SIOUX FALLS NEW TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL PROPOSED FOUR YEAR COURSE OF STUDY CLASS OF 2019 AND BEYOND:

GRAED 9

1ST SEMESTER

2ND SEMESTER


English IA/Speech /eDesign
Algebra IA/Physics A
Spanish IA/IIA
World Geography
Leadership IA

Acc/Geometry A
Acc/Chemistry A
English IB/Global Issues
Algebra IB/Physics B
Spanish IB/IIB
World History
Leadership IB

Acc/Geometry B
Acc/Chemistry B

GRADE 10

1ST SEMESTER

2ND SEMESTER


English IIA/BiologyA
Spanish IIA/IIIA
Acc/Geometry A
Graphics
Elective
Leadership IIA

Acc/Algebra IIA
Physics A
English IIB/Biology B
Spanish IIB/IIIB
Acc/Geometry B
PE
Elective
Leadership IIB

Acc/Algebra IIB
Physics B

GRADE 11

1ST SEMESTER

2ND SEMESTER


Acc/Algebra IIA
Acc/Chemistry A
US Hist A/ Am Lit
Elective, CTE - or STI* courses
College and Career Readiness A

Pre-Calculus A
AP Calculus
Acc/Algebra IIB
Acc/Chemistry B
US History B/Composition /Am. Film History
Elective, CTE or STI* courses
College and Career Readiness B

Pre-Calculus B
AP Calculus

GRADE 12

1ST SEMESTER

2ND SEMESTER


Astronomy/Meteorology
Pre-Calculus A
AP Calcululs
AP Gov/American Government
English Elective
Elective, CTE or STI* courses
Environmental Science
Pre-Calculus B
AP Calculus
Personal Finance
Internship
Elective, CTE or STI* courses
College Credit Options:Tuition-Free courses through STI (only offered to NTH students as space is available), State of South Dakota’s Dual Enrollment program ($48 per credit pending legislative approval on an on-going basis).

Across All Grades – 40 Hours (10 hours per year) Community Service
DUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:
Tuition-Free classes at Southeast Technical Institute
Students at New Technology High School can take Tuition-Free credit (both high school and college credit) courses at Southeast Technical Institute. Students are financially responsible for the cost of the textbook associated with the course, but do not have to pay tuition—a savings of about $400 per course. Courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any South Dakota Board of Regents university are: Speech, Composition, College Algebra, General Psychology and Social Problems. Students can take other courses available at STI, but are encouraged to contact the university they want to attend after graduation for credit transfer information.

FRESHMAN COMBINED COURSES
**FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS:**
SOPHOMORE COMBINED COURSE:
**MATH:**
JUNIOR COMBINED COURSE:
**HEALTH**
**BUSINESS MARKETING:**
**PHYSICAL EDUCATION:**

SCIENCE:
ECONOMICS/PERSONAL FINANCE
**SOCIAL STUDIES:**
**ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS**
**WORLD LANGUAGE:**

**ELECTIVES:**





FRESHMAN COMBINED COURSE:
(LAE-3011/3012, LAS-3010, CSD-3010, SSS-3080)
COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Length/Credit
One year, Two hour block, 2.5 credits
Meets English, Speech, Social Studies Selective Graduation Requirements and General Electives
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9th Grade
Location:
NTHS Only
Communication is an essential part of everyday life for all people. Communication Studies is a course that examines and analyzes the foundations of communication through English, Speech, Global Issues, and Digital Media in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of its importance in an ever-changing world. English will cover areas of writing and rhetoric as well as thorough literary analysis through readings of stories and novels. Speech allows for the practice research for information and challenges students to practice poise and skills in public speaking. Digital Media will encompass a variety of Desktop Publishing and other Web-based applications. Previous project partners for this course have included South Dakota State University, non-profit agencies, and Barnes & Noble. The course fulfills the graduation requirements for English I, Speech, and Social Studies Selective as well as fulfilling .5 elective credit.



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SOPHOMORE COMBINED COURSE:
(SCB-3011/3012, LAE-3021/3022)
BIOLIT
Length/Credit
One Year, Two hour block, 2.0 credits
Meets English and Life Science Graduation Requirements
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 10th grade
Location:
NTHS Only
BioLit combines 10th grade Biology and Literature/Composition in a project-based learning environment. The projects in this course are designed to use biological concepts to develop literature and writing skills. Notable combinations include examining the ecology principles in White Fang by Jack London, writing genetics-based poetry, using Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew to analyze the biochemistry and evolution of the brain, and composing research essays for student-designed experiments. This course fulfills the graduation requirements for Biology and English 10.
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JUNIOR COMBINED COURSE:
(SSH-3021/3022, LAL-3031, LAC-3032,
ELE-3030)
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Length/Credit:
One Year, Two hour block, 2.5 credits
Meets American History, American Literature and Composition
Graduation Requirements, and General Elective credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11th Grade
Location:
NTHS Only
In American Experience, students have a chance to learn about some of America’s most important events by participating in collaborative projects and presenting their end product to show content knowledge. Students work to create authentic projects in conjunction with community partners. The course examines the impact society and history have on literature. Notable projects previously completed include #myparty12, America @ War, and War Games. This course fulfills the graduation requirements for American Literature and Composition in addition to credit for U.S. History. Students also receive ½ elective credit for this course.
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BUSINESS/MARKETING
(AAV-3111)
MARKETING EDUCATION I
Length/Credit:
One Year, Two hour block, 2.5 credits
Meets American History, American Literature and Composition
Graduation Requirements, and General Elective credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11th Grade
Location:
NTHS Only
There is no better way to learn about running a business than to participate in the running of the school store. Students will have real-world experiences building, maintaining, and growing the New Tech school store. Students will be involved in research and practice of job-seeking skills, management training, production, accounting, and the ethics of business. Students will study basic economies of sales including goods and services, resources, pricing, advertising, and supply/demand.

(AAV-3122)
MARKETING EDUCATION II
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11-12 Grade
Location:
NTHS Only
Marketing Education II will be an expansion of Marketing I. Students will continue to learn business principles, including management, production, accounting and ethics. Students will have an expanded role running the school store.



(ELE-3241/3242)
MARKETING INTERNSHIP
Length/Credit:
One Semester
Prerequisite
None, Open to 11-12 Grade
Location:
NTHS Only
Students will participate in a 60 hour career exploration experience. Students work with an instructor to identify community partners in a career interest area of their choice. Transportation to the internship site is the responsibility of the student.



(AAV-3151/3161/3171)
MARKETING CO-OP I
Length/Credit:
One Semester, 0.5 credit (10 hrs/wk), 1.0 credits (20hrs/wk), 1.5 credits (30hrs/wk)
Prerequisite:
Open to 11-12 Grade. Must be enrolled in Marketing Education I
Location:
NTHS Only
Students will be employed in the community, learning to accept responsibility, competing assigned tasks, gaining work experience, and developing employment skills.



(AAV-3152/3162/3172)
MARKETING CO-OP II
Length/Credit:
One Semester, 0.5 (10hrs/wk) 1.0 (20hrs/wk) 1.5 (30hrs/wk)
Prerequisite:
Open to 11-12 Grade. Must be enrolled in Marketing Education II
Location:
NTHS Only
Students will be employed in the community, learning to accept responsibility, competing assigned tasks, gaining work experience, and developing employment skills.
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ECONOMICS/PERSONAL FINANCE
(AAB-3110)
PERSONAL FINANCE
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Personal Finance graduation requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11-12 Grade
Location:
NTHS only
This course prepares students to make sound financial decisions by researching, evaluating, and analyzing real-world financial situations. Students will utilize critical-thinking skills and resources regarding careers, financial planning, spending, saving, and investing. Other critical topics include credit, debt, identity theft, taxes, insurance and loans. This course earns 0.5 credit and meets the graduation requirement for personal finance.
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ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS
(LAD-3010 & LAO-3010)
ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 1.0 credit English Elective, Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite
None, Open to 9-12 Grade
Advanced Communications is a semester-long course that introduces students to debate and oral interpretation. The goal of the course is developing students' communication skills to advanced levels. Students will emerge from this course with a better understanding of debate and oral interpretation and with improved skills in the areas of communication, reasoning, persuasion and presentation.



(LAC-3040)
CREATIVE WRITING
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit English Elective
Prerequisite
None, Open to 11-12 Grade
Explore the writing process by researching, modeling, and creating your own writing. Students will be immersed in activities that promote the creative process and have freedom to explore and practice their own craft of writing. Students will share, edit and revise personal writings, as well as help other writers grow and develop their skills through peer feedback and evaluation. A variety of writing styles will be explored in this course. This course earns 0.5 credit and meets the English Elective requirement for graduation.



(LAC-4010)
ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit English Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11 - 12 Grade
This course is recommended for the college bound student. Students will master the proper mechanics of pre-college level writing. A focus on traditional MLA research writing and enhancement of skills through a deep grammatical and structural knowledge of the language will be emphasized. This course earns 0.5 credit and meets the English Elective requirement for graduation.



(LAJ-3031/3032)
JOURNALISM/YEARBOOK
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit English Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11 - 12 Grade Instructor consent required. This course may not count for English credit at some colleges/universities. Please check with your selected college/university for specific requirements.
"These are the moments of your life." Help capture those precious high school memories by developing the annual yearbook. Students will conduct interviews, write, revise and edit stories. Students will design layout pages and capture photos for the publication. Students will learn about the rules governing ethical publications and will assist with sales of the yearbook. This is a highly collaborative course that requires strong written and oral communication skills. Students earn 0.5 credit each semester for Yearbook which fulfills the English elective for graduation.
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FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
(FAA-3020)
EXPLORING VISUAL ART
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Fine Art Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9, 10, 11, 12 Grade
Students in Exploring Visual Art will understand and use visual arts as a means for creative self-expression and interpersonal communication. Students will practice the processes of art creation and reflect upon their own and others' art to make sense of the world around them. Students will make connections between visual arts and other content areas, as well as through history and culture. Previous project partners for this course include Museum of Visual Materials, Rug and Relic, and Exposure Gallery. This course earns 0.5 credit in the area of fine arts.



(FAC-3021/3022)
CHOIR
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
This mixed choir course provides New Tech students the opportunity to participate in a year-long project. Public performance, participation in solo and ensemble contest, and preparation for All-State and Honors choir auditions are a few anticipated end products for this course. Students will work to develop knowledge of proper care of voice, learn to identify musical terms and symbols, practice music reading skills and improve vocal quality in preparation for presentation. This course earns 0.5 elective credit each semester and counts towards the fine arts requirement for graduation.



(FAC-4011/4012)
Concert Choir
Length/Credit:
One Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11-12 Grade
Placement in Concert Choir is by audition.
Display a working knowledge of musical terms and symbols, perfect their music reading skills, refine individual vocal technique, study and perform advanced choral literature ranging from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century, exemplify confidence and poise in advanced level concert performances, recognize the vital role that arts play in our world.



(FAA-3130)
PHOTOGRAPHY I
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite
None, Open to 9-12 Grade
Photography I is an opportunity for students to learn fundamentals and practice and refine photo-taking, editing, and publishing skills. Students will understand the function of Digital cameras, will study principals of capturing images, will practice shooting images, and will work with industry-grade software to edit and publish photos. Students will learn the utilization of the elements and principles of design,demonstrate skills in photo composition and work with community partners to deppen their level of photo appreciation. Photo I is a semester long course and may be applied to the fine art graduation requirement.



(FAA-3240)
PHOTOGRAPHY II
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite:
Photography I, Open to 10-12 Grade
This course is an extension of Photography I. It advances the students' skills in digital photography and includes the study of art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and the elements and principles of design. Students will build a portfolio and explore photographic career opportunities.



(FAC-4011/4012)
CONCERT CHOIR
Length/Credit:
One Year, 1 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11-12 grade
Placement in Concert Choir is by audition.
Display a working knowledge of musical terms and symbols, perfect their music reading skills, refine individual vocal technique, study and perform advanced choral literature ranging from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century, exemplify confidence and poise in advanced level concert performances, recognize the vital role that arts play in our world.

(FAD-3010)
THEATRE I
Length/Credit
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
Students will learn basic elements of theatrical performance, stage movement, character development, theatrical terms, audience responsibilities and the auditioning process. Students will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their own performance skills in front of an audience.



(AAT-3110)
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
Graphic Design uses industry-standard graphics software for creative self-expression and interpersonal communication while solving design problems. By understanding the media, techniques and processes used in the production of graphic arts, students will experiment with design ideas, as well as discover relationships between 2 and 3-dimensional objects. Students will demonstrate a capacity for critical and sensitive response to various graphic art experiences. Previous projects include designing postage stamps, travel posters, text/font manipulation and logo design.



(AAT-3270)
ADVANCED GRAPHICS
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
Graphic Design
Advanced Graphics students will use their knowledge from Graphic Design to explore advanced tools in the Adobe design software. Students will further their design skills through projects incorporating illustration, package design and interactive design. Advanced Graphics students will also work with area professionals on projects, explore design-related careers, and visit with college representatives about future opportunities in design.


(LAD-3010 & LAO-3010)
ADVANCED COMMUNICATION
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 1.0 credit English Elective, Fine Arts Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
Advanced Communications is a semester-long course that introduces students to debate and oral interpretation. The goal of the course is developing students' communication skills to advanced levels. Students will emerge from this course with a better understanding of debate and oral interpretation and with improved skills in the areas of communication, reasoning, persuasion, and presentation.
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HEALTH
(HEH-3010)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Length/Credit:
One Semester, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9-12 grade

Preferred 9-10 grade
This course promotes behaviors that contribute to healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life for all students. The course aligns to South Dakota Health Education Standards. The areas of physical mental and social health are included with specific units in body systems, nutrition, fitness/wellness, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, mental health, self care and personal safety.
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MATH
(MAG-3011/3012)
GEOMETRY
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Algebra I
Through Project-Based and Problem-Based Learning, students will explore the sizes and orientations of shapes and solids. Students will master the content of nine Geometry units: Transformations, Properties of Lines, Angles, and Triangles, Congruence, Similarity, Trigonometry, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Area and Volume, and Probability.



(MAG-4011/4012)
ACCELERATED GEOMETRY
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Algebra I
Through Project-Based and Problem-Based Learning, students will explore the sizes and orientations of shapes and solids. Students will master the content of nine Geometry units: Transformations, Properties of Lines, Angles, and Triangles, Congruence, Similarity, Trigonometry, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Area and Volume, and Probability. Advanced common core geometry standards will be implemented within the nine geometry units to accelerate and enrich the curriculum.



(MAG-3031/3032)
ALGEBRA II
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Algebra I
This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, imaginary and complex numbers, functions and their relationships (linear, quadratic, polynomials, inverse, radical exponential, logarithmic, and rational) and concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. The content of this course are important for students' success on both the ACT and college mathematics entrance exams.



(MAA-4011/4012)
ACCELERATED ALGEBRA II
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Algebra I, Open to 9-12 grade
Important Information:
Accelerated Geometry recommended
This course will follow the national common core standards. Students will solve quadratic equations; solve systems of equations graphically and algebraically; evaluate expressions with radicals and exponents; find complex solutions; solve exponential, rational, polynomial, and radical equations; study polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, simplify rational expressions rational functions, and statistical relationships; unit circle trigonometry; trigonometric ratios; analyze sine and cosign graphs.


(MAC-4011/4012)
PRECALCULUS
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Geometry and Algebra II, Open to 11-12 Grade
This upper-level math course will use Problem-Based Learning as the foundation of the course. Simulation problems will allow students to explore and master formulaic calculations algebraically and graphically. Aided by the use of calculators and computers, students will also develop skills in analyzing functions (linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), complex numbers, vectors, matrices, trigonometry, conic sections and statistics. The course is designed to encompass all topics necessary to be successful in a college calculus course.

(MAC-3031) (MAG-3011/3012) (CSC 3070)
MATRIX MATH
Meets Geometry, Algebra II and Exploring Computer Science Selective Graduation Requirement
Length/Credit:
One Year, Two hour, 2.5 credits

Prerequisite:
Algebra I, Open to 9-11 grade
Location:
NTH only
Matrix Math is a yearlong course exploring the connections between mathematics and computer science. This course applies mathematic principles to the topics of programming, problem solving, data modeling, web design and the interaction between humanity and computers. Applications include, but are not limited to: video game programming, computer graphics, and computer hardware. This course meets all the traditional course standards of Geometry, Algebra 2, and Exploring Computer Science elective course. There will also be an accelerated strand within the Matrix course meeting all the traditional course standards of Accelerated Geometry, Accelerated Algebra 2 and Exploring Computer Science.


(MAC-5011/5012)
AP CALCULUS

Length/Credit:
One Year, 1 credit

Prerequisite:
Precalculus or Accelerated Precalculus; Open to 11-12 grade

Students are expected to take the AP exam.
AP Calculus is the study of limits, derivatives, and integrals used in modeling physical, biological and economic situations. Functions, concepts, results, and problems are expressed analytically, numerically, graphically, and verbally. Students must have knowledge of the properties, the algebra, and the graphs of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric and piecewise-defined functions. Students will be prepared for the Calculus AB examination.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
(PEP-3010)
RECREATIONAL FITNESS
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Physical Education Graduation Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 10th Grade
The goal of Recreational Fitness is to give students an overall picture of what it means to live a healthy, active lifestyle. In this course, students work to gain knowledge of health and skill related fitness components, use fitness terminology and follow rules, exhibit good sportsmanship and fairness along with practicing decision making skills, develop strength, speed, agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, and muscular endurance, and track their progress of personal fitness through the completion of the Fitness Gram Test. Units may include football, soccer, lawn games, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, weight training, and net/court games. This course fulfills the PE requirement for graduation.



(PEP-3020)
BASIC STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Physical Education Graduation Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
This course is an introduction to strength training and conditioning. It is very individualized, and students will track their lifting/conditioning progress throughout the semester. Students will warm-up daily, and then begin their lifting and conditioning program.



(PEP-3030)
STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING I
Length/Credit:
One Semester, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
Basic Strength Training and Conditioning
Open to 10-12 grade
Apply prior knowledge of weight training techniques and procedures. See description in Basic Strength Training and Conditioning.



(PEP-3050)
TEAM SPORTS
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
Use basic terms and learn the rules of team activities that may include basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, team handball and volleyball; practice safety procedures; develop lifetime skills; practice personal fitness leading to an active healthy lifestyle; demonstrate good sportsmanship, fairness and decision making.



(PEP-3150)
SPORTS OFFICIATING
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Physical Education Graduation Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
This course is designed to teach the basic rules of sports officiating in a variety of team sports. Students will learn when and how to call rule violations during a game setting. Students will practice being officials during game settings in class.
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SCIENCE
(SCC-3011/3012)
CHEMISTRY
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit Physical Science Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9-12 Grade
This course explores the molecular level of science. Students in this course solve problems and justify best solutions. The focus of the course is on the properties of matter and interaction of atoms and molecules; knowledge is gained through discovery in research, lab experiments, interaction with community partners, and the organization of data through use of the scientific method. This course fulfills a graduation requirement for science and earns 1 credit for the full year.


(SCC-3011/3012)
CHEMISTRY
Length/Credit:
One Year, One 1.0 credit Physical Science Elective
Prerequisite:
Algebra I, Open to 9-12 Grade
This course is recommended for students interested in an in-depth study of first year chemistry. The topics of the course are the same as Chemistry, but require an advanced coverage. A strong background in mathematics is recommended. This is a class for students who plan to pursue science as a future career. Students with an interest in AP Chemistry are highly encouraged to take this class.

Solve real life problems, determine, and justify best solutions and their implications in order to make recommendations for problem solving; use the scientific method, set up labs, organize data, and conduct experiments with correct use of scientific instruments; evaluate and communicate results of scientific experiments in oral and written form; make predictions and formulate conclusions from compiled data; study the properties of matter and the interaction of atoms and molecules.



(SCP-3011/3012)
PHYSICS

Length/Credit:
One Year, 1.0 credit

Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9-12 Grade

Physics is the study of matter and energy or “how things work.” This course’s purpose is to develop a conceptual understanding of your physical world through the phenomenon of motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Students apply learning through developing investigations, problem solving, using computers to analyze and interpret data, and presenting their findings.




(SCS-3010)
ASTRONOMY/METEOROLOGY
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Physical Science Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 10-12 Grade
In Meteorology, students will use skills of observation and reasoning to analyze patterns that cause weather phenomena. Students will study the physical science behind weather occurrences through daily weather observation, case studies of historical weather events, and laboratory exercises. In Astronomy, students will examine the physics of celestial objects in engaging projects. Students will continue to develop skills of scientific research and inquiry through demonstrations, laboratory exercises, class discussions, and expert consultations.



(SCS-3010)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Physical Science Elective
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 10-12 Grade
In Environmental Science, students will explore the relationships of the natural world, analyze natural and human-made problems, and examine solutions for resolving or preventing these problems. We will conduct hands-on investigations in the lab and in the field to solve real-world problems in a collaborative project-based environment.
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SOCIAL STUDIES:
(SSG-3010)
WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation World Geography Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
World Geography is the study about the earth's surface. Geography involves asking questions and solving problems. It focuses on looking at people and their different ways of life as well as studying physical features like mountains, oceans, and rivers. The study of geography helps us make connections between what was, what is, and what may be.



(SSH-3070)
WORLD HISTORY
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation World History Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
World History is examining history from a global perspective. Within this course students will explore key events and global historical developments that have shaped the modern world we live in today. Students will also study the historical and geographic methods and techniques used by historians to construct an accurate account of the past. They are encouraged to look for relationships among historical events, to explore the flow of the past into the present, and to employ the past in suggesting the course of the future.



(SSS-3020)
PSYCHOLOGY
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation Social Studies Selective Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11 - 12 Grade
This course incorporates the study of human behavior with project-based learning. Topics covered are Brain and Behavior, Sensation and Perception, Coping with Stress, States of Consciousness, Research Methods, and Learning and Memory. This course allows students to apply academic principles to real-life situations.



(SSS-3080)
GLOBAL ISSUES
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation Social Studies Selective Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9 - 12 Grade
Global Issues is a semester long course that provides students with an interdisciplinary approach on important international issues. By examining social, economic, and geopolitical forces, students will gain a better understanding of the world in which they live. Students will acquire experience in the problem-solving and decision making through various class activities and projects. Students will gain an appreciation for the fact that they are truly global citizens and that responsibility lies at the core of good citizenship. Topics to be covered include terrorism, our role in the Middle East, genocide, global economics, the role of international organizations, world poverty, world hunger, global warming, and many more.



(SSV-3010)
GOVERNMENT
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11 - 12 Grade
This course is an overview of the structure of the United States Government. Students will explore the Constitution and its application to their lives. They will research the three branches of government, the political system, and the rights and responsibilities of US citizens. Students will work with community partners to explore the application of government in today's progressive society. This course earns 1/2 credit and is required for graduation.



(SSV-5010)
AP GOVERNMENT
Length/Credit:
One Semester, One hour, 0.5 credit Meets Graduation Requirement
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11 - 12 Grade
Students will complete an advanced comprehensive study of American government and politics. Topics of study will include: the American Federal System; political parties, elections and voting; Congress, the Presidency; federal courts; the media and public opinion; and civil rights and liberties. This course will prepare students to take the AP exam in Government in the spring of the year. This course earns 1/2 credit and fulfills the Government requirement for graduation.
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WORLD LANGUAGE
(WLS-3011/3012)
SPANISH I
Length/Creidt:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Open to 9 - 10 Grade
Students will speak and understand Spanish in authentic projects that require basic conversational abilities. Students will communicate with native speakers; create and read skits, dialogues, and presentations; and gain cultural and global understanding and awareness through projects with real-world community partners.


(WLS-3021/3022)
SPANISH II
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Spanish 1, Open to 9 - 10 Grade
In Spanish II, students will continue to develop Spanish skills in authentic project-based situations that encourage connections with the Latino and Spanish-speaking community and culture; students will use technology to aid in their study of a foreign language by listening to spoken Spanish in a variety of digital formats, by using online audio tools and apps to develop oral accuracy and fluency, by reading online texts and entry documents; and by producing written scripts, letters, and documents in Spanish. Students earn elective credit for this course and the credit can be applied to eligibility for the SD Opportunity Scholarship


(WLS-3031/3032)
SPANISH III
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Spanish I & II, Open to 10 - 12 Grade
Students will understand and speak Spanish in Authentic project-based communicative situations as they refine listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills embedded with authentic perspectives of Latino and Spanish cultures. Student project-based practices encourage and reinforce connections with the Latino and Spanish-speaking communities and cultures.


(WLS-4011/4012)
SPANISH IV
Length/Credit:
One Year, One hour, 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:
Spanish III, Open to 11-12 grade
Spanish IV students will be able to promptly formulate complex ideas using professional and grammatically advanced language in Spanish as a regular class practice within authentic project-based communicative situations. Students will continue to refine their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills embedded with authentic perspectives of Latino and Spanish Cultures. Students will be expected to demonstrate and awareness and understanding of the Spanish Speaking World as well as cultural differences and similarities through regular written and spoken reflections.
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ELECTIVES
(ELE-3341/3342)
LEADERSHIP I
Length/Credit:
One Year, 25 minutes opposite lunch, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 9th grade
Location:
NTH Only
The goal fo this year-long elective course is to help students develop leadership capacity in prepraration for college and career. This goal is achieved by focusing on strategies for school success (organization, time management, conflict resolution, etc. ) awareness of events in the community, region, nation, and globe, and purposeful planning for career and college. Students will also focus on the development of relationships with cohort group and developing oral communication skills through Toastmasters. This course earns 1/2 elective credit for the year and meets opposite lunch.


(ELE-3371/3372)
LEADERSHIP II
Length/Credit:
One Year, 25 minutes opposite lunch, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 10th grade
Location:
NTH Only
The goal of this year-long elective course is to help students maintain and grow leadership capacity in preparation for college and career. This goal is achieved by focusing on strategies for school success (organization, time management, conflict resolution, etc. ), awareness of events in the community, participating in service to others, and purposeful planning for career and college. Students will also focus on the development of relationships with cohort group and developing oral communication and collaboration skills through Crucial Conversations. This course earns 1/2 elective credit for the year and meets opposite lunch.


(ELE-3380)
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Length/Credit:
One Year, 25 minutes opposite lunch, 0.5 credit
Prerequisite:
None, Open to 11th Grade
Location:
NTH Only
The purpose of College and Career Readiness (CCR) is to help students identify academic strengths and target areas of growth in preparation for the PSAT and ACT/SAT. Students will gain content knowledge and test taking strategies. Students will explore writing resume, college applications and scholarship applications. Students will have the opportunity to visit with college admission representatives in an effort to understand the admissions process and admission requirements, and will explore college campuses. Students earn 1/2 general elective credit for the year. This course meets opposite lunch.