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High School Program Overview


Our high school is fully accredited and graduates receive a diploma that meets the requirements by the State of Oregon Department of Education and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Along with our normal academics our school provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Bible, Sports, and Music programs. The students that move through our program are growing intellectually while they develop emotionally, physically and spiritually.


Advanced Course Options:

This is not an exhaustive list. East Linn Christian offers advanced courses based on student interest. Courses may not be offered each year.This list of courses are adjusted and modified on a yearly basis to meet the interest of our student body. 

  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Statistics & Probability
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Accounting 1 & 2
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Astronomy 1 & 2
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Spanish 3
  • Windows Application 1 & 2

Linn Benton Community College "College Now" Credits:

WR121, MTH111, MTH112, MTH251, BA101, EC115, OA201, BA111 & BA112


Oregon Institution of Technology Credits:

Credits for Intro to Engineering and Aerospace are available.

Students with special needs:

East Linn Christian provides special education support for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Parents can make an appointment with our special education director, Darran Stauffer to discuss their child’s needs. This includes IEP (Individual education plan), 504 (Health impairment plan), speech, vision, accommodations for dyslexia, and mild autism. 


High School Areas of Study

To develop young Christians into the likeness of Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Romans 8:29; Colossians 3:10). To train them in righteousness and godly living through a knowledge of the Word of God (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). This knowledge in the Word is done in a comprehensive way so that the student can have a context for God's complete plan of redemption through Christ (Romans, for example; or, Paul's emphasis on the "whole counsel of God," "the deposit," etc).

To see the progress of each student worked out in all areas of their lives: at home, school, church, and socially.

Essential Components:

  • Christian ninth grade students are in the process of discipleship through the instruction of their parents (Proverbs 3:1-4; Ephesians 6:1-2), their churches (Ephesians 2:19-22), and East Linn Christian Academy (Acts 19:9-10). Ninth grade Bible students will learn basic interpretive skills, arm themselves with Scripture (Matthew 4:4; Ephesians 6:17), and follow the ways of Jesus and the apostles (Gospel living).
  • Tenth grade students will learn to interpret the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and the fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus (Luke 24; Hebrews 1:1-3).
  • Eleventh grade students will explore the New Testament from Romans to Revelation; they will arm themselves with Scripture (to counter the post-modern thinking of the day), and follow the ways of Jesus and the apostles (Gospel living).
  • Twelfth grade students will focus on worldviews so that they can distinguish between the secular and humanistic mindset and Christianity, and be able to give a reasoned argument against those systems that oppose God.

9th Grade

Based on the presupposition that the world was created by God, man was made in the image of God, but he fell through sin, and that the Bible is God's special revelation to man, the means by which spiritual life is discerned and lived, we teach freshmen to follow Christ by undertaking serious discipleship in every sphere of their lives.

Ninth graders explore, study and apply the Gospels and Acts by applying themselves to the study of Christ's life, death and resurrection and the subsequent spread of the Word by the planting of churches.

By the end of the year each student will have a firm grasp on the Gospel, as well as its impact on the church and their own lives.

10th Grade

Old Testament studies, the 39 books spanning the creation to the post-exilic period in Israel's history are the focus of the 10th graders.

The Old Book is an acquired taste. Therefore, every effort is made to give the students an inspired love for its wisdom.

This grade level focuses on the big picture of the Old Covenant, and so it's an overview of it. Students will learn to appreciate its history, poetry, and prophetic elements.

The overall goal of the class is to wet the appetite of the student for further studies.

By the end of the year each student will have a good understanding of the Old Testament in its breath. This will lead to an overall understanding of God's holy Word. Special emphasis will have been placed on Christology in the Old Testament through Messianic prophecies.

11th Grade

Having learned the year before that the Old Testament points to Christ, this year is dedicated to the study of the New Testament letters, covered in a survey form from Romans to Revelation.

The great doctrines of the Scriptures will be unfolded in their entirety. The depravity of man, the justification through the blood of Jesus, the tenet of sanctification, the sovereignty of God and the call to serve Christ will all be taught, discussed, and retained.

Special emphasis is placed on Sola Scriptura, the Bible Only as the sole source of faith and the practice of that faith. Subsequently, this course is an all out attack on the postmodernism of our day which eradicates the need for total Truth. On the contrary, by the end of the school year, each student will be able to fight against every idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God.

12th Grade

Having acquired a solid basis in God's Word over the last several years, the students will apply what they know to the study of Worldviews. This journey is a preparation for graduation and entrance into the secular environment, where Christian worldview is scoffed at and ridiculed.

Students will journey through the tunnels of Islam, eastern religions, and modern American belief systems, i.e., secularism, that fail the test of biblical authority.

In this final roundup there is a focus on Scripture, knowledge of opposing views contrary to Scripture, and an apologetic approach to understanding the historical backbone of the Christian tradition.

At East Linn Christian Academy, we teach the language arts in order to develop a program that promotes a lifetime love of literature, communication, and language. Just as Christ used parables in his ministry, we read stories to empathize with others, broaden our worldview, and understand complex truths. Our curriculum primarily emphasizes works from the literary canon in order to develop students' aesthetic tastes, as we recognize the inherent beauty of God-given language. Similarly, we teach writing in order to prepare students to be effective communicators of the gospel, express themselves artistically, and be competent citizens. Ultimately, our curriculum is evaluated in the light of God's Word and chosen to cultivate Christian maturity.

Based on this philosophy, the language arts department goals include teaching writing, grammar, speech, listening, and reading. Language arts classes in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades provide our students' foundation in grammar, through a systematic study of sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, and parts of speech. In the seventh through twelfth grades, writing takes the form of persuasive, expository, and narrative essays; creative writing in prose and poetry; research, technical writing, and literary analysis.

When teaching reading and literature, we choose novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction with moral themes and recognized literary value. Our program aims to develop effective and critical readers, who can locate literary works in historical context and recognize literary elements such as plot, theme, character, and setting. We also use literature to continue vocabulary development and reading skills. Throughout, we encourage students to study literature through the lens of God's Word.

We aim to teach students to express themselves competently and confidently in speech and to develop listening skills that allow them to receive and process information.

Math Philosophy

We are witnesses to God's glory and his existence through the study of mathematics. "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:20). Mathematics is also a testament to God's creation and the order He has made for us in this universe, which only further proves his existence and divine nature. "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or power. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist" (Col. 1:16-17).

Algebra I

The study of basic structure of real numbers, algebraic expressions, and functions. The topics studied are statistical organization and analysis, linear equations, inequalities, functions and systems, quadratic equations and functions, polynomial and radical expressions, and the elementary properties of functions. Mathematical modeling of real-life problems, problem-solving, and the construction of appropriate linear models to fit data sets are the major themes of the course.


Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with the properties of geometric objects - points, (straight) lines, and circles being the most basic of these. Although there are many types of geometry, this course is primarily devoted to plane Euclidean geometry, studied both with and without the use of a coordinate system. During high school, students begin to formalize their geometric experiences from elementary and middle school, make definitions more precise, apply concepts from algebra, and develop careful proofs.

Algebra II

The study of the complex number system, symbolic manipulation, and functions. Advanced algebraic and data analysis techniques incorporating the use of technology enable students to discuss, represent, and solve increasingly sophisticated real-world problems. Topics studied include the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, matrices, and systems of equations. Linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial and rational functions are studied with an emphasis on making connections to other disciplines and as preparation for a multitude of careers. A principal goal is to apply advanced data analysis techniques to find the best fit model from all the important function models, justify the model, and us it to make predictions. Communication of the problem-solving skills used and the conclusion reached is another major emphasis.


This course completes the formal study of the elementary functions begun in Algebra 1 and 2. Students use the mathematical and modeling skills previously developed to study and apply the trigonometric functions. The use of technology and problem-solving are emphasized in units covering data analysis, circular functions, and trigonometric inverses and identities. Students will conduct research and write extensively as they prepare for higher levels of mathematics. The concepts of trigonometry are extended to the study of polar coordinates and complex numbers. Conics and quadratic relations are introduced through a locus definition using polar representations. Discrete topics include the principals of mathematical induction, the Binomial Theorem, and sequences and series, where sequences are represented both explicitly and recursively. An oral and written modeling presentation by students provides culminating synthesis to the concept of function.


The introductory topics of this course include limits and continuity of functions, derivatives of functions, and their applications to problems. Students find derivatives numerically, represent derivatives graphically, and interpret the meaning of a derivative in real-world applications. Models of previously studied functions will be analyzed using calculus concepts. The topics developed include the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral. The understanding, properties, and applications of the definite integral are included as students learn to explain solutions to problems. Students will model real-world situations involving rates of change using difference or differential equations.

High school students refine their understanding of systems' characteristics, form, function, interactions and changes. They deepen their knowledge of atomic structures, the Periodic Table, physical and chemical properties, the laws of motion, matter and mass, and chemical bonds, strengths and reactions. Life science studies include cellular structures and processes, laws of heredity, DNA, reproduction, genetic diversity, the evolution vs. creationism debate, and change in ecosystems. Students evaluate the impact of human activities on the Earth. They use scientific inquiry skills to design and investigation, collect, organize, display, summarize, analyze and interpret data and propose and communicate explanations supported by data. They learn how science and technology interact. Students evaluate ways that ethics, public opinion and government impact human society and the environment. During high school students have the opportunity through science elective courses to learn more about chemistry, physics or the human body in anatomy and physiology. Throughout all course runs a Biblical thread: God is the creator and sustainer of all things (John 1:3), and that only through God are the glories of science possible. Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God (Job 37:14).

Physical Science is a survey of basic chemistry and physics concepts. The course begins by studying matter, the elements and how they are arranged on the Periodic Table. Basic chemical reactions, naming and bonding are introduced. Next the course delves into Newton's Laws and introduces forces and motion, work and energy, and simple machines. The course also introduces waves and how they relate to energy, sound and light. When time permits the course is closed with a brief introduction to electricity and magnetism.

Biology is the study of life. This course begins by examining truth, so the student is prepared to examine life through the proper creationist perspective. A review of chemistry and organic molecules invites the student into the fascinating world of cells (the building blocks of all life). Many cellular processes such as photosynthesis, respiration and protein synthesis are examined. Cell division is the launching pad for the study of Genetics. The course then focuses on understanding the theory of evolution and the questions it is unable to answer. This in-depth study logically leads us to the need for a creator. Applications of Biological sciences are touched on in the realm of Biotechnology. We then focus on interactions of living things in ecosystems. We end the year with a survey of life and how man categorizes it.

Chemistry, a branch of physical science, is the study of the composition, properties and behavior of matter. Chemistry is concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms, and particularly with the properties of chemical bonds. Chemistry is also concerned with the interactions between atoms (or groups of atoms) and various forms of energy (e.g. photochemical reactions, changes in phases of matter, separation of mixtures, properties of polymers, etc.). Chemistry is sometimes called "the central science" because it bridges other natural sciences like physics, geology and biology with each other. Chemistry is a branch of physical science but distinct from physics.

Anatomy and Physiology is a survey of the human body. The course begins with an orientation of the hierarchy of organization in living things. Anatomical and directional terms are introduced as well. The majority of the year is spent studying the physiology and anatomy of the eleven major systems of the body.