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Course Descriptions
Grades 7
- 8
Arts (Visual Arts) ..................................................................................................... 1
Health Education ..................................................................................................... 2
Language Arts ......................................................................................................... 2
Mathematics ............................................................................................................ 4
Music ....................................................................................................................... 6
Physical Education .................................................................................................. 8
Career Technical Education. ................................................................................... 8
Engineering Technology Education ............................................................. 8
Family & Consumer Sciences ...................................................................... 9
Skilled and Technical Sciences .................................................................... 10
Science ................................................................................................................... 10
Social Studies ......................................................................................................... 11
Special Education ................................................................................................... 11
Special Offerings ..................................................................................................... 12
Technology Applications ......................................................................................... 13
World Languages .................................................................................................... 14
Course descriptions to follow—
Note: Some courses may not be offered at every school due to availability
of staff, student enrollment, and/or appropriate facilities.
Updated 1/4/2017
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Art (Visual Arts)
(Special projects may carry an additional cost)
Art 1 0101
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to several media and techniques of art such as drawing,
painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, computer graphics, etc. The elements
and principles of design will be emphasized and students will study various art
movements, artists, artworks, and cultures.
Art 2 0102
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Art 1 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will further develop skills by creating art using a variety of media and
techniques (such as drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, computer
graphics, etc.) and the intentional selection of elements and principles of design to
communicate an idea. Visual literacy and perception skills will continue to develop
with the historical and cultural learning of art.
Arts & Crafts 0114, 0115
Open to: 7 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will learn basic design, drawing, painting and 3-D skills along with hands-on
experience with many materials. Line, shape, form, value, color, and texture will be
demonstrated by incorporating these elements in individual projects.
Creative Crafts 1 0111
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will develop skills while working with a variety of techniques and media such
as ceramics, fibers, jewelry, mosaics, etc. They will recognize and demonstrate a
working knowledge of the elements and principles of design and learn about cultural
and historical significance of media and techniques.
Creative Crafts 2 0112
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Creative Crafts 1
Content: Students will create on a higher level of sophistication and accomplishment using
more advanced techniques in media such as ceramics, sculpture, leather, fibers,
jewelry and mosaics.
Beginning Photography 1 0121
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the history and workings of the camera, equipment, and
procedures used in developing and printing of film. Students will explore creative
ways to communicate through photographic compositions and special techniques of
developing and printing.
Beginning Photography 2 0122
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Beginning Photography or Instructor Permission
Content: Students will advance from Beginning Photography 1 and focus on depth of study of
the camera, equipment, and procedures used in developing and printing of film.
Students will further explore creative ways to communicate through photographic
compositions and special techniques of developing and printing. Exploration of digital
processes is also included.
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Health Education
Health Education 8 0501
Open to: 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will develop skills to make responsible decisions in the social, mental and
physical aspects of life and the concept of wellness. Units covered will be: personal
health, mental/emotional health, substance abuse, nutrition, diseases, STDs,
HIV/AIDS, consumer health and first aid. Reading and writing skills, cooperative
learning activities, visual aids, decision making skills and interaction with guest
speakers will be emphasized.
Language Arts
Creative Communications 0730, 0731
Open to: 7 One Semester Course or 9-week wheel
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will establish a foundation and appreciation for theater arts and speech
communication through personal, concrete experiences in a variety of forms. The
class will be a performance and presentation workshop with emphasis on drama-in-
process, an introduction to speech communication, and building self-esteem.
Creative Communications 2 (Bridge Only) 9022
Open to: 7, 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Creative Communications
Content: Students will explore more advanced structures of the English language through oral
presentations, readings and structured practice. This course is designed for English
Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program.
Creative Communications 3 (Bridge Only) 9023
Open to: 7, 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Communications 2
Content: Students will explore more advanced structures of the English language through oral
presentations, readings and structured practice. This course is designed for English
Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program.
Creative Communications 4 (Bridge Only) 9024
Open to: 7, 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Communications 3
Content: Students will explore more advanced structures of the English language through oral
presentations, readings and structured practice. This course is designed for English
Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program.
Creative Writing 0723
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: The student will develop his/her talent in writing poetry and prose. Originality in
expressing ideas, experimentation with a variety of genres, points of view and
narrative styles will be emphasized.
English 7 0701
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will receive instruction in spelling and grammar, but the main emphasis will
be on improving writing skills. Students will become familiar with the processes of
writing, including pre-writing activities, focusing of ideas, drafting, revising and editing.
Students will read and write poetry, and read and respond to literature through writing.
Descriptive and narrative paragraph writing will be emphasized.
English 7, Accelerated 0703
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Students will be exposed to advanced language arts content, emphasizing critical and
creative thinking, through writing and literature analysis.
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English 8 0705
Open to: 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: English 7
Content: Students will continue the reinforcement and expansion of reading/literature, writing
and language/communication skills. Spelling, vocabulary development and standard
language conventions will develop through reference to literature and writing studies.
Through a modeling and process approach in various writing genres, skills will be
applied, clarified, researched, and refined. Individualized spelling will be taught.
Creative/critical thinking and oral communication skills will be developed.
English 8, Accelerated 0707
Open to: 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Students will develop and enhance their language arts strengths in critical and
creative thinking, through advanced writing and literature analysis.
Journalism 0761
Open to: 8, 9 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will develop and refine research, interviewing and writing skills while
participating in the publication of a school newspaper. Students will learn to write
news, features, and sports stories and experiment with editorial and column writing.
Journalistic style will be emphasized.
Reading 7 0711
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and be encouraged to read for
both pleasure and information, as well as to reinforce and expand critical reading
skills across the curriculum. Genre instruction will include fiction, nonfiction,
biography, autobiography, mystery, poetry, myths, fables, and legends. Instruction
will also include study skills, library skills, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary
development.
Reading 7, Accelerated 0717
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Accelerated Reading 7 is a compilation of the Idaho State Standards for Reading 7
and Reading 8. This course has been designed to enhance the rigor of the curriculum
by using the PACE model: Provocativeness, Ambiguity, Complexity, and Emotion.
Students will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and expected to read for both
pleasure and information, as well as to reinforce and expand their critical reading
skills. Emphasis will be placed on research and synthesis of information as students
are guided through projects that extend their learning.
Reading Enrichment 7 (East, Hillside & South only) 0716
Open to: 7 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Meet qualifying criteria and Counselor Approval
Content: Students will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and encouraged to read for
both pleasure and information, as well as to reinforce and expand critical reading
skills across the curriculum. Genre instruction will include fiction, nonfiction,
biography, autobiography, mystery, poetry, myths, fables, and legends. Students will
receive instruction on study skills, library and research skills, and vocabulary, fluency,
and comprehension development. Instruction will also incorporate Read Right
methodology to support success. Read Right integrates knowledge from brain
research, learning theory, and reading theory to help students become efficient and
effective readers.
Reading Enrichment 8 (East, Hillside & South only) 0718
Open to: 8 One or Two Semester Course
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Prerequisite: Meet qualifying criteria and Counselor Approval
Content: Students will be encouraged to develop lifetime reading habits, to choose his/her own
books and conference with the teacher about reading. Interpretation of reading
through drama, writing, discussion and art will be stressed. Students will also
experience genre instruction, storytelling, portfolio keeping, reading comprehension,
study strategies, research and use of the newspaper. Instruction will also incorporate
Read Right methodology to support success. Read Right integrates knowledge from
brain research, learning theory, and reading theory to help students become efficient
and effective readers.
Theater Arts 1 0741
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Theater Arts 1 is an introductory survey course that teaches students to utilize and
develop self confidence, poise, basic theater terminology, appreciation of various
dramatic forms and appropriate audience response, awareness of theater production
processes, understanding of theater literature, and beginning performance skills.
Theater Arts 2 0742
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1
Content: Students will expand and refine the acting techniques learned in Theater Arts 1 and
learn the elements necessary for producing a quality public performance. Students
will prepare acting scenes and small-scale productions for presentation.
Writing for Enjoyment 0719
Open to: 7 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will experiment with a variety of writing styles, be exposed to different
genres and will compose writings showing a variety of styles. Models of literary style
will be used and patterning of techniques found in the works of accomplished and
beginning writers will be emphasized.
Mathematics
Accelerated Math 7 0802
Open to: 6, 7 One Year Course
Content: Students will develop understanding of proportional relationships, operations with
rational numbers, and work with expressions and systems of linear equations.
Students will solve problems involving scale drawings and geometric constructions,
area, surface area, and volume. They will work with two- and three- dimensional
shapes and draw inferences based on population samples.
Accelerated Math 7 Seminar 0880
Open to: Students currently enrolled in Accelerated Math 7
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Accelerated Math 7, to support students who need extra help with mathematics.
Teachers will enrich student understanding through pre-teaching, skill building, and
re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the
students.
Accelerated Pre-Algebra 0803
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Content: Students will develop understanding of expressions and equations to include solving
systems of linear equations. They will use functions to describe quantitative
relationships, analyze two- and three- dimensional space and figures using distance,
angle, similarity and congruence, and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
Accelerated Pre-Algebra Seminar 0881
Open to: Students concurrently enrolled in Accelerated Pre-Algebra
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Accelerated Pre-Algebra, to support students who need extra help with mathematics.
Teachers will enrich student understanding through pre-teaching, skill building, and
re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the
students.
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Accelerated Compacted 7
th
/Pre-Algebra 0804
Open to: 6, 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Students will develop understanding of proportional relationships, operations with
rational numbers, and expressions and equations to include solving systems of linear
equations. Students will solve problems involving scale drawings and geometric
constructions, area, surface area, and volume. They will use functions to describe
quantitative relationships, draw inferences based on population samples, analyze two-
and three- dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity and
congruence, and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. *
Accelerated Compacted 7
th
/Pre-Algebra Seminar 0887
Open to: Students currently enrolled in Accelerated Compacted 7th/Pre-Algebra Semester
or One Year
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Accelerated Compacted 7th/Pre-Algebra, to support students who need extra help
with mathematics. Teachers will enrich student understanding through pre-teaching,
skill building, and re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the
needs of the students.
Integrated I-Algebra 0873
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Content: Students will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships by applying
linear models to data that exhibit trends and use properties and theorems involving
congruent figures to extend geometric knowledge. Students will integrate algebraic
and geometric concepts studied.
Integrated I-Algebra Seminar (not NCAA approved) 0882
Open to: Students currently enrolled in Integrated I- Algebra Semester or One Year Course
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Integrated I- Algebra to support students who need extra help with mathematics.
Teachers will enrich student understanding through pre-teaching, skill building, and
re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the
students.
Integrated II Geometry 0874
Open to: 8, 9, 10 One Year Course
Content: Students will study similarity to understand right triangle trigonometry and connections
to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships, and explore circles with their
quadratic algebraic representations. Students will study quadratic expressions,
equations and functions, comparing their characteristics to linear and exponential
relationships, explore the use of real and complex numbers to solve quadratic
equations, and the link between probability and data. Students will integrate algebraic
and geometric concepts studied.
Integrated II Geometry Seminar (not NCAA approved) 0883
Open to: Students currently enrolled in Integrated II Geometry--Semester or One Year Course
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Integrated II Geometry, to support students who need extra help with mathematics.
Teachers will enrich student understanding through pre-teaching, skill building, and
re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the
students.
Integrated III - Algebra 2
0875
Open to: 9, 10, 11, One Year Course
Content: Students will study expansion of imaginary and complex numbers, linear, quadratic
and periodic functions. Circular functions introduce fundamental concepts of
trigonometry. More complex work with equations, matrices and determinants will also
be covered.
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Integrated III - Algebra 2 Seminar (not NCAA approved)
0884
Open to: Students currently enrolled in Integrated III Algebra 2 Semester or One Year Course
Content: Math Seminar is designed to be a second math class, taken concurrently with
Integrated III Algebra 2 to support students who need extra help with mathematics.
Teachers will enrich student understanding through Pre-teaching, Skill building, and
Re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the
students.
MATHEMATICS COURSE SEQUENCE
2017-18
Music*
Band 1* 1011
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students who have no previous experience will have an opportunity to play a
woodwind, brass or percussion instrument and participate in festivals and school
concerts.
Band 2* 1012
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Elementary/Band 1 or Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students with previous playing experience will learn the fundamentals of instrumental
technique and will participate in festivals and school concerts.
Band 3* 1013
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
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Prerequisite: Elementary/Band 1 or 2 or Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Emphasis will be placed on mastering the fundamentals of music and instrumental
technique. Students will be exposed to a variety of solo, ensemble and band music
suitable to his/her ability and will perform at festivals and school concerts.
Band 4* 1014
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Elementary Band or Band 1, 2, or 3 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will learn and perform a variety of band music as the student learns to
recognize, identify and understand fundamental instrumental music. Improving
technique and performing skills will be emphasized as students participate in parades,
clinics, festivals and school and citywide concerts.
Beginning Guitar* 1082
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Semester Course (may be repeated with instructor’s approval)
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
Content: Students will study basic guitar techniques, including note reading and chord
structures. Students encouraged to have own acoustic guitar.
*Fees may apply
Intermediate Guitar* 1083
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One year course. (May be repeated with instructor’s approval)
Prerequisite: Beginning/Elementary guitar or Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue to learn more advanced techniques including pickstyle,
fingerstyle, with an emphasis on reading music notation and tablature.
Stage/Jazz Band * 1016
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Audition
Content: Students will focus on contemporary music, including current popular favorites and old
standards. This group will participate in festivals, clinics, and concerts.
Chamber Choir* 1025
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Audition
Content: Students will learn and perform representative pieces in the Renaissance Madrigal
style as well as some vocal jazz and pop literature. Students will participate in
concerts, festivals and perform for community groups.
Concert Choir* 1026
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will study and perform a wide sampling of fine choral works. Students will
develop depth of knowledge of music fundamentals and polish performing skills.
Students will improve technical quality of musical sound to refine vocal technique and
will participate in clinic festivals and school and city-wide concerts.
Introduction to Music Appreciation* 1031, 1033
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Semester Course or Nine week
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will develop an understanding of the basic elements of music and an
appreciation for all styles and cultures of music. A variety of musical components will
be explored including rhythm, singing, listening, music structure, playing instruments,
as well as reading and writing music. Other studies will include: musical time periods
and their characteristics, sound exploration, musicians, and in-class performances.
Students will develop a lifelong appreciation of music, as well as the ability to be
attentive, sensitive and perceptive listeners.
Orchestra 1* 1001
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Elementary Strings or Equivalent Training-Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will learn and perform quality string orchestra music and participate in
clinics, festivals, school and city-wide concerts.
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Orchestra 2* 1002
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Elementary School Strings/Orchestra 1 or Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: The student learns and performs higher quality music. Recognizing, identifying and
understanding essential elements will be emphasized. Students will polish individual
skills and participate in clinics, festivals and school and city-wide concerts.
Piano* 1084
Open to: 7, 8, 9 Semester or One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will learn to play piano through class lessons. Group playing as well as
individual practice will be utilized.
Swing/Jazz Choir* 1024
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Audition
Content: Students will focus on contemporary music, including current popular favorites, old
standards, selections from Broadway musicals, and selected folk music. This group
will perform in festivals, clinics, and concerts.
*Fees may apply
Tenor/Bass Choir* 1022
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Non-mixed choir will sing a variety of musical selections and gain an understanding of
the language and structure of music in elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and
tempo. Students will participate in school programs and music festivals.
Treble Choir 1* 1020
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Non-mixed choir will learn a variety of musical selections and study the language and
structure of music as it emphasizes melody, harmony, rhythm and tempo. Students
will participate in school programs and music festivals.
Treble Choir 2* 1021
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Audition or teacher approval
Content: Non-mixed choir will learn a variety of musical selections and study the language and
structure of music as it emphasizes melody, harmony, rhythm and tempo. Students
will participate in school programs and music festivals.
*Fees may apply
Physical Education
Adaptive Physical Education 1105
Open to: 7, 8 One Semester or One Year Course
Prerequisite: Individual Education Program (IEP) or School Nurse’s Approval
Content: The special education student or a student identified as needing a modified physical
education program will receive a specially designed physical education program.
Physical Education 7 1102
Open to: 7 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Physical Examination
Content: Students will focus on personal fitness--what it is and how it relates to him/her.
Self-assessment will provide ideas and encouragement to implement fitness
activities into the student’s life.
Physical Education 8 1103
Open to: 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Physical Examination
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Content: Students will continue developing personal fitness skills and be introduced to lifetime
and team sports. The student will further expand his/her own personal activity
program.
Career Technical Education
Engineering Technology Education
Recommended Sequence:
1. 7
th
Grade Technology 7
2. 8
th
Grade Technology 8A, Technology 8B
3. 9
th
Grade Technology 9 (Principles of Engineering)
Technology 7 1601
Open to: 7 One Semester Course or 9-week wheel
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will focus on contemporary communications, manufacturing,
power/energy/transportation and construction systems. An engineering STEM focus
of problem solving requires students to define a given problem, conduct appropriate
research, develop solutions to the problem, construct prototypes and evaluate their
work. Students trace the history, development and influence of automation and
robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation
and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design,
build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.
Technology 8A 1604
Open to: 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and
capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve
problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our
lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image
of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. STEM
education is embedded in all class projects.
Technology 8B (Construction Technology) 1603
Open to: 8 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the principles of the construction industry and how
construction meets the needs of society. Opportunities to perform activities that relate
specifically to the construction industry will include problem solving, computer drafting,
and building construction. Lab activities may include critical load testing with paper,
wood, straws and spaghetti. Construction activities may include towers, bridges,
trusses, scale model structures, futuristic homes. Construction careers will be
researched and presented. STEM emphasis in many of the class projects.
Technology 9 (Principles of Engineering) TE 1501
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Content: Students will gain an insight and understanding of technology and its impact on
his/her life. Computers, related technology and equipment will be used as the student
develops critical thinking and problem solving skills. Activities will include instruction
in communications, manufacturing, construction and power, energy and
transportation. STEM education is embedded in all class projects.
Family & Consumer Science
Young Living 0605, 0608
Open to: 7 One Semester Course or 9-week wheel
Prerequisite: None
Content: The class is designed to offer specialized instruction to seventh grade students of all
ability levels. Topics to be presented include: communications and acceptance of
themselves and others, becoming aware of consumer rights and concerns, develop
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skills in selecting and preparing nutritional foods, learning basic sewing skills to
include producing a creative sewing project, effective child care techniques.
Life and Career Exploration (Exploring the World of Work) FC 0040
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students critically analyze their personal aptitudes and how it relates to finding a
career. Students study job seeking and keeping skills, stress management, anger
management and human relations. Also included are business ethics, goals and
values necessary for a career pathway. Students create an FCCLA career portfolio
and participate in a job shadow.
Teen Living 1 FC 0101A
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will focus on being a participating and contributing member of the family.
Emphasis will be on managing money, shopping skills, nutrition, wellness, meal
preparation, personal and family goals, and interaction between the family and work
(school). Work ethics and career skills will be integrated throughout the course.
Teen Living 2 FC 0101B
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Course stresses the importance of friendship and the need for meaningful
relationships throughout one’s life. This class provides an opportunity to learn about
the normal developmental stages of childhood. It teaches the value of nurturing. The
student is shown that each individual thrives in a comfortable living space.
Furthermore, students deal with personal and family clothing decisions, as well as
learning basic sewing. Class activities allow students to put into practice the skills
they have learned.
Science
Life Science 1202
Open to: 7 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will study living processes in the four main thematic areas of cells, genetics,
evolution, and ecology. Emphasis on laboratory investigation encourages the student
to make observations in the field and classroom.
Earth Science 1205
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: For 7th grade entrance, students must also be enrolled in accelerated math.
No prerequisite for 8th or 9th grade entrance.
Content: Students will study the structure and composition of the Earth’s geosphere,
hydrosphere, and atmosphere and how the three components interact with each
other. Students will also explore Earth’s relationship to other bodies in space.
Earth Science: Accelerated 1206
Open to: 8 One Year Course (TVMSC only)
Prerequisite: TVMSC admission process
Content: Students will study the interfaces among the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere,
and atmosphere of our planet, and Earth’s relationship to other bodies in space.
Investigations will include studies of the earth’s structure and composition, history,
tectonic activity, weathering and erosion, weather and climate, along with a closer
look at galaxies, stars, the solar system, and space exploration.
Physical Science 1208
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: For 8
th
grade Entrance - Recommendation from Math and Science Instructors.
Intended for students planning to take Accelerated Biology in 9
th
grade.
No prerequisite for 9
th
grade entrance.
Content: Students will explore two major areas of science: Physics and Chemistry. Students
will study energy, forces and matter as they relate to mechanical, chemical, and
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electrical concepts in everyday life. Students will focus on the process of science,
gaining experience in observation, collection, and interpretation of data, and the
acquisition of basic laboratory skills. This course satisfies both district and state
content-area graduation requirements but does not earn high school credit if taken in
8
th
grade.
Physics, Conceptual (TVMSC only) 1280
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: TVMSC admission process
Content: This course involves the study of forces and laws of nature affecting matter and
motion and matter and energy. Other topics covered include sound, light, electricity,
and magnetism, relativity, along with a closer look at galaxies, stars, the solar system
and space exploration.
Social Studies
World Studies 7: Africa and Asia 1301
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is the second in a three-course sequence of world studies. World Studies
7 focuses on the geography, culture, and history of Asia and Africa.
World Studies 8: Europe 1303
Open to: 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is the third in a three-course sequence of world studies. World Studies 8
focuses on the geography, culture, and history of Europe, including Russia, and
Australia.
Special Education
Special Education
Open to: 7, 8 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Students must be eligible for special education and must have an individual education
program (IEP) that specifies special education services.
Content: Special education students will receive specially designed instruction based on their
individual education program (IEP). Students may receive study skills support for
general education classes, and/or instruction for the development of specific skills in
areas determined by the IEP team. Course titles may vary by grade level and school.
Special Offerings
AVID 0780, 0781
Open to: 7,8,9,10,11,12 full year
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation/Application/ Interview/Acceptance into the program
Content: AVID is a college preparatory program where students in the academic middle are
being prepared for four-year college eligibility. While in AVID, students are enrolled in
the school's most rigorous classes, such as AP and Acc., and attend a year long
academic elective class-called AVID-taught by a trained AVID teacher. Each grade
level has their own curriculum which is taught 3 days a week and the tutorial support
is 2 days a week. The tutorials have a college student, or former college student, who
facilitates the student led tutorial groups where inquiry and collaboration take place.
AVID helps ensure that students, once accepted to college, possess the high-level
skills they need for college success.
English Language Learners - Study Skills 1540
Open to: 7, 8 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Limited and non-English speaking students will develop skills in listening, speaking,
reading and writing the English language and will receive content and language
support through ELL personnel.
Exploring English Language Development (ELD) 1 9100
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
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Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Exploring ELD 1 is for students identified as limited English proficient. The course is
focused on helping students advance in their English language development through
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Placement in this course is based on ELL
Teacher recommendation and English language and/or academic proficiency results.
Exploring English Language Development (ELD) 2 9101
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This course builds on Exploring ELD 1. Exploring ELD 2 is for students identified as
limited English proficient. The course is focused on helping students continue to
advance in their English language development through listening, speaking, reading,
and writing. Placement in this course is based on ELL Teacher recommendation and
English language and/or academic proficiency results.
Introduction to English Language Development (ELD) 9109
Open to: 7, 8 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This is an intensive course of communicative and academic English instruction. The
course is designed for students identified as English Language Learners (ELL) and
the Intermediate levels of oral, reading and writing in English. The goals and
objectives are based on the Idaho ELD Standards: Early Advanced Level. This
comprehensive course builds on the students’ mastery of the Exploring ELD 2 goals
and performance objectives. The Idaho ELD Standards follow a linguistic pathway
towards proficiency in the English Language Arts Standards including those assessed
on the ISAT.
Tactics for Thinking 1407, 1408
Open to: 7 One Semester Course or 9-week wheel
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will have opportunities to enjoy the excitement of solving problems and
puzzles as he/she improves his/her thinking and study skills.
Introduction to Research (TVMSC only) 1578
Open to: 7 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Content: This course focuses on the process and tools used in effective research, especially in
field data collection and the analysis of the environment. Short and long-term
research projects connected to topics in Biology are fundamental. Appropriate
technology from computers, hand-held devices, GPS/GIS, science probes etc. will be
used in the data collection. Statistical analysis of data, technical writing and the
multiple methods of presentation will be utilized.
Technology Applications
Computer Applications 1 0201, 0205
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Semester Course or 9-week wheel
Prerequisite: None
Content: As a responsible digital citizen, students will develop skills in digital media and
environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support individual learning
and contribute to the learning of others. Student applies digital tools to gather,
evaluate, and use information. The course focus of digital literacy will include cloud-
based word processing (documents, spreadsheets, presentations), research
strategies, and an introduction to coding.
Computer Applications 2 0202
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Computer Applications I
Content: Students will develop an understanding of technology concepts, systems, and
operations. Student will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and
develop innovative products and processes using technology. The course focus of
digital literacy and software creation will include creating multi-media presentations
and exploration of computer programming and software application creation through
coding.
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Computer Animations An Introduction to Programming (Riverglen only) 0207
Open to: 8, 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Computer Applications 1 and 2 with a B or better
Credit: 1
Content: Students will be introduced to software that has been created to make computer
programming easy and accessible. Students will learn basic computer science in
order to create animations and simple video games. Visual Basic Express will be
used to incorporate art, music, and writing into computer animation scenes. There will
also be an introduction to using Action Scripts in Adobe Flash.
Exploring Computer Science
0260
Open to : 9 -12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Credit: 1
Content: Exploring Computer Science will introduce students to the breadth of the field of
computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics including
interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues. Particular focus
will be placed on algorithmic development, problem solving and programming within
the context of relevant problems.
Media Technologies Fundamentals (Riverglen only) 11001
Open to: 9
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is designed to provide the basic fundamental competencies for the media
technologies cluster courses and is to be offered as the beginning course at the
freshman/sophomore level. Class focus will be on the different aspects of media
technologies in journalism, photography, graphic communications, and broadcasting.
Legal and ethical issues, fundamental tool and equipment skills, transferable
knowledge sets, employability skills, communication skills, and terminology used
throughout the media industry.
Video Broadcasting Technology 1, 2 1611, 1612
Open to: 8, 9
Prerequisite: Video 1 None; Video 2 Video 1
Content: Students are introduced to the concepts of cameras/tripods, microphones, safety,
lights, sound, storyboard process, editing, and digital editing which encompasses the
concepts of preproduction, production and post production. Television production
occupations are also covered. Emphasis is placed on individual, pair, and small
group activities. Creative learning and self-discovery is encouraged in all areas. On-
line research is employed to keep the students current with the changing technologies
of video and broadcasting.
World Languages
Exploring French and Spanish Cultures 0404, 0405
Open to: 7 One Semester Course/Wheel (9 week wheel at some sites)
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will explore information on customs, art, music, etc., of both French and
Spanish cultures. Students will be introduced to basic phrases and vocabulary in
French and Spanish. The belief that direct acquaintance with people of other lands
can be a rich and valuable experience will be stressed.
French 1 0411
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will learn the basic sounds and expressions as he/she begins to speak
everyday French. Listening, speaking, reading and writing in French will be stressed.
Students will study the customs and culture of the French speaking world. Credit for
this course appears on the high school transcript.
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Spanish 1 0421
Open to: 8, 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture. Listening, speaking,
reading, and writing skills will be incorporated on a beginning level. Pronunciation
and conversational expressions will be stressed. Credit for this course appears on
the high school transcript.
Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 0429
Open to: 9 - 12 One Year Course (Fairmont only)
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and/or entrance interview. (This course is designed for
students considered native or near-native speakers of Spanish or those who have
intermediate to high speaking and listening skill in Spanish.)
Content: Students will expand vocabulary and improve writing skills necessary in a school or
work setting by focusing on common spelling errors, structure and punctuation.
Students will gain an appreciation for literature and culture through reading fiction and
non-fiction selections from a wide variety of Hispanic cultures.