The freshmen and sophomore academic program focuses on building a strong foundation for academic success. The junior and senior years are spent expanding knowledge and developing discernment. Teachers walk alongside students as fellow learners and guides in discovery and exploration. Test scores demonstrate that academic excellence is a high priority at Denver Christian School, but it doesn’t stop there, students are equipped for engaging the world through vibrant discussions, active service, domestic and international trips.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are qualified and experienced professionals who find joy in their calling as educators.

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Math Curriculum

Our math program is designed to challenge students at all levels to reach their potential. Calculus is an honors class that is dual enrolled with Colorado Christian University to provide college credit; Calculus students are also encouraged to take the AP Calculus test at the end of their senior year.

Textbooks

  • Algebra I & II (Glencoe – McGraw Hill)
  • Geometry (Holt)
  • Statistics (Pearson)
  • Calculus

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Algebra I
10th Grade — Geometry
11th Grade — Algebra II
12th Grade — PreCalculus

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Geometry
10th Grade — Algebra II
11th Grade — PreCalculus
12th Grade — Calculus

English Curriculum

The English program is designed to develop strong academic reading and writing skills to prepare students for college success. Critical thinking skills is a pivotal part of the English program. Juniors and Seniors who take honors courses in either poetry or fiction are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Literature / Composition and Language / Composition tests at the end of their senior year.

Textbooks

  • Each class uses a selection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction
  • British Literature (Holt, Rinehart, Winston)
  • Shakespeare Drama (Glencoe)
  • Honors Poetry (Perrine)
  • Honors Fiction (Perrine)

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Literature Foundations, Communication Foundations, Research Foundations
10th Grade — Perspectives in Literature, Electives
11th Grade — Composition Strategies, Electives
12th Grade — Electives

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Literature Foundations, Communication Foundations, Research Foundations
10th Grade — Perspectives in Literature, Electives
11th Grade — Composition Strategies, Electives
12th Grade — Honors Poetry or Honors Fiction

Science Curriculum

The Science program is designed to prepare students to excel in STEM fields in college. The curriculum is both accessible and challenging, as students explore many aspects of science. The advanced science students are encouraged to take Advanced Chemistry, a dual enrolled course with Colorado Christian University, which allows them to earn college credit for this course.

Textbooks

  • Biology (Holt, Rinehart, Winston)
  • Chemistry (Holt)
  • Advanced Chemistry (Pearson)

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Integrated Science
10th Grade — Biology
11th Grade — Chemistry
12th Grade — Electives

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Biology
10th Grade — Chemistry
11th Grade — Physics
12th Grade — Advanced Chemistry or Advanced Biology

Social Studies Curriculum

The Social Studies Curriculum is designed to help students understand our place in American and World History. A primary goal is to have students think critically about current affairs in light of the past. Advanced history students are encouraged to take Honors Government and the US History AP test as seniors.

Textbooks

  • World History (Glencoe)
  • American History (Prentice Hall)

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — World History (Global Communities, European History, Western Civilizations)
10th Grade — US History A&B, Electives
11th Grade — US History C, Electives
12th Grade — Government, Electives

Advanced Program
9th Grade — World History (Global Communities, European History, Western Civilizations)
10th Grade — US History
11th Grade — Electives
12th Grade — Honors Government

Bible Curriculum

The Bible program is designed to strengthen biblical literacy and apply that knowledge to all aspects of life. Spiritual development is an important part of the high school years, and students are encouraged in their faith through open discussions, discipleship, and looking at course content from a Christian perspective.

Textbooks

  • New International Version (NIV) Bible
  • Christian Schools International Bible Curriculum

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Biblical Foundations, Old Testament Survey
10th Grade — Life and Teaching of Christ, Faith and Discipleship
11th Grade — Heroes of Faith, Church History
12th Grade — Electives

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Biblical Foundations, Old Testament Survey
10th Grade — Life and Teaching of Christ, Faith and Discipleship, Elective
11th Grade — Heroes of Faith, Church History, Elective
12th Grade — Electives, Systematic Theology

Technology Curriculum

The Technology Program is designed to introduce students to the STEM fields. Through a solid introduction in high school, students will be able to enter STEM majors in college. In addition to learning technological skills, students consider media and technology from a Christian perspective.

Textbooks
Assorted online and print resources

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Technology Foundations
10th Grade — Graphic Design
11th Grade — Digital Media
12th Grade — Introduction to Engineering

Foreign Language

Our Foreign Language program is designed to both introduce students to a foreign language and give advanced students the opportunity to master a second language. At this point we offer four years of Spanish with the fourth year being an honors course and dual enrolled with Colorado Christian University as a college course. Students are also able to take a different language online, e.g., French or Mandarin.

Textbooks
Spanish (Paso A Paso)

Expected College Prep Program
9th/10th Grade — Spanish I
10th/11th Grade — Spanish II
11th/12th Grade — Spanish III

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Spanish I
10th Grade — Spanish II
11th Grade — Spanish III
12th Grade — Spanish IV (Honors)

Art and Music

The Fine Arts program is designed to introduce students to the arts, as well as fully develop the God-given artistic talents in the students. Art, instrumental and choral music are all excellent program that challenge students to use their gifts to glorify God.

Textbooks
Assorted musical or artistic online and print resources.

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Art Fundamentals, Concert Choir or Symphonic Band
10th Grade — Art Processes, Concert Choir or Symphonic Band
11th Grade — Art Electives, Concert Choir or Symphonic Band
12th Grade — Art Electives, Concert Choir or Symphonic Band

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Art Fundamentals, Art Processes, Concert Choir or Symphonic Band
10th Grade — Art Processes, Concert Choir, DC Singers or Symphonic Band, Jazz Band
11th Grade — Studio Art, Concert Choir, DC Singers or Symphonic Band, Jazz Band
12th Grade — Studio Art, Concert Choir, DC Singers or Symphonic Band, Jazz Band

Physical Education

The Physical Education program is designed to help students learn about health, exercise, and sports that will inspire them for a healthy lifetime. A wide variety of options allow students to explore both individual and team sports. Participating on one of the school’s after school team sports may count as one of the three PE requirements for graduation.

Textbooks
A variety of online or print resources

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Basic Fitness
10th Grade — Team Sports
11th Grade — Lifetime Activities
12th Grade — Elective

Seminar Series

The Seminar program is designed as small, discussion-based courses to consider our culture from a Christian perspective, asking the overarching question, “How, then, shall we live?” The Seminar program culminates in the Senior course which encourages students to take a current topic, research it through academic scholarship and from a Christian perspective, and make a presentation on this topic to the community. Students who complete all four seminar courses are awarded the Seminar Scholar Award at Graduation.

Textbooks
Assorted online and print resources

Expected College Prep Program
9th Grade — Freshman Seminar
10th – 12th Grade — Engaging American Culture or Engaging World Culture

Advanced Program
9th Grade — Freshman Seminar
10th Grade — Engaging American Culture
11th Grade — Engaging World Culture
12th Grade — Senior Seminar

Senior Synthesis

At the end of his/her high school career, each senior presents a senior synthesis project. This project requires that the senior reflect on his/her personal, spiritual, and academic growth over the past four years. Senior Night is a powerful, qualitative measure of the impact of a Denver Christian education.

Below are some examples of projects presented by Denver Christian seniors:

Jenna VanDonselaar – “Encouraged to Think Creatively”

Kaylee Natelborg – “My Faith is the Center of My Life”

Emily Hansum – “I am an Image Bearer of God”

Internships

Seniors are encouraged to participate in an internship during their final term of their high school career. This experience is an amazing opportunity to explore future occupational interests. Seniors have participated in a wide range of internship areas, including, law, medicine, politics, education, auto mechanics, construction, psychology, and business.

Standardized Testing

During the high school years, students take a number of standardized tests to measure growth. The assessment plan primarily includes the MAP (measures of academic progress) testing each spring, but additionally includes college entrance testing and Advanced Placement tests for juniors and seniors.

High School Assessment Program

9th Grade — MAP (spring)
10th Grade — MAP (spring)
11th Grade — MAP (spring), PSAT (fall), ACT (spring)
12th Grade — MAP (spring), ACT (fall), Advanced Placement (spring)

Honors Curriculum

Honors Curriculum

The high school program includes honors courses in the following subject areas:

  • English – Poetry I & II; Fiction I & II
  • World Languages – Spanish IV
  • Science – Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Physics
  • Mathematics – Calculus, Advanced Statistics
  • History – US Government and Politics
  • Religion & Worldview – Apologetics, Senior Seminar
  • Fine Arts – Studio Art

These courses are taught with the rigor of a college course and are graded on a weighted (5.0) scale.

Advanced Placement – We do not offer traditional AP courses because our college preparatory program is by nature advanced.  We encourage students to take AP exams at the end of their junior and senior years and students have done well over the years in the following AP exams:

  • English Literature and Composition
  • English Language and Composition
  • Calculus AB, CD
  • US History

Dual Enrollment – Due to the rigor of our honors program, three of our courses have been approved by Colorado Christian University as official college courses.  Students who successfully complete these courses receive college credit from CCU after graduation.  This college credit can be transferred to any institution of higher education.  The dual enrolled courses that we currently offer are :

  • Calculus
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Spanish 4
  • Poetry & Drama

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