Used in combination with a graduation checklist, this course catalog serves to help students and parents as they prepare for the upcoming school year and in planning their course of study throughout their career at Westlake Christian Academy.
Westlake Christian Academy’s high school program is primarily college preparatory. The academic emphasis is to provide educational experiences with the rigor, breadth, and depth necessary for graduates to succeed in whatever post-secondary pursuits they desire. Consistent with our mission of discipleship, it is also our desire that graduates will have embraced a Christian worldview through our academic program.
Every effort has been taken to ensure that this document is accurate and thorough. However, occasionally oversights do occur. Students and parents are asked to provide ideas for improvement and identify any mistakes needing correction to the office. Because of the size of our student body, Westlake may not offer every course in this catalog every school year.
We are glad to provide any help you desire in regarding to selecting courses or establishing a 4-year plan. Please contact the school office with your questions.
- Transfer credits (public school, home school, independent study, dual college credits) will be considered if documentation is credible and mastery is demonstrated.
- To graduate from Westlake, a student must be enrolled full-time during their senior year.
- A maximum of 4.0 PE credits may be applied towards graduation requirements.
- 0.5 Bible credits are required for each semester of attendance at Westlake.
Courses in these specific categories are required for graduation for classes of 2019 and beyond. See exceptions for classes of 2017 and 2018.
*Bible credits are required for each semester of attendance. Students who transfer into WCA after their freshman year have this requirement reduced.
**US History and Government are required. For classes of 2017 and 2018, 4.0 credits required for graduation.
***For classes of 2017 and 2018, only 2.0 credits required for graduation
****Participation in complete sport season may be substituted for 0.5 PE credit.
Students may drop or add courses after final registration subject to the following requirements:
- Drop/add request forms MUST be submitted on or before the fifth school day of the semester. Classes which are offered as full year courses (2 semesters) may not be dropped after one semester.
- All drop/add requests must be approved and signed by the student’s parent, the administration and by the teacher or teachers of the courses involved (in that order). Requests must be submitted to the administrator by the deadline date in order to be considered.
- Approval of drop/add requests is at the discretion of the administration after consultation with the student and teacher(s), and where appropriate, with parents. The student’s best interests will be the primary factor considered.
The following pages list the course offerings at Westlake Christian Academy for the 2013-14 school year and provide a brief description of each course. Every course at Westlake Christian Academy is taught from a Christian worldview. God’s truth is integrated into all facets of the student’s education. His beauty, grace and love are readily seen in the language and fine arts. His strength, order and exactness are easily witnessed in the sciences and mathematics.
Some courses are offered on a rotating basis (2 or 4 year cycle) which is why course descriptions may be listed but not available on a specific year’s master schedule.
Westlake Christian Academy reserves the right to make corrections or changes in this catalog and in the master course schedule which are in the best interest of the school and/or students. This would include areas such as corrections of typographical errors, adding or withdrawing course offerings, substitution of courses, or waivers in unusual situations. Should any item seem in error or confusing, please contact the school office.
Secondary students can earn their required physical education credits throughout their high school years by taking physical education classes. However, Westlake Christian Academy may be able to accept these PE credits as alternates to physical education class:
- A varsity sport at Westlake. Full season participation is 0.5 credit.
- A club sport that practices and competes at an equivalent level and length of time as a varsity sport. A full season participation is 0.5 credits.
- A college PE course. Successful completion (for a grade or audit) will earn 0.5 credits.
It is strongly recommended that alternative PE credits be pre-approved. Recreational and church leagues cannot be accepted even at a reduced-credit level. Credits need to be confirmed within one semester of season or course completion and will not be awarded retroactively.
Study halls provide students with a time during the school day for them to study, complete homework assignments, or receive extra help. Study hall teachers have guidelines in place to ensure a quiet, productive classroom atmosphere so that class time can be utilized without disturbance from others. Study hall students must come prepared for each of these classes.
Students are urged to schedule the maximum number of academic classes that are available to them each year. Because of this, students may not schedule more than one study hall each semester regardless of how many credits the student has fulfilled for graduation.
Westlake makes allowances when possible for certain students to participate in the Lake County Tech Campus (T. C.) program. Those students must complete the WCA Tech Campus application in which the student will be expected to give specific reasons for wanting to participate in the T. C. program. Approved students must then make arrangements for joining the T. C. through their local public high school guidance department. They must also provide their own transportation. WCA juniors and seniors may only participate in the afternoon T. C. program (beginning 1:00). Arrangements to join the program must be made in March of the preceding year in order to be assured of space.
To be a full time WCA student taking Tech Campus:
Juniors and seniors enrolled in Tech Campus may maintain their full time status at Westlake by enrolling as full time WCA students and taking classes for each of the first five periods of the day, which allows time for lunch and travel to T. C. No more than one of those classes may be a study hall. As full time WCA students, they will be allowed the following:
- Participation in major trips, such as the DC and the senior mission trip
- Participation in HS retreat
- Participation in all class and student council activities
- Graduation from Westlake with WCA diploma
Tech Campus Credits:
Students who successfully complete Tech Campus work earn three credits per year which are transferred to their Westlake transcript and count toward their GPA. Most Tech Campus credits count as electives. However, in some instances, T. C. work may satisfy the Westlake requirement for technology credit.
Tuition Considerations for T. C. students:
Westlake students who are enrolled full time and are participating in Tech Campus receive a 20% discount on Westlake tuition. Students receiving WCA tuition assistance will receive no additional discount for T. C. All other fees remain the same. There may be fees associated with the T. C. program.
Westlake students who are enrolled in Tech Campus are expected to comply with attendance requirements of both institutions. This means that, when Westlake has a break (half or full day off) and T. C. does not, those students are expected to attend T. C. anyway, and vice versa. When there are conflicts, such as major Westlake trips, we will work with T. C. to arrange for those students to miss T. C.
Apologetics / 1 semester / ½ credit
Normally taken during freshman or sophomore year, in this course students start with an introduction to bibliology as the foundation for apologetics. They then explore several areas of apologetics (“the Big Questions”) including cults, reconciling science and Scripture, and the problem of evil.
Bible Study Skills / 1 semester / ½ credit
Freshman or sophomore year. Building on and expanding an understanding of bibliology from the Apologetics course, students develop personal Bible study skills. They come to see and understand the Bible as a whole and learn to interpret the parts in context using the grammatical-historical hermeneutical approach.
Theology / 1 semester / ½ credit
Freshman or sophomore year. Students develop a systematic understanding of six major doctrines: theology proper, anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology, pneumatology, and angelology. Various evangelical viewpoints are discussed evenhandedly with supporting biblical texts.
Christ, First and Last / 1 semester / ½ Credit
Freshman or sophomore year. Two major areas of doctrine are covered: Christology and eschatology. Working primarily from the Gospel of John, students work to discover the nature and work of Christ. They conclude the course with an examination of Christ in end times from the book of Revelation.
Romans and World Missions / 1 semester / ½ credit
Normally taken in junior year. The first quarter is devoted to a study in the Book of Romans. The second quarter is spent on Christian history and missions since the first century.
Worldview I / 1 semester / ½ credit
Normally taken in junior year. Students develop a Biblical world view and compare it with competing views. They make practical connections by interacting Biblically with contemporary issues.
James / 1 semester / ½ credit
Normally taken in senior year. Students do a study in the Book of James. During this course students write a research paper. They also begin planning for their senior missions trip.
Worldview II / 1 semester / ½ credit
Normally taken in senior year. Continuing their development and understanding of a biblical worldview, the students look at what the Bible has to say about practical issues they are facing like choosing a career, finances, and marriage and family. They will read and react to the biography of a Christian figure and develop a presentation of their own testimonies as they prepare for the senior missions trip.
Introduction to Life Calling / HS Course/Dual Credit / 1 semester / ½ high school credit/3 college credits
Open only to juniors and seniors; LDR 150 Course Fee = $350 (see below)
LDR 150 is a three-credit college course that assists students in discovering the concept of life calling in a holistic and faith-based setting by focusing on one’s God-given design as a basis for this calling. Students are led to understand how work and individual leadership is best understood from this life calling perspective. They will focus on more than just a career; they will evaluate their foundational values, unique design, and personal mission and discover how to integrate this into their life and leadership. The cost is $350, which includes the text and the IMAGE spiritual gifting assessment.
English 9 / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Students study and analyze the different components of a short story (plot, setting, theme, point of view, character) and identify different literary genres. Students also study the different elements of drama by reading one of Shakespeare’s plays. Speech preparation and delivery is also learned. Throughout the course, students will analyze and evaluate literature and characters’ actions based on a Biblical worldview. The writing and grammar component of the course reviews all eight parts of speech with special emphasis on adjectives and adverbs, including adverb clauses. Students review basic sentence patterns, usage concepts such as agreement and pronoun reference, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Instruction and practice in library skills and study skills are included as well. All the steps of the writing process are reviewed as students complete writing projects such as a devotional, a research essay, an in-class essay, a comparison/contrast paragraph, poetry, and a public service announcement.
English 10 / 2 semesters / 1 credit
This course expands on what was taught in ninth grade by studying various modes of literature including allusion, symbolism, irony and allegory. Students also continue to study and identify major literary genres such as biography, short fiction, poetry, drama and personal essay. A play by William Shakespeare is also read and studied. The writing and grammar component includes verbal phrases, clauses (including noun clauses), usage, and mechanics. Review the five basic sentence patterns and introduce two new sentence patterns. Reference chapters include library skills and study skills. Students use the writing process and learn writing strategies such as sentence expansion and reduction, coordination and subordination, and correct use of parallelism. Writing projects include a persuasive speech, an editorial, an eyewitness report, a research essay, a cause-and-effect essay, a short story, poetry and metaphor, and a webpage design.
English 11 / 2 semesters / 1 credit
This course is designed to evaluate the connection between history and culture and the literature of a time period. American literature from the time of the Native Americans to contemporary authors is studied within a Biblical framework. Classic American novels are also read and studied. The writing and grammar component includes verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics. Students review the seven sentence patterns and add advanced concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. The writing process and writing strategies such as variety, emphasis, and sentence logic are developed through writing projects which include a research paper, a literary analysis, a folktale, a narrative poem, a hymn, an analytical essay, an interview, a memoir, an analogy, an in-class essay, and a letter to the editor.
English 12 / 2 semesters / 1 credit
The literary focus of this course is British literature from the time of the Anglo-Saxons to the present. Shakespeare is studied and analyzed in depth. Throughout the course, students analyze literature through a Biblical worldview and compare and contrast the worldviews presented in literature with the Bible. The writing component addresses the particular needs of advanced-level students, including writing strategies for sentence logic and energy, paragraph development, and organization. Students write literary analysis essays and a MLA style research paper. Special attention is given to teaching students to write college level material. The course also covers test-taking strategies and college application essays.
AP English / 2 semesters / 1 credit / extra AP credit points
Prerequisites: Signature of English teacher; minimum of 90% in English 11
AP Course Fee = $100 (includes AP Exam and all materials)
In this college level course, which prepares and requires students to take the Literature and Composition AP Test, students are engaged in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Through the close reading of the texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students consider textual structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on helping students develop stylistic maturity.
Algebra I / 8th or 9th grades / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisite – Pre-algebra
The course advances the student in working with unknowns in addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. The student works with graphs in linear and linear inequalities, and furthers his skills with matrices, probability and statistics, transformation, exponents, polynomials and the quadratic functions. This course prepares the student for advanced algebra and geometry.
Geometry / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisite – Algebra I
The geometry course topics include plane and solid geometry, properties of congruence, similarity, ratio and proportion, area, perimeter, and volume of basic figures. The student will write and make constructions of inductive, deductive, and indirect proofs.
Algebra II / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisite – Algebra I
The course covers equations and functions, matrices, systems of equations, quadratic functions, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, binomial theorem, and discrete mathematical concepts.
Pre-Calculus / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisites – Geometry, Algebra II
Trigonometry topics include trigonometric functions and their graphs, identities, law of sines, law of cosines, trigonometric equations, complex numbers, conic sections, and practical applications. Calculus topics include problem solving with equations, functions, polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas, sequences and series, mathematical induction, the binomial theorem, conic sections and polar graphs, complex numbers, matrix algebra, statistics, sequences, limits, and differential calculus. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.
AP Calculus / 2 semesters / 1 credit / extra AP credit points
Pre-requisite – Pre-Calculus; AP Course Fee = $100 (includes AP Exam and all materials)
This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam offered by the College Board. Students will work with functions represented in a variety of ways, understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation and use derivatives to solve a variety of problems, understand the meaning of the definite integral and use integrals to solve a variety of problems, understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, communicate mathematics both orally and in well-written sentences and explain solutions to problems, model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral, use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions, determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement, develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment for God’s glory and the benefit of fellowman. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.
AP Statistics / 2 semesters / 1 credit / extra AP credit points
Co-requisite – Algebra II; AP Course Fee = $100 (includes AP Exam and all materials)
This courseintroduces students to the major concepts and methods for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There is an emphasis on sound statistical thinking over routine formulas and procedures. (Equivalent to a non-calculus-based college course in statistics). Students do significant technology-based analysis and independent projects. Specific graphing calculator required for the class.
Logic I / 1 semester / ½ credit
Logic I studies the beginning laws of rational thought, the Syllogism, Venn Diagrams and informal fallacies. Both Logic I & II have the student apply the process to everyday situations around them.
Logic II / 1 semester / ½ credit
Prerequisite – Logic I
Logic II takes the student through conditional arguments, truth tables, and the theorems used in valid arguments. Both Logic I & II have the student apply the process to everyday situations around them.
General Biology / 2 semesters / 1 credit / includes lab
This course is designed to give students an overview of the study of biology for an understanding of the living physical world around them. The course is foundational for further, more specific biology courses. The study includes the history biological science, the scientific method, basic chemistry, cytology, genetics, origins, and an examination of all five kingdoms. The subject demonstrates the design in the world and gives the student a sense of awe in the Designer. The course goals are to fulfill science requirements and to prepare students for upper level high school science courses.
Chemistry / 2 semesters / 1 credit / includes lab
The course is inorganic chemistry, which covers the standards of high school chemistry. The topics in this class include atomic structure, periodic table, electron configuration, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, stoichiometry, chemical equations, phases of matter, solutions, chemical kinetics, acid-base reactions. The course goals are to fulfill science requirements and to prepare students for upper level high school science courses as well as college chemistry.
Human Anatomy and Physiology / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Prerequisite – General Biology
This course follows the course in General Biology and focuses on the study of the human body. This study is more specific in the details (anatomy) and the function of the parts (physiology). Included are developmental, surface, regional, macroscopic, microscopic, systemic, and comparative anatomy. The course makes use of experiments, identification, memorization, and interaction of the various structural parts. This study shows the intelligent complex design of the human body.
Physics / 2 semesters / 1 credit / includes lab / extra honors course credit points
Prerequisite – Algebra I
This course in lab physics utilizes math skills developed in Algebra. Students study mechanics, forces, properties of matter, energy, heat, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, and the make up of atoms. Physics underlies all the other sciences and is foundational to understanding chemistry, biology, earth science, and astronomy.
AP Biology / 2 semesters / 1 credit / includes lab / extra AP credit points
Prerequisite – General Biology, Chemistry; AP Course Fee = $100 (includes AP Exam and all materials)
This course is rigorous and demanding, the equivalent of an introductory college biology course. Content is covered in more depth and greater expectation is placed upon interpretation and analysis of information than in General Biology. In addition, statistical analysis of data and modeling of concepts are expected. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class time. AP Biology curriculum encompasses 4 ‘big ideas’, with Essential Knowledge and Process Skills that support each one: Evolution (a thorough examination and understanding of the process of evolution from a Creationist viewpoint); Cellular Processes (Energy and Communication); Genetics and Information Transfer; and Biological Interactions.
Christianity in Historical Context / 2 semesters / 1 credit
This class explores pivotal points in the history of Western civilization through the conversion stories of five individuals: Augustine of Hippo and the early Church in the late Roman Empire, Martin and Katie Luther and the Protestant Reformation, Nabeel Qureshi and the history of Islam in the Middle East as well as the United States, and Rosaria Butterfield and the history of Protestant Liberalism, Feminism and the gay rights movement. Students will learn to engage these individuals through their own written testimonies. They will also explore their unique historical contexts through the proper use of primary sources and artifacts. As part of this course, students will discuss and wrestle with questions like, how does God save us? In what ways has God been present and active in our history? Who or what is the Church and what is its significance in human history? Additional learning outcomes for this class include a deeper capacity to read and think contextually by entering cultures and mindsets different from one’s own as well as greater wonder, and confidence in God’s power to reconcile a people to Himself through his Son.
World History / 2 semesters / 1 credit
This one-year course outlines the major political, social, and cultural developments of our world, and particularly of Western civilization, beginning with Creation, and continuing to the present. Students are encouraged to examine cause-and-effect relationships, and to continue honing other analytical skills, as they explore the cultures of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, Europe through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation, and the increasing globalization of the modern world.
United States History / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Required for graduation, this is a one-year overview of the history of our nation from the Colonial period to the present, using a primarily chronological approach. Emphasis is placed on the political, social, and historical developments that have shaped our nation today. The course is designed to encourage thoughtful analysis of current policy challenges within the context of lessons that can be learned from our past national experiences. Classroom work is supplemented with, debates, research, and a primary source analysis project.
American Government / 1 semester / ½ credit
This one-semester course explores the development and operation of our American government, with primary emphasis on the national government. The course begins by outlining the functions and interrelationships of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of our government, and the importance of the political parties in the formation and execution of domestic and foreign policy. Major emphasis is also given to understanding civil rights and liberties, and the role Christians can and should play as citizens. Learning activities include simulation, supplementary readings and reports, research, and debate. The course includes the U.S. and Illinois Constitution tests, and is required for graduation.
Economics / 1 semester / ½ credit
This one-semester macro-economics course studies the principles of the market system. Beginning with the interaction of the factors of production and the laws of supply and demand, students explore the basic principles of the American economic system, including the various forms of business organization, money and banking, and the financial markets. They also explore the role of government in the economy as the Congress and the Federal Reserve formulate and apply fiscal and monetary policies, and respond to the challenges of a global economy.
Consumer Education / 1 semester / ½ credit
This is a multi-discipline class, functioning as both a consumer math and a micro-economics course. In this full-year course, Christian stewardship in the areas of time and money are the primary themes. Basic consumer skills such as income, budgeting, banking, borrowing, transportation, food, clothing, buying/renting/maintaining a house, choosing the right types of insurance and managing investments, income taxes, and providing for vacations are included. The course also offers a review of basic math skills and measurements.
Psychology / 1 semester / ½ credit
The study of the individual as created in God’s image. The course covers modern methods of research, study of the brain, consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence and language. The course also investigates disorders of the mind, adolescence development, theories of personality and the flaws of such theories. The practical side of testing and therapy is explored. The course includes the Biblical view of man, including the impact of the man’s fall into sin, as the foundation to the study of the individual.
Sociology / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course is a study of human social structures, but focus is mainly on those structures as they are in modern society. The course uses the tools of sociology to understand the social interactions of various groups within the context of the society, and covers the development of the individual in society from childhood to adulthood and the institutions which function to shape modern society.
AP World History /2 semesters /1 credit
Pre-requisite – General World History; AP Course Fee = $100 (includes AP Exam and all materials)
This course will require students to analyze and interpret significant events in world history from earliest recorded history to the present, examining six historical periods. Over the course of the year, students will be asked to identify major themes: development and transformation of societal structures; change and continuity; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; social and gender structures; cultural and intellectual development and interaction; conflicts and changes in functions and structures of states. The course will use historical thinking skills and methods such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation. Students will also develop the writing and analytical skills necessary for the AP exam, including answering document based questions, free response essays, and AP level multiple choice questions. Must have earned 90% or better in General World History as well as in the previous year’s English course and teacher recommendation.
Spanish I / Pre-requisite – none / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Students learn the alphabet and will be able to greet and apply simple sentences on weather, school, home, family, and travel. Students also memorize simple Bible verses and learn songs.
Spanish II / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisite – Spanish I
Students apply prior year’s knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structure. Students learn past tense and future tense. Memorization of Bible verses and prayers are learned; also students learn about Latin American countries and their cultures.
Advanced Spanish / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Pre-requisite – Spanish II or III (earning at least B) and teacher recommendation
This course uses Sevenstar Academy and is closely monitored by Westlake faculty
This course will expose students to a college level experience in language mastery. As they master this language at a higher level, students are encouraged and trained in aspects of biblical communication and godly relationships. College Spanish has been carefully designed to meet the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). These standards call for a method of teaching that focuses on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well as a thorough grounding in aspects of culture. Course strategies include warm-up activities, vocabulary study, reading, threaded discussions, multi-media presentations, self-checks, practice activities and games, oral and written assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme and point students toward the biblical foundation of that them. Through a partnership with Colorado Christian University (CCU), students who take this course are eligible to file for a CCU college transcript.
Computer Applications for Productivity / 1 semester / ½ credit
During this one-semester course, students are exposed to two foundational computer applications: word processing and spreadsheet. They begin with an introduction to word processing, using Microsoft Word™. Students learn basic formatting and editing skills, work with styles and themes, and practice enhancing documents with columns, art, text boxes, clip art, and photographs. In the second part, the basic structure and functions of spreadsheets are presented using Microsoft Excel™. Students learn basic spreadsheet formulas, and how to construct pivot tables and graphs to analyze and summarize data for presentation. Students also learn about the use of forms for more efficient and accurate data-entry.
Computer Graphics / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course introduces basic techniques used in creating and modifying images using Corel Paint Shop Pro™. Students master various graphics tools while creating, enhancing, and manipulating free-hand images and photographs in this project-based course.
Computer Aided Design / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course explores the use of CAD software for both engineering and architectural application. Students learn the basics of three-dimensional CAD while constructing a model of a mechanical device and a model of a house from a plan. Students incorporate pre-made symbols to create attractive presentation drawings similar to those produced by architectural firms for clients. The course introduces many of the principles of mechanical drawing, and reinforces concepts of plane and solid geometry.
Concert Band / 7th – 12th grades / 2 semesters / 0.8 credit
Prerequisite – Intermediate Band
Concert Band is for students having acquired the skills necessary to play music at an upper junior high to senior high school level, as determined by the director. Students through 8th grade will typically receive one group lesson per week. The band rehearses four mornings per week.
Honors Band / 9th – 12th grades / HS Honors Course / 2 semesters / 0.8 credit
Prerequisite – Intermediate Band and Private Instruction
Honors Band is for students who have qualified for and are members of the Concert Band and are taking private instruction, either on their band instrument or on piano, and complete extra requirements as assigned by the director. The Concert Band rehearses four mornings per week.
High School Vocal Ensemble / 9th – 12th grades / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Using a wide variety of musical styles from traditional to contemporary, students in our vocal ensemble develop their vocal skills while glorifying Christ and representing Westlake at school concerts and in a number of church and community activities.
Leadership and Worship / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Leadership and Worship course develops biblical understanding and skills in servant leadership, the theology and practice of worship, how to plan and prepare appropriate worship material, and the use of media and technology in worship. Students use their knowledge and skills while regularly leading worship in our weekly Upper School chapels. This course is normally restricted to juniors and seniors.
Music Theory / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course is a teacher-guided independent study course exploring basic pitch and rhythm notation through interval relationships, and from major and minor scales through basic functional harmony and part-writing. Students will be provided with materials for study and practice and given time to work independently and individually with the instructor. There is no prerequisite for the course.
Music Appreciation / 1 semester / ½ credit
Students will examine the relationships between major philosophical movements in Western Civilization (such as the Enlightenment) and their expression in music from a Biblical worldview. The course provides an overview of each main movement or period from the Middle Ages through the present day with major examples from the music of the period, examined through an understanding of Scripture and broader historical context.
Speech / 1 semester / ½ credit
Westlake desires its students to be prepared to articulate ideas, particularly their faith, with convincing conviction. This course teaches the student to speak clearly and concisely and to use speaking skills to honor Christ. Students study the fundamentals of public speaking from platform presence to persuasion. They learn to choose topics, research, organize, and communicate in the workplace. They are given detailed instruction about various types of speeches, including personal opinion, persuasive, devotional, demonstration, informative, job interviewing, personal experience, and declamation as well as speaking in special situations. This is an English elective and cannot be taken in lieu of a required English course.
Art Foundations / 9th – 12th grades / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Students learn composition through the use of the Elements of Art (color, line, shape, value and texture) as well as the Principles of Design (balance, repetition, space, and variety).
Advanced Art; prerequisite Art 1 or Art Foundations. Students study the following disciplines at levels appropriate to skill and development.
Drawing I, II, III / 1 semester / ½ credit each
Students learn to draw through simple and gradual skill-building assignments, and learn to express themselves by drawing. The drawing techniques taught provide students with a wide variety of skills and methods of working. Students are exposed to: blind contour drawing, self-portrait drawing, still-life drawing, and perspective drawing. They use a variety of media including but not limited to: pencil, colored pencil, pen, ink, and charcoal.
Painting I, II, III / 1 semester / ½ credit each
Students develop an understanding of painting, its materials and applications. They explore through painting the interrelated discipline of drawing and design and learn to understand color harmony, balance, and form. The course also encourages the development of objective painting as a means of personal expression.
Physical Education & Health
Physical Education / 1 semester / ½ credit
The high school physical education course is scheduled in the ninth grade. The course is designed to meet various needs of the students at this age as follows: physical fitness development, social interaction, and various other physical, mental, and psychological needs. To do this the course will include a variety of activities such as physical fitness testing, team sports and games, and various lifetime sports and activities. All of these are geared toward encouraging cardiovascular and respiratory improvement, improved fitness level, teamwork, competition, motivation, and rule knowledge.
Health / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course is offered in the ninth grade for one semester. The course is designed to train students in areas of total health: spiritual, mental, physical, and social. These include the life cycle of growth, development, heredity, environmental health issues, diseases, substance abuse, safety, fitness, nutrition, and sexual abstinence education. Some basic anatomy will be covered as it related to these topics. Also covered are methods of maintaining fitness levels to produce healthy cardiovascular and respiratory levels.
Secondary Physical Education Elective / 1 semester / ½ credit
This one-semester course covers seasonal fitness activities as well as fitness testing. Team and individual sports, rule knowledge, lifetime fitness and game development are a few of the areas covered. The course satisfies graduation requirements for those who do not qualify for sports participation credit.
College Preparation / 1 semester / ½ credit
This course guides students through the process of college planning by preparing them to take either the ACT or SAT tests as well as go through the steps necessary for college application and securing financial aid. Students receive an overview of entrance tests and their components. Different test taking tactics are learned as well as strategies to increase reading speed and comprehension. Each student takes a diagnostic exam at the beginning of the year to discover what aspects of the test most need to be studied for each individual student. Practice tests are also taken throughout the course for additional practice.
Yearbook/Journalism / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Participation on the staff of The Flight, Westlake’s yearbook, provides training in the tasks associated with print publication, including artistic and graphic design, layout, desktop publication, photography, copy composition, and advertising. Staff members learn to meet deadlines, contribute ideas, work independently and together on a team, and work behind the scenes on all school activities, giving them a chance to travel with school trips and sports events. The course is also designed for students interested in newspaper journalism and developing their skills as a writer. The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in the press today. Students will learn the fundamentals of news, feature, editorial and sports writing. Copy reading, news style and editing will be stressed. Students will create numerous original stories using varied structures and writing techniques. Students will also learn to create computer generated layouts and graphics which are used in an on-line school newspaper. Students interested in taking this course must have permission of the teacher.
Teacher Aide / 1 semester / ¼ credit
Being a teacher aide allows students to view school “on the other side” using a hands-on approach by actually working under the supervision of a teacher in a work environment. Students might be given a wide variety of duties which may include copying, grading papers, teaching lessons, tutoring students, running errands, etc. Teacher aides are very valuable to our teaching faculty. In addition to the responsibilities a student will daily log or journal the work they have done. At the end of each week their supervisor will review and initial their log. Grading typically covers six aspects: teaching, tutoring, tasks, punctuality, attitude and journaling. This aide opportunity requires a high level of confidentiality and trust. Students who choose this elective, along with their parents, will be required to sign a statement of understanding, expectations and confidentiality.
Special Services Internship / 2 semesters / 1 credit
Open to select juniors and seniors, this course provides aspiring educators an opportunity to work directly with elementary students who are receiving intervention and/or re-teaching support. Working under the guidance of the special services director and in conjunction with classroom teachers, students in this course study the philosophy and application of research-based interventions, encourage younger children by using those interventions, and monitor progress. This is an ideal course for students who have an interest in education as a career. Students must apply for the course and be interviewed.
Online Dual Credit Courses
Westlake has approved online dual-credit courses from Cedarville University
See the university website for details of enrollment and fees.