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Algebra 1

Math

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed for all future high school math courses. This course emphasizes the importance of algebra in everyday life through hundreds of real-world examples. Assessments are designed to ensure that your understanding goes beyond rote memorization of steps and procedures. Upon successful course completion, learners will have a strong foundation in Algebra I and will be prepared for other higher level math courses.

Algebra 2

Math

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will work with interactive examples to help guide their journey with customized feedback and praise. Mathematical concepts are applied to everyday occurrences such as earthquakes, stadium seating, and purchasing movie tickets. Learners investigate the effects of an equation on its graph through the use of technology. Learners have opportunities to work with their peers on specific lessons. Algebra 2 is an advanced course using hands-on activities, applications, group interactions, and the latest technology.

American History

Social Studies

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will build an understanding of how the United States began as an experiment in freedom and democracy. Since its establishment, the country and its people have endured social, political and economic revolutions. In this course, learners will investigate the people, events and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today. Learners are asked to analyze and evaluate decisions made by political, business and military leaders. Emphasis is placed on connections between events of the past and present. This course also gives learners the opportunity to conduct research and apply their learning to current, real-world problems.

Biology

Science

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners study living and non-living systems and how they interact with one another. Learners explore the world they live in by posing questions and seeking answers through scientific inquiry. Discovery takes place through observation and data collection. The learners 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 learners to work on hands-on lab activities and develop relationships through collaborative learning. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us.

Chemistry

Science

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will be challenged in 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.

Civics

Social Studies

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will be introduced to the major ideas, institutions, and issues in American government and politics. The focus is on how the structure of our political system influences the practice of politics at the national level. They will also build an understanding of the ongoing struggles among competing groups and individuals for influence over government activities and public policy.

Earth & Space Science

Science

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will focus on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces that shape our world. Through experimentation and investigation, learners will explore the earth cycles including the geosphere, hydrosphere, crysosphere, atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. Learners will learn about scientific inquiry, geologic time, space exploration, the solar system, and the universe. Learners will use web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, collaborative projects, and real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments. Upon completion of the course, learners will have a clear understanding of the dynamic forces at work in the world around them, becoming better caretakers of our planet, Earth.

Economics

Social Studies

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will build an understanding of how 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, learners will recognize examples of economics in their daily life. Learners will see how the economic choices of larger groups, like businesses and governments, affect them and others. As learners progress through the course, they will recognize that the costs and benefits of choices connect individuals and groups around the world. The purpose of this course is to help learners become a smart consumer who understands the flow of an economy between individuals, businesses, governments, and the rest of the world.

English I

Language Arts

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will take a journey through important concepts such as the Unknown, Equality, Identity, Opportunity, and Understanding to learn the foundations of communication and analysis. In each unit of the course, learners explore a variety of STEM-related literature, including genre fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and speeches. Through the study of this writing, learners hone their own skills in communication and analysis.

English II

Language Arts

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners discover how the human experience, real life, is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, learners explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as laughter, obstacles, betrayal, fear, or transformation. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, learners explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

English III

Language Arts

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will study the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times. Learners gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. They discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences. Learners are also asked to observe, investigate, and report on stories of today. The goal is for learners to be thorough, accurate, and compelling in their writing.

English IV

Language Arts

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners will study of the motives that have driven people’s actions for centuries. Learners 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.

Environmental Science

Science

Grades 9-12

In this course will focus on both biotic and abiotic systems. You will learn about ecosystems and their interactions, water (including surface water, ponds and lakes, ground water, water quality), soils, and resources both renewable and non-renewable resources. You will also how the basic systems influence the ecosystems of the Earth. You will investigate threatened and endangered species in our world. Environmental health and the importance of agriculture are also discussed in terms of their impact on our ecosystems.

Fitness for Life

Health | Phys Ed

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners understand that physical fitness and nutrition are important parts of everyday life. Fitness for Life will give learners the opportunity to create personal fitness goals and make nutrition plans that are useful and fun. Learners will explore different ways to exercise and use your personal talents and ambitions to make physical activity a part of your daily routine.

Geometry

Math

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners begin to recognize that geometry is everywhere, not just in pyramids. They will learn how engineers use geometry to build highways and 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, learners travel a virtual mathematical highway illuminated by spatial relationships, reasoning, connections, and problem solving.

Health

Health | Phys Ed

Grades 9-12

In this course, learners investigate various components of mental, emotional, social, consumer, physical and reproductive health. It provides learners with age-appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and the preventative measures necessary for creating a life-long healthy lifestyle. The course is designed to arm learners with the most current and relevant health information so students are able to make wise, informative and positive choices to enhance their overall well-being. It fuses everyday real health issues in an invigorating, exciting, explorative, technology filled way allowing learners a much more comprehensive, and imaginative way to study themselves and make meaningful connections to the world around them.

Language Arts for Kindergarten

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, learners will begin to identify and write all letters, produce letter sounds and also frequently used phonograms. Learners will also master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers.

Language Arts 1

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, learners will continue to build recognition and practice write all letters, produce letter sounds and also frequently used phonograms. Learners will also master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers.

Language Arts 2

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, learners will learn how to spell and write vocabulary words, read more fluently, apply grammar concepts, and participate in handwriting and writing activities throughout each thematic unit. Learners also continue to master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers.

Language Arts 3

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, learners will grow in reading comprehension skills and strategies to help them become stronger readers. Learners will also master weekly spelling and vocabulary words and grammar concepts that will help them become stronger writers. New concepts are introduced through text, video, and interactives. Once introduced, new concepts are practiced through interactives and worksheets. Learners also complete weekly work that includes cursive handwriting, journal entries, and independent reading.

Language Arts 4

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, learners will work with reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages today’s learners and supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Learners study classic literature as well as more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. Writing assignments focus on expository, narrative, and persuasive modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides learners through a writing process that begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of standard written English.

Language Arts 5

Language Arts

Grades K-5

In this course, the learners focus on integrated reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages today’s learners and supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Learners study classic literature as well as more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. The first semester focuses on skills needed for literary text, the second semester focuses on skills for reading and analyzing informational text. Writing assignments focus on narrative, persuasive modes with an emphasis on reasoning and details with experience in expository writing and research. Also, learners will learn how to present information orally and use multimedia.

Language Arts 6

Language Arts

Grades 6-8

In this course, learners in the first semester will focus on storytelling and heroes and myths and poetry in the . The learners will include writing a narrative essay and completing a book report. In the second semester, learners work with myths and poetry with assignments including writing an original fairy tale and composing a poem.

Language Arts 7

Language Arts

Grades 6-8

In this course, learners will experience themes of Mystery, Monsters, and Mayhem to acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Learners will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

Language Arts 8

Language Arts

Grades 6-8

In this course, learners will discover how people and ideas have changed and which ideas have lasting value for them. Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, learners encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world. The purpose of this course is to give learners the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each learner’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

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