2016-17 Planning Guide

2016-17 Planning Guide
Revised 12/28/2015
Rockford Public High Schools
Auburn High School
5110 Auburn Street
Rockford, IL 61101
815-966-3300
Principal: Janice Hawkins
Auburn Counseling Staff
Dan Appino
Leshanda Ausler
Melinda Cattell
Nicole Joyner
Jennifer Polky
Tiffani Weatherly
Scott Zimmerlee
East High School
2929 Charles Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-229-2100
Principal: Dr. Peter Verona
East Counseling Staff
Lynn Buscemi
Brigitte Coupar
Sue Hammond
Kristen Hunt
Adrianne Robertson
Jean Skadeland
Shari Weber
Guilford High School
5620 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61114
815-654-4870
Principal: Jennifer Lawrence
Guilford Counseling Staff
Melissa Dolan
Jacqueline Grygiel
Sara Nielsen
Donna Pauley
Kristen Roberts
Leslie Vining
Jefferson High School
4145 Samuelson Road
Rockford, IL 61109
815-874-9536
Principal: Don Rundall
Jefferson Counseling Staff
Megan Chennell
Amy Cusimano
Steve Jordan
Yenitze Reyes
Evelyn Smith
Elizabeth Ulrick
Roosevelt Alternative
978 Haskell Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103
815-966-3250
Principal: Dr. Heidi Houy
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Roosevelt Counseling Staff
Jennifer Carson
Jeannine Ferger
Cassandra Glover
Barbara Meeks
Table of Contents
Academy Information ………………………………………………………………………… 4-5
BAMIT Pathways ………………………………………………………………………………. 6-11
EMITT Pathways ……………………………………………………………………………... 12-16
HPS Pathways ………………………………………………………………………………… 17-22
HS Pathways ……………………………………………………………………………….….. 23-25
Graduation Requirements …………………………………………………………….……... 26
Sample Four Year Plan ………………………………………………………………………... 27
Benchmarks ………………………………………………………………………………….… 28-29
Graduation Options ………………………………………………………………………….…. 30
Student Fees ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
General Information ………………………………………………………………………. 32-37
Health Services ……………………………………………………………………………… 38-40
Co-curricular Activities & NCAA …………………………………………………….. 41-48
Bilingual Education Programs ………………………………………………………… 49-51
RVC Dual Credit ……………………………………………………………………………... 52-53
English ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 54-57
Math ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 58-59
Science …………………………………………………………………………………………… 60-62
Social Science ………………………………………………………………………………… 63-66
World Languages …………………………………………………………………………... 67-68
Driver Ed/ROTC …………………………………………………………………………………… 69
PE/Health ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 70-72
Fine Arts …………………………………………………………………………………………. 73-79
Career & Technical Education ………………………………………………………... 80-87
CEANCI …………………………………………………………………………………………... 88-90
Special Education …………………………………………………………………………… 91-92
Roosevelt Alternative School ……………………………………………………….. 94-102
CAPA Academy ………………………………………………………………………….. 103-115
Renaissance Academy ……………………………………………………………….. 116-126
This document can be found online in Spanish, Arabic, Karen, and
Burmese.
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What is a College & Career Academy?
The mission of Rockford Public Schools is to collaboratively engage all students in a world
-class education. Academies are small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace.
Regular coursework, including Core Curriculum, Global Electives, and College and Career
Pathways, is presented within the context of the academy’s focus. Academies were created to provide small learning communities within each high school to help ensure that
graduating students are better prepared for college and the workforce.
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BAMIT ACCOUNTING/FINANCE PATHWAY
Using systems and skills to keep the financial records of a business or individual
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN ACCOUNTING/FINANCE
Abstractor
Commodities representative
Underwriter
Banker
Accountant
Actuary
Bill and account collector
Budget analyst
Controller
Economist
Credit analyst
Debt counselor
Manager
Financial analyst
Financial planner
Auditor
Fund raiser
Insurance broker
Tax examiner
Loan Officer
Non-profit manager
Title researcher and examiner
Treasurer
Trust officer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Business & Technology Concepts
11
Accounting I
12
Accounting II
AP Statistics
AP Microeconomics
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science in Accounting
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Accounting Science
Northern Illinois University
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BUSINESS PATHWAY
BAMIT
Planning, organizing, directing, and controlling business operations. Those who work in this field have to use a
broad range of ideas and practices to maintain and grow their business through the management of materials,
equipment, workers and other financial resources.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN BUSINESS
Advertising sales person
Compliance officer
Facilities manager
Corporate trainer
Insurance agent
Business operations manager
Entrepreneur
Business consultant
Financial advisor
Human resources manager
E-commerce analyst
Management analyst
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Business & Technology Concepts
11
Business & Personal Law
Virtual Enterprise I
12
Business & Personal Law
Virtual Enterprise II
AP Statistics
AP Microeconomics
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Business Administration
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
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BAMIT GRAPHIC DESIGN PATHWAY
Creating visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Media specialist
Paper salesperson
Web page designer
Production coordinator
Production manager
Animator
Web architect/designer
Lithographer
Graphic artist
Desktop publishing specialist
Pre-production technician
Marketing specialist
Printing equipment operator
Graphics equipment operator
Computer typographer
Plate maker
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Graphic Design I
Intro to Photography (s)
Intro to Journalism (s)
3-D Modeling & Animation (Auburn only)
Intro to Desktop Publishing (s)
11
Graphic Design II
Newspaper
Media Production I
Yearbook
Web Design
12
Graphic Design III
Newspaper
Web Design
Yearbook
Media Production II (to be added)
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design
Northern Illinois University, Judson University
Master’s Degree
Master of Arts in Art (Studio Art)
Northern Illinois University
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY
BAMIT
Designing, developing, applying, implementing, supporting or managing computer-based information systems
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Database administrator
Network security analyst
User support specialist
Data systems designer
PC support specialist
Virtual reality specialist
E-business specialist
Programmer
Web developer
Game developer
Software applications specialist
Information technology engineer
Systems administrator
Network administrator
Telecommunications network technician
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Business & Technology Concepts
11
Advanced Computer Concepts and Applications
CISCO I
Web Programming and Design*
12
Information Processing
CISCO II
AP Computer Science
Web Programming and Design
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science in Computers and Information Systems
Rock Valley College, Rasmussen College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Management Information Systems
Northern Illinois University
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BAMIT MODERN WORLD LANGUAGES AND COMMUNICATIONS PATHWAY
Exchanging information among individuals or groups through written documents, spoken word, or behaviors to increase awareness and understanding
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN MODERN WORLD LANGUAGES AND COMMUNICATIONS
International economic developer
Teacher of world languages
Customer service manager
International health care worker
Travel agent
Communication specialist
International land developer
Translator
Public relations
International tax lawyer
Interpreter
Consultant
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
11
Speech Communication
Spanish I/II/III
French I/II
Sign Language I/II (East only)
Spanish II/III/IV
French II/III
Sign Language II/III (East only)
12
Spanish III/IV
French III/IV
AP Spanish
AP French
Sign Language III/IV (East only)
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate’s of Arts Degree—Interdisciplinary Humanities & Fine Arts Concentration
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degree—Modern & Classical Languages
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Arts in Foreign Languages
Northern Illinois University
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STUDIO ARTS PATHWAY
BAMIT
Creating visual arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, film/video, and more
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN STUDIO ARTS
Art director
Curator
Illustrator
Artist
Gallery manager
Interior designer
Commercial artist
Fashion designer
Printmaker
Commercial photographer
Fashion illustrator
Jeweler
Computer animator
Graphic designer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Studio Art I
11
2-D Studio Art II
3-D Sculpture I
12
2-D Studio Art III
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
3-D Sculpture II
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Arts, Concentration in Studio Art
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Northern Illinois University
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EMITT ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION PATHWAY
(EAST, GUILFORD, AND JEFFERSON ONLY)
Designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
Architect
Painter
Drywall installer
Civil engineer
Contractor
Project estimator
Roofer
Electronic systems technician
General contractor/builder
Drafter
Electrician
Sheet metal worker
Carpenter
HVAC mechanic
Project inspector
Equipment/material manager
Construction foreman/manager
Safety director
Interior designer
Demolition engineer
Tile/marble setter
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Introduction to Industrial Technology & Engineering
Introduction to Construction (East and Guilford only)
Orientation to Drafting (Jefferson only)
11
Introduction to Construction (East and Guilford only)
Construction I (East and Guilford only)
Architectural Drafting/CAD I (Jefferson only)
12
Construction I (East and Guilford only)
Construction II (East and Guilford only)
Architectural Drafting/CAD II (Jefferson only)
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Building Construction Management, Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture, Judson University
Master’s Degree
Master of Architecture, Judson University
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ENGINEERING PATHWAY
EMITT
Designing, building, and maintaining structures, devices, systems, materials, and processes through a combination
of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge and skills in order to solve problems to improve the world
around us
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN ENGINEERING
Aerospace engineer
CAD technician
Geothermal engineer
Structural engineer
Agricultural engineer
Analytical chemist
Civil engineer
Computer programmer
Math teacher
Metallurgist
Survey technician
Systems engineer
Architectural engineer
Astrophysicist
Ecologist
Electrical engineer
Quality engineer
Software engineer
Electronics technician
Engineering technician
Biomedical engineer
Geologist
Statistician
Robotics engineer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Intro to Engineering Design (East, Auburn and Guilford only)
11
AP Calculus
AP Physics
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
Principals of Engineering (East, Auburn and Guilford only)
12
AP Calculus
AP Physics
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
Computer Aided Design*
Civil Engineering & Architecture (East only)
Environmental Sustainability (Guilford only)
Digital Electronics (Auburn only)
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Engineering Science, Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University
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EMITT MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS PATHWAY
Producing finished goods from raw materials, components, or parts using machinery and workers in order to meet
customer’ expectations
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS
Assembler
Industrial machinery mechanic
SPS coordinator
Boilermaker
Inspector
Traffic manager
Design engineer
Labor relations manager
Welder
Environmental engineer
Manufacturing technician
Precision machinist
Freight, stock and material mover
Pattern and model maker
Foundry worker
Health and safety rep
Header operator
Tool and die maker
Quality control technician
CNC programmer
Tool buyer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Introduction to Industrial Technology & Engineering
11
Introduction to Engineering Design (East and Guilford only)
Orientation to Manufacturing (Jefferson only)
Fabrication I (Jefferson, Auburn and Guilford only)
12
Fabrication II and III (Jefferson, Auburn and Guilford only)
Machine Tool I and II (Jefferson only)
Computer Aided Design*
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Certifications
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Certificates, Rock Valley College
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Technology (Manufacturing Engineering Technology), Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Northern Illinois University
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SKILLED TRADES PATHWAY
EMITT
Installing, maintaining, and repairing buildings, equipment, machinery, and electronics
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN SKILLED TRADES
Carpenter
Meter installer/technician
Instrument calibration
Contractor
Electrician
Plumber
Pipefitter
Fixture designer
Maintenance technician
Industrial electrician
Instrument control technician
Roofer
Communications systems installer
Mason
Painter
Field service technician
Drywall installer
Sheet metal worker
Major appliance repair
Industrial machinery mechanic
Project manager
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Introduction to Industrial Technology & Engineering
Introduction to Construction (East only)
11
Orientation to Manufacturing (Jefferson only)
Fabrication I (Jefferson, Auburn and Guilford only)
Welding Technology I*
Automotive Service Technology*
12
Fabrication II and III (Jefferson, Auburn and Guilford only)
Machine Tool I and II (Jefferson only)
Computer Aided Design*
Welding Technology II*
Automotive Service Technology II*
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Certifications (combination of classes and work experience)
Assembly Line Welder Certificate, Rock Valley College
Electrician Apprenticeship Certificate, Rock Valley College
Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Certificate, Rock Valley College
Welding Certificate, Rock Valley College
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EMITT TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY
Coordinating and carrying out the movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water
and related professional and technical support services
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY
Airplane pilot/co-pilot
Safety analyst
International logistics
Avionics technician
Transportation manager
Marine captain
Customs inspector
Urban planner
Road construction worker
Facility engineer
Industrial and packaging engineer
Air traffic controller
Cargo and freight agent
Storage and distribution manager
Truck driver
Locomotive engineer
Environmental manager
Warehouse manager
Port manager
Industrial equipment mechanic
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Principles of Aerospace (Jefferson and Auburn only)
Orientation to Transportation (Jefferson and Auburn only)
Introduction to Industrial Technology & Engineering
11
Automotive Technology I (Auburn and Jefferson only)
Automotive Service Technology I*
Aviation Maintenance I*
Principles of Aerospace (Jefferson and Auburn only)
Unmanned Aerospace Systems (Jefferson only)
12
Automotive Technology II (Auburn and Jefferson only)
Flight I (Jefferson only)
Automotive Service Technology II*
Aviation Maintenance II*
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Technology, Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Technology, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University
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EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY
HPS
Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Administrator
Speech-language pathologist
Coach
Career tech administrator
Assessment specialist
Clinical psychologist
College/university faculty
Child care worker
Curriculum developer
Early childhood teacher
Middle school teacher
Counselor
Elementary teacher
Principal
High school teacher
Paraprofessional
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Child Development
Psychology
11
Child Development
Student Leadership
AP Psychology
Teaching and Childcare Careers
12
Student Leadership
AP Psychology
AP Statistics
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
Rock Valley College, Rasmussen College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Education
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Education
Northern Illinois University
Master of Arts in Teaching
Rockford University
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HPS HUMAN SERVICES PATHWAY
Providing social support such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care,
and consumer services
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN HUMAN SERVICES
Adult day care worker
Residential Advisor
Mental health counselor
Community service director
Emergency relief worker
Social worker
Substance abuse counselor
Religious leader
Sociologist
Geriatric services worker
Counselor
Career counselor
Volunteer coordinator
Rehabilitation counselor
Psychologist
Human services worker
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Psychology I
Student Leadership
Sociology (s)
World Affairs (s)
11
AP Psychology
Student Leadership
Sociology (s)
World Affairs (s)
12
AP Psychology
Student Leadership
Sociology (s)
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Arts
Rock Valley College, Rasmussen College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Sociology
Rockford University, Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Applied Family and Child Studies
Northern Illinois University
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LAND AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PATHWAY
HPS
Researching, designing, strategically planning, and implementing to ensure human interactions with the environment
have a minimal impact and efficiently use our scarce resources
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN LAND AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
DOT Inspector
Risk manager
Health and safety manager
Environmental compliance
Environmental protection specialist
Environmental engineer
Environmental manager
Industrial hygienist
Safety analyst
Hazardous materials manager
Environmental scientist
Ranger
Health and safety engineer
First responder
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
10
Semester elective (s)
Environmental Science
Earth Science—Astronomy and Meteorology (s)
Earth Science-Geology and Oceanography (s)
Horticulture
11
AP Environmental Science
Horticulture
Earth Science—Astronomy and Meteorology (s)
Earth Science-Geology and Oceanography (s)
AP Human Geography
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
12
AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science in Sustainable Energy Solutions
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture
Northern Illinois University
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HPS LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY PATHWAY
Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Ambassador
World service officer
Emergency medical technician
Bomb technician
Combat control officer
Attorney
City manager
Firefighter
Military service person
Criminal investigator
Elected official
Commissioner
Court reporter
Police officer
Federal Marshall
Cryptographer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
11
12
Criminal Law
Business and Personal Law
Sociology (s)
Psychology
Intro to Crime Scene Investigation (Jefferson only)^
ROTC (Auburn only)
Business and Personal Law
Fire Science I *
Psychology
ROTC (Auburn only)
AP Comparative Government
AP Psychology
AP Micro and Macro Economics
Business and Personal Law
Fire Science II *
Evidence Collection and Preservation (Jefferson only)^
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
^ = University of Wisconsin Platteville
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Rock Valley College, Rasmussen College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice
Northern Illinois University
Juris Doctorate Degree
Northern Illinois University
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PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION PATHWAY
HPS
Creating, producing, building various elements for staged productions and/or cinema/film
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION
Sound engineer
Stage manager
Scenic designer
Cinematographer
Make-up artist
Director
Master electrician
Properties technician
Scenic artist
Technical director
Dancer
Esthetician
Set carpenter
Architect
Playwright
Designer
Interior designer
Costume designer
Publicist
Production Manager
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Tech Theatre I
11
Tech Theatre II
12
Advanced Theatre Seminar
Advanced Technical Theatre
Theatre Production
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Arts Degree
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Design and Technology
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts, Design and Technology
Northern Illinois University
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HPS PERFORMING ARTS PATHWAY
Entertaining careers in musical and/or theatrical performance
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN PERFORMING ARTS
Actor
Vocalist
Playwright
Music Teacher
Dancer
Conductor
Voiceover Artist
Theatre Teacher
Instrumentalist
Composer
Director Performer
Critic
Dramaturg
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
11
12
Acting I
Concert Band, Choral or Orchestra
Beginning Piano Keyboard
Symphonic Orchestra
Acting II
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Orchestra
Concert Choral
Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Piano Keyboard
Acting/Directing
Theatre Seminar
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Orchestra
Concert Choral
Jazz Ensemble
Advanced Piano Keyboard
AP Music Theory
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Arts
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance
Northern Illinois University
22
FITNESS AND WELLNESS PATHWAY
HS
Providing support and services to others to promote healthy living and a higher quality of life by providing education
and experiences relating to fitness, nutrition, illness prevention, and recovery from injury or illness
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN FITNESS AND WELLNESS
Athletic trainer
Teacher
Physical therapist
Life/wellness coach
Coach
Dietician
Kinesiologist
Massage therapist
Chiropractor
Community health provider
Occupational therapist
Personal trainer
Fitness specialist
Nutritionist
Fitness sales person
Recreational therapist
Fitness and wellness coach
Parenting educator
Group fitness instructor
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Exercise Science I
11
Exercise Science II
Lifeguarding/Water Safety
12
Lifeguarding/Water Safety
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
Anatomy & Physiology
(s) = semester
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science in Fitness, Wellness and Sports
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Northern Illinois University
Advanced Degrees
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Northern Illinois University
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HS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATE PATHWAY
Providing direct or indirect care for patients through planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, and business operations and support
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATE
Home health aide
Medical equipment preparer
Medical assistant
Certified nursing assistant
Occupational therapy aide
Pharmacy technician
Veterinary technician
Medical transcriptionist
Medical coding and billing
Physical therapy assistant
Dental assistant
Surgical technologist
Massage therapist
Phlebotomist
Ultrasound technician
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Introduction to Health Occupations
11
Medical Science I ~
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Terminology
12
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Terminology
AP Biology
(s) = semester
AP Chemistry
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
AP Computer Science
~ = Off campus course/application required
Health Occupations*
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science Health Information Management
Northern Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Public Health
Northern Illinois University
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MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES PATHWAY
HS
Healing others through the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN MEDICAL HEALTH SCIENCES
Biomedical engineer
Physician
Radiation therapy technologist
Athletic trainer
Dental laboratory technician
Veterinarian
Biomedical Equipment technician
Nurse
Neurologist
Medical records technician
Clinical laboratory technician
Dermatologist
Pharmacist
Surgeon
Anesthesiologist
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
Introduction to Health Occupations
Zoology
11
Medical Science I ~
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Terminology
Zoology
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
Anatomy & Physiology
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
EMT Program*
Health Occupations*
12
(s) = semester
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
~ = Off campus course/application required
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Science in Nursing
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Northern Illinois University
Advanced Degrees
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
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Graduation Requirements
Area
Illinois State
2016-2019
Academic
District 205 Graduation
Requirements
Board of Higher
Highly Selective Colleges
Education
and Universities
English
4 years (8 credits)
Requirements
4 years
Math
3 years (6 credits)
3 years
Algebra, Geometry, and 1
year beyond Geometry
Algebra and
Geometry
3 years (6 credits)
2 years
4 years
2 years
4 years
1 Semester
Selective colleges and
Science
4 years
3-4 years
Biology, a Physical Science,
and 1 additional year of
science
Social
Science
3 years (6 credits)
US History, World History/
Geography, American
Government, Economics, and
pass the Constitution Exam
PE/Health
PE – 3.5 years (7 credits)
universities use a holistic
Health - .5 years (1 credit)
Fine Arts, Foreign
approach to admissions.
2 year (4 credits)
There is not a course formula
1 Year
that will ensure admission.
Language, CTE
Academic and non-academic
factors are considered for
Other Electives
Electives to achieve total
Varies
college admission.
credits required by Board
Policy
AP Course/
Dual Credit
Total
At least one AP or Dual Credit
Course in any subject area is
strongly encouraged.
AP or Dual Credit
Courses area
strongly
encouraged.
48 Credits
CLASSIFICATION BY GRADE LEVEL
Calculated at the beginning of each school year.
1st year in 9th grade
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
2011-2012 or prior
0-9
10-19
20-29
30+
2012-2013 or later
0-11
12-23
24-33
34+
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SAMPLE: Four Year High School Plan
Academy Choice _____BAMIT_______
Grade
English/LA
4 Years
(8 Credits)
Math
3 Years
(6 Credits)
Science
3 Years
(6 Credits)
Career Pathway __Accounting/Finance__
Social Science
3 Years
(6 Credits)
PE/Health
4 Years
(8 Credits)
Pathway
Electives
3 Years
(6 Credits)
General
Electives
2 Years
(4 Credits)
Freshmen
9
English 9
Algebra 1
Biology
World History
PE
Seminar
Intro to Art &
Spanish 1
Design
10
Honors English
11
Geometry
Chemistry
10
AP English
Language &
Accounting I
Intro to Acting/
Intro to Tech
PE/Health
Theatre
(Year 1
pathway
Spanish 2
elective)
Accounting II
Algebra 2
AP Biology
AP US History
PE
Composition
(Year 2
pathway
Spanish 3
elective)
(this student has
AP English
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Literature &
Composition
(this student has
fulfilled the
fulfilled the math
science
graduation
graduation
Accounting III
requirement and requirement and
now has some
now has some
Government/
flexibility in their
flexibility in their
Economics
schedule to take schedule to take
another math
another math
course or any
course, science
elective)
course or any
On the job training
Secondary
Military
Options
Certification
Associates Degree
Bachelor Degree
(year 3
pathway
elective)
elective)
Post-
PE
Western Illinois University
Advanced Degree
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Tech Theatre 1
Benchmarks
Maximizing the opportunity for each student to reach his or her potential is one of our organizational goals. Four
key areas are nationally and statistically proven indicators of student achievement and success beyond high school:
Literacy, Numeracy, College and Career Readiness, and Attainment.
We will measure these benchmarks annually, adjust curriculum and instruction as needed, and keep climbing toward
student success for all.
LITERACY
The ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade is a critical benchmark that sets a child up for success in
school and life.

9th Grade: Students earn a 17 or better on the Explore Reading and Explore English tests

10th Grade: Students earn an 18 or better on the Plan Reading and Plan English tests

11th Grade: Students earn a 20 or better on the ACT Reading and ACT English tests
NUMERACY
The ability to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies in our daily lives is directly connected to our ability to
confidently and effectively use mathematics.

9th Grade: Students earn a 17 or better on the Explore Math test

10th Grade: Students earn an 18 or better on the Plan Math test

11th Grade: Students earn a 20 or better on the ACT Math test
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Academies help prepare our students for life after high school by using small learning communities, college and career prep curriculum, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
All students in K-12 will develop a college and career readiness portfolio.
All students complete at least one of the following:

Score a 3 or higher on an AP test

Complete a course for dual credit with a C or better

Earn a nationally recognized certification/license

Create a senior Capstone project

Attain a Silver ranking or better on the National Career Readiness Certification Performance
ATTAINMENT
Our vision is helping all of our students reach their academic and personal goals. Tracking key indicators from PreK—12th grade will help us keep our students on track for graduation.
100% of students graduate from high school
Grades 9 – 12: Students earn at least 12 credits per year and graduate in 4 years.
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Benchmarks
KINDERGARTEN – GRADE 5
Can I demonstrate self-management skills to achieve school and life success?
Can I demonstrate skills and ways to maintain positive relationships?
Can I demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in school and the community?
GRADE 6 - WHERE DO I FIT IN?

Complete a middle school transition assessment

Conduct a personal learning style/personality inventory
GRADE 7 - WHAT ARE MY KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?

Identify appropriate school/workplace behaviors

Explore internet safety and responsibility
GRADE 8 - HOW DO I PREPARE FOR HIGH SCHOOL?

Conduct a personal interest inventory

Attend and engage in a high school visit
Develop a personal budget

GRADE 9 - WHAT IS MY RPS ACADEMY AND PATHWAY?

Attend and engage in the Academy Expo
Complete an employment research project

Attend a community college visit

Complete a post-secondary education research project

GRADE 10 - WHAT IS MY PLAN FOR AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?

Attend and engage in a business site visit
Attend and engage in a university visit

Develop a post-high school plan and budget

GRADE 11 - HOW DO I MARKET MYSELF?

Engage in college admission standardized test preparation

Compose a college essay/personal statement

Attend and engage in a college fair

Complete a job application
Participate in a mock interview

GRADE 12 - WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP AFTER GRADUATION?

Complete a college/post-secondary application
Apply for financial aid/scholarship(s)

Create a resume

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Graduation Options
TRADITIONAL DIPLOMA


salutatory distinctions as well as cum laude (3.50 –
To receive a traditional diploma at commencement,
3.7499), magna cum laude (GPA of 3.75 – 3.999)
a student must meet all requirements at the time of
and summa cum laude (GPA of 4.0 or above) based
graduation. Students not receiving diplomas are
upon the cumulative grade point average of eight
not permitted to participate in the commencement
semesters.
ceremony; exceptions include foreign exchange

students and students receiving special education
Rockford Public School graduation ceremonies are
formal ceremonies; students must adhere to dress
services (those continuing school until the day
and behavior codes. All fees must be paid, in full,
before the 22nd birthday).

Seniors are recognized for valedictory and
by the established deadline to participate in the
A Rockford Public School student transferring from
commencement ceremony.
one RPS high school to another during his or her
senior year must complete the entire last semester
of his or her senior year in the “new” school to


receive a diploma issued from that building.
EARLY GRADUATION
Students transferring in to a RPS high school
A student planning to complete graduation
without a transcript from a North Central accredited
requirements before eight semesters may apply for
agency must complete the entire two semesters
early graduation by submitting a written rationale and
prior to graduation at a RPS high school to receive
completing an early graduation plan prior to the
a diploma from Rockford Public Schools.
requested graduation year. The application must be
Graduation requirements for students receiving
signed by the student’s parent or guardian, counselor
special education services are governed by Board of
and building principal before submitting to the
Education policy 8.13. During the student’s 9th
superintendent for consideration. Eligible students must
grade annual review, the special education team
meet all credit and course requirements applicable to
must determine the student’s projected year of high
their four-year senior class. Early graduates will not be
school graduation and the plan the student will use
considered for distinctions of valedictorian, salutatorian,
to graduate: 1) standard district graduation plan; 2)
or top twenty-five students of the graduating class. The
modified district graduation plan or 3) alternative
early graduate’s class rank remains at junior status. All
graduation plan as per the individualized
early graduates will be included in senior activities.
educational program.

Students who complete the graduation
requirements during the summer (by August 1)
following their graduating class will be issued a
diploma dated June of that year. Students who
fulfill requirements after the August 1 deadline will
be issued a diploma dated June of the following
year.
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Student Fees
The following fee schedule, as passed by the RPS 205 Board of Education, is subject to change
*Consumable Lab Fee
Includes all instructional supplies, materials, and workbooks
for core courses (English, Science, Social Studies, Math &
P.E.), and lock fees.
$100.00
*Textbook Deposit (refundable)
$25.00
**Athletic Admission Fee
$20.00
**Parking Fee
$60.00
Athletic/Activity Participation Fee
(per activity)
$100.00
Band/Orchestra/Chorus/Choir
$25.00
Art/ CAPA Art
$25.00
Choral/Drama/CAPA Drama
$25.00
CAPA Graphic Design
$25.00
Foreign Language
$12.00
Vocational/Career & Technical
Education
$5.00 - $45.00
Vocational (capstone)
$15.00 - $60.00
Allows attendance to District regular season athletic events.
Required for all students participating in clubs with IHSA
sanctioned events, pom and spirit squads.
Driver Education (Behind the wheel)
$250.00
Musical Instrumental Rental
$60.00
**Summer School Tuition
$170.00
Out of district - $300.00
**Night School Classes
$170.00
In District – $320 for 2 classes
Out of District – $250 for 1 class/$425 for 2 classes
P.E.
Varies per course
Lifeguard/water safety
$35.00
CISCO
$40.00
AP Exam
$89.00
Accounting
Varies by course
Virtual Learning Courses
Varies by course
***Dual Enrollment Courses
Varies by course
Fees may be reduced for students receiving free/reduced
lunch assistance
Students are responsible for all registration and student
fees. Depending on the program, students may also be
responsible for tuition and textbooks.
* Required Fees
** Fees cannot be waived
***Dual Enrollment includes but is not limited to RVC Dual Credit, CEANCI: Advance Now, CISCO and
Regional programs.
Capstone – higher level vocational classes (juniors and seniors)
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ADD-DROP POLICY
9. Administrative corrective strategy
Each building’s master schedule and every student

schedule is created based upon students’ course
The discipline code specifies that a code violation
can result in a schedule change intervention.
selections. Each student’s course selection impacts the
Impact on Grades:
master schedule for the next school year. Teacher

The student’s current grade transfers to the new
course.

Changes made within the first 10 days of a semester
can be made with no penalty.

Changes requested after 10 days and before 25
days will result in a W (withdrawal) recorded on the
transcript for the dropped course. This will not have
a negative impact on the GPA and no credit will be
awarded.

Changes requested after 25 days will result in a WF
(withdrawal-fail) recorded on the transcript for the
dropped course. This will translate as an “F” in the
calculation of the GPA and no credit will be
awarded.

Changes requested due to a documented medical
condition, approved by the Health Services
Supervisor, will result in a WM (withdrawal-medical)
for the dropped course. This will not have a negative
impact on the GPA and no credit will be awarded.
allocations and the number of course sections offered
are determined by student course selections. Therefore,
when students make their course selections, it is
understood that their schedules will reflect their
selections and will not be changed.
Course changes will only be considered based on the
following:
1. Seat availability

Caps on class sizes exist per the REA collective
bargaining agreement and OSHA regulations
2. Lack of prerequisites

Student needs to earn credit in a lower level course
3. Course credit earned

Student has earned credit after making course
selection
4. Data entry error

Student was assigned to an incorrect course
The master schedule is developed by the selections
students make. Once the master schedule is finalized
for a school, it will not be possible to make any
adjustments to student course requests.
5. Graduation requirements

See high school planning guide
6. College entrance requirements

1. Once the master schedule has been established,
Student must provide documentation from the
college
there will be no schedule changes.
7. Inappropriate academic placement

2. Every student is required to attend school per
School Board policy.
In order to drop to a lower level, a student must
provide evidence that an effort has been made to
succeed in a particular class.

In order to move to a higher level, an agreement
between the student and teacher must be reached.

Students are responsible for obtaining signatures
and the proper routing of Academic Placement
Change Form.
3. Students enrolled in a specialty program (Sign
Language, JROTC, Academy, CAPA, Building Trades,
or Machine Tool) are required to adhere to the
specific program requirements and the courses of
study. Failure to meet the program requirements
will result in an immediate transfer to the high
school located in the student’s residential zone.
8. Documented medical condition approved by Health
Services Supervisor
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HONOR ROLL
graduating in 4 years.
To qualify for Honor Roll, students must have a GPA of
3.0 for at least five classes and have no failing grades.

Involves more homework, since class time is more
focused on active participation: discussion, labs,
debates, etc.
FINAL EXAMINATIONS

May require summer reading or assignments to
prepare for starting the course.
Final examinations are given in all subject areas. Dates
and times are announced several weeks prior to the end
of each semester. The final examination may count up
to 20% of the semester grade.
The following requirements also apply:
ACADEMIC COURSES/ HONORS COURSES


Academic Courses: Academic courses (English,
Math, Science, Social Studies) are designed to
prepare students for success in college and career
opportunities after high school. Students in these
courses receive curriculum aligned to Common
Core Standards. Students who show high levels of
success may be able to move to an Honors /
Advanced course level in the future.
Honors / Advanced: Honors / Advanced courses are
designed to allow students to participate in collegelevel experiences during high school. Students in
Honors / Advanced courses receive the core
curriculum with additional rigor and extra
opportunities for enrichment. Course rigor is
ensured by applying an Honors rubric or College
Board guidelines to course curricula. Honors
courses traditionally lead into an Advanced
Placement course.

Students are required to pay the AP exam fees.
Financial assistance is available to students with
financial need.

Students who earn passing grades for AP courses
from Rockford Public Schools and complete the
appropriate AP exams will be awarded quality
points that contribute to GPA and the decision of
class rank. Quality points are awarded each
semester.

Make-up exams follow AP College Board
regulations including a fee for late testing.

Freshmen, if enrolled in one or more AP courses,
should plan to take at least one AP exam.

Sophomores, if enrolled in two or more AP courses,
should plan to take at least two AP exams. Juniors
and/or Seniors, if enrolled in three or more AP
courses, should plan to take at least three AP
exams.
Good performance on AP exams may earn students
one or more of the following:

Special consideration from colleges/universities to
which he/she applies;

College placement at a more advanced level than
usual in the specific subject area of the exam;

College credits (Each college/university has its own
policy on advanced placement and the issuing of
credit).

Illinois public universities recognize 3 or higher for
college credit.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level
classes that are taken in high school. Rockford
Public School students who enroll in AP courses are
expected to take the Advanced Placement Exams
that are administered through the high school and
scored by the AP College Board.

Participation in an AP course:

Prepares students for college success including
improved GPAs, more credit hours earned,
increased likelihood of remaining in college after
freshman year, and increased likelihood of
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on such characteristics as ability, motivation, and
responsibility. It also may include a statement about
participation and leadership in extracurricular activities.
One of the most heavily weighed areas of consideration
in the college admission process is the rigor of the
student’s high school academic record. Close scrutiny is
given in assessing if the student took the most
challenging courses possible. Colleges place emphasis
on the high school grades which a student has earned
because theses grades are the best predictors of success
in college.
DUAL CREDIT COURSES
Students may take approved courses at select postsecondary institutions to receive college credit and
credit toward high school graduation. Students must
meet the college/university entrance requirements. A
formal application must be completed and approved by
the student's school counselor and the building principal
each semester a student takes a Dual Credit class. For
most dual credit courses, tuition, fees and books are the
responsibility of the student and their family. A
transcript from the college/university must be submitted
at least ten days before graduation or within one month
of completion of the course, whichever is applicable.
Please refer to the Dual Credit section of this guide, or
see your school counselor for a list of dual credit classes.
CORRESPONDENCE AND VIRTUAL
LEARNING COURSES
Correspondence and Virtual Learning Courses may be
taken for credit recovery, core course overflow or
elective courses. Students may be allowed to take
virtual classes from an accredited institution with the
approval of the student's counselor and principal prior
to enrollment in the course. The student’s counselor and
principal must approve courses prior to enrollment.
Students are responsible for all charges including fees
and proctoring costs.
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
We encourage families to work with our staff to
thoroughly explore all financial aid and scholarship
opportunities available. Financial Aid Information
Sessions are planned throughout the school year.
Families are strongly encouraged to attend.
POST-SECONDARY PLANNING PPARATION
Requirements for college admissions vary from school
to school. In addition to specific course requirements,
colleges consider high school grades and college
admission test scores (American College Test or
Scholastic Aptitude Test). Many colleges are especially
concerned about the student’s senior year. Therefore,
seniors should be sure to plan a challenging program
for their final year in high school. To learn the
admission requirements of a particular school, students
should work with their school counselor or check the
current college website for accurate information about
courses, grades, rank, and recommendation
requirements. The personal recommendation required
by some colleges includes input from school personnel
POST-SECONDARY REPRESENTATIVES
Each year admissions representatives from colleges,
universities, trade schools, business schools, the military,
and various community organizations visit School
Counseling Offices to meet with students and present
opportunities that are available to students after high
school. A calendar of all such visits is posted in or near
each School Counseling Office. Students are
encouraged to make appointments with representatives
to explore post high school options. Please note:
teacher permission is required in order to attend
appointments during class time.
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Academic Development:
The purpose of the National Honor Society is to
recognize and reward enthusiasm for scholarship,
development of character, promotion of leadership, and
rendering of service for students of secondary schools.
Membership is a prestigious honor bestowed upon a
student. Candidates will be invited to apply if they meet
the criteria of the organization including having a
cumulative grade point average of 3.250 and exhibiting
outstanding character, leadership, and service as well as
scholarship. Candidates complete a student activity
information form. Any faculty member may offer input.
Candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty and/
or appointed faculty representative committee are
inducted into the N.H.S.

Acquiring the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that
contribute to effective learning in school and in life;

Completing school with the academic preparation
essential to choose from a range of post-secondary
options;

Understanding the relationship between academic
success and future educational options
Career Development:
WORK PERMITS

Acquiring the skills to investigate career choices in
relation to self-knowledge and current job trends;

Understanding relationships between personal
qualities, educational and training opportunities and
careers;

Learning decision making strategies for future
career choices.
Personal/Social Development:
Work permit forms are available in the Counseling
Office or Main Office. Students under 16 must have a
2.0 grade point average to apply.
COUNSELING SERVICES
The Rockford School District’s Counseling Program
supports teaching and learning by assuring that all
students achieve academic success and develop life
skills through the acquisition of academic, career, and
personal/social competencies, which will prepare them
to be contributing members of a diverse and everchanging society. The Rockford High School Counseling
Program is based on the National Standards for School
Counseling Programs and the American School
Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

Acquiring attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal
skills to help students understand & respect self and
others;

Making decisions, setting goals and taking necessary
action to achieve goals;

Applying effective problem-solving and conflict
resolution skills to make safe and healthy choices.
A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the
basis for an effective counseling relationship.
Confidentiality ensures that school counselors will not
share the student’s disclosures with others except when
the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and
present danger to the student and/or to other persons.
Parents and students are encouraged to make use of
each school’s counseling services. Students should see
counselors after obtaining a pass from their teacher.
Parents should call in advance to make an appointment.
Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive
school counseling programs that incorporate prevention
and intervention activities through school-wide
assemblies and activities, classroom lessons, individual
counseling, and collaboration with outside community
resources. Counselors also assist students in ensuring
they meet high school graduation requirements. School
counseling programs are comprised of three domains:
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NIGHT SCHOOL HIGH
LIBRARY SERVICES
Rockford Public Schools offers an evening high school
program at Roosevelt Community Education Center
where students may retake failed courses required for
graduation. Students may enroll in one or two courses
each semester. School principal approval is required for
registration. Night school is a tuition-based program.
Course availability is subject to enrollment.
The library is an extension of the classroom and an area
where students and teachers can become information
and technology literate. To become effective users of
information, students will have many opportunities to
locate, interpret, analyze, evaluate and communicate
information. The classroom teacher and library media
specialist work closely together to identify learning
needs of students and support those needs. The
following services are available in the library:
SUMMER SCHOOL
1. Access to Print Resources: the high school library has
books, newspapers and magazines available to
students. Students may access the Destiny Online
Library catalog from school or home to locate these
print resources for curricular needs or reading
enjoyment and may check them out as needed.
Summer School is a tuition-based program that offers
students the opportunity to complete new or recovery
courses. Course offerings are limited to those required
for graduation. Students may enroll in one or two
courses each summer. A list of course offerings will be
available in the spring.
2. Electronic Databases: each library has access to
online databases through the district web site.
These databases are accessible to students from
school or home and the librarian will help students
learn how to use these effectively. They provide
scholarly, reliable resources for students to use for
research.
RETAKING A FAILED CORE COURSE
Students shall be given one additional opportunity to
retake failed core courses that are required for
graduation. Students may retake failed core courses as
current allocations allow at the student’s serving school.
Seniors will be given first priority. Students who fail
required courses shall receive counseling to explore all
appropriate options to recover failed credits. All
subsequent attempts to receive credit for the course will
be at the student’s expense through night school,
summer school, or virtual learning courses.
3. Instructional Support: Librarians provide materials
and resource lists to students and teachers to
support curricular needs of the classroom including
books placed on reserve, access to textbooks, and
supplemental readings.
4. Access to Technology: Libraries have computers
available for student use during class time and study
hall/lunch periods. All individuals wishing access to
computers must have an Authorization for Internet
Access (AUP) on file.
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GRADES 10 AND 11: PSAT This is the qualifying test for
National Merit Scholarships. This is an optional test and
is given either on a Wednesday or Saturday in October.
The testing day will be determined by each high school.
Since this is not a District mandated test, there is a
charge for students who take it. Contact your counselor
for more information.
TESTING AND ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
As part of the Rockford School District’s overall
assessment program, all students participate in PLAN at
grade 9, a practice ACT at grade 10, and the ACT/
WorkKeys at grade 11. TBE and TPI students also
participate in the ACCESS assessment. The high school
PARCC assessments will be based directly on the
Common Core State Standards.
GRADE 11: ACT/WorkKeys This test is the most
important test students will take during their entire
school career and is comprised of: the ACT (accepted
at most four year colleges and universities in the United
States as an admissions criteria), two Work Keys tests in
Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics, as
well as a state developed science test. Students seeking
admission to institutions of higher education and
students seeking employment in all career pathways
must demonstrate competency on these assessments.
All of these assessments serve the purpose of
diagnosing student strengths and weaknesses, guiding
students in their life/career planning, providing
information in order to evaluate, providing information
for accountability purposes, and providing data for
research and planning purposes.
PARCC—REQUIRED BY ILLINOIS LAW FOR
GRADUATION
The PARCC test is composed of two required
summative tests in English Language Arts and
mathematics.
ACT/PLAN INFORMATION
Visit actstudent.org for information regarding test dates
and additional test preparation activities.
GRADES 9 – 12: ACCESS The ACCESS is an English
proficiency test that is given to all high school students
identified as English Language Learners even if ELL
services have been waived. The assessment measures
skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is
used as a basis to direct classroom instruction and for
future placement. Testing takes place in January and
February.
Visit planstudent.org for information regarding the
PLAN test results.
HIGH SCHOOL CEEB CODE NUMBERS:
Auburn 143-693
East High 143-700
Guilford 143-703
Jefferson 143-712
Roosevelt 143- 717
GRADE 9: PLAN This test helps build a solid foundation
for future academic and career success. It helps students
measure their current academic development, explore
career/training options and make plans for the
remaining years of high school and post-graduate
years. It also provides valuable preparation for ACT.
GRADE 10: PRACTICE ACT This test helps provide
valuable preparation for ACT. It allows students, parents,
and school personnel an opportunity to find strengths
and weaknesses before the PSAE is given during 11th
grade. The Practice ACT that is given by the district in
10th grade will not be accepted by the NCAA.
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Health Services
HEALTH AND DENTAL EXAMINATIONS
AND IMMUNIZATIONS
HEARING AND VISION SCREENING
Hearing screening services shall be provided annually
for all students in any special education class; have been
referred by a teacher or parent; or are transfer students.
In lieu of the screening services required, a completed
and signed report form, indicating that the child has had
an ear examination by a physician and an audiological
evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months, is acceptable. If a hearing examination
report or audiological evaluation is not on file at the
school, your child, in the mandated age, grade, or
group will be screened. “The parent or legal guardian
of a student may object to hearing screening tests for
their children on religious grounds.” (23 Ill.Admin.Code
675.110)
Rockford Public Schools require that all children show
proof of having had a health examination and required
immunizations PRIOR to the first day of school. (Board
Policy 7.100 and 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1).
HEALTH EXAMINATIONS
A student must have a physical examination within one
year prior to entering:
1) Ninth Grade
2) Any student new to the school district must
meet requirement within 30 days of enrollment
VISION EXAMINATIONS
Public Act 95-0671 requires eye exams within one year
prior to Kindergarten entry, and for all students who
enter a public, private, or parochial school in Illinois for
the first time. The exam must be conducted by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. Proof of the required eye exam must be submitted by the first day of
school.
Vision screening services shall be provided annually during the school year, as mandated for the following children; all special education classes; those students referred by teachers; and transfer students. If a vision examination report is not on file at the school, your child,
in the mandated age, grade, or group will be screened.
“Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye
and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is
not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed
a report form indicating that an examination has been
administered within the previous 12 months.” (105 ILCS
27-8.1, Section 685.110) The parent or legal guardian
of a student may object to vision screening tests for
their child on religious grounds.
IMMUNIZATIONS
Students must show proof of basic immunization and
required boosters for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Red Measles, Mumps, Rubella, **Haemophilus Influenza Type B (pre-school), **Hepatitis B (pre-school, 512th grades), Varicella and Meningitis.
OBJECTIONS
Children whose parents or legal guardians object to
health and vision exams or to the required immunizations may submit a letter explaining their religious beliefs and request an exemption to the law.
NEW STUDENTS
If a student enters the district from out of state, parents
or legal guardians have 30 days to comply with the
above requirements, regardless of age.
The required health examinations and immunizations
may be obtained at the local health department, clinic,
or doctor’s office of choice.
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Health Services
HEALTHY STUDENTS ARE
BETTER LEARNERS
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION: Medications shall be administered to students by the school nurse or voluntary
school personnel only when absolutely necessary for the
critical health and well-being of the student. Medication
prescribed daily, twice, or three times per day should be
administered by the parent around school hours. If it is
determined that the student shall receive medication at
school, the procedures set forth below shall be followed:
Health Services staff encourages the following
good hygiene practices to allow for optimum
learning opportunities:
Thorough & frequent hand washing
 Eating a nutritious breakfast
 Sleeping 8 – 10 hours each night
 Exercising for 30 minutes, 3x/week
If, however, your child is ill, they should not be sent to
school. Your child should remain at home for at least
24 hours after their symptoms have resolved. Please
consider contacting your doctor for advice if your child
exhibits any of the following conditions:
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1. The student’s physician shall provide written
orders detailing the name of the student,
the type of disease or illness involved, the
name of the drug, dosage, time interval in
which the medication is to be taken, the desired benefits of the medication, the side
effects, and an emergency number where
the physician can be reached.
Severe pain that limits activity
 Temperature over 100.4 degrees
 Contagious illness or condition
 Vomiting or diarrhea
 Constant cough
 Skin rash
Head Lice - Head lice are tiny insects that gather mostly
behind the ears, back of the neck and only live on the
human head. The presence of lice can occur in all levels
of income, age, sex, or race. Lice cannot fly or jump,
they are passed along following prolonged, direct head
-to-head contact. Head lice do not cause illness nor do
they transmit communicable disease.
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2. The student’s parent or legal guardian shall
provide to the school nurse a written request authorizing the administration of the
prescribed medication at school including a
parent emergency phone number.
3. Medication shall be brought to the school,
by the parent or legal guardian, in the original container appropriately labeled by the
pharmacy or physician. Prescription drugs
shall display all of the following information:
Student name, prescription number, medication name/dosage, administration route
and/or directions, date and refill, licensed
prescriber’s name, pharmacy name, address,
and phone number, name or initials of
pharmacist. Non-prescription drugs shall be
brought to school and stored with the manufacturer’s original label indicating the ingredients and the student’s name affixed to
the container.
Researchers advise treating only the person affected
with live lice, using a medicated shampoo, closely following the package directions. Children under the age
of 2 or pregnant women should consult with their doctor’s for treatment recommendations. Treatment is followed by thorough combing of the affected person’s
hair daily for 7 -10 days.
Children with live lice will be excluded from school.
Mass screenings and notifications have been proven to
be ineffective in controlling this nuisance and in avoiding re-infestation. The health services staff will focus on
parent and staff education, as is recommended by current research.
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ADMINISTRATION OF APPROVED DISCRETIONARY
MEDICATION
Approved discretionary medications are intended for
occasional use only. If the child requires any prescription medication or non-prescription medication on a
regular basis, or is beyond the weight-based dosage
range, the parent or legal guardian must obtain and
complete an “Authorization for Medication” form, a
written order from the child’s doctor, and provide a
supply of the medication in the original container.
The School Health Council of the Winnebago County
Medical Association has approved the intermittent administration of certain non-prescription medications,
which may be made available at the school, following
appropriate physical assessment, by the registered
school nurse: Tylenol or Advil (generic substitutes allowed). This service is offered to alleviate the child’s
minor discomforts and to avoid early dismissals from
school. It is our hope that providing this service improves attendance and enhances academic performance.
If a student experiences an extreme allergic reaction
during school hours, the school nurse or trained school
staff may administer epinephrine (Epi-pen) in accordance with district protocols. If this occurs, Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) will be called and parent or designated emergency contact will be notified.
Parent or legal guardian written consent must be obtained before any medication is given to the child. Only
the School Nurse/Registered Nurse may administer
these medications in accordance with established protocols. The approved consent form requires the
parent/guardian to select which medication may be
made available for their child. The consent is effective
for the current school year.
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Co-Curricular Activities
A well-rounded high school education is more than just classroom work. Colleges and employers value students
who have a wide range of school experiences. Rockford High Schools offer a wide range of co-curricular activities:
a list is available at your school. Other groups can be formed with sufficient student interest. All student groups
must have a faculty advisor and the approval of the principal.
SPORTS
Fall Sports
Winter Sports
Spring Sports
Boys Cross Country
Girls Cross Country
Boys Bowling
Girls Bowling
Baseball
Softball
Football
Boys Basketball
Boys Track & Field
Competitive Cheer
Girls Basketball
Girls Track & Field
Girls Swimming/ Diving
Girls Golf
Sideline Cheer
Competitive Cheer
Girls Soccer
Competitive Cheer
Boys Golf
Boys Swimming/ Diving
Boys Volleyball
Boys Soccer
Wrestling
Girls Tennis
Competitive Dance
Girls Volleyball
Boys Indoor Track & Field
Sideline Cheer
Girls Indoor Track & Field
Competitive Dance
eSports
Robotics
eSports
Robotics
ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CO-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY
Co-curricular activities include all athletic and non-athletic activities sponsored by the Board of Education in the
middle schools and high schools. Student participation in these activities is encourages provided students first meet
certain academic requirements.
ELIGIBILITY
In order to participate in co-curricular activities, students must meet the following requirements:
1. All students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) participating in co-curricular activities must have received a
passing grade in a minimum of five (5) full credit courses the previous semester.* This does include summer
school, night school, vocational classes, Rock Valley classes, and other accredited courses if available. Meaning
these additional courses may be used to meet the eligibility requirements. Continued participation will require a
student to be passing (5) full credit courses on a weekly basis, with no unexcused classroom absences.
Continued participation will require a student carrying one (1) failing grade to attend mandatory tutoring on a
weekly basis.
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Co-Curricular Activities
2. All students in grade six (6) must be passing five (5) full credit courses, with no unexcused absences on a
weekly basis, in order to maintain eligibility. Continued participation will require a student carrying one (1)
failing grade to attend mandatory tutoring on a weekly basis.
3. All students in grade nine (9) are automatically deemed eligible to participate in co-curricular activities the first
semester of their 9th grade year. However, once the weekly eligibility program begins, the 9th grade student
must pass a minimum of five (5) full credit courses on a weekly basis, with no unexcused classroom absences.
Continued participation will require a student carrying one (1) failing grade to attend mandatory tutoring on a
weekly basis.
4. For students receiving services under the IDEA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, their
IEP or 504 plans will be reviewed for proper implementation prior to determining ineligibility.
*A full credit course is defined as a course for which a student receives 1.0 credit.
INELIGIBILITY PERIOD
In accordance with I.H.S.A. policy, the ineligibility period for failing to pass five (5) weekly classes will begin the
following calendar week, Sunday – Saturday. For example, the grade report shows a student is not passing five (5)
courses on Thursday, this student is ineligible to compete the following Sunday-Saturday. The student may
continue to compete for the remainder of the week they become ineligible. While ineligible, student may
continue to practice with their team but may not dress for any co-curricular activity, scrimmage, exhibition match,
etc.
MANDATORY LUNCH TUTORIAL FOR INELIGIBLE STUDENTS
Ineligible students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) must attend four (4) tutoring sessions during the week of
ineligibility. If a student fails to attend four (4) tutoring sessions during the week of ineligibility, that student
remains ineligible the following week even if the student may be passing five (5) classes.
Ineligible students in grades six (6) through eight (8) must attend three (3) tutoring sessions during the week of
ineligibility. If a student fails to attend three (3) tutoring sessions during the week of ineligibility, that student
remains ineligible the following week even if the student may be passing five (5) classes.
MANDATORY LUNCH TUTORIAL FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH ONE (1) F
Students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) who are passing five (5) classes and carrying a failing grade in a
sixth (6th) class must attend four (4) tutoring sessions during the following week. If a student carrying one (1) F
fails to attend four (4) tutoring sessions during the required week of tutoring, that student becomes ineligible the
following week even if the student may be passing five (5) classes.
Students in grades six (6) through eight (8) who are passing five (5) classes and carrying a failing grade in a sixth
(6th) class must attend three (3) tutoring sessions during the following week. If a student carrying one (1) F fails to
attend three (3) tutoring sessions during the required week of tutoring, that student becomes ineligible the
following week even if the student may be passing five (5) classes.
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NCAA DIVISION I INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
CORE COURSES: 16
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Initial full-time collegiate enrollment before August 1, 2016:
 16 core courses are required (see chart below for subject-area requirements)
Initial full-time collegiate enrollment on or after August 16, 2016:
 16 core courses are required (see chart below for subject-area requirements)
 10 core courses completed before the 7th semester; 7 of the 10 must be in English, math or natural/
physical science
 These courses/grades are “locked in” at start of the 7th semester (cannot be repeated for gradepoint average (GPA) improvement to meet initial-eligibility requirements for competition).
 Students who do not meet core-course progression requirements may still be eligible to receive athletics aid and
practice in the initial year of enrollment by meeting academic redshirt requirements (see below).
TEST SCORES: (ACT/SAT)
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Students must present a corresponding test score and core-course GPA on the sliding scale (see chart p. 87).
 SAT: critical reading and math sections.
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Best subscore from each section is used to determine the SAT combined score for initial eligibility.
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ACT: English, math, reading and science sections.
 Best subscore from each section is used to determine the ACT sum score for initial eligibility.
All ACT and SAT attempts before initial full-time collegiate enrollment may be used for initial eligibility.
Enter 9999 during ACT or SAT registration to ensure the testing agency reports your score directly to the NCAA Eligibility
Center. Test scores on transcripts will not be used.
CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE:
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Only core courses that appear on the high school's List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website
(www.eligibilitycenter.org) will be used to calculate your core-course GPA. Use this list as a guide.
Initial full-time collegiate enrollment before August 1, 2016:
 Students must present a corresponding test score (ACT sum score or SAT combined score) and core-course GPA
(minimum 2.000) on Sliding Scale A (see Page No. 2).
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Core-course GPA is calculated using the best 16 core courses that meet subject-area requirements.
Initial full-time collegiate enrollment on or after August 1, 2016:
 Students must present a corresponding test score (ACT sum score or SAT combined score) and core-course GPA
(minimum 2.300) on Sliding Scale B (see Page No. 2).
 Core-course GPA is calculated using the best 16 core courses that meet both progression (10 before seventh
semester; seven in English, math or science; "locked in") and subject-area requirements.
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For more information, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center: eligibilitycenter.org.
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DIVISION II INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
CORE COURSES: 16
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Division II currently requires 16 core courses. See chart below.
Beginning August 1, 2018, to become a full or partial qualifier for Division II, all college-bound student-athletes must complete the 16
core-course requirement.
TEST SCORES: (ACT/SAT)
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Division II currently requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
Beginning August 1, 2018, Division II will use a sliding scale to match test scores and core-course grade-point averages (GPA). The sliding
scale for those requirements is shown on Page No. 2 of this sheet.
The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reported
directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.
CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE:
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Be sure to look at your high school’s List of NCAA Courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website (www.eligibilitycenter.org). Only
courses that appear on your school's approved List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of the core GPA. Use the list as a
guide.
The current Division II core GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.000. Division II core GPA required to be eligible for competition on or
after August 1, 2018, is 2.200 (corresponding test-score requirements are listed on the Sliding Scale on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
The minimum Division II core GPA required to receive athletics aid and practice as a partial qualifier on or after August 1, 2018, is 2.000
(corresponding test-score requirements are listed on the Sliding Scale on Page No. 2 of this sheet).
Remember, the NCAA core GPA is calculated using NCAA core courses only.
For more information, visit
the NCAA Eligibility Center:
eligibilitycenter.org.
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ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
NCAA APPROVED CORE COURSES
ENGLISH
 AP English 11 Lang and Comp
 AP English 12 Lit and Comp
 Creative Writing
 English 10
 English 11
 English 12
 English 9
 English 12 Capstone
 Honors English 10
 Honors English 9
 Mystery
 Poetry
 Renaissance AP English 10 Lit & Comp
 Renaissance AP English 11 Lang & Comp
 Renaissance Gifted Creative Writing
 Renaissance Gifted English 12
 Renaissance Gifted English 9
 Speech Communication
 Speech I
 Speech II
MATHEMATICS
 Geometry
 Algebra 3/Trigonometry
 Algebra 1
 Algebra 1/H
 Algebra 2
 Algebra 3
 AP Calc AB
 AP Calc BC
 AP Statistics
 Arabic Bilingual Algebra
 Arabic Bilingual Geometry
 Calculus 3-4
 College Algebra 1-2
 Geometry 102
 Honors Geometry 102
 Intro to Stats
 Pre-Calculus 1-2
 Renaissance Gifted College Algebra
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Renaissance Gifted College Geometry
Renaissance Gifted Trigonometry
Trigonometry
SOCIAL SCIENCE
 AP Comparative Government and Politics
 AP European History
 AP Human Geography
 AP Macro Economics
 AP Micro Economics
 AP Psychology
 AP US Government and Politics
 AP US History
 AP World History
 Criminal Law
 Economics
 Honors World History
 Latin American History
 Newcomer Social Studies
 Psychology
 Renaissance Gifted AP US History
 Renaissance Gifted World History
 Sociology
 United States History
 US Government and Politics
 World Affair
 World Geography
 World History
NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCE
 Aerospace I, II
 Anatomy/Physiology
 AP Biology
 AP Chemistry
 AP Comp Science A
 AP Environmental Science
 AP Physics
 AP Physics 2
 Arabic Bilingual Biology
 Arabic Bilingual Chemistry
 Arabic Bilingual Physical Science
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Biology 102
Chemistry 102
Conceptual Chemistry 102
Conceptual Physics 1-2
Environmental Science
ESC1-Geology & Oceanography
ESC12-Astronomy & Meteorology
Honors Biology 1-2
Honors Chemistry 102
Microbiology
Organic Chemistry
Physical Science 102
Physics 102
Renaissance Gifted Advanced Biology
Renaissance Gifted Chemistry
Renaissance Gifted Physics
Zoology 1-2
ADDITIONAL CORE COURSES
 AP French
 AP Spanish Language
 French 1
 French 2
 French 3
 French 4
 French 5
 Sign Language 1
 Sign Language 2
 Sign Language 3
 Sign Language 4
 Spanish 1
 Spanish 2
 Spanish 3
 Spanish 4
 Spanish 5
 Spanish for Native Speakers 2
 Spanish for Native Speakers 1
NCAA Quick Reference Guide
We are pleased to inform you that Rockford Public Schools is making CoreCourseGPA.com, a web-based software program,
available to all student-athletes and their parents/guardians free of charge.
If your child has aspirations of competing athletically as a freshman at an NCAA Division I or Division II school, they must meet
NCAA Initial-Eligibility minimum standards, including minimum core course GPA and SAT/ACT test score requirements. CoreCourseGPA.com is an innovative tool that allows you to easily track your son or daughter’s progress towards meeting these
requirements, beginning as soon as the first semester of their freshman year.
To activate your child’s CoreCourseGPA.com membership, follow these simple steps:
1.
Go to www.CoreCourseGPA.com
2.
Click on “Free New Member Account” in the upper left corner and enter the School ID and School Code:
Students/Parents:
School ID: 143703
School Code: 797267501
3.
Click “Continue.”
4.
Fill in the appropriate fields in the Create New Student Account form.
**Remember to write down the new Member Name and Password you have created**
5.
Click “Submit”
Congratulations! You have successfully created your CoreCourseGPA.com member account.
To login to your member account and begin using the CoreCourseGPA.com software, follow these simple steps:
1.
Go to www.CoreCourseGPA.com
2.
Click the “Member Login” button in the upper right corner
3.
Enter your Member Name and Password
**Use the Member Name and Password you created during the account activation process**
4.
Click “Login”
CoreCourseGPA.com incorporates the NCAA recognized core courses for RPS 205 into the online course entry forms, calculates BOTH Division I and Division II core course GPA, automatically factors weighted grades into calculations and tracks
course requirements for BOTH Division I and Division II. Your son or daughter’s core course information is saved for the duration of their high school career.
RPS 205 is proud to make this innovative software available to you free of charge. We believe CoreCourseGPA.com will be a
very useful academic tool for you and your student-athlete.
CoreCourseGPA.com also provides you access to free recruiting webinars through FreeRecruitingWebinar.org, a nonprofit
program. Webinar previews as well as full length recruiting webinars may be accessed on the FreeRecruitingWebinar.org
website. Viewing a full length webinar is highly recommended to learn about the facts and rules of recruiting. The recruiting
process starts in the freshman year. Make sure you are prepared.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT YOUR USE OF CORECOURSEGPA.COM IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR REGISTERING WITH
THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER AFTER THE COMPLETION OF SIX HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTERS.
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Bilingual Education Programs
These programs are offered at selected schools. Please contact your guidance counselor for more information on
which schools are offering which programs.
TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION (TBE)
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Students whose first language is Spanish and have
scored below a 4.2 in reading and writing and below a
5.0 Composite on either the state mandated ACCESS
test or W-APT screener qualifies for bilingual services.
Bilingual coursework is offered in two types: Bilingual
and Sheltered Instruction. Bilingual classes are offered
in all academic core content classes. Those students
scoring below 2.9 Composite score on the ACCESS,
MODEL test or W-APT screener are placed in these classes. Instruction is primarily given in Spanish.
Sheltered Classes are offered in core classes as well. Students who score a 2.9 and above composite on the ACCESS, MODEL or WAPT screener and a 3.5 or above
Literacy score are usually placed in sheltered classes.
These classes utilize the general education materials as
well as supplemental materials. The language of instruction is primarily in English with Spanish support as
necessary. The goal of these classes is to acquire academic literacy in content areas.
Students in the TBE and TPI program are required to
take English as a Second Language (ESL). Students are
placed in an ESL class depending on their level of English proficiency. ESL classes, students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing English skills.
Courses in ESL shall count toward English requirements
for graduation. Students that are in the TBE program
are also required to take Spanish Language Arts classes.
Spanish Language Arts is a standards based course
aligned to the common core and Spanish Language
Arts Standards. Students are placed in Spanish Language Arts classes based on their year in school. Students in the TPI program are required to take Sheltered
Literacy classes. Sheltered Literacy is designed to assist
students advance their English reading and writing skills.
Sheltered literacy is a standards based course aligned to
the common core and the English Language Development Standards. Students are placed in Sheltered Literacy classes based on their year in school.
TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS OF INSTRUCTION (TPI)
NEWCOMER PROGRAM
Students whose first language is other than English or
Spanish and have scored below a 4.2 in reading and
writing, along with a 5.0 composite on either the state
mandated ACCESS test or W-APT screener also qualify
for bilingual services in the form of sheltered instruction
where the teacher uses ESL techniques to make the
content comprehensible. These classes utilize the general education materials and the language of instruction
is primarily in English. The goal of these classes is to acquire academic literacy in content areas.
The Newcomer Program is offered for English Language
Learners who have recently arrived to the United States
(Spanish speakers enroll in the TBE Program). It is specifically designed for those who have very limited English
skills, limited formal education, and limited literacy skills
in their native language. Newcomer classes are offered
in all core academic content areas. Newcomer ESL is a
double block language arts course and shall count toward English requirements for graduation. The newcomer classes are intended to provide intensive language and content instruction as well as acculturation to
prepare students to succeed in TPI courses. These students remain in the newcomer program for one academic school year and a session of summer school and
are then placed in the TPI program.
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HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT
BILINGUAL RESOURCE
Students in the ELL program have the opportunity to
enroll in Honors and AP courses when they meet prerequisite criteria for such courses. For more information
please consult the AP and Honors sections of this guide
or speak with your guidance counselor.
Bilingual resource classes are designed specifically for
support in the native language. This is for ELL students
in grades 9-12. These courses provide additional opportunities for students to reinforce conceptual knowledge
and language skills across curriculum. The course is
structured to ensure individualized support to students
who share the same home language, using that language to deepen understanding of the material that
was introduced in their content area classes.
The following is a list of the courses offered in the bilingual program. For course descriptions please see the general
education section of this guide.
HISTORY
SCIENCE
30303 Bilingual World History 1 & 2
30500 Bilingual Biology
30306 Bilingual World Geography
30701 Bilingual Health
30309 Bilingual U.S. History
30506 Bilingual Physical Science
30313 Bilingual Government
30522 Bilingual Environmental Science
30314 Bilingual Economics
30520 Bilingual Earth Science 1 -Geology & Oceanography
30521 Bilingual Earth Science 2 -Astronomy & Meteorology
MATHEMATICS
30510 Bilingual Chemistry
30116 Bilingual Algebra 1 Foundations
30600 Bilingual Intro to Business & Technology Concepts 1-2
30406 Bilingual Algebra 1
30204 Bilingual Freshman Seminar
30433 Bilingual Pre-Algebra
30412 Bilingual Algebra 2
SPANISH LANGUAGE ARTS
30126 Bilingual Geometry Foundations
30101 Spanish Language Arts 1
30409 Bilingual Geometry
30103 Spanish Language Arts 2
30418 Bilingual Intro to Statistics through Applications
30106 Spanish Language Arts 3
30109 Spanish Language Arts 4
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SHELTERED CLASSES
HISTORY
LANGUAGE ARTS
31301 Sheltered World History 1 & 2
31050 Sheltered Literacy 1
31306 Sheltered World Geography
31053 Sheltered Literacy 2
31309 Sheltered U.S. History
31056 Sheltered Literacy 3
31313 Sheltered Government
31059 Sheltered Literacy 4
31314 Sheltered Economics
32133 Newcomer ESL
32330 Newcomer Social Studies
MATHEMATICS
32530 Newcomer Science
31116 Sheltered Algebra 1 Foundations
32430 Newcomer Pre-Algebra
31406 Sheltered Algebra 1
31033 Sheltered Resource
31433 Sheltered Pre-Algebra
33127 ESL English 1
31412 Sheltered Algebra 2
33148 ESL English 2
31126 Sheltered Geometry Foundations
33133 ESL English 3
31409 Sheltered Geometry
33136 ESL English 4
31418 Sheltered Introduction to Statistics through Applications
33139 ESL English 5
31106 Sheltered Math Topics
33145 ESL English 6
33151 ESL English 7
SCIENCE
33154 ESL English 8
31500 Sheltered Biology
31701 Sheltered Health
31506 Sheltered Physical Science
31522 Sheltered Environmental Science
31520 Sheltered Earth Science 1 -Geology & Oceanography
31521 Sheltered Earth Science 2 -Astronomy & Meteorology
31510 Sheltered Chemistry
31600 Sheltered Intro to Business & Technology Concepts 1-2
31204 Sheltered Freshman Seminar
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Rock Valley College Dual Credit
Students are responsible for all course tuition, associated fees, and the cost of books.
Dual credit courses are offered in order to provide students access to rigorous course options aligned with the post-secondary plans.
Courses on this list are approved District 205/Rock Valley College Dual Credit courses. If you enroll in and complete the RVC course(s) listed
on the left at Rock Valley College, you will receive high school credit for the corresponding course on the right Students are responsible for
all course tuition, associated fees, and the cost of books. Students should work with their school counselor to obtain a Dual Credit/Dual
Enrollment Agreement form. The signed enrollment packet should be submitted to the RVC High School Connections Office.
RVC
Credits
Course taken at Rock Valley College
District 205 Course
HS
Credits
MATH
MTH 120: College Algebra
3
13400U: College Algebra
2
MTH 125: Plane Trigonometry
(prereq MTH 120)
3
13412U: Trigonometry
2
MTH 132: Pre-Calculus
5
13330U: Pre-Calculus
2
MTH 135: Calculus I
(prereq MTH 120 & 125 or 132)
5
13462U: Calculus I
2
MTH 235: Calculus II (prereq MTH 135)
4
13463U: Calculus II
2
MTH 236: Calculus III (prereq MTH 235)
4
13464U: Calculus III
2
MTH 220: Elements of Statistics
3
13423U: Elements of Statistics
2
SCIENCE
BIO 103: Introductory Life Sciences
3
14220U: Introductory Life Sciences
2
BIO 104: Introductory Life Science Lab
1
14221U: Life Sciences Lab
1
CHM120: General Chemistry I
(prereq MTH 120 + HS Chem)
4
14320U: General Chemistry I
2*
PHY 201: Mechanics and Heat (prereq MTH 125)
5
14422U: Physics: Mechanics and Heat
2
PHY 202: Waves, Electricity, and Modern Physics
(prereq PHY 201)
5
14423U: Physics: Waves, Electricity, and Modern
Phsyics
2
BIO 185: Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
(prereq BIO 103 & CHM 120)
5
14603U: Anatomy & Physiology
2
ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS
ENG 101: Composition I
3
10300U: English 11 OR
10400U: English 12
2*
ENG 103: Composition II
3
10400U: English 12
2*
SPH 131: Fundamentals of Communication
3
10640U: Speech 1-2
2
SPH 132: Public Speaking
3
10643U: Speech 3-4
2
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Students are responsible for all course tuition, associated fees, and the cost of books.
SOCIAL STUDIES
HST 142: US Pre 1865
3
12150U: US History pre 1865
2*
HST 143: US Post 1865
3
12151U: US History post 1865
2*
ECO 101: Introduction to Economics
3
12222U: Introduction to Economics
1
PSC 160: Government
3
12219U: Government
1
PSY 170: General Psychology
3
12400U: Psychology
2
SOC 190: Introduction to Sociology
3
12410U: Sociology
2
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FRN 102: Continuation of Beginning French (prereq FRN 101)
4
11303U: French 2
2
FRN 203: Intermediate French
3
11306U: French 3
2
FRN 204: Continuation of Intermediate French
3
11309U: French 4
2
SPN 102: Continuation of Beginning Spanish (prereq SPN 101)
4
11103U: Spanish 2
2
SPN 203: Intermediate Spanish
3
11106U: Spanish 3
2
SPN 204: Continuation of Intermed Spanish
3
11109U: Spanish 4
2
GRM 102: Continuation of Beginning German (prereq GRM 101)
4
11203U: German 2
2
FINE ARTS
ART 115: Introduction to Commercial Arts
4
15123U: Graphic Design
2
ART 251: History of Art I
3
15112U: History of Art I
1*
ART 252: History of Art II
3
15116U: History of Art II
1*
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
PCT 120: Cisco Networking I (prereq CIS 102)
4
21213U: Cisco Networking I
1
PCT 122: Cisco Networking II
4
21214U: Cisco Networking II
1
PCT 124: Cisco Networking III
4
21215U: Cisco Networking III
1
PCT 126: Cisco Networking IV
4
21216U: Cisco Networking IV
1
WEB 101: Programming Related to the Web (prereq CIS 102)
4
15129U: Fundamentals of Web Design
1
CIS 240: Intro to JAVA Programming (prereq CIS 102)
4
13440U: Computer Science A
1*
* Eligible for Quality Points for the 2016-2017 school year
NOTE: Students are responsible for submitting an official grade report to their home high school upon course
completion to receive high school credit.
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English/Language Arts
Course
English 9
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
x
English 10
x
English 11
x
x
AP Language & Composition
English 12
x
English 12 Capstone
x
x
AP Literature & Composition
YEAR LONG COURSES
ENGLISH 9 (10100): This is a writing-intensive course
designed to develop students’ skills in critical reading
and writing, speaking, and listening. The course is standards-based and thematically organized around a variety
of texts – print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction.
Within each unit, students will participate in full-class
studies of core works in addition to opportunities for
small group and independent study. Writing instruction
will build skills in argumentation in addition to sourcebased writing, grammar, mechanics, style, and usage.
Instruction in critical reading will include strategies to
engage with text.
ENGLISH 10 (10200): This is a writing-intensive course
designed to build on students’ skills in critical reading
and writing, speaking, and listening. The course is standards-based and thematically organized around a variety
of texts – print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction.
Within each unit, students will participate in full-class
studies of core works in addition to opportunities for
small group and independent study. Writing instruction
will continue to focus on skills in argumentation in addition to source-based writing, grammar, and usage; students will begin to engage in rhetorical analysis and synthesis. Instruction in critical reading will include strategies to engage with text.
HONORS ENGLISH 9 (10103): This writing-intensive,
standards-based course is designed to provide students
with an intense and enriched curriculum of the English
language arts: reading literature, reading informational
texts, writing, speaking and listening, and the use of language, including grammar and mechanics. Students will
research, write, and present extensively using sources
from multiple types of media. Using a variety of texts
and using critical reading and writing skills, students will
be engaged through real-world applications and projects.
HONORS ENGLISH 10 (10203): This writing-intensive,
standards-based course is designed to provide students
with an intense and enriched curriculum of the English
language arts: reading literature, reading informational
texts, writing, speaking and listening, and the use of language. Students will research, write, and present extensively using sources from multiple types of media. Using
a variety of texts and using critical reading and writing,
students will be engaged in argumentation and sourcebased writing as preparation for Advanced Placement
English 11 Language and Composition.
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ENGLISH 11 (10300): This writing-intensive, standardsbased course is a study of the American experience,
spanning from the colonial period to the present. In
addition to developing an appreciation for our literary
heritage and understanding our relationship to American history and culture, students will implement critical
reading strategies to engage with increasingly complex
texts – both print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction.
Students will also learn to write increasingly sophisticated arguments and informational essays, in addition to
furthering their study of language and usage, speaking
and listening, and research.
posal; conducting research; assembling a project, event,
or concept; and presenting the final product. This
course represents the highest level of scholarships that
integrates academic research and college and career
readiness.
*AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (10406):
This course engages students in the careful reading and
critical analysis of world literature. Through close reading
of selected texts, students deepen their understanding
of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for readers. As they read, students
consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as
such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students in Advanced Placement courses will be prepared for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year
college courses. Students will prepare for the AP exam
in Literature and Composition. *quality points/weighted
*AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (10306):
This writing-intensive course is designed for students
seeking a deeper knowledge of language to become
highly skilled readers and writers. The students in this
course will engage in rhetorical analysis, deepening their
understanding of rhetorical conventions, audience, purpose, and use of language, and their impact on writing.
Students in Advanced Placement courses will be prepared for intermediate and advanced college courses by
making demands upon them equivalent to those made
by full-year college courses. Students will prepare for
the AP exam in Language and Composition. quality
grade
ELECTIVES
CREATIVE WRITING (10680): Grade Level: 10-12. One
semester. Creative writing seeks to move beyond using
language as merely a tool of communication; rather,
students will learn to use language as an instrument to
express their unique and individual voices. This semester
long elective course is designed for students who love
reading and have an interest in writing poetry and short
fiction. As we read published poems and short stories,
we’ll work on exercises to stimulate creativity. We’ll focus
first on playing with language and breaking down barriers to writing. Because writing is a process of revision,
we’ll learn how to critique others’ work and accept critiques of our own work. In so doing, we become not
only more critical writers, but also more critical readers.
points/weighted grade
ENGLISH 12 (10400): This writing-intensive, standardsbased course is a study of classic and contemporary literature. In addition to developing an appreciation for a
variety of cultures, students will implement critical reading strategies to engage with increasingly complex texts
– both print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction. Students will also learn to write increasingly sophisticated
arguments and informational essays, in addition to furthering their study of language and usage, speaking and
listening, and research.
ENGLISH 12 CAPSTONE (10409): This writing-intensive
course integrates a capstone project that provides students the opportunity to enhance their 21st Century
skills—in particular creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving—through a
deep research and writing experience in an academic or
career interest addressing a real-world need or problem.
This capstone project is comprised of developing a pro-
MYSTERY (10681): Grade Level: 11-12. One semester.
This elective course explores the reasoning and clinical
research of mystery literary works. Students learn to
analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diagnostic data, forensic information, and geographical elements as they pertain to a specific mystery. The course requires extensive
reading, scientific data inquiry, research, and writing.
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POETRY (10682): Grade Level: 11-12. One semester.
This elective course is designed for students who want
to gain an appreciation for poetry and have an interest
in reading, writing, and publishing poetry. Students will
examine published poetry from various periods, produce their own poetry, critique other’s work, and learn
the steps to submit poems for publication and/or contests.
aged to follow these introductory courses with Yearbook, Newspaper, and/or Graphic Design.
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (10615): Grade
level 9-11. One semester. This course will teach skills in
various areas of photography, as well as basic photoediting concepts and ethical considerations. Student will
be able to: apply photography composition standards
while taking pictures, take effective photographs for a
variety of purposes: photojournalism, feature photography, event photography, portrait photography, and
candid photography, use digital technology to edit pictures for professional use, and apply ethical considerations and standards while taking and editing pictures.
This is an introductory course that can be taken singularly or in addition to Introduction to Desktop Publishing
or Introduction to Journalism. Students who aspire to
become editors of the school's publications are encouraged to take all three electives. Students are encouraged to follow these introductory courses with Yearbook, Newspaper, and/or Graphic Design.
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM (10613): Grade level
9-11. One semester. This course will focus on content
and skills in student press law, media responsibility, evaluating newsworthiness, interviewing and information
gathering, copy writing (news, features, editorials, reviews, blogging, headlines, captions), and copy editing.
Students will be able to: evaluate press law and news
judgment standards to generate newsworthy topics,
gather and evaluate newsworthy information and content, analyze credibility and integrity in journalism, write
and publish various genres of effective journalistic copy,
and edit various genres of effective journalistic copy for
publication. This is an introductory course that can be
taken singularly or in addition to Introduction to Desktop Publishing or Introduction to Photography (see below). Students who aspire to become editors of the
school's publications are encouraged to take all three
electives. Students are encouraged to follow these introductory courses with Yearbook, Newspaper, and/or
Graphic Design.
NEWSPAPER (10610): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab fee required. Year long. Students will learn and participate in
the actual process of publishing the school newspaper.
Writing, editing, and publishing skills are learned and
used. Course must be taken both semesters of the same
year and may be repeated.
YEARBOOK (10620): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab fee required. Year long. This course must be taken both semesters of the same year. The objective of the class is
to produce a yearbook by using the skills of layout design, copy-writing, photo shooting and cropping, ad
sales, and use of computers to generate yearbook pages. This course may be repeated. Occasional evening
and weekend meetings may be required. The specific
objective of this class is to utilize skills learned in Newswriting to produce a yearbook for the school and community. This course is not a substitute for traditional
English classes.
INTRODUCTION TO DESKTOP PUBLISHING (10614):
Grade level 9-11. One semester. This course will give
students experience creating publishable documents
and materials using computer technology. The focus is
on layout and design concepts using industry standard
computer software. Students will be able to: use visual
rhetoric to evaluate and design aesthetic layouts, use
textual and graphic elements together to convey a cohesive, effective message, and use industry standard
programs to create and publish various materials. This
is an introductory course that can be taken singularly or
in addition to Introduction to Journalism or Introduction
to Photography (see below). Students who aspire to
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SPEECH COMMUNICATION (10684): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. This elective course is designed to provide students with the valuable tool of successful oral
expression. Not only does the possession of this skill
provide the student with an improved means of communication that will be useful in both professional and
personal lives, but also in developing the confidence
that will enable the student to present himself successfully. Students will develop listening skills as well as
speaking skills in the area of impromptu, informational,
persuasive, demonstration speeches and oral interpretation.
SPEECH I (10640): Grade Level: 10-12. Year long. Students will learn to communicate effectively through informative and persuasive styles using a wide variety of
experiences. Techniques will be taught using informational speeches, original skits, oral interpretation of literature, interviewing, use of visual aids, debates and other
projects. Students will develop listening skills and learn
techniques to deal with stage fright and build confidence. NOTE: This is not a course in speech correction
or a substitute for English.
SPEECH II (10643): Grade Level: 10-12. Year long. Prerequisite: Speech I or teacher recommendation. Advanced speech students learn about radio broadcasting
and participate in more challenging informational
speeches and skits, culminating in both dramatic and
comic performances in the Speech Showcase.
SUPPORT CLASSES
CORE LITERACY-PLUGGED-IN TO READING (10220):
Grade Level: 9. Year long. Plugged-In to Reading is an
intervention program for students reading below grade
level. The program teaches effective strategies to comprehend textbooks across content areas along with
reading and writing in a variety of non-fiction text types.
It is a 3-step instructional model that gradually releases
students to become active, engaged and capable readers. Context/specialized vocabulary, text features and
structures, monitoring understanding of what is read,
previewing text, activation of background knowledge,
questioning, noting, organizing and retrieving information from text are practiced learning strategies. This
course is to be taken concurrently with an English
course.
CORE LITERACY-READ 180 (10223): Grade Level: 9.
Year long. Read 180 is a comprehensive system intervention program designed for students to accelerate
reading growth and literacy independence. This program is for students reading below grade level. The academic areas of focus are reading (including phonological awareness, phonics/word study, comprehension,
fluency, and expanding vocabulary), spelling, sentence
construction, and planning and revising. Read 180 is
designed to maximize student engagement with technology, text, teacher instruction/modeling and peer reflection. This course is to be taken concurrently with an
English course.
CORE LITERACY-SYSTEM 44 (10226): Grade Level: 9.
Year long. Literacy System 44 is an intervention program that meets individual student needs through the
systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics,
vocabulary, word analysis, spelling and fluency to improve reading skills. Direct teacher instruction guides
and reinforces phonics and word strategies while adaptive technology provides individualized practice. This
course is to be taken concurrently with an English
course.
ENGLISH/READING ACT VICTORY (10310): Grade 11
only. One semester. Students will be identified and recommended for this class based on the PLAN scores
from grade 10. This is a one semester course designed
to increase ACT achievement using Cambridge Victory
Program.
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YEAR LONG COURSES
ALGEBRA 1 (13110): This course is a comprehensive
algebra course that lays the foundation for all other high
school math courses. The topics are fully aligned to
Common Core and build on quantitative reasoning and
number sense to understanding linear, exponential, and
quadratic equations along with statistics, probability, and
an introduction into coordinate geometry.
HONORS GEOMETRY (13123): Prerequisite: Algebra 1
or Honors Algebra 1. This course extends the learning of
the Geometry course by incorporating mathematical
modeling. This course builds on the Algebra 1 skills with
application of geometric principles to the physical world.
The topics are fully aligned to Common Core and
include coordinate geometry, plane geometry, along
with an emphasis on inductive and numerical reason.
HONORS ALGEBRA 1(13113): This course extends the
learning of the Algebra 1 course by incorporating
mathematical modeling. The topics are fully aligned to
Common Core and build on quantitative reasoning and
number sense to understanding linear, exponential, and
quadratic equations along with statistics, probability, and
an introduction into coordinate geometry.
ALGEBRA 2 (13300): Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and
Geometry. This course is a second year algebra course
expanding concepts from Algebra 1 and introducing
synthetic division, absolute value equations and
inequalities, quadratic inequalities, determinants and
matrices, and conic sections.
GEOMETRY (13120): Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Honors
Algebra 1. This course builds on the Algebra 1 skills with
application of geometric principles to the physical world.
The topics are fully aligned to Common Core and
include coordinate geometry, plane geometry, along
with an emphasis on inductive and numerical reason.
COLLEGE ALGEBRA (13400): Prerequisites: Algebra 1
and Geometry. This course presents a brief review of
Algebra including basic terminology, notations,
concepts, and skills. It introduces algebraic proof,
complex numbers, absolute value and quadratic
inequalities, determinants and matrices, conic sections,
polynomial equations, sequences and series, math
induction, and binomial theorem.
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ALGEBRA 3/TRIGONOMETRY (13410): Prerequisite:
Algebra 2. This is a course which extends topics from
Algebra 2 and introduces polynomial equations,
sequences and series, math induction, and the binomial
theorem. Trigonometry covers right and oblique
triangles, logarithms, trigonometric and inverse
functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and
radian measure.
MATH TOPICS (13106): Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and
Geometry. This is a full year course that extends and
reinforces Algebra and Geometry skills in an application
based format. Students will gain mathematical literacy by
learning how mathematics is applied in everyday life.
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (13420): Prerequisite:
Algebra 1. This course acquaints students with the basic
ideas and language of statistics. It introduces students to
the major concepts and tools fro collecting, analyzing
and drawing conclusions from data that is provided or
data that students obtain from experiments or surveys.
Students use exploratory methods to identify patterns
and make decisions to solve real-life problems.
PRECALCULUS (13330): Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or
College Algebra. A course in the study of algebraic,
exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions
and their graphs. It contains investigations of the conic
sections, transformations, parametric equations, and
analytic proof along with the study of right and oblique
triangles including identities, equations, radian measure,
vectors and polar coordinates.
*AP STATISTICS (13426): Prerequisite: College Algebra,
Intro to Stats, or Algebra 2w/teacher recommendation.
This is intended for students interested in life science,
nursing, social science, or statistics. Students will master
the fundamental skills of statistics such as: interpreting
data, applying probability, calculating sample
distributions, and testing hypotheses. Preparation for the
AP exam given in May will be part of this course. *quality
*AP CALCULUS AB (13436): Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus.
This is an advanced placement course in calculus. Topics
included are parametric and polar equations, analytic
geometry of three dimensions, vectors, partial
derivatives, multiple integrals, vector calculus, and
differential equations. *quality points/weighted grade
points/weighted grade
*AP CALCULUS BC (13433): Prerequisite: Calculus AB.
Recommended for a 4 year college and majoring in a
math field. An advanced placement course in calculus
stressing graphical, numerical and algebraic analysis of
the calculus of single variable functions. In addition to
the topics covered in Calc AB the topics of parametric,
polar, and vector functions, their applications,
applications of integrals, partial derivatives and
polynomial approximations and series are also covered.
SUPPORT COURSES
MATH ACT VICTORY (13109): Prerequisite: Grade 11
only. Students will be identified and recommended for
this class based on the PLAN scores from grade 10. This
is a one semester course designed to increase ACT
achievement using Cambridge Victory Program.
*quality points/weighted grade
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Science
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade/12th Grade
Biology
Honors Biology
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry
Earth Science
Environmental Science
After taking Chemistry/Honors Chemistry
Physics
Honors Physics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 1
Other science courses that compliment student’s pathway
After Earth/Environmental Science
Chemistry
Other science courses that compliment student’s pathway
It is recommended that college-bound students successfully complete Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The following courses
meet the physical science requirement: Chemistry, Earth Science and Environmental Science.
BIOLOGY (14200): Grade Level: 9. Year long. This
course focuses on the major topics of life science using
scientific inquiry. First semester concentrates on
ecology, classification, and cells. Second semester on
evolution and genetics.
equation writing, stoichiometry, atomic structure,
chemical bonding, kinetics, equilibrium,
thermochemistry, and acid base reactions are studied in
this class. These topics are enhanced by using
laboratory experimentation, critical thinking, and
problem solving activities. Laboratory work is a
significant part of the course. Algebra and geometry
are used extensively in this course.
HONORS BIOLOGY (14203): Grade Level: 9. Year long.
This course focuses on the major topics of life science
using scientific inquiry. First semester concentrates on
ecology, classification, and cells. Second semester
focuses on genetics, reproduction, change overtime and
evolution.
EARTH SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY & METEOROLOGY
(14521): Grade 10-12. Lab Fee $5.00. One semester.
This semester course focuses on astronomy and
meteorology. Topics covered will include an introduction
to the cosmos as well as the Earth’s place in the
Universe. Meteorology will include the atmosphere,
weather, and climate. Offered in conjunction with Earth
Science: Geology & Oceanography.
CHEMISTRY (14300): Grade Level 10-12. Year long.
This course focuses on the study of matter and the
changes matter undergoes, formula writing, equation
writing, stoichiometry, and matter-energy relationships.
In this course algebra and geometry are applied to show
the mathematical expression of chemical concepts.
Laboratory work is a significant part of the course. A
scientific calculator is required.
EARTH SCIENCE-GEOLOGY & OCEANOGRAPHY
(14520): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee $5.00. One
semester. This semester course consists of an
introduction to geology and resource management.
Included in this course will be a major emphasis on
cartography, constructive and destructive forces, and
Earth’s history. This course will include environmental
issues and laboratory procedures. Offered in
conjunction with Earth Science: Astronomy &
Meteorology.
HONORS CHEMISTRY (14303): Grade Level: 10-11.
Year long. Honors Chemistry is a one=year college
preparatory class designed to be taken in 10th grade.
Emphasis is placed on a rigorous and advanced study of
chemical topics that involves an in-depth mathematical
perspective. Development of the major topics of matter
and the changes matter undergoes, formula writing,
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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (14500): Grade Level: 1012. Lab Fee $5.00. Year long. This is a course focused
on environmental issues including ecological principles,
population dynamics, energy resources, and human
interaction with the environment. This is a projectbased course where students will develop and
implement a plan to improve resources in areas
adjacent to their school.
PHYSICS (14400): Grade Level: 11-12. Year long.
Students must have or purchase a scientific calculator.
This course includes topics such as mechanics,
thermodynamics, waves, sound, optics, electricity, and
magnetism. Algebraic and geometric concepts are
used extensively in this course. This course in intended
for those planning or majoring in science or a science
related field in college. Laboratory work is a significant
part of this course.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (14603): Grade Level: 1112. Year long. This course is focused on the structure
and function of the human body. Some topics covered
in this course include levels of organization; support
and movement; integration, coordination, and control;
transport; maintenance; and the human life cycle. This
is a laboratory course designed especially for students
interested in medical fields.
HORTICULTURE (14606): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee
$5.00. Year long. This is a one year elective course in
the methods and procedures of growing plants.
Included are topics on house plants, plant preparation,
soils, landscaping, pruning, vegetable gardening, tree
and shrub care, flower arranging, plant identification,
plant physiology, and plant morphology.
ZOOLOGY (14600): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee
$5.00. Year long. This is a course designed for students
interested in further study of the invertebrate and
vertebrate animal kingdom. Topics include
classification, structure/function, and change/diversity
of animals. Laboratory work is a significant part of this
course, with a focus on microscope usage and
dissection. Suggested completion of Biology.
*AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (14510): Grade Level:
11-12. Lab Fee $5.00. Year long. The AP Environmental
Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a
one semester, introductory college course in
environmental science that will be taught as a yearlong
high school class. The AP Environmental Science
course has been developed to enable students to
undertake a more advanced study of topics in
environmental science. Suggested completion of
Biology & Chemistry. *quality points/weighted grade
MICROBIOLOGY (14209): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab Fee
$5.00. One semester. This course introduces students
to various basic techniques and fundamentals in the
field of microbiology. Topics covered include microbial
metabolism proper sterilization processes, bacterial
growth, and analysis of population cultures. Students
will apply microbiological concepts in laboratory
experiments and develop appropriate aseptic
techniques needed to work in clinical environments.
Offered in conjunction with Organic Chemistry.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (14312): Grade Level: 11-12.
Lab Fee $5.00. One semester. This course introduces
students to various techniques and concepts in organic
chemistry. Topics covered include nomenclature,
structure and bonding, and reactions of hydrocarbons
with important classes of natural and synthetic organic
compounds. Offered in conjunction with Microbiology.
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Science
*AP BIOLOGY (14206): Grade Level: 11-12.
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry. Lab Fee $5.00. Year
long. This is a course for students interested in a
college equivalent Biology course. This course follows
the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum. Topics
addressed in depth include biological systems and
interactions, life processes, cell processes, energy and
metabolism, heredity and genetics, ecology, and
evolution. Laboratory work and inquiry are significant
parts of this course. Students who successfully pass the
AP Biology proficiency exam may receive college credit
for Biology. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP PHYSICS 2 (14418): Prerequisites: Chemistry, Physics
1, Algebra and Geometry. Year long. This course is the
equivalent to a second-semester college course in
algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid
mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism;
optics; atomic and nuclear physics. Course skills include
using representations and models to solve scientific
problems, applying mathematics to science phenomena,
engaging in scientific questioning, planning and
implementing data collection and analysis, and
connecting and relating knowledge across scales,
concepts, representations, and domains. Students will
prepare for the AP Physics 2 exam at the conclusion of
the course. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP CHEMISTRY (14306): Grade Level 11-12. Lab Fee
$5.00. Year long. AP Chemistry is a college chemistry
lecture and lab class. The presentation follows modern
quantum mechanical theory. Students will write
formulas for compounds, equations for reactions, and
stoichiometric relationships equations. Students will
analyze thermodynamic changes including enthalpy
changes, entropy changes, and Gibbs free energy
changes. The will also study acid/base reactions,
equilibrium, reactions kinetics, coordination compounds,
and oxidation-reduction reactions. Students will prepare
for the AP exam. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP PHYSICS C (14406): Grade Level 11-12. Lab Fee
$5.00. Year long. This course is for students interested
in a college equivalent Physics course. The Advanced
Placement Physics curriculum is followed for this course.
Many of the same topics as those covered in Physics 1
& 2 are covered in more depth with additional topics
such as special relativity, periodic motion, and quantum
effects. Laboratory work is a significant part of this
course. Students who successfully pass the AP Physics
Proficiency Exam may receive college credit. *quality
points/weighted grade
*AP PHYSICS 1 (14415): Prerequisites: Chemistry,
Algebra and Geometry. Concurrent enrollment in
Trigonometry is recommended. Year long. This course is
the equivalent to a first-semester college course in
algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian
mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular
momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical
waves and sound. It will also introduce electric
circuits. Course skills include using representations and
models to solve scientific problems, applying
mathematics to science phenomena, engaging in
scientific questioning, planning and implementing data
collection and analysis, and connecting and relating
knowledge across scales, concepts, representations, and
domains. Students will prepare for the AP Physics 1
exam at the conclusion of the course. *quality points/
weighted grade
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Social Science
9th Grade
10th Grade
World Geography
X
X
World History
Honors World History
AP US History
US History
AP Comparative Government and Politics
X
X
X
Course
11th Grade
12th Grade
X
X
X
AP Macro Economics
AP Micro Economics
AP United States Government and Politics
X
X
Economics
United States Government and Politics
African American History
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology
AP World History
Criminal Law
Latin American History
Psychology
Sociology
World Affairs
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
WORLD GEOGRAPHY (12100): Grade Level: 9. Year
long. In this course, students will utilize aspects of
human and physical geography to study different
regions of the world through global issues. Students will
examine how humans adapt to their environments, how
nations rely on each other, and how environments are
changed by human interactions with one another and
the environment itself. This course makes use of
Document Based Questions as a form of assessment
and may fulfill a graduation requirement.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
WORLD HISTORY (12110): Grade Level: 9. Year long.
This course utilizes Document Based Questions as a
form of assessment. First semester students will study
themes of history, ancient civilizations, major religions,
as well as the Dark Ages, Age of Exploration, and the
beginning of the Renaissance. Second semester
continues with the Renaissance through the twentieth
century. This course may fulfill a graduation
requirement.
*AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (12106): Grade Level: 9-12.
Year long. The purpose of the AP Human Geography
course is to introduce students to the systematic study
of patterns and processes that have shaped human
understanding, as well as use and alteration of Earth’s
surface. Students employ spatial concepts and
landscape analysis to examine human social
organization and its environmental consequences. They
also learn about the methods and tools geographers
use in their science and practice. Students will prepare
for the AP exam. May fulfill a graduation requirement.
*quality points/weighted grade
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HONORS WORLD HISTORY (12113): Grade Level: 9.
Year long. This course utilizes Document Based
Questions as a form of assessment. First semester
students will study themes of history, ancient civilizations,
major religions, as well as the Dark Ages, Age of
Exploration, and the beginning of the Renaissance.
Second semester continues with the Renaissance
through the twentieth century. This course is to serve as
preparation for students who wish to take Advance
Placement courses in the future. Thus, this course will
help students develop the skills necessary to arrive at
conclusions based on an informed judgment and to
present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in
essay format. This course may fulfill a graduation
requirement.
courses. Students learn to assess historical materials,
their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their
reliability, and their importance, as well as to weigh the
evidence and interpretations presented in historical
scholarship. This course develops the skills necessary to
arrive at conclusions based on an informed judgment
and to present reasons and evidence clearly and
persuasively in essay format. Students will prepare for
the AP exam. This course may be used to fulfill a
graduation requirement. *quality points/weighted grade
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (12210):
Grade Level: 12. One semester. This course utilizes
Document Based Questions as a form of assessment.
This course presents America’s political system with an
emphasis on the origins of our government, federalism,
and three branches of government, civil rights and
liberties, interest groups, and political behaviors. This
course may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.
*AP WORLD HISTORY (12116): Grade Level: 10-12. Year
long. The Advanced Placement Program in World
History provides students with the analytical skills and
factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with world
problems. Societies will be compared, an emphasis
placed on the larger processes affecting individual
societies and civilizations, and key time periods will be
emphasized. Students will prepare for the AP exam. This
course may fulfill a graduation requirement. *quality
*AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
(12212): Grade Level: 12. One semester. This course
provides students with an analytical perspective on
government and politics in the United States. This course
includes both the study of general concepts used to
interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis
of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the
various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that
constitute U.S. government and politics. Students will
become acquainted with the variety of theoretical
perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and
outcomes. Students will study the constitutional
underpinnings of democracy, political parties and
interest groups, the Congress, the Presidency, the
bureaucracy and Federal courts, institutions and policy
processes, and civil liberties and civil rights. This course
should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at
conclusions based on an informed judgment and to
present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in
essay format. Students will prepare for the AP exam. This
course may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.
points/weighted grade
UNITED STATES HISTORY (12123): Grade Level: 11.
Year long. This course utilizes Document Based
Questions as a form of assessment. The course starts
with a review of European Colonization , the American
Revolution and westward expansion. The first semester
continues with an in depth look at U.S. history through
World War I. Second semester covers events from the
1920’s to the present. This course may fulfill a
graduation requirement.
*AP U.S. HISTORY (12126): Grade Level: 11. Year long.
The Advance Placement Program in United States
history is designed to provide students with the analytic
skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically
with the problems and materials in United States history.
The program prepares students for intermediate and
advanced college courses by making demands upon
them equivalent to those made by full-year college
*quality points/weighted grade
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ECONOMICS (12220): Grade Level: 12. One semester.
This course utilizes Document Based Questions as a
form of assessment. This course covers the topics of
economic thinking, economic systems, supply, demand,
prices, market structures, business organizations, labor,
personal finance, macroeconomic measures and
concerns, monetary and fiscal policy as well as
international trade. This course may be used to fulfill a
graduation requirement.
ELECTIVES
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (12300): Grade Level: 10
-12. Year long. This elective course provides positive
insights into the achievements of African Americans
from the beginnings of the country to the present. Note:
This course is not a substitute for the required United
States history course.
CRIMINAL LAW (12500): Grade Level: 10-12. One
semester. This elective course provides practical
information and problem solving opportunities in the
area of criminal law. The course will develop the
knowledge and skills needed to survive in this "lawsaturated" society, along with a willingness and
capability to participate effectively in the legal and
political systems of our community, state, and country.
*AP MACROECONOMICS (12231): Grade Level: 12.
One semester. The purpose of the AP course in
macroeconomics is to give students a thorough
understanding of the principles of economics that apply
to an economic system as a whole. The course places
particular emphasis on the study of national income and
price-level determination, and also develops student’s
familiarity with economic performance measures, the
financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth,
and international economics. This course will provide
students with a learning experience equivalent to that
obtained in a typical introductory economics college
course which requires students to use analytical readings
skills along with graphical analysis skills. Students will
prepare for the AP exam. This course may be used to
fulfill a graduation requirement. *quality points/weighted
*AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
(12215): Grade Level: 12. One semester. The AP course
in Comparative Government and Politics introduces
students to fundamental concepts used by political
scientists to study the processes and outcomes of
politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims
to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show
available institutional alternatives, to explain differences
in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate
to students the importance of global political and
economic changes. *quality points/weighted grade
grade
*AP MICROECONOMICS (12230): Grade Level: 12. One
semester. The purpose of a course in microeconomics
is to give students a thorough understanding of the
principles of economics that applies to the functions of
individual decision maker, both consumers and
producers. It places primary emphasis on the nature and
function of product markets, and includes the study of
factor markets and the role of government. This course
will provide students with a learning experience
equivalent to that obtained in a typical introductory
economics college course which requires students to
use analytical readings skills along with graphical analysis
skills. Students will prepare for the AP exam. This course
may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement. *quality
*AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (12310): Grade Level: 10-12.
Year long. This is a college level introductory elective
course into modern European history that examines the
major events, trends, and chronology from 1450 to the
present. Students will examine themes in history and
interrelated categories (political, diplomatic, intellectual,
cultural, social and economic) as they investigate, using
primary and secondary sources, the elites with the
experiences of ordinary people. Students will prepare for
the AP exam. *quality points/weighted grade
points/weighted grade
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Social Science
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (12134): Grade Level: 1012. Year long. History of Latin America is an elective
course for students who wish to strengthen and expand
their knowledge of Latin American civilizations. This oneyear course focuses on Latin American History
beginning with pre-Hispanic cultures and culminating
contemporary issues.
SOCIOLOGY (12415): Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
Sociology is the study of human relationships within a
social or group setting. The high school and American
societies will serve as the focus for such topics as the
cultural impact upon behavior, the process of adopting
social norms and values, the identification of social
deviants and the effects of labeling, the causes and
reduction of prejudice, and the impact of social class
upon life experiences.
PSYCHOLOGY (12400): Grade Level: 10-12. Year long.
This introductory course provides insight and practical
information in the field of psychology. Topics will include
learning, memory, the workings of the mind, personality,
attitude, emotions, and abnormal psychology.
WORLD AFFAIRS 1 & 2 (12130): Grade Level: 10-12.
Two semester sequence. World Affairs exposes students
to customs, traditions, and heritage of people from
around the globe. Inquiry into political, economic, and
social problems or events perplexing the world today.
Students will read, discuss and compare ideas expressed
in a variety of news media including Rockford Register
Star, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek magazine, U.S. News
and World Report magazine, Time magazine, ABC, CBS,
NBC national television, CNN and the Internet. This
course cannot replace the World History of World
Geography requirement.
*AP PSYCHOLOGY (12406): Grade Level: 10-12. Year
long. This course introduces students to the systematic
and scientific study of the behavior and mental
processes of human beings and other animals, exposing
students to psychological facts, principles, and
phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields
within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and
methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
Students will prepare for the AP exam. *quality points/
weighted grade
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World Languages
FOREIGN LANGUAGE INTERNSHIP (11530): Grade
Level: 11-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisites: Level 4 or
AP Language course. This course involves placing
individual students out in the community as foreign
language resources. Emphasis will be on students
utilizing their skills and knowledge within their focus
foreign language. Outside hours working will be a part
of this course.
develop communicative ability. Interaction with French
students via e-mail is encouraged. A French-English
dictionary is required.
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE (11315): Grade Level: 11–12.
Prerequisite: French 3 and French 4 and the AP
teacher’s recommendation. Year long. Students who
have not had French 4 must see the AP teacher for
diagnostic testing and placement in the class. This class
offers students the chance to prepare for the French
Language AP exam, and is the equivalent of a fifth
semester college course. Students will read, discuss, and
write about selections from a variety of sources: print
media, books, movies, internet, etc. They will focus on
comparing and analyzing different perspectives on a
topic, and will do research and make presentations on
selected cultural themes. They will review grammar and
structures as needed to improve their accuracy in using
the language. The class will be conducted entirely in
French. A French-English dictionary is needed.
FRENCH I (11300): Grade Level: 9–12. Year long. This
course is an introduction to the language and culture of
French-speaking countries. The emphasis is on listening,
speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will have
access to textbook, workbooks, audio and video
programs. Students should be aware that nightly
homework is necessary for acquiring these skills.
FRENCH II (11303): Grade Level: 9–12. Prerequisite:
French 1. Year long. This course expands upon the
structures and vocabulary learned in level 1. Students
will further develop their listening, speaking, reading,
and writing skills with a continued study of the French
culture. The program uses textbook, workbooks, audio,
and video programs. As with level 1, students should be
aware that nightly practice and homework are required
for acquisition of language skills.
MULTI-LANGUAGE LAB (11520): (East) Grade Level: 912. Lab Fee: $25.00: Prerequisites: None. One semester.
This course will provide students with a variety of
language offerings beyond traditional foreign language
offerings through both in classroom interactive
opportunities and online resources. Small group
language cohorts will be a part of this course to assist
students in their development of language skills and the
areas of Communication, Culture, Connections,
Comparisons, and Communities.
FRENCH III (11306): Grade Level: 10–12. Prerequisites:
French 1 & 2. Year long. Structural rules of French
grammar are stressed to help students further develop
and expand upon the four communication skills
(listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students will
research, speak, and write on cultural topics. Interaction
with French students via e-mail is encouraged. The
program uses textbooks, workbooks, audio, and video
components. Excerpts from various reading selections
will introduce students to French literature. A FrenchEnglish dictionary is required.
SIGN LANGUAGE I (11500): (East) Grade Level: 9–12.
Year long. This course is designed for the regular
hearing student who shows an interest in learning sign
language. It consists of a sequential curriculum of finger
spelling and signs. Students will learn approximately
900 words over the course of the year.
FRENCH IV (11309): Grade Level: 11–12. Prerequisites:
French 1, 2, & 3. Year long. More complex grammatical
structures are studied. Continuing their study of French
history and culture, students will begin to read
authentic French novels and short stories. Creative
writing and oral presentations will be emphasized to
SIGN LANGUAGE II (11503): (East) Grade Level: 10-12.
Prerequisite: Sign Language 1. Fee: $5.00/packets. Year
long. This course is developed as a second year sign
language class. It consists of a continuation of the
vocabulary with increased focus on American Sign
Language and interpreting.
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World Languages
SIGN LANGUAGE III (11506): (East) Prerequisite: Sign
Language 1 and Sign Language 2. Year long. The goal
of this course is to increase the student’s pragmatic skills
in using sign language, with an increased emphasis on
using American Sign Language (ASL) and distinguishing
it from Conceptually Accurate Signed English. The class
will also study Deaf Culture and its impact on sign
language.
*AP SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE (11115): Grade
Level: 11–12. Prerequisite: Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 and
the AP teacher’s recommendation. Year long. Students
who have not had Spanish 4 must see the AP teacher
for diagnostic testing and placement in the class. This
class offers students the chance to prepare for the
Spanish Language AP exam, and is the equivalent of a
fifth semester college course. Students will read, discuss,
and write about selections from a variety of sources;
print media, books, movies, internet, etc. They will focus
on comparing and analyzing different perspectives on a
topic, and will do research and make presentations on
selected cultural themes. They will review grammar and
structures as needed to improve their accuracy in using
the language. The class will be conducted entirely in
Spanish. A Spanish-English dictionary is needed.
SIGN LANGUAGE IV (11509): (East) Prerequisite: Sign
Language 1, 2, and 3. Year long. The goal of this course
is to continue development of the student’s skills using
sign language with increased emphasis on American
Sign Language and its differentiation from Conceptually
Accurate Signed English. Deaf culture and its impact on
sign language will also continue to be studied.
SPANISH I (11100): Grade Level: 9–12. Year long. This
course is an introduction to the language, customs, and
culture of Spanish speaking countries. The basic
structure of the language is covered with an emphasis
on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
*quality points/weighted grade
SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS I (11118): Grade Level:
9–12. Year long. This class is designed to meet the
needs of Spanish heritage learners. Hispanic students
who already can understand and speak some Spanish
should take this course instead of the regular Spanish
sequence. Students will build upon their Spanish
language skills, with special attention to strengthening
their reading and writing. Standard Spanish will be used
to help prepare students to use the language
appropriately in job settings and to start to prepare for
the Spanish Language AP test. Students will also
increase their awareness and understanding of their own
cultural heritage and that of the other Spanish speaking
countries in the world.
SPANISH II (11103): Grade Level: 9-12. Prerequisite:
Spanish 1. Year long. This course reinforces and expands
skills from the previous year. Emphasis continues to be
on building proficiency in the Spanish language. Studies
regarding the customs and culture of the Spanish
speaking world continue.
SPANISH III (11106): Grade Level: 10–12. Prerequisite:
Spanish 1 & 2. Year long. Further practice in self
expression in Spanish is provided. Reading and
composition skills are developed further. Exposure to
Spanish culture and customs continues.
SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS II (11121): Grade Level:
10–12. Year long. This class is a continuation of Spanish
for Native Speakers 1 designed to meet the needs of
Spanish heritage learners. Hispanic students who already
can understand and speak Spanish should take this
course next in the sequence following Spanish for Native
Speakers 1. Students will build upon their Spanish
language skills, with special attention given to
strengthening their reading and writing. Increasing the
awareness and understanding of their own cultural
heritage along with that of the other Spanish speaking
countries will be continued as well.
SPANISH IV (11109): Grade Level: 11–12. Prerequisite:
Spanish 1, 2, & 3. Year long. Students in this course
continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading,
and writing skills. Cultural enrichment is presented in
the area of history, geography, art, music, and literature.
Videos, slides, tapes, and other media help the student
to advance his/her study of the Spanish language and
culture. The study of the structure of the language is
also continued.
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Driver Education/ROTC
DRIVER EDUCATION
in all phases of the course may be eligible to take the
State of Illinois Driver's Licensing Test with their Driver
Education instructor. Parents are responsible for a
minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving (of which 10
hours must be night driving) with their son/daughter
and to record this on a document to be turned in when
the student obtains his/her license.
DRIVER EDUCATION (16203): Grade Level: 9-12. One
semester. Prerequisite: 15 years of age.
State law requires students to have received a passing
grade in at least eight courses during the previous two
Students must pass the written Driver Education Vehicle
Code Permit Test and a vision exam to advance to the
Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) phase. Pending availability of
instructors, students are selected in chronological order
by birth date and are given the opportunity to
successfully complete the required 6 hours of training.
Students have the option of taking BTW at a later date.
ROTC
JROTC 9-12 (16500): (Auburn) Grade Level: 9-12. Year
long. JROTC has four course levels which all include
academics, physical fitness and practical exercises. The
program initially focuses on character development,
teamwork, organizing, individual responsibility and other
life and academic success skills. As students progress in
the program they assume increasing levels of leadership
responsibility and staff roles during practical exercises to
plan, organize and publicize various school activities and
community support events (Labor Day, Open House,
Varsity Athletic Meets and Games, Veterans' Day,
Christmas Caroling, Military Ball, Awards Banquet,
Memorial Day and Fourth of July). Extra-curricular
activities include interscholastic competition drill, color
guard and marksmanship teams. Enrollment is limited.
semesters before he/she can be enrolled in Driver
Education.
Driver Education Fees: A $250.00 fee is required payable
to RPS 205, plus a $20.00 Illinois State permit fee to be
paid to the Secretary of State. Please note: students that
qualify for a district fee waiver will get the district driver
education fee waived NOT the State fee. All other
students must pay the driver education fee.
Students will receive safe instruction in the safe
operation of motor vehicles, rules of the road, and the
laws of the State relating to motor vehicles. The course
meets the legal requirements of the State in preparing
students to become safe and efficient users of the
highway transportation system. To successfully complete
the course, students must be in attendance a minimum
of 30 clock hours no exceptions. Driver Education is
taught in two phases (three phases at Auburn or
Jefferson): 1) Classroom Instruction (30 hours); 2) Behind
the Wheel Driving (6 hours); and 3) Simulation (if
applicable). Students who earn a grade of "B" or better
ROTC/DRIVER EDUCATION (16503): (Auburn) Grade
Level: 10 - 12. The student is enrolled in JROTC for one
semester. Age and the number of high school credits as
required by the State will determine admission into
Drivers Education for one semester.
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PE/Health
FRESHMAN BOYS PHYSICAL EDUCATION (16120):
Grade Level: 9. One semester. This course is designed
to increase fitness levels using a variety of exercise
modes including, but not limited to: team sports,
strength and conditioning, aquatics, and personal fitness
options. Heavy emphasis will be placed on team sports
and strength and conditioning. Students will learn proper movement patterns, determine heart rate and fitness
outcomes relative to each activity, and explore the benefits of teamwork and competition. Students will also
learn optimal training methods for maintaining healthy
body composition levels. All students enrolled will be
assessed for individual growth using a minimum of the
FitnessGram PACER test; additional FitnessGram test
batteries may also be used. Students will be required to
provide their own swimsuits and towels. (Boys- lined
swim trunks).
AQUATICS (16360): Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
Aquatics is designed to improve fitness levels through
individual and group aquatic activities. Activities may
include, but are not limited to: training and development of all swim strokes, water polo and related activities, water basketball, diving, and water aerobics/
plyometric. Aquatics includes heavy emphasis on fitness
concepts and conditioning. Students will be required to
provide their own swimsuits and towels. (Boys- lined
swim trunks; Girls-1 piece swimsuit).
FITNESS AND RECREATIONAL DANCE (16400): Grade
Level: 10-12. One semester. Fitness and Recreational
Dance is designed to increase fitness levels through the
use of dance skills and related experiences. Traditional
and contemporary dance styles will be included in the
course. Dances may include, but are not limited to: fox
trot, swing, polka, cha-cha, hip hop, waltz, tango, rumba, and line dances. Fitness and Recreational Dance includes heavy emphasis on fitness concepts and conditioning and all students enrolled will be assessed for individual growth using a minimum of the FitnessGram
PACER test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may
also be used.
FRESHMAN GIRLS PHYSICAL EDUCATION (16123):
Grade Level: 9. One semester. This course is designed
to increase fitness levels using a variety of exercise
modes including, but not limited to: personal fitness options (including high intensity interval training (HIIT),
metabolic resistance training, yoga, and Pilates), aquatics, strength and conditioning, and team sports. Heavy
emphasis will be placed on personal fitness options.
Students will learn proper movement patterns, determine heart rate and fitness outcomes relative to each
activity, and explore the benefits of teamwork and competition. Students will also learn optimal training methods for maintaining healthy body composition levels. All
students enrolled will be assessed for individual growth
using a minimum of the FitnessGram PACER test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may also be used. Students will be required to provide their own swimsuits
and towels. (Girls-1 piece swimsuit).
GROUP EXERCISE (16350): Grade Level: 10-12. One
semester. Group Exercise is designed to improve fitness
levels through group exercise activities. Activities may
include, but are not limited to: Pilates, yoga, metabolic
resistance training circuits, and high intensity interval
training (HIIT). Group Exercise includes heavy emphasis
on fitness concepts and conditioning and all students
enrolled will be assessed for individual growth using a
minimum of the FitnessGram PACER test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may also be used.
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HEALTH (16000): Grade Level: 9-12. One semester.
Students are required to take one semester of Health
during high school. Health includes the following topics:
mental and emotional health, stress management, CPR
and first aid, understanding medicines, tobacco, alcohol,
illegal drugs, human growth and reproduction, and
health careers/agencies. Most buildings offer this either
freshman or sophomore year. See high school counselor for building recommendations.
fitness opportunities. This course is designed for students who want or need to improve their personal fitness and need a gradual approach. This class is also
recommended for any long term medically excused students. All students enrolled will be assessed for individual growth using a minimum of the FitnessGram PACER
test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may also be
used.
TEAM STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (16340): Grade
Level 10-12 (9th grade students may enroll with instructor and coaches’ permission). One semester. Strength
and Conditioning is a rigorous course designed to improve strength, speed, power and conditioning levels.
The class includes: weightlifting, strength training,
plyometric, speed, agility, and conditioning. Strength
and conditioning includes heavy emphasis on performance enhancement and injury prevention through
proper training. All students will be assessed via
strength and conditioning testing which may include
strength and power, speed and agility, and conditioning
testing.
LIFE GUARD/WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR (16343):
Grade Level: 10-12 (9th grade students may enroll with
instructor permission). $35 Red Cross administration
fee. Prerequisite: Successful completion of required
competencies AND instructor approval. One semester.
Lifeguarding- The purpose of the American Red Cross
Lifeguarding course to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize,
respond to, and prevent aquatic emergencies, as well as
provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies,
injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical
services personnel take over. Pre-requisite- 300 yard
swim using front crawl or breaststroke, 2 minute treading water, and complete a 1 minute and 40 seconds
timed event swimming with a front surface dive into the
deep end to retrieve a 10lb brick.
TEAM SPORTS (16356): Grade Level: 10-12. One semester. Team Sports is designed to increase fitness levels
through the use of competitive team games and modified sport situations. This course may include: basketball,
volleyball, softball, soccer, flag football, broomball,
speedball, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, handball and/or additional sports. Team Sports includes heavy emphasis on
fitness concepts and conditioning and all students enrolled will be assessed for individual growth using a
minimum of the FitnessGram PACER test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may also be used.
Water Safety Instructor- The purpose of the American
Red Cross Swimming and Water safety program is to
teach people how to be safe in, on, or around water
and to teach individuals of different ages and abilities
how to swim. Pre-requisite: Students have to be able to
swim.
All students enrolled will be assessed for individual
growth using a 10-minute swim assessment. Additional
assessments may also be used.
PERSONAL FITNESS (16353): Grade Level: 10-12 (9th
grade students may enroll with instructor and counselor
approval) One semester. Personal Fitness is a semester
course designed for students who are interested in increasing their personal fitness levels, learning how to live
a healthy lifestyle and make appropriate choices, and
increase their awareness of community recreational and
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These courses do not count toward meeting the daily PE
requirement from the state.
EXERCISE SCIENCE I (16364): Grade level: 10. Year long.
This is the first class in a course sequence designed to
prepare students for the ACE Fitness personal trainer
certification and group exercise instructor certification.
This course will provide a foundational knowledge base
in the areas of anatomy, bioenergetics, exercise physiology, biomechanics, acute and chronic adaptations to
anaerobic and aerobic exercise, and nutrition. This
EXERCISE SCIENCE II (16367): Grade level: 11. Year long.
This course is the second step in the Exercise Science
Pathway. It will begin to incorporate application and
programming to the foundational skills and concepts
learned in Exercise Science I. Students will begin to perform assessments and analyze results, create programs
based on assessment data, and hone their exercise
technique and coaching skills. This course is considered
course is considered a PE elective and does NOT count
toward meeting the daily PE requirement from the state.
Students will need to enroll in a PE, Health, or Driver’s
Education course.
a PE elective and does NOT count toward meeting the
daily PE requirement from the state. Students will need
to enroll in a PE, Health, or Driver’s Education course.
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INTRO TO ART & DESIGN (15155): Grade Level: 9. Lab
Fee: $15.00. One semester. This course emphasizes
developing creative ideas and problem-solving skills
while providing students with an introduction to the
visual arts. This class will give students the foundation
necessary to expand into more specialized art areas.
The studio activities will focus on design and
composition while developing skills and an
understanding of drawing, painting, sculpture, and
computer imaging. Students will explore a variety of
media and techniques as well as deepen their
appreciation of art making through a global and
historical perspective. Units are constructed to engage
student learners while helping them see, analyze, create,
understand, and articulate their experiences of the visual
world.
2D media. Emphasis is placed on advanced level
technical skills, experimentation, creative expression and
personal interpretation. An additional expense is
required for matting artwork for portfolio presentation
and exhibition.
2-D STUDIO ART III (15109): Grade Level: 12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: Studio Art-II or consent of
instructor. This course requires portfolio development. A
portfolio is a presentation of a body of art work with
consistent quality, related themes, and demonstrates
independent work ethic and craftsmanship representing
a wide range of media. This course is for those students
interested in college, art school, or visual art
employment. An additional expense is required for
matting artwork for portfolio presentation and
exhibition.
STUDIO ART I (15100): Grade Level: 9–12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. This course is an overview of visual arts.
Students will explore traditional and experimental media.
Students will study visual art work from a variety of
cultures and time periods. This is a beginning model for
art criticism and the basis for further art study. An
emphasis is placed on learning how to draw, paint and
print as well as develop good studio habits,
craftsmanship, and visual art vocabulary.
*AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING (15141): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art-II. AP Studio Art: Drawing is
designed to address drawing issues and media. This
course promotes the investigation of all three aspects of
portfolio development – quality, concentration, and
breadth. The AP portfolio’s three-section structure
requires the student to show mastery in concept,
composition, and execution of drawing. The AP Studio
Art program sets a national standard for performance in
the visual arts. Students enrolled in AP Studio Art:
Drawing must take the AP exam which is a performance
based exam rather than a written exam requiring the
submission of a digital portfolio for evaluation. Students
who successfully pass the AP Studio Art review may
receive college credit. An additional expense is required
for matting artwork for portfolio presentation and
exhibition. *quality points/weighted grade
STUDIO ART I I (15103): Grade Level: 10–12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: Studio Art Foundations or consent
of instructor. This course is for the interested student to
further develop artistic skills. Students will advance and
continue their exploration and development of skills
begun in Studio Art Foundations. Students will focus on
mastering basic drawing and painting skills in a variety
of media with special emphasis on experimentation,
expression, craftsmanship, and originality. Art history,
aesthetics, and critical topics will be presented.
2-D STUDIO ART II (15106): Grade Level: 11–12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Studio Art-I or consent of
instructor. This course is designed to allow the
advanced level art student an opportunity to continue
their exploration and development of skills. Study is
accelerated enabling highly motivated students to
engage in advanced level art production in a variety of
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*AP STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN (15144): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: Advanced Art. The AP Studio Art: 2
-D Design course is designed to address twodimensional (2-D) design issues and media. This course
promotes the investigation of all three aspects of
portfolio development - quality, concentration, and
breadth. The AP portfolio’s three-section structure
requires the student to show mastery in concept,
composition, and execution of 2-D design through any
two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not
limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography,
collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and
printmaking. The AP Studio Art program sets a national
standard for performance in the visual arts. Students
enrolled in AP Studio Art: 2-D Design must take the AP
exam which is a performance-based exam rather than a
written exam requiring the submission of a digital
portfolio for evaluation. Students who successfully pass
the AP Studio Art review may receive college credit. An
additional expense is required for matting artwork for
portfolio presentation and exhibition. *quality points/
concentration, and breadth. The AP portfolio’s threesection structure requires the student to demonstrate
mastery in concept, composition, and execution of 3-D
design through any three-dimensional approach. The
AP Studio Art program sets a national standard for
performance in the visual arts. Students enrolled in AP
Studio Art:3-D Design must take the AP exam which is a
performance-based exam rather than a written exam
requiring the submission of a digital portfolio for
evaluation. Students who successfully pass the AP
Studio Art review may receive college credit. An
additional expense is required for preparing and
presenting artwork for exhibition. *quality points/
weighted grade
*AP ART HISTORY (15138): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. This course surveys the visual arts from
prehistoric to contemporary times. The survey is global
and includes an emphasis on social context and
connections between artists, related fine arts, culture
and events in the past and today. Students are expected
to view, discuss, research and write about the visual arts.
Testing and content are designed to prepare students
for the AP Art History exam. *quality points/weighted
weighted grade
3-D SCULPTURE-I (15132): Grade Level: 10–12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: Studio Art Foundations. A variety
of methods of working with sculpture will be explored.
Projects will emphasize problem solving,
experimentation, expression, craftsmanship and
originality. Historical, contemporary and cultural
examples will be studied.
grade
INTRO TO GRAPHIC DESIGN (15156): Grade Level: 9.
One semester. Lab Fee: $15.00. This course is an
overview introducing students to simple image
manipulation on the computer. The class will cover the
history of computer graphics and teach industry
standard software and procedures. Studio and digital
projects will allow students to learn the elements and
principles of art as a basis for good design.
3-D SCULPTURE-II (15135): Grade Level: 11–12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: 3-D Studio Art-I. This is a
third year course for the serious art student. It provides
the opportunity for more in-depth study and
experimental approaches to 3-dimensional forms. An
additional expense is required for displaying sculptures
for portfolio presentation and exhibition.
GRAPHIC DESIGN I (15123): Grade Level: 10–12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Studio Art Foundations, Intro
to Graphic Design and/or Business and Technology
Concepts. This course helps students become proficient
in two graphic programs currently used by professional
designers; Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Skills will be learned in how technology is used in
creating photo-edited images. Design and composition
will be taught on the computer through the use of these
programs.
*AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN (15147): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: 3-D Studio Art-I. AP Studio Art: 3D Design is designed to address sculptural issues and
media. Design involves purposeful decision making
about using the elements and principles of art in an
integrative way. This course promotes the investigation
of all three aspects of portfolio development -- quality,
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GRAPHIC DESIGN II (15126): Grade Level: 10–12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Graphic Design-I or Intro to
Graphic Design and/or consent of instructor. The intent
of this course is to allow students to review and expand
on the knowledge and skills that they have learned in
the prerequisite. Students will use graphic programs
used by professional designers: Adobe Photoshop,
Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Skills will be
used to edit images, create computer illustrations, and
layout designs. Design and composition skills will be
emphasized to create computer graphics suitable for
both print and web-based applications. Students will
also develop a digital portfolio to showcase their
artwork.
3-D MODELING AND ANIMATION (15113): Grade Level:
10-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisites: Intro to Graphic
Design or Graphic Design-I. This course offers an
introduction to the world of computer generated 3-D
modeling and animation. As an introductory course, it
provides a basic understanding of the skills and
techniques employed by 3-D designers. In this course,
students will explore basic mesh modeling, applying
textures and materials to 3-D objects, lighting, animation
and rendering.
MEDIA PRODUCTION I (21206): Grade Level: 11-12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I.
Designed to provide students with solid, introductory
level experiences in a variety of media forms, including
television, radio, film and the Internet. This course will
survey the historical and social significance of the media
in our culture. Students will develop a basic working
knowledge of the tools used in the production of media
projects. Communication, leadership, creative problem
solving, teaming and interpersonal skills will be of high
priority. As both an interdisciplinary course and a
resource for all school departments, the students will
have multiple opportunities to engage in creative work
through the use of appropriate and current technology.
Five after school studio hours per semester are required.
GRAPHIC DESIGN III (15160): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab
Fee: $15.00. Prerequisite: Graphic Design II. This course
will build upon the knowledge and skills learned in
Graphic Design II. This course is the capstone course at
the end of the Graphic Design Academy Pathway. The
course allows students to finish the three year Graphic
Design program with a strong design background and a
high level of competency using digital imaging,
computer aided drawing, and page layout programs.
Graphic Design III will introduce advanced level software
allowing students an exposure to industry standard
certification level coursework. This course allows
students to be fully immersed in the field of graphic
design through the use of practical application units
which lead to the development of an advanced level
portfolio for college acceptance and/or job placement.
MEDIA PRODUCTION II (21209): Grade Level: 12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Media Production I. A
continuation of training with an emphasis on placement
in the professional community through internships. The
focus of instruction will be on the development of
training and industrial films. Fifteen after school studio
hours required.
WEB DESIGN (15129): Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite:
Graphic Design I. This course focuses on the overall
production processes surrounding web site design with
particular emphasis on design elements involving layout,
navigation and interactivity. Students will learn using
both HTML and Adobe Dreamweaver.
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BEGINNING ORCHESTRA (15250): Grade Level: 9.
Orchestra Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a
school instrument. This course is designed to develop
the instrumental music skills of the beginning high
school student. Students will perform quality literature
representing all time periods, and genres. The
emphasis of this performance based group will be
placed on skills and techniques of the instrument by
the student, sight reading, and ensemble performing
skills. This course may only be taken once. Mandatory
outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is
part of the assessment for this class.
High School, District 205 and the community. Students
may enroll in this course for more than one year.
BEGINNING BAND (15203): Grade Level: 9-12. Band
Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. This course is open to students who have
never played a band instrument or current music
students who would like to learn a secondary
instrument. This group will study the basics of playing
an instrument and music reading. Mandatory outside
of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part of the
assessment for this class.
FRESHMAN BAND (J-Hawk, Knight, E-Rabs, Viking)
(15206): Prerequisite: Middle school and or consent of
instructor. Band Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if
renting a school instrument. This band is made up of all
freshmen rolling up from the middle school program,
developing technical proficiency and musical
knowledge. Several performances throughout the year
will be required. Mandatory outside of class time spent
rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this
class.
CONCERT ORCHESTRA (15200): Orchestra Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: Middle School orchestra or consent of
instructor. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. The course emphasis is on string
techniques, literature and performance. Mandatory
outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is
part of the assessment for this class. Students may
audition for the Advanced Strings Ensemble, an extracurricular seminar whose rehearsal schedule will be
determined by the instructor and its members. This
ensemble will perform at school as well as in the
community. Students may enroll in this course for more
than one year.
CONCERT BAND (15212): Grade Level 10-12. Band
Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. This course allows for continuing the
development of instrumental musicianship into the 2nd
year of high school. Mandatory outside of class time
spent rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment
for this class.
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (15253): Orchestra Fee:
$25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. Prerequisite: Audition. This course is an
advanced group of musicians who work on advanced
techniques, literature, and performance. The music
studied advances performance skills and covers all
periods and styles. Concerts will include playing full
orchestra music including wind, brass, and percussion
players. This class is offered for students who are
interested in performing advanced orchestral literature.
Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
Students are also encouraged to participate in
statewide festivals and competitions. Students will be
assigned small ensembles (i.e., trios, quartets) to
rehearse in class. These ensembles will have
opportunities to perform at special events at Auburn
WIND ENSEMBLE (15209): Grade Level 11-12. Band
Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. The
material performed will be of an advanced nature.
Several performances throughout the year will be
required. Mandatory outside of class time spent
rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this
class.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE (15215): Grade Level 10-12. Band Fee:
$25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 if renting a school
instrument. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in another
band and consent of instructor. The Jazz Ensemble
offers its members an exposure to jazz and rock music.
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The group performs at functions outside of school
including college jazz festivals and programs for civic
organizations. Mandatory outside of class time spent
rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this
class.
ARTS AND HUMANITIES (15150): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is designed
to investigate the cultural impact the arts have had on
society over time. The course will look at ancient and
contemporary arts examples to distinguish their
relevance and connections to cultural and historical
aspects of each time period.
BEGINNING PIANO KEYBOARD (15224): Grade Level: 912. Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is a group piano class
where students work individually on their own keyboard.
Students will improve reading, technical, and
performance skills. Basic skills will be taught including
scales, etudes, and music theory. Participants are
expected to perform as an individual and an ensemble
throughout the year at various school and community
events.
*AP MUSIC THEORY (15230): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab
Fee: $30.00. Prerequisite: Prior musical experience. A
one year course for students interested in a college
equivalent Music Theory course. This course follows the
Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum. Topics addressed
in depth include musicianship, theory, musical materials,
and procedures. Students who successfully pass the AP
Music Theory proficiency exam may receive college
credit. *quality points/weighted grade
BEGINNING ACOUSTIC GUITAR ENSEMBLE (15221):
Grade Level 10-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Beginning and
intermediate guitar students study the techniques of
guitar playing, rhythm section playing, sight reading,
various styles of music and basic musicianship. Guitar
techniques include chords, scales, strums and picking
styles. This course may not be repeated.
CHORUS (15303): Grade Level: 9. Chorus Fee: $25.00.
This mixed choir course is designed to develop the
choral skills of the beginning high school singer.
Students will perform quality literature representing all
time periods, genres, and languages of choral music.
The emphasis of this performance based choir will be
placed on vocal production, sight reading, and aural
skills. Chorus may only be taken once. Mandatory
outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part
of the assessment for this class.
ADVANCED PIANO KEYBOARD (15227): Grade Level 10
-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Audition. This is an
advanced piano class where students work individually
on their own keyboards. Students will improve reading,
technical, and performance skills on the
keyboard. Advanced skills will be emphasized including
all major and minor scales, arpeggios, improvisation,
and more advanced music theory. Students will also
work on their own compositions with music
technology. Participants are expected to perform as an
individual and as ensemble throughout the year at
various school and community events.
CONCERT CHORALE (15309): Grade Level: 9-12.
Chorale Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: Audition. This course
is designed to fully develop the chorale/musicianship
skills of the advanced high school singer. Students will
perform quality literature representing all time periods,
genres, and languages of choral music. Strong
emphasis will be placed on independent musicianship,
analysis of text, and interpretation. Students may enroll
in Concert Chorale for more than one year. Mandatory
outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part
of the assessment for this class.
MUSIC EXPLORATIONS (15240): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. Lab Fee: $25.00. This beginning level
course is designed as an overview and introduction to
music appreciation and exploration, through hands-on
lab stations and presentations. Labs include: piano
keyboard, acoustic guitar, voice, rhythm instruments,
computer, listening, reading and writing about music
from all over the world and from various time periods.
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INTRO TO ACTING (15418): Grade Level: 9. One
semester. Lab Fee $25.00. This course introduces
students to the complex aspects of Acting in the
entertainment business. Students discover the many
and varied elements of acting styles, movement
techniques, voice manipulation and characterization
application in scene performances. Also, audition
training and skills, along with improvisation techniques,
and a brief background in theatre history are discussed.
In addition, this course provides the student with a basic
working vocabulary of the business and an
understanding of the necessary techniques and
methods that help meld together the creative and
acting elements into one common goal. This course
enables the student to explore the variety of acting
career opportunities in the field and lead them towards
the option of choosing acting as their pathway in the
Human and Public Services Academy (HPS). This course
emphasizes the importance of real world skills such as
collaboration, teamwork, decision-making, the duality of
right-brained and left-brained skills, long range and
short term planning, meeting deadlines, critical thinking,
and the pride of creating a final scene performance
product. Requirements: attend or be part of a school’s
stage production, write an Acting Critique of a live stage
production.
play direction. Class members may be required to
perform in the performance based assessment; a one
act play.
ACTING & DIRECTING (15406): Prerequisite: Acting-2.
Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is a third level course
where class members may be required to aid in the
production of a one-act. Emphasis is on directing and
stage management. Requirement: attendance at several
current productions.
THEATRE SEMINAR (15409): Prerequisite: Acting and
Directing. Lab Fee: $25.00. Attendance at several
current productions are required. This course is a fourth
level course where students will continue a more indepth study of acting, directing, production, and period
styles. Students will investigate the development of a
production resulting in a performance.
INTRO TO TECH THEATRE (15419): Grade Level: 9.
One semester. Lab Fee: $15.00. This course introduces
to the student the complex workings behind the scenes
of the entertainment business. Students discover the
many and varied elements of stagecraft that are needed
to mount a stage production: scenic, lighting, sound,
publicity, costuming and make up. In addition, this
course provides the student with a basic working
vocabulary of the business and an understanding of the
necessary procedures and methods that help meld
together the creative and technical elements into one
common goal. This course enables the student to
explore the variety of career opportunities in the field
and lead them towards the option of choosing Technical
Theatre as their Pathway in the Human and Public
Services Academy (HPS). This course emphasizes the
importance of real world skills such as collaboration,
teamwork, decision-making, the duality of right-brained
and left-brained skills, long range and short term
planning, meeting deadlines, critical thinking, and the
pride of creating a final product. Requirements: 5 or
more hours of crew work, attend or be part of a school's
stage production, write a Technical Critique of a live
stage production.
ACTING I (15400): Grade Level: 9-12. Lab Fee: $25.00.
This course includes and expands with more in depth
application of Intro to Acting; an overview of the actor’s
craft. Students will learn theatrical terminology,
improvisation, pantomime, and character study. Class
members will perform monologues, scenes, and short
plays. Students will learn about theatre history, dramatic
structure and style, criticism and theatre etiquette.
Requirements: attend or be part of a school’s stage
production, write an Acting Critique of a live stage
production.
ACTING II (15403): Prerequisite: Intro to Acting or Acting
-1. Lab Fee: $25.00. Various acting techniques will be
explored through improvisation, monologues, and
scene work. Students will also learn the fundamentals of
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TECH THEATRE I (15412): Grade Level: 9–12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. This course includes and expands in more depth
what happens behind the curtain. Students will learn the
basics of set design, lighting, sound, props, makeup, set
construction and costumes. Tech Theatre will assist in
the production of the all-school plays. Requirement:
hours outside of class time.
teamwork, decision-making, the duality of right-brained
and left-brained skills, long range and short term
planning, meeting deadlines, critical thinking, by majorly
contributing to the success of the schools stage plays
and musicals. Requirements: 15 or more hours of crew
work, must be part of a school's stage productions as a
crew member or a position of Leadership, write a
Technical Critique of each live stage production put on
by the Theatre Department, and be a Technical Director
for one of the Theatre Department's one-act plays.
TECH THEATRE II (15420): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: Intro to Tech or Tech Theatre I.
This course is the first full year course offering in the
Technical Theatre Pathway in the Human and Public
Services Academy (HPS), and continues the logical
process of Technical Theatre methods. The student will
gain more in-depth training using the theatre facility's
equipment and complete projects as proof of their
training. The student will receive advanced training in
scenic construction, lighting, sound, rigging and knots,
scenic painting, make up application, costume design,
drafting and scene design, model-building, and poster
and playbill design. The student will use their training
and knowledge to help run the school's play and
musical productions as well as becoming technical
support for other programs held in the Auditorium.
Students will use theatre vocabulary and language as an
efficient and accurate way to communicate their ideas
and information. Students will put into practice the
importance of real world skills such as collaboration,
ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATRE (15415): Prerequisite:
Tech Theatre II. This course is a progressive and
advanced course introducing students to the theory of
theater technology. It includes participation in
construction, mounting, and running of school
productions. Requirements: lab fee and twenty hours
outside of class time.
THEATRE PRODUCTION (15425): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: Advanced Technical Theatre.
This course is the capstone of the Tech Theatre
pathway, focusing on original production designs
constructed, mounted and run for theater productions.
Portfolios and resumes development will prepare
students for college reviews. Requirement: twenty hours
outside of class time.
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BUSINESS & ADMINISTRATIVE
SERVICES (All business classes have a lab fee.)
ACCOUNTING I (21130): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab fee
required. Recommended prerequisite: Business & Tech
Concepts. Year long. A skill level course valuable to students pursuing business, marketing and management
programs. This course provides learning experiences
and activities for keeping, summarizing and analyzing
financial records. In addition to stressing fundamental
concepts and terminology of accounting, instruction will
provide initial understanding of financial reports, computer applications, development of proper work habits
and employability skills, and exploration of career opportunities. Topics include use of double entry accounting systems, mechanics of the accounting cycle, recording transactions in a general journal, recording transactions in special journals, posting to general journal, posting to special journals, and preparing financial statements particularly concepts for proprietorships and corporations. Additional topics include accounting for
special procedures such as cash funds, receivables, payables, depreciation and inventories particularly concepts
and procedures for corporations.
BEGINNING COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (21218): Grade
Level: 9 -12. Lab fee required. One semester. This
course is an introduction to computer applications including keyboarding, basic computer knowledge, and
basic computer operations including word processing
and formatting, presentation software, spreadsheets,
graphic arts, and programming. Students will be introduced to basic skills in Microsoft Office.
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS (21100):
Grade Level: 9-12. Lab fee required. Recommended
prerequisite: Beginning Computer Applications. Year
long. Students are introduced to core business concepts
and the role that business plays in the economic wellbeing of the United States. Topics included are entrepreneurship opportunities, identifying market needs
(global and domestic), financing and managing a business, economics of business, and the use of technology
in the business world. Students will advance their skill
level in Microsoft Office programs.
ACCOUNTING II (21133): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee
required. Prerequisite: Accounting I. Year long. Accounting 2 is a skill level course that builds upon the foundation of Accounting 1. In addition to stressing fundamental concepts and terminology of accounting, this course
continues the study of accounting to include the use of
special journals and the posting procedures to special
ledgers. Additional topics include accounting for special
procedures such as cash funds, receivables, payables,
depreciation and inventories particularly concepts and
procedures for partnerships.
ADVANCED COMPUTER CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS (21103): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: Beginning Computer Applications or Business Tech Concepts. Year long. This course is designed
to increase opportunities to succeed in the work force
after graduation or continued education at a community
college or university. Students will master skills in Microsoft Office Beginning Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
Access. Students successfully completing the course
may elect to test for Microsoft Office User Specialist
(MOUS) Core Certification.
ACCOUNTING III (21136): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee
required. Prerequisite: Accounting II. Year long. This
course expands on topics learned in the first and second
year courses while adding new topics about management accounting, cost accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and financial analysis. The study of a third year
of accounting helps qualify students for higher level accounting positions. This course provides an excellent
background and preparation for college business and
accounting majors. In addition the cost, budgeting, and
financial analysis topics are useful tools for the new entrepreneur.
INFORMATION PROCESSING (21106): Grade Level: 1112. Prerequisite: Advanced Computer Concepts and Applications. Lab fee required. Year long. This course is
designed to increase opportunities to succeed in the
work force after graduation or continued education at a
community college or university. Students will master
skills in Microsoft Office Expert, Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and Access (Outlook optional). Students successfully
completing the course may elect to test for Microsoft
Office User Specialist (MOUS) Expert Certification.
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BUSINESS & PERSONAL LAW (2688): Grade Level: 912. Prerequisite: Business and Technology Concepts.
Year long. Business and Personal Law is a course which
develops an understanding of legal rights and responsibilities in personal law and business law with applications applied to everyday roles as consumers, citizens,
and workers. The student will have an understanding of
the American legal system, courts/court procedures,
criminal justice system, torts, the civil justice system, oral
and written contracts, sales contracts and warranties,
and consumer protection. Legal technology is emphasized.
of Illinois. Course content combines advanced industry
knowledge and techniques with total student involvement. The program teaches you to see, think, create
and adapt as a designer – not just duplicate a hairstyle –
so you’ll feel confident creating your own designs or
adapting the latest trend.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- PLATTEVILLE CRIMINAL
JUSTICE PROGRAM (Jefferson) Students who successfully complete courses and earn a “C” or better in this program will earn advance standing credit; which can be
utilized through enrollment at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville after graduation from high school.
VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTERNATIONAL I (21113):
Grade Level: 10-12. Prerequisite: Business and Technology Concepts. Year long. This course is an in-school
entrepreneurship program and global business simulation that replicates all the functions of real businesses in
both structure and practice. Under the guidance of a
teacher-facilitator and business mentors, students create
and manage their virtual, internet-based businesses
from product development, production and distribution
to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting/
finance and web design.
Entrance Requirements, students must:
 Be on track to graduate
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 Earned 11 grade or 12 grade standing
 Have a 3.0 or better grade point average or
receive permission from the principal
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (UW- Platteville)
(17217U) . Grade: 11 – 12. Recommended Prerequisite:
Criminal Law. Year long. This course delves into various
types of technology, techniques and equipment used in
crime laboratories and by crime scene technicians at a
crime scene. Course also provides an overview for the
career of crime scene technicians. Students who successfully complete the course and earn a “C” or better
will earn advance standing credit; which can be utilized
through enrollment at the University of WisconsinPlatteville after graduation from high school.
VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTERNATIONAL II (21116) Grade
Level 11 – 12. Prerequisite: Virtual Enterprise I. Year
long. Enrolling in VEI II provides students with the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity for classmates
new to the course. This course is an in-school entrepreneurship program and global business simulation that
replicates all the functions of real businesses in both
structure and practice.
EVIDENCE COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION AND
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (UW- Platteville) Grade Level: 12. Prerequisite: Crime Scene Investigation (UW- Platteville). Each is a semester course,
paired together to make a year-long course.
COSMETOLOGY
COSMETOLOGY (58100U): Grade Level: 12. Year-long.
Families are responsible for the materials used in this
course which cost several hundred dollars. Courses are
taken through the Educators of Beauty who is a state
accredited program. This course is offered through
CEANCI’s Regional Programs and requires an application and enrollment is limited. Students who enroll in
this program will participate in the initial 250 hours of
the total 1,500 hours necessary to complete the program and become eligible to earn a license in the state
EVIDENCE COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION
(17211U): This course covers the methodology associated with the collection and preservation of physical evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, footwear impressions, and blood and biological samples at crime scene.
Chain of custody procedures, recording evidence submissions and managing and maintaining evidence collection storage facilities will also be covered.
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INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE(17214U): A survey of administration of Criminal Justice, including the
structure components of the criminal justice system and
the stages of the criminal process from the detection of
crime and arrest through the prosecution, adjudication,
sentencing and correctional intervention. Emphasis is
placed upon the analysis of decisions and practices within the context of the entire criminal justice system.
leadership skills and techniques which prepare them for
effective one-on-one and group work settings. In addition to leadership skills, the course will focus on interpersonal relationships and the value of role models. The
application of these skills will be to organize community
service events to include mentoring to students in their
school.
HEALTH OCCUPATIONS
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH OCCUPATIONS (21514):
Grade Level: 10–12. Year-long. This is a comprehensive, yearlong course that seeks to investigate the health
care delivery system, its services and occupations. Students will be exposed, through an exploratory approach
to an understanding of employment opportunity areas
in the field of health and health services. Instructional
will be provided in a variety of skills that are vital to all
health sciences occupations. A strong focus on communication, technology, career development and information literacy will prepare students to be strong candidates both for continuing education and employment.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT (21303): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab
Fee: $10.00. Year long. This course introduces students
to responsible nurturing and basic applications of child
development theory. 21st century emphasis is on care
providers’ responsibilities for and influences on children.
The course content will reinforce students’ skills in communication, resource management and problem solving.
It will also highlight the ways infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop physically, emotionally, socially and
intellectually. Activities include field trips, guest speakers,
computer applications for intranet research; problem
based learning schemas and tests.
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (21517): Grade Level 11 -12.
Year-long. Prerequisite: Introduction to Health Occupations. Medical Terminology provides study of a wide
range of medical terminology. The course is of value to
those preparing for careers as healthcare provider, diagnostic careers, and medical office careers including
medical office assistants, medical transcriptionists, medical coders, and others. Course content includes building
medical terms from word parts and specific medical
terms relating to body systems, diseases, diagnosis, surgical and medical care, abbreviations, medications, and
other medical terms.
EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE CAREERS (21309):
Grade Level 11 – 12. Prerequisite: Child Development.
Year long. This is a year-long course designed to introduce students to the wide variety of careers found in
education and to expose them to the licensing and education requirements needed to access careers in education. Students will examine the historical roots of education and examine the current political, economic, and
pedagogical factors which impact our schools. During
the second semester of this course, students will develop
lessons for instruction based in a traditional classroom
and through online course offerings. This course will
combine opportunities to observe and engage with
classrooms, and practice developing, implementing, and
assessing curriculum. Through this course students are
able to complete the necessary course work to earn a
Gateways Early Child Education Level 1 certification. Lab
fee: $25.00
MEDICAL SCIENCE I (21500): Prerequisites:
 Students must apply and complete an interview.
 Must have a minimum grade of a "B" in core courses.
 Limited absences and tardies from previous year.
 The following medical requirements are necessary:
Hepatitis B vaccine, a two-step Mantoux tb test, a
physical, influenza vaccine, and documentation of current immunization status
STUDENT LEADERSHIP (21600): Grade Level: 11-12.
Year long. Students will have the opportunity to develop
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Students will need to provide their own uniform. This
course is designed for juniors and/or seniors interested
in a health care career. The student spends 2 hours per
day, five days a week, at Rockford Health System, learning a core of knowledge and skills needed for many
health care fields. Students will have the opportunity to
shadow various health care professionals such as physical therapists, nurses and x-ray technicians. Students will
have the opportunity to obtain Illinois Nurse Assistant
Certification approved by the Illinois Department of
Public Health. In addition, safety, assessment
(temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure),
patient transport, personal care techniques and other
general health care skills are addressed.
focuses on the design process and its application.
Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering
standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design
solutions to solve proposed problems, document their
work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate
solutions to peers and members of the professional
community. *quality points/weighted grade
*PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (Project Lead the Way)
(21550). (Auburn, Guilford, East). Grade Level 10 – 12.
Lab Fee: $15.00. Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design. Year long. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a
broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving,
research, and design while learning strategies for design
process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING
TECHNOLOGY
EXPLORING ENGINEERING (21470): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. Lab Fee: $15.00. This semester course
uses a problem based learning paradigm and introduces
students to the connections between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students
work in teams to complete hands-on projects in support
of creativity and critical thinking. This course introduces
students to the Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial
Trades, and Technology (EMITT) pathways.
*quality points/weighted grade
*CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (Project Lead
the Way) (21554). (East). Grade Level 11 – 12. Lab Fee:
$30.00. Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Year-long. Students
learn important aspects of building and site design and
development. They apply math, science, and standard
engineering practices to design both residential and
commercial projects and document their work using 3D
architecture design software. *quality points/weighted
INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY AND
ENGINEERING(21400): Grade Level: 9-12. Year long.
Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is a mandatory first course
for most Industrial and Engineering Technology courses
It provides the orientation needed for all skill-level industrial occupation programs. Through numerous
“hands-on” activities, including drafting, electrical wiring,
and woodworking, the course will offer introductions to
communication technology, energy utilization, production technology, engineering design, and transportation
technology. Each unit will cover the resources, technological processes, industrial applications, technological
impact and possible occupations.
grade
*DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (Project Lead the Way) (21557).
(Auburn). Grade Level 11 – 12. Lab Fee: $30.00. Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Year-long. From smart phones to
appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course
provides a foundation for students who are interested in
electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential
logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and
programmable logic devices. *quality points/weighted
*INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (Project
Lead the Way) (21540): (Auburn, East, Guilford) Grade
Level: 10 -12. Year long. Lab Fee: $10.00. This course
grade
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*ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (Project Lead the
Way) (21560). (Guilford). Grade Level 11 – 12. Lab Fee:
$30.00. Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Year-long. Students
investigate and design solutions in response to real‐
world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking
water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands‐on activities and
simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true‐to‐life challenges. *quality points/
$30.00. This course is an advanced course in the fabrication of wood and metal projects. It provides the student
with advanced design and fabrication of woodworking
projects and introduces the student to simple metal fabrication skills. This is a skill level class and the students
will learn how to safely and effectively operate a large
variety of woodworking machines and will learn additional skills in metalworking, such as tap and die, micrometer, and steel cutting equipment use. At Auburn,
there is an additional welding component in which the
students will learn how to safely and effectively use several advanced types of welding processes in metal fabrication, including MIG, TIG, and plasma cutting operations
weighted grade
PRINCIPLES OF AEROSPACE SCIENCE (21403):
(Jefferson) Grade Level: 10 – 12. Year long. Principles of
Aerospace Science is designed to provide the student
with a broad-based aviation orientation in flight-related
areas. Subjects include historical developments in aviation and the airline industry, theory of flight, airport operations, aircraft systems and performance, elements of
air navigation, basic meteorology theory, air traffic principles, flight physiology, and aviation regulations and
safety.
FABRICATION II (21489): (Auburn, Jefferson, Guilford)
Grade Level: 11-12. Prerequisite: Fabrication I. Year
long. Lab Fee: $30.00. This course is an extension of
Fabrication I and will increase the knowledge and skill
levels necessary for the fabrication of wood and metal
projects. This course is more intended for students interested in careers in the many different forms of fabrication. It will build on what was learned in Fabrication I and
will include projects that are of an advanced design and
will require more developed skills to complete successfully. The students will set up and safely operate a large
variety of woodworking machines and continue to build
knowledge and skills necessary for metalworking. At Auburn, there is an additional and extensive welding component in which the students will further develop their
knowledge and skills to effectively use several types of
welding processes in metal fabrication, including brazing, oxy-fuel cutting, MIG, TIG, and plasma cutting operations.
UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (21495). (Jefferson)
Grade 10 – 12. Recommended Prerequisite: Principles
of Aerospace Science. Year long. This course is a survey
of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth, and application of
UASs. The course will include basic acquisition, use, and
operation of UASs with an emphasis on the integration
of robotic technology into the hardware and software of
unmanned aviation.
FLIGHT I (21480): (Jefferson) Grade Level: 11 – 12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Aerospace Science. Year long. This course develops the aeronautical
knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot
with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. Topics include: regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, crosscountry planning, airspace, chart use, communications,
weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics, and decision-making.
FABRICATION III (21492) Grade Level 11 – 12. Prerequisite: Fabrication II. Year long. Lab Fee: $30.00. This
course is an extension of Fabrication II and will increase
the knowledge and skill levels necessary for the fabrication of wood and metal projects. This course is intended
for students interested in careers in the many different
forms of fabrication. It will build on what was learned in
Fabrication II and will include projects that are of an advanced design and will require more developed skills to
complete successfully.
FABRICATION I (21462): (Auburn, Guilford, Jefferson)
Grade Level: 10-12. Prerequisite: Introduction to Industrial Technology and Engineering. Year long. Lab Fee:
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ORIENTATION TO TRANSPORTATION (21413): (Auburn,
Jefferson) Grade Level: 9 -12. Prerequisite: Introduction
to Industrial Technology and Engineering. Year long.
Lab Fee: $15.00. First semester is Small Engines, and
second semester is Automotive Mechanics. Small Engines will introduce the student to the 4-cycle engine
theory, nomenclature, service and repair procedures.
The student will disassemble, overhaul, and reassemble
a lawnmower engine. Automotive Mechanics will expose
the student to the basics of the automobile. Students will
become knowledgeable of the various systems of a
modern automobile, and the different skills related to
them.
volved in construction projects and may engage in a
variety of small projects.
CONSTRUCTION I (21474): (East, Guilford) Grade Level:
11-12. 2 credits per semester. Lab Fee: $15.00 plus
tools. Prerequisite: Orientation to Construction. Year
long. This course is an introductory course in construction, remodeling, and home repair. Carpentry skills, drywall, concrete, tile, roofing, and siding skills are a few of
the areas covered.
CONSTRUCTION II (21477): (East, Guilford) Grade Level:
12. 2 credits per semester. Lab Fee: $15.00 plus equipment. Prerequisite: Construction I. Year long. This course
is a continuation of Construction I. A second-year student is expected to handle more responsibility and will
be put in charge of certain projects or a section of construction.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY I (21416): (Auburn, Jefferson) Grade Level: 11-12. Lab Fee: $30.00. Prerequisite: A
grade of “C” or better in Orientation to Transportation.
Year long. In the first semester, students will study automotive suspension/steering, brake systems, and vehicle
service. Second semester will cover basic engine repair,
automatic/manual drive train, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, heating/air conditioning, vehicle service. Safety in the use of automotive hand tools,
equipment, and chemicals/oils is also covered.
ORIENTATION TO DRAFTING (21434): (Jefferson) Grade
Level: 9- 12. Year long. This course will introduce the
student to the basic fundamentals of drafting while concentrating on mechanical drafting and its techniques.
The content of the course covers the method of transferring ideas to paper and computer. Drawing and the
language of industry are covered in detail. Typical areas
covered may include: planning and organizing activities,
preparing sketches, performing basic layouts, and detailing drawings. Basic introduction to Computer Aided
Drafting (CAD) will be presented through the year.
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY II (21419): (Auburn, Jefferson) Grade Level: 12. Lab Fee: $30.00. Two hour capstone course. Prerequisite: Automotive Technology I.
Year long. During the first semester, students will identify
and interpret electrical system problems and will be introduced to the diagnosis and repair of starting, charging, driver information, and electrical/electronic systems.
Second semester will focus on brake systems. Diagnosis
and repair of hydraulic and drum systems, disc brakes,
wheel bearings, parking brakes, and power assist units
will be covered.
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING/CAD I (21447): (Jefferson)
Grade Level: 10-12. Prerequisite: Orientation to Drafting. Year long. Course content includes CAD, architectural drafting concepts, and engineering design concepts. The application of research skills, math skills, and
the language of industry will be stressed. Typical areas
covered may include: planning and organizing activities,
researching of information, performing general office
procedures, preparing sketches, performing basic layouts, detailing drawings, performing presentation techniques, using reproduction techniques, producing mechanical working drawings, using CAD command processes, & producing drawings using CAD.
ORIENTATION TO CONSTRUCTION (21465): (East)
Grade Level 10 – 12. Prerequisite: Introduction to Industrial Technology and Engineering. Year long. Lab Fee:
$15.00. This course exposes students to the opportunities available in construction-related trades, such as carpentry, masonry, air conditioning/refrigeration, plumbing, and so on. Students learn about the processes in-
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ers while producing a variety of precision metal projects.
Instruction will also include the related metalworking
topics of shop math, blueprint reading, precision measurement, metallurgy, and technical communications.
Students will be introduced to computer numerical control (CNC) programming and machining.
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING/CAD II (21486): (Jefferson)
Grade Level 11 – 12. Prerequisite: Drafting/CAD I. Year
long. Instruction is provided in the areas of locating information using computer data files, determination of
materials and availability, project conferences, checking
plan dimensions, drawing schematic sketches, preparing
scale sketches, producing drawings from written/verbal
instructions, application of coordinate dimensioning
standards, creating drawings using a plotter/printer,
producing renderings and/or charts and graphs, and
common plan features. Instruction is also provided in
the areas of drawing framing plans, wall sections, fireplace sections, door sections, door and window schedules, dimensioning structural steel drawings, constructing column detail drawings, preparation of structural
foundation, slab and floor plans, drawing electrical,
block, schematic, and electrical connection drawings.
Skills relating to CAD include preparation of a basic CAD
drawing, building and editing a data base, developing a
3-dimensional drawing and selecting appropriate line
work, line weight, and color.
MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY II (21456): (Jefferson)
Grade Level: 12. 2 credits per semester. Prerequisite:
Machine Tool Technology I. Year long. Lab Fee: $30.00.
A continuation of Machine Tool Technology I, this
course is for students with the aptitude and desire to
enter a metalworking career as an apprentice, entrylevel technician, or is college oriented toward a manufacturing degree. Course work will involve mastery of
machine tool operation while producing precision tooling projects. The programming and operation of CNC
equipment will be emphasized.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
MEDIA PRODUCTION I (21206): Grade Level: 10 – 12.
Year long. This course is designed to provide students
with solid, introductory level experiences in a variety of
media forms, including television, radio, film, and the
Internet. This course will survey the historical and social
significance of the media in our culture. Students will
develop a basic working knowledge of the tools used in
the production of media projects. Communication, leadership, creative problem solving, teaming and interpersonal skills will be of high priority. As both an interdisciplinary course and a resource for all school departments, the students will have multiple opportunities to
engage in creative work through the use of appropriate
and current technology. 5 after school studio hours per
semester are required.
ORIENTATION TO MANUFACTURING (21450):
(Jefferson) Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee: $5.00. Prerequisite: Introduction to Industrial Technology and Engineering. Year long. Lab Fee: $15.00. This metalworking
course provides an introduction to manufacturing materials, processes, and career opportunities. Students will
design and produce projects using individual craftsmanship, mass production, and automated machining (CNC)
techniques. Lab work will involve the safe use of metalworking hand tools, band saws, drill presses, lathes, and
milling machines to produce a variety of metal projects.
MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY I (21453): (Jefferson)
Grade Level: 11-12. 2 credits per semester. Prerequisite: Orientation to Manufacturing. A lab fee covers safety glasses, lock, and materials consumed making class
projects. Year long. Lab Fee: $30.00. This two hour,
capstone course is for students interested in metalworking/ manufacturing careers. Students will develop metalworking skills in sheet metal work, bench work, and in
the safe operation of saws, drills, lathes, mills, and grind-
MEDIA PRODUCTION II (21209): Grade Level: 11 – 12.
Prerequisite: Media Production I. Year long. A continuation of training with an emphasis on placement in the
professional community through internships. The focus
of instruction will be on the development of training and
industrial films. 15 after school studio hours required.
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computer science. *quality points/weighted grade
CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY I (21212): (Guilford)
Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee required. Recommended
prerequisite: Business and Technology Concepts. Year
long. The first semester in this introductory course in
the CISCO networking Academy is a highly relevant
preparation in the information technology field. Concepts covering the fundamentals of networking, protocols, IP addresses and other concepts leading to cabling installation will be covered. The second semester
will cover routing theory and router technologies. Students will participate in router configuration exercises
and will be introduced to LAN switching. By the end of
the class, students will have the skills necessary to gain
internship opportunities in the information technology
sector.
CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY II (21215): (Guilford)
Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee required. Prerequisite:
CISCO Networking Academy I. Year long. In this course
students will learn advanced routing and switching.
Students will configure routers and switches using network management techniques to find and fix network
problems. Students will also complete advanced projects in network design and management. This course
will prepare students for the industry certification exam
required to achieve the CISCO Networking Associate
Certificate.
*AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (13440): (Auburn) Lab fee
required. Prerequisite: Business and Technology Concepts. Year long. The class will introduce the student to
JAVA software development. Students will write platform-independent, object oriented code for conventional, Internet – and Intranet-based applications. Topics covered include graphical user interface (GUI) development, multimedia (images, animation, and audio);
graphic strings, exception and security; application
portability. A number of programming assignments
will be given to enable the student to build real-world
JAVA applications. This is a college level course in
CAREER COURSES
FRESHMAN SEMINAR (17204): Grade Level: 9. One
semester. All freshmen will be placed in the Freshman
Seminar course. Freshman Seminar combines career
exploration and development with special emphasis on
success skills, communication skills, critical thinking and
problem solving skills, and personal qualities
(responsibility, self-esteem, self-management, and integrity).
FRESHMAN SEMINAR - INDEPENDENT STUDY (17205):
Grade Level: 9. One semester. Freshman Seminar combines career exploration and development with special
emphasis on success skills, communication skills, critical
thinking and problem solving skills, and personal qualities (responsibility, self-esteem, self-management, and
integrity). Students taking the Independent Study version of the course need to have reliable access to the
Internet and Microsoft Office Applications. Strong time
management skills and self-determination are critical
attributes needed for successful completion of this
course as Independent Study. In addition to independent and online work, students will be required to
attend routine meetings with the course instructor.
INTERNSHIP (21139): Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee required. 2 credits per semester. Suggested Prerequisite:
Business & Technology Concepts. Year long. This
course allows students to experience the benefits of
work training while participating in a classroom with
students in numerous other occupational areas. The
teacher-coordinator and training site sponsor develop
unique training plans for students based on occupational goals while related instruction is pertinent for all
students enrolled in the class. This class will be offered
the last or first two hours of the day for ease of mainstreaming into industry.
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Advance Now Program 2016-2017
Program Title
Allied Health
(Junior year Program Only)
Automotive Service Technology
(Junior year Program Only)
(1st year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
Automotive Service Technology
(Senior year Program Only)
(2nd year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
*must have participated as a Junior*
Aviation Maintenance
(Junior year Program Only)
(1st year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence) Participation in the
Aviation program, during the Junior
year of HS, provides one semester of
a six semester program.
Aviation Maintenance (Senior year Program Only)
(2nd year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence) - Upon completion
of the 2 year classes, students should
continue in the RVC Aviation program
to fulfill their AAS degree.
Courses Taken at Rock Valley College
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BIO 100: Introductory Human Biology (3 Cr)
CHM 110: General, Organic & Biochemistry I (4 Cr)
ENG 101: Composition & Literature I (3 Cr)
PSY 170: Introduction to Psychology (3 Cr)
HLT110: Medical Terminology (2 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program -- priority given to juniors.
Prerequisite courses required for admission to a nursing (BSN) degree program.
Meet most prerequisites required for Allied Health fields, such as, Surgical Technology, Dental
Hygiene, Radiology, 2-year nursing (ADN), and Respiratory Care.
All courses are part of the IAI General Education Core Curriculum, typically eligible for transfer.
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ATM 105: Introduction to Brake and Chassis System (3 Cr)
ATM 106: Intro to Auto Electrical System/Power Train (3 Cr)
ATM 140: Engine Diagnosis and Repair (6 Cr)
STU 100: Planning for Success (1 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Automotive Engine Certificate
Credits can also be applied toward additional Automotive certificates & AAS degree
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ATM 107: Automotive Electronic Fundamentals (4 Cr)
ATM 114: Brakes (4 Cr)
ATM 221: Steering and Suspension (4 Cr)
STU 101: Career Planning (2 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Automotive Suspension & Brakes Certificate
Credits can also be applied toward additional Automotive certificates & AAS degree
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AVM 101: Materials and Processes (3 Cr)
AVM 102: Basic Electricity (3 Cr)
AVM 105: Aircraft Drawing – Weight & Balance (3 Cr)
AVM 248: Hydraulic & Pneumatic Cont. Sys. (3 Cr)
AVM 250: Assembly & Rigging (3 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Credits can be applied toward Aviation Maintenance certificates & AAS degree
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AVM 247: Aircraft Metal Structures (6 Cr)
AVM 103: Aviation Math & Physics (2 Cr)
AVM 104: Records & Publication (3 Cr)
AVM 251: Landing Gears Systems (3 Cr)
AVM 249: Aircraft Fuel Systems (1 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
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FRE 101: Intro to Fire Protection (3 Cr)
FRE 106: Rescue Practices (3 Cr)
FRE 118: Building Construction-Fire Protection (3 Cr)
FRE 208: Fire Prevention Principles (3 Cr)
STU 100: Planning for Success (1 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Foundation of the Fire Service Certificate
Credits can be applied toward additional Fire Science certificates & AAS degree
Program participation during the Junior & Senior years of HS provides two
semesters of a six semester program.
Fire Science
(Junior year Program Only)
(1st year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
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Courses Taken at Rock Valley College
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FRE 223: Emergency Medical Technician (9 Cr)
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Semester-long class - fall only or spring only
Seats not filled by prior year's Juniors can be filled by new Seniors
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate
Credits can be applied towards Fire Science AAS degree
BCM 100: Intro to Construction Management (3 Cr)
BCM 104: Construction Blueprint Reading (3 Cr)
BCM 117: Construction Materials & Methods (3 Cr)
BCM 120: Mechanical Systems (3 Cr)
BCM 125: Construction Safety (3 Cr)
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Complete the Basic Construction Certificate.
Credits can be applied towards additional Building Construction Management certificates & AAS degree.
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BCM 117: Construction Materials & Methods (3 Cr)
BCM 120: Mechanical Systems (3 Cr)
BCM 268: Home Performance and Energy Auditing (3 Cr)
BCM 278: Green Building Fundamentals (3 Cr)
EET 105: Intro to Sustainable Energy (3 Cr)
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1 year program open to Juniors & Seniors.
Complete the Sustainable Construction Certificate.
Credits can be applied towards Sustainable Building Science AAS degree.
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1 year program open to Seniors only
Credits can be applied towards the Personal Training certificate (NSCA Recognized)
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NAD 101: Nursing Aide (7 Cr)
BIO 100: Intro to Human Biology (3 CR)
STU 100: Planning for Success (1 Cr)
STU 101: Career Planning (2 Cr)
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Nursing Aide (CNA) Certificate
NAD 101 and BIO 100 are prerequisite courses for both the Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)
and the AAS Degree in Nursing
Welding Technology
(Junior year Program Only)
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WLD 100: Introduction to Welding (3 Cr)
WLD 153: Arc Welding – Flat (3 Cr)
STU 100: Planning for Success (1 Cr)
(1st year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
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Credits can be applied toward Welding certificates
Welding Technology
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WLD 155: Arc Welding – Horizontal (3 Cr)
WLD 157: M.I.G. Welding (3 Cr)
STU 101: Career Planning (2 Cr)
(2nd year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
*must have participated as a Junior*
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Part of a 2 year program – begin Junior year & finish Senior year
Assembly Line Welder Certificate
Credits can also be applied toward additional Welding Certificate
Fire Science
(Senior year Program Only)
nd
(2 year of 2 year program – courses
taken in sequence)
*must have participated as a Junior*
BCM Basic Construction
(Junior or Senior year Program)
BCM Sustainable Construction
(Junior or Senior year Program)
Fitness, Wellness & Sport
(Senior year Program Only)
Health Occupations
(Senior year Program Only)
FWS 126: Beginning Weight Lifting (1 CR)
FWS 127: Advanced Weight Lifting (2 Cr)
FWS 266: Personal Training I - Concepts & Applications (3 Cr)
FWS 267: Personal Training II - Concepts & Applications (3 Cr)
CEANCI Dual Credit course offerings are subject to change. Program fees are the responsibility of the
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Online Courses
Course Description
OFF 118 Computer
Keyboarding (1 credit)
Computer Keyboarding is taught on a microcomputer as an independent study course and/or as a regular short course. The course is designed so that students can acquire the skill to effectively use touch typing to input alphabetical and numerical data into a computer or to type on a typewriter. A pass/fail grading system is used. Prerequisite: a score of 41 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
BUS 101 Intro to Business
(3 credits)
Introduction to Business introduces business functions, operations, and organization. The course includes
forms of ownership, management, finance, business ethics, personnel and labor-management relations,
and marketing. Prerequisite: a score of 70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
BUS 170 Intro to
Organizational Behavior
(3 credits)
Introduction to Organizational Behavior is an introduction to the theories and concepts of human behavior in organizations. Foundations of behavior of individuals and groups and organizational structure are
studied. Application of these theories and concepts of management issues are discussed. Prerequisite: a
score of 70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
CIS 102 Intro to
Computers and
Information Systems
(3 credits)
Introduction to Computers and Information Systems surveys the uses of computers in business, industry
and the home. This course introduces computer concepts, principles, and terminology. A number of
hands-on computer experiences are provided, including using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Credit will not be given for both CIS 102 and CIS 202. Prerequisite: a score of
70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
CIS 180 Intro to Visual
Basic Programming
(4 credits)
CIS 276 Intro to C/C++
Programming (4 credits)
Introduction to Visual Basic Programming is an introductory course that is designed for students and
professionals with little or no Visual Basic or Windows programming experience. The student will learn the
BASIC language syntax, event-driven programming, and how to put together a complete Visual Basic
Application. Topics such as Windows programming standards and conventions, database programming,
array processing, controls, properties, methods and events will be discussed. Prerequisite: successful
completion of CIS 102 in the fall and a score of 70 or higher in the reading portion of Accuplacer, a 61 or
higher on the elementary algebra portion od Accuplacer
Introduction to C/C++ Programming provides the student with an introduction to programming using
the C/C++ programming language. This course is suitable for students with little or no programming
background. C/C++ is an object-oriented programming language that will be used in this course to
teach control structures: sequence, selection, iteration, to teach structured program design, programming
style, documentation, modular design, code reusability, and program testing. Prerequisite: completion of
CIS 102 in the fall and a score of 70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
CRM 101 Intro to Criminal
Justice (3 credits)
Introduction to Criminal Justice is open to all students and covers the philosophy and history of law enforcement, crime and police problems, organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and a survey of professional career opportunities and their corresponding required
qualifications. Prerequisite: a score of 70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
MGT 270 Principles of
Management (3 credits)
Principles of Management introduces the concepts of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Topics include the organization triangle, organizational design, strategic planning, managing human resources, decision making, communication, quality, change and conflict management, and ethics. These
management principles apply to all types of organizations. Prerequisite: successful completion of BUS 101
in the fall and a score of 70 or higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
PCI 106 Micro
Application/Windows
Based (4 credits)
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Microcomputer Applications/Windows Based is a survey of current applications for microcomputers utilizing hands-on experience with popular soft- ware packages in the Windows environment. Topics include
word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentation software, database systems, presentation software, Internet Web browsers, and some background in microcomputer hardware and operating systems.
Prerequisite: keyboard proficiency or successful completion of OFF 118 in the fall and a score of 56 or
higher on the reading portion of Accuplacer
Online courses require a 70 or better on the reading portion of Accuplacer (the Rock valley College placement
exam) — exceptions indicated above
All online courses are offered in the fall and in the spring
Students are only allowed to enroll in one online course each semester
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CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
TRAINING & PLACEMENT PROGRAMS
COURSES/TRAINING
MACHINE OPERATOR 2 (20203): Prerequisite: Referral
of 20200 instructor. Students complete an interview
prior to Course registration. Continued more in depth
use of machines (drill press, lathe, surface grinder, etc.).
Location: ROOSEVELT - Section 1 A.M. Section 2 P.M.
Special Education CTE Courses: Students are
recommended for, and enrolled in, a Special Education
CTE program at the annual I.E.P. conference. They are
bused to various school and community sites to attend a
special education CTE class for 2 hours per day (2 credits
per semester) where they receive training in one of the
following areas:
ORIENTATION TO CHILD CARE (20306): AM Section
only. Provides students with training and work
experience in day care centers (KenRock Community
Center, Brightside, Circles of Learning).
ORIENTATION TO FOODS I (20100): This course
introduces careers in food service and the employability
skills which are needed for successful employment in this
field. Safety, health, nutrition, and sanitation principles
are introduced. Location: River Bluff. Section 1 A.M.
Section 2 Midday.
ORIENTATION TO FOODS II-ON THE JOB TRAINING
(20103): This course is a continuation of Orientation to
Foods I. Simple food preparation is used to instruct
students in measurement, following a recipe, serving,
and clean-up. Included is the proper use and cleaning of
equipment, safety practices, and food storage. Location:
River Bluff. Section 1 A.M. Section 2 Midday.
ORIENTATION TO ELDER CARE (20303): A.M. and P.M.
Provides students with training and work experiences in
nursing homes. (River Bluff)
ORIENTATION TO FOODS III (20106): Students
complete an interview with the instructor and tour of
Hoffman House prior to course registration. HOFFMAN
HOUSE - Section 1 A.M.
GENERAL ORIENTATION TO VOCATIONAL
EXPLORATION (20400): Students explore a wide range
of career opportunities in a variety of vocational fields as
they relate to their interests and abilities. WILSON
ASPIRE, AUBURN, EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON,
ROOSEVELT
ORIENTATION TO FOODS IV-ON THE JOB TRAINING
(20109): Students complete an interview with the
instructor and tour of Hoffman House prior to course
registration. HOFFMAN HOUSE - Section 1 A.M.
GENERAL ORIENTATION TO VOCATIONAL
ASSESSMENT (20403): This course is designed to
expand on the skills learned in General Orientation to
Vocational Exploration. Students will have the
opportunity to increase skill levels. WILSON ASPIRE,
AUBURN, EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON, ROOSEVELT
MACHINE OPERATOR 1 (20200): This course is a
general overview in the use of standard machines such
as the drill press, lathe, surface grinder, mill, band saw,
and metal fabricating machine. ROOSEVELT - Section 1
A.M., Section 2 P.M.
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ORIENTATION TO AUTO SERVICE I (20500): This
course is designed to allow students to learn and
perform various auto service tasks which can lead to
employment in a variety of auto service related careers.
ROOSEVELT - Section 1 A.M., Section 2 P.M.
COMMUNITY BASED LIFE SKILLS TRAINING—
COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING AND PRACTICE
(20943): Grade Levels: 11—12. Students will have
additional opportunities to practice and enhance skill
building in a real world community setting. Practice
may involve group outings to various sites to enhance
the learning experience. EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON,
AUBURN, WILSON
ORIENTATION TO VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION
(18025): This course is paired with a semester of
Freshman Seminar. Students explore a wide range of
career opportunities in a variety of vocational fields as
they relate to their interests and abilities. (Orientation
to Vocational Exploration 20410/Freshman Seminar
17204).
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION/CONSTRUCTION (20420):
The construction classes meet for two (2) hours a day
and are generally held off school grounds at various
work sites. The students are transported by bus to the
work site. There they learn skills of painting, carpentry,
plumbing, electricity, roofing, dry walling, landscaping,
gutters and siding. EAST
ORIENTATION TO GENERAL MAINTENANCE 1 (20600):
This course will provide the student with an introduction
to building operations, safety procedures, proper
cleaning of a building, proper use and maintenance of
cleaning equipment and proper use of commercial
cleaning agents. ALANO CLUB - Section 2 P.M.
GENERAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING (20423): Students
experience various employment setting for work
experiences. Training is closely supervised by a
representative of the school and/or employer/
supervisor. EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON, AUBURN,
WILSON ASPIRE
ORIENTATION TO GENERAL MAINTENANCE 2 - ON
THE JOB TRAINING (20700): This course provides the
student with an introduction to basic grounds care,
safety procedures, identification, proper use and
maintenance of equipment, as well as continuation of
proper cleaning of a building. RIVERFRONT MUSEUM
PARK – DISCOVERY CENTER- Section 1 A.M.
JOB PLACEMENT
The overall goal of the training programs is to assist the
student in developing work skills and behaviors
appropriate for entry level positions. Two job placement
coordinators, with the assistance of two job coaches,
are responsible for counseling, teaching job related life
skills, developing and supervising job placements, and
providing job coaching when needed. The placement
programs are funded through a yearly Job Training
Partnership Act Grant from the Rock River Private
Industry Council and through the Department of
Rehabilitation Services.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CO-OP (20900): Special
Education Cooperative Education provides an
opportunity for students to develop marketable skills
and knowledge in an occupation while working on the
job. Work activities designed and supervised by both
the employer and the instructor assist the student in
developing marketable skills and work attitudes.
AUBURN, EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON, ROOSEVELT,
WILSON ASPIRE
SCHOOL BASED LIFE SKILLS TRAINING (20940): Grade
level: 9—10. Instruction will begin at each student’s
developmental and functional level to achieve
acquisition of skills within the school building/campus.
EAST, GUILFORD, JEFFERSON, AUBURN, WILSON
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ENGLISH REQUIRED CLASSES
engage with increasingly complex texts – both print and
non-print, fiction and nonfiction. Students will also learn
to write increasingly sophisticated arguments and
informational essays, in addition to furthering their study
of language and usage, speaking and listening, and
research.
ENGLISH 9: This is a writing-intensive course designed
to develop students’ skills in critical reading and writing,
speaking, and listening. The course is standards-based
and thematically organized around a variety of texts –
print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction. Within each
unit, students will participate in full-class studies of core
works in addition to opportunities for small group and
independent study. Writing instruction will build
foundational skills in argumentation in addition to
source-based writing, grammar, mechanics, style, and
usage. Instruction in critical reading will include
strategies to engage with text.
ENGLISH ELECTIVE CLASSES
ADVENTURES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: This is a
junior/senior elective that focuses on some widely
accepted American prose excerpts about Nature, and
American Values in Literature. Included in this course is
the presentation of selected "classic" poetry written by
widely recognized poets such as Carl Sandburg, Walt
Whitman, Langston Hughes, Stephen Crane, and Edgar
Allen Poe. A minimum of one book report on a "Classic"
work from American literature as well as written
reactions to other prose and poetry readings will be
required.
ENGLISH 10: This is a writing-intensive course designed
to build on students’ skills in critical reading and writing,
speaking, and listening. The course is standards-based
and thematically organized around a variety of texts –
print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction. Within each
unit, students will participate in full-class studies of core
works in addition to opportunities for small group and
independent study. Writing instruction will continue to
focus on skills in argumentation in addition to sourcebased writing, grammar, and usage; students will begin
to engage in rhetorical analysis and synthesis.
Instruction in critical reading will include strategies to
engage with text.
AP ENGLISH 11 LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION:
Grade Level: 11. This course focuses on non-action
reading combined with a balance of literature and timed
writing exercises. The students apply all criticisms and
forms of analysis to all works in order to gain a deeper
personal understanding of the literary realm. Through
personal endeavors, the students teach themselves and
each other all aspects of literary theory and aid each
other in furthering their appreciation of literature.
Students are able to practice for the AP exam in English
Language and Composition.
ENGLISH 11:This writing-intensive, standards-based
course is a study of the American experience, spanning
from the colonial period to the present. In addition to
developing an appreciation for our literary heritage and
understanding our relationship to American history and
culture, students will implement critical reading
strategies to engage with increasingly complex texts –
both print and non-print, fiction and nonfiction.
Students will also learn to write increasingly
sophisticated arguments and informational essays, in
addition to furthering their study of language and
usage, speaking and listening, and research.
MYSTERY: This course explores the reasoning and
clinical research of mystery literary works. Students
learn to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diagnostic
data, forensic information, and geographical elements
as they pertain to a specific mystery. The course
requires extensive reading, scientific data inquiry,
research, and writing.
POETRY: Students will learn how to write their own
poetry. Students will discover that everyone has the
power to create poetry. This course allows students to
write poetry and express their feelings and thoughts in
ways that will satisfy them and make others pay
attention.
ENGLISH 12: This writing-intensive course is a study of
classic and contemporary literature. In addition to
developing an appreciation for a variety of cultures,
students will implement critical reading strategies to
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STRATEGIC LITERACY 9: Strategic Literacy 9 is an
intervention program for that will allow students to be
given specific and individualized instruction to improve
their reading skills. Skills taught include: phonics and
word analysis, fluency and comprehension, reading
decoding, word recognition, and expanding vocabulary.
This course is to be taken concurrently with an English
course.
ENGLISH/READING ACT VICTORY: Grade 11 only.
Students will be identified and recommended for this
class based on the PLAN scores from grade 10. This is a
one semester course designed to increase ACT
achievement using Cambridge Victory Program.
STRATEGIC LITERACY 10: Strategic Literacy 10 is an
intervention program for that will allow students to be
given specific and individualized instruction to improve
their reading skills. Skills taught include: phonics and
word analysis, fluency and comprehension, reading
decoding, word recognition, and expanding vocabulary.
This course is to be taken concurrently with an English
course.
ENGLISH SUPPORT CLASSES
LITERACY-READ 180: Grade Level: 9-10. Read 180 is a
comprehensive system intervention program designed
for students to accelerate reading growth and literacy
independence. This program is for students reading
below grade level. The academic areas of focus are
reading (including phonological awareness, phonics/
word study, comprehension, fluency, expanding
vocabulary, and spelling) and handwriting (including
spelling, sentence construction, and planning and
revising). Read 180 is designed to maximize student
engagement with technology, text, teacher instruction/
modeling and peer reflection. This course is to be taken
concurrently with an English course.
SOCIAL STUDIES
AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
Grade Level: 12. One semester. This course provides
students with an analytical perspective on government
and politics in the United States. This course includes
both the study of general concepts used to interpret
U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific
examples. It also requires familiarity with the various
institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute
U.S. government and politics. Students will become
acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives
and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.
Students will study the constitutional underpinnings of
democracy, political parties and interest groups, the
Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy and Federal
courts, institutions and policy processes, and civil
liberties and civil rights. This course should thus develop
the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions based on an
informed judgment and to present reasons and
evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
Students will prepare for the AP exam. This course may
be used to fulfill a graduation requirement. *quality
LITERACY-SYSTEM 44: Grade Level: 9-10. System 44 is
an intervention program that meets individual student
needs through the systematic instruction in phonemic
awareness, phonics, vocabulary, word analysis, spelling
and fluency to improve reading skills. Direct teacher
instruction guides and reinforces phonics and word
strategies while adaptive technology provides
individualized practice. This course is to be taken
concurrently with an English course.
points/weighted grade
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ECONOMICS: Grade Level: 12. One semester. This
course utilizes Document Based Questions as a form of
assessment. This course covers the topics of economic
thinking, economic systems, supply, demand, prices,
market structures, business organizations, labor,
personal finance, macroeconomic measures and
concerns, monetary and fiscal policy as well as
international trade. This course may be used to fulfill a
graduation requirement.
humans adapt to their environments, how nations rely
on each other, and how environments are changed by
human interactions with one another and the
environment itself. This course makes use of Document
Based Questions as a form of assessment and may fulfill
a graduation requirement.
WORLD HISTORY: Grade Level: 9. Year long. This
course utilizes Document Based Questions as a form of
assessment. First semester students will study themes of
history, ancient civilizations, major religions, as well as
the Dark Ages, Age of Exploration, and the beginning of
the Renaissance. Second semester continues with the
Renaissance through the twentieth century. This course
may fulfill a graduation requirement.
SOCIOLOGY 1 & 2: Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
Sociology is the study of human relationships within a
social or group setting. The high school and American
societies will serve as the focus for such topics as the
cultural impact upon behavior, the process of adopting
social norms and values, the identification of social
deviants and the effects of labeling, the causes and
reduction of prejudice, and the impact of social class
upon life experiences.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Grade Level: 10-12. This
elective course provides positive insights into the
achievements of African Americans from the beginnings
of the country to the present. Note: This course is not a
substitute for the required United States history course.
UNITED STATES HISTORY: Grade Level: 11. Year long.
This course utilizes Document Based Questions as a
form of assessment. The course starts with a review of
European Colonization , the American Revolution and
westward expansion. The first semester continues with
an in depth look at U.S. history through World War I.
Second semester covers events from the 1920’s to the
present. This course may fulfill a graduation
requirement.
CRIMINAL LAW: Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
This course will provide practical information and
problem solving opportunities in the area of criminal
law. The course will develop the knowledge and skills
needed to survive in this "law saturated" society, along
with a willingness and capability to participate effectively
in the legal and political systems of our community,
state, and country.
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: Grade
Level: 12. One semester. This course utilizes Document
Based Questions as a form of assessment. This course
presents America’s political system with an emphasis on
the origins of our government, federalism, and three
branches of government, civil rights and liberties,
interest groups, and political behaviors. This course may
be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY: Grade Level: 10-12.
History of Latin America is an elective course for
students who wish to strengthen and expand their
knowledge of Latin American civilizations. This one-year
course focuses on Latin American History beginning
with pre-Hispanic cultures and with culminating
contemporary issues.
PSYCHOLOGY: Grade Level: 10-12. This introductory
course provides insight and practical information in the
field of psychology. Topics will include learning,
memory, the workings of the mind, personality, attitude,
emotions, and abnormal psychology.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY: Grade Level: 9. Year long. In
this course, students will utilize aspects of human and
physical geography to study different regions of the
world through global issues. Students will examine how
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WORLD AFFAIRS 1 & 2: Grade Level: 10-12. Two
semester sequence. World Affairs exposes students to
customs, traditions, and heritage of people from around
the globe. Inquiry into political, economic, and social
problems or events perplexing the world today.
Students will read, discuss and compare ideas expressed
in a variety of news media including Rockford Register
Star, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek magazine, U.S. News
and World Report magazine, Time magazine, ABC, CBS,
NBC national television, CNN and the Internet. This
course cannot replace the World History of World
Geography requirement.
MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA 1: This course is a comprehensive algebra
course that lays the foundation for all other high school
math courses. The topics are fully aligned to Common
Core and build on quantitative reasoning and number
sense to understanding linear, exponential, and
quadratic equations along with statistics, probability,
and an introduction into coordinate geometry.
ALGEBRA 2: Prerequisite: Geometry. This course is a
second year algebra course expanding concepts from
Algebra 1 and introducing synthetic division, absolute
value equations and inequalities, quadratic inequalities,
determinants and matrices, and conic sections.
COLLEGE ALGEBRA: Prerequisite: Algebra and
Geometry. This course presents a brief review of
Algebra including basic terminology, notations,
concepts, and skills. It introduces algebraic proof,
complex numbers, absolute value and quadratic
inequalities, determinants and matrices, conic sections,
polynomial equations, sequences and series, math
induction, and the binomial theorem.
GEOMETRY: Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra
1. This course builds on the Algebra 1 skills with
application of geometric principles to the physical
world. The topics are fully aligned to Common Core
and include coordinate geometry, plane geometry,
along with an emphasis on inductive and numerical
reason.
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS: Prerequisite: Algebra
1. This course acquaints students with the basic ideas
and language of statistics. It introduces students to the
major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and
drawing conclusions from data that is provided or data
that students obtain from experiments or surveys.
Students use exploratory methods to identify patterns
and make decisions to solve real-life problems.
PRECALCULUS: Prerequisite: Algebra 1. A course in the
study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and
trigonometric functions and their graphs. It contains
investigations of the conic sections, transformations,
parametric equations, and analytic proof along with the
study of right and oblique triangles including identities,
equations, radian measure, vectors and polar
coordinates.
TRIGONOMETRY: A full year course. Prerequisite:
Geometry and College Algebra. This is a college
preparatory course with emphasis on 6 trigonometric
functions. Trigonometry includes verification of
identities, graphing the 6 trigonometric functions and
their inverses, solving trigonometric equations, the law
of sines and cosines and DeMoivre’s Theorem.
Applications of the topics are included.
MATH TOPICS: Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry.
This is a full year course that extends and reinforces
Algebra and Geometry skills in an application based
format. Students will gain mathematical literacy by
learning how mathematics is applied in everyday life.
MATH ACT VICTORY: Prerequisite: Grade 11 only.
Students will be identified and recommended for this
class based on the PLAN scores from grade 10. This is a
one semester course designed to increase ACT
achievement using Cambridge Victory Program.
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SCIENCE
EARTH SCIENCE-GEOLOGY & OCEANOGRAPHY: Grade
Level: 10-12. Lab Fee $5.00. This semester course
consists of an introduction to geology and resource
management. Included in this course will be a major
emphasis on cartography, constructive and destructive
forces, and Earth’s history. This course will include
environmental issues and laboratory procedures.
Offered in conjunction with Earth Science: Astronomy &
Meteorology.
BIOLOGY: Grade Level: 9. Year long. This course
focuses on the major topics of life science using
scientific inquiry. First semester concentrates on
ecology, classification, and cells. Second semester on
evolution and genetics.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Grade Level: 9-12. This is
a course focused on environmental issues including
ecological principles, population dynamics, resources,
energy resources and human interaction with the
environment. This is a project-based course where
students will develop and implement a plan to improve
resources in areas adjacent to their school.
ZOOLOGY: Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee $5.00. This is a
course designed for students interested in further study
of the invertebrate and vertebrate animal kingdom.
Topics include classification, structure/function, and
change/diversity of animals. Laboratory work is a
significant part of this course, with a focus on
microscope usage and dissection. Suggested
completion of Biology.
PHYSICS: Grade Level: 11-12. Students must have or
purchase a scientific calculator. This course includes
topics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, waves,
sound, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Algebraic and
geometric concepts are used extensively in this course.
This course in intended for those planning or majoring
in science or a science related field in college.
Laboratory work is a significant part of this course.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
HEALTH: Grade Level: 9-12. One semester. Students
are required to take one semester of Health during high
school. Health includes the following topics: mental and
emotional health, stress management, CPR and first aid,
understanding medicines, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs,
human growth and reproduction, and health careers/
agencies. Most buildings offer this either freshman or
sophomore year. See high school counselor for
building recommendations.
CHEMISTRY: Grade Level 10-12. This course focuses on
the study of matter and the changes matter undergoes,
formula writing, equation writing, stoichiometry, and
matter-energy relationships. In this course algebra and
geometry are applied to show the mathematical
expression of chemical concepts. Laboratory work is a
significant part of the course. A scientific calculator is
required.
GROUP EXERCISE: Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
Group Exercise is designed to improve fitness levels
through group exercise activities. Activities may include,
but are not limited to: Pilates, yoga, metabolic resistance
training circuits, and high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Group Exercise includes heavy emphasis on fitness
concepts and conditioning and all students enrolled will
be assessed for individual growth using a minimum of
the FitnessGram PACER test; additional FitnessGram test
batteries may also be used.
EARTH SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY & METEOROLOGY:
Grade 10-12. Lab Fee $5.00. This semester course
focuses on astronomy and meteorology. Topics covered
will include an introduction to the cosmos as well as the
Earth’s place in the Universe. Meteorology will include
the atmosphere, weather, and climate. Offered in
conjunction with Earth Science: Geology &
Oceanography.
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CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION
PERSONAL FITNESS: Grade Level: 10-12 (9th grade
students may enroll with instructor and counselor
approval) One semester. Personal Fitness is a semester
course designed for students who are interested in
increasing their personal fitness levels, learning how to
live a healthy lifestyle and make appropriate choices,
and increase their awareness of community recreational
and fitness opportunities. This course is designed for
students who want or need to improve their personal
fitness and need a gradual approach. This class is also
recommended for any long term medically excused
students. All students enrolled will be assessed for
individual growth using a minimum of the FitnessGram
PACER test; additional FitnessGram test batteries may
also be used.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: Grade Level: 9. One semester. All
freshmen will be placed in the Freshman Seminar
course. Students taking the Independent Study version
of the course need to have reliable access to the
Internet and Microsoft Office Applications. Strong time
management skills and self-determination are critical
attributes needed for successful completion of this
course as Independent Study. In addition to
independent and online work, students will be required
to attend routine meetings with the course instructor.
Freshman Seminar combines career exploration and
development with special emphasis on success skills,
communication skills, critical thinking and problem
solving skills, and personal qualities (responsibility, selfesteem, self-management, and integrity).
TEAM SPORTS: Grade Level: 10-12. One semester.
Team Sports is designed to increase fitness levels
through the use of competitive team games and
modified sport situations. This course may include:
basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, flag football,
broomball, speedball, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, handball
and/or additional sports. Team Sports includes heavy
emphasis on fitness concepts and conditioning and all
students enrolled will be assessed for individual growth
using a minimum of the FitnessGram PACER test;
additional FitnessGram test batteries may also be used.
DAY CARE AIDE: This course is for students who enjoy
teaching and learning about preschool children.
Students will assist in the school’s day care center,
including any or all household tasks. Before students can
assist in the day care center, they will need a current TB
skill test and a police background check. If the student
is 18 years or older, they will also need to be
fingerprinted.
PARENTING: This course is designed for students who
want to explore the wonderful and challenging world of
parenting. Students do exercises that will help them
make informed decisions about becoming or being a
parent. They also discuss the challenges and theories
associated with parenthood.
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CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Grade Level: 10-12. Lab Fee:
$10.00. This course introduces students to responsible
nurturing and basic applications of child development
theory. 21st century emphasis is on care providers’
responsibilities for and influences on children. The
course content will reinforce students’ skills in
communication, resource management and problem
solving. It will also highlight the ways infants, toddlers
and preschoolers develop physically, emotionally,
socially and intellectually. Activities include field trips,
guest speakers, computer applications for intranet
research; problem based learning schemas and tests.
The “Baby Think it Over” project is included.
EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE CAREERS: Grade Level
11 – 12. Prerequisite: Child Development. This is a year
-long course designed to introduce students to the wide
variety of careers found in education and to expose
them to the licensing and education requirements
needed to access careers in education. Students will
examine the historical roots of education and examine
the current political, economic, and pedagogical factors
which impact our schools. During the second semester
of this course, students will develop lessons for
instruction based in a traditional classroom and through
online course offerings. This course will combine
opportunities to observe and engage with classrooms,
and practice developing, implementing, and assessing
curriculum.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP: Grade Level: 11-12. Students
will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills
and techniques which prepare them for effective oneon-one and group work settings. In addition to
leadership skills, the course will focus on interpersonal
relationships and the value of role models. The
application of these skills will be to organize community
service events to include mentoring to students in their
school.
BEGINNING COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: Grade Level: 9
-12. One semester. Lab fee required. This course is an
introduction to computer applications
including keyboarding, basic computer knowledge, and
basic computer operations including word processing
and formatting, presentation software, spreadsheets,
graphic arts, and programming. Students will be
introduced to basic skills in Microsoft Office.
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS: Grade
Level: 9-12. Lab fee required. Recommended
prerequisite: Beginning Computer Applications. This
course is a required course for the BAMIT Academy,
Business, Accounting/ Finance and Information
Technology Pathways. Students are introduced to core
business concepts and the role that business plays in the
economic well-being of the United States. Topics
included are entrepreneurship opportunities, identifying
market needs (global and domestic), financing and
managing a business, economics of business, and the
use of technology in the business world. Students will
advance their skill level in Microsoft Office programs.
ADVANCED COMPUTER CONCEPTS AND
APPLICATIONS: Grade Level: 9-12. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: Beginning Computer Applications or
Business Tech Concepts. This course is designed to
increase opportunities to succeed in the work force after
graduation or continued education at a community
college or university. Students will master skills in
Microsoft Office Beginning Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and Access. Students successfully completing the
course may elect to test for Microsoft Office User
Specialist (MOUS) Core Certification.
INFORMATION PROCESSING Grade Level: 11-12.
Prerequisite: Advanced Computer Concepts and
Applications. Lab fee required. This course is designed
to increase opportunities to succeed in the work force
after graduation or continued education at a community
college or university. Students will master skills in
Microsoft Office Expert, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
Access (Outlook optional). Students successfully
completing the course may elect to test for Microsoft
Office User Specialist (MOUS) Expert Certification.
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ACCOUNTING I: Grade Level: 10-12. Lab fee required.
Recommended prerequisite: Business & Tech Concepts.
A skill level course valuable to students pursuing
business, marketing and management programs. This
course provides learning experiences and activities for
keeping, summarizing and analyzing financial records. In
addition to stressing fundamental concepts and
terminology of accounting, instruction will provide initial
understanding of financial reports, computer
applications, development of proper work habits and
employability skills, and exploration of career
opportunities. Topics include use of double entry
accounting systems, mechanics of the accounting cycle,
recording transactions in a general journal, recording
transactions in special journals, posting to general
journal, posting to special journals, and preparing
financial statements particularly concepts for
proprietorships and corporations. Additional topics
include accounting for special procedures such as cash
funds, receivables, payables, depreciation and
inventories particularly concepts and procedures for
corporations.
international business, ecommerce and the art of
successful sales. Students will have an opportunity to
work through the process of developing, proposing, and
creating a business.
MACHINE OPERATOR 1: This course is a general
overview in the use of standard machines such as the
drill press, lathe, surface grinder, mill, band saw, and
metal fabricating machine. The student will also receive
instruction in small machine repair and the use of hand
tools. Safety and preventive maintenance are
emphasized throughout this course, as well as work
attitudes, attendance, punctuality, and following
directions.
MACHINE OPERATOR 2: Prerequisite: Machine 1 or
instructor's approval. This course continues with
machining principles as applied in the introductory level
of Machine 1. It introduces units in CNC Milling and CNC
Turning. A vertical mill and lathe will be used to provide
product simulation. Introduction of welding principles
(gas, arc, mig) will be used to manufacture or
remanufacture parts as necessary.
ACCOUNTING II: Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: Accounting I. Accounting II is a skill level
course that builds upon the foundation of Accounting 1.
In addition to stressing fundamental concepts and
terminology of accounting, this course continues the
study of accounting to include the use of special journals
and the posting procedures to special ledgers. Additional
topics include accounting for special procedures such as
cash funds, receivables, payables, depreciation and
inventories particularly concepts and procedures for
partnerships.
VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE: Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee
required. Prerequisite: Business and Technology
Concepts. Also recommended: a 2nd year computer
class and Accounting I. This class will build on Business
and Technology Concepts in the area of business that
will include all aspects of business. Areas of study
include: business history, the free enterprise system, what
it is to be an entrepreneur, business structures,
marketing, ethics, business law, business management,
ORIENTATION TO AUTO SERVICE: Prerequisite:
Teacher's approval. This course is designed to allow
students to learn and perform various tasks which can
lead to employment in a variety of auto service careers.
Students will learn major parts of an automobile, auto
safety rules, general repair and maintenance of an
automobile and jobs related to auto service will also be
covered.
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ORIENTATION TO CONSTRUCTION: Grade Level 10 –
12. Prerequisite: Introduction to Industrial Technology
and Engineering. This course exposes students to the
opportunities available in construction -related trades,
such as carpentry, masonry, air conditioning/
refrigeration, plumbing, and so on. Students learn about
the processes involved in construction projects and may
engage in a variety of small projects
WORK STUDY 1: This course is an introduction to the
career world. It gives students the opportunity to
explore their areas of interest, create a resume and write
a letter of application. Students also do exercises
focusing on keeping a job and money management.
Students will also work on consumer cases and the
rights and obligations of the consumer. A significant
part of this class will focus on a profiling activity where
students will profile a job by shadowing an employee in
a particular career area.
WORK STUDY 2: Prerequisite: Work Study 1. One
semester. 1 hour = 1 credit. This course is designed for
students wishing to continue with their work experience.
The classroom will focus on more specific work skills as
articulated by the Department of Labor in the 1991
SCANS 2000 report. Class content will correlate with
the work experience.
VISUAL ARTS
For a complete listing of visual arts courses, please refer
to pages 32—34 of this guide.
MUSIC
BEGINNING PIANO KEYBOARD (15224): Grade Level: 9
-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is a group piano class
where students work individually on their own keyboard.
Students will improve reading, technical, and
performance skills. Basic skills will be taught including
scales, etudes, and music theory. Participants are
expected to perform as an individual and an ensemble
throughout the year at various school and community
events.
BEGINNING ACOUSTIC GUITAR ENSEMBLE (15221):
Grade Level 10-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Beginning and
intermediate guitar students study the techniques of
guitar playing, rhythm section playing, sight reading,
various styles of music and basic musicianship. Guitar
techniques include chords, scales, strums and picking
styles. Students must provide their own acoustic
guitar. This course may not be repeated.
MUSIC EXPLORATIONS (15240): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. Lab Fee: $25.00. This beginning level
course is designed as an overview and introduction to
music appreciation and exploration, through hands-on
lab stations and presentations. Labs include: piano
keyboard, acoustic guitar, voice, rhythm instruments,
computer, listening, reading and writing about music
from all over the world and from various time periods.
INTERNSHIP: Grade Level: 11-12. Lab fee required. 2
credits per semester. Suggested Prerequisite: Business
& Technology Concepts. This course allows students to
experience the benefits of work training while
participating in a classroom with students in numerous
other occupational areas. The teacher-coordinator and
training site sponsor develop unique training plans for
students based on occupational goals while related
instruction is pertinent for all students enrolled in the
class. This class will be offered the last or first two hours
of the day for ease of mainstreaming into industry.
ARTS AND HUMANITIES (15150): Grade Level: 9-12.
One semester. Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is designed
to investigate the cultural impact the arts have had on
society over time. The course will look at ancient and
contemporary arts examples to distinguish their
relevance and connections to cultural and historical
aspects of each time period.
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MEDIA & THEATRE ARTS
CAPA MEDIA PRODUCTION I (62118): Lab fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: CAPA student. Designed to provide students with solid, introductory level experiences in a variety of media forms, including television, radio, film and
the Internet. This course will survey the historical and
social significance of the media in our culture. Students
will develop a basic working knowledge of the tools
used in the production of media projects. Communication, leadership, creative problem solving, teaming and
interpersonal skills will be of high priority. As both an
interdisciplinary course and a resource for all school departments, the students will have multiple opportunities
to engage in creative work through the use of appropriate and current technology. Five after school studio
hours per semester are required.
INTRODUCTION TO CAPA THEATRE (62100): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student. An intense immersion into the art form of Theatre. Students will be expected to hone performing as well as basic technical
skills. Portfolio work, terminology and theatre history will
be included. Students will learn the basic techniques of
good critique, and will learn shop safety. Students are
required to participate in a theatre production, and
must attend all major Auburn Theatre productions. In
addition; 15 CREW HOURS PER SEMESTER ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.
CAPA BASIC ACTING STYLES (62103): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: CAPA student, Introduction to Theatre, or
Drama 1-2 and consent of instructor. Students will focus
on developing professional attitudes, continue portfolio
work, create a resume, and study theatre history. Students are required to audition for all theatre productions. Specialized acting vocabulary, formalized critique
formats, and the study of the proscenium stage will be
highlighted. Students are required to audition and participate in the One-Acts, and must attend all major Auburn Theatre productions. In addition; 20 CREW HOURS
PER SEMESTER ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.
CAPA MEDIA PRODUCTION II (62121): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: CAPA student and recommendation of
teacher. A continuation of training with an emphasis on
placement in the professional community through internships. The focus of instruction will be on the development of training and industrial films. 15 AFTER
SCHOOL STUDIO HOURS REQUIRED.
CAPA ADVANCED THEATRE SEMINAR (62109): Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Basic Acting
Styles or Advanced Technical Theatre, and consent of
instructor. Focus is on collaboration, non-proscenium
staging, directing techniques, and exhibiting professional attitudes. Students will collaborate on an original/
major production as well as polish their resumes, which
will include a videotaped portion of the individuals work.
Individuals are required to audition and participate in
the One-Acts, and must attend all major Auburn Theatre productions. Senior level students must be prepared to submit their resume and audition at the Illinois
High School Theatre Festival. Additional Crew hours per
semester are required.
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CAPA INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE
(62124): Lab fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student.
One semester. This course introduces to the student the
complex workings behind the scenes of the entertainment
business. Students discover the many and varied elements of stagecraft that are needed to mount a stage
production: scenic, lighting, sound, publicity, costuming
and make up. In addition, this course provides the student with a basic working vocabulary of the business
and an understanding of the necessary procedures and
methods that help meld together the creative and technical elements into one common goal. This course enables the student to explore the variety of career opportunities in the field and lead them towards the option of
choosing Technical Theatre as their Pathway in the Human and Public Services Academy (HPS). This course
emphasizes the importance of real world skills such as
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collaboration, teamwork, decision-making, the duality of
right-brained and left-brained skills, long range and
short term planning, meeting deadlines, critical thinking,
and the pride of creating a final product. Requirements:
5 or more hours of crew work, attend or be part of a
school's stage production, write a Technical Critique of a
live stage production.
CAPA TECHNICAL THEATRE AND SCENIC DESIGN
(62106): Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student.
Introduction to Theatre or Technical Theatre 1-2 and
consent of instructor. Students will learn construction
and drafting techniques. They will demonstrate proficiency in basic lighting, painting, scenic design, critique
forms, construction methods, crew management and
shop safety. Scenic design for the non-proscenium
stage, non-realistic styles and multi-set shows will also
be covered as well as theatre history, resumes and student portfolios. Each student will be required to perform
in at least one production crew per semester. Senior level students must be prepared to submit their resume
and audition at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Students must attend all major Auburn Theatre productions and work 25 crew hours per semester.
CAPA ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATRE (62150): Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA Student. Technical Theatre and Scenic Design. This course is a progressive, advance course introducing students to the theory of theatre technology. It includes participation in construction,
mounting, and running of school productions. Twenty
hours outside of class time are required. Can be repeated.
CAPA THEATRE PRODUCTION (62127): Grade level: 12.
Lab fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student. Year long.
This course is the capstone of the Tech Theatre pathway, focusing on original production designs constructed, mounted and run for theater productions. Portfolios
and resumes development will prepare students for college reviews. Requirement: twenty hours outside of
class time.
VISUAL ARTS
CAPA INTRO TO ART & DESIGN (62255): Grade Level: 9.
One semester. Lab Fee: $15.00. This course emphasizes developing creative ideas and problem-solving skills
while providing students with an introduction to the visual arts. This class will give students the foundation necessary to expand into more specialized art areas. The
studio activities will focus on design and composition
while developing skills and an understanding of drawing,
painting, sculpture, and computer imaging. Students will
explore a variety of media and techniques as well as
deepen their appreciation of art making through a global and historical perspective. Units are constructed to
engage student learners while helping them see, analyze, create, understand, and articulate their experiences
of the visual world.
CAPA STUDIO ART FOUNDATIONS (62200): Grade Level: 9-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student.
This class provides a basic foundation of art concepts
experimenting with design, a variety of 2 and 3 D media,
and a focus on art history. The student will learn technical skills in a variety of styles and approaches while
also being able to creatively express him or herself. The
need to develop good studio habits and art vocabulary
are valued as basis for following levels.
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CAPA STUDIO ART 1 (62203): Grade Level: 10-12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student. Portfolio review and consent of instructor. This class provides a
basic foundation of art concepts experimenting with design, a variety of 2 and 3D media, and a focus on art
history. The student will learn technical skills in a variety
of styles and approaches while they explore their creative process. This class will also explore multi-media
combinations as well as contrasting concepts of realism,
distortion, and abstraction. Careers applied in the visual
arts are explored. Further development of good studio
habits and art vocabulary are stressed with culmination
to the critiquing process.
critiquing skills, and knowledge of art history. Inquiry and
presentation provide an avenue for honing verbal communication skills. Professional craftsmanship and presentation of finished work are stressed. Portfolio development for college/scholarship application and career pursuit are encouraged.
CAPA 2-D STUDIO ART III (62215): Grade Level: 12. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Studio Art-I or
consent of instructor. This course requires portfolio development. A portfolio is a presentation of a body of art
work with consistent quality, related themes, and
demonstrates independent work ethic and craftsmanship representing a wide range of media. This course is
for those students interested in college, art school, or
visual art employment. An additional expense is required
for matting artwork for portfolio presentation and exhibition.
CAPA INTRO TO GRAPHIC DESIGN (62256): Grade Level: 9. One semester. Lab Fee: $25.00. This course is an
overview introducing students to simple image manipulation on the computer. The class will cover the history
of computer graphics and teach industry standard software and procedures. Studio and digital projects will
allow students to learn the elements and principles of art
as a basis for good design.
CAPA GRAPHIC ART & DESIGN (62209): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Studio Art Foundations or Intro to Graphic Design, or consent of instructor.
This course explores how technology can be used in
creating photo-edited images. Students will learn design and composition concepts by using industry standard software, Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark Express.
The students will be introduced to commercial art production and graphic art design. This course will also
focus on the principles of basic design used in advertising and marketing. Students will master design principles regarding typography, color, special effects, video
editing and informational graphics. Fine art principles
and elements will be incorporated throughout the
graphic design process.
CAPA 2-D STUDIO ART II (62206): Grade Level: 11-12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Studio Art
I. This class provides a unique opportunity for crossintegration of learning experiences, varying from teacher
-guided projects to individualized self-directed projects.
Continued attention is emphasized on; studio practice,
CAPA 3-D SCULPTURE I (62232): Grade Level: 10–12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Studio Art
Foundations. A variety of methods of working with
sculpture will be explored. Projects will emphasize
problem solving, experimentation, expression, craftsmanship and originality. Historical, contemporary and
cultural examples are studied.
CAPA 3-D SCULPTURE II (62235): Grade Level: 11–12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student, 3-D Studio
Art-I. This is a third year course for the serious art student. It provides the opportunity for more in-depth
study and experimental approaches to 3-dimensional
forms. An additional expense is required for displaying
sculptures for portfolio presentation and exhibition.
*AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING (15141): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art II. AP Studio Art: Drawing is
designed to address drawing issues and media. This
course promotes the investigation of all three aspects of
portfolio development – quality, concentration, and
breadth. The AP portfolio’s three-section structure requires the student to show mastery in concept, composition, and execution of drawing. The AP Studio Art program sets a national standard for performance in the
visual arts. Students enrolled in AP Studio Art: Drawing
must take the AP exam which is a performance based
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exam rather than a written exam requiring the submission of a digital portfolio for evaluation. Students who
successfully pass the AP Studio Art review may receive
college credit. An additional expense is required for
matting artwork for portfolio presentation and exhibition. *quality points/weighted grade
requiring the submission of a digital portfolio for evaluation. Students who successfully pass the AP Studio Art
review may receive college credit. An additional expense is required for preparing and presenting artwork
for exhibition. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN (15144): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art II. The AP Studio
Art: 2-D Design course is designed to address twodimensional (2-D) design issues and media. This course
promotes the investigation of all three aspects of portfolio development -- quality, concentration, and breadth.
The AP portfolio’s three-section structure requires the
student to show mastery in concept, composition, and
execution of 2-D design through any two-dimensional
medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric
design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking.
The AP Studio Art program sets a national standard for
performance in the visual arts. Students enrolled in AP
Studio Art: 2-D Design must take the AP exam which is a
performance-based exam rather than a written exam
requiring the submission of a digital portfolio for evaluation. Students who successfully pass the AP Studio Art
review may receive college credit. An additional expense is required for matting artwork for portfolio
presentation and exhibition. *quality points/weighted
grade
*AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN (15147): Lab Fee:
$25.00. Prerequisite: 3-D Studio Art I. AP Studio Art: 3D Design is designed to address sculptural issues and
media. Design involves purposeful decision making
about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. This course promotes the investigation of
all three aspects of portfolio development -- quality,
concentration, and breadth. The AP portfolio’s threesection structure requires the student to demonstrate
mastery in concept, composition, and execution of 3-D
design through any three-dimensional approach. The
AP Studio Art program sets a national standard for performance in the visual arts. Students enrolled in AP Studio Art:3-D Design must take the AP exam which is a
performance-based exam rather than a written exam
VOCAL MUSIC
CAPA CHORUS (62306): Grade Level: 9. Lab Fee:
$25.00. This mixed choir course is designed to develop
the choral skills of the beginning yet serious high school
singer. Students will perform quality literature representing all time periods, genres, and languages of choral
music. The emphasis of this performance based choir
will be placed on vocal production, sight reading, and
aural skills. Chorus may only be taken once. Mandatory
outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part
of the assessment for this class.
CAPA TREBLE CHOIR (62309): Grade level: 9-10. Lab
Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student and audition.
This course is a women’s choir with a high level of proficiency and commitment. Student will learn proper singing techniques. Each student will learn, study and perform a variety of vocal music including examples from
the various stylistic periods of music. Strong emphasis
will be placed on independent musicianship, analysis of
text, and interpretation. Students may enroll in this
course for more than one year but may also audition
for CAPA Concert Chorale or CAPA Chamber Singers. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
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CAPA CHAMBER SINGERS (62300): Grade Level 10-12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA student and audition. This ensemble will be to become familiar with a
variety of advanced choral literature including but not
restricted to English part song, Madrigals, Swing and
genres of the Jazz idiom. Strong emphasis will be
placed on independent musicianship, analysis of text,
and interpretation. Students will be required to prepare
solo pieces as well as perform in various small group
ensembles for public and school performance. Extracurricular small group instruction may be offered weekly.
Students may enroll in this course for more than one
year. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
CAPA CONCERT CHORUS (62303): Grade Level: 10–12.
Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA Student. This course
is designed to fully develop the choral musicianship skills
of the advanced high school singer. This mixed choir will
develop skills taught in beginning and/or treble choral
study. Students will perform quality literature representing all time periods, genres, and languages of choral
music. Strong emphasis will be placed on independent
musicianship, analysis of text, and interpretation. Students may enroll in Concert Chorus for more than one
year. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
CAPA MUSIC APPRECIATION/HISTORY (62250): Grade
Level: 10-12. One semester. Lab Fee: $15.00. Prerequisite: prior musical experience. This course is designed to
investigate the cultural impact music has had on society
over time. The course will look at ancient through contemporary music examples to distinguish the relevance
and connections to cultural and historical aspects of
each time period.
*AP MUSIC THEORY (15230): Grade Level: 10-12. Year
long. Lab fee $15.00. Prerequisite: prior musical experience. A course for students interested in an introduction to a college Music Theory course. This course follows a similar outline to the Advanced Placement (AP)
curriculum. Topics addressed in depth include musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. *quality points/weighted grade
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
CAPA ADVANCED JAZZ ENSEMBLE (62503): Grade
Level: 9-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 instrument rental. Prerequisite: CAPA student, Jazz Ensemble
and/or the consent of instructor, must be a member of
another band. This class will require students to have a
working knowledge of the jazz idiom and a basic
knowledge of improvisation and sight reading skills. Advanced Jazz band will study in-depth jazz styles and theory and composition. Students may enroll in this course
for more than one year. This group will perform at various school and community functions. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part of
the assessment for this class.
CAPA KNIGHT BAND (62400CP): Prerequisite: Middle
school and or consent of instructor. Band Fee: $25.00.
School Instrument Rental Fee: $30.00. This advanced
band is made up of all freshmen rolling up from the
middle school program, developing technical proficiency
and musical knowledge. Several performances throughout the year will be required. Mandatory outside of class
time spent rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this class.
CAPA CONCERT BAND (62403): Band Fee: $25.00.
Rental Fee: $60.00 instrument rental. Prerequisite: CAPA
Student. Audition. Concert Band is made up of seniors,
juniors sophomores enrolled in band. The material performed varies from marches to popular to classical.
Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
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CAPA ADVANCED WIND ENSEMBLE (62409): Band Fee:
$25.00. Rental Fee: $60.00 instrument rental. Prerequisite: CAPA Student. Audition. Advanced Wind Ensemble
is made up of all qualified juniors and seniors in the
band program. The repertoire material will be advanced.
Students may enroll in this course for more than one
year. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/
performing is part of the assessment for this class.
GENERAL MUSIC
CAPA PIANO KEYBOARD LAB (62600): Grade Level: 1012. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA Student. Audition. This is an advanced piano class where students
work individually on their own keyboards. Students will
improve reading, technical, and performance skills on
the keyboard. Advanced skills will be emphasized including all major and minor scales, arpeggios, improvisation, and more advanced music theory. Students will
also work on their own compositions with music technology. Participants are expected to perform as an individual and an ensemble throughout the year at various
school and community events.
CAPA ADVANCED PIANO KEYBOARD LAB (62603):
Grade Level: 9-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA
student and audition. This is an advanced piano class
where students work individually on their own keyboards. Students will improve reading, technical, and
performance skills on the keyboard. Advanced skills will
be emphasized including all scales, arpeggios, improvisation, sight-reading, ensemble playing, and advanced
music theory. Students will also work on their own compositions with music technology. Participants are expected to perform as an individual and an ensemble
throughout the year at various school and community
events.
CAPA MUSIC COMPOSITION LAB (62606): Grade Level:
10-12. Lab Fee: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA Student.
Piano Keyboard Lab. This course is designed for students with an intermediate knowledge of music and is
interested in arranging and composing their own pieces.
Composition will be created through the use of a tech-
nology lab and utilizing software and online resources to
assist in the development of student musical arrangements and compositions.
STRINGS
CAPA STRING ENSEMBLE (62700): Lab Fee: $25.00.
Rental Fee: $30.00 instrument rental. Prerequisite: CAPA
student, audition and some previous experience in a
string instrument. This course will primarily be students
looking to develop their technical proficiency and musical knowledge. This year string training will enable students to advance in their skills. Students will be assigned
small ensembles (i.e., trios, quartets) to rehearse in class.
Students may enroll in this course for more than one
year. These ensembles will have opportunities to perform at special events at Auburn High School, District
205 and the community. Mandatory outside of class
time spent rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this class.
CAPA SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (62703): Activity Fee:
$25.00. Rental Fee: $30.00 instrument rental. Prerequisite: CAPA students, audition. This course is an advanced
group of musicians who work on techniques, literature,
and performance. The music studied advances performance skills and covers all periods and styles. Concerts
will include playing full orchestra music including wind,
brass, and percussion players. This class is offered for
students who are interested in performing advanced
orchestral literature. Mandatory outside of class time
spent rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment
for this class. Students are also encouraged to participate in statewide festivals and competitions. Students
will be assigned small ensembles to rehearse in class.
These ensembles will have opportunities to perform at
special events at Auburn High School, District 205 and
the community. Students may enroll in this course for
more than one year.
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DANCE
BEGINNING CAPA DANCE (62800): Prerequisite: CAPA
student. Students begin with the essentials of technique
that combine and isolate movements in simple coordination. This course provides an introduction to all major dance techniques; through each style, students will
accomplish a better sense of musicality and the ability
to perform with others in unison or canon using spatial
clarity. Overall, levels of strength flexibility and endurance will develop through the understanding of a detailed movement vocabulary. Mandatory outside of
class time spent rehearsing/performing is part of the
assessment for this class.
INTERMEDIATE CAPA DANCE (62803): Prerequisite:
Beginning CAPA Dance. In this level, students will
deepen their overall technical strength by practicing
and improving their precision and clarity of movement.
Technical exploration will become more specific to certain styles of dance including a look at cultural styles of
movement. Within the teacher’s framework, students
will structure phrases & sections of dance while analyzing aesthetic principles of movement. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part of
the assessment for this class.
CAPA HISTORY AND CHOREOGRAPHY OF DANCE
(62816): Prerequisite: CAPA student. This course is for
the dance and theatre student who seeks an in-depth
look at dance history and a greater opportunity to develop his or her role as a choreographer. Students will
learn to connect individual dancers and choreographers
to movement trends and periods of dance history, as
well as examine cultural dance. This course will allow
students to experience a deeper awareness of the structuring of dances for musical theatre. It will also provide
students the forum in which they can make artistic decisions regarding accompaniment, theatrical sets, lighting
and costumes. Mandatory outside of class time spent
rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this
class.
INTERNSHIPS
ADVANCED CAPA DANCE (62809): Prerequisite: CAPA
student, Intermediate CAPA Dance. Students will begin
to find a mastery of specific technical goals; students will
analyze how different art forms will combine to create
an interdisciplinary work. They will also learn the importance of recording processes of composition
through journaling and other written forms. This level of
dance focuses on the improvement of movement patterns in relation to spatial elements. Students will examine potential careers in the arts and in dance related
fields. Mandatory outside of class time spent rehearsing/performing is part of the assessment for this
class.
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THEATRE (62112)
VISUAL ARTS (62120)
MUSIC (62130)
DANCE (62140)
MEDIA PRODUCTION (62143)
Lab Fee for each course: $25.00. Prerequisite: CAPA
student in any of the arts disciplines- Dance, Music,
Theatre, Media Production, or Visual Arts. Any three
CAPA courses and instructors consent. Intended as an
upper-level CAPA offering for students from all arts disciplines. This unique offering will give students the opportunity to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team and
create new forms of artistic expression. The second major thread involves placing individual students out in the
community as resource artists. Emphasis will be on how
the different art forms are interdependent and active
participation in the community. Outside hours working
on class projects will be required.
CAPA DANCE PATHWAY
As students develop and progress CAPA Dance is dedicated to providing a broad education that challenges the students artistically, intellectually and physically and to prepare qualified students for college, conservatory and professional careers in dance and related professions. The department develops artistic and creative potential through a
sequentially developed curriculum in both technical and theoretical dance courses. Students acquire the basic principles of choreography and a broader understanding of other arts forms and their relationship to dance. Students are
provided with numerous performance opportunities including community involvement.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN DANCE
Artistic director
Dance technologist
Choreographer
Physical Therapist
Rehearsal director
Masseuse/Masseur
Dancer
Personal trainer
Dance administrator
Researcher
Studio owner
Occupational therapist
Dance teacher
Dance notator
Dance/movement therapist
Public relations director
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
CAPA Beginning Dance
10
CAPA Advanced Dance
CAPA Intermediate Dance
11
CAPA Advanced Dance
12
CAPA History and Choreography of Dance
(s) = semester
Recommended Electives
Beginning Band
Keyboard Music
CAPA Level 1-2 Keyboard
AP Music Theory
CAPA Treble Choir
CAPA Intro to Acting
CAPA Level 3-4 Keyboard
CAPA Internship
Jazz Ensemble
CAPA Basic Acting Styles
CAPA Adv. Keyboard
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate in Arts
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance
Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Western Michigan University
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GRAPHIC DESIGN/MEDIA PRODUCTION PATHWAY
CAPA
As students develop and progress, students will begin assembling their best works into a digital portfolio in the 11th
grade year as a record of production, and to use in applications to art schools and universities. Cross-curricular
projects, field trips to graphic and media businesses, as well as visiting graphic and media artists, will support and
enhance the quality of the program. As production is such an important aspect of the program, students will have
numerous opportunities to be a part of graphic and video projects and productions each year.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN/MEDIA PRODUCTION
Animator
Commercial artist
Communication specialist
Digital media specialist
Graphic designer
Illustrator
Photo lithographer
Production manager
Promotion producer
Video editor
Web designer
Media educator
Teacher
Photographer
Desktop publishing specialist
Print production coordinator
Videographer
Media specialist
Marketing director
Multi-media designer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
CAPA Graphic Design I
11
CAPA Graphic Design II
CAPA Media Production I
12
CAPA Graphic Design III
CAPA Media Production II
Intro to Commercial Art*
CAPA Web Design
AP 2-D Design
* = Advance Now—Rock Valley College
(s) = semester
Recommended Electives
CAPA Studio Art Foundation
CAPA Intro to Art & Design
CAPA Intro to Graphic Design
Beginning Computer Applications
CAPA 2-D Studio Art I, II, III
AP Drawing
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Media
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Northern Illinois University
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AP Studio Art 2-D Design
AP Studio Art 3-D Design
CAPA Internship
CAPA MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION PATHWAY
As students develop and progress through the rigor of the technical, emotional and social elements of music. We
ensure that our students are ready for the challenges they will meet in post secondary education by requiring courses
in music fundamentals and applied music. Our major ensembles include string orchestras, Jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, vocal ensembles as well as premier audition-only chamber ensembles. As performance is such an important
aspect of the program, students will have numerous opportunities to be a part of solo and ensemble events and
competitions several times each year.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION
Audio recording engineer
Entertainment lawyer
Musicologist
Producer
Composer
Vocalist
Music therapist
Sound engineer
Educator
Artistic Manager
Studio engineer
Music Journalist
Instrumentalist
Artistic Director
Music distributor
Public relations specialist
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
CAPA Concert Band or Chorale
CAPA String Ensemble
CAPA Concert Chorale
11/12
CAPA Wind Ensemble
CAPA Concert Chorale
CAPA Music Appreciation/History
CAPA Advanced Keyboard
CAPA Knight Band
CAPA Concert Chorale
CAPA Symphonic Orchestra
CAPA Chamber Singers
CAPA Music Composition
(s) = semester
Recommended Electives
Intermediate Keyboard Music Beginning Acoustic Guitar
CAPA Treble Choir
CAPA Intro to Acting
CAPA Basic Acting Styles
CAPA Beginning Dance
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Arts, emphasis in Music Performance
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance
Northern Illinois University
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CAPA Level 1-2 Keyboard
CAPA Level 3-4 Keyboard
CAPA Adv. Keyboard
AP Music Theory
CAPA Internship
STUDIO ARTS PATHWAY
CAPA
As students develop and progress, students will begin assembling their best works into a portfolio in the 11th grade
year as a record of production, and to use in applications to art schools and universities. Cross-curricular projects,
field trips to museums and galleries, as well as visiting artists, will support and enhance the breadth of the program.
As production is such an important aspect of the program, students will have numerous opportunities to exhibit several times each year.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN STUDIO ARTS
Art director
Advertising
Fashion designer
Illustrator
Photographer
Arts administrator
Conservator
Curator
Arts educator
Interior designer
Textile designer
Architect
Animator
Art therapist
Commercial artist
Museum education
Archivist
Gallery manager
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
10
CAPA Studio Art I
11
CAPA 2-D Studio Art II
CAPA 3-D Studio Art I
12
CAPA 2-D Studio Art III
AP Drawing
CAPA 3-D Studio Art
CAPA Studio Art Foundations
CAPA Intro to Studio Art & Design
CAPA Web Design
AP 2-D Studio Art
(s) = semester
Recommended Electives
CAPA Studio Art Foundation
CAPA Intro to Art & Design
CAPA 3-D Studio Art I, II
CAPA Media Production
CAPA 2-D Studio Art I, II, III
AP Art History
AP Drawing
CAPA Technical Theatre
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Art, Art Education, Art History, Performing Arts, Studio Arts
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University, Judson University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Northern Illinois University
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AP Studio Art 2-D Design
AP Studio Art 3-D Design
CAPA Internship
CAPA THEATRE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION PATHWAY
As students develop and progress through the rigor of the technical, emotional and social elements of theatre, CAPA
Theatre Performance Production Pathway (technical theatre) aims to provide students with an opportunity to participate in multiple components of a theatrical production: design and application, lights, sound, set, costumes, properties and management. Their training will lay the pre-professional groundwork that will provide them with the skills
necessary to continue their artistic pursuits at prestigious universities and conservatories.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN THEATRE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION
Architect
Scenic painter
Master electrician
Playwright
Director
Sound designer
Properties master
Carpenter
House manager
Lighting designer
Screen writer
Producer
Stage manager
Dramaturg
Technical director
Drama therapist
Production manager
Interior Designer
Costume Designer
Engineer
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
CAPA Intro to Tech Theatre (s)
10
CAPA Tech Theatre and Scenic Design
11/12
CAPA Advanced Tech Theatre and Scenic Design
CAPA Theatre Production
(s) = semester
Recommended Electives
Intro to CAPA Theatre
CAPA Basic Acting Styles
Media Production
Speech Communications
Orientation to Drafting
CAPA Internship
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Electrical Engineering, Media Production, Technical Theatre, Design and Technical Theatre
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Communication Studies, Media Production, Theatre Arts, Stagecraft and Design, Theatre Studies
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University, Beloit College, Illinois State University, University of Illinois
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts, Design and Technology
Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois
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THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS PATHWAY
CAPA
As students develop and progress through the rigor of the technical, emotional and social elements of theatre, CAPA
Theatre Performing Arts Pathway aims to provide students with an opportunity to participate in multiple components
of a theatrical production in order to create a comprehensive understanding of the essential elements each component provides. Students will develop world views by exploring dramatic literature that is representative of various cultural perspectives. Their training will lay the pre-professional groundwork that will provide them with the skills necessary to continue their artistic pursuits at prestigious universities and conservatories.
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS
Actor
Children’s Theatre Director
Director
Voiceover Artist
Performer
Historian
Critic
Dramaturg
Theatre Teacher
Playwright
Arts Administrator
Drama Therapy
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Freshman Seminar (s)
Semester elective (s)
Intro to CAPA Theatre
10
CAPA Basic Acting Styles
11/12
CAPA Advanced Theatre Seminar
CAPA Theatre Internship
(s) = semester
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Intro to Tech Theatre
Beginning CAPA Dance
Acting & Directing
CAPA Treble Choir
Speech Communications
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY DEGREES
Associate’s Degree
Associate of Arts Degree, emphasis in theatre performance
Rock Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Studies and Performance
Northern Illinois University, Rockford University, Western Illinois University
Master’s Degree
Master of Fine Arts, Acting or Directing
Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University
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Media Production
Renaissance Gifted Academy
at Auburn High School
Students must participate in eligibility testing in order to attend the Renaissance Gifted Academy. The Renaissance
Academy defines itself by the core subjects taken by students. The smaller learning community that is Renaissance
consists of teachers in the four core subject areas, English, Mathematics, Science, and History and the Social Sciences.
Renaissance students take a four-year sequence of core courses that prepares them to be competitive at any college
or university of their choice.
Mirroring the intense, multifaceted, and nonconformist nature of giftedness, the Renaissance Academy sets forth a
qualitatively differentiated instructional program in content compacted and extended, in teaching strategies of
exposition and inquiry, in assessment balancing logical critique and open-ended creativity. Intellectual development is
promoted through planned activities, which include critical thinking skills, as well as skills that develop the capacity for
analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. It is designed for academically talented, highly motivated students who intend to
pursue the most rigorous, challenging educational programs beyond high school.
Electives may be chosen from Renaissance courses or any other elective offerings at Auburn High School. This is the
typical sequence of courses for a Renaissance student; however, there are many options for substitutions.
Math
English/
Language Arts
9
Renaissance
English 9
10
Renaissance
English 10 AP
Literature &
Composition
11
Renaissance
English 11 AP
Language &
Composition
12
Renaissance
English 12
(varies due to
student MS
experiences)
Science
Social Studies
Renaissance
Algebra
or
Renaissance
College Algebra
Renaissance
Chemistry
or
Renaissance
Advanced
Biology
AP US
Government &
Politics /
AP Comparative
or Renaissance
World Affairs
Renaissance
Geometry
or
Renaissance
Trigonometry
Renaissance
Chemistry
or
AP Physics 1
AP World History
or
AP Human
Geography
Renaissance Math
AP Physics 1
or
AP Biology
Renaissance Math
(if Biology not
taken in 9th
grade)
Renaissance
Science Choice
Renaissance AP
US History
AP Macroeconomics / AP
Micro-economics
PE/ Health
Electives (to meet
graduation
requirements)
PE 9
Global
Fine Arts
CTE
World
Languages
PE 10(Sem)/
Health (Sem)
Global
Fine Arts
CTE
World
Languages
PE Elective
Global
Fine Arts
CTE
World
Languages
PE Elective
Global
Fine Arts
CTE
World
Pathway Courses
Renaissance
Freshman Seminar
1 semester (can be
taken online)
BAMIT
CAPA
EMITT
HPS
HS
Renaissance
Pathway Elective
Students will
consult the
Academies Guide
to choose a
personal 3-year
course sequence
pathway.
Courses are subject to change each year due to graduation requirements, increased offerings, curriculum changes,
and student requests. Renaissance Choices:
Renaissance Creative Writing
Ren. Adv. Creative Writing
Ren. Speech Communications
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
Renaissance Senior Seminar
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
Organic Chemistry
Microbiology
Anatomy & Physiology
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AP European History
AP Psychology
AP Art History
AP Computer Science A
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COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
attention will be paid to the development of individual
student writing style through sentence patterns and
combining; literary analysis based on self-directed topics; and both formulaic and organic argumentative writing structures. Written assignments will become increasingly open ended as the year progresses. *quality
RENAISSANCE FRESHMAN SEMINAR (61900): One semester. All freshmen will be placed in the Freshman
Seminar course. An on-line version of the Freshman
Seminar is available. Renaissance Freshman Seminar
pairs an early, in-depth college preparatory research
project with the study skills necessary for success in the
Renaissance Gifted Academy, college, and postcollegiate endeavors. This course includes activities and
intensive writing projects designed to build scholarly
success skills, communication skills, critical thinking and
problem solving skills, and personal qualities
(responsibility, self-esteem, self-management, and integrity).
points/weighted grade
ENGLISH
RENAISSANCE ENGLISH 9 (61001): Year long. Freshman
Renaissance English furthers the development of the
argumentative writing and rhetorical analysis skills needed for high school and college preparation. This is a
writing intensive course. In addition, students will engage
in discussion, analysis, and inquiry of speeches, art, music, advertisement, short stories, plays, and novels from a
range of regions, styles, and time periods. Students will
be introduced to a variety of analytical lenses in both
rhetorical and literary fields. Critical thinking is an integral component to the class discussions, essays, and creative presentation of works studied.
*RENAISSANCE AP ENGLISH 10 LITERATURE AND
COMPOSITION (61004): Year long. Sophomore Renaissance Advanced Placement English hones student argumentative writing and literary analysis skills in order to
assist student success in the spring on the Literature and
Composition Examination. Students will engage in discussion, analysis, and inquiry of literature written from
1865 to present from a variety of different genres, styles,
and regions. New Historicism will be applied to the reading of all literature with a particular emphasis on advanced close reading skills. Assessments vary among
shorter and longer written analytical arguments, reading
quizzes, group essays, creative presentations and retired
AP Literature and Composition Examinations. Particular
*RENAISSANCE AP ENGLISH 11 LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (61007): Year long. Junior Renaissance Advanced Placement English combines enough skillbuilding and practice to help the student to score successfully in the spring on the Language and Composition
Examination with the Academy emphasis upon both the
acceleration and enrichment suitable for the gifted student. Suitable to philosophical exploration, the course
focuses on structures of thought that lead to abstraction,
with an emphasis in reading of non-fiction philosophy
and theory. Literature is used throughout the year as a
means by which to practice theory-driven analysis and
abstraction. Assessments vary among shorter and longer
written analytical arguments, group teaching of the class,
reading quizzes, and creative presentations. Emphasis
falls upon the determinants of good writing, namely
conscious control of sentence structure, logical organizational flow, skillful enunciation of thesis position, and
assemblage of rational, concrete proof for the argumentative stance. Written assignments strive to be openended, allowing each student to locate his own meaningful stance. *quality points/weighted grade
RENAISSANCE ENGLISH 12 (61030): Year long. Senior
Renaissance English leads the student through a conceptual recapitulation of his or her evolution through
distinct stages of linguistic awareness in his/her past
while it concomitantly broadens and deepens skills in
close reading of demanding works of prose and poetry
and in written responses to such works from personal,
creative, and critical perspectives. The literary offerings
allow for class choice in addition to certain set pieces. A
breadth of historical periods, genres, and individual authors of past and contemporary merit are grounded in
enriched supplementation from current related fields,
such as fractal geometry, particle physics, anthropology,
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psychology, philosophy, history, linguistic studies, etc.
Assessments are varied and open-ended, ranging from
individual creative response to more structured writing
and close reading.
MATH
(all math courses are year long courses)
RENAISSANCE ALGEBRA (61300): This course presents
the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics included
are integers, signed numbers, algebraic expression, radicals, first and second degree equations, inequalities,
polynomials, factoring, functions, graphing, and system
of equations. This course addresses the needs of the
gifted students through problem solving strategies used
in real life application. Successful completion of this
course will prepare students for the challenges of Renaissance Geometry.
RENAISSANCE TRIGONOMETRY (61309): Prerequisites:
Renaissance Geometry and Renaissance College Algebra. This is a college preparatory course. First semester
Trigonometry emphasizes the 6 trigonometric functions,
including their graphs and inverses, the special right triangles, verification of identities, solving trigonometric
equations, and lastly, the law of Sines and the Law of
Cosines. Second semester has a pre-calculus focus and
emphasizes vectors, polar equations and graphs, logarithmic and exponential functions, conics, and the introduction of beginning calculus limits and derivatives.
*AP CALCULUS AB (13436): Prerequisite: Trigonometry
or Pre-Calculus. This is an advanced placement course
in calculus. Topics included are parametric and polar
equations, analytic geometry of three dimensions, vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, vector calculus, and differential equations. *quality points/weighted
RENAISSANCE GEOMETRY (61306): Prerequisite: Renaissance Algebra. This course is intended for students
interested in math related fields of study. This is a college preparatory course with emphasis on proof. The
purpose of this course is to introduce students to the
major concepts and tools for analyzing given data and
drawing conclusions from the data. Topics include geometric vocabulary, properties and relationships, realworld applications, deductive reasoning, coordinate geometry, and transformations. This course develops
problem solving skills as it incorporates geometric concepts such as lines, polygons, Pythagorean Theorem,
circles, area, volume, and constructions.
grade
RENAISSANCE COLLEGE ALGEBRA (61303): Prerequisite: Algebra. This course develops the concept of functions and its graph, inverse functions, exponential functions, and systems of linear equations as well as the matrix methods to solve those systems. In addition, sequences and series, the binomial theorem, and mathematical induction will be included to increase the problem solving capabilities of the academically gifted student. Graphing calculators will be incorporated into
classroom instruction to prepare students for the ACT/
SAT exams.
RENAISSANCE ADVANCED BIOLOGY (61220): Grade
Level 9. Prerequisite: Renaissance Biology 8. Year long.
Students will discover and understand many of the intriguing processes of living organisms. Students will take
on the role of scientific researcher as they design and
perform experiments, collect and interpret data, and
draw conclusions based on hypotheses. The knowledge
gained and the skills developed will then enable students to critically analyze current scientific research that
is discussed in the media. Content includes the characteristics of life, organic chemistry functional groups and
protein folding, cell biology with an emphasis on cellular
*AP CALCULUS BC (13433): Prerequisite: Trigonometry
or Pre-Calculus, or Teacher Recommendation. This is an
advanced placement course in calculus. Topics included
are functions, limits, continuity, derivations, applications
of the derivative, integrals, exponential and logarithmic
functions, inverse functions, applications of the definite
integral, techniques of integration, and infinite series. At
the end of this course students will be encouraged to
take the AP Calculus BC exam. *quality points/weighted
grade
SCIENCE
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respiration, photosynthesis and cell signaling, cellular
transport and division, plant structure and processes
with an emphasis on reproduction and hormones, DNA/
RNA/protein synthesis/biotechnology, genetics and reproduction, evolution with an emphasis on molecular
evidence, and the relationship of structure to function
and physiological connections in the human body.
RENAISSANCE CHEMISTRY (61206): Year long. Renaissance Chemistry examines the building blocks of all
matter through following modern atomic theory. This
course is inquiry and lab intensive. This course uses the
periodic table to help simplify the study of elements by
grouping those that have common reactions. Writing
formulas for compounds, equations for reactions and
stoichiometric relationships (using equations) are key
components of this course. Topics of discussion include
energy changes for phase changes, chemical reactions,
and nuclear reactions; acid-base reactions, equilibrium,
and reaction rates are analyzed as well. Deductive and
inductive reasoning, problem solving methods, and
higher levels of thought are all used extensively in this
study.
*AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (12106): Year long. Grade
Level: 10-12. The purpose of the AP Human Geography
course is to introduce students to the systematic study
of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to
examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods
and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
Students will prepare for the AP exam. *quality points/
weighted grade
*AP PHYSICS 1 (14415): Year long. Prerequisites: Chemistry, Algebra and Geometry. Concurrent enrollment in
Trigonometry is recommended. This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based
physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics
(including rotational dynamics and angular momentum);
work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound.
It will also introduce electric circuits. Course skills include
using representations and models to solve scientific
problems, applying mathematics to science phenomena,
engaging in scientific questioning, planning and implementing data collection and analysis, and connecting
and relating knowledge across scales, concepts, representations, and domains. Students will prepare for the
AP Physics 1 exam at the conclusion of the
course. *quality points/weighted grade
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY
*AP WORLD HISTORY (12116): Year long. Grade level:
10. This course is offered to Renaissance sophomores
who are ready for the rigor and accelerated pace of a
college level history course. The curriculum is aligned
with College Board standards and is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual
knowledge to deal critically with world problems. Societies will be compared with an emphasis on the larger
processes affecting societies and civilizations, and key
time periods will be examined. Students will prepare for
the AP World History exam at the conclusion of the
course. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
(12212): Grade level: 9. One semester. This college preparatory government course will examine the theoretical
and practical purpose of Democracy in society. This
course introduces and analyzes various groups, beliefs,
and ideas as a method for understanding the United
States Constitution. Students will study the major
branches of the government, the legislative, executive,
and judicial, in preparation for the AP exam. *quality
points/weighted grade
*AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
(12215): Grade Level: 9. One semester. The AP course in
Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a
variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate
the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, explain differences in processes and
policy outcomes, and communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes.
*quality points/weighted grade
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*RENAISSANCE AP U.S. HISTORY (61126): Year long.
The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials
in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year
introductory college courses. Students should learn to
assess historical materials—their relevance to a given
interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to
weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in
historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course thus
develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on
the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Students will prepare for the AP exam. *quality
points/weighted grade
*AP MACROECONOMICS (12231): One semester. This
college preparatory economics course emphasizes a
macroeconomics approach that gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that
apply to an economic system as a whole. The study includes national incomes and price determinations along
with money and banking, public finance, and international economics. Students will prepare for the AP exam.
*quality points/weighted grade
*AP MICROECONOMICS (12230): One semester. The
purpose of a course in micro economics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of
economics that applies to the functions of individual
decision maker, both consumers and producers. It places primary emphasis on the nature and function of
product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government. Students will prepare
for the AP exam. *quality points/weighted grade
RENAISSANCE ACADEMY ELECTIVES
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
RENAISSANCE SENIOR SEMINAR (61403): Grade 12.
Year long. This elective course is designed to give Renaissance students university-level experience in independent study, primary and secondary research, semi-
nars on a variety of research-related topics, and the development and presentation of an original document.
The Senior Seminar follows the dissertation process.
ENGLISH
RENAISSANCE CREATIVE WRITING (61013): Grade Level
9. One semester. This course is structured as a writing
workshop. Students will engage in writing short fiction
using classic and modern literary models. This course
focuses on structural, stylistic, and creative topics during
the production and editing of student-directed fiction.
Students will learn to use language as an instrument to
express their unique and individual voices. Students will
become more critical readers as they learn how to critique others’ work and accept critiques of their own
work.
RENAISSANCE ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING (61023):
Grade Level 10-12. Year long. This course is structured
as a writing workshop to strengthen students’ writing
skills and understanding of various creative genres. Students will engage in writing short and longer fiction
pieces, using classic and modern literary models. This
course focuses on structural, stylistic, and creative topics
during the production and editing of student-directed
fiction. Students will learn techniques necessary for
longer pieces of writing: planning, maintaining cohesiveness and fluidity, developing dynamic story arcs and
characters, using a repetition of symbols, and layering
complex plots and themes. Students will improve their
use of language as an instrument to express their
unique and individual voices. It will also demand of students a great deal of writing and editing, mirroring the
rigorous, college-level learning for students in the Renaissance Program.
RENAISSANCE SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS (61014):
One semester. This elective course is designed to provide students with the valuable tool of successful oral
expression. Not only does the possession of this skill
provide the student with an improved means of communication that will be useful in both professional and
personal lives, but also in developing the confidence
that will enable the student to present himself/herself
successfully. Students will develop listening skills as well
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as speaking skills in the area of debate, impromptu, informational, persuasive, demonstration speeches and
oral interpretation.
MATH
(all math courses are year long courses)
*AP STATISTICS (13426): This course is designed to
provide students with a learning experience equivalent
to an introductory college in statistics. This course is
intended for students interested in fields of social sciences, health sciences, and business. The purpose of
this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing
conclusions from data. The major themes include: explorations for data, sampling and experimentations, applying probability, anticipating patterns and statistical
inference. Students will be required to complete a final
project in which they incorporate all major concepts of
statistics. Students will prepare for the AP exam.
*quality points/weighted grade
*AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (13440): Lab fee required.
This is a college level course in computer science. This
course introduces the student to JAVA software development. Students will write platform-independent, object oriented code for conventional Internet- and Intranet-based applications. Topics covered include graphical user interface (GUI) development, multimedia
(images, animation, and audio); graphic strings, exception and security; application portability. A number of
programming assignments will be given to enable the
student to build real-world JAVA applications. Students
will prepare for the AP exam. *quality points/weighted
evolution. Laboratory work and inquiry are significant
parts of this course. Students who successfully pass the
AP Biology proficiency exam may receive college credit
for Biology. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP CHEMISTRY (14306): Year long. Lab Fee $5.00. AP
Chemistry is a college chemistry lecture and lab class.
The presentation follows modern quantum mechanical
theory. Students will write formulas for compounds,
equations for reactions, and stoichiometric relationships
equations. Students will analyze thermodynamic
changes including enthalpy changes, entropy changes,
and Gibbs free energy changes. The will also study acid/
base reactions, equilibrium, reactions kinetics, coordination compounds, and oxidation-reduction reactions.
Students will prepare for the AP exam. *quality points/
weighted grade
*AP PHYSICS 2 (14418): Year long. Prerequisites: Chemistry, Physics 1, Algebra and Geometry. This course is
the equivalent to a second-semester college course in
algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics;
atomic and nuclear physics. Course skills include using
representations and models to solve scientific problems,
applying mathematics to science phenomena, engaging
in scientific questioning, planning and implementing
data collection and analysis, and connecting and relating knowledge across scales, concepts, representations,
and domains. Students will prepare for the AP Physics 2
exam at the conclusion of the course. *quality points/
weighted grade
grade
SCIENCE
*AP BIOLOGY (14206): Year long. Prerequisite: Biology,
Chemistry. Lab Fee $5.00. This is a course for students
interested in a college equivalent Biology course. This
course follows the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum.
Topics addressed in depth include biological systems
and interactions, life processes, cell processes, energy
and metabolism, heredity and genetics, ecology, and
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*AP PHYSICS C (14406): Prerequisites: Chemistry and
Physics or AP Physics 1. Concurrent enrollment in AP
Calculus AB is recommended. Year long. This is a rigorous, calculus based physics course designed by the College Board. Two major topics, Mechanics and Electricity
and Magnetism, are covered. Students will prepare for
both AP Physics C exams: Mechanics and Electricity and
Magnetism. *quality points/weighted grade
*AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (14510): Year long.
The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be
the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college
course in environmental science that will be taught as a
year-long high school class. The AP Environmental Science course has been developed to enable students to
undertake a more advanced study of topics in environmental science. Students will prepare for the AP exam.
*quality points/weighted grade
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (14312): One semester. Grade
Level: 11-12. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. This
course introduces students to various basic techniques
and fundamentals in organic chemistry. Topics covered
include nomenclature, structure and bonding, and reactions of hydrocarbons with important classes of natural and synthetic organic compounds. Offered in conjunction with Microbiology.
MICROBIOLOGY (14209): One semester. Grade Level:
11-12. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. This
course introduces students to various basic techniques
and fundamentals in the field of microbiology. Topics
covered include microbial metabolism, proper sterilization processes, bacterial growth, and analysis of populations’ cultures. Students will apply microbiological
concepts in laboratory experiments and develop appropriate aseptic techniques needed to work in clinical environments. Offered in conjunction with Organic
Chemistry.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (14603): Year long. This
course is focused on the structure and function of the
human body. This course covers levels of organization;
support and movement; integration, coordination, and
control; transport; maintenance; and the human life
cycle. This is a laboratory course designed especially
for students interested in medical fields.
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY
RENAISSANCE WORLD AFFAIRS (61103): Grade level: 9.
One semester. Students will research current global
issues, e.g. Endangered Cultures, Global Climate
Change, Integration and Multiculturalism, etc. They will
read scholarly journals that reflect on world problems
and offer possible solutions. They will take their research and begin to piece together a cross-curricular
picture of the problem through gathering research, cultural documents (literature, art, speeches, videos, etc).
This entire process emulates real-world problem solving
by asking students to determine what information is
necessary to fully understand the problem, evaluate
potential solutions, and seek total understanding of a
dynamic world issue that directly and indirectly impacts
their lives. Because of the breadth of the materials they
will be analyzing, students will read a wide array of materials, write in multiple modes and with multiple purposes, and think critically about a wide array of topics.
*AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (12310): Prerequisite: World
History. Year long. This is a college level introductory
elective course into modern European history that examines the major events, trends, ideologies, philosophies, and chronology from 1450 to the present. Students will examine themes in history and interrelated
categories (political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural,
social and economic) as they investigate, using primary
and secondary sources, the elites with the experiences
of ordinary people. Students will prepare for the AP
exam. *quality points/weighted grade
AP PSYCHOLOGY (12406): Year long. Advanced Placement Psychology is designed as a college-level class to
introduce students to the systematic and scientific study
of the human behavior and mental processes. This
course will help develop independent and critical thinking skills and prepare students for the AP exam. The
core concepts and theories of psychology are explored
from a variety of theoretical approaches including the
biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural perspectives. Students are
exposed to facts, principles, and phenomena associated
with each of the major sub-fields within psychology.
Students will prepare for the AP exam.
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ADVANCED HUMANITIES PATHWAY
Renaissance
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN HUMANITIES
Teacher
Actor
News analyst
Public service
Politics
Social worker
Anthropologist
Critic
Editor
Lawyer
Writer
Psychologist
Clergy
Biophysicist
University professor
Playwright
Reporter
Physician
Business administration
Architect
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Renaissance Freshman Seminar
Renaissance World Affairs
AP Comparative Government
AP US Government
10
Renaissance AP Literature
AP World History
Psychology or AP Psychology
11
AP US History
AP Art History
AP European History
AP Human Geography
Psychology or AP Psychology
12
AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics
AP Art History
AP European History
AP Human Geography
Psychology or AP Psychology
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Renaissance Speech Communications
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY MAJORS AND DEGREES
Associate’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree / Ph.D. / M.D.
Classic
English
Education
Psychology
Law
Communications & Rhetoric
Philosophy
History
Performing Arts
Literature
Business
Education
Theatre Arts
Biology
Humanities
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Journalism
Religion
Music
Anthropology
Renaissance ADVANCED SCIENCES PATHWAY
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN ADVANCED SCIENCES
Teacher
Ecologist
Physicist
Web developer
Biologist
Molecular biologist
Biomedical scientist
University professor
Engineer
Physician
Astrophysicist
Neurobiologist
Geneticist
Oncologist
Nanotechnology
Software developer
Chemist
Pharmacist
Psychiatrist
Immunologist
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Renaissance Freshman Seminar
Renaissance Advanced Biology
Renaissance Chemistry
10
AP Physics 1
AP Environmental Science
Renaissance Chemistry
Anatomy and Physiology
AP Biology
11
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics C
AP Statistics
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 2
AP Calculus AB or BC
11
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics C
AP Statistics
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 2
AP Calculus AB or BC
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Renaissance World Affairs
Renaissance Speech Communications
AP Computer Science
Anatomy and Physiology
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY MAJORS AND DEGREES
Associate’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree / Ph.D. / M.D.
Mathematics
Medicine
Chemistry
Computer Science
Biology
Physics
Education
Engineering
Zoology
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Environmental Studies
Law
Psychology
AP INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY PATHWAY
Renaissance
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY
Teacher
International attorney
Foreign service
International business
University professor
Art Historian
Museum curator
Software developer
Global finance
Interpreter
Architect
Intelligence officer
International health care
Archaeologist
Foreign diplomat
Global sales/marketing
Anthropologist
Missionary
Librarian
Economic development
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Renaissance Freshman Seminar
Renaissance World Affairs
Spanish II
French II
10
Spanish III
French III
AP World History
AP Human Geography
AP Literature and Composition
11
Spanish IV
French IV
AP European History
AP Language and Composition
12
AP Spanish
AP French
AP European History
AP Spanish Literature
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Renaissance Speech Communications
Internship
AP Art History
Business and Personal Law
AP Human Geography
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY MAJORS AND DEGREES
Associate’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree / Ph.D. / M.D.
French
Spanish
Religion
Romance Languages
Linguistics
Philosophy
Latin
Social Work
World Languages
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Business
Medicine
Psychology
Law
Literature
History
Renaissance RESEARCH AND HIGHER EDUCATION PATHWAY
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN RESEARCH AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Teacher
Physicist
Web developer
University professor
Engineer
Physician
Software developer
Chemist
Pharmacist
Psychiatrist
Author
Judge
Attorney
Entrepreneur
Anthropologist
Architect
Archaeologist
Social Worker
Astrophysicist
Librarian
HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY COURSES
Grade
Essential Pathway Courses (select one each year)
9
Renaissance Freshman Seminar
Renaissance World Affairs
AP Comparative Government
10
Renaissance AP Literature and Composition
AP World History
AP Human Geography
AP Chemistry
11
Renaissance AP Language and Composition
AP Physics 1
Renaissance AP US History
AP Interdisciplinary Investigations and Critical Reasoning Seminar
12
AP Macroeconomics/AP Microeconomics
Renaissance Senior Seminar
AP Cambridge Capstone Research Project
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Anatomy and Physiology
AP Computer Programming
AP Human Geography
AP Physics 2
AP Chemistry
AP Art History
Microbiology/Organic Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Psychology
AP Biology
AP Calculus
AP Studio Art Drawing
Foreign Languages
AP European History
AP Statistics
AP Physics C
AP Calculus BC
AP Studio Art 2-D Design
EXAMPLES OF POST-SECONDARY MAJORS AND DEGREES
Associate’s Degree / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree / Ph.D. / M.D.
Mathematics
Medicine
Chemistry
English
Computer Science
History
Philosophy
Education
Law
Business
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Environmental Studies
Architecture
Psychology
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