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Park Christian School's mission is to equip students to think biblically, live wisely, and serve faithfully. We do this by providing our students with a rigorous curriculum including language arts, fine arts, mathematics, sciences, speech, and Biblical studies. Students at Park Christian School are encouraged to make the best use of their high school experience by working diligently in their studies. We believe that the effort students make during these formative years of acquiring a base of knowledge, good study habits, and a desire to learn will return great benefits in later years.
In October the entire 9th grade class travels to Washington D.C. for a trip of a lifetime, studying our country's Christian heritage. Many students report that this trip is a highlight of their high school career.
Throughout the year, opportunities for discipleship are many. Weekly chapels, Bible class, daily devotions, Spiritual Emphasis Week in the fall and Spiritual Emphasis Day in the spring as well as community service days. In addition to the time set aside for community service as a school, all students are required to complete 80 hours of community and church volunteer service prior to graduation.
The athletic programs at our school provide opportunities for our students to participate in competitive sports, encouraged by an atmosphere of love and Christian community. Our school coaches strive to train our student athletes to be models of Christian sportsmanship.
Park Christian School provides enrichment through various leadership opportunities, performing arts groups, and other clubs and organizations. These programs combine to nurture in our students a well-rounded appreciation for many aspects of life beyond the classroom. Park Christian School provides our students with the advantages they will need to be successful in today's college environment. Our students graduate, prepared by the strong foundation they have received and energized by the prospect of continued learning, ready to meet these challenges with success.
Our faculty is composed of Christian men and women who, in addition to providing an excellent preparatory education, seek to find opportunities to engage our students on a personal and spiritual level. Park Christian School faculty members instruct in their respective disciplines from a worldview that is distinctly Christian. They demonstrate for their students how Christian belief shapes and enhances understanding.
Students study the Bible as the infallible and inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and examine ways to apply its principles to daily life. The Bible curriculum provides opportunities for students to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and grow in their knowledge of Him. Students are taught how Bible knowledge is relevant to all subject areas and are encouraged to develop a Biblical worldview. As students progress through high school Bible classes, they develop skills to defend the Christian faith and discuss contemporary ethical issues from a Christian perspective. Students are encouraged to become life-long learners of the Bible.
Integrated throughout the Bible curriculum are:
English is the study of language, structure, and literature. The English curriculum includes the study of grammar (parts of speech, punctuation, and their mechanics/usage), composition, listening, speaking, critical thinking skills, and the study of various literary genres. These essential skills enable students to effectively communicate Biblical truths and evaluate literary resources from a Biblical worldview (Jeremiah 1:4-9). One semester of Speech is required for senior high students.
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CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIVING
Offered as an elective in grades 10-12, this course is designed to educate students about daily living from a Christian perspective. The topics addressed cover a wide range of life stages, including: child development, teen issues, dating, marriage and family, job skills, life skills, personal money management, and end of life issues.
FINE ARTS - DRAMA
Drama is a one semester elective course offered for senior high students in alternating years. This course provides a basic introduction to the history and language of theater. Students learn the skills of acting through improvisation exercises, scripted monologues, duos, and large group scenes.
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FINE ARTS - MUSIC
The goal of the music program is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, discernment, attitudes, and character to be active musical participants and informed, discriminating musical listeners (Philippians 4:8). Band and choir are offered as electives at both the junior and senior high levels. These groups study a wide range of literature from diverse time periods, styles, forms, and cultures, along with fundamental performance techniques. Participation is required in all performances. Senior High Band members also comprise the Pep Band which performs at several Park Christian School sporting events throughout the school year. There are additional opportunities for students to participate in regional honor band/choir activities and festivals. High school students may also participate in the regional Minnesota State High School League Solo and Ensemble Festival.
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FINE ARTS - VISUAL
Several visual arts classes are offered as electives. The visual arts program provides opportunities for students to develop their creative abilities and to study the four foundational disciplines: aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production. The ability to create and express oneself has been given to us by God (Genesis 5:1). Visual arts activities include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and works in paper and other materials. To expand their understanding of art's role in culture and for exposure to the inspiration of other artists, students may be involved in field trips to museums and art galleries. Original artwork from students may be exhibited in area competitions and on websites.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Through the health and physical education program (P.E.), students develop skills to maintain a lifetime of health, fitness, strength, and movement. Cooperative and competitive activities build a student physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually which compliments the PCS philosophy to minister to the whole child - body, mind and spirit (Luke 2:52). Basic skills are introduced and developed in the elementary grades allowing junior and senior high students to participate in games with an understanding of the rules and cooperation necessary between teammates. Christ-like qualities such as honesty, fairness, humility, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, encouragement, and self-control are integrated with physical activities. A specified number of P.E. and health credits are required for junior and senior high students. PCS is a member of the Minnesota State High School League and co-op teams participate through the North Dakota High School Activities Association.
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Through the study of mathematics, students develop an appreciation that, although God's world is complex, it can be analyzed and studied mathematically and that mathematics is reflected in the creation of the world. Critical and logical reasoning, creative and visual thinking skills, and decision-making abilities are developed throughout the math curriculum. Math classes enable students to acquire the mathematical skills, understandings, and attitudes that they will need to be successful in their careers and daily lives. Students solve real-life problems, reason effectively and make logical connections between classroom instruction and real-world applications. For example, the high school Consumer Math class covers the financial transactions encountered in life such as planning a budget, buying food and clothing, applying for car and home loans, investing, choosing insurance, and saving for retirement. Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus I (AB) is offered to high school students.
MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
The media and technology program allows students to explore God's world through print and electronic media. This instruction prepares students for the technology-driven world they will encounter in future careers and personal life. The curriculum integrates keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, desktop publishing skills, as well as business and multimedia experiences, with an emphasis on the responsible use of the Internet. Students are taught how to ethically use information from a variety of sources and media as they gather, synthesize, and disseminate information and ideas.
God is the master designer and sustainer of the universe (Nehemiah 9:6). Developing a foundation of scientific principles with a Biblical perspective allows students to understand the world and become faithful stewards of what God has created (Psalm 8:3-4). The umbrella of science includes life science, astronomy, geology, meteorology, chemistry, physics, human anatomy, and environmental science. The scientific method is used by students as they perform experiments and labs. Students in designated grade levels participate in a science fair sponsored by PCS each spring. Participants in the PCS Science Fair have the potential to advance to regional, state, and international science fair competitions.
God is the God of the past, present, and future. The social science curriculum weaves history, geography, civics, economics, biblical history, and current events together from a Biblical worldview recognizing God as the creator, sustainer, and possessor of the world and its people (Psalm 24:1). Social science concepts are presented using a variety of teaching methods (i.e. field trips, speakers, technology, projects, drama and hands-on activities). Opportunities are provided for students to integrate social science concepts with other subject areas and everyday experiences. High school freshman, upon completion of 8th grade U.S. History, are encouraged to participate in a week-long historical tour of Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas. An Advanced Placement (AP) European history course is offered to high school students.
WORLD LANGUAGES - SPANISH
Learning a foreign language can contribute to a Christian's usefulness in God's service, particularly in the field of missions and domestic bilingual ministry (Revelation 5:9, 14:6). These skills are also of great benefit in many careers: such as business, medicine, literature, industry, journalism, and education. Students develop skills in vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, writing, literature, and cultural understanding. Spanish is offered beginning in eighth grade.
Park Christian School offers 11th and 12th grade students an opportunity to participate in college level courses while still attending high school. Two options are available for college credit: Advanced Placement (AP) courses and Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO). Before you enroll in AP or PSEO, please meet with the guidance staff for required forms and to review guidelines for acceptance.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
AP courses are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Tests administered nationally each spring. Colleges vary in the placement and/or credit they award for performance on these tests. Parents are responsible for the cost of the AP test. Advanced Placement courses available at PCS include:
POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTION (PSEO)
Park Christian School partners with local Minnesota colleges and universities to offer courses off campus. Students take on-line courses from a higher level institution that is accredited by North Central or an equivalent regional accrediting agency. Students receive credit from the college and from Park Christian for the classes they satisfactorily complete. To ensure students' success as PSEO participants, our school retains the right to review and approve individual student requests to participate in PSEO. Parents and students are responsible for needed equipment, books, admissions, transportation, etc. PSEO classes are available to MN residents at no charge and to ND residents for a minimal fee.