Apologia – Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition

Apologia’s newest curriculum, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, covers what maturing students need to know to help them make the best choices they can for themselves as they become young adults. Health is about stewardship: managing what you have as well as you can. This 15-module course, which includes both a hardcover textbook and a spiral bound notebook, covers the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing into a healthy adult. Students will study the human body systems, senses, genetics, temperaments, and physical influences on thoughts and feelings. The course respectfully covers mental illness and emotional stability, as well as the inestimable value of another human being, our culture, our gender roles, our families, socialization, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of both macronutrients and micronutrients, including the importance of exercise and proper diet. Over 50 projects, noted in the textbook and included in the student notebook, cover materials such as nature versus nurture, personal temperament, good decision-making skills, boundary setting, analyzing food intake and activity levels, creating good hygiene habits, keeping a sleep record, as well as so much more.

NOTE: Students will require both the textbook and a student notebook to complete this course.

Parental Note: This is a full health textbook. Some students may not be mature enough to discuss some of the topics. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. This text will respectfully discuss the act of marriage, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. It will discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. Please use your knowledge of your students to decide if this course is appropriate for their maturity levels. Illumination will not discuss any sexual information during class. It will be up to the parent to decide how much of that particular module they will complete with their student.

Class time consists of lesson reading and review, a weekly cumulative review of each chapter study guide, science experiments, and vocabulary building. Homework includes weekly reading and review, chapter reviews, and vocabulary study.


Notgrass – Exploring Government; Exploring Economics

In this course, students explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government. In the second semester, students will complete Exploring Economics. In this half of the course, students learn Biblical teachings about economics from the Old and New Testaments and a history of the U.S. economy. The curriculum emphasizes the contrast between command economies and free markets. Exploring Economics helps students understand both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course explains economic terms from supply and demand to GDP and the Consumer Price Index, giving students tools to understand what they hear in the news and to make wise economic decisions. 

Class time consist of lesson reading, and lesson review questions, hands-on activities, and weekly cumulative review. Homework includes weekly reading, literature assignments, and review questions.


Essentials in Writing

This DVD driven writing program guides students in short lessons using a systematic, step by step approach with immediate application. It makes use of graphic organizers focusing on organizing information,and models writing for students. As this course is not designed for multiple ages groups, parents should purchase the appropriate grade level for their student. In this curriculum, students will learn to identify and apply parts of speech to sentence structure. They will also learn effective writing skills including expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing; proper paragraph structure, essays, and research projects.

Class time consists of weekly review of foundational grammar skills, and public presentation of writing assignments. Homework includes daily lessons and weekly writing assignments that follow a rubric.


Grade Level Choice of Math

For the math portion of our program, parents should purchase a grade-level math curriculum of their choosing. Illumination recommends a traditional approach to mathematics. (A Beka, Bob Jones,etc.)

Class time consists of weekly review of math formulas (area of polygons, slope, pythagorean theorem, etc. ). Each week students will be presented with a “real life” math problem they are to solve as a team. Homework includes daily lessons that follow the curriculum of choice.


Understanding the Culture

Hundreds of the finest biblical teachers and subject matter experts have contributed to this series. The Understanding the Times Bible curriculum invites students to ask tough questions and assists teachers in creating an open environment where dialogue and discussion lead to informed discipleship. As students master the big ideas behind worldviews, they will be less likely to be taken captive by false philosophies and more likely to influence their generation for Christ. Understanding the Culture outlines the key social issues of our time and shows students how to engage their biblical worldview and transform our post-Christian culture.

Class time consists of chapter reading and concept discussions. Homework includes daily reading and review.


At the end of the academic year, students in 9th-12th grade will come together to compete in “Masterminds”, a quiz-bowl challenge that evaluates their mastery of the Cycle 1 Material on each core subject. Teams of 3-4 students (with up to 2 alternates) in a math challenge, a Bible, science and history bowl, and a short story contest. At the end of the competition, the top three teams will go on to compete in the ultimate MASTERMINDS CHALLENGE!