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.
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.
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.
The focus of the Fine Arts elective is to learn about presenting well in front of others, in a variety of different scenarios, whether for a performance, speech, or leadership assignment. From vocal projection, stage presence, body language, to preparation, it all matters. Students learn about all of the vitally important tasks that go into any type of presentation, from a behind-the-scenes perspective, as well as a performance perspective. Students also learn the basics of Music Theory so they are prepared to pass a college-level Music Appreciation course, which most colleges offer as an elective. The class also touches on everything from naming the notes on a scale to learning to recognize different music genres. And finally, students in the Fine Arts class help with stage/set design, props, etc., in preparation for presentations, productions, recordings and events at our school.
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.
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.
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.
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.