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Greetings Grizzly Community,

One of the most important times in a high school student’s career is once again upon us. Students will soon begin to register for courses for the next school year, a process that with purposeful planning, has the ability to shape futures. Students who find the most value in this process are very intentional in analyzing their interests, seek ways to connect their current learning with future careers/post-graduation goals and choose courses that meet those ends. For these students, the question “what am I going to do when I graduate?” yields exciting possibilities.

As you approach the registration process for next year, we believe it is best practice for you to start with the end in mind, your future career. As you read this, you may not know what your interests are, or you may not have yet considered career opportunities. If you find yourself pondering this, we have many supports and tools to help you.  Start by visiting your counselor and exploring the TRHS counseling webpage. There are a variety of tools, including your Grizzly Grad Plan, Road trip Nation, and College Board's "Big Future" tools, that will help you explore and identify your interests and tie those interests to potential careers. Use the following guide to log into Naviance - username: your student email address, password: Dcsdstudentlunchnumber or, #MMDDYYYYDcsd (email your counselor if you have login issues). Once you identify a potential future career, use the Academic Planning Guide to chart a course that will connect current learning/courses with your future career path. The Four-Year Graduation Worksheet in Infinite Campus can also help you plan by connecting your course selections to your post-graduation career objective(s).

As you begin the course registration process for the upcoming school year, we recommend that you invest an appropriate amount of time to align your course selections with your post-graduation objective(s). Please see the TRHS website (Academics → Academic Planning Guide) for specific course descriptions and details. Additionally, be mindful of any prerequisites that may be needed for your class(es) of choice. We look forward to partnering with you through this process. Below is a brief checklist to consider as you move forward in this process.

Fundamental steps to consider during course registration:

As you begin to choose courses for the next school year and beyond, please know the ThunderRidge staff is your partner. Our counselors, teachers, and administrators have a wealth of information and expertise to support you through this process. We look forward to helping you along this journey!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

ACADEMIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION

LIST OF COURSES

ENGLISH (ENG)

MATH (MAT)

SCIENCE (SCI)

SOCIAL STUDIES (SST, AMH, GVT,)

FINE ARTS (FNA): Visual Art

FINE ARTS (FNA): PERFORMING ARTS: MUSIC

FINE ARTS (FNA): PERFORMING ARTS:  THEATRE

PRACTICAL ART (PRA): BUSINESS and MARKETING

PRACTICAL ART (PRA): COMPUTER & MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY

PRACTICAL ART (PRA): FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE (FCS)

PRACTICAL ART (PRA): ENGINEERING

PRACTICAL ART (PRA): CTE INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION (PHY)

WORLD LANGUAGE

ELECTIVES

SPECIAL EDUCATION &

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

INTERVENTION COURSES

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

We hope this guide will help you and your parents develop a comprehensive four-year plan that will prepare you to meet the needs of your post-secondary goals. During your high school career, you should review your educational and post-secondary goals, thoughtfully developing a program of study that will help you achieve these goals.

Graduation requirements are designed to give you a balanced program that will help you develop the skills and understanding necessary to become a well-educated person. To help round out your course of study, a wide range of electives are available. These, if wisely selected, will help you explore and develop your own interests and abilities.

The most important factor as you begin the process of selecting your “program of study” for the year is the simple idea that you will change and grow as a result of your experiences at school. You need to recognize the types and variety of resources available to you in order to use these resources wisely. Decision-making is one of the most critical skills to develop and practice. Take full advantage of the information in this manual and the advice available to you from your parents, teachers, and counselors.

Create your class schedule with your future in mind. Create a long-range academic plan and update it every year. If you have questions about the types of courses you should schedule in order to be eligible for a particular career field or a specific type of college or university, consult your counselor, use the Naviance program or come to the Post-Graduate Center in the Counseling Office. Your current teachers may be especially helpful.

Choose a full schedule of classes that fulfill your goals and align with your interests. A full schedule is a minimum of 7 courses for freshmen, 6 for sophomores and juniors, and 5 for seniors. Students who do not choose a full schedule may find themselves in courses that have been chosen for them. We will make every effort to accommodate your elective course choices, but there may be instances when your choice conflicts with a core class or the elective classes are full and we may choose an elective for you. Scheduling priority will be given to senior students who need to fulfill graduation requirements.

Please review this catalog carefully and consult your counselor with concerns before making final course selections. Your counselor is a resource for academic programs and other learning needs. Consult your current content area teacher about the demands of advanced and honor courses. Refer to this course guide for pre-requisite courses, fees, and general course description requirements to assist you in completing your Multi-Year Academic Plan (MYAP) found on your IC portal account under Academic Planner.  Please make your course decisions carefully because the number of teachers, courses, and sections offered are based on course selections of the entire TRHS student body. No schedule changes will be made after courses are selected and scheduled.


ACADEMIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The community at ThunderRidge is committed to producing principled students who act with integrity and honesty. Academic integrity is considered the commitment to principled academic conduct. Click here for more information.

VIOLATIONS OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Violations are considered academic misconduct that results in any student gaining unfair advantages in an assignment and/or assessment. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to plagiarism, collusion, and duplication of Work. Click here for more information.

COMPLAINT RESOLUTION (STUDENT/PARENT CONCERNS ABOUT A TEACHER)

ThunderRidge High School believes that a key to student success is a strong working relationship between student and teacher.  With this in mind, we also recognize that sometimes conflict or misunderstanding can occur in the context of the classroom. Conflict can be uncomfortable, but creates opportunities for growth for all parties involved when we are able to take a collaborative approach to the solution. To successfully work through issues, we use a Restorative Practice approach. The program has a recognized power to repair and strengthen relationships while producing positive outcomes with both parties understanding the needs of the other. Click here for more information.

ASSESSMENT

The guiding principles of our assessment policy are flexibility and accountability. Our philosophy, rooted in the characteristics of the Learner Profile, values the dynamic, the personal, and the authentic in education. Teachers, in the context of their classrooms, create meaning and provide opportunities for the creation of meaning. Assessments enable teachers to describe student learning and ongoing interactions, which emerge within the context of their classroom. Students, teachers, and parents benefit from consistent encouragement of academic growth through purposeful and consistent formative and summative assessment practices. Click here for more information.

INCLUSION

ThunderRidge High School is fully committed to its role in supporting all students. We encourage all students to explore the many learning opportunities at the school. We believe in guiding students as they find their personal strengths in order to support growth in their learning. It is our responsibility as educators to ensure that all students are provided access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). We believe that students in need of learning support deserve an inclusive environment that provides access to those supports.  ThunderRidge strives to create a community of learners invested in their academic, social, and emotional growth. ThunderRidge High School offers a needs-based program that evolves and changes to meet the unique needs of our students and aligns with federal and state guidelines and regulations. Click here for more information.

LANGUAGE

ThunderRidge believes that literacy is a fundamental right for all human beings. ThunderRidge High School educators promote literacy as a process and offer an education that will provide continued access to the world of ideas. It is our responsibility as educators to not only impart information but to also promote a literate society. Click here for more information.


SCHEDULE REPAIRS AND COURSE DROP

SCHEDULE REPAIRS

Teacher schedules, room assignments, and hiring of new teachers are decided based on student course selections. Students are encouraged to make course selections carefully, as NO schedule changes will be allowed unless your request meets the following criteria:

Dropping Classes

If a student drops or adds a course within the first ten days of the class, there is no grade point average penalty. If a student drops a course after ten days of the class, the transcript will note an “F”, unless there is an approved level change by the school administration.

REPEATING A COURSE (Grade Replacement)

A student may retake a course with permission of an administrator by filling out the appropriate “Grade Replacement” form which may be picked up from the Counseling Office. Records of both classes, including letter grade, will remain on the student’s transcript with the first showing “course repeated,” but only the second will be factored into the GPA. No credit will be awarded to the first class. Failure to complete the ‘Repeat Course’ form will result in grades for both courses calculated into the student's GPA.

TRANSFER OF GRADES DURING SEMESTER

Students entering TRHS with withdrawal grades from the sending school will have their grades accepted by the receiving teachers. This will apply to all coursework that can be matched with TRHS courses. For example, a mathematics grade will be averaged with the mathematics grade earned at TRHS.

INCOMPLETE (I) GRADE PROCESS

SEMESTER I 

Students receiving a grade of ‘Incomplete’ (I) have 10 days into the new semester to turn in assignments or take the final exam*. Teachers grade assignments and/or final exams after the 10 day window and submit a grade change form to the Registrar.

SEMESTER II

Students receiving a grade of ‘Incomplete’ (I) have 10 days past the start of summer school session I to turn in assignment/s or take final exams per teacher instructions.* Prior to summer break, teachers provide their administrator with the answer key to grade assignments/final exam in the teacher’s absence. If an answer key is not provided, the grade will be calculated with zero for the assignment/final exam, and the transcript will reflect the new grade.

SEMESTERS  I & II

Teachers will communicate with parents and students the consequences for missing assignments and/or final exams, grades will be calculated with zero and reflected on the student’s transcript. The Registrar will change the transcript per the grade change form or administrator email.

*Students receiving Incomplete grade for medical reasons will be given an extension beyond the ten day window with physician documentation.

WEIGHTED & REGULAR GRADING

Regular courses award the student four points for an A, three points for a B, two points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F. Weighted courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F. Honors courses are not weighted. At this time, the following courses have weighted grade values:

UNWEIGHTED

(REGULAR COURSES)

WEIGHTED

(AP & IB COURSES)

A

4.0

A

5.0

B

3.0

B

4.0

C

2.0

C

3.0

D

1.0

D

1.0

F

0

F

0

The grade point average (GPA) is based on letter grades earned for courses taken in the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. The GPA is calculated at the end of each semester and made cumulative for purposes of reporting to the student, employers and colleges.

ThunderRidge High School has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma as an IB World School. For more information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, please visit the TRHS IB Website.

ThunderRidge High School offers a wide range of advanced courses across all curricular areas. Both International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. These courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. IB and AP courses require independent work outside the classroom. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of IB and AP courses. Students should consult their counselor or current content area teacher to gain an understanding of the level of work and time commitment involved in an IB or AP course.

As with all courses, students should make their course selections carefully as they will not be allowed to drop an AP or IB course after they have signed up. IB students must commit to a minimum of their junior year. Year-long courses may not be dropped at semester. Students are expected to take the AP exams in May, and IB exams are an essential part of the IB Diploma Programme. Many colleges will award credit or advanced standing based upon test scores.

* To earn credit in a class, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Content Standards embedded in the course. Documentation that these standards have been achieved will be through teacher judgment based on District assessments, end-of-course tests or other measurements as well as meeting other stipulated course expectations.  Students who do not achieve these standards will be enrolled in courses or programs as prescribed by the school principal and faculty.

ACADEMIC LETTERING

To earn a letter in academics, students must have an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.75 for the previous three semesters, and have attended TRHS the previous two semesters. Due to the three semester requirement, students can only qualify  to receive two Academic Letters throughout their career ThunderRidge.

ACADEMIC ACCESS

Academic Access is an instructional period that is built into the schedule to give students time to make-up work and to receive additional instructional assistance. Access is mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores as well as juniors and seniors who are not in good academic standing. Juniors and seniors may earn the privilege of being excused from Access if they do not have any D's or F's and if their parents have completed the online excusal form. Teachers and administration reserve the right to assign mandatory access for behavior, attendance, academics, etc.

The Academic Access program is designed to provide the following four key components that each focus on supporting and increasing student learning:

SEMINAR

Seminar is a built-in, grade-specific class that continues with the same teacher and classmates throughout each student’s time at ThunderRidge. Seminar is designed to:

ADVISEMENT CLASS

Advisement classes are designed as intentional, structured time to work with students on a variety of grade level skills, activities, and assignments provided by the grade level team leads and administrators. Students can also use the second half of advisement to meet with teachers for further academic support or test completion.

PERSONAL PROJECT

10th grade students will complete a Personal Project, which is introduced in October and completed by April. The Personal Project is designed to help students recognize the power in taking ownership of learning, and to validate the importance of their personal interests. Additionally, the project encourages students to set their own goals and reflect on growth.

DCSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Credits

COURSE

CREDITS

SUBJECT AREAS

LANGUAGE ARTS

4.0

Four English/language arts credits

SOCIAL STUDIES

3.0

District required credits include:

  • 1.0 credit of U.S. History and or World History
  • 0.5 credit of U.S. Government
  • 1.5 additional credits of social studies elective

SCIENCE

3.0

Three science credits

MATHEMATICS

3.0

Three math credits, one of which must include Algebra I or higher.

PRACTICAL ARTS

1.0

  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science (FCS)
  • Computers
  • Level III and/or IV of World Language
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)

FINE ARTS

1.0

  • Art
  • Level III and/or IV of World Language
  • Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
  • Theater Arts

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1.0

A health class can be used to meet one-half of this requirement.

ELECTIVE CREDITS

8.0

General elective courses

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS*

24

Through careful course selection and cooperation between the student and their counselor, a student will be able to pursue a career goal and still have time for other course offerings without excluding any particular area of study.


COMMUNITY SERVICE GUIDELINES

To successfully meet DCSD Community Service requirements, students must log 20 hours of volunteer work in service to persons/groups outside of the familiar environment of their own homes. The activity must meet the DCSD Guidelines listed below and must be verified by the supervisor of the activity on the required form. Completion of this requirement will be noted on the transcript and all hours turned in to ThunderRidge will be documented for college, scholarship, employment, or agencies requesting verification of volunteer service as it pertains to the benefit of the student.

ACCEPTABLE VOLUNTEER HOURS

UNACCEPTABLE VOLUNTEER HOURS

Competency

Beginning with the class of 2022, in addition to satisfying the district's graduation requirements outlined above, students will also be required to demonstrate college and career readiness via one of the approved methods in the chart below to receive a diploma from DCSD. Students must provide documentation of meeting or exceeding the required level of readiness in both mathematics and reading, writing and communicating, through one of the following:

METHOD

ENGLISH

MATH

ACCUPLACER

70

61

ACT

18

19

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

2

2

ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB)

31

31

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT (CE)

Passing Grade

Passing Grade

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

4

4

SAT

470

500

DISTRICT CAPSTONE

English IV/Economics or Personal Finance

English IV/Economics or Personal Finance

College and career demonstrations necessary to earn a standard high school diploma may be adjusted to accommodate English learners, gifted students and students with disabilities.

SENIOR PROJECT

The ThunderRidge High School Senior Project is a cumulative evaluation instrument to validate a senior student’s ability to research from a variety of media, write an analytical paper, design and complete a project, and teach others about the project in a formal presentation. The Senior Project is a TRHS graduation requirement for all students.

EARLY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Why does the student plan to graduate early?
  2. How will the student follow through with early graduation?
  3. A detailed plan of action for after a diploma has been awarded.
  4. The post-graduate institution in which the student will attend after early graduation.
  5. Proof of admittance to a post-secondary institution.

If the student meets all the above requirements, and understands that colleges like students to complete four full years of high school before admitting new students to the institution of higher learning. Early graduation can be considered detrimental in the decision of admitting or declining a new student to that institute of higher learning.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Four-year colleges in Colorado know that academic preparation, especially in English and math, will make you more likely to be successful in college. The Higher Education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) detail the number of high school courses in each subject area. It is recommended you complete these courses to be a competitive candidate for admission—see the chart below.

If you have challenged yourself by successfully completing Honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses in high school, this will strengthen your application even more!

Additionally, if you successfully completed a capstone project or some other alternative form of education at your high school, colleges will consider it under your academic preparation review, provided it is included on your high school transcript.

It is difficult to generalize about college entrance requirements. Since each college has its own selection process and the competition for admission is so intense at many colleges, it is also very difficult to predict a student’s chances of admission. However, colleges are generally looking for students who have consistently challenged themselves academically and who have proven their capabilities for rigorous studies by achieving quality grades in high school.

Academic Area

Recommended Number of Units (college requirements)

English

4 Units

*Mathematics

4 Units

Natural Science

3 Units

Social Science

3 Units

World Language

1 Unit

Academic Electives

2 Unit

TOTAL

17 Minimum  number of units

One unit = one year of a high school course. If you are taking a college level course while in high school, one semester = one unit.

*Currently, the HEAR math recommendation is that students should complete up through Algebra 2. However, some college programs require freshman students to be ready for calculus. If you know which program or area of study you wish to pursue in college, contact the admissions or academic advising office at the institution you are considering for specific information.

Colleges place the greatest emphasis on the student’s high school transcript. This official document includes an indication of the depth and breadth of the courses taken (curriculum), the semester grades received in those courses (achievement), a comparison with other students (grade point average and class rank), and a measure of ability and aptitude to indicate predicted success (test scores). Patterns of consistency, steady improvement, or declining achievement can also be readily seen on the transcript. The following are the five key ingredients in the college admission process:

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM

The college core course work requires at least four years of English, and three years of mathematics (including Algebra I and Geometry), science, and social studies. At least two units of a foreign language are also strongly recommended. These guidelines should be considered minimal, and most students take more academic courses than these basic recommendations. Four year Colorado universities require four years of mathematics and most will be looking for Algebra II on the student’s transcript. Many colleges may require additional courses in the academic fields and may also have specific curriculum requirements for admission and certain majors. Colleges take into consideration the level of courses taken, the overall strength of the student’s curriculum, and the broad-based foundation needed to continue in future academic endeavors.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an AP course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have registered and courses are scheduled. One-year AP courses can not be dropped at semester. Students are also expected to take the AP national exams in May (approximately $97 per exam).

Career and Technical Education courses provide quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, Post-secondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment and better prepare students, including special populations to meet challenges of the workforce, economic development, and emerging occupations.

Concurrent Enrollment (CE)/Arapahoe Community College (ACC) courses

Data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Community College System show over 90% of students who take Concurrent Enrollment courses pass with a C or better. Review the Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado for more information.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a junior and senior year high school program focused on developing globally minded students. It is an internationally recognized, rigorous, two-year curriculum, which prepares students to enter college and life with excellent academic and leadership skills.  IB Diploma Candidates complete a balanced series of courses and capstone assignments over the course of their junior and senior years, under the guidance of the IB Diploma Coordinator. Students take IB Exams in May (approximately $119 per exam). Successful completion of IB Diploma courses and exams result in the IB Diploma, an internationally recognized certificate of accomplishment. Students may also enroll in individual IB courses and sit for IB Exams as “Course Students.”


SAMPLE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR COLLEGE ENTRANCE

Below are the five major factors upon which college admission is based:

  1. Quality of courses
  2. Grades earned in these courses and resulting grade point average (GPA) and class rank (rank)
  3. ACT and/or SAT test scores
  4. Activities both in and out of school
  5. Letters of recommendation when appropriate

Admission requirements to colleges and universities vary greatly. Students should seek information about the colleges or universities they are interested in attending to determine the exact requirement. Catalogs may be obtained from the college and many are available in the high school post-graduate or counseling center.

ACHIEVEMENT

Grades are still the best predictor of academic success in college. The more recent the grades, the stronger indicator they are. While other factors may help compensate for deficiencies in grades, top grades can eliminate doubts about a student’s ability to achieve in the academic area.

TEST SCORES

Colleges also rely on a student's American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores to help make their admissions decisions. While some colleges may have set cut-off scores, most will combine the test scores with the other factors in order to determine admission eligibility. Students should check which tests are required for the colleges to which they are applying. Some colleges may also require SAT subject tests, which are achievement tests in specific subjects for admission or placement purposes.

EVALUATIONS

Some colleges might require or recommend written teacher and counselor evaluations. These evaluations are used to substantiate the level of a student’s integrity, judgment, reliability, motivation, initiative, leadership, character, and other personal traits. An applicant's chances for admission may be enhanced by the comments from those who know that student well. Ideally, teacher evaluations should come from core teachers from the student's junior or senior year. Students also may be required to submit an essay. Even if not required, an essay may strengthen a student’s application package.

INVOLVEMENT

Participation in school and community activities such as clubs, athletics, music, government, religious organizations, work experiences, and volunteer opportunities may also be valued by the colleges. The quality of involvement, leadership, commitment, and diversity of interests are what often separate the top candidates for the most highly selective colleges.

Visit your Naviance account and the ThunderRidge Counseling Department PostGrad website for more information on: Scholarship websites, financial aid websites, multi-use websites, standardized testing websites, college fairs and more. Your Naviance login is your Student ID number, your password is TR plus your graduating class year (ex: TR2026).

GENERAL COLLEGE INFORMATION

The following are a few example of colleges and universities listed according to levels of entrance difficulty by Peterson’s Four Year Colleges, 2005

MOST DIFFICULT

VERY DIFFICULT

MODERATELY DIFFICULT

MINIMALLY DIFFICULT

  • US Air Force Academy
  • Harvard
  • Duke
  • Stanford
  • Yale

More than 75% of the freshmen accepted to these institutions were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT. 30% or fewer of the applicants were accepted.

  • Colorado College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California,  Los Angeles (UCLA)

More than 75% of the freshmen accepted to these institutions were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT or over 26 on the ACT. 60% or fewer applicants were accepted.

  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • Colorado State University

More than 75% of the freshmen accepted to these institutions were in the top half of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. 85% or fewer applicants were accepted.

  • Metro State University
  • Mesa State University
  • Portland State University

Most freshmen accepted to these institutions were not in the top half of their high school class, scoring below 1010 on the SAT or below 19 on the ACT. Up to 95% of the applicants were accepted.

ADDITIONAL POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Community colleges offer Associate Degree and Certificate programs to prepare students for transfer to other colleges or for direct entry into the workforce. Examples: Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Denver.

Requirements: High school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or at least 16 years old and not attending high school or enrolled in Post-Secondary Education Options; placement tests.

 

APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprenticeships are generally four-year programs offering journeyman Certificates and Associate's Degrees. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training and enroll in technical courses at community colleges. Examples: Colorado Contractors Association. General Education Development (GED) certificate; at least 17 years old; pre-qualifying tests; interviews. Some programs will consider grade point averages in their selection procedures.

TECHNICAL COLLEGES

Technical Colleges offer Associates and Bachelors Degrees for students who wish to begin a career immediately after the specialized training. Examples: Westwood College of Technology, DeVry University.

Requirements: High school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate; at least 17 years old; GPA of at least 2.0; some programs may require ACT or SAT scores; placement exams.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Will completion of the pre-collegiate course requirement as part of finishing my high school requirements guarantee my admission to a four-year college or university in Colorado?

A:  No. The pre-collegiate course requirement is an addition to the CDHE Admissions Standards Policy for public higher education institutions. All four-year public institutions in Colorado have selective admission requirements articulated in the Admissions Standards Policy. Colleges and universities may have institutional admissions requirements that go beyond the pre-collegiate courses and the selective admissions standards established for each institution. Students are advised to work closely with the admissions staff at the college/university of choice for complete information about admission requirements. Keep in mind that all two-year colleges in Colorado have open admissions policies. The pre-collegiate admissions requirements do not apply to students entering a community college or to students entering Metropolitan State College of Denver if they are 20 years old or older.

Q:  I have a disability. Will I have to complete the pre-collegiate admissions requirements?

A:  Yes. The pre-collegiate course requirements and the selective admissions standards will be factors in the admission decision for all students, even if an identified disability has resulted in a modified high school curriculum. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), Colorado’s collegiate institutions do not discriminate on the basis of the presence of a disability. However, to qualify for academic accommodations at a postsecondary institution, students with disabilities must first meet the institution’s “essential admissions requirements.” The pre-collegiate curriculum constitutes an essential admission requirement. For more information about federal guidelines regarding students with disabilities in the college/university setting, go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html.

Q: What options do I have if I haven’t completed the pre-collegiate course requirements and I graduate in spring 2008 or later?

A: You have at least three. You may qualify for admission to a Colorado public four-year institution even if you haven’t completed the prescribed pre-collegiate courses. Institutions may make an exception and admit a specific percentage of students based on criteria other than the pre-collegiate Admissions Requirements and the CDHE freshmen index. A second option is to enroll in a community college, all of which have open admissions, and, after successfully completing a college- level course in each of the four academic areas (i.e., English, mathematics, natural science, and social science), apply for admission to a four-year public institution as a transfer student. Finally, CCHE will identify assessment options by June 2006, which you may substitute for specific courses of the pre-collegiate Admissions Requirements once they are adopted by the Commission.

Q:  Who do I contact if I’m unsure if a course will fulfill a pre-collegiate requirement?

A:  Contact the counseling office at your school for specific course advice. Also check the CDHE website periodically for an expanded list of courses that will meet the pre-collegiate criteria.

Q:  What are some other things I should do while I’m in high school to prepare me for college?

A:  Do your best in your classes. Keep in mind that most colleges give preference to students who challenge themselves throughout high school over those who take easier classes and get a higher grade point average. Explore whether you want to take Advanced Placement courses or pursue an International Baccalaureate diploma program. You may also want to enroll for dual credit classes that allow you to earn college credit while in high school through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program. Your school counselor can provide you with details on each of these opportunities. Get involved in activities such as clubs, music, sports, and/or volunteer work. When you have an opportunity, try some leadership roles in these activities.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES

The key to college success can be linked to whether students used their high school years to take advanced courses. Further, a US Department of Education study found that the strongest predictor of college graduation is participation in rigorous, college-level courses while still in high school—and AP courses in particular.

AP provides students with the experiences, strategies, skills, and habits of mind to help them be successful in post-secondary pursuits. An added benefit of taking AP courses is that academic performance in college prep courses such as AP has been consistently rated as the top factor in admission decisions in recent NACAC Admission Trends Surveys.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an AP course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after courses are scheduled. Weighted courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F. Prepare yourself now for college success and register for AP!

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)

CTE courses provide quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment and better prepare students, including special populations to meet challenges of the workforce, economic development, and emerging occupations.

Colorado CTE programs are divided into six industry sectors:

1. Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy

2. STEM, Arts, Design & Information Technology

3. Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences

4. Health Science, Criminal Justice & Public Safety

5. Hospitality, Human Services & Education

6. Business, Marketing & Public Administration

More than 5,000 community and business leaders serve on advisory committees and councils supporting CTE programs.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

CTSOs help students build leadership skills, promote positive work values, and reinforce the CTE curriculum. Nine CTE student organizations include: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, (SC)2, SkillsUSA, and TSA. In 2017-2018, more than 32,000 students participated in CTE student organizations as state affiliated members.


CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT (CE): ARAPAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (ACC), METRO STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU)

*Students enrolled in courses must be concurrently enrolled in ACC or MSU**

Data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Community College System show over 90% of students who take Concurrent Enrollment courses pass with a C or better. Check out the Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado for more information.

Earning college credit while in high school helps you:

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a junior and senior year high school program focused on developing globally minded students. It is an internationally recognized, rigorous two-year curriculum, which prepares students to enter college and life with excellent academic and leadership skills.  IB Diploma Candidates complete a balanced series of courses and capstone assignments over the course of their junior and senior years, under the guidance of the IB Diploma Coordinator. Students sit for IB Exams in May (approximately $119 per exam). Successful completion of IB Diploma courses and exams result in the IB Diploma, an internationally recognized certificate of accomplishment. Students may also enroll in individual IB courses and sit for IB Exams as “Course Students.”


READING A COURSE DESCRIPTION

Below is a breakdown of icons and/or titles you will see in this guide to help you determine which course/s are the right ones for you.

List of Courses

ENGLISH 

ACC English Composition I          

ACC Intro to Literature                                        

AP Language & Comp.- (1yr)

AP Literature & Comp.- (1yr)

IB English HL I - (1yr)

IB English HL II - (1yr)

English I - (1yr)

English I Honors - (1yr)

English II - (1yr)

English II Honors - (1yr)

English III - (1yr)

English IV - (1yr)

MATH 

ACC College Algebra (MAT 121)        

ACC College Trig (MAT 122)                

ACC Intro to Stats (MAT 135)              

AP Calculus AB - (1yr)

AP Statistics - (1yr)

AP Calculus BC - (1yr)

IB Math: An & App HL II - (1yr)

IB Math Analysis & App SL II - (1yr)

IB Math: App & Interp SL II - (1yr)

Algebra I - (1yr)

Algebra I Part 1 - (1yr)

Algebra II Part 2 - (1yr)

Algebra II/Trig - (1yr)

Algebra II/Trig Honors - (1yr)

Applied Geometry - (1yr)

College Algebra - (1yr)

Discrete Math                                      

Geometry - (1yr)

Geometry Honors - (1yr)

Probability & Stats                            

Trigonometry                                  

Calculus A                                        

Topics/Alg/Geometry/Trig              

SCIENCE                                                                               

AP Biology - (1yr)

AP Chemistry - (1yr)

AP Environmental Science - (1yr)

AP Physics I Algebra Based  - (1yr)  

AP Physics C Mechanics - (1yr)

AP Physics C Elec/Mag.- (1yr)

Applied Biology - (1yr)

Astronomy                                    

Biology - (1yr)

Biology Honors - (1yr)

Chemistry Community - (1yr)

Chemistry - (1yr)

Chemistry Honors - (1yr)

Genetics                                                  

Geology    

Global Science - (1yr)

MUSIC (Fine Arts electives)

Chamber Orchestra - (1yr)

Concert Choir - (1yr)

Digital Audio Production                              

Guitar I                                                              

Guitar II                                                      

Jazz Ensemble I - (1yr)

Men’s Select Choir- (1yr)

Music Theory                                                  

Orchestra/string - (1yr)

Percussion Tech - (1yr)

Piano I                                                              

Piano II                                                              

Select Mixed Choir - (1yr)

Symphonic Band - (1yr)

Treble Choir - (1yr)

Wind Ensemble - (1yr)

Women’s Select Choi - (1yr)

THEATRE  (Fine Arts electives)

Tech Theatre I                                          

Theatre I                                                    

Theatre II                                                    

Theatre III - (1yr)

Theatre IV Director - (1yr)

Theatre  Prod. Ensemble - (1yr)  

Human Anatomy & Phys. I    

Human Anatomy & Phys.II                  

IB Biology HL I - (1yr)

IB Biology HL II - (1yr)

IB Chemistry SL - (1yr)

IB Environmental Systems SL- (1yr)

IB Sports, Exercise SL - (1yr)

Physics - (1yr)

Zoology                                                

Forensic Science                

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Partner PE                                                

Adventure Experience                                

Adventure Leadership                                  

Advanced Team Sports I                              

Athletic Training I                                      

Athletic Training II                                      

Intro to Mindfulness                                    

Physical Education                                      

Shape Up                                                  

Sports Training                                          

Strength & Conditioning (can pick 2x)                    Strength & Conditioning II (can pick 2x)      

OTHER PRACTICAL ARTS (electives)

ACC Business Legal Enviro (BUS 216)    

ACC Social Media of Bus (MAR 155)      

ACC Princ.of Advert. (MAR 220)    

ACC Princ.of Mar (MAR 216) - 1 yr)

ACC Intro to PC Applications (CIS 118)      

AP Computer Science Prin.- (1yr)    

CTE Animation  

CTE Accounting Princ. I - (1 yr)

CTE Accounting Princ. II - (1yr)

CTE Business Communications    

CTE Bus & Mar Essentials - (1 yr)

CTE Entrepreneurship                

CTE Ethical Leadership

CTE Game Design - (1yr)

CTE Intro to Multimedia          

CTE Personal Finance

CTE Baking & Pastry A  

CTE Catering I                          

CTE Catering II                          

CTE Educ. Child & Adoles. Dev.    

CTE Educ. Interpersonal Rela.      

CTE Food Culinary Nutrition        

CTE Fashion Design I                  

CTE Fashion Design II                    

CTE Interior Design Residential      

CTE Interior Design Commercial        

Advanced Computer Science                  

Broadcast Media - (1 yr)

IB Business Mgmt SL - (1yr)

IB Business Mgmt HL - (1yr)

Exploring Computer Science                    

Healthy Decisions                                          

MSU ProStart I - (1yr)

MSU ProStart II - (1yr)

Multimedia I (Survey)                              

Multimedia II (3D Animation)              

Multimedia II (Game/Program)            

Multimedia II (Video Prod.)                

Multimedia III (Adv Game/Prog)            

Programming & Mobile Apps      

SOCIAL STUDIES 

AP European History - (1yr)

AP Human Geography - (1yr)

AP Macroeconomics    

AP Psychology -1yr)  

AP US Government & Politics      

AP US History - (1yr)

AP World History: Modern - (1yr)

IB European History HL I - (1yr)

IB 20th Century Euro HL II - (1yr)

IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK) I            

IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK) II          Contemporary World Issues              

Geography                                  

Intro to Positive Psychology            

Modern World History- (1yr)

Philosophy                                          

Psychology                                          

Sociology                                            

US Economics                                      

US Government                                    

US History -1(yr)

US History Honors - (1yr)

World History Honors - (1yr)

World Religions            

INDUSTRIAL TECH (Practical Arts electives)

CTE Prin. of Construction

CTE Woodworking Tech A

CTE Woodworking Tech B

CTE Intro to Welding          

CTE Welding Tech I                  

Science, Technology,

Engineering And Math (STEAM)

Intro to Engineering                            

Engineering I                                      

Engineering II                                    

Engineering III    

WORLD LANGUAGE 

AP Spanish Language/Culture - (1yr)

IB French IV - (1yr)

IB French V - (1yr)

IB Spanish ab initio SL I - (1yr)

IB Spanish ab initio SL II -1yr)

IB Spanish V - (1yr)

American Sign Language I - (1yr)

American Sign Lang. II - (1yr)

American  Sign Lang. III - (1yr)

American Sign Lang. IV - (1yr)

French I - (1yr)

French II - (1yr)

French III - (1yr)

French IV - (1yr)

Spanish I - (1yr)

Spanish II - (1yr)

Spanish III - (1yr)

Spanish IV - (1yr)

FINE ARTS (Fine Arts electives)

AP Art & Design 2D (Photo) - (1yr)

AP Art & Design 3D (Ceramics) - (1yr)         AP Drawing - (1yr)

CTE Graphic Design & Ill. I - (1yr)

CTE Graphic Design & Ill. II (1yr)

Honors  Ceramics - (1yr)

Honors  Drawing/Painting - (1yr)

Honors  Jewelry - (1yr)

IB Art Design HL I - (1yr)

IB Art Design HL II - (1yr)

Adaptive Art                                                

Art Experience I                                            

Art Experience II                                          

Art History I                                                    

Ceramics I                                                      

Ceramics II                                                      

Ceramics III                                                    

Ceramics IV                                        

Drawing & Painting I    

Drawing & Painting II                                  

Drawing & Painting III                                  

Drawing & Painting IV                                                                        

Graphic Design III                                        

Graphic Design IV                                          

Jewelry I                                                          

Jewelry II                                                          

Jewelry III                                                

Jewelry IV                                                      

Photography I                                                

Photography II                                                

Photography III                                              

Photography IV                                            

Sculpture I                                                

Sculpture II                                                    

Sculpture III                                                  

Sculpture IV      

OTHER ELECTIVES 

Broadcast Production - (1 yr)

CTE Found. Design, Multimedia Arts & Digital Communications    

CTE Audio Video Production        

Creative Writing      

IB Film SL - (1yr)

IB Film HL- (1yr)                                

Journalism I                                          

Newspaper - (1 yr)

*Peer Counseling I                          

*Peer Counseling Intern                  

*Peer Intern                                            

Science Fiction & Fantasy              

*Student Government - (1 yr)

Yearbook - (1 yr)

*requires an application and/or teacher recommendation/approval        

ENGLISH  (ENG)

Students are required to have four credits of English for graduation.

POSTSECONDARY PATHWAY

9th grade

10th grade

11th grade

12th grade

Post Secondary Prep

English I

English I Humanities Block (with US History - regular pathway)

English II

English II/ Humanities Block(with US History - regular pathway)

English III

English IV

ACC English Comp & ACC Intro to Lit

AP

IB

English I Honors

English I Honors Humanities Block (with US History Honors)

English II Honors

English II Honors Humanities Block(with World History Honors)

AP Language & Composition

IB English HL I

AP Literature & Composition

ACC English Comp & ACC Intro to Lit

IB English HL II

English Electives

Creative Writing

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Broadcast Media

Creative Writing

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Broadcast Media

Creative Writing

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Broadcast Media

Creative Writing

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Broadcast Media

HUMANITIES BLOCK: FRESHMEN

REGULAR PATH  ENGLISH I & US HISTORY (REGISTER FOR BOTH) 

ENGLISH I  

 US HISTORY: 1865 – PRESENT

50300S1/S2

85650S1/S2

CREDITS: 2.0

GRADES: 9

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source

PREREQUISITES: None

This course is an interdisciplinary Humanities block. This year-long course is designed to help students transition to the high school English program by refining and strengthening reading, writing, and communication skills. It gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of world literature. Students will study literature through the genres of novel, drama, short story, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as through common themes. The study of grammar, usage, and mechanics will be integrated with the students' writing. Home work plays an essential role in the course, along with the study of vocabulary. In addition a focus on the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, incorporating American literature, art, and culture. Students examine the impact of America’s domestic and foreign policy on our nation and the world. The course will emphasize the ideas and actions of people who have shaped the world of yesterday and today and who will influence the world of tomorrow.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: FRESHMEN

HONORS PATH  ENGLISH I HONORS & US HISTORY HONORS 

ENGLISH I  HONORS

50310S1/S2

CREDITS: 2.0

GRADES: 9

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source

PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation

Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes during high school are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success. When registering for English I honors students must also register for US History Honors (85552S1/S2)

HUMANITIES BLOCK: SOPHOMORES

REGULAR PATH  ENGLISH II & MODERN WORLD HISTORY (REGISTER FOR BOTH)

ENGLISH II

Modern World History 

50330S1/S2

85380S1/S2

CREDITS: 2.0

GRADES: 10

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source

PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation

This course is an interdisciplinary Humanities block. English II is a year-long course intended to help students strengthen their writing, reading, and communication skills. Students will study the six eras in American literature. They will also explore the genres of novel, short story, nonfiction, poetry, essay, speeches, and drama. In addition, students will be expected to successfully complete a major research project; multi-paragraph, thesis-driven essays; critical analysis essays, essay tests; and first person, narrative accounts. Homework plays an essential role in the course, along with the study of vocabulary. In addition  Modern World History is a year-long class that begins with the rise of the modern nation state and concludes with the computer age. The course will emphasize the diverse historical, political, and socio-economic developments, as well as world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the development of new nation states. Discussions, simulations, research and other activities enable students to become involved in their pursuit of the past.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: SOPHOMORES

HONORS PATH  ENGLISH II HONORS & WORLD HISTORY HONORS (REGISTER FOR BOTH)

ENGLISH II HONORS

World History Honors

50340S1/S2

85450S1/S2

CREDITS: 2.0

GRADES: 10

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source

PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation

This course is an interdisciplinary Humanities block; however, the Honors course challenges students to go beyond the traditional curricular study to pursue a more in-depth investigation of the content. The course is demanding and will require a greater commitment of time and effort. Students should also expect to read texts of greater volume and difficulty. This course will focus on preparing students for future Advanced Placement classes. When registering for English II Honors, students must also register for Ancient World History/Geography

ENGLISH I

50300S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 9

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source.

PREREQUISITES: None

This year-long course is designed to help students transition to the high school English program by refining and strengthening reading, writing, and communication skills. It gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of world literature. Students will study literature through the genres of novel, drama, short story, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as through common themes. The study of grammar, usage, and mechanics will be integrated with the students' writing. Home work plays an essential role in the course, along with the study of vocabulary.

ENGLISH I HONORS

50310S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 9

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source.

PREREQUISITES: None

This year-long, accelerated course includes the literature and writing experiences of English I, at an accelerated level. The course is intended for students capable of a challenging curriculum, and it provides a strong foundation for subsequent Honors and Advanced Placement English classes. In Honors English I, students will be expected to handle a greater amount of assigned reading than in English I and will compose more sophisticated essays, including the critical analysis essay and persuasive essay. Honors English I students will also study vocabulary. Homework is an essential part of the course, and students will be expected to complete summer reading in preparation for the school year.

ENGLISH II

50330S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 10

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of English I

English II is a year-long course intended to help students strengthen their writing, reading, and communication skills. Students will study the six eras in American literature. They will also explore the genres of novel, short story, nonfiction, poetry, essay, speeches, and drama. In addition, students will be expected to successfully complete a major research project; multi-paragraph, thesis-driven essays; critical analysis essays, essay tests; and first person, narrative accounts. Homework plays an essential role in the course, along with the study of vocabulary.

ENGLISH II HONORS

50340S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 10

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks from an outside source.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of English I

This year-long, accelerated course includes much of the literature, vocabulary study, and writing experiences of English II, but at an accelerated level (reading assignments, homework, and complexity of writing will be augmented). This course is intended for students capable of a challenging curriculum and provides a strong foundation for subsequent Advanced Placement English classes. In addition, the study of grammar, usage and mechanics will be integrated with the students' writing. In addition to the increased homework load, Honors English II students will be expected to complete a summer reading component.

ENGLISH III

50360S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 11

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of English II

This course will emphasize the diverse literary and cultural traditions that coincide with the economic, geographic and government developments in Modern World History from 1600 to the present.  Readings will include; novels, poems, plays and non-fiction texts. Preparatory twenty-first century skills for post-secondary education and success will be implemented and practiced.

ENGLISH IV

50440S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0

GRADES: 12

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing recommended vocabulary workbooks.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of English III

Through the study of Contemporary American Literature, students will refine their skills in research, reading and writing. Course of study will revolve around recent literary developments in America and the events, beliefs and theories informing the literature of this period. Students will complete the senior project. Preparatory twenty-first century skills for post-secondary education and success will be implemented and practiced.

ACC COLLEGE COMPOSITION (ENG 121)

69025S1 CE

CREDITS: 0.5 (one semester), 3 ACC credit hours

Students will receive both high school and college credit; ACC credit will be awarded with a grade of "C" or better.

GRADES: 12

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing the required ACC textbooks, new or used, and an online grammar book.

PREREQUISITES: Accuplacer score of 95 or greater in sentence skills and 80 or greater in Reading, ACT English score of 18 and Reading score of 17, or an SAT English score of 440

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

This is a fall semester class that is taught in accordance with LIT115 in the spring. This course emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argument writing, including application of the research process, grammatical and mechanical correctness, and MLA formatting. Students will also be required to do the Senior Project along with the rest of the senior class.


ACC COLLEGE INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (LIT 115)

69027S2 CE

CREDITS: 0.5 (one semester), 3 ACC credit hours

Students will receive both high school and college credit; ACC credit will be awarded with a grade of "C" or better.

GRADES: 12

FEES: Students will be responsible for purchasing the novels covered in the course. Course will cover roughly four novels and one play.

PREREQUISITES: Required scores for ENG121 and a passing grade in ENG121.

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

This class is taught in the spring after ENG121 and provides an introduction to academic literature at a college level. Students will participate in close readings of novels, short stories, poetry, and one drama. Students will also be required to engage in literary analysis, historical analysis, and social/philosophical discourse, including speaking and writing. The Senior Project will be completed as well.

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

50390S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 one year course

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: Students are encouraged to purchase the textbook for the course.

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of English II

The cornerstone of the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course is practice in the use of rhetoric and composition with a particular emphasis on argumentative, expository, and narrative forms. Close, critical reading and discussion of texts representing a variety of genres and periods, coupled with careful writing employing several compositional approaches will inculcate the analytical and creative skills necessary for success on the AP exam. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

Graduation Competency Eligible - A score of 2 or higher on the AP exam in this course will satisfy the graduation competency requirement for English.

AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

50400S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 one year course

GRADES: 12

FEES: Students are encouraged to purchase the textbook for the course.

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of English III

AP English Literature and Composition is an introductory college-level literary analysis course. Students cultivate their understanding of literature through reading and analyzing texts as they explore concepts like character, setting, structure, perspective, figurative language, and literary analysis in the context of literary works. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

Graduation Competency Eligible - A score of 2 or higher on the AP exam in this course will satisfy the graduation competency requirement for English.

IB ENGLISH HL I

50355S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 English credit (one year)

GRADES: 11

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase the novels covered in IB English HL I and HL II. Novels are available for check out. IB Exam $119

PREREQUISITES: Recommended Honors English 

Over a two year period Juniors and Seniors will be exposed to a literature course that introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities. Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The study of literary works in context is emphasized, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

Graduation Competency Eligible - A score of 4 or higher on the IB exam in this course will satisfy the graduation competency requirement for English.

IB ENGLISH HL II

11505S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 English credit (one year)

GRADES: 12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase the novels covered in IB English HL I and HL II. Novels are available for check out. IB EXAM: $119

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of IB English HL I

IB English is a required course for IB Diploma students. IB English HL is a two year sequence with IB exams at the end of the second year.   This course fulfills the Group 1 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis.

This is the second year of a two-year sequence.

Over a two year period Juniors and Seniors will be exposed to a literature course that introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities. Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The study of literary works in context is emphasized, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

CREATIVE WRITING

50470

CREDITS: 0.5 Elective credit (ELE)

GRADES: 9 - 12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES: None

This semester-long course will teach and practice the skills of creative writing in both poetry and prose. The course will be divided into a quarter of poetry and a quarter of fiction. Students will write their own original works and edit/comment on other student’s original works. Students will also read and analyze works by past & contemporary authors. This course will also briefly discuss getting published.

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

50610

CREDITS: 0.5 Elective credit (ELE)

GRADES:  9-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES: None

This course is a study of science fiction and fantasy literature, as well as other genres included in Speculative Fiction. Students will read extensively from classic and modern writers, write responses to literature, discuss the prominent themes and prepare a variety of literary projects. Time will also be spent discussing impacts of these genres on culture, media, and society at large.

MATH (MAT)

Pathway

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Post Secondary  prep

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II/Trig

AP Statistics

College Algebra

Trig/Calculus A

ACC College Algebra (sem.) 1 credit

ACC College Trig (sem.)  

ACC Intro to Statistics (sem.)

Discrete Mathematics (sem.)

Statistics (sem.)

AP

IB

Geometry Honors**

Algebra II/Trig Honors

IB Options: Application & Interpretation SL

AP Statistics

Calculus AB

Trig/Calculus A

IB Analysis & Approaches SL,

Calculus BC

Calculus AB

AP Statistics

ACC College Algebra (sem.)

ACC College Trig (sem.)

Calculus AB

AP Statistics

Algebra II /Trig Honors

Trig/Calculus A

Teacher Recommendation

Options Include:

IB Options: Analysis & Approaches SL

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

Teacher Recommendation

Options Include:

IB Options: Analysis & Approaches HL

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics (can take after alg II)

If taking Trig/Calc A 9th grade year, please consult with a counselor

**Students should also enroll in Biology Honors 

ALGEBRA I

60400S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: It is recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Math 8 or teacher recommendation

This is an Algebra course covering topics that include the manipulation of algebraic equations, application of linear, quadratic and variation functions, the representation of data, and the utilization of ratios, proportions, measurements, similarity and probability in the context of real world problems.

ALGEBRA I Part 1

60380S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: It is recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Teacher Recommendation

This course requires a two-year commitment from the student. Completion of both Algebra I Part 1 and Algebra I Part 2 will count as one credit for CCHE and NCAA requirements. In this year-long course, students study the first half of Algebra I and are expected to complete the course by taking Algebra I Part II the following year. Students review basic computational skills and begin working with variables to simplify algebraic expressions and solve first degree equations. Students study real numbers, polynomials, and graphing. Organizational and study skills are emphasized.

ALGEBRA I Part 2

60385S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: It is recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Algebra I Part 1, and Teacher Recommendation

Successful completion of both Algebra I Part 1 and Part 2 will fulfill the Algebra I graduation requirement. In addition, completion of both Algebra I Part 1 and Algebra I Part 2 will count as one credit for CCHE and NCAA requirements. In this year-long course, students study the second half of Algebra I, continuing work with variables, real numbers, first and second degree equations and inequalities, factoring, polynomials, radicals, and graphing.

GEOMETRY

60475S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES:  10-12

FEES: It is recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84), compass, protractor and ruler.

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I

This is a geometry course integrating the topics of coordinate geometry, measure and capacity, similarity and congruency, inductive and deductive reasoning, the applications of linear, quadratic and rational functions and probability and data simulation in the context of real world problems.

GEOMETRY HONORS

Biology Honors 

60450S1/S2

80356S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-10

FEES: It is recommended that students purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84), compass, protractor and ruler.

PREREQUISITES: Recommended “B” or better in Algebra I and teacher recommendation

Students should also concurrently enroll in Biology Honors when taking this course.

This is an accelerated geometry course for students who want a challenging, fast-paced course. In addition to the topics in Geometry, Honors Geometry emphasizes the proof of geometric and algebraic properties and emphasizes real world applications to geometric concepts.  A pretest for honors level ability and aptitude may be required.

Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes during high school are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

APPLIED GEOMETRY

60525S1

CREDIT: 0.5 math credits

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: Graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83+) recommended, a ruler, a compass, and protractor.

PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation

The focus of this course is geometric foundations, measurement and applications. Students taking this course will use a variety of tools and techniques to communicate the reasoning involved in solving problems.

TOPICS/ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY/TRIG

60340S2

CREDIT: 0.5 math credits

GRADES:  11-12

FEES: Graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83+) recommended, a ruler, a compass, and  protractor

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of Applied Geometry and teacher recommendation

This course is an extension of algebra and applied geometry, and will include basic concepts of trigonometry. Students will also develop test-taking strategies.

ALGEBRA II/TRIG

60590S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credits (one year)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: It is recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Geometry with a D” or better

This algebra course covers the advanced topics of the application of linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and periodic functions, and introductory trigonometry in the context of real world problems.

HONORS ALGEBRA II/TRIG

60550S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES:  9-11

FEES: It is recommended students purchase a Graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Recommended grade of “A” in Algebra I and Geometry or, grade of “B” or better in Geometry Honors and/or teacher recommendation

This is a rigorous course for highly motivated students. Applications are handled by creating mathematical models of phenomena in the real world. It is a comprehensive study of functions, including linear functions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, and higher-degree functions. It also includes sequences, series, probability and basic to intermediate trigonometric and circular functions.

Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes during high school are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

60570S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES:  11-12

FEES: It is highly recommended student’s purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trig

In this course students study algebraic functions (linear, quadratic, cubic, exponential, logarithmic and absolute values) and their graphs.

                      

ACC COLLEGE ALGEBRA  (MAT121)

69030

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit. ACC 4 credit hours credit will be awarded for grade "C" or better

GRADES:  11-12

FEES: Purchase of a mymathlab account (approx. $100), graphing calculator (TI-84) and ACC registration fee

PREREQUISITES: Receive a B in Semester 2 Algebra II with a 3.0 Cumulative GPA. ACT Math score of 23 or SAT Math score of 590 required

This course receives both high school and college credit. The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

This course includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions, and graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and nonlinear systems, selection of topics from among graphing of the conic sections, introduction to sequences and series permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem and the theory of equations. Students must have successful completion of this course with a ‘C’ or higher to receive college credit.

ACC COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (MAT122)

69032

CREDIT:0.5 math credit. ACC 3 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: Purchase of a MyMathLab account (approx. $100), graphing calculator (TI-84) and ACC registration fee

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of ACC-MAT 121 (College Algebra)

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

This course covers topics including trigonometric functions (with graphs and inverse functions), identities and equations, solutions of triangles, complex numbers, and other topics as time permits. This is a traditional prerequisite course to the calculus sequence. Students must have successful completion of this course with a “C” or better to receive college credit.


ACC INTRO STATISTICS  (MAT 135)

690135

CREDIT:0.5 credit /ACC 3 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: Purchase of a MyMathLab account (approx. $100), graphing calculator (TI-84) and ACC registration fee

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of ACC-MAT 121 (College Algebra), ACT Math score of 24, or SAT Math score of 590 required

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.** Topics presented include: exploratory analysis of data making use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns, collecting data according to a well-developed plan, applying probability as a tool to anticipate what the distribution of data should look like under a given model, and using statistical inference to guide the selection of appropriate models. Students must have successful completion of this course with a “C” or better to receive college credit.

TRIGONOMETRY - Semester 1

CALCULUS A - Semester 2

60600

60674

CREDIT:1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase a graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Recommend an "A" in Algebra II/Trig or "C" or higher in Honors Algebra II/Trig

Topics include trigonometric and circular functions, right triangle trigonometry, laws of sine and cosine, and their applications,graphing all six trig functions, simplifying and verifying trig functions and solving trigonometric functions. Second semester will include limits, derivatives and application of derivatives.

PROBABILITY & STATISTICS

60775

CREDIT: 0.5 math credit

GRADES:  10-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase a Graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Algebra I and/or teacher recommendation

Students will study topics in probability and statistics including experimental design and presentation and interpretation of data. This course will be excellent preparation for a college statistics course.


DISCRETE MATHEMATICS  

60800

CREDIT: 0.5 math credit

GRADES:11-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase a Graphing calculator (TI-84)

PREREQUISITES: Algebra I and/or teacher recommendation

Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical concepts that are non-continuous. The material studied in discrete mathematics, such as integers, patterns, and statements in logic, have distinct, separated values. Topics of study in this course include: sequences and series, Pascal’s Triangle, the Binomial Theorem, permutations and combinations, probability, game theory, matrices, cryptography, set theory, and election theory.

AP STATISTICS

60801S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: Students are required to purchase an AP textbook (approx. $100) and a graphing calculator (TI84)

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP exam in May ($97)

PREREQUISITES: "B" or better in Alg II/Trig or "A" in College Algebra

AP Statistics is a college level class that provides students the opportunity to earn college credit by passing the AP Statistics Exam. Topics presented include: exploratory analysis of data making use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns, collecting data according to a well-developed plan, applying probability as a tool to anticipate what the distribution of data should look like under a given model, and using statistical inference to guide the selection of appropriate models. AP courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.


AP CALCULUS AB

60625S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: AP EXAM: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May ($97)

PREREQUISITES: “C” or better in Trigonometry

AP Calculus AB is a college level class that provides students with an academic experience equivalent to first semester college calculus. Students may earn college credit by passing the AP Calculus AB exam, which is administered annually.

AP Calculus AB emphasizes the theory of elementary functions, differential and integral calculus of functions of the variable. Topics include various types of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and its applications and the integral and its applications.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP CALCULUS BC

60650S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: It is highly recommended student’s purchase an AP textbook (approx. $100), workbook, and graphing calculator (TI84 or TI89)

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May ($97)

PREREQUISITES:  “A” in Trig/Calc A or successful completion of AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC is a college level class that provides students with an academic experience equivalent to second semester college calculus. Students may earn college credit by passing the AP Calculus BC exam, which is administered annually. AP Calculus BC reviews topics presented in AP Calculus AB. It continues on with extended applications of derivatives and integrals, derivatives of parametric, polar, and vector functions, polynomial approximations and series, and study of the Taylor series. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.


IB MATHEMATICS

ANALYSIS & APPROACHES  SL II

60679S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 11 or 12

FEES: TI 84 calculator recommended.

IB exam fee $119

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Trig/Calc

This course fulfills the Group 5 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to  IB Course students on an availability basis. Course description:

  • This course is a one-year course at the Standard Level only.
  • IB Mathematics A & A SL provides students who will continue to study mathematics in college with a background of mathematical thought and a reasonable level of technical ability.
  • Studies fivecore topics: number and algebra, functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, calculus.
  • Develops the ability to apply mathematical concepts and principles to new situations.
  • Enables students to recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the practical applications of mathematics, appropriate use of technology as mathematical tools, and appropriate use of mathematical modeling.
  • Enables students to formulate a mathematical argument and communicate it clearly.
  • Encourages students to appreciate the multicultural and historical perspectives of mathematics.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

APPLICATION & INTERPRETATION SL II

60682S1/S2

CREDIT:  1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 11 or 12

FEES: TI 84 calculator recommended.

IB exam fee $119

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Alg II/Trig

This course fulfills the Group 5 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis. Course description:

  • This course is a one-year course sequence at the Standard Level only. IB Mathematics A & I SL caters to students with varied backgrounds and abilities.
  • Develops the ability to apply mathematical concepts and principles to new situations.
  • Enables students to recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the practical applications of mathematics, appropriate use of technology as mathematical tools, appropriate use of mathematical modeling.
  • Enables students to formulate a mathematical argument and communicate it clearly.
  • Encourages students to appreciate the multicultural and historical perspectives of mathematics.
  • Studies the following core topics: graphing display calculator, algebra, sets, logic and probability, functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics, introduction to calculus and financial math.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

 

ANALYSIS & APPROACHES  HL II

60677S1/S2

CREDIT:  1.0 math credit (one year)

GRADES: 12

FEES: TI 84 calculator recommended.

IB exam fee: $119.

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of AP Calc BC or teacher recommendation

This course fulfills the Group 5 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis. IB Mathematics A & A HL is a study in algebra and coordinate geometry, quadratics,  functions, index laws, higher level algebra, binomial expansions, sequences and series, trigonometry, formal roof, calculus, complex numbers, matrices and vectors, and analysis and approximation. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

SCIENCE (SCI)

POST SECONDARY PATHWAY

9TH GRADE

10TH GRADE

11TH GRADE

12TH GRADE

COLLEGE PREP

Global Science

Biology

Biology Honors##

Chemistry

Chemistry Honors

AP Sciences**

General Physics

Science Electives*

AP

IB

Biology Honors##

Chemistry Honors

AP Sciences**

IB Sciences***

General  Physics

AP Sciences**

IB Sciences***

General  Physics

School

to

Work

Global Science

Applied Biology

Chemistry in the Community

Science Electives*

## Students should also enroll in Geometry Honors

*ELECTIVES: SEMESTER COURSES

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Astronomy
  • NEW! Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Zoology

**AP SCIENCES:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics I (concurrent enrollment in AlgII/Trig)
  • AP Physics C (Calculus based- advise concurrent enrollment in Calculus but not required)

Many colleges require Biology, Chemistry and Physics

***IB SCIENCES

  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL
  • NEW! IB Sports, Exercise & Health Science

GLOBAL SCIENCE

80325S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES: None

Global Science is an integrated science course combining life, earth and physical science topics in a lab-based and inquiry-driven environment enriched by basic chemistry and physics principles. Students will apply data collected in laboratory investigations to understand and interpret the scientific and social challenges of the future.

BIOLOGY

80350S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 – 12

FEES: $15 dissection fee and a $6 goggle recovery fee; It is highly recommended Students purchase colored pencils, metric ruler and a TI-83, TI-83 Plus or TI-84 calculator

PREREQUISITES: None

Biology is the study of living organisms. This course will cover these main topics: (1) Scientific methodology, (2) cell molecular structure, biology and function, (3) diversity and taxonomy, (4) energy transformations, (5) homeostasis, (6) genetics and (7) evolution, (8) ecology, and (9) environmental and ethical issues relating to Biology. The course will be laboratory-based and requires extensive work in writing and data analysis.

BIOLOGY HONORS

Geometry Honors

80356S1/S2

60450S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: Fees: $15 dissection fee and a $6 goggle recovery fee; It is highly recommended Students purchase colored pencils, metric ruler and a TI-83, TI-83 Plus or TI-84 calculator.

PREREQUISITES: Concurrent enrollment in Geometry Honors (recommended for strong Math and Science students)

Students should also concurrently enroll in Geometry Honors when taking this course.

Biology is the study of living organisms. This course will to cover these main topics: (1) Scientific methodology, (2) cell molecular structure, biology and function, (3) diversity and taxonomy, (4) energy transformations, (5) homeostasis, (6) genetics and (7) evolution, (8) ecology, and (9) environmental and ethical issues relating to Biology. The course will be laboratory-based and require extensive work in writing and data analysis.

Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes during high school are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

APPLIED BIOLOGY

80360S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: $15 dissection fee and a $6 goggle recovery fee

PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation

Biology is the study of living organisms. This course will cover main topics described in Biology 80350 but in less depth. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific method throughout the course. The course will be laboratory-based. The materials and activities of this course are less abstract and more concrete. They are adapted for students who have not been successful in traditional science classes.

*CDHE credit may be applied depending upon where this course is taken in sequence with other science classes.   See your counselor for more information.

AP BIOLOGY

80365S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11 -12

FEES:In addition to the $6 goggle fee, there is a $15 dissection fee. It is highly recommended that students purchase an AP textbook ($100.00.)

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: “C” or better in Biology and Chemistry or concurrently taking Chemistry

This course is the equivalent of a full-year, laboratory-based introductory Biology course for majors at the university level. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the National Advanced Placement exam held in May, which students may take to receive college credit.

Students electing to enroll in AP Biology should be highly motivated, desire a significant academic challenge, and be seriously interested in studying biological science at an advanced level.

Major topics covered will include: (1) Scientific Methodology, (2) Biological Molecules, (3) Chemistry of Life, (4) Cellular Organization, (5) Bioenergetics, (6) Heredity, (7) Molecular Biology, (8) Evolutionary Biology, (9) Diversity and Taxonomy, (10) Structure and Function of Plants, (11) Structure and Function of Animals, and (12) Ecology. approx. 40% of the course will be laboratory-based, and students will be expected to keep laboratory journals and produce college-level laboratory reports throughout the year.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester.   Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.


CHEMISTRY

80375S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: There will be a $6 goggle recovery fee charged for this class.It is highly recommended that students purchase a lab book, periodic table, ruler and a TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 calculator.

PREREQUISITES: "C" or better in Biology and concurrent enrollment in Geometry

Chemistry covers the broad concepts upon which modern chemistry rests, including measurement, balancing chemical equations, states of matter, atomic theory, chemical bonding, arrangement of the periodic table, kinetics, equilibrium, acid and base reactions, electrochemistry, writing chemical names and formulas. Laboratory work is an essential part of the course requiring extensive data analysis using their TI-83 calculators attached to scientific probes.

CHEMISTRY HONORS

80385S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: There will be a $6 goggle recovery fee charged for this class. It is highly recommended that students purchase a lab book, periodic table, ruler and a TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 calculator.

PREREQUISITES: "B" or better in Biology and concurrent enrollment in Geometry.

Chemistry covers the broad concepts upon which modern chemistry rests, including the mathematics of science, atomic structure, naming and writing formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gasses, periodicity, bonding, kinetics and equilibrium, solutions and concentrations, acids and bases, with possible enrichment in: redox, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry/biochemistry. Laboratory work is an essential part of the course requiring extensive data analysis. This course covers the above topics in more detail.

Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes during high school are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

CHEMISTRY IN THE COMMUNITY (CHEMCOM)

80455S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11 -12

FEES: There will be a $6 goggle recovery fee charged for this class.

PREREQUISITES: Must pass 1 semester of Biology or teacher recommendation if a special situation occurs i.e., transfer students.

Course integrates major concepts of chemistry with laboratory experiences and projects in relation to current environmental and public health issues such as acid rain, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, water and soil pollution, individual and community health problems, nuclear energy, pollution, nutrition and other relevant issues. This course focuses more on the application of chemistry in order to understand environmental issues than on the traditional study of chemical theory and structure offered in Chemistry 80375.  Students will learn about the many scientific, community health and medical careers, which today require a background in environmental chemistry. *CDHE credit may be applied depending upon where this course is taken in sequence with other science classes. See your counselor for more information.

AP CHEMISTRY

80400S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: There is a $6 goggle recovery fee charged for this class. It is highly recommended students purchase an AP textbook ($100) and a periodic table ($0.50).

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May, (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: “C” grade or better in both semesters of Chemistry and Algebra II, a passing grade in Biology

This course is the equivalent of a full-year, laboratory-based introductory Chemistry course for majors at the university level. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the National Advanced Placement exam held in May, which students may take to receive college credit.

Students electing to enroll in AP Chemistry should be highly motivated, desire a significant academic challenge, and be seriously interested in studying physical and biological sciences at an advanced level. All traditional, general chemistry topics such as stoichiometry, gasses bonding, kinetics, equilibrium acids and bases, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry will be explored in greater depth and breadth than Chemistry. Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

80370S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase an AP textbook (approx.$100.00).

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of one year of life science, and a minimum of Algebra I. Completion of Chemistry is also highly recommended.

This course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.


GENERAL PHYSICS

80430S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II/Trig or higher. Successful completion of Algebra and Geometry recommended.

Physics is the search for the fundamental laws of nature; it is the basic science from which all the others are derived. Physics is the most rapidly developing field of knowledge that there is. A logical, problem solving approach to the development of the major physics principles will be used to develop your abilities to inter-relate the major concepts of physics.

AP PHYSICS I: ALGEBRA BASED

80656S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase an AP textbook (approx.$100.00).

AP Exam: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II/Trig or higher

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP PHYSICS C MECHANICS

80655S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase an online AP textbook and homework service

(approx.$50 total).

AP EXAM: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: Advised concurrent enrollment in Calculus AB/BC but not required.

This course covers motion of particles, forces, work, energy, collisions, rotation, rolling, torque, angular momentum, gravitation, and oscillations. These topics will be studied at the college freshman, science /engineering major, level. Calculus will be used as a mathematical language and problem solving tool. Upon completing the course work students will have the opportunity to take the AP Physics C Mechanics Exam. The exam is equivalent to a first semester college physics exam for engineering or science majors. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP PHYSICS C ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (E&M)

80658S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: It is highly recommended that students purchase an online AP textbook and homework service

(approx.$50 total).

AP EXAM: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITES: Completion of AP Physics C Mechanics

This course explores the topics of electric forces and fields, electric potential and capacitance, direct current circuits, magnetic forces and fields and electromagnetic induction. These topics will be studied at the college freshman, science /engineering major, level. Calculus will be used extensively as a mathematical language and problem solving tool. Upon completing the course work students will have the opportunity to take the AP Physics C E&M Exam. The exam is equivalent to a second semester college physics exam for engineering or science majors. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES SL

 80383S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 Science credit (SCI)

 GRADES: 11 - 12

FEES:$119 IB exam

 PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Biology and/or Chemistry; The Honors pathway is recommended.

This course fulfills the Group 4 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis.

  • IB Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course that provides a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, allowing students to evaluate the scientific, ethical, and socio-political aspects of issues.
  • Topics include ecosystems, biodiversity, population dynamics, pollution, Earth systems and resources, land and water use, energy resources, and global change.
  • This course incorporates a hands-on approach to learning science. Students will be expected to design and carry out experimental procedures as well as apply theoretical principles, and analyze experimental results.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

 IB BIOLOGY HL I

 80358S1/S2

 CREDIT:1.0 Science credit (SCI)

 GRADES: 11-12

 FEES: $119 IB exam

 PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics; The Honors pathway is recommended. 

IB Biology HL I is the first year of a two-year sequence. Students selecting HL courses during the junior year are committed to completing the senior year of the two-year sequence. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB BIOLOGY  HL II

80354S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 science credit (SCI)

GRADES:  11- 12

FEES: $119 IB exam

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics; The Honors pathway is recommended. 

IB Biology HL is a two-year sequence with IB exams at the end of the second year. This course fulfills the Group 4 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis.

  • This course is a two-year course at the HL level only.
  • IB Biology emphasizes an investigative approach to science. Students will be expected to design and carry out experimental procedures, as well as apply theoretical principles and analyze results.
  • Students also develop an awareness of moral and ethical issues, and examining local and global issues fosters a sense of social responsibility.
  • Studies the biology topics of cells, chemistry of life, genetics, ecology, evolution, plant science and human health and physiology.
  • Develops in students the ability to complete investigative science through the requirement of sixty hours of lab work.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB CHEMISTRY SL

80382S1/S2

CREDIT:1.0 Science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11 - 12

FEES: $119 IB exam

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Honors Chemistry

This course fulfills the Group 4 or Group 6 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis. This course is a one-year course at the Standard Level only. It may be offered on alternating years based upon enrolment numbers.

  • IB Chemistry emphasizes an investigative approach to science. Students will be expected to design and carry out experimental procedures, as well as apply theoretical principles and analyze results.
  • Students explore the moral and ethical issues involved in local and global issues surrounding natural resources in order to foster a sense of social responsibility.

Introduces students to the theories and practical techniques involved in the composition, characterization, and transformation of substance. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB SPORTS, EXERCISE & HEALTH SCIENCE SL

75490S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Science credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11 -12

FEES: $119 IB Exam

PREREQUISITES: None

IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science courses prepare students to take the International Baccalaureate Sports, Exercise, and Health Science exam at the standard level. These courses are designed to provide students with an understanding of the science of physical performance. Course topics may include anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, and the measurement and evaluation of human performance. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

80525

CREDIT:  0.5 Science elective credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES:  $20.00 lab fee

PREREQUISITES: Must successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology I. Recommended “C” or better in Biology

Anatomy and Physiology I is an advanced course for students who are interested in exploring human-body functions and structures in great depth. Students will be expected to conduct numerous laboratory investigations. Human health and disease will be emphasized and explored through inquiry. This course is designed for biology/health care related students; however, the non-biology major will benefit as well. Dissection will be a requirement of this class.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

80526

CREDIT: 0.5 Science elective credit (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $20.00 lab fee

PREREQUISITES: Must successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology I.

Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. It is designed for the biology/health care related student. This course will cover the body systems not explored in depth in A&P I. Students will be expected to conduct numerous laboratory investigations.

ASTRONOMY

80600

CREDIT: 0.5 science elective credit  (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $5 fee course fee

PREREQUISITES: Passed full credit of one (1) other science credit or teacher recommendation.

Astronomy is the study of the universe. Major topics include: The characteristics of our solar system, the lives of stars and the history of astronomy. Students will learn the names of constellations and stars of the night sky and how astronomy is directly related to contemporary culture. Controversies such as alien life, extinction events and funding of the space program will be explored. Attendance at one evening star gazing is required.

*CDHE credit may be applied depending upon where this course is taken in sequence with other science classes. See your counselor for more information.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

80420

CREDIT: 0.5 Science elective credit (SCI)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $10 to cover the cost of consumables.

PREREQUISITES: None

This upper level science elective will focus on using the understanding of all sciences in order to "solve the crime. Topics will include fingerprinting analysis, serology, ballistics, hair and fiber analysis, toxicology, and questioned document analysis.

GEOLOGY

80575

CREDIT: 0.5 Science elective credit  (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $5 lab fee

PREREQUISITES: None

Geology is the study of the earth, its formation, and the processes that shape it. It is a survey course that includes major topics such as rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, natural resources, and Colorado geology.

GENETICS

80550

CREDIT: 0.5 Science elective credit  (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $5 lab fee; It is highly recommended that students purchase a lab book, goggles and a TI-83, TI-83 Plus or TI-84 calculator.

PREREQUISITES: Recommended “C” or better in Biology or teacher recommendation.

Genetics is a broad field whose applications include such diverse fields as agriculture, law enforcement and medicine. This survey course will focus on genetics in a modern context, examining how our knowledge of DNA and genes has guided our understanding of the living world. Students will do extensive work in the laboratory and on library and computer-based projects. Topics to be covered will include: (1) chemical and physical basis of heredity, (2) Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance, (3) human genetics, (4) biotechnology, and (5) legal and ethical issues in modern genetics. *CCHE credit may be applied depending upon where this course is taken in sequence with other science classes. See your counselor for more information.

ZOOLOGY

80500

CREDIT: 0.5 Science elective credit  (SCI)

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $10 Dissection fee

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Biology and/or teacher recommendation

Zoology is a course designed to present the student with representatives of all the major animal groups, their comparative anatomy, evolutionary origins and record, ecology, and behavior. It is primarily lab-oriented with dissections.  Course Objectives:

  • Derive the phylogeny of animal taxa using informative characteristics
  • Compare and contrast sexual and asexual reproductive strategies
  • Distinguish embryologic developmental stages of vertebrates
  • Compare form and function relationships within animal groups and across key taxa of invertebrate and vertebrate animals
  • Explain the similarities and differences among major body plans
  • Assess how animals interact with their environment including key adaptations found within taxa of invertebrate and vertebrate animals
  • Relate animal adaptations including; behaviors to the ecological roles of animals.

SOCIAL STUDIES (SST, AMH, GVT)

Douglas County School District has a minimum graduation requirement of 3.0 credits in Social Studies to be eligible for graduation:

1.0 US History

1.5 Social Studies, World History and/or electives

0.5 Government

         3.0 Minimum social studies credits

For students intending to go on to college, it is highly recommended that they take at least 4.0 credits of Social Studies classes. The following curriculum map is intended to lay out the classes required and/or recommended for a variety of academic paths toward graduation and/or post graduation preparation.  

POST SECONDARY PATHWAY

9th GRADE

HUMANITIES

10th GRADE

HUMANITIES

11th GRADE

12th GRADE

Post Secondary Prep  

US History Humanities Block (with English I) 

US History

US History Honors Humanities Block (with English I Honors)

US History Honors

Modern World History Humanities Block (with English II)

   

Modern World History

World History Honors Humanities Block (with English II Honors)

World History Honors

Choose two, semester-long electives: 

(Classes listed below)

Government 

Economics

Or other semester long elective (classes listed below)

AP

&

IB

US History Humanities Block (with English I) 

US History

US History Honors Humanities Block (with English I Honors)

US History Honors

World History Honors Humanities Block (with English II Honors)

World History Honors

AP World History

AP Human Geo

AP US Government 

Government (IB Track only)

AP US History

AP Human Geo  

AP European History

AP Psychology

AP Macroeconomics

IB European History (HL)

Government OR

AP Government (required)

AP Macroeconomics (sem)

AP US  History

AP European History

AP Human Geo

IB 20th Century Topics History (HL)  (SL)

Semester Long Electives: Geography*, Psychology, Sociology, World Religions, Philosophy, Contemporary World Issues, Geography, Economics, IB TOK I, IB TOK II

*Many Colorado universities require that students take geography while in high school.

REMINDER: Colleges expect students to take 4 years of rigorous Social Studies classes. Students are strongly encouraged to check with potential colleges for social studies admissions requirements.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: FRESHMEN

REGULAR PATH  ENGLISH I & US HISTORY (REGISTER FOR BOTH) 

US HISTORY: 1865 - PRESENT

ENGLISH I

85650S1/S2

50300S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE:  9

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

NOTE: Freshmen who register for US History must register for English I (regular pathway). 

Students learn about many developments in American history since 1865, both in the area of domestic affairs and foreign affairs. Students examine topics such as immigration, the industrial revolution and the rise of a post-industrial economy, the cycle of expansion and recession/depression in our economy, the American tendency to swing back and forth between liberalism and conservatism, the twists and turns of US foreign policy, and the wars fought by this nation since 1865. All of these developments are explored through four different historical lenses: political, military, economic, and social. The ultimate goal is for students to gain a better understanding of the United States they live in today.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: FRESHMEN

HONORS PATH  ENGLISH I HONORS & US HISTORY HONORS 

US HISTORY: 1865-PRESENT HONORS

ENGLISH I HONORS 

85552S1/S2

50310S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 9

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

NOTE: Freshmen who register for US History Honors must register for English I Honors (honors pathway).

This course is an interdisciplinary Humanities block, however, the Honors course challenges students to go beyond the traditional curricular study to pursue a more in-depth investigation of the content. The course is demanding and will require a greater commitment of time and effort. Students should also expect to read texts of greater volume and difficulty. This course will focus on preparing students for future Advanced Placement classes.

Students who plan to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: SOPHOMORES

REGULAR PATH  ENGLISH II & MODERN WORLD HISTORY (REGISTER FOR BOTH)

MODERN WORLD HISTORY

ENGLISH II

85380S1/S2

50330S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

Modern World History will begin with the rise of the modern nation state and conclude in the modern era. It emphasizes clear and effective writing while exploring the literature of contemporary authors. Students have the opportunity to read and analyze a variety of texts including nonfiction, short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Additionally, students will participate in analytic reading, and examination of effective models for writing while also studying grammar and vocabulary.

HUMANITIES BLOCK: SOPHOMORES

HONORS PATH  ENGLISH II HONORS & WORLD HISTORY HONORS (REGISTER FOR BOTH)

WORLD HISTORY HONORS

ENGLISH II HONORS

85450S1/S2

50340S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

Modern World History will begin with the rise of the modern nation state and conclude in the modern era. It emphasizes clear and effective writing while exploring the literature of contemporary authors.  Students have the opportunity to read and analyze a variety of texts including nonfiction, short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Additionally, students will participate in analytic reading, and examination of effective models for writing while also studying grammar and vocabulary.

US HISTORY: 1865 - PRESENT

85650S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE:  9

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

NOTE: Freshmen who register for US History must register for English I (regular pathway).

Students learn about many developments in American history since 1865, both in the area of domestic affairs and foreign affairs. Students examine topics such as immigration, the industrial revolution and the rise of a post-industrial economy, the cycle of expansion and recession/depression in our economy, the American tendency to swing back and forth between liberalism and conservatism, the twists and turns of US foreign policy, and the wars fought by this nation since 1865. All of these developments are explored through four different historical lenses: political, military, economic, and social. The ultimate goal is for students to gain a better understanding of the United States they live in today.

US HISTORY: 1865-PRESENT HONORS

85552S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 9

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

NOTE: Freshmen who register for US History Honors must register for English I Honors (honors pathway). This course is an interdisciplinary Humanities block; however, the Honors course challenges students to go beyond the traditional curricular study to pursue a more in-depth investigation of the content. The course is demanding and will require a greater commitment of time and effort. Students should also expect to read texts of greater volume and difficulty. This course will focus on preparing students for future Advanced Placement classes.

Students who plan to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes are encouraged to enroll in honors courses. Honors courses are specifically designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that support success in higher level courses and post-secondary success.

MODERN WORLD HISTORY

85380S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

Modern World History will begin with the rise of the modern nation state and conclude in the modern era. It emphasizes clear and effective writing while exploring the literature of contemporary authors. Students have the opportunity to read and analyze a variety of texts including nonfiction, short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Additionally, students will participate in analytic reading, and examination of effective models for writing while also studying grammar and vocabulary.

WORLD HISTORY HONORS

85450S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

Modern World History will begin with the rise of the modern nation state and conclude in the modern era. It emphasizes clear and effective writing while exploring the literature of contemporary authors.  Students have the opportunity to read and analyze a variety of texts including nonfiction, short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Additionally, students will participate in analytic reading, and examination of effective models for writing while also studying grammar and vocabulary.

U.S. ECONOMICS

85800

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This semester-long course examines basic micro and macro economic concepts and the types of economic systems. With emphasis on the modern American economy, students will examine and analyze investments, productivity, fiscal and monetary policies. This class meets the district’s requirements and standards for Economics.

U.S. GOVERNMENT

85700

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit) 

GRADE: 12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This semester-long course examines the basic concepts of government systems with particular emphasis on the American Constitution. Students will examine the founding principles of the United States through the lens of current events. The class meets the district’s requirements and standards for Government.

GEOGRAPHY

85834

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit) 

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This semester-long class examines both physical and cultural geography. Besides learning basic geographic knowledge and themes, students will wrestle with issues in the areas of development, population, food supply, energy, the environment, cities, and the future. This class meets the District's requirements and standards for Geography.

PSYCHOLOGY

85750

CREDIT:   0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This course focuses on the essential questions concerning human behavior.  In Psychology, students will address these issues through an examination of current research on the functions of the brain and through analyzing various environmental influences in order to assess their relative impacts upon behavior. This single semester class meets the District’s requirements for Social Studies elective credit.  Because Psychology is for elective credit, students must check with their counselor to be sure all District Social Studies requirements have been completed.

SOCIOLOGY

85770

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This semester-long class will examine the scientific study of human social relationships and group life. Social interaction, or the responses of individuals to each other, is the basic sociological concept, because such interaction is the elementary component of all relationships and groups that make up society. Students will discuss the roles of family, gender, class, race, etc. Sociology is an elective credit. Students must check with their counselor to ensure all District Social Studies requirements have been completed.

WORLD RELIGIONS

85870

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This course will prepare the student to understand and participate in the ever-increasing interactions among all nations and cultures of the world. The student will leave the class with basic knowledge of the five major religions of the world along with a stronger philosophical understanding of themselves and of other peoples and cultures. This knowledge is imperative in preparation for college and the international world that our students are inheriting.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD ISSUES

85745

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

Potential topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: U.S.-Middle East foreign policy, human rights struggles around the world, energy usage and resources, the United States debt, the effects of technology on well-being, the study of happiness, and Colorado political and economic issues.

Students will be required to stay current on world, national, and local issues of importance. This upper level course will focus on the analysis and interpretation of contemporary domestic and world issues. Students will examine current events through themes such as Power, Conflict, Justice, and Technology. Debate, research, discussion, critical thinking, and media analysis are all skills that will be applied during the course of the semester.

PHILOSOPHY

50908

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This course will introduce students to some of the “classics” of western philosophy. We will read and discuss some of the most influential thinkers in the history of western philosophy. The readings will span more than two thousand years of western thought in which students will see how important philosophical ideas have changed over time.

Perhaps the most important thing to be gained from this class is not an acquaintance with various facts and theories from the history of philosophy, but the development of reasoning skills. The study of philosophy develops one's ability to think carefully and critically. The objective of this course is to enable students to be reflective about the beliefs that they or their society have developed

AP WORLD HISTORY

85340S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10-12

FEES: It is strongly encouraged students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of US History with grade “C” or better

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of culture, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits.

These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

85500S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: It is strongly recommended that students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of World History or AP World History with grade “C” or better

This year-long course for juniors spans the period from the Late Medieval (1450) to present-day developments in European history. Intellectual-cultural,political-diplomatic, and social-economic facets of European traditions are addressed. Further, the intent of the course is to expose the students to an understanding of some of the principle themes in modern history, and to use the techniques of historical analysis in creating well-organized essays. The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide students with a college level academic experience. Students successfully mastering the course material may earn college credit on the AP European History exam, which is administered annually. Because this AP course is a college level elective, students will be asked to purchase their materials in accordance with Douglas County Board of Education policy.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits.

These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

85905S1/S2

CREDIT:  1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 10-12

FEES: It is strongly recommended that students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of World History or AP World History with grade “C” or better, or concurrent enrollment in Honors World History or AP World History

AP Human Geography is an introductory college-level human geography course. Students cultivate their understanding of human geography through data and geographic analyses as they explore topics like patterns and spatial organization, human impacts and interactions with their environment, and spatial processes and societal changes. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP MACROECONOMICS

85631

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: It is strongly recommended that students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of World History or AP World History with grade “C” or better

AP Macroeconomics is an exciting and important course that teaches students to understand economics on a large scale, including the economies of nations. You learn basic economic concepts as well as how to understand and interpret GDP, unemployment, and inflation to measure the economic performance of a nation. You will also learn about the financial sector which includes the Federal Reserve, monetary and fiscal policy, and money. This course is open to all and is highly recommended for students interested in business, finance, and the social sciences. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP PSYCHOLOGY

85760S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: It is strongly recommended students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: None

This year-long course for juniors or seniors is designed to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

AP courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits.

These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an AP course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

85720

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 12

FEES: It is strongly recommended that students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of World History or AP World History with grade “C” or better

This semester-long course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S politics. The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide students with a college level academic experience. Students successfully mastering the course material may earn college on the AP National Exam. Because this AP course is a college level elective, students will be asked to purchase their materials in accordance with Douglas County Board of Education policy.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits.

These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP US HISTORY

85625S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0  (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: It is strongly encouraged that students purchase the recommended AP textbook.

AP EXAM: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam in May (approx. $97).

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of World History or AP World History with grade “C” or better

This year-long course for seniors is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and issues in US History. The course exposes students to a college level academic experience in the major cultural, social, political, economic, and historical issues found in US History from 1492 to present. Students successfully mastering the course material may earn college credit on the AP US History exam, which is administered annually. Because this AP course is a college level elective, students will be asked to purchase their materials in accordance with Douglas County Board of Education policy.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits.

These courses require work outside the classroom, during summer and breaks. Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. This is a one-year course; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB EUROPEAN HISTORY HL I      

85625S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11

FEES: It is strongly encouraged that  students purchase the recommended IB textbook.

PREREQUISITE: Recommended Honors History 9 and Honors History 10 or AP World  History.

IB European History HL I is the first year of a two-year sequence. Students selecting HL courses during the junior year are committed to completing the senior year of the two-year sequence. Non-IB Diploma Students also have the opportunity to take this as a course without committing to the two-year sequence.

  • IB History is a required course for IB Diploma students.
  • Availability for course students is  based upon diploma student enrollment.
  • This course explores political, economic, social, and intellectual currents in the development of Europe from 1500-1940
  • Particular emphasis is given to the history of Europe
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB 20TH CENTURY EUROPE HL II

85805S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0   (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 12 for HL

FEES: It is strongly encouraged students purchase the recommended IB textbook.

PREREQUISITE:Successful completion of IB European History HL I if testing HL. None if testing SL.

This course is the second year of a two-year course sequence at the Higher Level. It is also open to IB Course students as a one-year History SL course.

Course description:

  • This is a required course for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
  • Availability for course students is based upon diploma student enrollment.
  • This course will examine the nature of 20th century conflicts. Focus will be on World War II and the Cold War with  the creation of contemporary Europe.
  • The course develops in students an international awareness and understanding by promoting empathy with, and understanding of people living in diverse places and at different times.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK I)

85885

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 11

FEES: It is strongly encouraged that students purchase the recommended IB textbook.

PREREQUISITE: None

Theory of Knowledge is a course that challenges students to reexamine all that they have learned to date, to become more aware of both themselves as thinkers and the fantastic complexity of knowledge. Structured as a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The course is centered around the questions of “What is knowledge?” and "How do we know what we know?  Therefore, students will continually be asked to reflect critically on how and what they have learned.  Questions surrounding beliefs, certainty, culture, evidence, interpretation, intuition, and truth will be explored. Through discussions of these and other questions, students gain greater awareness of their personal and ideological assumptions and develop an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives. TOK is a mandatory component of the IB Diploma Programme, but is also open to any and all students interested in asking the more significant questions about knowledge, human existence, and life.

  • This course fulfills the requirements for the IB Diploma Programme.
  • Open to non-IB diploma students, however, availability based upon diploma student enrollment.
  • This course is only available in the Spring semester. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK II)

85884

CREDIT: 0.5 (Social Studies credit)

GRADE: 12

FEES: It is strongly encouraged that students purchase the recommended IB textbook.

IB EXAM: Students enrolled in the course are expected to take the IBDP exam in May (approx. $119).

PREREQUISITE: TOK II is the second semester of a two semester sequence. Students must have successfully completed TOK I

Fulfills the requirements for the IB Diploma Programme. Open to full IBDP Seniors only.

Course description:

  • This course is unique to the IBDP and is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.
  • This course challenges students to explore the basis of knowledge, the way we know what we know, to examine questions of bias and to develop the ability to analyze evidence expressed in argument.
  • This course spans the second semester of Junior year and first semester of Senior year. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

FINE ARTS (FNA)

POSTSECONDARY PATHWAY

Introductory Level

Intermediate Level

Advanced Level

College Level

Postsecondary Prep

Art Experience I

Ceramics I

Drawing & Painting I

CTE Graphic Design & Illustration I

Jewelry I

CTE Commercial Photography I

Sculpture I

Art Experience II

Ceramics II

Drawing & Painting II

CTE Graphic Design and Illustration II

Jewelry II

CTE Commercial Photography II

Sculpture II

Ceramics III

Ceramics IV

Drawing & Painting III

Drawing & Painting IV

Graphic Design III

Graphic Design IV

Jewelry III
Jewelry IV

Photography III

Photography IV

Sculpture III

Sculpture IV

AP Art/Design 3D: Ceramics

AP Drawing

AP Art/Design 2D: Graphic Design

AP Art/Design 3D: Jewelry

AP Art/Design 2D: Photography

AP Art/Design 3D: Sculpture

IB Track

IB Art Design HL I

IB Art and Design HL II

ADAPTIVE ART 

15402

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

Adaptive art is an introductory collaborative course providing specialized instruction, uniting peer helpers with special needs students. Working in pairs, students will create art projects using a variety of media and processes, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture.

ART EXPERIENCE I

15400

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

Art Experience is a broad-based, foundational art course in which students will engage with a wide variety of materials and processes, both 2-D and 3-D, build solid understanding of art fundamentals appropriate to all future art courses, and explore the importance of art in the world.  

ART EXPERIENCE II

15410

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

In Art Experience II, students will engage with a wide variety of materials and processes, both 2-D and 3-D, with a focus on art as communication and expression throughout history and in contemporary society.

CTE GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION I  

7903101S1

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

This entry level course is for training in the visual communication portion of all media businesses. Students learn about a career in the many kinds of media and graphic design and illustration jobs. Digital photography and working towards the intermediate level use of image editing and drawing programs are strongly focused upon in this class. This is helpful for any future photographer, videographer, animator or advertiser. Students will begin developing a high quality portfolio for college or design school.

CTE GRAPHIC DESIGN ILLUSTRATION II

7903201S1

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9 -12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester 

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of CTE Graphic Design & Illustration I

Design portfolios are expanded upon and improved in this second year of Graphic Design and Illustration. There is study of college art and media programs. More time is spent learning advanced concepts in illustration and the advertising and media business as well as new software programs while continuing to hone skills in image editing and digital photography. Large format printing of projects is common in this class.

GRAPHIC DESIGN III

15460

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester 

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Graphic Design II with a grade of  ”C” or better

This course is designed for the serious art student, possibly considering art as a career. Students will develop and design professional graphic art projects while further developing computer competence.

GRAPHIC DESIGN IV

15465

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester 

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Graphic Design III with a grade of  ”C” or better

Students will work on individual advanced projects with an emphasis on portfolio development.

CERAMICS I

15425

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: None

Ceramics I is an introduction to three-dimensional design in clay, focusing on hand-building and surface techniques with an introduction to wheel throwing. Additional variable project fees may apply

CERAMICS II  

15430

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Ceramics I with a grade of ”C” or better

This is a continuation of Ceramics I with emphasis on techniques, forms, designs and proficiency in wheel throwing.

CERAMICS III

15435

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Ceramics II with a grade of ”C” or better 

This is a continuation of Ceramics II with an emphasis on advanced technique, form, and design.

CERAMICS IV

15440

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Ceramics III with a grade of ”C” or better

Students will work on individual advanced projects with an emphasis on portfolio development.

HONORS CERAMICS  

15445S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $80 project fee per year to cover the cost of consumable materials/$40 per year semester. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Ceramics I, II and III with a grade ‘C’ or better, or Ceramics I and II with teacher permission

This course is for students interested in learning advanced techniques in Ceramics to develop a portfolio of exemplary artwork for higher education, career pursuits or to prepare for AP Ceramics 3D Design Portfolio course expectations.

DRAWING & PAINTING I

15500

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

This course focuses on drawing and painting techniques using a variety of media and styles.

DRAWING & PAINTING II

15505

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Drawing & Painting I with a grade of ”C” or better

Students will focus on more advanced drawing and painting media, techniques, and artistic styles. Individual expression and personal style are encouraged.

DRAWING & PAINTING III

15510

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Drawing & Painting II with a grade of ”C” or better

This course allows the serious art student to further develop skills, ideas, creativity in drawing and painting to build a portfolio or a body of work.

DRAWING & PAINTING IV

15515

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10 -12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Drawing & Painting III with a grade of ”C” or better 

Students will work on individual advanced projects with an emphasis on portfolio development.

HONORS DRAWING & PAINTING

15521S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $80 project fee per year to cover the cost of consumable materials/$40 per semester

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Drawing & Painting III with a grade of ‘C’ or better or, Drawing & Painting I and II with teacher permission 

This course is for students interested in learning advanced techniques in Drawing and Painting to develop a portfolio of exemplary artwork for higher education, career pursuits or to prepare for AP Drawing Portfolio course expectations or for personal interests.

JEWELRY I

15525

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: None

This course is an introduction to the design and construction of jewelry involving a variety of tools, techniques and materials.

JEWELRY II

15530

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Jewelry I with a grade of ”C” or better 

This course is designed to allow students a continued experience in jewelry making. Conceptual design development and advanced jewelry techniques will be explored.

JEWELRY III

15535

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Jewelry II with a grade of ”C” or better

Jewelry 3 and 4: These courses focus on the development of creating a personal jewelry portfolio with the intent of pursuing a career or higher education in jewelry.  Students will develop a body of work over the semester by budgeting their materials, designing, building, documenting their process (photos and videos) and presenting their work in person and online after building a personal website.

JEWELRY IV

15540

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials. Additional variable project fees may apply

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Jewelry III with a grade of ”C” or better

Jewelry 3 and 4: These courses focus on the development of creating a personal jewelry portfolio with the intent of pursuing a career or higher education in jewelry.  Students will develop a body of work over the semester by budgeting their materials, designing, building, documenting their process (photos and videos) and presenting their work in person and online after building a personal website.

CTE Commercial PHOTOGRAPHY I

7903102

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

This course is an introduction to photography as a fine art medium and develops skills necessary for basic camera and computer lab operation. Students will shoot their own pictures using digital cameras and enhance the photos using Photoshop.

CTE Commercial PHOTOGRAPHY II

7903202

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES:Must pass Photography I with a grade of “C” or better 

Push your artistic potential to its limits using the power of the computer. Building upon skills acquired in Photography I, students will use digital cameras, scanners, and Adobe Photoshop to further explore the creative possibilities offered by these exciting tools. Students learn valuable real-world skills used in a variety of careers involving the creation and manipulation of digital images.

PHOTOGRAPHY III

15582

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Photography II with a grade of “C” or better

This course requires the serious student to develop an in-depth exploration of complex photographic techniques.

PHOTOGRAPHY IV

15585

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Photography II with a grade of “C” or better

Students will work on individual advance projects with an emphasis on portfolio development.

SCULPTURE I

15550

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: None

This course is an introduction to the manipulation of mass within space.  Students are led  through an exploration of materials employing classical techniques to express themselves through form with an emphasis on craftsmanship and presentation.

SCULPTURE II

15555

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Sculpture I with a grade of ”C” or better

This course continues to explore the creative process of creating 3D forms, but with greater refinement and difficulty.  Traditional sculpting materials of plaster, wood, stone and metal are used to create multiple types of armature based, functional, kinetic, and bas relief sculptures.

SCULPTURE III  

15560

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Sculpture II with a grade of ”C” or better

Sculpture III and IV: These courses focus on the development of creating a personal sculpture portfolio with the intent of pursuing a career or higher education in creating forms.  Students will develop a body of work over the semester by budgeting their materials, designing, building, documenting their process(photos and videos) and presenting their work in person and online after building a personal website.

SCULPTURE IV

15565

CREDITS: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

PREREQUISITES: Must pass Sculpture III with a grade of ”C” or better

Sculpture III and IV: These courses focus on the development of creating a personal sculpture portfolio with

the intent of pursuing a career or higher education in creating forms.  Students will develop a body of work over the semester by budgeting their materials, designing, building, documenting their process(photos and videos) and presenting their work in person and online after building a personal website.  

 

  AP ART & DESIGN 2D

  AP ART & DESIGN 3D:   CERAMICS

  AP ART & DESIGN 2D:   GRAPHICS

  AP ART & DESIGN 3D:   JEWELRY

  AP ART & DESIGN 2D:   PHOTO

  AP ART & DESIGN 3D:   SCULPTURE

  AP DRAWING

15474S1/S2

15479S1/S2

15477S1/S2

15480S1/S2

15478S1/S2

15481S1/S2

15476S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11-12

FEES: $80 project fee per year to cover the cost of consumable materials/$40 per semester.

AP Exam: Students are expected to take the National AP Exam (submit portfolio) in May ($97).

PREREQUISITES: Drawing and Painting I, II & III; Honors, Ceramics I, II & III; Jewelry I, II & III; Photography I & II or teacher recommendation or extensive portfolio.

The Advanced Placement Program in art is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study and creation of art. Students should be aware that Advanced Placement work involves significantly more time than the typical high school course and the program is not for the casually interested. Projects include a wide spectrum of media and methods. Students will complete an area of concentration with theme and media development. Students will also complete an area of breadth demonstrating a variety of skills, ideas, and media.  Students may choose to complete an AP portfolio in 2D design, 3D design, or Drawing.

Students may specialize in AP Studio Art-Drawing and Painting; AP Studio Art-Ceramics, AP Studio Art-Jewelry or AP Studio Art-Photography/Graphics.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to take the challenge of college-level courses while in the familiar surroundings of their high school. AP courses develop advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that benefit students in their post-secondary pursuits. These courses require work outside the classroom, during breaks.  Students should consider their academic, social, work, and extra-curricular activities before undertaking the commitment of an Advanced Placement course. Students will not be allowed to drop an AP course after they have signed up and courses are scheduled. These are one-year courses; students may not drop at semester. Weighted AP courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB ART DESIGN HL I

11411S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 11

FEES: $80 project fee per year to cover the cost of consumable materials/$40 per semester.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters of art courses. (*See below.) 

This course is designed for the IB candidate intending to test at the Higher Level (HL). The first semester of the course will engage the student in explorations and experimentations in a variety of means and materials. The student will also keep a research journal. In the second semester of the course the student will create a body of artwork that demonstrates a self-directed purpose and communication. An H level student will also create a research workbook composed of daily entries. The student will be expected to produce a highly personal record of his/her own research in the appreciation and history of art and design. *Recommendation of a previous art instructor is required if the student is a transfer student. The IB candidate should have knowledge of basic art fundamentals.

IB Art Design HL I is the first year of a two- year sequence. Students selecting HL courses during the junior year are committed to completing the senior year of the two-year sequence. Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB ART DESIGN HL II

 11415S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 12

FEES: $80 project fee per year to cover the cost of consumable materials/$40 per semester.

PREREQUISITES: Prior to HL I, recommended 1 semester 2-Dimensional (2D) Art or 3-Dimensional (3D) Art

IB Art Design HL is a two-year sequence with IB exam submissions at the end of the second year. This course fulfills the Group 6 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis.

  • This course is a two year course sequence at the Higher Level (HL). IB Visual Art provides students with explorations in a variety of means and materials.
  • Students will write reflections and research in the history of art and design.
  • The HL course is for the visual art student, with creative and imaginative abilities, who may pursue the visual arts at the university or college level.
  • Provides students with opportunities to make personal, socio-cultural and aesthetic experiences meaningful through the production and understanding of art.
  • Exemplifies and encourages an inquiring and integrated approach towards visual arts in their various historical and contemporary forms.
  • Promotes visual and contextual knowledge of art from various cultures.
  • Provides students with the common core elements in both HL and SL including an introduction to art concepts, art criticism and analysis, the acquisition of art studio techniques, media and skills, along with the relation of art to socio-cultural and historical contexts.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.


PERFORMING ARTS: MUSIC

The philosophy of the ThunderRidge High School Music Department is to foster personal, intellectual, and affective growth through quality musical performance resulting in activities promoting leadership, high quality, community, and collective effort. We also want to have fun! Daily attendance for rehearsals is imperative as you are contributing to a group effort and the group suffers when you are not there. In addition, consistent daily practice is required to  maintain and improve skills needed to positively contribute to the group.

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Upper Advanced

Music

Guitar I

Piano I

Concert Band

Men’s Select Choir

Treble Choir

Orchestra - String

Symphonic Band

Concert Choir

Guitar II

Piano II

Chamber Orchestra

Wind Ensemble

Women’s Select Choir

Select Mixed Choir

Theater

Theater I

Technical Theater I

Theater II

Theater III

Theater IV

Theater Production Ensemble

Course #

Course

 Name

Cultural Projects

Prereq.

or

Audition  Req.

Field Trips

Outside

of

Class

Daily

Practice

Perform. Assess.

Tests

&

Quizzes

Concert

Attire

Required

Daily

Participation

Oral

Present

Instrument

Required

70461

Chamber Orchestra

70465

Orchestra

String

70500

Concert Choir

70487

Guitar I (Beginners)

70488

Guitar II

70565

Men’s Select Choir

70635

Women’s

Select Choir

70485

Piano

70630

Select Mixed Choir

70550

Select Treble Choir

70325

Symphonic Band

70300

Wind Ensemble

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

 70461S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: Instrument rental - $100 per year (optional)

PERFORMANCE OUTFIT: Members are required to purchase a performance outfit (full-length black dress and/or tuxedo).

PREREQUISITE: Audition and/or director approval required.

This ensemble is the most advanced string ensemble in the TRHS Orchestra program. Emphasis will be on advanced ensemble techniques and advanced individual musicianship through performance of high quality literature. Private lessons are highly recommended for members of this ensemble. Daily attendance is imperative for this ensemble as the entire ensemble relies on your part being there. Excessive absences may result in removal from the group. Some string instruments are available to rent from the school. Out-of-school performances will be required and are part of the course grade.

CONCERT BAND

 70461S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Instrument rental - $100 per year (optional)

PERFORMANCE OUTFIT: Members are required to purchase a performance outfit (full-length black dress and/or tuxedo).

PREREQUISITE: None

Concert Band students will be actively involved in the development of overall musicianship and technique. This class is specifically designed to allow students to develop their skills. After completing this class, students will be able to advance into the other band classes including Symphonic Band and Marching Band. Students will study all types of music. This band is a performance-based class and all concerts are required

ORCHESTRA -  STRING

70465S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES:  9-12

FEES: Instrument rental - $100 per year (optional)

PERFORMANCE OUTFIT: Members are required to purchase a performance outfit (full-length black dress and/or tuxedo).

PREREQUISITE: Audition and/or director approval required.

This ensemble is designed to develop musical skills through traditional orchestral instruments. Emphasis will be on continued technical and musical development on an instrument through a variety of literature.  Some string instruments are available to rent from the school. Out-of-school performances will be required.  Daily practice is required.

GUITAR I (Beginners)

70487

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Guitar textbook (approximately $7.00)

MATERIALS NEEDED: Your own acoustic guitar

PREREQUISITE: None

This course is an introduction to beginning guitar with focus on basic guitar skills including reading music, chords, and tablature. The course will also introduce various guitar styles such as folk, classical, blues, and rock. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar. Electric guitar is not taught, and electric guitars will not be used in this class.

GUITAR II

70488

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES:  Guitar book (approximately $7.00)

MATERIALS NEEDED: Your own acoustic guitar

PREREQUISITE: Approval from Instructor and possible audition required demonstrating ability to read music.

This course expands on our beginning guitar class. Emphasis is placed on music theory as it relates to the guitar, advanced chords, and will expand on various guitar styles, i.e. classical, rock, blues, etc. Electric guitar is not taught, and electric guitars will not be used in this class. Students must provide their own acoustic folk or classical guitar.

PIANO I

70485

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9 - 12

PREREQUISITE: None

FEES: None

This course is designed for the student with little or no piano keyboard experience. Basic musical skills like reading music, proper keyboard fingering, notes, and chords will be taught. The course will also introduce various musical styles, like classical, jazz, rock, and blues.

PIANO II

70486

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADES: 9 - 12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE: None

This course is intended for students already capable of note playing and chord playing. Students will build upon basic knowledge learned in Piano I or private lessons by exploring specific keyboard styles and techniques, mre advanced structures, and small group playing. Admittance into this class is dependent on instructor approval.

SYMPHONIC BAND

70325S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Instrument rental (optional)

        Percussion fee: $100

PREREQUISITE: Audition and/or director approval required.

This ensemble is designed to develop musical skills through traditional band literature for higher-level instrumentalists. Emphasis will be on continued technical and musical development on an instrument through a variety of quality band literature. Some wind instruments are available to rent from the school. Out-of-school performances will be required, and are part of the course grade.

WIND ENSEMBLE

70300S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES:   9 - 12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITE:   By audition only

This band course is designed for advanced wind and percussion students. Students will continue with the development of quality individual and ensemble performance skills. The highest quality traditional and contemporary literature for wind band will be explored through intense instruction. This course may be repeated for credit.

MARCHING BAND

ACTIVITY

GRADES:   9 - 12

FEES: $100 district marching band participation fee. $200 TRHS marching band fee.

PREREQUISITE: Students participating in this activity must also be enrolled in band, orchestra, choir or theatre and must participate in summer camps prior to the school year.

Students will continue to learn and enhance music fundamentals and technique learned during previous instructions. Students will also explore multiple approaches to develop and refine aspects of music performance and general effect as it pertains to the Marching Band show design. Rehearsals will be after school two days a week and include several Saturday camps and Competitions. To register for the activity, go to the ThunderRidge Band website.

CONCERT CHOIR

70500S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: PERFORMANCE OUTFIT: Members are required to purchase a performance outfit (full-length black dress and/or tuxedo). Students are responsible for the cost of field trips.

PREREQUISITE:  None. No auditions required

This choir is open to all who wish to perform concerts, but who are not interested in the fees and commitment of the select choirs. Music of all styles will be performed. Rehearsals and performance schedules require some extracurricular commitment.

MEN’S SELECT CHOIR

70565S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Students are asked to purchase a performance outfit. Students are responsible for the cost of field trips.

PREREQUISITE: The willingness to sing and have fun!

This men's choir accepts male singers of any age with an enthusiasm for singing, and will perform at school and for community groups. Music of all styles will be performed. Rehearsals and performance schedules require some extracurricular commitment.

WOMEN’S SELECT CHOIR

70635S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: Students are asked to purchase a performance outfit. Students are responsible for the cost of field trips.

PREREQUISITE:  Audition required

Select Women’s Choir is composed of advanced choir students selected through extensive auditions based upon technical and aesthetic qualities. This varsity choir performs classical, jazz and show music at various concerts, festivals, contests, and community group events throughout the state. Rehearsals and performance schedules require extracurricular commitment.

TREBLE CHOIR

70550S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Students are asked to purchase a performance outfit. Students are responsible for the cost of field trips.

PREREQUISITE: None

Select Treble Choir is composed of intermediate choir students selected through extensive auditions based upon technical and aesthetic qualities. This varsity choir performs classical, jazz, and show music at various concerts. Rehearsals and performance schedules require extracurricular commitment.

SELECT MIXED CHOIR

70630S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit (one year)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Students are asked to purchase a performance outfit. Students are responsible for the cost of field trips.

PREREQUISITE:  Audition required

Select Mixed Choir is composed of advanced choir students selected through extensive auditions based upon technical and aesthetic qualities. This varsity choir performs classical, jazz, and show music at various concerts, festivals, contests, and community group events throughout the state. Rehearsals and performance schedules require extracurricular commitment.

PERFORMING ARTS:  THEATRE

         * These courses will require some directing

THEATRE I

70700

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADE: 9-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: None

This course offers the opportunity for a variety of performance experiences, which may include the following: scene work, monologues, stage combat, improvisation, and pantomime. Major emphasis of the class is on developing beginning acting skills and self esteem. It is suggested but not required,  students take Theatre I in the fall and Theatre II in the spring.

THEATRE II

70710

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADE: 9-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: Theatre I

As a continuation of Theatre I, this course extends development of acting skills and self esteem. Course work may include the following: scene work, monologues, improvisation, play and character analysis, auditioning, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Participation in play production is encouraged.  It is suggested, but not required, that the student take Theatre I in the fall and Theatre II in the spring.

THEATRE III

70720S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADE: 10-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: Theatre I, Theatre II, and/or instructor’s approval

This course emphasizes the development of a higher level of acting skills. Course work may include the following: improvisation, play and character analysis, directing, theatre history, musical theatre, stage combat, and advanced acting techniques. Participation in play production is strongly encouraged. Work outside of class time is expected for rehearsal and performances.

THEATRE IV DIRECTOR  (STAGE DIRECTING AND ACTING)

70730S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Arts credit

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: Theatre I, Theatre II, Theatre III, and/or instructor’s approval

This class allows students to pursue the fundamentals of stage direction. Course work may include the following: directing and advanced acting, film directing, script and character analysis, and design concepts. Work outside of class time is expected for rehearsal and performances

THEATRE PRODUCTION ENSEMBLE

70755S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Fine Art Credit

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: Audition and/or application

This audition-only course is for the advanced theatre student. Students will develop advanced production techniques. Play production is the core of this class. There will be after school production requirements.

TECHNICAL THEATRE I

70780

CREDIT: 0.5 Fine Arts credit

GRADE: 9-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable items

PREREQUISITES: None

This course offers students the opportunity to participate in phases of stagecraft activities. Course work may include the following: scenery construction, stage lighting, make-up, sound, publicity, design, theatre organization management, and maintenance. This course can be taken for Practical Arts credit if the Fine Arts credit has been fulfilled

PRACTICAL ART: BUSINESS and MARKETING (PRA)

POSTSECONDARY PATHWAY

Level I

Level II

Level III

Level IV

Post Secondary Prep

CTE Business & Marketing Essentials

ACC Intro PC Apps (CIS 118) (Sem)

ACC Bus. Legal Enviro. (BUS 216) (Sem)

CTE Accounting Principles I

ACC Principles of Marketing (MAR 216) (Spring Sem)

              &

ACC Principles of Sales (MAR111) (Fall Sem)

CTE Acct. Principles II

ACC Principles of Advertising (MAR 220) (Fall Sem)

                &

ACC Social Media of Business (MAR 155) (Spring Sem)

IB Business SL

Business Communication/ Leadership

IB Business HL

CTE ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I

79061203S1/S1

CREDIT: 1.0 Practical Arts credit

GRADE: 10-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES: None

In this year-long course, you will develop a basic understanding of accounting concepts and terminology. Students will complete the steps of the accounting cycle, including analyzing business transactions, journalizing, and preparing and interpreting financial statements. The class will explore banking, credit, and taxes. This course will give you the opportunity to build your critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Financial literacy and systems thinking will be a focus.

CTE ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES II

79061309S1/S1

CREDIT: 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADE: 11-12

FEES: None

PREREQUISITES:Successful completion of CTE Acct. Prin. I

This course continues the application of accounting principles to business organizations. Major topics include corporate equity and debt financing, investments, cash flow statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cost and managerial accounting.

CTE BUSINESS AND MARKETING ESSENTIALS  (Marketing I)

7906110S1/S2

CREDIT: 1.0 Practical Arts credit  (PRA)

GRADE: 9-12

FEES: $30, DECA membership fee: $30

PREREQUISITES: None

Business and Marketing Essentials is an introductory course for students interested in marketing and business. The course explores the fundamentals of marketing including economics, sales, product/service planning, and promotion/advertising, marketing research, communications, legal and ethical issues, and marketing career development. A hands-on, project oriented approach is used to make the class interesting and fun. Active participation in DECA is an integral component of the curriculum. Membership in DECA is Highly recommended to all students.

 

ACC BUSINESS IN THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT (BUS 216)

 69260

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 3 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better.

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $30 FBLA membership fee

PREREQUISITES: Students must have an ACC "S" number.

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

Emphasizes public law, regulation of business, ethical considerations, and various relationships existing within society, government, and business. Specific attention is devoted to economic regulation, social regulation, regulation and laws impacting labor management issues, and environmental concerns. Students develop an understanding of the role of law in social, political, and economic change. This semester elective is designed to introduce the students to Business Law in their everyday lives. Emphasis is placed on the study of legal rights and obligations that individuals will encounter in everyday business transactions and in their personal life. Consideration is given to problems and situations that require analysis of rights and responsibilities in legal agreements and relationships. A survey of the court system is presented. The study of criminal law, tort law, and contract law will be emphasized. The course ends with a student-driven Mock Trial. This course qualifies students to participate in FBLA.

ACC PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (MAR216 or Marketing II)

69216S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 4 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better.

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable materials. DECA membership fee: $30

PREREQUISITES: Marketing I & Instructor approval. Students must have an ACC "S" number

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

Presents the analysis of theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution, and their applications to businesses and the individual consumer.

ACC PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (MAR220)

69001

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 3 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better.

GRADES: 12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable materials. DECA membership fee: $30

PREREQUISITES: Marketing or ACC Principles of Marketing & teacher recommendation. Students must have an ACC "S" number

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

Examines the principles and practices of advertising and its relationship to business in order to promote a business or organization. Areas of major emphasis include advertising principles, strategies, media, copy and layout, and ethical considerations.

ACC PRINCIPLES OF SALES (MAR111)

69009

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 3 credit hours, credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better.

GRADES: 12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable materials.

PREREQUISITES: Students must have an ACC "S" number and fulfill all ACC Course Requirements

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

ACC Course: MAR 111- Principles of Sales Enables the student to understand and develop ethical sales techniques and covers the role of selling in the marketing process. Areas of emphasis include behavioral considerations in the buying and selling process and sales techniques.3 Credits ACC College Credits

ACC SOCIAL MEDIA OF BUSINESS   (MAR155)

69217

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 3 credit hours. Credit will be awarded for grades "C" or higher.

GRADES: 12

FEES: $30 to cover the cost of consumable materials. DECA membership fee: $30

PREREQUISITES: Marketing or ACC Principles of Marketing & teacher recommendation.Students must have an ACC "S" number.

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

Teaches students how to use social media as a business strategy and covers how to match that strategy with the goals of the business. This course addresses current trends, ethics, regulations, legal challenges, strategy, content development, and change management. This course helps students develop a better understanding of how marketing with social media is similar to and different from traditional marketing and how to best use online methods to further business goals.

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SL

25720S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 11 -12

FEES: DECA membership fee of $30 for those students who participate in DECA. IB Exam $119

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Marketing I

The Business Management Course is designed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well and the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate.

The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment, and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Links between the topics are central to the course. Through the exploration of six underpinning concepts (change, culture, ethics, globalization, innovation and strategy), the course allows students to develop a holistic understanding of today's complex and dynamic business environment. The conceptual learning is firmly anchored in business management theories, tools and techniques and placed in the context of real world examples and case studies. IBO

Distinction between Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL): The recommended teaching time is 240 hours (2 years) to complete HL courses and 150 hours (1 year) to complete SL.

IB Business Management may be taken as a one-year SL Course with exams in May or taken as a two-year sequence for IB Business Management HL with exams at the end of the second year. This course fulfills the Group 6 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis. Submission of the Course Student Commitment Form to the IB office is required at the beginning of the course.

Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HL

25721S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 12

FEES: DECA membership fee of $30 for those students who participate in DECA. IBDP Exam taken in May $119

PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of IB Business Management SL and teacher recommendation.

The Business Management Course is designed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors,l and the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers the key characteristics of business organization and environment, and the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Links between the topics are central to the course. Through the exploration of six underpinning concepts (change, culture, ethics, globalization, innovation and strategy), the course allows students to develop a holistic understanding of today's complex and dynamic business environment. The conceptual learning is firmly anchored in business management theories, tools and techniques and placed in the context of real world examples and case studies. Distinction between Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL): The recommended teaching time is 240 hours (2 years) to complete HL courses and 150 hours (1 year) to complete SL.

IB Business Management may be taken as a one-year SL Course with exams in May or taken as a two-year sequence for IB Business Management HL with exams at the end of the second year. This course fulfills the Group 6 requirements for the IB Diploma Programme and is open to IB Course students on an availability basis. Submission of the Course Student Commitment Form to the IB office is required at the beginning of the course.

The Business Management Course is designed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques.

  • Students learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels.
  • The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the sociocultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate.
  • Students in HL are expected to complete extensions of the core units adding depth and breadth of the second year of study.
  • Weighted IB courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

PRACTICAL ART: Computer & MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY

POSTSECONDARY PATHWAY

Level I

Level II

Level III

Post Secondary Prep

ACC Intro To PC Application (CIS 118)

CTE Animation I

CTE Broadcast Production

CTE Exploring Computer Science

CTE Foundations of Multimedia Production

CTE Game Design

CTE Intro to Multimedia

Digital Audio Production

AP Computer Science Principles

MultiMedia II: Video Production

AP Computer Sci A

CTE Multimedia III: Advanced Game and Programing

ACC INTRO TO PC APPLICATIONS (CIS118)

69020

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

ACC 3 credit hours. Credit will be awarded for grades "C" or better.

GRADES: 9 - 12

FEES: Purchase of a textbook

PREREQUISITES: Students must have an ACC "S" number. 

The registration fee may be covered by a stipend provided by the state of Colorado through the Colorado Opportunity Fund provided eligible students complete the necessary paperwork. Policies are dependent on ACC. This course receives both high school and college credit. *Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in ACC.**

This course introduces computer concepts and components, as well as application-suite software and the Internet. It includes descriptions of hands-on experiences with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and other common PC application packages. Specifically, students will leave with advanced skills in Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Real-world projects or personal and professional use are incorporated into this class. Credit received in this class will be transferable to other Colorado colleges. Though the course number indicates semester one (S1), the class may be scheduled either first or second semester.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

30506S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $15 per semester to cover the cost of consumables. Students are expected to take the National AP exam in May ($97) 

PREREQUISITES:  None

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course. Students cultivate their understanding of computer science through working with data, collaborating to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, and the global impact of computing. Weighted courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for a D and zero points for an F.

AP COMPUTER SCI A

30505S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $15 per semester to cover the cost of consumables. Students are expected to take the National AP exam in May ($97)

PREREQUISITES:  AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science A is an introductory college-level computer science course. Students cultivate their understanding

of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control   structures. Weighted courses award the student five points for an A, four points for a B, three points for a C, one point for

 a D and zero points for an F.

CTE BROADCAST PRODUCTION

7903107S1/S2

CREDITS: 1.0 Practical arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $30 per semester; The purpose of each course fee is to cover

the cost of consumable materials.

PREREQUISITES: None

In this Broadcast Production course, students will examine the techniques and technologies involved in creating multi-camera shoots for the news and narrative broadcast television genres. Students will explore the unique logistical, structural, and aesthetic methodologies that distinguish broadcast production from other types of production.

CTE ANIMATION I

7903104

 CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit  (PRA)

 GRADES: 9-12

 FEES: $40 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

 PREREQUISITES: None

Animation I is an introduction to traditional animation. This course covers essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for postsecondary fields of study. Upon completion of this course, students are able to describe various careers within animation, as well as admission requirements for postsecondary fields of study in Colorado. Students will digitally create both 2D animations and 3D computer-generated animations. The basic principles of design and animation will be covered that have been used by professionals. Students will have drawing assignments to help them in character design, layout, and story development. With the approval of the instructor, students may have the choice to complete major projects in either 2D or 3D.

CTE EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE

30011

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES:

This course is designed for students who want to start exploring computer science. In this course, students will explore engaging and accessible computer science concepts. Students will learn the basics of a computer system from hardware to operating systems, problem-solving techniques, computational thinking practices, and the basics of computer programming. This course will prepare students for Intro to Computer Science.

CTE INTRO TO MULTIMEDIA

79123203

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $15 to cover the cost of consumables.

PREREQUISITES:  None

This is a Project-Based course focusing on the use of entry-level software and techniques to explore basic design principles, photography, web design and video and music production. Units focus on projects that allow students to design, build, create, or perform. CTE Intro to MultiMedia Design I is the first in a high school course series (MD1, MDII, MDIII) to complete an introduction to a comprehensive multimedia design training. After completion of these courses, students are prepared for CTE capstone classes in Animation, Video Production, Photography, Web Design or Music Production. The course will address: Principles of Design, use of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, Web Design, Video and Music Production, and Career Exploration.

MULTIMEDIA II - VIDEO PRODUCTION

31000

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES:

PREREQUISITES:  Multimedia I

Students will move beyond the introductory level of electronic media for students to learn intermediate skills in video production. Pre-requisites:Multimedia I or teacher approval.

MULTIMEDIA III - ADV GAME/PROGRAMING

31020

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 10-12

FEES:

PREREQUISITES:  Multimedia I & II

Students will move beyond the intermediate level of electronic media to learn advanced skills in video game creation. Pre-requisites: Multimedia I and Multimedia II

CTE FOUNDATIONS OF MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION

7903005

 CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

 GRADES: 9-12

 FEES: $15 project fee per semester to cover the cost of consumable materials

 PREREQUISITES: None

Students are introduced to the variety of programs and occupations in the arts, audio/video technology, and production. Within this context, students will be expected to develop an understanding of the various and multifaceted career opportunities in this cluster and the knowledge, skills, and educational requirements for those opportunities.

CTE GAME DESIGN

79121303

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit (PRA)

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: $40 project fee per semester, $80 per year

PREREQUISITES: None

Game Design combines problem-solving techniques with computer game design and implementation to introduce the student to basic gaming and computer science concepts. Students design, implement, and test computer games using software that allows for basic game creation through a wide variety of game creation tools.

 

DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION

70685

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit  (PRA)

 GRADES: 9-12

 FEES: None

 PREREQUISITES: None

Students in this year-long course will learn the fundamental skills and techniques involved in writing and producing video media stories. Students will learn broadcast writing style, production techniques, and editing video packages.

 


PRACTICAL ART: FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE (PRA)

POSTSECONDARY PATHWAY

Level I

Level II

Level III

Post Secondary Prep

CTE Catering I

CTE Catering II

CTE Culinary Nutrition

CTE Educational Childhood and Adolescent Development

CTE Fashion Design I

CTE Interior Design Residential

CTE Personal Finance

CTE Educational Interpersonal Relationships

CTE Baking and Pastry A

CTE Fashion Design II

CTE Interior Design Commercial

MSU Prostart I

MSU Prostart II

CTE BAKING & PASTRY A

79101301S1

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit

GRADES: 10-12

FEES: $40 per semester

PREREQUISITES:  Catering I, Catering II or Culinary Nutrition

This first semester course is intended for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the hospitality and culinary industry. Combining advanced food science, restaurant management, food preparation techniques, and real-world internship opportunities, students, through baking and pastry arts, learn to develop their culinary skills and food knowledge to become employable and sought after employees by local foodservice businesses.

CTE CATERING I  

79101202S1

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Course fee of $40 per semester

PREREQUISITES: None

Catering is a culinary class designed for the beginning and advanced student. Students will develop skills in safety & sanitation, basic food preparation techniques, knife skills, baking, cooking methods, creative meal planning, plate presentation and customer service. Students will also cater a school event for class credit. This class is a great jump start into the ProStart program. Meets graduation requirements in Practical Arts.

CTE CATERING II

79101202S2

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES: Course fee of $40 per semester

PREREQUISITES: None

This is an intermediate culinary class that expands on techniques and skills, providing students with the opportunity to expand on their own culinary expertise, cater events, and discover food traditions from around the world. Students will apply their knowledge in the numerous culinary areas through weekly labs. This is a perfect intermediate class for students interested in entering the restaurant, hospitality, or lodging fields.

CTE EDUCATIONAL CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

79102107S1

CREDITS: 0.5 Practical Arts credit

GRADES: 9-12

FEES:  None

PREREQUISITES:  None

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