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Acceptable High-School Courses and Curricula
This list is not exhaustive.

Complete Curriculum Programs

 


English

All the language arts (literature, grammar, composition, vocabulary, spelling, poetry, etc.) are included in the one credit maximum of English per two-semester year, or per summer school. Only one credit of English can be earned in a regular (two-semester) school year, though a second credit of English may be completed in a summer session. Although some schools may give one credit of English and an additional credit for Literature or Creative Writing, Gateway adheres to a more conservative approach, transferring only one credit of English during the regular, two-semester school year.
Some families choose to study a particular area in each grade. For instance, grammar and composition in ninth grade, creative writing in tenth grade, american literature in eleventh grade, and british literature in twelfth grade. Other families may do a combination of studies each year (the student would study literature, composition, grammar, etc. each and every year during high school). Either way, the student will earn no more than one credit for language arts studies (English) per regular, two-semester school year.

Note: The three main components of high-school level English are literature (which might include poetry), grammar, and composition. While vocabulary is considered a minor component of high-school English, spelling is largely remedial.

English I, II, III, IV
Acceptable curricula for English:

Sonlight high-school level Literature/Grammar materials
Notgrass high-school level English materials (included in some of their history materials)
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold Books (each book covers one year with supplemental literature)
Total Language Plus high-school level materials
Smarr Literature high-school level literature materials
Christian Liberty Press high-school level English materials
A Beka high-school level literature and grammar/composition materials
Bob Jones high-school level literature and writing/grammar materials
Institute for Excellence in Writing high-school level English materials
(Read Cathy Duffy's reviews of Teaching Writing and IEW literature for more information on using IEW materials for high-school students)
Alpha Omega high-school level Language Arts materials
ACE School of Tomorrow English I, English II, English III, English IV
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum English I, English II, English III, & English IV

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Math*

* Students graduating after August 2012 must complete four math courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
*College prep students must take Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry, in addition to another math course in order to meet graduation requirements (higher math course recommended).

Pre-Algebra (Must be taken in 9th-12th grade in order to earn high-school credit.)
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Pre-Algebra
Singapore Math Introductory Algebra and Geometry
Saxon Algebra 1/2
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
A Beka Pre-Algebra
Chalk Dust Pre-Algebra
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Pre-Algebra
Alpha-Omega Pre-Algebra LifePac
or Switched on Schoolhouse
Bob Jones Pre-Algebra

VideoText Interactive Algebra: A Complete Course
ACE School of Tomorrow Pre-Algebra

Algebra I
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Algebra I
Singapore Math Intermediate Algebra & Geometry (covers 1 credit of Algebra I & .5 credit Geometry)
Christian Light Education Algebra I
Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs (Covers Algebra I and Algebra II)
Making Math Meaningful Algebra I (Cornerstone Curriculum)
Math Relief Algebra I by Leonard Firebaugh
VideoText Interactive Algebra: A Complete Course
Teaching Textbooks Algebra I
Saxon Algebra I
A Beka Algebra I
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 9th grade Algebra I
Alpha Omega LifePac 9th grade Algebra I
Chalk Dust Algebra I
ACE School of Tomorrow Algebra I
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Algebra I
Bob Jones Algebra I

Algebra II
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Algebra II
Singapore Math Advanced Algebra & Geometry (covers 1 credit of Algebra II & .5 credit Geometry
Christian Light Education Algebra II
Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs (Covers Algebra I and Algebra II)
Math Relief Algebra II by Leonard Firebaugh
Saxon Algebra II
VideoText Interactive Algebra: A Complete Course
Teaching Textbooks Algebra II
A Beka Algebra II
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 11th grade Algebra II
Alpha Omega LifePac 11th grade Algebra II
Chalk Dust Algebra II
ACE School of Tomorrow Algebra II
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Algebra II
Bob Jones Algebra II

Geometry
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Geometry
Singapore Math (Requires both Intermediate Algebra & Geometry, plus Advanced Algebra & Geometry. Each course earns one-half credit of Geometry.)
Christian Light Education Geometry
Geometry by Harold Jacobs
Making Math Meaningful Geometry (Cornerstone Curriculum)
Saxon Geometry
VideoText Interactive Geometry: A Complete Course
Teaching Textbooks Geometry
A Beka Plane Geometry
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 10th grade Geometry
Alpha Omega LifePac 10th grade Geometry
Chalk Dust Geometry
ACE School of Tomorrow Geometry
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Geometry
Bob Jones Geometry

Consumer Math
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Stewardship (earns only 0.5 credit of Consumer Math and 0.5 credit of Personal Finance)
A Beka Consumer Math
Alpha Omega LifePac Consumer Math
Bob Jones Consumer Math

Business Math
Acceptable Curricula:
A Beka Business Math
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Business Math
ACE School of Tomorrow Business Math (Be careful not to confuse this with the ACE General Business course.)

Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
Acceptable Curricula:
Math-U-See Pre-Calculus
Singapore Math
Christian Light Education Trigonometry
Saxon Advanced Math
Saxon Calculus
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Calculus
A Beka Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 12th grade Pre-Calculus
Alpha Omega LifePac 12th grade Pre-Calculus
Chalk Dust Trigonometry
Chalk Dust Pre-Calculus
Chalk Dust Calculus I
ACE School of Tomorrow Trigonometry
(0.5 credit)
Bob Jones Precalculus

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


Science*

*College prep students must take at least one of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics with a lab.

Physical Science (If taken before the 9th grade, Algebra I is co/pre-requisite.)
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science
A Beka Science of the Physical Creation
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 9th grade Integrated Physics and Chemistry
ACE School of Tomorrow Physical Science
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Physical Science
Bob Jones Physical Science

Biology
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology
A Beka Biology
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 10th grade Biology
Alpha Omega LifePac 10th grade Biology
ACE School of Tomorrow Biology
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Biology
Bob Jones Biology

Chemistry
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry
A Beka Chemistry
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 11th grade Chemistry
Alpha Omega LifePac 11th grade Chemistry
ACE School of Tomorrow Chemistry
Bob Jones Chemistry

Physics
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics
A Beka Physics: The Foundational Science
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 12th grade Physics
Alpha Omega LifePac 12th grade Physics
ACE School of Tomorrow Physics
Bob Jones Physics

Astronomy
Acceptable Curricula:
Signs & Seasons Fourth Day Press (Student must also complete the student field journal in order to earn one credit)
Lift Up Your Eyes on High: Understanding the Stars (Christian Liberty Press) (needs supplementation to cover information about planets and solar systems)
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide by Moche (publisher John Wiley)

Anatomy & Physiology
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Human Body: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Body by Design by Alan Gillen with The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit/Elson (1 credit with both books)

Marine Biology
Approved Curriculum:
Apologia Exploring Creation with Marine Biology

Creation Science (not a college prep course)
Acceptable Curricula:
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Scientific Creationism
ACE School of Tomorrow Bible & Science

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


U.S. History
(required)

Course Description: A study of history in the United States from Pre-Colonial times to modern day.
Acceptable Curricula:
Notgrass Exploring America (Note: If done in its entirety, this course earns three credits, one each of U.S. History, English, and Bible.
A History of US series (All 10 books must be completed in order to earn high-school credit for U.S. History)
A Beka Heritage of Freedom
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 11th grade American History
Alpha Omega LifePac 11th grade American History
ACE School of Tomorrow American History
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum U.S. History
Bob Jones United States History

Peter Marshall Books:
The Light & the Glory
From Sea to Shining Sea
Sounding Forth the Trumpet
(If a student reads The Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet, he/she can earn 0.5 credit for U.S. History. These three books cover the discovery of America up to the Civil War. The student would need to find other resources starting with the Civil War and continuing through modern U.S. History to complete a full credit.)

U.S. History Supplement (Not approved as core material):
America's Providential History

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.



Social Studies

Ancient History
Acceptable Curricula:
Streams of Civilization Volume I
Mystery of History Volume I Creation to Resurrection (Needs supplementation to cover through the fall of Rome. The first 100 pages (approximately) of Volume II would complete this requirement.)

European History
Acceptable Curricula:
Currently no curricula to recommend or approve. Call or email to ask about a specific curriculum.

Modern History
Acceptable Curricula:
Streams of Civilizations Volume II
Mystery of History Volume IV (not yet published)

World History
Acceptable Curricula:
Streams of Civilization Volume I & Volume II
Notgrass Exploring World History
A Beka World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse 10th grade World History
Alpha Omega LifePac 10th grade World History
ACE School of Tomorrow's World History

Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum World History

Bob Jones World History

World Geography
Acceptable Curricula:
Apologia Around the World in 180 Days with Workbook
A Beka World Geography in Christian Perspective (A Beka's one-semester World Geography course only earns 0.5 credit)
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Geography: World Physical Geography by Runkle (with student activity book)
Alpha Omega's Switched on Schoolhouse 9th Grade History & Geography: World Geography (1 credit)
Alpha Omega Lifepac World Geography (This is the second half of their 9th grade History & Geography course; earns 0.5 credit.)
Bob Jones Cultural Geography (1 credit of World Geography)

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


Economics
(0.5 credit course)

Acceptable Curricula:
Notgrass Exploring Economics
A Beka Economics: Work & Prosperity
Bluestocking Press Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? with Student Workbook, Bluestocking Guide: Economics (needs supplementation: Consider Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt or A Banker's Confession by Gary Sanseri)
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse or LifePac Economics (This is the second half of their 12th grade History and Geography course.)
ACE School of Tomorrow Economics
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum Economics (H161)
Bob Jones University Press Economics

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.



U.S. Government
(not required, but highly recommended as an elective) (0.5 credit course)

Acceptable Curricula:
Notgrass Exploring Government
A Beka American Government
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse or LifePac Economics (This is the first half of their 12th grade History & Geography course)
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum U.S. Government (H160)
Bob Jones American Government (0.5 credit)

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


Personal Finance
(not required, but highly recommended as an elective) (0.5 credit course)

Acceptable Curricula:
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (0.5 credit)
Math-U-See Stewardship (Earns 0.5 of Personal Finance, plus 0.5 credit of Consumer Math.)
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse Personal Financial Literacy (0.5 credit)

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.



Health
(0.5 credit course)

Acceptable Curricula:
A Beka Health in Christian Perspective
Total Health by Susan Boe
Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriulum Health
Alpha Omega Switched-On Schoolhouse High-School Health or LifePac High-School Health ( Their Health Quest does not satisfy this high-school requirement.)
ACE Health

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


Foreign Language

College-prep students should take two years of the same foreign language.

**Materials must cover what would be covered in a traditional high-school foreign language course in order to earn high-school credit.

Acceptable Curricula**:
The Learnables
Rosetta Stone
Pimsleur Language Program – Comprehensive (Each Comprehensive level is equal to one unit of high-school level foreign language for one credit.)
Random House Living Language
A Beka foreign language courses
Bob Jones foreign language courses
Powerspeak (formerly Power-Glide) (accepted, but not recommended)
Step by Step Spanish
Barron's foreign language courses (Spanish Now and Mastering Languages courses)
Alpha Omega foreign language courses

Spanish
Acceptable Curricula:
The Learnables Spanish I (must include audio and Basic Structures in order to earn one credit)
The Learnables Spanish II (must include audio and Basic Structures and Grammar Enhancements in order to earn one credit)
Rosetta Stone Spanish (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I, level 2 is equivalent to Spanish II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Pimsleur Spanish Comprehensive Language Program (Level I = Spanish I, Level II = Spanish II)
Random House Living Language Ultimate Spanish course (Covers Spanish I with accompanying CD's and CD-ROM. Ultimate Spanish Advanced Audio with Manual covers Spanish II.)
A Beka Spanish I & Spanish II
Step by Step Spanish (Covers Spanish I & Spanish II)
Bob Jones Spanish I, Spanish II, & Spanish III
Barron's Spanish Now program Spanish I & Spanish II
Barron's Mastering Spanish program Spanish I & Spanish II (Should also include Mastering Spanish Grammar and Mastering Spanish Vocabulary)
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse Spanish I & Spanish II
Alpha Omega LifePac Spanish I & Spanish II
ACE Spanish I

French
Acceptable Curricula:
The Learnables French I (must include audio and Basic Structures in order to earn one credit)
The Learnables French II (must include audio and Basic Structures and Grammar Enhancements in order to earn one credit)
Rosetta Stone French (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level French I, level 2 is equivalent to French II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Pimsleur French Comprehensive Language Program (Level I = French I, Level II = French II)
Random House Living Language Ultimate French course (Covers French I with accompanying CD's and CD-ROM. Ultimate French Advanced Audio with Manual covers French II.)
A Beka French I & French II
Bob Jones French I & French II & French III (3rd year course. Only available to DVD subscribers.)
Barron's Mastering French program French I & French II (should also include Mastering French Grammar and Mastering French Vocabulary)
Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse French I & French II
ACE French I

Supplemental Materials/Sources:
http://learnfrenchvideo.com/

German
Acceptable Curricula:
The Learnables German I (must include audio and Basic Structures in order to earn one credit)
The Learnables German II (must include audio and Basic Structures and Grammar Enhancements in order to earn one credit)
Rosetta Stone German (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level German I, level 2 is equivalent to German II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Pimsleur German Comprehensive program (Level I = German I, Level II = German II)
Random House Living Language Ultimate German course (Covers German I & German II with accompanying CD's and CD-ROM.)

Japanese
Acceptable Curricula:
Rosetta Stone Japanese (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Japanese I, level 2 is equivalent to Japanese II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Pimsleur Japanese Comprehensive program (Level I = Japanese I, Level II = Japanese II)
Random House Living Language Ultimate Japanese course (Covers Japanese I & Japanese II with accompanying CD's and CD-ROM.)

Russian
Acceptable Curricula:
The Learnables Russian I (must include audio and Basic Structures in order to earn one credit)
Rosetta Stone Russian (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Russian I, level 2 is equivalent to Russian II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Pimsleur Russian Comprehensive program (Level I = Russian I, Level II = Russian II)

Latin
Acceptable Curricula:
Rosetta Stone Latin (According to the publisher, Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Latin I, level 2 is equivalent to Latin II, etc.)
Correction: The previous listing for Rosetta Stone incorrectly stated, "Level 1 is equivalent to high-school level Spanish I & Spanish II" (or other foreign language). After further communication with the publisher, it has come to our attention that Rosetta Stone Level 1 is the equivalent of high-school level Spanish I (or other foreign language).
Bob Jones Latin I and Latin II
Henle Latin I, Latin II, etc. (distributed by Memoria Press) with Grammar Handbook. Also available on amazon.com.
The Latin Road to English Grammar ("This is first and foremost a latin language study.") (Volumes I, II, & III are considered to be the equivalent of Latin I & Latin II. All three volumes must be completed in order to earn both credits.)

For information about dual-enrollment classes, click here.


Visual/Performing Arts

Art
Acceptable Curricula:
Drawing for Older Children & Teens by Mona Brookes (with practical application)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (with practical application; workbook optional)
ACE Advanced Art

Art History
Acceptable Curricula:
The Story of Painting by Sister Wendy Beckett (DK Press)

Art Appreciation
Acceptable Curricula:
Currently no curriculum to recommend or approve. Call or email to ask about a specific curriculum.

Instrumental Music
One credit should include 150 hours of instruction, study, and practice.

Vocal Music
One credit should include 150 hours of instruction, study, and practice.

Music History
Acceptable Curricula:
Currently no curriculum to recommend or approve. Call or email to ask about a specific curriculum.

Music Appreciation
Acceptable Curricula:
Music: An Appreciation by Kamien
Bob Jones Appreciating Music

Dance
One credit should include 150 hours of dance instruction, study, performance, and practice.

Drama
Should include involvement in a theatre production. 150 hours of preparation, practice, and participation in a church drama or a drama at a local theatre, etc. would be sufficient to earn one credit.

Theatre Arts
Acceptable Curricula:
Theatre: The Lively Art by Wilson/Goldfarb

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