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2023-2024 Curriculum Guide

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CURRICULUM GUIDE2023 - 2024Led by Christ, who changes our hearts and the world

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TABLE OF CONTENTSDual EnrollmentAdvanced PlacementAP CapstoneMission Statement Vision StatementAccreditationSTEM CertificationAcademiesAlpha ProgramChampagnat ProgramCollege Prep ProgramStudent PlacementGraduation RequirementsStudent PerformanceState University System Admission RequirementsCollege Credit ProgramsArt DepartmentBusiness & Technology DepartmentEnglish DepartmentMath DepartmentPhysical Education & Health Science DepartmentScience DepartmentSocial Science DepartmentTheology DepartmentWorld Languages Department4 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 15 23 29 33 35 41 45 51 57 59

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MISSION VISIONSt. Brendan High School provides a Catholic educational experiencethat inspires young men and women to develop a passion for learningby fostering intellectual, physical, and social development throughacademic excellence and mutual respect. With the help and guidance of faculty and staff, students grow in self-awareness and the awareness of a complex and global world.Students become college and career ready in the 21st Centurythrough the use of the latest educational resources and cutting-edgetechnological tools available. Students, faculty and staff build unitythrough a lived experience of faith, culture, innovation, and charity.Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 04

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 05ACCREDITATIONThe STEM program at St. Brendan High school is a Cognia certified program. Thedistinction of STEM certification is awarded to schools recognized for creatingquality STEM programs and building a network of STEM best practices tosupport initiatives. St. Brendan High School has been commended for developinga signature STEM program consistent in its pursuit of excellence in STEMeducation. The experiences and connections provided through the academiesand the state of the art science labs, green house, competitive robotics program,coding classes, Advanced Placement courses, STEM electives, and dualenrollment opportunities afford students a high quality STEM education. STEM CERTIFICATIONSt. Brendan High School is accredited by Cognia, an agency that evaluatesschool quality, provides expertise and actionable ideas that support schoolimprovement. The school provides a Catholic education that is engaging andchallenging and driven by the National Standards and Benchmarks for EffectiveCatholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Through a culture of innovation,school leaders collaborate with stakeholders to drive school improvement andmaintain clear processes, procedures, and resources in place designed tosupport institutional effectiveness.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 06ACADEMIESAcademies are schools within the school that help students discern God's will for their lives.The communities forged through the academies facilitate learning experiences and createopportunities that extend beyond the classroom. As part of an academy, students benefitfrom a rich and diverse curriculum that empowers the application and practice of learning,Academy directors and teachers mentor students through course selection and provideexperiences that enhance every students' academic and future success. Participation in anacademy is optional and open to all ninth graders. Students can choose to apply to one offour academies: Law and Global Business, Medical Sciences, STEM, and Visual andPerforming Arts. Law & Global Business ElectivesMedical Sciences Electives Visual & Performing Arts ElectivesSTEM ElectivesAccounting HonorsBusiness LawBusiness ManagementCriminal & Civil Law StudiesConstitutional Law Studies HonDebate I HonorsEntrepreneurshipGame & Simulation ProgrammingInternational Business SystemsIntroduction to CodingIntroduction to Criminal JusticeJournalism I and IIMarketingPersonal FinancePublic SpeakingWeb DesignAnatomy & PhysiologyAnatomy & Physiology HonorsAP BiologyAP ChemistryAP PsychologyInjury Care and PreventionFirst Aid and SafetyForensic Science I and IIHealth Explorations HonorsPsychology HonorsAP BiologyAP ChemistryAP Computer Science AAP Computer Science PrinciplesAP Environmental ScienceApplied Engineering Tech I and IIBroadcasting I, II, and IIIComputer Programming - JavaDigital Art I and IIEnvironmental ScienceForensic Science I and IIGame Simulation & ProgrammingIntroduction to CodingRobotics I and IIVisual Technology Web DesignActing I, II, and IIIAP Art HistoryAP DrawingArt 2D and 3DBand I, II, III, and IVBroadcasting I, II, and IIICeramicsDance I, II, and IIIDebate I HonorsDigital Art I and IIFilmMusic TheoryPhotographyPortfolio HonorsPublic SpeakingVisual TechnologyVocal Ensemble I, II, and III

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Freshman Year Theology I Pre-AP English I Pre-AP Math Pre-AP Biology AP World History World Language Pre-AP Math or Art & Computer Sci Minimum Requirements: AP World History + 3 Pre-AP courses Sophomore Year Theology II Pre-AP English II AP Precalculus or Pre-AP Math Pre-AP Chemistry AP Capstone Seminar World Language AP Elective or Art & Computer Sci Minimum Requirements: AP Seminar + 1 AP + 2 Pre-AP courses Junior Year Theology III AP English Lang/Composition AP Math or Honors Math AP Physics or Physics Honors AP United States History AP Capstone Research World Language or Elective Minimum Requirements: AP Research + AP English Language + AP US History + 2 Honors courses Senior Year Theology IV AP English Literature or English IV Hon AP Math or Honors Math AP Science or Honors Science AP Microeconomics or Economics Hon AP US Government or Govt Honors World Language or Elective Elective Minimum Requirements: 4 AP coursesALPHA PROGRAMThe Alpha Program is a rigorous academic program designed for high-achieving and gifted students. Theprogram offers St. Brendan High School's most challenging curriculum. Students in the program willgraduate having taken a minimum of 10 AP courses and will receive an AP Capstone diploma orcertificate. The program also provides students individualized academic support, college counseling, anda variety of extracurricular enrichment opportunities.Page 07Curriculum Guide 2023-2024

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CHAMPAGNAT PROGRAMThe Champagnat Program is a program for students with specific learning needs. The program features of aninclusive model of instruction with support, and self-contained learning environments for those in need ofgreater academic assistance. Instruction in self-contained classrooms is provided by certified specialeducation faculty. Current psychoeducational evaluations must be provided to develop individualizedlearning plans. All students enrolled in the program must fulfill the graduation requirements established bythe state of Florida. Freshman Year Theology I English I Algebra I Biology World History Spanish I HOPE Sophomore Year Theology II English II Geometry Physical Science Art & Computer Sci Spanish II Elective Junior Year Theology III English III Algebra II Environmental Science United States History Elective Elective Senior Year Theology IV English IV Math for College Algebra US Government & Economics Elective Elective Elective Page 08Curriculum Guide 2023-2024

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Sophomore Year Theology II English II, English II Honors Geometry, Geometry Hon, Algebra II, Algebra II Hon, Precalculus, Precalculus Hon, AP Precalculus Chemistry, Chemistry Honors World Language Art & Computer Science AP Capstone Seminar or Elective Freshman Year Theology I English I, English I Honors Algebra I, Pre-AP Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II Biology, Biology Honors World History, World History Honors World Language HOPE Junior Year Theology III English III, English III Hon, AP English Language Algebra II, Algebra II Hon, College Algebra, Precalculus, Precalculus Hon, Calculus, Calculus Hon Physics, Physics Hon, AP Physics I US History, US History Hon, AP US History AP Capstone Research or Elective World Language or Elective Senior Year Theology IV English IV, English IV Hon, AP English Literature College Algebra, Precalculus, Precalculus Hon, Calculus, Calculus Hon, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics Hon, AP Statistics US Government/Economics (Honors and AP levels) World Language or Elective Elective ElectiveCOLLEGE PREP PROGRAMSt. Brendan High School strives to meet the educational needs of all students to become college and career ready byproviding a challenging academic program. Honors and AP courses are designed for advanced students capable oflearning beyond the ordinary scope of a course. Enrollment in AP, honors and dual enrollment courses is suggested forall students that qualify. Students in the honors track are encouraged to take concurrent math courses in the freshmanand/or sophomore year to be prepared for a collegiate math curriculum. It is also recommended that students in thehonors track take four years of science, four years of a world language, and AP Capstone courses.Page 09Curriculum Guide 2023-2024

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 10St. Brendan High School offers a balanced curriculum that focuses on essentialsubject matter and fundamental principles with clear objectives. Our vision ofacademics fosters curiosity and wonder through innovation and encourageshigher order thinking and reasoning. Courses challenge students to discover apassion for learning in an effort to help them find their path in life.In order to ensure the proper academic preparation, student placement isimportant. School leaders, teachers, and guidance counselors collaborate to placestudents in courses that will help them effectively meet their educational needs.Freshmen are placed in courses based on their performance on the HSPTEntrance Exam, placement test, middle school grades, and standardized tests.Transfer students are placed based on their grades and standardized test scores,as well as placement test results when available.Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are advised by their academychairpersons, guidance counselors and teachers, to take courses that will satisfygraduation requirements, ensure college and career readiness, and fulfillscholarship criteria. Current course grades, grade point average, and standardizedtest scores are evaluated to determine course placement. Course selection is an important component of success; therefore,the student should discuss options with parents, academy chairs,teachers, and their guidance counselor. When building the masterschedule, every effort is made to place students in their selectedcourses. Students may not be guaranteed enrollment in the coursesrequested due to limited capacity or scheduling conflicts. In theseinstances alternate courses are used to replace selections. Carefulconsideration of alternate course requests is encouraged. Onceschedules are finalized, changes may only be made withadministrative approval.STUDENT PLACEMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 11Minimum of 28 creditsMinimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.0100 community service learning hours - 25 in each grade levelFulfillment of financial obligationsOne full faith-based retreat Credits per subject matter as follows:GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS St. Brendan High School will withhold diplomas and final transcripts if any requirements forgraduation are not satisfied. STUDENT PERFORMANCEFreshmen: Sophomores: Juniors: *Although national statistics are not gathered for ninthgraders, early exposure to such standardized assessmentsis critical from the onset of high school.In order to meet the needs of multiple learningstyles, students are evaluated using traditionaland alternative assessments. A midterm and finalexam are administered in every course andaccount for 10 percent of the overall grade forthe class. As part of college preparation andcareer readiness, standardized testing isadministered annually to all freshmen,sophomores, and juniors as follows:4 credits4 credits1 credit3 credits0.5 credits3 credits4 credits0.5 credits2 credits6 creditsEnglish Language ArtsMathematics (Alg I or higher)Personal Fitness & HealthScienceArtSocial SciencesTheologyComputer ScienceWorld Language (same language)ElectivesPSAT* and Pre-ACT*PSAT and Pre-ACTPSAT and ACT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 12COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAMSStudents have the opportunity to earncollege credit while enrolled in highschool coursesDual EnrollmentAdvanced PlacementGraduation from an accredited secondary school or successful completion of the GEDCompletion of 18 academic units in a college preparatory curriculum:Submission of official SAT or ACT scoresMinimum Admissions Policies for the State Universities of Florida The Florida Board of Governors has established minimum state-level admissions policies forfirst-time college students and for students transferring without an Associates degree fromFlorida community colleges. The policies include a list of required high school academiccourses considered to be the best preparation for entry to college. These requirements areminimum state standards when applying to the state universities.Since each state university may have more stringent admissions requirements, studentsshould exceed the following minimum requirements to enhance the probability ofadmission: English Mathematics Natural Science Social Science World Language Academic electives 4 units (3 with substantial writing)4 units (Algebra I or higher)3 units (2 with lab component)3 units2 units (sequential and in same language)2 units (SUS approved)

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 13ADVANCED PLACEMENT The College Board designs the curriculum for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students enrolled in an AP course must sit forthe AP exam in May and a fee will be collected for the administration of the exam. Results are nationally recognized, and an examscore of 3 or higher is required for most colleges to grant college credit. The AP Scholar awards are academic distinctions grantedby the College Board to students who have who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through theirperformance on multiple AP Exams. St. Brendan High School offers AP courses in the following areas: Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Capstone: Seminar Capstone: Research Chemistry Chinese Language & Culture Computer Science Principles St. Brendan High School offers the AP Capstone program sponsored by the College Board. Students who earn scores of 3 orhigher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma.Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the APSeminar and Research Certificate. The AP Capstone Diploma is highly regarded as a top distinction awarded by the College Boardand is a prestigious academic accolade to be used for college admittance. It is highly recommended for students to participate inthe Capstone program during their sophomore and junior year. For more information regarding the AP Capstone program, pleasevisit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-capstone.DUAL ENROLLMENTThe Dual Enrollment Program allows students toearn college credit in specific courses. Studentscan earn 3 or 4 college credits per semester.Credit is recognized within Florida by mostcolleges and universities, but may or may not beaccepted by a college or university outside ofFlorida. Each college or university hasestablished policies regarding the acceptance ofdual enrollment credits. Dual Enrollment for acourse is dependent on the qualifications of theinstructor and the regulations set forth by theuniversity. Dual enrollment course availabilitymay change without prior notice. A student mustreceive a final grade of "C" or better to transfercredits. Courses are open to sophomores, juniors,and seniors with a cumulative unweighted GPAof 3.0.DrawingEnglish Language & CompositionEnglish Literature & CompositionEnvironmental ScienceEuropean HistoryFrench Language & CultureHuman GeographyItalian Language & CultureMicroeconomicsPhysics 1Physics CPrecalculusPsychologySpanish Language & CultureSpanish Literature & CultureStatisticsUS Government & PoliticsUnited States HistoryWorld HIstory: Modern

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 14The section that follows contains course requirements anddescriptions listed by department. Final course offerings aredependent on the number of course requests and spaceavailability.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 15ART DEPARTMENTAll courses are listed alphabetically and meet the graduation requirement for Art.Acting I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisites: NoneNotes: Students may be required to attend and/or participate in extra rehearsals andperformances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.Course Description: Through improvisation, scripted scenes, performance projects, and/orpractical application, students learn to identify what makes performances believable and explorethe tools used to create, articulate, and execute them. Upon completion of this course, studentshave a strong foundation for future scene work, script analysis, and play production. Publicperformances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.Acting II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Acting I or instructor approval; audition may be required.Notes: Students may be required to attend and/or participate in extra rehearsals andperformances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.Course Description: Students examine the various dimensions of characters through analysis,discussion, and classroom performance, working with scripts from a variety of time periods andcultures. They learn to break down a scene from a character’s point of view, and also learn tosustain a character and build the relationship between actor and audience. Public performancesmay serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.Acting III Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Acting II or instructor approval; audition may be required.Notes: Students may be required to attend and/or participate in extra rehearsals andperformances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.Course Description: Students focus on development of significant acting skills and knowledge ofthe actor’s literature, compiling a working actor’s portfolio for exhibition and/or the interviewprocess. They research potential job opportunities in the film, television, game animation, andtheatre industries, as well as scholarships and opportunities available at the university level. Publicperformances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Art 2D Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course provides students with opportunities to develop a basicunderstanding of artistic expression of ideas through two-dimensional media. Students experimentwith the media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional (2-D) artworks throughthe development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design. Studentspractice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or theorganizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/orimagination. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work andthat of their peers.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 16Art 3D Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Junior or Senior standingCourse Description: This course provides students with a basic understanding of three-dimensional art methods, media, techniques, and craftsmanship. Students explore how space,mass, balance, and form combine to create aesthetic forms or utilitarian products and structures.Student artists consider the relationship of scale, volume, visual weight, and gravity to createfreestanding structures. They explore sharp and diminishing detail, size, position, overlapping,visual pattern, texture, implied line, space, and plasticity, reflecting craftsmanship and quality in thesurface and structural qualities of the completed art forms.Art History Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.2Course Description: Students explore the role of art in history and culture through observation andanalysis of significant works of art and architecture from Prehistory through the 16th century.Students investigate the societal context of works, considering traditional forms and conventions ofrepresentation, symbolism, and the purposes for which the art was created. The course includes anintroduction to the methodologies of art history and criticism, study of the media and techniquesused by artists from various cultures and time periods, and use of appropriate terminology inverbal and written analyses of artworks drawn from around the world. Student historians critiqueand compare works across time and cultures to develop an understanding of, and respect for, thevisual arts as a chronicle of history, cultural heritage, and the human experience. AP Art History Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: Students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past andpresent and from a variety of cultures. Students learn to look at works of art critically, withintelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. This course is designedto provide college-level instruction in art history. AP Drawing Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Completion of Portfolio Honors and instructor approval Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. Course Description: This course is designed for students who are seriously interested in thepractical experience of art. AP Drawing is not based on a written exam; instead, students submitportfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Drawing Program sets a nationalstandard for performance in the visual arts that contributes to the significant role the arts play inacademic environments. AP Drawing is an introductory college-level drawing course. Studentsrefine and apply skills and ideas they develop throughout the course to produce drawings.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 17Band II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semester Prerequisite: Band I or instructor approvalCourse Description: This class is designed for students with at least one year of woodwind, brass,and/or percussion ensemble experience, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of musicthrough performance of high-quality wind and percussion literature. Rehearsals focus on thedevelopment of critical listening skills, instrumental and ensemble technique and skills, expandedmusic literacy, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic public performances. Band III Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Band II or instructor approvalNotes: This course requires students to commit to the Band and participate in extra rehearsals andperformances beyond the school day. Instrument fee may be applicable. Course Description: This class is designed for students ready to build on skills and knowledgepreviously acquired in Band II, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music throughperformance of intermediate-level wind and percussion literature. Rehearsals focus ondevelopment of critical listening/aural skills, individual musicianship, instrumental technique,refinement of ensemble skills, and engagement culminating in periodic public performances.Band I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This class is designed for students that have little or no previous bandexperience with woodwind, brass, and/or percussion instruments, promotes the enjoyment andappreciation of music through performance of beginning wind and percussion literature fromdifferent times and places. Rehearsals focus on the development of critical listening/aural skills;rudimentary instrumental technique and skills, music literacy, and ensemble skills; and aestheticmusical awareness culminating in periodic public performances. Band IV Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Band III or instructor approvalNotes: This course requires students to commit to the Band and participate in extra rehearsals andperformances beyond the school day. Instrument fee may be applicable.Course Description: This course is designed for students who demonstrate proficiency inwoodwind, brass and/or percussion techniques, music literacy, critical listening skills, andensemble performance skills. The course promotes greater engagement with music throughperformance and other experiences, as well as creativity through composition and/orarrangement. Study includes cultivation of well-developed instrumental techniques, music literacyand theory, and deeper aesthetic engagement with a variety of high-quality repertoire.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 18Broadcasting III Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisites: Successful Completion of Broadcasting II and approval from course instructorCourse Description: This course covers competencies in special effects lighting, use of equipment,digital audio and video recording and editing operations, television production and programming,and online research.Broadcasting I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Sophomore or Junior standingCourse Description: This course offers instruction in the writing, reporting, anchoring, conductinginterviews, post-production editing, and videotaping of news, features, editorials, and criticalreviews. Content includes the history of broadcast journalism, criteria for recognizing soundjournalistic practices, and basics of video production. Broadcasting II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisites: Successful Completion of Broadcasting I and approval from course instructorCourse Description: This course offers further instruction in the writing, reporting, anchoring,conducting interviews, post production editing, and videotaping of news, features, editorials, andcritical reviews. Content includes advanced topics in broadcast journalism, criteria for recognizingsound journalistic practices, and video production.Ceramics/Pottery Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Junior or Senior standingCourse Description: This course gives the students a basic understanding of ceramic processes.The student will learn the composition and treatment of clay and the qualities different forms andstyles. The student will use hand-building techniques with clay bodies, and tools necessary increating various pieces.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 19Dance Technique III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semester Prerequisites: Dance Technique II and instructor approval Notes: This course generally requires students to participate in extra rehearsals and performancesbeyond the school day.Course Description: The course is the last in the sequence with further emphasis on technique,style, phrasing, and performance. Students will continue studying varied dance styles and furtherdevelop improvisation and choreography skills. Dance Technique I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneNotes: This course requires students to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyondthe school day.Course Description: This course gives students an overview of dance. The fundamentals of dancetechnique, choreography, and performance will be emphasized within a historical and culturalcontext. Dance Technique II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semester Prerequisites: Dance Technique I and instructor approval Notes: This course generally requires students to participate in extra rehearsals and performancesbeyond the school day.Course Description: The course is a continuation of Dance I, with further emphasis on technique,style, phrasing, and performance. Students continue studying varied dance styles with emphasis onimprovisation and choreography.Debate Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.3Note: This course generally requires students to participate in activities beyond the school day.Competition is a course requirement.Course Description: This course introduces the various types of speeches as well as the keys foreffective speech preparation and confident, competent communicators as they learn to researchlanguage and vocabulary effectively. Students learn useful delivery strategies as well as how toperfect their listening, observation, and analysis skills.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 20Film Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Senior standingCourse Description: Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, andapplications of digital imaging to create original work. The instructional focus will be on film.Students produce digital animated images through the single or combined use of computers,digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and paintingsoftware, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critiqueprocess, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measureartistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, andconsumption of art materials.Digital Art Imaging I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: None Course Description: Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, andapplications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still images throughthe use of Photoshop. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their ownwork and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-onactivities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials. Digital Art Imaging II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Art Imaging I Course Description: Students explore and develop concepts, terminology, techniques, andapplications to design, create, print, and display original two-dimensional graphic and fine works ofart. As they become more adept at using the tools and techniques available to them, studentsdesign digital still images through the use of Illustrator. Through the critique process, studentsevaluate and respond to their own designs and images and those of their peers to measure artisticgrowth with increasing sophistication. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use oftechnology, and consumption of art materials.Music Theory Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semester Prerequisite: NoneNotes: Students may be required to participate at least one performance outside of the school dayto support, extend and assess learning.Course Description: Students learn how music is constructed and developed, and acquire anunderstanding of the structural, technical, and historical elements of music, including electronicmusic. Student theorists develop basic ear-training, keyboard, functional singing skills, and engagein the creative process through individual and collaborative projects. Public performances mayserve as a resource for specific instructional goals,

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 21Portfolio Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in Art 2D and instructor approval Course Description: This course further develops creative skills. Emphasis is placed on technique,composition and design. A variety of media will be explored. Projects will allow students to prepareportfolio for college admission.Public Speaking Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course provides the student with practical speaking experience in avariety of situations that include answering questions in class, interviews, and formalargumentation. Effective and ineffective communication techniques are explored andverbal/nonverbal skills are analyzed. The ultimate goal is to enhance a necessary survival skill byimproving speech effectiveness and building self-confidence.Visual Technology I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: Students introduced to the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques,and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce animated digitalimages through the use of Maya Animation Software and AutoCAD Design Software, as well asnew media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate andrespond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This courseincorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials.Photography Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Senior standingCourse Description: Students explore the foundations of art-making using beginning photographytechniques. This course may include, color and/or black and white photography via digital mediaand/or traditional photography. Students become familiar with the basic mechanics of a camera,including lens and shutter operation, compositional foundations, printing an image for display, andevaluating a successful print. Craftsmanship and quality are reflected in the surface of the printsand the care of the materials. Photographers use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, andmeasure artistic.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 22Vocal Ensemble II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semester Prerequisites: Vocal Ensemble I and instructor approvalCourse Description: This course is designed to extend experience in basic vocal productiontechniques and part singing. The focus is to extend basic musicianship skills and to develop vocaltone production, music literacy, and music listening skills. Vocal Ensemble III Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Vocal Ensemble II and instructor approvalNotes: This course requires students to commit to the choir and participate in extra rehearsals andperformances beyond the school day.Course Description: This course is designed to provide instruction in the development ofmusicianship and vocal technical skills through the study of varied choral literature. The focus is tounderstand and interpret notation, simple musical form, varied style periods, aesthetic values, andto establish appropriate tone production and performance technique. Students strengthen vocalensemble performance skills, music literacy, and analytical skills through the study of high-qualitymusic in diverse styles. Student musicians learn to self-assess and collaborate as they rehearse,perform, and study relevant history and cultures. Vocal Ensemble IV Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisites: Vocal Ensemble III and instructor approvalNotes: This course requires students to commit to the choir and participate in extra rehearsals andperformances beyond the school day.Course Description: Students with extensive vocal ensemble experience refine their criticallistening, music literacy, and ensemble skills through the study, rehearsal, and performance ofhigh-quality, advanced literature. Students use reflection and problem-solving skills withincreasing independence to improve their performance and musical expressivity. Publicperformances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be requiredto attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support,extend, and assess learning in the classroom.Vocal Ensemble I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: Students with little or no experience in vocal ensemble will develop basicmusicianship and ensemble performance skills through the study of basic, high-quality music indiverse styles. Student musicians focus on building foundational music techniques, music literacy,listening skills, and aesthetic awareness. Public performances may serve as a culmination ofspecific instructional goals.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 23BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENTCourses listed alphabeticallyAccounting I Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Course Description: This course teaches basic concepts and procedures of accounting theory.Students receive a detailed overview of accounting from the viewpoint of the sole proprietorship,the partnership, and the corporation. Both service and merchandising businesses are studied.Topics covered are the accounting cycle, ledgers, payroll, taxes, plant assets, depreciation, andinventory methods. Students are taught to perform manual and computerized accountingfunctions.Business Law Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Course Description: Business Law is designed to familiarize the student with those laws that affecthis/her daily life. The course includes such topics as a basic introduction to the law and the systemof government in the United States, the difference between crimes and torts, laws for minors,families, and consumers, contracts, buying and selling, using credit, insurance, and employment.Business Management Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the global businessenvironment by exploring themes of economics, leadership, marketing, principles of management,human resource relations, and business ethics case studies. Students will use a software-basedbusiness simulation. BUSINESS COURSESEntrepreneurship Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of MarketingCourse Description: This course provides instruction in the basic principles of entrepreneurshipincluding the role of the entrepreneur, entrepreneurship as a career, ethics in business, and theprinciples of marketing, financing, and managing a business. There is no occupational completionpoint after the completion of this course.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 24International Business Systems Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.0Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students to live and work in a globaleconomy. Students develop an understanding of business principles, management styles,economics, and customs which affect business systems in the international environment. Marketing Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: None Course Description: This course introduces students to the theory and application of themarketing mix. Students will become familiar with identifying and segmenting markets, thefunctions of marketing, sales, communication skills, channels of distribution, pricing strategies andpractices, marketing research, and promotion and advertising. Student activities includecomputerized marketing simulations.Personal Finance Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course is designed to provide basic personal finance skills that arerelevant to our lives, laying a solid foundation for financial independence and future financialdecisions. Students will learn how to manage money effectively by learning to budget, use credit,understand earning power, and how to save and invest.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 25Applied Engineering Technology II Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Applied Engineering Technology ICourse Description: This course further develops student understanding in the field ofengineering/engineering technology and prepares them for postsecondary engineering programsby further developing a more in-depth mastery of the associated mathematics, science, andtechnology knowledge and skills. The course also includes advanced concepts of technology anddesign, and further consider the social and political implications of technological change. Applied Engineering Technology I Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: An 80 or higher in Algebra I and/or GeometryCourse Description: This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineeringtechnology and prepares them for postsecondary engineering programs by developing a more in-depth mastery of the associated mathematics, scientific, and technological knowledge and skills.The course also includes essential concepts of technology and design, as well as concerns aboutthe social and political implications of technological change. AP Computer Science Principles Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computerscience and challenges them to explore how computing and technology impact the world. With aunique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer SciencePrinciples prepares students for college and career. AP Computer Science A Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in Introduction to Coding or AP Computer Science Principles, or 3.5cumulative weighted average or higher, or instructor approvalNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with aconcentration on problem solving and algorithm development, and is meant to be the equivalentof a first-semester college-level course in computer science. It also includes the study of datastructures, design, and abstraction.TECHNOLOGY COURSES

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 26Principles of Computer Science Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneNote: Students will earn at least one nationally recognized industry certification in informationtechnology.Course Description: This course examines some of the fundamental ideas of the science ofcomputing. A wide variety of topics such as the Internet, software applications, computerprogramming, limits of computing, and graphics are covered. Microsoft Office including Word,Excel, PowerPoint and Access will be taught. Typing.com and Construct 3 are online componentsthat deliver online content and instruction with some element of student control over time. Introduction to Coding Course Level:College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: Introduction to Coding is an entry-level course designed for students to learncomputer-programming concepts with a focus on the creation of software applications employingprocedural programming techniques in Python.Game and Simulation Programming Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Coding, Robotics I, or Applied EngineeringTechnology ICourse Description: This course is focused on students acquiring the appropriate programmingskill for rendering a game or simulation product, including program control, conditional branching,memory management, score-keeping, timed event strategies and methodologies, andimplementation issues. Computer Programming I (Java) Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 80 or higher in current math course and teacher recommendationNotes: This course may be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: This course, used for scientific, mathematical, and system programming, isdesigned to teach the student how to program a computer using the Java language. It is intendedfor the student who has strong analytical skills.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 27Robotics II Course Level: Honors Course Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Robotics ICourse Description: Through this course, students will learn content and skills such as: artificialintelligence, sensors, electronic devices, engineering technologies, motion physics, electricalmotors, programming, simulation and modeling, and critical thinking skills. The products created inthis course will be entered in robotic competitions.Web Design Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneNotes: May be available for dual enrollment creditCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to have students successfully accessinformation on the Internet and to introduce them to creating and maintaining a web page. Thetopics covered will include, but not be limited to the World Wide Web, FTP, electronic mail, searchengines, HTML and CSS.Robotics I Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Algebra I (fundamental) or higher or 75 or higher in Algebra II (CollegePrep)Course Description: This course provides students with a foundation in content and skillsassociated with robotics and automation, including artificial intelligence, electronics, and principlesof engineering.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 29ENGLISH DEPARTMENTCourses listed by grade levelEnglish I Course Level: FundamentalCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placement Course Description: This course is designed to help the student develop the skills required for theeffective use of Standard English including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Itreviews previously studied composition skills and carries the student further into the study of moreadvanced skills which lead to better writing. Literature is studied using selections in poetry, shortstories, drama, and non-fiction from a literature text and outside novels. Students will write varioustypes of essays, DBQ essays and research papers. Vocabulary is studied throughout the year usinga formal text along with additional material incorporated into the course. Instruction is alsoprovided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.English I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placement Course Description: This course is designed to help the student master the skills required for theeffective use of Standard English including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Itreviews previously studied composition skills and carries the student further into the study of moreadvanced skills which lead to better writing. Literature is studied using selections in poetry, shortstories, drama, and non-fiction from a literature text and outside novels. Students will write varioustypes of essays, DBQ essays and research papers. Vocabulary is studied throughout the year usinga formal text along with additional material incorporated into the course. Instruction is alsoprovided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.English I Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This course is a more intensive version of English I, designed to encouragereading, grammar, composition, and vocabulary skills. The areas are intertwined throughout theyear as an ongoing process. Students are required to illustrate their understanding by means ofparagraph development, outlining, theme papers, research papers, and personal journals.Students are required to read novels independently and write creative and analytical reports.Instruction is also provided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.Pre-AP English 1 Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha programCourse Description: Pre-AP English 1 focuses on the reading, writing, and language skills that haveimmediate relevance for students and that will be essential for their future coursework. Texts takecenter stage in the Pre-AP English 1 classroom, inspiring and preparing all students for close,critical reading and analytical writing. The course trains the reader to observe the small details in atext to arrive at a deeper understanding of the whole. It also trains the writer to focus on craftingcomplex sentences, building this foundational skill en route to more sophisticated, longer-formanalyses.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 30English II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of English ICourse Description: English II covers the literature of Great Britain from 450 to the presentaccording to the following periods: Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Neo-classical, Romantic,Victorian, and Modern. Students will read Shakespearean plays, novels, and a selection of poetryand essays. A particular emphasis is given to literature as the expression of the time in which theworks appeared. Attention is also given to the socio-economic backgrounds and growth of Englishthought and language. Students will write various types of essays, with a focus on critical analysis,as well as a literary research paper. Instruction is also provided in preparation for the PSAT, SATand ACT.English II Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in English I Honors or a 95 or higher in English ICourse Description: This class, like English II, focuses on the British literary tradition. It iscomposed of students who are considered an accelerated group. The students are encouraged todevelop an understanding of both critical and creative thinking skills and use that knowledge intheir writing. Students write various types of essays, with a focus on critical analysis, as well as aliterary research paper. The course work begins with Anglo-Saxon times and extends intotwentieth-century Great Britain. Instruction is also provided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT andACT.Pre-AP English 2 Course Level: Honors Course Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha programCourse Description: Pre-AP English 2 builds on the foundation of English 1, with an emphasis onthe recursive moves that matter in preparing students for the challenges of college-level reading,writing, and discussion. While English 1 introduces the fundamental routines of close observation,critical analysis, and appreciation of author’s craft, English 2 requires students to apply those samepractices to a new host of nonfiction and literary texts. As readers, students develop a vigilantawareness of how the poet, playwright, novelist, and writer of nonfiction alike can masterfullymanipulate language to serve their unique purposes. As writers, students compose more nuancedanalytical essays without losing sight of the importance of well-crafted sentences and a sense ofcohesion.English III Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of English IICourse Description: English III seeks to provide the student with an overall view of Americanliterature from the earliest writers to contemporary writers. Integrated into this study are thoseunderlying facets of studying literature: reading, vocabulary, and writing skills. A research paperwill be written the second semester. A class novel will be read each semester. Instruction is alsoprovided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 31English III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 in English II Honors or a 95 or higher in English II Course Description: The content of this course focuses on American literature at a challenginglevel. The focus is on critical and creative thinking. Aside from required texts, these students willread two novels independently, write critical analysis, book reviews, and a literary research paper.Instruction is also provided in preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.AP English Language & Composition Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha Program or 90 or higher in English II HonorsNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course is a college-level course examining prose written in a variety ofrhetorical contexts. The course focuses on helping students become skilled writers who composefor a variety of purposes. Students begin with a discussion of the elements that an author uses torhetorically manipulate an audience and work to analyze the author’s purposes, audienceexpectations, and subjects. Students will intelligently analyze and use rhetoric and rhetoricaltechniques to be able to comprehend and comment on any text they read. Students will analyzelanguage as a persuasive tool and the relationship between writer, context, audience, andargument.English IV Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of English III Course Description: English IV encompasses literature from around the globe. World Literaturecovers classical and contemporary texts. A particular emphasis is given to literature as theexpression of the time in which the works appeared. Class discussion is an essential part of thecourse, and active participation is required of all students. Students will write various types ofessays, with a focus on critical analysis, as well as a literary research paper.English IV Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 in English III Honors or a 95 in English III Notes: This course may be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: English IV Honors encompasses literature from around the globe. English IVHonors is composed of students who are considered an accelerated group. The students areencouraged to develop an understanding of both critical and creative thinking skills and apply thatknowledge in their writing. World Literature covers classical and contemporary texts. A particularemphasis is given to literature as the expression of the time in which the works appeared. Classdiscussion is an essential part of the course, and active participation is required of all students.Students will write various types of essays, with a focus on critical analysis, as well as a literaryresearch paper.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 32AP English Literature & Composition Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit – 1 year Prerequisite: 85 or higher in AP English Language Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: In this course students are involved in the critical reading of literary works.Through such study, they sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of thewriter's craft. They develop critical standards for the independent appreciation of any literary work,and they increase their sensitivity to literature as shared experience. The desired goals are thehonest and effective use of language and the organization of ideas in a clear, coherent, andpersuasive way. The emphasis in the second semester is placed upon critical thinking, evaluatingand writing based on works of recognized literary merit. ELECTIVE COURSESCreative Writing Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 SemesterPrerequisite: Junior or Senior standing Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and usefundamental writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms.Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content includes analysis ofliterary models, impact of audience, purpose, and writing mode, writing process strategies, variouscreative writing experiences, peer review techniques, publication of final products.Journalism II – Yearbook Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in current English class Notes: This course generally requires students to participate in work and meetings beyond theschool day.Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to extend fundamental skillsin the production of journalism, the production of the school yearbook and to develop furtherknowledge of journalism history, ethics use, and management techniques related to theproduction of journalistic media. Journalism I – Yearbook Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in current English class Notes: This course generally requires students to participate in work and meetings beyond theschool day.Course Description: Journalism I is an introductory course to print media, specifically the study ofjournalism and the production of the school yearbook. Students learn how to produce a yearbookand journalistic-style writing.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 33AP CAPSTONE COURSESAP Capstone Seminar Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 85 or higher in English I Honors and minimum weighted average of 4.0; studentsmust be enrolled in the Alpha program and/or in an academy; sophomore class standing Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: AP Seminar engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explorethe complexities of academic and real-world topics and themes by analyzing divergentperspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles,research studies, foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches,broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Studentslearn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in writtenessays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of ateam. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluateinformation with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-basedarguments.AP Capstone Research Course Level:Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 90 or higher in AP Seminar, minimum weighted average of 4.0, and teacherrecommendation Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The second course in the AP Capstone experience allows students to design,plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest.Through this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate the ability to apply scholarlyunderstanding to real-world problems and issues. Students further their skills acquired in the APSeminar Course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices;and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to build, present, and defend an argument.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 35Algebra I Course Level: FundamentalCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This course is offered to students who require a slower-paced math course,while at the same time providing students with the necessary skills to successfully complete theobjectives of Algebra I. Students enrolled in this course earn the credit of high school Algebra Irequired for college admission. Algebra I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: This course aims to acquaint students with the basic how and why ofalgebraic structures. Topics include: the structure of mathematical systems, properties of realnumbers, set notation, equations, inequalities, absolute value, relations and functions, rationalexpressions, radical expressions, polynomials (operations and factoring), graphing, and thetranslation of word situations into numerical relations. Pre-AP Algebra I Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: In this course students develop a deep understanding of linear relationshipsemphasizing patterns of change, multiple representations of functions and equations, modelingreal world scenarios with functions, and methods for finding and representing solutions ofequations and inequalities. Taken together, these ideas provide powerful conceptual tools thatstudents can use to make sense of their world through mathematics.Geometry Course Level: FundamentalCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I (Fundamental)Course Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of Euclidean Geometry. Thefundamental purpose of the course in Geometry is to formalize and extend students' geometricexperiences. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanationsof geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Students may double up in the following courses: Geometry concurrent with Algebra II or Pre-Calculus; or Calculus (any level) concurrentwith Statistics. The Mathematics Department chair will advise students if they meet the requirements for doubling up. This approach willassist student to become more college and career ready. Courses listed by subject and sequenceMATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 36Geometry Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Freshmen - departmental placementSophomores - 90 or higher in Algebra I (Fundamental); 70 or higher in Algebra I (College Prep);successful completion of Algebra II HonorsNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: This course is offered to students who have successfully completed AlgebraI. Topics covered include points, lines and planes, initial postulates and theorems and theirrespective proofs, angle relationships, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, similarpolygons, areas, circles, construction, loci, and coordinate geometry. Pre-AP Geometry with Statistics Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 95 or higher in Algebra I (College Prep), 85 or higher in Algebra I Honors, or 90 orhigher in Algebra II (College Prep), 80 or higher in Algebra II HonorsNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: Pre-AP Geometry with Statistics provides students with a conceptual bridgebetween algebra and geometry that deepens their understanding of mathematics. The courseincludes a unit of statistics and probability to support students’ understanding of conceptsessential to quantitative literacy. Throughout the course, students solve problems across thedomains of algebra, geometry, and statistics.Algebra II Course Level: FundamentalCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I (Fundamental) and Geometry (Fundamental)Course Description: This course is a continuation of the study of Algebra I and includes equationswith three variables, determinants, sequences, and series, complex numbers, analytic geometry,exponents, logarithms, probability, statistics and modeling. Algebra II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in Algebra I (Fundamental) or 70 or higher in Algebra I (College Prep) and90 or higher in Geometry (Fundamental) or 70 or higher in Geometry (College Prep). Students thatare doubling up must have an 80 or higher in the previous math class.Notes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: This course continues the study of Algebra and provides a foundation forapplying these skills to other mathematical fields. Content includes real numbers, equations andinequalities in one variable, polynomials, systems of linear equations and inequalities, relations andfunctions, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations and inequalities, ration, proportion,variation, verbal problems, graphing, probability, statistics and modeling. Students will also beintroduced to the study of trigonometry, which will be continued in the next course in thesequence.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 37Pre-AP Algebra II Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Freshmen - departmental placementSophomores/Juniors - 80 or higher in Geometry Honors, 95 or higher in Geometry (College Prep),80 or higher in Algebra I Honors Notes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: In this course, students solidify and extend the understanding of functionsand data analysis developed in prior courses. They build upon linear, quadratic, and exponentialfunctions as they work to define logarithmic, polynomial, rational, square root, cube root, andtrigonometric functions. Quantitative literacy is developed by weaving data sets, contextualscenarios, and mathematical modeling throughout the course.Precalculus Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Algebra II (College Prep), 70 or higher in Algebra II Honors, or 80 orhigher in College Algebra Notes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: The course is designed to provide the student with the study of functions andother algebraic skills needed for the study of calculus. The course represents an intensive study ofanalytic geometry, elementary functions and introductory calculus. Topics include concepts ofalgebra, equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions,trigonometry, probability, statistics, modeling and logic. Precalculus Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in Algebra II Honors or 95 or higher in Algebra II (College Prep) Notes: This course may be available for dual enrollment credit. All students are required to have aTI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: This course provides the student with the study of functions and otheralgebraic skills needed for the study of Calculus. The course represents an intensive study ofanalytic geometry, elementary functions and introductory Calculus. Topics include concepts ofalgebra, equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions,trigonometry, probability, statistics and modeling. AP Precalculus Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in Algebra II Honors Notes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: Through this course, students explore everyday situations and phenomenausing mathematical tools and perspectives. Through regular practice, students build intensemastery of modeling and functions, and they consider and research scenarios through multiplerepresentations. They will learn how to observe, explore, and build mathematical meaning fromcomplex systems, an important practice for thriving in a dynamic world.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 38Math for College Algebra Course Level: FundamentalCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II Course Description: The purpose of this course is to strengthen the skill level of high schoolseniors who have completed Algebra I, II, and Geometry and who wish to pursue credit generatingmathematics courses at the college level. Specific topics covered include Functions and Relations,Polynomials, Rational Expressions and Equations, Radical Expressions and Equations, Quadraticequations, Logarithmic and Exponential Functions, Matrices, Simple and Compound Interest,Descriptive Statistics, Vocabulary and Strategies for College Readiness. College Algebra Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 70 or higher in Algebra II (College Prep) Notes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator. Course Description: The purpose of this course is to strengthen the algebraic skills of studentswho have completed Algebra II and wish to take Precalculus their junior or senior year of highschool. Specific topics covered include: Functions and Relations, Polynomials, Rational Expressionsand Equations, Radical Expressions and Equations, Quadratic equations, Logarithmic andExponential Functions, Matrices, Simple and Compound Interest, Descriptive Statistics, Vocabularyand Strategies for College Readiness. Calculus Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Precalculus or 70 or higher in Precalculus HonorsNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: This course is intended for students who have a thorough working knowledgeof Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry. The course begins with a review of Pre-Calculus and then includes an intensive study of the general theory and techniques of calculus.Topics include algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; limits; derivatives ofalgebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; techniques of integration. Calculus Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 95 or higher in Precalculus, 85 or higher in Precalculus Honors, 70 or higher inAdvanced PrecalculusNotes: This course may be available for dual enrollment. All students are required to have a TI-84graphing calculator.Course Description: This course is intended for students who have a thorough working knowledgeof Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry. The course involves an extensive study of thegeneral theory and techniques of Calculus. Topics include algebraic, trigonometric, exponentialand logarithmic functions; limits, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential andlogarithmic functions; techniques of integration; approximation to the definite integral usingrectangles; application of the definite integral to find areas between curves and volumes of solidsof revolution.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 39AP Calculus AB Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 95 or higher in Precalculus Honors, 85 or higher in Advanced PrecalculusNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. All students arerequired to have a TI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: This course is intended for students who have a thorough working knowledgeof Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry. The course involves an extensive study of thegeneral theory and techniques of Calculus. Topics include algebraic, trigonometric, exponentialand logarithmic functions; limits, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential andlogarithmic functions; techniques of integration; approximation to the definite integral usingrectangles; application of the definite integral to find areas between curves and volumes of solidsof revolution. AP Calculus BC Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in AP Calculus ABNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. All students arerequired to have a Texas Instruments 84 graphing calculator.Course Description: This course cover content that will review Calculus, further integrationtechniques, infinite series, conics, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and vectors. The courseemphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problemsbeing expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, with the connections amongthese representations highlighted. College Statistics Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 70 or higher in Algebra II (College Prep) or PrecalculusNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: The course will emphasize four areas: (1) analyzing and applying linear andexponential functions within the context of statistics; (2) extending understanding of probabilityusing data and various representations, including two-way tables and Venn Diagrams; (3)representing and interpreting univariate and bivariate categorical and numerical data and (4)determining the appropriateness of different types of statistical studies.Statistics Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 75 or higher in Precalculus Honors, 85 or higher in Precalculus, 95 or higher in AlgebraII (College Prep), 80 or higher in Algebra II Honors, or successful completion of CalculusNotes: All students are required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: The course will emphasize four areas: (1) creating and interpreting datadisplays for univariate and bivariate categorical and numerical data; (2) comparing and makingobservations about populations using statistical data, including confidence intervals andhypothesis testing; (3) extending understanding of probability and probability distributions and (4)developing an understanding of methods for collecting statistical data, including randomized trials.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 40AP Statistics Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 70 or higher in Advanced Precalculus, 85 or higher in Precalculus Honors, or 70 orhigher in Calculus HonorsNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. All students arerequired to have a TI-84 graphing calculator.Course Description: The course is an intensive study of probability, elementary statistics, andhypothesis testing. Specific topics include binomial distribution; combinations and permutations;descriptive, inferential; correlation and regression; measures of central tendency; normaldistribution, randomness; and sampling theory.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 41Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course combines health and physical education and enables students toexperience the many benefits of regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and healthy decisionmaking. Fitness training principles are applied to workouts to enhance and improve health-relatedand skill-related areas of fitness. Additional course topics challenge students to become educatedconsumers, manage stress, choose nutritious foods, make healthy lifestyle choices, be effectivemembers of a team, and influence others in the community in a positive way. First Aid and Safety Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 SemesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.0 Course Description: This course provides a basic overview of the causes and preventions ofunintentional injuries, appropriate emergency responses to those injuries and crisis responseplanning. Safety education should include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of anautomatic external defibrillator (AED), first aid for obstructed airway, and injury prevention.Health Explorations Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted 3.5 average Notes: It is recommended that students complete Anatomy & Physiology prior to this course. Course Description: The purpose of this course is for students to apply health-related researchpractices. Experiences include discourses in major health problems in society, modern healthpractices, current scientific findings related to human diseases and disorders, collection, analysisand evaluation of health information, health advocacy trends, and health career investigations.HOPE - Health Opportunities through Physical Education Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course combines health and physical education and enables students toexperience the many benefits of regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and healthy decisionmaking. Fitness training principles are applied to workouts to enhance and improve health-relatedand skill-related areas of fitness. Additional course topics challenge students to become educatedconsumers, manage stress, choose nutritious foods, make healthy lifestyle choices, be effectivemembers of a team, and influence others in the community in a positive way. Courses listed alphabeticallyPHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 42Sports Officiating Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half Credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of HOPECourse Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire knowledge ofsport rules and regulations, to develop skills in officiating selected sports, improve skills inspecified team sports, and maintain or improve health-related fitness. The content will include:safety practices, rules, terminology, etiquette, history of the sports, sportsmanship, correcttechniques in performing skills, correct signals for officiating, umpiring and officiating games,consumer issues, benefits of participation, fitness activities, and assessment of skills and fitnessassessments. Team Sports I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to develop the physical skills necessary to becompetent in many forms of movement, knowledge of team sports concepts such as offensiveand defensive strategies and tactics, and appropriate social behaviors within a team or groupsetting. The integration of fitness concepts throughout the content is critical to the success of thiscourse.Team Sports II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of Team Sports I or participation in a varsity sportCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to develop the physical skills necessary to becompetent in many forms of movement, knowledge of team sports concepts such as offensiveand defensive strategies and tactics, and appropriate social behaviors within a team or groupsetting. The integration of fitness concepts throughout the content is critical to the success of thiscourse. Weight Training I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to further develop the physical skills necessaryto be competent in many forms of movement as it relates to weight training. The integration offitness concepts throughout the content is critical to the success of this course.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 43Weight Training II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of Weight Training ICourse Description: The purpose of this course is to further develop the physical skills necessaryto be competent in many forms of movement as it relates to weight training. The integration offitness concepts throughout the content is critical to the success of this course.Weight Training III Course Level:College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of Weight Training I and II or department chairperson approvalCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to further develop the physical skills necessaryto be competent in many forms of movement as it relates to weight training. The integration offitness concepts throughout the content is critical to the success of this course.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 45Biology Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placement Course Description: This course is designed to give the student a thorough knowledge of thedevelopment of biological principles starting with simple levels of biological organizations andprogressing to more complex levels. This course is designed also to give the student theinformation and tools necessary for applying the scientific method in scientific investigation.Laboratories are used to reinforce scientific investigation. Microscope use and simple animaldissections are introduced.Biology Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This course is designed to give the student a thorough knowledge of thedevelopment of biological principles starting with simple levels of biological organizations andprogressing to more complex levels. This course is designed also to give the student theinformation and tools necessary for applying the scientific method in scientific investigation.Laboratories are used to reinforce scientific investigation. Microscope use and simple animaldissections are introduced.Pre-AP Biology Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha programCourse Description: Pre-AP Biology sparks student motivation and critical thinking about our livingworld as they engage in real-world data analysis and problem solving. The Pre-AP Biology courseemphasizes the integration of content with science practices – powerful reasoning tools thatsupport students in analyzing the natural world around them. Having this ability is one of thehallmarks of scientific literacy and is critical for numerous college and career endeavors in scienceand the social sciences.Physical Science Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I (Fundamental) or Geometry (Fundamental) Course Description: This is an introductory course that permits the student to form a basicunderstanding of physics and chemistry. Topics include: matter and energy, property changes andcomposition of matter, acids, bases and salts, chemistry of water, causes of motion, heat energy,wave motion and energy. This course is also geared to applying basic concepts to modernapplications, for example, environmental education, energy education, consumer education, andoccupational education.Courses listed by subject and sequenceSCIENCE DEPARTMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 46Chemistry Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 70 or higher in Algebra I (College Prep) or 70 or higher in Geometry (College Prep) orsuccessful completion of Physical Science.Course Description: This course introduces the student to topics in inorganic chemistry rangingfrom the properties of matter to solution chemistry. Lecture theory will be reinforced with practicallaboratory experiments. Algebra topics will be reviewed as needed. Chemistry Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 95 or higher in Algebra I (College Prep) or 80 or higher in Algebra I Honors, or 95 orhigher in Geometry (College Prep) or 80 or higher in Geometry Honors, or successful completion ofAlgebra II/Algebra II Honors Course Description: This course introduces the student to various topics in inorganic chemistryranging from the properties of matter to solution chemistry and electrochemistry. Quantitativeproblem solving will be emphasized. Lecture theory will be reinforced with practical laboratoryexperiments. Pre-AP Chemistry Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha programCourse Description: Pre-AP Chemistry focuses on students developing a deep conceptualunderstanding of matter and energy at the molecular level by asking student to explain theirmacroscopic observations using particulate-level reasoning. Pre-AP Chemistry emphasizes theintegration of content with science practices – powerful reasoning tools that support students inanalyzing the natural world around them. Having this ability is one of the hallmarks of scientificliteracy and is critical for numerous college and career endeavors in science and the socialsciences. Physics Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry/Chemistry Honors and concurrent enrollmentin Algebra II (College Prep) or higher Course Description: This course represents a general overview of the topics of physics. It is thestudy of matter and the laws that govern it. Topics include force and motion, work and energy,electricity and magnetism, and waves. Laboratory experiments will reinforce concepts covered inclass.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 47Anatomy & Physiology Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I Course Description: This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function ofthe components of the human body to include study of preserved specimens, microscopic study,physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and introduces case studies. Students will learnthe terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathology of each body system and how theyinterrelate to maintain homeostasis. This course is enhanced with laboratory experiences. Physics Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 95 or higher in Chemistry or 80 or higher in Chemistry Honors and concurrentlyenrolled in Pre-Calculus or higher Notes: This course may be available for dual enrollment credit. Course Description: This course provides a rigorous introductory study of the theories and lawsgoverning the interaction of matter, energy and the forces of nature. The scientific method will beused to solve problems and demonstrate safe and effective use of laboratory instruments.Students will study Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, the Laws of Thermodynamics,motion, calculate friction and torque, and uniform circular motion problems. Students study gaslaws, electric and magnetic forces, and sound and light. AP Physics 1 Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 90 or higher in Chemistry Honors and concurrently enrolled in an AP math course, orsuccessful completion of Physics Honors Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course provides students with enduring understanding to support futureadvanced course work in the sciences. Students will cultivate their understanding of physics andscience practices as they explore kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, simple harmonic motion,linear momentum, work, rotational motion, electrostatics, DC circuits (resistors only), andmechanical waves and sound.ELECTIVE COURSESAnatomy & Physiology Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in Biology I Honors or 95 or higher in Biology I Note: This course may be available for dual enrollment.Course Description: This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiologyof the human body and introduces students to common human disease processes. Students willlearn the terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathology of each body system and how theyinterrelate to maintain homeostasis. The course is enhanced by the hands-on study of preservedspecimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations and case studies.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 48AP Biology Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 90 or higher in Biology I Honors and Chemistry Honors, or 80 or higher in Pre-APBiology and Pre-AP Chemistry, and a minimum cumulative weighted average of 4.0Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students willcultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore thefollowing topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy transformation, cell-to-cell communication,genetics, information transfer, ecology, and microscopic and macroscopic interactions.AP Chemistry Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 90 or higher in Chemistry Honors or 80 or higher in Pre-AP Chemistry, and acumulative weighted average of 4.0 Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the generalchemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students will attain a depth ofunderstanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems.Students will learn to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity andlogic. There will be an emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation ofprinciples, and higher level laboratory work.AP Environmental Science Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 80 or higher in Pre-AP Biology and Pre-AP Chemistry, 85 or higher in Biology IHonors and Chemistry Honors, or 90 or higher in Biology and Chemistry and a minimumcumulative weighted average of 4.0Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts andmethodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify andanalyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risksassociated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/orpreventing them.AP Physics C: Mechanics Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Successful completion of AP Physics I and concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus ABor higherNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton's laws of motion;work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation;and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughoutthe course.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 49Environmental Science Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry Course Description: This course will integrate various concepts of life, earth and physical sciencesas they relate to the environment. All current environmental topics (including water quality,pollution, resources, land management, recycling, conservation, population dynamics, andeconomic implications), will be discussed at length with special emphasis on the localenvironment and ecology. Forensic Science 1 Course Level: College Prep Course Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisites: 80 or higher in Biology and ChemistryCourse Description: Forensic Science is a highly interdisciplinary subject that incorporates Biology,Chemistry, Physics, Entomology, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology as well as other aspectsof Science. This course is designed to integrate the core scientific disciplines (as outlined in theFlorida Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12) by exposing students to both the fundamentalsof forensic theory and hands-on application of the skills and knowledge required of a forensiccrime scene investigator. Project-based learning through laboratory investigation anddiscussions/class lecture will serve as the main method of content delivery. Forensic Science 2 Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: 80 or higher in Forensic Science 1Course Description: Forensic Science II is a highly interdisciplinary course that incorporatesBiology, Chemistry, Physics, Entomology, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, andAnthropology. This course is designed to integrate the core scientific disciplines (as outlined in theFlorida Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12) and expand upon the knowledge and skillslearned in Forensic Science I by exposing students to advanced exploration of forensic theoriesand methodologies including survey, evidence collection and processing, excavation and recoveryand a mock fetal pig autopsy. Project-based learning through laboratory investigation, fieldpracticums, and discussions/class lecture will serve as the main method of content delivery.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 51World History Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 year Prerequisite: Departmental placement Course Description: This course traces the development of Western Civilization's economic,social, and political institutions. Beginning with prehistoric man, the course examines the roots ofcivilization, the achievements of the classical world, and the reasons for the disintegration of theRoman Empire. The course also describes the gradual rebuilding of the Middle Ages, the materialand intellectual changes resulting from the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. Causesand consequences of the democratic revolutions are explored; the forces of industrialization,nationalism and imperialism are evaluated. The rise of fascism, World War II, and the post war eraare analyzed with emphasis on future implications. World History Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placement Course Description: This course incorporates the basic goals of World History while examining ingreater depth the cultural and political evolution of the eras studied. Original source readings areused to supplement the student's background. Emphasis is placed on the development of criticalthinking skills through class discussions and research assignments.AP World History: Modern Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha Program Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. Course Description: This course develops a greater understanding of the evolution of globalprocesses and contacts in different types of human societies from 1200 A.D. to the present. Thecourse highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences,as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leadinginterpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. The course offers motivatedstudents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, have resulted inincreasing global interactions, with Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania all represented. United States History Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: None Course Description: The purpose of this survey course is to provoke students to analyze thefactors and events that have helped shape our country. Students are provided the necessaryinformation obtained from different historical perspectives through the textbook, lectures, andprimary sources found in the readers. Critical analysis and cultural relativism will be used inunderstanding how past decisions have influenced contemporary American society. Courses listed by subject and sequenceSOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 52United States History Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: 95 or higher in English II, or 80 or higher in English II Honors, and concurrentlyenrolled in English III Honors Notes: May be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: The aim of this survey course is to provoke students to analyze the factorsand events that have helped shape our country. Students are provided the necessary informationobtained from different historical perspectives through the textbook, lectures, and primary sourcesfound in the readers. Critical analysis and cultural relativism will be used in understanding howpast decisions have influenced contemporary American society.AP United States History Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Alpha Program or concurrently enrolled in AP English Language Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire acomprehensive understanding of the chronological development of the American people byexamining the political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events thatshaped our nation. Emphasis will be placed on the development of analytical skills in students sothat they can critically evaluate the various issues and events in the development of the UnitedStates. This is done by focusing on persistent themes and change in history and by applyinghistorical reasoning to seek solutions to contemporary problems. Content will be determined bytopics presented by the AP examination in May. United States Government Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Successful completion of US History Course Description: This semester course will provide the student with a basic understanding ofhow our government is organized, how it works, and the responsibilities of those in government.Upon completion of the course, students should not only be more informed about the nature andworkings of the United States government, but also more skilled in thinking systematically andcritically, and more concerned and willing to participate in the civic affairs of their government. United States Government Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: 95 or higher in US History or 80 or Higher in US History Honors, or 70 or higher in APUS History Course Description: This semester course will provide students with a thorough understanding ofour nation's system of government. It will instill in students the qualities of good citizenship that willenable them to put their knowledge into action and an appreciation for the contemporary issuesthat face our nation. Upon completion of the course, students will be more skilled in thinkingsystematically and critically, and more concerned and willing to participate in the civic affairs oftheir government.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 53AP United States Government & Politics Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisite: 80 or higher in AP US History, or 90 or higher in US History HonorsNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed. Course Description: The course provides a thorough understanding of our nation’s system ofgovernment. Students will acquire a critical perspective of our political system, while learninggeneral concepts used to interpret American politics and analyze specific case studies. Studentswill also become familiar with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute theAmerican political perspective.Economics Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 Semester Prerequisite: Successful completion of US History Course Description: The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of the way in whichsociety organizes its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. Students will be introduced tothe major characteristics of the mixed market economic system in the United States and how thebasic economic questions are answered. The intent is to provide the students with anunderstanding of the forces of the marketplace by examining the effect of their roles as producers,consumers, savers, investors, resource owners, voters, and taxpayers in the system.Economics Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 Semester Prerequisite: 95 or higher in US History, or 80 or higher in US History Honors, or 70 or higher in APUS History Course Description: The purpose of this course is to acquire a comprehensive understanding ofthe way in which society organizes its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The course willalso deal with the distinguishing characteristics of other types of economic systems. Particularattention will be given to the American mixed economic system. The intent is to provide studentswith tools to examine and analyze the implications of market solutions and public policy decisionsrelated to economic problems.AP Microeconomics Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Half credit – 1 semesterPrerequisites: 80 or higher in AP U.S. History, or 90 or higher in US History Honors, and concurrentlyenrolled in Precalculus Honors or higherNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to thefunctions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops familiarity with theoperation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role ofgovernment in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to usegraphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 54ELECTIVE COURSESAmerican Mosaic Honors Course level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 SemesterPrerequisites: Senior standing and a minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5Course Description: The course examines the development of American society from 1900 to thepresent, with particular emphasis on social and cultural history. Concentration will focus on thestudy of decades on such topics as entertainment, food, music, art, radio, television, movies, fads,and fashion. Students will be exposed to historical information providing an in-depthunderstanding and appreciation of American life in the 20th and 21st centuries.AP European History Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Sophomores - Alpha program or 90 or higher in World History Honors andconcurrently enrolled in English II HonorsJuniors/Seniors: 85 or higher in Honors History, concurrently enrolled in Honors English, and aminimum cumulative weighted average of 4.0Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: AP European History is an introductory college-level European history course.Students cultivate their understanding of European history through analyzing historical sourcesand learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts likeinteraction of Europe and the world; economic and commercial developments; cultural andintellectual developments; states and other institutions of power; social organization anddevelopment; national and European identity; and technological and scientific innovation.AP Human Geography Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Sophomores - Alpha program or 90 or higher in World History Honors andconcurrently enrolled in English II HonorsJuniors/Seniors; 85 or higher in Honors History, concurrently enrolled in Honors English, and aminimum cumulative weighted average of 4.0Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This course focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of humanpopulations. Units of study include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity,political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture, and urban geography. Casestudies emphasize an understanding of the modern world. Historical information serves to enrichanalysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human-environmentrelationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.Constitutional Law Studies Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Course Description: This course focuses on students’ rights as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.Freedom of speech, the press, religion, and due process of law including the right to a fair trial arehighlighted. A close look at the Watergate scandal dramatizes the importance of preserving theserights. Actual Supreme Court cases are applied to course topics in order to give students a trueappreciation of how our legal system works with respect to civil liberties.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 55Criminal and Civil Law Studies Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Sophomore, junior or senior standing Course Description: Students will come to appreciate the basics of criminal law including trialprocedure as well as defenses in the court room today. Students will also be exposed to relevanttopics in the areas of consumer and family law that will have practical applications in theireveryday lives as young citizens. Specific areas of study will include contracts, warranties, credit,default practices, marriage, wills, and inheritance.Criminal Justice Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Half credit - 1 semesterPrerequisite: Minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Notes: This course may be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: The purpose of this course is for students to develop an appreciation ofAmerica’s legal system as the foundation of American society. Students will examine the Americanlegal system and the nature and importance of specific rights granted under the United StatesConstitution. The nature and causes of crime will also be presented along with an examination ofthe various categories of crime. Psychology I/II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Junior or senior standingCourse Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunities toacquire an understanding of human behavior, behavioral interaction and the progressivedevelopment of individuals. This goal is achieved through the study of various types ofinterpersonal relationships. Emphasis is placed upon the development of communication skills andmethods of arriving at alternatives in solving everyday problems. Psychology I/II Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Junior or senior standing and a minimum cumulative weighted average of 3.5 Course Description: The objective of this course is to provide opportunities for students to expandtheir awareness of areas of psychology. This goal is achieved through the study of the theories ofpersonality development, motivation and emotion, and other areas of psychological research.Emphasis is placed on the many parallels that can be drawn between our biological andpsychological reactions to everyday occurrences. Comparisons are made between healthypersonality development and abnormal development.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 56AP Psychology Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisites: Sophomores - Alpha Program, or 80 or higher in Biology Honors, or 90 or higher inBiology, and concurrently enrolled in Honors EnglishJuniors/Seniors: concurrently enrolled in Honors English or higher and a minimum cumulativeweighted average of 4.0Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientificstudy of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students areexposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the majorsubfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use intheir science and practice.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 57Theology I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course provides a general knowledge and appreciation of the SacredScriptures. Through the study of the Bible, students come to encounter the living Word of God,Jesus Christ. They will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sectionsof the Bible and the books included in each section. The curriculum focuses on the Gospels inorder to enhance the understanding that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God. Inlearning about who He is, the students will also learn who He calls them to be.Theology II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: NoneCourse Description: This course helps students understand all that God has done for us throughhis Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God hasplanned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemptionChrist won for us. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and whatlife as a disciple entails. Students will come to understand that in and through the Church, whichwas founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by him through the Holy Spirit, theyencounter the living Jesus Christ. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in thelife of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.Theology III Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 yearPrerequisite: NoneNotes: Course may be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: This course helps students understand that they can encounter Christ todayin a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist.Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounterChrist throughout life. This course will also help students understand that it is only through Christthat they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts andprecepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.. Theology IV Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit – 1 year Prerequisite: NoneNotes: Course may be available for dual enrollment credit.Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s socialteaching. In this course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poorand needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. Student will also explorethe meaning of responding to God’s call to live as a Christian in society through their particularvocation. Courses listed by subject and sequenceTHEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 59Spanish I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This introductory course focuses on the development of the basic conceptsof the language. Students will develop pronunciation and listening skills. This will be accomplishedby the presentation of the fundamentals of sounds and grammar, through drills in pronunciation,the use of audio-visual aids, oral and written vocabulary assignments, simple verb tenses, andbasic grammatical structures. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Spanish culture.Spanish III Honors Course Level: HonorsCouse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Spanish II Note: This course may be available for dual enrollment. Course Description: This course helps students develop a greater degree of proficiency in the fourbasic language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking, and deepens their understandingand appreciation of Hispanic culture. The course will include both oral and written assessment ofgrammatical structures and vocabulary. It will also provide a comprehensive review ofgrammatical concepts learned in Spanish I and II. The student will be introduced to literaryselections of the Spanish-speaking world. All reading selections will deal with a contemporarycultural or historical topic. This course will be conducted entirely in the target language. Courses listed by subject and sequenceWORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENTSPANISHSpanish II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I or departmental placementCourse Description: This course will build on the foundations of Spanish I with emphasis placedupon the development of an extensive vocabulary and oral expression. Grammatical structureslearned the previous year are reviewed and new ones are learned. Strong emphasis will be placedon the spoken language as a means of communication in class, aiming at a fair fluency by the endof the year. The students will continue to acquire an appreciation of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. This course will be conducted mostly in the target language.Spanish IV Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Spanish III HonorsNote: This course may be available for dual enrollment. Course Description: This is an advanced course designed to further develop the students’ readingand speaking skills, while reinforcing listening and writing skills. This course emphasizes thedevelopment of grammar concepts, verb conjugations, style, vocabulary, and syntax in writing andexpression. Students will acquire proficiency in oral and written expression and are introduced tovarious aspects of Hispanic traditions, customs, and values. This course will be conducted entirelyin the target language.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 60Spanish Speakers I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This course is for students who have a working knowledge of Spanish.Students should be able to understand spoken Spanish Upon completion of this course, studentswill be able to refine their reading, writing, and speaking skills, recognize fundamental grammaticalstructures, simple verb tenses, and comprehend reading material presented in class. A specialemphasis is placed on the expansion of vocabulary. Students are also introduced to aspects ofSpanish culture. The course will be conducted entirely in the target language.Spanish Speakers II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish Speakers I or departmental placement Course Description: This course emphasizes the expansion of vocabulary and the comparativestudy of Spanish and English. Grammatical structures including all indicative verb tenses will bestudied in great detail. The main objective of the course is to provide the student with a greaterdegree of proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.Students will acquire general knowledge of the Spanish-speaking countries by studying theirculture, geography, and history. This course will be conducted entirely in the target language.SPANISH SPEAKERSSpanish Speakers III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Freshmen - successful completion of Spanish Speakers II; Sophomores - 85 or higherin Spanish Speakers II Course Description: This course enables students to develop, maintain, and enhance proficiencyin their heritage language by reinforcing and expanding skills in listening, speaking, reading, andwriting. Students are exposed to a variety of Spanish literary genres and authors from a variety ofcultural authentic sources. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills such as publicspeaking, literary analysis, expository and creative writing. The course content will continuereflecting the cultural values of Spanish language and societies. This course will be conductedentirely in the target language. Spanish Speakers IV Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in Spanish Speakers III HonorsNote: This course may be available for dual enrollment.Course Description: Through completion of this course, students will demonstrate proficiency inthe four language skills: reading comprehension, listening, speaking, and writing. Grammar, syntax,and spelling will be reinforced and expanded upon through oral and written drills, This course willemphasize the development of advanced skills such as public speaking, literary analysis, andexpository and creative writing. This course will be conducted entirely in the target language.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 61AP Spanish Language & Culture Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in Spanish III Honors or 85 or higher in Spanish Speakers III Honors Note: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes by applying theinterpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. Thisincludes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture inboth contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness andappreciation of cultural products (e.g. tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices(patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, andassumptions).AP Spanish Literature & Culture Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 90 or higher in AP Spanish Language and CultureNotes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop oral and written fluency at anadvanced level. After successfully completing this course, the student will understand a literarylecture in Spanish, participate actively in discussions on literary topics, and will be able to analyzein content and form the works of major Spanish and Latin American writers from the Middle Agesto the present.

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 62French III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in French II Course Description: This course consolidates and polishes the basic structures of the Frenchlanguage. It prepares the students to achieve greater fluency in French as they immerse daily inthe French culture through readings and authentic audio selections. Students will develop theirskills in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication in a variety ofcontexts. AP French Language & Culture Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in French III-Honors Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: The AP French Language and Culture course emphasizes communication(understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, andpresentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage,language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP French Languageand Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary andhistorical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products(e.g. tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactionswithin a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions.)French II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of French I or departmental placementCourse Description: This course reinforces the basic structures of French already studied inFrench I, and introduces further structures not covered in that year. Strong emphasis is now placedon the spoken language as a means of communication in class, aiming at a fair fluency by the endof the year. Emphasis is further placed upon the students’ reading and writing skills.Supplementary readings and audio-visual aids are used. Students will acquire an appreciation ofthe culture of the French-speaking world. This course will be conducted in the target language.French I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: French I introduces the student to the basic structures of the Frenchlanguage. Developing good habits of pronunciation, listening, and reading and writing skills areaccomplished by the oral presentation in class of the fundamentals of sound and thefundamentals of grammar, by the use of audio-visual aids, and by workbook exercises. Studentsare also introduced to important aspects of French culture.FRENCH

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 63Italian III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Italian II Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to enhance proficiency inItalian through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. There iscontinued emphasis on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.Experiences with Italian literature are broadened. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered andreal-life applications are emphasized throughout the course.AP Italian Language & Culture Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit- 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Italian III Honors Notes: Students are required to take the AP Exam and a fee will be assessed.Course Description: This Advanced Placement Italian course stresses culture and communication.Students are exposed to a wide range of authentic language and culture materials includingbooks, newspapers, websites and audio visual resources. This course is conducted exclusively inItalian and is designed for highly motivated students. Throughout this course, students continue todevelop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Italian through cultural and literaryreadings, music, films, media and classroom activities. This syllabus is designed to exposestudents to complex grammar structures and cultural materials across the three communicativemodes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Each lesson focuses on student-centeredand interactive activities that include pair or group work, role plays, debates and classpresentations.Italian II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Italian ICourse Description: This course reinforces the basic structures of Italian already studied in Italian I.Strong emphasis is now placed on the spoken language as a means of communication in class,aiming at a fair fluency by the end of the year. Strong emphasis is further placed upon thestudents’ reading and writing skills. By the end of the course the students will have acquired anappreciation of the culture of the Italian-speaking world.Italian I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: Italian I introduces the student to the basic structure of the Italian language.Developing good habits of pronunciation, listening, reading and writing skills are accomplished bythe oral presentation in class of the fundamentals of sounds and the fundamentals of grammar, bythe use of audio-visual aids, and by workbook exercises. Students are also introduced to theimportant aspects of Italian culture.ITALIAN

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Curriculum Guide 2023-2024Page 64Mandarin III Honors Course Level: HonorsCourse Length: Full Credit - 1 yearPrerequisite: 80 or higher in Mandarin IICourse Description: This course provides mastery and expansion of skills acquired by the studentsin Mandarin II. Specific content includes, but is not limited to, expansions of vocabulary andconversational skills through discussions of selected readings. Contemporary vocabulary stressesactivities that are important to the everyday life of the target language-speaking people.AP Chinese Language & Culture Course Level: Advanced PlacementCourse Length: Full credit- 1 yearPrerequisite: 85 or higher in Mandarin III Honors Notes: There is a fee for the AP Exam. Student must take the AP Exam in May. Course Description: The AP Chinese Language and Culture course in Mandarin Chineseemphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying theinterpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. Thisincludes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.The AP Chinese Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture inboth contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness andappreciation of cultural products, (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions);practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, andassumptions). Mandarin II Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit- 1 yearPrerequisite: Successful completion of Mandarin ICourse Description: This course reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by the students inMandarin I. It will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as culturalawareness. Specific content to be covered is a continuation of listening and oral skills acquired inMandarin I. Reading and writing receive more emphasis, while oral communication remains theprimary objective. The cultural survey of the target language-speaking people is continued.Mandarin I Course Level: College PrepCourse Length: Full credit- 1 yearPrerequisite: Departmental placementCourse Description: This course introduces students to the target language and its culture.Students will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-culturalunderstanding. Emphasis will be placed on proficient communication in the language. Anintroduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture, connections, comparisons,and communities. MANDARIN

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