High School Curriculum
Biblical Studies and Theology
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
God's Word is studied not only to give students a thorough knowledge of its content and historicity, but also to impart a clear understanding of God’s creative and redemptive work through Jesus Christ. Rhetoric (High School) students will study Biblical Theology in contrast with competing worldviews and religions. In addition, students will learn about the teachings and lives of many major figures within the history of the Christian Church. Finally, a study of apologetics will provide students with tools to defend their faith. All of this will be done so graduates may leave Samuel Fuller School as mature Christians, secure in what they believe.
Literature and History
“He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” Daniel 2:21
God has revealed Himself in time through the incarnation, and the whole course of human history expresses the goodness and beauty of God’s sovereign plan. It is from this perspective that Samuel Fuller students learn the history and literature of Western Civilization. High school students will follow an integrated progression of lessons that begin in the times of Ancient Greece and ends with Modernity. In addition to studying key events in the pagan, secular, and Christian histories, students will also read the great literary works that help define these eras.
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)
A vision of God’s divine order is reflected in the world of numbers. At Samuel Fuller School, we view the study of mathematics as essential to both the student’s professional development and spiritual growth. During the high school years, students at SFS will move from the logic of geometry to the abstract world of calculus. Students will also prepare for adulthood by learning the practical elements of probability, statistics, and personal finance.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalms 19:1
For Socrates, wonder is the beginning of wisdom, while Proverbs states that wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. Science lessons at Samuel Fuller School reflect both perspectives, using classroom and experiment-based instruction to explore the awesome power and design of God’s creation. Students will build their understanding of the physical world starting with basic forces (Physics), moving on to molecules (Chemistry), living organisms (Biology), and finally by exploring the expansive universe (Astronomy). This bottom-to-top approach reinforces the lessons from previous courses, and allows students to leave Samuel Fuller School with a more complete understanding of God’s wondrous creation.
Logic and Rhetoric
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD” Isaiah 1:18
The study of Logic and Rhetoric represent two parts of the Classical Trivium. Although these subjects have been neglected by modern schools, they still stand as pillars of the liberal arts education and are thus vital tools for discovering and expressing God’s truth. New students will begin by completing an Intermediate Logic course that will be approachable for students without a background in classical education, while still challenging those who have studied this subject before. Having learned the science of reasoning well, they will progress to Rhetoric, the art of speaking well. During these years, students will learn the ancient and modern techniques of this discipline, honing their rhetorical skills through debate, speeches, and dramatic performances.
“Every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:10-11
Greek and Latin are the foundational Western languages, generating most of the words we use today and providing the original words for many great books, including the New Testament. Students will study Latin and Biblical Greek during their first two years at Samuel Fuller High School before choosing a modern foreign language to study in their final two years. While we do not expect our students to leave Samuel Fuller School as polyglots, the tools learned through their Latin and Greek training will put them on a track towards fluency in other languages.
Writing and Thesis
“To make an apt answer is a joy to man, and a word in season, how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23
Writing is one of the most universal skills that can be learned, and for rhetoric students, it represents one of the best modes for expressing their thoughts and creativity. Instruction will be provided in both classical writing and modern composition techniques. This training will culminate with a Senior Thesis, in which the student researches and defends a college-level paper on an academic subject that interests them.
Fine Arts and Music
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!” Psalms 98:1
Through the observation and experience of God’s created order, we discover and define what is beautiful. The fine arts help students to develop their observational and listening skills, to recognize and appreciate the beauty inherent in God’s creation, to reproduce that beauty visually and musically, and finally to become well acquainted with the rich artistic and musical heritage of Western culture. Art is integrated throughout the curriculum as students learn to appreciate and understand important works of art which are part of the historical period they are studying. Students learn to read music and comprehend the science and beauty behind music theory. Music is also integrated throughout the curriculum as students learn to appreciate and identify historically significant musical compositions and their composers.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, requiring respectful stewardship and care as good gifts from God, to be enjoyed and used to glorify Christ. The physical education program encourages students to be good stewards of their bodies by helping them to grow in their physical capabilities and teaching them to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through a variety of physical activities and sports, students develop large motor skills, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Biblical patterns of behavior are also reinforced by teaching cooperation, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.