All U.S Grade 7-12 Courses

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In this course, students review the tools of algebra. Topics include the structure and properties of real numbers; operations with integers and other rational numbers; square roots and irrational numbers; linear equations; ratios, proportions, and percentages; the Pythagorean Theorem; polynomials; and logic and reasoning.

For each unit, students take a diagnostic test that assesses their current knowledge of fundamental content. The results of these tests help students create individualized study plans.

Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of U.S., the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America.

Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Advanced Life Science is a rigorous middle school course, conceived for the student who loves biology and is ready for an extra challenge.

Practical, hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. Students will explore topics such as: Life on earth (including chemistry of life),Ecology, History of life on earth, Prokaryotes and other microorganisms, Survey of the groups of animals, Systems of organisms, Plants: structure and function and so on.

Practical, hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. Students perform laboratory activities and a full unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods. Students perform laboratory activities and a full unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods.

Advanced Physical Science is a rigorous middle school course, conceived for the enthusiastic science student who is ready for an extra challenge.

Students learn about the physical world and tackle topics such as matter, energy, atoms, motion, thermodynamics and other aspects of chemistry and physics. Practical, hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. Students perform laboratory activities and a full unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods.

Algebra 1 is an integrated digital and textbook course designed to master the fundamental algebraic skills needed for future math success. Such as: variables, various equations, inequalities, functions; systems of equations, exponential functions, polynomials, factoring, radical expressions; rational expressions and data probability. Graphing calculators are also introduced.

This course will survey selected American authors, being race and gender-inclusive, in relationship to the major periods of American history. Works will span from pre-colonial times to contemporary, including multiple genres of both prose and poetry.

Grammar and vocabulary will be integrated with composition to produce various essays, covering analytical, argumentative, and SAT practice essays.

Music in America has a rich history. In American Music Appreciation, students will navigate this unique combination of culture and creativity that spawned jazz, rock and roll, and hip hop. From early church music to 21st century pop, students will gain a new understanding of the key developments, people and genres in American music.

Students study the oldest known art forms and conduct a global survey of historical art from the dawn of human history through the Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. Begins with the Renaissance period and progresses through time to conclude with a study of modern art from America and Mexico. Throughout both semesters, students create simple art projects based on the styles and movements they have studied and use web resources from the greatest museums in the world including the Guggenheim, the Met, and the Louvre.

Algebra 2 covers those topics common to most traditional Algebra 2 courses but also incorporates topics including trigonometry, statistics, and pre-calculus readiness. Applications within the areas of physics, chemistry, set theory, and probability as well as graphing calculators are also woven into the course.

Ancient History is designed for students to gain an understanding of major civilizations and their developments from Creation to the Age of Exploration.

The student will be able to identify how civilizations develop and thrive, evaluate people groups’ impact on history and how it affects us today, trace the growth of Christianity and comprehend how it has interacted with and influenced other religious groups, and identify the major civilizations and their contributions to history.

Who is the greatest artist of all time? Is it Leonardo da Vinci? Claude Monet? Michelangelo? Pablo Picasso? Is the greatest artist of all time someone whose name has been lost to history? You will learn about some of the greatest artists while also creating art of your own, including digital art. We will explore the basic principles and elements of art, learn how to critique art, and examine some of the traditional art of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania in addition to the development of Western art.

Students will be challenged to compose multiple forms of writing including but not limited to verse and prose. Students will be expected to take writing to the publishable level. Planning, writing, and revising will be the focus.

Students in this course study the political, cultural, and social development of the United States through a variety of writing assignments, discussions, and projects. The course begins with a review of early exploration and settlement of the Americas, the arrival of European settlers on North American soil, and a reflection of personal customs brought by each culture that may still be present in a student’s family today. Students examine conflicts with Britain and the ideas that lead to the American Revolution including the pivotal people, events, and outcomes of that war. Students will also explore the importance of the Bill of Rights and its impact on American citizenship, the effects of European migration on Native American cultures, the causes and effects of the Civil War as well as reconstruction, immigration, and industrialization. Students will differentiate the domestic impacts of World War I and World War II, progressive reform, U.S. foreign policy, the causes and effects of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and culminating with leaders and issues of the contemporary United States.

This advanced class is a special project and an independent study class for advanced art students who wish to work on portfolio work for college entrance requirements. The student will work with the art teacher to set at least three technique/project goals. Topics that the student may explore include drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, clay, video production, etc.

US Government focuses on the various forms of government in the world as well as the differences between government systems and economic systems. Attention will be given to the founding of the American Republic including a strong overview of its Constitution, an in-depth look at the three branches of government established by its early advocates (including the Federal System, its checks and balances, and the various elements that cause our government to function), and the role of state governments.

Using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills through the lens of the biblical worldview.

In American Literature, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times newspaper. Students will gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which  it was written. They will also discover how people thought, lived and wrote about their experiences. Finally, students will be asked to observe, investigate and report on stories of today. The goal for this course is for students to become thorough, accurate and compelling writers.

The first semester of Art History begins with a general discussion of art and the place of art in the development of human civilization. Students study the oldest known art forms and conduct a global survey of historical art from the dawn of human history through the Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. The second semester of the course begins with the Renaissance period and progresses through time to conclude with a study of modern art from America and Mexico. Throughout both semesters, students create simple art projects based on the styles and movements they have studied and use web resources from the greatest museums in the world including the Guggenheim, the Met, and the Louvre.

This course covers all topics of the calculus of functions of a single variable as described in the AP Calculus AB topic outline in the AP Calculus Course Description. This course is designed to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts covered in the first semester of university calculus and half of the second semester of university calculus. Multiple experiences in the methods and applications of those concepts and the Rule of Four are also stressed throughout the course. Students are trained to express all solutions geometrically, numerically, analytically, and to interpret these findings verbally.

Major topics covered include Functions, Graphs, Limits, Derivatives, Integrals, and Applications of Integrals. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89 graphing calculator.

This course covers all topics of Calculus of functions of a single variable as described in the AP Calculus BC topic outline in the AP Calculus Course Description.

Designed to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts covered in the first two semesters of college level Calculus and to provide the student with multiple experiences in the methods and applications of those concepts, the Rule of Four is stressed throughout the course.

Students are trained to express all solutions geometrically, numerically, analytically, and to interpret these findings verbally. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-83, TI-84 or TI-89 graphing calculator.

In this course students will build their understanding of the nature and reactivity of matter. After studying chemical reactions and electrochemistry, students move on to understand how the chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and arrangements of the molecules, as well as the forces between those molecules. Students will examine the laws of thermodynamics, molecular collisions, and the reorganization of matter in order to understand how changes in matter take place. Finally, students will explore chemical equilibria including acidbase equilibria. This course prepares students for further study in science, the health sciences, or engineering. Requirement: Students must purchase a lab kit at an additional cost. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

This is a college-level course covering the development of the modern world from approximately 1350 to the present day. The areas of concentration include historical, political, and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions and their development.

This course is taught at the college level and is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP European History Exam. Students will develop an understanding of some of the principle themes of modern history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing. Through using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills.

This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Additionally, students will learn to identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. Students will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems.

AP US Government and Politics includes a brief comparative study of government, and then an in-depth study of American government on the federal, state, and local levels. This includes its complex interworking, checks and balances, political responsibilities, structures, functions, and authority.

This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in both the United States and around the world. Students will learn of God’s sovereignty in all forms of government, their responsibilities, how to practically evaluate political issues, and how to influence one’s own government.

What comes to mind when you think of the word marketing? Perhaps a familiar television jingle begins to play in your head? Or maybe you think of the irritating phone calls from people wanting to sell you something you already have? No matter what your feelings, there’s no denying the sheer magnitude and power of the marketing industry. Every year companies spend approximately $200 billion promoting their products and services—and that’s just in the United States alone! You’re familiar with what it’s like on the receiving end of a company’s marketing efforts, but what’s it like on the other side? In Advertising and Sales Promotions, you’ll see exactly how marketing campaigns, ads, and commercials are conceived and brought to life and even meet some of the creative folks who produce that memorable media. You’ll learn about different career opportunities in the field and discover ways that you too can be a part of this exciting, fast-paced industry

This course covers a chronological history of the United States using a variety of sources including primary sources, maps, articles, and a basic text used for basic background information.

The course will cover the major trends of political, social, intellectual, economic, and diplomatic history, as well as familiarize the student with the geographical development and expansion of the United States. A major goal is to develop analytical and interpretive skills through the lens of the Biblical worldview. Particular emphasis is placed on training students to excel in the skills of critical reading and writing, as well as critical interpretation of arguments. Students will investigate people, places, worldviews, and events that have most influenced U.S. history. This course is taught at the college level and is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP US History Exam.

This course spans the Neolithic age to the present in a rigorous academic format organized by chronological periods and viewed through fundamental concepts and course themes. Students analyze the causes and processes of continuity and change across historical periods. Themes include human-environment interaction, cultures, expansion and conflict, political and social structures, and economic systems. In addition to mastering historical content, students cultivate historical thinking skills that involve crafting arguments based on evidence, identifying causation, comparing and supplying context for events and phenomenon, and developing historical interpretation.

This course covers all topics of the calculus of functions of a single variable as described in the AP Calculus AB topic outline in the AP Calculus Course Description. This course is designed to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts covered in the first semester of university calculus and half of the second semester of university calculus. Multiple experiences in the methods and applications of those concepts and the Rule of Four are also stressed throughout the course. Students are trained to express all solutions geometrically, numerically, analytically, and to interpret these findings verbally.

Major topics covered include Functions, Graphs, Limits, Derivatives, Integrals, and Applications of Integrals. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89 graphing calculator.

This course covers all topics of Calculus of functions of a single variable as described in the AP Calculus BC topic outline in the AP Calculus Course Description.

Designed to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts covered in the first two semesters of college level Calculus and to provide the student with multiple experiences in the methods and applications of those concepts, the Rule of Four is stressed throughout the course.

Students are trained to express all solutions geometrically, numerically, analytically, and to interpret these findings verbally. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-83, TI-84 or TI-89 graphing calculator.

This course teaches programming in JAVA while preparing the student for the Advanced Placement exam.

AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP CSP prepares students for college and career. This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology has on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, the Code HS AP Computer Science Principles course gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value, and develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.

AP Literature is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to read and interpret the various genres and motifs in literature. This class will help prepare the student to take the AP exam in Literature at the end of the school year. Students will write multiple essays utilizing excellent analysis, structure and phrasing. Literature readings will be mainly from British Literature, with selections from World Literature added. This class covers many of the literary pieces that the British Literature class covers, but it does so at a higher level as it covers the worldviews of each major literary movement.

AP English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The reading and writing assignments in this course will make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as how language choice contributes to the effectiveness of a piece of written work. This course is considered the equivalent of a college-level composition course. As such, students will be held to rigorous expectations and high standards of accountability. At the end of the course, they will be prepared not only for the AP exam in English Language and Composition, but any situation requiring critical thinking, clear communication, and analysis of multiple – and sometimes conflicting -viewpoints.

This is a college-level course covering the development of the modern world from approximately 1350 to the present day. The areas of concentration include historical, political, and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions and their development. Students will develop an understanding of some of the principle themes of modern history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing. Through using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills. This course is taught at the college level and is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP European History Exam. Students will develop an understanding of some of the principle themes of modern history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing.

The equivalent of a college-level language course, AP French prepares students for the AP Exam and for further study of French language, culture, or literature.

This course enables students to practice perfecting their French speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. They study vocabulary, grammar, and cultural aspects of the language, and then apply what they’ve learned in extensive written and spoken exercises. By the end of the course, students will have an expansive vocabulary and a solid, working knowledge of all verb forms and tenses.

The AP French Language and Culture course is an advanced language course in which students are directly prepared for the AP French Language and Culture test. It uses as its foundation the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board: (1) global challenges, (2) science and technology, (3) contemporary life, (4) personal and public identities, (5) families and communities, and (6) beauty and aesthetics. The 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.

The course teaches students how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models (GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images).

The course teaches spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. The course teaches the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space. The course will also include topics such as: Nature of and Perspectives on Geography, Population, Cultural Patterns and Processes, Political Organization of Space, Agricultural and Rural Land Use, Industrialization and Economic Development, and Cities and Urban Land Use.

AP Macroeconomics is a course designed is to give students an understanding of the principles of economics as applied to the economy as a whole. Specific areas of focus include basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, the financial sector, inflation, unemployment, stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance issues. Learning with be applied and evaluated through a wide range of mediums including; activity labs, tests, quizzes, multimedia, texts, charts, graphs, research projects, participation, and life skills. This course is also designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP Macroeconomics exam.

AP Microeconomics is a course designed to give students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Learning will be applied and evaluated through a wide range of mediums including; activity labs, tests, quizzes, multimedia, texts, charts, graphs, research projects, participation, and life skills. This course is also designed to prepare students to successfully complete the AP Microeconomics exam.

The course provides students with an introductory experience in the concepts and methods of physical analysis, focused on classical mechanics and simple electrical circuits.  Building the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively is a primary focus, with inquiry and investigation, modeling and diagramming, symbolic algebra, unit analysis, communication and argumentation, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and integration and application of concepts as emphasized skills.

This course is the equivalent of an introductory college level course. Students receive an overview of current psychological research methods and theories. They explore the therapies used by professional counselors and clinical psychologists, and examine the reasons for normal human reactions: how people learn and think, the process of human development and human aggression, altruism, intimacy, and self-reflection. Students prepare for the AP Exam and for further studies in psychology and life sciences.

This course enables students to practice perfecting their Spanish speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. They study vocabulary, grammar, and cultural aspects of the language, and then apply what they’ve learned in extensive written and spoken exercises.

Students develop an expansive vocabulary and a solid, working knowledge of all verb forms and tenses. AP Spanish helps prepare students for the AP Exam and for further study of Spanish language, culture, or literature.

This course is the equivalent of an introductory college-level course. Statistics-the art of drawing conclusions from imperfect data and the science of real-world uncertainties – plays an important role in many fields. Students collect, analyze, graph, and interpret real-world data. They learn to design and analyze research studies by reviewing and evaluating examples from real research.

Students learn to design and analyze research studies by reviewing and evaluating examples from real research.

The ACT Math and Science is designed to prepare the student to do well on the ACT exam. The course will familiarize the student with the format of the math and science sections of the ACT and will teach the student testing techniques and strategies. The course will also include a comprehensive review of basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, statistics, and other math concepts needed for success on the ACT as well as all of the science topics covered on the ACT. This class is taught by NSA faculty but also extensively uses an outside online source so students can customize their practice and review, according to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to reviewing the basic skills needed, students will learn test-taking strategies specific to the ACT exam. Strategies for reading quickly and efficiently are emphasized, and exercises are provided to build vocabulary, an important asset for the ACT. Students receive instruction and practice on planning and executing essays within the short time allotted on the test.

Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using online tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.

Monet, Matisse, Picasso, and contemporary artists are revealed and explored by members in the Art Club. Students gain inspiration from artists across the globe and varying eras. Members also share their own artistic expressions and endeavors culminating in a virtual art club portfolio distributed school wide. Art Club advisors share their passion of art and creative expression while students lead the meetings and share their artistic expressions.

Club Members discuss space-related news, photography, and insights about astronomy including solar systems, planets, stars, galaxies, space travel, astrophysics, and more.

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Did you ever wonder how all the electrical equipment we use every day really worked? Well, anything using electricity relies on the same basic electrical components arranged in many different ways. How would you like to get your hands on some of these components and put them together to make some interesting electrical circuits and, in the process, learn why they function the way they do?

No prior experience in electronics is needed, only a willingness to follow step-by-step instructions to put together some fascinating little devices.

Biology introduces the fundamental concepts including the nature of life, basic chemistry, animal structure and function, plant structure and function, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution, diversity of living things, and ecology. Through inquiry-based investigations, independent experiments, and activities, students gain firsthand experience with observing, classifying, identifying, measuring, inferring, hypothesizing, interpreting, and predicting. Students conduct kitchen-based laboratory experiments to apply scientific concepts in a practical setting.

British Literature explores great British Literature, from Beowulf through Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Swift, Tennyson, Hopkins, et al, into the 20th century. This is a rich and challenging course intended to develop critical thinking and aid student transition into post-secondary studies by interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating literature.

This is a rich and challenging course intended to develop critical thinking and aid student transition into post-secondary studies by interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating literature.

The purpose of this course is to develop computation skills that students will use in their roles as citizens, consumers, employees, and investors. students will analyze and interpret data, and apply sound decision-making skills. Such as: gross/net pay, banking services, loans and credit cards, comparative shopping, renting vs. owning a home.buying a car, taxes, insurance and investments. In addition to solving mathematical problems.

British Literature online will give the students a front row seat to study the motives that have driven people’s actions for centuries. Along the way, the student will encounter epic heroes defying danger, tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms, sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion, and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. They will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each module will give the students the tools they need to gain insights from what they read and to use their knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

Can we bring back extinct species? Will the cures for cancer, malaria, and other diseases come from the combination of natural materials and new technologies? How is science changing the foods we eat? Welcome to the world of biotechnology! In this course, you will explore the history of biotechnology, including early attempts at food preservation, the development of antibiotics, and changes to food crops around the world. You’ll also learn more about some of the challenges of biotechnology, such as the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria and questions about the safety of commercially produced genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Finally, you’ll research new biotechnologies and how they are changing the world we live in.

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This research-based course provides structured lessons on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their reading. Students practice writing throughout the course using analysis and critical thinking skills.

This course is for anyone who wants to improve his/her writing skills by writing narrative and creative accounts. The course will cover such topics as Outlining using the Story Sequence, Creative Writing using Patterning, Critiques, Writing Stories from a Picture Prompt, and Non-Rhyming Poetry.

The course will cover such topics as Outlining using the Story Sequence, Creative Writing using Patterning, Critiques, Writing Stories from a Picture Prompt, and Non-Rhyming Poetry.

What defines classical music? Students in Classical Music Appreciation will gain an understanding of the structure of conventional music that follows long-established principles, as compared to more spontaneous music, like folk and jazz. By studying composers and the society that shaped them, students will gain a new appreciation for the classical music form.

This introductory chemistry course is designed for students pursuing a technical career or admission to college. Topics of study include phases of matter, atomic and molecular models, polarity, solutions, ionic bonding, stoichiometry, acids and bases, Le Chatelier’s Principle, the mole, nuclear reactions, the periodic table, isomers, molecular orbitals, chemical reactions, energy and change, osmosis, entropy, reaction rates, and more.

This course enhances inquiry-based learning activities and instruction emphasizes the mathematical, theoretical, and experimental basis of modern chemistry. Throughout this course, students actively engage in exploration and analysis that will improve their ability to explain and predict phenomena using scientifc skills.

Comparative Literature emphasizes the reading and analysis of eight renowned works of fiction and drama. Students analyze how the cultural and historical context of each text impacts its themes, plot, characterization, and other literary conventions. In addition, students will learn about voice, tone, as elements of narration,and write several papers of various lengths. By studying a wide a range of literary styles and eras, students will learn to produce different effects through the use of written language. They will have opportunities to express ideas while experimenting with different forms of communication, such as audio, video, drawings and song.

Completing both parts of this course will cover all the material necessary to be prepared to take the nationally recognized CompTIA A+ 220-701 or 220-801 certification exam. This class is designed to get the student “inside” a Windows personal computer and understand how it really works. It is recommended that students have access to a computer running Windows XP (or later). The LabSim program runs on Windows but can be installed on a Macintosh computer running Windows (BootCamp or emulator).

Completing both parts of this course will cover all the material necessary to be prepared to take the nationally recognized CompTIA A+ 220-701 or 220-801 certification exam . It is recommended that students have access to a computer running Windows XP (or later) with CD or DVD player. The LabSim program runs on Windows but can be installed on a Macintosh computer running Windows (BootCamp or emulator).

Calculus introduces students to universal concepts in the graphing of functions and optimizations. Students build foundational calculus knowledge by analyzing graphs and calculating limits of functions, determining rates of change, and finding derivatives using the sum rule, product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, and implicit differentiation. Students are introduced to the derivatives of all functions including power functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. Students then apply derivatives to solve real-world problems. The course continues with techniques of integration, indefinite integrals, definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and various applications of integration. Requirement: Students need a TI-83, TI-84 Plus, or TI-89 graphing calculator.

Comparative World Government is designed for students to gain a basic understanding of the political process and how it varies around the world.

Students will study specific nations and discover how interaction between states affect policy and change within and to the international community. Students will also understand major comparative political concepts, know the general governing structure and international roles of the following countries: the United States, China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.

In today’s world, crime and deviant behavior rank at or near the top of many people’s concerns. This course examines criminology, the study of crime. Why do some individuals commit crimes and others do not? What aspects in our culture and society promote deviance? Why do punishments vary for the same crime? What factors, from arrest to punishment, shape the criminal case process?

When you think about your future, what careers do you see? Police officer? Nurse? Farmer? Restaurant manager? In Middle School Career Exploration, you’ll explore careers in more than 15 different career areas. From the energy field to sales and from law to transportation, you’ll learn more about what careers are available and what you need to do to be a success. In addition, you’ll examine how to choose the career that is best for you based on your own unique personality and interests. And you can begin developing your leadership skills now. Middle School Career Exploration will help you prepare for your future now! What do want to be?

The computer science curriculum teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming. Once students complete the computer science and coding course, they will have learned material equivalent to a college introductory course in computer science and be able to program in JavaScript.

Each day, we are surrounded by technology and engineering projects. From our phones to the bridges we drive over, engineering and technology influence many parts of our lives. In Concepts of Engineering and Technology, you will learn more about engineering and technology careers and what skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in these fields. You’ll explore innovative and cutting edge projects that are changing the world we live in and examine the design and prototype development process. Concepts of Engineering and Technology will also help you understand the emerging issues in this exciting career field.

Real world experiences would not be complete without a little thinking outside the box. Every student has a spark of creativity within, hidden or known, that just has to be released. To do this, members perceive from a variety of different angles to enhance or free that creative spark. Members engage, role play, and reconnoiter through a variety of creative exercises, complete tasks individually, and report back with results. No creative thinking exercise would be complete without a full circle moment bringing students back to that unique starting point of thinking the next great thought, that leads to the execution of a great idea, that can change the world.

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Learn how to use a variety of drawing tools to define and interpret what you see in God’s creation and in man’s construction. Most lessons will require some online searching of historical drawings. Students need a scanner and/or a digital camera.

Practical lessons in expressing light and shadow, tones and shades, as well as using shapes, textures, and space will provide studies for larger in-depth projects in pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, and pastels.

Continue your exploration of drawing tools with an emphasis on figure and perspective drawing. Projects in this course will include multimedia human and animal portraits as well as land/city/seascapes. This course will provide in-depth exploration of the human figure, the animal world, and the earth.

This class is an excellent alternative for students needing an additional credit after Algebra II r for those students with a love of mathematics who are looking for an additional elective credit.  Mathematics including sets, logic, number theory, recursion, linear programming, matrices, vectors; introduction to probability and statistics, graph theory, and critical thinking skills.

Drama in Literature begins with a look at the origins of drama in the western world. Students learn about the theatre of ancient Greece, reading two key tragedies, Oedipus Rex and Antigone. Students visit Shakespearean England and learn about the playwright himself, the era in which he wrote and about the Globe Theatre, reading The Tempest. Victorian England is the next stop, where Oscar Wilde takes the stage. Students study Wilde’s writing in  the context of his complicated life. Students visit the Existentialist theatre, again focusing on the social context and philosophical underpinnings of the drama; they learn about the absurdist movement. The course culminates with a ‘write your own original play’ assignment.

In this class we will learn the difference between a photograph and a snapshot. We will learn the basics in black and white photography, including care & handling of a digital camera, cleaning, composition, exposure, and basic image manipulation.

In this class we will learn the difference between a photograph and a snapshot. We will learn the basics in black and white photography, including care & handling of a digital camera, cleaning, composition, exposure, and basic image manipulation.

Digital Photography I focuses on the basics of photography including aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students are introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images with various subjects including people, landscapes, close-up photos, and action shots.

Using contemporary topics introduced by the advisor, club members then vote, choose, briefly research, take a pro or con position, gather their arguments, and debate the topic until consensus and resolution is reached. Proper debate techniques are used, as well as expanding into the unique opportunities available in a virtual setting as students explore civic literacy, global awareness, and individual liberties through the utilization of critical, creative, and innovative thinking. This club meets in a supervised setting with feedback and guidance from an advisor.

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This course provides students with a solid earth science curriculum, focusing on geology, oceanography, astronomy, weather, and climate.

The course provides a base for further studies in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy, and gives practical experience in implementing scientific methods.

In this course, students explore, analyze and interpret literature ranging from the classics of ancient literature to modern works. This course introduces and reinforces close reading, vocabulary, and language skills. Students complete a variety of essay writing forms and project-based assignments that include a variety of cultures, styles and perspectives, reflecting both ancient and modern populations worldwide. The thematic topics of the course include: Culture and Belonging, The Thrill of Horror, The Move Toward Freedom, Approaching Adulthood, Anne Frank’s Legacy. Students also work with a variety of genres including fiction, non- fiction, poetry, drama and essays both in analysis, history and science. This foundational course prepares students for continued analysis of literature and writing skills with ongoing practice in writing, reading strategies, and speaking skills.

In this course, students explore, analyze and interpret literature ranging from the classics of ancient literature to modern works. This course introduces and reinforces close reading, vocabulary, and language skills. Students complete a variety of essay writing forms and project-based assignments that include a variety of cultures, styles and perspectives, reflecting both ancient and modern populations worldwide. The thematic topics of the course include: Culture and Belonging, The Thrill of Horror, The Move Toward Freedom, Approaching Adulthood, Anne Frank’s Legacy. Students also work with a variety of genres including fiction, non- fiction, poetry, drama and essays both in analysis, history and science. This foundational course prepares students for continued analysis of literature and writing skills with ongoing practice in writing, reading strategies, and speaking skills.

In English Fundamentals, students take a journey through important concepts–the Unknown, Equality, Identity, Opportunity, and Understanding–to learn the foundations of communication and analysis. In each unit of the course, students explore a variety of STEM-related literature, including genre fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and speeches. Through the study of this writing, students hone their own skills in communication and analysis.

To facilitate engagement and academic responsibility, students are encouraged to make choices at different points in the course. Most notable is the novel unit, in which students must select their book from a list of titles available. This practice gives ownership to the student and places each learner in a position to develop a deeper appreciation of reading.

From television to video games, media is everywhere. In Explorations in Media Arts, students will study the art behind the media, how it is created, the history of media, and the legal and ethical issues that arise while creating media arts. Students will apply critical thinking skills to creating web, video, animation, and graphic media projects.

This introductory economics course will include topics such as free enterprise, capitalism, private property, and market comparisons among capitalism, communism, and socialism.

Students will learn basic economic concepts of supply, demand, and price determination.

Drawing and painting are two of the most basic forms of self- expression. In Explorations in Studio Arts, students will elevate those skills and develop an understanding of colors, shapes, composition, and design. By studying renowned artists and their styles, students will investigate their own forms of expression and build a vocabulary of tools and materials to enhance their creativity.

During this course, students will learn that they can and do make a difference through their actions. They will also receive practical advice for protecting and improving the environment. The first semester of the course focuses on the living Earth, both terrestrial and aquatic. The second semester focuses on Earth’s place in the universe, the history of life on Earth, the geological time scale, great turning points in Earth’s history, atmospheric history, and mass extinctions. Endorsed by UNEP, Kids4Earth is aligned to North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) standards for environmental education and California standards for life science education.

Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? The word music means something different to everyone. Which is why in this Music course, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! You will learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; important elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years.

This club is for those who love nature, Earth, and seek to find a closer connection with Earth, explore environmental literacy and environs; individually and as a community.

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This course is for students with little to no previous French experience and is designed to give beginners an introduction to written and spoken French communication. Students will understand the meaning of written and spoken statements which consist of basic vocabulary and/or commonly used sentences while learning how to express themselves by producing, orally or in writing, simple messages in a structured context.

Students will learn how to present information and ideas and ask basic questions on a variety of topics, using the present tense and immediate future tense. This class will also present topics related to the French culture.

French 2 builds on the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and the basic grammar skills which the students learned in the French 1 class. Students will be required to understand the meaning of a series of interrelated ideas dealing with a familiar topic, to engage in short conversations, to express feelings and emotions, and to exchange opinions. Students will learn how to present information and ideas on a variety of topics using present, future, and past tenses and will continue to demonstrate an understanding of French culture.

Intermediate French students who have a strong base of vocabulary, speaking and listening skills will reach a new level of mastery and fluency in this course.

This course teaches advanced grammar and vocabulary and emphasizes correct accents and comprehension of “real world” native speech. The high energy excitement of the content, the challenging games and the wide variety of compelling stories contained in this course combine to make advanced learning a blast. Our unique error recognition technology helps students to eliminate common mistakes from their speaking and writing.

Fingerprints, blood spatter, DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making the use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those responsible for the crimes. This course will cover the usage of some of these techniques as they relate to the investigation of crime scenes.

Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.

Our personal financial habits affect our financial future, and we can make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing. This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft.

The Fashion Club takes a closer look at the ever-changing fashion industry and combines the creative and productive aspects that are part of contemporary culture. Members share original designs, reveal and review current fashion trends, designs from fashion week, and explore red carpet fashion. Between meetings members work independently creating original designs which they share at each meeting. They challenge themselves and each other by creating inspiration boards resulting in feedback, support, and encouragement from fellow fashionistas.

Members of the Film Production and Screen writing Club will explore elements of the filmmaking process including writing, directing, producing, cinematography, and editing. In the film industry, the screenplay is referred to as the “master document.” Without a script, no other position in the industry would exist. It is in story development and the creation of the three-act screenplay that this club will focus time throughout the school year. The development of writing skills will serve students, regardless of their future interests or career paths. Club members will utilize the teachings of Robert McKee and the late Syd Field; referencing Robert McKee’s “Ten Screenwriting Commandments,” his book “Story,” as well as Field’s screenplay outline.

Bon jour! French Club members revel in the emersion into French culture, cuisine, and even discuss the beauties of the French countryside as all meetings are exclusively French speaking. Members hone skills already acquired in French world language courses and embark on a journey of France, its landscapes, and all aspects of its culture. Viva la France!

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Students explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement,atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions,stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.

Geometry includes an in depth analysis of the concepts of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry.

Topics include logic and proof, parallel lines and planes, triangles, polygons, perimeter, area, volume, surface area, similarity, congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. All concepts are also related to real world phenomena.

A multi-media, game-based approach makes this introductory German course different from traditional approaches to language learning. Advanced teaching techniques are used to turn compelling adventures and activities into rigorous lessons in grammar and vocabulary.

This course provides a solid foundation for reading, speaking, writing, and understanding German and cultivates a passion for the language through exposure to culture and dynamic experiences of real people and real places. This course also features cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that lets students select the learning style that’s right for them.

Students with a beginning foundation in German will see their skills soar through compelling lessons that give them access to content so interesting that they forget that they are learning German. This unique learning methodology, which relies heavily on games and stories, works effectively to take students from a tentative understanding of German basics to a greater level of sophistication.

This course concentrates on students’ ability to articulate more and more complex thoughts and to understand authentic native language from a variety of enticing sources.

Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing video games or coding? Does the idea of creating and designing your own virtual world excite you? If so, this is the course for you! Tap into your creative and technical skills as you learn about the many aspects involved with designing video games. You will learn about video game software and hardware, various gaming platforms, necessary technical skills, troubleshooting and internet safety techniques, and even the history of gaming. And to top it all off, you’ll even have the opportunity to create your very own plan for a 2D video game! Turn your hobby into a potential career and go from simply being a player in a virtual world to actually creating one!

From vampires to ghosts, these frightening stories have influenced fiction writers since the 18th century. This course will focus on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrate how the core writing drivers produce, for the reader, a thrilling psychological environment. Terror versus horror, the influence of the supernatural, and descriptions of the difference between good and evil are just a few of the themes presented. By the time students have completed this course, they will have gained an understanding of and an appreciation for the complex nature of dark fiction.

Is there life on other planets? What extremes can the human body endure? Can we solve the problem of global warming? Today, scientists, explorers, and writers are working to answer all of these questions. Like Edison, Einstein, Curie, and Newton, the scientists of today are asking questions and working on problems that may revolutionize our lives and world. This course focuses on 10 of today’s greatest scientific minds. Each unit takes an in-depth look at one of these individuals, and shows how their ideas may help to shape tomorrow’s world.

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This comprehensive health course provides students with essential knowledge and decision-making skills for a healthy lifestyle. Students will analyze aspects of emotional, social, and physical health and how these realms of health influence each other. Students will apply principles of health and wellness to their own lives. In addition, they will study behavior change and set goals to work on throughout the semester. Other topics of study include substance abuse, safety and injury prevention, environmental health, and consumer health.

We all know the world is filled with different health problems, and finding effective solutions is one of our greatest challenges. How close are we to finding a cure for cancer? What’s the best way to treat diabetes and asthma? How are such illnesses as meningitis, tuberculosis, and the measles identified and diagnosed? Health Sciences I: The Whole Individual provides the answers to these questions and many more.

In this course, you will be introduced to various disciplines within the health sciences, including toxicology, clinical medicine, and biotechnology. Begin to understand the value of diagnostics and research and how these processes can lead to the identification and treatment of many diseases. Learn all the pertinent information and terminology in the health sciences, and discover how this amazing field contributes greatly to human life and the quality of our future.

One of the fastest-growing industries in all the world, this course introduces students to all aspects of the industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and more. Topics include key hospitality issues, development and management of tourist locations, event planning, and marketing.

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This course is designed to give students the essential building blocks for expressing their own ideas in standard (or formal) English. After an opening focus on paragraph writing, students write a variety of compositions in genres they will encounter throughout their academic careers.

The Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics program offers practice in sentence analysis, sentence structure, and proper punctuation. Intermediate English A sharpens reading comprehension skills, engages readers in literary analysis, and offers a variety of literature to suit diverse tastes.

World History A surveys the story of the human past from the period before written records, prehistory, through the fourteenth century. The course is organized chronologically and, within broad eras, regionally. Historical thinking skills are a key component of Intermediate World History. Students practice document and art analysis, conduct research, and write in a variety of formats. They also practice map reading skills and look at how historians draw conclusions about the past as well as what those conclusions are The course focus is the story of the human past and change over time, including the development of religion, philosophy, the arts, and science and technology. Geography concepts and skills are introduced as they appear in the context of the historical narrative. Students explore what archaeologists and historians have learned about the earliest hunter-gatherers and farmers and then move to a study of the four river valley civilizations..

This course continues the development of written and oral communication skills, designed to give students the essential building blocks for expressing their own ideas in standard (formal) English. Students continue to practice writing essays in various genres. They analyze the conventional five-paragraph essay structure, and then move on to learn the form and structure of a variety of essays they will encounter in their academic careers.

The Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics program addresses many grammatical topics. Intermediate English B sharpens reading comprehension skills, engages students in literary analysis, and offers a variety of literature to suit diverse tastes. This course addresses current thinking in assessment standards.

Continuing a survey of World History from prehistoric to modern times, This course focuses on the story of the past from the fourteenth century to 1917 and the beginning of World War I. The course is organized chronologically and, within broad eras, regionally. Lessons explore developments in religion, philosophy, the arts, and science and technology. The course introduces geography concepts and skills as they appear in the context of the historical narrative.

This course to help students develop artistic talents through theatrical knowledge and exercises.

This course will seek to provide the learner with a general knowledge of theatre history and introduce the learner to basic acting skills.  Students will work actively with the course instructor on developing skills with a goal of performance.

This first introductory course in computer programming is designed for the student who has no prior background knowledge in computer programming.

Topics covered are computer history, computer logic, programming strategies, algorithms and code development. The Pascal programming language provides the context for all programming instruction and coding/compiling.

The course teaches the basics of web page design focusing on principles that make for more professional looking web pages. Being able to code in HTML is not a prerequisite.

The class will be using a freely distributed graphical web page creation software such as Sea Monkey. BCOM200 is NOT related to BCOM105. This first course in website design focuses on design basics as students create simple sites that incorporate graphics, pictures and text.

This course introduces the field of psychology and its basic concepts, theories, research methods, and contributions to the understanding of human behavior.

Topics include the nervous system, perception, motivation, learning and memory, social behavior, and personality. The past and current theories and contributions of major psychologists are also explored.

From geography to culture, global business is an exciting topic in the business community today. This course is designed to help students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace.

This course is an introductory study of the basic principles of accounting. Beginning with a proprietorship, students will be guided step-by-step through a complete accounting cycle: analyzing transactions, journalizing, posting, petty cash, financial statements, and adjusting and closing entries. Students will then complete the same cycle with more complicated business structures.

Agriculture has played an important role in the lives of humans for thousands of years. It has fed us and given us materials that have helped us survive. Today, scientists and practitioners are working to improve and better understand agriculture and how it can be used to continue to sustain human life. In this course, students learn about the development and maintenance of agriculture, animal systems, natural resources, and other food sources. Students also examine the relationship between agriculture and natural resources and the environment, health, politics, and world trade.

Think about the last time you visited your favorite store. Have you ever wondered how the products you buy make it to the store shelves? Whether its video games, clothing, or sports equipment, the goods we purchase must go through a manufacturing process before they can be marketed and sold. In this course, you’ll learn about the types of manufacturing systems and processes used to create the products we buy every day. You’ll also be introduced to the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry including those for engineers, technicians, and supervisors. As a culminating project, you’ll plan your own manufacturing process for a new product or invention! If you thought manufacturing was little more than mundane assembly lines, this course will show you just how exciting and fruitful the industry can be.

Interested in transforming energy? With concerns about climate change and growing populations’ effects on traditional energy supplies, scientists, governments, and societies are increasingly turning to renewable and innovative energy sources. In the Introduction to Renewable Technologies course, you’ll learn all about the cutting-edge field of renewable energy and the exciting new technologies that are making it possible. You’ll explore new ways of generating energy and storing that energy, from biofuels to high-capacity batteries and smart electrical grids. You’ll also learn more about the environmental and social effects of renewable technologies and examine how people’s energy decisions impact policies.

In MYP arts,students function as artists as well as learners of the arts.Artists have to be curious.By deceloping curiosity about themselves,others and the world students become effective learners,inquirers and creative porblem-solvers.Students create,perform and present arts in ways that engage and convey feelings,experiences and ideas.Through this practice,students acquire new skills and master those developed in prior learning

The MYP individuals and societies subject group incorporates disciplines traditionally studied under humanities and social sciences. This subject group encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them, and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, geographical, political, social, economic, and culture factors that affect individuals, societies and environments.

Design,and the resultant development of new technologies,has given rise to profound changse in society,transforming how we access and process informantion,adapt our enviroment,communicate with others,solve porblems,work and live.MYP design challenges students to apply practical and creative-thinking skills to solve design problems;encour-ages students to explore the role of design in historical and cintem-porary contexts;and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.

The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the concept of an interational education that promotes intercultural understanding,and is central to the IB’s mission.The study of additional languages in the MYP provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features,processes and craft of language and the concept of culture,and to realize that there are dicerse ways of living,behaving and viewing the world

The study of mathematics is a fundamental part of a balanced education. It promotes a powerful universal language, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills that contribute to the development of logical, abstract and critical thinking. The MYP mathematics courses promote both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem-solving techniques that transcend the discipline and are useful in the world outside school.

Interdisciplinary learning can take place between different subject groups and between different disciplines within a subject group to encourage broader perspectives on complex issues and deeper levels of analysis and deeper levels of analysis and synthesis.Interdisciplinary connections must be meaningful.

The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active while developing the motivation for making healthy and informed life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes contributing to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

With inquiry at the core, the MYP sciences framework aims to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. The MYP sciences curriculum explores the connections between science and everyday life.

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Who? What? When? Where? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions for the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.

Are you always the first one to know what’s going on at school or in your town? If so, you are just the kind of person every online, print, and broadcast news outlet is searching for, and Journalism: Investigating the Truth is the perfect course for you! Learn how to write a lead that really “grabs” your readers, interview sources effectively, and write engaging news stories. You will explore the history of journalism and how the modern world of social media can provide an excellent platform for news. Turn your writing, photography, and collaborative skills into an exciting and rewarding journalism career.

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Emphasis is on communication through the composition of well-structured paragraphs, short stories, and essays. Novels and short stories are the building blocks of the course. Foundational grammar and standard usage are taught through writing, as well as through weekly grammar lessons. Vocabulary is built through the exploration of literature and weekly vocabulary lessons.Foundational grammar and standard usage are taught through writing, as well as through weekly grammar lessons. Vocabulary is built through the exploration of literature and weekly vocabulary lessons.

Life Science program invites students to investigate the world of living things—at levels both large and small—by reading, observing, and experimenting with aspects of life on earth. Practical, hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world.

Students explore an amazing variety of organisms, the complex workings of the cell, the relationship between living things and their environments, and discoveries in the world of modern genetics.

We will study materials from the primary genre of the novel, biography,autobiography, short story, poetry, sermon, speech, letter, essay, scripture, and drama. Specific works are: “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23”, by Phillip Keller, “Exiled: The Story of John Lothrop”, by Helene Holt,“Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare, “Idylls of the King”, by Tennyson, “The First Vision”, by Joseph Smith. A Master Project will include reading a biography and creating an extensive Notebook and oral presentation on the life of a hero of the Scholar’s choice.

focuses on the interpretation of literary works and the development of oral and written communication skills in standard (formal) English. The In Composition, students continue to sharpen their skills by writing essays in various genres.

In Literature, students read “what’s between the lines” to interpret literature, and they go beyond the book to discover how the culture in which a work of literature was created contributes to the themes and ideas it conveys. Students also read and study a variety of nonfiction works. This course addresses current thinking in assessment standards.

Emphasis is on communication through the composition of well-structured paragraphs, short stories, and essays. Novels and short stories are the building blocks of the course. Foundational grammar and standard usage are taught through writing, as well as through weekly grammar lessons. Vocabulary is built through the exploration of literature and weekly vocabulary lessons.

Foundational grammar and standard usage are taught through writing, as well as through weekly grammar lessons. Vocabulary is built through the exploration of literature and weekly vocabulary lessons.

Students will participate in analyzing arguments for fallacies and will participate in constructing valid arguments. The class will serve as an introduction to the study of logic as well as a foundation for future classes in logic and rhetoric offered here at NSA and in college.

For each unit, students take a diagnostic test that assesses their current knowledge of fundamental content. The results of these tests help students create individualized study plans.

The city of Pompeii and Roman Britain receive special focus. This course also explores the relationship of Roman culture and the early church. Latin 1 stresses the basic structure of Latin, including basic grammar, essential syntax, and the pronunciation, comprehension, and translation of simple and edited Latin. Basic Roman and Greek mythology, culture, and history are also introduced.

Latin 2 stresses the review of Latin basics and includes the introduction of more advanced grammar and syntax.

Latin 2 stresses the review of Latin basics and includes the introduction of more advanced grammar and syntax. In addition, it allows students to delve deeper into Roman and Greek mythology, culture, and history through readings from actual Latin literature, as well as the significance of Roman culture to the early church.

Every society has laws that citizens must follow; this course aims to examine the purpose and function of laws in our society. From traffic laws to regulated government operations, laws help provide society with order and structure. By understanding the workings of course systems and how laws are carried out, we become more informed and responsible citizens in our communities and our world.

Leadership Skills Development takes students on a leadership journey, where they explore their own story and goals, and learn how to achieve things they never thought possible. During segment 1, students will explore their own personality strengths, learn how to set MAD goals, and find their North. They will learn about their success GPA, which is more than just the grades they receive, but also includes their ability to build their awareness, social, and solution powers. During segment 2, students have the opportunity to use what they have learned and apply tools and strategies to fictitious case studies. The course ends with students researching, planning, and participating in a service project that will benefit their school and/or community.

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The study of plane and solid figures includes construction and transformations of figures. Also in the context of problem solving, students add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative integers and solve problems involving ratios, proportions, and percents,including simple and compound interest, rates, discount, tax, and tip problems.

Students enhance computational and problem-solving skills while learning topics in algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. They solve expressions and equations in the context of perimeter, area, and volume problems while further developing computational skills with fractions and decimals.

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ials; and logic and reasoning.

Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various.

Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to this next level of middle school French. Throughout the course students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar.

Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to the next level of middle school Spanish.Throughout the course students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar.  There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries.

Music is a part of our everyday lives and reflects the spirit of the human condition. To know and understand music we must distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels.

Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making music experiences more informed and satisfying.

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to this next level of middle school French. Throughout the course students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

Students continue their language-learning adventure by progressing to the next level of middle school Spanish. Throughout the course students focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar.  There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.

This traditional music course teaches students the fundamentals of music as they relate to the piano key and a study of a select group of composers and their music. Students will complete lessons using Music Ace CD-ROM, student guides, and listening CDs.

This is the second course in the Music Concept Series. This is a traditional music course teaching the fundamentals of music as they relate to the piano key and a study of a select group of composers and their music.

This is a traditional music course teaching the fundamentals of music as they relate to the piano key and a study of a select group of composers and their music.

Students take a broader look at computational and problem-solving skills while learning the language of algebra. It provides demonstrations of key concepts, as well as interactive problems with contextual feedback.

Modern World History is designed for students to gain an understanding of world events from the Age of Absolutism to the present day. The student will know basic themes throughout modern world history, understand the cause and effect of major events, know key leaders and nations and their impact on modern history, recognize the formation and development of democracy as a primary ruling system in nations, assess the causes of nation’s rise and fall to power, and recognize the impact religious beliefs have on a nation’s governing system.

As our amazing planet continues to change over time, it becomes increasingly apparent how human activity has made environmental impacts. In the marine science course, students will delve deep into Earth’s bodies of water and study geologic structures and how they impact the oceans. Students will investigate characteristics of various populations, patterns of distribution of life in our aquatic systems, and ongoing changes occurring every day in our precious ecosystems. Students will be amazed and enlightened at just how much our oceans and lakes affect climate, weather, and seasonal variations. They will have the opportunity to explore the relationships among living organisms and see how they are affected by our oceans currents, tides, and waves. Hold on, it is one amazing journey.

Intellectual approach to music covers the fundamentals of music (such as rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, form and expression) and a survey of music history beginning with early music of the Greeks and Middle Ages and concluding with Modern Music of composers such as Copland and Prokofiev.

The students will learn the fundamentals of music (such as rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, form and expression) and a survey of music history beginning with early music of the Greeks and Middle Ages.

Studio Music is a projects-based course that will equip students to utilize technology to create and edit music. The primary tool of the class will be the DAW (digital audio workstation). Course instruction will be delivered using Studio One 3 Prime by Presonus (a free download for Mac or PC), but students can complete all coursework using any DAW of their choice.

Students will create music using both audio and midi regions, and students will explore basic DSP effects and midi keyboard concepts. In addition to the creative projects, students will complete exercises for developing the fundamental aural skills needed to be a successful studio musician. Finally, students will broaden their horizons by engaging with a variety of topics related to the field of music in general.

Historically, mythology and folklore have been used as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. Discussing these works from a Christian worldview perspective, students will begin with an overview of mythology and different kinds of folklore, and journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons, outwit gods, follow fearless warriors into battle, and watch clever monsters outwit those stronger than themselves. Stories will range from ancient Egyptian and Greek mythology to Davy Crocket, Joan of Arc, the dragons of Slovenia, and Fawcett’s mysterious journey to lost cities of the Amazon.

Historically, mythology and folklore have been used as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. Discussing these works from a Christian worldview perspective, students will begin with an overview of mythology and different kinds of folklore, and journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons, outwit gods, follow fearless warriors into battle, and watch clever monsters outwit those stronger than themselves.

There is a vibrant chord of music that runs through every culture in the world. Students in Music Around the World will explore the music of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. From Finland to Mongolia to Zimbawe, students will study the impact a country’s history and societal values have on the music of that nation.

Imagine preparing for the global experience as a member of the United Nations who strives for peace and balance among cultures around the world. This club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations (UN) by learning about the UN system, skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. Model UN team members meet twice a month to explore and reveal the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

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This is an eye-opening survey course designed to introduce nanotechnology. For each topic, the course presents the fundamental scientific principles of nanomaterials and discusses the engineering of these nanomaterials into functional devices, which will become the next generation of consumer products. Each lecture emphasizes the science underlying the most advanced applications of nanotechnology which, as we will see, can be explained using the existing laws, theories, and principles of physics, chemistry, and biology. This course is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. You will explore how nanomaterials can be integrated into functional devices to greatly improve the next generation of consumer products. Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). A highly interdisciplinary study, nanotechnology embraces concepts from biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics, and encompasses the manipulation of very small materials, called “nanomaterials.”

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Physical Science course presents the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. Students explore the amazing universe we live in, including motion, energy, the nature of matter and atoms, how chemicals mix and react, and the forces that hold the universe together.

The course maintains a continuous focus on the use of fractions, mixed numbers and decimals in the four basic arithmetic operations, moving from the simple to the more complex. Special emphasis is placed on solving word problems, especially problems involving rate, and to fluency in translating numbers from numerical form to word form. Students also hone their skills in the conceptualization of area, volume and perimeter as applied to concrete examples. Simple equations are introduced along with the two basic rules for solving equations involving variables. The second half of the course introduces integral exponents, integral roots and negative numbers.

Students will produce watercolor paintings of still life, animal studies, landscapes, cityscapes or seascapes, as well as portrait studies. Students need a scanner and/or a digital camera. Learn how to do the basic techniques of watercolor painting: washing, spattering, and masking.

Physical Science course presents the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. Students explore the amazing universe we live in, including motion, energy, the nature of matter and atoms, how chemicals mix and react, and the forces that hold the universe together.

Students will produce acrylic paintings of still life, animal studies, landscapes, cityscapes or seascapes, as well as portrait studies. Students need a scanner and/or a digital camera. Learn how to do the basic techniques of acrylic painting.

Pre-AP Pre-Calculus covers those topics common to most traditional pre-calculus courses .Applications to real world events and graphing calculators are also woven into the course extensively. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered.

Physics is a study of the God-ordained laws which govern the physical universe, connecting them with observable phenomena, and covers the general topics of mechanics with kinematic and dynamic motions, gravity, uniform circular motion, work, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism.

Students will learn to express physics concepts with equations that enable them to solve problems using a basic knowledge of algebra and right angle trigonometry.

Students examine in-depth the role of philosophy past, present and future. Upon completion of the course, students can expect to better understand the basic history of the various schools of thought, appreciate various methods for understanding and challenging logical and analytical arguments, and personally explore their own philosophical orientation on many current topics. Imperative ethical and philosophical questions will be examined and analyzed such as: Does right change over time, or depending on circumstances? Which is more powerful, truth or beauty? What is a white lie? Is there a correlation between legal and ethical? Should a behavior be allowed if nobody has a problem with it? Which right is more important, that of the community, or the individual? Is it more honorable to be true to your nature, or to overcome it?

This course is designed for college bound students who wish to plan and prepare for the requirements of college admission. Students will work through high school course selection and planning, evaluate the role of the high school transcript, navigate the college application process, identify their top college choices, explore the financial aid process and more. Upon course completion, students will have a portfolio that they can use to showcase their skills and to increase their chances for college acceptance.

The sad news?  One day you won’t live at home anymore.  The good news?  If you take this class, you’ll be prepared for life on your own.  Many students go to college without the necessary tools that they need for managing their money, making simple meals based on good nutritional choices, taking care of their clothes, organizing their “personal space,” and balancing their study and social time.  Get ready for heading out on your own by starting today as you learn the skills that you will need, all while you still live at home.  (And parents, this will be your most favorite class that your teen takes in school because you will benefit from your student moving toward independence and cooking for you for a change.) Come and join in the fun as you “Prepare for Independent Life” starting today.  You’ll be so glad that you did.

The art of public speaking is one that underpins the very foundations of Western society. This course examines those foundations in both Aristotle and Cicero’s views of rhetoric, and then traces those foundations into the modern world. Students will learn not just the theory, but also the practice of effective public speaking, including how to analyze the speeches of others, build a strong argument, and speak with confidence and flair. By the end of this course, students will know exactly what makes a truly successful speech and will be able to put that knowledge to practical use.

Photographs play an important role in our world. We photograph to preserve memories, document events, and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn what it takes to create a good photograph and how to improve photographs of animals, people, and vacations. They will also begin working with their photographs using photo-editing software. Through a variety of assigned projects, students will engage their creativity by photographing a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their cameras.

Helping people achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding of human experiences. Peer counselors help individuals reach their goals by offering them support, encouragement, and resource information. This course explains the role of a peer counselor, teaches the observation, listening, and emphatic communication skills that counselors need, and provides basic training in conflict resolution, and group leadership. Not only will this course prepare you for working as a peer counselor, but the skills taught will enhance your ability to communicate effectively in your personal and work relationships.

We believe that life and learning are one and the same. It allows students to express creativity and expand thinking skills. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to make a live presentation about their project to an audience of their peers. Each Personal Project Portfolio earns 1.0 units of credit for a full-year of participation at three hours per week. One semester of participation at three hours per week earns 0.5 units of credit.

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self- discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception and states of consciousness. Amazing online psychology experiments dealing with our own personal behavior are featured within this course.

Personal Psychology II continues the study of self-improvement initiated in Personal Psychology I. Topics include memory, intelligence, emotion, health, stress, and personality. This course features virtual psychology experiments that give students insight into human behavior.

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history! Along the way, you’ll run into some very strange characters. For example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you’ll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You’ll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you’ve “closed the book” on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you from atoms to outer space and everything in between.

Food has to travel from the farm to the table, and in Agriculture and Natural Resources, you will learn about all of the steps in that journey, beginning with the history of agriculture through animal husbandry, plant science, and managing our use of natural resources. In this course, you will receive a broad understanding of the subject matter, preparing you for future hands-on learning.

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What is the best way to care for children and teach them self- confidence and a sense of responsibility? Parenting involves more than having a child and providing food and shelter. Learn what to prepare for, what to expect, and what vital steps parents can take to create the best environment for their children. Parenting roles and responsibilities, nurturing and protective environments for children, positive parenting strategies, and effective communication in parent/child relationships are some of the topics covered in this course.

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A multi-media, game-based approach makes this introductory Spanish course different from traditional approaches to language learning. Advanced teaching techniques are used to turn compelling adventures and activities into rigorous lessons in grammar and vocabulary.

This course provides a solid foundation for reading, speaking, writing, and understanding Spanish and cultivates a passion for the language through exposure to culture and dynamic experiences of real people and real places. This course also features cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that lets students select the learning style that’s right for them.

Intermediate Spanish students who have a strong base of vocabulary, speaking and listening skills will reach a new level of mastery and fluency in this course.

This course teaches advanced grammar and vocabulary and emphasizes correct accents and comprehension of “real world” native speech. The high energy excitement of the content, the challenging games and the wide variety of compelling stories contained in this course combine to make advanced learning as exciting as ever.

Intermediate Spanish students who have a strong base of vocabulary, speaking and listening skills will reach a new level of mastery and fluency in this course.

This course teaches advanced grammar and vocabulary and emphasizes correct accents and comprehension of “real world” native speech. The high energy excitement of the content, the challenging games and the wide variety of compelling stories contained in this course combine to make advanced learning as exciting as ever.

Students will be introduced to the important concepts and tools used by statisticians for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The main themes covered in this course are exploring data, probability, and statistical inference.

Students will read a variety of the works of William Shakespeare. They will learn about the literary, historical, and biographical contexts of Shakespeare’s works. Students will understand the plots and themes presented in the readings, as well as their implications for both Shakespeare’s time and the present day. Background information on the history of Elizabethan times and the theatre provides guidance and a foundation as students progress through the course.

SAT Math is designed to prepare the student to do well on the College Board SAT exam. The course will familiarize the student with the format of the math sections of the SAT and will teach the student testing techniques and strategies. The course will also include a comprehensive review of basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, statistics, and other math concepts needed for success on the SAT. This class is taught by NSA faculty but also extensively uses an outside online source so students can customize their practice and review, according to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

Real world leadership experience is the focus of the i712 Online School’s Student Government team. Members are comprised of three elected officers and confirmed representatives from each grade level, grades 7-12. An election convention is held each year as candidates campaign and gain understanding in a respectful, objective setting-including rechanneling defeat and demonstrating resiliency to become an active, involved, voting members of a decision making body. Officers, representatives, and members actively participate and learn about civic literacy, amend by-laws as needed in an ever evolving student campus, and execute projects that are both community and global oriented.

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Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89 graphing calculator. Students will learn: right triangle trigonometry and its applications, trigonometry of non-acute angles, radian measure and the circular functions,the trigonometric functions, applications of trigonometry and vectors, complex numbers, polar and parametric equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions.

If all the world is a stage, then Theatre Around the World is an adventure. Students will travel through the countries of  the  world to see the similarities and differences of theatre in each culture. From ancient Indian Sanskrit theatre to famous African playwrights, students will understand how theatrical expression can unite people across the globe.

Lights! Camera! Action! This course will introduce students to the basics of film and theater productions. Students will learn about the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camerawork for both film and theater settings. The course also explores the history of film and theater and the influence that they have had on society. Students will analyze and critique three influential American films, Casablanca, Singing’ in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz.

Travel Club is not only fun, it’s educational, life enhancing, and develops global awareness and compassion. This club is about both culture and travel as members share their experiences using photos, presentations, and unique perspectives. Engaging activities also explore cultural norms, and possibly absurdities, while identifying food, clothing, architecture, and rituals unique to the culture, country or continent.

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Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America.

Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

US History from 1877 covers the history of the United States from the end of the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present day.  Emphasis is placed on the Christian foundation on which the United States was founded.  Students will develop an understanding of some of the key themes of history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing.

Using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills through the lens of the biblical worldview.

US Government focuses on the various forms of government in the world as well as the differences between government systems and economic systems. Attention will be given to the founding of the American Republic including a strong overview of its Constitution, an in-depth look at the three branches of government established by its early advocates (including the Federal System, its checks and balances, and the various elements that cause our government to function), and the role of state governments.

Using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills through the lens of the biblical worldview.

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This course focuses on gaining historical literacy of civilizations that existed from approximately 250 A.D. to 1800. These civilizations include the Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, West African, Central African, South African, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, European, Ottoman, Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Incan. The study also introduces the six branches of history (geography, culture, economics, government, belief systems, and science & technology), as well as several tools and strategies historians use to discover and interpret the past.

This class begins with a solid foundation of ancient history, moves to a presentation of Asian and African cultures, explores the Greco-Roman culture, the Middle Ages, and ends with an in- depth look at modern and contemporary history.

Students will develop an understanding of key themes in history, an ability to analyze historical evidence and express historical understanding and writing.  Using a variety of sources, this course will emphasize reading comprehension, writing, research, and analytical skills through the lens of the biblical worldview.

In this course, students explore the planet continent by continent, nation by nation, culture by culture, and people by people. Using up to date, compelling online resources and activities, students study each region to more clearly see its similarities and differences to other regions. Exploration of each new region begins with a study of where each region is located as well as physical characteristics including absolute and relative location, climate, and significant geographical features. Next, students study each region from a cultural, economic, and political perspective, paying particular attention to the effects of human behavior on the region.

Students will use multimedia and multi-modality resources, quizzes, unit exams, online discussions, projects and writing assignments to establish an understanding of human and physical geography.

In World Literature, students learn how the human experience—real life—is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, students explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as laughter, obstacles, betrayal, fear, and transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, students explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed. As in life, students have many choices in this course. They choose the order in which they complete the units. Students also choose some of the works they read and have countless choices when it comes to demonstrating what they have learned. Whether reading a poem or a novel, writing a story or an analysis, or studying a Shakespearean tragedy or a modern suspense film, students explore what it means to be human, a subject on which they are already experts!

This material will be explored using lesson presentations, case studies, text and supplemental reading, map studies, simulations, current events, and individual projects. Exploring the world in this World Geography course will help you learn about the world’s regions, countries and important global issues that affect the people living there. Along with this, you will learn where the world’s countries, major cities, as well as key geographic features and landforms are located

World literature introduces classic texts from such authors as Dickens, Shakespeare, Yeats, Tolstoy, and Hugo while teaching literary devices such as character development, plot, theme, setting, and imagery.

Lessons in composition, grammar, and poetry are taught together with the literature selections to give the student an integrated course in English literature.

In World Mythology, students will explore creation myths, trickster tales and hero journeys from all around the globe. Each lesson will examine a different myth in an integrated study of history, culture, literature and the arts. From ancient Egypt to the Aztec empire, the Chinese to the Celts, students will study how myths are used and interpret their meanings. They will build on fundamental reading comprehension and analytic skills as they journey through museum exhibitions, visit archaeological digs and listen to traditional storytellers.

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Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in an art studio—the smell of paint, the heat of the kiln, and the infinite creative possibilities that linger in the air. This is where art is born, and in 2D Studio Art, you’ll learn how to bring your art visions to life. Whatever medium you prefer—painting, drawing, photography—this course will teach you the design elements and principals needed to create a work of art, explore your artistic inspirations, travel back in time to look at art in different cultures, and gain insight about the art of critiquing. If you’ve ever dreamed about making a living as an artist, this course will give you the tools and background that you need to turn those dreams into a reality.