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Computer Education   (back to top)

Business Applications
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This class is an introductory course designed to provide students with a practical, working acquaintance with the Microsoft Office suite of programs. The topics covered include the use of Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, and Access for database applications. E-mail, graphics, and use of the Internet are also included in various projects.
Computer Technology
1 Semester, 5 Credits
An introduction to photography and/or other modern computer innovations. Prerequisite: 1 semester of Business Applications or equivalent.
English  (back to top)
To fulfill the English requirements for graduation, all students must take a minimum of eight (8) semesters of English classes. In their senior year, students must select at least one writing class.
English 9
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Includes an introduction to literary form and analytical approaches to literature. Also offers composition and a review of grammar and language usage.
English 10 
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
A course including development of writing skills in poetry, narrative, and expository writing, with a survey of American writers and literary periods. Prerequisite: English 9 or departmental permission.
English 11
2 Semesters, 10 Credits 
A course designed to implement and teach various writing styles including literary criticism, persuasive and expository essays in conjunction with an overview of English literature. Some oral presentations required. Writing skills will be reviewed as needed; however, students should demonstrate basic writing skills at the start of the year.
Prerequisite: English 10 or departmental permission.
The following 6 classes are considered senior-level classes.
Writing II
1 Semester, 5 Credits 
A review of the basic skills required for effective writing. Does not apply toward enriched diploma. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
Senior Writing III
1 Semester, 5 Credits 
A course designed to develop creative writing, style and research skills, emphasizing using sources of information. Prerequisite: departmental approval.
College Writing
1 Semester, 5 Credits
A college-level course taught under the auspices of Walla Walla University. This course provides practice in writing personal and expository forms with emphasis on critical thinking and writing. Prerequisites: determined by WWU including senior standing, 3.5 Cumulative GPA, and SAT or ACT scores in the 65 percentile range in English and Reading, 40 percentile in Math, and a score of seven or better on their essay. There is an extra tuition charge for this class.
Senior Literature
1 Semester, 5 Credits 
A study of major works from selected authors, including novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. Critical reading and writing are mandatory. Prerequisite: English 11 or departmental approval.  Does not fulfill the writing requirement.
1 Semester, 5 Credits 
A course in basic communication skills, emphasizing public speaking. Does not fulfill the writing requirement. Prerequisite: English 11.
English Language Learner  (back to top)
ELL - Level I
Listening and Speaking I
5 Credits Per Semester
This course is designed to improve the understanding of spoken English. The goal is for the student to learn to speak English as a native would speak it. This includes using correct pronunciation, fluency and intonation.
Grammar I
5 Credits Per Semester 
The main emphasis of this course is to use proper grammar in speaking and writing. Many opportunities will be given for students to hear and apply the rules of English.
Reading I
5 Credits Per Semester 
Materials used are adventure books, newspapers, dramas and outside-of-class reading. The acquisition of new vocabulary is heavily emphasized. Through oral reading, proper pronunciation and fluency is checked.
5 Credits Per Semester 
This introductory Bible class incorporates the use of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills in the study of major stories from the Bible. Students will each be given a copy of the International Children's Bible that will be theirs to keep. This version of the Bible will be used as the main textbook for this class.
English Language Learner - Level II
Grammar II
5 Credits Per Semester
The course touches on some of the finer points of grammar, such as the use of "articles" which are not found in most Asian languages. Much speaking and writing is used.
Reading II
5 Credits Per Semester 
More difficult reading sources are used in this course. As in Reading I, a variety of books, newspapers, dramas, and videos are used. New vocabulary and good pronunciation is heavily emphasized.
5 Credits Per Semester
Although focusing primarily on vocabulary development, this class also helps students improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they are exposed to a variety of materials including speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, television programs, videos, and class discussions. Students also use the computerized language program "The Rosetta Stone" which incorporates the four skills listed.
5 Credits Per Semester
(See course description under Level I.)
Mainstream ELL
This course builds on the increasing writing and reading skills of the students incorporating major aspects of American culture. A variety of reading books, teaching approaches and class activities are used.
Family & Consumer Sciences   (back to top)
Interior Design
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Housing styles, floor plans, furniture arrangements, color, accessories, and more will be studied. Projects will involve computer programs, internet research, and color boards.  Can also be used to meet the Fine Arts requirement.
International Foods
1 Semester, 5 Credits
The student will study the cultural food habits of many countries and will learn to cook selected recipes from countries such as Mexico, Germany, France, Great Britain, Greece, China, and Scandinavia.
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Focuses on the rudiments of practical sewing applications, Each student learns basic sewing skills.

Foreign Language   (back to top)
Spanish 1
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
An introduction of the basic skills of the Spanish language with emphasis on pronunciation, understanding, and usage.
Spanish 2
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
A continued study of the Spanish language with emphasis on conversation, reading, writing and syntax. Prerequisite: C or higher in Spanish 1 or instructor's consent.
Spanish 3
2 Semesters, 10 Credits each
Emphasis will be on conversation, reading, writing, and cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world.
Health and Physical Education   (back to top)

1 Semester, 5 Credits
This class provides information and skills that will enable the student to make responsible, personal choices that effect their lifelong health and wellness. This class uses a variety of methods and activities to explore the topics of structure and function of the human body, nutrition, fitness and exercise, mental and emotional health, family and social health, growth and development, drugs and substance abuse, diseases and disorders, and consumer and environmental issues. Nutrition and behavior modification projects are important parts of the course work.
Basic Physical Education
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This class introduces the student to a thorough understanding of the importance of achieving and maintaining personal physical fitness. Information, evaluation, and fitness activities make up the core of the class. The student will also be involved in a variety of activities which complement the fitness core and provide additional instruction and knowledge of sports skills including team, individual, and dual sports. Required of all incoming freshman students.
Team Sports

Flag Football · Basketball · Volleyball · Softball
2.5 Credits Each Quarter
Each of these sports is covered during one quarter of the year. The class is designed to cover more advanced aspects of each sport such as: more advanced skills, strategy, and team play techniques.
Varsity Basketball, Volleyball*
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course involves the strenuous conditioning, advanced skill and strategy development, practice time, and game involvement required for membership on academy varsity basketball teams. A current athletic physical examination is required before tryouts.
Prerequisite: approval of instructor.
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Designed to teach proper swimming strokes as taught through Red Cross courses. Prerequisite: Basic P.E.
Lifeguard Training
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Designed to provide skills to meet Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate requirements. Limit 10 students per semester. Prerequisites: be 15 years of age and have intermediate swimming skills.
Weight Training
1 Quarter, 2.5 Credits (third quarter)
Proper lifting techniques, stretching, and knowledge about training principles are stressed during this quarter class. Class time is spent exercising to increase strength and endurance and an understanding of training principles as they apply to our bodies in a weight room setting.
Racket Sports and Recreational Games
1 Quarter, 2.5 Credits (second quarter)
The quarter is spent in activities such as pickle ball, badminton, disc activities, and other recreational games for the joy of being active. Emphasis is placed on fun while learning skills, rules, and strategies for play.
1 Quarter, 2.5 Credits (first and fourth quarters)
This class includes instruction in proper ground strokes, serving, footwork, approach, volley, lob shots, rules, and strategy for playing the game of tennis. It also includes a class tournament for using these skills in a game setting.
Scuba Diving
2.5 Credits
There is an additional fee for this class. This class is offered by arrangement and with sufficient class size.
Skiing & Snowboarding
2.5 Credits
Both ski and snowboard lessons are available to participants in the ski and snowboard program. Students who sign-up for lessons receive a two-hour lesson on each of the eight days of the ski and snowboard program. Lessons are offered at every level of ability.
here are additional fees for these classes; students must complete the sign up process prior to the start of Christmas vacation.
Ski and Snowboard Instructor Program
5 Credits
This class is offered through the Crystal Mountain Ski and Snowboard School and includes participation in their ITC Instructor Training College Program. (Depending on the skills and teaching readiness of each student as well as the needs of Crystal Mountain Ski and Snowboard School, some students may be hired to begin teaching at the end of the ITC.) This program will develop teamwork, camaraderie, self-esteem and teaching skills as well as improving participants' skiing and/or riding skills. There are additional fees for this class. Interested students must contact the Program Director early in the school year for complete information. Prerequisites: solid skiing or snowboarding skills, good citizenship, age 15 or older.
Master Swim Class
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This swim class is reserved for those students who are at a competition level of swim ability. The class consists of a series of workouts designed for conditioning and preparing a student for swim competition. The grade would be based on individual testing, distance charting, and workout level achieved. Prerequisite: teacher approval
Industrial Arts   (back to top)

Industrial Design
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This introductory class deals with design of practical innovations for every-day use. This class will include some instruction in woodworking processes and materials and welding, foundry and machine shop.
Architectural Drafting & Design
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course is open to all students with an interest in the dynamic field of architecture. The topics covered are architectural history, fundamentals of design, drafting techniques and instruments, indoor living areas, traffic patterns, kitchens, service areas, and sleeping rooms. Each student will complete a full set of scaled house plans of their dream home. This course can apply towards either technology or fine arts credit.
Auto Mechanics
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This is an introductory course for auto maintenance and repair. The course is intended to give a general overview of the basics of automotive engines and electrical systems. Students will also be trained in custome relations, ordering parts, and invoicing.
Mathematics      (back to top)
Mathematics Curriculum Notes:
   - These courses: Algebra I, Algebra II, Precalculus, and Calculus MUST be taken in that order.
   - Geometry may be taken at any point if its prerequisites have been completed.
   - Pre-Algebra may not be taken after successful completion of Algebra I.
   - FST may not be taken after successful completion of Algebra II.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This class is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the concepts needed for success in Algebra and to have more confidence in personal mathematical skills.  Topics covered include operations with integers and fractions, solving equations, factors, exponents, ratios, proportions, percentages, linear functions and their graphs. This course is considered a remedial course, and cannot be used as one of the mathematics courses required for graduation.

Algebra I
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Topics covered in this course include properties of real numbers, simple probability and odds, solving and graphing linear equations and functions, writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomials, simplifying radicals and solving simple quadratics. Prerequisite: Adequate score on the Algebra I admission test or permission of instructor.

Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (FST)
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This course covers topics similar to those covered in Algebra II, but with various differences, including an enhanced study of Statistics.  Because of its slower pace, this class cannot be used to fulfill the specific math requirements of the Enriched Diploma, nor can it be used as a substitute for Algebra II. Topics covered in this course include equations and inequalities, linear equations and functions, system of linear equations and inequalities, various methods of functional analysis, quadratic functions, factoring, polynomials, standard deviation, probability, rational exponents and roots, and various aspects of trigonometry. Prerequisite: Algebra I.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
The study of Geometry includes mathematics vocabulary, points, lines, planes, angles, formal proofs, congruent & similar triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, right triangles, circles, areas of polygons, surface areas & volumes of solids, and constructions.  The real world applications of Geometry are numerous and will also be discovered. Prerequisite: C- or higher in Algebra 1, or C- or higher in FST, or permission of instructor. 

Algebra II
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Topics covered in this course include equations and inequalities, linear equations and functions, system of linear equations and inequalities, matrices, determinants, various methods of solving systems using matrices, quadratic functions, factoring, completing the square, complex numbers, polynomials, rational exponents and roots, trigonometry, vectors, and conic sections.
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Algebra I, or C- or higher in FST, or permission of instructor.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus and other college-level mathematics courses. Topics covered include rational expressions and equations, linear and nonlinear functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, matrices and determinants, polar graphs, sequences, series, combinatorics and probability, limits, derivatives and integrals. Prerequisite: C- or higher in Algebra II, or permission of instructor.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This is an advanced course meant for the advanced mathematics student. Calculus incorporates knowledge gained in all previous mathematics courses in the study of limits, differentiation, applications of derivatives, Newton's Method, differentials, integration, applications of integrals, numerical integration, logarithmic, exponential and other transcendental functions, and more.
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Precalculus, or permission of instructor.
Graphic Arts

1 Semester, 5 Credits
Introduction of drawing through a series of exercises including contour drawing, eye-hand coordination exercises, perspective and values. Developing ideas to produce an original drawing is also included. The final assignment is to produce finished drawings for exhibition and a portfolio. Taught alternate years.
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Introduction to materials, the palette, paints, and color theory. Landscapes and still-life paintings, including those of the student's own choice, will be developed. The final project will involve thumbnail sketches to finished painting for exhibition and portfolio. Taught alternate years.
General/Graphic Design
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Introduction of basic design elements used in all the arts. The student will study high-quality design methods in page layout, typography, image design, and graphic design. This course includes an overview of activities in such areas as graphic art studio, publishing advertising agencies. Students will work with products and services for specific media. Each student will give a presentation to a "client." Taught alternate years.
Print Making
1 Semester, 5 Credits
An introduction to the art of print making. The student will learn of the different methods of printing, including carving into linoleum to produce a print, as well as learning to use tools associated with the printing process from an artist's perspective. Taught alternate years.

Music is a God-given means of expression. With this in mind, all course offerings within the music department will emphasize quality literature and production along with technical and historical information relative to the music. Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, and individual lessons in piano, voice and instruments are offered to all students. Sylvan Chorale and Small Chamber Ensembles are available for the more serious music students and are entered by audition and at the invitation of the instructor.

Private lessons in one area of study and membership in the various musical groups are included in the tuition. Piano and string instruments are available with a school approved contract teacher. These lessons, however, are not included with the tuition.

Membership in Concert Choir, Sylvan Chorale, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles carries responsibilities for continuity throughout the school year. Upon enrolling in these courses, as well as individual private lessons, the student should plan to continue until the end of the year since most concerts and programs are given in the spring of the school year. Students choosing to drop the class must do so within the first three weeks of the semester. Failure to drop within this time frame may result in a grade of WF.

Dual credit is not awarded for Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles, Concert Choir and Sylvan Chorale, or String Ensemble and String Quartet. All music courses can apply toward the required Fine Arts credits.
Chamber Ensembles
2 Semesters, 2 Credits
The Chamber Ensembles are available to students who desire a greater challenge and more intimate setting for learning. Chamber ensembles are composed of select musicians. Groups include String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, and the Academy Brass. Performances may include church services, week of prayer meetings, school concerts and other school related functions.

Various instruments, subject to availability, can be checked out through the music department. The String Quartet participates in special chamber ensemble tours unavailable to other general music tours. Prerequisite: audition
String Ensemble
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
String ensemble provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in fun and interesting music and is available to all interested students who have at least one year of string experience. This group takes roughly four out-of-town church tours a year and one longer tour in the spring. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the WWU Choral/Orchestra Clinic in Walla Walla, WA offered every other year. Membership is expected for the entire school year. Prerequisite: audition
Concert Choir
2 Semesters, 6 Credits
A choral ensemble is available to all interested and qualified students. Concert Choir usually sings in the Academy Church and for the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and also an off-campus tour. Membership is encouraged for the entire year. Withdrawal mid-year may result in a grade of WF. Prerequisite: audition
Sylvan Chorale
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Sylvan Chorale is an advanced choral ensemble numbering approximately 25 members. Music ability as well as a demonstrated spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm for singing are prerequisites for membership. This group provides music for sacred appointments as well as some secular music. Membership is expected for the entire school year. Prerequisite: membership in Concert Choir and audition.
Private Voice Lessons
2 Semesters, 5 Credits
Voice lessons are available to students of all ability levels. Good vocal production and an acquaintance with solo literature of a variety of styles are stressed. To receive credit, the student is required to have one lesson per week and to practice four days per week. Lessons are given on a semester basis and the student is allowed to withdraw only during the first three weeks of the semester.
Wind Ensemble
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
An instrumental touring group chosen by audition. Members are chosen for their musical ability and demonstrated spirit of dedication and cooperation. This group will prepare major sacred and secular concerts for the year, performing often in the both semesters. Membership is required for the entire school year. Withdrawal mid-year may result in a grade of WF. Various instruments, subject to availability, can be checked out through the music department.

All freshmen and sophomores in Wind Ensemble are required to take private lessons. The cost for these lessons is included in your tuition. Prerequisite: audition.
Private Instrument Lessons
2 Semesters, 5 Credits

Instrument lessons are available to students of all ability levels. Good tone production and an awareness of the capabilities of the instrument for solo and ensemble playing are emphasized. Various instruments, subject to availability, can be checked out through the music department. To receive credit, the student is required to have one lesson per week and to practice four days per week. Prerequisite: interview

Private Piano Lessons
2 Semesters, 5 Credits

Piano lessons are available to students of all ability levels and are individualized to the student's level of competence. This course includes training for public performance and accompanying as well as playing for one's own enjoyment. Piano ensemble opportunities are available throughout the year as well.

Auburn Adventist Academy is a host of the National Music Certificate Program and Enumclaw Music Chapter, and students are highly encouraged to participate in the annual practical exams held on campus/or in Enumclaw.

There are currently three qualified teachers giving lessons and students will be assigned a teacher according to their playing level and class schedule. While lessons typically last for 30 minutes, longer lessons are reserved for more advanced students. To receive credit, the student is required to have one lesson per week and to practice five days per week. 

A separate tuition fee will be applied monthly to the student's bill, and varies according to lesson length. Prerequisite: interview (sign-up at registration)
Private String Lessons
2 Semesters, 5 Credits
A variety of string lessons are available on a contractual basis. Students may take violin, viola, cello, or bass lessons. This course is available to students of beginning and intermediate levels. Good tone production as well as technique is emphasized through solo and ensemble literature. To receive credit, the student is required to have one lesson per week and to practice five days per week. A separate tuition fee will be applied monthly to the student's bill, and varies according to lesson length. Additional charges apply. Prerequisite: interview (sign-up at registration)
Auburn Adventist Academy offers a Bible program which incorporates the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists guidelines for the Bible curriculum. Within the four-year curriculum, students will have the opportunity to expand and personalize their study of scripture within the overall focus of having a personal relationship with Jesus.

Students are required to take a minimum of 10 credits in Bible classes during each school year they are at Auburn Adventist Academy. They are to be enrolled in a Bible class at all times during the school year. A four-year graduate of AAA will have a minimum of 40 units of Bible.
Bible 9
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Freshmen Bible consists of two one-semester classes, Beginnings and Life and Teachings of Jesus. Beginnings, a study in the book of Genesis, studies how the world began, the problem of sin, God's solution to sin, and what we can learn about our relationship with God through the lives of the patriarchs. Life and Teachings of Jesus focuses primarily on Jesus, why His life 2000 years ago is important, and how His teachings impact our lives today.
Bible 10
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Sophomore Bible, God in His Church, focuses on God and how He has chosen to work on this earth. Beginning with the Children of Israel in Exodus, continuing with the early Christian church, and ending with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is demonstrated that God chooses and blesses a people expressly for the purpose of reaching the world with the goodness of His love and salvation. During this course students are directed regularly to the practical application of Biblical principles to their lives so they may become committed to Jesus as the Lord of their lives and of their church.
Bible 11
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Junior Bible focuses on one's relationship with God through a study of biblical relationship principles and the book of Romans. Building on this foundation, the students then move into a study of Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, the events surrounding the soon coming of Jesus and what these truths reveal about God and our relationship with Him.
Bible 12
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Senior Bible, Christian Life Skills, is a one-year study applying principles from the Bible and the writings of Ellen White to the issues of careers, dating, marriage, and witnessing. The goal of this class is to develop a Christ-centered philosophy. It includes an emphasis on studying the Bible as a quest for truth and focus on knowing Jesus.
Anatomy and Physiology
5 Credits per Semester
This course surveys human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. Topics include cell biology and genetics and a systems approach to structure and function. Media resources are analyzed for veracity. This course is recommended for any student interested in medical or medical-related careers. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, one year of biology.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This course presents basic principles of biology with special emphasis in genetics, ecology, research methods, and philosophy of origins. Laboratory experience is integrated with classroom instruction. Required for graduation.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
Topics covered include the study of matter, the periodic law, the structure of atoms and chemical compounds, chemical reactions, acids, bases and salts, and organic chemistry. Problem-solving and practical chemistry are emphasized. This course is strongly recommended for students considering careers in health-related professions, nutrition, engineering and the arts.
Fundamentals of Science & Technology
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This senior level course is designed for the student who wishes to explore the dynamic scientific and technical world, but has experienced challenges with complex scientific reading and mathematical skills. Topics covered are applied physics, mineralogy, meteorology, astronomy, archeology, space science, basic chemistry, and system electronics.
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
General Physics is open to all students who have satisfactorily completed high school biology and Algebra I and wish to study the fascinating mechanical world we live in. Topics covered are motion, vectors, momentum, gravitation, heat, light's optics, electricity, and atomic particles. No previous science required. This course will fulfill the science requirements for high school graduation and also for college-prep. Prerequisites: Algebra I with a grade of B; Algebra II recommended.
Research Physics
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This advanced level science course is limited to those students who have completed Biology, Algebra II and Chemistry and have maintained an outstanding scholastic record (B or higher) in each of those courses. The topics covered are the same as General Physics with additional expectations of advanced level problem solving. A personal research project is required and each student will present his/her findings to the class at the closure of the school year. The class size is limited (18) so early enrollment is encouraged. Any student who cannot maintain a B average is expected to transfer to General Physics.
General Psychology
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course (with college credit being granted by Walla Walla University) is a basic survey of the field of psychology. Students are introduced to the vocabulary, methodologies, established facts, and sound principles of psychology. Students will study writings in the field, think critically about the discipline, and learn to make judgments about the value and utility of source materials. Special emphasis will be placed on the distinct applications of Christian principles in the study and application of psychology. Career exploration will be incorporated during a review of the organization of the field of psychology.

There is an extra charge for tuition for this class if the student wants and is eligible for college credit. All students must purchase textbooks. Prerequisites: Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA, senior standing. Can be applied toward Social Studies credit for graduation.
World Geography
1 Semester, 5 Credits
World Geography is designed to acquaint the student with five themes of geography: location, place, region, human-environment, interaction, and movement. Students will be able to discern the various aspects of physical, cultural, and human geography. Students will learn how to read maps and will be responsible for keeping a map notebook.
Washington State History
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Designed to acquaint the student with the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing the state of Washington. The industrial, cultural, governmental, and social developments are studied with geography, discovery, and exploration. Students who have taken Washington State History in either 7th or 8th grades may be exempted from taking the class at the high school level, but no high school credit will be awarded. Required for graduation in the state of Washington.
20th Century History
1 Semester, 5 Credits, taught every other year on odd years.
Covers contemporary topics along with a chronological investigation of the significant events and achievements of the 20th Century. Among the issues addressed are the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement. Contemporary issues are addressed using either the Internet or a weekly newsmagazine, or both. Required for graduation in the state of Washington.
U.S. Government
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course is designed to help students understand the responsibility of living in a democracy. It will examine the principles of democracy, the US Constitution, Federalism, the political process, the organization of our government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This course is required for graduation in the state of Washington. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.        
U.S. History
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
This course focuses on major events and periods of American history as well as some of the more notable figures from the past. It covers from the early Colonial period until the post-World War II era. Emphasis is placed on analysis and evaluation of the American democratic system. The role of the United States in world affairs and Biblical prophecy is also addressed. This course is required for graduation in the state of Washington.
The American Civil War
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Provides an in-depth probe into all causative factors for the coming of the American Civil War. The major battles of both Eastern and Western theatres of war are examined, focusing on the various generals' tactics and strategies. Prominent figures such as Lincoln, Grant, and Lee are studied in-depth. The Reconstruction period is addressed. Taught even years.
World Wars
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Designed to give the student a review of the causes of the First World War, an analysis of various battle strategies and a look at the war's aftermath. The rise of Hitler and other totalitarian dictatorships are studied in depth. Both the European and Pacific theatres of war are examined in the second war. Causes and results are the focus of study. Beginnings of the Cold War are reviewed. Taught even years.
Personal Law
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course in practical law covers the study of the laws that impact everyday life. The class will focus on the criminal and juvenile justice system, individual rights and liberties, tort law, family law and housing law. It is designed to provide students with practical information and problem-solving skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. This course is required for all seniors graduating from Auburn Adventist Academy. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.
The American West
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This class is examines the unique historical period and circumstances of the exploration and settlement of the American western lands. Beginning with a look at the evolving definition of the term “west” from the American colonial period through to the coming of the 20th century, the course will examine such important topics as Lewis & Clark, relations with the Native American peoples, and the concept of Manifest Destiny relating to Texas, California and Oregon. Also studied will be such topics as the Gold Rush and other mining strikes, building of the transcontinental railroad, rise & fall of the range cattle industry, and numerous Indian Wars. The course concludes with a look at the legacy of the west. Taught odd years. No prerequisites.
World History I
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course examines mankind's early accomplishments, focusing on the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians. A more in-depth study is made of the Greeks and Romans and their cultural impact. The effects of Judeo-Christian teachings are reviewed and a study of the rise & spread of Islam. Early African, Indian and Chinese civilizations will also be examined. The period of the Middle Ages is studied by viewing the effects of the Crusades, feudalism, the manor system, chivalry, and the rise of the Roman Catholic Church. The course ends with a glimpse into the Renaissance and Reformation.
No prerequisites.
World History II
1 Semester, 5 Credits
This course begins with a brief recap of the medieval era then examines the European Renaissance of Classical thinking and artistry and the contrast of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation. The Age of Exploration and early colonialism are also discussed as are the thriving Asian and Arabic empires. The rise of the nation-state is reviewed and an analysis of absolute and constitutional monarchies is presented, as is the French Revolution & the Napoleonic era and its aftermath. The course concludes with a survey of the scientific and industrial revolutions. No prerequisites.
Computer Aided Drafting and Design
1 Semester, 5 Credits
A modern drafting and design course which uses advanced computer drafting work stations to do a wide variety of technical drawing application. Emphasis is placed on operation of AutoCAD software with an advanced personal computer. Classroom activities, workbook exercises, and laboratory time are integrated into the course. Students contemplating careers in the fields of engineering, architecture, technical design, and computer education will find the course valuable. Prerequisite: Technical Drawing or approval of instructor.
Digital Video Editing
1 Semester, 5 Credits
Digital video editing introduces the student to editing video with the use of the computer. Premiere, part of Adobe's Digital Video Collection, is used to manipulate video and still images. Techniques covered in the course include: sequencing, transitions, superimposing, motion, audio and video effects, three- and four-point editing, titling and importing/exporting video. Proper use of digital cameras is also covered. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. Class size limited.
Introduction to Engineering
2 Semesters, 10 Credits; 2 College Quarters, 4 Quarter Hours
An introduction to the design process and elements of professional engineering, covering engineering communications, with emphasis on sketching, conventional engineering drafting practices, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering (CAD/CAE), pictorial representations, principles of descriptive geometry, and computer-based engineering calculations. Laboratory work required. There is an extra tuition charge for this class.


Rainier Vista Publication (Yearbook)
2 Semesters, 10 Credits
 A course designed primarily for the production of the school yearbook. Important areas of study include proper layout techniques, effective headline, copy, and caption writing, and methods of good yearbook photography. Credit in this course does NOT apply toward graduation requirements in English. Prerequisite: upper-class standing or instructor approval.
Study Skills
2 Semesters, 5 Credits
A course designed primarily for equipping students with tools and strategies for organizing, managing time and school-work, and learn more efficiently. Topics will include: time and task-management, goal-setting, paper organization, homework/project planning, content reading skills, organizing at home and school, note-taking strategies, test-taking strategies, communication and affective skills, and writing strategies. Prerequisite: upper-class standing or instructor approval.