High School Curriculum

Course Title : Earth Science

Grade : 9

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to provide experiences and activities in the concept of physical, life sciences, and the study of matter.

This course should include but is not limited to: The study of matter and energy, waves/physical science concepts, including composition of substances, equations, compounds and solutions, forces, work, energy, motion, machines, magnetism and light.

Course Title : Biology

Grade : 10

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to provide general exploratory experiences and activities in the fundamental concepts of life.

This course should include but is not limited to: The scientific method/scientific measurement, laboratory safety, and use of apparatus/cell biology/cell reproduction/basic principles of genetics/biological changes through time/classification and taxonomy/microbiology/structure and function of plants/structure and function of the human body, ecological relationships, photosynthesis and respiration.

Course Title : Astronomy

Grade : 11

Class concept: Astronomy and Space Science is an interdisciplinary course in which students will learn about the earth, the solar system, stars, the galaxy and the universe

This course should include but is not limited to: The astronomy section of the course will provide experiences in planetary science and astronomy, and the Space Science section will provide experiences about the technology and theory of space travel. Students will learn about rocks, remote sensing, orbital mechanics, space shuttle technology, the earth’s place in the universe, constellations, lives and deaths of stars, and latest astronomical research on new planet discoveries.

Course Title : Chemistry

Grade : 12

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to study the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter

This course should include but is not limited to: classification and structure of matter/atomic theory/the periodic table/bonding/chemical formulas/chemical reactions and balanced equations/the behavior of gases/physical changes/acids, bases, and salts/energy associated with physical and chemical changes.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Course Title : World Histroy

Grade : 9

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of the chronological development of civilization by examining the political, economic, social, religious, military, dynastic, scientific, and cultural events that have affected humanity.

This course should include but is not limited to: Geographic-historic and time-space relationships/the use of arbitrary per idolization in history/review of prehistory/the rise of civilization and cultural universals/the development of religion and the impact of religious thought/the evolution of political systems and philosophies/the interaction of science and society/the development of nationalism as a global phenomenon/the origin and course of economic systems and philosophies/the influence of major historical figures and events/contemporary world affairs.

Course Title : Psychology

Grade : 10

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to acquire an understanding of human behavior, behavioral interaction, and the progressive development of individuals.

This course should include but is not limited to: Theories and methods of study employed by psychologists/human growth and development/self-concept, development/adjustment, motivation and desire, intelligence, conditioning and learning, memory/personality and behavior/emotion and frustration/abnormal behavior/conformity/autonomy/alienation/stress/mental health/therapy.

Course Title : American History

Grade : 11

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of the chronological development of the American people by examining the political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events that have affected the rise and growth of our nation.

This course should include but is not limited to: Geographic-historic and time-space relationships/the synthesizing of American culture through the centuries/the continuous westward expansion of American settlements/the origin of American ideals/the American Colonial experience/the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence/the formation of the Constitution and the Federal system/the interpretive evolution of the Constitution over two centuries/sectional schisms in American life/the Civil War and Reconstruction/the technological and urban transformation of the country/the evolution of American lifestyles and ideals over the centuries/American foreign policy development/the cyclical development of the American economy/contemporary domestic and foreign issues.

 

Course Title : American Government

Grade : 12

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of American government and political behavior.

This course should include but is not limited to: The documents that shape our political traditions, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights/comparison of the roles of the three branches of government at the local, state, and national levels/the evolving role of political parties and interest groups in determining government policy/how the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic state have evolved and been interpreted/the importance of civic participation in the democratic political process.

Course Title : Economics

Grade : 12

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of the way in which society organizes its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants.  Students will be introduced to the major characteristics of the mixed market economic system in the United States and how the basic economic questions are answered.  The intent is to provide the students with an understanding of the forces of the marketplace by examining the effect of their roles as producers, consumers, savers, investors, resource owners, voters, and taxpayers on the system.

This course should include but is not limited to: Economic reasoning and principles for reaching decisions in the market place/the roles and impact of economic wants, productive resources, scarcity and choices, opportunity costs and trade-offs, economic incentives, specialization, comparative advantage, division of labor/interdependence/how markets work/savings and investment/the role of the citizen as producer, consumer, and decision maker/the role and function of government policy/the role of money and financial institutions/labor/distinctions between micro and macroeconomic problems/the similarities and differences among various economic systems.

SPANISH

Course Title : Spanish I

Grade : 9

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Spanish and Hispanic culture and to develop communication skills and cross-cultural understanding

This course should include but is not limited to: Beginning skills in listening and speaking with special attention to pronunciation/introduction to grammar, vocabulary acquisition and fundamentals of Hispanic culture. Classes will be conducted in Spanish.

Course Title : Spanish II

Grade : 10

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to reinforce previously acquired fundamental skills. This course develops increased listening, speaking and writing skills, as well as cultural awareness.

This course should include but is not limited to: Expansion of previously acquired listening and oral skills/increased emphasis on reading and writing, while grammar and oral communication remains an important part of this course. Caribbean culture will be emphasized in this course. Classes will be conducted in Spanish.

Course Title : Spanish III

Grade : 11

Class concept:In addition to the content stated for Spanish II general, emphasis is placed on conversation and reinforcement of acquired skills.

This course should include but is not limited to: Further development of specialized usage of vocabulary and conversational skills; attain an acceptable degree of proficiency in the four basic skills. Classes will be conducted in Spanish.

Course Title : Spanish

Grade : 12

Prerequisite:  Spanish III

Note::  Placement determined by teacher recommendation and approval of the Department Chairperson. Must take AP exam & Final

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to develop oral and written fluency in Spanish.

This course should include but is not limited to:Review and reinforce grammatical knowledge while building vocabulary and increasing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The content specified by the Advanced Placement Program will be followed. The class will be conducted in Spanish.

ENGLISH

Course Title : English I

Grade : 9

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in English language skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the content areas of literature and language.

This course should include but is not limited to:Instruction in reading and vocabulary necessary for comprehension of printed materials/composition instruction, including writing effective paragraphs and multi-paragraph/papers/stages of the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising)/speech, including formal and informal presentations/newspaper in education: grasping main idea/library skills and research methods/summer reading/outside reading of literacy work per quarter.

Course Title : English II

Grade : 10

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in English language skills and in the study of world literature

This course should include but is not limited to:Reading and vocabulary necessary for comprehension of printed material/composition, focusing on the writing of essays for various purposes and audiences using literary and nonliterary subjects/literature study, including analysis of selections found in world literature language study, including grammar, mechanics, usage, and other conventions of standard written English/formal and informal speaking/multicultural approach to literature/summer reading list/outside reading of one literary work per quarter/research/library skills/MLA format for writing research papers/educational supplemental films shown to facilitate reading difficult material.

Course Title : English III

Grade : 11

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in American literature and in English language skills.

This course should include but is not limited to:Frequent practice in writing multi-paragraph papers of various types/emphasis on documented papers/library skills/reference and summarizing skills/listening, speaking, and writing assignments related to the study of American literature/literature study, including analysis of various examples of American literary works in various genres/vocabulary study with focus on verbal analogies and other patterns commonly found, on standardized tests/review of grammar including sentence structure, sentence variety/summer reading- one American novel/outside reading of American literary work(s) each quarter.

 

Course Title : English IV

Grade : 12

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in English language skills and the study of British literature.

This course should include but is not limited to:Instruction in vocabulary and reading needed for comprehension of printed materials/literature study, including critical analysis of representative examples from British literature as they reflect changes in the language and the development of literary traditions in the English language/writing experiences, structured to provide practice in real-life situations likely to be encountered beyond secondary school/extending speaking and listening skills/summer reading/four outside reading texts (one per quarter)/literary research papers using MLA format.

MATH

Course Title : Algebra I

Grade : 9

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to develop the algebraic concepts and processes, which can be used to solve a variety of real world and mathematical problems.

This course should include but is not limited to:Variables/structure and properties of the real number system/first degree equations and inequalities/relations and functions/graphs, systems of linear equation and inequalities, integral exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational algebraic expressions, irrational numbers, radical expressions and quadratic equations.

Course Title : Geometry

Grade : 10

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to develop the geometric relationships and deductive strategies, which can be used to solve a variety of real world and mathematical problems.

This course should include but is not limited to:logic, deductive arguments/undefined terms/similarity/congruence/parallelism and perpendicularity/segments and angles/two-and-three-dimensional figures/perimeter, area, and volume/constructions/coordinate geometry and transformations.

Course Title : Algebra II with Trigonometry

Grade : 11

Class concept: The purpose of this course is to continue the study of the structure of algebra and to provide the foundation for applying these skills to other mathematical and scientific fields.

This course should include but is not limited to: Review and extension of the structure and properties of the real number system/relations, functions, and graphs/polynomials and rational expressions/quadratic equations and inequalities/polynomial functions/rational and irrational exponents/ logarithms/complex numbers/word problems.

Course Title : Probability and Statistics

Grade : 12

Class concept:The purpose of this course is to explore the concepts of probability, elementary statistics, and hypothesis testing

This course should include but is not limited to: Binomial distribution, combinations and permutations, concepts of descriptive statistics, concepts of inferential statistics, concepts of non-parametric statistics, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, measures of central tendency, normal distribution, randomness, sampling theory.

PRACTICAL ARTS

Course Title : Journalism I

Grade : 9-10

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the production of print or electronic media. This course should include but is not limited to: and ethics of journalism, applications and issues in photojournalism, organization and management techniques, technology for research, production, and dissemination, analysis of journalistic media, careers in journalism.

Course Title : Journalism II

Grade : 11-12

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to provide students with consistently proficient experiences in types of writing appropriate to publications, opportunities to explore careers in mass communications, and workshop experiences in journalistic productions.

This course should include but is not limited to: Application and practice of journalistic laws and ethics, application of all aspects of the writing process (i.e., pre-writing, drafting, editing, and proofreading) to written work, application of production skills needed to produce a variety of mass communications documents and products, organization and management techniques relating to mass communications, including leadership and business skills, time management, and use of personnel and task organization, understanding and application of critical thinking skills.

Course Title : Art

Grade : 12

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to develop a basic understanding of the artistic expression of ideas through two-dimensional media and an independent museum visit.

Development of an awareness of environment, exploration of ideas involving the individual’s intellectual, emotional, social and perceptual growth, generating varied and novel ideas, rearranging ideas, the uses and functions of objects, the development of aesthetic merit.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Course Title : Health I

Grade : 10

Major concept:The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance critical life management skills necessary to make sound decisions and take positive actions for healthy and effective living.

This course should include but is not limited to: Human growth and development through adulthood/positive emotional development, including suicide and violence prevention/communication, interpersonal and coping skills/responsible decision-making and planning/nutrition and physical activity/tobacco, and other drug use and abuse/consumer knowledge/health-related community resources/safety education, including one-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid for obstructed airway, and injury prevention/disease prevention and control, including HIV/AIDS and other STDs/family life education, including human sexuality, sexual abstinence, and pregnancy prevention/personal health and individual wellness planning/health advocacy skills.

Course Title : Physical Education

Grade : 9-11

This course should include but is not limited to: This course have student participation in weekly cardiovascular, aerobic, muscle-toning, and other activities. Students fulfill course requirements by keeping weekly logs of their physical activity. The course promotes the value of lifetime physical activity and includes instruction in injury prevention, nutrition and diet, and stress management.