Concurrent Credit

Little Rock Christian Academy partners with John Brown University to offer courses that can be taken for both high school and college credit. These four courses are college courses designed by John Brown University and taught by Little Rock Christian faculty under the guidance and direction of the University.

1 Semester - 3 Hours College Credit

English I: Composition (EGL 1013)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status

  • Unweighted minimum GPA of 3.0
  • ACT of 20 or 100 Reading and Writing combined PSAT
  • Proven maturity meeting deadlines & teacher recommendation


Welcome to the challenging world of English composition! This course will hone student writing skills in academic argument, while using rhetorical styles such as exposition, narration, argumentation, description, etc. Good arguments also pay attention to research, various perspectives, and audience. Argument is also used across the curriculum, not just in English class. Students will be asked to make and defend a claim in virtually all college courses. This course will help develop skills that will be used in other college classes, career and well after. Cultivating these competencies will make students a valuable employee, a responsible citizen, and an informed and effective Christian witness wherever they go. It will help students articulate themselves as well on paper as they do in person and improve critical faculties and powers of observation. The summer reading assignment will be announced in May.


Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  • develop critical reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • construct clear, cohesive, and logical arguments
  • effectively analyze and evaluate ideas, arguments, and diverse points of view
  • integrate personal faith with various social issues
  • learn to cite sources through paraphrase, summary, and quotation
  • employ appropriate rhetorical strategies in a writing assignments

Grade Determination: A total score of 70% is necessary for JBU credit to be granted.

English II: Literary Analysis & Research (EGL 1023)

Prerequisite:

  • Successful completion of English I: Composition (EGL 1013)

Reading and discussing good literature can be one of the most rewarding and enriching ways to contemplate questions of the human heart. In this course, students will do just that, and will simultaneously learn to appreciate the craftsmanship, literary conventions and devices used to produce such art. Thinking critically and using language persuasively are two of the most important needed to be successful in college and the world today. Students will continue to grow as thinkers and writers as they form opinions and write about literature and life. We will explore drama, novels, poetry, and short ction. Major works include: Oedipus Rex, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun, and Cry, the Beloved Country. Shorter works include poems and short stories by contemporary writers and classical poets.


Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  • Develop critical reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  • Identify literary conventions: point of view, symbolism, irony, setting, etc.
  • Demonstrate analytical skills: reading and writing.
  • Understand and explore the human condition and his/her relation to God.
  • Construct clear, cohesive, and logical essays.
  • Effectively analyze various literary genres.
  • Learn how to use the library and various other online databases for research
  • Learn to cite sources through paraphrase, summary, and quotation.

A total score of 70% is necessary for JBU credit to be granted. 80%-90% of the grade will be comprised of 4 major papers: Short Story Analysis, Drama Analysis, Poetry Explication, Novel Motif Analysis. The other 10%-20% will be comprised of daily assignments, quizzes, class participation, peer review, etc. Students will be expected to read and answer questions over Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream before the course begins.

US History to 1865 (HST 2113)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status
  • Unweighted minimum GPA of 3.0
  • ACT of 20 or 100 Reading and Writing combined PSAT
  • Proven maturity meeting deadlines & teacher recommendation

This course is a survey of American political, social, and economic history from the colonial era through the Civil War. The course focuses on the following key themes: contact and conquest, colonialism, slavery and race, the meaning of the American Revolution, challenges and opportunities in the new nation, and sectional crisis and Civil War. In addition, the course explores how early Americans thought about such questions as the relationship between the individual and society, the meaning of equality,andtherelationshipofrightsandresponsibilities.


A total score of 70% is necessary for JBU credit to be granted.

US History since 1865 (HST 2123)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status
  • Unweighted minimum GPA of 3.0
  • ACT of 20 or 100 Reading and Writing combined PSAT
  • Proven maturity meeting deadlines & teacher recommendation

The basic purpose of this course is to survey American political, social, and economic history from the Reconstruction era to the present.


The course’s objectives are:

  • to promote knowledge of the key themes, events, movements and people in American history since the end of the American Civil War
  • to familiarize students with some of the best-known and most important speeches made by American political and cultural leaders from the end of the Civil War to the Obama presidency
  • to introduce students to historical research and writing
  • to prepare students to be knowledgeable citizens of the United States

A total score of 70% is necessary for JBU credit to be granted.

2 Semesters - 3 Hours College Credit

College Algebra (MTH 1113)

Prerequisite:

  • Completion of Algebra II or PAP Algebra II
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • ACT math score of at least 19 or SAT math score of at least 480

This course is recommended for students who have successfully completed Algebra II or PAP Algebra II and who are mature learners. It is a college course and will move at the pace of a college course with the expectation that students come to class prepared each day. Topics include solving equations and systems of equations, functions and graphing, complex numbers, inequalities, logarithms, exponentials, sequences, series, mathematical induction, and the binomial theorem.


This course meets the Mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum.

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