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Dance Classes



Introduction to Dance: Beginning Jazz & Modern

No prerequisite

The course serves as a foundation for Modern and Jazz Dance and it is for students with little or no dance experience. Course includes: floor and standing work to increase joint mobility, efficient movement patterns, core strength, proper support for dance movement and development of full body connectivity. 



Jazz 1: Beginning Jazz

Prerequisite: Introduction to Dance or Ballet I or Placement by faculty

This is a beginning jazz dance class that requires a basic knowledge of jazz based movement. Course includes: building on fundamentals of Intro to Dance technique, knowledge of the jazz technique standards, stronger loco-motor skills & movement progressions and the placement of jazz in history.



Jazz 2: Intermediate Jazz

Prerequisite: Jazz 1 or Placement by faculty

This is an intermediate jazz class that requires a strong awareness of the basic technique standards of jazz dance. Course includes: building on fundamentals of Jazz 1, advancing technical application of jazz technique, exploring more difficult movement progressions and loco-motor skills, preparing students for the advanced/pre-professional jazz class and emphasizes performance and style quality.



Jazz 3: Advanced Jazz

Prerequisite: Jazz 2
This is an advanced level jazz class that requires a very strong awareness of core and advanced technique standards as well as a strong desire to perform. Course includes: preparation for professional jazz dance careers after graduation, solidification of: strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques, exploration of various industries in which dancers may find jazz dance related work after graduation and preparation for work in the entertainment industry. Course also includes modules on audition preparation, resume/demo reel creation, and professional dance career preparation, both physically and mentally.



Modern 1: Beg/Intermediate Modern
Prerequisite: Introduction to Dance or Ballet I or Placement by faculty

This is an intermediate modern dance class that requires a basic knowledge of modern based movement. Course includes: building on the fundamentals of Intro to Dance, develop knowledge of modern technique standards, develop stronger loco-motor skills, movement progressions, use of the body in a 3-dimensional way and discusses different techniques throughout history through movement and research. 

Modern 2: Intermediate/Advanced (Bartineff Fundamentals)
Prerequisite: Modern 21
This is an intermediate/advanced modern class that requires a strong awareness of the core technique standards of modern dance. Course includes: building on the fundamentals of Modern 2 class, advancing technical application of modern technique, exploring more difficult movement progressions and loco-motor skills, introducing Bartinieff Fundamentals and 6 intensive units on body patterning relation to efficient movement.



Modern 3: Advanced/Contemporary/Teaching

Prerequisite: Modern 2
This is an advanced level modern class that requires a very strong awareness of core and advanced technique standards. Course includes: further preparing dance students for higher education and/or professional dance careers after graduation, solidifying strong technical standards, style application, and performance techniques, enhances the student’s ability to pick up on style and nuances that are being asked for in today's movement and explores teaching methods and class organization. Students will be prepared to work as teacher assistants upon completion of this course.

Social Dance: Semester class – taught in the fall
This course is an introductory class designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of social dance. It will focus on developing an awareness of the common dances and styles used in social settings both past and present. This course is perfect for theatre or dance students who wish to broaden their dance training and increase their understanding of social interaction through dance.




Musical Theatre Tap: Semester class- taught in the spring
This course is an introductory class designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of tap dance. The first term introduces students to tap fundamentals, tap history, and basic steps. The second term focuses on tap for the musical theatre stage, emphasizing skills in performance and choreography. This class is perfect for all dance, theatre, and music students wishing to learn this percussive art form. 


Choreography/Improvisation-semester class

Prerequisite: Modern 2

This intermediate level course focuses on the choreographer’s creative process for solo, duet, trio and group dances. Course includes: using more complex tools for identifying, selecting and utilizing a variety of source material through the use of critical evaluation skills for dance, use of choreographic devices and use of improvisation for generating movement and creating meaning through the use of time, space, energy/force and weight. 



Anatomy of Movement: semester class

No prerequisite open to all students

This course begins with the skeletal system and then continues to the muscular system. Course includes: studying the body in relation to movement, basic nutrition and dance injury prevention.



Ballet 1: Intro to Dance/Foundations of Classical Ballet- Beginning Ballet

No prerequisite- open to all students

This course is designed to build a firm foundation in classical ballet technique. Course includes: traditions of classical ballet technique and classroom etiquette, learn ballet terminology, the basic foot positions, arm positions, body directions and proper body placement, introduces the elementary exercises for mastering the placement of the body, legs, arms, and the head and develops the elementary skills in the coordination of steps.



Ballet 2: Intermediate Classical Ballet

Prerequisite: Ballet I or placement by faculty

This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Intro to Dance/ Foundations of Classical Ballet. Course includes: proper placement of upper body, arms, legs, and head, introduction of coordination skills and artistic expression of port de bras, simple combinations to perfect technique, musicality and movement, develop stamina by increasing repetitions and speed of acquired steps, practice steps at the barre on demi-pointe, simple enchainment of petit and grand allegro and memorization of ballet terminology.



Ballet 3: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisite: Ballet 2 or placement by faculty

This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of classical ballet technique taught in Ballet 2. Course includes: strengthening balance on demi-pointe both at barre and center practice, introduction and practicing of  tours in big poses as preparation to grandes pirouettes, steps are practiced en tournant in the center, introduction of Batterie and teaching of big jumps, tempi becomes more rapid and movement sequences becomes more intricate and the introduction of  more extensive movement vocabulary. Readiness for pointe work is determined by student’s strength and physical development and decided upon by the assessment of the instructor.

Ballet 4: Advanced Classical Ballet- pointe

Prerequisite: Ballet 3

This course is designed to further prepare students for higher education and/or professional dance careers after graduation. Course includes: continuation of increased stability in pirouettes and variety by increasing repetitions, revelations, and practicing turns en diagonal, en pointe and from varying approaches, practice more complicated grand adagio and grand allegro, practice certain jumps en tournant, develop power and elevation in grand allegro with varying approaches, steps, and lengthened combinations, enhance speed of movement in petit allegro while furthering the education of all batterie and teaching of artistry and musical sensitivity development by introducing classical repertoire into class work.


Dance Conservatory:

Prerequisite or concurrent: Anatomy of Movement, Ballet 3, Modern 3, Jazz level 2+. In all these classes you must have earned at least a B grade, teacher signature, 3.0 accumulative GPA.
This is a pre-professional, by audition only class. Course includes: performing multiple times during the year, early morning rehearsals and extra requirements and preparation for higher education and the dance industry.



Music Classes



Elements of Music

No prerequisite

This course is a survey of Western Music from the Middle Ages to present. Course includes: learning pitch, rhythm, notations, melody, harmony and beginning ear training.



Beginning Guitar

No prerequisite

The emphasis in this course is on technique and the use of fingers. Students will learn to read notes, chord diagrams, and tablature, perform common chord progressions, strumming and picking patterns, and to perform group and solo pieces.



Guitar Basics (Recreational Guitar)

This course will cover basic note reading, tab, and chord diagrams. In addition to basic and barre chords with strumming and picking patterns that are used in modern pop styles. Emphasis in beginning improvisation using pentaonic scales and blues patterns.



Small Guitar Ensemble 1

Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar or teacher’s signature Levels 2-4 (can be taken multiple years)

Course includes: beginning and intermediate duets, trios and quartets with an emphasis on technique, timbre, the upper positions and ensemble playing.

Music Theory 1

Recommended prerequisite: Elements of Music

This course prepares students for the study in Music Theory and musicianship. Course includes 4- part writing and basic piano styles. 



Music Theory 2- full year

Prerequisite: Theory 1 or teacher’s signature

This course focuses on free counterpoint and the harmonic resources of the late Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and early Modern eras. Course includes: emphasis on instrumental writing for piano and string quartet, study works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven and others and uses as models for written projects.



Beginning Piano

No prerequisite

This course is meant to develop well-rounded musicians who are able to read music well and to sight-read adequately. Course includes: preparation for second year of piano, in-class and at-home assignments may include: listening exercises, technique exercises, sight-reading, ensemble practice, solo practice, and public performances.



Intermediate Piano

Prerequisite: Beginning Piano or teacher signature

This class will build on basic piano fundamentals and practicing techniques. Students will be exposed to more challenging piano proficiency exercise, solo and ensemble music, and will be coached in proper learning, preparation, and polishing techniques. They will be introduced to collaborative piano, and will be given opportunities to participate in school-wide artistic partnerships that will involve other areas of SPA, including dance, voice, and theater. Students will be expected to participate in, and prepare appropriately for, all piano proficiency exercises, solo and ensemble practice, assigned collaborations, and public performances.

Advanced Piano

Prerequisite: Intermediate Piano or teacher signature

This class will develop well-rounded musicians who are able to complete a college-level piano proficiency exam, select, analyze, and practice advanced piano works, and collaborate as young professionals. Students will explore and experiment with proper musical and interpretative decisions, and will have an understanding of general classical piano literature. Students will be trained to prepare and perform classical repertoire with maturity and finesse. Students will also be expected to participate in school-wide collaborative efforts, prepare appropriately for collaborative performances, as well as in-class proficiency exercises, solo and ensemble practice, and public performances.

Music Composition and Technology

Prerequisite: teacher signature 

This course focuses on music writing. Course includes: projects in composition that will be tied to computer notation M101, and basic mixing and editing software.

Jazz Band
Jazz band is designed to introduce students to a variety of Jazz charts including styles of Swing, Latin, Rock, and Funk. Students will learn how these styles differ and will explore style interpretation, improvisation skills, and Jazz theoretical concepts. Students will participate in listening activities as well as rehearsal time each day in order to first hear the techniques desired and then be able to put those techniques into practice.
 
Rock Band
Rock band is designed to introduce students to ensemble work through a study of Rock and Roll from Classic Rock to the Modern era. Students will learn how these styles differ and will explore style interpretation, performance skills, technique and presentation. Students will participate in listening activities as well as rehearsal time each day in order to first hear the techniques desired and then be able to put those techniques into practice.

String Ensemble
String ensemble is designed to introduce students to a variety of small ensemble orchestral works in styles such as Classical, Modern, and Rock/Heavy Metal. Students will learn how these styles differ and will explore style interpretation, develop proper orchestral technique, and music theory concepts. Students will participate in listening activities as well as rehearsal time each day in order to first hear the techniques desired and then be able to put those techniques into practice.

Modern Guitar
Modern guitar class is designed to help students of all skill levels learn basic music skills such as standard notation reading, TAB reading, and learn about the various styles of modern guitar playing. Students will explore different styles such as blues, classic rock, rock n roll, and metal to understand the different techniques needed to become a better overall musician.

Music Appreciation
Music appreciation is designed for any student who simply wants to learn more about the wide world of music we live in! Students will explore the history and influence of Western musical culture as well as basic music theory concepts, different instrument families and how they interact with one another, the evolution of Western music, and how different world music styles differ from our own. This course involves listening to several pieces of music each class period and being able to critique and write about the different pieces.



Voice I:
No prerequisite
Voice I addresses basic vocal technique for a variety of different types of singing, and serves as an introduction to ensemble singing, pop music, classical singing, and musical theater. Students will also learn basic music literacy and ear training. No audition is required.
 
Voice II:
Prerequisite: Voice I and/or placement audition
This class continues an emphasis on healthy singing by focusing primarily on classical technique. Students will also learn diction rules for standard performance languages, including Italian, German, English, and French.
 
Voice III:
Prerequisite: Voice II and/or placement audition 
This class focuses on increasing tone production, musical shaping and phrasing, consistent vowel resonance, and mastery of personal interpretation during performances. The course also includes an emphasis on music history. This class is meant for students who wish study classical voice intensely, and supports the preparation of college auditions.
 
Bella Voce:
Prerequisite: Audition (Voice I highly recommended)
This ensemble is auditioned and for treble voices only. Students in Bella Voce will explore the vast and beautiful repertoire for treble voices while working on improving vocal technique, music reading, and ear training in an ensemble setting.
 
Madrigals:
Prerequisite: Audition (Voice I highly recommended)
Madrigals is a mixed voice performing ensemble for more experienced students. Singers must demonstrate expanding vocal freedom, harmonic accuracy, and music reading literacy.  Students in madrigals will focus on more advanced choral repertoire as well as music literacy.
 
Vocal Ensemble:
Prerequisite: Audition and letter of intent (Voice I highly recommended)
This ensemble is highly select, small, and may consist of any combination of voices. Singers must demonstrate excellent musical fluency and strong levels of confidence, accuracy, and expressiveness while singing alone or with very few other voices. A high level of academic and participatory commitment is expected of members of this class.




Theatre Classes



Acting I - 1.0 full year

No prerequisite

This course is an introductory level that introduces the basic methods of acting. Course includes: a concentration on creating and developing realistic characters through exploration of the “self” and “text”, exploration of a variety of acting methodologies relating to modern realism through exercises, monologues, mask and scene work.



Acting II- 1.0 full year

Prerequisite: Acting 1

This course is an intermediate level of acting that explores a heightened text of classical plays from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Course includes: historical research and writing, studying various acting approaches and applying them to exercises, monologues and scene work.



Acting III- 1.0 full year

Prerequisite: Acting 2

This course is an advanced level of acting where classical texts from early Greek theatre to the postmodern era are explored. Course includes: scansion, period movement, and historical research and writing.



Playwriting
Prerequisite: Acting 2
Fulfills LA 12 Credit

This course is an introduction to the craft of playwriting and an exploration of the creative art of the playwright. The approach will include analysis of works of significant playwrights and a creative writing curriculum where the student experiences the process of the playwright through exercises and the creation of short plays. Playwrights will be able to:  to discuss dramatic literature in terms of the theatrical way in which plays are produced, identify and analyze the dramatic elements of a play,  read  and respond to masterworks of playwrights from different styles and periods, experience  working with the elements of plot, character, idea, language, music, and spectacle in writing exercises, respond sensitively and critically to original works in progress and have a clear understanding of the relationship between the playwright and  other creative artists working in theatrical collaborations. Students in this class will write and produce an original production for the general public each year.



Directing
Prerequisite: Acting/Musical Theater courses, Audition
This is an introductory course on the basics of directing for the stage.

 May include conceptual design, script adaptation, elements of production, developing production team, etc. Directors will be able to:  to discuss dramatic literature in terms of the theatrical way in which plays are produced, identify and analyze the dramatic elements of a play,  read  and respond to masterworks of playwrights from different styles and periods, experience  working with the elements of plot, character, idea, language, music, and spectacle in writing exercises, respond sensitively and critically to original works in progress and have a clear understanding of the relationship between the playwright and  other creative artists working in theatrical collaborations. Students in this course will direct an adaptation or original scene for a production for the general public each year.

The Actor’s Conservatory- 1.0 full year 

Prerequisite: audition required

This course is an audition only class requiring prerequisite classes, teacher recommendations and qualifying GPA in order to audition. This is designed for serious acting students wishing to pursue advanced college acting programs and to hone their acting skills to the highest degree.  This course includes: a required public performance second semester and years alternate between classics and contemporary devised theatre.



Musical Theatre I

Recommended Prerequisite: Acting1 and/or Voice 1

This course is designed for the student to be working on singing, dancing, and acting as they apply to musical theatre. Course includes: solo and small group performances and requires a view of critiquing outside musical theatre.



Musical Theatre II

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre or Audition

Course includes: acting, singing, and dancing, with an emphasis on choreographic styles, staging, producing and designing musical theatre, students required to perform in the class musical, and viewing and critiquing outside musical theatre productions is required.



Musical Theatre III

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre or Audition

An audition only class requiring prerequisite classes, teacher recommendations and qualifying GPA in order to audition.  This class is designed for serious musical theatre students wishing to pursue advanced college musical theatre programs and to hone their acting skills to the highest degree.  Public performance second semester is required.


Stagecraft 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of stagecraft, including sets, lighting, audio, stage management, costumes, hair/makeup, and props. Course includes: opportunities to use the tools and technologies related to these areas and prepare students for opportunities to be involved as members of technical crews for SLSPA productions.



Stage Crew

Prerequisite: Stage Craft

This course is a hands-on technical theatre class for students wishing to participate in the actual production of plays, concerts, and events. Course includes: a work based class rather than traditional classroom style learning and a significant amount of after-school participation is required.




Stage Design/Tech Conservatory aka "Skull and Wrench Society"

Prerequisite: teacher’s signature

This course is for those students interested in a career in technical theatre. Course includes: emphasis of high level design and production work including Lighting Design, Sound Design, Scenic Design, Costume and Makeup design, Stage Management and more. Members will be given advanced opportunities to participate in the production of SLSPA events and productions, manage stage crews, and through these experiences students will develop and maintain a professional technical theatre portfolio. Membership in the Technical Design Conservatory is by application only.



CTE/Media Classes



APPAREL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION I

This course introduces students to basic apparel design and construction skills. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will sew apparel and accessory projects.


APPAREL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION II

Students will further strengthen and broaden apparel design and production techniques. In this course they design and construct intermediate level projects using various construction techniques. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities.


TEXTILE DESIGN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

This course is designed to focus on entrepreneurial opportunities and careers in design fields. Experiences may include pattern design, surface design, clothing construction and manufacturing, fitting and alteration, and interior fabrication. The study and application of textile sciences and technology in this course provides students with laboratory-based experiences that will strengthen their comprehension of concepts and standards.

(Students can repeat the course for credit as they work towards certification) Student leadership and competitive events (FCCLA) may be an integral part of the course


Video Production 1 (10-12) - 10.0203, 0.5 Credit Minimum
No prerequisite. CTE credit.

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills related to the video production industry. This includes instruction and hands-on assignments in the following areas: camera operation, audio systems, lighting systems, pre-production, studio operations, visual effects and graphics, and copyright laws. (.5 year)

Video Production 2 (11-12) -10.0204, 0.5 Credit Minimum
(Prerequisite Video I. Full Year).




This course is a continuation from Video I and continues to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills related to the video production industry. This includes instruction and hands-on assignments in the following areas: camera operation, audio systems, lighting systems, pre-production, studio operations, visual effects and graphics, and copyright laws. 

Basic Digital Photography (10-12)-50.0407, 0.5 Credit Minimum
This course is an introduction to the field of commercial photography. This course will cover a number of basic concepts, including but not limited to: purchasing a digital camera; image capture; image editing; and image output. This course will also feature Adobe Photoshop, its features and use. These concepts will enable the student to be more knowledgeable and prepared to enter the field of commercial photography. If available students are advised to continue on with the Advanced Commercial Photography course. (.5 year)
CAMERA REQUIREMENT
It is recommended that students have access to a Digital SLR camera. However Digital Point and Shoot cameras can be used and will be covered in this course. Minimum equipment requirements for this course are cameras with removable memory cards and adjustable mode settings. Mobile devices may be used to complete some, but not all of the listed objectives.


Digital Media I (10-12) - 11.0210
Digital Media is the process of analyzing, designing and developing interactive media. Digital Media 1 is the first-year digital media course where students will create and learn digital media applications while using elements of text, graphics, animation, sound, video, and digital imaging for various formats. These abilities will prepare students for entry-level multimedia positions and provide fundamental 21st Century Learning skills beneficial for other occupational/educational endeavors.
(This course is .5 year, and is connected to Digital Media IB, which is .5 and offered the second half of the year.)

Media Conservatory
The purpose of Media Conservatory is to offer a deeper exploration of the Media Arts. The majority of students interest is in Film Making, and we offer a rigorous course in Directing (1st year) and Cinematography (2nd year). Conservatory is an audition based program, it is not offered to incoming freshman. Applications are open during the spring, speak to Aaron Stephenson about qualifications. (Full year)
 
  • Directing
To prepare students for a career in the film industry. Students will learn the role of the motion picture Director. By understanding this they will be prepared for any role on set as they all relate to and stem from the vision of the director. Students will learn story structure through film analysis, original screenwriting, film production and post-production.
 
  • Cinematography
 To prepare students for a career in the film industry. Experienced students will explore the role of the Director of Photography or DP. They will develop and enhance the film tools associated with the camera, light, color and shadow. Students will learn effective visual story telling through, analysis, style emulation; development of individualized and team projects, and post-production coloring.
 

 

Introduction to Graphic Communications (Yearbook)
This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills related to the graphic design and printing industries. This includes instruction and hands-on assignments in the following areas: Design & layout, safety, printing operations, related computer and software, and professional skills. We are responsible for covering school events with photography and creating the layouts for the yearbook pages, and capturing the memories we create this school year. (Full Year)
 
Digital Business Applications 
The business world is progressively more reliant on digital technologies. The Digital Business Applications course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow. Concepts include the overall digital experience, digital communications, digital media and the exploration of career choices. This course also provides practical experience in professionalism using various forms of presentation skills, including speaking, podcasting and digital portfolio relating to the globalization of business. (.5 year)
 

Woodworking I (1.0 credit) 67281000

This course prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out and shape stock and assemble projects made out of wood. It stresses the safe use of a variety of machinery, hand and power tools. Students will produce projects which incorporate all joints and tools. Students will utilize these skills in the construction and/or fabrication of set pieces, stage dressings, scenery for school productions and/or other personal projects exclusive to the class. Students in this class will work closely with the Technical Conservatory "Skull and Wrench" class in the production of scenic elements for SLSPA Productions.

Individualized Learning Program Academic Classes

 

Language Arts 9 (1.0 credit) 60801000

The ninth grade language arts course connects reading instruction with writing for multiple purposes. The course continues intensive practice and study of informational and literary reading and writing. Students read extensively from a variety of sources, and draft, revise, and edit their own writing.  Critical reading and analytical skill development will be emphasized, as well as essay structure and language awareness.  Students will be encouraged to listen and to share with others and explore both their own and others’ ideas at appropriate intervals.

Language Arts 10 YEAR #60813000

Prerequisite: Language Arts 9 Graduation Credit: 1.0 Language Arts 10 The tenth grade language arts course continues the intensive practice and study of informational and literary writing. Students refine skills in preparation for reading and writing assessments.

Language Arts 11 YEAR #60826000

Prerequisite: English 10 Graduation Credit: 1.0 Language Arts 11 The eleventh grade language arts course continues to emphasize the reading and writing process. In addition, students prepare, plan, deliver, and evaluate formal presentations.

Language Arts 12 YEAR #60839000

Prerequisite: English 11 Graduation Credit: 1.0 Language Arts 12 The twelfth grade language arts course continues to develop reading and writing skills as students are introduced to a greater variety of practical and traditional literature. Students also develop investigative and research skills in preparation for post-secondary education or employment.

Secondary Mathematics I (1.0 credit) 61212000

The fundamental purpose of Secondary Math I is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Secondary Math I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Secondary Math II (10-11) YEAR #61212400

Prerequisite: Secondary Math I Graduation Credit: 1.0 Mathematics Students will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.

Secondary Math III (11-12) YEAR #61212600

Prerequisite: Secondary Math II Graduation Credit: 1.0 Mathematics Students in Secondary Mathematics III will focus on pulling from their previous courses. They will apply methods from probability and statistics, expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. They will expand their study of right triangle trigonometry and will bring together all of their experience with functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.

Mathematical Decision Making for Life (11-12) YEAR #61003040

Graduation Credit: 1.0 Mathematics Mathematical Decision Making is a four-quarter course for seniors who want a 4th year of math credit. The course develops mathematical decision-making skills in finance, modeling, probability and statistics, and making choices. Students will make sense of authentic problems and persevere in solving them. They will reason abstractly and quantitatively while communicating mathematics to others, and will use observed patterns to describe mathematical situations and solve problems.

Pre-Calculus (11-12) YEAR #61239000

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Sec Math III or teacher approval. Graduation Credit: 1.0 Mathematics This course uses complex numbers in the study of vectors, polar coordinates, arithmetic and geometry series, and extends functions to include exponential, polynomial regressions equations for these functions. Bivariate data will be studied to include regressions equations for these functions. The content covered in Pre-Calculus coincides with the minimum requirement for college and is preparation for calculus. A graphing calculator is recommended.

Calculus (11-12) YEAR #61511000

Graduation Credit: 1.0 Mathematics Prerequisite: B or better in Sec Math III Honors or IB Math SL or teacher approval. Requires a thorough knowledge of concepts of trigonometry, college algebra and analytic Geometry. A study is presented of limits, differentiation, integration, differential equations and selected applications. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the Advanced Placement test in Calculus AB. A graphing calculator (TI-83, 83+, 84, or 84+, or TInspire CX preferred) is required for this course.

Geography for Life (.50 credit) 63902000

This course is designed to introduce students to the physical and cultural patterns of the world. Geographic study includes mapping skills, the interaction between people and their environment, and the political and economic systems that they develop.

Human Geography (9-12) YEAR #63592000

Graduation Credit: 1.0 Social Studies & Elective AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socio-economic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.

World Civilizations I & II YEAR #63923000/#63925000

Graduation Credit: 1.0 World Civilizations This course studies the increasing interrelationship of the world’s peoples. It includes examples of scientific, artistic, religious, and technological aspects of human behavior.

US History (11-12) YEAR #63221000

Graduation Credit: 1.0 U.S. History This is a general survey course, with major emphasis on the post- Civil War period. Part I will study topics to include the Civil War, reconstruction of the South, industrialization of the US and the labor movement, imperialism, the progressive era, and World War I. Part II will include the roaring twenties, the depression, World War II and the cold war, civil strife and the l960’s and the events of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

U S Government & Citizenship (10-12) SEMESTER #63205000

Graduation Credit: 0.5 Graduation Requirement The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of the United States democracy. The student will understand ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system.

Sociology I (10 -12) SEMESTER #63244000

Graduation Credit: 0.5 Elective Sociology is the study of society or human groups. In order to understand society we must be able to shift from one perspective to another and to see the world through the eyes of others. The study of sociology helps us make connections between human behavior and society. It helps us understand the processes that have shaped the features we observe around us today, as well as the ways those features may be different tomorrow. This course will explore the way social interaction influences personality development, adolescence and deviant behavior in society.

 

Additional Classes


 
Directed Studies
 
Academic and other support for students with disabilities.
 

P.E. Skills / Fitness for Life (1.0 credit) 68109000 / 68200000

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and techniques in a variety of individual and team sports and rhythmic activities. Emphasis is placed on leadership and sportsmanship. Also this course assists students in accessing their own fitness level and in developing and implementing personal fitness plans to improve their level of physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on the components of fitness, proper, nutrition, and stress management.