In pursuance of academic and moral excellence we seek out well-written materials that help our students develop academic skills and equip them to see the world from a Christian point of view.  

Bible

BCS high school students take four years of Bible. They spend a year on the Old Testament, a year on the New Testament, a year on hermeneutics and doctrine (using Grudem’s Biblical Doctrine), and a year on apologetics. Additionally, students learn a number of aspects of practical theology such as how to disciple another believer, share their testimony, lead a Bible study, and evangelize non-Christians.

Electives

BCS offers a variety of electives such as anatomy, drafting, economics, health, music, personal finance, physical education, etc.

Government

Using the textbook Under God students learn the basics of the various systems of government while exploring fundamental questions like, what is justice, what is the proper relationship between the state and society, and how should Christians view and interact with the state? In this course students also learn about the founding of our government, how it developed over time, and how it operates through its various branches, levels, and agencies today.

Greek

Students take two years of Koina (Biblical) Greek. In the first year students learn the basics of Greek such as vocabulary, grammar, noun declensions, and verb conjugations. In their second year students study syntax and begin to read and translate long passages of scripture.

Logic

Logic helps students to reason correctly. Logic is essential not just to the study of geometry, history, and philosophy, but to the interpretation of the Bible and participation in a democracy. Without logic students are left helpless to the propaganda of sophists that seek to manipulate them through emotional appeals and fine sounding arguments. A firm grounding in logic allows students to understand their beliefs, defend them, and discourse intelligently with those that disagree. Moreover, it allows them to identify false beliefs whether those beliefs are stated by friends, advertisers, or politicians. Logic used to form the backbone of a child’s education. Many schools no longer teach logic. The spending habits, voting patterns, and overall behavior of a number of our citizens demonstrate clearly the consequences of our discontinuance of this discipline. We recognize the need for clear and right thinking and for that reason we continue to formally instruct our students in logic.

Mathematics

BCS students take two years of algebra (often beginning the first year in 8th grade), a year of geometry, a year of trigonometry, and have the option to take a year of calculus. We periodically offer a consumer math class as well.

Omnibus

Omnibus forms the core of our high school curriculum. It covers four disciplines: Literature, History, Philosophy, and Theology and is divided into three years: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern.

It should be noted that while omnibus covers four disciplines, these disciplines often overlap. For example, is Shakespeare’s Richard III best described as history or literature? Is Luther’s The Bondage of the Will a work of theology or philosophy? Likewise, we cover modern books like The Lord of the Rings in the different periods because of their respective subject matters.

The specific texts that we cover are as follows.   

Omnibus Year One

History: Herodotus's Histories, Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans, Livy’s Early History of Rome, Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth, and Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars.

Literature: The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Sophocles’s Theban Trilogy, Virgil’s Aeneid, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Philosophy: The Code of Hammurabi, Plato’s Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Euthyphro, Peter Kreeft’s The Best Things in Life and The Unaborted Socrates.

Theology: C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters and R. C. Sproul’s Chosen by God and The Holiness of God.

Omnibus Year Two

History: Eusebius’s The Church History, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Henty’s The Dragon and the Raven and Winning His Spurs, and Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain.

Literature: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Dante’s Inferno, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Sayers’s The Nine Tailors, Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Henry V and Richard III.

Theology: The Rule of St. Benedict, Augustine’s Confessions, Athanasius’s On the Incarnation, The Nicene Creed and The Apostles' Creed, and Luther’s The Bondage of the Will.

Omnibus Year Three

History: Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, Lincoln’s speeches, various slave narratives, The Treaty of Versailles, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, and Shaara’s The Killer Angels.

Literature: Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney, Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum, Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alcott’s Little Women, Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and Miller’s The Death of a Salesman.

Philosophy: Rousseau's The Social Contract, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers, Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and Veith’s Postmodern Times.

Theology: “The Westminster Confession of Faith,” Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism, and Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live?.

Rhetoric

BCS offers three years of rhetoric classes. Here students learn how to write and speak clearly, persuasively, and winsomely. We use Memoria Press's Classical Composition, Adler's How to Read a Book, Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics, and Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric. As part of their rhetorical training, students participate in a yearly speech meet each fall. They also write a junior thesis.

Science

Students at BCS learn about the world that God so wisely designed and graciously created by studying physical science, biology, physics, and chemistry. Students learn both science theory through their textbooks and practical applications during labs. 

Senior Thesis

Our students’ education culminates in the researching and writing of a senior thesis. Students spend months researching a topic of their choice and then write (and rewrite!) an original paper on that topic. This requires them to evaluate sources and teach themselves something new. It also requires them to put their thoughts together in clear, logical, and readable order. After completing their paper students have to defend their thesis to a panel, which in turn ensures that they have fully mastered their topic.