Course Catalog

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  • Please note grade levels and prerequisites. These are not suggestions. Exceptions must be approved by the PCLA Headmaster

  • Unless specifically stated, all textbooks listed are the current edition.

  • Supply list for each class will be distributed at the Parent’s Meeting in August.

  • All courses must have a minimum of 6 students unless approved by the Headmaster

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  • Additional classes may be created as needed. 

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EL1C

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4/5 Bundle

This includes five 4th - 5th grade classes (Math, Grammar, History, Spanish, and Science) offered at a reduced price.

See the individual classes.

Subject

Elective

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 - 2:30

EL3D

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Journalism and Publications (online only)

Students will work on all aspects of the PCLA yearbook. This course may be taken multiple times.

Required Text: Text provided for a rental fee ($15). Workbooks must be purchased through PCLA

Subject

Elective

Grade Levels

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

FA1R

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4/5 Art

Subject

Elective

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

11 - 12

FL3A

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High School Spanish 1

Designed to provide students with the vocabulary and grammar skills they need to create language for communication. Students will converse, read and write in Spanish. Culture studies are integrated throughout.

Required Text: TBD

Subject

Foreign Language

Grade Levels

Advanced 8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

2:30 - 4:30

FL3B

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High School Spanish 2

A continuation of the skills and culture studies begun in Spanish 1, the text uses less English and more Spanish in its pedagogy, reflecting student progress in the language. Meets the standards for Foreign Language Learning set forth by the ACTFL.

Required Text: TBD

Prerequisite: Completion of high school level Spanish 1 with grade of C or better. A placement test

will be required if Spanish 1 was taken elsewhere.

**This course fulfills rigor requirements.

Subject

Foreign Language

Grade Levels

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Thursday

12:30 - 2:30

LA1C

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4/5 Grammar

Lessons will cover parts of speech, sentence structure, and rules of capitalization and punctuation. Basic elements of writing will be introduced as students learn to model original works using the imitation method.

Required Text: The Language Mechanic (ISBN: 978-0-89455-761-3)

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 - 9

LA2A

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Middle School Composition I: Introduction to Writing

Students will learn basic elements of writing such as writing basic sentences, writing paragraphs, and writing essays. Grammar will be enriched through sentence combining, modeling and editing. Students will have a chance to enhance writing knowledge through subject writing, creative writing and reports.

No Text Required

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Levels

Advanced 6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

9 - 10

LA2B

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Middle School Composition II: Extending the Writing Process

Students will review basic writing skills using a literature approach, in addition to traditional writing exercises. Topics covered will include: expository, narrative, and persuasive writing; research papers, including citation of sources; and poetry. Several classic short stories, poems, and novels will be studied.

No Text Required

Prerequisite: MS Comp I or equivalent.

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Levels

7th Grade

8th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 - 9

LA3B – H

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Honors World Literature and Composition

This course will broaden students' understanding of a wide range of literary classics through critical thinking, and by focusing on excellence in communication through both the written and spoken word. Students will study and interpret works in light of a biblical worldview. This course is a complete Language Arts course.
Required Text: World Literature Student Book by James P. Stobaugh (ISBN: 978-0-89051-675-1 Additional literary selections: The Illiad (978-0226470498) The Odyssey (978-0061244186) War & Peace (978-1400079988)
*This class will be capped at 18 students*
This course will not be offered again until 2020-2021.

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Levels

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Amanda Swanson

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

12:30 - 2:30

LA3D – H

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Honors British Literature and Composition

Discusses literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. Traces English Christianity from its beginning to the present and studies the Shakespearean drama Macbeth. This class will give students the unique opportunity to read and discuss literature in a small classroom setting while providing an in-depth study of Grammar, Vocabulary, and Composition. This course is a complete Language Arts course.
Required Text: BJU Press British Literature (ISBN: 978-1-57924-951-9) Copyright 2003. Additional literary selections will be forthcoming.
Prerequisite: Completion of Comparative Literature and World Literature with a grade of C or better.
*This class will be capped at 15 students*
This course will not be offered again until 2020-2021.

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Levels

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Tricia Wade

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

10 - 12

MA2A

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Math Fundamentals

Explains whole numbers, number theory, equations, decimals, integers, fractions, basic geometry.

Required Text: BJU Fundamentals of Math 2nd Edition student text (ISBN: 978-1591663751)

**This class will be capped at 10 Students.

Subject

Math

Grade Levels

Advanced 6th Grade

7th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

10 - 12

MA2B

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Honors Pre-Algebra

Eases students into algebraic thinking by introducing the concept of variables early, then emphasizing equation-solving procedures throughout the remaining chapters. Reviews and builds on traditional arithmetic skills and includes a consumer- related application of math to everyday life.

Required Text: BJU Pre-Algebra 2nd Edition Student text. (ISBN: 978-1591665465)

**This class will be capped at 10 Students

Subject

Math

Grade Levels

Advanced 7th Grade

8th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

10 - 12

MA2C

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4/5 Math

Lessons will include place value, Roman numerals, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, equations, geometry, time & measurement, ratios, proportions, percent’s, fractions, decimals, and integers.

Required Text: BJU Press Math 5 Student Worktext – 3rd Edition;

Updated Copyright: ISBN #: 9781628562347

Subject

Math

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

12:30 - 2:30

MA3A

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Honors Algebra 1

This course continues into the practical methods of solving first- and second-degree equations and inequalities. Algebraic skills are introduced in logical order: relations, functions, graphing, and systems of equations, radicals, factoring polynomials, rational equations, and quadratic functions. Contains review questions that refresh the memory without wearying the mind. It also includes word problems and special interest sections on computer technology and famous mathematicians.

Required Text: BJU Algebra 1 (3rd Edition) ISBN: 9781606820452

Prerequisite: Pre Algebra with grade of C or better.

**This class will be capped at 10 Students.

Subject

Math

Grade Levels

Advanced 8th Grade

9th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 - 10

MA3C

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Honors Algebra 2

Mathematical contributions of various cultures provide the theme for this continuing journey into algebra. The first seven chapters provide thorough review of basic skills, including detailed studies of linear equations and functions, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations and functions, systems of equations, and radicals, then progresses to topics such as complex numbers, rational expressions and equations, conic sections, trigonometry, exponents and logarithms, matrices, and probability.
Required Text: BJU Press Algebra 2 – 2nd Edition Student Text. ISBN: (978-1-57924-385-2) Also Required: Texas Instruments 83 (TI 83) calculator or equivalent.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with grade of C or better

*This class will be capped at 10 Students

Subject

Math

Grade Levels

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Mandy Garcia

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

2:30 - 4:30

SC2A

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Earth Science

In this course, students will find that Earth Science is also a battle of worldviews. Students will be introduced to the secular theories of where everything they see came from. Students’ Christian worldviews will be shaped and strengthened as they learn about tectonic processes, landforms and earth materials, fossils, the oceans and oceanography, rivers and lakes, the atmosphere, weather and storms, climate and environmentalism, the solar system, the universe and cosmology, and space science. It is important that students read the material before class each week. Experiments will be done both in class and at home.
Required text: BJU Press Earth Science 4th Ed. (ISBN: 978-1-60682-070-4) and Student Lab Manual (ISBN: 978-1- 60682-071-1)
This course will not be offered again until 2020-2021.

Subject

Science

Grade Levels

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Teacher

Shari Sewell

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

12:30 - 2:30

SC2C

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4/5 Science

Topics covered in our science units will include rocks and minerals, matter and energy, weather, biomes, ecosystems, sound and light, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Required Text: BJU Press Science 5 – 4th Edition ISBN #: 978-1-60682-463-4

Subject

Science

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

9 - 10

SC3A

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Honors Physical Science

Course discusses such topics as the property of matter, elementary chemistry, structure and interactions of matter, chemical and non-chemical combinations of matter, elementary physics including forms of energy, mechanics, electromagnetics, wave theory, and optics.
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra with a C or better and must be currently taking Algebra 1 or higher. Required Text: BJU Press The Physical World- 5th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-60682-4641)

Subject

Science

Grade Levels

Advanced 8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Shannon Phillips

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

10 - 12

SC3C

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Honors Chemistry

The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Course will include lectures and labs.

Required Text: TBD

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with a C or better and must be currently taking or have completed Algebra 2

and Physical Science.

**This course fulfills rigor requirements.

Subject

Science

Grade Levels

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 - 10

SS2C

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MS World Geography

This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding and knowledge of world geography and all of its factors. Students will be exposed to the “5 themes” of geography incorporating not only maps, map skills, and location but also the effects of human interaction, history, and culture. Assignments will include basic text book assignments, practical application activities and geographical projects.
Required Text: Memoria Press Geography III, Exploring & Mapping the World, 2nd ed., Student Text, (ISBN # 9781615385478) Classroom Atlas 13th Edition by Rand McNally (ISBN: 978-0528015144) Memoria Press Geography III, second edition Student Workbook, ISBN #9781615385485

Subject

Social Studies

Grade Levels

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

2:30 - 3:30

SS2G

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4/5 History

This course begins with the time period before Europeans came to what is now the U.S. and takes students on an exciting journey through the history of the people, places, and events that shaped U.S. history until the late 1800s.

Required Text: Our Star-Spangled Story Part 1, ISBN 9781609991241

My Star-Spangled Student Workbook 9781609991289. Notgrass Publisher

Subject

Social Studies

Grade Levels

4th Grade

5th Grade

Teacher

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

10 - 11

SS3F

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World History

This course recounts the story of mankind from creation to the present. Students examine ancient civilizations through the Greeks to the Roman Empire. Then they survey India, Asia, and Africa on their way to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, upon which modern history is founded. They are challenged to discover the forces, issues, people, and movements that have shaped our modern world. God’s providence and Bible integration are given prominence as the students are taught to view the world through a Christian lens.

Required Text: BJU World History Student Textbook 4th edition (ISBN: 978-1-60682-118-3)

This course will not be offered again until 2020-2021.

Subject

Social Studies

Grade Levels

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Teacher

Amanda Swanson

Class Day and Time

Tuesday

8 -10