Course Catalog

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Electives

AP Human Geography – Advanced Placement

Course Description: Introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface.

Semester: Full Year

Platform: Edge ONLY

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Course Description: AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish. Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.

Career Research and Decision Making

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop career planning competencies, enabling students to make informed career choices and develop the skills needed to successfully plan and apply for college or a job.

Creative Writing 1

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and use grade 9-10 writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Studying and modeling a variety of genres will be emphasized at this level of creative writing.

Drivers Education

Major concepts/content: The purpose of this classroom course is to introduce students to the highway transportation system and to teach strategies that will develop driving knowledge related to today's and tomorrow's motorized society. It will also provide an in-depth study of the scope and nature of accident problems and their solutions. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • vehicle control and traffic procedures
  • defensive driving strategies
  • pertinent laws and their application to driving
  • energy efficient and safe enjoyable vehicle ownership
  • physical and mental factors
  • legal and moral obligations
  • knowledge of motorcycle operations and interactions in the system
  • planning for safe travel to include map studies
  • effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving performance

Fitness Lifestyle Design

Major Concepts/Content:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of specific warm-up and cool-down activities.
  • Analyze long-term benefits of regularly participating in physical activity.
  • Document food intake, calories consumed and energy expended through physical activity and analyze the results.
  • Apply appropriate technology and analyze data to evaluate, monitor and/or improve performance.
  • Analyze the mechanical principles as they apply to specific course activities.
  • Analyze and evaluate the risks, safety procedures, rules and equipment associated with specific course activities.
  • Evaluate skill patterns of self and/or partner by detecting and correcting mechanical errors.
  • Compare and contrast how movement skills from one physical activity can be transferred and used in other physical activities.
  • Participate in a variety of physical activities to meet the recommended number of minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity beyond physical education on five or more days of the week.
  • Identify a variety of activities that promote effective stress management.
  • Identify the in-school opportunities for participation in a variety of physical activities.
  • Identify the community opportunities for participation in a variety of physical activities.
  • Identify risks and safety factors that may affect physical activity throughout life.
  • Evaluate how to make changes in an individual wellness plan as lifestyle changes occur.
  • Apply strategies for self improvement based on individual strengths and needs.
  • Perform a student-designed cardiorespiratory enhancing workout.
  • Utilize technology to assess, enhance and maintain health and skill-related fitness levels.
  • Select and apply sport/activity specific warm-up and cool-down techniques.
  • Apply the principles of training and conditioning to accommodate individual needs and strengths.
  • Demonstrate use of the mechanical principles as they apply to specific course activities.
  • Select proper equipment and apply all appropriate safety procedures necessary for participation.
  • Develop strategies for including persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities while participating in a variety of physical activities.
  • Maintain appropriate personal, social and ethical behavior while participating in a variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrate appropriate etiquette, care of equipment, respect for facilities and safe behaviors while participating in a variety of physical activities.
  • Analyze physical activities from which benefits can be derived.
  • Analyze the roles of games, sports and/or physical activities in other cultures.
  • Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets. 
  • Analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts (e.g., product testing, medical testing, pulling a hockey goalie at the end of a game). 

Semester: Semester Only

Platform: Canvas

 

French 1

French 2

Intensive Reading

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and is removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.

The Intensive courses have been designed for the teacher to select and teach only the appropriate standards corresponding to a student's grade level and/or instructional needs.

Introduction to Drama – (Art Elective)

Course Description: Students explore various performance, technical, and administrative aspects of theatre. Students learn about basic characterization through physical activity, reading selected theatre literature, reading and writing theatrical reviews, and analysis of such tools as scripts, costuming, and theatrical makeup. Public performances may serve as a resource for specific instructional goals. Students may be expected to attend one or more performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Outdoor Education

Major Concepts/Content:

  • Analyze long-term benefits of regularly participating in physical activity.
  • Apply appropriate technology and analyze data to evaluate, monitor and/or improve performance.
  • Analyze and evaluate the risks, safety procedures, rules and equipment associated with specific course activities.
  • Identify a variety of activities that promote effective stress management.
  • Identify the in-school opportunities for participation in a variety of physical activities.
  • Identify risks and safety factors that may affect physical activity throughout life.
  • Demonstrate competency in two or more extreme sports activities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of outdoor pursuit activities.
  • Apply strategies and tactics in a variety of outdoor pursuits.
  • Practice complex motor activities in order to improve performance.
  • Demonstrate use of the mechanical principles as they apply to specific course activities.
  • Select proper equipment and apply all appropriate safety procedures necessary for participation.
  • Describe ways to act independently of peer pressure during physical activities.
  • Demonstrate appropriate etiquette, care of equipment, respect for facilities and safe behaviors while participating in a variety of physical activities.
  • Discuss opportunities for participation in a variety of physical activities outside of the school setting that contribute to personal enjoyment and the attainment or maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Analyze the roles of games, sports and/or physical activities in other cultures.
  • English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts (e.g., product testing, medical testing, pulling a hockey goalie at the end of a game).

Semester: Semester Only

Platform: FLVS

Peer Counseling 1

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop basic knowledge and skills in communication, meeting human needs, and conflict resolution.

The content should include the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of peer facilitators (e.g., listening, confidentiality, team building, conflict resolution, intervention).
  • Demonstrate awareness of varied behavioral responses to situational, environmental, and chemical elements; and the impact of subsequent decision-making on self and others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human needs (e.g., food, clothing, shelter, recognition, development, security, identity) and the ways in which they can be met while developing group cohesion.
  • Demonstrate use of basic facilitative communication skills (e.g., listening, questioning, feedback, paraphrasing, nonverbal communication, nonjudgmental response).
  • Identify own feelings and needs and communicate them in a positive way.
  • Demonstrate awareness of leadership styles (e.g., authoritarian, democratic, permissive).
  • Demonstrate awareness of methods for dealing with conflict (e.g., communication, assertion, avoidance, aggression) and steps to resolution (i.e., set rules, gather perspectives, identify needs and goals, create and evaluate options, and generate agreement)
  • Make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies.

Peer Counseling 2

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop intermediate-level knowledge and skills in communication, personal and group dynamics, and conflict resolution.

The content should include the following:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the functions and responsibilities of peer facilitators (listening, team building, confidentiality, conflict resolution, and intervention).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of varied behavioral responses to situational, environmental, and chemical elements; and the impact of subsequent decision-making on self and others.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of self-knowledge and interpersonal skills on relationships with peers and family.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the positive and negative impacts of peer pressure on oneself and on relationships with peers and family.
  • Demonstrate use of intermediate-level facilitative communication skills (listening, questioning, feedback, paraphrasing, nonverbal communication, nonjudgmental response).
  • Make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies.

Personal Financial Literacy

Course Description: This grade 9-12 course consists of the following content area and literacy strands: Economics, Financial Literacy, Mathematics, Languages Arts for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Speaking and Listening. Basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and cost/benefit analysis are interwoven throughout the standards and objectives. Emphasis will be placed on economic decision-making and real-life applications using real data.

The primary content for the course pertains to the study of learning the ideas, concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable students to implement beneficial personal decision-making choices; to become wise, successful, and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit and money managers; and to be participating members of a global workforce and society.

Content should include, but not be limited to:

  • cost/Benefit analysis of economic decisions
  • earning an income
  • understanding state and federal taxes
  • utilizing banking and financial services
  • balancing a checkbook and managing a bank account
  • savings, investment and planning for retirement
  • understanding loans and borrowing money, including predatory lending and payday loans
  • understanding interest, credit card debt and online commerce
  • how to prevent identify fraud and theft
  • rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home
  • understanding and planning for major financial purchases
  • understanding the costs and benefits of insurance
  • understanding the financial impact and consequence of gambling
  • avoiding and filing bankruptcy
  • reducing tax liability.

Personal Fitness

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the health and skill-related components of physical fitness which are critical for students' success.

Semester: Semester Only

Platform: Canvas

Psychology 1

Psychology 1 - Through the study of psychology, students acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for human behavior, behavior interaction and the progressive development of individuals. The content examined in this first introductory course includes major theories and orientations of psychology, psychological methodology, memory and cognition, human growth and development, personality, abnormal behavior, psychological therapies, stress/coping strategies, and mental health.

Psychology 2

Psychology 2 - Through the study of psychology, students acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for human behavior, behavior interaction and the progressive development of individuals. The content examined in this second introductory course includes statistical research, psychobiology, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, psychological testing, and social psychology.

Sociology

Sociology - Through the study of sociology, students acquire an understanding of group interaction and its impact on individuals in order that they may have a greater awareness of the beliefs, values and behavior patterns of others. In an increasingly interdependent world, students need to recognize how group behavior affects both the individual and society.

Spanish 1

Major Concepts/Content: Spanish 1 introduces students to the target language and its culture. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Spanish 2

Major Concepts/Content: Spanish 2 reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by the students in Spanish 1. The course develops increased listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Specific content to be covered is a continuation of listening and oral skills acquired in Spanish 1. Reading and writing receive more emphasis, while oral communication remains the primary objective. The cultural survey of the target language-speaking people is continued.