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Art

MYP Photography 1

Photography 1 is a course in applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information via digital, film, and still photography. Students are exposed to the equipment, materials, and processes of commercial photography. The class covers camera operation and the underlying technologies of photography, the principles of art and design, photography as an occupation and an art form, and the application of photography to commercial needs. They will learn and practice several different genres of photography, as nature photography, action photography, and journalistic photography. Students work with computers and professional software to process their photographs. Class projects encourage students to develop the skills of creative visual communication and critical review of their work.

MYP Photography 2 CT5340

Design Challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. MYP design requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution. The four objective areas are: Inquiring and analyzing, Developing ideas, creating the solution, and evaluating.

This course will:

  • Use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process, and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems
  • Develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society, and environments
  • Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems
  • Act with integrity and honest and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective work practices

Photography 2 builds on the knowledge and skills of photography developed in Photography 1. Students will expand their knowledge of photographic techniques by working with location, lighting equipment, and other subject matter to continue achieving a solid grounding in both technical and creative photographic processes. Class projects concentrate on the creative aspects of photography as they apply to the work of a professional photographer. Students will learn advanced techniques of professional software and apply advanced design elements and principles. Students will explore career and business opportunities. Projects are increasingly school and community based; students are strongly encouraged to enter local and regional photography competitions and shows. A portfolio is required.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: CT3340 - Photography 1

MYP Visual Arts FA3443

Visual Arts is a course designed to introduce students to visual media, and the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, as well as art appreciation and history. Students will experiment with artistic media such as pencil, paint, collage, ink, etc. Students will be introduced to concepts of the language of art to facilitate the development of artistic expression.
As an International Baccalaureate school this course is part of the Middle Year Program where we will address the arts objectives of knowing and understanding, developing skills, thinking creatively, and responding.
This arts class will stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions, and develop creative and analytical skills. This course encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of music, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview.

Visual Arts students will:

  • Create and present art
  • Develop skills specific to the discipline
  • Understand the relationship between art and its context
  • Respond to and reflect on art

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12

MYP Drawing/Painting 1 FA3200

How do you create your World? Drawing/Painting is a class designed to dive into the exploration of the world of aesthetic beauty, whether it be found in a human being, a painting, an architectural sketch, the currents in a river, the form of a coffee mug, or a hand printed linoleum image. Drawing/Painting 1 is a beginning Fine Arts class which develops skills in drawing and painting techniques as well design knowledge. In Drawing, students will complete projects and cultivate skills with media of pencil, colored pencil, ink, recycled materials, printing block and use techniques such as linear perspective, value range and contrast, shading of three-dimensional objects and more! In Painting, students will expand on their creative skills to focus on exploring the use of watercolor, acrylic, and pastels as they image animals, plants, landscapes, and more! As they work, students will be introduced to the vocabulary relating to Visual Art, both verbally and visually for artistic expression.

As an International Baccalaureate school, this course is part of the Middle Year Program where we will address the arts objectives of knowing and understanding, developing skills, thinking creatively, and responding.
This arts class will stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions, and develop creative and analytical skills. This course encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of music, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview.

Drawing/Painting students will:

  • Create and present art
  • Develop skills specific to the discipline
  • Understand the relationship between art and its context
  • Respond to and reflect on art.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9-12

Ceramics 1 FA5500

Are you ready for a clay throw-down? Come and discover one of the most creative and time honored art traditions of humans! Ceramics 1 is a 3-dimensional art course focusing on sculptural forms in clay. Students will be introduced to and experiment with hand-building, wheel-throwing, and figurative sculpture. Students will learn about the basic processes of design and creation in clay, using the work of other artists from various cultures and times to inform their thinking and development. Students will also be taught the basics of kiln firing and glazing, and be encouraged to consider the relationship between form and functionality in their work.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12

Ceramics 2 FA5520

Ceramics 2 is a continuation of Ceramics 1, and is intended to develop students understanding of clay construction in 3- dimensions. In Ceramics 2 students will have opportunities to explore a wider variety of creation methods, aesthetic styles, and firing/glazing techniques. Students will also be asked to be more independent in project choices and construction processes, and to reach a higher level of complexity in their work.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: FA5500 - Ceramics I

IB SL/HL Art 1, 2 FA8100

IB SL/HL Art 1, 2 is designed for the visual arts student with creative and imaginative abilities. Part one: studio work will include practical and artistic production. Part two: independent critical research and analysis, visual and written, in more than one culture. Students are required to purchase a research workbook, visit galleries and museums, and provide some of their own supplies for special projects. This class prepares the student for
he IB/SLA, SLB, or HL

Art exam. There is a $25 lab fee for this course.
GRADE: 9-12
CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 11- 12

IB HL Art 3,4 FA 8123

IB HL Art 3, 4 is a continuation of IB SL/HL Art 1, 2. Students will further their study in greater depth and breadth to meet the objectives of the IB HL Visual

Arts exam.
CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: FA8100 - IB SL/HL Art 1, 2

Business / Technology

MYP Microsoft Information Technology CT3140

Design Challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.    MYP design requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.  The four objective areas are:  Inquiring and analyzing, Developing ideas, creating the solution, and evaluating.

This course will: 

 Use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process, and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems

 Develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society, and environments

 Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems

 Act with integrity and honest and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective work practices

Students learn the computer skills and competencies necessary for lifelong success and to complete the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) core exams for Word 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Excel 2016, and Access 2016.  The MOS certification is the recognized certification that meets industry standards in the Microsoft Office Suite of desktop applications.    Students also have the option for certification in Outlook, Word Expert, and Excel Expert in each semester.  Additionally, there is an opportunity to earn college credit at local colleges, depending on certification.

Option one:  certification in Word and PowerPoint (0.5 credit)

Option two:  certification in Excel and Access (0.5 credit)

Option three:  certification in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access (1.0 credit)

CREDIT:  0.5 to 1.0 Grades 9-12

MYP Marketing 1 and 2CT3100 and CT5100

Design Challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.    MYP design requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.  The four objective areas are:  Inquiring and analyzing, Developing ideas, creating the solution, and evaluating.

This course will: 

 Use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process, and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems

 Develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society, and environments

 Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems

 Act with integrity and honest and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective work practices

Marketing 1 is an exploratory course for students interested in the broad field of marketing and business. Students focus on a wide range of factors that influence the flow of goods and services from the producer to the consumer. Topics include distribution, pricing, promotion, sales, marketing, information management and product service management. Foundations of economics and communications will be introduced in this course.   Marketing 2 teaches students to apply principles of marketing to a product/service mix. Entrepreneurship, promotion, marketing management, economics, communication, human relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets are the major topics covered in the classroom. Students will be able to take the skills learned and apply them on the job and in their future business careers. Through projects, students will apply the product/service management function to a marketing business. DECA, the student leadership organization associated with marketing, will be integrated into the classroom instruction.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9-12

Note:  CT3100 prerequisite for 5100 if taken in grades 11-12

Business Communications CT4530

Communications is designed to help students develop an understanding and appreciation for effective communication in a variety of situations and environments. Students learn effective strategies for written, oral, and nonverbal communication individually, in groups, and in personal and workplace situations. Improving and applying active listening skills, developing problem-solving strategies, utilizing technology on communication, and using reading strategies may be areas of study.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 11-12

Sports and Entertainment Marketing CT5000

Sports And Entertainment Marketing allows students to explore the careers and opportunities in the Sports Marketing field. The student will be introduced to the marketing, management and legal functions and tasks that are applied to amateur and professional sports and entertainment events.

Financial Fitness CT4170

Financial Fitness is fundamental for a successful future. Learn basic financial literacy in this course and an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one's personal finances. This course is designed to help students plan financial goals, understand the requirements for reaching a satisfactory standard of living, and establish financial stability. This is a foundation course for Business, Marketing, and Health and Human Service careers. The effective management of current and future resources is stressed. Learning activities will help students make satisfying short and long-term decisions. Standards and competencies address financial goal-setting and strategies, income, assets, and debt management, and preventing and resolving financial difficulties. This course may also cover topics such as principles of macroeconomics and comparative economics.

MYP Wood Shop CT4760

Design Challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages students to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.    MYP design requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.  The four objective areas are:  Inquiring and analyzing, Developing ideas, creating the solution, and evaluating.

This course will: 

 Use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process, and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems

 Develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society, and environments

& Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems

 Act with integrity and honest and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective work practices

Wood Tech students study the properties of woods and composites made from woods, and utilize these materials to construct usable products. Wood Tech enables students to experience the process of translating an idea into a finished product, with instruction in planning, designing, selecting materials, and using tools and machines.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12

MYP Engineering Design CT8800

From traditional basics to exploring computer aided design, (CAD) with the industry standard software, AutoCAD, this course is designed to introduce students to orthographic and pictorial drawing, emphasizing tool use, geometric construction, line development, and lettering. Drafting illustration and design skills are of value to the technically oriented student as well as the artistic student.

MYP Exploring Computer Science CT8710

In this engaging course, students will learn about web design, introduction to programming, computing, and robotics. This class uses creative and collaborative problem solving for learning about foundational computer science knowledge and empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Students are introduced to tools and programming languages that are accessible for beginners, but which offer plenty of room to grow and create sophisticated projects.

Publishing (Yearbook) CT4350

Publishing is a course that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the layout, design, and arrangement of printed and digital graphic products. Students will use technology and graphics to enhance the effectiveness of communication. Includes instruction in computer hardware and software; digital imaging; print preparation; desktop publishing and applicable principles of graphic and web page design. Students will create documents for publishing in a variety of formats as brochures, newsletters, web page and presentations.

IB SL Business and Management CT7100

IB SL Business and Management is designed to give students a foundation in management principles, practices, skills, and to develop an awareness of the ethical and social responsibility issues that exist in business and other organizations, both domestically and internationally. Emphasis is also placed on understanding the business functions of marketing, human resource management, and finance. Students will be able to make sense of the forces that affect our multicultural business world. Additionally, students will be able to attend conferences and competitions with real world business people by participating in DECA. DECA is an opportunity provided to business and marketing students that allow them to learn from business professionals outside the classroom as well as putting their knowledge to the test in competitive events.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 11-12

English Language Learners

Beginning Reading and Writing - ELL EN3110

Beginning Reading and Writing ELL for newcomer ELL's acts as a student's English Language Arts. The course is aligned with grade-level literacy frameworks and targets literacy and language development outlined in the Common Core State Standards and English Language Proficiency Standards. Students build familiarity with different genres of texts, literary and informational, to prepare for core content classes and everyday literacy. Students develop their academic vocabulary, knowledge and use of English grammar, conventions and language structures. Students cultivate their skills as writers through the application of the writing process and practicing different genres of writing, including informative, argumentative, and narrative.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: teacher determination. Elective credit only

Beginning Language Development - ELL EN3190

Beginning Language Development provides targeted academic language development for newcomer ELLs. Explicit language instructions equips students with the skills to access the reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language skills demanded by the Common Core State Standards and English Language Proficiency Standards. The course will include opportunities for blended learning, such as Rosetta Stone, My On, and other applicable technologies. Students will build meta cognitive awareness of their own language strengths and needs and instruction will target students' strengths and needs accordingly.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: teacher determination. Elective credit only

Language Essentials EN3290

Language Essentials targets the development of language skills as outlined in the English Language Proficiency Standards and Common Core State Standards. The course focuses on academic language development and grammar development through grade-level ELA content and directly supports students' ELA class. The course provides scaffolds for content and language development to support student success in ELA. The course includes instructional routines to engage students in academic discourse and build metacognitive awareness of their own language strengths and needs in all language domains and supports equity and access across classes.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 9-12

Family and Consumer Science

Nutrition and Wellness CT4620

Nutrition And Wellness is a course that focuses on the role of foods and nutrition in health and wellness. The course is about choosing and preparing food for a healthy lifestyle. Food selection, preparation, safety and sanitation, meal management skills and techniques, nutrition and career exploration in hospitality, and nutrition and related fields are included.

COURSE NOTE: Personal Choices recommended

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 10-12

Introduction to Culinary Arts (Nutrition & Wellness 2) CT5620

Cooking and related culinary arts; general. This is a program that focuses on the general study of the cooking and related culinary arts that may prepare students for a variety of jobs within the Food Service Industry. The course includes instruction in food preparation, cooking techniques, equipment and maintenance, sanitation and safety, communication skills, applicable regulations, and principles of food service management.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 10-12

PREREQUISITE: CT4620 - Nutrition and Wellness

Exploring Childhood CT4610

Exploring Childhood is a course that combines child psychology and parenting concepts. Students learn about families, prenatal care, birth, human growth and development, newborns and children ages 1-5. Students will participate in hands on projects, including an infant simulation. Students will work with young children in an "in-class" preschool. Students considering becoming a parent or pursuing a career such as a teacher, pediatrician, child psychologist, or childcare professional should take this class.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 10-12

Teaching Academy (Exploring Childhood 2) CT4630

Teaching Academy/Careers in Education is a course that introduces students to the teaching and education profession.

This course introduces students to the principles underlying teaching and learning, the responsibilities and duties of teachers, and the techniques of imparting knowledge and information. Students will study learning styles, child development, teaching methods, and classroom management. Students develop skills in leadership, communication, and organization, which can be used in any career. Students will gain understanding of assessment of student progress and various career opportunities in the field of education. Observations will be local preschool, elementary, and/or middle school. Second semester includes an internship with a mentor teacher for students. The internship may be one or two hours per day. Students may enroll for a second year upon successful completion of the first year. This is a college level course and offers the opportunity to earn college credit in Washington State.

COURSE NOTE: Exploring Childhood recommended

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 11-12

Independent Living CT4580

Independent living is a course that prepares students for responsible decision making in areas that confront young adults as they leave high school. It focuses on developing essential skills for living on one’s own, in a family, or with others. Topics as goal setting, setting priorities; money and time management; relationships; career choices and development of self may be covered. Through practical application students learn how to make wise decisions to become an independent self-directed person.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 11-12

Mentor Leadership CT5910

Mentor Leadership is a class that provides students with the resources and skills needed to become an effective mentor and leader.   Students will learn how to mentor ninth graders as they transition to high school – academically, socially, and personally – and help build a support system for 9th graders to experience a deepened sense of cohesiveness and community.   Students will have the opportunity to build leadership skills, improve communication skills, increase community awareness, and facilitate restorative circles.

Credit: 1.0Grades:  10-12

Other requirements:  Application (see Mrs. Minkler, Mrs. Fry, Ms. Carscadden or any current Mentor)

Language Arts

MYP Language and Literature 9/10 EN8600/8700

Students need to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of its power and beauty. They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies. Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression. Students in grades 9 and 10 will be enrolled in MYP Language and Literature. The four objective areas are: Analyzing, Organizing, Producing Text, and Using Language.

The language and literature course will:

  • engage students in the study of many aspects of the language and literature of a community and its culture
  • develop the student’s language; specifically their listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical literacy skills
  • provide a linguistic and academic challenge for students in order to give them the best possible educational experience and develop their language skills to their full potential
  • offer a study of a wide range of literary and non-literary text types, writing styles and techniques. Analysis of literary and non-literary text includes commenting on the significance of any possible contexts, audience, purpose and the use of linguistic and literary devices. Literary texts can be visual, written or spoken, contemporary or traditional that use language in aesthetic, imaginative and engaging ways—to entertain, to evoke empathy, to express cultural identity and to reflect on ideas and issues.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9 – 10

Reading for Meaning EN3040

Is reading really boring sometimes? Do you find that you take a very long time to read the texts your teachers give you? Do you feel like you don't get a lot out of reading stories or reading long articles? This course uses a unique approach, through the Read Right program to improve students' reading skills and abilities significantly in a relatively short amount of time. This helps students make more out of texts and get engaged in what they're reading. This also helps students keep up the pace of reading in their other coursework and feel more successful in that reading. In this program, students will improve comprehension, fluency, and Common Core critical thinking skills.

COURSE NOTE: Elective credit only

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Teacher Permission required.

Creative Writing EN5200

Is reading really boring sometimes? Do you find that you take a very long time to read the texts your teachers give you? Do you feel like you don't get a lot out of reading stories or reading long articles? This course uses a unique approach, through the Read Right program to improve students' reading skills and abilities significantly in a relatively short amount of time. This helps students make more out of texts and get engaged in what they're reading. This also helps students keep up the pace of reading in their other coursework and feel more successful in that reading. In this program, students will improve comprehension, fluency, and Common Core critical thinking skills.

CREDIT: 0.5 GRADE: 10-12

Business Communications CT4530

Communications is designed to help students develop an understanding and appreciation for effective communication in a variety of situations and environments. Students learn effective strategies for written, oral, and nonverbal communication individually, in groups, and in personal and workplace situations. Improving and applying active listening skills, developing problem-solving strategies, utilizing technology on communication, and using reading strategies may be areas of study.

CREDIT: 0.5                  
GRADE: 11-12

IB SL Language and Literature 1, 2 EN7100

How does language effect power and communicate social values? What is good journalism? How are digital media changing the ways in which we interact? This course explores the English language through close textual analysis. It uses close reading to consider the connections between language and culture, identity, and power. It also explores these themes in modern media such as propaganda, advertising, and sensationalism. Students learn to analyze for stylistic techniques in nonfiction, to consider bias, recognize and trace the use of structure, and how all this effects audience, purpose, theme, content, and tone. Students also demonstrate skills through a variety of assessments, including written essays, oral commentaries, discussions, preparing them for IB SL Language and Literature 3/4.

IB HL Language and Literature 1, 2 EN7500

How does language effect power and communicate social values? What is good journalism? How are digital media changing the ways in which we interact? This course explores the English language through close textual analysis. It uses close reading to consider the connections between language and culture, identity, and power. It also explores these themes in modern media such as propaganda, advertising, and sensationalism. Students learn to analyze for stylistic techniques in nonfiction, to consider bias, recognize and trace the use of structure, and how all this effects audience, purpose, theme, content, and tone. Students also demonstrate skills through a variety of assessments, including written essays, oral commentaries, and discussions. Special attention is given to strengthening academic language, comparison/contrast skills, and sophisticated conclusions, as this is the prerequisite course for IB HL Language and Literature 3/4.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 11

PREREQUISITE: successful completion of 9th and 10th grade Language Arts

IB SL Language and Literature 3, 4 EN8100

The word culture means both the shared values of a society and the arts which that society honors. How does history and culture impact the interpretation of a literary text? What makes something poetic? This course explores the relationship between writer, reader, culture, and text. Texts are mainly literary in focus, and some include works in translation to broaden students' perspectives of world literature and culture. The course supports students in understanding approaches to literature, techniques for literary criticism, and academic language for critique. Students demonstrate skills through a variety of assessments, including written essays, oral commentaries, and discussions. IB SL Language and Literature 1/2 is the first year of preparation for this course and its final exam.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 12

IB HL Language and Literature 3, 4 EN8500

The word culture means both the shared values of a society and the arts which that society honors. How does history and culture impact the interpretation of a literary text? What makes something poetic? This course explores the relationship between writer, reader, culture, and text. Texts are mainly literary in focus, and some include works in translation to broaden students' perspectives of world literature and culture. The course supports students in understanding approaches to literature, techniques for literary criticism, and academic language for critique. Students demonstrate skills through a variety of assessments, including written essays, oral commentaries, and discussions. IB HL Language and Literature 1/2 is the first year of preparation for this course and its final exam.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 12

Math

Algebra Essentials MT3400

Algebra Essentials is an elective course to support the learning in Algebra 1. Students taking Algebra Essentials must be concurrently enrolled in Algebra 1. A pre-teach model is used enabling students to get a head start with their learning time for extra practice. Students in this course will benefit from additional support in foundational skills relevant to Algebra 1.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9-12

COURSE NOTE: Elective credit only

PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation

MYP Algebra I MT3500

Students need to develop symbolic fluency in order engage and succeed in higher level math classes, which lay the foundation for jobs in science, engineering, and economics. The four objective areas are: Knowledge and Understanding, Patterns, Communication, and Real World Mathematics. In this class, students are expected to investigate algebraic patterns, communicate their ideas to others, and apply their understanding to real life situations.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9-12

MYP Geometry MT3600

Students need to understand spatial relationships and use logic and reasoning to solve problems. The four objective areas are: Knowledge and Understanding, Patterns, Communication, and Real World Mathematics. In this class, students are expected to investigate geometric patterns, communicate their ideas to others, and apply their understanding to real life situations.

PREREQUISITE: Algebra I

Algebra 2 MT5500

The fun with functions continues. Not only do students build on their knowledge of linear, exponential, and quadratic functions, but they also transform, solve, and model functions like polynomials, rational, radical, and logarithmic functions. Other highlights include working with imaginary numbers and using statistics and probability to interpret data collected from experiments and simulations.

COURSE NOTE: Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry required.

CREDIT: 1.0 GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry

Applied Math CT4640

Applied Math is an introductory course for Algebra 2. Core concepts from Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 topics will be covered. These topics include: solving equations, factoring, quadratics, Geometry in the workplace. Applied Math focuses on the application of mathematics to the solutions of functional problems. Students learn Algebra and Geometry through practical application and hands-on experience. Applied Mathematics is based on the principle that students "learn by doing," consequently, the student learns math functions by application and practice of mathematical concepts and skills in a hands-on lab setting.

CREDIT: 1 GRADE: 10-12

PREREQUISITE: Student who have taken Algebra 1 and Geometry, but are in need of more skill and conceptual development before advancing in math may enroll in this class.

Learning Lab: Math 1 MT3120

Learning Lab Math 1 is about investigating and solving problems to develop mathematical skills. The learning lab course is designed to provide instruction for qualified students who need skill development in mathematics. The course content will focus on development of basic computational and problem solving skills. Working at individual skill level, students will increase knowledge of place values, fractions, percentages, identifying decimals, extending patterns, and geometric exploration. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                    
GRADE: 9-12

COURSE NOTE: Teacher permission only

Learning Lab: Math 2 MT3140

Learning Lab Math 2 is about investigating and solving problems to develop mathematical skills. The learning lab course is designed to provide instruction for qualified students who need skill development in mathematics. The course content will focus on pre-algebra concepts such as advanced computation, fractions, decimals, percents, problem solving, justification, extending patterns with one variable, developing tables, graphing, probability and measurement. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                    
GRADE: 10-12

COURSE NOTE: Teacher permission only

IB/SL Mathematical Studies 3, 4 MT7400

Are you interested in continuing to develop your understanding of fundamental concepts in math? Then this is the class for you. IB Math Studies 3, 4 is the 2nd year of the course where you study topics in algebra, trigonometry, geometry, probability, sets and logic, statistics, financial math, and introduction to differential calculus. As with the first year, you will work on a personal research project outside of class where you will again apply what you've learned to collect, analyze, and evaluate the data that you collect.

CREDIT: 1.0                                                                                                                              
GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra 2, IB Diploma candidates or approval by Math Department Chair         

IB SL Math 3, 4 MT8400

Seniors interested in the field of chemistry, economics, psychology, and business administration! This class is for you! The second of the two year sequence, IB SL Math 3,4 is intended for seniors who have taken the previous course. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of differential and integral calculus, probability, and statistics.

CREDIT: 1                                                                                                                                
GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: IB SL Math 1, 2            

IB Higher Level Math 5, 6 MT8440

Seniors! Are you into physics, math, engineering, or technology? Have you taken HL 1,2 and 3,4? Then you should definitely take IB HL Math 5,6 to help prepare you for college and life beyond. The third year of a three year Higher Level Math sequence, emphasis is placed on probability and statistics, including discrete mathematics.

CREDIT: 1.0                                                                                                                              
GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Higher Level Math 1, 2 and Higher Level Math 3, 4

IB SL Applications and Interpretation 1,2

This course is appropriate for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems. They will also be interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models. Students who take Mathematics: Applications and interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects such as social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, some economics, psychology, and design, for example.

IB SL Analysis and Approaches 1, 2

This course is appropriate for students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. They will also be fascinated by exploring real and abstract applications of these ideas, with and without the use of technology. Students who take Mathematics: Analysis and approaches will be those who enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalization. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics content such as mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or economics for example.

Music

Vocal Ensemble (Music Company) FA5140

Advanced Vocal Ensemble is intended to develop vocal techniques and the ability to sing more challenging literature in a small ensemble. Course goals include the development of solo singing ability and may emphasize several musical styles.

COURSE NOTE: This course is taught after school.

CREDIT: 1                      TYPE: Standard                        GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: audition/teacher permission

Orchestra FA5230

This course is designed to develop musicianship, instrumental skills, and rehearsal skills. Orchestra will provide instruction on the four traditional orchestral instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will be required to participate in public performances, contests, and festivals.

Prerequisite: Some experience in school, community, or private lessons required.  Students must be able to read music

CREDIT: 1          TYPE: Standard                                     GRADE: 9-12

Beginning Piano FA5300

Beginning Piano introduces students to the fundamentals of music theory and basic keyboard skills. This course is designed for those students interested in piano as a medium of expression and enjoyment. No previous experience required.

CREDIT: 0.5                                                                        GRADE: 9-12

Guitar 1 FA5400

Guitar 1 is a beginning class where the fundamentals of reading music, pitch and rhythm, are taught through the guitar. Students will play in small groups, with the class as a whole, and solo. They will learn to play melodies and chords, receiving whole class and individual instruction within the class from the teacher. Students are expected to work independently at their own pace, as well as cooperatively with small groups and with the class as a whole. Completion of the course will give players the basic skills to become life-long musicians. Guitar 1 is designed for beginners with no background in music or playing the guitar. 

CREDIT: 0.5                                                                   GRADE: 9-12

MYP Symphonic Band FA5220

Be a part of the collective synergy of sounds that lifts the souls of mortals!  Symphonic Band is an ensemble course designed to promote and extend students’ techniques for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments and covers a variety of band literature styles, for concert, school, community and festival performances. Students will apply the skills and concepts learned in earlier ensembles and apply them to more difficult music literature.  Students will perform literature from all time periods with the appropriate technique, tone, articulation, phrasing and style. Awareness of their instrument’s role and attention to fine detail within the ensemble will be taught. In addition, students will increase their adeptness in sight reading and their ability to precisely match fundamental concepts with other band members. Performances are required. 

As an International Baccalaureate school this course is part of the Middle Year Program where we will address the arts objectives of knowing and understanding, developing skills, thinking creatively, and responding.  

This arts class will stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions, and develop creative and analytical skills.  This course encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of music, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview. 

Symphonic Band students will:

  • Create and present art
  • Develop skills specific to the discipline
  • Understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • Respond to and reflect on art

CREDIT: 1          TYPE: Standard GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Three years in a school band program or teacher permission. Student must be able to read music.

Jazz Ensemble FA5240

Jazz Ensemble is intended to develop students' techniques for playing brass, woodwind, percussion, double bass, guitars and keyboards, focusing on contemporary and standard jazz band literature styles. Teacher approval required. Performances are required.

COURSE NOTE: This class is taught after school.

CREDIT: 1         TYPE: Standard GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Teacher approval required.

Wind Ensemble FA5260

Wind Ensemble is designed to promote student’s techniques for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments and cover a variety of band literature styles, for concert, school, community and festival performances. Performances are required.

CREDIT: 1          TYPE: Standard GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: audition/teacher permission

Concert Choir FA5120

Concert Choir is the advanced mixed men/women’s choir that continues vocal and choral development, performance, and music literacy using a variety of choral literature from various ethnic and historic settings. Performances are required.

CREDIT: 1          TYPE: Standard            GRADE: 10-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: teacher permission/audition required

IB SL Music/ Instrumental FA8200BD

IB SL Music prepares the student for the IB Music SL exam. It must be taken concurrently with Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble or Concert Choir. Students who complete the IB SL program will be expected to demonstrate development of their performance for a 15-minute tape. The tape will be music selected from group performances. Instruction for this class is outside the school day and is scheduled at a time that is best for student needs.

CREDIT: 1          TYPE: IB                         GRADE: 11-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: teacher permission required

IB SL Music/ Vocal FA8200CH

IB SL Music prepares the student for the IB Music SL exam. It must be taken concurrently with Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble or Concert Choir. Students who complete the IB SL program will be expected to demonstrate development of their performance for a 15-minute tape. The tape will be music selected from group performances. Instruction for this class is outside the school day and is scheduled at a time that is best for student needs.

COURSE NOTE: By teacher permission only

CREDIT: 1         TYPE: IB                         GRADE: 11-12

MYP Beginning Choir

MYP Beginning Choir allows students the opportunity to sing a variety of choral literature from many cultures and time periods, and to understand the mechanics of male and female voices. It is designed to develop students' vocal techniques, knowledge of written music, comfortability with performing, and ability to sing in harmony with other voices. Beginning Choir will perform at multiple concerts throughout the school year, and will develop skills essential to musicianship such as rehearsal procedures, performance preparation, music reading and ear training skills, and professional communication. Beginning Choir also focuses on the importance of community and positive connection between singers. Experience the fun of creating great art together as a team!”

This arts class will stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions, and develop creative and analytical skills.  This course encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of music, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic worldview.  
 
Beginning choir students will:

  • Create and present art
  • Develop skills specific to the discipline
  • Understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • Respond to and reflect on art

CREDIT: 1.0    TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

Physical Education

Fitness Conditioning PE5100

Want to get fit? Don’t enjoy playing sports? Like trying new workouts and challenging yourself? Fitness Conditioning will help students reach an optimal level of fitness. This course focuses on individuals participating in and designing personalized health and fitness programs to reach individual fitness goals. There is no instruction on or participation in any sports-related activities; however, athletes can benefit from designing specialized workouts to help them improve their athletic performance. Students will be exposed to a variety of different ways to train in order to improve muscular fitness, cardiorespiratory endurance, and flexibility. Activities may include walking, jogging, cardio-kick boxing, self-defense, Cross-Fit workouts, yoga, weight lifting, and circuit training. Students will demonstrate specialized knowledge in identifying and applying the key concepts related to participating in resistance training, aerobic conditioning, and flexibility improvement activities by creating, implementing, assessing, and modifying individualized fitness and nutrition planning programs.

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 9-12

MYP Fitness Foundation PE8300

Fitness Foundations Fitness is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Students can improve all aspects of their lives by achieving a health-enhancing level of fitness. This course is designed to teach students the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to be fit for life. Emphasis is placed on the personal development of health-related fitness through a variety of activities. Students will demonstrate knowledge in identifying and applying the key motor skills and movement concepts necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities. Activities may include but are not limited to fitness conditioning, team sports, individual/dual sports, net sports, weight-lifting, and yoga. Students will develop a personal fitness plan utilizing the principles of training and demonstrate the ability to plan for and improve components of health-related fitness to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness. This course includes the district/state-required physical literacy assessment.

As an International Baccalaureate school, this course is part of the Middle Year Program where we will address the physical education objectives of knowing and understanding, planning for performance, applying and performing and reflecting and improving performance.

This course fosters the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. The many opportunities for effective collaboration and communication skills in this course allow students to build positive interpersonal relationships that help the student develop a sense of social responsibility.

Fitness Foundations students will:

  • Participate effectively in a variety of contexts
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively
  • Build positive relationships and demonstrate social responsibility
  • Reflect on their learning experiences

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 9-12

Weight Training PE5700

Like looking in the mirror? Then sign up for a class that focuses on proper form and improving muscle tone. Weight lifting is not just about getting bigger—it is about doing resistance training activities that will keep you healthy for life. This course is designed to teach students the necessary knowledge and skills to develop effective resistance training programs in a variety of settings. Students will demonstrate knowledge in basic muscular anatomy and function, strength training principles, basic program design, and correct weight-lifting technique and safety. Students will demonstrate competency in planning, implementing, assessing, and modifying resistance training programs. Fitness conditioning and cooperation activities are integrated throughout the course. Pre-requisite: Fitness Foundations.

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 9-12

Health PE3500

How can you be your best self? By having excellent health! Your health is your greatest asset---without it you can do nothing. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to achieve any goal and overcome any challenge. In this course, students are provided with opportunities to explore the effect of health behaviors on an individual's quality of life. This course emphasizes improving individual's health literacy so that students can obtain, process, and understand basic health information in order to make decisions that promote health and prevent disease. This course includes the major content areas of Wellness Concepts, Social and Emotional Health, Substance Use and Abuse, First/Aid, CPR, and Safety, Nutrition, and Sexual Health Education.

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 10-12

Yoga Fitness PE5800

Want to stretch out your life? Benefits associated with consistent yoga practice include stress reduction and increased physical fitness which can lengthen and improve one’s life. This course is designed to teach students the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness primarily through yoga activities. Students will demonstrate knowledge in basic anatomy, breathing exercises, alignment principles, the health benefits of yoga, and correct yoga pose technique and safety. Students will demonstrate competency in planning, implementing, assessing, and modifying various yoga sequences and a personal fitness plan. Fitness conditioning and cooperation activities are integrated throughout the course.

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 9-12

Team Sports PE5950

Want to make new friends, have fun, and get in shape? Then sign up for a class that focuses on fun, fitness, and friends (teamwork). This course will provide you with the opportunity to master the rules, skills, and strategies for a variety of team sports. The focus of this class is to develop and enhance skills and knowledge necessary to play and enjoy a variety of team sports. The emphasis is on developing the fundamentals of team sports so that students can participate for a lifetime and can enhance their fitness through competitive and recreational play. The course may include, but is not limited to: basketball, flag football, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and softball. Students will demonstrate competency in planning, implementing, assessing, and modifying fitness and practice plans that include both health and skill-related components of fitness. Fitness conditioning and cooperation activities are integrated throughout the course.

CREDIT: 0.5                                                                                                GRADE: 9-12

Net Sports PE5960

Like to hit things? Then sign up to smash some birdies and balls. This course will provide students with the opportunity to master the rules, skills, and strategies for a variety of net sports. The focus of this class is to develop and enhance skills and knowledge necessary to play and enjoy a variety of racquet sports. The emphasis is on understanding that most net sports can be lifetime activities and can enhance fitness through competitive and recreational play. Net sports that may be included are: tennis, badminton, volleyball, pickle ball, and Speedminton. Students will demonstrate competency in planning, implementing, assessing, and modifying fitness and practice plans that include both health and skill-related components of fitness. Fitness conditioning and cooperation activities are integrated throughout the course.

CREDIT: 0.5                   GRADE: 9-12

Functional Fitness PE6000

This course is designed to teach and apply the principles of lifetime physical fitness, utilizing the five major components; cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Functional Fitness is a way to train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements. This course will introduce students to cardiovascular exercise as it relates to a healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life using basic orienteering and cartography skills. Designing, implementing, and evaluating personal walking plans based on various fitness levels will be covered. A variety of health and wellness issues will be addressed. The components of fitness will be met through structured individually paced fitness walking and strength conditioning activities.

Science

MYP Biology SC8110

In MYP Biology, students will develop an appreciation for the diversity of life. Through this course, students will learn how living organisms survive, interact with their environment, grow, and change over time. Students will strengthen and develop the core scientific practices of asking questions, modeling, and constructing arguments based on evidence. Students in grade 10 will be enrolled in MYP Biology. The four objective areas are: Knowing and Understanding, Inquiring and Designing, Processing and Evaluating, and Reflecting on the Impact of Science.        

The biology course will incorporate:

  • Cross-cutting scientific concepts including structure and function, systems, energy and matter, stability and change.
  • Important science and engineering practices such as using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations, and designing solutions to problems.
  • Disciplinary core ideas including 1) From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, 2) Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, 3) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, 4) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity.

CREDIT: 1                                                             GRADE: 9

MYP Chemistry SC8400

In MYP Chemistry, students will develop an understanding of matter and its interactions with the physical world. Through this course, students will learn the basics of periodic trends, chemical reactions, electrical forces and chemical bonding. Students will strengthen and develop the core scientific practices of asking questions, modeling, and constructing arguments based on evidence. The four objective areas are: Knowing and Understanding, Inquiring and Designing, Processing and Evaluating, and Reflecting on the Impact of Science.           

The chemistry course will incorporate:

  • Cross-cutting scientific concepts including patterns, energy and matter and stability and change.
  • Important science and engineering practices such as developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations and constructing explanations and designing solutions.
  • Disciplinary core ideas including 1) Matter and its Interactions, 2) Energy, 3) Earth’s Systems,
  • 4) Earth and Human Activity.

CREDIT: 1.0                                                         GRADE: 9

Chemistry in the Community SC5780

Chemistry in the Community is a laboratory based science course that emphasizes the impact of chemistry on society. This course is designed to teach students the important role that chemistry plays in their lives. Each unit centers on chemistry-related technological issues now facing the world. Some of the major topics are "Supplying Our Water Needs", "Petroleum: To Build or To Burn", and "Understanding Food".

COURSE NOTE: There is a $10 per year fee for this course

CREDIT: 1                                             GRADE: 12

Chemistry SC5800

Are you ready to investigate matter and the changes it can undergo? Chemistry is a laboratory based course focused on understanding chemical principles and their applications. Topics include atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces, thermochemistry, equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, states of matter and behavior of gases. Students learn to use concepts such as patterns, energy and matter, systems, cause and effect, structure and function to connect ideas across the different scientific disciplines. Students learn science concepts through engaging in science and engineering practices of asking questions, modeling, and constructing explanations and arguments. Laboratory experiences engage students in asking questions, planning, and carrying out investigations, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information. Mathematical and computational thinking are incorporated throughout. Students also engage in engineering practices such as design and evaluation.

COURSE NOTE: There is a $10 per year fee for this course

CREDIT: 1.0                                         GRADE: 11-12

Prerequisites:  Currently enrolled in or already passed Algebra II/Math Studies

NGSS Physics SC5900

Are you curious about the world around us, and the world beyond us? Physics is a laboratory based course that includes the study and investigation of Newton's Laws of Motion, gravitational and electrical forces, sound, light and the transfer, transformation and conservation of energy within systems. Students learn to use concepts such as energy and matter, systems, cause and effect, and scale, proportion and quantity to connect ideas across the different scientific disciplines. Students learn science concepts through engaging in science and engineering practices of asking questions, modeling, and constructing explanations and arguments. Laboratory experiences engage students in asking questions, planning, and carrying out investigations, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information. Mathematical and computational thinking are incorporated throughout. Students also engage in engineering practices such as design and evaluation. Considerable effort is made to relate physics theory with real-world and laboratory experiences.

CREDIT: 1.0                                                                                                                              GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry.  Recommend concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher

IB SL/HL Biology 1, 2 SC7100

IB SL/HL Biology 1, 2 provides students with an understanding of biology at various levels from the molecular, cellular to human anatomy and physiology. It requires good writing and science inquiry skills. The course prepares students for the IB/SL Biology exam. Homework consists of an average of 30 minutes per day.

CREDIT: 1.0                         GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra I and successful completion of Integrated Science I & Biology

IB SL Physics 1, 2 SC7200

IB HL Physics 1, 2 covers the fundamental concepts of classical physics similar to that which is studied at the undergraduate college level. Specific areas of study include: linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, momentum and energy, the elastic properties of materials, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, wave mechanics, and principles of sound and the concept of electromagnetism. Basic trigonometric principles of sine, cosine and tangent will be expanded upon. This course prepares students for IB HL Physics 3, 4 and the IB SL/HL Physics exam their senior year.

CREDIT: 1.0                         GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Integrated Science 1 & Biology, and concurrent enrollment in IB SL Math or higher

CO-REQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MT5700H - IB SL Math 1, 2

IB HL Physics 1, 2 SC7220

IB HL Physics 1, 2 covers the fundamental concepts of classical physics similar to that which is studied at the undergraduate college level. Specific areas of study include: linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, momentum and energy, the elastic properties of materials, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, wave mechanics, and principles of sound and the concept of electromagnetism. Basic trigonometric principles of sine, cosine and tangent will be expanded upon. This course prepares students for IB HL Physics 3, 4 and the IB SL/HL Physics exam their senior year.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Integrated Science 1 and Biology, and concurrent enrollment in IB HL Math

CO-REQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MT8420H - IB Higher Level Math 3, 4

Physics - Advanced Studies SC5920

Physics- Advanced Studies is a lab based course which provides instruction in laws of conservation, thermodynamics, and kinetics; wave and particle phenomena; electromagnetic fields; and fluid dynamics.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: Physics 1, 2

IB HL Biology 3, 4 SC8200

IB HL Biology 3, 4 is a continuation of IB Biology 1, 2. Topics covered include further study in human biology, biochemistry, and plant science. This course prepares students for the IB HL Biology exam.

COURSE NOTE: There is a $10 per semester fee for this course

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: IB SL/HL Biology 1, 2

IB SL PHYSICS 3, 4 SC8300

IB HL Physics 3, 4 is a continuation of IB SL/HL Physics 1, 2 and covers the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic radiation, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic, nuclear and elementary particle physics. Specific areas of study include: properties of light in the context of mirror and lens optics along with interferometry, atomic structure and the wave/particle duality of matter, radiation physics, nuclear structure, Einstein's Special and General Theories of relativity and astrophysics. This course prepares students for the IB HL Physics exam.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: successful completion of IB SL Physics 1, 2

IB HL Physics 3, 4 SC8320

IB HL Physics 3, 4 is a continuation of IB SL/HL Physics 1, 2 and covers the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic radiation, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic, nuclear and elementary particle physics. Specific areas of study include: properties of light in the context of mirror and lens optics along with interferometry, atomic structure and the wave/particle duality of matter, radiation physics, nuclear structure, Einstein's Special and General Theories of relativity and astrophysics. This course prepares students for the IB HL Physics exam.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: SC7220H - IB HL Physics 1, 2

Social Studies

MYP Contemporary Global Issues SS8190

Students will be engaged in observation, reasoning and argumentation, the use of primary sources, and data that can be used to propose knowledgeable claims that guide human existence and behavior. They will begin to explore these claims by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and individual, as well as cultural perspectives. The humanities and social sciences focus on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in individuals and societies courses provide a meaningful foundation for further study and help to prepare students to work in academia, in non-governmental and governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations and business and industry. Students in grade 9 will be enrolled in MYP Individuals and Societies. The four objective areas are: Knowing & Understanding, Investigating, Communicating, and Thinking Critically.

The Individuals and Societies 9 course will:

  • appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
  • understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • include topics such as Cultural Identity, Human Rights, Migration, Sustainability, Economic Development, Peace, Conflict, and Activism.

CREDIT: 1.0                                        TYPE: MYP                                                          GRADE: 9  

MYP Civics SS8250

Students will be engaged in observation, reasoning and argumentation, the use of primary sources, and data that can be used to propose knowledgeable claims that guide human existence and behavior. They will begin to explore these claims by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and individual, as well as cultural perspectives. The humanities and social sciences focus on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in individuals and societies courses provide a meaningful foundation for further study and help to prepare students to work in academia, in non-governmental and governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations and business and industry. Students in grade 10 will be enrolled in MYP Individuals and Societies- Civics. Civics is a Washington State High School Graduation Requirement. The four objective areas are: Knowing & Understanding, Investigating, Communicating, and Thinking Critically.

The Individuals and Societies-Civics course will:

  • act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • include topics such as Federalism, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning.

 

CREDIT: 0.5                                              GRADE: 10-12

MYP Modern World History SS8310

Students will be engaged in observation, reasoning and argumentation, the use of primary sources, and data that can be used to propose knowledgeable claims that guide human existence and behavior. They will begin to explore these claims by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and individual, as well as cultural perspectives. The humanities and social sciences focus on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in individuals and societies courses provide a meaningful foundation for further study and help to prepare students to work in academia, in non-governmental and governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations and business and industry. Students in grade 10 will be enrolled in MYP Individuals and Societies- Modern World History. The four objective areas are: Knowing & Understanding, Investigating, Communicating, and Thinking Critically.

The Individuals and Societies-Modern World History course will:

  • develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live.
  • include historical themes such as Seeds of Change, Pride & Power, and 20th Century Instability.

 

CREDIT: 0.5                                              GRADE: 10-12

United States History SS5200

How did America become a world power? Why is America involved in other countries' business?

The course covers from 1890 to the present. Students will consider multiple accounts of events and issues in order to understand events in American history. Students will use historical thinking skills to dig deep into the international relations, economic depression, the world wars and current issues.

Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tools of civics, geography, economics and history. Furthermore, students will be able to clearly define and apply their understanding of culture, geography and globalization.

CREDIT: 1.0 US History               GRADE: 11-12

Civics in the Community SS5650

Are you a Junior or Senior that still needs to complete a Civics course to graduate? Want to know how to be civically involved in your community? This course includes the study of federal, state, and local government organization procedures; rights and responsibilities of citizens addressed in the Washington State and United States Constitutions; current issues addressed at each level of government; and electoral issues, including elections, ballot measures, initiatives, and referenda.

CREDIT: 0.5 Civics       

Contemporary World Issues SS3180

Contemporary World Issues enables students to study political, economic, and social issues facing the world. This course focuses on current issues, examines selected issues throughout the 20th century, and looks at historical causes or possible solutions.

CREDIT: 0.5       Contemp WH/Geog/Probs or Other SS                                  GRADE: 11-12

Introduction To Economics SS5600

If trees don't grow money, where does it come from? Introduction to Economics is a comprehensive introduction to basic economic concepts which is designed to help students understand today's economic problems and choices and decisions involved in solving them. The understanding of economic relationships improves critical decision-making concerning the activities of individuals, businesses and governments, whether at a personal, local or global level. Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tool of economics - and history, geography and civics when needed.

CREDIT: 0.5       Contemp WH/Geog/Probs or Other SS                                  GRADE: 11-12

Introduction to Psychology SS5620

Why does he/she act that way?

Introduction to Psychology introduces students to the study of individual human behavior. Course content typically includes an overview of the field of psychology, topics in human growth and development, personality and behavior, and abnormal psychology. Application of such concepts to better understand current events and career development.

Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tool of psychology.

CREDIT: 0.5 (Other Social Studies credit, only)            GRADE: 11-12

Introduction to Sociology SS5640

History is the study of questions; the study of answers belongs sociology.

Introduction To Sociology introduces students to the study of group human behavior in society. This course begins with the study of the family, social institutions and norms, social change and relationships, and social mobility from a variety of perspectives.

Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tool of sociology.

CREDIT: 0.5       Contemp WH/Geog/Probs or Other SS      

IB History of the Americas 1, 2 SS8220

Interested in what George Washington and Che Guevara have in common? IB History of the Americas studies the formation of modern nation states in the Western Hemisphere. This course focuses on understanding and comparing the development of nations in the region from colonization to independence and beyond. The historical, social, political, religious, artistic, and economic development within and between nations is emphasized. A number of skills will be emphasized including but not limited to: developing a thesis paper of significant length, reading for meaning, and the ability to analyze and critique historical arguments. Students will be required to do a significant amount of challenging reading form a variety of historical sources and to participate in class discussions based upon the reading.

CREDIT: 1.0 US History                           GRADE: 11

PREREQUISITE: successful completion of 9th and 10th grade Social Studies

IB History of the Americas 3, 4 SS8240

Interested in why the current world's Geo-political landscape looks as it does? This course offers students an opportunity for a challenging study of different societies and cultures, globalization, and technological development. The course is designed around universal themes such as challenges facing new states, single-party states, peace and cooperation, the interface between individuals and institutions, etc. Students will engage in a study of prescribed document analysis subjects specified by IB each year, a study of historical method and historiography, as well as a thesis-based history research paper. Critical thinking and writing skills as well as time management and reading skills are emphasized.

CREDIT: 0.5       Contemp WH/Geog/Probs or Other SS                                  GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: SS8220 - IB History of the Americas 1, 2

IB Theory of Knowledge SS8500

Why do you think differently than others? How do you know what you know, or if you truly know anything at all?

IB Theory of Knowledge is a course about how we handle knowledge. Students will compare and contrast various methods of knowledge acquisition across a range of academic subjects. This course is required for IB Diploma students.

Students will sharpen their thinking and communication skills and be able to justify knowledge and belief claims in an articulate manner.

CREDIT: 1.0      Other Social Studies credit, only                      GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: permission of IB coordinator or instructor or enrollment in a minimum of four other IB courses

Special Education

Learning Lab: Reading and Writing 1 (9th/10th) EN33400

Learning Lab Reading And Writing 1 is designed for students who need skill development in basic comprehension, reading, and writing. Students experience a variety of genre; learn literary analysis, writing for a variety of audiences and purposes, and elements of literature and comparative writing. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 9-10

Learning Lab: Reading and Writing 1 (11th/12th) EN3360

Learning Lab Reading And Writing 1 is designed for students who need skill development in basic comprehension, reading, and writing. Students experience a variety of genre; learn literary analysis, writing for a variety of audiences and purposes, and elements of literature and comparative writing. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             GRADE: 11-12

Learning Lab: Math 1 MT3120

Learning Lab Math 1 is about investigating and solving problems to develop mathematical skills. The learning lab course is designed to provide instruction for qualified students who need skill development in mathematics. The course content will focus on development of basic computational and problem solving skills. Working at individual skill level, students will increase knowledge of place values, fractions, percentages, identifying decimals, extending patterns, and geometric exploration. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 9-10

Learning Lab: Math 2 MT3140

Learning Lab Math 2 is about investigating and solving problems to develop mathematical skills. The learning lab course is designed to provide instruction for qualified students who need skill development in mathematics. The course content will focus on pre-algebra concepts such as advanced computation, fractions, decimals, percents, problem solving, justification, extending patterns with one variable, developing tables, graphing, probability and measurement. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             GRADE: 9-12

Adaptive PE PE3400

Adaptive PE is for students who require the use of specialized equipment, modified instruction and/or setting. Activities may include special exercises, individual and/or team activities, development of strength, flexibility and endurance, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Learning Strategies Lab SD3300

Learning Strategies provides students specific skills such as: sentence writing, paragraph writing, assignment completion, paraphrasing, test taking, vocabulary learning and listening, career exploration, and note taking. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Personal Development SD3340

Personal Development is for students who require instruction in personal relationships and boundaries. Personal management skills through participation in a variety of activities utilizing both introspective and interpersonal skills provides opportunity to develop appropriate peer interactions and communication skills. The course will combine organization, team building, self-determination, futures planning, anger management, negotiation and conflict resolution. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1                             GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP Team recommendation

Academic Skills For Functional Living SD3500

Academic Skills for Functional Living provides instruction in academic concepts and skills to enable students to function at their highest level and participate effectively in the community. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of academic skills as they relate to completing daily living tasks in their home, community and work environments. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Recreational/Leisure Skills SD5000

Recreation/Leisure Skills provides instruction in developing skills to interact with peers and adults in individual or group activities and settings. Instruction will focus on developing friendships, planning, accessing and using community resources. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Preparation for Work SD5520

Preparation for Work is based on the student’s anticipated post-school goals. The content covers instruction of work skills useful within the home, school, community, and job site. Specific skills taught are determined by the needs of the individual student and based on assessment of needs, strengths, preferences and interests, and the availability of work preparation opportunities. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Healthy Living PE5400

Healthy Living provides knowledge for developing good health attitudes and practices in nutrition, physical and mental health, drug/alcohol education, community health resources and human sexuality. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 10-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Functional Math MT3080

Functional Math concepts and skills enable students to function at their highest levels and participate effectively in the community. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of math skills as they relate to completing daily living tasks in their home, community and work environments. Admittance requires prior approval.

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Functional Reading and Writing - High School MT3080

CREDIT: 1             TYPE: Standard  GRADE: 9-12

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: IEP team recommendation

Functional Reading and Writing-High School skills enables students to function at their highest levels and participate effectively in the community. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of reading and writing skills as they relate to completing daily living tasks in their home, community, and work environments. Admittance requires prior approval.

World Language

MYP Spanish 1 WL8110

The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to expanding an awareness of the world, and fostering respect for cultural diversity. Spanish 1 serves as a meaningful foundation for language development and intercultural understanding.  This course teaches all modes of communication, but emphasizes the use of spoken language in practical, everyday settings.  Accurate pronunciation and basic vocabulary are stressed through listening, and speaking activities. Language and culture are studied through authentic text, video, music, geography, and discussion of customs. 

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 9-12

MYP French 1 WL8210

The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to expanding an awareness of the world, and fostering respect for cultural diversity. French 1 serves as a meaningful foundation for language development and intercultural understanding.  This course teaches all modes of communication, but emphasizes the use of spoken language in practical, everyday settings.  Accurate pronunciation and basic vocabulary are stressed through listening, and speaking activities. Language and culture are studied through authentic text, video, music, geography, and discussion of customs. 

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 9-12

MYP Arabic 1 WL8090

The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to expanding an awareness of the world, and fostering respect for cultural diversity. Arabic 1 serves as a meaningful foundation to language development and intercultural understanding.  This course aims to teach complete beginners the basics of Arabic with respect to the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be introduced to the cultures and societies of the Arabic speaking world and its various dialects. In addition to the formal language, students will be exposed to the Egyptian and Levant dialects.  Language and culture are studied through text, video, history, geography, and discussion of different customs in the Arabic-speaking world.

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 9-12

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 WL3300

¿Tu entiendes español, pero lo hablas, lo lees y lo escribes también? What is the difference between personal and public identities? What is the difference between social and academic language and how do you know when to use each? Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 is for heritage language students who learned all or most of their Spanish language skills at home. This class will enable you to maintain and develop proficiency in Spanish by reinforcing and acquiring skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing; including the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Throughout the course you will explore themes of identity and learn how to navigate between informal and formal language structures. The course will help you to gain a better understanding of the nature of your own language, as well as the cultures and history of the Spanish speaking world. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish with occasional analysis/comparisons to English.

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 9-12

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 WL4300

Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 continues to build on the Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 skills. The purpose of this course is to enable students whose heritage language is Spanish to develop, maintain, and enhance proficiency in their home language with an emphasis on literature, formal writing, and an exploration of social and historical events.

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 10-12

PREREQUISITE: Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1

MYP Spanish 2 WL8210

Spanish 2 builds upon skills of reading, writing, and conversation developed in Spanish 1, extending students' ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Students will be able to write simple descriptions and short messages and requests or provide information on familiar topics. Students learn how to engage in conversation for informative or social purposes. Students write expressions that show understanding of sentence structure and the rules of grammar. Students comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Spanish 1

MYP French 2 WL8220

French 2 builds upon skills of reading, writing, and conversation developed in French 1, extending students' ability to understand and express themselves in French and increasing their vocabulary. Students will be able to write simple descriptions and short messages and requests and provide information on familiar topics. Students learn how to engage in conversation for informative and social purposes. Students write expressions that show understanding of sentence structure and the rules of grammar. Students comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students explore the customs, history, and art forms of French-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: French 1

MYP Arabic 2 WL8190

Arabic II courses build upon skills developed in Arabic I, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Arabic and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Arabic-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Arabic 1

Spanish 3 WL5010

Spanish 3 focuses on having students express increasingly complex concepts both verbally and in writing while showing some spontaneity. Comprehension goals for students include attaining more facility and faster understanding when listening to the language spoken at normal rates, being able to paraphrase or summarize written passages, and conversing easily within limited situations. A sampling of literature and a continuing exploration of the Spanish speaking world enrich a student's understanding.

CREDIT: 1         TYPE: Standard GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Spanish 2

French 3 WL5020

French 3 focuses on having students express increasingly complex concepts both verbally and in writing while showing some spontaneity. Comprehension goals for students include attaining more facility and faster understanding when listening to the language spoken at normal rates, being able to paraphrase or summarize written passages, and conversing easily within limited situations. A sampling of literature and a continuing exploration of the French speaking world enrich a student's understanding.

CREDIT: 1         TYPE: Standard GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: French 2

Arabic 3 WL5090

Arabic III courses focus on having students express increasingly complex concepts both verbally and in writing while showing some spontaneity. Comprehension goals for students may include attaining more facility and faster understanding when listening to the language spoken at normal rates, being able to paraphrase or summarize written passages, and conversing easily within limited situations.

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Arabic 2  

IB Spanish Level 4 WL6280

IB Spanish 4, 5, and 6 targets oral proficiency through advanced conversation and language structure, discussion of universal themes, and reading of selected literature. This course prepares the student for the IB Language B Standard and Higher Level exam. Homework will be assigned as appropriate. Class is conducted entirely in the Spanish language. Students will be grades using the IB SL rubric.

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Spanish 3 (recommended “C” or above)

IB French Level 4 WL6290

French 4 expands conversational skills, may allow individual study projects, and increases the balance among listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The study of literature, including novels, plays, short stories and poetry, forms a base for discussion and composition in the target language. Special interests of the student are incorporated into the learning activities. The student will be able to communicate effectively in French speaking nations and may receive advanced placement in college courses. Class is conducted entirely in the French language.

CREDIT: 1                     GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: French 3

IB Spanish Level 5 WL7280

IB Spanish 4, 5, and 6 targets oral proficiency through advanced conversation and language structure, discussion of universal themes, and reading of selected literature. This course prepares the student for the IB Language B Standard and Higher Level exam. Homework will be assigned as appropriate. Class is conducted entirely in the Spanish language. Students will be graded using the IB HL rubric (regardless of testing status).

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: IB Spanish Level 4 (recommended “C” or above)

IB French Level 5 WL7290

French 5 expands students’ facility with the language so that they are able to understand, initiate, and sustain increasingly complex general conversations on topics beyond basic survival needs. Reading will include a wide variety of literature such as short novels, informational reading from electronic sources, and poetry. Students will complete authentic writing tasks including multi-paragraph assignments. Class is conducted entirely in the French language.

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: IB French Level 4

IB Spanish Level 6 WL8280

IB Spanish 4, 5, and 6 targets oral proficiency through advanced conversation and language structure, discussion of universal themes, and reading of selected literature. This course prepares the student for the IB Language B Standard and Higher Level exam. Homework will be assigned as appropriate. Class is conducted entirely in the Spanish language.  Students will be graded using the IB HL rubric (regardless of testing status). 

CREDIT: 1         GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: IB Spanish Level 5 (recommended “C” or above)

IB Arabic 4

Arabic IV courses focus on advancing students skills and abilities to read, write, speak, and understand the Arabic language so that they can maintain simple conversations with sufficient vocabulary and an acceptable accent, have sufficient comprehension to understand speech spoken at a normal pace, read uncomplicated but authentic prose, and write narratives that indicate a good understanding of grammar and a strong vocabulary.
 
CREDIT: 1
PREREQUISITE: Arabic 3