constitutional republic while underscoring the responsibilities of Christian citizenship within our society.  Areas of emphasis include governmental principles, the Constitution, political parties, elections, pressure groups, citizenship, branches of government and economics, etc. (1/2 unit)

Economics - this course introduces and explores key principles of economics from household purchases to the stock market. This course includes a time spent on personal finance, explaining important economic principles and providing practical information about household budgeting, banking, debt, credit and interest. Students will also learn about issues related to national economic systems and policies.  In addition, this course surveys the basic economic principles and explores how these principles work in business firms, financial markets, and government.  Free market ideals and Christian economic values are stressed throughout the text. (1/2 unit)

Creation v. Evolution

Logical Fallacy




Biology - while maintaining a focus on Biblical integration throughout, this course covers cellular biology, genetics, biotechnology, taxonomy, origins, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy.  Creationism, evolution and the Christian position regarding eugenics, drugs, abortion, diseases, euthanasia, hypnotism, homosexuality, ecology, self-control, genetic engineering, immunology, animal rights, cancer, etc. are discussed.  This course presents scientific information needed to live in today’s world as well as the biblical perspectives Christians must understand in order to take the proper stand.  This course also contains laboratory exercises designed to reinforce and complement the biology concepts presented in class. (1 unit)

Space and Earth Science - this course proclaims God's handiwork through the study of the physical universe. Affirming the young earth creationist view of the Earth's history and disproving the evolutionary views pervading the scientific community and our culture, the science curriculum presents an engaging study of scientific philosophies and models of geology and oceanography as well as outer space meteorology, including the exploration of space.  This course discusses the perfection of God’s design in a study of the earth, including the atmosphere, the lithosphere, and the hydrosphere,  The instructor presents the material as a collection of facts and as interesting processes, historically important events, and structures and actions that can be observed in or from the earth today.  This course also contains laboratory exercises designed to reinforce and complement Earth Science concepts. (1 unit)

Chemistry - this course helps students develop an understanding of the foundations of chemistry.  Students apply classroom learning through a series of hands-on laboratory experiences and demonstrations that build teamwork skills.  This course will help students think through common debates among scientists and recognize God's incredible creation.  It presents functional ideas behind atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, kinetics, solutions, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, organic and nuclear chemistry.  It also stresses applications of chemistry, identifies the marvels of design in creation and promotes the development of organized problem solving.  (Students will have the opportunity to sit for the NY State Regents Chemistry exam.) (1 unit)(Please note:  this course is not available in the classroom for the 2020-21 School Year, as Mr. Doores is taking a one-year sabbatical.)

Physics - this course introduces students to the world of forces, motion, electromagnetism, light and nuclear physics.  It stresses a logical problem-solving approach with many examples and hands-on laboratory experience.  Students will see how physics is used to explain dynamic motion which has helped us navigate space travel and develop energy solutions to meet our growing energy needs.  These applications make for engaging and stimulating classroom discussions. Students will also work directly with real-world data sets to model physical phenomena that gives them an appreciation for the orderliness of God's creation. These activities help students build proper scientific paradigms founded on Biblical principles.  Presented as an algebra-based physics course, two years of algebra and geometry are recommended as a prerequisite. The second year of algebra may be taken concurrently.  (Students will have the opportunity to sit for the NY State Regents Physics exam.)  (1 unit) (Please note:  this course is not available in the classroom for the 2020-21 School Year, as Mr. Doores is taking a one-year sabbatical.)




Algebra 1 - this course is designed to help students achieve a better understanding of mathematics and improve their mathematics scores on today’s high-stakes assessments.  This is a first year algebra course in which students will learn to reason symbolically. The key content includes:  writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations; understanding and applying the quadratic formula; studying monomial and polynomial expressions, inequalities, exponents, functions, rational expressions, ratio, and proportion.  Algebraic skills are applied in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.  (1 unit)

Algebra 2 and Trigonometry - in this course, the basic concepts from Algebra I are enriched. The key content includes: graphing, analyzing, and interpreting functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations and inequalities; matrices; conic sections; exponents and radicals.  (1 unit)

Geometry - this course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  The key content includes:  the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry; inductive and deductive thinking skills in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world.  It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.  (1 unit)

Computer Coding and Animation - Coding skills have permeated countless careers and disciplines.  In this introductory, learner-driven course, students will study and apply the principles of using code to issue commands to computers.  Through blocks developed by MIT, they will design and create flash games.  As the students progress into JavaScript, the primary language for web-design, they articulate and explore a series of problem-solving scenarios that culminate into a student-driven project.  Coding helps express creativity in tandem with analytical reasoning that will provide a medium for success that extends far beyond the computer lab. 

Advanced Math Courses offered online at no additional cost to parents:

AP Calculus AB - this is a college-level Calculus course designed to meet the Advanced Placement curricular requirements for Calculus AB (equivalent to one-semester course).  The major topics of this course are limits, derivatives, integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  We will investigate and analyze course topics using equations, graphs, tables and words with a particular emphasis on a conceptual understanding of Calculus.  Applications, in particular to solid geometry and physics, will be studied where appropriate.

SAT Math - this course reviews all of the new questions and question types that will appear on the new SAT.  It is an intensive preparation for the SAT's all-important math section and a valuable learning tool for college-bound students who need extra help in math and feel the need to raise their math scores.  We will investigate math strategies to help test-takers approach and correctly answer all of the question types on the SAT.  The major topics include:  the heart of Algebra, problem solving and data analysis, advanced math skills and additional topics such as geometry and trigonometry.

Consumer Math - this course focuses on basic mathematical concepts related to consumer purchasing and money management. The key content includes: concepts such as buying, insuring, and maintaining a car; social security tax; creating and balancing a budget; purchasing a home, food and clothing; tax forms; and banking services. These principles will give each student sound, Biblical views for managing his/her own money. Model problems and practice exercises help students understand the value of money and how to use it wisely.  (1 unit)

Personal Finance/Money Management - this course, developed by Dave Ramsey, provides a practical foundation on how to manage your personal finances using Biblical concepts.  The scope of the course includes saving, budgeting, debt, investing, insurance and taxes, with a section specifically entitled "Life after High School."  This course includes thirty-three (33) short video segments to aide in the learning experience.  (This course is geared toward High School Seniors.)



Bible - In a day of many false ways being promoted and practiced around the world, as well as more and more in our own backyard, it is imperative that students learn the Word of God.  Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  It is our goal here at CAWNY to help all of our students to fulfill this charge to Timothy for themselves.  In order to do so, our Bible program is set up so that all four-year High School students will have been through the whole Bible at least once.  Our courses include Old Testament I, Old Testament II, New Testament I and New Testament II, with the understanding that all of the scriptures help us to better understand Who Jesus is and all that He did for us through His sacrifice.

Foreign Languages - Spanish I and II are offered in a classroom setting. (1 unit each year).  Spanish classes are not offered every year, but each class will be offered on a schedule to ensure that each student has an opportunity to take both classes during their High School years. 

Because our students can use our computer lab to take their foreign language requirement through Rosetta Stone, they are not limited to just Spanish.  They can choose from:  Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

As part of the Rosetta Stone course, the students learn and practice common words and concepts through a series of carefully crafted lessons that build speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills.  They receive immediate feedback on pronunciation through advanced speech-recognition technology.  The students will strengthen their language skills through various features such as supplementary online practice sessions with native speakers, and educational games and activities.  A benefit to the student is that the program is designed so that the student can work on language skills at his/her own pace.

As stated, they will have class time in our computer lab here at school and the program will also be available for home use.  It is a credit bearing course and the student will have the opportunity to take the second and third year of their language if they want to continue.  (1 unit each year)

Physical Education - our physical education program provides all students two gym classes per week instructed by a gym teacher. (1/2 unit)

Introductory Music Lessons - the opportunity is provided for students to take individual music lessons twice a week throughout the course of the day.  This offering is not available during the 2020-21 School Year due to Covid19 concerns.  Music Lessons will be re-visited for the 2021-22 School Year.

Miscellaneous Electives

Introduction to Education

Musical Theater (actors, dancers, music, set design, lighting, sound, costuming, stage crew, etc.)