Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

 

English

English 9

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.  Students will read selections primarily from World Literature, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.

 

Pre-AP English 9

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Additionally, the PreAP designation signifies that this course prepares students for AP English study in the future.  PreAP courses are college-preparatory courses, and the pace of these courses is advanced.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.   Students will read selections primarily from World Literature, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.    

 

English 10

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.  Students will read selections primarily from American Literature before 1900, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.

 

Pre-AP English 10

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Additionally, the PreAP designation signifies that this course prepares students for AP English study in the future.  PreAP courses are college-preparatory courses, and the pace of these courses is advanced.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.   Students will read selections primarily from American Literature before 1900, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.  

 

English 11

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.  Students will read selections primarily from American Literature after 1900, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.

 

AP English Language & Composition (11)

 

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Additionally, as an AP course, AP English Lang follows a curriculum established by the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program for English.  This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts.  Additionally, students will write extensively in the modes of rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis.


English 12

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Students will study the following skills categories in this course: reading literature, reading informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage.  Students will read selections primarily from British Literature, and they will write for a variety of purposes including writing to inform, to explain, to analyze, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, and to evaluate.

 

AP English Literature and Composition (12)

This course fulfills one English credit required for graduation.  Additionally, as an AP course, AP English Lit follows a curriculum established by the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program for English.  This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature from several genres and periods from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.  Additionally, students will write extensively in the modes of analysis, argument, and synthesis.



Dual Enrollment English 101/102

These college courses are offered one semester per year and are taught on campus by Gadsden State Community College faculty, or in some cases, by SHS faculty members.  Students taking English 101/102 are required to pay GSCC tuition and must meet specific criteria in order to be considered.  More information is available from the 12th grade Counselor.

 

Foreign Language

 

Spanish I

Spanish I will introduce the student to the basics of the language, allowing him to greet people, to discuss classes, pastimes, and interests with family and friends.  It will also provide them the ability to conduct simple business, and to solve simple problems of finding information or directions.  Vocabulary also includes time, weather, colors, numbers, and commonly used nouns and verbs.  Cognitive emphasis is on how to study a second language and develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

Spanish II

A continuation of level one, Spanish II helps the student gain more fluency with the language, adding past and future tenses and expanding vocabulary.  He will study more aspects of the culture, using the target language.  More opportunities are provided to use the language in presentations and reading.

 

Spanish III

A more in-depth study of Spanish, this course requires the student to be proficient in speaking the language and will afford him or her the opportunity to learn and experience the culture, history, and significance of the Spanish language and will challenge the student as he/she strives to become a fluent speaker.

 

 Social Studies

 

World History 9

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation.  In World History 9, students will study world history from 1500 to present.  Critical thinking and analysis are very important to this course.  Students will also begin to understand global interdependence and connections among world societies.  They should ultimately be able to analyze development and changes in the European, Asian, African, and American civilizations, and ways in which the interactions of these cultures have influenced the formation of today’s world.

 

PreAP World History 9

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation.  This course is the first step towards the Advanced Placement (AP) History program at SHS.  The emphasis of this class will include the mastery of factual knowledge, demonstration of an understanding of historical chronology, use of historical data to support an argument or position, differentiating between historical schools of thought, interpreting primary sources and effectively using analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, and compare and contrast.  Students will study the history of the development and changes in the European, Asian, African, and American civilizations and the ways in which the interactions of these culture shave influence the formation of today’s world.

 

American History 10

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation.  The educational program of Alabama High School students includes curriculum that is essential in preparing students to become knowledgeable citizens, capable of applying social studies in their daily lives.  The study of American history in grade 10 covers five centuries of the development of the United States.  The course beings  with students learning about discoveries in North America.  It then continues with students identifying key leaders and events from the formation of the United States through the Reconstruction.  Students will develop a more in depth analysis of American History.  They will compare, contrast, analyze, and explain events and developments in the early formation of the United States.

 

Pre-AP US History 10

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation.  Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) History is designed for students in grade 10.  In accordance with the Alabama State Course of Study, this class consists of the study of U.S. History from exploration through 1877.  It deals with all the necessary topics required for one history requirement for graduation; similarly, students are also  preparing for the AP exam. This exam is written by The College Board and given to students in Grade 11.  AP U.S. History 11 emphasizes the skills necessary for analytical thinking, gathering information from many different sources, and clear and concise expression of ideas.

 

AP US History 11

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation.  This course is a continuation of PreAP US History 10.  In accordance with the Alabama State Course of Study, this course covers the period from 1877 to the present.  The same skills are practiced that were acquired in PreAP US History, with special attention being given to analysis of primary sources and essay writing.  In AP US History, the students also use the knowledge they have acquired in both tenth and eleventh grades and learn to synthesize this knowledge in preparation for the AP exam, given by the College Board.

 

US History 11

This course fulfills one history credit required for graduation. The study of history in the United States in Grade 11 continues the journey begun in Grade 10 through the economic, geographic, social and political development of the United States.  Beginning with the Post Civil War and Reconstruction period and its shift to a more industrialized society, the course continues through the twentieth century to present.

 

United States Government (12)

U.S. Government fulfills one half history credit required for graduation.  This is a one semester course designed to foster the development of civic competence and participation of all students.  Students will focus on the origins, structure and functions of government at all levels. 


Economics (12)

Economics fulfills one half history credit required for graduation.  This is a one semester course that focuses on functions and institutions of modern day economic systems and economic theory.  The mastering of economic knowledge and skills enables students to anticipate changes in economic conditions and to take appropriate actions to improve their daily lives as well as society.  Each course counts as ½ unit, or credit, and both credits are required for graduation.

 

AP United States Government and Politics (12)

This course fulfills one half history credit required for graduation.  AP (Advanced Placement) United States Government and Politics is a one semester, college level course designed to prepare the student to take the AP Exam in May of each year.  Final test scores are reports on a five point scale.  Some scores maybe high enough to earn college credit in U.S. Government and Politics, depending on the school the student may attend. 

The course is designed to teach students about how people behave politically and about the design of the American political system; that is, how the system in structured and how it functions as a pluralistic system of various individual and group interests, all promoting their own agendas as to what they claim is important and beneficial for the country.

The major purpose of this course is to help students gain and display an understanding of American politics, and the processes of government that help shape our public policies.  The course aims to help the student to participate effectively and democratically in the American political society.  This course requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for each class session.

 

AP Macroeconomics (12)

This course fulfills one half history credit required for graduation.  AP Macroeconomics is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination. It also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.


Contemporary World Issues and Civic Engagement - History ELECTIVE

This course does NOT fulfill any of the four social studies credits required for graduation.  This course covers current issues from historical and geographical perspectives.  Students will gain knowledge of key contemporary personalities and events that impact lives.

 

Math

Geometry with Data Analysis
Geometry with Data Analysis is the first of three required courses in high school mathematics, providing a common Grade 9 experience for all students entering high-school-level mathematics. 
This course develops mathematical knowledge and skills through visual representations prior to the more abstract development of algebra. Beginning high school mathematics with Geometry with Data Analysis in Grade 9 offers students the opportunity to build their reasoning and sense-making skills, see the applicability of mathematics, and prepare more effectively for further studies in algebra. Topics covered include transformations, congruence, similarity, and coordinate geometry with an emphasis on reasoning, proof, and justification. Students will also perform algebraic calculations with specific application to geometry and will focus on data analysis to provide students with tools to describe, show, and summarize data in the world around them. 

 

Algebraic Connections

This course fulfills one of the required math credits for graduation.  Pre-requisites for this course include Algebra I and Geometry.  This course is designed to bridge the gap to upper level math courses from Algebra I and Geometry.  It enables students to make responsible financial and economic decisions.  It is designed for the student who needs extra mathematical experience prior to enrolling in Algebra II, and for the student who needs to complete the math portion of the standard diploma.  It integrates topics from algebra, geometry, measurement, probability, and statistics with an emphasis on real-world applications.  This course also offers the opportunity to incorporate the use of technology through the emphasis on using functions to make real-life predictions and to calculate outcomes.

 

Algebra II with Trigonometry

This course fulfills one math credit required for graduation.  If a student chooses to take the Algebraic Connections course, it must be taken prior to the Algebra II with Trigonometry course.  The pre-requisites for this course are Algebra I and Geometry.  Algebra II with Trigonometry is a course designed to extend students’ knowledge of Algebra I with additional algebraic and trigonometric content. Mastery of the content standards for this course is necessary for student success in higher-level mathematic. The use of appropriate technology is encouraged for numerical and graphical investigations that enhance analytical comprehension.

 

Pre-AP Algebra II with Trigonometry

This course fulfills one math credit required for graduation.  The pre-requisites for this course are Algebra I and Geometry.  PreAP Algebra II with Trigonometry is a course designed to extend students’ knowledge of Algebra I with additional algebraic and trigonometric content. More attention is focused on problem-solving skills and a much deeper understanding of the content area.    Some of the topics included are complex numbers; families of various types of functions and their transformations; operations on functions; solving systems of linear equations and inequalities; and use of trigonometric functions.  Applications involving real-life situations are incorporated into the course, along with the use of graphing calculators.  Mastery of the content standards for this course is necessary for student success in higher-level mathematic. The use of appropriate technology is encouraged for numerical and graphical investigations that enhance analytical comprehension.

 

Precalculus

This course fulfills one of the math credits required for graduation.  Precalculus is a course designed for students who have successfully completed the Algebra II with Trigonometry course. This course is considered to be a prerequisite for success in calculus and college mathematics. Algebraic, graphical, numerical, and verbal analyses are incorporated during investigations of the Precalculus content standards. Parametric equations, polar relations, vector operations, conic sections, and limits are introduced. Content for this course also includes an expanded study of polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, and logarithmic and exponential functions.  Application-based problem solving is an integral part of the course. Instruction includes appropriate use of technology to facilitate continued development of students’
higher-order thinking skills.

 

PreAP Pre-Calculus

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed PreAP Algebra II with Trigonometry and who prefer a quicker pace and more in-depth study of the course.  This course is considered to be a prerequisite for success in calculus and college mathematics. Algebraic, graphical, numerical, and verbal analyses are incorporated during investigations of the Precalculus content standards. Parametric equations, polar relations, vector operations, conic sections, and limits are introduced. Content for this course also includes an expanded study of polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, and logarithmic and exponential functions.  Application-based problem solving is an integral part of the course. Instruction includes appropriate use of technology to facilitate continued development of students’
higher-order thinking skills.

 

AP Calculus (AB)

AP Calculus AB is designed to provide students with instruction and a learning experience equivalent to a college course in Calculus.  Students must have successfully completed PreAP Precalculus (minimum average of 85 or above) and must be willing to work at a college-level pace.  Problems and their solutions will be approached from a graphical, numerical, and analytical perspective, with emphasis placed on how these representations are related.  Throughout the course, students will concentrate on the importance of communication in their approach to understanding the problems, working through their solutions, and being able to present their solutions and rationale to classmates.  Topics include functions, graphs, and limits; derivatives; integrals; logarithmic, exponential, and other transcendental functions.

 
Exploring Computer Science:  

 Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.


Robotics:

 A year long course that will teach students the basics of the engineering design process through use of the VEX Robotics system and the VEX Robotics Curriculum. The VEX Robotics Curriculum is divided up into twelve primary units and one optional unit. In a flexible format, students learn about engineering and engineering problem solving. They will be given introductions to the VEX Robotics Design System and software while learning key STEM principles through a process that captures the excitement and engagement of robotics competition. 

Science

 

Physical Science

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “A Physical Science” graduation requirement.  Physical Science is a concentration on the composition and properties of matter examining forces and predicting and developing explanations for changes in motion.  The course also looks at the conservation of energy, energy transformations, and applications of energy to everyday life and types and properties of waves and the use of waves in communication devices with integration of science and engineering practices.

 

Biology

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “Biology” graduation requirement.  Biology is an inquiry-based course with engineering design integration focused on patterns, processes, and interactions among living organisms including structures and processes, ecosystems, heredity, and unity and diversity.

 

Pre-AP Biology

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “Biology” graduation requirement.  PreAP Biology is an advanced inquiry-based course with engineering design integration focused on patterns, processes, and interactions among living organisms including structures and processes, ecosystems, heredity, and unity and diversity.  The course is offered for those students who have displayed a basic understanding of biological principles from previous introductions.  The content of the course will reinforce these earlier concepts and expand or introduce concepts that were not addressed in previous courses.  The basic concepts for this course will be taken for the Alabama Course of Study:  Core Content for Biology but these concepts will be covered more quickly and intensely.

 

AP Biology

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “Biology” graduation requirement.  AP Biology has two prerequisites: successful completion of a first course in high school Biology and successful completion of one high school Chemistry course.  AP Biology is a college-level advanced course following the curriculum established by the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program for biology.  Students will study the scientific process and application skills, molecules, cells, heredity, evolution, organisms, and populations.

 

Students will spend 25% to 50% of the class sessions in the lab.  Students will be asked to do projects, required readings, lab reports, evaluation of research papers, create hypotheses, and design experiments.  Students will be expected to participate in lectures, and they will be taking multiple choice and essay tests on Chemistry of Life, cells cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology.

 

 

Chemistry

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “A Physical Science” graduation requirement.  Chemistry includes investigation of empirical concepts central to biology, earth science, environmental science, and physiology; in-depth investigations on the properties and interactions of matter including matter and its interactions, concentration of forces and motion, types of interactions, stability and instability in chemical systems, conservation of energy, energy transformations, and applications of energy to everyday life.

 

PreAP Chemistry

 

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “A Physical Science” graduation requirement.  PreAP Chemistry is an advanced investigation of empirical concepts central to biology, earth science, environmental science, and physiology.  Students will participate in in-depth investigations on the properties and interactions of matter including matter and its interactions, concentration of forces and motion, types of interactions, stability and instability in chemical systems, conservation of energy, energy transformations, and applications of energy to everyday life.

 

AP Chemistry

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation.  This course also fulfills the “A Physical Science” graduation requirement.  AP Chemistry has two prerequisites: the successful completion of PreAP Chemistry and Algebra II with Trigonometry.  AP Chemistry is a college-level advanced course following the curriculum established by the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program for chemistry, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics.

 

Physiology and Anatomy

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation, but it DOES NOT fulfill the “Biology” OR “A Physical Science” requirement.  This course is the study of structure and function of human body systems from the cellular level to the organism level; interactions within and between systems that maintain homeostasis in an organisms; and how personal choices, environmental factors, and genetic factors affect the human body.  Dissection and other lab experiments are required.

 

EnDescription

Environmental Science

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems


Forensic Science

This course fulfills one science credit required for graduation, but it DOES NOT fulfill the “Biology” OR “A Physical Science” requirement.  Forensic Science is a one-credit course that focuses on the history of forensic science, criminal investigation, forensic serology and DNA, forensic studies in anthropology, toxicology, fingerprinting, firearms, physics, and document examination.

 

 

 

Social Sciences

 

Psychology

Psychology is a social science class that is an elective.  Psychology is the study of the mind and of behavior.  The class is offered to 11th and 12th graders and is primarily a lecture based class.  We study the stages and cycles of life, the body and its affect on behavior, the brain, biological and genetic problems which create behavior or mood disorders.  We study different types of abnormal behavior, as well as the causes for and treatment of such disorders.  We also study memory, dreams, sleep, sleep disorders, and treatments for all of these.  It is considered an upper level class, beneficial to those planning on attending college.
 
Dual Enrollment Speech/Psychology
These college courses are offered one semester per year and are taught on campus by Gadsden State Community College faculty. Students taking Speech/Psychology are required to pay GSCC tuition and must meet specific criteria in order to be considered. More information is available from the 12th grade Counselor.

AgriScience

 

AG-1 Fundamentals of Agriscience

Fundamentals of Agriscience is a one-credit course that provides students with a fundamental overview of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster, which contains five pathways—Power, Structure, and Technical Systems; Environmental and Natural Resources Systems; Animal Systems; Plant Systems; and Agribusiness Systems. Students are involved in classroom and laboratory activities in each of the five pathway areas. The emphasis for Fundamentals of Agriscience is based around the NCCER Core Curriculum including basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and materials handling.

Content standards for this course are not intended to serve as the entire curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to expand the curriculum beyond the limits of these content standards to accommodate specific community interests and utilize local resources.

Fundamentals of Agriscience is a part of four courses that comprise the General Agriscience Program. This course should be offered in series along with Intermediate Agriscience, Advanced Agriscience, and Applied Agricultural Mechanics. It is strongly encouraged that Fundamentals of Agriscience be a required pre-requisite for the other courses in the program.

Career and technical student organizations are integral, co-curricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.

 

AG-2 Intermediate Agriscience

Intermediate Agriscience is a one-credit course that provides students with an intermediate understanding of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster, which contains five pathways—Power, Structure, and Technical Systems; Environmental and Natural Resources Systems; Animal Systems; Plant Systems; and Agribusiness Systems. Students are involved in classroom and laboratory activities in each of the five pathway areas. The emphasis for Intermediate Agriscience is plant systems. The curriculum will provide opportunities for Career Readiness Indicators utilizing resources from the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Landscape Management Technician, and NCCER.

Content standards for this course are not intended to serve as the entire curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to expand the curriculum beyond the limits of these content standards to accommodate specific community interests and utilize local resources.

Intermediate Agriscience is part of a four course sequence that comprises the General Agriscience Program. This course should be offered in series along with Fundamentals of Agriscience, Advanced Agriscience, and Applied Agricultural Mechanics to 9th through 12th grade students. It is strongly encouraged that Fundamentals of Agriscience be required as a pre-requisite for this course.

Career and technical student organizations are integral, co-curricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.

 

AG-3 Advanced Agriscience

Advanced Agriscience is a one-credit course that provides students with an intermediate understanding of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster, which contains five pathways—Power, Structure, and Technical Systems; Environmental and Natural Resources Systems; Animal Systems; Plant Systems; and Agribusiness Systems. Students are involved in classroom and laboratory activities in each of the five pathway areas. The emphasis for Intermediate Agriscience is plant systems. The curriculum will provide opportunities for Career Readiness Indicators utilizing resources from the Youth Beef Quality Assurance, Youth Pork Quality Assurance, and NCCER.

Content standards for this course are not intended to serve as the entire curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to expand the curriculum beyond the limits of these content standards to accommodate specific community interests and utilize local resources.

Advanced Agriscience is part of a four course sequence that comprises the General Agriscience Program. This course should be offered in series along with Fundamentals of Agriscience, Intermediate Agriscience, and Applied Agricultural Mechanics to 9th through 12th grade students. It is strongly encouraged that Fundamentals of Agriscience be required as a pre-requisite for this course.

Career and technical student organizations are integral, co-curricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.

 

 Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Science  Course Descriptions



Family and Consumer Sciences I                                Grades 9-10

 Family and Consumer Sciences is a one-credit course that serves as the foundation course for the Human Services cluster, except for the Personal Care Services pathway. Course content provides opportunities for students to explore the core content included in the Family Studies and Consumer Sciences; Early Childhood Development and Services; Fashion; Interior Design; Food, Wellness, and Dietetics; and Consumer Sciences pathways. Major topics are marriage and family life, parenting and caregiving, consumer services, apparel, housing, food and nutrition, and technology and careers. This course is not a prerequisite for courses included in all pathways within the cluster; however, students are encouraged to take the course before entering a pathway. Career and technical student organizations are integral, co curricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth



Sports Nutrition                                                       Grades 11-12

 Sports Nutrition is a one-credit course taught in grades 9-12. This course is designed for students interested in health, fitness, and sports performance. This course examines the relationship between nutrition, physical performance, and overall wellness. Students will learn how to choose nutritious foods for healthy lifestyles and peak performance of athletes. Health and disease prevention through nutrition, physical activity, and wellness practices are essential components of the course. This course emphasizes the metabolic process and management of food choices for optimal health and physical performance. Students are challenged to develop personal fitness and nutrition plans. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), an integral part of the curriculum, provides opportunities to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills, enhances leadership development skills, and provides opportunities for community service. 




Life Connections                                                   Grades 9-12

Life Connections may be taught as a one-credit or half-credit course. For a half-credit course, content standards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, and 18 must be included. The course focuses on practical problems related to nurturing human development throughout the lifespan and life cycle. Course content provides opportunities for students to explore basic needs of individuals regarding human growth and development; stages across the lifespan; career planning; dating and marriage; financial management; parenting decisions; relationship adjustments; middle-age, retirement issues, and intergenerational living; balancing work, family, and community responsibilities; improving the quality of life; community resources and services; technology; and careers related to families as they progress through the life cycle. Career and technical student organizations are integral, co curricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth

 

Event Planning                                                      Grades 10-12

* FACS I should be completed prior to taking Event Planning. 

This is a one-credit course taught in grades 10-12. Students will learn to organize and plan all aspects of business and social events including the food, location, and décor associated with hiring an event planner. Concepts taught in the course to meet the needs of clients include planning for the event with activities, establishing a budget, determining the theme, planning the guest list, determining the location, developing an event plan schedule, planning transportation needs, training of staff, staging the event, calculating room and space requirements, providing necessary technology and equipment, planning food and beverage services, securing entertainment, understanding legal issues in event planning, and conducting post-evaluations of event. Students demonstrate leadership characteristics and make decisions based on integrating knowledge of financial, human resources, promotion, and event management principals. Students are prepared for various career opportunities in event planning. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), an integral part of the curriculum, provides opportunities to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills, enhances leadership development skills, and provides opportunities for community service.

Business

 

Career Preparedness

 The Career Preparedness course focuses on three integrated areas of instruction–academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. The area of technology is designed to be interwoven throughout course instruction. Mastery of the content standards provides a strong foundation for student acquisition of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables them to achieve success in school, at work, and across the life span. As part of preparing students to be college- and career-ready, this course also equips them with the skills needed for business and industry, continuing education, and lifelong learning. Acquisition of these skills is achieved by incorporating content and strategies that can easily allow students to meet the required 20- hour online experience as defined in the Alabama State Department of Education’s High School Distance Learning: Online/Technology Enhanced Course or Experience Guidance document

 

Multimedia  Publication

 Multimedia Publications is a one-credit course designed to provide students with the ability to utilize digital equipment and multimedia digital imaging software, produce interactive media projects, and develop publication layouts. Students use various hardware peripherals as well as the Internet for integrating skills to create a variety of publications. Career and technical student organizations are integral, cocurricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.

 

Personal Finance

Personal Finance may be taught as a one-credit or half-credit course. For a half-credit course, content standards 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, and 18 must be included The course introduces students to the management of personal and family resources to achieve personal goals and financial literacy. Content provides opportunities for students to explore consumer behavior, laws and legislation, consumer protection, consumer rights and responsibilities, consumer decision making, advertising and promotional techniques, individual and family money management, banking services, use of credit, income tax, technology, and careers in providing financial services to individuals and families. 

 

Career and technical student organizations are integral, cocurricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.  

 

Career Preparedness

The Career Preparedness course focuses on three integrated areas of instruction-academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. The area of technology is designed to be interwoven throughout course instruction. Mastery of the content standards provides a strong foundation for student acquisition of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables them to achieve success in school, at work, and across the life span.

As part of preparing students to be college- and career-ready, this course also equips them with the skills needed for business and industry, continuing education, and lifelong learning. Acquisition of these skills is achieved by incorporating content and strategies that can easily allow students to meet the required 20- hour online experience as defined in the Alabama State Department of Education’s High School Distance Learning: Online/Technology Enhanced Course or Experience Guidance document.

Career Preparedness is a one-credit course required for graduation that can be taught in Grades 9-12; however, it is recommended that students take the course in Grade 9. This course may be taught as two one-half credit courses consisting of Career Preparedness A and Career Preparedness B. Standards 1, 2, 2a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 6, 6a, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11a, 12, 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, and 12e must be taught in Career Preparedness A. Standards 2b, 2c, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5, 7, 7a, 7b, 13, 14, 14a, 15, 15a, 15b, 15c, 15d, 16,
16a, 16b, 17, 17a, 17b, 18, 18a, 19, 20, 20a, 21, 21a, 21b, 21c, 2Id, 22, 22a, 22b, and 23 must be taught in Career Preparedness B. Career Preparedness A is the prerequisite to Career Preparedness B



Business Technology Essentials

Business Technology Essentials (BTE) is a one credit course designed to help students master basic computer skills in the areas of word processing, database management, spreadsheet, presentation, Internet and e-mail.  We use MicroSoft Office.  The course also explores careers and ethical issues pertaining to information systems.  Communication and critical thinking skills are reinforced through the use of software applications.  Simulations and projects promoting teamwork and leadership skills offer further opportunities for application of knowledge and skills

 

Law in Society

This course provides a survey of the law and the judicial system.  Economic and social concepts are explored as they relate to the legal principles and to business and personal law.  Emphasis is placed upon law in society as it affects young adults with focus on the legal rights and responsibilities of students as citizens, consumer, and employee.

 

Entrepreneurship and Management

This is a specialized business course designed to provide students with the skills needed to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage a business.  This course includes business management and entrepreneurship; communication and interpersonal skills, economics, and professional development foundations.

 

Cooperative Education

The Career/Technical Cooperative Education program is a structured component of the Career/Technical Education curriculum that integrates classroom and learning with productive, supervised work-based experiences in the fields related to the student’s career objective.  Cooperative Education partners students with school faculty and employers to provide students with progressive and work-based experiences that integrate theory and application.

 

Scholars Bowl

 Scholar’s Bowl is a class that prepares students to be ready for team competition. This class also introduces additional material that is required by team players to know. Subjects included are as follows: history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, pop culture and sports. More information about subject material can be found at the NAQT website. Knowledge of such material may help students achieve better scores on college entrance exams.                                                                                   

The focus of this class will be practicing for competition. All students will answer questions while using buzzers. Each student will be competing against the other students.  All students are required to learn the additional material by a variety of methods. Learning should be an adventure and this class tries to add the element of interest to the assignments. There are opportunities for field trips which will include competitions. The tournaments are held on Fridays and Saturdays. These are exciting events. A student may join Scholar’s Bowl (Quiz Bowl) even if he/she is not sure that he/she wishes to complete. Sometimes the best players begin as students who work hard and find that answering questions and going to tournaments is fun and that they are good at scoring points. Every student that wishes to play in competition will have the opportunity to play. A team consists of 4-6 players. For example, if 12 students sign up, there will be 3 teams of 4 or 2 teams of 6.  Students in all grades may sign up for Scholar’s Bowl.

Music and Fine Arts

Choir

 The Choral Music program is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students.  Musical opportunities are provided for every student to learn the basic skills of singing, reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas.

Students will be able to aurally and visually identify repetition in musical scores. 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 student continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music.

 

Beginning Guitar

This one-year guitar course is designed for students with no previous guitar experience. Students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar at the beginning level and will learn to play many of the different styles, skills, and techniques required to become a successful guitarist. Areas of concentration include: correct posture, note reading, aural skills, flat-picking, singing songs, rhythm patterns, chord study, finger picking styles, musical forms, and performing experiences.

 

 

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is one of two band performance ensembles offered at Southside High School.  The Southside Symphonic Band is classified as an "Accomplished Level" ensemble in the Alabama Arts Education Course of Study for students with experience equivalent to multiple years of high school study, in grades 9-12. This course is designed to extend students’ technical skills and artistry and to provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the study of music. Throughout the four Artistic Processes, students will perform (singing and playing instruments), create, read/write, and listen/respond/evaluate while employing the following concepts: timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expression. The skill of connecting is embedded throughout all standards and grade levels. Refer to Appendix F for Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings.  Students must be a member of the Symphonic Band or the Wind Ensemble course to be a member of the Southside Band and "The PRIDE" of Southside Marching Band. 

 

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is one of two band performance ensembles offered at Southside High School.  The Southside Wind Ensemble is classified as an "Advanced Level" ensemble in the Alabama Arts Education Course of Study for students with experience equivalent to college-level, honors, or AP study in grades 9-12. Students at this level demonstrate concepts and skills to continue the enjoyment of music in community or professional settings. Throughout the four Artistic Processes, students will perform (singing and playing instruments), create, read/write, and listen/respond/evaluate while employing the following concepts: timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expression. The skill of connecting is embedded throughout all standards and grade levels. Refer to Appendix F for Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings.  Students must be a member of the Symphonic Band or the Wind Ensemble course to be a member of the Southside Band and "The PRIDE" of Southside Marching Band.  Membership in the Wind Ensemble is selected from a band class placement audition conducted by the band directors.   

 

Music Theory

Music Theory is an elective music course that covers advanced techniques and structures of music.  The concepts and skills addressed will allow students to refine existing musical skills while preparing for more advanced study. Through self-informed, personally-developed criteria, students will engage in meaningful and purposeful music-making within the four Artistic Processes. In doing so, students will experience the following concepts of music: rhythm, melody, form, timbre, texture and harmony, style, unity and variety, tension and release, balanceand expression. These concepts will be experienced through the following skills: performing (singing and playing instruments), creating, reading/writing, and listening/responding/evaluating. The skill of connecting is embedded throughout all standards and grade levels. See Appendix F of the Alabama Arts Education Course of Study for Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings. 

 

Music Composition

Music Composition is an elective music course that covers advanced techniques and structures of music theory and composition.  The concepts and skills addressed will allow students to refine existing musical skills while preparing for more advanced study. Through self-informed, personally-developed criteria, students will engage in meaningful and purposeful music-making within the four Artistic Processes. In doing so, students will experience the following concepts of music: rhythm, melody, form, timbre, texture and harmony, style, unity and variety, tension and release, balanceand expression. These concepts will be experienced through the following skills: performing (singing and playing instruments), creating, reading/writing, and listening/responding/evaluating. The skill of connecting is embedded throughout all standards and grade levels. See Appendix F of the Alabama Arts Education Course of Study for Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings. 

 

 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation is an elective music course that covers beginning and intermediate level techniques and structures of music theory and history. Using feedback and criteria set by the teacher, students will engage in meaningful musical learning within the four Artistic Processes. In doing so, students will experience the following concepts of music: rhythm, melody, form, timbre, harmony, and expression. These concepts will be experienced through reading/writing and listening/responding/evaluating. The skill of connecting is embedded throughout all standards and grade levels. See Appendix F of the Alabama Arts Education Course of Study for Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings.



Chorus

This performance based course is offered as an elective to any member of the student body.  A brief audition is required and should be scheduled with the chorus director.
Participation in Chorus will fulfill the Alabama Department of Education's Fine Arts requirement.


 

Theater

This is an elective course designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the art of theater and acting.  Students will be instructed on the roles different people play in the production of a play, such as the director, the actors, stage hands, set and costume designers, etc.  All students will perform to the best of their ability in a classroom setting.  Those who are willing and interested will have the opportunity to perform on stage in skits or plays.  Participation in Theater will fulfill the Alabama Department of Education's Fine Arts requirement.


Marching Band

Students must complete prerequisite instrumental music classes (6th, 7th, and 8th grade band) in order to participate in this performance based class.  The Southside High School Band, “The PRIDE”, meets during the fall semester and performs at all SHS football games and at designated marching band competitions.  After school rehearsals are a mandatory component of the marching band.  Participation in Marching Band will fulfill the Alabama Department of Education's Fine Arts requirement.

Art Appreciation 

Art Appreciation is an introductory level Visual Arts class that may fulfill an Elective credit for any student interested in Fine Arts.  The student will be introduced to many different styles of artwork and artists, as well as criticism and aesthetics, and understand reasons for the development of certain art forms, including the influences of politics, religions and world events.  

  Visual Arts I

Art I is an introductory level Visual Arts class.  This class will fulfill the Alabama Department of Education’s Fine Arts requirement, or could be used to fulfill an Elective credit.  Students will be creating original works of art incorporating the elements of art and principles of design, using a variety of traditional media. 

Visual Arts II

Art II is designed to help the more advanced visual art student develop their abilities and explore new media and develop portfolios.  Some independent projects and independent media choices will be explored, with a strong emphasis on developing personal artistic style.

Health Education

 

Health

This course will equip students with the knowledge to make better choices regarding their personal health and wellness.  Students will also comprehend the concept of disease prevention.  Finally, this course will provide students with the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks.

Beginning Kinesiology

Classes introduce students to the basic physiological, psychological, sociological and mechanical principles of human movement. Students may explore careers that involve kinesiology, which include physical education, physical therapy and athletic training. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime.

 


Driver Education

 

Driver Education

Driver Education is a ½ unit course focusing on safe and responsible driving techniques as well as providing on the road driving experiences.

 

 

 

 

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