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Business and Marketing

Business Office Specialist | Course #8316 | Credits (DS, CTE) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
This course applies advanced concepts and principles using word-processing, spreadsheets, databases and electronic presentation software. Students will integrate applications learned.

Exploring Business and Marketing Course #8347, Credit (CTE), Grade 9 | Credits .5
Students will be exposed to the fundamental concepts of business and marketing. Skills include basic business concepts, organizational communication, human resources management, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and leadership.

DIGITAL STUDIES

Exploring Computer Science  - Course #9180 | Credit (DS, CTE) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Language Arts 9 - Course #4542| Credit (ELA) | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

Language Arts 10 - Course #4601| Credit (ELA) | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

Language Arts 11 - Course #4611| Credit  (ELA) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms, with an emphasis on American literary texts.

Language Arts 12 - Course #4621 | Credit (ELA) | Grades 11, 12 | Credits 1.0
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms, with an emphasis on British literary texts.

Creative Writing 1 | Course #4655 | Credits (E, Sr. ELA) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
This semester course, based on the Utah English Arts (ELA) Core Writing Standards, is designed as an introduction to imaginative writing of personal experiences, character sketches, short fiction, and poetry. It provides students with the opportunity to prepare manuscripts for publication, awards, and scholarships.

ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing | Course #9600 | Credits (Sr. ELA) | Grades 12 | Credits .5
University Prerequisite: ACT Reading score of at least 18 or equivalent SAT or Accuplacer Reading score.
This course involves the development of critical literacy – reading, writing, and thinking- using methods of knowledge making, including personal, collaborative, visual, and textual methods. It promotes awareness of rhetorical strategies as they apply to a variety of socio-cultural contexts.

ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing | Course #9611 | Credits (Sr. ELA) | Grades 12 | Credits .5
University Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 with a C or better.
This course extends principles of rhetorical awareness and knowledge making introduced in ENGL 1010 and increases the ideological engagement within the classroom. It interrogates socioeconomic and political issues. The course may be taught with a Service Learning component.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

General Financial Literacy - Course #2200 | Credit (F) | Grades 11-12 | Credits .5
This course will prepare students for the choices and challenges of today’s financial markets. A better understanding of personal finance will help students move into adulthood making more informed monetary decisions, realizing a greater potential for personal wealth, and fostering a stronger state and national economy. The class will focus on income, money management, spending and credit, saving and investing, consumer protection, and risk management.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Consumer Health (Health Education 2) - Course #7100 | Credit (HE) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
This course emphasizes the physical, social and mental dimensions of people. This course offers students an opportunity to evaluate health practices, products, and services.

Participation Skills and Techniques - Course #7030 | Credit (PST) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
This course is designed to develop skills and techniques in a variety of team and individual sports as well as improvement in personal fitness.

Fitness for Life - Course #7120 | Credit (LF) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
This course is designed for continued improvement of physical fitness. The course content includes an understanding of the components of fitness, i.e., heart-lung fitness, strength, flexibility, muscle endurance, weight control/nutrition, and stress management.

Individualized Lifetime Activities - Course #7119 | Credit (ILA) | Grades 11-12 | Credits .5
Recommended Prerequisite:  Participation Skills and Techniques (9th grade), Fitness for Life (10th grade)

This course is designed to educate students on self-assessment tools needed to practice a healthy lifestyle and to develop competency in student selected lifetime activities. Through the exploration of a variety of self-selected activities, students will be encouraged to find activities they enjoy and might continue to practice throughout their lifetime. This course includes ongoing physical activity, journals, research reports, and a final performance of a self-selected sport or lifetime activity.

MATHEMATICS

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Secondary Mathematics 1 - Course #5300 | Credit (M)| Grades 9, 10 | Credits 1.0
Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes sense of problem situations.

Secondary Mathematics 1 H | Course #5301 | Credit (M) | Grade 9,10 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite:  8th Grade Mathematics
Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors will deepen and extend their understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.  Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend their understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes sense of problem situations. Honors students will represent quantities, model, and perform operations using vectors and use matrices to perform operations and solve problems.

Secondary Mathematics 2 - Course #5310 | Credit (M) | Grades 9-11 | Credits 1.0
Students in Secondary Mathematics 2 will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.

Secondary Mathematics 2 H | Course #5311 | Credits (M) | Grades 9-11 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite:  Secondary Mathematics 1 or Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors
Students in Secondary Mathematics 2 Honors will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extending the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations. Honors students will also represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane, solve systems of equations, prove and apply trigonometric identities, and express conic sections algebraically.

Secondary Mathematics 3 - Course #5320 | Credit (M) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
Students in Secondary Mathematics 3 will pull together and apply the accumulation of learning they have from previous courses.  They will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions, expand their study of trigonometry to include general triangles, and use functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.

Secondary Mathematics 3 H | Course #5321 | Credits (M) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite:  Secondary Mathematics 2 or Secondary Mathematics 2 Honors
Students in Secondary Mathematics 3 Honors will pull together and apply the accumulation of learning they have from previous courses. They will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions, expand their study of trigonometry to include general triangles, and use functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. Honors students will also use logarithmic and trigonometric functions, build functions from existing functions, extend the domain of trigonometric functions using the unit circle, and prove trigonometric identities. Students completing Secondary Mathematics 1, 2, and 3 are prepared for Calculus.

Calculus AB AP | Course #5135 | Credits (M) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite:  Mastery of Precalculus or Secondary Mathematics 3 Honors
This is an introduction to differential and integral calculus topics which are equivalent to a college level Calculus 1 course. The course uses advanced skills in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to analyze real world problems involving movement and variable rates of change. Graphing calculator investigations are an integral part of the course and the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the (AP) exam.

Modern Mathematics | Course #5125 | Credits (AAF-M) | Grades 11, 12 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite:  Secondary Mathematics 2
This course introduces students to topics in modern mathematics as they apply to real-world contexts. The course extends students’ understanding of the mathematics developed in Secondary Mathematics 1 and Secondary Mathematics 2. The course is intended to help students develop an understanding of how mathematics describes and explains the world in which they live.  Students will extend their mathematical literacy, problem-solving skills, and enthusiasm for the power and beauty of mathematics as a tool for quantifying their world.

SCIENCE

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Earth Science (Foundation/Core) - Course #3101 | Credit (ES) | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
Earth Systems integrated science core focuses on earth, physical, space, and life science contents. Using observable evidence, students will study interactions among earth systems.

Biology (Foundation/Core) - Course # 3111 | Credit (BS) | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
The Biology Core Curriculum is based on a set of life science learning standards that all students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate understanding of upon completion of this course. The course is designed to emphasize problem solving and scientific reasoning. Students will learn the scientific processes related to life science. Learning activities are varied with an emphasis on student investigations in the field, laboratory, and in technical research.

Chemistry (Foundation/Core) - Course #3121 | Credit (CS) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
This course is organized around major concepts of matter, structure, energy, and change. The concepts, principles and laws that describe the conservation of matter, changes in the structure of matter, and changes in energy will provide focus for this course.  Chemistry students should design and perform experiments, and value inquiry as the fundamental scientific process.

Environmental Science AP (Foundation/Core) | Course #3105 | Credits (ES) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
Recommended Prerequisite: Biology, one year of a physical science and, Secondary Math 2
The goal of this course  is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. This course helps students to identify and analyze environmental problems – both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam.

Wildlife Biology | Course #3160 | Credits (AAF-S) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
This course is a hands-on comprehensive examination of North American wildlife.  Students study a wide variety of local animal life, the management of those animals, and their habitats.

Zoology | Course #3163 | Credits (AAF-S) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
Zoology is the study of the world of animals. Animal body structures, physiology, behaviors, habitats and classification are examined in this field of study.

SOCIAL STUDIES

World Geography - Course #6021 | Grade 9 | Credits 1.0
Geography is the study of physical and human characteristics of the Earth’s people, places, and environments. Students will develop geographic thinking skills by studying the “why of where” as they examine the interactions, interconnections, and implications of forces shaping our world today. They will apply geographic knowledge and geo-literacy skills to identify, locate, interpret, analyze, and evaluate geographic patterns and processes. These standards emphasize both human geography and physical geography, and students will explore the interconnections between the two.

World History - Course # 6101 | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
The study of world history emphasizes the increasing interrelationships over time of the world’s peoples. These interrelationships have developed in two major arenas.  First, the relationships have developed among major regions of the world:  East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. Second, they have developed within all aspects of human activity:  political, economic, social, philosophical and religious, scientific and technological, and artistic.

U.S. History 2 - Course #6111 | Credit (USH) | Grades 9-12 | Credits 1.0
Understanding United States history is essential for the continuation of our republic. This course will help students make connections between their world and the rich heritage of United States history. The course is designed as a survey of American history with an emphasis on post-Reconstruction America (1876-Present), but should include a review of the earlier period. The course may be taught using a thematic approach or in chronological order.

U.S. Government and Citizenship - Course #6128 | Credit (USGC) | Grades 10-12 |Credits .5
The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. This course is recommended for seniors due to their proximity to voting and draft age.

Psychology 1 | Course #6133 | Credits (E) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
This course covers human behavior including the development of personality, sensation, perception, learning, and language. It also includes experiments and classroom participation. Advanced work emphasizes emotions, mental disorders and their treatment, personality theories, therapies, and testing.

American West | Course #6123 | Credits (E) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
This course covers the growth and development of the American West. Emphasis is on the cattle barons, Oregon Trail, California gold rush, pioneers, various Indian wars, and resettlement.

American Problems (Current Issues) | Course #6121 | Credits (E) | Grades 10-12 | Credits .5
This course studies the problems confronting the United States. Special emphasis is on Constitutional rights and responsibilities, structures of government, and contemporary issues.

SPECIALIZED COURSES

Drivers Education (Coursework Only) - Course #0211 | Credit (E) | Grades 10-12  | Credits .25
This course is the classroom portion of Drivers’ Education. On road and range driving experiences must be scheduled at your home high school. Driving fees will apply at your school.

VISUAL ARTS

Drawing 1 | Course #1044 | Credits (A) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
Drawing focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking and art-related technology skills. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Art Foundations 2 - Course #1027 | Credit (A) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
Prerequisite:  Art Foundations 1
This class is designed to provide an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials.  This course builds on Art Foundations 1 providing a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms with an emphasis in art criticism, art history and esthetics. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

Art History and Criticism - Course #1019 | Credit (A) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5
This is an entry-level course for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. It is designed to provide an overview and appreciation of the Visual Arts. With an overview of studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. Students will assemble and create visual art by manipulating art media and by organizing images with the elements and principles. Students will find meaning by analyzing, criticizing, and evaluating visual art. Students will create meaning in visual art. Students will find meaning in visual art through settings and other modes of learning.

Digital Photography - Course #1058 | Credit (A) | Grades 9-12 | Credits .5 This course covers basic concepts and practices of digital photography.  The course will cover the basic settings and functions of the camera as well as art theory as it relates to composition, space, exposure, light and color.  During this course, students will complete a series of projects that will help them reproduce portraiture, explain proper composition and how to take photographs in all conditions, practice photographic skills, develop the way they see, and apply techniques specific to photography.

Studio Art: 2-D Design AP | Course #1051 | Credits (A) | Grades 10-12 | Credits 1.0
This class makes it possible for highly motivated students to do college-level work.  This course involves purposeful decision-making about using the elements and principles of art.  Students should demonstrate ability in 2-D design in a variety of art forms. These could include: graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, printmaking, etc.  Students are asked to submit a portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the school year.  University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) portfolio.