Course Descriptions

For general academic information, consult the CAJ High School Student Handbook

Typical basic schedules: see graduation requirements

  1. 9th: Bible and PE/health, English, math, biology, language, world history, a study hall and 1 elective.
  2. 10th: Bible and PE/health, English, language, math, comparative politics, science, study hall and 1 elective.
  3. 11th: Bible and PE/health, English, US history, study hall and electives.
  4. 12th: Bible and PE/health, English, Japanese Culture, Senior Capstone, study hall and electives.


Contents

Bible[edit]

Bible 9: Introduction to Christianity[edit]

1 semester
This course provides a framework for understanding Christianity. In addition to learning about what is in the Bible, we will ask broader questions about the overall story that Christians find in the Bible, where the Bible came from, and why and how Christians look to it for truth and guidance. This framework, when filled out by later classes in the CAJ Bible curriculum, will prepare students to succeed in their Bible-based integration of their Senior Comprehensives topic into the overall story that Christians find in the Bible.

Bible 10/11: Understanding the Gospels[edit]

0.5 semester
The purpose of this course is to equip you to read and understand the gospels, the four narratives about Jesus that begin the New Testament. We will explore questions like: Can the gospels be trusted? Why are there four of them? What kind of book is the Bible? Why were the gospels written? What is the “good news” they tell about? How do the gospels carry forward the story of the Old Testament? Why did the gospel writers choose to include the stories they included?

Bible 10/11: The Screwtape Letters[edit]

0.5 semester
The purpose of this course is to equip you to think about big questions about life and reality in conversation with Christian teaching, important literature, and your own experience. To do this, we will use C.S. Lewis’ fictional book The Screwtape Letters, a collection of short letters in which a senior demon (Screwtape) gives advice to a junior demon (Wormwood) about how best to tempt a particular human being (“the Patient”) away from God and into hell. Along the way, we will explore questions like: What’s the real difference between good and evil? What’s the world really like? How much can we control ourselves? How can we be truly free? How does having bodies affect how we experience and understand the world? What is God really up to? What do we really need in life, and where do we get it? What is true love?

Bible 10/11: Wisdom[edit]

0.5 semester
What does it mean to make wise choices in life, especially when we face difficult decisions or encounter confusing situations? For help in answering this relevant question, we will look to two of the Bible’s “Wisdom Books”: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. We will focus on how Christ is the wisdom and power of God as we investigate the meaning of living well in God’s world — a world where we often encounter problems, temptations to foolishness, and even apparent meaninglessness.

Bible 10/11: Apologetics[edit]

0.5 semester
This course focuses on Christian apologetics—explaining how Christianity answers hard questions and is reconciled with our understanding of the way the world works. After beginning with a survey of what apologetics is, we will learn about how logical arguments work and then begin to look at hard questions that Christians have had to answer throughout history. Through individual and group work, we will learn how Christians understand the relationship between faith and reason, what some of the most important challenges to Christianity are, and how Christians should respond to these challenges, both from a logical and an interpersonal perspective.

Bible 10/11: World Religions[edit]

0.5 semester
As of 2016, over 80% of the world population self-identify as religious in some way. This means that a basic understanding of religion in general, and the world’s major religions specifically, is a necessity in understanding and impacting the world that we live in, and understanding and relating to others in the world. Through this course, students will learn basic facts, doctrine, and history of some of the major religions in the world. Rather than taking a strictly informational approach, however, this information will provide the backdrop for questions of Christian teaching and doctrine, addressing questions such as, Why are people religious? How do we explain similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions? What do Christians think will happen to those who follow other religions? Where (and how) do we draw the line between religious practices and cultural practices?

Bible 10/11: Bible and Film[edit]

0.5 semester
Why watch movies? Should Christians pay close attention to what movies have to say? What is the difference between watching a movie only to be entertained and “reading” a movie to understand, evaluate, and appreciate its view of life? These are some of the questions we will ask as we look to the Bible for guidance on how to enjoy a movie as a source of beauty and truth while also critiquing its vision of the world.

Bible 12: Ethics[edit]

1 semester
Bible 12 looks at Ethics, as well as playing a role in the Senior Comps process. Students learn what sets Christian ethics apart from secular ethical systems by studying 5 major ethical systems: Deontology, Utilitarianism, Ethical Egoism, Virtue Ethics, and Moral Relativism. Once this baseline for understandings about ethics has been laid, students learn about Christian ethics, and compare it to what they know of these 5 secular ethical systems. Students also debate the application of the 10 Commandments to see how they might be used to guide a Christian in understanding the appropriate Christian perspective on current issues.

English[edit]

English 9[edit]

2 semesters
An introduction to world literature ranging in scope from ancient epics to contemporary novels. Students interpret, evaluate, and respond to literature as they wrestle with perennial questions about truth, identity, justice, and stewardship. Within each unit, an emphasis is made in developing reading, writing, and presentation skills. Students discuss literary texts, compose analytical and narrative essays, study grammar and vocabulary, and give both formal and creative presentations.

English 10[edit]

2 semesters
A survey of world literature emphasizing voices from countries other than the US and Great Britain and how people from many cultures have wrestled with the following significant questions: “Who am I?”, “Who is my neighbor?”, “What is wrong with the world?”, and “What is the significance of words?”. Special effort is made to incorporate works from every country represented in the class. Units incorporate composition, vocabulary, and literary analysis. Students will complete an independent study of grammar, give presentations, write in journals, analyze and respond to literature, take tests and quizzes, and write a research-based worldview perspective paper.

Humanities 11[edit]

2 semesters, 2 periods, English and US History credits.
A thematic survey of American history and literature, covering themes such as American identity, foreign policy, voting and minority rights, economics and stewardship, technology and civil rights. Students will learn how literature reflects and affects historical developments in a thematic progression, especially as it concerns the nature of the American dream and the "hyphen-American" experience. Students will give presentations, study and use rhetoric, write both analytical and creative pieces, research and compose a secondary source author paper and participate in online and in class discussions.

AP English Language component: students may choose to participate in the additional work of preparing for the AP Language test, working through essays of synthesis, rhetorical analysis and argumentation, as well as reading strategies for fiction and non-fiction materials and evaluating prose and poetry for rhetorical effect. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week.

Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

English 12[edit]

2 semesters
A question driven study of European culture from the medieval to the postmodern, focusing on British literature, seeking to understand man's search for meaning through a foundation of good and a struggle through evil and suffering. Students will read, write, think, research and speak in order to reflect, evaluate and synthesize their learning. The course is organized by units, each of which is comprised of a major polished paper, several timed essays, novel, short story and poetry reading, as well as a major presentation and a literary terms test.

AP English Literature: In addition to the above curriculum, students will work through AP reading lists, write essays of poetry and prose analysis and open literary critique, as well as evaluating poetry and prose reading in multiple choice questions. This preparation requires at least two additional hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: successful application to take the AP class.

Effective Reading and Writing[edit]

2 semesters, EAL class
The EAL classes in high school support students at each grade level to improve their academic English across the curriculum. Students are given opportunities to develop their grammar skills, build their academic vocabulary, improve their reading strategies, develop their writing, listening and thinking skills, and hone their presentation skills across the academic content subjects. Students’ English language foundation is strengthened while they are being supported in successfully completing the classroom assignments of these academic subjects.

Creative Arts[edit]

Note: some colleges and universities limit their acceptable courses list to Fine Arts only, that is, Art and Music courses.

Art[edit]

Art Design[edit]

2 semesters
This course allows for students to continue progressing in art skills and appreciation all year. The first semester focuses on each element as a unit with a choice of assignments to practice and apply the concepts of Art Theory. The second semester focuses on the principles of art through advanced projects that allow students to experiment with various techniques and mediums previously learned.

Ceramics[edit]

2 semesters
This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore ceramic media and processes. Students will learn basic skills in hand-building, working on the potter's wheel and creating a variety of surface designs. The course also includes a look at some of the scientific and cultural aspects of ceramics, and connections between creation and Creator.

Drawing and Painting[edit]

2 semesters
Drawing & Painting is an advanced art class, focusing on academic skills of drawing and painting. The first half is mainly drawing and the second half painting. It is a year class that targets students who plan an artistic career in future. There is flexibility in the projects that are chosen.

Art and Design, AP[edit]

2 semesters
The AP Art and Design course is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. AP Art and Design students do not take a written AP exam, but will be responsible for submitting a portfolio of their work for evaluation in May. Students in this class work on producing and evaluating portfolios in the areas of Drawing, 2-D, or 3-D Design. Students whose portfolios receive a score of 3 or higher may earn college credit at participating universities.

Music[edit]

High School Symphonic Band[edit]

2 semesters
In High School Symphonic Band, students rehearse and perform music of a high artistic level that is technically challenging and artistically rewarding for high school musicians. Two important skills are developing advanced technique necessary to perform such music, and refining intonation in unisons and intervals. Students frequently work collaboratively in small groups to refine the playing of their sections. Biblical concepts presented are: What does it mean that God made us to be creative? How are musicians are affected by the fall? How does Christ’s act of redemption affect our creativity? How do we restore the arts to be what God intended? High School Symphonic Band usually performs 3 or 4 concerts per year.

Jazz Ensemble[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period
Jazz Ensemble is a class in which musicians come together to learn and play as a collaborative ensemble. Most of the time students will play as one whole unit (big band), but there will also be time and opportunities provided for students to work in smaller groups called combos. Learning jazz is like learning a new language, therefore listening is a critical component for all students. Weekly listening to jazz musicians is a requirement in this class and suggested artists are available for students who have no reference point for their instrument. Improvisation is what makes jazz what it is. Students will be taught a systematic approach to improvisation and soloing in class through theory and application. Students will have opportunities to practice soloing with both the whole ensemble and smaller combos. Students will learn how to effectively communicate in the language of jazz, be it through interpretation or improvisation, ultimately learning how God has created us in his image as creative beings.
Prerequisite Director’s approval

Choral: Concert Choir[edit]

2 semesters
This course seeks to encourage the development of a lifelong love of singing. Areas of study will include basic vocal technique, the development of music reading skills including sight singing, and the performance of music literature with both sacred and secular texts ranging from the Renaissance through contemporary styles. Though the choir is a group activity every effort will be made to encourage poise, confidence, and musical artistry in each individual singer. Performance opportunities include three on-campus concerts, and the KPASSP Choral Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Choral: Chamber Singers[edit]

1 credit/year, Zero period
This course is designed for singers from the Concert Choir who desire a higher level of music, are independent learners, and are willing to spend time outside of the school day in rehearsal and performances. This course is one of the primary public ministry outreaches of Christian Academy in Japan. Literature includes sacred and secular music of the 16th to 21st centuries. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, outreach concerts for local churches, morning worship services and festivals. Chamber Singers rehearse two mornings per week; rehearsals are before school (7:20 - 8:20 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be called as needed. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. (Financial aid is available.) Open to students in 9th grade and above.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir is required. Auditions for this group occur in May for the following school year. Additional auditions may take place in the beginning of the school year.

Handbell Ensemble[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period.
The CAJ Handbell Ensemble is one of the public ministry outreach groups of Christian Academy in Japan. The group rings five octaves of handbells and five and a half octaves of handchimes, sometimes includes other instruments (as needed and available), and occasionally utilizes student conductors. Ringing technique is taught in class, and musicianship is emphasized. Literature includes sacred and secular music written specifically for handbells, arrangements of hymns, praise songs, and other well-known songs, and transcriptions of classical pieces. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, morning church services, and outreach concerts. The CAJ Handbell Ensemble rehearses two mornings per week before school (7:15 to 8:15 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be scheduled as needed. No prior ringing experience is necessary. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. Concert attire is provided.
Prerequisites: Ability to read music (treble or bass staff or both) is required. Auditions are held in late May or early June for the following school year.

Orchestra: String Orchestra[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period.
Course open to students in grades 6 through 12 who are currently studying a string instrument at an intermediate level equivalent to a grade 3 or above of the ABRSM or Trinity examinations. Students will study music from a variety of styles and genres in preparation for concert performance. Students receive practical experience in string ensemble and orchestral playing. Only string students may register for Orchestra. Rehearsals include sectionals, chamber music, small groups and larger ensemble. The course includes the development of listening skills, music theory, and opportunities for student leadership such as student teaching or student conducting. The Orchestra performs at school concerts and church or community events.
Prerequisite: Director’s approval

Digital Music Design[edit]

2 credits/year. Digital Music Design is for students that have an interest in making music, whether they have a traditional music background or not. Focused on personalized learning through project-based music creation, students are given a variety of songwriting and production challenges that teach how to express ideas musically, open students up to new-found creativity, and push students’ music-making abilities. Students will be using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called Ableton Live, and their dedicated hardware controller, Push. With these two primary tools, students will learn how to produce music in a variety of genres, develop practical songwriting tools, and collaborate with others in a digital music environment.

Concert Band/Concert Choir[edit]

2 credits/year.
This option is designed specifically for those students who would like to continue to develop both instrumental and vocal skills. These selected students will alternate between choir and band rehearsals, which will meet during the same period of the day. Students are expected to practice the material for both classes on their own time in addition to practice with the groups during the class period. Attendance at all performances, such as on-campus concerts and the KPASSP Choral festival, is mandatory.
Prerequisite: Band and choir directors’ approval at the beginning of the school year or at semester change.

Design and Vocational Arts[edit]

Culinary and Textile Arts[edit]

2 Semesters
This project based course is designed to expand on the cooking and sewing skills from the middle school curriculum. Students will have both individual and collaborative studies in a variety of skills including meal planning and preparation, budgeting, shopping, stewardship of resources, service/hospitality, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlework and quilting. Discussion of how we honor God with these skills is woven throughout the course. Each student also completes an independent project with the approval of the teacher.

Design and Technology[edit]

2 semesters, subject to demand
How does stuff work? Electricity, wood, plastics, metals, programs--what kinds of things can be made by shaping, harnessing, and designing these? Students learn not just tools, machines, hardware and software, but also how to make good designs so that materials fit together and work together in order to function well. Then they take the next step--turning designs into reality! Through hands-on experiential learning and trial-and-error problem solving, students will have the opportunity to imagine, design, and create real-world objects of their choosing by woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, and/or programming.

Yearbook Journalism[edit]

2 Semesters
Students participate in an intense study in basic design, typographic principles, digital photographic editing, and caption writing, using professional software applications used in magazine layout production. Students must be self-motivated.


Mathematics[edit]

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Algebra 1[edit]

2 semesters
A basic course in first level algebra. Topics studied include open sentences, systems of equations, graphing of linear functions, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, exponents, radicals, quadratic conditions, absolute values, and practical applications. A graphing calculator is required. Entry skills / Prerequisite: Basic math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as, fractions, percents, decimals, whole numbers and ratios, and successful completion of a Pre-Algebra course recommended

Algebra 2[edit]

2 Semesters
This is an advanced algebra course which includes number systems, review of linear sentences, polynomials, rational expressions; systems of sentences, introduction to functions, coordinate geometry, exponents; logarithms, trigonometry, conic sections; graphing calculator; and some theory of equations, sequences, probability, and statistics.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Successful completion of a year of Geometry and Algebra 1.

Applied Mathematics[edit]

2 semesters
This is a high school standard course that develops mathematical applications to situations in everyday life. The course reviews numbers, arithmetic, and spreadsheets, explores financial mathematics, data and statistics, measurements, living spaces and project management. Fundamental skills are practiced regularly. Students are encouraged to consider questions like: How does mathematics help us to understand God's nature? How can we serve others with mathematics? How can mathematics help us find the truth? Essential Skills: Middle School mathematics.

Geometry[edit]

2 Semesters
Geometry is the study of visual patterns. In this course mathematical observation skills are sharpened by recognizing and analyzing these patterns as they relate to the shape and size of objects, both physical and theoretical. This course also includes an introduction to logic and proofs. The student will continue to learn more about two and three-dimensional shapes build on their algebraic base. Mathematical thinking is rigorous and different from much of the thinking used in our everyday lives. Problem solving and logical thinking skills will be strengthened by this class.
Entry skills / Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Precalculus[edit]

2 semesters
Pre-calculus covers functions and graphs including polynomial, power and rational functions; Exponential, logistic and logarithmic functions; Trigonometric functions and identities; Discrete mathematics including sequences and probabilities. This course prepares students for Calculus.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Calculus AB, AP[edit]

2 semesters
This course prepares students for the AP Calculus exam in the spring. The study focuses on properties of functions: continuity, limits, differentiation and integration, volumes of solids of revolution. Students who complete the course satisfactorily should be adequately prepared to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.
Non-AP Calculus is a possibility. This is for students who take Calculus but opt not to take the AP exam. The topics of study are the same as AP Calculus, but the teacher may adjust the assignments accordingly. Entry skills / Prerequisite: Precalculus

Calculus BC, AP[edit]

2 semesters, Advanced Placement course.
A second year Calculus AP course. In addition to the AB requirement also covers topics like partial fractions, integration by parts, Taylor and Maclaurin series and lengths of curves. Students who complete the course satisfactorily should be adequately prepared to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: completion of Calculus AB

Statistics[edit]

2 semesters, AP or non-AP, subject to demand.
AP: This is a college-level course that investigates the nature of data collection, techniques of data analysis, probability and inferential statistics. The course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Statistics exam, although this is not required. Students are encouraged to consider broader questions such as: How do we find the truth in this world? How can we serve others with mathematics? How can God's love of truth guide our research?
Non-AP: For students not planning to take the AP exam, most of the inferential statistics unit is not included, and more time is spent on consumer statistics instead.
Essential skills: Algebra 2, although current enrollment in Precalculus or Calculus is an advantage.

Music[edit]

High School Symphonic Band[edit]

2 semesters
In High School Symphonic Band, students rehearse and perform music of a high artistic level that is technically challenging and artistically rewarding for high school musicians. Two important skills are developing advanced technique necessary to perform such music, and refining intonation in unisons and intervals. Students frequently work collaboratively in small groups to refine the playing of their sections. Biblical concepts presented are: What does it mean that God made us to be creative? How are musicians are affected by the fall? How does Christ’s act of redemption affect our creativity? How do we restore the arts to be what God intended? High School Symphonic Band usually performs 3 or 4 concerts per year.

Jazz Ensemble[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period
Jazz Ensemble is a class in which musicians come together to learn and play as a collaborative ensemble. Most of the time students will play as one whole unit (big band), but there will also be time and opportunities provided for students to work in smaller groups called combos. Learning jazz is like learning a new language, therefore listening is a critical component for all students. Weekly listening to jazz musicians is a requirement in this class and suggested artists are available for students who have no reference point for their instrument. Improvisation is what makes jazz what it is. Students will be taught a systematic approach to improvisation and soloing in class through theory and application. Students will have opportunities to practice soloing with both the whole ensemble and smaller combos. Students will learn how to effectively communicate in the language of jazz, be it through interpretation or improvisation, ultimately learning how God has created us in his image as creative beings.
Prerequisite Director’s approval

Choral: Concert Choir[edit]

2 semesters
This course seeks to encourage the development of a lifelong love of singing. Areas of study will include basic vocal technique, the development of music reading skills including sight singing, and the performance of music literature with both sacred and secular texts ranging from the Renaissance through contemporary styles. Though the choir is a group activity every effort will be made to encourage poise, confidence, and musical artistry in each individual singer. Performance opportunities include three on-campus concerts, and the KPASSP Choral Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Choral: Chamber Singers[edit]

1 credit/year, Zero period
This course is designed for singers from the Concert Choir who desire a higher level of music, are independent learners, and are willing to spend time outside of the school day in rehearsal and performances. This course is one of the primary public ministry outreaches of Christian Academy in Japan. Literature includes sacred and secular music of the 16th to 21st centuries. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, outreach concerts for local churches, morning worship services and festivals. Chamber Singers rehearse two mornings per week; rehearsals are before school (7:20 - 8:20 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be called as needed. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. (Financial aid is available.) Open to students in 9th grade and above.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir is required. Auditions for this group occur in May for the following school year. Additional auditions may take place in the beginning of the school year.

Handbell Ensemble[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period.
The CAJ Handbell Ensemble is one of the public ministry outreach groups of Christian Academy in Japan. The group rings five octaves of handbells and five and a half octaves of handchimes, sometimes includes other instruments (as needed and available), and occasionally utilizes student conductors. Ringing technique is taught in class, and musicianship is emphasized. Literature includes sacred and secular music written specifically for handbells, arrangements of hymns, praise songs, and other well-known songs, and transcriptions of classical pieces. Performance opportunities, at which attendance is required, include on-campus concerts, morning church services, and outreach concerts. The CAJ Handbell Ensemble rehearses two mornings per week before school (7:15 to 8:15 a.m.), and extra rehearsals may be scheduled as needed. No prior ringing experience is necessary. There is a ¥20,000 fee for this class. Concert attire is provided.
Prerequisites: Ability to read music (treble or bass staff or both) is required. Auditions are held in late May or early June for the following school year.

Orchestra: String Orchestra[edit]

1 credit/year. Zero period.
Course open to students in grades 6 through 12 who are currently studying a string instrument at an intermediate level equivalent to a grade 3 or above of the ABRSM or Trinity examinations. Students will study music from a variety of styles and genres in preparation for concert performance. Students receive practical experience in string ensemble and orchestral playing. Only string students may register for Orchestra. Rehearsals include sectionals, chamber music, small groups and larger ensemble. The course includes the development of listening skills, music theory, and opportunities for student leadership such as student teaching or student conducting. The Orchestra performs at school concerts and church or community events.
Prerequisite: Director’s approval

Digital Music Design[edit]

2 credits/year. Digital Music Design is for students that have an interest in making music, whether they have a traditional music background or not. Focused on personalized learning through project-based music creation, students are given a variety of songwriting and production challenges that teach how to express ideas musically, open students up to new-found creativity, and push students’ music-making abilities. Students will be using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called Ableton Live, and their dedicated hardware controller, Push. With these two primary tools, students will learn how to produce music in a variety of genres, develop practical songwriting tools, and collaborate with others in a digital music environment.


Concert Band/Concert Choir[edit]

2 credits/year.
This option is designed specifically for those students who would like to continue to develop both instrumental and vocal skills. These selected students will alternate between choir and band rehearsals, which will meet during the same period of the day. Students are expected to practice the material for both classes on their own time in addition to practice with the groups during the class period. Attendance at all performances, such as on-campus concerts and the KPASSP Choral festival, is mandatory.
Prerequisite: Band and choir directors’ approval at the beginning of the school year or at semester change.

Physical Education[edit]

PE/Health[edit]

(Required Course for 4 semesters of HS)
All students will be taking PE/Health each year they attend CAJ. In 9th grade the emphasis will be on physical fitness, the body systems, wellness, nutrition and first aid/CPR. In 10th and 11th grade a variety of lifetime sports and activities will be taught as well as an emphasis on mental and social health, substance abuse and sexuality. 12th grade will be a time to choose specific areas of sport interest and develop skills further as well as prepare for adult health issues and deepen health literacy.

Strength and Conditioning[edit]

1 or 2 semesters.
PE Elective. This course will give students the opportunity to know and understand the benefits of a well-planned strength and conditioning program, as well as be familiar with terminology, basic concepts of program design and basic physiology. Students will be able to prescribe and implement an appropriate program to improve total body strength, power, speed, agility and balance. They will be able to perform various exercises with good technique, and will demonstrate the ability to incorporate proper safety procedures into training activities.

Social Studies[edit]

World History 9[edit]

2 semesters
World History is a broad-reaching subject, but is essentially a study of people. This class will explore the ways in which people have changed over time, and the ways they've stayed the same. We'll examine what people believe, what they've done, and how our environment changes our behaviors. We will investigate many cultures, events, and conflicts in an attempt to discover the connections of the past to the present. Students will have a variety of ways to demonstrate their understanding through discussions, debates, projects, presentations, and collaboration.


Comparative Politics and Government[edit]

2 semesters; required course in grade 10
The purpose of this class is to obtain a general knowledge of how different types of governments work, how are they similar or dissimilar from each other in their operation and how people and governments respond to all kinds of issues. Students learn the roles of different levels of government and the responsibilities of citizens. After learning concepts, students look at case studies to see how these are played out in the real world, not only in theory or in an ideal sense, but in practice. Examples from around the globe include a variety of systems, and structures falling into four general categories: Multi-party systems, Two-party systems, Dominant party systems, and Single party systems.

Economics, AP[edit]

2 semesters, social studies elective, Advanced Placement course.
This course focuses on microeconomics in the first semester, and macroeconomics in the second semester. Students have the choice of taking the micro and/or macro AP tests. Economic principles are set in the context of contemporary society and current events. This is an exceptionally rigorous class as the demands for preparing for both tests demand the same pacing as a college semester course.
Non-AP option: Students may take the course without taking the AP exam and without the AP title.
Prerequisite: English 10, with Algebra 2 recommended.

Humanities 11[edit]

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Japanese Culture[edit]

1 semester, required grade 12 Social Studies.
This is a one semester senior course that provides a general foundation for students’ knowledge of various aspects of Japanese culture. The goal is to cultivate and enhance each student’s understanding and appreciation of Japan and its people and culture, particularly through case studies such as the influences of Confucian values on society, Nagasaki and the significance of Christianity and the Atomic Bomb. Students will also conduct a mini cultural lesson as a semester project on topics of their choice. In this course, students will consider such questions as “How did elements of geography, historical events, and religious beliefs contribute to the formation of Japanese culture as we see it today?”; “What are the foundational cultural values of the Japanese people?”; and “In what ways and to what degree are Christians living in Japan responsible for learning and understanding Japanese culture?”

Psychology[edit]

2 semesters, social studies elective.
An introduction to the field of psychology covering neuroscience, learning, memory, social norms, and other topics that vary with the interests of the students.
Prerequisite: English 10, and preferably two years of science courses.

Senior Capstone[edit]

1 Semester, grade 12 required course.
A survey of contemporary issues and governmental systems. Students will consider the following significant questions: “How should Christians use wealth and power?”, How should Christians apply truth and justice to complex situations?”, and “Why is it important for Christians to be aware of cultures and issues around us?” Students will participate in an Senior Comprehensives, participate in a Senior Ministry trip, and participate in a wide variety of group activities including debates and discussions.

Science[edit]

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Biology[edit]

2 semesters, required grade 9 course.
This course covers topics of ecology, cell biology, and genetics; the five kingdom classification systems are studied ending with a look at God’s ultimate creation: humans. Students will consider the following significant questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us? What are some aspects of genetics that have an impact on society? How do the organ systems of our bodies work together? Students will write a genetics report, complete a body system project, and do a newspaper article review. Required freshman course.

Biology, AP[edit]

2 semesters. Subject to availability. Advanced Placement course.
AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course, and completing the course prepares students for the AP Biology exam. The course focuses on developing conceptual understanding of scientific principles and processes that relate to living organisms and systems using science practices. The course is designed to help students also develop inquiry and reasoning skills, be able to design a plan for collecting and analyze data, and connect concepts in and across domains.
Prerequisite: Biology

Chemistry[edit]

2 semesters
Chemistry is the study of the interaction of natural substances at the molecular and atomic level to produce many physical phenomena that humans observe in their daily lives. The course is designed to be as interactive, participative and motivational as possible. Students will be given ample opportunity to experiment and use chemical substances, and challenged to link experimental observations to theoretical facts.
Prerequisites: Biology, and Algebra II (concurrent).
Text: Chemistry Matter and Change (Glencoe McGraw-Hill), teacher supplied notes

Chemistry, AP[edit]

2 semesters, Advanced Placement course.
Subject to availability and demand. The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.
AP Chemistry strives to meet the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course are expected to attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic.
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. Surveys of students who take the AP Chemistry Exam indicate that the probability of achieving a grade of 3 or higher is significantly greater for students who successfully complete a first course in high school chemistry prior to undertaking the AP course. Thus it is strongly recommended that credit in a first-year high school chemistry course be a prerequisite for enrollment in an AP Chemistry class. In addition, the recommended mathematics prerequisite for an AP Chemistry class is the successful completion of Advanced Algebra

Environmental Science[edit]

2 semesters, usually grade 10.
This is a high school course that seeks to apply principles from all the scientific disciplines to issues of environmental care and sustainability. Especially, it will consider case studies in the environmental impact of human activities. Essential questions will include: How can we care for the creation? What issues need to be considered when making viable environmental decisions? What aspects of modern life-style are hindering/helping the care of the environment?
Prerequisite skills: Biology is recommended.

Physics[edit]

2 semesters, grades 10 - 12.
This is a regular high school physics course which covers concepts in classical mechanics, waves, sound and an introduction to electricity. Concurrent enrollment in a math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students can take one of the AP Physics courses the following year if they choose to.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2.

AP Physics 1[edit]

2 semesters, grades 10-12, Advanced Placement course.
This is a college-level physics course which covers topics in classical mechanics, waves, sound, and an introduction to electricity. Concurrent enrollment in a higher-level math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students who complete the course should be adequately prepared for the Advanced Placement Physics 1 exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Algebra 2. Enrollment in a higher-level math course is recommended.

AP Physics 2[edit]

2 semesters, on demand, grades 11 or 12.
This is a college-level physics course which covers topics in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and quantum physics. Concurrent enrollment in a higher-level math course is encouraged. Students are challenged to consider the following questions: How can we see God’s creative power in the world around us? What are our responsibilities in the area of protecting and maintaining the resources God has given us?, What are some aspects of science that have an impact on society? Students who complete the course should be adequately prepared for the Advanced Placement Physics 2 exam.
Entry skills / Prerequisite: Physics 1, Algebra 2, although Precalculus is recommended.

Computers and Computer Programming[edit]

2 semesters, elective, availability based on demand
Students learn database design, computer hardware, networking and programming. In the database design unit, students use FileMaker Pro and MySQL to design databases. Students study the interoperation of the operating system and hardware in the hardware unit. In the Networking unit students study how data moves from computer to computer and how that data is interpreted by the computer. Students study procedural and object-oriented programming and work on individual projects.

Advanced Computer Programming[edit]

2 semesters,elective, availability based on demand
Advanced Computer Programming is a continuation of the first year of Computer Programming. During this class the students will be focusing on learning through various higher level projects using Python, Html, JavaScript and SQL. In addition, students will be introduced to other resources to learn about common practices and other programming languages. Prerequisite: Computers and Computer Programming or similar experience.

Robotics[edit]

2 semesters, elective, subject to demand.
This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be using VEX EDR robot kits, Robot C software, Virtual Worlds and Autodesk Inventor. Students will start off learning with the Claw-Bot about engineering, engineering problem solving and basic programming. They will be given basic introductions to VEX EDR robots and Autodesk® Inventor®. Topics will include programming, sensors, logic, building basics, gear ratios, torque and friction, project management, scientific method based decision making. However, the main learning is going to revolve around the inquiry of the student. Learners are expected to be active participants and they can take their learning beyond the classroom.


World Languages[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Japanese, Foundations[edit]

2 semesters
This course is intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese. Hiragana, katakana, and kanji are taught in the context of the cultural content the student is learning. Students will study basic grammar forms and conversation styles to support basic a daily life. Cultural studies are emphasized in speeches, presentations, and projects.

Japanese, Intermediate[edit]

2 semesters
This course increases the challenge level of conversation, grammar, reading, and writing simple compositions. Cultural studies are emphasized in speeches, presentations, and projects. The course emphasizes the use of Japanese for active communication in a wider variety of situations in daily life.
Prerequisite: Japanese, Beginner

Japanese, Advanced 1 and 2[edit]

2 semesters
This course focuses on refining the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing for proficiency in Japanese. Students study increasingly complex grammar and practice oral and writing skills. With advanced vocabulary and kanji, students present projects and write compositions. Some activities in preparation for the AP Japanese exam will be provided to students who desire to take it.
Prerequisite: Japanese, Intermediate

Japanese, Comprehensive[edit]

2 semesters
This course is for students who have completed Advanced Japanese, or comparable language training. In this course students demonstrate and apply comprehensively the speaking, reading, and writing skills that they have already mastered. The course is organized around themes that are related to Japanese culture, social issues, and environmental issues. Although this course is not an AP Japanese course, its content and instruction are complementary for students wishing to take the AP Japanese exam. This class is conducted fully in Japanese.

Japanese Composition[edit]

2 semesters
This course is for students with near-native level Japanese skills who have had significant training in Japanese language either through formal Japanese education, family environment, and/or other backgrounds that provided solid support in developing their language skills. This course aims to further develop and cultivate each student’s Japanese skills, specifically in reading and writing. This course is not an extension of other Japanese courses taught at CAJ. No formal assistance for the AP Japanese exam will be provided during class.
This class is conducted fully in Japanese.

Japanese Literature and Society[edit]

2 semesters
(Taught every other year, alternating with Japanese: 20th Century Authors)
This course is designed for students with native Japanese language skills. This class, conducted fully in Japanese, focuses on the study of selected works by Japanese authors that deal with linguistics, geography, history, religion, and culture. Students are expected to have Japanese skills high enough to read, comprehend, analyze, and critique all reading material in Japanese. Students are also expected to demonstrate of such responses to their reading in written Japanese. The objective of this course is to enhance each students’ Japanese language skills in order to understand and appreciate Japanese culture further and deeper, and to love and serve the Japanese people as Christ taught us. Prerequisite: Native level Japanese skills, significant amount of formal Japanese education or equivalent.
No formal assistance for the AP Japanese exam will be provided during class.

Japanese Literature: 20th Century Authors[edit]

2 semesters
(Taught every other year, alternating with Japanese: Literature and Society)
This course is designed for students with native Japanese language skills. This class, conducted fully in Japanese, focuses on the study of selected 20th century Japanese authors and their notable works. Students are expected to have Japanese skills high enough to read, comprehend, analyze, and critique the works of 20th century Japanese authors in the original language. Students are also expected to demonstrate of such responses to literary works in written Japanese. The objective of this course is to enhance each students’ Japanese language skills in order to understand and appreciate Japanese culture further and deeper, and to love and serve the Japanese people as Christ taught us. Prerequisite: Native level Japanese skills, significant amount of formal Japanese education or equivalent.
No formal assistance for the AP Japanese exam will be provided during class.

Spanish[edit]

Spanish I[edit]

2 semesters
Spanish I is an introduction to the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students begin writing short compositions within the first nine weeks. Cultural studies of Spanish speaking countries are woven throughout the curriculum. Religious vocabulary is increased through the use of Spanish Bible texts for devotions and the memorization of Bible verses in Spanish.

Spanish II[edit]

2 semesters
Spanish II reviews and continues conversation, complex grammar, and advanced reading, listening, and writing assignments. Cultural studies continue to be woven throughout the curriculum. Students will begin giving short speeches in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish I.

Spanish III and IV[edit]

2 semesters, subject to demand.
Spanish III and IV review and continue conversation, advanced grammar, reading, listening, and writing. Cultural studies are presented with each unit emphasizing a different geographical area of the Hispanic world. Literature for each unit is also presented. Students give longer speeches in Spanish.
The courses also teach to the Spanish SAT which students should be prepared to take in November.


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