The following class descriptions adhere to NAD Curriculum Guide specifications:
This course begins with a study of how God has preserved the Bible, how it came to be written in English, and the use of the many English translations. The course then turns to the Old Testament book of Genesis to see how God deals with sin and sinners. Finally the course goes to the New Testament book of Matthew and we see how God comes to Earth and lives, dies, and is resurrected.
This course shows how God has always had a people. It begins with a study of the Old Testament book of Exodus and how God leads His people out of Egypt and gives them the Promised Land. If follows them through the time of the judges, kings, captivity, and restoration. It shows how God leads His church through the early centuries, the dark ages, the middle ages, the reformation, the Great Revival, the Millerite movement, and finally the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The course is designed to guide students in a study of the foundational doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as found in the Bible and amplified in the Spirit of Prophecy. Areas of study include: the Godhead, the origin of sin, the Plan of Salvation, State of the dead and basic Christian Beliefs.
The main goal of Algebra is for students to develop fluency in working with linear and quadratic equations. Students will extend their experiences with tables, graphs, and equations. Students will solve linear and quadratic equations and inequalities and the systems of each of them. Students will extend their knowledge of the number system to include irrational numbers. Students will generate equivalent expressions and use formulas. Students will simplify polynomials and rational expressions. Students will study radical equations and the connections to Geometry. Students will use technology and models to investigate and explore mathematical ideas and relationships and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.
A primary goal of Algebra 2 is for students to conceptualize, analyze, and identify relationships among functions. Students will develop proficiency in analyzing and solving quadratic functions using complex numbers. Students will investigate and make conjectures about absolute value, radical, exponential, logarithmic and sine and cosine functions algebraically, numerically, and graphically, with and without technology. Students will extend their algebraic skills to compute with rational expressions and rational exponents. Students will work with and build an understanding of complex numbers and systems of equations and inequalities. Students will explore a variety of methods for solving systems of linear equations including matrices. Students will learn to identify the conic equations and their graphs. Students will use technology such as graphing calculators. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
The main goal of Geometry is for students to develop a Euclidean geometric structure and apply the resulting theorems and formulas to address meaningful problems. Students will use experimentation and inductive reasoning to construct geometric concepts, discover geometric relationships, and formulate conjectures and formal proofs. Students will employ deductive logic to prove theorems and justify conclusions. Students will extend their pre-existing experiences with algebra and geometry to trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and probability. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.
Prerequisite: Minimum Pre-algebra,
Suggested: Algebra 1
This course looks at the second great book written by God, nature. It examines all of the major plant and animal groups from one-celled creatures to complex life forms. During the year, time will be spent looking through microscopes, dissecting a variety of creatures, and going to the woods, grasslands, and beaches. Time will be spent in tide pools and with binoculars looking at birds.
The main goal of Chemistry is for students to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and the application of problem solving skills. Students will expand their knowledge of matter and atomic structures. Students will develop a foundational knowledge of chemical formulas and equations. Students will be introduced to several of the different branches of chemistry such as organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the concepts by applying them in a laboratory setting.
This course looks at the larger creations of God. It examines the Earth with all of its complex patterns of rising mountains, carved valleys, moving plates, and molten interior. It will also look at the oceans, atmosphere, weather, and resources of the Earth. Finally it will look at the place the Earth holds in the Solar system and the complex universe that can be seen from Earth.
The main goal of Physics is for students to gain a conceptual foundation and a mathematically based presentation of the topics. Students will discover the applications of algebra as they study the areas of mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations and wave phenomena, optics, and electromagnetism. Students will be introduced to the topics of relativity and quantum mechanics. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the concepts by applying them in a laboratory setting. Students will apply physics concepts and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.
Introductory phrases for basic communication are taught along with such essentials as basic question words, days of the week, months, and numbers. Considerable time is spent on basic verb structures in the present tense to build a base for sentence structure and vocabulary. Students will learn some culture aspects specific to different Spanish speaking countries. The greatest emphasis in the class is on oral communication at the beginning level.
Systematic review of content learned in Spanish I. Students will build on previous vocabulary base to learn more in-depth practical vocabulary. Past and future tense verb structure will be learned along with more difficult irregular present tense verbs. Elements of culture will continue to be studied as well. Oral communication continues to be emphasized and the instructor will usually target 50% of class communication in Spanish.
The primary purpose of this course is to develop the student’s cognitive thinking skills and communicative abilities as a listener, reader, writer, and speaker while introducing the student to the finest quality of literature from around the world in a carefully balanced mix of classic and contemporary selections. These selections include short stories, nonfiction, fiction, dramatic literature, poetry and folk literature. Students will study grammar, usage and mechanics as well as essential writing skills. The student’s understanding will be demonstrated through writing assignments, projects and assessment.
The primary purpose of this course is to develop the student’s critical and cognitive thinking skills and communicative abilities as a listener, reader, writer, and speaker while introducing the student to the finest quality of literature from around the world in a carefully balanced mix of classic and contemporary selections. The selections include short stories, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, narratives, novels, essays, myths, speeches, parables, autobiographies and drama. Students will study grammar, usage and mechanics as well as essential writing skills. The student’s understanding will be demonstrated through writing assignments, projects, and assessment. A research paper will also be required for this class.
Students will develop and utilize reading, vocabulary, writing, literary, listening and speaking skills while studying and analyzing a variety of American literature selections ranging from the 1800’s to the present day. These selections will include essays, myths, poetry, sermons, speeches, public documents, editorials, short stories, newspaper articles, letters, autobiographies and eulogies. They will develop their writing skills by completing assigned projects, poems, and essays. Students will learn of the various literary devices and historical terms illustrated in each selection. Students will be able to demonstrate these literary elements in their assigned writing and through assessment. Students will also gain knowledge of each author, the author’s style and motivation. Class discussion, group and individual activities and grammar review are additional components of this class.
Students will be studying the essentials of British and World Literature, beginning from the Anglo-Saxon period (449-1066) to the Modern World (1900’s ). These selections will include epics, poetry, articles, ballads, fables, narratives, parables, songs, speeches, tragedies, parodies, and sacred texts. Students will ultimately gain their ability to recognize and understand literary devices and historical terms. Students will also analyze the author of each selection, recognizing style and motivation. Students will perceive the context in which people lived and the impact that writing has on society today. Students will display their understanding through individual and group activities, assignments, projects, essays and assessment.
Honors English is an accelerated, challenging, project-based class, which is open to those juniors and seniors who have received or are receiving high academic honors in an English/Literature class. Honors English provides more of a college experience with less emphasis on daily work grades and more emphasis on tests and papers. Honors English includes great works from around the world. Students in Honors English do more independent reading, write more essays, major papers and deeper level thinking projects. The Honors English program is also completely online, meaning students receive their assignments and turn in their assignments on-line. Students in Honors English class are required to give presentations and present projects to other English classes on occasion.
This course looks at the different people groups in the world. It shows how civilizations formed in different parts of the world and how people groups moved, mixed, conquered, and disappeared. It goes back as far as recorded history and archeology will take us and brings us up to the present.
This course starts with how it is believed the Native Americans arrived in North and South America. It continues with Columbus’ accidental discovery and the exploration and exploitation that follow. Next the creation of the English colonies, their fight for freedom, and the creation of the United States will be covered. It follows year by year the events that have made America what it is today.
American History AP
This course follows the same basic pattern as the American History course but includes a lot of outside reading, book reports, short and long essay questions, and finally a comprehensive test over all United States History near the end of the year. Last of all a power point project will be created that will be shared with the entire class at the end of the year.
States government: how they have changed over time, and many of the important decisions that have been made by the states. This course looks at how the United States created its constitution, what the constitution says, and how it has been used to create the government that runs the United States. It looks at the checks and balances of the three branches of the United States. It explains how the individual can influence and interact with the United States government and the rights and responsibilities of the individual, the local, state, and federal governments.
A course designed to enhance basic physical fitness and motor skills through exercise and participation in team sports activities.
Conditioning and Training
A course designed to increase endurance for students in sports activities,
Health is an introductory wellness class. This course seeks to help students develop knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and lifestyle practices that enhance personal and community health. The class focuses on the teachings of the Bible and of Ellen G. White.
Computer Literacy and Microsoft Office Applications
The main goal of Computer Literacy is for students to gain a current understanding of the terminology of today’s growing computer technology and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Students will gain fluency in the language of computers. Students will become familiar with the components of computer hardware and software. Students will gain knowledge of the current and past issues that have helped technology evolve since the introduction of computer technology. Students will consider computer ethics as they apply to the technology and the workplace. Students will become proficient in the use of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
This freshman course is expected to increase keyboarding skills with drill practice and reinforcement of correct techniques. Students will learn to format and edit personal and business documents. Students will be expected to improve keyboarding speed with a minimum of 4 to 8 words per minute per quarter, with 97% accuracy.
The purpose of this course is to provide student with an understanding and appreciation of a variety of art by the instruction of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms. The course will concentrate on individual student skill development. Study will be given to the elements of design, composition, color and balance through the use of a variety of art media: drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking.
Choir uses easily attainable but challenging music to help develop the student’s interest in music, and give them an enjoyable choral experience. The main goal of choir, as with any other ensemble offered, is to praise our Lord in song.
Eternal Ring is RVAA’s most advanced hand bell choir. this group strives for musical excellence. Eternal Ring prepares music to use as a testimony of God’s wondrous blessings and amazing grace.
This course is intended to introduce students to motor vehicles. Some of the topics covered are driving safety, car purchasing, car maintenance, and insurance. Learning what tools are and how they are used is an important goal. There will be time spent in the shop working with tools on vehicles. Time will be spent learning about all of the major systems in a vehicle such as brakes, steering, electrical, heating, cooling, exhaust, and the power train.