Academics - High School

In Scripture we read of Samuel's mother, Hannah, who petitioned God for a son, and then put that son, Samuel, under the nurture and discipline of Eli. The result was that "Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men." (I Samuel 2:26). In this instance God shows us a successful partnership between Samuel's parents and his teacher, Eli. Out of this cooperation grew a man who was a powerful messenger of God to the nation of Israel. At Tree of Life we believe that in such a partnership students will "grow in stature and favor with the Lord and with men". Our vigorous academic training throughout the high school years prepares students for college and life. Tree of Life students are nurtured and challenged daily to a deeper spiritual walk.

Leadership:

  • Superintendent - Todd Marrah
  • High School Principal - Andy Cousens
  • Director of Guidance Services - Joe Higginbotham
  • Athletic Director - Yohana Hill
Bible Core Courses
  • Bible 9 - Church History and Attributes of God
  • Bible 10 - Christian Apologetics
  • Bible 11 - Knowing the Will of God
  • Bible 12 - Foundations of Christian Living
English Core Courses
  • Freshman English
  • World Literature
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • AP English Literature
Mathematics Core Courses
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry
  • AP Calculus
Science Core Courses
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Ecology
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
Social Studies Core Courses
  • American History
  • World History
  • AP European History
  • Government
  • AP Government
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Government
Foreign Language Courses
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • Popular Spanish
  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
Art Electives

Digital Arts:

  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Video Production
  • Graphics and Web Design

Fine Arts:

  • Art 1
  • Art 2
  • Art 3
  • Art 4

Performing Arts:

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Theater
  • Guitar
Physical Education Courses
  • Health
  • Physcial Education
  • PE-Sports Participation
  • Summer PE
Other Electives
  • Advanced Apologetics
  • Business
  • Winston Churchill
  • Home Management
  • Economics
  • International Relations

Tree of Life curently partners with Urbana University to provide dual credit for select courses. These courses are taken during the normal school day and are taught by Tree of Life teachers from a Biblical Worldview.

If the student would like to earn College credit, there is a $100 per credit hour fee.

Note to Students - use these course numbers and descriptions to determine how these credits will transfer to your college or university through the website www.transfer.org.

Bible Courses
Tree of Life - Bible 11
Prerequisites: none (taken in junior year)

Urbana - REL205 The Bible: New Testament (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: none
Credit: This course is required for graduation from Tree of Life and may be taken for dual credit.

This course is an introduction to the books of the New Testament together with an in-depth study of the epistles and a study of the Hellenistic versus
Hebrew schism in the choosing of the canon. Concepts of God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, grace, apocalypse, revelation, salvation, and miracles are analyzed.

English Courses
Tree of Life - American Literature
Prerequisites: World Literature

Urbana - ENG102 Basics of Composition (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: none
Credit: This course is required for Tree credit and may be taken for dual credit.

This course focuses on practice in expository writing with an emphasis on the techniques of shorter, formal composition.


Tree of Life - American Literature
Prerequisites: World Literature

Urbana - ENG106 Intermediate Composition (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: ENG102
Credit: This course is required for graduation from Tree of Life and may be taken for dual credit.

This course focuses on practice in professional writing with an emphasis on stylistic, organizational, and rhetorical elements. Writing for different purposes and audiences will be explored. In addition to several essays, a research paper is required.


Tree of Life - British Literature or AP English Literature
Prerequisites: American Literature (with teacher recommendation for AP English)

Urbana - ENG202 Intermediate Composition (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: ENG106
Credit: Senior level English is required for Tree credit and may be taken for dual credit.

Intended as a non-technical appreciation and exploration of three genres-the short story, drama, and poetry-aimed at exposing the student to using literary analysis and expanding the student's literary frame of reference. Western and non-western literature will be studied.
Mathematics Courses

Tree of Life - Precalculus
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 (A and B grades and teacher recommendation)

Urbana - MAT220 Precalculus (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
Credit: This course may be taken for Tree credit only or may be taken for dual credit.

A study of the basic concepts of algebra including factoring, graphing, equations, inequalities, ratio and proportion and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, complex numbers, and some elementary topics in theory of equations.


Tree of Life - AP Calculus
Prerequisites: Precalculus

Urbana - MAT 241 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: MAT 220 Precalculus
Credit: This course may be taken for Tree credit only or may be taken for dual credit.

A study of single variable calculus including functions, limits, the derivative, applications of the derivative, the integral and applications of the integral.
Science Courses

Tree of Life - Environmental Science
Prerequisites: Chemistry (A and B grades) and Algebra 2 (concurrently)

Urbana - ENV101 Humans and Their Environment (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: none
Credit: This course can be taken for Tree credit only or for dual credit.

This lab course focuses on current trends in the relationship between human society and the environment, highlighting the contributions and limits of science in identifying and solving environmental problems, such as food and water scarcity, deforestation, resource degradation, and climate change. Critical analysis of opposing environmental claims and perspectives helps students apply the general background they receive in class to society's ongoing environmental discussions. Topics considered include ecological principles of sustainability, alternative energy sources, resource-use efficiency, consumption and waste reduction, environmental policy, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability.


Tree of Life - Advanced Chemistry
Prerequisites: Chemistry (A and B grades) and Algebra 2 (concurrently)

Urbana - CHE216 General Chemistry 1 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
Credit: This course can be taken for Tree credit only or for dual credit.

The first half of a two-semester course which presents the fundamental concepts of chemistry necessary for further studies in the areas of chemical, physical, or biological sciences. Topics covered include measurement, reactions in gaseous solution, atomic measurement, stoichiometry, the gaseous state, Thermochemistry, periodic law, and chemical bonding. Guidelines for chemical hygiene, safety, and OSHA and EPA regulations are covered in the laboratory.


Tree of Life - Advanced Chemistry
Prerequisites: Chemistry (A and B grades) and Algebra 2 (concurrently)

Urbana - CHE217 General Chemistry 2 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: CHE216
Credit: This course can be taken for Tree credit only or for dual credit.

A continuation of Chemistry 216, the topics of this course include liquid and solid states, solutions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction reactions, and electrochemistry.


Tree of Life - Physics
Prerequisites: Chemistry and Algebra 2 (may be taken concurrently with teacher approval)

Urbana - PHY201 Physics (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: MAT241 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
Credit: This course may be taken for Tree credit only or may be taken for dual credit.

This course is an introduction of the fundamental principles of classical mechanics. Concepts of calculus are introduced for use in interpreting physical phenomena. Topics include units of measure, vectors and scalars, kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, torque, impulse and momentum, gravitation, statics and dynamics, equilibrium, and fluids.
Social Studies Courses

Tree of Life - Sociology
Prerequisites: none

Urbana - Sociology (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: none
Credit: This course can only be taken for dual credit and not for only Tree credit.

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and terminology of the discipline. To sociological perspective is identified as an analytical tool with which to examine institutions, patterns of interaction, group processes and culture.
General Electives

Tree of Life - Introduction to Philosophy
Prerequisites: none

Urbana - PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy ( 3 credit hours)
Prerequisites: none
Credit: This course can only be taken for dual credit and not for only Tree credit.

A course designed to raise questions for students concerning knowledge, reality, and values. Various ways of philosophically examining meanings in experience will be explored. This course is meant to aid students in developing their own personal philosophies.