General Education

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Work Experience (0.1-0.5 units)
A credit procedure promoting active and responsible involvement in employment activities. The experience is intended to acquaint the student with the world of work, positive attitudes and work habits, the value and dignity of labor, interpersonal relationships and the skills that will help meet the practical duties of life. This credit meets the work experience requirement for graduation. Registration for this credit takes place at the conclusion of the work program. The employer must fill out the work experience documentation and evaluation form and submit it to the Director of Admissions and Records to validate the student's experience and verify the credit earned. Credit will then be registered in the computer and is normally granted based on the formula that .1 unit equals 36 hours of work. This procedure may be repeated until a maximum of .5 unit is accumulated.

Work Education* (credit as arranged)
A credit procedure to foster and document the student's personal participation in a meaningful, wage-earning, work education experience. To qualify for credit a student will negotiate a job offering experience and training in a vocational, trade, or professional activity. Such activity is to be arranged so the student will have the opportunity to study in greater depth selected aspects of the particular vocation, trade or profession involved. The procedures for application, evaluation, documentation and credit are under the direction of the Academic Affairs Committee as described at the end of this section. *The committee must be convinced that the work study will be exceptionally education in nature, leading toward a salable skill, trade, or expertise for the student. Prerequisite: Application and approval.

Silhouette Fine Arts Production (0.5 units/semester)

A course covering the production of the academy's yearbook, The Silhouette, basic digital photography and Photoshop. The duties of students are assigned according to the position and include experience in layout, copy, design, advertising, and photography. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Sophomore standing and above. First and second semesters.

Kaleidoscope (0.3 units)
This course is a unique compilation of the activities encountered during the school year. The presentation is done with the aid of sophisticated audio-visual equipment. The student must have the instructor's permission and be enrolled both semesters to receive credit. Non-solid elective credit. First and second semesters.

SOW Safari (0.1 unit)
A mission experience that requires sincere personal commitment to helping others and participating in public evangelism. The experience includes activities that develop an understanding of and an appreciation for mission service. Four preparatory orientation opportunities are scheduled to plan and prepare for the two week mission trip to a Spanish speaking Inter-American country. The purpose of the trip is to participate in the construction of a church, school, or clinic. The cost is substantial and should be planned carefully. Full information will be made available as plans are being made for each project. Prerequisite: Satisfactory citizenship status, permission of the project director, firm commitment to service, and financial resources to defray the cost of the trip. Odd years.

Learning Strategies (0.1 unit)
An individualized course designed to assist the student in developing stronger strategies toward successful learning. This course involves participation with the Academic Advanced Program Team (AAPT) counselor.

Study Skills (0.1 unit)
An course designed to help the student identify the skills already being used and build on those skills by adding new ones. Students are also encouraged to modify study skills as necessary to meet their individual needs. Students are required to give evidence of applying these skills in other classes or assignments. This course involves participation with the Academic Advanced Program Team (AAPT) counselor.

ESL Status (no credit)
An enrollment status which is designed to allow time for an international student to learn English. This status focuses primarily on mastery of the English language and allows the student to attend class for up to two semesters without the frustration of earning satisfactory letter grades in a language which he/she does not understand. The grade report and transcript will show “Au” (audit-with no credit) in place of regular letter grades; however, if the student earns a legitimate grade that is satisfactory, he/she may earn the credit for the course. Regular tuition rates apply. Available for two semesters only.

ESL Study (0.1 unit)
A individualized course designed to assist the ESL (English as a Second Language) student in developing the necessary language skills to enable the student to complete assignments. Not intended to take the place of formal ESL courses offered by Andrews University or the Berrien County school system. This course involves participation with the Academic Advanced Program Team (AAPT) counselor.

Pre-Algebra (0.5 units/semester)
A foundation-building course in the fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra. A review of the basic arithmetic functions, fractions, percentages, decimals, positive and negative numbers and simple geometry will form the basis for algebra concepts. Introduction to Algebra will prepare the student for Algebra I. Non-solid credit. Does not count for Math credit for the College Preparatory diploma.

*NOTE: To make application for approval to earn academic credit for Work Education a student must, in conjunction with a prospective employer, technician, professional, or project director, prepare a written proposal to the Academic Affairs Committee. All arrangements for academic credit must be made prior to the beginning of the selected experience.

The proposal is to state the time period during which the activity will take place, describe the types of supervised experiences in which the student will engage, and the amount of wages to be paid for Work Study. Signatures of the student, parent, and supervisor are required.

When the project is completed the supervisor must submit a written evaluation of the student's experience, including a statement of the number of hours of actual participation. The Academic Affairs Committee will then determine the amount of credit the student will receive, based on the formula that 0.1 unit equals 36 hours of experience.