The focus of the Middle and High School is for students to walk in what they have been taught in their formative years. Spiritually, our desire is for students to develop themselves by establishing their own relationship with God through Jesus Christ and strengthening that relationship through obedience to His Word. In addition, our desire is for students to give of themselves by serving others and sharing Christ with others. Academically, our desire is for students to have depth of knowledge in each subject, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to their everyday lives. Students in Middle and High School are expected to make a contribution to the success of their peers and younger students.
The From the Heart Christian School Bible Curriculum is written to guide teachers at all grade levels in their instruction for the Bible Classes taught at From the Heart Christian School. At every grade level, our Bible Classes must be based on the Foundational Teachings of Our Church, as identified in the Constitution of From the Heart Church Ministries Worldwide™.
Middle and High School mathematic courses are aligned to the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards. Based on diagnostic assessments, teacher referral, and previous math grades, students may be placed in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, AP Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, or AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science. Four (4) mathematics credits are required for graduation which must include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students may not enroll in Geometry until Algebra 1 has been successfully completed. Students may not concurrently enroll in Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Students observe and study the Spiritual Principle of Organization as they learn to investigate and explain the process of experimental design through the Next Generation Science Standards. Investigations help students to see the consistent nature of God through life, earth, and physical sciences. Investigations help students to see the consistent nature of God through science and how He created the world to benefit man. Students experience science through hands-on activities and selected readings. They learn to challenge scientific views and understanding of theories. Students become more systematic and sophisticated in conducting investigations, some of which may last for weeks. Students experience science through hands-on activities and selected readings. Students learn to challenge scientific views and understanding of theories when they conflict with the Word of God.
Courses include: Science 7, and 8, Chemistry, Biology, AP Biology, AP Physics 1, Physics, AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology.
This course focuses on instruction of the Maryland College and Career Readiness Curriculum for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing instruction focuses on literary and informational texts, as well as effectively applying God’s Word to all real world situations and experiences.
This required course focuses on modern world history beginning in approximately 1400 A.D. The course is based on four major themes: human interactions; hemispheric interactions; crisis, progress, and change in the 20th century; and the challenges of the 21st century. Students learn to challenge world views and previous understanding of societal and world issues that conflict with the Word of God.
This required course examines how the American political, economic, and social systems developed. Twentieth century content includes issues related to the development of world policy, the role of the United States as a world leader, and the domestic response to a diversified population and issues such as reform and civil rights.
This course provides an opportunity, through activity, for physical, mental, and social development and improvement of the individual to meet the challenge of life. The intent is for students to develop an appreciation and value for physical education that enhances the quality of life of the total individual and motivates them to respect and appreciate a healthy body and mind and to be fit for our Lord and Savior’s use.
Beginning Tap Dance
The intent of this course is to teach our students the basic fundamentals of tap dancing. Students will receive natural benefits of tap dance which include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination, while being taught the fundamental technique of tap dance through terminology and the application of various tap techniques. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as students must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping. Our students will also be taught the purpose of dance from a biblical perspective, to provide our students with an atmosphere of praise through dance in a Christian setting.
The intent of this course is to teach our students the purpose of dance from a biblical perspective, to provide our students with an atmosphere of praise through dance in a Christian setting, and to teach our students the fundamental technique of tap dance and modern/contemporary dance through terminology and the application of techniques. This course provides our students the opportunity to minister the Word of God through dance in our annual Resurrection Dance Recital, ultimately providing the opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus while praising Him in the dance.
The intent of this course is to promote an appreciation for and develop proper application of instrumental music as a vehicle to worship and praise the Lord Jesus Christ. The orchestra course enables students to gain sensitivity to the musical style represented in the church and is designed to identify, cultivate, and utilize the skills and techniques necessary with a focus on music theory and music performance to produce an ensemble of students who willingly and effectively glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through instrumental music. Attendance at outside school performances/rehearsals is a requirement for this course.
The course develops students’ skills and broadens their awareness of basic elements of, as well as, careers related to dramatic art. Play analysis and production concepts will be stressed from a biblical perspective to encourage the development of artistic literacy. The course strengthens and prepares students having an interest in and/or an aptitude for drama and demonstrates effective ways to utilize dramatic art to further the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Film and Media Production
The Film and Media Production course is designed to provide students with a real-life work experience while heightening their awareness of the influence visual media has on our lives. Students will learn about the media production field. Then, having learned the tools of the trade, they must work within society of a large group, under a series of deadlines toward a common goal. Much of the course will focus on audio, video composition, and computer movie editing software with emphasis on basic video composition.
This course focuses on the process and techniques of original compositions in different literary forms such as fiction and poetry. Students are given an in depth look at various literary genres and the importance of the six traits for effective writing.
This full-year course offers instruction in intermediate vocal techniques, praise and worship singing, and includes instruction in leading praise and worship services. Students receive experience by leading Praise and Worship during school assemblies and other school events.
Introduction to Business
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how business works in a capitalistic society. Students will acquire basic knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, operations, and accounting. Students will also engage in active learning throughout the course through activities such as case studies, interviews, and site visits. Practical application of concepts and skills will be experienced as students have hands-on experience with our school store.
This course focuses on the physical, social, and personal care needs of our students which are the basic principles of physical, mental, social, and emotional health. The intent is for students to develop their health knowledge with the understanding that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. The goal is that students will effectively put into operation good health practices and live healthy lifestyles, in order to be fit to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
Students in this course will experience technology in the 21st Century. They will discover the tools and materials developed for technology application. Students will learn basic coding skills, computational thinking and problem solving. Class projects will include creating simple games and animation.
In the first year of world language, most students learn to communicate orally through selected functions and topics. The sounds of language are learned through situations and practice activities. The students learn to communicate through the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real world situations.
Advanced-Placement Calculus (Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus)
This is a college-level course in differential and integral calculus, equivalent to one semester of calculus at most universities. Students are provided a review of functions, an introduction to limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, anti-derivatives and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students must take the AP Exam and receive a score of 3 or more to possibly receive the college credit.
Advanced-Placement Statistics (Prerequisites: Algebra 2)
This is a college-level course that is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding. Students must take the AP Exam and receive a score of 3 or more to possibly receive the college credit.
Advanced-Placement Computer Science
The AP Computer Science course is the development of computer programs to solve problems. A large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs or parts of programs that correctly solve a given problem. The course also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for developing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical application. In addition, an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course. This course will prepare the student for the AP Computer Science AP exam. This course may be used for a math credit OR an advanced technology credit; not both.
The course is designed around the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that focuses on the major concepts in biology and their connections. Additionally, the Curriculum Framework provides a basis for students to develop a deep conceptual understanding as well as opportunities to integrate biological knowledge and the science practices through inquiry-based activities and laboratory investigations without having to teach a textbook from cover to cover.
AP Physics is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Physics exam. AP Physics provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem solving ability. It is assumed that the students are familiar with algebra and trigonometry; calculus is seldom used, although some theoretical developments may use basic concepts of calculus. The Physics B course provides a foundation for students planning further study in the life science, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science. Laboratory experience will be provided.
AP World History
Advanced Placement World History is a challenging course that is structured around the investigation of selected themes woven into key concepts covering distinct chronological periods. AP World History is equivalent to an introductory college survey course. The course has a three-fold purpose: First, it is designed to prepare students for successful placement into higher-level college and university history courses. Second, it is designed to develop skills of analysis and thinking in order to prepare students for success in the twenty-first century. Finally, it is the intent of this class to make the learning of world history an enjoyable experience. Students will be able to show their mastery of the course goals by taking part in the College Board AP World History Exam in May.
AP Spanish Language and Culture (Prerequisites: three years of high – school Spanish or be a heritage speaker of the language)
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course is a rigorous course taught exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their proficiency across three modes of communication. The course focuses on integration of authentic resources including online print, audio and audiovisual resources; as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles; and also a combination of visual/print resources such as charts, tables and graphs; all with the goal of providing a diverse learning experience. Students communicate using rich, advanced vocabulary and linguistic structures as they build proficiency in all modes of communication toward the pre-advanced level.
Advanced Placement (AP®) Language and Composition
In this course, offered in Grades 11 and 12, students will learn about the elements that define effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts. Students will understand the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing; as well as Enhance their own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as they develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions. Offered in Grades 11 and 12 (Course instruction will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam.)
Advanced Placement (AP®) Literature and Composition
In this course offered in Grades 11 and 12, students learn to analyze and interpret imaginative literature through the careful reading and critical analysis of representative works from various genres and periods. Students explore literary elements such as a work structure, style, and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students also develop their writing skills as they express their ideas and analysis in expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Offered in Grades 11 and 12 (Course instruction will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam.)
Honors Program (Honors Society)
Candidates for membership in the Honor Society will be evaluated in four areas: Scholarship, Character, Leadership and Service. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 85% or higher with no grade below 70% in any subject at the time he/she is being considered for membership. The interval for determining the cumulative GPA for candidates from the grade levels will be as follows:
- Rising 6th – Rising 8th Graders
- Rising 9th – Rising 12th Graders
Student Government Association (SGA)
All students will be governed by the rules and regulations of the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA will consist of three (3) branches of government – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. All members of the SGA will report to the Student Council. The purpose of the Student Council is to foster beneficial relations between the student body and the Leadership Advisors and School Principal. (See SGA Student Handbook or SGA Coordinator for further information)