Class Descriptions



Animal/Plant Science:

General overview of animal and plant science as it pertains to personal use on small farms.  Detailed learning and application in areas of class choosing based on student input. Will include overview of farm skills and operations with hands on experience in each.

Possible hands on applications:

    • School farm which would include initial assessment of possible uses, complete preparation and operation.
    • Greenhouse and orchard used for propagation of all school needs for flowers, fruits and vegetables for culinary arts use, flower baskets/plant sales for fundraising and elementary education.
    • Field trips or school clinics focusing on all aspects of farming from birthing, veterinary care, butchering (optional), machinery use and animal husbandry.


Biology is a very thorough high school course organized around the science of life, organisms, and human life.  The study of life includes organic chemistry, cell structures and processes, genetics, biotechnology, and biblical creationism and evolutionary theories. The study of organisms includes classification, microorganisms, protozoans, botany, invertebrates and vertebrates, and ecology. The sections on human life cover human anatomy and physiology, including all major human body systems.

Earth Science:

The purpose of this class is to stress concepts from earth science, including the natural world and the universe around us.  Earth science is a study of God’s creation.  To develop a clear understanding of the planet on which we live, we also must get a view of the environment in which it is found.  The study of earth science includes four elements; the celestial sphere (space), the atmosphere (the layers of air surrounding the earth), the lithosphere (the solid part of the earth), and the hydrosphere (the water that covers the earth’s surface). Videos, labs, research, group projects, demonstrations, guest speakers, and activities are used to reinforce the material presented in the BJU text.

Life Science:

Life Science is designed as a junior-high survey course touching all the major areas of life science.  In this course, students learn about the observations other people have made of living things; and they develop the skills necessary to make good observations on their own.  Students learn what God has said about life and living things and learn the principles He has given to direct our decision making about living things.  The BJUP Life Science curriculum consists of six units of study:  Foundations of Life Science, Heredity and the Origin of Life, Concepts in Microbiology and Plant Biology, Concepts in the Animal Kingdom, The Nature of the Environment, and Structure and Function of the Human Body.  Videos, labs, research, demonstrations, guest speakers, and activities are used to reinforce the material presented in the text.

Physical Science:

Physical Science encourages students to see matter and energy as part of God’s creation. Students first study elementary chemistry, discussing the structure and interactions of matter and defining chemical and nuclear energy. Then they focus on elementary physics and the other six forms of energy. This is a laboratory course that includes many hands-on experiments and demonstrations.


American Literature:

American literature is a college preparatory course for juniors and seniors.  This course is a chronological study of classic American literature plus a study of college bound vocabulary. Writing instruction focuses on creative and expository writing opportunities to prepare the student for college writing.

English 8:

In English 8, students will learn to master the basic skills of English grammar, reinforce the application of spelling rules, build vocabulary, analyze short stories and whole books, and learn basic research skills. They will continue to learn to make applications to real life situations and will be instilled with an appreciation for mastering the English language as a life skill that is to be used to glorify God.

English 9:

English 9 continues to build on the foundation of English 7 & 8. The curriculum includes A Beka Vocabulary, Spelling, and Poetry III, (excluding spelling instruction), Bob Jones Writing and Grammar 9, and A Beka Themes in Literature. Other additional curriculum includes a public speaking unit, an additional literature unit of Romeo and Juliet, oral and written book reports, and various additional writing activities.

English 10:

English 10 is a study of world literature, college bound vocabulary, advanced grammar concepts, and continuing writing instruction including the five paragraph essay, a poetry notebook, and a research paper. The curriculum includes A Beka Vocabulary, Spelling, and Poetry IV, Bob Jones Writing and Grammar 10, and A Beka World Literature. Other additional curriculum includes Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, oral and written book reports on classic literature, a research paper, and various writing assignments.


Basic Math:

The A Beka Pre-Algebra/Basic Mathematics work-text is used to cover nine units of study.  1) Basic Skills with whole numbers, factoring, fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents; 2) Measurement (linear, capacity, weight, time, speed, and compound measures); 3) An introduction to Algebra; 4) Graphs, Statistics, and Probability; 5) Business Mathematics; 6) Geometry; 7) Pythagorean Rule and Trigonometry; 8) Scientific Notation; and 9) Metric System.  Students learn to apply mathematics skills in order to function in their daily lives and see math as part of the truth and order that God has built into reality.


Pre-Algebra (using McDougal Littell curriculum) will give the student a strong foundation in algebra while also preparing him or her for future study of geometry, probability, and data analysis. The student will be exposed to a wide variety of exercises, ranging from basic exercises that help the student to develop and practice skills to challenging exercises that involved logical reasoning and problem solving.

Algebra 2:

The content of algebra 2 is organized around families of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, and rational functions.  As students study each family of functions, students will learn to represent them in multiple ways – as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs.  Students will also learn to model real-world situations using functions in order to solve problems arising from those situations.


In Geometry, students will develop reasoning and problem solving skills as they study topics such as congruence and similarity, and apply properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles.  Students will also develop problem solving skills by using length, perimeter, area, circumference, surface area, and volume to solve real-world problems.  In addition to its geometry content, this class will include numerous examples and exercises involving algebra, data analysis, and probability.


Pre-Calculus is an advanced math class that will provide general knowledge of mathematical concepts including number systems, operations, geometry, and functions. It will cover specific topics such as trigonometry, conic sections, polar graphs, complex numbers, matrix algebra, statistics, limits, and derivatives. Students will be challenged to think deep into mathematics as they develop thinking and reasoning skills, problem-solving abilities, and speed and accuracy in computation.

Social Studies


Using a regional approach, students discover how physical geography, culture/history, and politics/countries are interrelated.  The Bob Jones Geography textbook is organized to help students produce a clear mental map of the main countries and regions of the world and provide a geographic foundation from a solidly Christian perspective.  The curriculum includes a survey of the earth and its resources, of the use of those resources by man, and of the geographic and cultural features of people in the various regions and countries of the world.  Map work, current events, missions, and cultural traditions are incorporated into each unit of study.

Health/Life Skills


Health class teaches physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.   The course attempts to clearly incorporate Biblical principles into the discussion of health issues.   Lifeskills covers sound financial principles, including budgeting  and ends with a thorough discussion of Christian friendships, dating, marriage, parenting, death and grief.

Physical Education:

This course focuses on personal health with emphasis on sports-related fitness. It is divided into two sections – physical conditioning and sports.

In physical conditioning, students will do a variety of exercises. The work-outs are designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. These activities include sprinting, endurance running, aerobic videos, strength training stations, hills, plyometric boxes, jump roping, and stretching.

Units of sport instruction, drills, and games include tetherball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, Frisbee golf, flag football, basketball, hockey, four square, track, baseball, archery, downhill skiing/snowboarding, and Kin ball. Students will learn game rules, team spirit, and sportsmanship. They will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activities for a lifetime.



Keyboarding allows students  to develop their typing skills.

Computer 1:

In Computer 1, students are able to learn their way around the Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more.

Digital Media:

In Digital Media, students start off developing their skills in Web Design, using software such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, WordPress, and more. Half way through the year they change their focus from Web Design to Cinematography. Each student will have a chance to experience the steps of film development and will have the opportunity to learn software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore, After Effects, Soundbooth, and more.

JH Art:

Junior high art is an introduction to the basics of art and design.   Students will learn the elements and principles of art through a variety of media and technique.  Each student will have the opportunity to develop his ability to make critical judgements about God, art, and himself.

HS Art:

High school art will allow the student to explore and experience a variety of areas of art, including drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics, and printmaking.  The student is encouraged to venture out and extend his creative skills and to employ his talent and ability to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus.


Band is open to all students who have successfully completed a band class in a previous year or by permission of the instructor.  Emphasis is placed on technique, the elements of music and the performance of a variety of band music in order to acquire the skills necessary to meet high standards of music performance.  Band members are required to perform in the Christmas and spring concerts and may be given the opportunity to participate in pep band and local field trips as determined by the director.


Choir is offered to all students who want to sing for enjoyment while developing their musical knowledge and vocal skills.  Emphasis is on the development of proper vocal techniques, rhythmic and melodic music reading skills and independent part singing.  Choir members are required to perform in the Christmas and spring concerts and may be given the opportunity to participate in a regional festival and local field trips as determined by the director.  Music performed covers a wide range of historical periods and musical styles with an emphasis on worship.

Spanish I:

Spanish I is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally.  Themes of study include personal and family life, school life, social life, and community life.  Students learn to describe and relate events in the present and preterite (past) tenses.   The class provides context-rich opportunities such as activities incorporating Scripture, prayer, food, music, art, drama, games, and cultural traditions to maximize student’s exposure to the Spanish language.

Spanish II:

Students continue to develop Spanish proficiency in all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing –with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally.  They learn to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students interact on issues of everyday life using the present, past, and future tenses.   They read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, posters, and skits.  Students continue to expand their vocabulary as they study the themes of home life, student life, leisure time, and vacation and travel.  The class provides context-rich opportunities such as activities incorporating Scripture, prayer, food, music, art, drama, games, and cultural traditions to maximize student’s exposure to the Spanish language.

Leadership Development:

To get a Biblical perspective of leadership allowing the student to understand God’s preparation and equipping in their life to serve Him.  They will have many opportunities to make practical application as they lead and serve their fellow classmates, school and community.  All Student Government officers and Crew Leadership Team are required to take this class.

Advanced Study Options: College Courses

New Hope cooperates with Chemeketa Community College in Salem and other colleges to provide many college courses completely online (students never need to attend any sessions on the campus itself). Qualified students may begin taking college courses as early as their 9th  grade year.

Some students at New Hope have already completed college courses in Health & Fitness for Life, Web Publishing, English Composition 121, 122, & 123, Keyboarding, Contemporary Mathematics, and a college-credit Bible course from Moody Bible College.

A diligent student could complete many of the requirements for a two-year Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer Degree while attending New Hope and prior to actual graduation from high school. College registrars verify that community college experience will make it much easier for a student to be accepted at the university level, and that financial aid is more readily available for transfer students.

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Reading Tutor:

We are privileged to have a private fee tutor available who specializes in reading, spelling and Dyslexia.