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2013-2014 Course Descriptions


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ACCOUNTING 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit                   

Prerequisite:  None


Accounting 1 is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the accounting cycle and an understanding of the role accounting plays in the ongoing operation of a business. During this year-long class, students will learn the fundamentals of accounting using a sole proprietorship and corporation as a basis for study. Students will develop an understanding of business activities by recording and summarizing basic accounting transactions, preparing financial statements, payroll records, income tax forms, and interpreting financial statements as part of the management decision-making process. A combination of manual and PC-based automated accounting systems will be used. This course is the first in a two-year program. Students who elect to complete the two-year program will receive community college credit. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

ACCOUNTING 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12                                

Year:  1 credit     
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Accounting 1 or teacher recommendation.

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Accounting Principles I (ACC 121). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 4 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university. 

In this course, students learn the fundamentals of accounting using sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations organized as service providers, merchandising, and manufacturing concerns. Students develop an understanding of business activities by recording and summarizing business transactions, preparing financial statements, payroll records, and financial analysis of business data. A combination of manual and PC-based automated accounting systems will be used. Students are required to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE

Grades:  11, 12                                          

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro Computer Programming 2 or teacher recommendation.

 

Advanced Placement Computer Science is a college-level course in the study of computer programming and applications of computer to solve problems.  Students will continue their study of programming and study the Java programming language.  The course requires well-developed organizational skills, a high degree of motivation and intensive study.  Students may have to put in extra time outside of class for review and lab work.  The structure of the course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in AP Computer Science.  Success on the AP test may entitle a student to college credit, advanced placement or both.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher-led outside-of-class AP study sessions. If applicable, mandatory summer work for this course can be found on the school website. Partial exam scholarships are available. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FINANCE

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                         

Semester:  .5 credit            

Prerequisite:   None 

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Personal Finance (BUS 116). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

 

This course aligns with all Colorado Financial Literacy Standards and is designed to help students develop their abilities to make wise financial decisions by recognizing, understanding and comparing the alternatives facing them as individuals. Additionally, students will learn how businesses manage their finances. Topics include: decision making, earning a living, managing finances and budgeting, saving and investing, buying goods and services, banking, using credit, and protecting against risk. Business and Personal Finance course units integrate and align with Colorado Financial Literacy Standards.  Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

Business Law 1

Grades:  10, 11, 12            

Semester:  .5 credit            

Prerequisite:  None

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Legal Environment of Business (BUS 216). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

Business Law will address legal topics concerning business and the individual. Topics of discussion will include contracts (e.g. renting an apartment, buying a car, obtaining a credit card, laws affecting minors, fraud), negligence (e.g. slipping/falling, car accidents), intentional torts (e.g. trespassing, defamation, assault, battery, invasion of privacy), civil procedure (e.g. trial process), crimes, constitutional law and the court systems, intellectual property law, employment law, credit, and ethics/social responsibility. The course will also include guest speakers and law-related movies and/or videos illustrating the legal topics discussed in the classroom. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                                   

Semester:  .5 credit                    

Prerequisite:   Business and Personal Finance or teacher recommendation.     

 

This course will introduce students to the concepts of entrepreneurship and business management.  Students will be provided with information and skills that lead to success in developing and managing businesses, including international business opportunities. The curriculum includes units on management theory, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, ethics, business communications, decision making, and business law. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                       

Semester:  .5 credit          

Prerequisite:   None

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Introduction to PC Applications (CIS 118). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

With increased use of computers and digital media in our daily lives, it is crucial that students develop the ability to use digital tools appropriately, efficiently, and collaboratively.   This course provides an introduction to digital applications that use photos, audio and video for public presentations; support digital writing; and incorporate internet tools.  Software applications include Google Docs, Photoshop CS5, Moviemaker Live, Gamemaker, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.  Instruction in Office 2010 teaches toward Microsoft Certification. The knowledge of these applications is vital for the students’ college and career readiness. Much of the curriculum is individualized; students must have good problem solving, organizational, and motivational skills.  This course is recommended for most business courses. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 1

Grades: 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit                       

Prerequisite:  None

 

The program in IB Business and Management is designed to provide a broad-ranging introduction to the principles and some of the practices of organizations currently pursuing the activities outlined below, and set in a scene of international markets, exchange and production.  Organizational Studies incorporates a wide range of activities designed to manage efficiently the production, distribution and exchange of goods and services, at the minimum cost within the framework of a personnel-oriented employment policy. This course is required for the Management-Advanced pathway.    Membership in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) and/or FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is strongly encouraged.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HL 1

Grade: 11                                  

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  None

 

IB Business and Management HL 1 is a rigorous and critical study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment.  It is an academic discipline that examines how business decisions are made and how these decisions make an impact on the internal and external environments.  A fundamental feature of this course is the concept of synergy.  In a technical sense, it is a concept that means an organization should see an overall return greater than the sum of its parts.  Senior IB students will also be required to complete an Internal Assessment research project during HL2.  IB Business Management HL 1 is the first year of a two year course.  The IB exam is at the end of the second year.  Membership in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) is strongly suggested.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HL 2

Grades: 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  IB Business Management SL 1

 

IB Business and Management HL is a rigorous and critical study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment.  It is an academic discipline that examines how business decisions are made and how these decisions make an impact on the internal and external environments.  A fundamental feature of this course is the concept of synergy.  In a technical sense, it is a concept that means an organization should see an overall return greater than the sum of its parts.  It is a third year course in the Marketing program and can be a 6th subject for senior IB students who have completed IBBM SL. One   of the major objectives of IBBM HL is to prepare IB seniors for the HL exam in May.  Senior IB students who choose to test at the HL will also be required to complete an Internal Assessment research project.    Membership in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) and/or FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is strongly encouraged.

 

INTRO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 1

Grades:  10, 11, 12                    

Semester:  .5 credit          

Prerequisite:  None

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Introduction to Computer Programming (CSC 154). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop applications in Microsoft Visual Basic.NET for the Microsoft .NET platform.   The course content focuses on user interfaces, program structure, language syntax, and implementation details. This is the first course in the Visual Basic.NET curriculum and serves as the entry point for other .NETcourses.  Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

INTRO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12                    

Semester:  .5 credit           

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Intro Computer Programming 1 or teacher recommendation.

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Game Design and Development (CSC 126). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

 

This course combines problem-solving techniques with computer game design and implementation to introduce the student to basic gaming and computer science concepts. Students design, implement, and test computer games using software that allows for basic game creation through a wide variety of game creation tools.  Alice Programming is a teaching tool for introductory computing that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging first programming experience.   This course will serve as in introduction to concepts taught in AP Computer Science. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

MULTIMEDIA

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                              

Semester: .5 credit                                       

Prerequisite:   None

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Adobe Photoshop I (MGD 102). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.  

 

Students will gain extensive knowledge of Adobe CS3 Photoshop, the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images, photo-editing, transforming images and text into anything you can imagine, and showcasing images and text in extraordinary ways.  Students will be introduced to the Photoshop family of Illustrator, Indesign and Flash.  This course introduces the types of equipment and technical considerations used in multimedia productions and the multimedia professions. Students gain hands-on experience in how the technology is utilized for input and output in production and design projects. Students will have the opportunity to design “real life” projects for CTHS departments.  This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Introduction to Multimedia (MGD 111).  Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.  

 

MULTIMEDIA 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12                     

Semester: .5 credit            
Prerequisite:   Multimedia

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Adobe Photoshop I (MGD 111). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.  

 

Students will build upon their Multimedia skills to design and integrate projects using Adobe CS3; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and Adobe Premiere Elements.  Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos, including the Adobe Photoshop Touch software for tablets.  Students apply digital applications that support digital writing; use photos, audio and video for public presentations, including the design of the CTHS Baseball Book.  Students incorporate internet tools in multimedia projects.   Much of the curriculum is individualized; students must have good problem solving, organizational, and motivational skills. This course provides instruction in Adobe CS3 and teaches toward Adobe Certification.  This course is recommended for most business and marketing courses. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.  

 

WEB PAGE DESIGN 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Semester:  .5 credit 
Prerequisite:   None 

           

Students will be introduced to html code and use it to build basic web page and/or sites. Students will also be introduced to HTML editors and coding, elements of design, CSS style sheets, and graphics editors using the latest software. Elements built using these tools will be incorporated to create powerful web pages and/or sites. Students will learn ethical responsibilities, searching and information retrieval and the importance of verifying the validity of information posted on the web. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

 

WEB PAGE DESIGN 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12                                

Semester:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Web Page Design 1 or teacher recommendation.

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Web Design 1 (MGD 141). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

 

Students will continue their study of the Web and the current developments in that area of technology.  Students will expand their knowledge of Web design using state-of-the-art hardware and software to incorporate video, sounds, CGI, applets, and other Web developments in their sites. Students will learn to use cascading style sheets (CSS) to provide different looks for a website quickly and effectively. Students will learn to use CSS for page layout as required by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. Students are encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as leadership activities provide opportunities to make connections between the school, community and the business world. Emphasis is placed on service to others, social and competitive events.

Marketing Courses

 

Marketing Courses



 

MARKETING 1

Grades:  10, 11, 12                                

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

Marketing 1 designed for the student who wants to learn more about our marketing and sales system.  This course will build skills in sales, marketing , communications and professionalism.  Some units of study are: advertising, promotion, marketing, display, salesmanship, merchandising, marketing math and job seeking skills.  Membership and participation in DECA is required.  This course is required for entry into Marketing 2, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Co-op.

 

MARKETING 2

Grades:  11, 12                          

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Marketing 1

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Principles of Marketing (MAR 216). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn 3 community college credits with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.

Marketing 2 is designed to teach analysis of marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and their applications to business and the individual consumer. Students will also learn to write a formal marketing plan, as well as studying communication and professional skills, e-marketing, and international marketing units. Membership and participation in DECA and Marketing Co-op is required.

 

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING

Grades:  11, 12                          

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Marketing 1

 

With Sports and Entertainment Marketing you will explore the management principles practiced by successful businesses in the sports and entertainment fields. Topics covered will include sports & entertainment management, college & amateur sports, professional sports, product management, human resources, legal and ethical issues, managing change, customer relations, and much more! Membership and participation in DECA and Marketing Coop is required.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SL 1

Grades: 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit
Prerequisite:  None

 

The program in IB Business and Management is designed to provide a broad-ranging introduction to the principles and some of the practices of organizations currently pursuing the activities outlined below, and set in a scene of international markets, exchange and production.  Organizational Studies incorporates a wide range of activities designed to manage efficiently the production, distribution and exchange of goods and services, at the minimum cost within the framework of a personnel-oriented employment policy. This course is required for the Management-Advanced pathway. Membership in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) is strongly suggested.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HL 1

Grade: 11                                  

Year:  1 credit
Prerequisite:  IB Business Management SL

 

IB Business and Management HL 1 is a rigorous and critical study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment.  It is an academic discipline that examines how business decisions are made and how these decisions make an impact on the internal and external environments.  A fundamental feature of this course is the concept of synergy.  In a technical sense, it is a concept that means an organization should see an overall return greater than the sum of its parts.  Senior IB students will also be required to complete an Internal Assessment research project during HL2.  IB Business Management HL 1 is the first year of a two year course.  The IB exam is at the end of the second year. Membership in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) is strongly suggested.

 

IB BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HL 2

Grades: 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit
Prerequisite:  IB Business Management SL

 

Grades: 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9 and 10

This is a survey course in American Literature.  Students will study non-fiction along with drama, short stories, poetry, and novels.  By reading a broad variety of American authors, students will gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the American experience.  The writing in the course is structured to develop skills for college and includes most of the expository types –narration, description, definition, classification, cause-effect, and argumentation. Vocabulary study and mechanics and usage work are included as well.   


English Courses​


 
 


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) English Language and composition

Grades: 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10 Honors, American Lit Honors, or teacher recommendation; summer reading assignment required

 

The course is designed for academically motivated students who read and write well above grade level.  The course is fundamentally a freshmen college composition class.  Students will study examples of various kinds of writing:  biographies, essays, fiction, and poetry.  The writing is analytical and expository, with practice in writing time-limited compositions in class.  Students will prepare for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam at the end of the year.  All students are expected to take the AP exam. Grades are weighted. It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) English LITERATURE & Composition

Grades: 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10 Honors, American Literature Honors, AP English Language and Composition, or teacher recommendation; summer reading assignment required

 

This course is designed for accelerated students who wish to prepare for the AP Literature and Composition exam.  Students will examine selected works ranging from classics to contemporary works.  Students will analyze a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of imagery, symbolism, and tone.  Students will strengthen their ability to write literary analysis, reflective essays, and timed compositions. All students are expected to take the AP exam. Grades are weighted. It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

American Literature

Grades: 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9 and 10

This is a survey course in American Literature.  Students will study non-fiction along with drama, short stories, poetry, and novels.  By reading a broad variety of American authors, students will gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the American experience.  The writing in the course is structured to develop skills for college and includes most of the expository types –narration, description, definition, classification, cause-effect, and argumentation. Vocabulary study and mechanics and usage work are included as well.   

 

American Literature Honors

Grades: 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10 or English 10 Honors or teacher recommendation, summer reading assignment required

 

This is an English course designed to prepare students for Advance Placement work in their senior year. In addition to studying a variety of genres and authors, students will begin to develop rhetorical analysis skills through their reading and writing using AVID methodologies. This class is designed for students with a strong work ethic who wish to pursue more rigorous coursework. This course will use an alternative text set to those used in English 10 Honors and American Literature and Composition. The writing in the course is structured to develop skills for college and success on timed-writing exercises and includes a focus in most of the expository forms. Vocabulary study and mechanics and usage work are included as well.  Grades are weighted. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

CE ENGLISH 12

Grade:  12

Year: 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of junior-level English, ACT English (17) and Reading (16) benchmark scores or Accuplacer Sentence Skills (70-94) and Reading (62-79)  (*PLAN score equivalents English (14) and Reading (16) may be used for registration purposes.)

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Basic Composition 090. Students who earn a C or better in the class can transcript this course in order to meet the prerequisite for Intro to College Composition 121.

 

This course emphasizes critical thinking as students explore writing for specific purposes and audiences. It enables students to develop skills required for college-level writing while reviewing paragraph structure and focusing on essay development.

 

Introduction to College Composition

Grade:  12

Semester: .5 credit (plus three college credits)                                                                                                                                                                    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of junior-level English, ACT English (18+) and Reading (17) benchmark scores or Accuplacer Sentence Skills (95+) and Reading (80+) (*PLAN score equivalents English (15) and Reading (17) may be used for registration purposes.)

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course English Composition 121. Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 3 community college credits. These are guarantee transfer credits to public colleges and universities in Colorado. 

 

This concurrent enrollment-credit course emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

 

Introduction to College Literature

Grade:  12

Semester: .5 credit (plus three college credits)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of junior-level English, ACT English (17) and Reading (17) scores or Accuplacer Sentence Skills (70+) and Reading (80+) (*PLAN score equivalents English (15) and Reading (17) may be used for registration purposes.)

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Introduction to Literature 115. Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 3 community college credits. These are guarantee transfer credits to public colleges and universities in Colorado. 

This concurrent-enrollment credit course introduces students to the fiction, poetry, and drama read at the college-level. The course emphasizes active and responsive reading, literary analysis and critique, and analytical writing.

 

COLLEGE PREP READING AND WRITING-ONLINE

Grade: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit (English)

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved                                                              

Students in this course will know the specifics of writing including vocabulary strategies, and literary technique, be able to analyze and understand the styles and techniques of high-quality nonfiction writing including voice, word choice, sentence fluency and organization, and create nonfiction pieces modeled after styles studied in class.

 

COMPETITIVE SPEECH AND DEBATE

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year: 1 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Application and teacher recommendation

 

This elective course explores the fundamentals of the communication process (speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication) and public speaking.  Units of study include communication theory as well as demonstration, informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches.  Considerable class time will be used to organize, research, outline, present, and critique speeches.  Students will review debate, public speaking, and interpretation theory and apply this theory as they prepare, polish, and rehearse for contests. Students enrolled in this class are encouraged to participate as a member of the CTHS speech team as the final course grade will include points for participating in speech/debate tournaments, which are held on selected weekdays and Saturdays. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

CORE COMPOSITION I - ONLINE

Grade: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit plus three college credits (Dual Credit with the University of Colorado at Denver)                                                                             

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved                                           

 

This class provides opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences, with an emphasis on learning how to respond to various rhetorical situations; improving critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities; understanding various writing processes; and gaining a deeper knowledge of language conventions. Students will be responsible for paying tuition for university credit.

 

CORE COMPOSITION II - ONLINE

Grade: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit plus three college credits (Dual Credit with the University of Colorado at Denver)                                                                                    

Prerequisite: Core Composition I and Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved                     

 

This class focuses on academic and other types of research-based writing and builds on the work completed in Core Composition I. Focuses on critical thinking, reading and writing as well as working with primary and secondary source material to produce a variety of research-based essays. Emphasis on using both print-based and electronic-based information will be included. Students will be responsible for paying tuition for university credit.

 

ELA  MULTILEVEL ENGLISH

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: ELA Teacher approval with placement test

 

This course is intended only for students whose native or first language is not English.  The curriculum includes reading skills, vocabulary development, literature, composition and the development of academic language. Class size and organization permit a highly individualized program.            

 

ELA  III

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Testing and/or recommendation

 

This course is intended only for students whose native or first language is not English. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, writing and reading comprehension. Students will be challenged to think critically about their reading and to express their thinking in writing.

 

ELA SUPPORT LAB

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12

Quarter:  .25 elective credit

Prerequisite:  ELA Teacher recommendation

         

This course is intended as academic support for students whose native or first language is not English.  Students practice organizational and communication skills while utilizing accommodations such as extended time for assignments and exams.

 

    

ENGLISH 9

Grade:  9

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data or teacher recommendation

 

This course includes reading, oral communication, composition, and study skills.  The four major genres – short story, novel, poetry, drama – are taught with attention to understanding main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose, and literary techniques.  The composition program includes narrative and expository writing, reinforces usage and grammar skills, and introduces the student to literary analysis.  Study skills are reviewed throughout the course and include note taking, text annotation, and media skills.  In an effort to complement the 9th grade year in social studies, the focus is on World Literature – myths, legends, and modern works.

 

ENGLISH 10

Grade:  10

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9

         

This course reinforces reading, oral communication, composition, vocabulary, grammar and usage, and research skills.  Both fiction and nonfiction are taught within the context of themes.  In keeping with the social studies and science department curricula, one focus is to help students understand how science, technology, and economic activity have developed, changed, and affected societies.  Students will study persuasion and argumentation through the writing of a 5-7 page research paper.      

 

CP ENGLISH 12

Grade:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of junior-level English, ACT English (below 17) and Reading (below 16) benchmark scores or Accuplacer Sentence Skills, (below 70) and Reading (below 62) (*PLAN score equivalents English (below 15) and Reading (below 17) may be used for registration purposes). Students who qualify for concurrent enrollment course and elect not to take course for college credit.

 

The purpose of the course is to ensure that students meet the college readiness standards as defined by ACT in writing and reading by the end of their senior year. Students enrolled in this class will research, organize, develop, and express their ideas in essays typical of those required in college classes. As part of their development of reading strategies, students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction pieces. Student choice will be a driving force behind the texts used in this class. Students will also complete portions of the college application process, such as writing their entrance essays, during the fall semester of the course.

 

HONORS/Pre-IB ENGLISH 9

Grade:  9

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data or teacher recommendation; summer reading assignment required

 

Ninth grade students, who read a minimum of two years above grade level, have demonstrated a strong writing ability, and possess a willingness to engage in challenging work, will study World Literature.  The focus is similar to that of English 9, with more rigorous reading and deeper literary analysis.  A structured vocabulary program is taught, along with grammar and usage skills.  The goal is to prepare students for AP or IB work the junior year.  Grades are weighted. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

HONORS/Pre-IB ENGLISH 10

Grade: 10

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Honors or Pre-IB English 9 or teacher recommendation; summer reading assignment required

 

Students who read a minimum of two years above grade level and possess strong writing skills will continue to develop the skills necessary for success in AP and IB courses by studying a variety of literatures.  Students will read and discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction.   In addition to literary analysis, students will study types of expository writing:  cause-effect/comparison-contrast/definition/argumentation/etc.  A research paper is required.  Vocabulary and usage study will continue.  Grades are weighted. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

IB English HL 1

Grade: 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the IB program, summer reading assignment required

 

This is the first level of a two-year in-depth study of world literature designed to prepare IB candidates for the Language A 1 HL assessments required of the International Baccalaureate program.  Students analyze literary works for their literary excellence, social significance, and personal meaning.  Students compare literature from other cultures and read works originally written in another language and translated into English.  Students present written and oral commentaries as well as essays dealing with these works (both prepared and timed responses).  They also begin World Literature papers 1 and 2 which they polish the fall of their senior year. Grades are weighted. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

IB ENGLISH HL 2

Grade:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB English HL 1, summer reading assignment required

 

This is the second level of a two-year in-depth study of world literature designed to prepare IB candidates for the Language A-1 HL assessments required of the International Baccalaureate program.  Students analyze literary works for their literary excellence, social significance, and personal meaning.  They complete the IB Oral Commentary and prepare for the exams which are completed in May. Grades are weighted. A summer reading assignment is required for this class. The assignment will be available on the Cherokee Trail website by June 1.

 

NEWSPAPER

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Application and teacher recommendation

 

Students who want to work on the school newspaper, The Cherokee Trail Guide, must take Newspaper.  As they plan and produce the paper, students will study journalistic style and the basic requirements of investigative reporting.  In addition, students will examine the production of newspapers and magazines, the history of journalism, and journalistic ethics.  Students will be responsible for every aspect of the student newspaper:  reporting, news and editorial writing, interviewing, editing, photography, layout and design, advertising design, advertising sales, and positive public relations.  Students should plan to work periodically after school, evenings, and/or weekends.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Reading Lab 1

Grades:  9

Semester: .5 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data, concurrent with regular-level English

 

The ultimate goal of the Reading Lab 1 is to develop the skills of its students so that they are able to become proficient readers, to approach all texts with confidence, and to find texts that the students enjoy reading.  As part of their study, students will learn reading strategies such as questioning the text, making connections, inferencing, and chunking.  Students taking this class will also enjoy the benefits of small class sizes.

 

Reading Lab 2

Grades: 10, 11

Semester: .5 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data, concurrent with regular-level English class

 

The ultimate goal of the Reading Lab 2 is to continue the work that students began in Reading Lab 1. The course continues to develop the skills of its students so that they are able to become proficient readers, to approach all texts with confidence, and to find texts that the students enjoy reading.  As part of their study, students will learn reading strategies such as questioning the text, making connections, inferencing, and chunking.  Students taking this class will also enjoy the benefits of small class sizes.      

 

(SENIOR) ENGLISH TUTORIAL

Grade:  12

Semester: .5 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Currently enrolled in a regular-level senior English class and instructor approval

 

This course is designed to be a support class for seniors transitioning from an essentials level to a regular level English class or for students who would like additional support in their senior English elective classes.  Reading/writing strategies and organizational skills are reinforced.  The instructor supports students in order to help them be successful in regular English.

 

TECHNICAL WRITING – ONLINE

Grade: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit (English)

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required

 

Students in Technical Writing will know the rules involved in writing for a practical business audience, create a variety of communication methods for business, including cover letters, resumes, reports and demonstrations, and understand the importance of writing and communicating in the business world and workplace.

 

WRITING LAB 1

Grades:  9

Semester: .5 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data, concurrent with regular-level English class

 

This class is designed to improve the writing skills of its students and ultimately create students who think positively about themselves as writers. As part of their study, students will receive specific instruction on mechanics, usage, and grammar. Students will also practice all steps of the writing process in the context of a writing workshop. Students taking this class will also enjoy the benefits of small class sizes.

 

WRITING LAB 2

Grades:  10, 11

Semester: .5 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Assessment data, concurrent with regular-level English class

 

In Writing Lab 2, students will continue to grow as writers by continuing the work they began in Writing Lab 1. Students will work to improve their writing skills and their impression of themselves as writers. As part of their study, students will receive specific instruction on mechanics, usage, and grammar. Students will also practice all steps of the writing process in the context of a writing workshop. Students taking this class will also enjoy the benefits of small class sizes.

 

Yearbook

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 elective credit

Prerequisite:  Application and teacher recommendation

 

Students will plan and produce the CTHS yearbook, The Legend.  Students will be responsible for every aspect of yearbook production including the following: taking photographs and writing captions, planning and designing layouts, researching and writing copy and headlines, editing, promoting and distributing the book, and selling advertisements.  Meeting deadlines to create the yearbook will often require time not only during class, but also after school, evenings, and/or on weekends.  This course may be repeated for credit.​


Math Courses


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS AB

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-Cal /Trig or IB Math SL 1 or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally. Topics include graphs and limits, differentiation, applications of differentiations, integration, and applications of integration.  The pace and rigor of instruction will be geared toward preparing students for the AP Exam, which they are expected to take in the spring.   Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.  Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.                                                                                                                                                                                     

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS BC

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  1 credit                                                                                                                     Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Trig/PreCalc Honors or IB Math SL 2 or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This is the more rigorous of the two AP calculus courses we offer. Students will learn both the theoretical foundations and proper techniques of both differential and integral calculus and apply them extensively in problem-solving contexts.  The pace and rigor of instruction will be geared toward preparing students for the AP Exam, which they are expected to take in the spring.   Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.  Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.                                                                                                         

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STATISTICS

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 or teacher recommendation.

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This is an advanced course in statistics. Topics include exploratory analysis of data, planning a study and collection of data, producing statistical models using probability distributions, and statistical inference.   The pace and rigor of instruction will be geared toward preparing students for the AP Exam, which they are expected to take in the spring.  Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.                       

 

ALGEBRA 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-Algebra, math 8 or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Scientific calculator expected

 

Algebra 1 is the study of algebraic symbolism, systems of equations, graphing, problem solving, and probability and statistics.  The students will build upon their previous knowledge to further understand the characteristics and representations of various functions and relations, including first-degree equations and inequalities, polynomials, exponential and radical expressions, and quadratic equations.                                                                                                                      

ALGEBRA 2

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Geometry/Trigonometry or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Scientific calculator expected

 

Algebra 2 students will study both real and complex numbers, as well as relations, functions and their operations. Students will work with linear, quadratic, and higher-order polynomial, radical, rational, absolute value, exponential/logarithmic functions, including graphing and transformations of graphs.  The counting principle, probability, and statistics are also covered.                                                                                                                                                                                      

ALGEBRA 2 HONORS

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry/Trigonometry or Geometry/Trigonometry Honors or teacher recommendation.  Completion of summer work as found on the school website is required plus the passing of an Algebra basic skills competency test.

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course covers the same content as Algebra 2, but with more depth.  This is a rigorous class for advanced math students. Students will expand their knowledge of algebraic theory with a strong emphasis on algebraic applications.  All of the topics in Algebra 2 will be covered in more depth along with the addition of conics and combinations. Problem solving will be emphasized.                                                                                                                                           

 

COLLEGE ALGEBRA – ONLINE

Grades: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit Math plus 3 college credits (Dual Credit with the University of Colorado at Denver)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved

 

Topics in algebra designed for students who intend to take calculus in college. Functions, domains, ranges, graphs, data scatter plots and curve fitting, solving equations and systems of equations, polynomial functions, rational functions, and selected other topics. Graphic calculators and/or computer algebra systems are used extensively. Applications are emphasized.   Students will be responsible for paying tuition for university credit.

 

COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY - ONLINE

Grades: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit Math plus 3 college credits (Dual Credit with the University of Colorado at Denver)

Prerequisite: College Algebra and Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved      

 

Topics in trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions designed for students who intend to take calculus in college. Angles and trigonometry functions of acute angles, analytic trigonometry, fundamental trigonometric functions and identities including hyperbolic trigonometry, parametric equations, and polar coordinate systems will all be covered.  Graphic calculators and/or computer algebra systems are used extensively. Applications are emphasized.  Students will be responsible for paying tuition for university credit.

 

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  .5 credit (plus 4 college credits)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 and either an Accuplacer score EA (85+) or ACT Math score of 23+

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected                                                  

           

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course College Algebra 121. Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 4 community college credits. These are guarantee transfer credits to public colleges and universities in Colorado. 


This course will cover advanced math topics necessary for college success in math or non-math related majors. Topics studied include: graphs and applications of linear, quadratic, polynomial, and exponential functions; conic sections; probability and statistics; and elementary trigonometry. Topics selected from among graphing of conic sections, introductions to sequences and series, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem, and theory of equations will be included.  Students intending to pursue a college education and not taking Pre-Calculus are strongly encouraged to take this course.                                             

 

COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  .5 credit (plus 3 college credits)

Prerequisite: Completion of CE College Algebra with at least a C or an Accuplacer score on CLM (63 – 102) or ACT Math score of 24+

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Trigonometry MAT 122.  Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 3 community college credits. These are guarantee transfer credits to public colleges and universities in Colorado. 

This course includes trigonometric functions (with graphs and inverse functions), identities and equations, solutions of triangles, complex numbers, and other topics as time permits. This is a traditional prerequisite course to the calculus sequence.

 

PRE-CALCULUS

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  .5 credit (plus 5 college credits)

Prerequisite: Completion of CE College Trigonometry with at least a C or an Accuplacer score on CLM (63 – 102) or ACT Math score of 25+

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Pre-Calculus MAT 166.  Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 5 community college credits. These are guarantee transfer credits to public colleges and universities in Colorado. 

This course is a further exploration of the algebra and trig needed for those planning to take calculus.  It includes algebraic manipulations, properties of algebraic and trigonometric functions and their graphs, trig identities and equations, conic sections, polar coordinates and parametric equations.  This course is designed to prepare students to successfully take a calculus class at the college level.

 

GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 1 or teacher recommendation.

NOTE:  Scientific calculator expected

 

This course will emphasize intuitive development of geometric concepts rather than formal two-column proofs.  The course will cover traditional topics:  points, lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, area, polygons, perimeter, trigonometry, trigonometric functions, equations, graphs and identities.  This course will provide an enhancement of algebraic skills and necessary background for further mathematics courses as well as for application in technical areas, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.        

                                                       

GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY HONORS

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 1 or teacher recommendation.  Completion of summer work as found on the school website is required. 

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course covers the same content as Geometry/Trigonometry, but with more depth. Students will spend considerable time developing both informal and formal proofs through inductive and deductive reasoning.  Additional topics that will be covered include logic, laws of sines and cosines                   

IB MATH SL 1

Grades:  10, 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 Honors, PreCalc/Trig or teacher recommendation.

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course is an advanced mathematics course that students take in the first year of the IB curriculum.  It will also prepare students who are intending to take AP Calculus.  This course covers a wide range of topics, extending the student’s knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, matrices, probability, statistics, sequences, and series.  Calculus concepts covered will include limits.                       

 

IB MATH SL 2

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of IB SL Math 1 or teacher recommendation.

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course is the second year of an advanced mathematics course that students take in the second year of the IB curriculum.  It will also prepare students that are intending to take AP Calculus.  This course covers a wide range of topics, extending the student’s knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, matrices, probability, statistics, sequences, and series.  Calculus concepts covered will include limits, and applications of differentials and integrals.                                                                             

 

IB MATH STUDIES 1

Grade:  11 Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This is the first year of a two year program, normally taken in the junior year, leading to the Mathematical Studies subsidiary level test in the spring of the senior year.  This program is designed to provide a realistic mathematics course for students with varied backgrounds and abilities.  A substantial piece of personal research, in the form of a project, is a requirement for this course.                                                  

 

IB MATH STUDIES 2

Grade:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of IB Math Studies 1 or teacher recommendation.

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This is the second year of a two year program, normally taken in the senior year, leading to the Mathematical Studies subsidiary level test in the spring of the senior year.  This program is designed to provide a realistic mathematics course for students with varied backgrounds and abilities.  A substantial piece of personal research, in the form of a project, is a requirement for this course.

 

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA /GEOMETRY 1

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Completion of Algebra 1 or teacher recommendation.  This class is designed for students who struggled in Algebra 1 with D’s.

NOTE:  Scientific calculator expected

 

This course is designed for students who had difficulty in Algebra 1 or courses below this level.  The curriculum includes a review of Algebra 1 concepts, an introduction to the basic concepts of Geometry.  Students will extend their learning through real world applications of algebraic, geometric and statistical concepts.  This course will include an in depth study of families of functions (linear, exponential, quadratic and radical), measures of central tendency, geometric transformations, area, perimeter, volume and right triangle trigonometry.

 

INTRODUCTORY COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Grade 11, 12 

Year:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 and either an Accuplacer  score EA (below 61) or ACT Math score (below 18) 

NOTE: Scientific calculator expected

 

This course includes first-degree equations, inequalities, formulas, polynomials, algebraic fractions, factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations by factoring, and applications.  Coordinate geometry, graphing linear equations and inequalities, and systems of linear equations will be included.  Will not count as an additional core year for NCAA Clearinghouse if student has successfully completed Algebra 2.

 

INTERMEDIATE COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  .5 credit                          

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 and either an Accuplacer score EA (61 - 84) or ACT Math score (18+)

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

        

This course is a further exploration of the algebra of the real number system with extension into the complex numbers.  It will emphasize problem solving with further study of equations, slope, inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, quadratic equations, rational expressions, rational exponents, radical expressions, graphing and applications.  The course is designed to prepare students to successfully take a college algebra course either at the high school level (as concurrent enrollment with CCA) or at the college they choose to attend.  Will not count as an additional core year for NCAA Clearinghouse if student has successfully completed Algebra 2

 

MATH LAB (Elective Credit)

Grades:  9, 10, 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of teacher and must be taken concurrently with Algebra 1

There are two main goals for this class.  First, we will assist students with their understanding of algebra 1.  Math lab teachers will work closely with the students’ algebra teacher to identify areas or concepts they are weak in and then work to help them master this concept.  Secondly, this class will identify basic skill areas that students are weak in and then work to address these areas of concerns. 

 

PREP MATH

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of teacher

 

This class will focus on numbers and number relationships, with emphasis on operations of integers and rational numbers.  Topics in algebra, geometry, measurement, problem solving, data analysis, probability and statistics will be covered.

 

TRIGONOMETRY/PRE-CALCULUS

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 or teacher recommendation

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course is designed to introduce or enhance topics that are fundamental to preparation for AP Calculus AB or a math-science or business based college program. Topics include functions, conics, maximum/minimum applications, logarithms and trigonometry.                                                                                                                                                               

TRIGONOMETRY/PRE-CALCULUS HONORS       

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2 Honors or teacher recommendation.  Completion of summer work as found on the school website is required

NOTE:  Graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84) expected

 

This course covers the same content as pre-calculus/trig but with more depth.  This course encompasses the prerequisite topics needed for the study of AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC.  Topics include function, sequences, series, limits, continuity, derivatives, maximum/minimum applications, logarithms, trigonometry, and parametric/polar equations.     


Music Courses


**School owned instrument usage and maintenance: $72/year or $8/month

^ $40-$115 uniform cost

                                                                    

AP MUSIC THEORY

Grades:  11, 12                                    

Year:  1 credit                                                       

Prerequisite:  Prior music experience

 

Music Theory is a detailed study of music theory elements including harmony, melody, form, and composition.  Students will learn to analyze and describe music and its components.  This course will also train student’s ears to identify musical elements.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1 hours of homework per class session and/or teacher lead outside-of-class AP study sessions. This course is scheduled to be offered in school years beginning with an even number (i.e. 10-11 school year). However, the course may be offered every year depending on enrolment.

 

ARS NOVA ^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                     

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Audition by Director

This is a highly select mixed ensemble.  This varsity choir is for students who show high levels of musicianship, vocal ability, and personal responsibility.  The emphasis of this course is to continue to develop advanced vocal techniques, sight singing skills, and performance ability within the jazz and pop styles.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Students will have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  This is a select group and may be repeated for credit.

 

BELLA VOCE ^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition by Director            

 

This is an auditioned women’s choir.  This choir is for students who show high levels of musicianship, vocal ability, and personal responsibility.  The emphasis of this course is to continue to develop advanced vocal techniques, sight singing skills, and performance skills.  Students will be exposed to a variety of musical styles and will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Students will have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  This is a select group and may be repeated for credit.

 

CANTARE ^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition by Director

 

This is the advanced women’s ensemble. This course is designed to expand and refine all skills learned in Choralaires and Bella Voce.  Students will develop more advanced ensemble techniques, appropriate vocal technique, sight singing skills, and performance skills.  Students will be exposed to a variety of musical styles.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year, and will have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  This is a select group and may be repeated for credit.

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA **^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Year:1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition by Director                                                                        

Chamber Orchestra is the advanced orchestra at CTHS.  Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors by audition only, this select group will explore the music of some of the greatest composers. Instrumentation is limited throughout the ensemble. Extensive practice time is required for this course. Private lessons are strongly recommended. Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year. Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

CHORALAIRES

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  None

                                                                       

This is an entry-level women’s choir.  The emphasis of this course is to offer the student an understanding of choral music and learn the fundamentals of choral literature, appropriate vocal technique, sight singing skills, and performance skills.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year, and may have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  Students need no prior experience in choir to enroll. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

CON BRIO ^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Year:  1 credit 

Prerequisite:  Audition by Director

 

This is a highly select mixed ensemble.  This varsity choir is for students who show high levels of musicianship, vocal ability, and personal responsibility.  The emphasis of this course is to continue to develop advanced vocal techniques, sight singing skills, and performance skills.  Students will be exposed to a variety of musical styles and will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Students will have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  This is a select group and may be repeated for credit.

 

CONCERT BAND **

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Prior instrument experience                                                                 

All students with prior experience playing a wind or percussion instrument are encouraged to enroll in the Concert Band.  A wide variety of band music will be explored while continuing to develop musicianship, technique, and theory.  Instrumentation is limited within some sections.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

IB MUSIC

Grades:  11, 12                                    

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Prior music experience                                                               

IB Music is a detailed study of music from other cultures, music history, and music theory elements including harmony, melody, form, and composition.  Students will learn to analyze and describe music and its components.  The IB Music exam has a performance component, prior performance experience is recommended. Students should expect 1 hour of homework per class session and/or teacher lead outside-of-class AP study sessions. This course is scheduled to be offered during school years that begin with odd numbers (i.e. 11-12 school year). However, the course may be offered every year depending on student enrolment.


JAZZ BAND 1 ** ^

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Prior instrument experience

                                                                              

Jazz Band 1 is the introductory level jazz band at Cherokee Trail. Students will be exposed to jazz music, history, and performance techniques with heavy emphasis on improvisation and style.  This course will prepare students for further study in Jazz Band 2.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsal, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

JAZZ BAND 2 ** ^

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition with the instructor

 

Jazz Band 2 is the upper level Jazz Band at CTHS.  Jazz style, improvisation, listening, and ensemble work will be covered in this course.  Instrumentation is limited throughout the ensemble.  Private lessons are strongly recommended. Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

MEN’S CHOIR

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                                              

Year:  1 credit                                                         

Prerequisite:  None

 

This is an entry-level men’s choir.  The emphasis of this course is to offer the student an understanding of choral music and learn the fundamentals of choral literature, appropriate vocal technique, sight singing skills, and performance skills.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year, and may have periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances outside the school day.  Students need no prior experience in choir to enroll.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

PERCUSSION (ENSEMBLE)

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  None

                                                                       

Percussion Ensemble is open to all aspiring percussionists.  This entry level group will teach the basics of music and percussion playing including mallets and drums.  A variety of music will be studied and performed through this class.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day.  This course may be repeated for credit.  High achieving percussionists will be placed within the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.


PIANO (BEGINNING)

Grades:  10, 11, 12                              

Semester:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  None

                                                                          

Beginning Piano is for students with little or no keyboard experience.  Using the electronic piano lab, this class introduces students to music notation, basic music theory, keyboard technique, and musical terminology through the study of basic keyboard literature.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

STRING ORCHESTRA **

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit                                                      

Prerequisite:  Prior instrument experience

 

Students with experience playing violin, viola, cello, or bass are encouraged to enroll in this course.  String Orchestra will introduce the students to a wide variety of orchestral and chamber music.  Strong musicianship and proper technique will be emphasized.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA **^

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition with the instructor

 

Symphony Orchestra is the top performance group at CTHS.  Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors by audition only, this select group combines winds, strings, and percussion to explore the best music written by the best composers.  Instrumentation is limited throughout the ensemble.  Extensive practice time is required for this course.  Private lessons are strongly recommended.  Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year.  Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

WIND ENSEMBLE **^

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Audition with the instructor

                                                                          

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors by audition only, this select group will explore some of the best concert band literature. Instrumentation is limited throughout the ensemble. Extensive practice time is required for this course. Private lessons are strongly recommended. Students will perform in required concerts throughout the year. Periodic rehearsals, field trips, and performances will be required outside the school day. This course may be repeated for credit.

Theater Courses


IB ADVANCED THEATER ARTS SL 1

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Theater 3

 

IB Advanced Theater Arts focuses on theoretical and practical knowledge of theatrical traditions, production, performance critique, research, interpretation of play texts, and individual performance. The course is offered as an option for the IB 6th subject and will prepare students for the IB Theater exam.     This is year one of a two year course.

 

IB ADVANCED THEATER ARTS SL 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Theater 3

 

IB Advanced Theater Arts focuses on theoretical and practical knowledge of theatrical traditions, production, performance critique, research, interpretation of play texts, and individual performance. The course is offered as an option for the IB 6th subject and will prepare students for the IB Theater exam.   This is year two of a two year course.

 

TECHNICAL THEATRE 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

Tech Theater is designed to expose students to all aspects of stagecraft for the production of plays.  This course teaches the fundamentals of construction, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, publicity, and stage management.

 

TECHNICAL THEATRE 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Technical Theater 1 and teacher approval

 

Tech Theatre II is designed for students who wish to master particular aspects of stagecraft for the production of plays.  This course focuses on the design aspects in creating after school theatrical productions through group collaboration. This course may be repeated for credit​

 

THEATRE 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit                                                 

Prerequisite:  None

 

This course is for any student who has not taken a theatre class.  In this class, students will learn to become comfortable speaking publicly and discover the basics of acting through improvisation, creativity, and monologue performance.

 

THEATRE 2

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Theatre 1 or teacher approval

                                                                          

This course is for any student who wishes to further their studies in theatre.  In this class, students will learn further elements of performance such as characterization, scene work, and how to audition for plays.

 

THEATRE 3

Grades:  11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Theatre 2 or teacher approval

                                                                            

This course is for any student who wants to master their theatre skills.  In this class, students will study different styles of theatre throughout history, playwrights, and acting theory.  This class will culminate in one or more student directed class productions.  This course may be repeated for credit.


Dance Courses


^ $20-$70 uniform cost

                                               

DANCE 1 ^

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit

Prerequisite:  none

 

This beginning dance course is designed to expose students to dance as an opportunity for fitness development and as an art form. Students will learn the fundamentals of movement, dance technique, improvisation, anatomy, choreography, performance skills, and dance vocabulary. Hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballet will be studied in this class. Dance 1 will help the dancer to develop strong collaboration and communication skills. Dance 1 students are required to perform outside of school.  This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Arts.

 

DANCE 2 ^

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Semester: .5 credit

Prerequisite: Dance 1 or teacher approval

                                                                                                   

This beginning-intermediate level dance class will focus on technique development, enhancing performance skills, the application of anatomy and kinesiology to dance, choreography, and intermediate level combinations. Lyrical, jazz, ballet, and modern dance will be studied. A beginning approach to dance composition will be utilized to aid the student in creating studies and dances for evaluation.  This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Arts.

 

DANCE COMPOSITION ^

Grades: 10, 11, 12 

Year: 1 Credit                                                                            

Prerequisite: By Audition Only; Intermediate/Advanced Dance Skills

 

This is an intermediate-advanced dance course for the student displaying excellent dance technique, exceptional performance skills, and the desire to grow as a dancer. This course will allow the dancer to gain an understanding of choreography principles, dance production, and performance qualities. Lyrical, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern dance will be studied and performed. Students must audition and will be placed in the spring.  This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Arts.


Science Courses​


AP BIOLOGY

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year: 1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or teacher recommendation.  Completion of or concurrent with a chemistry course is highly recommended

 

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course.  The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum.  Units of study will include:  chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, biology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology.  This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class.  It is expected that all students enrolled in th​is class will sit for the $90 May exam.  Students should expect 2 hours or more of homework per class session and teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.  Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

 

AP CHEMISTRY

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year: 1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Algebra 2, Chemistry or Chemistry Honors, or teacher recommendation

AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Chemistry course.  The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry Curriculum.  Units of study will include: atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry.  This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect a minimum of one hour of homework per class session and teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.  Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

 

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grades: 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, or teacher recommendation.

 

AP Environmental Science is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Environmental Science course.  The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Environmental Science Curriculum.  Units of study will include:  Earth science concepts, the atmosphere, global water resources and use, soil and soil dynamics, ecosystem structure, energy flow, global water resources and use, soil and soil dynamics, ecosystem structure, energy flow, ecosystem diversity, natural ecosystem change, and natural biogeochemical cycles.  This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam.  Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.

 

AP PHYSICS B

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit                                             

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Algebra 2, or teacher recommendation.

Though not specifically required, Physics or Physics Honors is recommended.

 

AP Physics B is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory physics course.  The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Physics Curriculum.  Units of study will include: kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, systems of particles, linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations and gravitation, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat, kinetic theory and thermodynamics electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, wave motion, physical optics, geometric optics, atomic physics and quantum effects, and nuclear physics.  This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam.  Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher led outside-of-class AP study sessions.  Summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

         

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Grades:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry or teacher recommendation

 

Anatomy and Physiology is designed for students with an interest in the human body and/or health sciences.  This course starts with a basic overview of cells and their components, as well as a review of the chemistry necessary to properly understand how cells and parts of the human body function.  Students will study the organ system in great depth; including structure, shape, function and relationship to other systems.  This course involves a mixture of lecture, lab work, and dissection.  This course is not for pre-med students, but it is a good choice for the required 3rd year of science. Purchase of a lab manual for this course is high recommended and will be available through the school.

 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY HONORS

Grades:  12

Year:  1 credit                  

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry or teacher recommendation

 

This course starts with a basic overview of cells and their components, as well as a review of the chemistry necessary to properly understand how cells and parts of the human body function.  Students will study the organ system in great depth; including structure, shape, function and relationship to other systems.  This course involves a mixture of lecture, lab work, and dissection.  This course covers the same topics as the regular Anatomy and Physiology program, but in a greater depth and at an accelerated rate.  Anatomy and Physiology Honors is designed for pre-med and other health field studentsPurchase of a lab manual for this course is high recommended and will be available through the school.

 

BIOLOGY

Grades:  9, 10

Year:  1 credit                  

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of or concurrent with Algebra 1.  Student should be proficient on CSAP assessments or considered to be at grade level or teacher recommendation.

In this class, students will explore relationships between structure and function in organisms and the interaction of cells and organisms with each other and their environments.  Units of study will include:  ecology, chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification, and human systems.  Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented.

 

BIOLOGY HONORS

Grades:  9, 10

Year:  1 credit                  

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 1 or higher.  Student should be proficient or above on CSAP assessments or considered to grade level or teacher recommendation.

In this class, students will explore relationships between structure and function in organisms and the interaction of cells and organisms with each other and their environments.  Units of study will include:  ecology, chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification, and human systems.  Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented.  This course covers the same topics as the regular biology program, but in a greater depth and at an accelerated rate and is designed as a pre-AP, pre-IB or selective university pathway.

 

BIOLOGY – ONLINE

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit:  1 credit (Science)

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved

 

Biology is an ecological approach to the study of life science. Students will discover the interrelationships between organisms and the environment, how organisms are classified, and mechanisms for adaptations that lead to biodiversity. Students will perform simulations and labs at home with equipment provided.

 

CHEMISTRY

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, and Algebra 1 or teacher recommendation

                                            

This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about the relationships between the structure and properties of matter and the interaction of mass and energy.  Units of study include:  matter and its changes, atomic structure, chemical composition, nomenclature, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodicity, bonding, molecular geometry, and thermodynamics.  Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented in this course.


CHEMISTRY HONORS

Grades:  10, 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion Biology Honors, concurrent with Algebra 2, or teacher recommendation

This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about the relationships between the structure and properties of matter and the interaction of mass and energy.  Units of study include:  matter and its changes, atomic structure, chemical composition, nomenclature, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodicity, bonding, molecular geometry, and thermodynamics.  Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented in this course.  This course covers the same topics as the regular Chemistry program, but in a greater depth and at an accelerated rate.  This course is required as a prerequisite for students planning to take AP Chemistry, and highly recommended either as a prerequisite or concurrent with AP Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology Honors.  Talented EPS Honors students should consider doubling up in science by taking this along with Biology Honors their sophomore year.

 

EARTH SCIENCE

Grades: 11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology and Earth/Physical Science or teacher recommendation.

 

This course introduces the major principles of Earth Science.  The course will include the study of astronomy, meteorology, geology, and oceanography.  The math, reading, and pacing levels of this course encourage the development of science literacy. 

         

EARTH SCIENCE HONORS

Grade: 12

Year:  1 credit                                    

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry or teacher recommendation.

                   

This advanced course introduces the major principles of Earth Science.  Students will develop an in-depth understanding of Earth processes and their impact on living systems taught at a fast pace.  It will include the study of the disciplines of geology, hydrology, meteorology, astronomy, oceanography, volcanology and astronomy both conceptually and mathematically.  The math and reading levels are accessible for college bound students.  Though not required, completion or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry or Physics is highly recommended.  This course may serve as excellent preparation for AP Environmental Science

 

EARTH/PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Grade:  10

Year:  1 credit                                            

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology or teacher recommendation.

 

EPS is a full-year course designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic chemistry, physics, and earth science concepts.  Students will study common forms, properties, and changes in both matter and energy, and will relate physics and chemistry concepts to the process of scientific investigation while reinforcing algebraic math skills used to solve science problems.

 

EARTH/PHYSICAL SCIENCE HONORS

Grade: 9

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology or teacher recommendation.

 

EPS Honors introduces the foundation of science that concentrates on chemistry, earth science and physics concepts using inquiry, and the development of logical scientific thinking.  Embedded in the semester is the nature and purpose of science using fundamental lab experience as the driving force.  Students are expected to give significant effort inside and outside of the classroom to succeed as this course is designed as a pre-AP, pre-IB or selective university pathway.

 

ECOLOGY

Grades: 12; second semester

Semester:  .5 credits

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

This class is accessible for juniors and seniors of all levels and is intended for students who are interested in the study of how the living and non-living environment impacts life.  Specifically, students will investigate biomes, population ecology, weather and how humans impact ecosystems. 

 

GENETICS

Grades:  12; first semester

Semester:  .5 credits

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

This class is accessible for juniors and seniors of all levels and is intended for students who are interested in studying the cell, cell processes and genetics.  Specifically, students will investigate the cellular basis of inheritance, patterns of inheritance, DNA, human genetics, and modern applications of DNA technology.

 

GEOLOGY - ONLINE

Grade: 11, 12

Semester: .5 credits (Science)

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved                                                                   

Geology will examine the earth as a dynamic system. Students will examine processes for and evidence of how the earth renews itself, including weathering, erosion, and plate tectonics.  Students will also learn about the costs, benefits and consequences of using energy resources. Students will perform labs at home with equipment provided.

 

IB BIOLOGY HL 1

Grades:  11

Year:  1 credit                                     

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors, and acceptance into the IB program.

 

IB Biology is a fast paced laboratory science course which emphasizes the unifying concepts of biology.  The first year focuses on statistics, biochemistry, cells and cell processes, genetics, evolution, and classification. Scientific investigation and original lab work will also be emphasized.  This university level course requires a heavy reading load and intensive study.  Students are expected to take IB Bio 2 in 12th grade.

 

IB BIOLOGY HL 2

Grades:  12 

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: The successful completion of IB Biology HL 1

 

Topics from the first year are expanded and the focus is on ecology and conservation, human health and physiology, and neurobiology and behavior.  Scientific investigation and original lab work will also be emphasized.  This university level course requires a heavy reading load and intensive study.  Students will be prepared to take the biology HL papers.  Students interested in a medical career should consider concurrent registration in IB Chemistry or taking Chemistry Honors sometime during the 10-12th grade years.

 

IB CHEMISTRY HL 1

Grades:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology Honors and Physics Honors, and acceptance into the IB program.

This is a two-year higher-level chemistry course for IB students.  Year one is the core curriculum.  Year two goes into the same core topics at a higher level of sophistication and instrumentality and will also include two required HL options.  Students will be prepared for the IB Chemistry HL papers.

IB CHEMISTRY HL 2

Grades:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB Chemistry HL 1.


This is a two-year higher-level chemistry course for IB students.  Year one is the core curriculum.  Year two goes into the same core topics at a higher level of sophistication and instrumentality and will also include two required HL options.  Students will be prepared for the IB Chemistry HL papers.

 

IB CHEMISTRY SL 1 (Graduating Class of 2017)

Grade:  11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors, and acceptance into the IB program.

This is a one-year standard-level chemistry course for IB students.  This course will build upon topics introduced in Honors Chemistry.  Topics to be covered include kinetics, equilibrium, energetics, and organic chemistry.  At the end of the course students will prepared for the IB Chemistry SL papers

 

IB CHEMISTRY SL 1 (Graduating Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016)

Grade:  11

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth/Physical Science Honors & Biology Honors, and acceptance into the IB program.

 

This is year one of the two-year Standard Level Chemistry course.  SL chemistry is a rigorous course that covers a wide variety of chemistry topics.  Topics to be covered include atomic theory, bonding, energetics, kinetics, acids and bases, and organic chemistry.

 

IB CHEMISTRY SL 2 (Graduating Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016)

Grade:  12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion IB Chemistry SL 1.

 

This is year two of the two-year Standard Level Chemistry course.  SL chemistry is a rigorous course that covers a wide variety of chemistry topics.  Topics to be covered include atomic theory, bonding, energetics, kinetics, acids and bases, and organic chemistry.  At the end of the course students will be prepared to take the SL chemistry exam

 

IB PHYSICS HL 1

Grades:  11                      

Year: 1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors, concurrent with IB Math SL, and acceptance into the IB program.

 

A lab based survey investigation of the physical world from Newtonian mechanics through the beginnings of 20th century understanding of the atom.  A quarter of course time is devoted to practical work, where students gain direct experience with the ideas and processes of physics.  This is a math intensive course, not just for pre-engineering students, but for any IB student looking to do well in college.  Students will be prepared for the IB Physics HL papers.

 

IB PHYSICS HL 2

Grades:  12 

Year:  1 credit                                     

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB Physics HL 1

 

This is a continuation of IB Physics1.  Topics expand on earlier ones with the addition of two options.  At least a quarter of course time is devoted to practical work, where students gain direct experience with the ideas and processes of physics.  This is a math intensive course, not just for pre-engineering students, but for any IB student looking to do well in college.  Students will be prepared for the IB Physics HL papers.

 

PHYSICS

Grades:   11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 1 or teacher recommendation.

 

This course helps students understand the physical laws of our world.  Units of study include:  forces, motion, energy, light, waves, electricity, and magnetism.  Laboratory work serves to promote understanding and to illustrate the experimental nature of physics.  Physics is a conceptual course and intended for students pursuing non-science careers. 

 

PHYSICS HONORS

Grades:  10, 11, 12           

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, and Geo/Trig, concurrent with Algebra 2 or teacher recommendation.

 

This course helps students understand the physical laws of our world.  Units of study include:  forces, motion, energy, light, waves, electricity, and magnetism.  Laboratory work serves to promote understanding and to illustrate the experimental nature of physics.  This course covers the same topics as the regular Physics program, but in a greater depth and at an accelerated rate.  Honors Physics is intended for those students who plan to pursue a science and/or technology-based career.  This course is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for AP Physics.​ 


​Social Studies


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - ONLINE

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12                    

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required (Social Studies, fulfills state civics requirement) - NCAA Approved

 

American Government focuses on the constitutional principles of the United States republican form of government and how to apply this constitutional knowledge to form an understanding of government and its relationships on the local, state, national and international levels.

 

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Grade: 9,10, 11,12                     

Year:1 credit                                                                                  Prerequisite: Participation in Pre-IB 9 Program or concurrent enrollment in Honors English 9 or having successfully completed the grade 9 World Geography course.

 

This class is a systematic study of patters and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the earth’s surface. Students study the nature and perspective of geography, population factors, cultural patterns and processes, the political organization of states, rural and agricultural land use, industrialization and economic development and urbanization. They employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to study human organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students are expected to take the AP Geography examination in the spring.

 

AP PSYCHOLOGY

Grade:  12                       

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite: None

 

This college level course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The structure of the course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test in Psychology. Success on this test may entitle a student to college credit, advanced placement, or both. The course requires excellent reading and writing skills, well-developed organizational skills, as well as a high degree of self-motivation. It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher-led, outside-of-class AP study sessions. Mandatory summer work for this course can be found on the school website (Departments – Social Studies – Summer Prep).

 

AP U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Grade:  10, 11, 12                                

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Participation in Pre-IB 10 Program OR concurrent enrollment in Honors English 10 OR having successfully completed the grade 10 Economics/Government course.

 

This interpretive college-level course requires excellent reading and writing skills, well-developed organizational skills, as well as a high degree of self-motivation.  Students will receive a weighted grade for the AP course.  AP Government gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. The structure of the course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test in U.S. Government and Politics. Success on this test may entitle a student to college credit, advanced placement, or both. (This course fulfills the graduation requirement of one semester of government as established by the State of Colorado.) It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher-led, outside-of-class AP study sessions. Mandatory summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

 

AP U.S. HISTORY

Grade:  11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  None

 

This interpretive college-level course considers the American experience from colonial times to the present.  The course requires excellent reading and writing skills, well-developed organizational skills, as well as a high degree of self-motivation.  Students will receive a weighted grade for the course. The structure of the course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test in US History.  Success on this test may entitle a student to college credit, advanced placement or both. (This course fulfills the requirement of one year of U.S. History as established by the State of Colorado.) It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher-led, outside-of-class AP study sessions. Mandatory summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

 

AP WORLD HISTORY

Grade: 11, 12                   

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  None

 

This college level course is designed to allow students to explore societies of the past and present. The purposes of the AP World History course are: to understand the evolution of global processes and contacts; to study the interactions of the many societies and cultures throughout the history of the world; to appreciate both the diversity and commonalities of humanity; to allow students to make comparisons among many different societies as well as view the contributions made. The structure of the course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in World History. Superior reading, writing, and organizational skills are recommended. Success on the AP test may entitle a student to college credit, advanced placement or both. It is expected that all students enrolled in this class will sit for the $90 May exam. Students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per class session and teacher-led, outside-of-class AP study sessions. Mandatory summer work for this course can be found on the school website.

 

CE U.S. HISTORY 101 and 102

Grade: 11                                  

Year: 1 credit (plus 6 college credits)

Prerequisite:  Accuplacer Sentence Structure 70-94 or ACT English 17

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course History 201 and 202.  U.S. History 101: This course surveys events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in North America and United States history, including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity, between the period when Native American Indians were the sole inhabitants of North America, and the American Civil War.  A principal focus of this course is on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline.  

This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses: GT-HI1.

U.S. History 201: Explores events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in United States History, including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity, between the period of the American Civil War and the present. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline. This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses: GT-HI1.

 

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

Grades: 11, 12                           

Semester: .5 credit                            

Prerequisite: None


Contemporary Issues will give students the opportunity to become aware of and then scrutinize current and unfolding developments in our world. Current news events will be woven into themes of politics, economics, sociology, foreign affairs, technology and culture. There will be special attention paid to the skills of nonfiction reading, expository writing, speaking and oral presentation.

 

ECONOMICS / GOVERNMENT

Grade:  10                                

Year: .5 credit for Economics/.5 credit for Government  

Prerequisite:  None

 

The integration of Government and Economics in this year-long sequence will enable students to make better sense of our contemporary world. There will be an emphasis on the inextricable linkage between politics and economics, how they sometimes compete with each other, sometimes reinforce each other, but always affect each other in the real world. Government as a discrete subject fulfills the graduation requirement of one semester of government as established by the State of Colorado.  With a focus on the state standards, the course will consist of the following units:  Foundations and Constitutional Principles; National and State Institutions; Politics, Public Policy and Active Citizenship; Foreign Policy.  Throughout, the course will familiarize students with contemporary issues that face the U.S., Colorado, and Denver, and encourage them to articulate fundamentals of public policy positions.  Economics stresses the fundamentals of economics, including scarcity, choice and cost, and examines the real world through those lenses. There is a broad comparison of economic systems, with special emphasis on free enterprise and the forces which govern it, both at the micro and macro-economic level.

 

GEOGRAPHY – ONLINE

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit (Social Studies)

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved

 

Geography is a semester long course designed to introduce students to the major themes of space, people, culture, economics and resource issues.  Students in this course will be exposed to these geographical themes by studying major regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.  Students taking this course are expected to master the use of maps and spatial data sets, as well as complete projects and papers. 

 

IB ECONOMICS

Grade: 11, 12

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the IB Program or teacher recommendation

 

IB Economics is designed to fulfill the requirements for the Standard Level (SL) Sixth Subject of the IB Program in Economics. Non-IB students with an interest can, and are encouraged, to enroll in this upper level course, with the expectation of taking the culminating external exam. IB Economics offers a traditional coverage of microeconomics and macroeconomics, with an added curricular emphasis on international and development studies. Beyond the conventional economic theories and concepts, students will be challenged to acknowledge and make judgments on the relevance of economics to the real world of politics and human relations worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                                

IB HISTORY – HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS

Grade:  12                                 

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the IB Program                                                                                                                                                  The International Baccalaureate course in the History of the Americas is a comparative study of the Western Hemisphere, with primary emphasis on U.S. and Latin American history.  The course will examine the parallel histories over a time period from the US Civil War Era through the Cold War.  Students will be expected to assess the relevance, reliability, and importance of historical sources as they relate to various interpretive problems in those two regions.  It is designed also to prepare students for the second year of the program (The Twentieth Century) which will include the HL IB exams.

 

IB HISTORY – THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Grade:  12                                 

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of History of the Americas, grade IB 11

 

The Twentieth Century is the second year of the two year IB Higher Level (HL) History Program at CTHS.  Complementing the History of the Americas in the junior year, this senior level class will focus on the IB Prescribed Subject (3) of the Cold War.  Within that context, two twentieth century world topics will be the causes, practices and effects of war (topic 1) and the rise and fall of single party states (topic 3).  Students will complete an internal assessment project during their first semester and prepare for the end of the year IB external assessments.

 

IB PSYCHOLOGY

Grade:  11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the IB Program

         

IB Psychology is designed to fulfill the requirements for the Standard Level (SL)/Sixth Subject of the IB Program in Psychology.  Students will complete the compulsory study of three psychological perspectives:  biological, cognitive and learning.  In addition, students will study one of the following option areas:  dysfunctional, social, or psychodynamic psychology.   Subtopics include:  nervous system functions, sensation and perception, learning and memory, language, stress and intelligence.  For their internal assessment, students will undertake a partial replication of and report on one simple experiment of their choice.

 

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

Grade:  2nd semester of 11th grade and 1st semester of 12th grade       

Year:  1 credit         

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the IB program.

 

TOK is a required course for all IB students.  They will be enrolled the second semester of their junior year and the first semester of their senior year.  TOK, along with CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) and the Extended Essay lie at the core of the IB curriculum.  In TOK, students will explore and then acknowledge the strengths and limitations of the academic disciplines which they have pursued in their formal education.  A goal is for students to unlearn any automatic responses they may have had in the past in accepting absolute truths.  The purpose is not to engender cynicism, but to encourage reflection, self-awareness, and skepticism as they continue to pursue truth, reality and meaning.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Grade:  11, 12                           

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite:  None

 

International Relations is designed to help students better understand what forces are at work in world affairs and what kinds of futures may be possible.  The course will begin with a foundational understanding of the international system of individual sovereign nations, their alliances and international organizations.  It will analyze the motivations of nations and describe the tools they use to promote their interests.  There will be an emphasis on contemporary international events and special attention will be paid to US interests and its role in the world.

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Grade:  11, 12                           

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite:  None

 

Psychology is the study of human behavior.  In this semester course, students will learn about the basic principles of psychology including the following topics: history of psychology, biological bases of behavior, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language and thought, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, stress and coping, psychological disorders, social behavior.  In addition to being applicable in their everyday lives, Psychology will provide students a foundation for further study in the field.

Note:  Sensitive subject matter will be covered in this class.

 

U.S. HISTORY

Grade:  11                       

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  None

 

This course fulfills the requirement of one year of U.S. History as established by the State of Colorado.  Students can expect to read a high school U.S. History textbook (grade 11 reading level) and to hone their analytical writing skills.  With an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the overriding goal of this course is to help students understand how the current domestic and international status of the U.S. developed.  It is designed to help students acquire a sense of chronology, to identify causes and effects, to recognize the events, individuals, and philosophies that helped shape our contemporary society, and to use historical inquiry to evaluate prominent episodes in U.S. history.

 

U.S. HISTORY – ONLINE

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12                           

Year:  1 credit (Social Studies)                

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required - NCAA Approved

 

U.S. History online offers an interpretive overview of American history using a thematic and standards-based approach to learning. The themes used to interpret history will revolve around the following areas: economic and political processes; immigration, urbanization, and the changing demographics of the United States; progressivism and the struggle for social justice; change and continuity in U.S. foreign policy. Our objective is to understand not only what happened in American History but also why it happened, using a variety of primary sources and a wide range of scholarly interpretations. The eras covered will range from European migration to North America through the present day.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Grade:  9                                  

Year:  1 credit                            

Prerequisite:  None

 

Using a high school level textbook, periodical literature, and internet sources, this regional approach to geography will take students on a figurative trip around the world. Each region's physical geography will provide a springboard from which to study the people, their activities, and map locations. The course will introduce students to basic geographic concepts such as population, resources, culture, scale, and globalization. By studying current regional issues, students will analyze the dynamics of a multicultural and interconnected world. In addition to content acquisition, time will be devoted to honing study, reading, writing and organizational skills.


Wellness/Fitness Courses


Uniforms are required for all activity classes and may be purchased at check in or from any wellness and fitness instructor.

 

^$20-$70 uniform cost

 

ADVANCED WEIGHT TRAINING

Grades:  10, 11, 12                     

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Weight Training

 

This course is designed for students who participate in athletics or are serious weight lifters. This course will include approximately 93 high intensity minutes of advanced weight training and conditioning. The specific needs of male and female students will be the focus of this course allowing students to develop core strength in major muscle groups, improving overall speed, and increased agility. Students will develop and execute specific weight training programs and conditioning strategies designed for students to become their physical best. This course is performance based; therefore development and improvement will be measured every 4-6 weeks. The goal of this course is to continue the overall objective of improving the performance and ability of the competitive athlete at Cherokee Trail. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

ATHLETIC TRAINING/SPORTS MEDICINE

Grades 11, 12                   

Semester: .5 credit

Prerequisite: None

 

One semester elective course designed for juniors and seniors considering careers in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology related fields such as athletic training, physical or occupational therapy, sports medicine, medical careers, nursing physical education, and coaching. Students will experience laboratory application pertaining to athletic injury prevention and treatment,   and on/off site field trips for first hand health related career experiences including information on preparation for such careers.  Student would also complete CPR/FA certification during semester, allowing students the opportunity to work with the CTHS training staff as a student trainee.

 

AQUATIC RECREATION

Grades: 10, 11, 12                      

Semester: .5 credit                       

Prerequisite:  300 yard swim and comfortable in deep water                  

 

This class will offer an alternative to the traditional swimming fitness/team sports curriculum. This course emphasizes teambuilding activities as well as giving students the opportunity to improve on personal fitness. This class offers a variety of activities such as: water polo, baseball basketball, slot water hockey, capture the ring, and overall swim fitness.

 

BODY WORKS

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                  

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite:  None  

 

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of fitness.  Skills to create and maintain a personal fitness schedule are stressed.  Activities include pilates, yoga, strength training with hand weights and resistance bands, kickboxing, aerobics, and circuit training.  This course utilizes a fitness principles book and requires some writing as well as physical fitness testing.  The course may be repeated for credit.

 

 

DANCE 1

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Semester: .5 credit                                

Prerequisite: none

 

This beginning dance course is designed to expose students to dance as an opportunity for fitness development and as an art form. Students will learn the fundamentals of movement, dance technique, improvisation, anatomy, choreography, performance skills, and dance vocabulary. Hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballet will be studied in this class. Dance 1 will help the dancer to develop strong collaboration and communication skills. Dance 1 students are required to perform outside of school. This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Arts.

 

DANCE 2^

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                                                                      Prerequisite: Dance 1 or teacher approval

 

This beginning-intermediate level dance class will focus on technique development, enhancing performance skills, the application of anatomy and kinesiology to dance, choreography, and intermediate level combinations. Lyrical, jazz, ballet, and modern dance will be studied. A beginning approach to dance composition will be utilized to aid the student in creating studies and dances for evaluation. This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Arts.

 

DANCE COMPOSITION^

Grades: 10, 11, 12                               

Year: 1 credit                                                       

Prerequisite: By Audition Only; Intermediate/Advanced Dance Skills.

 

This is an intermediate-advanced dance course for the student displaying excellent dance technique, exceptional performance skills, and the desire to grow as a dancer. This course will allow the dancer to gain an understanding of choreography principles, dance production, and performance qualities. Lyrical, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern dance will be studied and performed. Students must audition and will be placed in the spring. This course may be repeated for credit. Dance can be applied towards graduation credit in Wellness and Fitness or Fine Art.

 

HEALTH

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                                     

Prerequisite: None

 

Students enrolling in this course will develop appropriate attitudes and behaviors to make wise decisions about contemporary health issues. Students will build upon previous health knowledge by investigating the issues that directly impact lives today and in the future. Topics covered in this course include personal decision making, communication skills, conflict resolution, public health issues, consequences of behavior, family dynamics, healthy self-image, prevention and detection of disease, human growth and development including sexuality. Passing this course will enable students to meet the required health graduation requirement.

 

 

HEALTH – ONLINE

Grade: 10, 11, 12                       

Credit: .5 credit                                             

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature Required (Fulfills District Health Requirement)                                                               

Health focuses on issues and components of personal health as they apply to mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Topics include stress management, self-destructive behaviors, sexuality, substance abuse, nutrition, fitness, diseases and others.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None

 

This is a beginning course designed to give students an appreciation for skill development in individual sports.  The class will promote the fundamental skills for activities such as tennis, archery frisbee golf, badminton, table tennis, and pickle ball. This course is designed to promote the recreational value of these units as lifelong activities.  Students will learn fundamental skills of each activity, how to keep score, and will participate in class tournaments.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

LEARN TO SWIM

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None

 

This class is designed for the beginning or first time swimmer. This class is designed for the student who has had little swimming experience. Students will learn basic strokes and water safety, and water survival techniques.

 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Grades: 10, 11, 12                      

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: Students must be 15 years old by the end of the semester and be able to swim 500 yards.

 

This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare students to work as professional lifeguards. Rescue techniques, CPR, and First Aid will be taught. Students will be required to purchase a pocket mask, textbook fee, and Red Cross certification fee. (approximately $30.00)

 

PERSONAL BEST

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None   

 

Personal Best allows each student to focus on a personal target zone for aerobic exercise.  The class utilizes innovative methods of training such as cross fit training, functional weight training, and plyometric training to help students reach their fitness goals.   The class is molded to promote life-long fitness and stimulate what it would be like if they were to go to a gym or health club. Students will also learn proper techniques for the use of the weight room, the use of the cardiovascular equipment, and how to make health choices regarding diet and food intake. All students regardless of previous experience can be successful in this class. This class is highly recommended for the student that may not be involved with athletics but has a genuine interest in weight training and the new trends in fitness.

 

PERSONAL FITNESS I – ONLINE

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12                    

Credit: .5 credit (Physical Ed)                  

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature required and parent permission form                                                                  

 

Students in Personal Fitness I will learn about the components of fitness and wellness in order to establish a personal fitness plan that will be implemented throughout the semester. Although this is an online class, the course standards do require students to participate in weekly cardiovascular, flexibility, strength, and endurance exercise.  Students will be issued a heart rate monitor to measure their progress and must exercise for 150 minutes per week in their target heart rate zone (143 – 173 beats per minute) in addition to written work and other exercise. Students will also be required to attend four fitness-testing sessions throughout the semester (dates will be announced before the semester begins).

 

PERSONAL FITNESS II – ONLINE

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12                    

Credit: .5 credit (Physical Ed)                                     

Prerequisite: Counselor Signature required must have completed Personal Fitness I, and parent permission form      

 

Students in Personal Fitness II continue to work on their fitness goals and plans developed in Personal Fitness I.  Students will be required to participate in weekly cardiovascular, flexibility, strength, and endurance exercise.  Students will be issued a heart rate monitor to measure their progress and must exercise for 180 minutes per week in their target heart rate zone (143 – 173 beats per minute) in addition to other exercise. Students will also be required to attend four fitness-testing sessions throughout the semester (dates will be announced before the semester begins).    

 

SWIMMING FITNESS

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                            

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None

 

Students will understand the value of lifetime leisure activities, personal fitness, and survival as it pertains to aquatics. This class is designed for the advanced swimmer. Advanced is defined as proficient in each swimming stroke and able to swim longer distance (500 yards +). It is suggested that students should have past and/or present experience on a swim team. New skills and information presented in this class will be the use of a pace clock, Principles of Fitness while swimming and target heart rate zone training and use.

 

TEAM SPORTS

Grades: 11, 12                                       

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None

 

Students will learn to be competent, literate, and enthusiastic about team sports.  This course will teach students the skills needed to participate and succeed in game situations.  In addition to game skills, students will learn to understand and use strategies appropriate to each game.  Students will be taught in a manner that the values, rules, roles, and traditions within each sport are learned.  This class requires full participation by all students and will use modified games to allow success for all.  Using a Sports Education model, students will participate in roles such as: coaches, referees, trainers, safety officials, scorekeepers, managers, publicists, and broadcasters. 

 

WEIGHT TRAINING 1

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12                                        

Semester: .5 credit                     

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for the entry level competitive athlete.  Students will master the fundamentals of several Olympic style weight lifting exercises as well as learn basic principles of conditioning and core strength.  The beginning weight lifter will learn (1.) basic weight lifting exercises, (2.) safety procedures proper lifting mechanics, and (3.)  proper spotting techniques while using equipment. Throughout the course, special attention and emphasis will be placed on injury prevention for our competitive student athlete.  This course is recommended for all freshmen competitive athletes and can be repeated for credit.  

 

WEIGHT TRAINING 1 & PERSONAL FITNESS FOR GIRLS

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                   

Semester: .5 credit

Prerequisite: None

 

This course will provide experience in a variety of exercise methods and weight lifting techniques specifically designed for female athletes.  An emphasis will be placed on developing muscle tone and strength, speed and agility training and injury prevention.  Students will be exposed to a variety of cardiovascular activities and exercises. (This course is designed for the female athlete.)​​

Pre-engineering/Tech Courses


 

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCTION

Grades:  9, 10, 11                                                 

Semester:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

Applied Technology Introduction allows students to gain hands-on experience with new technologies, related careers and technical applications.  An overview of many different technologies is offered: students will have the opportunity to explore technological areas such as engineering processes, alternative energy, electro-mechanical systems, home design; computer aided manufacturing and 3D video game design. This class is a mix of independent leaning modules and whole class engineering projects.   Students interested in taking courses in the Applied Technology program must take Applied Technology Introduction as a prerequisite to all the other courses.

 

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS/TSA

Grades:  9, 10, 11                                                        

Semester:  .5 credit  

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Applied Technology Introduction

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course allows the students to continue their study of technology education. Students may explore technological areas such as microcontrollers, applied physics projects, aquatic engineering, Computer Aided Manufacturing, advanced alternative energy projects and individual technology interest projects.                                                                                                                                                                                            Membership in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and membership dues ($25) is required.

 

APPLIED TECH SENIOR PROJECT/TSA

Grades:  11, 12                                                  

Semester:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  Applied Technology Introduction, Applied Technology Applications, Robotic Technologies or Teacher Recommendation

 

The Technology Research class allows seniors to continue their study of applied technologies, related careers and technical applications.  Students will work with the teacher to design an independent advanced project in which they have developed a strong interest.  This class will be instrumental in helping students make future career and educational decisions.                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Membership in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and membership dues ($25) is required.

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/TSA

Grades:  10, 11, 12                     

Year:  1 credit         

Prerequisite:  None

 

Architectural Design provides an introduction to the study of residential design and construction. Students will learn how to design and create detailed floor plans with supplemental plans such as elevation, sectional, site, detail, electrical and plumbing drawings.  An introduction to construction topics related to the residential design will be included. Students will complete all the steps necessary to design a custom home.                                                         

 

Membership and participation in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and membership dues ($25) is required.

 

ENGINEERING DESIGN/TSA

Grades:  10, 11, 12                                   

Year:  1 credit            

Prerequisite:  Technical Drawing    

Concurrent Enrollment Credit available


This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Solid Works Mechanical (CAD 257). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn community college credit with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.  Engineering Design is the second in a series of classes offered in the area of mechanical design/engineering. This course allows students to further their skills in design and problem solving. The emphasis of Engineering Design will focus on applying and utilizing the design process to develop products, systems, or processes.  Students will be responsible for researching, designing, and constructing a prototype using both CADD and/or fabrication. Students will have the opportunity to earn a CADD certification as the end of the course.

 

Membership and participation in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and membership dues ($25) is required.

 

IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY SL 1

Grades:  11, 12                                                      

Year:   1 credit        

Prerequisite:  None

 

The program in IB Design Technology is designed to provide a broad introduction to the design process. In-depth coverage of the responsibility of the designer, materials science, production processes and techniques, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, and clean technology and green design will be the focus of the program.  Students will also receive practical experience in developing knowledge of the aforementioned topics through internal assessments.  Design Technology allows students to explore how products are designed from theory to production, and how the product interacts with the consumer and the environment.  The student will have the opportunity to conduct an intensive and self-directed design project. 

 

IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY HL 1

Grades:  11, 12                                                               

Year:   1 credit           

Prerequisite:  None

 

The program in IB Design Technology is designed to provide a broad introduction to the design process. In-depth coverage of the responsibility of the designer, materials science, production processes and techniques, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, and clean technology and green design will be the focus of the program.  Students will also receive practical experience in developing knowledge of the aforementioned topics through internal assessments.  Design Technology allows students to explore how products are designed from theory to production, and how the product interacts with the consumer and the environment.  The student will have the opportunity to conduct an intensive and self-directed design project.  IB Design Technology HL 1 is the first of two years in the course. 

 

IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY HL 2

Grades:  12                                   

Year:  1 credit         

Prerequisite:  None


Design Technology HL, in addition to covering topics included in SL, will include the topics of Energy, Structures, Mechanical Design, Advanced Manufacturing Techniques, and Sustainable Development.  Additionally, a Design Project concerning Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing will be the focus of the 2nd year.  While the class stresses the concepts of design, engineering, architecture, and business, any student will come away with a broad knowledge base, regardless of their planned career options.

 

ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES/TSA

Grades 10-12                            

Year: 1 semester

Prerequisite: Applied Technology Introduction or Teacher recommendation.

 

This is an introductory course in robotics and automation technologies. Topics included building, programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance of robotic systems. This class incorporates a survey of automation topics including history, computer and hardwired controls, sensors, motors and actuators. Students will work through a series of simulations, and experience challenges based upon state and nationally recognized competitions.

 

SENIOR PROJECT DRAWING/TSA

Grade:  12                             

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Technical Drawing, Engineering Design, Architectural Design, or Teacher Recommendation


Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Solid Works Basics (CAD 260). The Senior Project Technology class allows seniors to continue their study of engineering design and/or architectural design. Students will work collaboratively with the teacher to design an independent advanced project in which they have developed a strong interest.  The student will be required to document all work through a daily journal, complete a job shadow, and make a formal presentation.  Time management and independent learning are skills that are required in this course.  This class will be instrumental in helping students make future career and educational decisions. Membership and participation in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and membership dues ($25) is required.

 

TECHNICAL DRAWING

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                                   

Year:  1 credit

Prerequisite:  None


Concurrent Enrollment Credit available

 

This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course Solid Works Basics (CAD 256). Students will earn high school credit while at the same time enroll in and earn community college credit with the opportunity of transferring credit to a four-year university.  Technical Drawing is an entry level drafting class designed to teach students how to use various drawing instruments to read and create technical drawings. Students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and complete projects that emphasize principles of design, reasoning, problem-solving and presentation skills.  This course is designed for students interested in exploring careers related to engineering, architecture, drafting and interior design.  Student projects will demonstrate skills and software valued in related industries. Membership and participation in TSA (national organization for technology students) is an integral part of the technology program and is highly encouraged.

 

business technology intern

Grades:  9, 10, 11, 12                           

Semester:  .5 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Computer Applications and teacher recommendation​


Technology integration can’t happen without working technology.  In this course students not only receive training in advanced technology, but also in the 21st century skills necessary to work with others in a high-tech environment.  Primary focus will be the maintenance of our technology help desk. Solid technological skills are a must. This course may be repeated for credit.


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