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English I
1.00 Credit

Join us in English I for a journey. In each unit of the course, we embark on a new journey. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore the unknown, search for identity and equality, and seek achievement, opportunity, and understanding. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each module will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing. to communicate with real conviction.

This course is required for graduation.

English II
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
English I

Join us in English II to see how the human experience -- real life, your life -- is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, we explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as Laughter, Obstacles, Betrayal, and Fear. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

This course is required for graduation.

English III
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
English I and II

In this course, students will acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. Students will learn how to effectively research and integrate their findings, as well as cite their sources.

English IV
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
English I and II

Why do people do what they do? English IV you will give you a front row seat to study of the motives that have driven people's actions for centuries. Along the way you will encounter epic heroes defying danger, tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms, sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion, and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world.? The lessons in each module will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

English IV Q2 can be taken even if the student has not completed English IV Q1.

AP English Language & Composition
1.00 Credit

The AP Language and Composition course will provide high school students with college level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric and expository writing. Students will become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Both their reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

AP English Literature & Composition
1.00 Credit

For a year, participate in an AP upscale dining experience in the AP Literature and Composition course. Students act as food critics of exquisite literary cuisine. Menu items include reading, analyzing, writing, rewriting, and discussing creations by the master chefs, renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors' narrative techniques, this dining experience equips students with recipes for success in college, in a career and the AP exam.

Honors English I, II, III and IV
1.00 Credit

All of our core English classes also have Honors versions available, too. Please talk to your teacher or student advisor to enroll in and access the honors level classes.

Creative Writing A
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Students create original essays, poems, and short stories in this course, which uses two textbooks and focuses on the four-step process writing model. They read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast. After students turn in each assignment, the teacher supplies detailed suggestions for revision. This feedback helps students learn how to improve their self-expression and self-editing skills.

Creative Writing B
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Students create original essays, poems, and short stories in this course, which uses two textbooks and focuses on the four-step process writing model. They read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast. After students turn in each assignment, the teacher supplies detailed suggestions for revision. This feedback helps students learn how to improve their self-expression and self-editing skills. This is the second half of Creative Writing A.

Creative Writing C
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.

Exploring Literature
0.50 Credit

This is a literary criticism course ("lit crit"). Lit crit is just the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. We study literature. Discuss literature. Evaluate literature. And interpret literature. So, what's the point? Why do we even study literary criticism? Because it's like taking a magnifying glass to a story (any kind of story - movie, novel, short story, poem, etc.) and dissecting it in order to decide which kind of critique will bring out the best possible qualities and lessons from that story.

Grammar and Composition A
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This refresher course helps students improve their understanding of grammar and usage basics and enhance their communication skills through writing exercises and discussions with their peers. Students start by completing a diagnostic writing assignment to identify strengths and areas for improvement. They receive step-by-step instruction on the writing process, follow activities to develop their grammar skills, and have multiple opportunities to practice formal and informal writing. Students use literature and expository pieces as models for their own writing. They participate in threaded online conversations with the teacher and their fellow students to discuss their writing, receive constructive feedback for revision, and comment on other students? work. Throughout the course, rubrics help students remember what is expected of them and help them produce their best work.

Grammar and Composition B
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Grammar and Composition A

This refresher course helps students improve their understanding of grammar and usage basics and enhance their communication skills through writing exercises and discussions with their peers. Students start by completing a diagnostic writing assignment to identify strengths and areas for improvement. They receive step-by-step instruction on the writing process, follow activities to develop their grammar skills, and have multiple opportunities to practice formal and informal writing. Students use literature and expository pieces as models for their own writing. They participate in threaded online conversations with the teacher and their fellow students to discuss their writing, receive constructive feedback for revision, and comment on other students? work. Throughout the course, rubrics help students remember what is expected of them and help them produce their best work.

Gothic Literature
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
English I and English II

Gothic Literature: Monster Stories

Course Description:
From vampires to ghosts, these frightening stories have influenced fiction writers since the 18th century. This course will focus on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrate how the core writing drivers produce, for the reader, a thrilling psychological environment. Terror versus horror, the influence of the supernatural, and descriptions of the difference between good and evil are just a few of the themes presented. By the time students have completed this course, they will have gained an understanding of and an appreciation for the complex nature of dark fiction.

Note: You can find free text online and audio files for all three novels and for the two Poe stories at http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/ .

Journalism I
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Understanding the role of the free press in America helps students to be better informed and more able to analyze media. In this course, students explore the history of journalism in the United States from its inception in the colonies and its key role in the 1st Amendment, all the way up to present-day issues regarding right to know and the changing landscape of journalistic media in the 21st century. Students acquire the skills and information needed to actively participate in the consumption, analysis, and creation of news media and have the opportunity to investigate the constantly evolving career opportunities within the field of journalism.

Journalism 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Journalism I

Understanding the role of the free press in America helps students to be better informed and more able to analyze media. In this course, students explore the history of journalism in the United States from its inception in the colonies and its key role in the 1st Amendment, all the way up to present-day issues regarding "right to know" and the changing landscape of journalistic media in the 21st century. Students acquire the skills and information needed to actively participate in the consumption, analysis, and creation of news media and have the opportunity to investigate the constantly evolving career opportunities within the field of journalism. As students work through each module, they use Web 2.0 tools to respond to current news and shifts in journalism, create original projects, and reflect on the changing face of news. Authentic assessments, interactive examples, and self-checks deepen students' understanding of the topics covered and prepare them for work or further study in the field of journalism. This class is a continuation of Journalism I.

Lord of the Rings
0.50 Credit

Lord of the Rings: An Exploration of the Films & Their Literary Influences
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular stories in the modern world. In this course, you will study the movie versions of J.R.R. Tolkein's novel and learn about the process of converting literature to film. You will explore fantasy literature as a genre and critique the three Lord of the Rings films.

Mythology
0.50 Credit

Mighty heroes. Angry gods and goddesses. Cunning animals. Mythology and folklore have been used since the first people gathered around the fire as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. This course focuses on the many myths and legends woven into cultures around the world. Starting with an overview of mythology and the many kinds of folklore, the student will journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons and outwit the gods, follow fearless warrior women into battle and watch as clever animals outwit those stronger than themselves. They will explore the universality and social significance of myths and folklore, and see how they are still used to shape society today.

Public Speaking
0.50 Credit

Are you interested in becoming a more effective speaker, overcoming shyness, preparing for further schooling or a career, or just learning more about what public speaking is? If so, this course is for you! Learn about the history and elements of public speaking and rhetoric and the practice of public speaking, from research to performance. While this course is heavy on the theoretical aspects of public speaking and will require answering text and discussion questions, it will also involve evaluating actual speeches, working collaboratively, taking part in class presentations, and writing and presenting a speech. A working mic and camera are a must!

Reading for College Success
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Reading is a vital skill in the information age where we are constantly bombarded with a stream of information. Being able to determine and comprehend the main idea in this constant flow is imperative to success in both the academic world and in the world of work. Discerning fact from opinion and bias from objectivity will empower you to make better life and work decisions and effective note-taking and summarizing will help you achieve your goals in higher education and in the career of your choosing.

Reading Lab
0.25 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

For struggling students; you work on what you need help with the most. Can be taken up to 4 times.

Writing Lab
0.25 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This class will help struggling writers learn to write effective paragraphs and essays. It is a small group class so students have lots of support. This class can be taken up to 4 times. It is part of the RTI program to help students become better writers.

Pre-Algebra
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Teacher or Guidance Counselor Recommendation

For those students needing a slower approach at learning Algebra. A recommendation from the teacher or guidance counselor is needed.

Algebra 1A Q1 & Q2 , Algebra 1B Q1 & Q2
2.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
For students who were in Math 1-3 in middle school or struggle a bit with math

Algebra I is the foundation! The skills you'll acquire in this course contain the basic knowledge you'll need for all your high school math courses. Relax! This stuff is important, but everyone can do it. Everyone can have a good time solving hundreds of real-world problems that are answered with algebra. Each module in this course is presented in a step-by-step way right on your computer screen. You won't have to stare at the board from the back of a classroom. There are even hands-on labs to make the numbers, graphs, and equations more real. It's all tied to real-world applications like sports, travel, business, and health. This course is designed to give you the skills and strategies for solving all kinds of mathematical problems. It will also give you the confidence that you can handle everything that high school math has in store for you. This class is taken over 4 quarter and earns 2 high school math credits when completed.
If you are concerned about which math class would be the best class to enroll in, please contact your guidance counselor or student advisor for help.

Algebra 1A and 1B
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Pre-algebra or Algebra in middle school or a strong grade in 8th grade math.

Algebra I is the foundation! The skills you'll acquire in this course contain the basic knowledge you'll need for all your high school math courses. Relax! This stuff is important, but everyone can do it. Everyone can have a good time solving hundreds of real-world problems that are answered with algebra. Each module in this course is presented in a step-by-step way right on your computer screen. You won't have to stare at the board from the back of a classroom. There are even hands-on labs to make the numbers, graphs, and equations more real. It's all tied to real-world applications like sports, travel, business, and health. This course is designed to give you the skills and strategies for solving all kinds of mathematical problems. It will also give you the confidence that you can handle everything that high school math has in store for you. This class is taken over 2 quarters and earns 1 high school math credit when completed.
If you are concerned about which math class would be the best class to enroll in, please contact your guidance counselor or student advisor for help.

Geometry
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra 1

One day in 2580 B.C., a very serious architect stood on a dusty desert with a set of plans. His plans called for creating a structure 480 feet, with a square base and triangular sides, using stone blocks weighing two tons each. The Pharaoh wanted the job done right. The better our architect understood geometry, the better were his chances for staying alive. Geometry is everywhere, not just in pyramids. Engineers use geometry to bank highways and build bridges. Artists use geometry to create perspective in their paintings, and mapmakers help travelers find things using the points located on a geometric grid. Throughout this course, we'll take you on a mathematical highway illuminated by spatial relationships, reasoning, connections, and problem solving. This course is all about points, lines and planes. Just as importantly, this course is about acquiring a basic tool for understanding and manipulating the real world around you.

Mathematics
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra and Geometry

The total weight of two beluga whales and three orca whales is 36,000 pounds. The weight of each whale could be determined with just one additional fact. The Mathematics course provides all the math tools needed to answer this weighty question. The setting for this course is an amusement park with animals, rides, and games. The student's job is to apply what they learn to dozens of real-world scenarios. Equations, geometric relationships, and statistical probabilities can sometimes be dull, but not in this class! The park guide (teacher) takes each student on a grand tour of problems and puzzles that show how things work and how mathematics provides valuable tools for everyday living. Students should come ready to reinforce and grow their existing algebra and geometry skills to learn complex algebraic and geometric concepts they will need for further study of mathematics.

Algebra 2
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Geometry

This course connects algebra to the real world. It also demystifies algebra, making it easier to understand and master. The goal is to create a foundation in math that will stay with you throughout high school.

AP Calculus AB
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Before studying calculus, all students should complete four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students: courses in which they study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions.

An interactive text, graphing software and math symbol software combine with the exciting on-line course delivery to make Calculus an adventure. This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Calculus AB exam given each year in May. With continuous enrollment, students can start the course and begin working on Calculus as early as spring of the previous year.

AP Calculus BC
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
AP Calculus AB

An interactive text, graphing software and math symbol software combine with the exciting on-line course delivery to make Calculus an adventure. This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Calculus BC exam given each year in May. With continuous enrollment, students can start the course and begin working on Calculus as early as spring of the previous year.

AP Statistics
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra II

Statistics are used everywhere from fast food businesses ordering hamburger patties to insurance companies setting rates to predicting a student's future success by the results of a test. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary, method, and meaning in the statistics which exist in the world around them. This is an applied course in which students actively construct their own understanding of the methods, interpretation, communication, and application of statistics. Each unit is framed by enduring understandings and essential questions designed to allow students a deep understanding of the concepts at hand rather than memorization and emulation. Students will also complete several performance tasks throughout the year consisting of relevant, open-ended tasks requiring students to connect multiple statistical topics together.

Honors Algebra 1
1.00 Credit

Algebra is also offered as an honors class. Please speak to your algebra teacher or school counselor to request enrollment in this class.

Honors Geometry
1.00 Credit

Geometry is also offered as an honors class. Please speak to your geometry teacher or school counselor to request enrollment in this class.

Applied Math I
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Successful Completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry, 11th & 12th Grade students only

Applied Math is designed for two types of students: 1) students who have passed but struggled with Algebra and Geometry and will struggle with Algebra 2, and 2) students who eventually will take Algebra 2 but need a course that will introduce some of the topics at a slower pace.

Applied Math 1 is a course that combines Algebra 2 topics with Personal Finance topics that all students will need to face in adulthood. Completing both parts of Applied Math, along with the completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry, satisfies the 3 credit Math requirement for graduation.

Applied Math is not considered to be as rigorous as Algebra 2. Completion of Algebra 2 is recommended for students who intend to attend college.

Topics in Math include: Evaluating functions, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, writing the equation of a line, solving rational and radical equations, solving polynomials, factoring and solving quadratic equations, and using the quadratic formula.

Topics in Personal Finance include: Money systems, supply and demand, investigating financial goals, managing budgets, filling out federal and state taxes, investigating the best price, managing personal banking, and manage and reconcile a checking account.

Applied Math 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Successful Completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry, 11th and 12th Grade Students Only

Applied Math is designed for two type of students: 1) students who have passed but struggled with Algebra and Geometry and will struggle with Algebra 2, and 2) students who eventually will take Algebra 2 but need a course that will introduce some of the topics at a slower pace.

Applied Math 2 is a course that combines Algebra 2 topics with Personal Finance topics that all students will need to face in adulthood. Completing both parts of Applied Math, along with the completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry, satisfies the 3 credit Math requirement for graduation.

Applied Math is not considered to be as rigorous as Algebra 2. Completion of Algebra 2 is recommended for students who intend to attend college.

Topics in Math include: Solving systems of linear and non-linear equations using substitution, elimination, and graphing, finding outcomes in a sample space, independent and conditional probability, and using surveys to collect and analyze data.

Topics in Personal Finance include: Strategies for saving money, calculating simple and compound interest, investing, saving for retirement, investigating 401k plans, managing credit and debt, establishing a credit history, investigating credit cards, investigating pay-day loan practices, and buying insurance.

Advanced Math
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra 1 and Geometry are required. Algebra 2 or Mathematics is suggested.

Get ready to dive into Advanced Math through interactive video-based content. This is an excellent third or fourth-year math course option for students. Students will learn about: Rational Numbers, Seeing Structure in Expressions, Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities, Interpreting Functions, Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions, Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models, Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations, Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability, and Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions.

Pre-Calculus
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry

Students, as mathematic analysts, investigate how advanced mathematics concepts are used to solve problems encountered in operating national parks. As students venture from algebra to trigonometry, they analyze and articulate the real-world application of these concepts. The purpose of this course is to study functions and develop skills necessary for the study of calculus. This course includes algebra, analytical geometry, and trigonometry.

Trigonometry
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus

Course Rationale: This course will develop the student’s mathematical concepts, improve logical thinking, and help to promote success. The course is offered for the students who desire to continue their study of mathematics. The course is needed for the students who wish to continue their education beyond high school in those fields that require a solid background in mathematics.
Course Description: Student will study relations, functions, graphs, trigonometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, limits, and derivatives. The student will analyze and graph mathematical functions. There is an emphasis on verification of trigonometric identities using all of the basic trigonometric identities. Students will use graphing calculators in activities that are appropriate to the topics being studied.

Calculus (A and B)
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre Calculus or Trigonometry

Students in this course will walk in the footsteps of Newton and Leibnitz. An interactive text and graphing software combine with the exciting on-line course delivery to make calculus an adventure. The course includes a study of limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions, and the applications of derivatives and integrals.

Math Lab
0.25 Credit

This personalized math program will teach you the skills you need to be successful and excel in math. Can be taken up to 4 times.

Money Skills Math
0.25 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

MoneySKILL is a high school course that covers the content areas of income, expenses, saving and investing, credit, and insurance. It is divided into 36 modules which are previewed and explained by the teacher, after which the student views the material and answers ten content questions on each module. The course ends with a final exam on all 36 lesson modules.

Physical Science
1.00 Credit

Physical Science (1.0 Required)
This course is designed as an interactive, 21st-century course focusing on basic physics and chemistry. Topics include forces and motion, energy through waves, electricity and magnetism, the matter around us, chemical bonding and reactions. This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of the physical sciences. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of the physical and chemical properties of the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.
Either Physical Science or Chemistry is required for graduation.

Biology
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science

Biology (1.0 Required)
The Biology course guides students through the study of living and non-living systems and how they interact with one another. Students explore the world they live in by posing questions and seeking answers through scientific inquiry. Discovery takes place through observation and data collection. The students will be introduced to the structure, function, diversity, and evolution of living matter. This is a course with real relevance. It encourages curiosity and provides opportunity for students to work on hands on lab activities and develop relationships through collaboratively learning. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us.

Chemistry
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science and Biology

Chemistry I and Chemistry I Honors are rigorous and not intended for credit recovery. Students will be challenged and need to have 6-10 hours per week designated to be successful. It is designed as an interactive, 21st century course focusing on Chemistry. Topics include the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications. This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of Chemistry. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of Chemistry in the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.
Either Physical Science or Chemistry is required for graduation.

Physics
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science and Biology

In each module of Physics I, students discover the contributions of scientific geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Through their work, students learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest thinkers.

AP Biology
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Biology and Chemistry

Given the speed with which scientific discoveries and research
continuously expand scientific knowledge, many educators are faced with
the challenge of balancing breadth of content coverage with depth of
understanding.
The revised AP® Biology course addresses this challenge by shifting from a
traditional “content coverage” model of instruction to one that focuses on
enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them.
This approach will enable students to spend less time on factual recall
and more time on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts, and will
help them develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science
practices used throughout their study of AP Biology.
To foster this deeper level of learning, the breadth of content coverage
in AP Biology is defined in a way that distinguishes content essential
to support the enduring understandings from the many examples or
applications that can overburden the course. Illustrative examples are
provided that offer teachers a variety of optional instructional contexts to
help their students achieve deeper understanding. Additionally, content
that is outside the scope of the course and exam is also identified.
Students who take an AP Biology course designed using this curriculum
framework as its foundation will also develop advanced inquiry and
reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing
data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and
across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced
topics in subsequent college courses — a goal of every AP course.
The revised AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college
introductory biology course and has been endorsed enthusiastically by
higher education officials. The prerequisites for AP Biology are high school
courses in biology and chemistry.

AP Environmental Science
1.00 Credit

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Unlike most other introductory-level college science courses, environmental science is offered from a wide variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. The AP Environmental Science course has been developed to be intended to enable students to undertake, as first-year college students, a more advanced study of topics in environmental science.

Honors Chemistry
1.00 Credit

Chemistry I and Chemistry I Honors are rigorous and not intended for credit recovery. Students will be challenged and need to have 6-10 hours per week designated to be successful. It is designed as an interactive, 21st-century course focusing on Chemistry. Topics include the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications. This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of Chemistry. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of Chemistry in the world around them; enabling them to apply these properties to their everyday lives.
Chemistry is offered as an honors course. Please talk to your teacher or guidance counselor to enroll in this course.

Anatomy and Physiology S1 & S2
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science and Biology

In this course students will explore the anatomy or structure of the human body. In addition to learning anatomical terminology, students will study and the main systems of the body--including integumentary (the integumentary system is the organ system that protects the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside.), skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. In addition to identifying the bones, muscles, and organs, students will study the structure of cells and tissues within the body.

Astronomy: Exploring the Universe
0.50 Credit

Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using online tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.

Biotechnology: Unlocking Nature's Secrets
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Biology and either physical science or chemistry

In today's world, biotechnology helps us grow food, fight diseases, and create alternative fuels. In this course, students will explore the science behind biotechnology and how this science is being used to solve medical and environmental problems.

Forensic Science
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science and Biology

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

Forestry and Natural Resources
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
biology and either physical science or chemistry

Forests and other natural resources play an important role in our world, from providing lumber and paper products to providing habitat for birds and animals. In the Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources course, you will learn more about forest ecology, management, and conservation. You will explore topics such as environmental policy, land use, water resources, and wildlife management. Finally, you will learn more about forestry-related careers and important issues facing forestry professionals today.

Great Minds in Science: Ideas for a Generation
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
biology and either physical science or chemistry

Is there life on other planets? What extremes can the human body endure? Can we solve the problem of global warming? Today, scientists, explorers, and writers are working to answer all of these questions. Like Edison, Einstein, Curie, and Newton, the scientists of today are asking questions and working on problems that may revolutionize our lives and world. This course focuses on 10 of today's greatest scientific minds. Each unit takes an in-depth look at one of these individuals, and shows how their ideas may help to shape tomorrow's world.

Marine Science
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Physical Science and Biology

As our amazing planet continues to change over time, it becomes increasingly apparent how human activity has made environmental impacts. In the marine science course, students will delve deep into Earth?s bodies of water and study geologic structures and how they impact the oceans. Students will investigate characteristics of various populations, patterns of distribution of life in our aquatic systems, and ongoing changes occurring every day in our precious ecosystems. Students will be amazed and enlightened at just how much our oceans and lakes affect climate, weather, and seasonal variations. They will have the opportunity to explore the relationships among living organisms and see how they are affected by our oceans currents, tides, and waves. Hold on, it is one amazing journey.

Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals
0.50 Credit

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times, we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

US History
1.00 Credit

American History (Required 1.0 credit to graduate) Usually completed in the third year of high school.
This class is full of big questions that grab our attention. In this course, you will look at some of the most profound questions that thoughtful Americans still debate. You will research many important events throughout the history of America. In the process, you will witness the development of America from its first settlers to today's superpower status. Questions about slavery, regulation of business, religious freedom, and how to maintain a stable world order have always been part of the American experiment. Most of the time, the answers are not so simple, but we want to know what you think. To develop your personal beliefs, you will use verified sources, including original documents and the writings of people contemporary with the events. Equally important, this course will challenge you to apply your knowledge and perspective of history to interpret the events of today. The questions raised by history are endlessly fascinating. We look forward to your participation in the debate.

American Government
0.50 Credit

American Government - (Required of all graduating students) Usually completed during the fourth year of high school.
Students will learn responsible citizenship, including civil and political participation is essential to maintain a representative government that truly represents the people of the United States. In this course, students learn about the structure of government and how it shares power at the local, state and federal levels. This course also explores founding principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights, preserving the freedoms that students experience daily. Students will examine the processes of each branch of government, the election process, and how citizens can impact public policy. The media, interest groups and influential citizens provide examples of how the government can be effected by informed and active participants. Students will examine the U.S. Court system, and become a part of the process by participating in the judicial decision making process. They will also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world, through domestic policy, foreign policy and human rights policy.

AP Human Geography
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Students should be able to read college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.

The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory
college-level course in human geography. The course introduces
students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that
have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s
surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis
to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental
consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools
geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum
reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012)

AP Macroeconomics
0.50 Credit

AP Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that
focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as
a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of
national income and price-level determination; it also develops
students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the
financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and
international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and
data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts

AP Microeconomics
0.50 Credit

AP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that
focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions
of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops
students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor
markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of
government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the
economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze,
describe, and explain economic concepts.

AP Psychology
0.50 Credit

The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic
and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.
While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped
the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key
concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the
biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning
and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and
individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social
psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological
research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the
scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and
effectively communicate ideas

AP United States History
1.00 Credit

The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical
thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contexualizing,
crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting
and synthesizing historical narrative) and the development of students’
abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately
1491 to the present. Seven themes of equal importance – American
and National Identity; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power;
Work, Exchange, and Technology; America in the World; Geography and
the Environment; and Culture and Society – provide areas of historical
inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students
to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make
comparisons among various historical developments in different times
and places. The course also allows teachers flexibility across nine
different periods of U.S. history to teach topics of their choice in depth.

AP US Government and Politics
0.50 Credit

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to
key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and
behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States.
The course examines politically significant concepts and themes,
through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess
causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to
develop evidence-based argument.

AP World History
1.00 Credit

The AP World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of the world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present. This college-level course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Honors American Government
0.50 Credit

Students will learn responsible citizenship, including civil and political participation is essential to maintain a representative government that truly represents the people of the United States. In this course, students learn about the structure of government and how it shares power at the local, state and federal levels. This course also explores founding principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights, preserving the freedoms that students experience daily. Students will examine the processes of each branch of government, the election process, and how citizens can impact public policy. The media, interest groups and influential citizens provide examples of how the government can be affected by informed and active participants. Students will examine the U.S. Court system, and become a part of the process by participating in the judicial decision-making process. They will also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world, through domestic policy, foreign policy, and human rights policy.
This course can be taken as an honors course. Please contact your teacher or your school counselor to enroll.

Honors US History
1.00 Credit

This class is full of big questions that grab our attention. In this course, you will look at some of the most profound questions that thoughtful Americans still debate. You will research many important events throughout the history of America. In the process, you will witness the development of America from its first settlers to today's superpower status. Questions about slavery, regulation of business, religious freedom, and how to maintain a stable world order have always been part of the American experiment. Most of the time, the answers are not so simple, but we want to know what you think. To develop your personal beliefs, you will use verified sources, including original documents and the writings of people contemporary with the events. Equally important, this course will challenge you to apply your knowledge and perspective of history to interpret the events of today. The questions raised by history are endlessly fascinating.
This course can be taken as an honors course. Please contact your teacher or your school counselor to enroll.

African American History
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Tracing the accomplishments and obstacles of African Americans from the slave trade, through emancipation, to the modern African diaspora, students will learn about the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural factors that have influenced African American life.

Anthropology I: Uncovering Human Mysteries
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
none

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess (Margaret Mead). The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past, present, future and address the problems humans face in biological, social and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity, and diversity of humankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world will also be presented in the course.

Anthropology II: More Human Mysteries Uncovered
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Anthropology has helped us better understand cultures around the world and through different time periods. This course continues the study of global cultures and the ways that humans have made sense of their world. We will examine some of the ways that cultures have understood and given meaning to different stages of life and death. The course will also examine the creation of art within cultures and examine how cultures evolve and change over time. Finally, we will apply the concepts and insights learned from the study of anthropology to several cultures found in the world today.

Archaeology: Detectives of the Past
0.50 Credit

George Santayana once said, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. The field of archeology helps us to better understand the events and societies of the past that have helped to shape our modern world. This course focuses on this techniques, methods, and theories that guide the study of the past. Students will learn how archaeological research is conducted and interpreted, as well as how artifacts are located and preserved. Finally, students will learn about the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items.

Criminology
0.50 Credit

In today’s society, crime and deviant behavior are often one of the top concerns of society members. From the nightly news to personal experiences with victimization, crime seems to be all around us. In this course, we will explore the field of criminology or the study of crime. In doing so, we will look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological standpoints, explore the various types of crime and their consequences for society, and investigate how crime and criminals are handled by the criminal justice system. Why do some individuals commit crimes but others don’t? What aspects in our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why do individuals receive different punishments for the same crime? What factors shape the criminal case process, from arrest to punishments?

Economics- The Flow of Money
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Economic decisions affect us every day of our lives. Understanding economics means thinking about how scarcity, or limited resources, requires us to make choices and evaluate one option against others. In this course, students will recognize examples of economics in your daily life. Students will see how the economic choices of larger groups, like businesses and governments, affect students and others. As students progress through the course, students will recognize that the costs and benefits of choices connect individuals and groups around the world. The purpose of this course is to help students become a smart consumer who understands the flow of an economy between individuals, businesses, governments, and the rest of the world.

Geography A and B
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Geography A must be taken before Geography B

Geography examines a broad range of geographical perspectives covering the major regions of the world. Each region is reviewed in a similar structure so students can clearly see the similarities and differences between each one. The course continues with a look at the regions from cultural, economic, and political perspectives, closely examining the human impact on each region. Students explore each region's location globally and its physical characteristics, including absolute and relative location, climate, and significant geographical features. Unit topics include an introduction to geography, North America, Central America, South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, and East Asia.

History of the Holocaust
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of anti-Semitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy. The study of the Holocaust is a multi-disciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester-long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference, the potential for government-supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.

Human Geography: Our Global Identity
0.50 Credit

How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? Students will explore the diverse ways in which people affect the world around them and how they are affected by their surroundings. Students will discover how ideas spread and cultures form, and learn how beliefs and architecture are part of a larger culture complex. In addition to introducing students to the field of Human Geography, this course will teach students how to analyze humans and their environments.

Law and Order: Introduction to Legal Studies
0.50 Credit

Every purchase, lease, contract, marriage, divorce, arrest, crime or traffic violation places the citizen face-to-face with the law. Law & Order is designed to provide students with an understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities.

National Security
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

In this course, you will learn the critical elements of this very important career, such as evaluating satellite information, analyzing training procedures, assessing military engagement, and preparing intelligence reports. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of appropriate responses to security threats and how best to coordinate information with other agencies.

Personal Psychology: The Road to Self-Discovery
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self-discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception, and states of consciousness. Amazing online psychology experiments dealing with our own personal behavior are featured within this course.

Personal Psychology: Living in a Complex World
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Enrich the quality of your life by learning to understand the actions of others! Topics include the study of memory, intelligence, emotion, health, stress, and personality. This course features exciting online psychology experiments involving the world around us.

Philosophy: The Big Picture
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history! Along the way, you'll run into some very strange characters. For example, you'll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You'll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you'll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You'll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered. By the time you've closed the book on this course, you will better understand yourself and the world around you from atoms to outer space and everything in between.

Psychology I
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

The human brain is fascinating. Where do thoughts and memories come from? What are emotions? And why do we behave the way we do? Above all, how do these factors influence our relationships with others? In Psychology I, you will begin to understand the human mind by exploring the research and theories of some of the most brilliant psychologists throughout history. Learn how psychology influences personality and development throughout the entire human lifespan, even from birth. Explore different psychological disorders and how they are treated according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder. And learn psychological tips that you can use every day, like how to cope and reduce stress. So, are you ready to unlock the mysteries of the human brain?

Rules of War
0.50 Credit

This course is an educational program that introduces students to international humanitarian law. The learning materials are based on both historical and contemporary situations, show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent and reduce the suffering and devastation caused by war. In this class students will be required to play an active role in the learning process, enabling them to develop a humanitarian perspective and to understanding what IHL is all about.
The Rules of War will examine the devastation caused by war by making use of case studies and by building upon students’ own experiences and ways of thinking. The case studies describe the behavior of actual people who are caught in situations where humanitarian action is required. By studying these situations, students develop a new perspective and begin to understand the need for rules to protect life and human dignity during war.

Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

The world is becoming more complex. How do your beliefs, values, and behavior affect the people around you and the world we live in? In this increasingly connected world, students will examine problems in our society and learn how human relationships can influence the life of the student. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world are also presented in the course.

Sociology: Your Social Life
0.50 Credit

Sociology is the study of people, social life and society. The development of a sociological imagination will enable students to examine how society shapes human actions and beliefs, and how such actions and beliefs in turn shape society. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the sociological world are also presented in the course.

Women's Studies: A Personal Journey Through Film
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This course, although looking specifically at the experiences of women, is not for girls only. If you are a student interested in exploring the world through film and open-minded enough to be interested in social change, this course is for you.
Materials: You will need to have access (by renting them or borrowing them from the library) to the following films:
Standard editions of the films used in this course: Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Far From Heaven (2002), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney Animation - 1937), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Animation - 1991), Mean Girls (2004), The Help (2011), A League of Their Own (1992)

World History
1.00 Credit

How did we get to where we are today? Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through World History to take you on an adventure as you discover the interconnectedness of world events and eras. Grab your passport for the adventure of a lifetime.

In Segment I, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of Islamic Empires. Journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. You will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Hang on tight, before you dive into the Age of Discovery when eastern and western hemispheric encounters created for some turbulent times.

Segment II begins with a bang as students will learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment and the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.

World Religions: Exploring Diversity
0.50 Credit

Throughout the ages, religions from around the world have shaped the political, social, and cultural aspects of societies. This course focuses on the major religions that have played a role in human history, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, and Taosim. Students will trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture. The course will also discuss some of the similarities and differences among the major religions and examine the connections and influences they have.

WWI and WWII- Wars that Changed the World
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Take a journey through two World Wars in this quarter long class. These two wars defined how the modern world would operate. The class will chronicle the incredible story that was told by the hundreds of millions of people that participated in these two deadly affairs.

Fitness Fundamentals I
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This is the first fitness class students at iForward must complete.
This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and information needed to begin a personalized exercise program and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Students participate in pre- and post-fitness assessments in which they measure and analyze their own levels of fitness based on the five components of physical fitness: muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and body composition. In this course, students research the benefits of physical activity, as well as the techniques, principles, and guidelines of exercise to keep them safe and healthy. Throughout this course, students participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility.

Advanced PE 1
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

This is part one of a two-part class. You are not required to take part 2 after you complete this class.
This two-semester course guides students through an in-depth examination of the effects of exercise on the body. Students learn how to exercise efficiently and properly. Basic anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology will serve as a foundation for students to build effective exercise programs. The study of nutrition and human behavior is also an integral part of the course. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in weekly physical activity. These courses are recommended for grades 10-12.

Advanced PE 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I and Advanced PE I

This is the second part of a two-part class. You must take part I first.
This two-semester course guides students through an in-depth examination of the effects of exercise on the body. Students learn how to exercise efficiently and properly. Basic anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology will serve as a foundation for students to build effective exercise programs. The study of nutrition and human behavior is also an integral part of the course. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in weekly physical activity. These courses are recommended for grades 10-12

Exercise Science
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

This course takes an in-depth examination of the effects of exercise on the body. Through this course, students will learn basic anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology, as well as proper principles and techniques for designing an effective exercise program. The study of nutrition and human behavior will also be integrated into the course to enhance the students' comprehension of this multifaceted subject.

Fitness Fundamentals 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and information needed to begin a personalized exercise program and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Students participate in pre- and post-fitness assessments in which they measure and analyze their own levels of fitness based on the five components of physical fitness: muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and body composition. In this course, students research the benefits of physical activity, as well as the techniques, principles, and guidelines of exercise to keep them safe and healthy. Throughout this course, students participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility.

Fitness Lifestyle Design
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

Discover habits of body and mind that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. You will measure your current fitness level and nutrition knowledge and create a plan for achieving your individual goals.

Personal Fitness
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

Get an in-depth understanding of what real fitness requires and how you can best increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility. Explore the world of healthy living, and see how real fitness can be achieved through intention, effort, and knowledge.

Strength Training
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

This course focuses on the fitness components of muscular strength and endurance. Throughout this course, students establish their fitness level, set goals, and design their own resistance training program and cross-training. They study muscular anatomy and learn specific exercises to strengthen each muscle or muscle group. Students focus on proper posture and technique while training. They also gain an understanding of how to apply the FITT principles and other fundamental exercise principles, such as progression and overload, to strength training.

Walking Fitness
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Fitness Fundamentals I

This course helps students establish a regular walking program for health and fitness. Walking is appropriate for students of all fitness levels and is a great way to maintain a moderately active lifestyle. In addition to reviewing fundamental principles of fitness, students learn about goals and motivation, levels of training, walking mechanics, safety and injury prevention, appropriate attire, walking in the elements, good nutrition and hydration, and effective cross-training. Students take a pre- and post-fitness assessment. Throughout this course, students also participate in a weekly fitness program involving walking, as well as elements of resistance training and flexibility.

Health & Personal Wellness
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Required for Graduation

This comprehensive health course provides students with essential knowledge and decision-making skills for a healthy lifestyle. Students analyze aspects of emotional, social, and physical health and how these realms of health influence each other. Students apply principles of health and wellness to their own lives. In addition, they study behavior change and set health goals to work on throughout the semester. Additional topics of study include healthy relationships, reproductive health, disease transmission, substance abuse, safety and injury prevention, environmental health, and consumer health.
Materials

First Aid & Safety
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

In this course, students learn and practice first aid procedures for a variety of common conditions, including muscular, skeletal, and soft tissue injuries. In addition, students learn how to appropriately respond to a variety of emergency situations. They also learn the procedures for choking and CPR for infants, children, and adults. In addition to emergency response, students will explore personal, household, and outdoor safety, and disaster preparedness.

Health Careers I
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

In this course, students explore a variety of career options related to the health care field, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dental careers, childcare, sports medicine, personal training, social work, psychology, and more. Students will learn about various options within each field, what each of these jobs entails, and the education and knowledge required to be successful. In addition, they will focus on basic job skills and information that would aid them in health care and other career paths.

Health Science I: The Whole Individual
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

Will we ever find a cure for cancer? What treatments are best for conditions like diabetes and asthma? How are illnesses like meningitis, tuberculosis, and the measles identified and diagnosed? Health sciences provide the answers to questions such as these. In this course, students will be introduced to the various disciplines within the health sciences, including toxicology, clinical medicine, and biotechnology. They will explore the importance of diagnostics and research in the identification and treatment of diseases. The course presents information and terminology for the health sciences and examines the contributions of different health science areas.

Health Science II: Patient Care & Medical Services
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

Challenging. Variable. Rewarding. These three words can be used to describe many careers in the health sciences. In this course, you will learn more about what it takes to be a successful health science professional, including how to communicate with patients. Explore the rights and responsibilities of both patients and health science professionals in patient care and learn more about how to promote wellness among patients and health care staffs. Finally, you will learn more about safety in health science settings and the challenges and procedures of emergency care, infection control, and blood-borne pathogens.

Issues in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

This course delves into the types and effects of drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, steroids, over the counter drugs, marijuana, barbiturates, stimulants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. Students learn about the physiological and psychological effects of drugs, as well as the rules, laws, and regulations surrounding them. The difference between appropriate and inappropriate drug use will also be discussed. In addition, students will learn about coping strategies, healthy behaviors, and refusal skills to help them avoid and prevent substance abuse, as well as available resources where they can seek help.

Medical Terminology
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

In this course, students will be introduced to basic medical language and terminology that they would need to enter a health care field. Emphasis will be placed on definitions, proper usage, spelling, and pronunciation. They will study word structure and parts, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, as well as symbols and abbreviations. They will examine medical terms from each of the body's main systems, including skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and lymphatic systems, and sensory organs. In addition, students will learn proper terminology for common tests, procedures, pharmacology, disease, and conditions.

Nutrition
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Health & Personal Wellness

This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students will learn about world-wide views of nutrition, nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, healthy weight management, diet-related diseases, food handling, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students will gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

2D Art - Comic Book Exploration
0.50 Credit

Where do superheroes come from? They live in the action-filled pages of comic books. Who gives them their superpowers? It?s the creative artist who puts energy and excitement into every drawing. In this course, students learn how to create superheroes and discover the power in their pencils. Students learn the tools, tricks, and techniques of how professional artists create people and objects that leap off the page. Students begin with a sketchbook to learn how to visualize ideas and communicate those ideas using lines, colors, composition, and perspective. The end result is a portfolio of the student?s original artwork. In this one-segment course, students investigate the creative processes used by all artists; learn how to analyze, interpret, and evaluate art; and create portfolios of work that demonstrate their own skill and creativity as artists. To be successful in the course, students will need access to a scanner or a digital camera and basic art supplies.

A Taste of Animation
0.50 Credit

This project-based course will offer a progressive set of lessons which will exposes learners to basic video and animation processes that build on important principles of art. Learners will work independently while learning specific skills, as well as, enjoy a collaborative learning atmosphere with their classmates. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through the creation of short films. This course will introduce students to stop motion animation, videography, basic animation using GIMP, and the lost art of roto-scoping. Students enrolled in this course will explore video production processes while enjoying an original and energetic curriculum that will inspire patience, responsibility, organizational skills, collaboration and a work place level discipline. Students will need a digital camera or cell phone that has video making capabilities and access to GIMP, a free online graphic design program that comes preloaded on school computers or can be safely loaded with instruction from your teacher.

Art Around the World
0.50 Credit

This course has been specially designed for iForward students in order to offer experiences that will help them better understand cultures throughout our world. This course allows students to work collaboratively with other learners that represent the diverse cultures that make up our incredible planet. Students who enroll in this class will learn skills in mutual respect while gaining a better understanding of other cultures and building respect for varied languages. Learners will gain a valuable awareness by enrolling in Art around the World as it will enable them to develop a well-informed world view through producing arts and crafts from a variety of different cultures.
This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

Art for the Mind
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Cellphone Photography

Art can empower students by nurturing self-esteem and confidence. Students who participate in the art course, Art and Mind will create works of art using traditional and digital skills that express their opinions through the art they create. Learners will see the work of other artists of the past and present who communicated a variety of influential messages through their work and also brought attention to the issues that affect our society. Art can speak louder than words and can be easily understood across a variety of cultures. Art connects us by presenting visual images that we can all relate to. It raises questions, fosters communication while playing a powerful role in our society. This course will touch the hearts and minds of our learners by showing them visual images that make them more aware of the human condition across the globe and ultimately move them to take action. Lessons will give students a voice which can be heard through their art and communicate the need for a more gentle and compassionate attitude toward humanity.

Art is for Everyone
0.50 Credit

Would you love to take an art course but feel that you may not be artistic enough? Well, this is the class for you! This exciting project-based course helps students understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Students learn to accept the fact that the people we meet will often have a difference of opinion and that fact truly will enrich your life. When this course is completed you probably won’t be a famous artist. However, this course will offer you many opportunities for self-expression. You will increase your potential for creative thinking while you are exposed to a number of careers where art skills are valued. (There is a short list of materials that you might need inside the course.) Students who enroll in this course will gain a deeper respect for all that is beautiful while understanding that there are countless careers, that you can choose from, where creative thinking and artistic talent are valued.

Cellphone Photography
0.50 Credit

We carry our cell phones everywhere we go and most of them have a built in camera feature that allows us to take instant images of our life as it happens... This class will explore the cell phone as an instant, and available, medium in the art of digital photography. Instruction will expose students to a whole new art form through their cell phone photography. Using cell phone camera as the equipment of choice, along with photo editing programs, students will create unique images based on their everyday lives that will be presented as an artistic visual diary. Students’ skills will be fine-tuned with a better understanding of successful compositions in photographic design. Learners will apply new knowledge and skills to photo retouching and manipulation and using images shot with their personal cell phones. Become part of this emerging media in the area of photography. Enroll in, “The Artistic Side of Cell Phone Photography!”

Choose Your ARTventure
0.50 Credit

Choose Your Own Art-venture is a “hands-on, practice, and learn to do something fun” class. It helps you enjoy time away from your computer while doing tasks that interest you. It’s fun to be able to tell your parent that playing Minecraft, folding origami, roasting marshmallows, making a pizza, or playing on the slip and slide really IS your homework!  Those are just a few of the fun examples you can choose from in this exciting project-based course.
Through this adventurous learning environment, students will be offered a variety of ways to explore learning. They will be given choices on how they wish to meet the requirements for each weekly lesson and work to meet their own personal goals. Learners will have the opportunity to discover their strengths and fully develop an area of interest while taking complete responsibility for their learning and choosing the path they will take to get there. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate what they are capable of learning while having fun along the way. Students will set their own goals and meet those through self-directing their own education. So, Choose Your Own Adventure and love the way you choose to learn!

Drawing Beasts and Besties
0.50 Credit

This creative course is for both beginners and intermediate artists at the middle school and high school level of learning. Collaborative work, project based learning and individualized instruction will be the path to success for students who are enrolled in this exciting class.
‘Drawing Beasts and Besties’ will offer students the opportunity to develop the skills and the knowledge they need to draw a variety of different kinds of animals with confidence and skill. Course content will include understanding the anatomy of animal kingdom and learning techniques that support them in generating images of imaginary beasts (such as dragons) while improving their ability to render animals from nature and drawing our domesticated friends, the dog and the cat.
To succeed in this course students will need these materials: A sketch book, pencil, eraser, a cell phone (to take photos of their work in progress), colored pencils and a fine line black sharpie.

Creative Design
0.50 Credit

Graphic Design is all around you from the old shirt you pulled out of your dresser this morning to the billboard that was just put up along the highway. In this course, you will become the artist that creates these designs! You will have the opportunity to combine both Art and Technology to communicate your own ideas!
In this introductory course you will edit images, design logos, and even design a poster for your favorite band while learning to recognize the effects that design has on our society. Learn fundamental skills of graphic design while making choices that are sure to enhance other areas of your learning and your life.
This course is written for both middle school and high school students so that students at both levels of learning will succeed. Lessons will address similar standards but will allow several pathways for iForward students.

Indy Art (Independent Art)
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Teacher Permission

This is a unique independent study art course that is set aside for students who have artistic talent and a deep interest in any area of the visual arts. Students who enroll in this course often have the high potential of going into a career in the area of visual arts in the future. Students who wish to enroll in this course will have to have successfully completed an art course with a grade of B or higher. This class will allow students to focus on an area of visual arts that they are passionate about. Learners in this course will design their own course by writing their own short and long term goals and meeting them independently with minimal guidance from their instructor. Students must be committed to daily live lessons! Learners will be highly organized and dedicated to the value of visual arts in their lives and will have to create a blog (or other social media format) where their work can be displayed and shared. Please contact your student guidance counselor to find out if you are a good candidate for this original course.

Orbit Your Artistic Imagination
0.50 Credit

The mystery of space opens a whole new world to earthlings and our artistic visions. Technology is unstoppable and we can only begin to imagine what the future of space travel has in store for humankind. Space exploration feeds our imaginations and it is this concept that has inspired the idea for this course titled: “Orbit your Artistic Imagination.”
In this class, artists will be able to push their imaginations to places our space program has yet to explore. Our students will use digital design to create imaginary “Space Art” of planets and alien life while building on the scientific knowledge of space while cultivating ideas for a final mission patch design which, may be launched into space!
The unknown of space will offer endless solutions to artistic problems. I can’t wait to work with your creative minds!

Pencils and Paint
0.50 Credit

Welcome to Pencils and Painting! This project based course allows students to step back away from technology and into the world of traditional drawing and painting techniques that have been used by artists for centuries. The course begins by allowing students the opportunity to push the boundaries of their own artistic ability while exploring the diverse capabilities of their drawing pencil. After completing the drawing module students will have the confidence they need to move forward and complete their artistic visions through the expressive use of color and acrylic painting techniques. Learners in this course will even touch on how to market and sell their artistic creations through the use of artist websites. Success in this course will require commitment and dedication along with a strong desire to create art! (Students who enroll in this course must be prepared to purchase acrylic paint, three sizes of soft brushes, canvas and a sketchpad.)

Yearbook
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Help your school create their yearbook and the senior powerpoint that is played at graduation. We could use YOUR help to capture memories to last a lifetime.

AP Art History S1
0.50 Credit

This is the first part of a two-part class. Both parts must be taken for AP credit.
This course is designed to provide college-level instruction in art history and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. This course is divided into two 18-week segments, during which students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. Students learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Completing both segments of the course will successfully prepare you for the AP Exam.

AP Art History S2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
AP Art History S1

This is part 2 of a two-part class.
This course is designed to provide college-level instruction in art history and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. This course is divided into two 18-week segments, during which students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. Students learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Completing both segments of the course will successfully prepare you for the AP Exam.

Achieving Your Career & College Goals
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
11th or 12th grade

Students explore their options for life after high school and implement plans to achieve their goals. They identify their aptitudes, skills, and preferences, and explore a wide range of potential careers. They investigate the training and education required for the career of their choice and create a plan to be sure that their work in high school is preparing them for the next step. They also receive practical experience in essential skills such as searching and applying for college, securing financial aid, writing a resume and cover letter and interviewing for a job. This course is geared toward 11th and 12th graders.

ACT Prep
0.50 Credit

Helps students getting ready to take the ACT exam.

Advertising & Sales Promotion
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

What comes to mind when you think of marketing? Perhaps a familiar television jingle plays in your head? Or maybe you think of those irritating sales phone calls? There is no denying the sheer magnitude and power of the marketing industry. Every year companies spend approximately $200 billion promoting their products and services and that is just in the United States alone! You may be familiar with being on the receiving end marketing, but what is it like on the other side? In Advertising and Sales Promotions, you will see how these marketing campaigns, ads, and commercials are brought to life and meet some of the creative folks who produce them. you will learn about different marketing career opportunities and discover ways to be part of this exciting, fast-paced industry.

Career Planning
0.50 Credit

Students use an informative interactive process to explore career and life options in this one-semester elective. They begin with a thorough examination of their own interests, aptitudes, achievements, and personality styles. Instructional material then helps them match job market information, interview techniques, training requirements, and educational paths to potential careers that suit their strengths and personal priorities. Successfully completing this course gives students the ability to identify and describe their personal interests, aptitudes, and lifestyle goals; locate and evaluate information about different careers; identify the skills and knowledge needed for careers of interest and how to obtain them; and create an entrepreneurial business plan.

Careers in Criminal Justice
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

The criminal justice system offers a wide range of career opportunities. In this course, students will explore different areas of the criminal justice system, including the trial process, the juvenile justice system, and the correctional system.

Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Learning how to manage your money is one of the most important skills you can have. Why? Because your financial decisions will have long-term consequences, either good or bad. We will give you the tools and knowledge that will help you win with money right from the start. When it comes to your financial future, we want you to aim high and dream big. There is a lot to learn, so let's get started!

Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you will need to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.

Hospitality & Tourism
0.50 Credit

With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers. As a result, hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This course will introduce students to the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas. Student will learn about key hospitality issues, the development and management of tourist locations, event planning, marketing, and environmental issues related to leisure and travel. The course also examines some current and future trends in the field.

International Business
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Intro to Business, 11th - 12th grade students only

From geography to culture, Global Business is an exciting topic in the business community today. This course is designed to help students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace. It takes a global view on business, investigating why and how companies go international and are more interconnected. The course further provides students a conceptual tool by which to understand how economic, social, cultural, political and legal factors influence both domestic and cross-border business. Business structures, global entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, and the challenges of managing international organizations will all be explored in this course. Students will cultivate a mindfulness of how history, geography, language, cultural studies, research skills, and continuing education are important in both business activities and the 21st century.

Personal Finance
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

Understanding financial management concepts is an important life skill that forms the crux of the Personal Finance course. Students learn to understand the consequences of their financial choices, from credit and debt to insurance, taxes, investments, and discretionary spending. Instructional material surveys typical personal financial needs and emphasizes the basics of budgeting. Through activities and projects with practical applications, students taking this course learn to better prepare for and secure their financial futures. Unit topics in this elective course include: Money Management (personal financial planning and checking); Financial Security (savings, investments, and risks); Credit Management; Risk Management; and Taxes and Employment Forms.

Principles of Public Service: To Serve and Protect
0.50 Credit

Are you familiar with the term public service? When we think about public service, our thoughts often turn to professionals such as police officers, EMTs, and firefighters. While these are well-known public servants, many others work to keep our communities safe, healthy, and productive. In this course, you will learn about many different areas of public service including education, civil engineering, and social services. You will also look at the requirements for public service in general as well as the specific skills needed to be successful in each area of public service. Who knows? You may even discover the career you were meant to pursue!

Sports & Entertainment Marketing
0.50 Credit

Have you ever wished to play sports professionally? Have you dreamed of one day becoming an agent for a celebrity entertainer? If you answered yes to either question, then believe it or not, you've been fantasizing about entering the exciting world of sports and entertainment marketing. Although this particular form of marketing bears some resemblance to traditional marketing, there are many differences as well?including a lot more glitz and glamour! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. You'll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. If you've ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.

Agriscience I
0.50 Credit

Agriculture has played an important role in the lives of humans for thousands of years. It has fed us and given us materials that have helped us survive. Today, scientists and practitioners are working to improve and better understand agriculture and how it can be used to continue to sustain human life. In this course, students learn about the development and maintenance of agriculture, animal systems, natural resources, and other food sources. Students also examine the relationship between agriculture and natural resources and the environment, health, politics, and world trade.

Agriscience II: Sustaining Human Life
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Agriscience I is suggested but not required

Science and technology are revolutionizing many areas of our lives, and agriculture is no exception! From aquaculture to genetic engineering, agriscience is finding new ways to better produce and manage plants, animals, and other natural resources. In Agriscience II, you will build on your existing knowledge of plant and animal science and delve deeper into important areas such as soil science and weed management. You will also explore research on plant and animal diseases as well as the insects and other pests that can impact agricultural enterprises and natural resources.

Concepts of Engineering and Technology
0.50 Credit

What if you could do the impossible? Engineers understand a lot of things, but the word impossible definitely isn’t one of them. Through Concepts of Engineering and Technology, you’ll learn how the momentum of science is continually propelling engineers in new directions towards a future full of insight and opportunity. This course explores the different branches of engineering and how problem-solving, sketching, collaboration, and experimentation can change the very fiber of our human lives. This ever-increasing knowledge can also lead to serious ethical dilemmas and the need to discuss where the boundaries of science lie (or even if there should be boundaries). By examining astounding engineering feats and complex ongoing issues, you, too, will begin to question whether the word impossible really exists.

Electrical Technology I and II
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Must be a junior or senior

This CTE course, taught by Rein Richmond and filmed in 3-D, gives students who are interested in a career path in an electrical-related field - including general construction - a foundation of knowledge and practice necessary for a successful career. Acellus Electrical Technology I is A-G Approved through the University of California. This course was developed by the International Academy of Science.

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1
0.50 Credit

This course introduces students to the engineering design profession. Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of a common approach to finding solutions to engineering problems. Students work through the engineering design process in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students progress by completing structured activities to solve open-ended projects and problems. Students discover the design process and use 3D design and modeling software (Solidworks) to represent and communicate solutions. Students solve problems as they practice common engineering design and developmental protocols in both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards.

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 3
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1-2

This course is the third course in the Introduction to Engineering and Design using Solidworks. Students continue through the engineering design process and use their prior knowledge to expand on and learn more advanced features of 3D modeling using Solidworks. Students learn advanced 3D construction tools, assembly, sheet metal designs, and more. Students use the skills that they have acquired in the 1st and 2nd classes and bring what they have learned to learn about CNC controlled equipment, 3D printing, Advanced Prototyping, and other Materials and Processes used throughout the field of Engineering. Students continue their work in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students move to the next level as they continue to solve problems, both individually and as a collaborative team, as they work through real-world applicable projects and problems. Students will expand on their technical representation and documentation of design solutions

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 4
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1-3

This course is the 4th course in the Introduction to Engineering and Design using Solidworks. Students learn about the Solidworks design library, Basic Motion, Design Analysis with Simulation. They get to see their 3D drawings and renderings work together in an assembly and make the assembly move. Students will use their engineering design skills and abilities to figure out why some models don’t work and what to do to fix them. Students will create their own models, such as phone cases, gearboxes, or whatever they can dream up and 3D print. Students continue their work in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students move to the next level as they continue to solve problems, both individually and as a collaborative team, as they work through real-world applicable projects and problems. Students will also explore how this class can lead to Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and many other opportunities. This course covers all pieces needed for the Certified Solidworks Associate Examination, including practice questions, practice exams, and much more.

Manufacturing: Product Design and Innovation
0.50 Credit

Think about the last time you visited your favorite store. Have you ever wondered how the products you buy make it to the store shelves? Whether it is video games, clothing, or sports equipment, the goods we purchase must go through a manufacturing process before they can be marketed and sold. In this course, you?ll learn about the types of manufacturing systems and processes used to create the products we buy every day. You will also be introduced to the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry including those for engineers, technicians, and supervisors. As a culminating project, you will plan your own manufacturing process for a new product or invention! If you thought manufacturing was little more than mundane assembly lines, this course will show you just how exciting and fruitful the industry can be.

Plumbing Technology I and II
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Must be a junior or senior

This CTE Plumbing course, taught by Brad Harding and filmed in 3-D, provides students with a basic foundation of knowledge and skill required for a career in the plumbing technology field. It is also useful for students desiring a career in general construction. It is the first in a two-part course of study preparing students for Plumbing Technology certification. Acellus Plumbing Technology I is A-G Approved through the University of California.

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
0.50 Credit

Did you know that the world’s population could be as high as 11 billion people by the year 2050? And certainly, as our population is growing, so too are our food needs. Even today, millions of people around the world experience hunger. How can we balance growing populations and keeping everyone fed? This is where the importance of agriculture, food, and natural resources comes in! Through the study of Principles of Agriculture: Food and Natural Resources, you will gain a stronger sense of how food ends up on the plate and how we can maximize the foods and natural resources the earth provides. You’ll learn more about agriculture’s history, animal husbandry, plant science, and natural resources, and you’ll be better prepared for your part in sustaining the world.

Media & Communication
0.50 Credit

From banner ads to billboards, newspaper articles, and Facebook feeds, people are constantly sharing ideas. This course looks at the many facets of mass media. Students will learn how the media shapes every aspect of our lives. We examine the role of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, movies, television, and the growing influence of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Social Media: Our Connected World
0.50 Credit

Have a Facebook account? What about Twitter? Whether you've already dipped your toes in the waters of social media or are still standing on the shore wondering what to make of it all, learning how to interact on various social media platforms is crucial in order to survive and thrive in this age of digital communication. In this course, you'll learn the ins and outs of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and more. You'll also discover other types of social media you may not have been aware of and how to use them for your benefit -personally, academically, and eventually professionally as well. If you thought social media platforms were just a place to keep track of friends and share personal photos, this course will show you how to use these resources in much more powerful ways.

Theater, Cinema and Film Production
0.50 Credit

Lights! Camera! Action! Let's explore the enchanting world of live theater and its fascinating relationship to the silver screen. In Theater, Cinema, and Film Production, you will learn the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camerawork while examining the magic that happens behind all the drama. Delve into the glamorous history of film and theater, and examine the tremendous influence these industries have had on society and culture over the years. During this unit, you will discuss and analyze three classic American films Casablanca, Singin' in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz to help you learn how to critique and appreciate some of the most famous dramas of all time.
Materials
Students must be able to rent or borrow from the library the following items:
Standard editions of the three films used in this course: Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Wizard of Oz (1932), Casablanca (1942)

Coding 1a: Introduction to Programming (Web Page an Websites)
0.50 Credit

Have you ever wanted to create your own web page or wondered how your favorite websites were built? Maybe you want to know more about how computers and technology are affecting the world around us. In Coding 1a: Introduction to Programming, you will explore the role technology plays in our lives as well as study the fundamentals of computer science, review hardware and software, and learn how the internet functions. You will also discover how to create and build your own website using HTML and CSS and learn basic and complex commands and sequences as you become familiar with programming languages like JavaScript and Python Programming. This course also covers data collection methods, access rights, protocols, and security.
Students will need to create a free account for the following sites:
- www.pythonanywhere.com
- www.trello.com
Students will use the following site to create flowcharts:
- www.draw.io

Computer Fundamentals A
0.50 Credit

In this introductory course, students will become familiar with the basic principles of a personal computer, including the internal hardware, the operating system, and software applications. Students will gain practice in using key applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as understand social and ethical issues around the Internet, information, and security. In the first semester, the focus is on the fundamentals, learning and using the applications, and understanding the basic roles and responsibilities of the software, hardware an operating system. In the second semester, the focus is on gathering and analyzing data and using the right tools and methods to collect and present data.

Computer Fundamentals B
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None- Computer Fundamentals A is not required for this course

In this introductory course, students will become familiar with the basic principles of a personal computer, including the internal hardware, the operating system, and software applications. Students will gain practice in using key applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as understand social and ethical issues around the Internet, information, and security. In the first semester, the focus is on the fundamentals, learning and using the applications, and understanding the basic roles and responsibilities of the software, hardware an operating system. In the second semester, the focus is on gathering and analyzing data and using the right tools and methods to collect and present data.

Digital Information Technology I
0.50 Credit

This is part one of a two-part course.
Dive into an exciting course that will provide you with the foundational skills needed for exciting careers like game development, military defense, web design, and software engineering! You will explore Microsoft Office online applications, web design, emerging technologies, operating systems, project management, communication methods, Information Technology careers, and much more in this course. Learn about your strengths and how they relate to different career paths.

Digital Information Technology II
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Digital Information Technology I

This is part two of a two-part course.
Dive into an exciting course that will provide you with the foundational skills needed for exciting careers like game development, military defense, web design, and software engineering! You will explore Microsoft Office online applications, web design, emerging technologies, operating systems, project management, communication methods, Information Technology careers, and much more in this course. Learn about your strengths and how they relate to different career paths.

Foundations of Programming I
0.50 Credit

This is part one of a two-part course.
Do you want to learn the skills required to be competitive in today’s high tech workforce? Foundations of Programming (FoP) will teach students the fundamentals of programming using the computer language Python. The course provides students with the concepts, techniques, and processes associated with computer programming and software development. Students will also explore the many programming career opportunities available in this high-demand field.

This course is part of a program of study that provides coherent and rigorous content needed for progression in the Information Technology career cluster.
Materials
Free Downloads: Current minimum Flash Player required by your school; Java; Windows Media Real Player; Apple iTunes

Foundations of Programming 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Foundations of Programming 1

This is the second part of a two-part course.
Do you want to learn the skills required to be competitive in today’s high tech workforce? Foundations of Programming (FoP) will teach students the fundamentals of programming using the computer language Python. The course provides students with the concepts, techniques, and processes associated with computer programming and software development. Students will also explore the many programming career opportunities available in this high-demand field.

This course is part of a program of study that provides coherent and rigorous content needed for progression in the Information Technology career cluster.
Materials
Free Downloads: Current minimum Flash Player required by your school; Java; Windows Media Real Player; Apple iTunes

Game Design
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Algebra I

This course will introduce students to the basic skills necessary for game design. They will study the various games in the industry and analyze their approach in terms of design and development. The student will explore the processes and art of making game elements like story, levels, sound, user interfaces, and levels. This analysis will include an orientation to the gaming market and innovative techniques impact on it. Finally, the student will merge all these elements into a functional prototype showing their understanding of the game design process.

Programming for Animation
0.50 Credit

Do you wonder what it would be like to create the next blockbuster animated movie or do you want to make the next big video game? Do you have an eye for drawing, technology, and timing? If so, Animation is the course for you! You will learn how to use animation tools to conceptualize and bring your creations to life. You’ll learn the ins and outs of creating 2D and 3D animation, from start to finish. You’ll even begin working on our own design portfolio and get hands on experience with creating your own animation projects. Learning about Animation could lead to a thriving career in the growing world of technology and animation.
Materials
The following free, cross-platform programs will need to be
downloaded for use during the course (programs will run on Windows XP and higher, Linux and Mac computers):
- Tupi 2D Magic
- Blender
- DaVinci Resolve

Materials Required for Unit 1:
- Modeling clay (optional)
- Camera (can be an actual camera or a camera on a tablet or device)
- Scissors
- Stiff paper or cardboard
- Glue or tape
- Thumbtack or pushpin
- Mirror

Additional Materials:
- Paper, pencil

AP Computer Science A S1
0.50 Credit

This is part one of a two-part class.
The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to the first semester of a college level computer science course. The course involves developing the skills to write programs or part of programs to correctly solve specific problems. AP Computer Science A also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. In addition an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course.
Materials
Vendor provided, Java Programming - https://materials.flvsgl.com; Vendor provided, Java,BlueJ, free download - instructions in course

AP Computer Science A S2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
AP Computer Science A S1

This is part 2 of a two-part class.
The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to the first semester of a college level computer science course. The course involves developing the skills to write programs or part of programs to correctly solve specific problems. AP Computer Science A also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. In addition an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course.
Materials
Vendor provided, Java Programming - https://materials.flvsgl.com; Vendor provided, Java,BlueJ, free download - instructions in course

Concepts of Engineering and Technology
0.50 Credit

What if you could do the impossible? Engineers understand a lot of things, but the word impossible definitely isn’t one of them. Through Concepts of Engineering and Technology, you’ll learn how the momentum of science is continually propelling engineers in new directions towards a future full of insight and opportunity. This course explores the different branches of engineering and how problem-solving, sketching, collaboration, and experimentation can change the very fiber of our human lives. This ever-increasing knowledge can also lead to serious ethical dilemmas and the need to discuss where the boundaries of science lie (or even if there should be boundaries). By examining astounding engineering feats and complex ongoing issues, you, too, will begin to question whether the word impossible really exists.

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1
0.50 Credit

This course introduces students to the engineering design profession. Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of a common approach to finding solutions to engineering problems. Students work through the engineering design process in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students progress by completing structured activities to solve open-ended projects and problems. Students discover the design process and use 3D design and modeling software (Solidworks) to represent and communicate solutions. Students solve problems as they practice common engineering design and developmental protocols in both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards.

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 3
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1-2

This course is the third course in the Introduction to Engineering and Design using Solidworks. Students continue through the engineering design process and use their prior knowledge to expand on and learn more advanced features of 3D modeling using Solidworks. Students learn advanced 3D construction tools, assembly, sheet metal designs, and more. Students use the skills that they have acquired in the 1st and 2nd classes and bring what they have learned to learn about CNC controlled equipment, 3D printing, Advanced Prototyping, and other Materials and Processes used throughout the field of Engineering. Students continue their work in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students move to the next level as they continue to solve problems, both individually and as a collaborative team, as they work through real-world applicable projects and problems. Students will expand on their technical representation and documentation of design solutions

Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 4
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Introduction to Engineering and Design with Solidworks 1-3

This course is the 4th course in the Introduction to Engineering and Design using Solidworks. Students learn about the Solidworks design library, Basic Motion, Design Analysis with Simulation. They get to see their 3D drawings and renderings work together in an assembly and make the assembly move. Students will use their engineering design skills and abilities to figure out why some models don’t work and what to do to fix them. Students will create their own models, such as phone cases, gear boxes, or whatever they can dream up and 3D print. Students continue their work in an activity-project-based learning environment. Students move to the next level as they continue to solve problems, both individually and as a collaborative team, as they work through real-world applicable projects and problems. Students will also explore how this class can lead to Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and many other opportunities. This course covers all pieces needed for the Certified Solidworks Associate Examination, including practice questions, practice exams, and much more.

Driver's Education
0.25 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Passing grades in the quarter prior to this class and the student must be in good standing at our school

Driver Education is a foundation course, which teaches the theory of responsible driving. Emphasis is placed upon introduction of mechanics of driving, execution of most driving operations and a thorough understanding of the rules of safe driving.

Driver Education is designed to improve students' knowledge of traffic safety and to prepare them to receive training to become safe operators of motor vehicles. Students will also study the legal and financial obligations of operating a motor vehicle, the economics of automobile ownership, the care and maintenance of an automobile, general accident prevention, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving.

Once this class is completed, the student may take behind the wheel driving lessons locally.

Career Planning
0.50 Credit

The Career Planning course guides students through the essential elements of the career planning process and the development of a defined career plan. Students will consider the many factors that impact career success and satisfaction. Using a process of investigation, research, and self-discovery, students will acquire the understandings critical to the career planning process. Upon completion of the course, students will have created a practical and comprehensive college or career transition portfolio that reflects their skills and abilities, as well as their interests, values, and goals.

Cosmetology: Cutting Edge Styles
0.50 Credit

Interested in a career in cosmetology? This course provides an introduction to the basics of cosmetology. Students will explore career options in the field of cosmetology, learn about the common equipment and technologies used by cosmetologists, and examine the skills and characteristics that make someone a good cosmetologist. Students will also learn more about some of the common techniques used in caring for hair, nails, and skin in salons, spas, and other cosmetology related businesses.

Culinary Arts
0.50 Credit

Food is fundamental to life. Not only does it feed our bodies, but it's often the centerpiece for family gatherings and social functions with friends. In this course, you will learn all about food including food culture, food history, food safety, and current food trends. You'll also learn about the food service industry and try your hand at preparing some culinary delights. Through hands-on activities and in-depth study of the culinary arts field, this course will help you hone your cooking skills and give you the opportunity to explore careers in this exciting industry.

Early Childhood Education
0.50 Credit

Want to have an impact on the most important years of human development? Students will learn how to create fun and educational environments for children, how to keep the environment safe for children, and how to encourage the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.

Family & Consumer Science
0.50 Credit

This course prepares students with a variety of skills for independent or family living. Topics covered include child care, home maintenance, food preparation, money management, medical management, clothing care, and more. They also focus on household, personal, and consumer health and safety. In addition, students learn goal setting and decision-making skills, as well as explore possible career options.

Family Living
0.50 Credit

In this course, students examine the family unit and characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships at different phases of life-- including information on self-discovery, family, friendships, dating and abstinence, marriage, pregnancy, and parenthood. Students learn about the life cycle and the different stages of development from infancy to adulthood. They also focus on a variety of skills to improve relationships and family living, including coping skills, communication skills, refusal skills, babysitting, parenting, and healthy living and disease prevention habits.

Fashion & Interior Design
0.50 Credit

Do you have a flair for fashion? Are you constantly redecorating your room? If so, the design industry might just be for you! In this course, you will explore what it is like to work in the industry by exploring career possibilities and the background that you need to pursue them. Get ready to try your hand at designing as you learn the basics of color and design then test your skills through hands-on projects. In addition, you will develop the essential communication skills that build success in any business. By the end of the course, you will be well on your way to developing the portfolio you need to get your stylishly clad foot in the door of this exciting field.

Nutrition
0.50 Credit

This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students will learn about world-wide views of nutrition, nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, healthy weight management, diet related diseases, food handling, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students will gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Personal and Family Finance
0.50 Credit

How do our personal financial habits affect our financial future? How can we make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing? This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft.

Real World Parenting
0.50 Credit

Parenting involves more than having a child and providing food and shelter. Learn what to prepare for, what to expect, and what vital steps parents can take to create the best environment for their children. Parenting roles and responsibilities, nurturing and protective environments for children, positive parenting strategies, and effective communication in parent/child relationships are some of the topics covered in this course.

Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and Spanish 4
1.00 Credit

At iForward, we have a Spanish teacher with live lessons every day in each class. We also offer our students the use of Rosetta Stone in order to become more fluent in speaking and understanding Spanish.

French I (Competency) I and II
0.50 Credit

Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various French-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored.

French I (Fluency) I & II
0.50 Credit

Students begin their introduction to French with fundamental building blocks in four key areas of world language study: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The extensive use of authentic materials (video, audio, images or texts) allows for a contextualized and interactive presentation of the vocabulary and the linguistic structures. Students are actively engaged in completing task-based activities individually and collaboratively while formulating and testing hypotheses about different aspects of the target language.

French, German, Chinese, Japanese
1.00 Credit
Prerequisites: 
English 9

These Foreign Languages are offered through our network of schools (they do not have live lessons). There are these choices:
French I, II, and III
German I, II, and III
Chinese I, II, and III
Japanese I, II, and III

World Foreign Language Exploratory
0.25 Credit

This offers students a chance to look at a foreign language through Rosetta Stone to determine if the language they choose is the right one for them. May be taken all 4 quarters. They must progress to a certain point in Rosetta and also attend live lessons studying a bit of history and culture on the country that speaks the language students choose to learn.

Beginning Piano I & II
0.50 Credit

We will be using the Hoffman Academy for Online Piano Lessons. Video lessons, practice tasks, sheet music, and games will help you learn how to play piano. Beginner Piano will give students the basics of piano playing and reading music. Independent learners with a willingness to practice regularly will be most successful in this class. Students are responsible for providing their own piano or keyboard.

Independent Study: Performing Arts
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
By instructor permission

Do you have a love of music? Do you have a musical specialty? Work with our music teacher to prepare an individualized program to help you develop your musical talents in an area of musical interest to you. In Independent Study Music, students who have already demonstrated success in prior music classes will have an opportunity to further investigate an area of music that interests them - whether it be learning an instrument, composing, or researching! Students will create a learning goal and design their learning plan for the quarter, with teacher approval. From there, students will work on their independent learning plan, share their progress with classmates, and present their results to the class!

Music Production
0.50 Credit

In Music Production, we will explore the technology and industry behind the music world. Students will study the technology used in recording, editing, and mixing sounds, and creating music videos. Students will also study and explore the role of a producer in creating music. This course will survey some of the recording technologies used in the music world, as well as some of the business aspects of the music industry. No previous musical experience is required!

Performance Studio
0.50 Credit

Private Lessons

Song Writing for Everyone
0.50 Credit

This course will teach students how to write songs in various styles and genres, for various voices and instruments. We will explore the basic elements of song writing, as well as some varied approaches to the process. We will use computer recording and notating technology to record musical ideas. Students will receive basic music theory instruction as related to song writing, and each theory lesson will relate to a musical writing assignment. Students will practice using each technique discussed through creative song writing assignments, and, by the end of the course will write their very own full-length song to share with the class and the world. No previous playing or singing experience is required!

Music of the World
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
None

This course will look at musical examples from cultures around the world, from Polynesia to America. We will explore a variety of songs in detail, studying each song’s use of the elements of music, as well as the function of music in various cultural and social situations. This course will cover some Western music but will focus primarily on folk and popular styles of music. Students will gain exposure to the music of various cultures. Students will also develop critical listening skills as they explore different musical experiences. No previous musical experience is required!

Critical Thinking and Study Skills
0.50 Credit

Critical Thinking and Study Skills teaches students how to get better grades and higher test scores, and increase their success in high school. Students who already perform well in school will learn new study skills and testing skills that will help them get even better. Students who struggle in school will learn about Success Mindsets, study skills, and testing skills to help them perform at new levels. This course teaches the ACE test-taking method to increase scores on key tests such as the ACT, SAT, and tests for graduation.

Leadership Skills Development I S1
0.50 Credit

Part one of a two-part course. Strongly recommended for student council members and students who are in or would like to be in a leadership role.
In this course, students will acquire new power to succeed in high school, college, and life. Students will learn how to take action by pressing their Turbo Button, manage their time by staying in the Lasting Zone, chart their goals by creating a North Star, and many other proven leadership techniques developed by Mawi Learning, a leadership training organization that has worked with more than one million students. Whether students are struggling or already at the top of their game, Leadership Skills Development will give them new power to create the life of their dreams.

Leadership Skills Development I S2
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Leadership Skills Development I S1

Part two of a two-part course. Strongly recommended for student council members and students who are in or would like to be in a leadership role.
In this course, students will acquire new power to succeed in high school, college, and life. Students will learn how to take action by pressing their Turbo Button, manage their time by staying in the Lasting Zone, chart their goals by creating a North Star, and many other proven leadership techniques developed by Mawi Learning, a leadership training organization that has worked with more than one million students. Whether students are struggling or already at the top of their game, Leadership Skills Development will give them new power to create the life of their dreams.

Leadership Skills Development II
0.50 Credit
Prerequisites: 
Leadership Skills Development I

Increase your confidence and build your social skills as you learn how to overcome many of the toughest challenges teens face. Discover how your 'super-charged' teen brain really works, so you can make better decisions, have more fun, and achieve more. Learn how to conquer peer pressure, social anxiety, and the unnecessary risks that can derail your future. By the end of your training, you will have new power to direct your own life and lead your classmates. Throughout the course, you will be coached by Mawi Asgedom, a Harvard graduate and student success expert who has written eight books and trained over 1,000,000 students.

Thinking and Learning Strategies
0.50 Credit

Train your brain's thinking skills and get fit for academics! In this course, you will "coach" your "team" of thinking skills to meet academic challenges. Through reading, writing, and math activities, students develop critical thinking skills and test-taking strategies. Students also gain reading, writing, organization, and study strategies--a powerful one-two punch for any student at any level!

Several Different Courses - Contact your Counselor for More Info
Prerequisites: 
Grade 11 and 12 only with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Youth Options - you take the class and we pay the bill! Earn both high school AND college credit.