Star Academics Online
Latin 1-3 is taught in real time with audio web conferencing via Adobe Connect. All other Star Academics online courses offer a hybrid-learning environment. Classes meet once a month face-to-face in a physical classroom setting or via Web-conferencing for those who are unable to attend locally. Students work at an individual pace in-between monthly live classroom sessions via Blackboard.
Latin 1 (grade 9)
The relationship of Latin to English is presented throughout the course. This first-year foreign language study of Latin includes: reading, writing, and translation. Through Latin studies, students become better prepared to study the Romance languages such as French and Spanish.
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Music History and Appreciation (grade 9 – 12)
This one-semester intensive course uses college-level curriculum and is equivalent to a yearlong high school course. Students are introduced to musical styles from western and non-western cultures and will learn how music integrates with the history, people and development of traditions around the world. Students will learn to recognize music in its written as well as its aural form. This course uses Music Educators National Conference (MENC) standards in its development and was designed to meet the equivalency of the visual & Performing Arts requirement as a College preparatory Elective. Previous musical training or background is not necessary.
New Testament Survey (grade 9 – 12)
This course will provide an overview of the New Testament from the Holy Scripture. Background material will be discussed in order to better understand the political and religious culture in New Testament times. Students will spend considerable time looking at the life and ministry of Jesus. The course will also discuss introductory matters and the major themes for each book.
Old Testament Survey (grade 9 – 12)
A survey of the entire Old Testament in its historical and cultural context is studied in order to understand the general content of the Old Testament books (including the outstanding features and basic teachings), to understand the place of each book in God’s total, progressive revelation and how to apply practical principles for contemporary Christian living.
Spiritual Formation (grade 9 – 12)
This course is an introduction to the nature, history, practices and adventure of Christian Spiritual Formation. This course includes an overview of the various ways that Christians have sought to deepen their relationship with God. Special emphasis will be given to the nature and practice of prayer (speaking, listening, and discerning) in the Church and the life of the Christian. An understanding and appreciation will be developed regarding the role and use of the Bible and the impact of theology on the life of a Christian. A developmental spirituality will be discussed with particular focus on the spiritual growth of teens in community and as individuals.
Latin 2 (grade 10)
This second-year course includes intermediate reading, writing, and translation. Selected readings include recognizable English selections, Bible verses, and readings related to ancient Rome.
Prerequisite: Latin 1
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SAT and Career Prep (grade 10 – 11)
This one-semester course is designed for juniors, although sophomores that have taken Geometry may take it to be better prepared for the PSAT or SAT. Students will identify their skills and interests through assessment, then research suitable careers and university programs. They will review the admissions process and research financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships and grants. This course also covers SAT preparation in which students will learn important strategies for success in all aspects of the SAT including math, critical reading, and essay writing
Art History: Advanced Track (grade 10 – 12)
The advanced track Art History course will engage students at the same level as an introductory college art history survey. This course involves critical thinking and develops an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media. Students will also learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures.
Introduction to Hermeneutics (grade 10 – 12)
This course focuses on the authority, nature, and interpretation (hermeneutics) of the Holy Scriptures. It is designed to help students work through issues that concern the trust they place in the Bible and its interpretation. Students will learn to compare various Christian traditions’ views of authority, examining the Reformation principle from Evangelical perspectives. The Scripture will be studied as the primary text focusing on its transmission and canonization. Students will also explore how the Church has interpreted the Scriptures throughout history, and research the current trends in Evangelical hermeneutics.
Latin 3 (grade 11)
This course offers third-year Latin in advanced reading, writing, and translation. Conversation exercises, primary text reading and Bible verses will be studied in-depth.
Prerequisite: Latin 2
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Calculus AB: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP Calculus AB exam. This course is divided into two semesters and is designed to acquaint students with calculus principles such as derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
Computer Science A: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
Computer Science A is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. This course is rigorous, but no prior computer knowledge or programming skills are required.
English Literature: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course focuses on world literature through an intensive analysis of works from the 1600’s to the present that represent various literary genres: poetry, novels, short stories and dramas. The complexity of the works studied require students to read with a discerning eye, recognizing that the depth of the literature offers rewarding insights into the “human condition.” This course will prepare students to take the AP exam for college credit.
Environmental Science: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Unlike most other introductory-level college science courses, environmental science is offered from a wide variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.
Government and Politics: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This one-semester course encourages students to raise and explore questions about policies, institutions, beliefs, and actions in a political science context. Students will describe functions and workings of policy-making institutions and analyze the major developments in civil rights and civil liberties in America.
Prerequisite: successful completion of World History.
Human Geography: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
The purpose of the Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’ s surface. The following topics will be covered in the course: Geography’s nature and perspectives, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use.
Music Theory: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course will introduce and develop the student in musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills will include dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony. Students will need to read and write musical notation. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired thorough performance skills in voice or on an instrument. Students may opt to take the AP Music Theory Exam in May in efforts of earning a score of 3 – 5, which will yield credit towards music theory college courses.
Psychology: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. To accomplish this, the course provides instruction in each of the following fourteen content areas from a Christian view: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology. It is important to distinguish secular psychology concepts with wisdom from Christian perspectives.
Spanish: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish language examination and provides a transition to the AP Spanish Literature course. Students consolidate skills of narration, description, exposition and hypothesis on different topics. Students engage in readings, conversation, composition and research projects. Emphasis is also placed on acquisition of vocabulary and mastery of the grammar and idiomatic expressions.
Statistics: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is an excellent preparation for college bound students to gain essential research tools. Students will be introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer, and tabulate results from surveys and experiments. Probability and simulations aid students in constructing models for chance phenomena. Sampling distributions provide the logical structure for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Students use a TI 84+ graphing calculator, Fathom statistical software, and Web-based java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analysis of real data. Several individual and group projects are assigned throughout the year to provide an opportunity to apply the statistical techniques studied.
US History: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP US history exam. Students will learn to compare and contrast alternate interpretations of an historical figure, event or trend. Students will evaluate primary materials such as historical documents, political cartoons, and first-person narratives. Students will also evaluate secondary materials such as scholarly works or statistical analyses.
World History: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course in world History is a rigorous, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students will acquire the analytical thinking and writing skills necessary for success on a collegiate level. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography (the principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation) and inquiry into global connections that have shaped our present world. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions (DBQ) as well as objective evaluations.
Economics (grade 12)
This one-semester course covers the basics of economic principles, including economic laws and current economic issues. The concepts of competition and market structure, supply and demand, the role of prices and costs, inflation and depression are covered. Students study the role of the government, the Federal Reserve, and the citizens to determine how their interaction creates prosperity or poverty. There is also a section dealing with personal finances and Biblical financial principles.
Government (grade 12)
This one-semester course is a comprehensive survey of American Government. Students gain a firm foundation of knowledge concerning the history of our governmental structure and function. The ideas regarding a citizen’s responsibility to the government are included. Students study the constitution party politics and all three branches of our government executive, legislative and judicial.