High School Curriculum
The Iron Academy high school experience is unlike any other! Our desire at Iron Academy is for each student to develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ while growing into a biblical young man who can change the world. There are high expectations and responsibilities placed on our high school students to grow academically, spiritually, and in developing their leadership skills. All high school students take a college-preparatory curriculum based on our Targeted Learning Philosophy while being taught from a biblical worldview.
Our school day is organized such that students have four or five academic courses and a study hall period each day. We use a modified block schedule with History, Literature, Bible, and Science classes being 90 minutes each day and lasting for one semester and Math, Spanish, and PE classes being 45 minutes each day and lasting the entire school year. Each 90-minute class includes a “brain break” at the midpoint of the class period in which the students do a few minutes of rigorous physical activity, which research shows stimulates the brain and promotes better learning.
The course credits needed for our high school graduation requirement for all students exceed the minimum credits needed for admission to the UNC system. Each student must earn at least 24 credits distributed as:
- 4 credits in Literature
- 4 credits in Mathematics
- 4 credits in Science
- 4 credits in History
- 4 credits in Bible and Philosophy (1 credit per year enrolled)
- 2 credits in Foreign Language
- 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
- 1 credit from Elective
AP and Honors Courses: Our current AP courses are Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, and Physics. Our Honors courses include World Literature, Ancient World Literature, British Literature, American Literature, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, World History, Ancient History, 20th Century History, U.S. History, The Virtuous Man and Fruits of the Spirit, Christian Apologetics, Biblical Philosophy of the US Constitution, and The Life of Christ.
Elective Options: For all 9th grade students, we offer an Intensive Week course in College and Career Planning. Through this course, students start to plan how their high school curriculum will lead them to the college major and career they are interested in pursuing. Students may also pursue elective options with Dual Enrollment with Wake Tech Community College. Our most interesting feature as a small school is for students to pursue their passion with our Student Fashioned Elective. Under the guidance of an expert in that field, students have pursued interests as varied as developing their skills in a musical instrument to carpentry. If a student chooses to go this route, they will need to fill out and submit the form: Unique Classes and Student Fashioned Electives. Our Student Leadership program also provides a way for students who serve in these positions to receive elective credit for their training and work.
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