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English I (9th Grade)
The purpose of this course is to provide English I students opportunities to engage in learning using texts of appropriate complexity, integrating language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.
Texts we will use include the novel The Lord of the Flies, Homer’s Odyssey, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, short stories, informational texts, and poetry. The following instructional practices will aid student learning:
- Reading assignments from longer text passages, as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
- Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
- Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
- Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
- Providing extensive text-based research.
English I Honors: Through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.
English II (10th Grade)
This year, you will participate in a variety of assignments, as well as, some project-based activities to help you prepare for the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), the PSAT/SAT, AP courses, and college. Each semester, we will focus on World Literature by exploring important time periods in history through the study of literature written about them. We will discuss universal themes associated with the political, social, and moral issues of these time periods, as well as their relevance today.
English II Honors: Through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.
English III (11th Grade)
In this course you will see an emphasis on critical thinking skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. You will read both literary and informational texts, focusing on developing strong reasoning and analytical skills.
You will examine the elements of effective written communication, including argument, in order to become stronger readers, writers, thinkers, and speakers. You will also write compositions based on research, and you will communicate responses to your readings in essays, projects, and oral presentations.
Focus is American Literature, including but not limited to The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Thoreau and various historical documents specific works that we cover.
English III Honors: English III Honors delves more deeply into the literary devices, themes and application.
AP Language & Composition (11th Grade Elective)
May replace English III; *ELA Teacher Recommendation Required
The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from may disciplines and historical periods.
English IV (12th Grade)
English IV FL College & Career Prep (CCP): This course is designed for seniors who have not yet passed the Reading/Writing FSA and need further preparation to enter the work force or community college. This course incorporates reading and writing study through writing a variety of informative texts using grade level writing craft and through the in-depth reading and analysis of informational selections in order to develop critical reading and writing skills necessary for success in college courses. This course prepares students for successful completion of Florida college English courses. The benchmarks reflect the Florida
Postsecondary Readiness Competencies necessary for entry-level college courses and are also related to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards, the exit standards of Florida's K-12 Florida Standards.
English IV Honors: This course is designed for seniors planning to attend a university or community college after high school. It is a language arts course with an in-depth emphasis on classic literary pieces, analytical and expository writing. Students will also be involved in a comprehensive unit on MLA research and technical writing skills. Concepts taught may include (but are not limited to) Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Othello, Hamlet, grammar and usage, literary elements, drama/plays/oral reading, speeches/presentations, poetry, and vocabulary. Lesson focus is on reading and analysis of non-fiction and fiction selections in order to develop critical reading and writing skills necessary for success in college courses, including reading/writing of argument with bias and supporting details.
AP Liturature (12th Grade Elective)
May replace English IV; *ELA Teacher Recommendation Required
Designed to be a college level course, rich in higher level thinking. AP English Literature and Composition will challenge, inspire, and enrich the eager literature student. Using works that range from the sixteenth through twenty-first century as well as several genres and modes, the reading, writing, listening, and speaking experiences will broaden human understandings about the world around us today. Students should, therefore, expect a rigorous undergraduate English experience with intellectual challenges and a considerable workload that culminates with the AP English and Literature Exam in May.
Visual Flow Chart
The purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.
Liberal Arts Math I
This course is designed to strengthen the mathematical skills required for college entrance exams or for further study of advanced mathematics. Topics include ratio and proportion, sets, polynomials, expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, and the geometry of angles, lines, polygons, similarity and congruence.
The purpose of this course is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. This course has a state-developed and mandated End of Course Exam. Depending on an individual student’s progression, Geometry is typically offered to 9th or 10th grade students.
Liberal Arts Math II
This course is designed to strengthen the mathematical skills required for college entrance exams and for further study of advanced mathematics. Topics include operations with real numbers, ratio and proportion, percents, integers, polynomials, factoring, algebraic expressions, quadratic equations, and the geometry of angles, lines, polygons, similarity and congruence. Liberal Arts Math 2 is recommended for students that are in need of improving both Algebra 1 and Geometry skills.
This course is designed to continue the study of the structure of algebra and to provide the foundation for applying these skills to other mathematical and scientific fields. Topics include graphs, polynomials and rational expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, exponents, irrational numbers, logarithms and complex numbers.
Advanced Topics of Math
The purpose of the course is to formalize and extend students’ mathematical experiences from Algebra 2. Students have the opportunity to improve upon and progress skills that will prepare them for college PreCalculus. Advanced Topics of Math is typically a 12th grade course, though some 11th graders may opt to take this course if they do not have adequate Algebra 2 skills to be successful in Honors PreCalculus.
Math for College Readiness
This course is targeted for students who are not yet “college ready” in mathematics or need some additional instruction in content to prepare them for success in college level mathematics. The standards align with the Mathematics Postsecondary Readiness Competencies and PERT deemed necessary for entry-level college courses.
This course is designed to emphasize the concepts and skills necessary for the study of calculus. Topics include functions, vectors, polar coordinates, symbolic logic and matrix algebra.
AP Calculus AB
This course is structured around three big ideas: limits, derivatives, and integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The concept of limits is foundational; the understanding of this fundamental tool leads to the development of more advanced tools and concepts that prepare students to grasp the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, a central idea of AP Calculus.
- Four math credits are required for graduation to include Algebra 1 or equivalent and Geometry.
- Students must PASS the Algebra 1 State EOC with a level 3 or higher and must Take the Geometry State EOC for graduation.
- Math for College Readiness is a course that will prepare students to be successful on the PERT. A math score of 97 on the PERT or 19 on the ACT will satisfy the Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirement. The purpose of this class is to prepare students to pass the PERT/ACT.
- As mathematics is sequential, students must meet the prerequisite prior to taking the next course in the sequence. H denotes the Honors class.
- A student may cross program lines as his/her goals and needs change. Some students with high grades in regular classes and teacher recommendation may proceed into honors level classes.
- Liberal Arts Mathematics (prerequisite Algebra 1 or equivalent) may be used after Algebra 1 for reinforcement of content prior to next course in the sequence. It will also review some content needed for the Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC State Assessments.
Physical Science (Honors & Academic)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the basic unifying concepts and processes of science. This included the structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, force and motion, conservation of energy, interactions of energy and matter, and interactions between science and technology. This course is traditionally taken by ninth graders.
Chemistry (AP, Honors & Academic)
Chemistry is the study of matter in the world around us. In this course you will use math to solve problems and conduct various experiments to reinforce concepts learned in class. We explore matter, energy, compounds, and MUCH more. All students interested in pursuing a science degree are strongly encouraged to enroll and a successful completion of algebra is also important. Depending on a student's individual sequence, this course may be available for grades 10 - 12.
Marine Science (Honors & Academic)
Water covers nearly 71% of our Earth’s surface. In marine science you will study the underwater world and all of its components, including the properties of water and the interactions between marine life and their environment. You will adventure out into the field and learn hands-on with a minimum of two field trip opportunities. Finally, you will conclude your own understanding by practicing your lab skills. The first semester of marine biology is characterized by material on water and the second semester is characterized by material on marine life.
Environmental Science (AP & Academic)
Environmental Science is a fun and exciting class that has many local and current events that we discuss. Topics usually focus on the impact that humans are having on the environment. We use several sciences to determine these effects like biology, ecology and chemistry. There are several field labs and hands on experiments to further our understanding of these issues. This class is typically taken by juniors or seniors that are meeting the 3rd science requirement.
Anatomy and Physiology Honors
Anatomy & Physiology is a course that is designed for those students persuing health related careers. The focus of this class is the internal components of the human body, where they are located, how they work and their interactions with other organs. Several labs are performed throughout the year with a grand finale of dissection of the fetal pig. This course is typically taken by honors level students that have already successfully taken Biology.
In Physics you can expect to study concepts such as mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, electricity and much more. A strong honors math background is very important as there are math concepts in each and every chapter. Lab experiments are conducted in order to explore classroom topics. Students interested in pursuing degrees in engineering or pre-medicine programs are strongly encouraged to take Physics in high school. Students should have completed or be enrolled in pre-calculus before enrolling in physics.
Biology (AP, Honors & Academic)
Biology is a survey course that takes a glimpse at the many different aspects of living things The Biology journey carries students through biochemistry, cells, cell processes, genetics, evolution, ecology, classification of organisms and ends in the systems of the human body. This is a required course for high school graduation that culminates with a state developed and mandated End of Course Exam. Depending on an individual student’s progression, Biology is typically offered to 9th or 10th grade students.
Art/2-D Comprehensive 1
The purpose of this course is to give students an extensive experience in the artistic expression of ideas through two-dimensional art media. The content includes the artistic qualities of original art, design principles, manipulative skills and organization, and the aesthetic merit and qualities of two-dimensional works of art. Also included should be production and critiquing of ideas and/or images; the elements of color, value, line, space, shape/form and texture; principles of emphasis, balance, rhythm, unit, repetition, contrast and proportion; expressive ideas in painting and other two-dimensional art; and the development and refinement of skills, self-expression and knowledge in various selected media and areas of interest.
Art/3-D Comprehensive 1
Prerequisites: Successful completion of C or better in Art/3-d Comprehensive I or its equivalent.
The purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of three dimensional art methods, media, techniques and craftsmanship. The content includes production and appreciation of original 3-D art forms; perception and response to design qualities; the value of design in 3-D art; the production of individual sculpture and 3-D art statements; understanding the history of tradition and contemporary 3-D art and relationship of arts to the cultures in which they are found. The content should also include the criterion for making judgments about the aesthetic merits of 3-D art; opportunities to utilize technical and compositional skills for expression in various mediums; the practice of design skills using line, shape, texture, form, space and color; development of creativity, problem- solving and personal expression through an understanding of the relationship between technical process, form and function within historical perspective; craftsmanship, presentation, critique, evaluation and discussion of aesthetic merits of 3-D art; knowledge and practices of safety principles, and exploration of art career possibilities.
Digital Information Technology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to information technology concepts and careers as well as the impact information technology has on the world, people, and industry and basic web design concepts. The content includes information technology career research; operating systems and software applications; electronic communications including e-mail and Internet services; basic web commands and design; and e technologies. We will be using the The Internet Business Associate online course curriculum. At the end of the course, students will be taking the Internet Business Associate Certification test, which upon passing, can be used on a resume to show they are prepared to work effectively in today's business environment.
Foundations of Web Design
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Digital Information Technology or mastery of the student performance standards and course level competencies corresponding to Foundations of Web Design.
This course is designed to give students the foundational and fundamental skills necessary in learning HTML and CSS. Students will be working towards industry certification in Site Development Associates (SDA); which prepares students to work effectively in today’s web development business environment. In this course, students will work online through CIW Certification Partners course curriculum for SDA, teaching students the essential Web page development skills. They will learn to create sites using Hypertext Markup Language version 5 (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets version 3 (CSS). You will learn to write code manually, as well as use graphical user interface (GUI) authoring tools. You will also work with images, create hyperlinks, and add tables, forms, video and audio to your Web pages. Once certified, you have proven that you have foundational knowledge to develop basic Web sites, as well as earning 3 college credits towards a college career in computer sciences. This certification is ideal for students and professionals who want a career in Web site design or marketing.
Web Script Fundamental
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Foundations of Web Design or mastery of the student performance standards and course level competencies corresponding to Web Script Fundamentals.
Digital Design I, II, & III
Digital Design is a business technology education course designed to prepare students as a General Office Clerk, Desktop Publisher, Computer Graphics Designer, and Multimedia Designer. This course offers supplemental training and a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in digital publishing positions.
A few benefits of the CTE program include guest speakers and specialized curriculum with the opportunity to gain industry certification in Adobe CC; of which 6 are currently offered. Acquiring this certification can open doors to students in exciting careers based on entry-level skills. This certification can show potential employers a students’ proficiency in Adobe’s Digital and Visual Communication Skills using the Creative Cloud 2017 Suite.
Students who successfully complete Digital Design 1 are eligible to move on to DD2, and then DD3, etc. Each year, students should attain 2 certifications from Adobe. In-Design and Animate are offered in DD2, and Dreamweaver and After-Effects can be obtained in DD3.
This course is designed to build upon the experiences and content of the Business Technology Education Core (Computing for College and Careers or Digital Information Technology) so that a fundamental core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for today’s business environment is established. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency with computer skills, telephone skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, stress management, and employability skills as tools for obtaining customer care positions.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with increasingly in-depth study of the multiple elements of the theatre as a collaborative art.
This course introduces students to the French language and its culture. The content includes beginning skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing French. Special attention is focused on French pronunciation. Standards for Communication, Knowledge and Understanding of other cultures, connections with other disciplines to acquire information, insight into the nature of language and culture and participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world are emphasized through target language instruction at the novice-low novice-mid levels of language proficiency as determined by the ACTFL guidelines.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of French I or mastery of the student performance standards and course level competencies corresponding to French I.
This course reinforces the fundamental skills acquired in French I. It continues to develop the students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities in French. Oral communication is emphasized. This course continues to develop the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in French. Standards for Communication, Knowledge and Understanding of other cultures, connections with other disciplines to acquire information, insight into the nature of language and culture and participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world are emphasized through target language instruction at novice high to intermediate low of language proficiency as determined by the ACTFL guidelines.
This course introduces students to the Spanish language and its culture. The content includes beginning skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish. Special attention is focused on Spanish pronunciation. Standards for Communication, Knowledge and Understanding of other cultures, connections with other disciplines to acquire information, insight into the nature of language and culture and participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world are emphasized through target language instruction at the novice low to novice mid-levels of language proficiency as determined by the ACTFL guidelines.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I or mastery of the student performance standards and course level competencies corresponding to Spanish I.
This course continues to develop the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Spanish. Standards for Communication, Knowledge and Understanding of other cultures, connections with other disciplines to acquire information, insight into the nature of language and culture and participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world are emphasized through target language instruction at the novice high to intermediate low levels of language proficiency as determined by the ACTFL guidelines.
Prerequisites: Demonstration of writing proficiency or teacher approval.
This course is designed to be a broad-based course which will acquaint the student with the fundamentals of journalism. The content includes instruction in the history and traditions of journalism, photography, layouts, advertising, printing, and other practical aspects of journalism. The student will be involved in workshop experiences that may include writing editorials, sports and news articles, advertising, or feature stories.
Prerequisites: Teacher approval
The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the development of technical skills on wind and percussion instruments. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills in music theory and composition, individual and ensemble, performance techniques, and critical listening skills and aesthetic values. Attendance at out-of-school rehearsals and performances is required.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band I, access to an instrument and teacher approval.
The purpose of this course is to extend musicianship skills in band instrumental ensembles. The content includes extending skill development in characteristic tone production, band performance techniques, musical literacy and music appreciation. Attendance at out-of-school rehearsals and performances is required.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band II, access to an instrument and teacher approval.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the development of musicianship and technical skills through study of varied band literature. The content includes interpreting medium level band music; establishing appropriate tone production and performance techniques; identifying simple music form and varied style periods; formulating aesthetic awareness. Attendance at out of school rehearsals and performances is required.
Jazz Ensemble 1
Prerequisites: Previous instrumental experience and teacher approval.
The purpose of this course is to develop musical independence through a knowledge of styles and performance techniques of varied contemporary and jazz literature. Attendance at out-of-school rehearsals and performances is required.
Eurhythmics 1 Flag Corp
Prerequisites: Successful achievement in performing basic movements to musical accompaniments and teacher approval.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the development of beginning level skill in the art of performing various bodily movements in rhythm using musical accompaniment. Attendance at out of school rehearsals and performances is required.
Weight Training 1
The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to acquire basic knowledge and skills in weight training that may be used in physical fitness pursuits today as well as in later life, improve muscular strength and endurance, and enhance body image.
Team Sports 1
The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge of strategies of team sports play, develop skills in selected team sports, and maintain and/or improve their personal fitness. This course expands and refines concepts and activities that were introduced in elementary and middle school.
The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students will combine the learning of principles and background information in a classroom setting with physical application of the knowledge. A majority of class time should be spent in physical activity.
Fitness Lifestyle Design
In addition to the physical education content represented in the benchmarks below, specific health education topics within this course include, but are not limited to:
- Mental/Social Health
- Physical Activity
- Components of Physical Fitness
- Nutrition and Wellness Planning
- Diseases and Disorders
- Health Advocacy
AP Human Geography
Prerequisites: 3.0 Grade point average in social studies and teacher approval from previous social studies teacher.
This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, human use, and human alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students will learn about and employ the methods of geographers. These include observations, mapmaking, data gathering and reporting, and technical writing. Students will also learn how to employ spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation to a variety of locations and situations around the globe as well as in local areas. Overall, students will develop a geographic perspective in their manner of thinking with which to view the landscape of the world and better understand current events. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop higher levels of concepts and skills related to Human Geography. Content includes regions, population studies, cultural concepts and spatial representations, political geography, land use, urbanization, issues related to space, place and scale and economic geography. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop higher levels of concepts and skills related to Human Geography. Content includes regions, population studies, cultural concepts and spatial representations, political geography, land use, urbanization, issues related to space, place and scale and economic geography. evolutionary, and document based essays.
Aerospace Technology 1
This course provides students with an introduction to the knowledge, human relations, and technological skills found today in Aerospace Technologies.
The Agricultural Communications course develops professionals that serve business and society by promoting awareness of food, agriculture and science issues among rural and urban audiences. Students who are enrolled in this program gain skills in public relations, marketing, journalism and news media through diverse coursework and internship opportunities.
Veterinary Assisting 1
The mission of the Veterinary Assisting Academy is to educate a diverse student population with the knowledge and skills necessary for a productive career in the animal industry. Veterinary assistants often work one-on-one with animals and assist veterinarians to provide the most appropriate and compassionate care to variety of animals. The more time that you spend around animals, the more it can help you decide if this is the right career for you. A veterinary assistant is an essential part of a veterinary team. A graduate of the academy is prepared for employment in the animal industry with veterinarians, groomers, and a variety of other animal professional, as well as continuing education for a Veterinary Technician degree, or ultimately, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.