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Elementary Course Descriptions

Grades K-5

Reading/Language Arts – All elementary courses include comprehensive core reading and language arts curriculum which focuses on reading, language arts, and writing standards. The curriculum addresses the five areas of reading instruction: reading comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary while focusing on 21st Century skills including critical thinking and problem solving; communication and collaboration; creativity and innovation; and technology.

Mathematics –  All elementary courses focus on the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS) strands   including  Numbers  and  Operations;  Measurement;  Geometry;   Patterns,  Algebra,  and Probability;  Problem  Solving;  Communication;  Mathematical  Reasoning,  and  connections  to  science, social  studies,  and  daily situations.

Science – Science themes are covered through a combination of hands on and direct instruction including topics in scientific thinking processes which include observation, communication, comparing, organizing, relating, inferences, and application. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) strands may include: Life Science; Earth and Space Science; Physical Science and Technology; Scientific Reasoning and Technology.

Social  Studies  – Social Studies themes including topics on developing an understanding of how, as noted in the NVACS for social studies The core  curriculum  in grades  K-5  will  include  foundational content  in the strands of History, Geography, Economics, and Civics while also being infused in the core subjects  of reading,  language, writing, mathematics,  science, technology,  and civic  literacy.

Physical Education and Health – Curriculum is based on the NVACS Topics include: Vocabulary and Elements to Improve Performance, Proficiency in movement, manipulative skills, Health enhancing individual fitness, Personal  responsibility, positive social  interaction, and respect for diversity in physical activity settings, Personal  health skills and overall wellness (healthy eating habits, physical  activity, detection  of health problems), Substances:  How they change your body, Safety precautions to personal injuries, Peer  pressure and Communication skills.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

6th Grade Required Courses

Sixth grade students are required to enroll in the following courses of study:

English            Mathematics   P.E.

Science           Computers      Explorations

Every sixth-grade student will be enrolled in three CORE classes (English, mathematics, and science). Physical Education, computer literacy, and an elective will also be required. Students will be placed in classes according to teacher recommendations and their most recent achievement test results. Daily practice in the form of homework and/or home study may be required each night in each subject and should be expected. Teachers are available on a daily basis before and/or after school to assist students.

English 6

This one-year required course will develop students' writing, reading, speaking, listening, research and critical thinking skills. All lessons will relate to the Nevada State English Language Arts Standards. Grammar and mechanics will be taught as essential elements of writing as a process. Selections from literature will be used as models for writing and as a means of developing critical thinking.

Science 6

This one-year course for sixth-grade students focuses on understanding the living systems on Earth. Students will use scientific processes, protocols, and tools, including inquiry, to build understandings of living things and the interactions between living and non-living things. Critical thinking, collaboration, accuracy, and communication skills will be used as students develop a foundation for scientific literacy in life, earth, and physical science content. Technology, history and nature of science and career information will be integral components of this course. This course is required for sixth-grade students.

 

Mathematics 6

This one-year course builds on previously learned concepts in developing new skills and mathematical fluency with decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, measurement, geometry, data analysis, probability, spatial relationships, and patterns. Problem solving, connections, reasoning, and communication are integrated throughout this course. The use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the mathematics requirement for sixth-grade students.

Computer Sci & Applications

This course is designed to familiarize sixth grade students with computer terminology, keyboarding, and the use of the computer. Students will experience hands-on instruction in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and multimedia presentations. Other aspects of the computer field that will be explored are computer ethics and computer-related career opportunities. This course will meet the computer literacy requirement for high school graduation.

Beginning Art

This one-year course develops basic knowledge and skills in visual art techniques through the introduction of a variety of media and subject matter. Various styles and artists are considered within their historical context. Problem solving, creativity, and originality are developed through planning, art making, and reflection. Students learn principles and practices of aesthetics and critique. Through collaboration and production, connections will be made between visual art and their academic studies, lives, and the world around them. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contribution to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one elective credit.

Physical Education 6

This course, required in grade six focuses on the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of the individual in cooperative and competitive settings. The student is provided with experiences in psychomotor skills, movement, and lifetime health- related fitness knowledge, skills, and values. The goals of this course are accomplished through participation in movement experiences and application of movement principles found in team sports, individual/dual sports, fitness and wellness activities, dance/rhythms, and lifetime recreational activities. Rules, strategies, and safety are emphasized in relation to active participation and development of knowledge spectators. Self-esteem is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum as is the exploration of career opportunities in related fields. This is a required course for all sixth grade students.

7th Grade Required Courses

Seventh grade students are required to enroll in the following courses of study:

English 7         Mathematics   Science 7

PE       History & Geography 7

To plan for student success, students will be placed in English, Mathematics, History, and Science classes according to teacher recommendations and their most recent achievement test results. Daily practice in the form of homework and/or home study may be required each night in each subject. Teachers are available on a daily basis before and/or after school to assist students.

English 7

This one-year course will expand students' writing abilities and strengthen critical thinking skills. All lessons will relate to the Nevada State English Language Arts Standards. Grammar and mechanics will be taught as essential elements of writing as a process. Selections from literature will be used as models for writing and as a means of developing critical thinking skills. All seventh-grade students are required to take an English course.

Physical Education 7

This course, required in grade seven focuses on the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of the individual in cooperative and competitive settings. The student is provided with experiences in psychomotor skills, movement, and lifetime health- related fitness knowledge, skills, and values. The goals of this course are accomplished through participation in movement experiences and application of movement principles found in team sports, individual/dual sports, fitness and wellness activities, dance/rhythms, and lifetime recreational activities. Rules, strategies, and safety are emphasized in relation to active participation and development of knowledge spectators. Self-esteem is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum as is the exploration of career opportunities in related fields. This is a required course for all seventh grade students.

History & Geography 7

This one-year course examines the development of the Western Hemisphere with an emphasis on the Americas. Using appropriate technology, students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to geographical, historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will develop, research, and answer compelling questions using various and cross-disciplinary source material. Students will construct organized arguments for various audiences and purposes using researched evidence and reasoning. Students will participate in rigorous academic discussions, emphasizing multiple viewpoints in which claims and evidence are acknowledged and critiqued. Students will take action on local, regional and global problems at various times and places. This course fulfills the seventh-grade social studies requirement.

Mathematics 7

This one-year course is designed to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, logic, reasoning, and effective communication. This course builds on the concepts of number operations with integers, decimals, and rational numbers, problem solving and reasoning skills, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial relationships, patterns, and algebraic concepts. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the mathematics requirement for seventh-grade students.

Science 7

This one-year course for seventh-grade students focuses on understanding Earth and Space science systems. Students will use scientific processes, protocols, and tools, including inquiry, to build understanding of Earth's structure and place in the Solar System, atmospheric processes, and composition of matter. Critical thinking, collaboration, accuracy, and communication skills will be practiced as students extend their scientific literacy. This course is required for seventh-grade students.

Intermediate Art

This one-year course is for students who have successfully completed beginning art, and will expand skills in visual art techniques through a variety of media and subject matter. Various styles, artists and historical periods will be investigated and demonstrated. Students will continue to develop problem solving skills, creativity and originality through art making and discussion. Students will apply knowledge of principles and practices of aesthetics and critique. Through collaboration and production, connections will be made between visual art and their academic studies, lives, and the world around them. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contribution to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one elective credit.

8th Grade Required Courses

Eighth grade students are required to enroll in the following courses of study:

English            Mathematics   Science 8

History & Geography 8          Health & P.E. (one semester each)

Explorations or Spanish I

To plan for student success, students will be placed in English, Mathematics, History & Geography 8, and Science classes according to teacher recommendations and their most recent achievement test results. Daily practice in the form of homework and/or home study may be required each night in each subject. Teachers are available on a daily basis before and/or after school to assist students.

Pre-Algebra 8

This one-year course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete algebra and geometry. This course builds on the concepts of number operations with integers, decimals, and rational numbers, word problems and reasoning skills, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial sense, patterns, and beginning algebra. Problem solving using a graphing calculator as an instructional tool is an integral part of this course.

Algebra I

This one-year course is designed for highly motivated students committed to challenging coursework. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, logic, reasoning, and effective communication in the study of patterns, functions, and algebra. This course builds on the concepts of rational and irrational numbers, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial relationships, patterns, and algebraic concepts. Emphasis will be placed on abstract algebraic methods and strategies for solving complex problems. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill the algebra requirement and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

English 8

This one-year course will expand students' writing, reading, speaking, listening, and research skills, and will strengthen critical thinking skills. All lessons will relate to the Nevada State English Language Arts Standards. Grammar and mechanics will be taught as essential elements of writing as a process. Literature selections will also serve as models for writing. All eighth grade students are required to complete a full year of English.

History & Geography 8

This one-year course examines the development of the Eastern Hemisphere with an emphasis on global studies. Using appropriate technology, students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to geographical, historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will develop, research, and answer compelling questions using various and cross-disciplinary source material. Students will construct organized arguments for various audiences and purposes using researched evidence and reasoning. Students will participate in rigorous academic discussions, emphasizing multiple viewpoints in which claims and evidence are acknowledged and critiqued. Students will take action on local, regional and global problems at various times and places. This course fulfills the eighth-grade social studies requirement.

 

Science 8

This year-long course for eighth-grade students provides the physical science explanations that extend understandings developed in previous science courses. Students will use scientific processes, protocols, and tools, including inquiry, to build understanding of structures, patterns, and relationships explained through the physical sciences. Critical thinking, collaboration, accuracy, and communication skills will be emphasized as students refine their scientific literacy. This course is required for eighth-grade students.

Health 8 (one semester)

This one-semester course is designed to introduce students to the mental, physical, social, emotional, and environmental aspects of human wellness. The course will include concepts for achieving a healthy body and healthy mental attitudes. Other topics studied are body systems, health hazards, diseases, safety, and first aid. Human sexuality and sexually transmitted infectious disease education, within established guidelines, will be an integral part of this course. This is a required course for all eighth-grade students.

 

Physical Education 8

This course, required in grade eight, focuses on the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of the individual in cooperative and competitive settings. The student is provided with experiences in psychomotor skills, movement, and lifetime health- related fitness knowledge, skills, and values. The goals of this course are accomplished through participation in movement experiences and application of movement principles found in team sports, individual/dual sports, fitness and wellness activities, dance/rhythms, and lifetime recreational activities. Rules, strategies, and safety are emphasized in relation to active participation and development of knowledge spectators. Self-esteem is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum as is the exploration of career opportunities in related fields. This is a required course for all eighth grade students.

General Electives

Spanish I (8)

This one-year course is designed to acquaint students with the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish within a limited scope. The focus is communication in Spanish, 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 use of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation. The grade earned in this course is recorded on the student's high school transcript and is calculated into his/her high school grade point average.

Advanced Art

This one-year course is for students who have successfully completed beginning and intermediate art and will apply advanced skills in visual art techniques through an expanded variety of media and subject matter. Diverse styles, artists and historical periods will be analyzed and incorporated into production. Students will implement creativity, originality and innovation through problem solving and art making. Students will demonstrate an extended knowledge of aesthetics and will effectively critique their own work and the artwork of others. Through collaboration and production, connections will be made between visual art and their academic studies, lives, and the world around them. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contribution to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one elective credit.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

 

COMP SCI & TECH CONCEPTS
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-semester course provides students with skills in computer education and technology. Areas of emphasis include computer science, computational thinking, productivity applications, and digital citizenship. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. This course fulfills the one-half computer credit or one half of one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

 

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Grade level:  9,10,11,12

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

 

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

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.

 

STUDY SKILLS
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-year course teaches students the process of organizing their thinking to acquire knowledge of new concepts and skills, and retain information that aids in their ability to study and successfully participate in all areas of academic studies. Strategies may include the use of mnemonics, effective reading strategies, concentration techniques, effective note taking, and time management and motivation techniques. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. Students with Individualized Educational Program (IEP) have diverse needs and course accommodations and/or modifications may be required based upon IEP identified need. This repeatable course fulfills the one elective credit required for high school graduation.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH I

Grade level: 8, 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 one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I or who demonstrate a proficiency level of novice-high as identified in the foreign language proficiency guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students continue to refine proficiency in the target language with the end-of-course goal of demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-low level. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. The focus is communication in the target language incorporating understanding of the target cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to the target language, and participating in multicultural communities. The course provides practice in correct use of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. ACTFL recommends that at least 90% of the instructional time in class be conducted in the target language. 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 of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish I and Teacher recommendation

 

SPANISH III HONORS
Grade level:  10,11,12

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish II Honors or who demonstrate a proficiency level of intermediate-low as identified in the foreign language proficiency guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students continue to refine proficiency in the target language with the end-of-course goal of demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-mid level. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. The focus is communication in the target language incorporating understanding of the target cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to the target language, and participating in multicultural communities. The course provides practice in correct use of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. ACTFL recommends that at least 90% of the instructional time in class be conducted in the target language. 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 either one of the elective credits or one Arts/Humanities credit required for high school graduation.

Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation AND “B” or better in Spanish IIH

 

SPANISH IV HONORS
Grade Level: 10,11,12

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish III Honors or who demonstrate a proficiency level of intermediate-mid as identified in the foreign language proficiency guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students continue to refine proficiency in the target language with the end-of-course goal of demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-high level. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. The focus is communication in the target language incorporating understanding of the target cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to the target language, and participating in multicultural communities. The course provides practice in correct use of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. ACTFL recommends that at least 90% of the instructional time in class be conducted in the target language. 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 either one of the elective credits or one Arts/Humanities credit required for high school graduation.  Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation AND “B” or better in Spanish IIIH

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/ECONOMICS
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/ECONOMICS 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

 

 

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

 

PRINCIPLES 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 1
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 2
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

ENGLISH 3
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.

 

ENGLISH 4
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.

 

ENGLISH ELECTIVES

 

IMAGINATIVE WRITING
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-year course develops and improves both formal and informal writing skills with emphasis placed upon self-expression, creativity, and clear communication. 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 elective credits required for high school graduation.

 

MATHEMATICS

 

ALGEBRA I
Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one-year course provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills for further studies in mathematics. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of number, algebra, functions, and statistics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the Algebra I requirement and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra or 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 matrices, complex number series and sequences.   It is recommended that each student purchase a graphing calculator.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry. This course will be retired in 2022.

 

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. This course will be retired 2022.

 

ADV. ALGEBRA W/FINANCIAL APPS
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-year mathematical modeling course is algebra-based, applications-oriented, and technology dependent. This course is equivalent to Algebra II. The course addresses college preparatory mathematics topics from Algebra 2, Statistics, and Probability under eight financial umbrellas: Discretionary Expenses, Banking, Investing, Credit, Employment and Income Taxes, Automobile Ownership, Independent Living, and Retirement Planning and Household Budgeting. The course allows students to experience the interrelatedness of mathematical topics, find patterns, make conjectures, and extrapolate from known situations to unknown situations. When appropriate, the mathematics topics contained in this course are introduced, developed, and applied in the financial settings covered. Students will use a variety of problem-solving skills and strategies in real-world contexts, and to question outcomes using mathematical analysis and data to support their findings. The course offers students multiple opportunities to use, construct, question, model and interpret financial situations through symbolic algebraic representations, graphical representations, geometric representations, and verbal representations. It provides students a motivating, young-adult centered financial context for understanding and applying the mathematics of advanced algebra. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

 

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.

 

FUNDAMENTAL MATH CONCEPTS
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-year, supplemental course in mathematics is designed for students who need additional instruction and support to master necessary mathematical concepts. This course provides additional instruction in conjunction with the student’s course of study. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation and may be repeated. This course does not fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for graduation, nor does it meet the core requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

 

 

MATH 1
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 PERSONAL FINANCE
Grade level:  11,12

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.  THIS COURSE WILL BE RETIRED IN 2022.

 

PRE-ALGEBRA
Grade level:  9,10,11,12

This one-year course designed for freshman-level students provides the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete algebra and geometry coursework. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of number, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. While this course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation, it does not meet the core requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) core requirements for university admission.

PRECALCULUS AB HONORS                    Grade level:  10,11,12

This rigorous one-year course is designed for the motivated student with a strong background in advanced algebra and will prepare the student for AP Calculus AB. In addition to reviewing topics from trigonometry, this course includes problem-solving techniques using analytic geometry, vectors, matrices, relations and functions and their graphs, probability and statistics, and the introductory concepts of calculus. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ALGEBRA
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

 

 

PRINCIPLES OF GEOMETRY
Grade level: 9,10,11,12

This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of Euclidean geometry including. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of transformational geometry, trigonometry, measurement, and probability. Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) have diverse needs and course accommodations and/or modifications may be required based upon IEP identified need. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the required mathematics credits for high school graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

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

 

 

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

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Education Management Organization - EMO definition per AB 420 (2021) means a for-profit entity that contracts with and is accountable to the governing body of a charter school to provide centralized support or administrative, management, compliance or instructional services or staff, to the charter school.

EKA does not use an EMO for any school services or support.

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Target REDcard Fundraiser

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Here’s how it works: Visit Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school, then use your REDcard whenever you shop. When you use your REDcard® (Target CreditCard®,TargetDebitCard®orTarget® Visa® CreditCard),Target® will donate up to 1% of your purchases to the eligible K–12 school of your choice*.

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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

We are currently interviewing for the following open positions:

 

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please complete the online employment application. Attach your resume and references to the online application, or email them separately to hvivas@ekacademy.org. No phone calls please. We continually take expressions of interest to join our staff.

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Distance Learning

Discipline procedures

Distance Learning Discipline Procedures EKA families,

 

It is imperative that our teachers see your students in the live sessions. This is for the protection of your student(s) as well as the protection of others. Please speak with your student(s) and help them to understand that this is a requirement during Distance Learning. This is the disciplinary process we will be following with respect to this new rule:

 

If a student does not keep their camera on or refuses to put it on:

  1. First Instance - The teacher will private message them and remind them that this is a requirement.
  2. Second Instance - The teacher will email the parent and ask for help in reinforcing this rule with their student.
  3. Third Instance - The student will be removed from the specific live-stream class.
  4. If after the third instance, the student and their family meet with the teacher virtually and the student agrees to keep their video camera on, the teacher will allow them one last chance in their live-stream class.
  5. Fourth Instance - The student will be banned from attending that live stream class for the remainder of the quarter. Students always have the ability to watch the play-back videos if they do not want to attend a live-stream class with these rules. There is no mandatory attendance requirement for live-stream sessions.
Distance Learning FAQ’s

Distance Learning FAQ’s

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Family Resources
Internet Connectivity

Internet Connectivity

If you do not have Internet access at home, please go to Connect2Compete https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html to see if you qualify for $9.99 a month Internet. Even if you were denied last Spring, they have changed the requirements and you may now qualify. If you are denied by this COX program, please send EKA the denial notice at parentportal@ekacademy.org and we will get you in touch with a counselor that can assist you. We have several programs available to help! ____________________________________________________________________________

Conectividad a Internet

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Staying Active at Home
Submitting Assignments

Submitting Assignments

Hello EKA Families and Students,

We have seen your questions and concerns and looked into the details of as many of them as we can from the student end as well as the teacher end. While technical difficulties can apply to some of the instances, something we cannot control, many of the issues come from submission errors. We have created a document, and a powerpoint if preferred, to assist you and your student in submitting assignments. Always, if you have any specific questions about an assignment or a grade, please contact the course teacher directly. We will continue to monitor our systems for ways we can improve the receipt of student work and the subsequent grading.

– EKA Administration

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Submitting Assignments Breakdown

Hola familias y estudiantes de EKA,

Hemos visto sus preguntas e inquietudes y hemos analizado los detalles de tantas de ellas como hemos podido, tanto del alumno como del profesor. Si bien las dificultades técnicas pueden aplicarse a algunas de las instancias, algo que no podemos controlar, muchos de los problemas provienen de errores de envío. Hemos creado un documento, y un powerpoint si lo prefiere, para ayudarlo a usted y a su estudiante a enviar las tareas. Siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta específica sobre una tarea o una calificación, comuníquese directamente con el maestro del curso. Continuaremos monitoreando nuestros sistemas en busca de formas en las que podamos mejorar la recepción del trabajo de los estudiantes y la calificación posterior.

– Administración EKA

News & Announcements

EKA Picture Day 2021-2022

09/21/2021

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EKA Weekly Happenings – 9/20/21

09/20/2021

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Free College Prep Session

09/15/2021

Join us on October 6th for a free college preparation session. Meet representatives from several organizations, and learn what you need to prepare for college.

EKA Weekly Happenings – 9/13/21

09/13/2021

EKA Happenings Newsletter 9.13 9.17 EKA Happenings Newsletter Attachments 9.13 9.17 If you are having trouble viewing the PDF files, click the links below:

EKA Board Meeting Announcement – 9/16/21

09/09/2021

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EKA Weekly Happenings – 9/7/2021

09/07/2021

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EKA Weekly Happenings – August 23rd, 2021

08/23/2021

EKA Weekly Happenings 8/23 – 8/27 For Your Information: ILL STUDENTS Families make sure that their students are not feeling ill when they bring them to school.  We have attached a flyer for the symptoms that we ask you to watch for.  Any student exhibiting any of these symptoms while at school will promptly be brought to the health office…

EKA Weekly Happenings – August 2nd, 2021

08/02/2021

Weekly Announcements are back! Click on the links in this article to view them.

EKA Summer Happenings – July

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