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General Electives


Grade 9-12
Course Description: Students will be exploring the visual arts, with the 7 elements and principles of design. Art benchmarks are reached through a variety of media. Critical thinking is developed through aesthetic perception in order to extend communication through visual art works. An important component of this course is learning the art of creating a working sketch diary that can be used as a future reference of their ideas and planning.


Grade 11-12
Prerequisites: Art I
Course Description: Students extend and refine the use of visual arts elements, principles of design and arts benchmarks though a variety of media. They develop collaboration and cross cultural skills while developing communication through visual arts. They will refine their skills and aesthetic perception to guide further studies. An important component of this course is learning the art of presentation of their work through a portfolio.


Prerequisites: None required 

In this project-based course, students learn the basics of journalism, website design, and film production. In groups, students develop ideas for newspaper articles based on relevant trends and themes throughout the individual school year. Students learn the basics of research, conducting interviews, and presenting media for Ascension Christian’s online newspaper, Lion Nation News. Students develop weekly scripts and produce a weekly video bulletin for the student body, taking on the roles of producer, anchor, interviewer, reporter, and editor. Students are also responsible for taking photos and video at Ascension Christian events. 



Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Speech I
Course Description: Theatre is an introductory course designed to teach students the various elements of the theatre and to encourage students in further participation. Students will examine and study the role that acting, directing, sound, lights, set, costume, make-up, and publicity play in the creation of a production. Students will be required to participate daily in activities through rehearsal, discussion, projects, and one professional production during the semester. Students will also learn the basic approach to working comfortably on the stage through warm-ups, monologues, scene work and improvisation. Basic techniques of movement, voice projection, character development, and performance will be taught.


Grade 9-12
Course Description: Orchestra is a music course open to students with previous music experience. Class activities emphasize the development of string instrument technique, tone production, tuning, fundamentals of music theory, music reading, and listening skills.


Grade 9-12

Previous musical experience is not required. This course has two facets—learning to play the piano and learning about music composition and history. Grades are based on weekly quizzes, which include both written and performance components. Students are also required to perform at the piano on a concert at the end of the semester. 


Grade: 12

Prerequisites: ACT Composite Score of 18 with a minimum of 18 in English and 19 in Math

Course Description: Students develop an understanding of both basic communication principles and public speaking. In this introductory course, students have an opportunity to gain skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking strategies through their application of these principles to a variety of speaking assignments. Students will learn about the role of communication in their lives, the communication model, delivery styles, and the effectiveness of language, gestures, and organization techniques.



Grade: 11

Prerequisites: None Required

Course Description: While focusing on the student’s role as citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, Financial Planning informs students of their various financial responsibilities. This class provides opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in a highly technical and competitive society. Students discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. Students will inquire principles of managing finances according to Biblical principles.



Grade: 12

Prerequisites: ACT Composite Score of 18 with a minimum of 18 in English and 19 in Math

Course Description: Introductory Psychology is a beginning study of the subject of psychology. Some of the topics studied are principles of learning, types of personality, understanding human behavior, patterns of behavior, emotional and behavioral adjustments, group influences, and psychology and society. This is an elective course.


Grade: 10-11

Prerequisites: None Required

Course Description: The course is designed to increase student awareness of the importance and significance of preparation for the ACT exam. Students will gain insight into the competencies required to be successful in the four test areas; Math, English, Science, and Reading. Students will have the opportunity to learn strategies to develop skills in systematic and logical thinking necessary for problem solving. 


Grade: 9

Prerequisites: None Required

Course Description: The course focuses on the big picture process of abstract thinking. It is an introductory to more in-depth computer sciences. 


Grade: 10-12

Prerequisites: Computational Thinking

Course Description: This course is the study of computers and computational systems. It deals mostly with software and software systems; this includes their theory, design, development, and application.


Grade: 11-12

Prerequisites: None Required

Course Description: This course provides practical information and problem-solving opportunities regarding the law. Students develop both knowledge of the law and skills necessary for functioning in our law-based society.  Students engage in active learning experiences such as mock trials, moot courts, role play, case studies, simulations and small group exercises. Students also explore common legal vocabulary, citizen rights and responsibilities under the law, learn alternative methods of dispute resolution, and identify and analyze current legal issues.  Exploration of legal careers will be a theme throughout the course.