“The teachers and staff at Hillcrest Christian School are dedicated to provide a high quality Christ-centered education with the goal that each student would be, “...equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that each student has been given unique talents and gifts and we consider it both an honor and a privilege to partner with our families as we nurture and develop these God-given talents through rigorous academic courses, student-centered instruction and differentiation, and engaging extracurricular programs.
Your student is not simply a number at Hillcrest, but an image-bearer of God, created to accomplish amazing feats for His glory!"
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Teacher(s): Cord Christensen
The Hillcrest Christian School Bible department has an extensive biblical studies program. Our students will learn how to apply the Bible in today’s world. Our Bible teachers make the Bible experience relevant, applicable and meaningful for students. Students will gain biblical knowledge & understanding of Biblical figures, historical events, themes of the Old & New Testament and life lessons from the Word of God, especially from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Students will ensure the Word of God goes beyond knowledge as they undertake the spiritual discipline of Bible memorization to allow God's Word to penetrate the heart. Students will also engage in service experiences to bring their knowledge of the Bible into practical everyday life. By the time our students graduate from Hillcrest Christian School they will have a thorough comprehension and understanding of the Old and New Testament of Scripture. Students will also be able to understand what it means to live an abundant life in Jesus Christ as a Christian & learn the spiritual disciplines necessary to live out a healthy and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.
Middle School Bible Courses
Old Testament Survey (Genesis to Nehemiah)
An overview of the OT, specifically Genesis through Nehemiah. Students will learn the importance of God's created order & His purpose for mankind. We will then discuss the Fall of Man and how the Law proved the need for Jesus' atoning death on the cross. Students will get a firm understanding of the Israelites and their relationship with God as they were led to the Promised Land. We then discuss the conquest of Canaan and Nehemiah's leadership with the building of the wall around Jerusalem.
Old Testament Survey (Esther to Malachi)
An overview of the OT, from specifically Esther to Malachi. Students will study the faithfulness of God with His people, through historical events. We will look at the topics of Poetry/Wisdom (Job to Song of Solomon), & Prophecy (Major & Minor Prophets). By navigating through these books, students will be able to see the fulfillment of Jesus Christ more clearly.
New Testament Survey: Books of the New Testament (Matthew to Revelation)
Overview of the New Testament. Students will be taken through the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ. We spend time looking at his lifestyle, his character, his nature, and how his example shapes us as Christians. We then navigate how his life, death, and resurrection led to the birth of the Church and its impact. We take a look at the church letters of Paul, Peter, and John and discuss the issues the early church faced. We then end with a basic understanding of the book of Revelation, giving students an understanding of its purpose as they learn to long for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Missionary Journeys
Students will get an in depth look at the three missionary journeys of Paul. We will take a look at his conversion and how his lifestyle reflected that of a man transformed by Jesus Christ. We will take a look at the locations he spent time in spreading the gospel, the people he encountered, specifically who received the gospel and who opposed him. We take a look at the issues the early church faced and relate it to our world today. We take a look at the life of Paul, what he endured in following Jesus Christ, and the sacrifices he made to propel the gospel forward.
High School Bible Courses
This class will help students understand the evidence behind their Christian faith. Students will learn the order and design of God through creation, take a look at the arguments that support creation vs. evolutionism, learn the historical & cultural evidence of the Bible, and look at archaeological findings that prove the existence of God. Students will also learn the importance of defending their faith in a loving, truthful, and gracious manner.
Life of Christ: Gospel of John
Students will study the gospel of John and the main themes of God’s love, his sacrifice, his deity and his desire for relationship with those he created. Students will be taken through the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of one of Jesus’ “inner three” disciples who was an eyewitness to the majesty of Jesus Christ. Students will be able to experience the “incarnation” of Jesus, bringing them deeper into a relationship with him.
This class will cover the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life according to the New Testament, specifically, the teachings of Jesus Christ. We take a look at his life and ministry and the spiritual disciplines he implemented. Our students will take part in learning these disciplines and implementing them in their day to daily lives. These disciplines will include Prayer, Solitude, Bible Reading, Journaling, and Fellowship.
Book of Acts
Students will spend the semester learning the events that took place within the early church in the Book of Acts. Students will study how the power of the Holy Spirit birthed the Church and how this impacted the culture which we experience today. Students will navigate the Day of Pentecost and its importance, the birth of the Church, learn about Evangelism, what it means to suffer as a Christian, and what the Holy Spirit still calls us to take part in today.
The Letter to the Hebrews
This course is an in-depth study of the epistle written to the Hebrews, perhaps theologically the richest book in the New Testament. By the help of the Holy Spirit, this class will walk students through all of its 13 chapters, addressing its main themes, purposes, and implications in the lives of Christians then and today. The book of Hebrews stands apart from other biblical books in its unique portrait of Jesus Christ as the supreme revelation of God, as the High Priest, as the ultimate fulfiller of the Old Testament Covenant and the Law, and finally, as the most superior over everything and every being in the entire universe. It is a book of encouragement and exhortation to all Christians, especially to the suffering ones to remain in faith as Christ Jesus is the very best anyone can find. The class will be composed of varied segments (e.g. whole class time, solo time, and small group time). It will be light on homework while heavy on in-class group discussions and activities.
Genesis Part II, The PatriarchsThis course is an in-depth study of chapters 11 through 35 of the book of Genesis. It is designed to build on the fundamentals of Christian faith through open discussions during which students will be encouraged to raise and explore critical questions pertaining to God, self, faith, and/or life in general. Each class meeting will explore topics introduced in a given chapter that will consist of lecture time, open discussion time, and time for in-class activities. We will consider and study closely chapter verses from a Biblical worldview and place them in juxtaposition to popular worldly thoughts for the purpose of identifying the truth through critical thinking. The stories of the patriarchs offer myriad insights while the gems discovered within individual Hebrew words reveal great wisdom. By the will and the help of the Holy Spirit, this course hopes to deliver these insights and wisdom to its students.
The Good & Beautiful Life
Centered on scripture and guided by the second book in James Bryan Smith’s Apprentice series, this semester-long course invites high school students to explore and experience Jesus' radiant vision of 'the good life' as set forth in his masterful Sermon on the Mount. Topics that are taught and discussed include but are not limited to; The Gospel Many People Have Never Heard, Jesus' Grand Invitation, Learning to Live Without Anger, Learning to Live Without Lust, Learning to Live Without Lying, Learning to Bless Those Who Curse Us, Learning to Live Without Vainglory, Learning to Live Without Avarice, Learning to Live Without Worry, Learning to Live Without Judging Others, Living in the Kingdom Day by Day. Following Paul's advice to train ourselves to be godly in 1 Timothy 4:7b-8, students also regularly practice specific soul-training exercises & disciplines for spiritual growth as well as reflect upon, discuss, and evaluate these experiences individually and in dialogue with classmates.
The Good & Beautiful God
Centered on Scripture,and guided by the first book in James Bryan Smith’s Apprentice series, this semester-long course invites high school students to explore their understanding of God in light of what Jesus himself reveals about The Father. Along the way, students will become more aware of their own spiritual formation, pursue heart-level transformation, and gain new appreciation for the God that Jesus knows. Topics that are taught and discussed but are not limited to God is Good, God is Trustworthy, God is Generous, God is Love, God is Holy, God is Self-Sacrificing, God Transforms. Following Paul's advice to train ourselves to be godly in 1 Timothy 4:7b-8, students also regularly practice specific soul-training exercises & disciplines for spiritual growth as well as reflect upon, discuss, and evaluate these experiences individually and in dialogue with classmates.
Foundations of the Christian Life I
This course takes an in-depth study of the foundational topics of the Christian faith. The student will spend time understanding how these foundational topics are necessary to understand in order to strengthen our understanding of the Bible. This class will take an in-depth Biblical study on the topics of Sin, Faith, Salvation, & Discipleship. These are significant topics, and we will navigate each one based on what the Bible teaches.
Foundations of the Christian Life Part II
This course takes an in-depth study of the foundational topics of the Christian faith. The student will spend time understanding how these foundational topics are necessary to understand in order to strengthen our understanding of the Bible. This class will take an in-depth Biblical study on the topics of the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Evangelism, and Discipleship. These are significant topics, and we will navigate each one based on what the Bible teaches.
This is a course designed for senior students. This course will train, equip, and teach students what it means to be a Christian leader. Students will then implement what they learn by partnering with the Spiritual Life Director to plan and take part in elementary and secondary chapels, fall retreats, service opportunities, and other Spiritual Life events that take place at Hillcrest Christian School. Students will build their confidence, learn to work on a team, and learn how to implement their Christian leadership skills their entire lives.
Teacher(s): Carolyn Krause, Liz Nichol & Julieta Woo
The Hillcrest English department provides a comprehensive program in writing, literature, grammar, and vocabulary. Opportunities for both academic and creative writing provide students with the experience needed to find their personal voice and develop their skills in analysis, argumentation, and research. Our graduates are routinely recognized by their college professors as skilled writers with the ability to communicate far beyond the level of their peers. Literature studies include a focus on Shakespeare and the classics with particular emphasis on close reading, analysis, and biblical worldview. Grammar skills include the use of language conventions and the identification of parts of speech, parts of the sentence, verb tense and voice, phrases, and clauses. Vocabulary studies provide background on academic language commonly found on the SAT and ACT exams along with instruction on and practice with related skills. Our students graduate with confidence knowing they are fully prepared for the university of their choice.
English 7 focuses on development in the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The program of instruction stresses growth in the use of study skills, personal vocabulary, and the knowledge of grammar and spelling rules. Writing skills focus on mastery of narrative, persuasive, and expository academic essays. A process approach to writing encourages students to brainstorm, draft, revise, and finalize their writing. The curriculum includes critical reading of novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Students study these genres in class and through outside reading assignments as well. These works are studied in order to develop students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature from a Christian perspective.
English 8 emphasizes continued development in the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The program of instruction stresses growth in the use of study skills, personal vocabulary, and the knowledge of grammar and spelling rules. Writing skills focus on mastery of narrative, persuasive, and expository academic essays. A process approach to writing encourages students to brainstorm, draft, revise, and finalize their writing. The curriculum includes critical reading of novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Students study these genres in class and through outside reading assignments as well. These works are studied in order to develop students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature from a Christian perspective.
English 9 focuses on the core building blocks of language study including grammar, literature, composition, and vocabulary. Literature in this class focuses on short stories, essays, poetry, and the epic along with a Shakespearean play and various novels. These works are studied in order to develop students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis along with some creative writing. The course includes instruction on grammar, usage, conventions, and SAT/ACT vocabulary.
CP World Literature
CP World Literature focuses on writings from a variety of cultures throughout history with an emphasis on students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. The literature in this course includes short stories, essays, poetry, and a Shakespearean play along with various novels. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature and historical events from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. Students develop an understanding of rhetoric and the use of rhetorical appeals when speaking and writing. This class offers a special emphasis on writing poetry as each student creates a portfolio of original works. The course includes instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary.
Honors World Literature
Honors World Literature focuses on writings from a variety of cultures throughout history with an emphasis on students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. The literature in this course includes short stories, essays, poetry, and a Shakespearean play along with various novels. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature and historical events from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. Students develop an understanding of rhetoric and the use of rhetorical appeals when speaking and writing. This class offers a special emphasis on writing poetry as each student creates a portfolio of original works. Students practice Socratic discussion techniques throughout the year and end the year with a Socratic Seminar. The course includes instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary.
CP American Literature
CP American Literature focuses on the development of American literature from a chronological and historical perspective with an emphasis on students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature and historical events from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. Students develop an understanding of rhetoric and the use of rhetorical appeals when speaking and writing. The course includes instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary.
Honors American Literature
Honors American Literature focuses on the development of American literature from a chronological and historical perspective with an emphasis on students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature and historical events from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. Students develop an understanding of rhetoric and the use of rhetorical appeals when speaking and writing. Students also practice Socratic discussion techniques throughout the year and participate in a Socratic Seminar during the second semester. The course includes instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary.
British Literature focuses on the development of British literature from a chronological and historical perspective with an emphasis on students’ reading and writing skills including close reading and analysis. Special emphasis is given to a study of Shakespeare with the study of two Shakespearean tragedies as well as a variety of Shakespearean poetry. Students will learn to think critically about all works of literature and historical events from a Christian perspective. Writing skills focus on both the personal essay and mastery of the academic essay with an emphasis on literary analysis, argumentation, and research. The course includes instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary.
AP Language & Composition
The AP Language and Composition class prepares students to take the Advanced Placement English test in Language and Composition and to be successful in reading and writing at the college level. Readings in this class focus on nonfiction selections in addition to a Shakespearean play. Each student seeks to develop a personal writing voice in addition to practicing the skills of rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis. Weekly timed writing assignments enhance students’ skills and confidence, providing ample opportunity to obtain feedback vital to success on the AP exam.
Teacher(s): Christopher Ramirez (Spanish), Martha Jeanbart (French)
The HCS Foreign Language Department recognizes that learning about different cultures and languages enables our students to appreciate and better understand the world around them. As students develop their proficiency in languages other than their own, they become better able to communicate with diverse cultures and to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Spanish Level I
Through dynamic and engaging classes, students are introduced to the fundamental elements of Spanish, and begin the path of developing reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension skills. Students will learn basic greetings and introductions, present and past conjugation patterns, and other key skills that will prepare them for the courses ahead. In addition, we take a look at different Spanish-speaking countries to widen the students’ awareness and understanding of the diverse cultures that encompass the Spanish language. As part of our spiritual goals, the students will learn the Lord’s Prayer, as well as prayers of thanksgiving, and several other Bible verses in Spanish, As a culminating activity, students embark on a trip down to Olvera Street where they will get a glimpse of the Spanish speaking world, and put their knowledge to the test through a fun and engaging scavenger hunt where they will have to speak, read, write, and of course, understand Spanish!
Spanish Level II
Spanish 2 will take a more in depth look at the different elements of Spanish grammar, such as tense usage and formation. Students will learn a wide variety of vocabulary from daily routines to household, restaurants, health, and more. They will have many opportunities to speak and listen to people from different Spanish speaking countries. We will visit a local Salvadorian restaurant to experience firsthand how to order food in Spanish and taste the typical delicacies of other cultures. We will also have a supermarket scavenger hunt where they are given a grocery list in Spanish of items they must find within a limited amount of time.
Spanish Level III
In this course students will continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills learned in the previous years. They learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present- and past-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced with a variety of learning styles in mind. Throughout the course, students experience the culture, people, geographical locations, and histories of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, students will learn and participate in traditional games, songs, and activities that are present in the Hispanic culture.
Spanish Level IV
Spanish 4 provides a greater emphasis on the Spanish language, grammar, and culture. The primary purpose of the course is to prepare students to be college-ready, well-rounded global citizens who can communicate effectively in Spanish and are aware of the cultural influences of the Spanish and Latino heritage at home and abroad. Students in this course build on their Spanish knowledge by learning more complex grammatical structures and become equipped to read and understand a variety of literary selections and gain necessary skills to interact verbally and in writing with Spanish speakers in varied social and business situations. As part of the course, students will be afforded opportunities to read, write, hear, and speak Spanish while they work towards becoming linguistically and culturally literate.
French Level I
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of the French language. It will give students a beginning level of proficiency in French pronunciation, grammar, and cultural understanding. This course will teach students practical language content, such as greetings and taking leave, asking and answering simple questions to meet survival needs, ordering food, traveling, and relating the gospel in a simple manner, all within the context of real-life situations. French translations of Bible verses will be introducing each chapter of the textbook while a biblical worldview will accompany the discussion of the major themes found in each chapter within both the linguistic and cultural materials.
Art Teacher(s): Rob Dueñas
Music and Theater Director: Nancie Blumenthal
Worship Band Director: Julian Montes
The HCS Fine Arts Department believes that creativity is a gift from God, and focuses on developing the creative talents of each individual student. Our Fine Arts Department is committed to providing specialized classes and programs to meet the individual needs and interests of our students. Our students are taught that expressing their creativity through music, art, and drama is a unique and special way for them to reflect the beauty of their creator and to bring glory to God.
Worship Band will give students a broad overview of important relevant issues regarding congregational worship. The goal will be to build the kind of strong, humble worship team that will enhance and enable the congregation to praise God without obstruction or distraction. Students will meet regularly to pray, plan, lead, and reflect on the worship experience of our weekly chapels.
The goal of the Hillcrest Christian School Theater Arts Department is to help each student realize their God given talents and to use them for His glory. Each year the semester-long class devotes itself to the production of a classic Broadway musical. Past shows include Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Bye, Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins and most recently Oklahoma. There are two major elements to the class, the production component and the performance component. Students participate in all aspects of production including set design, auditions, daily rehearsals and eventually, final bows. Our students with dance experience design and create the choreography for the entire show! Our vocally trained students coach the other actors on breathing techniques and harmonies. The sets are designed, painted, and in the case of Mary Poppins, animated by the students. All technical aspects of the show, which include lighting, sound, audio/visual effects and stage crew, are student run. At HCS there are many opportunities for students to explore the exciting world of theater.
In addition, there is the Hillcrest Christian Drama Club, officially chartered with the school. At the beginning of the year officers are elected who will serve throughout the year. The goal of the Club is not only to expand interest in the program within the school population but also to explore ways to use our talents in service to the community by offering free performances for charity groups and churches.
Jr. High Art
This course is designed for students to explore and experience creative expression, critical evaluation, and a greater appreciation for the visual arts. While learning about the elements and principles of design, students will develop their drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking skills. A variety of famous artists and their styles throughout history will be studied.
In this course students will focus on portfolio development as they develop skills in producing high quality works of art. Emphasis is placed on understanding the elements of art and principles of design as a basis for composition. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and two & three-dimensional design.
This course introduces students to the principles of graphic design and visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on the design-process using methods, strategies, and techniques to create original student artwork. We will explore a range of design techniques using various art materials and software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will analyze, critique artworks and learn about the origins of graphic design in the history of art.
This course is an introduction to digital photography as a means of personal self expression. Creativity and the elements of visual composition—color, texture, value, shape and line—are emphasized. Photographic history will also be explored and a deepening of the student's understanding of the concepts, elements, principles, and techniques. It focuses on photography as art, as a creative means of personal self-expression.
Teacher(s): Cord Christensen & Carolyn Krause
The History Department at Hillcrest introduces students to the study of the past so that, by better understanding the world in which they live, they will be better prepared to live wisely, compassionately and intentionally as God’s image-bearers during their own unique season within it. In addition, as they engage firsthand with the rich tapestry of people, events and ideas throughout the ages, students will be challenged to become more thoughtful readers, more careful listeners, more discerning thinkers and more effective communicators.
U.S. History 1 (8th Grade)
How did the United States become the nation it is today politically, culturally, socially and economically based on its early history? To what degree is the U.S. an extension of European civilization? Why and how do the ideas of the American Revolution, as embodied in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights, start the nation on an enlightened path of democratic ideals? How does the young nation deal with contradictions in its system, such as slavery, and the consequences of that contradiction that will ultimately lead the nation to its bloodiest war ever – the Civil War? This course offers a chronological survey of the United States, beginning with Columbus, and ending in 1877 – the year that Reconstruction officially ended. It also emphasizes the development of economic, political, and social themes which can be traced through all of American history. Current events, a major research paper, and oral presentations will be integrated into the course.
U.S. History 2 (11th Grade)
Why does the U.S. enter a period of corruption called the Gilded Age and how is the Progressive Era a response to it? How does American expansion to the west affect Native Americans, population growth, the development of resources, and the nation’s wealth? How does the U.S. respond to rapid industrialization and urbanization, waves of immigration, simmering racial tensions, the challenges of two World Wars, and the many conflicts of the Cold War period? What are the factors that turn the U.S. into an economic, industrial, and military superpower? How are its many social, ethnic, and racial groups tolerated or not tolerated at various points in history? How will the attacks of 9/11 affect U.S. domestic and foreign policy? This course offers a chronological survey of the United States from the Gilded Age to the present. The course continues to emphasize the development of economic, political, and social themes which can be traced through all of American history. Current events, a major research paper, and oral presentations will also be integrated into the course.
AP U.S. History
The AP U.S. History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.
U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. Government and Politics provides a non-partisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. This is a one-semester course.
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. This is a one-semester course.
Students will be introduced to the basics of economic principles, and they will learn the importance of understanding different economic systems. They will also investigate how to think like an economist. Students will explore different economic systems, including the American Free Enterprise System, and they will analyze and interpret data to understand the laws of supply and demand. Students will also be presented with economic applications in today’s world. From economics in the world of business, money, banking, and finance, students will see how economics is applied both domestically and globally. Students will also study how the government is involved in establishing economic stability in the American Free Enterprise System as well as how the U.S. economy has a global impact. This is a one-semester course.
Teacher(s): Charlie Lee & David Park
The Hillcrest Mathematics Department believes that every student can be successful and can learn to apply mathematical concepts to solve problems. We provide students with high quality, differentiated instruction to make learning possible for all learners.We challenge our students to be actively engaged in the learning process by asking questions, making observations, and connecting learning to their own lives so they can appreciate all that God has ordered and designed. In addition to daily lessons and practice in the classroom, our students have the opportunity to come in for extra support from their teacher both before and after school.
Math Grade 7 develops students' mathematical skills and makes sense of mathematics by solving real-world problems while developing problem solving strategies, communication skills and collaboration practices. Students will build conceptual understanding, master concepts and skills, and apply and practice. Concepts include proportional relationships, rational number operations, expressions, equations, inequalities, geometry, data analysis, and probability, This course is designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra.
The Pre-Algebra course is to serve as a bridge between elementary mathematics and Algebra. This course will build a foundation of algebraic concepts through the use of technology, manipulatives, problem solving, and cooperative learning. Students will learn to utilize the graphing calculator in appropriate situations. Concepts include transformational geometry, linear equations, functions, statistics, probability, real numbers, exponential functions and graphing. Students will learn to utilize the graphing calculator in appropriate situations. Problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and connections between math and everyday applications will be emphasized throughout Pre-Algebra. This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I.
Algebra I is a critical component in secondary mathematics education. Topics introduced in Algebra I provide the foundation students require for future success in high school mathematics, critical thinking, and problem solving. The primary goal in Algebra I is to help students transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. Concepts include real numbers, linear functions and equations, linear systems, exponential functions and equations, polynomial operations, quadratic functions and equations and graphing. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs and tables utilizing technology and building on prior learning. Use of computers and graphing calculators will be incorporated into each module.
Geometry is a required course for all students. Geometry introduces inductive and deductive reasoning through the lens of geometric shapes. Students will focus on the ‘why’ of mathematical concepts and functions. In this course students will learn how to create a logical argument in order to prove something to be true. Students will also work with many different geometric formulas as well as understand concepts involving the coordinate plane.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
The Algebra II course is designed to prepare students for higher level mathematics courses by helping students apply mathematics through real world situations, modeling mathematical situations, communicate mathematically, and use technology appropriately. Lessons connect various areas of mathematics to algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry will be applied throughout the course. Use of computers and/ or graphing calculators will be incorporated into each module.
This course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics. The topics covered in this class include number systems and their algebraic properties; systems of equations and inequalities; basic analytic geometry of lines and conic sections; elementary functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic, with emphasis on trigonometric functions, fundamental theorem of algebra and theory of equations; polar equations and curves. Use of graphing calculators and other technology will aid in the conceptual understanding of the material covered in this course. Students will apply mathematics through real world problems, model mathematical situations, and communicate mathematically.
The aim of this course is to understand how to work with data. Students will learn about the types of data, how to collect, explore, graph and compare data. Students will study probability distributions and hypothesis testing. Another part of this course is dedicated to correlation, regression and contingency tables and the analysis of variance. Successful completion of this course enables students to perform elementary data collection, exploration, and interpretation. Microsoft Excel will be used as a tool to further analyze and interpret data.
Mathematics for Business and Personal Finance course is designed to prepare students for the highly competitive business world and understand personal and business finances. Helping students develop 21st Century Skills through relevant activities and assessments. Students will also build interpersonal skills, sharpen communication skills, and use technology. This course is designed to build upon previous knowledge and skills to solve a variety of arithmetic problems that are commonly found in personal and business financial situations. Students develop the skills necessary to solve mathematical problems, analyze and interpret data, and apply sound decision-making skills in business and personal financial situations. Topics include: Taxation, Savings and Investments, Credit Management, Cash Management, Financial Statements.
Teacher(s): Julie Thatcher & Denise Hobbs
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”.
- Hebrews 11:3
The Hillcrest Science Department provides a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum with engaging high-quality instruction that emphasizes hands-on, project-based learning with real world connections. Understanding science is a necessity in the world today. We challenge our students to be actively engaged in the learning process by asking questions, making observations, and connecting learning to their own lives so they can appreciate science and math, and persevere in an ever-changing world. With a wide variety of science courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, and Sports Medicine, students are offered a supportive and collaborative learning environment in order to cultivate an excitement and appreciation for science as a dynamic and fundamental discipline.
Life Science (7)
Life Science is a 7th grade course that provides students with an introduction to the study of living things. Students will deepen their knowledge through more complex investigations and explanations. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and be able to recognize and explain relationships among variables. They will be able to critique conclusions that are drawn from scientific investigations. The Life Sciences comprise all fields of science that involve the study of living organisms including plants, animals, and human beings. Lab activities are designed to provide the students with hands-on experiences where the students can investigate and practice the scientific method, processes, and procedures. The curriculum is designed not only to emphasize critical thinking and skill development, but also to allow students to see God’s work in us and in nature.
Physical Science (8)
Eighth Grade Physical Science provides an overview of the physical world God created and introduces students to many aspects of physics and chemistry. Through inquiry and hands-on activities, students will explore concepts related to basic motion, energy, the particle theory of matter, atoms, chemical reactions, waves, electricity, and magnetism. This introductory course in physical science is meant to prepare students for success in more advanced sciences in High school.
This course focuses on the basic characteristics of all living things and incorporates many fields of the Biological Sciences through hands-on, project-based learning with real world connections. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process by asking questions, making observations, and connecting learning to their own lives. The course content will include an intensive study of Cellular Structure and Function, Genetics and Heredity, Human Systems, Creation-Evolution issues, Ecology, and the Kingdom Classification System of living things.
From the smallest plankton to the largest whales, embark upon a journey to the world of marine biology by exploring the environments of the deep ocean, open ocean, kelp forests, coral reefs, tide pools, rocky shores, sandy beaches and salt water marshes. Learn about the organisms living in them. What makes them tick? What adaptations make them so successful? What impacts them and what can we learn from them? Throughout this class, you will explore the nature of Science, what it is, how it works and why it is important to you. Come join in the discovery! Topics we will explore include the Nature of Science, Earth's Oceans, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Plankton, Cells and Genetics, Marine Algae and Plants, Bony Fish and Sharks, Marine Reptiles and Birds, Marine Mammals, and Marine Ecosystems
In this two-semester introduction to the principles of chemistry, students will practice critical thinking based on the scientific method and use reasoning to solve problems, learn to develop and understand models used in Chemistry, develop organization skills and learn to maintain a laboratory journal, and cultivate their written, mathematical and verbal communication abilities. Chemistry is the study of matter and energy. The first semester of the course focuses on the properties and states of matter, atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding and molecular structure, reactions and stoichiometry. Second semester focuses on equilibrium, thermochemistry, behavior of gases, solutions, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.
Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra I
Environmental Science is interdisciplinary as it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will also be able to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and man-made, to evaluate the risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
Anatomy and Physiology
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of human anatomy and physiology. Students will be expected to learn medical and anatomical terminology, and also be able to locate, identify and describe functions and structures of the twelve major organ systems. In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of the human body and its design from a Christian Worldview. Students will participate in laboratory investigations and dissections in order to explore the organ systems and related epidemiological issues of human disease.
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry
Sports Medicine 1
This course provides high school students with a general overview of athletic training and the history of sports medicine. This course is intended to provide an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including: injury prevention, treatment, emergency injury management, injury prevention, legal responsibilities, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, general fitness, athletics and special populations, and organizational and administrative considerations. This course is intended to help the students gain an understanding of the field of sports medicine and various associated disciplines. Students will not provide patient care in this class.
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology
Teacher(s): Greg Gilliland
The HCS technology department is highly motivated to bring the best service and teaching to our students. We strive to provide a challenging, engaging, and fun atmosphere where students can effectively learn about the various components of computer science. They explore the history of computers, the evolution of technology, an introduction to basic computer programming, and security and safety issues. We also look at the intricate hardware components of computers and how they work, such as the touch screen. Each class spends time keyboarding (typing), a necessary skill for all to learn. In addition, each grade, students work to become proficient in MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint), and the Google and Apple application equivalents as well. The upper grades will be learning Cyber Security, Java scripting and we are offering an AP course in Computer Science.
- 95% of HCS graduates accepted into the College or University of their choice
- Educational Trips
- International Program
- Advanced Technology
- Intro to Engineering & Robotics
- Competitive Robotics
- Dual Credit Courses
- Google Classroom
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- ASCI & WASC Accredited
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- Challenging students to EXCEL
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