Secondary Education at Life Prep Academy in Wichita, Kansas

Secondary Education

Secondary Education Curriculum

We are excited to begin career pathways building-wide during the 2023-2024 school year! All students will embark on college and career exploration starting the first month of school. After exploring different options for their futures, our students will each fill out an individual learning plan (ILP). This ILP will help us to craft each child’s coursework and experiences over the course of their high school career. This personalized attention will help us to ensure that each student receives the classes and experiences that he or she needs to succeed after graduation.

High School Core & Honors Core Courses

Please note that middle school students may take higher level courses.

English Language Arts

English 101

Core English course, expands grammar knowledge to concepts including verbal mood, qualifiers, determiners, and subordinating conjunctions. Several genres are studied including short stories, the novel, oral reading and speech. Literature for this class includes Across Five Aprils, The Bronze Bow, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

English 201

Core English course further refines communications skills, grammar concepts such as subjunctive mood, dependent clauses, vocabulary, and how to use these skills in
real life. The Bob Jones vocabulary book for that level is utilized as well as Tom Sawyer, The Hiding Place and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

English 301

Core English course looks at literature and language through a Christian worldview. Utilizes Bob Jones vocabulary book appropriate for this level as well as daily oral language practice in proper usage is emphasized. Literature studied at this level include The Diary of Ann Frank, Flowers for Algernon, and Animal Farm.

English 401

Capstone high school course, prepares students for work in Advanced Placement and college level courses. Vocabulary concentrating on Latin and Greek roots is studied as well as continued practice on daily oral language for usage. Grammar at this level concentrates on the proper usage of clauses and phrases such as gerund phrases, participial phrases, and proper use of infinitive phrases. Literature at this level includes the study of classic dramas such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Novels include To Kill a Mockingbird and
Huckleberry Finn (course offered alternating years).

College Writing I & II

Capstone high school course available for optional university credit through the Advanced Standing Program at Newman University, emphasizes writing skills including essays and the steps culminating with the production of a full- length research paper. Literature for this level includes works such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

College Literature

Capstone high school course available for optional university credit through the Advanced Standing Program at Newman University, utilizes a literary-critical approach to Genres including poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. Authors red include Walt Whitman, Shakespeare, Jack London, Kate Chopin, and John Steinbeck. Works read include O Captain! My Captain!, To Build a Fire, and Of Mice and Men.

Mathematics

Fundamentals of Mathematics

Core mathematics course, focuses on problem solving and real-life uses of mathematics while emphasizing computational skills, building a solid foundation enabling students to succeed as they continue learning new skills.

Pre-Algebra

Serves as a bridge between elementary mathematics and Algebra, building a foundation of algebraic concepts through the use of technology, manipulatives, problem solving, and cooperative learning. Students will learn to utilize the graphing calculator in appropriate situations. Problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and connections between math and everyday applications will be emphasized throughout Pre-Algebra. This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I.

Algebra I

The first class in algebra emphasizes study of the language of Algebra and gaining fluency at working with numbers and variables. Concepts studied include order of operations, commutative & associative properties, distributive properties, and graphing linear equations. Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or the requisite skills and fluency in mathematics.

Geometry

Geometry is a comprehensive survey course studying the basics tools of geometry including constructions, proofs, and applications with algebra. These tools are applied to triangle congruence and similarity, right angle trigonometry, area, surface area and volume, quadrilaterals and circles. Prerequisite: Algebra I

Algebra II

Continuing algebraic and geometric concepts developed in Algebra I and Geometry, students will review solving equations, inequalities, and graphing functions. The students will continue their foundation of functions, use symbol and manipulation to simplify and solve, connect algebra and geometry, study conic sections, work different methods for solving system of equations, matrices, quadratic, square root, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will continue to build on this foundation as they expand their understanding through other mathematical experiences. Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry

Pre-Calculus

Equips students for college math courses by reviewing algebra basics before studying polynomial and rational functions and graphs, and exponential/logarithmic functions and graphs. Introduces basic trigonometry, then analytic trigonometry, and finally trigonometry applied to non right-angled geometry. Studies systems of equations and matrices and determinants to conclude. Prerequisite: Algebra II, Geometry

Honors College Algebra

This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: Algebra II (offered upon significant interest)

Honors AP Calculus

AP Calculus is the most challenging class offered at Life Prep Academy. This course prepares the student for the AP calculus BC test. Studies limits and continuity of functions, then derivatives, including implicit differentiation. Applies differentiation to curve sketching and optimization problems. Studies indefinite and definite integrals including integration techniques such as partial fractions and parts, and approximations to integrals. Studies first order differential equations, and sequences and series. Prerequisites: Algebra II and either Pre-Calculus, College Algebra or equivalent

Sciences

Life Science

Surveys the structure and functions of living things starting from the cellular level, discussing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure, as well as genetics, focusing on the animal kingdom and its phyla.

Earth & Space Science

Using hands-on activities, students will learn about the earth’s form, structure, systems, and the forces that change them over time. In the lab, students will investigate the densities and permeabilities of rocks samples as well as a number of other activities. Topics covered include Meteorology, Geology, and Astronomy.

Physical Science

Using a combination of classwork with an emphasis on hands-on activities, this course discusses classical mechanics, work, energy, electricity, magnetism as well as introducing the chemistry concepts of the atom, elements, compounds, and chemical reactions.

Biology

As a continuation Life Science in the previous year, students will learn about the living world around us. Topics include botany, human anatomy and physiology, and microbiology as they affect human health and function. Prerequisite: Life Science

Chemistry

In this class, the students are introduced to the periodic table, ionic and covalent compounds, and chemical equations. Students will build an understanding of atomic structure, chemical composition, and chemical reactions. Prerequisite: Algebra I

Honors Chemistry

Students in honors Chemistry will do all work in regular Chemistry and also will be required to complete required lab work assigned with Honors Chemistry. Materials covered include: Matter and energy, Atoms and moles, The periodic table, Ions and ionic compounds, Covalent compounds, The mole and chemical composition, chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, chemical thermodynamics, States of matter and inter- molecular forces, gases, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction. Prerequisite: Algebra I and Physical Science or Earth Science (offered upon significant interest)

Anatomy & Physiology

Students will develop an understanding of the relationships between the structures and functions of the human body. Topics include anatomical structures, physiological systems, and body functions. Prerequisite: Biology or Life Science

Physics

Introduces a variety of physics topics including mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism using both lecture and hands-on activities. Prerequisite: Algebra I, Algebra II (recommended)

Social Studies

World History

World History is a survey course overviewing the history of the human race starting from the Cradle of Civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern civilization. Emphasis is on the religions, politics, wars, technology, and institutions that have shaped the world into what it is today.

AP World History

A survey of world history from its earliest beginnings to the present. Emphasis is placed on the similarities of human thought, effort, and experience, social, political, economic or spiritual. While studying these differences in cultures, the commonality of human needs, hopes, and affections is consistently employed and reaffirmed as an organizing feature of the course.

World Geography

This course is a study of physical and human geography designed to help the student understand and relate to global context in a modern world. There is an emphasis on the cultural aspects of geography in a regional study format.

U.S. History

American history begins with the colonies over two centuries before the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. It then follows through the battle for independence, the industrialization of the country, and into the 20th Century. This course will examine the major social, economic, and political trends throughout these eras.

AP U.S. History

It is often said, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” AP U.S. History is an in-depth study with an emphasis on conceptual ideas topics and events which have shaped the American nation and produced the consequences leading to the American image, character, and ideal. Using original source materials in the works of leading historians, political science, and critical commentators, students will understand how America has progressed through its history and achieved its status and recognition for good and bad, worldwide.

U.S. Government

U.S. Government studies the fundamentals, mechanics, and realities of all levels of government which impact those of us living in the United States on a daily basis. It compares our government with other governments around the world and the official interactions with the international community.

Economics

Economics concentrates on both macroeconomics and microeconomics, investigating these concepts looking at the mechanics and theory behind all levels from household purchases to the stock market. Topics include personal and public finance, budgeting, banking, debt, credit, and interest. Students will also study various economic systems found around the globe.

Worldview

What is truth? How do we know that truth is true and who are we to tell others they are wrong for believing the way they do? Worldview is a class that is
designed to help students prepare ethically and morally for college and careers in a world that tries to make truth relative.

AP Psychology

An introductory but in-depth course in all facets of the discipline from its history to its critical use of scientific research the role of biology, to sensation, perception, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality disorders, therapy, emotions, stress, and well-being in every aspect of human existence. All is studied and extensively discussed with the objective to better understand the self, the other, and the varied and necessary relationship between the two.

Elective & Enrichment Courses

AP Art History

The viewing and critical analysis of the principal works of visual art in all genres created by all civilizations in all ages, this course offers the opportunity to understand, appreciate, and absorb what art might provide for the elevation of humankind to its highest purposes and destiny. (alternating years)

Ethics

The introduction to the application of ethical thinking and behavior reviews the literature on the subject from philosophers to social commenters and critics. Arrival at a personal view on the subject and its applications and consequences are the consistent goal of this course. (0.50 credit, one semester alternating years)

Business Ethics

Taught from a practical applications standpoint, this course introduces ethical concepts, then uses real life case studies both written and visual, to recognize, analyze, and apply ethical standards when facing pressure to be unethical. (offered when significant interest)

Bible Survey

A general survey of the Bible with emphasis given to its historical, geographical, cultural, and literary aspects, the purpose of this course help students better understand the historical context of biblical literature, and the relationship of the Bible to the history, culture, literature, art, and social customs of the present day as well as its applicability to their daily walk of faith.

World Religions

The course is a thorough review of all religions, beliefs, and practices of human existence the purpose is to achieve a better knowledge, understanding, and respect of the shaping of the human character, relationships, and well-being that varied religions have attempted to impart as their primary goal and purpose. (0.50 credit, one semester offered when significant interest)

Cultural Anthropology

The course studies all that human nature in its multiple diversities has created and practiced in order to survive, interact, and achieve its dreams as well as all it has done to make these goals work at cross-purposes. (0.5 credit, one semester offered when significant interest)

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is an introduction to writing genres including essay, short story, novel, poem and play with an understanding of the major literary elements used to make writing expressive, interesting, engaging and more precise. Students are directed in journal writing and critical reading as well as formal paper writing. (offered alternate years)

High School Band

Students learn the basics of musical notation, sound production, and proper technique for the musical instrument of their choice. This group is a performing ensemble which performs at some athletic events, concerts, and festivals.

SAT/ACT Preparation

The purpose of this course is to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT Tests. The course provides general test-taking tips and information for all four sections of the ACT test as well as the SAT Test. During this course, several practices tests will be taken to provide opportunity for improvement in preparation for the official exams. (0.50 credit)

TOEFL Preparation

Open to students who will be required to take the TOEFL for college or university reasons, this course provides general test-taking tips and practice on TOEFL-like questions as well as review and practice the skills tested on the sections of this exam.

Computer Productivity Applications

Students will learn the practical aspects of working with word processing applications such as LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word, spreadsheet applications such as LibreOffice Calc and Microsoft Excel as well as gain fluency in working with presentation applications such as LibreOffice Impress and Microsoft PowerPoint. This is a portfolio-based course based on a series of assigned projects.

Engineering Exploration

A high school level course which exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers in a multimedia environment

Physical Education & Health

This course teaches the basics of human physiology and maintenance of human health throughout life including every day and warmup exercises. Also studied are a variety of individual and team sports including badminton, basketball, soccer, football, softball, etc.

Spanish I

Develop student skills and communication and comprehension in the Spanish language. Students will experience the language in a conversational, interactive context, facilitating natural language acquisition.

High School Clubs for Credit

Curricular Clubs meeting during the designated “club” time during the school day:

Chess Club

Chess Club gives students an opportunity to play friendly games of stress against their peers, in a fun and learning environment. Students of all levels are welcome to come, as help is given to those who need it. Chess Club also offers chess quizzes, chess puzzles and problems, and students also participate in local tournaments. (0.50 credit)

Cooking Club

Taught by our local, amateur master chef, Mr. Rotola, this club will meet twice each week during the regular school day and once each month for an extended session in the dormitory. Students will learn the basics of cooking and baking focusing on desserts and main courses. They will learn about meals from different cultures, countries, and the basics of food safety. (0.75 credit)

Decorative Art

Students gain an introduction to and an appreciation of as well as create works of art that are both pleasing to the eye and serve a purpose, so courses tend to focus on aesthetics as well as the practical.

TeenView Magazine

A magazine for teens, by teens, from a teen’s point of view. Through ongoing training and workshops, TeenView Magazine teaches participants useful skills that can cultivate academic and career achievements. Every completed issue, participants gain confidence in their abilities. (0.5 credit)

Choir

Students learn how to read music, match pitch, basic vocal warm-up skills, sight-sing, and will perform at home football games, school musical programs, and various other performances throughout the year. Staples include The Star-Spangled Banner, spirituals, and other music from the American choral tradition. (0.50 credit)

Yearbook

Students learn the basics of desktop publishing by creating, editing, and assembling the Life Prep Yearbook for the current school year. This book forms the chronicle for the life of the school and its students for the year. (0.50 credit)

Debate

Students study the techniques of interscholastic debate. Includes an analysis of debate theory and technique with practice and application of skills in competition. Novice debaters are mentored and assisted to hone their craft with interscholastic competition as the goal of the class.

Extracurricular Clubs meeting at the dormitory or off-campus:

Dance Club

Students will learn and practice skills in modern, jazz and hip- hop style dancing. The group performs at home football and basketball games. (0.25 credit, girls only, offered when significant interest)

Investing Club

Students will use real and play money, choose businesses based on merit to invest. In the process, they will learn the ins and outs of the stock market, bond market, and mutual funds. (0.25 credit, offered when significant interest)
*Unless otherwise stated, all courses are 1 credit. Each credit at Life Prep Academy is equal to one Carnegie Unit.

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