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The courses available to you for the 2011-2012 school year are as follows:
Art History - 02010000021
Explore the history of art through the study of works created from Earth's earliest civilizations through contemporary times. Analyze works from various periods and movements throughout history.· Learn about the ways that art historians analyze art, the origins of photography, the evolution of art through the ages, the ways in which art both reflects and molds culture and society, and other relevant topics.· Research and critique periods, styles, and the relationships between artist, artwork, and society.
Music Appreciation - 02040000020
A journey through the development and growth of classical music throughout history. Examine how music not only provides enjoyment, but affects and reflects the world around you. Learn effective techniques for listening and responding to music. Learn to identify common instruments, to define musical terms, to compare music from different historical periods, and to recognize the effects of music throughout the 20th century.
Music Theory - 02040000030
A semester long, this course covers concepts from rhythm and meter to making harmony and working with chords. This course give you the tools you need to explore the exciting world of music from concept to composition, and imagination to performance. You will explore how music is made, instrumentation, harmony, and note reading, and will be encouraged to create some music of your own.
Computer Technology - 32020000240
From the basics of keyboarding to internet research, this course provides a foundation in the skills and concepts that define computer literacy in the 21st Century. You will practice using these essential skills through individual and team projects.
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Personal Financial Literacy - 01000000100
Learn practical money management skills and financial responsibility. This course is a semester long and addresses the advantages of making sound financial decisions in both the long and short term. Lessons cover money management, saving and investing, consumer rights and responsibilities, and everyday life skills like budgeting. Since young people today have constant exposure to persuasive media that can influence their financial patterns and habits, this course will help you learn to evaluate persuasive media messages that can influence financial patterns and habits, and find reliable information that will help you make sound decisions. On completion of this course, you will be able to develop a system for managing money tied to personal financial goals, to understand consumer rights and responsibilities from a monetary perspective, and to evaluate financial information.
Language Arts 9 - 06020000040
From the romance of Elizabethan drama and the controversies of modern media, to the short story and the novel, 9th grade students take an in-depth look at various types of writing and literature. Students in this course will practice writing with purpose. From interviewing and note-taking to sentence structure and paragraph construction, they will compare and contrast, persuade, and inform. The lessons contain a variety of integrated reading exercises, increasing comprehension and exposing students to diverse literary styles. The course also includes lessons that focus on literary analysis.
Language Arts 10 - 06020000050
A 10th grade student will improve their written and oral communications skills. Strengthen skill in literary analysis and composition. Boost vocabulary skills, discover word etymology, and improve active listening, this class explores the origins of various literary genres.· Also examines the media and its evolution from its origins into the mid-century popularity of radio, to the introduction of television in the fifties, and to its function in the 21st century.
Language Arts 11 - 06020000060
Students discover the richness of the English language through the study of American literature. Examines American literary classics, grammar rules, and the parts of speech. ·An exploration of effective writing, sentence structure improvement, nonfiction literature, American drama and poetry, and the American novel.
Language Arts 12 = 06020000070
From Internet research and locating information in the library to expository and short story writing, high school students practice the skills necessary for post-secondary education or transition into a career in this comprehensive core language arts course. Exposure to a variety of literary styles and genres continues as 12th grade students explore selections from British and world literature such as The Canterbury Tales and Hamlet, as well as the work of prominent poets including Wordsworth, Keats, and Tennyson with historical literary significance. Topics range from language structure, with an intensive review of grammar and the parts of speech, to fiction writing, with a close look at development of plot and character.
Secondary Math I – 07080000090
This comprehensive course introduces students to a variety of math disciplines including algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics, then demonstrates the advantages offered by each in real-life situations. Interactive lessons explore classifying and comparing numbers, complex equations, radical and rational expressions, formulas and functions, data analysis, and probability. Designed to make students aware of the uses and limitations of math in everyday problem-solving situations, Secondary Math I exposes students to a variety of math models and problem-solving methods.
Geometry – 07050000001
Covers the concepts of plane and solid geometry. Starting with simple points and lines, the course leads students through the study of more complex shapes, focusing on visualization, spatial reasoning, and problem solving.
Algebra II – 07020000020
In Algebra II, students continue to study this complex topic with a review of basic algebraic concepts, rules, and reasoning. Building upon these foundations, students explore more complex problems and encounter new concepts. The curriculum includes course material on sets, combining terms in algebraic expressions, compound sentences, function graphing, joint and combined variation, algorithms, conic sections, advanced polynomial functions, and data analysis.
PERSONAL FITNESS & HEALTH
High School Health – 04010000010
This semester-long course has been designed to highlight topics relevant to students in grades 9-12 including growth and the human body, nutrition and healthy eating, healthy social and emotional choices, safety, disease, substance abuse, and environmental health.
Biology – 08020000010
Covers a wide range of information including the scientific method in an introduction to biochemistry, cells, bacteria, viruses, animals, plants, genetics, human anatomy, and ecology.
Chemistry – 08030000010
Exciting course topics include metrics, measurement, chemical elements and compounds, equilibrium, chain reactions, organic compounds, and the chemist’s toolbox.
Earth Science – 08040000010
A detailed look at the natural world around them and the impact of human beings living on the earth. Students study the laws of nature, the history of life on earth, mass extinction, earthquakes and volcanoes, types of rocks and minerals, weather and its effect on the planet, water use and conservation, the greenhouse effect and climate change, and the solar system.
Physics - 08060000020
From Galileo, often called the father of modern physics, to Sir Isaac Newton and his natural laws, physics engages students in self-directed exploration of the physical world and the universe, including the study of light, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, nuclear energy, fusion, and thermodynamics.
Economics – 09030000020
Covers the topics of economics and decision making, the roles of consumers, producers, labor, and the government, the Federal Reserve, competition, the macroeconomy, and other economic issues here and abroad.
Psychology – 09070000010
Students in grades 9-12 will discover how and why scientific findings in psychology affect many other disciplines. They will also develop a greater understanding of how theories change over time, requiring validation to be widely accepted. Students will also use various scientific methods and standards common in the industry to expand their knowledge and skill. Real-world applications include observation and theorizing.
US Government and Citizenship – 09060000020
This course is an introduction to the types, purpose, and functions of governments around the world. Through the exploration of the theories of Aquinas, Engels, Machiavelli, and Marx, you will explore diverse models of government. Lessons include a discussion of the branches of the federal government, allowing you to follow a bill through the process of becoming a law. You will also learn your rights and responsibilities as citizens.
US History II – 09050000050
This course explores America’s humble beginning as a Puritanical colony through the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, slavery, Reconstruction, the Great Depression, the Vietnam Conflict and the Kennedy assassination, culminating in a look at the modern-day USA. Examines not only the events that shaped the country, but international policies, internal politics, and cultural movements that impacted the face of America over the years.
World History – 09050000100
explores history from a variety of perspectives. From ancient agricultural society to today’s global community, this course covers a diverse mix of topics including the emergence of major religions, the development of tools and their effect on the advancement of the human race, classical Greece, conflicts in the Middle East, the Mongols’ mark on global history, the Renaissance, the Industrial Age, and the United Nations.
World Geography – 09040000020
Examining all seven continents, online learners will investigate the use of globes, maps, charts, and graphs to view the world and its topography from different perspectives. They will study various ecosystems, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere, as well as the culture, settlement, economics, and politics of the inhabitants of different lands.
World Civilizations – 09050000090
From the Mayans and Incas of South and Central America to European Exploration, Asian empires, and the colonization of America, this core course is comprehensive, filled with compelling content. Lessons include material on political, social, and economic change, the spread of religions, the Great Depression, terrorism, and other social and political issues.
French I – 03030000011
Build the foundations you need to use French for oral and written communication in everyday situations. By reading and listening to content-rich passages, you will gain cultural understanding as well as develop their knowledge of sentence construction and grammar. Through speaking and writing in French, you will also learn to communicate at the level appropriate to function as a tourist in francophone countries.
French II – 03030000021
The course covers how to read, write, and speak intermediate French with adventure-themed lessons on concepts which include French vocabulary, pronunciation, the parts of speech, sentence patterns, and reading comprehension.
Spanish I – 03070000011
Includes practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competency. Using Spanish for written and oral communication, students develop a basic knowledge of the language and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Comparing different languages and cultures widens student perspectives of the global community and fosters cultural understanding.
Spanish II – 03070000021
Includes instruction in vocabulary, pronunciation, parts of speech, sentence patterns, and reading comprehension. Audio recordings by Spanish speakers are included to facilitate learning. Multimedia-rich, this web-based course gives students practice using the mechanics of the language, acquaints them with the cultural differences of Hispanic countries, and helps them gain a keen awareness of their own culture. Communication skills grow as students become increasingly articulate in this pervasive romance language through speaking, listening, reading, writing Spanish, and examining its cultures.