Curriculum at CrossPointe Preparatory
It is our goal at CrossPointe Preparatory to satisfy our modified classical, college-preparatory academic agenda with rigorous and relevant curricula. We solidify our curricular choices by evaluating them using the following criteria:
- Academic validity, accuracy, and excellence
- Firm grounding in Biblical absolutes to allow ease of Biblical integration throughout all course materials
- Parent-friendly, teacher-directed lessons with a secondary component of experiential, hands-on activities as a means to solidify previously imparted knowledge
Academically, CrossPointe Preparatory exists to help students to rise to their highest potential. This includes subject mastery, but more importantly, helping students develop tools for lifelong learning and application. We teach students how to learn, and we train them intentionally and systematically so that this skill becomes second nature.
Because of these aims, CPP’s curriculum is challenging. We do not apologize for this. For lifelong learning success, students need to stretch forward at every level, working toward starting the next level on a firm foundation.
Students constantly amaze us by rising to appropriate challenges. With caring and encouraging believers as teachers, and with loving and engaged parents as helpers, our students are enabled to do their best.
In order to succeed in every area of life, children must hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Through the process of learning to write well, students learn how to think clearly and to express themselves eloquently and persuasively. Our goal is to equip students in this process utilizing writing techniques taught in Excellence in Writing.
In grades 7th through 12th, students will continue to develop their grammar and writing composition skills while utilizing the Omnibus curriculum. In Latin the word omnibus means “all encompassing” or “everything”. So, utilizing this curriculum allows the student to explore and understand the Great Books that have guided and informed thinking people in Western Civilization. This is literature that has stood the test of time. The works come from many sources, starting with the Hebrews and the Greeks and extending to their Roman, European and Colonial heirs. The Omnibus takes the student on a path through the Great Books following a chronological pattern of Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods. It focuses on sharpening the skills of logical analysis and increasing the rhetorical skills of the student.
As our students work their way through this material we want them to come to share in godly antipathy. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Ps. 97:10; Prov. 8:13). In every generation, in all movements, in all schools of literature, the men and women involved are either obeying God or disobeying Him. They are either trusting Him or they are not trusting Him. All students are learning to love God, or they are not learning to love God. We do not want to build a fortress for our students to hide in; we want to give them a shield to carry, along with a sword. Students who have faithfully worked through this course of study will not likely subscribe to a romanticized view of ancient paganism offered up by a liberal culture. Instead they will have worked through a Christian response to true paganism. Our desire is that we will have inculcated in our students a real appreciation for Christ so that they might live out His example in this dark and dying world.
Early, concrete math instruction is foundational for any further inquiry into the abstract areas of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. BJU math is a system that has been trusted by schools for years to lay such a strong, secure foundation. Its use of parent-friendly lessons and emphasis on memorization of facts and concepts allows it to fit perfectly into our modified classical, UMS model of instruction. It also offers a variety of manipulatives and hands-on activities to help solidify these early math concepts. While learning with the BJU Press math curriculum, students will see the relevance of math and its biblical basis from beginning to end.
Math K5 takes an interactive approach to learning the basics of math by using manipulatives to help students visualize the math concepts. The preschool math curriculum includes lessons on number sense, addition, subtraction, time, money, and other math skills.
Math 1 uses manipulatives and real-life experiences to teach place value, addition, subtraction, geometry, time, money, measurement, and fractions—all with engaging themes and characters. Writing equations, reading graphs, and other concepts are introduced as part of problem-solving skills.
Math 2 develops understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Manipulatives are used to help students visualize the math concepts they learn. Basic word problems are introduced to exercise students’ problem solving skills.
Math 3 provides practice and review of basic math and introduces the fundamental principles of fractions and geometry. The math curriculum seeks to develop problem solving skills through word problems. A Chapter Review and a Cumulative Review are included in each chapter to reinforce the covered math concepts.
Math 4 develops student understanding of math concepts in order to become a problem solver. It also aims to make math enjoyable with a colorful text and by incorporating fun activities. Each lesson is taught from a biblical worldview and is designed to develop critical thinking skills. Math concepts covered include addition and subtraction, fractions, multiplication and division, decimals, plane figures, data and graphs, measurements, and 3-dimentional figures.
Math 5 builds confidence in working with fractions and increases students’ understanding of math concepts by using manipulatives, which help students visualize the ideas discussed. Students will build upon previous math knowledge and be challenged by an optional pre-algebra chapter.
Math 6 develops solid problem-solving skills in preparation for algebra, teaches methods of estimation, and familiarizes students with the use of calculators to solve math problems. The elementary math curriculum emphasizes the application of math to real-life situations. In addition, manipulatives are used to assist the student with the math concepts presented.
Fundamentals of Math covers mathematical concepts such as fractions, percents, probability, statistics, and integers and also introduces students to algebra. The curriculum aims to demonstrate to students how to apply math in everyday life and how to use math to fulfill the biblical dominion mandate. The curriculum also enhances critical thinking skills by challenging students to think of different ways to solve problems.
Pre-Algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Algebraic expressions and linear equations are applied throughout a thorough review of operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and radicals. Students explore relations and functions using equations, tables, and graphs. Chapters on statistics and geometry extend foundational concepts in preparation for high school courses. Problem-solving and real-life uses of math are featured in each chapter. Dominion through Math exercises illustrate how mathematics can be used to manage God’s creation to His glory.
Algebra I develops an understanding of algebra by justifying methods and by explaining how to solve problems. Concepts discussed include graphing, solving systems of equations, operations with polynomials and radicals, factoring polynomials, solving rational equations, and graphing quadratic functions.
Geometry helps develop thinking processes that are essential for future math courses and for everyday life. The geometry program by BJU Press is traditional in nature, requiring students to prove theorems and calculate with formulas. Each lesson reinforces geometry concepts and helps develop critical thinking skills. The text also presents geometry as a means of exercising dominion over the earth, loving our neighbors, and manifesting the orderliness and design of the world God created.
Algebra 2 focuses on developing reasoning skills through the discussions of advanced algebra concepts such as quadratic equations, polynomials, complex numbers, logarithms and trigonometry. Students will learn to solve algebraic functions and graph them.
Pre-Calculus (to be offered) equips students for college with pre-calculus skills. This advanced math curriculum emphasizes functions, graphing, and trigonometry throughout and introduces differential calculus.
Consumer Math (to be offered) curriculum prepares students to make wise financial decisions by instructing students about credit card charges, taxes, interest on loans and savings, personal banking, and costs of transportation, food, clothing, utilities, and insurance. It also includes instruction about filling out tax forms. Every lesson will help develop your child’s critical thinking skills and will emphasize biblical stewardship.
Trigonometry- (to be offered as needed for one semester) Students will learn to verify trigonometric identities and solve trigonometric equations. They will develop the Pythagorean Identities and use them to verify other identities and simplify expressions. Students will also develop and use trigonometric formulas including sum and difference formulas and multiple-angle formulas. They will solve trigonometric equations algebraically and graphically and use appropriate technology when needed.
Statistics- (to be offered as needed for one semester) Algebra II is a prerequisite to this course. This class will provide students with an understanding of the concepts of mathematics analysis and normal curve distribution and measures of variability. Basic statistical topics such as percentiles, the normal distribution, standard deviation, and fitting curves to data will be studied. To develop a student’s critical sense in reading numerical information, the course will discuss ways of expressing quantitative data numerically, via percentages and proportions, and visually, using tables, graphs, and charts.
CrossPointe is delighted to have the privilege of helping students see all of life through the lens of a Christian worldview- a way of looking at reality with a Biblical perspective. God created all that exists. The world did not just happen by random chance; therefore, we can perceive a purposeful design in the natural world. The Bible provides us with the foundations on which to build all our scientific knowledge. The Science curriculum is incredible. CrossPointe believes it is important to utilize great tools that engage the students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the world around them. CrossPointe utilizes the Purposeful Design Curriculum for grades K-3 and Jeannie Fulbright Apologia Series from 4th-7th covering the following in incredible detail: Astronomy, Botany, Zoology, and Elementary Anatomy and Physiology.
The following Apologia Science courses are offered at the Junior High and Senior High school level:
General Science is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although in can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it can be taken in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Labs included.
Physical Science includes such topics as atmosphere, hydrosphere, weather, structure of the earth, environment, physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author concentrates on the myths generated by environmentalist movement. Labs included.
Biology is designed to be a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. The vocabulary of biology is heavily emphasized as it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.
Chemistry In order to be successful in chemistry, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. The course is designed to give the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, preparing him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.
Physics (to be offered) Physics is a college-prep course designed for the student who has completed Algebra1 & 2 and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis; the course is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their applications, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism.
Anatomy and Physiology– (to be offered) the student must complete a year of high school biology as a prerequisite to this course. This class is design to develop an understanding of the organization of the human body through studies of the body systems, tissues, and the cell and its chemistry. Students will be engaged in hands-on laboratory experiences at least 20% of the instructional time.
History is the framework that gives shape to CrossPointe’s modified classical philosophy of education. Students begin their journey through history with a colorful narrative of colonial American history from Jamestown through the War for Independence while explaining Colonial era clothing, farming, shop keeping, and kings and queens. Their study continues by learning about the growing pains of the new nation from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War and the westward expansion. They study celebrations and traditions, the transcontinental railroad, ranchers, cowboys, and outlaws of the Wild West. They finish out this heritage study by highlighting nineteenth century America and the remarkable growth and impact of immigration, evangelism, missionary endeavors, inventions, and much more. Map studies are included.
Mystery of History At the fifth or sixth grade level they begin a chronological study that weaves the story line together of both world history and Biblical history that unfolds connections in history for students like no other curriculum. The Mystery of History follows history in the order that it happened all over the world. By keeping a growing timeline and a Student Notebook divided by continents, students are able to pull together what was happening when and where. Like ornate beads on a string, they can thread the stories together and take them apart again.
The Mystery of History I (Creation – AD 30) explores world history from Creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The text spans the incredible stories of ancient times, ancient lands, and ancient peoples. It includes chronologically based stories from all around the world. Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories will spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria. The study of early civilizations will include King Wu of China and Asoka of India as well as King David, Julius Caesar, and Xerxes of Persia. Even North America is visited in our look at ancient peoples.
Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30 – 1456) explores the history of the world from the Father’s promise in Acts 1:8 of sending the Holy Spirit to the fall of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. We delve into the chivalry of knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Students visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades; and the poetry of Dante and Chaucer. Beyond Europe, we examine the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam along with the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China. In Africa, Volume II looks at the Coptic (Egyptian) Church, Great Zimbabwe in the south, and unveils the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru. And in two distant corners of the earth, at nearly the same time, the peoples of New Zealand and Greenland emerge into our view of world history. All along the way, students see the struggles within the church as it grows, expands, and threatens the authority of emperors and kings. This volume ends with the tragic death of Joan of Arc, the fall of Constantinople, and the invention of the printing press which spreads the Word of God across Europe.
Mystery of History Volume III leads our students to discover people and events from 1455 to 1707 which includes the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Growth of Nations. The Medici’s, the Inquisition, and Christopher Columbus; Michelangelo, Martin Luther, and Henry VIII; Copernicus, Shakespeare, and Pocahontas are but glimpses of great power, great minds, and great passion. The Mystery of History Volume III looks at what was going on all over the world in the order in which it happened. So, while the Renaissance and Reformation were taking shape in Europe, it also looks at the rise of wealthy empires in West Africa; the Mogul dynasty of India; and the peaceful lives of the Aboriginals of Australia. We also take a look at Ivan the Terrible in Russia and the Tokugawa family in Japan. Of course the stories of the master painters and sculptors who made the Renaissance famous as well as the scientists and philosophers who dissected it will be studied. And the time period wouldn’t be complete without boarding a ship or two to circumnavigate the globe for spices and riches in the East.
Mystery of History IV (to be offered as text is still in progress) will weave major events of U.S. history into world history giving a broader appreciation of both. It integrates American history with “world” events in a refreshing and meaningful way. The text will cover The Great Awakening; Voltaire and the Enlightenment; The French Revolution; Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto. Also discussed in this study are Hudson Taylor and the Taiping Rebellion; Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution; The Theory of Intelligent Design and The Theory of Creation. Finally, Vladimir Lenin Forms the U.S.S.R.; Benito Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism; Joseph Stalin; Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust are also discussed. This study should prove helpful in giving your older students a Christian perspective of world history events that may be absent in other texts covering the same events.
Arkansas History To satisfy the Arkansas History requirement, CrossPointe will cover a unit of Arkansas History each year during the elementary grades and students will participate in an Arkansas History fair project held the end of each school year. CPP will also offer an intense semester study of Arkansas History to be taken during the 7th or 8th grade year.
Cultural Geography takes a tour of eight cultural regions and 184 countries while studying the earth, cultures, land forms, climates, resources, economy, religions, and government of each country as God created them. Lessons emphasize the principles of geography and have a strong biblical basis. The studyprovides a survey of both geographic principles and study of every country of the world through a regional approach.
American Government Course prepares students for responsible citizenship with a discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Material discussed includes the Constitution, in depth insights into the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy, and more, from a biblical perspective.
Economics Course covers the financial concerns of the country, businesses, and the home, with Scriptural principles applied to all areas. The text demonstrates the laws of supply and demand, plus the circular flow of income and products. It depicts the use of money, banking, and governmental intervention promoting free market ideals. It explains business competitions, unemployment, productivity, and inflation.
United States History Course recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage. The class focuses on the causes of events, forces, and people that have shaped our American history in an informative and thought-provoking survey of U.S. history. Within a Biblical worldview, students gain an understanding of the forces, issues, and events that have shaped United States history and the people who made it happen.
World History Course (to be offered) guides the student through the story of history from the dawn of civilization to the present world. Students are encouraged to explore the past and delve into the twists and turns of world history through relevant activities and class discussions. The text emphasizes how a Christian worldview affects the study of history, illustrating the crucial nature of viewing history through the lens of the Bible. World History provides an essential survey key to future study.
Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!
The study of Latin begins in 3rd grade. It is an excellent vehicle for teaching English grammar. Most of the three or more syllable words we use today come to us from Latin or Greek, making Latin an excellent English vocabulary builder. Latin is introduced in small increments, continually reviewed, then the grammar is put to use with English and Latin. The students learn vocabulary, grammar chants, prayers, and quotes. The curriculum used has been developed specifically for the University-Model educational style. It is designed to enrich the students by making them more aware of their linguistic and cultural heritage, build English vocabulary, and generally make them better able to communicate. The very act of analyzing a language is a great exercise for the brain. The study of Latin will help students learn any of the Romance languages later and in fact make it easier to learn even unrelated languages.
Soli Deo Gloria!
In past years, CrossPointe Preparatory has offered the following electives:
- Sports Skills
- Life Time Sports
- Cultural Perspectives
- Oral Communication
- Study Skills
- Career Focus
- Health and Safety
See our class schedules for times these are offered.
Some elective course descriptions:
Competition Archery Class- Students will be given continued instruction in fundamentals, techniques, and rules of archery. The instructor will prepare the students to compete in archery competitions throughout the semester.
Physical Education Sports Skills– The purpose of this class is to coach students in the basic fundamentals, rules, and sport specific skill training of team sports including, but not limited to basketball, soccer, and baseball/softball.
Journalism- this class provides the student with hands on learning experience in the skills of collecting data, reporting on events, and writing specifically for print media. The student will get instruction on good writing, the laws of journalism, ethics, how to layout pages and format, editing, design, and photography. Students will build background skills like knowing their audience, generating and narrowing ideas, investigation and interviewing. The culminating projects are the school yearbook and school newspapers, Pointe of View.
Cultural Perspectives– An integration of the disciplines of history, philosophy, religion, culture and their influence in shaping ideas and values in different areas of the world. This class will develop an awareness of the basic social, economic, and political issues in international communities. A weekend stay at HUT (Harding University at Tahkodah the missionary training village for third world cultures) provides hands on learning experience. Research project required to receive .5 credits (see administrator for project rubric).
Oral Communication– this class will address the dynamics of effective communication including a foundational understanding and participation in expressing ideas and presenting information in formal and informal settings. Students will analyze the following scope of elements in the communication process: basic needs, motivation, perceptions, self-confidence, nonverbal body language, paralanguage, appearance, standard English, jargon/slang/dialect, questioning techniques, interviewing skills, listening skills, and conflict resolution. Each student will prepare formal and informal speeches to communicate information, persuade and demonstrate.
Study Skills- (mini session as needed) this class is intended to teach students effective ways to take advantage of their unique, brain-compatible learning strengths and preferences in order to do better in school. It prepares students to make smart choices about how, when and where they study. IT will also help students strengthen the study skills necessary for all subject areas and empower them to be more resourceful, reliable and resilient learners.
Career Focus (to be offered) this class is designed to help students compile important personal, educational, and career information and incorporate this information into a Career Portfolio. A completed portfolio enables students to showcase their acquired learning, increase their chances for quality employment and/or admission to college, and reflect achievement of the learning results. Students will explore a variety of career options, identify their interests and abilities, and ultimately make informed decisions regarding postsecondary training and/or educational programs that are necessary to fulfill their career goals.
Health and Safety– it is assumed that CrossPointe high school students have been provided at home the content and learning experiences in personal health and wellness, nutrition, disease prevention, human growth and development, healthy life skills, personal health and safety, community health and promotion, decision making skills, interpersonal communication skills, and information regarding the use and abuse of medications, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and the practice of health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks. This class is therefore intended to provide students with emergency response skills focusing on the principles and techniques of safety and first aid. Students will gain the knowledge and proficiency in basic life support and in actions necessary to minimize patient discomfort and prevention of further complications.