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High School Course Catalog

The Southwest Colorado eSchool offers courses in English, math, science, social studies, world language, physical and health education, fine arts, computer science, and more. All courses are taught by highly qualified Colorado teachers, and the courses meet the Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core Standards.

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Algebra I

This course meets 9th grade Colorado standards by following district approved Algebra curriculum and counts as first year of graduation requirements. Algebra I includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system including irrational numbers, applications of proportional reasoning, and solving and graphing first degree equations, inequalities and systems of linear equations. Students generate equivalent expressions, use formulas to solve problems, simplify and factor polynomials and solve simple quadratic equations. An emphasis is placed on analyzing situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. To meet 21st century learning, students use technology and models to investigate and explore mathematical ideas and relationships and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

Algebra II

This course follows the Algebra 2 district approved curriculum and counts as a third year of graduation requirements. Algebra 2 topics include operations with rational and irrational expressions, in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities, analyzing and solving quadratic functions including complex numbers, solving systems of linear and quadratic equations, properties of higher degree equations, and operations with rational and irrational exponents. Students investigate and solve linear piece wise, absolute value, cubic, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions algebraically, numerically, and graphically, with and without a graphing calculator. Students analyze data and develop mathematical models to address real world problem situations. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Grade 11, NCAA, Schoology

Algebra II Honors

This course follows the Algebra 2 district approved curriculum and counts as a third year of graduation requirements. Algebra 2 topics include operations with rational and irrational expressions, in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities, analyzing and solving quadratic functions including complex numbers, solving systems of linear and quadratic equations, properties of higher degree equations, and operations with rational and irrational exponents. Students investigate and solve linear piece wise, absolute value, cubic, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions algebraically, numerically, and graphically, with and without a graphing calculator. Students analyze data and develop mathematical models to address real world problem situations. The honors course prepares students for advanced course work and engages students in enrichment opportunities. Rigor is demonstrated through sophistication and acceleration in terms of thought-provoking learning activities, challenging assessments, and more complex text/materials. Diverse interests, cultures, perspectives, learning styles, and intelligences are cultivated and higher level critical and creative thinking skills such as interpretation, problem-solving, investigation, and logic are emphasized throughout the honors course. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: CU-Succeed, Grade 11, Honors, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Anthropology

Anthropology courses introduce students to the study of human evolution with regard to the origin, distribution, physical attributes, environment, and culture of human beings. These courses provide an overview of anthropology, including but not limited to both physical and cultural anthropology. Please note: This course is elective credit only and does not satisfy the Social Studies graduation requirement. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

AP Art History

Designed to parallel college-level Art History courses, AP Art History provides the opportunity for students to critically examine architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within their historical and cultural contexts. In covering the art of several centuries (not necessarily in chronological order), students learn to identify different styles, techniques, and influences and to formulate and articulate their reactions to various kinds of artwork. This is an Advanced Placement course. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: AP, Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

AP Calculus AB (CU-Succeed)

This course follows the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses. AP Calculus AB provides students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. This course introduces calculus and includes the following topics: elementary functions; properties of functions and their graphs; limits and continuity; differential calculus(including definition of the derivative, derivative formulas, theorems about derivatives, geometric applications, optimization problems, and rate-of change problems); and integral calculus (including anti-derivatives, the definite integral and application of integrals). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, CU-Succeed, Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

AP Calculus BC (CU-Succeed)

This course follows the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses. AP Calculus BC provides students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications, and also requires additional knowledge of the theoretical tools of calculus. This course assumes a thorough knowledge of elementary functions, and covers all of the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB as well as the following topics: vector functions, parametric equations and graphs, polar coordinates and functions, advanced techniques of integration, advanced applications of the definite integral, polynomial approximation and series. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

AP Computer Science

In AP Computer Science A, students learn the advanced Java programming skills needed in preparation for the AP Computer Science exam. Because the designated outcomes for the AP Computer Science exam change yearly, consult the AP web site for more information. Please note: The credit earned for this course will default to Fine/Practical Arts credit but can be changed to math credit if it is needed to satisfy the math graduation credit requirement.
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CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts, Mathematics | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

AP Environmental Science (CU Succeed and RRCC Credit Eligible)

AP Environmental Science is designed by the College Board to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems (both natural and human made), evaluate the relative risks associated with the problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include science as a process, ecological processes and energy conversions, earth as an interconnected system, the impact of humans on natural systems, cultural and societal contexts of environmental problems, and the development of practices that will ensure sustainable systems. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, CU-Succeed, Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

AP Physics 1 (CCU Credit Eligible)

AP Physics B courses are designed by the College Board to parallel college-level physics courses that provide a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasize problem solving without calculus. Course content includes mechanics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, waves and optics, and kinetic theory and thermodynamics. This is an Advanced Placement course.  An AP exam for the course is available at the end of the school year and will contain a fee (approx. $90) that the student/family is responsible for paying if they are interested in taking the AP exam. Students that qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program may be eligible for fee waivers for the course and/or AP exam. It is also a CU-Succeed and RRCC eligible course. Students may pay a reduced tuition fee and receive CCU credit for this course. Students will need to purchase the textbook for this course. The information about and cost of the required textbook will be available at the beginning of the school year from the teacher. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

AP Physics C: Mechanics (CU Succeed)

Designed by the College Board to parallel college-level physics courses that serve as a partial foundation for science or engineering majors, AP Physics C courses primarily focus on 1) mechanics and 2) electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas. AP Physics C courses are more intensive and analytical than AP Physics B courses and require the use of calculus to solve the problems posed. This is an Advanced Placement course. An AP exam for the course is available at the end of the school year and will contain a fee (approx. $90) that the student/family is responsible for paying if they are interested in taking the AP exam. Students that qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program may be eligible for fee waivers for the course and/or AP exam. It is also a CU-Succeed and RRCC eligible course. Students may pay a reduced tuition fee and receive either CU or RRCC credit for this course. Students will need to purchase the textbook for this course. The information about and cost of the required textbook will be available at the beginning of the school year from the teacher. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Advanced Placement, AP, CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Astronomy

Astronomy is a survey course that will emphasize conceptual understanding of cosmology, galaxies, stars, planetary systems, astrobiology, exoplanets and observations of the night sky. Although math will not be a focus, it is recommended that students successfully complete algebra before taking this course.

Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Earth Science and pre-algebra

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Biology

Biology courses are laboratory science courses designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. These courses include (but are not restricted to) such topics as cell structure and function, general plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy. Students will also explore heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills and laboratory techniques.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Science | TAGS: Grade 10, NCAA, Schoology

Calculus II (CU-Succeed)

This course follows the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses. Calculus II provides students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications, and also requires additional knowledge of the theoretical tools of calculus. This course assumes a thorough knowledge of elementary functions, and the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB. This course will cover the following topics: vector functions, parametric equations and graphs, polar coordinates and functions, advanced techniques of integration, advanced applications of the definite integral, polynomial approximation and series. This course is the equivalent to the second semester of AP Calculus BC.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Career Explorations

Career Exploration courses help students identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their careers. The courses expose students to various sources of information on career and training options and may also assist them in developing job search and employability skills. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Career Explorations

Career Exploration courses help students identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests, with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their careers. These courses expose students to various sources of information on career and training options and may also assist them in developing job search and employability skills. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Chemistry

Chemistry courses involve studying the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. These courses typically explore such concepts as the behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases; acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions; and atomic structure. Chemical formulas and equations and nuclear reactions are also studied. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Science | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

Child Development / Parenting

The Child Development/Parenting course provides students with knowledge about the physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development of children from conception to adolescence. Course content typically includes topics such as prenatal and birth processes; responsibilities and difficulties of parenthood; fundamentals of children’s emotional and physical development; and the appropriate care of infants, toddlers, young children and school-aged children. Students interested in careers with children and/or psychology will find this class an excellent experience. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Chinese 1

Designed to introduce students to Chinese language and culture, Chinese 1 courses emphasize basic syntax, simple vocabulary, written characters, and spoken tones so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Chinese culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Chinese-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Chinese 2

Chinese 2 courses build upon skills developed in Chinese 1, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Chinese and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and phrasing, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Chinese-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Chinese I

Designed to introduce students to Chinese language and culture, Chinese I courses emphasize basic syntax, simple vocabulary, written characters, and spoken tones so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Chinese culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Chinese-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

Chinese II

Chinese II courses build upon skills developed in Chinese I, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Chinese and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and phrasing, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Chinese-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 10, NCAA, Schoology

Chinese III

Chinese III courses focus on having students express increasingly complex concepts both verbally and in writing while showing some spontaneity. Comprehension goals for students may include attaining more facility and faster understanding when listening to the language spoken at normal rates, being able to paraphrase or summarize written passages, and conversing easily within limited situations. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

Composition/Songwriting

The Songwriting course prepares students to express themselves through creating music and is an introduction to basic songwriting. This course will use conventional and nonconventional notation and will include lyric and melody writing. Students will use online music software for creating their own songs. Professionally written songs and students’ songs will be analyzed in class. Modifications will be provided for students regardless of their musical skill or knowledge so that all have a successful experience. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Computer Programming 101

This course introduces students to foundational programming concepts through the use of increasingly complex games and programs beginning with simple number guessing games and ending in the creation of student’s own “Atari-style” video games. Concepts include variables, decision structures, iterative structures, procedures, graphics, collision detection and object oriented programming concepts. The course is taught using an industry standard fourth generation programming language but teaches the conceptual skills necessary for students to progress to other languages. 
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CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, RTTT, Schoology

Differential Calculus Honors (Calc IV) (CU-Succeed)

Differential Calculus course includes the study of elementary differential equations including first and higher order differential equations, partial differential equation, linear equations systems of linear equations, transformations, series solutions, numerical methods, boundary value problems and the existence theorem. The honors course prepares students for advanced course work and engages students in enrichment opportunities. Rigor is demonstrated through sophistication and acceleration in terms of thought-provoking learning activities, challenging assessments, and more complex text/materials. Diverse interests, cultures, perspectives, learning styles, and intelligences are cultivated and higher level critical and creative thinking skills such as interpretation, problem-solving, investigation, and logic are emphasized throughout the honors course. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Digital Photography

In this class, students will explore the basics of digital photography and computer image manipulation. Camera mechanics, concepts of photography, composition, and the craftsmanship will be taught. Students will use the techniques learned in this class to create fine-art photography. The course will also include an integration of art history and art appreciation as it relates to the subject. Students must have access to a computer with a minimum of 512MB of RAM and a contemporary operating system; a digital camera with manual capabilities.

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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Earth Science

Earth Science courses offer insight into the environment on earth and the earth’s environment in space. While presenting the concepts and principles essential to students’ understanding of the dynamics and history of the earth, these courses usually explore oceanography, geology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography.

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: none

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Science | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

Economics

Economics courses provide students with an overview of economics with primary emphasis on the principles of microeconomics and the U.S. economic system. These courses may also cover topics such as principles of macroeconomics, international economics, and comparative economics. Economic principles may be presented in formal theoretical contexts, applied contexts, or both. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

English / Language Arts 07

English/Language Arts 7 incorporates five aspects of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Study of genres leads to written compositions that build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics. Beyond emphasizing different uses for language, these courses may also include using language (particularly written text) to construct meaning and connections. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS English | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

English / Language Arts 08

English/Language Arts 8 incorporates five aspects of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Study of genres leads to written compositions that build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics. Typically, these courses use various genres of literature to improve reading skills, and they link writing exercises for different purposes to those reading selections. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS English | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

English / Language Arts 09

English/Language Arts 9 incorporates the five aspects of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Study of genres leads to written compositions that build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics. Students apply comprehension and critical reading skills to both literature and nonfiction. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, English | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

English / Language Arts 10

English/Language Arts 10 offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Students read widely to improve their reading rate, vocabulary, and comprehension and develop skills to determine the author’s intent and theme and to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message. Students apply knowledge of purposes and audiences by studying and producing various genres. Oral communication is practiced in group settings as well through presentations. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, English | TAGS: Grade 10, NCAA, Schoology

English / Language Arts 11

English/Language Arts 11 develops students’ writing skills, emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice, and usage, which students apply to compositions that utilize research and rhetoric. Students read nonfiction and literary works as a means to understand the world and to inform their writing. Literary conventions and stylistic devices may receive greater emphasis than in previous courses. Participation in class dialogue and delivering presentations are expectations of this course.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, English | TAGS: Grade 11, NCAA, Schoology

English / Language Arts 12

English/Language Arts 12 blends composition, analytical reading, and literature into a cohesive whole. Students combine purposes, patterns, and genres in writing while incorporating research and rhetorical techniques. Collaboration and critical thinking lead to more complex presentations and products, with students honing their comprehension skills while reading more complicated literary and nonfiction texts.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, English | TAGS: Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

Environmental Science

Environmental Science examines the mutual relationships between organisms and their environment. In studying the interrelationships among plants, animals, and humans, these courses usually cover the following subjects: photosynthesis, recycling and regeneration, ecosystems, population and growth studies, pollution, and conservation of natural resources. Please note: This course does satisfy the Science graduation requirement, but is not considered a lab science class and colleges/universities may not recognize it as a lab based science class. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, RTTT, Schoology

Event Training

Students will analyze their current diet, learn to read food labels, plan healthy meals, analyze the fast food industry and look they will learn the basic physiological adaptations that are occurring in their body. They will learn the risks of inactivity and learn how to manage stress. Their final assessment in this course will be completion of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or triathlon. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Physical Educaiton | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Forensic Science

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of forensic science. The overall goal of the course is to use the scientific method to develop the students’ problem-solving skills, using the tools and techniques of modern forensic scientists. Students will learn about specific techniques used in forensics encompassing the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and crime scene investigation. Topics covered will include crime scene processing, analyzing evidence, and specialized fields of forensic study, careers and the impact of media. Students will gain an understanding of the inquiry approach necessary to perform an investigation and the application of the tools available to solve a crime. Forensics counts as an elective credit. It does not count for a science credit. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Geometry

Geometry courses, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry, typically include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; and rules of angle measurement in triangles. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Grade 10, NCAA, Schoology

Introduction to Food and Nutrition

In this course, students will begin the study of nutrition by analyzing their own diets and eating patterns through the use of their family’s cupboards, meals, grocery stores and favorite restaurants. Students will explore their dietary needs using USADA’s recommendations. Topics discussed will be: the growing obesity epidemic in America and health risks associated with it, claims of popular fad diets, and eating disorders. Students will examine the pros and cons of a vegetarian diet and what it means to eat local, naturally produced foods. They will gain a basic understanding of the function of our digestive system and how and why it is important to one’s overall health. Finally, students will have the skills to decipher information provided and required on food labels and the knowledge of how to choose and safely prepare healthy meals while grocery shopping, eating out and cooking in their own homes. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts, Health | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Schoology

IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software

The IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course provides students with in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems. Course topics include the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Students learn to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems. In addition, this course introduces students to networking and often prepares them for industry certification. It is designed to be a course for 9th grade students, however, all grade levels are welcomed.

Credits: 0.5

CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Course Catalog, Electives | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Journalism

Journalism (typically associated with the production of a school newspaper, yearbook or literary magazine) emphasizes writing style and technique as well as production values and organization. Journalism courses introduce students to the concepts of newsworthiness and responsibility; develop student’s skills in writing and editing stories, headlines, and captions; and teach students the principles of production design, layout and printing. Photography and photojournalism skills may be included.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, English | TAGS: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Life Management

Students in Life Management will demonstrate problem solving, communication skills, computation/estimation, career choice, paycheck management and decision making skills for living on their own. Students will apply knowledge to real world situations like managing resources and finances, paying bills, using credit, applying for loans, selecting apartments and cars, and balancing checkbooks to meet their short and long term goals. Becoming an effective consumer will be emphasized. In addition, topics covered may include investment planning, taxes, personal wellness, and time management. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Lifetime Fitness

Lifetime Fitness emphasizes acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness; content may include related topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.

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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Health, Physical Educaiton | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Marine Biology

This course introduces marine biology as the study of living organisms within saltwater ecosystems. Through this course, concerned citizens can acquire the necessary tools to teach others about the importance of saving our oceans. Students develop a firm grasp of scientific vocabulary, facts, and concepts along with scientific literacy: the ability to read scientific studies, interpret numeric information, weigh and assess data, make connections, apply what was learned to issues outside of the classroom and write effectively about scientific results. These skills are invaluable in advocating for informed protection of the marine environment. Please note: This course does satisfy the Science graduation requirement, but is not considered a lab science class and colleges/universities may not recognize it as a lab based science class. 

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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Science | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Math 7

This course is aligned to the grade 7 CAS (Colorado Academic Standards in Mathematics) and follows 7th grade CAP documents. The course emphasize proficiency in skills involving rational numbers and operations; proportional reasoning and relationships; measurement; patterns; functions; algebraic formulas; algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities; 2D & 3D geometry; concepts of data analysis, including statistics and probability; and mathematical practices. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Mathematics | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Math 8 (Pre- Algebra)

This course is aligned to the grade 8 CAS (Colorado Academic Standards in Mathematics) and follows 8th grade CAP documents. Math 8 courses emphasize proficiency in skills involving rational numbers and operations, real numbers, exponents, measurement, patterns, proportional reasoning, linear functions and relationships, algebra, solving systems of equations, geometry transformations, bivariate statistics, probability; and mathematical practices. Some middle school students may be eligible to take high school level math course. However, all math courses after Math 8 require prerequisite math courses and require approval from the SWCeS Director of Online Learning. If you are interested in taking a high school level math class, please schedule a time to talk to the SWCeS Director. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Mathematics | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Modern U.S. History

Modern U.S. History courses examine the history of the United States from the Civil War or Reconstruction era (some courses begin at a later period) through the present time. These courses typically include a historical review of political, military, scientific, and social developments.

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisites: none

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 10, Schoology

MS Art

Art courses provide to students activities that foster creative expression, communication through artistic endeavor, and appreciation of culture and heritage. The art making and application learning plan may include lessons that enable students to refine their technique, increase their artistic vocabulary, express themselves and their world view, make connections to other content areas, develop their own aesthetic, and strengthen their critical abilities. Art course content conforms to Jeffco Visual Arts Curriculum as well as existing Colorado Visual Arts Academic Standards for grade 7 and 8. Although Art courses focus on creation, they may also include the study of major artists, art movements, and styles. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Lifetime Fitness Education

Lifetime Fitness Education courses emphasize acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness; content may include topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Music Songwriting

The Songwriting course prepares students to express themselves through creating music and is an introduction to basic songwriting. This course will use conventional and nonconventional notation and will include lyric and melody writing. Students will use online music software for creating their own songs. Professionally written songs and students’ songs will be analyzed in class.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Recreation Sports

This course provides the students the knowledge, experience, and opportunity to develop skills in more than one recreational sport or outdoor pursuit (such as adventure activities, croquet, Frisbee, wall climbing, bocce ball, fishing, hiking, cycling, and so on).

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Study Skills

Study Skills courses prepare students for success in middle school. Course topics may vary according to the students involved, but typically include reading improvement skills, such as scanning, note-taking, and outlining; library and research skills; listening and note-taking; vocabulary skills; and test-taking skills. The courses may also include exercises designed to generate organized, logical thinking and writing. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Video Game Design

Students learn how to design, write, and test software using object-oriented software development environments. Students are introduced to the concept of humane game design and explore how computer programs and games can be used to communicate values, ideas, and thoughts. Students explore the idea of game and how this transfers to computers. Students learn how to convert their ideas into visual, audio, and story assets for their game software. Topics covered include fundamental design processes, use of variables in programming, program control and flow features, iterative statements, and incorporating files and graphics into software. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

MS Web Page Design

Web Page Design courses teach students how to design websites by introducing them to and refining their knowledge of site planning, page layout, graphic design, and the use of markup languages—such as Extensible Hypertext Markup, JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, and Document Object Model—to develop and maintain a web page. These courses may also cover security and privacy issues, copyright infringement, trademarks, and other legal issues relating to the use of the Internet. Advanced topics may include the use of forms and scripts for database access, transfer methods, and networking fundamentals. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Electives | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Multivariate Calculus Honors (Calc III) (CU-Succeed)

One semester. Multivariate Calculus includes the study of hyperbolic functions, improper integrals, directional directives, multiple integration and its applications. The honors course prepares students for advanced course work and engages students in enrichment opportunities. Rigor is demonstrated through sophistication and acceleration in terms of thought-provoking learning activities, challenging assessments, and more complex text/materials. Diverse interests, cultures, perspectives, learning styles, and intelligences are cultivated and higher level critical and creative thinking skills such as interpretation, problem-solving, investigation, and logic are emphasized throughout the honors course. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: CU-Succeed, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Music History

After a brief look at Western Music History, including historical musical time periods, we will look at the development of American Music. This will include American Indian music, first American composers, development of bands, military and concert and big bands. It will also cover many different styles of music including American Folk Music, Country, Jazz and Rock. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Philosophy

Philosophy introduces students to the discipline of philosophy as a way to analyze the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe. Course content typically includes examination of the major philosophers and their writings.

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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Physics

Physics courses involve the study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter, such as equilibrium, motion, momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy. The study of physics includes examination of sound, light, and magnetic and electric phenomena.

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisites: successful completion or concurrently enrolled in Algebra II

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Science | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

Pre-Algebra

This course is an Algebra readiness class which increases students’ foundational algebraic and computational skills and does not count as a high school graduation credit. Topics include ratio, proportion, rational number concepts and operations, estimation, exponents, the rectangular coordinate system, formulas and using equivalence and algebraic properties to solve for x. An emphasis is placed on analyzing situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically and application of mathematical skills to make meaningful connections to life’s experiences. Instruction is designed to fill gaps in previous concepts so that upon completion of this course students will be prepared to take algebra.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Grade 09, Schoology

Pre-Calculus / Trig

This course combines the study of trigonometry, elementary functions, analytical geometry and math analysis topics as preparation for calculus. Topics include the study of complex numbers, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational, right trigonometric and circular functions and their relations, inverses, and graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, solutions of right and oblique triangles, vectors, parametric equations and their graphs, the polar coordinate system, conic sections, and limits. Note: This class includes Calculus A topics.
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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Mathematics | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, RTTT, Schoology

Psychology

Psychology courses introduce students to the study of individual human behavior. Course content typically includes (but is not limited to) an overview of the field of psychology, topics in human growth and development, personality and behavior, and abnormal psychology. Please note: This course is elective credit only and does not satisfy the Social Studies graduation requirement. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Recreation Sports

Recreation Sports provides students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one recreational sport or outdoor pursuit (such as adventure activities, croquet, Frisbee, wall climbing, bocce ball, fishing, hiking, cycling, and more.

Credits: 0.5

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Physical Educaiton | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Russian 1

Designed to introduce students to the Russian language and culture, Russian I courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Russian culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the Russian-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Russian 2

Russian 2 courses build upon skills developed in Russian 1, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Russian and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Russian-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Russian I

Designed to introduce students to Russian language and culture, Russian I courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Russian culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the Russian-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

Russian II

Russian II courses build upon skills developed in Russian I, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Russian and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Russian-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).

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CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA

Science 7

7th Grade Science courses include subject matter from several strands of science, including earth/space sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences, and are organized around conceptual units. Specific content depends upon Colorado Academic Standards for middle school.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Science | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Science 8

8th Grade Science courses include subject matter from several strands of science, including earth/space sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences, and are organized around conceptual units. Specific content depends upon Colorado Academic Standards for middle school.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Science | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Social Studies 8: Early US History

The Early U.S. History course examines the history of the United States from the colonial period to the Civil War or Reconstruction era.

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Social Studies | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Spanish 1

Designed to introduce students to Spanish language and culture, Spanish 1 courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people. Students completing this course should reach a novice-low to novice-mid proficiency level. Completion of this course will credit students with one year of Spanish 1 (high school equivalent of Spanish 1) more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 courses build upon skills developed in Spanish 2, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). Students completing this course should reach a novice-mid to novice-high proficiency level. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS World Language | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

Spanish I

Designed to introduce students to Spanish language and culture, Spanish I courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology

Spanish II

Spanish II courses build upon skills developed in Spanish I, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s). more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 10, NCAA, Schoology

Spanish III

Spanish III courses focus on having students express increasingly complex concepts both verbally and in writing while showing some spontaneity. Comprehension goals for students may include attaining more facility and faster understanding when listening to the language spoken at normal rates, being able to paraphrase or summarize written passages, and conversing easily within limited situations. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, World Language | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, NCAA, Schoology

U.S. Government Comprehensive

U.S. Government—Comprehensive courses provide an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions and examine constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process. These courses may examine the structure and function of state and local governments and may cover certain economic and legal topics. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

Video Game Design

Credit Students learn how to design, write, and test software using object-oriented software development environments. Students are introduced to the concept of humane game design and explore how computer programs and games can be used to communicate values, ideas, and thoughts. Students explore the idea of game and how this transfers to computers. Students learn how to convert their ideas into visual, audio, and story assets for their game software. Topics covered include fundamental design processes, use of variables in programming, program control and flow features, iterative statements, and incorporating files and graphics into software. more »

CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, RTTT, Schoology

Web Page Design I

Web Page Design courses teach students how to design web sites by introducing them to and refining their knowledge of site planning, page layout, graphic design, and the use of markup languages—such as Extensible Hypertext Markup, JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, and Document Object Model—to develop and maintain a web page. These courses may also cover security and privacy issues, copyright infringement, trademarks, and other legal issues relating to the use of the Internet. Advanced topics may include the use of forms and scripts for database access, transfer methods, and networking fundamentals. more »

CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, RTTT, Schoology

Web Page Design II

Students will continue building knowledge of HTML programming language and move to use of WYSIWYG programs. Java Script will be introduced to create mouse over and pop-up windows. Programming and usage forms and cascading style sheets will be introduced. Evaluation of web sites, ethical usage and copyright information will be discussed. Commercial graphic design software will be introduced to create graphics and animations. Flash, digital video and PDF will be included. more »

CATEGORIES: Computer Science, Course Catalog, Electives, Fine / Practical Arts | TAGS: Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, RTTT, Schoology

Workplace Experience

Workplace Experience courses provide students with work experience in a field related to their interests. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, teacher, and employer (although students are not necessarily paid). These courses may include classroom activities as well, involving further study of the field or discussion regarding experiences that students encounter in the workplace. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Electives | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

World Area Studies 7

The World Area Studies: Eastern Hemisphere semester examines the history, politics, economics, society, and/or culture of regions within the Eastern Hemisphere, such as Africa, the former Soviet Union, Far East, and the Middle East. This course may focus primarily on the history of a particular region or may take an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary issues affecting the regions. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, MS Social Studies | TAGS: Middle School, Schoology

World Geography

World Geography courses provide students with an overview of world geography, but may vary widely in the topics they cover. Topics typically include the physical environment; the political landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and development; and the movement of people, goods, and ideas. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 11, Grade 12, Schoology

World History Overview

World History—Overview courses provide students with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments. World History—Overview courses may include geographical studies, but often these components are not as explicitly taught as geography. more »

CATEGORIES: Course Catalog, Social Studies | TAGS: Grade 09, NCAA, Schoology
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