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9th Grade Course Descriptions

Core Classes

English 9: This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

Secondary Math 1: Students will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problems situations.

Geography: This course introduces students to cultural and physical geography. The framework of this course is the five themes of geography—location; place; human interaction with the physical environment; the impact of movements of people, ideas, and things; and similarities and differences within and between regions.

AP Geography: This college level course covers the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam

Biology: discusses the scientific processes of living things. The biology core curriculum is based on a set of life science learning standards that all students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate upon completion of this course. The course is designed to emphasize problem solving and scientific reasoning. Students will learn the scientific processes related to life science. Learning activities are varied with an emphasis on student investigations in the field, laboratory, and in technical research.

PE – PST: This course is designed to develop skills and techniques in a variety of team and individual sports, as well as improvement in personal fitness. This class is required for graduation.

PE - Health: This course develops the skills needed to improve the quality of life by helping students to cope with and solve problems, develop positive self-image, and make better decisions. The students will explore positive life styles, disease prevention, emergency procedures, media literacy, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

Elective Classes

Mixed Media: focuses on incorporating different types of art and media in the same projects. Sample projects may include a poetry collage, stop animation projects and fable illustrations.

Drawing: focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills with an emphasis on studio production. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Orchestra: This class is for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No experience necessary.  Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. Instruments are required.

Band: This is a mixed band incorporating those with little to no experience, and those with many years. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Guitar: This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar. Emphasis will be placed on: playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, and reading music. Knowledge and skills will include experiences in playing, listening, and connecting to cultures. An instrument is required during class. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is also required.

Choir: This class is open to all students. Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, individual singing, and music reading skills. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Theatre: This is an introductory course in theatre. No previous experience is necessary. The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, and scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction.

Production: This class will go through the process of writing, directing, and staging a play complete with sound and lighting. There will be room for actors, stage crew, directors, and playwrights, but all students will have a chance to participate in all roles at various times to gain the whole experience.

10th Grade Course Descriptions

Core Classes

English 10: This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

Secondary Math 2: will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.

Government: The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system.

Chemistry: This course is organized around major concepts of matter, structure, energy, and change. The concepts, principles and laws that describe the conservation of matter, changes in the structure of matter, and changes in energy will provide focus for this course. Chemistry students should design and perform experiments, and value inquiry as the fundamental scientific process

AP Chemistry: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is a full-year introductory college course. The study includes advanced theoretical and physical understanding of chemistry. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the (AP) exam.

Financial Literacy: This course will prepare students for the choices and challenges of today's financial markets. A better understanding of personal finance will help students move into adulthood making more informed monetary decisions, realizing a greater potential for personal wealth, and fostering a stronger state and national economy. The class will focus on income, money management, spending and credit, saving and investing, consumer protection, and risk management.

PE – Fit for Life: This course is designed for continued improvement of physical fitness not includes an understanding of the components of fitness, i.e., heart-lung fitness, strength, flexibility, muscle endurance, weight control/nutrition, and stress management. This class is required for graduation.

Elective Classes

Mixed Media: focuses on incorporating different types of art and media in the same projects. Sample projects may include a poetry collage, stop animation projects and fable illustrations.

Drawing: focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills with an emphasis on studio production. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Orchestra: This class is for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No experience necessary. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. Instruments are required.

Band: This is a mixed band incorporating those with little to no experience, and those with many years. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Guitar: This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar. Emphasis will be placed on: playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, and reading music. Knowledge and skills will include experiences in playing, listening, and connecting to cultures. An instrument is required during class. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is also required.

Choir: This class is open to all students. Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, individual singing, and music reading skills. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Theatre: This is an introductory course in theatre. No previous experience is necessary. The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, and scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction.

Production: This class will go through the process of writing, directing, and staging a play complete with sound and lighting. There will be room for actors, stage crew, directors, and playwrights, but all students will have a chance to participate in all roles at various times to gain the whole experience.

11th Grade Course Descriptions

Core Classes

English 11: This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

AP English Language and Composition: This is an accelerated course designed to increase students' abilities as skilled readers of prose in a variety of genres. Students will write narrative, expository, and argumentative papers. The course emphasizes non-fiction reading and writing and is a good companion class to Advanced Placement (AP) US History. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the (AP) exam.

Secondary Math 3: Students will pull together and apply the accumulation of learning they have from previous courses. They will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions, expand their study of trigonometry to include general triangles, and use functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.

US History: The course is designed as a survey of American history with an emphasis on post-Reconstruction America (1876-present), but should include a review of the earlier period.

Chemistry: This course is organized around major concepts of matter, structure, energy, and change. The concepts, principles and laws that describe the conservation of matter, changes in the structure of matter, and changes in energy will provide focus for this course. Chemistry students should design and perform experiments, and value inquiry as the fundamental scientific process

AP Chemistry: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is a full-year introductory college course. The study includes advanced theoretical and physical understanding of chemistry. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the (AP) exam.

Elective Classes

Mixed Media: focuses on incorporating different types of art and media in the same projects. Sample projects may include a poetry collage, stop animation projects and fable illustrations.

Drawing: focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills with an emphasis on studio production. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Orchestra: This class is for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No experience necessary. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. Instruments are required.

Band: This is a mixed band incorporating those with little to no experience, and those with many years. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Guitar: This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar. Emphasis will be placed on: playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, and reading music. Knowledge and skills will include experiences in playing, listening, and connecting to cultures. An instrument is required during class. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is also required.

Choir: This class is open to all students. Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, individual singing, and music reading skills. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Theatre: This is an introductory course in theatre. No previous experience is necessary. The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, and scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction.

Production: This class will go through the process of writing, directing, and staging a play complete with sound and lighting. There will be room for actors, stage crew, directors, and playwrights, but all students will have a chance to participate in all roles at various times to gain the whole experience.




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