HANSON HIGH SCHOOL COURSE CATALOG - 2019-2020 Yolanda Price School Counselor - Hanson School District ...

                      COURSE CATALOG

Yolanda Price                           Ray Slaba
School Counselor                     HS Principal
Yolanda.price@k12.sd.us       Ray.slaba.k12.sd.us
Table of Contents

       Earth Science                               4
       Biology                                     4
       Chemistry                                   4
                       Environmental Science       4
                       Ecology                     4
                       Anatomy                     4
                       Advanced Biology            4
                       Physics                     4

Social Science
        Geography                                  5
        World History                              5
        American History                           5
        Government                                 5
                       Psychology                  5
                       Sociology                   6
                       Contemporary World Issues   7
        Algebra I                                  7
        Algebra II                                 7
        Geometry                                   7
        Pre-Calculus                               7
        Calculus                                   8
        College Prep Algebra                       8

English/Language Arts
       Comp/Grammar I                              9
       Comp/Grammar II                             9
       Comp/Grammar III                            9
       Comp/Grammar IV                             9
       World Literature                            9

Speech                                                    10
       American Literature                                       10
       English Literature                                        10
                       Creative Writing                          10

Foreign Language
       Spanish I (Offered via DDN through NSU)                   11
       Spanish II (Offered via DDN through NSU)                  11

Health/Physical Education
       Health                                                    12
       Physical Education                                        12
       Fitness & Conditioning                                    12
       Accelerated Wellness                                      12

Fine Arts
       Band                                                      13
       Chorus                                                    13
       Art Appreciation                                          13

CTE Courses

       Hanson Business Management & Administration CTE Courses
             Intro to Business                                   14
             Accounting I                                        14
             Accounting II                                       14
             Business Law                                        14
             Personal Finance                                    14
             Economics                                           14
       Hanson Manufacturing & Architecture & Construction
             Intro to Manufacturing                              15
             Intro to Architecture & Construction                15
             Cabinet Making                                      15
             Advanced Cabinetry                                  15
             Welding                                             15
             Advanced Welding                                    15

Hanson Human Services
           Employability/Careers                                 16
Career Exploration                                 16
      Consumer Services & Product Development            16
      Nutrition & Wellness                               16
      Skills for Parenting                               16
      Human Development: Prenatal to Toddlers            16
      Human Development: Pre-School to School Age        16
      Adolesence through Death                           17
      Relationships Across the Lifespan                  17
      Intro to Education & Training                      17
      Education & Training as a profession               17
      Intro to Human Services                            17

Hanson Arts & A/V
      Multimedia Design                                  18
      Intro to Arts, Audio-Visual Tech & Communication   18
      Computer Applications                              18
      Computer Graphics                                  18
      Desktop Publishing (yearbook/school news)          18
      Digital Media Technology                           18
      Computer Graphics                                  18
      Computer Science Principles (Coding)               18

Capstone Experience
      Youth Internship                                   19
      Senior Experience                                  19

Dual Credit                                              20
SD Opportunity Scholarship                               21

Earth Science 1.0 credit – 03001

Earth Science courses offer insight into the environment on earth and the earth's environment
in space. While presenting the concepts and principles essential to student's understanding of
the dynamics and history of the earth, these courses usually explore oceanography, geology,
astronomy, meteorology, and geography.

Biology 1.0 credit – 03051

Biology courses are designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes.
These courses include (but are not restricted to) such topics as cell structure and function, general plant and
animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.

Chemistry 1.0 credit – 03101

Chemistry courses involve studying the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. These courses
typically explore such concepts as the behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases; acid/base and oxidation/reduction
reactions; and atomic structure. Chemical formulas and equations and nuclear reactions are also studied.

Conceptual Chemistry – 03105

Conceptual Chemistry courses are practical, nonquantitative chemistry courses designed for
students who desire an understanding of chemical concepts and applications.

                                                 Science Electives

Environmental Science 1.0 credit – 03003

Environmental Science courses examine the mutual relationships between organisms and their environment. In
studying the interrelationships among plants, animals, and humans, these courses usually cover the following
subject: photosynthesis, recycling and regeneration, ecosystems, population and growth studies, pollution, and
conservation of natural resources.

Anatomy .5 Credit – 03054

Anatomy courses present an in-depth study of human body and biological system. Students study such topics as
anatomical terminology, cells, and tissues and typically explore functional systems such as skeletal, muscular,
circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, nervous systems.

Advanced Biology .5 Credit – 03052          Usually taken after a comprehensive initial study of biology, Biology—
Advanced Studies courses cover biological systems in more detail. Topics that may be explored include cell
organization, function, and reproduction; energy transformation; human anatomy and physiology; and the
evolution and adaptation of organisms.

Physics 1.0 credit – 03151
Physics courses involve the study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter, such as equilibrium, motion,
momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy. The study of physics includes examination of
sound, light, and magnetic and electric phenomena.

Social Science
Geography .5 Credit – 04001

World Geography courses provide students with an overview of world geography, but may vary
widely in the topics they cover. Topics typically include the physical environment; the political
landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and
development; and the movement of people, goods and ideas.
World History .5 Credit – 04051

World History—Overview courses provide students with an overview of the history of human
society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social,
religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments. World History—Overview courses may
include geographical studies, but often these components are not as explicitly taught as
American History 1.0 credit – 04101
U.S. History—Comprehensive courses provide students with an overview of the history of the
United States, examining time periods from discovery or colonialism through World War II or
after. These courses typically include a historical overview of political, military, scientific, and
social developments. Course content may include a history of the North American peoples
before European settlement.

Government 1.0 credit – 04151

U.S. Government—Comprehensive courses provide an overview of the structure and functions
of the U.S. government and political institutions and examine constitutional principles, the
concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the
importance of civic participation in the democratic process. These courses may examine the
structure and function of state and local governments and may cover certain economic and
legal topics.
                                      Social Science Electives
Psychology 1.0 credit – 04254
Psychology courses introduce students to the study of individual human behavior. Course
content typically includes (but is not limited to) an overview of the field of psychology, topics in
human growth and development, personality and behavior, and abnormal psychology.

Sociology .5 Credit – 04258
Sociology courses introduce students to the study of human behavior in society. These courses
provide an overview of sociology, generally including (but not limited to) topics such as social
institutions and norms, socialization and social change, and the relationships among individuals
and groups in society.

Contemporary World Issues .5 Credits - 04064

Contemporary World Issues courses enable students to study political, economic, and social
issues facing the world. These courses may focus on current issues, examine selected issues
throughout the 20th century, and look at historical causes or possible solutions.

Algebra I 1.0 credit – 02052

Algebra I courses include the study of properties and operations of the real number system;
evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first degree equations and
inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of
polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.
Algebra II 1.0 credit – 02056

Algebra II course topics typically include field properties and theorems; set theory; operations
with rational and irrational expressions; factoring of rational expressions; in-depth study of
linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; solving systems of linear and quadratic
equations; graphing of constant, linear, and quadratic equations; properties of higher degree
equations; and operations with rational and irrational exponents.
Geometry 1.0 credit – 02072
Geometry courses, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry,
typically include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of
reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates,
theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity,
and proportion; and rules of angle measurement in triangles.
Pre-Calculus 1.0 credit – 02110
Pre-Calculus courses combine the study of Trigonometry, Elementary Functions, Analytic
Geometry, and Math Analysis topics as preparation for calculus. Topics typically include the
study of complex numbers; polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational, right trigonometric,
and circular functions, and their relations, inverses and graphs; trigonometric identities and

equations; solutions of right and oblique triangles; vectors; the polar coordinate system; conic
sections; Boolean algebra and symbolic logic; mathematical induction; matrix algebra;
sequences and series; and limits and continuity.

Calculus 1.0 credit – 02121
Calculus courses may include the study of derivatives, differentiation, integration, the definite
and indefinite integral, and applications of calculus. Typically, students have previously attained
knowledge of pre-calculus topics (some combination of trigonometry, elementary functions,
analytic geometry, and math analysis).

College Prep Algebra 1.0 credit – 02057
This course will further prepare students for college algebra. Course topics include (but are not
limited to) operations with rational and irrational expressions, factoring of rational expressions,
linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, solving systems of linear and quadratic
equations, properties of higher degree equations, and operations with rational and irrational
exponents. The courses may introduce topics in discrete math, elementary probability and
statistics; matrices and determinants; and sequences and series.

English/Language Arts
Comp/Grammar I – 01001                .5 Credit       Freshman
English/Language Arts I (9th grade) courses build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar,
vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing and usually include the four aspects of
language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Typically, these courses introduce and
define various genres of literature, with writing exercises often linked to reading selections.
Comp/Grammar II – 01002               .5 Credit       Sophomore
English/Language Arts II (10th grade) courses usually offer a balanced focus on composition and
literature. Typically, students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written
compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph essays and
compositions. Through the study of various genres of literature, students can improve their
reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine the author’s intent and
theme and to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message.
Comp/Grammar III – 01003              .5 Credit       Junior
English/Language Arts III (11th grade) courses continue to develop students’ writing skills,
emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice, and usage, as students write essays
and begin to learn the techniques of writing research papers. Students continue to read works
of literature, which often form the backbone of the writing assignments. Literary conventions
and stylistic devices may receive greater emphasis than in previous courses.
Comp/Grammar IV – 01004               .5 Credit       Senior

English/Language Arts IV (12th grade) courses blend composition and literature into a cohesive
whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literature, continuing to
develop their language arts skills. Typically, students primarily write multi-paragraph essays, but
they may also write one or more major research papers.
World Literature – 01058      .5 Credit      Freshman

World Literature courses use representative literature selections from ancient and/or modern
times from countries around the world. Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they
comprehend the diversity of literary traditions and the influences of those traditions. Oral
discussion is an integral part of literature courses, and written compositions are often required.

Speech – 01151                 .5 Credit      Sophomore
Public Speaking courses enable students, through practice, to develop communication skills
that can be used in a variety of speaking situations (such as small and large group discussions,
delivery of lectures or speeches in front of audiences, and so on). Course topics may include
(but are not limited to) research and organization, writing for verbal delivery, stylistic choices,
visual and presentation skills, analysis and critique, and development of self-confidence.
American Literature - 01054            .5 Credit        Junior
American Literature courses focus upon commonly known American authors and their work.
Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they determine the underlying assumptions and
values within the selected works and as they understand how the literature reflects the society
of the time. Oral discussion is an integral part of literature courses, and written compositions
are often required.
English Literature - 01052             .5 Credit        Senior

English/Literature (juniors and seniors) courses are designed for juniors and/or seniors and
emphasize comprehension, discernment, and critical-thinking skills in the reading of texts and
literature. These courses introduce and explore more advanced literary techniques (irony,
satire, humor, connotation, tone, rhythm, symbolism, and so on) through two or more literary
genres, with the aim of creating sophisticated readers. Writing assignments are required as an
additional method to develop and improve critical-thinking and analytic skills.
Creative Writing – 01104               .5 Credit
Creative Writing courses offer students the opportunity to develop and improve their
technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays, and other forms of prose.
The emphasis of the courses is on writing; however, students may study exemplary
|representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of the form and craft. Although
most creative writing classes cover several expressive forms, others concentrate exclusively
on one particular form (such as poetry or playwriting).

                              Foreign Language
Spanish I 1.0 credit – 06101 (Offered via DDN through NSU)
Designed to introduce students to Spanish language and culture, Spanish I courses emphasize
basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read,

write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need,
using customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through the art,
literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people.
Spanish II 1.0 credit – 06102        (Offered via DDN through NSU)
Spanish II courses build upon skills developed in Spanish I, extending students’ ability to
understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Typically,
students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions
or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and
comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history,
and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).

                   Health/Physical Education
Health - 08051        .5 Credit      Freshman
Topics covered within Health Education courses may vary widely, but typically include personal
health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention,
disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. The courses may also include
brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources.
Physical Education - 08001 .5 Credit        Freshman

Physical Education courses provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity
to develop skills by participating in more than one of the following sports or activities: team
sports, individual/dual sports, recreational sports, fitness/conditioning activities and wellness
and specialized training.
Fitness & Conditioning – 08005        .25 Credit        Interim Class
Fitness/Conditioning Activities courses emphasize conditioning activities that develop muscular
strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, agility, coordination, speed, balance, and muscular
Accelerated Wellness -                .5 Credit
This class is designed for students that are ready to improve fitness in their lives with a more
intense workout. The course will mainly focus on weight training. Several different lifts and
techniques will be utilized throughout the year. Abdominal workouts and agility testing will also
be incorporated into the class. This is semester or year-long class available to all high school
students. Students will earn .25 credit for each semester completed.

Fine Arts
Band - 05011

In this course, students will improve proficiency in all aspects of reading and performing
instrumental music. Through the rehearsal and study of quality wind band literature, students
will strengthen individual playing techniques and skills; learn about the theory, history, and
vocabulary of music; demonstrate confidence and poise during public performances; and learn
to work collaboratively as a member of the ensemble. This course emphasizes the importance
of participation, appreciation, and support of music for life

Chorus - 05110
Students will gain knowledge of proper care for the voice, develop a working knowledge of
musical terms and symbols, enhance music reading skills, demonstrate confidence and poise
during public performance, and develop awareness for the arts as a vital part of lifelong
learning. No auditions required.

Art Appreciation - 05151

Art Appreciation courses introduce students to the many forms of art and help them form an
aesthetic framework through which they can judge and critique art of various ages and
cultures. These courses also explore the place and significance of art in our society.

Hanson Business Management &
              Administration CTE Courses
Intro to Business – 12051
Topics covered: role of business; economic systems; forms of business; management and
marketing principles; financial planning; investment options.
Accounting I – 12104
Topics covered: accounting careers; accounting cycle; accounting equation; journalizing &
posting; financial statements; cash management; tax forms; payroll
Accounting II – 12108
Topics covered: departmentalized accounting; accounting control system procedures;
accounting for uncollectible accounts; accounting for plant assets/depreciation; notes
payable/receivable; corporate accounting

Business Law – 12054

Topics covered: court systems; sources of law; criminal law; tort law; contract law; consumer
law; employment law
Personal Finance - 22210            .5 Credit             Senior
Topics covered are: factors affecting income; management of personal finances; decision
making in regards to spending and credit; savings and investing
Economics                           .5 Credit             Senior

Economics courses provide students with an overview of economics with primary emphasis on
the principles of microeconomics and the U.S. economic system. These courses may also cover
topics such as principles of macroeconomics, international economics, and comparative

Hanson Manufacturing & Architecture &
         Construction CTE Courses
Intro to Manufacturing – 13002
Topics covered are: career exploration; manufacturing business process; manufacturing technology safety
practices; health and environmental practices; basic tools & equipment used in the manufacturing industry;
manufacturing technology basics

Cabinet Making – 17007
Topics covered are: safety; equipment; fasteners design assembly; blueprints; wood joints and
Advanced Cabinetry
Advanced Cabinetry to techniques
Introduction to Architecture & Construction – 17006
Topics covered are: hand/power tool and shop safety; wood identification; project assembly; equipment;
construction of a project

Welding Technology – 13207

Topics covered are: welding safety; technical specifications; oxyfuel cutting; preparing base
metals; shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); career exploration
Advanced Welding Technology – 13208
Topics covered are: safety; interpret drawings; base metal prep; gas metal arc welding
(GMAW); gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW); welding quality; career exploration

Hanson Human Services CTE Courses

Employability/Careers - 22152                One semester required          Sophomore

Topics covered are: career exploration; employment acquisition process; workplace knowledge
and skills
Career Exploration - 80023                   One semester required          Sophomore
Courses explore careers within all sixteen career clusters. Standards to be developed.
Consumer Services & Product Development – 19301
Topics covered are: careers in Consumer Services; process to make a product comparison;
factors affecting consumer spending; fraud and consumer laws; advertising; marketing
Nutrition & Wellness – 22202

Topics covered are: nutrition and wellness of individuals and families; food safety and
sanitation; nutrition from production to consumption
Skills for Parenting – 22204
Topics covered are: personal, family, cultural and societal practices that impact parenting;
alternatives to biological parenthood; beginning the parenting process; nurturing practices;
discipline practices; communication strategies; community resources and services for families
Human Development: Prenatal to Toddlers - 19052
The Human Development: Prenatal through Toddler FACS Flex focus analyzes principles of
human growth and development for guiding and differentiating growth of infants and toddlers.
Topics covered include human development theories, influences on human growth and
development, prenatal development, pregnancy, and child-birth; and physical, intellectual,
emotional, and social development of infants and toddlers. As part of the course, you will be
required to serve as a helper at the daycare to apply concepts learned and to conduct
observations. This is a semester or year-long class available to all high school students. Students
will earn .25 credit for each semester completed. Topics covered are: human development
theories; influences on human growth and development; prenatal development, pregnancy and
child-birth; physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of infants and toddlers
Human Development: Pre-School to School Age – 19051

Topics covered are: preschool and school-age theories in practice; physical, intellectual,
emotional, and social development of preschool through school-age children; create of

childcare settings; practices, regulations and opportunities in the child care industry; special
topics related to childhood concerns, including childhood diseases, special needs, temperament
and abuse and neglect, etc.; first aid/emergency training
Human Development: Adolescence through Death - 19261
Each person passes through various life stages. These stages are infancy, childhood, adolescence, young
adulthood, middle life, and later life. Understanding human development helps students prepare for the
roles of adulthood. The Human Development: Adolescence through Death is a course that is designed to
enable students to gain knowledge necessary to understand the developmental stages from
adolescence through late adulthood. The course will examine the development tasks, traits, and
problems of these stages.

Relationships Across the Lifespan - 19255
Relationships Across the Lifespan course examines the functions and dynamics of interpersonal
relationships. In this class, students will analyze healthy relationships with children and adults of all ages
in context of personal, family, and workplace. This course will help you grow and develop knowledge
and skills so that you can build and maintain strong and healthy relationships throughout your life.

Intro to Education & Training – 19151
Topics covered are: exploration of the career pathways within the cluster; qualities,
characteristics, and skills of effective educators or trainers; influences on education and
training; safe environment conducive to learning
Education & Training as a Profession – 19152

Topics covered are: theories of development; curriculum instructional models; learning
environment; importance of parental and community involvement; standards and goals;
learning activities; reflection techniques
Intro to Human Services – 19001
Topics covered are: Human Services Cluster career exploration; ethical and legal
responsibilities; impacts of personal, community and societal values on professional practice;
communication between client and human services professional; problem-solving and decision-
making strategies in human services careers; teamwork and leadership skills necessary for
human services professionals; expectations and requirements for a human services
professionals; individualized plan for a potential career in human services

Hanson Arts & A/V CTE Courses
Multimedia Design – 10203
Create original production pieces, meeting goals, timeline, and elements of style and design;
Write original copy; Effectively incorporate image, audio, animation and text media into
multimedia presentation; Prepare product for publishing / distribution.; Implement basic
interactivity in a multimedia program; Organize the files that are part of a multimedia program
logically and efficiently; Use software to develop quality images and edit presentations
Intro to Arts, Audio-Visual Technology and Communications – 11000
Careers; Effect of media and technology; Tools (hardware and software) – identification and
introduction, safety
Computer Applications – 10004

Topics covered are: word processing software; spreadsheet software; presentation software;
database software
Commercial Graphics – 11154
Concept design, layout, paste-up and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen,
lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage and computer graphics
Desktop Publishing - 11152           (Yearbook/School News)

Topics covered: career opportunities; hardware and software; variety of desktop publications;
legal & ethical issues; design process; principles of topography; desktop publishing software
skills; integration of text and graphic in desktop publications; design & layout; preparation of
documents for publication.
Digital Media Technology – 11151

Internet research, copyright laws, web-publishing, use of digital imagery, electronic forums,
newsgroups, mailing lists, presentation tools, and project planning
Computer Graphics – 10202
Topics covered: production of visual imagery and application of graphic techniques to various
fields, topics include modeling, simulation, animation, and image retouching.
Exploring Computer Science I (Coding) – 10015
Topics covered: Programing, Coding, Robotics, and Algorithms along with Internet, Big Data,
and Privacy

Capstone Experience
Youth Internship – 80018
The youth internship allows students to gain hands-on experience at a business, develop
employability skills, learn technical skills, and complete a portfolio.
Senior Experience –
Students will develop and document an experience based on the handbook guidelines that will
be created during their senior year.

Dual Credit Opportunities

 During the 2014 Legislative Session it was approved that high school juniors or seniors that meet
admission requirements could qualify to take dual credit courses through any of the six South Dakota
Public Institutions of Higher Education or state Technical Schools at the rate of $40/credit plus books
and fees. This is significantly cheaper than the rate that students will pay when they graduate and move
on to college. This site has been created for Hanson students and parents to access and find
information about this opportunity.

        Admission Requirements for Dual Credit Opportunities through the Six BOR Universities
                          (BHSU, DSU, Northern State, SDSMT, SDSU, USD)

    •   A high school junior or senior attending a public high school within SD
    •   If high school senior:
              o Earn an ACT Composite of 21; or
              o rank in the upper one-half of their graduating class; or
              o earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale

    •   If high school junior attending a public high school within SD:
              o Earn an ACT score of 24; or
              o rank in the upper one-third of their graduating class; or
              o earn a cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.

        Admisson Requirements for Dual Credit Opportunities through State Technical Institutes
                  (Lake Area, Mitchell Tech, Southeast Tech, Western Dakota Tech)

    •   Each program at the Technical Institutes has unique entrance requirements
    •   Students may enroll in certain courses at the technical institute without applying for admission
        to a program. However, the student may need to meet the admissions criteria based on an
        entrance exam or related coursework.

A variety of courses are offered through both all State universities as well as technical schools. Refer to
http://www.sdmylife.com/educators/advanced-education-opportunities/ for current courses available.

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides $5,000 over four years to a qualifying student who
attends an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota. Recipients may participate in the South
Dakota Opportunity Scholarship program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive
fall and spring terms), or until attaining a baccalaureate degree. During each academic year, one-half of
the annual scholarship award will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and the other half
distributed at the beginning of the spring semester:

                                      $1,000   --   1st year of attendance
                                      $1,000   --   2nd year of attendance
                                      $1,000   --   3rd year of attendance
                                      $2,000   --   4th year of attendance


The South Dakota Legislature established five requirements that all South Dakota high school graduates
must meet in order to establish their initial eligibility in the Opportunity Scholarship program. These
requirements specify that a recipient must:
    1.    Be a resident of South Dakota at time of high school graduation.
    2. Have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher before the beginning of post-secondary education.
       If using a SAT score, the sum of the verbal and mathematics scores on the SAT must be at least
    3. Complete high school course requirements* with no final grade below a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale)
       and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (grade of "B") prior to graduation (Note:
       One unit of high school credit equals 1 year of instruction).
    4. Effective for those students entering into postsecondary education for the first time on or after
       August 2013, the curriculum requirements specified in section 3 above are not required for any
       student who has received a composite score on the ACT of at least 28 and meets the ACT college
       readiness benchmarks scores equaling or exceeding 18 for English, 22 for Reading, 22 for Math,
       and 23 for Science.
    5. Attend a university, college, or technical school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
       of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and that provides instruction from a
       campus located in South Dakota.
    6. Enter into the program within 5 years of high school graduation, or within 1 year of the
       student's release from active duty military service (if that release is within 5 years of the date of
       the student's high school graduation). Students seeking to transfer from a regionally accredited
       university, college, or technical school located outside of South Dakota may do so within two
       years following high school graduation and be eligible to receive partial award.

*High School Course Requirments

   •   4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis
       may be included to meet this requirement).
   •   3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. government,
       and similar courses).
   •   4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced
       mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be
       accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or
       similar courses.
   •   4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology,
       chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory is scheduled each week).
       Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be on a case-by-case basis.
   •   1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular activity).
   •   2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two:
           • Approved Career and Technical Education Courses
           • Modern or Classical Language (Includes American Sign Language; all units must be in the
                same language)
   •   1/2 unit of Personal Finance or Economics
   •   1/2 unit of Physical Education
   •   1/2 unit of Health or Health Integration (Students entering high school after July 2013)

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