English 9 - 2 credits
Students in English 9 will engage in a rigorous, skill-based curriculum integrating all areas of literacy: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to create and extend meaning in a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Writing skills include organizing ideas, incorporating textual evidence with appropriate documentation, utilizing transitions, and continually revising and improving the written product. Additionally, students will develop their skills as critical thinkers, readers, and writers through the research process. Speaking, viewing, and listening skills will be developed and improved continually throughout the year in all areas of study. Additional emphasis will be placed on word origins and vocabulary words in context.
Math (One of the following)
Algebra I - 2 credits
Algebra I takes an applications-based approach in examining a variety of algebraic concepts and functions. Emphasis is placed on comparing linear, quadratic, and exponential functions using equations, graphs, and tables. Main areas of study include the use of variables, real-life applications, solving equations, graphing, exponents, quadratics, polynomials, and the use of graphing calculators. Courses to follow are Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics.
Honors Geometry - 2 credits
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra (8th Grade)
Students enrolled in this course will be required to apply problem solving skills and conceptual understandings using prior knowledge. Geometry emphasizes the application of geometric terminology and promotes methods of logical reasoning. The areas of study include transformations, triangle congruence and similarity, measurements of two and three dimensional figures, coordinate geometry, and Trigonometry. The courses to follow are Algebra II Advanced, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, and choices of Discrete Math, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics.
Honors Algebra II - 2 credits (full year)
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry (Graphing calculator required)
This course is a continuation of Algebra I. Many topics of elementary algebra will be reviewed and studied in more depth. Some of the topics include types of functions such as linear, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, solving equations, and simplifying expressions. The use of a graphing calculator in Algebra II is considered an integral part of the course. Students will be using technology on a regular basis so they become adept in using their graphing calculators. Some of the math topics that will extensively use graphing calculator technological concepts will include but are not limited to quadratic equations, linear equations, matrices, polynomials, exponential and logarithmic, conic sections, and trigonometry. Students will also have the experience of basic pencil and paper techniques of Algebra II and will be able to apply then when technological tools are unavailable or inappropriate.
Science ( One of the following)
*Student Criteria for Honors Course Placement:
Students will be recommended for Honors Science coursework if they have:
- Scored in a range to be determined on the science or reading comprehension IA Assessments
- AELP STEM Identification OR
- A grade of an A or B in an honors science course from the previous year OR
- An application (reviewed by science team at the next grade level) - Application to include teacher recommendation, IA Assessment, CogAT, previous science grades, and a statement by the student.
9th Grade - Earth and Space Science - 2 credits
In this course students will integrate the physical science concepts of forces, motion and energy into their studies of Earth and the universe. Students will focus their study on how the Earth has changed over time and how it continues to change. They will explore the interactions of Earth systems; geology and plate tectonics; weather and climate change; and the origins of stars, galaxies, and the universe. Students are challenged to develop independent research capabilities, and to develop and practice good critical thinking skills including the ability to analyze, synthesize and apply scientific information. Students will apply the essential features of scientific inquiry in the context of Earth, space and physical science.
Honors 9th Grade Earth and Space Science - 2 credits
Prerequisite: None *Students must meet the required criteria to enroll in an honors course.
In this course students will integrate the physical science concepts of forces, motion and energy into their accelerated studies of Earth and the universe. Students will focus their study on how the Earth has changed over time and how it continues to change. They will explore the interactions of Earth systems; geology and plate tectonics; weather and climate change; and the origins of stars, galaxies, and the universe. Students are challenged to develop independent research capabilities, and to develop and practice good critical thinking skills including the ability to analyze, synthesize and apply scientific information. Students will apply the essential features of scientific inquiry in the context of Earth, space and physical science, designing and conducting their own investigations several times throughout the year. Students will be engaged in complex scientific reading, writing, and discussion with intellectual peers.
Global Studies - 2 credits
Global Studies examines different regions of the world from a physical, cultural, and political perspective. The history, culture and current events facing various peoples around the world are examined, evaluated and placed in the context of our global society. Students will build on geographic skills, reading, interpretation of data, information management, and drawing and defending a conclusion.
Physical Education / Health (One of the P.E. courses along with health)
P.E. - 1 credit (.5 credit each semester)
The student-centered curriculum will provide opportunities to learn basic skills, activities and concepts. The curriculum is designed to promote the development of physical, social and emotional health in addition to fostering lifestyles that lead to wellness and encourage physical activity over a lifetime. Students are furnished a locker, padlock and towel. Students are required to wear a physical education uniform which may be purchased from community vendors.
Advanced Strength & conditioning - 1 credit (.5 credit each semester - meets on alternative days)
Students will work daily to develop strength, agility, speed, and power. Weight training and running will be regular daily class activities. Students are required to follow a structured training program. Progress will be assessed through pre and post testing.
P.E.O.P.E.L. P.E. - 1 credit (.5 credit each semester - meets on alternative days)
Prerequisite: Teacher approval – see a P.E. teacher for an application.
P.E.O.P.E.L PE is an adapted physical education class for students who need differentiated instruction in physical education and peer helpers from the general education population. Students will participate in a wide variety of activities to gain exposure to health, fitness, and recreation activities. An integral part of P.E.O.P.E.L. PE is socialization and interpersonal skill development. Students will engage in a variety of activities such as: team sports, fitness games, personal fitness plans, lifetime activities, project adventure activities, dance, Special Olympics, parachute, and other recreational activities.
Health – 1 credit (.5 credit each semester)
Students receive a separate health grade that counts in their GPA at the end of each semester. The health curriculum covers several topics including CPR/First Aid, social/emotional health, substance abuse, human growth and development and food and nutrition.