• ENGLISH

    English I – Pre-AP: This course focuses on college-preparatory vocabulary, advanced mechanics, usage, grammar, and upper-level writing. Literary studies focus on a survey course of world literature with an in-depth understanding of literary elements. Speaking, listening, and viewing skills are central to English studies and are included throughout the year. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    English II – Pre-AP: This course includes a study of advanced grammar, world literature selections, multicultural selections, and college-preparatory composition and research. Speaking, listening, and viewing skills are central to English studies. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    English III – AP Language: This course includes a survey of primarily 20th century American literature with college-preparatory vocabulary, advanced grammar, upper-level composition and research involving a topic from 20 century American literature or history. The course is taught with an emphasis on literary analysis and synthesis. Speaking, listening, and viewing skills are further developed with an emphasis on analysis. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    English IV – AP Literature: This is a college-level course with quality standards that have been established by the CollegeBoard and Educational Testing Service (ETS).  A qualifying score of “3” or higher on the AP Literature examination satisfies (and replaces) a year’s worth of English coursework (although the specific class that it counts for may vary depending upon the university program). This course will be taught with an instructional focus on British and World literature pieces (including novels, plays & poems) that represent an array of highly-esteemed literary writers from various periods and genres. The literature and poetry that we examine in this course will be studied, discussed & analyzed. Writing assignments will be representative of the depth and precision that will be required of them on the AP exam (& beyond). And, the analytical skills that are developed in this course will be expressed through multiple mediums and offer an array of opportunities for the students to demonstrate their connection to the literature.   Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Literary Genres  Film Analysis: "Films can be much more than entertainment; they can also help students better understand themselves, their culture, and other forms of media." - Patricia Lastiri. Students today are predominately visual learners, and teaching skills like theme, conflict, and characterization through film has a much stronger impact then sticking to one medium such as novels. Breaking down films, or "reading" films as Lastiri would say, for an extensive analysis helps strengthen students' synthesis and evaluation skills, not to mention critical thinking skills necessary in the classroom and in real life. The class covers the same skills and objectives covered when teaching and studying a novel, such as plot and character development, theme, allusions, conflict, determining audience, archetypes, point of view, rhetorical shift, setting, styles, tone, and mood. By analyzing the director's use of color, lighting, camera direction, costume, soundtrack, and other elements, students have the chance to approach concepts studied only in literature in a new visual format. Essentially, the students learn how to deconstruct the film to help critical and independent thinking. The course considers theme and other literary elements, but also uses films from all genres and periods, both domestic and international. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 Regular

    Literary Genre:  Horror – This course is an elective course that covers the stylistic& iconic characteristics of the horror genre.  This course is taught as a full-year course and covers the origin of the literary genre (with early Gothic literature) and also includes an examination of classic horror films. In spring, the course spans through early literary notables (like Poe & Lovecraft) to modern day horror contemporaries (like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, etc.).  Students will learn to appreciate the sensory & emotion-driven descriptions that are used in literature while also examining the physiological and psychological elements employed by the horror genre through visual media, such as through 20th century & contemporary horror films.  Students will also be able to emulate these iconic and stylistic techniques to create their own works of fiction and film.  Throughout our course, students will also explore the evolution of this genre through other forms of media:  music, live-performances, graphic novels, etc.  Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 Regular

    Creative Writing: This course is designed for students who are interested in rigorous composition writing. They will learn, develop and strengthen writing skills in different writing genres. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Broadcast / Print Journalism: Students will learn skills in journalistic reporting , broadcasting, and writing, including news, feature, editorial, sports, and entertainment journalism, and work as a team to produce a regular broadcast/ publication for the school. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 regular

    Debate: This course focuses on developing students public speaking, argumentation, and advocacy skills as well as their research and writing skills. Students will learn different debate formats such as the “Lincoln-Douglas”  and  Cross-Examination Debate formats.  Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0


    MATHEMATICS

    Algebra 1 – Pre-AP: This course focuses on the requirements of introductory Algebra with graphing, equations, and inequalities. Application of the material is assessed through analysis of answers and word problems. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Geometry – Pre AP: This course applies visualizing and analyzing geometric relationships, develops inductive and deductive reasoning and connects geometry to algebra and probability. A variety of hands-on work will be completed to help develop concepts and to cement understanding of geometric properties. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Algebra 2 – Pre AP: This course stresses the importance of algebraic thinking and symbolic reasoning. Students use a variety of tools and strategies to represent functions and solve equations. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Pre-Calculus – Pre AP: This course includes much work with functions, their graphs and applications. It also includes a unit on trigonometry. There will be smaller units on analytical geometry, sequences and series, vectors, and limits. Throughout the course there will be applicable projects and research papers. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Pre-AP Pre-Calculus BC includes the full Pre-AP Pre-calculus curriculum as well as all of the content from AP Calculus AB related to limits, differentiation, and applications of derivatives.  This course covers 1.5 credits of math in one school year, earning the student 1 credit for Pre-AP Pre-calculus (fall and spring) and 0.5 credit for AP Calculus AB (spring only).

     

    Calculus AB – AP: This course is designed to cover at least one semester of college calculus. It should allow the student to enter easily into any second semester course in college calculus. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Calculus BC – AP: This course will cover the material of two semesters of college calculus and prepare the student to transition smoothly into college Calculus II. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Statistics – AP: As an introductory course to inferential statistics, this course covers experimental design, displays of data, probability and hypotheses testing. Statistics is used to organize, summarize and draw conclusions from data. Since the ability to understand statistics is becoming more and more important, many college majors require a course in statistics. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     
    Statistics 2 (honors): Covers simple and multiple regression, fundamentals of experimental design, and analysis of variance methods.  Other topics will be selected from the following: logistic regression, Poisson regression, resampling methods, introduction to Bayesian methods, and probability models.  Prerequisite: AP Statistics. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0
     
    Advanced Math Topics: Math Applications in Engineering - This course covers math concepts frequently used in a variety of upper level engineering courses including some matrix algebra, optimization, ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, and modeling of dynamic systems. Students will apply these to real life situations through hands on activities including labs and designing and building models. Students are expected to be familiar with derivatives and its applications before entering the course. Recommended prerequisite is Precal BC or Calc AB. Other miscellaneous topics may include cryptography, number theory, and non-euclidean geometry. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    Human Geography – AP: The study of people from a spatial and ecological perspective. People are central to geography and their activities help shape Earth’s surface largely through their interaction with the physical environment. Human settlements and structures are part of that tapestry interaction. Students will study human characteristics including language, religion, political systems, economic systems, population distribution and quality of life. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    World History – AP: This course focuses primarily on the past thousands of years of the global experience. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage prior to 1000 CE. The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    United States History – AP: The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Macroeconomics – AP provides the student with an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price determination and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5

     

    United States Government and Politics – AP: This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5

     

    European History – AP: The study of European history since 1450. Students are introduced to the cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping modern Europe. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    World Religions: This one semester course serves as an introduction to the world’s major religions. Students will be introduced to the history, beliefs, practices and contemporary relevance of many religions. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5

     
    World Wars: Students learn how people, events, and circumstances led to the outbreak of the two World Wars fought in the 20 Century. They will study political, economic and social causes of World War Ito the events leading to the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5 

     

    Sociology: This one semester course is an elective that serves as an introduction to field of sociology. It is the study of human society, including both social action and social organization. Sociology encourages us to look beyond individual psychology to the many recurring patterns in people’s attitudes and actions, and how these patterns vary across time, cultures, and social groups. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5 Regular

     
    Mythology: Comparative World Mythologies is a one semester social studies elective that focuses on the common themes found within mythologies from around the world. Students will explore Greco-Roman, Norse, Japanese, and Mayan mythologies as a class and then have the opportunity to choose other mythologies that interest them (Egyptian, Native American, Sub-Saharan African, etc.) The class is primarily self-paced and geared toward students who enjoy independent study and creative product creation. Length: one semester Credit: 0.5  
     

    Psychology – APThis is a college-level course with quality standards that have been established by the CollegeBoard and Educational Testing Service (ETS).  A qualifying score of “3” or higher on the AP Psychology examination satisfies (and replaces) a year’s worth of “Intro to Psychology” coursework. This course will be taught with an instructional focus on the major topics, figures, and theories that are prominent within the field of psychology.  It is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavioral and cognitive processes of human beings, the diagnosis and treatment of disorders, as well as the importance of adhering to the ethics and research methods that are needed in pursuit of our future advancements in understanding. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete a substantial amount of independent reading (and vocabulary acquisition) in order to support the labs, activities and discussions that will take place during the class period. Students may also expect a significant amount of both individual and group projects that are designed in order to support and enhance their interaction with the advanced curriculum. There is no prerequisite needed for this course. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

     

     

    SCIENCES

     

    Chemistry – Pre-AP: Chemistry, students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem-solving. Students study a variety of topics that include characteristics of mailer; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fission and fission; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Chemistry – AP: This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. Included in this course are advanced investigations and presentations of the structure of matter and atomic spectra, the wave particle theory, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry and the basic concepts of thermodynamics. Students may be required to spend time outside of the allotted 90-minute period completing laboratory investigations. Students will use a college textbook and lab book and will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam for college credit. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Biology – Pre-AP: In Biology, students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem-solving. Topics include: structures and functions of cells and viruses; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment. Integral to this course is a laboratory program that stresses accurate observations, data collection, and analysis as well as manipulation of laboratory equipment. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Biology – AP: This course offers students a college level curriculum equivalent to an introductory biology course in the freshman year of college and follows the syllabus set by the Development Committee of the College Boards. Two major goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modem biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. Included within this course are the twelve advanced laboratory investigations, which are experimental, analytical, and qualitative in nature. Students will be using a college text, and the student completing this course in May will have a well-rounded preparation to take the Advanced Placement Biology exam for college credit. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 

     

    Anatomy & Physiology: This course serves as a fourth year science for students interested in the medical field. Students will be introduced to the human body with emphasis on terminology and body organization from the cellular level to organs systems. Topics include histology, skeletal, muscular, nervous, integumentary, immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, circulatory and endocrine system. This course also includes preserved specimen dissections, physiological activities, and online research. Please note: A&P requires a great deal of memorization! There is no pre-requisite for this course. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Environmental Science – AP: This course is an Advanced Placement elective science. This course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. It is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Wildlife Management: This course serves as a fourth year science for students interested in wildlife. Broken into five primary units, Wildlife Studies will focus on the animals and plants found in the following ecosystems: marine, land, domestic, and zoos. Content will also include field research, career exploration, and the wildlife trade by partnering with local and state conservation and management organizations. The course provides a hands-on, exploration-based class allowing the students to make an in-depth analysis of wildlife. Students study the habitat needs, anatomy, physiology, uses, conservation, protection, and research of various plants and animals. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Physics 1 – AP: Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. This class is required prior to taking AP Physics 2. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0  

     
    Physics C – AP: This course concentrates on two areas: Mechanics in the fall and Electricity & Magnetism in the spring. It is a calculus-based course that is intended for students who plan to study science or engineering in college. Mechanics includes kinematics, Newton’s laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, rotation, angular momentum, gravitation and oscillations. Electricity & Magnetism includes electrostatic fields and potential, capacitance, current, magnetic fields, magnetic induction, alternating current circuits, and Maxwell’s equations. AP Physics 1 is a prerequisite; calculus (AB or BC) is pre- or co-requisite. Length: two semesters-Credit: 2.0 (1 credit per semester)

    LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

     

    French I: Students establish the basic grammar foundation needed to read, write, and speak modem French. Using hands-on activities, selected readings, the Internet, and the text, students are immersed in the French language and culture. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 Regular

     

    French II – Pre-AP: Students continue to build upon their reading, writing and speaking skills by stretching grammar knowledge and deepening their understanding of the francophone world. Selected readings include excerpts from Le Conte de Monte Cristo and fables from Jean de Ia Fontaine. Pronunciation is a focus as is the ability to dialogue with others. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    French III – Pre-AP: This course delves into advanced French grammar. It is considered the preparation year for the AP Language course. Included between each grammar unit are cultural readings and activities. Some of the favorite activities include learning French gestures, the Mille Borne tournament, and regional food week. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    French IV – AP Language & Culture: This course prepares students for the language & Culture AP exam. The year is spent in grammar and oral review. Included in the preparations are a reading of the novel Candide by Voltaire and the viewing of French films. Students are expected to follow current events by reading French newspapers and watching French news. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     
    Spanish I: This is the first of the sequenced Spanish courses. This course is an integrated learning system designed to provide beginning level secondary students with immediately useful and realistic language skills in Spanish. Creative use of the language is encouraged from the outset by allowing maximum interaction among students and between students and teachers. These interactions are based on tasks to be accomplished in real-life situations. The contexts that are presented have been chosen according to the frequency with which they occur in real life experiences of the Spanish speaking countries. The four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as culture reinforce each other. The class is student centered. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0-Level: Regular

     

    Spanish II – Pre-AP: This course is a continuation of the concepts and activities in Spanish I. The activities at the beginning are intended as a review of communicative abilities, not as a means to an error-free performance. Although the development of all four skills and culture continues, reading is more prominently featured. Vocabulary is presented through the reading of excerpts from authentic documents such as newspapers, magazines, brochures, ads, menus, etc. Conversational Spanish will be an important part of each lesson. The culture is tightly integrated into every aspect of the course. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Spanish III – Pre-AP: This course is a continuation and review of vocabulary and grammatical points taught through the use of visuals and oral and written exercises. Conversations, readings, and literary selections provide variety and cultural insight. This course is open to any student who has completed Spanish H with a C or better. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Spanish IV – AP Language: This course consists of the study of literary and cultural selections that are chosen to acquaint the student with several con-temporary authors of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, the course will provide the student with conversational and composition practice necessary to interact effectively in practical real-life situations. Most of the class is conducted in Spanish. The culture of the Spanish speaking countries is a vital part of this course. Upon conclusion of this course, students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Spanish V – AP Literature: This course consists of the study of literary and cultural selections that are chosen to acquaint the student with several contemporary authors of the Spanish-speaking world. Upon conclusion of this course, students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Literature. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 

     

    Spanish VI Honors:  “Key Historic Moments of Spain and Latin American History though Films and Music” Movies and music are the primary source material to learn about the most relevant moments of the history of the Spanish Speaking world from the Reconquista of  the Iberian Peninsula in Medieval Times to the most recent historical moments such as the immigration crisis. Both the films and music will “serve as historical evidence in the same way that other representational art forms do -- by making events vivid, portraying social attitudes, and even revealing the unconscious assumptions of past societies”*.  At the same time, films and music will provide the students the opportunity to make meaningful connections with authors and texts studied in the previous course (AP Spanish Literature and Culture) and to gain a more in-depth knowledge not just of the main figures of history but also of the “ordinary” people that were involved in those events: their daily lives, customs, traditions, etc.   Since both Films and Music are artistic products made with some licenses and liberties that change some events, the course will use as support historical essays written by authors like Carlos Fuentes and Eduardo Galeano, among others.  The class is entirely in Spanish.
    *http://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/film/socialhist.html

     

    Latin II – Pre-AP is a continuation of Latin 1 with the primary emphasis being on vocabulary and grammar.  Both reading load and pace is increased.  Culturally and historically, emphasis is placed on Roman Britain in the first century CE. Derivation and word study is stressed in preparation for PSAT/SAT. Students are also introduced to AP Latin test formatting and AP Latin skills required for Pre-AP Latin 3 and AP Latin 4. 

     

    Latin IV – AP: is a two-semester course taken in the 4th year of Latin which covers the prescribed syllabus of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum as stated by the College Board in the AP Latin Course Description. In covering these lines, the objective is to improve reading, translating, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin in the original. Students are expected to translate accurately and literally from Latin to English while demonstrating an understanding of grammar and vocabulary. The course also covers some of the literary techniques and poetic meter of both Vergil and Caesar with an emphasis on style analysis, and the socio-political context of the works and authors. Grammar and figures of speech, after a brief introduction, are covered in context as progress is made through the syllabus. Students are required to read aloud selections from both the Aeneid and the Bellum Gallicum in Latin while also reading in English other selections from the two works. The required English readings for both Caesar and Vergil are assigned in tandem with the Latin readings throughout the course.  For the Vergil passages, students will learn dactylic hexameter and its use in enhancing the text and creating effect while scanning the lines at least once a week. 

     

    FINE ARTS

     

    Art 1: Students will analyze a variety of artistic styles in Art History and gain a fundamental knowledge about the elements and principles of design while creating their own artworks. During the year students will be involved in constructive criticism, interpretive problem solving and the production of artworks that display a mature level of skill in handling media and tools. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Art 2 – Pre-AP: This course serves as a prerequisite course for students serious about producing artworks to be included in an AP Portfolio in the 1 or l2 grade. A continued investigation of the elements and principles of design helps students master a greater intellectual, perceptual and technical range of visual literacy while completing the breadth portion of the a portfolio. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Art 3 – Pre-AP: This course serves as a prerequisite course for students serious about producing artworks to be included in an AP Portfolio in the I jth or 12 grade. A continued investigation of the elements and principles of design helps students master a greater intellectual, perceptual and technical range of visual literacy while completing the breadth portion of the AP Portfolio. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Art 4 – AP: Students transform their ideas into tangible artworks that complete the concentration section of the AP Portfolio. Students will be involved in independent study producing a large number of pieces based on their individual interests. The body of work produced by each student evolves one piece to another and culminates in a series of pieces that are decisive, confident and of college level. A mandatory lab section is also required. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Art History – AP: This course is designed to introduce students to the understanding and enjoyment of works of art. Students who have done well in studies such as history, literature and art are encouraged to enroll. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Theatre 1, 2 & 3: The focus is on the development of the total student, which includes the development of the student’s personal resources, self-confidence, and ability to work well with others. Students learn how to bolster their self-concepts, build ensemble, observe people and places more closely, move expressively, and become more aware of their senses. Basic acting skills such as improvisation, characterization, preparing a role, and stage movement will be learned. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0-Level: Regular

     

    Photography – Pre-AP: In photography, you will learn about the artistic, technical, and critical components of photography. This course will encourage you to explore expressive composition as well as introducing you to the complexities of lighting and of editing digital images. You will learn the basic uses of a digital camera as well as the editing software GIMP. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0

     

    Photography – AP: The AP Studio Art program is meant to give students a studio experience commensurate with that of a first-year college art class. This means that you will have the freedom to choose your path of work and study in many cases; it also means that you will be responsible for meeting deadlines and learning techniques and information that might be presented in a college level art course.  The Studio Art 2D Design course is designed to lead towards the completion of a portfolio that showcases your mastery of the principles and elements of design. The principles (unity, variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship) are explored and revealed through the elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, and space). This course specifically covers those goals through the medium of photography. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 

     
    Dance:  This course is designed to develop the student's basic knowledge and skills of the following dance types: ballet, contemporary, Modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. The student will also leave with a better understanding of how to choreograph as well as how to teach others. Length: two semesters. Credit: 1.0
     

    TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

     

    Computer Science Principles – APThe AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about the importance of these problems and the impacts to their community, society, and the world. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 

     

    ELECTIVES / OTHER

     

    Physical Education: This course focuses on creating and maintaining a physically healthy lifestyle. The student will be expected to be active daily allowing them to better their physical health.  The student will leave the class with a general knowledge of a variety of team sports and their rules and will understand how feasible it is to remain active for life. Length: 2 semesters. Credit: 1 Regular

     
    Health: This course covers traditional health topics such as body systems and social health. Also included are some of today’s other health issues: violence, AIDS, drugs and responsible sexuality. This course is a required course for graduation. Length: one semester-Credit: 0.5 Regular 

     

    Yearbook 1 & 2: Yearbook is a year-long production course. Students will be responsible for all aspects of yearbook publication. Students will work under the leadership of student editors in the areas of writing, photography, page design, and meeting deadlines. Students will have the opportunity to work with representatives of yearbook publishing companies. Students may participate in yearbook production for additional years and may apply for editor positions as they gain additional skills and experience. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 Regular

    Gifted and Talented Classes:

     

    AP Capstone is an innovative program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. The two year program consists of AP Seminar and AP Research. The AP Capstone Diploma is awarded if the student earns scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. College and Universities that support the program can be found at this link: https://aphighered.collegeboard.org/exams/participating-schools

     

    AP Seminar is the first of two courses in the College Board’s AP Capstone Diploma program. An AP Capstone Diploma signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as a part of a team. 10th grade ONLY. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0 More Information: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-capstone/ap-capstone-educator-brochure.pdf

     

    AP Research is the second of two courses in the College Board’s AP Capstone Diploma program. An AP Capstone Diploma signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong mentored, research-based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methods; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. The course culminates in an academic thesis paper of approximately 5,000 words and a presentation, performance, or exhibition with an oral defense.11th grade ONLY. Prerequisite: AP Seminar. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0  More information: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-capstone/ap-capstone-educator-brochure.pdf

     

    Texas Performance Standards Project: This course, based on the Exit Level Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted/talented (G/T) students, offers a non-traditional learning experience to those students who have the ability to create innovative products or performances. Students will develop a product proposal, compile a portfolio, conduct in-depth research, be matched with a mentor from the business or professional community, and prepare for a public presentation of their product or performance at the end of the school year to be evaluated by an audience that includes experts in the field. Students work with their mentor to create a product related to their topic; the product is required to have real-world application and tangible documentation. Students focus their study on a topic of their choice. They develop a research portfolio that has a collection of sources including interviews and observations with people who work in their chosen topic field. Students improve time management, communication, goal setting, and presentation skills. Students work with mentors on a regular basis to gain "real world" experience. Students give progressively longer speech presentations and will give a formal presentation of their product and yearlong experiences at the end of the year. 11th Grade Only. Length: two semesters-Credit: 1.0