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Course Guide & Electives:


Recommended Core Courses and electives for University Bound Students are highlighted in yellow:

Other courses not listed below may be considered - contact a counselor for approval.

We accept any Dual Enrollment course even if it is not listed below.

A 1 semester dual enrollment course is worth 1 credit toward high school.

For all other courses, 150 hours of study equals 1 credit. Traditional schooling is 180 days of 50 minute classes, which equals 150 hours per credit. Home education is, of course, more flexible.



4 Credits Minimum

(College bound students should take courses listed in yellow or DE courses).

Non-college bound students can take ANY course but must meet the minimum credit requirement for each area of study.

If a student takes additional courses in this area of study, the extra course will be an elective.

English 9, 10, 11, 12 - Includes Literature (Literary Analysis, World, American, British), grammar and composition. These courses (Literature, Composition and Grammar) are combined into one course worth one credit per year. These courses should not be listed individually unless done through an approved program.

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
Advanced Communications
English Dual Enrollment Courses (DE)

English Composition 

American Literature 
British Literature 
Alternative English (Modified courses for Special Education students)



 4 Credit Minimum

College bound students should take a minimum of 4 credits from the courses listed in yellow. Other courses not listed may be considered. Check with colleges for acceptance.

Non-college bound students can take ANY math course but must have a minimum of 4.

If a student takes more than 4 credits of math, the extra math credit will be an elective.

NOTE: Some Colleges may require students to take math all 4 years of high school, even if a math was taken for high school credit in the 8th grade. 

Algebra I

Algebra II


Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry


Finite Math

Discrete Mathematics with Probability


Integrated Mathematics I, II, III

College Algebra


Math Dual Enrollment courses


College Mathematics

Math Tech I, II
Accounting I, II, III
Consumer Mathematics 


Business Math

Math for Technology I

Competency Mathematics

Math Foundations I, II
Alternative Math (Modified courses for Special Education students)


Natural / Physical Sciences

3 Credit Minimum

College bound students should take a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed in yellow. It is recommended that all 3 courses contain labs.

Non-college bound students can take ANY course but must have a minimum of 3.

If a student takes more than 3 credits of Science, the extra course will be an elective.

Further Explanation: Three labs are highly recommended for college bound students.  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are all great lab sciences.

Note: HLA will accept Apologia Physical Science for high school credit.

***Check with the college concerning which science courses are required for admissions. Some may even require 4 credits.

Biology I, II (with Lab)
Chemistry I, II (with Lab)

Physics (with Lab)
Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)
Ecology (with Lab)
Geology (with Lab)
Nutrition Science
Physical Science (with Lab)
Integrated Chemistry and Physics

Science Dual Enrollment Courses




Marine Biology

Forensic Science

Veterinary Science

AP Courses

Biology for Technology

Principles of Technology I, II
Earth Science

Environmental Science (Non-AP)

Life Science


Family & Consumer Science
Alternative Science (Modified courses such as Biology- for Special Education students)


Social Studies

3 Credit Minimum - (1 US History + 2 other Social Studies Courses)

College bound students should choose from the courses listed in yellow or DE courses.

Non-college bound students will take American History plus ANY 2 additional Social Studies courses. (1 US. History + 2 other Social Studies Courses). Families living outside the US may do their country’s history.

If a student takes more than 3 from this area of study, the extra course will be an elective.

US History (required for all US students) (1 credit)
Other Social Studies:
Economics  (.5 credit) ***

US Government (.5 credit) ***
***Required by some colleges (Required in Florida)
Ancient History, European History, Modern History, World History, World Geography

Any Social Science Dual Enrollment Courses

History of the United States - Early Colonization to 1877 - (Dual Enrollment)

History of the United States - 1865- Present - (Dual Enrollment)

Macroeconomics - (Dual Enrollment)

Microeconomics - (Dual Enrollment)

Western Civilization 1: Ancient Near East to 1648 - (Dual Enrollment)

Western Civilization 2: 1648- Present - (Dual Enrollment)
Christian Worldview





Contemporary Issues


Physical Education

1 Credit Minimum

Any form of physical activity or sport that consists of 150 or more hours - 150 hours min.

If a student takes PE beyond the first credit, please use specific course titles. For example, Swimming, Weight Lifting, Football, Running, Hiking, etc


Health / Wellness

0.5 Credit Minimum

(Public school wellness credit = .5 health + .5 PE)

Health / Wellness  


Personal Finance
0.5 Credit Minimum

(not the same as economics)

(Does not satisfy the math requirements)

Personal Finance


Recommended Electives

Electives are those courses that are taken in addition to core courses that are already required. These are courses the student "ELECTS" to take that are NOT already required. Students are free to take any elective courses that interest them. The list below is not exhaustive - Any course can be taken as an elective....even courses not listed on this page. 
Most colleges expect students to have some Foreign Language, Computer and Visual Arts.

Courses highlighted in yellow are recommended for college bound students.

6 or more elective credits are recommended for college entrance.


Foreign Language Electives

Recommend 2 Credits of Same Language

(other languages may be studied)

American Sign Language is accepted at some colleges

Dual Enrollment Courses


Visual / Performing Arts Electives

Recommend 1 Credit

Many Universities expect students to have a minimum of 1 credit in this area of study

Dance - Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, etc

Instrumental Music - Piano, Guitar, Drums, Etc

Art Appreciation

Music Appreciation
Music History
Music Theory
Theater Arts - Drama
Art History

Visual Arts

Art of the Western World

Dual Enrollment Courses


Bible Electives

Old Testament Study,

New Testament Study


Bible History

Introduction to World Religions
Bible I, II, III, IV


Additional Electives

(NOTE: Electives may also be selected from core courses above the minimum requirements)
(Note: An Elective is any course the student "elects" to take that is not already a required course.....Any course can be used as an elective even if it is not listed on this page).

Driver's Education (.5 credit)
Study Skills

ACT Prep (.5 credit)

Speed Reading

Life Skills

Home Economics

Baby & Child Care

Business courses

Introduction to Computers

Computer Graphics
Computer Technology

Auto Mechanic


Family & Consumer Science




Commercial Art
Video Editing and Film Making
Business Communications

Work Experience
African American Literature
Creative Writing

ACT English Prep
Technical Writing
Advanced Communications