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LINDBERGH HIGH SCHOOL – COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2019-2020

 

BUSINESS AND MARKETING EDUCATION

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING A and B

Length: Trimester each

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:  Unlock the mystery of computer programming games. Create your own game in class and undergo beta testing for your first production. Play your way into a high paying job.

  • Scratch – Create your own game with block programming.
  • App Inventor – Create the phone app you’ve always wanted
  • Python – The most popular beginning programming language
  • Robots – Build a small robot and program in Python to run courses in competitions.

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A, B, C

Length: Yearlong (1.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and completed AP/College High School Agreement (10th, 11th, 12th grade status)

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:  AP Computer Science is a fast-paced course meant to replicate a college introductory programming class. Students need good problem solving skills and a willingness to work hard. Students will be learning JAVA, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory and program syntax and prepare to pass the AP exam.

 

CYBER SECURITY

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  As the awareness of cybercrime and data breaches grows, professionals who can protect digital space are sought after in nearly every industry. In fact, information security jobs are expected to increase by 18 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s more than twice the 7 percent average growth rate for all occupations. Explore if this career field is for you through hands-on computer activities/projects.

 

IT: EXCEL

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  No matter what industry you go into, understanding data, manipulating data and presenting data is an essential skill that you need and one that employers are looking for. It will help you in high school and college, too! Exit this class with a software skill that will help you in the job market immediately.

 

MARKETING EXPLORATION

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: You are the product, now go out and market yourself! This course is designed to help students develop and apply marketing skills in a current business setting. This course covers the fundamentals of marketing, product development, goal setting and professional communications to help students access career and college opportunities

 

MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This course prepares individuals to manage the process of developing global consumer

audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in international buyer behavior and dynamics, principles of marketing research, cost and demand analysis, marketing campaign and strategic planning, sales operations and management, consumer relations and e-tailing. Class time will focus on the student’s individual career interests.

 

MARKETING STORE OPERATIONS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit) Can take more than 1 trimester

District Prerequisite: 10th grade or Higher

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: Do you want to run a successful business? Think it would be fun to apply your marketing skills at school? The student store class lets you run a real business, get real work experience, and decide what’s for lunch. Learn buying and selling, advertising techniques, and manage a real business all during the school day. Students can participate and travel through DECA, a marketing organization.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Length: 1 Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Fine Arts

Course Description: Anyone can click the shutter, but not everyone is a photographer! Learn how using our primo equipment. Learn about light sources, film speed and composition. Become the photographer in your group or family. No more looking at small people against a huge background. Don’t you hate when your parents or g-parents make you look at those kinds of pictures? Take control!

 

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: Learn how to use social media to engage audiences and express a corporate personality. This is becoming an essential digital skillset in the 21st-century knowledge-based economy. Whether you want to investigate careers in this area or create your own as an entrepreneur, find out what social media marketing is and how to be good at it.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION FOUNDATIONS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite:  None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Fine Arts

Course Description: If you can plan and execute making a video, you can plan and execute anything! A fun way to learn the how of real world project management. Plus, you can ham it up as you learn industry level production software from Adobe. Roll film!

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite:  Video Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Fine Arts

Course Description: Build on Video Foundations. Movie assignments become more grown up, with extra emphasis on Premier CC sound and special effects. Significant time spent on green screen use and interviews/dialogue within videos. Cut and print!

 

WEB DESIGN-HTML & CSSS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Fine Arts

Course Description: Why learn HTML and CSS? Two reasons: Ultimate functionality and control you get by creating a website from scratch, and without a solid basis in HTML and CSS you will find it more difficult to customize sites built on other web platforms.  Dive into coding from scratch, leave with a skill you can sell.

 

YEARBOOK A, B, C

Length: Yearlong (1.5 Credit)         

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Fine Arts

Course Description: Here it is Eagles, the book of record for the entire school year. Do you want to paint the portrait of LHS for the year? This is your chance. Learn the publishing and journalistic secrets you can use for your lifetime, learn how to take photographs and just about everything there is from making a serious book from scratch. You cannot be immature and do well in this class.

 

FAMILY, CONSUMER AND HEALTH SCIENCES

CAREER & COLLEGE PREP

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: What does it take to be successful in a career and/or college? Explore career pathways and the educational routes to get where you want to be. Learn about employability skills, human relations, workplace safety, leadership, and other skills that will help you progress up a career ladder. Personal finance skills, as they relate to managing your paycheck, are also explored. Field trips to work sites, community and technical colleges, and universities may be part of the instructional delivery.

 

HEALTH

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: This course fulfills the Health Education requirement.

Course Description: Designed to prepare students for lifelong decision-making, problem solving, and wellness management, this course focuses on the dynamics of health in a rapidly changing world. Topics include many topics which will help students assume an active role in developing healthy lifestyles.

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This course explores the importance of understanding a child as an individual in regard to the child’s growth psychologically, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Students will learn about developmental theories, family structures, heredity, parenting styles, prenatal development, labor and delivery, and the needs of children from birth- age six. Students will care for a RealCare baby simulator (or complete an alternate assignment) to find out what it is really like to be the parent of an infant. Who should take this course: people who plan to work with children in any capacity (teacher, pediatrician, childcare, etc.), people who may work in business or marketing careers that deal with children or children’s products, and those who plan to be parents at some point in their lives.

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed and eligible for Third Credit Math option

Course Description: This course will prepare young adults to competently make decisions for their future. The responsibilities of being independent and managing resources are strongly emphasized. Students will research the expenses of finding a place to live, choosing insurance companies, furnishing an apartment or home, buying a new car and more. This course will also explore maintaining checking and savings accounts, paying taxes and keeping a budget. The course emphasizes acquiring knowledge skills and attitudes to help ensure successful living on one's own.

 

JAG-WA (JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES) A, B, C

Length: One to Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Counselor Referral and Instructor Permission

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This course provides students with personal management skills, employability skills and connections to CTE programs that give them technical skills leading to post-secondary education, apprenticeships and living wage careers.

 

LEADERSHIP A, B, C

Length: One to Three Trimesters. Can be repeated for credit.

District Prerequisite: None. Class and ASB officers must take course.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This year-long course focuses on building interpersonal relationships in the school and community through project-based learning. Students learn the Eight Keys of Excellence, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a variety of leadership, relationship and team-building skills while participating in planning, organizing and implementing school and community projects.

 

AP PSYCHOLOGY A, B and ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Length: Three Trimesters (1.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective or Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Students will study the history of psychology, research methods, and the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences. This course will help prepare students to pass the College Board’s AP Psychology exam. Successfully passing the AP exam may earn college credit for a course required at most universities.

 

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA A, B

Length: 2 trimesters (1.0 credit)

District: Prerequisite: Algebra I

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:   Math that matters! Take your first step to financial freedom. Financial Algebra focuses on problem solving as related to: the stock market, modeling a business, banking, consumer credit, automobile ownership, employment basics, income taxes, planning for retirement, and preparing a budget. Learn math that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

 

TEACHER ACADEMY A, B, C, D, E, F

Length: Up to 6 Trimesters (.5 credit each)

District Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: APPLICANTS NEEDED! Because of Washington’s teacher shortage there is increased need and support for early teacher preparation, support, and retention. Learn the fundamentals of the education system and practice lesson-planning, instructional best-practices, and classroom management. Delve into cultural competencies and discover the impact that culturally responsive teaching can bring to a community. Participate in a weekly 2-3 hour internship in district elementary and middle schools. Prepare for the Para Educator Exam and earn your Para Educator certification upon high school graduation. Visit college campuses and experience classes and workshops taught by CWU professors. Earn college credits from CWU upon successful completion of this course.

 

CULINARY FOUNDATIONS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Culinary Foundations is a prerequisite for all other culinary courses. Culinary Foundations focuses on basic cooking knowledge and techniques, introduction to the food service industry, and food safety/and sanitation.

 

BAKING & PASTRY

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations or previous Culinary Course

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: This course is an advanced culinary class that explores the science and art behind baking. Through classroom instruction and practical lab work, students will discover how to make quick and yeast breads, mousses, sauces, custards, cakes, cookies and confections. Decorating techniques with chocolate and sugar work, candies and plating will also be mastered.

 

GOURMET FOODS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations or previous Culinary Course

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Gourmet Foods explores advanced culinary techniques. Take this course to enhance knife skills, master different dry and wet cooking methods, and explore a variety of foods in numerous practice labs. Students will explore specialty techniques and ingredients used to create many dishes and improve skills in customizing recipes. Students will also practice garnishing techniques, and learn how to plate elegant and sophisticated foods. This course is one of the many pathways for students who are planning to pursue a degree in the culinary arts, as well as culinary enthusiasts.

 

INTERNATIONAL FOODS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Culinary Foundations or previous Culinary Course

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: This trimester course provides students with information about food customs, as well as the opportunity to prepare and taste foods of different ethnic groups. This course is for the student who wishes to prepare a variety of foods originating from all over the world. Various regions of the world will be covered including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Middle-East, among others. Students will study patterns of family meals, current customs and food habits, and cooking techniques and equipment unique to those countries. Lab experiences will provide opportunities to prepare and taste foods from around the world.

 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I, II, III

Length: One Trimester each (.5 credit each)

District Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective or Career or Technical Education credit

Course Description: All A&P courses will address medical terminology; anatomic organization; growth & development; response to stress, disease & injury, and some overlap of anatomy from other units to reinforce the dependency each of our body systems have with each other. The courses of the A&P sequence are designed to prepare students for both confidence and success in certificate-level healthcare programs through the collegiate zoology or human anatomy & physiology courses required for more advanced healthcare careers. Focus of each trimester is as follows:

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

Anatomy & Physiology I focuses on the systems related to locomotion: skeletal & muscular systems. Emphasis on anatomy and function of the connective & muscular cells & tissues, bones & boney landmarks, joints & joint structures, and skeletal muscles. Course includes modeling labs, tissue labs, and virtual lab experiences but does not include dissections.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

Anatomy & Physiology II focuses on the systems related to control & protection: nervous, endocrine, lymphatic & immune and integumentary systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the brain, special sensory organs, disease & immune response, and the skin. Course includes modeling labs, dissection labs, sensory testing labs, and virtual lab experiences.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY III

Anatomy & Physiology III focuses on the systems related to biological maintenance and energy transfer: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the heart & blood vessels, lungs, food & waste processing, and reproduction. Course includes modeling labs, dissection labs, live labs, and virtual lab experiences.

 

HEALTHCARE CAREER EXPLORATION

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Explore the high-demand, high-wage career field of healthcare. Students will learn about all five health science strands: Diagnostic, Therapeutic, Health Informatics, Health Support Services, and Biotechnology & Research. You may be surprised to know that some healthcare careers require less than a year of post-secondary training. Discover certificate/degree “stacking” opportunities, where once you earn your first certificate/degree, you can begin working while progressing towards the next level of certificate/degree. Students will also study a variety of healthcare related topics such as ethics, confidentiality, safety regulations, licensure, and professional behavior.

 

HEALTHCARE CORE SKILLS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Students will learn foundational skills and knowledge critical to success in nursing, sports medicine, emergency medicine, rehabilitation, and others. The content serves as a basis for those intending to pursue educational programs from single quarter certification programs through programs requiring 4-year degrees such as medical school. Students will have the opportunity to receive certification in: CPR/First Aid, HIV/AIDS Education, and Bloodborne Pathogens. Fees for individual certifications may apply.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE EXPLORATION

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None.

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education credit or Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: This class serves as an introduction to concepts within sports and rehabilitation medicine. Students explore the effects of injury and the environment on the body and their implications to physical performance. Specific emphasis is placed on the prevention of injury, assessment of function, initial injury treatments, and basic rehabilitation. Students will gain knowledge and skills regarding evaluating patient status and athletic injury taping. Students will suit up and spend some time in the gym, weight room, and fields in this course to practice and perform prevention & rehabilitation exercises. Students are encouraged to also take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE I

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Minimum 10th grade status

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Students explore injuries and conditions commonly experienced in athletics/physical activity and will practice skills related to immediate treatment of these sports injuries. Specific emphasis is placed on the recognition and immediate treatment of head and neck injuries and the healing process related to injuries to the brain. It would be beneficial (but not required) to take Anatomy & Physiology A OR Sports Medicine Exploration before taking this course. Students are also encouraged to take Healthcare Core Skills for complimentary skill development.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE II

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Minimum 10th grade status

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education or Career and Technical Education credit

Course Description: Students explore the role of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Students will learn how therapeutic modalities are used to promote healing and why rehabilitation creates the best opportunity for a full return to participation. It would be beneficial (but not required) to take Anatomy & Physiology A OR Sports Medicine Exploration before taking this course. Students are also encouraged to take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

 

FINE ARTS

AD ASTRA CHOIR / A CAPELLA CHOIR

Length: One-Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Choral director’s approval, audition required

Meets Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description:  This is the most advanced choral class offered for high school students. The singing and studying of the finest types of choral literature, plus the review of basic fundamentals all help the Ad Astra members develop creative, interpretive, interpersonal and appreciative abilities.  This group does considerable performing and participation in all performances is required of all members.  Opportunity is also given for solo and small ensemble work within this group.

 

ART I and ART II

Length: Trimester (.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description:  Utilizing the broad categories of drawing and painting, emphasis is on developing basic techniques and understanding the elements of art and principles of design. Instruction also aims at enhancing appreciation of art and attitudes toward art in society. Art A and B may be taken in any order, as techniques, mediums and/or projects will be different.

 

CERAMICS I and CERAMICS II

Length: Trimesters (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description:  Both courses focus primarily on hand building techniques, complimentary surface decoration methods and the glazing process/application. Courses may be taken in any sequence since different skills and techniques are taught in I and II. While many students choose to build functional items (ceramic pinch pots, mugs, coil pots, slab tiles & boxes, wall pockets), more sculptural options are available. Depending on student interest and time, basic wheel techniques will also be taught.

 

CHAMBER ZERO PERIOD ORCHESTRA A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Completion of Concert Orchestra or director’s approval

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description: The Chamber Orchestra at Lindbergh is made up of primarily 10-12th grade violin, viola, cello and bass students. Focus is on technique, performance, theory and history, with the goal of reaching Benchmark 3 of the EALR’s, in accordance with Washington State Law and the 1 year requirement of the Arts. Students will perform at a high level and with deeper understanding of the music performed.  Chamber Orchestra explores string orchestral music and especially chamber music (small ensembles).  Chamber Orchestra is an excellent preparatory class for those considering playing in string quartets and small ensembles for community performances.  Chamber Orchestra is a performing group and members are expected to participate in all performances, within the provisions of the orchestra handbook.

 

CONCERT BAND A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Band experience or director’s approval

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description: Concert Band requires some previous playing experience in band or director’s approval. This course is open to all students who have achieved a minimum level of proficiency on a band instrument. Of primary importance in the program is the development of tone quality, fingering techniques, sight reading techniques and flexibility.  Suitable literature of all periods and styles will be explored and studied. While some marching is done, this is basically a concert organization. Concert Band is a performing group and members are expected to participate in all performances.

 

CONCERT CHOIR A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: None

Meets Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description:  Non-auditioned choir for all high school students interested in learning about choral music. The singing and studying of the finest types of choral literature, plus the learning of basic fundamentals all help the Concert Choir members develop creative, interpretive, interpersonal and appreciative abilities.  This group does several evening performances and participation in all performances is required of all members.  Opportunity is also given for solo and small ensemble work within this group.

 

CONCERT ORCHESTRA A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Orchestra experience or director’s approval

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts        

Course Description:  Concert Orchestra requires some previous playing experience in orchestra or director’s approval. This course is open to all students who have achieved a minimum level of proficiency on an orchestra (violin, viola, cello or stringed bass) instrument and are continuing their studies. Focus will be on technique, tuning, intonation, and performance. Some class time will be spent on basic music theory and history. Suitable literature of all periods and styles will be explored and studied. Concert Orchestra is a performing group and members are expected to participate in all performances within the provisions of the orchestra handbook.

 

JAZZ BAND A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Concurrent membership in school choir or band and/or band director’s approval; audition may be required

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts

Course Description:  This a selective-elective class open to students in the upper three years of high school and designed to develop techniques necessary for the successful performance of jazz and “popular” music. The course is oriented so as to acquaint members individually and collectively with the musical demands of the professional musician. The demands of modern music require a workable knowledge of music theory, arranging, composition, and conducting, which receive considerable attention. This is a performing group and participation in all performances is required.

 

JAZZ CHOIR A, B, C

Length: One- Three Trimesters

District Prerequisite: Choral director’s approval, audition required

Meets Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts               

Course Description:  This is a select auditioned ensemble that is designed to develop the techniques necessary for the successful performance of jazz and “popular” music.  Students will develop their talents individually and collectively while learning the fundamentals of music, theory, composition and arranging. The class is performance orientated and performs often throughout the year at various school, community and district events.  Participation in all performances is required for membership.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY 

AEROSPACE A, B, C

Length: Three trimesters (1.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  Want to learn how to build an airplane?  Endorsed by local industry, the Aerospace Manufacturing curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in aircraft design and construction. Students will be trained to safely operate specific aerospace machinery and be exposed to precision measurement, blueprint reading, high-grade aluminum surface preparation and accurate riveting practices. While course completion positions students well for entry-level work in the aerospace industry, skills obtained are transferable across the spectrum of high-tech manufacturing industries.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Length: Three trimesters (1.5 credits) or One Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  Want to learn how to build a house? Students will learn how to work with a variety of machines and processes found in the construction trades. Students work on team projects in the shop, build projects for the school and work off campus in the community on projects. Through the year, students will learn: wall construction and framing, home electrical wiring, plumbing and finish carpentry, including drywall, painting and installing trim. Students learn about careers in construction and the building trades. Safety is emphasized throughout, and all students will demonstrate the ability to work on the shop equipment safely.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – INTRO

Length: One Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This is a trimester-long class where students learn how to work with woodworking machines and work on their own wood projects that they will be able to take home once complete. Wood is the primary material used in the projects. Students will also explore careers in the building trades and manufacturing. Safety is emphasized throughout, and all students will demonstrate the ability to work on the shop equipment safely. There are four required projects.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – DESIGN

Length: One Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Industrial Technology Intro

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: For the Design class, students will continue mastery of power equipment and work on open ended projects, and each project from the class will look different. You will work on a series of challenges where you will be creating a product to solve a problem. An example is a bridge project that needs to span a certain distance, and hold a certain amount of weight. You will learn all the phases of the design process. You will work on projects as teams and individually. Safety is emphasized throughout this class.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – MANUFACTURING

Length: One Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Industrial Technology - Intro

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  Students will continue learning a variety of machines and processes found in the manufacturing/construction trades. Students will learn how a company manufactures a product, from an initial idea to a finished product that is ready to be sold.  You will do market research to develop an idea, go through the design process to come up with a workable design, create cost to profit calculations for your idea, create a plan of procedures to manufacture your idea, package your idea and train your sales staff to sell your product. You will learn to manage inventory and materials, and finally get to decide how to best spend the profits!

 

PRE-ENGINEERING A, B
Length: One Trimester each (0.5 credit) 
District Prerequisite: None
Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Science
Course Description: Students will develop mastery of different technology through hands-on labs. Units include CAD, 3D Printing, CNC plasma cutter, welding, metal design, pneumatics, AC/DC, electrical controls, print reading, robotics and more. Students work collaboratively to master these engineering skills. Final projects include synthesizing knowledge and skills to build/manufacture unique designs which solve real-world problems. This course is a springboard for robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and other exciting career-based classes!

 

ROBOTICS A, B

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science or Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to robotics and programming. This interdisciplinary class covers design, assembly, programming and testing of a robot. To help with design and assembly, students will learn about modeling different robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Students work in sub-teams on a variety of different projects which support the overall team objective of creating a workable robot which meets criteria set forth by organized robotics competitions each year. Sub-teams continually engage in the design process of peer evaluation/review of solutions to sub-problems to successfully meet deadlines and to come up with the best possible solution within the constraints of the overall project. 

 

VISCOM FOUNDATIONS

Length: Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts or Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: This course focuses on developing foundational skills in all aspects of graphic design. Areas of study include design principles, typography, illustration, computer graphics, photography, and print design. This course is repeatable for credit and subsequent trimesters allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

 

VISCOM- DIGITAL DESIGN

Length: Trimester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: VisCom Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts or Career and Tech Ed

Course Description: Further explore the Visual Communications field and allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

 

LANGUAGE ARTS  

CREATIVE WRITING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Elective

Course Description: Students explore multiple genres and different writing styles (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, narrative) to understand how authors make purposeful choices and develop their own writing voice.  Students will build a writing portfolio and have opportunities to share their writing in authentic ways.

 

FILM STUDIES

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Elective

Course Description:  In this course students will view, study, discuss and write about film, diving into film analysis, building historical context and connecting to literature. Students analyze how stories told through film can change our attitudes and perceptions of the world around us.  Students continue to develop literacy and writing skills, media literacy and critical thinking/problem solving skills.

 

HUMANITIES A, B, C

Length: Two trimesters  (1.0 credit), Option of 3rd Trimester for an elective

District Prerequisite: LA 11

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

Course Description: Humanities is a Language Arts class offered to seniors. Humanities is primarily aimed at students who are college bound and provides excellent college prep.  The class is a survey of Western Humanities with an emphasis on the relationship between art, fiction and non-fiction. Study includes history, literature, philosophy, science, archaeology and almost anything that made a given era important.  Trimester I focuses on foundational western civilizations (Greeks, Romans, Norse and Celts). Trimester II and III take a more chronological approach with trimester II’s focus being the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, and Trimester III being the Enlightenment to present.  The class is fast paced.  As a college prep course, there is consistent reading, writing and research. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 10 HONORS

Length: Two trimesters  (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  LA 10

Course Description: This two-trimester honors class has more rigorous expectations of students and an accelerated pace, with some fun along the way. We work hard to build the foundation to help you succeed in other courses, so you will read and discuss and write—often. Since we focus on analysis and on craft, you learn to read like a writer and to write like a reader. Designed to prepare you for higher-level classes, sophomore honors focuses on in-depth study of both fiction and non-fiction. To succeed, you must read independently, and it means that you do work outside of class. While ninth grade honors LA helps, it is not a requirement.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 12 A, B

Length: Two trimesters  (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Senior standing

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

Course Description:  LA 7/8 is the required senior year course in which we focus on research skills, reading multiple perspectives on the same topic(s) and developing a 13th year plan. In addition to writing a personal college essay, students will write informational and argumentative essays integrating details from class readings and their own research.

 

AP English Literature and Composition

Length: Yearlong

District Prerequisite: 12th grade and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

Course Description:  AP English Literature and Composition is a senior-year elective with college-level expectations in reading material and work. Along the way, we read some of humanity’s greatest works, exploring the good, the bad and the ugly of human potential. If you enjoy reading, discussing, thinking, writing, rewriting, and a good deal of laughter, then please join us for a challenging, lively course. We certainly prepare for the AP exam, but I hope you enroll to explore literature, to discuss and to deepen your analysis and writing. In short, you build your reading and analytical skills so that the transition to college is gentler. Earlier honors LA experience and APLAC certainly prepare you, but students are welcome to join AP Lit as a first college-level experience, too. We will, by the way, focus on writing college application essays in the fall as part of class. I look forward to seeing you in September.

 

AP Language and Composition (APLAC)

Length: Yearlong

District Prerequisite: LA 9th and 10th and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  LA 11

Course Description: AP Language and Composition will teach you the art of rhetoric and how to become a better thinker, reader and writer. This is a rigorous course; we spend much time reading and writing and preparing for the AP exam. It is possible to succeed without any honors experience, but that experience will help you do well in APLAC.  This is the next step on the honors path. All students who wish to be challenged academically should enter APLAC.

 

MYTHOLOGY

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Elective

Course Description: Students study common themes in mythologies from around the world and various cultures and analyze how myths help answer questions about nature and what it means to be human.  Students will read a variety of texts, write for different purposes, and engage in collaborative discussion, applying what they’ve learned through creative projects and writing.

 

MATH

CORE ALGEBRA

Length: 1 tri-semester (0.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Must have passed Algebra B or equivalent course

Meets This Graduation Requirement: 0.5 third year Math credit

Course Description: Everyone understands what it feels like to enter a Math class and feel like you have forgotten some of the previous course work.  If you passed Algebra 1 and don’t feel overly confident taking Algebra II yet, you may be interested in taking this course to brush up on some Algebra skills (such as quadratics and factoring) and get some of the basics of Algebra II pre-taught. This can be taken at the same time as geometry.

 

ALGEBRA STANDARD II

Length: 2 trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Passed both tri-semesters of Algebra with a C or better or Core Algebra with a C or better

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Third year Math credit

Course Description: Algebra II builds on concepts from first year Algebra. Students further develop the concept of a function; studying quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions and inequalities. Skills developed include factoring, working with fractions (and complex fractions), using exponents and rational exponents and working with complex numbers. Students are introduced to topics in sequences and series. This course prepares students for higher mathematics courses, the Smarter Balance assessment and college entrance exams.

 

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (non AP stats)

Length:  1 trimester (0.5 credits)

District Prerequisite:  D or better in Core Algebra or Algebra II-A

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Third year Math Credit

Course Description:  This course will acquaint students with concepts and tools for collection, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  Students will learn how to interpret different types of data and communicate their findings both verbally and visually.

 

BRIDGES TO COLLEGE MATH

Length:  2 trimesters (1.0 credits)

District Prerequisite:  D or better in Algebra II-B and a 12th grader

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Third year Math credit

Course Description:  This is a 2 tri-course for 12th graders who plan to attend college but may not be interested in pursuing a degree in a STEM field. This course addresses key learning standards from Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics while focusing on developing in-depth understanding, communication, and connections between mathematical topics necessary for future college course work and real-life application. Those who earn a grade of “B” or better both tri’s (and scored a Level of 2 or higher on the SBAC) will be granted automatic placement into college-level (non-calculus) credit bearing math courses at any of WA State’s community and technical colleges.

 

SAT MATH PREP

Length:  1 trimester (0.5 credits)

District Prerequisite:  D or better in Algebra II-B

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Third year Math credit

Course Description:  Students will review prior math topics from Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry while developing and/or expanding their vocabulary, test-taking, and reasoning skills to help them be successful on the SAT.

 

MATH ANALYSIS

Length:  2 trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Passed both semesters of Algebra II with a C or better

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Math

Course Description: Taken after Algebra 3/4 and before Calculus, this course helps you master college Algebra.  You will continue exploring the parent functions you learned in Algebra 3/4 (quadratics, cubic, rational, radicals, etc.).  Students will also study conic sections, systems of matrices, sequences and series.  Successful completion of Math Analysis and Trigonometry will prepare students for a college level calculus course.

 

TRIGONOMETRY

Length:  1 trimester (0.5 credits)

District Prerequisite:  C or better in Math Analysis A

Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Math

Course Description:  Taken after Math Analysis A and before Calculus, this course helps you master and expand upon basic Trigonometry learned in Geometry (sine, cosine and tangent may ring a bell). This course will cover connections between right triangle trigonometry and the unit circle.  The course also explores polar coordinates, trig ratios, vectors, trig identities and proofs.

 

AP Statistics

Length: 3 trimesters (1.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: District Recommendation: Earned a C+ or better in both semesters of Math Analysis or passed both semesters of Calculus or teacher recommendation and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Math

Course Description: “58.3% of statistics are made up.” This phrase from the back of a sugar packet sums up this course.  We look at how to collect data, then organize and analyze that information.  We will use data we collect in class, data from media and other sources.  There are not always right answers—you must provide the statistics to back up your claim.  If you are interested in going into Psychology, Biology, Social Sciences or Business you will eventually have to take Statistics—take it now instead of later!

 

AP CALCULUS AB

Length: 3 trimesters (1.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: District Recommendation: Earned a C or better in both semesters of Math Analysis and trigonometry and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Math

Course Description: If you are planning to major in engineering, science, or math, this is the class for you.  AB Calculus is an AP class that covers the first semester in college calculus.  You will be in a smaller class than at the college level and have the advantage of being able to be involved in the learning process and able to ask questions daily and grow as a mathematician.

 

AP CALCULUS BC

Length: 3 trimesters (1.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: District Recommendation: Earned an A- or better in both semesters of Math Analysis and Trigonometry or passed both semesters of Calculus AB and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Math

Course Description: If you are planning to major in engineering, science, or math, this is the class for you.  BC Calculus is an AP class that covers the first two semesters that will be covered in college calculus.  You will be in a smaller class than at the college level and have the advantage of being able to be involved in the learning process and able to ask questions on a daily basis and grow as a mathematician.

 

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA A, B

Length: 2 trimesters (1.0 credit)

District: Prerequisite: Algebra I

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:   Math that matters! Take your first step to financial freedom. Financial Algebra focuses on problem solving as related to: the stock market, modeling a business, banking, consumer credit, automobile ownership, employment basics, income taxes, planning for retirement, and preparing a budget. Learn math that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Eligible for Third Credit Math option* or Career and Tech Ed credit

Course Description: This course will prepare young adults to competently make decisions for their future. The responsibilities of being independent and managing resources are strongly emphasized. Students will research the expenses of finding a place to live, choosing insurance companies, furnishing an apartment or home, buying a new car and more. This course will also explore maintaining checking and savings accounts, paying taxes and keeping a budget. The course emphasizes acquiring knowledge skills and attitudes to help ensure successful living on one's own. *To count as third credit in math, this course must be taken after earning 1.0 credit in Algebra 1, 2.

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 1 AND 2

Length: 1 trimester each (1.0 credit)

District: Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:  Unlock the mystery of computer programming games. Create your own game in class and undergo beta testing for your first production. Play your way into a high paying job.

  • Scratch – Create your own game with block programming.
  • App Inventor – Create the phone app you’ve always wanted
  • Python – The most popular beginning programming language
  • Robots – Build a small robot and program in Python to run courses in competition

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A, B, C

Length: Yearlong

District: Prerequisite: Completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or 3rd Year Math

Course Description:  AP Computer Science is a fast-paced course meant to replicate a college introductory programming class. Students need good problem solving skills and a willingness to work hard. Students will be learning JAVA, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory and program syntax and prepare to pass the AP exam.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

INDIVIDUAL & RECREATION SPORTS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description:  Designed for students with a specific interest in net sports.  The course may include but are not limited to:  tennis, badminton, pickle ball, spikeball, golf, bowling,  swimming, and orienteering and adventure.  Rules, sportsmanship and cooperative learning are emphasized.  Fitness and conditioning activities pertaining to the sport will be incorporated into class lessons.  Students will evaluate and create personal fitness plans based on their results and goals.

 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit) - 3rd TRIMESTER ONLY

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations and must be able to swim 300-yards without stopping

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description: This course offers students an opportunity to learn the duties, responsibilities and requirements of becoming a lifeguard and how to carry these out in a responsible, professional manner. Students will learn a number of skills required to be a lifeguard including: advanced skills in swimming, proper use of lifesaving equipment, preventing disease transmission, using appropriate surveillance techniques, how to manage a spinal injury victim, and how to perform first aid and/or CPR on a victim; amongst others. Students will have the opportunity to complete the certification process to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard.

 

PE FOUNDATIONS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description: Exploration of lifelong fitness with instruction in team & individual sports, fitness & conditioning activities, resistance training, flexibility, and safety.  Activities will vary but may include badminton, ultimate games, golf, flag football, swimming, lacrosse and more.  Teamwork and sportsmanship is instructed and expected.   Should be taken as the first PE credit.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE EXPLORATION

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education or Career and Technical Education credit

Course DescriptionThis class serves as an introduction to concepts within sports and rehabilitation medicine. Students explore the effects of injury and the environment on the body and their implications to physical performance. Specific emphasis is placed on the prevention of injury, assessment of function, initial injury treatments, and basic rehabilitation. Students will gain knowledge and skills regarding evaluating patient status and athletic injury taping. Students will suit up and spend some time in the gym, weight room, and fields in this course to practice and perform prevention & rehabilitation exercises. Students are encouraged to also take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

 

SPORTS MEDICINE II

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: minimum10th grade status

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education or Career and Technical Education credit

Course DescriptionStudents explore the role of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Students will learn how therapeutic modalities are used to promote healing and why rehabilitation creates the best opportunity for a full return to participation. It would be beneficial (but not required) to take Anatomy & Physiology A before taking this course. Students are also encouraged to take Healthcare Core Skills course for complimentary skill development.

 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description: Designed for students interested in improving their strength and conditioning. This course introduces the student to fundamental resistance techniques and movements incorporated in machine and free-weight resistance training and body-weight conditioning programs.  Class time may include instruction and performance of cardiorespiratory endurance, agility, and speed training.  Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts necessary to successfully create a fitness plan.

 

ADVANCED STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: Previous Strength/Conditioning Course

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description: Designed for students who are interested in obtaining a higher learning and experience in weightlifting.  This class will incorporate basic and advanced lifting techniques utilizing a variety of equipment.  Students will understand the importance of setting goals for personal improvement and achievement.  Students will create and implement individualized workout plans that fit their specific training objectives and sports needs.

 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING (FEMALE)

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description: Designed for female students interested in their strength and conditioning. This course introduces fundamental resistance techniques and movements incorporated in machine and free-weight resistance training and body-weight conditioning programs. Students will follow a structured program designed to improve and enhance fitness, muscular endurance, and strength.   This course has been developed to give female students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used to obtain optimal physical fitness. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts necessary to successfully create a fitness plan. 

 

SWIMMING

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description:  Are you a fish or what to swim like one?  This class is designed for students with some experience in swimming. The class is intended to improve the swimming and water safety skills for beginner to advanced swimmers. Students should be able to float and/or tread water and dunk underwater prior to the first day of class. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique, swimming endurance, water safety techniques & procedures, as well as recreational aquatic activities and aquatic sports.   Students will create personal fitness plans based on their fitness results and goals. Third trimester swimming course will work towards their lifeguarding certification.

 

TEAM SPORTS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description:  Designed for students interested in the application of skills and strategies for cooperative/team sport games. Course may include strength and conditioning for each of the team sports.  Each term includes a variety of seasonal sport activities that may include, but are not limited to; flag football, rugby,  soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, ultimate games, and more. Rules, sportsmanship, and cooperative learning are emphasized. Students will create personal fitness plans based on their fitness results and goals.

 

WALKING FOR FITNESS

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description:  Like to walk and be outside?  This class is designed for students interested in the basic concepts involved in safely and effectively improving cardiovascular fitness.  Emphasis is on fitness walking, race walking, Nordic walking as a means of achieving personal fitness goal.  Upon completion, students should be able to understand and appreciate the benefits derived from these activities. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts necessary to successfully create a fitness plan.

These activities will be done throughout the trimester with appropriate dress required for all weather conditions. Students and parents will be required to sign and return the class rules and off campus liability forms the first week of classes.

 

YOGA/PILATES

Length: Trimester (.5 credit)

District: Prerequisite: PE Foundations

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

Course Description:  Gain balance, strength and flexibility while quieting the mind and toning the body.  Designed for students with an interest in both Yoga and Pilates. This class will focus on practicing Yoga poses and Pilates exercises to enhance one's sense of proprioception, mind-body awareness, flexibility, and muscular strength and endurance.   Fitness and conditioning activities will be incorporated.  Students will create personal fitness plans based on their fitness results and goals.

 

SCIENCE

AP BIOLOGY A, B, C

Length: Yearlong

District Prerequisite: Chemistry (or currently enrolled in Chemistry) and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description:  AP Biology is a college lab-based course designed for students who have a strong background in Chemistry and Algebra and are ready for college-level reading. The course explores 4 Big Ideas of Biology: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis; Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes; Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. Students are expected to take the AP Biology Test in May and will earn up to 10 university credits for a passing score (dependent on university).

 

NGSS BIOLOGY A

Length: One Trimester (.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This course utilizes experimental techniques with emphasis on laboratory work. Included in the course are such topics as cell structure and chemistry, adaptation of plants and animals to their environment, heredity, classification and application of biological principles to humans. This is an algebra-based course.

 

NGSS BIOLOGY B

Length: One Trimester (.5 credits)

District Prerequisite: Completion of NGSS Bio A

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This course utilizes experimental techniques with emphasis on laboratory work. Included in the course are such topics as cell structure and chemistry, adaptation of plants and animals to their environment, heredity, classification and application of biological principles to humans. This is an algebra-based course.

 

NGSS CHEMISTRY A

Length: One Trimester (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: none

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This is course focuses on the natural elements, the compounds they form and laboratory investigations to understand the laws of nature that govern the way elements and compounds react. This is an algebra-based course.

 

NGSS CHEMISTRY B

Length: One Trimester (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Completion of NGSS Chem A and have earned a C or better in Algebra I-A,B or in Core Algebra

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This is college prep course focuses on the natural elements, the compounds they form and laboratory investigations to understand the laws of nature that govern the way elements and compounds react. This is an algebra-based course.

 

NGSS PHYSICS A: Forces & Motion

Length: One Trimester (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This course will be an introduction to general physics emphasizing a conceptual approach where students will develop skills in experimental methods and measurement throughout the course. Topics include force and motion, momentum, and energy.  Students will use conservation laws for energy and momentum to analyze the behavior of systems of objects. Students will develop mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law, and then use these tools to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.

 

NGSS PHYSICS B: Magnetism & Waves

Length: One Trimester (1.0 credit) 

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description: This course will be an introduction to general physics emphasizing a conceptual approach where students will develop skills in experimental methods and measurement throughout the course.  Topics include basic concepts of current electricity and then apply those concepts to explore the fundamental relationship between electric current and magnetism, both wave and particle models for electromagnetic radiation and wave transfer of information.

 

AP PHYSICS ONE

Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science

Course Description:  AP Physics 1 is a lab-based course designed for students who have a strong background in Algebra and Geometry and are ready for college-level reading.  The course explores the fundamentals of how our Universe works through 6 Big Ideas in Physics:  The Structure of Matter, The Field Concept, The Force Concept, Predicting Motion, Conservation Laws (Energy and Momentum) and Waves and Transfer Mechanisms.  Students are expected to take the AP Physics 1 Test in May.  Recommended: “B” or better in Algebra 1-2 and Geometry.

 

PRE-ENGINEERING A, B
Length: One Trimester each (0.5 credit) 
District Prerequisite: None
Meets This Graduation Requirement: Career and Tech Ed or Science
Course Description: Students will develop mastery of different technology through hands-on labs. Units include CAD, 3D Printing, CNC plasma cutter, welding, metal design, pneumatics, AC/DC, electrical controls, print reading, robotics and more. Students work collaboratively to master these engineering skills. Final projects include synthesizing knowledge and skills to build/manufacture unique designs which solve real-world problems. This course is a springboard for robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and other exciting career-based classes!

 

ROBOTICS A, B

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Science or Career and Tech Ed

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to robotics and programming. This interdisciplinary class covers design, assembly, programming and testing of a robot. To help with design and assembly, students will learn about modeling different robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Students work in sub-teams on a variety of different projects which support the overall team objective of creating a workable robot which meets criteria set forth by organized robotics competitions each year. Sub-teams continually engage in the design process of peer evaluation/review of solutions to sub-problems to successfully meet deadlines and to come up with the best possible solution within the constraints of the overall project. 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Length: 1 trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: none

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective

Course Description: Students will explore government structures and function, including the constitution. Students will also examine criminal justice systems and the administration of justice, as well as the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways in which our criminal justice institutions have responded to these social problems.

 

ETHNIC STUDIES

Length: 1 trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: none

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective

Course Description: We will share and experience how perspectives on race, culture, ethnicity, and identity contribute to our American lives. Our course encourages students to be socially, politically and economically conscious about their personal identity and their relationship to other Americans. We focus on important themes of culture and identity over time, social justice, and social change.

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Length: 1 trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective

Course Description: We study Human behavior and ask: “What causes people to act the way they do? What influences the development of personality? How do we learn? Why are there differences in intelligence, personality, and social groups?” This is a great introductory class which will help students be prepared for taking AP Psychology in the future.

 

AP US HISTORY

Length: Yearlong (1.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: 11th Grade and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: US History 1-2

Course Description:  This year long course is comparable to that in the first year of college U.S. History.  This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

 

AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS A, B

Length: Two Trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: 12th grade and US History and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: Elective

Course Description: What are the tools and techniques of modern American Government? Students take an active part in organizing and interpreting data and in the processes of making value judgments and policy decisions in political affairs. Through case studies, simulations and models, students learn to approach the issues of the day. Student will study the issues analytically to verify factual claims and consider value claims rationally. University or advanced placement credit may be available. This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.

 

AP WORLD HISTORY

Length: Yearlong (1.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: 10th Grade and completed AP/College High School Agreement

Meets this Graduation Requirement: World History 1-2

Course Description: We learn the major themes, religions and events that created modern civilizations from 10,000 BCE – the Present. This is a yearlong course with college level texts that develops the writing of students to prepare them for the A.P. World History Exam. Students with commitment, dedication and team building skills will have approximately 5 hrs of homework a week. Passing the A.P. World History Exam can lead to college credit and excellent preparation for future A.P. courses at LHS.

 

WORLD LANGUAGES

French 3 A/B

Length: Two Trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: French 2 A/B this course may be taken before or after UW103)

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  Students will use the French language to create projects on various cultural aspects of the francophone world.  Students will study the regions of France, Africa, Asia, Canada and their cuisine.  We will also study French art and music and read literature such as Les Misérables, and Le Petit Prince. There is an opportunity to attend a French immersion camp. Culture is emphasized with some grammar review and lots of speaking opportunities.

 

UW French 103

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit at LHS and 5 UW credits)

District Prerequisite: French 2 A/B (A or B students) with teacher recommendation; Basic Grammar for the University of Washington course recommended first trimester. Completed AP/College High School Agreement.

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  Earn 5 credits through the UW and satisfy entrance and exit requirements to most universities for world languages.  This is a highly interactive college level course with a task-based approach.  Students learn to use the language creatively using the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  You will be proficient at the end of the course.  Tuition is about 1/3 the cost of what you would pay for the same credits at the UW.  There is also an opportunity to attend the French immersion camp.

 

Basic Grammar for University of Washington French 103

Length: One trimester (.5 credit)

District Prerequisite: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the task based approach of the University language courses.  It will provide the necessary background in grammar and vocabulary to be successful in this approach.  The course will be task based and use materials provided by the University.  It is not required but highly recommended before registering for the 5 credit UW course.  It would be offered as a first trimester option before enrollment in trimesters two and three through the UW.

 

JAPANESE 1 A/B and 2 A/B; FRENCH 1 A/B and 2 A/B; SPANISH 1 A/B and 2 A/B

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisites: None

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  We offer three languages-Spanish, French and Japanese.  We highly recommend that you choose the language that you are most interested in.  All three are very useful in today’s global job market and for travel.  For entrance to universities two years is the bare minimum with three years necessary for schools such as the University of Washington.  The first two years of all three languages teach you the basic vocabulary and grammar to function in the target language.  The advanced courses of 5/6 and UW courses help you become proficient.  The UW program has a tuition fee and the students can earn 5 credits at the UW.  Native speakers should start with 3rd year level or check with instructor.

 

Japanese - UW in HS Program 113

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit and/or 5 UW credits)

District Prerequisite: Japanese 2 A/B, Completed AP/College High School Agreement.

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  Students will continue to learn to speak, read, listen and write in Japanese. Students will focus on use of plain versus polite speaking patterns and using kanji whenever possible. They will learn the basics of getting along as a foreigner in Japan. Students will continue to gain an understanding of and appreciation for cultural differences by comparing the social behaviors and values of Japanese people with their own. Students will also write brief compositions.

 

JAPANESE- UW in HS PRogram 211

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit and/or 5 UW credits)

District Prerequisite: Japanese UW 113, Completed AP/College High School Agreement.

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description: Japanese 211 is a continuation of UW Japanese 113 at the University of Washington. Taking this two trimester course can earn 5 UW credits (with tuition paid to the UW).

 

Spanish 3 A/B (Third year)

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit)

District Prerequisite: Spanish 2 A/B (this course may be taken before or after UW103 as per teacher recommendation)

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  This course uses the content of both first and second year Spanish in real-life context.  Literature and other reading material are also emphasized.  Students will practice using a variety of verb tenses with a greater emphasis on grammatical structures.  Spanish content is incorporated into projects such as music, video projects, plays, literature. We recommend this as a starting point for Native Spanish speakers or the Spanish for Native Speakers course.

 

Spanish- UW in HS Program 103

Length: Two trimesters (1.0 credit at LHS and 5 UW credits)

District Prerequisite: Spanish 2 A/B (A or B students) with teacher recommendation; Completed AP/College High School Agreement.

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description:  As a college level course eligible for university credit, the pace and content of this course are more advanced than Third year Spanish.  Students will be working on advanced verb tenses including the subjunctive, past perfect, and passive voice.  Course emphasis is on listening, writing, and use of advanced grammar concepts.  The UW 103 course follows the curriculum and text from the University of Washington courses.  Instructor permission is required before registering for this class.  It is recommended that students complete Spanish 2 A/B before taking UW 103.

 

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

Length: One Trimester (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: You do not need to have taken a Spanish course to enroll in this course, however, this course is designed for students who can easily comprehend the speech of a native Spanish speaker. You do not necessarily need to possess advanced speaking or writing skills to enroll in this course. Meet with your school’s Spanish teacher if you are unsure if this course would be a good fit.

Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective credit and required for direct admission to 4 year universities

Course Description: This course uses reading and writing to strengthen the areas of Spanish language that are most challenging for heritage speakers: spelling, accentuation, grammar, etc. The course also explores themes of place, identity, and community as they relate to LatinX culture.