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ART2035

This foundation course provides an opportunity for students to learn about materials, skills, and concepts used in creating two- and three-dimensional artworks. A wide range of materials, tools, and techniques will be used in this course. Students will explore observational drawing strategies, color theory, form, and construction. Art history and gallery studies are also integrated into art making units. Visual journals are kept as a way to document and develop personal style and interests. This course provides an excellent foundation for those students wishing to pursue Ceramics/Sculpture or Art Metal/Glass.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART2035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

A-GEN4200

Academic Skills is designed to provide small group/independent instruction in order to meet the specific functional skill outlined in the IEP. These students are generally preparing for community-based programming for adult daily living.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12+
  • Course Number: A-GEN4200
  • Credits: 1 credit

BUS2010

Accounting is the key to opening the door to the business world, and that is why it is called the “language of business.” Every business in our society is impacted by accounting-based decisions. In addition, accounting is essential in many occupations as well as being useful in comprehending your personal finances. Understanding how accounting data is accumulated through the double-entry procedure and the reporting and basic analysis of this financial information are key outcomes of the course. Other topics covered include payroll, inventory, depreciation, and career exploration. This is an important college preparatory course for students planning to major in any area of business.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: BUS2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management, Finance/Accounting, Marketing
  • Note: Elective;  College credit can be earned

BUS2030

Give yourself the competitive edge! Whether your post-secondary plans include education or going straight to  the working world, Advanced Accounting is for the young professional who wants to understand “how” a  business operates. Emphasis is given to the analysis and interpretation of financial activity, preparing and  interpreting financial statements, and applying accounting theory in decision making. This class will prepare  you to manage, report, interpret, and analyze financial data as well as help you to develop the skills necessary  to understand the “story behind the numbers”!

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: BUS2030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Finance/Accounting
  • Note: Elective;  Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with  transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Accounting 

MAT5010

Advanced Algebra provides a thorough coverage of topics in an introductory college-level algebra course. The course focuses on skills and techniques used with linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, radical, and rational relationships. In order to receive 3 free technical college credits from Madison College, students must earn a “C” or better on the cumulative final exam.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT5010
  • Credits: 1 Cr & 3 MC Cr
  • Note: Elective; The credit at Madison College is non-degree bearing and non-transferrable.

ENG1270

This year-long course is designed for Advanced English learners in grades 9-12 with English language proficiency between 2.5-3.5 in the area of literacy, and is aligned to the scope and ELA standards of English 3. The curriculum focuses on English language acquisition in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking referencing the CCSS for English/Language Arts as well as WIDA's English Language Development Standards. Students use adapted and authentic texts including textbooks, leveled readers, informational, and literary texts to improve their ability to read, write, and think critically about the course's themes and topics. Students develop literacy and discussion skills while engaging in both collaborative work with their peers as well as independent work. Students create shorter and extended writing in the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts while leveraging technology, the research process, and the writing process to develop and publish writing. An emphasis on organizational and study skills necessary for success in American high schools is included.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ENG1270
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)
  • EPL Level: 2.5-3.5

MRK1020

This class builds on the skills from Marketing and Sales. Advanced Marketing is designed to expand the concepts of Marketing and Sales if you are interested in a marketing career. Classroom focus is group instruction with the opportunity to apply “real-life” situations to the real world while working with the school based enterprise and local business partners.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MRK1020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Marketing
  • Note: Elective;  Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.

FOR1060

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture focuses on moving towards advanced levels of proficiency. Students engage in an exploration of culture in multiple contexts, with a focus on authentic resources and topics from all six AP themes and various subthemes. Interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication in real-life situations is emphasized, with vocabulary expansion and language structures practiced through exclusive use of French. The AP course is equivalent to university level curriculum and is offered with the option of taking the advanced placement language and culture exam for university placement and/or credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR1060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: It is highly recommended that students have successfully completed French 4 prior to this course.

FOR3050

Advanced Placement German Language and Culture focuses on moving towards advanced levels of proficiency. Students engage in an exploration of culture in multiple contexts, with a focus on authentic resources and topics from all six AP themes and various subthemes. Interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication in real-life situations is emphasized, with vocabulary expansion and language structures practiced through exclusive use of German. The AP course is equivalent to university level curriculum and is offered with the option of taking the advanced placement language and culture exam for university placement and/or credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR3050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MRK1035

Advertising and Social Media is designed to challenge you in analyzing topics related to advertising, social media, and customer service as well as designing visual and digital media for real-life application. Classroom activities will showcase fun and challenging case studies that will provide a good understanding of many careers in business and marketing.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MRK1035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Marketing
  • Note: Elective

MAT1010

(earned honors option) In this course, students will practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges. Topics include: systems of linear equations and inequalities; linear, exponential, and quadratic relationships, and introductory statistics. Students will be challenged to think and reason both critically and mathematically by exploring multiple methods to solve real world problems. This course emphasizes mathematical modeling to analyze situations, and understand them better in order to make decisions. This course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and follows the Traditional Pathway, as outlined in Appendix A. The CCSS Mathematical Practice Standards are applied throughout this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: MAT1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: earned honors option

A-MAT1010

EPL Level 1-3. Algebra 1 is a regular course in first-year Algebra. It covers the following topics: number systems and their properties, expressions and sentences, polynomials, rational expressions and sentences, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities, introductory statistics, radicals and exponents, linear and quadratic functions and relations. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of Algebra as well as computation. Graphing calculators will be used regularly. This course meets the graduation requirement for Algebra 1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take Geometry.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 1-3

MAT3010

(earned honors option) Algebra 2-Trigonometry includes a third semester of Algebra and a course in Trigonometry. Skills and concepts developed in Algebra 1 and Geometry are reviewed and studied in greater depth and new topics are presented. This course is designed for the serious college-bound student.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MAT3010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • Note: earned honors option

MAT4010

This course is designed as an alternative to Pre-calculus for student who want to take a fourth year of college preparatory mathematics. Relations and functions, probability, and statistics will be covered. A graphing calculator will be used. This course is not recommended to use in place of Pre-Calculus to prepare for Calculus.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT4010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SCI1060

Anatomy and Physiology is an elective course that provides students an opportunity for deeper learning in concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the large scale and microscopic levels of organization, of the entire human body. This is a lab-oriented course for students to develop their skills in conducting investigations and using models to explain processes and relationships in body systems. Human anatomy will be studied by dissecting a cat to illustrate the various organ systems in humans. This course is recommended for any student interested in further study of biological sciences, especially those students interested in health science fields.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI1060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SCI1090

AP Biology is a college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry- based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes - energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, evolution, and interactions. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement biology exam, possibly resulting in science credit at many colleges/universities. More information is available online from the College Board website.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI1090
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MAT5020

This course is the equivalent to a college-level, one-semester course in Calculus. College credit and/or advanced placement may be earned depending on the results of the AP Calculus test offered in May. Specific topics include: limits, derivatives, integrals, as well as applications of derivatives and integrals. Successful completion of Pre-Calculus is recommended prior to taking Calculus AB.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT5020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus is recommended.

MAT5030

This course is equivalent to a college-level, second-semester course in Calculus and Analytic Geometry. College credit and/or advanced placement may be earned depending on the results of the AP Calculus test offered in May. Specific topics include additional work on functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differential, and integral Calculus, and the addition of sequences and series, vectors, parametric, and polar functions. This course will prepare students for the BC Advanced Placement Calculus exam. Successful completion of AP Calculus AB is recommended prior to taking Calculus BC.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: MAT5030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of AP Calculus AB is recommended.

SCI3060

This year-long, lab-based course is designed as a second-year Chemistry course to build on student’s existing chemistry knowledge and prepare them for the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam. The course requires students to be highly skilled in problem-solving regarding many chemistry topics such as atomic structure, bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry. This is a rigorous, fast-paced, college-level course. Students should have very strong analytical, mathematical and critical thinking skills and should be able to learn both independently and cooperatively. Major topics include atomic structure, chemical reactions, bonding, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI3060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students should have very strong analytical, mathematical and critical thinking skills and should be able to learn both independently and cooperatively. Major topics include atomic structure, chemical reactions, bonding, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

CMP2020

This course prepares students for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The topics covered include algorithms, object-oriented programming, one- and two-dimensional arrays, and lists. Programming projects include creating a chatbot, digitally modifying pictures, and making games. The course is taught in the Java programming language. College credit and/or advanced placement may be earned depending on the results of the AP test offered in May. This course will be transcripted as math credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: CMP2020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Programming & Software Development
  • Note: Elective;  College credit can be earned
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of Computer Science Principles or another AP math course is strongly recommended prior to taking AP Computer Science A.

CMP4010

In this course students will see how the principles of computer science allow people to change the world. Students will be introduced to the big ideas of computer science: creativity, abstraction, data, algorithms, programming, internet, and impact. Students will learn to use languages such as Snap!, Javascript, and Python to make creative projects. College credit and/or advanced placement may be earned depending on the results of the AP test offered in May. This course will be transcripted as math credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: CMP4010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Programming & Software Development
  • Note: Elective;  College credit can be earned

SCI4010

This course will explore the interactions between humans and the environment. The course includes the study of scientific principles and methodologies required to understand the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made. The course will combine scientific principles and analysis along with sociological and political perspectives related to environmental issues. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam for college credit and/or college placement (credit awarded depends on exam score and college). Students should have already successfully completed Biology and Chemistry.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI4010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students should have already successfully completed Biology and Chemistry.

MUS4090

Music Theory is a year-long course offered to students with substantial musical backgrounds (either formal, notation-based training, or significant amounts of self-taught or “by ear” knowledge) who wish to become more familiar with musical structure, language, and notation; and/or to advance personal musicianship and prepare for college study or the AP Music Theory test. The course includes: introduction/review in the fundamentals and materials of music (notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and texture); substantial amounts of ear training, arranging and composition; harmonic and formal analysis of both Classical and Pop/Jazz works; and ample opportunities for students to explore music of their own choosing.

The course includes: introduction/review in the fundamentals and materials of music (notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and texture); substantial amounts of ear training, arranging and composition; harmonic and formal analysis of both Classical and Pop/Jazz works; and ample opportunities for students to explore music of their own choosing.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MUS4090
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SCI20020

This lab-based course is designed as a continuation of the Math Physics course for motivated students with a high ability in science. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Physics 2 exam for college credit and/or college placement (credit awarded depends on exam score and college). Topics include: rotational motion, sound, light, geometrical optics, relativity, astrophysics, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, fluid dynamics, thermal physics, and basic quantum physics. The emphasis of the course will be exploring physical phenomena through hands-on activities during which students prepare and perform experiments, explain the results with mathematical models, and participate in high-level discussion about the implications. Successful students have a deep understanding of linear kinematics and dynamics, Newton’s Laws, and mechanical energy; lab techniques such as planning and executing a unique lab procedure, and model writing from data.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI20020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students have a deep understanding of linear kinematics and dynamics, Newton’s Laws, and mechanical energy; lab techniques such as planning and executing a unique lab procedure, and model writing from data.

FOR2070

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). The course is equivalent to university level curriculum and is offered with the option of taking the advanced placement exam in Spanish language for university placement and/or credit. It is highly recommended that students have successfully completed Spanish 4 or Spanish Language Arts 2 prior to this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR2070
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: It is highly recommended that students have successfully completed Spanish 4 or Spanish Literature and Spanish Language Arts 2 prior to this course.

FOR8080

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course, conducted entirely in Spanish, is comparable to an intermediate level college course and prepares students for the AP Spanish Literature & Culture Exam. Students are expected to use Spanish exclusively in class. The curriculum is designed according to the College Board AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Requirements. This course will introduce students to an extensive required reading list of stories, novels, poetry, drama, and essays from Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students will gain greater competence not only with Spanish language and literature, but also with social, historical, environmental, and cultural issues. Students who elect this class may be expected to complete some reading and additional study during breaks to meet course requirements. It is highly recommended that students have successfully completed Spanish 4, Spanish Language Arts 2 prior to this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR8080
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: It is highly recommended that students have successfully completed Spanish 4, Spanish Literature and Spanish Language Arts 2 prior to this course.

MAT5040

This course will introduce the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. It is the equivalent to a one semester introductory college Statistics course and will follow the course outline provided by the College Board. College credit and/or advanced placement may be earned depending on the results of the AP Statistics test offered in May. Successful completion of Algebra 2-Trig is recommended prior to taking AP Statistics.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT5040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra 2-Trig is recommended.

SOC5040

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a required political science research or applied civics projects. All U.W. System campuses grant credit for a passing grade on the AP exam. More information is available at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC5040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC1060

AP U.S. History surveys the political, economic, intellectual, social, and cultural history of the United States from the colonial period to the present. It is a rigorous and fast-paced course that emphasizes sophisticated analytical and evaluative historical thinking. This yearlong course uses a college-level text and is designed for students who are highly motivated and who have strong independent reading, essay- writing, and critical thinking skills. Students should expect about an hour of homework nightly.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC1060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required

SOC2040

Students in AP World History investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes around the world, focusing on the period from 1200 CE to the present day. Students will analyze college-level primary and secondary sources, develop sophisticated historical arguments, and make historical connections through class discussion and frequent essay writing. This fast-paced, challenging course is recommended for students who enjoy exploring and discussing history and wish to refine their reading, writing, note-taking, critical thinking, and organizational skills. In order to prepare students for success on the AP exam, this class will include nightly reading and homework assignments of at least an hour.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: SOC2040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required

SOC6015

The continent of Africa and its countries are studied in depth as the basic part of the semester's work. Major topics include: prehistory, early traditional societies, African kingdoms, the slave trade, European colonialism, and African nations since independence.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required 11, Elective 12

SOC6045

Learn about the world’s oldest living civilization in the context of its neighbors. You’ll study Chinese culture and history from its earliest beginnings to today’s “New China” and its role in the world today and tomorrow.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required 11, Elective 12

SOC6025

Pre-Columbian Indian societies, the period of Spanish conquest and rule, the struggle for independence, and the current efforts to modernize and stabilize the wide variety of Latin American and Caribbean nations will be studied.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6025
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required 11, Elective 12

SOC6035

Daily events in the Middle East support the conventional wisdom that religion and politics, tradition and modernism, and oil and water don't mix. Traditional Arab culture, the historical development of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the impact of western industrial powers, and U.S. involvement will be studied as a backdrop to current issues.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required 11, Elective 12

ART5055

This course will provide students with an introductory experience in the design and fabrication of jewelry and sculpture in metal and glass. Emphasis is placed on design and construction of well-crafted, original work using a variety of tools and processes including but not limited to: sawing, filing, piercing, soldering, cold joining, texturing, annealing, polishing, and glass mosaics. Basic studio skills such as proper care of tools and equipment, studio safety procedures, and working vocabulary associated with techniques will be emphasized.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART5055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $60 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART5065

This course will provide students with a continuing experience in the design and fabrication of jewelry and sculpture in metal and glass. Students will receive instruction in new techniques such as stained glass techniques, fused glass, enameling, surface treatments, multi-joint soldering, lost wax casting, as well as other advanced techniques. An increasing emphasis will be placed on original design and craftsmanship as well as the science behind a variety of metals and processes.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART5065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $60 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART5075

This course will provide students with a continuing experience in the design and fabrication of jewelry and sculpture in metal and glass. Through individual and small group demonstrations and critiques, students are shown many new techniques for their metal and glass work. This course emphasizes construction of utilitarian forms as well as sculpture and jewelry. Cabochon stone setting and advanced enameling techniques will be explored. Advanced design skills and originality will be emphasized as students design a “series” of pieces. Students will be encouraged to find their own style and area of focus in metal or glass and create a series of projects around that focus.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART5075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $60 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART5085

This class is for the advanced metal and glass student who is self-motivated and has the potential to be productive working with an Individual Contract Based Curriculum. This course is designed to further develop skills through a more in-depth study of art metal and glass processes and techniques. Some theme-based projects and exhibitions, along with regular individual and group critiques, will provide direction for student artists. Individual work, vision, and personal style will be emphasized, and careers in metals and glass fields will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio for admission into college, or into becoming an entrepreneur. Advanced students are required to assist with basic studio maintenance.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART5085
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $60 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART9055

Art Seminar is an advanced studio class allowing for daily, individual instruction and direction. Like Portfolio Development, it is for the advanced and more serious art student. This course is designed to further develop student skills through a more in-depth study of various mediums and techniques of choice by individual artists. Students will have the opportunity to study and explore a wide variety of mediums, focusing on their personal interests and building their portfolios. Areas of concentration will be at the discretion of each artist. This class can be taken more than once for credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART9055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective;  This class can be taken more than once for credit.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

AVD1010

AVID is a college-readiness program for qualifying students to develop the academic and social skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education. Students in the program enroll in an AVID course where they learn goal-setting, note-taking, writing skills, and reading strategies for each of their high school years. Motivational activities include speakers, field trips, college visits, and seminars. Additionally, AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: AVD1010
  • Credits: 1 credit per year
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

AVID program students have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 qualifying GPA, college  potential with support, desire, and determination. AVID students must also meet one or more of the following  criteria: first to attend college, historically underserved in four-year colleges, low income and/or have special  circumstances. Students apply and are admitted into the program beginning with their freshman year. Please  see a counselor for information.

AVD1020

AVID is a college-readiness program for qualifying students to develop the academic and social skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education. Students in the program enroll in an AVID course where they learn goal-setting, note-taking, writing skills, and reading strategies for each of their high school years. Motivational activities include speakers, field trips, college visits, and seminars. Additionally, AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: AVD1020
  • Credits: 1 credit per year
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

AVID program students have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 qualifying GPA, college  potential with support, desire, and determination. AVID students must also meet one or more of the following  criteria: first to attend college, historically underserved in four-year colleges, low income and/or have special  circumstances. Students apply and are admitted into the program beginning with their freshman year. Please  see a counselor for information.

AVD1030

AVID is a college-readiness program for qualifying students to develop the academic and social skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education. Students in the program enroll in an AVID course where they learn goal-setting, note-taking, writing skills, and reading strategies for each of their high school years. Motivational activities include speakers, field trips, college visits, and seminars. Additionally, AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

  • Recommended Grades: 11
  • Course Number: AVD1030
  • Credits: 1 credit per year
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

AVID program students have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 qualifying GPA, college  potential with support, desire, and determination. AVID students must also meet one or more of the following  criteria: first to attend college, historically underserved in four-year colleges, low income and/or have special  circumstances. Students apply and are admitted into the program beginning with their freshman year. Please  see a counselor for information.

AVD1040

AVID is a college-readiness program for qualifying students to develop the academic and social skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education. Students in the program enroll in an AVID course where they learn goal-setting, note-taking, writing skills, and reading strategies for each of their high school years. Motivational activities include speakers, field trips, college visits, and seminars. Additionally, AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: AVD1040
  • Credits: 1 credit per year
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: AVID students will be highly encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in high school.

AVID program students have average to high test scores, a 2.0-3.5 qualifying GPA, college  potential with support, desire, and determination. AVID students must also meet one or more of the following  criteria: first to attend college, historically underserved in four-year colleges, low income and/or have special  circumstances. Students apply and are admitted into the program beginning with their freshman year. Please  see a counselor for information.

ENG3115

The Bible is fundamental to Western thought. This course is designed to give the student knowledge of, not faith in, some parts of the Bible by reading it as literature and understanding its cultural context. Major emphasis will be on the Old Testament with a smaller unit on the New Testament. Students will become familiar with some of the stories, characters, and themes and with vocabulary and biblical allusions. Students will explore literary forms, various editions, and interpretation. There will be several papers and exams during the course of the semester. Students will provide their own Bible.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3115
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

SCI1020

(Earned Honors option) Biology is a lab-oriented course for students to develop their skills and understandings of science as described by the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will develop their science skills by asking questions, modeling natural phenomena, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing data, and constructing and presenting evidence-based arguments through actively investigating the major themes of biology including: Ecology and Ecosystems, Evolution, Cells to Organisms, and the Process of Carbon Cycling.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: SCI1020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required; Earned Honors option

A-SCI1030

EPL level 3. Biology is an activity-oriented course that involves English language learners in critical thinking and problem solving in science. Students construct knowledge within the context of Biology while they acquire English cognitive academic language. Some of the topics covered during the year include: Cellular Biology, Genetics, kingdoms, and animal structure and function with emphasis on humans.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-SCI1030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 3

SCI1053 and/or SCI1054

Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit. Designed for motivated students interested in a career in science, this course emphasizes analytical and integrative thinking skills. Students are expected to use a foundation of biological and chemical principles to critically analyze data while they examine a variety of topics at a variety of levels in order to reveal principles common to all living systems. Laboratory experimentation is integrated with discussion of issues and concepts. Some first semester topics include: experimental design, pharmacology, Ethno-botany, hormone function, feedback loops, metabolism and aging. Second-semester topics include: a study of the human brain involving clinical disorders, cellular circuitry, and the action of drugs on nerve cell function. The “nature vs. nurture” debate is examined from a biological perspective focusing on intelligence, brain development, and the causes of some personality traits. Modern evolution, plant and animal co-evolution, and the evolution of intelligence are also covered.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: SCI1053 and/or SCI1054
  • Credits: 1/2 credit (each semester)
  • Note: Elective; Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit.

SCI1115

Biotechnology is a semester course designed for students interested in molecular biology with applications in food, agriculture and medicine. This course emphasizes laboratory techniques of DNA science, microbiology, fermentation and plant tissue culture. The course will prepare students for entry-level employment and/or post-secondary education in the field of biotechnology or a related science field.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI1115
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Biology, Chemistry, English 2 and Algebra 1 with grades of C or better. Mastery of the skills taught in Chemistry and Biology are essential for success in Biotechnology. Skills in reading closely and following instructions carefully are necessary for this class.

CMP1045

Like computers? Want to learn about the many areas of information technology through fun, real-world projects? You will explore programming, acoustical/sound manipulation, graphic design, web design and animation, multimedia, troubleshooting and support, and with basic network configuration. Career options in information technology (IT) will also be discussed. This course is the gateway to many other IT pathway courses.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: CMP1045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Information Support & Services, Web & Digital Communications
  • Note: Elective

FCS4065

Designed to cover topics of body structure and function at an introductory level, this course prepares students for advanced study in Medical Terminology, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Physiology and Anatomy courses. Students use hands-on activities and anatomy in clay to understand and remember the body systems and how they are viewed and treated by medical personnel. Discussions center around prevention, pathology, diagnostics, therapies, emerging technology, and related careers.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FCS4065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $25 *
  • Sequence Map: Health Sciences
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

CMP4035

Master the features of Microsoft Office and enjoy the benefits in both your academic and business careers. No matter what your career choice, you will be expected to have professional software application skills. In any business, time is money. People who know how to successfully use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access give themselves a competitive advantage in the job market. Advance your skills in up to three of the five areas of Microsoft office each time you take this course. A valuable option available to you is the opportunity to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). This MOS credential is globally recognized by colleges and the modern workplace and distinguishes an individual as qualified and knowledgeable in Microsoft applications. This course can be taken more than once to complete additional certifications.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: CMP4035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Information Support & Services, Web & Digital Communications, BMITCS Life Skills
  • Note: Elective;  Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.

ART4015

The study of the ceramic arts provides opportunities to explore the expressive side of sculpture and the design and functional aspects of pottery. A variety of ceramic sculpture techniques will be taught and used by the student to creatively solve artistic problems presented in class. Training on the pottery wheel will focus on foundational pottery forms. Students will utilize finishing techniques and processes with attention to craftspersonship. Experiences will include elements and principles of design, history, cultural applications, contemporary artists, careers, the art of critique, and art appreciation. Students interested in solving three dimensional artistic challenges which involve inventive thinking and direct involvement with a highly versatile material should consider this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART4025

This course will build on the experiences, knowledge and techniques presented in Ceramics and Sculpture I. Students will have the opportunity to focus on wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramics as they work through a series of design problems. Students are encouraged to develop their inventive thinking, creativity and craftspersonship through vigorous involvement with the media to emphasize exploration of form, texture, and surface decoration while fostering personal expression and the development of a unique artistic style. An expanded investigation of ceramics will include historical, cultural and career elements while examining contemporary trends and artists.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART4035

This course will build on the experiences and techniques introduced in Ceramics & Sculpture 2. Students will have the opportunity to focus on either wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramics and will be encouraged to develop a personal style with their work. More extensive investigations into advanced ceramic forming techniques, firing processes, and glaze chemistry will be covered. Students enrolling in this course should have a strong and consistent work ethic and a willingness to complete assignments that demonstrate growth in the ability to conceptualize, problem solve, and appropriately apply glaze and surface decoration to enhance and embellish their forms. Students will also be required to assist with basic studio maintenance including: clay recycling and mixing, glaze formulation, kiln loading and unloading. Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of firing processes.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART4035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART4045

This class is for the advanced ceramics student who has a strong and consistent work ethic, advanced skill in numerous clay-forming, decorating, and glazing techniques, and the ability to be productive while working independently. Students will continue to develop their wheel and/or hand-built ceramic skills as they research artists and ideas to provide direction for their own work. Some theme-based projects and exhibitions along with regular individual and group critiques will provide direction for student artists. Students will also be required to assist with basic studio maintenance including: clay recycling and mixing, glaze formulation, kiln loading and unloading. Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of firing processes.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART4045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

PHY5015

Students in this class will learn the value of cooperation and risk taking by working through individual and group challenges. Students will engage in games/activities that build trust and teach problem solving skills. These skills and challenges will be put to the test on the climbing elements in the Stevens Gym ropes course. Students will have an opportunity to climb the various elements as well as learn how to belay other climbers. Be ready to try new activities and to have fun. Other wellness activities will also be explored. This course fee covers field trips and transportation.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: PHY5015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $40 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

PHY5075

Want to learn even more about outdoor living and survival skills, build another wonderful community in the classroom, and go on adventurous and educational field trips? This class will continue to focus on community building, trust, initiatives, challenges, and belay skills. In addition, the students will practice their leadership skills, learn facilitation skills while working with other youth in the district, and understand the theory of experiential education. The course fee covers field trips and transportation.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: PHY5075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $60 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

SCI3030

Chemistry is a lab-oriented course in which students will develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills through the exploration of matter, energy, and chemical change. Frequently working together, students will make predictions, conduct investigations, and use models to explain observations and the surrounding world. Throughout the course, students will also focus on the analysis of data, both descriptive and mathematical. Completion of this course will prepare students for advanced science courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: SCI3030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SCI3040

Chemistry Honors parallels the core chemistry curriculum with greater rigor in skills and content. A course that receives an honors designation has expectations for students that are measurably broader, deeper, and/or more complex in comparison to its standard course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: SCI3040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS2010

Students in this year-long course will study and perform music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods. Emphasis is placed on improving technical ability, tone production, music literacy, performance expectations, evaluation of musical performances, and interpersonal skills. Students are expected to be contributing members of their ensemble and attend performances/dress rehearsals outside the school day as part of the grade.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-10
  • Course Number: MUS2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

TEC 1040

This course builds on the topics covered in Engineering Essentials. In this class you will learn about Civil Engineering and Architecture, using the design process to solve real world problems and apply your creative skills to hands-on-projects. You will use state -of- the-art software to design residential and commercial buildings. This course covers topics such as the roles of civil engineers and architects, project planning, building design, project documentation and presentation, and interior design. [Dual/transcripted credit is offered.]

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: TEC 1040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective; Dual/transcripted credit is offered.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

GEN1010

Students are selected by course instructor or may apply to instructor to assist in the classroom. Duties include:  helping set up demonstrations, working on laboratory experiments, and assisting students with laboratory or  class work. Assistants are expected to be available a minimum of 5 periods per week. Application is due by  the end of the 2nd week of the semester if taking for credit; no deadline if taking for community service.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: GEN1010
  • Credits: Community Service or .25 Credit Per Semester
  • Note: Elective;  Application required

A-GEN3245

Community setting. Designed for students to earn credits for both employment and finding a job. Provides direct assistance with securing and maintaining employment.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-10
  • Course Number: A-GEN3245
  • Credits: 1/2 credit/semester

A-ENG2225

This course emphasizes the improvement of writing skills to facilitate success in mainstream classes by increasing vocabulary, improving editing skills, and improving paragraph/essay writings skills through the use of proper mechanics and grammar.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: A-ENG2225
  • Credits: 1/2 credit

ART6085

Animation provides a unique and challenging set of artistic learning experiences involving drawing, movement and sound. First quarter focuses on learning the Adobe Animate software and many of its capabilities. Second quarter focuses on learning the essential steps involved in animation design and production: character and environment design; character movement; camera placement and movement; soundwork; storyboarding; lip synching and more. Animations will be constructed in Adobe Animate with sound work performed in Adobe Audition and Audacity.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART6085
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6095

This is the first course for all students who are interested in graphic design and digital painting. We welcome all levels of students. Students will work in both Illustrator and Photoshop to understand foundations of art, design, illustration, and painting in the Mac Lab. Students will be using Wacom drawing tablets in the creation of their work. Contemporary art topics are integrated into the curriculum. Individual drawing style and personal vision in student artwork is encouraged. (Formerly Computer Art: Illustration 1) Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP).

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12art
  • Course Number: ART6095
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $15 *
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6105

This course builds off of Digital Imagery in the area of digital painting, while introducing photo manipulation and digital image making. Students will dive deeper into Photoshop to learn new tools, techniques, digital art forms and additional art concepts. This is a great course for students interested in conceptual art, character design, illustration, comic art, and storytelling through digital art. Work will be created on the computers in our Mac lab. Wacom tablets will be used on a daily basis and contemporary art topics are integrated into the curriculum. (Formerly Computer Art: Illustration 2)

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART6105
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $15 *
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6125

This course is a continuation of Computer Art-Illustration 1. Students are successful after completing the Digital Imagery and Illustration 1 course. Students will continue to work in Photoshop and/or Illustrator in the Mac lab. Students at this level are considered advanced students and will work on conceptual ideas that push a narrative through their work. This is a great course for students who are looking to focus more on their own ideas and style development while being guided through more complex art concepts and techniques. (Formerly Computer Art: Illustration 3)

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART6125
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $15 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

MUS5030

The music department offers Concert Band to entering 9th-grade woodwind, brass, and percussion students for the study and performance of quality wind ensemble music. Class activities emphasize the development of instrument technique, tone production, tuning, fundamentals of music theory, music reading, and listening skills. Concert Band is a preparatory class for Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble. Concert Band may also be used by 10th, 11th, and 12th grade musicians as lab band for learning a secondary instrument. Several evening concerts throughout the school year are a requirement of this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: MUS5030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS2070

Students in this year-long course will maximize on their previous choral experience through the study and performance of music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods. Students will continue to improve their musicianship in terms of vocal technique, music theory, music history, rehearsal technique, and critical thinking. Concert Choir studies music written for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass voices, and West choirs are open to and respectful of all gender identities. Students in Concert Choir participate in one evening concert each quarter as a major part of their grade and numerous other performance opportunities as they arise throughout the year. Concert Choir is open to students by audition only.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS2070
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS3030

The Concert Orchestra is offered to provide freshmen string students extensive experience in string orchestra performance. As part of a structured and comprehensive four year curriculum, students receive training in specialized techniques in preparation for enrollment in upper level Orchestras. The Concert Orchestra presents three to four concerts per year. There are also opportunities that may include district music festivals and working with guest conductors/clinicians.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: MUS3030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

TEC2015

This course is designed for the students who would like to own and maintain a personal vehicle. This course covers basic car care, under-hood inspection (fluids, belts, hoses), removing and replacing items (wiper blades, bulbs, fuses), cooling system maintenance, battery/charging system diagnosis, lubrication system maintenance, tire information, brake inspection, minor ignition system maintenance (spark plugs, wires, firing order), car buying, car insurance, and service information.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC2015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

A-MAT1250

This course may be taken two years in a row. The curriculum combines practical applications of number sense, fractions, ratios, decimals and percent’s with everyday life contexts. Topics may include managing credit, banking, comparison shopping, budgeting, taxes, buying a car, and renting an apartment while using decimals, ratios, percent’s and comparing the relative size of numbers. Successful completion of the course will help prepare students for mathematics at technical school or at work and for living independently. Incoming students should be able to compare and order decimals.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT1250
  • Credits: 1 credit

ENG3055

In this course students will be exposed to themes in literature which are relevant to today’s young adults: themes of personal relationships, survival, and identity. In addition, students will develop awareness of their own cultural heritage as they examine the roles of culture, privilege, and of power in society. Students will discuss sensitive topics such as race, gender, class, and sexuality. Assignments may include, but are not limited to, literary analysis, presentations/performance, formal essays, and group discussion. Selections by authors representing a broad range of culture will be studied and may include: Montana 1948, Our Town, Angela’s Ashes, One Thousand Pieces of Gold, House on Mango Street, Am I Blue, Breaking Ice, Grass Dancer, The Laramie Project, Ellen Foster, and the Secret Life of Bees.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

SOC6065

Speed and change are crashing into the 21st-century with resulting problems you better be able to navigate! This course will explore global issues, and emphasize finding solutions for stability, justice, sustainability, and well being. Develop your modern world perspectives with topics such as international relations, culture, globalization, energy, climate change, organized crime, war, human rights, drugs, and wealth. Students decide topics for the second half of the course.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ENG2025

The student who chooses this course should be a competent writer and be strongly committed to writing. This course offers the student the opportunity to explore writing short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. In addition to major assignments there will be many short writing exercises and the study of models. Students choosing this course must be able to handle long-term assignments and participate in the critical process.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ENG2025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: It is advisable for the student to have successfully completed English 1 and 2 before enrolling in this course.

FCS1015

This course is for students who want to learn food preparation techniques. Units of study include: nutrition, safety and sanitation, proper use of equipment, etiquette, and menu planning. Teamwork is emphasized so you will enjoy working in kitchen labs and will develop a love of fresh healthy food. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FCS1015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Hospitality
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

FCS1025

Explore the food and hospitality industries as you study like a chef. Learn proper and safe, advanced, gourmet cooking techniques. Units include: preparing healthy food in sanitary kitchen-labs; professionalism in food service; perfecting knife skills; plating; soup making; cooking with fruits, vegetables, potatoes and grains; practicing good restaurant-style food service while participating in catering projects. ProStart is an initiative of the National Restaurant Association that offers a variety of scholarships and entry into culinary competitions.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS1025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Hospitality
  • Note: Elective.
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Completed Culinary Arts 1: The Essentials with a “C” or better.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

FCS1035

This course builds on the skills learned in International Cuisine. Explore the food and hospitality industries as you study like a chef. Learn proper and safe, advanced, gourmet cooking techniques. Units include: preparing healthy food in sanitary kitchen labs; professionalism in food service; perfecting knife skills; plating; soup making; cooking with fruits, vegetables, potatoes and grains; practicing good restaurant-style food service while participating in catering projects. ProStart is an initiative of the National Restaurant Association that offers a variety of scholarships and entry into culinary competitions.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS1035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Hospitality
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Culinary Arts 2: International Cuisine

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

FCS1045

Sharpen your culinary skills preparing restaurant quality cuisine! Fine tune your sense of flavor! Students will use a variety of cooking techniques. Units include breakfast foods, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, grains and pasta; meat, poultry, fish, baking and pastry including cake decorating. Interest in attending a 2‐year or 4‐year college in the culinary field is a bonus but not required. Students will have several restaurant and catering opportunities. ProStart is an initiative of the National Restaurant Association that offers a variety of scholarships and entry into culinary competitions.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS1045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Hospitality
  • Note: Semester 1 or 2
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Culinary Arts 3: ProStart 1 with a “C” or better.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

A-GEN2200

Students will be in a community setting. Community Academic Skills will address the academic instructional requirements articulated in the IEP in an alternative academic setting or through independent study with a focus on graduation requirements.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12+
  • Course Number: A-GEN2200
  • Credits: 1 credit

PHY6025

Focus will be on gaining a broad view of dance as a creative art form. Activities vary and include: warm-up exercises based on modern dance, ballet and jazz techniques, dance patterns and combinations, movement improvisation, and choreographing compositions (both alone and in groups). Other wellness activities will be explored. Performing on stage, keeping a journal, consistent attendance, and participation in class are all required.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY6025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

PHY6035

This course builds on the skills from Dance 1. Focus will be on improving dance technique based on modern, ballet, and jazz foundations, improvisation, and composition. Other wellness activities will be explored. Choreographing, writing a paper on dance, attending a professional dance concert, consistent attendance, participation in class, and performing the choreography project for Fine Arts Week are required.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: PHY6035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

ENG3045

This intermediate literature course centers on reading and analyzing plays spanning the history of European and American theater including, but not limited to, Greek classics, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more modern performing arts. Students will work both collaboratively and independently to build their understanding around various movements within theater in order to enhance their critical thinking and writing skills. Students can also expect to plan performances and potentially attend performance field trips to complement their studies.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ART2125

This introductory drawing course is designed to further develop student skills and creative thought processes through an in-depth study of various mediums and techniques. Students will create a wide variety of drawings using various mediums and learn fundamentals like shading, still-life, portraiture, human anatomy, contour, shading, two-point perspective, grid and life drawing. Student experiences will include exploration of elements of art and principles of design, history and cultural applications, contemporary artists, careers, the art of critique, and art appreciation.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART2125
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART2085

This course builds on skills and concepts learned in Drawing 1.This course allows you to refine and expand skills learned in Drawing I while offering new experiences and challenges. Opportunities will be given for students to sharpen their drawing skills and creativity while generating images from their experiences. Experiences will include study of elements of art and principles of design, history, cultural applications, contemporary artists, careers, the art of critique, student work portfolio and art appreciation.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART2085
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

SCI4023 and/or SCI4024

Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit. Earth Science satisfies the science requirement for any course of study including college preparatory. It may be taken concurrently with Chemistry, Physics, or advanced science courses. The use and practice of good study skills and organizational skills is also a goal of this course. A wide-ranging inventory of laboratory work is also provided. This course seeks to develop an understanding of Earth's interior and surface composition and processes as well as its position and significance in the universe. The first semester surveys topics of Cartography (maps), the water cycle, Meteorology (weather), Climatology (climate), Oceanography, and Astronomy (with an emphasis on our solar system). The second semester surveys topics of: Environmental issues (e.g. acid rain, the Greenhouse Effect, Global Climate Change, ozone depletion, alternative energies and petroleum); Geology, Mineralogy, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, erosion, Soil Science, and the Rock Cycle. This course introduces the student to career opportunities in the fields of: Meteorology, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Hydrology, Agronomy, Cartography, Astronomy, and Conservation.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: SCI4023 and/or SCI4024
  • Credits: 1/2 credit (each semester)
  • Note: Elective; Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit.

SOC3015

Economics rules our lives. In this class you will learn the principles and models of micro, macro, and global economics that shape the world. You will use economic models to analyze issues such as business ethics, international trade, drug policy, taxes, unemployment, economic downturns, and environmental policy. The course includes a wide variety of simulations. This class is designed to prepare students to do well in college- level economics courses and satisfies the financial literacy requirement..

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC3015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

TEC1010

This course builds on the topics covered in Engineering Essentials or is appropriate for students that had prior engineering coursework in middle school. Students are introduced to the design process and the tools used in product development. Students will experience first-hand the activities in which engineers engage throughout the design cycle. Development of design briefs, sketching, 3D solid modeling, and prototyping through computer-aided drafting are part of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn ways in which design techniques apply to many fields, such as healthcare, business, art and animation, manufacturing, engineering, etc. Problem-solving and math as it applies to producing products and services for today’s society are emphasized. (Dual/transcripted credit is offered)

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Engineering (Project Lead the Way)
  • Note: Elective; Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

TEC3070

Explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences as they solve engaging and challenging real-world problems like creating a natural relief center system or creating a solution to improve the safety and well-being of local citizens.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC3070
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: STEM: Engineering and Technology
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ENG1010

In this year-long course students build on their learning from grade 8 as they develop their skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards grades 9-10 band. Reading, discussing, and writing in response to high-quality, high-interest literary and informational texts develop students’ ability to synthesize ideas within and across texts, analyze the choices authors make, use knowledge of language and its conventions, how to acquire and use vocabulary words, and foster the joy of reading. Using collaborative discussions and activities enables students to understand the importance of considering various perspectives. Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences using the writing process and technology to create and publish narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument texts.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: ENG1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ENG1040

In this year-long course students continue to develop their skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards grade 9-10 band. Students engage with both literary and informational texts to hone their ability to read, write, and think critically about the course’s themes and topics while engaging in both collaborative work with their peers as well as independent work. Students write shorter and extended texts in the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts, leveraging technology, the research process, and the writing process to develop and publish writing.

English 2 Embedded Honors offers the opportunity for all students to pursue advanced skills and knowledge. Honors students will think independently, enjoy robust debate, and value others’ ideas; seek complexity in literary interpretation; demonstrate integrity and leadership in the classroom. In addition to some parallel and additional coursework, students will complete a capstone project to culminate each semester. Each semester the capstone project will address a unique theme and be offered to all tenth graders at once. Embedded honors students can work with any sophomore they choose on the capstone project and will present their project publicly.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: ENG1040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ENG1050

English 2 Honors parallels the core curriculum with greater rigor. A course that receives an honors designation has expectations for students that are measurably broader, deeper, and/or more complex in comparison to its standard course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: ENG1050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ENG1290

Course recommended for EPL 1-2. This year-long course, designed for newcomer English language learners in grades 9 - 12, is the equivalent of English 1. The curriculum focuses on English language acquisition in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking referencing the CCSS for English/Language Arts as well as WIDA’s English Language Development Standards. Students use adapted and authentic texts including textbooks, leveled readers, informational, and literary texts to develop literacy and discussion skills in English. An emphasis on organizational and study skills necessary for success in American high schools is included.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ENG1290
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)
  • EPL Level: 1-2
BUS4095

Dreaming of starting your own business? Students will examine the entrepreneurial process and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Explore, identify, and evaluate a variety of businesses and business ideas. Students will have the opportunity to start and run their own school-based business.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: BUS4095
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Introduction to Business & Marketing

ENG3165

The student who chooses this course must have an interest in traditional literature and be able to read and write with insight. The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to influential English authors and European literature in translation. The course is structured to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, both in a collaborative setting and through independent activities. Authors may include, but are not limited to, Sophocles, Abnouih, Ibsen, Faust, Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and Kafka.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ENG3165
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

A-MAT1260

Students will explore integer operations, number system properties, conversions between decimal-fraction- percent, order of operations (PEMDAS/GEMA), exponents, equations and expressions, organizing and interpreting data (statistics, measures of central tendencies), and coordinate planes. Incoming students should be able to do whole number operations and understand decimal-fraction equivalency.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-11
  • Course Number: A-MAT1260
  • Credits: 1 credit

FOR8010

This course is designed for highly motivated learners who wish to study a language aside from the traditional sequenced class offerings, or students who have completed our sequenced courses at the highest level and wish to design their own course of study to continue to progress in the language. In this non-traditional language study class, students will use a variety of materials and resources to learn a chosen language and cultural elements related to the countries where the language is spoken. The teacher-facilitator will instruct the groups in critical language learning methods and students will participate in language learning activities, working individually as well as cooperatively in small language cohorts. Native and non-native-speaking tutors will provide oral practice. The first year of this course will cover the introductory curriculum in the chosen language as well as language learning techniques. Subsequent years will continue to study in the chosen language.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR8010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective; The language studied is chosen by the student; however, languages offered may be limited by student interest and/or availability of resources. Current language possibilities include Japanese, Italian, Korean, HoChunk.

ENG4015

In this course students will expand their awareness of film as an art form. The activities include studying several short films, five or more feature length films, writing compositions of film analysis, reading a text, taking quizzes and exams, and completing a major semester project. The course will concentrate on American film history, techniques, structure, censorship, symbolism, racism, and sexism. The course is intended for students interested in serious film analysis.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

V-PHY4040

This online course is recommended for 10th through 12th graders to satisfy 0.5 Physical Education credits of the total 1.5 credits required for graduation. The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to deepen their physical literacy by applying knowledge and skills of various fitness and activity concepts and principles. Students will have opportunities to self-reflect and set goals to take steps to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. There will be a regular amount of physical activity required to fulfill the course expectations, typically to be tracked/completed on a weekly basis. This course will be taught by a Physical Education teacher within the student’s school building to support learning. The course will be completed through online modules, which can be completed at any time in one’s daily schedule. Students may also have the potential to meet face-to-face with classmates and the teacher during the semester. The recommended time spent in the course is 5-10 hours per week. If you have taken a Madison Virtual Campus Phy Ed class before, you may not be eligible for this class. Space in the course may be limited.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: V-PHY4040
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective; Space in the course may be limited; This online course can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this class.

FOR1010

French 1 is an introductory course that moves students through the novice levels of proficiency. Students will learn how to communicate in French through simple conversation and develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the French-speaking world through authentic resources. By speaking and listening to mostly French in class, students will develop the ability to communicate for survival in French at a basic level around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR1020

French 2 is a course that moves students from the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will begin to create with the language to communicate and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French. They will explore the language and culture of the French-speaking world through authentic resources . By speaking and listening to mostly French in class, students will develop the ability to expand their communication in French around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR1020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR1030

French 3 is a course that reinforces intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will learn to successfully interact in French straightforward situations and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the French-speaking world through authentic resources . By speaking and listening to French almost exclusively in class, students will develop the ability to broaden their knowledge and abilities in French around topics of interest like nutrition, health and wellness, technology, environment and the arts.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR1030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR1040

French 4 solidifies students’ proficiency in the intermediate level of language acquisition and production by refining listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and practice language structures through authentic resources and communication. Students and teachers communicate exclusively in French. Students will use their language and cultural knowledge to investigate and engage with the target language-speaking world through exploration of various topics based upon all six AP themes (Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics)

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR1040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SCI2030

This course is designed for students interested in learning physics but who intend to pursue a career or college major not closely tied to science. The course emphasizes student-centered development of conceptual models. Topics include: motion, Newton’s laws, gravity, momentum, energy, and additional topics as time allows. Considerable effort is made to relate Physics theory to naturally occurring events and everyday experiences. Labs, problem solving, demonstrations, and student presentations are used to help students develop thinking skills. The course covers the same topics as Math Physics but not as deeply. Students should have skills in algebraic fluency such as solving and graphing linear equations, use of trigonometric relationships, scientific notation and orders of magnitude, and logico-deductive reasoning.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI2030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students should have skills in algebraic fluency such as solving and graphing linear equations, use of trigonometric relationships, scientific notation and orders of magnitude, and logico-deductive reasoning.

MAT2010

(earned honors option available) The purpose of this geometry course is to understand the attributes and relationships of geometric figures which can be applied in diverse contexts. Topics include, but are not limited to congruence, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, geometric properties of figures, modeling, probability, transformations and constructions. Geometry is devoted primarily to plane Euclidean geometry, studied with and without coordinate systems. This course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and closely follows the Traditional Pathways, as outlined in Appendix A. The CCSS Mathematical Practice Standards are applied throughout this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MAT2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: earned honors option

A-MAT2010

EPL Level 2-3. The objectives of Geometry are to develop an understanding of the properties and relationships of objects in two- and three-dimensional space. Emphasis is placed upon using and extending Algebraic techniques, modeling real-world applications, and developing the idea of proof in mathematics. Students need a scientific or graphing calculator.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 2-3

FOR3010

German 1 is an introductory course that moves students through the novice levels of proficiency. Students will learn how to communicate in German through simple conversation and develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the German-speaking world through authentic resources. By speaking and listening to mostly German in class, students will develop the ability to communicate for survival in German at a basic level around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR3010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR3020

German 2 is a course that moves students from the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will begin to create with the language to communicate and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in German. They will explore the language and culture of the German-speaking world through authentic resources. By speaking and listening to mostly German in class, students will develop the ability to expand their communication in German around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR3020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR3030

German 3 is a course that reinforces intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will learn to successfully interact in German in straightforward situations and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the German-speaking world through authentic resources . By speaking and listening to German almost exclusively in class, students will develop the ability to broaden their knowledge and abilities in German around topics of interest like Language and Literature - German legends and fairy tales, Friendship and Love, Holidays and Celebrations - German traditions, Diversity Issues - The Afro-German experience, Beliefs and Values, Contemporary Life/ Travel - Traveling Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR3030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR 3040

German 4 solidifies students’ proficiency in the intermediate level of language acquisition and production by refining listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and practice language structures through authentic resources and communication. Students and teachers communicate exclusively in German. Students will use their language and cultural knowledge to investigate and engage with the target language-speaking world through exploration of various topics based upon all six AP themes (Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics)

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR 3040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of German 3 or consultation with your teacher recommended.

ART6055

This course builds on the skills, techniques, and programs from the Digital Imagery course with a focus on deepening their understanding of graphic design. Students will learn more about typography, publication design, logo making, product design, marketing and vector design using Illustrator and InDesign. Work will be designed on the computers in our Mac lab and then brought to life through traditional art processes such as sign making, product modeling and screen printing. Wacom tablets will be used on a daily basis and contemporary art topics are integrated into the curriculum. Individual style and personal vision in student artwork is encouraged.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART6055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $15 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

A-GEN4233/4234

Guided Study is designed to provide an environment that promotes learning, helping students with organization of materials, assignment notebook monitoring, material review, assignment completion, planning timelines for assignment completion, test studying/taking strategies, and test accommodations.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-GEN4233/4234
  • Credits: .25 credit

MUS4045

Guitar 1 is an introductory elective course designed to study basic, beginning guitar, and guitar styles. Class guitars are provided. Basic techniques include: correct instrument posture, aural skills, folk/pop/rock chord types (major, minor, and 7th chords) and standard strumming styles for accompaniment and blues patterns. In addition, students will learn how to read music notation and chord symbols. Advanced topics for individual exploration may include fingerpicking, elementary classical technique, barre shapes, advanced note reading (Jazz & Classical), and Rock & Blues improvisation.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MUS4045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS4055

Guitar 2 offers advanced instruction and guided independent work in the various genres introduced in Guitar 1. The genres include Folk, Country, and Bluegrass, Blues and Rock, Jazz and Classical. Specific techniques include melodic flatpicking, advanced Travis-style finger picking, Blues and Rock solo improvisation and barre chord applications. The course will also cover the study and analysis of well-known pop guitar transcriptions using both notation and tablature and extensive note reading in both the Jazz and Classical idioms.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS4055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Recommended include successful completion of Guitar 1 and/or interview/audition with instructor.

PHY1035

Health Education is a course designed to provide skills-based learning experiences that support students in becoming health literate individuals. The course will focus on analyzing internal and external influences, accessing health resources, communicating effectively with others, making healthy decisions, setting personal goals, practicing healthy behaviors, and advocating for personal and community health. Critical content will include personal health and wellness, healthy eating, mental and emotional health, alcohol and other drugs, and human sexuality.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: PHY1035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required;

V-PHY1030

This online course is recommended for 10th graders to satisfy the 0.5 credit graduation requirement for Health Education. This course is designed to provide opportunities to practice the necessary skills to become health literate individuals through application of knowledge, developing attitudes and skills to make positive decisions, and taking action to promote and protect one’s health and the health of others. This course will be taught by a Health Education teacher within the student’s school building to support learning. The course will be completed through online modules, which can be completed at any time in one’s daily schedule. Students may also have the potential to meet face-to-face with classmates and the teacher during the semester (TBD by school). The recommended time spent in the course is 5-10 hours per week. This is not a Madison Virtual Campus course. Space in the course may be limited.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: V-PHY1030
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required; Space in the course may be limited; This online course can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this class.

FCS4015

Get a jump start on a career in the rapidly growing health care industry. Many describe this introductory course as a “make or break” in their decision to go into health care before investing in college tuition. Learn to use basic medical equipment while exploring the many career opportunities in health care. In this interdisciplinary course students will be introduced to medical terminology, health care delivery systems, legal and ethical health care issues, personal health financial literacy, and employability and job seeking skills. This course is a prerequisite for the Nursing Assistant certification course. Students interested in the health care field are invited to participate in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club which sponsors community service projects, and members are able to compete at the state and national events.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FCS4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Health Sciences
  • Note: Elective

MUS4075

Hip-hop culture is the focus of this course, from its precursors in African-American musical to its inception in the Bronx in the 1970s to the global force it has become today. Hip-hop education is rooted in identifying and building upon the intellectual abilities exemplified within Hip-Hop music and pedagogy. Students will study hiphop history through lecture, reading, class discussion, in-class demonstrations, and extensive listening. Students will look critically upon the ability to perform this music through a combination of the four elements of hip hop culture: emcee techniques, beat production, dance and graffiti. One performance outside of school will also be expected as part of the course requirements.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MUS4075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
 MUS4025

This course explores the evolution of popular music styles from the 19th century to the present. Musical forms covered will include Ragtime, Blues, Tin Pan Alley, early Jazz, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, modern Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, and all styles of Rock and Roll from the 1950s to punk, funk and hip-hop. Students will be introduced to these through reading, in-class demonstration, videos, and extensive listening.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MUS4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

TEC3025

This course covers the fundamental systems that comprise a residential dwelling including electrical, plumbing, framing, etc. Students will learn practical maintenance and home improvement skills that apply to both future homeowners and those interested in the skilled trades.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC3025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Technology & Engineering Life Skills, Construction
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

MUS1060

Honor Band is an upper-level performance opportunity for accomplished wind and percussion players. Honor Band offers students great variety and challenge in musical performance, including experiences in chamber music, analysis, theory, and history. This course is open to students by audition only.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS1060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FCS2065

Prepare yourself for a life after high school. Personal growth, financial literacy, legal responsibilities, protective behaviors – many topics to make your transition to the real world easier. This course satisfies the district Financial Literacy graduation requirement for students graduating in 2021 and beyond.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS2065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-GEN2210

Students will be in a community setting. Independent Living emphasizes the development of functional, age- appropriate, independent living skills. Out-of-school instruction may include accessing public transportation, shopping, restaurants, banking, recreation activities, housing, and domestic skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12+
  • Course Number: A-GEN2210
  • Credits: 1 credit
GEN9900

The Independent Study Program at West High School provides opportunities for students to engage in learning activities which are above and beyond those found in the regular curriculum. Such study extends opportunities for individual students to work under the supervision of a faculty member on projects that lend both depth and breadth to the student’s education. *Application form required and approval by West High Independent Study Committee

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: GEN9900
  • Credits: 1/2 Credit
  • Notes: Elective; Application form required and approval by West High Independent Study Committee.; Application forms are available in the Highland SLC Office (Rm 2011) and need to be submitted for consideration by the end of the second week of each semester.

ART9900

Independent Study allows students to add another hour of Studio Art. This class is for the advanced art student who is self motivated and has the potential to be productive working with an individual contract-based curriculum. This course is designed to further develop skills through a more in-depth study of various media and techniques of choice by individual artists. The Independent Study application is required and must be submitted to the Independent Study Committee for consideration by the end of the second week of each semester. A minimum of four (4) semesters of art classes or consent of the instructor is highly recommended.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART9900
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: A minimum of four (4) semesters of art classes or consent of instructor is highly recommended.

FCS3045

Are you a creative person? This course provides an opportunity to study how environments affect people. Learn ways to select and improve your surroundings. Consider housing needs and values, use elements and principles of design to analyze your environment, investigate architectural styles, create floor plans and models, design and decorate a space, and have fun!

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS3045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Sequence Map: Fashion & Interior Design
  • Note: Semester 1 or 2; This course is only offered every other year.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ENG1300

This year-long course, designed for intermediate English language learners in grades 9 - 12, is aligned to the scope and ELA standards of English 2. The curriculum focuses on English language acquisition in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking referencing the CCSS for English/Language Arts as well as WIDA’s English Language Development Standards. Students use adapted and authentic texts including textbooks, leveled readers, informational, and literary texts to improve their ability to read, write, and think critically about the course’s themes and topics. Students develop literacy and discussion skills while engaging in both collaborative work with their peers as well as independent work. Students create shorter and extended writing in the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts while leveraging technology, the research process, and the writing process to develop and publish writing. An emphasis on organizational and study skills necessary for success in American high schools is included.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ENG1300
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

BUS2065

Knowledge is power, and this course is perfect in introducing and preparing you to view the world in a whole new way. Through hands-on projects, guest speakers, and real-life activities, you will be exposed to concepts relating to our global economy and the economic way of thinking, types of business organizations, cultural traditions, current business trends and developments, and basic marketing and business concepts.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: BUS2065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management, Marketing, Finance/Accounting
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

CMP2010

This is an introductory course in computer programming which offers an exposure to a variety of programming environments. Students will learn how to approach a program and will learn about the basic formats used in programming. Skills learned in this course will give students a strong back ground to enter additional programming courses. Units of study could include problem-solving, web design, introduction to programming, app inventor, data analysis, and robotics. Anyone with an interest in computer science is welcome.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: CMP2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Information Support & Services, Programming & Software Development
  • Note: Elective

CMP2011/CMP2012

An introductory course in computer programming which offers an exposure to a variety of programming environments. Students will learn how to approach a program and will learn about the basic formats used in programming. Skills learned in this course will give students a strong background to enter additional programming courses. Units of study could include problem solving, web design, introduction to programming, app inventor, data analysis, and robotics. Anyone with an interest in computer science and/or information technology is welcome.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: CMP2011/CMP2012
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Programming & Software Development, Information Support & Services
  • Note: Semester 1 and 2
Students should note that Jazz ensembles, Jazz West, Jazz Too, and smaller combos are offered to music students in the band or orchestra programs as non-credit extra curricular performance opportunities. Membership is by audition only with meeting times scheduled before school, lunch, afternoons, and evenings.
  • Credits: 0
  • Note: Activity

RDG1160

Language! Is a comprehensive literacy curriculum that provides effective, explicit, sequential, linguistically logical, and systematic instruction for struggling readers, writers, speakers, and spellers. Language! focuses on acquiring knowledge of academic language and the structure and function of the English language. Students will be enrolled in this course based on their reading scores.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: RDG1160
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students will be enrolled in this course based on their reading scores.

FOR 8090

Students who have studied a language in school or are heritage speakers will have the opportunity to continue their language study in an individualized way with an emphasis on using the language outside of a classroom setting and in the local and global community. Through various opportunities for communication in the target language that extend beyond the classroom, students will explore individualized areas of interest and community engagement. Each semester will culminate in a student-led project that reflects the semester’s learning.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FOR 8090
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students should have a minimum of intermediate mid proficiency, have completed SLA 2 and/or AP Spanish Language and Culture, and/or have teacher recommendation before enrolling in this course.
ENG2075

This is an in-depth study of grammar mechanics and the history of the English language. The first half of the curriculum includes an in-depth study of English grammar and usage in order to improve correctness and style in writing and speech, as well as verbal scores on SATs and ACTs. The course also includes the study of various aspects of linguistics and the history and development of the English language. Vocabulary study may be included. Several papers may be required.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG2075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR6010

Latin is a problem-solving language that primes the brain to look at subject matter from every angle. It is the mother tongue of many modern languages, but is also foundational and continues to be used in science, law, and music. We learn the language rigorously, and students learn to "decode" in both Latin and English. This course focuses on ancient life in Pompeii. It is extremely useful for struggling readers of English and second language learners. It is a joyful place to enrich your vocabulary, learn grammar in a different way, and to strengthen your writing skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR6010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR6020

In Latin 2, we deepen our understanding of the nature of language and delve into more complicated Latin texts. The skills we develop in reading and writing complex expressions enrich and support our English language skills. In this course, we explore the Roman occupation of Britain and the Egyptian city of Alexandria, and follow the storyline of one of the characters from Latin 1.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR6020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR6030

In this course, we continue to deepen our understanding of complex linguistic structures and how they affect our thinking and problem-solving skills. We enrich our vocabulary, both in English and Latin. In our social and historical studies, we explore imperialism and military practices through the lens of the Roman occupation of Britain. We learn about Rome and her history.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR6030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR6040, FOR6050

Latin 4/5 incorporates the most complex grammatical structures in reading and writing and expands students’ vocabulary. We delve into Latin poetry, which is metrical in nature, and explore the political, legal, and social facets of ancient Rome.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR6040, FOR6050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC7015

This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s dual language immersion and developmental bilingual programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering. The course covers pre-Columbian Indigenous societies, the period of Spanish conquest and rule, the struggle for independence, and the current efforts to modernize and stabilize the wide variety of Latin American nations. The course will be taught entirely in Spanish and will include primary source and current event analysis, formal research and academic writing, guest speakers, and in-class discussion.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: SOC7015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Participation in DLI program or meets minimum Spanish proficiency level for course

BUS3015

What can you do if you’ve been tricked into a poor contract? Where would you take your lawsuit? How high up the court structure can your case go? Learn answers to these and other legal questions pertaining to both personal and business law applications. This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic legal principles relevant to your roles as citizens, consumers, and employees. Content includes the origin of law, criminal and civil law, the court system, business ethics, basic elements of contracts, intellectual property, consumer laws, employer-employee relations, and environmental law. Emphasis throughout the course will be given to application of basic principles of law to everyday situations through case studies, possible field trips, and class discussion. You will also undertake a “mock trial” experience which provides firsthand experience in a courtroom atmosphere.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: BUS3015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management, Finance/Accounting, Marketing
  • Note: Elective

PHY3035

*No/Low Swimming Ability* This is for students who are comfortable in the water but need instruction in swim skill acquisition. Students will learn basic swim skills in freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. Students will be able to swim the length of the pool comfortably and be able to demonstrate each stroke by the end of class. Students will also learn some basic water safety skills

Week 1-9 will be spent on building the foundation for swimming/skills/survival/etc and Weeks 10-18 will focus on using swimming for fitness.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: PHY3035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective; 9th graders who enroll should also make sure to enroll in PE 1: Foundations of Physical Activity.

PHY7025

Students must be 15 years of age by the end of the semester, possess high-intermediate swimming skills, and be able to swim 300 yards without stopping use front crawl and breaststroke, swim 20 yards and surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object and swim back 20 yards, and tread water for 2 minutes without using arms. Non-proficient swimmers will be removed from class. The course gives you cognitive and practical experience in the areas of lifeguard training, First Aid, and CPR/AED. Students will learn basic first aid skills, adult, child, and infant rescue breathing, choking procedures, CPR, AED usage, water rescue skills for conscious and unconscious victims, and spinal injury management.

One quarter is spent in the West pool. The other quarter will be in the classroom learning First Aid and CPR/AED. Students can earn certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer after successfully completing final skill scenarios and written tests from the American Red Cross. After successful completion of the class, students will be ready to lifeguard at a public or private pool. Course fee covers cost of required American Red Cross materials (book, resuscitation mask, certification fees), maintenance of equipment, and field trip to an aquatics facility.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY7025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $135 *
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students must be 15 years of age by the end of the semester, possess high-intermediate swimming skills, and be able to swim 300 yards without stopping use front crawl and breaststroke, swim 20 yards and surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object and swim back 20 yards, and tread water for 2 minutes without using arms. Non-proficient swimmers will be removed from class.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

PHY5045

This course will explore various activities with an emphasis on lifetime skills and increased overall wellness. Students will improve wellness through fitness activities and games. Units include softball, tennis, badminton, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and floor hockey. Students who enjoy activity as a means of maintaining and improving overall wellness should consider this class.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY5045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

ENG3175

This intermediate level course will explore literature that focuses on marginalized voices struggling to rise up against established authority. Through the study of a wide variety of genres--spoken word poetry, speeches, novels, essays, graphic novels, and hip hop--students will critically examine, discuss, and write about themes revolving around power, oppression, justice, culture, assimilation, and identity. Student work will involve close reading, personal creative expression through narrative, poetry, and/or spoken word, research, and literal and lyrical analysis. Whole class and choice text authors and titles may include, but are not limited to, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Julia Alvarez's In the Time of Butterflies, Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men. Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP).

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3175
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

GEN1050

Interested students should speak with the librarian. The librarian will determine final selection. Student assistants  work with the LMC staff on a variety of tasks. Assistants are expected to be available a minimum of 5 periods  per week. Application is due by the end of the 2nd week of the semester if taking for credit; no deadline if  taking for community service. 

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: GEN1050
  • Credits: Community Service or .25 Credit Per Semester
  • Note: Elective;  Application required

MRK1015

What do Apple, ESPN, Twitter, Google, and Nike have in common? They are all successful marketers! Learn the skills and methods that have helped these companies to become some of the world’s most recognized and celebrated brands. Marketing touches the lives of people on a daily basis as family members, consumers, and employees. This course will provide the opportunity for you to gain valuable marketing insight, knowledge, and skills in the processes and procedures that occur from the creation of a product/service to the consumption of those products/services by the consumer. You will explore the functions of marketing with a specific emphasis on promotion, selling, market research, distribution, and pricing.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: MRK1015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Marketing
  • Note: Elective

ENG4025

The goal of this course is to help students become responsible consumers of the mass media by critically examining television, radio, film, and advertising. Students will study the operation of these media, the effect the media has on them as consumers, and the effect consumers can, or should have, on the media. Papers on these topics are required. Students will also learn the basics of video production and editing through projects such as narratives, documentaries, public service announcements, and/or news stories. Guest speakers in local media industries are invited to the class.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-MAT1220

Math 1 is for students who need to solidify their understanding and fluency with the four basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The curriculum addresses understanding or base-ten notation (place value for whole numbers to one thousand), multiplication and division (to 100) and solidify a foundational understanding of fractions. Students will use standard units of measure in practical applications like time and temperature and explore multiple representations of multiplication including the structure of rectangular arrays and areas and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Incoming students should be able to add two digit-numbers without regrouping and skip count by 2's, 5's and 10's.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT1220
  • Credits: 1 credit

A-MAT1230

Math 2 focuses on development of rational number skills including understanding calculations with fractions, decimals, percent’, and integers and extends into the concept of ratio and rates, and place value to one million. Students will analyze geometric properties such as angle measurement, two-dimensional area and transformation and explore probability. Incoming students should have an understanding of the four whole number operations and an introductory understanding of what fractions are.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT1230
  • Credits: 1 credit

A-MAT1210

Math Foundations is for students who need to acquire basic number concepts and skills. Students will focus on developmentally appropriate skills which may include counting, cardinality, number sense, and base-ten operations. Students will reason using colors and shapes and develop understanding of time, calendar, and money. They will also work on pragmatic vocational skills such as use of an assignment notebooks, turn taking, personal introductions and classroom behavior.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-MAT1210
  • Credits: 1 credit

SCI2040

Students considering a career or college major in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, or other science related fields should select this course. Topics will include: motion, Newton’s laws, gravity, momentum, energy, electricity, and light. Additional topics may be added as time allows. Considerable effort is made to relate physics theory to naturally occurring events and to applications in all science-related careers. Labs, problem solving, demonstrations, and student presentations are used to help students develop thinking skills.

Textbooks are used as little as possible. Computers play an important role in lab work and are sometimes used to simulate situations that cannot be readily done in the lab. Students should have skills in algebraic fluency such as solving and graphing linear equations, use of trigonometric relationships, scientific notation and orders of magnitude, and logico-deductive reasoning.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SCI2040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective; 10th Grade By Teacher Recommendation only
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Students should have skills in algebraic fluency such as solving and graphing linear equations, use of trigonometric relationships, scientific notation and orders of magnitude, and logico-deductive reasoning.

MAT7090

Mathematical Reasoning uses a collaborative, activity-based approach to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is a dual credit opportunity and students earn high school credits and credit through Madison College. The course is recommended for any student entering a certificate, diploma, or Associate Degree program, as well as Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree (and transfer) programs.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT7090
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Transcripted Credit

FCS4035

The class is an introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems. Students will gain knowledge of medical terminology, vocabulary and abbreviations used in healthrelated careers. Students will practice formation, analysis and deconstruction of medical terms. Interpretation of written material will be addressed. There is an emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Students interested in the health care field are invited to participate in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club which sponsors community service projects and competitions at state and national levels.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FCS4035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Health Sciences
  • Note: Elective;  This is a college level course taught at the high school. Transcripted credit (3 credits) through Madison College is available to 11th and 12th graders – Apply during first week of class. Must pass with 74% or better to avoid “W” (Withdrawn) on transcript. Advanced standing (2 credits) available to 10th graders with a “B” or better, but will result in a “W” (withdrawn) on Madison College transcript. Not a transfer-credit course but is required at UWMadison to enter the PA and PT graduate programs.

SOC1045

Modern U.S. History is a thematic course that surveys the political, social, and economic history of the United States from the post-WWII era to the present day. Students will explore the following themes: the impact of competing ideologies in the post-WWII era, the politics of power and its effects on society, and the challenges in the transition from the Superpower era to a globalized world. Within each unit, students will build their historical thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC1045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required 11. Elective 12

A-SOC1040

EPL Level 3. This course focuses on the experiences of all Americans at key points in U.S. History from World War II through the present. Discussions of domestic and foreign policy issues will take place which will lead students to reflect critically on these events. This course includes a civics component, which will focus on key Supreme Court cases, the Amendments, and current issues.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: A-SOC1040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 3

SOC1075

This course parallels Modern U.S. History and focuses on how African Americans viewed and engaged with key points and events from World War II through the present. Analysis and ongoing discussions of foreign and domestic issues will lead students to reflect critically on African American struggles within, and contributions to, the society we live in today.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC1075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required 11. Elective 12

SOC6115

Modern U.S. History is a thematic course that surveys the political, social, and economic history of the United States from the post-WWII era to the present day. Students will explore the following themes: the impact of competing ideologies in the past-WWII era, the politics of power and its effects on society, and the challenges in the transition from the Superpower era to a globalized world. In addition, themes such as identity, equity, race, ethnicity, privilege, oppression and power will be embedded to question US government actions and students’ position regarding it and how they can provide solutions for underrepresented groups in US modern society. Within each unit, students will build their historical thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the Spanish language.

  • Recommended Grades: 11
  • Course Number: SOC6115
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

GEN7045

MULTICO is a company of West High School students chosen by the instructor to reflect the diverse ethnic and racial population of Madison's schools. MULTICO writes and performs a series of short sketches that highlight race, gender, sexuality, and conflict. The group tours Elementary and Middle Schools with an original thirty minute production focusing on the concerns and experiences of children and adolescents in a multicultural, multilingual urban environment. MULTICO is funded by West High’s Regent Drama Club and Friends of West Drama, as well as the MMSD. MULTICO provides younger children with role models from their own and other racial and ethnic groups who are working together, creating together, having fun together, and performing. MULTICO meets the first two periods during first semester only. Application/selection process required for enrollment.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: GEN7045
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FCS4045

This course is taught by a registered nurse from Madison College. Students seeking employment in any health care field will find this a valuable first step! Nursing Assistant is a prerequisite to all Wisconsin Technical College System nursing programs and some 4-year college admissions to nursing programs. Units of study and skills include: human development, infection control, patient transfer, body in health and disease, personal care and hygiene, nutrition, and special care. To meet certification requirements, students must pass both theory and clinical experiences in a local health care agency arranged by the teacher maintain a grade of 75% or better, and meet attendance requirements. A successful background check, TB skin tests, and certification test fee are required, but may be covered in whole or in part by the district. Class meets for additional hours of lab and clinical time on weekends, mornings, evenings, and/or breaks.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: FCS4045
  • Credits: 1 HS Cr/sem, 3 College Cr/sem
  • Sequence Map: Health Sciences
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Body Structure & Function with a “C” or better and/or have taken Medical Terminology prior to taking this course.

GEN1030

Assistants work in offices or in the student services center. They receive 1/4 credit per semester. Their  responsibilities depend on the needs of the particular office but include delivering messages, distributing mail,  assisting with records of absences and program changes, answering the telephone, etc. Other duties are  assigned by the secretary as help is needed. Application is due by the end of the 2nd week of the semester if  taking for credit; no deadline if taking for community service. 

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: GEN1030
  • Credits: Community Service or .25 Credit Per Semester
  • Note: Elective;  Application required

V-BUS2050

This blended learning will be delivered through two face-to-face meetings (time to be determined) and through flexible online modules that allow you to work on your own time (5-10 hours per week). Personal Finance is one of the most useful classes you can take in order to prepare for your future! It is proven that poor financial decisions can lead to an accumulated debt spiral that will prevent you from saving and planning for a secure financial future. Learn to manage your personal financial affairs through real-life applications. Areas of study include investing, banking, taxes, credit, acquiring insurance and loans, budgeting, and successful employment skills. Technology is infused throughout this course, with applications ranging from personal money management to preparation of income tax forms to evaluating investment options. Walk away from this class with the WISE Financial Literacy Certification. Online Personal Finance can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: V-BUS2050
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management, Marketing, Finance/Accounting
  • Note: Elective;  This course satisfies the district Financial Literacy graduation requirement for students graduating in 2021 and beyond.;  Online Personal Finance can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this course.

ART3065

This course continues to focus on advanced 2D techniques. Acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, conte, specialized drawing pens, and pastels are just a few of the media offered. Students are encouraged to think creatively and develop their own personal style. Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP).

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART3065
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP).

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART3075

Painting and Printmaking 2 is a continuation and further development of skills and techniques learned in Painting and Printmaking 1. Students are given more personal responsibility for the creation of their artwork with an emphasis on building conceptual and technical skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART3075
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

PHY1015

Foundations of Physical Activity is a course that provides opportunities for students to experience a wide variety of physical activities to promote lifelong health and wellness. Through this semester-long course, students will strive to refine various motor skills and movement patterns, increase understanding of activity strategies and concepts, and enhance physical fitness knowledge and performance. Participation in fitness and lifetime activities throughout the course will help students develop skills in teamwork, sportsmanship, and communication. This course aims to support students in developing an intrinsic connection to the importance of lifelong physical activity.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: PHY1015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required

PHY7085

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of students who need moderate-intensity physical activity to promote their general fitness and social skill development. Emphasis is placed on social interaction; the ability of each student to become involved with his/her community/vocational opportunities. Able-bodied students will increase participation of students with disabilities by modeling positive behavior, offering appropriate encouragement and providing one-on-one attention for skill development activities, increasing the knowledge base of able-bodied students in accord with students with significant cognitive and/or physical disabilities in a fun, active manner. The individualized or small group instructional format emphasizes change in student health habits through a variety of fun, supportive group activities. Use of individualized and team lifetime recreational games promotes improvement in the student’s general muscle strength, muscle endurance, joint flexibility, and aerobic fitness.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY7085
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
GEN1095

Peer Support is a service-learning class for students who are interested in learning about and building relationships with classmates who have disabilities. Students work together to promote socialization, independence and strong peer relationships. As part of this class, Peer Support students are paired with intellectually disabled students in a mutual class such as social studies, science, physical education, or another elective. In their mutual class, students will facilitate inclusion, but are not responsible for peer behavior or academic achievement. Benefits of participating in this class include developing new advocacy and support skills, deepening your commitment to inclusion, and increasing your understanding and expectations related to people with disabilities. Students will explore the following questions: What is inclusion? What can I do to help my partner feel included in the classroom? How has the treatment of individuals with disabilities changed over time? Students must take at least one class that is accessible to students with an intellectual disability and have an attendance rate of at least 90%.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: GEN1095
  • Credits: 1/2 Credit Per Year
GEN1070

The Cross-Grade Peer Tutorial Program is a service-oriented program for those students who wish to volunteer as  tutors. This program is designed to give academic support to students who may need instructional help beyond  what is available in the regular classroom. Assistance is offered to any motivated student (freshman through  senior) in a variety of subjects. Interested students should select, to tutor, the subject(s) in which they feel the  greatest confidence. Tutors are usually recruited and accepted through a teacher’s recommendation. Credit  depends on the commitment and dependability of the tutor. Enrollment does not guarantee credit since a  working relationship has to be established with another student. This should NOT be used to fulfill close  graduation requirements. Students should sign up in the Cross-Grade Peer Tutorial Room (Room 2026) after school starts in the fall.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: GEN1070
  • Credits: 1/4 Credit
  • Note: Elective

BUS2055

Personal Finance is one of the most useful classes you can take to prepare for your future! It is proven that poor financial decisions can lead to an accumulated debt spiral that will prevent you from saving and planning for a secure financial future. Learn to manage your personal financial affairs through real-life applications. Areas of study include investing, banking, taxes, credit, acquiring insurance and loans, budgeting, and successful employment skills. Technology is infused throughout this course, with applications ranging from personal money management to preparation of income tax forms to evaluating investment options. Walk away from this class with the WISE Financial Literacy Certification.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: BUS2055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Entrepreneurship/Management, Marketing, Finance/Accounting, MBIT/CS Life Skills
  • Note: Elective This course satisfies the district Financial Literacy graduation requirement for students graduating in 2021 and beyond.; This course satisfies the district Financial Literacy graduation requirement.

PHY4035

This course focuses on functional fitness. Students in this class will learn multiple techniques for maintaining and improving on core strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic endurance. Some of the activities included in this class (but not limited to) are: yoga, circuit training, stability ball training, medicine ball training, and resistance training. Personal Fitness is a great class for students interested in fitness training as a means of improving wellness as well as athletes looking to improve performance.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY4035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS3040

Philharmonic Orchestra is a continuation-level course for students with an advanced level of musicianship and technique on a stringed instrument. Philharmonic Orchestra offers students a wide range of musical literature, chamber music, and knowledge of music history and theory. This course is open to students by audition only.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS3040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC4115

The course examines the central ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological questions from the western tradition. We will study both classic and contemporary philosophers from Socrates to Sartre.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC4115
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

ART6015

This is an introductory course for students of all levels who are interested in digital photography. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of photography, composition, and how to use a digital camera with manual controls to effectively maximize the effect shutter speed, aperture and ISO have on your exposures. Students will learn digital imaging techniques to create both black and white and color artwork. Students will also learn how to creatively compose photographs with a variety of subject matter, study the elements of composition, the use of light, narrative portraiture, and surrealism to create personally meaningful artwork. Students will learn how to use Photoshop to edit and enhance your photos.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART6015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective;  A digital camera with manual controls is recommended for this course.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6025

This course challenges students to expand and refine their ability to take and manipulate high-quality creative photographic images while building on the skills developed in Photography 1. Students will continue to enhance their Adobe Photoshop editing skills through creativity-based projects based on composition, documentary photography, digital manipulation of photographic images, and conceptual art, among others. Students will further advance their visual communication skills, the development of personal artistic vision, and their critical thinking abilities. Students will engage important photographic genres and learn about career opportunities in photography.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: ART6025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Note: Elective;  Access to a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or a point and shoot camera with Manual controls for ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture is recommended
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Photography 1

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6035

This class is for the advanced photography student and builds on the skills learned in Photography 2. Students will create a comprehensive portfolio based on a visual theme, concept, or genre of artwork in this contract based class. The student will propose a personal vision that they want to communicate through photographic means to an audience. Regularly scheduled evaluations will provide friendly, constructive feedback to help you hone your visual communication skills. Students will be evaluated in the following categories: Design, Craftsmanship, Originality, Participation/Productivity, and Improvement using the Visual Arts Evaluation Rubric. Photography 3 students will develop film and use a scanner to upload the images to their computer, in addition to their digital camera work. Wacom Bamboo interactive drawing tablets are provided for student use in class. Representatives from art colleges will give presentations and conduct portfolio reviews for students interested in preparing for careers in the arts. Students will be offered the opportunity to prepare an AP Studio Art portfolio.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART6035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective;  Students must have their own digital camera for homework assignments (3mp or more).
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Photography 2

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

ART6185

This class is for the continuing advanced photography student and builds on the skills learned in Photography 3. Students will create a comprehensive portfolio based on a visual theme, concept, or genre of artwork in this contract-based class. Students will propose a personal vision that they want to communicate through photographic means to an audience. Regularly scheduled evaluations will provide friendly, constructive feedback to help you hone your visual communication skills. Students will be evaluated in the following categories: Design, Craftsmanship, Originality, Participation/Productivity, and Improvement using the Visual Arts Evaluation Rubric. In addition to producing a portfolio of artwork, Photography 4 students will complete a research project based on a major artist or art movement. Wacom Bamboo interactive drawing tablets are provided for student use in class. Representatives from art colleges will give presentations and conduct portfolio reviews for students interested in preparing for careers in the arts. Students will be offered the opportunity to prepare an AP Studio Art portfolio.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ART6185
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective;  Students must have their own digital camera for homework assignments (3mp or more).
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Photography 3

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

MUS2030

Students in this year-long course will study and perform music in styles such as blues, jazz, musical theatre, gospel, folk, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Students will explore the evolution of popular music in solo, small-group, and large-group performance settings as well as lecture and listening. Emphasis is placed on basic vocal technique, music theory, and music history. PVS studies repertoire for Soprano, Alto, and Baritone voices, and West choirs are open to and respectful of all gender identities. Students participate in one evening concert each quarter as a major part of their grade.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS2030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

ART9035

This class is for the advanced art student who has completed at least three semesters of classes that prepared them to work independently and who are considering attending an art college. Emphasis will be on art portfolio preparation including sketchbook development, regular figure-drawing sessions, development of personal artistic voice, complete complex work, learn how to professionally photograph their work, and write an artist statement for a quality portfolio presentation. Representatives from art colleges will give presentations and conduct portfolio reviews for students interested in preparing for careers in art. Students will be offered the opportunity to prepare an AP studio art portfolio.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART9035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Four semesters of classes that prepared them to work independently and are considering attending an art college

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

MAT3060

The concepts and skills from Algebra 1 through Algebra 2-Trig Honors are extended and reinforced. Some of the new topics introduced include: properties of polynomial functions, sequences and series, permutations and combinations, conic sections, polar coordinates, mathematical induction, and the binomial theorem. Students completing this course successfully are prepared for Calculus. Successful completion of Algebra 2-Trig Honors recommended prior to taking Pre-Calculus.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MAT3060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra 2-Trig Honors recommended.

TEC1020

This course builds on the skills from Engineering Essentials (PLTW). Students will experience engineering and design technology and use various technological systems and manufacturing processes that demonstrate ways in which engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology to benefit people. This course will be a mix of hands-on and academic activities including computer-aided design projects, research activities, case studies, team product development, and discussions on the social and political consequences of technological change. (Dual/transcripted credit is offered)
This course will be transcripted as science credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: TEC1020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Engineering (Project Lead the Way)
  • Note: Elective; Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.; This course will be transcripted as science credit.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

SOC4025

Explore your behavior and thinking. Topics include the science of psychology, emotion, motivation, the brain, consciousness, perception, personality, social psychology, and disorders. As Dickinson wrote, “The brain is wider than the sky.” Studying psychology should widen yours as you better understand yourself and others.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

ENG6015

This speech course will help students learn how to organize their thoughts and speak clearly in both informal and formal presentations. While some of the speeches are delivered in an impromptu or casual style, most are carefully researched and prepared. Students will have experience giving many different types of speeches to their classmates. The teacher will make careful critiques of the speeches and will hold conferences with students regarding the speeches performed during the semester. As a result of taking Public Speaking, students improve their articulation, poise, eye contact, gestures, and organization of ideas.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG6015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-RDG1250

Reading Fundamentals is a literacy class designed to increase basic reading and writing skills. Students focus on increasing their list of recognized sight words, decoding skills, recalling information from text, improving handwriting legibility, and word choice.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-RDG1250
  • Credits: 1 credit

RDG1290

Reading Rewards is a research-based literacy intervention. It teaches strategies for decoding multi-syllabi words frequently found in content-area texts. The lessons increase oral and silent reading rates (fluency), expand student’s knowledge of general academic and domain-specific vocabulary, and build students’ confidence in their reading ability. This class is appropriate for students who have a Scholastic Reading inventory (SRI) score of 500 Lexile or above and/or have completed two years of Read 180.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: RDG1290
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: This class is appropriate for students who have a Scholastic Reading inventory (SRI) score of 500 Lexile or above and/or have completed two years of Read 180.

RDG1050

Reading to Achieve is a structured, systematic, multisensory reading intervention for readers at the beginning stages of reading. Each lesson plan uses proven Orton-Gillingham methods to provide effective intervention in small-group settings. Focus on Phonics using vowels, vowel pairs and blends, consonant blends and digraphs, rules of language structure, compound and non-phonetic words.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: RDG1050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

STUDY1

Students may opt to enroll in Resource Hall for either one or both semesters. All students who are not scheduled for a class during the school day are assigned to a study hall. Resource Hall provides a quiet study area in room 2026, as well as access to the following tutorial services: West High Cross Grade Peer Tutorial Program, the Literacy Center, and Schools of Hope Tutorial Program. Attendance is mandatory, and quiet study is the expectation.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-10
  • Course Number: STUDY1
  • Credits: 0 credits

STUDY2

Students may opt to enroll in Resource Hall for either one or both semesters. All students who are not scheduled for a class during the school day are assigned to a study hall. Resource Hall provides a quiet study area in room 2026, as well as access to the following tutorial services: West High Cross Grade Peer Tutorial Program, the Literacy Center, and Schools of Hope Tutorial Program. Attendance is mandatory, and quiet study is the expectation.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-10
  • Course Number: STUDY2
  • Credits: 0 credits

RDG1300

Rewards Writing is a combination of the Reading Rewards program, and direct support with written expression. It teaches strategies for decoding multi-syllabi words frequently found in content area texts. The lessons increase oral and silent reading rates (fluency), expand student’s knowledge of general academic and domain specific vocabulary, increase knowledge regarding the appropriate use of grammar in academic writing, and increase daily sustained reading at students’ levels to build confidence.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: RDG1300
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

ENG3125

This is an intermediate-level literature course for students who enjoy or want to learn more about science fiction. From an early “history” of a trip to the moon in the 2nd Century to the beginnings of science fiction alongside modern science itself, the course traces works and defining categories. Another relevant thread that will drive the course is the multi-disciplinary connections students will find – from anthropology to zoology!

Students will primarily read Eric Rabkins’s Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology tracing science fiction’s historical development, its various types, and its commentary on humanity and society. The course will examine science-based essays as well as some artwork which comments on science’s role in society. Additionally, students may view one or more films. Students will demonstrate understanding of material and concepts through tests, quizzes, projects, creative writing, and written analysis.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3125
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-SCI2060

EPL level 1-2 (select 3). Content focuses on developing English language acquisition through the context of  Earth Science, Ecology, Astronomy, basic Biology, and environmental issues. Emphasis is placed on acquisition  of scientific vocabulary and on cultivating a passion for scientific inquiry.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-SCI2060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 1-2

PHY6015

Did you know that elective PE Ballroom dance sections are the fastest growing courses on college campuses? It’s a great place to meet new people and learn the basics for a lifetime of confidence on the dance floor. This course is designed to provide the beginning social dance student with skills in numerous varieties of social dance. These dance varieties include: fox trot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, tango, rumba, and Latin dances. Other wellness activities will be explored.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY6015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC4015

The course will examine a variety of contemporary social issues chosen by the students. Topics selected in the past include: affirmative action, abortion, same-sex marriage, drug legalization, capital punishment, church and state, global warming, and euthanasia.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-SOC1200

EEPL Level 1. Course content focuses on developing English language acquisition while learning Social Studies  skills, geography, current events, and early American history from the age of exploration to the Civil War.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: A-SOC1200
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 1

FOR2010

Spanish1 is an introductory course that moves students through the novice levels of proficiency. Students will learn how to communicate in Spanish through simple conversation and develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic resources. By speaking and listening to mostly Spanish in class, students will develop the ability to communicate at ease in Spanish at a basic level around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR2030

Spanish 2 is a course that moves students from the novice to intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will begin to create with the language to communicate and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. They will explore the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic resources . By speaking and listening to mostly Spanish in class, students will develop the ability to expand their communication in Spanish around familiar topics like self and others, school and daily life, family, home, and community.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR2030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR2040

Spanish 3 is a course that reinforces intermediate levels of proficiency. Students will learn to successfully interact in Spanish in straightforward situations and continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will explore the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic resources . By speaking and listening to Spanish almost exclusively in class, students will develop the ability to broaden their knowledge and abilities in Spanish around topics of interest like nutrition, health and wellness, technology, environment and the arts.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: FOR2040
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR2050

Spanish 4 solidifies students’ proficiency in the intermediate level of language acquisition and production by refining listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and practice language structures through authentic resources and communication. Students and teachers communicate exclusively in Spanish. Students will use their language and cultural knowledge to investigate and engage with the target language-speaking world through exploration of various topics based upon all six AP themes (Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics)

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: FOR2050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR8050

This course, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes reading, understanding, and reacting in writing to literature written in Spanish. In this course students will build upon prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word use, and the mechanics of writing. They will develop and apply this learning through the four skill domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking through linguistically and culturally authentic tasks. In this course, students will be introduced to literary genres through texts written in Spanish for a Spanish speaking audience from a range of historical eras and geographical contexts. This course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: FOR8050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective; This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

FOR 8060

In this year-long course, students build on Spanish Language Arts 1 skills and further develop their Spanish literacy skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards and ACTFL World Readiness for Language Learning Standards. Students hone their abilities to read, write and think critically while engaging in collaborative work with peers that provide practice in speaking, listening, and academic vocabulary usage. Students work with a range of authentic Spanish language texts, both literary and informational around universal themes of identity, beauty, friendship, and the influence of technology. The course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish and focuses on accurate communication through different domains in the Spanish language. Extensive reading, vocabulary building, and grammar practice develop greater student language proficiency and prepare students for the AP Language and Culture Spanish course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: FOR 8060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

FOR8050

This course, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes reading, understanding, and reacting in writing to literature written in Spanish. In this course students will build upon prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word use and the mechanics of writing. They will develop and apply this learning through the four skill domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking through linguistically and culturally authentic tasks. In this course, students will be introduced to literary genres through texts written in Spanish for a Spanish speaking audience from a range of historical eras and geographical contexts This course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: FOR8050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective;  This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

FOR8060

In this year-long course, students build on Spanish Language Arts 1 skills and further develop their Spanish literacy skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards and ACTFL World Readiness for Language Learning Standards. Students hone their abilities to read, write and think critically while engaging in collaborative work with peers that provide practice in speaking, listening, and academic vocabulary usage. Students work with a range of authentic Spanish language texts, both literary and informational, around universal themes of identity, beauty, friendship, and the influence of technology. The course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish and focuses on accurate communication through different domains in the Spanish language. Extensive reading, vocabulary building, and grammar practice develop greater student language proficiency and prepare students for the AP Language and Culture Spanish course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: FOR8060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Spanish Literature and Language Arts 1

MRK1045

This class builds on the skills from Marketing and Sales. Billions of dollars are spent annually on sports and other forms of entertainment. This fascinating service area is a growing industry that employs advertising and promotion agents, personal assistants, sports agents, event planners, and many other professionals. You will apply the fundamental principles and concepts in sports and event management and develop critical thinking and decision-making skills through hands-on, real-world projects. Classroom instruction will be reinforced through guest speakers, case studies, and field trips.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: MRK1045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Marketing
  • Note: Elective;  Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.

STUDY3

Students may opt to enroll in Study Hall (formerly known as Commons) for either one or both semesters. All students who are not scheduled for a class during the school day are assigned to a study hall. Students in 11th and 12th grade will be assigned to the West Commons, room 103. Study tables are available for group work, as well as individual seating. All students have access to the West High School Cross Grade Peer Tutorial Program, the Literacy Center, and the Schools of Hope Tutorial Program in room 2026. Attendance is mandatory, and quiet study/socializing is accepted.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: STUDY3
  • Credits: 0 credits

STUDY4

Students may opt to enroll in Study Hall (formerly known as Commons) for either one or both semesters. All students who are not scheduled for a class during the school day are assigned to a study hall. Students in 11th and 12th grade will be assigned to the West Commons, room 103. Study tables are available for group work, as well as individual seating. All students have access to the West High School Cross Grade Peer Tutorial Program, the Literacy Center, and the Schools of Hope Tutorial Program in room 2026. Attendance is mandatory, and quiet study/socializing is accepted.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: STUDY4
  • Credits: 0 credits

A-GEN3235

Students will be in a community setting. Emphasizes functional and vocational skills developed within an integrated community. Students will learn how to obtain and secure a job, in addition to developing other work-related skills. The skills may include: social interactions, task consistency, responsibility, initiative, and self- advocacy. Students require ongoing support and supervision to be successful on their job.

  • Recommended Grades: 12+
  • Course Number: A-GEN3235
  • Credits: 1/2 credit/semester

ENG3145

This course is a study of works by American authors from the colonial to the modern. Students will read, discuss, and write about selections from the Puritans, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century poets, novelists, and short story writers. Possible selections include: The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn and A Farewell to Arms, as well as poetry by Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Hughes, and Eliot, and short stories by Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Connor, Chesnutt, and Dunbar.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ENG3145
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS1030

Students in Symphonic Band experience activities that emphasize the development and advancement of instrument technique, development of ensemble performance skills, tone production, tuning, fundamentals of music theory, music reading, and listening skills. The goal of the ensemble is the performance of the finest band repertoire at the highest levels of commitment, dedication, and musicianship.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS1030
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

MUS3020

Symphony Orchestra is open to all students in grades 10-12 with previous string performance experience. Further development of technical and musical skills are pursued with more advanced string orchestra literature. Students receive additional training which may include specialized techniques, history, theory, technique, musicality, performance practices, and chamber music, placing an emphasis on the musical independence of each member of the ensemble.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS3020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective

PHY3015

This is an introductory course to team sports. The emphasis will be on rules related to the sport, skill development, and team involvement. Students will participate through the use of drills, demonstrations, and game contests. Units include: football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, rugby, softball, basketball, floor hockey, lacrosse, team handball, and volleyball. Other wellness activities will also be explored.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY3015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

PHY3025

This class is designed for students who desire to compete at an intense, high skill level and have performed at a high level in previous physical education classes. Emphasis is on team play and competition. Students will participate in games, league play, and tournaments within the class. Units include: football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, rugby, softball, basketball, floor hockey, Lacrosse, team handball and volleyball. Other wellness activities will also be explored.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY3025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

THR8025

An introductory course to the behind-the-scenes technical aspects of producing live theatre. Technical Theatre students will be introduced to each of the roles of a production team: producing, stage managing, marketing, set design, lighting design, sound design, costumes design, prop development, and hair and makeup artistry, as well as safety procedures of backstage work and equipment use. Requirements outside of class include: technical work on current play or musical, and attending school productions during the semester.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: THR8025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

THR7015

Theatre I offers an introduction to the various Theatre Arts with a focus on performance. Students use an experiential learning model to explore Improvisation, the process of working in groups, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Pantomime, Acting, and learning techniques for more theatre work. The culminating assessments for the various units are performance projects which allow the student a great deal of choice, flexibility, and autonomy. In addition, theater experiences, such as, the viewing of a professional theatre performance and/or participating in crew for a class performance are also included in this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: THR7015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

THR7025

This course builds on skills from Theatre Arts 1. This is an advanced script analysis and acting class. It requires thirty pages of papers of a reflective nature, weekly journals plus a twenty-five page script analysis. In addition, students read five to seven plays and two textbooks on acting. Students perform two monologues and a scene with one or more partners. The class attends at least two plays outside of class. Students are also required to work a minimum of ten hours on various crews for main stage productions.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: THR7025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Theatre Arts 1

THR7035

This course builds on skills from Theatre Arts 2. This course focuses on directing. Each student will direct a one-act play for Fine Arts Week in May. Students will work on script analysis, character development, and acting techniques and read articles written by the people who created those techniques. Auditions, casting, and rehearsal time will be required outside of class time.

Student Performances include: preparing and performing two contrasting monologues, a total of four minutes in length for use in university theatre auditions, and a 10-15 minute scene.

Written Work includes: written critiques of each class monologue and scene, a 10-page scene study and a 20-page prompt book.

Readings include: The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods by Richard Brestoff, On Acting by Sanford Meisner, as well as a large number of one-act plays and 4-5 full-length plays that the class will study or see performed.

Performances: The class will attend three plays. Students will write a critique of each, concentrating on particular aspects of theatre.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: THR7035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Theatre Arts 2

MUS2020

Treble Chorus will study and perform a variety of music selected from a wide spectrum of cultures and genres. Emphasis is placed on improving technical ability, tone production, music reading skills, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and evaluation of performances. Students in Treble Chorus will study music written for soprano and alto voices, and choirs are open to and respectful of all gender identities. Students are expected to be contributing members of their ensemble and participate in dress rehearsals and quarterly performances as a major part of their grade.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: MUS2020
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
ENG3135

This is a course for mature students who wish to read the works of significant 20th-Century authors. Students will study character types, themes-war, disillusion, modernism, existentialism, feminism-and literary theories. The course will offer a variety of literary genres: short stories, novels, poetry, and drama. Students may explore authors from the following: Kafka, Camus, Beauvoir, Vonnegut, Angelou, Plath, Kesey, Beckett, Morrison, Naylor, Kennedy, and Penn Warren. The course includes examinations and critical essays.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3135
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

SOC4085

This course will examine women’s lives in history and in contemporary society. We will explore the evolution of women’s roles, the diversity of their experiences, and the gender dynamics in areas such as: work, politics, health, and popular culture.

  • Recommended Grades: 12
  • Course Number: SOC4085
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

A-SOC1010

EPL Level 2-3. This course examines the growth and conflict of the American republic from 1865 up to the eve of World War II. Students are expected to make several oral presentations, improve their critical thinking skills and their academic reading and writing. In order to facilitate connections between past and present issues and events, students will also read articles from Junior Scholastic and UpFront magazines. This course includes a civics component which will focus on the three branches of U.S, government, the different levels of government, and the Constitution.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: A-SOC1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 2-3

SOC1010

US History is a comprehensive course that provides students with a survey of the history of the United States, examining time periods from Reconstruction through the World War II era. Students will explore the following questions: What influences policy? How does change happen? How is power gained and maintained? How do race, class, and gender shape the American experience? And, what is my role in society? Within each unit, students will build their historical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Earned Honors students in U.S. History have the option of taking the class for honors credit. Earned Honors is designed for highly motivated students who have advanced reading comprehension, advanced essay-writing abilities, and sophisticated analytical reasoning skills. Students choosing this option will use extensive primary source readings and will produce more extensive written work that emphasizes critical reasoning.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: SOC1010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Required; Earned Honors option; Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)

SOC6070

The course emphasizes active and critical exploration of history covering the period from the Civil War through WWII. Analysis of primary sources will introduce students to the voices of people who make history. Through classroom discussion, experiential activities and individualized research, students explore patterns of change, the continuity of ideas and defining turning points in US History. Students use the central concepts of capitalism, democracy, equality and justice as a backdrop in their investigation of the following topics: the rise of industrialization, organized labor’s response, the immigrant experience, the struggle for racial equality, and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power following the Great Depression and the two world wars. An additional focus of this course is to improve students’ writing, reading and discussion skills in Spanish and in alignment with the Common Core State Standards.  This course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: SOC6070
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: This course is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s Dual Language Immersion programs. Other interested students should consult with a guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

A-GEN3215

Community setting. Individualized to assist the student in meeting IEP goals and to help the student connect with community resources and agencies such as MATC, DVR, Madison Urban League, and the Dane County Job Center. Covers areas such as banking, housing, time management, and daily living skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 12+
  • Course Number: A-GEN3215
  • Credits: 1/2 credit

BUS4015

Do you want to create your own personal place on the Internet to start an online business or personal social site? In this Web Design course students will use a variety of design software to organize, create, publish, and manage a website. Course content includes creating a variety of graphic elements including video, animations, rollover effects, backgrounds, and page images.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: BUS4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Sequence Map: Programming & Software Development, Web & Digital Communication
  • Note: Elective;  College credit can be earned

PHY4015

This is an introductory course to basic strength training and conditioning techniques. Students will engage with free weights as well as universal weight training machines. Emphasis will be on proper technique and developing lifelong fitness habits. The activities of the class will include: dynamic stretching, flexibility, agility, running the mile, sprinting, circuit training, and fitness testing.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: PHY4015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

PHY4025

Students selecting this class must have had a basic strength training experience. This course offers those students an opportunity to build off what they learned in basic weight training as well as learn new exercises for improving strength. Students will be required to document the weight they are using on various lifts as a means to measure gains made. Students are also going to be tested periodically in the lifts to demonstrate improvement. Students will be guided through program design and will be able to create their own workout. Other wellness activities will also be explored. This class builds on the skills from Weight Training 1.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: PHY4025
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC2125

This course examines the historical, cultural, political, and economic impact of American Indian Nations within both the State of Wisconsin and of the continental United States. This course begins with the intellectual, political, and ethical impact of the Iroquois Confederacy on the formation of the political institutions that eventually becomes the federal government of the United States. The course highlights how the interaction between specific American Indian Nations and that of the federal government shaped policies indicative of tribal sovereignty. Contrary to tribal sovereignty, the United States expands coming in direct conflict with American Indian Nations’ ethics, cultures, spirituality, and economies. Focus will be on the eleven sovereign nations within the political boundaries of the State of Wisconsin. Analysis will include specific treaties between the individual nations and that of the federal government along with the historical context, environmental issues at the time of the treaty and up to current issues regarding the ethical use of land and resources. Pedagogical and curricular components of this course will utilize elders in residence (Ho Chunk, Oneida, and Ojibwe elders in person or via conference technology), along with experiential visits to First Nations within the State of Wisconsin.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC2125
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

TEC3015

This foundational course puts students in the driver’s seat of their fabrication and/or construction pathway. Applying safety, measurement, hand and power tools, students will produce a variety of projects using wood. From material preparation to the final product, students will use basic production processes, working drawings and a plan of procedure to complete skill developing projects.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC3015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $20 *
  • Sequence Map: Technology & Engineering Life Skills, Construction, Fabrication, Manufacturing
  • Note: Elective

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

TEC3045

This course is a continuation of the Wood Fabrication sequence using modern materials and processes. Students will learn advanced skills related to cabinet and furniture making, the use of panel products and jigs and fixtures. Students will explore career opportunities in wood product manufacturing.

  • Recommended Grades: 9-12
  • Course Number: TEC3045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Course Fees: $30 *
  • Sequence Map: Construction, Fabrication, Manufacturing
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Woods 1 with a “C” or better.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

TEC3050

Wood Fabrication 3 gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of wood product manufacturing. Based on their previous experience in this pathway, students will work in teams to analyze problems and find solutions. Creativity, collaboration, time management, and teamwork skills are a must as products are developed from design, costing, to assembly and quality control.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: TEC3050
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $40 *
  • Sequence Map: Construction, Fabrication, Manufacturing
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Woods 2 with a “C” or better.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

TEC3060

This capstone course is based on student mastery of manufacturing processes utilizing the design process. Students will build projects, create and document the complete design and manufacture process from idea to completion. (Dual transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other college and universities.)

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: TEC3060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Course Fees: $40 *
  • Sequence Map: Construction, Fabrication, Manufacturing
  • Note: Elective; Dual transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other college and universities.
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful students will have completed Woods 3 with a “C” or better.

* Course fees are subject to change. You may be eligible for a fee waiver or reduction. The fee waiver request is included in the August online enrollment process under the socioeconomic status section. Your request will be reviewed by authorized school district personnel.

WRK1010

Students who engage in district-approved volunteer or work-based, experiential learning opportunities and complete the program requirements may earn up to 5 elective credits, and apply these credits to fulfill graduation requirements. Credits are earned based on hours of experience with 45 hours = .25 credits, 90 hours = .5 credits, etc. Students must secure their own jobs.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: WRK1010
  • Credits: 1/2 Credit
  • Note: Elective

SOC2010

(Earned Honors option available) In this survey of world history, students will study civilizations and societies all around the world, from the ancient to the very recent past. The first semester will move from the Fertile Crescent to classical Greece and Rome, India, China, Africa, the Americas, and medieval Europe. The second semester will see the world grow more tightly interconnected by exploration and technology, examine religious upheavals and revolutionary ideas, and study how colonization and conquest lead to the world-changing conflicts of the early 20th century.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: SOC2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Earned Honors option available

SOC6080

This course is taught in Spanish and is designed for bilingual learners. The course challenges students to explore the historical events, geographical forces of change, intellectual revolutions and cultural traditions that shaped the modern world. As students examine the changing political, social and economic institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas over time, they will discuss international issues and explore solutions to world problems. While developing an understanding and appreciation for the world’s diversity, students will become critical thinkers by developing inquiry and discussion skills. This course is designed for students enrolled in the district’s dual language immersion and developmental bilingual programs. Other interested students should consult with guidance counselor prior to registering for this course.

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: SOC6080
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Participation in DLI program or meets minimum Spanish proficiency level for course.

A-SOC2010

EPL Level 2-3. This course provides students with an overview of World Geography as well as the diverse political, social, economic, and cultural themes from ancient civilizations through WWII. In addition, students make connections between the past and more contemporary (late 20th-early 21st century) world events and issues. Emphasis is placed on relating students’ own cultural heritage to the topics of study. English language learning and academic skills will be integrated into course content.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-11
  • Course Number: A-SOC2010
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • EPL Level: 2-3

ENG2055

Learning to write for a publication provides opportunities to develop a variety of useful skills: speed, clarity, conciseness in writing, confidence in meeting and talking with strangers, critical thinking, and realistic long-range time management. Students are encouraged to write for the school newspaper, but it is not required. Students will study news, feature, sports, editorial writing, interview techniques, editing skills, current events, basic photography, and page design. Students selecting this course should have at least average spelling and grammar skills.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG2055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective
ENG2045

This is a course for students who are already competent at writing a well-organized paper, who are committed to writing, and who are interested in developing their writing styles. Students will write complex expository papers incorporating personal narrative, argumentation, research, and literary criticism. Special emphasis is given to writing personal essays, poetry explication, impromptu essay preparation, and the language, literature, and composition AP exams. The course is recommended only for those who enjoy reading and writing about complex essays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The workshop demands that students learn sophisticated, varied, and appropriate writing styles.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ENG2045
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective

ART1060

This course is a one-credit course driven by student collaboration with rigorous work to learn design programs, attend school events, and meet deadlines throughout the year. An understanding of strict deadlines versus due dates is crucial. Our goal is to create an exciting yearbook the student body is proud to have. Students learn to design and write for a 224 page publication, using Adobe software. Graphic design is at the heart of this class as we talk about color theory, photojournalism, page layout and design concepts. In addition, students learn about marketing and advertising principles to understand how our work matters to others. This course is great for those students who are self motivated and are comfortable within a team environment. Each student will be influential in decision-making about the creation and design of the yearbook. Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in taking Yearbook should consider Photography 1 and/or Illustration 1 to establish essential skills. Can be repeated for credit.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: ART1060
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Web & Digital Communications
  • Note: Elective;  Can be repeated for credit.

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) are opportunities for juniors or seniors to start preparing for a career while still in high school. One- and two-year programs combine rigorous academic preparation, relevant occupational instruction, and paid work-based learning from an employer. You will attend regular classes in your high school, in addition to technical-related classes at Madison College or some other central site. You will work an average of 12-15 hours per week. These hours may be obtained during the summer along with during the school year, and may or may not be during the school day. Students are responsible for transportation and other course supplies and materials. Current YA programs offered include: Auto Technician, Biotechnology, Construction, Finance & Accounting, Health Services, Culinary/Hospitality/Tourism, Information Technology, and Pharmacy Technician.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Junior or senior status. On track for high school graduation and completion of technical- related courses within the local high school

The Engineering Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a rigorous two-year elective program for high school juniors and seniors that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored on-the-job learning. Students take Project Lead The Way courses in their high school and continue on to employment and Madison College courses. Please see your counselor and your Technology & Engineering teacher if you are interested in this program. Students are responsible for transportation and other course supplies and materials. Students must apply by March.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Engineering (Project Lead the Way)
  • Note: Elective; Students must apply by March.
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: On track for high school graduation and completion of a engineering related courses within the student’s local high school.

Finance Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a rigorous two-year elective program for high school juniors and seniors that combine academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored on-the-job learning. Students will learn accounting services, banking basics, and business financial management. Please see your counselor and your Business Education teacher if you are interested. Students are responsible for transportation and other course supplies and materials.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Finance/Accounting
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Junior or senior status required Students must be on-track for high school graduation and completion of a financial-related course within the local high school. Application and approval process required for enrollment. Students must apply by March.

SOC6070

Youth Apprenticeships (YA) are opportunities for juniors or seniors to start preparing for a career while still in high school. One- and two-year programs combine rigorous academic preparation, relevant occupational instruction, and paid work-based learning from an employer. You will attend regular classes in your high school, in addition to technical-related classes at Madison College or some other central site. You will work an average of 12-15 hours per week. These hours may be obtained during the summer along with during the school year, and may or may not be during the school day. Students are responsible for transportation and other course supplies and materials. Current YA Programs offered include: Auto Technician, Biotechnology, Construction, Finance & Accounting, Health Services, Culinary/Hospitality/Tourism, Information Technology, Pharmacy Technician. Junior or senior status. On track for high school graduation and completion of technical-related courses within the local high school.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Course Number: SOC6070
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Health Sciences
  • Note: Elective

Youth Apprenticeships (YA) are opportunities for juniors or seniors to start preparing for a career while still in high school. One- and two-year programs combine rigorous academic preparation, relevant occupational instruction, and paid work-based learning from an employer. You will attend regular classes in your high school, in addition to technical-related classes at Madison College or some other central site. You will work an average of 12-15 hours per week. These hours may be obtained during the summer along with during the school year, and may or may not be during the school day. Students are responsible for transportation and other course supplies and materials. Current YA Programs offered include: Auto Technician, Biotechnology, Construction, Finance & Accounting, Health Services, Culinary/Hospitality/Tourism, Information Technology, Pharmacy Technician. Junior or senior status required Students must be on-track for high school graduation and completion of technical-related course within the local high school. Application and approval process required for enrollment. Students must apply by March.

  • Recommended Grades: 11-12
  • Credits: 1 credit
  • Sequence Map: Information Support & Services, Web & Digital Communications, BMITCS Life Skills
  • Note: Elective
  • Prerequisite Recommendation: Junior or senior status required Students must be on-track for high school graduation and completion of technical-related course within the local high school. Application and approval process required for enrollment. Students must apply by March.

PHYZ1035

Health Education is a course designed to provide skills-based learning experiences that support students in becoming health literate individuals. The course will focus on analyzing internal and external influences, accessing health resources, communicating effectively with others, making healthy decisions, setting personal goals, practicing healthy behaviors, and advocating for personal and community health. Critical content will include personal health and wellness, healthy eating, mental and emotional health, alcohol and other drugs, and human sexuality.

The 0-hour class satisfies the district Health class requirement. It will meet before the main school day begins (approx. 7:10 am).

  • Recommended Grades: 10
  • Course Number: PHYZ1035
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required; The 0-hour class satisfies the district Health class requirement. It will meet before the main school day begins (approx. 7:10 am).; Zero-hour can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this class.

PHYZ1015

Foundations of Physical Activity is a course that provides opportunities for students to experience a wide variety of physical activities to promote lifelong health and wellness. Through this semester-long course, students will strive to refine various motor skills and movement patterns, increase understanding of activity strategies and concepts, and enhance physical fitness knowledge and performance. Participation in fitness and lifetime activities throughout the course will help students develop skills in teamwork, sportsmanship, and communication. This course aims to support students in developing an intrinsic connection to the importance of lifelong physical activity.

The 0-hour class will meet before the main school day begins (approx. 7:10 am).

  • Recommended Grades: 9
  • Course Number: PHYZ1015
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Required; The 0-hour class will meet before the main school day begins (approx. 7:10 am).; Zero-hour can NOT be taken as an additional credit above the 7 credit maximum. Students must select a resource/study hall during their day if they enroll in this class.