Elective Course Descriptions
2 – Dimensional Design – Grade 10 Preference (0.5 credit)
Students will continue to build skill in the areas of 2-dimensional design. Mediums such as drawing, painting, and printmaking will be explored in depth. Students will be exploring the use of these mediums and a variety of techniques used throughout art history. Each student will keep a sketchbook to brainstorm and practice technique. (Prerequisite—Fundamentals of Art) (Fee – $25)
Photography – Grade 12 Preference 12 (0.5 credit)
Students will be introduced to black and white film photography and processing. They will also experiment with digital photography and a brief introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to control the camera’s functions and take better pictures. Each student will hand in a portfolio of work at the end of the course. (Prerequisite—Fundamentals of Art) (Fee – $25)
Advanced Studies in Art – Grade 12 Preference (0.5 credit)
Advanced studies gives students who have taken Introduction to art and 2-dimensional art to further develop skill in their chosen area of flat artwork. Projects will be tailored to the students’ interest in drawing, painting. Students will choose one medium in which to focus and develop a higher level of skill and understanding. (Prerequisite—2-D Art) (Fee – $25)
Evangelism Team Grades 11-12 (0.5 credit)
Students will learn in the classroom about evangelism and defending their faith, practical experience is gained through tract distribution, community youth gym nights and programs in churches, prisons and youth detention centers.
Quiz Team Grade 9-12 (0.5 credit)
Students participate in ACSI quiz team events they will be required to memorize the prescribed passage and compete on the quiz team. (Fee – $50)
Computer Applications (0.5 credit)
The Computer applications course is designed to introduce students to Microsoft Word and Excel. Basics of the operating system and files management topics will be covered. An emphasis will be proper document formatting and understanding the MLA report style. Students will also become more proficient in touch typing.
Advanced Word (0.25 credit) runs 1st quarter
This class continues the computer applications course by focusing on the advanced functions available in a word processor like mail merges and advanced formatting.
Intro to PowerPoint & Publisher (0.25 credit) runs 2nd quarter
This ¼ credit class continues the computer applications course by introducing PowerPoint and Publisher software packages.
Advanced Excel (0.25 credit) runs 3nd quarter
This ¼ credit class continues the computer applications course by focusing on the advanced functions available in a spreadsheet program like lookup tables and complicated business formulas.
Introduction to QuickBooks (0.25 credit) runs 4rd quarter
This ¼ credit class introduces QuickBooks an industry standard small business accounting software package. After completing this course a student will be able to use QuickBooks.
Accounting 1 & 2 (1 credit each)
Two years of business accounting provides students with an accounting education comparable to one year of post-secondary business college. After an introduction to the basic principles of accounting, students learn the procedures for keeping business records for a service business, a departmentalized merchandising business and a light manufacturing industry. Sole proprietorships in the first semester of Accounting 1 give way to instruction in partnership accounting and corporate accounting, both of which are covered in greater detail in Accounting 2.
Computer Programming (0.5 credit each)
These ½ credit are done using an online learning platform such as or similar to Udemy.com.
Home Ec – Grades 9-12 (0.5 credit)
Activities will include developing beginning sewing skills and the use, care and selection of a sewing machine. Potholders, aprons, small comforters and bags will be produces. Cooking and baking skills, food safety rules and nutrition, shopping strategies, etc. Hands on food preparation will be included.
Advanced Home Ec – Grades 11-12 (0.5 credit)
This class emphasizes the creative aspects of domestic arts, including ethnic foods, cake decorating, garnishing food, etc. Household management will be discussed. Cooking and baking skills will be more challenging than in previous classes. Canning and freezing may be included.
Child Care – Grade 12 ladies (0.5 credit)
This class follows child growth and development from conception to six years old. We will discuss childhood conditions, basic First Aid, etc. Occasionally a guest speaker will share on child training, household management, etc.
Cabin Living – Grade 12 men (0.5 credit)
This class will teach young men to live on their own whether at home or on the mission field. Topics will include some in cooking and sewing.
Spanish 1 (1 credit)
This course provides the basics of Spanish language study. The text and tape program provide a three-fold emphasis on vocabulary, grammar and communication. Insight into various Spanish cultures is also provided.
Spanish 2 (1 credit)
Students in Spanish 2 continue to build their vocabularies and increase their knowledge of Spanish grammar. Ability to communicate, both to understand and to express oneself, is developed in this course. Completion of Spanish II may qualify a student to enter a college level Spanish course in the second or third semester.
French 1 (1 credit)
This course provided the basics of Spanish language study.
Other Foreign Languages (up to 1 credit per year)
Through Rosetta Stone Language learning system we have access to various languages. You will receive ½ credit per level, up to 1 credit per year. You need to have a 92% average to receive credit and have a 97% average to continue levels. (Fee – $40/year for languages other than Levels 1-3 of Spanish and Levels 1-5 of German).
Introduction to Woodworking (0.25 credit)
Wood Shop 1 is an introduction to basic woodworking. Students will learn to identify various kinds of wood and learn safe and efficient usage of hand and power tools. Most of the class time will be occupied with working on relatively simple projects of the student’s choice. Time may be set aside for lecture, discussions and demonstrations. Short textbook assignments will be given for homework. Topics such as planning projects, measurements, usage of fasteners, making joints and finishing techniques will be covered. (Students are expected to cover the cost of wood for personal projects)
Wood Shop Practicum (0.5 credit each)
Wood Shop Practicum is a further extension of Introduction to Woodworking. Students will be expected to undertake more involved projects such as cabinets, desks etc. Topics such as cabinet construction, paneled door making, drawer making, and installation of hardware, veneering and use of Formica will be covered. (Students are expected to cover the cost of wood for personal projects)
Introduction to Engine Technology (0.25 credit)
Students will be introduced to engine technology; they will learn the basic systems and parts identification.
Advanced Engine Systems (0.5 credit)
Students will be introduced to engine technology; they will learn the more advanced engine systems and digital systems. (Students are expected to cover the cost of parts for personal equipment)
Basic Electricity (0.5 credit)
This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in electricity. Areas presently being studied are Ohm’s law, National Electric Code, residential wiring and basic switching applications. Students will study the theory of the areas mentioned as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate their wiring skills with lifelike simulations of many of the principles studied. (Fee – $25 for the student’s book and toolset will be theirs at completion of the class)
Welding 1, 2 (0.5 credit each)
½ credit courses in welding. Welding 1 gives the student an introduction to the theory and the basic skills needed to weld using electric stick and oxyacetylene equipment. Welding 2 is an extension of these skills. This course is graded mainly on the welding skills demonstrated by the students. Welds include butt, fillet and lapp welds made in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. (Students are expected to cover the cost of metal for personal projects)
Car Care (0.5 credit)
Car care takes a project vehicle and works, fixes or restores it to good working condition. May include engine work, body work, maintenance and issues to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle. (Students are expected to cover the costs for personal projects)
Physical Fitness – Grades 11-12 (0.25 credit per semester)
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge and understanding of physical fitness. In addition the course will help the student assess his/her own fitness level. A large part of class time will be spent doing a variety of activities (stretches, running, weightlifting etc.) which will help the students attain a suitable level of fitness. (Offered on a limited basis)
Basketball – Grades 11-12 (0.25 credit)
This course is designed to help the students excel at basketball. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental skills, rules and basic strategies of the game. Games with other schools will be scheduled and possibly a tournament. (Fee – $50)
Volleyball – Grades 11-12 (0.25 credit)
This course is designed to help the students excel at volleyball. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental skills, rules, and basic strategies of the game. Games with other schools will be scheduled and possibly a tournament. After the final scheduled volleyball game, other outdoor sport(s) such as softball will be incorporated into the class. (Fee – $30)
Ladies’ Volleyball Club – Grades 11-12 (no credit)
Ladies’ volleyball club will meet outside of normal school hours for two 1¼ hour structured practices per week during first semester. Students will be taught advanced strategies and drilled on the fundamental skills of the game. The purpose of the club is to prepare for the Fairview and Gospel Haven volleyball tournaments. A few games with other schools may also be scheduled. To be eligible for these tournaments and games, students must attend most practices and work hard with an outstanding attitude. (Fee – $50)
US Government & Current Events – Grade 12 (0.5 credit)
A study of the U. S. Constitution and the present operations of the federal government is applied to national and world events, with a focus on current politics and events. Class will also include discussion and observations of the current events within our Anabaptist perspective
Pre-Calculus (1 credit)
Pre-calc is offered periodically for advanced students. Calculus topics are introduced to give the student, planning on entering a science or math field, a strong basis for beginning a science/math curriculum at a college or university. This course is not designed to replace a first semester college calculus course, but provide a strong foundation for collegiate mathematics for the science/math major.
Music Theory 2 (0.5 credit)
Music theory 2 is an advanced course for students who want a greater knowledge of how music is composed. The student will learn how to compose memorable melodies and how to harmonize those melodies with beautiful chord progressions. The melodies, harmonies, and rhythms of great music will be analyzed and used as a model in the student’s own compositions. The student will also learn to identify and use nonharmonic tones. Composition will be done using a music notation software such as MuseScore. As a final project for the course, students will compose their own music for lyrics of their choosing.
Class Voice (0.5 credit)
Class Voice is designed to help students develop confidence in their own voice through solo singing in an informal and open classroom atmosphere. Students will be taught correct breathing and posture and will be shown how to improve pronunciation, tone quality and vocal projection. In addition to solo singing, some emphasis will be placed on small group singing such as duets, trios and quartets.
Sight Singing 1 & 2 (0.5 credit each)
The purpose of these courses is to improve music reading ability and is strongly encouraged for those who want to sing on Chorale. Emphasis will be placed on reading rhythms, melodic and harmonic parts from the hymnal, as well as from solo and choral literature. One need not be a great sight reader to enroll; all you need is a will to learn. For those who have always wanted to be able to read music, this class will help develop your musical skills. Sight Singing 2 is an advanced course for those looking for a greater challenge in music reading. Taking Sight Singing 1 fulfills the graduation requirements for music at FMH.
Faith Chorale (1 credit)
Faith Chorale is the touring choral group of FMH and is an elective for juniors and seniors. Entrance is by audition. The group rehearses daily and presents programs in local churches as well as on a tour. The class will engage the whole person in music, with emphasis placed on sight reading music, proper vocal technique, and expression. Students are required to do some rehearsal out of class and to memorize all music performed. Repertoire includes classical pieces, spirituals, hymns, anthems, and contemporary choral literature. Music appreciation will be encouraged through discussion of the repertoire. (Sight-singing strongly encouraged and may be required based on the audition.)
Anatomy and Physiology – Grade 12 (1 credit)
This course is primarily concerned with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Attention is given to both gross and microscopic anatomy while stressing the intimate relationship between anatomy and physiology. Such topics have given students going into medical careers an excellent background as well as preparation for any future studies. This course also covers brief units dealing with entomology, bacteriology, bacteriology laboratory procedures and genetics. These studies will increase one’s awareness of the complexity and uniqueness of God’s creation.
Physics – Grade 12 (1 credit)
Physics permits students to learn about the physical laws which explain how God ordered the physical universe. Topics studied include kinematics, mechanics, simple harmonic motion, fluid motion and beginning gas theory.
Dual Enrollment Options
PA College of Health Sciences – Grade 11, 12
PA College of Science offers tuition discounts for qualifying students For up to date requirements about the program read the information on BJU’s website: https://www.pacollege.edu/academics/continuing-education-community-courses/high-school-classes/
Bob Jones University – Grades 11, 12
BJU offers 50% off tuition for High School students looking to get a jump start of their college credits. For up to date requirements about the program read the information on BJU’s website: https://www.bju.edu/academics/high-school.php
LBC Jumpstart – Grade 11, 12
Seniors considering college should look into Lancaster Bible College’s Jumpstart program. LBC offers a selection of college level courses tuition free to juniors and seniors. Students taking a jumpstart course will be able to see what college level courses will be like. Credit earned in the jumpstart program will transfer to most colleges. For up to date requirements about the program read the information on LBC’s website: http://www.lbc.edu/undergraduate/admissions/jumpstart/index .
Harrisburg Community College – Grades 11, 12
HACC offers $125 per credit tuition for High School students looking to get a jump start of their college credits. For up to date requirements about the program read the information on HACC’s website: https://www.hacc.edu/Admissions/Apply/HighSchoolStudents/index.cfm
Senior Year Special Options
Teachers for Tomorrow – Grader 12 (cr. based on time at sponsor location)
The Teachers for Tomorrow program is a partnership between the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University and partner Christian Schools. Faith will be partnering with Fairhaven Christian School and Weavertown Mennonite School. The Teachers for Tomorrow program is in two components: an online curriculum provided by the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University and a field experience component at one of the schools. Over the course of a school year, the student will complete 30 weeks of study as well as spend 2 – 4 hours a week with an assigned classroom teacher at his/her Christian school. Students will need to completely fill out a packet that is available at the office. There is no tuition discount for this program. https://admission.bju.edu/register/t4tinfo
Career Exploration – Grade 12 (cr. based on time at sponsor location)
Seniors who are on track for graduation may apply for Career Exploration. Students need to get and fill out all parts of the Career Exploration packet, available at the office. There is no tuition discount for this program.
Work Study – Grade 12 (cr. based on time at work location)
Seniors who are on track for graduation may apply for Work Study. Students need to get and fill out all part of the Work Study packet, available at the office. Students that do not maintain passing grades may be required to drop work study. There is no tuition discount for this program.
NSP8 – Grade 12 (no credit)
Seniors sign up for No School Period 8 if they are on track for graduation. Students must maintain passing grades to for this option. Students choosing NSP8 need to leave school at the end of period 7. They will need to ask for permission from the office to stay. There is no tuition discount for NSP8.