Art

Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills.

By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.

Computer Applications
This course is designed to familiarize students with their Google accounts and applications, and equip them with skills, as well as online tools and programs that will be useful in their core subjects. The teacher of this course will work closely with teachers of other subjects to help students implement their learning as they prepare research, design presentations, and complete class projects.
Choir

Choir is a course offered to our middle school and high school students. It is an entry-level mixed choir for those interested in developing their vocal talent through musical performance. Students who enjoy singing and performing will find an outlet for their creativity in this elective. This class will address skills such as: proper breathing, pleasant vocal production, blend and balance, expansion of range, good intonation, ear training, and sight-reading. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various performances, both on and off campus, throughout the school year.

Drama

This class is designed for students with little or no theater experience to promote confidence, creativity, and appreciation for the theater arts. Classwork focuses on performance, improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work used to introduce students to acting and character development.

Drama provides opportunities for students to develop skills in collaboration, teamwork, listening, communication, and giving and receiving constructive feedback as they create a stage presence for public performances. Students will read from a variety of theater genres, create their own plays, and learn to examine a character to conflict and portray from a different perspective. The drama class will also prepare for a performance in the annual academic meet. They will choose from the following events: group acting, duet acting, and Bible improvisation.

Film and Journalism

This course is for high school students that want to learn or develop their creative writing skills, their photography and video making skills. Students learn to take an idea and turn into a short video, film, script and/or documentary. Students learn the art of storyboarding and planning at the pre-production stage, what is required for a successful production, and how to assemble and organize the footage through editing in post-production. Students also learn scriptwriting, writing articles, film reviews, writing personal narratives, and blogging.

Music

Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. In music, students develop their intellect and refine their emotions. They also develop an understanding of the cultural and creative nature of musical artistry while making connections among music.

Because of the variety in instructional presentation in NTCA’s music classes, students learn that musical expression is fun. NTCA students enjoy showcasing the skills that they are mastering by performing. After working on the skills for vocal expression, performance styles, and audience etiquette, the students prove that they are second to none during performances each year.

Physical Education

In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically-active lifestyle. The students exhibit a physically-active lifestyle and understand the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan.

Elementary students develop basic body control, fundamental movement skills, and health-related fitness components such as strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students can state key performance cues for basic movement patterns such as throwing and catching. Students learn rules and procedures for games and activities and apply safety practices associated with physical activities. Tailored to each specific grade level as developmentally appropriate, the primary objectives are to foster in children a love of physical activity and play, to develop a sense of fair play and cooperation in children, and to encourage the ability to work in groups.

Spanish

Beginning in Kindergarten Readiness classes, students are introduced to Spanish. Students in our elementary grades learn the Spanish words for colors, shapes, numbers and other common nouns, while students in our middle school begin to communicate through conversational phrases and simple questions.

Our Spanish class for high school students utilizes a web based curriculum, Ignitia, which is developed by Alpha Omega Publications, for Spanish. Students use this innovative course as an introduction to Spanish. Courses include text-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and tests that engage students while they learn. Students immerse themselves in the language and culture. Spanish is a self-directed course infused with technology-based lessons, tools, and exercises to enrich learning for students. Bible verses and biblical references support the development of a Christian worldview and encourage practical Christian living.

Yearbook

This course teaches the students how to create their school’s ‘memory book’, the yearbook, and make it a reflection of who they are they as a student body. Students learn the creative processes of layout and design, marketing, writing, photography, editing, and teamwork. Students are responsible for the theme of this year’s yearbook, for deciding what makes it into the yearbook, for photographing all events that will be in the yearbook, for writing copy and captions, for creating fun pages, for doing the class pages, and for promoting the purchase of the yearbook. Students also create commercials and marketing posters to boost sales. Students are given an opportunity to apply for a staff position on the yearbook team and will be placed in a role according to the leadership skills they would like to develop and according areas of interest.