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AP Macroeconomics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This single semester course introduces students to the economic principles that apply to an entire economic system and focuses on the study of national income and price-level determination as well introducing students to economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. Content in each lesson is presented in a variety of formats including a Textbook, videos and other internet resources. Students are given the ability to select from some, or all of these resources, based on their own learning preferences and needs. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Microeconomics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This single-semester course introduces students to the economic principles that apply to consumers and producers in an economic system and focuses on the nature and function of product markets, the study of factor markets and the role of government. Content in each lesson is presented in a variety of formats including a Textbook, videos and other internet resources. Students are given the ability to select from some, or all of these resources, based on their own learning preferences and needs. Regular practice opportunities allow students to gauge their understanding and preparedness before attempting graded quizzes and tests. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Physics 1 (Sem 2)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

AP Physics 1, semester B, is the second semester of an introductory college-level physics course designed to simulate the rigor and skills needed for a first year college course. The course is algebra based and the topics of study include Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, mechanical waves, sound, and simple circuits. This course also has a laboratory requirement which will be met with hands on labs along with online simulations. The labs will be inquiry-based to provide students the opportunity to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills along with applying the science practices. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Physics 2 (Sem 2)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

AP Physics 2B (Sem 2) is an introductory college-level physics course designed to simulate the rigor and skills needed for a first year college course. The course is algebra based and the topics of study include electromagnetic waves, optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. This course also has a laboratory requirement which will be met with hands on labs along with online simulations. The labs will be inquiry-based to provide students the opportunity to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills along with applying the science practices. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Physics C (Sem 2)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence. The course is aligned to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Physics C and is the equivalent of the first semester of an introductory calculus-based college-level physics course for science and engineering majors. The course emphasizes problem solving including the use of calculus. 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 Psychology (Sem 2)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

This is the second course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet the expectations of the College Board. According to the College Board, “The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.” This course covers the following units: Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Behavior, Treatment of Abnormal Behavior, and Social Psychology. Students will learn how to approach both the multiple-choice questions and the free-response questions on the AP Exam. In addition, students will engage in class discussions and apply concepts learned to aspects of the real world. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Spanish (Sem 2)

Subject World Languages
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 Spanish Language. AP Spanish is an advanced language course in which students acquire proficiencies that expand their cognitive, analytical and communicative skills. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course prepares students for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The course is designed as an immersion experience and is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. In addition, all student work, practices, projects, participation, and assessments are in Spanish. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: Global challengesScience and technologyContemporary lifePersonal and public identitiesFamilies and communitiesBeauty and aestheticsThe course teaches language structures in context and focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning. Students explore culture in both contemporary and historical contexts to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives. In addition, students participate in a forum where they are able to share their own opinions and comments about various topics and comment on other students’ posts. The course also makes great use of the Internet for updated and current material. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

AP Statistics (Sem 2)

Subject Mathematics
Grade Level High School

Description

This course offers a combination of assessment and instruction in an online environment containing but not limited to the areas of exploring data, sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting studies, anticipating patterns using probability and simulation, and using statistical inference to analyze data and draw conclusions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deep understanding of the concepts of statistics to prepare them for the AP Exam and for future higher education statistics courses. Because this course is presented in an online format, the pace and schedule vary from student to student, and no additional topics are presented past the exam time. The suggested pace is 18 weeks per semester (two semesters total), but students are allowed to accelerate their pace provided learning standards are met and proficiency in the content is demonstrated. All instruction is provided for the students, with feedback given for every exam, on which students are required to show work or give reasons to support statements to achieve statistical proficiency. The teacher is also available at least five days a week for one-on-one support and help for the students, in addition to holding online collaborative lessons and conducting Discussion-Based Assessments with students. Learning is assessed via traditional quizzes and tests, graded free-response essay questions, investigative projects, collaboration with peers, and oral one-on-one evaluations with the instructor.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project.

AP U.S. History (Sem 2)

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

Advanced Placement U.S. History II is a college-level introductory course which examines the nation’s political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social, and economic history from 1865 to Present. This course will continue the study of American history that was begun in Advanced Placement US History I. Students are challenged to see American history through a variety of historical themes while developing thinking skills that will help them to contextualize specific periods of American history. A college level textbook is supplemented by primary and secondary sources throughout this course. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

Archaeology: Detectives of the Past

Subject Social Studies
Grade Level High School

Description

George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The field of archeology helps us to better understand the events and societies of the past that have helped to shape our modern world. This course focuses on these techniques, methods, and theories that guide the study of the past. Students will learn how archaeological research is conducted and interpreted, as well as how artifacts are located and preserved. Finally, students will learn about the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items.

Art 120: Art Appreciation

Subject Visual & Performing Arts
Grade Level Dual Enrollment

Description

COURSE RATIONALE: Art Appreciation is an introductory course for non-art majors. This course may be used as a humanities credit or as an elective. Students will explore, evaluate and appreciate art using an appropriate arts vocabulary. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: ART 120 Art Appreciation. This course is an introductory course that explores art fundamentals. Design elements, media, historical periods, and art movements are presented to provide the student with a basic visual literacy and appreciation for the arts. This class is for non-art majors.

Astronomy

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Astronomy provides a broad overview of all topics in astronomy for the beginner. The course provides a foundation to the science of astronomy including motions in the night sky and the tools of modern astronomy. It contains the most up-to-date science about our solar system, stars and galaxies. Astronomy also explores the exciting prospects for future discovery in astronomy including life in the universe and the mysteries that continue to perplex astronomers. The course provides an engaging combination of videos, interactive media, photo galleries and readings so that students can explore the content in a variety of ways.

Astronomy (CP)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Astronomy provides a broad overview of all topics in astronomy for the beginner. The course provides a foundation to the science of astronomy including motions in the night sky and the tools of modern astronomy. It contains the most up-to-date science about our solar system, stars and galaxies. Astronomy also explores the exciting prospects for future discovery in astronomy including life in the universe and the mysteries that continue to perplex astronomers. The course provides an engaging combination of videos, interactive media, photo galleries and readings so that students can explore the content in a variety of ways.

Basic Web Design: HTML & CSS

Subject Other
Grade Level High School

Description

How to design a beautiful and functional website. Students will learn how to take their design and translate it into a live website using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) programing languages. HTML5 and CSS3 will be the standard versions used in the class. Students will understand design components of websites, including the use of color, layout and when to use different techniques, typography rules, and the importance of imagery. At the conclusion of the course, students will present a website to the class. Upon completion of this course, each student will have hands-on experience creating a fully functioning website.

BIO 101: Essentials of Biology

Subject Science
Grade Level Dual Enrollment

Description

COURSE RATIONALE: This course provides non-majors with a basic understanding of core biological concepts and the nature of biology as a science, as well as providing laboratory experience. It is intended to meet transfer requirements for a laboratory science course. This course is not intended for Biology majors. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: BIO 101: Essentials of Biology. This course addresses the nature of biology as a science. Students will learn core biological concepts and engage in the analysis and communication of biological subject matter. This course is not intended for biology majors.

BIO 110: Cell Biology Basics

Subject Science
Grade Level Dual Enrollment

Description

COURSE RATIONALE: This course provides non-majors with a basic understanding of core biological concepts and the nature of biology as a science, as well as providing laboratory experience. It is intended to meet transfer requirements for a laboratory science course. This course is not intended for Biology majors. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: BIO 101: Essentials of Biology. This course addresses the nature of biology as a science. Students will learn core biological concepts and engage in the analysis and communication of biological subject matter. This course is not intended for biology majors.

Bioethics

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Bioethics is a rigorous, one-semester course designed to raise the consciousness of students regarding the social and ethical implications of life science, medicine and technology. This course is for 11th- and 12th-graders who are seeking improvement in their critical thinking skills. It is designed to create complex thinkers capable of using a variety of strategies and higher-order thinking skills appropriate to the resolution of highly controversial medical and technological dilemmas, including the use of animals in medical research and genetic engineering.

Biology A

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

Biology A introduces students to the scientific method and major concepts of biology from an historical and practical viewpoint. The three major themes of this course are the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, and taxonomy and speciation. Students who take this class will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of living organisms. Life on this planet, unlike anywhere else in the observable universe, is complex and highly organized. Whether examining life on the molecular or the planetary level, it exhibits a highly organized structure that inspires awe by its genius and complexity. In the last 50 years, discoveries have launched new branches of biology that have transformed the daily routine, from conception to death. New challenges await, such as the current crisis in ecology, global warming, and the resurgence in viral disease. To make rational choices in the 21st century, the citizen must have a basic understanding of biological concepts and the reasoning behind them.

Biology A (CP)

Subject Science
Grade Level High School

Description

This course is the first in a two-course sequence, and is an interactive, activity-packed course. The course begins by teaching students to “think like a scientist” before moving on to exploring cell biology and an introduction to genetics. Each topic is introduced with an audiovisual presentation to bring a real-life feel to the course. Students demonstrate understanding of the material throughout the course via virtual lab exercises, written assignments, quizzes and unit exams.

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