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Academics

Our academic philosophy is that we strive so that each one of our students receives a superior education. A Beka is the only curriculum used in our video program. The teachers in this program have on average 10 years of teaching experience. 
Each grade has their own separate curriculum that is monitored by an on-site teacher. Our exceptional staff is committed to helping their students achieve their full academic potential, and we strive to keep the teacher/student ratio as low as possible to ensure that this can be accomplished. Betel Christian School

Our Goals

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Preschool

K4 - K5

Preschool and Kindergarten students enjoy an activity-oriented learning environment with an emphasis on reading (phonetic approach), writing, and numbers. Students will learn to read before they graduate from kindergarten. The academic curriculum is supplemented as needed to expose children to unique educational themes.

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Jr. High

7th - 8th Grades

The early teenage years are a time for young people to understand that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” It is during this season that the seeds planted in earlier years take root and begin to grow. Academic courses include Bible, English, History, Math, and Science. Betel Jr. High also provides students with enrichment courses in music, physical education, art, and an introductory amount of computer instruction.

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Elementary School

1st - 6th grades

Betel Christian School’s core curriculum consists of Bible, language arts, mathematics, science, history, and geography. Enrichment classes include art, music, and physical education. Our goal at Betel Elementary is to build a broad base of core knowledge viewed from a Biblical perspective. We also help our students to learn how to persevere when faced with difficulties and how to overcome them with Christ’s help.

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High School

9th - 12th Grade

High school is a time to become fully prepared spiritually and academically for the next stage of life. The academics of Betel High are based on a well-designed, challenging core curriculum which include Bible, English, math, history, geography, science, foreign language, physical education, fine arts, music, and speech. We also offer a variety of elective enrichment courses such as keyboarding, document processing, and yearbook design.

Course Description

Preschool (K4) 

The lively academic program in K4 will grow your child’s desire to learn! This enjoyable educational foundation introduces phonics and develops early reading skills through teaching kindergartners to read one-and two-vowel word stories. He will be excited to show what he can do as he learns to trace and write letters and his name, as well as recognize and count numbers to 100. A dedicated skills time each day develops his visual perception, listening skills, and motor skills. A daily Bible class provides opportunity for your child to sing, learn verses, pray, and gain age-appropriate knowledge and application through lessons from the Old and New Testaments. Music, art, language development, and poetry continue to develop your child’s skills and get him ready for the five-year-old program.
 

Courses
Reading/Phonics—learn letters, sounds, blends, one-and two-vowel words in small books
Writing—cursive writing letters and words
Numbers—number concepts 1 to 20, count 1 to 100
Bible, language development activities, music, poetry, art

Kindergarten (K5)

Interesting and engaging lessons expand your child’s natural curiosity and excitement for learning. Songs, verses, prayer, and a walk through Genesis and the life of Christ during Bible time instill biblical values daily. Building upon an early foundation in phonics, your child will learn to read one-and two-vowel word stories, as well as stories with more difficult phonics special sounds. Her reading comprehension develops as you hold her accountable for what she reads with comprehension questions. Eye-hand coordination develops through learning to write individual letters, then consonant-vowel blends, then sentences. Through a dedicated daily numbers time, your child learns to count, recognize, and understand number concepts to 100. Learning number combination families 1–10 will be exciting! Social studies and science pique her curiosity to learn new things. Vocabulary, language, and cognitive skills, as well as character and social development, complete this popular kindergarten program through language enrichment, music, art, and skills development time.

 

Kindergarten (K5) Courses
Reading/Phonics—learn how to read phonetically with a 450-word vocabulary in readers

Writing—cursive writing letters, words, and sentences

Numbers—concept and count 1 to 100, begin addition and subtraction

Bible, Science, Social Studies, music, poetry, art

1st – 3rd Grade 

Your child will gain a lifelong enthusiasm for reading as he learns to read using the Abeka phonics-first approach. You’ll see your child master phonics and watch his reading comprehension skills grow as he reads delightful stories with character-building themes. As his reading and spelling skills improve, creative writing becomes a natural outflow as he organizes thoughts into sentences and applies his grammar knowledge in order to communicate. Learning and practicing the proper formation of letters and the correct spacing between letters, words, and sentences helps perfect writing skills for a good overall appearance. Learning computation skills, problem-solving skills, and how to apply arithmetic concepts exercises his reasoning and thinking abilities. In science, health, and history and geography, he’ll learn about God’s world and begin to appreciate it more as he ventures into a biographical study of people who made an impact on America. Most importantly, studying lives of real people in the Bible will help him learn how to respond to situations in his own life. Finally, art rounds out the academic program.

1st Grade 

Reading—phonics and word-analysis skills

Writing—spelling, cursive writing words and sentences

Arithmetic—emphasis on addition and subtraction, place value, time, money, story problems, simple fractions, and measures

Bible, Science, History, Health, poetry, art

2nd Grade 

Reading—phonics and word-analysis skills

Writing—vocabulary building, spelling, and cursive writing

Arithmetic—addition; subtraction; introduction to multiplication, division, Roman numerals, and story problems

Bible, Science, History, Health, poetry, art

3rd Grade 

Reading—including Pilgrim’s Progress

Language—grammar, punctuation, penmanship, spelling, vocabulary, and creative writing

Arithmetic—addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and story problems

U.S. History—studied through biographies of famous Americans, geography

Science—natural and physical science

Bible, Health, poetry, art

4th – 6th Grade

With an integrated approach to language arts, your child learns how spelling, vocabulary, penmanship, reading, grammar, and composition—including the writing process—work together. Her knowledge of grammar will deepen and practical skills increase with a thorough review of capitalization, punctuation, and the eight parts of speech. She’ll learn how to read quickly for information through challenging reading selections emphasizing comprehension skills and speed-reading activities. Creative writing and word studies encourage maintaining valuable penmanship skills. There’s a focus on correct spelling, vocabulary word usage, and poetry memorization. Arithmetic leads your child from the known to the unknown as she studies fractions, decimals, proportions, percents, and many other topics. A study in United States history as well as history of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres from a Christian perspective opens the world up for your child. General science and health education offer a fascinating look at the world and show how to take care of the body God created. Through daily Bible lessons your child will see how God can do mighty acts when a person has faith in Him. Appreciation of fine arts will also grow through an introduction to accomplished artists and art techniques, and she’ll have opportunities to create her own works of art.

4th Grade 

Reading—character-building patriotic stories, vocabulary, speed reading

Spelling and Vocabulary—30 words/definitions per week

Penmanship—daily work on correct letter formation and writing

English—grammar, usage, composition, and book reports

U.S. History—includes six-week unit of state history (parent collects teacher materials), geography

Science—survey of earth science, matter, energy, plants, and animals

Arithmetic—drill in speed and accuracy in the four arithmetic processes, using fractions, and measures

Bible, Health, poetry, art

5th Grade

Reading—character-building patriotic stories, vocabulary, speed reading

Spelling and Vocabulary—35 words/definitions per week

Penmanship—daily work on correct letter formation and writing

English—grammar, usage, creative writing, library research project, and book reports

History and Geography—Eastern Hemisphere

Science—survey of matter, energy, animals, earth, and space

Arithmetic—decimals, geometric figures, and word problems

Bible, Health, poetry, art

6th Grade

Reading—character-building patriotic stories, vocabulary, and speed reading

Spelling and Vocabulary—35 words/definitions per week

Penmanship—correct letter formation and writing

English—grammar and usage, creative writing, library research project, and book reports

History and Geography—Western Hemisphere

Science—plants, animals, chemistry, earth, and space

Arithmetic—fractions, decimals, percent, graphs, metric system, and consumer math

Bible, Health, poetry, art

Jr. High Course 

Courses filled with clear, vibrant lessons in grades 7–8 build on the foundation laid during your child’s elementary years and effectively prepare her for high school. Skills-based math and English classes help develop reasoning skills, while textbook exercises ensure long-term mastery of each concept. Your child’s interest will be captivated as she discovers the overall picture of God’s purpose and plan in history. Stimulating lessons go through a logical progression of events and ideas in world history, followed by a more detailed look at American history. Classroom demonstrations and invigorating discussions about life science and earth/space science bring the world to life. In Bible class, she’ll learn how to practically apply God’s Word to her life through studying select books from the Old and New Testament and memorize Scripture reinforcing these concepts. After completing grades 7–8, your child will be ready to successfully transition into the high school years.

7th Grade

English 7—grammar and usage, composition (book reports, research paper, writing processes), vocabulary, spelling, poetry, and literature

Intermediate Mathematics—maintaining skills in fundamental operations plus finances, graphs, statistics, introduction to algebra, plane and solid geometry, and trigonometry

World History— from Creation to the present in Christian perspective, including geography and current events

Life Science (includes health)—introduction to scientific method, creation, classification, microscopy, ecology, plants, forestry, insects, vertebrates, the human body, and science research paper

Bible—study of Exodus (one semester) and the Life of Christ (one semester) with memory verses

Physical Education—daily workout in one of many exercises including walking, running/stationary running, cycling/stationary cycling, swimming, basketball, soccer, aerobics, or jump roping

8th Grade

English 8—grammar and usage, composition (book reports, research paper, writing processes), vocabulary, spelling, poetry, and literature

Pre-Algebra—maintaining basic math operational skills, pre-algebra, business math, geometry, and problem-solving strategies

Algebra 1—linear equations; algebraic numbers; graphs, formulas, fundamental operations; special products and factoring; fractions; ratio, proportion, and variation; linear systems of equations; powers and roots; exponents and radicals; quadratic equations (course only available to students with a documented A average in grade 7 math)

U.S. History—narrative study of exploration, settlement, and growth of America to present; includes geography study, state history, and current events

Earth and Space Science—studies in geology, fossil records, oceanography, the atmosphere, weather, space, environmental science; science project

Bible—study of the Book of Acts (one semester) and Joshua and Judges (one semester) with memory verses

Physical Education—daily workout in one of many exercises including walking, running/stationary running, cycling/stationary cycling, swimming, basketball, soccer, aerobics, or jump roping.

High School

 Stimulating academic courses challenge and grow your child throughout his high school years as part of the well-rounded college-preparatory course of study. Core academic courses in English, mathematics, science, and history meet standard graduation requirements and provide him with outstanding preparation for further studies. His study of grammar, great literature, writing, and vocabulary usage in English develops critical thinking ability and leads to mastering effective communication skills. He’ll apply previously mastered basic math skills to higher levels of study in algebra, geometry, and precalculus with trigonometry. Additional practical course options in consumer and business mathematics teach about taxes, balancing a budget, and other useful information. History courses give an in-depth look at people, cultures, and nations in a geographical context for an overall picture of the world. Your high school student will also learn creation-based biology, chemistry, and physics, with included labs that enhance his understanding of scientific concepts and provide thrilling virtual hands-on experience. Bible courses covering Genesis, Revelation, life management, and more, teach God’s truth, continuing to give him a strong foundation that will carry him through life. Elective selections provide an avenue for him to further develop skills in particular areas of interest. He may elect academic opportunities in additional honors-level mathematics, science, and foreign language courses, or choose to focus on developing performance skills in speech and music or aptitude in practical arts. Electing a variety of these courses will benefit him as he prepares for college and his life’s work.

9th Grade

English 9—grammar, composition, vocabulary, spelling, poetry, and literature

Algebra 1—linear equations; algebraic numbers; graphs; formulas; fundamental operations; special products and factoring; fractions; ratio, proportion, and variation; linear systems of equations; powers and roots; exponents and radicals; quadratic equations

World Geography—study of seven continents with physical and political maps, current events

Health (one semester) or elective—nutrition, personal hygiene, body systems, mental health, first aid, disease prevention, drug abuse, right relationships, spiritual growth

Physical Science—meteorology, oceanography, chemistry, geology, physics, lab demonstrations, science project

Hebrew History: Kings of Israel— Bible study series with memory verses

Physical Education 1—daily workout in either walking, running/stationary running, cycling/stationary cycling, swimming, basketball, soccer, aerobics, or jump roping

10th Grade 

English 10—grammar; composition; vocabulary; spelling; poetry; world literature, literary terms, complete novel: Silas Marner; complete play: Julius Caesar

Algebra 2 (honors) or math elective—factoring; fractions; linear equations in one variable; coordinate geometry; variations and dependence; systems of equations; powers and roots; exponents, radicals, and imaginary numbers; quadratic and higher equations; logarithmic and exponential functions; numerical trigonometry; statistics and probability

World History—Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle Ages, the Reformation Era, the Age of Ideas, the twentieth century, current events

Biology—botany; human anatomy and physiology; zoology; cellular and molecular biology; laboratory work: dissections, microscopy; field studies; nutrition; cellular biology; and science research project

Bible Doctrines—study series on Bible doctrines with memory verses

Spanish 1 or elective—pronunciation, word formation, verse memorization as a witnessing tool, grammar, vocabulary, application

11th Grade

English 11—grammar; composition; vocabulary; spelling; poetry; American literature, complete novel: The Scarlet Letter

Plane Geometry (honors)—rectilinear figures, circle, proportions, similar polygons, surface polygons, regular polygons and circles, solutions of right triangles by means of ratios

U.S. History—includes discovery of America, birth of nation, growing as a nation, American character, expansion and conflict, age of industry, world wars, depression, and present day, current events

Chemistry—basic concepts; stoichiometry; elements, compounds, chemical reactions; gases; chemical thermodynamics; light, electrons, and atomic structure; periodic table; chemical bonds and intermolecular forces; selected nonmetals; selected metals and semimetals; solutions and colloids; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; acids, bases, and salts; ionic equilibrium in solution; oxidation-reduction reactions; electrochemistry; nuclear and organic chemistry; weekly laboratory studies; science research project

New Testament: Jesus and His Followers (one semester)—Bible study of the Gospels with memory verses

Life Management (one semester)—how to live successfully in a contemporary world: learning to deal with relationships, safety, sex, drugs, job success, responsibilities, preparation for marriage; with Bible memory verses

Spanish 1 or elective—pronunciation, word formation, verse memorization as a witnessing tool, grammar, vocabulary, application

12th Grade 

English 12—grammar; composition; vocabulary; spelling; poetry; English literature, complete play: Macbeth; complete novel: Pilgrim’s Progress

Precalculus (honors) or math elective—traditional handling of trigonometry and analytic geometry, along with an introduction to calculus

American Government (one semester)—foundations of American government, our constitutional republic, our federal republic, state and local study, current events

Economics (one semester)—free enterprise capitalism, personal responsibility, Protestant work ethic, economics and political freedoms, hope for the future, research paper, current events

Old Testament: Genesis (one semester)—Bible study series with memory verses

Revelation (one semester)—Bible study series with memory verses

 

Electives

Physics (honors)—basic concepts, three states of matter, mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, light, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, labs

Spanish 1—pronunciation, word formation, verse memorization as a witnessing tool, grammar, vocabulary, application

Spanish 2 (honors)—grammar, conversations, cultural readings, stories from the life of Christ (witnessing tool), vocabulary, composition, interviews

French 1 (honors)—grammar, conversations, verse memorization as a witnessing tool, cultural readings, vocabulary

French 2 (honors)—grammar, conversations, verse memorization as a witnessing tool, cultural readings, vocabulary

Consumer Math—buying a car, travel, income, budgeting, housing, food, clothing, leisure activities, federal taxes and records, banking, investments, the small business

Business Math—personal finances, bookkeeping and accounting, business formulas, investments, taxes, banking

Speech (one semester)—basic speaking principles taught from everyday conversation through monologues, poems, and stories

Orchestra 1 (Track A, Year 1) (DVD)—basic techniques to play violin, viola, cello, or bass; proper holding and bowing techniques

Orchestra 2 (Track A, Year 2) (DVD)—continued development of technical skills and introduction to principal of interpretation of classical music and tone production

Keyboarding—basic keyboarding skills, introduction to business documents, formatting, letter styles, reports, and professional tables; designed for standard computer word processing programs

Document Processing (one semester)—provides daily practice, routine timed writings, skill evaluation exercises, and thorough instruction in document processing; designed for standard word processing programs

Physical Education 2—daily workout in either walking, running/stationary running, cycling/stationary cycling, swimming, basketball, soccer, aerobics, or jump roping

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