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Course Selection Guide

Richards ISD

Graduation Requirements for High School Students

2018-19

 

Content Area

Foundation Plan**

Foundation w/ Endorsements

English/Language Arts

4 Credits:

English I

English II

English III

English IV

4 Credits:

English I

English II

English III

English IV

Mathematics

3 Credits:

Algebra I

Geometry

Additional Math

4 Credits:

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Additional Math

Science

3 Credits:

Biology

IPC – or – Chemistry & Physics

Additional Lab Science

4 Credits:

Biology

IPC – or – Chemistry & Physics

Additional Lab Science

Additional Lab Science

Social Studies

3 Credits:

World Geography or World History

U.S. History

U.S. Government (1/2 credit)

Economics (1/2 credit)

4 Credits:

World Geography 

World History

U.S. History

U.S. Government (1/2 credit)

Economics (1/2 credit)

Physical Education

1 Credit

1 Credit

Foreign Language

2 Credits:

In the same language

2 Credits:

In the same language

Fine Arts

1 Credit

1 Credit

Speech *

½ Credit

½ Credit

Health *

½ Credit

½ Credit

Electives

4 Credits

5 Credits:

Two of these will need to be considered advanced electives  within the  endorsement area with all pre-reqs met.

Total Credits

22

26

* District Requirement

 

Students must pass their classes and be in compliance under the Texas Mandatory Attendance Law per student handbook.  In addition they must pass the state exit level End of Course exams in English I/II, Algebra I, Biology and US History in order to receive a diploma and graduate from a Texas public high school.  Student may need to take the Texas Success Initiative exam to enroll in any Texas public college. As of 2018-19 SB149 is no longer in effect

 

RISD may offer Endorsements in these areas:  Business & Industry, Art & Humanities, Multidisciplinary, and STEM.

 

Automatic admission to a 4 yr. Texas public university requires a student to graduate in the top 10% (for UT top 6%),and receive Distinguished Level of Achievement (endorsement, 4 math and 4 science credits).  Be in the top 10% and demonstrate College Readiness on the ACT or a score of 1250 (R+M) on the SAT. Graduating class size minimum of ten graduates.

 

Distinguished Level:  Students will complete all course work as necessary for an Endorsement criteria and complete 4 math (including AlgebraII) and 4 science credits.   Performance Measures can be earned by PSAT/NMQST (commended scholar), SAT (1250 R+M), ACT (28 composite), AP exams score 3 or higher, or dual credit courses with a 3.0 (B) average.  Students may also earn measures with a Bi-literacy recognition for having semester averages of 80+ in both English I-IV and Spanish I-III (or some other foreign language).  And finally through obtaining a license or certification in a business or industry area (ex: OSHA, or hunting, et cetera)

 

**Students must get permission to graduate under the Foundation Plan without Endorsements by their senior year if they 1) The student and parent/guardian are advised by the counselor or school administrator of the benefits of graduating with one or more endorsements, and 2) the student’s parent/guardian files a signed written permission TEA adopted form with the counselor and school administrator allowing the student to graduate on the FHSP without an endorsement area.

 

Richards ISD

GPA Calculation & Grading Scale

Class of 2015 and Beyond

 

Advanced

6.0 Courses:    Advanced math and science (Pre-calculus DC, Calculus, Bio II, Chem II)

                        Foreign Language Level III and beyond

                        Pre-Advance Placement (Pre-AP)

                        Advance Placement (AP)

                        Dual Credit

                        Honors

 

Academic

5.0 Courses:    All level core courses (English I – IV, Algebra I-II, Geometry, Pre Cal, IPC,                                 

                                    Bio, Chem, Physics, Env Sys., W. Geog, W. Hist, US Hist, Gov’t,

                                    Eco, Foreign Lang I-II, Fine Arts III+, Speech, Health, etc.)

                        Electives

                        A+ original credit (except Math Models)

 

Basic

4.0 Courses:   Fundamental Courses

 

Courses that are not used to calculate the GPA:  PE, Athletics, Cheerleading, Local credit                                    courses (Office Aid, Driver’s Ed, etc)

 

This is not a complete listing of all courses…

 

 

Grade Weighting Table

 

Numerical

Advanced 6.0

Academic 5.0

Basic 4.0

100

6.0

5.0

4.0

99

5.9

4.9

3.9

98

5.8

4.8

3.8

97

5.7

4.7

3.7

96

5.6

4.6

3.6

95

5.5

4.5

3.5

94

5.4

4.4

3.4

93

5.3

4.3

3.3

92

5.2

4.2

3.2

91

5.1

4.1

3.1

90

5.0

4.0

3.0

89

4.9

3.9

2.9

88

4.8

3.8

2.8

87

4.7

3.7

2.7

86

4.6

3.6

2.6

85

4.5

3.5

2.5

84

4.4

3.4

2.4

83

4.3

3.3

2.3

82

4.2

3.2

2.2

81

4.1

3.1

2.1

80

4.0

3.0

2.0

79

3.9

2.9

1.9

78

3.8

2.8

1.8

77

3.7

2.7

1.7

76

3.6

2.6

1.6

75

3.5

2.5

1.5

74

3.4

2.4

1.4

73

3.3

2.3

1.3

72

3.2

2.2

1.2

71

3.1

2.1

1.1

70

3.0

2.0

1.0

69

2.9

1.9

0.9

68

2.8

1.8

0.8

67

2.7

1.7

0.7

66

2.6

1.6

0.6

65

2.5

1.5

0.5

64

2.4

1.4

0.4

63

2.3

1.3

0.3

62

2.2

1.2

0.2

61

2.1

1.1

0.1

60

2.0

1.0

0.0

59

1.9

0.9

 

58

1.8

0.8

 

57

1.7

0.7

 

56

1.6

0.6

 

55

1.5

0.5

 

54

1.4

0.4

 

53

1.3

0.3

 

52

1.2

0.2

 

51

1.1

0.1

 

50

1.0

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Credit

 

Dual credit courses offer more intellectually challenging and stimulating course work.  Students taking these courses will have the opportunity to earn college credit hours, thereby saving time and money in earning a college degree.  These courses will count as honors level grade points (therefore affecting graduation ranks) and will be recorded on the student’s official high school transcript.  Qualified RISD students will take the courses online via institutions like The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), Blinn College (BC), or Lone Star Community College (LSCC).  Be advised if dropping a course, it will count against the 3 maximum drops in college courses.         

 

Course offerings include English/Language Arts, US History, US Government, Music, Mathematics and Psychology/Sociology.  Other dual credit coursework may be available.  Be advised courses may actually begin prior to the start of the school year.  Students and families will be responsible for purchasing textbooks, communicating with the college, and having internet access available to them outside the school day/year.

 

The cost per semester per course depends upon which university or college is utilized, but will approximate $150 - $225 plus the cost of textbooks.  This will need to be paid directly to the college or university.

 

Students may be eligible to enroll in a dual credit course provided they meet certain criteria.  They qualify if they are in the top quarter (25%) of their graduating class and demonstrate college readiness by meeting the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exemption or qualify with minimum scores on the assessment.  Minimum TSI assessment scores are Math 350 (and meeting any pre-requisites), Reading 351, Writing 340 with an essay score of 4+.

 

If students are in the second quarter of their graduating class, they must submit evidence of college readiness via SAT (900 R+M), ACT (23+ composite), PSAT (selection index score of 90+) in addition to the requirements of the students in the first quarter of their class.

 

Qualifying TSI standard exemptions consist of a composite ACT score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English (reading and writing) and a 19 on the math; SAT combined reading and math score of 1070 with minimum score of 480 on reading and 530 on math, or by obtaining a Level 2 (or higher) on English II EOC and Algebra I EOC (which translates to approximately 4000+)

 

If a student does not meet the exemptions for the TSI, the student will need to contact the counselor to arrange and coordinate TSI testing before the end of the academic school year. 

 

Summer School

 

Richards ISD does not offer summer school courses as an option for advancement and original credit purposes.  If a student wishes to attend or take a course for high school credit during the summer, they must obtain permission from the building principal.  The fees and expenses incurred will be paid completely by the students and their parents/guardians without reimbursement by RISD.  They will have to provide the transcript and contact information from the granting accredited institution to receive credit.  Students and their parents/guardians should be aware that the class schedule for the upcoming year may be affected.

 

Other students wishing to take credit recovery courses for failed coursework from the preceding year, will have to obtain permission from the building principal.  Generally this option is reserved for rising juniors or seniors as computer based curriculum options permit.

 

 

Endorsement Areas

 

RISD is currently able to offer the Business & Industry, Arts and Humanities,  Multidisciplinary, and STEM Endorsements.  Students must complete at least four credits (in some cases five) within the sequence of courses offered for each endorsement area, two of which should be advanced courses.

 

In Business and Industry, a student may select from two areas:  the Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources (AFNR) or the Business Management and Administration (BMA).

 

Available courses within the AFNR are Principles of AFNR, Communication Applications, Wildlife, Livestock, Range Ecology, Horticulture, Greenhouse Production and Operations, Small Animal, Equine Science, and Advanced Animal Science.  OR: Principles of AFNR, Comm Applic, Ag Mechanics and Metal Technologies, Business Info Mgt, and Ag Facilities Design and Fabrication.  Within BMA, students can take Principles of Business Management and Finance, Communication Applications, Personal Financial Literacy, Touch Systems and Data Entry, Business Information Management, and Business English or Journalism. 

In the Art and Humanities, Richards ISD is able to offer students an Art endorsement.  Those students should also receive at least four art credits.  Those may be selected from (beginning with ART I), Art II – IV (drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry making, prints, computer art, painting, etc).  Principles in the Arts/Audio-Video Technology/and Communications may be combined with Art I-IV and focus on animation, computer graphics, photography, fashion design, audio/visual production, and print/imaging technologies.  Students are able to acquire an endorsement in History by acquiring five credits in Social Sciences

The Multidisciplinary endorsement can be obtain one of three ways:  a) all RISD students will be geared towards receiving four credits in the four core academic curriculum area minimum completion requirements of English IV, Algebra II, Chemistry and Physics; b) complete two advanced courses in two different endorsement areas; c) four advanced courses in one endorsement area that are NOT in a coherent sequence; or d) eight semesters dual credit courses (four high school credits) from English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, or Fine Arts.

To acquire a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) endorsement, students must obtain five credits in science of which must include Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in addition to completing Algebra II, or 4 credits in science including the aforementioned along with Alg II, Computer Sci, and/or Pre- Calculus

 

 

 

 

Career and College Readiness

 

 

9th – 10th grade:  Research different careers and interests to determine if college is the path to be taken.  Students may explore options through several websites:  www.njsca.org, www.collegeboard.org, www.studentscholarships.org/wages, www.kudernavigator.com, www.twc.state.tx.us, et cetera.  Plan to visit colleges of interest during the next few summers!!  Start looking at the counselor’s webpage.

 

11th grade:  Take courses that are geared to your chosen career or pre-requisites for college.  If going to college, research your options and how you’re going to finance college.  Great resources are www.collegeboard.org, www.princetonreview.com, www.cappex.com, www.everychanceeverytexan.org, www.collegeforalltexans.orgwww.finaid.org, et cetera. 

 

Plan to take your SAT or ACT for the first time between December and June of your Junior year.  There are fee waivers available for these exams for qualifying students.  Sign up for SAT through www.collegeboard.org, or the ACT through www.actstudent.org.

 

If you are interested in the military, begin talking to several recruiters to get all the information you can.  Look at the scholarship bulletins to see what kind of scholarships are available to juniors and prepare for when you are a senior.

 

 

12th grade:  If attending college or getting other training beyond high school, apply to approximately four technical schools, colleges, or universities.  This way you can compare financial aid packages and determine which is best for you.  To apply to Texas public colleges go to the website www.applytexas.org.  Be aware of deadlines for applications.  Other schools will have their own websites.  

 

Apply to the scholarships listed on the bulletins, Edmodo and other websites like www.fastweb.com.

 

If you are male, you must sign up for Selective Service when you turn 18 at www.sss.gov/regver/wfregistration.

 

Ask teachers for recommendations.  Allow two weeks for the letters.

 

Retake SAT or ACT if necessary before December.

 

In October you can begin filling out the FAFSA on www.fafsa.gov for financial aid to attend college which means you should give serious consideration to making initial applications to college before October 1.  

 

Determine if you will need to take the TSI and be sure to register for it if needed.  Contact the college or university you plan to attend for this procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Selections for 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

English/Language Arts

 

Mathematics

 

Science

 

Social Studies

 

Fine Arts

 

Foreign Language

 

Physical Education/Health

 

Career & Technology Education

 

Local Credit

 

 

This course planning guide contains a brief description of every course offered at Richards High School, as well as grade level requirements for specific courses and any possible prerequisites. Elective courses are offered as a result of student interest. If there is insufficient enrollment for a course, or certified teachers are not available to teach the course, the course will not be offered and an alternate listed on the student’s preregistration form will be used.  Required courses are in italics.

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS 

 

 

 

English I                                                                                  Grade:  9

Credit: 1                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  None

 

English I integrate the study of composition, language, literature, and reading. Students will read and write regularly. A study of vocabulary, grammar, and study skills are embedded to develop students’ critical reading and writing skills. Students will read and respond to a variety of literary genres and will develop essays through all stages of the writing process.

 

 

English II                                                                                Grade:  10

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite: English I

 

English II integrates the study of composition, language, literature, and reading. Students will read and write regularly. The curriculum is designed to reinforce vocabulary, grammar, and study skills previously studied in English I to farther develop students’ critical reading and writing skills. A thematic approach is used as students read and respond to a variety of literary genres. Students will develop essays through all stages of the writing process.

 

 

English III                                                                               Grade:  11

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  English II

 

This course covers American literature from its beginning to present, studies by genres: short story, poetry, and the novel. Course enhances students’ awareness of language and its importance in the modern world.

 

 

English IV                                                                               Grade:  12

Credit:  1 (cannot combine with other courses for graduation) Pre-requisite:  English III

 

This is a senior level course emphasizing the fundamentals of the English language through the study of British literature from 450 to 20th century. An extensive focus will be placed on composition and language practice.

 

 

Dual Credit English 1301 – Composition I                             Grade:  11 or 12

Credit:  ½  High School, 3 College                                           Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

A writing intensive multi-paragraph composition course, Dual Credit English includes language study and the mechanics of writing with examples of selected readings, both individually and collaboratively.  Study of strategies and techniques for developing research based expository and persuasive texts. Essays include 1500 word documented library research based papers.

 

 

Dual Credit English 1302 – Composition II                            Grade:  11 or 12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                            Pre-requisite:  English 1301

 

Emphasis on critical papers culminating in a term paper or papers. Readings include prose, poetry and drama. Emphasis on ethical rhetorical inquiry, documentation of sources, critical thinking.

 

 

Dual Credit English 2322 – British Literature to 1800                       Grade:  12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                            Pre-requisite:  English 1302

 

Broad survey of British Literature roughly from the Middle Ages to 1800 studying representative examples of the prose, poetry, and drama of that time.  A study of these texts in their original historical and cultural contexts that highlight the development of British culture before 1800 and how that culture influences our world today.

 

 

Dual Credit English 2323 – British Literature Since 1800      Grade:  12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                          Pre-requisite:  English 2322

 

Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context and respond critically by articulating an informed personal reaction to those works. Develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts as presented in this course. Demonstrate their knowledge of the reading process: responding to and interpreting what is read, responding to a range of texts of varying complexity and difficulty. 

 

 

Communication Applications (Speech)                                 Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ (District required)                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course will provide students with experiences in the preparation of a variety of presentations and reports, various communication experiences, including social, academic and occupational situations and communication experiences designed to enhance critical listening and evaluating skills.

 

Journalism I                                                                           Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

In this course, students will write articles, feature stories, editorials and headlines. Students will also learn about the various ways of reporting.

 

Yearbook I-III                                                                        Grade:  10 – 12

Credit: ½ - 1 (III may be substituted for English IV)                Pre-requisite: Teacher

 

This course is offered for academic credit and will include reporting, editing, photography, layout and business management for creating the school yearbook. Staff must be available for after school, evening and weekend work. Staff must meet deadlines.

 

 

 

College Readiness                                                                 Grade 12                                             Credit .5                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  Scores

For students who do not meet college readiness standards. This course is designed for 12th grade students whose EOC scores, coursework, college entrance exam, or higher or Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment score indicated that the student is not ready for college-level coursework.

Practical Writing Skills                                                            Grade:  10 – 12                               Credit: .5                                                                         Pre-requisite:  Scores   

This self-paced course emphasizes skill in the use of conventions and mechanics of written English, the appropriate and effective application of English grammar, the reading comprehension of informational text, and the effective use of vocabulary. Students are expected to understand the recursive nature of reading and writing.                                                   

 

Business English                                                                    Grade:  12

Credit:  1 (may be used to satisfy 4th English credit                 Pre-requisite:  English II

            and advanced BMA endorsement)                   and Touch Sys Data Ent*

 

Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts for business reproduction. (*pre-req begins for the Class of 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

 

Algebra I                                                                                 Grade:  9

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  None

 

An introductory high school mathematics course that includes a study of the language and symbolism of algebra, variables and open sentences, statement problems, polynomials, graphing in the plane, systems of linear equations and inequalities, factoring, rational expressions, irrational numbers (radicals), ratio, proportion and variation.  Students must demonstrate evidence of mastery prior to enrolling in a subsequent course either by passing the classroom course or the EOC.

 

 

 

 

 

Algebra II                                                                               Grade:  9-12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg I

 

Specific units include review of factoring and simplifying algebraic expressions, systems of equations and inequalities, relations and functions (linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic), conic sections, exponents and logarithms, sequences and series, matrices and determinants.

 

 

Geometry                                                                                Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg I

 

Geometry combines elements of plane, solid and coordinate geometry to clearly illustrate mathematics as a deductive science.

 

 

Math Models w/ Applications                                     Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg I

 

Students use a variety of representations (concrete, numerical, algorithmic and graphical) tools and technology to link modeling techniques and purely mathematical concepts to solve applied problems. This course must be taken prior to Algebra II to satisfy a fourth math credit, and is a computer based program.

 

 

Pre-Calculus                                                                           Grade:  11 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  Geom & Alg II

 

This course content includes transformation on parent graphs, polynomial and rational functions, conic sections, exponents and logarithms, sequences and series, right triangle and oblique triangle applications, trigonometric functions, sinusoidal models, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, and polar graphs.

 

 

Dual Credit MATH 1314 – College Algebra                         Grade: 11 – 12

Credit: ½ High School, 3 College                                           Pre-requisite:  Alg II/Geom

                                                                                                            and Approval

 

Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants. 

 

 

 

Dual Credit MATH 2412 – Pre-Calculus                              Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                          Pre-requisite:  MATH 1314

 

A large portion of this course deals with functions (i.e., linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, circular, and trigonometric). Solve exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations. Graph relations and functions. Use the unit circle and trigonometric identities.  Solve triangles for sides and angles.

 

 

Mathematical Applications in Agriculture                               Grade:  10-12

Credit: 1                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  Algebra I

 

 Students will apply knowledge and skills related to mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and data analysis in the context of agriculture, food, and natural resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

Integrated Physics and Chemistry                                         Grade:  9 – 10

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  None

 

Through an exploration of the fundamentals of chemistry and physics, this course provides the science background students need to understand their everyday surroundings. Students develop laboratory skills in the safe use of chemicals and equipment, in collecting, classifying, sequencing and presenting data in appropriate form, drawing logical conclusions, predicting outcomes and forming generalized statements.

 

 

 

Biology                                                                                    Grade:  9 – 10

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students will conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. The course includes a study of structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems and plants and the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry                                                                               Grade: 10 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  Bio/Alg I

 

Students study a variety of topics that include: chemical and physical changes, atomic structure, nuclear fusion and nuclear fission, formulas, compound names, equations, chemical reaction types, mole concept and stoichiometry, behavior of gases, periodic table, bonding, solutions, equilibria, acids and bases and oxidation-reduction reactions.

 

 

Principles of Technology                                                       Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg 1

 

Various systems will be described in terms of space, time, energy, and matter. Students will study a variety of topics that include laws of motion, conservation of energy, momentum, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, and characteristics and behavior of waves.

Students may take either Principles of Technology or Physics but not both.  They award the same credit in science.

 

 

 

Physics                                                                                    Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg 1

 

In this course basic physical principles are taught which include Newtonian Mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, wave and optics and atomic and nuclear physics. This course provides students with a conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical and scientific skills. An independent project is required. The laboratory will be used to demonstrate or emphasize the physical principals studied.

 

 

Environmental Systems                                                         Grade:  11 - 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  2 Sci   

 

Students study a variety of topics that include: biotic and abiotic factors in habitats, ecosystems and biomes, interrelationships among resources and an environmental system, sources and flow of energy through an environmental system, relationship between carrying capacity and changes in populations and ecosystems, and changes in environments.

 

 

Scientific Research and Design                                             Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  1 (Satisfies STEM endorsement)                               Pre-requisite:  1 lab based sci

 

Course content studied varies.  Students will meet 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirements as specified with in a secondary curriculum.

 

Advanced Animal Science                                                     Grade:  12

Credit: 1 (May also satisfy AFNR endorsement)                   Pre-requisite:  2 Ag Credits

                                                                                                            & 3 Sci Credits

 

Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, they will develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements and industry standards.

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

World Geography                                                                    Grade:  9 – 10 

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

In this course students will study the physical aspects of the earth, such as environment and resources and social, economic and political geography comparing the various regions of the world. The goal of this course is a general understanding of the modern physical world and the geoeconomic and geopolitical realities which underlie the modern world with the emphasis on the role of the United States and other leading world nations.

 

 

World History                                                                          Grades:  9 – 10

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course surveys the chronological history of man from the development of the earliest civilization to the present along with Western civilization, the development of Russia, India, Japan, China, Africa and Latin America. Also included are geographic influences on world history and the development of the 20th century.

 

 

US History                                                                               Grade:  11

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course traces the emergence of the United States as a world power from the Post-Civil War period to the present, including geographic influences on the country’s historical, economic, social, cultural and political developments.

 

 

American Government                                                                        Grade:  12

Credit:  ½                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course traces the foundations, development, structures and functions of the U. S. political and governmental systems at federal, state and local levels. Participation and decision making in civic affairs is also emphasized.

 

 

 

Economics                                                                               Grade:  12

Credit: ½                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course emphasizes the benefits of the free enterprise system. Topics include supply and demand, the business cycle, incentives, labor and the factors of production, as well as the relationship of government to the American economic system, international economic relations and consumer skills.

 

 

Personal Financial Literacy                                                  Grade: 10 – 12

Credit:  ½                                                                                Pre-requisite: None

 

Develop the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed financial decisions that will allow them to lead financially secure lifestyles and understand personal financial responsibility           

 

 

Dual Credit HIST 1301 – US History to 1877                        Grade:  11

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                            Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

Survey of social, political, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period.

 

 

Dual Credit HIST 1302 - US History since 1877                    Grade:  11

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College                                            Pre-requisite:  HIST 1302

 

Examines U.S. History since the Civil War, focusing on industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, et cetera.  It includes religious, civil and human rights; technological and economic change; urbanization and suburbanization; expansion of the federal government and study of foreign policy.

 

 

Dual Credit PLSC 2305 – American National Politics (Gov’t)            Grade: 12

Credit:  ½ credit                                                                       Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government:  including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; federalism, political participation, election process, public policy, civil liberties and rights.

 

 

Dual Credit PSYC 1301 – Intro to Psychology                                    Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ credit                                                                       Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

This course is a survey of the essential subject areas, major theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Credit SOC 1301 – Intro to Sociology                            Grade:  11 – 12           

Credit:  ½ credit                                                                       Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of society. It includes an introduction to dynamics of society, cultures, social groups, social institutions and social structures

 

Intro to Psychology                                                                 Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ credit                                                                       Pre-requisite:  none

 

The computer based course is a survey of the essential theories and approaches to the study of behavior and mental processes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE ARTS

 

 

Art I                                                                                         Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is an introduction to basic art techniques and composition using the principles and elements of design. This course includes work in the areas of design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics with an introduction to vocabulary and art history.

 

 

Art II – IV                                                                               Grade:  10 – 12           

Credit:  1each                                                                          Pre-requisite:  Art I

 

Students will explore and develop expertise in various techniques, material and media within the chosen art form by completing various projects. Specialize in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Fibers, Ceramics/Sculpture, Jewelry, Photography, Digital Art and Media, or Art and Media Communications.

 

Theater Arts I-IV                                                                            Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: 1 each                                                                          Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students will explore the four foundations: inquiry and understanding; creative expression; historical and cultural relevance; and critical evaluation and response

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Credit MUSI 2310 – Jazz, Pop, and Rock                                              Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College (may be used for Fine Arts cred)    Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

 

Dual Credit MUSI 1306 – Music Appreciation                                               Grades:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ High School, 3 College (may be used for FA credit)                       Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

This is a nontechnical course designed to provide the layperson with the understanding necessary for greater enjoyment of music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

 

 

Spanish I                                                                                 Grade:  9 – 11

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language with emphasis on speaking and listening skills, beginning reading and writing.

 

 

Spanish II                                                                                Grade: 10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  Spanish I

 

This course is a review and further development of basic skills acquired in Spanish I, including culture and is a continuation of development of day-to-day communication skills.

 

 

Spanish III                                                                              Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  Spanish II

 

Course is a thorough review of grammar with longer, more difficult reading selections and increased awareness of Spanish civilization and culture. Course provides continuous opportunities to improve speaking and listening skills.

 

 

Other Foreign Languages may be available in certain circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

 

 

 

Physical Education                                                                  Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: 1-2                                                                               Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students develop health related fitness and an appreciation for teamwork and fair play.  They will participate in a variety of sports, activities and games.  This course reinforces incorporating physical activity into a lifestyle beyond high school

 

 

 

 

Athletics                                                                                   Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: 1 – 2 (may substitute for PE)                                        Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

Currently available programs are basketball, volleyball, cross country/track, and golf.  These programs are regulated by the University Interscholastic League.  Classes consist of conditioning activities and skill development.  After school practices and games are required.

 

ONLY TWO PE/ATHLETIC CREDITS MAY BE COUNTED TOWARD STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.  ADDITIONAL CREDITS WILL BE AWARDED AS LOCAL CREDITS ONLY AND NOT APPLICABLE TO THE REQUIRED MINIMUM NUMBER OF STATE CREDITS FOR GRADUATION.

 

 

 

 

Health                                                                                     Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ (District required)                                                    Pre-requisite:  None

 

The course is devoted to promoting healthy living and lifestyle.  It includes some sensitive materials and concepts (i.e.:  reproduction, human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases.)  All topics taught are done so within the State requirements and guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources                     Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

 To be prepared for careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources, students must attain academic skills and knowledge in agriculture. This course allows students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices, and expectations.

 

 

Small Animal Management                                                     Grade:  9 – 12

Credit: ½                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  PAFNR

 

To be prepared for careers in the field of animal science, students need to enhance academic knowledge and skills, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. Suggested small animals which may be included in the course of study include, but are not limited to, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, avian, dogs, and cats

 

 

Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management                                    Grades:  10 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course examines the management of game and non-game wildlife species, fish, and aquacrops and their ecological needs as related to current agricultural practices.

 

 

Range Ecology and Woodland Management                          Grades:  10 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is designed to develop students' understanding of rangeland ecosystems and sustainable forage production.

 

 

Horticulture Science                                                                Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course is designed to develop an understanding of common horticultural management practices as they relate to food and ornamental plant production.

 

 

Greenhouse Production and Operations                               Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                           Pre-requisite:  None

 

The course is designed to develop an understanding of greenhouse production techniques and practices.

 

 

Advanced Plant and Soil Science                                          Grade: 12

Credit: ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  1 credit in AFNR

 

Students will learn how plant and soil science has influenced vast body of knowledge and is the basis for other fields of science.  This course prepares students for careers in food and fiber industry.

 

 

 

Livestock Production                                                              Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  PAFNR

 

To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. Animal species to be addressed in this course may include, but are not limited to, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry.

 

 

Advanced Animal Science                                                     Grade:  11 - 12

Credit: 1 (May also satisfy a Science credit)                          Pre-requisite:  2 Ag Credits

                                                                                                            & 3 Sci Credits

 

Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, they will develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements and industry standards.

 

 

Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies                 Grade: 10 – 12

Credit: .5 - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  PAFNR & Teacher Approval

 

This course is designed to develop an understanding of agricultural mechanics as it relates to safety and skills in tool operation, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, fencing, concrete, and metal working techniques.

 

 

Agricultural Facilities Design and Fabrication                    Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  1-2                                                                              Pre-requisite:  PAFNR &

                                                                                                Teacher Approval

 

Students will demonstrate principles of facilities design and fabrication related to agricultural structures.  The students plan, construct, and maintain fences, corrals, and other agricultural enclosures.

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS

Pre-requisites for these courses go into effect for the Class of 2018

 

 

 

Principles in Business Marketing and Finance                                   Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students gain knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance.

 

 

Touch Systems and Data Entry                                               Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will need to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents.

 

 

Business Information Management                                        Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite: TSDE rec

 

Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software.

 

 

Business English                                                                     Grade:  12

Credit:  1 (may be used to satisfy 4th English credit)                Pre-requisite:  English III

                                                                                                            and TSDE

 

Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts for business reproduction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio/Visual and Design

Pre-requisites for these courses go into effect for the Class of 2018

 

 

Principles of Art, Audio/Visual Tech & Comm.                   Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                           Pre-requisite:  None

 

Requires, in addition to creative aptitude, a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication.

 

 

Animation                                                                               Grade:  10 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  Graphic Des or

                                                                                                            Art I

 

The student is expected to understand and apply animation principles, elements, and techniques

           

                                                                                               

Audio/Video Production                                                        Grade: 9 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  PAAVTC rec

 

Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the industry with a focus on pre-production, production, and post-production audio and video activities

 

 

Graphic Design and Illustration                                            Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  PAAVTC rec

 

Students employ a creative design process to create original two- or three-dimensional projects

 

 

Commercial Photography                                                      Grade:  10 – 12

Credit: 1                                                                                   Pre-requisite:  PAAVTC and

                                                                                                            Graphic Des or Art I

 

Develop an understanding of the commercial photography industry with a focus on creating quality photographs.

 

 

Fashion Design                                                                                  Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  PAAVTC

 

The student develops an understanding of fashion and the textile and apparel industries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information Technology

Pre-requisites for these courses go into effect for the Class of 2018

 

 

Principles of Information Technology                                Grade:  9 – 12

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                           Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students develop computer literacy skills to adapt to emerging technologies used in the global marketplace and enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the information technology environment.

 

 

Game Programming & Design                                            Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  PIT & approval

 

Students will learn the history of video games, character development, mobile game design, user interface design, social gaming, or the principles of development design and methodologies

 

 

Computer Maintenance                                                        Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                  Pre-requisite:  PIT & approval

 

Students acquire principles of computer maintenance, including electrical and electronic theory, computer hardware principles, and broad level components related to the installation, diagnosis, service, and repair of computer systems.      

 

 

Computer Programming                                                                  Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:   1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  PIT & approval

 

Students acquire knowledge of structured programming techniques and concepts appropriate to developing executable programs and creating appropriate documentation. 

 

 

Digital and Interactive Media-Web Technologies              Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:   1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  PIT & approval

 

Students will analyze and assess current and emerging technologies, while designing and creating multimedia projects that address customer needs and resolve a problem

 

 

Computer Science I                                                                Grade:  9 – 12 

Credit:  ½ - 1                                                                            Pre-requisite:  Alg 1

 

Students will be presented opportunities to design, implement, and present meaningful programs through a variety of media. Students will collaborate with one another, their instructor, and various electronic communities to solve the problems presented throughout the course.

 

Computer Science II                                                             Grade:  10 – 12

Credit:  1                                                                                 Pre-requisite:  Alg 1 & CS I

 

Students will gain an understanding of computer science through the study of technology operations, systems, and concepts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL CREDIT

 

Students are restricted to having two local credit courses per semester their junior and/or senior year.

 

 

Office/Class or Library Aide                                               Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  non-credit                                                                  Pre-requisite:  Approval

 

Assist various office, classroom, or library personnel and staff in procedures and duties.

 

 

PE or Athletics (beyond two years)                                      Grade:  11 – 12

Credit:  non-credit                                                                  Pre-requisite:  None

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Special Education services are available.  An Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee determines the student schedule/coursework.  The committee develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) based on each individual’s needs annually.

 

Shannon Daniel

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