Curriculum Guide

High School Course Offerings

English Course Offerings

English 1 Standard and Honors (1 credit)

English I introduces students to high school level expectations for critical reading and writing. Students will read, discuss, and write about classic and contemporary literature from various genres with an emphasis on developing analytical skills. Recently assigned texts include Night, A Long Way Gone, Of Mice and Men, and Romeo and Juliet. Supporting lessons in grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, MLA style, writing conventions, and the writing process will provide opportunities for students to develop as writers.

Honors English I differs from Standard English I in intensity and depth of study. Students may read more texts and will read some texts with a greater degree of complexity. Students will also be required to complete more complex writing assignments and to demonstrate mastery of additional content.

English 2 Standard and Honors (1 credit)

English II builds on the foundation of English I by emphasizing literary analysis of both canonical and contemporary texts from various genres. Assigned texts may include The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and Oedipus Rex. Students learn to produce full length, effectively organized argumentative essays that incorporate textual evidence. Grammar, mechanics, MLA style, writing conventions, and the writing process are reviewed. Students receive weekly vocabulary instruction.

Honors English II differs from Standard English II in the intensity and depth of study. Students may read more texts and will read some texts with a greater degree of complexity. They are also required to complete more complex writing assignments and to demonstrate mastery of additional content.

Mathematics Course Offerings

Math 1 Standard (1 credit)

Math 1 builds on students’ study of concepts of algebra, geometry, functions, number and operations from middle school.  The key concepts will deal with the real number system, solving equations and inequalities, solving and graphing linear equalities and inequalities, systems of linear equations, interpreting functions, application of geometry and deepening the knowledge from previous grades.  Students will take an End of Course test in Math 1.

Math 2 Standard and Honors (1 credit)

Math 2 continues the concepts from Algebra I/Math 1. Topics include polynomials, exponentials and logarithms, congruence and similarity of figures, trigonometry, modeling with geometry, and probability.  Emphasis is on critically looking at and assessing problems and how to make and evaluate a course of action.

Honors is intended to be more challenging and rigorous than the standard course and will give the student more opportunity to take responsibility for their learning.  The quality of work in this course should show as students are expected to give evidence of their knowledge through their work. The goal of honors is to continue in upper level math classes.

Math 3 Honors (1 credit)

Math 3 Honors builds on the topics covered in Math 1 and Math 2. Topics include algebraic concepts such as linear and quadratic functions, the complex number system, exponents and logarithms, conics sections, trigonometric functions and the unit circle.

Science Course Offerings

Earth & Environmental Science Standard and Honors (1 credit)

In Earth and Environmental Science, students will learn about a variety of processes associated with Earth. We will move through year studying four different spheres of Earth; the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere.  We close the course covering astronomy and how Earth’s position in space affects some processes on Earth. Woven throughout this course is a environmental theme where we will examine the impact the human population has on the environment and we explore ways to live sustainably on Earth.

Honors students will complete an independent study to be presented in Quarter 4.  We will also have a strong focus on current events.

Biology Standard and Honors (1 credit)

The biology curriculum is designed to continue student investigations and strengthen student understanding of the biological sciences.  We will build upon the concepts introduced in grades K-8 at a deepend and more abstract level. A comprehensive study of the following concepts is included: biochemistry, the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, the interdependence of organisms, matter, energy and organization in living systems, and the adaptive responses of organisms.   

*In Honors we will end each unit with a connection to the  human body. Students must be self motivated and skilled at writing, as extensive lab report writing is expected.

Chemistry Honors (1 credit)

Chemistry encourages students to continue their investigation of the structure of matter along with chemical reactions and the conservation of energy in these reactions. Inquiry is applied to the study of the transformation, composition, structure, and properties of substances. Topics include the structure of atoms, properties of matter, motions and forces, and conservation of energy.

Social Studies Course Offerings

World History Standard and Honors (1 credit)

World History is a survey course that gives students the knowledge of the human world from the beginning of time to modern history. A historical approach will be at the center of the course.  Historical thinking skills are prevalent throughout the units. The application of primary source analysis, thesis writing, and depth of knowledge are required for honors level in this course.   

Civics & Economics Standard and Honors  (1 credit)

Civics and Economics provides a framework for understanding the basic concepts of American government, practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship and concepts in macro and micro economics and personal finance.  The Civics and Government unit is built to further understand all workings of the United States government from local to the national level. Emphasis is given to the North Carolina state government. Effective global citizenship is a key component of this course. The Economic unit is to provide students with an understanding of basic economic principles in the global and American economy.  Students will also be responsible for a personal finance piece to further their knowledge and become effective citizens. Honors students will be held to a higher depth of knowledge, ability to present and make a written and oral argument, as well as synthesize ideas about the American government and its functions.

AP European History (1 credit)

AP European History is a college level course that covers the cultural, economic, political, and social developments of Europe since 1450. Students will develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history and an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation. Students will have the opportunity to take the College Board AP exam at the end of the course in order to potentially earn college credit.

World Language Course Offerings

Spanish 1  (1 credit)

In Spanish 1 students will actively participate in the four areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on oral/aural communication. The basic functions covered will be formulating questions and both positive and negative responses, giving and receiving directions, communicating in the simple past, present, and future, and indicating needs and desires. Through individual and cooperative learning activities students will practice such specific topics as talking about people, describing everyday items, ordering meals in restaurants, shopping for food and clothing, reading maps and other common daily activities. Students will also learn about the Hispanic world and its varied cultures, particularly as underscored by the language via formal and informal address, concepts of family and nationality, and gesture, among others.

Spanish 2 (1 credit)

In Spanish 2  students will build on their knowledge gained in Spanish I, while actively participating in the four areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on oral/aural communication.  Specific topics that the student will master in class through a greater emphasis on cooperative and student-centered learning include travel settings such as a hotel and marketplace, talking about health, and describing daily routines and weekend plans. Cultural awareness is expanded with more specific study of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish 3 Honors (1 credit)

This course expands the students’ active proficiency to include such functions as commenting on and stating opinions, expressing doubt and improbability and talking about conditions contrary to fact. Cultural issues of the Hispanic world are viewed through different contexts such as the press, media, memoir, and fiction. The students will control all tenses and moods by the end of the course and will have experienced an introduction to Hispanic literature in the target language. Oral communication is stressed in the classroom and literacy is increased as the student begins to evaluate text. Students will also learn about Spanish and Hispanic American history and

Physical Education and Healthy Living Course Offerings

Health & Physical Education- *required for graduation (1 credit)

This course is designed to help each student develop proactive health behaviors. Students will assess their own health status and understand the relationship between healthful living and quality of life. Students will be exposed to a variety of different sports and games that will promote staying physically active well after they are done with this course. The goal is to find an activity the student enjoys doing during PE class but outside the classroom as well to promote a lifelong love of physical activity. Students will study fitness, lifetime wellness, stress management, major health risks,  importance of a well balanced diet, and much more in the health component of the course.

Yoga (1 credit)

This course will allow students to learn and practice the daily exercises, mindfulness, and principles of yoga in an atmosphere of self-discovery and fun.

Beginning Physical Fitness (1 credit)

Students will participate in a variety of strength-training, flexibility, and agility training activities. This is a chance for students to get in our brand new weight room and increase muscular strength and endurance. This class will start with the basics and teach all of the proper techniques and fundamentals of how to workout safely. Students must complete the Health/PE course as a prerequisite.

Fine Arts Course Offerings

Foundations of Visual Art (1 credit)

Foundations of Visual Arts will introduce students to various 2D and 3D techniques as well as a variety of art media. Elements of Art will be reviewed and studies in line, form, color, mixed media, and sculpture will be the focus.  Students will use problem solving and decision making skills throughout the course to develop and critique art. Subject matter will include, but is not limited to drawing, color theory, beginning sculpture techniques and ceramics.

Intermediate 2D Design (1 credit)

Students will continue to develop and strengthen the skills learned in beginning 2D, while creating a stronger foundation for use with other art media.  An equal focus will be placed on processes as well as final product, the understanding of compositional design, and the ability to communicate artistically. Personal themes may be developed from object studies, visual collage, or subjects of personal interest. Students will continue to explore a variety of media, techniques, and design concepts while applying elements and principles of design, art history, and art criticism concepts to their projects.

Intermediate 3D Design (1 credit)

Intermediate 3D Design will introduce students to the study of sculpture and ceramics including design, art history, art criticism, and production.  Students will create geometric and organic pieces using the subtractive and additive sculpting techniques of carving, modeling, construction, and assemblage using materials such as wire, paper mache, wood, recycled materials and more. Students will also explore the basics of ceramic hand building, as well as learning all about the physical properties of creating vessel forms with clay. Students will learn pinch, coil and slab methods of ceramic creation. A focus on form and design will be emphasized as students will learn the entire process of creating a ceramic piece from workable plastic clay to a finished-fired glazed piece.

Beginning Theater Arts (1 credit)

The theatre arts program integrates several aspects of the art form: script writing, acting, designing, directing, researching, comparing art forms, analyzing, critiquing, and understanding context. This class is the introduction into theatre arts. You will learn the basics of the art form.

Intermediate Theater Arts (1 credit)

The theatre arts program integrates several aspects of the art form: script writing, acting, designing, directing, researching, comparing art forms, analyzing, critiquing, and understanding context. This class will focus more on the application of these efforts and developing leaderships roles in the theatre.

Beginning Band (1 credit)

Beginning Band is an introductory level course for students with little to no instrumental/band experience or for students who may have participated in band at the middle school level. This performance-based course is focused on basic musicianship and the fundamentals of playing an instrument. This course is aligned to the North Carolina Essential Standards for Music at the beginning level. Depending on enrollment numbers band classes may be combined.

Intermediate Band (1 credit)

Intermediate Band focuses on intermediate music skills, with an emphasis on performing instrumental/band music in an ensemble setting. This performance based course is designed for students who have achieved beginning level high school standards for music and have sound technique and musicianship skills. This course is aligned to the North Carolina Essential Standards for Music at the intermediate level. This ensemble will perform several concerts during the year. Depending on enrollment numbers band classes may be combined.

Technology Course Offering

Introduction to Computer Science (1 credit)

This course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Students will develop programming and coding expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.

Other Course Offerings

Study Hall (No Credit)
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