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High School Grades 9th -12th*

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WORLD HISTORY A*

World History (1 of 2) explores the key events and global historical developments from hunter-gatherer societies to the Industrial Revolution. It begins with analysis of early prehistoric people from the Paleolithic era to the Agricultural Revolution. The course follows the rise and fall of early empires and then considers the fall of the Roman Empire and its aftermath. Continuing through the Middle Ages, the course analyzes the Crusades, feudalism, the plague, and Asian empires. It explores the impact and effects of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation on human culture and analyzes conflicts between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant and Catholic reformers. Examining the Age of Exploration, the course follows European explorers who sought new trade routes to Asia, the discovery of the Americas, the rise of joint-stock companies, the slave trade, and emergence of the American colonies. It analyzes important revolutions in history, including the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the American and French revolutions, Latin American revolutions, and the Industrial Revolution.

 

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WORLD HISTORY B*

World History (2 of 2) traces the developments of the last 250 years that have shaped the modern world. It begins by examining the origins of modern Western imperialism—or the building of empires. This includes the influence of the Industrial Revolution and reactions to groups based on culture and ethnicity. The course will analyze the deep cultural, economic, and political impacts that imperialism had on Africa and Asia, including the rise of Japan. From there it continues to examine how imperialism and nationalism contributed to the outbreak of World War I. It will consider how the Treaty of Versailles contributed to the rise of fascism in Europe and the start of World War II. The course will also analyze the changing, destructive nature of 20th century warfare and atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust.

 

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US HISTORY A*

US History (1 of 2) begins with the period of European exploration and the impact Europeans had on the lives of those native to North America. From there, the course traces the development of the English colonies in North America, the causes and effects of the American Revolution, and the ratification of the Constitution. Next, the course examines the causes of the War of 1812. Throughout much of the course, the topic of sectionalism is analyzed through the study of various events, including westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The later part of the course examines the Indian Wars, immigration, and the Second Industrial Revolution. Special focus is given to the ideas that shaped the history of those living in the United States.

 

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US HISTORY B*

US History (2 of 2) continues the story of the United States, encompassing the successes and failures of the nation in improving the human condition and espousing the unalienable rights that define the American spirit. It begins with the period of reform during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. This is followed by World War I and the economic boom of the era known as the “Roaring Twenties.” After a study of the Great Depression and the New Deal, the course then traces America’s involvement in World War II and in the Cold War as well as proxy conflicts like the Vietnam War and Korean War. Students learn about pivotal events in the presidential administrations of the second half of the 20th century. The course proceeds to examine domestic and global events as the United States emerges into the 21st century, including technology innovations, global communications, and the rise of terrorism. Along the way, the course explores some of the key individuals who contributed to the events and policies that have shaped the decades discussed within these lessons.

 

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ECONOMICS*

Economics explores principles that allow students to make informed decisions about personal finance. In this course, students develop a broader understanding of national and international economic decisions and policies. These principles will help students understand why economics impacts history, the distribution of wealth, and the quality of life for all members of society.

 

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CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT

U.S. Government provides students with basic knowledge of the history and philosophy of the United States government and its principles, which guide our democracy. Students will examine the United States Constitution to answer questions and determine the facts of government. They will also focus on the functions and duties of the three branches of government. Students pay special attention to political participation, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and government systems of the world. Students will study political institutions to explore the history, organization, and functions of the US government.

 

This course guides students in preparing to take the Naturalization Test designed by the United States federal government. The course is for high school students in order to fulfill the requirement for graduation. Civics: Citizenship provides students the ability to engage with the government in which they will soon participate. This course provides real-world connections between democratic ideals and practical activities.

 

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ENGLISH IA*

English I (1 of 2) is the first semester of the ninth-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and literary texts. As students read the selections in this course, they explore textual evidence, identify themes and central ideas, make inferences, analyze word choice, and recognize figurative and connotative language in a variety of texts. As part of the course, students read the early fantasy novel The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Students also compare portrayals of both literary and informational content in different mediums. Grammar and usage lessons cover context and word function as clues to meaning, and the function of words in different domains and dialects. Students learn how figures of speech can deepen meaning and how reference materials help build vocabulary skills. Students also complete two Writing Projects: a personal narrative (memoir) and a literary analysis.

 

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ENGLISH IB*

English I (2 of 2) is the second semester of the ninth-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and literary texts. As students read the selections in this course, they review concepts such as textual evidence, themes and central ideas, characters, and inferences. They also learn new concepts, including rhetorical techniques, structure and style, and arguments and claims. As part of the course, students read the dystopian novella Anthem by Ayn Rand. Students also compare works from different time periods to identify how later works use earlier ones for inspiration. Grammar and usage lessons review context and word nuances. Students also learn about spelling conventions, style manuals, phrases and clauses, parallel structure, and colons and semicolons. They also complete two Writing Projects: an informational essay and an argument essay.

 

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ENGLISH IIA*

English II (1 of 2) is the first semester of the 10th-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis of informational texts, argument texts, and videos. As students read the selections in this course, they explore explicit and inferred meaning through textual evidence; identify central ideas and details that support them; evaluate arguments and claims; recognize organizational structures; analyze figurative, connotative, technical, and rhetorical language; and assess the effects of word choice on tone in a variety of texts. Students recognize and use different reference sources, and review spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation rules, including use of semicolons and colons. Students learn new vocabulary, including domain-specific words, and identify context clues and patterns of word change with prefixes and suffixes. Students also complete two Writing Projects: an informational essay and an argument essay.

 

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ENGLISH IIB*

English II (2 of 2) is the second semester of the 10th-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis of literary texts from around the world and across history. As students read the selections, they practice strategies to recognize textual evidence, identify themes, make inferences, analyze all aspects of characterization, and identify figurative language, figures of speech, and literary devices. As part of the course, students read the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles and write a character analysis based on one of the main characters. Language lessons review context clues and word nuances. Students also learn more about patterns that occur with affixes, evaluate correct use of phrases and clauses, and identify parallel construction with gerunds and infinitives. In addition to the literary analysis essay, students complete a personal narrative essay.

 

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ENGLISH IIIA*

English III (1 of 2) is the first semester of the 11th-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and argument texts. As students read the selections in this course, they explore textual evidence, identify central ideas and supporting details, make inferences, analyze word choice, and recognize figurative and connotative language in a variety of texts. As part of the course, students read seminal US texts such as “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass, as well as presidential speeches, court documents, and scientific articles. Grammar lessons cover context and word function as clues to meaning, spelling and hyphenation rules, and contested usage. Students learn how figures of speech can deepen meaning and how reference materials help build vocabulary skills. Students also complete two research-based Writing Projects: an informational essay and an argument essay.

 

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ENGLISH IIIB*

English III (2 of 2) is the second semester of the 11th-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and literary texts. As students read the selections in this course, they learn about literary elements such as plot, setting, and character; themes and central ideas; and characteristics of poetry and drama. As part of the course, students read the classic American play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Students also compare works from different time periods to identify how later works use earlier ones for inspiration. Grammar and usage lessons review context and word nuances. Students also learn about style manuals, phrases and clauses, parallel structure, and colons and semicolons. Students also complete two Writing Projects: a fictional narrative and a literary analysis.

 

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ENGLISH IVA*

English IV is the first semester of the 12th-grade English Language Arts course. This course covers reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and argument texts. As students read the selections in this course, they explore rhetoric, figurative language, theme and purpose, specialized vocabulary, text structure, word nuances, and more. As part of the course, students read seminal US texts such as the Declaration of Independence as well as presidential speeches, court documents, and articles related to innovative technology. Grammar lessons cover context clues, word patterns as clues to meaning, contested usage, and strategies for avoiding syntax errors. Students learn how to make inferences, conduct research, evaluate evidence, and use reference resources. Students also complete two research-based Writing Projects: an informational essay and an argument essay.

 

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ENGLISH IVB*

This semester covers in-depth literary analysis using narrative texts from British literature— from the Middle Ages through modern times. The course builds in complexity, covering topics such as explicit and implicit meanings, figurative language, literary devices, central ideas, themes, and narrative and structural elements. Students write a fictional narrative in the style of Gothic Romanticism and a literary analysis comparing or contrasting two texts from different eras of British literature. These short and extended forms of writing emphasize the writing process, from note-taking and outline-making to revising and editing for content and style.

 

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PRE-ALGEBRA

Students will start with the review of integers and rational numbers. They’ll then move into properties of numbers, including working with exponents, roots, and mastering the order of operations. Students will learn about variables and how to simplify expressions and solve multi-step equations. Finally, they’ll study lines and linear equations, and along the way they will work with ordered pairs, the coordinate plane, and graphs.

 

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ALGEBRA 1A*

This course helps develop and strengthen students’ algebraic thinking and problem-solving skills. Students apply properties to simplify expressions with exponents and radicals, and they explore the relationships between rational and irrational numbers. Then students solve linear equations using inverse operations, and they write and solve linear equations that model real-world situations. As they explore linear relationships, they graph lines from equations and tables, and they write linear equations that represent given graphs. They also solve linear inequalities and graph them on number lines and in coordinate planes. Using their knowledge of linear equations and inequalities, students solve and graph systems of linear equations and inequalities. Next, students apply operations on polynomials and explore factoring quadratic expressions. Finally, students solve quadratic equations by factoring, using the quadratic formula and technology, and they work with systems that contain quadratic equations.

 

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ALGEBRA 1B*

This course extends students’ algebraic understanding by applying what they know about linear and quadratic equations to the concept of functions. They also learn about square root and cube root functions, as well as absolute value, piecewise, and step functions. Students identify key features and interpret functions presented as equations, graphs, tables, and verbal descriptions, and they apply them to real-world problems. Key features are also used to compare different types of functions to each other. The focus then moves to performing transformations of functions. This allows students to explore how the structure of a function can be used to graph it by applying a transformation to a parent function. The course concludes with a study of statistics, which helps students to discover some of the interesting ways that math is used to explore the world.

 

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GEOMETRY A*

In Geometry (1 of 2), students build upon their understanding of geometric concepts by working through a variety of geometric problems, writing formal proofs, and constructing geometric figures. Transformations are used to explain the concepts of congruent and similar figures with a focus on the properties of congruent and similar triangles. These properties are proved as students become familiar with postulates, theorems, and formal proofs. The course wraps up with trigonometric ratios and their applications to real-world situations.

 

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GEOMETRY B*

In this course, students will use the Pythagorean theorem, distance formula, midpoint formula and slope formula to solve geometric problems and develop coordinate proofs.

 

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ALGEBRA 2A*

In this course, students will review and expand on their knowledge of linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, as well as broaden their understanding of polynomial and rational functions. They will work with interactive text, delve into example problems, and watch engaging, instructional videos to enhance learning.

 

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ALGEBRA 2B*

In this course, students learn about and work with rational and radical equations, graph radical functions, and extend your knowledge of trigonometric functions. Students work with interactive text, delve into example problems, and watch engaging, instructional videos to enhance learning.

 

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS PREPARATION A*

In this course, students model real-life situations with equations and inequalities, expand their skills with solving exponential equations with logarithms, and synthesize and generalize a variety of functions families. Each lesson of this course includes an interactive text, as well as example problems and related instructional videos.

 

Credit Recovery Course Available (PreCalculus A)

 

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS PREPARATION B*

From construction to physics, the concepts in this course are used in a variety of real-world situations. In this course, students will learn how to make probability decisions, and how to use basic statistics and sampling processes to understand data sets and answer questions about samples and populations.

 

Credit Recovery Course Available (PreCalculus B)

 

Financial MATH

Students learn to apply the skills they learn to solve real-life problem, and analyze current financial issues of taxes, loans, car leases, mortgages, insurance. Mathematical processes are used to study patterns and analyze data, algebraic formulas, graphs, amortization modeling. Schools may use this course independently or pair with Applied Mathematics to create a Math Models full-year course.

 

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Applied MATH

Students examine how artists, video game developers, and musicians apply mathematical concepts to create and even how biologists use mathematics to measure the distances between cells and gain new insights about the body. Students apply concepts from geometry, functions, probability, and statistics. Schools may use this course independently or pair with Financial Mathematics to create a Math Models full-year course

 

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE A*

Physical Science (1 of 2) provides an introduction to the world of chemistry. Students will begin with an introduction to science as a whole and the basic methods and tools that scientists use to produce meaningful results. Students then will explore the structure and properties of matter and how it changes in response to energy. Next, students will practice reading and interpreting the information on the periodic table as well as chemical names, formulas, equations, and models. Students will also discover the types and properties of reactions, mixtures, solutions, acids, and bases. Finally, students will examine both the scientific principles and human applications of nuclear reactions. Throughout the course, students explore the historical perspectives and modern social implications of the course topics.

 

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE B*

Physical Science (2 of 2) introduces students to the world of physics. They will start by building a foundation of what it means to be scientific by describing the ways scientists think, communicate, and do their jobs. Next, students will cover important aspects of motion and force, including the motion of fluids and how motion relates to Newton’s laws. Building up from these fundamentals, students will explore the topics of thermodynamics, energy, work, and machines. The nature and properties of waves are covered next, and then students end by examining electricity and magnetism. Throughout the course, students will parallel their investigation into the scientific method with a course project that introduces them to the field and processes of engineering.

 

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BIOLOGY A*

This biology course covers the basics of biochemistry and how it relates to life, which enhances students’ understanding of biology. Biology allows students to understand the organisms that are all around them and how they affect certain systems on Earth. It also helps students understand themselves on a biological level. Students use logical thinking to identify relationships and draw conclusions. They evaluate topics in biology to better understand the basics of biochemistry, cells, membranes, cell division and reproduction, energy and metabolism, and photosynthesis.

 

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BIOLOGY B*

This biology course covers the basics of genetics and the technology used to better understand it. Students will discover how organisms have evolved due to natural selection. They will also explore ecology, including how matter and energy flow through organisms and their ecosystems, and learn to see a bigger picture of the biological world they live in.

 

During this course, students will apply ethical guidelines to biological research, as well as engage in argument about the ethical implications of current biotechnology. Students will also be able to model the flow of matter and energy in ecosystems and understand how changes to the flow affect organisms in their environment. Overall, students will evaluate topics in biology to better understand the basics of genetics, DNA and the genetic code, genomics, evolution, and ecology.

 

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SPANISH 1A*

In this introductory course, students will be introduced to the basics of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn how to introduce themselves and others, talk about interests and hobbies, ask for directions, and more!

 

In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of some Spanish-speaking countries. They will learn about daily life in Mexico, the history of Spain, cultural traditions in Argentina, and more!

 

Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a culture project, and a speaking project.

 

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SPANISH 1B*

This course is the second semester of year one of Spanish. Students will continue with the introduction to the basics of Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn how to discuss school subjects, various professions, daily routines, and likes and dislikes.

 

In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Cuba. Students will learn about the history, traditions and practices of each of these countries.

 

Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, a multimedia writing project and a speaking project.

 

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SPANISH 2A*

This course is the first semester of year two of Spanish. Students will continue with the introduction to the basics of Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn how to discuss social relationships, climate, various animals, fables, holiday customs and traditions, and outdoor activities.

 

In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of Paraguay, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Bolivia. Students will learn about the history, products, traditions, practices, and perspectives of each of these countries.

 

Students will participate in discussion boards, speaking practice, writing a fable in Spanish and a speaking project which will have the students ask questions, start, and end conversations.

 

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SPANISH 2B*

This course is the second semester of year two of Spanish. Students will continue with their acquisition of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will do so by participating in discussion boards, speaking practices, writing projects, and speaking projects. Students will learn how to discuss a variety of topics such as transportation, extracurricular interests, significant historical figures of various countries, professions, cuisine, clothing, health, and technological advances. Students will be able to discuss these topics in the present, past, future, and conditional tenses, as well as the present subjunctive mood.

 

In addition to learning the language, students will also learn about the cultures of the Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Uruguay, and Panama. Students will learn about the history, cultural products, traditions, practices, and perspectives of each of these countries.

 

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SPANISH 3A

Spanish 3 (1 of 2) is the first semester of year three of Spanish. Students will continue with their acquisition of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Discussion Boards, speaking practice, a writing project, and a speaking project offer further practice of these skills. Students will explore the topic of writing in Spanish by learning about informative, argumentative, and descriptive texts, as well as the creative writing process. They will also learn about significant historical events in Spanish-speaking countries, as well as cultural products, practices, philosophies, and public spaces. Students will be able to discuss these topics in the indicative and subjunctive moods as well as the imperative.

 

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SPANISH 3B

Second Semester: Students will continue acquiring the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students explore Spanish-language literature by learning about notable authors and by reading and analyzing selected poems and short stories. They will also learn about behavioral norms in different Spanish-speaking cultures in a variety of social contexts. Students will be able to discuss these topics in the indicative and subjunctive moods in a variety of tenses.

 

 

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ART HISTORY: ORIGINS

In this course, students will journey through time, learning about prehistoric and ancient art, ancient Mediterranean and medieval art, and early European art from the Renaissance through Rococo. They will also learn how to read art and interpret it on a basic level. Since art is best learned through experience and expression, you will have opportunities to experience the art and react to it through discussion boards and projects. The goal of this course is to show how art relates to your life.

ART HISTORY: MODERN

In this course, students will journey into art history begins in the late 1700s. At this time in Europe, political upheavals and scientific and technological advances had led to exploration, innovation, and great wealth for many. As they travel forward from this time to the present, they will study important Western art movements, artworks, artists, and architecture. They will then look at art of the past and present from a global perspective, with travels to China, Japan, Africa, Oceania, Southeast Asia, India, and back to the Americas.

Along the way, they will have many opportunities to respond personally to all things art and share their insights with their peers through discussion boards. Three projects provide various important interactions with the art, the artists, and the movements.

BEGINNING DRAWING

In Drawing, students will experiment with several different art materials and tools to see what each tool can do best. Students will explore ordinary things around them to become more observant of the structures and meanings of things which can be seen in your home and community.

Your work will be your own study of the forms, textures, movements, and patterns of the things that you see everyday.

Each project and each lesson is based on the one before it; so always do the lessons in the order they are given. Be sure to follow the directions exactly regarding which materials, sizes, and subject matter to use for each project. Each lesson will be a study of a new way of drawing. The examples given will show only the method and materials to be used, never the same subject or size as the project assigned. The examples are never to be copied. An example will only show one way of using the technique described.

By becoming more observant, by experimenting with new materials, and by exploring a variety of methods, students will continue to grow in artistic skill and enjoyment.

Beyond fundamental skills are various levels of creativity. Each lesson provides room for expressing the technical skill learned in a unique, creative way.

 

BEGINNING PAINTING

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Painting from still life, landscape, and life models from observation will be geared towards realism; at the same time, various other painting styles could be explored.  Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized. Students will study and research major painting styles and movements in historical context. The hope is that students will use this global approach to develop a “critical eye” in evaluation of contemporary painting.  Acrylic and watercolors are the mediums used in this class. The main emphasis of this course is to encourage and nourish individuality and creativity.

Please be aware that this course includes depictions of nudity, as many art movements celebrated the human form. Many important and influential works of art include nudity, and it would be nearly impossible to teach art history without including them. Given the subject matter, the course is extensively visual.

 

Animation

Do you wonder what it would be like to create the next blockbuster animated movie or do you want to make the next big video game? Do you have an eye for drawing, technology, and timing? If so, Animation is the course for you! You will learn how to use animation tools to conceptualize and bring your creations to life. You’ll learn the ins and outs of creating 2D and 3D animation, from start to finish. You’ll even begin working on our own design portfolio and get hands-on experience with creating your own animation projects. Learning about Animation could lead to a thriving career in the growing world of technology and animation.

 

Art in World Cultures

Who do you think is the greatest artist of all time? Maybe Leonardo da Vinci? Michelangelo? Maybe a more modern artist like Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso? Or is it possible that the greatest artist of all time is actually someone whose name has been lost to history? In Art in World Cultures, you’ll learn about some of the greatest artists in the world while creating your own art, both on paper and digitally. This course explores basic principles and elements of art and teaches you how to critique different art works art. And along the way, you will get to discover some traditional art forms from various regions of the world including the Americas, Africa, and Oceania.

Character Education

In this course, students learn about the main character traits, which are truthfulness, trustworthiness, responsibility, diligence, integrity, respect, caring, and fairness. They analyze and interpret specific situations that demonstrate these traits. Then, in the next part of the course, students discover how to define and recognize bullying and cyberbullying, and they learn how they negatively impact everyone involved. Students develop a bullying prevention mindset by learning safe and appropriate strategies to respond to bullying situations. Finally, as a member of their neighborhood, their city, and their country, students learn about good citizenship by describing the rights, duties, and privileges included in it.

Civics and Government (CR)

In this course students will understand the significance of government, law, and politics. They will examine the United States foundational documents and how they shaped the Unites States government. Students will examine the purposes and functions of federal, state and local government, the justice system, political systems the environment, and the economy. Learners will evaluate their role and civic responsibility to their families, communities, and country including voting and being a productive member of society. Students will get to know leaders and influential people that have championed many causes including civil rights and the environment. Learners will also learn proper ways to interact in society including interpersonal skills and respecting differences in others including disabilities. Learners will follow a step-by-step approach for successfully completing each lesson, which includes textbook reading, interactive activities, supplemental reading, lecture, video clips, and Power Point presentations to enhance and reinforce learning. Learners receive frequent feedback from teacher and peers through discussions. By the end of the course students will have a deep understanding of their civic responsibilities as well as the difference o ne individual can make in society.

 

Criminology and Justice*

Criminology and Justice is a beginner level course on the topics of crime and forensic procedures. This course covers topics on the criminal justice system, non-forensic evidence, and what happens inside the courtroom. The course follows a story line of two college interns who discover a series of connected crimes in a suburban setting, what they do with that information, and how they follow it through the justice procedures.

Criminology and Forensics*

Criminology and Forensics is targeted for students at a beginner level of understanding of the topics of crime and forensic procedures.

The course is designed to encourage students to be introspective and intrigued by the topics in the course. It covers topics on crime and criminology, witnesses and perpetrators, and the crime lab. The course follows a story-line of two college interns who discover a series of connected crimes in a suburban setting.

Computer Basics This course will help students learn the basics of computer operations. They work with the basic software programs, word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to improve their keyboard speed and accuracy.

Culinary Arts 1A

Thinking of a career in the food service industry or looking to develop your culinary skills? This introductory course will provide you with basic cooking and knife skills while preparing you for entry into the culinary world. Discover the history of food culture, food service, and global cuisines while learning about food science principles and preservation. Finally, prepare for your future by building the professional, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills that are crucial to a career in the culinary arts.

Culinary Arts 1B

Did you know that baking is considered a science? Building on the prior prerequisite course, discover how to elevate your culinary skills through the creation of stocks, soups, sauces, and learn baking techniques. Examine sustainable food practices and the benefits of nutrition while maintaining taste, plating, and presentation to truly wow your guests. The last unit in this course explores careers in the culinary arts for ways to channel your newfound passion!

Earth Science A

The first three modules of Semester 1 cover Scientific Inquiry, the Structure and Composition of the Universe, and the Features of the Solar System. Students learn the importance of scientific inquiry and how to communicate the results of scientific investigations. They then have material on the formation of the universe, including the Big Bang Theory, the motions of celestial objects, and stellar evolution. The third module covers material related to the Solar System, including features of the Sun and the planets and the movements of Earth. The second three modules of Semester 1 cover Weather, Climate, and Earth’s Water Cycle. Students first learn in Module 4 about the atmosphere and clouds, as well as the factors that influence local and global climate. In Module 5 they continue by learning about weather and air masses, meteorology and storms. Module 6 then discusses the water cycle, including groundwater and ocean features, as well as water scarcity and pollution.

 

Earth Science A (CR)

The first three modules of Semester 1 cover Scientific Inquiry, the Structure and Composition of the Universe, and the Features of the Solar System. Students learn the importance of scientific inquiry and how to communicate the results of scientific investigations. They then have material on the formation of the universe, including the Big Bang Theory, the motions of celestial objects, and stellar evolution. The third module covers material related to the Solar System, including features of the Sun and the planets and the movements of Earth. The second three modules of Semester 1 cover Weather, Climate, and Earth’s Water Cycle. Students first learn in Module 4 about the atmosphere and clouds, as well as the factors that influence local and global climate. In Module 5 they continue by learning about weather and air masses, meteorology and storms. Module 6 then discusses the water cycle, including groundwater and ocean features, as well as water scarcity and pollution.

Earth Science B

The first three modules of Semester 2 cover the physical structure of the Earth and Earth’s tectonic system, including the rock cycle, tectonic activity, and mountain building. It then covers weathering and erosion and soil formation. The next material in the course then addresses the concept of systems; it addresses the Earth as a system, feedback in systems, and Earth’s major nutrient cycles. The second three modules of Semester 2 cover geologic history, including the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere, the geologic time scale, and the fossil record. It then goes over natural resources and the effects of human population on natural resources. The course wraps up with a discussion of human society and its interconnectedness with the Earth’s environment, how science and technology work together, and the technological design process in earth science applications.

Earth Science B (CR)

The first three modules of Semester 2 cover the physical structure of the Earth and Earth’s tectonic system, including the rock cycle, tectonic activity, and mountain building. It then covers weathering and erosion and soil formation. The next material in the course then addresses the concept of systems; it addresses the Earth as a system, feedback in systems, and Earth’s major nutrient cycles. The second three modules of Semester 2 cover geologic history, including the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere, the geologic time scale, and the fossil record. It then goes over natural resources and the effects of human population on natural resources. The course wraps up with a discussion of human society and its interconnectedness with the Earth’s environment, how science and technology work together, and the technological design process in earth science applications.

 

Economics*

Economics explores principles that allow students to make informed decisions about personal finance. In this course, students develop a broader understanding of national and international economic decisions and policies. These principles will help students understand why economics impacts history, the distribution of wealth, and the quality of life for all members of society.

Economics (CR)*Accelerate

This course introduces the principles and the applications of economics in everyday life. Students develop an understanding of limited resources, and compare it with unlimited wants and needs. Students learn how individual and national economic decisions are made to allocate goods and services among competing users. Students apply economic principles to think and problem solve. The study of Economics uses the view of economic institutions and policies to explore the history, organization, and functions of the U.S. government in controlling our economy. It offers students learning opportunities that build one on another. A goal of the course is for the student to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a demanding and thoughtful academic setting. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of the policies and institutions of economics to develop their own views on current economic and monetary issues. They are taught how to apply what they have learned into personal financial activities. The course looks closely at the economic knowledge and values of the country and gives students a look into the problems faced by presidents, and congressional representatives. It also covers the roles of political activists, political parties, interest groups, and the media in shaping the U. S. economy. The Supreme Court is presented as the voice of reason in the balance of powers. Students are encouraged to perform at higher levels as they are presented with historical documents and additional readings, work with a set of facts arranged by theme, become skillful in note-taking, and join in student discussions. Students develop and demonstrate their writing skills by preparing extended research-based papers.

Fashion Design*

In Fashion Design, students learn the basics of what it takes to have a career in fashion design. They explore the foundations of fashion design in detail, including colors, fabrics, and fashion design tools. The course is graded based on the students’ ability to demonstrate knowledge through two multi-step projects, a series of checkpoints, and a final exam.

 

Financial Literacy*

We all know money is important in life. But how important? In fact, the financial decisions you make today may have a lasting effect on your future. Rather than feeling anxious about money feel empowered by learning how to make smart decisions! Personal and Family Finance will begin the conversation around how to spend and save your money wisely, investing in safe opportunities and the days ahead. Learning key financial concepts around taxes, credit, and money management will provide both understanding and confidence as you begin to navigate your own route to future security. Discover how education, career choices, and financial planning can lead you in the right direction to making your life simpler, steadier, and more enjoyable.

 

Gaming Unlocked

Games have been played for thousands of years. Man has loved to find ways to entertain himself. In this course, the student becomes the game master!

 

Students will learn the basics of gaming: from what makes a game fun to what makes a game work. Students will explore all types of games in this course, from mental games to board games to video games. The focus of the course is on developing a student’s ability to recognize good game play mechanics as well as the steps necessary to produce a game. This course will NOT require students to know or learn a programming language. The emphasis is on the history of games and the design of games, as well as learning about the different careers available in the game industry.

Health 101

This course provides an overview of how behavior affects health. Students will learn about nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury and safety prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health. Students will also explore how the choices they make about their bodies affect both their present and future. They will also be given the tools to make informed decisions to better their health.

Health (CR)

In this course, students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to lead a healthy life. Semester A focuses on the impact of personal decisions on the student’s own health. Students learn how to find, evaluate, and use reliable information related to a variety of health topics. They also study the basic science behind nutrition, exercise, stress, and psychology, and examine how these factors affect a person’s overall health. Each lesson in the course guides students in applying what they have learned in the lesson to their own lives and choices—and gives them a chance to discuss the topic with peers and instructors.

 

Health 101

This course provides an overview of how behavior affects health. Students learn about nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury and safety prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health. Students also explore how the choices they make about their bodies affect both their present and future. They are given tools to make informed decisions to better their health.

 

Introduction to Graphic and Web Design*

This course is an introduction to how, through design, students are able to communicate visually with one another. Each unit will cover topics such as the principles and elements of design or printing and publishing projects. By understanding the foundation of visual communication through design, this course will be a great introduction to a career path in this field.

 

Introduction to Interior Design* Interior Design is a foundational course where students learn the fundamentals of interior design, including the principles and elements of design. Students also learn about the necessary skills, attributes, roles, and responsibilities of interior designers. The different domains of interior design are discussed, as well as specialties within the field of interior design. Additional course content includes the history of design, materials designers use, and information on furniture, furnishings, and accessories. How the field of interior design is impacted by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), universal design, and green design is also discussed. The student is graded based on discussion boards, lesson checkpoints, one unit project, and a final exam.

 

Military Careers

Most of us have seen a war movie; maybe it had a hotshot aviator or a renegade private or a daring Special Forces operative. But outside of these sensationalized portrayals, do you really understand how the military works or what it can do for you? The military offers far more career diversity than most people imagine, and Introduction to Military Careers will provide the information you need to gain a broader understanding of how to find the right fit. You will learn about the five military branches – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines Corps, and Navy – and examine which jobs you might like to pursue. From aviation, to medicine, to law enforcement, the military can be an outstanding place to achieve your dreams in a supportive and well-structured environment.

Music Appreciation*

 

Have you ever heard a piece of music that made you want to get up and dance? Cry your heart out? Sing at the top of your lungs? Whether pop, classical, or anything in between, music provides a powerful way for people to celebrate their humanity and connect with something larger than themselves. Music Appreciation: The Enjoyment of Listening not only will provide a historical perspective on music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, but it will also teach you the essentials of how to listen and really hear (with a knowledgeable ear) the different music that’s all around you. Learning how to truly appreciate sound and melody is the best way to ensure a continued love of this delightful art form.

 

Personal Fitness A-Required for Graduation

Students explore key concepts from combative sports, gymnastics and tumbling, and a variety of team sports and activities. Students also focus on advanced fitness guidelines, motor skill development, game strategy, and the physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that affect performance. Throughout the course, students evaluate their own fitness by setting goals, designing an exercise plan, and tracking their results.

 

Personal Fitness B-Required for Graduation

Students explore how to develop physical fitness plans for themselves and others. They begin by learning how to assess fitness levels, as well as how to set and modify fitness goals. Students also learn how to become smart consumers by evaluating fitness products and programs. In addition, they explore ways to become the best leaders they can be. Because this is a physical education course, students exercise throughout the entire course. They are given the freedom to participate in physical activities that they enjoy. To track their progress, they maintain a daily physical activity log.

 

Photography Basics*

In Photography Basics, students will learn how to correctly explain the setup and proper use of basic photography equipment. Through projects and research activities embedded in the course, students will create and present a portfolio of work. In addition, students will learn to describe professional habits, etiquette, and technology essential to creating a photograph. No access to photography equipment is needed in order to take the course; opportunities to practice with digital simulations and theory will be present throughout the course. This course is designed for any beginners interested in learning about photography and what it could take to make a career out of an interest in this exciting, dynamic field of study. Photography Basics is designed for ninth grade or higher. A background in photography is not necessary to take this course.

Physical Education 1A-Required for Graduation

In this course students will learn about the importance of physical activity and personal fitness, aspects of sport and recreation, and healthy eating habits. Throughout the course students will evaluate their own fitness, design an exercise plan, and track their results.

 

Physical Education 1A & 1B (CR)

Physical Education encompasses learning how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This course covers physical fitness, why it is important, how to have a healthy attitude, and how to stick with a healthy game plan. In this ever-changing world, physical fitness becomes more important and more difficult to find the time for. This course allows the student to discover how to make physical fitness not only a part of their daily life, but also see that it is attainable. This course leads the student to discover healthy behaviors and sets the tone for physical fitness as well as healthy exercise. PE for a Healthy Lifestyle will examine the emotional, physical, and scientific factors that influence physical performance. This course is designed for anyone, ranging from the beginner to advanced abilities.

Physical Education 1B-Required for Graduation

In this course students learn about the fundamentals of exercise science, including principles of the relevant body systems, fitness testing, training, and program design. Throughout the course, students will evaluate their own fitness, design an exercise plan, and track their results.

Sports & Entertainment Marketing*

Whether you are watching a famous athlete make an unbelievable play or witnessing a sensational singing performance, the world of sports and entertainment is never boring. Although it may seem impossible for you to be a part of this glittery world, it’s not! The Sports and Entertainment Marketing field offers careers that combine entertainment with traditional marketing, but with a whole lot more glamour. Explore basic marketing principles while delving deeper into the multi billion dollar sports and entertainment industry. Learn how professional athletes, sports teams, and famous entertainers are marketed as commodities and how the savvy people who handle these deals can become very successful. This course will show you exactly how things work behind the scenes of a major entertainment event and how you can be part of the act.

 

Theatre, Cinema, & Film Production* 

Lights! Camera! Action! Let’s explore the enchanting world of live theater and its fascinating relationship to the silver screen. In Theater, Cinema, and Film Production, you’ll learn the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camerawork while examining the magic that happens behind all the drama. Delve into the glamorous history of film and theater, and examine the tremendous influence these industries have had on society and culture over the years. During this unit, you’ll discuss and analyze three classic American films “CasablancaSinging in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz” to help you learn how to critique and appreciate some of the most famous dramas of all time.

 

World Geography & Cultures A (CR)* 

The student will be taught to use the basic skills of map reading and development, geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes to make sense of the world. The course examines world regions including the nations, people, and cultures of the Americas and Western Europe.

 

World Geography & Cultures B (CR)* 

This second-semester course continues to teach the basic skills of map reading and development, the use of geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes. The focus examines the world regions, including the nations, people, and cultures of Central Europe and Northern Eurasia, Central and Southwest Asia, South Asia, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific.

AP COURSES: 

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

AP US History

AP World History

AP Government

AP Spanish 

 

HONORS COURSES: 

English I

English II

English III

English IV

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Biology

Chemistry

US History                        

World History

Credit Recovery

Our Credit Recovery courses are designed to serve students seeking to recapture credit for courses previously taken. Our credit recovery courses are the same scope and sequence as original credit courses, however, some teacher-graded assignments have been removed from the course to accelerate the student’s path.

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