High School Electives
(Textbook Based)


Based on the textbook Century 21 Accounting 2000 (7th edition), this course teaches multicolumn journal accounting in three cycles:

  1. Accounting for a service business organized as a proprietorship
  2. Accounting for a merchandising business organized as a partnership
  3. Accounting for a merchandising business organized as a corportation
The student materials consist of three workbooks, a student guide, and ten tests.

Teacher materials include information for the course, answer keys to the workbooks, and test answer keys. (Grade 11 or 12)

Textbooks are used, but clean and sold at reduced price.

Exploring Agriscience

This one-credit course replaces CLE's old Agriculture elective. It is a general and brief overview of the various facets of agriculture in America.

The course begins with an introductory chapter and a chapter on the history of agriculture in America.

Next, the course treats the growing of plants, and includes chapters on types of soil, plants and their uses, agricultural pests, floriculture, growing plants in nurseries, landscaping, fruit and nut production, row crops, forest science, protecting the environment, and organic agriculture.

Dealing with the growing of animals, the course inlcudes chapters on the livestock industry, the dairy industry, the poultry industry, aquaculture (fish and curstaceans), companion animals and pets, and the proper treatment of animals.

Other related subjects treated in the course are methods of preserving foods, using hand tools, small engines, biotechnology and agriulcture, and careers in agricultural science.

This course is based on a middle school textbook Exploring Agriscience (2006). It introduces students to a wide range of agricultural topics including forestry, landscaping, biotechnology, and aquaculture. Students learn the most significant components of agriculture and its importance to society. The book teaches many interesting facts about plants and animals without overloading them with details.

One workbook, instead of 10 individual LightUnits, guides the student through the text. Ten LightUnit tests are included.

Teacher materials include answers for all LightUnit exercises, self checks, and tests, and notes for the teacher. (Grades 8-10)

Auto Fundamentals

This full-credit course uses the textbook, Auto Fundamentals, (copyright 2005). The text covers design, construction, and operation of automotive systems. Auto systems are taught by first explaining the principle of each and then describing the parts that make them up. Systems taught in the book include engine, electrical, ignition, fuel injection, emission, computer, transmission, suspension, and brake.

The study guide leads the student through this one-credit course, using the Auto Fundamentals workbook. Ten LightUnit tests are provided.

The teacher's materials give answers for the workbook exercises, a test answer key, and removable teacher notes.

After completing this course, students should have a good understanding of automotive technology and how each automotive system functions. (Grade 11 or 12)


The textbook Beginning Woodwork (1994) teaches students the basic woodworking skills. It includes information on sources of lumber and other wood materials. It explains how to design a project, along with how to figure and order materials. It also teaches basic hand woodworking skills, tool safety, and more.

Other student materials consist of a workbook, a LightUnit, and ten tests.

The tenth LightUnit directs the student to design and build a project. Numerous project ideas are included.

This thorough and easy-to-understand course teaches practical skills students will find useful for life.

Teacher's materials consist of information for the course and answers for the exercises and tests. (Grade 9 and up)

Car Care

Based on the textbook The Car Care Book, Third Edition 2004, this course is suitable for boys or girls. It introduces students to three areas: the major systems of a car, the basics of inspection and maintenance, and the financial aspects of owning and operating a vehicle.

After discussing what makes the car run and the basic tools for necessary maintenance, the text leads the student through the major systems of the car: fuel, electrical, lubricating, cooling, the drive train, tires and brakes, suspension and steering, heating and air conditioning, and optional equipment. It gives guidance in developing a maintenance program and doing minor repairs. It also discusses repairing versus selling, gives tips for buying parts, insurance, and warranties, and ends with chapters on buying a new car and leasing a car. (Half credit, grade 9 and up)

Five LightUnits (in one workbook) guide the student through the text, providing exercises, review, and self checks, and LightUnit test.

Teacher materials include answers for all LightUnit exercises and self checks. Includes removable teacher's notes and LightUnit test answer key.


This full-color textbook -- Carpentry, Fifth Edition (copyright 2009) -- includes detailed illustrations and descriptive photographs along with text to introduce the student to every aspect of the carpentry trade, including construction materials and methods, hand and power tools, equipment and safety, print reading, survey tools, foundations and slabs, frame construction (floor, wall, ceiling, roof), insulation, interior and exterior finish, stairway construction, post and beam construction, and heavy concrete construction.

The text also contains up-to-date safety practices and related OSHA regulations, as well as information on engineered lumber and panels, roof and floor trusses, insulating concrete forms (ICF), exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), scaffolding and aerial lifts, the latest power tools and total station instruments, metal framing applications and techniques, and timesaving trade tips. (One credit, grade 10 or above)

The study guide leads the student through this one-credit course, using the Carpentry, Fifth Edition workbook. Ten LightUnit tests are provided.

Teacher materials provide answers for workbook exercises and includes removable notes for the teacher and LightUnit test answer key.

Christian Ethics

A study of wisdom from the Book of Proverbs. Subjects include: Wisdom Helps Me Trust ... Obey ... Submit ... Turn from Evil ... Pride ... Purity ... Friendship ... The Strange Woman ... The Virtuous Woman ... The Faithful Man.

Worksheets in the student book expand each topic in the textbook through study of relevant Bible verses, most of which are from Proverbs. Five unit tests are included.

Teacher materials include an answer key to the student worksheets and tests. (Grade 9 and up)

Computer Service & Repair

This full-credit course is based on the textbook Computer Service and Repair (copyright 2008). The course teaches fundamental knowledge in computer technology. It takes the CLE's Computer Basics course a step further, teaching how to upgrade, configure, troubleshoot, and network personal computers. The text explains the electronics used to make devices work and the different stages in its development.

After taking this course, students will have the foundation necessary for pursuing more technical areas involving computers. (One credit, grade 11 or above)

The study guide leads the student through this one-credit course, using the Computer Service and Repair textbook. Ten LightUnit tests are provided.

Teacher materials provide answers for workbook exercises and includes removable notes for the teacher and LightUnit test answer key.

English 2600 & English 3200

Each of these half-credit courses is useful for remedial work for students who struggle with English grammar and usage. Use 2600 for ninth grade and 3200 for tenth grade.

The programmed material in each work-text is presented in frames (small segments), which prompt the student to learn, respond, and check/correct their own work in small increments. The constant reinforcement aids remedial learning.

Students will need a textbook and a test booklet.

Teachers will need a teacher's manual. (Grade 9 and 10)

Home Repair & Maintenance

Home Repair and Maintenance (1996) teaches the how-to's of repairing and maintaining a residential structure. It borrows skills and techniques from carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity, and other building trades. Students learn how to repair roofs, windows, cabinets, water and waste systems, electrical wiring systems, heating and cooling systems, and insulation.

A student guide and ten tests direct the student through the textbook.

Teacher information includes answers for the textbook exercises, Lightunit exercises, and the tests. (Grade 9 and up)

Introductory Horticulture

The up-to-date, full-color textbook Introductory Horticulture (2007) includes detailed illustrations and photographs along with an introduction to all aspects of horticulture, including how plants are named, parts of plants, plant reproduction, growth requirements, and methods of plant propagation. Students learn about greenhouse management, container planting, landscaping, vegetable gardening, and small fruit production. Also covered are lawn and turf management and pest control.

Ten LightUnits in one workbook guide the student through the text.

The teacher materials include answers for exercises, self checks, LightUnit tests, and removable teacher notes.  (Grade 9 and up)

Keeping Financial Records for Business

Keeping Financial Records for Business, Ninth Edition (2001) equips students with a broad knowledge of business operations and the basic skills needed to keep financial records in sales or support occupations. It is less technical than our accounting course, but covers a similar scope.

Student materials include two workbooks, a student guide, and ten tests.

Besides information on the course, the teacher materials contain answers for the workbooks and the tests. (Grade 9 and up)

Keyboarding, Formatting, and Document Processing

Century 21 Keyboarding and Information Processing (sixth edition, 2000) guides students in developing keyboarding skills. It also teaches document formatting and processing (skilled production of letters, reports, tables, and other communications).

Either a typewriter or computer can be used. Optional work is included for those using computers.

Student materials include a student guide dividing the book into ten LightUnits, and ten performance tests.

Besides information on the course, the teacher materials contain answers for the LightUnit exercises. (Grade 9 and up)

Modern Residential Wiring

Modern Residential Wiring (1996) covers basic information for installing electrical wiring in homes or light industrial applications.

It introduces electrical energy fundamentals, circuit theory and components, electricians' tools, grounding essentials, types and components of wiring systems, device wiring, reading prints, electrical remodeling, and more.

The course is based on the 2002 National Electric Code, which is recommended but not required for the course.

Student materials include a workbook, a student guide, and ten tests.

Besides information on the course, the teacher materials contain answers for the workbook, exercises, and tests. (Grade 10 and up)

Music in Biblical Perspective

Music is powerful. It can edify or destroy. How can Christians make wise music choices? This elective not only teaches music, it speaks to these issues. Some of the topics:

  • Music: An expression of man
  • Music: A moral issue
  • Testing music by the character of God
  • What about the music itself?
  • Testing music by its appeal
  • Musical instruments and the New Testament
  • We have a song -- Let's sing
  • Hymn appreciation
Based on the booklet Music in Biblical Perspective by John Coblentz, its adapted and expanded study guide, and CLE Music LightUnits 5-8.

Pilgrim's Progress

This literature course is based on the unabridged printing of Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, who wrote it from a prison cell in 15th century England. This allegory relates the story of Christian and his wife, Christiana, who found the way to the Celestial City. It is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of English literature.

Students read and analyze the book with the help of a workbook divided into five units and tests.

An answer key is available for the workbook and tests. (Grades 9 and up)

Practical Math

The textbook Practical Math (3rd edition; 2009) provides comprehensive review of basic math concepts. Topics included are whole numbers, factors and cancellation, fractions, decimals, percentages, measurements, powers and roots, ratios and proportions, plane and solid figures, and graphs. Word problems use practical situations.

There are no additional student materials. The breakdown of the textbook into LightUnits is included with the text.

Teacher information for the course plus answer keys for the textbook, self checks, and tests is included in the teacher materials. (Grade 9 and up)

Small Gas Engines

The textbook Small Gas Engines (9th edition; 2009) provides the student with useful information about small gas engines. It contains material on construction, operation, lubrication, maintenance, troubleshooting, rebuilding, and repairing two- and four-cycle engines.

Provides detailed information about one-, two-, and three-cylinder, two- and four-cycle engines.

The text is written in clear, non-technical language.

Student materials include a workbook, a student guide, and ten LightUnit tests.

Teacher information for the course plus answer keys for the workbook, LightUnit exercises, and tests are included in the teacher materials. (Grade 10 and up)