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History / Social Science

World History

Course Details:

World History is a two-semester course where high school students study the social, political, economic, and geographic facets of Western Civilization, from antiquity through the 21st century. While this course does touch upon ancient civilizations (Greece, Rome, Medieval Christianity, Islamic Empires), it will focus primarily on the birth, evolution, and spread of Democratic ideas beginning from the European Renaissance & Reformation, through the Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment, and into the 20th century. This course will also examine the Industrial Revolution, the Era of European Imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the post-colonial struggles that have helped shape the modern world.

Length/Credit:

2 semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

American History

Course Details:

Students in American History will be exposed to the full breadth of American History from the earliest transatlantic contact to the 21st century. Students first examine the establishment and development of European colonies in the new World and the eventual War for Independence by Britain’s American colonies. The course then surveys the new nation, its unique political system, and the assorted challenges it faced as geographical expansion continued and Civil War became imminent.

Length/Credit:

2 semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Economics

Course Details:

Economics is a one-semester course that begins with an overview of fundamental economic concepts. The core concepts of economic thinking and the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics are addressed both in the abstract and in historical, real world contexts. Various types of economics systems are analyzed & compared, as are diverse economics institutions operating in the USA and around the globe today. Money, banking, and finance, the role of government in the economy, economic development, and the measurement of economic systems are also addressed in this course.

Length/Credit:

1 Semester

Credits:

0.5 credit

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Government

Course Details:

US Government is a one-semester course in which students foster a deep understanding of the institutions and ideals of American government: the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; the historical development of the legislative, executive, & judicial branches; and the evolution of the Federalist system. Students will also examine America’s political & electoral processes, the expansion of civil liberties over the course of American history, and significance of assorted Supreme Court cases. The impact of global trade & modern technology on law & governance, as well as the making of foreign policy are also addressed.

Length/Credit:

1 Semester

Credits:

0.5 credit

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

middle School Social Studies

Course Details:

Students will examine the history of the United States from the earliest indigenous inhabitants and native civilizations up to the turn of the twentieth century. Students will study the USA’s colonial heritage and the conflicts that led to the American Revolution. The course will introduce the fundamental concepts underpinning the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Students will also learn about the basic structure and functions of the US government and the way that it evolved & expanded over the course of the 19th century. The history of USA’s westward expansion and the Civil War are addressed in depth, as are the vast transformations to American society brought about by immigration, technological innovation, and urbanization as the 20 century neared. Finally, students examine the beginnings of America as a modern world power, including the birth of the progressive reform movement and the USA’s involvement in World War One.z

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

N / A

Grades Offered:

6, 7, 8

Prerequisite:

None

English

English 1

Course Details:

In this course, students will apply their knowledge of word origins to determine the meaning of new words encountered in reading materials and use these words accurately. Students will analyze the organizational patterns, arguments, and positions proposed. In addition, students will read a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, and online information. Students will develop their skills in appropriate word choice, language mechanics, effective sentence & paragraph organization, and polish their essay writing techniques. Students will write informative/expository, persuasive and narrative essays. Practice with a variety of letter formats will be presented. Research skills and technology will be used when appropriate. Self-editing skills, spelling rules, roots, prefixes and suffixes will be reinforced.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9

English 2

Course Details:

In this course, students will read, analyze, and respond to a variety of classic and contemporary literature from various cultures worldwide. Students will engage in class discussions, reflective journal writing, and major writing assignments including expository, explanatory, compare/contrast, and argumentative essays. They will learn to develop well organized writing to address a specific audience that includes well-developed paragraphs, a thesis statement or controlling idea, supportive evidence, and a strong conclusion. Using standard American English conventions, students will demonstrate their command of grammar, syntax, and word choice within a cohesive structure.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10

Prerequisite:

English 1, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

English 3

Course Details:

The American literature course will explore selections by classic and contemporary American authors from various literary periods. Students will explore the historical, philosophical, political, and social influences of the times and their impact on the literature. Students will engage in intellectual class discussions and respond to various literary elements such as: character analysis, use of rhetorical devices, theme, tone, and the author’s purpose. Formal writing includes analytical, argumentative, explanatory, and research essays. Students will expand on their writing skills by developing well-organized, focused essays meeting American English writing standards.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11

Prerequisite:

English 1, and English 2, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

English 4

Course Details:

The focus of this course is 12th grade level reading material including an emphasis on British literature. In this course, students will read novels, autobiographies and classic literature. They will complete independent reading at home throughout the year and participate in on-line research projects. Students will read and respond to historically significant works of literature that reflect and enhance their studies of history and social science. Students will write essays that reflect their understanding of literature and that are grammatically and structurally edited. Students will also deliver focused and coherent presentations based on independent research that convey clear and distinct perspectives and solid reasoning.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

12

Prerequisite:

English 1, English 2, and English 3, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

AP English Literature and Composition

Course Details:

Students practice vocabulary on a daily basis as part of this course. Students will be quizzed on vocabulary weekly. In addition to the textbook generated exercises detailed in the course outline, students will read additional materials such as teacher selected novels as homework. Students are assessed on reading via class quizzes, journals and discussion. In addition to the Literature component, there is a writing block, where students work on written expression. Writing is related to homework novels, literature read in class and various other forms. Students generate essays in various genres of writing including: expository, narrative, and persuasive essays, along with creative writing. Students will be demonstrating their analysis and understanding of the text using creative mediums such as: visual representations (posters, 3D models), drama, and computer media.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

English 1, English 2, and English 3, or based on teacher recommendation.

Middle School Language Arts/ Intensive Reading

Course Details:

Students practice vocabulary on a daily basis as part of this course. Students will be quizzed on vocabulary weekly. In addition to the textbook generated exercises detailed in the course outline, students will read additional materials such as teacher selected novels as homework. Students are assessed on reading via class quizzes, journals and discussion. In addition to the Literature component, there is a writing block, where students work on written expression. Writing is related to homework novels, literature read in class and various other forms. Students generate essays in various genres of writing including: expository, narrative, and persuasive essays, along with creative writing. Students will be demonstrating their analysis and understanding of the text using creative mediums such as: visual representations (posters, 3D models), drama, and computer media.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

English 1, English 2, and English 3, or based on teacher recommendation.

Math

Math 6/7/8

Course Details:

The Middle School math course is to serve as a bridge between elementary mathematics and Algebra. This course will build a foundation of algebraic concepts through the use of technology, manipulatives, problem solving, and cooperative learning. Concepts include algebraic expressions, linear equations, polynomials, factoring, inequalities, geometry, statistics, and graphing. Problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and connections between math and everyday applications will be emphasized throughout Middle School math.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

N/A

Grades Offered:

6, 7, 8

Algebra 1

Course Details:

Algebra 1 is the first course in the college preparatory math sequence. It is a one-year course that satisfies the Algebra 1 math sequence requirement. It is a study of real numbers and their properties; writing and solving equations and inequalities, linear equations, quadratic and exponential functions; equations and expressions; statistics and probability. Passing this course is a requirement for graduation.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9

Geometry

Course Details:

This college-level course involves description and relationship of space, explanations of geometric relationships, and the development of reasoning skills. It is a one-year course that satisfies the Geometry math sequence requirement. This course teaches the properties of angles, lines and planes, covers polygons and circles as well as the applications of circumference, area, and volume formulas. Students are introduced to Geometry terms and concepts including the Pythagorean theorem, polygon similarity, deductive reasoning. Passing this course is a requirement for graduation.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10

Prerequisite:

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

Course Details:

In Algebra 2, students are introduced to the concept of a function. The class consists of an investigation of different functions, their graphs and properties. These functions will be used to solve linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities as well as radical equations and inequalities. Particular attention will be paid to linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions. This course incorporates problem solving skills, logical thinking, and real life applications. Passing this course is a requirement for graduation.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11

Prerequisite:

Algebra 1, and Geometry

College Readiness Math

Course Details:

This course is a math course focused on reinforcing core concepts from Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Course topics include rational and irrational numbers, systems of linear equations, quadratic functions, exponential functions, triangles, coordinate geometry, solid geometry, conditional probability, independence, data analysis, scatterplots, and linear and non-linear models of data.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

Course Details:

This course is designed for students who successfully finished Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. This course introduces and reinforces concepts needed to succeed in Calculus. Expectations are higher in this course, as students prepare to take advanced level mathematics. This course includes the study of linear, quadratic, power, exponential, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs, polar coordinates, complex numbers, vectors, sequences and series.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

Laboratory Science

Biology

Course Details:

The subjects covered include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and physiology with an emphasis on human body structure. Topics include cell structure and organization, genes as a set of instructions encoded in the DNA, genetic mutations, and the structure and function of DNA, RNA, and proteins; the theory of evolution and the principles of ecology including populations, ecosystems, biological communities, and the environment; human biology including body structure and the major systems that regulate the functions and activities in the human organism. Individual projects, lab experiments, research projects, videos, discussions and activities are used.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

None

Chemistry

Course Details:

Chemistry is a one-year college prep science course that satisfies one of the physical science requirements. Study includes the metric system, measurement, atomic and molecular structure, the Periodic Table, chemical bonds,
 conservation of matter and stoichiometry; the theory of solid, liquid, and gaseous states of matter and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics; electrochemistry (time permitting). Individual projects, lab experiments, research projects, videos, discussions and activities are used.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

C+ or greater in Algebra 1 is strongly recommended.

Astronomy

Course Details:

This course is a full year elective course designed for high school students interested in studying astronomy. Astronomy studies all aspects of the known universe, an observational science that has transformed over the ages as new models, ideas, and instruments are introduced. The main topics of this course will be: The Solar System, Stars and Stellar Evolution, Galaxies, Cosmology and Current explorations. This course emphasizes the physical processes at work in the universe and the methods we use to learn about the universe.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

Completion of Biology. Completion of Chemistry recommended, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

Physics

Course Details:

Physics is a one-year college prep science course that satisfies one of the physical science requirements. This course provides a conceptually based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world; including mechanics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Topics in mechanics include Newton’s Laws of Motion, momentum and energy, circular motion and rotational mechanics, gravity and gravitational interactions. Topics in sound and light include reflection and refraction, lenses, and diffraction and interference. Topics in electricity and magnetism include electric fields and potential, electric current and circuits, magnetism and electromagnetic induction. An introduction to the atom and quantum mechanics includes the atomic nucleus and radioactivity, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Students learn the essential concepts of physics through demonstrations, discussions, and lab work that includes the gathering and analysis of quantitative data.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

Completion of Chemistry, and completion of Algebra 1, and Geometry, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

Environmental Science

Course Details:

Environmental Science is a course dedicated to understanding the interactions between earth’s natural systems and the demands placed on them by the human population. This course examines the scientific principles behind natural phenomena and resource cycles, explores how we utilize these systems and our impact, and potential solutions for the resulting consequences of resource mismanagement exploitation. The course includes elements of life science, physical science, and social science.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

1 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

11, 12

Prerequisite:

Completion of Biology. Completion of Chemistry recommended, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

Middle School Science

Course Details:

Physical Science is a yearlong science course, in which students explore and use cognitive processing skills to discover science concepts. Students will develop and apply their inquiry and questioning abilities by performing a variety of investigations. Academic rigor will be emphasized in all aspects of the curriculum. In this course, students will study:

  • Physical Science Strand: Physics-density, buoyancy, forces, and motion
  • Physical Science Strand: Chemistry-periodic table, structure of matter, chemical reactions, chemistry of living systems
  • Physical Science Strand: Astronomy- the Earth, planets in our solar system, and the place of our solar system and galaxy in the context of the Universe.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

N/A

Grades Offered:

6, 7, and 8

Foreign Languages

Spanish 1

Course Details:

Spanish 1 is taught over a full academic year and is an introduction to language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. Students will learn the foundations of language in the areas of speaking, reading, listening, comprehension, writing, vocabulary and grammar. Students will study the cultural similarities and differences of Spanish speaking countries. Students will acquire the basic language skills allowing them to communicate in Spanish in their daily interactions relevant to home, school, and in the community.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

Recommended for all college-bound students.
 Preference will be given to sophomores of juniors that have not taken a language.

Spanish 2

Course Details:

Spanish 2 is taught over a full academic year and is a continuation of Spanish 1 with a deeper study of language and culture. Students should have a good understanding of Spanish 1. This course is intended for students that are interested in speaking with greater fluency, have a better understanding of the spoken language, converse with more fluency on a wider variety of topics, and comprehend more advanced reading material. Students will develop their communication skills in the areas of speaking and listening and increase composition skills in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Students will further study the language and culture of Spanish speaking countries.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

Spanish 1, or based on teacher/counselor recommendation. Preference will be given to sophomores or juniors that have not taken a language.

Electives

Photography

Course Details:

The Photography course will teach students how to apply design principles to digital imaging and photography, using software such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will also create original photographs using a variety of media and technical processes and display those photographs artistically, demonstrate knowledge of a variety of photographic principles and techniques and analyze, evaluate and respond to the intent, purpose, and technical proficiency of works of photography and make sound critical judgments about the quality and success of photographs. At the end of the course, students will be able to link photography to other art forms and disciplines, and understand its application to careers within contemporary society

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9, 10, 11, and 12

Senior Seminar

Course Details:

Senior Seminar aims to prepare college-bound senior students for many of the academic, social, financial and temporal challenges they will face as college freshmen. In this course, students will complete a Capstone project that entails: completing college applications, FAFSA (Federal Application for Financial Student Aid), local scholarships and scholarship applications, A mock interview with the administrative team, and a future career presentation. Students will experience college fairs and college visits. This class explores resources for funding college education, and strategies for effective research via the Internet. Guest speakers may address students on topics above.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

12

Prerequisite:

None

Financial Literacy

Course Details:

Financial Literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenges of the 21st Century. The competencies of this course enables the students to analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers and apply the knowledge learned in school to financial situations encountered later in life. The course presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues focusing on: The career decision making process, money management, including budgeting, banking, saving, and investing, risk management, and credit management.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

None or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

business / Entrepreneurship

Course Details:

How do you turn an idea into a business? Experience just that in this course! Entrepreneurship focuses on recognizing business opportunities, starting a business, operating and maintaining a business. Students will be exposed to the development of critical thinking. problem solving, and innovation in this course. Integration of account, finance, marketing, business management, legal and economic environments will be developed throughout projects in this course.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Honors World Cultures

Course Details:

All citizens should have a fundamental understanding of the major civilizations in our constantly changing world and it is necessary to bring forth informed citizenry. Topics will include ancient civilizations, the Middle ages and Renaissance, the age of exploration, the age of revolution, patterns of global change, and the modern world.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Hope

Course Details:

Physical Education/Health is a vital component of the development of a student’s physical, mental and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, agility, range of motion and power.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9

Prerequisite:

None

Supplemental Online Courses

AP English Language

Course Details:

AP English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Borth their writtings and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writers purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Senior Seminar

Course Details:

Senior Seminar aims to prepare college-bound senior students for many of the academic, social, financial and temporal challenges they will face as college freshmen. In this course, students will complete a Capstone project that entails: completing college applications, FAFSA (Federal Application for Financial Student Aid), local scholarships and scholarship applications, A mock interview with the administrative team, and a future career presentation. Students will experience college fairs and college visits. This class explores resources for funding college education, and strategies for effective research via the Internet. Guest speakers may address students on topics above.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

12

Prerequisite:

None

Financial Literacy

Course Details:

Financial Literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenges of the 21st Century. The competencies of this course enables the students to analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers and apply the knowledge learned in school to financial situations encountered later in life. The course presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues focusing on: The career decision making process, money management, including budgeting, banking, saving, and investing, risk management, and credit management.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite:

None or based on teacher/counselor recommendation.

business / Entrepreneurship

Course Details:

How do you turn an idea into a business? Experience just that in this course! Entrepreneurship focuses on recognizing business opportunities, starting a business, operating and maintaining a business. Students will be exposed to the development of critical thinking. problem solving, and innovation in this course. Integration of account, finance, marketing, business management, legal and economic environments will be developed throughout projects in this course.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Honors World Cultures

Course Details:

All citizens should have a fundamental understanding of the major civilizations in our constantly changing world and it is necessary to bring forth informed citizenry. Topics will include ancient civilizations, the Middle ages and Renaissance, the age of exploration, the age of revolution, patterns of global change, and the modern world.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:

None

Hope

Course Details:

Physical Education/Health is a vital component of the development of a student’s physical, mental and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, agility, range of motion and power.

Length/Credit:

2 Semesters

Credits:

0.5 credit each semester

Grades Offered:

9

Prerequisite:

None

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