Course Offerings

ART

  • Art Dimensions
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Fine Arts
    (Lab fee: $25)

COMPUTER

  • Computer Applications I
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Keyboarding Proficiency

    This course teaches the fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations, using Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows 7 version).

  • Computer Applications II
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I

    This course is designed to extend the student’s understanding of the concepts and techniques covered in Computer Applications I.  Students will further develop their skills and understanding of the advanced features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations using Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows 7 version).

  • Computer Literacy
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Keyboarding Proficiency

    This course teaches students the fundamentals of computers, computer vocabulary, PC hardware, software, and the World Wide Web.

  • Photoshop CS3
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I

    This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS3 – an image-editing program that lets you create and modify digital images.

  • Illustrator CS3
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I

    This course is an introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS3 the industry-standard illustration program for print, multimedia, and online graphics.

  • Video Editing
  • 1 credit
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I

    This course is designed to teach students basic & intermediate video editing skills using Final Cut Pro.

  • Web Page Design and Maintenance
  • .5 credits
    Elective/Computer
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I

    This course introduces students to HTML as a markup code for designing Web Pages, and to the use of Web authoring software such as Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks.  The Web design/maintenance techniques learned in class will be used to update and maintain the school’s web site.

DRIVER EDUCATION

  • Driver’s Education
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    This course involves classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training-to prepare the student to take the Wisconsin driving test.  The course is contracted, and the cost is approximately $350.  Students must be at least 15 1/2 years old to enroll.  The class is held in the evening and no student who is on the deficiency list for grades is eligible.

ENGLISH

  • English I
  • 1 credit
    Required

    This course is designed to build reading comprehension and vocabulary through a study of non-fiction and fiction sources; develop writing skills through applying the writing process, employing the Six-Traits of Writing, and understanding the function and mechanics of grammar and sentence structure; and acquire confidence in public speaking.  An emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, creative writing experiences.

  • English II
  • 1 credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: English I

    This course is designed to build on skills learned in English I through the continued study of non-fiction and fiction sources, writing projects employing the writing process and Six-Traits of Writing, and opportunities for public speaking.  Creative writing will be continued, but emphasis will be placed on developing skills in expository writing, research, and integrating technology throughout the writing process and presentation of projects.

  • English III
  • 1 credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: English II

    This course integrates composition, grammar, vocabulary, speech, and critical thinking through a survey of American literature from the beginning of the American tradition to modern literature of the 21st  century.  The course builds on skills learned in English I and II, and continues the use of the writing process, the Six-Traits of Writing, and integration of technology in the research and presentation of projects.

  • Honors English III
  • 1 credit
    Prerequisite: English II with a B average and/or instructor’s approval

    This course is offered as needed according to the demands of class size and interest. Honors English III is designed for junior students who are interested in a deeper level of literature analysis, critical thinking, and expository writing.  The course integrates composition, speech, vocabulary, and use of technology through a survey of American literature from the early 1600’s to the 21th  century.  The focus is on the American short story, poetry, and classic novels.  One goal of this course is to help prepare students for the AP exam that may be offered during the spring of their senior years depending on the interest and demands of the students.

  • English IV
  • 1 Credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: English III

    This course integrates composition, grammar, vocabulary, speech, and critical thinking through a survey of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st  century.  The course continues to build on skills learned through the writing process with an emphasis on analytical, persuasive, and research writing as well as integrating technology through the use of on-line data bases.  Upon completion of this course, students should feel adequately prepared for college composition classes.

  • Honors English IV
  • 1 Credit
    Prerequisite: English III or Honors English III with a B average and/or instructor’s approval

    This course is offered as needed according to the demands of class size and interest. Honors English IV is designed for senior students who are interested in a deeper level of literature analysis, critical thinking, and expository writing.  The course integrates composition, speech, vocabulary, and use of technology through a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the 20th century.  Students may choose, but is not required, to take the AP Literature and Composition Exam given in May to waive up to three credits of college English depending on the individual student’s exam score and the specific college’s requirements.

JOURNALISM

  • Journalism
  • 1 Credit
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps I with a grade of B or above

    The purpose of this course is ultimately to produce a quality yearbook for Wisconsin Academy. The student will learn the elements of good yearbook production which includes design, writing, photography, and layout.

MODERN LANGUAGES

  • Spanish I
  • 1 credit
    Required for Academic Diploma

    This course is an introduction to basic Spanish.  The students learn Spanish vocabulary and how to conjugate verbs. There is special emphasis on Spanish culture and history.

  • Spanish II
  • 1 credit
    Required for Academic Diploma
    Prerequisite: Spanish I

    This class is designed to fine-tune the student’s speaking, reading, and writing skills.  Listening to and comprehending the language is of special emphasis.

MATHEMATICS

  • Fundamentals in Mathematics
  • .25 credits
    Elective

    Wisconsin Academy holds high ideals and standards for its students in the area of mathematics.  Some students come to the academy with feelings of anxiety over their math skills.  This is a one quarter course designed to help students who are not proficient in basic math skills.  We strongly recommend that ALL incoming students take this course.  Wisconsin Academy reserves the right to administer a test to students to help determine if a student must take this course.

  • Algebra I
  • 1 credit
    Required

    This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the fundamentals of algebra which form a foundation for all future mathematics courses.  Topics include variables, polynomials, solving linear equations, factoring, graphing, inequalities, functions, and problem solving with rational and irrational numbers.

  • Algebra II
  • 1 credit
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Algebra I

    Mathematics provides the conceptual basis for the structure of many things around us.  This course is a review and expansion of the basic algebraic concepts studied in Algebra I plus an introduction to complex numbers, logarithms, matrixes, and trigonometry.

  • Geometry
  • 1 credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: Algebra I

    Geometry is a critical component of a mathematics education because students are required to focus and develop skills with logical proof and critical thinking when solving problems or evaluating arguments.  Topics in geometry include logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry.

  • Trigonometry
  • .5 credits
    Elective
    Prerequisite: 2.5 years of secondary mathematics (algebra 1, geometry, or algebra 2) with a “B-” or better average in your last two semesters and/or instructor’s approval.

    Trigonometry is a one semester course.  This is an in depth study in the area of trigonometry.  Trigonometry has a a variety of different applications, and would be especially helpful for students who may wish to explore a career as a architect, cartographer, chemist, aerospace engineer, chemical engineer, optometrist, physician, surgeon, electrical engineer, environmental engineer, computer hardware engineer, nuclear engineer, surveyor, atmospheric scientist, physicist, industrial engineer, astronomer, biologist, urban planner, photogrammetrist, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, and many more.  The major topics covered include right-triangle trigonometry, angles & radian measurement, trigonometric functions, co-terminal angles, trigonometric graphing, simple harmonic motion, sound waves, graphing applications, trigonometric identities, trigonometric applications, complex & polar planes, vectors, hyperbolic functions, hyperbolic graphs, conics, polar equations, and parametric equations.  Students are introduced to the basic concepts of how to utilize programing techniques to increase their efficiency and understanding.  Students must have graphing/programing calculator for the course, specifically the TI-83 or TI-84 series.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • .5 credit
    Elective
    Prerequisite: 3 years of secondary mathematics (algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2 or trigonometry) with a “B-” or better average in your last two semesters and/or instructor’s approval.

    Pre-Calculus is a one semester course.  It serves both as an advanced high school mathematics course as well as modest introduction to calculus. Pre-calculus takes the major areas covered in Algebra II and reinforces and expands on them. The course would be useful to students interested in career as a mathematician, chemist, chemical engineer, computer hardware engineer, market researcher, computer software engineer, computer programmer, aerospace engineer, survey researcher, physicist, biological scientist, medical scientist, nuclear medicine technologist, materials scientist, electrical engineer, environmental engineer, biomedical engineer, mechanical engineer, nuclear engineer, and many others.  The major topics covered include equations, inequalities, number patterns, linear modeling, geometric sequencing, functions, inverse functions, polynomial functions, the fundamental theorem of algebra, exponential & logarithmic functions, Matric systems, statistics, probability, limits, and continuity.  Students are shown how to solve advanced math concepts and how to utilize programing techniques to increase their efficiency and understanding.  Students must have graphing/programing calculator for the course, specifically the TI-83 or TI-84 series.

MUSIC

  • Bell Choir
  • .5 credits
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Background in Reading Music

    A program designed using English handbells with emphasis on technique and musicianship.  Class size is limited and open by audition.  Performance on and off campus is required.  This class is considered a touring group.  See tour group eligibility requirements on Page 9.

  • Choralaires
  • 0.6 credits
    Elective
    Requirement: Membership in choir and currently taking voice lessons

    A class designed as a select vocal ensemble which tours throughout the state.  Members of the Choralaires are chosen by audition and invitation.  See touring group eligibility requirements on Page 9 of the student handbook.

  • Choir
  • 0.4 credits
    Elective

    A performing vocal musical organization.  Students are taught to sing in four-part harmony.  Performances on and off campus are required.  This group is the main church choir.

  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    This class is geared to meet the performance needs of most instrumentalists.  It features the typical instruments that would be found in a band or orchestra.

  • Instrumental Lessons
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    Lessons are available for the typical instruments found in an orchestra or band.  Practice time is required and a weekly lesson fee is charged.  Student must be in good financial standing with the school.

  • Piano
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    Students are taught music, note reading, and rhythm.  A wide variety of music is used and is geared to the students’ needs.  Practice time is required.  A weekly lesson fee is charged.  Student must be in good financial standing with the school.

  • Voice
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    Students are taught the basic fundamentals of singing, such as breath control, tone production, and music reading.  A wide variety of music is used and is tailored to the students’ needs.  Practice time is required if taken for credit.  A weekly lesson fee is charged.

    All private lessons are charged a weekly fee of $14.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Gymnastics
  • 1 credit
    Elective

    The Wisconsin Academy Knights (gymnastics team) works throughout the year on routines and performs them on tour as well as at the Home Show during second semester.  The team is selected through tryouts held at the beginning of the school year.  A student not making or quitting the team may transfer this credit to an on-going physical education class within the first three weeks of school.  A student that transfers to another school during the school year will also receive credit.  Students that are selected for the team will be given a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory at the semester.  However a letter grade will not be given until the end of the school year.  See touring group eligibility requirements on page 9 of the student handbook.

  • Health
  • .5 credits
    Required

    This course is designed to teach the health principles of a Christian lifestyle which are in harmony with the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.  The student will become more aware of the long term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  Areas included are regular physical exercise, mental well-being, proper diet, substance abuse, first aid, and CPR certification.

  • Physical Education I
  • 1 credit
    Required

    Basic motor skills, sports skills, and the rules of several team sports will be covered.  Students will be expected to exemplify sportsmanship as well as a Christian attitude on and off the field.  Being in gymnastics does not meet the Physical Education I requirement.

  • Physical Education II
  • 1 credit
    Required

    This class is geared toward personal fitness and individual sports.  This class is usually taken the sophomore year.  Being in gymnastics will meet the requirement.

RELIGION

  • Religion I
  • 1 Credit
    Required

    An in-depth study of the development and purpose of the Bible and how God’s love and character are demonstrated through creation, redemption, and in human relationships.  Second semester is an overview of the significance of the life and times, the ministry, and the death and resurrection of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels.

  • Religion II
  • 1 Credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: Sophomore Class Standing

    A study of the redemptive history of God’s chosen people, beginning with the Exodus, through the inter-testament time, and concluding with the New Testament church as modeled in the book of Acts.  Second semester is a study of the history of the Christian Church from AD 70 to the present time, concluding with a study of the rise and development of het Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  • Religion III
  • 1 Credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: Junior Class Standing

    Daniel and Revelation- A Christ-centered study that stresses Christ’s presence in the practical life and in prophetic events leading to the Second Coming.

    Doctrinal Studies- A systematic study, in Bible study format, of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Choices and Challenges- A study of the five different dimensions of human self-understanding as it relates to a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.  These dimensions include: spiritual self-understanding, psychological/emotional self-understanding, self-understanding as it relates to decision-making, educational self-understanding, and vocational self-understanding.  This unit is taught from a Christ-centered theological perspective.

    Romans- An inductive Bible study of Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice that provides the basis for pardon, reconciliation, and growth.

  • Religion IV
  • 1 Credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: Senior Class Standing

    Worldviews and Religion – An introductory study of worldviews, contemporary denominations, religious movements and cults, and world religions as viewed from a biblical perspective.

    Marriage and Family – A study of biblical principles of relationships and their application to marriage and family life. Subjects include dating, mate selection, engagement, marriage, home religion, parenting, and family finance.

    Hebrews – A study of the Mosaic tabernacle and its services with emphasis on the parallel ministry of Christ in Heaven.  This course upholds Jesus as the true High Priest who has fully identified with us and secured our salvation by His death on the cross and ministry in the heavenly sanctuary.

    John – A contextual study of the life of Christ with the purpose of helping students develop devotional attitudes and habits.

  • Outreach and Service
  • .5 credits
    Elective
    Prerequisite: A willing heart

    Because we believe that service to humanity is a part of our Christian commission, all students are encouraged to participate in some type of outreach.  This ministry will include service to senior citizen centers, civic project involvement, hospital visitation, religious literature distribution, and participation in constituent church programs (WAY Team), including our campus church.  Practical experience will include working with the Campus Ministries Department to plan, promote, and implement service projects for the entire student body.

  • Witnessing
  • .5 credits
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Junior and Senior Class Standing

    This elective course in religion puts primary emphasis on faith-sharing activities.  Students learn to give Bible studies in groups, to their peers, to children, and to community members.  As a practical “hands-on” project, students will be required to plan, promote, and preach in a prophecy seminar in either the academy church or other specified location.  Witnessing students share Christ-centered programs in various constituent churches and will spend a weekend learning soul-winning methods.

SCIENCE

  • Biology I
  • 1 credit
    Required

    This is a comprehensive study of life at all levels of biological organization.  Topics to be studied include the following: biological principles, cells, genetics, creation/evolution, microbiological principles, micro-organisms, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, human biology and ecology.  Laboratory is a part of this course.

  • Chemistry
  • 1 credit
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Algebra I with a grade of “C” or above

    The course is a study of fundamental chemical concepts and principles.  Topics of study will include matter and energy; phases of matter; formulas and equations; atomic structure and bonding; solutions; kinetics and equilibrium; acids, bases and salts; organic chemistry; and nuclear chemistry.  Laboratory is a part of this course.

  • Physical Science
  • 1 credit
    Required for Freshman

    Physical science includes topics in the motion of objects including velocity, acceleration, and momentum. Energy is studied with topics in thermal energy, potential energy, and kinetic energy.  Matter concepts of solids, liquids, and gases are covered along with beginning chemistry concepts in the elements and their atomic structures, metals and nonmetals including alloys, plus acids and bases along with the reactions between these two groups.  Waves, light, and sound along with electricity and magnetism are covered.  The course finishes with nuclear concepts and energy sources.  The course uses many lab opportunities to experiment with the above concepts plus planning and building science projects.

  • Physics
  • 1 credit
    Elective
    Prerequisite: Algebra II

    A study of matter and energy and their interactions.  Topics include mechanics, heat, light, sound magnetism, and electric fields.  This physical science course is usually taken the senior year.  Laboratory is a part of this course required.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1 credit
    Elective
    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

    Human Anatomy and Physiology is a course designed to provide accurate information about the structure and function of the human body.  It is especially planned for students who are considering careers in allied health fields and who have minimal backgrounds in physical and biological sciences.  Frequent field trips and guest speakers are planned.  Laboratory is a part of this course required.

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Economics
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    A course designed to teach students not only about world economics, but also about personal financial management from a Christian perspective.

  • American Government
  • .5 credits
    Required
    Prerequisite: Senior class standing

    This class focuses on the governmental and economic systems of the world with emphasis on how the U.S. government functions.

  • American History
  • 1 credit
    Required
    Prerequisite: Junior class standing

    American History covers a grand sweep of history from the arrival of the first Americans through settlement by diverse colonists up to the gaining of independence.  Complex societies of Native Americans come into contact with peoples from Europe and Africa resulting in a cultural mingling filled with tension and adaptation.  This class covers the pre-colonial time period through 2005, and the vast social changes reshaping American lives.

  • World Geography
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    A study of the earth and its people.  In addition to an emphasis on the earth’s physical features and the location of various points of interest, World Geography provides an overview of earth’s ecological systems and the culture, economy, and distribution of earth’s major people groups.

  • World History
  • 1 credit
    Elective

    This course covers the development of world cultures with emphasis given to geographical features, social factors, and political happenings.  It is usually taken the sophomore year.

VOCATIONAL

  • Accounting
  • 1 credit
    Elective

    This is an introductory course which acquaints the student with accounting concepts, principles and practices.

  • Life Skills
  • .5 credits
    Elective

  • Home Economics
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    This is an advanced class in food preparation.  Students also make a craft for the home and learn basic interior design principles.  Labs and projects provide hands on experience in these areas.  (Lab fee: $25)

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Work Experience
  • .5 credits
    Elective

    As part of our educational experience, we require all eligible dormitory students to participate in the work program.  The work program is intended to help our students develop responsibility and work experience for their future.  For more information see page 48 in the student handbook.