Morgan County High School Madison, Georgia - Program Guide 2020-2021

 
Morgan County High School Madison, Georgia - Program Guide 2020-2021
Morgan County High School
    Madison, Georgia

     Program Guide
       2020-2021
Table Of Contents

Graduation Requirements                             2

AP Capstone Explanation                            3-4

Dual Enrollment Options & Explanation               5

End of Course Assessments                           5

ELA Courses                                        6-7

Math Courses                                       8-9

Social Studies Courses                            9-11

Science Courses                                  12-15

Fine Arts Courses                                15-16

World Language Courses                           16-18

CTAE Courses & Pathways                          19-25

Health & PE Courses                              25-26

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Morgan County High School
                        Graduation Requirements

                                                             Must include Ninth Grade
English                                     4 credits        Literature/Composition and American
                                                             Literature (11​th​ grade).

                                                             Must include Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2,
Mathematics                                 4 credits        and one additional math course.

                                                             Must include:
                                                             Biology
Science                                     4 credits        Physical Science or Physics
                                                             Chemistry or Environmental Science
                                                             One additional science course

                                                             World History/AP Human Geography
                                                             Government
Social Studies                              4 credits        United States History
                                                             Economics

                                                             Students must earn at least three credits, in
Career, Technical, and                                       any combination, from these three
                                                             curriculum areas. Students are encouraged
Agricultural Education                                       to complete a Pathway(s) by selecting
                                                             courses in a focused area of interest.
                                            3 credits
Fine Arts                                                     Students planning to attend a four year
                                                             college or university immediately after high
                                                             school must earn a minimum of two credits
                                                             in a world language.
World Languages

                                                             If desired, students may opt out of the PE
                                                             requirement by completing two seasons of
Health and Physical Education                1 credit        Marching Band or by completing three
                                                             semesters of Air Force Junior ROTC.

                                                             Electives can be taken in any curriculum
                                                             area. Students are able and encouraged to
                                         Minimum of 7        complete multiple Pathways.
Electives                                   credits          Students who are enrolled at MCHS during
                                                             their Freshman year are required to
                                                             complete Freshman Seminar.

              Total                        27 credits

Some Advanced Placement courses are accepted as substitutes for certain required academic classes.

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AP CAPSTONE
What is the AP Capstone Diploma Program?
AP Capstone is a diploma program based on 2 AP courses: AP Seminar & AP Research. These
yearlong courses focus on developing the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management,
and presentation skills needed for college-level work.

AP Seminar
In this course, students learn to consider an issue from multiple perspectives, identify credible
sources, evaluate strengths and weaknesses of arguments, and make logical, evidence-based
recommendations. Students will investigate a variety of topics through various viewpoints of their
choice.

During this course, students will complete a team project and an individual paper and presentation,
as well as take a written end of course exam. These components contribute to the overall AP Seminar
score.

AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.

AP Research
In this course, students will explore various research methods and complete an independent research
project. Students can build on a topic, problem, or issue covered in AP Seminar or on a brand new
topic of their choice.

At the end of the project, students will submit an academic paper and present/defend their research
findings. These components contribute to the overall AP Research score. There is no end of course
exam.

How It Works
Students who earn a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research AND a 3 or higher on four additional
AP Exams (student’s choice) will receive the AP Capstone Diploma.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar
and Research Certificate. (Information above from collegeboard.org/apcapstone)

Qualities Of An AP Capstone Student
Students who are motivated and prepared for college-level coursework are well-suited for the
program, but the program also benefits students who show potential for AP coursework but have not
yet enrolled in AP courses. Students should demonstrate curiosity about real-world issues, a
willingness to take intellectual risks, and a dedication to acquiring the skills that colleges and
universities value: critical inquiry, analysis, and research.

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Advantages
Stand out to colleges in the application process.
Develop key academic and analytical skills to use in college and beyond.
Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem-solvers.
Earn college credit (check your college(s) of choice requirements).

AP Course Offerings At MCHS
Students may take AP Seminar in 10th or 11th grade. Students may take AP Research in 11th or 12th
grade.

Both AP Seminar and AP Research are yearlong courses and will be paired with another AP course.
Pairings are 1) AP Seminar / AP Psychology and 2) AP Research / AP Language

The following AP courses will be offered in 2020-2021:
AP Seminar
AP English Language
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics
AP Human Geography
AP Government
AP US History
AP Macroeconomics
AP Psychology
AP French
AP Latin
AP Spanish (prerequisites for AP world language is successful completion of same language I, II, III)
AP Music Theory
AP Visual Arts
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A

* AP Biology and AP Chemistry will be offered during alternating years.
AP Literature & Composition will be added to the AP offerings in 2021-2022.

The AP Capstone Diploma option is for current 9th and 10th grade students. AP
Courses are open to all students.

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Dual Enrollment
MCHS offers dual enrollment programs with partnerships expanding across the state. The course
offerings and technical college programming offered at MCHS gives students the opportunity to earn
college credit as well as high school credit.​ Se​niors are eligible to participate in Academic Dual
Enrollment courses with Georgia Military College. Students may also pursue DE options with other
colleges and universities. ​In all cases, students must meet with a Guidance Counselor and
Career Pathway Coordinator to determine eligibility, etc.​Consider the following when making DE
decision to be part of the GMC cohort:

     ● All Dual Enrollment courses will be held off campus at the Madison location of GMC.
     ● Dual Enrollment students will continue to take courses at MCHS to fulfill other academic and
       elective requirements.
     ● Students will be working on their high school and college transcripts simultaneously.
     ● Students will be considered college students, which will limit parent access to grades and
       communication with the professor. Students will also be expected to comply with GMC rules
       and policies.
     ● The student’s chosen courses will be taught on GMC’s Madison Campus on a quarter
       system (4 different 8 week terms). There will be strict attendance guidelines in place. The
       Morgan County Charter School System attendance policy does not apply to GMC classes.
     ● Students will have to adhere to the GMC academic calendar for these courses.
     ● In order to qualify students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and qualifying scores in one
       of the following:
           ○ SAT (Reading subscore-26+ and Math subscore-24+)
           ○ ACT (Reading-20+, Math 18+)
           ○ Accuplacer (Reading-240+, Writing-4+, Math-251+)

                           End Of Course Assessment
The following courses have a required EOC, and the score is calculated as 20% of the final grade :

9th Literature
Geometry (ALL)
Biology& Composition (ALL)
American Literature
Algebra I (ALL)
Physical Science
US History
Economics

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English Language Arts
  Course                                     Description                                       Additional information

9th-Grade     Students will read texts from a variety of genres that range in both            This class will offer basic essay
Literature    complexity and content. Students will write multiple essays that will include   writing guidance and direction.
and           evidence and explanation of evidence. The main focus of this class is the       It will also provide reading and
Composition   ability to read and comprehend texts as well as write well-formed essays.       writing support for struggling
                                                                                              readers and writers. Students will
                                                                                              take an EOC exam.

9th-Grade     Students will read texts from a variety of genres that range in both            Prefer recs from 8th-grade
HONORS        complexity and content. Students will write multiple essays that will include   teachers for this class. Students
Literature    evidence and explanation of evidence. Students will write extended essays       should be able to write a
and           that include paired texts from outside the classroom. This class setting        well-organized essay on their
Composition   requires independent reading and writing.                                       own as well as read rigorous
                                                                                              texts without assistance. Students
                                                                                              will take an EOC exam.

10th-Grade    Each unit is anchored with an extended text and focuses on specific themes.     There are no prerequisite courses
Literature    The themes are supported and explored with companion pieces and writing         required.
and           assignments. Expect numerous activities that encourage engagement in and
Composition   analysis of the reading, as well as one essay and one project per unit, which
              serve as the unit assessments. You will also have several opportunities to
              choose your own novels and complete activities over them.

10th-Grade    Students will read texts from a variety of genres that range in both            Prefer recs from 9-th grade
HONORS        complexity and content. Students will write multiple essays that will include   teachers for this class. This class
Literature    evidence and explanation of evidence. This class setting requires               is the preferred option for the
and           independent reading and writing.                                                accelerated student who has not
Composition                                                                                   committed to AP Capstone
                                                                                              Diploma program, but wants an
                                                                                              accelerated 10th-grade literature
                                                                                              option.

AP            AP Seminar is one of the advanced English options for 10th graders.             There are no prerequisite courses
Seminar/AP    Students who are interested in pursuing the AP Capstone Diploma should          required.
Psychology    enroll in AP Seminar. This class is a year-long course that is paired with AP
(Paired)      Psychology. Students will have an A/B schedule with the two classes all
              year. In AP Seminar, students will learn to consider an issue from multiple
              perspectives, identify credible sources, evaluate strengths and weaknesses in
              arguments, and make logical, evidence-based recommendations. They will
              investigate a variety of topics through various viewpoints of their choosing.
              ***Students can also take AP Seminar/AP Psychology in 11th grade.

American      Each unit is anchored with an extended text and focuses on a specific topic.    There are no prerequisite courses
Literature    The topics and themes are supported and explored with companion pieces          required.
              and writing assignments. Expect numerous activities that encourage
              engagement in and analysis of the reading, as well as one essay and project     Students will take an EOC exam.
              per unit, which serve as the unit assessments. You will also have
              opportunities to select your own texts for independent reading. There are
              benchmark assessments after each six weeks grading period in preparation
              for the End of Course (EOC) Milestones Assessment.

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AP           AP Research is the second-level class for students who are pursuing the AP        Students must take AP Seminar
Research/    Capstone Diploma. This class is a year-long class paired with AP Language.        before enrolling in the AP
AP English   Students will have an A/B schedule with the two classes all year. In AP           Research class.
Language     Research, students will explore various research methods and complete an
(Paired)     independent research project. Students will submit an academic paper and
             present and defend their research findings.                                       Approved replacement for
                                                                                               American Literature.
             The AP English Language course focuses on the development and revision            Writing intensive class. Writing
             of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis     homework. There are no
             of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and           prerequisite courses. Students
             revise.                                                                           should be able to read and
                                                                                               comprehend college-level texts
             *AP Lang and AP Research can also be taken in the 12th grade.                     and write grammatically correct,
                                                                                               complex sentences. Students will
                                                                                               take American Literature EOC
                                                                                               exam.

British      Similar to the pace and level of the American Literature course, learning will    There are no prerequisite
Literature   be based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence: Reading and analysis of          courses.
             literature, reading and analysis of nonfiction, writing improvement, language     No EOC exam for this course.
             usage skills, and speaking and listening skills. You will write narratives,
             literary analysis, poetry, expository essays with research sources, and
             persuasive pieces.

IB 12th      The second year of the IB literature course continues with the three areas of     There are no prerequisites for
Literature   exploration and seven central concepts, and focuses on the study of literary      this course, but a background in
(for         works. Together, the three areas of exploration of the course add up to a         advanced classes is strongly
2020-2021    comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, literary      suggested. Furthermore,
ONLY)        forms and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and   students will benefit from having
             develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary   taken IB 11th grade Literature
             analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. This is a        before taking IB 12th.
             rigorous course.

Creative     Students write DAILY from creative and personal prompts; they also                Open for 10th-12th graders.
Writing      complete several writing projects such as poetry notebooks, literary
             magazine, etc. A safe and collegial writing environment is emphasized;
             students receive daily feedback from teacher and peers.

Mythology    This course focuses on a study of various areas of world mythologies and          Open for 10th-12th graders.
             folklore. Mythological traditions explored will include, but are not limited
             to, Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and Norse mythologies. Students will
             explore the cultural and historical contexts regarding these belief systems
             and how these systems reveal who the people were who produced such
             mythologies and how these stories are present in the contemporary age.

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Math
   Course                                    Description                                      Additional information

            Foundations of Algebra is a first-year high school mathematics                 This course is designed for students
                                                                                           who have reported low standardized
Foundations course option for students who have completed mathematics in
                                                                                           test performance and/or have
of Algebra  grades 6 – 8 yet will need substantial support to bolster success in           demonstrated significant difficulties in
            high school mathematics.                                                       previous mathematics classes.

                Algebra I is the first course in a sequence of three required high
                school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The        An EOCT is required for completion of
Algebra 1       course represents a discrete study of algebra with correlated statistics   this course.
                applications.

                Honors Algebra 1 is the first in a sequence of mathematics courses
                designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher-level
Honors          mathematics courses during their high school career, including             An EOCT is required for completion of
Algebra 1       Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC,            this course.
                and Advanced Placement Statistics. This course covers all of the
                topics in Algebra 1 but with greater depth.
                Geometry is the second course in a sequence of three required high
                                                                                           An EOCT is required for completion of
                school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The
Geometry                                                                                   this course.
                course represents a discrete study of geometry with correlated
                statistics applications.
                Honors Geometry is the second in a sequence of mathematics courses
                designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher-level
                                                                                           A strong performance in Algebra 1 is
Honors          mathematics courses during their high school career, including
                                                                                           required for this class. An EOCT is
Geometry        Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC,            required for completion of this course.
                and Advanced Placement Statistics. This course covers all of the
                topics in Geometry but with greater depth.
                Algebra 2 is the culminating course in a sequence of three high school
                courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. It is
Algebra 2
                designed to prepare students for fourth course options relevant to
                their career pursuits.
                Honors Algebra 2 is the third in a sequence of mathematics courses
                designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher-level
                mathematics courses during their high school career. This course will      A strong performance in both Algebra 1
Honors
                be a combination of Algebra 2 and Precalculus concepts that will           and Geometry are required for this
Algebra 2                                                                                  class.
                ensure a smooth transition to Advanced Placement Calculus AB,
                Advanced Placement Calculus BC, and/or Advanced Placement
                Statistics.
                Pre-Calculus is a fourth mathematics course designed to prepare
Precalculus
                students for calculus and other college level mathematics courses.
                Mathematics of Finance is a fourth math course which concentrates          Math of Finance is an option for career
Math of
                on the mathematics necessary to understand and make informed               bound or technical school bound
Finance                                                                                    students.
                decisions related to personal finance. The mathematics in the course

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will be based on many topics in prior courses; however, the specific
                applications will extend the student’s understanding of when and
                how to use these topics.
                College Readiness Mathematics is a fourth course option for students
                who have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2, but are still          The course has been approved by the
                struggling with high school mathematics standards essential for               University System of Georgia as a fourth
                                                                                              mathematics course beyond Algebra II
College         success in first year post-secondary mathematics courses required for
                                                                                              or Advanced Algebra for non-STEM
Readiness       non-STEM majors. The course is designed to serve as a bridge for              majors, so the course will meet the
                high school students who will enroll in non-STEM post-secondary               needs of college bound seniors who will
                study and will serve to meet the high school fourth course graduation         not pursue STEM fields
                requirement.
                In Statistics, students will learn about descriptive statistics, collecting   AP Stats can be taken any time after the
                data, probability, and inference. Students should expect a                    completion of Algebra 1. The AP exam
AP Statistics                                                                                 is offered for college credit for this
                college-level, rigorous curriculum with daily homework. A strong
                                                                                              course.
                background in written communication is encouraged.
                Advanced Placement Calculus AB is equivalent to a first semester
                college calculus course. This course includes properties of functions
                                                                                              Honors Algebra 2 and/or Precalculus
                and graphs, limits and continuity, differential and integral calculus.
AP Calculus                                                                                   are prerequisites for this course. The
                The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and                 AP exam is offered for college credit for
AB
                problems when they are represented graphically, numerically,                  Calculus 1.
                analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these
                representations.
                AP Calculus BC extends the topics into a second calculus course. This         AP Calculus AB is a prerequisite for this
AP Calculus
                course includes topics such as polar, parametric, and vector valued           course. The AP exam is offered for
BC                                                                                            college credit for both Calculus 1 and 2.
                functions, integration methods, sequences and series.

Social Studies
   Course                                      Description                                        Additional information

                This class will examine world history from pre-civilization to the
                present day. We will examine the important people, places, events,
                and themes that have shaped our world. Themes such as conflict,
                change, culture, technology, and many others are studied. Students
9th World       should read assigned articles and text on a daily basis in order to
History         participate in class discussions, simulations, debates and other
                activities. Emphasis on the development of critical thinking and
                interpretation of information will be strengthened through analysis of
                charts, maps, graphs and political cartoons. Students will be
                encouraged to develop their own thoughts and ideas.
                                                                                                Assigned out of class reading-
9th AP          AP Human Geography is designed to meet or exceed the experience of
                                                                                                roughly 20 pages per week with
Human           an introductory college human geography course. Students will seek to           regular open note reading quizzes.

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Geography    answer the questions of where and why human activities occur at
                                                                                        Advanced Placement is not the same
             specific locations on Earth. Human activities will be studied at a
                                                                                        as Accelerated - AP is college level
             variety of scales ranging from the word to local. Students will learn to   material.
             think spatially as they interpret the interactions between humans and
             the environment and the interactions between people of various             Expectation that all assigned
             cultures. This overall approach will be embedded in seven units that       reading/research will be completed in
                                                                                        order to function and participate in
             examine the nature of geography, population, culture, politics,
                                                                                        class.
             agriculture and rural land use, industrial development, and
             urbanization. This course is structured according to the most recent
             AP Human Geography course description published by the College
             Board. Students will be expected to read on a daily basis. Reading
             assignments must be completed effectively in order to fully participate
             in class activities. A variety of methods will be utilized by the
             instructor to assist students with comprehension and understanding of
             course material. The goals of the course are to achieve mastery of
             subject matter and prepare for the Advanced Placement Human
             Geography test.
             This course prepares students to participate in society as responsible
             citizens. It emphasizes the structure of the United States’ government,
10th
             the evolution of that structure through conflict and compromise, and
Government
             the relationship between individual rights and responsibilities in
             American democracy.
             A college-level exploration of the foundations of American government
             and the political processes that shape our world.

10th AP      AP U.S. Government and Politics is a college-level course that not only    Reading skills are important.
Government   seeks to prepare students for success on the AP Exam in May, but also      AP is college level material.
             provide students with the political knowledge and reasoning processes
             to participate meaningfully and thoughtfully in discussions and
             debates that are currently shaping American politics and society.
             This course will examine United States history from pre-colonization to
11th US      the present day. We will analyze significant people, places, events, and
             themes that have shaped the United States into the country it is today.        EOC GA MILESTONES TEST
History
             Themes such as conflict, change, culture, technology, and many others
             will be addressed.
             The AP U.S. History course focuses on developing students’
             understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the
             present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history
             for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine
             historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and
             methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical
11th AP US   comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed          AP is college level material.
History      by historians when they study the past. The course also provides seven
             themes (American and national identity; migration and settlement;
             politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the
             world; geography and environment; and culture and society) that
             students explore throughout the course in order to make connections
             among historical developments in different times and places.

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This course is an overview of basic economic principles, elements of
12th            the marketplace found in microeconomics, the national economy
                found in macroeconomics, and international trade. Elements of               EOC GA MILESTONES TEST
Economics
                personal finance and financial literacy are also included.

                AP Macroeconomics is a fast paced college-level course that focuses on
12th AP         the economy as a whole. Students will study economic measures,
                economic growth, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and international          Critical thinking skills.
Macroecono                                                                                  AP is college level material.
mics            economics. Students will study a variety of economic theories and
                analyze their practical application in the real world.

Individual      This course is a social studies elective course. It provides an overview    An interest in the subject matter is
                of the legal system, the history of laws, criminal law, civil law, and      important to stay engaged.
and the Law
                constitutional law.
                Investigates the principles of psychology, developmental psychology,        An interest in the subject matter is
                heredity and environmental aspects of psychology, learning theory,
Psychology                                                                                  important to stay engaged in the
                personality, intelligence, social disorders and research methods used in    course.
                the study of psychology. Integrates and reinforces social studies skills.
                Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of
AP              behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of               Must take in conjunction with AP
Psychology      psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data           Seminar.
                from psychological research studies.
              This course will look at the major events that have shaped the region's
              history, but also the peoples of the Americas and their struggles to
              achieve such goals as freedom, equality, and economic opportunity.
              Some of the many topics included are: wars of independence and
              revolution, the battle for equal citizenship and full political
                                                                                            This course is for rising seniors in the
              participation, domestic and foreign policy, shifting paradigms and            International Baccalaureate Program
IB History of demographic shifts, sports, music, and popular culture, the revolutions
                                                                                            only. Fall Semester
the Americas in industry, transportation, and communications...among others.                The written Historical Investigation
              While the history of the United States (including the Constitution and        (IA) is a vital part of the course.
              key Supreme Court cases) will be a major emphasis, the class will also
              look extensively at Latin America. Social, political, and economic
              factors, change over time, and the relationship between things will all
              be consistent areas of focus.

                The International Baccalaureate Twentieth Century History course
IB 20th         prescribes subjects and topics for detailed study rather than brief,        This course is for rising seniors in the

Century         survey treatment of the entire century. In following this program,          International Baccalaureate Program
                students will have ample time to pose questions, make comparisons,          only. Spring Semester
World                                                                                       The written Historical Investigation
                and evaluate the significance of key events in the previous century.
History         Ultimately, this type of historical analysis develops skills and            (IA) is a vital part of the course.
                knowledge required for global citizenship.

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Science
    Course                                         Description                                          Additional info

                  Biology is an exploration of the wonders and diversity of life on Earth. We
                  cover a large amount of scientific vocabulary, concepts, and facts, but biology
9th Grade         is also an interactive exploration of the living world around us. Students will
                                                                                                     EOC Milestones required
Biology           participate in labs, demonstrations, presentations, and debates which will
                  develop their ability to think critically, to collect and evaluate information,
                  and to draw conclusions.
                  This course is designed as an introduction course of chemistry and physics.
                  The curriculum includes atoms, atomic theory, periodic table, motion, forces,
                  properties of matter, energy, waves, electricity and magnetism. Students will:
                  *Demonstrate laboratory safety while exploring the structure and properties
                  of matter.
10th grade                                                                                           EOC Milestones required
                  *Examine the structure of the atom.
Physical                                                                                             Most students will take this
                  *Use the periodic table to write and name compounds and balance equations.         class
Science
                  *Explore the sources, transformations, and uses of different forms of energy.
                  *Compare and contrast the phases of matter.
                  *Explain and apply Newton’s laws of motion.
                  *Investigate and demonstrate the properties of waves.
                  *Describe the properties of electricity and magnetism.
                  *indepth exploration into the relationship of energy and matter.                   Recommended for students
                  *Importance of precise and accurate measurements for this course and future        who have already passed
                                                                                                     high school PS in 8th grade
                  courses
10th grade                                                                                           (or plan to take high school
                  *Atomic theory, the mole/mass concept, stoichiometry, solution chemistry,          physics) and students
Chemistry
                  and acid/base chemistry.                                                           interested in any advanced
                  *core laboratory skills                                                            science classes as juniors
                                                                                                     and seniors

                   Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural       Normally upperclassmen,
                   world and their modification by human activity. To understand current             but sophomores can request
                   environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological and              if they already have PS from
10th grade
                                                                                                     8th grade and are deemed
(only if PS credit chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This course will
                                                                                                     unprepared for chemistry
already earned)    give you the skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing   by freshman teachers or
Environment today by examining scientific principles and the application of those                    parents.
al Science         principles to natural systems. This course will survey some of the many           *Dowd takes her classes
                   environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering     outside frequently. We also
                                                                                                     walk to town, MCES, MCPS.
                   the sustainability of human activities on the planet.
              Essentials of Biotechnology course: This is a hands-on course provides an
                                                                                                     Biology is required before
              overview of current trends and careers in biotechnology, with an emphasis on           taking this course.
10th grade or standard laboratory skills and techniques. It introduces students to the               Chemistry is recommended
later         fundamentals of biotechnology and the broad impact of genetic engineering,             either before or during
Biotech 1     forensics and biomedical therapies on our society. Students participate in a           Biotech 1, but not required.
                                                                                                     Biotech 1 is a prerequisite
              wide variety of lab projects using state-of-the-art equipment, preparing them
                                                                                                     for all following Biotech
              for entry into high-paying, high-demand biotechnology careers such as:                 courses.
              biomedical, agricultural products, CSI, bioenergy, stem cell/tissue therapies,

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manufacturing, genetics, cloning, military applications and much more.
                  Biotech 1 serves as one high school science credit.

                  Applications of Biotechnology course: This course builds on the skills and
                  techniques learned in the Essentials of Biotechnology course, delving deeper
                  into genetics, forensics and cell culture projects. It also introduces students to   Biotech Certification credit
11th grade (​or
                  agricultural applications such as aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics         with passing NOCTI
2nd semester of
                  (growing crops without soil). Students raise Tilapia in a 500 gallon                 pathway test and
10th​)
                  bio-filtered tank and conclude the project with a fish fry. Biotech 2 students       completion of Healthcare 1
Biotech 2                                                                                              course or Biotech 3 course.
                  also learn how to grow adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) in the lab,
                  collaborating with a UGA Stem Cell Lab and support from Cellular
                  Manufacturing and Technologies (CMaT).
                  Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural          Students will be expected to
                  world and their modification by human activity. To understand current                do field work and will be
                  environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological and                 asked to go outside in
11th grade
                                                                                                       various climatic conditions
Environment chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This course will            of heat, cold, wind, and even
al Science        give you the skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing      a little rain. There will be
(must take if not today by examining scientific principles and the application of those                walking.
taking chemistry) principles to natural systems. This course will survey some of the many              *Dowd takes her classes
                  environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering        outside frequently. We also
                                                                                                       walk to town, MCES, MCPS.
                  the sustainability of human activities on the planet.
                  *indepth exploration into the relationship of energy and matter.                     Recommended for students
                  *Importance of precise and accurate measurements for this course and future          who have already passed
                                                                                                       High School PS (or plan to
11th grade        courses.
                                                                                                       take high school physics)
Chemistry         *Atomic theory, the mole/mass concept, stoichiometry, solution chemistry,            and are interested in any
                  and acid/base chemistry.                                                             advanced science classes as
                  *core laboratory skills                                                              seniors

                                                                                                       Recommend Chemistry
             *This course covers all the core concepts of a full year of college-level
                                                                                                       before all AP or IB classes
             chemistry in 1 block semester.                                                            Will be offered in
             *The pace of this course and the depth of the content require maturity, self              alternating years. Next
             motivation, and self awareness.                                                           offering is 2020-2021.
AP Chemistry                                                                                           Highly motivated
             *All students are prepared as if they are taking the AP exam in early May.
                                                                                                       sophomores can take this
             *Topics covered in this course assume a base of knowledge in chemistry that
                                                                                                       class in the Spring after
             our regular chemistry classes provide.                                                    completing chemistry in the
             *Advanced topics include: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Equilibrium                       Fall.

                  This is a science majors-level college Biology course. This course will
                  emphasize application, processes, and critical thinking over simple                  Recommend Chemistry
                                                                                                       before all AP or IB classes
                  memorization of facts. In this course, advanced concepts of biology will be
AP Biology                                                                                             Will be offered in
                  taught through lecture, hands-on activities and labs, group inquiry and              alternating years. Next
                  discussion, and reading.                                                             offering is 2021-2022

                                                                                                       Recommend Chemistry
            *New course designed to prepare Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors for the AP                 before all AP classes
AP          Environmental Science exam.                                                                Students should expect field
Environment *Core concepts will involve advanced studies in ecology, population                        studies in hot, cold, wet,
al Science  dynamics, competition, succession, evolution, climate, energy, pollution, and              and perfect conditions.
                                                                                                       Students must dress
            biogeochemical cycles.
                                                                                                       appropriately for all.

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This course is designed for any student who has an interest in physics or
               engineering, a solid background in mathematics, and who would like to better     Chemistry and sophomore
                                                                                                level mathematics before
               understand the world around them. The course is flipped lecture, laboratory
                                                                                                taking
               and project based. The semester course is designed to fit the curriculum of AP
               Physics 1 exam taken in May.                                                     Indoor Skydiving field trip
AP Physics I
                                                                                                tied to a NASA lander PBL
               Topics covered during the course include: measurements and error analysis,       done mid-semester.
               mechanics, rotational dynamics, oscillations/waves, electricity and electrical
               fields.

AP Physics 2   This course is designed to finish out the IB Physics pathway, covering topics    Must take AP Physics 1
                                                                                                before taking this course.
/ ​Final​ IB   in AP Physics 2 as well. At the end of the semester, students will be able to
Physics 2      take the IB Physics SL and/or AP Physics 2 exam. ​May be offered yearly as
               AP Physics 2 only if there are enough former AP Physics 1 students
               interested.

               Topics include electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics,
               thermodynamics, environmental physics, and astrophysics.

                                                                                                3-4 Saturday nights
                                                                                                throughout the course will
               Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe.        be needed to practice using
                                                                                                telescopes and to view the
               Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding       night sky. Schedule will be
                                                                                                given on the 1st day of class
               of the following:
                                                                                                in order to plan ahead.
Astronomy      The History of Astronomy and Rocketry from their Origin to Present Day           Family members are
               The Development, Creation, and Use of Telescopes                                 welcome to attend.
               The Sun, The Solar System, and our small Pale Blue Dot
               The Formation, Objects throughout, and eventual demise of The Universe           At least 1 field trip during
                                                                                                school to an observatory
               Astrobiology, Aliens, and Life on other Worlds
                                                                                                will occur (Fernbank in
                                                                                                2019)

               This course is designed as an introduction course to Meteorology. Students
               will:
               *Demonstrate laboratory safety while exploring weather and climate.
               *Understand technology’s role in weather forecasts based on atmospheric
               conditions creating weather
                forecasts.
               *Investigate energy transfer to types of clouds formed, precipitation, and air
Meteorology
               masses.
               *Understand and explain the implications of climate change.
               *Understand the role of society in climate change.
               *Understand the impact of weather/climate on society.
               *Describe the physical and chemical properties of air.
               *Analyze data and organize into graphs, tables, charts.
               *Explore the science of weather forecasting.

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Biotechnology Research course: The final course in the biotechnology
                pathway focuses on independent study and long term team projects,
                combining the skills learned in the previous two courses. Along with stem cell
                                                                                                  Biotech Certification credit
                projects, students conduct an evolutionary development (Evo Devo) lab in
Biotech 3                                                                                         with passing NOCTI
                collaboration with GaTech and CSI case studies. Biotech 3 students will take      pathway test.
                the NOCTI biotech course completion exam and receive certification and
                possible college credits.

Fine Arts
                                                                                                        Additional
    Course                                      Description
                                                                                                       information
                                                                                                 Band courses 1-8 need to be
                 (Band 1-8) Performance-based ensemble, focusing on the rehearsal and            scheduled in pairs i.e. Band 1
                                                                                                 is taken Fall semester, Band 2
                 performance of literature grades 3 and 4. Will perform at LGPE, serving as
                                                                                                 in the Spring. Any student
Concert Band     the major “standardized” assessment for this course. Concert Band exists to     who wishes to schedule Band
                 develop student leadership skills and instrumental fluency in order to          as a singleton course will
                 promote students into our Symphonic Band.                                       need to speak to the directors
                                                                                                 in person about this situation.

                                                                                                 Band courses 1-8 need to be
                 (Band 1-8) Performance-based ensemble, focusing on the rehearsal and            scheduled in pairs i.e. Band 1
                                                                                                 is taken Fall semester, Band 2
                 performance of literature grades 5 and 6. Will perform at LGPE, serving as
Symphonic                                                                                        in the Spring. Any student
                 the major “standardized” assessment for this course. Symphonic Band is the      who wishes to schedule Band
Band
                 premier ensemble for this school, representing the highest possible             as a singleton course will
                 culminating achievement in our band program.                                    need to speak to the directors
                                                                                                 in person about this situation.

                                                                                                 Band courses 1-8 need to be
                                                                                                 scheduled in pairs i.e. Band 1
                                                                                                 is taken Fall semester, Band 2
                 (Band 1-8) Experience-based ensemble, focusing on developing literacy and
Concert                                                                                          in the Spring. Any student
                 fluency skills in music students. This band course exists to promote students   who wishes to schedule Band
Techniques
                 into the Concert Band once they reach specified achievement milestones.         as a singleton course will
                                                                                                 need to speak to the directors
                                                                                                 in person about this situation.

                                                                                                 Courses are scheduled in
                 (Chorus 1-8) Develop vocal skills from beginning through advanced.
Women’s                                                                                          pairs each school year. I.E.
                 Students learn basic music theory and performance skills throughout the         Chorus 1 fall semester and
Chorus
                 semester which culminate in multiple performance opportunities.                 chorus 2 spring semester.

                                                                                                 Courses are scheduled in
             (Chorus 1-8) Continue the development of vocal skills through rigorous
Advanced                                                                                         pairs each school year. I.E.
             training in theory, music history and performance. Many performance                 Chorus 1 fall semester and
Mixed Chorus
             opportunities exist through the semester for all advanced students.                 chorus 2 spring semester.

                 Drama (1-8) Stage acting in musicals and straight dramatic play
Drama            performances. Students will develop basic to advanced skills in acting,         Musical 1st semester only.
                 improv, movement and more.

Tech. Theater Set and prop construction design. Experience also given in sound and               This is offered in both the

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lighting design.                                                                 musical and acting classes
                                                                                               both semesters.

              This is offered from beginning to advanced levels in sequential course order
                                                                                               Classes can be taken each
Visual Art    1-8. Various forms of art are implemented, such as drawing, painting, and        semester.
              sculpting.
              A College Board Class for college credit. A portfolio is an important end of     Must have teacher
AP Art                                                                                         permission.
              course presentation to meet approval for AP credit.
              A College Board Class for college credit. This class is for advanced musically
AP Music
              trained students desiring to understand music analysis, composition and          Must have teacher permission
Theory
              aural listening skills.

World Languages
                                                                                                      Additional
   Course                                     Description
                                                                                                     Information

                                                                                               All of our WL courses are
                  ●   Students learn to read, write, listen to, and speak the language with
                                                                                               rigorous academic electives.
                      a focus on culture.                                                      If students are struggling in
                  ●   Language input is presented through oral and written stories, songs,     other academic classes, they
                      and videos.                                                              should carefully consider
                  ●   The majority of the class is conducted in the target language.           whether they can handle WL
                                                                                               courses.
                      Students are expected to use the language in class to conduct short
Spanish 1 &                                                                                    Students should only register
                      dialogues with classmates, to make short oral presentations, and to      as freshmen if they have
French 1
                      write short stories and paragraphs.                                      parental permission and a
                  ●   There are a LOT of practice activities and daily grades. Learning a      strong transcript.
                      language in such a short time requires a LOT of guided practice.         Try to arrange registration
                                                                                               for WL classes to avoid
                  ●   The target proficiency level is Novice-Mid
                                                                                               having to wait a semester or
                                                                                               more between levels.

                  ●   Students build upon vocabulary and language structure they
                      mastered in level 1 and continue to read, write, listen to, and speak
                      the language with a focus on culture.
                  ●   Language input is presented through oral and written stories, songs,
                      and videos.
Spanish 2 &       ●   The majority of the class is conducted in the target language.
French 2          ●   Students are expected to use the language in class to conduct short
                      dialogues with classmates, to make short oral presentations, and to
                      write short stories or paragraphs.
                  ●   There are a LOT of practice activities and daily grades. Learning a
                      language in such a short time requires a LOT of guided practice.
                  ●   The target proficiency level is Novice-High.
                  ●   Students continue to read, write, listen to, and speak the language
Spanish 3 &
                      with a focus on culture.
French 3
                  ●   Language input is presented through oral class discussions, short

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novels, news articles, songs,
              ●   Students are expected to use the target language in class for all class
                  discussions, to make oral presentations, and to write short essays.
              ●   The target proficiency level is Intermediate Low
              ●   Level 3 is currently an IB course but it will become a standard course
                  after we transition to the AP Capstone program.
              ●   Students continue to read, write, listen to, and speak the language
                  with a focus on culture.
              ●   Language input is presented through oral class discussions, short
                  novels, news articles, songs, and videos.
              ●   Students are expected to use the target language in class for all class
Spanish 4 &
                  discussions, to make oral presentations, and to write short essays.
French 4
              ●   The target proficiency level is Intermediate High
              ●   Level 4 is currently an IB course but will become AP Language and
                  Culture. Students do not have to be enrolled in the AP Capstone
                  program to take level 4, however they will complete the AP course
                  requirements.
Latin 1       ●   Students will use stories written in Latin in order to explore Latin      Classes can be taken each
                                                                                            semester.
                  language and culture.
                                                                                            Students must pass level one
              ●   Students read in English about the culture of the ancient Romans.         to move to the next level.
              ●   Students study the ancient city of Pompeii in depth.                      No credit recovery exists for
              ●   Students explore the area around the Mediterranean Sea along with         any level of world language
                  Britain.                                                                  (Latin or either modern
                                                                                            language)
              ●   Students study architecture, architectural components, locations of
                  famous ancient buildings, the use of each building, and how each
                  building or architectural feature relates to modern American
                  culture.
              ●   Students will study Roman mythology.
              ●   Students learn Latin grammar and how it relates to English
                  grammar.
              ●   Students study Latin vocabulary with English derivatives.
              ●   Students learn to breakdown unfamiliar English words based on
                  Latin roots.
              ●   Students write in Latin, but the primary focus is on reading Latin
                  stories.
              ●   Students work on reading comprehension using Latin.
              ●   Students should expect to work each day practicing their
                  understanding of Latin and showcasing their understanding of
                  Latin.
              ●   There are a LOT of practice activities and daily grades. Learning a
                  language in such a short time requires a LOT of guided practice.
Latin 2       ●   Students continue reading stories written in Latin to explore the         Classes can be taken each
                                                                                            semester.
                  Latin language and culture.
                                                                                            Students must pass level one
              ●   Students read in English about the culture of the ancient Romans.         to move to the next level.
              ●   Students study Alexandria, Egypt as well as Rome during the first         No credit recovery exists for
                  century C.E.                                                              any level of world language
              ●   Students will continue their knowledge of Roman mythology and             (Latin or either modern
                                                                                            language)
                  will also explore Greek mythology, in particular etiological myths.

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●   Students continue learning Latin grammar and how it relates to
              English grammar.
          ●   Students continue studying Latin vocabulary with English
              derivatives.
          ●   Students continue learning how to breakdown unfamiliar English
              based on Latin roots.
          ●   Students continue writing in Latin but the primary focus continues
              to be on reading Latin stories.
          ●   Students continue bettering themselves in reading comprehension
              using Latin.
          ●   Students this semester will read actual Roman texts written by the
              famous Julius Caesar and the epic poet Vergil.
          ●   Students will explore how writers use their language to create
              meaning and how that relates to what we read today!
          ●   Students will conduct research into any topic of their interest that
              involves the ancient Romans (medicine, law, careers, secret
              religions, military, weapons, gladiators, women in general, fashion,
              etc.).
Latin 3   ●   Students will study grammatical constructs of Latin in order to read     Part of the A.P. syllabus will
                                                                                       take place in level 3 so that
              actual texts written by famous Roman writers.
                                                                                       level 4 is much more
          ●   Students will study mythology and various Roman cultural                 manageable for students.
              components as presented in the A.P. Latin syllabus.                      Pacing is designed to mimic a
          ●   Students will study the Roman army, strategies, and battles by           fast-moving carousel instead
              reading some of what Julius Caesar wrote!                                of a wild roller coaster.
          ●   Students will study epic writing, mythology, Roman history, meter,
              and a variety of literary devices while reading Vergil’s epic poem
              Aeneid.​ This will be greatly scaffolded for students!!!
          ●   Students will begin preparing to take A.P. Latin in level four. This
              will be greatly scaffolded for students!!!
          ●   Students in general will gain a better appreciation for the ancient
              Romans and how they have influenced our society. As such,
              students will become inquisitive to the point that some may develop
              a thirst for research so that they can take this curiosity into the AP
              Research course.
Latin 4   ●   Level 4 is currently an IB course but will become AP Language and        The A.P. syllabus will guide
                                                                                       level 4 instruction.
              Culture. Students do not have to be enrolled in the AP Capstone
                                                                                       This is an A.P. class, mimics
              program to take level 4, however they will complete the AP course        college rigor, and will
              requirements.                                                            prepare students to be
          ●   Students will complete the reading of the A.P. syllabus for Julius       successful on the A.P. Latin
              Caesar’s work ​de bello Gallico​. This will be greatly scaffolded for    test in May.
                                                                                       Pacing is designed to mimic a
              students!!!
                                                                                       fast-moving carousel instead
          ●   Students will complete the reading of the A.P. syllabus for Vergil’s     of a wild roller coaster.
              work ​Aeneid.​ This will be greatly scaffolded for students!!!
          ●   Students in general will gain a better appreciation for the ancient
              Romans and how they have influenced our society. As such,
              students will become inquisitive to the point that some may develop
              a thirst for research so that they can take this curiosity into the AP
              Research course.

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CTAE
                                                                                                         Additional
     Course                                        Description
                                                                                                        information

Academy of Science and Industry

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

                    This course is designed as the foundational course for all Agriculture, Food
                    and Natural Resources Pathways. The course introduces the major areas        1​st Course AG courses -
Basic Ag            of scientific agricultural production and research; presents problem         unless approved by
                    solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural        instructor
                    science and agri-related technologies.
                    This course is designed as an introduction for the Horticulture/Plant
Horticulture
                    Science program of study.
Ag Animal           The goal of this course is to provide all students instruction in establishing
Production          and managing agricultural animal enterprises.
                    This course provides entry-level skills for employment in the forest
                    industry and for further study. The course covers establishing forests by
Forest Science
                    natural and artificial means, maintaining and surveying forests,
                    identifying and protecting trees.
                    This laboratory course is designed to provide students with introductory
Agriculture
                    level experiences in selected major areas of agricultural mechanics
Mechanics
                    technology.

BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

                   This is a hands-on course provides an overview of current trends and
                   careers in biotechnology, with an emphasis on standard laboratory skills
Essentials of
                   and techniques. It introduces students to the fundamentals of
Biotechnology
                   biotechnology and the broad impact of genetic engineering, forensics and
(Biotech 1)
                   biomedical therapies on our society.. Biotech 1 serves as one high school
                   science credit.
                   This course builds on the skills and techniques learned in the Essentials of
                   Biotechnology course, delving deeper into genetics, forensics and cell
Applications of    culture projects. It also introduces students to agricultural applications
Biotechnology      such as aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing crops without
(Biotech 2)        soil). Biotech 2 students also learn how to grow adult Mesenchymal Stem
                   Cells (MSCs) in the lab, collaborating with a UGA Stem Cell Lab and
                   support from Cellular Manufacturing and Technologies (CMaT).
                   The final course in the biotechnology pathway focuses on independent
                   study and long term team projects, combining the skills learned in the
Biotechnology      previous two courses. Along with stem cell projects, students conduct an
Research           evolutionary development (Evo Devo) lab in collaboration with GaTech and
(Biotech 3)        CSI/Forensics case studies. Biotech 3 students will take the NOCTI biotech
                   course completion exam and receive certification and possible college
                   credits.

Engineering/Mechatronics

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The Foundations of Engineering and Technology is the introductory course
                  for the Engineering and Technology Education pathways. This STEM
Intro to
                  driven course provides the students with an overview of engineering and
Engineering
                  technology including the different methods used in the engineering design
                  process developing fundamental technology and engineering literacy.
                  Engineering Concepts is the second course in the Engineering and
Concepts of       Technology Pathway. Students will learn to design technical solutions to
Engineering       engineering problems using a whole systems approach to engineering
                  design.
                  Solutions will be developed using a combination of engineering software
Engineering       and prototype production processes. Students will use market research,
Applications      cost benefit analysis, and an understanding of the design cycle to create and
                  present design, marketing, and business plans for their solutions.

Academy of Media & Communications

Audio Video and Film Technology

                  AVTF I presents students with the opportunity to learn how to create video
                  content that matters. Students in AVTF I can expect to learn how to
Audio Video
                  properly produce interviews, news packages, and other products that will
Technology and
                  be used to produce the daily announcements show on MCHSLive.com.
Film I
                  Students will learn what it takes to be successful in front of and behind the
                  camera.
                  AVTF II students can expect to learn to build off the basic knowledge from
                  AVTF I to produce more professional quality products by focusing more on
Audio Video       the video composition of each product. Students will learn more about
Technology and    lighting for video as well as the essential elements of audio in video
Film II           productions. Students will produce short documentaries, commercials, and
                  a weekly magazine show using the elements created by AVTF I and AVTF II
                  students.
                  AVTF III students will build on the lessons from AVTF II and III to not only
Audio Video       master the
Technology and    concepts learned in previous courses while also learning interpersonal
Film III          skills required to manage a group of students. AVTF III students will be the
                  producers for the weekly magazine show.

Animation

                  IDM students will learn the basic elements of digital media including how
                  to properly compose a photograph or video. Students will gain experience
Introduction to   in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects.
Digital Media     Students will create products that will be used in both the daily
                  announcement show and the weekly magazine show produced by the AVTF
                  students for MCHSLive.com.
                  Animation students will learn the tools and techniques needed to produce a
                  variety of animated products including kinetic typography, basic shape
Principles and
                  animations, and more. Students will continue to work on their mastery of
Concepts of
                  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Character Animator and
Animation
                  more. Students works will be featured during the daily and weekly shows
                  on MCHSLive.com.

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Advanced animation students will create a variety of products including
Advanced               show animations, complex video compositions, and basic video games
Animation              during their time in the class. Students will work to master products such
                       as Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.
MARKETING

                       Marketing Principles is the foundational course for the Marketing and
                       Management Pathway. Marketing Principles addresses all the ways in
                       which marketing satisfies consumer and business needs and wants for
Marketing              products and services. Students develop a basic understanding of
Principles             employability, foundational business and administrative skills, economics,
                       entrepreneurship, financial analysis, human resource management,
                       information management, marketing, operations, professional
                       development, strategic management, and global marketing strategies.
                       This course introduces the student to the major segments of the Sports and
                       Entertainment Industry and the social and economic impact the industry
                       has on the local, state, national, and global economies. Sports Marketing is
Introduction to
                       the second level in our marketing pathway. This class builds on the
Sports &
                       foundations set in the Marketing Principles class and expands on that
Entertainment
                       knowledge in the sports and entertainment field. This course will
Marketing
                       incorporate branding, channels of distribution, sales, and marketing plans
                       for the sports and entertainment industry, as well as, lead the way in
                       managing the school based enterprise.
                  Advanced Sports & Entertainment Marketing is the third level in our
                  marketing pathway. This class builds on the foundations set in the
Advanced Sports & Marketing Principles and Sports Marketing classes and expands on that
Entertainment     knowledge. This course will incorporate marketing management, branding,
Marketing         channels of distribution, sales, human resources, information management,
                  financial analysis, and marketing plans for the sports and entertainment
                  industry, as well as, lead the way in managing the school based enterprise.
COMPUTER SCIENCE

                   Introduction to Digital Technology is the foundational course for Web &
                   Digital Communications, Programming, Advanced Programming,
Introduction to
                   Information Support & Services, and Network Systems pathways. This
Digital Technology
                   course is designed for high school students to understand, communicate,
(IDT)
                   and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the
                   business world.

                   This course seeks to provide students with a “future proof” foundation in
                   computing principles so that they are adequately prepared with both the
                   knowledge and skills to live and meaningfully participate in our
                   increasingly digital society, economy, and culture. Students will understand
AP Computer        and apply the main principles of object-oriented software design and
Science Principles programming: classes and objects, constructors, methods, instance and
                   static variables, inheritance, class hierarchies, and polymorphism, learn to
                   code fluently in JavaScript in a well-structured fashion and in good style;
                   learn to pay attention to code clarity and documentation as well as learn to
                   use JavaScript library packages and classes within the scope of the AP
                   JavaScript subset, understand the concept of an algorithm; implement

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