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Bible

Story of Christ

This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  It is our prayer that they would see Jesus in His fullness and devote their life to following Him. Students will study the main themes and purposes of the 4 gospels, gain knowledge and understanding of who Christ is and what He did and why.  Students will also analyze and summarize the DCHS Statement of Faith.

Story of Bible

The purpose of this course is to show how God has revealed Himself throughout biblical history.  We will learn about who God is, His plan, and how we fit into that plan. An overview of both the Old and New Testaments will reveal the beautiful story of the Bible, specifically Creation, the Fall, The Rescue, and The Restoration.

Biblical Life Calling

Introduction to Life Calling” is gateway course that introduces students to the concept of making a positive difference in the world by developing in character, scholarship, and leadership. This course helps students gain an understanding of the Christian way of life and learning that enables virtue, servant leadership, and citizenship in God’s kingdom within the context of the concept of life calling and the discovery of one’s God-given design as a basis for this calling. This discovery is based on foundational values revealed in the Christian faith. These values form a Christian worldview that students will continue to develop throughout their entire educational experience. This emerging sense of calling can then be used to guide the student in taking actions of personal leadership that can lead to greater success in their educational experience, and at the same time helps them make a positive impact in their world around them.

Apologetics

The more one studies the Bible and observes mankind, the more the truth of God, found only in sacred Scripture, becomes apparent. Christianity is more than logical; it is brilliant. You see the wisdom of God in the unity and power of the Bible, in the accuracy of its pronouncements, in the reality of its claims, and in the depths of its insight as it plumbs the heart of mankind. Furthermore, as one studies history, evidence of the work and power of God in the affairs of our world abound. Only Christianity makes sense of this life. Truth and abundant life is found only in Jesus Christ. You have staked your soul’s eternal destiny on this fact. Are you ready to share this treasure with a lost world? The senior course in Apologetics helps equip you to do just that.

English

English I

Through studying the literature and mythology of the ancient world, students learn foundational elements of literature, build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, make connections between written works and the historical contexts in which they were written, and learn to evaluate what they read in the light of Scripture. Learning to critically evaluate what they read enables students to recognize lessons that can be learned from literature which can be applied to their own lives as they seek to do God’s will. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid foundation of writing and oral communication skills, which enable students to express what they are learning and edify the body of Christ.

English II

As they study the drama and legends of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, students gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of well-written literature. They continue to strengthen their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills and grow in their ability to critique what they read based on biblical truth. Increasing emphasis is placed not only on recognizing un-biblical thinking represented in literature but also on proposing biblical alternatives and defending those propositions orally and in writing.

English III

Students read a broad range of modern American and European literature and analyze the issues raised by that literature according to biblical principles. They explore the depth of western literature as well as its breadth by researching the contexts of several key works and the potential ramifications of practical problems raised in those works. Organizational and speaking skills are developed as students debate key questions raised in the works they read.

English IV

Senior English is designed to be the culmination of the students’ literary education at Delmarva Christian High School. In this course, they use literature to examine the concept of utopia and their role in society. The culminating writing assignment, working toward the Senior Testimony Projects, is a spiritual autobiography in which the students reflect on how God has worked in their lives in the past and how they see themselves serving His kingdom in the future.

Senior Thesis Project

The Senior Thesis Project (STP) is the culminating experience of the student’s time at DCHS. It provides an opportunity for students to publicly exhibit their mastery of the academic, technical, and spiritual curriculum. It also allows students to reflect on the spiritual truths that have been made evident through the guidance and instruction of their parents, the school staff, and the community of believers. It provides a forum for students to articulate, both in oral and written form, the Christian worldview that has been nurtured and developed within. Finally, it allows students to declare their plans and intentions to pursue God’s calling for their lives. The Senior Testimony Project consists of a 25-page APA formatted research/reflection paper, a tangible product/process, and an oral presentation/profession. The project creates artifacts, both written and spoken, that will trace where students have been both academically and spiritually, where they are now, and where they intend to be in the future. It documents the level of excellence achieved in the academic, technical, and biblical curricula and shows the integration of all these areas into a truly Christ-centered worldview.

AP English Literature & Composition

(Prerequisite: English I and English II–Corequisite: English III) Students closely read a broad range of American literature, including novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. They write analytically about the literature and explore the issues raised according to biblical principles. They explore the depth of American literature, as well as its breadth, by researching the contexts of several key works and the potential ramifications of practical problems raised in those works. Organizational and speaking skills are developed as students debate key questions raised in the works they read. AP English Literature and Composition is taught in a block schedule of dailty Monday through Friday 90-minute classes.

College & Career Communication

Typically recommended for upperclassmen, this elective course is meant to support students as they begin preparing for life after high school. Throughout the semester, students will work on improving written and oral communication skills which will aid them as they pursue academic and/or career goals in order to follow God’s lead and fully discover His plan for their lives.

Math

Algebra I

Algebra I highlights real-world applications and integrates statistics, probability and geometry. The intricate order of the world, the precision of the angle of the earth’s tilt, and the fact that so much in our world is predictable are all a reflection of the character of God. Students are challenged to discover that the principles of Algebra are both a result of God’s creation and a reflection of His character.

Geometry

Geometry helps students develop thinking and reasoning skills through the solving of practical problems using geometric abstract models and structures. The orderliness and design of God’s universe are explored by mastering concepts surrounding geometric shapes, angles, and proofs.

Algebra II

Algebra II gives a thorough review of Algebra I. While broadening the student’s understanding of basic algebraic concepts, Algebra II helps them acquire important manipulative skills. Students explore God’s absolute mathematical laws and develop ways to use them for man’s benefit and God’s glory.

PreCalculus

PreCalculus begins with a review of Algebra I and II, focusing on solving equations graphically, numerically, and algebraically. The course then continues with an exploration of polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, followed by a discussion of matrices, systems of equations, and parametric equations.

Calculus

Calculus begins with a review of various algebraic topics, including linear, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. The course then continues through a discussion of limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, and differential equations.

AP Calculus A/B

AP Calculs begins with a review of the basics of Calculus and continues with a deeper examination of the various topics, including limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, and slope fields. The course concentrates on application of the principles of calculus and culminates in the AP exam.

Strategic Financial Planning

The student will examine the general nature of financial management, the American financial system, taxes, insurance, and other major financial concepts. Specific attention is given to TVM (Time Value of Money); present value and capital budgeting, risk and asset evaluation; financial analysis and forecasting; financial decisions and market efficiency; and capital structure. Throughout the course, the student will search the scriptures and discover God’s view of money as a resource He expects them to understand and use properly according to his Will and Plan for their life to further His kingdom.

Science

Physical Science

The Physical Science course provides the foundation necessary to successfully understand God’s creation. This course covers the basic science concepts particularly significant to chemical and biological studies with concentration on the nature of matter and energy and their interaction. Students receive ample practice of the skills necessary for appropriate use of the scientific method. Upon completion of this course, students have an appreciation for the intricate nature of God’s creation and the necessity of the Divine Creator.

Biology

This course offers a survey of the biological sciences. Particular attention is given to skills in observation and recording of data through the required laboratory journal and written assignments. Students develop their knowledge of God’s design of life, their role as stewards of that life, and the necessity of an intelligent Creator. Exposure to molecular biology enables further study of biotechnological issues. Students develop their testimony for Christ by summarizing their study through a final exercise requiring them to argue their position on the evolutionary theory and creationism.

Chemistry

This introduction chemistry course is designed to ensure the student develops a fundamental, working knowledge of the chemical nature of God’s creation. Students continue to practice strong thinking skills, processing and communication skills as well as continuing to investigate quantitative and qualitative concepts. While practicing safe and accurate laboratory skills, formal laboratory report writing is required. Students are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge to real-life situations while appreciating the wisdom God allows us to obtain.

Anatomy & Physiology

This course is a study of the shape, structure, and function of the human body and its parts. It is a study that examines the basic anatomy and directional terminology, structure and function of body systems ans special senses, fundamental concepts and principles of body organization, histology, and hematology. This course provides students with an appreciation for the design, balance, and capability of God’s design of the human body.

Physics

The Physics course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of how God’s creation works by investigating hands-on techniques as well as theoretical postulates. Topics covered in this course include vectors, angular momentum, electricity, basic nuclear physics, and relativity as well as abstract theories like the string theory and its role in physics and chemistry. These topics are all covered keeping in mind God’s perfected design and how all things on earth and space react to work together.

AP Chemistry

(Prerequisite: Chemistry) This is an advanced placement course designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry exam. The course covers the equivalent of one full year of college level General Chemistry, comparable to a first year course at a college or university. The course is a rigorous math-based course, with a strong laboratory component. It is intended for students who have demonstrated a willingness to commit considerable time to studying and completing assignments outside of class, and who have successfully completed a prior course in chemistry during high school. The course develops the student’s ability to incorporate mathematical skills in solution of chemistry problems, both through the use of textbook problems and laboratory activities. Students should be proficient in algebra, and significant emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to solve problems using dimensional analysis. Students are expected to do extensive writing, and to keep a thorough and accurate laboratory notebook. Since passing the AP exam may qualify the student to by-pass a first year college chemistry course, AP Chemistry should not be considered college prep. Rather, this is a college class with college-level expectations for behavior, participation, and effort.

Agricultural Science

Agricultural science will introduce students to fundamental concepts of agriculture. We will provide hands on experiences which integrate an understanding of the agricultural market. We honor God by seeking to understand His creation, as well as to be better stewards of it. As a result of this course, students will be able to identify an area of agriculture about which they are enthusiastic.

Earth Science

Earth Science is the study of our home.  This class is an introduction into science by exploring what makes up the earth and how it works.  This includes studying the Earth’s layers, continental drift and plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, the hydrological cycle, oceans, the atmosphere, rocks and minerals, and basic life forms.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. This course sets aside time for students to learn how to work in teams to prepare for the competition.

Social Studies

World History

World History is a survey course that gives students the opportunity to explore recurring themes of human experience around the globe, from ancient to contemporary times. The application of the themes of geography and an analysis of the cultural traits of civilizations will help students understand how people shape their world and how their world shapes them. Students will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore the roots of societies throughout the world.

U.S. History

The final section of history is uniquely designed to meet a specific philosophical and practical understanding of United States history. The course of study in this class will cover the 1600’s to present day events in America. Topics to be covered include Native American tribes, colonial America, American War for Independence, Federalism, Industrial Revolution, Antebellum America, Civil War, Gilded Age, Progressive and Imperialistic era, World Wars, Cold War, cultural revolution of the 60’s and 70’s, and finally present day America in the world. A strong emphasis will be placed on the providence of God in American history and critical examination of western culture today.  

American Government

This government course provides students with a background in philosophy, functions, and structure of the United States government. Students also examine how this structure relates to the states and citizens.  Students will analyze in great detail the principles of liberty in which the United States government was founded and compare that to the principles which govern our nation in current day practices.

Psychology

This introductory course is designed to give the student an opportunity to study the historical and contemporary philosophies, theories, and research findings of social science and to analyze, critique, and respond to this information from a Christian worldview and Biblical perspective. The course also explores the different approaches of the Christian community to the field of psychology.

Current Events

This course will seek to follow current national and local political and economic events and will invite students to take their Christian worldview with them into their real lives and their real world—unflinchingly tackling the big issues of today like poverty, creation care, gay marriage, gun control, abortion, immigration, and religious liberty. All topics will be evaluated through the filter of ultimate Truth. Particular emphasis will be placed on events that impact Christian freedoms and beliefs.

AP World History

This challenging course is designed to prepare students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands similar to those of a full-year college course survey. In AP World History, students will develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contact including interactions over time. The course highlights the nature of changes in the international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.

AP Psychology

The AP Psychology program is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals from a biblical perspective. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Foreign Language

Spanish I

Spanish I is a foreign language course designated to provide the opportunity for students to acquire and utilize linguistic and cultural skills at a beginning level and beyond. Throughout the course, students will acquire vocabulary and grammar concepts that will enable them to read, write, speak, listen, and comprehend the meaningful concepts of the Spanish language in the present of the indicative (present tense) with a brief introduction to the preterite (past tense) forms of regular and irregular verbs. Students will also engage in classroom activities featuring different cultural concepts from different Spanish-speaking countries. This may include and not be limited to cooking and sharing foods, playing traditional or folkloric music, and singing Christian and regional songs from selected countries in Spanish. This will increase their cultural knowledge of Hispanics inside and outside the United States of America as well as to enrich their knowledge of Christian life in the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish II

In Spanish II, students will enhance their acquired cognitive skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking Spanish as learned during Spanish I. Throughout the course, students will use their acquired skills and will develop new learning and comprehensible techniques in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the present participle (present tense), the preterit (past tense), the imperfect, and the future tense by using acquired vocabulary and the conjugation process of verbs in the regular and irregular verb conjugation process. Students will expand concepts of grammar and utilize general vocabulary in word recognition and sentence formation from their first language to their target foreign language. Using all fundamental linguistic and cultural skills, students will discuss autobiographical information, ask for and give opinions, ask for and give information and directions, and give explanations in Spanish. This process will be implemented either as formative assessments or as students’ presentations. This course will enable students to have a solid understanding of the Spanish language and the various cultures where this language is spoken. Hence, for each unit, students will be assigned individually to work on cultural characteristics of Spanish-speaking people or countries.

Spanish III

Spanish III is an in-depth course that will review and study many of the same topics presented in Spanish I and II but to a greater degree. Speaking, writing, and reading skills will expand as you are challenged with the language. The level of instruction assumes a basic knowledge of grammar concepts and vocabulary introduced during Spanish I and II. Emphasis is on communicating in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in various aspects of time. Students will also study Hispanic culture, geography, and history in order to understand the cultural and historical framework of the Spanish-speaking community.

Spanish IV

Through full immersion, students will continue to explore the Spanish through the written and spoken language. Students will interact with authentic texts and express themselves in speeches, debates, and conversation while addressing the needs of different audiences. Students will also serve the Spanish speaking community within Georgetown.

Computer & Health Sciences

Computer Applications

The effective and appropriate use of technology is a key learning outcome stressed throughout the entirety of this course. While this is a beginner to intermediate course, key vocabulary associated with computers and programs are taught, along with keyboarding, operating systems, Microsoft Suite, Apple products, and “cloud” based programs such as Google. Successful completion of the objectives within this course enable students to be prepared for other classroom expectations such as writing papers using the MLA format, effective creation and utilization of presentation mediums, and thorough and appropriate research tools and techniques.

Health

The purpose of the DCHS Health course is to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Students will study the condition of the body, motor proficiency, and understand the concept of total health as defined by physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Students will also study the maturation process and its impact on total health.

Physical Education

In this course, students will be given opportunities to train their bodies in ways that glorify God, make use of the gifts and talents they have been given, and edify others in Christian competition. Students will pursue physical exercise with proper techniques, nutrition, principles of competition, and sportive play with the end goals of creating and cultivating healthy lifestyles.

Electives

Application Development

Everyone has used the iPad and iOS platform, but in Software Development, we are digging deeper to learn to develop apps for iOS. Using the Codea Development Environment and Lua Programming Language, we explore the basics of software development. We will learn programming basics including basic data types and structures (Strings, Integers, Booleans, Arrays, Heaps) and basic object-oriented programming techniques. Software Development will be a great introduction to an exciting and ever-expanding field of study.

Art I

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of various artistic expressions such as metal tooling, clay and wire sculpture, geometric construction, plaster of Paris, mosaic, heraldry, calligraphy, origami, sketching, and painting. They will learn various image transfer methods, how to use technology as an aid in creating art, how to improve their work by understanding the elements and principles of art, as well as, color theory, perspective techniques, and how to cut mats to display their artwork.

Art II

Students will have the opportunity to continue to develop their artistic skills as they deepen their understanding of and apply the principles of design. Projects may include floorcloths, mosaics, collage, leather tooling, book making, calligraphy, origami, drawing faces, and painting with pastels, acrylics, and watercolors.

Digital Design and Media

The Digital Design and Media course will focus on industry standard best practices in print, presentation and multimedia design – with a focus on modern technology and its use in creating visually stunning media for print, web and video. After successfully completing this course, a student will have developed a critical eye for effective design elements and will have mastered the basic techniques of Keynote, PowerPoint, iMovie and GarageBand, as well as essential photo-editing techniques.

Fitness Training

Fitness is the ability of the whole body to work together at its higher level. This class is designed to explore what the Bible says about nutrition, physical fitness, and spiritual fitness. Students utlimately develop their own nutritional and exercise program based on their needs and desires.

Industrial Arts

This class teaches students to safely build projects using many of the same tools found on any construction site today. It also allows them to learn construction practices including basic floor plan design, material take off practices and project cost analysis. Students will be challenged to use their new talents for projects around the school and to help others in the community through local mission work.

Internships

A DCHS Internship partnership will focus on the development of a mutually beneficial relationship with local business/ministries or a academic/technical area within the school. The school and business/ministries helps the student to prepare their career path academically, spiritually, and technically. The intern can be paid or non-paid depending on the relationship and conditions of the partnership. The intensity level and level of skill requirement will need to be considered in the agreement. Normally the internship is considered and extension of the academic, Bible and/or technical classroom.

Performing Arts I

This course is a survey and participation course in the basic elements of performance art. These elements include purpose, terminology, writing, use of staging, development of characters and teamwork. Students will be challenged to grow in their self-presentation abilities and reflection as well as participate in one production for the larger community. Grading will be based on effort in these areas.

 

Performing Arts II

This course is a more-focused course on the elements of acting, directing and theatrical design. Students will participate and be challenged in the areas of performance conception, research and staging as well as improvisation and the elements of acting as outlined by Stanislavski, Meisner and Hagen. The culmination of the semester will be a class-designed and implemented lab production for the larger Delmarva Christian community.

Yearbook I

The DCHS Royal yearbook is produced electronically using Adobe InDesign software supplemented with Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation. Students learn page layout and design, organizational concepts, financial principles, and page layout computer software.

Yearbook II

This course is a continuation of Yearbook I. Students will use the knowledge and understanding of all concepts from Yearbook I to help lead and manage the production of the Yearbook. Students will also have the opportunity to fill the head Editor positions for photography, writing and design.

Fitness

 

Criminal Justice

Journalism

Sports Psychology

Engineering

Photography

Music

Choir

Extracurricular

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is provided for each core academic subject during after-school hours to provide the extra help needed to ensure students maintain the high academic standards established at DCHS. When a student’s grade falls below 78 percent or when referred by the teacher or when requested by the student/parent, the student reports to the Academic Coach at the scheduled time and location. If Academic Coaching is teacher-directed, the sending teacher provides the Academic Coach with information about academic deficiencies that need to be addressed. The Coach provides feedback to the sending teacher as to work accomplished and progress made.

Community Service

All DCHS students have the honor of representing the Lord to those around us by providing at least 100 hours of service to the local community throughout their four (4) years. Students must earn a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year they attend DCHS.