Course Descriptions

 Language Arts

Study Skills
Semesters: 1
Credit: Min. 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
In this course students will learn study skills that will assist in mastering language, math and science skills. The course will also help students build self-esteem, positive attitudes , and address character education. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

English I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
This course gives the students a review of the fundamental skills, stressing their effectiveness in oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic reading skills and a step toward better understanding of different types of literature. This course also provides an introduction to the short story, poetry, drama and the novel. The ability to read and analyze with understanding and comprehension is emphasized. In this course students will examine and analyze poetry, short stories, drama and novels. Composition writing will be emphasized and outside reading will be required.

English II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: English I
Grade: 10
This course provides students with an initial program of grammar review and comprehensive reading skills. Efficient writing and vocabulary development will be introduced. The study and identification of essential characteristics of short stories, poetry, drama, and the novel are also emphasized. This course provides instruction in grammar, vocabulary, oral and written communication skills. It is comprised of a composition program that integrates literature and writing research skills. In the literature study that blends the classics with the contemporary, the student examines and analyzes short stories, poetry, drama and the novel.

English III
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Eng. I & II
Grade: 11
This course includes a general overview of American literature. Students will review grammar usage with an emphasis on vocabulary development and composition writing skills. Practical application of basic English skills is also practiced. This course presents a chronological survey of American literature and requires outside reading and study of novels by American writers. Vocabulary development, oral reports, composition and essay writing are also stressed. Students will use critical thinking skills and write reports that require analytical and research skills.

English IV
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Eng. I, II, III
Grade: 12
This course emphasizes mastery of basic grammar and composition skills. Exercises are also used to help students improve their reading comprehension skills. Literature study includes short stories, drama, poetry and the novel. This course is a chronological survey of British literature. It provides a review of grammar as well as vocabulary study. To improve their composition skills, students will write several essays and a research paper.

Applied Communications
Semesters: 2
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: Eng. I, II, III
Grade: 12
This is an applied English course for students with average or above average skills who may or may not be college bound. Applied Communications is recommended for vocational students and meets the English 4 requirement. This course will help students transfer reading, writing, listening, speaking, information processing, and problem solving to their occupations and personal lives. Students will have the opportunity to learn critical communication and English skills that will provide a foundation for effective communication in today's world.

Journalism/Yearbook
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This elective provides an introduction to the basic types of mass communication. Students make an analysis of the history and functions of the mass media and compile notebooks containing professional and personal examples of the elements of print journalism. Students also learn practical application of the fundamentals of feature writing, advertising, photography and page design through the production of the school yearbook. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

Journalism/Newspaper
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
Students will produce the school newspaper and are responsible for using the basic principles. of journalism which include: news, sports, editorial, feature writing and advertising. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

African American Literature
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
African-American Literature is designed to aquatint the student with important cultural and historical themes advanced by significant African-American authors. The course essentially focuses on analyzing and interpreting representative pieces of prose and poetry. A primary goal of the course is to foster understanding and facilitate the development of tolerance and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of African-Americans. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

Creative Writing
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a creative outlet through writing experiences. Creative Writing allows students to promote self-expression, to explore various writing styles and to strive for a variety in diction, sentence structure, and format. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the required four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

Etymology
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
Etymology is the study of derivation of words. Students will study the history of words, break them down into basic elements and trace it to the earliest known forms in order to build vocabulary. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the required four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

ACT Prep
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-121 ACT Prep will provide students with a variety of test-taking strategies, test-taking vocabulary, speed reading and preparation for each area of the ACT. Students will gain knowledge of how to be prepared physically and mentally for the ACT tests. Students will take practice tests with released ACT and evaluate their performance on each test.

Business Communications
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
Effective communication skills are required for success in today's economic and career marketplace in every day life. Students apply reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving to real world situations in an active multimedia environment. Through both individual and group work, students review and evaluate video and literature communication studies; develop concepts and strategies; and deliver written, oral, and computer based presentations. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the four courses in English required for college prep course of study.

Foreign Language

French I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
This course is a beginning study of the French language as both an oral and written language with emphasis on pronunciation and basic grammar. The vocabulary learned in the course stresses commonplace activities (school, home, family, food, clothing, etc.) of the student.

French II
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: French I
Grade: 10-11
This course is a continuation of French I with emphasis on improving reading comprehension, oral and written skills and learning about French culture.

French III
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: French I, II
Grade: 11-12
This course is a continuation of French II with more emphasis on building and reinforcing communication skills, developing reading skills and cultural awareness and building a strong linguistic base.

Spanish I
Semesters: 2
Credits:1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
This course introduces the student to the basic elements of the Spanish language and culture. This course forms the foundation of oral and written skills, while utilizing a vocabulary that is of interest to the student.

Spanish II
Semesters: 2
Credits:1
Prerequisites: Spanish I
Grade: 10-11
This course is a continuation of Spanish I with emphasis on improving oral and written skills. It delves into the Hispanic culture and its contributions to the mosaic of American culture.

Spanish III
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Spanish I, II
Grade: 11-12
This course is a continuation of Spanish I and II with emphasis on perfecting oral and written skills, while exploring the historical aspects of the culture. It provides a bridge to college courses since it expands and allows for the attainment of oral proficiency and usage of most grammatical concepts.

German I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-11
This course is for the student who has not studied German. The goals of this course are to
introduce the fundamentals of the language and to develop limited creative oral and written expression in the classroom. Students will develop an awareness and appreciation for the diversities of the German culture.

German II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: German I
Grade: 10-12
German II emphasizes an increase in vocabulary, an increase in the student's awareness of cultural differences, and an increase in the student's ability to read, speak, understand, and write the German language.

German III
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: German II
Grade: 11-12
German III builds on the vocabulary of the first two levels. The student's active vocabulary should nearly double this year. The amount of passive vocabulary will increase a great deal also. A review of many of the grammar items discussed in German II will be conducted with emphasis on more active use of the topic in speaking and writing. New grammar topics such as any remaining case ending discussions, all tenses of verbs, and subordinate conjunctions will also be studied.

Latin I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-11
This is an introductory course in which the student will learn the basic concepts of the Latin language which include vocabulary, noun declensions, verb conjugations, and syntax necessary for translating simple stories about Roman mythology, history, and civilization. The course emphasizes building a rich English vocabulary through extensive derivative work and learning of the commonly used Latin words, phrases, and mottoes. This course is especially recommended for students who may be considering careers in law, modern languages, or sciences.

Latin II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Latin I
Grade:10-12
This course further develops the ability to read, translate, and understand Roman history and mythology. Sections include: The Labors of Hercules, The Argonauts, and Medieval Authors. Students reviews and expand their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar while word derivation continues to be stressed. Roman history, culture, and mythology are studied with particular emphasis placed on Latin in today’s society.

Latin III
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Latin II
Grade: 11-12
Virqil’s Aeneid, the great epic poem, which recounts the fall of Troy and the rise of the Roman civilization, forms the major reading for this course. Since this world classic has influenced the works of so many poets and writers of prose throughout history, great emphasis is placed on its content, versification, and figures of speech and their applicability to literature today. Advanced vocabulary building and derivative study continue to be stressed.

American Sign Language
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This is an introduction to American Sign Language, its history, the current state of the art, and receptive and expressive finger-spelling and sign language skills. American Sign Language is used to facilitate communication with persons who are hearing-impaired. This course is designed for those interested in communicating with the deaf. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of American sign language, finger spelling, numbers, and limited conversations with the deaf. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Foreign Language required for college prep course of study.

Mathematics

Competency Math
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
This course is designed to review and reinforce basic math skills. Student placement in this course is based on standardized test scores and teacher recommendation. Students will only receive elective credit for this course. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the math credits required for college prep course of study.

Foundations I
Semesters: 2
Credits:1
Prerequisites: None
Grade:9-10
Foundations I is designed to prepare students for the successful study of Foundations II. Subject matter includes simplifying and evaluating expressions, working with variables, solving equations, graphing, using formulas, operating with positive and negative numbers, problem solving and applications. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the math credits required for college prep course of study.

Foundations II
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Foundations I
Grade: 9-10
Foundations II is designed to prepare students for the study of algebra. The content includes the study of polynomials, coordinate geometry, inequalities, algebraic expressions and exponents with an emphasis on real-world applications. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the math credits required for college prep course of study.

Algebra I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade:9-12
This course is designed for average and above average students who have an interest in math. Subject matter includes study of sets, operations with signed numbers, exponents, graphing, ratio and proportions, factoring, word problems and solving linear and quadratic equations.

Algebra II
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Algebra I
Grade: 10-12
Algebra II is a continuation of Algebra I with more advanced topics in each section. New topics such as complex numbers, analytic geometry and an introduction to probability and statistics are included.

Geometry
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. I
Grade: 10-12
Geometry includes the study of polygons, circles, parallel lines, congruencies, etc. It establishes and develops the ability to think logically.

Advanced Math
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. I, II, Geometry
Grade: 11-12
This course includes applications of trigonometry, trigonometric functions, understanding functions, applications of matrices and sequences and series.

Pre-Calculus
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. I, II, Geometry
Grade: 11-12
Pre-calculus is a mathematics course with intermediate algebra as its foundation. This subject prepares students for a rigorous course in calculus. The course content includes trigonometry, advanced algebra, theory of equations and analytic geometry.

Math Tech I & II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Math Tech I is designed for students who wish to take a two-year Algebra I course. The course consists of materials found in the first half of a traditional Algebra 1 course with emphasis on solving problems from the world of work. The scientific calculator will be used. Math Tech II consists of materials found in the second half of a traditional Algebra 1 course with emphasis on solving problems from the world of work. Students will use the scientific calculator and the graphing calculator.

Consumer Math I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
(Not for students who have completed Algebra I.) A comprehensive review and study of arithmetic skills that apply to both personal and vocational business opportunities. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, percentages, basic statistics, and graphs. Practical applications in finance, taxes, budgeting, banking and home ownership are provided. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Compute regular, overtime and piecework wages.
  • Compute taxes from tables.
  • Write a check, deposit slip, and withdrawal slip.
  • Reconcile a bank statement.
  • Budget for fixed and variable expenses.
  • Compute finance charges and loan payments

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Consumer Math II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Applied Math I
Grade: 10-12
(Not for students who have completed Algebra I.) Applied Math II is a one credit mathematics elective designed to follow Applied Math I. The content is primarily algebraic in nature. The pace is leisurely and approach is developmental. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Arithmetic
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
A developmental program for all basic skills with strong emphasis upon practice and application. Covers all computational skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimal numbers, and integers. Word problems are used to relate concepts to practical situations. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and round whole and decimal numbers.
  • Compute with fractions and express answers in proper form.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ratios and proportions.
  • Determine the proper methods to solve problems based on problem analysis.
  • Develop an awareness of the level of mathematics needed for occupational choices and for daily living.

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Statistics
Semesters: 1
Credit: Min. 1/2
Prerequisites: Alg. II
Grade: 11-12
This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of probability and statistical inference and the mathematics involved in these areas. The students will acquire an appreciation for, and some understanding of, the statistical approach to many types of problems commonly encountered. Applications of probability and statistics will be considered. A graphing calculator is necessary. This course is intended for juniors and seniors who have successfully completed at least one year of high school algebra. The course covers basic ideas of probability and statistics. An emphasis is placed on the understanding of statistical concepts and on becoming a more critical reader and listener. The use of hands-on projects, calculators, and the computer will enhance understanding and promote active learning.

Discrete Math with Probability
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. II
Grade: 11-12
Discrete Math is a course designed for students who will postpone their study of calculus until college and for those whose career interests lie in fields not dependent on Calculus. Students will develop their abilities to model realistic problems and to use technology. Questions like, "What is the least expensive way?" are often answered using some discrete mathematical tool such as matrices, graph theory or linear programming. Other topics include logic, combinatorics, iteration and game theory.

Calculus
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites:
Pre-Calculus Grade: 11-12
Calculus AB introduces students to the theories of differential and integral calculus and provides a thorough review of elementary functions. A graphing calculator is necessary. Calculus BC is an intensive full-year course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. In addition to differential and integral calculus, students study infinite series and are introduced to solutions of differential equations.

Integrated Math I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Integrated Math I is an integrated course in which mathematical ideas in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, elementary statistics and real world math topics are studied at a level appropriate for freshmen students. This course is enhanced by use of graphic calculators. The material is designed so students of all ability levels can be challenged. This course is appropriate for both the college bound and non-college bound students.

Integrated Math II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Int. Math I
Grade: 10-12
Integrated Math II extends the study of the topics in Integrated Math I. It provides students with a greater understanding of mathematical models in realistic situations and accommodates students of all ability levels. This course is appropriate for both the college bound and non-college bound student.

Integrated Math III
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Int. Math II
Grade: 11-12
Integrated Math III explores topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and probability, and discrete mathematics at a higher level than Integrated Math II, and with an emphasis on "by hand" algebraic procedures. Aspects of instruction include symmetry, recursion, matrices, and modeling using graphs, tables, and equations. The topics are connected by themes of data collecting, representation, shape, and change. Students will be using graphing calculators.

Business Math
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
This course is intended for the student who wishes to study the fundamentals of math used in the business world and in personal affairs. Some areas covered are banking operations (checking accounts, deposits, bank statement reconciliation, etc.) taxes, buying and selling problems, ratio and proportion, percent, payroll work and financing. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Math for Technology
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
The student will develop an awareness of applied math skills needed in a technical society. This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of math concepts as related to technology in the fields of woods, metals, electronics, and small engines. Emphasis is on the following concepts: estimation, blueprint reading, measurement, conversion of fractions and decimals, tables and charts, formulas, areas and volumes, ratios and proportions, tolerances, and economics. This course will help prepare students for the world of work. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Pre-Algebra
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Builds upon the essential skills of arithmetic as they apply to algebra. Real numbers and linear equations, linear inequalities, factoring, fractions, graphing and some elements of geometry are stressed. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Use integers and expressions to solve problems.
  • Solve equations.
  • Use decimals in equations.
  • Use rational numbers, exponents, and scientific notation.
  • Use ratios, proportions, and percents.
  • Solve inequalities.
  • Graph equations.
  • Find area and volume of various solids.
  • Solve right triangles.

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Accounting I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
This course introduces concepts and principles based on a double-entry system of maintaining the financial records of a sole proprietorship and partnership. It includes analyzing business transactions, journalizing, posting and preparing worksheets and financial statements.
NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Accounting II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This course is an advanced study of concepts, principles, and techniques used in keeping the financial records of a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Departmental, management, cost, and not-for-profit accounting systems are explored.
NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Automated Accounting III
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This course will enable the student to apply accepted accounting principles, procedures and techniques to a computerized accounting environment. Students will enter realistic accounting transactions for a variety of business applications and generate financial statements, spreadsheets and other management information reports.
NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Computer Technology
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This introductory course covers the development, components and uses of computers in everyday activities. How computers work, use of packaged programs for word processing, spreadsheets, file management, communications and graphics are all described and discussed. The centerpiece of the course is a series of Internet related activities. Enrollment in this course requires the student to have access to a personal computer with Internet connection. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the functions and uses of computers in our society.
  • Describe the information processing cycle.
  • Identify the major components of a computer.
  • Explain and demonstrate the uses of the key features of the most widely used personal computer software applications.
  • Explain how computers can benefit you.
  • Describe information systems and their importance to organizations. Discuss security ethics, and privacy issues relating to the information age.
  • Use computers and the World Wide Web to research and produce meaningful information.

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Math required for college prep course of study.

Science

Agriscience
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
This course reviews and strengthens comprehension of basic concepts in life, earth and physical science topics. The course will meet one of the science requirements for graduation and is offered for students considering college or technical training beyond high school.

Earth Science
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
This course is offered to students entering the ninth grade who have experienced problems in middle school science and/or math. It is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the earth, its materials, the relationship between the earth and the solar system, the atmosphere, weather and climate, the ocean, the earth's surface and the earth's geological history. NOTE: This course is not recommended for students who plan to study chemistry and/or physics and is not accepted as a science prerequisite for college by the TN Board of Regents or the UT system. Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the science credits required for college prep course of study.

Physical Science
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
Physical science is the study of matter and energy and their relationship to the environment. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method, forms and changes in matter, energy, electricity, waves and technology. This course is recommended for those students who plan to study chemistry and/or physics.

Life Science
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
This course includes a study of the treatment of cells, plants, animals, heredity, the human body and ecology. Both process skills and thinking skills are stressed to help develop a wide range of learning in life science. NOTE: This course is not accepted as a science prerequisite for college by the TN Board of Regents or the UT system. Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the science credits required for college prep course of study.

Biology I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: 1 unit of 9th science
Grade: 10-11
Biology I is the study of all living things. This course focuses on major life processes in the five kingdoms while also stressing interaction among organisms and adaptation to their environments. Laboratory work is included. This course is recommended for students who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Chemistry
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Algebra I
Grade: 11-12
This course includes the chemical properties of matter and the change which takes place during interactions. It includes the chemistry of matter and energy, atomic theory and atomic structure as they apply to organic and inorganic chemistry. The student's ability to reason and understand written problems is essential.

Ecology
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Biology I
Grade: 11-12
Ecology is the study of the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. Topics to be covered in the course include cycles in nature, population dynamics, ecological succession, people and the biosphere, and pollution and environmental health.

Physics
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. I, II, Geometry
Grade: 11-12
This course is designed to explain the physical universe in terms of basic interactions that exist between matter and energy. The students will apply their knowledge of mathematics to describe and analyze mechanics, heat, wave energy, and electromagnetism.

Principles of Technology I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Alg. I or MT2
Grade: 9-12
Principles of Technology I is designed for students interested in the physical principles underlying modem applied science. This course is based on an instructional system using audiovisual presentations, tests, demonstrations and hands-on laboratories to provide an understanding of science and the mathematics used with it. This course is accepted as a science prerequisite for college by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the UT system.

Biology for Technology I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: 1 unit of 9th science
Grade: 10
Biology for Technology I is a course that exposes students to new career opportunities where knowledge of biology is most frequently applied: agriculture. health, home economics and other technical fields. It relates science to work and other common life experiences in the home, community or in the environment. The course includes three primary types of learning activities: hands-on laboratories, text-based activities and video-assisted activities. This course may be taken in lieu of Biology I and does satisfy the UT and Tennessee Board of Regents admissions requirements.

Biology II
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Bio. I, Chem.
Grade: 11-12
Biology II provides students with advanced studies in the biological sciences. This course is designed to give students interested in a medical related career or biological research a broader background and to strengthen their competency in the life sciences. This course involves extensive laboratory work, major dissections, and comparative anatomy in animal phyla.

Anatomy & Physiology
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Bio. I & Chemistry
Grade: 11-12
This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the functioning of the human body.

Nutrition & Foods
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Fam. & Con. Sci.
Grade: 10-12
This course prepares students to understand the principles of nutrition; social and cultural aspects of food; the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being; the selection, preparation and care of food; and meal management to meet individual and family needs and patterns of living.

Environmental Science (non AP)
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Biology
Grade: 10-12
This course is a higher-level science course. Environmental Science will challenge students to think about their beliefs, their attitudes, and their behaviors, and how these affect our individual responsibility for the environment. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of humans in decreasing the diversity of plants and animals in a region.
  • Identify the global impacts of human changes in the physical environment.
  • Explain how people’s changing attitudes toward the environment have led to changes in the physical landscape.
  • Describe how changes in the physical environment have reduced the capacity for supporting human activity.
  • Understand and give examples of how global development and environmental issues are connected.
  • Describe the concept of sustainable development and predict its effects in a variety of situations.
  • Explain why policies should be designed to guide the use and management of Earth’s resources and to reflect multiple points of view.
  • Understand contemporary issues in terms of Earth’s physical and human systems.
  • Recognize the relationships between resources and the exploration and exploitation of different regions of the world.
  • Describe programs and legislation related to the use of resources on a local to global scale.
  • Analyze the impact of policy decisions regarding the use of resources in different regions of the world.
  • Identify issues related to the reuse and recycling of resources, and show how these issues apply to your local area.

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the three courses in Science required for college prep course of study.

Geology
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: 2 years of Science
Grade: 11-12
Geology is a laboratory based, project oriented science course. Topics may vary slightly with student interest and time, but will typically include rock and mineral identification and origin, historical geology, structural geology and plate tectonic history of Wisconsin, fossil preservation and identification, interpretation of geologic maps, soils, hydrogeology, energy resources and environmental impact, and political issues and governmental policy of geologically derived environmental issues. This course will rely heavily upon laboratory activities and student projects throughout coverage of material.

Social Studies

World Geography
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This geography course will concentrate on political and physical features of the world. Political groupings on each continent along with the major physical features will be studied. Map skills and identification of the major national political states with their boundaries will be emphasized.

World History
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
This course is designed for the tenth grade and above student who is interested in attending college. This course will cover world history chronologically from pre-history through the Cold War. There will also be an emphasis on current events.

US History
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
US history is the survey of the development of the United States from its European influence and origins to its present position in the world. Special emphasis will be given to the social, economic and political aspects of the Revolution, Constitution, Civil War, Depression, World Wars and the last half of the 20th century.

Economics
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 12 Economics is a course required for graduation. This course covers the basic principles of economics, the structure, operations and goals of the American economy with emphasis on the American free enterprise system. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the social studies credits required for college prep course of study, but IS required for graduation.

US Government
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 12
Although not required in TN some states do require this course for graduation. In this course special emphasis is given to a study of the US Constitution. This course also emphasizes the structure and inner workings of the state and federal governments. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the social studies credits required for college prep course of study.

Sociology
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12 Sociology is a study presenting ways sociologists investigate, describe and analyze concepts and techniques used to convey an understanding of society. The process of socialization as it relates to cultural patterns, the character of the community and the effects of urbanization are examined in terms of the changes brought about by social movements. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the social studies credits required for college prep course of study.

Psychology
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12 Psychology is the study of human behavior. Students will learn about the major theorists and their theories. This course will give students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of people and themselves. NOTE: Credit in this course will not be counted as one of the social studies credits required for college prep course of study.

Ancient History
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Students explore classical Greece and Rome. We focus on the development of democracy in Athens, Greek art and philosophy, and Hellenistic culture. Students study ancient Roman society and culture, territorial expansion, the transition from republic to empire, religion, and Rome’s impact on the Western world. Students examine primary sources, learn the biographies of key figures, and complete a writing assignment or project.

European History
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: 3 sem. History
Grade: 11-12
European History is designed to increase the student’s understanding of Europe’s history from 1450 to the present and its development and institutions. Students will gain an understanding of western traditions and the role played by Europe in the world today. The course is divided into two semesters, 1450 - 1815 and 1815 - present. The class examines, through research, lecture, discussion and the analysis of primary documents, the traditions of Western Europe and its social, economic, political, cultural and intellectual development. Writing critical essays on historical themes is expected by all students in this course.

Modern History
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: 3 sem. History
Grade: 11-12
This course combines emphasis on skill building and content. Content focuses on the modern world since the Industrial Revolution, causes and effects of World War I, Russia before and after the Communist Revolution, Totalitarianism, causes and results of World War II, the Cold War and important world issues of today. Note taking and material organization are important components of this course along with building vocabulary and writing skills.

Civics
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: US Government
Grade: 11-12
A basic course that describes the organization and operation of government on the local, state, and national levels. In addition, the roles of students in family, school, and the economy are investigated with emphasis on their rights and responsibilities. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of government and the basic values and ideas of American democracy.
  • Discuss the structure and function of government at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Describe the American economic system and its impact on the nation's financial health.
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in America today.
  • List some of the challenges in US foreign policy and other issues facing Americans.

NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Social Studies required for college prep course of study.

Contemporary Issues in America
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
CIA is designed to introduce students to the spectrum of current issues in their world. Considerable emphasis is placed on understanding how each issue is perceived by those most closely involved in it. Several issues are selected by the instructor and the students are also given latitude to explore other problems according to individual interest. Current events are regularly presented and these are completed sometime individually and sometimes in groups. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Social Studies required for college prep course of study.

Fine Arts

Chorus
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Chorus provides an opportunity for students to learn and perform the works of fine choral composers, to develop music reading abilities and to study choral music representing many different styles and types.

General Music
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
General music involves the study of the elements of music, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, timbre, dynamics and interpretation, composers, and directed listening. Each element will be examined through a historical approach. Also included is the study of instruments of band and orchestra, styles of music and music notation.

Visual Arts
Semesters: 1
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12 Students will examine the contributions in art and architecture made by various cultures throughout history. Students will learn the fundamental uses of elements and principles of art and will be required to complete art projects.

Speech/Theater I
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This one-year course introduces the student to basic public speaking techniques, discussion, semantics, oral interpretation, acting, mime and parliamentary procedure. Both formal and casual speech-making assignments are part of the course of study with emphasis on performance.

Theater Arts II (Drama)
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade:11-12 This course covers theater history and offers the student a broad-based view of history, production, technical evaluation and comparative media. As part of the course of study students may be required to critique live theatrical performances. The course examines practical and theoretical approaches to performance including improvisational acting, acting styles and acting scenes and is designed for performance-oriented students.

Theatre Arts III (Broadcasting)
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This one-year course will provide the student with advanced concepts in film and video techniques as well as beginning practical exploration in television production settings. Production work with daily and weekly programs is the emphasis of this class. This course will require after school hours and is performance oriented.

Art History
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This course is designed to give the student an appreciation of the different periods of art and the artists and their works during these times.

Dance I
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
The students are introduced to the fundamental techniques of all disciplines of dance. Creative expression and interpretation through movement are explored. Dance I is a fine arts and Dance will satisfy the P.E. requirements for graduation.

Dance II
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Dance I
Grade: 9-12
The students are introduced to the intermediate techniques of all disciplines of dance. Creative expression and interpretation through movement are explored. Dance II is a fine arts elective and Dance will satisfy the P.E. requirements for graduation.

Drafting I
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Mat & Proc
Grade: 10-12
The goal of this course is to emphasize drafting as a means of communication. Areas covered will include an introduction to drafting, geometric construction, orthographic projection, dimensioning, auxiliary projections, sections, pictorial drafting, house plans, instruments in drafting, and careers in drafting. This course is designed for the college-bound, as well as the vocational school-bound, student and others who have an interest in technical fields such as engineering and architecture. Algebra 1 recommended.
NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Visual / Performing Arts required for college prep course of study.

Photography
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: Art & Design I, II
Grade: 12
Students will understand the knowledge and skills needed for entry level employment in the photography industry and/or preparation for advanced education.
NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Visual / Performing Arts required for college prep course of study.

Music History
Semesters:
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
This course reviews how history has influenced the development of the different forms of music and composers from each era. Examples of the different types of music will be included in the course for the student's listening pleasure.

Music Theory
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: 3 sem. Music
Grade: 11-12
Music theory is a technical course stressing the basic components of music. Emphasis is placed on basic pitch and rhythmic notation, scale structures, pitch intervals, chord structure and movement, partwriting, ear training, harmonization, and music composition. Music theory is open to advanced music students who are members of a high school performing music organization or who are competent with a keyboard instrument. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take an examination that gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the skills and abilities developed in the course.

Commercial Art I
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Color & Design II
Grade: 10-12
Lettering/layout, poster design, personal and assigned design projects, watercolor. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Visual / Performing Arts required for college prep course of study.

Commercial Art II
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: 3 semesters Art
Grade: 11-12
Pottery, portfolio work, individual interests. NOTE: This course is an elective course and will not count as one of the courses in Visual / Performing Arts required for college prep course of study.

Health / Wellness

Health / Wellness
Semesters: 2
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
The health / wellness (health and physical education) curriculum will integrate concepts which apply to decisions related to nutrition, substance abuse prevention and a plan for maintaining personal fitness and health.

Driver’s Education

Driver’s Education
Semesters: 30 hrs. instr.
Credits: 1/2
Prerequisites: 15 yrs. old
Grade: 9-12
& 6 hrs. drive.
The program meets state requirements for thirty hours instruction and six hours driving or driving simulation. Therefore, students are eligible to receive 1/2 credit which will count as an elective course toward the required 20 credits for graduation. The grade will be recorded on the student's official transcript.

Home Economics

Family and Consumer Science
Semesters: 2
Credit: 1
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-10
Students will learn to make decisions and set priorities, understand physical and emotional development during adolescence, cope with pressures, manage personal resources, use consumer information, develop positive interpersonal relationships, establish a satisfying living environment, plan for a healthy lifestyle, meet clothing needs and explore career options.

Housing & Interiors
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Fam. & Con. Sci.
Grade: 10-12
This course develops the good judgment needed for creating a favorable environment for family living. Attention is given to study of housing and home furnishing factors including: the influence of housing on people; types and costs of housing; interior design; the care, maintenance and improvement of homes and furnishings; and, the relationship of resources to family needs.

Nutrition & Foods
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Fam. & Con. Sci.
Grade: 10-12
This course prepares students to understand the principles of nutrition; social and cultural aspects of food; the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being; the selection, preparation and care of food; and meal management to meet individual and family needs and patterns of living.

Textiles & Clothing
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: Fam. & Con. Sci.
Grade: 10-12
Students will learn to evaluate influences upon clothing needs, enhance self through clothing decisions, use textile consumer information, select textile products, care for textile products and develop basic clothing construction skills.

Child Development
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
Child development is a course which prepares individuals to understand children's physical, mental, emotional and social growth and development. The course helps students acquire knowledge and skills essential to the care and guidance of children. Course content includes understanding of the physiology of human reproduction, conception, pregnancy and childbirth.

Family Dynamics
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
This course is designed to instruct students to understand the nature, function and significance of the family unit. The focus of the course is upon the concepts, principles, values and responsibilities related to preparation for marriage, parenthood and family life.

Interpersonal Communications
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 10-12
This course emphasizes the uniqueness of individuals and families, the development and socialization of individuals and meeting the needs of individual and family members. Course content emphasizes the qualities essential to establish and maintain relationships and the effect of interpersonal relationships on success in the world of work.

Adult Living
Semesters: 1
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 11-12
This course focuses on the roles, responsibilities and functions of young adulthood. Students will learn decision-making, management, problem-solving, communication and coping skills.