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Milo Academy Course Descriptions

The following classes are offered at Milo.

Bible

Beginnings/Life and Teachings of Jesus

10 units
Required;  (Bible I) Grade 9;  Prerequisite: None

This course begins with a study of Earth's origin, the beginning of evil, and God's interaction with the human race to help students develop a Biblical understanding of the purpose of living. The second half of the class focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, His saving work for us, and the practical aspects of living a life in tune with God.

History of God's People

10 units
Required;  (Bible II) Grade 10;   Prerequisite: None

This course traces the history of God's leading from Old Testament times until today. The emphasis is on helping students build trust and faith in God's promises as they examine how He has led His people in the past. Study is given to the travels and experience of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan, the early Christian church, the Reformation church, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Salvation/Daniel/Revelation

10 units
Required;  (Bible III) Grade 11;  Prerequisite: None

This Bible-based class for juniors examines righteousness by faith and the subsequent assurance of salvation as revealed in Paul's letter to the Romans. Other topics discussed include the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation and principles for building Christ-centered friendships and resolving conflicts.

The Christian Life

10 units
Required;  (Bible IV) Grade 12;   Prerequisite: None

This course applies spiritual principles to important life situations: marriage and the family, career choice, college preparation, cross-cultural witnessing, and development of a life philosophy. Continuing emphasis is placed on learning experientially how to maintain an active, growing, joyous relationship with Christ.

Computer Skills

Computer Literacy

5 units
Applies to Computer Skills;  Grade 9-12;   Prerequisite: Keyboarding

This hands-on introductory course in basic computer literacy introduces students to how computers work as well as their history. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to perform common tasks in the windows operating system and use common office applications. Other topics that will be covered briefly include the internet, web pages, and simple graphical editing.

Keyboarding

5 units
Applies to Computer Skills;   Grade 9-12;   Prerequisite: None

Students learn proper keyboarding technique and develop speed and accuracy in their data entry. Basic word-processing techniques such as formatting, printing,
and file management may also be covered. Students are taught how to apply these skills in business letter production, tabulated reports, manuscripts, and special business forms.

English

Advanced Placement Language and Composition

10 units
Applies to English;   Grades 11-12;  
Prerequisites: English I and II with at least a B average; Permission of instructor

This course aids students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of disciplines and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers in analyzing the style and rhetorical devices used in the reading material. Peer critiquing, development of vocabulary, and familiarity with literary terminology, as well as practice exams, help students prepare for the A.P. exam in May. Students earn high school English credit from the class and may also earn college credit if they perform well on the exam.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

10 units
Applies to English;   Grades 11-12
Prerequisites: English I and II with at least a B average. Permission of instructor

This course will refine the students' ability to think logically and to form Christian values through literature and personal writing. They will read extensively, and through the analysis of great literature of the world, their knowledge of literary technique and critical analysis will grow. Mastery of these things will also prepare them to perform well on the A.P. exam in Literature and Composition, for which they may qualify for college credit. Summer reading highly recommended.

American Literature

10 units
Applies to English;   Grade 11;   Prerequisites: English II, Junior standing

To become better readers and writers, students will read and write extensively while exploring a variety of American literature selections ranging from the 1600's to the present day. They will build their writing skills by completing regularly assigned essays, poems, and projects. Students will become familiar with literary devices and techniques as they encounter them in literature and will demonstrate these skills in their own writing. Discussion, activities, grammar review, and a research project are additional components of this class.

British Literature

5 units
Applies to English;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: Senior standing (no exceptions)

This course is a survey of British Literature from ancient times to the modern era. Students will increase their ability to recognize and understand literary devices, understand the intent of the writer, the context in which people lived, and the impact the writing has on us today. Students will demonstrate their understanding through discussions, activities, assignments, and essays.

English I

10 units
Required (English);   Grade 9;   Prerequisite: None

Students review grammar and mechanics, learn study skills, increase vocabulary, read and write a variety of genre, improve public speaking skills, and build critical thinking skills through literary analysis. This class includes a unit of research writing.

English II

10 units
Required (English);   Grade 10;   Prerequisite: English I

This course provides students with an in-depth survey of literature, grammar, and writing. Students will learn the elements of literature for the following genres: short story, poetry, heroic tradition, nonfiction, and fiction. Through the study of literature, students will be encouraged to become analytical thinkers and writers. Students will also review grammar. Writing is an integral part of the course. Students will write essays, poetry, a short story, and a research paper.

English Language Learning Program

English Language Learning Integrated English

10 units
In this class students will practice English speaking and pronunciation, listening, reading, writing, and grammar to prepare them to use English more fluently in their life and at home.  They will use computers to find information, use English learning websites, use email, and create documents.  They will need to show good classroom learning skills as well as independent learning skills like using a dictionary, studying online, doing homework, and note taking. Within this class, students will also be given time to work on their other English classes to enable them success.

English Language Learning Religion

10 units
This class focuses on the foundations of Christianity and Adventism. Within a question and answer format, students will explore the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Jesus’ second coming. Students will also discover the foundations of the Seventh - day Adventist church and its doctrines. This class will research other religions and their comparison to Christianity and Adventism. Within this class, students will also be given time to work on their other Bible classes to enable them success.

English Language Learners United States History

10 units
Students will examine the development of the United States from colonization to the modern era.  They will use primary and secondary sources, internet websites, simulations, class discussions, and debates to master the content.  Students will explore the impact of cultural diversity within American history. Students continue to build English academic vocabulary, improve reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, and develop research writing skills. Within this class, students will also be given time to work on their other History classes to enable them success.

Fine Arts

Art I

5/10 units
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to introduce the student to various mediums in artistic expression. Since drawing is basic in the training of the eye and hand coordination, a large portion of the course is given to that activity. Painting with oil and working with clay are other artistic expressions that will be explored.

Art II

5/10 units
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: Art I

Students further develop the skills they were introduced to in Art I.

Folk Art

5 units
Applies to Fine Arts; V Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: None

In this course students will learn life-long leisure skills. Several different areas of hobbies and crafts will be explored such as quilting, tole painting, embroidery, crocheting, and glass painting.

Photography—The Essentials

5 units
Elective (Fine Arts or Technology);   Grades 10–12; Prerequisite: Computer literacy and permission of instructor

The student will learn to “see” and create impactful images using camera and lens optics, natural and artificial light, compositional techniques and industry standard professional editing software. Students will develop an online portfolio showcasing their work in portrait, landscape, architectural, action, event, astro photography and more.

Band

5 units/yr
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 9–12;   Prerequisite: None

Students who have had some experience with a wind instrument are given the opportunity to improve their music skills. The students will learn both the techniques of their particular instrument and music reading and interpretative skills. Performances include Christmas and Spring Concerts and tours throughout the year.

Choir

5 units/yr
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 9–12;   Prerequisite: Audition

Choir is open to students committed to studying and performing choral music. Both sacred and secular music suited to the abilities of the members are performed. Performances include Christmas and Spring Concerts and tours throughout the year.

Handbells

5 units/yr
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 9–12;   Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ringers will develop their skills through practice and performance of challenging music and ringing techniques. Performances include Christmas and Spring Concerts and tours throughout the year.

Music Lessons

—Instrumental/Piano/Voice    5 units/yr
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 9–12

Theatre

10 units/yr
Applies to Fine Arts;   Grades 9–12;   Prerequisite: None

This is a foundational class designed for students with little or no theatre experience. Classwork focuses on the exploration of literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. Theatre provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, culminating in periodic classroom and public performances.

Modern Language

Spanish I

10 units
Elective;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: None

This class introduces the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn the basic grammar and structure of Spanish and use it in basic conversation.

Spanish II

10 units
Elective;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: Spanish I

Spanish II is intended to review and build on the grammar and vocabulary of Spanish I, while giving more emphasis to communication skills and idiomatic expressions.

Mathematics

Placement for all classes will be determined by a test.

Algebra I

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 9–10;   Prerequisite: Satisfactory placement score

This course emphasizes basic operations for number systems, including equations, inequalities, factoring, graphing, and quadratics. Students are also introduced to plane geometry.

Algebra II

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: Satisfactory placement score, Geometry preferred

This course extends beyond algebraic functions into more advanced operations of real and complex numbers, including logarithms, matrices, conic sections, functions, and trigonometry.

Calculus

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 11–12   Prerequisite: At least a B in Algebra II

Calculus is designed to show the students how pre-calculus mathematics is transformed to form the "new math" of calculus. It covers differentiation and integration with applications. Students will take the A.P. exam in May.

Geometry

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: At least a C in Algebra I

This course emphasizes logical proof and characteristics of geometric figures including points, lines, polygons, circles, areas, graphs, basic trigonometric functions, locus, and solid figures.

Math Topics

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and registrar

This course is designed primarily for seniors who would otherwise not be taking any math course. By taking this class, senior students are able to keep their math skills sharp and possibly increase their abilities based on their needs. Content can range from basic math skills to Calculus. This course is delivered via the computer and ALEKS programming.

Pre-Algebra

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 9–10:   Prerequisite: None

This class is designed for students who tend to have a little difficulty with math concepts. A more practical, less theoretical approach is given to the basic algebraic topics. Some topics covered are positive and negative numbers, linear equations, factors, algebraic fractions, and graphing. This course does not count toward a college prep diploma.

Pre-Calculus

10 units
Applies to Math;   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: A grade of at least a B in Algebra II.

This course is designed to get the student ready for college level calculus. Topics include linear relations and functions, theory of equations, sequences and series, polar coordinates, and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, limits, derivatives, and integrals.

Physical Education

Health

10 units
Required (Health);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to give students an awareness of all aspects of healthful living and to enable them to integrate this awareness into everyday life. Topics studied include structure and function of the human body, nutrition, fitness and exercise, mental and emotional health, family and social health, growth and development, diseases and disorders, drugs, and environmental health.

Physical Education

10 units
Required (PE);   Grade 9;   Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the student to an understanding of the importance of physical fitness. In addition, the student will receive instruction for better skills in a variety of sports activities, knowledge of rules, and increased personal physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on team sports, but includes some individual and dual sports as well.

Publications Production

Yearbook Production

10 units

Trillium


Elective;   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

This course introduces students to desktop publishing, photography, computer-generated graphic design, and copy writing. Students learn through hands-on experience the logistics of producing a publication and meeting deadlines as they produce the school yearbook.

Science

Anatomy

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grades 11– 12;   Prerequisite: Biology or Permission of instr.   Lab

This course is designed to give students an in-depth overview of how our body parts fit and work together. The main emphasis of the class is to learn the names and functions of the structures that form the human body. Students learn medical terminology for the organ systems and external factors that may affect them, such as diseases. Principles of preventative health are stressed. Models and lab specimens are used to help students visualize what they are studying.

Biology

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None Lab

An introduction to biology that emphasizes the interdependence of all living things, this course provides general information in plants and animals, from one-celled organisms to more complex forms of life.

Chemistry

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: Physical Science Lab

This introductory course stresses the principles of structure, composition, and interaction of matter. Much of this course is based on the atomic model theory and the quantum theory. Electron configuration and the periodic table are used to build a foundation for studying chemical reactions and compound formation. The Mole theory is central to the development of skills and laboratory exercises that deal with the quantitative aspects of chemical reactions.

Physical Science

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grade 9;   Prerequisite: None;   Lab

This class serves as an introductory survey of chemistry, physics, and geology. Students study composition of matter, the atomic model theory, electrons, and chemical bonding. They take part in activities where basic theories of physics can be tested and demonstrated.

Physics

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: Algebra I and Physical Science

Students in this conceptual physics class will grapple with problem solving in the areas of acceleration, velocity, parallel and concurrent forces, conservation of energy and momentum, phases of matter, heat, waves, sound, light, and electricity. This class will provide a good foundation in science and prepare students for college level classes.

Advanced Physics

10 units
Applies to Science;   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: At least a B in Physics

This class continues the topics from regular physics with advanced problems and emphasis on preparation for the A.P. exam in May.

Social Studies

Economics

5 units
Required;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: Senior standing

This course is designed to teach students economic reasoning in the real world. The curriculum provides a foundation in economics terms and the fundamentals of macro- and micro-economics.

Global Studies

10 units
Required;   Grade 10;   Prerequisite: None

Students examine the origins, developments, and contributions of the many rich cultures from around the globe while analyzing the rise of independence and interdependence among the nations of the world. Students evaluate the role they individually play as part of the multi-cultural diversity found in today's modern world.

Government

5 units
Required;   Grade 12;   Prerequisite: Senior standing

Students use problem-solving skills to analyze their civic role within the theory and machinery of American government. The complexity of social issues is studied, and each student is encouraged to seek solutions to those issues in both the domestic and foreign realms. Students are exposed to the constant negotiating and interaction among the world's independent nations and their numerous political units.

US History

10 units
Required:   Grade 11;   Prerequisite: Junior standing
Studying U.S. history allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the American heritage and discover what it means to be an American. English, French, and Spanish are among the diverse origins of the American people that are explored. With these origins comes the responsibility of growth that has led to struggles of war and peace, both within the Union and abroad.

Honors US History

10 units
Grade 11;   Prerequisite: Junior standing
This course helps students develop higher thinking skills and use their creative aptitudes in writing projects and verbal presentations. Students draw on the advanced study of American history for strengthening their current knowledge as they prepare to sit for the A.P. History exam in May.

Technology

Advanced Foods/Nutrition

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: Family and Consumer Science

This course takes the student beyond the basics of food preparation and nutrition. More complex types of food preparation and service are used. Time is spent in food preservation, meal preparation, food budgeting, cake decorating, bread making, etc.

Advanced Sewing

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 11–12;   Prerequisite: Family and Consumer Science

This course is designed to take the student from where they are in their clothing construction skills and add to that skill so they feel comfortable choosing a pattern and fabric and making a wearable garment. Students will learn to make alterations as necessary and will learn to be more proficient in using the serger.

Automotive Service

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

This introductory course covers automotive systems and basic service procedures. The class includes reading assignments, homework, and lab activities in the auto shop. Safety is highly emphasized.

Church Media

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

A course covering a wide variety of media topics, including, but not limited to--installation, configuration, and appropriate use of permanent and portable public address (PA) systems, audiovisual equipment, and advanced presentation software. Journaling and lab time will be expected over some evenings and weekends. Course may be repeated for additional credit.

Family and Consumer Science

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

In this course students learn food preparation and nutrition, as well as clothing construction and care. Community service projects and craft projects are also included in this course.

Metal Fabrication

5 units
Elective (Technology) Grades 10–12
Prerequisite: None
This is an introductory course in welding and metal fabrication using oxy-acetylene, arc, MIG, and plasma processes. Safety is highly emphasized.

Praise Team

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

Students will receive instruction in the biblical act of leading praise and worship for the various worship services at Milo. With each class, we will study the biblical meaning of worship, and receive instruction and feedback on how to properly lead a group of people in worshiping God through song.

Woodworking

5 units
Elective (Technology);   Grades 10–12;   Prerequisite: None

This is a comprehensive introductory course in wood shop operation and project construction. Safety is highly emphasized.