STREATOR HIGH SCHOOL        

COURSE CATALOG

“*” Indicates weighted course designation

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra

This two semester course will enable students with below average mathematical skills to transition to algebra in one year.  The course emphasizes pre-algebra skills and concepts such as variables, equation solving, and problem solving.

Prerequisite: None (Placement determined during freshman year scheduling)

Algebra-A

The Algebra-A and Algebra-B sequence is designed to cover the same objectives as Algebra I, but it is done over a period of two years. This course is the first year of the two year sequence and is intended for students of below average mathematical ability. Those who enroll in Algebra-A are required to take Algebra-B the following year.

Prerequisite: None (Placement determined during freshman year scheduling)

Algebra-B

The Algebra-A and Algebra-B sequence is designed to cover the same objectives as Algebra I, but it is done over a period of two years. This course is the second year of the two year sequence and is intended for students of below average mathematical ability.

Prerequisite: Algebra-A

Algebra I

This two semester course lays a foundation for future studies in the field of mathematics.  Designed for students of average mathematical ability with no previous experience in algebra, this course is highly recommended for all students who intend to attend college or engage in other kinds of post high school training.

Prerequisite:  None (Placement determined during freshman year scheduling)

Geometry

This two semester course emphasizes four dimensions of mathematical understanding.  First, skill in drawing, visualizing, and using algorithms to solve problems.  Second, the understanding of properties, mathematical relationships and proofs.  Third, using geometric ideas in the real world.  Fourth, representing geometric concepts using coordinates, networks, and other diagrams.  This course is highly recommended for all students who intend to attend college or engage in other kinds of post high school training.

Prerequisite:  Algebra I or completion of Algebra-A and B sequence.

Algebra II

This two semester course is for college-bound students who require a third year of preparation but are not ready for Advanced Algebra.  Algebra II integrates the important concepts from algebra and geometry and teaches the student the basic concepts of the Advanced Algebra course.  This course has a strong emphasis on problem solving.

Prerequisite:  Geometry

Advanced Algebra

This two semester course should be considered the true second year Algebra course and is highly recommended for all college-bound students.  Skills from Algebra I are reviewed and expanded.  Much emphasis is placed on solving equations of all types and applying this skill to practical problems.  Other topics include: transformations, sequences and series, and logarithms.

Prerequisite:  Geometry with the  proper score on a placement test and/or approval of instructor, or Algebra II.

Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

This two semester course is for college-bound students.  The course provides essential background materials needed in Calculus.  Topics include:  functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities, surface of revolution, statistics, vectors, and further study of matrix operations and applications.  All of the components of a separate trigonometry course are also included.

Prerequisite:  Advanced Algebra

Calculus

This two semester course is offered to seniors who have successfully completed Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry.  Calculus is designed to prepare students for college-level mathematics by addressing the materials that are usually a part of the first semester course in calculus at the college level.  Topics of study include:  rectangular coordinates, conic sections, curve sketching, limits, derivatives and integrals.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

*   IVCC Pre-Calculus/Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (Dual Credit)

For senior students that have completed Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry, and meet Illinois Valley Community College’s  criteria on their math placement test, Streator High School offers the opportunity to take IVCC’s MTH 1005, Precalculus, and IVCC’s MTH 2001, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Students will take MTH 1005 during the fall semester and MTH 2001 during the spring semester of the school year.  Students that complete these courses successfully will receive 5 credit hours from IVCC for each course (10 credit hours total). This college credit is transferable to any college or university that has transfer articulation agreements with IVCC. Students will need to enroll at IVCC, and pay fees to qualify for the dual credit.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry, and qualifying score on IVCC’s placement test

English

Title I Reading

This course is designed to assist the student on an individual basis in structural analysis (word-root prefixes and suffixes), vocabulary development, and the interpretation and comprehension of selected works of fiction.  The course is also designed to provide an overview of basic grammatical skills as well as to continue emphasis on active reading strategies in fiction and nonfiction texts.  The student must be at least one grade level below average in reading as measured by standardized achievement and required reading tests.  The student must also be recommended for the program by a teacher.

Prerequisite:  None

Basic Writing

This course explores the fundamentals of writing through instruction in style, grammar, structure, and vocabulary building exercises.  Students are encouraged to use class time to write and revise essays in multiple genres of writing:  narrative, creative, expository, and persuasive writing.  Students will also practice the writing skills needed in order to be successful in their future professional, as well as educational, careers.

Prerequisite:  Student must be concurrently enrolled in Title I Reading.

English I-T

This course is a two semester course for students who need extra foundation work on English grammar, writing, and reading skills. It is designed to integrate all the basic components of language usage with an emphasis on a variety of formal and informal writing assignments in conjunction with the school writing rubric.  Grammar reviews and vocabulary study will be used to enhance the students’ writings.  Students will read  various literature selections for appreciation and analysis.  They will have some use of Chromebooks to complete formal written class assignments, and keep an informal writing journal. 

Prerequisite:  None

English I

This course is a two semester course designed to integrate all the basic components of language usage with an emphasis on on a variety of formal and informal writing assignments in conjunction with the school writing rubric.  Grammar reviews and vocabulary study will be used to enhance the students’ writings.  Various non-fiction and literature selections will be read for appreciation and analysis, writing, and as the basis for presentations.

Prerequisite:  None

English I-A
This is a two semester course for all incoming 9th graders with an above grade reading level, teacher recommendation, and a high overall grade-point average.  This course covers the same basic fundamentals as regular English I but moves through course objectives more quickly.  Novels, vocabulary, and mythology are the focus.  

Prerequisite:  Achievement test scores, junior high English grade, and teacher recommendation.

English II

This is a two semester course for all students to take prior to enrolling in English III or English III CP. Students will complete a variety of formal and informal writing assignments in conjunction with the school writing rubric.  Students will be exposed to an overview of fictional literature including poetry, novels, short stories, and informational and non-fiction texts.

Prerequisite:  English I or I-T

English II-A

This is a two semester course with the same objectives as English II, designed for students who are above grade level.  The course will move through the material at a quicker pace and will require more in-depth thinking and execution of projects.  

Prerequisite:  English I-A or I

English III

This is a two semester course for all junior/senior students not on the college-prep sequence.  This course's focus revolves around upper-level expectations in a variety of formal and informal writing assignments in conjunction with the school writing rubric and reading.

Prerequisite:  English II or successful completion of two years of English courses

English III College-Prep (CP)

This two semester, college-prep course is designed to provide a review of grammar, a structured approach to essay writing, and an overview of studies in American literature.  Additionally, students prepare for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT.

Prerequisite:  English II or II-A

English IV

This course is primarily designed to provide a fundamental background of various writing modes for those who are generally designated as college preparatory.  Much emphasis is placed upon preparing these students for the college composition course they will undoubtedly have to take.  Review of grammar is extensive, and special attention is given to sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.  There is a great deal of paragraph and composition writing.  Compositions include all styles of essays, book reviews, and a research paper.  Students will also read a variety of world literature.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of three years of English courses.

*   English IV-A

This is a dual-credit (E2) course offered by SHS and IVCC.  Students work at a college level surveying different styles of writing.  

Prerequisite:  English I, English II, English III, and English IIICP; additionally, students must pass the IVCC writing entrance examination.  Costs include college registration and textbook fee.

Speech

This one semester English class is an elective in the English department, but can count towards graduation requirements. Speech is a performance based class including research, outline, and speech preparation as well as basic and advanced experiences in public speaking.  The course includes units in oral communications, rhetorical and persuasive speaking, listening, inter- and intra-personal communications, advertising, fluency, electronic communications and television/movie production (as detailed in the Common Core Standards).  This course can only be taken one time.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore, junior or senior standing and a grade of “C” average in English classes.

Contemporary Literature

This one semester English class is an elective in the English department, but can count towards graduation requirements. The class will focus on a sampling of modern literature or a specific genre of literature (i.e. science fiction, horror, fantasy, graphic novels). Students will discover and define characteristics and common themes of modern literature and study quality, contemporary authors from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. This course can only be taken one time.

Prerequisite:  Student must have successfully passed four semesters of English AND Speech class, OR have a grade of “C” average in four semesters of English.

Creative Writing

This one semester English class is an elective in the English department, but can count towards graduation requirements. Students will be expected to write creatively in a variety of styles and genres. This includes: description, short story, digital storytelling, poetry, screenplays, stage plays, hyper-fiction and comic/graphic novels. This course can only be taken one time.

Prerequisite:  Student must have successfully passed four semesters of English AND Speech class, OR have a grade of “C”  average in four semesters of English.

Science

Physical Science

This course is designed to give students an introduction to physical science concepts so that they are better able to explain the natural world around them.  Students will study matter and its interactions; motion and stability, including forces and interactions; energy; and waves and their applications in technologies for information transfer. Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Physical Science A

This course is intended for freshman students who do not feel prepared to start in biology, yet are planning on attending a four year university or college after graduation.  This course is designed to give students an introduction to physical science concepts so that they are better able to explain the natural world around them.  Students will study matter and its interactions, motion and stability including forces and interactions, energy, and waves and their applications in technologies for information transfer. Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment in Algebra I or above preferred.

Earth Science

This course is designed to give students an introduction to Earth Science concepts so that they are better able to explain the natural world around them.  Students will study Earth's place in the universe, Earth's systems,  and the Earth and human activity.  Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisite:  Physical Science

Biology

This course is designed to give students an introduction to Biology concepts so that they are better able to explain the natural world around them.   Students will study the progression from molecules to organism, including structures and processes; ecosystems, including interactions, energy, and dynamics; heredity, including inheritance and variation; and biological evolution, including unity and diversity.  Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisite:  Physical Science or Physical Science A

Biology A

Biology A is a college preparatory course.  This is the traditional freshman course for students wishing to attend a four year university or college after graduation.  Students will study the progression from molecules to organism, including structures and processes; ecosystems, including interactions, energy, and dynamics; heredity, including inheritance and variation; and biological evolution, including unity and diversity.  Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisite:  Physical Science, Physical Science A, or recommendation from 8th grade teacher.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a college preparatory course.  Students will learn concepts related to the structure of atoms, the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry.  Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisite:  Biology or Biology A        

Physics

Physics is a college preparatory course.  Students will learn concepts related to kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), energy, momentum, waves, and electricity/magnetism. Students will also develop skills in science and engineering practices, an understanding of the nature of science, and an understanding of crosscutting concepts that apply to all sciences.

Prerequisite:  Chemistry or Concurrent Enrollment in Chemistry

Advanced Biology

This is a class designed for upper level college-bound students having a strong background in biology and chemistry and capable of independent work.  The first quarter is an in-depth study of zoology focusing on taxonomy, classification, and the modern evolutionary synthesis.  The second quarter focuses on microbiology.  The second semester is dedicated to the study of anatomy and physiology.  The school year concludes with a brief study of botany.  

Prerequisite:  Physics or concurrent enrollment.

Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Chemistry is a second year course designed for college-bound students having a strong background in chemistry. The course builds on the foundation laid in first year chemistry and explores topics typically encountered in a first year college chemistry course, including reaction stoichiometry, thermodynamics, solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry and organic chemistry.

Prerequisite:  Physics or concurrent enrollment

*  AP Physics I

AP Physics 1 is the equivalent of a first-semester algebra-based college physics course, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. A strong desire to learn and a serious time commitment are needed to succeed in all AP courses.

Prerequisite:  Chemistry or concurrent enrollment

*  AP Physics II

AP Physics 2 is the equivalent of a second-semester algebra-based college physics course, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics.  A strong desire to learn and a serious time commitment are needed to succeed in all AP courses.

Prerequisite:  AP Physics I

Social Studies

World Geography

World Geography is a two semester course that begins with the study of basic geographic concepts such as climate, map projections, and topography.  Then the course focuses on specific geographic regions of the world with an emphasis on helping students to understand the inter-relationship of geography, history, and culture.

Prerequisite:  None

African-American Studies

This one-semester course is designed to develop an understanding of the causes, character, and consequences of the African-American experience and its influence on the world, the United States, and the African-American community.  Students will exam the historical, geographical, social, political, economical, and cultural aspects of the African continent, along with gaining an appreciation of the richness, diversity of the contributions of African-American culture to the United States.  

Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing

Civics

This one semester course is a study of the application of our constitutional government.  The course will cover early American history through the Constitutional Convention and the organization and function of local, state, and federal governments.  This course satisfies the state graduation requirements for the United States flag, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States and Illinois Constitutions.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing

Basic Social Studies

This two semester course is a study of the events that led to the creation of the United States Constitution and its application.  It will also provide the basic skills necessary for an understanding of social studies.  The course will cover early American history through the Constitutional Convention and the organization and function of local, state, and federal governments, as well as concepts relating to geography, economics, and history, and their applications in the real world.  Successful completion of this course will also satisfy state graduation requirements for proficiency regarding the flag, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States and Illinois Constitutions.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing

Basic U.S. History

This is a two semester course which will trace the history of our nation from the Presidency of George Washington to the present.  As a basic course, it is geared to give students with low reading and comprehension skills the opportunity to be successful in the classroom.

Prerequisite:  Basic Social Studies or Civics

U.S. History

This two semester course will trace the ideas and principles that have shaped this nation from the presidency of George Washington through the present.  An examination of specific events which provide a clearer understanding of our development a nation will be covered.

Prerequisites:  Civics or basic social studies

*  U.S. History-A

This two semester course will trace the ideas and principles that have shaped this nation from the early Colonial Period through the present.  An examination of specific events that provide a clearer understanding of our development as a nation will be covered.  This is a dual credit course (E2) through IVCC. Enrollment and payment for the IVCC credit are required.  This is also a weighted class.

Prerequisites:  Junior status and Civics

Principles of Economics

This is a one semester course dealing with economic trends and problems.  The course is designed for college-bound seniors, although it would be appropriate for any senior student where economic analysis would prove useful.  Students will be required to do short reports on articles dealing with current economic trends.  There will also be an in-depth analysis of a current economic problem or trend.

Prerequisites:  Junior or senior status

World History

This is a one or two semester course, with the first semester beginning with the origins of the first humans and the second semester covering the transformation of society from the Renaissance to World War II.  The class examines how human beings have adapted over time in various environments and how diverse groups interact with one another by analyzing different viewpoints within cultural contexts. Themes such as the role of globalization, world religions, population growth, demand and access to resources, and global conflict are discussed.  The course emphasizes an increasingly global world.

Prerequisite:  None

Western Civilization I & II

This is a year long course that covers the beginning of human society to the present. By the end of the year the students will improve their ability to:  demonstrate a historical understanding of how the past influences the present; develop a historical sense of the political, social, and cultural aspect of the world; appreciate the contributions and world view of diverse members of society; and distinguish and critically examine primary and secondary sources. This is a dual credit course (E2) through IVCC. Enrollment and payment for the IVCC credit are required.

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Sociology

Sociology  is a continuation of scientific study of human relationships and group dynamics for college-bound students. Great stress will be placed on theoretical and empirical understanding of sociology. More of a Macro-study of Sociology.  Specific area of study are Political Economy of Social Problems, Problems of Inequality, Institutional Problems and Solutions A considerable amount of research and professional literature reading is required.

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Modern US History

Modern US History will provide students with an understanding of history from the 1950’s through the present. The course will align with the NCSS standards. Current events lay the foundation for classroom discussion, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Cooperative learning, PowerPoint presentations, and classroom role-playing are a few learning strategies that will be used. The course is one semester in duration.

Prerequisite:  Junior status or Senior status

History in Film

This one semester course includes the study of modern history using film.  By viewing, writing, and discussing both historical and contemporary pieces on issues related to the political, social, economic, and racial history of the United States, students will examine the historiography of various themes from the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Additionally, students will critically examine the legacy of poverty, racism, corruption, patriotism, and civics on American culture.  This interdisciplinary course will utilize United States and world history, sociology, civics, economics, and English language arts.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status

Physical Education

Physical Education 

Physical Education is offered to students of all grade levels.  Better physical health is the goal of all Physical Education classes.  Students are expected to participate in a range of both individual and team activities.  Instruction is given with each unit, and at the conclusion of each unit a written test will be administered by the instructor covering the rules of the activity and how each activity is played.  

Prerequisite:  None

Health and Fitness 

Health and Fitness classes are offered to students of all grade levels.  Developing strength, speed, explosive power, and agility, in addition to learning how to improve one’s physical health, are the goals of Health and Fitness classes.  Students interested in becoming better athletes will lift weights three or four days per week and work on speed development, explosive power, or agility one or two days per week.  

Prerequisite:  None

Advanced Health and Fitness 

Advanced Health and Fitness classes are offered to students who are either juniors or seniors.  The goals of Advanced Health and Fitness are to teach students how to use advanced training regimens to improve athletic performance and also to provide the information necessary to make physical fitness a priority throughout the rest of the students’ lives.  Advanced Health and Fitness students spend three or four days per week developing the strength, speed, explosive power, and agility necessary to become better athletes and one or two days per week in the classroom learning how to incorporate the principles of lifetime fitness into their own lives.  

Prerequisite: Two years of Health & Fitness or P.E.

Health

Health Education is offered to all freshman students at Streator Township High School to fulfill the State of Illinois "Critical Health Problem and Comprehensive Health Education Act."  Units of mental health, relationships, nutrition, physical fitness, sexuality, first aid, and drug and alcohol issues will be studied.  Pamphlets, magazines, and supplements are materials used along with guest speakers, demonstrations, and discussions.

Prerequisite:  None

Kinesiology

This class will be an introduction to kinesiology.  It will include knowledge acquired from a classroom setting, performing physical activities and tests in a lab setting, analyzing motor skills, studying about body mechanics and systems.  This course will give students a strong foundation to understand how joint systems, nervous systems, skeletal systems, and muscular systems work together while the body is moving. In addition, students will be exposed to specific professions or areas of study to assist them in making career decisions in their future.

Students will be introduced to the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful learner at the next level in the psychomotor domain.

Prerequisite:  Physical Education or Health and Fitness, Health, Biology

Course open to:  Juniors and Seniors  

Driver’s Education

Driver’s Education classes are offered to students who are 15 years old and classified at the level of sophomore or above.  The Driver’s Education program is designed to help the students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a safe, low-risk, responsible driver.  Students will spend time in the classroom developing the knowledge of the Rules of the Road and time behind the wheel to apply Rules of the Road and to develop the skills and attitudes to become a safe driver.

Prerequisite:  15 years of age and pass 8 credit hours the previous two semesters


Career & Technical Education

Tech Prep/CWT/STEP Work Program

The Tech Prep/CWT Work Program is designed to provide on-the-job training for seniors.  Tech Prep/CWT Co-op stresses goal-related work experience for students who are pursuing further education after graduation.  The course content focuses on College and Career Readiness.

STEP Co-op's primary purpose is to provide a means students who have special needs to remain in school and achieve some degree of academic success.  Students enrolled in the Tech Prep/CWT/STEP Work Program alternate on a half-day basis between study in school and training on the job.  They must carry a minimum of three other academic courses plus the related class.

Prerequisite:  None

Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership

This orientation course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at state, national, and international levels; and the scope and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field.  Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, natural resources, agribusiness management, and agricultural mechanics will be presented.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite:  None

Horticulture

This instructional program prepares individuals to produce, process, and market plants, shrubs, and trees used principally for ornamental, recreational, and aesthetic purposes and to establish, maintain, and manage horticultural enterprises such as floriculture, greenhouse operation and management, landscaping, nursery operation and management, and turf management.  Instruction in machinery and equipment necessary for each horticultural enterprise is included.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite:  None

Advanced Agriculture

This orientation course builds of the basic concepts, skills, and knowledge that is acquired in the Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership Course.  The course will offer a large leadership aspect that will allow students to adapt leadership skills and how to apply them to their daily lives.  Students will also briefly cover animal science, plant science, ag engineering, biotechnology, soil science, and mechanics.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership

Agricultural Leadership and Communications 

This year-long course is designed to provide 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with the knowledge and leadership experiences to help  them to become successful in life and in the workplace.  Students will analyze current agricultural issues and determine  how they affect people on all sides of the issue.  The students then learn and enhance their written and oral  communication skills by presenting their views and opinions to the class.  Students learn how to arrange and present  debates, speeches, and interviews to be effective leaders in today’s society.  Students will further enhance their  potential for leadership development, personal growth, and career success.  Participation in FFA student organization  activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership  development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership

Agriscience

This orientation course builds on basic skills and knowledge gained in the Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership course.  Major units of instruction include agricultural research, soil science, advanced plant science, biotechnology, advanced animal science.  Applied science and math skills and concepts will be stressed throughout the course as they relate to each area.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite:  Advanced Ag & Senior Status

Intro to Veterinary Science

This year-long course will develop students’ understanding of the small and companion animal industry, animal anatomy and physiology, advanced animal nutrition and reproduction, animal ethics and welfare issues, animal health, veterinary medicine, veterinary office practices, and animal services to humans. Career exploration will focus on veterinarian, veterinary lab technicians, office lab assistant, small animal production, research lab assistant, and animal nutrition lab technician. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior Status.  The prerequisite will eventually be the agriscience class.

Natural Resources and Ecology

The Natural Resources and Ecology course is a year-long foundation course within the CASE sequence of courses. The course provides students a variety of experiences that in the fields of natural resources and ecology. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man's interaction with the Earth will be addressed in this course.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ag/Horticulture

tAGgED to Teach Ag Student Internship

This year-long course is designed to give Agricultural Education students interested in becoming Agricultural Educators the full Ag Ed Experience. Students will identify and practices the many skills, roles, and opportunities that an typical agricultural educator practices annually. Students will have observe other teachers within the building to identify different teaching styles, work one on one with Ag Ed students, maintain a weekly journal of their experience, teach 1-2 lessons on a monthly basis to the course they are interning in, work with administration within the building, as well as attend and run FFA meetings. Interns will also be enrolled in the Growing Agricultural Science Teachers grant through Joliet Junior College where they will receive 1 credit hour and a paid stipend for their time-based off funding for this project. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite: 1 Ag Course

Intro to Family and Consumer Science (FCS)

This is a one semester introductory course designed to expose students to various Family and Consumer Sciences concepts. The students will use hands-on activities in various units called modules. This innovative type of classroom uses computers, a combination of multi-media, technical equipment, and hands-on activities to teach

important concepts in ways that increase the students interest level. Modular Tech. Ed. learning allows students to explore new career paths that will help guide them towards possible career choices that best fit their individual interests. Modules the students could be involved in include; Apparel Merchandising, Fashion Textiles, Food Science and Nutrition, Math in the Kitchen, Parenting, Caregiving, The Global Family, Global Travel, Hospitality and Tourism, and Interior Design .

Prerequisites:  freshman or sophomore status

Clothing Construction

This is a full-year course on the study of clothes and basic principles of Clothing construction; Concepts include pattern, fabric, and equipment selection. Students experiment with construction techniques in a laboratory setting. (Students have to take semester 1 before taking semester 2 of this course).  Students will develop skills in understanding the role clothing plays in their lives, how to make the best decisions regarding the selection and care of clothing, and how to construct apparel.  They will be using basic principles of clothing construction. Hands-on experience will be utilized in learning construction techniques and making apparel projects.  

Prerequisite: Intro to FCS or Junior/Senior Status.

Foods & Nutrition I

This course is designed to help students develop skills of planning, preparing and serving nutritious meals.  With both classroom instruction and food laboratory, students gain skills ranging from dietary nutrition, safety and sanitation, accurate measuring and recipe math, correct utensil and appliance operation, and time management.  

Prerequisite:  Intro to FCS OR junior and senior status

Foods & Nutrition II

This advanced course was developed for students to further their skills developed in Foods I and preparing more complicated recipes are used as well as more intricate preparation techniques.    

Prerequisite:  Foods & Nutrition I

Child Development

This full year course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of children from prenatal development through early childhood.  A preschool program will be held for the purpose of observing and working with young children.

Prerequisite:  Intro to FCS or Junior/Senior Status        

Career Technology

This one semester required 9th grade course will provide students with practice for improving their alphabetic keyboarding technique. Additionally, students will be introduced to file and app management, electronic communication etiquette, Internet usage and etiquette, common school and business documents, employability skills, as well as a weekly study skills period. A strong focus will be on using Google Apps for Education.

Consumer Education

This is a one semester course offered at the sophomore, junior, and senior level which is intended to fulfill the requirements of Section 27-12 of the School Code of Illinois.  The objective of this course is to help students become informed consumers through the study of such topics as consumer credit, money management, savings, investments, insurance, and the buying of goods and services.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore status

Management and Marketing

This full-year course is a study of the functions in management and marketing for juniors and seniors.  Management topics include ethics, social responsibility, planning, diversity, how to motivate employees, and creative problem solving.  Marketing topics include competition, distribution, pricing, and promotional strategies.  This course helps students improve leadership and presentation skills through group collaboration and course projects.

Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior status


Accounting I

This two semester course is a program of instruction designed to fundamental accounting principles and business procedures, as well as the need for accurate records for business, government, and individual use.  Students will be expected to analyze and interpret business situations as they affect assets, liabilities, capital, revenue, and expenses.  

Prerequisite:  Sophomore, Junior or Senior status

Accounting II

This two semester course is a continuation and extension of the objectives mastered in Accounting I.  The course will expand on partnership and corporate accounting and introduce cost, management accounting principles and concepts.  

Prerequisite:  Accounting I

Creative Web Development

This one semester course will be an exploratory course in Internet applications and website development.  Students will learn to design websites using Adobe Dreamweaver software.  Students will leave this course with the ability to design their own website and to better use the Internet as a resource tool.  

Prerequisite: Career Technology is strongly recommended.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

This one semester course will focus on the growing division of marketing that deals with sports and entertainment.  The sports and entertainment industries are major businesses in the United States that continue to grow every year.  Students will analyze the product, price, place, and promotion of sporting and entertainment events throughout the course.  The course will be focused on individual and group projects.  

Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Standing

Vocational Auto I

This course is designed to prepare the student for entry level or higher positions in the automotive field.  The class provides complete instruction on all aspects of automotive service and repair, plus career and educational opportunities in the field.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology

Vocational Auto II

This class is designed to prepare the student for the entry level or higher positions in the automotive field.  The class provides complete instruction on all aspects of automotive service and repair, plus career and educational opportunities in the field.

Prerequisite:  Vocational Auto I

CAD I – 2-D Design

This is a year long course designed to introduce students to drafting/CAD occupations while acquainting them with drafting tools and AutoCAD. The latest release of AutoCAD is introduced and utilized for completing all classroom assignments.  Students will progress through a series of self-paced learning activity packages that include real world CAD/Drafting exercises depicting machine parts and assemblies.  Units covered include geometric constructions, introduction to AutoCAD, orthographic projection, dimensioning, auxiliaries, section views, pictorial drawings, surface developments, and working drawings.  Students will also complete a short architectural unit creating a 3 dimensional house in Google SketchUp. CAD skill development is stressed. A final set of working drawings of an object of choice gives the student the opportunity to use those drafting/CAD skills and techniques learned throughout the semester.

Prerequisite:  Foundations of Technology

CAD II - 3 Dimensional Modeling

This is a one year course designed to introduce students to the world of 3-dimensional solid modeling and to reinforce prior knowledge of current drafting/CAD practices. The latest release of Inventor is introduced and utilized for completing all classroom assignments. Students will progress through a series of self-paced learning activity packages that include real-world CAD/Drafting exercises depicting machine parts and assemblies.  Units covered include modeling techniques, auxiliaries, section views, materials, assemblies, and a unit on invention/innovation where students will design or revamp an existing product with the Inventor software.

Prerequisite:  CAD I

CAD III - Rendering and Animation

This is a one semester course designed to reinforce prior knowledge of current drafting/CAD practices and 3 dimensional modeling. The latest release of 3-D Studio MAX software is introduced and utilized for completing all classroom assignments. Students will progress through series of self-paced learning activity packages that provide experiences in advanced computer rendering and animation.

Prerequisite:  CAD II

CAD IV - Architectural Design

This is a one semester course that introduces the concepts associated with small home construction and those types of drawings used in the construction of a small home.  Construction technique, area planning, conventions, terminology, and drafting/CAD skill development are stressed.  A complete set of plans will be created throughout the semester. Units covered will be site plans, framing details, elevation views, roof layouts, stair design, window and door schedules and students will complete the semester by creating a scaled model.

Prerequisite:  CAD I                


Construction Tools and Materials

This one semester course is designed to introduce students to tools and materials used by the construction trades.  Emphasis is placed on safe operation of portable power tools and machines as well as shop tools used in the construction industry.  Students will also be introduced to a variety of common building materials and how they are used in construction.  Students will have various required hands on projects that will develop their ability to use basic hand tools and production skills to transform common building materials safely into useful products.

Prerequisite:  Foundations of Tech or Junior/Senior Status

Vocational Electronics I

This course is intended to give the student an in-depth study into the field of electricity and electronics both from a practical hands-on approach to a theoretical approach.  After a student completes this course he or she should have a good idea if this is the career area he or she wishes to enter and whether or not he or she will be successful in his or her choice.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology  

Vocational Electronics II

This course offers a more in-depth study of the work started in Electronics I.  Digital work and experiences in the area of microprocessors are also introduced.  A student taking this course should be pretty serious about entering the field of electricity/electronics as a career choice.  An intended goal is to have students taking this course become A+ certified in PC repair.

Prerequisite:  Vocational Electronics I

Introduction to Welding Technology A

This course is designed to allow students hands on experiences in shielding metal arc (SMAW) welding.  Students will learn to weld in flat and horizontal position on plate.  Students will learn the principles of machine operation and rod manipulation which will provide the students with a basis to go on to a more advanced study of welding at a later time.  

Prerequisite:    Freshman / Sophomore Standing

Introduction to Welding Technology B

This course is designed for Jrs and Srs who have not been in a beginning welding class, student will get  hands on experiences in shielding metal arc (SMAW) welding. Students will learn the principles of safe machine operation and rod manipulation. Students will learn to weld in flat and horizontal position on plate.  Student then will also be exposed to MIG welding, safety, machine operation, and  a variety of different welding joints. This will provide the students with a basis to go on to a more advanced study of welding at a later time.  

Prerequisite:  Junior / Senior Standing

Vocational Welding I

This is a one year course for students who have some welding experience.  The focus of this class is Gas Metal Arc Welding.  Students will learn a variety of types of welds and various positions.  Welding will be done in flat, horizontal, and vertical positions on plate.

Prerequisite:  Basic Welding

        

Vocational Welding II

This is a one year course for students who have prior welding experience or have taken Welding I.  The types of welding processes covered are:  Stick, MIG, TIG, and cutting, with emphasis on working with blueprints to fabricate basic projects.  Safety, a variety of welding rods, positions of welds are presented.

Prerequisite:  Vocational Welding I

Vocational Welding III

This is a one year course for students who have chosen a career in welding. The primary emphasis of this class is to use all of the fundamental skills they have learned in prior classes to design and fabricate for real world applications. In addition to design and fabrication work, the students will work with visiting local manufacturers to assess the student’s welding skills with the goal of qualifying for an entry level welding position.

Prerequisite:  Vocational Welding II

Vocational Production I ( Materials, Applications and Processes)

Production Technology is a course designed to foster an awareness and understanding of manufacturing and construction technology. Through a variety of learning activities, students are exposed to many career opportunities in the production field. Experiences in manufacturing include product design, characteristics of manufacturing materials, manufacturing processes, tools and equipment operation, and safety procedures.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Technology

Vocational Production II  (Computer Integrated Manufacturing)  _        

This course applies principles of robotics and automation in manufacturing through computer control. The course uses computer solid modeling skills (Mastercam) to design various projects. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing and design analysis are included.

Prerequisites:  Vocational Production I

Foundations of Technology

This is an introductory course designed to expose students to industrial technology concepts, processes and systems. The students will use hands-on activities in various units called modules. This innovative type of classroom uses computers, a combination of multi-media, technical equipment, and hands-on activities to teach important concepts in ways that increase the students interest level. Modular Tech. Ed. learning allows students to explore new career paths that will help guide them towards possible career choices that best fit their individual interests. Modules the students could be involved in include; CAD, Robotics, Structural Engineering, Research and

Design, Manufacturing, Electronics, Power Tech, and Alternative Energy.

Prerequisites:  freshman or sophomore status


Foreign Language

Spanish I

This course introduces Spanish language and culture with an emphasis on holistic language development.  It integrates the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with Spanish and Latin American cultural studies.

Prerequisite:  None (Recommended concurrent enrollment in English I or higher)

Spanish II

A holistic approach is used to build more varied communication skills.  The students learn how to communicate basic information in the past, present and future verb tenses while expanding their vocabulary skills to function within additional settings.  This will fulfill some college entrance requirements.

Prerequisite:  A grade of C- or better in Spanish I or a score of 50% or higher on the placement test.

Spanish III

This course has an emphasis on building advanced communication skills with some of the same topics as Spanish II.  The students will be able to participate in progressively more challenging conversations using the past, present, and future verb tenses.  They will be able to express feelings, opinions, and ideas using subjunctive and conditional constructions.  A holistic approach is used to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills appropriate for Spanish III.

Prerequisite:  Spanish II

*  Spanish IV

The students will be exposed to a rich collection of literature from the Spanish-speaking world in preparation for college placement exams.  Through student participation using personal discussions, small group activities, student dialogues, paired practice, Total Physical Response, skits and other learning strategies, the students will have a greater appreciation of Spanish and Latin American culture.  This will fulfill all college entrance requirements and prepare students for the optional AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.

Prerequisite:  Spanish III

German I

The major goals are the development of oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills within the range of vocabulary and grammatical constructions using in Level I textbooks.  Instruction in the appreciation of the culture is an integral part of the classroom activities.

Prerequisite:  None (Recommended concurrent enrollment in English I or higher)


German II

The major goals are the continued development of oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills within range of vocabulary and grammatical constructions already studied.  Continued use of facilities and reading to make the student more aware of the culture studies and the similarities and differences between the two.

Prerequisite:  German I

German III

The major goals are the continued practices in the basic skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, which now include more subtle grammar concepts.  More literature is read, studies are discussed to develop a greater awareness of the culture and problems of the people.

Prerequisite:  German II

*  German IV

The major goals are to further the student's appreciation and understanding of German culture.  A comprehensive grammar review is included and a deeper study of the language is made by reading advanced literature in German and discussing it.

Prerequisite:  German III


Special Education

Math Skills – M

Basic math skills are covered in this course for students with cognitive disabilities. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, money skills, measurement and basic fractions are areas that will be taught.

Prerequisite:  None

English – M

Basic English skills such as proper sentence structure, parts of speech, proper writing mechanics, understanding the writing process and demonstrating different types of writing are presented in this course designed for students with cognitive disabilities.

Prerequisite:  None

Science – M

This course is for students with cognitive disabilities.

(Year 1) Environmental Science is presented with the understanding of the diversity of life, how living things interact with the environment, biomes, energy, water resources, pollution, feeding the world, and protecting biodiversity.

(Year 2) Biology is presented with the understanding of living things and the human body.

(Year 3) Earth Science is presented with the understanding of the earth’s make-up, the oceans and atmosphere, the solar system and weather.

(Year 4) General Science introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of life, earth, and physical science and builds the fundamental science skills students of all ability levels need to succeed.

Prerequisite:  None

Reading – M

This class focuses on building oral reading and reading comprehension skills in students with cognitive disabilities.  Novels are read together as a class along with class discussions about the novels. Vocabulary building is also a focus.

Prerequisite:  None

Consumer Ed – M

This class is designed to teach students with cognitive disabilities all about living independently.  Through discussion and activities, students learn skill such as:  how to manage a checking account, how to find an apartment to live in, career skills such as how to fill out a job application and write a resume, and home-life skills such as how to do laundry and make medical appointments.

Prerequisite:  None

Citizenship – M

In this class, students with cognitive disabilities will study both the United States and Illinois Constitutions.  Through discussions and activities, students will also learn about the three branches of government, at the local and state level, political parties, and our duties as American citizens.

Prerequisite:  None

Social Studies – M

This course is offered to students with cognitive disabilities.

(Year 1)  A study of the history of our nation from colonization through the American Revolution.

(Year 2) Covers the period of U.S. History from the 2nd Continental Congress through present day.

Prerequisite:  None

Health – M

(Year 1 - 1st semester)  Health is a one semester course that will explore personal health and grooming, growth and development, first aid, mental health, effects of drugs and alcohol, diseases, nutrition and physical fitness, relationships.  This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during first semester and will be paired with Parenting offered second semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Parenting – M

(Year 1 - 2nd semester)  Parenting is a one semester course designed to inform the students of the many responsibilities that come with parenthood.  This course is will help students understand how to work with and care for children as they grow. The contents of this course focus on guiding children’s development and meeting developmental needs from the prenatal stage through the school-age years. The course also explores play activities, ways to keep children healthy and safe, common illnesses of children and treatments, proper food and clothing, group programs, and child-related careers.  This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during second semester and will be paired with Health offered first semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Personal Development – M

(Year 2 - 1st semester)  Personal development is a one semester course designed to teach the student proper attitudes, values and social skills necessary to conduct themselves properly in today’s society.  Stressed will be relationships with family, friends, co-workers and other people and situations encountered in daily life.  This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during first semester and will be paired with Career Awareness offered second semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Career Awareness – M

(Year 2 - 2nd semester)  Career awareness is a one semester course in which students will be made aware of the responsibilities they must assume when entering into the career of their choice.  By utilizing interest inventories, values inventories, and experience inventories, each student will assess available job opportunities that would best suit them.  Students will learn how to complete job application forms, how to create a resume, job interview skills, understanding accommodations that may be needed, and expectations of employees.  The goal of this class is to enhance the student’s understanding of the world of work.  This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during second semester and will be paired with Personal Development offered first semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Home Maintenance-M

(Year 3 - 1st semester)This course will focus on the important “how to live and work” issues from maintaining a healthy body and a safe home to finding and keeping a job.  This course will prepare young adults for a successful life after high school.  Topics to be taught include finding housing, getting places, being a good citizen, obeying laws, finding help in the community, maintaining a home, staying healthy on your own, handling your money, food preparation skills and technology in the home.  This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during first semester and will be paired with Environmental Awareness offered second semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Environmental Awareness -M

(Year 3 - 2nd semester)  This course will focus on helping students build a variety of skills that prepare them for making the transition to independent living and managing on their own. This course will prepare young adults for a successful life after high school.  Topics to be taught include getting to know yourself, setting goals, dealing with peer pressure, communicating and getting along with others, handling change and stress, looking for a job, getting and keeping a job, making the most of a job, community involvement  and technology in the environment. This course will be offered to students with cognitive disabilities during second semester and will be paired with Home Maintenance offered first semester.

Prerequisite:  None

Foundation Skills-M

(Year 1 and 4 - offered both semesters)  Foundation Skills-M is a two-semester elective course offered to students with cognitive disabilities.  Foundation Skills-M will consist of learning basic chromebook skills, life skills related to reading and math, organizational skills and study skills are taught as a supplement to other core classes at Streator High School.Foundation Skills-M students are also given ample time in class to organize themselves and keep pace in their core classes.  Interventions and progress monitoring will be a major part of this course.  A large portion of a student’s final grade is based on organization (filling out a daily planner) and total effort put forth throughout the duration of the course.

Prerequisite:  None

Life Skills-M

The subject content area is based on daily living functional skills.  This is knowledge that students needs to be productive citizens and to survive in our society. Students do both academic and job based work. The class focuses on Life Skills Math, Reading, English, Science, Social Studies, Job skills, and Home skills.

Prerequisite:  None

Life Skills-Transition Program

The subject content area is structured around, but not limited to:

Vocational Skills: classroom activities, volunteering, job interest surveys, community job training, interviewing skills, and job tours.

Daily Living Skills: using the phone, clothing, at home (cooking/maintaining a clean home), safety, health, and at work skills

Personal Life: relationships, personal care, everyday communication skills, feelings/emotions, rights/responsibilities, and decision making skills.

The knowledge gained in this program will ensure that students learn necessary skills to be productive members of society.

Prerequisite:  None

Developmental Health - L

This course will cover the body systems, human development and nutrition.  The students will also learn about various diseases and the role of the immune system.

Prerequisite:  None

Foundation Skills-L

Foundation Skills is a two-semester elective course offered to LD students.  

1st semester - Foundation Skills Math (earn .5 Math credit)

2nd semester - Soundation Skills English (earn .5 English credit)

Foundation Skills - L will consist of learning basic chromebook skills.  English, reading, math, organizational skills and study skills are taught as a supplement to other core classes at Streator High School.  Foundation Skills students also have the opportunity to receive extra help from a resource teacher, and they are also given ample time in class to organize themselves and keep pace in their regular education studies.  Interventions and progress monitoring will be a major part of this course.  A large portion of a student’s final grade is based on organization (filling out a daily planner) and total effort put forth throughout the duration of the course.

Prerequisite:  None


Economics – L

This course is designed to promote students success in understanding economic theory through short chapters.  It attempts to give students the tools to think and choose responsibly as citizens, consumers, workers, savers, and investors.  The basics of the production and consumption of goods and services; supply and demand; types of businesses and market structures; the global economy and the role of financial institutions are covered.

Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status

Government - L

This is a course offered to LD/BD students.  This course covers early American history through the Revolutionary War, the development and study of the U.S. Constitution and its application to life in the U.S., and the Illinois Constitution

Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status

Language Arts – L

This course is designed for freshmen students to increase their comprehension and vocabulary skills.  Short stories and abridged novels are used to enhance these skills.  Vocabulary building is accomplished by using synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues. (Level A)

Prerequisite:  None

Developmental English - L

This course is designed for sophomore students who need to reinforce and improve their comprehension and vocabulary skills.  These students are reading at a higher level than those in Language Arts.  High interest stories, including abridged novels, and articles, are used to build vocabulary by use of context clues, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes. (Level B)

Prerequisite:  None

Language Skills - L

This course is designed for junior students and involves the learning of the basic parts of speech.  The skills necessary to write clear and grammatically correct paragraphs are continued as well as outlining being emphasized.  (Level C)

Prerequisite:  None


Communication Skills/Fiction-L

Communications Skills is designed for senior level students who are college bound. It will teach  and enhance the very important life skill of communication.  Students are required to give a series of oral presentations in front of a classroom audience.  Students are required to give informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches based on topics given in class.  In addition to oral presentations, students will also be exposed to different forms of communication, learn the process of communications, and improve their overall communication skills. (Level D)

Prerequisite: Juniors or Seniors

Developmental Math – L

Developmental Math is a year long required course to ED/LD students.  This class is offered in two different sections - Basic and PreAlgebra.  Students enrolled in the Basic section will be involved in all aspects of basic math skills and computation.  Students enrolled in the PreAlgebra section will be introduced to introductory algebra solving skills.

Prerequisite:  None

Developmental Science - L

(Year 1) Biology covers human anatomy, zoology and the basic functions for life.

(Year 2) Environmental science covers the impact humans have on Earth and our resources.

(Year 3) Physical science covers basic chemistry and physics.

Prerequisite:  None

Social Studies - L

First semester - The first semester of study includes a U.S. Geography unit and the history or our nation from colonization through the American Revolution.  Second semester - Covers the period of U.S. History from 2nd Continental Congress through the present day.

Prerequisite:  Junior Status

Career Development – L

Career Development is a one semester elective course to LD students in which students will be made aware of the responsibilities they must assume when entering into the career of their choice.  By utilizing interest inventories, values inventories, and experience inventories, each student will assess available job opportunities that would best suit him/her.  Students will learn how to complete job application forms, how to create a resume, job interview skills, understanding accommodations that may be needed, and expectations of employees.  The goal of this class is to enhance the student’s understanding of the world of work.  Students will also learn about the most important employability characteristics employers are looking for in their employees.

Prerequisite:  None

Value Skills – L

Value Skills is a one semester elective course.  Students will be made aware of numerous decisions they have to make during their lifetime, and be able to rationalize why they make these decisions.  In doing this, the students will be instilling within themselves a value clarification system with which to help make these important decisions.  Topics this course may cover include honesty, courage, responsibility, self-respect, setting and achieving goals, dealing with pressures, handling emotions, preventing conflicts, respecting others, school to work, ethics in the workplace, fairness/justice and integrity.

Prerequisite:  None

Current Events - L (Year 3)

The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding of adult living topics for learning disabled students. The students will explore current event topics that are political, social or economic in nature. The course would also help increase the students’ reading, speaking and written expression skills.

Prerequisite:  None

Cultural Exploration - L  (Year 4)

The focus of this course would be  to explore/ compare the similarities as well as the differences of other cultures to our own. This would increase the students understanding about the diverse world in which we live.The course would provide an understanding of  2 selected cultures. Areas of study include the culture's language, kinship, religion, music, art and customs. The course would also give the students many opportunities to increase their language arts skills. They will be reading/comprehending information and be sharing their knowledge through written expression.

Prerequisite:  None

Computer Skills - L

The goals of this class will be to help students see the capabilities of their Chromebooks and give them an understanding of how to use tools, apps, and programs, that they will use throughout their high school career and beyond.  This class will expose students to what they can do on the Chromebook before they are asked to complete projects using these tools in their other classes.  This class will also feature a digital citizenship aspect.  This means students will learn to correctly communicate online and use email.  They will learn about online etiquette and safety, and how to properly research/browse the internet for the information they are seeking.  This class will be for freshman and/or sophomore students who have an IEP.

Prerequisite:  Freshman or Sophomore Status


Economics – B

Economics is a one semester required course to ED/LD students.  This course covers aspects of how our country is run through our economy.  It also covers different types of businesses and how each individual business is run based on size and type.  Another aspect of Economics-B is that students are taught the importance of how they approach job interviews by the way they look and act and how to differentiate themselves from others competing for the same job.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

English Skills – B

English Skills is a year-long required course to ED/LD students.  Students will be involved in all aspects of English skills.  They will be introduced to literature and writing while at the same time enhancing their vocabulary.  Computers will be used to give students an opportunity to learn and utilize basic word processing skills.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Developmental Science - B

Developmental Science is a year long required course to ED/LD students.  First semester biology is presented with the understanding of living things and the human body.  Earth Science is presented with the understanding of the Earth’s make-up, the atmosphere and weather.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Value Skills – B

Value Skills is a one semester elective course to ED/LD students.  Students will be made aware of numerous decisions they have to make during their lifetime, and be able to rationalize why they make these decisions.  In doing this, the students will be instilling within themselves a value clarification system with which to help make these important decisions.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio. Students who pass both semesters of this course will fulfill the school graduation requirement for health.

Prerequisite:  None

American Government – B

American Government is a one-semester required course to ED/LD students.  This course covers the historical aspects of our first attempt at unity as a developing country.  The course also studies the United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution with its application to life in the United States.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Social Studies - B

Social Studies is a year long required course to ED/LD students.  The first semester of study includes a U.S. Geography unit and the history of our nation from colonization through the American Revolution.  The second semester covers the period of U.S. History from the 2nd Continental Congress through present day.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Personal and Community Development-B

This course focuses on building the students’ knowledge of community service. Students in the LD/BD/ED program are eligible. Students will participate in service learning projects inside and outside of school.

Prerequisite:  None

Math Skills – B

Students will be involved in all aspects of basic math skills through pre-algebra skills.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits that require a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

English Skills – E

English Skills is a year-long required course to ED/LD students.  Students will be involved in all aspects of English skills.  They will be introduced to literature and writing while at the same time enhancing their vocabulary.  Computers will be used to give students an opportunity to learn and utilize basic word processing skills.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Developmental Science - E

Developmental Science is a year long required course to ED/LD students.  First semester biology is presented with the understanding of living things and the human body.  Earth Science is presented with the understanding of the Earth’s make-up, the atmosphere and weather.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None


Value Skills – E

Value Skills is a one semester elective course to ED/LD students.  Students will be made aware of numerous decisions they have to make during their lifetime, and be able to rationalize why they make these decisions.  In doing this, the students will be instilling within themselves a value clarification system with which to help make these important decisions.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio. Students who pass both semesters of this course will fulfill the school graduation requirement for health.

Prerequisite:  None

American Government – E

American Government is a one-semester required course to ED/LD students.  This course covers the historical aspects of our first attempt at unity as a developing country.  The course also studies the United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution with its application to life in the United States.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Social Studies - E

Social Studies is a year long required course to ED/LD students.  The first semester of study includes a U.S. Geography unit and the history of our nation from colonization through the American Revolution.  The second semester covers the period of U.S. History from the 2nd Continental Congress through present day.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Math Skills – E

Students will be involved in all aspects of basic math skills through pre-algebra skills.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits that require a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Personal and Community Development-E

This course focuses on building the students’ knowledge of community service. Students in the LD/BD/ED program are eligible. Students will participate in service learning projects inside and outside of school.

Prerequisite:  None


Economics – E

Economics is a one semester required course to ED/LD students.  This course covers aspects of how our country is run through our economy.  It also covers different types of businesses and how each individual business is run based on size and type.  Another aspect of Economics-B is that students are taught the importance of how they approach job interviews by the way they look and act and how to differentiate themselves from others competing for the same job.  Students enrolled in this class may have behavioral deficits requiring a smaller teacher/student ratio.

Prerequisite:  None

Resource Program

The resource program provides educational support for students with special needs taking regular education classes.  Tests, quizzes, and assignment IEP accommodations and modifications are met through coordination between the resource teacher and the regular education teacher.  Organizational and study skills are an important component to the resource program.  Students also learn and utilize what learning style will make them most successful in school.  Star testing, progress monitoring, and transition planning are also done during this time.

Prerequisite:  None

F.U.S.E. Program

The F.U.S.E. program is a self-contained classroom based on Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility. The classroom is based on a classroom community model in which we work together to obtain goals and solve problems.  The program includes five levels with an employment theme. (Unemployed, In-training, Part-time, Full-time, Supervisor)  Students are provided with emotional and educational supports with accommodations and/or modifications based from their IEP.  The F.U.S.E. program is strongly based on providing the tools necessary for success in the future which includes transition planning and academic and emotional growth.


Fine Arts

Band

Band is a performance-based class.  Students will learn about many styles of music along with musicianship and their instruments.  The students will achieve a high-level music product that exemplifies each student’s musical ability.  Students will always work as a group and perform in the Marching Band and Concert Band along with opportunities to perform in Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.  The students will have many great experiences in band and learn about dedication, pride, work ethic, and leadership.

Prerequisite:  Previous Band Experience and/or Teacher Approval

Concert Choir

This course is designed to develop basic skills in reading musical melodies and rhythms and to teach fundamentals of good singing.  Students will be able to demonstrate a basic comprehension of vocal/musical skills and well as Solfege.  Students are expected to participate in various scheduled performances throughout the year.  

Prerequisite:  None

Advanced Choir (Chamber Choir)

The Chamber (Advanced) Choir class provides students an opportunity to achieve greater mastery of skills that were introduced in Concert Choir class.  Sight singing exercises and advanced music will be learned.  Ear training will include identification of chords and triads as well as in-depth training on Solfege.

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation

Music Appreciation

This is a survey course designed to acquaint the student with various styles and forms of music and the processes by which they were written.  The curriculum includes study of music of various historical periods such as Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Contemporary.  Students examine various forms such as ABA, Sonata, and Rondo.  Music appreciation students are expected to conduct research on selected topics and to work together to produce a musical product.  Students study basic music theory as it relates to their other coursework.  The primary goal is to develop a basic understanding of and love for the art of music.

Prerequisite:  None

* AP Music Theory

AP Music Theory is a year long course with a prerequisite in either band or advanced choir. As an introduction to college music and its curriculum, students with a strong desire to learn will be introduced to musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the theory course. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course  It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.

Prerequisite: Band or Advanced Choir

Art Fundamentals

Art Fundamentals is an introductory course tailored to the beginning artist that covers a wide range of artist mediums such as:  drawing, painting, calligraphy, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry.  This studio orientated class is defined by its discipline based art educational approach, with introductions to various historical artists.  No prior art experience is needed to take this course.  This course, however, is required before enrolling in any advanced level studio art courses offered.

Prerequisite:  None

Ceramics & Sculpture I

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques of creating 3-dimensional art forms.  During the first year of ceramics and sculpture students will review the 5 stages of clay and practice three hand building construction techniques.  Students will learn about finishing and decorating applications along with ceramic tools and equipment.  Students will also explore relief and freestanding sculpture along with other 3-dimensional crafts.

Prerequisite:  Must have a “C” or better in Art Fundamentals course.

Ceramics & Sculpture II

This course focuses on mastery and refining of techniques needed to create successful 3-dimensional art forms.  Students will explore hand building through a combination of techniques and will learn new finishing and decorating applications.  Relief and freestanding sculptures will also be explored using a variety of materials and techniques.  Second semester students will enjoy creating forms on the pottery wheel along with other 3-dimensional crafts.  During this second year, students are expected to meet advanced criteria standards in relation to project guidelines and construction

Prerequisite:  Must have a “C” or better in Ceramics & Sculpture I

Crafts

This is a one semester course designed for the student who has the desire to be creative.  Students will gain knowledge of various craft forms through a hands-on exploration of mediums like fibers, metals, plastic, paper, glass, and ceramics.  Each project will be inspired by the history that precedes it with a modern twist.  Emphasis is placed on student’s individual expression, and evaluation is based on skill development through applications of concepts learned.  This Crafts course will have a midterm project and a final exam.  Students will enjoy field trips to local artisan studios and guest speakers/presenters.

Prerequisite:  None

Drawing & Painting I

This course is a study of 2-dimensional works of art and is designed for the student who likes to draw.  During the first year, students will study the basics of line, stroke, tone, perspective and proportion.  Drawing is the foundation to all projects created in this course and from drawings, paintings and prints will also be developed along with other 2-dimensional crafts.  Students will also experience other drawing materials and techniques to help them successfully create works of art.

Prerequisite:  Must have a “C” or better in Art Fundamentals course.

Drawing & Painting II

This course focuses on mastery and the refining of techniques needed to create successful 2-dimensional works of art.  Students will explore colored media as they continue to perfect their drawing skills.  Students will be creating various paintings and prints along with other 2-dimensional crafts.  During this second year, students are expected to meet advanced criteria standards in relation to project guidelines.

Prerequisite:  Must have a “C” or better in Drawing and Painting I

Advanced Art

This is an independent study course designed for the student that wishes to continue in the area of art after high school.  Students will work in the medium of their choice, on contracted work set up by student and approved by teacher.  Students are required to write an artist research paper and produce a related project as well as completing a professional portfolio of their work.  The work in the portfolio will represent their year of study and needs to be matted, mounted, and shrink wrapped for preservation purposes.  The student is also required to display their work during the year for critique purposes.

Prerequisite:  Must have completed 3 years of art with a “C” or better in all courses and requires teacher recommendation.

General Electives

Post Secondary Success

This one semester course is offered to seniors. The purpose of the course is to offer students the opportunity to learn essential skills for creating success in college, trade school and life. At the center of the success skills addressed in the course is the ability to make wise choices. Students will benefit because they learn more effective ways to fashion the positive futures they are hoping to create. This is a dual credit course (E2) through IVCC. Enrollment and payment for the IVCC credit are required.

Prerequisite:  senior status

Youth Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program program consists of traveling to one of the elementary schools on a daily basis for one class period to mentor young children. Mentors are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their elementary school, or getting a ride from a fellow mentor. The mentoring may include: tutoring, participating in recreational activities, playing games, and eating lunch. Mentors are evaluated in the areas of attitude, appearance, attendance, dependability, cooperation and quality of work. The mentors are required to keep a daily activity log, and write one essay per quarter regarding their activities. Academic credit is awarded to the students for their participation.

Prerequisite:  Junior or senior status

Guided Program for Success

The RtI Resource class is a program to help students achieve academic success. Functioning as a structured “study hall”, students are able to get help with their homework by certified teachers on a daily basis. Students are expected to keep a daily homework sheet or academic planner, which is checked by the teachers daily. Students will also be exposed to activities meant to build their coping and study skills. Unlike traditional study halls, an academic credit will be awarded to students in this program.

Prerequisite:  Must be recommended and approved by RtI Team.

Technology Support Internship (TSI)

This student-run help desk prepares students to provide first-line technical support to students, support staff, and teachers.  Students are trained to listen, observe, and assess general end-user issues.  The hands on classroom environment gives students the opportunity to learn how to troubleshoot hardware, software, and network problems, as well as process service tickets and inventory stock.  Students will have individualized career pathways of study that include customer service and leadership, programming, Microsoft Office Specialist, Google Apps.  A summer ‘boot camp’ is a requirement - dates will be announced prior to end of the school year.  Students may have option of working before or after school.

Prerequisite: Fill out online application, junior or senior status, approved by Technology Department