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The department seeks to ensure that the technical support, resources and opportunities are in place for all students, whether children or adults, to receive a high quality education.

Approved Courses

Algebra I

The purpose of this course is to allow the student to gain mastery in working with and evaluating mathematical expressions, equations, graphs, and other topics in a yearlong algebra course. Topics included are real numbers, simplifying real number expressions with and without variables, solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations, graphing linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, linear patterns, linear systems of equality and inequality, simple matrices, sequences, and radicals. Assessments within the course include multiple-choice, short-answer, or extended response questions. Also included in this course are self-check quizzes, audio tutorials, and interactive games.

Biology

Students receive an introduction to general biology in this course, with an emphasis on the processes of scientific inquiry and logical thinking. Instruction covers the fundamental principles of living organisms, including the physical and chemical properties of life, and cellular organization and function. Over the span of two semesters, students gain an understanding of the transfer of energy through metabolic systems, cellular reproduction, the classification of living things, and the six kingdoms of life. This course presents information in an understandable and straightforward way that captures students' interest while introducing them to up-to-date scientific concepts and procedures.

AP® Biology

This course guides students to a deeper understanding of biological concepts including the diversity and unity of life, energy and the processes of life, homeostasis, and genetics. Students learn about regulation, communication, and signaling in living organisms, as well as interactions of biological systems. Students carry out a number of learning activities, including readings, interactive exercises, extension activities, hands-on and virtual laboratory experiments, and practice assessments. These activities are designed to help students gain an understanding of the science process and critical-thinking skills necessary to answer questions on the AP Biology Exam. The content aligns to the sequence of topics recommended by the College Board.

English II

English II is a 10th grade Language Arts course that requires students to analyze literature, literary nonfiction, speeches, and multimedia sources. The emphasis of the course is World Literature; American pieces are included to provide counterpoints as they relate to the themes and targeted objectives.  As students explore global literary fiction and nonfiction, they learn how cultural context impacts the themes and styles of the different pieces, but also how many aspects of the human experience are universal and transcend time and place. The course provides many opportunities for students to hone their language and vocabulary skills using authentic literary texts as models. Students use graphic organizers, checklists, and rubrics to evaluate and improve their reading, writing, language and presentation skills.

English II (E)

In English II Credit Recovery, students conduct an in-depth survey of literature. They read literary works from a variety of genres and cultures and examine both classic and modern periods. In the process, students learn about literary techniques and the effectiveness and purposes of common literary devices. The course stresses critical thinking skills; assignments include speaking and writing projects to help students develop these skills. Students continue to build their vocabulary in this course; as in English I (E), vocabulary lists and definitions are provided in English and Spanish. Interactive questions and games allow students to check their understanding before taking assessments.

AP® Calculus AB

This course is the equivalent of an introductory college-level calculus course. Calculus helps scientists, engineers, and financial analysts understand the complex relationships behind real-world phenomena. Students learn to evaluate the soundness of proposed solutions and apply mathematical reasoning to real-world models. Students also learn to understand change geometrically and visually (by studying graphs of curves), analytically (by studying and working with mathematical formulas), numerically (by seeing patterns in sets of numbers), and verbally. Students prepare for the AP Exam and further studies in science, engineering, and mathematics. AP Calculus AB requires use of a graphing calculator.