Class Descriptions

Specialty Classes

ESL

AP Courses

  • AP Computer Science A: Following the AP curriculum, students are introduced to basic programming concepts like variables, conditionals, loops, functions, classes, and Objects in the Java programming language. They are then encouraged to take the AP test for college credit.

Distance Education/Online Learning


Regular Classes

Language Arts

  • Basic English skills will be developed in this class. Topics will include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Materials used in class will include textbooks, magazines, internet, and TV/DVD materials. Grades will be determined based on tests, homework, class participation, and projects.

Math

  • Course includes the study of integers, rational numbers, equations and inequalities, polynomials and factoring, rational expressions, relations and functions, linear equations and their graphs, quadratic equations and radical expressions. Problem solving and applications will be emphasized throughout. Technology is integrated throughout.

Science

  • The biology curriculum is designed around a full school year in order to continue student investigations and deepen student understanding of the biological sciences. High school instruction includes concepts introduced in grades K-8 at a more abstract level. In-depth study of the following concepts is included: the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, the interdependence of organisms, matter, energy and organization in living systems, and the adaptive responses of organisms.

Social Studies

  • Students will be exposed to United States history from Pre-history-1492 to present. The students will achieve the objectives through class discussion, reading, taking notes, homework, in-class assignments, tests and quizzes. Throughout the year the students will experience cooperative learning techniques using multimedia activities such as computer labs.

Art

  • This course is divided into units. The first two titled Elements of Art/Principles of Design and Learning How to Draw are designed to introduce the student to visual arts literacy through work with a variety of drawing and painting media and techniques, to develop the students’ abilities to make critical judgment about art, and learn drawing techniques and strategies.
  • The remaining units are designed to build upon and increase the student knowledge of the elements and principles with an increased focus on art criticism, art theory, and art from other cultures and art history. Possible unit themes might include, African American Art- Affirmation Today, or Visual Representations of the Holocaust. They focus on cultural expression, heritage, and how images are interpreted, Each unit uses a Discipline Based Art Education approach to teaching. This approach to teaching makes use of four fundamental art disciplines. These disciplines include
    • 1) Art History- The study of arts development from ancient times through the present.
    • 2) Art Studio- The actual art making process.
    • 3) Art Criticism- talking about artwork.
    • 4) Aesthetics- discussing the philosophy of art and beauty.

Music

  • Over the span of one semester, students will learn about and practice basic musical skills. Fluency in reading notation, subdivision, precise rhythmic performance, and expressive decision-making (musicality), will make up the content of this course. Full and consistent participation in all class activities makes up the majority of the student grade. Regardless of student skill at the onset of the term, musical improvement is the primary expectation.
    Since performance is an integral part of musical study, each student will perform one to two pieces at the end of the year in a recital.

Technology

Students will learn the basic use and function of computers for everyday, academic, and business purposes. The course will teach students the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. While many students will have some prior knowledge of and experience with these applications, students will gain a fuller knowledge of the functions of each, as well as an understanding of how these applications can be most effectively utilized for academic purposes.

  • Computer I (Computer Literacy): Students learn the basics of computers: from touch typing, to hardware and software, Internet safety and privacy, Google Drive, and various Office software programs.
  • Computer II (Web Programming): Students learn the basics of web programming: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and Bootstrap.
  • Graphic Design I (Yearbook): Students learn the basics of color theory, typography, document layout, image selection and editing, and put all that knowledge together to create the monthly newsletter and Yearbook (final project).
  • Graphic Design II (Branding): Students dive deeper into their understanding of graphic design by exploring product and company branding. The final project in this class is to rebrand a (student) selected product or company.
  • Robotics: Students are introduced to writing basic computer programs with simple Block-based programming languages and some simple typed languages. They then build robots, program them, and test them, refining their skills along the way.

Foreign Language

  • This course utilizes the text/workbook, Lai Lai Modern Chinese 1 as its framework. The course is divided into three units, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
    • Unit One, Reading; Students learn how to read simple sentences and learn simple conversation. Students learn how to pronounce words and recognize correct sentence structures.
    • Unit Two, Writing: Students learn how to write Chinese sentences with proper characters. They will be tested on their ability to write sentences. Students are tested after each chapter.
    • Unit Three, Speaking: Students practice how to speak Chinese. Speaking correctly and pronunciation is important. Students will learn simple conversation and communication skills.

College Prep

  • TOEFL: Students will be exposed to the basic structure and elements of the TOEFL exam.