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Typical Freshman Course Options

Required Courses (6 total)

  • New Testament or Old Testament**

  • Life Science or Biology*

  • English 9 or Honors English 9*

  • U.S. History or World History**

  • Physical Education/Health

  • Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, or Advanced Algebra 2*

Electives (2 total)

  • Spanish 1 or Spanish 2*

  • Art Fundamentals

  • Concert Band

  • Bella Voce (Girls) or Brothers Choir (Boys)

  • Technology in Today's World

  • Drama

  • Study Hall

  • Resource Study Hall (for students with specific learning needs, past IEP's)

  • Robotics

*Placement test scores and past academics grades will be considered

** Taken alternating years

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Department Breakdown

Science Department

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and medicine) is the fastest growing industry in the world. The goal of the science department is to:

  • provide relevant information about the ever-changing science industries.

  • prepare students to pursue their specific STEM interest.

  • help students develop an inquisitive mind.

  • develop scientific literacy so students can function in a scientific society as an educated voter, consumer, and so on.

  • guide students to a better understanding of the physical rules in which God governs his creation.

Our science teachers bring energy into the classroom. Classes consist of hands-on activities, labs, and student-led research.  Each student will have the chance to ask, “What do I believe?” when it comes to the question of how science fits into God’s plans. With several specialized classes, students can choose the track that matches their interests.

English Department

Producing quality communicators that can effectively spread the love of Jesus is the main goal of the English Department. It's vital students learn to write well, ask good questions, and discern opinions for themselves. Communication is the key to successful relationships within families and communities.


Our teachers are passionate about:

  • helping students find the value of literature from diverse sources, worldviews, and time periods.

  • exposing students to a variety of literature.

  • introducing students to various genres of writing

  • teaching reading analysis skills

  • challenging students to be critical thinkers and communicators

  • widening students understanding of the human condition and reiterate the need for a Savior.

Living Word’s English program not only delves into the classic and canonized works of literature, we look at each text through a Christian lens, observing how societal concerns and human relationships point to our need for a Savior. We strive to enable students to address these issues in our day to day lives with the empathy and wisdom of the Word.

Math Department

Mathematics is the study of patterns. The LWLHS Math teachers inspire our students to notice, describe, and generalize patterns through STEM based real-life problems. Every student graduates with the specific skills needed for success in college and beyond. Mathematics provides tools for discovering and maintaining truth. We're privileged to share the whole truth: that Christ has solved our most significant problem by his death and resurrection.

The following goals drive our department:

  • develop 21st Century thinkers rooted in the Engineering Design Process.

  • foster the idea that ALL students are mathematicians. 

  • provide students with the specific math skills required in higher education and vocation.

  • equip students use practical mathematical literacy to communicate and contribute to society.

  • encourage students to love and serve their neighbors through reasoning and problem-solving.

  • discover the blueprint of Creation which our Lord has written in the language of mathematics. 

Social Studies Department

LWLHS Social Studies classes challenge students to think critically. Each teacher implements higher order thinking skills - not just memorization of facts. Moving beyond confirmation biases is essential. We encourage students to look at all sides of the story to make the judgment on opinionated matters.

Our teachers bring history alive through research-based teaching styles. This allows students to learn through experiences. Each teacher brings unique skills and expertise to the table. History is significant because it equips students to be informed citizens. The goal of the department is to:

  • help students feel they are an integral part of society.

  • equip students to serve their community.

  • show students how to make educated voting decisions.

  • make students aware of what is going on in other countries.

  • demonstrate how our government works.

Art Department

The mission of the LWLHS Art Department is to prepare students to have the confidence, knowledge, and tools it takes to find the courage to be creative.

Much is being written today about the need for opportunities for our students to be creative. Art classes are an excellent environment for students to explore new ideas in a safe environment. Courageous expression of new and different ideas is a skill honed in an art classroom. LWLHS Art Teachers push students to expand their comfort zone. They understand how to nurture students who respond best to visual learning.

Art courses range from Intro to Art to more focused classes using various mediums. This gives students a broad background in the necessary disciplines of traditional art.

Music Department

The mission of the LWLHS Music Department exists to foster a lifetime of service and leadership in the Church and world, enabling students to serve as musicians throughout their entire lives. To this end, the music curriculum at LWLHS shapes "complete musicians." Students on thier prior knowledge and met at their individual level by the curriculum which includes music theory, aural skills, music history, composition, and ensembles skills. Our Junior Winds band also exists for area middle school musicians.

LWLHS boasts of Concert Band, instrumental Chamber Ensemble, Bella Voce women's choir, Brothers men's choir, A Cappella mixed choir, and BasiC praise and worship team. Musicians regularly contribute to our chapel program. Students in all grades participate in the music ensembles of LWLHS.

Music is a gift for students to enjoy and develop. Studies show that studying music decreases at-risk behavior and improves academic achievement. Our teachers have a love of teaching music and performing. They care first about the individual and then about the result.

Theology Department

Students at LWLHS have a chance to build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One way we meet this goal is through four different facets of Biblical study.

Freshmen start out learning about the Old Testament and how it points to Christ. Sophomores focus on the New Testament and how Christ's death and resurrection bring together the story of humanity. Junior year consists of Apologetics and World Religions. This means teaching students how to defend and strengthen their faith. Senior year is the culmination of studies with a course on Faith Development and Application. Senior Theology takes everything learned to that point and applies it to the next chapters of life.


One credit of Theology is required each year. These classes cover subjects such as:

  • how to study of scripture

  • apologetics

  • Church history

  • non-Christian religion and worldviews

  • future faith development.

Students can also choose to be part of the Spiritual Life Team if they want to lead Chapel.  There are also groups of students who lead Bible studies before school and during lunch.

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