La Salle High School 2018-2019 - COURSE AND DESCRIPTIONS BOOKLET

 
La Salle High School 2018-2019 - COURSE AND DESCRIPTIONS BOOKLET
La Salle High School
  COURSE AND DESCRIPTIONS
         BOOKLET

     2018-2019

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 8
Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Science . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . 13
Social Studies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Health and Physical Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Computer Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Foreign Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .22
Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Mission Statement: La Salle High School
The mission of La Salle High School is a Catholic school in the LaSallian tradition, preparing young men to
achieve their full potential in body, mind and spirit.
Vision Statement:
Students will be guided to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
                                             CURRICULUM GUIDE
This curriculum guide has been prepared to assist you in planning your years at La Salle High School.
Consideration has been given to individual differences in interest, abilities, and future objectives. The resources
of the school and community are available to help you achieve your goals.
Course Selection
Students should confer with their teacher(s) and counselor(s) regarding the choice of subjects for the next
school year. Parental approval is requested for final course selection. Final scheduling of course offerings for
the current school year will be determined by the student enrollment/optioning process. Insufficient student
enrollment in a specific course may result in course cancellation.
Graduation Credit Requirements for Class of 2018, 2019, 2020 and beyond
A minimum of 26 credits are required for graduation class of 2018
A minimum of 25.75 credits are required for graduation class of 2019
A minimum of 25 credits are required for graduation class of 2020 and beyond, including the following
Religion                4 Credits
English                 4 Credits
Math                    4 Credits
Social Studies          3 Credits
Science                 3 Credits
Fine Arts               1 Credit
Physical Education .5 Credit
Health                  .5 Credit
Computer Literacy .5 Credit
Additional Electives 4.5 Credits
A minimum of 60 Christian service hours is required outside of regular school hours.
All students must participate in Kairos Retreat as a Junior; and ​participate in a service immersion trip, be a
Kairos leader, participate in a Called to Serve Retreat, or be a leader for freshman or sophomore day of renewal
in their Senior Year.
All students must take the following end of course exams:
     ● Algebra I
     ● Geometry
     ● Biology
     ● American History
     ● American Government
     ● English I
     ● English II
And meet one of the following testing requirements:
1. ​Earn a cumulative passing score on seven end-of-course exams. The scores will be set by the State Board of
Education.
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2. ​Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam such as ACT or SAT.
The state of Ohio will pay for all 11​th ​grade students to take the exam free of charge on a given date during the
school year.
Students studying Advanced Placement (AP),may take assessments aligned to those course in lieu of
end-of-course exams to avoid double testing.

State Board Of Education Approved Criteria: Academic Diploma With Honors
Each school shall award the Diploma with Honors to any student graduating who completes the ​college
preparatory curriculum ​in high school and meets ​at least seven of the eight criteria​.

High School Academic Diploma with Honors for Graduating Classes of 2011 and Beyond
Students need to fulfill only 7 of the following 8 criteria

Subject                                                 Units
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 physics and
                                                        chemistry

Social Studies                                          4 ​units

Foreign Language                                        3 ​units (must include no less
                                                        than 2 units for which credit is
                                                        sought) i.e., 3 units of one
                                                        language or 2 units each of two
                                                        languages

Fine Arts                                               1 ​unit

Grade Point Average                                     3.5 ​on a 4.0 scale

ACT/SAT Score [excluding                                27 ​ACT / ​1210 ​SAT
scores from the writing sections]*

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Course Sequence
Courses listed with Arabic or Roman numerals are sequential in nature. Successful completion of the preceding
course is normally required prior to entering the following one. If a prerequisite is necessary for entering a
course, it is indicated in the course information section.
Grade Levels
In order for students to remain in their proper developmental sequence, many academic and elective courses are
offered for specific grade levels. Except in unusual cases, students take only those courses designed for the
grade level in which they are enrolled.
Foreign Language
Most colleges require applicants to complete two or three years of the same foreign language while in high
school.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
La Salle uses the following method for determining GPA and Grade Indication:
Unweighted GPA Scale:                                          Grade Indication
90%-100% = 4.00                 79% = 2.50                     A = 90 – 100% indicates outstanding work
89% = 3.86                      78% = 2.38                     B = 83 – 89% indicates above average work.
88% = 3.71                      77% = 2.25                     C = 75 – 82% indicates average work
87% = 3.57                      76% = 2.13                     D = 70 – 74% indicates below average and
86% = 3.43                      75% = 2.00                             unsatisfactory academic work.
85% = 3.29                      74% = 1.80                     F=
talk with the teacher of the course(s) or the department chairperson. Generally stated, admission to an Advanced
Placement course is based upon current and previous teacher recommendation, satisfactory grade point average,
results of appropriate placement testing, and indication of serious intent and/or ability evidenced by an
interview or written statement. ​Once enrolled, a​ ​student must remain in an Advanced Placement class
through the end of the​ ​first quarter. After that, we may be able to change a student to a different level of
the​ ​course. If none is available, a student may be placed in a study hall.
Advanced Placement Regulations ​- The Advanced Placement (AP) Program consists of the curriculum of the
individual AP courses and the nationally administered Advanced Placement examination given at the
conclusion of the course. La Salle High School endorses the
Advanced Placement Program as a quality one and believes our students and the school benefit from
participation in the program​.

Significant to note is that Advanced Placement exams are expensive ($93.00 per test in 2017), a cost borne
by the student and his parents. ​However, the student who earns a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam typically receives
college​ ​credit with a dollar value far exceeding the cost of the exam. (AP students with acute financial​ ​need are
eligible for a fee waiver or fee reduction. Please contact your counselor prior to March​ ​15 for information
relating to fee reduction policies.)
Please note that individual colleges and universities decide the amount and type of credit awarded for each
course.
                                     COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
College Credit Plus (CCP) has been established to permit qualified students, in grades 7-12, the opportunity to
earn high school and college credit simultaneously through completion of college courses. Students are
permitted to take up to 30 college credit hours per school year, but not more than 120 credits throughout their
high school career. The 30 credit calculation includes high school credits taken during the planned CCP school
year. Any student admitted to a course by an institution of higher education will be expected and required to
perform at the same level as the institution's regular students. No special courses will be designed for high
school or middle school students. Students can participate in CCP only if they have been accepted by a college
or university in accordance with guidelines set up by the individual colleges and universities.
Prior to ​March 1​, the district will provide information about the College Credit Plus program to all students in
grades 7-12. An informational session will be held and all colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius will
be invited to attend before ​March 30​. If you cannot attend, schedule an appointment with your school
counselor. A formal application of "intent to participate" must be received in the La Salle High School
Guidance Office by ​April 1st ​of the year preceding enrollment in CCP.
CCP students can enroll in summer, fall, and winter courses. The courses available through CCP are college
courses including college courses taught online. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the student will get the
courses they desire. The student will receive both high school and college transcripted credit for all courses
taken. The courses will figure into the student’s high school and college GPA. CCP courses will calculate into
the high school GPA at the same rate as an AP course. However, colleges do not weight courses and a college
transcript will not reflect any weight. Credits may transfer upon graduation depending on the institution to
which the student ultimately matriculates. The student is responsible for his own transportation to and from the
institution. Should a student choose to attend a participating private college or university, the student’s fee will
not exceed $153/credit hour. ​Students/parents must submit a College Credit Plus letter​ ​of intent to the
school by April 1​st​.

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CROSSWALK TO GRADUATION POINTS:
              College Credit Plus Grade                              Ohio Graduation Points
                    A or B                                                    5
                    C                                                         4
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                                             Religion Department
           Grade Level: 9                     Religion I                                     Credit: 1
Old Testament Survey – ​This course introduces the student to the roots of our Christian faith as they are found
in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Old Testament tells the story of Jesus Christ’s people and the religious traditions
he loved and practiced. This course reminds the student our adventures with God are mirrored in the story of
ancient Israel. This course presents Hebrew Scriptures as inspired revelation and as a source for finding the
presence of God.

New Testament Survey - ​This course takes an in-depth look at how the books of the New Testament were
written, for whom they were written, the message for the people of the time, and how the message is relevant to
our lives today. Emphasis will be placed on the fact the New Testament is not a separate book from the Old
Testament, but a compliment to and the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

           Grade Level: 10                          Religion II                                       Credit: 1
Church History – ​This course takes an in-depth look at the rise of the Catholic Christian Church from the time of
Pentecost to its role in the modern world. Great emphasis is placed upon the origin of the Church in Jerusalem, the spread
of the Church throughout the Middle East and the Spread of the Church to Rome and the World beyond. This course will
included a detailed study of the rise of the Church in the Roman Empire, the role of the Church during the Dark Ages, its
struggles with the Great Schism, the Protestant Reformation and the resulting Counter Reformation. The second half of
the course will focus on the role of the Church in the modern age, thoughtfully exploring the issues of liberalism,
materialism, socialism, secular humanism, Vatican I and the issues leading to Vatican II and the contemporary Church.

Morality – ​The purpose of this course is to address and explore the fundamentals of morality and personal moral topics
and problems. This course presents the general principles forming the foundation necessary for intelligent moral decision
making as well as central concepts such as laws, conscience and personal growth. The student is led to relate these
principles and concepts to his own life especially in the areas of personal integrity, honesty and sexuality and to increase
the student’s awareness to the critical issues of peace and social justice.

           Grade Level: 11                          Religion III                                      Credit: 1
World Religions – ​The study of World Religions holds an important place within our religious education program. The
students will have the opportunity to examine the role of religion in the lives of people throughout the world as well as
their own lives. By focusing on other religious traditions, the course provides a fresh perspective on the student’s own
religious tradition. The students will learn about the value of simplicity from Zen Buddhism, the constancy of prayer in
Islam, and the importance of body in spiritual discipline from Hinduism. In the thoughtful presentation of characteristic
elements of the various religions can help the student learn from them.

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Vocations –​ A vocation is an occupation or station in life to which a person is specially drawn or called for which she/he
is suited, trained, or qualified. The term applies to the common call of all persons, from God to holiness and salvation.
The purpose of this course is to explore particular states of life, each called a vocation, the Sacrament of Marriage and the
practical aspects of being married, which includes what it means to be called to be a loving spouse and parent will be
examined. The priesthood, the religious life and the single life are also presented as Christian vocations to be studied and
seriously considered. Guest speakers are used, as are outside resources, for supplementary information.

           Grade Level: 12                           Religion IV                                       Credit: 1
(Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning)
The senior level Catholic Social Justice/Service Learning class is a culminating experience. This course affords senior
students the opportunity to study and live the challenging quality of Jesus Christ’s message:” ​to do good and avoid evil​.”
The perspective will be Christian, the content is based within Roman Catholic theology, and the approach will be
threefold: experiential, academic and personally reflective. As a result, students will be better equipped to examine their
life experiences, study and discuss the theological content, all while offering community service at a local social service
agency. Students will be expected to make connections between their life experiences, theological studies and community
service work in hopes of understanding the interconnectedness of all the children of God​.

                                              English Department
           Grade Level: 9                            English I                                         Credit: 1
In this course, students read and analyze works of AMERICAN LITERATURE from Colonial to contemporary times,
including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing
and creative projects. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics
in preparation for standardized tests.

           Grade Level: 9                            HP English I                                      Credit: 1
The ​American Studies​ course is taught on the freshman level. As such, the course incorporates both a genre study and a
literary periods perspective. In addition to examining genres such as poetry, speeches, short stories, novels and dramas, it
will also place an emphasis on writing (writing skills, narrative, persuasive, and expository).
          Grade Level: 10                         English II                                    Credit: 1
This course introduces students to a variety of authors and selections from WORLD LITERATURE, including
nonfiction, novels, poetry, short stories, and drama. Students will develop expository, personal narrative,
descriptive, and persuasive writing skills and will apply the rules of grammar, mechanics, and usage. This
course requires written literary analysis through the discussion of the of literature and develops thinking,
organizing, and interpersonal communication (verbal and nonverbal). Students will also engage in the research
process and develop stronger vocabulary.
           Grade Level: 10                           HP English II                                     Credit: 1
The ​World Literature ​course is taught on the sophomore level. As such, the course incorporates both a genre study and a
literary periods perspective. In addition to examining genres such as poetry, speeches, short stories, novels and dramas, it
     will also place an emphasis on writing (writing skills, narrative, persuasive, and expository). Anchor texts include
                                        Outliers, The Odyssey​, “Othello”,and ​Night.

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Options to fulfill Requirements for English in grades 11 & 12

           Grade Level: 11,12                       Science Fiction                                  Credit: 1
Science Fiction, Dystopia, and Utopia focuses on teaching writing, reading, and critical thinking skills through
fiction. Common Core Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating writing
practice as well as developing frames of reference for how to read and analyze multiple pieces of literature. The students
will read the following books, Short Stories: ​I, Robot​ [Isaac Asimov], ​Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the
Century​ (Orson Scott Card, editor), ​Brave New World and 14 Related Readings ​[Aldous Huxley], ​The Road ​[Cormac
McCarthy], ​A Canticle for Leibowitz​ [Walter A. Miller], ​Feed ​[M.T. Anderson], ​Looking Backwards​ [Edward Bellamy],
Cat’s Cradle​ [Kurt Vonnegut], ​1984​ [George Orwell], ​The Hunger Games ​[Suzanne Collins], ​Catching Fire​ [Suzanne
Collins], ​Mockingjay​ [Suzanne Collins]

           Grade Level: 11,12                       Short Stories-Non Fiction                        Credit: 1
Short Story and Non-Fiction focuses on teaching writing, reading, and critical thinking skills through short stories and
non-fiction. Common Core Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating
writing practice as well as developing frames of reference for how to read and analyze multiple pieces of literature. . The
students will read the following books, • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, “The Open
Boat” by Stephen Crane, “The Fall of the House” of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin,
“What You Pawn I will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin,
“The Egg” by Sherwood Anderson, “The Open Window” by Saki, “You Could Look It Up” by James Thurber, “The
Blue-Winged Teal” by Wallace Stegner, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar
Allan Poe, “The Masque of Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe”
           Grade Level: 11,12                       Mythology and Fantasy                            Credit: 1
In this course students read and analyze MYTHS from around the world and our novels are FANTASY selections such as
The Lightning Thief​ and the Percy Jackson series, The Harry Potter Series, ​The Lord of the Rings.​ Students will develop
expository, personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing skills and will apply the rules of grammar, mechanics,
and usage. This course requires written literary analysis through the discussion of the literature and develops thinking,
organizing, and interpersonal communication (verbal and nonverbal). Students will also engage in the research process
and develop stronger vocabulary.

           Grade Level: 11,12                       Contemporary Drama                               Credit: 1
Classical and Contemporary Theatre focuses on teaching writing, reading and critical thinking skills by exploring the
works of classic Greek, Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, European and American Playwrights. Common Core
Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating writing practice as well as
developing a frame of reference for how to read and analyze various plays. Both American and World Literature
selections will be used to reach the core objectives of this course.

           Grade Level: 11,12                    Sports Lit and Comp                           Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Because many of the students at LaSalle High School are involved in athletics, the content of a course in Sports
Literature should prove both highly engaging and motivating for them. The abundance of sports-related
resources available will also allow for a good deal of rigor and differentiation within the course. Course content
will be presented in two major units: (1) Glory, Heroism, Triumph, and Tragedy, and (2) Current Issues in
Sports.
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Grade Level: 11,12                         AP English Language                               Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
         This senior​ ​Advanced Placement Language and Composition course is designed to comply with the curricular
requirements described in the ​AP English Course Description​. As an AP course, this class is a college level course, which
is taught on a high school campus. The AP exam, which is offered in the spring, gives students who did well on the exam
the opportunity to be granted college credit by most colleges in the United States. This course is devoted to the study of
great works of primarily nonfiction and the analysis of the rhetorical techniques that are used. The student will experience
and evaluate authors and ideas through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing about what was read and analyzed,
honing the skills that effective readers use in the analysis of literature and that good communicators use in both oral and
written formats. In addition, a significant emphasis is placed on developing the writing skills of the student through
varied writing assignments, which include writing to the analysis essay, the synthesis essay, and the persuasive essay.

         Grade Level: 11,12                         AP English Literature                             Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
         This senior​ ​Advanced Placement Literature and Composition course is designed to comply with the curricular
requirements described in the ​AP English Course Description​. As an AP course, this class is a college level course, which
is taught on a high school campus. The AP exam, which is offered in the spring, gives students who did well on the exam
the opportunity to be granted college credit by most colleges in the United States. This course is devoted to the study of
great works of literature by major authors since the Renaissance. The student will experience and evaluate authors and
ideas through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing about what was read and analyzed, honing the skills that effective
readers use in the analysis of literature and that good communicators use in both oral and written formats. In addition, a
significant emphasis is placed on developing the writing skills of the student through varied writing assignments, which
include writing to understand, writing to explain, and writing to evaluate. If the student keeps up with pace of the
assignments and enters into the spirit of discovery, he will enhance the intellectual inquiry of the class and discover new
horizons in literature.

                                         Mathematics Department
           Grade Level:                             Integrated Math                                   Credit: 1
This focus of the course is to increase students skill sets for success in Algebra 1. Algebraic topics include solving
one-variable equations, solving one-variable inequalities, an introduction to functions, writing equations of lines, and
solving systems of equations and inequalities.
Next course: Algebra 1                                                                Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

         Grade Level:                               Algebra I                                         Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
This is the first course and the building block of Algebraic study. The focus of the course is on Linear Equations and
Inequalities, Exponents and Exponential Functions, Polynomials and Quadratic Equations, and Data Analysis and
Probability. Students are required to take and pass an Ohio end-of-course assessment in this class.
Next course: Geometry.                                                             Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

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Grade Level:                        Geometry                                                 Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Algebra 1
This course extends Algebra 1 into the study of shapes. Students should have a basic understanding of area, surface area
and volume prior to taking the class. The course focuses on deductive and inductive reasoning in geometric situations.
Topics include lines, triangles, polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity and congruence, right triangle trigonometry,
transformations, circles, and probability. Students are required to take and pass an Ohio end-of course assessment in this
class.
Next course: Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus, determined by teacher recommendation.     Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

         Grade Level:                       HP Geometry                                               Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Algebra 1
This is a rigorous course in the study of geometry, with a heavy influence of proof. The course focuses on lines, triangles,
polygons and quadrilaterals, similarity and congruence, area, surface area, volume, trigonometry, transformations, circles
and probability. Students are required to take and pass an Ohio end-of-course assessment in this class.
Next course: Honors Algebra 2 determined by teacher recommendation. Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

     Grade Level:                       HP Algebra II                                                     Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Honors Geometry
This is a rigorous course in Algebraic topics. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, a review of
quadratic equations, polynomial functions, radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, the
unit circle and trigonometry, and probability and statistics. Students that have not taken the Ohio end-of-course
assessment for Algebra 1 must do so in this course.
Next Course: Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics determined by teacher recommendation
                                                                                    Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

         Grade Level:                                Algebra II                                       Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
This course reviews Algebra 1 topics of linear equations and inequalities along with quadratics. New topics include
polynomial functions, radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and rational functions.
Next course: College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or AP Statistics determined by teacher recommendation
                                                                                  Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

         Grade Level:                       Pre-Calculus                                              Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Geometry or Algebra 2
This course reviews and extends topics including linear equations and inequalities and quadratics. Other topics that are
covered and extended include polynomial equations, rational functions, radical functions, exponential and logarithmic
functions, the unit circle and trigonometry, matrices, and an introduction to limits.
Next course: Calculus Foundations, AP Calculus, AP Statistics determined by teacher recommendation.
                                                                                     Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

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Grade Level:                       HP Pre-Calculus                                                     Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Honors Algebra 2
This is a rigorous course involving the study of include polynomial equations, rational functions, radical functions,
exponential and logarithmic functions, the unit circle and trigonometry, regressions, matrices, conic sections and an
introduction to limits.
Next course: AP Calculus, Calculus Foundations, AP Statistics determined by teacher recommendation.
                                                                                   Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus
         Grade Level:                        College Algebra                                            Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Algebra 2
This course is designed to prepare students for a freshmen college math course. Topics include a review of linear
equations and inequalities, quadratics, polynomial functions, radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions,
rational functions and trigonometry while introducing various topics in statistics.
Next Course: Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics determined by teacher recommendation
                                                                                    Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus
         Grade Level:                        Calculus Foundations                                       Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Pre-Calculus
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of Calculus, including limits, differentiation, and integration.
These topics are studied using polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. There is special
consideration given to applications for Business Calculus. The course is intended to prepare students for the rigor of
college level Calculus.
                                                                                   Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus
     Grade Level:                        AP Calculus AB                                                     Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Pre-Calculus
This rigorous course is the equivalent to a semester college course in Calculus, focusing on differential and integral
calculus. Topics include concepts and skills of limits, 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 to use technology to
help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. An AP exam is expected to be taken at the
conclusion of the course.
                                                                                    Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

         Grade Level:                        AP Statistics                                              Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature & ​Algebra 2 or higher level course
This is a rigorous course in the study of statistics, which uses computers and calculators to establish a strong
understanding of statistics through sampling and experimentation, exploring and analyzing data, assessing models and
performing simulations. An AP exam is expected to be taken at the conclusion of the course.
***This course can be taken concurrently with Pre-Calculus or Calculus, determined by teacher recommendation
                                                                                    Recommended Calculator: TI-84 Plus

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Science Department
Required Classes
        Grade Level: 9                               Biology                                            Credit: 1
Biology is a required introductory course offered to all freshmen. The purpose of this college preparatory level course is to
provide the student with a detailed understanding of living organisms and their interactions. The basics of Cell Biology,
such as Structure, Energy and Reproduction are discussed in detail. A survey of the simplest to the most complex
organisms will be covered. How these organisms relate and interact within their environment will be stressed. Labs and
hand-on activities will be stressed to reinforce the material.

Grade Level: 9                                    HP Biology                                         Credit: 1
Honors Biology is a required introductory course offered to all Honors-level freshmen. The purpose of this course is to
cover, in greater detail, living organisms and their interactions. The basics of Cell Biology, such as Structure, Energy and
Reproduction are discussed in detail. A survey of the simplest to the most complex organisms will be covered. How these
organisms relate and interact within their environment will be stressed. Advanced Biology is intended to provide a solid
basis and prerequisite for further study in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology which can be taken either the junior or
senior year as an elective. Labs and hand-on activities will be stressed to reinforce the material.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Chemistry                                          Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
College Prep Chemistry is an elective course offered to CP​ ​level juniors and seniors. The purpose of this course is to
provide the student with an understanding of basic chemistry concepts. A more conceptual approach will be taken, placing
emphasis on student understanding without rigorous mathematics. Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptions of matter,
Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Stoichiometry Concepts, Gases, Solutions, and
Acids and Bases are among the topics that will be covered in this course. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to
reinforce learning.
ACP-Chemistry is an introductory course offered to ACP-level sophomores, juniors and seniors. The purpose of this
college preparatory level course is to provide the student with a thorough coverage of topics including Qualitative and
Quantitative Descriptions of matter, Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions,
Stoichiometry, Gases, Solutions, and Acids and Bases. ACP Chemistry is intended to provide a solid basis for success in
college chemistry. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning. Students who are interested in
pursuing a science degree in college should consider taking chemistry as a sophomore if possible.

Grade Level: 10                                   HP Chemistry                                       Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Chemistry is a required introductory course offered to Honors-level sophomores. The purpose of this advanced level
course is to provide the student with a more in-depth coverage of topics including Qualitative and Quantitative
Descriptions of matter, Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases,
Solutions, Acids and Bases, Equilibrium, Redox, Kinetics and Energetics. Advanced Chemistry is intended to provide a
solid basis and prerequisite for further study in Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry which can be taken either the junior
or senior year as an elective. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning. Students who are interested
in pursuing a science degree in college should consider taking chemistry as a sophomore if possible.

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Grade Level: 11                                   CP Physics                                         Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
College Prep Physics is a required introductory course offered to juniors. The purpose of this course is to provide the
student with an understanding of basic physics concepts. The conceptual approach places an emphasis on student
understanding without rigorous mathematics. Mechanics, electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics are among
the topics that will be covered in this course. Labs and inquiry methods will be used to help the student develop
understanding of physics concepts.

Grade Level: 11                                   ACP Physics                                        Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
ACP Modern Physics is a required introductory course offered to all ACP-level juniors. The purpose of this course is to
cover, in greater detail, the basis of physics and scientific problem solving. Mechanics will be studied in depth, as well as
electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics. Mathematics and problem solving skills, are used extensively in this
course. Inquiry and modeling approaches are used throughout the course to allow students to develop their conceptual
understanding of physics. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning.

Grade Level: 11                                   HP Physics                                         Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Honors Physics is a required introductory course offered to all Honors-level juniors. The purpose of this course is to
cover, in greater detail, the basis of physics and scientific problem solving. Mechanics will be studied in depth, as well as
electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics. Mathematics and problem solving skills, are used extensively in this
course. Inquiry and modeling approaches are used throughout the course to allow students to develop their conceptual
understanding of physics. Honors Physics is intended to provide a solid basis and prerequisite for further study in
Advanced Placement (AP) Physics (C) which can be taken in the senior year as an elective. Labs and hand-on activities
will be stressed to reinforce the material.

Electives
Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Marine Science                                     Credit: .5
Marine Science ​is a semester-long elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is
available to students in grades 10-12, although it would be helpful to have successfully completed chemistry as well. It
may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. ​The Ocean is a unique place, and Marine Science
represents a special opportunity to learn about the least-explored place on Earth-- less than 5% of it has been explored. It
is estimated that one out of every six jobs in the United States is marine-related, and that 75% of Americans will live in
coastal areas by 2025.
Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Astronomy                                          Credit: .5
Astronomy ​is a semester elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to
students in grades 10-12. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. ​This course will provide
the student with an introduction to the concepts of modern astronomy, the origin and history of the Universe and the
formation of the Earth and the solar system.

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Grade Level: 10,11,12                     Geology/Environmental Science                              Credit: 1
Geology and Environmental Science is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology.
It is available to students in grades 10-12, although it would be helpful to have successfully completed chemistry as well.
It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. The purpose of this course is to provide the student
with a more in-depth knowledge of the physical characteristics and processes that shape the earth and its environments.
Geological time and ways of knowing will be stressed. Students will also explore their roles and responsibilities in climate
and environmental changes. Labs and projects are very frequently used to reinforce the material.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Forensics                                          Credit: 1
Forensics is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to students
in grades 10-12 , although due to the integrated nature of the course, students who have completed chemistry and physics
will find the material more familiar. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics requirements. This course is
designed to give students the opportunity to learn how scientific principles are applied to fields such as law enforcement
and anthropology. From fingerprints to DNA, bite marks to shoe prints, and blood spatter to trace evidence, forensic
science requires the knowledge of biology, geology, botany, chemistry, and physics. Using a multidisciplinary and
hands-on approach, students will learn the fundamentals of forensic science and develop logical problem-solving skills
through the use of both case studies and laboratory experiments.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                             AP Bio                                             Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Advanced Placement Biology is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP
Biology and HP or ACP Chemistry and has the instructor's permission. It is therefore offered to students in their junior or
senior years. AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of the general biology course usually taken during the first
college year. The course includes study of the Structure of Atoms, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological Domains and
Kingdoms, and Evolution. Extensive lab experiences reinforce the material. Students may be able to earn college credit
with a passing score on the AP test.

Grade Level: 11,12                                AP Physics                                         Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Advanced Placement Physics (C) is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP
Chemistry and have the instructor's permission. Students must take calculus preferably prior to, but may be concurrent
with AP Physics to enroll in this course. It is therefore offered to students in their senior year. The AP Physics (C) course
covers the material typically found in a one-semester, calculus-based physics course at the college level. The course
includes basic motion (kinematics), forces, momentum, work, energy, rotational motion, and gravitation. Students are
expected to have a high degree of problem-solving ability. Labs are included throughout the course. Students may earn
college credit with a passing score on the AP test.

Grade Level: 11,12                                AP Chemistry                                       Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Advanced Placement Chemistry is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP
Chemistry and has the instructor's permission. It is therefore offered to students in their junior or senior years. It may not
take the place of the junior year physics requirement. AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general
chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course includes study of the Structure of Matter, States of
Matter, Reactions, Descriptive Chemistry, Laboratory Skills and Experience, and Chemical Calculations. Students may be
able to earn college credit with a passing score on the AP test.

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Grade Level: 11,12                                           Anatomy           CCP                                        Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Anatomy and Physiology is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology their
freshman year. This course is therefore offered to students in grades 10-12. It may not take the place of the chemistry and
or physics requirement. It is cross-listed with the University of Cincinnati and students receive college credit through the
“College Credit Plus” program but may be taken as a Science Elective for high school credit only. The purpose of this
course is to provide the student with a well-rounded knowledge of the human body in terms of its parts (anatomy) and
how these function together (physiology) to provide good health. A systemic approach is used to cover the body from
tissue types through the reproductive system. Labs are used frequently to reinforce the material.

Grade Level: 11,12                Engineering Foundations CCP                                                             Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Engineering Foundations is an elective that is offered to juniors and seniors who have taken or are enrolled concurrently
in PreCalculus (ACP and HP juniors and seniors) or motivated CP Seniors who have completed Algebra II. Admission
to the class is dependent upon instructor permission. Engineering Foundations is cross-listed with the University of
Cincinnati and students receive college credit through the “College Credit Plus” program but may be taken as a Science
Elective for high school credit only.. It may not take the place of the chemistry and/or physics requirement. This course
serves as an introduction to the field of Engineering. Students will be exposed to several “core” types of engineering
including, but not limited to, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Computer Science. The course will also introduce
students to skills and procedures that are required in all fields of engineering. A main emphasis for this course will be
practical engineering skills displayed through projects.

Grade Level: 12                                              Engineering II           CCP                                 Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Engineering II is the second course in the Engineering Sequence, following Engineering Foundations. This course is cross-listed with the second
semester Freshman Engineering course offered by the University of Cincinnati through the College Credit Plus program, but may be taken as a
Science Elective for high school credit only. A large portion of the course will be devoted to creating computer models of physical situations
through the math and engineering industry-standard programming language MATLAB. Students will also use skills learned through the prior
Engineering course to create larger projects that incorporate multiple engineering disciplines, ideally in such a way as to satisfy engineering needs in
the La Salle and/or local community.

                                                  Social Studies Department
Grade Level: 10,11,12             AP Human Geography                                                                      Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
AP Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study
include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture, and urban
geography. Emphasis is placed on geographic models and their applications. Case studies from around the globe are compared to the situation in both
the United States and locally.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                        Holocaust Studies                                            Credit: .5
The one semester course, Holocaust Studies, assists students in developing an understanding of the causes to and ramifications of a watershed event
in human history. Through the use of primary source readings and films and the employment of internet research students will appreciate the dangers
of remaining silent, apathetic and indifferent in the face of other’s oppression. In this course students will be afforded the opportunity to attend
various workshops and presentations by survivors and experts in the field of Holocaust history.

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Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         Law                                                           Credit: .5
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the many aspects of the American legal system. It is designed as an introduction to
terminology, theory and methodology of the legal profession. Through this students will explore the Local, State and Federal Court systems as a
viable entity of judicial equity, as well as the history surrounding these systems. Through the duration of the course students will also gain a better
understanding the Constitution, and the importance of the Constitution on the history of the United States. Students will explore the Supreme Court
decisions that have set precedents and explore the ideology behind those opinions submitted by justices.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                              Contemporary Amer. History                                               Credit: .5
This course will be an in depth study on American history from 1945 to the present. Through the use of feature films, documentaries and primary
sources students will analyze a changing America.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         World Issues                                                  Credit: .5
World Issues introduces students to various issues facing the world today. Students will explore global economic systems, human
rights, world health, environmental issues, and the role of the United States and the United Nations in a changing world. Students will
evaluate the issues and propose solutions from a variety of perspectives.
Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         Sociology                                                     Credit: .5
Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course will introduce the "sociological perspective" as a
tool for understanding the connections between the individual's everyday life and larger-scale processes and structures within society. We will focus
particularly on various explanations for social inequality in the U.S. and empirical research about such inequality. Specifically, we will examine how
social class, race-ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc., shape our lives and our social institutions. What you should expect to get out of this
course is a critical perspective on social life. You should be prepared to grapple with some issues you've never thought about before (or at least have
never thought about sociologically before); be prepared to deal with value judgments, slippery concepts, and some ambiguity.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         Psychology                                                    Credit: .5
Introduction to Psychology is an introduction to the science of behavior and mental life. We will discuss the biological, social, and cultural influences
on behavior. Psychology seeks to answer all kinds of questions. We will explore what questions have been asked, how questions should be
formulated, how psychologists have attempted to find answers, and what different responses have been proposed. We will take a topical approach,
exploring different theories and evidence regarding human behavior, but throughout the course we will emphasize common themes that tie the field
of psychology together and make it an academic discipline.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         Geography                                                     Credit: 1
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the interaction of man and his environment. The study includes current
developments around the world, which affect physical and cultural settings. Emphasis is placed on geographical processes, which affect decisions
concerning interrelationships among nations, production and distribution of goods, uses and abuses of resources and political and economic
conditions.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                         American History                                              Credit: 1
This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its
national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it
to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this
course.

Grade Level: 11,12                                 American Government                                                      Credit: 1
This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government. Topics
include the constitutional framework; federalism; the three branches of government, including the bureaucracy; civil rights
and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy formation. Upon completion, students should be able to
demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system. Basic
concepts of state and local government and their relationships with the federal government are also examined.

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Grade Level: 11,12                AP US History                                                      Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and
factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program
prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands on them equivalent to those made by
full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given
interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance - and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in
historical scholarship. This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the
basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Students in
the HP level may take this course. Students in the ACP level may take this course only with recommendation of their
sophomore social studies or English teacher and a minimum average of 90% in those classes. Students enrolled in the
course may seek college credit by taking the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. exam and/or participating in and
fulfilling the requirements of Xavier University's Collegium Program.

Grade Level: 11,12                AP US Government & Politics                                        Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
The course will analyze the theory and practice of the American political and governmental systems, concentrating on the
tensions and pressures which are shaping the future course of these systems. Also included is a broad history of American
foreign policy and a study of the three major economic systems of this century.

                                            Health/PE Department
Grade Level: 10                                   Health                                             Credit: .5
The CORE course is a semester class required for all sophomores and designed to offer a variety of activities to explore
and discuss current health material and concepts. These activities assist the course objective; to develop the students’
ability to make healthy life choices utilizing a variety of decision-making techniques and a broad knowledge of personal
and general health. An emphasis will be placed on avoiding the formation of addictive and harmful habits while
promoting positive and healthy behaviors.

Grade Level: 9                            Physical Education 1                                       Credit: .25
This course is a semester class for all Freshmen students and offers a variety of physical activities which fulfill the course
objective; to develop the students’ psychological, sociological and physiological growth. Both individual and team
concepts are incorporated daily. An emphasis is placed on cooperation and leadership…beyond the individual student and
his “comfort” level. Students will be encouraged to discover expanded levels of physical development, growth and fitness.

Grade Level: 10                           Physical Education 2                                       Credit: .25
This course is a semester class for Sophomore students and offers a variety of physical activities which fulfill the course
objective; to develop the students’ psychological, sociological and physiological growth. Both individual and team
concepts are incorporated daily. An emphasis is placed on cooperation and leadership…beyond the individual student and
his “comfort” level. Students will be encouraged to discover expanded levels of physical development, growth and fitness.

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Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Personal Fitness-Physical Fitness                                      Credit: .5
This course is a yearlong class for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors and offers a beginner, intermediate, and advanced
approach to increasing one’s personal fitness level. There is a variety of fitness routines that will be incorporated,
including; stretching, conditioning, agility training, speed training, weight training, and more. Throughout the course one
will learn how to create a healthy lifestyle for today and the future.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                             Alternative Physical Education A-B                                     Credit: .5
This course is for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors and offers the students who participate in a La Salle High School
sport(s) for 2 seasons and/or La Salle High School marching band for 2 years the opportunity to do an Independent Study.
Students must have approval by their counselor, participate fully in 2 seasons of a sport(s) and/or marching band for 2
years and meet with the Director of Guidance for verification of participation in the activities.
Note: Students must participate in 2 full seasons of a ​La Salle High School sport or 2 years of La Salle High
School Marching Band or a season of a La Salle High School sport and 1 year of La Salle High School Marching
Band to be eligible for this Alternative PE credit.

                                              Computer Science Department
Grade Level: 9                                    Computer Literacy                                                      Credit: .5
This course is taught in freshman year and covers a variety of topics in computer and computer application software. The course is broken down into
several topics: basic computer terminology, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Electronic Presentations with PowerPoint, accessing the Internet. The
course is taught in 4 week cycles alternating with Physical Education.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       Yearbook                                                     Credit: 1
Develops and polishes writing, analytical, communication and leadership skills through the process of planning and layout of the yearbook.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       Tech Apps                                                    Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Student are offered a hands on experience of computer repairs. They will learn through a variety of exercises how to diagnose computer errors and
hardware failures. At the completion of the course the student can earn his A+ certification.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       CADD                                                         Credit: .5
The student is introduced to AutoCadd Software with an emphasis on good design elements as well as an emphasis on technical drawing, drafting,
dimensioning and related skills.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       Architect Drawing                                            Credit: .5
Architectural Drawing intended to be a first look into architectural and construction drafting. It will examine the history and development of different
architectural styles, the major components of residential dwelling-living areas, traffic patterns, kitchens, sleeping areas, and service areas and how
they relate to the over design of resident construction.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       Photo Image                                                  Credit: .5
This course is intended to explore and lay a foundation for a better comprehension of the available photo and image editing tools, specifically Adobe
PhotoShop©.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                       Digital Graphics                                             Credit: .5
This course enhances the flat still life images into an exciting 3 dimensional image through the use of the Adobe Suite© software. It is intended
expand and enrich the experiences taught in Image Editing.

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Grade Level: 10,11,12                                        Digital Media Art 1 & 2                                       Credit: .5 each
          A class that utilizes the powerful Adobe Suite that isn’t taught. Students will learn how to use Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Premiere,
Audacity, Fireworks and more in depth Photoshop. Students will learn about digital painting, graphic design, video production editing, audio
production editing, magazine page layout, magazine/poster design, how to plan and execute a project (pre-production, execute the project and how to
present that project) and how to create/narrate their own tutorials. At the end of the second semester all of the students work will be displayed
physically and through a digital portfolio.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                        Video Production                                              Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to exercise video production skills to produce programs for broadcast on Lancervision, such
as news shows, documentaries, school and community explorations, and entertainment specials. The goal of all programming will be to provide a
communication link among the students of La Salle High School. Work time outside of class is required. Students will be expected to collect stock
footage outside of class time and participate in the broadcast of at least four La Salle events.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                              Computer Animation 1 & 2                                                Credit: .5 each
Animating is a time tested art; the computer industry has changed the process of animating forever. New and exciting developments in the computer
industry make it possible for a variety of people to manipulate art work it way never dreamed of before. This is one the growth areas in movie and
software businesses.

Grade Level: 11,12                Visual Programming 1 & 2                                                                 Credit: .5 each
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
The student will use Visual Basic to develop his skills as a programmer, basic programming techniques and be able to apply his knowledge of the
topics towards solving business and mathematical problems. (No prerequisites.) One-half credit (each) ​Collegium credit available

Grade Level: 11,12                Game Design 1 & 2                                                                        Credit: .5 each
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
Game design is a growth area in the computer industry and has many applications in product development and training. This course explores the
fundamental elements to game structures and development. (Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation, senior and juniors)

                                              Foreign Language Department
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12                                      Spanish I                                                     Credit: 1
During the first year of Spanish, students will learn the beginning stages of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the Spanish language. In
addition, students will learn about a number of cultures and communities within the Spanish-speaking world and how these groups affect the
language itself.

Grade Level: 10,11,12                                        Spanish II                                                    Credit: 1
During the second year of Spanish, students will learn the secondary stages of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the Spanish language. In
addition, students will learn about a number of cultures and communities within the Spanish-speaking world and how these groups affect the
language itself.

Grade Level: 11,12                                           Spanish III                                                   Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature
During the third year of Spanish, students will further develop their skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the Spanish language. In
addition, students will learn about a number of cultures and communities within the Spanish-speaking world and how these groups affect the
language itself. The appropriate Ohio state content standards, benchmarks, and indicators are listed within this document.

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