Academics

hs_academicsThroughout the years, our graduates have continued their education at colleges and universities of distinction. Christian Life’s approach to the development of the overall person gives each student a competitive edge when it comes to his or her post-high school education. With above average Stanford scores and competitive ACT scores, our students enroll with ease in major colleges and universities around the country.

Bible


Grades 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

Christian Life Schools is committed to providing an exemplary education based on Biblical values and Christian world views which produce students committed to excellence in all aspects of life. The goal of the Bible Department is to help students understand God’s Word, His character, and how His precepts provide the moral absolutes and principles for daily living. Students will be taught to articulate, share and defend their faith. CLHS students are required to take four years of Bible to meet graduation requirements. CLHS requires all students to have a concordance to use with their Bibles.

Foreign Languages


Students in our Minimum Requirement Program must earn two credits in the Humanities. Foreign Language can be taken to meet this requirement. Students in our Recommended College Preparatory Program should take a minimum of two consecutive years of Foreign Language.


Spanish 1 (I & II) / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This course will introduce students to the Spanish language and culture. The student will learn to understand, speak, read and write basic Spanish. Teaching methods will include: listening to Hispanic speakers on CD’s, videos, group activities and computers.


Spanish 2 (III & IV) / Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: 75% or higher final semester two grade in Spanish 1 / Teacher Recommendation
1 Credit

This course will continue to develop the student’s skills in the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Concentration will be on oral skills as well as grammar proficiency. Teaching methods will include: listening to Hispanic speakers on CD’s, videos, group activities, and computers.


Honors Spanish 3 (V & VI) / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: 80% or higher final semester two grade in Spanish 2 / Teacher Recommendation
1 Credit

This course continues to develop the student’s skills in the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. English may only be spoken during the first five minutes of class. During this time students have the opportunity to ask questions over items they do not understand. At the end of the five minutes, only Spanish may be spoken by the students and teacher. All teaching and discussion is done in Spanish. Teaching methods include: listening to Hispanic speakers on CD’s, videos, group activities, and computers.


Advanced Honors Spanish 4 (VII & VIII) / Grade 12
Prerequisite: 85% or higher final semester two grade in Spanish 3 / Teacher Recommendation
1 Credit

This course continues to develop the student’s skills in the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Absolutely no English may be spoken in class by either the teacher or student. During the second semester, students concentrate on literature and writing. All quizzes and tests are in essay form. Teaching methods include: listening to Hispanic speakers on CD’s, videos, group activities, and computers.

Language Arts


The Language Arts program at CLHS helps students develop skills in thinking, reading, writing, public speaking, and listening. Individual courses stress analysis and understanding of language, literature, communication, and writing. All students are required to take four years in the Language Arts.


Freshman English: Foundations / Grade 9
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th Grade English
1 Credit

This comprehensive Freshman English course focuses on the development of core language arts skills through the study of writing and critical reading. Students develop writing skills, including learning and applying grammar mechanics and usage, structure and style, through a wide variety of writing assignments and techniques, including composing journals, narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository paragraphs, book reviews and responses, essays, and a research paper in the MLA style. Students develop critical reading skills through analysis of a varied selection of world literature, including novels, short stories, and drama. Students also have the opportunity to practice
presentation skills through a variety of informal projects.


Honors Freshman English: Foundations / Grade 9
Prerequisite: 8th Grade English teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This honors course is designed to be more challenging than the above course. Skills emphasized and assignments given are similar in nature. Some of the same literature selections are used, but also includes some more advanced literature selections. The material is studied more in-depth and at a more vigorous pace. Honors students are also required to read two outside novels per semester.


Sophomore English: Composition & American Literature Survey / Grade 10
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th Grade English
1 Credit

This sophomore English course focuses on the continuing development of composition and critical reading skills through a survey of American literature. Students develop writing skills through a variety of writing projects, including journals, personal essays, book reviews, critical analysis of literary criticism, and a research paper in the MLA style. Students are exposed to and examine a selection of American literature from colonial literature through the modern literature period. Students also do a study of vocabulary throughout the course. Students have the opportunity to practice presentation
skills through a variety of informal projects.


Honors Sophomore English: Composition & American Literature Survey / Grade 10
Prerequisite: 85% or above in Freshman English / 9th Grade English teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This honors course is designed to be more challenging than the above course. Skills emphasized and assignments given are similar in nature. Some of the same literature selections are used, but also includes some more advanced literature selections. The material is studied more in-depth and at a more vigorous pace. Honors students are also required to read two outside novels per semester.


Junior English: Composition & British Literature Survey / Grade 11
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 10th Grade English
1 Credit

This junior English course focuses on the continuing development of composition and critical reading skills through a survey of British literature. Students develop writing skills through a variety of writing projects including journals, personal essays, book reviews, and a second-semester research paper consisting of critical analysis of a British work in the MLA style. Students are exposed to periods of British literature from the Middle Ages (Anglo-Saxon and Medieval) through the Renaissance, Restoration, and Romantic periods. The Victorian Age and Modern period are addressed as
time permits. This exposure includes the careful study of poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. Texts include such works as Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Orwell’s Animal Farm. Students complete at least two approved novels outside the class for book reviews. In addition to the focus on composition and literature, students pursue a study of vocabulary through the Sadler-Oxford text.


Honors Junior English: Composition & British Literature Survey / Grade 11
Prerequisite: 85% or above in Sophomore English / 10th Grade English teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This honors course is designed to be more challenging than the above course. Skills emphasized and assignments given are similar in nature. Students are exposed to the same periods of literature and include the careful study of poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. Texts include such works as Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, and Orwell’s Animal Farm. Students complete at least two approved novels outside of class for book reviews. In addition to the focus on composition and literature, students pursue a study of vocabulary through the Sadler-Oxford text.


Senior Advanced Composition / Grade 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 11th Grade English
0.5 Credit

The focus of this first semester senior English course is on the continuing development of composition and the critical thinking skills necessary in rhetoric. Students develop writing skills through a variety of writing projects including journals, personal essays, book reviews, and a research paper in the MLA style. Students also are exposed to literature through a short story unit as well as a poetry unit in which students review literary concepts. Students complete at least one approved novel outside of class for a book review. As a further tool in the pursuit of excellence in composition, students study vocabulary through the Sadler-Oxford text.


Honors Senior Advanced Composition / Grade 12
Prerequisite: 85% or above in Junior English / 11th Grade teacher recommendation
0.5 Credit

This honors class is designed to be more challenging than the above course. Skills emphasized and assignments given are similar in nature. Students are exposed to a world literature unit consisting of ancient texts including works of Plato, Aristotle, and Sophocles. Students review literary concepts through units in short story and poetry, and they complete at least one approved novel outside of class for a book review. As a further tool in the pursuit of excellence in composition, students study vocabulary through the Sadler-Oxford text.


Public Speaking and Survey on Drama / Grade 12
Prerequisite: Seniors only
0.5 Credit

The focus of this second semester senior English course is the development of speaking as well as critical thinking skills necessary in rhetoric. Students develop speaking skills through a variety of speeches and speaking projects. Speeches include demonstration, informative, persuasive, inspirational, impromptu, and entertaining. Students also develop speech techniques such as posture, diction, eye contact, and emotion through a drama unit in which students participate in the oral presentation of Williams’ Glass Menagerie and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. As a further tool in the pursuit of excellence in presentation, other projects may include participation in a team newscast, another group project, and a debate as time permits. Finally, students write a resume and participate in a mock interview with various community business leaders.


Honors Public Speaking and Survey on Drama / Grade 12
Prerequisite: Seniors only
0.5 Credit

This honors class is designed to be more challenging than the above course. Skills emphasized and assignments given are similar in nature. Outside reading may include dramas such as Moliere’s Tartuffe and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As a further tool in the pursuit of excellence in presentation, other projects include the research and presentation (oral and written) of a debate against a partner, participation in a team newscast, and one other group project. Finally, students write a resume and participate in a mock interview with various community business leaders.

Mathematics


The Math Department of Christian Life High School offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet the needs of students of varying levels of ability. A student’s placement in ninth grade mathematics is based upon previous and current academic performance and the recommendation of the eighth grade math teacher. This placement will determine the sequence of courses students will take within the math department. All students are required to complete a three-year sequence of courses in order to meet graduation requirements. It is recommended that college-bound students complete a three or four-year sequence of courses.


Algebra 1 (I & II) / Grade 9
Prerequisite: Below 70% in 8th Grade Algebra 1 with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

Algebra 1 is designed to re-introduce students to the elementary principles of algebra. This course is the foundation of all high school math studies. Topics of study include rational numbers, solving linear equations, polynomials, and graphing relations and functions. Problem solving skills will be stressed throughout the course with an emphasis on the applications of algebra to real life situations.

*A scientific calculator is required. This course is designed for all high school students.


Algebra 2 (III & IV) / Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1
1 Credit

Success in Algebra 1 is imperative for success in this course. Topics of study include inequalities, absolute value, functions, slope, matrices, polynomials, solving quadratic equations, conics, and logarithms. Problem solving skills will be stressed throughout the course with an emphasis on graphing and using graphing calculators and the applications of algebra to real life situations. Students will spend time in the math computer lab investigating and studying real life applications.

*A scientific calculator is required.


Honors Algebra 2 (III & IV) / Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: 85% or better in Algebra 1 with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

Honors Algebra 2 is a second year algebra course designed for the college-bound student interested in math and science. Topics of study include inequalities, absolute value, functions, slope, matrices, polynomials, solving quadratic equations, conics, logarithms, trigonometric identities, sequences and series. Problem solving skills will be stressed throughout the course with an emphasis on graphing and using graphing calculators and the applications of algebra to real life situations. Students will spend time in the math computer lab investigating and studying real life applications. A scientific calculator is a minimum requirement. A student certain of going on through trigonometry may wish to purchase a graphing calculator. This course emphasizes independent learning, individual as well as group projects, classroom presentations, and in-depth discussion of ALL topics.


Geometry / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2
1 Credit

Geometry is a one year course designed to sharpen critical thinking skills. This course should be considered a minimum requirement for high school graduation. Semester one focuses heavily on two-column proofs involving angles, triangles, lines, and polygons. Semester two focuses on planes, circles, area, volume, and an introduction to trigonometry. Problem solving skills, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking skills will be stressed throughout the course. Students will spend time in the math computer lab investigating and studying real life applications.

*A scientific calculator is required.


Honors Geometry / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: 85% or better in Honors Algebra 2 with teacher recommendation
OR 91% or better in Algebra 2 with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

Honors Geometry is a one year course for the college-bound student interested in math and science. This course is designed to challenge and motivate the best math students. Semester one focuses heavily on two-column proofs involving angles, triangles, lines, and polygons. Semester two focuses on planes, circles, area, volume, and an introduction to trigonometry. Problem solving skills, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking skills will be stressed throughout the course. Students will spend time in the math computer lab investigating and studying real life applications. The honors div id=”section” stresses independent studying, group and individual projects, and more in-depth discussion of ALL topics.

*A scientific calculator is required.


Trigonometry / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: 75% or better in Geometry with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This is a year long class designed for the college-bound student. Topics of study include a brief review of Algebra 2, trigonometric functions, applications of right triangle trigonometry, basic trigonometric identities, graphing, laws of sines and cosines and their applications, vectors, conics, complex numbers, and exponential and logarithmic functions. An emphasis will be placed on the application to real life situations. This is a college prep class taught at an advanced level with an emphasis on student accountability. Graphing calculators will be used.

*A scientific calculator is a minimum requirement.


Advanced Honors Pre-Calculus / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: 80% or better in Honors Algebra 2 or Honors Geometry with teacher recommendation / 91% or better in Algebra 2 or Geometry with teacher recommendation / 90% or better in Trigonometry with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This is a college preparatory level math course with a strong emphasis on mathematical modeling of real life applications. This course is best suited for juniors and seniors. Pre-calculus mathematics focuses primarily on analytical geometry and trigonometry. Topics of study include a brief review of Algebra 2, trigonometry, analytical geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals. Graphical analysis will be emphasized and a graphing calculator is required (see instructor before purchase).


Advanced Honors Calculus / Grade 12
Prerequisite: 80% or better in Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This is a college level preparatory math class that is equivalent to a first semester college level calculus course. Several colleges currently use the same text the CLHS uses for this course. Topics of study include a review of pre-calculus concepts, limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, integration, applications of integration, and an introduction to infinite series. Strong algebraic skills accompanied with the ability to solve word problems are required and will be enhanced through successful completion of this course.

*A graphing calculator is required(see instructor before purchase).


Mathematics for Business & Finance / Grade 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Algebra 2 or Geometry
1 Credit

This course will provide a detailed study of how to allocate our funds as consumers, with a focus on the mathematical elements included in consumption of goods and services (without debt) and wealth building. Included in this study is a review of how producers and retailers entice the consumer into a life of debt, and why our society is obsessed with it, thereby lowering our standard of living.

New strategies for the purchase of goods and services will be taught along with the mathematical techniques for the elimination of debt. Wealth building will be discussed using various investment vehicles such as IRA’s, mutual funds, 401K’s, and real estate. The mathematical elements (formulas, tables, and graphing) utilized with the concepts of time, interest, and compounding, along with the formula for the “Rule of 72” will be presented. In addition, the mathematical elements concerning insurance (deductibles, co-pays, and out of pocket expenses), automobile purchases, home purchases, and taxes will be discussed.

Science


The Science Department offers a wide variety of courses to students of all ability levels. Students may select from course offerings in the physical and life sciences areas and all emphasize the importance of laboratory investigations as part of the problem solving process. Science courses also emphasize the need to weigh facts and arrive at valid conclusions by making careful observations. Two full years of science are required for graduation. Most Illinois colleges and universities, and many out-of state colleges are now requiring a minimum of three years of high school science for college admission.


Biology / Grade 9
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This course offers an introductory study of the concepts for several fields of natural science including ecology, cell biology, genetics, taxonomy, origins of life, botany, microbiology, marine biology, vertebrate anatomy, and human anatomy. This course includes an emphasis on laboratory study and applications. Disdiv id=”section”s are included as part of the hands-on lab investigations. Many technology based labs are included.


Honors Biology / Grade 9
Prerequisite: 85% or better in previous science class with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

While this course is designed to cover the same material as the general biology course, including laboratory study and disdiv id=”section”s, this course also contains enriched content and is highly recommended for college-bound students interested in a career in the natural sciences. Quarterly reports and projects are included, which may require extra time outside of class.


Physical Science / Grade 10
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology
1 Credit

Physical Science is a one year course designed to introduce students to the elementary principles of Chemistry and Physics. Topics of study include measurement, properties of matter, classification of matter, atomic structure, chemical changes, motion, forces, work, energy, electricity, magnetism, and waves. This course includes an emphasis on laboratory study and application.


Honors Physical Science / Grade 10
Prerequisite: 85% or better in both Biology and Algebra 1
1 Credit

Honors Physical Science is a laboratory based course designed to introduce students to the elementary principles of Chemistry and Physics. Students are required to complete several individual and group projects. Laboratory experiences emphasize the understanding and application of basic scientific principles along with the application of mathematics in science. Topics of study include measurement, properties of matter, classification of matter, atomic structure, chemical changes, motion, force, work, energy, electricity, magnetism, and waves. This course is designed for college bound high school freshmen, especially those interested in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.


Chemistry / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: 70% or better in Physical Science with teacher recommendation / 70% or better in Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry
1 Credit

Chemistry is an introductory study in the concepts of matter. The topics studied include atomic and molecular structure, ionic and covalent bonding, the Periodic Table, chemical equations and stoichiometry, gases, and solutions. This course emphasizes experience in the laboratory, some of which utilizes computers.


Honors Chemistry / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: 85% or better in Physical Science with teacher recommendation / 85% or better in Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry
1 Credit

Honors Chemistry is a course study in the concepts of matter. Topics studied include atomic and molecular structure, ionic and covalent bonding, the Periodic Table, chemical equations and stoichiometry, gases, solutions, equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry. This course stresses the use of critical thinking with experience in the laboratory and the utilization of computers. Honors Chemistry is highly recommended for college-bound students interested in a career in the natural sciences, engineering, pre-med or pre-vet.


Advanced Honors Anatomy and Physiology / Grade 12
Prerequisite: 75% or better in Biology and Chemistry with teacher recommendation
1 Credit

This course offers a detailed study of the human body and is geared toward those students desiring to enter a health-related profession. The primary emphasis will be on the normal structure and function of the major body systems. The course includes a review of cell biology and an introduction to histology. Lab work consists of detailed disdiv id=”section”s of the fetal pig. Technology based labs are included in the hands-on activities. Dual credit is available for this class through Rock Valley College (while CLS will recognize dual credits from Rock Valley College in meeting high school graduation requirements,
some colleges and universities will not accept the dual credits toward meeting their graduation
requirements. Please check RVC’s articulation agreement with the pending college or university).


Advanced Honors Physics / Grade 12
Prerequisite: 75% or better in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus (or taking Pre-Calculus concurrently with Physics)
1 Credit

This is a college preparatory level physics course with a strong emphasis on mathematical modeling of real life applications. Although Calculus is not required for this course, concepts based on calculus are introduced in this course. Lab work generally requires the use of computers as an interface tool for data collection as well as graphical analysis. Documentation of the laboratory equipment is performed using a word processor, therefore, a home PC is recommended. A graphing utility (i.e. TI-83+, TI-86, or TI-89) is required for Pre-Calculus and Calculus and it is therefore assumed that a student enrolled into Physics will have a graphing calculator or equivalent (PC software, PDA, etc.). The general topics presented in this course are as follows: kinematics, vectors, fluid forces, light, and electromagnetics.

Social Studies


Christian Life High School students are required to complete three years of social studies. Students must take United States History, World History or Contemporary World Studies (if not in College Preparatory Program), American Government (including passing the Illinois and United States Constitution tests and the United States Flag test), and Economics. Additional electives are available in the social studies department.


United States History / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This course is designed to teach students to utilize the skills of analysis and interpretation of historical events of the United States. The course will encourage students to be active in learning, preserving and interpreting historical events and data. Students will be asked to express the impact of persons, periods, and/or events on the course of United States history. Students will use critical thinking skills in discussions, writing projects, testing, essays, and other projects to explain their understanding of events linking the past and present.


Honors United States History / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: 9th Grade English teacher recommendation
1 Credit

Honors United States History students learn how to ask critical questions and how to defend a thesis orally. They are given two viewpoints of an American historical event and they have to investigate to see which opinion is more factual than the other. They then defend their choice in front of the class. Honors students write one research paper as well as participate in a formal debate. Homework consists of critical thinking skills which are used to determine if the evidence is valid or invalid or if it is based on primary or secondary documentation.


World History / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This course is designed as a survey of world history from Creation through the 21st Century. Topics of study include: Greco-Roman civilization, world religions, early civilizations, feudalism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Reform, Industry, and Discovery. World History is required for all college-bound students.


Honors World History / Grades 10-11
Prerequisite: Previous Social Studies teacher recommendation
1 Credit

Honors World History students learn how to ask critical questions and how to defend a thesis orally. They are given two viewpoints of a world historical event and they have to investigate to see which opinion is more factual than the other. They then defend their choice in front of the class. Honors students participate in a formal debate as well as writing a research paper. This course is recommended for college-bound students interested in developing higher level thinking skills.


American Government / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None
0.5 Credit

This semester one course studies the foundations of the United States government and our American governmental system at the federal, state, and local levels. Students will be tested on the United States constitution, the State of Illinois constitution, and the United States flag (a passing grade on each test is mandatory for graduation). There will be debates and written/oral projects.


Economics / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None
0.5 Credit

This semester two course studies how people and nations make choices as to how to fulfill their wants and needs while doing so with scarce resources. A personal financial overview covering topics such as creating a budget, savings and investment, credit and debt, purchasing insurance, buying a car, and the payment of taxes will be covered. There will be projects, including Market Day, and guest speakers addressing different economic issues.


Contemporary World Studies / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This class provides a general overview of world geography and incorporates current events in order to expose students to the world around them. This elective course is geared for college bound students and meets the social studies requirement for graduation.

General Electives


Accounting / Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Must be a junior or senior
0.5 Credit

This semester two class provides an introduction to the theory of accounting and enables a student to do simple bookkeeping for a business. Students learn about beginning a proprietorship and the basic bookkeeping cycle of business using a general ledger and cash journal. The class covers payroll systems, special journals, sales tax, depreciation, bad debts, and notes accrued income and expenses. Practice sets are used to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a proprietorship business.


Computer Applications / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of computer terminology,
computer hardware and software, and the Microsoft Office Package. Students will be introduced to the four main elements presented in this integrated package: Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access. Word teaches document word processing and formatting of texts. Powerpoint is the application software that many presenters use to generate on-screen presentations and/or slides used for overhead projection style presentations. Excel is a spreadsheet program used to perform large-scale repetitive mathematical computations as well as providing visual representation of data through the use of charts and graphs. Access is a relational database software program used to organize data and create summary reports of data.


Web Page Design / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

This year long course provides a working knowledge in the basics of using a variety of electronic communication media. The first semester uses curriculum presented in The iLife Classroom in a Book to learn how to use the basic computer programs available on an Apple computer. In iPhoto lessons students learn the basics of digital photography and digital photo manipulation. During iMovie, they learn about digital video techniques and how to edit anything from an enhanced slide show to a time-lapse sequence to a movie. In Garageband, students learn how to integrate several programs to produce their own professional “radio shows” called pod casts and how to add photos for an enhanced podcast. During the iWeb portion, they learn how they can use the entire iLife suite to produce web sites with photos, blogs, audio, and video pages. The second semester finds the students introduced to the basics of web page design and architecture (organization). They take the knowledge they have learned and use it on practical applications such as updating the school web site and elementary classroom web sites, making their own pod casts, shooting and editing video, and composing their own background music for enhanced slide shows, videos, and podcasts.


Teacher/Staff Aide / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None / Limited to (4) semesters in (4) years / Pass-Fail only
0.5 Credit

Students are assigned to a teacher or other CLS staff for the semester. Students carry out duties required by the supervising staff member. Students are given credit based on daily attendance, punctuality, a cooperative attitude, dependability and ability to perform duties at a level of competency.

Performing Arts


Christian Life High School has a great music and theatrical tradition. Courses are offered for students with music skills that range from basic to advanced. All courses are one year in length.


Band / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience. If not enrolled in Middle School Band, band instructor approval required.
1 Credit

All basic music skills will be covered and a wide variety of styles performed. Concert Band presents two formal concerts each year. Semester 1 prepares for the Christmas concert and semester 2 prepares for the Spring concert and Commencement. Concert Band performs at Homecoming ceremonies and helps promote school spirit by functioning as the Pep Band and Marching Band at home sporting events and parades. Concert Band may also participate in community functions. Students may participate in Illinois Music Educators Association district and state auditions. IHSA Solo and Ensemble participation is also available. Grades for this class are based on performance, attitude, and participation in class and concert performances are required and graded.


Honors Jazz Band / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: By audition only
1 Credit

Students learn the many different styles of jazz through performing, listening, and written theory. Heavy emphasis is on improvisation and a performance orientation. Students will participate in four formal concerts – a Christmas concert, Jazz Night in May, the spring concert, and Commencement. Students have dual responsibilities to both Jazz and Concert Band commitments by performing at Homecoming ceremonies, Pep Band and Marching Band at home sporting events and parades, and other community functions. Jazz Band students will also perform at jazz festivals and other scheduled community service events. Students are encouraged to participate in IMEA district and state auditions. IHSA Solo and Ensemble participation is also encouraged. Grades are based on performance, attitude, and participation in class and concert performances are required and graded.


Concert Choir / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
1 Credit

Students learn fundamentals of music and their application by studying three and four-part scores. They learn how to read music and work on all styles and types of music through singing. Use of good vocal techniques is emphasized. Students will participate in two formal concerts each year, one each semester. Choral students can elect to participate in IMEA and IHSA events. Grades are based on performance, attitude, and participation in class and concert performances are required and graded.


Limited Edition / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: By audition only the first week of school
1 Credit

This small vocal ensemble specializes in vocal jazz, chamber music, and show music. Students will strive to achieve the highest level of musicianship and performance techniques. Students will participate in three formal concerts – a Christmas concert, Jazz Night in May, and the spring concert. Students may also perform at other community functions. Grades are based on performance, attitude, and participation in class and concert performances are required and graded.


Theater / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Interest in drama and/or theater; participation in the spring musical is required.
1 Credit

This course is designed to educate the students in the performance and production aspects of theater as well as to help students gain a historical, theoretical, and contemporary understanding of and appreciation for this art form. Students will have opportunities for field trips to various theatrical spaces and productions throughout the year, as well as meeting with many different guest speakers who have professional experience in the fine arts. Students will also have the opportunity to work on the production and performance aspects of the spring musical to put into practice what they are studying. Grading is based on attitude, class participation, projects, written assignments, and tests, as well as on a major project selected for each individual student.

Physical/Health Education


Christian Life High School offers a comprehensive program of physical education and health. Illinois State Law requires that all students complete seven semesters of physical education and one semester of health to meet graduation requirements. Driver’s Education/PE may be substituted for one semester of physical education.


P.E. (Boys/Girls) / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
0.5 Credit

The physical education program will develop fundamental skills in team sports, individual sports, and leisure time activities. These activities are designed to develop a desire for life long fitness, an appreciation of sport as both a participant and spectator, and provide for the development of socialization skills through competition and teamwork. All students will be evaluated by skills tests and written exams and by the President’s Challenge Fitness Testing. This class is a semester course.

(Note: Students are required to dress in the approved attire and to participate. “Sitting out” is not an option.)


Personal Fitness (Boys & Girls) / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
0.5 Credit

This class combines weight training and cardiovascular activities. Students are given exposure to the CLS weight room which consists of free weight and cardiovascular equipment. Instruction on form and technique are given throughout the semester.


P.E. Exemptions / Wavers:
P.E. Medical Exemption
Students with a medical condition that prevents participation in P.E. in any way must have written documentation from the attending physician as to the reason and length of time for the exemption (number of semesters).

P.E. Waiver Category I*
Students (grades 9-12) who compete in two varsity sports during the school year will receive P.E. credit. The athlete must stay on the roster and complete each season in its entirety to qualify for the P.E. exemption and the two semester credit for completing two or more sports. Cheerleaders (grades 9-12), will receive .5 credit per sport, per semester, upon completion of the sport season.

P.E. Waiver Category II*
A student (grades 9-12) who competes in only one varsity sport during the school year must participate in P.E. during the semester that their sport does not occur.

P.E. Waiver Category III
A Senior taking seven academic courses to graduate is not required to participate in P.E.

**Students who participate in CLHS sports in lieu of a Physical Education class will not receive a percentage grade or letter grade to be included in their GPA or class rank. They will instead receive a Pass (P) or Fail (F) on their transcripts. If a student schedules a PE class and then goes out for a sport, he or she must remain in the scheduled PE class while participating in the sport (with no additional PE credit). If a student schedules the sport exemption for PE and does not participate in the sport, he or she is required to make up the PE credit since the schedule has already been set (this means the student could be potentially scheduled into two PE classes the following year).


Health (Boys & Girls) / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None / Recommended to be taken in 9th Grade
0.5 Credit

This is a required one semester course. This class will direct students in a way which promotes living a totally healthful life – body, mind and spirit. This course is a multidimensional approach which will directly affect the productivity and quality of life. Topics of study will include: general anatomy and physiology, nutrition, safety, personal hygiene, fitness, life management, responsibility, community service, and developing healthy relationships.


Driver’s Education / P.E. * / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: 15 years of age with first consideration given to Sophomores / Illinois Instruction Permit / Class fee
0.5 Credit

*During non-driving time, students will be participating in P.E.
This program consists of at least thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction and six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training. The course uses a basic textbook and the Illinois Rules of the Road booklet. Class is taught by lectures, audiovisual aids, group discussions, and guest speakers. The Behind-the-Wheel program includes both the driving and observation time for each student with the following objectives: helps students understand how and why a motor vehicle functions; help students develop the skills required for safe and efficient driving under varying conditions; help students develop habits of safe, courteous, and law-abiding practices in the operation of a motor vehicle; help students develop proper attitudes in regard to personal and social responsibility in the operation of a motor vehicle; and help students develop pride and self-discipline in the operation of a motor vehicle.

(Note: According to Illinois State Law effective 1-1-94, students must have received passing grades in at least 8 courses during the previous 2 semesters before the certificate will be issued to obtain the drivers license.)

Visual Arts


The art curriculum is threefold: 1) lifting up Jesus through visualizing the Word of God, 2) training in skill and technique using a wide range of media, and 3) preparing work for portfolios for college, art shows, or an entry level graphic design position. The following art show competitions are entered: Scholastic Art Awards High School Competition, Rock Valley High School Jury Show, Rockford Art Museum Jury Show, Rockford Snow Sculpting High School Competition, Illinois District Congressional Jury Competition, and special invitational competitions.

All art classes are one year in length. Class size is limited due to the lab style used. Additional materials may be needed for some classes.


Art Appreciation/Printmaking / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: A desire to study printmaking and the different art eras
1 Credit

Unlike other two-dimensional art media, printmaking is a process of making “multiples” or copies of original artwork. This course will explore the possibilities of creating these multiples through relief printing and screen printing. Students will not only learn the basics of these techniques, but they will also learn how to apply the elements and principles of art for more effective visual communication. Historical information related to artists and the movements that they represent will also enhance the student’s appreciation of the printmaking media.


Drawing / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Limit of fourteen students
1 Credit

This course is an introductory class to develop technique and learn the component skills of realistic drawing. The primary medium in this class is the pencil. Learning the elements of art is emphasized with an understanding of the principles of design being incorporated in a variety of projects.


Photography / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher approval required
1 Credit

A 35mm camera required, one that can be set manually (F stops and shutter speeds) is highly recommended for best performance in this class. This course focuses on the fundamentals of photography, particularly black and white photography. Through a series of lab and book assignments, students will learn to take black and white photos, develop black and white film, and print black and white photos.


Introduction to Design / Grades 9-11
Prerequisite: A desire to follow this course with Yearbook
1 Credit

This course is a graphic design course which teaches the fundamentals of designing commercial pages with text, photographs, and drawn images. Through basic drawing skills and computer technology, beginning students will gain foundational knowledge which will prepare them for more advanced design projects such as creating web pages and/or working on the school yearbook.


Ceramics / Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Teacher approval
1 Credit

This class is designed to introduce the student to artistic expression through the medium of clay. The learning process would include an introduction to hand-building techniques and wheel-throwing skills. Projects created with clay would represent a scriptural theme and involve daily “hands-on” experience with clay. This course is for the self motivated art student.


Advanced Art / Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Previous art class(es) and knowledge of the use of media / Teacher approval
1 Credit

This class is an upper level course designed to enable students to build a college portfolio in a variety of two-dimensional media. Students with a firm understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design will be able to create advanced artwork in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.


Honors Yearbook / Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Previous year-end application with teacher approval / Previous Introduction to Design class preferred / English course with minimum of 80% or higher
1 Credit

This course produces the yearbook, Aerie. Students will develop a theme, design layouts using Adobe in Design 2.0, interview students and teachers, and take photographs. It is very helpful, but not required, that students have access to their own digital camera (3.0 mega pixels or greater).

Selling and designing advertisements is another requirement. The abilities of working independently, taking initiative, and following through with assigned tasks are essential. Students must have strong writing skills for copywriting, proofreading, and editing. Skills in being organized, paying attention to detail, and working well with a team are necessary. The yearbook will be delivered in the spring for grades K-12. Upon completion of the year’s work in March, the course shifts to Advanced Graphic Design.

(Note: Kodak cameras do not work with our system.)


Advanced Honors Yearbook (Editor) / Grade 12
Prerequisite: Previous Honors Yearbook / English course with minimum of 80% or higher / Teacher approval
1 Credit

Yearbook Editor entails responsibilities that include: planning deadlines with the advisor; deciding coverage for the year; assigning coverage to the yearbook staff; working with the design editor to create the visual theme for the year; proofing each spread before publishing; and leading staff meetings. The ultimate responsibility for the yearbook rests with the yearbook editor who is closely guided by the advisor. Other after school responsibilities are highly discouraged as the editor position is very time-consuming.