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Course Catalog

We offer many courses in our accredited high school diploma programs, and each one is also available as an individual course enrollment, to be used as an elective or to make up an academic credit.

Each course counts as a single Carnegie unit, or full-year credit, unless specified and our high diploma program requires 16 credits in order to graduate. This is a listing of all our available courses, including electives.

Select a subject area from the menu below to view the courses available. Then choose a course to see its description.

EN45 English Communication Skills

This course presents a thorough review of the principles of English grammar and usage; word choice; punctuation and capitalization; writing sentences and paragraphs; spelling and vocabulary skills. A series of exercises and application activities follow each unit of explanatory material to reinforce the concepts presented in that unit.

EN48 Language Arts-Literature I

In this course students are introduced to a variety of literature, including drama, poems, a short story, a memoir, and an interview, as well as a painting, or visual text. Each unit integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and spelling in the context of the selections.

EN49 Language Arts–Literature II

Students are introduced to American literature and authors of different periods, regions, and backgrounds. Each unit integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and spelling in the context of the selections.

EN50 Language Arts–Literature III

This course introduces students to a variety of classic and contemporary literature and authors from the British Isles. Each unit integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and spelling in the context of the selections.

EN51 Language Arts–Literature IV

In this course students are introduced to world literature. Classic and contemporary authors from different countries and cultures are featured. Each unit integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and spelling in the context of the selections.

LA03 Spanish I

This introductory course includes recorded lessons on audio CDs, a conversation manual–which includes complete translations along with many lesson activities and exercises to reinforce learning, and a common usage dictionary. The audio CDs are the primary tools of instruction with the conversation manual serving as guide. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized throughout the course.

LM06 Skills for Workplace Success

This course introduces the student to the work world and examines the intellectual tools and personal skills needed to perform successfully in the marketplace. Topics include: choosing the right job; techniques for finding a job; skills and behaviors of good workers; how to communicate and get along with coworkers; meeting challenges and solving problems within the workplace; and the variety of skills needed to not only find a job, but keep it and be successful.

LM09 Consumer Skills

Skills for Consumer Success covers core topics of consumer education such as: the job market; paychecks; checking accounts; savings accounts and other banking services; credit; budgeting; investment opportunities; insurance (health, car, home, life); owning and operating a car; housing; and consumer protection.

LM10 Parenting & Child Development

This course looks at the realities and responsibilities of parenthood. It covers decisions as when to have children, what health practices to follow during pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth, recognizing children's stages of development from prenatal to adolescence, and how parents' roles change as their children grow. The text explores the many decisions related to parenthood and presents information to help students successfully meet the challenges they may face as parents or in a child-related career.

LM11 Food and Nutrition

This course provides an overview of how important a balanced diet is to one's physical and emotional health. Each nutrient in foods and how the body uses each of these nutrients is described. Topics include: the food guide pyramid and dietary guidelines; choosing the right kinds of food to stay healthy and avoid diseases; avoiding food-borne illnesses and preventing kitchen accidents while preparing foods; the proper techniques for buying, preparing, and storing foods; and exploring the various food service careers.

MA26 Applied Math

This course begins by reviewing the fundamentals of arithmetic and teaches computational skills with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. These skills are then applied to a variety of topics, such as measurement, ratio and proportion, probability, statistics, graphs, and basic algebra and geometry. The student's understanding of each topic is immediately reinforced through sample solutions, ample exercises and reviews, and application problems stressing the ongoing use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

MA29 Consumer Math

This course helps to prepare students for real life situations involving mathematical reasoning through extensive practice and application. Mathematical and problem solving strategies are learned and enhanced through the development of skills in areas such as: money management; buying and maintaining a car and home; completing tax forms.

MA34 Pre-Algebra

This course introduces students to algebra by building on basic mathematical concepts they already know and prepares students for the transition to a more formal study of algebra and geometry. The text teaches basic concepts of math as it introduces algebra concepts in a step-by-step approach. Short lessons with lots of examples illustrate and teach each new skill. Frequent sets of exercises and activities allow students to practice what they have learned. Lessons include real-life applications that help students see the relevance of what they are studying.

MA35 Algebra

This course begins with a review of the essential skills of arithmetic as they relate to the study of algebra. In each subsequent chapter, algebra concepts are introduced in a step-by-step approach with lots of examples illustrating each new skill. Frequent sets of exercises and real-life applications allow students to practice what they have learned and see the relevance of what they are studying. Topics include: algebra–arithmetic with letters; the rules of arithmetic; linear equations with one variable; applications of algebra; exponents and polynomials; factoring; data, statistics, and probability; fractions and algebra; linear equations and inequalities in the coordinate plane; systems of linear equations; irrational numbers and radical expressions; geometry; quadratic equations.

MA36 Algebra II

In this course several methods for solving quadratic equations, such as factoring, completing the square, and graphing are covered. The text also introduces trigonometry and exponential functions–vital concepts for real world applications. Topics include: linear equations and inequalities; linear functions and inequalities; quadratic equations; quadratic functions graphing; polynomials; rational expressions; powers, roots, radicals, fractional exponents; exponential and logarithmic functions; conic sections; trigonometry; permutations, combinations, probability, and series; complex numbers; measurement and statistics.

MA38 Business Math

The worktext for this comprehensive course has two basic components: (1) the rules of and practice with fundamental mathematical principles of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, measurements, estimations, and ratios; and (2) the use of these principles for common applications as they apply to the workplace such as wages and benefits, kinds of businesses, human resource departments, business travel, corporate banking, business management and operating expenses, casualty insurance, government regulations, sales and marketing and risks for business owners, and mail-order business.

MA40 Geometry

In this course the main emphasis is on plane geometry–geometric figures in a plane such as squares, triangles, and circles. Later chapters in the text cover solid geometry–such as cubes, prisms, and spheres. In each chapter, short lessons with numerous examples illustrate and teach each new skill. Frequent sets of exercises and activities allow students to practice what they have learned. Lessons include real-life applications that help students see the relevance of what they are studying. Topics include: exploring geometry–points, lines, and angles in the plane; thinking geometrically–using proofs, parallel lines and transversals; using algebra–lines in the coordinate plane; triangles and quadrilaterals; congruent triangles and transformations; proportion and similarity; the Pythagorean Theorem; perimeter and area; circles and spheres; solid geometric figures and their measures; geometry and imagination.

SC22 Introductory Zoology

In this general studies science course, students are introduced to the diversity and interdependence of animal life on Earth. The student will learn about the general characteristics of animals, how animals interact with their environment, some of the adaptations animals use to get food and escape predators, and the effects humans can have on animal populations and ecosystems.

SC23 Human Biology and Health

In this course students learn about the basic biology of the human body–the structure and function of each body system and how the systems of the body work together to enable the human body to function and remain stable despite internal and external environmental changes. Students also learn about the components of wellness and the decision-making process to determine if something is good for their health to promote stability in the body.

SC24 Environmental Science

In this course students are introduced to the field of ecology–the study of how living things interact with each other and with the nonliving things in their environment. Environmental science, the central topic of this course, is the study of how humans affect these interactions. The text is written to help students better understand the living world around them–how Earth's interrelated living systems work and what we, as humans, can do to keep them healthy. In addition, through an understanding and knowledge of different kinds of resources–living resources, soil and land, air, water, and energy–and how human pollution can disrupt the delicate balance among life on Earth, students can help to make this a better world by applying what they have learned in their own daily life.

SC25 Astronomy

This introductory astronomy course presents the terminology, historical perspective, and current thinking about our universe. Part one of the text provides an understanding of the relationship between the Earth, moon, and sun and Earth's place in space. Part two covers the solar system–the night sky, the sun, the inner and outer planets, comets, asteroids, and meteors. Part three presents a description of the universe beyond the solar system. Topics include characteristics of stars, lives of stars, star systems and galaxies, and the history of the universe.

SC26 Biology

In this comprehensive course, biological topics are arranged in a logical sequence that makes them easy to understand. The sections dealing with the human body present not only its structure and function, but also its care. Modern accurate explanations of cellular structure, respiration, enzymes, genetics, and adaptation are included in simple form. Important current problems such as conservation and ecology, environmental pollution, alternative energy sources, and the interaction of living organisms in today's world are also treated. The unifying thematic approach stresses the concepts of adaptation and survival.

SC27 Physical Science

This comprehensive course concisely reflects the current knowledge and advances in the physical sciences and is designed to help students learn the properties and structure of matter, elements, compounds, how matter changes, motion, work and machines, heat, sound and light, electricity, magnets and electromagnetism. Both the English and metric systems of measurement are employed in the discussions and in the problems. Ample illustrations and clearlystated examples aid in students' understanding of the content presented. Carefully selected practice problems, such as those in the discussions of light and electricity, guide the student through some difficult areas.

SC28 Earth Science

This comprehensive course concisely reflects the current knowledge and advances in the earth sciences. Modern, accurate explanations of the study of minerals, water and glaciers, the atmosphere, plate tectonics and continental drift, the oceans, weather, and the solar system and space are included. Special end-of-chapter features explore current issues facing the world today. Abundant end-of-chapter activities stimulate the student to think, organize, and integrate the chapter topics. Ample diagrams, maps, and illustrations throughout the text aid in students' understanding of the content presented.

SS25 U.S. Government & Economics

The first part of this course, Our United States Government, covers what American democracy means in terms of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and includes a study of the history and content of the U.S. Constitution. The up-to-date discussions help students relate important concepts to everyday life and develop the attitudes that lead to responsible action in society. The course offers detailed coverage of state, local, and federal governments. The second part of this course, Our Economic System, explains basic economics and how it affects the student's everyday life. Through practical application of economic concepts and skills, the student will learn: the role of the consumer and producer within the free enterprise system; how the U.S. economy works and the role of government; the understanding of wages, labor and taxes; the world of business; and a world view of economics.

SS28 World History

This course examines and compares past and present civilizations of the major regions of the world, beginning with the Stone Age and concluding with modern achievements in technology and current issues faced by all nations in the 21st century. The chapters of each unit of study work together to reflect important eras in history as well as important social studies concepts. Themes applied throughout each region's presentation include: historic, cultural, and economic developments; the effects of change–historic, economic, and social; the region set within a global context; today's interdependent world. Each unit utilizes history time lines, photographs, and maps to highlight and tie together the major events and their locations as well as important people in history. Numerous activities and exercises throughout the worktexts enable students to compare, analyze, infer, and generalize about the various cultures presented.

SS29 American History

This course offers a complete, chronological history of our country starting with the earliest Americans to our political, social and economic development from the early colonies to today. The first part of the course covers American history from before Columbus to the late nineteenth century, including colonial society, national identity and growth, sectionalism, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The second part continues with economic expansion, international and domestic politics, the Depression, and political and social change in America from the late nineteenth century to the present.

SS31 Psychology

This course provides students with a variety of perspectives for dealing with and understanding human behavior and includes real-life examples and cases to illustrate concepts. The emphasis of the course is on the application of fundamental psychology concepts to everyday situations such as work, school, relationships, and personal wellbeing.

SS32 World Geography

The textbook for this course offers an integrated approach to the study of world geography and helps students explore the diverse physical geography, people, environments, cultures, politics, and economies of our world today. Through focus on the five themes of geography–location, place, interaction, movement, and regions–the text weaves the theme of human-environmental interaction throughout the study of the world’s regions and shows how geography relates to and affects students’ day-to-day lives.

BU43 Intro to Business / E-Commerce

This two-part course introduces the student to what business is, how it operates, and how it is managed. Part one, Intro to Business, topics include: the economic environment; business in the U.S. economy; management; issues in the global economy; consumers in the U.S. economy; and finance in the global economy. Part two, E-Commerce, explores the tremendous growth of business via the Internet. Topics include: what is E-commerce; business-to-business E-commerce; create your advertisement; behind the Web; connecting the DotComs; and legal and ethical issues. Ample end-of-chapter worktext exercises and activities along with a dedicated educational publisher website allow students to apply and compare what they have learned to real-life situations and businesses.

BU46 Retail Business & Selling

Part one of this course introduces students to the world of retail business and to the importance of retail businesses to consumers everywhere. Retail business topics include: the retail industry; plan your business strategy; select and handle merchandise; evaluate store's location and design; manage your business functions; legal and ethical retailing. Part two covers the art of selling in today's business world and how to develop good selling techniques in your chosen business career. Topics include: successful selling; technology and selling; preparing to sell; developing the sale; closing and beyond; retail selling. Ample end-of-chapter worktext exercises and activities along with a dedicated educational publisher website allow students to apply and compare what they have learned to real-life situations and businesses.

BU47 Business Office Skills

This comprehensive course presents what the office is now and what, because of revolutionary technological developments, it is fast becoming. Students completing this course will be able to adapt positively to the inevitable changes in the workplace. The five parts of the course focus on: the office environment and working with others; technical skills and knowledge; critical office procedures and support skills; communication and problem-solving skills; and employment skills needed to be successful in today's business office.

BU49 Accounting

Accounting concepts, principles and procedures are introduced in this course. Four accounting cycles are covered: Cycle 1–service business organized as a proprietorship with multi-column journal applications; Cycle 2–automated cycle; Cycle 3–merchandising business organized as a partnership with expanded multi-column journal applications; Cycle 4–merchandising business organized as a corporation with special journal applications. Prerequisite: Citizens' Business Math or a demonstrated mastery of general or higher level math skills.

BU50 Computer Keyboarding/Typing

This introductory course covers the development of basic keyboarding/typing skills and the mastery of fundamental word processing applications such as personal and business letters, memos and e-mail, unbound and bound reports, and statistical tables. A textbook workplace simulation allows the student to apply what has been learned by completing documents generally found in today's business offices. The beginning student should be able to key (type) at least 30 to 35 words per minute upon completion of this course. NOTE: The completion of the activities in the textbook for this course requires access to a computer and word processing software.

BU51 21st Century Entrepreneurship

This course introduces students to the process of becoming business owners and managers. Entrepreneurship topics include: becoming an entrepreneur; selecting a type of ownership; developing a business plan; developing a marketing plan; hiring and managing staff; and financing, protecting, and insuring your business. Ample end-of-chapter worktext exercises and activities along with a dedicated educational publisher website allow students to apply and compare what they have learned to real-life situations and businesses. The ancillary Workplace Communication Skills Workbook, which accompanies the worktext, introduces the student to important communication skills necessary to succeed in today's 21st century business offices for both business owners and employees.

BU52 21st Century Business Law

This introductory course covers the basic foundations of business law. Business law topics include: law and justice; law of contracts; property law; employment law; forms of business organizations; and law and finance in the business world. Ample end-of-chapter worktext exercises and activities along with a dedicated educational publisher website allow students to apply and compare what they have learned to real-life situations and businesses. The ancillary Workplace Ethics Workbook, which accompanies the worktext, introduces the student to the types of ethical and communication situations occurring in today's 21st century business offices for both business owners and employees.

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