HMA†:†Academics†:†Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

The HMA Administration reserves the right to withdraw curricula and specific courses or alter course content to meet the needs of the academic program and/or the economic well being of Hawaiian Mission Academy.

NOTE: Any student who does not meet the minimum requirements of any course may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee for admission. If the student is admitted to the course it will be on a probationary basis per quarter of attendance, until such time the student meets those minimum grade standards.

COLLEGE PREP CRITERIA: Students pursuing College PREP diploma must maintain a minimum "C" grade in each course in order to receive the College PREP diploma. Only by special appeal to the Academic Standards Committee, as well as teacher approval, will a student be allowed to receive the College PREP designation on their official school transcript should the studentís class grade fall below the "C" minimum standard.


APPLIED/PRACTICAL ARTS
 
CREATIVE LIVING
Practical Arts (R/E) 
2 semester (10 semester periods) Grades 9-10

This is a basic comprehensive course in all areas related to independent living. Subjects covered include values and goals, living with your family, good grooming, understanding others, harmony of colors, wardrobe planning, clothing design, basic sewing, foods and nutrition, food preparation, parenting, child care, housing, home furnishing, and resource management.
 


BUSINESS EDUCATION
 
ACCOUNTING
Mathematics (E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 11-12
 
This is an introductory course which will give students an understanding of accounting, familiarity with terms, and preparation for college accounting courses. Students will learn how to keep financial records by hand and how to prepare financial statements using double entry accounting.
 
ECONOMICS
(See description in Social Studies)
Business Education| Social Studies (E/R)
 
COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 
Computer Technology|Business Education (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 9-12
 
The Academy assumes that incoming students will already have basic keyboarding skills. Independent drill and practice will be provided for those who need to increase their speed. Other skills required by the State and the Pacific Union for graduation will be met in the Computer Literacy class. This class may be waived by passing a Competency Test. 
 
COMPUTER LITERACY
Computer Technology |Business Education (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding
 
Students develop basic skills in safe data handling, computer use, learn how to format a report, research a paper, and use the Internet. They are exposed to databses and spreadsheets. The course is designed to fulfill the computer education required for graduation from an academy in the Pacific Union Conference.  This class may be waived by passing a competency test.

MICROSOFT OFFICE
Computer Technology|Business Education|Practical Arts (E)
2 semesters (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding, Computer Literacy 

Students will learn how to use Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Access software in an integrative way to create spreadsheets and presentation projects, and reports. Students learn to use spreadsheets to create graphs and other visual presentation of numerical data. They will learn how to merge this information into a word processing and/or PowerPoint presentation. The will learn special mail merge procedures using the Access database software in creating specialized letter documents after designing a specialized database.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Twenty-five (25) clock hours are required for each year in attendance at HMA. All community service hours must be fulfilled by the end of second semester. A returning student may not be allowed to enroll/register in school for the next school year until all 25 hours of community service are completed from the previous school year.

A student may begin working on his/her community service hours during the previous summer as long as he/she provides proper validation of the hours submitted to HMA. (See the admin office for Community Service Forms.)



COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

DIGITAL ART
(Couse counts as Fine Arts credit)
Fine Arts|Computer Technology (R|E)
1 semesters (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12
 
PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding and Computer Literacy; or by teacher approval, space permitting.

Students are instructed in the creation of their own pieces of art using computer software and technology. Students will be introduced to ADOBE Photoshop software. A major emphasis is on the creation of a portfolio of student projects utilizing digital design and photography.

DIGITAL VIDEO MEDIA
(Couse counts as Fine Arts credit)

Fine Arts|Computer Technology (R|E)
1 semesters (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12
 
PREREQUISITE: Digital Art; or by teacher approval, space permitting.

Students are instructed in the creation of their own pieces of art using computer software and technology. Students will be introduced to iMovie and FinalCut Pro, and iDVD software for video editing. A major emphasis is on the creation of a portfolio of student projects utilizing digital design, photography, and video editing.
 
YEARBOOK PUBLICATION
Computer Technology|Business Education (E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding and Computer Literacy; or by teacher approval, space permitting.
 
This is a course open to students (recommended by the editor with final selection and approval by the advisor) who show an interest in working on the yearbook and learning the basics of publishing and writing. Lecture, videos, computer programs and class work will teach the student how to produce quarterly material for the yearbook (KA LAMAKU). Adobe Pagemaker or InDesign are the computer applications that will be used within this course. Although the yearbook is completed by the end of 3rd quarter, all students will be enrolled throughout the second semester and work on desktop publishing applications with the goal of developing a portfolio of projects and completing the requirements to earn 10 units of credit. The Teacher Advisor selects the KA LAMAKU Editor.
 

ENGLISH

ENGLISH I

English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 9

The course is designed to build on a review of English grammar, placing emphasis on sentence structure, vocabulary building and correct spelling and punctuation. It presents opportunities to develop techniques in paragraph writing and oral reporting. An introduction to choice selections from world literature is enriched via a varied reading program.

ENGLISH II
English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 10 

Students develop skills in grammar and usage through composition. Reading comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary are stressed. Literature including essays, biographies, magazine, and news stories are covered; outside reading is required.

ENGLISH III

English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11 

The course stresses the mastery of grammar and usage through composition, much of it based on the literature. American literature is the focus and includes material from an anthology in addition to required outside reading.
 
ENGLISH III - Advanced Placement (AP)
English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11 

The course combines studies in rhetoric and essay writing.  Students will learn how the details of a text are shaped by an author's audience and purpose.  Students will learn the logical, emotional, and ethical strategies that comprise a text's shape.  In taking this course, students will become better readers and thinkers, better communicators who support their own views, and better at considering the perspectives of others.  This course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam at the end of the school year.  Students can earn college credit for passing this test at a certain score acceptable by the specific college/university.

ENGLISH IV

English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 12 

The course stresses development of communication skills through reading and discussing and writing of selected literary works. It includes textbook theory, a general review of grammar, a survey of English literature from England, the study of vocabulary, and required outside reading. Term paper production will be expected from each student.
 
ENGLISH IV - Honors
English (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 12 

The course stresses development of communication skills through reading and discussing and writing of selected literary works. It includes textbook theory, a general review of grammar, a survey of English literature from England, the study of vocabulary, and required outside reading. Term paper production will be expected from each student. The honors class covers two additional texts and does more writing based on the readings.

JOURNALISM

Computer Technology/English (E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10- 12
ē 5 semester periods: Desktop Publishing
ē 5 semester periods: English Elective

PREREQUISITE: C in English I (1st Semester) 

The emphasis of this course is placed on the basics of news management, public relations, ethical practices, and objectivity in being a critical observer of human events. It includes skill development in computer desktop publishing, layout, and design. This course is a combined academic and lab-oriented course. The Teacher Advisor selects the Ka Elele Editor.

SPEECH

Computer Technology|English (E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 9-10 

The emphasis of this course is to introduce the elements of public speaking, to ensure that students begin developing a comfort zone in public speaking and to progress to more confident levels with their new-found speaking experiences. Also to encourage students to become more aware of and to use their skills on a daily basis speaking up about their beliefs, be they religious, political, social.



FINE ARTS

ART
Fine Arts (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 9-12
 
This is a survey of art course tracing the early origins of art, from pre-historic to modern times. It is an elective class that will enrich the students appreciation and understanding of multiple art forms.
 
BAND
(offered all 4 years)
Fine Arts (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 9-12
 
A class to help develop an appreciation of God's beauty and creation using the vehicle of music. It also exists to nurture and develop the musical instrument skills of all participating students.

CHOIR
(offered all 4 years)

Fine Arts (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 9-12

A vocal performing organization open to all students regardless of ability or experience. Credit is based on class attendance, active participation in class as well as in scheduled performances. Auditions may be necessary for vocal placement within the group.

HANDBELLS
(offered all 4 years)
Fine Arts (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Able to read music.
An instrumental performing organization open to students who have experience reading music or have taken at least one year of instrumental lessons. Grades will be based on participation, attendance, and scheduled performances. Group size is limited.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
(offered all 4 years)

Fine Arts (R|E)
1 semester (2.5 semester periods) Grades 9-12

Students can apply for credit for private music lessons (vocal, keyboard or instrumental) that total at least 30 half-hour lessons per year. Students must apply to and meet requirements set by academic standards committee to receive credits.



FOREIGN LANGUAGES

SPANISH I
Foreign Language (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 11-12

This is a course in listening, speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language, with emphasis on reading, speaking and listening using all present and regular preterite tense verb forms. The student is also introduced to the cultural and historical aspects of the Hispanic civilization.

SPANISH II
Foreign Language (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 11-12

PREREQUISITE: C or above in Spanish I 

This second-year course develops more competence in skills already learned and broadens the overview of Hispanic literature, history and culture. The student learns to discriminate between the two past tense verb forms, the conditional and future tenses, and an introduction to the subjunctive tense in Spanish. 

SPANISH III
Foreign Language (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 12

PREREQUISITE: C or above in Spanish II

This third-year course of Spanish has a strong emphasis in the spoken aspect of the language with extensive work on pronunciation and the use of Spanish idioms.  The course also continues explaining the use of the Command  Forms and the Subjunctive Verb Tense.



HEALTH EDUCATION

HEALTH
Health (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12
 
This one-semester course is designed to help all students gain appreciation for a healthy lifestyle. Students are motivated to become responsible for their own health as they learn the connection between establishing good health habits now and enjoying their lives in the future.


 
MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA I
Mathematics (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 9-12 

This course has elements of a transition from the traditional Algebra I course toward a more integrated curriculum with connections to geometry, statistics and probability, and real-world problem solving. Topics include patterns and geometric figures, data manipulation, graphs, real numbers, equations and inequalities, matrices, polynomial operations, graph variations, and functions.

GEOMETRY
Mathematics (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: C or above in Algebra I 

This course integrates some algebra and trigonometry and introduces logical structures and proofs. Students will be familiarized with basic geometric (Euclidean and analytic) concepts, and encouraged to make conjectures and use reasoning as problem solving tools. Topics include free standing and coordinate geometric shapes and patterns, measurement, transformations, some trigonometry, angles, parallel lines and triangles in proofs, and symmetry.
 
ALGEBRA II
Mathematics (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory grade in Geometry 

This course has elements of a transition from the traditional course toward a more integrated curriculum including circular functions, the underpinning of calculus, discrete mathematics such as matrices, probability and statistics, and real-world problem solving. Topics include number properties, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, functions, polynomials, matrices, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and rational expressions.
 
ALGEBRA II-Honors
Mathematics (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory grade in Geometry

This course has elements of a transition from the traditional course toward a more integrated curriculum including circular functions, the underpinning of calculus, discrete mathematics such as matrices, probability and statistics, and real-world problem solving. Topics include number properties, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, functions, polynomials, matrices, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and rational expressions.

PRE-CALCULUS
Mathematics (E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11-12

PREREQUISITE: C+ or above in Algebra II & Geometry 

Pre-Calculus is an enrichment course recommended for college-bound students. It is not a course in Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry per se but includes most aspects of standard high school mathematics through Algebra 2 and introduces a light treatment of topics from introductory calculus, such as, concepts of continuity, limits, and derivatives of algebraic functions.

CALCULUS
Mathematics (E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11-12

PREREQUISITE: C+ or above Algebra II & Pre-Calculus
 
Calculus is an enrichment elective math course recommended for college-bound students. It is a course that introduces the student to the math concepts of differentiation and integration. The study of inverse functions, integration by parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitutions, surfaces of revolution, volumes, centroids, infinite series, and Taylor expressions are examples of topics covered. Graphing calculators and mathematical software tools are used extensively.



PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION I & II
Physical Education (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 9-12 

Fundamental games and game skills are taught through promotion of health, fitness and motor coordination activities during the freshman and sophomore years. All students are required to dress in a designated uniform at class time. This course is required unless a physicianís exemption is received.

WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS (P.E. III)
Physical Education (R/E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 9-12 

This course is taught during the Junior and Senior years. If repeated during the Senior year the student will recieve elective P. E. credit.Weight Training covers fundamental weight training and fitness. Students will develop his/her own workout program that is conducive to his/her strength. Students will learn safety in using the weights. All students are required to dress in a designated uniform at class time.
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION INDEPENDENT STUDY
Physical Education (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods = 60 hours) Grades 9-12 
 
Some students due to scheduling difficulties have a hard time fitting PE into their schedules. Others are more interested in specific sports. This opportunity is available for students to participate in other sports (i.e. varsity sports, swimming, running, surfing, etc.) which may not be available at HMA. Students must apply to and meet requirements set by academic standards committee to receive credit.


RELIGION

RELIGION I
Religion (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 9

The textbook, In the Beginning God, provides an in-depth study of the development and purpose of the Bible and how Godís love and character are demonstrated through creation, redemption, and in human relationships. The second textbook, Godís Gift/Your Choice, presents an overview of the significance of the life and times, the ministry, and the death and resurrection of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels of the New Testament with an examination of the life of Jesus and the principles that helped to establish Christianity as a major world religion.

RELIGION II
Religion (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 10 

During first semester the emphasis is a study of the redemptive history of Godís chosen people, beginning with the exodus, through the inter-testament time, and concluding with the New Testament Church. Second semester the focus is on the history of the Christian Church from 70AD to the present time, concluding with a study of the rise and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

RELIGION III
Religion (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11

A study is made of the books of Romans, Daniel and Revelation to discover relevant truths for todayís youth. Seventh-day Adventist doctrines with an emphasis given to their role in the church: prophecy, the three angelsí message, Sabbath, the second coming of Jesus, and the state of the dead are studied.

RELIGION IV|FAMILY LIVING
Religion (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 12 

A class that emphasizes Biblical principles in making the major decisions of life that each person must make -- education and career, friendships, romance and marriage, life-style goals, and spiritual commitment. In addition, there is an introductory study of worldviews, religious movements, contemporary denominations, cults, and world religions, as viewed from a biblical perspective. The course is also designed to provide assistance in the development of a biblical philosophy of life and to deal with contemporary moral and ethical issues within the context of biblical principles.
 
WITNESS/DRAMA
Religion (R/E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 9-12

A class that teaches practical witnessing skills including: sharing one's testimony, leading out in a Bible study, leading worship through music, conducting a prayer meeting, sharing biblical truths through drama, preaching, praying, and reading scripture.


SCIENCE

GENERAL SCIENCE
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 9-12

This course provides an introduction to physics and chemistry. Students will cover topics of energy, motion, nature of matter, chemical equations. The course will be enriched with teacher demonstrations and planned lab activities.

BIOLOGY
Science (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

This is a general study of plant and animal life from a Biblical creationist perspective. Major topics are cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, classification, the history of life on earth and ecology. Daily emphasis is on building vocabulary, critical thinking skills and personal responsibility. Biology requires laboratory participation.
 
CHEMISTRY
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: C or above in Algebra I

This course is planned to meet the needs of the students who plan to continue studies in the sciences at college. Early emphasis is placed on problem solving and continued thereafter. Familiarity with the periodic table is developed as units on the language of chemistry, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry and other topics are presented. As an integral part of the curriculum, safety is stressed in the required weekly laboratory and modeled and discussed in classroom demonstrations. A good understanding of mathematics and willingness to study diligently are essential. Laboratory sessions are required.

MARINE BIOLOGY

Science (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12

A generalized study of marine life from a creationist perspective.  Some major topics are phytoplankton, marine plants, and diversit of marine animals including protozoan, invertebrates, chordates, benthic communities, and the pelagic realm.  Emphasis is given to building vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning.  Participation in field studies and trips is required.
 
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Science (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

Anatomy & Physiology is an elective honors course that studies the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms, the role of chemistry, levels of organization, cytology, histology, organ systems, disease and dysfunction.  It is a laboratory course designed for students interested in health careers. Participation in field studies and trips is required. Laboratory sessions are required.
 
PHYSICS
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 11-12

PREREQUISITE: C+ or above in Algebra I

A conceptual approach is studied into the laws of matter, energy, and natural science on the college preparatory level. Special emphasis on problem solving, demonstrations and student experiments in a laboratory setting will be utilized. Topics include force, motion, radioactivity, heat, light, sound, electric current, and machines that apply these phenomena. A good understanding of mathematics and willingness to study diligently are essential. Laboratory sessions are required. Honors credit is available, based upon completion of additional requirements.



SOCIAL STUDIES

ECONOMICS
Social Studies|Business Education (R|E)
1 semesters (5 semester periods) Grade 12

The course is designed to create an understanding of various principles of economics and serve as a guide to the daily financial world on a micro and a macro level, as well as on anational and global basis.

WORLD HISTORY
Social Studies (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grades 10-12

A survey of ancient, medieval and modern history directed toward understanding the backgrounds of current nations, present-day cultures and conditions, and the development of Godís purposes for men.
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY
Social Studies (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11

A survey course covering the development of the United States from discovery to the present. The course includes the geography of America and the people and ideas significant to Americaís history.

UNITED STATES HISTORY - Honors
Social Studies (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods) Grade 11
 
An in depth survey course covering the development of the United States from discovery to the present. The course includes in depth primary and secondary research regarding the geography, people, and ideas that are significant to the history of America.
 
U. S. GOVERNMENT
Social Studies (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 12

This course will offer a concentrated look at the three branches of the federal government and their affect upon Americans with special emphasis on current events and politics.

U. S. GOVERNMENT - Honors
Social Studies (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 12

An advanced course which will study the specific responsibilities and actions of the three brances of the federal government. The course will specificially focus on politics and current events as related to the branches of government and the political parties.

MODERN HAWAIIAN HISTORY
Social Studies (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grade 12

This course covers Hawaiian history from ancient Hawaiian civilization, the overthrow of the monarchy, to the present time. Political, economic and social changes and developments are examined as they influence the future growth of Hawaii.
 
MODERN HAWAIIAN HISTORY-Honors
Social Studies (R)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grade 12

An advanced course which will cover Hawaiian history from ancient Hawaiian civilization, the overthrow of the monarchy, to the present time.  Political, economic and social changes and developments are examined as they influence the future growth of Hawaii.