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COURSE NAME LEVEL R/E CREDIT PREREQUISITE COURSE DESCRIPTION
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Accounting 11th-12th E 10 None A one year introductory course of concept and principals of double-entry financial record-keeping systems; accounting controls, transaction analysis, and processing applications.
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Advanced Art 10th-12th E 10 Art & Drawing or A one year course designed to address the student's specific strengths and build on them. Also provides exploration with various media for portfolio development for college entrance.
Year Portfolio Review
*Algbra 2-Honors 10th-12th E 10 Algebra 1 A/B An expanded study of topics covered in Algebra 1 and an in-depth study of topics convered in Algebra 2. More emphasis is given to quadractic functions and higher degree equations. An expanded study of trigonometery including circular and inverse functions, vector operations, and polar cordinates. Sequences, series, matrices and determinants are also introduced. Taught every odd year (00-01, 02-03).
Year Geometry A/B
GPA 3.50 cum
Teacher's Recom.
Algebra 1 9th R 10 above 70% on Algebra 1 is a one year course of study variables in mathmatical equations. Topics include: real numbers, linear and quadractic equations, polynomials, systems of equations, graphing, sets, and word problems.
Year Placement Test or
10 cr. of PreAlg.
Algebra 2 11th E 10 Algebra 1 A/B/C Algebra 2 with Trigonometry is a one year course of intensive study in algebra. Approxiamately 3 quarters will deal with algebra and 1 quarter in Trigonometry. Algebra 2 topics: real and imaginary numbers, 1st and 2nd, and higher order polynomials equations, inequalitites, and functions, systems of equations, graphing, conic sections, radicals and exponents, logarithms, and matrices. Trigonometry topics include: trig functions, inverse functions radianmeasures, graphing, and identities.
Year Geometry A/B
Teacher's Recom.
*AP Calculus 12 E 10 Pre-Calculus A/B AP Calculus is an intensive one year course that provides an opportunity for secondary school students to receive credit for college-level course work at the secodary school level. Topics include: the properties and limits of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithimic functions, derivatives and their applications, and integration and its application. Taught every other even year (99-00, 01-02 etc). May be taught odd years with enough student interest.
Year or H-Alg 2- A/B
GPA 3.50 cum
Teacher's Recom.
AP Exam Reg. Fee
Commitment Contract
Art 1 9th-12th E 5-Sem None An introduction to art history and materials.
10-Year
Art 2, Art 3, Art 4 10th-12th E 10-Year Art 1
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Band 9th-12th E 10 Audition A performance based class. Students learn musicianship through instrumentalperformances. Daily practice and attendance at performances required.
Year
Biology/Lab 9th R 10 None A study of living things from individual cells to systemic interactions, with emphasis on the student's reasoning ability. Covered topics include cells, genetics, plants and animals. A laboratory component is included and incorporates a variety investigative techniques.
Year Testing
*Biology-Honors 12 E 10 Biology A or B Anatomy and Physiology based on human body systems, their interrelations and balance. Course includes laboratory time with dissection. While not an AP course, a college level text is used to help introduce those students intersted in health professions to the central ideas surrounding the exploration of the human body.
Year Teacher's Recom.
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Careers 9th-12th E 5 None A hands-on program to introduce students to the process of choosing a career. Students will learn to identify and match personal skills and interests to jobs, prepare a resume and research jobs. A strong emphasis will be placed on the basic stages of interviewing, interview follow-up and job survival skills.
Semester
Ceramics 9th-12th E 10 Year None An introduction to hand built and wheel-thrown ceramics.
Chemistry/Lab 11th-12th E 10 w/Algebra 2 A study of matter and its changes, involving chemical concepts necessary to prepare students for college level chemistry courses. Interactions among substances and the changes brought about by reactions are discussed, as well as mathematical relationships inherent within chemical processes. A laboratory component is included and incorporates a variety of investigative technqiues.
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Choir 9th-12th E 4 Audition Grade 9-10 Choir, Grade 11-12 Choir. A performance based class. 3-4 performances a school year. Grade based on class and concert participation.
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Chorale 9th-12th E 6 Audition A performance based class. 25-30 performances a school year. Grade based on class and concert participation.
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CIF 9th-12th E 2.5 credit Try-outs Co-Ed Soccer
per sport No failing grades Girls and Boys Volleyball Varsity
No probation Girls and Boys Basketball Varsity
Level 3 or 4 Girls and Boys Basketball Junior Varsity
Computer
Applications
11th-12th E 10 Computer Literacy Computer Applications is a full year class that provides the student with a complete knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office Professional 2003.This course covers all basic and advanced commands and concepts helping the students to become proficient in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher.

Year Keyboarding
Computer Literacy 10th R 5 Keyboarding Computer Literacy is a one semester required class that provides the student with the basic fundamentals of computers. Students are introduced to the most fundamental concepts and are taken to more advanced concepts in a sequential configuration. Concepts of hardward and software are presented with the assistance of computer models, multimedia, and computer hands-on practice.
Semester
Advanced
Computers
11th-12th E 10 Keyboarding Advanced Computers is a full year class that provides training for the A+ Certification program. The course covers the major concepts in managing and troubleshooting computers running the major desktop and server operating systems used today. Students in this class learn to work with Windows as well as Ubuntu, a popular distribution of the Linux operating system.

Year Computer Literacy
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Desktop Publishing 11th-12th E 10 Computer Literacy Desktop Publishing is a full year class that provides the students with the complete knowledge and understanding of computerized publishing with the use of Publisher and Scribus. The students in this class will also cover the basics of digital imaging handling and formats through the use of Adobe Photoshop.
Year Keyboarding
Drama 9th-12th E 5 None The student will learn the fine art of acting and communication. The grade is based on the will and desire to peform plays. The student will also learn self-confidence.
Year
Drawing 9th-12th E 5 None You do not need to know how to draw to take this introductory course.
Semester
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English 1 9th R 10 None An introductory English course which covers reading and study skills, basic academic and creative writing, grammar, vocabulary, mass media and a wide range of literature.
Year
English 2 10th R 10 English 1 Like English 1, this course focuses on grammar, vocabulary, and a wide range of literary genres. In addition, however, this intermediate course helps studentsdevelop their essay writing and logical reasoning through lectures and academic debates.
Year
English 3 11th R 10 English 2 English 3 focuses on American Literature and the study of its short stories,essays, short novels, and poems. This study also develops writing, grammar, vocabulary, and speaking skills.
Year
English 3-Honors 11th E 10 English 1/2: A/B The focus of Honors English 3 is on American Literature and on writing. In thisclass we will read novels, short stories, essays, plays, and works on non-fiction. We will also devote time to developing and refining writing, grammar, vocabulary, and public speaking skills with an emphasis on improving ourability to communicate ideas coherently, logically, and persuasively.
Year GPA: 3.50 cum
Wld Hist: A/B
Student Essay
Take w H-US Hist.
Teacher's Recom.
English 4 12th R 10 English 3 English 4 focuses on British Literature and the study of its short stories, essays, short novels, and poems. This study also develops writing, grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills.
Year
English 4-Honors 12th E 10 Eng.1&2:A/B Focus on language and composition with an emphasis on effective writing andcritical reading. Students will read prose from various periods and modes to analyze style, rhetoric, and audience. Students will compose essays using various modes and for different purposes including expository, argumentative, and analytical.
Year A/B H-Eng:A/B
Eng. 3 A
Student Essay
Teacher's Recom.
AP Exam Reg. Fee
Commitment Contract
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Geography 9th R 5 None Students learn why a place is located where it is, what it is like, what thesignificance of its location is, and the issues that affect it, students also learnthe five themes of geography, how to read and draw maps, and to recall placenames and locations.
Semester
Geometry 10th E 10 10 credit of Alg.1 Geometry is one year course of study of point, lines, planes, planes figure (esp. circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and special polygons), solid figures (such asprisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones), construction, proofs, and transfor-mations through definitions, postulates, theorems, properties, and formulas.
Year
Government 12th R 5 None Students learn about government in the United States. Students learn the ways in which government in this country is organized, the ways in which it is controlled by the people, the many things that it does, and the various ways in which it does them.
Semester
Gov./Econ-Honors 12th E 10 World Hist.-A/B The focus of Honors Government will be on events and issues of importanceduring the 20th century. This course will fulfill state requirements in the areas of government and geography. Along with the political and geographical study ofour 20th century world, we will study major trends in art, religion and philosophy, literature, music, and architecture. In addition to these topics, this honors class will also focus on essay convincing manner.
Year H-U.S. Hist.-A/B
US Hist-A
H-English 3-A/B
Geography-A/B
GPA 3.50 cum
Student Essay
Teacher's Recom.
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Health 9th-12th R 5 None A one semester overview of health issues in the areas of mental, physical, social and spiritual health.
Semester
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Journalism 9th-12th E 5 Year None
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Keyboarding 9th R 5 None Instruction focuses on three thrusts of emphasis: keyboarding-manipulation and technique skills; Formating-how to arrange space and place documents; Document Processing-production in quantity and quality of documents. Students will be required to master fluent manipulation of the keyboard by "touch" without looking at a rate 55 words per minute with no errors.
Semester
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Music Appreciation 9th E 5 None May not be taught every year. Students will learn the elements of music and appreciation of music from a historic analytical and biographic viewpoint.
Semester
Not a performance class.
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Office Procedures 11th-12th E 5 Sem. Keyboarding Semester 1 students will learn the basics of SuperWrite, a ABC shorthand note taking system. Semester 2 students will work individually on office simulation packets learning the basic skills of various office jobs and tasks.
10 Year Computer Literacy
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Painting 10th-12th D 10 Art 1
Year
P.E. Boys/Girls 1-2 9th-10th R 10 None PE for grades 9/10 Girls: Introduction to 6 sports-volleyball, soccer, basketball, football, badminton and softball. Grading is based on skills test and a written test. Dressing down is an important factor in this class. The mile run is a requir-ment every week. This class will surely keep you in shape. Boys: Coverage of 6 sports-flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, soft-ball, badminton. Classes are introduced from the ground up and tailored tothe skills level of all involved. Students learn from verbal instructions and hands on experience.
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P.E. Boys/Girls 3-4 11th-12th R/E 10 None PE for grades 11/12
Year Girls and Boys: see above
Photography 11th-12th E 5 35mm SLR History of Photography, basic camera operation, film exposure, picture composition.
Year Camera
Physical Science 11th-12th E 10 None An introduction to methods of science with a survey of chemistry, physics, and astronomy.
Year
Physics 10th E 10 None A study of the fundamental laws of nature including, optics, and electricity and magnetism with an emphasis on conceptual understanding.
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*Physics-Advanced 11th-12th E 10 /w Alg. 2 A study of the fundamental laws of nature including, optics, and electo-magnetism with math and projects.
Year GPA 3.50 cum
Teacher's Recom.
Pre-Algebra 9th E 10 below 70% on Pre-Algebra is a one year course of study to prepare the student for Alg. 1
Year Placement Test Topics include: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, ratios, proportions and percentages, linear and angular measurements, variables, linear equations, graphing, andsolving word problems using basic formulas.
PreCalculus 11th E 10 Algebra 2-A/B Pre-Calculus is a one year course of study to prepare the student for
Year Calculus or AP Calculus. Topics include: linear, quadratic, polynomial andparametric functions, inequalities, and graphing, exponents and logarithms, analytic geometry, trigonometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, vectors, series, matrices, combinatorics, probability, statistics, curve fitting, limits of functions, and slope of a curve (derivative).
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Religion 1 9th R 10 None The course begins with an introduction to spiritual formation; experiences with prayer and personal spiritual growth will continue throughout the year. Students learn the history of the Bible and how we got modern translations (KJV, NIV, etc.) The origins of life will also be examined (creation or evolution?). Students will gain in-depth knowledge of God's relationship with us while we study His incredible love, grace and leading through major Old Testment personalities, including patriarchs and great women of faith. Students will explore the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and several other world religions/cults through their class projects. The objective of this course is to give students an opportunity to know God in a deeper and experiential way.
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Religion 2 10th R 10 None This course is a broad brush study into the major segments that compose the Bible: Law, History, Poetry & Wisdom, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Gospels, History (Acts), Letters of Paul, and General Letters. Scriptural emphasis is placed in understanding the difference between the Old & New Covenant. The remainder of the year then focuses on the development of the early Jesus movement into present day Christianity. Students will also be exposed to Christian apologetics and church doctrines.
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Religion 3 11th R 10 None This course begins with a study of spiritual formation; experiences with personal spiritual development will continue throughout our studies in the course of the year. Students will taste various methods of prayer, how to study the Bible for context and real life application as well as opportunties for personal growth in mediation and solitude. Our lessons will explore the Life of Christ through the gospels; Christian ethics in contemporary issues, and life of the Apostle Paul and Romans with a focus on examining justification and sanctification. The objective of this year is an understanding of grace and an offering to the student for a deeper personal journey with God.
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Religion 4 12th R 10 None This course if framed within four basic questions: Where do I come from? What is my purpose in life? Why do bad things happen? Where am I going? In depth studies into the Wisdom Literature of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs provide Biblical insight into these very questions. In contrast, students will also be exposed to secular worldviews, rationalism, and modern philosophy, which also attempt to provide an alternative explanation. Like the Book of Proverbs, the remainder of the year focuses on a youth preparing to leave home. Career, marriage, finance, family, and end of life issues are discussed within a Christian context.
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Spanish 1 10th-11th E 10 None An introduction to the Spanish language and culture with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar skills.
Year
Spanish 2 11th-12th E 10 Spanish 1-A/B/C A continuation of Spanish 1 using advanced grammatical skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
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Spanish 3 12th E 10 Spanish 2-A/B This course will build on Spanish 1 and 2 and concentrate on perfecting thestudents' skills in writing, speaking, listening, and reading in Spanish. The class will include various activities in which the students can get practical applications in the Spanish language. Students will be expected to attend a Spanish speaking church once each quarter.
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*US History-Honors 11th E 10 English 2-A/B The study of American History begins with the early exploration and settlement of the New World and closes at the end of the nineteenth century. Major events examined include Colonial Society, Revolutionary Era, development of the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Freedom's Ferment, Industrialism, and the Native Americans and the Western Frontier. The development and influence of American art, philosophy, religion, and literature.The students will learn history of the United States by studying eight different themes. The themes are Economics, the Constitution, Technology and Society, Government and Politics, Ethics and Values, and Conflict.
Year World Hist.-A/B
GPA 3.50 cum
Student Essay
Take with H-Eng.3
Teacher's Recom.
US History 11th R 10 None
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World Economics 12th R 5 None The economics course is a comprehensive program that moves students beyond pie charts and line graphs. It is a program that gets students involved in the classroom and in the real world where supply and demand, capital and labor, and business and government have meaning. We not only focus on personal economics, but also on the economics of the United States andInternational Economics.
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World History 10th E 10 None To attempt to cover all of world history within the scope of one class and one year is an overwhelming task. Some selection and rejection of topics is necessary or we would never get beyond the acient world. We will began withthe ancient civilizations and end after the French Revolution. During our study of world cultures, we will learn about religious, social, civic, legal, and economics contributions of various nations around the world. Integrated into the class will be a survey of literature, art, music, philosophy, and scientific discoveries which influenced the course of history.
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Yearbook Staff 9th-12th E 5 Elective credit only.
Year The students will learn to design pages, a cover, and other materials necessary to put a yearbook together using Adobe InDesign.
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