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FUSION ACADEMY 2020

COURSE CATALOG

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Fusion Academy is a private school where teachers are able to completely personalize the education experience for our middle and high school students. This customization allows students to gain confidence, master the material at their pace, and stand out from the crowd in whatever their future endeavors may be. We also care about the social and emotional well-being of our students and have a strong focus on wellness and the arts.

Middle School Courses

Beyond being a school, we strive to create community connections in order to best serve the students and families in the area.

4 - English 5 - Heath, PE, & Wellness 6 - History Social Science 8 - Math 9 - Science 10 - World Language 12 - Electives

14 - High School Class Highlights High School Courses

TABLE OF CONTENTS

about fusion

15 - English

16 - Heath & Wellness 18 - History 20 - Math

24 - Science

28 - Visual & Performing Arts 33 - World Language 40 - Electives 2


Key To meet different student goals and aspirations, we offer three course levels: essential, college prep, and honors. The levels vary in subject matter and difficulty, and prepare students in different ways:

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Essential Course

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High School/College Prep Course

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Honors Course

Essential courses have modified rigor yet include all course content.

Middle School courses taken at the “p” level are designed to prepare them for secondary study within the course content and discipline. High School courses taken at the “P” level are college prep courses - designed to prepare students for higher study within course content or discipline.

Honors courses are designed to challenge students beyond the college prep level and result in a weighted GPA. Enrollment in an Honors course requires a grade of B or higher in prior course discipline coursework.

One Level

One level courses are accessible to all students and are only offered at this one curriculum level.

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MS English Classes MS English 6

English 6 students develop skills in reading, literary analysis, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing. While the focus of English 6 will be on expository texts, students will also read short stories, novels, mythology, drama, and poetry. 306 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS English 7

English 7 students focus on grammar, literature, spelling, and vocabulary will be taught using an integrated approach. Literature includes short stories, nonfiction, the novel, mythology, folk tales, drama, and poetry. Grammar units will include parts of speech, parts of a sentence, kinds of sentences, fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, verb usage, comparison of adjectives and adverbs, and essay writing in the four writing modes. 307 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS English 8

8th grade English primarily emphasizes the careful reading and analysis of literature from various literary genres. Students also gain further experience in narrative, descriptive, and essay writing. Students continue to develop their vocabulary and to refine their understanding and use of formal English grammar and mechanics. 308 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Language Arts 6

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction and practice in grammar, spelling, and writing related to language arts. In 6th Grade Language Arts, students develop an appreciation of spoken and written language, expand their use of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of modes of writing. 306L | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Language Arts 7

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction and practice in grammar, spelling, and writing related to language arts. In 7th Grade Language Arts, students develop an appreciation of spoken and written language, expand their use of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of modes of writing. 307L | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Language Arts 8

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction and practice in grammar, spelling, and writing related to language arts. In 8th Grade Language Arts, students develop an appreciation of spoken and written language, expand their use of descriptive words and complex sentences, as well as their choices of modes of writing. 308L | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS Health, PE, & Wellness MS Board Sports

This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basics of skateboarding, paddle boarding, or surfing. The aim of this course is to promote exercise to those who are interested in learning the basics of these Board sports. 1009 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

MS Group PE 6, 7, 8

This group physical education course consists of the following units: Fitness, Individual and Dual Sports, Movement Activities, Team Sports, Recreational Activities, Fitness Evaluation. 1006, 1007, 1008 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

MS Health

Students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy young adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. 1010 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

MS Independent PE 6, 7, 8

Students may enroll in an off-campus independent PE. This course must be supervised and documented by a fitness expert for the requisite number of hours per semester. 1000, 1001, 1002 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

MS Yoga 6, 7, 8

This course allows students to learn and practice physical postures (asana) discussion, readings, meditations, and hands-on activities to help the student understand all aspects of the art and practice of Hatha Yoga. 1003, 1004, 1005 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

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MS History Classes MS Ancient Civilizations

Middle school students expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. 402 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Civics, Geography & Economics

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the significant ideas that shape America, and their life. The course examines early history of American Democracy, the nuts and bolts of our government, Civil Rights, and the responsibilities of citizenship. Additional content includes an overview of the complex economy we live in, how it operates, and how you can make positive decisions as a consumer along with United States foreign policy. 405 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Early US History

Students study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to the Industrial Revolution. After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. 406 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Early World Cultures

Middle school students expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world into the present. 409 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Geography 1

Modern Geography examines people, places, and environments on local, regional, national and international scales in contemporary society. Students are provided the opportunity to study the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies including the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, and the Pacific. 419 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Geography 2

MModern Geography examines people, places, and environments on local, regional, national and international scales in contemporary society. Students are provided the opportunity to study the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies including Africa, and Asia. 420 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS Medieval & Early Modern History

Students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A. D. 500-D 1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. 401 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Modern US History

Students study the ideas, issues, and events from the Second Industrial Revolution through the present. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions. 407 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Modern World Geography

Modern Geography examines people, places, and environments on local, regional, national and international scales in contemporary society. Students are provided the opportunity to study the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies. 408 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Modern World History

This modern world history course leads students through a study of the major turning points that shaped the modern works from the late eighteenth century through the present. 415 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS GA State History

This course follows the early Georgian history to the present. Students discover the role Georgia played in the founding of the United States and how the state continues to develop. 404 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS TX State History (TX Only)

This course encourages Texas students to explore all facets of Texas history, from early explorers to present-day. Students learn about the variety of people who have helped to shape the state of Texas. The course will examine how the land and the people adapted and changed through Revolution, Republic, Statehood, Civil War, Reconstruction and New Constitution. 403 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS Math Classes MS Course 1

MS Math Course 1 is the first of two courses in an integrated middle school mathematics sequence designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. The content present in the course covers five main areas of mathematics: ratios and proportional reasoning, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics. Students begin to extend their knowledge of arithmetic with whole numbers to numbers including fractions and decimals. They also explore the fundamental aspects of algebra involving the concept of a variable and solving one-step equations, especially in the context of real-world applications. 106 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Course 2

Students work more closely with fractions in this course as they begin to develop an understanding of all operations with rational numbers extending into solving more complex linear equations. This broadens their view of the number system and allows for connections to previous courses. There is a heavy emphasis on real-world applications in relation to percent, scale drawings, and area/volume concepts. 107 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: MS Course 1 or placement | p e

MS Pre-Algebra

MS Pre-Algebra prepares students for Algebra 1. The course covers five main areas of mathematics: the number system, expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability. Students extend their fundamental knowledge of algebraic concepts to include the concept of a function, and to extrapolate to make predictions using data. 108 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: MS Course 2 or placement | p e

MS Algebra 1

MS Algebra 1 is a foundational math course that focuses both on computational competency and conceptual understanding with application. Topics include solving, graphing, and describing diverse equations, linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic and polynomial functions, and data analysis. 110 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: MS Pre-Algebra or placement | p e

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Earth Science Life Science

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MS Science Classes MS Earth Science

The Middle School Earth Science course assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. This course connects students to the beauty of geological history, the amazing landforms around the globe, the nature of the sea and air, and the newest discoveries about our universe, it gives students an opportunity to relate to their everyday world. 206 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Integrated Science 1

Each year of the middle school Integrated Science sequence covers topics in Earth, Life, and Physical science, as well as integrates technology and computer skills. Students learn about weather and climate, cells and the organization of life, forces, and motion in this first year of middle school lab science. 216 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Integrated Science 2

Each year of the middle school Integrated Science sequence covers topics in Earth, Life, and Physical science, as well as integrates technology and computer skills. Students learn about the earth’s structure and the rock cycle, evolution, genetics, ecology, heat, and energy in the second year of middle school lab science. 217 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Integrated Science 3

Each year of the middle school Integrated Science sequence covers topics in Earth, Life, and Physical science, as well as integrates technology and computer skills. Students learn about our solar system and space, life processes, and basic chemistry principles in their third year of middle school lab science. 218 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Life Science

This course sparks students curiosity in discovering the interconnectedness and diversity of our living world. All the units in the course will include a focus on: biological and environmental literacy, authentic laboratory experiences, determining the validity of claims, participating in citizen science, designing new studies based on their questions, and methods of analyzing their collected data. 207 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Physical Science

Students will learn the basics behind core ideas in the physical sciences – physics, chemistry, astronomy, and life sciences. The performance expectations blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real world phenomena, master scientific practices, and develop skill sets that are transferable into future studies. 208 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS World Language MS American Sign Language MS American Sign Language is designed to introduce students to the language and culture of the Deaf community. Students will engage in a wide variety of activities that introduce basic vocabulary, grammar and writing in ASL gloss, as well as explore the similarities and differences between Deaf and hearing communities. 046 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS French 1, 2, 3 The objective of this series of courses is to introduce students to the basics of the language and the cultures that speak the language, assuming that the students have minimal or no prior knowledge of the language and culture. They address four areas of language development: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Students that complete this series of courses will be prepared for further successful study in high school French with a strong foundation in the language. 026, 027, 028 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Japanese This course engages students in the basics of the Japanese language and provides them with the opportunity to gain life-long learning skills and prepare for higher education, while allowing them to broaden their foreign language skills. It encourages students to explore themselves and their potential, and to develop a rich and broad understanding of the Japanese language and culture. 036 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Latin

The purpose of this course is to provide a middle school student with a solid foundation to move forward to high school Latin or any other Romance language. Students engaged in this course will become familiar with the very basics of Latin from pronunciation to parts of speech and declensions. 090 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Mandarin Students taking this course will be given tools to effectively study the Mandarin language. Focus is placed on building understanding of the construction of Chinese characters rather than memorizing specific characters themselves. Students will learn pronunciation by studying the proper way to read pinyin, giving them the ability to correctly pronounce all vocabulary they will encounter in the future. Students will also practice looking up the meaning and pronunciation of unfamiliar Chinese words, and how to effectively use resources to translate between English and Mandarin independently. 080 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS Spanish 1, 2, 3

In middle school Spanish 1, 2, 3, students learn the basics of the Spanish language. Students will become skilled in using conversational phrases, including greetings, introductions, and the expression of feelings. In addition, students will learn vocabulary, how to tell time, use numbers, and pronounce the Spanish alphabet. Fundamental Spanish grammatical concepts will also be covered. During this series of courses, care will be taken to explain differences and similarities between the English and Spanish languages, preparing them for further study in high school. 016, 017, 018 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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MS Electives MS Art 6, 7, 8

Middle School Art 6, 7, 8 are introductory courses where students will engage with a variety of creative projects in order to develop artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural content, aesthetic valuing, connections between life and art, and how art exists in our daily lives. 706, 707, 708 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Community Minds

Students learn tangible skills for social interactions through interactive lesson plans, projects and integrations of skills and concepts in the Homework Cafe®. Students learn social cues, how to navigate gray areas with various people, how to build and maintain friendships and how to recognize the impact their behavior has on others around them. 710 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

MS Computer 6, 7, 8

Middle School Computers 6, 7, 8 introduce students to safe and proper usage of computers, related technology, and the internet. These classes cover fundamentals of hardware, for an introduction to the technical aspects of how a computer physically works, and software, such as Microsoft Office. These courses explore and clarify a lot of “computer terms” such as memory, storage, or processing, and is a great course for a student looking for an introduction to computer basics. It may turn into a lifelong passion for computer science! 606, 607, 608 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Digital Photography 6, 7, 8

Middle School Digital Photography 6, 7, 8 introduce students to visual arts practices through digital photography, including instruction in proper use of a DSLR and editing software. Students learn and use basic terminology, elements of art, and principles of design to grow in their proficiency with the medium. 703, 704, 705 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Music 6, 7, 8

Middle school music students gain a broad understanding of music and how it is used as a language of human expression. A large emphasis is placed on music history and exposing the students to music of diverse cultures and genres. 906, 907, 908 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

MS Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. 8888 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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High School Courses

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High School Highlights Looking for a unique course to add this semester? Here are a few of our favorite courses!

Authentic Research & Inquiry

Have a question you can’t find the answer to or a hypothesis that needs testing? This honors level course creates researchers out of students.

Computer Science

Ease yourself into the Computer Programming course sequence with this starter course that builds the foundations of CS for a lifetime of tech use.

Global Perspectives

Are you ready for living in an interconnected world? Want to know more about how you are connected to those living thousands of miles away? This is your class.

Roadtrip Nation

Ever wonder why you’re taking a class or what you’re going to do after high school? In this course, students drive their own exploration of different careers through real, “hands on” experience and conversations, ultimately answering some of those existential questions.

Statistics

What’s with all the data in this world? Understanding data is a life skill these days, equip yourself in this advanced math course you can take any time after Algebra 2.

World Language Conversation

Get more practice in this real-world application driven World Language elective. This course is appropriate for students of any language at any level.

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HS English Classes English 9

Students develop foundational skills in speaking, listening and academic research while developing and honing reading comprehension and language usage skills. 311 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

English 10

English 10 students continue to develop literacy-related skills including: speaking and listening, academic research, higher-order reading comprehension, language usage, writing and rhetorical literary analysis, and critical thinking through the reading and analysis of various works of literature and multiple short- and extended-length writing assignments. 312 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

English 11

Students hone their emerging comprehension, analysis, and writing skills through a study of literature while incorporating a variety of writing styles including creative writing and personal essays. 313 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

English 12

English 12 students achieve mastery of the skills related to listening and speaking, academic research, higher-order reading comprehension, language usage and writing, literary analysis, and critical thinking. Students study classical literature and modern works. Students engage in the cycle of writing, workshopping, and revising required of writers in order to produce polished final works. 314 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

English Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and English teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 399 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS Health, PE, & Wellness PE - Board Sports 1,2,3,4

This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basics of skateboarding, Paddle Boarding, or Surfing. The aim of this course is to promote exercise to those who are interested in learning the basics of these Board sports. 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE - Group Board Sports 1,2,3,4

This group course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basics of skateboarding, paddle boarding, or surfing. The aim of this course is to promote exercise to those who are interested in learning the basics of these Board sports. 1045, 1046, 1047, 1048 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE - Dance

This course was designed for students to learn and develop the fundamentals of dance. Students will learn how dance can be used as a means of physical fitness and will learn the various steps, positions, techniques, and skills associated with various genres of dance. Students will also learn the processes of choreography by performing and creating routines. 1040 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE- Foundations of Personal Fitness 1,2,3,4

This one-to-one course is designed to equip students to make a successful transition from the physical education instructional program to participation in physical activity during adulthood. 1015, 1016, 1017, 1018 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE - Group PE 1,2,3,4

This group physical education course consists of the following units and topics: fitness, individual and dual sports, movement, team sports, recreational activities, and evaluation. 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE - Independent PE 1,2,3,4

Students may enroll in an off-campus independent PE. This course must be supervised and documented by a fitness expert for the requisite number of hours per semester. This course is graded as pass/fail. 1111, 1112, 1113, 1114 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

PE - PE & Health (FL Only)

Available in Florida only, this one year course combines physical fitness while preparing students for their future success living a healthier lifestyle. This course is designed to provide the student with a complete overview of health education. 1030 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

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PE - Yoga 1,2,3,4

This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods of yoga. Students will begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely as they relieve built up stress, learn to relax, and ultimately get more out of day-to-day life. The aim of this course is to promote vibrant health and to tap the body’s latent energy reserves. 1021, 1022, 1023, 1024 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Drug Education

Drug Education is a one semester elective course that is designed to introduce students to the realities of drug use and abuse including the science behind it. Students are introduced to the history, uses, and abuses of various legal and illegal drugs. They will learn about different demographics and commonly used drugs within each, various objectives for doing certain drugs, the short and long-term effects, as well as the legal consequences of drug use. 531 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Health

Health equips student with the knowledge and skills needed to establish patterns of behavior that will prepare them in living a healthy lifestyle. 520 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Wellness

The Fusion Wellness Program is dedicated to assisting our students develop an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward, a more successful existence. Using four key disciplines, Emotional Wellness, Physical Wellness, Art Expression, and Music Expression, Fusion students will develop a sense of well-being and will be capable of making healthier choices. This course is graded as pass/fail. 560 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS History Classes Ancient Civilization

Students in this course study the major events, concepts, themes, and connections between various regions and civilizations from the earliest humans through the European Renaissance. Throughout the course, students focus on several major historical themes, including historical points of reference, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science/ technology, and society. 410 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Big History Project - World History

Big history weaves evidence and insights about the Universe and our place in it from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, cohesive, science-based origin story. Course is taught only at the extended semester length. 451 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Cultural Geography

Cultural Geography examines people, places, and environments on local, regional, national and international scales. Students will be provided the opportunity to study the interaction of people, their cultural perspectives and the physical environments they inhabit. 441 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

DC History (DC only)

This one semester course examines the history of Washington, D.C., from native communities to contemporary government and politics. Following a review of the region’s beginnings and the impact of the area’s geography on its purchase and settlement, students work to understand how D.C. became the nation’s capital and the shifting role it has played in national politics ever since. 461 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Government

American Government is a one semester course that examines the origins of the American constitutional system, analyzes the structure and function of modern American government and politics, and explores the role of the citizen in a representative democracy. 432 | LENGTH: 1 semester | PREREQ: Honors: US History | p e h

MD & US Government (MD only)

Maryland and US Government is a two semester course that examines the origins of the American constitutional system, analyzes the structure and function of modern American and Maryland government and politics, and explores the role of the citizen in a representative democracy and their role as a citizen of Maryland. 437 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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NJ US History 1 (NJ only)

Students study the major founding of the United States and the path towards the present. Students participate in an in-depth analysis of the nation’s beginnings through the end of the Civil War. 412 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

NJ US History 2 (NJ only)

Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. 413 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

US History

Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. 411 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

VA & US Government (VA only)

Virginia and US Government is a two semester course that examines the origins of the American constitutional system, analyzes the structure and function of modern American and Virginia government and politics, and explores the role of the citizen in a representative democracy and their role as a citizen of Virginia. 435 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

VA & US History (VA only)

Following a review of Virginia’s and the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build prior study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. 414 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Virginia State History (VA only)

Students participate in an in-depth analysis of the state’s beginnings and the impact on the U.S. Students explore the founding of Virginia and its relationship with Great Britain from Jamestown through the present day. Students use their knowledge of history to analyze present-day Virginia politics, economy, and society and how it impacts the United States. 471 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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World History

Students study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. Course also known as Modern World History. 421 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

World History (TX only)

World History is a survey course that covers the history of humankind. The course covers dates ranging from 8000 BC to the Present Day. 422 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

History Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and history teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 499 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

HS Math Classes Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra prepares students for Algebra 1. The course covers five main areas of mathematics: the number system, expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability. Students extend their fundamental knowledge of algebraic concepts to include the concept of a function, and to extrapolate to make predictions using data. 109 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Algebra 1

The foundation of math, this course focuses both on computational competency and conceptual understanding with application. Topics include solving, graphing, and describing diverse equations, linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic and polynomial functions, and data analysis. 111 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

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Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

Students build on their foundation, comparing commonalities among families of functions including linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions. Students are introduced to operations with complex numbers, trigonometric identities, and further statistical studies. 112 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 and Geometry | p e h

Business Math

This course introduces students to basic principles in business mathematics. Students interpret and construct graphs and representations for different scenarios like budgets, financial planning, inventory, and data management. Additional topics include calculating wages, government regulations, advertising, and marketing. 161 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Pre-Calculus

Students master concepts including complex numbers, polar coordinates, systems of equations, matrices, and limits. This course prepares students for calculus by providing an introduction to limits and derivatives. 141 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 2 | p e h

Business Calculus

This is a high school calculus course that introduces students to basic fundaments of calculus, including the definition of a limit, a derivative, and integral. The course is focused on both computational fluency and business applications. Students are not expected to memorize most formulas, but are expected to analyze equations, and to apply formulas correctly, such as integrals and derivatives of linear functions, polynomials, logarithms, fractions, etc. In application, they will explore the concept of optimization, identifying knowns and unknowns, manipulating variables and equations, and ultimately interpreting the solution. Finally, students will study complex computations and applications of integration, including u-substitutions, and volume. 143 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Math Analysis or Pre-Calculus | p e

Calculus

Limits, derivatives, integrals, the meaning of the universe. The applications of calculus are far reaching in fields such as engineering and the sciences. College prep and honors start at the same place (limits and continuity), honors goes deeper and covers more content (Taylor and Maclaurin series); a strong background in Pre-Calculus topics is required. 142 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Pre-Calculus or Math Analysis | p e h

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Consumer Math

Students continue to develop basic math skills and explore how mathematics is used in their daily lives. Themes of the course include health and nutrition, shopping, wages and earning money, careers, taxes, buying a home and car, budget, banking, and travel. Assessments primarily consist of simulations of “real world� tasks, such as filling out tax forms, creating budgets, creating spreadsheets, and verbalizing connections made in mathematics. 162 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Geometry

Students make conjecture about geometric situations and prove, formally and informally, that their conclusion follows logically from a hypothesis. While integrating transformational and coordinate approaches to geometry, students will justify geometric relationships and properties of geometric figures. 121 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e h

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Integrated Math 1

Integrated Math I is the first course in a 3-year sequence that integrates algebra and geometry topics in the context of real world applications, while deepening numerical manipulation and reasoning skills. Students strengthen their algebra skills, including use of variables, expressions, equations, ratios, proportions, and percentages; they formalize these relationships as functions and graphs, learning to identify and analyze key points. Geometrically, students deepen their understanding of shapes through the study of perimeter, area, and transformations of polygons. Finally, students build on data and statistics primarily through measures of central tendency. 181 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Integrated Math 2

The second course in a three-year sequence, Integrated Math 2 emphasizes traditional geometric topics while building algebraic and statistical skills. Students study lines, angles, triangles, polygons, and are introduced to trigonometry, building on their right-triangle studies from the first year. Students use shapes to study ratios and proportions, build reasoning skills through proofs, and strengthen exponent, polynomial, and factoring skills. This course also covers permutations and combinations, randomness, and probability distribution. 182 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: IntMath1 or Algebra 1 | p e h

Integrated Math 3

Integrated Math 3 is the final course in the three-year sequence covering the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, and statistics. Students learn techniques to gather, manipulate, and analyze data. Algebraic concepts include linear equations and inequalities, systems, quadratics, polynomials, and rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students study trigonometric functions more deeply and with an eye for manipulation. Students also cover arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. 183 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: IntMath2 or Geometry | p e h

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Math Analysis with Trigonometry

Students build on Algebra 2 and trigonometry topics covered in previous classes. This course covers transcendental functions, parametric and polar equations, sequences and series, vectors, matrices, and conic sections. This course adequately prepares students for calculus. 131 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 2 | p e

Math Models with Applications (TX only)

Students use ideas from algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics to solve realistic applied problems. Students build algorithmic, graphical, and technological skills. College prep only in Texas. 113 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e

Statistics

A fascinating advanced math course for the student looking to take a break from traditional graphs and functions, and learn to intelligently interpret and discuss data. Students learn how to use data, statistics, and probability to make inferences about populations, as well as the limitations and common pitfalls in data analysis. The formulas can be long and challenging, but the concepts are always rooted in real-world applications. 151 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e h

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Trigonometry

By now students know that trigonometry is about more than right triangles. In this course, students dive deeper intro trigonometric functions and periodicity, applying the concepts to real-world situations. This course is a great chance to hone algebraic skills before moving into Pre-Calculus. 171 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 2 and Geometry | p e

Math Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and math teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 199 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS Science Classes The life sciences study the environment, organisms, and processes that support life on Earth. The physical sciences cover the study of matter and energy. Lab Sciences in both disciplines have a minimum lab time requirement of 20% (40% in TX). Graduation requirements vary by state; college admissions requirements also vary.

Key: Life Lab Physical Lab

Anatomy & Physiology

Great for the student who loved the human body unit from their biology class. Explore all the systems of the body in the context of homeostasis, how they work together, diseases, and development. A rigorous life science course where the student should be ready to investigate how his or her own body works in the lab, as well as participate in dissections. 261 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1, 1 Year Lab Science | p e h

Astronomy

Astronomy is an advanced course in which students learn about the universe in which they inhabit. Theories and laws regarding the creation of the universe and gravitation are investigated and studied. Students should be comfortable with basic math formulas using radicals, exponents, and fractions. 271 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1, 1 Year Lab Science | p e h

Biology

Not only do students learn the basics of how life works from cells to ecology, they now are able to investigate the impacts of their actions on our home planet using technology in the lab and in their greater community. Students are introduced to the rigors of the scientific method to gather and analyze reliable data, and begin to design their own experiments to solve real problems. 221 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Co: Algebra 1 | p e h

Chemistry

Chemistry makes the invisible visible and explains how microscopic particles and interactions dictate the macroscopic world around us. Students study the atomic theory, molecular forces, and energetics that, when understood on a theoretical and practical level, begin to make sense of the world. 241 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Geometry, 1 Year Lab Science | p e h

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Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is a two semester elective that introduces the student to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds. Topics will include structure, nomenclature, and synthesis of the major class of organic compounds. A non-mathematical, mechanistic approach is used in this course. This course is designed for an advanced chemistry student and will lay a solid foundation for college organic chemistry. 244 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Chemistry, Algebra 2 | p e

Conceptual Chemistry

This course covers all of the same concepts as Chemistry, including measurement, lab technique, atomic theory, kinetics, forces and reactions, and nuclear chemistry; it simplifies the more challenging mathematics. Students investigate the same topics and complete identical or comparable labs to meet the same learning outcomes through a more hands-on and accessible learning experience. This course emphasizes chemistry applications such as food science, health, and medicine. 243 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1, 1 Year Lab Science | p e

Conceptual Physics

This course covers all of the same concepts as Physics, including motion, energy, forces, thermodynamics, electricity, and quantum physics; it simplifies the more challenging mathematics. Students investigate the same topics and complete identical or comparable labs to meet the same learning outcomes through a more hands-on and accessible learning experience. 215 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1, 1 Year Lab Science | p e

Earth Space Science

This introductory course builds on topics from earth and physical science, such as fundamentals of geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, and Earth’s structure and resources. Students also learn the rigors of the scientific method and proper laboratory techniques and procedures; this is a great choice for a student’s first high school laboratory class. 211 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Co: Algebra 1 | p e

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Engineering

This advanced course not only shows the student how scientific concepts are the basis for applications to real world problems, but allows students to experience and experiment with these principles. Geometry concepts are used to show the design of aerofoils and low-friction projectiles. Students are expected to design, build, test, and finalize real projects with actual function. 272 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Geometry; Co: Algebra 2 | p e

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Environmental Science

This advanced course is dedicated to understanding the interactions between Earth’s natural systems and the demands placed on them by the human population. Students explore natural phenomena and resource cycles, how we use and impact these systems, and potential solutions for the resulting consequences of resource mismanagement and exploitation. No matter where you live, there is plenty to study in your local environment all the way to the entire biosphere. 251 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Geometry, 1 Year Lab Science | p e

Forensic Science

From observation techniques to full-blown crime scene investigations, students learn the reality and science behind the crime dramas on TV in this immersive, hands-on course. 225 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e

Integrated Chemistry and Physics

This course introduces the basic principles of physics and chemistry to lay the foundation for more advanced lab sciences. Students gain experience using facts, graphs, data tables, concepts, and math skills in problem-solving situations. Basic laboratory skills are developed along with literacy in biological and chemical theory to link the academic material with its practical applications. Labs comprise 40% of class instruction. College prep only in Texas. 242 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e

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Integrated Science 1

This course focuses on the interactions between matter and energy found in Earth systems, and how different systems affect the biosphere. Students learn the foundation of most scientific topics, such the periodic table, atomic structure, and types of energy. They apply those principles to study the composition of the Earth, particularly properties of rocks and minerals. Other topics include biogeochemical systems, chemical reaction fundamentals, acid-base chemistry, and ecology. 291 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Co: Algebra 1 | p e h

Integrated Science 2

“What are the universal laws that govern relationships between matter and energy that support the dynamic universe and make life possible?” Students study the structure of the Earth and our Solar System, forms of energy and Newton’s Laws of Motion, atmospheric science, biochemistry, heredity and genetics, and sexual reproduction. 292 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1, 1 Year Lab Science | p e h

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Integrated Science 3

“How can changes in the Earth and its systems be explained through universal laws?” To answer this question, students study the universal laws of nature, including gas laws, conservation of momentum and energy, natural phenomena in the atmosphere, processes such as photosynthesis and respiration that transfer and convert energy, homeostasis in ecosystems and organisms, biochemical reactions and reaction rates, evolution and adaptation, and genetic engineering. 293 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Geometry, 1 Year Lab Science | p e h

Marine Biology

Whether you live on the coast or completely landlocked, the ocean is a fascinating topic. This course covers the chemical and physical aspects of various marine environments, elucidating and comparing the different requirements of organisms to survive and thrive. This is a fun course for students to continue to explore some often overlooked biological topics. 222 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1 | p e

Physics

This rigorous physics course explores major concepts in physics both conceptually and mathematically. While not calculus-based, students should be highly competent in formula manipulation and all major mathematical operations. Topics include Newtonian Mechanics such as motion, forces, and conservation of energy, as well as thermodynamics, waves, electricity, and magnetism.

231 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Geometry, Algebra 2 recommended | p e h

Regents Lab Course

The Regents Lab Course is offered for each of the four main high school science courses- Earth & Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The course is designed to provide NY students with the lab hours required to sit for the New York Regents Exam in the corresponding subject. The Regents Lab Course for Biology addresses the state-made labs that appear on the state test as well as supplemental labs covering a broad range of topics in Biology. The Regents Lab Course for Earth & Space Science teaches students the skills tested on the Regents Exam as well as other foundational lab skills. The Regents Lab Courses for Chemistry and Physics provide opportunities for students to explore a multitude of topics in the various disciplines. This course is graded as pass/fail. 281 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Science Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and science teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 299 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS Visual & Performing Arts Acting

This course provides a basic introduction to the elements of acting, including physical, vocal, spatial, textual analysis, and production foundations. It addresses some of the crosscultural aspects of the art of acting, explores prominent theories of acting technique, and emphasizes solo works, both original and scripted. Improvisation is taught as both an end in itself and a tool for deepening the scripted acting experience. 771 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

On Camera Acting

This course prepares the student for the particular demands and challenges of acting on camera. Students develop a basic understanding of the on-camera production process and of the professional landscape of on-camera performance. 775 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Animation Production

Animation production teaches students fundamentals of animation production. From concept to script writing to storyboarding, students will make their own animated film. 631 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Art History

This course includes the history of art from ancient to modern time. Focus is given on how to view and talk about art using the appropriate terms and vocabulary. Students gain familiarity with the visual characteristics of art from many periods, as well as an understanding of how works of art, especially public ones, reflect the values of the society that produce them. 762 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Digital Photography 1, 2, 3, 4

Digital Photography 1 is an introductory course designed to help students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Within this class, students will learn to use a DSLR camera, become familiar with the basic terminology and elements of photography, and understand how to use photo editing software to enhance the overall appearance of their images. 741, 742, 743, 744 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e | ( )

Advanced Digital Photography

Advanced Digital Photography further advances the skills established in Digital Photography and introduces the student to more complex and thought-provoking concepts in the world of picture making. This course is intended for those students who are serious about the study of digital photography and have a desire to improve their artistic and technical skills. 745 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Drama

This course introduces students to the basics of drama. Students learn about the actual performance and the backstage work that it takes to make a play happen on the stage. 791 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Fiber Arts

Fiber arts is a broad category of creative expression using materials that consist of fibers, including things such as fabric, yarn, and thread. This course is designed to introduce the student to a specific fiber art of their choice, such as embroidery, crochet, quilting, knitting, bead embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, weaving, felting, macramĂŠ, lace making, latchhook/rug hooking, basketry, and sewing. 748 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Form and Space

Students explore the elements and principles of design through a variety of hands-on projects. Through the exploration of architecture, product design, sculpture, and urban planning, students will expand their understanding of functional and aesthetic forms and spaces. This coursework is grounded in applied knowledge and techniques from a variety of design and production careers. 757 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Graphic Design

Graphic Design provides students an understanding of the powerful role Graphic Design plays in shaping the way we see the world. The course instructs students in the language, elements, and practice of Graphic Design. Students will leave the course with an appreciation for the historical significance, as well as modern usage, of Graphic Design, as well as tools to create their own unique design pieces. 731 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Illustration

Illustration is an advanced course where students will create projects that explore the art techniques, methods, materials, mediums, and genres of illustration art. Students will create their own comprehensive planning sketchbook and refined illustrations that teach an understanding of composition, perspective, color theory, light physics, rendering, environment creation, human anatomy and proportion, and digital art development. While learning about and completing illustration tasks, students will also explore different genres and careers in illustration, including children’s literature illustration, concept art, environment design, character design, and sequential art illustration. 764 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Studio Art (Recommended) | p e

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Intro to Film and Media

Intro to Film and Media develops students’ skills in video production, as well enriches their understanding of the impact of film and media across the world and throughout history. Students will analyze films and study filmmakers from various cultures and eras. They will apply the standards and language of art criticism when critiquing their own body of work. 711 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Portfolio Development

This course prepares the student to develop a creative portfolio of student work representing a selection of performance(s) in music or art. Students illustrate unique talent and personality in a professional works portfolio through the collection and organization of pieces. This course may be leveraged to prepare a portfolio for post-secondary admissions. 795 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Studio Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Studio Art is an introductory art course that provides the foundation for art appreciation and production. Students participate in and are exposed to the elements and principles of art, techniques, art history, and criticism through hands-on creation. 751, 752, 753, 754, 755 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e | ( )

Advanced Studio Art

Advanced Studio Art is designed to broaden a student’s understanding of artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural content, aesthetic valuing, and connections to the visual arts. Students will add original works to a growing portfolio that demonstrates growth in refined craftsmanship, and further mastery of techniques in the visual arts. 758 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Studio Art | p e

Theater Appreciation

Theater Appreciation increases student understanding, critical analysis, and appreciation of stage productions. Students gain knowledge of the history of theater, learn about the technical components of a production, and study major modern and classic playwrights and composers. Students are required to attend three productions during each semester of this course and participate in thoughtful discussions about the production. In addition, students write short reports and make presentations throughout the year. 790 | LENGTH: 2 semester | PREREQ: English 9 | p e

Art Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and art teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 799 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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Bass 1, 2

This course is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the bass. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to construct bass lines, develop an appreciation for iconic bassists, read standard notation and tablature and play the songs they know and love. 961, 962 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

DJ Performing Arts

Students of this course study the art and mechanics of DJing. This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and their relationships to electronic equipment used in DJing. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in DJing, and establishes a foundation for performing arts. Students learn basic beat matching, key analysis, recording, editing, song selecting, layering techniques, as well as develop critical listening and analyzing skills. 970 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Drums 1, 2

This course is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the drums. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to play drum technique exercises, develop an appreciation for iconic drummers, read standard drum notation and play the songs they know and love. 941, 942 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Guitar 1, 2

This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Whether students are an absolute beginner or intermediate level player, each will be at home with the methods used in this class. Students will learn how to play chords and melodies, develop an appreciation for iconic guitarists, read standard notation and tablature, and play the songs they know and love. 911, 912 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation is a broad overview of (primarily western) music in which students interested in music, no matter their experience level, explore music’s various functionalities in order to gain deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. The course studies sacred music, music for stage and screen, music for public entertainment, music as identity, and music as media. 980 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Music Theory 1, 2, 3, 4

This course will take the student into the theoretical concepts of harmony. Coursework includes a complete study of intervals, chord construction, chord voicing, harmonized scales and modes of the major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, and diminished scales emphasizing instrumental application. 933, 934, 935, 936 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h | ( )

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Piano

Students will learn the basic skills needed to play the piano successfully, both in reading from a score and playing off of a lead sheet. Students will learn elementary theory (music notation, rhythm, key signatures, major and minor scales, chord structure and type, and basic chord progressions). Towards the end of the year students will be exposed to the technique of improvisation and by the end of the course students will learn how to critique their own music and the music of others using the correct vocabulary. 945 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Recording Arts 1, 2, 3, 4

Students study the science and mechanics of digital recording. This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and their relationships to electronic equipment used in the recording industry. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish a foundation for higherlevel courses in the audio programs. 922, 923, 924, 925 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e | ( )

Advanced Recording Arts

Students of this course study a more in-depth science and mechanics of digital audio recording and composition. This course expands on Recording Arts 1, focusing on digital recording systems and their relationships to electronic equipment used in the recording industry. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish an advanced skill set in Audio Production. 926 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Recording Arts 1 | p e

Songwriting

This course is an introduction to the study of voice as a musical instrument and the A great song needs more than a beat and a talented singer, it needs structure and powerful words. Learn how to craft a song using form and lyrics, as well as other collaborative techniques used by all kinds of artists. 953 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Vocal Fundamentals 1, 2

This course is an introduction to the study of voice as a musical instrument and the development of technique in performance and musical ear training. The student will learn to approach singing from more of a technical standpoint that will not only strengthen their performance abilities, but help to safeguard from health issues related to poor singing technique. This course will give the student an opportunity to not only discover their own voice, but also improve breath control, vocal range, tone, belting ability, clarity and pitch. 954, 955 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Music Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and music teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 999 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS World Language Classes All languages follow a similar progression: vocabulary, grammar, culture, and in some cases, the alphabet, foundation are built in the first year(s), and more advanced reading, writing, research, and immersion follows in the higher levels.

American Sign Language 1

Students learn not only the technical aspects of “signing” such as technique, vocabulary, and grammar, but also about the culture of the Deaf Community. Students build their vocabulary and learn greetings and expressions. 041 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

American Sign Language 2

Building on ASL 1, this course is taught primarily in ASL. The focus is on advanced vocabulary and building conversational skills. 042 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: ASL 1 | p e h

American Sign Language 3

This course expands the student’s vocabulary while focusing on non-manual markers. Students will learn more about Deaf culture by participating in local Deaf Community events. 043 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: ASL 2 | p e h

American Sign Language 4

Students continue to learn more advanced vocabulary and structure, and will be quite fluent in communication and presentation by the end of this course. Additionally, students immerse themselves in the local Deaf community. 044 | LENGTH: 2 semester | PREREQ: ASL 3 | p e h

American Sign Language 5

ASL 5 is an advanced course where students will continue to develop conversational skills, but more emphasis is placed on artistic expression, literature, and poetry using ASL. This course is taught completely using ASL. Students conduct research and develop personal pieces of ASL literature. 045 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: ASL 4 grade B or better | p e h

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French 1

This course introduces students to the language, culture, and grammar of French and French-speaking countries. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in French. 021 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

French 2

French 2 furthers knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar acquired in French 1. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in French. 022 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: French 1 | p e h

French 3

French 3 furthers knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar acquired in French 2. It delves into the subtleties of French culture and covers many of the grammar points that are unique to the French language. 023 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: French 2 | p e h

French 4

French 4 is an advanced French course designed to further the knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar. It delves into the subtleties of French history from Ancient times to Napoleon Bonaparte, making emphasis on grammar and immersion. 024 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: French 3 | p e h

French 5

French 5 is an advanced French course designed to further the knowledge of French language, culture, and grammar. Greater emphasis is on reading and writing in French. 025 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: French 4 | p e h

German 1

German 1 is an entry-level course designed to introduce students to the language, culture, and grammar of Germany and German-speaking countries. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in German. 061 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

German 2

German 2 furthers students’ knowledge of the language, culture, and grammar of Germany and German-speaking countries. 062 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: German 1 | p e

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German 3

Students continue their studies in German language and culture by building their communication skills across areas of culture, grammar, and community. This course offers a comprehensive sampling of cultures and dialects across many German cities and the major German-speaking nations. 063 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: German 2 | p e

German 4

Students build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and apply their skills in contemporary real-world contexts. By the end of the course, students will be able to engage in spontaneous conversation and accurately interpret and voice opinions on written and spoken German language. 064 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: German 3 | p e

Hebrew 1

This is an entry-level course in Modern Hebrew. It is a rigorous and fast paced curriculum designed to introduce students to the language and culture of the people of Israel. It covers basic conversation, vocabulary, and grammar. The main goal of this course is to provide a sufficient level of reading fluency. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to decode successfully and engage in beginning dialogue dealing with familiar topics. 071 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Hebrew 2

This course will strengthen the students’ knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures, and improve their mastery of the language, while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Most students successfully completing this sequence can emerge with a proficiency level of “intermediate high” depending on motivation, effort, and diligence. 072 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Hebrew 1 | p e h

Hebrew 3

Students continue to advance their vocabulary and grammar, primarily through studying everyday events like going to restaurants or birthday parties. Additionally, students will study the controversial nature of Israel. 073 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Hebrew 2 | p e h

Hebrew 4

Students develop dialogue skills and study Israeli culture through reading Israeli literature and following current events. 074 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Hebrew 3 | p e h

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Italian 1

Students will learn the fundamentals of Italian grammar and pronunciation, how to converse on a limited scale about everyday topics, and how to write and understand Italian within the limits of the grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in the course. Emphasis will be placed upon communication, and students will be exposed to some of the culture of Italy. Requires active participation in instructor-coordinated multimedia and online activities. 051 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Italian 2

The student will learn the basics of navigating Italian language and culture. Students will build on previous skills in the areas of grammar and vocabulary, and will expand to new tenses, while also continuing to cover culture, regions, and history of Italy. 052 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Italian 1 | p e

Italian 3

Italian 3 is a dynamic and engaging course that takes the student through daily life and current events in Italy, allowing for an interactive approach to learning the language. Students engage in a variety of conversations and activities that will lead to a higher level of comprehension and fluency. 053 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Italian 2 | p e h

Japanese 1

Japanese 1 is a an entry level but rigorous Japanese course designed to introduce students to the language, culture, and grammar of Japanese. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in Japanese, with an emphasis on grammar, listening, and speaking. 031 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Japanese 2

Japanese 2 is designed to further the knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and grammar acquired in Japanese 1. It covers basic conversation, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in Japanese. 032 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Japanese 1 | p e h

Japanese 3

Japanese 3 is a rigorous course designed to further the knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and grammar acquired in Japanese 1 and 2. It delves into the subtleties of Japanese culture and covers many of the grammar points that are unique to the Japanese language. 033 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Japanese 2 | p e h

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Latin 1

Students will study foundational grammar and vocabulary to be able to read simple passages. Students draw connections between Latin and English vocabulary, prefixes, and study literature, geography, history, government, and culture of the Roman Empire. 091 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Latin 2

Latin 2 introduces all of the verb tenses and noun/adjective forms. This course is enhanced by a variety of fun readings adapted from Roman literature that demonstrate the philosophies developed by the Romans. 092 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Latin 1 | p e h

Latin 3

In addition to furthering grammar and vocabulary, students learn through readings about the end of the Republic and establishment of the Empire. 093 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Latin 2 | p e h

Latin 4

Students learn about the changes made by Augustus, and study primarily Latin poetry and prose. Students learn the influence the Romans had on their own culture and the world. 094 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Latin 3 | p e h

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Mandarin 1

This entry-level course covers the basics of Chinese Mandarin, including pronunciation, grammar fundamentals, the Pinyin system, sentence pattern and structure, and vocabulary. Topics include greetings, names, nationalities, studies, introductions, time and schedules, and food. 081 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Mandarin 2

This course continues to develop the foundation of sentence structure, idiomatic expressions, and listening, speaking, and written competence in Mandarin. Students learn to make requests, to discuss hobbies and sports, weather and seasons, travel, future plans, and the arts. 082 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Mandarin 1 | p e h

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Mandarin 3

Students continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and written competencies through studies of Chinese culture, finances, fitness, and health. 083 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Mandarin 2 | p e h

Mandarin 4

Students continue to build skills through meaningful communication for functional and pragmatic purposes in China. Students also build more cultural awareness. 084 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Mandarin 3 | p e h

Mandarin 5

Students are prepared practically to achieve concrete linguistic and cultural skills that will allow for real-life interaction and highly dynamic communication with the people of China as college students or working professionals. This course is entirely immersive and emphasizes reading authentic Chinese literature. 085 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Mandarin 4 | p e h

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Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is an entry-level Spanish course designed to introduce students to the language, culture, and grammar of Spanish and Spanish-speaking countries. It covers basic conversations, verbs, grammar, cultural similarities and differences, listening, speaking, and writing in Spanish. 011 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e h

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 continues to increase knowledge of the language, culture, and grammar of Spanish-speaking countries. Language skills are increased through oral communication, reading, and by introducing advanced grammatical concepts. 012 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Spanish 1 | p e h

Spanish 3

Spanish 3 emphasizes Spanish grammar, reading, writing, and oral communication. Students also study in depth the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The course focuses on researching current events in those Latin American countries. 013 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Spanish 2 | p e h

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Spanish 4

Spanish 4 builds on the knowledge of language, culture, and grammar from previous years, delving into the subtleties of Spanish culture, writers from different generations, and different styles of writing. Also included is a study of the history and culture of each author’s native country. Students are required to do independent research and creative writing. 014 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Spanish 3 | p e h

Spanish 5

This course is entirely immersive, and students will study the history and current events of Spanish-speaking countries through literature, periodicals, documentaries, and projects. 015 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Spanish 4 | p e h

World Language Conversation

This course focuses on the fun and practical applications of any language. Technical aspects of any language are covered to improve communication, and cultural aspects are emphasized to promote effective language use and interaction. Students should have background in a world language, or take this concurrently with a language course. 098 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Language Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and language teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 099 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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HS Elective Classes 3D Design

In this class, students learn how to optimize the use of the 3D printer for personal and professional projects. Students start with general engineering principles such as designing a product to solve a problem or identified need, developing specs for the project, and executing the creation through to revisions and finishing touches. Students learn that all specs in a project are not equal, and learn to complete cost-benefit analyses on things like materials and design. Lastly, students learn how to use CAD programs to use existing templates and create their own designs, and how to maximize their layout for the 3D print. 613 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

3D Modeling

For students interested in technology, virtual reality, video game design, marketing, television and motion pictures, or digital imaging- this course is a great foundation. Students gain an understanding of graphic design and illustration through use of 3D animation software to create virtual 3D design projects. Students hone skills on drawing, photography, and 3D construction techniques and develop the skills to navigate a 3D digital modeling workspace. 614 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Anthropology

Anthropology is a course designed not only to give a students an understanding of the study of humans, their history, their environment, their culture and societal interactions, but also to build bridges across nations, comparing, contrasting, and exploring similarities and differences among them. 765 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Authentic Research & Inquiry

This course is designed for advanced students eager to practice and formalize their research techniques. Appropriate for any topic, from humanities to STEM, the course is customizable to allow students to use industry-standard research techniques for nearly any field. 580 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Lab Science, English 10 | h

Building Electronics: Systems & Games

This one semester course is accessible to all levels, from those just starting programming with block languages to more advanced programmers - the curriculum and projects are totally customizable to fit a student’s interests and abilities. Students start with an introduction to coding in the context of game building. Once gaining some basic fluency in a programming language, students apply this to learning and writing commands for robotics. The main goal is to learn the logic behind a programming language, as this type of logic can be applied to subjects beyond a tech lab, such as math and English. Finally, students apply these skills in Virtual Reality, where they can create art, design a game, or interact with others virtually. The sky is the limit, virtually and literally! This course can be taken before or after the Building Mechanics semester, or as a standalone. 277 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

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Building Mechanics: Design & Create

This one-semester, project-based course is accessible to all levels: projects are completely customizable to meet the needs and interests of each student. Students will get a taste of engineering protocol, centered around the iterative design process and communication. As technology becomes more integrated in life, students will study and apply how systems interact and affect daily life. Students can use both practice problems and their own identified problems to design and create solutions, using cutting-edge technology along the way. What they use may differ, but generally students will gain experience in AutoCAD, microprocessors, and 3D printing, as well as practice and improve documentation and presentation skills. This course can be taken before or after the Building Electronics semester, or as a standalone. 276 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Business Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to educate students in the basics of start-up business and management. It will establish a practical base of knowledge for students interested in business. The learner will be equipped with the fundamental prerequisites of formulating a business plan in addition to executing business ideas. 572 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Community Minds

Students learn tangible skills for social interactions through interactive lesson plans, projects and integrations of skills and concepts in the Homework CafeÂŽ. Students develop knowledge of social cues, how to navigate gray areas with various people, how to build and maintain friendships, and how to recognize the impact their behavior has on others around them. This course is graded as pass/fail. 566 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Computer Architecture

Students learn about the various working parts in a computer, how to come up with a computer component list, and how to build a computer on their own. Students learn about six main components (motherboard, processor, graphics card, memory, storage, and power supply) of a computer and how they are unique from one another. Students get hands on experience in designing different computers based on different needs and in constructing a working computer on their own. 612 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Computer Programming 1

This course is ideal for students interested in learning how to create games, software or apps for computer or mobile devices. Students can expect to learn a programming language (such as C++, C sharp, Java or Python), fundamental skills in programming (such as strings, mathematical operations, logical operators and functions), and gain an introduction into objectoriented programming. 621 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Computer Science Recommended | p e

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Computer Programming 2

Computer Programming 2 expands further on object-oriented programming, reviewing the basics of programming and going deeper into the complexities of classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism, recursion, data types and data structures. This course will continue studying the programming language chosen in course 1 or could be exchanged for another language, with teacher approval. This course can be explored through the lens of game development, app development, or another field of programming. 622 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Computer Programming 1 or teacher approval | p e

Computer Programming 3

This course explores the process behind program development for publication. In this class, the student will create a program with the intent of large-scale distribution, starting from inception and developing the algorithm. The student will develop the code, debug it, undergo beta-testing of their program and ultimately produce a finished product that is ready to share with users. The student will create this program using programming skills developed in Computer Programming 1 and 2, in the programming language they have chosen. The student will be able to choose if they want to develop a game, a mobile app or another type of software, depending on their experience and skills. 623 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Computer Programming 2 or teacher approval | p e

Computer Science

This is an introductory course into computers, intended for students with workable knowledge of basic computer functions but lacking the details. This course includes the structure and function of computer hardware; how operating systems work; how networks are created and the Internet functions; digital security and how to protect your computer from malicious software; advanced communication and netiquette; how to use advanced research tools on the web; and how to use current technology to create new and innovative things. 611 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Computer Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD and computer teacher to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 699 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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Controversies in American Politics

Controversies in American Politics provides an overview of historical and contemporary political, social, and economic issues within the United States. Students learn the background of the issue, as well as multiple perspectives to formulate their own opinions. Students are expected to write extensively using primary and secondary sources in independently-guided research. 433 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Creative Writing

Students tap into their own creativity and experience the joys of writing original text. Participants explore various forms of writing, such as short story, poetry, drama, narrative and biography, while delving into the common themes of humanity and various truths of human nature. Students experience the recursive nature of writing and painlessly build skills in the conventions and tools of traditional English grammar and sentence structure that will strengthen them in all their future writing tasks. 324 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: English 10 or teacher approval | p e

Deaf Studies

Students enrolled in Deaf Studies explore the history of deaf culture in the United States. By the conclusion of this course, students have developed an understanding of Deaf history and culture and are ready to be advocates for the Deaf community. 097 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Economics

Students master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, and equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods. 431 | LENGTH: 1 semester | PREREQ: Honors: US History or Government, B or higher | p e h

Executive Skills

Executive Skills is a two semester elective course that supports the development of key executive functioning skills that impact the daily lives of students. This course is individualized based on the unique strengths and areas of growth for the student determined by formal assessment, student and family surveys, and interviews. Based on a review of these points of information, 7-9 of the 11 skills are identified for focused development during the two semesters of this course. Executive Skills empowers students to take control of their experiences through knowledge, strategies, practice, and real-life application. 513 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

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Film Studies

Film Studies develops understanding of the impact of film across the world and throughout history. Students become familiar with the basic terminology and elements of film-making and narrative structure to improve their critical thinking, as well as their ability to communicate critical responses to films. In-depth study of several movements in film will broaden the student’s knowledge of the medium’s history and evolution. Students will analyze films and study filmmakers from various cultures and eras. 715 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is a two-semester journey into the systems that pervade our lives in the modern-day and how these systems both enable and disable growth. By looking into discrepancies at the global and local levels we can learn to analyze why global critical issues seem so intertwined and how each individual can make an impact. 766 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: World History or Cultural Geography | p e

Humanities

Humanities provides a survey and diverse understanding of humankind. This course discusses the interconnectedness of the human experience through the study of history, art, literature, rhetorical and critical analysis. Students will analyze and engage with literature, art, historical documents, political philosophy, scientific achievement and religion to explore and better understand the creative power of the human mind and spirit. 541 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: English 10, World History, a Lab Science | p e

Invention and Design

This two-semester course focuses on the invention process from brainstorming to completion of a prototype. The course covers search and development, design for an invention perspective, and finally building a working prototype. The second semester focuses on bringing the invention to market. The journey covers refining the prototype into a finished product, writing a business plan, marketing and raising funding for the invention’s entrance into the market place. 581 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Journalism

This course takes students through the changing field of journalism, the place of the press in democracy and the difference journalists can make in the lives of others. Students read, participate in active discussions, and write and produce quality pieces. 327 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Leadership

In this one semester course students will learn how to prepare and step into Leadership opportunities. This course will smooth the transition from individual contributor to supervisor to leader. The course will teach basics and gain insights into the more advanced aspects of leadership needed to inspire and motivate teams by having students complete a leadership project. 565 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

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Life Skills

This course develops a student’s ability to function in the three domains: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. This curriculum builds character assets, which foster resiliency and personal growth, as well as prepares the student for their future success. Throughout the class, the student will gain a realistic portrayal of an autonomous lifestyle and the skills necessary to be independent and self-sufficient. 510 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Life Skills 2

A second year of Life Skills is available to those students seeking additional time to develop skills within the three domains: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. This course is customized for the unique needs and interests of the student. 512 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Life Skills |

Marketing

Marketing will give students an opportunity to explore decisions that companies make to attract and maintain customers. Students will examine the many different marketing domains, such as pricing, product, promotion, and distribution decisions, as well as other marketingrelated topics such as branding, target markets, competition, and marketing ethics. Students will work on creative projects that allow them to both analyze current market strategies being implemented and develop their own marketing plan. The ultimate goal is for the student to understand marketing’s role in our world, the ways that marketing is utilized in our current business landscape, and strategies that maximize the effectiveness of marketing efforts to best reach new and current customer bases. 578 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Personal Finance

The purpose of this semester-long course is to introduce students to significant ideas they need to successfully navigate the financial aspects of adult life. A sample of course topics are day-to-day financial needs, investing and savings, and credit, loans, and the financial impact of education. 172 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

Personal Narrative

In this course, students consider many questions about the truth in our lives and finding the line between storytelling and personal history as they read a range of contemporary autobiographies and memoirs. Students explore how writers compose their lives, construct an identity, and create a somewhat coherent self often against personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. 326 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Philosophy

This introductory course includes the major concerns of Western philosophy. Topics include: the question of ethics, metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, and the theory of knowledge. Through an examination of the evolution of key philosophical issues, students will also learn how arguments are formed, how new theories are developed from philosophical debate, and how through disagreement a greater understanding of complex topics can occur.

545 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: English 10, World History or Cultural Geography | p e

Poetry

Students participate in close readings of selected poems from multiple genres. By examining the work of a diverse group of poets, students develop methods of critiquing while reinforcing understanding of poetic devices. Substantial time is spent analyzing poetry as well as using poetic devices in their own writing. 323 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is designed to explore a balanced, more complete view of human functioning by including both positive and negative views of reality. This course will delve into the growing field of positive psychology through many pioneering contributions, through reflections on current events and research, and through personal mini-experiments and life enhancement strategies. 763 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Psychology recommended | p e

Psychology

Psychology is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of the discipline. Students will explore the methodology behind psychological research and will learn how to interpret and incorporate research into their own perspectives. Students will learn how the human mind works from both biological and cognitive viewpoints. Through this learning, students will develop a better understanding of their own behavior, and will gain some practical applications for enriching their lives while preparing them for future study in the subject. 761 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Research and Technical Writing

This course provides students the necessary knowledge and skills needed to compose and edit a variety of expository documents, including academic essays, research papers, and business documents. Students utilize technology and collaboration as tools in the writing process, and set and meet goals for their writing. 322 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Roadtrip Nation

The Roadtrip Nation experience is about engaging students with their futures. Through the power of storytelling, students gain insight into career paths by watching (and eventually conducting) interviews. These interviews are of leaders in the world who are successful doing what they love and living passionate lives. Students learn about themselves, how they perceive themes such as success, failure, and risk, and explore their interests by connecting them to pathways. 517 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Robotics

This is a beginning course in robotics. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies through the use of Lego Mindstorms, RobotC software and/or other robotics materials and software. Students will work hands-on to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decisionmaking, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems. 275 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Algebra 1; Computer Science recommended | p e

Screenwriting

Screenwriting provides writers the opportunity to develop a short script or the first act of a feature length screenplay while increasing use and knowledge of individual voice, three-act structure, Hero’s Journey steps, and screenwriting technical skills. Students will focus on dialogue writing, tone, creating character, mood, and conflict, and creating a story arc that encompasses elements of a plot line. 781 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

Social Entrepreneurship

Students learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship is described as the discovery and sustainable exploration of opportunities to create social change. Students are guided through the process of identifying an opportunity to address social problems through the uses of their newly developed business skills. 574 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Social Justice

This course explores the many social justice issues facing the United States and the world today and empowers students to approach a social justice issue and create a sustainable action plan. A primary goal of the first semester is to offer the students an all-encompassing view of inequality in our society by examining major issues such as racism, privilege, and oppression across historical and cultural boundaries. The second semester of this course expands upon this foundation by providing a closer look at more micro social justice issues. 776 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | p e

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Sociology

Students will explore the commonly used research methods within the field of sociology, and the importance of gathering information in an ethical manner. The final semester focuses on the use of the sociological imagination, and building skills in understanding and gathering information about the cultures, societies, and the world around us, in an objective way, as well as exploring the inequalities that exist in a heterogeneous culture. 760 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: US History Recommended | p e

Speech

This one semester course provides students the necessary knowledge and skills needed to prepare and present an effective speech using research-based public speaking strategies and procedures. Training includes critical analysis through reading and listening to contemporary and historical speeches. 325 | LENGTH: 1 semester | p e

Study Skills

Study Skills guides students through a series of units beginning with a self exploration of current study habits and culminating with the development of personal skills such as metacognition, mindfulness, stress management and goal-setting. The majority of the course is focused on helping students build their toolbox of strategies for academic skills such as comprehension through reading and note-taking, memory-retention, test-taking, and planning and executing successful independent work completion. This course is graded as pass/fail. 511 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness teaches students how to practice mindfulness and the positive effects on the brain, parasympathetic nervous system, and neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to transform and change. 575 | LENGTH: 1 semester | PREREQ: Biology recommended | p e

Work Experience

This course is designed for the student to explore and learn outside of the classroom through an unpaid/paid internship, community service, or formal work experience. Students who participate in this course are expected to use real world experience for personal and educational growth. Regular reflection on their experiences and goals are expected as is the recording of hours. At the conclusion of the course, the student will submit a final reflective paper that demonstrates use of Fusion’s Schoolwide Learner Outcomes as well as a final creative project of their choice. Students are required to complete 80 hours in their work position. 570 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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Yearbook

Yearbook is a chance for advanced journalism students to utilize their skills in photojournalism and article writing in one publication that transcends time. Students in yearbook are challenged to look at all aspects of producing a publication from the financing aspect to sending pages to the printer. This course is only taught at the extended semester length. 725 | LENGTH: 2 semesters |

Zoology

Zoology is the study of animals from the sponge to the elephant. Zoologists study everything from the single cell to the entire organism and population of any given animal - taking into consideration the larger environmental conditions in which animals live. Similar to foundational science courses, Zoology is dependent upon understanding the basic nuts and bolts of how life functions. 233 | LENGTH: 2 semesters | PREREQ: Biology | p e

Other High School Elective

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Talk to your DSD to see what creative solutions your campus may offer. Credits earned from this elective are applied to the minimum required elective credit for graduation and do not satisfy any subject-specific graduation requirements. 9999 | LENGTH: 1 semester |

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Services

Tutoring and Mentoring

Teachers are able to tutor students in the subjects they teach. Tutoring is customized to the individual student. Frequency and number of sessions are determined by the student’s mastery of the subject.

Classes for Credit

Part-time students can take any of our courses as a stand-alone class for credit. Fusion Classes for Credit meet state and national curriculum standards and are accepted as transferable units by most schools. For specifics, please check with your campus.

College Writing Intensive

This 10 session program is designed to refine academic writing skills before making a transition to college. Students learn and practice great organizational skills, research, and put citations to use while honing their writing abilities. This program makes a great refresher for any student preparing for college and for advanced high school students looking opportunities to challenge themselves.

Homework CafĂŠÂŽ

Students are able to receive extra help with homework in a designated silent or social space on campus. This is a great option for students who need a more focused environment with teachers able to assist if necessary.

Leadership Intensive

This 10 session, non-credit program, is designed to prepare young leaders in the study and application of leadership theories. Students design and implement their own leadership project to flex their leadership skills in real-life. Want to earn elective credit for this program? Enroll in our Leadership course. This makes a great summer program!

Study Skills Intensive

The Study Skills Intensive is designed to equip students with the skills to jump-start their practice of great learning and studying behavior. This intensive makes a great transitional program to prepare students before they start their school year in the fall or new classes next semester. Students who can benefit beyond this 10-session program may consider enrolling in our full semester, for-credit elective course.

Test Prep

Teachers help students prepare for big tests including the ACT and SAT by covering testspecific material, study skills, and review techniques.

Post-Secondary Support

Some students know that they want to go to college, others are not sure they are ready for or interested in attending college immediately after high school. Whichever path a student wishes to take, our Post-Secondary Counselor can work with them to help them create an individualized plan for the future and reach their goals smoothly and confidently. Also, once your student has decided on their path after high school, we can continue to work with them to intentionally build skills to provide a smooth transition into their next stage of life.

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