No Excuses - Union City High School Course Catalog - Union City Schools

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No Excuses - Union City High School Course Catalog - Union City Schools
Union City High School

   Course Catalog

No Excuses
The mission of Union City Schools is to prepare students to
   live, work, contribute, and excel in an every-changing world.

Principal’s Message

I would personally like to welcome the Class of 2024 to Union City High School.
You are now part of a proud tradition of Golden Tornadoes. Your four years here
will be some of the busiest and most challenging of your life, but they will also be
some of the most exciting and memorable.

Here at UCHS, we proudly embrace the school system’s motto: “Excellence…our
heritage, our commitment.” We believe that to achieve excellence, students and
faculty must adopt a “No Excuses” attitude where everyone takes responsibility for
their actions and ownership of their future.

As a student in the Union City School System, you have access to the greatest
teachers, the most supportive community, and the best coaches around. Your
classrooms are outfitted with the latest technology, and the buildings are always
safe and clean. You literally have everything you need to be successful. If you will
come to school each day with a positive attitude, determined to give your very best
effort, you will certainly find success.

I look forward to working with you, and my door is always open.


Mr. Cross
Table of Contents/Index

                    Content areas                         Page
2020-2021 Union City Schools Calendar                      4
Graduation Requirements (UC & UC Magnet)                    5
Registration Sheet                                          7
Proposed Schedule Breakdown for the Class of 2024           8
Four-year Focused Plan of Study                             9
Union City College Preparatory Magnet School               10
Grading Scale                                              13
State-Mandated Testing                                     13
Tennessee Lottery Scholarship Program                      14
University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents     15
Tennessee Scholars                                         18
Parent Portal                                              20
Clubs and Organizations                                    20
Sports and Athletics                                       21
NCAA                                                       22
Course Description Information/Class of 2023               24
   English Language Arts/Foreign Language                  25
   Mathematics                                             29
   Science                                                 31
   Social Studies                                          34
   Fine Arts                                               37
   Health & Physical Education                             38
   Career & Technical Education                            39
      Architecture and Construction                        39
      Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications    40
      Finance                                              41
      Health Science                                       43
                           UNION CITY SCHOOLS CALENDAR

        August 3-5                       Professional Development (No School)
        August 6-7                              Teacher Prep (No School)
  August 10-September 4                             Students Present
       September 7                               Labor Day (No School)
  September 8-October 6                             Students Present
        October 7-9                              Fall Break (No Schools)
 October 12-November 24                             Students Present
     November 25-27                            Thanksgiving (No School)
November 30-December 18*              Students Present; *Early dismissal on the 18th
 December 21-January 1                     Christmas and New Year’s Holiday
         January 4                       Professional Development (No School)
       January 5-15                                 Students Present
        January 18                                MLK Day (No School)
 January 19-February 12                             Students Present
       February 15                                   Presidents’ Day
   February 16-March 18                             Students Present
         March 19                        Professional Development (No School)
     March 22-April 1                               Students Present
          April 2                                      Good Friday
     April 5-April 9                                 Spring Break
    April 12-May 25*                  Students Present; *Early dismissal on May 25
                                                   UCHS Graduation

                              Parent-Teacher Conferences

 Elementary School:
 Middle School:
 High School:

       **More than 5 inclement weather days will be made up at the end of the year.
Tennessee Graduation Requirements
    The Tennessee Department of Education has raised standards and aligned graduation
    requirements to best prepare students for college and the workforce.

    Following the implementation of the Tennessee Diploma Project in 2009, high school students
    must complete 22 credits to graduate. They also will be tested in core subject areas with End of
    Course exams, part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. Their
    performance on these exams will factor into their semester grade for the course.

    Total Required Credits: 22 for State/24 for UCHS/26 for UCHS Magnet students

➢ Math: 4 credits, including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course (Students
  must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year.)
➢ English: 4 credits
➢ Science: 3 credits, including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
➢ Social Studies: 3 credits, including U.S. History and Geography, World History and Geography,
  U.S. Government and Civics, and Economics
➢ Physical Education and Wellness: 1.5 credits
➢ Personal Finance: 0.5 credits (Three years of JROTC may be substituted for one-half unit of
  Personal Finance if the JROTC instructor attends the Personal Finance training.)
➢ Foreign Language: 2 credits (May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and
  enhance the elective focus)
➢ Fine Arts: 1 credit (May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance
  the elective focus)
➢ Elective Focus: 3 credits consisting of Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine
  Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

    - See more at:

    To graduate with State Honors
    Students who score at or above all four subject area readiness benchmarks (English, Math,
    Reading, Science) on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. These
    benchmark scores can be more achievable by a student having taken the ACT more than once.
    The benchmark scores are:
       ➢ English—18
       ➢ Math—22
       ➢ Reading—22
       ➢ Science—23

    To graduate with State Distinction
    Cumulative average must be a “B” and have one of the below items
➢   Participate in a Governor’s School program
➢   Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
➢   Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist
➢   Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
➢   Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two AP exams
➢   Earn 12 or more semester hours of post-secondary credit
Freshman schedules, more so than any other grade level, are based primarily on data from the
middle school. Scores such as TN Ready, Placement Exams, AIMS Web, and class grades are
all used in determining a student’s English, Math, and Science placements. Students with
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be placed according to the stipulations of their IEP.

If a parent requests a scheduling meeting, their student’s schedule requests will be made at that
time. If no meeting is requested by the parent, students will still be given the opportunity to
request elective courses. Achievement data will be used to determine core class selections.
After the scheduling process is complete, schedule change requests are discouraged and will be
based only on the following criteria: to correct deficiencies, to correct an error in placement, to
correct obvious errors in scheduling, and to insure credits for graduation. A request for a change
of teacher will not be honored.

The courses listed in our guide are offered based upon sufficient student demand, staff
availability, and School Board approval. You will find a description of all courses being considered
for next year in this catalog. Included for each course is the appropriate prerequisite and credit
value. Make sure that you are aware of the prerequisites for the courses you select.
                      Freshmen Course Requests 2020-2021
                                           Class of 2024

Last Name _____________________________                 *DUE TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE
                                                                 BY MARCH 31ST
First Name _____________________________

                                                  •    Our master schedule is conceived, built, and
Check one English, Math, and Science.                  driven by initial course selections. Therefore,
 X Cr.            Course Title                         selecting appropriate courses on the initial
    1   English I                                      schedule request is extremely important.
    1   Honors English I                          •    After the scheduling process is complete, any
                                                       schedule change request is discouraged, & will
     1   Algebra I                                     be based only on the following criteria: to
     1   Geometry (prereq Alg I)                       correct deficiencies, to correct an error in
     1   Honors Geometry (prereq Alg I)                placement, to correct obvious errors in
                                                       scheduling, & to assure credits for graduation. A
     1   Physical Science                              request for a change of teacher will not be
Required                                          •    A complete list of graduation requirements and
 X 1 Wellness*                                         course descriptions can be found in the course
 X .5 Career Explorations                              catalog issued to each student during freshman
 X .5 Business Communications                          orientation.
                                                  •    Students interested in honors courses please
Check two additional elective courses.                 refer to the back of this page.
    Cr.              Electives                    •    *Requirement may be postponed if
    1    World History                                 student’s fine arts schedule creates a
    1    Honors World History                          scheduling conflict.
    1    Health Science Education                 •    **State-wide dual credit course
    1    Intro to Business & Marketing**
    1    Computer Science Foundations
    1    Band
    1    Choir (audition required)
                                                Student signature/email
 **for office use only                          ____________________________________
           English Lab                          Parent signature/email
           Content Reading
           Math Lab                             _________________ __________________
                                                Student phone         Parent phone
**English and Math labs are required for
students who do not score proficient or
advanced on 8TH grade year-end assessments
in these specific content areas.                Date


                                   Honors & AP Information
       •   Students who desire to graduate from the Union City College Preparatory Magnet School must
           obtain 3 credits in Honors English and a minimum of 3 additional honors credits, as well as, a
           minimum of 3 Advanced Placement (AP) credits. This will total a minimum of 6 honors and 3 AP
           courses, however many students choose to exceed these minimum requirements.

       •   In an effort to ensure that honors students have an appropriate level of rigor as seniors, Magnet
           students are encouraged to take a minimum of two AP courses during their senior year. The only
           exception to this rule is if the student has successfully completed three AP courses prior to their
           senior year, in which case, consideration will be given to a request of only taking one AP course their
           senior year.

       •   Students who qualify for certain honors courses, but choose not to participate in the Magnet School,
           are allowed and encouraged to take honors courses.

       •   Students who enroll in AP courses are obligated to sit for the AP exam. The student is responsible
           for the cost of the exam, which is typically $90-$95. There are financial incentives for those who
           achieve a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam.

       •   Once enrolled in an honors or AP course, students are committed to finishing the course. Any request
           to drop will be evaluated by the administration. Please choose courses carefully.

       •   Each AP course syllabus has been reviewed and approved by the AP College Board, and each
           teacher has received extensive training by the College Board specific to the courses they teach.

       •   Additional information regarding magnet school requirements is available in the student course

                       Honors Contract for Student & Parent
    Due to the special nature of honors courses, students must be aware of the increased academic rigor and
    time commitment associated with these classes. These are higher level courses and much will be expected.
    You should be aware that the rigor of these classes may be exhibited in lower grades. In these courses an
    “A” indicates exemplary performance.

    Students will be required to do summer work in every honors and AP course, and this work will be the basis
    of your course-work at the beginning of the year. If you fail to complete this work, you will earn a grade
    of zero (0) on the assignment.

    Grading in honors courses may be more project-based than in traditional courses, and assignments will
    certainly require more analytical thinking and problem solving. The content of some courses may include
    controversial material.


               BY GRADE FOR UCHS STUDENTS/Class of 2024

    Freshman         2020-2021
                           English (1)
                           Math      (1)
                           Science (1)
                           Wellness (1)
                           Career Explorations (.5)
                           Business Communications (.5)
                           Electives (2)
                           *World History before graduation

    Sophomore        2021-2022
                           English (1)
                           Math     (1)
                           Science (1)
                           Personal Finance (.5)
                           Contemporary Issues (.5)
                           Electives (3)

    Junior           2022-2023
                           English (1)
                           Math     (1)
                           Science (1)
                           US History (1)
                           Electives (3)

    Senior           2023-2024

                           English (1)
                           Math     (1)
                           Science (1)
                           US Government (.5)
                           Economics (.5)
                           Electives (3)

    Total credits needed for graduation—24 minimum
    Total credits needed for Magnet School graduates—26 minimum
Plan of Study Worksheet
                               for the Class of 2024

        Grade 9                   Grade 10                Grade 11                Grade 12
       2020-2021                  2021-2022               2022-2023               2023-2024

Course                CR   Course             CR   Course             CR   Course             CR
English I                  English II              English III             English IV

Math                       Math                    Math                    Math

Science                    Science                 Science                 Elective

Lifetime Wellness          Per. Finance            US History              Econ

                           Contemporary                                    US Gov.
Career Explorations        Elective                Elective                Elective

Business Comm.
World History              Elective                Elective                Elective
(can be taken
another year)
or Elective
Elective                   Elective                Elective                Elective

Signatures & Dates

Total credits needed for graduation—24 minimum
Total credits needed for Magnet School graduates—26 minimum
Union City High School College Preparatory Magnet School

Union City students may first enroll in the Union City College Preparatory Magnet School classes
in the ninth grade.

As a freshman
       ➢ Appropriate level of performance on PLAN/TN Ready testing
       ➢ Appropriate scores on any required placement testing
       ➢ A cumulative average of 90 or above, with no “D”’s or “F”’s
       ➢ Must take Honors English I along with another honors class

As a sophomore
      ➢ Cumulative average of 90 or above, with no “D”’s or “F”’s
      ➢ Must take Honors English II, Honors English III, and AP Lit & Comp

As a transfer junior
       ➢ Must have a cumulative average of 90 or above, with no “D”’s or “F”’s
       ➢ Must take Honors English III and AP Lit & Comp
       ➢ Must have the appropriate prerequisite for an honors/AP course from a previous school

As a transfer senior
       ➢ Not eligible to enroll in the Magnet School, but will be allowed to take appropriate
         honors classes if requirements are met

Transfer students

Must meet all of the following requirements that are applicable to the course:
      ➢ Benchmark score on a Union City High School designated exam
        (ACT) ACT English—18, Math—22, Reading—22, Science—23
      ➢ Satisfactory score on a writing sample (other than the TN Ready Writing)
      ➢ All prerequisite courses (if applicable)
      ➢ All transfer students will remain on probation for the first semester
      ➢ Sophomore and junior transfer students will be required to take all available honors
        English courses (Honors English II, Honors English III, and AP Lit & Comp).

Maintenance of grades

      ➢ A student cannot have a “D” or “F” in any course.
      ➢ If a student has a grade below a “C” at the end of any quarter, the student will be on
        probation during the following quarter. If the next quarter grade is below a “C”, the
        student will be withdrawn from the Magnet School.
      ➢ To protect the integrity of the program, an administrator may make the decision to
        remove a student from the Magnet School at any time.
Graduation Requirements

   •   To be a graduate of the Union City College Preparatory Magnet School, students must
       have completed a total of nine (9) Magnet School courses. These nine courses must
       be comprised of at least six (6) Honors and three (3) Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
       All Magnet School students will be required to take Honors English I, II, and III. The
       sequence could be Honors English II, III, and AP Lit & Comp for transfer students.

   •   Students must earn a total of 26 credits in order to graduate from the Union City College
       Preparatory Magnet School.

   •   Union City Students may first enroll in the Union City College Preparatory Magnet
       School classes in the 9th grade as well as 10th grade as long as the student completes
       Honors English II, Honors English III, AP Lit & Comp and meets the other requirements.

Honors/AP course requirements

   •   All Honors and AP courses will have required summer activities. This must be
       completed prior to the first day of school. It is understood that the summer work will be
       utilized as a part of the class requirements during the first nine weeks of the school year.
       Failure to complete the work will result in grade of zero (0) in the respective class for the
       summer assignment.

   •   While certain AP courses may be taken by sophomores, others are reserved for the
       junior or senior year. Magnet students are required to take an AP course during their
       senior year. Students taking three or more AP courses at one time may request
       consideration for a second study hall period. This request will be evaluated based on
       student’s grades, number of credits, and course load.

   •   Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to take the AP exam. The fee
       associated with the exam will be the responsibility of the students. The 2020 exam fee
       is currently $94 per test. This fee is set by the College Board and is subject to change.
       There can be no refund of money paid for an AP exam.

Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Top Ten Honors

Only students enrolled in Union City College Preparatory Magnet School will be eligible for
these honors.
Withdrawal from an Honors or AP course

             Students & parents will be made aware of the rigor and time requirements of the honors/AP
             courses during orientation.
             Once classes have begun, students wishing to withdrawal from an
             Honors or AP course must complete the following steps:
                1. Complete withdrawal request form
                2. Meet with Honors Committee & discuss reasons for withdrawal request
                3. Committee will hear & vote on request

                    UCHS Magnet School Course Offerings
                                 2020 - 2021
          Honors – 6 Required                          AP Courses — 3 Required
                      ➢ Honors English 9                            ➢ AP Lit & Comp
                      ➢ Honors English 10                           ➢ AP Calculus AB
                      ➢ Honors English 11                           ➢ AP Biology
                      ➢ Honors Geometry                             ➢ AP Chemistry
                      ➢ Honors Algebra II                           ➢ AP Physics I
                      ➢ Honors Pre-Calculus                         ➢ AP US History
                      ➢ Honors Biology                              ➢ AP World History
                      ➢ Honors Chemistry                            ➢ AP Computer Science
                      ➢ Honors World History

                               Statewide Dual Credit (SDC)
Statewide dual credit classes are college-level courses taught at the high-school level by trained high-
school teachers. Course learning objectives are developed by Tennessee high school and college faculty
in order to ensure alignment with post-secondary standards. All statewide dual credit courses are approved
by the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education before they can be offered as a part of the state’s
current pilot program (see Public Chapter 967 for more information).

All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to
assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam
‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution.
Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately
awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

Exam costs are fully covered by Tennessee Department of Education
Grading Scale
Tennessee’s Uniform Grading Scale—the weighting of honors and advanced placement
courses will be accomplished through the addition of points to grades used to calculate the final
The Union City Board of Education sets percentage ranges for letter grades as listed below:
  Grade Percentage            Weighting for Honors            Quality points for letter grades
            Range             Courses and National
                              Industry Certification
    A          93     100     Will include the addition of    A earns 4 quality points
    B          85      92     3 points to the grades used B earns 3 quality points
                              to calculate the final          C earns 2 quality points
    C          75      84
                              average. For an AP class 5 D earns 1 quality points
    D          70      74     points is added to grades       F earns 0 points
                              used to calculate the final     For an honors class, add ½ quality
    F           0      69
                              average.                        point and for an AP class, add 1
                                                              quality point.

It is the intent of The Union City Board of Education that students be encouraged to take the more
challenging courses offered. It should be understood when signing up for Honors/AP courses that
additional rigor will be implemented in the framework of standards for those courses listed below:

 Honors English I      Honors Geometry         Honors Biology                Honors World History
 Honors English II     Honors Algebra II       Honors Chemistry              AP World History
 Honors English III    Honors Pre-Calculus     AP Biology                    AP US History
 AP Lit & Comp         AP Calculus AB          AP Chemistry
                                               AP Physics I

Honors and Advanced Placement courses will substantially exceed the content standards, learning
expectations, and performance indicators approved by the State Board of Education. Teachers of
Honors/AP courses will include multiple assessments exemplifying coursework such as short
answer, constructed-response prompts, performance-based tasks, open-ended questions, essays,
original or creative interpretations, authentic products, portfolios, and analytical writing.

TN Ready
The Tennessee State Board of Education mandates that students enrolled in English I, English
II, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and US History will take a standardized
assessment at the end of the school year. The percentage weight of this TN Ready test is set
following state guidelines.

ACT Testing
All juniors will take the ACT test during the spring of their third year of high school. The test
consists of four subtests (English, Math, Reading, and Science) and has an average composite
score out of 36 possible points. Students not scoring a 19 on the ACT Math prior to the start of
their senior year will be required to take Bridge Math their senior year. (Bridge Math will not count
for NCAA)
ACT test results (both Cambridge practice tests and regular standardized tests) are possibly used
as criteria to screen student enrollment in honors and AP courses.
Tennessee Lottery Scholarship Program

The HOPE Scholarship through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation is available to
Tennessee residents one year prior to application deadline. A student must be admitted to and
enrolled in at least 6 hours in a HOPE-eligible postsecondary institution within 16 months of
graduation from an eligible high school, home school, or GED program. A minimum 21 ACT
composite on a national or state test date or 3.0 final GPA for students graduating from high school
will guarantee the HOPE.


For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter

Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per
full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time
enrollment semester as a junior and senior

Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and

   o   Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
   o   Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution

The TENNESSEE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP is for graduates who plan to attend a community college or
TCAT(vocational/technical) school in Tennessee. They must attend mandatory meetings and
participate in a mentoring program. College students must attend full time, continue to participate in
the mentoring program, and perform eight hours of community service prior to each term the award
is received. Award amounts vary based on the amount of remaining tuition and mandatory fees after
all other gift aid has first been applied.

High school students will be required to complete the TN Promise application by November 1 of
their senior year and the FAFSA by February 1. To apply for the grants and scholarships their senior
year and succeeding years in college, a student must submit the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 at Early application is recommended.

For more information and continuing updates go to

The UT Promise Scholarship is a new undergraduate scholarship program guaranteeing free
tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT’s campuses in Knoxville,
Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program
that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a volunteer mentor each
semester to ensure a successful student experience.
Launching in fall 2020, this innovative scholarship will cover a student’s last-dollar amount of tuition
and mandatory fees after other financial aid is applied (such as Pell grants, HOPE Scholarship or
other institutional scholarships) to students who qualify for HOPE and whose family household
income is under $50,000 a year AND who have assets less than $75,000.
For more information go to
Tennessee and Board of Regents Schools
University of Tennessee System
•   UT Chattanooga
•   UT Knoxville
•   UT Martin
•   UT Memphis Medical Units—post graduate studies

    Two-Year Schools
•   Chattanooga State Technical Community College
•   Cleveland State Community College
•   Columbia State Community College
•   Dyersburg State Community College
•   Jackson State Community College
•   Motlow State Community College
•   Nashville State Technical Institute
•   Northeast State Technical Community College
•   Pellissippi State Technical Community College
•   Roane State Community College
•   Southwest Tennessee Community College
•   Volunteer State Community College
•   Walters State Community College
      Four-Year Schools
•   Austin Peay State University
•   East Tennessee State University
•   Middle Tennessee State University
•   Tennessee State University
•   Tennessee Technological University
•   The University of Memphis

PRIVATE colleges in TENNESSEE not affiliated with the UT or TBR systems
Aquanis                                    Baptist College of Health Sciences
Belmont University                         Bethel University
Carson Newman College                      Cumberland University
Fisk University                            Freed-Hardeman
Hiwassee                                   John A. Gupton College
Lane College                               Lee University
LeMoyne Owen                               Lincoln Memorial
Lipscomb University                        Maryville College
Milligan College                           O’More College of Design
Rhodes                                     Sewanee
Tennessee Temple                           Tennessee Wesleyan
Trevecca                                   Union University

There are 27 Tennessee Technology Centers that provide state-of-the-art technical training for
workers to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in
today’s competitive job market. Through their workforce development mission, the TTC’s help
businesses and industries satisfy their need for a well-trained, skilled workforce. Under the
governance of the TBR, the TTC’s offer certificate and diploma programs in more than 50 distinct
occupational fields as well as customized training for business and industry. They are located in

Athens                                              McKenzie
Chattanooga                                         McMinnville
Covington                                           Memphis
Crossville                                          Morristown
Crump                                               Murfreesboro
Dickson                                             Nashville
Elizabethtown                                       Newbern
Harriman                                            Oneida/Huntsville
Hartsville                                          Paris
Hohenwald                                           Pulaski
Jacksboro                                           Ripley
Jackson                                             Shelbyville
Knoxville                                           Whitesville
Tennessee High School Courses Which Meet
                          The University of Tennessee and
           Tennessee Board of Regents University Admissions Requirements
          UT/TBR                 High School Courses currently offered at UCHS
  University Requirements
    Unit Requirements           Courses Fulfilling         Courses Not Fulfilling
                                  Requirements                 Requirements
 English                         English I, II, III, and IV or    Yearbook
 4 units required                AP Lit & Comp                    Speech

 Mathematics                     Algebra I                        Accounting
 4 units required                Algebra II
                                 Advanced Alg/Trig
 Natural/Physical Science        Biology I & Chemistry plus 1
 3 units required                more lab science…
                                 Earth Science
                                 Physical Science
 US History                      US History
 1 unit required
 Social Studies                  World History                    Contemporary Issues
 1 unit required                                                  Economics
                                                                  US Government
 Foreign Language                Spanish                          Computer courses
 2 units of the same foreign
 language required
 Visual & Performing Arts        Instrumental Music               Speech
 1 unit required                 Visual Arts                      Physical Education
                                                                  CTE courses

*The courses listed on this chart are those currently approved by the State Board of Education for
approved Tennessee high schools. Students who complete high school unit requirements prior to
entering high school will be given credit for those courses. For example, students who take
Algebra I in Grade 8 and Algebra II in Grade 9 or 10 will be given credit by the University for
completing both units.

**Community Colleges will remain open admission to all high school graduates. However, these
same high school units are recommended for students entering community college programs
designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs. Students with high school deficiencies who are
admitted to community college transfer programs must remove any deficiencies, for elective credit
only, prior to receiving the associate degree in a transfer program.
Tennessee Scholars Requirements
To become a Tennessee Scholar, students complete a demanding high school curriculum that
emphasizes "on level" and above courses in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts
(English and foreign language), and computer literacy. The program also stresses the importance
of attendance and dependability. In addition to meeting all State Board of Education graduation
requirements, Tennessee Scholars must complete the following course requirements and
additional expectations in order to receive this Honor of Distinction:

   ➢   4 years of Math (Algebra I and II, Geometry, and an Advanced Math)
   ➢   Biology and Chemistry and one other lab science (Physics strongly encouraged)
   ➢   2 career technical Credits
   ➢   3 Social Studies credits
   ➢   2 Foreign Language credits
   ➢   1 Fine Arts credit
   ➢   1.5 Physical Education credits
   ➢   Dual credit and online courses are acceptable.

Additional Requirements:

   ➢   80 hours of Community Service (20 per year)
   ➢   Overall "C" average (75%)
   ➢   95% attendance each year (no more than 36 total absences throughout high school)
   ➢   No out-of-school suspensions

The Tennessee Scholars Standard is based on the existing Tennessee Higher Education
system, which includes:

   ➢ Career Technical Schools, Community Colleges, the Board of Regents Universities and the
      University of Tennessee
   ➢ It also fully considers the manufacturing and service industries in Tennessee and the
      trainable workforce needed for continuing their operations or new industry.
   ➢ This Tennessee Standard will allow students to pursue academic excellence to enter
      colleges, universities, or the technical workforce.
Comparison of Tennessee Paths for Graduation
                 2013 Graduates and Beyond
                TN Scholar                             TN Diploma Path (regular graduation)
                2013 grads and beyond
 English        4 credits in standard or above         4 credits
 Math           4 credits                              4 credits (These courses could be regular,
                (Algebra, I, II, Geometry & 1 higher   integrated or technical, 4TH year of math can
                math required)                         be a bridge math class)

 Science        3 credits in lab science               3 credits
                Biology & Chemistry rqd. plus 1        Biology, chemistry or physics and one other
                other lab science/Physics preferred    lab science
 Social         3 credits                              3 credits
 Studies        Must meet state TN grad guidelines
 Personal       .5 credit                              .5 credit
 CTE or 2       2 CTE credits or 2 additional AP       3 credits Elective focus (may be CTE,
 additional     classes or 2 Dual Credit, Dual         science and math, humanities, fine arts,
 AP classes     Enrollment, online classes or 2        AP/IB, or other approved)
 or Dual Cr.    additional IBM or any 2
                combination of two
 Foreign        2 credits in same language             2 credits in same language (Can opt out if
 Language       CANNOT OPT OUT                         not going to college)
 Fine Arts      1 credit                               1 credit
                CANNOT OPT OUT                         (Can opt out if not going to college)
 PE & Health    Must satisfy the requirements for      1.5 credits
 Attendance     95% required (9 days per yr. or no
                more than 36 total days in 4 yrs.)
 Discipline     No out of school suspensions
 Volunteer      80 hours
 Average        Maintain “C” average in all TN         Pass subjects
                Scholars classes

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through this portal. Parents are also able to set up e-mail notifications to automatically inform
them of new information as it becomes available.

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              Clubs and Organizations at Union City High School
Art Club— the purpose of the Art Club is to involve both art students and non-art students in the
exploration of art. It enables the expression of creativity outside of regular art classes and for
those students that are not currently enrolled in art. Some of our activities have included:
specialized art workshops (pottery, painting, drawing, etc.), teaching art lessons to UCES
students, Corn Fest Chalk Art Contest, Art in the Park, Creative Chair Auction, face-painting,
holiday crafts, set design & stage makeup for local events, and field trips to art museums & art-
related venues. We look for commitment in our members who fail to miss meetings and are more
than willing to use Art Club as an outlet for the sharing of originality and artistic expression.

Beta Club—the purpose of this organization shall be the promotion of scholarship and good
citizenship at Union City High School. Service projects are undertaken throughout the school
year. The motto is “Let us lead by serving others.”

The membership of this organization shall be made up from among the students of grades 9-12
of Union City High School who, because of their worthy character, good mentality, creditable
achievement and commendable attitude, have been approved for membership by the executive
head of Union City High School; provided, of course that these students meet the requirements as
set forth in the by-laws of this organization.

Membership is open to students who are eligible if they have a 93.00 cumulative average (88 for
magnet school students) and have no grades below 75. Invitations are issued in the fall

HOSA Club - the purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA
skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an
integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.

STEM Club - The Union City High School STEM Club purposes to prepare students that are
interested in pursuing degrees in advanced science. Students will be prepared for the rigor of
critical thinking and applying the topics that are developed at the high school setting to achieve
success in post-secondary education.
Skills USA - is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure
America has a skilled work force. Skills USA helps each student excel.

Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college
students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations,
including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of

Key Club - Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by the Kiwanis
International. The Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the
world. High school student members of the Key Club perform acts of service in their communities.
Activities of the UCHS Key Club include the canned food drive, adopt-a-family at Christmas, local
nursing home visits, and projects for the local animal rescue organization.

             Sports and Athletic Teams at Union City High School
   ➢   Baseball                                           ➢   Soccer
   ➢   Basketball (men and women)                         ➢   Softball
   ➢   Cheerleading                                       ➢   Tennis (men and women)
   ➢   Football                                           ➢   Track (men and women)
   ➢   Golf (men and women)                               ➢   Volleyball

In order to participate in athletic contests during the school year and satisfy the TSSAA guidelines,
the student must earn six (6) credits the preceding school year if 24 or more credits are required
for graduation. A rising freshman is eligible if they are promoted from the eighth grade to high

All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year. Academic eligibility
for a student is based on the requirements of the school the student was attending at the
conclusion of the previous school year.

Students who are ineligible the first semester may gain eligibility the second semester by passing
six subjects.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Division I Academic Requirements
College-bound student-athletes will need to meet the following academic requirements to
practice, receive athletics scholarships, and/or compete during their first year.

Core-Course Requirements

            years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered)

Full Qualifier Academic Redshirt

              of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester
          (senior year) of high school
                    the 10 core courses must be in English, math, or science
                      -course GPA of at least 2.300
                                                       course GPA on the Division I sliding scale

Full Qualifier: College-bound student-athletes may practice, compete and receive
athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.

Academic Redshirt: College-bound student-athletes may receive athletics scholarships during
their first year of enrollment and may practice during their first regular academic term but may
NOT compete during their first year of enrollment.

Non-qualifier: College-bound student-athletes cannot practice, receive athletics scholarships or
compete during their first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I school.

Test Scores—when you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of
9999 so your scores are sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test
scores on transcripts will not be used in your academic certification. A combined SAT score is
calculated by adding reading and math sub scores. An ACT sum score is calculated by adding
English, math, reading and science sub scores. You may take the SAT or ACT an unlimited
number of times before you enroll full time in college. If you take either test more than once, the
best sub score from different tests are used to meet initial eligibility requirements. If you take the
current SAT before March 2016 and then take the redesigned SAT at a later date, the NCAA
Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the current and redesigned SAT when
determining your initial eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section scores
from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures
different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not
be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.

For more resources regarding these guidelines and impending changes, visit
athletes/play-division-i-sports or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide or
Course Description Booklet


        Class of 2024

                        Revised March 5, 2020

This Course Information Guide has been developed by the faculty and staff at Union City High
School to provide students and parents/guardians with basic information that can be used in
planning their high school curriculum.

All courses described are part of the general curriculum and are available to students who meet
the prerequisite requirements. Courses that are not described are those courses considered
specifically designed for the Special Education Program.

The following information is provided in this guide: name of course, credit, prerequisites,
appropriate grade level, fees, summary of goals, and special considerations.

It is the hope of the Union City High School staff that this Course Information Guide will be useful
to students as they make course selections during their tenure at UCHS


English I
      Grade level offered—9

The student will develop and expand reading skills through the study of poetry, short stories and
selected novels. The student will develop and expand skills in grammar usage and mechanics
through various exercises and activities. The student will develop and increase word knowledge
through vocabulary drills and will use technology to enhance learning. The student will learn
speaking and listening skills.

Honors English I
     Grade level offered—9
     Prerequisites—Honors/AP guidelines

Honors English I will help students become more skilled interpretive readers of literary selections
of several genres from different time periods and different countries. Students in the Honors
Program will improve their writing skills by writing extensively for a variety of purposes. Honors
English I will enhance and develop students’ grammar and vocabulary skills.
English II
      Grade level—10
      Prerequisite—English I

Students in English II are expected to develop the ability to speak and to write correctly using
Standard English. This course will give the basic foundation in oral and written communication for
everyone. The student will develop writing skills, basic grammar skills, literature awareness and
comprehension, as well as vocabulary.

Honors English II
     Grade level offered—10
     Prerequisites—English I or Honors English I and Honors/AP guidelines

This course is taught on an accelerated college preparatory level. Vocabulary study and literature
are intensified. Extensive reading is required, and writing assignments are both more frequent
and more challenging.

English III
      Grade level—11
      Prerequisite—English II

The student will study American literature from 1400 to the present. The course surveys fiction
and non-fiction writing from the canon of American Literature. The student will write often, both
persuasive essays and a research paper, in addition to the study of literature.

Honors English III
     Grade level—11
     Prerequisite—Honors English I, Honors English II, and Honors/AP guidelines

This course is designed to emphasize the development of the skills necessary to critically read
both imaginative and discursive literature. Writing skills and literary interpretation are the
cornerstones of this course. The students are asked to write frequently, often impromptu, in class
and outside of class. The course also requires projects, some individual and others in small
groups, to be completed outside of class. Please note that the reading materials are often of a
mature nature and may contain language or thematic content that may be deemed offensive by
some readers.
English IV
      Grade level—12
      Prerequisite—English III

The student will study the historical, cultural, political, and literary background of England and the
literature of each time period as well as learn additional historical material of England through
outside reading and library research. The student will apply grammar in paragraph development,
longer compositions, formal research papers, and informal writing through personal journals. The
student will also study Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies with reference to their influence on
western civilization.

Advanced Placement Lit & Comp
     Grade level—12
     Prerequisite—Honors English I, II, III and Honors/AP guidelines

This course is designed to emphasize the development of those skills necessary to the critical
reading of both imaginative and discursive literature and in the writing of various types of essays
related to that literature and to social and psychological concepts of the time. Arranged
fundamentally by literary periods, this course focuses primarily on the writings of recognized
masters of the English language, while at the same time enabling each student to write both
analytically and creatively.
Variety will be given not only in essay form, but also in the writing environment; as such, students
will write frequently, often impromptu, in-class essays as well as assigned compositions both in
class and outside class. Finally, various research and documentation techniques serve as an
integral part of all formal writing experiences. Also, reading materials often are of a very mature
nature and may contain language and/or thematic content that may be deemed offensive by some

All students taking an AP class are required to take the AP exam for the respective class.

     Grade levels—10, 11, and 12
     Prerequisite—Application and Approval

This course is designed to enhance student skills in working with desktop publishing software,
graphics and publication design. Students will design and produce a finished computer-based
project—the school yearbook. Team development will also be stressed as students work on the
project. Selection to this class is based on the application process and certain criteria must be
met. Class size is limited.
Speech and Communication
     Grade level—11 and 12

Student will develop skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for effective oral
communication. Students will develop clarity, ease, and effectiveness in oral presentations of
material. Speech provides experiences that will contribute to each student’s scholastic maturity
and emotional stability by emphasizing the total development of those powers of comprehension,
critical thinking, coherence, unity, and fluency necessary to successful expression through oral

Spanish I
     Grade level—10 and 11
     Prerequisite—a student should have a minimum 80 percent average in English the
     preceding year.

Students will develop those skills necessary to communicate in the Spanish language in everyday
situations related to the home, school, community and various leisure activities. The focus is on
reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the target language—all with understanding. Emphasis
will be placed on the development of a vocabulary and to the usage of grammatical skills
necessary to successful communication activities in the Spanish language. Further, the culture of
various native societies will be studied as an integral aspect of language development.

Spanish II
     Grade level—11 and 12
     Prerequisite—Spanish I

Students will expand their vocabulary base to include the larger world of movies, travel, business,
the community, history, and literature. Students will compose more complex structures in the
Spanish language in all the tenses in an effort to express themselves more concisely and more
clearly in the target language. They will begin to express their own ideas about literature, art,
politics, and philosophy.

Also, a greater emphasis will be placed on reading and writing as interpretive skills. Cultural
materials will be studied as a viable part of the Spanish language and of the Spanish character.

Students who do not maintain a “C” average in Spanish I will have great difficulty earning a credit
in Spanish II.

Algebra I
      Grade level—9

Algebra I is a course that uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to
extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. Problem solving situations will provide
all students an environment that promotes communication and fosters connections within
mathematics, to other disciplines and to the real world. Students will use physical models to
represent, explore, and develop abstract concepts. The use of appropriate technology will help
students apply mathematics in an increasingly technological world. This course includes concepts
related to functions, solving equations, slope as rates of change, and proportionality.

Unified Geometry
      Grade level—9 and 10
      Prerequisite—Algebra I

Geometry uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to investigate
and justify geometric concepts and relationships. Problem-solving situations provide all students
an environment that promotes communication, engages student reasoning, and fosters
connections within mathematics, to other disciplines, and to the real world. Students will use
physical models to represent, explore, develop, and apply abstract concepts. The use of
appropriate technology will help students develop mathematics needed in an increasingly
technological world. The concepts and topics emphasized in the course include measurement,
geometric patterns, coordinate geometry, two- and three-dimensional figures, transformational
geometry, congruence, similarity, inductive and deductive reasoning, logic, and proof.

Honors Geometry
     Grade level—9 and 10
     Prerequisite—Algebra I and Honors/AP Guidelines

In addition to the above description for geometry, this course places more emphasis on visualizing
and performing transformations of figures, investigating solid figures and trigonometric
relationships, connecting algebraic and geometric concepts, and justifying and making logical

The student will do research-based writing assignments to extend course curriculum, projects that
apply to real-world situations, and extensive opportunities for problem-solving experiences.
Algebra II
      Grade level—11
      Prerequisite—Algebra I and Geometry

Algebra II includes a more in-depth study of many of the topics introduced in Algebra I. In
addition, units are included in the conics, high degree equations, exponents and logarithms,
probability, statistics, and matrices and determinants.

Honors Algebra II
     Grade level—10 and 11
     Prerequisite—Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors/AP guidelines

This course is an accelerated, intensive study of concepts designed to prepare students for future
coursework. The focus is on problem solving, application, and developing abstract concepts with
the use of technology and/or physical models to engage student reasoning.

Bridge Math
      Grade level—12
      Prerequisite—State mandated for students scoring less than a 19 on the ACT Math
Seniors who have scored less than a 19 on the Math subtest of the ACT will be placed into Bridge
Math. This course fulfills the fourth unit of math required for graduation. The curriculum for Bridge
Math focuses on the mathematical skills required to enter college or the workplace.

Applied Mathematical Concepts
      Grade level—12
      Prerequisite—Algebra I, Unified Geometry, and Algebra II

This course is intended to reinforce skills covered in Algebra II, and prepare students for College
Algebra and/or Statistics. This course is recommended for all students who intend to go to college
and who have completed Algebra II and are not taking Calculus or Pre-Calculus.

Honors Pre-Calculus
     Grade level—11 and 12
     Prerequisite—Geometry, Honors Algebra II or Advanced Algebra/Trig, and
     Honors/AP guidelines

Pre-Calculus is a one-year course that provides an analytic approach to the circular functions,
their applications, and to logarithms and complex numbers. This is a mathematics survey course
that reviews, reinforces, and extends Algebra II and Geometry concepts. Special attention is also
given to analytic geometry, sequences and series, the binomial theorem, and math induction.
Pre-Calculus uses meaningful problems and technologies and includes a major trigonometric
emphasis which is essential in preparing students for AP Calculus.
AP Calculus AB
     Grade level—12
     Prerequisite—Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors/AP guidelines

This course is part of the Advanced Placement Program that maintains strict adherence to the
program’s outline. This course extends and expands the concepts and applications of calculus.
This course uses appropriate technology to develop applications related to continuity and
discontinuity of functions, differentiation, and integration. Upon completion of the class, students
will be required to take the AP Calculus College Board Exam. It is recommended that only those
students who have demonstrated above average ability in the honors program enroll.

All students taking an AP class are required to take the AP exam for the respective class.

Physical Science

Physical Science is a laboratory science course that is an introduction to the physical area of
general science dealing with matter and energy; this course prepares students for an in-depth
study of chemistry and physics

      Grade level—10

Biology is a laboratory science course that investigates the relationship between structure and
function from molecules to organisms and systems, the interdependence and interactions of biotic
and abiotic components of the environment, and mechanisms that maintain continuity and lead to
changes in populations over time. Students explore biological concepts through an inquiry
approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Technology & Engineering, and Mathematics are
taught in the context of the content standards for Cells, Interdependence, Flow of Matter and
Energy, Heredity, and Biodiversity and Change.

Honors Biology
     Grade level—10
     Prerequisite—Honors/AP Guidelines

Honors Biology is intended as a Biology course for students who are highly motivated and have
demonstrated an interest in life science. Honors Biology is designed to give the student a more
challenging and in-depth experience of the Tennessee Standard Course of Biology. Students are
expected to work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for
their learning. Students will be expected to research, plan, conduct and report on individual
biological investigations. In addition, students will be required to read and report on recent
biological research, integrate appropriate technology into the course of study and apply critical
analysis as it applies to Biology.
AP Biology
      Grade level—11 and 12
      Prerequisite—Honors Biology and Honors/AP Guidelines

A college-level course which includes the study of the interactions of organisms, transfer of energy
in organisms, cell structure and function, continuity and change in living things, vertebrate
physiology, entomology, and botany. Emphasis on lab, independent study projects, written
evaluation, and outside reading.

All students taking an AP class are required to take the AP exam for the respective class.

       Grade level—11
       Prerequisite—Physical Science, Biology, Algebra II (or currently enrolled)
Chemistry I is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter
and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Students use science process skills to study
the fundamental structure of atoms, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and the
interactions between matter and energy. Students explore chemistry concepts through an inquiry-
based approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Mathematics, and Technology & Engineering
are taught in the context of the content standards for Atomic Structure, Matter and Energy, and
Interactions of Matter.

Honors Chemistry
     Grade Level—11
     Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II (or currently enrolled) Honors/AP Guidelines

This is an accelerated comprehensive laboratory course designed to give the students a more
conceptual and in-depth understanding of chemistry concepts. In Honors Chemistry students are
expected to work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for
their learning. The course will include additional objectives and enrichment topics while integrating
inquiry and technology to explore the world of chemistry. This course is recommended for students
planning to take AP Chemistry.

AP Chemistry
     Grade level—12
     Prerequisites—Honors Chemistry, Honors Algebra II or concurrent enrollment, and
     Honors/AP Guidelines

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a year-long college level course designed to replace the first
two semesters of college inorganic chemistry. The standards for this course are taken from those
published by the National College Board. AP Chemistry will cover topics that are consistent with a
freshman level college chemistry course. The course will consist of a variety of teaching
techniques such as lecture, independent study, projects, group discussions and projects, outside
reading assignments, case studies, homework, student led laboratories, demonstrations, inquiry-
based assignments, and presentations.

All students taking an AP class are required to take the AP exam for the respective class.
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