World Of Knowledge

Course Descriptions

  • Regular classes receive 1 credit.  Honors classes receive 1.5 credit.  The academic pace and intensity will be greater for honor level courses.
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  • ENGLISH
  •      English I – 9th Grade
  •           Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening and language for college and career preparation and readiness.
  •           Honors: In addition to the above statement, students will explore those concepts in a more in depth content.
  •      English II – 10th Grade  
  •           Students will learn integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening and language for college and career            preparation and readiness.
              Honors: In addition to the above statement, students will explore those concepts in a more in depth content.
     English III – 11th Grade
          Students focus on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical                      analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise.  Students evaluate, synthesize, and              cite research to support their arguments.  
     English IV – 12th Grade
 
  • MATHEMATICS
  •      Algebra I – 9th Grade
  •           The purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the knowledge that students learned at the middle school level.  The                critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them                  with each other and by applying, solving and using quadratic functions.  
  •     Geometry – 10th Grade
  •           The students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving                towards formal mathematical arguments.  Important differences exist between this Geometry course and the historical                    approach taken in Geometry classes.  The focus will be geared towards the introductory content for the Geometry conceptual            category found in the high school standards.  
  •      Algebra II – 11th Grade
  •           Building on their work with linear, quadratic and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to                    include polynomial, rational and radical functions.  Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions and            continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations            over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. 
  •      Liberal Arts Math – 10th / 11th Grade – Alternative Courses
  •           Liberal Arts Mathematics is a course designed to strengthen the mathematical skills obtained from the Algebra I curriculum.            Topics shall include: Expressions, Equations and Inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, Linear Functions and                  Polynomials, Similarity and Congruence of Polygons,  3-Dimensional Solids, Statistics.  
  •      Math for College Readiness – 12th Grade
  •           This course is designed for students who are not yet considered to be “college ready” within the realm of mathematics or                  simply need some additional instruction in content to prepare them for success in college level mathematics.
  •      Statistics – 12th Grade
  •           The statistics course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions                from data.  There are four themes evident in the content, skills and assessments in the statistics course: exploring data,                  sampling and experimentation, probability and simulation and statistical inference.  Students use technology, investigations,            problem solving and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
  •      Pre-Calculus – 12th Grade
  •           Students within this course will study the fundamental concepts of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric              functions, inverse functions, analytic geometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, vectors, determinants, sequences, series,            matrices, limits and continuity.  This course will serve as the foundation for collegiate level mathematical comprehension.
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  • The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.  
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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES
  •      World Cultural Geography – 9th Grade
  •           Students will take a journey around the world in which they will learn about the physical and human geography of various              regions.  They will study the history of each region and examine the political, economic and cultural characteristics of the                  world in which we live.  
  •      World History – 10th Grade
  •           This course consists of the following content area strands: World History, Geography and Humanities.  This course is a                      continued in-depth study of the history of civilizations and societies from the middle school course and includes the history              of civilizations and societies of North and South America.  Students will be exposed to historical periods leading to the                      beginning of the 21st Century.  Students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events.                      Students should have the opportunity to review those fundamental ideas and events from ancient and classical                                civilizations.  
  •           Honors: In addition to the above statement, students will explore those concepts in a more in depth content.
  •      US History – 11th Grade
  •           The United States History course consists of the following content area strands: United States History, Geography and                      Humanities.  The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the United States history from                            Reconstruction to the present day.  Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economical and                          sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.                        Students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events.  Students should have the 
  •           opportunity to review those fundamental ideas and events which occurred before the end of Reconstruction.  
  •           Honors: In addition to the above statement, students will explore those concepts in a more in depth content.
  •      US Government – 12th Grade
  •           The United States Government course consists of the following content area strands: Geography, Civics and Government.  
  •           The primary content for the course pertains to the study of government institutions and political processes and their                        historical impact on American society.  Content should include, but is not limited to, the functions and purpose of                            government, the function of the state, the constitutional framework, federalism, separation of powers, functions of the three              branches of government at the local, state and national level and the political decision making process.  
  •           Honors: In addition to the above statement, students will explore those concepts in a more in depth content.
  •      Economics with Financial Literacy – 12th Grade – Alternative Courses
  •           The Economics course consists of the following content area strands: Economics and Geography.  The primary content                      emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the concepts and processes of the national and international economic                  systems.  Content should include, but is not limited to, currency, banking, monetary policy, the fundamental concepts                        relevant to the major economic systems, the global market and economy, major economic theories and economists, the role                and influence of the government and fiscal policies, economic measurements, tools and methodology, financial and                            investment markets and the business cycle.  
  • SCIENCES
  •      Earth / Space Science – 9th Grade
  •           This course will focus on the earth and its location in space through experiments and observation to discover a wide range of            components within the earth sciences.  The term earth science is a broad one, encompassing geology, paleontology, plate                  tectonics, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography.  
  •      Biology – 10th Grade
  •           This course is about the study of life sciences from the simplest to the most complex organisms.  Students will study the                  basics of life, genetics, microbiology, plant sciences, animal sciences, evolution, taxonomy and ecology through lecture,                      discussion, experimentation and technology.  
  •      Chemistry – 11th Grade
  •           The study of the introductory concepts and the technology of modern chemistry.  This course will include a laboratory                      component with emphasis on safety and measurement techniques.  The course content will include properties of matter and            structure, chemical formulas and equations, solutions and gas laws.
  •      Environmental Sciences – 12th Grade
  •           Study of the dynamic interactions of Matter and Energy on the planet Earth.  Environmental Science students will make                  scientifically sound decision about local, national and global issues.  These decisions will be based on the scientific process:              observe, interpret, identify and control variables, gather, examine / use evidence to support claims, recognize bias, consider                tradeoffs, propose alternative explanations.  
  • ELECTIVES
  •      Agricultural Sciences – 9th through 12th Grade
  •           The Agricultural Science course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to plant and life which 
  •           also includes biotechnology.  The course will also focus on the conservation of natural resources, and the impact of                            agricultural and natural resource utilization of the environment.  Emphasis is placed on the role of agriculture in our society            and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world.  Through this course students will learn about teamwork,                    community leadership, safety, and agricultural mechanical technology as a part of the instructional program.  Learning                    activities include hands on experiences performing basic principles of plant, soil, while studying and modeling the                            significance of humankind’s inter-relationship with soil, water and air.
  •      HOPE – 9th / 10th Grade
  •           The purpose of this course is to establish and build upon healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices alongside student            health and fitness.  In addition to the physical education content represented in the benchmarks, specific health education              topics within this course include, but are not limited to, Components of Health and Wellness, Health Risks, Decision-Making,              Self-Esteem Building, Goal Setting and Managing Stress Harassment, Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Components of Physical                Fitness, Nutrition, Health Advocacy, Fitness, Testing, Personal Health Planning, Relationships, Communication and Dating                  Violence Prevention, Human Growth and Development – Anatomy/Pregnancy/Childbirth/Abstinence, HIV/AIDS, STD                          Prevention, Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Prevention, Internet Safety and First Aid/CPR/AED Awareness.
  •      Weight Training – 9th through 12th Grade
  •           This course is designed to develop the physical skills necessary to be competent in many forms of movement as it relates to              weight training.  The components of this course will include health and fitness concepts, correct performance techniques,                  muscular strength and endurance, anatomy of muscles, various exercises and equipment, personal fitness assessment,                      nutrition, consumer issues, injury prevention and safety, and the benefits of participation.  
  •      Art in World Cultures – 9th / 10th Grade
  •           This course will allow students to survey selected works of art, utilitarian artworks and architecture from around the world.              Students explore both the traditional forms and contemporary interpretations, including analysis of purpose, theme, cultural            and historical context.  
  •      Introduction to Art History – 9th through 12th Grade
  •            This course emphasizes a foundation of understanding for art historical concepts.  Students will develop the essential skills               by examining works of art from diverse cultures and the relationships among these works, students will also develop an                   understanding of global artistic traditions.  Students will get the opportunity to analyze works of art in their contexts,                     considering issues of patronage, gender, politics, politics, religion and ethnicity.  The interpretation of the work of art is based upon its intended use, audience and the role of the artist and the work of art in its particular society.  Students will establish their knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages and literature as they explore the story of people as told through the art they created.  
  •      Foreign Language 1-4 – 9th through 12th Grade
  •           This course students will begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study, listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The course represents an ideal blend of language learning, pedagogy and online learning.  Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar.  There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.  Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products and perspectives of various Spanish speaking countries.
  •      Physical Education – 9th Grade
  •           The physical education course is designed to practice and develop skills in activities that will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle throughout your life.  During the year, you will set and monitor personal fitness goals that will aid in the development of a personal fitness plan.  Periodically, throughout the year, fitness levels will be assessed in the following areas: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance.  Through these assessments we will develop a baseline in which we will use to set personal fitness goals.  We will explore fitness activities designed to improve all areas of fitness.  Our goal is that by the end of the school year, you will be able to calculate target heart rate and design workouts to maintain personal fitness levels that meet your specific fitness goals.  
  • Computer Science Discoveries – 9th – 12th Grade
  •           Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving and fun.  This course is designed from the ground up to be an accessible and engaging course for all students, regardless of background or prior experience.  It provides students opportunities to engage with culturally and personally relevant topics in a wide variety of contexts and aims to show all students that computer science is for them.
  • Career Research and Decision Making – 12th Grade
  •           This course encourages students to explore possible answers to questions that will affect their lives.  This course will also help students with the constant transition that goes on throughout high school and begin to think about life after graduation.  During this course, students will focus on who they are, what they want to do and how they can get there.  Students will reflect on their learning styles, leadership styles and interests.  They will refine their skills of time management, organization, public speaking, note taking and other skills important to student success.  They will investigate career fields that are matched with their interests.  This study will include job responsibilities, postsecondary education requirements and job outlooks for the future.  
 
All electives are subject to change without notice.