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Course Description Guide

2019 - 2020

The Plymouth High School faculty and staff are pleased to present our course offerings for 2019-2020 school year.  This guide will be of assistance to you in planning your academic program for this year and for the rest of your high school career.  Please take the time to read through the guide carefully, noting specific course descriptions, prerequisites, and recommended grade levels.

Contents  

Core 40 Diploma  

Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma

Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma 

College & Career Opportunities at PHS

Advisory

Summer School

Agriculture

Business & Technology Education

English

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health/Physical Education 

Mathematics

Music

Performing Arts

Science

Social Studies

Special Education

Student Office Assistant/Study Hall/Learning Center 

Technology Education

Visual Arts

World Languages 

Area Vocational Programs 

Weidner School of Inquiry 

Alternative High School and Credit Recovery Programs 

Multidisciplinary Courses


CORE 40  (back to top)

English/Language Arts

9 credits

English 9, 10, 11, and 12 plus Speech

Mathematics

6 credits

2 credits:  Algebra I

2 credits:  Geometry

2 credits:  Algebra II

(Integrated Math may be substituted by administrative approval)

*STUDENTS MUST  BE ENROLLED IN A MATH OR APPLIED MATH EACH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Science

6 credits

2 credits:  Biology I

2 credits:  Integrated Chemistry/Physics, OR Chemistry I, OR Physics

2 credits:  any Core 40 science course

Social Studies

6 credits

2 credits: World History/Civilization

2 credits: US History

1 credit:  US Government

1 credit:  Economics

Directed Electives

5 credits

Career Pathway Course:  a logical sequence from a technical or career area

World Languages:  Chinese, Spanish

Fine Arts:  Music, Drama, Art, Student Publications

Physical Education

2 credits

1 credit:  PE I (1 semester)

1 credit:  PE II (1 semester)

Health and Wellness

1 credit

Elective Courses

7 credits

Any additional courses

TOTAL

42 CREDITS

Graduation Exam

All students will need to pass the ISTEP 10+ English/Language Art and ISTEP 10+ Mathematics (or a similar test as mandated by the Indiana Dep’t of Education). They will also take an ECA in Biology I.

NOTE: ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE A STUDENT MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM AND RECEIVE A DIPLOMA.

CORE 40: with ACADEMIC HONORS  (back to top)

The Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma is the most rigorous course of study required by the state of Indiana for high school graduation.  Students earning this diploma must complete requirements above and beyond those required for the Core 40 diploma.

English/Language Arts

9 credits

English 9, 10, 11, and 12 plus Speech

Mathematics

8 credits

2 credits:  Algebra I

2 credits:  Geometry

2 credits:  Algebra II

2 credits:  Pre-Calculus

*STUDENTS  MUST BE ENROLLED IN A MATH OR APPLIED MATH  COURSE EACH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Science

6 credits

2 credits:  Biology I

2 credits:  Integrated Chemistry/Physics, OR Chemistry I, OR Physics

2 credits:  any Core 40 science course

Social Studies

6 credits

2 credits: World History/Civilization

2 credits: US History

1 credit:  US Government

1 credit:  Economics

World Languages

6 -8 credits

6 credits of one language OR eight credits of two different languages    

Fine Arts

2 credits

Art, Music, Drama, Student Publications

Physical Education

2 credits

1  credit:  PE I (1 semester) AND 1  credit:  PE II (1 semester)

Health and Wellness

1 credit

Elective Courses

5 – 10 credits – depending on Math and World Language options.

Any additional courses – Career Pathway Sequence Recommended

Other Requirements

Earn a grade of a “C-” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.  Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.  

Complete one of the following:

A. Earn 4 credits in 2 or more AP courses and take corresponding AP exams

B. Earn 6 verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit courses from the approved dual credit list.

C. Earn two of the following:

1. A minimum of 3 verifiable transcripted college credits from the approved dual credit list,

2. 2 credits in AP courses and corresponding AP exams,

D. Earn a composite score of 1250 or higher on the SAT and a minimum of 560 on math and 590 on the evidence based reading and writing section

E. Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete written section

TOTAL

47 CREDITS

Graduation Exam

All students will need to pass the ISTEP 10+ English/Language Art and ISTEP 10+ Mathematics (or a similar test as mandated by the Indiana Dep’t of Education). They will also take an ECA in Biology I.

NOTE: ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE A STUDENT MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM AND RECEIVE A DIPLOMA

CORE 40: with TECHNICAL HONORS  (back to top)

The Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma is the most rigorous course of study, both academically and technically, required by the state of Indiana for high school graduation.  Students earning this diploma must complete requirements above and beyond those required for the Core 40 Diploma

English/Language Arts

9 credits

English 9, 10, 11, and 12 plus Speech

Mathematics

6 credits

2 credits:  Algebra I

2 credits:  Geometry

2 credits:  Algebra II

*STUDENTS  MUST BE ENROLLED IN A MATH OR APPLIED MATH COURSE EACH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Science

6 credits

2 credits:  Biology I

2 credits:  Integrated Chemistry/Physics, OR Chemistry I, OR Physics

2 credits:  any Core 40 science course

Social Studies

6 credits

2 credits: World History/Civilization

2 credits: US History

1 credit:  US Government

1 credit:  Economics

Physical Education

2  credits

1  credit:  PE I (1 semester) AND 1 credit:  PE II (1 semester)

Health and Wellness

1 credit

College & Career Pathway

6 credits (must include industry certification and/or dual credits - see “other requirements”)

Electives

11 credits

Other Requirements

Earn a grade of “C-” or above in all required courses, and

Have a grade point average of “B” or above, and

Earn 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved College & Career Pathway and one of the following:

1. State approved, industry recognized certification or credential, or

2. Pathway dual credits from the approved dual credit list resulting in 6 transcripted college credits  

Complete one of the following,

  1. Any one of the options (A - F) of the Core 40 with Academic Honors
  2. B. Earn the following scores or higher on WorkKeys: Reading for Information – Level 6, Applied Mathematics – Level 6, and Locating Information - Level 5.
  3. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Accuplacer: Writing 80, Reading 90, Math 75.
  4. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Compass: Algebra 66 , Writing 70, Reading 80.

TOTAL

47 CREDITS

STATE TESTS

All students will need to pass the ISTEP 10+ English/Language Art and ISTEP 10+ Mathematics (or a similar test as mandated by the Indiana Dep’t of Education). They will also take an ECA in Biology I.

ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE A STUDENT MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM AND RECEIVE A DIPLOMA.

COLLEGE READINESS OPPORTUNITIES AT PHS

2019-2020 (back to top)

Students at PHS have several opportunities to potentially earn college-level credits while still in high school.  Doing so will save both TIME and MONEY when you reach the post-secondary level.  We encourage you to consider the options carefully, noting your responsibilities for enrollment, payment, etc.  The following is a summary of opportunities:

Advanced Placement Courses: Psychology, Spanish IV, Calculus, English 11 Honors, Statistics, AP Biology,  AP Chemistry, MicroEconomics, WSOI English 11 Honors, WSOI Statistics

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses and require corresponding exams in May of the year the student is enrolled in the class.  There is a cost factor for each exam for which the student is responsible, with a few exceptions (e.g. students enrolled in courses for which the Dep't of Education covers the cost, which is determined every year). The cost for the 18/19 school year will be determined at the beginning of the school year, but usually is approximately $92  (there is a reduced cost for those who qualify for textbook assistance).  Students who earn a 3, 4, 5 on the cumulative standardized exam given in May could earn credits from their respective colleges of choice.

Advance College Project Courses (also known as ACP): English 12 Honors; Chemistry II

The Advance College Project (ACP) is a partnership between Indiana University South Bend and Plymouth High School.  Students who enroll in the above-named classes will have opportunity to apply for IU credit, if they qualify (junior/senior with a gpa of 2.7/4.0).  The cost for the credits is $25 per credit and must be paid to IU.  Enrolling in IU courses will result in an official IU course transcript, and the student's IU grade will become part of  his/her permanent college academic record.  These classes are considered “dual credit” because students will earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.  Students are allowed to take the high school course for high school credits without applying for IU/college-level credits.

Ivy Tech Dual Credit Program:

 

Plymouth High School has formed a partnership with Ivy Tech South Bend, Warsaw, and Lafayette.  Students who enroll in these designated courses will have opportunity to apply for Ivy Tech credit, if they qualify (meet pre-requisite test scores on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and/or Accuplacer exams).  There is no cost to the student for these credits.  Enrolling in Ivy Tech courses will result in an official Ivy Tech course transcript and the student's grade will become part of his/her permanent college academic record. Students enrolled in AP courses that are also listed here will be able to work with their college of choice for best credit transfer (however, each will be expected to take the AP exam in May as part of the class). These classes are considered “dual credit” because students will earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.  Students are allowed to take the high school course for high school credits without applying for Ivy Tech/college-level credits.

Adv. Manufacturing I

Computer Science I

Advanced Speech & Communication

Computer Science II

Animal Science

Food Science

AP Calculus AB

Agriculture, Structure, Power and Technology

AP Physics I: Algebra Based

Landscaping II

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)

Digital Electronics (DE) PLTW

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) PLTW

Natural Resource Management

Pre-Calculus

Principles of Engineering (POE) PLTW

Radio and Television I

Spanish IV

Honors US Government

Honors US History

Landscaping I

Advisory Period  (back to top)

Advisory  is assigned by grade.  It meets daily during fourth period.  During this time students will work on various goals dependent on the day:

Tuesdays:  Advisory Curriculum - College/Career Readiness and/or Social/Emotional Learning

Wednesdays/Thursdays:  Academic Interventions

Fridays:  Club Meetings

SUMMER SCHOOL  (back to top)

Why Take Summer School?

        

Make up failed courses! (Especially courses that have graduation qualifying exams).         

        Get Ahead—Make time to take an extra class in the fall.

When it is offered?

Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for 6 weeks (3 weeks each session)

Courses traditionally offered are:

Algebra I B - looped classes only

English 9 B- looped classes only                                

Geometry

U. S. History

U. S. Government:  classroom or online                

Economics:  classroom or online

Speech

Advanced Speech-Competitive

English 9-12 – credit recovery (GradPoint, computer-based)

Biology

Supervised Ag Experience

NEW STARTING SUMMER 2018:  PE I and PE II

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

Each student is obligated to attend each scheduled class.  Vacations and camps should NOT be scheduled during summer school.  A student will be dropped from the class if he/she is absent more than two times per session.  Three tardies are equal to one absence.


AGRICULTURE  (back to top)

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (55013-55014)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Fundamentals of Agricultural Science and Business is a yearlong course that is highly recommended as a prerequisite and foundation for all other agricultural classes.  The nature of this course is to provide students with an introduction to careers and the fundamentals of agricultural science and business.  Areas to be covered include:  agricultural literacy, its importance and career opportunities, plant and soil science, environmental science, horticulture and landscape management, agricultural biotechnology, agricultural science and business tools and equipment, basic principles of and employability in the agricultural/horticultural industry, basic agribusiness principles and skills, developing leadership skills in agriculture, and supervised experience in agriculture/horticulture purposes and procedures.  Student learning objectives are defined.  Instruction includes not only agriculture education standards but many academic standards are included through the use of “hands-on” problem-solving individual and team activities.

This course qualifies for the Core 40, the Core 40 with Academic Honors, and the Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas as an elective and as a directed elective course.  It is also recognized as a Career Academic Sequence, Career Technical program, or Flex Credit Course. This course is included as a component of the Agriculture, Food and Natural resources career cluster and may also be included as a component of the Building & Construction; Business, Management & Finance; Arts, A/V Technology & communications; Health Services; and Science, Engineering & Information Technology career clusters.

Ag Power, Structure, and Technology A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Dual College Credit

Elective

Recommended Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture, Food,  and Natural Resources

Agriculture Power, Structure and Technology is a two semester, lab intensive course in which students develop an understanding of basic principles of selection, operation, maintenance, and management of agricultural equipment in concert with the utilization of technology. Topics covered include: safety, electricity, plumbing, concrete, carpentry, metal technology, engines, emerging technologies, leadership development, supervised agricultural experience, and career opportunities in the area of agriculture power, structure, and technology.

This course counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ANIMAL SCIENCE A/B (57011-57012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Dual College Credit

Prerequisite: None

Animal Science is a year long course that provides students with an overview of the field of animal science.  All areas which the students study can be applied to large and small animals. Topics to be addressed include:  anatomy and physiology, genetics, reproductions, nutrition, aquaculture, careers in animal science, common diseases and parasites, social and political issues related to the industry, and management practices for the care and maintenance of animals.

This course qualifies for the Core 40, the Core 40 with Academic Honors, and the Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas as an elective and as a directed elective course.  It is also recognized as a Career Academic Sequence, Career Technical program, or Flex Credit Course. This course is included as a component of the Agriculture, Food and Natural resources career cluster and may also be included as a component of the Building & Construction; Business, Management & Finance; Arts, A/V Technology & communications; Health Services; and Science, Engineering & Information Technology career clusters.

FOOD SCIENCE A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources        

Grade Level:  10-11

Elective

Dual College Credit

Prerequisite: None

Food Science provides students with an overview of food science and its importance. Introduction to principles of food processing, food chemistry and physics, nutrition, food microbiology, preservation, packaging and labeling, food commodities, food regulations, issues and careers in the food science industry help students understand the role that food science plays in securing a safe, nutritious and adequate food supply. A project-based approach is utilized along with laboratory, team building and problem solving activities to enhance student learning, leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career opportunities in the area of food science.

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT I A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective, Quantitative Reasoning Course

Dual College Credit

Recommended Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Landscape Management provides the student with an overview of the many career opportunities in the diverse field of landscape management. Students are introduced to the procedures used in the planning and design of a landscape using current technology practices, the principles and procedures of landscape construction, the determination of maintenance schedules, communications and management skills necessary in landscape operations and the care and use of equipment utilized by landscapers. Students will also participate in leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career exploration activities in the area of landscape management.

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT II A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10 -12

Prerequisite: Landscape Management I

Elective, Quantitative Reasoning Course

Landscape Management II allows students to build knowledge and skills in landscape planning and design. Topics include hands on experience with landscape construction (equipment and use); detailed turf management; pesticide safety; disease identification, treatment and prevention; weed control; and communication. Students should also participate in leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career exploration activities in the area of landscape management.        

This class counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

                                                                           

Natural Resources (55110-55111)

                        

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Dual College Credit

Recommended Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources                                

Natural Resources provides students with a foundation in natural resources. Hands-on learning activities in addition to leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career exploration encourage students to investigate areas of environmental concern. Students are introduced to the following areas of natural resources: soils, the water cycle, air quality, outdoor recreation, forestry, rangelands, wetlands, animal wildlife and safety.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ALTERNATIVES A/B 

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10-12

Dual College Credit

Elective

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Sustainable Energy Alternatives broadens a student’s understanding of environmentally friendly energies. In this course students will use a combination of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences to analyze, critique, and design alternative energy systems. Class content and activities center on renewability and sustainability for our planet. Topics covered in this course include the following types of alternative energies: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and emerging technologies. Leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career exploration opportunities in the field sustainable energy are also included.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE (SAE) (57041-57042)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  FFA Membership

*NOTE: This course is offered during summer school only

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain experience in the agriculture field(s) in which they are interested. Students should experience and apply what is learned in the classroom, laboratory, and training site to real-life situations. Students work closely with their agricultural science and business teacher(s), parents, and/or employers to get the most out of their SAE program.  Students will complete an FFA Proficiency to be sent for judging based on his or her SAE area.  

BUSINESS &   TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION  (back to top)

INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING  (23053-23054)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

QR Course:  General Diploma Only

This course introduces the language of business using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and procedures for proprietorships and partnerships using double-entry accounting. Emphasis is placed on accounting principles as they relate to both manual and automated financial systems. This course involves understanding, analyzing, and recording business transactions and preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial reports as a basis for decision making.

BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS A/B (23031-23032)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10-12

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Business Law and Ethics provides an overview of the legal system in the business setting.  Topics covered include: basics of the judicial system, contract, personal, employment and property law.  Application of legal principles and ethical decision-making techniques are presented through problem-solving methods and situation analyses.

PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT  A/B (22011-22012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

Prerequisite:  None

                          

Principles of Business Management focuses on the roles and responsibilities of managers as well as opportunities and challenges of ethically managing a business in the free enterprise system. Students will attain an understanding of management, team building, leadership, problem solving steps and processes that contribute to the achievement of organizational goals. The management of human and financial resources is emphasized

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING A/B (23041-23043)

1 semester - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Interactive Media: Principles of Marketing provides a basic introduction to the scope and importance of marketing in the global economy.  Emphasis is placed on oral and written communications, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as they relate to advertising/promotion/selling, and marketing-information management.  Special emphasis will be placed on current distribution mediums that include social media, print advertisement, and photography and video distribution.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING A/B 

2 semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing

Sports and Entertainment Marketing is a specialized marketing course that develops student understanding of the sport/event industries, their economic impact, and products; distribution systems and strategies; pricing considerations; product/service management, and promotion. Students acquire an understanding and appreciation for planning. Throughout the course, students are presented problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical-thinking skills. Participation in cooperative education is an optional instructional method, giving students the opportunity to apply newly acquired marketing skills in the workplace.

INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP A/B 

2 semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 9-10

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Entrepreneurship provides an overview of what it means to be an Entrepreneur. Student will learn about starting and operating a business, marketing products and services, and how to find resources to help in the development of a new venture. This course is ideal for students interested in starting their own art gallery, salon, restaurant, etc.

DIGITAL APPLICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITY A/B 

2 semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Digital Applications and Responsibility prepares students to use technology in an effective and appropriate manner in school, in a job, or everyday life. Students develop skills related to word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and communications software. Students learn what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to use technology, including social media, responsibly. Students expand their knowledge of how to use digital devices and software to build decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students should be provided with the opportunity to seek industry-recognized digital literacy certifications.

INTERACTIVE MEDIA: WEB DESIGN (23016)

1 Semester - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite:

Web Design is a course that provides instruction in the principles of web design using code and current/emerging software programs. Areas of instruction include audience analysis, hierarchy layout, and design techniques, software integration, and publishing. Instructional strategies includes authentic Web design, collaborative instruction, project-based learning activities and school community projects.

COMPUTER SCIENCE I (23097-23099)

2 Semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

Prerequisite:  NONE

Note:  The AP Exam is an option for students enrolled in this course; there is a fee for the test

                          

Computer Science I introduces the structured techniques necessary for efficient solution of business-related computer programming logic problems and coding solutions into a high-level language. The fundamental concepts of programming are provided through explanations and effects of commands and hands-on utilization of lab equipment to produce correct and accurate outputs. Topics include program flowcharting, pseudo coding, and hierarchy charts as a means of solving problems. The course covers creating file layouts, print charts, program narratives, user documentation and system flowcharts for business problems; algorithm development and review, flowcharting, input/output techniques, looping, modules, selection structures, file handling, and control breaks and offers students an opportunity to apply skills in a laboratory environment.

COMPUTER SCIENCE II

2 Semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

Prerequisite:  Computer Science I

Note:  The AP Exam is an option for students enrolled in this course; there is a fee for the test

Computer Science II explores and builds skills in programming and a basic understanding of the fundamentals of procedural program development using structured, modular concepts. Coursework emphasizes logical program design involving user-defined functions and standard structure elements. Discussions will include the role of data types, variables, structures, addressable memory locations, arrays and pointers, and data file access methods. An emphasis on logical program design using a modular approach, which involves task oriented program functions.

• Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for all diplomas

• Qualifies as a quantitative reasoning course

COMPUTER SCIENCE III: Cyber Security

Recommended Grade Level: 11,12  

Required Prerequisites: Computer Science I and Computer Science II  

Credits: 2 semester course, 2 semesters required

Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for all diplomas

Computer Science III: Cybersecurity introduces the secure software development process including designing secure applications, writing secure code designed to withstand various types of attacks, and security testing and auditing. It focuses on the security issues a developer faces, common security vulnerabilities and flaws, and security threats. The course explains security principles, strategies, coding techniques, and tools that can help make software fault tolerant and resistant to attacks. Students will write and analyze code that demonstrates specific security development techniques. Students will also learn about cryptography as an indispensable resource for implementing security in real-world applications. Students will learn foundations of cryptography using simple mathematical probability. Information theory, computational complexity, number theory, and algebraic approaches will be covered.  

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (24013-24014)

2 Semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12

Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Elective

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Accounting

QR course

Advanced Accounting expands on the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and procedures for proprietorships and partnerships using double-entry accounting covered in Introduction to Accounting. Emphasis is placed on accounting principles as they relate to both manual and automated financial systems. This course involves understanding, analyzing, and recording business transactions and preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial reports as a basis for decision-making. Students are required to take Introduction to Accounting prior to enrollment in this course.

BUSINESS MATH (23011-23012)

2 semesters - 2 Credit        

Grade Level: 11-12

General Diploma - Math; Elective - Core 40, AHD, and THD

Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I 

Want to know how to do your taxes, or manage your money when living on your own? Business Math is a course meant to develop abilities and skills that are necessary in any business environment and for running everyday finances

WORK-BASED LEARNING (Internship - 54026)                        

Up to 2 Semesters, 1-2 periods per day - 2-4 Credits        

Grade Level:  12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  Students must have earned a credit in Preparing for College and Careers AND at least 4 credits in courses in the career pathway of their desired internship.

Work Based Learning Capstone is a culminating course in a student’s logical sequence of courses for a chosen career pathway. In this course, students have the opportunity to apply the concepts, skills, and dispositions learned in previous coursework in their pathways in real world business and industry settings. A standards based training plan is developed by the student, teacher, and workplace mentor to guide the student’s work based learning experiences and assist in evaluating achievement and performance, whether WBL is a standalone course or a component of a discipline-specific CTE course.

There are several models of Work Based Learning. Plymouth High School utilizes the following models for Work Based Learning:  

Cooperative*  

Internship

* When using Cooperative (or ICE) as the model, there are federal and state student employment and cooperative education laws that must be followed.

Careers Information & Exploration - Marketing I

Careers Information & Exploration - Marketing II

2 Semesters - 1 credit per semester

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Career Information & Exploration Marketing is a hot business right now, no matter where you look, marketers, are trying to get your attention. From social media, publications, TV, radio, billboards, and beyond, marketers are vying for your attention. During this course, PCSC Marketing Director Judi Lykowski will teach you about these platforms as she puts you in the driver's seat to test out your marketing ideas in a team approach. During the class you will learn about about digital marketing careers, entry-level marketing jobs, colleges that offer marketing degree programs, and you'll be able to network with Michiana marketing professionals who will visit the class to guest speak. You will leave the class knowing if you have a passion to pursue a career in the marketing world. If you do - great news! You can take the 2nd-semester advanced level the following semester! Upperclassman wanting to pursue a career in multimedia marketing can seek to take the third semester of this course as an independent study on a case by case basis.


ENGLISH  (back to top)

ENGLISH 9 A/B (31011, 31012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  9

Required

Prerequisite:  None

The English 9 course emphasizes grammar, composition, vocabulary, and literature.  Students begin the year with an intensive study of how to develop an argument by solving fictional crimes and a close study of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Students Major literary genres include short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, with a focus on acquiring the terminology to discuss and to apply reading strategies, to use comprehension skills, to defend interpretation, and to gather research data. In composition, students will explore a variety of rhetorical strategies to develop responses to literature. Students are required to document independent reading.  

ENGLISH 10 A/B  (32011-32012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10

Required

Prerequisite:  English 9

The English 10 course emphasizes grammar, composition, vocabulary, and literature.  Major literary genres include poetry, drama, the novel, short stories, and non-fiction.  Students apply specialized literary vocabulary both to evaluate literary compositions and to discuss their own written work.  They write texts using appropriate rhetorical strategies to produce narration, exposition, persuasion, and description, as well as to synthesize research information and to produce technical documents.  Students are required to document independent reading.

ENGLISH 11 ADVANCED PLACEMENT A/B (33031-33032)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11

Prerequisite:  English 10

Ivy Tech credits may be earned for this course

This AP literature course covers a broad range of material – American, British, and world authors, classical to contemporary literature of multiple genres.  Students will read widely and analyze a few pieces deeply in this introduction to literary study.  Some potential works that we will read are Antigone, Othello, A Raisin in the Sun, Of Mice and Men, Crime and Punishment, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and dozens of short stories and poems.  Colleges look favorably upon students who have AP classes on their transcripts, and research conducted by The College Board has shown that taking AP classes in high school is a reliable predictor of student success in college.

As well as receiving an introduction to terms, genres, and literary theory, students will learn close-reading skills as they participate in class discussion, informal and formal writing to improve their abilities to communicate critical interpretations of literature.  We will also practice for the AP exam – most quizzes and timed-writes will use questions from past AP exams, or variations of them.  Students have the opportunity to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May; many colleges and universities grant three hours of English credit for a passing score on the exam.

ENGLISH 11 A/B (33021-33022)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11

Required unless student enrolls in English 11 AP

The English 11 course is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication, Students analyze, compare, and evaluate works of historical or cultural significance in American literature balanced with nonfiction and visual media. Students write analytical, persuasive, expository, summary, and more sustained research assignments incorporating visual information in the form of pictures, graphs, charts and tables and write and produce a video for YouTube. Students write workplace documents, resumes, application essays, and cover letters. Students are required to document independent reading.

ENGLISH 12 A/B (34011-34012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  12

Required unless student enrolls in English 12 ACP

Taught in both a traditional classroom and through an on-line class

The English 12 course emphasizes composition, vocabulary, World literature, and documented research.  Major literary genres include poetry, short stories, plays, novels, film and essays.  Students trace the development of major works of literature and use principles of literary criticism to evaluate meanings.  They employ rhetorical strategies to develop in-depth responses and develop presentations based on documented research.  Students present their findings in varied ways, including multi-media presentations.  Students are required to document independent reading.  

ENGLISH 12 HONORS ADVANCED COLLEGE PROJECT (ACP) A/B (34031-34032, 34035)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  12

By Application per Indiana University Standards

Prerequisite:  English 11 or English 11 Honors

The Advance College Project is a partnership program between Indiana University and Plymouth High School.  ACP English provides senior English credit to qualified high school students while simultaneously allowing students to purchase up to six hours of college credit from IU.  Semester A is W131, freshman composition (3 hours), and semester B is L202, the introduction to literature course (3 hours).  The IU credit is transferable to many other colleges nationwide, providing students earn a grade of “C” or higher.  Students may enroll in the class for high school credit only; they are not required to enroll in the college course.  The high school course receives weighted grades.

In semester A/B, students in W131 examine issues in varied disciplinary fields and cultivate reading, writing, and analytic skills.  Students summarize arguments, identify the structure of claims, and examine the strength of evidence offered in support of those claims. Through a sequence of analytical responses, students demonstrate not only that they comprehend the argument of experts, but they can also formulate, articulate, and defend claims of their own.

In semester B/C, students in L202 explore the process of literary analysis.  Students use techniques for close reading, develop a framework for articulating and supporting interpretations, and work with an array of classic and contemporary texts including short story, poetry, drama, film, and novels. Students do extensive reading, write in response to literature, raise significant questions of themselves and of the text, and discover interrelationships among the works studied. The ultimate goal is for students to formulate precise, thoughtful, and in-depth responses to their reading, using the analytical powers they developed in W131.

ADVANCED SPEECH - COMMUNICATION, Dual Credit (32082 OR 32083)

2 Semesters - 2 high school credits AND 3 college credits

Grade Level: 11-12 (To earn dual credit, student must have met Accuplacer or PSAT cut score).

May substitute for required Speech or be in addition to required Speech.

Also counts for English required credits.

Prerequisite:  None

Speech is a class designed to help students build confidence in expressing ideas before classmates and other audiences.  The course will emphasize development of pleasing and articulate speech, provide practice in proper non-verbal skills, and instruction in constructing well-organized, interesting speeches.  Numerous short speeches will be designed to inform, entertain, and persuade an audience.  Radio and video equipment will be used.  The use of outlines and manuscripts will be worked with.  The IVY TECH syllabus will be incorporated into this course for dual credit.

CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATION (34021 with 32083)  

1 semester - 1 high school credit

Grade Level: 12

May substitute for required Speech or be in addition to required Speech.  

Also counts for English required credits.  

Prerequisite:  None

Critical Thinking and Argumentation should challenge students to think critically and analytically.  Active class participation is essential.  Students will research, logically develop, and present their persuasive arguments through speeches and presentations.  

This course can be taken in conjunction with ADVANCED SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION to complete a senior year of English credits

ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE [ENL]

English as a New Language, an integrated English course incorporating both the Indiana Academic Standards for English Language Arts and the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, is the study of language, literature, Composition, and oral communication for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. The purpose of the course is to achieve proficiency in  listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of Standard English.  Students study English vocabulary used in fictional text and content-area texts, speak and write English so that they can function within the regular school setting and an English-speaking society, and deliver oral presentations appropriate to their respective levels of English proficiency.

ELL ENGLISH I A/B (31051 – 31052)

2 Semesters – 2 credits

Grade Level:  9–12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Limited English Proficient (LEP) Level 1 – 3 as determined with WIDA ACCESS test, Program Director’s Consent

This class focuses on learning and practicing both spoken and written English.  The class is conducted in English.  Introduction to basic English grammatical sentence structure is presented through literature readings, writing practice, and oral communication.   Supplementary material will assist students in increasing comprehension and vocabulary.  Students will be required to read outside of the classroom.

ELL ENGLISH II A/B (32161 – 32162)

2 Semesters – 2 credits

Grade Level: 9–12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Limited English Proficient (LEP) Level 1 – 3 as determined with WIDA ACCESS test, Program Director’s Consent

ENL II is a continuation of learning and practicing both spoken and written English.  The class is conducted in English. Students’ knowledge of language conventions and grammatical sentence structure will improve while students’ spoken and written English proficiency will increase through more in depth daily reading, writing, and oral communication practice.  Students will be required to read outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE ARTS LAB (ELL) (33171 – 33172)

2 Semesters – 2 credits

Grade Level:  10–12

Elective

Prerequisite: Limited English Proficient (LEP) Level 1 – 4 as determined with WIDA ACCESS test, Program Director’s Consent

ELL Language Arts Lab offers students advanced practice in spoken and written English, with emphasis on application of reading comprehension and writing skills to other content area classes.

LANGUAGE ARTS LAB  A/B (31181, 31182, 31183, 31184, 31185, 31186, 31187, 31188)

2 Semesters – 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9 - 12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation and/or Administrative Placement

A lab course designed to help  students who have not yet developed proficiency in application of the reading- language arts standards or ISTEP taking skills.  Students gain reading and writing skills necessary to perform successfully in school and community.  Individualized instruction dominates the teaching strategies employed focusing on reading and writing. Labs consist of the following parts:

  1. Review Homework/Re-teach (answer students’ questions about what they did in English the day before,  help students individually or in small groups, help with difficult assignments)
  2. Monitored time to complete work or catch up, check organization, assignments and grades).
  3. Pre-Teach (introduce concepts that will be taught in their English classes in the next few days, activate their prior knowledge)
  4. Basic ISTEP Skills/Mastery of Standards (work on important basic skills as outlined in the 5 standards)

Students will be enrolled in this course simultaneously with their general education English course.

STUDENT MEDIA - I-IV (32105, 32605, 33105)

1-8 Credits        

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective, fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for the Core 40 with Academic Honors.

Prerequisite: Journalism, Mass Media, or teacher recommendation

Student Media, a course based on the High School Journalism Standards and the Student Media Standards, is the continuation of the study of journalism. Students demonstrate their ability to do journalistic writing and design for high school media, including school newspapers and yearbooks, and a variety of other media formats. Students follow the ethical principles and legal boundaries that guide scholastic journalism. Students express themselves publicly with meaning and clarity for the purpose of informing, entertaining, or persuading. Students work on The Mayflower yearbook and Ye Pilgrim newspaper so that they may prepare themselves for career paths in journalism, communications, writing or related fields.

CREATIVE WRITING (31092)

This is an online course and does not count in the  14 course selections for the year.

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective

Creative Writing, a course based on Indiana's Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study and application of the rhetorical (effective) writing strategies for prose and poetry.  Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, the nuances of language and vocabulary, English language conventions, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing.  Creative Writing Project:   Students complete a project, such as a short story, a narrative or epic poem, a persuasive speech or letter, a book review, a script or short play, or other creative compositions, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and writing progress in the Creative Writing course content.  

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  (back to top)

INTRODUCTION TO FASHION & TEXTILES (05011)

1 semester- 1 Credit

Grade Level 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

This course addresses knowledge and skills related to design, production, acquisition, and distribution in the textiles and fashions arenas.  Topics include exploration of textiles and fashion industries; elements of science and design in textiles and apparel; textiles principles and applications; social, psychological, cultural and environmental aspects of clothing and textiles selection; clothing and textile products for people with special needs; critical thinking applied to consumer options for fashion, textiles, and related equipment and tools; care and maintenance of textile products, equipment, and tools; impacts of technology; construction and alteration skills; contemporary issues, including global applications.  

In each course, students will be required to construct a minimum of three sewing projects and purchase the materials needed for their projects.

ADVANCED NUTRITION AND WELLNESS A/B (05022)

2 semesters - 2 credits 

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: A passing grade in the “A” part is required to continue into “B”.

Advanced Nutrition and Wellness is a sequential course that addresses more complex concepts in nutrition and foods, with emphasis on contemporary economic, social, psychological, cultural and global issues.  Topics include nutrition and wellness for individuals and families across the life-span; community and world food concerns, including hunger; impacts of technology on nutrition, foods, and related tools and equipment; management of food-related resources; acquiring, organizing, and evaluating information about foods and nutrition; and exploration of careers in all aspects of the food industry.  Laboratory experiences, which emphasize advanced applications, are required.

INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS I A/B

2 semesters - 2 credits 

Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Advanced Nutrition and Wellness A/B

Introduction to Culinary Arts and Hospitality is recommended for all students regardless of their career cluster or pathway, in order to build basic culinary arts knowledge and skills. It is especially appropriate for students with an interest in careers related to Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes is recommended. Topics include basic culinary skills in the foodservice industry, safety and sanitation, nutrition, customer relations and career investigation. Students are able to explore this industry and examine their own career goals in light of their findings. Laboratory experiences that emphasize industry practices and develop basic skills are required components of this course

ADVANCED CHILD DEVELOPMENT A/B (07131)

2 semesters - 2 credits 

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: A passing grade in the “A” part is required to continue into “B”.

Advanced Child Development A  is an introductory course for all students as a life foundation and academic enrichment; it is especially relevant for students interested in careers that draw on knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. This course addresses issues of child development from conception/prenatal through age 3. It includes the study of prenatal development and birth; growth and development of children; child care giving and nurturing; and support systems for parents and caregivers. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiencies will be applied. Authentic applications such as introductory laboratory/field experiences with young children and/or service learning that build knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children are strongly recommended. This course provides the foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.

Advanced Child Development B addresses the child from age 2-6 in the above-mentioned developmental processes.  Caring for children with special needs; parental resources, services, and agencies; and career awareness.  High school students are required to successfully plan, prepare, instruct, and evaluate an 8-week play-school program for children ages 4 and 5. Advanced Child Development is for those students interested in life foundations, academic enrichment, and/or careers related to knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. It builds on the Child Development course, which is a prerequisite. Advanced Child Development B includes the study of professional and ethical issues in child development; child growth and development; child development theories, research, and best practices; child health and wellness; teaching and guiding children; special conditions affecting children; and career exploration in child development and nurturing. A project based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiencies will be applied. Service learning, introductory laboratory/field experiences with children in preschool settings, and other authentic applications are strongly recommended. This course provides a foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.

ADULT ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES (08021)

1 Semesters - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  11, 12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

This course builds knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors students will need as they prepare to take the next steps toward adulthood in today’s ever-changing society.  A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership and management processes in the study of individual and family issues.  The focus is on becoming independent, contributing, and responsible participants in family, community, and career settings.  Topics include living independently and family formation; analysis of personal standards, needs, aptitudes and goals; integration of family, community, and career responsibilities; consumer choices and decision-making related to nutrition and wellness, clothing, housing, and transportation; financial management; relationship to technology and environmental issues to family and consumer resources; and community roles and responsibilities of families and individuals.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 

1 Semesters - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9, 10

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Interpersonal Relationships is an introductory course that is especially relevant for students interested in careers that involve interacting with people. It is also valuable for all students as a life foundation and academic enrichment. This course addresses knowledge and skills needed for positive and productive relationships in career, community, and family settings. Major course topics include communication skills; leadership, teamwork, and collaboration; conflict prevention, resolution, and management; building and maintaining relationships; and individual needs and characteristics and their impacts on relationships. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of interpersonal relationships. Direct, concrete language arts proficiencies will be applied. Service learning and other authentic applications are strongly recommended. This course provides a foundation for continuing and post-secondary education for all career areas that involve interacting with people both inside and outside of a business/organization, including team members, clients, patients, customers, and the general public.

HUMAN AND SOCIAL SERVICES I 

2 Semesters/2 class periods - 4 Credits

Grade Level:  11, 12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Human and Social Services I is an introductory/exploratory course for students interested in careers in human and community services and other helping professions. Areas of exploration include family and social services, youth development, and adult and elder care, and other for-profit and non-profit services. This project-based course will help students integrate higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes to conduct investigations in human and social services at the local, state, national, or global/world level. Research and development, interdisciplinary projects, and/or collaboration with postsecondary faculty, community agencies or organizations, or student organizations are appropriate approaches. Students will be introduced to human and social services professions through presentations from a variety of guest speakers, job shadowing, field trips and introductory and exploratory field experiences. Case studies, role play, and application of professional codes of ethics will be utilized reflecting the challenges of working in diverse communities. Service learning experiences are highly recommended. Achievement of applicable FACS, academic, and employability competencies will be documented through a student portfolio.  

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION  (back to top)

HEALTH & WELLNESS EDUCATION (92016)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Recommended        Grade        Level:  9–12 (usually taken by sophomores at PHS)

Required

Recommended Prerequisite: 8th Grade Health Education

Fulfills        the Health & Wellness requirement for        all diploma types

                          

Health & Wellness, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for Health & Wellness, provides the foundational information needed to help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Health education should contribute directly to a student’s ability to successfully practice behaviors that protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks. Through a variety of instructional strategies, students practice the development of functional health information (essential concepts); determine personal values that support health behaviors; develop group norms that value a healthy lifestyle; and develop the essential skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain health-enhancing behaviors. This course includes the application of priority areas in a planned, sequential, comprehensive health education curriculum that addresses critical health knowledge and skills for successfully maintaining a healthy lifestyle during a child’s school years and beyond. Priority areas include: promoting personal health and wellness, physical activity, and healthy eating; promoting safety and preventing unintentional injury and violence; promoting mental and emotional health, a tobacco-free lifestyle and an alcohol and other drug-free lifestyle; and promoting human development and family health. This course provides students with important core concepts of health and wellness and the knowledge and skills needed to successfully access valid health information, analyze the influence of others on their health behaviors, demonstrate the ability to communicate in a way to enhance and avoid or reduce health risks, demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health, demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors, and demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION I (91011)

1 Semester - 1 Credit

Required

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 (usually taken by freshmen at PHS)

Fulfills  half of the Physical Education requirement for all diplomas

                          

Physical Education I focuses on instructional strategies through a planned, sequential, and comprehensive physical education curriculum that provides students with opportunities to actively participate in at least four of the following: team sports; dual sport activities; individual physical activities; outdoor pursuits; self-defense and martial arts; aquatics; gymnastics; and dance, all of which are within the framework of the skills, knowledge and confidence needed by the student for a lifetime of healthful physical activity and fitness. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluation. Individual assessments may be modified for individuals with disabilities, in addition to those with IEP’s and 504 plans(e.g., chronic illnesses, temporary injuries, obesity, etc.)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION II (91012)

1 Semester - 1 Credit

Required

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 (usually taken by freshmen at PHS)

Fulfills  half of the Physical Education requirement for all diplomas

Physical Education II focuses on instructional strategies through a planned,sequential, and comprehensive physical education curriculum that provides students with opportunities to actively participate in four of the following areas that were not covered in Physical Education I: team sports; dual sport activities; individual physical activities; outdoor pursuits; self-defense and martial arts; aquatics; gymnastics; and dance, all of which are within the framework of the skills, knowledge and confidence needed by the student for a lifetime of healthful physical activity and fitness. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluation. Individual assessments may be modified for individuals with disabilities, in addition to those with IEP’s and 504 plans (e.g., chronic illnesses, temporary injuries, obesity, etc.).

ASPE:  PHYSICAL EDUCATION (91021)

1 semester - 1 Credit (can be taken more than once)

Required

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 (usually taken by freshmen at PHS)

Prerequisite: None

Plymouth High School students may earn physical education credit through an alternative supervised program (ASPE) during the fall, winter, spring, or summer sessions.  The credits earned through ASPE DO NOT count toward minimum course load requirements and IHSAA eligibility. One credit per semester/summer may be earned.  In order to earn 2 credits, a student must participate in two different sports.

ASPE has been approved ONLY for the following activities:

                                a.        All IHSAA recognized sports including cheerleading

                                b.        Summer Marching Band

                                c.         Winter Guard/Winter Drumline

ELECTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION –  WEIGHT TRAINING (92046)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Physical Education I and II and serious commitment to physical improvement

This is a course offered only for those with a strong interest in improving their physical potential and who want to work on a daily basis to reach their goal. Students will work somewhat at their own skill level, but many of the exercises will be physically demanding and exhausting so a serious commitment to physical improvement is a prerequisite for the course.

The purpose is to develop power, coordination and quickness as well as muscle strength and

endurance; all of which will prepare the student for a variety of activities and sports. Along with this will be a goal of improving balance, agility, flexibility, and running and jumping form and explosiveness. Included in this course will be an emphasis on stretching to increase flexibility and plyometric training.

MATHEMATICS  (back to top)

ALGEBRA I Lab A/B (61033-61034)

2 semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9

Elective;  Math for General Diploma

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and/or Administrative Placement

Algebra I Lab is a mathematics support course for Algebra I.  The course provides students with additional time to build the foundations necessary for high school math courses, while concurrently having access to rigorous, grade-level appropriate courses.  The five critical areas of Algebra I Lab align with the critical areas of Algebra I:  Relationships between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations; Linear and Exponential Relationships; Descriptive Statistics; Expressions and Equations; and Quadratic Functions and Modeling.  However, whereas Algebra I contains exclusively grade-level content, Algebra Enrichment combines standards from high school courses with foundational standards from the middle grades.

ALGEBRA I A/B (61031 – 61032)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9 - 12

Required - A  General, Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: None

                          

Algebra I formalizes and extends the mathematics students learned in the middle grades. Algebra I is made up of 5 strands: Real Numbers and Expressions; Functions; Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Functions; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Quadratic and Exponential Equations and Functions; and Data Analysis and Statistics. The critical areas deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

• Credits: A two credit course, one credit per semester

• Fulfills the Algebra I/Integrated Mathematics I requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

 • Students pursuing Core 40, Core 40 with Academics Honors, or Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma should receive credit for Algebra I by the end of Grade 9

GEOMETRY A/B (62021 – 62022)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9 –12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra I

                          

Geometry formalizes and extends students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Five critical areas comprise the Geometry course: Logic and Proofs; Points, Lines, Angles, and Planes; Triangles; Quadrilaterals and Other Polygons; Circles; Transformations; and Three dimensional Solids. The Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

• Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I

• Credits: A two credit course, one credit per semester

• Fulfills the Geometry/Integrated Mathematics II requirement for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas and counts as a Mathematics Course for the General Diploma

ALGEBRA II A/B (63011 – 63012)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10–12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Geometry

                          

Algebra II builds on work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions and allows for students to extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. Algebra II is made up of 5 strands: Complex Numbers and Expressions; Functions; Systems of Equations; Quadratic Equations and Functions; Exponential & Logarithmic Equations and Functions; Polynomial, Rational, and Other Equations and Functions; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability. The Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

• Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I

• Credits: A two credit course, one credit per semester

• Fulfills the Algebra II/Integrated Mathematics III requirement for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas and counts as a Mathematics Course for the General Diploma.

PRE-CALCULUS/TRIGONOMETRY A/B (64011 – 64012)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11–12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra II

This course is offered for dual credit and students earn the honors bump

                          

Pre-Calculus extends the foundations of algebra and functions developed in previous courses to new functions, including exponential and logarithmic functions, and to higher-level sequences and series. The course provides students with the skills and understandings that are necessary for advanced manipulation of angles and measurement. Pre-Calculus is made up of five strands: Polar Coordinates and Complex Numbers; Functions; Quadratic, Polynomial, and Rational Equations and Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Functions; and Parametric Equations. Students will also advance their understanding of imaginary numbers through an investigation of complex numbers and polar coordinates. The course is designed for students who expect math to be a major component of their future college and career experiences, and as such it is designed to provide students with strong foundations for calculus and other higher-level math courses. The Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations

• Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry or Integrated Mathematics III

• Credits: A one credit course

• Counts as a Mathematics Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

   

AP CALCULUS AB  (64031 – 64032)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11, 12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of PreCalculus (B or higher grade suggested)

This course is also offered for Ivy Tech dual credit

                          

Calculus AB, Advanced Placement is a course based on content established by the College Board. Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important. Topics include: (1) functions, graphs, and limits; (2) derivatives; and (3) integrals. Technology should be used regularly by students and teachers to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results.

• Recommended Grade Level: Grades 11 or 12

• Recommended Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus • Credits: A 2 credit course, 1 credit per semester

• Counts as a Mathematics Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas  

AP CALCULUS BC 

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of AP Calculus AB (B or higher grade suggested)

AP Calculus BC is a course based on the content established and copyrighted by the College Board. The course is not intended to be used as a dual credit course. AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AP Calculus AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. This course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. The content of AP Calculus BC is designed to qualify the student for placement and credit in a course that is one course beyond that granted for AP Calculus AB.

STATISTICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT (64041, 64042)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11 - 12

Required - A Core 40, AHD, THD course with standards defined

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra II; completion of PreCalculus suggested

Statistics, Advanced Placement is a course based on content established by the College Board.  The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.   Topics include: (1) exploring data: describing patterns and departures from patterns (2) sampling and experimentation: planning and conducting a study, (3) anticipating patterns: exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and (4) statistical inference: estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.  The use of graphing calculators and computer software is required. A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

INTEGRATED MATH I 

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-10

Counts as a Mathematics Course for all diplomas

Fulfills the Algebra I requirement for all diplomas

Integrated Mathematics I formalizes and extends the mathematics students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Integrated Mathematics I use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The eight Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout the course. Together with the content standards, the Process Standards prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

INTEGRATED MATH II 

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite: Integrated Math I

Counts as a Mathematics Course for all diplomas

Fulfills the Geometry requirement for all diplomas

Integrated Mathematics II focuses on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; by comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Integrated Mathematics I. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, rounds out the course. The eight Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout the course. Together with the content standards, the Process Standards prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

INTEGRATED MATH III 

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite: Integrated Math II

Counts as a Mathematics Course for all diplomas

Fulfills the Algebra II requirement for all diplomas

Integrated Mathematics III provides students the opportunity to pull together and apply the accumulation of learning that they have from their previous courses. They apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. Students expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. They expand their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles. Finally, students bring together all of their experiences with functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. The eight Process Standards for Mathematics apply throughout the course. Together with the content standards, the Process Standards prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

MUSIC  (back to top)

BEGINNING CHORUS (15019 – Boys Choir; 15018 – Mixed Choir)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Beginning Chorus (both Boys Choir  and Mixed Choir) is for the novice singer with little or no past training.  Instruction will cover ensemble and solo singing.  Participation in concerts is required to earn credit in this class.  Participation in solo and ensemble contest is an optional performance opportunity.  Participation in the choral festival and commencement program are at the discretion of the director.

Student evaluation will be based on daily performance grades, performance tests and concert attendance.

INTERMEDIATE CHORUS (15031 - Counterpoint/Girls)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Audition and Instructor Selection

Intermediate Chorus (Counterpoint) is a concert choir for experienced singers.  Continued training in solo and ensemble singing is a major part of this course.  Performance emphasis is on classical literature. Participation in concerts, solo and ensemble contest, choral festivals and other activities determined by the director are required to earn credit in this course

CHORAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (15076)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Audition and Instructor Selection

The Choral Chamber Ensemble is a concert and choir for experienced singers.  Continued training in solo and ensemble singing is a major part of this course.  Performance emphasis is on both classical and popular literature. Participation in concerts, solo and ensemble contest, choral festivals and other activities determined by the director are required to earn credit in this course.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE  (15116 – Piana; 15117 – Guitar; 15118 - Percussion)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

This is a beginning instrumental learning experience on either piano, guitar, or percussion.  The class will consist of a 35-minute group lesson followed by thirty minutes of individual practice time.  The twelve week class will cover beginning fingerings, simple notation, simple chords, a variety of cultural instruments within the percussion family, and will culminate in a short recital at the end of the semester.

CONCERT BAND - MARCHING (15026)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Jr. High Band participation and Concert Band participation

Marching Band is required for one semester for every student in the band program the freshman year.  After that, participation is encouraged but not required.  Activities include home football games, marching competitions, and band camp.  For students not enrolled in marching band, see electives below.  One credit is earned through required performances and playing exams.

Students must be enrolled in one other instrumental course during the school year to participate.

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND A/B

(15041, 15042)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Junior High Band participation, First semester Marching Band or Private Instruction

This band is for all students who display interest and talent in music and desire to participate in all phases of instrumental music.  One credit per semester is earned through required performances in all band activities, as well as written and playing exams.  Required activities include: all scheduled concerts and performances each semester.   Students are encouraged to take both semesters of band, as contests are midterm for the bands.

ADVANCED CONCERT BAND A/B

(15051, 15052)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Junior High Band participation, First semester Marching Band or Private Instruction

This band is an advanced ensemble for students who display a strong level of talent in music and desire to participate in all phases of instrumental music.  One credit per semester is earned through required performances in all band activities, as well as written and playing exams.  Required activities include: all scheduled concerts and performances each semester and ISSMA solo and ensemble contest.  Both semesters are required for participation unless approved by the band director.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE A/B (15062, 15062)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Teacher Permission

This course is for band students interested in learning to play jazz music.  One credit per semester is earned by participating in concerts, contests, written and playing exams.  Emphasis is placed on learning all phases of jazz music, i.e. solo playing, history, and instrumental techniques. Students may take one or both Semesters.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE II A/B (16021, 16022)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Enrollment in First semester Band, Beginning Instrumental Ensemble Experience, and/or Selection by Instructor through Audition

This course is for band students interested in playing advanced jazz music.   One credit per semester is earned by participating in concerts, contests, written and playing exams.  There is continued emphasis on solo playing, history, theory, and instrumental techniques.  Students must be enrolled in both Semesters.

MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION (16036)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Participation in any music ensemble

Music Theory is a semester course designed to study the elements of music.  Students will learn basic writing and composition skills.  The final project will be a short arrangement or original composition displaying the skills and creative talents of each student.  Music Theory is open to students interested in expanding their knowledge of music beyond that of performance and/or are considering a career in music.  Either Music Theory or Music History is required for a major in music.

INDEPENDENT MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION II (16056)

1 semester – 1 Credit

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Music Theory

Independent study in music theory and composition is designed for the student who has already taken Music Theory and Composition and desires further instruction.  Skills in composition and aural training will be stressed, with many independent projects.  Students will have the opportunity to compose for a school ensemble as a final project.

MUSIC HISTORY & APPRECIATION (16046)

1 semester - 1 Credit         

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Music History is a one semester course designed to examine the role and importance of music in our lives.  Examination of music in different

cultures and through the perspective of performer, audience, and composer are included as well as the historical perspective of music development. Listening and creative activities are an integral part of this class.

Music History is open to any student who is interested in expanding their knowledge of music beyond that of performance and/or are considering a career in music.  Either Music Literature or Music Theory is required for a major in music.

DANCE PERFORMANCE (Color Guard) A (15096)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Through spring auditions.

Dance performance participates with the marching band through the first semester and as an independent unit during the second semester. Rehearsals begin in June and end in November.  Students in dance do not have to be members of the band.  Activities include home football games, marching competitions, dance camp and band camp, for the first semester, and non-competitive indoor performances the second semester. Students are encouraged, but not required to take both Semesters.  One credit is earned through performances and sponsor directed tests.

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA

1 or 2 Semesters – 1 or 2 credits

Grade Level:  9–12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Elementary/Jr. High Orchestra participation and Instructor Permission

This course provides students with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the string and/or full orchestra.  Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to integrate music study into other subject areas.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop various elements of musicianship.  Experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading.  Activities may include recitals and/or public performance.

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THEATRE ARTS  A/B (31111-31112)

2 semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None - It is advised to take both semesters in one year; however, one semester only can be taken if necessary

Theatre Arts class is an introduction to the theatre.  Students will be introduced to theatre terminology, concentration skills, improvisational work, vocal skills, character development, stage terminology, and monologues.  Students will also sharpen their acting skills through acting exercises and scripted as well as memorized work.  Students are expected to be involved in out of class rehearsals and performances for a production during the semester.  

In the B part of the course, students will be introduced to theatre history, play reading, pantomime, varieties of drama, vocal analysis, stage movement, character study, and acting scene work.  Students will also sharpen their acting skills through acting exercises and scripted as well as memorized work.  Students are expected to be involved in out of class rehearsals and performances for a production during this semester

ADVANCED ACTING A/B (34091-34093)  

1 semester – 1 Credit  

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre Arts A/B as well as instructor permission and probable audition.

This course will focus entirely on improving the fundamentals of character analysis and acting.  The class will meet during the first semester.  This class will produce our annual children’s show. Outside rehearsals will be required.

TECHNICAL THEATRE I (32121)  

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: None

Technical Theater will focus on the fundamentals of operating the auditorium.  Basic backstage skills such as theatrical lighting, sound, set design, and construction will be the focus.  Students will learn stagecraft theory and application for plays, musicals, concerts, and other various performance groups.  

Students will be required to attend an out-of-class theatrical production and critique a PHS production that semester.  

ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATRE A/B (33151-33153)  

1 semester – 1 Credit

Grade Level: 10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Technical Theatre I and application and interview with Instructor

The requirement for each class is successful completion of the preceding course, plus application and instructor interview. These courses will build upon each of the preceding courses in the area of technical theatre and stage productions from the backstage perspective.

Students will be required to attend several out-of-class work sessions, rehearsals, and shows.

Students will crew the shows for all school functions taking place in the auditorium (plays, music concerts, convocations, etc.) and for all outside groups who rent the auditorium.  

*Students are compensated for their work when outside groups rent the auditorium.

SPEECH (31096)  

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9 - 12

Required

Prerequisite: None

Speech is a class designed to help students build confidence in expressing ideas before classmates and other audiences.  The course will emphasize development of pleasing and articulate speech, provide practice in proper non-verbal skills, and instruction in constructing well-organized, interesting speeches.  Numerous short speeches will be designed to inform, persuade, and entertain an audience.  Radio and video equipment will be used.  The use of outlines and manuscripts will be worked with.  

SPEECH - COMPETITIVE (31106)  

1 semester - 1 Credit  

Grade Level: 9 - 12

May substitute for required Speech

Prerequisite: None

Competitive Speech is a class designed to help  students develop their speaking skills.  The course will emphasize advanced development of pleasing and articulate speech, provide practice in proper non-verbal skills, and instruction in constructing well-organized interesting speeches.  Speeches will be designed to inform, persuade, and entertain an audience.  Radio, video, computer and other electronic equipment will be used.  Proper outlines and manuscripts will be developed and used.  Two requirements for passing Competitive Speech are the completion of all oral assignments and participation in a limited number of speech and/or debate tournaments.  Students who want to be on the PHS Speech/Debate Team are strongly urged to take this course.  Students who do not plan to be full-time members of the team, however, may still enroll in this course.

DEBATE:  Speech (32081)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits  

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

The student will have the opportunity to work on specialty, competitive, speaking events of his/her own choosing.  Along with the instructor, a student will design his/her own course of study.  The areas of choice will include: extemp, oratory, debate, congress, and oral interpretation.  There will be work, writing, research, and performance projects each grading period.  Students in this class will work to attain NSDA  advanced degrees, which will come from competition at speech and debate tournaments.

Students may take this class for credit more than once.  


SCIENCE  (back to top)

BIOLOGY I A/B (Life Science) (71021, 71022)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 9

Required

Prerequisite: None

Biology I is a course based on regular laboratory and field investigations that include a study of the structures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with the environment.  At a minimum, students enrolled in Biology I explore the functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems within various species of living organisms and the roles and interdependencies of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere.  Students work with the concepts, principles, and theories of the living environment. In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history and development of biological knowledge, (2) explore the uses of biology in various careers, and (3) investigate biological questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues.

BIOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT (Life Science) (72013, 72014)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective - Core 40 – AHD - THD life science

Prerequisite: Biology I and Chemistry I  (Recommend Algebra II)

Biology, Advanced Placement is a course based on the content established by the College Board. Topics include: (1) molecules and cells: chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics; (2) heredity and evolution: heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology; and (3) organisms and populations: diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, ecology. The major themes of the course include: science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure to function, regulation, interdependence in nature and science, technology, and society. A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:

https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-biology/course-details

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY   (Life Science) (72066 - 72076)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective - Core 40 – AHD - THD life science

Prerequisite: Biology I  and recommended Chemistry 1

This is a two semester course which is recommended for students, who seek to receive a more concentrated exposure to anatomy and physiology than is provided in Advanced Biology. This class is primarily provided for students who are planning a health field career, seeking Core 40 credit, an Academic Diploma and a college-prep course.  

The curriculum includes concentrated dissections of a mammal and various mammal organs.  The dissections are coordinated with learning the physiology of each dissected organ or system.  The approach and level of sophistication is meant to provide a college-like environment which involves independent study, organization of laboratory situations, data interpretation, computer use, research and communication of ideas.  To accommodate student needs, traditional high school techniques are also utilized to promote the transition ton to a college approach.

EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE A/B (Physical Science) (72031, 72032)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 10-12

Elective - Core 40 – AHD - THD physical science

Prerequisite:  Biology

The first semester deals with Basic Geology and Astronomy. We’ll explore the make-up of the Earth and our dependence on it. We examine various rock and mineral types and look at how their physical properties can give us clues to their formation and history. Astronomy will include a look at the planets, their relationship to the sun, Earth’s motions and its effects on our seasons. We’ll discuss current theories on the evolution of stars, galaxies and the behavior of space.

The second semester delves into Hydrology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Geology. Hydrology will  focus on the action of groundwater and running water in the creation of various landforms. Oceanography combines a physical look at the world’s oceans, and a conservation approach to marine organisms. Meteorology involves the study of weather, climate and the atmosphere. We’ll investigate earthquakes, volcanoes and their connection to the movement of the crust. We’ll study the formation of mountains, and subsequent erosion of them. Earth’s history on a geological time scale and fossil evidence of Earth’s past will be explored.

INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY- PHYSICS(L)  (Physical Science) (72041)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

 (1 credit for Chemistry, 1 Credit for Physics)

Grade Level: 8-9

Elective - Core 40 – AHD - THD physical science

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Integrated Chemistry-Physics is a laboratory-based course in which students explore fundamental chemistry and physics principles.  Students enrolled in this course begin to conceptualize the general architecture of the atom and the roles played by the main constituents of the atom in determining the properties of materials.  They investigate through the process of scientific inquiry and problem solving, the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion and the interaction between energy and matter.   Students will gain some understanding of how the scientific enterprise operates through examples of historical events.

Sequence of Semesters does not matter.  Either the chemistry or physics semester can be taken first and the other to follow.  Students do not have to take both Semesters.

The physics semester will introduce basic mechanics and electricity/magnetism.  Emphasis will be on problem solving using mathematical skills.  The chemistry semester will focus on learning the chemical language and problem solving skills.  Concepts to be introduced include the ones mentioned above plus heat energy and nuclear chemistry.

CHEMISTRY I A/B  (Physical Science) (73011, 73012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10- 11-12

Elective – Core 40 – AHD - THD physical science

Recommended Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Geometry and Integrated Chemistry Physics

Students begin to conceptualize with models the general structure of matter and the roles played by the main parts of the atom in determining the properties of matter.  Students will (1) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, (2) learn and practice laboratory safety, (3) gain and understanding of the history of chemistry and (4) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers.  This course is mathematically based and is recommended for college bound students.

ACP CHEMISTRY II  (L)(Physical Science)(74011-74012)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits  

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective – Core 40 – AHD – THD physical science

Prerequisite:  Chemistry I and Algebra II

ACP chemistry II is a dual credit class. Upon completion, credit will be given for Chem 101 (3 credits) and Chem 121 (2 credits) through Indiana University.  In order to be eligible for IU credit, the student must maintain a gpa of 2.7 or higher.  The content includes: (1) structure of matter: atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, molecular models, nuclear chemistry; (2) states of matter: gases, liquids and solids, solutions; and (3) reactions: reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics.

AP PHYSICS I: ALGEBRA-BASED(L) (Physical Science) (73021-73022)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:  Completion of Algebra I or Integrated Math I (PHS recommends completion of Alg II)

Counts as a Science Course for all diplomas  

Qualifies as a quantitative reasoning course

AP Physics 1 is a course based on the content established and copyrighted by the College Board. The course is not intended to be used as a dual credit course. AP Physics 1: Algebra-based is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.


PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences (73050-73051)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9 or permission from instructor

Elective

Prerequisite:  Biology I or concurrent enrollment in Biology I required

                                        

PLTW Principles of the Biomedical Sciences provides an introduction to this field through “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts included in the curriculum are: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Engineering principles such as the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function will be included where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.  

                                

PLTW Human Body Systems (73350-73351)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level: 10

Elective

Prerequisite:  Principles of Biomedical Sciences                

                                        

PLTW Human Body Systems is a course designed to engage students in the study of basic human physiology and the care and maintenance required to support the complex systems. Using a focus on human health, students will employ a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems. Students will use appropriate software to design and build systems to monitor body functions.

PLTW MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (73450-73451)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11 or 12

Elective

Prerequisite:  PLTW Human Body Systems

                          

PLTW Medical Interventions is a course that studies medical practices including interventions to support humans in treating disease and maintaining health. Using a project-based learning approach, students will investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care. Students will also study the design and development of various interventions including vascular stents, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. Lessons will cover the history of organ transplants and gene therapy with additional readings from current scientific literature addressing cutting edge developments. Using 3-D imaging software, students will design and build a model of a therapeutic protein.  

        

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WORLD HISTORY & CIVILIZATION A/B (82021, 82022) (1548)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

World History and Civilization is strongly recommended for college bound students. This course emphasizes events and developments in the past that greatly affected large numbers of people across broad areas and that significantly influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. Key events related to people and places as well as transcultural interaction and exchanges are examined in this course. Students are expected to compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world. They will examine examples of continuity and change, universality and particularity, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures from the past to the present. Students are also expected to practice and process skills of historical thinking and research and apply content knowledge to the practice of thinking and inquiry skills and processes. There will be continuous and pervasive interactions of processes and content, skills and substance, in the teaching and learning of history.

U. S. HISTORY A/B (83011, 83012) (1542)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Required

Prerequisite:  None

This two-semester course builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American history and emphasizes national development from the late nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. After reviewing fundamental themes in the early development of the nation, students are expected to identify and review significant events, persons, and movements in the early development of the nation. The course then gives major emphasis to the interaction of key events, people, and political, economic, social, and cultural influences in national developments from the late nineteenth century through the present as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States. Students are expected to trace and analyze chronological periods and examine the significant themes and concepts in U.S. History. Students develop historical thinking and research skills and use primary and secondary sources to explore topical issues and to understand the cause for changes in the nation over time.

U. S. HISTORY  A/B , DUAL CREDIT (83021, 83022) (1542)  X (PCL/LA)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual credit.

This course in United States History is designed for junior students that have previously demonstrated exceptional abilities or achievements in academics during their first two high school years.  Class size will be limited. The course has a chronological frame from 1492 to the present and focuses on multiple causation and change in United States history over time. A variety of historical themes are examined in order to place the history of the United States into larger analytical contexts. Students are expected to analyze and interpret primary sources and develop awareness of multiple interpretations of historical issues in secondary sources. Historical events and issues in U.S. history are to be examined from multiple perspectives.

PSYCHOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT A/B (83053, 83054)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

This course is also offered for Ivy Tech dual credit.

Psychology, Advanced Placement is a course based on content established by the College Board. This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes. Topics include: (1) history and approaches, (2) research methods, (3) biological bases of behavior, (4) sensation and perception, (5) states of consciousness, (6) learning, (7) cognition, (8) motivation and emotion, (9) developmental psychology, (10) personality, (11) testing and individual differences, (12) abnormal psychology, 13) treatment of psychological disorders, and (14) social psychology  A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

U. S. GOVERNMENT (84016) (1540)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  12

Required

Prerequisite:  None

This course provides a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of constitutional representative democracy in the United States. Responsible and effective participation of citizens is stressed. Students understand the nature of citizenship, politics, and governments and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens and how these are part of local, state, and national government. Students examine how the United States Constitution protects rights and provides the structure and functions of various levels of government. How the United States interacts with other nations and the government’s role in world affairs will be included. Using primary and secondary resources, students will articulate, evaluate, and defend positions on political issues. As a result, they will be able to explain the role of individuals and groups in

government, politics, and civic activities and the need for civic and political engagement of citizens in the United States. This course is one-half of the senior social studies requirement of government and economics.

U. S. GOVERNMENT , DUAL CREDIT  (84036) (1540)

1 semester - 1 Credit        

Grade Level:  12

Required

Prerequisite:  None

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual credit        

This course in United States Government is designed for senior students that have previously demonstrated exceptional abilities or achievements in social studies.  Class size will be limited.  Content emphasizes higher level thinking skills, project development and presentation, and independent study and group work.  Basic government curriculum will be expanded.  This course is one-half of the senior social studies requirement of government and economics.

ECONOMICS (84026) (1514)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level: 12

Required

Prerequisite:  None

This course examines the allocation of resources and their uses for satisfying human needs and wants. The course analyzes economic reasoning and behaviors of consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, institutions, governments, and societies in making decisions. Students will explain that because resources are limited, people must make choices and understand the role that supply, demand, prices, and profits play in a market economy. Key elements of the course include the study of scarcity and economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national economic performance, the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. Current events will be included throughout the year.  This course is one-half of the senior social studies requirement of government and economics.  Current events will be included throughout the course.

AP Microeconomics (84046)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  12

Required

Prerequisite:  None        

Microeconomics, Advanced Placement is a course based on content established by the College Board. The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, with the economic system.  It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.   Topics include (1) Basic Economic Concepts, (2) The Nature and Functions of Product Markets, (3)Factor Markets, and (4) Market Failure and the Role of Government.  A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

Indiana Studies  (1518)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

INDIANA STUDIES 1518 (IN STUDIES) Indiana Studies is an integrated course that compares and contrasts state and national developments in the areas of politics, economics, history, and culture. The course uses Indiana history as a basis for understanding current policies, practices, and state legislative procedures. It also includes the study of state and national constitutions from a historical perspective and as a current foundation of government. Examination of individual leaders and their roles in a democratic society will be included and student will examine the participation of citizens in the political process. Selections from Indiana arts and literature may also be analyzed for insights into historical events and cultural expressions.

Ethnic Studies   (1516)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

ETHNIC STUDIES 1516 (ETH STUDIES) Ethnic Studies provides opportunities to broaden students’ perspectives concerning lifestyles and cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the United States. This course will either focus on a particular ethnic group or groups, or use a comparative approach to the study of patterns of cultural development, immigration, and assimilation, as well as the contributions of specific ethnic or cultural groups. The course may also include analysis of the political impact of ethnic diversity in the United States.


SPECIAL EDUCATION  (back to top)

All PHS students will be enrolled in General Education Courses with the exception of those students who are on a Certificate of Completion Graduation Track as defined by GEI/LEP/IEP Conference Committee.

ENGLISH 9MA/B (31071, 31072)

2 Semesters        

Grade Level:  9

Required

Prerequisite:  None        

This course will help students develop the necessary skills to enable them to read, write, and communicate.  The textbook is subdivided so that only one rule or concept is presented at a time.  The reading level is suitable for the below-grade-level reader.

ENGLISH 10M A/B (32061, 32062)

2 Semesters         

Grade Level:  10

Required

Prerequisite:  English 9        

It is the purpose of this course to help each sophomore special needs student further develop his/her reading, writing and speaking.  Parts of speech, library use, dictionary use will be presented and short novels will be read.

ENGLISH 11M A/B (33051, 33052)

2 Semesters

Grade Level:  11

Required

Prerequisite:  English 9 & 10        

This course will offer instruction on the following topics:  using dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, library, newspapers, and completing applications and other forms.

ENGLISH 12M A/B (33081, 33082)

2 Semesters

Grade Level 12

Required

Prerequisite:  English 9, 10, 11        

This English course is designed to develop communication skills that are essential for obtaining a job, keeping a job and being prepared for promotions.

DEVELOPMENTAL READING  A/B  (31151, 31152)

2 Semesters

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Instructor Permission

Provides direct instruction, study and practice in the strategies necessary to increase reading skills.  Emphasizing strategies to develop individual reading and comprehension.  Introduce phonics, word recognition and building of vocabulary.

BASIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT  A/B  (31171, 31172)

1 or 2 Semesters – 1, 2 or 3 credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Instructor Permission

Provides students continuing opportunities to develop the basic skills for reading and/or math computation.  Determination of the skills to be emphasized in this course is based on Indiana State Standards and student needs.  Students may be enrolled in this course simultaneously with their general ed English and/or Math courses.


STUDY HALL  (back to top)

STUDENT OFFICE ASSISTANT

1 or 2  Semesters – 0 credits

Grade Level: 9 -12

Students may assist in the various school offices during their study hall period. Students must be responsible and qualified.

Students wanting to work in a office should apply with their counselor.  

STUDY HALL (01016)

1 or 2  Semesters - 0 Credits

Grade Level: 9-12

Elective

This class period is a time for students to do homework and prepare for class.  The library is also available to students during their study hall time.

Study hall should be used by students who are willing to study and use their time wisely.  This should not be a time for sleeping or for wasting time.  We encourage students to use their time wisely and to get all of the education possible for a bright future for themselves.

LEARNING CENTER (01067)

1 or 2  Semesters – 0 credits

Grade Level:  9–12

Elective

The Learning Center is designed to help ALL students who feel that they might need academic support.  It incorporates time for students to do homework and prepare for class along with academic assistance.

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION  (back to top)

INTRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING A/B (51016 - 51026)

2 semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective                        

Prerequisite:  None        

Introduction to Manufacturing is a course that specializes in how people use modern manufacturing systems with an introduction to manufacturing technology and its relationship to society, individuals, and the environment. An understanding of manufacturing provides a background toward developing engineering & technological literacy. This understanding is developed through the study of the two major technologies, material processing and management technology, used by all manufacturing enterprises. Students will apply the skills and knowledge of using modern manufacturing processes to obtain resources and change them into industrial materials, industrial products and consumer products Students will investigate the properties of engineered materials such as: metallics; polymers; ceramics; and composites. After gaining a working knowledge of these materials, students will study six major types of material processes: casting and molding; forming; separating; conditioning; finishing; and assembling.

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & LOGISTICS (51116-51117)

2 semester - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective                                                

Prerequisite:  None

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit; this course is offered every other year (17-18, 19-20, 21-22).                                

Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics is a course that specializes in how people use modern manufacturing systems with an introduction to advanced manufacturing and logistics and their relationship to society, individuals, and the environment. Students apply the skills and knowledge of using modern manufacturing processes to obtain resources and change them into industrial materials, industrial products and consumer products Students investigate the properties of engineered materials such as: metallics; polymers; ceramics; and composites. Students study six major types of material processes: casting and molding; forming; separating; conditioning; finishing; and assembling. After gaining a working knowledge of these materials, Students are introduced to advanced manufacturing, logistics, and business principles that are utilized in today’s advanced manufacturing industry. Students gain a basic understanding of tooling, electrical skills, operational skills, inventory principles, MSDS’s, chart and graph reading and MSSC concepts. There is also an emphasis placed on the flow process principles, material movement, safety, and related business operations. Students have the opportunity to develop the characteristics employers seek as well as skills that will help them in future endeavors.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING I A/B (51118-51119)

2 semester - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective                                                

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit; this course is offered every other year (18-19, 20-21, 22-23)        

                          

Advanced Manufacturing I, is a course that includes classroom and laboratory experiences in two broad areas: Industrial Technology/Software Controls and Manufacturing Trends. Industrial Technology and Software Controls covers wiring and schematic diagrams used to design, install, and repair electrical/electronic equipment such as wireless communication devices, programmable controllers. Course content will include basic theories of electricity, electronics, digital technology, and basic circuit analysis. Activities can include experiences in: soldering; use of an oscilloscope, meters, signal generators and tracers; breadboarding; circuit simulation software; and troubleshooting. Understanding and using the underlying scientific principles related to electricity, electronics, circuits, sine waves, and Ohm’s Law are integral to this course. Manufacturing Trends covers basic concepts in manufacturing operations and plant floor layout in the production environment. Applications of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and lathe and turning operations are developed as a foundation for machining operations. Coordinate system concepts are introduced as relevant to machining processes, as well as fluid and mechanical power, welding, and lean manufacturing. Fluid power concepts will include hydraulic components and circuits, laws and principles, fluid power controllers, and the construction of systems. In the mechanical power portion of the course, students will learn about machine specifications, basic forces, friction, simple machines, motors, and motor controls. Students will also be introduced to lean manufacturing where they will study concepts including: lean goals, product quality, eliminating waste, cost effectiveness, lean concepts, resource planning, continuous improvement, and the various advantages of lean manufacturing. This course includes MSSC concepts required to earn MSSC certification

INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION A/B (51056-51066)

2 semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None        

Introduction to Construction is a course that will offer hands-on activities and real world experiences related to the skills essential in residential, commercial and civil building construction. During the course students will be introduced to the history and traditions of construction trades. The student will also learn and apply knowledge of the care and safe use of hand and power tools as related to each trade. In addition, students are introduced to blueprint reading, applied math, basic tools and equipment, and safety. Students will demonstrate building construction techniques, including concrete and masonry, framing, electrical, plumbing, dry-walling, HVAC, and painting as developed locally in accordance with available space and technologies. Students learn how architectural ideas are converted into projects and how projects are managed during a construction project in this course. Students study construction technology topics such as preparing a site, doing earthwork, setting footings and foundations, building the superstructure, enclosing the structure, installing systems, finishing the structure, and completing the site. Students also investigate topics related to the purchasing and maintenance of structures, special purpose facilities, green construction and construction careers.

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSPORTATION A/B

2 semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Introduction to Transportation is an introductory course designed to help students become familiar with fundamental principles in modes of land, sea, air, and space transportation, including basic mechanical skills and processes involved in transportation of people, cargo and goods. Students will gain and apply knowledge and skills in the safe application, design, production, and assessment of products, services, and systems as it relates to the transportation industries. Content of this course includes the study of how transportation impacts individuals, society, and the environment. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant transportation related activities, problems, and settings.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY COURSES:

PLTW INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN A/B (51071, 51072)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9 – 12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit

An introductory course which develops student problem solving skills with emphasis placed on the development of three-dimensional solid models.  Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package.  They will learn a problem solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product.  The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design.  The techniques learned, and equipment used, is state of the art and is currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.  


VISUAL ARTS  (back to top)

INTRODUCTION TO 2-D ART (11011)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  None

Introduction to 2-D Art emphasizes creativity and good design using a wide variety of materials,  techniques, and a range of activities.  It serves as a basis for art instruction, covering the elements and principles of visual expression, color theory, planning stages of art, and critiquing artwork. Projects will include several different drawing, painting, and two dimensional mediums. This course is a prerequisite for most of the other art courses.

ADVANCED 2-D ART (11012)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art

Students will build on the sequential learning experiences of Introduction to 2-D Art.  Techniques will further be used to create a portfolio of artwork using various art media that may include colored pencils, charcoal, scratchboard, ink, printmaking, cut paper, and watercolor paint.  Art history,  subject matter series, critiques and aesthetics are also emphasised. A sketchbook is encouraged, but not required for out-of-class assignments. Students must take this course as a prerequisite for some other art courses.

DRAWING (12026)

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art and Advanced 2-D Art

Basic drawing skills may be developed in many different ways using a variety of materials.  Different drawing media would include pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, and oil crayon.  Subject matter would include inanimate objects, objects of nature, photo references, creative drawing and figure drawing. Techniques covered are shading, hatching, crosshatching, scribble-drawing or gesture and contour drawing.  A sketchbook is also required for out-of-class assignments.  The student will visit art museums, galleries, studios and community resources and explore various career options related to drawing.

PAINTING (12036)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Introduction to 2-D Art and Advanced 2-D Art

Students taking this class engage in learning experiences that include art history, art criticism, aesthetics and production of artwork.  Painting is a course designed to develop individual expression and understanding of painting.  Students may explore watercolor, oil, acrylic, tempera, mixed media and possibly other painting medium.  Some study of the famous masters will also be introduced.  Students at this level produce a portfolio consisting of abstract and realistic paintings.  Art museums, galleries, studios and community resources are utilized.

SCULPTURE  (12041)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art or Introduction to 3-D Art

This course is designed to further develop the student’s skills and techniques using various three dimensional art materials and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to explore creating works of art in various sculpting mediums including plaster craft, polymer clay, paper mache, and a variety of others. Students may get the opportunity to choose some of the mediums they experience. Emphasis will be placed on concept development, creating sturdy structures, proper use of medium techniques, and craftsmanship.  Learning experiences will include art history, art criticism, aesthetics and production that lead to creating a portfolio of artwork.

CERAMICS  (12042)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art or Introduction to 3-D Art

Students will become familiar with the methods of hand built construction with clay, including pinch, coil and slab. Emphasis will be placed on design elements, clay preparation, clay construction and glazing techniques. Students will also engage in learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.

STUDIO ART A/B (14011, 14012)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level: 11 or 12

Elective

Prerequisite: 8 credits in art with an A average, Instructor Permission, Portfolio

A junior or senior art student will be responsible for planning his/her own art program. An art department teacher must provide approval before being accepted into this course.  At least six samples of the prospective student’s artwork and previous art class grades should be shown to the instructor before the student will be accepted. The accepted student will then be responsible for carrying out his/her art program under the supervision of an assigned art instructor.  At the end of each semester, a portfolio of four to eight pieces of artwork will be developed depending on medium, size, and concept.  This course should be requested only by those students who are seriously interested in art and can work independently. A sketchbook is required for this course.

DIGITAL DESIGN A/B (12051, 12052)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Intro to   2-D Art

This class is designed to introduce students to graphic arts software. Students will further develop traditional art concepts while creating imagery on the computer. Attention will be directed towards aesthetics and creative concepts as well as artwork as it applies towards the graphic design industry and specific purposes. Coursework is designed to encourage student’s individual expression while successfully completing lesson objectives in a series of required and choice projects. The majority of this course will focus on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, however other digital art software may be explored.

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN A/B (13031, 13032)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Digital Design

This course is designed to further develop the student’s skills and techniques using  graphic arts software. Students will create computer graphics incorporating multi-media, digitized imagery. Students may explore career options related to computer graphics and create digital artworks that serve the community, school, or other venues.  Students at this level produce works for a portfolio due at the end of two Semesters. Computer animation and 3-D software programs may be available to learn and explore.

INTRODUCTION TO 3-D ART (12011)

1 semester - 1 Credit

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Introduction to 3-D Art class serves as a basis for art instruction, covering the elements and principles of visual expression, color theory, planning stages of art, and critiquing artwork. Students will learn to demonstrate beginning skills in construction through additive and subtractive methods of three dimensional art with exposure to a variety of  mediums. This course is a prerequisite for most of the other 3-D  art courses.

 

ADVANCED DRAWING A/B (13011, 13012)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art, Advanced 2-D Art, and Drawing

During this course, the art student will explore the area of drawing to a deeper degree by spending more time on the various drawing media and techniques.  The nature of this course allows for successive Semesters of instruction at an advanced level.  Although formal training will be available when needed, emphasis will be placed on the student's individual and creative exploration of the areas in which he/she is interested.  A sketchbook will also be required for out-of-class assignments.  Students at this level produce artwork for a portfolio due at the end of each semester.  These students also will visit museums, galleries and studios, and community resources are utilized.

ADVANCED PAINTING A/B (13021, 13022)

1 or 2 Semesters - 1 or 2 Credits        

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Introduction to 2-D Art, Advanced 2-D Art, and  Painting

This course is designed to further develop the student’s skills and techniques using various painting medium including tempera, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints.  Emphasis will be placed on composition and concept development.  In special situations, a student may acquire permission to work independently with instruction available.  Students may be responsible for supplying some of their own materials for this course.  Learning experiences will include art history, art criticism, aesthetics and production that lead to creating a portfolio of artwork.

ADVANCED CERAMICS (12043)

1 or 2 Semesters – 1 or 2 Credits

Grade Level:  10- 12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Introduction to 3-D Art and Ceramics

The course will be structured to build on previous knowledge and allow a student to pursue more personal interest. Emphasis will be placed on differentiated instruction, depending upon the student’s interest and ability level.  Students will develop greater skills using handbuilding and throwing techniques. They will also further their knowledge pertaining to firing procedures. They will also gain an understanding of functional ceramic ware as well as sculptural ceramics throughout different civilizations and time periods. Students further develop skills in recognizing, reasoning, and synthesizing aesthetic questions with respect for others' opinions and ideas, and demonstrate advanced skills in construction through additive and subtractive ceramic building methods.  Students will be expected to produce several portfolio quality projects.

WORLD LANGUAGES  (back to top)

SPANISH I/CHINESE A/B (41011, 41012)(41051, 41052)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

No Prerequisite

Spanish I/Chinese I, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, introduces students to effective strategies for beginning Spanish/Chinese language learning, and to various aspects of Spanish/Chinese-speaking culture. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to basic requests and questions, understand and use appropriate greetings and forms of address, participate in brief guided conversations on familiar topics, and write short passages with guidance. This course also emphasizes the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as reading isolated words and phrases in a situational context and comprehending brief written or oral directions. Additionally, students will examine the practices, products and perspectives of Spanish/Chinese-speaking culture; recognize basic routine practices of the target culture; and recognize and use situation-appropriate non-verbal communication. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas and the application of understanding Chinese/Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom.

SPANISH II A/B/CHINESE II A/B (41041, 41042), (41051, 41052)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits  

Grade Level:  10-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Chinese I, Spanish I

Chinese II/Spanish II, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, builds upon effective strategies for Spanish/Chinese language learning by encouraging the use of the language and cultural understanding for self-directed purposes. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to requests and questions in expanded contexts, participate independently in brief conversations on familiar topics, and write cohesive passages with greater independence and using appropriate formats. This course also emphasizes the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as using contextual clues to guess meaning and comprehending longer written or oral directions. Students will address the presentational mode by presenting prepared material on a variety of topics, as well as reading aloud to practice appropriate pronunciation and intonation. Additionally, students will describe the practices, products and perspectives of Chinese/Spanish-speaking culture; report on basic family and social practices of the target culture; and describe contributions from the target culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas and the application of understanding Spanish/Chinese language and culture outside of the classroom.


SPANISH III A/B/CHINESE III A/B (42011, 42012)(43051, 43052)

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit  (Spanish only)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish II, Chinese II

Spanish III/Chinese III, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, builds upon effective strategies for Spanish/Chinese language learning by facilitating the use of the language and cultural understanding for self-directed purposes. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to initiate, sustain and close conversations; exchange detailed information in oral and written form; and write cohesive information with greater detail. This course also emphasizes the continued development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as using cognates, synonyms and antonyms to derive meaning from written and oral information, as well as comprehending detailed written or oral directions. Students will address the presentational mode by presenting student-created material on a variety of topics, as well as reading aloud to practice appropriate pronunciation and intonation. Additionally, students will continue to develop understanding of Chinese/Spanish-speaking culture through recognition of the interrelations among the practices, products and perspectives of the target culture; discussion of significant events in the target culture; and investigation of elements that shape cultural identity in the target culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas as well the application of understanding Chinese/Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom.

SPANISH IV, ADVANCED PLACEMENT A/B (43011-43012)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Spanish III

This course focuses on the preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in Spanish Language.  Students who enroll in this course have successfully completed basic instruction in the language and wish to develop their proficiency in four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and who wish to further explore the varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.  The class is conducted exclusively in Spanish; all students are expected to use the target language consistently during the class period.  This course is comparable to a fifth or sixth-semester college or university Spanish language course.

CHINESE IV, A/B (44051-44052)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Spanish III                 

                                                        

Chinese IV, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, provides a context for integration of the continued development of language skills and cultural understanding with other content areas and the community beyond the classroom. The skill sets that apply to the exchange of written and oral information are expanded through emphasis on practicing speaking and listening strategies that facilitate communication, such as the use of circumlocution, guessing meaning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and using elements of word formation to expand vocabulary and derive meaning. Additionally, students will continue to develop understanding of Chinese-speaking culture through explaining factors that influence the practices, products, and perspectives of the target culture; reflecting on cultural practices of the target culture; and comparing systems of the target culture and the student’s own culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas through the design of activities and materials that integrate the target language and culture with concepts and skills from other content areas. The use and influence of the Chinese language and culture in the community beyond the classroom is explored through the identification and evaluation of resources intended for native Chinese speakers.

                                

                        
AREA VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS  (back to top)

NETWORKING I(23096)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day – 6 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Good communication and basic keyboarding skills; Completion of the Vocational Co-op Application and Selection by the Instructor

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential is a professional credentialing program for individuals who will focus on a broad range of issues on the Windows 7 client operating system, desktop applications, mobile devices, networking, and hardware support. Earning this credential is the ideal way to demonstrate your ability to use Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008  to excel in a job relevant in today's market.

The MCITP credential is in high demand in the business world.  This widely recognized technical certification indicates that the individual has the skills necessary to lead organizations in the successful design, implementation, and administration of the most advanced Windows operating systems of Windows 7 and Microsoft Server Products.

At the completion of this program, the students shall be employable in entry-level network administrator jobs or be ready to move into the post-secondary programs of computer technology.  This program provides the necessary training to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and MCITP tests.

This is a blended-learning environment.  Students enrolled in this course will not attend class every day. The class will meet at Plymouth High School Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8-10 AM.

NETWORKING II: INFRASTRUCTURE (23098)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day – 6 Credits

Grade Level:  11-12

Elective

Prerequisite:  Networking I; Completion of the Vocational Co-op Application and Selection by the Instructor

Networking II: Infrastructure focuses on learning the fundamentals of networking, routing, switching and related protocols. In this course, students learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking, routing and switching. Students are introduced to the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP. The OSI and TCP/IP functions and services are examined in detail. Students will learn how a router addresses remote networks and determines the best path to those networks, employing static and dynamic routing techniques.

This is a blended-learning environment.  Students enrolled in this course will not attend class every day.  The class will meet at Plymouth High School Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8-10 AM.

COSMETOLOGY I AND II (07066, 08046)

2 Semesters, 4 periods per day - 6 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Pass pre-admissions test, an Interview and Instructor’s Permission

Class Location & Calendar:  Knox Beauty School is on IN 8.  Students will follow the Knox School Calendar.

Cosmetology is taught at the Knox Beauty School in Knox, Indiana.  Students will have to provide their own transportation to class.  Cosmetology includes segments in cutting, styling, perming, coloring, manicuring, pedicuring and facials.  The course includes both scientific and artistic ability.  Within the 1500 hour course, the student will discover the necessity of acquiring knowledge of all phases of personal development, sterilization and sanitation, anatomy and physiology.  Two years are required to successfully complete the Cosmetology course.  At that time, students will be ready to take the state licensing exam.

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION I (73036)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day –6 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective Recommended:  Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I- Requires Application & Instructor Permission

**Student enrolled In this course will have opportunity to earn 6 dual credits through Ivy Tech  Community College

**American Heart CPR required for clinical rotations, will offer in-class

Class Location: Plymouth High School. Students will follow the Plymouth High School schedule.

Students are responsible for own transportation.

This is a three period, two semester course.  Health Science Education I content includes a core of entry level skills such as patient nursing care, dental care, animal care, medical laboratory and public health.  Course content includes an introduction to health care systems, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. An in-school laboratory provides hands-on, simulated experiences.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in HOSA, which allows them to compete for scholarships.  Students will job shadow each unit at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Miller’s Merry Manor under the supervision of nurses, aides, therapists, and doctors. Successful completion of this course provides students with the certificate in technical achievement in bioscience..  

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION II: NURSING (74036)(CNA CLASS)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day - 6 Credits

Grade Level - 12

Elective

Prerequisites:  Health Science Education I  - Requires Application & Instructor Permission

**Student enrolled In this course will have opportunity to earn 5 dual credits through Ivy Tech  Community College

***Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to take the State Certification Exam to be a Certified Nurse Assistant

**American Heart CPR required for clinical rotations, will offer in-class

Class Location & Calendar: Plymouth High School and Knox High School.  Students will follow the Plymouth/Knox School Calendar (instructor will provide instructions)

Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Health Science Education II is a three period, two semester course.  Health Science Education II course content includes the competencies that prepare the student for a specific occupation within a health career cluster which is CNA. This course builds on those competencies acquired in Health Science Education I and allows for more in-depth knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in a specific occupation. Simulated in-school laboratory experiences are a part of this course and extended laboratory experience will be scheduled at a local nursing home.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY I & II (53046 or 54016)

2 Semesters, 4 periods per day - 6 Credits

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective

Prerequisite: Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Class Location & Calendar:  The SCILL Center, Knox, Indiana.  Students will follow the Knox School Calendar.

The automotive technology course is two semesters in length, and should be taken in both the junior and senior years for a total of six Semesters.  The class is taught at the SCILL Center that is just west of Knox, Indiana.  Over the two-year period, the course will cover automatic transmissions, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering.  When completing the Automotive Technology program and successfully completing the required tests, students will be awarded the Automotive Service Excellence Certificate that will help them become employed in the Auto Service industry.   Students interested in this class should have a career interest in automotive service, good attendance, and transportation to the SCILL Center.

Job placement has changed dramatically with this class.  You can be placed as a mechanic (SCILL does work with you in job placement) but there are many other occupations/industries that will have a high level of interest in your ability to work with your hands.

CONSTRUCTION TRADES  I & II (53036 or 54046)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None--However, for those students who are really focused on a trade in the Construction Area, any of the classes offered in the Construction Cluster and Design Process/Computer Design Area would be highly recommended.

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Vocational Building Trades is a vocational program designed to teach students the skills needed to construct residential buildings.  It is also designed to provide training toward an occupation that students could follow after graduation such as:  carpenter, electrician, mason, cement finisher, plumber, sheet metal worker, roofer, painter, drywall hanger, drywall finisher, or landscape worker.  Students in Building Trades will attend regular classes part of the school day and then report to the school operated construction site for the remainder of the day.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (07086)

2 Semesters, 3 Periods Per Day – 6 Credits

Grade Level:  11 or 12

Elective

Prerequisites:  Vocational Application required; Required minimum cumulative GPA of  1.7/4.0; Recommended courses: FACS course such as Child Development and Parenting, Orientation to Life and Careers

Expenses: Enrolled students are responsible for their own transportation to the vocational classroom and field placement assignment. The course fee is $20.00 and the student consents to a tuberculin test (TB) at no charge provided by the sponsor’s registered nurse.

Selection: Selection of qualified students will be guided by the following criteria:

Student’s career goal; GPA, attendance record; access to a reliable vehicle for personal transportation; and the recommendation of a guidance counselor.

Vocational Classroom Locations:  For Starke County students the vocational classroom is located at Knox Middle School and in session each Friday from 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 11:40 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Central time). Students attend either a morning or afternoon session. 

For Marshall County students the vocational classroom is located at Kaleidoscope Children’s Center, 1901 Pidco Drive, Plymouth and in session each Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time). Students attend either a morning or afternoon session.

Course Description: Early Childhood Education focuses on a child’s development from birth to age 5, a time of dramatic growth.  The course helps to prepare the student for a career in the fields of early education and special education in preschools, child care centers, before-and-after school programs and kindergarten classrooms.  Students who are interested in pursuing careers in social work, psychology or nursing will also benefit from the experience working with young children.  Course work includes intensive study of early childhood development including young children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development, health, safety and nutrition for young children, working with families of young children and designing early childhood education classrooms and activities in the areas of math, science, communication, art, social studies, and music.  

All enrolled students are assigned to a field placement classroom for real time experience working with young children the four other days of the school week. The field placement mentor teacher provides guidance, mentoring, and evaluation of the student. The combination of classroom instruction with field placement experience allows the student to put into practice newly acquired knowledge in real time with a professional teacher.  Field placement options include the following: Head Start preschool classrooms, public school preschool and special education classrooms,  child care centers and kindergarten classrooms.  Placements are available in Plymouth Knox, Walkerton, Lakeville, North Judson and Culver.   The instructor determines where each student will be placed.  Students will be placed near their home school in most cases.  

College Credit:  Qualifying first year students may earn six college credits at no cost from Ivy Tech State College which may be transferred to other colleges/universities. Second year students receive three additional transferable college credits and are eligible for a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.  The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE.  The professional CDA Credential is the only recognized, portable, reciprocal, competency-based credential of its kind in the country. The CDA commands a higher starting wage for those entering the field.

GRAPHIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGY (15011)

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None--However, for those students who are really focused on a trade in the Graphic Design area, any of the classes offered in Digital Design area would be highly recommended.

Class Location and Calendar:  Knox High School; Students will follow the Knox School Calendar

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Graphic Communications will include organized learning experiences that focus on theory and laboratory activities in pre-press, press and finishing operations.  Emphasis will be placed on elements of design and layout leading to computerized electronic image generation, plate preparation, pressroom operations, and finishing techniques.  Instructional activities will enhance student’s language arts skills through the use of proofreading, spelling, and punctuation exercises. The course will include actual production processes in conjunction with classroom assignments embracing the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries.

RADIO & TELEVISION I (35096)

Grade Level:  9-12

2 Semesters (dual credit) 1 period per day - 2 Credits -

1 Semester 1 period per day - 1 Credit    Grade Level:  9-12

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Students who are interested in exploring multimedia, TV or radio broadcasting area encouraged to enroll. Radio/TV Broadcasting provides instruction to develop and enhance competencies in various communication, marketing, media, production, and technical functions and tasks performed by employees, including management personnel, in radio/TV broadcasting and multimedia occupations.  Emphasis is placed on career opportunities in news and sports, production, programming, promotion, sales, play-by-play, broadcast equipment operation, broadcast regulations and laws, station organization, technical oral/written communication, and listening skills.  Instructional strategies include a hands-on school-based enterprise, with real and/or simulated occupational experiences, such as the operation of an in-school radio, television, production house, Internet and learning studio. Job shadowing, field trips, and internship can be arranged. Students can enroll in program for four years.

RADIO AND TELEVISION II

 

Required Prerequisites: Radio and Television I.

Grade Level: 9-12

Credits: 2 semester course, 2 semesters required.

Radio and Television II prepares students for admission to television production programs at institutions of higher learning. Students train on professional equipment creating a variety of video projects. During this second-year program students integrate and build on first-year curriculum while mastering advanced concepts in production, lighting and audio.

CULINARY ARTS & HOSPITALITY

2 Semesters, 2 periods per day - 4 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Location:  Plymouth High School

Culinary Arts & Hospitality I prepares students for occupations and higher education programs of study related to the entire spectrum of careers in the hospitality industry.  Major topics include:  introduction to the hospitality industry; food safety; regulations, procedures, and emergencies; basic culinary skills; culinary math; and food preparation techniques and applications; principles of purchasing, storage, preparation and service of food and food products; how to use and maintain related tools and equipment; apply management principles or hospitality operations and intensive laboratory experiences with commercial applications.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE  (83073)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Location:  Ancilla College

Criminal Justice includes specialized classroom and practical experiences related to public safety occupations such as law enforcement, loss protection services, and homeland security.  Training is based on standards and content similar to that provided by officially designated law enforcement agencies.  Instruction includes procedures for patrolling on foot or in an automobile during the day or at night; dealing with misdemeanors, felonies, traffic violations, and accidents; investigative and evidence collection procedures; making arrests; and testifying in court.  Students will have opportunities to use mathematical skills in crash reconstruction and analysis activities requiring measurements and performance of speed/acceleration calculations.  Additional activities simulating criminal investigations will be used to teach scientific knowledge related to anatomy, biology, and chemistry.  Oral and written communication skills should be reinforced through activities that model public relations and crime prevention efforts as well as the preparation of police reports.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY (56041)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Welding Technology I includes classroom and laboratory experiences that develop a variety of skills in oxy-fuel cutting and Shielded Metal Arc welding.  This course is designed for individuals who intend to make a career as a Welder, Technician, Sales, Designer, Researcher or Engineer.  Emphasis is placed on safety at all times. OSHA standards and guidelines endorsed by the American Welding Society (AWS) are used. Instructional activities emphasize properties of metals, safety issues, blueprint reading, electrical principles, welding symbols, and mechanical drawing through projects and exercises that teach students how to weld and be prepared for college and career success. Students will have the opportunity to take AWS certification tests and serve an internship on Fridays.

PRECISION MACHINING I & II(54047)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  Precision Machining II you must complete Precision Machining I

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Precision Machining I is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the precision machining processes used in industry, manufacturing, maintenance, and repair. The course instructs the student in industrial safety, terminology, tools and machine tools, measurement and layout. Students will become familiar with the setup and operation of power saws, drill presses, lathes, milling machines, grinders and an introduction to CNC (computer controlled) machines.


INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS (53056)

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Class Location and Calendar:  Knox High School; Students will follow the Knox School Calendar

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Industrial Automation and Robotics I will be the first course in the new pathway in the current Manufacturing & Logistics Career Cluster. Students will gain skills to design and build basic robots that use sensors and actuators to solve specific problems and complete specific tasks. This will include introductory programming autonomous mode. Students will also learn to program a humanoid robot, tethered and in autonomous mode, able to react to specific circumstances and perform human-like tasks when programming is complete. This course will provide fundamental knowledge and skills in basic lasers, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, basic electronics, and programmable logic controllers along with an understanding of career pathways in this sector

This is a highly technical course that prepares students for careers in the industrial automation and robotics pathway as applied in industrial settings.  Outcomes for this course include the following, but are not limited to: Theory and techniques of electric motor controllers; Installation, use, maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical drive components; Understanding and use of various sensors and switches; Understanding and troubleshooting of hydraulic circuitry; Understanding and troubleshooting of pneumatic circuitry; Pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical controls; Troubleshooting the automation process

AVIATION FLIGHT

2 Semesters, 3 periods per day - 6 Credits        

Grade Level:  11-12        

Elective

Requires Application & Instructor Permission

Aviation Flight familiarizes students with aviation technology and provides a historic overview of the field. This course also provides an overview of the careers and employment opportunities in the field of aviation. It prepares new student pilots for the maneuvers that are required to be performed during the Practical Test portion of the Private Check Ride. In addition to these maneuvers, the concepts of basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems, instrument operation, weight and balance, flight physiology and a basic working knowledge of aircraft power plants and their construction will be covered.  

Class Location and Calendar: PHS; Students will follow the Plymouth School Calendar

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9th Grade

Global Perspectives: (English 9, World History)

2 Semesters- 4 credits

This two block course fulfills English 9 and World History core requirements and uses language arts to explore historical events and their impact on our modern global world.  This interdisciplinary humanities course integrates a comprehensive academic survey of World History with ninth grade English. In this course, students will complete complex and challenging projects that focus on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to the development of ancient cultures and civilizations. Their work will include reading short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and drama related to the historic themes. They will write for a variety of purposes and audiences in a variety of formats.

BioArt (Biology, Introduction to 2-D Art)

2 Semesters – 3 Credits (2 Biology credits, 1 Art credit)

This integrated course blends a comprehensive academic survey of biology with an introduction to art. In this course, students will create works of art that demonstrate an understanding of biological concepts. Throughout the first semester, students will experience both laboratory and field work with an emphasis on an investigative approach to biological problems. From within the context of completing larger projects and artistic works, students will study ecology, cell and molecular structure, energy and metabolism, development and reproduction, and evolution. During the second semester, in collaboration with the biological concepts, students will create art in functional and non-functional two- and three-dimensional forms. Students will have creative experiences in art appreciation, studio, history, and criticism.

10th Grade:

10th Grade:  American Perspectives (English 10, US History)

2 Semesters – 4 Credits

American Perspectives is a 2-block course that blends language arts and history to provide students an in-depth look at how United States history emphasizes national development from the late eighteenth century into the twenty-first century. After a brief review of the early development of the nation, students study the key events, people, groups and movements in the late nineteenth, the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 10 in classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction. Students write, responses to literature, expository and persuasive compositions, research reports, business letters, and tech.

Chem Food Science (Chemistry I, Food Science)

Food Science (3 Ivy Tech Dual Credits)

2 Semesters – 4 Credits

Food Science is an integrated course that provides in-depth study of the application of science principles to scientific investigation of the importance of food science.  Introduction to principles of food processing, food chemistry and physics, nutrition, food microbiology, preservation, packaging and labeling, food commodities, food regulations, issues and careers in the food science industry help students understand the role that food science plays in securing a safe, nutritious and adequate food supply. . Students are expected to achieve academic standards and competencies from chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and some physics at the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation levels in this specialized area of study. Students develop critical reasoning, mathematical, and writing skills through a variety of higher-level learning strategies and laboratory experiments that require measuring, recording, graphing, and analyzing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course is recommended for all students regardless of their career cluster or pathway, in order to build science proficiencies in chemistry, physics and biology.

11th Grade:

English 11 A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits  


The English 11 course includes an emphasis on in-depth writing, extensive reading, and

analysis of rhetoric. This course also includes foci on drama, novel, and short stories.

Students are required to do at least one research project per semester, sharing their

findings in a variety of ways including through oral presentations.

English 11 Advanced Placement - Ivy Tech Dual Credit  A/B

2 Semesters - 2 Credits 

(ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION, ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement, is an advanced placement course based on content established by the College Board. An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Physics/Ag Tech and Power (AP/Dual credit OR  regular track Physics)

Advanced Placement Physics I: Algebra-based (4 Ivy Tech credits IF student chooses AP/Dual Credit pathway)

Agriculture Mechanization (Pending 3 Ivy Tech Dual Credits)

2 Semesters – 4 Credits

This is a lab-intensive two semester course that broadens a student’s understanding of environmentally friendly energies;  basic principles of selection, operation, maintenance and management of agricultural equipment in concert while incorporating technology; the fundamental concepts and principles related to matter and energy, including mechanics, simple harmonic motion, wave motion, light, magnetism, electricity, velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge.

Physics 1: Algebra-based, Advanced Placement is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.

• Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I

• Credits: A 2 credit course, 1 credit per semester

• Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

• Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course

Interactive Media

Integrated Across the Curriculum – 1 credit

Interactive Media prepares students for careers in business and industry working with interactive media products and services. This course is integrated across our curriculum. Each WSOI learner will start a digital portfolio and demonstrate Interactive Media proficiencies across all four years in WSOI.    This course emphasizes the development of digitally generated or computer-enhanced products using multimedia technologies.  Students will develop an understanding of professional business practices including the importance of ethics, communication skills, and knowledge of the “virtual workplace”.  

U. S. GOVERNMENT - (and Dual Credit)

1 semester - 1 Credit

This course in United States Government is designed for senior students that have previously demonstrated exceptional abilities or achievements in social studies. Class size will be limited. Content emphasizes higher level thinking skills, project development and presentation, and independent study and group work. Basic government curriculum will be expanded. This course is one-half of the senior social studies requirement of government and economics.

ECONOMICS - (and AP Microeconomics)

This course in Economics is designed for senior students that have previously demonstrated exceptional abilities or achievement in social studies. Class size will be limited. Content emphasizes higher level thinking skill, project development and presentation, and independent study and group work. Basic economics curriculum will be expanded. This course in one-half of the senior social studies requirement of government and economics. Current events will be

included throughout the course.

12th Grade:

ADVANCED SPEECH - COMMUNICATION, Dual Credit (32082-32083)

2 Semesters - 2 credits

Grade Level: 12

May substitute for required Speech or be in addition to required Speech.

Also counts for English required credits.

Prerequisite:  None

Speech is a class designed to help students build confidence in expressing ideas before classmates and other audiences.  The course will emphasize development of pleasing and articulate speech, provide practice in proper non-verbal skills, and instruction in constructing well-organized, interesting speeches.  Numerous short speeches will be designed to inform, entertain, and persuade an audience.  Radio and video equipment will be used.  The use of outlines and manuscripts will be worked with.  The IVY TECH syllabus will be incorporated into this course for dual credit.

If a student credentials through PSAT, SAT, or Accuplacer test scores, then the student will also receive 3 college credits for successful completion of Advanced Speech and Communication.

English 12, Dual Credit A/B  and Dual Credit Speech through Ivy Tech for credentialed students

2 Semesters - 4 Credits

(ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION, ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

Ivy Tech ENGL 112, Exposition and Persuasion

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

1. Present detailed and well-organized compositions using formal documentation.

2. Apply critical reading and thinking skills to the writing process.

3. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

4. Conduct research using primary and secondary sources.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes a valid argument.

6. Recognize and explain issues and identify critical perspectives.

7. Clearly identify and address the audience and purpose to establish appropriate                                                       rhetorical contexts.

8. Apply research and writing strategies to research-based analytic and argumentative writing.

Ivy Tech ENGL 211, Expository Writing

Expository Writing is a study and application of the various types of informational writing intended for a variety of different audiences. Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, English language conventions, research and organizational skills, an awareness of the audience, the purpose for writing, and style.

EXPOSITORY WRITING PROJECT: Students complete a project, such as an extended essay or report explaining the main idea or thesis by using the expository strategies of classification, illustration by example, definition, comparison and contrast, process analysis (descriptions or explanations that provide instructions for the reader), cause and effect, definitions, or some combination of these strategies, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and writing progress in the Expository Writing course content.

ADVANCED SPEECH - COMMUNICATION, Dual Credit (32082-32083)

Taught in conjunction with English 12 dual credit within WSOI

Speech is a class designed to help students build confidence in expressing ideas before classmates and other audiences.  The course will emphasize development of pleasing and articulate speech, provide practice in proper non-verbal skills, and instruction in constructing well-organized, interesting speeches.  Numerous short speeches will be designed to inform, entertain, and persuade an audience.  Radio and video equipment will be used.  The use of outlines and manuscripts will be worked with.  The IVY TECH syllabus will be incorporated into this course for dual credit.

If a student credentials through PSAT, SAT, or Accuplacer test scores, then the student will also receive 3 college credits for successful completion of Advanced Speech and Communication.

Math Series:  Single Period Classes

ALGEBRA I A/B (Algebra I A & B)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Algebra I provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for

students to succeed in advanced courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course

provides for the use of algebraic skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. The concept

of function is emphasized throughout the course. Topics include: (1) operations with real

numbers, (2) linear equations and inequalities, (3) relations and functions, (4) polynomials, (5)

algebraic fractions, and (6) nonlinear equations.

GEOMETRY A/B

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Geometry students examine the properties of two- and three-dimensional objects. Proof and

logic, as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions, are stressed. Properties and

relationships of geometric objects include the study of: (1) points, lines, angles and planes; (2)

polygons, with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, right triangles; (3) circles; and (4)

polyhedra and other solids.

ALGEBRA II A/B

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Algebra II is a course that extends the content of Algebra I and provides further development of

the concept of a function. Topics include: (1) relations, functions, equations and inequalities; (2)

conic sections; (3) polynomials; (4) algebraic fractions; (5) logarithmic and exponential functions;

  1. sequences and series; and (7) counting principles and probability.

PRE-CALCULUS/TRIGONOMETRY A/B - dual credit

2 Semesters – 2 Credits

Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry blends the concepts and skills that must be mastered before

enrollment in a college-level calculus course. The course includes the study of (1) relations and

functions, (2) exponential and logarithmic functions, (3) trigonometry in triangles, (4)

trigonometric functions, (5) trigonometric identities and equations, (6) polar coordinates and

complex numbers, (7) sequences and series and (8) data analysis.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION AND CREDIT RECOVERY 

Alternative High School (AHS):

The goal of AHS is to provide an alternative avenue by which each student attending may pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills and behavior. The curriculum is standards-based and web-delivered. Each student has his or her own computer that they use to complete daily modules for a particular subject. Upon completion of the required course work, a credit will be given. AHS strives to prepare students for life after school by helping them finish their academic studies and teaching them to be productive members of the community.

Students who may qualify for the program are given consideration by communicating with their guidance counselor.  Consideration is given to the following student scenarios:

• Students who intend to withdraw or have withdrawn from school before graduation

• Students who have been or on the verge of expulsion

• Students who have not succeeded in the traditional learning environment

• Absenteeism or truancy

• Students are a parent or an expectant parent and are unable to regularly attend the traditional school program

•Credit recovery

The desired outcome of this program is that students in our program will finish the needed credits and earn their diploma.  A student may be removed from AHS or Credit Recovery for the following reasons:

• Lack of regular attendance

• Lack of adequate progress

• Lack of respect for other students and staff

• Violation of Plymouth High School Student Handbook

• Violation of PCSC Internet policy

Credit Recovery

PHS also implements period-by-period credit recovery classes that run throughout the regular school day and in some cases replaces a student's study hall. Any student who has failed a course has the option of “retaking” the course in the Credit Recovery Class. The curriculum is online-based (GradPoint) and consists of the core courses in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as offering certain Electives. Upon completion of the required coursework, a credit will be given and the student will be assigned back to study hall or begin work on other needed credits to recover. Students who do not make adequate progress in credit recovery classes face the possibility of being removed and placed in study hall for the remainder of the semester. 

In some cases, students will be placed in this classroom setting for other reasons.  In these situations, students will not take this class as a credit recovery class, but as a new class.  These reasons include:

        • Transferring in from another school once the semester has already started

        • Early graduation goal

        • Course they need to take is not offered at the time they need it

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

EDUCATION PROFESSIONS  

1 Credit per Semester - up to 2 Semesters        

Grade Level:  11,12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Education Professions I provides the foundation for employment in education and related careers and prepares students for study in higher education. An active learning approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes is recommended in order to integrate suggested topics into the study of education and related careers. The course of study includes, but is not limited to: the teaching profession, the learner and the learning process, planning instruction, learning environment, and instructional and assessment strategies. Exploratory field experiences in classroom settings and career portfolios are required components. A standards-based plan guides the students’ field experiences. Students are monitored in their field experiences by the Education Professionals I teacher. Articulation with postsecondary programs is encouraged.  

COMMUNITY SERVICE 0524

1 to 2 semester course, 1 credit per semester, up to 2 semesters

Grade Level:  11, 12        

Elective

Prerequisites:  None

Community Service is a course created by public law IC 20-30-14, allowing juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn up to two high school credits for completion of approved community service projects or volunteer service that “relates to a course in which the student is enrolled or intends to enroll.” For each student who wishes to earn credit for community service or volunteer service under this law, the student, a teacher of the student, or a community or volunteer service organization must submit an application to the high school principal including:

1. Name of the community service organization or volunteer service organization the student intends to assist.

2. Name, address, and telephone number of the director or supervisor of the community service organization or volunteer service organization and, if different from the director or supervisor, the name, address, and telephone number of the individual assigned by the community or volunteer service organization to supervise the student at the activity site.

3. Nature of the community service or volunteer service performed by the student with a certification that the service performed by the student is voluntary.

4. Total number of hours the student intends to serve the community service organization or volunteer service organization during the school year.

5. Written statement by the director or the supervisor of the community service organization or volunteer service organization certifying that the information included in the application is an accurate reflection of:

a. the student's expectations with regard to the number of hours of service contemplated to be performed; and

b. the community service organization's or the volunteer service organization's need to acquire the student's service.

6. Description of:

a. the educational or career exploration benefits the student and the school should expect to gain, including the student learning standards to be achieved, from the student's community or volunteer service participation; and

b. the service and benefit the community service organization or volunteer service organization expects to gain from the student's participation.

7. Description of how the community or volunteer service activity relates to a course in which the student is enrolled or intends to enroll.

8. Manner and frequency in which the student and the community or volunteer service activity will be evaluated.

9. Name of the certificated school employee who will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the student's activity and performance and assigning the student a grade for participation under this section.

10. Any other information required by the principal.  

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