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Grade Course Listings Section 4
Science Page 1
Social Studies Page 8
Special Education Page 12
Special Offerings Page 12
Technology Applications Page 14
World Languages Page 15
SCIENCE
Anatomy and Physiology 1223
(Concurrent credit may be available)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology, Chemistry, or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will study the cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Laboratory activities will
include dissections.
Astronomy 1211
Open to: 11, 12 Year Course (Capital and Timberline only)
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
Content: The first semester is devoted to stellar astronomy and learning the sky and the second semester to solar
astronomy and the exploration of space. The class meets in the T.C. Bird Planetarium and makes
extensive use of the planetarium, telescopes, and other hands on laboratory materials. Extensive
graphing and manipulation of data gathered during the year is also an integral part of the class.
Biology 1221
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Physical Science
Content: This course content is divided into four core areas, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution and
ecology, and is taught from the perspective of the interdependence of organisms, thus preparing students
for future environmental courses. Emphasis on laboratory investigations encourages students to make
observations not only in the classroom, but also in the field. This course satisfies both district and state
graduation requirements.
Biology, Accelerated 1227
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Physical Science and Accelerated Algebra I
Content: The course content is divided into the four core areas; cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution
and ecology. Accelerated Biology is taught from the perspective of molecular biology and prepares
students for the Advanced Placement Biology course. This course satisfies both district and state
graduation requirements.
Biology, Advanced Placement® 1229
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Instructor approval through the AP® admission process; Biology or Acc Biology highly
recommended
Content: College or university level lecture and lab class. Course topics include those regularly covered in a first
year biology course for majors: molecules and cells, genetics and evolution and organisms and
populations. The textbook is college level and the laboratory activities are the equivalent of those done
by college students. This course prepares students for the AP® College Board examination in May. This
course satisfies both district and state graduation requirements.
Chemistry 1233
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Algebra 1
Content: Students will study matter and the changes it undergoes, learning about: atomic theory, chemical
bonding, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, and reaction thermodynamics. This course is strongly
recommended for the college-bound student.
Chemistry, Accelerated 1235
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Open to: 9 (TVMSC only) 10, 11, One Year Course
Prerequisite: Math/science teacher recommendation
Content: Students will study matter and the changes it undergoes, learning about: atomic theory, chemical
bonding, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, and reaction thermodynamics. Accelerated
Chemistry prepares students for Advanced Placement courses, especially AP Chemistry by teaching
chemical concepts in greater depth than the general course and by performing some of the fundamental
AP Chemistry labs within the accelerated course.
Chemistry, Advanced Placement® 1239
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: “B” or better in chemistry and Instructor approval through the AP® admission process
Content: College or university level lecture and lab class. Course topics include those regularly covered in a first
year chemistry course for majors: atomic theory, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, states of matter,
reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry.
Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and application of theoretical concepts. This course
prepares students for the AP® College Board examination in May.
Ecology/Natural Resource Science AG0520
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course; Two Hour Block
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Science
Credit: 4; Eligible for science credit(s)
Offered at: Dehryl Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd. Busing provided.
Content: This class is designed for students who are pursuing a career in zoology, wildlife biology, natural
resource management or veterinary medicine. The primary topics of this class are ecology, biodiversity,
natural resource conservation, ecosystem management and wildlife based research techniques. It is an
active, outdoor class with numerous field trips and projects. Each student will be required to conduct a
long-term wildlife research project. This course will prepare students for college level zoology/natural
resource programs.
Environmental Science 1261
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology
Content: Students will study basic ecological principles necessary for investigation of local and global
environmental issues, such as overpopulation, extinction, pollution, and resource management. This lab
course satisfies state graduation requirements.
Environmental Science, Advanced Placement® 1265
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Instructor approval through the AP® Admissions Process
Content: College or university level lecture and lab class. Students will study basic ecological principle necessary
for an in-depth investigation of local and global environmental issues, such as overpopulation, extinction,
pollution, and resource management. This course is recommended for college bound students who are
interested in natural resource related job opportunities. This course prepares students for the AP®
College Board examination.
Exploring Fields of Engineering 1282
Open to: 10, 11, 12 cohort levels (TVMSC only) One Year Course
Prerequisite: Physics, Accelerated Math Analysis and Chemistry
Content: This course takes students on an exploration of engineering through lab activities, field trips, and
interactions with guest speakers and focused research. Each quarter the course will shift its focus to
explore a different aspect of engineering, including traditional fields such as mechanical, electrical, civil,
and chemical engineering, as well as newer engineering fields such as bioengineering and environmental
engineering. Students will discover how engineers use mathematics, science and technology in the
engineering, problem-solving process. Students will also participate in national and international
competitions to extend their involvement in a chosen aspect of engineering.
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Forensic Science 1267 or 1268
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course (Boise and TVMSC only)
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry
Content: Forensic science is the application of science to law. In addition to exploring techniques utilized by
forensic biologists, chemist, and physicists to solve crimes, this course will integrate topics from
sociology, psychology, and law. Mock crime scenarios will test students’ abilities to analyze and solve
problems. Special emphasis will be placed on laboratory skills and written reports and presentations.
Geology 1241
(Concurrent credit may be available)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will explore the physical geology of the earth, both past and present. The relationships of rocks
and minerals and the origin and formation of landforms are the main areas of study. Emphasis will be on
learning through activity.
Horticulture 1245
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course (Borah, Capital and Frank Church only)
Prerequisite: Biology
Content: Students will learn about plants--how to grow them and how to use them to enhance the home and
community, with an emphasis on plant propagation and landscaping methods.
Medical Professions 1284
Open to: 10, 11, 12 cohort levels (TVMSC only) One Year Course
Prerequisite: Accelerated Biology and Chemistry
Content: This course provides an introduction to medical professions, including pharmacy, nursing, sports
medicine, biomedical engineering, biotechnology medical technology, veterinary medicine and dentistry.
Students will explore different aspects of medical related research and practices through lab activities,
field trips, guest speakers, and focused research. Lab activities will provide experience and practical
applications for technology, physics and chemistry in the medical sciences. Each quarter, the course will
shift its focus to cover a range of medical fields including genetics, forensics, anatomy & physiology,
microbiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, bacteriology and cell biology.
Physical Science 1208
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will explore two major areas of science: Physics and Chemistry. Students will study motion,
forces, energy and matter. Students will also focus on the process of science, gaining experience in
observation, and the collection and interpretation of data using technology.
General Physics 1253
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: “B” average in Algebra 1
Content: Students will study motion and forces that produce motion, heat and energy, sound, light and electricity.
This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Physics course and is strongly
recommended for the college-bound student, especially those majoring in science.
Physics 1, Advanced Placement® 1255
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: A geometry course and currently enrolled in Algebra 2. Instructor’s approval through the AP® admission
process.
Content: This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores Newtonian mechanics
(including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory,
simple circuits. A bridge unit of electricity and magnetism is included for those students who will progress
directly into AP® Physics C the following year. This course prepares students for the AP® Physics 1
College Board examination
Physics 2, Advanced Placement® 1256
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course beginning 2015-16
Prerequisite: Enrolled in Pre-Calculus and successful completion of AP® Physics 1. Instructor’s approval through the
AP® admission process.
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Content: AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores fluid statics
and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical
circuits; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and
nuclear physics. This course prepares students for the AP® Physics 2 College Board examination.
Physics C, Advanced Placement® 1258
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: AP® Physics 1 or 2, enrolled in Calculus, Instructor approval through the AP® Admission Process.
Content: Calculus-based college- or university-level lecture and lab class, which emphasizes classical mechanics
and electromagnetic theory. The application of basic physics principles through problem solving is
emphasized. This course prepares students for the AP® Physics C College Board examination. It is
offered based on sufficient enrollment.
Scientific Research Methods 1260X
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course (Fall Semester- At Boise and Capital High Only)
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will have the opportunity to become more scientifically literate and to determine how scientific
research enhances their understanding of their environment (work, social, local, and global). The
students will participate in the community of scientific research and scholarship as part of their high
school experience by engaging in many research projects and developing their scientific capabilities. The
students will become proficient at using research practices following the QPOE inquiry model.
Scientific Advanced Research Methods 1262
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course (Spring Semester- At Boise High and Capital High only)
Prerequisite: Scientific Research Class
Content: This is the second half of scientific research methods. Students will identify a problem in physics,
biology, chemistry, environmental science, or other science-related field they find interesting. They will
read literature pertaining to their problem, develop questions, conduct a literature review, model it,
simulate and/or collect data, and communicate their findings through the scientific process, lab reports,
and oral presentations. The primary goal of this course is to bridge the experience gap between
introductory coursework and practical research, thereby empowering students to become scientifically
literate citizens.
Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Science AG 0530
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course; Two Hour Block
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 4; Eligible for science credit(s)
Offered At: Dehryl Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd. Busing provided.
Content: This class is designed for students with an interest in outdoor careers and recreation such as fishing,
hiking, hunting, or other wildlife-related activities. It is an active, outdoor class with numerous field trips
and projects. Topics include fish and wildlife and management, and the biology, habitat, and population
management techniques for a wide array of terrestrial and aquatic species.
Ecology/Environmental Science AG0525
Open to: 12 One Semester Course; Two Hour Block
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Science and Ecology/Natural Resource Science
Credit: 2; Eligible for science credit(s)
Offered At: Dehryl Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd. Busing provided.
Content: This class is designed for students with an interest in outdoor careers and recreation such as fishing,
hiking, hunting, or other wildlife-related activities. It is an active, outdoor class with numerous field trips
and projects. This class is the continuation of Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Science course and focuses on
land-based wildlife management practices and principles, including conservation biology, forestry and
habitat management.
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Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Suggestions:
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Engineering: Civil, Chemical, Biological, Chemist, Patent Lawyer
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Acc. Biology Acc. Chemistry AP Physics 1 AP Chemistry
AP Biology AP Physics C
Note: Most of these Engineering majors take few Biology courses, but have
a significant amount of both chemistry and physics for their course loads.
Primary Science Elective
Optional Second Science Elective for that year
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SOCIAL STUDIES
American Government 1331
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is a study of the American political system and how it functions. American Government
examines the fundamental political institutions of our nation and the governmental operations of the
United States, both at home and abroad. Special emphasis is given to the role of citizens at the local,
state, and national levels.
American Government, Advanced Placement® 1337x
(Fulfills American Government graduation requirement when combined with AP
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Comparative Government)
Open to: 12 One Semester Course (offered First Semester)
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP® Admissions Process
Content: In this course, students perform in-depth analysis of political science using a variety of resources with
special emphasis on the dynamics of political decision-making. This course prepares students for the
College Board’s AP® Examination in American Government. Success on the AP® examination may
result in transferable college credit.
Comparative Government, Advanced Placement® 1338x
(Fulfills American Government credits required for graduation when combined with AP
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American
Government 1337x)
Open to: 12 One Semester Course (offered Second Semester)
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP® Admissions Process
Content: In this course, students study different forms of political organization in-depth with emphasis on a
comprehensive comparison of selected world governments. This course prepares students for the
College Board’s AP® Examination. Success on the AP® Examination may result in transferable
college credit.
American Government, Advanced Placement® 1337a and 1337b
(Fulfills American Government graduation requirement.)
Open to: 12 Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP® Admissions Process
Content: In this course, students perform in-depth analysis of political science using a variety of resources with
special emphasis on the dynamics of political decision-making. This course prepares students for the
College Board’s AP® Examination in American Government. Success on the AP® examination may
result in transferable college credit.
Economics 1341
Open to: 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course examines the basic theories, structures, and operations of economics with special focus on
the American free enterprise system.
Macroeconomics, Advanced Placement® 1345
Open to: 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP
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Admissions Process
Content: In an in-depth analytical study of economics, students examine economic theory with emphasis on the
exploration of macroeconomic concepts and application. AP
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Macroeconomics is a recommended
sequel to AP
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Microeconomics. This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP
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Examination
in Macroeconomics. Success on the AP
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examination may result in transferable college credit.
Microeconomics, Advanced Placement® 1343
Open to: 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor approval through AP
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Admissions Process
Content: In this course, students examine the principles of economics that apply to functions of individual decision
makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. Emphasis is placed on the
nature and functions of product markets, factor markets, and the role of government in the economy.
This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP
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Examination in Microeconomics. Success on
the AP
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examination may result in transferable college credit.
Human Geography, Advanced Placement ® 1357
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (9
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Prerequisite: Instructor approval through AP
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Admissions Process; prior Sociology credit is recommended but not
required
Content: In this course, students examine the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped
human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and
landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They
also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. This course
prepares students for the College Board’s AP
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Examination in Human Geography. Success on the AP
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examination may result in transferable college credit.
Practical Law 1371
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course examines law-related subjects relevant to the student’s life. Topics include criminal law and
procedure, the law of torts and civil procedure, and family law. The course emphasizes individual
accountability and the role of law in American society.
Psychology 1363
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course introduces students to the background and methods of psychology as a science. Content
themes include learning theories, human growth and development, abnormal psychology, and therapy.
Emphasis is on the development and understanding of human behavior, especially as it applies to the
student’s life.
Psychology 2 1364
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Psychology
Content: This sequel to Psychology includes the study of specialized topics in psychology and sociology.
Students participate in selecting topics that emphasize community research and experience.
Psychology, Advanced Placement® 1367
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP
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Admissions Process
Content: This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental
processes of humans. Students explore the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated
with each of the sub-fields within psychology while preparing for the College Board’s AP
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Examination in
Psychology. Success on the AP
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examination may result in transferable college credit.
Sociology (Concurrent credit may be available) 1361
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course examines contemporary social issues based on individual and group relationships in society.
Emphasis is placed on the cultural conditions under which individuals live and their adjustments to a
changing society. Sociology is excellent preparation for AP Human Geography.
United States History 9: to 1900 1305
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is the first year of a two-year study of United States (U.S.) history. U.S. History 9 traces the
development of our nation to the turn of the twentieth century, including an exploration of cultural themes
as expressed in the humanities.
United States History 9: to 1900 (Accelerated) 1307
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This course is the first year of a two-year study of United States (U.S.) history. U.S. History 9 traces the
development of our nation to the turn of the twentieth century with an emphasis on critical thinking, the
development of analytical skills, and an exploration of cultural themes as expressed in the humanities.
United States History 11: since 1900 1321
Open to: 11 One Year Course
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Prerequisite: None
Content: This course is the second year of a two-year study of United States history. U.S. History 11 is an in-
depth study of the American experience during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
United States History, Advanced Placement® 1327
Open to: 11 One Year Course
Prerequisite: U.S. History to 1900 or equivalent and Instructor Approval through AP
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Admissions Process
Content: This course offers students an in-depth, analytical study of history using multiple resources. Students
investigate, discuss, and write about major historical currents, themes, and concepts in preparing for the
College Board’s AP
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Examination in United States History. Success on the AP
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examination may
result in transferable college credit.
History of Western Civilization 1351
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: In this course, students examine the roots of Western civilization, explore the heritage that comprises the
Western experience, and trace the development of those basic themes that constitute Western culture.
This course is strongly recommended for all college bound students and satisfies the world history
requirement for entry into California and Oregon universities. This course is excellent preparation for AP
European History, AP World History, and AP Human Geography.
European History, Advanced Placement® 1353
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval through AP
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Admissions Process
Content: This course is intended as a sequel to History of Western Civilization. In this course, students examine
and analyze a wide range of historical sources, while tracing events, trends and developments from the
Renaissance to contemporary Europe. This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP
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Examination in European History and satisfies the world history requirement for entry into California and
Oregon universities. Success on the AP
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examination may result in transferable college credit.
World History, Advanced Placement® 1355
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor approval through AP
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Admissions Process; History of Western Civilization is recommended but
not required
Content: This course is intended as a sequel to History of Western Civilization. In this course, students explore
the development of global processes and contacts, examine and analyze the nature of interactions
among and changes in international frameworks, and draw comparisons among major societies, focusing
primarily on the past 1000 years of the human experience. This course prepares students for the College
Board’s AP
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Examination in World History and satisfies the world history requirement for entry into
California and Oregon universities. Success on the AP
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examination may result in transferable
college credit.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE SELECTION PATHS
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Look for this symbol to identify the recomme nde d grade level for pre-AP and AP coursework in
History/Social Sciences
Freshman Level
Accelerated United States History to 1900. Participation in AVID Program (if eligible); a recommended
foundation but NOT a prerequisite for AP coursework; available only to Ninth Grade students.
Sophomore Level
History of Western Civilization. Recommended for all college-bound students; a foundation course for
subsequent AP coursework, particularly AP World History, AP European History, and AP Comparative
Government.
AP Human Geography Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in Sociology and/or
History of Western Civilization is recommended but NOT required; AVID students are encouraged to consider this
option.
AP World History Recommended for select, highly motivated, college-bound students; prior credit in History of
Western Civilization is recommended but NOT required.
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Junior Level
History of Western Civilization. Recommended for all college-bound students; a foundation course for
subsequent AP coursework, particularly AP World History, AP European History, and AP Comparative
Government.
AP United States History. Recommended for select college-bound students; satisfies two-credit, Junior Level,
US History graduation requirement.
AP World History. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in History of Western
Civilization is recommended but NOT required.
AP Human Geography. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in Sociology and/or
History of Western Civilization is recommended but NOT required; AVID students are encouraged to consider this
option.
AP European History. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in History of Western
Civilization is strongly recommended.
AP Psychology. Recommended for select college-bound students; two semester course.
Senior Level
History of Western Civilization. Recommended for all college-bound students.
AP American Government/AP Comparative Government. Recommended for select college-bound
students; two semesters - students enroll in both courses; taken together, these courses satisfy the two-credit US
Government graduation requirement.
AP American Government. Recommended for select college-bound students; two semesters; this course
satisfies the two-credit US Government graduation requirement.
AP Comparative Government. Recommended for select college-bound students; one semester.
AP Microeconomics. Recommended for select college-bound students; one semester course; recommended
but NOT required as prior credit for students who wish to take AP Macroeconomics; satisfies one-credit Economics
graduation requirement.
AP Macroeconomics. Recommended for select college-bound students; one semester course; prior credit in
AP Microeconomics is recommended but NOT required; satisfies one-credit Economics graduation requirement.
AP European History. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in History of Western
Civilization is recommended.
AP World History. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in History of Western
Civilization is recommended but NOT required.
AP Human Geography. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in Sociology and/or
History of Western Civilization is recommended but NOT required; AVID students are encouraged to consider this
option.
AP Psychology. Recommended for select college-bound students; prior credit in Psychology is recommended;
one semester course.
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Summary of Recommended Sequence
Grade 9
Accelerated US History to 1900
Grade 10
History of Western Civilization AP Human Geography
Grade 11
AP US History AP World History
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Grade 12
AP US Government & Comparative Politics AP Microeconomics AP Macroeconomics
AP European History AP Psychology
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special Education
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Students must be eligible for special education and must have an individualized education program (IEP)
that specifies special education services.
Content: Special education students will receive specially designed instruction based on their individualized
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
Aide (Attendance, Business, Counselor, Main Office, Nurse, Registrar, Teacher, Media)
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Approval by appropriate staff
Content: Students will act as assistant in designated setting under the supervision of appropriate staff. Tasks will
be related to each area. A maximum number of 4 credits may be applied toward graduation.
AVID 0782, 0783, 0784, 0785
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.
Character Development (Frank Church only) 1530
Open to: 9, 10 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course utilizes a curriculum designed to teach students the attitudes and skills they need to be
successful in school. It is built around five units: Building a Positive Self-Image, Communicating
Effectively, Accepting Responsibility, Setting and Achieving Goals, and Solving Problems.
College Entrance Test Preparation 1555
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: This class offers comprehensive instruction for students wishing to prepare thoroughly for the S.A.T., the
A.C.T., the P.S.A.T., and the P.L.A.N. tests. These difficult exams, which are required by virtually all
colleges, are used in making admission and scholarship decisions. Topics covered include question
analysis, test taking strategies, knowledge and skill development, and practice questions in all areas
covered by the exam: language arts, critical reading, writing, mathematics and science. Recommended
for all college bound students.
Color Guard* 1517
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course (a second semester is available at some schools)
Prerequisite: Audition/Instructor Approval
Content: Students perform in conjunction with the Marching Band. Emphasis is on visual support to the music
program utilizing marching, multiple props and dance. Performing skills, including self-discipline,
precision and teamwork combining rhythm and physical coordination are included. Students perform at
football games, competition/festivals, parades and community events. Practice may begin 2 weeks
before the start of school.
*Fees May Apply
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Dance Team* 1516
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Audition
Content: Students perform at selected competitions during the fall and spring semesters. Skills emphasized are
self-discipline, teamwork and physical fitness.
*Fees May Apply
English Language Learners - Study Skills 1541
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval; may be repeated
Content: Limited and/or non-English speaking students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
the English language and receive content and language support for academic classes. This course
prepares students for success in high school.
Introduction to English Language Development (ELD) 9110
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course; may be repeated
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) at the Beginning levels of oral, reading and
writing in English. Students may have varying levels of academic proficiency in their primary languages.
The goals and objectives are based on the Idaho ELD Standards: Early Intermediate Level. The Idaho
ELD Standards follow a linguistic pathway towards proficiency in the English Language Arts Standards
including those assessed on the ISAT.
English Language Development (ELD) 1 9111
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course; may be repeated
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) at the High Early Intermediate and
Intermediate levels of oral, reading and writing in English. The course goals and objectives are based on
the Idaho ELD Standards: Intermediate Level. This comprehensive course builds on the students’
mastery of the ELD 1 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.
English Language Development (ELD) 2 9112
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course; may be repeated
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) at 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 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.
Leadership and Community Responsibility (Boise High Only) 1511
Open to: 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor or Counselor Approval
Content: Students will learn effective leadership skills and practice those skills in the community and their
everyday life. A weekly internship and the completion of a successful project to make the world a better
place are requirements of the course. Upon completion of the course students will have the capacity and
skills to become leaders in their communities and the world.
Research 1 (TVMSC only) 1580
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Credit: 1 per semester
Content: Students study research topics of interest by designing and implementing an original research project
using proper experimental protocol. Research projects will be submitted to a regional or national
competition. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and interpreting data through statistical analysis.
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Statistical analysis issues are designed as a lead-in to a spring semester of Advanced Placement
Statistics. This course satisfies the district requirement for Critical Reading and Writing.
TRIO (Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Fairmont, South only) 1560
Open to: 9, 10 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Application and acceptance into the program through school counselor
Credit: 1 (may be repeated)
Content: The Boise State University TRIO Upward Bound program class is only offered at Borah, Capital,
Fairmont, and South. Initial enrollment limited to 9
th
or 10
th
grade students. The program prepares
students for success in high school as well as enrollment and success in postsecondary education.
Students receive instruction in math, language arts, ACT/SAT preparation, and college and career
exploration. Requirements for this course are the following:
The student comes from a limited income family, or neither of the student’s natural parents
have earned a bachelor’s degree, or both limited income and no parent with a bachelor’s
degree.
The student has completed the program application, interview, and has been accepted
The student and parents are committed to the student being in class (as possible)
The students and parents are committed to the students participating in a 5-week summer
residential program held on the BSU campus.
The students are expected to enroll in postsecondary education (anywhere not just BSU) upon
graduation from high school.
Technology Applications
Computer Applications 1 0201, 0205
Open to: 7, 8, 9 One Semester Course
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. Students apply 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 1
Content: Students will develop an understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students 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.
Computer Animations An Introduction to Programming (Riverglen Junior High) 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.
Computer Science A, Advanced Placement® See Math
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Introduction to Personal Robotics 1607
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (TVMSC only)
Credit: 2
Content: Students will explore the design, construction, and use of robotics, and how robots use feedback to
control their operation and solve problems. After learning skills necessary to design and test electric
circuits, construct mechanical parts, and program microcontrollers to interact with the outside world, the
students will build a robot, run it in competitions and write a complete assembly manual of the robot.
Video Broadcasting Technology 1, 2 1611, 1612
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Video Tech 1 None; Video Tech 2 Video Tech 1
Credit: 1
Content: Students are introduced to the concepts of cameras/tripods, microphones, safety, lights, sound,
storyboard, process, editing which encompasses the concepts of pre-production, 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.
Video Broadcasting Production 1 1615
Open to: 11, 12 (10
th
by instructor approval) One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Content: Students are introduced to the concepts of cameras/tripods, microphones, safety, lights, sound,
storyboard, process, editing which encompasses the concepts of pre-production, 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.
Video Broadcasting Production 2 1616
Open to: 11, 12 (10
th
by instructor approval) One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Video 1
Credit: 1
Content: Students are introduced to the concepts of cameras/tripods, microphones, safety, lights, sound,
storyboard, process, editing which encompasses the concepts of pre-production, 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.
Video Broadcasting Production 3 1617
Open to: 11, 12 (10
th
by instructor approval) One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Video 1 & 2
Credit: 1
Content: Students are introduced to the concepts of cameras/tripods, microphones, safety, lights, sound,
storyboard, process, editing which encompasses the concepts of pre-production, 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
French 1 0411
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will learn basic vocabulary, pronunciation and common expressions as well as customs and
culture of the French-speaking world. Listening and speaking activities will be stressed as well as
activities in reading and writing.
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French 2 0412
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: French 1, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will develop language skills through readings and scenarios that depict lifelike situations.
Continuing with the emphasis on listening and speaking in the first-year classes, the student will learn
more complex grammatical structures and will be able to communicate in more diverse situations. The
student will continue to learn the culture and customs of French-speaking countries.
French 3 0413
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: French 2, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue to study vocabulary, and will further their verbal skills and knowledge of grammar.
Fluency in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension will be further developed. Students will be
expected to demonstrate proficiency in more varied situations. Students will continue their study of
culture through reading authentic documents.
French 4 0414
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: French 3, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will participate in advanced conversation in the French language. Students will read literature
by French-speaking authors and demonstrate an understanding of this literature as it relates to the
French culture.
French 5 0415
Open to: 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: French 4, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue to develop proficiency through oral presentations and discussions of selected
topics. Small group conversations on topics selected by the students will increase language fluency.
French, Advanced Placement® 0417
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: French 3 or 4, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP® Examination in French Language. Success
on the AP® examination may result in transferable college credit. The curriculum for this class may be
compared to a third year college French course.
German 1 0431
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Perquisite: None
Content: Students will begin to speak everyday German by practicing basic sounds and expressions. Customs,
culture and literature of German-speaking people will be introduced.
German 2 0432
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: German 1, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students continue to practice listening and speaking skills, with new emphasis on reading and writing the
language. Culture and history will be studied in greater depth.
German 3 0433
Open to: 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: German 2, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will develop advanced fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Program may be tailored to
meet individual student interests.
German 3-BSU German 101 0435
(College credit may be available)
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in German levels 1 and 2
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Content: Students will continue mastering the German language, building rich vocabulary, and increasing their
understanding and use of communicative grammar. Students will build proficiency in the five areas of
language: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture. Students will acquire, manipulate, produce,
and create spoken and written language, as well as increase listening and reading skills.
German 4 (Boise HS only) (college credit may be available) 0434
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: German 3, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: German 4 continues to build on advanced fluency, concentrating on listening, speaking, reading and
writing. This course enables students to continue to develop critical thinking skills within the context of
grammar as well as through analysis and manipulation of text material. German 4 allows students to
further explore the history, geography, and culture of German-speaking countries.
German, Advanced Placement® (Pilot Capital Only) 0436
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: German 3 or 4, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP® Examination in German Language. Success
on the AP® examination may result in transferable college credit. The curriculum for this class may be
compared to a third year college German course.
Japanese 1 (Borah Only) 0441
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the Japanese language, culture, Kanji and the Hiragana syllabary.
Listening, speaking, and writing skills will be equally emphasized and used.
Japanese 2 (Borah Only) 0442
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Japanese 1, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue the study of Japanese Language and culture. Additional Kanji and the Katakana
syllabary will be introduced. Students will continue to develop vocabulary and conversation as well as
learning to read and write the two Japanese syllabaries and Kanji.
Japanese 3 (Borah Only) (college credit may be available) 0443
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Japanese 2, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue to develop language proficiency through conversation, video, music, audio
tapes/CDs and authentic Japanese text. Students will continue to study Kanji.
Japanese, Advanced Placement® (Borah Only) 0444
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or 4, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP® Examination in Japanese
Language. Success on the AP® examination may result in transferable college credit. The curriculum
for this class may be compared to a third year college Japanese course.
Latin 1 0451
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will learn the structure of Latin and fundamental skills in translation. Included will be Roman
culture and mythology, which will provide a background for the study of romance languages.
Latin 2 0452
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Latin 1, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students continue a study of Latin sentence structure and how it applies to English grammar. The
contribution of Latin roots to English words is emphasized as well as Roman history and culture by
reading Latin authors.
Latin 3 0453
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Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Latin 2, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will read the great Latin authors and poets to enrich their background of classical literature.
Latin 4 0454
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Latin 3, Instructor /Counselor Approval
Content: Using Vergil’s Aeneid as the primary text, students will research and discuss the historical, cultural, and
mythological background of the poem as well as translate major sections. Students will also study poetic
meter and stylistic devices, in addition to reading other authors from the Golden and Silver Ages.
Exploring Mandarin Language and Culture 0472X
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course (only at Borah and Boise)
Prerequisite: None
Content: This course serves as an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese language and culture. It is designed
for students with no learning experience on Chinese language or culture. Students will gain a detailed
understanding of basic Chinese Pinyin and character systems, and basic listening, speaking, reading and
writing skills in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while also learning about the important cultural aspects of
China and inform the language.
Spanish 1 0421
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture via thematic content focused around
school, family, hobbies, foods, etc. The language acquisition skills of listening, speaking, reading, and
writing will be developed through classroom activities.
Spanish 2 0422
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Spanish 1, Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will continue to study Spanish language and culture via thematic content focused around the
city, shopping, childhood, etc. The language acquisition skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
will be further developed through classroom activities.
Spanish 2, Accelerated 0460
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Credit in Spanish 1 and Instructor Recommendation.
Content: Students will prepare for advanced level Spanish courses using a variety of authentic materials. Students
will study the same thematic units as Spanish 2, with additional emphasis on vocabulary development
and increasing fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is conducted mostly in
Spanish.
Spanish 3 0423
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Credit in Spanish 2 or Instructor Recommendation
Content: Students will use a variety of materials to increase fluency in listening, speaking and reading skills. Study
of basic grammatical concepts will be completed with increased emphasis on reading, writing and
vocabulary-building.
Spanish 3, Accelerated 0461
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: Credit in Spanish 2/Accelerated Spanish 2 and Instructor Recommendation
Content: Students will prepare for advanced level Spanish courses using a variety of authentic materials.
Students will study the same thematic units as Spanish 3, with additional emphasis on vocabulary
development and increasing fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is conducted
in Spanish.
Spanish 4 0424
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: Credit in Spanish 3/Acc Spanish 3 or Instructor Recommendation
Content: Students will prepare for advanced level Spanish courses using a variety of authentic materials.
Students will study short stories, plays, novels and non-fiction to continue to develop proficiency in
grammatical concepts and to increase fluency in listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. This
course is conducted in Spanish.
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Spanish 5 0425
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (college credit may be available)
Prerequisite: Credit in Spanish 4 or Instructor Recommendation
Content: Students will prepare for advanced level Spanish courses using a variety of authentic materials.
Students will study short stories, plays, novels and non-fiction to continue to develop proficiency in
grammatical concepts and to increase fluency in listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. This
course is conducted in Spanish.
Spanish Language and Culture, Advanced Placement® 0427
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Credit in Acc Spanish 3 or Spanish 4 and/or Instructor Recommendation based on Personal Interview
Content: The curriculum for this class may be compared to a third year college university Spanish course and
prepares students to take the College Board’s AP Examination in Spanish Language and Culture. This
course is conducted in Spanish.
Spanish Literature and Culture, Advanced Placement® 0428
Open to: 10, 11, 12, One Year Course
Prerequisite: Credit in AP Spanish Language and Culture and/or Instructor Recommendation based on Personal
Interview
Content: The curriculum for this class may be compared to a third year college university Spanish course and
prepares students to take the College Board’s AP Examination in Spanish Literature and Culture. This
course is conducted in Spanish.
Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 (0429) and 2 (0430)
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Year Course (Borah and 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.