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Accounting A

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-semester Accounting course sequence. Accounting is the process of planning, recording, analyzing, and interpreting financial information. The accounting process includes recording financial activities, but accounting is not the same as bookkeeping or recordkeeping. Bookkeeping is only the recording part of the accounting process. Accounting goes much further than just keeping records. Accounting involves analyzing and interpreting a business’s operations to determine its financial well-being and plan its future success. Accounting A is a skills-based course that is of value to all students, whether exploring a career in business or for personal financial needs. Accounting A is an essential course for students who are pursuing a strong background in business, marketing and management. This course covers the complete accounting cycle for a service business organized as a proprietorship, along with journalizing and posting transactions.

Accounting A

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-semester Accounting course sequence. Accounting A is a skill-level course that is of value to all students, whether exploring a career in business or for personal financial needs. Accounting A is an essential course for students who are pursuing a strong background in business, marketing and management. This course covers the complete accounting cycle for a proprietorship, along with journalizing and posting transactions.

Accounting B

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-semester Accounting course sequence. This course is a continuation of Accounting A. In Accounting B, students will expand their knowledge of accounting procedures by working within the structure of a merchandising business organized as a corporation. Competency will be exhibited in completing payroll taxes and reports, special journals and other financial statements.

Advanced Programming: Mobile Apps and Game Design

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This Advanced Programming: Mobile Apps and Game Design course is a highly project based course designed for high school students with some programming background before attempting this advanced level course. Students taking this course will learn to strategize, design, and develop games, as well as, mobile and desktop applications that can be produced in the real world. Students will learn about life-cycles of project development and use models to develop applications. Attention will be placed on how user interfaces affect the usability and effectiveness of a game or an application. Programming constructs will be employed which will allow students’ applications to interact with “real world,” stimuli. The course also exposes students to privacy, legality, and security considerations with regards to the software industry.

Advanced Web Design: JavaScript

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

JavaScript is one of the 3 languages all web developers must learn: 1. HTML to define the content of web pages 2. CSS to specify the layout of web pages 3. JavaScript to program the behavior of web pages In this course, students will learn how to start programming with JavaScript. Students will learn the basics of JavaScript including testing, functions, objects, arrays, loops, conditional code, operators and syntax basics. Students will learn timing and animations, and how to debug. The class will conclude with a robust project that incorporates everything they learned in the semester. Students should have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS prior to taking this course.

American Literature A – English 11-12

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Two major themes for this course are “Leadership at Home” and “Leadership in Society.” Students will address several essential questions related to these themes while reading a variety of works by American authors. In addition to major works, students will read short stories and informational texts, engage in poetry analysis, view informational videos, and write for various purposes. Larger writing assignments include an informative essay and a major research project. Students partake in grammar challenges where they learn about grammar concepts and develop a mastery of their use. In addition to building their writing skills, students learn several reading strategies such as how to use graphic organizers to extract important information, take Cornell notes for an informational text or during a lecture, and summarize to monitor comprehension. Furthermore, students will explore several rhetorical devices and strategies like symbolism, dialect, author’s purpose, foreshadowing, persuasive devices, setting and more.

American Literature B – English 11-12

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence and has been redesigned to align to the Common Core Standards. Two major themes for this semester are “Becoming My Own Leader” and “Leading Others.” Students will address several essential questions related to these themes while reading a variety of works by American authors. In addition to major works, students will read short stories and informational texts, engage in poetry analysis, view informational videos, and write for various purposes. Larger writing assignments include an argument essay, a narrative essay, and a business email. As a supplement to these assignments, students will partake in grammar challenges where they learn about grammar concepts and develop a mastery of their use. In addition to building their writing skills, students learn several reading strategies such as how to use graphic organizers to extract important information, take Cornell notes for an informational text or during a lecture, and summarize to monitor comprehension. Furthermore, students will explore several rhetorical devices and strategies like characterization, allusion, word choice and diction, setting, symbolism, point of view, and more.

American Sign Language 1A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course in a two-course sequence and focuses on everyday communication in American Sign Language for the Deaf. It introduces students to the basic signs, techniques, and cultural knowledge, which will support the students to start signing beginning level conversational ASL. Each lesson is built upon a familiar topic such as family, self and friends so that students will find meaningful connection to the lessons. Students will be asked to use various media tools including online resources, online dictionaries, a web cam, and the web based audio-visual tool VoiceThread to master the content presented in the course. Students will be producing their own signing videos to demonstrate their learning. The goal of this course is to help develop fundamental ASL skills, and to understand Deafness, knowledge, and interest that students will need to advance to the higher levels of ASL courses.

American Sign Language 1B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. Topics addressed in the course include information about the Deaf culture, communication problems associated with deaf individuals, and the linguistic heritage of the Deaf community and its influence on our own culture. The online text includes many videos that include role-playing conversations as well as vocabulary. There will be live sessions using a web cam during which time students will demonstrate a mastery of general sign vocabulary along with producing their own conversations.

American Sign Language 2A

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first course of the second year ASL courses and must be taken after the successful completion of the first year ASL courses. This course continues to focus on everyday communication in ASL by introducing students to the basic signs, techniques and culture. To help develop receptive skills without relying on lip movements of the signers, the signing videos will be all “voice off.” To develop expressive skills, students will continue to express their thoughts in signs within the given context in the lessons. Through the introduction to some of the higher ASL techniques such as classifiers and indexing, this second year courses is designed to helps students to develop an understanding that ASL is a visual language that delivers one’s ideas and thoughts using more than the individual signs. Students will continue to use various media tools including online resources, online dictionaries, a web cam and the web based audio-visual tool VoiceThread to master the content presented in the course.

American Sign Language 2B

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course of the second year of ASL courses. The course continues to focus on useful communication that students should be able to carry out in ASL. Students study the basic signs and phrases, techniques, and cultural nature of the language. This course introduces the students to the new concept of conceptually accurate signing that places emphasis on awareness of differences between ASL and English. Lesson topics shift from the everyday interaction in one’s immediate environment to interactions in the community to help students to build signing skills for obtaining and providing information rather than simply exchanging information. To support students build conceptual accuracy, the lessons stress ASL classifiers; students will be challenged to receptively identify some of the most common classifiers in contexts, and to apply them in their own signing. As a part of culture learning, students will continue to learn more facts about the Deaf culture as well as current and past challenging social issues. The signing videos will be all “voice off” to help develop students’ receptive skills without reading lips. Students will continue to produce their own signing videos to demonstrate their learning. The goal of this course is to help utilize the fundamental ASL skills and knowledge into simple interpersonal and social interactions, and to build confidence needed to advance to the higher levels of ASL courses.

AP Art History (Sem 1)

Subject Visual & Performing Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Art History. Students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures and will learn to look at these works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Schools must supply a proctor for the midterm and final exam. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Art History (Sem 2)

Subject Visual & Performing Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Art History. Students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures and will learn to look at these works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Schools must supply a proctor for the midterm and final exam. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Chinese (Sem 1)

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

AP Chinese course is designed for students who have completed 4-5 years of Chinese or have equivalent proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The course will reinforce the language skills acquired in previous years and further developed the language proficiencies in oral and formal written communication. Harvest Shouhuo is the primary textbook used in this course, along with other supplementary materials, such as AP practice test, Chinese stories, newspaper articles and video clips. The course engages the students in an exploration of both contemporary and historical Chinese, including topics as schools and family, foods and sports, festivals and customs. The course is delivered entirely online in Chinese. Students will acquire more sophisticated linguistic elements to increase their language abilities. The primary goal of the course is to help students master the advanced-level Chinese language structures, communicative strategies, reading comprehension skills, linguistic accuracy, and cultural awareness through the use of multimedia authentic materials and real-life language tasks. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Chinese (Sem 2)

Subject World Languages
Grade Level High School

Description

At this level, students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Students continue to develop their integrated skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and will be guided to pay more attention to their usages in interactive daily life and formal settings. Meanwhile, students will deepen their knowledge of Chinese culture through Chinese history, Chinese literature and arts. Harvest Shouhuo is the primary textbook used in this course, along with other supplementary materials, such as AP practice test, Chinese stories, newspaper articles and video clips. The course engages the students in an exploration of both contemporary and historical Chinese, including topics as travelling, famous people and history, literature and arts. The course is delivered entirely online in Chinese. Students will acquire more sophisticated linguistic elements to increase their language abilities. Language skills are enhanced through interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational activities. Listening skills are developed during class discussions, listening exercise, watching video clips movies, etc. Reading skills are improved through various readings of essays and articles, newspaper articles, advertisements, biographies, plays, and poetry. Speaking skills are practiced through debates, pair and group discussions, acting from scripts and interview. Written strategies are introduced to guide students organizing the compositions; students practice the written skills through bi-weekly compositions. To help students get familiar with the test format, assignments designed in AP exam format and the previous AP exams are provided. Students are frequently assessed on character-handwriting skill, vocabulary usage, expressive abilities and listening and comprehension skill. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Computer Science A (Sem 1)

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Computer Science A. AP Computer Science is a college level computer course covering the applications of computing within the context of programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. The Java computer language which is a free download for either a Macintosh or a Windows platform. This course requires a proctored mid-term and final exam. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Computer Science A (Sem 2)

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence and is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Computer Science A. AP Computer Science is a college level computer course covering the applications of computing within the context of programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. The Java computer language which is a free download for either a Macintosh or a Windows platform. This course requires a proctored mid-term and final exam. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Computer Science Principles (Sem 1)

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course covers the central ideas of computer science using visualization and application. Students will learn the ideas and practices of computational thinking with a focus on fostering student creativity. They will develop a range of skills by using computational tools to analyze and study data, work individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discuss the importance of problems and the impacts to their community, society and the world. This course is designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming. It is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. This is the first semester of a year-long course and continues with AP® Computer Science Principles B.

AP Computer Science Principles (Sem 2)

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

This course covers the central ideas of computer science using visualization and application. Students will learn the ideas and practices of computational thinking with a focus on fostering student creativity. They will develop a range of programming skills, work individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and explore a number of programming environments. This course is designed to be far more than a traditional introduction to programming. It is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the big, foundational ideas of computing so that all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. This is the second semester of a year-long course and continues the concepts and skills covered in AP Computer Science Principles (Sem 1).

AP English Language and Composition (Sem 1)

Subject English Language Arts
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the first semester in a two-semester sequence and provides students with college level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric and expository writing. Students will become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Both their reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing. This course will effectively prepare students for the AP Exam by enabling them to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts, while developing further communication skills on a college level. Course does not include the AP Exam; students can contact their school’s AP Coordinator or the College Board to sign up to take the Exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

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