Academic Core  18 Credits

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Math   4 Credits

Algebra I CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

A study of the properties and relations of numbers and symbols enables students to solve problems that would be difficult without the methods of algebra. Topics include axioms of algebra, linear equations, polynomials in one variable, graphs, functions, algebraic expressions, and symbolic logic. Concrete models, manipulatives, pictorial representations, graphing calculators, and computers will be used to strengthen concepts and to teach new concepts. A student needing to repeat the eighth grade Algebra I course should enroll in this course.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

Algebra I Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

A study of the properties and relations of numbers and symbols enables students to solve problems that would be difficult without the methods of algebra. Topics include axioms of algebra, linear equations, polynomials in one variable, graphs, functions, algebraic expressions, and symbolic logic. Concrete models, manipulatives, pictorial representations, graphing calculators, and computers will be used to strengthen concepts and to teach new concepts..

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

Foundations of  Algebra

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Grades: 9 Prerequisite: None

The Foundations in Algebra course is the first in a two course progression designed to prepare students for success in advanced mathematics courses by providing a foundation in algebra. This course will build on the conceptual knowledge and skills students mastered in their middle level mathematics courses in the areas of algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, probability, data analysis, and proportional reasoning. The students who complete this two-course progression of Foundations in Algebra and Intermediate Algebra will be prepared for the state-mandated end-of-course assessment administered at the completion of Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra.

Intermediate Algebra

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Grades: 10 Prerequisite: Foundations of Algebra

Students will cover topics that include axioms of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, polynomials in one variable, functions, graphs, and algebraic expressions. Concrete models, manipulatives, pictorial representations, graphing calculators, and computers will be used to strengthen concepts previously taught and to teach new concepts. Students who successfully complete Foundations & Intermediate Algebra will have completed a course of study that is equal to Algebra I.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

Geometry CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Geometry is a study of plane and space geometric concepts. The course is a structured mathematics study based on undefined and defined terms, postulates, and theorems. Points, lines, planes, polygons, circles, and spheres are some of the geometric figures studied in detail. Three-dimensional concepts are studied through geometric solids. The course is designed to strengthen the student’s ability in patterns of reasoning (inductive and deductive) as applied to mathematical and nonmathematical situations.

Geometry Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I and Teacher Recommendation

Students with a strong knowledge of algebra continue the study of honors mathematics with this course and coordinate geometry. The content is enhanced and enriched with the use of graphing calculators, hands-on activities, projects, strategies to improve PSAT/SAT/ACT math performance, and cooperative learning groups.

Algebra II CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Teacher Recommendation

Algebra II is an extension of Algebra I at a deeper level. The course is a study of algebraic properties of the real number system, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs, polynomials with one variable, conic sections, functions.

Algebra II Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, and teacher recommendation.

 This course is designed for students who are able to grasp mathematical concepts quickly. This course is an in-depth study of the properties of the real number system, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs, polynomials in one variable, conic sections, functions, logarithms, trigonometric functions, mathematical induction, and symbolic logic. The course moves faster and covers topics in greater depth than Algebra II.

Pre Calculus CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Teacher Recommendation

This course encompasses and extends the understanding of advanced algebra and its applications such as functions, theory of equations, nature and theory of graphs, complex numbers, conics, matrices, linear programming, and exponential and logarithmic functions. A study of trigonometry and its applications will be emphasized during the second 9-weeks of the course. This course is a prerequisite for Differential/Integral Calculus. The student will be required to use a graphing calculator throughout the course.

Probability & Statistics

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry and Teacher Recommendation

This course introduces probability and statistics and includes topics in organizing and presenting statistical data, calculating measurements of central tendency, calculating probabilities, the binomial distribution, normal distribution, Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing for large and small samples, linear regression and correlation.  Highly recommended the student use the TI-84 graphing calculator.  

English     4 Credits

English I CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge central to a language arts program. The students will receive instruction in language, oral and written communication skills, and literature. The language component of the course will include the history of the English language, grammar, usage, and word study. Students will focus on developing clarity, organization, purpose, and content in their oral and written communications. Students will learn to recognize major literary elements and recurring themes.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

English I Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

In the English 1 advanced course, college bound students study language, composition, and literature. This course includes the complete spectrum of language study of grammar, usage, semantics, dialects, history, etc., and provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze a variety of literary works and genres. Students will enhance their composition skills through the writing of formal essays and research papers.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

English II CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation, Completion of ENG 1

These courses cover traditional language topics, English usage, technical writing, word study, and literature, but from a perspective of practical application in the technological world. Instruction is geared toward developing better human relations skills; course content includes clear, concise, and organized communications skills in both oral and written forms for job related needs. These courses focus on the reading and information-processing skills needed to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of the workplace.

English II Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation, Completion of ENG 1

These courses cover traditional language topics, English usage, technical writing, word study, and literature, but from a perspective of practical application in the technological world at an advanced level. Instruction is geared toward developing better human relations skills; course content includes clear, concise, and organized communications skills in both oral and written forms for job related needs. These courses focus on the reading and information-processing skills needed to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of the workplace.

English III CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Completion of ENG 2

These courses cover traditional language topics, English usage, technical writing, word study, and literature, but from a perspective of practical application in the technological world. Instruction is geared toward developing better human relations skills; course content includes clear, concise, and organized communications skills in both oral and written forms for job related needs. These courses focus on the reading and information-processing skills needed to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of the workplace.

English IIII CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Completion of ENG 3
These courses cover traditional language topics, English usage, technical writing, word study, and literature, but from a perspective of practical application in the technological world. Instruction is geared toward developing better human relations skills; course content includes clear, concise, and organized communications skills in both oral and written forms for job related needs. These courses focus on the reading and information-processing skills needed to keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of the workplace.

Dual Enrollment English Comp 101

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Eng II H or English III

Instruction and Practice in academic writing, critical reading, and research. Attention is given to planning, drafting, revising, and editing a variety of texts.

Dual Enrollment English Comp 102

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Dual Enrollment English Comp 101

Continued instruction in composition, building on skills introduced in English Composition A. Attention is given to writing for specific audiences, reading and analyzing challenging texts, and synthesizing academic source in writing.

Social Studies    3 Credits

World Geography CP

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: NONE

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the geographical aspect of social studies. Students will apply the 5 Themes of Geography to countries and regions of the world while gathering information about their history and the physical and human geography. Students will keep up to date with world events and how they affect our interdependent world. This course can be taken in addition to one of the required social studies courses.

World Geography Honors

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the geographical aspect of social studies at an honors level. Students will apply the 5 Themes of Geography to countries and regions of the world while gathering information about their history and the physical and human geography. Students will keep up to date with world events and how they affect our interdependent world. This course can be taken in addition to one of the required social studies courses.

US History Dual Enrollment

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Social Studies or English teacher’s recommendation.

This course is survey of United States History from pre-Contact to the present.  Through lecture, documentary films, discussion and reading of both primary and secondary sources, students will explore the social, economic, and political issues that are interwoven into the country’s history.  Students will explore the common themes throughout United States history as well as cause and effect and change over time.  

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.

Government/

Economics CP

1 Unit (.5 per section/quarter)

Economics:

This course seeks to teach students how to evaluate choices. Students will learn how the science of economics uses data to analyze, interpret and predict behavior of individuals and institutions based on incentives. This course covers the basic foundations of microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as emphasizing personal finance decision-making.

Government:

This course is a general overview of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national and state governments. We will cover the basic foundation of American democracy, and vocabulary building as an integral part of this course. Students will prepare for a life-long career as a voting U.S. citizen.

Science    3 Credits

Physical Science CP

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry and physics while establishing a foundation for successive science courses. It is specifically designed for the average to above average student who needs a good foundation for college or for entry into a technical field.

Physical Science Honors

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite:  Passed or taking Algebra I and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for students with exceptional academic abilities and for students with an active interest in the science or math fields. It provides an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry and physics and a firm foundation for successive science courses. It offers less repetition and allows for more laboratory experiences than the college prep course. Independent study and higher level thinking skills are encouraged.

Biology I CP

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

The purpose of this course is to provide the science foundation for future careers. Biology content will focus on the Nature of Science, Hierarchy, the cell, cell processes, genetics, heredity, and ecology. Biology I emphasizes problem-solving, decision-making, and hands-on learning. Connections to work, home, society and the environment will be made. This course will count as a lab science.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.  This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Biology Honors

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for the student who has outstanding abilities in science. It involves a detailed study of the properties of living organisms. This course includes introductory level biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, DNA/RNA, plants, ecology, invertebrates, and vertebrate systems. Laboratory activities are an essential part of this course. This course will count as a lab science.

A state-adopted end-of-course test (EOCEP) will be administered and will count 20% of the final grade.  This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Chemistry CP

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for the student who is preparing for a non-science college career or for a technical school career. The course emphasizes the impact of chemistry on society and on the chemistry-related technical issues of today. The major topics and skills expected of an introductory chemistry course are included. This course will count as a lab science.  This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Chemistry Honors

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Chemistry I includes a study of atomic structure, periodic law, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, ionization, acids, bases, salts, titration, pH, chemical reactions, and nuclear reactions with a well-correlated student laboratory program emphasizing mathematical problems. This course will count as a lab science.  This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Environmental Science CP

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry

This course surveys key topic areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis; ecology; energy flow; ecological structures; earth systems; and atmospheric, land, and water science. Topics also include the management of natural resources and analysis of private and governmental decisions involving the environment. This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Environmental Science Honors

LAB SCIENCE

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry

This course is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world. Students will also identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

This course will count as a lab science course for college entrance and is required by the state department of education.

Physical Education     1 Credit

Physical Education/Health

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

This is a basic course required by the S. C. Department of Education for graduation. The course involves a component of personal fitness and wellness as well as a component of lifetime fitness. This course also includes the comprehensive health unit required by state law.

Dance/Health

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course for the first year dance student. The class will focus on beginner level jazz movement techniques. It also allows students to study the vocabulary associated with dance and learn choreographic tools and composition principles used to evaluate dance routines. Students will learn how movement/dance elements – body, space, time dynamics/effort – contribute to the functional and artistic character of dance. The students will develop an awareness of how the body may be used as an instrument of artistic expression. Students in this course will participate in a required performance. Specific dress and shoes are required for this course. Dress attire: black dance pants and leotard or athletic top. Shoes may be purchased at local dance stores.

This course also includes the comprehensive health unit required by state law.

Computer Science    1 Credit

Integrated Business Apps (IBA)

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to teach students software applications that are necessary to live and work in a technological society. The applications covered include word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation. Other content areas may include computer hardware, terminology, and concepts.

World Language    1 Credit (College Bound: 3 Credits)

Spanish I

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course to the Spanish language and culture. Oral participation, vocabulary development, listening, written and reading skills are emphasized through thematic units. The “five C’s” of the Foreign Language Standards – Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Connections and Communities – will be addressed throughout the semester.

Spanish II

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

Spanish 2 concentrates on sharpening and expanding the communicative skills acquired in Spanish Level I. Oral participation, vocabulary development, listening, written and reading skills are emphasized through thematic units. Vocabulary expansion will continue to be stressed and an appreciation of cultural differences continues as the many Spanish speaking countries are explored. The “five C’s” of the Foreign Language Standards – Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Connections and Communities – will be addressed throughout the semester.

Spanish III H

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Spanish 2 and Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students who would like to continue their study of Spanish. Concentration will be on the continued expansion of oral, written, listening and reading skills acquired in the previous course. The “five C’s” of the Foreign Language Standards – Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Connections and Communities – will be addressed throughout the semester at the developmental stage.

American Sign Language I

1 Unit (Semester Long)  

Prerequisite: None

This introductory course allows students to learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). This may include: grammar and syntax, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers and visual-manual communication. Projects, presentations, various activities, games, and communication will be used to enhance and enrich the learning of this language.

American Sign Language II

1 unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: ASL I

This course is a study of visual readiness and basic vocabulary, grammar features and non-manual behaviors, all focusing on receptive language skills developments.  The course will build upon the foundations that began in American Sign Language I.

Personal Finance    1 Credit

Personal Finance

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

Course Note:  This course is required for all HPA students prior to graduation

This course will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions leading to financial independence.

Fine Arts   1 Credit

Art I

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This introductory course is designed for students with a strong desire to further their knowledge and skill by focusing on the fundamentals of art. Students will keep a notebook/sketchbook.

Art II/III

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Art 1

This course is designed for students with a strong desire to further their knowledge and skill by focusing on their current knowledge of art. The first part is devoted to building drawing skills and sight skills. Students will use skills learned earlier to explore different art media.

Drawing 1 / 2

Painting 1 / 2

1 Unit (.5 per section/quarter)

Prerequisite: Art 1

Drawing:

This course is designed for art students who are interested in the techniques and processes in the field of drawing. In this class, art students will be introduced to many different media such as graphite, charcoal, color pencil, pen and ink, pastel, etc.

Painting:

This course is designed to acquaint art students with a variety of painting techniques and media. Students will have the opportunity to work in a studio setting on projects designed to explore personal idea and creative concepts.  

Chorus 1

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

Prerequisite:                                  

This course provides a variety of singing opportunities for students with limited to advanced formal choral experience. Vocal techniques and music reading are emphasized, and students are given the opportunity to explore various musical sources and styles. Much emphasis is placed on providing a positive musical experience to students.  Most students have the opportunity to sing solos and participate in small ensembles. Some after school rehearsals and evening performances may be required and students will be expected to participate in ALL after school rehearsals and evening performances.

Chorus 2/3

This is an upper-level performance opportunity offered to experienced music students who are accomplished in vocal performance.  Students will continue to develop vocal technique and musicianship as well as develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of musical elements, including form and text.  Some after school rehearsals and evening performances may be required and students will be expected to participate in ALL after school rehearsals and evening performances.

High School Band

2 Units (Year Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

This course will provide experienced instrumental musicians with the opportunity to continue developing advanced instrumental skills, through the study of music theory, vocabulary, technique, and literature designed to reinforce previously learned skills. This is a performance based ensemble with some required after school rehearsals and concerts. Students will have the opportunity to participate in concerts. Students are responsible for providing their own instrument and materials for the class.

High School Piano

1 Unit (Semester  Long)

This course is designed for students who wish to develop basic piano playing skills, or expanding on their current skills. There will be time spent on and off the keyboards to work on mastering various skills. Some after school rehearsals and evening performances may be required and students will be expected to participate in ALL after school rehearsals and evening performances.

Theater 1/2/3

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course designed to explore the process of creating theatre. Students will be exposed to different areas of theater including history, the fundamentals of acting including pantomime, voice and diction, and learning to memorize. They will also be introduced to the different areas of design such as costume, lights, sound and makeup. Participation in productions are mandatory.

Advisory  

Advisory

Advisory serves as a half hour period during the day that students meet with their assigned teacher advisor.  Students will be assigned the same advisor over the course of their tenure at High Point Academy.  This time will be utilized doing administrative tasks, tutoring, parent communication, post-secondary planning, community/service learning projects and will act as a time for miscellaneous speakers, performances and discussion.

Electives  10 Credits

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Academic Elective: English Electives  

Vocabulary and Grammar Basics

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course helps students to develop their grammar and vocabulary through an in depth study of English grammar concepts and vocabulary in the context of writing. Students will review basic grammar concepts found in the state standards for the Eng I EOC as well as more complex grammatical structures. They will also learn Greek and Latin roots as the basis for understanding English Vocabulary. Writing and Reading will be used to practice these concepts in context.

ACT/SAT English/Reading/

Writing

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Intermediate Algebra

The SAT assesses student reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed by the student in school coursework The ACT assesses students’ general education development and their ability to complete college level work. This course takes both the SAT and ACT into consideration with emphasis on techniques that enhance problem solving abilities, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and test taking strategies, in conjunction with the review of  English concepts and skills from previous courses.This course will cover all three testing areas of ELA: Reading, Writing, English (grammar and writing skills).. This course is designed to help students achieve the highest SAT and ACT math scores possible. (This is a class designed for juniors and seniors only)

Journalism

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: English II

This course is  designed for students interested in newspaper journalism and developing their skills as a writer. The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in the press today. Students will learn the fundamentals of news, feature, editorial and sports writing. Copy reading, news style and editing will be stressed. Students will create numerous original stories using varied structures and writing techniques. Students will also learn to create computer generated layouts and graphics.

Creative Writing

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: English I

Creative Writing is designed for the student who enjoys writing and wants an outlet for his/her expression and an opportunity to practice different kinds of writing. Students will complete numerous writing assignments. This course is designed to help students improve their writing skills and increase their creativity.

Academic Elective: Math Electives  

ACT/SAT Math

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Intermediate Algebra

The SAT assesses student reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed by the student in school coursework The ACT assesses students’ general education development and their ability to complete college level work. This course takes both the SAT and ACT into consideration with emphasis on techniques that enhance problem solving abilities, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and test taking strategies, in conjunction with the review of  math concepts and skills from previous courses. It enables the student to see math as relevant, useful and intellectually stimulating. This course is designed to help students achieve the highest SAT and ACT math scores possible. (This is a class designed for juniors and seniors only)

Algebra/Geometry Lab

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is targeted for students who are not yet "college ready" in mathematics or simply need some additional instruction in content to prepare them for success in college level mathematics. This course incorporates the South Carolina Standards for Mathematical Practices as well as the following South Carolina Standards for Mathematical Content: Expressions and Equations, The Number System, Functions, Algebra, Geometry, Number and Quantity, Statistics and Probability.  

Fundamentals of Algebra

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to prepare students for success in advanced mathematics courses by providing a foundation in algebra. This course will build on the conceptual knowledge and skills students mastered in their middle level mathematics courses in the areas of algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, probability, data analysis, and proportional reasoning. The students who complete this course will be prepared for the state-mandated end-of-course assessment administered at the completion of Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra.

Academic Elective: Social Studies Electives  

Current Events

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the history, institution, and challenges of American Society. Students will identify and analyze current world and national political events, as well as local events and how they relate to and affect American society. Current events will be the major topics of discussion in class., and questions resulting from discussions will be the basis for examinations.

Contemporary World History

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to introduce students to the history and culture of the contemporary world since 1914.  In this course, students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that have shaped the development of recent world civilization.   The course also helps students to develop an understanding of the academic discipline of history and supports the general educational goals of historians.  

Academic Elective: Science Electives  

Marine Science

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or Better in Biology and Chemistry

This course is designed to provide the student of an understanding of the physical components of the Marine environment as well as an understanding of the ecology of life in the oceans. Students should gain an appreciation for our marine environment. The class will emphasize hands on learning with technology, problem solving skills, decision making skills.This course is a lba science and dissections are an integral part of the course.

Academic Elective: Business Major Electives

Integrated Business Applications (IBA)

1 Unit (Semester Long)  This is the required Business class needed for Graduation

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to teach students software applications that are necessary to live and work in a technological society. The applications covered include word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation. Other content areas may include computer hardware, terminology, and concepts.

Accounting

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

This course is designed to help the student develop the skills necessary for the highly technical interaction between accounting and business, to develop an understanding of the steps of the accounting cycle as applied to several different kinds of business operations, and to develop an understanding of accounting concepts, principles, and practices. Use of the computer in simulated activities gives the student an opportunity to see the advantages of technology in accounting procedures..

Entrepreneurship

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills leading to the development of a business plan for small business ownership. An important part of the course will be the incorporation of traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies, technology, staffing, and financial considerations.

Web Design

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and develop websites. Students will attain skills in designing, implementing, and maintaining websites using authoring tools. Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take industry certification test(s).

Digital Desktop Publishing

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Google Applications or Integrated Bus. Applications

This course brings together graphics and text to create professional level documents and publications. Students create, format, illustrate, design, edit/revise, and print publications. Improved productivity of digitally produced newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, advertising materials, catalogs, and other publications is emphasized.

Image Editing 1

Academic Elective: Teacher Cadet - 12th Graders only

Teacher Cadet 1 - Theory

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: 3.0/4.0 GPA and five (5) teacher recommendations; an essay and interview

Theory: This course serves as an introduction and orientation to the teaching profession.  Its main purpose is to encourage students who possess a high level of academic achievement and the personality traits found in good teachers to consider teaching as a career; however, an important secondary goal of the program is to provide these future community leaders with insights about schools even if they do not select teaching as their career choice.  The curriculum includes simulations and other hands on activities designed to excite students about teaching.  Students are exposed to teaching careers and the educational system through classroom discussion, observations, participation in public school classrooms, and interactions with administrators and teachers.  

Teacher Cadet 2 Honors - Practicum

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theory

Practicum: This course is a continuation of the Teacher Cadet Program.  It is an examination of the teacher as a practitioner and professional.  Students will focus on the process of teaching, methodology, and requirements for certification.  The course culminates with the student being assigned to work with a classroom teacher for an extended field experience.  This course carries an honors credit.  

Physical Education Elective

Physical Education Sports (PE2, PE3, PE4)

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Teacher and Coach Recommendation

This course is designed to help athletes to prepare for the sports they are participating in. This will be done through conditioning, weightlifting, and specific strategies related to the in-season sports. Assignments will be made based on participation in sports and the seasons those sports take place.  This course is only offered during 8th Period.

Weightlifting (Strength Conditioning)

1 Unit (Semester Long)

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Teacher and Coach Recommendation 

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

Driver’s Education

Driver’s Education

.5 Unit (if project is completed)

Prerequisite: Student must be 15 years old prior to the start of Driver’s Education.  Being in possession of a SC Driver’s permit prior to this class is not a requirement.

Fee:  approximately $130.00, payable on the day the course starts.

This course is offered several times throughout the school year.  A licensed driver’s education company comes to HPA to deliver both classroom hours as well as personally scheduling on the road driving hours with each student.  The final road test is also given to each student after they complete their classroom and road hours.  Credit is given to any student who completes the posted project by the end of the school year.  This class is not added to the student’s schedule.