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Curriculum Guide

One of the goals of the Bible teacher is to cultivate young men and women to live as light in a dark world.  With the hope that each student will live in relationship with and service to Christ, the curriculum of the Bible class is designed to give practical training in understanding the Bible and applying God's truth to life.  God has given us a perfect Guidebook, and the Bible curriculum incorporates His plans for living a successful and victorious life.  The Bible study, as well as the disciplines of spiritual growth, and the wisdom necessary to ground young people for the rest of their lives are presented in a clear and concise manner. 

Ninth Grade (two semesters)

Systematic Theology​ (Through the Class of 2020)

Students will study all the “primary theological loci,” (major doctrinal points) of Christianity, including: The Doctrine of God, The Doctrine of Humanity, The Doctrine of Salvation, The Doctrine of the Church, and the Eschatology (“End Times”).  Discussions on various interpretive issues as well as dividing points among Christians will be examined, with an emphasis placed upon greater Christian unity and the importance of knowing what followers of Christ truly believe.

Bible I (Beginning with the Class of 2021)

Fall Semester – Students will complete a study of the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Psalms. Historical context, proper interpretation, continuity of Scripture, messianic themes, and personal application will be emphasized.    

Spring Semester – Students will complete the first section of Bible Doctrines, focusing on: Bibliology (The Bible), Theology Proper (God the Father), and Christology (God the Son).  These major points of belief will be examined in their biblical context, and personal application of the truths of God will be emphasized.

Tenth Grade (two semesters)

Major Biblical Books (Through the Class of 2020)

Students will complete a survey study of the historical, interpretive, doctrinal issues found in: Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, The Gospel of John, Acts, Romans, and Revelation.  Developing hermeneutical (interpretive) skills, understanding the overall unity of Scripture, and appreciating the value of the entire Bible will be points of emphasis in this course.

Bible II (Beginning with the Class of 2021)

Fall Semester – Students will complete a study of the books of Isaiah, John, and Acts. Historical context, proper interpretation, continuity of Scripture, messianic themes and personal application will be emphasized.   

Spring Semester – Students will complete the second section of Bible Doctrines, focusing on: Pneumatology (God the Holy Spirit), Soteriology (Doctrine of Salvation), Ecclesiology (Doctrine of the Church), and Eschatology (Doctrine of End Times). These major points of belief will be examined in their biblical context, and personal application of the truths of God will be emphasized.

Eleventh Grade (two semesters)

Understanding the Times (Through the Class of 2020)

This course brings a host of Christian worldview and apologetic experts into the classroom through articles and biographies.  This course will help students clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview and how they compare with the tenets of the leading worldviews of our day including Islam, secular humanism, Marxism, New Age, and postmodernism.  Some issues covered are apologetics, art and culture, bioethics, cults, leadership, religious pluralism, and scriptural reliability.

Bible III (Beginning with the Class of 2021)

Fall Semester – Students will complete a study of the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Pastoral Epistle. Historical context, proper interpretation, continuity of Scripture, the actions and implications of the life of Jesus, and an understanding of genuine Christianity will be emphasized.   

Spring Semester - Students will examine the basic elements of the general concept of worldview and then apply their understanding to an analysis of varying worldviews found among the people of our time.  Historical foundations of worldviews as well as practical implications of what people believe will be a major emphasis.  Christianity as a worldview will be compared and contrasted with other perspectives, with an emphasis on the strength of a biblical approach to life and culture.

Twelfth Grade (two semesters)

Biblical Paradigms (Through the Class of 2020)

The Biblical Paradigms course is designed as a true capstone course for the Bible department.  An intensive study of Law and Gospel, Christian ethics, and general apologetics will make use of knowledge gained in prior Bible courses.  Biblical Paradigms will prepare students for life after high school by teaching application of scriptural truths and working through apologetics issues, including: understanding other worldviews, addressing specific scenarios as opportunities to share the Christian faith, and continuing to pursue a greater knowledge and depth of one's own faith in Christ.

Biblical Paradigms (Beginning with the Class of 2021)

Students will make their way through a capstone course, focusing on a review of the basic structure of Scripture and the character of God, understanding the implications of Christian beliefs on day to day life, examining how Christians should approach both sharing and defending the biblical worldview in a broader culture, and practical elements of “street level” apologetics in their own lives.  Additionally, a thematic study of the book of Revelation will be completed. The Biblical Paradigms course is an exercise in getting students ready to leave TCA and be compassionate, productive witnesses for Christ in the larger world.

Language Arts studies involves the training of the student in oral language, reading, spelling, and composition.  These areas of communication are foundational for all other areas of learning.  The process and product of communication reflects the very nature of God. 

To express Himself to man, God speaks to us through His Word.  In teaching reading, the phonics based approach will be used to provide students an orderly and logical way of learning to read, along with the teaching of comprehension skills.  As students progress in reading ability, they will learn to engage texts of increasing complexity. 

In the study of grammar, the students will be taught to use their speech in ways that glorify our Heavenly Father.  Grammar studies will aid students in critical reading and in expressing themselves clearly and creatively as they communicate God's Truth with others. 

The study of spelling and composition will enable students to communicate clearly through various forms of written expression.

All language arts courses are taught in a way to enable the student to think and communicate in logical and creative ways as reflected in the nature of God. 

Required Credits: 4

English I - Ninth Grade (two semesters)

English I includes an emphasis in comparison and contrast writing.  The course covers the process of literary analysis. The literary elements of conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure, and tone are analyzed while students evaluate authors and their works.

English II - Tenth Grade (two semesters)

This course explores expository writing while integrating language skills.  Students focus on specific genres of literature such as folktales, epics, essays, poetry, and drama.  The study evaluates literature in light of Scripture from a biblical worldview. 

PAP English II - Tenth Grade (two semesters)

This course explores expository writing while integrating language skills. Students focus on specific genres of literature such as folktales, epics, essays, poetry, and drama. The study evaluates literature in light of Scripture from a biblical worldview. Novels such as To Kill A Mockingbird and The Screwtape Letters are used in the study of literary topics such as allusion, symbolism, imaginative comparison, irony, foreshadowing, and sound and syntax.

English III - Eleventh Grade (two semesters)

English III focuses on persuasive writing.  Activities and assessments emphasize writing utilizing personal expression, researched synthesis, and literary analysis. Lessons examine Colonial, Revolutionary, Romantic, Realistic, Naturalistic, and Modern literature.  Darwinism and religious liberalism are also covered.

English IV - Twelfth Grade (two semesters)

Writing for persuasion, analysis and research is emphasized.  British literature is studied from eight literary periods in light of scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern.  English Christianity is traced from its beginnings to the present.

AP English Language - Eleventh and Twelfth Grade (two semesters)

Students are engaged in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Structure, style, and theme are considered as students read selected texts.  The prospective student should plan to do a great deal of independent reading, thinking, and writing. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature.

The potentially successful student should be a strong student in grammar and in reading.  In addition, he/she should possess a high level of self-discipline with a strong work ethic and an excellent attendance record. 

History is the study of how God has established and developed His world and the people in it.  We always seek to recognize God's sovereignty and hand in history for His ultimate purpose.  The providential working of God is acknowledged throughout history in the past, present, and future.  Our history classes survey American history, world history, government, Texas history, geography, social studies and economics with emphasis on patriotism, character development, and the variety of contributions made by persons and events in history.

Cultural Geography - Ninth Grade (two semesters)

This class is a survey through a regional approach of both geographic principles and countries of the world.  Students "travel" from continent to continent around the world studying the culture, land forms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country.

World History - Tenth Grade (two semesters)

Students see historical events from Creation to modern times.  The development of the major world civilizations with an emphasis on western civilization will be covered.  Geography, economics, and current events will be stressed as well.

PAP World History - Tenth (two semesters)

Pre AP World History will emphasize a more analytical and more enriched study of topics.  It is for students who desire a more challenging curriculum in their social studies course.  Students should be prepared for a greater amount of outside reading.

In order to be more successful, it is highly recommended that the student be self-motivated and have excellent class attendance.

United States History - Eleventh Grade (two semesters)

Students will uncover the history of our nation through this comprehensive survey.  There is a focus on the causes of events, the strains on the Union, and the underlying issues that have shaped United States history.

Dual Enrollment United States History - Eleventh Grade (two semesters)

TCA partners with Liberty University Online Academy for this course. Students will spend eight weeks in the fall surveying the political, social and economic developments of America from the colonizing experience through the Civil War with emphasis on the development of the American democratic tradition. Students who receive a passing grade from LUOA will receive 3 hours college credit.  After the eight week course from LUOA, students will continue their study of US History from the Civil War until modern times.  The instructor will put emphasis on information pertinent to taking the CLEP test at the end of term.

There are prerequisites for this course and it is highly recommended that students be self-motivated and have a good work ethic. 

Government - Twelfth Grade (one semester)

Students explore federalism, state and local government, and the opportunities and responsibilities of American citizens in the political system.  The constitution and principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic are emphasized.

Economics - Twelfth Grade (one semester)

This course emphasizes free enterprise capitalism in a free market economy.  Biblical views of work, wealth, and stewardship teach proper economic roles of individual producers, consumers, and the government.

Dual Enrollment Government - Twelfth Grade (one semester)

TCA partners with Liberty University Online Academy for this course.

American Government is a 10 week long honors course for TCA credit that will emphasize the important concepts and ideas of government as well as people and events.  For example, the benefits of free enterprise, rule by law, and limited, representative government are emphasized and contrasted with the disadvantages of opposing systems.  The textbook is divided into three units:  Foundations of American Government, Our Constitutional Republic, and Our Federal Republic.  The students will be encouraged to be good stewards of the country with which God has so graciously blessed us by living righteously and actively participating in our unique form of government.

Students who receive a passing grade from LUOA will receive 3 hours college credit. 

There are prerequisites for this course and it is highly recommended that students be self-motivated and have a good work ethic. 

Dual Enrollment Economics - Twelfth Grade (one semester)

TCA partners with Liberty University Online Academy for this course.

This course is an introduction to the theory and history of free exchange and economic inquiry. Free market thought will be scrutinized from the perspective of the Christian understanding of human behavior and contrasted with other paradigms. Specific topics include examination of the "economic question," the tools of economic analysis with focus on the applicability to the study of human behavior, the market process, demand and the consumer, cost and supply, market structure, government regulation, and resource demand and supply.

Students who receive a passing grade from LUOA will receive 3 hours college credit. 

There are prerequisites for this course and it is highly recommended that students be self-motivated and a have a good work ethic. 

Science acknowledges that the world in which we live belongs to God, our Heavenly Father, who designed the world in His perfect will of relationships.  God has given us the responsibility to learn about the natural laws in order that we may take care of the world He has given us. 

In science, students will see God's world through application of technology.  These learning experiences, based on God's word, will allow students' knowledge of His creation to increase and will affirm their faith in the creator, enabling them to use science to the glory of God. 

Biology - Ninth (two semesters)

Biology (the science that deals with living organisms and vital life processes) is a course that will take the student on a journey through the world in which we live.  This world is made of remarkable diversity, but all living things share certain key characteristics that God designed and created.  The text is divided into three units:  The Science of Life, The Science of Organisms, and the Study of Human Life.  Laboratory exercises will accompany the textbook and will encourage students to think critically and logically.  

Chemistry - Tenth (two semesters)

This introductory chemistry course will encourage students to think using a logical series of steps and apply this technique to solving problems. The text will emphasize the basics of chemistry as well as the practical application of chemistry in everyday life and will be presented in the Christian view of science in general. Topics covered include:  concepts of matter and atomic structure, elements, compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, gas laws, chemical bonds, chemical equilibrium and acids, bases & salts.

Physics - Eleventh (two semesters)

Physics is the study of those laws that govern certain types of physical phenomena in God's creation.  The areas covered in this course are: mechanics (the study of motion and its causes); light, sound and waves; electricity and magnetism; properties of matter, thermodynamics; and relativity.

Environmental Science - Twelfth (two semesters)

This course is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made.  It explores ways to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing issues faced while caring for the creation with which God has entrusted.

Human Anatomy and Physiology - Twelfth (two semesters)

This honors, high school course will consist of the fundamental principles and unifying themes of the interrelationships of all the body organ systems.  Homeostasis and complementarity of structure and function will also be stressed.  Students will not only learn the terminology and processes of structure and function, but to also grow to appreciate more God's most awesome creation: the miraculous, human body.

AP Environmental Science - Twelfth (two semesters)

The AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.  Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.

This class is designed for those who have completed biology and chemistry with a strong average and are highly motivated.

Mathematics demonstrates God's order in an abstract world of numbers.  In mathematics, the students will learn through incremental steps as the Bible states, "precept upon precept, line upon line..." (Isaiah 28:10).  Math students must build concept upon concept and develop sequential mastery of mathematical principles. 

Algebra I - Ninth (two semesters)

Students will use concrete, numerical, algorithmic, and graphical tools to explore topics that include basic concepts of real numbers, algebraic thinking, functions, linear equation/functions, inequalities, quadratic expressions, polynomials, radicals, nonlinear functions, data analysis, graphing, and applications.

Geometry - Ninth or Tenth (two semesters)

This course provides students an opportunity to study zero-, one-, two- and three- dimensional geometry, to use geometric models, to apply the properties of figures in problem-solving situations, and to use appropriate technology to solve geometric problems.

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Algebra II - Tenth or Eleventh (two semesters)

Topics include modeling using algebra, linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational and quadratic functions. Number systems and investigating data will also be covered.

Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry

Pre-Calculus - Eleventh or Twelfth (two semesters)

This course is a combination of advanced algebra, trigonometry, elementary analysis, and analytical geometry.  It provides a foundation and allows students to be successful in a higher level math course.

Prerequisites: Algebra I and II, Geometry

Pre AP Pre-Calculus - Eleventh (two semesters)

This course explores all of the topics in Pre-Calculus in a deeper way.  The Pre AP course moves more quickly and covers a broader range of topics.

Prerequisites: Algebra I and II, Geometry

College Preparatory Algebra - Twelfth (two semesters)

This course builds on concepts from Algebra I and II.  It covers equations, inequalities, functions, graphing of polynomials and rational functions, exponentials and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, matrices, and conic sections.

Prerequisites: Algebra I and II, Geometry

DE College Algebra - Twelfth (two semesters)

TCA partners with John Brown University to offer this course. It is taught by a seasoned TCA instructor. Topics include solving equations and systems of equations, functions and graphing, inequalities, logarithms, exponentials, sequences, and series. An emphasis is placed on applied problems in physical, life, and social sciences.

Prerequisites: Minimum ACT math score of 19 or SAT math score of at least 480

AP Calculus - Twelfth (two semesters)

This course will cover algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. Students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions and know the values of the trigonometric functions of number from the basic unit circle.

 This class is designed for those who have completed Pre AP Pre-Calculus with a strong average and are highly motivated.

God is the originator of all languages.  When mankind decided to unite against God, as described in Genesis, the utilization of multiple languages thwarted any plans that could have developed.  Because of this sin, there are a number of languages spoken today and Spanish is just one.  In Spanish, the student will see order and logic as they start with basic speech sounds and end with conversational

and written Spanish.  In order to fulfill God's mandate to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." (Matt. 28:19a), one must have the necessary communication skills.  Students of Spanish must build a working vocabulary and a grammatical concept of sentence formation all aimed at making communication with God and man possible. 

Spanish I - Ninth Grade (two semesters)

In this course, students are introduced to Spanish grammar and vocabulary essential for effective communication while improving their ability to speak, read, write, and understand the language.  Student will also learn various social and cultural aspects of Spanish speaking people.

Spanish II - Tenth Grade (two semesters)

Spanish II focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in Spanish. Students will have a more complex vocabulary and understanding of grammar. The major means of communication between student and teacher is in Spanish.

Spanish III - Eleventh Grade (two semesters)

This course is taught predominantly in Spanish.  It provides a more in-depth study of language and culture.  The focus for the year is conversational Spanish.

Creative arts involves the expressions of praise and worship to God our creator through music and artistic venues.  The student will learn that all of their gifts and talents are given by God and they are accountable to use these gifts to bring honor and glory to Him.

Art (two semesters) -

This course enables students to gain a broad understanding of art.  Students participate in a variety of learning experiences using a wide range of mediums.  Throughout the year students use direct observation, imagination, and personal experiences as inspiration for their own art works, while learning the elements of art and principals of design.

Choir (two semesters) -

Choir is for the beginning to intermediate singer who is interested in improving singing skills and being a part of the choral community. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the use of basic music vocabulary including terms, and signs and symbols of music reading. Students will sing choral literature and will compete in choral competitions. Students will perform throughout the year in various community events, and they will also minister to others through music at non-profit organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a musical production in the spring.

Creative Writing (two semesters) -

This is a class for anyone who has a passion for reading and writing.  The course in Creative Writing leads students through writing in several different styles and genres and has students participate with others in reviewing and critiquing work done in class.  If you enjoy writing short stories, poetry, plays, etc., then this class will help you improve your writing abilities.

Praise Team (two semesters) -

Students in praise team must go through try outs in the spring of the previous school year.  Students are selected by a panel of judges and serve on the team for the following school year.  Musicians and singers  desiring to lead in worship during secondary chapel each week make up the team.

Theater (two semesters) -

Students are trained in teamwork, relaxation, concentration, movement, voice, play analysis, acting, improvisation, character analysis, performance, scene work, monologues, audition/interview skills, theatre vocabulary, and theatre history.  This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.

Yearbook (two semesters) -

Yearbook staffers create and design layouts using software skills covered in class.  Students learn basic photography including how to upload, edit, and organize photographs for use in the school yearbook, The Talon.  Basic Photoshop techniques are also covered during class time.  Students practice journalistic writing, video editing, advertising sales, and time management. 

College Prep (one semester) -

This course guides students as they begin preparing for college.  Students are prepped in test taking skills for the SAT and ACT.  They learn basics such as filling out a college application, filling out the FAFSA, preparing a resume', and filling out scholarship applications.  The Uniquely You personal character test is given to help students choosing a major.

High School Computer Applications (two semesters) -

The computer education curriculum prepares students to use computer technology for learning, working, accessing and applying information for content related problem solving, for producing products, and for communicating ideas and data. The curriculum also includes objectives to enable students to understand the societal uses and impact of technology on today's workplace and living habits. A major premise of the computer education curriculum is that the use of the computer is that of a tool.

It is understood that the computer curriculum will be ever changing to meet the technological advances of more sophisticated hardware and software as well as the growing use of computers within the core curriculum. The content aspect of the curriculum will be on-going and continually revised as the educational process continues to use information, technology, and other tools to support the curriculum.

Personal Fitness (one semester) -

This course focuses on increasing the student's overall wellbeing in a fun environment.  Students concentrate on a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and a variety of exercises. 

Real Life- How to manage it! (two semesters) -

This class will be exploring skills that will help any student in managing "real life" as an adult.  We will look closely at the spiritual, physical, emotional/mental topics that come up in life.  The topics that will be surveyed include:  dating, marriage, meal planning, sewing, job skills, resumes, family, budgets management, debt, grocery shopping, counseling, decorating, edict and so much more.

Speech (one semester) -

Speech class intertwines the study of public speaking, voice pedagogy, modern media analysis and fine tuning of self-expressions techniques.

In-Season Athletics (one semester)

All students participating in a school sport are required to take this class.

   - Fall Sports  (fall semester): Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheerleading,

   - Spring Sports (spring semester): Basketball, Baseball, Track, Softball, Tennis

Drumline (two semesters)

If sitting in a desk, grading last night's homework is your thing, then don't sign up for this class. If it isn't, then TCA Percussion is the place for you! We will be a fun, hard-working group that will make music together. The primary role of TCA Percussion will be playing in the TCA Drumline. This includes playing at football games, pep rallies, the homecoming parade, TAPPS Drumline Competition, and many other places. The class itself will achieve goals such as learning to read music, proper technique, and how to balance individual disciplines while playing as a part of a group. Grading will be based on preparedness for class and participation in all extracurricular events.

Small Business Entrepreneurship (one semester)

A course designed for students to expand their knowledge of business/marketing principles related to ownership and management of a business, traits and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, and strategies of business management and marketing. The development of a business plan related to the student’s’ area of entrepreneurial interest is a course objective.

Mythological Literature (one semester)

Mythological Literature studies the primary mythological literature of four cultures. The first semester concerns itself with Mediterranean literature, with readings selected from Greek dramas and Roman narrative poetry. The second semester turns its focus on the mythology of northern Europe, with readings selected from the songs and sagas of the Norse and folklore of the Celts. In exploring the diversity of mythological thought, students gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and a depth of literary comprehension.