High School

Electives

(Note: Not all courses are offered every year.)

 

Art 9

(.5 Credit)

The General Art program will provide guidance in developing aesthetic abilities in the student. The student is involved in creating art, in analyzing, interpreting and making judgments about art, in researching and writing about art history, and in discussing and synthesizing ideas about aesthetics. The student is introduced to many careers in and related to the visual arts. The students will review the various mediums to express and create their own art works using oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 10

(.5 Credit)

This curriculum emphasizes creativity and the artistic process. The students will be able to grow in imaginative, creative, and critical thinking skills through the variety of assignments. This is a project based curriculum and includes creative projects using oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 11

(.5 Credit)

This course provides guidance in developing aesthetic abilities in students using their favorite media. In- depth projects allow more time to fully develop. This course continues to work on a wide range of projects using the various media to achieve the aesthetic beauty. The emphasis throughout this curriculum is placed on individual effort and creativity. We will travel to many locations to view art work in the community. Media used by the students include oil pastels, watercolor pencils/pastels, dry pastels, air-hardened clay, ink, charcoal, drawing pencils and acrylic paint on canvass.

 

Art 12

(.5 Credit)

Students research and explore specific artists/movements and incorporate stylistic elements into their own original works of art. Students will travel to many locations to view art work in the community. This is an advanced course for students who show an aptitude for creativity and design.

 

Choir 9-12

(.5 Credit)

This course provides training for students to improve their vocal technique, choral part-singing, and interpretive skills as choral musicians through the practice and performance of a variety of styles of choral literature in a choir setting. This class is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble. Students will continue developing mastery of 4-part harmonies. Students will convey musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing, while incorporating facial expressions. Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time. The topics in this class will provide a strong basis for the continuation of their music skills as the high school age child continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music.

 

Band (9-12)

(.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Thorough knowledge of instrument.

The high school band develops players both as individual musicians and as ensemble performers. At this level, players will perform a variety of works, from classical to contemporary arrangements, and are expected to have a good understanding of their instrument.

 

Bible Quizzing (9-12)

(.5 credit)

Using the King James Version of the Bible, this course is designed for students interested in working on and memorizing a designated portion of the New Testament text for the school year. The students will work on Bible knowledge and speed of recall through memorizing large portions of the New Testament and developing their sequential memory. Students will recall verses by topics, keywords, and scripture reference. Throughout the year, students will attend competitions against other schools.

 

Yearbook (11-12)

(.5 credit )

In this class students will learn the components needed to successfully produce a school yearbook. Students will be instructed in successful picture taking, correct picture cropping, caption writing, page set up, and ad sales. Utilizing the Jostens Yearbook Avenue site, students will upload pictures for use and develop pages for publication of the school yearbook.

 

Media Productions (10-12)

(.5 Credit)

This course provides motivated students with a hands-on introductory experience in media production. It explores camera operation, script writing, lighting, audio production, and video editing. Students will be provided with the basic skills necessary to provide audio-visual support for school assemblies and banquets. It also included an introduction to graphic design. This course equips students with the necessary skills to function in a technology and media-centered society.

 

Physical Fitness

(.5 Credit)

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and necessary attitudes for a lifetime of personal fitness and activity. This class is activity based and promotes the development and maintenance of personal fitness and problem solving throughout life. Students are required to dress out and participate in selected fitness activities.

 

Current Events (12)

(.5 credit)

Covering local and world news, this course allows students to be aware of relevant current events. Students bring in national and local news reports weekly to discuss with each other, and students use tablets to research news articles.

 

Teacher Assistant (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

Students who may want to pursue a career as a teacher are encouraged to take this course. They are assigned to a teacher and assist in a variety of duties such as grading papers, developing bulletin boards, tutoring, and organizing. Assistants also help teachers prepare for lessons by getting material ready or setting up equipment.

 

STEM (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

STEM classes combine using principles of science and math with the engineering design process and technology in individual and group projects. Sample projects that high school students have studied include the human heart and mechanical valve designs, design of above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) used in the petroleum industry and the effect of hurricane conditions on ASTS in the Houston Ship Channel, and principles of math and coding skills.

 

PC Applications 3 (11-12)

(.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: PC Apps 2

PC Apps 3 expands student knowledge of the Office Suite. Students create projects by researching and use various advanced components of Microsoft Office Suite. Assignments are associated with occupations that students may pursue and are also applicable to college assignments.

 

Drama (10-12)

(.5 Credit)

Students will learn the fundamentals of acting, script writing, and theater design. They will demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of a performance from inception to completion. Students will be required to participate in a variety of performances opportunities.

 

Home Arts (11-12)

(.5 credit)

This is an elective class that includes the study of fabrics, color, interior design, basic sewing, and cooking. Students participate in many hands on activities throughout the year.

 

Trigonometry (11-12)

(.5 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra. 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – C or better

The study of Trigonometry begins with radian and degree measure followed by properties of right triangles. Graphs of trig functions are studied extensively as well as inverse trig functions. Analytic trigonometry including proofs, trig equations, and various sum/difference and multiple angle identities are covered. The course concludes with the applications of trigonometry and vectors.

 

Algebra III (11-12)

(.5 Credit) Elective.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 Geometry,

Algebra 2, Trigonometry – C or better

The study of Algebra III is an in-depth study of functions with calculus in mind. Power functions, polynomials and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions are covered. Parametric equations are introduced as well as an in-depth study of vectors. Topics in analytic geometry such as  conics, parametrics, and polar coordinates are also studied. Trigonometry concepts are used throughout the course.