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COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval
The focus of the Computer Architecture course is to prepare students as entry-level service technicians and develop skills required to pass the industry standard A+ certification test. This certification will enable students to link electronics and Information Technology Departments. Core technologies in hardware maintenance and operating systems are at the center of all activities. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Operating Systems (installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration), Hardware (installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration), and System Architecture (bus speed configuration, installing components, and external ports).

COMPUTER SCIENCE I
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: 87% in Algebra I and Computer/Technology Applications or Scheduling Committee Approval

Computer Science I is designed for students interested in studying the structure and power of programming languages. Emphasis will be placed on development of language syntax, control statements, algorithms and logical solution structure, including the use of visual organizers in the design process. A contemporary computer language will be used to code problem solutions. Programming components covered are: input/output, control structures, data types, mathematical formulas, arrays, search, sorts and graphics. Troubleshooting and debugging skills will be developed. An introduction to robots and robotics will be included in the course.

COMPUTER SCIENCE II
Grade Level 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Completion of Computer Science I with a grade of 78% or better and instructor approval.

Computer Science II continues the instruction begun in Computer Science I. Emphasis is placed on developing stronger programming skills as well as introducing operating system structure and concepts. The design and programming of computer games utilizing a powerful game engine will introduce the use of programs and programming in a real-world setting. Three-dimensional printing will allow students to incorporate their own design into engineering a practical robot. The primary languages for development will be Python and Java.

COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Computer Applications is an in-depth study of application programs that provide students with tools to assist in cross-curricular problem-solving projects. Tablet essentials, Windows Explorer, and cloud-based storage will be covered in depth to aid students in using their tablet efficiently and maintaining an organized system of files. Students will select and integrate appropriate productivity tools, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, presentation graphics, telecommunications, and draw and paint programs.

DIGITAL GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 unit

In the Digital Graphics course, students will use digital content, such as images or video, to create multimedia projects. Both two-dimensional and three dimensional animation will be addressed, as well as topics such as lighting, texturing, motion control systems, rotoscoping, etc. The media used within these productions will be developed, manipulated, and edited by the students and convey content-rich information. Final products should reflect use of multimedia elements, knowledge of design theory, and competency with productivity tools.

ENGINEERING I & II
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Pre- or Corequisite: Physics

Engineering I is designed for students interested in studying an engineering discipline. Through real-world problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics and skills from multiple disciplines of engineering. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Through theory and experience, students will investigate the consequences of technological advancements on society. This course offers students the opportunity explore multiple areas of engineering concentration and determine if they would like to pursue a particular engineering discipline in the future.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit
Prerequisite: Computer Architecture or teacher approval

This course takes place in the help desk, where students get hands on experience with working with the tablets. Students are in charge of imaging, diagnosing and troubleshooting problems that occur throughout the school day. They work closely with the technology department in testing new software and making sure the teachers and student body are trained on the latest software and operating system on our campus.

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS I
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Multimedia Productions is a course that combines text, graphics, sound, animation, and video delivered by computer or other electronic means. The course focuses on the systematic design and development of effective, efficient, and appealing visual productions. Students will plan and design production sequences, then use computer-based authoring/multimedia software (such as Adobe Premiere) to deliver the production. Technologies, such as CD/DVD/Blue-Ray technology, digitized audio, digitized still and motion video, and scanned images, are incorporated into multimedia projects. Finally, students design, develop, implement, and evaluate productions. Class sessions consist of discussions, collaborative activities, demonstrations, skills-building activities, peer evaluation, and time to work on projects.

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS II
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Multimedia Productions I
Multimedia II is a course that moves into real life production of videos using the skills attained in Multimedia Productions. The course focuses on the systematic design and development of effective, efficient, and appealing visual productions to promote and highlight the STM community. Students will plan and design production sequences, then use computer-based authoring/multimedia software (such as Adobe Premiere) to deliver the production. Technologies, such as CD/DVD/Blue-Ray technology, digitized audio, digitized still and motion video, and scanned images, are incorporated into multimedia projects. Finally, students design, develop, implement, and evaluate productions. Class sessions consist of discussions, collaborative activities, demonstrations, skills-building activities, peer evaluation, and time to work on projects.

PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 unit

Principles of Business is an introductory course to provide students with the skills they need to examine a career in business and to better understand how a business operates. The course will have four major components. The first portion of the course will examine the “big picture” of business including the history of business, business ethics and globalization. The second section of the course will focus on financial aspects of business decision-making, including the accounting system and financial statements. The third section will focus on management and marketing, while the last section will focus on business law, business economics, entrepreneurship and the private equity industry.

TV PRODUCTION I
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Any Multimedia, Digital Graphics, Media Arts or Teacher Recommendation

This course provides opportunities for students to develop skills in basic video camera operation; post-production skills in graphics, audio, and editing; scriptwriting and storyboarding; skills in direction and production of video projects. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the ability to produce 5-minute television programs. The student will learn to write, produce, direct, and edit a variety of television programming; use of appropriate equipment, and adherence to production deadlines; find solutions for unexpected problems which arise in a production situation; specialize in one or more areas of television production.

WEB MASTERING
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 unit

Concepts of web communication will be studied and explored. Students will design, develop, and maintain web pages using appropriate current editors, such as Dreamweaver and/or tagging (HTML) languages. Students will demonstrate technical knowledge of the equipment and an ability to use a variety of input devices, file formats and transfer methods. Students will gain proficiency in the use of the various browsers used to navigate the web and will study connectivity issues as needed. Security and privacy issues, copyright infringement, trademarks and other legal issues relating to use of the web will be studied. Students will use appropriate search methods and applications to retrieve and evaluate information and use a variety of web communications.

English

ENGLISH I
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit

This course stresses the development and refinement of good writing skills and incorporates a genre survey of literature. Through the writing process, students work on the development of well-supported paragraphs within multi-paragraph essays, utilizing the Criterion platform to revise their work. As part of their genre survey, students read short stories, novels, non-fiction selections, selections from mythology, and a Shakespearean play. Students discuss and analyze the basic technical aspects of these readings. In addition, they are required to do some independent reading outside of class. Students also study vocabulary and grammar usage. Information literacy skills are taught, and students complete a research project and several creative projects. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society.

ENGLISH I HONORS
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course stresses the development and refinement of good writing skills and incorporates a genre survey of literature. The revision step of the writing process is emphasized as students complete a comprehensive research project and many creative projects. As part of their genre survey, students read short stories, novels, selections from mythology, and Shakespearean plays and discuss the basic technical aspects of these readings. In addition to the literature studied in English I, students have outside reading and writing assignments of a more challenging nature each quarter. Students also study vocabulary and grammar usage and compete nationally four times a year in the Wordwright Challenge. Information literacy skills and media literacy are incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society.

ENGLISH II
Grade Level: 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: English I

This course provides a survey of World Literature and is reinforcement, expansion, and enhancement of the writing skills, vocabulary study, and grammar review completed in English I. Students read short stories, novels, poetry, essays, plays, and non-fiction informational texts. They are expected to recognize the technical aspects of the readings, i.e., the elements of poetry and fiction. Comprehension skills such as drawing conclusions and making inferences are emphasized in all readings. A college information search project and various critical analysis projects are also completed. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills.

ENGLISH II HONORS
Grade Level: 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: English I and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course provides a survey of World Literature and is a reinforcement, expansion, and enhancement of the writing skills, vocabulary study, and grammar review completed in English I Honors. Students in Honors English II continue to participate in the Wordwright national vocabulary development challenge throughout the year. Students read short stories, novels, poetry, essays, plays, and non-fiction informational texts. In addition to works studied in English II, 17 honors students read additional works of a more complex nature. They are expected to recognize the technical aspects of the readings, i.e., the elements of poetry and prose fiction. Comprehension skills such as drawing conclusions and making inferences are emphasized in all readings. Special projects include a critical analysis poetry research project, a college information search, as well as other critical analysis projects. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society.

ENGLISH III
Grade Level: 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: English II

This course is a chronological and thematic survey of American literature and its correspondence to American history. Throughout the year, students are required to read supplemental novels and plays by American authors and to complete analytical projects on these works. Advanced composition skills and college-preparatory vocabulary development are stressed. Students are expected to apply the grammar lessons covered in English I and English II in their writing and are taught more sophisticated ways to revise and enhance text. A major unit focusing on persuasion and rhetoric results in several relevant products, and an MLA–format research paper with a focus on literary analysis and criticism is required. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society.

ENGLISH III HONORS
Grade Level: 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: English II and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is a chronological and thematic survey of American literature and its correspondence to American history. Honors students also complete additional assignments of a more challenging nature. They read supplemental American novels and are expected to produce a writing project with each novel read. Students are expected to apply the grammar lessons covered in English I and English II in their writing and are taught more sophisticated ways to revise and enhance text. Vocabulary appropriate for college-bound students and extensive study and application of literary terminology are also incorporated. A major unit focusing on persuasion and rhetoric results in several relevant products while the year’s primary research project is analytical in nature and requires the extensive development and support of a limited thesis. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society.

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION - ENGLISH III
Grade Level: 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: English II Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $150 for testing fee and supplemental resources

This college-level course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions within a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The course teaches students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by the Modern Language Association. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society. Because this course is offered during the junior year, it incorporates a survey of American literature. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

ENGLISH IV
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: English III

This course provides a survey of classic and contemporary European literature, both fiction and nonfiction. In order to reveal the universality of the human experience, students explore ancient works such as epic poetry, Greek drama, medieval stories, Renaissance pieces, Shakespearean tragedy, and classic novels. In addition, the course offers fundamental grammar review and its application to composition. The objectives of vocabulary lessons include improving vocabulary, exposing the origins of words, and fostering a lifetime interest in words and their backgrounds. In 18 addition to writing literary analyses, students also practice expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing. To reinforce a love of reading and learning, students are required to choose and read fiction or nonfiction books for assessment. Course technology utilizes innovative and effective tools for evaluating students’ written work. Students are offered multiple technology-based opportunities to improve their communication skills.

ENGLISH IV HONORS
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: English III and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course provides a survey of classic and contemporary European literature, both fiction and nonfiction. In order to reveal the universality of the human experience, students explore ancient works such as epic poetry, Greek drama, medieval stories, Renaissance pieces, Shakespearean tragedy, and classic novels. In addition to works studied in English IV, honors students read works of a more complex nature. Their study of literature is more analytical, and the students are required to make comparative analyses of major literary works. In composition, the assignments provide a greater challenge in analytical writing, creative writing, and literary style.

DUAL ENROLLMENT ENGLISH IV HONORS
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: ACT Reading score of 24, ACT English score of 18, ACT composite of 22, and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and Scheduling Committee Approval.

English IV Dual Enrollment seniors the opportunity to complete two semesters of college English coursework while simultaneously completing their high school English credits. Therefore, the course satisfies the requirements set by both St. Thomas More and the English Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The year-long course will cover English 101 (Introduction to Academic Writing) and English 102 (Introduction to Research Writing). Students will complete an extensive writing portfolio that focuses on the craft of writing and research with an emphasis on wide reaching global issues appropriate to a Catholic social and ethical worldview. Students will engage in extensive activities to practice the craft of writing and research in the academic classroom, learn about the in-depth process and high standards required in a college writing curriculum, and produce “polished prose” throughout the semester, the quality and quantity of which will be appropriate for first and second semester college English classes. The writing produced in English 101 will emphasize basic principles of academic writing, while English 102 will emphasize writing in discipline specific styles. In both semesters, students will participate in research, discussion, and deliberation about issues related to the global vision of the course and complete various reflection assignments to practice the skills of self-assessment and independent learning.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION - ENGLISH IV
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: English III Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $150 for testing fee and supplemental resources

This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the study of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course also teaches students to carefully and specifically respond to literature in oral, visual, and written forms. They increase their understanding of the conventions of literary criticism. Because we offer this course during senior year, the course incorporates a study of significant works of world literature. Media literacy is incorporated as a means of enhancing and giving relevance to text, and students are provided with opportunities to improve communication skills necessary in a technology-based society. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

CREATIVE WRITING I
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit

In this writing course, students examine well-crafted stories, poems, and essays and complete a thorough study of creative writing techniques. They also participate actively in local, state, or national creative writing communities. Publication of student work is emphasized. This course may be taken for elective credit only.

ACT PREP
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval Course
Fee: Textbook purchase is required

This course prepares students for the American College Testing (ACT). The ACT is a predictable test that can be conquered through practice. Students will learn test-taking strategies and refine their understanding of English language and math concepts through in-depth review and intensive practice. In addition, because four or more ACT practice exams will be taken during the semester; students will become more comfortable with the test format and administration procedures.

Fine Arts

ART I
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: $65

Art I is a studio-based course that is an in-depth study of the elements of art, principles of design, and the development of skills necessary to solve artistic problems. Art history, art criticism, media knowledge, sketchbook practice, class critiques, technology integration, and good craftsmanship are all integral parts of each assignment. Students will learn the language of art through a working verbal and visual vocabulary while having lots of fun creating Art.

ART II
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Art I
Course Fee: $65

Art II introduces the student to a variety of media, including work with materials such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, paints, 3-D materials, and technology integration. Projects will develop imagination and artistic skills by allowing students to explore various approaches to problem solving in art.

ART II HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Art I and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $65

Art II Honors is for the advanced art student who has excelled in Art I. It will introduce students to a variety of media (watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, painting, sculpture, digital graphics, etc.) and will emphasize creative processing. The students will be given various open-ended assignments that require experimentation and creativity.

ART III HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Art II and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $65

Art III Honors is designed to help students develop their artistic skills through in-depth process-oriented projects and technology integration. Students will produce large-scale works with a focus on cultivating their individual artistic style. Various contemporary art movements will be integrated into each assignment.

ART IV HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Art III Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $65

The objective of this course is to develop a more refined sense of composition and design and to develop creativity and problem solving skills through the completion of artistic problems with built-in constraints. Collaborative, large-scale projects as well as individually directed projects will be assigned.

AP STUDIO ART IV
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Art III Honors or Art III Painting and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $250

AP Studio Art is directed toward individual study while having the opportunity to gain up to three college credits in visual arts. Projects, though very broad, will be assigned with the requirements for the portfolio in mind. Students will be working independently with weekly critique sessions conducted by the teacher. A portfolio consisting of 24 pieces of artwork is required by the end of the school year for AP credit. Fee includes matting and mounting of 5 quality pieces, AP testing portfolio materials, and specialty art supplies.

MEDIA ARTS
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12
Credit: ½ unit
Course Fee: $25

This course will be an overview of design theory. Topics such as the principles of color, aesthetics, composition (layout), 3D designing, and concept designing that are used when creating in Photoshop, Illustrator, web design, animation, 3D design, and film will be covered. The goal of this course is to better prepare students to see through a designer’s eye in order to successfully create exceptional work while using various technologies throughout their studies.

FINE ARTS SURVEY
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Fine Arts Survey is a lecture-based course designed to cover the history, production, aesthetics, and criticism of Fine Arts. Students will work on presentations designed to make connections between the arts and historical context. Student knowledge is assessed through various writing assignments including essays and written exams.

BAND
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Band Director Approval
Course Fee: $500

This course focuses on developing strong skills in reading music and improving the technical skills of playing instruments. The activities are designed to enhance students’ performances and broaden their musical understanding as it relates to the arts, history, and culture. Special emphasis is placed on listening to professional performances and on comparative analysis of students’ performances in relation to this professional standard. Participation is mandatory for select athletic events, pep rallies, festivals, contests, parades, Christmas concert, winter concert, Fine Arts Showcase, and graduation. Further details will be explained at the band parent meeting regarding time commitments and costs. Beginners are welcomed in this course.

CHORUS
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: $150

This course is designed to give the student a fundamental technical knowledge of the voice as an instrument, music reading skills, including the opportunity to play hand chimes, and the pure enjoyment of vocal music. The chorus will perform a varied repertoire of music including sacred, classical, folk, jazz, and popular music. Audition is not necessary. Previous vocal experience or musical knowledge is not required. Members will participate in the District III Solo and Small Ensemble Festival as well as give concerts within the community.

COMPETITIVE DRAMA
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

Competitive Drama is designed for members of the competitive speech squad whose primary interest is drama. This is a lab class that includes in-depth work on dramatic and humorous interpretation and duet acting. This class is also responsible for helping host an inter-scholastic speech tournament at STM. Tournament participation is required.

COMPETITIVE DEBATE
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

Competitive Debate is offered to members of the competitive speech team whose primary interest is in the forensic area. This is a lab class that includes in-depth work on debate, oratory, extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Student Congress. Tournament participation is required. This class is also responsible for helping host an interscholastic speech tournament held at STM.

THEATRE
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Theatre I is designed for the student interested in theatre and offers both historical data and “hands-on” experience. The student will learn about the history of the theatre and the people instrumental in its development. The fundamentals of sound technology for the stage and the application of stage make-up will also be taught.

THEATRE ELECTIVE – THEATER DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: $35

This class offers organized study of basic stage scenery design principles and set construction techniques. Students will learn the basics of stage lighting design theory and the safe placement and circuiting offstage lighting. Students also study basic principles of sound amplification in a theatre setting and copyright laws concerning sound design. Students in this class may assist with the current production(s) as class projects.

Health/Physical Education

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION I
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit

This course includes instruction in health. Students will gain an understanding of rules, regulations, and skills in the area of team sports with an introduction to individual sports. Each sport unit has a segment including the sports techniques, basic skills, and competition in that sport.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION II

Grade Level: 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Health/Physical Education I

This course builds on the knowledge of Health/PE I and includes instruction in health. Students learn strategies and gain advanced skills in team and individual sports. This course also includes an introduction to lifetime sports and lifelong leisure pursuits.

GIRL’S FITNESS II,III,IV

Grade Level: 10-12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Ed I

This elective physical education class is designed for students who desire a more rigorous curriculum with emphasis on cardiovascular and resistance training. This class is very physically demanding and requires a high level of motivation.

GIRLS’S TRAINING AND CONDITIONING II, III, IV
Grade Level: 10-12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Ed I

This elective physical education class is designed for students who desire a more rigorous curriculum with emphasis on strength, speed and athletic performance. Girls in this class must be currently on the Volleyball, Basketball, or Softball team.

BOY’S TRAINING AND CONDITIONING II,III,IV
Grade Level: 10-12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Ed I

This elective physical education class is designed for students who desire a more rigorous curriculum with emphasis on strength, speed and athletic performance. This class is very physically demanding and requires a high level of motivation.

BOY’S LIFE AND RECREATION III,IV

Grade Level: 10-12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Ed I and II

This course builds on the knowledge of Health/PE I and II Students learn strategies and gain advanced skills in team and individual sports. This course also includes an introduction to lifetime sports and lifelong leisure pursuits.

GIRL’S LIFE AND RECREATION III,IV

Grade Level: 10-12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Ed I and II

This course builds on the knowledge of Health/PE I and II Students learn strategies and gain advanced skills in team and individual sports. This course also includes an introduction to lifetime sports and lifelong leisure pursuits.

KINESIOLOGY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit
Prerequisites: Health/Physical Education I and II and Biology I

This is an elective physical education course in which students are taught anatomy and physiology of human muscle and bone structures. It includes in-depth study of biomechanics and muscle development, as well as the study of nutrition and strength and conditioning for the competitive athlete to obtain optimal physical and mental performance. This course will benefit anyone interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy, fitness training, coaching, or any medical field.

Mathematics


ALGEBRA I

Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit
This course includes the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real numbers and polynomials. Techniques of solving, writing, and graphing linear equations and inequalities are included. Solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, manipulations involving exponents and exponential functions are integral to the course. Methods to solve quadratic equations and factoring polynomials complete this course. Students in this course will continue to work on basic math skills. Applicable word problems are studied throughout the year.

ALGEBRA I HONORS
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed for those students who have successfully met the honors criteria. This course is an advanced study of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of real numbers and polynomials. Techniques of simplifying and graphing first and second degree polynomials, as well as techniques of problem solving (word problems), are developed. Simplification of rational expressions, a preliminary discussion of ideas relating to geometry, the solution of equations, and an introduction to irrational numbers are included. A Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course and is used to facilitate learning.

GEOMETRY
Grade Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Algebra I

This course covers the development of a logical mathematical system through the use of deductive and inductive reasoning. Students are taught the logic necessary to prove theorems. Coordinate geometry is covered. Topics include measurement formulas; geometric and spatial visualization; drawing skills, properties of congruence, similarity, parallelism, and perpendicularity; properties of plane and solid figures. Computer software is used to facilitate a discovery approach to proofs.

GEOMETRY HONORS
Grade Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Algebra I and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed for those who have successfully completed Algebra I at the elementary level or Algebra I Honors at the high school level with a B or higher and have met the honors criteria. Students utilize inductive reasoning to discover patterns and make conjectures. There is a strong emphasis on discovery and Geometry Sketchpad Software is used to aid in the approach. Students employ deductive reasoning to confirm conjectures with formal proofs. Topics include measurement, geometric and spatial visualization, congruence, similarity, parallel and perpendicular relationships, polygonal figures, transformational and coordinate geometry, perimeter, area, volume, and right triangle trigonometry.

ALGEBRA II
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Geometry

This course involves manipulations of variables and real numbers similar to Algebra I. Topics included are solving systems of equations, using data, graphing on the Cartesian coordinate system, and simplifying expressions. Evaluating, graphing, and solving equations for each of the following functions – linear, quadratic, polynomials, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions, are explored. Conic sections and complex numbers are covered. Applicable word problems are studied throughout the year. A Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course and is used to facilitate learning.

ALGEBRA II HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Geometry Honors and Scheduling Committee approval

This course is designed for those who have successful completed Geometry Honors with a B or higher and successfully have meet the honors criteria. This course includes all topics covered in Algebra II but at a more rigorous and advanced level. Topics also include matrices, a more rigorous study of functions, more rigorous applications, and more theory behind all of the different topics. Applicable word problems are studied throughout the year.

ADVANCED MATH - PRE-CALCULUS (R) (Formerly Discrete Math)
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Algebra II and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is for students who have completed Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. It will strengthen the students’ mathematics skills using investigations and applications that encourage exploration of ideas, data, patterns, and algebraic relationships. This model requires active participants. The course includes advanced algebra topics; students will frequently consider and represent patterns that blend advanced algebra, geometry, data analysis, discrete mathematics, statistics, and trigonometry. In addition to expanding the traditional symbolic approach used in both Algebra I and II, a graphing and numeric approach is stressed using the graphing calculator. The use of this technology allows students to model more closely the way mathematics is applied in the real world. Topics include problem solving, patterns and recursion, describing data, linear models and systems, functions, relations, transformations, exponential and logarithm functions, matrices and linear systems, quadratic and other polynomial functions, parametric equations and trigonometry, conic sections and rational functions, trigonometric functions, logic and reasoning, series, probability and statistics.

ADVANCED MATH – PRE-CALCULUS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Algebra II

The focus in the first semester is the intense study of Trigonometry. Topics included are the six trigonometric functions and their inverses, their graphs, solving trigonometric equations, verifying trigonometric identities, polar equations, and graphing. The second semester focuses on the intense study and theory of linear functions and systems, polynomials, inverse functions and relations, and the nature of graphs of these different functions and relations. More topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, series, binomial expansion, synthetic division, and limits. The TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is used in this course to facilitate learning.

ADVANCED MATH – FUNCTIONS AND STATISTICS HONORS/DUAL ENROLLMENT
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Grade of A or B in prerequisite course of Advanced Math – Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors, ACT score of 23 or higher, and ACT composite of 18

This course is open to seniors. Dual Enrollment through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is offered and six hours of college credit can be obtained. Semester one is an in-depth analysis of functions correlating with Math 109. Semester two is trigonometry corresponding to Math 110.

PRE-CALCULUS HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Algebra II Honors and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed to expose students to a variety of mathematical topics, building and expanding on the skills and concepts taught in the core courses. The first semester includes an intense study of trigonometry. This course explores functions and properties of functions introduced in earlier math courses such as: matrices, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. The connections are made between trigonometry and vectors, parametric equations, complex numbers, and analytic geometry. Other topics include analysis, logic, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, induction, polar coordinates and graphing. Applicable word problems are studied throughout the year. The definition of continuous function, limits, and derivatives is studied. The TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is used intensively.

AP CALCULUS AB
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus Honors, Scheduling Committee Approval, and 28 Math ACT
Course Fee: $150, Textbook purchase is required

This course is an intensive college-level study of differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Topics include properties of functions and their graphs; limits; continuity; derivatives; indefinite and definite integrals. Exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions are included. Mean-Value Theorem, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, application of area under a curve, solids of revolution, optimization problems, related rate problems, slope fields, growth and decay problems are covered. All students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam. Students must be proficient with and without a calculator. Applications to real-life situations are emphasized through free response questions.

PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus or Advanced Math, and Scheduling Committee Approval

Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns 2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study 3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation 4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses, and confirming models.

ACT PREP
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: Textbook purchase is required

This is a semester course that prepares students for the American College Testing (ACT). The ACT is a predictable test that can be conquered through content knowledge and practice. Students will learn test-taking strategies and refine their understanding of the English language, and math concepts through in-depth review and intensive practice. In addition, because four or more ACT practice exams will be taken during the semester; students will become more comfortable with the test format and administration procedures.

Publications

NEWSPAPER I
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Students are directed in producing St. Thomas More’s student newspaper, Cougar Prints. Students will conduct interviews, write and revise stories, take and edit pictures, and design layouts. The emphasis of this class is on the mastery of the English language and communication skills through news writing. Students will learn the history of journalism, trends in journalism, and journalism law and ethics. Students will also participate in the business aspect of journalism, including the sale of advertisements in the school paper.

NEWSPAPER II
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Newspaper I and Scheduling Committee Approval

Newspaper II students serve as editors in the production of the school newspaper, Cougar Prints. Students will conduct interviews, write and revise stories, take and edit pictures, and design layouts. The emphasis of this class is on the mastery of the English language and communication skills through news writing. Students will learn the history of journalism, trends in journalism, and journalism law and ethics. Students will also participate in the business aspect of journalism, including the sale of advertisements in the school paper.

YEARBOOK I
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

Students will be instructed in the fundamentals of design layout using Adobe In Design, copy, caption and headline writing, and the basics of digital photography. Students will be responsible for covering all in-school and extracurricular activities. Students may be required to work on the yearbook after school and during the summer months. Computer skills are required. Students are directly involved in the production of the school yearbook.

YEARBOOK II
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Yearbook I and Scheduling Committee Approval

Students will be instructed in the fundamentals of layout design using Adobe In Design, copy, caption, and headline writing, as well as basics of digital photography. Students will be responsible for covering all in-school and extracurricular activities. Students may be required to work on the yearbook after school and during the summer months. Computer skills are required. Students are directly involved in the production of the school yearbook.

Religion

RELIGIOUS STUDIES I
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: Textbook purchase is required


Christ the Lord:
This year-long course corresponds to the Christological semester courses of year one of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Curriculum. The main course topics include Divine Revelation, the relationship between human reason and Divine Revelation, Creation, Sin and the Fall of humanity, Salvation History, God’s Preparation of the Promised Messiah through the Old Covenant, the New Covenant of Jesus Christ and the Gospels, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit and the Church, etc. This Christological course will also give the student a working knowledge of the Bible, since “All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one book is Christ, because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 134).

RELIGIOUS STUDIES II
Grade Level: 10
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: Textbook purchase is required


The History of the Catholic Church: Sophomore Theology consists of a year-long course designed to give an historical overview of the Catholic Church. This course will explore the nature and history of this institution established by Christ to bring His salvation to all peoples of all times and places. Some of the topics include: the Church’s foundation upon Peter and the Apostles, Apostolic Succession, the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church, the Four Marks of the Church, the Creed, as well as a survey of the major events in the life of the Church over the past 2000 years.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES III
Grade Level: 11
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: Textbook purchase is required


The Moral Life in Christ: Following the USCCB curriculum, one semester of the junior year will consist of a survey of the Catholic moral tradition. Key ideas of freedom, law, sin, conscience, and conversion will be developed in order to discuss, analyze, and embody Christian action and morals. Scripture, especially the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, along with The Catechism of the Catholic Church, will be the lenses through which moral action is reviewed with the goal of evaluating current moral issues in today’s world.
The Sacraments: This semester course will explore the seven sacraments given by Christ to the Church. “The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1210). This course will explore, among other things, the relationship the Sacraments have to Christian moral discipleship.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES IV
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Course Fee: Textbook purchase required

Senior Theology consists of two semester courses designed to build upon the foundation of the previous three years of Theology (aligned with the curriculum of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Options A, C, and D).
Scriptural Apologetics: This semester course will prepare students to understand the natural relationship between both faith and reason and be able to rationally defend our faith. The intellectual arguments for God’s existence will be thoroughly explored, as well as the reasonableness of accepting faith in Christ and in the Holy Spirit working through the Church.
Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ: This semester course will prepare students to enter the adult world as disciples of Christ. The states of life of Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Consecrated Life will be thoroughly explored to enable fruitful vocational discernment. Through the Church’s teachings on Social Justice, this course will also emphasize the Christian call to service.

CAMPUS MINISTRY
Grade Level: 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Member of Senior Campus Ministry and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

Students will engage in the daily assistance and learning of actual/real-life ministry based on experiential learning and immersed in the following topics: Prayer & Spirituality Development, Social Justice & Service Leadership, Marketing, Administration, Retreat/Event Planning and Logistics, Scripture, Social Sciences.

Science

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit

Physical Science includes an introduction to basic chemistry and physics. Topics covered in lab and class include the study of matter, the metric system, motion and force, work, conservation and transformation of energy, heat, and waves. Students will develop inquiry and problem solving skills within the context of scientific investigation. Students will apply what they learn to everyday situations by conducting investigations and formulating and testing their own hypothesis.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE HONORS
Grade Level: 9
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

Students will study introductory chemistry and physics. This course covers fundamental and in-depth concepts including force, motion, and interactions of matter, energy, structure and properties of matter. Students will learn the relationships between science and technology and how science affects all life. Hands-on laboratory investigations, individual studies and group activities should constitute a major portion of the learning experience.

BIOLOGY I
Grade Level: 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Physical Science

Biology I topics include cellular biology, genetics, human anatomy, botany, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, evolution, and environment. Laboratory experience is part of the course.

BIOLOGY I HONORS
Grade Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Physical Science and Scheduling Committee Approval

Biology I Honors emphasizes laboratory study of plants and animals and their natural processes. Topics include cellular biology, histology, genetics, botany, microbiology, human anatomy, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, evolution, and environment.

AP BIOLOGY
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry I
Course Fee: $200, Textbook is provided

AP Biology covers one full year of college level general Biology. This course is a rigorous college level course with strong laboratory connections requiring time outside normal school hours. Extensive outside reading and writing required. Heavy molecular Biology component of Life Sciences. Students are required to purchase a supplemental study guide and laboratory notebook. Students are required to take the advanced placement exam

BIOLOGY II CP
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry Biology II

Biology II CP will include topics of human anatomy and physiology of the body with an emphasis on the systems of the human body. The course will include dissections of mammalian organs and cats to enhance the lessons. This course is ideal for college bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in the medical field.

BIOLOGY II HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Biology I Honors, Chemistry and Scheduling Committee Approval

Biology II Honors is a second level life science course for students who plan to major in the life science, medical, or related professions. Emphasis is placed upon the study of cellular biology, genetics, human anatomy, and physiology. Students in this course are required to read an extensive amount of advanced-level academic text.

CHEMISTRY I
Grade Level: 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Biology

Chemistry I offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics of modern chemistry. Emphasis is placed on atomic structure, the periodic table and its use, chemical formulas and equations, chemical bonding, gas laws, stoichiometry, behaviors of solutions, and acid/base/salt studies.

CHEMISTRY I HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit
Pre/Co-requisites: Algebra II Honors and Scheduling Committee Approval
Co-requisite: Current Honors Math

Chemistry I Honors offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics of modern chemistry but the approach is more indepth and the emphasis is more on quantitative and problem solving skills.

CHEMISTRY II HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Chemistry I Honors and Scheduling Committee Approval
Chemistry II Honors is an elective, second year chemistry course for college preparation. This course expands on concepts learned in Chemistry I and will further emphasize stoichiometry. Topics covered include acids and bases, solutions, kinetics, oxidation-reduction reactions, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Biology I

Environmental Science is an elective course that covers ecology, communities and populations, resource management, pollution, and energy including a comprehensive study of Louisiana’s resources and issues. Each topic will be a consideration of the environmental ethics, politics, and economics. This course will include field work, research projects, and presentations.

PHYSICS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Pre/Co-requisite: Advanced Math I

Physics is a theoretical and mathematical science that covers motion, universal gravitation, forces, energy, waves, light, and electricity. The student learns through participation and experimentation in classroom and laboratory experiences. The student develops and improves mathematical skills through problem-solving applications.

PHYSICS HONORS
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Geometry Honors and Scheduling Committee Approval

Physics HONORS is a theoretical and mathematical science that involves critical and higher level thinking skills. Students learn about motion, universal gravitation, forces, energy, waves, light, and electricity; the course includes a more in-depth presentation of topics and more mathematical applications.

Social Studies

WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

World Geography presents an overview of the general principles of geography including the relationships between geography and world affairs. The course also includes the study of the physical world, concepts of land forms, climates, oceans, and waterways. The political world concepts of cultures will also be studied. Economic and cultural aspects of human life are stressed.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY HONORS
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

World Geography Honors presents an accelerated overview of the general principles of geography including the relationships between geography and world affairs. The course also includes the study of the physical world, concepts of land forms, climates, oceans, and waterways. The political world concepts of cultures will also be studied. Economic and cultural aspects of human life are stressed. At the Honors level, an intensive pace and considerable self-directed inquiry is expected. Increased emphasis will be placed on research and writing skills.

CIVICS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

Civics is designed to develop a responsible citizen. The student studies how the national, state, and local governments work. The relationship between the Constitution of the United States and good citizenship is also studied. Free Enterprise covers the United States economy, the workings of our capitalist system, and personal finance.

CIVICS HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

This course consists of a study of background to the evolution of the United State government. Emphasis is placed on understanding the working mechanisms of government so that as well informed citizens, students can appreciate the duties of citizenship, through a detailed analysis of our political system. Students will come to understand the practical applications of these philosophical principles. Students will use higher order critical thinking skills as they learn to make responsible decisions as consumers, wage earners, and future voters. Increased emphasis will be placed on research and writing skills.

UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

American History is a college-preparatory course that accounts the growth of the American nation from colonization through the twenty-first century with an emphasis on the post-civil war time period to modern day. This class will focus on the application of critical thinking and technology based skills in regard to the study of domestic and international policies and specific issues that pertain to particular decades. Students will analyze the political, social, and economic impact of social movements and conflicts on the American citizenry and its allies.

UNITED STATES HISTORY HONORS (Dual Enrollment)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
ACT Reading score of 24, ACT English score of 18, ACT composite of 22, grade of A or B in previous social studies courses, and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0

American History Honors is an academically challenging course that includes the study of United States history from colonization through the twentieth century. Added emphasis is placed on historical analysis, evaluation of primary and secondary source materials, research, independent study and writing skills. Traditional major themes in American History will be covered. Up to 6 hours of Dual Enrollment credit can be earned through ULL.

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Civics Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $150, Textbook purchase is required

AP United States History covers the settlement and subsequent development of the United States from the Age of Exploration to the present. Course goals are to foster an understanding of the principal themes in American history and to make informed judgments based on the assessment of historic materials. Extensive independent reading and in-class timed writing are stressed. This course is for qualified students who wish to complete studies equivalent to an introductory college course. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

WORLD HISTORY
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit

World History covers the development of our society from its primitive beginnings to the present. Modern History or Renaissance to the present will constitute the major focus of the course. Survey coverage is given to major world cultures, including the foundations of different world religions and beliefs. Modern themes of intellectual and violent revolutions, the growth of nationalism, world wars, the impact of new technologies, and changing global patterns are among topics covered.

WORLD HISTORY HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval

World History Honors concentrates on western civilizations with reference to non-western developments. Increased emphasis is placed on research, reading, and independent study. The pace of the course will be accelerated.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Previous Honors Courses and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $150, Textbook purchase is required

AP European history covers European History with emphasis on the Renaissance to the present. Course goals are to develop an understanding of the principal themes in modern European History, an ability to analyze historical evidence and ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing. An increased reading load can be expected, with an emphasis on primary source material. This course is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies equivalent to an introductory college course. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Previous Honors Courses and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: $150, Textbook purchase is required

The AP United States Government is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and an examination of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up American politics. The course is taught with college-level texts. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

PSYCHOLOGY
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit

Psychology is the study of human behavior. Behavior is explored through the study of human development. The course will also cover the practical problems of modern life in relation to human development. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Sociology.

AP PSYCHOLOGY (Online Provider)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Previous Honors Courses and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: To be determined by provider, Textbook purchase is required

AP Psychology is designed to mirror an entry-level college course. This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.

SOCIOLOGY
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: ½ unit

Sociology is the study of human society. Key concepts and major theories of sociology will be explored. Social problems, interactions, and institutions such as marriage, family, schools, crime, and poverty are several of the topics that may be examined. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Psychology.

World Languages

FRENCH I
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit

This course includes the basic concepts of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in the context of real life situations. The cultural focus is placed on contemporary France, Canada, Louisiana, and Africa.

FRENCH II
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: French I

This course increases the same skills developed in French I. More emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and on writing paragraphs. Students are encouraged to use the language in a meaningful context by writing and performing skits and by giving presentations. The cultural focus is on the diversity of the francophone world.

FRENCH II HONORS
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: French I and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed for students who have excelled in French I. Emphasis is put on listening and speaking skills, the development of an extensive vocabulary, and advanced grammar concepts in the context of reading and writing assignments.

FRENCH III HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: French II and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course provides a more thorough practice of verbs and tenses and the idioms that will enrich the language. Students are introduced to short stories and poems from different parts of the French-speaking world and will complete oral and written reports in French about cultural topics. Special focus is placed on oral proficiency.

FRENCH IV HONORS (Potentially an Online Provider)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: French III Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed to further develop students’ proficiency in the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – while deepening their insight into French culture through an exposure to French literature, culture, history, music, and cinema. Emphasis is placed on comprehending and reacting to authentic materials.

LATIN I (Online Provider)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: To be determined by provider

This course is a reading course in classical Latin with emphasis on comprehension and translation skills. Repetition of controlled vocabulary and grammar is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of English lexicology and syntax. The course, through the reading of simple Latin passages, makes connections to the history, mythology, and culture of ancient Rome. Reading standardized test scores are used in determining placement into this course.

LATIN II (Online Provider)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Latin I and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: To be determined by provider

This course builds upon the skills developed in Latin I. Emphasis is placed on more advanced concepts of grammar, vocabulary, and morphology. The focus on lexicon and syntax will be related to the history, culture, and mythology of ancient Rome.

SPANISH I
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit: 1 unit

This course includes the basic concepts of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in the context of real-life situations. Cultural focus is placed on Spain and the Hispanic world.

SPANISH II
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: Spanish I

This course increases the skills developed in Spanish I. More emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, grammatical elements, reading comprehension, and writing. Students are encouraged to use the language in meaningful contexts.

SPANISH II HONORS
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Spanish I and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed for students who have excelled in Spanish I. Emphasis is put on listening and speaking skills, the development of an extensive vocabulary, and advanced grammar concepts in the context of reading and writing assignments.

SPANISH III HONORS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Spanish II and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course provides a more thorough practice of verbs and tenses and the idioms that will enrich the language. Students are introduced to the more popular works of Spanish literature and will complete oral and written reports.

SPANISH IV HONORS (Online Provider)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors and Instructor and Scheduling Committee Approval

This course is designed to continue development in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - while deepening their insight into Hispanic culture through an exposure to Spanish literature, history, music, and cinema. Through in-class discussions, students develop and improve their listening comprehension and conversational skills. Students will gain proficiency in interpreting written language as well as improve their own writing skills in the target language. Students will read literary selections that give a broad outline of the history of Spanish literature. Students should have maintained a grade of B or higher in previous Spanish courses.

AP SPANISH IV (Online Provider)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisites: Spanish III Honors and Scheduling Committee Approval
Course Fee: To be determined by provider

AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materials and sources. Students who enroll should already have a basic knowledge of the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples and should have attained a reasonable proficiency in using the language. This course seeks to develop language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) that can be used in various activities and disciplines. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions will be emphasized. Students are required to take the National Advanced Placement Exam.


Important note: Other foreign languages may be possible through online providers, including Chinese and German. Additional fees will apply.