2018-2019

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225 Bluebonnet Rd.

La Vernia, TX 78121

830-779-6630

Mrs. Kimberley Martin, Principal

Dear Students and Parents,

The 2018-2019 LVHS Course Catalog contains expanded information pertinent to high school success and beyond. Additional information regarding courses, graduation requirements, college, and testing are included. To make the best choices possible, familiarize yourself with the information contained in all sections. Keep your catalog as a reference for the 2018-2019 school year. Refer back to it as a source of useful information.

As you prepare to make your course selections for next year, challenge yourself both in your academic selections and in your investment in extracurricular activities. Get involved next year! Students who participate in extracurricular activities stay engaged and are generally more successful academically. If you need more information on how to get involved, see your school counselor, teachers, or administrators.

Visit the La Vernia High School website at hs.lvisd.org. The counseling link will contain the online version of the course catalog along with current counseling information/activities.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,

Kimberley Martin

Principal

La Vernia High School

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Glossary and Important Information……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

HB 5 Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………..4

Graduation Requirement Charts…………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………….5

Special Services ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...…………………..6

Dual Credit……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7

On Ramps……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….9

Alamo Academies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..10

Course Selection/Schedule Changes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

Language Arts………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...12

Speech…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...18

Math……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...20

Science…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..25

Social Studies………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...31

Languages Other Than English……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….36

Physical Education………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….38

Athletics………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...39

Fine Arts………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...41

Band……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...43

Music……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..44

Choir………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………45

Theatre Arts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...46

Career & Technology Education……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...48

Art, A/V, Technology and Communication……………………………………………………………………………………………………….48

Computer Science…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..50

Dual Credit……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..52

Architecture…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….54

Business, Management & Finance…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..55

Education and Training…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….57

Engineering……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..58

Health Science………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...59

Human Services……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….60

Career Preparation…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..62

Law Enforcement……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..63

Agricultural, Food, & Natural Resources…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..64

Other Electives………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...67

Appendix A……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...68

Appendix B……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...72

Appendix C………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………73

Nondiscrimination Act

In accordance with Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, the La Vernia Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, military status, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or any other basis prohibited by law. Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator is located at: 13600 US Hwy 87 W, La Vernia, Tx. 78121, (830) 779-2181 x 2227. If you have questions regarding information contained in this catalog, contact your student’s counselor at La Vernia High School 830-779-6630.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles del año 1964, el Título IX de la Reforma Educativa del año 1972, el Artículo 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación del año1973 y el Título II de la Ley de los Estadounidenses con Discapacidades del año 1992, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de La Vernia no discrimina por motivos de raza, religión, estado militar, color, nacionalidad, edad, sexo, discapacidad ni por ningún otro motivo prohibido por la ley. La coordinadora del Título IX y la coordinadora del Artículo 504: 13600 US Hwy 87 W, La Vernia, Tx. 78121, (830) 779-2181 x 2227.  Si tiene preguntas sobre el contenido de este documento, llame al número de los consejeros en la escuela de su alumno La Vernia High School 830-779-6630.

 

GLOSSARY AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Pre-AP Classes

Pre-AP classes are designed to prepare students for enrollment in regular AP classes that are offered at the 10th, 11th and 12th grade level.  Most Pre-AP classes are offered to 9th and 10th graders.  Students are expected to do considerable outside reading and must complete other advanced assignments.

Advanced classes are subject to different grade and curriculum requirements and operate at a higher and faster pace than regular classes. Students who are unable to meet the class requirements can find themselves being removed from these classes and placed in regular classes. Students should refer to their advanced class teacher and to the secondary grading procedures for more information.

(Pre-AP courses are weighted.)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement courses, sponsored by College Board, allow students to undertake college-level academic learning through a rigorous curriculum. The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities.  It gives high school students exposure to college-level material through involvement in an AP course, and then gives them an opportunity to demonstrate that knowledge by taking an AP Exam.  A fee is charged for each examination and graded on a scale of 1 to 5.  Colleges and universities are then able to grant credit, placement, or both to these students, depending on scores earned and college policy.  The College Board is the governing body of the AP Program; and as such, all AP courses and their instructors must adhere to specific guidelines set forth by the College Board.   Students should contact directors of admissions at colleges of their choice to ask about specific advanced placement and credit policies. For more information concerning AP courses, check the AP Central website at collegeboard.com. For further information on how much credit is accepted at various colleges, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy.

Advanced classes are subject to different grade and curriculum requirements and operate at a higher and faster pace than regular classes. Students who are unable to meet the class requirements can find themselves being removed from these classes and placed in regular classes. Students should refer to their advanced class teacher and to the secondary grading procedures for more information.

(AP Courses are Weighted)

  Career Pathways

As part of the HB5 Graduation requirements, eighth (8th) grade students select a career preference in the form of a Career Pathway. In grades 9-11 students are advised of the available coherent sequence of courses in their chosen Career Pathway, and at this time students can amend their selection of career area. A coherent sequence must include 2 or more courses in the same career area for 4 or more credits.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The CTE Program provides career and technical courses that give students the opportunity to acquire skills and competencies for their future roles as consumers and/or wage earners.  The curriculum is designed to help students acquire employable skills for a transition from school to work.

Attendance

Poor attendance adversely affects grades. By failing to meet state minimum standards for days in class, students lose credit for the class even if a passing grade is earned. Please refer to the student handbook for additional information.

Graduation

In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, students must meet all graduation requirements, including passing all areas of the STAAR-EOC and earning required credits.

House Bill 5 Graduation Summary

House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor, provides for a new set of graduation plans for Texas students.  These graduation plans consist of a foundation plan for every Texas student and five endorsements from which students may choose, depending on their interests.  When selected, students will complete each of these endorsements with four Mathematics, four Science, four English Language Arts, and three Social Studies credits.  Students are also required to complete two foreign language credits, one credit in Physical Education, and one credit in Fine Arts.

Students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 and thereafter must choose from one of the following endorsements:

•        Arts and Humanities – Art, Dance, Musical, or Theatre; Languages other than English (LOTE)

•        Business and Industry – Agriculture, Audio/Visual Technology, Communication, Business Management and Administration, Finance, and Hospitality and Tourism.

•        Multidisciplinary Studies – Advanced courses from one or multiple Endorsement areas that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or postsecondary education without remediation.

•        Public Services – Human Services,  Law Enforcement

•        Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Computer Science; Mathematics, and Science

Students may change their endorsement at any time provided they can complete the courses necessary to fulfill the endorsement requirements.

To qualify as part of the top ten percent of their graduating class, students must successfully complete Algebra II and four years of science.  The following Personal Graduation Plan charts summarizes the graduation plan as it coincides with the year a student entered their 9th grade year of high school.

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LVISD Students Entering 9th Grade in the 2014-15 School Years and Thereafter

Courses

Foundation High School Program

Foundation High School Program with Endorsement

Foundation Program with Distinguished Level of Achievement (requires completing at least one Endorsement)

*please reference the Performance Acknowledgements Overview - Appendix B

English Language Arts

Four credits are required. English I, II, III, and an Advanced English course are required.

Four credits are required. English I, II, III, and an Advanced English course are required.

Four credits are required. English I, II, III, and an Advanced English course are required.

Mathematics

Three credits are required. Algebra I and Geometry are required courses. The remaining credit is an advanced math.

Four credits are required. Algebra I and Geometry are required courses. The remaining two credits must be Advanced Math courses.*

Four credits are required. Algebra I and Geometry are required courses. The remaining two credits must be Advanced Math courses including Algebra 2.*

Science

Three credits are required. One credit must be Biology. One credit must be IPC, Chemistry or Physics. One credit must be an Advanced Science.

Four credits are required. One credit must be Biology. One credit must be IPC, Chemistry or Physics. The remaining two credits must be Advanced Science courses.*

Four credits are required. One credit must be Biology. One credit must be IPC, Chemistry or Physics. The remaining two credits must be Advanced Science courses.*

Social Studies

Three credits are required. World Geography or World History is required. U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Economics are required.

Three credits are required. World Geography or World History is required. U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Economics are required.*

Three credits are required. World Geography or World History is required. U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Economics are required.*

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Two credits of the same language are required.

Two credits of the same language are required.*

Two credits of the same language are required.*

Physical Education

One credit is required. This credit may be earned through PE or an approved PE substitution.

One credit is required. This credit may be earned through PE or an approved PE substitution.

One credit is required. This credit may be earned through PE or an approved PE substitution.

Fine Arts

One credit is required and may be selected from courses in the area of Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre.

One credit is required and may be selected from courses in the area of Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre.

One credit is required and may be selected from courses in the area of Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre.

Electives

Four and one-half credits are required.

Six and one-half credits are required.*

Six and one-half credits are required.*

Total

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Eligibility Requirements for ExtraCurricular Activities

La Vernia High School competes in a number of academic and athletic extra curricular activities to provide enrichment for students. To participate, students must maintain academic eligibility. To do so, students must maintain a grade of 70% or higher in all academic subjects other than advanced courses. The advanced courses recognized by LVHS include all Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Credit courses.  Students not successful in an advanced class will have to go through an approval process in order to maintain eligibility.  See advanced course agreement for more details.

Section 504 Services

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination and assures that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students. Eligible students are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning, self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and performing manual tasks.

Special Education Services

LVHS offers a full continuum of services for students receiving special education support and services. Services are provided to students based on decisions made during their Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARD) meetings and specified in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

High School Courses Taken in Junior High

La Vernia offers courses for high school credit taken during junior high school. Students who take these classes must show satisfactory completion of the prerequisite and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as well as state and district requirements. Credit will be reflected on the student’s high school transcript; grades for these courses will NOT be averaged in the high school GPA. Students who complete Algebra I or Algebra I and Geometry in junior high will take higher-level mathematics courses in grades 9-12. Students who successfully complete another language in the 8th grade may use this unit to satisfy one credit of the “Other Languages” requirement.

Transfer Credit Policy

LVHS grants course credit from any state, national, or international accredited educational institution or private school, charter school or homeschool program providing that (1) the course credit is recorded on an official transcript of that educational institution, (2) the course is a recognized credit course in the State of Texas as identified in the official state accredited course listing published each year by the Texas Education Association, and (3) the course meets the State of Texas TEKS for the specific course.

For those courses meeting the above criteria, LVHS uses a numerical grade as shown on the educational institution’s official transcript for calculating GPA and class rank except for grades from non-American educational institutions. In addition, LVHS shall award weighted points for the purpose of GPA and class rank for any grade that meets the above three criteria if the educational institution’s official transcript designates the course as honors, Pre-AP, AP, IB, Dual Credit, or accelerated. Weighted points will only be awarded for courses that are offered at LVHS at the accelerated level.

If the educational institution does not provide a numerical grade, LVHS shall assign the following numerical grades for letter grades:

Letter Grade Conversion Table

A+              98               A                 95               A-               92
B+               88               B                 85               B-                82
C+               78               C                 75               C-                72
D+              P                 D                 P                 D-               P
F                  F

Any “P” pass or “F” fail shall not be granted grade points; however credit will be granted for any course receiving a “P” pass and meeting the above criteria.

Immunizations

Immunizations must be compliant with Texas law at the time of registration.  ADT (Tetanus, Diphtheria Booster) is required at least every ten years, usually at age 14-16.

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit (DC) program allows qualified students to enroll in courses that receive both college and high school credit.  Alamo Community Colleges (ACC) partners with LVISD through St. Philip’s College and Palo Alto College in providing the DC program. Dual Credit is a voluntary program. 

Advanced classes are subject to different grade and curriculum requirements and operate at a higher and faster pace than regular classes. Students who are unable to meet the class requirements can find themselves being removed from these classes and placed in regular classes. Students should refer to their advanced class teacher and to the secondary grading procedures for more information.

 

BENEFITS:        

•        DC courses are tuition and fee free!  

•        Students earn transferable college credit hours.  (While most colleges/universities will accept the DC hours, some will not.  Students must research the DC transfer policy of colleges/universities in which they are interested in attending.)

•        In accordance with Texas regulations and ACC policy, students may enroll in DC classes according to the following chart:

Freshman Year

1 DC course in the Spring

Sophomore Year

2 DC courses in the Fall

2 DC courses in the Spring

Junior Year

2 DC courses in the Fall

2 DC courses in the Spring

Senior Year

3 DC courses in the Fall

3 DC courses in the Spring

***DC is not offered in the summer.

ELIGIBILITY PROCESS:  Students qualify for the DC program by:

•        Attending the parent/student meeting for those interested in starting the DC program.  Parents will be notified via email.

•        Completing and submitting the DC Consent/Application to the appropriate counselor.

•        Completing the Apply Texas application.  The application will be completed at school under the      

             supervision of the appropriate counselor.

•        Completing the ACC “GO FAARR” and a practice test.  This will be completed at school under the

             supervision of the appropriate counselor.

•        Earning required test scores.  The following exams may be utilized to qualify students:

The TSI and STAAR exams are administered on campus. TSI tests are administered on Saturdays.

The Accuplacer is not allowed as a test by which to qualify for DC.

SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL TO COLLEGES:  The counselors will submit all DC application packets. No incomplete package will be submitted. Students may not submit material on their own.

DC COURSE PREPARATION:  While Pre-AP courses are not required, they are highly recommended as a preparation for the rigorous requirements of DC courses, particularly those in math and science.

DC GRADES:        

•        DC course grades are permanent grades reflected on both your high school AND college transcript. DC

             grades affect both high school and college GPA.

•        DC grades are recorded as weighted grades.  Twelve (12)** are added to the numerical grade only. when calculating the numerical grade average (NGA).  The NGA is used to determine rank in class.  The extra points will not be reflected on the transcript grade itself. **For Freshmen entering the 16-17 school year, Pre-AP grades are weighted 10 points, for AP/DC courses, grades are weighted 12 points.

        

      •        DC letter grades will be converted to the following numeric grades on the transcript:

             A = 95                B=85                C=75                D=70                F=50        

Expand from 10 courses (30 college hours) to 14 courses (42 college hours)

COURSE DELIVERY:  Course instruction is delivered in one of two ways:

•        ON CAMPUS INSTRUCTION:  Some DC courses are taught on the LVHS campus by LVHS teachers who are qualified as adjunct instructors through Alamo Colleges.  Instruction is done in the LVHS classroom.

•        ONLINE INSTRUCTION:  

Dual Credit courses are offered in all core subject areas at La Vernia High School and in selected elective areas.  Please refer to the Course Listing for available classes.

                                                Alamo Academies

Alamo Academies is a program designed to help students reach their dreams of earning high paying careers.  The Academies provide opportunities for students in high school to get a college education and gain experience in rewarding careers in the following industries:  Aerospace, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Health Professions, and Heavy Equipment.  Students will take their college courses at the Alamo Colleges, earning 31-34 college semester hours at no personal cost.  Most programs have a built in paid mandatory summer internship between junior and senior year with qualifying students earning approximately $3,000 to work first hand with what they are learning in class.  Interested parties should contact the Academic Dean at (830) 779-6630. A presentation will be made to both the students and the parents  and the students will be given an application to fill out and return to the college and career advisor.

On Ramps

OnRamps is a dual enrollment program designed to help your student be more successful in college by exposing him or her to a rigorous, high-quality, college-level course. Each OnRamps course matches an existing course taught at UT Austin and is designed to prepare students for the kind of work and ways of thinking expected in college. Students have the opportunity to earn credit from The University of Texas at Austin through University Extension based on their academic performance.  

Alamo Academies

Dual Credit courses provide an opportunity for students to obtain college credit while pursuing their high school diploma. The traditional high school course work is expanded into the college course curriculum. It is a two-year commitment and students must sign up for their 10th grade year. *TSI College Readiness Assessment must be taken and an official transcript must be sent to the college.

Level

Aerospace Academy (AA)

Course #

Credits

11-12

Aerospace

T720-T721

3

This program is designed to provide high school students with technical training in airframe and powerplant mechanics from college instructors, with paid summer internships with one of the industry partners. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for jobs in the aerospace industry where they can complete their technical training toward their FAA license. Up to thirty college credit hours are available for post-secondary course of study.

*Leads to jobs as an Aircraft Turbines Mechanic or Aircraft Structures Mechanic

Level

Information Technology &

Security Academy (ITSA)

Course #

Credits

11-12

Information Technology & Security

T354-T355

3

This program is designed to provide high school students with knowledge and skills in the area of information technology computer security, web development and programming and offers opportunities for paid summer internships with one of the industry partners. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level information technology positions or post-secondary Information Technology course of study.

**Leads to jobs in Information Technology/Security & Assurance

Level

Adv. Manufacturing Technology Academy (AMTA)

Course #

Credits

11-12

Manufacturing Technology Academy

T731-T732

3

This program prepares students for careers in manufacturing production operations and facilities maintenance. Student competes for paid internships in the summer of their junior year with such companies as DynaTech Turbine Services, Columbia Industries, Alamo Iron Works, Light Speed Technology and others.

**Leads to careers such as CNC Tool Operator, Manufacturing Operation Maintenance Assistant

Level

Health Professions Academy (HPA)

Course #

Credits

11-12

Health Professions

T610-T611

3

This program is designed for students wishing to pursue degrees ranging from nursing and health information systems to respiratory care and invasive cardiovascular technology. The Center for Health Professions at St. Philip’s College has the most advanced human simulation patient facility in the United States. It houses complete radiology systems and surgical site, an eight bed general hospital suite and a fully functional nursing station.

**Limited number of spots available.

**Leads to jobs in Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Vocational Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse

Level

Heavy Equipment Academy (HEA)

Course #

Credits

11-12

Heavy Equipment Academy

T725-T726

3

This program will provide a college pathway for high school juniors and seniors to attain industry and Academic certificates helping to lead to high wage earning jobs or to further their higher education while addressing critical industry workforce needs. Industry partners include HOLT CAT, ASCO (Case), ROMCO (Volvo), RDO (John Deere), Cooper Equipment, Zachry Construction, Dean Word Co, Martin Marietta.

**Leads to jobs with State Highway departments, Waste Management, Construction, Holt Cat, and an array of different oil and gas companies.

Course Selection Process

La Vernia High Schools Counseling Office instructs the students to use Career Cruising for selecting classes during the second semester of the year.  Courses totaling eight periods must be chosen when completing course selections. Course selection worksheets  are to be taken home for parental review.  Request for advanced and CTE courses will be screened by teachers to ensure prerequisites have been met.

Sign up for next year’s courses based on the assumption that courses in progress will be passed. If you fail a core course at the end of the year (English, Math, Science, or Social Studies) you will be placed back in the course which you failed at the end of the school year. If you attend summer school and earn a passing grade, please submit a grade report that reflects a passing score from an accredited school and your schedule will be adjusted. No schedules will be changed until proof of passing grade is submitted to counseling office.

Alternate electives/choices must be selected.  They are used in the case of conflicts in course selections.  For example, conflict(s) may happen when a student chooses several upper level courses.  Students are reminded that some course offerings are tentative and are dependent upon sufficient enrollment.  Alternate course choices must be listed for elective courses on the choice slip.

Schedules will be issued to students during their grade level prep day prior to the beginning of the school year. Students who are requesting a change from a Pre-AP class or AP class will be given until the end of the first nine weeks of school.

Choose wisely. Schedule changes will not be granted past the deadline.

Students not submitting course selections will be contacted by a counselor.

***Please note: Students who fail any portion of the prescribed State of Texas assessment test for their grade level may be assigned a specifically designed course the following year.

Schedule Changes/Corrections

All students will be given the opportunity to request course corrections ONLY during the first week of school. All requests must be submitted on the course change form available through the Counseling Office. Changes are made based upon available space. Changes must not negatively impact other courses.

 Students wishing to drop a Pre-AP, AP, or OR course need to refer to the Advanced Level Course Agreement and Students Expectations for Advanced Level Courses, located in Appendix A.

Teachers are randomly assigned through the computer generated scheduling process. Requests for a change of teacher will not be considered.

 

Language Arts Course Sequence

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LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


English 1                        #1123

Grade:        9        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite:        None

This course stresses the study of language including composition, literature, and grammar usage.  Composition includes the writing process, refinement of skills, and practice with different approaches and styles.  Literature begins with the study of genre and terms. Focus areas: grammar, literary elements, poetry, required novels, plays, and creative writing.


English 1 Pre-AP                        #1124

Grade:        9        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite:        Parent Approval and Teacher Recommendation preferred

This advanced course stresses the study of language including composition, literature, and grammar usage.  Composition includes the writing process, refinement of skills, and practice with different approaches and styles. It is designed to challenge students who show aptitude and achievement. Special emphasis is placed on sophisticated reading and critical writing skills. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre-AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands.  This course prepares students for future AP courses and Dual Credit Courses.

Weighted


English 2                        #1223

Grade:        10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of English 1

This course includes the study of language and includes composition, literature, and grammar usage.  Students study the writing process, focusing on refinement of skills through editing and rewriting. Extensive readings from multiple genres in world literature are a primary focus. Oral, as well as written, communications are refined in this course.


English 2 Pre-AP                        #1224

Grade:        10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - English

Prerequisite:        Pre -AP English preferred, mastery of 9th grade EOC, Parent Approval, Teacher Recommendation preferred; Successful completion of English 1 or equivalent

This advanced course includes the study of language and includes composition, literature, and grammar usage.  Students study the writing process, focusing on refinement of skills through editing and rewriting.  Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre-AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands. This course prepares students for future AP courses.

Weighted


English 3                        #1323

Grade:        11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - English

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of English 2

This course includes the study of literature, composition, and grammar usage.  American authors’ works and times, in conjunction with the study of genre and literary terms, are the focus of this course.


AP English 3                         #1325

Grade: 11        Credit: 1

Meets: Graduation requirement- English

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 2

This college-level course prepares students to take the AP Language and Composition exam for possible college credit. Critical and creative thinking skills are developed through the reading and critical analysis of literature and language as well as required reading, discussion, essays, and exams. Students are required to use rhetorical analysis, critical evaluation, and advanced writing techniques. Students will read and write extensively and keep a portfolio of written work. A summer reading assignment may be required.

Weighted


On Ramps English 3                #1327

Grade:        11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite:        English 2 Pre- AP preferred, mastery of 10th grade ELA EOC, Parent Approval; Teacher Approval preferred; Successful completion of English 2 or equivalent

This course emphasizes critical thinking, advanced reading, and writing skills. There is an emphasis on rhetoric and composition.   This is a writing intensive course that prepares student for college level work. Students will conduct research and study the reading and writing of American Rhetoric.

Weighted


English SOL 1                        #1013

English SOL 2                        #1023

(English for Speakers of Other Languages 2)

Grade:                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English 1/2

Prerequisite:         LPAC Recommendation

This course, stresses the development of concepts and skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of English.


The following courses may be taken to satisfy requirements of Advanced English credit.

English 4                        #1423

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - English

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of English 3

This course includes the study of literature, composition and grammar usage, and literary terms.  Students will study British authors, focusing on poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. Writing is emphasized along with research projects and critical thinking. There is an emphasis on the analysis of literature.


English 4 AP (AP Literature)        #1425

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite: Pre-AP classes preferred, mastery of 11th grade ELA  EOC, Parent Approval; Successful completion of English 3 or equivalent

The course emphasizes critical thinking, and advanced reading and writing skills. Students will experience college level work. Outside reading and writing assignments are required. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Dual Credit English 4                 #1426

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – English

Prerequisite:        Pre AP classes preferred, Enrolled in Dual Credit; Successful completion of English 3 or equivalent

These courses are taught face to face and meet the requirements for English 4.  Students are responsible for meeting all course requirements.  

ENGL 1301 Composition I: Principles and techniques, which may include documentation of written, expository, and persuasive composition; analysis of literary, expository, and/or persuasive tests; emphasis on critical thinking.

ENGL 1302 Composition II:  Must earn a “C” or better in ENGL 1301.  Course covers principles and techniques of written, expository, and persuasive composition; analysis of literary, expository, and/or persuasive tests; emphasis on critical thinking.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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Yearbook 3                        #1513

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:         Yearbook 2, Teacher recommendation, A or B in English

This course includes advanced application of design and layout.  It provides opportunities for students to take on leadership responsibilities as section editors. Students will study concepts such as making templates, and will organize and develop the theme for the yearbook


Humanities                        #1450

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        English 3

The course encompasses the study of major historical and cultural movements and their relationships to literature and other fine arts. The course explores human creativity and world culture through close evaluation of the arts. Some of the art forms explored include mythology, photography, painting, documentary films, cinema, and many others. Students will explore different cultures and art forms both through discussion and writing. Students use written composition and research skills as a means to demonstrate their understanding of creative achievements in the arts, literature, and how those creations are a reflection of their historical context.


Independent Study - English        #1455

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        Advanced Academic Advisor and Department Head recommendations

Independent Study is a one year elective designed for students in Advanced Academic Programs. Students enrolled in this course will choose, with the help of the course facilitator, a specific topic to research and study over the duration of the year. This topic and the action research project resulting from it may be presented to a panel of professionals at the end of the year.

*Students successfully completing the Independent Study in English course and panel presentation may be eligible to receive credit for one of the advanced measures for the Distinguished Academic Program.

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Debate 3                        #1543

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        Debate 2

Debate consists of the study of argument theory, strategies, and techniques including: research, organization, listening, thinking, speaking, and writing cases including argument and brief construction. Each succeeding level of debate courses includes more advanced study and application including emphasis on: topicality, counter-plans, permutations, and the adaptation to different paradigms, adjudicators, and audiences.


Oral Interpretation 3                #1553

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        Oral Interpretation 2

This class is designed to allow students to explore literature, screenplays, and theatre from personal experience. Students will learn how to analyze selections from different genres of literature in terms of character development, tone and mood and will be able to apply that analysis in developing a personal interpretation of selections. Students will be expected to read text aloud on a weekly basis in front of the class or class audience.

Students must attend at least two tournaments during the year. Tournaments are held on Saturdays.


Public Speaking 3                #1533

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline: 2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Public Speaking 2

Students will learn the concepts and skills related to preparing and presenting public messages.  Students will gain skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.  Areas examined are invention, organization, style, memory and delivery.

English Electives

Creative Writing                         #1821

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective OR may be substituted for English 4

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of English 3 if substituting for English 4

This course introduces students to the scope of creative writing.  This course emphasizes the writing of short stories, poetry, and dramatic works.


Journalism                        #1500

Grade:        9– 12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        A or B in English

Journalism is a course where journalistic writing, editing, computer skills, and photo graphics will be taught to produce a high school newspaper or yearbook.  Students interested in participating on the school newspaper or yearbook staff in upper grades must first enroll in the journalism class.


Yearbook 1                        #1511

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Digital and Media Teacher recommendation, A or B in English, Journalism

The course includes planning and developing a theme for the yearbook.  It provides practice and application in writing captions and writing copy to produce the yearbook.  Students also plan advertising, sales, and distribution campaigns.  Students use computers to produce copy and keep records.  Yearbook is a course designed for students looking to experience the fast paced world of publishing.  Students will learn the basics of creating and marketing a publication. This course will also teach students the basics of desktop publishing, digital photography, journalistic writing, sales, and advertising.

**Yearbook courses will require students to work at school on the Yearbook for one week prior to the beginning of the school year. Students are also required to work one Saturday per month on the Yearbook, as well. The teacher will assign dates and times.


Yearbook 2                        #1512

Grade:        11-12        Credit:         1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Yearbook 1, Teacher recommendation, A or B in English

This course includes advanced application of design and layout.  It provides opportunities for student to take on leadership responsibilities as section editors.  Students will study concepts such as making templates, and will organize and develop the theme for the yearbook.


TSI English Test Prep                #1424

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - English

Prerequisite: Students who have not passed the TSI on previous attempts

In this college-preparatory course, students will improve integrated critical reading and writing skills through engagement with a variety of texts across content areas and genres.  As a result, students will be able to develop and express ideas clearly and effectively to communicate with various audiences for various purposes and occasions.


SPEECH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Debate 1        Debate 2        Debate 3

#1541                #1542                #1543

Grade:        9-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        None for Debate 1; Prior Debate class for Debate 2 and 3

Debate consists of the study of argument theory, strategies, and techniques including: research, organization, listening, thinking, speaking, and writing cases including argument and brief construction. Each succeeding level of debate courses includes more advanced study and application including emphasis on: topicality, counter-plans, permutations, and the adaptation to different paradigms, adjudicators, and audiences.


Oral Interpretation 1        Oral Interpretation 2                Oral Interpretation 3

#1551                        #1552                                #1553

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        None for Oral Interpretation 1; Prior Oral Interpretation class for Oral Interpretation 2 and 3

This class is designed to allow students to explore literature, screenplays, and theatre from personal experience. Students will learn how to analyze selections from different genres of literature in terms of character development, tone and mood and will be able to apply that analysis in developing a personal interpretation of selections. Students will be expected to read text aloud on a weekly basis in front of the class or class audience.

Students must attend at least two tournaments during the year. Tournaments are held on Saturdays.


Public Speaking        1        Public Speaking 2                Public Speaking 3

#1531                        #1532                                #1533

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline: 2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Professional Communication

Students will learn the concepts and skills related to preparing and presenting public messages.  Students will gain skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.  Areas examined are invention, organization, style, memory and delivery.


Independent Study - Speech        #1555

Grade:        12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:        Minimum two previously completed courses of Debate/Oral Interpretation/Public Speaking

Communication skills are important in all aspects of life. Students who have mastered concepts and developed skills in introductory courses should be provided with opportunities to extend their knowledge and expand their skills in more advanced study. Independent Study in Speech provides opportunities for advanced students to plan, organize, produce, perform, and evaluate a project that enables them to develop advanced skills in communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. Additionally, students are required to practice their skills at a minimum of 4 local tournaments.


 

Math Course Sequence

**Per HB5, students must successfully complete Algebra I, to be enrolled in any subsequent mathematics course .

MATHEMATICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Algebra 1                        #2123

Grade:        9         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        None

This course is designed to provide a firm foundation for future mathematic courses. The topics of study include real number operations, rational and polynomial concepts, linear equations and inequalities with one or two variables, graphing, radicals, and quadratics. The content of Algebra I is organized around families of functions, with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. Students will use functions to represent, model, analyze, and interpret relationships in problem situations. The student will also learn to model real-world situations using functions. Students will also be instructed in the use of a graphing calculator. Graphing calculator is required.


Math Models with Applications (MMA)  #2223

Grade:        10-11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry

In this course, students use mathematics methods to model and solve real-life problems involving money, data, probability, statistics, patterns and science.  Students will use a variety of tools including technology to solve problems and model mathematical concepts.  Concepts and skills from Algebra I and Geometry will be reinforced in this course.  


Geometry                         #2323

Grade:        9-10         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of Algebra 1

In Geometry, the student extends the course of Algebra by requiring students to apply algebraic skills in a practical setting of perimeter, circumference, area, surface area, volume, and other measurements of plane and solid figures.  Other geometric topics include linear relationships, angle of triangles and polygons, quadrilaterals, properties of similar and congruent polygons, right triangles, transformations, and properties of circles with an introduction in trigonometry.  Students will have the opportunity to exercise technology skills through the access of a graphing calculator.  Graphing calculator is required.


Geometry Pre-AP                #2324

Grade:        9-10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of Algebra 1; Pre-AP Algebra I preferred; Teacher recommendation preferred

Students who enroll in this class should expect a more rigorous and accelerated program than in a regular class. Geometry Pre AP provides a more in-depth study of plane and solid geometry. The ability to evaluate, organize, and formalize proofs will be an integral part of the course. Topics covered will be the same as the Geometry course along with non-Euclidean Geometry. Students who wish to take the Advanced Placement Examination during their junior/senior years should consider this course. Extensive use is made of the graphing calculator.Graphing calculator is required. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands.  This course prepares students for future AP courses.

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Algebra 2                        #2423

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        Geometry or Geometry Pre AP

Students will continue their study of functions initiated in Algebra I with an emphasis on quadratics, square root, exponential and logarithmic functions. Algebra II addresses the complex number system, higher-degree polynomials, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, determinants, and factoring. Numerical, graphical and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems. Students will use real world data and technology to solve problems. The course will emphasize higher order skills, problem solving, and preparation for higher levels of mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to exercise technology skills through the access of a graphing calculator. Graphing calculator required.


Algebra 2 Pre-AP                          #2424

Grade:        10 -11         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:        Geometry, Geometry Pre AP preferred; Teacher recommendation preferred

Students who enroll in this class should expect a more rigorous and accelerated program than in a regular class. This course covers the content of regular Algebra II but goes beyond the course in both depth and content. Other topics include synthetic division, conic sections, rational functions, polynomial functions with the remainder and factor theorem, rational roots theorem, and the fundamental theorem of Algebra. This course is designed for students who will advance to PreCalculus and AP Calculus. The level of instruction/curriculum will focus on preparing the student for Advanced Placement courses. Extensive use is made of the graphing calculator.  Graphing calculator is required.Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. This course prepares students for future AP courses (Calculus and/or Statistics).

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PreCalculus                        # 2523

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Math

Prerequisite:        Geometry, Algebra 2

This course is designed to explore many advanced mathematical models and their applications which are used in science, engineering, physics, and other fields.  This course will cover the following topics:  polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, vectors, sequences and series, and other topics in analytic geometry.


Dual Credit PreCalculus                  #2526

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Math

Prerequisite:        Successful completion of Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Enrolled in Dual Credit; Pre-AP courses are recommended

MATH 1414 College Algebra (Pre-Cal Track):  This course includes the study of quadratics; polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equation; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.

MATH 2412 PreCalculus: Requires passing MATH 1414 with a grade of “C” or higher.  This course applies algebra and trigonometry to the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs.  Also includes: conic sections; circular and trigonometric functions, inverse circular functions, identities, conditional equations, graphs, solution of triangles, polar coordinates, complex numbers and vectors; and mathematical induction.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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AP Calculus AB                                     #2625

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Math

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus, DC Pre-calculus preferred; Parent Approval; Teacher recommendation preferred

This course is recommended for the advanced mathematics student who desires to pursue a career in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or other Science related fields. It includes concepts and skills associated with limits, differentiation, and integration.     AP Calculus AB is designed to prepare a motivated student to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Examination as offered by the College Board to receive college credit. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit. Graphing calculator is required. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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On RAMPS  Statistics                         #2637

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Math

Prerequisite:        Pre-Calculus, DC Pre-calculus preferred; Teacher recommendation preferred

The purpose of the course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The emphasis will be on conceptual understanding and interpretation of various statistical models. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes (a) exploring data; describing patterns and departures from patterns (b) sampling and experimentation; planning and conducting a study (c)anticipating patterns; exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation  statistical inference; estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.  Students will have the opportunity to earn 3 hours of college credit in statistics.

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Advanced Quantitative Reasoning                #2640

Grade:        12        Credit: 1                        

Timeline:        2 Semesters                        

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

AQR follows Algebra II and emphasizes statistics and financial applications. It prepares students to use a variety of mathematical tools and approaches to model a range of situations and solve problems.


TSI Math Test Prep                #2524    

Grade:        12        Credit: 01                

Timeline:        2 Semesters                        

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Math

Prerequisite: Students who have not passed the TSI on previous attempts

Topics include real numbers, basic geometry, polynomials, factoring, linear equations, inequalities, quadratic equations, rational expressions, factoring techniques, radicals, algebraic functions, complex numbers, graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, systems of equations, graphing quadratic equations and an introduction to functions. Emphasis is placed on algebraic techniques, in order to successfully complete an entry-level college mathematics course.


Math Lab 2-4                        #2100    

Grade:        10-12        Credit: 0                        

Timeline:        2 Semesters                        

Meets:        Local Credit Only

These courses will provide students support with their mathematics classes as well as an in-depth review of the STAAR Math Objectives for students who are struggling with the concepts tested on the Exit-Level Algebra I STAAR test. Students will work on test taking strategies. The class will assist students in the current math class he/she is enrolled in.


Science Course Sequences

*Advanced Science Course

4 credits Science: Biology, two credits in any advanced science course, one credit in IPC/Chemistry/Physics

*Endorsements requiring science coursework:

        STEM – Science (Bio, Chem, Physics, and 2 more advanced sciences)

        STEM – Math (Bio, Chem, Physics and 1 more advanced science)

        STEM – Computer Science (Bio, Chem, Physics, and 1 more advanced science)

        STEM – Math/Sci/Computer Sci Combo (Bio, Chem, Physics and 1 more advanced science)

        Multidisciplinary – 4 science (Bio, IPC or advanced science, 2 more advanced sciences)

*Students may choose to take more than one science course in an academic year upon completion of chemistry        

 

SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Biology                        #3223

Grade:        9         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        None

In the Biology course, students study a variety of topics that include:  structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues, and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment.  Students learn how to nucleic acids are involved in the formation of an organism and the inheritance of traits.  Students learn to use Punnett squares and probability to find possible genotypes and phenotypes.  Students understand the relationship between ecology, evolution, and genetic principles.  They understand differences between bacteria and viruses.  Food webs and cycling of nutrients in ecosystems are learned as well as the significance of structures and adaptations of both plants and animals.  Hands-on activities and laboratory exercises comprise at least 40% of the course.


Biology Pre-AP                #3224

Grade:        9         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        Teacher recommendation preferred

Biology Pre AP is an advanced course for students with a strong interest in science and excellent study skills. Many of the concepts are similar to those in the Biology course; presentation of material is accelerated and more detailed to prepare students for the rigor of college-level coursework. Special emphasis will be placed on hands-on activities and laboratory exercises; and on introducing skills, concepts and assessment methods to prepare students for success in AP and other challenging courses.Hands-on activities and laboratory exercises comprise at least 40% of the course. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. This course prepares students for future AP courses.

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Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) #3123

Grade:        10          Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        None

IPC is an introductory course that integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in the following topics: properties of matter, changes in matter, solution chemistry, motion, waves, and energy transformations.  Students use the Periodic Table as a tool to predict patterns in chemical bonding and balance simple chemical equations, become familiar with factors that affect the rate of solubility in solution, understand the movement of heat energy through materials, and know the concept of specific heat.  They will understand the characteristics of waves and identify the relationships between wavelength, frequency, and amplitude, and will use mathematical formulas to calculate work, momentum, acceleration, density, and speed.  Hands-on activities and laboratory exercises comprise at least 40% of the course.

This course cannot be counted for credit after completion of Physics or Chemistry.


Dual Credit Biology (BIO 1406/1407)        #3226

Grade:        11 - 12                Credit: 1

Timeline: 2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Completion of science graduation sequence (Biology, IPC, Chemistry; or Biology, Chemistry, Physics); concurrent

                               enrollment with other advanced science courses allowed if student has completed Chemistry.  Enrollment in

Dual Credit (see score requirements in the Dual Credit information page); grade of “C” or higher for BIOL 1406

required for BIOL 1407

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I:  This course is suitable for science majors and those students intending to pursue careers in health and allied fields.  Topics include nature, history and philosophy of science, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and classification of living organisms. Students are required to purchase the textbook and lab manual for the course.

BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II: This course is suitable for science majors and those students intending to pursue careers in health and allied health fields. Topics include plant organization and systems, animal organization and systems, and ecology. Students are required to purchase the textbook and lab manual for the course.

Students must maintain a 2.0 (C) Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to continue in the Dual Credit program.


Chemistry                                #3423

Grade:        10 – 11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        1 Unit of Science, Algebra 1, completion of or concurrent enrollment in a second year math.

The Chemistry course investigates how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives by studying a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; use of the periodic table; behavior of gases; bonding; stoichiometry; nuclear chemistry; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical nomenclature; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions.  A scientific calculator is required.  Hands-on activities and laboratory exercises comprise at least 40% of the course.


Chemistry Pre-AP                        #3424

Grade:        10 – 11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        1 Unit of Science, Algebra 1, completion of or concurrent enrollment in a second year math; teacher recommendation preferred

Chemistry Pre AP is an advanced course recommended for students with a strong interest in science and excellent study skills.  Many of the concepts are similar to those in the Chemistry course; presentation of material is accelerated and more detailed to prepare students for the rigor of college-level coursework.  Additional topics, such as quantum theory, coordination chemistry, organic chemistry, kinetics, and equilibrium problem-solving, etc. are covered for enrichment and preparation for AP and college-level science courses.  Special emphasis will be placed on hands-on activities and laboratory experiences; and on introducing skills, concepts, and assessment methods to prepare students for success in AP and other challenging courses.  Hands-on activities and laboratory experiences comprise at least 40% of the course. A scientific calculator is required. Student and parent must sign off on course requirements.

Pre AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. This course prepares students for future AP courses.

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AP Chemistry                        #3425

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        4 Semesters (2 class periods per day)

Meets:         Graduation Requirement –Elective

Prerequisite:        Completion of science graduation sequence (Biology, IPC, Chemistry; or Biology, Chemistry, Physics); concurrent

enrollment with other advanced science courses allowed if student has completed Chemistry; successful completion of Algebra II; teacher recommendation preferred

This college level course is appropriate for students who plan to enter a college program requiring a strong science background. Topics covered are specified in the College Coordinator Manual AP Chemistry course description guide and include: atomic structure, bonding theory, instrumentation, thermodynamics, acid-based theory, equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Extensive laboratory experiences (40%) are an essential component of this course.  Students will be prepared to take the AP Chemistry exam in May.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Physics                                        #3523

Grade 11-12

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets:  Graduation Requirement- Science

Prerequisite: Biology Chemistry, Alg. I Geometry, Alg. 2 ( or concurrent enrollment in Alg. 2.)

In Physics, students will conduct laboratory and field investigations use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. This course provides students with a conceptual framework, practice in experimental design and interpretation, working collaboratively with colleagues, and developing critical thinking skills. Topics of study include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum; forces; thermodynamics, characteristics and behavior of waves; and atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics.


Pre AP Physics                                #3522

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 (or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2)

Physics is a course that integrates conceptual and mathematical aspects to understand how the world works which helps to prepare students for advanced science classes.   Topics of study include laws of motion, changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum, forces, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, characteristics and behavior of waves, sound and light, and nuclear physics.  Emphasis is on both conceptual understanding and problem-solving.  Students are required to integrate their math abilities with their science knowledge, reading and comprehension, and problem-solving skills.  Hands-on activities and laboratory experiences comprise at least 40% of the course. A scientific calculator is required.

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On RAMPS Physics 1                        #3527

Grade: 11-12                Credit: 1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Science

Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2 (or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2) (concurrent enrollment in

         Pre-Calculus is strongly recommended); teacher recommendation preferred

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics taught over the course of a full academic year in high school. This may be taken as a first-year physics course with no prior physics course -work necessary. This advanced science course covers topics in Newtonian mechanics such energy and sound.

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**A scientific calculator is required.


Anatomy and Physiology                #3623

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite:        Completion of science graduation sequence (Biology, IPC, Chemistry; or Biology, Chemistry, Physics); concurrent

                 enrollment with other advanced science courses allowed if student has completed Chemistry.

Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced course recommended for students with a strong interest in the medical field and excellent study skills. This course is designed for students who desire an understanding of the structure and function of the human body and body systems. Students investigate the body’s maintenance of homeostasis, including biochemical and cellular aspects. Hands-on activities and laboratory experiences comprise at least 40 % of instructional time.


Environmental Systems                #3323

Grade: 11 – 12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Science

Prerequisite: Completion of science graduation sequence (Biology, IPC, Chemistry; or Biology, Chemistry, Physics); concurrent

         enrollment with other advanced science courses allowed if student has completed Chemistry.        

In Environmental Systems, students study a variety of topics that include: biotic and abiotic factors in habitats; ecosystems and biomes; interrelationships among resources and an environmental system; sources and flow of energy through an environmental system; relationship between carrying capacity and changed in populations and ecosystems; changes in environments. Laboratory and field investigations comprise at least 40 % of instructional time.


AP Environmental Science                #3343

Grade: 11-12                Credit:         1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Science

Prerequisite: Completion of science graduation sequence (Biology, IPC, Chemistry; or Biology, Chemistry, Physics); concurrent

         enrollment with other advanced science courses allowed if student has completed Chemistry; teacher      

         recommendation preferred

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Students will engage the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.  Students will identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental students, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. Students will be prepared to take the AP Environmental Science exam in May. Laboratory and field investigations comprise at least 40% of instructional time.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Advanced Animal Science                #9121

Grade:         12        Credit: 1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective OR Advanced Science

Prerequisite: at least one course within the Ag, Food & Natural Resources cluster; Teacher Approval

To be prepared for careers in the field of animal science, students need to attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry standards. To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and  transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. This course examines the interrelatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences.


Science Lab                         #3100

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        .5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:         Local Credit Only

Prerequisite:        None

These local credit classes are designed to assist students who have not mastered the concepts tested on STAAR End of Course Biology exam.


Social Studies Course Sequence

 

SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


World Geography                #4123

Grade:        9-10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        None

World Geography is a survey course covering both physical and human geography. To explore the regions of the world, the course content is based on regional studies. The course is designed to provide an understanding of human-environment interaction, migration, and development. World Geography students will explore the physical and cultural features of Earth, the use of natural resources, political boundaries, economic growth and technological change.


World Geography Pre-AP                #4124

Grade:        9-10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement –Social Studies

Prerequisite:        Teacher recommendation preferred

Pre-AP World Geography prepares students for future AP courses through the analysis of resources and the development of writing skills. To explore the regions of the world, course content is based on regional studies. The course is designed to provide an understanding of human-environment interaction, migration, and development. Students explore the physical and cultural features of Earth, the use of natural resources, political boundaries, economic growth and technological change.

Students are expected to meet the rigorous academic demands of an advanced academics course.  

Student and parent must sign o course requirement contract.

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World History                        #4223

Grade:        9-10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement –Social Studies

World History is a general survey course starting with prehistory and ending in the present. This course provides students with a greater understanding and knowledge of important historical events from the Paleolithic Age to Post World War II. Students will focus on patterns of growth and decline in civilizations as well as cultural, technological, and sociological advancements. The emphasis will be on Western thought and culture, but attention will also be given to historical development of the non-western world.


AP World History                 #4225

Grade:        10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement –Social Studies

Prerequisite:        World Geography; teacher recommendation preferred

World History is a general survey course starting with prehistory and ending in the present. This course provides students with a greater understanding and knowledge of important historical events from the Paleolithic Age to Post World War II. Students will focus on patterns of growth and decline in civilizations as well as cultural, technological, and sociological advancements. The emphasis will be on Western thought and culture, but attention will also be given to historical development of the non-western world.

AP courses are based on a rigorous college curriculum. Students are expected to meet r the demands of the advanced academics course. The course is designed to prepare students for the May administration of the AP exam. Enrolled students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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United States History                        #4323

Grade:        11        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        World History

U.S. History is a general survey of American History from post civil war to present with emphasis on the 20th Century. This course will examine the people and the events of post Reconstruction America to the present in an effort to come to a better understanding and appreciation of change as a condition of human society. The various contributions from the members of our multicultural society, and the reform movement as a continuous condition of American democracy will be emphasized. Students will use technology, research, and a project that employs group learning to enhance their knowledge of American history. Instruction will begin with a review of early American history. The course prepares students for the end-of-course exam.


On Ramps United States History                  #4327

 Fall (HIST 1301/ Spring  HIST 1302)

Grade:        11         Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        World History, World Geography

These courses meet the requirement for high school U.S. History.

HIST 1301 U.S. History I:  A general survey of U.S. history from the exploration of America through 1877.

HIST 1302 U.S. History II:  A general survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the present.

Students can earn up to 6 hours of college credit in history.

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United States Government                #4423

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        U.S. History

United States Government is a survey course of federal, state, and local government. This course is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. The content area includes constitutional underpinnings of United States democracy, political behavior, political beliefs, interest groups, and three branches of government, civil liberties, and civil rights.


Dual Credit United States Government (GOVT 2305)        #4426

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:         Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        U.S. History, Enrolled in Dual Credit

GOVT 2305 National (U.S.) Government:  A general survey course in American government covering the theories and concepts of government, the U.S. Constitution, politics; public opinion; political parties; human rights; and the functions of national, state and local government.  Students must purchase their own textbook.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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AP Government                 #4425

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        U.S. History; teacher recommendation preferred

This course is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the U.S.  This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies.  Special assignments include readings and essays.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Economics                 #4523

Grade:        12        Credit:        .5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Economics

Prerequisite:        U.S. History

A fundamental of Economics is a survey course covering the principles of the free enterprise system necessary for daily living and transition planning.


AP Macroeconomics         #4525

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite:        U.S. History; teacher recommendation preferred

Macroeconomics AP is the equivalent to college-level survey economics.  This course is designed to promote understanding of aggregate economic activity and the utilization of resources within and across countries. Emphasis is placed on economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Dual Credit Principles of Economics (ECON 2301)                #4526

Grade:         12        Credit:         0.5

Timeline: 1 semester

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Social Studies

Prerequisite: Enrolled in Dual Credit

Economic analysis of the whole economy.  The determination of aggregate income and employment; fiscal policy; operation of the monetary system; short-term income fluctuations; long-term income growth; problems of international trade and finance.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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Social Studies Electives

Dual Credit General Psychology  (PSYC 2301)        #4636

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Elective credit

Prerequisite:        Enrolled in Dual Credit

This is an online course that is a survey of major topics in psychology.  It introduces the study of behavior and the factors that determine and affect behavior and mental processes.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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Dual Credit Introduction to Sociology  (SOCI 1301)        #4646

Grade:        12        Credit:        0.5        Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Elective credit

Prerequisite:        Enrolled in Dual Credit

This is an online course.  It is an introduction to the concepts and principles used in the study of group life, social institutions, and social processes.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

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AP Human Geography                 #4226

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:  World Geography, World History or an Earth Science class is recommended, teacher recommendation preferred  

AP Human Geography presents students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level human geography or cultural geography course. Content is presented thematically to cover economic, cultural, political, and urban geography. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. As students study the patterns and processes which shape human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface, they learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.  

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Personal Financial Literacy         #4350

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        .5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Personal Financial Literacy will develop citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed financial decisions that will allow them to lead financially secure lifestyles and understand personal financial responsibility.  The course will teach students to apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to analyze decisions involving earning and spending, saving and investing, credit and borrowing, insuring and protecting, and college and postsecondary education and training. The course includes instruction in methods of paying for college and other postsecondary education and training along with completing the application for federal student aid provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Spanish I                        #6123

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        None

Spanish 1 is a beginner’s course in which the student learns to develop the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.  Students will be able to communicate in Spanish on a novice-low to novice-mid level regarding everyday situations.


Spanish I Pre-AP                        #6124

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        None

Spanish 1 Pre-AP is a course that focuses on language study with a greater depth and range of subject matter than Spanish 1.


Spanish II                        #6223

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        Spanish I

This course is designed to increase a student’s ability to communicate in Spanish (both in speaking and writing) and to expand reading and comprehension skills.  Student will also become acquainted with Spanish literature, poetry, and short stories.


Spanish II Pre-AP                        #6224

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        Spanish I; teacher recommendation preferred

The Spanish II Pre-AP program is the same as the Spanish II with increased emphasis on developing a higher level of proficiency and a more comprehensive knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Creative self-expression and cultural readings in Spanish are incorporated into this course.This is the course of study recommended for students who plan to take Advanced Placement Spanish.


Spanish III                        #6323

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        Spanish I and II

This course is an extension of Spanish 1 and 2.  Students will have the opportunity to acquire greater fluency in the Spanish language. The course also explores the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries.


AP Spanish III                        #6225

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        Spanish I and II, Pre-AP Recommended; teacher recommendation preferred

An advanced placement Spanish Language covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition, and conversation. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar and composition. The course will emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication and has the following objectives: (1) the ability to compose comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish; (2) the acquisition of vocabulary and grasp of structure to allow the easy accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles as well as modern literature in Spanish; (3) the ability to compose expository passages; (4) the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. This course prepares students to take the College Board Spanish Language Advanced Placement Exam as well as other college/university placement exams.


American Sign Language I                #6413

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        None

Sign Language is a course designed to enable students to communicate using sign language at a basic conversational level.  The students will begin to learn vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of American Sign Language necessary to develop both receptive and expressive skills.  Students will be expected to develop an understanding of and respect for the culture and heritage of the hearing-impaired community.


American Sign Language II        #6423

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        American Sign Language I

American Sign Language is a continuation of ASL I and emphasizes the continuing development and reinforcement of expressive signing skills, receptive signing skills, and knowledge of the deaf culture.


American Sign Language III        #6433

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        American Sign Language II

This course is the third year of the Sign Language sequence. In this course, the student will continue to develop proficiency in communicating by learning vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. In addition to understanding the deaf culture, students will learn how to interact competently and comfortably with hearing-impaired individuals.


American Sign Language IV        #6443

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Other Languages

Prerequisite:        American Sign Language III

This course expands on the development of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammar, including the use of two or three character role shifts, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives and dialogues. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals. Students d

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Physical Education is a required course for graduation for all students, except those with approved   substitutions.  Students may earn a maximum of two credits of Physical Education toward graduation requirements.


Foundations of Physical Education                #5113

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – PE

Prerequisite:        None

Provides an environment in which students will enhance their total well-being.  Through participating in a variety of activities, adapted to each person’s abilities, students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of movement and discover its value as a part of everyday living.  Understanding the relationship between personal fitness and health problems is fundamental to the course.


Individual Sports                                #5114

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – PE

Prerequisite:        None

Students in Individual Sports are expected to participate in a wide variety of individual sports that can be pursued for a lifetime.  The major objectives are the continued development of health related fitness, and the selection of individual sport activities that are enjoyable.


Team Sports 1                                #5123                Team Sports 2        #5124

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - PE

Prerequisite:        None

Students enrolled in Team Sports are expected to develop health related fitness and an appreciation for teamwork and fair play.  This course concentrates on the concept of incorporating physical activity into a lifestyle beyond high school.


Adventure Outdoor Education                #5134

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - PE

Prerequisite:        None

Students enrolled in this course will develop competency in outdoor education activities such as backpacking, hiking, and orienteering. Emphasis of the course is placed on students participating in activities that promote a respect for the environment and that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

ATHLETICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


La Vernia High School offers a variety of competitive sports for both boys and girls.  Athletic activities are conducted under the guidelines of the University Interscholastic League (UIL).  Student participation in each sport requires a review by the head coach of the respective sport, parental permission, a physical examination by a licensed physician, evidence of insurance, and maintenance of a satisfactory academic record as mandated by the State of Texas and the La Vernia Independent School District.  Students may earn a maximum of two athletic credits to count toward graduation requirements.

Boys Athletics 1                        Girls Athletics 1                Tennis 1                        Cross Country 1

#5413/5414                        #5313/5314                #5445/5446                #5453/5454

Boys Athletics 2                        Girls Athletics 2                 Tennis 2                        Cross Country 2

#5423/5424                        #5323/5324                #5447/5448                #5455/5456

Boys Athletics 3                        Girls Athletics 3                Tennis 3                        Cross Country 3

#5433/5434                        #5333/5334                #5449/5450                #5457/5458

Boys Athletics 4                        Girls Athletics 4                      Tennis 4                Cross Country 4

#5443/5444                        #5343/5344                #5451/5452                #5459/5460

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        0.5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - PE

Prerequisite:        Coach Approval

Students participate in University Interscholastic Athletics such as football, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, track, softball, tennis and baseball. Students are taught to value good sportsmanship along with the educational value of contests. Students may receive credit in physical education through athletics.


Dance 1                        #5465

Grades : 9-12                                Credits: 1.0

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets:  graduation requirements

Prerequisite:  none

(1)  Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and moving abilities in daily life that promote understanding of themselves and others and allow them to interact effectively in the community. By mastering movement principles and skills, students develop self-discipline, and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with controlled energy.

(2)  Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding cultural and historical contexts, increasing awareness of their own and others' heritage and traditions, thus helping them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and enable students to make informed decisions about dance and the world around them.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Dance 2                           Dance 3                                Dance 4

#5466                                #5467                                #5468

(1)  Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and moving abilities in daily life that promote understanding of themselves and others and allow them to interact effectively in the community. By mastering movement principles and skills, students develop self-discipline, and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with controlled energy.

(2)  Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding cultural and historical contexts, increasing awareness of their own and others' heritage and traditions, thus helping them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and enable students to make informed decisions about dance and the world around them.


Cheerleading 1                Cheerleading 2                Cheerleading 3                Cheerleading 4

#5565                        #5566                        #5567                        #5568

Grades: 9-12                        Credits: 0.5

Timeline: 1 semester

Meets: graduation requirements

Prerequisite: Member of school cheerleading squad

    The students will explore hand routines, cheers, chants, and marching fundamentals. The students will be expected to fulfill all requirements outlined in the cheerleading handbook. This is a required course for all girls on the school cheerleading squad.


Sports Medicine 1                Sports Medicine 2                Sports Medicine 3

#5223                                #5224                                #5226

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Electives

Prerequisite:        Coach Approval

Athletic Training 1 is an entry-level course for student trainers. Students will become certified in CPR and basic First Aid.  Student trainers will be required to attend school sponsored sporting events. Students will assist the athletic trainer in injury care and with management of equipment. $5 fee for CPR certification.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

FINE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Art 1                                #7113

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        None

This course introduces students to the basic strands necessary to produce artwork.  This course also allows students to analyze artistic styles and historical periods, developing a respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures.  Students can express their thoughts and ideas creatively through production of their artwork.


Art 2                                #7123

Grade: 9 – 12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Art 1

Students further develop their creative expression through original artworks.  They also continue to develop and organize ideas from their environment.  Art history is explored.  Students make informed judgments about personal artworks.  Art is analyzed from historical and personal perspectives.


Art 3                                #7133

Grade:         10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Art 2

Students continue to build on previous knowledge, while challenging their imagination to express ideas and creativity. Developing a more disciplined effort, refining skills and techniques, and applying visual problem solving is a part of the artist growth process. A more individualized studio-like approach occurs at this level and students are expected to be self-directed and motivated. The development of an art portfolio is encouraged.


AP Studio Art: Drawing                #7205

Grade:         11- 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Art 2, Teacher Approval, Summer Work Required

The class is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The students produce a portfolio for evaluation by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards. The instructional goals of the class are to: encourage creative as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues; emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the conceptual issues; emphasize making art an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision-making; and develops technical skills and familiarizes students with the functions of visual elements.

AP courses are based on a strong college curriculum. Students are expected to meet rigorous academic demands. Students will be prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

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Art 4:                                #7143

Grade 11-12        Credit:1

Timeline:          2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation requirement- elective

Prerequisite:  Enrolled in Art 3: Approval of Art Teacher:  Mrs. Mills

An upper level course designed for the student who wishes to further develop skills and techniques that were introduced in previous drawing and painting courses. Students may be enrolled in this course at the same time as an AP or Dual Credit art course to add more artwork to their portfolio.


Dual Credit Art Drawing:                  #7206

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:         2 Semesters

Meets:         Graduation requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:          Enrolled in Dual Credit; Approval of Art teacher:  Ms.Mills.

ARTS 1316 Drawing 1:  An introduction to basic principles and techniques of drawing. Designed to

acquaint the student with a variety of media and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities with consideration of drawing as a developmental process as well as an end in itself.  Outside work required.

ARTS 1317 Drawing 2:  Expansion of Drawing 1 stressing figure proportion and the expressive, conceptual aspects of the interpretation of the figure.  Special consideration will be given to the figure within a special environment.  Skills development demands that outside assignments be required.

Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in any Dual Credit Course taken to be eligible to continue in the Dual Credit program.

*Each term grade of B or above = 1 Advanced Measure.  A total of 3 college credits and 1 Advanced Measure can be earned.  Weighted.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

BAND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Band 1A/1B                         #7333/7334

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        .5/.5

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – PE/Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        None; Band Director Approval


Band 2A/B                #7343/7344

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        .5/.5

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – PE/Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Band 1; Band Director Approval


Band 3A/B                #7353/7354

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        .5/.5

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Band 2; Band Director Approval


Band 4                        #7363

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts/Elective

Prerequisite:        Band 3; Band Director Approval

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Band students develop their instrumental playing techniques and learn basic music theory and critical listening skills.  Students participate in various musical events, including halftime football game performances, UIL competitions and other community events.  Band students are required to participate in the daily class and after school activities as assigned.  Opportunities to travel to football games, community concerts, and other field trips are provided.

Semester A counts as a PE substitution. Semester B counts as a Fine Arts credit. Band 4 counts as an elective credit.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Applied Music 1                        Applied Music 2

#7301                                #7302

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Band Director Approval, must be enrolled in either Band 1,2,3,or 4

This course provides beginning and advanced students the opportunity to study their chosen instrument in a one-on-one setting.  Students practice selections from more than one musical style and historical period.  Participants are provided with an opportunity to perform the skills acquired by the end of each term to a group of musicians.  Students in this class are required to participate in ATSSB or TMEA All-Region Band tryouts. They are also required to participate in the UIL Solo & Ensemble Competition.


Music Theory                        #7305

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Band Director Approval; 1 year band or choir; currently enrolled in band or choir

The main objective of the Music Theory course is for students to develop basic aural, sight singing, written, composition, and analytical skills in music. This course covers material taught in a remedial college freshmen level course with emphasis placed on very basic pitch and rhythmic notation or scale structures, pitch intervals, chord structure, and movement, part writing, ear training, harmonization, and music composition. It is highly recommended that students have access to internet for homework and completion of assignments. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the LVISD Advanced Music Theory Placement Test.


Jazz Band 1                        Jazz Band 2

#7311                                #7312

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Audition and Band Director Approval; Membership in one of the LVHS performing ensembles

Jazz Band will meet during the class period both semesters, and also after school in the spring semester. The director of the Jazz Band will set the rehearsal schedule. The Jazz Ensemble may compete/perform at U.I.L. Solo & Ensemble and a spring Jazz Festival as well as other civic events. Each individual student is also required to audition for either the ATSSB or TMEA All-Region Jazz Band which occurs in September.  Audition fee is $8.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

CHOIR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Choir 1                        #7371

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Choir Director Approval; Must pass voice audition


Choir 2                        #7372

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        Choir Director Approval; Must pass voice audition


Choir 3                        #7373

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite: Choir Director Approval; Must pass voice audition


Choir 4                          #7374

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:         Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Previous Choir Courses, Choir Director Approval

Students develop skills in vocal performance.  Musical selections from various periods of history and from various styles are performed.  Participation in performances outside of the regular school day will be required.

Students study vocal and choral techniques, basic music theory, and are introduced to sight-reading methods.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

THEATRE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Theatre Arts 1                        #7413

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        None

Theatre Arts I- Students learn to appreciate the performing arts also known as “Art In Action “ Theatre I teaches students the basics to creativity alone and when collaborating with others, confidence in public speaking, and overall understanding to the fundamentals  of performing. In this class students perform in front of their peers in a safe and positive classroom environment. Areas of performances include : poems,pantomime pieces, skits, lip syncs,improvisation, theatre games, comedic scenes, monologues, and smaller group scenes.  We will also cover the basics of stage make up, the influence of film and video projects as well as a brief history of Theatre.


Theatre Arts 2 (Acting)                    #7423

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite        Theatre Arts 1

Students continue performing with a more intensive focus on monologues, scene work and a mandatory public performance of a short play or a showcase of collected pieces. Students continue with more advanced improvisational exercises, script analysis, video projects , voice overs, theatre games , and an opportunity to direct short scenes with their peers.


Theatre Arts 3 (Acting)                #7433

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite        Theatre Arts 1; Theatre Arts 2; audition with Theatre teachers

The focus of this class is an intensive acting class with an emphasis of full productions for the fall show, U.I.L. One Act Play for competition, and the spring show.  We focus on the actor’s intention, vocal, and physical connections to creating a character that “comes to life “ on the stage. Students are involved in all shows as performers or backstage crew members. Students also have the opportunity to become members of The International Thespians Society. Students not involved with One Act Play will continue working on performances in many different forms : Shakespearean Sonnets, scene work, student directing, acting for the camera, modern and period piece monologues and scenes, video projects. Students to do a public performance of student directed scenes (students not involved in One Act Play are not required to audition).


Theatre Arts 4 (Acting)                  #7443

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite        Theatre Arts 1, Theatre Arts 2; Theatre Arts 3; audition with Theatre teachers

The focus of this class is an intensive acting class with an emphasis of full productions for the fall show, U.I.L. One Act Play for competition, and the spring show.  We focus on the actor’s intention, vocal, and physical connections to creating a character that “comes to life “ on the stage. Students are involved in all shows as performers or backstage crew members. Students also have the opportunity to become members of The International Thespians Society. Students not involved with One Act Play will continue working on performances in many different forms : Shakespearean Sonnets, scene work, student directing, acting for the camera, modern and period piece monologues and scenes, video projects. Students to do a public performance of student directed scenes (students not involved in One Act Play are not required to audition).


course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Technical Theatre 1                #7453

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Fine Arts

Prerequisite:        None

Technical Theatre 1 will introduce the first year technician to the areas of stagecraft and theatrical production. You will climb ladders, the catwalk, build, paint, work online, research, work with makeup, drones, video equipment, and handle very expensive equipment in this class. The theatre elements to which you will be introduced will include, but are not limited to:

Stage elements, Stage properties (props), Crews/Assignments, Costumes/Makeup, Sound Engineering/Recording, Lights and Lighting Design, Fly System/Safety, Box Office/Ticket Sales, Stage Management, Scene Design, Publicity, Cinematography, and Set Construction.


Technical Theatre 2                #7454

Grade:        10 - 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:                Graduation Requirement- Fine Arts

Prerequisite:                Technical Theater 1

Technical Theatre 2 will continue to expound on the ideas surveyed in its pre-requisite course. This class will focus heavily on design and application. The students will be a part of a fast paced tech team charged with completing tasks in design, construction, and cinematography. Students will be allowed to specialize in a certain field of Technical Theatre, based on their preference during the pre-requisite course. Students will become certified in Lighting, Sound, and Fly System operation. The students in this course may design for UIL competition.


Technical Theatre 3                #7455

Grade:        11 - 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:                Graduation Requirement- Fine Arts

Prerequisite:                Technical Theater 2

Technical Theatre 3 is a course designed to begin the study of technical theatre beyond high school. In this course students become the lead designers and technicians for the LV Theatre Arts Season. They are tasked with designing and implementing safe procedures, creative designs, and sound construction. They will also be in charge of the publicity for their upcoming season. These tasks will include film/trailer making, poster/program design, social media, and novelty items. Students will explore the life of a certain technician in the outside world, and discuss the opportunities available to them post-graduation. Students will design a portfolio to take to auditions, and other conferences across the state.


Technical Theatre 4                #7456

Grade:         12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:                Graduation Requirement- Fine Arts

Prerequisite:                Technical Theater 3

Technical Theatre 4 is a practicum course designed to give students the ability to focus in on their singular aspect of technical design and complete a self-directed project from design to application to implementation. The students in this course will become the tech designers, and board operators for the competition UIL One Act Play. Students will work to complete large scale building and lighting projects, sound recording of individuals, bands and groups, and design for all shows in the LV Theatre Season. Students will gain access to industry professionals, and will work as a professional tech team for all shows brought into the LV Auditorium.  


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

CAREER & TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Art, A/V, Technology and Communication                #7240

Grade:        9-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

As the beginning class for the Arts, A/V and Communications career cluster, this course is the stepping stone for those considering employment in the Commercial Arts or Audio/Video market. Students will gain knowledge of skills and careers associated with this field while developing a strong foundation in computer and technology applications used in today’s jobs. Students will experience the basics of photography, digital image editing and manipulation, videography, video editing, movie production, and animation. This course is a great intro for those thinking of taking Graphic Design & Illustration and Audio/Video Production.


Graphic Design and Illustration                          #7241                                        

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Art, A/V, Technology and Communications or Teacher Approval

This course is designed for the advanced art student that has a working knowledge of the elements and principles of art.  Students will use computers and other technology to create a variety of works in art.  Students working both individually and collaboratively will design and develop media using various computer graphics software and equipment.  A variety of tools including computers, digital cameras, scanners, sketchbooks and the Internet will be utilized to create artwork based on design elements and principles.  Students will be required to maintain an electronic portfolio.


Graphic Design and Illustration II                  #7242

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Art, A/V, Technology and Communications, Graphic Design

Course Description: Graphic Design takes students to an advanced understanding of theory and concepts of visual communication used to present information or promote a message to a consumer driven market. Students must have an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students will be able to apply basic skills learned in previous classes such as typography, image development, layout, scanning images, manipulating photographs, and creating digital artwork to projects that will create comprehensive marketing and advertising plans for companies.


Practicum - Graphic Design & Illustration         #7248

Grade:        12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Art, A/V, Technology and Communications, Audio/Video Production, Graphic Design & Illustration, and Advanced Graphic Design

Recommended for students who have completed Advanced Graphic Design and Illustration. This course is meant to serve students interested in further development of a professional portfolio in addition to further development of skills and technical knowledge in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster. Students will be expected to further develop knowledge and awareness of the industry of graphic design and illustration. Instruction may be delivered through lab-based classroom experiences and/or career preparation opportunities.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Audio/Video Production                        #7244

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Graphic Design and Illustration Recommended, Teacher Approval

The Video Technology course includes planning a storyboard for the video sequence, capturing video, and editing raw footage to final products complete with effective use of transitions and effects.  Additional studies will include career investigations, interviews with professional multimedia artists, and investigation of degree programs leading to multimedia authoring careers.  The experience will result in student developed video products that are perceived as having a purpose to both the students and their community.  Additional resources such as those involving ethics, copyright, or even style can be obtained from student research on the Internet.


Audio/Video Production II                #7246

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Graphic Design and Illustration Recommended,  Audio/Video Production, Teacher Approval

Careers in audio and video technology and film production span all aspects of the audio/video communications industry. Within this context, in addition to developing advanced knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to develop an advanced understanding of the industry with a focus on pre-production, production, and post-production activities. This course may be implemented in an advanced audio format or an advanced format, including both audio and video.


Animation I                                #7245

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         Graphic Design and Illustration or Art I

Careers in animation span all aspects of motion graphics. Within this context, in addition to developing technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to develop an understanding of the history and techniques of the animation industry.


Animation II                                #7247

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         Animation I

Careers in animation span all aspects of motion graphics. Within this context, in addition to developing technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to create two and three dimensions animations.  The instruction also assists students seeking careers in the industry.


Principles of Information Technology        #8563

Grade:        9-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Students will develop computer literacy skills utilizing appropriate hardware and software to include Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students will implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment by demonstrating positive work behaviors that enhance employability and job advancement. Students will also enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the information technology environment.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Web Technologies                         #8584

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Information Technology

Through the study of web technologies and design, students learn to make informed decisions and apply the decisions to the field of information technology. Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment. The knowledge and skills acquired and practiced will enable students to successfully perform and interact in a technology-driven society. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and critical thinking and apply them to the information technology environment.


Computer Programming I                        # 8713

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This is an introductory course covering the basics of computer technology, starting with the basics of computer hardware and software, how they are used and how they are evolved. The course also includes an introduction to the Internet and useful and valuable research techniques, followed by an overview of some common computer applications including Microsoft Office and other applications. Students then begin to learn the basics of computer application logic and design, learning to write their own programs using the C++ programming language.


Computer Programming II                        # 8723

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Computer Programming I

Students expand their knowledge and skills in structured programming techniques and concepts by addressing more complex problems and developing comprehensive programming solutions. Students analyze the social responsibility of business and industry regarding the significant issues relating to environment, ethics, health, safety, and diversity in society and in the workplace as it relates to computer programming. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies.


Computer Maintenance                        #8733         Computer Maintenance Lab                #8737

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters; 2 periods per day

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Students acquire principles of computer maintenance, including electrical and electronic theory, computer hardware principles, and board level components related to the installation, diagnosis, service and repair of computer systems.


Computer Technician                        #8735

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters; 2 periods per day

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Information Technology

 Students gain knowledge and skills in the area of computer technologies, including advanced knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, computer principles, and components related to the installation, diagnosis, service, and repair of computer-based technology systems. Students will reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and problems. Proper use of analytical skills and application of information technology concepts and standards are essential to prepare students for success in a technology-driven society. The critical thinking, information technology experience, and product development may be conducted either in a classroom setting with an instructor, with an industry mentor, or both.


Fundamentals of Computer Science        #8803

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Intended as a first computer science course; students will learn the problem-solving and reasoning skills that are the foundation of computer science. Students use programming languages such as Visual Basic, Alice, and Scratch to create applets, interactive stories, games and animations. Students will foster their creativity and innovation through opportunities to design, implement, and present solutions to real-world problems. Students will be expected to participate by solving problems, implementing solutions, and testing those solutions using reasonable data to insure accuracy. The problems solved will include 3D programming and an introduction to graphical interfaces.


Computer Science 1                        #8813

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Algebra 1, Geometry

This course enables students to learn the concepts of structured computer programming and provides a general background in data structures and other computer related topics.


Computer Science 2                        #8823

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Algebra 1, Computer Science 1

Topics for this course include designing and implementing computer solution to problems, learning well-known algorithms and data structures, and coding fluently in java. There is a major emphasis on the study of data obstruction.


Computer Science 3                        #8833

Grade:        12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Algebra 1, Computer Science 2

The course includes a more in-depth study of algorithms, data structures, and data abstraction. It will include pointer types prefix and postfix notation, stacks, queues, linked lists, binary trees and numerical algorithms in Java.


Digital and Interactive Media                #8743

Grade:              10-12        Credit:         1

Timeline:            2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement-Elective

Rec. Prerequisite:        Principles of Information Technology

Through the study of digital and interactive media and its application in information technology, students will analyze and assess current and emerging technologies, while designing and creating multimedia projects that address customer needs and resolve a problem. Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment. The knowledge and skills acquired and practiced will enable students to successfully perform and interact in a technology-driven society. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication and critical thinking and apply them to the information technology environment.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Dual Credit Coursework

***The following courses count towards industry certification through Palo Alto College. They are not transferable as academic credit.

***Students are required to take the TSI to register for the following courses.


Dual Credit Computer Programming I                #8714

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This is an introductory course covering the basics of computer technology, starting with the basics of computer hardware and software, how they are used and how they are evolved. The course also includes an introduction to the Internet and useful and valuable research techniques, followed by an overview of some common computer applications including Microsoft Office and other applications. Students then begin to learn the basics of computer application logic and design, learning to write their own programs using the C++ programming language.


Dual Credit Computer Programming II                #8724

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Computer Programming I

Students expand their knowledge and skills in structured programming techniques and concepts by addressing more complex problems and developing comprehensive programming solutions. Students analyze the social responsibility of business and industry regarding the significant issues relating to environment, ethics, health, safety, and diversity in society and in the workplace as it relates to computer programming. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies.


Dual Credit Computer Maintenance                #8734

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters; 2 periods per day

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Students acquire principles of computer maintenance, including electrical and electronic theory, computer hardware principles, and board level components related to the installation, diagnosis, service and repair of computer systems.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Dual Credit Computer Technician                        #8736

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters; 2 periods per day

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Information Technology

 Students gain knowledge and skills in the area of computer technologies, including advanced knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, computer principles, and components related to the installation, diagnosis, service, and repair of computer-based technology systems. Students will reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and problems. Proper use of analytical skills and application of information technology concepts and standards are essential to prepare students for success in a technology-driven society. The critical thinking, information technology experience, and product development may be conducted either in a classroom setting with an instructor, with an industry mentor, or both.


Dual Credit Digital and Interactive Media                #8744

Grade:              10-12        Credit:         1

Timeline:            2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement-Elective

Rec. Prerequisite:        Principles of Information Technology

Through the study of digital and interactive media and its application in information technology, students will analyze and assess current and emerging technologies, while designing and creating multimedia projects that address customer needs and resolve a problem. Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment. The knowledge and skills acquired and practiced will enable students to successfully perform and interact in a technology-driven society. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication and critical thinking and apply them to the information technology environment.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

ARCHITECTURE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


 Principles of Architecture                #8233

Grade: 9-12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This course provides an overview of the various fields of architecture, interior design, construction science and construction technology. Students must pass safety test with 100% mastery.


 Interior Design I                        #8253

Grade: 10-12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Algebra I, Principles of Architecture and Construction

Interior Design is a technical course that addresses psychological, physiological, and sociological needs of individuals by enhancing the environments in which they live and work. Individuals use knowledge and skills related to interior and exterior environments, construction, and furnishings to make wise consumer decisions, increase productivity and compete in industry.


Interior Design II                        #8254

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:  Algebra 1, Interior Design I

This technical laboratory course includes the knowledge of the employability characteristics, principles, processes, technologies, communication, tools, equipment, and materials related to interior spatial design to meet industry standards.

 

Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE


Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance        #8503

Grade:        9-12        Credit:        1

Timeline: 2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:         None

Students will gain knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing.  Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles.  This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance.


Accounting I                             #8513

Grade:         10-12                Credit:  1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Prerequisite:        Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

Students investigate the field of accounting, including how it is impacted by industry standards as well as economic, financial and ethical factors.  Students reflect on this knowledge as they engage in the process of recording, classifying, summarizing, analyzing and communicating financial information.  All information is applicable to profit or non-profit businesses and useful for entry-level positions.


Accounting II                        #8523

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:         2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Accounting I

Accounting II provides further development of accounting principles with extensive use of technology; incorporates and complete accounting cycle in relation to formation and dissolution of partnerships, characteristics of corporate organization and ownership; provides experience in initiating and maintaining an accounting system and in analyzing, interpreting and synthesizing managerial problems using accounting information.


Money Matters                        #8533

Grade:        10        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Students will apply critical thinking skills to analyze financial options based on current and projected economic factors. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to set long-term goals based on those options.  Students will also determine methods of achieving long-term financial goals through investment, tax planning, asset allocation, risk management, retirement planning and estate planning.


Business Law                        #8553

Grade:        11-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Students analyze the social responsibility of business and industry regarding the significant issues relating to the legal environment, business ethics, torts, contracts, negotiable financial instruments, personal property, sales, warranties, business organizations, concept of agency and employment of real property. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of contemporary legal issues. Students incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical and international dimensions of business to make appropriate business decisions.


Business Information Management I        #8850

Grade:        10-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

        Prerequisite: None        

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and to make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop spreadsheets, formulate databases and make electronic presentations using appropriate software.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Education and Training         #8003

Grade:        9-12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite: None         

This course is designed to introduce learners to the various careers available within the education and training career cluster. Students use self-knowledge and educational career information to analyze various careers within the education and training career cluster. Students will also gain an understanding of the basic knowledge and skills essential to careers within the education and training career cluster. Students will develop a graduation plan that leads to a specific career choice in the field of education and training.


Human Growth & Development                #8013

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Education and Training

Human Growth and Development is an examination of human development across the lifespan with emphasis upon research, theoretical perspectives, and common physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development milestones The course covers material that is generally taught in a postsecondary, one-semester introductory course in developmental psychology or human development.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

ENGINEERING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Applied Engineering                                            #9003

Grade: 9-12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This course provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Upon completing this course, students will have an understanding of the various fields and will be able to make informed decisions regarding a coherent sequence of subsequent courses. Further, students will have worked on a design team to develop a product or system. Students will use multiple software applications to prepare and present course assignments. Student must pass a safety test with 100% mastery.


Engineering Design and Presentation                        #9006

Grade: 10-12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Concepts of Engineering and Technology recommended

Students enrolled in this course will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Students will use computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas.


Robotics                                                        #9008

Grade:          11-12                Credit:1

Timeline:                 2 semesters

Meets Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite:  Principles of Applied Engineering and Concepts of Engineering and Technology recommended

In Robotics I, students will transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment through implementation of the design process. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotic and automation industry.

course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

HEALTH SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Health Science        #3600

Grade: 9-12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This course provides an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development systems of the healthcare industry. Students will learn about body systems, CPR, medical abbreviations, medical terminology and expectations of a healthcare worker.


Medical Terminology                #3601

Grade: 10-12                Credit:        1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Health Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, and singular and plural forms, plus medical abbreviations and acronyms. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology.


Health Science Theory                #  3062                                    

Grade: 11-12                        Credit: 2                                                                                            

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement- Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology

This course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of healthcare career work environment: How to work with patients, ethical and legal responsibilities,, disease processes, and medical terminology.  Entry level skills such as how to take vital signs and administer CPR will be covered.  Students will employ hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development.

The clinical component is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of healthcare careers.  

Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

HUMAN SERVICES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Human Services                #8113

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Course will enable students to investigate careers in the human services career cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, and personal care services.


Child Development                        #8123

Grade:        10 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Course addresses knowledge and skills related to child growth and development from prenatal through school-age children, equipping students with child development skills.  Students use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children.


Child Guidance                                #8143

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        2

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Child Development

This technical laboratory course addresses the knowledge and skills related to child growth and guidance equipping students to develop positive relationships with children and effective caregiver skills.  Students use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children, to strengthen a culturally diverse society and to pursue careers related to the care, guidance and education of children, including those with special needs.


Principles of Hospitality and Tourism        #8203

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        None

Course explores hospitality industry standards including lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, and food service.  Students practice customer service skills and develop positive communication skills to provide quality customer services for guests and positive experiences for employees.  Students investigate computer applications to manage operations and guest services, as well as plan cost-effective trips or itineraries to meet customer needs.


Introduction to Culinary Arts                #8212

Grade:                Credit:  1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Introduction to Culinary Arts will emphasize the principles of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling the management of a variety of foodservice operations. The course will provide insight into the operation of a well-run restaurant. Introduction to Culinary Arts will provide insight into food production skills, various levels of industry management and hospitality skills. This is an entry level course for students interested in pursuing a career in the food service industry. It is offered as a classroom and laboratory based course


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Culinary Arts                                 # 8213

Grade:        10-12        Credit:  2

Timeline:        2 Semesters, 2 Periods

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness & Teacher Approval

This course is for the serious student who desires to acquire more knowledge about culinary arts, operation and management of food service establishments, restaurant cooking and catering. In the setting of a commercial kitchen, students will identify concepts and skills related to managing a food service business and the responsibilities in that business. Students must purchase a chef coat and hat as well as pay a $30 ServSafe certificate fee.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

CAREER PREP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Career Preparation 1        (CP 1)                #8313

Formerly:  DCP 1

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 3

Timeline:        2 Semesters, 3 Periods

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Parent and Teacher Approval

Provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience that combines classroom instruction with paid business and industry employment experiences and supports strong partnerships among school, business and community.  The goal is to prepare students with a variety of skills for a fast-changing workplace.  Students must secure approved employment within ten days of the beginning of the school year.


Career Preparation Early Release Periods

Students taking C 1 or CP2 need to schedule the periods they will leave  campus early to fulfill their work program.  The Early Release Periods do not earn any credit by themselves.  They are part of the 3 hours earned in Career Prep Classes.

Only those students in Career Prep courses may schedule early release periods!

Course # 8913: Early Release for periods 8.

Course #8923:  Early release for periods 7-8.

Course #8933: Early release for periods 6-8.

Career Preparation 2        (CP 2)                   #8323

Formerly:  DCP 2

Grade:        12        Credit:         3

Timeline:        2 Semesters, 3 Periods

Meets:        Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:        Career Prep 1, Parent and Teacher Approval

Students develop essential knowledge and skills through classroom technical instruction and on-the-job training in an approved business and industry training area.  Students will develop skills for lifelong learning, employability, leadership, management, work ethics, safety and communication. Students must secure approved employment within ten days of the beginning of the school year.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security         #8403

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:         2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        None

This course is designed as a study of the history and philosophy of criminal justice and its ethical considerations.  Crime is defined and its nature and impact are explored.  Instruction includes an overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, court systems, prosecution and defense, trial processes, corrections, and penal systems.


Law Enforcement I                                #8413

Grade:        9 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security recommended

Overview of the history, organization and functions of local, state and federal law enforcement.  This course includes the role of constitutional law, the United States Legal system, criminal law, law enforcement terminology and the classification and elements of crime.


Law Enforcement II                                #8423

Grade:        10– 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:        Law Enforcement I

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement.  This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunications equipment and courtroom testimony.


Forensic Science                                        #3333

Grade:        11 – 12        Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Science

Prerequisite:        Biology and Chemistry; (Recommended prerequisites: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security and Law Enforcement I)

Course uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide and the psychology of criminal behavior.  Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection and scientific procedures used to solve crimes.

*This course counts as an Advanced Science. 


Forensic Psychology                                #3334

Grade: 12                Credit:        1

Timeline:        2 semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Science

Prerequisite:        Law Enforcement I Recommended

Forensic Psychology uses and applies basic skills developed in psychology to criminal behavior and criminal scenarios resulting in a structured and scientific approach to investigative analysis, which enables police or law enforcement officials to predict criminal activity based upon mathematical/scientific data versus abstract intuition.

Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


 Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources        # 9091

    Grade:        9-12        Credit: 1

    Timeline:        2 Semesters

    Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

    Prerequisite:        None

To be prepared for careers in Agriculture, food and natural resources, students must attain academic skills and knowledge in Agriculture.  This course allows students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices and expectations.


Agriculture Mechanics & Metal Technologies                # 9101

Grade:         10-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Intro/Applied Ag,  Livestock Production

Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics is an exploratory course that introduces students to agricultural mechanics with emphasis on basic theory and technical skill development. Topics and skill areas include safety, carpentry, electricity, plumbing, masonry, fencing, painting, and hot and cold metal skills.


Livestock Production                                        # 9102

Grade:        10-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources or Teacher Approval

Students will study the growth and development of animals.


Small Animal Management                                # 9111

Grade:        10-12        Credit: .5

Timeline:        1 Semester

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources or Teacher Approval

Students acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements and industry expectations. Suggested small animals which may be included in the course of study include, but are not limited to, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, avian, dogs and cats. Students must pass safety test with 100% mastery.


Agricultural Power Systems                                #9123

Grade:        12        Credit: 2

Timeline:        2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: 3 years of Ag classes

This course is designed to develop an understanding of power and control systems as related to energy sources, small and large power systems and agricultural machinery.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management        # 9213

Formerly:  Wildlife and Recreation Management

Grade:        10-12        Credit: 1

Timeline: 2 Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         None

This is a course designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation with emphasis on using wildlife and natural resources.  The class emphasizes the sound management of wildlife and all of our natural resources. In Wildlife and Recreation Management, the student will be able to participate in Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s education programs in hunter safety, boater safety, and angler education.


Horticultural Science                                #9303

Grade:        10-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2  Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         None

Horticulture Science students will gain an understanding of common horticulture management practice as they relate to food and ornamental plant production. Students examine career opportunities, entry requirements and industry experience.


Floral Design                                        #9313

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2  Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         None

This is a technical course that prepares students to design and arrange floral materials and tropical and blooming plants for special occasions and for use and placement in interior locations.  Topics of instruction include identification and classification of fresh-cut floral materials; fresh flower and foliage care and handling; design principles, elements and mechanics; and the construction of basic geometric designs, boutonnieres and corsages using fresh cut, dried and or permanent floral materials.  Also included is related information on tropical foliage and blooming plant identification, interior landscape design, cultural requirements and tasks for maintaining healthy interior plants, and safe work practices.


Advanced Floral Design                                #9323

Grade:        11-12        Credit: 1

Timeline:        2  Semesters

Meets:        Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:         Principles and Elements of Floral Design

This course will prepare students for careers in horticultural systems, students need to attain academic skills and knowledge, to acquire knowledge and skills related to horticultural systems and the workplace, and to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success students need to have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skill and technologies in a variety of settings.


Agricultural Structures Design and Fabrication        #9122

Grade:                       11                Credit:  1

Timeline:                 2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Ag mechanics and metal tech, Livestock Production

To be prepared for careers in mechanized agriculture and technical systems, students attain knowledge and skills related to agricultural facilities design and fabrication. Students explore career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success, students reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and technical skills in a variety of settings.


Course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

Equine Science                                #9120

Grade:  10-12                Credit:  .5

Timeline:   1 Semester

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources or Teacher Approval

Students acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements and industry expectations. Suggested animals which may be included in the course of study include, but are not limited to, horses, donkeys and mules. Students must pass safety test with 100% mastery.


Agriculture Business and Marketing        #9092

Grade:   10                Credit:  1

Timeline:  2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources AND Teacher Approval

Students acquire technical knowledge and skills related to agribusiness marketing and management and the workplace, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements and industry expectations.  This course is designed to provide a foundation to agribusiness management and the free enterprise system.  Instruction includes the use of economic principles such as supply and demand, budgeting, recordkeeping, finance, risk management, business law, marketing and careers in agribusiness.


Energy and Natural Resource Technology         #9215

Grade:   11                Credit:  1

Timeline:  2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:  Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources AND Teacher Approval

This course will prepare students for careers in environmental and natural resource systems. This course is designed to explore the interdependence of the public and natural resource systems related to energy production. Topics may include renewable and nonrenewable, sustainable energy sources, impacts of energy production, landowner and leasing companies, policies affecting natural resources and energy, and land use.


Advanced Animal Science                        #9121

Grade:         12        Credit: 1

Timeline: 2 semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement - Elective

Prerequisite:  at least one course within the Ag, Food & Natural Resources cluster; Teacher Approval

To be prepared for careers in the field of animal science, students need to attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry standards. To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and  transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. This course examines the interrelatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences. 


Practicum in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources        #9095

Grade:   12                Credit:  1

Timeline:  2 Semesters

Meets: Graduation Requirement – Elective

Prerequisite:  Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources AND Teacher Approval

The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster. The practicum is designed to give students supervised practical application of knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of location appropriate to the nature and level of experiences such as employment, independent study, internships, assistantships, mentorships or laboratories. Student must pass safety test with 100% mastery.

course offering availability subject to student enrollment and staffing levels.

OTHER ELECTIVES


Senior Early Release Class                 1st Period - #9980        7th Period - #9981        8th Period - #9982

Grade: 12                 Credit: 0 (local credit)

Timeline: 1 Semester

Prerequisite: Administrator Approval

This release class period is only for seniors who have passed all EOC tests and are passing all classes so that the student will graduate with the appropriate senior class. Students with serious discipline issues and/or attendance issues may not receive administrator approval. If students are placed in early release class periods, students MUST leave campus. This is NOT a study hall period. Failure to follow guidelines could result in the student being placed in another course per school discretion.

Appendix A.1

LVISD ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE AGREEMENT

 

Student’s Name (print):                                                                                          

Course(s):                                                                                                                

STUDENT COMMITMENT:

I have read the Student Expectations for Advanced Level Courses in the LVISD Course Catalog, and I am aware of the time and effort required for this advanced level course.  I understand and agree to the following conditions for taking an advanced level course:

A.   I agree to organize my time and effort to successfully complete this rigorous work in the course.  I have read the course description and agree to the college preparatory or college-level requirements of the class.  I understand that I may need to regularly attend before and/or after school tutoring.

 

B.   My parents and I have discussed and understand the rigorous course requirements.  They have agreed to help me organize my study time in support of my class assignments and out-of-school requirements.  We will notify the teacher immediately of any concern we have relating to my performance in advanced level class.  We understand that an advanced level course will require a significant amount of time and effort, and that I may need to regularly attend tutoring.

 

C.   I understand that my teacher will conduct the course at a college preparatory pace appropriate to the grade level or at a college-level for an AP/Dual Credit course as approved by the College Board and LVISD curricula.  I understand that my parents and I can monitor my progress through the Parent Portal.  My teacher will be available for tutoring. I must also attended tutoring as needed with my teacher on a regular basis.

 

D.   I understand that my teacher and/or parent may request that I be placed into a regular class if I am encountering great difficulty with the rigorous course content.  Any recommended move would take place within the first nine calendar weeks or at the end of the first semester. Prior to any move the teacher will make two parent contacts and a conference will be held. After the first semester I understand that I have committed to the course for the remainder of the school year.

 

E.    I will be expected to do my own work and exhibit academic honesty.

 

F.    I am strongly encouraged to take the AP Exam at the end of the year for all enrolled AP courses.  I understand that I will be assessed a fee for each AP exam I choose to take.  It is critical that I research my specific college/university requirements for what tests and scores they accept for AP credit.

 

G.   I agree to commit to the advanced level course(s) listed at the top of this agreement and I agree to the conditions on this form.  I understand I am encouraged to take as many rigorous courses as I can handle.  I have carefully considered the time and academic requirements for both academic and extracurricular commitments before I sign this agreement.

 

My signature on this LVISD ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE AGREEMENT serves as my commitment to follow the conditions outlined above:

Student’s Signature:         ____________________________________________

                                                                                          

I approve and agree to support my child taking this advanced level course:

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature:__________________________________________________________________                                                         

Date Returned to Teacher: __________________________________                                                                           

Appendix A.2

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS FOR ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES

Advanced Level/Pre-Advanced Placement/Advanced Placement courses challenge and enrich motivated students to expand their education beyond the typical high school program.  Pre-AP coursework develops advanced skills and content background to prepare students for college-level work in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and on the Advanced Placement exams.  Advanced level courses such as upper-level languages, Anatomy and Physiology, etc., while not specifically labeled Advanced Placement, offer rigorous curricula that prepare students for college.  Success requires the student’s commitment to the expectations of the Advanced Level Course program(s).

Students will be expected to:

Analyze, synthesize and manipulate knowledge and skills in order to think critically

Engage in technology-assisted  research and/or communications; increase advanced content area vocabulary; build portfolios if applicable

Budget time effectively and efficiently to develop successful study skills

Utilize community and industry as resources in research projects if applicable

Commit to a daily academic action plan; attend tutoring regularly if needed.  Come to school early and/or stay late in order to attend tutoring

Sign the agreement supporting the Advanced/Pre-AP/AP programs and expectations.

 

PLACEMENT REVIEW:  The teacher may recommend that a student be moved into a regular class if that student is encountering great difficulty with the rigorous course content. The teacher will expect a positive attitude about scholarship and assignments. Any recommended level change would take place within the first nine calendars weeks or at the end of the first semester. After the first semester a student is expected to stay in the course for the remainder of the school year.  The teacher will make two parent contacts prior to any move.  A parent-teacher-counselor conference is required prior to withdrawal from the course. Student must also have attended tutoring with the teacher on a regular basis.

HONOR CODE: All students will be expected to do their own work and exhibit academic honesty.

TEST PARTICIPATION: Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP Exams at the end of the year for all enrolled AP courses. The district may provide a reduced fee of these tests when funding is available or for students who qualify. It is critical that students consult their individual college choices for acceptance of AP credit.

SUCCESS REQUIRES SUPPORT FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS: STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS.

STUDENTS: I agree to organize my time and efforts to successfully complete the rigorous course(s).  I have read the course description(s) and agree to the college preparatory or college-level requirements of the class(es). I understand that I may need to regularly attend before and/or after school tutoring.

PARENTS: I understand the rigorous course requirements and agree to help my son/daughter organize study time in support of class assignments and requirements. I will notify the teacher immediately of any concerns I have relating to the Advanced/Pre-AP/AP class(es). I understand that my son/daughter may need to regularly attend tutoring.

TEACHERS: The teacher will conduct the course(s) at a college preparatory pace appropriate to the grade level or at a college level for AP courses as approved by the College Board and LVISD curricula. Students and parents will be notified in a timely fashion if students work and/or assessments are unsatisfactory. The teacher will be available for tutoring.

A students may enroll in any Pre-AP, Advanced level, or AP course(s) provided the student and parent agree to the commitment on the LVISD ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE AGREEMENT. Students are encouraged to take as many rigorous courses as they can handle. Please consider carefully the time and academic requirements for both academic and extracurricular commitments.

In order to continue in an Advancement Level Course, students and parents must sign the following LVISD ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE AGREEMENT and return the signed agreement to the teacher.

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Appendix C

Programs of Study by Endorsements

Art and Humanities

Visual Arts

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Art I

Art II

Art III

AP Art/DC Art

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Performing Arts - Instrumental

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Band I

Band II

Band III

Band IV

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits (recommended Applied Music and Music Theory)

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Performing Arts - Theatre

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Theatre Arts I/Tech Theatre I

Theatre Arts II/ Tech Theatre II

Theatre Arts III/ Tech Theatre III

Theatre Arts IV

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Performing Arts - Dance

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Dance I

Dance II

Dance III

Dance IV

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Business and Industry

A/V Technology & Film

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

A/V Production I

A/V Production II

Practicum - A/V Production

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2



Graphic Design

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Graphic Design & Illustration I

Advanced Graphics

Practicum - Graphic Design (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Animation

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Graphic Design & Illustration I

Animation I

Animation II

Practicum - Animation (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Communications

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Debate I

Oral Interpretation I

Public Speaking I

Debate II

Oral Interpretation II

Public Speaking II

Debate III

Oral Interpretation III

Public Speaking III

Independent Study - Speech

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2


Finance

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance

Money Matters

Accounting I

Accounting II

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2


Business - Management

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance

Business Information Management I

Business Law

Business Management or Career Prep

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Agricultural Systems

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Ag Mechanics and Metal Technologies

Agriculture Structure, Design & Fabrication

Agriculture Power Systems (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Agriculture - Animal Science

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Livestock Production

Small Animal Management/Equine Science  OR Wildlife, Fisheries & Ecology Management

Advanced Animal Science

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Agriculture Leadership

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Agribusiness Management & Marketing

Energy and Natural Resources Technology

Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2


Agriculture- Floriculture/Plant Systems

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Principles and Elements of Floral Design

Horticulture Science

Advanced Floral Design

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Culinary Arts

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Introduction to Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts I (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2


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Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Information Technology

Web Technologies

Computer Programming I

Computer Programming II

Computer Maintenance (1)/ Computer Maintenance Lab (1)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2


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(A+ Certification Preparation)

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Information Technology

Computer Maintenance (2)

Computer Technician (2-3)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Information Media Programming

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Information Technology

Computer Programming I

Computer Programming II

Digital Interactive Media

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Architecture and Design

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Architecture and Construction

Interior Design I

Interior Design II (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Public Service

Law Enforcement Services

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Law Enforcement I

Forensic Science

Law Enforcement II

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2




Law Enforcement Services - Forensics

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Law Enforcement I

Forensic Science

Forensic Psychology

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Human Services

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Human Services

Child Development

Child Guidance (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2





Education and Training

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Education and Training

Human Growth and Development

Instructional Practices in Education and Training (2)

Practicum in Education and Training (2)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Health Sciences

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Principles of Health Science

Medical Terminology

Health Science Theory

Practicum Health Science (2-3)

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science (rec. Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology)

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2



STEM

Science Focus

Coherent sequence of 5 credits of Science, including Physics and Chemistry

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        5 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Math Focus

Coherent sequence of 5 credits of Math, two must be more advanced than Algebra 2

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        5 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2















Computer Science Focus

Coherent sequence of four courses:

Fundamentals of Computer Science

Computer Science I

Computer Science II

Computer Science III

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        2 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2

Math/Science/Computer Science Combination

In addition to Algebra 2, Chemistry & Physics, a coherent sequence of 3 credits from no more than 2 Math, Science of Computer Science, CTE courses

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math*

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2









Engineering

Coherent sequence of courses:

Principles of Applied Engineering

Engineering Design and Presentation I

 Robotics

Scientific Research and Design

Core Courses:

•        4 English – Eng 1, Eng 2, Eng 3, Advanced English

•        4 Science – Bio, IPC or Advanced Science, 2 more advanced science

•        4 Math – Algebra I, Geometry, 2 advanced math* (rec. Engineering Math)

•        3 Social Studies – World History/World Geography, US History, Govt/Economics

•        2 LOTE (same language)

•        1 PE

•        1 Fine Arts (included in endorsement pathway above)

•        3 more elective credits

*Distinguished Level of Achievement requires Algebra 2