Core Academics | Global Languages | Electives |  Graduation Requirements

Graduating students will need to take elective courses to reach the minimum number of credits required to receive a diploma. While many elective courses allow students to explore a variety of topics, some electives are required for graduation. For example, students must earn one credit in the Fine Arts from courses like World Music and Art Appreciation. Students must also earn half a Communications credit from Speech and one credit in Health Education from the Health and Nutrition courses.


Art Appreciation: Have fun exploring all types of mediums and techniques as you learn the principles and elements of Art! This exploration will take you through drawing, painting, clay, sculpture and mixed media projects. During this time you will meet some artists that have come before you as we learn techniques in their style. This will be a great exposure to all types of art and you will leave the class with a better understanding of art terms and techniques.


Creative Writing:  There’s good writing, and then there’s writing that sings. This course will push students’ work toward the melodious. We will work on techniques to raise the level of the language—from creating strong word pictures to turning phrases to finding and highlighting the telling details—and ways to keep readers’ interest, such as developing strong hooks and building a solid spine. The types of writing we work on will be determined partly by student interest, but could include essays, narrative non-fiction, short fiction and, at the end of the year, poetry (classic form as well as music lyrics). We will read and dissect published examples of specific genres to learn about construction and literary devices, and then students will try their own hand. Through readings, peer comments and teacher editing, students will improve their work and leave the class with a strong sense of how to hit the high notes.


Health:  Health education prepares students to shape their behavior in health enhancing ways. Students will learn to access valid and reliable health information, analyze the influences in their lives, communicate effectively, and use real life scenarios to practice making decisions and set attainable goals. Students will also watch various documentaries that involve emotional, physical, and nutrition wellness. By the end of this course, students will understand advanced health principles. The goal of this course is for students to develop the skills necessary to manage stress healthfully and enhance the quality of their personal, family, and community life.


Nutrition: This is course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of nutrition with a focus on the relationships of nutrients to health, fitness, and athletic performance. Topics include basic dietary components, principles of body function, considerations for disease prevention and management, dietary regulation, dietary myths, food safety and weight management.


Psychology: Psychology of Self-Awareness focuses on psychological concepts and strategies that students can apply to their lives in order to more fully understand who they are and what motivates them to develop skills, knowledge, and resources to achieve rewarding goals in life. Students explore such topics as personality, social identity, interpersonal relationships, emotional intelligence, motivation and achievement, stress management, and strategies for developing a value system to find meaning and purpose in life. Real-world topics, such as gender and racial stereotyping, peer pressure and conformity, and the origins of conflicts between factions of modern society are presented for students to better understand how these subjects affect their singular worldview. Exercises and course materials are designed to give students the opportunity to expand their self-awareness from both a personal and global perspective.


Statistics: Statistics introduces probability and statistical concepts with applications to various disciplines using technological tools. Topics include descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency, variation, and positions; probability, conditional probability and probability distributions; inferential statistics include, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi-square test and regression and correlation.


World Cultures: The world contains an amazing variety of cultures that we can learn from and this knowledge of the present and especially past cultures helps us learn and grow today as a 21st century civilization. This course will serve as a survey of many cultures throughout the world, from Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome and India, to the Silk Trade across Asia and into Europe. It does not matter if you are just curious about world cultures or considering a future in cultural anthropology or archaeology, this is a fantastic course to expand your horizons and prepare you for college courses. We hope you enjoy this colorful journey around the world and connect with the many people we share this Earth with.


World Music:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Anthropologists might disagree with Longfellow from a scientific standpoint; however, music does evoke in everyone an emotional response and connection without words. Not meant to be a technical class, this musical course is intended as a historical and cultural account that we all can enjoy. Visit places like Ancient Rome, study the drums and flutes of the Native Americans, or delve more deeply into how music evolved over time in England. Join us as this course takes you on a musical journey through diverse cultures on this planet that create music.


Journalism: This course is an introductory survey of journalism, with an emphasis on writing and reporting skills.  This course emphasizes the skills and knowledge to produce journalistic forms, identify the characteristics of modern journalism, and how it has shifted over time.  Students will evaluate varying article formats, review the history of journalism in America, discuss journalistic ethics, identify bias in journalistic reporting, and develop their individual writing skills in varying journalistic formats and styles.  Students will learn elements of a basic news story, how to collect information, sources and online research, construct stories, apply writing/reporting techniques, and aspects of global journalism.