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Grades 3-8

Course Name
Course Type
Course Description
3rd Grade English Language ArtsELAThis course provides students instruction and practice with reading, comprehending, and analyzing various genres. Students will also learn skills to become stronger writers while writing for varied purposes. In addition, students will learn spelling, grammar, and conventions to strengthen their writing. Students will further their communication skills by listening, speaking, and working with peers. Students will complete basic research tasks and learn and practice skills and strategies to build their vocabulary. Students will also learn and utilize cursive writing. There are 10 units and 2 semesters.
3rd Grade MathMath The primary focal areas in Grade 3 are place value, operations of whole numbers, and understanding fractional units. These focal areas are supported throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis. There are 10 units and 2 semesters.
3rd Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science in 3rd Grade includes conducting descriptive investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making tables and graphs. Students use tools such as collecting nets, sound recorders, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students explore many scientific concepts and will perform tasks such as measuring physical properties of matter, describing the forms of energy, investigating how forces cause change, describing rapid changes to Earth’s surface, comparing different landforms, creating models of the solar system, understanding the structures of living organisms and how they interact with each other and the environment, and comparing life cycles of different plants and animals
3rd Grade Social StudiesSocial Studies N/A--Teacher will need to find a supplement to align coursework to Oklahoma Academic Standards
4th Grade English Language ArtsELAIn this course, students will learn skills to read and analyze a variety of genres. Students’ writing skills will become stronger through instruction and practice with writing for various purposes, instruction with grammar, spelling, conventions, and penmanship. Students will strengthen their communication skills by listening, speaking, and working with peers. Students will also strengthen their skills with research and vocabulary development.
4th Grade MathMath The primary focal areas in Grade 4 are use of operations, fractions, and decimals and describing and analyzing geometry and measurement. These focal areas are supported throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis.
4th Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science in 4th Grade includes conducting descriptive investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making graphs. Students use tools such as beakers, compasses, and balances to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students explore many scientific concepts and will perform tasks such as measuring physical properties of matter, predicting how matter changes with heating and cooling, describing the forms of energy and its cycles, understanding slow changes to Earth’s surface, recognizing weather patterns and using weather maps, understanding the structures and relationships of living organisms and their environment, illustrating and comparing life cycles of different plants and animals, and investigating patterns in the Sun, Earth, Moon system including shadows and lunar phases.
4th Grade Social StudiesSocial Studies N/A--Teacher will need to find a supplement to align coursework to Oklahoma Academic Standards
5th Grade English Language ArtsELAIn this course, students will read and analyze a variety of genres with deeper complexity. Students will become stronger writers through instruction and practice with various purposes of writing, spelling, grammar, conventions, and penmanship. Students will research topics and develop their vocabulary utilizing a variety of methods. Students will also strengthen their communication skills by listening, speaking, and working with peers.
5th Grade MathMath The primary focal areas in Grade 5 are solving problems involving all four operations with positive rational numbers, determining and generating formulas and solutions to expressions, and extending measurement to area and volume. These focal areas are supported throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis.
5th Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science in 5th Grade includes conducting descriptive investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, and making tables and graphs. Students use tools such as collecting nets, sound recorders, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. In this integrated science course, students explore many scientific concepts and will perform tasks such as measuring physical properties of matter, describing the forms of energy, investigating how forces cause change, describing rapid changes to Earth’s surface, comparing different landforms, creating models of the solar system, understanding the structures of living organisms and how they interact with each other and the environment, and comparing life cycles of different plants and animals.
5th Grade Social StudiesSocial Studies The 5th grade social studies student will engage in a broad survey of U.S. history. Beginning with the discovery of the Western Hemisphere during the Age of Discovery, students will follow the transformation of the United States from a wilderness in the 17th century to a world power during the 20th century. Students will examine founding documents and analyze how government, political parties, and the free enterprise system have shaped the development of the United States. Geographical skills will be tested as students memorize the location of all 50 states and the names of their capitals. In addition, students will examine their rights and duties as citizens, and analyze the impact of technology and culture on the lives of Americans.
6th Grade English Language ArtsELAThese classes provide instruction and practice in reading a variety of genres, writing a wide variety of compositions, listening, and speaking at higher levels each year. Students complete research projects that require them to understand and evaluate a variety of textual and visual materials. They learn grammar, usage, vocabulary, and other English language skills within the context of reading and writing.
6th Grade MathMath This course focuses on using ratios to describe proportional relationships involving number, geometry, measurement, and probability and adding and subtracting decimals and fractions.
6th Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science includes conducting field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, making informed decisions, and using tools such as microscopes, beakers, test tubes, and spring scales to collect, analyze, and record information. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations.
6th Grade Social StudiesSocial Studies This required course emphasizes an integrative approach to the teaching of geography through world cultures. Students are challenged to construct answers to political, economic, geographic, and social issues faced by contemporary countries through a case study approach.
7th Grade English Language ArtsELAThese classes provide instruction and practice in reading a variety of genres, writing a wide variety of compositions, listening, and speaking at higher levels each year. Students complete research projects that require them to understand and evaluate a variety of textual and visual materials. They learn grammar, usage, vocabulary, and other English language skills within the context of reading and writing.
7th Grade MathMath This course focuses on using proportional relationships in number, geometry, measurement, and probability; applying operations of decimals, fractions, and integers; and using statistical measures to describe data.
7th Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science includes conducting field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, critical thinking, problem solving, and using tools such as weather instruments and calculators to collect and analyze information to explain a phenomenon. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations.
7th Grade Social StudiesSocial Studies This required course emphasizes an integrative approach to the teaching of history, geography, government, economics, culture, science, and technology.
8th Grade English Language ArtsELAThese classes provide instruction and practice in reading a variety of genres, writing a wide variety of compositions, listening, and speaking at higher levels each year. Students complete research projects that require them to understand and evaluate a variety of textual and visual materials. They learn grammar, usage, vocabulary, and other English language skills within the context of reading and writing.
8th Grade Social Studies (US History)Social Studies This required course emphasizes an integrative approach to the teaching of U.S. History (Colonization through Reconstruction), with an emphasis on geography, government, economics, culture, science, and technology.
8th Grade MathMath This course provides the foundation for advanced mathematics courses in high school. The course focuses on algebraic thinking and symbolic reasoning; function concepts; the relationship between equations and functions; representations, tools, and technology for expressing functions and equations; and the underlying mathematical processes of algebra.
8th Grade ScienceScienceThe study of science includes planning and conducting field and laboratory investigations using scientific methods, analyzing data, critical thinking, scientific problem solving and using tools, such as telescopes to collect and analyze information. Students also use computers and information technology tools to support scientific investigations.This course focuses on Matter, Energy, Force, Motion, Earth and Space.
Organisms and Environment

High School

Language Arts

Course Name
Course Type
Course Description
Course Credit
AG Acrrediated
English DiagnosticEnglishThe English Diagnostic is designed for students who are entering the 9th Grade. The purpose of the Diagnostic is to assess if the student is ready for high school material as well as to provide remediation for areas as needed. The Diagnostic consists of several English language categories. In each category, there is a PreTest, remediation, and PostTest. If students pass the PreTest, they will immediately go on to the next category PreTest. If students do not pass the pre-test, they will complete remediation, and then complete a PostTest. If the PostTest is passed, they will go on to the next category of pretest.1 (2 semesters)
English I EnglishEnglish I students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts. Emphasis is placed on organizing logical arguments, clearly related definitions, theses, and evidence. Students read from multiple genres including world literature, novels, poetry, and dramas.1 (2 semesters)
English IIEnglishEnglish II continues to increase and refine communication skills. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions. They will edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts. In English II students practice all forms of writing such as logical arguments, expressions of opinion, and personal forms of writing. These personal forms of writing may include a response to literature, a reflective essay, or an autobiographical narrative. English II students read from multiple genres including world literature, novels, poetry, and dramas. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on literary work.1 (2 semesters)
English IIIEnglishEnglish III continues to increase and refine communication skills. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions. They will edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts. In English III, students practice all forms of writing such as business forms, reports, business memos, the narrative of procedure, the summary or abstract, and resume. English III students read from multiple genres including American literature, and other works of world literature. Periods from American literature may include the pre-colonial period, colonial and revolutionary periods, romanticism and idealism, realism, naturalism, early 20th century, and late 20th century. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on literary work.1 (2 semesters)
English IVEnglishEnglish IV continues to increase and refine communication skills. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions. They will edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts. In English IV students are expected to write in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts. English IV students read from multiple genres including British literature, and other works of world literature. Periods from British literature may include old English period, medieval and English renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, romantic period, Victorian period, modern, and postmodern period. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on literary work.1 (2 semesters)

Math

Course Name
Course Type
Course Description
Course Credit
Algebra I MathStudents build on the foundational concepts presented in Grades K-8. Algebraic thinking and symbolic reasoning play a critical role in algebra. Since functions provide the foundation of Algebra I and Algebra II, this course uses a “function” approach as it provides the student opportunities to solve problems in real life situations. The study of functions, equations and their relationships is central to all of mathematics. Students perceive functions and equations as a means for analyzing and understanding a broad variety of relationships and as a useful tool for expressing generalizations. Students perceive the connections between algebra and geometry and use the tools of one to help solve problems in the other. Students use concrete, pictorial, numerical, symbolic, graphical, and verbal tools and technology to model mathematical situations to solve meaningful problems. The course is not totally dependent upon a graphing calculator, but it is used extensively throughout the year.1 (2 semesters)
Geometry Math Students build on the geometric foundational concepts as presented in Grades K-8. They use geometric thinking and spatial reasoning to understand mathematical concepts and the relationships among them. A connection is made to other courses such as biology, history, art, etc., with problems that involve many of the geometric concepts and encourage the use of technology.1 (2 semesters)
Algebra IIMathConcepts of Algebra I will be reviewed and extended. This course requires a degree of mathematical maturity on the part of the student. Topics coved will be irrational and imaginary numbers, functional relationships, (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, absolute value, square root, and rational) conic sections, and uses of algebra to analyze and solve problems.1 (2 semesters)
Precalculus Math Precalculus extends the concepts of algebra and geometry. It emphasizes the role of functions in developing trigonometric concepts with angles and triangles that offers students the opportunity to investigate equations, graphs, and properties. The course applies and extends basic algebra and other elementary functions leading into the study of calculus. Topics include rational, radical, and piece-wise functions; Trigonometric and Inverse Trigonometry functions/graphing/ analytic trigonometry; Applications of Trigonometry and Limits.1 (2 semesters)
Math Models MathStudents build on K-8 and Algebra I foundations using algebraic, graphical, and geometric reasoning to recognize patterns and structure, to model information and to solve problems from various fields of study. Students will use mathematical methods to model and solve real-life applied problems involving money, data, chance, patterns, music design, and science. Mathematical models from algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics will be used to solve problems in mathematical and nonmathematical situations. Justification, proof, and computation will also be used in problem-solving.1 (2 semesters)
Math DiagnosticMathThe Math Diagnostic is designed for students who are entering the 9th Grade. The purpose of the Diagnostic is to assess if the student is ready for high school material as well as to provide remediation for areas as needed. The Diagnostic consists of several math categories. In each category, there is a PreTest, remediation, and PostTest. If students pass the PreTest, they will immediately go on to the next category pre-test. If students do not pass the PreTest, they will complete the remediation coursework. Once remediation has been completed, students will take a PostTest. If the PostTest is passed, they will go on to the next category of PreTest.

Science

Course
Course Type
Course Description
Credits
AG Acrrediated
PhysicsSciencePhysics students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum; force; thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and quantum physics. This course provides students with a conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical and scientific skills.1 (2 semesters)
Integrated Physics and ChemistryScienceIntegrated Physics and Chemistry students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. This course integrates the principles of physics and chemistry in the following topics: motion, waves, energy transformations, properties of matter, and changes in matter and solution chemistry.1 (2 semesters)
ChemistryScienceChemistry students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. Students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives.1 (2 semesters)
BiologyScienceIn Biology, students will develop appreciation for the living world. A brief history of biology followed by an investigation of the basic unit of life—the cell—will prepare students for deeper research. Students will explore topics concerning genetics, including meiosis, heredity, and DNA. Students consider natural selection, origin of life theories, and the mechanics of evolution. An exploration of “little critters” such as bacteria precedes a study of plant structures, processes, and reproduction. Students will inquire into animal behavior and characteristics as they study invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, among others. An inspection of nutrition and disease will lead students to examine human body systems. The course will conclude with an analysis of the interdependence of living things in ecosystems. Throughout the course, there are lab investigations, including video labs, to reinforce science concepts and skills.1 (2 semesters)
Anatomy and PhysiologyScienceAnatomy and Physiology introduces students to the structures and functions of the amazing human body. Students will learn about different organ systems and how they work together to maintain life. Some of these organ systems include the circulatory, digestive, skin, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Students will examine different diseases that affect these systems and the treatments (both traditional and new) used to fight the diseases. The development and effects of aging on the different organ systems are explored throughout Anatomy and Physiology.1 (2 semesters)
Principles of Health ScienceScienceThis CTE course is designed to help prepare students for a career in the health science field. It covers health care systems and the roles of team members within these institutions. The course has many opportunities for students to explore the various careers within the health care field. It emphasizes the personal and professional skills required to succeed in this arena, including personal character qualities, teamwork, and leadership. Coverage includes the science of heath care, including measurement, SI system, anatomy and physiology, and safety practices. It covers topics of health care at various life stages, from birth to death. Laws and regulations, best practices, and professional ethics are discussed, as well. Because this course has a careers emphasis, other topics covered include career preparation, the role of student and professional organizations, and the state of the health care career field.1 (2 semesters)
Aquatic Science Other ScienceIn Aquatic Science, students study the interactions of biotic and abiotic components in aquatic environments, including impacts on aquatic systems. Investigations and field work in this course may emphasize fresh water or marine aspects of aquatic science depending primarily upon the natural resources available to study near the school. Students who successfully complete the course will acquire knowledge about a variety of aquatic systems, conduct investigations and observations of the aquatic environment, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.1 (2 semesters)

History

Course
Course Type
Course Description
Credits
AG Acrrediated
World GeographyHistoryIn World Geography studies, students will examine people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international scales from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography of events of the past and present. A significant portion of the course will center around the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment; the characteristics of major land forms, climates, and ecosystems and their interrelationships; the political, economic, and social processes that shape cultural patterns of regions; types and patterns of settlement; the distribution and movement of world population; relationships among people, places and environments; and the concept of region. Students will analyze how location affects economic activities in different economic systems throughout the world. Students will identify the processes that influence political divisions of the planet and analyze the different points of view that affect the development of the public policies. Students will compare how components of culture shape the characteristics of regions and analyze the impact of technology and human modifications on the physical environment. Students will use problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and answer geographic questions.1 (2 semesters)
World History HistoryWorld History is the only course offering students an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis will be on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in World History will be identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students will evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students will examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students will analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students will trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students will examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students will analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economics. They will use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence1 (2 semesters)
US History HistoryIn this course, which is the second part of a two-year study of U.S. History that begins in Grade 8, students will study the history of the United States since Reconstruction to the present. Historical content will focus on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post–Cold War eras, and reform movements including civil rights. Students will examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and analyze causes and effects of the Great Depression. Students will examine the impact of the constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students will describe the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. Students will analyze the impact of technological innovations on the American labor movement. Students will use critical-thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.1 (2 semesters)
GovernmentHistoryIn Government, the focus will be on principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. This course is the culmination of the civic and governmental content and concepts studied from kindergarten through required secondary courses. Students will learn major political ideas and forms of government in history. A significant focus of the course will be on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, and the form of government it created. Students will analyze major concepts of republicanism, federalism, checks, and balances, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights and will compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems. Students will identify the role of government in the U.S. free enterprise system and examine the strategic importance of places to the United States. Students will analyze the impact of individuals, political parties, interest groups and the media on the American political system, evaluate the importance of voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the rights guaranteed by the U.S Constitution. Students will identify examples of government policies that encourage scientific research and will use critical-thinking skills to create a project on a contemporary government issue.1 (2 semesters)
EconomicsEconomicsEconomics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits is the culmination of the economic content and concepts studied from Kindergarten through required secondary courses. The focus is on the basic principles concerning production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services in the United States and a comparison with those in other countries around the world. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses. Students will analyze the interaction of supply, demand, and price and study the role of financial institutions in a free enterprise system. Types of business ownership and market structures will be discussed, as will be basic concepts of consumer economics. The impact of a variety of factors including geography, the federal government, economic ideas from important philosophers, historic documents, societal values, scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the national economy and economic policy will be an integral part of the course. Students will apply critical-thinking skills to create economic models and to evaluate economic activity patterns. Students will also examine the knowledge and skills necessary as self-supporting adults to make critical decisions relating to personal financial matters.1 (2 semesters)

Foreign Language

For credit foreign language courses are NCAA approved using the Middlebury curriculum listed here.

Course Description College Preparatory/ Work Ready Credit Credit Value
HS Spanish I High School Spanish I is a highly interactive and engaging introductory course designed for students in grades 9-12 and structured around the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Extensive use of authentic materials along with opportunities to apply language in common situations helps motivate students and build their learning confidence. Through a diverse range of multimedia activities and exercises, students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts and sentence structure. They participate in simple conversations and respond to basic conversational prompts. Students are actively engaged in their own learning throughout the course. They take frequent assessments and are increasingly aware of individual progress. Introduction to Spanish-speaking countries, as well as history, food, and literature, heightens cultural awareness and appreciation of the Hispanic world. High School Spanish I utilizes guided learning and explicit instruction as an effective way to acquire language proficiency. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of High School Spanish I provides the foundation and path for continued learning. Foreign Language 1.0
HS Spanish II High School Spanish II is the second level of high school Spanish designed for grades 9-12. Students expand their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. They begin to fully comprehend listening and reading passages while expressing themselves more meaningfully in both writing and speaking. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, with a focus on reading and listening comprehension, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities. Students are actively engaged in their own learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts. They also analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of this course provides the foundation for intermediate Spanish. Foreign Language 1.0
HS French I High School French I is a highly interactive and engaging introductory course designed for students in grades 9-12 and structured around the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Extensive use of authentic materials along with opportunities to apply language in common situations helps motivate students and build their learning confidence. Through a diverse range of multimedia activities and exercises, students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts and sentence structure. They participate in simple conversations and respond to basic conversational prompts. Students are actively engaged in their own learning throughout the course. They take frequent assessments and are increasingly aware of individual progress. Introduction to French-speaking countries, as well as history, food, and literature, heightens cultural awareness and appreciation of the Francophone world. High School French I utilizes guided learning and explicit instruction as an effective way to acquire language proficiency. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of High School French I provides the foundation and path for continued learning. Foreign Language 1.0
HS French II High School French II is the second level of high school French designed for grades 9-12. Students expand their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. They begin to fully comprehend listening and reading passages while expressing themselves more meaningfully in both writing and speaking. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, with a focus on reading and listening comprehension, multimedia cultural presentations and interactive activities. Students are actively engaged in their own learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts. They also analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various French-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of this course provides the foundation for intermediate French. Foreign Language 1.0
HS German I High School German I is a highly interactive and engaging introductory course designed for students in grades 9-12 and structured around the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Extensive use of authentic materials along with opportunities to apply language in common situations helps motivate students and build their learning confidence. Through a diverse range of multimedia activities and exercises, students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts and sentence structure. They participate in simple conversations and respond to basic conversational prompts. Students are actively engaged in their own learning throughout the course. They take frequent assessments and are increasingly aware of individual progress. Introduction to German-speaking countries, as well as history, food, and literature, heightens cultural awareness and appreciation of the German-speaking world. High School German I utilizes guided learning and explicit instruction as an effective way to acquire language proficiency. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of High School German I provides the foundation and path for continued learning. Foreign Language 1.0
HS German II High School German II is the second level of high school German designed for grades 9-12. Students expand their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. They begin to fully comprehend listening and reading passages while expressing themselves more meaningfully in both writing and speaking. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, with a focus on reading and listening comprehension, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities. Students are actively engaged in their own learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts. They also analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various German-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of this course provides the foundation for intermediate German. Foreign Language 1.0
HS Chinese I High School Chinese I is a highly interactive and engaging introductory course designed for students in grades 9-12 and structured around the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Extensive use of authentic materials along with opportunities to apply language in common situations helps motivate students and build their learning confidence. Through a diverse range of multimedia activities and exercises, students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts and sentence structure. They participate in simple conversations and respond to basic conversational prompts. Students are actively engaged in their own learning throughout the course. They take frequent assessments and are increasingly aware of individual progress. Introduction to Chinese-speaking countries, as well as history, food, and literature, heightens cultural awareness and appreciation of the Chinese-speaking world. Both Chinese characters and pinyin are presented together throughout the course and specific character practices are introduced after the first quarter. High School Chinese I utilizes guided learning and explicit instruction as an effective way to acquire language proficiency. The course is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of High School Chinese I provides the foundation and path for continued learning. Foreign Language 1.0
HS Chinese II High School Chinese II is the second level of high school Chinese designed for grades 9-12. Students expand their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. They begin to fully comprehend listening and reading passages while expressing themselves more meaningfully in both writing and speaking. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, with a focus on reading and listening comprehension, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Character recognition and practice are a key focus and students are expected to learn several characters in each unit; however, pinyin is still presented with characters throughout the course to aid in overall comprehension. Students are actively engaged in their own learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts They also analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. By the second semester, instruction is almost entirely in Chinese. High School Chinese II is aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Successful completion of this course provides the foundation for intermediate Chinese. Foreign Language 1.0
HS Latin I Foreign Language 1.0
HS Latin II Foreign Language 1.0

Electives

Course
Course Type
Course Description
Credits
AG Acrrediated
SpeechFine ArtsThe art of public speaking is one which underpins the very foundations of Western society. This course examines those foundations in both Aristotle and Cicero’s views of rhetoric, and then traces those foundations into the modern world. Students will learn not just the theory, but also the practice of effective public speaking, including how to analyze the speeches of others, build a strong argument, and speak with confidence and flair. By the end of this course, students will know exactly what makes a truly successful speech and will be able to put that knowledge to practical use.0.5
Logic 1ElectiveThe Logic I course will improve the critical thinking skills of students through the study of informal logic. The course will challenge students to evaluate whether humans are rational or emotional beings. The majority of the course explores occurrences of faulty reasoning known as logical fallacies. Students will learn to recognize and expose fallacies when evaluating and critiquing arguments. Fallacies covered include appeal to fear, irrelevant thesis, straw man, false analogy, red herring, and misuse of statistics. Students will apply the study of types, components, and principles of argumentative dialogue in preparing a dialogue of their own. During the course, students will consider and analyze Aesop’s Fables and “The Cave” by Plato. The course concludes with a comprehensive review of fallacies and a preview of formal logic.0.5
Logic 2ElectiveLogic II introduces the student to the world of Aristotelian formal logic. Students will use classical tools, including the Porphyrian tree and Euler’s circles to translate arguments into propositions organized within the categorical form. Students will also learn to analyze the validity of arguments using the square of opposition, terminological rules, Venn diagrams, and the Barbara, Celarent, Darii, Ferio mnemonic. The course concludes with an evaluation of presuppositional disputes and a survey of hypothetical syllogisms.0.5
Environmental SystemsElectiveThis semester-length, high school elective introduces students to career opportunities and educational pathways in a wide array of environmental fields. Students examine environmental legislation and regulations, government agencies and organizations, monitoring and testing methods and requirements. They discover the relationship between environmental regulations and careers, and study the issues, history, and current status of air and water quality, soil and atmospheric conditions. In an environmentally challenged world, ESS professionals are critically important. Job outlooks and salary scales reflect this need for educated, dedicated researchers, scientists, engineers, etc.1
Career PrepElectiveIn Career Prep, students are given tools to be successful in future careers. The course will help students understand how to survey the job market, fill out paperwork, and thrive in the workplace. Students will create an electronic portfolio throughout the course. The portfolio includes letters of interest to employers, resumes and cover letters, interview preparation documents, a career plan, as well as other reports.1
Literary GenreElectiveStudents taking Literary Genres will spend time analyzing the fictional and poetic elements of literary texts and read to appreciate the writer's craft. High school students will discover how well written literary text can serve as models for their own writing. Students respond to oral, written, and electronic text to connect their knowledge of the world. Students build an extensive vocabulary through reading and systematic word study. Students analyze fictional and poetic elements focusing on how they combine to contribute meaning in literary texts. Students read critically to evaluate texts and the authority of sources, to increase knowledge of their own culture, the culture of others, and the common elements of cultures. Students use writing as a tool for learning and researching literary genres.0.5
Creative Writing ElectiveCreative Writing encourages students to write, reason, and relate to the world creatively. By engaging in a wide variety of STAT exercises, students will learn how to express themselves creatively. Students will be writing creatively and reading in a range of domains including reflection, interpretation, evaluation, synthesis, persuasion, controversial issues, and experimentation.0.5
Child DevelopmentElectiveChild Development prepares students to understand the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children. The course is designed to help young people acquire knowledge and skills essential to the care and guidance of children as a parent or caregiver. Emphasis is on helping students create an environment for children that will promote optimum development.0.5
Astronomy ElectiveIn Astronomy, students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study the following topics: information about the universe; scientific theories of the evolution of the universe; characteristics and the life cycle of stars; exploration of the universe; role of the Sun in our solar system; planets; and the orientation and placement of the Earth.1
Art History Fine ArtsIn this course, students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. While visual analysis is a fundamental tool of the art historian, art history emphasizes understanding how and why works of art function in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art.1
Aquatic Science Other ScienceIn Aquatic Science, students study the interactions of biotic and abiotic components in aquatic environments, including impacts on aquatic systems. Investigations and field work in this course may emphasize fresh water or marine aspects of aquatic science depending primarily upon the natural resources available to study near the school. Students who successfully complete the course will acquire knowledge about a variety of aquatic systems, conduct investigations and observations of the aquatic environment, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.1
Old Testament Bible Literacy ElectiveBible Literacy teaches students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, morés, oratory, and public policy. In addition, this course will familiarize students with, as applicable, the contents of the Old and New Testaments.0.5
New Testament Bible Literacy ElectiveBible Literacy teaches students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, morés, oratory, and public policy. In addition, this course will familiarize students with, as applicable, the contents of the Old and New Testaments.0.5
College and Career TransitionsElectiveThis course is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation, including time management, concentration, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. 1
Psychology ElectiveThis course focuses on the study of human behavior. As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course includes consideration of psychological principles, terminology, major theories, careers, methods of experimentation, and practical applications. Special topics include personality development, problem-solving, group dynamics, and motivation.0.5
Middle School Art Fine ArtsThe study of Middle School Art integrates visual literacy skills using critical thinking, imagination, and the senses to explore the world through the use of elements of art and principles of design. The student explores ideas from life experiences about self, peers, family, and community and uses the imagination to integrate them into original works of art. Creative expression is emphasized throughout the course as numerous works of art will be created using several art mediums such as drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, modeled forms, fiber works, mixed media, installation work, digital art, and photography. Historical and cultural relevance in art is explored while analyzing styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures. The course explores critical evaluation and response to artworks of the student and others. The course concludes with an exploration in available art and career opportunities along with the creation of a professional art portfolio showcasing the work created throughout the course.1
Middle School Music Fine ArtsTaking a more classical approach, the study of music in middle school teaches students the instruments of the orchestra and the classical voice ranges with exemplary performance examples. Students will also learn how to notate musical scores, sight read using solfège and Curwen hand signs, and critically compare art music performances. Students enrolled in the middle school music course will understand the difference between a genre and a style and the parts of sonata form. The middle school music course also introduces a more expansive world view of music with entertaining and interactive tools for learning.1
Middle School TheaterFine ArtsIn Middle School Theater, students incorporate the study of theater, dialog, music, and dance to offer unique experiences that help students explore realities, relationships, and ideas. The foundations of theater include inquiry and understanding, creative expression, historical and cultural relevance, and critical evaluation and response. Through these foundations, students develop a perception of self, human relationships, and the world using elements of drama and conventions of theater. Through projects and exercises, students communicate in a dramatic form, engage in artistic thinking, build positive self-concepts, relate interpersonally, and integrate knowledge with other content areas in a relevant manner. Through study of historical and cultural relevance, students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions in theater and the diversity of world cultures as expressed in theater. Through critical evaluation and response, students develop the ability to appreciate and evaluate live theater.1
Music Appreciation Fine ArtsMusic Appreciation is an introductory course to music. Students will explore music’s various functionalities in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. The course begins by examining basic music literacy and core musical elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, form, and texture. Throughout the course, students apply their understanding through music composition and focus on music’s various purposes and functions, tracking these categories through historical transformations and focuses on sacred music, music for stage and screen, music for public entertainment, music as identity, and music as media.1
Principles of Human ServicesElectiveThis course enables students to investigate careers in the human services including counseling, mental health, early childhood development, family and community, and personal care services. Each student is expected to complete the knowledge and skills essential for success in high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand careers.0.5
Virtual BusinessElectiveThe Virtual Business course guides students through the basics of starting, operating, and managing an online company. This course is designed for students interested in starting a virtual business by creating a web presence, conducting online and offline marketing, examining and creating business contracts for online business, and exploring project-management systems. The student will also explore bookkeeping processes, applicable legal company business structures, managing telecommuting employees, maintaining business records, as well as entrepreneurship. Virtual Business also guides the student through potential online career pathways by conducting various personality and career pathway assessments. The student will conclude the course by applying learned skills to create a company, including a business plan, branding the business, and creating a website using common website builder tools.0.5
Business ManagementElectiveBusiness Management is an integral part of the Business, Marketing, and Finance Career and Technical Education clusters. Students will examine evolving views of management with an emphasis on leadership. Next, students will consider ethical case studies and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various organizational structures. In Units 4 through 6, students will analyze the decision-making process as it applies to management issues, such as quality control and improving communication. Beginning with Unit 7, students will investigate employee compensation and legal matters concerning hiring and firing. The course concludes with a presentation of practical tools to build one’s personal habits and to nurture team building.1
Principles of Business, Marketing and FinanceElectiveThe Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance course will expand the student’s knowledge in the many areas of business and free enterprise. The majority of the course takes a comprehensive look at business disciplines such as analyzing goods versus services, economics, financial management, principles of personal finance, marketing, the global economy, and government in business. The student will gain soft skills such as understanding business ethics, leadership, and the management of employees. The student will gain hard skills such as product management, finances, marketing campaigns, and sales. The course then takes a practical look at career opportunities in business and the professional skills needed to excel within the industry. The student will finish the course with a broad grasp on the principles of starting, operating, and managing a successful company.1
EntrepreneurshipElectiveThe Entrepreneurship course is designed to grow the student’s passion for starting, growing, and excelling in business ventures. The student will explore the basics of starting a business, from brainstorming great concepts, to execution and profitability. Entrepreneurship includes more than just starting businesses, but explores the ventures of product development, marketing, distribution, and sales. The student will expand his or her knowledge in the areas of proper product and service pricing, financial planning and growth, accounting and bookkeeping, fundraising, marketing research, and business law. The course asks the student to practice the knowledge and skills he or she has gained by developing and writing a business plan for their very own business venture. The student will gain a complete understanding of what it takes to make a business a success and possibly gain a desire to actually start a company from scratch.1
Medical MicrobiologyElectiveMedical Microbiology explores the world of tiny (micro) organisms that are responsible for making people sick. Students learn about the common bacteria, viruses, and protists that cause sickness and disease in humans. Medical Microbiology delves into different ways these germs and diseases can spread from person to person, throughout a community, and eventually around the globe while discussing the best practices for stopping them from spreading. Students look into different medications and how they work to kill or slow the growth of different microorganisms. Students will also research why some antibiotic medications are no longer effective against the bacteria that cause disease. Medical microbiology also teaches laboratory skills in how to effectively grow and isolate different colonies of microorganisms in petri dishes.1
Anatomy and PhysiologyElectiveAnatomy and Physiology introduces students to the structures and functions of the amazing human body. Students will learn about different organ systems and how they work together to maintain life. Some of these organ systems include the circulatory, digestive, skin, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Students will examine different diseases that affect these systems and the treatments (both traditional and new) used to fight the diseases. The development and effects of aging on the different organ systems are explored throughout Anatomy and Physiology.1
Principles of Health ScienceElectiveThis CTE course is designed to help prepare students for a career in the health science field. It covers health care systems and the roles of team members within these institutions. The course has many opportunities for students to explore the various careers within the health care field. It emphasizes the personal and professional skills required to succeed in this arena, including personal character qualities, teamwork, and leadership. Coverage includes the science of heath care, including measurement, SI system, anatomy and physiology, and safety practices. It covers topics of health care at various life stages, from birth to death. Laws and regulations, best practices, and professional ethics are discussed, as well. Because this course has a careers emphasis, other topics covered include career preparation, the role of student and professional organizations, and the state of the health care career field.1