Elective Course Descriptions
Band and Choir begin at the 5th grade through graduation with performance-based opportunities throughout the year. Students are instructed and gain experience through individual and group presentations. Honor band, community outreach, team building, and support for the arts are just a few of the extra benefits of being a member of the HCA Band and/or Choir.
The HCA Art department teaches basics in elementary with more skilled projects in middle school. High school student have the opportunity to explore art in a variety of mediums.
With the goals of encouraging students to become comfortable in front of others and learning how to encourage and support classmates, Theatre Arts is available for freshman through seniors with performances in the Fall and in the Spring.
Bioethics is a class to help the student analyze issues in light of the discipline of ethics, which includes using God’s word. It will also provide a basic background on ethics, which includes using God’s word. It will also provide a basic background on ethics with descriptions of major ethical theories. Decision-making frameworks are included to help students apply reasoned analysis and the Bible to ethical issues. This is a one semester course.
Genetics is the study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics. In this class we will study Mendelian genetics, cells, dna, cell division, meiosis, cancer, genetic engineering, blood genetics, and bioethics. This is a one semester course.
The Debate course is taught in a fun, yet challenging classroom setting. Students receive encouragement and gain confidence as they practice argument and debate skills in a spirit of fellowship. The argument and debate fundamentals of types of arguments, constructing arguments, defending positions, choosing evidence, documenting sources, studying logical reasoning, recognizing fallacies of reasoning, cross-examining opponents, delivering rebuttal speeches, writing debate ballots, and giving oral critiques are integral components of this course. This is a one semester course offered to 11th and 12th graders.
The Forensics course focuses on the skills and concepts behind crime scene investigation and forensic science. Students will review physics, chemistry, anatomy, cell biology, environmental science and computer science in the process of learning about forensic science. Topics that will be addressed: History of Forensic Science, Crime Scene Processing, Physical Evidence, Fingerprinting, Autopsies, Forensic Anthropology & Archeology, Forensic Entomology, Drugs & Toxicology, Glass Comparison, Serology & DNA, Hair & Fiber Trace Evidence, Soil Comparison, Firearm Comparison, Tool marks & Impressions, Document Examination, Digital Forensics, and Careers in Forensics. This is a one-semester course.
The HCA Driver's Education course focuses on the required classroom and behind the wheel instruction laid out by the Alabama State Course of Study. The primary purpose for this course is to prevent accidents and promote safe driving in today’s society. Students will be instructed in the classroom phase to develop a basic knowledge of traffic laws, rules and regulations. The classroom phase will also instruct the student in proper boating safety and the opportunity to obtain a boating license. This is a one semester course and students must have a minimum of a driver’s permit.
The ACT prep course helps students prepare and practice to take the ACT college entrance exam. It will include practice and strategies in all five of the areas of the ACT test: English, Reading, Writing, Math, and Science. This is a one semester course offered to students in the 10th - 12th grade.
Leadership Styles and Applications allows high school students to understand the different theories of leadership, how to recognize those in others, and how to become a better leader.
The Yearbook staff is composed of juniors and seniors committed to documenting the activities of HCA. The yearbook is a national winner for excellence in high school publications.
Film Studies is open to juniors and seniors and looks at the film industry to the present. Over forty films are viewed chronologically in class, from comedies to westerns to dramas, to encourage students to learn about themselves by watching others.
The WWII in film course is a thematic exploration of the war and its time through primary sources, scholarly interpretations, and feature films. It seeks to provide a means for analyzing and evaluating what one reads or sees about World War II in terms of historical accuracy and for gaining a broader understanding of different perspectives. Themes include the impact of war on soldiers and civilians,nature of warfare, the home front, women in war, the Japanese and German viewpoints, Jewish viewpoint and postwar issues.
Spanish I students are given the opportunity to learn how to pronounce, read, and write the language. They are also exposed to basic culture differences of Spanish- speaking countries. Modes of learning include daily oral reviews and pronunciation practice, written exercise and special projects.This course can be selected by 9th -12th grade students.
Spanish II students build upon the vocabulary, writing, and communication skills acquired in Spanish I, improving receptive skills of oral and reading comprehension, as well as productive skills of writing and speaking. Modes of learning include oral review through conversation and writing exercise, pronunciation and drills, short reading and translation.This course can be selected by 10th-12th grade students.