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Course Descriptions :

All courses taught at the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School are designed to integrate current Pennsylvania state curriculum standards, and are regularly reviewed to maintain compliance with these standards.



Courses are listed alphabetically by major subject area. Use the links below to jump to that section.

Agriculture Art Family and Consumer Science Foreign Language Health and Physical Education Language Arts Mathematics Music
Science
Social Sciences Support Services

 

Agriculture

Basic Building Skills - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

In today's world, everyone should be able to perform some basic construction, even if it is a simple repair job in his/her home. Therefore, this course will teach beginner woodwork, metalwork, welding/torch, plumbing, and block laying/concrete work.

 

FFA and Agricultural Leadership / Tractor Certification - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

   Students in this class will study topics in the Future Farmers of America program and will learn how to become a leader in agriculture. The following topics will be studied: public speaking, parliamentary procedure, a review of contests used in FFA competition, and a thorough study of agriculture related vocations.

  This class will be taught entirely from the state certification curriculum. All students 16 years of age and under must have a certificate to legally drive a tractor on the road unless they are working for their parents. This course will prepare students toward achieving a tractor certification.

 

Landscaping - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

  This course will introduce students to landscaping with focus on a project done on campus. Students will learn to gather information including borough, city, and county codes, construction materials need for projects, and collecting estimates. Students will learn to develop a theme for the particular area and move that theme to a reality.
              

Plants & Animals - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

  This course is dedicated to basic plant and animal study. Students will learn the parts and growth of a plant. They will also learn different varieties of plants. Students will concentrate on the life cycle, the identification and judging of different species of farm animals.

 

Small Gas Engines - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

  This class is for the student who is interested in the workings of small engines. Students will work with 4-cycle Briggs and Stratton engines (provided by the school). They will perform a complete tear-down and rebuild during this class. Upon successful repair of the school engine, the students will be permitted to work on engines from home.

 

Tools and Woodworking - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

Students enrolling in this course will learn how to handle and keep tools in working condition. Woodworking will consist of basic wood building skills.  This course will consist of approximately 9 weeks of woodworking and 9 wks of fitting tools.  The use of effective writing skills will be incorporated into this course.

 

Welding - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

  This course is designed for the beginner Welder. Students will be taught the safety and use of the Gas torch, Arc welder, and Mig welder. Common welds and cuts will be taught and graded throughout the semester. Students will discuss employment in this field. Proper clothing will be required.    

 

Wildlife - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

  The wildlife course is dedicated to the care and preservation of Pennsylvania plants and animals. Students will study habitat development and other ways to increase wildlife. They will also examine methods for controlling wildlife growth and preventing damage to wildlife. This class will include classroom, shop, and outdoor activities.

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Art

Art through the Artist's Eye - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  This course provides an introduction into the lives and works of various artists. In these explorations, students will learn about a specific artist's techniques and styles and will apply these to their own work. Students will complete research to delve further into the lives of the artists. Students will learn about the brush strokes, color palettes, drawing techniques, time periods, art styles, art processes, stories behind a piece of artwork, and so on, to better produce their own art.

 

Digital Photography I - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  This course provides an introduction to the necessary skills in the use of photographic tools, including cameras, computer programs, and so on. Students will create successful compositions using a camera and/or digital manipulation. Students will learn about the various photographic terms important to the course such as worm's and bird's eye view, the rule of thirds, f-stop and aperture, as well as bracketing. By the end of the course, students will have improved their eye as a photographer having stronger compositions than when they started. The students will explore their work by writing critiques, completing assessments, and compiling a photographic portfolio displaying all of their work throughout the semester.

 

Digital Photography II - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  This course provides further exploration of digital photography and digital manipulation. Students will apply knowledge and skills learned in the introductory course to expand their understanding of digital technology as an art form. In this course, students will be more in charge of their artistic explorations. They will create in depth explorations such as photojournalistic pieces, explorations of their identity, and so on. Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Basic Digital Photography.

 

Drawing I - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  In this course, students will learn the basics of drawing such as techniques, the elements and principles of art and design, and so on. Students will keep a sketchbook in which they will practice various drawing exercises to assist them in artistic growth. Students will experiment with "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by drawing images upside down, drawing with their dominant and non-dominant hand, etc. Students will utilize a wide variety of media such as drawing pencils, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels, ink pens, and markers. Students will learn about various artists and their styles throughout the course as well.

 

General Art I & II - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  In General Art, students will learn the basics and fundamentals of art production, history, aesthetics, and evaluation. Students will explore a variety of art media while learning about the Elements and Principles of Art and Design. Students are meant, in this course, to get a general exposure to the art world involving art creation. The students will experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-media art, and other forms of art.

 

Painting - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

Relationships between the basic fundamentals of art, both elements and the principles of design, will be emphasized as students study introductory painting techniques and materials. Students will focus on watercolor and acrylic painting media. Exploration of styles, artists, subject matter, and painting media will be addressed.

 

"Text"ual Art - SEM - 0.5 credit, Art

  In this course, students will utilize famous literature, poetry, creative writing, song lyrics, authors, and themselves as inspiration for art creation. Students will learn about "ekphrasic poetry" which is basically the writing, reflection, descriptions, and creative explorations of one art form influencing another. The students will create literal and abstract self-portraits with works and images, and create collages of words and textures.

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Family and Consumer Sciences

Cooking on a Budget - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

   This course introduces students to food and kitchen safety, measurements, recipe standardization and scaling, plate costs, food budgets, knife skills and cooking methods. Products made will include soups, eggs, stir-fry rice, bean, pork and chicken dishes. The course includes several cooking labs and field trips. An emphasis will be placed on using local and seasonal products to cook nutritious and affordable family meals.

 

Desserts on a Budget - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

   This course introduces students to the fundamentals of hot and cold dessert production. Topics of study will include nutritional and cost considerations, ingredient substitutions and the integration of the dessert with the meal. Products made will include sauces, frozen desserts, soufflés, cakes, pies and pastries. Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Cooking on a Budget.

 

Living on Your Own - SEM - 0.5 credit, Elective

   This course is designed to prepare students to live on their own. Topics will include budgets, managing money, credit cards, housing needs, meal management, and making wise consumer decisions. Activities include research, simulations, comparison shopping, and lifestyle/career options.

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Foreign Language

German I - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Elective

German I is an introductory course to the German language. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the German language and will be taught to communicate in German orally and in writing. The class addresses grammar, vocabulary, and German culture.

 

German II - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Elective

German II is a continuation of German I, to include further development of knowledge in German grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Additional emphasis will be placed upon conversational German.

 

Advanced German - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Elective

Advanced German is a continuation of German language education, to include further development of knowledge in German grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Additional emphasis will be placed upon written and conversational German. Prerequisite - Successful completion of German II with at least a "C" average

Spanish I - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Elective

Spanish I is an introductory course to the Spanish language. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and will be taught to communicate in Spanish orally and in writing. The class addresses grammar, vocabulary, and Spanish culture.

 

Spanish II - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Elective

Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, to include further development of knowledge in Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Additional emphasis will be placed upon conversational Spanish.

 

* Distance Learning Foreign Language - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Elective

Distance Learning Foreign Language provides students the opportunity to study a foreign language on a computer. The languages currently offered are Spanish, French and Latin. The course requires a strong work ethic and is geared toward the independent learner.

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Health / Physical Education

Nutrition & Fitness - SEM - 0.5 credit, Wellness

   During this course the students will develop a greater knowledge of their bodies and the function of foods that individuals take in on a daily basis. The students will differentiate between myths and facts of diets, foods, and medications as they relate to teens. This course will further the students' knowledge about their current health, fitness level and the nutritional values of foods eaten by teens.

 

Outdoor Exploration - SEM - 0.5 credit, Wellness

This course will have an emphasis upon fishing and boating. Students will explore both fly and spin casting equipment. They will learn CPR and water safety techniques. At the end of the unit students will take a trip to fish at a pond or stream. Other outdoor activities covered may include: hiking, archery, canoeing/boating, and an overnight camping trip.

 

Wellness - SEM - 0.5 credit, Wellness

This course will focus on a deeper examination of the health issues facing teens today. Students will discuss dealing with problems and challenges in a healthy manner and will study first aid, CPR, sexual education, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Nutrition, fitness and health related current events will be discussed on a weekly basis. This course will present basic rules, skills, and teamwork with others in games and activities. Emphasis will be placed on lifetime sports, personal growth, cooperation and fitness.

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Language Arts

English 9 - YEAR - 1.00 credit , English

   This course is designed and focuses primarily on the writing aspect of Language Arts. However, it also incorporates corresponding literature to teach students to correctly interpret, analyze, and produce all aspects of Language Arts. Students will write business letters, essays, and memoirs using correct grammar, varying sentence structure, and paragraph formats. They will also create a mini-portfolio by the end of the year to prepare them for completing their senior portfolio to meet the graduation requirement.

 

English 10 - YEAR - 1.00 credit, English

  This course is designed to incorporate an equal mixture of literature and writing. Students will write, and deliver speeches while analyzing effective speaking techniques. Students will use their knowledge from the speech unit and apply it to poetry through performance as well as recognizing literary devices and interpreting meaning. Various types of literature will be used to support given writing and speaking assignments.

 

English 11 - YEAR - 1.00 credit, English

  This course is designed to incorporate an equal mixture of literature and writing. Students will refine researching skills and produce a 5 page research paper using MLA formatting. Students will read and write forms of suspense and satire following the style of the genre. Literature will be supplemented as needed to facilitate students' understanding of units.

 

English 12 - YEAR - 1.00 credit, English

   This course is designed to incorporate an equal mixture of literature and writing. Students will prepare for life after high school by assembling a functional resume and working toward finalizing their senior portfolio. Students will be exposed to world issues and different cultures through various texts and will demonstrate knowledge of critical analysis by connecting textual evidence to today's society.

 

PSSA Language Arts Remediation - English - YEAR - 1.00 credit , English

PSSA Remediation is a PSSA make-up test preparation class and a make-up credit for students who do not reach proficiency on the PSSA make-up test. Students are required to achieve an 85% or higher to pass this class, which focuses on developing expository writing skills and developing interpretive and critical reading skills.

 

Drama - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Elective

  This course will explore all facets of drama production. Students will examine stagecraft, direction, acting and various genres of plays. Students will engage in oral presentations that allow them to practice skills explored and studied. While students will produce and present a variety of short productions through the semester, the final assessment will be a full length production to be presented to the school and community.

 

Yearbook - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Elective

  Students enrolled in this course will receive a "hands-on" introduction to yearbook writing and production. They learn the tasks necessary for writing, designing and evaluating a yearbook. Students learn the techniques of business, advertising, promotion and management necessary in the successful production of a yearbook. Students develop skills in photography and digital photo manipulation, layout, Adobe In-Design, yearbook company programs, and internet transmission of yearbook elements. As students progress, they take greater responsibility for various assignments and then eventually teach less experienced staff. The program provides opportunities for leadership development as well as the creation of an excellent product.

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Mathematics

Algebra I - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Math

  This course will deepen student understanding of mathematical concepts such as functions and real numbers, will teach students how to solve a variety of different types of equations, and will enable students to read and interpret graphs.  Special emphasis will be placed on connecting algebra to the real world and in preparing students for Algebra II. 

 

Algebra II - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Math

  The main portion of this course broadens the topics that were first seen in Algebra I.  The students will continue to study probability and statistics along with a variety of functions.  With successful completion of this course, the student will be properly prepared for a Trigonometry course.

 

Calculus - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Math

This course, when completed, thoroughly prepares students for taking the Advanced Placement Calculus exam. The course emphasizes infinite series, limits, derivatives, and integration. Practical applications include related rate, maximum and minimum, area, and volume problems.

 

Geometry - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Math

  This course focuses on two and three dimensional geometric figures and their properties and attributes.  The students will be able to identify similarity among polygons, use the Pythagorean Theorem, find angle measures within a variety of polygons, and study right triangles and Trigonometry.

 

PSSA Math Remediation - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Math

This course is for students who have not met the proficient level in the PSSA Mathematics Assessment in 11th Grade. The course is structured based on the standards and anchors assessed on the mathematics portion of the PSSA assessment. It requires a passing grade of 85% for successful completion.

 

Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus - YEAR - 1.00 credit , Math

Students taking this course will concentrate on algebraic concepts and trigonometric applications. The use of graphing calculators and other technologies is emphasized as a problem-solving strategy. This course is highly recommended for students planning to attend college.

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Music

Chorus - YEAR - 0.5 credit , Music

  This course is open to any secondary student who enjoys singing, or would like to learn how to sing better. Students will study proper and healthy vocal technique and will learn to sing standard choral repertoire from a variety of musical styles and musical time periods in a choral ensemble setting. Students are required to participate in the Holiday and Spring Concerts. Private lessons will also be offered to students as a part of the choral curriculum. Students who participate in chorus may also participate, upon invitation by the director, in District Chorus.

 

Individual/Small Group Instrumental Lessons - SEM - 0.5 credit , Music

  This course is offered for seniors only.  This is a hands-on course where students will explore one instrument in depth.

 

Music in America - SEM - 0.5 credit, Music

  This course is a music appreciation course designed for students with little or no prior music background.  The course will explore all aspects of listening to and analyzing various musical styles.  Although the main focus of the class is on American musical styles such as Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll, Country and Folk, the course will examine music from other cultures and time periods as well.

Music in Film and Broadway- SEM - 0.5 credit, Music

  This course is a music appreciation course designed for students with little or no prior music background.  The course will explore all aspects of listening to and analyzing various musical styles.  The focus of the course is on Broadway Musicals, Opera, and the history of the use of music in films.

 

Music in Our Lives - SEM - 0.5 credit , Music

  This is a music appreciation course designed for students with little or no prior music background.  The course will explore the role of music in our lives.  Students will examine the emotional elements in music, including love songs of various cultures around the world.  They will analyze music used in celebrations around the world, and the various musical styles used in memorial ceremonies.

 

Music in Our World - SEM - 0.5 credit , Music

  This is a music appreciation course designed for students with little or no prior music background. The focus of this class will be on understanding and analyzing music from cultures around the world, including Latin American music in the USA.

 

Music Theory I - SEM - 0.5 credit , Music

This course is designed for students who have studied an instrument, are currently studying an instrument, or who are current members of the band or chorus.  The focus of the course is on the understanding and use of music notation in the analysis of music.  Students will analyze music aurally (by ear) and visually through music notation. 

 

Music Theory II - SEM - 0.5 credit, Music

  This course is a continuation of Music Theory I.  It is designed for students who have studied an instrument, are currently studying an instrument, or who are current members of the band or chorus.  The focus of the course is on the understanding and use of music notation in the analysis of music.  Students should have a firm grasp in the understanding of basic music notation prior to taking this course.  Students will continue their study of the analysis of music aurally and through music notation.  Students will also explore composition, and study the basic skills necessary to create their own musical compositions.  Pre-requisite:  Music Theory I or teacher approval.

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Science

Biology - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Science

This course will teach students about the different kingdoms of organisms.  The students will look at and study organisms from all five of the kingdoms.  They will leave the class with knowledge of all organisms.  The main focus is to look at all other organisms and to finally show how they are similar to the human body.  Along the way the students will be asked to perform a few dissections of simple organisms. 

 

Chemistry I - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Science

This is a course of introductory chemistry. Topics include, but are not limited to, classifying and quantifying matter and energy, the phases of matter (especially water), the structure of matter at the atomic and sub-atomic levels, the periodic table and chemical bonds, including the types of compounds that result. The class culminates with investigations of the mole concept, percentage composition, empirical formulas, chemical equations and reactions and stoichiometry.  

Forestry and Plant Science - SEM - 0.5 credit, Science

  This course is designed to show students the different types of plants and how plants function.  Students will learn the structures and functions of the different types of plants.  The students will also learn the tree species of PA and be required to identify them using several factors.  They will also learn how to carry out certain forestry practices and learn why each of these practices are important to PA's forests.

 

Science 9 - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Science

  The 9th grade science course is designed to prepare the students for their high school career in science.  They will learn the aspects of Earth and Space, covering things like the structure of Earth and the environment.  They will also get a look at the sun, planets, and the stars.

 

Science & Technology in Society (STS) - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Science

This course deals with animals and natural resources and their interactions with society. Problems that face society, such as pollution and energy, are studied and discussed. The class will also conduct a formal debate involving a topic that is relevant to science.

 

Soils and Land Management - SEM - 0.5 credit, Science

This course is designed to teach students the importance of soil. They will look at the formation of soil, the biology of the soil, and proper farming techniques. This course is designed to give the students the proper information they need to move out into the comunnity and use the proper techniques to maintain the soil for future generations.

 

Wetlands and Aquatics - SEM - 0.5 credit, Science

  This course is arranged to teach students the different types of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems.  The students will also look at the aquatic life (Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Macroinvertebrates) and how to preserve wetlands.  They will also test water and learn how to make a stream more beneficial for living organisms.

 

Envirothon - YEAR - 1.00 credit, Elective

  The Envirothon class will follow the guidelines of the established Envirothon program. The class will focus on outdoor activities by using the PA Game Commission and local State Parks. The students will help procure a supply of resources for future students to use as study aids for Envirothon such as: skinning and tanning hides, making plaster casts of tracks, and boiling skulls for later assembly.

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Social Studies

AP European History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

 Advanced European History provides students with the opportunity to receive college credit while still in high school (upon successful completion of the AP European History Exam). Through this class, students can gain an advantage. That advantage, however, comes with responsibility. This course will maintain a college atmosphere; from lecture style to writing format, students will be expected to perform at a collegiate level. The twin pillars of any history class remain reading and writing. These skills will be the crux of our efforts this academic calendar. This class will cover European History from 1348 AD to present day Europe.

 

AP U.S. History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies
  Advanced Placement United States History provides students with the opportunity to receive college credit while still in high school (upon successful completion of the AP US History Exam). Through this class, students can gain an advantage. That advantage, however, comes with responsibility. This course will maintain a college atmosphere; from lecture style to writing format, students will be expected to perform at a collegiate level. The twin pillars of any history class remain reading and writing. These skills will be the crux of our efforts this academic calendar. This class will cover U.S. History from the French and Indian War to present day.

Civics - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

  This course is designed to teach students how the American Constitution is the basis for all government decisions is the United States. Students will learn the roles and functions of the three branches of government and how each interacts with the other. This course will cover human rights, the election process, and campaigning.

 

History of Fleece to Shawl - YEAR - 1 credit, Social Studies

  Fleece to Shawl is the process of combing wool from a sheep, spinning it into yarn, and then weaving it into a wearable shawl. While learning this competitive technique, this course will cover four social studies units: Local Pennsylvania Culture, Economics, Geography, and History. The course requires an overnight trip and participation in the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. This course may be used as a Social Studies credit one time. Each additional year will be credited as an elective.

 

Sociology - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

 The objective of this course is to teach the students in this class how their behaviors, beliefs, morals and values affect the society in which they live and how that society helps to shape what they believe. This course will deal with culture and society, gender roles, and aging and death. We will also compare and contrast cultures and societies.

 

Twentieth Century African American History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

  The objective of this class is to teach the students about the history of African Americans in the United States from the year 1900 to the year 2000. The students will learn about the trials and tribulations that African-Americans overcame in the United States. These obstacles include: racism, segregation, bigotry, discrimination, and violence. This class will also show the achievements of African-Americans in the United States and how this group of people has helped to shape the United States into a country of tolerance and equality and a place where all people can prosper regardless of skin color.

 

United States History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

  The objective of this class is to teach the students about the History of the United States from Reconstruction to and including the present. The students will learn about the major conflicts in which this country has been involved since Reconstruction and the causes for each one of these conflicts. The students will learn about the Great Depression, the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements in the 1960's. The students will also learn about the moon race and all other major historical events that occured in the 1970's, 80's, 90's and up to and including the year 2004.

 

World Geography - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

  The objective for this course is to teach the students about the economic, industrial, political, agricultural and social aspects of regions around the world. This course will tie in major events in the world that have affected each one of these regions or individual countries, with a focus on the five themes of geography: place, location, movement, region, and human-environment interaction.

 

World History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

  One of the objectives for this class is to show how early civilizations came about, how they expanded and how their improvement in technology help each civilization to grow and prosper. The second objective is to show the students what life was like in the early years of civilization and how their way of life, in some parts of the world, has not changed that much from early times. The last objective is to show the students how inventions of the early civilizations impacted the world. The Greeks, Romans and other early civilzations will be studied and discussed.

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Support Services  

Mathematics

Math 54 - YEAR - 1 credit, Math

Math 54 consists of five instructional components: Facts Practice, Mental Math and Problem Solving, Daily Lesson, Daily Practice, Daily Problem Solving and Cumulative Tests. Math 54 contains a thorough review of concepts and procedures related to whole number operations, including single-digit multiplication and division. Word problems are incrementally developed and continually practiced throughout the year.

 

Math 65 - YEAR - 1 credit, Math

Math 65 consists of five instructional components: Facts Practice, Mental Math, and Problem Solving, Daily Lesson, Daily Practice, Daily Problem Solving and Cumulative Tests. Math 65 is an integrated basic mathematics course that reviews and expands upon all of the mathematical content from Math 54. The emphasis on problem solving continues as students are called upon to apply mathematical tools and techniques to real-life mathematical situations expressed through word problems.

 

Math 76 - YEAR - 1 credit, Math

Math 76 consists of five instructional components: Facts Practice, Mental Math, and Problem Solving, Daily Lesson, Daily Practice, Daily Problem Solving, and Cumulative Tests. Investigations, which are activity-based variations of the Daily Lesson, are distributed throughout the text. Math 76 reinforces the basic mathematical concepts and skills that students acquired in Math 54 and Math 65. Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Daily mental math and problem-solving exercises enhance students' repertoire of skills.

 

Math 87 - YEAR - 1 credit , Math

Math 87 consists of five instructional components: Facts Practice, Mental Math, and Problem Solving, Daily Lesson, Daily Practice, Daily Problem Solving and Cumulative Tests. Investigations, which are activity-based variations of the Daily Lesson, are distributed throughout the text. Math 87 provides students with a solid foundation of skills and concepts needed for success in analytic and quantitative courses. The interrelationship of fractions, decimals, and percents is reinforced throughout the text, and geometric concepts are continually practiced. Daily mental math and problem-solving exercises further augment student skills.

 

Guided Math for Life - YEAR - 1 credit , Math

This course will require students to use basic mathematical computation skills and learn how to apply these skills as a wise consumer in real world situations.  This course reinforces and extends the students' mastery of basic mathematical concepts.  The skills taught in this course will be individualized to the students' educational needs.

 

Guided Algebra 1 - YEAR - 1 credit, Math

Algebra 1 covers all topics in a first-year algebra course, from proofs, statistics and probability to algebra-based real-world problems. With Algebra 1, students begin developing the more complex and understanding required for advanced mathematics.

 

Science

Guided Science - YEAR - 1 credit , Science

This course is designed to teach students the concepts of Physical Science. Students learn through reading and by completing experiments in this class. Students focus upon four key elements of science in this class, sounds, machines, electricity, and energy.

 

Life Skills

Life Skills Math - YEAR - 1 credit , Math

This course teaches students basic math concepts and how they relate to real life situations. It allows students to practice every day math skills with concepts like balancing a checkbook, calculating hourly, weekly and overtime pay. It also allows students to practice math concepts seen in extracurricular activities like measuring for cooking, home repairs, and woodworking.

 

Life Skills English - YEAR - 1 credit , English

Life Skills English develops language skills that we use in everyday life. It breaks down a sentence and teaches and describes the basic parts of speech and their uses. This class also focuses on basic reading skills, such as phonics, sight word identification, spelling, and introduction to literature.

 

Life Skills Social Skills/Daily Living Skills - YEAR - 1 credit , Elective

This course is designed to teach students how to use manners, express feelings, and act as a responsible, kind, and helpful adult. The course focuses on how to initiate appropriate conversations and how to respond to others in several different circumstances. Ways of treating others and yourself in a positive manner and self esteem builders are also emphasized. This course will also focus on daily living skills. It will prepare students for everyday activities such as shopping, budgeting, eating in restaurants , cooking and more.

 

Life Skills Science - YEAR - 1 credit , Science

This course will teach students about the world around them. The goal of this course is to provide a well-grounded understanding of selected concepts in physical science while at the same time developing thinking skills that enable and encourage independent thinking.  It will focus on many components such as the environment, animals, machines, sound and light, electricity, motion and more.

 

Life Skills History - YEAR - 1 credit , Social Studies

This course is adapted from the general education curriculum. This course offers the same concepts that are found in the general education curriculum, but modified to fit each student's educational need.

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