Scope and Sequence Planning Guide
|Here are some questions you can ask as you are thinking about your courses for next term. The order presented in the Scope and Sequence of courses is a suggested model and may not fit your situation. There is a good deal of flexibility. For practical planning purposes each term, it is helpful to think first in terms of the “big 4” foundation subjects and then move on to the “classical core.”
1) What was the last science course I completed? Which science course comes next in the sequence? This should be relatively easy because we follow the traditional science sequence: general science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. We recommend and use Apologia Science.
2) Same with math. What was the last math course I completed and what comes next in the sequence. If you’re not sure you may take the free Saxon math placement test.
3) When it comes to English am I ready to write or do I need some brush-up on my grammar? For the latter, take Writing Readiness. If you are ready to write, enroll in English Comp I. If you’ve already taken English Comp, you may choose to select some of our creative writing electives.
4) History brings us to the King’s Way “flagship” series of courses on the Great Books. These are omnibus courses that cover Western Civilization history, literature, philosophy and Christian theology all at the same time. These courses are designed to strengthen your biblical worldview because their focus is on evaluating the classics in light of the Bible.
We’ve selected 100 of the classical writings and divided them into six groups averaging about 17 each. Each group has a basic Introduction course consisting of an essay about the classic and the classical author, with a review exercise and objective quiz. Here you’ll learn things like who was this person, what was the core of his message, how did he influence subsequent history, and what does the Bible have to say about it? A set of flashcards is available with cartoon icons and Bible memory verse to help you retain the core philosophy of each classical author. These are the Keys to the Classics.
There is a corresponding Colloquium course in which you read an excerpt from the classic and meet online to discuss a set of open-end questions about the reading. We recommend that you take the Introduction and corresponding Colloquium course at the same time. You don’t necessarily have to take them in order.
5) That gives you four foundation courses, but you’ll need to take 5 or 6 courses each trimester. There is much to choose from, but first consider the “classical core”: Latin (grammar), Logic (dialectic) and Rhetoric. If you haven’t had any Latin, you’ll want to get started with our 3-course Latin sequence right away. Alternatively, you can study New Testament Greek. Logic should come before rhetoric in the Middle School years. Those are the dialectic years, when most students are asking questions, challenging, probing, and analyzing. Formal logic will help you channel those impulses.
Rhetoric and debate fit best a few years later in high school as your ability to integrate your knowledge and express yourself matures. These courses help you grow in eloquence. They are some of the most challenging, yet rewarding courses you will take during your high school career.
As a general rule, schedule Worldview Lab II for the last semester of your senior year. The seminar portion of this course serves to integrate all of your study in the classics. The practicum portion sends you into the world to apply what you’ve learned in some type of community practicum. This experience ranges from work in a rescue mission or evangelism with a Muslim Bridge Team; to clerking for a judge, serving as a page, or volunteering on a political campaign. Ideally, this course will be taken concurrently with your debate course.
Take Worldview Lab I anytime during the high school years. This course — Islamic Studies/Personal Evangelism — includes a simple, but effective three-step method for putting you into a relationship with Muslims who are hungry to know more about the Bible. Radical Islam represents a roaring forest fire headed our way. The church must learn how to start a “backfire” of Muslim converts who can carry the gospel message back to their own people.
Other requirements include art, music, economics, American history & literature, American government & law, and more. As these are fulfilled, you may want to consider some of our growing body of elective courses. These include a challenging course on personal evangelism with an emphasis on reaching Muslims. You can even study guitar and piano online.
If questions remain, you may call one of our student advisors (971-219-1733) and/or visit the Student Counseling center. There you can find help for learning disabilities, study skills, and guidance & counseling.
If you are considering college we recommend a visit to the Biblical Concourse. Dr. James Bartlett is developing a long overdue alternative to the secular university system and carrying the home schooling concept into the college years. Dr. Bartlett taught Mechanical Engineering for almost 20 years at the University of North Dakota and served on accreditation teams visiting other college campuses. Based on this experience, he has developed a biblical alternative to the prevailing accreditation system. His alternative model is spiritually safer, academically more rigorous, pedagogically more creative, and economically a lot less expensive.
A number of King’s Way honors courses are “dual-credit” courses that will be accepted by the Biblical Concourse. They are marked by a special cross-like symbol.