Academics

Bible: 
Highlands Christian Schools use the study of God's character traits as a foundation for all the devotional and Bible study classes. By looking at these traits, either those of God's character or those of people who have faithfully followed God's ways, we find more ways to personalize and apply biblical principles and concepts to the lives of the children with whom we have to do.

The goal of the Bible curriculum in the middle school grades is a structured approach with regard to the study of the Bible and its contents, the application of those Bible truths that have been learned, and topical studies of biblical truths that are applicable to many of the students’ daily lifestyles. The Bible curriculum also introduces the concept of different worldview philosophies and apologetic studies by comparing and contrasting different worldviews and beliefs, allowing the students to learn how to think instead of just what to think using biblical truths as their foundation of all knowledge.

Language Arts:
Communication is part of God’s plan for our lives. The Language Arts curriculum is composed of poems, structures and functions as they are applied to listening, speaking and writing. Communication should be evaluated on the basis of a biblical worldview.

Mathematics:
The Mathematics philosophy is composed of conceptual, computational and functional elements with an emphasis upon problem solving, logic and reasoning. The goal of this curriculum is to build a foundation for higher learning and to develop problem-solving skills in everyday life. 

Mathematics reveals the orderliness, precision and consistency of God's creation. This reflects upon the Lord's nature and character. The study of Mathematics can demonstrate the grandeur and greatness of God and lead to an appreciation of His majesty.

Science:
The Science curriculum introduces students to the concepts in the earth, life, and physical sciences. The goal of the program is to teach and involve students in the methods of scientific inquiry: observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting and reporting. 

Students learn to use a Biblical worldview to evaluate what they learn from their textbooks. This worldview provides the foundation for the practice of science and its applications in technology.

History:
The History curriculum explores human history from creation to the present. We examine man’s choices, decisions, actions and the resulting consequences, and God’s sovereignty in the rise and fall of leaders and empires. 

The goal of the history curriculum is to assist students in developing a Christian worldview of mankind’s history, and current events.

Foreign Languages:
The purpose of the Foreign Language curriculum at HCS is to develop thinking, oral and listening skills in another language other than English. Students are exposed to the culture, history and customs of other countries.

The goal of the Foreign Language curriculum is to enhance the ability of students to communicate God’s love by utilizing other languages.

The foreign languages offered are Spanish and Mandarin.

Art:
The purpose of the Art/Visual Arts curriculum is to enable students to understand and value art expressions throughout life. This aim describes the main outcome for students and the primary reason for including Art Education in the core curriculum for all students.

The goal of the Art curriculum is that students will respect the uniqueness and creativity of themselves and others as recognized in God’s creation of everything. Also that they will increase their ability to express themselves through languages other than spoken or written, and to understand the contributions of the arts and artists to societies and cultures past and present. 

Computers:
Highlands Christian Schools use the study of Computer Lab to develop communication skills and enhance technological understanding. Projects and assignments will expand their understanding of scripture by using the Bible as a reference to projects and assignments.

The goal of the Computer Lab curriculum in the middle grades is to become proficient and accurate in typing and to become knowledgeable in various computer programs such as Word Processing (Pages), Power Point (Keynote), Digital images and photos, Media Safety, and other current computer programs.

 

Life Skills:

HCS Life Skills curriculum includes: study skills (active listening, time management, organization, and learning styles); ethics; etiquette; self-awareness; lifestyle choices; setting goals; and motivation.

 

Physical Education:

HCS PE curriculum develops team-building, sportsmanship and individual skills in: flag football; volleyball; basketball; soccer; and, tennis.

 

HCS administers the Presidential Health and Fitness Test to all students.

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