The Ancient World
Renaissance to Revolution
Modern Era to Present Day
2019-2020 Course Offerings: Modern Era to Present Day
The History course will explore the development of Civilization from the Enlightenment and Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century to the Information Age and War on Terror of the 21st Century. The class will emphasize United States History through key eras, including the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World Wars, and Cold War, as well as a discussion of current affairs of our present day, with a goal of showing how the Great Ideas have influenced the United States and the wider world.
Focusing primarily on British and American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, students will cultivate skills to critically read, discuss, and assimilate works within their historical and philosophical context. Additionally, they will gain exposure to concurrent artistic advances, and will develop their writing ability in a variety of styles.
In this course you will retrace key events that shaped early America in their ideas and beliefs. We will also cover the motivations that propelled the first pioneers westward and the end result of settling into a more modern-day America marked with complex social challenges between pioneers and the native population. The main topics in this class will include a scope of early American government, clash of societies, and feelings of consternation around the Manifest Destiny. To be successful in this class it is imperative to have an understanding of other cultures and be able to discard “ethnocentricity” (evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture). We will utilize class discussion, films and course work to fully immerse ourselves in everyday situations that both pioneers and natives found themselves in order to survive.
(Fulfills following credits: Foreign Language, Language Arts)
Spanish class will be a dynamic classroom environment, aiming to equip students with both the technical knowledge and the conversational skills needed to be confident in another language. The class will be integrated to accommodate a variety of levels, and will provide learning through a variety of methods.
Classical Latin Language
(Fulfills following credits: Foreign Language, Language Arts)
Latin is one of the most important languages a young student can study, as it equips them to learn how to learn any other Western language. Latin, as the mother of the Romance (“Roman”) Languages, makes it particularly easy for students to learn any other Romance tongue: French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Almost 70% of English vocabulary comes from Latin, and by learning Latin grammar, one can master English grammar. (Traditionally, the highest scoring students on the ACT/SAT Verbal sections are those who have taken Latin.) Finally, a student who can read Latin can study the great works of Western Civilization in their original language, including the Wars of Julius Caesar, the Vulgate Bible, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, and the Principles of Isaac Newton.
Those wary of the difficulty of the language need not worry, for the class will start with the basics and only gradually increase in difficulty through engaging and entertaining readings.
Foundations of Composition
Using Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum, this class will give students a solid foundation in their writing practices. Focusing on elements of structure and style, students will learn how to form well-constructed persuasive and expository essays. They will be introduced to academic writing, research, and formatting. Creative writing will be woven throughout to hone the students’ ability to communicate imaginatively and creatively. Ultimately, students will gain a skill base for writing that will launch them into high school writing requirements.
Foundations of Grammar
The term grammar comes from the Greek grammatikē technē, which means “art of letters.” In classical education, the grammar stage is the foundation upon which a student’s education is built. This course takes its title from both meanings, both to guide the development of skillful and accurate communication as well as building a foundation for not just the student’s academic career looking forward to high school, but as life-long learners.
Foundations of Learning
(Fulfills following credits: English I)
A required course for all full-time freshmen (and highly recommended for part-time students), this class will explore the methods and practices that are required for success both as a BCA student and in life. We will explore principles of critical thinking, the writing process, organization and time management, reading and note taking, and other fundamental skills for effective learning. In addition, we will read 7 Men and 7 Women by Eric Metaxas, discussing what it means to live well and seeking to be great through putting our lives in God’s service. Students will also receive close instruction on their term papers and presentations, gaining a foundation they can use for future persuasive writing.
Logic and Rhetoric
(Fulfills following credits: Speech, Logic, English II)
Rhetoric implies the art of composition as well as presentation. The Rhetoric class aims to teach students to develop their communication skills. The class will be taught from a Classical perspective, which will improve the student’s ability to speak and write, with the intent to inform or persuade. Ultimately, Rhetoric provides a foundation from which students can use their creativity and personal interests to express themselves.
Students will gain:
• Competency and mastery in persuasive writing
• Clear understanding of logic and its function
• Confidence in public speaking and performance
(Fulfills following credits: Senior Project)
The Capstone Project will attain the same goal as the BCA Thesis Paper by answering a question (i.e. have a thesis) that synthesizes the ideas that they have learned at BCA, drawing material from at least two disciplines (e.g. history, literature, science, etc) to show how the prevailing ideas of the time interact and influence each other.
All full-time students will complete a term project during the spring semester. This project will encourage students to synthesize the ideas and influences from different subjects into one “Masterpiece,” and may take the form of an essay, a work of art, or another creative project.
Sciences: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Our Science classes are taught with two objectives: 1) to explore Science in a way that honors God as the Creator by acknowledging the universe as His Creation, and 2) to develop a scientific framework that helps students appreciate the complexity and rationality of scientific systems, enabling them to better understand the modern technological world in which we live. The Science classes will be taught with interactive learning labs, which allow students to go beyond the readings to experiment for themselves!
In this course you will investigate key concepts, theories and ideas that lead to accurate and objective results through the scientific method. The end result preferably being that you will have an understanding and be able to practice “thinking scientifically.” We will utilize class discussion and course work to enable you to learn ways to think critically and about a range of issues and develop your inner scientist. Fundamental scientific ideas regarding hypotheses, test/retest procedures, data analysis, and directives to overcome testing dilemmas will be covered throughout the course. Key areas of study will include biology, geology, geography, astrophysics, and optics/frequencies.
The Pre-Algebra course reviews arithmetic algorithms and introduces students to basic algebra concepts. The course will help students overcome weaknesses in mathematic competency and gain confidence as they move onto upper level math. Students will develop good mathematical study skills and strategies, and learn how to integrate their knowledge of algebra into a broader classical mindset.
*High School Mathematics
Algebra I: The course will begin with a brief review of basic algebraic concepts, moving on to teach fluency in algebraic solutions. Students will participate in many problem solving strategies as they develop their skills thinking through Mathematics, and will study different Mathematicians that contributed to concepts learned in this course. At the end of the course basic geometry concepts will be introduced.
Geometry: This course will cover the properties of geometric figures, deductive and inductive thinking skills, and the process of constructing proofs, as well as the application of these concepts to real world situations. Study of Mathematicians that contributed to the world of Geometry plays an important part in this course, as the students will learn the history behind the theorems we learn and how they are used to form reasons and conclusions.
Algebra II: Picking up where Algebra I left off, this class will cover quadratic functions and factoring, as well as an extensive study of polynomials. Students will also get a solid introduction to logarithmic functions and other concepts of higher level mathematics (data analysis, probability, statistics, series, sequence, etc), and will continue to use these skills to develop their ability to think mathematically.
*These will be the main courses focused on at BCA, but other subjects may be available upon demand (Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calc/Trig, Calculus, etc) through a Math Lab.
As upperclassmen prepare for their next steps after high school, processes such as college applications can seem overwhelming. The College and Vocational Preparation course will enable students to successfully submit college applications, create effective resumes, transfer concurrent credits, and navigate scholarship opportunities as well as equip students with test-taking strategies. Guidance will also be given regarding opportunities such as: study abroad, internships, and job applications. The purpose of this course is to prepare students with the executive and organizational skills to help them succeed in all walks of life; the course will include guidance with end of term Thesis Projects.
Spring semester, 2019
Drama class will invite the student into a dynamic overview of the six elements of drama. We will examine the differences among different acting venues such as theater, television, film, and radio.The students will spend some time examining their inner motives to conclude what their strengths and weaknesses are as thespians.This year, we will spend considerable time examining the Old English that Shakespeare used. Each student may expect to grow in their stage presence, public speaking, and memorization ability in addition to enjoying a whole lot of acting! A broader grasp of the English language is expected to be a happy byproduct of the antiquated language we will be working with. The school year will conclude with a dramatic compilation of some of Shakespeare’s greatest scenes.