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MATH
We strive to offer the mathematical foundation they'll need to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
 
7th Grade Basic Mathematics in Christian Perspective
As students transition into increasingly difficult math, the number of practice exercises also increases, with many word problems illustrating the practical benefits of math. Reviewing concepts taught in previous levels, gaining 100% mastery on all exercises and word problems, comprehending the logic steps to finding the answer  without a calculator. They KNOW math when they complete this course. They may use calculators only to check their work.
 
Practical topics such as percentages, reading meters, banking, and cooking are integrated alongside concepts that students will need to learn before taking high-school level courses, such as basic algebra and problem-solving skills.*
 
8th Grade Pre-Algebra
Students gain the mathematical foundation they'll need to succeed in high school, college and beyond. As students transition into increasingly difficult math, the number of practice exercises also increases, with many word problems illustrating the practical benefits of math. Pre-algebra reviews all arithmetic topics, broadening students' abilities as they solve problems that require more than one approach to the correct solution.
 
Reviewing concepts taught in previous levels, 8th grade students are encouraged to learn basic elements of algebra, scientific notation, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry. Problem-solving strategies help students apply mathematical skills to word problems.*
 
9th – 10th Geometry, Cycle 1  
Students become acquainted with fundamental tools of geometry! Impressing on students the necessity of a formal proof before plunging into demonstrative geometry, this course covers rectilinear figures, proportions, circles, solutions of right triangles, and more. "Extras" include mathematical information on famous buildings, biographies of mathematicians, and geometry in the world around us. Senior students have the opportunity to see one of these in our nation’s capital.*
 
9th – 10th Algebra 2, Cycle 2  
This course builds upon the concepts introduced in Algebra 1. Students will study linear equations, linear inequalities, polynomials, probability, and statistics in greater depth; they'll also learn about exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, and trigonometric equations and identities - introducing them to pre-calculus and trigonometry. Real-world applications in word problems emphasize the practicality of algebra while the Christian emphasis highlights the orderly design of the universe as seen through mathematical laws.
 
Lessons explain the basic concept and integrate multiple step-by-step examples so students can see how problems should be worked; practice and review exercises provide hands-on opportunities to solve problems by applying new concepts and skills.*
 
11th  PreCalculus
Beginning with a review of trigonometry, this course progresses to discussion of functions, identities, and equations. Development of analytical geometry topics includes the study of lines, conics, quadric surfaces, and more, culminating with an introduction to calculus.*
 
Arrangements made for students wishing advanced math courses.
 
ENGLISH CURRICULUM
Over a six-year period, the Hyland English curriculum covers a wide variety of literature, along with a focus on writing as a means to develop creative perception and critical thinking.
 
 Reading
In addition to the assigned works, students are encouraged to read books that capture their interest. The goal is not to just have them read, but to become readers.
 
Writing
Writing assignments (journaling, essays, papers, creative fiction, poetry) are designed to equip a student with the ability to structure rational reactions to the readings. This approach is built on a profound truth-how well we write effects how well we think.  Then, writing goes beyond cliché formulaic writing to creative levels even in non-fiction. Students are also encouraged to develop their voice.
 
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Every November, students participate in the international program which promotes creative writing as a means to produce effective writing. This approach demonstrates that quantity of writing inevitably leads to quality.
 
Anthologies
Introduction to literature involves several anthologies which include the works of the following:
Authors: Jane Austin, Lewis Carroll, Miguel de Cervantes, Geoffrey Chaucer, Stephen Crane, Guy de Maupassant, John Milton, Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry; Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Poe, Will Rogers, Jonathan Swift, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington. Poets: Blake, Coleridge, e.e. Cummings, Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Frost, Keats, Sandburg, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Yeats.
 
Required Reading
In addition to the anthologies, each year students read complete works in order to explore more sophisticated and prolonged themes:
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neal Postman, The Prestige by Christopher Priest, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.
 
HISTORY
7th - 9th World Studies, Cycle 1   
Students look at the civilizations of the world through the lens of a Christian worldview. It begins with a brief review of history from Creation to the coming of Christ and progresses in a chronological journey around the world studying the ebb and flow of empires, cultures, Christianity, and world religions, concluding with an examination of the trends of the emerging 21st century**
 
7th - 9th The American Republic, Cycle 2   
Students dig deeper into the history of the United States starting with the discovery of the New World, and trace the path of American history up to the present day. In addition to a historical account, this study demonstrates the distinctiveness of American values and government, and emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating United States history.**
 
7th - 9th Cultural Geography, Cycle 3   
Students survey the principles of geography through a regional approach. Students will “travel” from continent to continent around the world studying the geography, cultures, landforms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country.**
                                                                           
10th - 12th World History, Cycle 1   
Students are guided through the story of history from the dawn of civilization to the present world. Students are encouraged to explore the past and dele into the twists and turns of world history. There is emphasis on how a Christian worldview affects the study of history, illustrating the crucial nature of viewing history through the lens of the Bible. Students analyze five key themes throughout history from a biblical perspective: justice, power, citizenship, environment, and word religions. This course includes detailed discussions of civilizations in Africa and the East, Asia, the Americas before Europeans arrived, and African, India, and Asian empires.
 
Students trace major patterns that echo throughout the history of the world. They will follow successions of events that lead to certain conclusions, identify causes and effects, and measure the continuity and change of ideologies and civilizations. Students are taught to think like historians identifying the parts and pieces that work together to introduce and develop vial skills for student historians. Primary sources challenge them to think critically.**
 
10th - 12th History Of The United States, Cycle 2    
This is a chronological study of the major events in the history of the United States, from the culture of the Native Americans to the early days of the Trump presidency. The course helps students see the past through the corrective lens of a biblical worldview. It leads students to evaluate people, events, and movements from biblical teaching, giving special attention to the rise and growth of secularism. The course also leads students to propose solutions to social problems based on biblical teaching. The course will require them to interpret primary sources, drawing and combining reasonable inferences from both primary and secondary sources to build an understanding of complex issues.
 
Students are led to do history, not just read about it. Students are confronted with multiple perspectives on significant events in history. They are required to compare and contrast these perspectives and then judge them based on the teachings of scripture. Reviews are divided into literal and high-order questions, incorporating Bloom’s taxonomy.**
 
10th - 12th American Government, Cycle 3    
The study of American Government prepares students for responsible citizenship with a discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Students study essential features of American government, from its historical and scriptural foundations to detailed analysis of its inner workings. The curriculum provides insight on a variety of topics such as the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy, and more, all from a biblical perspective. This overview identifies changes and current developments in our government. Christian worldview discussions help students think scripturally and critically about governmental issues.**  One semester.
 
10th - 12th Economics, Cycle 3
Economics introduces and explores key principles of economics from household purchases to the stock market. Each chapter includes personal finance sections which explain important economic principles and provide practical information about budgeting, banking, debt, credit and interest. Students also learn about issues related to national economic systems and policies.**  One semester.
 
SCIENCE
The focus of Secondary Science focuses on science as a powerful tool for living out God’s first commandment to man: have dominion over the earth. Students are taught to evaluate the findings of modern science, to interpret them through God’s Word, and to think critically about modern scientific issues, such as cancer and pollution. Throughout, students will see the inter-disciplinary relation to history, math, and literature.*
 
7th - 9th Life Science, Cycle 1   
Students survey structures & and functions of living things such as plants, animals, and human beings. All these concepts are unfolded as a quest to understand the life that God has created. Various activities help students think like scientists and see life science from a biblical perspective.
Students are introduced to life science by following a series of worldview themes. They will consider (1) the role of worldview in life science; (2) the history of life; (3) the role of modeling in life science; (4) the appearance of design in life; (5) ethical issues in life science; (6) gender identity and human sexuality. Life science topics are approached in a level of detail appropriate to the students’ grade and age. Discussions keep the framework broad without overcomplicating the lessons with terminology.*
 
 7th - 9th Earth Science, Cycle 2   
Students examine God’s handiwork affirming the young earth creationist view of the Earth’s history and disproving evolutionary views pervading the scientific community and modern culture. They study scientific philosophies and models, meteorology, geology, and oceanography, encouraging students to think like scientists, eager to learn and discover. Science will always be a heavily process-based discipline, so in the study of earth science, process also contributes to worldview shaping. By shaping students into scientists that are conscious of earth science issues, they will be able to approach science as another means of ministry as they discover earth science is an open field.*
 
7th - 9th  Physical Science, Cycle 3  
Students experience an introduction to the world of physics and chemistry, an essential foundation for subsequent science courses. It builds a foundation of basic knowledge regarding matter and measurements with classical mechanics, then furnishes students with key principles and scientific laws of classical physics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and optics. These transition naturally into the chemistry topics, beginning with the atomic model, then to elements and compounds, chemical reactions, and finishing with solutions, and acids, basis, and salts. Students learn by examples why the subject matter is relevant to a Christian worldview of science.*
 
10th - 11th  Biology, Cycle 1  
Biology takes students on a quest to understand God’s living world, from the microscopic world of the cells to the macroscopic world of cellular botany, zoology, and human anatomy. Clear scientific images help picture the cell’s workings, a sense of the classification of life. Case studies, webquests, lab activities, and questions help students think like scientists and understand that biology makes sense from a biblical perspective.**
 
10th - 11th Chemistry, Cycle 2
This chemistry class ensures mastery of the basic principles of chemistry and makes those principles understandable and interesting. Computer-generated molecular models allow students to more easily visualize chemical processes.

A Christian perspective helps students see chemistry as a beneficial science that can be used for man’s benefit and God’s glory. Environmental issues such as ozone depletion, global warming, and nuclear power are presented from a balanced, conservative perspective. *
 
12th Physics (on demand)
Why didn’t the golf ball fly straight after it was hit? Why are race tracks inclined? How is a boat made of metal able to float? Students study the theoretical and practical aspects of physics as they study friction, gravity, energy, momentum, thermodynamics, and more. Students can understand the laws of creation as God has set them into motion.*
 
SPANISH
9th - 10th Spanish I, Cycle 1
Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish and gain confidence with the Spanish language. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel. Second semester students eat at Spanish restaurant and place their order in Spanish.**
 
11th - 12th Spanish 2, Cycle 2
In Spanish 2, students learn to communicate comfortably at an intermediate level with Spanish-speaking people in a variety of setting: a store, a bank, an airport, a hotel, a doctor's office, an auto shop, and on the mission field. Grammar, pronunciation, writing, listening, verb tenses, and moods are emphasized.** Students taking Spanish 2 often CLEP Spanish 1 in college.
 
 
SENIOR RESEARCH - 12th GRADE
A two-semester class tailored for HCS seniors’ successful transition into college life/life after high school.
    Textbook: Practicing College Learning Strategies, Carolyn  H. Hopper. Wadsworth, CENGAGE Learning. Boston, MA.
 
Topics include: organization, time management, critical thinking, setting goals, memory principles, learning styles, test taking strategies, managing stress, procrastination, some money managing tips, Cornell note taking and studying techniques from lectures and textbooks, how to study college biology and math, group work technique for college assignments, and websites and apps useful for college.
 
College level research: History of libraries, library terminology, Dewey Decimal System, LOC, Library databases vs. public web, website evaluation, advanced searches, primary materials, paraphrase techniques, step-by-step model for college-level
research paper writing, MLA documentation, rhetoric evaluation, and exposure to Track Changes. Each student presents a polished, 13-page research paper.
 
Develop a four-year course load plan for college: Using their university’s course catalog, students develop a year-by-year plan for their chosen degree. This tool helps them understand what is involved in earning a degree in their field of study, how the overall college system works, and how to keep track of courses taken. Students will have produced a useful tool for their college career.
 
7- Day DC Tour: Intensive capstone tour emphasizes tangible highlights from their textual studies. Students lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington Cemetery and explore area venues. An opportunity to contemplate freedom and gratitude for blessings of liberty.
 
Wise information: Students present formal outlines from a lecture, ‘Three Chairs’ video, and a textbook, Understanding the Times, defining one field of study’s perspective when viewed from Marxism-Leninism, Islamism, Humanism, Cosmic Humanism, Post-modernism, and Biblical worldviews.
 
Additional topics: Applying for a job, polished resume, cover letter, interview techniques. Applying /paying for college, Choose 
which college (just as here, no perfect university), personal essay, applications, ACT, SAT, financial aid, scholarships, FAFSA,
debt and student loans, work study, online courses, purchasing textbooks, communication with professors, campus
involvement, dorm life, sharing your faith, developing short devos, real-life college student stories (some good and some not
so), and great life chapters from HCS alumni experiences.

Most important advice of all: You have to take the class to find out, or ask any alumni.

BIBLE
Over a six-year period, the Hyland Bible curriculum is designed to provide a thorough exploration of Scripture and related topics.
 
Daily Bible Reading
There is an emphasis on daily Bible reading to encourage each student to have a personal relationship with God built on an informed investigation of the truth.
 
Overview Study of the Bible

A general summary of every book of the Bible.

Specific Books
Genesis, Joshua, Judges, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah Jeremiah, Lamentations, Matthew, Mark, John, Acts, Galatians, Hebrews, James, Jude, Revelation.
 
Biblical Subjects
Units deal with relevant subject are intended to prepare students for dealing with challenges. Some of these subjects have been requested by the class.
 
The Eternal Purpose – detailed overview of God’s plan for salvation through the whole Bible
How We Got the Bible – the authenticity of manuscripts and reliability of the Biblical canon
Holiness-the holiness of God, the importance of reverence, the pursuit of individual holiness
Heaven – a more informed perception of heaven, the limitations of our knowledge
The Almond Tree – the inspiration and authority of the Bible as reliable Scripture
 
Atheism – arguments against the existence of God, revealing the fallacies with kindness
Creation Evidences – examining evolution, pinpointing key flaws in the theory
People of the Bible – the lives of several people who interacted with God
Animals of the Bible – how God uses animals to teach significant truths in Scripture
The Kings – exploring the kings as a foreshadowing of the King of Kings
 
The Pentateuch – overview of the first five books to focus on the nature of God and His plan
Rational Thinking – lessons on how to build a rational argument and reveal irrational ones
Love and Marriage – marriage as designed by God, the pitfalls of worldly ideas about romance
Skeptics – addressing specific doubts and arguments that attempt to undermine Christianity
 
 
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Most students have their own laptops or personal computers. The junior high and high school have a computer lab where students may prepare assignments and develop presentations.
 
Keyboarding
One Semester course. Students are required to pass a keyboarding proficiency test at the end of the semester.
 
Periodical beginning computer programming classes are offered by parent volunteers.
Students interested in computer technology have no difficulty arranging for classes through Front Range Community College.

 

HCS is a place to excel academically, personal, socially, and spiritually, and where true knowledge and understanding from the Creator fosters creativity and integrity in students to honor Him in the workplace.