Curriculum

Southwest Christian High school is a college-preparatory school that emphasizes six core areas of study: English, history, Bible/theology, math, science, and foreign languages. SWCHS places an emphasis on writing skills, believing that students who write well also gain skills in analytical thinking and clear communication. A combination of several curriculum sources are used, including original source documents, classical literature, and both Christian and secular publishers.

On the ACT, Southwest Christian students have consistently scored above the state average and well above the national average. 98 percent of Southwest Christian students pursue college after graduation.

Biblical curriculum
While focusing on establishing a strong biblical worldview, Southwest Christian also teaches discernment of other worldviews, including secular humanism, naturalism, and postmodernism. SWCHS encourages students to ask honest questions, and and the discovery of truth is more important than merely telling truth. In the faith-formative years of adolescence, students must be given permission to connect life-giving truth with their deepest needs, desires, relationships and hopes for the future. It is our goal and desire to be leaders in the discovery process as we seek to build up each student as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Requirements for Graduation
The following is a summary of the courses that are required for graduation:

Bible: 4 credits
Mathematics: 4 credits
English: 4 credits
Social Studies: 3.5 credits
Science: 3 credits
Foreign Language: 2 credits
Fine Arts: 1 credit
Health: .5 credit
Physical Education: .5 credit
Electives: 4.5 credits
Total: 27 credits

All students in grades 9–11 are required to have 7 courses/semester, and students in grade 12 are required to have at least 6 but may take 7 if they so choose.

Grade 9 Class Registration

- English 9 or Honors English 9
- Old Testament Survey or Honors Old Testament Survey
- Geography (1 semester)
- Health (1 semester)
- Math (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Biology or Honors Biology (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Foreign Language
- Fall Elective Option
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2

Grade 10 Class Registration

- English 10 or Honors English 10
- New Testament Survey or Honors New Testament Survey
- Western Civilization or AP World History
- Math (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Science (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses) *Must be in or have taken Algebra II to take Chemistry **If you choose to take Chemistry, you must take Physics junior or senior year
- Foreign Language
- Fall Elective Option
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2

Grade 11 Class Registration

- English 11 or AP English 11
- Christian Doctrine & Spiritual Formation or Honors
- Readings in Christian Thought or Honors
- US History or PSOS
- Math (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Science (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Fall Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2
- Fall Elective Option #2
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option #2
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2

*Only register for 1 elective each semester if you plan on continuing with a foreign language

Grade 12 Class Registration

- English 12 or PSOS
- Worldview & Culture Economics or PSOS Philosophy
- U.S. Government or PSOS (1 semester)
- Economics or PSOS (1 semester)
- Math (see flowchart in Curriculum Guide Courses)
- Fall Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2
- Fall Elective Option #2
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #1
* Fall Alternative Elective Option #2
- Spring Elective Option #2
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #1
* Spring Alternative Elective Option #2

*Only register for 1 elective each semester if you plan on continuing with a foreign language or science