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Art
as of 05/30/2018
Drawing, Sculpting, & Painting A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
**Art supply kits will be handed out at the orientations or available through the SVL office.**

Students explore a variety of media providing a foundation in the elements and principles of art with an emphasis on drawing, sculpting and painting. The study of art history, cultures, and artists will provide vocabulary skills and a foundation for students to discuss and evaluate their own work in a supportive atmosphere. This course is a suggested prerequisite for all other 2D & 3D visual art classes.

Prerequisite:none
Drawing, Sculpting, & Painting B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
**Art supply kits will be handed out at the orientations or available through the SVL office.**

Students explore a variety of media providing a foundation in the elements and principles of art with an emphasis on drawing, sculpting and painting. The study of art history, cultures, and artists will provide vocabulary skills and a foundation for students to discuss and evaluate their own work in a supportive atmosphere. This course is a suggested prerequisite for all other 2D & 3D visual art classes.

Prerequisite:Completion of Drawing, Sculpting, & Painting A
College, Career & Life Readiness
as of 05/30/2018
College, Career, & Life Readiness - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
Career, College, and Life Readiness provides students with the opportunity to focus on practical, concrete skills which enhance the ability of individuals and families to be effective and productive in careers, at home, and in the world. Through the integration of technology, students practice important consumer, family and work skills including positive relationships, child development knowledge, human growth and development, foods and nutrition, career exploration, money management, college and career planning and drug, tobacco, and alcohol education. In addition, this class embeds the important skills of reading, writing, communicating, problem solving and decision making about real everyday issues.
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE FOR SPS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY.
Computer
as of 05/30/2018
AP Computer Programming A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
AP Computer Science provides instruction in the use of the JAVA programming language to design, write, and analyze programs and subprograms in preparation for the AP Computer Science exam.
Prerequisite:Completion of Algebra 1
Certified Computer Applications Specialist - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Information technology permeates our society and our entire educational system. More than just a series of courses and competencies, information technology is an information-gathering, organizing, and problem-solving tool that supports every discipline in the schoolhouse.

These courses introduce advanced computer applications and cover all aspects of the Microsoft Office suite. Students completing these courses may take the Microsoft User Specialist Certification in the areas of Word, Excel, Access, and/or PowerPoint. Desktop publishing, graphics, web pages, and video editing multi-media are also covered.
Prerequisite:none
Web Design - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
WEB DESIGN IS ALSO A CTE EQUIVALENT FOR FINE ARTS CREDIT.
This project-based class teaches professional web design using Adobe Creative Suite and other popular software. The curriculum is designed to teach the full process of designing, developing, and managing the creation of websites. Students create multimedia websites using Dreamweaver, web graphics and digital photography with Photoshop and other photo editing and drawing programs, web animation with Flash, and web video editing software. Students interested in the area of web development are encouraged to take this class.
Prerequisite:None
Elective
as of 05/30/2018
Individually Designed Studies A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
Study what YOU want to study - Design your own course of study Choose your own courses from hundreds of options (www.coursera.org) Earn high school credit while taking college courses of interest Learn from professors at Yale, Princeton, Penn, Stanford, Brown and many more universities Other Benefits: Sample majors BEFORE you get to college Get a head start on your college interests or your career path List courses and certificates in your college application Earn up to a full year elective credit (1.0)
You can choose from classes like this and many more: Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and Game Design and Development, Graphic Design, How to Start Your Own Business, iOS App Development, Buddhism and Modern Psychology, Creative Writing, Systems Biology and Biotechnology, The Art of Music Production, Become a Journalist, Modern Art and Ideas, Mathematical Biostatistics, Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio … explore www.coursera.org
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS FOR SPS STUDENTS ONLY.
English
as of 05/30/2018
AP English 11- Language & Composition A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition will engage students in becoming skilled readers of primarily nonfiction prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and reading will make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students may elect, in the spring, to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition.
Prerequisite:none
AP English 12- Literature & Composition A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:3
This course, comparable to an introductory college literature course, teaches careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature from various cultures and time periods. Composition assignments include paragraphs, timed essays, formal essays (personal, expository, and argumentative), and a literary analysis research paper. Students may elect, in the spring, to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam in Literature and Composition.
Prerequisite:none
Bridge to College English 12A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:3
This course focuses on the English Language Arts key readiness standards from Washington State’s K-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts (the Common Core State Standards, CCSS-ELA). The course is designed to prepare students for entrance into post-secondary credit-bearing courses. The course addresses lessons in critical reading, academic writing, speaking and listening, research and inquiry, and language use.
Prerequisite:none
Bridge to College English 12B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:3
This course focuses on the English Language Arts key readiness stan- dards from Washington State’s K-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts (the Common Core State Standards, CCSS-ELA). The course is designed to prepare students for entrance into post-secondary credit-bearing courses. The course addresses lessons in critical reading, academic writing, speaking and listening, research and inquiry, and language use.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Bridge to College English 12 A
English 10 Honors A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 10. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course pre- pares students to take more demanding, advanced placement classes. Pre-Requisites: pre-course summer assignment
Prerequisite:None
English 10 Honors B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 10. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course pre- pares students to take more demanding, advanced placement classes. Pre-Requisites: pre-course summer assignment.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 10 Honors A.
English 10A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
In this grade, students will explore the thematic concept of culture. Texts include Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart , Sophocles’ Antigone , Susan B. Anthony’s “On Women’s Right to Vote,” and the Nobel Prize acceptance speeches of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Elie Wiesel. Students will be challenged to use evidence from these texts in both written and oral responses. For example, students will study the extent to which one’s culture influences one’s worldview, and incorporate tex- tual evidence in a written argument. Research plays a role as students investigate the Ibo culture represented in Things Fall Apart and present their findings in a collaborative presentation with digital media. Film texts play a role when students analyze the degree of objectivity and subjectivity present in documentary films while also gathering evidence about environmental issues.
Prerequisite:none
English 10B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
In this grade, students will explore the thematic concept of culture. Texts include Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart , Sophocles’ Antigone , Susan B. Anthony’s “On Women’s Right to Vote,” and the Nobel Prize acceptance speeches of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Elie Wiesel. Students will be challenged to use evidence from these texts in both written and oral responses. For example, students will study the extent to which one’s culture influences one’s worldview, and incorporate tex- tual evidence in a written argument. Research plays a role as students investigate the Ibo culture represented in Things Fall Apart and present their findings in a collaborative presentation with digital media. Film texts play a role when students analyze the degree of objectivity and subjectivity present in documentary films while also gathering evidence about environmental issues.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 10 A
English 11A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
In this grade, students will explore the concept of the American Dream. Students will read foundational U.S. documents such as Lin- coln’s Second Inaugural Address and The Declaration of Independence, essays by Thoreau and Emerson, poetry by Hughes and Whitman, Arthur Miller’s drama The Crucible , and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God . These texts will help students gather evidence to incorporate in an informative essay defining what it means to be an American and a synthesis essay that argues whether or not America still provides access to the American Dream. Students will compare both print and film versions of The Crucible , and study various features of news outlets while working collaboratively to create their own news outlet.
Prerequisite:none
English 11B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
In this grade, students will explore the concept of the American Dream. Students will read foundational U.S. documents such as Lin- coln’s Second Inaugural Address and The Declaration of Independence, essays by Thoreau and Emerson, poetry by Hughes and Whitman, Arthur Miller’s drama The Crucible , and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God . These texts will help students gather evidence to incorporate in an informative essay defining what it means to be an American and a synthesis essay that argues whether or not America still provides access to the American Dream. Students will compare both print and film versions of The Crucible , and study various features of news outlets while working collaboratively to create their own news outlet.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 11 A
English 7 Honors A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 7. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course prepares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:
English 7 Honors B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 7. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course prepares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 7 A / English 7 Honors A
English 7A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Students extend their exploration of the role of personal voice in writing. They look at persuasive techniques, appeals, language and images in print and non print texts to inform their analyses and inferences for audience, purpose, and point of view. Through consistent practice and learning strategies, students continue to hone their reading and writing skills. Oral presentations and collaborative work give them opportunities to improve interpersonal communication skills as well as more formal presentation skills.
Prerequisite:none
English 7B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Students extend their exploration of the role of personal voice in writing. They look at persuasive techniques, appeals, language and images in print and non print texts to inform their analyses and inferences for audience, purpose, and point of view. Through consistent practice and learning strategies, students continue to hone their reading and writing skills. Oral presentations and collaborative work give them opportunities to improve interpersonal communication skills as well as more formal presentation skills.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 7A
English 8 Honors A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 8. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course prepares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:
English 8 Honors B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 8. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course prepares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 8 A Honors/ English 8 A.
English 8A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
In this level, students focus on analysis of heroic archetypes and character traits, while also reading and evaluating elements of both fiction and nonfiction texts. Students continue to hone their writing skills through projects such as writing essays to define a concept, persuade an audience, and present point of view. Students’ speaking, listening, and performance skills are enhanced with opportunities for both formal and informal presentations. This core curriculum prepares students for rigorous, high level work in high school.
Prerequisite:none
English 8B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
In this level, students focus on analysis of heroic archetypes and character traits, while also reading and evaluating elements of both fiction and nonfiction texts. Students continue to hone their writing skills through projects such as writing essays to define a concept, persuade an audience, and present point of view. Students’ speaking, listening, and performance skills are enhanced with opportunities for both formal and informal presentations. This core curriculum prepares students for rigorous, high level work in high school.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 8A
English 9 Honors A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 9. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course pre- pares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:None
English 9 Honors B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
The focus of this course is to offer students an extension of the core curriculum of English 9. Enrichment activities and assignments are provided throughout the course. The completion of this course pre- pares students to take advanced placement classes later in high school.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 9 Honors A
English 9A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Investigating the thematic concept of coming of age. Students will read Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird ; informational articles about college; short stories by Poe and Collier; historical articles about segregation; poetry by Wordsworth, Neruda, and Cardiff; and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet . From the reading, students will gather evidence from texts and incorporate it in written and oral responses, including a presentation using multiple forms of media. Students will encounter more varied and complex writing in this grade as they write in a variety of modes including argumentative, informational, and nar- rative writing. Film texts are a large part of Grade 9 activities. In Unit 2, students will study a film director’s style and analyze how style is evi- dent in the transformation of print texts to films. In Unit 5, students will study Romeo and Juliet and analyze how key scenes are represented in multiple film versions as well as the print text.
Prerequisite:none
English 9B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Investigating the thematic concept of coming of age. Students will read Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird ; informational articles about college; short stories by Poe and Collier; historical articles about segregation; poetry by Wordsworth, Neruda, and Cardiff; and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet . From the reading, students will gather evidence from texts and incorporate it in written and oral responses, including a presentation using multiple forms of media. Students will encounter more varied and complex writing in this grade as they write in a variety of modes including argumentative, informational, and nar- rative writing. Film texts are a large part of Grade 9 activities. In Unit 2, students will study a film director’s style and analyze how style is evi- dent in the transformation of print texts to films. In Unit 5, students will study Romeo and Juliet and analyze how key scenes are represented in multiple film versions as well as the print text.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of English 9A
Fitness & Health
as of 05/30/2018
Health - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
This required class focuses on a variety of health concepts, skills and behaviors to help you plan for personal and lifelong health goals. You will develop and demonstrate skills, such as analyzing behaviors and their consequences, preventing disease, developing overall wellness, and identifying community health resources. The course includes such topics as nutrition, conflict resolution, Human Growth & Development, emer- gency situations, stress, addiction and dependency, and diseases. Students will take a Washington State Fitness & Health CBA in this course.
Prerequisite:PLEASE NOTE:
RCW 28A.240 requires hands-on practice in administration of CPR and use of an AED to be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation; this course aims to fulfill that requirement by offering this hands-on AED/CPR practice directly to Spokane-area students. Students enrolled in this course who are unable to attend the Spokane area practice will be advised:
1. How to seek locally-sourced AED/CPR hands-on practice, or
2. Demonstrate recent course completion or certification.
Intro to Fitness - Student Athlete (Year 1) - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES

Below are the required steps for students who are seeking a .5 or 1.0 credit in Fitness via an alternative physical activity and an approved sport. One semester of approved alternative physical activity correlates to a .5 credit toward the Fitness requirement. There are two components that must be successfully completed in order to earn a Fitness credit:

  1. Successful completion of written curriculum components via SVL and,
  2. Successful completion in an athletic activity that is either a school based program or a directed community activity*

Students will have to successfully complete their online course of study and complete their approved activity in order to have credit and letter grade applied to their transcript. Coaches will be asked to verify that the student did indeed complete the season or sport in good standing. If one of either component is missing the student will not receive any credit toward their Fitness requirement. *By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness. In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition. It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

 

*By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness.  In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness:  cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition.  It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY.
Verification of Athletic Participation forms completed.
Intro to Fitness (Year 1) - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
In this first in a series of 3 required semesters of fitness, you will participate in a variety of activities in which you will demonstrate and apply complex motor skills, movement concepts, skill-related components of fitness, safety, and teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. You will take a look at individual health behaviors and analyze your current personal health and fitness plan by assessing your fitness in the components of health-related fitness. You will demonstrate your ability to set and adjust individual fitness goals and to create a personal health and fitness plan based on your analysis. You will also identify barriers to physical activity and strategies to overcome those barriers to maintain a physically active lifestyle.
Prerequisite:none
Intro to Health Science Careers - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Are you interested in a career in the medical field that has job security, high wages and makes a significant difference in people’s lives? In this class you will explore careers in all areas of health care. You will take field trips to multiple health related sites and hear from guest speakers who currently work in health careers. You will learn basic human anat- omy, medical terminology, diseases and basic medical skills through hands on activities. Handling stress, making ethical decisions, working with a diverse population and leadership skills will be emphasized. This class satisfies the Health graduation requirement, or half of the Career and Technical Education graduation requirement.
Prerequisite:None
Lifetime Fitness (Year 2) A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
"Do it, move it, make it happen. No one ever sat their way to success." Unknown

In this course, you will apply movement skills and fitness concepts and evaluate health and skill-related components of fitness in lifetime activities. You will predict how physical activity interests and abilities change across a lifetime, and how to select coping skills to deal with personal challenges, differences and setbacks in physical performance. You will create, implement, monitor, self-assess, and modify a personal health and fitness plan. The fitness center and heart rate monitors will be used to monitor progress towards fitness goals. At the end of Lifetime Fitness Semester B, you will take the Washington State Fitness & Health CBA. You should leave this class with a great fitness plan and a love for healthy living. Course Fee: A $10 supply fee (for HRM strap) will be charged to your student account.
Prerequisite:Completion of Intro to Fitness or equivalent.
Lifetime Fitness (Year 2) B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
"Do it, move it, make it happen. No one ever sat their way to success." Unknown

In this course, you will apply movement skills and fitness concepts and evaluate health and skill-related components of fitness in lifetime activities. You will predict how physical activity interests and abilities change across a lifetime, and how to select coping skills to deal with personal challenges, differences and setbacks in physical performance. You will create, implement, monitor, self-assess, and modify a personal health and fitness plan. The fitness center and heart rate monitors will be used to monitor progress towards fitness goals. At the end of Lifetime Fitness Semester B, you will take the Washington State Fitness & Health CBA. You should leave this class with a great fitness plan and a love for healthy living. Course Fee: A $10 supply fee (for HRM strap) will be charged to your student account.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Lifetime Fitness A
Lifetime Fitness Student Athlete (Year 2) A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES

Below are the required steps for students who are seeking a .5 or 1.0 credit in Fitness via an alternative physical activity and an approved sport. One semester of approved alternative physical activity correlates to a .5 credit toward the Fitness requirement. There are two components that must be successfully completed in order to earn a Fitness credit:

  1. Successful completion of written curriculum components via SVL and,
  2. Successful completion in an athletic activity that is either a school based program or a directed community activity*

Students will have to successfully complete their online course of study and complete their approved activity in order to have credit and letter grade applied to their transcript. Coaches will be asked to verify that the student did indeed complete the season or sport in good standing. If one of either component is missing the student will not receive any credit toward their Fitness requirement. *By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness. In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition. It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

*By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness. In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition. It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY.
Successful completion of Intro to Fitness or equivalent. Verification of Athletic Participation forms completed.
Lifetime Fitness Student Athlete (Year 2) B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES

Below are the required steps for students who are seeking a .5 or 1.0 credit in Fitness via an alternative physical activity and an approved sport. One semester of approved alternative physical activity correlates to a .5 credit toward the Fitness requirement. There are two components that must be successfully completed in order to earn a Fitness credit:

  1. Successful completion of written curriculum components via SVL and,
  2. Successful completion in an athletic activity that is either a school based program or a directed community activity*

Students will have to successfully complete their online course of study and complete their approved activity in order to have credit and letter grade applied to their transcript. Coaches will be asked to verify that the student did indeed complete the season or sport in good standing. If one of either component is missing the student will not receive any credit toward their Fitness requirement.

*By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness. In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition. It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

*By definition, exercise is a physical activity conducted with the intention of developing physical fitness. In order to improve physical fitness one must be involved in exercise activities that employ the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and quickness, speed, balance and coordination. RCW 49.60.500 defines "Community athletics program" as an athletic program that is organized for the purpose of training for and engaging in athletic activity and competition. It is operated, conducted, administered, or supported by a city, town, county, district, or school district other than those offered by the school and created solely for the students by the school.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED ACTIVITIES
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY.
Successful completion of Lifetime Fitness A. Verification of Athletic Participation forms completed.
Math
as of 05/30/2018
7th Grade Accelerated Mathematics A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Accelerated Math is offered for students who want to take the high school course of Algebra 1 as an eighth grader, thus allowing them to reach Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics as a high school senior. This course offers a combination of seventh grade and eighth grade math by completing two years of math topics in one year. Students must be able to learn math topics quickly in order to be successful in this course. Students will explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. In Accelerated Math, students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers, including positive and negative fractions, decimals and integers. Students will explore proportional relationships found in similar figures. They will solve a variety of linear equations and inequalities. They will represent and determine the slope and y-intercept of linear functions with verbal descriptions, tables, graphs and symbolic expressions. Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will extend their understanding of surface area and volume to include finding surface area and volume of cylinders and volume of cones and pyramids. Students will broaden their understanding of probability. Additionally, they will build on their extensive experience organizing and interpreting data, by using mean, median, and mode to analyze, summarize, and describe information.
Prerequisite:None
7th Grade Accelerated Mathematics B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Accelerated Math is offered for students who want to take the high school course of Algebra 1 as an eighth grader, thus allowing them to reach Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics as a high school senior. This course offers a combination of seventh grade and eighth grade math by completing two years of math topics in one year. Students must be able to learn math topics quickly in order to be successful in this course. Students will explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. In Accelerated Math, students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers, including positive and negative fractions, decimals and integers. Students will explore proportional relationships found in similar figures. They will solve a variety of linear equations and inequalities. They will represent and determine the slope and y-intercept of linear functions with verbal descriptions, tables, graphs and symbolic expressions. Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will extend their understanding of surface area and volume to include finding surface area and volume of cylinders and volume of cones and pyramids. Students will broaden their understanding of probability. Additionally, they will build on their extensive experience organizing and interpreting data, by using mean, median, and mode to analyze, summarize, and describe information.
Prerequisite:
Algebra 1A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Algebra will weave together a variety of concepts, procedures and processes in mathematics. Students will develop the ability to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through these mathematical concepts and algebraic procedures. Topics for this course include a study of linear, quadratic and exponential functions as well as statistics. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course.
Prerequisite:none
Algebra 1B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
Algebra will weave together a variety of concepts, procedures and processes in mathematics. Students will develop the ability to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through these mathematical concepts and algebraic procedures. Topics for this course include a study of linear, quadratic and exponential functions as well as statistics. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Algebra 1A
Algebra 2A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The practice standards; problems solving, communication and connections apply throughout this course. Through the content and practice standards, students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course. The Smarter Balanced Assessment taken during the junior year tests mathematics content through this course and is a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2019.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Geometry A and B.
Algebra 2B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The practice standards; problems solving, communication and connections apply throughout this course. Through the content and practice standards, students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course. The Smarter Balanced Assessment taken during the junior year tests mathematics content through this course and is a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2019.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Algebra 2A
AP Calculus AB 1A - Open
Length:1st SemesterGrade Levels:2
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
Prerequisite:Completion of Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus BC 1A - Open
Length:1st SemesterGrade Levels:2
Explore the key concepts, methods, and applications of single-variable calculus including all topics covered in AP Calculus AB (functions, graphs, and limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus) as well as additional topics in differential and integral calculus, such as parametric, polar and vector functions, and series.
Prerequisite:Completion of HONORS Pre-Calculus
AP Statistics A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Algebra 2
Geometry A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
Students will explore the basic concepts and methods of Euclidean Geometry while deepening their understanding about plane and solid geometry. Course topics include reasoning and proof, line and angle relationships, two and three dimensional figures, coordinate plane geometry, geometric transformations, surface area and volume. Core processes include reasoning, problem solving and communication.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Algebra 1A and 1B.
Geometry B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
Students will explore the basic concepts and methods of Euclidean Geometry while deepening their understanding about plane and solid geometry. Course topics include reasoning and proof, line and angle relationships, two and three dimensional figures, coordinate plane geometry, geometric transformations, surface area and volume. Core processes include reasoning, problem solving and communication.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Geometry A.
Middle School Math 1A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Middle School Math 1 continues to build on concepts introduced in the elementary school. Most seventh grade students should be enrolled in this course, as it provides the foundation for Algebra and beyond. Students will explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. A summary of the major concepts and procedures learned in this course follows.
In seventh grade, students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers, including positive and negative fractions, decimals and integers. Students will also extend their work with ratios to solve problems involving a variety of proportional relationships, such as making conversions between measurement units or finding the percentof increase or decrease of an amount. Students will explore proportional relationships found in similar figures, graph proportional relationships and identify slope in situations, tables,graphs, and equations. They will extend their understanding of surface area and volume to include finding surface area and volume of cylinders and volume of cones and pyramids. Students will broaden their understanding of probability. They will revisit how to interpret data, using more sophisticated types of data graphs and thinking about the meaning of certain statistical measures. Finally, students will extend their coordinate graphing skills, and begin their use of exponents.
Prerequisite:none
Middle School Math 1B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
Middle School Math 1 continues to build on concepts introduced in the elementary school. Most seventh grade students should be enrolled in this course, as it provides the foundation for Algebra and beyond. Students will explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. A summary of the major concepts and procedures learned in this course follows.
In seventh grade, students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers, including positive and negative fractions, decimals and integers. Students will also extend their work with ratios to solve problems involving a variety of proportional relationships, such as making conversions between measurement units or finding the percentof increase or decrease of an amount. Students will explore proportional relationships found in similar figures, graph proportional relationships and identify slope in situations, tables,graphs, and equations. They will extend their understanding of surface area and volume to include finding surface area and volume of cylinders and volume of cones and pyramids. Students will broaden their understanding of probability. They will revisit how to interpret data, using more sophisticated types of data graphs and thinking about the meaning of certain statistical measures. Finally, students will extend their coordinate graphing skills, and begin their use of exponents.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of MS Math 1A
Middle School Math 2A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
Middle School Math 2 continues to build on the concepts introduced in seventh grade. Students will continue to deepen their understanding of mathematics in preparation for high school mathematics. Students will continue to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. A summary of the major concepts and procedures learned in this course follows. Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. In eighth grade, students will solve a variety of linear equations and inequalities. They will represent and determine the slope and y-intercept of linear functions with verbal descriptions, tables, graphs and symbolic expressions.
Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will build on their extensive experience organizing and interpreting data, by using mean, median, and mode to analyze, summarize, and describe information. Additionally, students will be introduced to scientific notation, the laws of exponents, and irrational numbers.
Prerequisite:none
Middle School Math 2B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
Middle School Math 2 continues to build on the concepts introduced in seventh grade. Students will continue to deepen their understanding of mathematics in preparation for high school mathematics. Students will continue to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate their ideas clearly as they work through mathematical concepts. A summary of the major concepts and procedures learned in this course follows. Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. In eighth grade, students will solve a variety of linear equations and inequalities. They will represent and determine the slope and y-intercept of linear functions with verbal descriptions, tables, graphs and symbolic expressions.
Students will work with lines and angles, especially as they solve problems involving triangles, using square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will build on their extensive experience organizing and interpreting data, by using mean, median, and mode to analyze, summarize, and describe information. Additionally, students will be introduced to scientific notation, the laws of exponents, and irrational numbers.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of MS Math 2A
Pre-Calculus A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
The course is designed for students who are preparing for mathematics or a mathematics-related career. Included are an integrated development of advanced algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and an introduction to calculus. This course is a prerequisite to calculus. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Algebra 2 A & B
Pre-Calculus B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
The course is designed for students who are preparing for mathematics or a mathematics-related career. Included are an integrated development of advanced algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and an introduction to calculus. This course is a prerequisite to calculus. Use of the graphing calculator is an integral part of this course.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Pre-Calculus A
Music
as of 05/30/2018
AP Music Theory A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
This course is designed to provide instruction and preparation at the advanced level required for successful completion of the AP Music Theory Exam, including music literacy (musical notation and termi- nology), aural skills (sight singing and dictation), form and analysis, and composition.
Prerequisite:none
Music Theory A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
The fundamentals of music will be explored in this class. The student will learn the basics of harmony, melody, and rhythm as well as other aspects of music composition and arranging. This class is for the student who would like to eventually be able to compose or arrange music. Previ- ous experience in instrumental or vocal music is recommended.
Prerequisite:none
Music Theory B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
The fundamentals of music will be explored in this class. The student will learn the basics of harmony, melody, and rhythm as well as other aspects of music composition and arranging. This class is for the student who would like to eventually be able to compose or arrange music. Previ- ous experience in instrumental or vocal music is recommended.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Music Theory A
Photography
as of 05/30/2018
AP Studio Art: 2D (Digital Photo) A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
Advanced Placement 2D Studio Art is for art students that are inter- ested in completing the AP Digital Photography Portfolio to submit to the College Board to receive college credit. Students are challenged to develop their own work while meeting the requirements for the portfolio as stated by the College Board. This class explores a variety of mediums, subject matters, and styles of digital photography.
Prerequisite:This is a CTE or Fine Arts Credit.
Students need to have or have access to a digital camera or a phone with camera capabilities. It is ideal that students have a camera with manual controls (allowing for manipulation of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). Students also need access to a computer to use image editing software. Students will be responsible for acquiring their own editing software. There are a variety of options of free and purchase software.
Digital Photography A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
In this course you will gain knowledge of fundamental competencies in electronic digital cameras: image capture, lighting, lenses, scanning both negative and positive images in black and white and in color, with a greater emphasis on color. This class may be used for Professional- Technical OR Visual/Performing Art credit. Articulated College credit at SCC is available for completing specific skills in this course. Lab fee may be required plus cost for special projects.
Prerequisite:This is a CTE or Fine Arts Credit.
Students need to have or have access to a digital camera or a phone with camera capabilities. It is ideal that students have a camera with manual controls (allowing for manipulation of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). Students also need access to a computer to use image editing software. Students will be responsible for acquiring their own editing software. There are a variety of options of free and purchase software.
Digital Photography B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
In this course you will gain knowledge of fundamental competencies in electronic digital cameras: image capture, lighting, lenses, scanning both negative and positive images in black and white and in color, with a greater emphasis on color. This class may be used for Professional- Technical OR Visual/Performing Art credit. Articulated College credit at SCC is available for completing specific skills in this course. Lab fee may be required plus cost for special projects.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Digital Photography A. This is a CTE or Fine Arts Credit.
Students need to have or have access to a digital camera or a phone with camera capabilities. It is ideal that students have a camera with manual controls (allowing for manipulation of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). Students also need access to a computer to use image editing software. Students will be responsible for acquiring their own editing software. There are a variety of options of free and purchase software.
Science
as of 05/30/2018
7th Grade Science A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
This is a science course that focuses on chemistry and biology, providing seventh grade students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The seventh grade course is the first year of a two year science sequence (7th –8th grades) and is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:
7th Grade Science B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
This is a science course that focuses on chemistry and biology, providing seventh grade students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The seventh grade course is the first year of a two year science sequence (7th –8th grades) and is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of 7th Grade Science A.
Anatomy and Physiology A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
This course involves an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. Students learn how anatomy and physiology are interrelated and how the body maintains internal balance. Various human body systems are studied in depth at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. This course involves hands-on investigations, in- cluding dissections. This course should be of high interest to students who are considering health science careers or who simply want a deeper understanding of the biology of the human body.
Prerequisite:This is a 3rd year science class.
Anatomy and Physiology B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
This course involves an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. Students learn how anatomy and physiology are interrelated and how the body maintains internal balance. Various human body systems are studied in depth at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. This course involves hands-on investigations, in- cluding dissections. This course should be of high interest to students who are considering health science careers or who simply want a deeper understanding of the biology of the human body.
Prerequisite:This is a 3rd year science class. Successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology A.
Biology A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
Biology is the study of living systems, and interactions between living and non-living systems. Biology is a year-long introductory lab science course designed for ninth grade students. Using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide, students explore essential questions un- derlying topics in cellular biology, heredity, evolution and ecosystems. Questions guiding exploration include: “How do organisms live and grow? How and why do organisms interact with their environment, and what are the effects of these interactions? How are characteristics of one generation passed to the next? How can individuals of the same species have different characteristics?” And, “What evidence shows that different species are related?” In addition to acquiring content knowledge specific to biology, students also deepen their understand- ing of science and engineering practices through hands-on inquiry that involves asking questions, designing and carrying out investigations, and exploring and applying core science concepts that span across and unify all disciplines of science. This course is considered an algebra-based science.
Prerequisite:none
Biology B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
Biology is the study of living systems, and interactions between living and non-living systems. Biology is a year-long introductory lab science course designed for ninth grade students. Using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide, students explore essential questions un- derlying topics in cellular biology, heredity, evolution and ecosystems. Questions guiding exploration include: “How do organisms live and grow? How and why do organisms interact with their environment, and what are the effects of these interactions? How are characteristics of one generation passed to the next? How can individuals of the same species have different characteristics?” And, “What evidence shows that different species are related?” In addition to acquiring content knowledge specific to biology, students also deepen their understand- ing of science and engineering practices through hands-on inquiry that involves asking questions, designing and carrying out investigations, and exploring and applying core science concepts that span across and unify all disciplines of science. This course is considered an algebra-based science.
Prerequisite:Completion of Biology A.
Chemistry 8 - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
This is a science course that focuses on physics and earth science, providing eighth grade students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The eighth grade course is the second year of a two year science sequence (7th –8th grades) and is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:
Chemistry 9 - Closed
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
This is a science course that focuses on physics and earth science, providing students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The course is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE FOR NON-SPS STUDENTS ONLY.
Chemistry A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and its interactions. Chemistry is a year-long introductory lab science course designed for students after their freshman year. Using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide, students explore essential questions underlying topics including the structure and properties of matter and chemical reactions. Questions guiding exploration include: “How can one explain the structure, properties and interactions of matter?” And “How is energy in chemical reactions transferred and conserved?” In addition to acquiring content knowledge specific to chemistry, students also deepen their understanding of science and engineering practices through hands-on inquiry that involves asking questions, designing and carrying out investigations, and exploring and applying core science concepts that span across and unify all disciplines of science. This course is considered an algebra-based science.
Prerequisite:Algebra 1 A-B or Geometry A-B
Chemistry B - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and its interactions. Chemistry is a year-long introductory lab science course designed for students after their freshman year. Using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide, students explore essential questions underlying topics including the structure and properties of matter and chemical reactions. Questions guiding exploration include: “How can one explain the structure, properties and interactions of matter?” And “How is energy in chemical reactions transferred and conserved?” In addition to acquiring content knowledge specific to chemistry, students also deepen their understanding of science and engineering practices through hands-on inquiry that involves asking questions, designing and carrying out investigations, and exploring and applying core science concepts that span across and unify all disciplines of science. This course is considered an algebra-based science.
Prerequisite:Algebra 1 A-B or Geometry A-B
Physics 8 - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
This is a science course that focuses on physics and earth science, providing eighth grade students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The eighth grade course is the second year of a two year science sequence (7th –8th grades) and is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:none
Physics 9 - Closed
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:4
This is a science course that focuses on physics and earth science, providing students the opportunity to learn science concepts and principles, acquire reasoning and problem solving abilities, and develop inquiry skills. The course engages students in rich learning experiences that enable them to develop an understanding of the ideas of science and the ability to apply them appropriately. The course is designed to enable students to attain a fundamental level of scientific literacy that will provide the competencies needed for successful participation in our scientifically and technologically oriented society.
Prerequisite:THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE FOR NON-SPS STUDENTS ONLY.
Social Studies
as of 05/30/2018
8th Grade American Studies A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
In eighth grade, students develop a new, more abstract level of understanding of social studies concepts. The context for developing this understanding is U.S. history and government from the era of the beginning of the American Revolution to the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will assess how the ideals, values, and principles that drive the United States’ culture – including those described in its foundational documents – can be applied to an historical or modern situation. Students will study social, political, and economic perspectives throughout early American history.
Prerequisite:none
8th Grade American Studies B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:7
In eighth grade, students develop a new, more abstract level of understanding of social studies concepts. The context for developing this understanding is U.S. history and government from the era of the beginning of the American Revolution to the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will assess how the ideals, values, and principles that drive the United States’ culture – including those described in its foundational documents – can be applied to an historical or modern situation. Students will study social, political, and economic perspectives throughout early American history.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of American Studies A
AP Comparative Government A - Open
Length:1st SemesterGrade Levels:3
This course is designed for students wishing to learn more advanced concepts about governments around the world. This course intro- duces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Content will include the study of China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia and how politics, institutions, and behaviors shape these nations. Course work is equivalent to a college introductory course. Students who pass the Advanced Placement test will receive college credit from most universities.
Prerequisite:This is a 1 Semester course - offered during Fall Semester only.
AP European History A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:5
This two semester course covers major trend, and events from ap- proximately 1450 (High Renaissance) to the present. Major themes are the political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social and economic history of this era. Course work is equivalent to a college introductory course. If successfully completed, this course will fulfill the CWA and Economics senior social studies requirement.
Prerequisite:
AP Human Geography A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The purpose of AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systemic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and altercation of earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Students may elect to take the Advanced Placement exam. Students who pass the Advanced Placement test will receive college credit from most universities.
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AP US Government and Politics - Open
Length:1st SemesterGrade Levels:3
The AP US Government and Politics course gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the US. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret US government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires knowledge and understanding of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute US government and politics.
Prerequisite:This is a 1 Semester course - offered during Fall Semester only.
AP US History A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
The one-year Advanced Placement US History program is a compre- hensive college-level course that is organized chronologically. The as- signed readings are from a number of books used in American universi- ties. The teaching and study techniques have been chosen to prepare the student to do excellent work in college. The examinations and papers are similar to those the student will encounter in college work. Students may elect to take the Advanced Placement exam.
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AP World History A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:5
AP World History offers students a broad view of events, ideas and movements that have led to the contemporary world. This course has a brief review of ancient human history, but largely covers the history of major civilizations from 1450 to the present.
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Civics - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:3
In this course the students will gain an understanding of the following concepts: Constitutional and Economic Underpinnings of American Government, Political Parties, Beliefs, and Behaviors, Interest Groups and Mass Media, Institutions of Government, Public Policy, Civil Rights and Liberties. Through study of these topics, students will gain a vital understanding of the American system of governance and apply their understanding to an analysis of current issues.
Prerequisite:None.
Contemporary World Affairs (CWA) - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:3
This course will examine the key issues facing our world today. The student will bring together the understanding and skills they have de- veloped over the years in social studies to dig deeper into the problems of the environment, the proliferation of weapons, pandemics, terror- ism, international conflict, and more.
Prerequisite:none
Economics - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:3
In this course, students will study basic, practical economic concepts within the framework of the personal, local, national, and international settings to help each student better understand his/her contemporary world. Through the examination of a variety of topics students will be able to analyze economic activity, identify recurring problems, and make reasoned, objective judgments about current issues. I believe that students graduating from high school should have some background in economics as it relates to their personal lives as well as at a societal level. Each student should have a fundamental understanding of consumer economics, business economics, finance and investment economics, and the role of government in economics.
Prerequisite:SPS STUDENTS: THIS CLASS IS ONLY AVAILABLE AS AN ELECTIVE COURSE.
Research Skills & Geography - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
This course includes the study of world geography and research skills in which students will study regions of the world to develop enduring understandings of the core concepts and ideas in civics, economics, geography, and history. Students will survey each of the regions by examining the peoples, cultures, and resources within a global context. Students will develop their research abilities and apply these skills through multiple research opportunities within the context of each of the five regions.
Prerequisite:none
US History A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
Students taking US History study a combination of U.S. history and government, 1890 to the present. Students consider multiple accounts of events and issues in order to understand the politics, economics, geography, and history of this country from a variety of perspectives. In addition, students examine the state and national constitutions and treaties and how these documents govern the rights and responsibilities of all residents and citizens in Washington and the rest of the United States.
Prerequisite:none
US History B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:2
Students taking US History study a combination of U.S. history and government, 1890 to the present. Students consider multiple accounts of events and issues in order to understand the politics, economics, geography, and history of this country from a variety of perspectives. In addition, students examine the state and national constitutions and treaties and how these documents govern the rights and responsibilities of all residents and citizens in Washington and the rest of the United States.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of US History A
WA State History - High School - Open
Length:1st SemesterGrade Levels:4
Students study Washington State from its earliest inhabitants to the present day. The study of Washington State includes an examination of the various native people that inhabited what is now Washington State. a look at multiple cultural and immigrant groups that settled in Washington State, a survey of the history of Washington State from its beginnings through the 20th century, and a study of Washington’s foundational documents including the purpose, structure, and organization, of government at the local and state level. **Successful completion of WA State History is a requirement for High School Graduation.
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Washington State History - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:6
In seventh grade, students become more proficient with the core concepts in social studies. Students study Washington State from its earliest inhabitants to the present day. The study of Washington State includes an examination of the various native people that inhabited what is now Washington State. a look at multiple cultural and immigrant groups that settled in Washington State, a survey of the history of Washington State from its beginnings through the 20th century, and a study of Washington’s foundational documents including the purpose, structure, and organization, of government at the local and state level. **Successful completion of WA State History is a requirement for High School Graduation.
Prerequisite:none
World History A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
The 9th grade World History course will ask students to engage in the civics, geography, history, and economy of a variety of cultures through a variety of time frames, often through a project-based format. Special attention will be given to helping students work with their informa- tional reading and writing skills throughout the year.
Prerequisite:none
World History B - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
The 9th grade World History course will ask students to engage in the civics, geography, history, and economy of a variety of cultures through a variety of time frames, often through a project-based format. Special attention will be given to helping students work with their informa- tional reading and writing skills throughout the year.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of World History A
World Language
as of 05/30/2018
Chinese- Year 1A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The first year of Chinese is a highly communicative introduction to the language and it is the base upon which levels 2, 3 are built. Students will learn important foundational knowledge, vocabulary, and grammar and they will be asked to put their knowledge to work in real-life settings. Students will be able to recognize and pronounce Pinyin, the phonics system, and they will use classroom expressions in certain classroom situations. Students will be able to explain how Chinese characters evolved and identify the most common traditional radicals. Students can greet people, tell time, age, nationality and grade in school, talk about school subjects, identify and describe family members and pets, discuss dates and months of the year, exchange phone numbers, express likes and dislikes, and give and response to invitations.
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French- Year 1A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The first year of a world language is a highly communicative introduc- tion to the language and it is the base upon which levels 2,3,4 and AP are built. Students will learn important vocabulary and grammar and they will be asked to put their knowledge to work in real-life settings. They will be able to talk about their lives, their family and friends, discuss and inquire about weather and pastimes, order food at a restaurant, find their way around a foreign city, and function in new situations. Grammar includes present tense regular and some irregular verbs, adjective agreement, syntax and much more. Students will be reading, writing, listening and speaking every day in class and they will be studying the culture of the people who speak the target language as well as their customs. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:
French- Year 2A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:5
Second year study enables students to expand vocabulary and explore the target language using more complicated structures and systems such as past tenses, future tense and reflexive verbs, . As students increase their ability to understand, they will be speaking with more confidence and complexity. In addition, they will read short selections and stories at more advanced levels. They will be able to talk about where they live, life after school, clothing, vacations and professions. Classwork will be conducted in the language as much as possible to provide practice in expression and comprehension. Students’ cultural awareness expands through a multimedia, hands-on approach. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of French - Year 1
French- Year 3A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
The third year of language is the year when all the pieces of language come together. Students will read authentic pieces of literature, watch and comprehend foreign films, learn sophisticated vocabulary, gram- mar, syntax and speak and learn totally in the target language. Third year language study offers students the opportunity to go beyond the basics and attain a higher level of fluency and competency in all language skills. Grammar includes compound tenses, the Subjunc- tive, double object pronouns and the comparative and superlative. Activities may include creative, self-directed projects and presentations. Students will be encouraged to communicate predominately in the language. Note: not every high school offers every world language and some universities require 3 years of a world language for admission.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of French - Year 2
French- Year 4A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:3
Fourth-year courses enable students to attain a high degree of profi- ciency in speaking, reading, writing and understanding the language. Practice in listening, conversation skills and reading novels in the target language is emphasized along with deeper understanding of history and traditions. Students learn advanced grammar and syntax and classes are conducted entirely in the target language. Note: not every high school offers every level of every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of French - Year 3
Japanese- Year 1A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
This is an introductory Japanese course designed to learn basic com- munication skills: comprehension, pronunciation, socializing skills, communication of factual information in a variety of contexts. Basic vocabulary, grammar, characters and culture information are intro- duced during this year through every day conversation. By end of year 1, the students will be able to introduce themselves with appropriate manner, engage in classroom conversation, talk about family, express likes/dislikes/skills, describe appearance and personality, and share their daily routine in Japanese. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:None
Japanese- Year 2A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:5
Japanese 2 develops more deeply into culture and language. Students learn more advanced language structures in the context of REAL WORLD issue. More KANJI are introduced as well as Japanese second set of alphabets KATAKANA. Vocabulary, grammar, characters and culture information are introduced through a variety of settings the students might encounter in real life. By end of year 2, the students will be able to communicate about their life in school and outside of school, express their health concerns and conditions at the doctor, dis- cuss the sports they play, and shop for products by negotiating prices and using Japanese currency. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Japanese Year 1
Japanese- Year 3A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
Japanese 3 deepens their understanding of Japanese language and cul- ture. More Kanji, history, and tradition are studied. Japanese etiquette is enhanced and language skills refined through video, movies, or print. Students should be speaking and writing more in year 3. Students will learn school rules, driving, restaurant and holidays. By the end of year 3, students can have a conversation about school rules, tradition and holidays to name a few. Japanese 2 must be successfully completed to take year 3. Note: not every high school offers every world language and some universities require 3 years of a world language for admis- sion.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Japanese Year 2
Japanese- Year 4A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:3
Japanese 4 takes language study to the next step. Students will acquire higher fluency in speaking and writing. More Kanji will be learned. Japanese history, traditions and etiquette will be the focus. Cultural videos, movies and authentic text will allow students to practice their skills. By the end of year 4 students will be able to express feelings, give advice, talk or write about sports and jobs, Japanese folk tales or plays. To take this course, students must successfully complete Japanese 3 or Japanese 3 CHS. Note: not every high school offers every world language and some universities require 3 years of a world language for admission.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Japanese Year 3
Latin- Year 1A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The first year of a world language is a highly communicative introduc- tion to the language and it is the base upon which levels 2 and 3 are built. Students will learn important vocabulary and grammar and they will be asked to put their knowledge to work in real-life settings. They will be able to read and write about family and friends, discuss and inquire about weather and pastimes, use Roman numerals, shop, and function in new situations. Additionally, there is a focus on the con- nections between Latin and English, Grammar includes present and imperfect tense regular verbs, declensions, adjective agreement, syntax and the nominative, accusative, and dative cases. Students will be reading, writing, listening and speaking every day in class and they will be studying the culture of the people who speak the target language as well as their customs. Note: this is an SVL class and only offered online.
Prerequisite:none
Latin- Year 2A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:5
Second year study enables students to expand vocabulary and explore the target language using more complicated structures and systems such as past tenses, future tense, reflexive verbs and the subjunctive. As students increase their ability to understand, they will be translat- ing with more confidence and complexity. In addition, they will read short selections and stories at more advanced levels, including original Roman writings. They will be able to talk about the history and culture of Rome, as well as learn to communicate about food, educa- tion, and life events. Classwork will be conducted in the language as much as possible to provide practice in expression and comprehension. Students’ cultural awareness expands through a multimedia, hands-on approach. Note: this is an SVL class and only offered online.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Year 1 Latin
Latin- Year 3A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The third year of language is the year when all the pieces of language come together. Students will read and translate authentic pieces of literature including poetry, prose, and biography, learn sophisticated vocabulary, grammar, syntax and speak and learn totally in the target language. Third year language study offers students the opportunity to go beyond the basics and attain a higher level of fluency and com- petency in all language skills. Grammar includes complex sentence structures, a review of all tenses, indicative vs subjunctive mood, and more uses of the ablative case. Activities may include creative, self-directed projects and presentations. Students will be encouraged to communicate predominately in the language. Note: This is an SVL class and only offered online. Some universities require 3 years of a world language for admission.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Latin Year 2.
Spanish- Year 1A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:4
The first year of a world language is a highly communicative introduc- tion to the language and it is the base upon which levels 2,3,4 and AP are built. Students will learn important vocabulary and grammar and they will be asked to put their knowledge to work in real-life settings. They will be able to talk about their lives, their family and friends, discuss and inquire about weather and pastimes, order food at a restau- rant, shop, find their way around a foreign city, and function in new situations. Grammar includes present tense regular and some irregular verbs, adjective agreement, syntax and much more. Students will be reading, writing, listening and speaking every day in class and they will be studying the culture of the people who speak the target language as well as their customs. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:
Spanish- Year 2A - Open
Length:2nd SemesterGrade Levels:5
Second year study enables students to expand vocabulary and explore the target language using more complicated structures and systems such as past tenses and reflexive verbs, . As students increase their ability to understand, they will be speaking with more confidence and complexity. In addition, they will read short selections and stories at more advanced levels. They will be able to talk about where they live, life after school, clothing, technology, vacations by plane and train and family celebrations. Classwork will be conducted in the language as much as possible to provide practice in expression and comprehension. Students’ cultural awareness expands through a multimedia, hands-on approach. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Spanish - Year 1
Spanish- Year 3A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:2
Second year study enables students to expand vocabulary and explore the target language using more complicated structures and systems such as past tenses and reflexive verbs, . As students increase their ability to understand, they will be speaking with more confidence and complexity. In addition, they will read short selections and stories at more advanced levels. They will be able to talk about where they live, life after school, clothing, technology, vacations by plane and train and family celebrations. Classwork will be conducted in the language as much as possible to provide practice in expression and comprehension. Students’ cultural awareness expands through a multimedia, hands-on approach. Note: not every high school or middle school offers every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Spanish Year 2
Spanish- Year 4A - Open
Length:2 SemestersGrade Levels:3
Fourth-year courses enable students to attain a high degree of profi- ciency in speaking, reading, writing and understanding the language. Practice in listening, conversation skills and reading novels in the target language is emphasized along with deeper understanding of history and traditions. Students learn advanced grammar and syntax such as highly irregular past tense verbs, progressive tenses, the subjunctive in all its forms, the passive voice and all perfect tenses. In addition, the text studies many places/areas of the Spanish speaking world, looking at each region’s culture, geography and history. You will also work with authentic news articles that come from that part of the world as well as poetry and prose that originates from the area being studied. The classes are conducted entirely in the target language. Note: not every high school offers every level of every world language.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Spanish Year 3



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