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Course Descriptions forĀ 2019-2020

Westside Christian High School offers more than 50 courses* each academic year, including a wide array of electives. In this section, you will find each courses' description (organized by department) along with required prerequisites. For more information about the courses needed for graduation, please review the graduation requirements.

*Courses are subject to change based on class enrollment and interest. 

Bible 9-Bible Survey

Credit: 1.0 
Grades: 9 
 

This course will give a broad overview of the Old Testament as the foundation of our faith. Students will be equipped with a basic historical layout of the Bible by exploring its major events, characters, themes, and theological concepts. The redemptive-historical thread of the Bible from Genesis to Jesus will be exposed, providing the opportunity for students to see and experience God's sovereign plan and grace to us all.


Bible 10-Life and Works of Jesus (Semester 1) 

Bible 10-Christian Theology 1 (Semester 2) 

Credit 1.0 
Grades 10
 

The course will define “religion” and compare and contrast biblical Christianity to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and “New Age” belief systems based on their views of God, salvation, Jesus, and the afterlife. Their scriptures, symbols, and historical and cultural backgrounds will also be discussed. The components of cults will be covered with the goal of students “knowing one when they see one.” Instruction will also focus on worldviews and their importance, helping students to see the world through a “biblical grid” and comparing Christianity with other worldviews: naturalism, atheism, agnosticism, transcendentalism, relativism, etc.

The second-semester class will explore the personal and global need for the Gospel from a theological perspective. In response, students will learn how to understand, defend, and give a humble account of the Gospel Message. As the students learn biblical answers to the primary theological and cultural questions and how to respond in Truth and love, they will also grow in their understanding of how God has called believers corporately (as a body) and as individuals to spread the Gospel. Students will examine the concept of spreading the Gospel in words, deeds, relationships, and proclamation. Students will look at evangelism in the Scriptures, from The Great Commission through Acts and into the Epistles.


Bible 11-World Religions and World Views (semester 1)

Bible 11-Christian Apologetics and Evangelism (semester 2)

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11

The course will define “religion” and compare and contrast biblical Christianity to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and “New Age” belief systems based on their views of God, salvation, Jesus, and the afterlife. Their scriptures, symbols, and historical and cultural backgrounds will also be discussed. The components of cults will be covered with the goal of students “knowing one when they see one.” Instruction will also focus on worldviews and their importance, helping students to see the world through a “biblical grid” and comparing Christianity with other worldviews: naturalism, atheism, agnosticism, transcendentalism, relativism, etc.

The second-semester class will explore the personal and global need for the Gospel from a theological perspective. In response, students will learn how to understand, defend, and give a humble account of the Gospel Message. As the students learn biblical answers to the primary theological and cultural questions and how to respond in Truth and love, they will also grow in their understanding of how God has called believers corporately (as a body) and as individuals to spread the Gospel. Students will examine the concept of spreading the Gospel in words, deeds, relationships, and proclamation. Students will look at evangelism in the Scriptures, from The Great Commission through Acts and into the Epistles.

 


Bible 12-Christian Leadership, Senior Project (semester 1)

Bible 12-Christian Theology 2 (semester 2)

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 12
 

Structured around the Greatest Commandment in Luke 10:27, this class will examine leadership as the process of loving God with our hearts, heads, and hands. The leadership of Jesus will be the basis of a definition of leading as influencing others. Leading with the heart will delve into the concept of biblical love, character, and integrity. The course will also look at what it means as a leader to love God with one's entire mind, examining the price of leadership and discovering God's vision for oneself and those one is leading. Practical application (leading with the hands and loving one's neighbor) will be included as students learn effective leadership styles, communication skills, and relationship building. Throughout the course students will study Old and New Testament examples of leadership and those of historical and modern Christian leaders. Woven throughout the semester, students will carry out the proposal that they wrote during the first semester, culminating with a formal presentation provided to the Westside Community and open to the public.

The second-semester course will look at some of the important doctrines that have shaped the Christian Church since the time of the Apostles. While looking at both the biblical and historical context, students will be challenged to refine and articulate their own core beliefs as disciples of Jesus. Students will also gain an understanding of the breadth of Christendom and how different branches of the Church compare and contrast with one another. Finally, students will look to understand the distinctiveness of their own denomination.

English 9

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9

In this class, students will develop their skills in reading literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and discussion. They will read a variety of novels, poems, plays, and short stories, including selections such as Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, Hiroshima, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Students will write in a variety of forms, including expository, and narrative essays, poetry, and narration. Students will develop skills in speech, critical speaking, and analytical and expressive writing.


English 10

Credit: 1.0

Grades: 10

Students read a variety of classic and modern world literature to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Readings include King Arthur, Antigone, Julius Caesar, Twelve Angry Men, Cry, the Beloved Country, and Animal Farm. Writing assignments emphasize organization in expository essays and analytical writing, while practical grammar study aims at improving and maturing sentence construction and active voice. There will be multiple opportunities for presentations and speeches. Weekly vocabulary homework and quizzes will continue through the year. Students are required to demonstrate a high capacity for independent learning, critical thinking, and skills mastery. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their growth in this course.


English 11

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11
 

Students read American Literature from a historical perspective, including authors’ backgrounds and the historical events that shaped their philosophies. Writing assignments emphasize a critical analysis of the authors’ beliefs based on tone, purpose, and techniques. When applicable, students will be asked to compare and contrast the authors’ beliefs with a Christian worldview. Students will also gain confidence in public speaking/listening skills through the numerous projects and activities aligned with the curriculum.


English 11: Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: B+ or higher in English 10
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
 

This course is a college-level class focused on rhetoric and its uses throughout society, sophisticated analysis and critical reading of primarily nonfiction texts and writing that centers on the ability to construct sound and valid arguments. Students will investigate the science of language and use and apply this knowledge to their own compositions and will practice writing at a level necessary to be successful on the Advanced Placement exam and in college. They will read extensively in classical and modern literature (which will also include various nonfiction essays and articles) in order to master the ability to effectively and maturely analyze and compose strong writings. Reading selections may include, but are not limited to: The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, A Reader's Manifesto, 1984, The Narrative of Frederick Douglas, The Art of the Personal Essay, various essays by George Orwell, selections from The Great Books series and a variety of essay, short story, and poetry selections. This course operates at a college level and students will be held to those expectations. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


English 12

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 12
 

Students will read, discuss, and write about a substantial number of plays, novels, short stories, poetry, films, and essays from diverse cultures with an emphasis on British Literature. A focus will be placed on themes including questioning conformity, the role of the individual in an increasingly global community, the importance of the past and how it shapes the future, as well as the shared human experiences of pain, loss, joy, love, etc. Sample readings include Beowulf, Arthurian Legend, The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, All Quiet on the Western Front, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Hamlet, We the Living, as well as various short stories, poems, and films. Students will write in a variety of modes including expository, narrative, persuasive, and analytical essays. Students will further develop skills in research, speech, and critical thinking.


English 12: Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: B+ or higher in AP English Language & Composition
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
 

This year-long course is designed to engage seniors in critical analysis and lively enjoyment of imaginative literature with a focus on how literature asks fundamental questions about the human condition. Through talking and writing about complex literature, students deepen their understanding of how writers use language to enhance meaning and engage audiences. Students consider literary structure, style, and tone, as well as character development and thematic issues. They write essays in and out of class. In these ways, they prepare for the Advanced Placement exam in the spring. Students in this course are expected to meet college-level expectations. Reading selections include Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Henry James' Daisy Miller and Turn of the Screw, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Albert Camus' The Stranger, Dante's Inferno, Beowulf, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, as well as essays by George Orwell, plays from Greek mythology, and poetry by William Shakespeare, John Donne, T.S. Eliot, and a variety of others, both classic and contemporary. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.

Spanish 1

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11

Spanish I presents an introductory view of the Spanish language and the countries and cultures which speak Spanish. Students explore the Spanish-speaking world through various cultural activities, such as celebrating Spanish holidays, current events, researching Latin American countries, recognizing vocabulary and accent differences, and geography. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the varieties of people, language, foods, and customs that exist in the Spanish-speaking world.  Students will also increase their ability to communicate in the language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. In addition to basic vocabulary and the present and tense, students will also learn to communicate with conversational Spanish. Class time often includes singing songs that can be either grammatically fun, traditional, or for Christian worship.


Spanish 2

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

In Spanish 2 a strong emphasis is given to speaking, listening, reading and writing the language, as well as to studying culture. In this course, students will continue to attain proficiency in communicating about present tense events while beginning their mastery of recounting activities that have occurred in the past. Some topics include; school rules and activities, daily routine, extracurricular activities, home life and chores, directions and activities around town, and childhood vocabulary.


Spanish 3

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 10, 11, 12
 

Spanish 3 is a continued study of the Spanish language and culture. Emphasis is placed on increased vocabulary and grammatical mastery in speaking, reading, listening and writing. Previously taught grammar concepts are reviewed and expanded upon. New concepts, including the subjunctive, are introduced. In the area of speaking, students strengthen their ability to recount events in the past. Students read novels in Spanish that explore cultural topics. This class is an important tool to allow students to solidify and build upon the base of knowledge gained in the previous two years.


Spanish 4

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
 

Spanish 4 is the culmination of the first three years of study in Spanish 1- 3. Increased emphasis is placed on communication, cultural study, and critical thinking. In this course students will continue to attain proficiency in communicating about events occurring in all different time frames. Students will be given ample opportunities to put the knowledge gained in Spanish 1 through 3 into practice through structured classroom activities, projects, and outside assignments. In addition, students will attain a higher level of proficiency through the mastery of new complex grammatical constructions, which will aid their understanding of spoken Spanish and Spanish-language literature and film. Topics include; professions and future planning, politics and current events, community life, religion and sharing faith experiences, and travel. There is an optional additional fee paid to NNU for college credit.


Spanish 5

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
 

In Spanish 5 we will continue to build on the skills developed in Spanish 1-4. A continued emphasis will be given to speaking, listening, reading and writing the language, and culture, literature, and current events will also be incorporated. In this course students will continue to increase their proficiency in communicating about events occurring in all different time frames and about increasingly complex topics. A communicative approach is taken to this course so students will experience full immersion in Spanish at all times. There is an optional additional fee paid to NNU for college credit


French 1

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11

French 1 is a comprehensive study of the French language and the cultures of the countries which speak French. Students explore the French-speaking world through various cultural activities: celebrating French holidays through their traditional ways, current events, monuments of Paris, all French-speaking countries, and a survey of the most important historical figures and events. There will be grammatical studies. Students will reinforce their learning of grammar through various writing, reading, and speaking activities. The students use various methods of showing their knowledge of the language: in-class speaking activities, one-on-one conversations with the instructor, and traditional testing.


French 2

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 10, 11, 12

French 2 is a continuation and more intense study of the French language and culture. The culture studies of this year concentrate on the country of France. They will study the various provinces in France, impressionism, castles of France, and finally they will plan their own thirty-day trip through France. The students will also celebrate the traditional French holidays. The grammar studies intensify with verb tenses (review of present and increased study of the past), future, and conditional. Students also study various pronouns (direct and indirect objects, relative, interrogative and demonstrative) among other aspects of grammar. Students continue to develop their writing, reading, and speaking skills.

 

Health

Credit: 1.0 
Grades: 10, 11, 12
 

The primary objective of Health class is for each student to gain the knowledge necessary to make wise choices concerning their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The ability to integrate and apply God's truths in all areas of personal development is a vital part of this knowledge.


PE-Bodyweight Fitness

Credits: 1.0 May receive credit for multiple years
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

Students will learn basic strength training using body-weight. This course will help build and maintain lean muscle mass. Students will improve athletic performance and be prepared to advance into a weightlifting course.

 

 
 

Algebra 1 

1 Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10
 

Algebra 1 is a math course that teaches the basic algebraic concepts of working with signed numbers in the four operations, inequalities, using exponents, working with polynomials in the four operations, factoring, graphing linear and non-linear equations, using radicals, and simplifying rational expressions. Daily lessons are taught and reinforced by homework.


Geometry

1 Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 
 

Geometry is the study of the “measure of the earth” (“geo”-earth and “metron”-measure). This lofty goal includes logical reasoning, formal proofs, constructions, the study of properties and relationships of geometric shapes, and the use of Algebra as a tool.


Algebra 2 

1 Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 
 

The first semester of Algebra 2 will review many of the concepts introduced in Algebra 1, specifically solving, factoring and graphing polynomial equations. In the second semester, the student is introduced to rational equations, rational exponents and radical notation. The course will also introduce logarithmic/exponential functions, conics, simple statistics.


Statistics 

Credit: 1.0 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
 

This course is offered as an alternative to Pre-Calculus. It provides students with an introduction to important topics in statistics by focusing on the statistical thinking behind data collection and analysis. It helps students be more discerning consumers of statistics, teaching them to interpret the numbers in surveys, election polls, and medical studies. Topics include sampling, surveys, experimental design, organizing data, distributions, probability, and inference.


Pre-Calculus

Credit: 1.0 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
 

By definition: In American mathematics education, pre-calculus, an advanced form of secondary school algebra, is a foundational mathematical discipline. Pre-calculus is actually two separate courses: Algebra and Trigonometry. Pre-calculus prepares students for calculus the same way as pre-algebra prepares students for Algebra I. While pre-algebra teaches students many different fundamental algebra topics, pre-calculus does not involve calculus, but explores topics that will be applied in calculus. This course involves an in-depth study of trigonometry and advanced algebra, through graphing, polar and complex number systems, circular and inverse functions and applications. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for the credit.


Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
 

By definition: Calculus (Latin, calculus, a small stone used for counting) is a branch in mathematics focused on limits, functions, derivatives, integrals, and infinite series. This subject constitutes a major part of modern mathematics education. It has two major branches, differential calculus, and integral calculus, which are related by the fundamental theorem of calculus. Calculus is the study of change, in the same way that geometry is the study of shape and algebra is the study of operations and their application to solving equations. A course in calculus is a gateway to other, more advanced courses in mathematics devoted to the study of functions and limits, broadly called mathematical analysis. Calculus has widespread applications in science, economics, and engineering and can solve many problems for which algebra alone is insufficient. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for the credit.

Choir “Westside Voices”

Credit: 1.0 (may receive credit for multiple years)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Elective Fees: $85 Performing Arts activity fee - assessed once for unlimited Performing Arts courses each year
 

Westside Voices is the non-auditioned, mixed-gender introductory choir class for anyone interested in singing. Students in this class develop skills in vocal production, breath management, sight-reading, and music theory, as well as singing some of the world's greatest choral literature. Students are chosen for our select mixed ensemble group, Soli Deo Gloria, join with our Westside Voices class to form our Concert Choir which competes in District and State events. In February, the choir competes at a State Qualifying Festival. The Concert Choir also enjoys two retreats per year to build unity and prepare for the State Championships. All retreats, concerts, and festivals have a mandatory attendance rule.


Soli Deo Gloria

Credit: 1.0 (may receive credit for multiple years)
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Enrollment by tryout
Elective Fees: $85 Performing Arts activity fee - assessed once for unlimited Performing Arts courses each year
 

Soli is a mixed ensemble consisting of 10-16 singers. This is considered Westside's varsity small vocal ensemble. Soli Deo Gloria participates in all Concert Choir activities as well as their additional concerts. During the Christmas season, Soli performs many concerts around the Portland Metro area. Auditions for this ensemble are held each Spring for the coming year. Students will be required to perform a solo piece with a track or piano accompaniment before a panel of judges. They will also perform sightreading exercises and take a music theory test. Since several concerts are scheduled for this group outside of school time, the student must realize the commitment level must be very high to participate in this group.


Concert Band

Credit: 1.0 (may receive credit for multiple years)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Enrollment by tryout
Elective Fees: $85 Performing Arts activity fee - assessed once for unlimited Performing Arts courses each year
 

This course teaches musicianship with emphasis on phrasing, tone production, intonation, and rhythm. A variety of music is covered, giving the student a good basic repertoire of band music. Enrollment is open to all students with prior instrumental experience. Concert Band performs in several concerts throughout the school year and may perform as a pep band at select basketball games. Students selecting this course will be enrolled in Concert Band for the entire year.


"IGNITE" Music Worship Team

Credit: 1.0 (may receive credit for multiple years)
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Enrollment by tryout
Elective Fees: $85 Performing Arts activity fee - assessed once for unlimited Performing Arts courses each year
 

Worship Team is a class that will focus primarily on preparing and leading praise and worship for Westside’s weekly chapel meetings, as well as chapel meetings for other K-8 schools within the Westside community. Students will be required to demonstrate maturity in leadership, proficiency in singing, playing guitar, bass, drums or keyboards, as well as an understanding of contemporary worship music and the aspects of worship leading in order to qualify for the class. Proficiency will be demonstrated by tryout and application in the Spring for the upcoming school year. As a part of the team, students will gain practical experience in leadership, worship leading, preparing set lists, the logistical planning of a worship service, and the technical aspects of sound reinforcement, video projection, and lighting.

 

Chemistry

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Fees: $30 Lab Fee
 

This laboratory class will undertake a study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Students will investigate the properties of atomic particles to understand how macroscopic phenomena relates to sub-microscopic arrangements. Topics covered include atomic theory, atomic structure, periodic table arrangement and trends, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, thermochemistry and reaction rates. General algebra skills are necessary and students are required to have a scientific calculator.


Advanced Placement Chemistry

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Fees: $30 Lab Fee Prerequisite: Chemistry
 

As recommended by the College Board, AP Chemistry typically follows second-year algebra and high school chemistry. It prepares students to take the AP Chemistry test in the spring and begins where first-year chemistry leaves off. It involves a more detailed investigation into topics such as atomic theory and structure, acids and bases, chemical bonding and stoichiometry. Other topics covered include oxidation and reduction reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. AP Chemistry laboratories are equivalent to those of typical college courses. It is a challenging college-level course designed for students wishing to study health sciences, medicine, engineering and other science disciplines in college. Students should contact the teacher regarding the summer review assignment. AP Chemistry will most likely be a Concurrent Credit class with an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


Biology

Credit: 1.0 
Grades: 10 
Prerequisite: Chemistry 
Fees: $30 Lab Fee 
 

This is a laboratory class which will provide an understanding of the world of living things. Students will study cell biology, the molecular basis of heredity, interdependence and classification of organisms, organization in living systems and evolution.


Advanced Placement Biology

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Biology
Fees: $30 Lab Fee
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
 

This course is designed to be equivalent to two semesters of a college introductory level biology course. The pace and information covered in this course are much more rigorous than freshman biology. The class adheres to the standards instituted by the College Board for all AP courses and covers all of the topics in the AP Biology Course Description, which include biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, molecular basis of inheritance, DNA technology, evolution, microbiology, classification, plants, animals, animal physiology, and ecology. This is a laboratory class in which students are expected to collect data and be able to use it to solve biological problems. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


Anatomy & Physiology

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Biology
Fees: $30 Lab Fee
Optional Fees: $260 for 4 semester hours of college credit
 

This laboratory class will undertake an in-depth comparative study of the structure and function of the tissues and systems of the body. Requirements include an animal dissection as well as a field trip to Oregon Health Sciences University. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


Advanced Placement Physics 1

1 Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Biology & Algebra 2
Fees: $30 Lab Fee
Optional Fees: $260 for 4 semester hours of college credit
 

Physics emphasizes the ability to use concepts in a problem-solving format. Critical thinking is encouraged as a means to understand the concepts and processes of science. The topics include measurement, linear motion, graphical analysis of data, vectors, dynamics, momentum and its conservation, two-dimensional motion, universal gravitation, work and power, energy and its conservation, heat and thermodynamics, waves and energy transfer, nature of light, reflection and refraction, mirrors and lenses, diffraction, electricity and magnetism. Students should have a strong background in algebra and geometry as these skills are used throughout the physics course. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


Intro to Technology

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Fees: $30 Lab Fee
Elective
 

This course will introduce students to a variety of information and digital technologies such as web design, 3-D modeling, computer programming, and robotics.

 

World History

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9
 
This course begins with the earliest formation of known world civilizations, traces the rise and fall of great empires, and connects events in different regions during various ages. The focus during second semester moves towards Western civilizations which most college-bound students will be required to study. A variety of established teaching techniques are used to engage students in the process of reading, writing and discussing history. In conjunction with the English department, students will read one historical novel and write one short research paper. There is also an emphasis on writing skills and current political geography.
 

Advanced Placement World History

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
Elective
 

The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the development of global processes and contacts in different types of societies. This is obtained through a combination of factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing historical evidence. Periodization is the organizing principle to address change and continuity. This course is intended to prepare students for the AP World History exam in May. Students who score well on this exam will be able to earn college credit. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


United States History

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11
 

This course is a chronological history of the United States. The goal is to understand the causes and effects of events in our nation's past and to help the student become culturally literate. Students study political, economic, social and intellectual history. Resources include A History of the United States (2005) by Daniel Boorstin, and teacher-developed comprehensive worksheets to cover each of the thirty-six chapters. We read 4 shorter books as supplements. During the second semester there is a short research paper concurrently assigned with the junior English class.


Advanced Placement United States History

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11
Optional Fees: $195 for 3 semester hours of college credit
Elective
 

This Advanced Placement course uses the same primary textbook as the regular class. This college-level survey course follows a lecture and discussion format which will emphasize cause/effect and relating the past to what is happening today. Students should sense that today’s current events are the result of past influences. The fall semester project is a debate featuring Oregon ballot measures (initiatives or referendums on even years or current event issues on odd years). The spring semester project is an interview with someone who spent part of their teen years during the Great Depression or World War 2. During the second semester there is also a short research paper concurrently assigned with the junior English class. There is an additional fee paid to WPU for college credit.


Government/Economics

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: US History
 

The first semester begins with a study of the U.S. Constitution. After studying the US Constitution in the first week, we will focus on each branch of the federal government: legislative, executive and judiciary. We finish the semester with a study of state and local government. Students do an interview of a local nonprofit or government agency, a small group poll of the public, and a team debate. They also read the books Legislating Morality and Great Souls. The second semester is Economics. The primary textbook for this course is Junior Achievement’s Applied Economics. The text defines terms and explains concepts. A workbook applies those concepts which cover: supply, demand, market-clearing price, free enterprise, productivity, competition, international trade and financing. The student is also required to read The Millionaire Next Door and Economics in One Lesson.


Advanced Placement European History

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Elective
 

AP European history is centered around the following six themes: 1. Interaction of Europe and the World 2. Poverty and Prosperity 3. Objective Knowledge and Subjective Vision 4. States and Other Institutions of Power 5. Individual and Society 6. National and European Identity Students are an integral part of the learning process through discussions, group projects and paired work. Some of these include a Reformation Roundtable, Speed dating, creating a flat absolute monarch, and designing a cereal box for the Italian and German Unification period. Don’t know what these are? Become a part of European history and discover the European world from the Renaissance to the present day.

 

Introduction to Business

Credit: 0.5
Grades: 11, 12
Elective
 

This is a basic business course designed to acquaint students with the activities associated with a business. Students will gather a basic understanding of general business, economics, entrepreneurship, business communications, business ethics, the government’s role in business, marketing, and business finance. Overall, the course gives students a broad exposure to business operations and a solid background for additional business courses.


Personal Finance

Credit: 0.5
Grades: 11, 12
Elective
 

This is an elective course open only to juniors and seniors. In this course we will expose students to the basics of sound personal finance, giving them the necessary skills to wisely and shrewdly manager their own fiscal resources both now and in the future. General business practices will also be studied and applied throughout.


Student Council

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

The class is designed to facilitate leadership development both in practical event planning, and curriculum guided study. This class consists of student body government leaders (ASB) and class representatives from each of the Elective Prerequisite: Enrollment through election grade levels. The student government is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of many all-school and class activities throughout the school year.

Introduction to Art

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Elective Prerequisite: N/A
Fees: $85 Art Activity Fee
 

Introduction to Art is an entry-level art class focusing on art fundamentals, color theory, art history, and the elements and principles of design. Students will gain experience working with 2D and 3D art. Types of skills learned include: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage, and mixed media. Students will learn to create, critique, evaluate, and appreciate works of art throughout the course.


Advanced Art

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Elective Prerequisite: Introduction to Art
Fees: $85 Art Activity Fee
 

Advanced Art is the second level of art offered at Westside. Advanced Art continues to focus on student’s development in various art skills and media while developing the individual artistic expression of each student. Types of skills expanded on from the Introduction course include: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage, and mixed media. Studio work will develop and reinforce student understandings of the elements and principles of design, art techniques and art history while creating, critiquing, and evaluating works of art.


AP Studio Art: 2D Design 

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11, 12
Elective Prerequisite: 2 years of high school art
Fees: $85 Art Activity Fee
 

AP Studio art is the most advanced course offered at Westside requiring at least two years of art. This course focuses on preparing students for the AP Studio Art Portfolio through a rigorous and challenging curriculum. AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. Students will produce a minimum of 24 works throughout the year that satisfy the requirements of the Quality, Concentration, and Breadth sections of the AP Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio.


Digital Design

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Elective Prerequisite: Intro to Art highly recommended
Fees: $85 Art Activity Fee
 

With focus on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, this course will use the Adobe Creative Apps collection of professional-class, industry leading digital design tools to explore the basic principles of digital design in the 21st century. Students will develop skills in photo editing, graphic design, and print layout composition as they work independently and in groups to develop original material for school functions, outside organizations, and eventually a personal portfolio. The end result will be acquiring skills and practical experience in real-life design applications, potentially unlocking the doors to success in the world of digital design.


Yearbook 

Credit: 1.0 (May receive credit multiple years) 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Elective Prerequisite: Enrollment by Application
 

Yearbook is a course for students who want to gain a conceptual as well as an experiential understanding of the process and completion of a yearbook. This course focuses on the instruction, creation, and practice in putting together a creative and unique yearbook publication that represents the Westside Christian High School community. Students must have available time outside of the school day. Application required.

Teacher’s or Office Aide

Credit: 1.0 May receive credit for multiple years
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Elective
 

If requested by a teacher or office personnel, a student may work for a teacher or the main office during one of their periods and receive a pass/no pass credit. This means they receive an elective credit like any other class, but it does not impact their GPA.


Academic Coaching

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Elective
Prerequisite: Enrollment by application *May receive credit for multiple years
 

Academic coaching is designed to provide assistance with the skills, habits, and attitudes necessary for success in all Westside Christian High School courses. The primary aim for this class is for students to develop a strong sense of self-accountability and self-advocacy. While there will be opportunities for students to complete homework assignments in class (only when we have completed the day’s task,) this course is not a study hall. A number of pertinent topics will be discussed including, motivation, goal-setting, time-management, organization, learning styles, listening, reading, note-taking, writing, and test-taking strategies. Some of these will be addressed in a class-wide context and others will be addressed in a one-on-one basis, depending on the unique needs of individual student. Weekly one-on-one ParentsWeb check-ups are designed to keep the student fully aware of and moving forward in their academic performance. Students with a GPA above 3.0 are not eligible to join this class.


Late Arrival

Credit: None
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

For a variety of circumstances, a student may choose to start their school day after 1st period. No credit is given during this period and the student will need to be aware of the next day’s bell schedule so he/she is not late for the start of 2nd period.


Early Release

Credit: None
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

For a variety of circumstances, a student may choose to end their school day before the full school day. No credit is given during this period(s) and the student must exit the building after his/her final class.


Study Hall

Credit: None
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 

For a variety of reasons, a student may choose to enroll in a supervised study hall. No credit is given for this class period, but tardy and attendance rules still apply.