Course Selection Guide 2020-2021 - BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL - Batavia Local Schools

 
Course Selection Guide
     2020-2021

  BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL
           One Bulldog Place
          Batavia, Ohio 45103
                 (513) 732-2341

       www.bataviaschools.org
         Mr. Tim Derickson, Principal
    Mr. Darren Stevens, Assistant Principal

      Mrs. Beth Poling, Counselor M-Z
     Mrs. Felicia Grooms, Counselor A-L
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  The minimum requirements for graduation from Batavia High School are as
                                 follows:

 SUBJECT         CREDITS   OHIO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS EXPLANATION

   English          4      Students are required to earn 4 credits of English to qualify for
                           graduation.

Mathematics         4      Students are required to earn 4 credits of Mathematics, Algebra II or
                           Equivalent

   Science          3      Students are required to earn 3 credits of science. (Must include 1
                           credit in Biological Science and 1 credit in Physical Science.)

Social Studies      3      Students are required to earn 3 credits of social studies and ½
                           credit of Personal Finance. (1 credit of World History, 1 credit of US
                           History, 1 credit of Government, ½ Credit of Personal Finance)

   Health          1/2     Students are required to earn a ½ credit in Health over one
                           semester.

  *Physical        1/2     Students are required to earn ½ credit in PE over two
  Education                semesters. Option for student athletes to fulfill PE requirement, read
                           below*.

  Fine Arts         1      Students are required to earn 1 credit of Fine Arts. If the student
                           attends career center the credit of fine arts is waived.

  Electives         6      Course Selection guide offers a list of elective courses offered at
                           HS. Core courses beyond the minimum requirement count towards
                           elective credit. .

  TOTAL            22      Total Credits required from the above listed criteria needed to
 REQUIRED                  graduate from Batavia High School.
*Physical Education: Students may be excused from the physical education graduation
requirement through full season participation on sports teams, including cheerleading and/or in
marching band, (this does not include Academic Quiz Team). All Students who complete two
full seasons of any combination of the activities listed above, will be granted physical education
exemption through the Ohio Core requirements through the confirmation of coaches/advisors of
the students’ full season participation. If students or parents have any questions, they should
contact a high school guidance counselor.

                                  Grading System
                                   GRADING STANDARDS

                  Grade Cards will be posted to Progress Book Quarterly.

 A = 90-100 = 4.0 GPA B = 80-89 = 3.0               GPA

  C = 70-79 = 2.0 GPA          D = 60-69 = 1.0 GPA

           F = 59 and below = 0.0 GPA
    I – Incomplete, unable to assign grade

                                       Class Rank
Class Rank: Weighted GPA - At the completion of each course, the Weighted GPA
scale for the course completed will be applied as determined by the academic rigor level
assigned to the course. The weighted scale(s) are located under weighted courses in
the course catalogue.

Non-weighted GPA for a student is calculated by summing the standard non-weighted
grade points of all courses taken, then dividing by the number of credits attempted. The
standard non-weighted scale is A = 4; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1; F = 0
WEIGHTED COURSES

                     Weighted GPA for the purpose of Class Rank

   Course Rigor
       Level                           Course Grade                    A     B    C     D    F

                          Advanced Placement Grade Point              4.5   3.5 2.5 1.0       0
                          Scale

                          Honors Grade Point Scale                    4.5   3.5 2.5 1.0       0

                           College Prep Grade Point Scale             4.0   3.0 2.0 1.0       0

 Independent study classes, online credit recovery courses, and home school courses,
will all count as credit (pass/fail) but will not receive a grade nor be considered weighted
                    courses and therefore not calculated into the GPA.

Any credit received prior to the freshman year of high school (ie. 8th grade algebra or 7th
 and 8th grade art/health/PE etc…), will receive a letter grade, but will not be calculated
                                 into the cumulative GPA.

       GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 2021-BEYOND
The ODE link shows graduation requirements that are currently in effect for the class of 2021
and the class of 2022. Graduation requirements are updated for the class of 2023 and beyond,
which is viewable through this link as well.
For detailed information visit the Ohio Department of Education website at
- http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Graduation-Requirements/Graduation-Requirements-
2018-and-Beyond.

                          COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by
taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to
promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready
students. Taking a college course from a public college or university College Credit Plus is free.
That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or
university, you may have limited costs. For more information visit the Ohio Department of
Education website at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/School-Choice/College-Credit-Plus

                              CREDIT FLEX OPTION
Credit Flexibility primarily offers high school credits to secondary students in non-seat activities
or programs approved by the school district. Batavia Local Schools in accordance with State Bill
311 offers a variety of flexible credit options. Any student interested in the flexible credit option
must fulfill requirements that would be established based upon the course(s) requesting for the
flex credit to fulfill. Any student interested in the Flex Credit Option should get from their guidance
counselor the Flex Credit Requirements manual. In the manual there are specific deadlines that
need to be met in order to fulfill the Flex Credit Option.

                           ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Advanced Placement courses are college level courses taught at the high school that allow
students the option to earn college credit based on their AP Exam score. The AP Exams are
optional for students. These exams are taken in May and give students the opportunity to earn
college credit based upon their exam results. The AP Exam has a fee that must be paid by the
student. Students may qualify for a fee reduction. Students must notify the Guidance Office by
the end of October if they are going to OPT OUT of taking the AP exam for the course they are
enrolled in. Students that change their minds about taking the AP Exam after Nov.1 will be
charged a late fee by the College Board. Students may take any AP exam offered by The College
Board even if they are not enrolled in the class; however, students/parents must notify the
guidance office before October of each testing year so that the appropriate tests can be
ordered. More information and a complete list of AP test offerings are available in the Guidance
Office or visit www.collegeboard.com.

       STUDENT SCHEDULE SELECTIONS/CHANGES
Students, with parents, are encouraged to select their courses carefully in the spring. Class
sections are determined by the number of requests, so any student schedule changes affect
class size and course needs. Students should read the descriptions of the courses they select
and talk with teachers, counselors and parents to be sure their choices are appropriate.
Students and parents should be aware that teacher recommendations are made based on the
past performance of the student and the prerequisites of the department. The teacher
recommendation is a vital part of the scheduling option process. Students and parents should
pay particular attention to these recommendations and course prerequisites.
In the event that a parent/student does not agree with the recommendation of the teacher, they
may request to discuss the recommendation with the teacher, counselor and/or principal
designee. Teacher recommendations can only be overridden with the consultation of the
department chairperson and the approval of the principal (or designee).

Course changes may occur within the first 5 days of the 1 semester for yearlong courses and
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during the 1 5 days of each semester for semester long courses. Change of schedule requests
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will be available in the guidance office. Parent, administrator, teacher and counselor approval is
required for any request of schedule change. Anything outside the change window is at the
discretion of the student’s counselor and/or school administration and may result in a failing grade
on the transcript. Course change guidelines will be followed to assure fairness and
consistency throughout the student body. Class size limits are strictly followed, both for the
course being requested and the course desired to be dropped. The following guidelines will be
applied to change situations occurring outside the 5 day change window.

Second Semester Course Changes:
The 1 five days of the semester is considered the window for students to submit requests for
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course changes. Full year courses may only be dropped for lack of ability, not lack of
effort. No request will be taken after the 5 day window.

First and Second Semester Course Change outside 5 day window will occur only
if:
    1. Errors in computing or paper processing are found
    2. Need for Course Level Change Exist (Honor to CP)—based upon teacher and
       counselor recommendation and after attempts of intervention
    3. Graduation or Other Requirements Exist—needed to enter vocational school
       or to graduate at the close of the school year.
    4. Remedial Credits granted—fulfilling a deficiency or meeting an unfulfilled
       prerequisite.

Course changes for AP/Honors courses: these courses are considered more intense in
academic rigor. Students enrolling in these courses may be required to complete summer reading
assignments or various other preparatory activities prior to the start of the school year. Due to
scheduling constraints students electing to take such courses should keep this in mind and will
not be allowed to drop the course due to not completing summer assignments. Course
changes for AP courses will be at the discretion of teachers, administration and counselors and
done so only in the best interest of the student. Students taking AP Courses will be expected to
sign that they have read and understand the course requirements prior to the end of the current
school year.

                                  AUDIT COURSES
An audited course provides an opportunity for a student to gain knowledge in a subject
area. Students who audit a course will not receive credit for that course and the grade may or
may not become part of the G.P.A. The criteria for auditing a course include:
1. No class may be audited after the first five (5) days of either semester.
            2. Students must make written application to the principal within the first five days of
            the course. The application will address the following items: A) Why does he/she want
            to audit? B) Why is an audit more desirable than trying to pass the class at this time?
            C) How does he/she see the audit fitting into her/her future plans?
            3. The student must maintain a 60% average for each nine week grading period. If
            he/she fails to do this, he/she will receive the failing grade as part of his/her permanent
            record (GPA).
            4. At the end of the school year the student will submit a summary report to the
            principal describing the experience, including the positive and negative effects of the
            decision to audit.
            5. The teacher of the audited course may assign an out-of-class project. This will be
            related to the subject area and can be used in helping the student obtain the required
            60% average.
            6. No audited courses may be dropped.

Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in the student’s receiving a failing grade that
will become a part of his/her permanent record. A student may only audit one course each school
year.

                                     COURSE FEES
 The Course Fees List will be the final pages of the Catalogue, as well as included in the
             Student Handbook as approved by the Board of Education.

                               HONORS DIPLOMAS
 High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements
 through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-
                           level coursework and in real-world experiences.
Ohio students have the opportunity to choose to pursue one of six honors diplomas: Each
option is electronically linked to the ODE website for further information.
    1.   Academic Honors Diploma
    2.   International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma (BHS does not offer an IB Program)
    3.   Career Tech Honors Diploma
    4.   STEM Honors Diploma
    5.   Arts Honors Diploma*
    6.   Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma

*includes dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art.
High School Academic Honors Diploma

Students must meet all but one of the following criteria, unless it is a minimum
                           graduation requirement.

            Subject                                           Criteria

  English                  4 units

  Mathematics              4 units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another
                              higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain
                              equivalent content

  Science                  4 units, including 2 units of advanced science

  Social Studies           4 units

  World Languages          3 units of one world language, or no less than 2 units of each of two
                              world languages studied

  Fine Arts                1 unit

  Grade Point Average      3.5 on a 4.0 scale

   ACT/SAT Score [excluding 27 ACT / 1280 SAT
scores from the writing
sections]*
Career-Technical Honors Diploma

Students must meet all but one of the following criteria, unless it is a minimum
                           graduation requirement.

      Subject                                                Criteria

 English             4 units

 Mathematics         4 units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher
                        level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content

 Science             4 units, including 2 units of advanced science

 Social Studies      4 units

 World Languages     2 units of one world language

 Electives           4 units of Career-Technical minimum. Program must lead to an industry recognized
                        credential, apprenticeship or be part of an articulated career pathway which can
                        lead to post secondary credit.

 Grade Point Average3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT/WorkKeysACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher/WorkKeys: 6 or higher on Reading for
                            Information and 6 or higher on Applied Mathematics

Field Experience         Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the
                           student’s area of focus.

Portfolio                Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student’s field experience or
                           a topic that is related to the student’s area of focus.

Additional Assessment    Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the appropriate Ohio Career-
                           Technical Competency Assessment or the equivalent

            FINAL / SEMESTER EXAMS & ASSESSMENTS
 Semester:         1st Quarter: 40%
                   2nd Quarter: 40%
                   Exam: 20%

 Full Year:        1st Quarter: 20%
                   2nd Quarter: 20%
                   Exam: 10%
                   3rd Quarter: 20%
                   4th Quarter: 20%
                   Exam: 10%
 **Average 1st and 2nd Semester for full year.
 The exam will be extrapolated against the entire school year, not just negatively impact a
 student’s individual quarter grade. Additional consideration is given to the motivation that exams
 can provide students to review what they have been taught, a key to the learning process.
 Cumulative exams can also prepare students for college level exam situations and career
 certification tests that may be required. Final or semester exams are a way to measure our
 students’readiness for statewide assessments. “Exams” can include many different forms of
 assessments such as (but not limited to) projects, tests, labs, essays or portfolios of work.
HONOR ROLL
An honor roll is released after each semester. There are two groups of honor roll students. To
qualify as a member of the BHS Honor Rolls, students must meet the criteria below:

Merit Honor Roll – Students must have all “A”’s in all subjects for the semester grades.

Honor Roll – Students must have all “A”’s and “B”’s in all subjects for the semester grades.

                               NCAA ELIGIBILITY
Athletes who wish to participate in a college sport may need to meet NCAA eligibility
requirements. These include a minimum of a 2.0 average in at least sixteen “Core” courses and
above average ACT scores. Parents and students should be aware of these requirements. For
more information contact the Guidance Office or visit www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org .

                                 BHS ELIGIBILITY
Students must be passing five classes to be eligible to participate in sports, extracurricular
activities, be elected to homecoming or prom court, be a teacher’s aide or drive to school. The
Physical education ¼, fitness ¼, marching band n/c, and study hall n/c do NOT count toward
eligibility because they are ¼ credit or no credit (n/c) courses. Students should consider this
factor when electing to add Study Hall to their schedules.

              English Summer Reading Requirement

Educational Research clearly indicates that a student’s success in school is directly
related to their reading ability. To continue the quality of education offered at Batavia
High School and enhance our students’ skills, all students will participate in the
mandatory summer reading program. The program is designed to challenge our
students to apply, for enjoyment and enrichment, the reading and writing skills they
have developed.

Go to http://www.bataviaschools.org/SummerReading1.aspx for specific
assignments. Students will complete books and/or assignments based on their specific
class curriculum.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
                                     (Listed by Department)

                                          ENGLISH

                  Possible Course Selection Paths for English

                     9             10                    11                            12

   Honors         Honors        Honors
    Path         English 9     English 10
                                              AP English Language           AP English Literature
                                               and Composition*              and Composition*

  College CP English CP English                   CP English 11                 CP English 12
 Prep Path    9         10

                 All Core English classes may require summer reading

 English Department Electives: Journalism/Publications, Best Sellers, Best of Young Adult Literature,
 Creative Writing, Literature and Film, Speech Communications

0010 - CP ENGLISH 9 -- 1 credit, full year, grade 9
This course covers the major literary genres and introduces the concept of literary analysis.
Reading, writing, and thinking is required both in and out of class. Troublesome points of
grammar and usage are reviewed as necessary; students placed in this course have mastery in
basic English and composition skills. SAT/ACT vocabulary will be emphasized. A variety of
academic and personal pieces will be written. The course is designed for academically driven
students. Summer reading and a summer assignment may be required.

0013 - HONORS ENGLISH 9 -- 1 credit, full year, grade 9 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES:
      Grade point average of “B” or better in Language Arts
      Acceptance of additional time and commitment required for success in Honors courses.
      Desire to read and discuss literature at an analytical level
      Parental support including approval of more mature readings
      Recommendation of current Language Arts instructor

Honors English covers the same curriculum as CP English 9 with enrichment activities and
additional reading and writing components. Honors students are expected to progress at a more
rapid rate, to write more papers and to have more independent reading selections. The course
may cover literature of a more mature content and adult language. This course is recommended
for those who are interested in taking AP Literature and Composition or AP Language and
Composition. Summer reading and a summer assignment may be required.

0012 - CP ENGLISH 10 -- 1 credit, full year, grade 10

This course is designed as a college preparatory course. It builds upon the concepts covered in
CP English 9. Troublesome points of grammar and usage are reviewed as necessary, but it is
assumed students placed in this course have mastery of Basic English skills. Heavy emphasis
is placed on an integrated approach to writing, speaking, vocabulary, and literature. Summer
reading and a summer assignment may be required.

0023 - HONORS ENGLISH 10 – 1 credit, full year, grade 10 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of CP/Honors English 9 Teacher and/or grade of “B” or
better in CP or Honors English 9.

This course covers the major literary genres intensively and also concentrates on literary
analysis. Much reading and writing is required both in and out of class. Content is extended
beyond CP English 10 and is also more in depth. SAT/ACT vocabulary will be emphasized as
well. Research techniques will be extended with the development of a research paper. The
course is designed for academically driven students who have a sincere interest in challenging
themselves to write varied forms of compositions and to read and analyze worthwhile classic and
modern literature. The course may cover literature of a more mature content and adult
language This course is recommended for those who are interested in taking AP Literature and
Composition or AP Language and Composition. Summer reading and a summer assignment
may be required.

0018 - CP ENGLISH 11 -- 1 credit, full year, grade 11

Students will be expected to read and comprehend complex imaginative literature, master
vocabulary, develop expository writing skills, and identify and explain literary forms and
techniques, and extend research skills. Summer reading and a summer assignment may be
required.

All student’s taking CP English 12 will take part A may choose to take either part
B or C as the second part of their English 12 class.

0009 - CP ENGLISH 12 A -- .5 credit, full year, grade 12

Students will be expected to read and comprehend complex imaginative literature, master
vocabulary, develop expository writing skills, and identify and explain literary forms and
techniques, and extend research skills. This course will have greater emphasis on college writing
skills. This course is required for all senior. Summer reading and a summer assignment may
be required.

0009 - CP ENGLISH 12 B-Analyzing New Media- .5 credit, full year, grade 12

From blockbuster films to social media, tv commercials to video games, the content we consume
to gather information and find entertainment has become one of the most powerful tools in modern
culture for shaping values and has tremendous influence on our attitudes and perceptions of the
world around us. By viewing, studying, discussing, and writing about these new forms of literature,
art, and communication, students develop and demonstrate skills in technological, cultural, and
media literacy, as well as critical thinking and problem solving - skills that will serve them well as
consumers of media in the real world. Student 1st option.

0009 - CP ENGLISH 12 C Literature and a Changing Society-- .5 credit, full year, grade
12

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen.” This
semester-long course will focus on contemporary issues around the world through the use of
complex texts and research-based writing. Students will examine current and historical conflicts
through the lens of the arts--literature, music, film, and visual media--to understand their social
and political context and impact. Students can expect to exit the course as informed citizens
with an awareness of current and historical issues around the world, sharpened research writing
skills, and information that can be applied to other courses of study as well as their lives.
0029 - AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION- 1 credit, full year, grade 11 or 12
(weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Permission of teacher and/or a “B” in Honors English 10

Students taking this class will take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam
in May to earn college credit. The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an
introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop
evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or
drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout
the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices.
Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction
texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Summer reading and a summer assignment are required.

0024 - AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION -- 1 credit, full year, grade 12
(weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Permission of teacher and/or a “B” in Honors English 10

Students taking this class will take the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam
in May to earn college credit. The AP English Literature and Composition course will engage
you in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close
reading of selected texts, you can deepen your understanding of the ways writers use language
to create meaning. You’ll learn to consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as
smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
Summer reading and a summer assignment are required.

LANGUAGE ARTS - ELECTIVES

0021-JOURNALISM/PUBLICATIONS - Batavia Beat / The Batavian

1 credit, full year, grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This is a project and deadline-oriented class that runs like a real-world publication. Like all
journalists, students are expected to work in a fast-paced and flexible environment pursuing
stories of interest for themselves and readers. Students will read, write, and produce a range of
media styles and forms, from video essays to podcasts, hard-hitting exposes to field
photography. The main focus of this class is on contributing to and editing Batavia High
School’s two leading student publications: the Batavia Beat website, and the yearbook The
Batavian. Students will be responsible for taking photos, covering school events, and writing
stories in the school and around the community. We will learn to write for the engagement of an
audience, to revise work for effectiveness and impact, and to pursue research, investigation,
and interviews to grasp the full story. Students will be expected to spend some additional time
outside class researching and reporting.
0021 – BEST SELLERS - ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9-12

This course is for students who enjoy reading contemporary fiction and non-fiction and would
like to participate in a discussion group that would explore the ideas and issues in current and
past best sellers. This class will promote community literacy and develop life-long readers. This
is designed for students who like to read for pleasure. This class will guide students in creating
and sustaining book clubs, writing book reviews, and learning about contemporary authors
through various media sources. Works will be chosen independently with teacher guidance.

0022 - BEST OF YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE – ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9 - 12

This survey course introduces students to the vast array of young adult literature available for
adolescents. This course is designed for students who enjoy reading works that apply to
issues/topics that teens face every day. Students may engage in book discussions, journaling,
and culminating research projects.

0026 - CREATIVE WRITING – ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9 - 12

This course is designed for the student who enjoys all forms of writing. Students who have a love
of writing poetry, short stories, and any work of fiction will thrive in this course. Discussion, group
sharing/reflection will be included in this course.

0003 - LITERATURE AND FILM - ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 10, 11, 12

This course explores the complex interplay between film and literature. Selected novels, short
stories and plays are analyzed in relation to film versions of the same works in order to gain an
understanding of the possibilities—and problems—involved in the transposition to film. With film
providing the storyline, social issues, themes, and literary elements are analyzed and discussed
throughout various units of study. Students are cautioned that this course may require extensive
reading and writing in addition to viewing films and taking part in class discussions. Students not
prepared to read (up to 150 pages/week) and to write on a regular basis and to take an active
part in class discussions should not consider taking this course.

0002 - SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS - ½ credit, 1 semester, 9-12

This course is designed to teach students to speak in a clear, confident and effective
way. Students in this class will combine the skills of effective oral communication with and
without the integration of current presentation enhancing technologies. This interdisciplinary
approach will enable students to integrate, practice, and perfect the communication and
technology skills essential for success in high school, college, and the work world.
FINE ARTS/MUSIC

0240 - DESIGN -- ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9 - 12

This is a beginning level art course for students interested in learning the basics of 2-dimensional
design. The concentration is on the Elements and Principles of design while using a variety of
materials.

0242 - DRAWING -- ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9 - 12

A basic drawing course designed for students of all levels who wish to improve their drawing
skills. Various drawing media and techniques will be explored in terms of their technical and
expressive qualities. Students will keep a sketchbook throughout the semester.

0253 - DIGITAL PHOTO -- ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 11 and 12

This is an introductory course in digital photography that includes photographic history,
photographic skills and composition, and computer-based photo manipulation. A digital camera
is required.

0243 - ART IIA – ½ credit, 1 Semester, grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Design and Drawing

This course is designed to advance skills, knowledge and creativity developed in the drawing and
the design courses. The concentration will be on drawing and producing final pieces of artwork.

0245 - ART IIB – ½ credit, 1 Semester, grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Design, Drawing and Art IIA

This course is designed to continue skills obtained in Art II A but with a concentration in 3-
deminsional artwork, mixed media, and painting.
0248 - ART IIIA – ½ credit, 1 Semester, grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Design, Drawing, Art IIA, Art IIB

This is an intermediate art course for students who wish to further develop their artistic
skills. Students will continue to develop skills in drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture.
This class covers studio production as well as other facts of art.

0249 - ART IIIB – ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Design, Drawing, ArtIIA, ArtIIB, Art IIIA

This is an advanced course that will continue the skills obtained in Art IIIA but with a
concentration on painting, mixed media, and 3D work.

0250 - ART IV – 1 credit, 2 semesters, grade 12

Prerequisite: Art III A/B or recommendation of teacher

This is a class for students seriously considering a career in the arts. Time will be spent
developing portfolios for college admission.

0201 - CONCERT BAND -- 1 credit, full year, grades 9 - 12

Concert band focuses on the study and performance of high quality wind band music. This
elective course explores many diverse musical styles and techniques through the experience of
instrumental performance and study. Study of the instrument will concentrate on building
technical and musical aptitude through the use of a variety of musical materials that may or may
not include large group experience, small ensembles, individual study and/or written
work. Auditions for seating will take place the week following the marching band season. The
class participates in concerts and festivals throughout the year. Students are required to
participate in concerts that take place outside of the regular school day and have appropriate
dress for concerts. Concert band students may also choose to participate in pep band and jazz
band that meet outside of the regular school day. NOTE: Students who are auditing are still
required to meet all class requirements.

0202 - PERCUSSION – 1 credit, full year, grades 9 -12

PREREQUISITES: Admission by permission of instructor only and must have previous music
experience including the ability to read written music.

Percussion is a performance-based class that will give students the opportunity to play and study
a variety of musical styles. The fundamentals of drumming such as proper technique, rhythm
reading and performance ability are the foundations of this class. We will also explore instrument
care and maintenance. Students will be expected to provide their own snare sticks and practice
pads for this class and additionally may want to purchase mallets of their own. Percussion class
will also prepare students to perform at all band concerts and contest events. Percussionists
need not enroll in band as a separate class.

0203 - MARCHING BAND – No credit, summer + 1 quarter, grades 9 - 12
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Marching band begins in the late summer and ends at the beginning of November. Summer
practices as well as band camp are scheduled in the spring and are mandatory for those who
participate in this ensemble. The marching band performs at all home football games, several
away games, community parades, and several local marching band competitions. The marching
band includes all band students (even those in another fall sport) and students selected by
audition to be in the Color Guard. The band will practice during the regular school day and
additionally two nights a week after school. 2 Full seasons of participation in Marching Band
can exempt PE Requirement.

0205 - INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR – ½ credit, grades 10-12
A performance based class to learn the basics of playing acoustic guitar. Students will learn
note and rhythm reading in treble clef as well as how to read guitar tabs. Students will learn the
basic chords and perform individually as well as in the large group. Students will also be
expected to sing as part of the class. We will use the Essential elements Guitar book as our
course text. Those will need to be purchased by the student at the beginning of the course.
Students wanting to be in the class need to be signed in by Mr. Smith.
Class fee of $15 for guitar maintenance and strings.

0213 - CHORUS I -- 1 credit, full year, Freshmen and all others who have not participated
in high school Chorus

Develop knowledge of proper choral singing techniques and perform at concerts for the school
and community, as well as competitive events and other performance opportunities. Students will
be expected to participate in concerts outside of the school day.

0214 - CHORUS II – 1 credit, full year, grades 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITES: “C” or better in Chorus I and teacher recommendation.

Enhance skills learned in Chorus I. Concert performances for school and community, competitive
events and other performance opportunities are required. Students will be expected to participate
in concerts outside of the school day.
0207- MUSIC OF THEATER -- 1/2 credit, grades 9-12

The evolution and history of American Musical Theater through the study of music. The class will
cover musicals from the early colonial days through modern musical adaptations. This hands-on
class includes the famous shows, composers/writing teams and design elements that created the
great shows of the industry. Elements of drama including reading/acting, musical scoring of
scenes and set/costume design are a part of this class.

0208 - FILMS THROUGH MUSIC --1/2 credit, grades 9-12

An exploration of American films through the study of music. This class will cover the use of music
in films from the early days of Hollywood through today’s blockbusters. The class will be history
intensive and focus on both the motion pictures and the famous film composers who have brought
to life some of our most endearing music. This class examines techniques of scoring, the use of
original music and the repurposing of popular music in films.

Music in Society --1/2 credit, grades 9-12
Music in Society traces America's popular music from the early 20th century to current popular
trends. This class explores the relationship between music and significant cultural events that
shaped American society. The class examines the blues, rock and roll, hip hop and rap music as
it relates to the American experience.

                                   MATHEMATICS

              Possible Course Selection Paths for Mathematics

                        9              10               11                       12
Honors Path        Honors           Honors        Precalculus
    A*            Geometry         Algebra 2
                                                                    AP Calculus Statistics

Honors Path        Honors          Honors           Honors           Precalculus Statistics
    B             Algebra 1       Geometry         Algebra 2
                                                                          AP Calculus
                                    Honors        Precalculus
                                   Algebra 2

College Prep CP Algebra 1 CP Geometry CP Algebra 2 CP Algebra 3 Precalculus
    Path                                                  Statistics

*Honors Path A is for students who have successfully completed Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

0086 - CP ALGEBRA 1 - 1 credit, full year, grades 9, 10

This course covers the topics of linear, exponential and quadratic functions as well as the
interpretation of data and how to solve problems using algebraic methods. After successful
completion of this course students should take CP Geometry.

0075 - HONORS ALGEBRA 1 - 1 credit, full year, grade 9 (Weighted Course)

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or placement based on EOC test scores in
the Advanced or Accelerated range.

This course is designed for the college bound student that has a sincere interest in taking AP
calculus. This course covers the topics of linear, exponential and quadratic functions as well
as the interpretation of data and how to solve problems using algebraic methods. This course is
designed for the academically driven students who have a sincere interest in challenging
themselves in mathematics.

0088 - CP GEOMETRY - 1 credit, full year, grades 9 - 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CP or Honors Algebra 1.

This course is intended to present material to students through a discovery method. This
course is intended to give students a basic understanding of Plane Geometry. Emphasis will be
placed on proofs. Students will cover all topics required to be successful with the AIR EOC. A
graphing calculator is recommended.

0072 - HONORS GEOMETRY - 1 credit, Full year, grade 9, 10 (Weighted Course)

Prerequisites: Recommendation of Honors Algebra I Teacher and/or a grade of “B” or
better in Honors Algebra I and/or placement based on EOC test score in the Advanced
or Accelerated range.

This course is designed for the academically driven student that has a sincere interest in
taking AP calculus.           This course is intended to give students an understanding of
Plane Geometry. The content is extended beyond the CP Geometry course and places heavy
emphasis on proving and both deductive and inductive reasoning. A graphing calculator is
recommended.

ALGEBRA 2 - 1 credit, full year, grades 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry

This course is designed to enhance and further develop the mathematical topics from Algebra I.
Topics include problem solving, real and complex number systems, systems of equations,
exponents, logarithmic and exponential functions, polynomial functions, families of
functions, matrices, data analysis, and probability.

0081 - CP ALGEBRA 2 - 1 credit, full year, grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry

This course is designed for the college bound student. This course emphasizes in depth the
understanding of Algebra II concepts. Topics include problem solving, real and complex
number systems, systems of equations, exponents, logarithmic and exponential functions,
polynomial functions, families of functions, matrices, data analysis, and probability.

Graphing Calculator is recommended (Texas Instrument 84 is strongly recommended).

0080 - HONORS ALGEBRA 2 - 1 credit, full year, grade 10, 11(Weighted Course)

Prerequisite: Recommendation CP/Honors Geometry Teacher and grade of “B” or
better in CP/Honors Geometry and/or placement based on EOC test score in the
Advanced or Accelerated range.
This course is designed for the academically driven student that has a sincere interest in
taking AP calculus. Topics include problem solving, real and complex number systems,
systems of equations, exponents, logarithmic and exponential functions, polynomial functions,
families of functions, matrices, data analysis, and probability. Graphing Calculator is required
(Texas Instrument 84 or Inspire is recommended).

This course is taken in combination with CC+ College Algebra.

0082 - CP ALGEBRA 3 – 1 credit, full year, grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CP or Honors Algebra II (For those students who
pass Algebra 2 or CP Algebra with a “C or D” test average. The course emphasis will be
placed on reviewing and further strengthening Algebra skills necessary for students to be
successful in future math courses. Topics may include: systems of linear equations, quadratic
functions, rational functions, logarithms, radical equations, matrices, conic sections, statistics,
series and sequences. Graphing calculators will be used.

0093 STATISTICS - 1 credit, full year, grades 11, 12

PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of C or higher in CP or Honors Algebra 2

A comprehensive introduction to statistics suitable for students without a calculus background.
The course covers data analysis (numerical summaries and graphics for describing and
displaying the distributions of numerical and categorical data), frequency distributions, the basic
principles of data collection from samples and experiments, probability, the application of the
normal distribution to the study of random samples, statistical estimation (construction and
interpretation of one sample confidence intervals) and an introduction to hypothesis testing (the
structure of one sample hypothesis tests and the logic of using them to make decisions).

0089 - PRECALCULUS - 1 credit, full year, grades 11, 12 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Geometry, CP or Honors Algebra 2 (Recommend “B” or better in
those classes) and teacher recommendation.

This course prepares students who need trigonometry for calculus and/or physics. This course
emphasizes right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions and graphs, trigonometric
identities, vectors, conic sections, polar coordinates. Graphing Calculator is required (Texas
Instrument 84 is recommended).

This course is taken in combination with CC+ College Trigonometry.

0097 – AP CALCULUS – 1 credit, full year, grade 12 (weighted course)
PREREQUISITES: Recommend “B” or better in Precalculus and teacher
recommendation or successful completion of CC+ College Algebra and College
Trigonometry.

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics
in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including
concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of
Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they
are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections
amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems,
experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

0090 CC+ COLLEGE ALGEBRA – 1 credit, 1 semester, grades 10, 11 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Honors Geometry, UC CC+ requirements, appropriate score on
placement test.

This course is the study of real and complex number systems, systems of equations, exponents,
logarithmic and exponential functions, polynomial functions, families of functions, matrices,
problem solving, data analysis, and probability This course is taken in combination with Honors
Algebra II. Graphing Calculator is required (Texas Instrument 84 or Inspire is strongly
recommended).

0092 CC+ COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY – 1 credit, 1 semester, grades 11, 12                                (weighted
course)

PREREQUISITES: Honors Algebra II, UC CC+ requirements, appropriate score on
placement test.

This course prepares students who need trigonometry for calculus and/or physics. This course
emphasizes right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions and graphs, trigonometric
identities, vectors, conic sections, polar coordinates. This course is taken in combination with
PreCalculus. Graphing Calculator is required (Texas Instrument 84 is strongly
recommended).

                PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Note on Physical Education requirement: BHS may excuse from the high school physical education
requirement each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching
band or cheerleading for at least two full seasons or an approved Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
(JROTC) program for two years (this does not include Academic Quiz Team).
0162 - HEALTH – ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 9, 10

The goal is to impress upon each student an appreciation of the importance of good mental,
physical, and social health.

0185 - PHYSICAL EDUCATION – ¼ credit, 1 semester, grade 9-12

This course will build upon concepts that focus on team sports and group related physical
activities. An emphasis will be on the importance of developing determination, sportsmanship,
skill, attitude, and knowledge of various physical activities that support a healthy way of life.

0182 - FITNESS – ¼ credit, 1 semester, grades 9-12

This course will continue to build upon concepts that focus on team sports and group related
physical activities Body sculpting/nutrition classes focus on light strength training, flexibility,
cardiovascular training, nutrition and developing lean body tissue. This course fulfills a portion of
the PE graduation requirement. Students will learn basic exercise physiology and nutrition and
how it relates to increased levels of fitness and reduced percentage of body fat. The class is
designed as a lower impact workout and nutrition regimen that will benefit students for a
lifetime. Students must earn a B or better to repeat this class.

0160 HEALTH AND NUTRITION TOPICS—1/2 credit, 1 semester, grades 9-12

This class will focus on health and nutritional wellness. Students will evaluate factors that
influence food choices to promote wellness. There will be an emphasis placed on the
importance of physical activity as it relates to lifelong wellness. Class days will consist of google
classroom, short lectures, article research, guest speakers, group work, classroom discussion,
and other assignments. There will be some physical activity required in this class. (this course
is classroom based and does not fulfill the PE or Health requirement for graduation)

0167 INDIVIDUAL & TEAM SPORTS – ½ Credit, 1 semester

The course will build upon concepts that focus on individual and team sports and group related
activities while promoting lifelong physical activity to maintain a health enhancing level of
fitness. Students will learn basic exercise physiology and how it relates to increased levels of
fitness and reduced body mass as well as injury prevention. Students will also learn the rules
and skills necessary to participate in such activities. The skills required may not include all
possible skills related to the game, rather those necessary for full participation with the standard
rules of the game. Class days will consist of article research, guest speakers, google
classroom, and other assignments. There will be some physical activity required in this
class. (this course is classroom based and does not fulfill the PE or Health requirement for
graduation)

0169 – HEALTH & FITNESS AWARENESS—1/2 credit, 1 semester, grades 9-12

Health & Fitness Awareness is a class designed to give students the basic knowledge needed
to appreciate overall wellness, fitness & sports activities, and the outdoors to its fullest. This
class will give students the basic foundation of wellness, fitness and sports benefits and rules,
as well as strategy and history of a variety of activities. Class days will consist of google
classroom, short lectures, article research, guest speakers, and other assignments. There will
be some physical activity required in this class. (this course is classroom based and does not
fulfill the PE or Health requirement for graduation)

                                         SCIENCE

                    9                    10                     11                     12

  Honors          Hon.         Hon Chem/ Advanced       AP Biology/ APES      AP Physics/ APES/ AP
   Path       Bio/Electives     Electives/Electives                                 Biology

  College         CP           CP Chemistry/Electives       Advanced          CP Physics/Advanced
 Prep Path Biology/Electives                            Electives/Electives        Electives
     A

  College      CP Biology         Physical Science        CP Chemistry        CP Physics/Advanced
 Prep Path                                                                     Electives/Electives
     B

Advanced Science Electives: Anatomy and Physiology: Organization and Movement, Anatomy and
Physiology: Integration and Control, Genetics,

Science Department Electives: Foundations of Engineering, Engineering, Computer Science Principles,
Forensics, Planet Earth

0049 - CP BIOLOGY A – 1/2 credit, fall semester only, grade 9
This course is an overview of the biological sciences with an emphasis on the nature of science,
evolution, genetics and heredity. The course is intended for students who are preparing to attend
college. The course draws on student’s math and writing skills to analyze and discuss data and
scientific models.

0050 - CP BIOLOGY B – 1/2 credit, spring semester only, grade 9

This course is an overview of the biological sciences with an emphasis on cell biology, energy,
ecology, and diversity of life. The course is intended for students who are preparing to attend
college. The course draws on student’s math and writing skills to analyze and discuss data and
scientific models.

0047 - HONORS BIOLOGY - 1 credit, full year, grade 9 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation

This course is an overview of the biological sciences with an emphasis on the nature of science,
ecology, evolution, genetics, and cell structure and function. The relation of these topics to current
events will be discussed. The course is designed to help students evaluate scientific data,
understand scientific processes, and understand advances in science and medicine. The course
emphasizes experimental design and inquiry based labs. Students are required to utilize their
math and writing skills to analyze and explain data. Successful completion of Algebra I is
recommended.

0033 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE A – ½ credit, fall semester only, grade 10

This course is an overview of the Physical and Earth Sciences. Topics for Physical Science
include: matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions

0034 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE B – ½ credit, spring semester only, grade 10

This course is an overview of the Physical and Earth Sciences. Topics for Physical Science B
include:, energy and waves, thermal energy, energy, motion, forces, dynamics, and astronomy

0036 - CP CHEMISTRY A – ½ credit, fall semester only, grade 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: teacher recommendation

This is a CP level physical science course. Topics will include: history and study of atomic
theory, structure of the atom, properties of matter, the periodic relationships between elements,
chemical bonds, types of chemical reactions, mass relationships in reactions, phases of matter
and the kinetic molecular theory, gas laws, solution chemistry, and acids and bases.
Geometry is recommended.

0037 - CP CHEMISTRY B – ½ credit, spring semester only, grade 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: teacher recommendation

This is a CP level physical science course. Topics will include: history and study of atomic theory,
structure of the atom, properties of matter, the periodic relationships between elements, chemical
bonds, types of chemical reactions, mass relationships in reactions, phases of matter and the
kinetic molecular theory, gas laws, solution chemistry, and acids and bases. Geometry is
recommended.

0040 - HONORS CHEMISTRY – 1 credit, full year, grades 10, (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Biology, completion of or currently enrolled in Geometry, teacher
recommendation.

This is an advanced level physical science course. Topics will include: history and study of atomic
theory, structure of the atom, properties of matter, the periodic relationships between elements,
chemical bonds, types of chemical reactions, mass relationships in reactions, phases of matter
and the kinetic molecular theory, gas laws, solution chemistry, and acids and bases. The Honors
Chemistry course differs from Chemistry in the amount of independent work required both in and
out of the classroom. The course also emphasizes experimental design and students are required
to utilize their math and writing skills to analyze and explain data. Honors level math/english is
recommended.

0054 - FORENSICS - ½ credit, grades 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITES: Biology, completion of or currently enrolled in Physical Science or
Chemistry

This course is an overview of the processes and techniques used in forensics. The
course explores the use of scientific investigative processes in gathering information
about crimes. Topics include crime scene investigation, fingerprint and handwriting
analysis, blood splatter patterns, and toxicology.

0045 – CP GENETICS – ½ credit, 1 semester, grades 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: Biology, currently enrolled or completion of Chemistry, teacher
recommendation
This course is an in-depth study of human genetic biology including DNA structure and
technologies, heredity, human genetic conditions, and population genetics. Geometry
is recommended. *This course is an “advanced science”

0035 - CP HUMAN ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY (Organization & Movement)– ½
credit, fall semester only, grades 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITES: Biology, currently enrolled or completion of Chemistry, teacher
recommendation

This course is an in-depth study of the human body and how it works. Topics will include: the
organization of the human body, skeletal, muscular, integumentary and nervous systems. Part of
the laboratory exercise will include mandatory dissection.

*This course is classified as an “advanced science”

0030 - CP HUMAN ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY (Integration and Control)– ½ credit,
spring semester only, grades 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITES:       Biology,   Currently   enrolled   or   completion   of   Chemistry,   teacher
recommendation

This course is an in-depth study of the human body and how it works. Topics will include: sensory
organs, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and lymphatic systems.

Part of the laboratory exercise will include mandatory dissection.

*This course is classified as an “advanced science”

0056 - PLANET EARTH - ½ credit, 1 semester grades 11, 12

PREREQUISITES: Biology and Physical Science or Chemistry

This course may include the study of any aspect of our planet and the organisms that
inhabit it. A wide range of topics will be addressed, including ecology, geology,
chemistry, and climate.

0057 - CP PHYSICS A - ½ credit, fall semester only, grade 11 & 12

PREREQUISITE: Chemistry, 3 years of math
This course is an overview of the relationship between matter and energy. Topics will include:
motion and forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, circular motion, momentum, conservation of
energy, interactions of matter and energy, and properties of waves.

0058 - CP PHYSICS B - ½ credit, spring semester only, grade 11 & 12

PREREQUISITE: Chemistry, 3 years of math

This course is an overview of the relationship between matter and energy. Topics will include:
motion and forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, circular motion, momentum, conservation of
energy, interactions of matter and energy, and properties of waves.

0038 - AP BIOLOGY** – 1 credit, full year, grades 11, 12 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITES: Chemistry, teacher recommendation
This course is a college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology
through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular
processes, energy, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students take the
Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. It is possible to earn college credit from the AP
test. Honors level math/ English are recommended. (Review course change restrictions)

*This course is classified as an “advanced science”

0059 - AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-- 1 credit, full year, grades 11, 12                (weighted
course)

PREREQUISITES: Chemistry, teacher recommendation

This course is a college-level environmental science course. Students will study the scientific
principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the
natural world. Students will identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental
problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative
solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing
topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and
geography. Students take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. It is possible to
earn college credit from the AP test. Honors level math/English are recommended. (Review
course change restrictions)

*This course is classified as an “advanced science”

0039 - AP PHYSICS – 1 credit, full year, grade 12 (weighted course)

PREREQUISITE: Successful Completion of Algebra II, teacher recommendation
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