High School Graduation Course Requirements and Descriptions

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High School Course Catalog

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English

AP English Language/Composition

This one-year college level course is for students whose achievement indicates their preparedness to study language and composition at the college freshman level. Students are involved in both the study and practice of writing and the study of literature. They will learn to use the characteristic modes of discourse to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Students become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, tone, etc. Outside reading required. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

AP English Literature/Composition

This one-year college level course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP English Literature and Composition examination. This college-level curriculum engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 9

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier grades but in more sophisticated ways such as mastering the language, structure, and rhetoric of text, completing more complex writing assignments, and reading and analyzing a range of literary and informational discourse. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 9 Honors

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. This course is designed to build on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier grades but in more sophisticated ways such as mastering the language, structure, and rhetoric of text, completing more complex writing assignments, and reading and analyzing a range of literary and informational discourse. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 10

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course focuses on traditional (e.g., argument, persuasive, expository), technical, and creative modes of composition. A variety of literary genres will be used for the further development of reading strategies, literary appreciation, and interpretation. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 10 Honors

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. This course focuses on traditional (e.g., argument, persuasive, expository), technical, and creative modes of composition. A variety of literary genres will be used for the further development of reading strategies, literary appreciation, and interpretation. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 11

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course requires expository, analytical, and argumentative writing assignments that are based on readings representing a wide variety of prose styles and genres. Various literary genres will be studied and used as springboards for composition. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 11 Honors

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. This course requires expository, analytical, and argumentative writing assignments that are based on readings representing a wide variety of prose styles and genres. Various literary genres will be studied and used as springboards for composition. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 12

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Instruction focuses on refining the skills required for post-secondary success. The writing focus in this course includes analysis, synthesis, and argumentation as they relate to workplace and real-world situations. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

English 12 Honors

This one-year course provides instruction in the English Language Arts strands identified by the Common Core State Standards as reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. Instruction focuses on refining the skills required for post-secondary success. The writing focus in this course includes analysis, synthesis, and argumentation as they relate to workplace and real-world situations. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the English credits required for high school graduation.

Journalism Foundations

This one-year course is designed for the study and practice of the basic elements of journalism with major emphasis in the gathering, writing, layout, and dissemination of news through mass media. Students may be required to participate in the production of a newspaper. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Publications l

This one-year course is designed for the study and practice of the foundational elements of publications with major emphasis in information gathering, writing, layout design, and photography.Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for graduation and may be repeatable.

Reading for Proficiency
This one-semester course is designed for students who have not achieved proficiency in reading at grade level. Instruction focuses on refining the skills required for proficiency such as close reading, chunking, and annotation of a variety of narrative, literary nonfiction, and expository texts. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one half of one of the elective credits required for high school graduation and may be repeated.

Speech and Debate l

This one-year course provides an opportunity to study speech techniques and to apply these techniques to formal debate and individual speaking situations. Students are encouraged to apply debate principles and speech techniques at the tournament level. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology and digital media are integral parts of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Writing for Proficiency

This one-semester course is designed for students who have not achieved proficiency in writing at grade level. The primary focus of the course is to build on students’ writing skills with emphasis on expository and argument writing derived from a variety of issues, themes, and readings. Students practice and apply the writing process based on task, audience, and purpose. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one half of one of the elective credits required for high school graduation and may be repeated.  

Math

AP Calculus AB

This one-year Advanced Placement course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of high school mathematics. Students should have a strong background in functions, coordinate and analytical geometry, trigonometry, and advanced topics in algebra. This course includes a review of these topics, the study of limits, and the differentiation and integration of functions of a single variable. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

AP Statistics

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Statistics examination. This college-level curriculum introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The AP Statistics course is an excellent option for any secondary school student who has successfully completed a second-year course in algebra and who possesses sufficient mathematical maturity and quantitative reasoning ability. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Pre Algebra

This one-year course designed for freshman-level students provides the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete algebra and geometry coursework. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of number, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. While this course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation, it does not meet the core requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) core requirements for university admission.

Algebra l

This one-year course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be prepared for further studies in mathematics. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, logic, reasoning, and effective communication in the study of patterns, functions, and algebra. This course builds on the concepts of rational and irrational numbers, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial relationships, patterns, and algebraic concepts. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill the algebra requirement for and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Algebra ll

This one-year course provides students with a study of functions and statistics, including advanced topics. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication skills through the study of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the design of statistical studies; and statistical inference. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Algebra ll Honors

This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of functions and statistics, including advanced topics. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication skills through the study of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the design of statistical studies; and statistical inference. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Math I

This one-year course is designed to focus on five critical areas: 1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; 2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; 3) writing, interpreting, developing, and using expressions and linear equations; 4) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume;  and 5) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) have diverse needs and course accommodations and/or modifications may be required based upon IEP identified need. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the required mathematics credits for high school graduation.

Fundamental Math Concepts

This one-year, supplemental course in mathematics is designed for students who need additional instruction and support to master necessary mathematical concepts. This course provides additional instruction in conjunction with the student’s course of study. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation and may be repeated. This course does not fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for graduation, nor does it meet the core requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Geometry

This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of Euclidean geometry including. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of transformational geometry, trigonometry, measurement, and probability. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Geometry Honors

This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of Euclidean geometry including advanced topics. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of transformational geometry, trigonometry, measurement, and probability. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Math Applications

This one-year course builds on the concepts of algebra, geometry, and data analysis while solidifying and extending mathematical concepts, problem solving, and procedures. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, hands-on applications, and technology is an integral part of this course. While this course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation, it does not meet the core requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association or the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship or the Nevada System of Higher Education’s core requirements for university admission.

Mathematics of Personal Finance

This one-year course is the study of personal finance for senior-level students. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics of finance to include: money management, risk management, and financial planning related to consumer and family studies, career and technical education, and personal finance. The emphasis will be on refining problem-solving skills using project-based learning activities and academic integration within the context of financial applications. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computers, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Precalculus Honors

This one-year course is designed for the motivated, above-average student with a strong background in advanced algebra. In addition to reviewing topics from trigonometry, this course includes problem-solving techniques using analytic geometry, vectors, matrices, relations and functions and their graphs, series and sequences, probability and statistics, and the introductory concepts of calculus. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Probability and Statistics Honors

This course is intended for students who have a mathematical foundation in algebra and geometry. This course includes describing patterns in data and departures from patterns, planning and conducting a statistical study, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and a study of the logic of statistical inference. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one half credit of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Topics in Modern Mathematics

This one-year course is the study of mathematical topics and their applications. Emphasis will be on refining problem solving skills through modeling and project-based learning. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computers, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

College Preparatory Mathematics

This rigorous one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra II. In preparation for college-level mathematics, the focus of this course is the study of advanced mathematical topics and their applications. Emphasis is on refining problem solving skills through modeling and project-based learning. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators or computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Trigonometry Honors

This one-semester course is the study of both right-triangle and circular trigonometric functions and their graphs. Additional topics introduced are trigonometric identities, solutions of trigonometric equations, complex numbers, vectors, and polar coordinates. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course, including modeling application problems from physics, engineering, electronics, surveying, and navigation where applicable. This course will fulfill one half of a mathematics credit required for high school graduation.

Science

AP Biology

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Biology examination. This college-level curriculum provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfills one credit of the Nevada high school graduation requirement for science and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

AP Environmental Science

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Environmental Science examination. This college-level curriculum provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing field of environmental science. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfills one credit of the Nevada high school graduation requirement for science and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

AP Physics l: Algebra Based

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based examination. This college-level curriculum provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of physics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.  This course fulfills one of the science credits required for high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

AP Physics C Mechanics

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement AP Physics C: Mechanics examination. This college-level calculus based curriculum provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of physics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.This course fulfills one of the science credits required for high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Biology

This one-year course is designed as a survey of the biological sciences.  The emphasis is on developing inquiry skills and problem-solving techniques while developing an understanding of major biological concepts.  The course will also familiarize the students with the nature of science and technology.  Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society.  The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course will fulfill one credit of the Nevada high school graduation requirement for science and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Biology Honors

This one-year course is designed around introductory biological concepts designed for the academically-oriented student.  Emphasis is placed on developing critical-thinking skills, research skills, and laboratory techniques.  Independent study projects and inquiry-based learning experiences are integral parts of the course requirements.  Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society.  The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course will fulfill one credit of the Nevada high school graduation requirement for science and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Chemistry

This course is designed for those students who exhibit an interest in science, especially chemistry.  Topics included are mathematics of chemistry, safety, laboratory procedures, properties of matter, atomic theory and structure, mole concept, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, kinetic molecular theory, states of matter, acids-bases-salts, equilibrium, thermochemistry, polymer chemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemistry of the environment, and career opportunities. Science, Technology and Society (STS) issues will be an integral part of this course.  Additional topics may include history of chemistry, biochemistry, qualitative chemistry, and research projects.  Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society.  The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course fulfills one science credit toward high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Chemistry Honors

This course is designed for those students who exhibit an interest in science, especially chemistry.  Topics include: mathematics of chemistry, safety, laboratory procedures, elements-compounds-mixtures, atomic theory and structure, structure and organization of the periodic table, mole concept, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, kinetic molecular theory, phases of matter, solutions, acids-bases theory, equilibrium, thermochemistry, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemistry of the environment, and career opportunities.  Science, Technology and Society (STS) issues will be an integral on-going part of this course.  Additional topics may include history of chemistry, biochemistry, qualitative chemistry, and research projects. The instructional pacing and the delivery of advanced content will distinguish this course from Chemistry I. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society.  The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course fulfills one science credit towards high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Geoscience

This one-year course is designed to integrate scientific principles related to the Earth and its environment. Topics of this course include relationships between atmospheric processes and the water cycle, solar systems and the universe, and Earth’s composition and structure. The connections between Earth’s systems and everyday life are evaluated throughout this course. Demonstrations and lab experiences are an integral part of instruction. Scientific methodology and the metric system are integrated and modeled. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the science credits required for high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college admission.  

Introduction to Robotics

This one-year course is designed to provide a hands-on approach to concepts in robotics technologies. This course will be tied directly to laboratory construction of complex robotics systems with emphasis placed on mobile robots and the illustrations of current state of the art research and applications. Additionally, this course will provide the historical development of robotics as a field, effectors and control, integrating sensors, mobile robot controls (reactive, behavior-based, and hybrid), motion planning, robot learning, multi-robot systems, as well as an overview of the field of robotics and their influence on society and the future. In addition to advanced computer science concepts, introductions to the related fields of mechanical and electrical engineering as well as cross-curricular references to the biological, chemical and physical sciences will be provided as appropriate. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Physics I

This one-year course is designed for those students who exhibit an interest in science. Topics included are the following: laboratory procedures, mathematics applications, laboratory safety, waves, optics, relativity, kinematics, dynamics, energy, heat, electricity and magnetism, and atomic structure. Physics is a course that informs students about the interconnectedness among different types of forces and energy transformations. Demonstrations and/or lab experiences are an integral part of this course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the science credits toward high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Physics I Honors

This one-year course is designed for those students who exhibit an interest in science. Topics included are the following: laboratory procedures, mathematics applications, laboratory safety, waves, optics, relativity, kinematics, dynamics, energy, heat, electricity and magnetism, and atomic structure. Physics is a course that informs students about the interconnectedness among different types of forces and energy transformations. Demonstrations and/or lab experiences are to be an integral part of this course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the science credits toward high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Principles of Environmental Science

This one-year course is designed for the student who wants to learn about the environment through research and experimentation. It deals with the basic concepts of ecology and their application to today’s controversial topics of overpopulation; pollution of the soil, air, and water; and conservation of natural resources. Instructional practices will incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  This course will fulfill one of the two science credits required for high school graduation and will meet college entrance requirements for a laboratory science.

Science Foundations

This course provides an integrated, standards-based approach by connecting concepts in life science, earth and space science, and physical science. Students gain a foundation in the nature of science and develop critical thinking skills through inquiry, experimentation, collaboration, and data collection with analysis. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one science credit required for high school graduation and qualifies as a laboratory science for college entrance.

Social Studies

AP US Government and Politics

This is a one-year course with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics examination. This course gives students an analytical perspective of government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and the analysis of specific examples. Students increase their knowledge of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States politics. Instructors should refer to the current Advanced Placement course description for examination specifics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfils one U.S. Government credit required for high school graduation.

AP Human Geography

This one-year course is designed for the college-bound student, with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Human Geography examination. This course provides students with an understanding of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped, and continue to shape, human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface. This course will focus on the methods and tools geographers use in their science to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis within a geographical, historical, political, economic, and cultural context. Instructors should refer to the current Advanced Placement course description for examination specifications. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfills the World History/Geography and the Arts/Humanities credits required for high school graduation.

AP Psychology

This one-year course is designed with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Psychology examination. Topics examined in greater depth include research techniques and statistics, history of psychology, the neurobiological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning and memory, thinking and language, intelligence and psychological tests, motivation and emotion, stress and health psychology, human development, psychological disorders and therapies, personality, and social psychology. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

AP US History

This one-year course is designed for the college-bound student, with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement United States History examination. This course provides an in-depth examination, synthesis and evaluation of the historical themes from 1492 to present day. A careful balance of historiography, analytical skills, and factual knowledge will be used throughout the course. Instructors should refer to the current Advanced Placement course description for examination specifics. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfills one U.S. History credit required for high school graduation.

AP World History

This one-year course is designed for the college-bound student, with an emphasis on meeting the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement World History examination. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies from their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence, covering the scope of human history from 8,000 BCE to the present. Instructors should refer to the current Advanced Placement course description for examination specifications. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May. This course fulfills the World History/Geography and the Arts/Humanities credits required for high school graduation.

Civil Rights and Liberties

This one-year course is a study of the civil rights and liberties of Americans, including a practical application of civil and criminal law within the United States. This course places emphasis on the historical and contemporary relevance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, while exploring the specific rights of criminal, civil, and juvenile clients. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Contemporary Problems

This one year course is a survey of the political, social, and economic issues and implications developed during the current year. The theme of the course will emphasize the evaluation of current events and their effect on society. This course fulfills one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Constitutional Law

This one-year course is a study of the American Constitution. Students develop a deeper understanding of the controversy surrounding the ratification of this important document and the continuing struggle between federal and state authority on various issues. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credit required for high school graduation.

History of Popular Music

This one-year course is an extensive study of history’s most successful recording artists and bands. Emphasis is placed on the study and appreciation of music, including student research on the sociological events of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Students analyze video, music, and literature and evaluate the impact on Western culture. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Principles of Leadership

The purpose of this one-year course is to train student leaders in the various aspects of leadership. Time will be used in and out of class for performance of tasks associated with their leadership responsibilities. This course will count as one elective credit. It may be repeated for more than one credit.

Psychology I

This one-year course will introduce basic concepts used by psychologists in understanding human behavior. Topics to be considered include psychology as a science, human development, biological bases of behavior, motivation and learning, thinking and intelligence, normal and abnormal behavior, therapies, testing, and the effects of group membership on behavior. This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation.

US Government
This one-year course is a study of United States federal, state, local, and tribal governments evaluating the impact of political foundations, structures, processes, and institutions. Students apply constitutional principles to assess the growth and development of the United States government and political system. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the United States Government credit required for high school graduation.

US Government Honors

This one-year course is a study of United States federal, state, local, and tribal governments evaluating the impact of political foundations, structures, processes, and institutions. Students apply constitutional principles to assess the growth and development of the United States government and political system. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the U.S. Government credit required for high school graduation.

US History

This one-year course is a study of American history with an emphasis on the Modern World from 1900 to the present day. Students explore and evaluate the significant historical events and the consequences. This course provides an examination of historical themes to analyze how new events continue to shape our nation and society today. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the U.S. History credit required for high school graduation.

US History Honors

This one-year course is a study of American history with an emphasis on the Modern World from 1900 to the present day. Students explore and evaluate the significant historical events and the consequences. This course provides an examination of historical themes to analyze how new events continue to shape our nation and society today. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the U.S. History credit required for high school graduation.

World Affairs

This one-year course is a survey of current world events in the political, economic, cultural, religious, social, and military areas. This course emphasizes the critical evaluation of current events and their present and potential effects on global society. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

World History

This one-year course examines societal development from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on emerging ideologies, expansion of empires, growth of nations, and an increase of global interdependence. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the World History/Geography and the Arts/Humanities credits required for high school graduation.

World History Honors

This one-year course examines societal development from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on emerging ideologies, expansion of empires, growth of nations, and an increase of global interdependence. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the World History/Geography and the Arts/Humanities credits required for high school graduation.

Electives

Business Software Applications

This one-year course is an introduction to various aspects of computer technology. 11th and 12th grade students receive instruction in proper keyboarding techniques, word processing, spreadsheet, database, multimedia, and desktop publishing. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills either the onehalf required computer credit and one-half elective credit or one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Computer Science l

This one-year course is designed to introduce students who have successfully completed Algebra I to the core concepts of computer science. The areas of major emphasis are computer programming, algorithms, and problem-solving. An introductory programming language is used as the vehicle for implementing computer-based solutions. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills either the one half required computer credit and one-half of the elective credit or one elective credit.

Introduction to 3D Animation

This one semester course is designed to introduce students to 3D modeling, animation and special effects technology.  Students will acquire the general knowledge and specific skills used to build both realistic and stylized models.  Students will gain experience using computer software programs for texturing, animating and editing completed movies.  This course will provide students with a broad overview of the many career options available in the animation field and will prepare them for advanced work in the 3D animation program.  This course will fulfill one-half of one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.  

Introductory Computer Concepts

This one-semester course is designed to acquaint students with the proper techniques for personal use of the computer.  Emphasis is placed on the mastery of the keyboard and the development of touch keyboarding with speed and accuracy.  Students will also learn the basic principles of keyboarding, word processing, multimedia, spreadsheet, and database applications.  It is designed specifically for students interested in meeting the computer competency requirement for graduation.  Introductory Computer Concepts will fulfill either one-half computer credit or one-half elective credit required for high school graduation.  Introductory Computer Concepts does not articulate with the Community College of Southern Nevada and does not receive Tech Prep credit.

Web Design and Development l

This one semester course is designed to provide students with the basic principles of web-page development using industry accepted applications and coding techniques. Students design, execute, update, and modify websites. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills either the one-half required computer credit and one-half elective credit or one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Principles of Business and Marketing

This one-year course introduces students to business and marketing concepts in the areas of business management, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Students gain an understanding of principles related to business law, communications, customer relations, economics, information management, and operations. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Early Childhood Education l

This one-year introductory course is designed for students interested in working with children in the role of advocate, educator, caregiver, or parent. Areas of study include teenage pregnancy and parenthood, parenting responsibilities, pregnancy, environmental influences and child abuse and neglect. Infancy, toddler, and preschool stages of human growth and development are emphasized. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including discussion of various societal practices and populations. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Interactive Art

This one year course is designed to be interactive and to give students an overview of art production, history, aesthetics and criticism. Students will explore various types of art throughout the ages through virtual museum visits. They will also study the styles and techniques of artists by using interactive websites. They will be given the opportunity to produce their own art in a virtual environment.  This course fulfills one elective credit required for graduation.

Rimprov I

This one-year course is offered for students of all grades who desire to pursue the study of improvisation through investigation and intensive rehearsal.  Students will strengthen their abilities to perceive and sense emotion with full body movements.  This course will fulfill either the one arts/humanities credit or one of the elective credits required for graduation.

Rimprov II

This one-year course is offered for students of all grades who desire to pursue the study of improvisation through investigation and intensive rehearsal.  Students will strengthen their abilities to perceive and sense emotion with full body movements. As an advanced course, students will delve into various formats such as mime, musicals, and current events to address issues pertinent to them.  This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation.  

Advanced Study Performing Arts

This one-year course is offered to students whose individual desire is to pursue a study of their own interest through investigation and in-depth research for which there is no provision in the regular school curriculum.  Students are expected to work independently and consult with their supervising teacher for guidance.  The supervising teacher will give directions, monitor, and evaluate the students’ topic of study.  Students must report to the supervising teacher once each week for assistance.  Out-of-school research is considered homework and will not substitute for class attendance.  Students are required to provide the coordinator and/or committee of interested or qualified persons with a written report or an oral presentation of the study.  One credit per year is issued upon the satisfactory completion of course requirements. Students may repeat the course with approval of a counselor and/or administrator.  This course will fulfill one arts/humanities credit required for graduation.

Spanish l

Spanish l is a college track course that requires high grade in high school English. This is not a Spanish as conversation course, but rather emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Two years of foreign language at the high school level is a requirement for more than 90% of 4+ year colleges across the country.

Spanish ll Honors

Spanish ll continues as an all inclusive course that emphasizes and expands on reading, writing, speaking, comprehension and a solid knowledge base of Spanish speaking cultures around the world.  Two years of foreign language at the high school level is a requirement for more than 90% of 4+ year colleges across the country.

Spanish lll Honors

In Spanish lll students will continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students learn to express themselves using an ever increasing vocabulary, present tense verbs, past tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Spanish speaking world and its culture, people geographical locations and histories.

Spanish lV Honors

This one-year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish III Honors or who demonstrate a proficiency level of intermediate-mid as identified in the foreign language proficiency guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students continue to refine proficiency in the target language with the end-of-course goal of demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate-high level. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. The focus is communication in the target language incorporating understanding of the target cultures, connecting with other disciplines, comparing native language to the target language, and participating in multicultural communities. The course provides practice in correct use of basic vocabulary and language structures to enable students to function effectively within realistic settings. ACTFL recommends that at least 90% of the instructional time in class be conducted in the target language. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills either one of the elective credits or one Arts/Humanities credit required for high school graduation.

Freshman Studies

This one-year course is designed for ninth grade students to provide a smooth transition into the high school setting and develop a sense of community and ownership.  Emphasis will be placed on developing a long-range educational plan. This course will fulfill one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Sophomore Studies
This one-year course will assist students with in-depth career exploration and examination of post-secondary options based upon assessment of interests and skills. Students will also examine personal leadership qualities as they relate to high school and the workplace.  This course will fulfill one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Junior Studies
This one-year course is designed for eleventh grade students to prepare them for the world of work and post-secondary education.  Emphasis will be placed on the employment process and employability skills during the first semester.  Preparing for college entrance exams, application processes, financial aid and a focused personal plan for post secondary training or education will be emphasized during the second semester.  This course will fulfill one elective credit required for high school graduation.

College Survival/Exams

This one‑semester course is designed to help twelfth students to prepare for life after high school. Emphasis will be on planning for continued education in an apprenticeship, a two-year college, or four-year college or university.  Students will examine challenges of a new and independent life setting.  This course will fulfill one-half of one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Independent Living

This one-year course for junior- and/or senior-level students is designed to prepare for independent living. Using project-based strategies, students relate personal goals to choices in careers, housing, finances, relationships, and nutrition. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one elective credit required for high school graduation.

Life Strategies
This one-year course is designed for students entering high school to introduce them to the basic skills for life management choices, career exploration, and academic success.  This course emphasizes practices, procedures, and skills that will guide students to make the needed transition from middle school to high school.  Four modules will enable students to gain an understanding of personal finance, career exploration, study skills, and decision-making skills.  This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

Health Education

This one-semester course examines the intricate relationships between the structural and physiological functions required for the mental, physical, social, and emotional wellness. Topics include decision making, wellness, nutrition and physical activity, body systems, substance use and abuse, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, violence prevention, safety, and consumer health. Sex education and sexually transmitted infectious disease education, within established guidelines, is an integral part of this course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to our society.  The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.  The course fulfills the one-half credit of health required for high school graduation.

PE I

This one-year course focuses on students becoming independent decision makers capable of planning for lifetime fitness and physical activity, while achieving current personal fitness and activity goals. Students are provided with experiences in psychomotor skills, movement, goal-setting, and health-related fitness knowledge. Students participate in movement experiences, team sports, individual and dual sports, dance/rhythms, and lifetime recreational activities. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the two physical education credits required for high school graduation.

PE II

This one-year course, required in the tenth grade, focuses on the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of the individual in cooperative and competitive settings. The student is provided with experiences in psychomotor skills, movement, and lifetime health-related fitness knowledge, skills, and values. The goals of this course are accomplished through participation in movement experiences and application of movement principles found in team sports, individual/dual sports, fitness and wellness activities, dance/rhythms, and lifetime recreational activities. Rules, strategies, and safety are emphasized in relation to active participation and development of knowledgeable spectators. Self-esteem is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum as is the exploration of career opportunities in related fields. This course will fulfill one of the two physical education credits required for graduation.

Lifetime Sports and Recreation

This yearlong course is an activity oriented course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of lifetime sports. Terminology, physical and mental well-being, skill development, and the techniques of officiating will be emphasized. This course will fulfill one-half of an elective credit required for graduation.

Exploratory Work Experience

This one-year course is designed to provide students with an exploratory work experience which introduces them to the world of work and bridges the gap between school and work. Students must be employed in a paying position. Students gain employability skills related to the program of study by completing a minimum of 270 hours of paid work experience per semester. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. This course fulfills one of the elective credits required for high school graduation.

School Related Work Experience

This one-year course provides students with job opportunities on the school campus. This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation.

Student Aide

This one-year course is designed to allow students to assist teachers in classroom management. Under the direction of a supervising teacher, students will gain experience in clerical duties, laboratory assistance, working with faculty members, and following directions. Students are assigned to supervising teachers by a formal application process. Students are limited to one credit. This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation.

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