Course Descriptions

Electives

ACT Test Prep

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

ACT Test Prep will prepare the student to take the ACT college entrance exam. The course will guide the student through what is on the test and how to respond to the questions asked. Students should expect a higher score on the ACT after working through the lessons in this course.

Art History

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Art History is the history of art. This course follows a chronological path through the traditionally acknowledge 'history of western fine art'. Art History traces mostly European and American art from its roots in Green and Rome to the present day. After studying this course, you will know a great deal more about how to look at art and architecture; how to explore art's relationship with its time; how to recognize and anticipate the influence of technology, religion and philosophy on art.

*Art History will meet the Fine Arts requirement for college admission.

Career Internship I

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

The Career Internship course encourages students to partner with a mentor from any of a wide range of professions in order to learn about it during an 8-10-week period. The students will mirror their mentors for a total of 90 hours. It is suggested that students set a schedule of mentoring 3-4 hours a day at least 3 days a week. At the end of each week during the internship, the student will submit their hours for the week and a summary explaining the work completed. In the final week, students write an essay on the experience.

Career Internship II

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Career Internship I

The Career Internship II course allows students to continue to partner with a mentor from any of a wide range of professions in order to learn about it during an 8-10 week period. The students will mirror their mentors for a total of 90 hours. It is suggested that students set a schedule of mentoring 3-4 hours a day at least 3 days a week. At the end of each week during the internship, the student will submit their hours for the week and a summary explaining the work completed. In the final week, students write an essay on the experience.

Career Prep A

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Career Prep A directs students in determining and preparing for a career path according to their interests. Students compile a resume and associated documentation, engage in research, and utilize communication skills in preparation for an interview. Students edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

Career Prep B

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Career Prep A

Career Prep B prepares students for the work experience. Students lean what the expectations are for keeping a job. Students will reflect upon teamwork, appropriate work habits, and becoming valued employees.

Character and Leadership

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Character and Leadership advocates being personally responsible for your commitments. In this course students self-reflect on the traits important to becoming a contributing citizen, employee and family member including: self-discipline, honesty, positive attitude, teamwork, self-confidence and conflict management.

College Readiness A

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course will help prepare you for success in college. You will be introduced to skills like applying and choosing colleges, as well as budgeting and receiving financial aid for school.

College Readiness B

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: College Readiness A

This half of the course will focus on skills to strengthen once you have been accepted to college. This course will prepare you to be a successful and productive college student. Once you have completed this course you should feel more comfortable about the college process.

Creative Writing

Grade Level: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: English 1 and 2

This course focuses strongly on composition using various styles and techniques (including different genres and perspectives), manipulation and use of the written language, how to create or enhance the student's own voice, and how to enhance writing through analyzing and editing. Students are expected to engage teacher in discussion regarding work. They edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

Cyber 101

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on building the skills necessary to become a successful online student. Students will learn the basics of the Learning Management System that powers the curriculum, as well as tips for best practices in conducting Internet research. Cyber 101 is required on all new students and returning students upon the recommendation of the School Counselor.

Fitness A

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

In Fitness A, students will learn about physical fitness, the important role that exercise plays in our life and how we may safely incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This course satisfies the SC academic component of the SC requirement for Physical Education.

Concepts covered are related to nutrition, proper stretching and cooling down, strength and cardiovascular training, prevention and first aid for sports injuries and fitness for special populations.

Fitness B

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Fitness A

Fitness B is the continuation of Fitness A and is designed for students who wish to further their study of fitness.

This course satisfies the SC academic component of the SC requirement for Physical Education.

Math Strategies I

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Skills Assessment, Recommendation of the School Counselor

This course focuses on building the Math skills required to complete high school level Mathematics courses. Students complete a skills assessments and lessons that are customized to master the needed skills.

Math Strategies II

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Skills Assessment, Recommendation of the School Counselor

This course focuses on building the Math skills required to complete higher level high school Mathematics courses. Students complete a skills assessments and lessons that are customized to master the needed skills.

Music Appreciation

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Music Appreciation is a study of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will learn some of the terms we use to talk about music and what they mean, a little about music notation, and survey the major Western musical styles throughout history.

Photography

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Photography offers students an introduction into the history of the camera and the art of photography, and explains how the camera has changed over the years. Students will learn basic photography terms important to the composition of photos and have the opportunity to research several different photographers and genres of the art form.

Pre-Algebra

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Skills Assessment, Recommendation of the School Counselor

Pre-algebra is an introductory course to Algebra I and it teaches the foundational information to be successful in all math courses. This course focuses on building the Math skills required to complete high school level Math courses.

Service Learning I

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Students will volunteer for a community organization in their neighborhood. These activities must not be compensated for monetarily or be part of regular family chores. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to give back to the community.

Service Learning II

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Service Learning I

Students will volunteer for a community organization in their neighborhood. These activities must not be compensated for monetarily or be part of regular family chores. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to give back to the community.

Speech

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

A half credit course designed to have students learn how to effectively listen to and finally give their own speech. Students will listen to and critique the speech-giving skills of three speakers, one of which must be physically attended and viewed by the student. They will also learn how to lead a group discussion and maintain order and focus among the group. Nonverbal communication is also covered in the course, so that students may learn that not all communication needs to be spoken, and that some things may be conveyed in a gesture. The final project is a 3-5 minute speech prepared and presented by the student in audio or video format.

Stress Management

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Students in this course will study the physiology of stress and the relaxation responses of the body. They will be provided with opportunities to gauge their own stressors and adaptation techniques and will have chances to learn tools for managing stress. In addition to learning the foundational work done on the study of stress and its effects, students will be able to identify stress in others and to develop programs of stress reduction.

Time Management

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on building the skills necessary to manage your time successfully as an online student. Students will learn the basics of the creating a schedule, as well as tips for prioritizing those schedules. Included in this course are suggestions on limiting distractions, staying motivated, and focusing on future goals. Students will be enrolled in Time Management if they demonstrate that they are having trouble adjusting to attending school in a virtual environment.

Writing Skills

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Students analyze sentences to identify their underlying structure. Once analysis is mastered, students will learn to properly punctuate sentences. Students also write essays and learn some basic skills for essay writing.