High School
Bible
The DCA Bible classes focus on the importance of the Bible in our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."  These truths are the basis for our study. We seek to apply God’s Word to our lives by studying the doctrines of God’s Word that form the foundation of our belief and practice. We also survey sections of the Bible in order to deepen our understanding and receive “instruction in righteousness." We then take time to make application to our lives in order to receive the reproof and correction it provides. 
 
The Bible program also includes two-week module courses that cover specific topics relative to current issues, Bible study and practical living. 
 
Bible I
1 Unit
    This is a survey course which is foundational to all other Bible courses. Designed to acquaint the new student with a working knowledge of New Testament truths. Special emphasis is given to the doctrine of salvation, the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Apostle Paul's ministry in the early church. 
 
Bible II
1 Unit
    This course is designed to give the student a panoramic view of the Old Testament period from creation to the time of Christ. Emphasis is given to the historical books, especially to the Law and the institution of the sacrificial system. The books of poetry and prophecy are discussed briefly in relation to their appropriate historical settings.
 
Bible III
1 Unit
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, instilling in the student the conviction that the Bible is the verbally-inspired Word of God and the only safe standard for faith and practice. A brief study of cults is coupled with the study of doctrines in order to make comparisons and strengthen the student's own doctrinal position.

Bible IV 
1 Unit
    This is a course tailored to the shifting stage of current theological trends. The student is guided to an understanding of liberalism, fundamentalism, neo-evangelicalism, and the Charismatic movement. Patterns for Christian living and development of practical Christianity are emphasized. 

Bible V 
1/2 Unit
An elective in addition to the required Bible course that offers instruction in the basic principles of Bible study. Students will learn to use concordances, lexicons, Bible dictionaries, and other reference tools. Students will put into practice what they learn through a verse-by-verse study of II Timothy by developing a sermon (boys) or Bible lesson (girls) and presenting it to the class. The course will emphasize that the foundation of all Christian service is a life dedicated to the Lord with the intended goal that each student realize that true joy is found in serving Jesus. 
English
All classes spend one semester of English each year in basic grammar, standard usage, and mechanics; and one semester studying literature. Weekly work includes vocabulary, spelling, themes, and essays. Memorization of poetry is also required at various times throughout the year. Outside reading for book reports is assigned each quarter.

Grade 9/10
1 Unit
    English 9-10 introduces students to language structures: descriptive elements in literature, topic sentences, paragraphs, test essay form, sentence patterns, and vocabulary. This is a continuation of and building upon the foundations from K-8. The main purpose of this foundation is to "rightly divide" the Word of God. Understanding literary form is a foundational element in studying scripture.
 
Grade 11
1 Unit
    Eleventh Grade English is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and appreciation of the English language. The curriculum centers on key concepts that are essential to success on standardized testing and in college academics. Focus is placed on developing a rich vocabulary, proficient academic essay writing, and enhanced comprehension of literary works and elements. All teaching will be approached from a Biblical perspective as students will be encouraged to appreciate God’s gift of language to humanity.
 
Grade 12
1 Unit
    This course follows the trends found in English literature beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period and ending with modern day. It covers the Renaissance, Rationalist, Romantic, and Victorian eras. Both the philosophy and structure of literature are discussed to see the conflicts between God and man's ideas. 
 
Life Skills
1 Unit
    This class is designed to help the student develop study skills that will make him/her a better scholar, as well as life skills that will equip the student to be confident in the situations that life presents. Subjects include organization, note-taking, study strategies and test-taking. Portions of the class will also cover basic life skills such as etiquette, conversational skills, and cooking. Students will aslo be introduced to the basics of the Microsoft Office Suite, with an emphisis on MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. 
Social Studies
World History
1 Unit
    This is a survey course covering periods from ancient eastern history to twentieth century Europe. Special attention is given to periods important to modern culture and Christianity including the Greek and Roman civilizations, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. The approach to history is Biblical in its attempt to discern God's working in all periods of history to accomplish His will. The student also studies current events in order to correlate historical lessons with the society of today.
 
United States History
1 Unit
    This course is designed as a comprehensive survey for the student’s general knowledge of United States history and American heritage. Through man’s actions and circumstances of history, the student can gain understanding of his own responsibility towards God and others. Recall of important historical facts, analysis through discussion and essay writing, and applying a biblical perspective of history to current issues are stressed in the various topics of study.
 
Civics
1 Unit
    Civics is intended to be a course on how American government and political processes work. The text material is enhanced by observation of and participation in the political process, participation in state, regional, and national essay contests, and a field trip to the nation’s capital.
Geography
Language
Spanish I
1 Unit
    During the first quarter students will build the foundation blocks for grammar and begin learning vocabulary. The course continues with a thorough study of the present tense and use of estar with -e/ando. During the last quarter students will be introduced to the past and future tenses. A combination of directed verbal drills, written work, and conversational skills are used to bring students to a basic conversational level of Spanish.
 
Spanish II 
1 Unit
    Spanish II builds upon the foundation acquired in Spanish I. During the first quarter students review vocabulary as well as present, preterit, and perfect verb tenses. The course continues with a thorough study of the progressive and perfect tenses. During the last quarter students will be introduced to the subjunctive. A combination of directed verbal drills, written work, and conversational skills are used to bring students to a basic conversational level of Spanish.

Spanish III
1 Unit
    Designed to be a practical course. After completing this course, the student should be able (in a rough way) to make his way around in a Spanish environment. The students will have a thorough and fast-paced review of the material they have learned so far, with the goal of mastering material that is uncertain. When the grammar review is completed, students will have units based on idioms, pronunciation, and history of Spanish-speaking countries. The students will also have themed units around which vocabulary, application exercises, and group conversations will be based. Students will have reading assignments that will build in difficulty until they are able to read a simple novel. There will be several projects that will consist of both written and oral reports on topics relating to the Spanish world. Students should expect a majority of the class hours to be taught in the Spanish language.
Math
Consumer Math
1 Unit
    This course emphasizes essential math skills as they apply to the relevant area of consumer mathematics. Earning money, budgeting, banking, purchasing consumer goods, credit, savings, and investments are some of the topics discussed. 

Algebra I
1 Unit
    This is a basic introduction to algebra including simplifying expressions, solving and graphing linear equations and systems, as well as linear inequalities. Students will also be introduced to linear and quadratic functions, exponents and radicals, and factoring and solving quadratic equations.
 
Algebra II
1 Unit
    Algebra II builds upon the algebraic foundation acquired in Algebra I.  During the first quarter students will review and expand their knowledge of linear and quadratic equations.  The course continues with a thorough study of polynomial, rational, and radical equations.   During the last quarter students will review right triangle trigonometry and be introduced to the basic concepts of probability, statistics and conic sections. 
 
Geometry
1 Unit
    Geometry is a college-preparatory class introducing the student to spatial objects and relationships within a logical structure. Visual, numerical, and verbal aspects of expressing geometric thought are all emphasized in this course. Much of the basis of this study is connecting definitions, postulates, and theorems with logical progression.
 
Precalculus
1 Unit
    During the first semester Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach provides a thorough development of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. In addition students will explore sequences, series, and limits. In the third quarter we will study trigonometry. The fourth quarter may include matrix algebra, probability and statistics, vectors, or conic sections depending on student interest. Students will use numerical, graphical, and analytical methods and apply their skills to real-world problems. The textbook has a companion website CalcChat.com for extra help. This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP® Calculus AB Course or college calculus.
 
AP Calculus
1 Unit
    Calculus of a Single Variable thoroughly develops the two main concepts of calculus, the derivative and the integral. Students will explore these concepts through numerical, graphical, and analytical methods. They will regularly apply their skills to real-world situations. Students will have access to the companion website CalcChat.com for extra help. This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP® Calculus AB Exam. Most colleges and universities offer course credit for adequate performance on this exam.
Science
Physical Science
1 Unit

This course is roughly divided into an introduction of two basic disciplines: chemistry and physics, which are taught from a Biblical point of view. A foundation is laid for more advanced courses in these areas. Consideration is given to such topics as the composition of matter, elements, certain chemical reactions, measurements using the metric system, mechanics, heat, electricity, light, and sound. Emphasis is given to the practical discovery and application of laws and principles.
 
Biology
1 Unit

This is a survey of the major aspects of life and living organisms with special emphasis on concepts that relate to creation and evolution. Facts are reinforced and observation skills are developed through related laboratory work with the microscope and various dissections.
 
Chemistry
1 Unit

This course is a detailed study of the elements and their properties. Quantitative and qualitative studies of reactions of the elements and their compounds are accomplished by a combination of classroom work and laboratory experimentation.
 
Human Anatomy & Physiology
1 Unit

This course is a study of the design and function of human body systems, related diseases and disorders, and current research in the medical field. Several dissections are included in this class. Prerequisite: Biology 
 
Physics
1 Unit

This course is a mathematical study of the relationship between mass, matter, and energies: nuclear, electromagnetic, and heat energies. Quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity are explored to show the design and uniqueness of space, time, and matter in God's universe.
Speech
Fundamentals of Speech
1 Unit

This course gives opportunities for the student to learn while working in many of the basic speech experiences. Practice is given in writing speeches, taking notes from speeches, organizing materials, and delivering speeches. This course is required of all students graduating from DCA. 
 
Theatre
1 Unit

This course includes oral interpretation, drama, and dramatic production involving the student in individual readings, acting scenes, and directing responsibilities. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Speech
Music
Chorale
1/2 Unit

Chorale is a continuation of the music program begun in kindergarten and continued on through junior high. It includes more advanced music and discussions of biblical philosophy of music. The required performances throughout the year include local community tree lighting events, Christmas Vespers, musicals, and Fun Night.

 
Private Voice
1/4 Unit

Voice lessons stress fundamentals of tone production and basic musicianship, familiarity with sacred and secular music, and performance.
 
Private Piano
1/4 Unit

The beginning student is presented with basic notation and rhythm, exposure to classical themes and hymn tunes, and opportunities for performance. As the student progresses to the intermediate level, the exposure expands, and students are encouraged to use the skills in chapel, youth groups, and churches, as well as other performance platforms.
 
Private Instrumental
1/4 Unit

Private instrumental lessons are offered through private instructors. Arrangements for instrumental lessons can be made through the school office.
Cultural Geography
1 Unit

    Treated as a social and physical science, this course includes basic information about map-making and reading, climates and topography, resources and industries, as well as histories and cultures. Students are challenged to analyze and evaluate according to a Christian world view.