The value of a biblically-based classroom

Your child’s education is one of the most important investment you will make. As they enter their teen years, high school students begin to reinforce and challenge the way they were taught to see the world. This means they will engage ideas of how to approach their life as they enter adulthood. The background of their training, either a Biblical or secular perspective, will generally guide the foundational truths that they will build their thoughts, actions, and general habits that will guide them the rest of their lives.

Hillcrest has 100 years of training students to live lives of eternal significance. We employ time-tested methods that form students’ ability to understand grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Seventh and eighth grade students are instructed in the classical method, training them to think well with instruction in Logic, Latin, Composition, and the Humanities. Classical instruction in Composition and Humanities continues into 9th and 10th grades. These methods produced the greatest thinkers, leaders, and scientists in the Western world, from the time of the Greeks until the late 19th century, including America’s founding fathers.

In each course Hillcrest seeks to highlight interdependence between the academic disciplines and their Bible class. It is common to hear Hillcrest students say their History class is like a Bible class, their Bible class is like an English course, and their English class is like a History class. Hillcrest integrates literature, history, language, art, mathematics, and science in a routine and seamless way in most classes. In these courses students build muscles of logic and wisdom to be expressed through well-crafted rhetoric.

Is classical Christian education still relevant? Yes, more now than ever. Our world is accelerating as technological, cultural, and geo-political forces reshape our daily lives. The subject matter and skills required in the market are evolving and changing rapidly. However, thinking, articulate people are always in demand. Those who are able to acquire new skills rapidly and independently are sought after regardless of the field. Classical Christian education has a proven track record of turning out these types of students.

The focus of the hillcrest learning community

Education is most effective when it rises above simply conveying fact. Effective education cultivates thinking, driving students to articulate clear and persuasive arguments that hold foundation in God’s ordered design evident in the world. This means the greatest textbook studied is the Bible, because from it all other study finds form, function, and origin. In breaking the world down into individual subjects students are able to focus on various aspects of God’s divine creativity.

Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas have consequences! Good ideas have good consequences and bad ideas produce bad consequences. That may be obvious, but unfortunately, history is full of examples where that simple truth is violated over and over again to the harm and destructions of many.  “What we understand about God and the world affects what we believe about everything else, including the types of arguments we find persuasive and how we justify our actions.”

In Romans 12:2 Paul writes, “Do not conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is acceptable and perfect.” The world’s patterns are different from God’s patterns. To understand then what God wants, we must identify the pattern of the world, refuse to conform to it, and be transformed into a God pleasing pattern of living.

Bible Courses

7th Grade Bible

Students will be asked to dig deep as they navigate through and find the answers to their biggest questions about relationships with God (e.g., Why should I even trust Him?), themselves (e.g., What if I really mess up?), and others. During each lesson students will plunge into the Bible and study one Biblical passage that relates to the topic they are focusing on, and will end their study with a direct connection to Jesus.

8th Grade Bible

The Bible is the infallible, inerrant and inspired Word of God. It is the basis of faith for billions of people around the globe, yet many students express frustration over their attempts to understand the Bible. They have picked up a smattering of information over the years and know certain parts of God's Word better than others, but most still do not see how those stories fit together. And yet, when the pages of Scripture are opened One God, One Book, and One Story emerge. The aim of this course is to help students understand the big picture of the Bible, and how their story fits into God's unfolding plan of salvation..

Bible Foundations

 This course emphasizes those foundational beliefs that are commonly shared among all evangelicals with opportunities provided for each student to explore Lutheran Theology as well as the traditions of their own churches.  The doctrines of the Bible, God (Theology), Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, salvation (Soteriology), the church (Ecclesiology) , angels, and end times (Eschatology) outline the content of this course. In this class, students will identify key doctrines of the Christian faith, explain the geography and history of the Bible, reflect on and interpret the meanings of key theological terms and memorize passages of Scripture.

Worldview - Understanding the Times

Worldview is a senior level course required for graduation at Hillcrest. Using the Understanding the Times curriculum, students take an in depth study of the six major worldviews Christianity, Islam, Marxism, Secularism, Spirituality, and Postmodernism, looking at each worldview's perspective in the academic disciplines of theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, politics, law, economics, and history.

Philosophy & Religion

This is a two semester course designed to give each student a reading series of intellectual, historical, and religious works. Reading comprehension and analytical discussion of the works will be measured throughout the semester. Through the reading of these works, the students will understand the reliability of the Bible and Christian doctrine.

Old Testament Survey (offered every other year)

An introductory look at the Old Testament beginning with Genesis and going through Malachi.


Biblical Wisdom Literature

The emphasis of this course is a semester long study of the book of Proverbs.  The study is lecture and discussion based and will involve some small group interaction.

New Testament Survey (offered every other year)

An introductory look at the New Testament beginning with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and continuing through the book of Revelation.

Book of Mark

The emphasis of this course is a yearlong study of the Gospel of Mark.  The study will be discussion based and therefore involve a considerable amount of working in small groups. The main text will be a blank manuscript of the Gospel of Mark.  This course is also designed to provide students with practical experience in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ both in work and indeed.

Epistles of Paul

Students will learn about the Apostle Paul and the things he believed by engaging in a chapter by chapter, verse by verse Bible study of each of  Paul’s letters: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Timothy, I & II Thessalonians, Titus, Philemon.  A historical overview is included for each book with information about the church or individual recipient of Paul’s letter.  Both theological and practical issues are discussed in depth.

History & Social Studies Courses

7th grade Humanities

The study of Ancient Cultures is the first year in a six year series addressing the literature, history and culture of major Western civilizations in chronological order in two, three year cycles.  The course format will be a Paideia discussion (used in the Great Books program) which is based on close reading of literature and historical accounts. Students who complete all six years will have studied every book of the Bible.

8th Grade humanities

The study of Medieval and Renaissance periods is the second year in a six year series addressing the literature, history and culture of major Western civilizations in chronological order in two, three year cycles.  The course format will be a Paideia discussion (used in the Great Books program) which is based on close reading of literature and historical accounts. Students who complete all six years will have studied every book of the Bible.world history

early u.s. history (1500-1877)

Early U.S. History is a brief survey course of the history of the United States from the period of colonization through the Civil War era. Many primary source documents and Goldfield’s The American Journey will be used as the course texts. In addition to studying the historical time period to the Civil War, a brief update of top news stories will be given each day so that students will build a comprehensive understanding of major events that currently shape the modern world. This course will give the students a basic knowledge base and set of skills that will give them an understanding of American history that will prepare them for the CLEP exam or an introductory college course.

Modern u.s. History (1877-present)

Pre-Requisite: Early U.S. History

Modern U.S. History is a survey course of the US as a major player in world affairs. Materials from authors such as Eric Foner, Stephen Ambrose, the center for foreign policy development, and numerous primary sources are studied. In addition, a part of each day will be a study and evaluation of current world events taken from a variety of sources. This course concludes the high school level U.S. history survey. This course will give the students a basic knowledge base and set of skills that will give them an understanding of American history that will prepare them for the CLEP exam or an introductory college course.

philosophy and religion

Philosophy and Religion is an upper level literature and critical thinking course. This class is a search for truth and the existence of God through the pages of philosophical works and biographies from the past century. Students engage with a variety of key texts, both historical and contemporary, learning to read critically and analyze important theological and philosophical questions. Philosophy and Religion augments many of Hillcrest’s core classes, bringing together ideas from upper level English, History, and Christian Worldview courses.


Marketing is a high school class primarily for juniors or seniors. There are no pre-requisites. The class provides students with some background and understanding of a national economy, of the business world, of markets and marketing, and of the skills and personality qualities that relate to being an entrepreneur or a leader in any organization.


Sociology is a year long course that analyzes and studies human relationships with each other and God. The course places a high emphasis on how sociological theories and methods can be applied to daily life. Both a secular humanistic view of sociology and a Biblical Christian view are studied and contrasted within each unit. This course prepares students for an understanding of how our increasingly secularized nation views and approaches current sociological issues and problems of the day. Students will understand the different approaches to issues such as drug use, cohabitation, divorce, euthanasia, abortion, violent crime, racism, poverty, and education. Seniors and Danielsen students currently enrolled in the social track will be given first priority for this course.

ap european history

AP European History is a college level course that covers the time period of the Italian Renaissance to the 21st century. The course includes the political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, philosophical, demographic, economic, and military history of the time period. Students in this course should possess strong reading, writing, and analytical skills. Each student will take the final College Board AP exam which will be administered in May. This course is the final course in the history department for students who have taken World History and the United States history survey courses. This elective course is the culmination of history courses taken at Hillcrest Academy and is strongly  encouraged for high-achieving students in the Humanities program.

English Courses

Composition 7

Covering both research and essay writing, this composition course reviews paragraph structure and prepares students to write basic research essays from multiple references. Creative writing is also explored through writing from pictures, letter writing, and story writing in the voice of several authors. Students receive instruction in editing papers and the development of their own writing style. Additionally, students will write critiques of stories and poetry

Composition 8

Exploring creative writing and focusing on research reports, this composition course teaches students to take notes on texts and conduct an interview. Latin word roots and advanced stylistic techniques are explored. Students practice voice by writing narrative stories in the voice of selected authors and discover how to write creative paragraphs from pictures. Students learn to write a research super essay with complete citations in APA formatting style.

Composition 9

The Elegant Essay (Composition) This course explores the essay model deeply. Students learn to write strong thesis statements, develop various paragraph styles, and prepare various types of introductions and conclusions. A descriptive and persuasive essay are practiced. This course also prepares students to give public presentations including self-introduction, narrative, expository, and persuasive speeches. Students learn to both write and present an effective and engaging speech.

Compostion 10

From learning to annotate literature to writing complete literary analysis essays, this course presents an introduction to literary analysis. Topics such as theme, irony, characterization, allusions, plot and conflict, symbolism, point of view, imagery, tone, and more are all discussed and explored in a variety of high school level literature. This course also prepares students to give public presentations including self-introduction, narrative, expository, and persuasive speeches. Students learn to both write and present an effective and engaging speech.


American Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 11th grade level. Students will read and analyze several classic American novels of the 19th century. Students will also learn to prepare a research paper according to standard manuscript form, be involved in a continuous vocabulary improvement program, and learn to write and edit with a clear grasp of the intricacies of capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.


World Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 12th grade level. Students will study, interpret, and analyze several formative works of world literature. Students will also learn advanced writing in the English language for both communicative and academic purposes, expand vocabulary with advanced terminology, and demonstrate solid understanding of the principles of English grammar and usage.

AP English LITERATURE and composition

AP European Literature is designed to help students become careful, serious readers of a wide variety of literature, balancing both classic and contemporary works. The chosen literature for study will emphasize British and American writers from the 16th century to the 21st century but will also include a few from other cultures. The workload of the class will be consistent with that of a college literature course. An additional requirement is the national AP English Lit. & Comp. Exam given in May. Earning a grade of 3 or higher (out of 5) on the exam will enable students to receive college credit at most universities in the United States.

Mathematics Courses

Math 7 (pre-algebra)

Pre-Algebra continues an orderly study of mathematics as students move from a focus on computational skills to an application of these skills in an algebraic problem-solving environment. The topics covered in this course help students develop an understanding of basic principles of algebra along with an introduction to other topics including geometry, proportions, probability, and basic data analysis. Larson Pre-Algebra is the primary text for this course.

Math 8 (Algebra 1)

Algebra 1 continues an orderly study of mathematics as students move from Pre-Algebra into a more thorough application of algebraic principles. This course uses Larson Algebra 1 as its primary text. The topics covered in this course help students to solve and graph linear equations and inequalities both as individual problems and systems of equations. Higher degree polynomials are introduced and students learn how to graph, factor, and solve a wide variety of expressions including quadratic equations.


Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

Geometry emphasizes logical methods of thinking through deductive and inductive reasoning using theorems and postulates involving parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and polygons. This course uses Larson Geometry as its primary text. The topics covered in this course help students develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of geometry and how it applies to their overall understanding of mathematics. This course may be taken prior to or concurrently with Algebra 2.

Algebra 2

Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

Algebra 2 begins with a review and extension of topics from Algebra 1 and then moves into a study of real and complex numbers. This course uses Larson Algebra 2 as its primary text. Core concepts include a complete study of equations and inequalities involving polynomials, an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and radical functions, conic sections, and probability. Preparation for Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus is the primary focus of this course.


Pre-Requisite:  Algebra 1 and Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus prepares juniors for AP Calculus and seniors for college math entrance requirements. Pre-Calculus reviews, expands on, and then advances many of the topics learned in Algebra 2 and Geometry. The content focuses on polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, and provides an introduction to Calculus through limits, differentiation and some applications of differentiation.

AP Calculus

Pre-Requisite:  Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus is the highest level math course offered at Hillcrest Academy. This course culminates in the AP Calculus AB national test. Success on the AP test leads to college credit, the maximum equivalent being a semester of college calculus. This course centers on limit processes. The idea of a limit is used to develop the operation of differentiation, and its opposite, antidifferentiation. In addition to applications of the derivative, this class considers differentiation and integration of natural logarithmic and exponential functions, which are applied to finding areas between curves and volumes of solids.

Consumer Math

Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

Consumer Math is a practical course on the management and understanding of personal finance. This course follows Algebra I and Geometry, which, along with Arithmetic, provide the basic math skills needed for life. The class covers a variety of relevant financial topics including budgeting, economical decision making, savings, and financing major commitments such as college education.

College Algebra

Science Courses

Science 7

Science 7 is a life science course. Life science explores observations and decisions about living things. In Science 7 students will learn about observations other people have made as well as develop skills necessary to make good observations on their own. Students will look to what God has said about life and living organisms as they learn the principles He has given to direct our decision making concerning living things. The text presents the material from a Christian perspective.

Science 8

Science 8 is an earth science course. In Science 8 students study God’s natural world including geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology and the environment. Through a close look at the water cycle, the motions of the universe and the external and internal forces that shape the earth, students develop an increased appreciation for God’s creation. As they are led to examine their own lifestyles, they become conscious of the impact their actions have on the environment.


Pre-Physics provides the student with a foundation in physics and chemistry as preparation for more-advanced science courses. In Pre-Physics students study the basic structure of matter, how forces produce motion and hold matter together, the various forms of energy, chemical elements and the compounds they form. The text emphasizes science not as the source of ultimate truth, but rather as a tool to learn about God’s world. By studying science, the students discover the laws or ordinances that God has established to govern the physical world.


Biology is the study of life systems. The class content is taught from a Christian perspective, which marvels at God's creative design in all of life's diversity. This is a rigorous college preparatory class designed to introduce you to the major focal points of biology, including organic chemistry, cell biology, genetics, theories of biological genesis, classification and comparative anatomy & physiology. The class incorporates labs, field work and dissections for a hands-on biology experience.


Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Biology is recommended.

Chemistry is the study of matter: its properties, interactions and formations. This class provides an overview of the discipline of chemistry, relating chemical models to real world substances. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurements & formulas, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws and an introduction to organic chemistry. Concepts are reinforced through labs. This is a rigorous college preparatory class that focuses on mastering foundational skills necessary for success in college chemistry.


Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1,  Geometry is strongly recommended.

Physics is the study of the interaction of time, matter and space. It is the foundational to art, the sciences, technology, engineering, robotics, computer applications and life. The class is based on group projects and hands-on experiences alternating with concept development to achieve three goals: 1) gain problem-solving skills within a team context, 2) gain a strong conceptual understanding of physics, 3) become highly proficient at applying physical models to predict real life outcomes. Topics covered include Newtonian physics, kinetics, energy, waves, sound, light, magnetism, electricity and an introduction to quantum physics.

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology is an introductory course in which students study one of God’s spectacular creations, the human body. The course includes a basic overview of the body’s biological systems, how they are organized and how they function. Students study interactions between various cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Anatomy and Physiology explores practical and relevant applications of anatomical knowledge to everyday life. This course is especially useful for students contemplating a future medical career.


The course, Robotics, is a project-based learning experience that introduces the concepts and applications of robotic technology to students. The class follows the engineering design process to design, prototype, modify and compete in robotic challenges. This is done through scratch-built Arduino-based robots, VEX robotics kits and in cooperation with Central Lakes Robotics (CLR) which competes in the BEST robotics program. CLR is the top scoring BEST robotics team, consistently taking the top honors in the past four years of competition.

Students that sign up for the robotics class learn important STEM skills, including the engineering design process, teamwork, marketing, speech, CAD, principles of mechanical and electrical engineering, coding, the use of shop tools such as mills, 3D printers and CNC routers. Students will have opportunities to investigate practical applications of robotic technology at local businesses and through research projects. The class meets daily during the school schedule. The formal BEST robotic build portion of the class takes place when CLR meets after school.

Environmental Science


3D Design

Foreign Language Courses

Latin 7

Students learn many important Latin phrases which have been incorporated into the English language.  They also learn grammar terms and practices such as conjugation, declension etc.(et cetera is a Latin term!) as well as some vocabulary as they begin a three study of Latin. Since

Latin 8


This first level course has no prerequisite. Students will learn to communicate in both written and oral Spanish in the present tense. Time is spent acquiring very useful vocabulary in categories such as numbers, colors, common verbs, body parts etc. Basic grammar is learned but the focus is on fluency not grammatical perfection. Actions, songs, storytelling, games, grammar exercises, guided conversations and the use of Spanish Psalms or other Bible selections are some of the means used to learn the language.


Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1

In this course students build on what they learned in Spanish 1, refining and amplifying their reading and communication skills. A study of the gospel of John in Spanish is an integral part of the class. Focus is on the past and future tenses of verbs as well as common categories of vocabulary.


Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1 and 2

The grammar and vocabulary of the first two years are reviewed and strengthened.  The goal is to move away from translation or English explanations and rather use previously acquired Spanish to define vocabulary and build comprehension.  According to the progress of the students some authentic (real life as compared to language course) Spanish literature is used.


A first level course, no pre-requisite is required.  The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the French language through everyday situations in which they practice listening, speaking, writing, and reading French.

Advanced french

Pre-Requisite: French 1

A second level course.  Students must have taken French 1 or an equivalent course.  The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to further study the French language, increase vocabulary and improve listening and reading comprehension.


Advanced German

Pre-Requisite: 2 years of German study, or the consent of the instructor.

This course focus on deepening the students’ knowledge and understanding of German-speaking peoples and their culture. Students master fundamental grammar points and build on that foundation to increase their abilities to understand written and spoken German.  This course uses news, current events, songs, and other media in German to expose students to German as it is used today.  Students are also encouraged to explore areas of personal interest.


Computer & Media Courses

Junior High Computer Apps

An introductory computer course focused upon developing typing and basic computer skills.

Computer Applications (Tech Academy)

This course will present the information and skills necessary to become proficient in the use of Google Apps and other web 2.0 applications available in the cloud. Students will learn basic computer skills in production and formatting documents, spreadsheets, and multimedia presentations. In addition students will develop skills in online research, communication and project collaboration.


Pre-Requisite: Computer Applications

Students will learn throughout the year to make digital presentations and to become digital storytellers. We will use technology to integrate images, graphics, narration, sounds, and music into a finished video work that can be published to physical media or uploaded to the internet. For each project, students will follow the steps in the creation process: Preproduction; Production; Post-production. Students will employ with a large variety of computer software as creative tools. They will also use scanners, still cameras, video cameras, lighting and microphones.

Marketing & Media Mentorship

Students who are excelling in creative disciplines may be selected for a hands-on marketing & media mentorship program offered by the Hillcrest marketing & publications office. Students in this program will develop and hone marketable skills by actively participating in the promotion of the school. Activities include photography, video editing, social media management, writing, design and layout. 


Students in this course produce the Beacon, the annual yearbook of Hillcrest Academy.

Business & Finance Courses

Marketing, Economics & Leadership

This fascinating course includes an introduction to general economics in addition to studying and evaluating the distinctions of American marketing and leadership models. The student is equipped to critique various organizational leadership models as well as current marketing strategies.

Foundations in Finance

The materials presented in this course will help students establish healthy financial habits and goals as they move towards collegiate life and beyond. Students will learn to apply biblical principles to all areas of personal finance. 

Physical Education

Junior High Physical Education

This course meets weekly. Emphasis is placed on physical exercise with participation in various recreational and athletic activities.

Physical Education

This course meets once a week with students up through 10th grade that are not involved in a varsity sport or strength training.  Emphasis is placed on physical exercise with participation in various recreational and athletic activities. 


This course will look at various health topics from a Christian perspective.

College Courses

Through a special partnership with Grand Canyon University, Hillcrest helps students ascertain how to operate in an online college environment. Providing an expert teacher in the Online Learning Lab, students will be ushered through their college courses, mentored on best practices with their online course load while completing their courses in high school for college credits that transfer to most college and university systems.

The course offerings are listed below:


COT BIB-106 Old Testament Historical Perspectives

This course introduces the text of the Old Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

COT BIB-107 New Testament Historical Perspectives

This course introduces the text of the New Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.

CSET BIO-181 General Biology I 

This course is a study of biological concepts emphasizing the interplay of structure and function, particularly at the molecular and cellular levels of organization. Cell components and their duties are investigated, as well as the locations of cellular functions within the cell. The importance of the membrane
is studied, particularly its roles in controlling movement of ions and molecules and in energy production. The effect of genetic information on the cell is followed through the pathway from DNA to RNA to protein. Co-requisite: BIO-181L.

CSET BIO-181L General Biology I Lab

This lab course is designed to reinforce principles learned in BIO-181 through experiments and activities which complement and enhance understanding of macromolecules, cell membrane properties, cellular components, and their contribution to cell structure and function. Assignments are designed to relate cellular processes such as metabolism, cell division, and the flow of genetic information to cell structure. Co-requisite: BIO-181.

CSET BIO-182 General Biology II

This course is a study of biological concepts emphasizing the interplay of structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization. Relationships of different life forms are studied, noting characteristics and general lifecycles of the different types of organisms, including bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. Plant structure, function, an reproduction are studied, as well as photosynthesis and plant nutrition. Ecological principles are discussed, including organism interactions at the various ecological levels. Principles of conservation are introduced. Prerequisite: BIO-181. Co-requisite: BIO-182L

CSET BIO-182L General Biology II Lab

This lab is designed to reinforce principles learned in BIO-182. Organisms are examined to recognize similarities and differences among different types. Plant structure and processes, including photosynthesis and water transport, are investigated through observation and activities. Concepts of ecology are explored through study of species interactions projects and other activities. Co-requisite: BIO-182.

CSET BIO-201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of cells; tissues; genetics; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-requisite: BIO-201L.

CSET BIO-201L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 

This course involves a study of the gross anatomy and functions of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. This experiential lab involves gaining basic knowledge of the use of human cadavers, animal demonstrations, and computer assisted instruction. Co-requisite: BIO-201.

CSET BIO-202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 

This course is the second of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of immunity; metabolism; energetics; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance; and the endocrine, hematologic, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-requisite: BIO-202L.

CSET BIO-202L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 

This course is a study of the gross anatomy and functions of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems. The experiential lab involves an advanced exploration of concepts using human cadavers, animal demonstrations, and computer-assisted instruction. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-requisite: BIO-202.

CCOB BUS-232 Introduction to Sports Management 

This course is an overview of the business of sports, including career opportunities, as well as a study of the value of professional management to sports organizations.

CSET CHM-101 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry

An introduction to the principles of chemistry; designed for students without a strong background in science. Topics covered include a survey of the chemical and physical properties of elements and compounds, chemical reactions, chemical energetics, acids and bases, and chemical bonding. An introduction to organic and biochemistry emphasizes the relationship between molecular structure and function. Co-requisite: CHM-101L.

CSET CHM-101L Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Lab

This lab course is designed to compliment and support the principles being addressed in CHM-101. Students learn basic lab techniques related to general and organic chemistry, building upon and strengthening foundational knowledge such as stoichiometry and reaction types. Additionally, some topics are addressed from a biochemical standpoint to highlight application to daily living. Co-requisite: CHM-101.

CSET CHM-113 General Chemistry

This is the first course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. The course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry and begins with basic concepts. Topics include an introduction to the scientific method, dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry and chemical reactions, the gas laws, thermodynamics, chemical bonding, and properties of solutions. Prerequisites: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-requisite: CHM-113L.

CSET CHM-113L General Chemistry 1 Lab

The laboratory section of CHM-113 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of density, classification of chemical reactions, the gas laws, determination of enthalpy change using calorimetry, and determination of empirical formula. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-requisite: CHM-113.

CSET CHM-115 General Chemistry II

This is the second course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. Upon successful completion of this course, students demonstrate knowledge and/or skill in solving problems involving the principles of chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics; understanding chemical reactions using kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics; comparing and contrasting the principal theories of acids and bases; solving equilibrium involving acids, bases, and buffers; describing solubility equilibrium; describing terms associated with electrochemistry and solving problems associated with electrochemistry; and describing fundamentals and applications of nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM-113. Co-requisite: CHM-115L.

CSET CHM-115L General Chemistry II Lab

The laboratory section of CHM-115 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of rate law, examples of Le Châtelier’s principle, the use of pH indicators, buffer preparation, experimental determination of thermodynamic quantities, the use of electrochemical cells, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHM-113 and CHM-113L. Co-requisites: CHM-115.

CHSS COM-126 Communications in the Media 

This course is a study of media history and theory with an emphasis on the implications and impact of mass messages on meaning, culture, and society.

CHSS COM-151 History and Criticism of Visual Media 

This course presents the history of visual art and its connection and influence on modern media. Students gain an artistic vocabulary by becoming familiar with many kinds of visual art, developing their skills in visual analysis, increasing their understanding of aesthetic theory, and applying that understanding in presentations. Prerequisite: COM-126.

CHSS COM-210 Public Speaking

This basic course in oral communication uses focused content to practice the principles of effective oral presentation. The lectures, speaking assignments, and all written work will acquaint the student with the theory, practice, and necessary technological literacy required for effective message building and presentation.

COT CWV-101 Foundations of a Christian Worldview

A worldview acts like glasses through which one views the world. In this course, students explore the big questions that make up a worldview, questions like “Why are we here?” and “What is my purpose?” Students examine how Christians answer these questions and work on exploring their own worldviews, as well as learning how worldview influences one’s perceptions, decision making, and everyday life.

CCOB ECN-220 Introduction to Economics

The course covers microeconomic topics, macroeconomic topics, and international economics topics. Microeconomic topics include the nature and method of economics, supply and demand, utility, and supply and demand elasticities. Macroeconomic topics include the measurement of national output, factors that impact output, other means of measuring national wealth and economic well-being, unemployment, inflation, GDP accounting, and business cycles. While the focus of this course is primarily on the U.S. economy, some comparative economic analysis will be covered. In addition, select topics related to international trade and finance are introduced.

COE ELM-200 Child and Early Adolescent Development and Psychology

Teacher candidates survey how children and early adolescents grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas while understanding the implications for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. This survey of the seminal concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents allows teacher candidates to build foundational knowledge for constructing learning opportunities that support individual student’s development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

CHSS ENG-105 English Composition I

This is a course in writing academic prose, including various types of essays, arguments, and constructions. A writing-intensive course.

CHSS ENG-106 English Composition II

This course explores various types of research writing, with a focus on constructing essays, arguments, and research reports based on primary and secondary sources. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: ENG-105.

CHSS GOV-140 American Government and Politics

This course is an introduction to American government and politics. It covers the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, citizenship, and patterns of political behavior.

CHSS GOV-210 Introduction to Comparative Government and International Politics

This course compares and contrasts various systems of government in Western and non-Western countries, and explores political and diplomatic processes and how they affect international relations, nations, and localities.

CHSS HIS-110 World History Themes

This course surveys global civilizations from Africa and the Americas to Eurasia as an overview of the principal cultural, political, and economic themes that shaped world civilization.

CHSS HIS-144 United States History Themes

This course provides an overview of the principal political, economic, and cultural, themes that shaped the United States from the Colonial period into the 20th century.

CHSS JUS-104 Introduction to Justice Studies

This course provides an introduction to the basic components of the criminal justice system in the United States today: corrections, courts, and law enforcement.

CHSS JUS-110 Crime and Criminology

This course provides an examination of classic and contemporary theories of crime causation, including psychological and social causes of crime and theories of punishment.

CHSS MAT-110 Basics of Algebra

This course is designed to build students’ understanding of, and skill in, basic algebraic practices and procedures. Students learn to manipulate mathematical operations involving real and complex numbers. Topics include solving and graphing equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations, operations on functions, use of real and complex number systems, solving rational functions, and solving exponential and logarithmic functions. Emphasis will be placed on algebraic processes and building a framework for future courses.

CHSS MAT-144 College Mathematics

The course covers mathematics that matter in modern society. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems and is appropriate for students whose majors do not require college algebra or higher.

CHSS MAT-154 Applications of College Algebra

This course is designed to prepare learners to integrate fundamental mathematical concepts with the critical and quantitative thinking needed to solve workplace-related problems. The course is founded upon a functional and technological approach to algebra. Topics include functions, algebraic and exponential equations, systems, matrices, probability, and statistics. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ understanding of mathematical representation and logical reasoning to solve real-world problems. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-110.

CSET MAT-250 College Algebra and Trigonometry

This course is a unified study of fundamental algebra and trigonometry concepts that provide the necessary background for the study of calculus. Topics include linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables; scatter diagrams and curve fitting; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, their graphs, and their inverse functions; and systems of equations and inequalities. There is an emphasis on developing both a fundamental understanding of the concepts involved as well as their application to real-world problem solving. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-134 or MAT-154.

CSET MAT-252 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts and methods of elementary calculus and its application to real-world problems. Topics include a brief review of linear, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions; understanding and calculating limits, continuity, and derivatives as rates of change; differentiation rules including derivatives of polynomials, exponentials, trigonometric, and logarithmic functions; product and quotient rules, the chain rule, and implicit differentiation; related rates, curve sketching, maximum and minimum problems, mean value theorem, linear approximation, indeterminate forms, and L’Hospital’s rule; and applied optimization problems, antiderivatives, and approximating areas under the curve. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-250 or MAT-261.

CSET MAT-253 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts, methods, and applications of integral calculus and is the second course in a three-course sequence. Topics include definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, and integration rules; arc length, solids of revolution, and physical applications; techniques of integration including improper integrals and an introduction to differential equations; polar coordinates, parametric equations, infinite sequences, and series; power series and conic sections; and vector arithmetic, dot product, and projections. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-252.

CSET MAT-274 Probability and Statistics

This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control population parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.

CSET PHY-102 Introduction to Physical Science

This course introduces students to the scientific method. Students are expected to classify objects and materials based on physical and chemical properties, as well as develop an understanding of chemical reactions and flow of energy in a system.

CSET PHY-111 General Physics I

This course is a study of basic concepts of physics, including motion; forces; energy; the properties of solids, liquids, and gases; and heat and thermodynamics. The mathematics used includes algebra, trigonometry, and vector analysis. A primary course goal is to build a functional knowledge that allows students to more fully understand the physical world and to apply that understanding to other areas of the natural and mathematical sciences. Conceptual, visual, graphical, and mathematical models of physical phenomena are stressed. Students build critical thinking skills by engaging in individual and group problem-solving sessions. Prerequisites: MAT-250, MAT-261 or College Algebra. Co-requisite: PHY-111L.

CSET PHY-111L General Physics I Lab

This course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-111 lecture course. Learners are able to perform the proper analysis and calculations to arrive at the correct quantifiable result when confronted with equations involving gravity, sound, energy, and motion. Prerequisite: MAT-250, MAT-261 or College Algebra. Co-requisite: PHY-111.

CSET PHY-112 General Physics II

This course is the second in a one-year introductory physics sequence. In this course, the basics of three areas in physics are covered, including electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Course topics include an introduction to electric and magnetic fields, the nature of light as an electromagnetic wave, geometric optics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear reactions. Prerequisites: PHY-111 and PHY-111L. Co-requisite: PHY-112L.

CSET PHY-112L General Physics II Lab

This course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-112 lecture course. Some of the topics learners understand and analyze involve the relationship between electric charges and insulators/conductors, magnetism in physics, energy transformations in electric circuits, the relationship between magnetism and electricity, and how they relate to the medical industry. Prerequisites: PHY-111 and PHY-111L. Co-requisite: PHY-112L.

CHSS PSY-102 General Psychology

This foundation course in the science of behavior includes an overview of the history of psychology, the brain, motivation, emotion, sensory functions, perception, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social psychology, human development, learning psychopathology, and therapy.

CHSS SOC-102 Principles of Sociology

This course presents a survey of the concepts, theories, and methods used by sociologists to describe and explain the effects of social structure on human behavior. It emphasizes the understanding and use of the sociological perspective in everyday life.

CHSS SPA-104 Elementary Spanish I

This course builds a foundation in the language development skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course textbook is supported by an extensive workbook and online lab which allows students to hear Spanish spoken by native speakers. Students practice their spoken Spanish through face-to-face activities or by recorded wave files. Additionally students are prompted to growth in global awareness through participation in cultural events in their communities, reviewing movies set in Hispanic cultural settings, and reading books in English by Hispanic authors about Hispanic culture.

CHSS SPA-105 Elementary Spanish II

This course is a continuation of SPA-104. Prerequisite: SPA-104.

Visual Arts

7th Grade Art

This course is structured around the elements of art (line, shape, form, space, color, volume, and texture)

8th Grade Art

This course presents a set of studies that are structured around the Art Principles (rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity).

Art Foundations

In this course, students will be exposed to many different art forms and styles. We will study a great many artists and their work. At times students will explore the use of many different art “media” and develop the ability to apply different techniques to their artistic expression.
* A $10 lab fee, each semester, is to be paid before any supplies or grades will be released.

Art Studio 2 & 3

Pre-requisite: Art Foundations

In these “Advanced” Art Studio courses students will choose two specific media groups (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, & Photography) and study art forms and styles directly related to their choice.  We will study a great many artists and their work.
* A $10 lab fee is to be paid, each semester, before any supplies or grades will be released.

AP Art Studio

This course is an independent study that requires at least one-year senior high art. Junior and Senior’s only.  Students choose from one of three categories; Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design.


In this course, students will explore the use of clay as an artistic medium and develop abilities to apply different techniques in the use of clay to enhance their artistic expression.  This course will allow you to gain technical skills in ceramics and grow in your understanding of the communication that takes place through art.
* A $35 lab fee is to be paid prior to the 2nd week of school.


This course is intended to teach basic photography skills and to develop an understanding of the photo process thought study and practical experiences.
* You must supply your own 35 mm camera in order to benefit and perform the class requirements.
* A $15 lab fee is to be paid prior to the 2nd week of school.

Digital Photography

This course expands upon the principles of photography with an emphasis on manipulation and composition of digital images. 


Fall Choir

The Fall Choir is a mixed choir opens to all students interested in learning to sing in a large choral ensemble regardless of musical background.  No auditions are required to be a part of this ensemble.  This class meets only during the first semester.  Students taking this course will learn fundamentals of vocal production, such as correct breathing technique, vowel formation, and vertical space/raised soft palate, and how to affect change in vocal tone quality.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of repertoire in this one semester course, which will help students learn the various facets of vocal production previously mentioned.  The Fall Choir performs at least twice during the first semester: the Homecoming All School Concert, and the HLA Christmas Concert.  Other performance opportunities may be pursued based upon student availability and quality of the performance setting.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is a mixed ensemble, which rehearses and performs during the second semester.  Members are selected from the ranks of the Fall Choir by audition during the month of November.  Students taking this course will receive more advanced training in vocal production, such as vocal production, such as correct breathing technique, vowel formation, vertical space/raised soft palate and proper diction of foreign language pieces included in the concert repertoire.  Students will also acquire knowledge of the historical background of the literature under study as well as historical performance practice.  The Concert Choir tours every other year during the Easter Vacation (two and a half weeks) and a shorter tour in those years the Concert Band tours during Easter.  The Concert Choir also performs during the All School Concert and Commencement exercise during graduation weekend.

Vocalise (Voh-kah-lees) - Advanced vocal exercise by experienced singers.

Vocalise is a small, select vocal ensemble, which is available to sixteen high school students by audition only.  This group focuses primarily on Vocal Jazz and Renaissance literature.  Students will have the opportunity to develop the vocal skills delineated in other choral descriptions.  In addition, they will also be exposed to singing vocal literature in Italian and German, and have the opportunity to develop their improvisational skills.  Vocalise will be involved in numerous local performances highlighted by a spring concert held at A Center for the Arts/Fergus Theatre in downtown Fergus Falls.

Junior High Choir

This course is open to all Junior High students who are interested in learning to sing in a small to medium sized choral ensemble.  Students will be exposed to various fundamentals of vocal production such as correct posture, proper breathing techniques, vowel formation, and the concept of vertical space/raised soft palate.  The focus of this course will be two-fold: 1. Performing appropriate unison, two-part and three-part choral literature in a variety of musical styles. 2. Understanding fundamentals of music through sight- reading activities and music theory worksheets.

Private Voice/Piano Lessons

Private voice and piano lessons are offered at HLA for academic credit.  Students who register for this course will receive one lesson per week, and will be expected to practice during the same class period in which they have their lessons on non-lesson days.  Voice students will learn necessary skills for proper vocal production; diaphragmatic breathing, vowel formation, vertical space/singing with a raised soft palate, in addition to being exposed to a variety of art song literature.  Piano students will learn proper keyboard technique; hand position, fingering patterns and scales, as well as exposure to a wide variety of piano literature and introduction to music theory.


Concert Band

This ensemble serves as the primary instrumental group for students in grades 9-12 at Hillcrest, and they perform the highest quality literature available based upon instrumentation and experience of the ensemble. Participation in the Concert Band involves performance opportunities throughout the school year, individual lessons, pep band, and contest events. Short and extended concert tour experiences are a highlight of this ensemble.

Jazz Ensemble

Pre-requisite: Concert Band

The Jazz Ensemble provides experience in all styles of jazz music that can benefit the performer in all aspects of playing. This group provides performance opportunities, music contest participation, and band tour performances. Students are instructed in jazz style and improvisation as an integral part of this unique music.

Junior High Band

This ensemble is for instrumentalists at all levels in the Junior High.  Through performance and individual lessons, students gain understanding and skills in basic musicianship and musical style on their chosen instrument. The Junior High Band is involved in several concert events during the school year.

5th and 6th Grade Band

This group is open to students enrolled in area private schools and home schools. It provides a performing experience for 1st and 2nd year instrumentalists, and individual lessons are given to  foster the musical growth that is vital during these first two years in band. Several concert events are provided each year, and students perform music that enriches the skills developed through private instruction.

Summer Instrumental Lessons

Summer lessons are available for students to grow and excel on their chosen instrument through individual study. These lessons are held starting in June, and students are encouraged to develop all aspects of their playing. Areas of study include technique, solo literature, and extra topics. Beginning students start their instruments during this time as well. Information and registration details are sent to all band students in the spring.