Medieval History and
History of Christianity to 1517
Taught by Benjamin Brandon
This Class may be taken for College Credit. Please contact us for more details.
The class will be taught as a study of a civilization: Medieval Christendom. The European Middle Ages cannot be understood apart from the Christian Civilization that flourished during that time, from monasteries of Italy to the Cathedrals of France and the Crusades to the Holy Land. Topics will include:
- The Early Church and the Emperor Constantine
- The “barbarian invasions,” and Dark Age,
- Medieval Philosophers (e.g. Thomas Aquinas)
- Medieval Art (e.g. Gothic Cathedrals)
- Medieval Government, (e.g. Magna Carta)
- Byzantine Empire and the Islamic kingdoms
- The Crusades
- The Early Renaissance
Taught by Manna Hancock
The class will study Medieval Literature, focusing on the great works of the “common languages” that replaced Latin. Students will cultivate skills to critically read, discuss, and assimilate literature with its historical and philosophical context. Students will also gain knowledge about the Medieval mind and its continued influence on the modern world, and will develop their writing ability in a variety of styles.
Readings will include Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, The Song of Roland, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chretien de Troyes’ Lancelot, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Henry V, as well as The Discarded Image, by C.S. Lewis.
Classical Latin Language
Taught by Alisha Barrera
(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 canmaster 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 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.
The Pre-Algebra course reviews arithmetic algorithms and introduces students to basic algebra concepts. The course will help students overcome weaknesses inmathematic 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.
Sciences: Physical Science and Chemistry
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!
Logic and Rhetoric
Taught by Derek Ririe
(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
Foundations of American Government
Taught by Derek Ririe
The class will explore both the day to day mechanics of American government and the underlying philosophies which led to its creation. We will span a range of political history, including Aristotle, Polybius, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke and the Founding Fathers. Special emphasis will be given to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Federalist Papers. Students will also learn the mechanics of American Government, including the functions of government, its core institutions, and the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
(Fulfills following credits: Senior Project)
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.
Taught by Deandra Holzerland
(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.
Health and Wellness (Fall Semester)
Taught by Carlos Morales
Built on the ideals of being a good steward of our bodies, this class will give students confidence in who they are as both bodies and souls. The knowledge and practice they will receive will have long lasting impact on their ability to live as healthy, happy human beings. There will be three areas covered in the class: fitness, nutrition, and culinary arts. Students will learn basic anatomy, gain working knowledge of essential diet, and learn the importance of regular exercise for living a healthy lifestyle. They will learn basic fitness techniques, as well as how to properly prescribe exercise for their lifespan, and basic life-saving skills such as CPR, choking, and strokes. In culinary, arts students will learn the basics of cooking (how to read recipes, and cook and serve a meal), and practice kitchen skills from knife use to a roux to food code regulations.
Financial Planning/Vocational Prep (Fall Semester)
Taught by Terri Suggs and Catherine Fishman
For the first six weeks, the Financial Planning course will give students the understanding and practical tools they need to be able to make wise financial choices. Working from Dave Ramsey’s Personal Finance course, students will learn about saving, budgeting, credit, debt, insurance, income, taxes, and the importance of giving.
Next, the students will transition to six weeks of Vocational Prep. The purpose of this class is to empower students to pursue their dreams during, after, and beyond highschool. The students will examine their passions, interests, and God-given talents to discover which industries they might thrive in.
The class is broken into four parts:
Self examination/Philosophy (We will examine cultural norms of “success.” Students will take a variety of strength-finding and personality tests to understand their unique skill set from a more objective point of view.)
Executive Skills (such as organization, time management, scheduling, etc.)
Exploring the Community (This will include field trips and guest speakers from the community. The purpose of this portion is to expose the students to a variety of career paths.)
College Prep (Explore if college is the right next step for them, which type of college will be the best fit, Admissions by Design, College Preparation, SATs, logistics of applying to college).
Every section will include creative writing and presentation/speaking assignments. This will help develop writing and communication skills.
Psychology (Spring Semester)
Taught by Michael Kamplain
This class may be taken for college credit. Please contact us for more details.
This survey course is an introduction to psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of thinking, emotion, and behavior. This course introduces students to the diverse research areas of psychology such as psychobiology, motivation, learning, cognitive and social processes, abnormality and emphasizing empirical findings of the discipline. The information we will explore in this class can be a pathway to expand your knowledge to help yourself, your family and other relationships. Your encounters with this new information may encourage you to apply this knowledge in practical and positive ways.
Economics and Ideologies (Summer)
Taught by Derek Ririe
This will be an exploration of the economic, political and social ideas which have shaped the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Writing, critical thinking and discussion will be encouraged as we examine the ideologies which have shaped our world. Economically, this will include a historical look at economic thinkers from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes, coupled with an overview of macro vs micro economics and key terms such as GDP, GNP, Supply and Demand, Capital, Division of Labor, etc.