English I

English I introduces students to foundational skills and thinking processes necessary to the study of literary and informational works, some of which are chosen by the teacher and others self-selected. To closely read and interpret a wide variety of reading material, students are asked to consider the following: the main ideas in a work and the author’s approach towards it; the supporting details an author includes in developing an idea or particular effect; sequential, comparative, and cause-effect relationships within the body of a work; meanings of words; and generalizations and conclusions that can be supported through close reading. Writing skills are integrated into the readings, which are often used as mentor texts, aiding students in the development of their own techniques and writing styles. Within the context of a collaborative, writing-workshop type approach, students work on: developing a topic in terms of purpose and focus; organizing their writing for improved unity and coherence; refining word choice in terms of style, tone, clarity, and economy; polishing sentence structure and formation; and effectively employing the conventions of writing in both usage and punctuation.

English II

Through a sustained focus on book-length works of literature, students in English II further develop their reading, writing and communication skills. In reading, these include the ability to infer the main idea or purpose of a work and understand the overall approach taken by an author in terms of point of view, use of concrete details, figurative language and so on. Students are also asked to identify clear relationships between people and ideas, use context to determine the appropriate meaning of words and phrases, and assert generalizations and draw conclusions about different characters and ideas encountered in the literature. Within a writing-workshop approach, students continue to hone their abilities in developing a central idea or topic, including transitions between paragraphs, revising their writing to delete redundant material, appropriately using phrases and clauses to vary sentence structure, and improving use of punctuation and grammar.

English III

Students in English III continue developing their skills while reading book-length works of American literature. At the English III level, while reading, students are expected to locate details and events that support important points or ideas present in a work of literature. They must also understand implied or subtly stated cause-effect relationships as well as identifying those more clearly expressed. Additionally, students must be able to explain how the style of a work of literature (point of view, figurative language, sentence structure) contributes to an understanding of the author’s overall purpose in a work. Students are expected to continue using context clues to determine the meaning of words even when the language is richly figurative and the vocabulary difficult. In English III, students continue to improve their writing skills through collaborating in a writing workshop style environment. Students are expected to identify the rhetorical effects of a particular writing style, aligning it with the author’s purpose and audience. They also must continue using an understanding of phrases and clauses to avoid comma splices, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments. In organizing their writing, students focus on arranging sentences to improve the logic and coherence of a complex paragraph, and they use rhetorical techniques such as parallel structure to increase effectiveness. The importance of word connotations—informal vs. formal for example — are considered within the context of the author’s writing task as well as revising writing for redundant material.

English IV

English IV centers on book-length works of British literature. Moreover, in addition to working on the continued development of reading, writing, and communication skills for college, English IV students have the option of showcasing skills and talents to a broader community through drama. “Senior Projects” are another component of English IV that provide students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in English class outside of a traditional classroom setting. To complete a project, students must research a topic, incorporate their findings in a formalized essay, and apply their findings in a “real world” context.

Algebra I

Algebra I is designed for students who have had a solid foundation in arithmetic and pre-algebra. When students complete this course they will be well prepared for Algebra II or Geometry.

Algebra II

Algebra II is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I with a grade of at least a C-. Students explore functions, logarithms, trigonometry, and complex numbers. (Algebra II is required for college entrance at many four-year colleges.)


Geometry is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I. The class works with basic geometric shapes, triangles, polygons, circles, logic, and mathematical proof.


This class is intended for students who have completed two years of high school Algebra, and one year of geometry. Students are given the opportunity to prepare for college mathematics, review for college entrance exams, and broaden their understanding of mathematics

Intro to Computers

Using commercial word processing and spreadsheet software, the course will further develop the skills of students who have taken keyboarding. Word processing and spreadsheet concepts and applications learned will be useful on a personal and occupational level. For spreadsheets, the student will develop the idea of placing text, numbers, and formulas in row/column format. Graphing data for presentations will also be presented. Students will create spreadsheets for procedures such as payroll, grades, and inventory.


This is a technology class that assists students in learning basic photo-editing techniques and layout skills in order to take a yearbook project from idea to print. They will complete assignments from Lydia.com on how to use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Under the supervision of the head student editor(s) and yearbook sponsor they will take photos of school events and use those shots in their layouts. It is a fun and exciting way for students to take ownership of capturing and documenting the school year memories in a visually creative way that will last a lifetime.


Choir is open to all students. Students will develop skills in sight singing, musicianship and choral training. Sacred music is the main focus of musical selections, but some secular and holiday-season selections are also performed.

Hand Bells

Hand Bell Choir is a group of 10 to 13 ringers who perform on a four-octave set of hand bells. Students are strongly encouraged to have music reading skills as well as a strong sense of rhythm and good hand coordination. This group tours during the school year. Students are expected to make a full-year commitment.


Dynamics is Mount Ellis’ touring choral group. Members are selected by audition and a high level of musicianship is expected. The group travels throughout Montana and attends a choir clinic every other year. Students are expected to make a full-year commitment.


The String Orchestra includes students from both Mount Ellis Academy and Mount Ellis Elementary. Anyone who plays violin, viola, cello, or bass is encouraged to come out for the group.

World History

This is a survey course in World History covering the Dawn of Civilization to Issues in the Contemporary World. We will be studying the people, agriculture and foundations of civilizations thru many eras.

US History

This is a survey course in US History primarily covering the period from the colonization of the Americas to the current time. This survey will concentrate of the social development of the people of the US in an attempt to show how our past has influenced our present.

Government & Economics

This is a basic course in civic understanding and understanding economics and how businesses are run and how to run a household. Emphasis is not just on learning about how one’s government operates, but will also provide opportunity to participate in the civic environment. Students will develop a sense of how their lives are impacted by government and civic events, both present and past. They willunderstand a core of basic knowledge about social issues and institutions, be involved in civic problem-solving adventures. Students will become more adept at analyzing various civic positions, looking for ways groups and individuals attempt to influence the debate of civic issues.

Auto Mechanics

The auto mechanics class focuses on basic auto repair from bumper to bumper, and teaches students how to diagnose and repair basic systems including: brakes, electronics, suspension, electrical and engine performance. Special emphasis is placed on safety training with lift usage, the proper use of chemicals, shop materials and repair techniques. The automobile is divided into 14 labs that cover most vehicle systems. Which labs are completed depends on repair projects that come into the auto shop. Students are allowed to work on their own vehicle projects (at the discretion of the shop teacher).

Wood Shop

Wood Shop class focuses on basic wood working with a healthy dose of practical and safety training. You will learn how to shape and manipulate wood using hand and power tools. Mount Ellis Academy has many power tools for students to learn with including sanders, routers lathes and the latest in table saw safety technology, our new Saw Stop.


The goal of our Welding Theory and Welding Practical classes are to introduce and progress students in the science of welding in a safe controlled environment. Time is spent practicing multiple welding processes, joint styles and welding positions on many types of metal. Students may then progress to real-world fabrication projects that come through our shop. Students are allowed (at the discretion of the shop teacher) to work on personal projects. Advanced welding theory and practice aimed to preparing students for a career in welding are also available as time and skills allow.

  • Welding Theory contains reading assignments, discussions, and practical exercises pertaining to welding application, science and technology.
  • Welding Practical contains discussions and practical exercises. This course continues skill development from lecture topics found in Welding Theory. Practical work involves the application of SMAW, GMAW and GTAW as it is used in industry today. Use of the various modes of metal transfer, joint styles, welding positions, welding of carbon and stainless steels, and aluminum alloys on various joint styles and in various welding positions and manipulation techniques will be emphasized

Spanish I

Students learn the elements of Spanish vocabulary and grammar in an interactive classroom emphasizing the ability to read, write, speak, and understand basic spoken Spanish. To this end, students engage in various activities such as TPRS, translation of basic passages, simple conversation, composition, and audio and video exercises. The teacher also uses the target language during instruction.

Spanish II

Students in this class continue to build on basic Spanish skills. Vocabulary learned in Spanish I is used as a foundation to enhance reading, writing, speaking, and listening abilities. Similarly, grammatical concepts are further developed. Students use basic knowledge of verb conjugation and present and past tense to create more sophisticated sentences, which include the use of the imperfect and past perfect tenses. Much of the instruction is delivered in the target language

Bible I

Bible I provides students with an understanding of the history of the Bibles development and the purpose of the Bible today. We will examine Old Testament stories to discover what we can learn from them that applies to our lives today. Our second semester will focus on the story of salvation and God’s grace. It is our hope that students will learn to study God’s word in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them. Our highest aim is that students will decide to develop and grow a personal relationship with God.

Bible II

Sophomore Bible is a thorough study of God’s people throughout history. First Semester includes an overall survey of God’s people through the Old and New Testaments. Second Semester follows God’s people through the formation of the Christian Church, the middle ages, the reformation, and the development of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Bible III

The Study of Romans, Daniel, Revelation and the 28 Church Doctrines. Students will gain the following specific skills to study the Bible: Use of a concordance, use of commentaries for aid in understanding specific problems, how to study the Bible within its historical setting and context, how archeology and other related disciplines can contribute to one’s understanding of a Biblical book.

Bible IV

Each quarter is different for the senior year and we study the following topics: Christian Philosophy of Life, Careers, Marriage and Family and world Religions.Students will study Proverbs to help them experience a growing relationship with Christ, develop a philosophy of life that centers on living for God’s glory, to introduce them to the wisdom literature of the Bible. To encourage them to include eternity in all of their plans for present and future.

Introduction to Ministry

Ministry class is the perfect place for a student to realize the mission of Mount Ellis Academy to “Discover, develop and serve.” Following the example of Jesus we recognize that the reality of our Creator is best discovered by experience. Having called His disciples, Jesus then led them into active ministry. They jumped right in participating with Him in the work of sharing the gospel of the Kingdom. The message is simply “God is Love.” In ministry we seek to proclaim this truth by words and actions while constantly remembering that actions speak louder than words. As part of the effort we welcome all gifts given by, and dedicated to God and seek daily opportunities to put them into practice for His glory. Common Ministry Class activities include, leading out in praise and worship, leading small group bible studies, and doing hands on ministry like service projects and daily acts of love and mercy towards others. Ministry class is a pass/fail course in which students can also earn community service credit.

Anatomy & Physiology

This upper-division course is designed to give students and in-depth view of how our body parts fit and work together. The main emphasis of the class is to learn the names and functions of the structures that form the human body. Students learn medical terminology for the organ systems and for diseases and other external factors that may affect them. Principles of preventative health are stressed. Models and lab specimens are used to help students visualize what they are studying. Medical case studies are used to promote problem solving skills and using physiological principles. Study trips are taken to various medical and healthcare facilities where students can observe daily application of concepts studied in class.


Students will be introduced to the world of microscopic life. They will study cell structure and energy relationships within living systems. Importance is placed on analyzing evidence and characteristics that indicate order and design. Heredity and the modern day issues surrounding genetics are explored with connection to Christian values. Students study the interrelationships of living and non-living factor in their environment through data collection and analysis in outdoor and technology-enhanced learning modules within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


This class studies the principles behind atomic structure and trends that shape the atomic and molecular interactions. Emphasis is placed on learning concepts that will help students to problem solve and make predictions. Emphasis is also placed on laboratory learning activities that reinforce the concepts learned. This class is highly recommended to all college-bound students.

Physical Science

This class explores fundamental concepts in physics and chemistry. Students study such concepts as motion, energy, magnetism, electricity, atomic structure, molecular interactions, and more. Each concept is emphasized through use of technology and hands-on labs.

AP® Physics

This Advanced Placement® class explores the fundamental principles of motion, energy, light, sound, electricity, and more. Much emphasis is placed on advanced problem solving skills and using these skills in the laboratory. Students are also involved in presenting concepts through demonstrations. This class is also highly recommended for college-bound students. Algebra II and geometry are pre-requisites for this class. Many universities accept qualifying AP® scores for credit in general science requirements.

Advanced Biology

This class is designed to be project oriented. Students design, execute, and analyze research projects in the areas of environment (stream and forest), and hydroponics (plants in a liquid medium). Other units involve biotechnology and natural history. Most classes are spent in the field and on the project with an weekend birding trip at the end of the year.

Basic Physical Education I

Basic Physical Education introduces team sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, softball, and flag football. The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of each sport and give each student the opportunity to use those fundamentals in actual game situations. Rules and strategy are also stressed. As with any physical education class, personal fitness is incorporated throughout.

Basic Physical Education II

Basic Physical Education II introduces recreational sports such as gymnastics, recreational lacrosse, badminton, pickle ball, etc. The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of each sport and give each student the opportunity to use those fundamentals in actual game situations. Rules and strategy are also stressed. As with any physical education class, personal fitness is incorporated throughout.


The relationship between mind, body, and spirit is central to the purpose of this class. Students explore the concept of health and how they apply to the choices we make every day.

Lifetime Sports

This physical education class is designed for Juniors and Seniors who are ready for more advanced activities. The goal of this class is for each student to become aware of and participate in a variety of sporting activities that can become integral parts of his or her recreational life. Activities such as backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, jogging, and strength training can be enjoyed well past the prime years. They are also excellent ways to maintain physical fitness throughout ones life.