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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

Impacting students’ lives……


Our goal is to challenge, train and equip our students to intellectually defend or find their faith in Christ.  Our Bible department and staff of Christian educators want to equip students with the tools to articulate a Biblical worldview.  In Colossians 2:8 it reads, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”  You see, our worldview creates our values and our values create our behavior.  The foundation we want to create in our students is one that answers the following questions through the Scriptures…. How do you see the world created?  How do you see human beings?  How do you see life after death?  How do you determine right from wrong?


Carnegie Convocation


con·vo·ca·tion -  the action of calling people together for a large formal assembly.

Carnegie Schools must be a place that provides a community that births unity among different denominations with one Savior, Jesus Christ.   This is where our weekly Convocation plays a part in providing a sense of community as we come together to laugh and be challenged by various speakers in Inland Empire community.

Students will also be part of Inhale Groups that will be led by our wonderful teachers!


Bible Courses


7th Grade:     Introduction to Old Testament:  This course will introduce students to each Book of the Old Testament, while doing an in-depth study of various Biblical characters and their relationship with God.


8th Grade:     Introduction to New Testament: This course will introduce students to each Book of the New Testament, while taking a look at the life of Christ.  Second semester will begin to incorporate “Lightbearers”.  “Lightbearers” walks students through life’s “big questions,” comparing the biblical worldview to other major worldviews of today. Whether they are continuing their education in a Christian school or moving to a secular high school, this powerful course provides the eighth graders with the solid biblical foundation they need to stand firm in their faith.


9th Grade:     Old Testament and New Testament Survey:  This course will challenge students to understand their worldview, and answer the question, “Why study the Bible?”.  The course will also give students tools to use for studying the Bible through Inductive Bible Study.          OT/NT Survey will do an in-depth study of the following: author, audience, date, theme and survey of each book of the Bible. The course will also do a study on one book of the New Testament.


10th Grade:   Doctrine and Theology:  Each student will have the opportunity to discover exactly what the Bible, as a whole, teaches about a particular topic.  The following doctrines will be discussed: Doctrine of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  The objective of this course is for the student to have a strong Biblical foundation concerning these areas.  Also incorporated into the class will be “Understanding the Faith”.  Does the Bible have authority in a world committed to relative truth?  The understanding of absolute, objective truth has been largely lost. Spend just a few minutes discussing politics or religion and you’ll hear responses like, “There is no truth!” or “That may be true for you, but not for me.” Understanding the Faith dares to wade into the middle of the controversy with chapters such as:  Is God Christian?  Isn’t Claiming Truth Intolerant? Is the Bible Anti-Science?


11th Grade:   Introduction to the Bible:  We believe that the Bible is relevant for today’s culture.  Students will learn some of the ways God has revealed Himself through the Scriptures, how books of the Bible (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament) were gathered into a single book with 66 books, and why understanding these things is important for our life.  The class will also include “Understanding the Culture”.  UTC addresses issues such as poverty, abortion, technology, arts and entertainment.  Students will be challenged to ask: How can an authentic Christian worldview provide a compassionate, effective witness in culture today?  The students will be taken through the significant topics that affect them every day, offering biblical ideas for conversing with others in an increasingly hostile culture.


12th Grade:   Christian Life Skills:   Nine months to go!  This went to fast!  Decisions to be made concerning the future.  What college do I go to?  How do I pay for college?  Finances?  Critical thinking skills?  Adult responsibility?  All are important questions when it comes to preparing for our future!  This is why we have put together a curriculum that will challenge the thinking of your child and create opportunities of discussion between you and your child!


                     First semester: Foundations in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey:  Foundations in Personal Finance, provide unique tools to teach students the basics of personal finance. Using methods that are both entertaining and engaging, our curriculum provides the next generation a solid foundation on which they can build their financial future and make sound financial decisions for life. Thus, becoming a blessing to their families and the marketplace.


                     Students will also be introduced to “Understanding the Times” and do a study on Christian Theism.


                     Second Semester: Understanding the Times:  In preparation for college students will learn the differences between Christianity and the other prominent worldviews vying for allegiance in Western culture: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism and New Spirituality.