AHS Course Descriptions
Art education is a necessary and fundamental element in the growth and development of tomorrow’s society. It is essential that active participation in the arts stimulates critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. These skills transfer to all disciplines within an individual’s life.
Art encompasses various learning styles, giving students a more well-rounded educational experience. Art draws connections where other disciplines end--creating a holistic individual.
INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS Pre-requisite = None
This one trimester Level I course is perfect for the student who is curious about art, design and/or visual culture but is not sure about their skill level or how they might apply art and design to their educational and/or career goals. In an increasingly visual world, this course will focus on art and design in your everyday life. Through hands-on projects, this course will focus on helping students create and contribute to the visual culture they live in and critically assess the visual messages around them. This class (along with any other art classes, also fulfills the VPAA graduation requirement).
DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS Pre-requisite = None
This one trimester Level I course deals primarily with the fundamental visual principles of 2-dimensional art and design composition. There will be an introduction to basic 2-D design principles through projects involving the use of a variety of media, including but not limited to paper, paint, pen, cut paper, and Adobe Illustrator CS4. There will also be an introduction to art history, careers, and visits to local museums and galleries are strongly recommended.
DRAWING AND PAINTING I Pre-requisite = None
A one trimester Level I course which is designed to help the student develop an understanding of the basic methods of drawing and painting. The students will be introduced to the elements of art. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective use of a variety of drawing techniques, sighting, proportion, value/ shading, color, color theory, & painting techniques. There will also be an introduction to art history, careers, and visits to local museums and galleries are strongly recommended. This course is a pre-requisite for Drawing and Painting II course.
INTRO TO SCULPTURE Pre-requisite = none, however this class is a Level II course which indicates its level of difficulty is higher than Level 1 courses
This one trimester Level II course helps students develop an understanding of the basic principles of 3-Dimensional Design. There will be an introduction to the principles of 3-D Design as well as an emphasis on abstract/nonobjective sculpture. Students will be introduced to a variety of media, including but not limited to clay, paper sculpture, found-object sculpture, and paper maché. Students will gain an understanding of the impact of sculpture on art history, research career options and visits to local museums and galleries will be strongly recommended. This class is a pre-requisite for Ceramics.
DRAWING AND PAINTING II Pre-requisite = Drawing and Painting 1
In this one trimester Level II course, students will become more familiar with various painting and drawing media in order to expand their artistic knowledge and skill set. Students will explore: watercolor, linocut printmaking, pastel, charcoal, acrylic on canvas. Students will become familiar with important movements in art history and their impact on culture. Students will be expected to begin developing a personal style/voice and will be introduced to the importance of concept and meaning in their work. There will be further exploration of career options and visits to local museums and galleries will be strongly recommended.
CERAMICS Pre-requisite = Intro to Sculpture
In this one trimester Level II course, students will expand their understanding of the elements and principles of 3-D design with a focus on the use of clay as a medium. The students will explore the various clay building, decorative, and glazing techniques and become familiar with the history of ceramics in both utilitarian and abstract forms. Visits to local museums and galleries are strongly recommended.
ADVANCED STUDIO ART Pre-requisites = Drawing and Painting 1, Design Fundamentals + at least 1 other Level I OR II class of your choosing
In this one trimester Level III course, students further develop an understanding of the advanced drawing and painting techniques. They will be introduced to new techniques, media and will be expected to produce exhibit quality work in all assignments. They will be introduced to the idea of adding conceptual themes to their art and using their art to communicate their personal intentions. There will also be an introduction to creating portfolios and resumes, art history, art careers and hopefully visits to local galleries and museums.
INDEPENDENT STUDIO (Grade 11-12) Pre-requisites = Any Level I class + Design Fundamentals + at least 1 Level II class AND instructor permission
In this one trimester Level IV course, the students develop work for their college admissions portfolio and/or for scholarship consideration. The students are expected to work independently, be self-motivated, develop a personal style, maintain a sketchbook, and research scholarships and college portfolio requirements. The students may choose their media, subject matter and concept and are expected to create exhibit/portfolio ready work. At the end of the trimester, the student will have a minimum of 6 pieces that can be used for their portfolio and for scholarship applications. The instructor will act as a guide and provide feedback, critique, and assessment. NOTE: It is recommended, but not required, that students take this class the trimester before taking Portfolio Development. This class may be taken as an independent study in the event there are not enough students for a full section.
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT Pre-requisites = Any Level I class + Design Fundamentals + least 1 Level II class AND instructor permission (it is recommended but not required that students take Independent Studio prior to portfolio development).
In this one trimester Level IV course, the students complete and assemble the work for their college admissions portfolio/ scholarship application. The students are expected to work independently, be self-motivated, develop a personal style, maintain a sketchbook, and research scholarships and college portfolio requirements. The students may choose their media, subject matter and concept and are expected to create exhibit/portfolio ready work. At the end of the trimester, the student will have created a minimum of 6 new pieces. The student, with the help of the instructor, will choose their best 10-15 pieces from their HS career and will mount/mat work, assemble it for transport, create a digital copy of all work, and write a resume and cover letter. The instructor will act as a guide and provide feedback, critique, and assessment. NOTE: This class may be taken as an independent study in the event there are not enough students for a full section.
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY Pre-req: = none (Grades 9-12)
This course is only open to 10-12 th grade students. This one trimester Level I class will deal with the technical and artistic use of a Single Lens Reflex Film Camera and the black and white darkroom. This course focuses on Film Photography as an art medium. It will focus on the basic skills of camera operation, film development, photo printing, and photo chemistry. The students will become familiar with the history of photography, its historical impact on our society, and its importance as a tool for artistic expression. Visits to local galleries, museums, and photography studios are strongly encouraged. NOTE: Students are required to supply their own camera or use an AHS loaner cameras. Student assumes cost of any damages caused to the camera while using it.
PHOTOGRAPHY II Pre-requisite = Intro to Photo
In this Level II class, the student will expand on the techniques learned in Intro to Photography and learn advanced camera, darkroom and manipulation techniques in this one trimester class. There will be an introduction to alternative camera, film and darkroom techniques. The student will continue to explore the impact of photography on history as well as various career and higher education opportunities. Students will be expected to begin including concept and theme into their photography and to show an increasing ability to use film photography as a mode of artistic expression. Visits to local galleries, museums, and photography studios are strongly encouraged. NOTE: Students are required to supply their own camera OR use an AHS loaner cameras. Student assumes cost of any damages caused to the camera while using it.
Business Education prepares the students of Allendale for entry and advancement in business occupations. The curriculum is designed to help students learn how to earn a living and to live wisely in a free enterprise system.
Allendale business students need exposure to not only the knowledge and techniques needed within each area, but also must build social and human relation skills to experience success on the job.
ACCOUNTING A-The fiscal Period (Grades 9-12)
In this introductory course the student will be introduced to the following topics: The Accounting Cycle, Common Business Transactions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Financial Documents. The student will apply the concepts learned in class by analyzing sample business situations and then by constructing the proper accounting documents. This course will encompass the basic accounting procedures and documents that must be accomplished and produced within 365 days of business operations. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University if accompanied with Accounting B.
Accounting B (Grades 9-12)
Prerequisite Accounting A. In this introductory course the student will learn some of the common calculations accountants must perform in order to create the necessary documents for internal and external entities. The topics of discussion include but are not limited to the following: Business Checking Accounts, Cash Control Systems, Payroll, Depreciation, Inventory, Financial Analysis of Business Structures, and Uncollectable Accounts. The student will apply what is learned in class by creating business documents derived from simulated business situations and data. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University if accompanied with Accounting A.
GENERAL BUSINESS - Introduction to Business (Grades 9-12)
In this course, the student will be introduced to the essential foundational areas of business. The focus topics are as follows: The Economy, Social and Ethical Responsibility, Banking, Stocks, Common Business Documents, Common Business Software, and Business Law. The students will apply what is learned throughout the course by completing stimulating assignments, activities, and projects. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
GENERAL BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Grades 9-12)
In this introductory course the student will introduced to basic legal requirements and focus on proven methodology that will increase the likelihood of starting and operating a successful business. The student will apply what is learned in the class using an approved fictional business of their choice. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
MARKETING (Grades 9-12)
In this introductory course the student will learn the basic marketing concepts that will give them the strong foundation needed to continue education in this field of study. Topics of discussion are as follows: Marketing Principles, Consumer Markets, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, International Trade, and Management Structures. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
ADVERTISING (Grades 10-12)
In this introductory course the student will learn the basics of personal selling and will use this knowledge as a blueprint to create effective advertisements. In this course the focus will be on using the Marketing Concept in sales, which stresses the importance of high levels of customer satisfaction before, during, and long after the purchase. Reinforcement of material discussed in class will be achieved by the students completing stimulating assignments, activities, and projects. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
Personal Finance A (Grades 9-12)
Personal Finance is a two trimester course and each course individually can count as a 4th year math-related credit. The curriculums used, Take Charge of Your Finances & Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance prepare students for successful management of their personal finances. It is a course that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with the management of family economics and financial education. The courses will prepare students for many of the financial decisions they will make after high school. The topics discussed but not limited to are as follows: Values, Needs vs. Wants, Relating with Money, Setting Financial Goals, Life Cycle of Financial Planning, Career Interest and Research, Investment in Yourself, Comparing Job Offers, Understanding Your Paycheck & Taxes, Depository Institutions, Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Electronic Banking, Online Banking, Spending Plans/Budgeting, and Comparison/Bargain Shopping. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
personal finance b (grades 9-12)
Personal Finance is a two trimester course and each course individually can count as a 4th year math-related credit. The curriculums used, Take Charge of Your Finances & Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance prepare students for successful management of their personal finances. It is a course that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes , and behaviors associated with the management of family economics and financial education. The courses will prepare students for many of the financial decisions they will make after high school. The topics discussed but not limited to are as folows: Savings, Investing, The Stock Market, Time Value of Money, Measuring Investments, Wealth Building, Understanding Credit Cards, Understanding Credit Reports, Dangers of Debt, Types of Insurance, Renting vs. Owning a Home, Housing, Transportation, Researching an Automobile, Consumer Decisions/Awareness, Automobile Insurance, Automobile Loans, and Identity Theft. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
The primary goal of the language arts department is to equip every student with the communication skills necessary for success in today’s world. We provide differentiated instruction to meet varying students' needs, including creative, remedial, and advanced courses designed to widen students' scope of discovery, effective communication, and creative expression.
ENGLISH 9 (Grade 9)
English 9 is a 2 trimester course required of all freshmen. It exposes students to literature from around the world to help them understand the diversity of a global society. The course helps students utilize critical thinking skills and effectively communicate through writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Students are taught the basic principles of writing including grammar, style, vocabulary, and form.
ENGLISH 10 (Grade 10)
English 10 is a 2 trimester literature-based course required of all sophomores. The class is designed to expose students to real-world issues, including social injustice, and to help them understand that many of the themes in the literature selections taught are timeless, and therefore, still relevant today. Writing and reading are emphasized and practiced by utilizing critical thinking skills. Personal, descriptive, narrative, and expository writing are taught and practiced. Students are also required to complete a research paper.
Prerequisites: successful completion of English 9
ENGLISH 11 (Grade 11)
English 11 is a two trimester course for juniors. The class focuses on a historical survey of American literature and on the continued development of grammar, writing, reading, listening, and representing skills as prescribed in the Common Core State Standards and required on standardized tests.
Prerequisites: successful completion of English 10
ENGLISH 12 (Grade 12)
English 12 is a 2 trimester course that includes a survey of world literature. The intent of the course is to review and refine the senior student’s abilities to communicate, express, comprehend, create, and evaluate. The course serves to prepare the college-bound student as well as the student who will enter the work world after graduation. Students will study classical and contemporary literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. Writing skills are reviewed and refined, and an extensive research project is required for graduation.
Prerequisites: successful completion of English 11
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH (Grade 12)
A.P. Language & Composition is a 3 trimester, college-level course focusing on research, writing, nonfiction reading, and rhetoric (including logic and argument). Students who choose the option of A.P. English their senior year should be prepared for the additional work this advanced course entails. At the end of the year, students could earn up to six semester credits of college English credit (to be determined by their score on the A.P. exam and the credit granting policy of the college or university).
Prerequisites: 3 years of English
Yearbook (Grades 10-12)
Yearbook is a trimester course. The purpose of Yearbook is to compile and publish the Allendale High School yearbook. Students learn to design, organize, and complete the yearbook while meeting deadlines. Students conduct a sales campaign to market the book and sell advertising space to local businesses.
CREATIVE WRITING (Grades 10-12)
Creative Writing is a one trimester elective course in which students will examine and demonstrate the elements of creative writing as evident in various genres, including poetry, short story, creative nonfiction, and more.
PUBLIC SPEAKING (Grades 9-12)
This trimester course will provide students with the self-confidence, poise, and presentation techniques necessary to speak effectively to one another and in front of an audience. The course is designed to expand the basic speech information and techniques taught in the English classes incorporating technology and community. Listening skills, public speaking fundamentals, effective use of language, and speech preparation/delivery are units of the course.
EXPERIENCING THE CLASSICS (Grade 10-12)
Experiencing the Classics is a one trimester elective course in which students read, view, discuss, critique, and write about classic works of literature (primarily novels and plays) that are vital to developing their cultural literacy and readiness for college and life. Works studied in this class include Hamlet, Pride & Prejudice, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, and additional works students may choose themselves. Optional field trips allow students to explore the traits of "a classic" in not only literature, but also in dramatic, musical, and visual arts as well.
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (Grades 10-12)
Young Adult Literature is a one trimester elective course in which students will read, discuss, and write about contemporary young adult literature. Through literature, students will explore topics, issues, and themes that are relevant to today's teens. This class will help students strengthen reading comprehension and writing skills, develop good reading habits, and increase their reading quality, quantity, and enjoyment.
The study of a foreign language is important because we are citizens of the world, not only of the USA. In an ever-shrinking and dependent world, we must be able to communicate with other people and understand their culture and customs. Knowledge of a foreign language gives us insight into the English language because many foreign words are included in our language. Knowing a foreign language is an advantage when looking for a job as foreign languages are used increasingly in many professions and businesses. When we study a foreign language, we learn the way people think, live, and express themselves. This helps us to understand and appreciate their culture, to open our minds to foreign cultures, and to understand our own culture and language.
SPANISH 1 (Grades 9-12; Credit 1)
Spanish 1 is a 2 trimester course that introduces the student to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The student will develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the language. The student will study basic vocabulary word groups and grammar.
SPANISH 2 (Grades 9-12; Credit 1)
The objectives of this 2 trimester course are to recall and expand upon the base of knowledge developed in Spanish 1. The student will study more complex vocabulary and grammar and will express thoughts at greater length and detail in written and oral form. Speaking and listening comprehension are improved through individual projects and group conversations. The study of the Hispanic culture is continued in this course.
Prerequisite: Spanish 1
SPANISH 3 (Grades 10-12; Credit 1)
This 2 trimester course will present the student with the more complex structures of basic Spanish and expand the cultural themes of the first and second levels. The course is designed to provide a wide variety of learning experiences and will review all previous tenses as well as introduce the subjunctive mood. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all emphasized in this course with much of the class being conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 2
SPANISH 4 (Grade 11-12; Credit 1)
This 2 trimester course will present the student with the more complex structures of basic Spanish and expand the cultural themes of the first and second levels. The course is designed to provide a wide variety of learning experiences and will review all previous tenses as well as introduce the subjunctive mood. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all emphasized in this course with much of the class being conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 3
Spanish 5 (Grade 12)
The ultimate objective of Family & Consumer Education is to help students learn and incorporate the necessary skills to have productive, complete, and knowledgeable lives. Family & Consumer Science Education prepares students to evaluate, coordinate, and function in multiple adult roles of day-to-day living and working throughout the life cycle. Students need to gain experience in making decisions about many of the issues that will affect them as consumers including housing, nutrition, childcare, and major purchases. The classes within the Life Skills Department will help each student develop skills that will prove valuable in understanding self, family, friends and dating partners.
PERSONAL LIVING (Grades 9-12)
The goal of Personal Living is to provide students with the knowledge needed to make good decisions and provide skills that are necessary to live a successful and productive personal life. This class is an exploratory class in which many aspects will be covered. Some of the topics which will be emphasized throughout the trimester include understanding teen challenges, building and maintaining a healthy self-concept, understanding yourself, decision making, personal values, goals and skills for problem solving, communication, managing stress, and conflict management. Students will gain skills for getting a job, interviewing, employability skills, and creating a budget based on income, needs & wants. Furthermore, students will plan for their future goals by researching potential careers and colleges, learning how to live with roommates, renting & furnishing a first dorm/apartment and planning healthy meals.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT/PARENTING SKILLS (Grades 9-12)
Child Development and Parenting Skills is a one trimester class designed to give students an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills about teen pregnancy, effective parenting skills, pregnancy and prenatal development and infant development. Reproductive health will be explored as students will learn about how to have a healthy pregnancy, the stages of prenatal development beginning with conception, and birth defects such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This course will also provide students with the knowledge and skills to become effective parents and mentors for children whenever they assume the responsibilities of these roles in life. The social, emotional, financial and educational challenges of teenage pregnancy and parenting will be explored. Although not mandatory, students will be given the opportunity to be a “parent” to an infant simulator and wear a “pregnancy suit”. Students will learn about infant development, infant needs, and how to care for an infant. Students will also learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome and ways to cope with crying. Different child activities are explored to examine the benefits for development.
FOOD AND NUTRITION (Grades 9-12)
Food and Nutrition is a one trimester class that will allow students to learn the basics of food preparation as well as planning healthy and nutritious meals. The course will emphasize food preparation techniques, safety concerns, food selection and menu planning, basic nutrition & evaluation of fast food/restaurant nutrition. Consumer awareness in making healthy food choices will be accentuated throughout this trimester course. Students will also learn basic table manners and etiquette. Students will also gain teamwork and cooperation skills while developing food preparation skills. After completing this class, students should be able to prepare meals for themselves and their families, as well as obtain a job in a restaurant as a server or cook.
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS (Grades 10 -12)
Family & Relationships is a trimester course that is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors. In this course you will assess the interpersonal relationships within the family, friends and dating partners. The course will thoroughly cover a unit on dating which includes: expectations, maturity, communication skills, setting boundaries, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, choosing a compatible partner, making relationships work, building trust, recognizing “red flags”, anger & jealousy, love vs. infatuation, abuse, addictive love, ending relationships respectfully, steps to recovery and reproductive health. The myths and facts of marriage will be explored, along with components of successful marriages, planning a wedding, preparation and readiness for marriage, expectations and adjustments. Students will also learn healthy conflict resolution techniques. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding and awareness of families from other cultures.
PERSONAL FINANCE (Grade 12)
Personal Finance is a two trimester course available to seniors and each course individually can count as a 4th year math-related credit. The curriculum used, Take Charge of Your Finances & Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance prepare students for successful management of their personal finances. It is a course that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with the management of family economics and financial education. The courses will prepare students for many of the financial decisions they will make after high school. The topics discussed but not limited to are as follows: Values, Needs vs. Wants, Relating with Money, Setting Financial Goals, Life Cycle of Financial Planning, Career Interest and Research, Investment in Yourself, Comparing Job Offers, Understanding Your Paycheck & Taxes, Depository Institutions, Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Electronic Banking, Online Banking, Spending Plans/Budgeting, and Comparison/Bargain Shopping. This course has an articulation agreement with Davenport University.
The building blocks of primary and secondary mathematics are important not only to our children but also to the future of our communities. Mathematical knowledge is essential for students’ educational development and future employment. An effective mathematics curriculum prepares students to learn to think, reason, solve problems and apply mathematics in everyday situations. To achieve these goals, we use a program developed by Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston which incorporates both books and online internet support.
MATH ESSENTIALS (Grade9)
Math Essentials is a one trimester course designed to reinforce the skills learned in Pre-Algebra as well as support the skills each student is learning in Algebra. The course is aimed at helping each student develop an understanding of algebra, basic math skills, and to improve mathematical reasoning. It is taken in the 1st trimester of 9th grade along with Algebra 1A.
ALGEBRA 1 (Grades 9-12)
The Holt Algebra 1 course is a 2 trimester course which introduces basic algebra concepts. These concepts include an understanding of our number system, probability, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, identifying and using families of functions, and computing with exponents.
ALGEBRA 2 (Grades 9-12)
Algebra 2 is a 2 trimester course which expands upon the topics and principles taught in Algebra 1 and Geometry. Course topics include direct and indirect variation, the trigonometry of right triangles, matrices, sequences of numbers, polynomial functions, quadratic equations, systems of equations, logarithms, and conic sections. In each, emphasis is placed on applying the mathematical concepts to solve real world problems.
Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra 1
GEOMETRY (Grades 10-12)
Geometry emphasizes the application of mathematics to our physical world. It is a 2 trimester course. Coordinates, transformations, measurement formula, and three-dimensional figures are studied. Deductive and inductive reasoning, computing distance and measuring angles, and the properties of geometric figures are covered. Special attention is given to utilizing those concepts developed previously. Instruction in calculator use and computers is integrated into the course content.
Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
PRE-CALCULUS (Grades 11-12)
Pre-Calculus is a 2 trimester course designed to review and bring together what has been learned in previous math courses as well as prepare students for the study of calculus. It deals with infinite and continuous processes. Its subject matter includes functions of many kinds, coordinate systems, trigonometry, extending skills at solving equations, limits, and an introduction to the basic ideas of calculus including derivatives and integrals.
Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS (Grade 12)
This is a three trimester course for the above average math student. The course includes a study of limits, derivatives and their applications, and integrals and their applications. Students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement examination for college credit.
Prerequisites: successful completion of four years of high school math or equivalent; instructor/counselor approval
COLLEGE ALGEBRA (Grades 11-12)
College Algebra is a two trimester course that is designed to cover the algebraic concepts students are likely to encounter in their first year college algebra class. It is intended for those students who want the opportunity to earn college credit for their first year math requirement, while satisfying one credit of their high school graduation requirement in math. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to: Algebraic Operations, Equations and Inequalities, Functions and their Properties, and Number Systems and Operations. At the conclusion of the class, students will have the opportunity to take the CLEP exam. How they perform on this exam will determine whether or not they can earn credit towards their college math requirement.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry
Concert Band (Grades 9-12)
This course is open to all brass, percussion and woodwind players who wish to focus on improving their ensemble playing in a band setting. Development of basic musicianship and playing skills will be emphasized through performance in this band. Students will perform out in the community and in school concerts. These performances will be a course requirement. 2 or 3 trimester course.
Marching Band (Grades 9-12)
This course will provide a large ensemble setting for students who wish to continue to develop both their own instrumental skill and that of an ensemble member interested in participating in the Marching Band setting. Students will be required to attend all football games and the required rehearsals before school and evenings. A required, two week on and off site marching band camp will be held in Late July and August. Students will perform out in the community and in school concerts. These performances will be a course requirement. One Trimester Course.
Jazz Band (Grades 10-12)
This course will provide students the opportunity to perform the various styles of music characteristic to the Jazz/Rock Ensemble. Emphasis will be placed upon performance. Students will perform out in the community and in school concerts. These performances will be a course requirement. All instrumentalists welcome, vocalists wishing to join must consult with Mr. Bush prior to signing up. 3 trimester course.
Wind Ensemble (Grades 10-12)
This course is open to brass, percussion and woodwind players who wish to focus on improving their ensemble playing in an avanced band setting. Development of basic musicianship and playing skills will be emphasized through performance in this band. Students will perform out in the community and in school concerts. These performances will be a course requirement. Auditioned only, Two Trimester Course.
Beginning Guitar (Grades 10-12)
This course is designed to develop an entry-level understanding of beginning guitar technique by applying an understanding of notation, improvisation, and chord construction. This class provides an opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through guitar and expose them to basic musical concepts while exploring a variety of repertoire from diverse times, places and cultures. One Trimester Course.
Guitar 2 (Grades 10-12)
This course is designed to develop a mid-level understanding of intermediate guitar technique by applying an understanding of notation, improvisation, and chord construction. This class provides an opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through guitar and expose them to basic musical concepts while exploring a variety of repertoire from diverse times, places and cultures. Grades 10-12 One Trimester Course. Beginning Guitar is a Pre-requisite.
Concert Band - Percussion (Grades 10-12)
This percussion/drumming course is designed to advance student technique in the areas of rhythm, tone, ensemble performance, musical style, and musical knowledge. Students will use a variety of materials provided by the teacher. Students in this class should have previously mastered the basics of the areas listed above.
Concert Choir (Grades 9-12)
Concert Choir is a beginning skill level high school SATB choir consisting of 9th – 12th grade men and 10th – 12th grade women. Students in this ensemble rehearse and perform a wide variety of two- to four-part literature throughout the year, including repertoire in three different foreign languages. An emphasis is placed on proper breathing technique, understanding of vocal physiology, expressive elements of the voice, stage performance, and sightreading. Members of the Concert Choir learn how to function as part of a team, developing communication and leadership skills through classroom interactions. Major performances during the year include the Fall Concert, Holiday Pops, Pre-Festival Concert, District & State Choral Festivals, and Collage. Other performances may be scheduled as the opportunity arises. This is a year-long (three trimesters) course.
Women's Chorus (Grade 9-10)
Women’s Chorus is a beginning skill level high school SA choir consisting of 9th and 10th grade women. Students in this ensemble rehearse and perform a wide variety of unison, two-, and three-part literature throughout the year, including repertoire in three different foreign languages. An emphasis is placed on proper breathing technique, understanding of vocal physiology, expressive elements of the voice, stage performance, and sightreading. Members of the Women's Chorus learn how to function as part of a team, developing communication and leadership skills through classroom interactions. Major performances during the year include the Fall Concert, Holiday Pops, Pre-Festival Concert, District & State Choral Festivals, and Collage. Other performances may be scheduled as the opportunity arises. This is a year-long (three trimesters) course.
Select Women's Chorus (Grade 10-12)
Select Women’s Ensemble is an intermediate to advanced skill level high school SSAA choir consisting of 10th - 12th grade women. Students in this ensemble are expected to have a heightened understanding of breathing technique, vocal physiology, expressive elements of the voice, and demonstrated at least intermediate level proficiency in sightreading. The Select Women's Ensemble rehearses and performs a wide variety of three- and four-part literature throughout the year, including repertoire in at least three different foreign languages. Members of the Select Women's Ensemble exhibit positive leadership and communication skills, have good work ethic, and function well as part of a team. Instructional emphasis is placed on vocal technique, sightreading, stage performance, and a more sophisticated level of musicality. Major performances during the year include the Fall Concert, Holiday Pops, Pre-Festival Concert, District & State Choral Festivals, and Collage. Other performances may be scheduled as the opportunity arises. This is a year-long (three trimesters) course. Audition required/Director approval needed
Chamber Choir (Grades 10-12)
Chamber Choir is an intermediate to advanced skill level high school SATB choir consisting of 10th - 12th grade men and women. Students in this ensemble are expected to have a heightened understanding of breathing technique, vocal physiology, expressive elements of the voice, and demonstrated at least intermediate level proficiency in sightreading. The Chamber Choir rehearses and performs a wide variety of four- to six-part literature throughout the year, including repertoire in at least three different foreign languages. Members of the Chamber Choir exhibit positive leadership and communication skills, have good work ethic, and function well as part of a team. Instructional emphasis is placed on vocal technique, sightreading, stage performance, and a more sophisticated level of musicality. Major performances during the year include the Fall Concert, Holiday Pops, Pre-Festival Concert, District & State Choral Festivals, and Collage. Other performances may be scheduled as the opportunity arises. This is a year-long (three trimesters) course. Audition required/Director approval needed
The primary purpose of physical education is to motivate students to maintain an optimal fitness level for effective work and personal health. Through physical education, students are encouraged to realize their personal capabilities and this develop a positive and accurate self-image. Physical education classes will focus on increasing the student’s knowledge, attitude, and behavior relative to activities including exercise, sports, games, and outdoor recreation. The program will help students incorporate some form of physical activity into their life style.
Physical Education (Grades 9-12)
This one-trimester course is typically taken in the freshman year and is a prerequisite for other PE courses. The students will acquire knowledge about a variety of sports, games, and fitness exercises. Cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility, and strength training are introduced. Students will learn how to develop a personal wellness program. The course will also help students increase their skills in playing these sports and in finding a physical activity they enjoy doing.
Health (Grade 9-12)
A trimester of health is required for graduation. The class is typically taken by freshmen in the semester opposite PE 9. Major areas of study include disease prevention, personal health practices, nutrition, growth and development, family health, emotional and mental health, substance abuse prevention, consumer health, and safety and first aid. Human sexuality is covered as part of the disease prevention unit (parents may opt to have their child excused from this section of the class).
LIFETIME SPORTS (Grades 11-12)
This 2 trimester class is deigned for the student who would like to improve their skills, to maintain a level of fitness, and to develop stress reduction techniques through the enjoyment and pleasure they receive from team sports. These sports and activities have carry-over value to adult life. Sports include soccer, speedball, softball, volleyball, basketball, touch football, team handball, and ultimate Frisbee.
WEIGHT TRAINING 1 (Grades 10-12)
: Weight training and conditioning is an elective, 2 trimester course that emphasizes developing the body’s strength, flexibility, and agility. Topics include muscle identification and function, methods of training, and nutrition. The class includes cardio-vascular training through running. One of the goals of the course is to have students create a program for their individual training and development.
Advanced Weight Training (Grades 11-12)
These classes are continuations of Weight Training 1. Students develop and follow an individual program to improve their strength, flexibility, and agility following a Bigger, Faster, Stronger program.
PERSONAL FITNESS (Grades 10-12)
This 2 trimester course is designed for the student who is interested in improving strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, vertical jump, speed, agility, and muscular endurance. Methods of instruction include plyometrics, circuit training, weight training, bounding, ballistic warm-ups, and stringent goal work to gain maximum strength, speed and agility. Personal Fitness differs from weight training in that the focus is on developing all major muscle groups as a whole rather than isolating muscle groups individually as is done in weight training.
An effective science curriculum prepares students to become scientifically literate by: developing an inquisitive mind, developing and applying problem-solving/investigative techniques, instilling a responsibility toward our environment, developing a readiness for the technology of the 21st century, and applying scientific knowledge to everyday experiences.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Grades 9-12)
Physical Science is a 2 trimester course that is taken in the freshman year. Its primary focus is on the Michigan benchmarks and standards in the areas of chemistry, physics, and astronomy as they apply to our everyday lives. Students will learn to apply the scientific method and to develop laboratory techniques. Atomic structure, motion, forces, kinetic theory, chemical reactions, waves, star formation, and forms of energy are some of the topics covered in the course.
BIOLOGY (Grades 10-12)
Biology is a 2 trimester course in which the student studies cell structure and function, comparative body systems, growth and reproduction, heredity, DNA, classification, evolution and the energy cycle. The life cycle of an organism associated with a human disease will be included in the course.
CHEMISTRY (Grades 11-12)
Chemistry is a 2 trimester required course that is usually taken in the junior year. A strong performance in chemistry is recommended for students who are planning on going to college. The course includes a study of the structural parts and electrical charges of atoms, the states of matter, the periodic table, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction reactions, bonding, kinetic theory, and chemical reactions, and acids and bases. The students will also work on problem solving, critical thinking and scientific processes.
AP BIOLOGY (Grades 11-12)
AP Biology is a rigorous and demanding course, which is the equivalent of an introductory college biology course. Content will be covered in more depth and greater expectations will be placed on interpretation and analysis of information than previous biology courses. In addition, statistical analysis of data and modeling of concepts will be expected. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class time. The AP Biology curriculum encompasses 4 ‘big ideas’, with Essential Knowledge and Process Skills that support each one. AP Biology is graded on a 5.0 scale and every student will have the opportunity to take the National AP exam in the spring. Your AP score on this exam can influence the number of college credits received depending on the college you choose and your declared major/minor.
Big Idea 1: Evolution – the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life
Big Idea 2: Cellular Processes (Energy and Communication) – Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow.
Big Idea 3: Genetics and Information Transfer – living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes
Big Idea 4: Interactions – Biological systems interact and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
PHYSICS (Grade 11-12)
Physics is a 2 trimester college preparatory class that is usually taken during the senior year. It blends math, science, and critical thinking. This course covers the density of materials, electrical charges and currents, common forms of energy, velocity, light, sound, electrical systems, and forces. Laboratory experiments allow the student to reinforce and apply concepts learned in the classroom.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (Grades 11-12)
This 2 trimester course is designed to help you decide whether you want to head into a career in health care......sports medicine, nursing, doctor, physical therapy, dentistry, even coaching and parenting. The course is a medium level difficulty course........the majority of the course centers around the learning the parts and function of the systems of the human body. This course involves the dissection of earthworms, grasshoppers, crayfish, frogs, and fetal pigs.
AP CHEMISTRY (Grades 11-12)
The purpose of Advance Placement Chemistry is to provide a college level course in chemistry and to prepare the student to seek credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses. This course meets 5 times a week for one class period every trimester. There may be days where students are expected to come in before or after school to complete lab activities. Laboratory periods average one to two days per week. Students are engaged in hands-on laboratory work, integrated throughout the course that accounts for more than 25% of the class time. Emphasis is placed on depth of understanding of a topic rather than breadth of topics. This course is three trimesters long and if the student passes all three trimesters they will have the opportunity to take the AP Chem Exam. If the student passes the AP Chem exam they could earn college credit towards chemistry classes at a college or university.
In order to be successful in this class the student needs to have completed Chemistry A and Chemistry B or the equivalent (for students who have taken classes at another school). This class assumes that you have a good understanding of entry level high school chemistry so you must take a high school chemistry course first. This course also assumes that you have mastery level skills in algebra. While advance algebra is not require to be completed to take AP Chemistry students are expected to be skilled enough be successful in a rigorous math class like algebra II.
A knowledge and understanding of our history, government, geography, traditions, laws, fundamental principles of liberty, ethical values, and world history is essential in developing literate and informed citizens. We have a responsibility to act judiciously in our homes, communities, country, and foreign lands; and to protect America’s greatest asset, liberty, for the present and future generations.
WORLD HISTORY (Grade 9-12)
World History is a 2 trimester course in which students will analyze world events from a global perspective. Students will explore and experience world events through analysis of cause and effects, continuity and change and the inevitability of catalysts and outcomes. Students will analyze the contributions of civilizations through the study of religion, government, politics, technology and war. Students will experience world history from the medieval time period through present day. This freshman class will incorporate the themes of geography as well as the hands on projects of History Alive.
U.S. HISTORY (Grade 10-12)
This 2 trimester course will survey U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era to the present. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation. Areas of study will include: Reconstruction, expansion of industry, westward movement, Progressivism, Imperialism, World War I, decade of the 1920’s, The Great Depression, W.W. II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, social change and the 1960’s, the Viet Nam Era, and contemporary domestic America.
AP US History (Grade 10-12)
The AP US History course is a three trimester course designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US history. The course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials — their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance— and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The US AP History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
ECONOMICS (Grade 11-12)
The purpose of this one-trimester course is to further the students’ economic knowledge and decision-making skills for participating in a global economy. Students will describe and demonstrate how economic forces affect consumer and producer decisions. The roles of the private and the public sectors are discussed. Students work with a representative of the business community to enhance their understanding of the free enterprise system.
AP Economics (Grade 11-12)
This three trimester course has 2 main focuses, micro and macro economics. The focus of microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The purpose of macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
GOVERNMENT (Grade 11-12)
Government is a one trimester class that is required of all students for graduation. It introduces the student to the form and functions of the federal, state and local governments. It includes an examination of the three branches of our democratic government. The Constitution will be examined with an emphasis on civil rights. The course will focus on developing skills needed in order to function in a participatory democracy.
PSYCHOLOGY (Grades 11-12)
This 1 trimester long class is designed to acquaint the learner with an introduction overview of Psychology from history and its founding fathers to modern psychological theory. Areas included are learning and memory, motivation and emotions, behavior, stress, social psychology, the senses, personality, altered states of consciousness, defense mechanisms and coping skills, as well as, abnormal psychology. A unit on developmental psychology is also included. Research, experiments, individual and group projects, hands on activities, in class discussions, in addition to a firm foundation of vocabulary and practical application, round out the syllabus.
CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES (Grade 11-12)
The course will examine the dynamics of global interactions among nations and regions and contemporary issues that affect all humanity. Such dynamics examined will include competing beliefs and goals, methods of engagement, and conflict and cooperation. Contemporary issues have political, economic, social, historic, and geographic components. Approaches to addressing global and regional issues will be examined through studying their historical influences and through examining the multiple perspectives of a given issue.
Starting with the graduating class of 2015 a student has the option to reduce the number of world language credits to one and increase the visual, performing, or applied arts (VPAA) credits to two. To be competitive in today’s society, an individual must be able to communicate, to work collaboratively, to solve problems, and to think critically. The goal of technology education is to teach students to use technology as a tool in developing solutions to problems. By providing students with an exposure to a variety of fields in which technology is used, we hope to stimulate their interest to pursue more specialized studies at the Careerline Tech Center and beyond.
Beginning Woods (GRADES 9-12)
Traditionally known as wood shop, this course is intended for boys and girls who enjoy the freedom to be creative. Each class begins with a brief instruction on safety, power tools, wood joinery, hardware, and wood working terminology. The rest of the class period will be spent building and designing really fun woodworking projects. As your skills and confidence mature, you will progress with more challenging projects. This not only develops you into an incredible craftsman, but it keeps the class very fun and exciting. This course meets the graduation requirement for your viusual, performing and applied arts (VPAA) credit.
Advanced Woods (Grades 10-12)
This two trimester class is provided for the woodworking student who desires further study in the woodworking field. This class is project oriented with the student building either a mission style coffee table or a project of their own choosing. The project must meet certain requirements. This class is for the serious woodworking student who has had success in beginning woodwork. Upon completion, students will have a sound background in wood joinery and cabinetmaking. Students will be responsible for cost of their project.
INTRO TO CADD (Grade 10-12)
Intro to CADD is an introductory course designed to expose students to the design process by using the computer as a design and drafting tool. This course is intended for those who have any interest in the areas of architecture, design, engineering , and drafting. Students will work individually on creating custom mechanical projects. Besides individual work, students will compete in a team competition by designing and building a working trebuchet/catapult. This course meets the graduation requirement for your visual, performing and applied arts (VPAA) credit.
HOME IMPROVEMENT (Grades 10-12)
Home Improvement is a fun hands-on course that helps students learn various home repair techniques. As future homeowners you will need to learn various home repair techniques, proper hand and power tool use, home layout, blueprint reading, and safety awareness skills. A homeowner can repair a lot of common household issues without calling the repairman. This can save you a lot of money in the future. We will spend the majority of the course outdoors in groups constructing deer blinds. This will teach the basics of framing, roofing, siding, electrical wiring, hand tools, and power tools. This course meets the graduation requirement for your visual, performing and applied arts (VPAA) credit.
DUAL ENROLLMENT (Grades 11-12)
Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 created the opportunity for students to take college classes with the financial help of the school districts. To be eligible to participate, a student must be in the 11th or 12th grade and earn qualifying scores on the PLAN, PSAT, ACT or MME test (see counselor for qualifying scores). The college course cannot be a hobby, craft, recreation course or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education. A portion of the tuition cost will be covered by APS based on the state portion of the students’ foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the post secondary institution (see counselor for the amount).
NOTE: ALL REMAINING TUITION/FEE/MATERIAL COSTS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DUAL ENROLLED STUDENT’S PARENT(S) OR GUARDIAN.
Prerequisites: mminimum qualifying test scores, counselor approval, college approval
Careerline Tech Center provides career education to juniors and seniors in high school and offers the opportunity for students to gain skills and/or prepare for post-secondary education numerous programs. Tech Center classes are free. Programs are offered Monday through Friday and students attend for a half day. Interested students and parents can get more information on Careerline Tech Center by visiting the website here.
Each year, Careerline Tech Center has an open house in the fall for parents and potential students to visit the programs and talk with instructors. In January and February, 10th and 11th grade students have the opportunity to visit programs at the Tech Center before selecting a program for the following year. Careerline Tech Center has articulation agreements with 11 area colleges and universities. Those agreements give students the chance to earn college credit while still in high school. Early college credit may be an option for some students. Early college options allow students to enroll, while at the Tech Center, as a college student. College credit is earned and placed on a transcript to follow students to the college of their choice upon high school graduation. While Tech Center credit is earned as electives, most Tech Center programs offer students the opportunity to receive academic credit (4th Year Math, 3rd Year Science, Visual/Performing Arts and On-Line Learning).return to TOP