High School Course Descriptions

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

CAREER EDUCATION                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one semester course stresses the development of career goals, good work habits, job seeking skills and employment.  This course is required for graduation.  Prerequisite:  None

BUSINESS SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS                                    Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one semester course will increase students’ computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, publishing and electronic digital communications.  HTML and graphics will also be covered.  This course includes essential concepts that will benefit students in their career or personal activities.  This course will fulfill one-half computer credit required for high school graduation.  Prerequisite:  Required for students who have not completed computer credit in 6th or 8th grade

DUAL ENROLLMENT                                                            Grade level:  10,11,12

An educational option which provides the student the opportunity to earn college credits through release time.  Students may enroll in courses not offered at Explore Knowledge Academy.  College tuition, books and transportation are the responsibility of the student.  Prerequisite:  Counselor AND Administration approval

FRESHMAN STUDIES                                                            Grade level: 9

This is a one year course is designed for ninth grade students to provide smooth transition into the high school setting and develop a sense of community and ownership.  Emphasis will be placed on developing a long-range educational plan.            Prerequisite: Grade 9

JUNIOR STUDIES                                                                        Grade level:  11

This one year course is designed to aide students in the understanding and explanation of the planning skills involved with future training or education beyond high school.  The concerns of a new environment, independent work study habits and positive test taking experiences are some of the survival skills that will be presented.  Discussion of resumes, PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing, job applications, budgeting, finance, community service, career research for vocational or college opportunities, scholarships and financial aid will be a large part of the class.  Prerequisite: Grade 11


 

SOPHOMORE STUDIES                                                            Grade level: 10

This is a one year course is designed to aide students in the understanding and explanation of the planning skills involved with future training or education beyond high school.  The concerns of a new environment, independent work study habits and positive test taking experiences are some of the survival skills that will be presented.  Discussion of resumes, PSAT, SAT and ACT testing, job applications, budgeting, finance, community service, career research for vocational or college opportunities, scholarships and financial aid will be a large part of the class.            Prerequisite: Grade 10

STUDENT AIDE                                                                        Grade level: 11,12

This one year course is designed to allow students to assist teachers in classroom management.  Under direct supervisor, students will gain experience in clerical duties, laboratory assistance, working with faculty members and following directions.  Students are assigned to supervising teachers by a formal application process.  Students are limited to one credit.  Prerequisites: Teacher approval, 2.5 or better GPA.

STUDENT TUTOR                                                                        Grade level:  11,12

This one year course is designed to give students interested in teaching or social services professions an opportunity to help academically weak students.  Student tutors may be assigned to core curriculum areas to assist other students.  Prerequisites: 2.0 or better GPA

SENIOR SEMINAR                                                                        Grade level:  12

This one year course is designed to reinforce and expand learning related to school to career transition.  Classroom instruction will focus on career preparation activities in a cross disciplinary design.  The classroom will be the organized hub for all student career development related to institutes.  Students will participate in discussions, mock interviews and job shadowing experiences with representatives from the business community.  Senior Seminar is designed to be followed by a semester of internship related to the selected institute and could include youth apprenticeships or community service activities.  Students will be required to submit a portfolio at the completion of the course.  Prerequisite: Grade 12


 

WORK EXPERIENCE                                                            Grade level:  11,12

This is one semester course provides on the job experience to prepare students for entry level positions in their field of interest and/or interest them in the world of work.  Students must receive pay documented with pay stubs and will receive high school credit for successful completion of A MINIMUM OF 270 HOURS OF WORK PER SEMESTER.  To receive credit, students must have pay stubs on file and also pass their other classes.  This course may be repeated for up to a total of two elective credits.  Prerequisites:  Qualify for a work permit.

WORLD LANGUAGE

SPANISH I                                                                                    Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one year course is designed to acquaint students with the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish at an introductory level.  The focus is communication incorporating understanding of Hispanic cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to Spanish, and participating in multicultural communities.  The course provides practice in correct usage of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Eighth grade English

SPANISH II HONORS                                                            Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This second year course is designed to continue the development of proficiency in the Spanish language.  It will further the ability to communicate in authentic oral and written context and increase the ease and confidence with which the student uses the language in the community.  Connecting with other disciplines and comparing the native language to Spanish will be stressed, expanded and developed.  It will promote a better understanding and appreciation of the the Hispanic cultures.  This course will fulfill either one Arts/Humanities credit or one of the elective credits for graduation.  Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish I and Teacher recommendation

SPANISH III HONORS                                                            Grade level:  10,11,12

Students will facilitate the development of conversational skills with vocabulary and grammar acquisition.  Students will read introductory level short stories and continue to develop paraphrasing skills and reading comprehension within a variety of tenses.  Students will further develop communicative skills in the language with continued emphasis in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation AND “B” or better in Spanish IIH

SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD HISTORY                                                                        Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This course is a study of the development of mankind.  It traces the evolution of political, social, cultural, religious, technological and economic institutions from prehistoric to modern times.  The great ideas and actions of mankind which have shaped the modern world are explored.  Prerequisite:  None

WORLD HISTORY HONORS                                                Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course is the study of the evolution of political, social, cultural, religious, technological and economic institutions.  Students analyze and interpret, research selected topics and develop skills in organized and logical thinking and writing.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

U.S. HISTORY                                                                        Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This course is a study of United States history from colonial times to the present.  It emphasizes American economic, political, social, cultural, religious, technological and military endeavors.  The achievements of men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds are also studied.  Prerequisite: None

U.S. HISTORY HONORS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course does an in-depth study of our nation’s history from the colonial period to the present.  Students research topics and analyze and interpret readings.  Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

U.S. GOVERNMENT                                                            Grade level:  11, 12

This course is a study of the federal, state and local governments.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic principles of the Constitution, civil rights, politics and federalism.  A major objective of this course is to help students develop an awareness of a citizen’s rights and responsibilities.  Prerequisite:  None

U.S. GOVERNMENT HONORS                                                Grade level:  11,12

Students gain a critical perspective on U.S. government and politics through the study of federal, state and local governments.  Current events, various institutions, groups and ideas of the American political scene will be stressed.  Emphasis is on the theories and concepts of American government.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation


 

GEOGRAPHY                                                                        Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one year course will examine both the physical and human aspects of geography by exploring the earth’s human physical system in both global and regional contexts.  The major focus will be on using geography to explore the earth’s past through historical events and its present and future through current events.  Students will utilize the geographic skills of acquiring, organizing and analyzing information to both ask and answer geographic questions.  Four unique and diverse perspectives will be used as a frame reference: the spatial, the ecological, the historical and the economic.  Students will come to understand concepts, patterns and the interdependent relationship that shape our increasingly diverse world.  This course can fulfill the World History requirement beginning with the Class of 2011.  Prerequisite:  None

SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES

ARTS/HUMANITIES                                                Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one semester course will expose students to the disciplines which compose the humanities: the arts, philosophy, literature, political institutions, and religion.  Students will study examples of these cultural roots of civilization through an interdisciplinary approach.  A design crafts unit will provide experience in two and three dimensional designs as they apply to crafts.  Prerequisite:  None

CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS                                                Grade level:  11,12

This one year course is a survey of political, social and economic issues during the current year.  The theme of the course will emphasize the evaluation of current events and their effect on society, including controversial issues.            Prerequisite: None

PRINCIPLE OF LEADERSHIP                                                Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course is to train student leaders in the various aspects of leadership.  Time will be used in and out of class for performance of tasks associated with their leadership responsibilities.   Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation

PSYCHOLOGY                                                                        Grade level: 10,11,12

A general introduction to the study of psychology.  Topics include psychology theory and practice, data analysis and interpretation, perception, learning and human development.  Writing will include a research paper (5-6 typed pages), essays and journals.  Also, an oral presentation will be required.  Prerequisite:  Strong study skills and teacher recommendation

SOCIOLOGY                                                                        Grade level:  10,11,12

This one year course is the study of people, why they do what they do and how this impacts other people.   Writing will include essays, research and the interpretation of data.  Reading will be assigned from textbook and outside research material.  Prerequisites: Good study skills.

ENGLISH

ENGLISH I APPLIED                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course provides students with necessary skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This includes learning to write complete sentences, paragraphs, compositions, friendly letters and business letters.  This course also includes training in vocational and life skills.  Prerequisite:  IEP

ENGLISH 9                                                                                    Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one year course will emphasize the study of language, literature and composition.  The skills of critical thinking, reading, listening, writing and speaking will be developed.  A variety of literature selections will be used for the development of reading strategies, literary appreciation and interpretation.  Literature selections will also serve models to develop writing skills.  Prerequisite:  None

ENGLISH 9 HONORS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course will emphasize the study of language, literature and composition.  The skills of critical thinking, reading, listening, writing and speaking will be developed.  A variety of literature selections will be used for the development of reading strategies, literary appreciation and interpretation.  Literature selections will also serve models to develop writing skills.  Prerequisite:  “B” or better in 8th grade English and Teacher recommendation

ENGLISH II APPLIED                                                            Grade level:  10,11,12

This course provides students with necessary skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This includes learning to write complete sentences, paragraphs, compositions, friendly letters and business letters.  This course also includes training in vocational and life skills.  Prerequisite:  IEP

ENGLISH 10                                                                                    Grade level:  10,11,12

This one year course is a continuation of English I emphasizing the study of language, literature and composition.  The skills of critical thinking, reading, listening, writing and speaking will be developed.  A variety of literature selections will be used for the improvement of reading strategies, literacy interpretation and interpretation.  Literature selections will also serve as models to develop writing skills.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9 or Teacher approval


 

ENGLISH 10 HONORS                                                            Grade level:   10,11 12

This one year course is a continuation of English I emphasizing the study of language, literature and composition.  The skills of critical thinking, reading, listening, writing and speaking will be developed.  A variety of literature selections will be used for the improvement of reading strategies, literacy interpretation and interpretation.  Literature selections will also serve as models to develop writing skills.  Prerequisite:  “B” or better in English 9 AND Teacher recommendation

AMERICAN LITERATURE                                                Grade level:  10,11,12

This course investigates the development of American Literature from colonial times to contemporary times.  Short stories, drama and other types of literature are read and examined.  Outside reading required.  Writing and literary analysis with emphasis on coherence and unity are required.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9

AMERICAN LITERATURE HONORS                                    Grade level:  10,11,12

This course continues the emphasis on the study of composition and  literature through the study of American authors and literature.  The skills of thinking, reading, writing and speaking are further developed through the critical analysis of literature.  This course further prepares students for AP exams.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9 Honors or Teacher recommendation

ENGLISH III APPLIED                                                            Grade level:  11,12

This course provides students with necessary skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This includes learning to write complete sentences, paragraphs, compositions, friendly letters and business letters.  This course also includes training in vocational and life skills.  Prerequisite:  IEP

ENGLISH 11                                                                        Grade level:  11,12

This course develops reading, writing, speaking, listening and research skills while enhancing critical thinking.  Various literary genres will be studied and used as models and springboards for project composition.  Student writing is assessed using rubrics and standards of the NHSPE in Writing.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10 or teacher approval.

ENGLISH 11 HONORS                                                Grade level:  11,12

This one-year course (Composition and Themes in American Text) provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated pacing and depth of content. This course requires expository, analytical, and argumentative writing assignments that are based on readings representing a wide variety of prose styles and genres. The course is structured around multicultural themes and perspectives found in literary, non-fiction, and expository texts by American authors to encourage students to think conceptually about the American past, present, and future as well as about the ethnic and cultural diversity of the American experience. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10 or teacher approval.

MODERN LITERATURE HONORS                                    Grade level:  11,12

This one year course will emphasize the development of contemporary literature.  It will develop critical judgment and understanding of relationships, especially as they reflect complex modern society.  Modern literature will emphasize writing both as a means of self-expression and as formal communication.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH                                    Grade level: 12

An extensive study of writing and literary analysis (comparable to an entry level college English course).  Topics include writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, timed essay writing and AP test taking strategies and in-depth evaluations of literary styles and strategies.  Writing will include weekly essays and an extensive writing portfolio.  Reading will be assigned from 4-5 novels per semester plus plays, poetry, short stories, essays and non-fiction.  A summer reading assignment is required.  Prerequisite:  Summer reading (3 books or plays) and an essay are required.  Also, teacher recommendation.

ENGLISH IV APPLIED                                                            Grade level: 12

This course provides students with necessary skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This includes learning to write complete sentences, paragraphs, compositions, friendly letters and business letters.  This course also includes training in vocational and life skills.  Prerequisite:  IEP

ENGLISH 12                                                                                    Grade level:  12

This one year course will emphasize further development of writing skills.  Compositions and project writing will be assessed using rubrics and standards of the Nevada Proficiency Exam in Writing.  Skills in critical thinking, reading, listening and speaking will continue to be emphasized.  Various literacy genres will be studied and used as a basis for composition.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11 or Teacher recommendation.

 

ENGLISH 12 HONORS                                                            Grade level:  12

This one-year course (Post-Secondary Composition and Universal Themes in Text) provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. The writing focus in this course includes analysis, synthesis, and argumentation as they relate to post-secondary education and/or careers. Instruction focuses on refining the skills required for post-secondary success. A framework structured around universal themes that connect people across cultures and time anchors texts to real-life reading, writing, and speaking and listening opportunities likely to be experienced beyond high school. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11 or Teacher recommendation.

WORLD LITERATURE HONORS                                    Grade level:  12

This one year course studies the major world classics, to develop a comprehensive writing style and to view the world through literature.  The literature encompasses a comparative study of significant historical, philosophical, cultural, psychological, ethical and literary perspectives.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

ENGLISH ELECTIVES

PUBLICATIONS (YEARBOOK)                                                Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course consists of the theory and practice of yearbook publication and production.  This course requires mandatory additional class meeting times including evenings and weekends.  Prerequisites:  Teacher approval.

READING FOR PROFICIENCY                                                Grade level:  11,12

This one year course is designed for students who need additional assistance with their reading skills.  Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge, strategies, skills and attitudes that students need to improve reading achievement and engagement.  Prerequisite:  Required for students who have not passed the NHSPE Reading Proficiency Exam

WRITING PROFICIENCY                                                            Grade level:  11, 12

This one semester course is designed to assist students in mastering writing skills need to pass the Nevada High School Proficiency Examination in Writing.  It also provides strategies for writing at school, at work and throughout life.  This elective course is required for those students who have not passed the NHSPE for Writing.  Prerequisite:  Required for non-proficient students in NHSPE Writing Exam

MATHEMATICS

ADVANCE PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS                        Grade level: 11,12

A popular college course that studies rate of change of variables, optimization problems, integration and area under a curve.  Topics include derivatives, integrals, volume by rotation and other topics from the AP syllabus.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

ALGEBRA I                                                                                    Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course studies patterns and structures within the real number system.  Working with formulas, graphing and formulating strategies for solving complex, real-world problems will be introduced.  Students will be encouraged to become adept at solving problems using algebraic techniques.  Use of calculator and computer software as instructional tools is an integral part of this course.  It is recommended that each student purchase a scientific calculator.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-Algebra or Teacher recommendation

ALGEBRA I HONORS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course is for the highly-qualified, motivated student who is committed to challenging course during each year of high school.  The development of problem-solving skills, the use of algebraic procedures and the study of the structure within the real number system form is the basis of this course.  The use of technology is an integral part of the program.  Prerequisite:  “C” or better in Pre-Algebra and teacher recommendation.

ALGEBRA II                                                                                    Grade level:  10,11,12

This course will include the field properties as a basis for better understanding of the real number system.  The study of functions will include the following types: polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, absolute value, composite and inverse.  Field properties will be used to find solutions to open structures.   Systems of open sentences of the first and second degree will be studied and the introduction of martices, complex number series and sequences.   It is recommended that each student purchase a graphing calculator.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry

ALGEBRA II HONORS                                                            Grade level:  10,11,12

This course moves at a very accelerated pace and only motivated students planning to take other high level mathematics courses.  See above for Algebra II description.  Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Algebra I Honors and Geometry Honors


 

GEOMETRY                                                                                    Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course is a logical development of the deductive system of reasoning with point sets in a plane.  Emphasis is on the development of logic and algebraic applications to geometry.  Coordinate and transformation approaches are introduced.  Real-world applications and computer-based explorations of 2-D and 3-D figures are explored.  Formal proofs are introduced and deductive arguments expressed orally and in written paragraph form are developed.  A ruler, protractor and compass are recommended.  Prerequisite:  “C” or better in Algebra I

GEOMETRY HONORS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course is for students taking advanced courses in mathematics.  It presents plane geometry as a sustained system of deductive reasoning and extension to related concepts of solid geometry with emphasis placed on basic facts about lines, planes, solids and spherical figures.  Introduction of coordinate geometry, space geometry and area theory is provided.  It stresses deductive reasoning through formal proofs and other mechanisms.  A ruler, protractor, scientific calculator and compass are recommended.  Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Algebra I Honors or teacher recommendation

MATH APPLICATIONS                                                            Grade level:  11,12

This one year course is designed for 11th and 12th graders needing further assistance in preparing for the Nevada High School Proficiency Examination in Mathematics.  This course builds on concepts of algebra, geometry and data analysis while solidifying and extending mathematical concepts, problem solving and procedures.  Areas of study will include numbers, number sense and computation; patterns, functions and algebra; measurement; spatial relationships and geometry; and data analysis.  The use of appropriate technology and hands on activities are essential to the learning environment.  Prerequisite:  Non proficient juniors and seniors

MATH APPLIED                                                                        Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course will provide students with necessary skills in mathematical principles necessary in training for vocational and life skills.  Prerequisite:  IEP

MATH OF PERSONAL FINANCE                                    Grade level:  12

This one year course is the study of personal finance for senior level students.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics of finance to include: money management, risk management and financial planning related to consumer and family studies, career and technical education and personal finance.  The emphasis will be on refining problem-solving skills using project-based learning activities and academic integration within the context of financial applications.  The use of technology, including calculators and computer, is an integral part of this course.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II

PRE ALGEBRA                                                                        Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course will have emphasis on the mathematical principles such as estimation, data handling, statistics, algebraic formulas, measurement and geometry in the context of algebraic situations.  Prerequisite:  None

PRECALCULUS HONORS                        Grade level:  10,11,12

This one year course is designed for motivated and for above-average students with a strong background in Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II.  This course will include the study of analytical geometry, logic fields, vector spaces, matrices, relations, functions and methods of proof.  Students will study the use of derivatives and integrals.  The use of a calculator and appropriate computer software is recommended for the study of this course.  It is recommended that each student purchase a graphing calculator.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II/Algebra II Honors or teacher recommendation

SCIENCE

AP CHEMISTRY                                                                        Grade level: 10, 11,12

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Chemistry examination. This college-level curriculum provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of chemistry. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one credit of the Nevada high school graduation requirement for science and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

BIOLOGY I                                                                                    Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course deals with relationships among living organisms and their environment.  It covers levels of organization of living organisms namely molecular, cellular and ecological.  Also, emphasis on scientific skills of experimentation, measurement and reporting included.  Prerequisite: None

BIOLOGY I HONORS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This course is strongly recommended for those entering the Honors Program.  Emphasis is on synthesis, analysis and evaluation of information covered in the textbook, class discussions and collected in the laboratory.  This is an intense course that prepares students to enter Biology II AP/IB.  Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

CHEMISTRY I                                                                        Grade level:  10,11,12

This course presents the basic concepts of chemistry and how they relate to the world around us and everyday situations.  Topics covered include atomic theory and structure, elements, compounds, periodicity of the elements, bonding, formula writing, equation balancing, energy changes in chemical equations and the mole concept.  Scientific skills of experimentation, measurement and reporting are emphasized.  A good understanding of solving algebraic equations is required.  Prerequisite:  “C” or better in Biology I/Biology I Honors and “C” or better in Algebra I or teacher recommendation

CHEMISTRY I HONORS                                                            Grade level:  10,11,12

This course is a rigorous presentation of the theory and mathematical concepts of chemistry.  It covers the same topics as Chemistry I but with greater depth.  Students planning to study science, engineering, medicine, etc.  in college should take this course.  Emphasis is on synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of information covered in textbook, class discussions and collected in the laboratory.  This is an intense course that prepares students to enter Chemistry II AP/IB or to study college level chemistry.  Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Biology I Honors and “B” or better in Algebra I Honors or teacher recommendation

GEOSCIENCE/GEOSCIENCE H                                                                        Grade level:  10,11,12

This one year course is designed to integrate the scientific principles related to the earth and its environment.  Topics included are geology, astronomy, cosmology, ecology, meteorology and oceanography.  Scientific methodology and the metric system will be integrated throughout the course.  Demonstrations and/or lab experiences are to be an integral part of instruction.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Principles of Science

PHYSICS                                                                                    Grade level:  10,11,12

A course in the scientific principles of the physical world.  Topics include motion, mechanics, light, electricity, magnetism and modern physics.  Students will solve physical problems and perform and report laboratory activities.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology I or “B” or better in Algebra I

PHYSICS HONORS                                                                        Grade level:  10,11,12

This course is an in-depth presentation of the theory and mathematical concepts of physics.  Topics studied are the same as in Physics I with more complexity.  Students planning to study science, engineering, medicine, etc. in college, should take this course.  Emphasis is placed on synthesis, analysis and evaluation of information covered in the textbook, class discussions, and collected in the laboratory.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I and “C” or better in Algebra I Honors or Teacher recommendation

SCIENCE FOUNDATIONS                                                Grade level:  11,12

Science foundations is a high school, one year lab science course.  It provides an integrated, standard-based foundation for high school content-specific courses.  It uses a conceptual framework that connects biology, chemistry, earth and physics through problems and scenarios of interest to students.  Students will learn about the nature of science and develop critical thinking skills through inquiry, experimentation, collaboration and data collection and analysis.  Prerequisite:  Failed Principles of Science or NHSPE Science Proficiency Exam

 

SCIENCE ELECTIVES

PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                        Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course is designed for the student who wants to learn about the environment through research and experimentation.  It deals with the basic concepts of ecology and their application to today’s controversial topics of overpopulation; pollution of the soil, air and water; and conservation of natural resources.  Prerequisite:  None

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HEALTH EDUCATION                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This semester course includes instruction in the structure and function of the body systems and how personal choices affect good health and total wellness.  It includes instruction in the areas of nutrition, first aid, CPR qualifications, stress management, medicines, drug use, alcohol, tobacco and sex education.  Upon completion, students will rotate to Careers.  Prerequisite:  None

PERSONAL WELLNESS                                                            Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year course is designed to promote a positive approach toward one’s personal health.  The student is provided with experience in health related fitness, health related decision making skills, self-esteem and personal regard.  This course can be used to fulfill one of the two physical education credits required for graduation.  Prerequisite:  None

PHYSICAL EDUCATION I                                                Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one year physical education course focuses on the physical, mental, social and emotional development of the individual in cooperative and competitive settings.  The student is provided with experience in psychomotor skills, movement and lifetime health related fitness, knowledge, skills and values.  This course will fulfill one of the two physical education credits required for graduation.  Off-campus facilities may be used.  Prerequisite:  None

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION II                                                Grade level:  10,11,12

This one year course focuses on the physical, mental, social and emotional development of students through individual and dual sports.  Overall physical fitness will be emphasized throughout the program.  The course will fulfill one of the two physical education credits required for graduation.  Off-campus facilities may be used.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Physical Education I

LIFETIME SPORTS                                                            Grade Level:  11,12

This one year course is an activity oriented course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of lifetime sports.  Terminology, physical and mental well being, skill development, and the techniques of officiating will be emphasized.  Eleventh and twelfth grade students who have fulfilled their two physical education credit requirements may take this elective course.  This class does not meet physical education requirements.  This course may be repeated.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Physical Education I and II