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High School Proposed Course List

 

Course

Grades

Offered

Grading

Course Credits

A-G

History / Social Science ‘a’

World History

10

A-F

10

“a” - CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 2 years

of history/social science, including one year of U.S. history or one semester of U.S. history and one semester of American government, and 1 year of history/social science from either the “a” or “g” subject

area (CSU)/ 1 year of world history,

cultures, and geography (including

European History) from the “a” subject area.

U.S. History

11

A-F

10

U.S. Government

12

A-F

5

Economics

12

A-F

5

English ‘b’

English 9

9

A-F

10

“b” - CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 4 years

of college preparatory English

composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD, which cannot be completed during the senior year for UC admission).

English 10

10

A-F

10

English 11

11

A-F

10

English 12

12

A-F

10

Mathematics ‘c’

Integrated Math 1

9/10

A-F

10

“c” - CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 3 years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry) (4 years recommended).

Integrated Math 2

10/11

A-F

10

Integrated Math 3

11/12

A-F

10

Pre-Calculus

11/12

A-F

10

Calculus

11/12

A-F

10

Science Lab ‘d’

Integrated Science 1

9/10

A-F

10

“d” - CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 2 years

of laboratory science with at least 1 year of physical science and 1 year of biological science (one from the “d” subject area and the other from “d” or “g” (CSU)/ at least two of the three foundational subjects of biology, chemistry, and physics (3 years recommended) (from the “d” subject area) (UC).

Integrated Science 2

10/11

A-F

10

Integrated Science 3

11/12

A-F

10

Language Other than English ‘e’

Spanish I

9/10

A-F

10

CSU and UC freshman admission

requirement of 2 years (or equivalent of the 2nd level high school course) of language other than English (3

years recommended for UC).

Spanish II

10/11

A-F

10

Spanish III

11/12

A-F

10

Visual Preforming Arts ‘f’

Art History

11/12

A-F

10

CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 1 year, chosen from: dance, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, or visual arts.

Art Appreciation

11/12

A-F

10

College Prep STEM Elective ‘g’

Introduction to Engineering Design

9

A-F

10

CSU and UC freshman admission requirement of 1 year of an elective from any area on approved ‘a-g’ course list.

Principles of Engineering

10

A-F

10

Aerospace Engineering

11/12

A-F

10

Computer Science Engineering

11/12

A-F

10

Physical Education

PE 1A

9

A-F

5

 

PE 1B

10

A-F

5

PE 2A

11

A-F

5

PE 2B

12

A-F

5

 

History / Social Science

 

World History – Students will study major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late 18th century through the present including the cause and course of the two World Wars, trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. Students will consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. Topics will include the growth of self-government in England, the Enlightenment, the Age of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, the Industrial Revolution and the philosophical reactions to it as both a constructive and destructive force, World War I, World War II, Communism, Fascism and the Holocaust.

Curriculum: World History: Modern Times, Glencoe; Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction, McDougal Littell

 

U.S. History – Students will study the major turning points in American history during the 20th century and trace the change of ethnic composition of American society, the movement towards equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students will consider the major social problems for our time and trace their causes in historical events, learn the United States’ role as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents but the result of a defined set of political principles, and understand our rights under the U.S. Constitution –a comprise and a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their own preservation and protection.

Curriculum: The Americans: Reconstruction - 21st Century, McDougal Littell

 

American Government – Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the life and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as The Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

Curriculum: Civics: Government and Economics in Action, Prentice Hall

 

Economics – Students will master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods.

Curriculum: Civics: Government and Economics in Action, Prentice Hall

 

English Language Arts

 

English 9 – This course is designed for 9th grade students to satisfy State Standards and provide for college preparation. Students will read texts covering four genres: short story, non-fiction, poetry, and drama and will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically and/or culturally significant works. They will read at least two novels and respond with a written summary of the literature, character analysis, playbill, or cartoon strip. Students will gain skills necessary for competent writing and reading by focusing on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and directed reading and writing. They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. Students will also demonstrate their understanding of the literature through guided discussions and oral reviews of all genres and complete a creative writing project.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

English 10 – This course is designed for 10th grade students to satisfy State Standards and provide for college preparation. Students will read short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, legends, and novels and will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works. They will read at least two novels and respond with a book report/summary, character analysis, journal, or captioned illustration. Students will gain skills necessary for competent writing and reading by focusing on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and directed reading and writing. They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres and complete a creative writing project.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

English 11 – This course is designed for 11th grade students to satisfy State Standards and provide for college preparation. Students will read the works of American writers and view the works of American artists in terms of literary, political and cultural perspectives. Through directed reading and writing assignments, students focus on the mechanics of language, punctuation, and vocabulary development. They demonstrate critical analysis as they evaluate patterns and connections within the literature presented, discuss and present ideas and observations, and write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays using organization, research, drafting, editing, and revising. Creative thinking is encouraged, and evaluative thinking is required.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

English 12 – The course covers the origins of the English language, and many works that are considered oral traditions, such as Gilgamesh and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as Ballads, and Epic Poems. Students will learn the history of Shakespeare’s life, studying the times in which he lived and his impact as a writer on Western Literature. An overview of all of Shakespeare’s works is offered before studying two works in depth. Students will cover literary theme, motif, setting and characters in the play. The students will complete a written literary analysis of a Shakespearean comedy. The second semester of the course will cover Contemporary British Literature: 1800 to modern day. The students will read and discuss modern poets, playwrights, and novelists of Britain and submit written literary analyses of modern literary pieces. Modern Language Association (“MLA”) citing of resources will be reviewed and required on extensive, structured writing assignments.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

Mathematics

 

Integrated Math 1 – This course is the first of three courses in a series that uses an integrated approach to cover the same algebra and geometry concepts and skills that are included in the traditional three course series. The problem situations, models, and technology used will foster connections among the various strands of mathematics and develop concepts from multiple perspectives.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Integrated Math 2 – This course is the second of three courses in a series that uses an integrated approach to cover the same algebra and geometry concepts and skills that are included in the traditional three course series. Students will learn laws of exponents to rational exponents; compare key characteristics of quadratic functions with those of linear and exponential functions; create and solve equations and inequalities involving linear, exponential, and quadratic expressions; extend work with probability; and establish criteria for similarity of triangles based on dilations and proportional reasoning.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Integrated Math 3 – This course is the third of three courses in a series that uses an integrated approach to cover the same algebra and geometry concepts and skills that are included in the traditional three course series. Through exploration, problem solving, real world application and modeling, Integrated Mathematics 3 builds and strengthens students’ understanding of the Real Number System.  For the Integrated Mathematics 3 course, instructional time will focus on five critical areas: 1) apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, 2) expand understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions, 3) expand right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles, and 4) consolidate functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Pre-Calculus – The course design, content delivery, and key assignments are consistent with the mathematical practices highlighted by the CCSS. This course provides thorough instruction in many of the key content areas for college calculus preparation.  Functions, relations, trigonometry, introductory linear algebra, introductory limits, and polar functions are all vital strands to the course of study; and their representations in algebraic and graphical form will be explored in great depth throughout the course through persistent reasoning and mathematical modeling.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Calculus – The course design, content delivery, and key assignments are consistent with the mathematical practices highlighted by the CCSS. The following topics will be covered: functions, limits, derivatives, tangent lines, applications of derivatives, anti-derivatives, integrals and the area problem, applications of integrals, exponential functions, and elementary differential equations.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Science with Lab

 

Integrated Science 1 - Students will explore the following individual science disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. Integrated science 1 is designed to give students an overview of each of the disciplines through projects, textbook readings, problem solving, and laboratories. Each science overlaps the other and encourages students to explore the physical and life sciences. The course is broken down into an introduction into science, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science.

Curriculum: Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, Pearson Education

 

Integrated Science 2 - Students will review foundational concepts of science, physics, chemistry, biology and earth science at a higher level. This course goes in depth into the details of each discipline. Students practice more of the mathematical concepts and applications of science in solving formulas, creating graphs, tables and charts, and working in teams to problem solve. Students are asked to take their thinking to the next level by using simulations, experimentation, and application in everyday situations. More thought provoking and critical thinking skills are required in developing projects, laboratories, and solving problems in this course.

Curriculum: Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, Pearson Education

 

Integrated Science 3 – This course is a cross-curricular course that engages students with mathematical applications, graphing and calculations, reading, writing, and application of informational text, and historical significance and global impact of scientific studies. Students will access outside resources to further their understanding of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. Students will incorporate technology into scientific studies, collect statistical data, and apply material to present day situations. Disciplines will include the history and future of science, universal laws and ethics, industrial, environmental and medical science, engineering, and earth to space transportation, communication, and survival. Students will develop global awareness throughout the core content then develop action plans relevant to current events. Each core content unit will incorporate fields of study, career options, and job outlook.

Curriculum: Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, Pearson Education

 

Language Other Than English

 

Spanish 1 Spanish 1 is an introductory course for students who wish to learn a foreign language. It is intended to develop limited facility in each of the major communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Major emphasis is on development of the ability to speak fluently, with accurate pronunciation and intonation, while fostering an appreciation of the culture.

Curriculum: Cyber High; Scout; BYU

 

Spanish 2 This course expands and refines the speaking and listening skills necessary to attain competence in complex conversations and reading and writing. The vocabulary will continue to expand. Phonics review and further grammatical concepts will be taught.

Curriculum: Cyber High; Scout; BYU

 

Spanish 3 This course is a continuation of Spanish 2. It expands on vocabulary and grammatical structures needed for more advanced communication. Instruction will emphasize the essential language skills of: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be able to express themselves at a more advanced level than in the previous year using the present indicative, present subjunctive, preterit, past imperfect, and future tenses. Students will also read short stories in the target language to continue to develop their reading comprehension skills. Students will communicate completely in Spanish orally and in writing and will be able to produce paragraphs. The primary focus is for students to become independent users of the language in accordance to Spanish grammatical rules and to continue to foster the appreciation of the Hispanic cultures.

Curriculum: Cyber High; Scout; BYU

 

Visual Performing Arts

 

Art History Students will understand visual arts in relation to history and cultures. They will reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others. Students will gain an understanding of media techniques and processes and apply them to their own projects using knowledge of structures and functions.

Curriculum: Discovering Art History, Davis Publications

 

Art Appreciation Students will learn the necessary skills to provide them with a perceptual base that leads to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context(s), aesthetic valuing and connections, relations, applications of the visual arts. Students will be exposed to the tools, techniques, materials, technology and applications that are used in other art forms, subject areas and careers. The art elements and principals of design serve as a foundation for each unit covered. Students will apply selected historical or cultural contexts with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as appreciation of art works from other cultures and times.

Curriculum: Art Talk, Glencoe


 

College Prep STEM Elective

 

Introduction to Engineering Design – Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Principles of Engineering – Students explore a broad range of engineering topics mechanics, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then the apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Aerospace Engineering – Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Computer Science Engineering – Using the Python programming language as a primary tool, students develop computational thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Discover

This progressive course focuses on building each student’s readiness for the demands of higher education and career success. Through a Master Action Plan (“MAP”), students will work to identify their unique skills set, explore college and career opportunities, and create a professional portfolio to ensure future achievement. Moreover, students will sharpen hands-on leadership skills through schoolwide and community collaborative partnerships.

 

9th Grade   -- Identify skills sets, Initiate Master Action Plan

10th Grade -- College/Career Exploration, Review & Revise Master Action Plan

11th Grade -- Leadership through Peer Mentoring, Finalize Master Action Plan

12th Grade -- Community Partnership Development, Formalize Transition Portfolio

Curriculum: Job Shadowing; Career Cruising