Circle offers a full range of academic and elective classes for high school (grades 9-12) students. Most arts electives are grouped into a stand alone instruction day. Courses follow typical grade-level scope and sequence and the university model enrollment allows each student to build his/her own schedule.
Because of the unique nature of courses at Circle, the parent’s role is vital for student success. Parents, students, and teachers form a cord of three strands in order to achieve the highest level of academic and personal training possible.
Parents are expected to monitor their student’s progress weekly and assist with assignments daily or as needed. Parents should be actively encouraging their students to work to their highest potential. Parents should model a positive attitude toward the classroom teacher, coursework, education, and commit to quickly resolve any issues that may arise.
At Circle, teachers seek to transform lives to the glory of God; they do not just communicate information to students. Teachers come into the classroom prepared to challenge students beyond the basic level of an academic discipline. Teachers work to build relationships with students that encourage and inspire each student to attain their highest personal achievement in the academic arena and beyond. Teachers design lessons that maximize learning in the unique environment that Circle provides. Using a variety of instructional methods, teachers engage students in the curricula as well as provide feedback and accountability through grading and assessment. Teachers are encouraged to partner with parents in order to provide the best education possible for each student.
Yes, the coursework for the program is expected to prepare students for the workload they will experience as they enter the college classroom; however, unless indicated, they are not considered college-level courses. Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are emphasized. Dual enrollment courses are college-level courses and receive both a high school and a college credit awarded by the articulated college. College credits earned from Circle Christian School classes are transferable to most colleges and universities.
Circle is committed to providing opportunities of academic excellence for our students. As colleges and job opportunities become increasingly competitive, Circle students must be fully prepared for academic success. Honors courses require more commitment but also provide an additional level of academic preparation for students planning on attending college.
Honors courses demand serious academic attention and study skills. They are designed for students seeking college-preparatory-level work. This includes meeting state honors guidelines as a minimum. As in any solid academic arena, students must commit to doing the homework assignments (including individual or group projects), actively participating in class discussions, and seeking help at the first point of necessity. Consideration must be given to the time and concentration level required on the part of the student and the parent for student success in honors-level courses. Honors courses build upon good foundations in grammar, writing, math, science, and history knowledge. Please keep in mind these are not remediated classes. Generally, students should score above the 75th percentile in standardized testing in the subject being considered. Individual placement guidance is available through the Guidance Department.
Honors courses are designed for students seeking college-preparatory-level work. Students expecting to be prepared for college must be willing to put in the required amount of time and focus to do the coursework.
For example, when courses meet one day a week, each course/credit, students may expect a minimum of 1-1.5 hours per day of additional work at home for the remaining 4 days of the week.
When courses meet two days a week, each course/credit, students may expect approximately 1-1.5 hours per day of additional work at home for the remaining 3 days of the week.
Students entering college-level courses in high school should be serious about academic achievement and developmentally prepared for the responsibilities of college-level work. Guidance approval is needed for all dual enrollment courses. Dual enrollment course descriptions provide important criteria and prerequisites. Please read those portions carefully. Students who are taking or have taken AP Literature or Language, who earned or expect to earn at least a 3 on the College Board AP exam should register for Dual Enrollment English Composition 2.
For dual enrollment courses that award 3-4 credit hours, taught over the full academic year rather than in one semester, students may expect their work at home to be similar to honors level courses listed above.
For dual enrollment courses that award 3-4 credit hours taught in one semester, the pace is accelerated; students may expect their work at home to follow the common college rule of thumb of 2-3 hours per week for each credit hour of coursework outside of class time.
Circle’s eLearning Campus plays a significant role in our instructional model. It is essential for communication and connection between teachers, parents, and students. Teachers blend classroom learning with at-home learning by using their class pages to enhance the weekly lessons on the eLearning site. Students may encounter discussion forums, digital field trips, links to resources, images and documents, as well as personal teaching videos that add to the rich learning experience of our high school classes through the technology of the eLearning Campus. Computer and internet access is required to be successful in our learning environment.
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