Connecting with God
This survey course is intended to give high school students an overview of each book in the New Testament. It is structured in a way to present basic information as well as guide students in exercises, discussions, and enrichment activities that will give a solid understanding of the New Testament Books.
This course challenges students with a biblical concept of career stewardship while providing resources to help them build their own career plans wisely and faithfully. The lessons will lead them to discover their talents, to understand important principles of decision making, and to determine the will of God for their career. The exercises and activities will lead students to apply biblical values to their career planning.
What is truth? Where can truth be found? Is the Bible reliable and relevant for today? This course in apologetics carefully walks students through the answers to these and other important questions. The course is based on the realization that what you believe about truth and what you rely on for truth are crucial issues that will influence both your thinking and your life’s decisions. Students can apply this principle today as they hear a wide range of claims in the secular environment. Grades are based on quizzes, essays, tests, and class participation.
Understanding the Times
This course will help students clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview and how they compare with the tenets of the leading worldviews of our day -- Islam, secular humanism, Marxism, New Age, and postmodernism. Some of the issues include apologetics, art and culture, bioethics, critical thinking, cults, leadership, radical environmentalism, radical feminism, religious pluralism, scriptural reliability, and more. Grades are based on quizzes, essays, tests, and class participation. Class workbook is required.
This course is defined as the introductory course in high school English. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of grammar and extending knowledge beyond the basics. Literature is approached through different genres in order to get an idea of the range of expressions found across the spectrum. Short stories, poetry, drama, and novels are studied. Vocabulary improvement is emphasized and fundamentals of writing are taught.
This course is defined as a one year experience in the study of composition and vocabulary. Vocabulary and spelling are stressed each semester. Writings from different cultures are read in order to gain a greater familiarity with the thoughts and ideas that drive human cultures. Fundamentals of writing are reinforced and expanded.
In 11th grade, important literary movements and figures selected from the cultural history of the United States are studied. Students have many opportunities to improve compositions, theme writing, and essay testing. Fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and writing are reinforced and expanded in preparation for advanced writing in 12th grade and college. Longer written activities and a research paper are included in the course.
Limitations and requirements: Teacher recommendation and a minimum average of 85 in English II.
This course is defined as the senior level course for students. Grammar and vocabulary are emphasized in preparation for college. Students are required to demonstrate knowledge of all fundamentals of language usage and mechanics. The majority of the year is spent in a detailed survey of English literature including various periods and significant authors. A term paper is required and students read several novels. Special emphasis is placed on writing in preparation for college.
Concurrent English Composition I
English Composition II
Art I is for students without previous high school visual arts experience. It includes a general overview of art concepts and art history, as well as a variety of studio experiences. Learning basic techniques, design elements, and art principles are stressed.
For students who have completed Art I, Art II provides a chance for a deeper exploration of media and experimentation with new subject matter. Elements and principles of design are focused on in-depth.
Pre AP Studio Art
This course is a pre-Advanced Placement class where students work at a college-level pace in a high school setting. Students are expected to create works of art for a portfolio presented in AP Studio Art their Senior year. The preparation of this portfolio requires forethought and planning. The portfolio must be made up of three sections: quality, concentration, and breadth. All three sections are required to receive course credit.
AP Studio Art
This course is an Advanced Placement class where students work at a college-pace, in a high school setting. Students are expected to present selected works for evaluation at the end of the year with the emphasis on building a portfolio. The preparation of the portfolio requires forethought and planning. The portfolio must be made up of three sections -- quality, concentration, and breadth. All three sections are required to receive course credit.
Requirements and Limitations: At least 3 semesters of art classes and teacher recommendation. Open to 11th and 12th grade only.
Choir is primarily a performance group and time will be required during the school year for performances. Students will learn sight reading and healthy vocal technique. Students in choir may be required to learn to sing in different languages and styles. Due to the out of school performance time, students participating in choir should be in good academic standing and display a positive attitude toward music and performing.
High School Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts is designed to assist students in discovering the dramatic skills necessary to develop his/her creative talents. This is done through theatre productions and classroom acting activities. While participating in the class, students gain an understanding of on stage and off stage skills used in the theatre. In class, acting exercises and performances build a foundation of knowledge necessary for acting and the dramatic skills necessary for performance. Local and state opportunities for competition will be offered.
Advanced Theatre Arts
The student who begins this course should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals required to develop skills in production. To assist the student in his growth, a variety of skill activities are taught. Among them will be duo scenes, improvisation, physical movement, and technique.
Requirements and Limitations: Teacher approval and must have completed at least 2 semesters of Theatre Arts.
Speech (Concurrent Credit Offered)
In Speech, students practice communication behavior relevant to a variety of social scenarios, focusing on interpersonal and public communication. Students also develop media literacy through presentations.
Competitive Public Speaking
The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance verbal organizational, research and critical thinking skills, as well as self-confidence through the preparation and presentation of speeches within the classroom. Students will learn the fundamentals and participate in Lincoln Douglas Debate, make informative and persuasive speeches, and write and deliver original oratories on topics of personal and public interest. All students will be required to participate in at least 2 Speech and Drama tournaments throughout the year.
This course is the study of motion pictures with emphasis on the role of the director in shaping the film. Video production is introduced and created as a class project.
Technology Support Internship (TSI)
Students work to resolve real-life technology support issues on campus. Students also have opportunities to create and complete other technology-related projects. Team projects are encouraged to give students collaborative experiences. Projects and concept work may include electronics, rockets, radio control systems, microcontrollers, robotics, cyber security, programming, game design, server design, networking, or computers in general. Anyone wanting to participate in TSI must have an interest in electronics and a basic understanding of computers.
Throughout this course, students will design and produce the OCA Yearbook. Major work includes involvement in writing, editing, reporting, photography, fund-raising, publishing, layout, and design. Meeting deadlines, fulfilling assignments, and attending class are major considerations for student evaluation. Production of the yearbook is carried out by the students from blank production materials to a completed product that is sold to the student populous.
This course can be considered an art or technology course. Students practice taking digital photographs and improving and printing the photos with electronic software. Group critiques enable students to think and talk about photography with an eye to self-improvement. Outstanding photographs may be used in the yearbook and entered in competitions. A digital camera is required for the course.
College and Career Planning
College and Career gives upper secondary students the opportunity to prepare for college selection, enrollment, and scholarship application. The class also utilizes the Naviance online tools which helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals. Students also hear from a variety of guest speakers, including various college professors and representatives, as well as professional people. Occasional field trips to nearby colleges round out this exciting class.
This course is a continuation of Spanish I. The students will continue to use the language in speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills – with a deeper exploration into the written language. The students will be given opportunities to use the language in projects, role-plays, games, videos, stories, and field trips. Students will also continue the exploration of Hispanic cultures and customs.
This course is designed as a continuation of the concepts learned in Spanish I and II with emphasis on vocabulary, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension. This course also includes the study of history and culture of Hispanic countries.
Requirements and Limitations: Spanish III is recommended for students with an 80 or higher average and recommendation from the Spanish teacher.
The course curriculum for Nutrition is The High Performance High School Athlete Nutrition Guide by William Jones. Topics for this class will range from proper athletic nutrition to genetic factors related to nutrition. The intent of this class is to create informed high school students in the area of nutrition.
This course is based on the curriculum from the book Arnheim's Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency-Based Approach by William E Prentice. Topics covered in this course will range from basic anatomy and medical terminology to the science of human movement. This course is intriguing for any student who lives an active life style or any athlete that wants to learn more about the science of the body.
This is a course that provides students with a balance between academic and personal leadership skills and helps students to demonstrate leadership skills through on-campus volunteer experiences (service education).
Algebra I builds on the skills learned in Pre-Algebra. Topics include linear graphing, solving linear equations, inequalities and systems. Students will be introduced to solving nonlinear equations and graphs of advanced functions. An emphasis is placed on using Algebra to solve problems in the real-world. This course provides students a foundation for concepts that will be learned in Algebra II and Precalculus.
Intermediate Algebra serves as a bridge between Algebra I and Algebra II. Topics include solving and graphing linear equations, inequalities and systems, statistics, and solving advanced equations. This course explores introductory Geometry topics such as parallel line relationships, triangles and polygons. An emphasis is placed on applying mathematical concepts to the real-world.
Informal and formal proofs and discovery activities are used to help students explore the world of Euclidean Geometry. Topics include the study of the properties of parallel and perpendicular lines and planes, triangles, basic trigonometric functions, quadrilaterals, other polygons, solids (polyhedrons), and circles. Critical thinking skills are developed, enhanced and emphasized.
Algebra II builds on the strong foundation of Algebra I. Functions, inequalities, and systems of equations are addressed, as well as exponential and logarithmic functions, logarithms, imaginary and complex numbers, conic sections, matrices, statistics, and introduction to Trigonometry.
Trigonometry and Pre Calculus
In this course we will study a mixture of algebraic and trigonometric concepts that will prepare the student for future success in Calculus, either at the advanced high school, or college levels. Topics include functions, polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and matrices, conic sections, series and sequences, and polar coordinates. The course concludes with an exploration into limits and derivatives.
This course includes the fundamental development of calculus. Emphasis is placed on analysis of functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications as related to rates of change, velocity, acceleration, graph sketching, and area under a curve. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required.
Concurrent Math Courses
Partnerships have been established with local universities to provide students the opportunity to earn college credit while attending OCA.
This course is designed to teach students the basics of weight lifting and general fitness. In the class, we use the principles of circuit training and sport's periodization. The students taking this class will get the opportunity to put their knowledge to work and athletically train five days a week.
Biology emphasizes the skills of scientific inquiry, scientific literacy and the use of 21st century skills in the study of life. Subjects include the scientific method, chemistry of the body, Gregor Mendel’s study of inheritance, DNA, evolution and creation, human body systems, and ecosystems. We will use God’s word to discuss and support the wonders of His creation.
Chemistry is a course based on the study of matter and the changes that are brought about through its relationship energy. In this class student will investigate matter, the structure of atoms and molecules, the periodic table and periodic trends, intermolecular forces, molecular and chemical formulas, chemical solutions, and acid-bases relationships. Students will also identify the behavior of various states of matter according to the Kinetic theory.
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology introduces students to the structure and function of the human body. The systems of the human body to be studied include the skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, and reproductive systems. This laboratory based class will include microscope activities, biochemistry labs, as well as an in depth dissection of a fetal pig.
Physics is the study of how all matter in the universe is related. The student will investigate Newton’s laws of motion, the laws of conservation of mass and energy, and even Einstein’s relativity. This class puts a heavy emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving in both static (motionless) and kinetic (moving) systems. Students should have a working knowledge of both algebra and trigonometry.
Environmental Science (Dual Credit Offered)
This course presents a broad overview of earth systems, processes and resources. Emphasis is given to the role of humans in natural systems; the effect of geologic, biologic, and climatic processes on living organisms; the short and long term effects of human activities on the environment; and the search for sustainability. Topics covered in lectures include human populations, ecosystems and their management, climate, soil and food supply, energy systems, surface water and groundwater, effects on human health, future availability of resources, waste management, and opportunities for conservation.
Student will examine the people and events that have formed and transformed the landscape and cultures of the place peoples that have become Oklahoma. Student will analyze important political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and political accomplishments of state, national, and world significance, leading students to link Oklahoma’s history to local, national, and global contexts.
Students will examine the enduring philosophical and religious contributions from the ancient and classical eras to the modern world.The student will examine the impact of the European Renaissance and Reformation,various revolutionary movements, the Industrial Revolution, and the world that the World Wars helped create, the transformation of societies in the Post-World War Two Era, and recent contemporary events and issues.
Students will analyze effects of the Reconstruction Era amendments to the United States Constitution, examine the impact of immigration and the settlement of the American West on American society, and evaluate the economic effects of the industrialization and the changing role of the United States in world affairs at the turn of the twentieth century.The student will also describe the social, cultural, and economic events between the World Wars, investigate and analyze the Great Depression, and the causes, events and effects of World War II, and assess the foreign and domestic policies of the United States since World War II.The student will also examine the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, DC.
Students will examine the philosophical foundations of the American republican system, the formation of governmental institutions and practices, and their transformations since the founding era as a basis of preparing students to become informed, responsible, engaged, and literate citizens who are committed to the ideas and values of democracy and use them in their daily lives, as well as make informed decisions about how their government should protect individual liberties and address the common good.
Turning Points in U.S. History (Concurrent Enrollment - History 1233 at Oklahoma Christian University)
Students will survey the major trends, conflicts and crises of American history from the age of discovery to the present. Special attention will be paid to such topics as the settlement of the United States, the American Revolution, the Age of the Common Man, the Civil War Era, the Age of Industrialization and Urbanization, American foreign policy and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the decade of the sixties and the cultural wars.