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           All course offerings are contingent upon sufficient enrollment

                                     AGRICULTURE

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE                            Grades 9 –10 or teacher approval
(Ag. I)                                        1 year 1/2 credit each semester
This introductory course provides an opportunity for first year agriculture students to
explore how the agriculture industry is organized, what it encompasses and the job
opportunities that are available to them in the field of agriculture. All major areas of the
agriculture industry (production, business, horticulture, mechanics and technology,
natural resources, and forestry) will be covered. Instructional units include, but are not
limited to Agricultural Literacy, hydroponics, Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics,
Animal Science Industry, Greenhouse Production, Introduction to the Horticulture
Industry, and Plant Science. FFA, leadership skills, and Supervised Agricultural
Experience Projects and record-keeping will also be a focus as will the use of computers
and other technology.

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE                                    Grades 10 –11
Prerequisite: Intro.To Ag.                    (2 semesters, 1/2 credit per sem)
This second-year course builds on the basic skills and knowledge gained from Intro. To
Ag. Major units of study include, but are not limited to Agricultural Literacy II, Animal
anatomy & Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Crop Science, Soil Science, Scientific
Research in Ag. Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Plant Science, and Careers in
Agri-Science. FFA, leadership skills, and Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects
will also be a focus. Additionally, the use of computers and other technology, applied
math and science skills will be incorporated into units of study as they relate.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT                     Grades 11 –12
                                         (2 semesters, ½ credit per sem.)
Prerequisite: Intro.To Ag. & Ag. Science

This course will develop students’ understanding of the agricultural industry relating to
the United States and World marketplace, and their role in it. Instructional units include,
but are not limited to: international agriculture, basic economic principles, personal
financing, trading, imports and exports, agricultural law, taxes, governmental regulations
and policies, and traditional recordkeeping and advanced computerized record keeping.
Students’ skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, and writing through
agribusiness applications. Employability skills will be developed with resume writing
and interviewing techniques and post secondary education will be explored at agricultural
colleges and universities. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.
Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural
Experience projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts. This course fulfills the state of IL
Consumer Education requirement if taken for a full year



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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE (BSAA)

Prerequisite: C or better in Biology                             Gr. 11 –12
                                               (2 semester, ½ credit per sem.)
This upper level course is designed to reinforce and extend students’ understanding of
science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications
in plant and animal agriculture. Students will examine scientific research in agriculture,
genetics and reproduction, biotechnology and genetic engineering, food science,
aquaculture, agriculture and the environment, careers in plant and animal science and the
future of research in agriculture. This course will be valuable preparation for further
education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of
agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process. Improving
computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Also, FFA and Supervised Agricultural
Experience Projects will be integrated to develop leadership skills and career
interest/exploration and reinforce academic concepts. This course fulfills lab science
requirements.


SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE                          Grade 9 –12
                                                    1 semester, 1/4 credit)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 1 semester Introduction of Agriculture AND
teacher approval

This is a guided individual study course designed to establish knowledge and skills in
various agricultural career areas. Students will gain course credit by establishing and
carrying out a Supervised Agricultural Experience Project that is designed to fit their
interests. Projects may include, but are not limited to raising livestock or small animals,
growing crops/vegetables/fruit/ horticultural plants, working in an ag-related after school
job, conducting an agri-science experiment, career exploration, or performing home
improvement activities. Students will be required to validate their experiences by
keeping written records such as a business agreement and budget, inventor, daily
activities, income and expenses, net earnings, and various other records. Depending on
the individual project, each student will have a personalized course outline and evaluation
to meet the needs of their project. Students’ records and progress will be evaluated each
week. Quarter/ semester grades will be based on a mi-term/ final exam and record book
evaluation. This course may be repeated.




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                                             ART


ART I                                   Grade 9-12
                             (2 semesters, 1/2 credit per semester)

Prerequisite: None

This course includes an introduction to art techniques and media involving various art
forms. The student will gain an appreciation of the uses of art in American Society. This
course also introduces the students to many mediums Art 2-D and 3-D have to offer.
 ART II
                                       Grade 10-12
                           (2 semesters, 1/2 credit per semester)

Prerequisite: Art I

Art II includes more advanced techniques in 2D & 3D art forms. Artists will be
introduced to reinforce different styles and periods of assignment.

ART III
                                        Grade 10-12
                        (2 semesters, ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: Art I and Art II

Art 3 is designed to let the student explore Three and Two-dimensional mediums in
depth. (Ceramics, Sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, and carving are some of the
areas.) Artists will be introduced to reinforce different styles and periods of assignment.
The student and teacher will decide the art form/media, which they will emphasize.

ART IV

Prerequisite: Art I, II, and III

This is an independent study art class in which the student and teacher will agree about
the student’s work. The student will work on projects, which will demonstrate their
strengths in art.




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                                        BUSINESS



KEYBOARDING, TYPING, AND FORMATTING                                         (Grade 9-12)
                                                                     (1 semester ½ credit)

Keyboarding, Typing, and Formatting is a course planned to develop basic skills in
keyboard techniques. Materials that would be used in a business as well as materials that
would be used for personal use are covered. Some to the materials covered are: letters,
reports (title pages, works cited & footnotes), tables, outlines, itineraries, etc. Students
learn how to set margins, tabs, layouts, line spacing, etc. Proofreading and producing
error free assignments are emphasized. It is recommended that students take this class to
be successful in Computer I.



COMPUTER I*                           (Grade 9-12)
                                                                     (1 semester ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Keyboarding, Typing, and Formatting recommended

Computer I is an orientation-level course a student takes to develop knowledge and basic
to moderate level skill in using Word, Excel and Access. Power Point is also introduced.
Students develop an awareness and understanding of the application of electronic data
processing concepts, software, and equipment to accomplish tasks typically performed by
employees in an occupational area. This class is also excellent for the students needing to
develop personal computer and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on producing
work that is free of errors.


COMPUTER II                                                   (Grade 9-12)
                                                              (1 semester ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Computer I

Computers II is an advanced class in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access. Power Point and
some work in Outlook. Students work with advanced features of the following: sorting,
customizing tables and creating charts, merging, creating forms, filtering, creating macros
and menus, templates, importing and exporting, working with analysis tools, and using
management tools etc. Students produce job quality and/or top level work for personal
use.




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ACCOUNTING                                                    (Grade 11-12)
                                                              (1 year 1 credit)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to accounting and an overview of
various accounting functions. This course covers how to keep books, figuring profit and
loss, and how to do financial statements. Included in the course are balance sheets,
income statements, posting, opening entries, journalizing, work sheets, closing entries,
adjusting entries, reconciling bank statements, payroll records, petty cash, sales tax, bad
debts, depreciation, disposing of a fixed asset, and more.




BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS
                                                              Grade 10-12
                                                                (1Semester, ½ credit)
In this course, areas of study include an orientation to business, marketing and
management concepts. Business communication and business computations are
integrated throughout the course. Some business law is included in the course. This may
include contracts, crimes, torts, consumer rights, and credit. Students are responsible for
a great deal of technology (definitions of law terms).

RECORDKEEPING
                                                                       Grade 10-12
                                                                   (1 Semester, ½ credit)
This is a semester course offered to include simple clerical tasks and introduction to
double-entry bookkeeping. The course will center mainly on record keeping involved in
everyday office activities. A practice record set may be included which contains the use
of journals, accounts receivable ledgers, checkbooks, and general file.




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                                       ENGLISH


BASIC ENGLISH                                               (Grade 9)
                                                      (2 Semesters ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: 8th grade English Teacher recommendation

This course helps to recognize and remediate areas of weakness in language arts and
reading, often, these students are not ready for the rigors of regular English I class. Each
student will be assisted in attaining mastery of basic acceptable English communication
both orally and written. Vocabulary will also be stressed, as this has been a weak area in
the past. Specifically, oral reading will be used to determine the skills of each student
and to give certain keys to reading comprehension improvement.

ENGLISH I *                                   Grade 9 or 10
                                              (2 semesters, 1/2 credit each semester

During the year students will study various elements of English. Students will begin their
year with a study of literary terms, plot structures, conflicts, and characterizations.
Students will read short stories, plays, poems, and various other genre of literature.
Students will also review and strengthen their command of grammar skills. Students will
work on vocabulary with Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes from which
English vocabulary has been derived. They will prepare and present a book report each
semester.

ENGLISH II *                                  Grade 1O-12
                                              (2 semesters, ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: English I

Students will begin the year with grammar. They will review the eights part of speech
and continue a more thorough look at the uses of grammar and mechanics. Students will
improve their writing skills by composing various essays such as, narratives, descriptive,
expository, and persuasive papers. Students will study the elements of literature while
reading Julius Caesar and various other short stories, essays, and poems.




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ENGLISH III*                                         Grade 11
                                              (2 semester ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: English I and II

This course presents American literature in chronological sequence, beginning with the
Spanish explorers and ending with contemporary authors. In addition to literature,
grammar and writing are emphasized through essays, response paragraphs, and a research
paper. Throughout the course students will be preparing for the PSAE and ACT English
and Reading tests. Likewise, college-level vocabulary will be studied and utilized. Oral
communication and outside readings are required component of this course. In addition
to other forms of literature, students will read either The Great Gatsby or To Kill a
Mockingbird.

ENGLISH IV **                                                       Grade 12
                                      (2 semesters; ½ credit per semester) weighted

Prerequisite: English I, II and III

This course is for advanced students preparing to continue their formal academic
education beyond high school. This humanities course presents English literature in a
chronological sequence beginning with the Anglo-Saxon Period. Shakespeare’s Hamlet
and Macbeth will be studied in detail. Due to the preparatory nature of the course, formal
compositions, research papers, speeches, presentations and outside reading are required.
MLA and APA styles of research will be discussed. Vocabulary will be stressed as well.

ENGLISH 101**                                        Grade 11,12
                             (1 semester, ½ high school credit, 3 college credits)

Prerequisite: 19 or higher on the ACT in English and Reading or RCC Placement Eng.
Test and approval from the principal
This is the introductory rhetoric composition class, Students will write multiple drafts of
at least 7 essays. See Richland Community College Handbook for more details.
May be taken as dual credit or college credit if co-enrolled in Eng. IV

ENGLISH 102**                                        Grade 11,12
                              (1 semester ½ high school credit, 3 college credits)
Prerequisite: at least a C in English 101

This is a basic research class, which will culminate in a lengthy research paper. See
Richland Community College Handbook for more details.
May be taken as dual credit or college credit if co-enrolled in Eng. IV




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COMMUNICATION SKILLS *                            Grades 10 –12
                                              (1 semester, ½ credit)

This course is designed to familiarize students with various types of communication.
Students will learn how to effectively listen to others, how to function in a group setting,
how to prepare for a job interview, how to analyze advertising and how to deliver
presentations, both individually and in group settings. Students will present at least five
types of speeches, including, but not limited to, personal, informative, persuasive, special
occasion and debate. Students will also complete a career unit in which they will explore
various types of careers and how to prepare themselves for life after graduation.



PUBLICATIONS                                   Grades 11 – 12
                             (2 semesters; ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: “C” average in English
(Sophomores considered if seating available, with a 3.2 G.P.A. or higher and one written
teacher recommendation).
This course is designed for students to familiarize themselves with the journalistic and
business worlds. Students will learn how to take pictures and write articles suitable for
yearbook and newspaper publication. They will also learn yearbook and advertising
design principles and how to solicit advertising and other funds via fundraising. Grades
will be based upon participation in fundraising and yearbook production, page layouts,
written articles and various quizzes and assignments.

VOCATIONAL ENGLISH                                           (Grade 11-12)
                                                             (1semester, 1/2 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic English and English I or English I and II
Students will review basic grammar skills while developing on the job skills. Students
will complete various projects such as resumes, cover letters, essays, and memos.
Students will learn the importance of homework and other skills that will allow them to
be successful in the job field. This course may be used to fulfill S.V. grad. requirement.

DRAMA                                                          Grades 9-12
                                                               (1 semester ½ credit)
Students will study and participate in a different play each semester while learning
various acting and technical theater skills such as dialects, characterization,
improvisation, stage composition, lighting, sound, and theater business. Students will
also study famous playwrights and actors from different time periods and genres. This
class may be retaken




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FICTION        1342                                         Grade 11, 12
                                                            (1 semester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic English, English I and II or English I, II
and III.
(This course may be used to fulfill the SV graduation requirement in English but is not
intended for college prep.)
Students will study literary elements while reading novels and short stories from different
genres and authors. Students will participate in classroom discussion, written responses
and class projects while gaining an appreciation for literature.



CREATIVE WRITING              1322                          Grade 11, 12
                                                            (1 semester, ½ credit)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic English, English I and II or English I, II
and III
(This course may be used to fulfill the SV graduation requirement in English but is not
intended for college prep.)
Students will study the different formats of composition including, journal, short story,
explanatory, persuasive, descriptive, news and essay writing. Students will study various
writers, writing genres and publishing.




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                        FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE


CHILD CARE I                                                 Grade 9-12
                                                      (1 semester ½ credit)

1st semester – This course emphasizes learning experiences, which help students gain
knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional
development of children from conception through adolescence. Information relating to
career in childcare is incorporated throughout the course. Emphasis or pre-natal care and
development.

2nd semester – The course content will center around the following duty managing and
organizing the child development by applying decision-making and goal-setting skills;
promoting child development by applying physical, social, intellectual and emotional
principles, practicing health and safety standards for children; provide experiences which
let the students work with the pre-school children with the supervision of the teacher
encouraging further development of their learning skills. They will also help with parties
and graduation activities working with the preschool.

CHILD CARE II                                                Grade 10-12
                                                      (1 semester ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Child Care I

   This course is designed to provide students interested in a career in child and day care
operations with information and practical experiences needed for the development of job-
 related competencies. Students will be provided laboratory experiences in both a school-
   based and extended campus facility. Students will be expected to develop appropriate
   skills in program development and in assisting with children’s preschool. Classroom
 study is concerned with the philosophy and management of care centers and the state and
  local regulations governing care-giving operations. The main learning experiences will
     involve actual work with children/adults in situations that simulate those found in
 business and industry, as well as preparation for that activity. Students will assist in Pre-
School on a daily basis; will plan and implement bulletin boards, a lesson plan for a
teaching unit and weekly observation of selected pre-school student.

PARENTING                                                             Grade 11-12
                                                        (1 Semester, ½ credit)
This course is designed to help students think through the responsibilities, satisfactions,
and stresses of parenthood. Many types of parenting situations are examined. Stress
prevention and management and the work of community agencies that help parents deal
with various types of parenting crisis are emphasized. The course content includes the
following duty areas: managing and organizing parenting by applying decision-making
and goal-setting skills; applying basic principles of the parenting process; practicing
health and safety standards as related to parenting; providing experiences which



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encourage parents and children to maximize resources; encouraging human relations
skills in children/adolescents; and evaluating impact on parenting of family and career
changes. Special attention is given to the needs of teenage parents and to the importance
of readiness for parenthood.

CONSUMER EDUCATION *                                     Grade 11, 12
  (Resource Management)                                 (1 semester ½ credit)

Consumer Ed. Prepares students with skills they need to function as responsible
consumer-citizens when they leave home and are on their own in society. The focus of
this course is consumer decision- making, resource management and money
management. Specific units of instruction include: The Marketplace, Advertising,
Housing, Earnings and Managing an Income, Banking and Checking Services, Saving
and Investing, Consumer Credit, Life, Auto, Homeowners, & Health Insurance, Buying
and Insuring a Car

INTERRELATED COOPERATIVE EDUCATION                                      Class - Job
                                                                           Grade 12
                                                                    (1 Year, 2 Credit)

On the job training skills offered to senior students. First semester emphasizes
techniques needed for securing and succeeding in the job market. The second semester
will comprise mainly of learning necessary consumer skills. One-half credit per semester
for class and one-half credit per semester for the job.


LIVING ENVIRONMENT                                          Grade 11-12
                                                            (1 semester, ½ credit)

Learning experiences are designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and
skills needed to select, acquire, maintain and manage living environments that meet the
needs of the occupants. The selection and care of housing and furnishings are related to
factors such as social-economic conditions, individual tastes, psychological effects,
aesthetic values, and safety, sanitation and energy conservation. The course contents
include the following duty areas: locating and managing housing using goal-setting and
decision making skills; evaluating living space to meet basic needs; crating and
maintaining living environments; ensuring health and safety; selecting appropriate
resources in creating living environments; determining the impact of the individual
and/or group on living environments; applying housing and home management choices
relating to changing family/individual and career patterns. Emphasis will be placed on
the application of basic management principles as they relate to the environment.

Other included topics are as follows:

Design interiors: floor plans, planning kitchen, bath, and laundry, furniture designs, how
to select home furnishings designing and furnishing a room. Costs and budget: When


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you buy a home, should you buy or rent, how much you can afford. Careers: Job
opportunities in housing. How a house is made: Housing and environment, the structure
of a house, natural resources: their use and conservation, evaluating the basic home.


FOODS AND NUTRITION I & II                                          Grade 9-12
                                                             (1 semester, ½ credit)

Foods & Nutrition I – This course includes basic classroom and laboratory experiences
needed to develop knowledge and understanding of basic food principles and applied
nutrition for people of all ages. The course content centers around the following duty
areas: promoting food service and preparation management using the decision-making
process; meeting basic needs in planning, preparing and serving food; maximizing
resources when planning/preparing/serving food; promoting hospitality in food practices;
and analyzing individual and family nutritional needs in relation to change. Information
related to careers in foods and nutrition is incorporated throughout the course.

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Foods & Nutrition II                         (1 semester, ½ credit)
                                             Prerequisite: Foods & Nutrition I

In this second orientation level foods course, more attention is paid to food selection and
preparation for special circumstances and dietary needs. Laboratory sessions are devoted
to preparation of foods with specific characteristics. Course content will include the
following broad areas of emphasis: careers in foods and nutrition, influences on food
customs, diet and health, current nutritional, planning for special food needs, safety of
foods, food purchasing, prevention of food-borne illnesses, conservation in providing
food and food preservation.


ADULT LIVING                                                          Grade 11-12
                                                                    (1year, 1credit)
This course is designed to assist individuals and families in achieving life satisfaction
through responsible participation as adults in the home, community, and work place.
Emphasis is placed on development of prevention strategies, which will assist individuals
in responding to situations in terms of their identified values and goals. Various
resources to assist with life problems are explored




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                                FOREIGN LANGUAGE




SPANISH I                                 Grades 9 – 12
                                      (2 semesters; ½ credit per sem.)
Prerequisite: “C” average and teacher recommendation in 8th grade English.

Students learn the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a foreign language.
Students will learn Spanish through the study of grammar along with listening and
speaking activities. Information about the culture and way of life of Spanish speaking
peoples is also studied.

SPANISH II                          Grades 10 –12
                          (2 semesters; ½ credit per sem.)
Prerequisite: “C” average in Spanish I and teacher recommendation

Students will continue the study of Spanish grammar. They will also develop more fully
their ability to read, write and speak the language as well as develop advanced listening
skills. Culture of Spanish speaking peoples is studied.

SPANISH III**                         Grades 11 – 12 (2 sem.; ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: “C” average in Spanish II and teacher recommendation

Students should be prepared to speak the language daily. Intermediate reading of Spanish
classics and short novels is required. Extensive writing skills are to be used. Advanced
grammar is introduced. Culture of Spanish speaking peoples is studied.

SPANISH IV**                          Grade 12 (2 sem.; ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: “C” average in Spanish III and permission from instructor

Students should be prepared to speak the language daily. Intermediate reading of Spanish
classics and short novels is required. Extensive writing skills are to be used. Advanced
grammar is introduced. Culture of Spanish speaking peoples is studied.




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GERMAN I

Prerequisite: “C” average and teacher recommendation in 8th grade English.

            Grades 9 –12                       1 year (.5 credit each semester)
Students will learn the German language through a method known as total physical
response. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening will all be stressed. Information
about the culture and way of life of German speaking peoples is also studied.


GERMAN II

Prerequisite: “C” average in German I and teacher recommendation

             Grades 10 – 12                      1 year (.5 credit each semester)
Students will continue to learn German through total physical response. Reading,
writing, listening and speaking will still be emphasized. German culture will also be
studied.

GERMAN III**

Prerequisite: “C” average in German II and teacher recommendation

         Grades 11,12                          1 year (.5 credit each semester)
German will continue to be studied through total physical response. Culture of the
German speaking world will also be emphasized.


GERMAN IV**

Prerequisite: “C” average in German III and permission from instructor

         Grade 12                               1 year (.5 credit each semester)
Total physical response will be used to continue to enhance the study of German.
German culture and history will be studied in depth.




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                                INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY


INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY I (Communications/ Energy Tech)
                                                 Gr. 9-12
                                    (2 semesters, ½ credit per sem)

The communication technology course is designed to orient students to resources,
technical processes, industrial applications and technological impact of communication
technology. It involves the graphic and electronic means of transmitting and receiving
messages which includes experiences in telecommunication, computers, photography,
graphic arts, broadcasting and design/drafting.
The energy utilization technology course is designed to orient students to the resources,
technical processes, industrial applications, and technological impacts of energy
utilization technology. It includes experiences with extraction, conversion, storage, and
conservation of fossil fuels, solar resources, wind and water resources, and nuclear
resources.


INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY II (Manufacturing and Transportation Technology)
                                                                     Gr. 10 - 12
                                                      (2 semesters, ½ credit per sem.)
Prerequisite: Industrial Tech. I
The production technology course is designed to orient students to resource, technical
processes, industrial application, and technological impacts of manufacturing technology.
It involves management, material processing, research and development, production,
marketing, and servicing components of industries which provide goods, services and
structures for people.
The transportation technology course is designed to orient the student to resources,
technical processes, industrial application, and technological impact of transportation
technology. It includes the propulsion and control systems of terrestrial atmospheric,
space, and marine transportation media.

DRAFTING                                                              Gr. 10 - 12
                                                              (1 semester, ½ credit)
Prerequisite: Industrial Tech. I or permission from instructor
Each student will study residential house planning through class work, homework, and
completion of a set of house plans. All things that determine why a home is laid out and
built in a certain plan and design are covered. Neatness and readability are emphasized.
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with residential architecture as a
possible vocation, plan and draw a floor plan, wall section, foundation plan, and
elevations, and to learn the factors that influence how a home is built.




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PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY                                                Gr. 10 -12
                                                              (1 semester, ½ credit)
Prerequisite: Industrial Tech. I or permission from the instructor
Students will further their use of hand and machine tools. Working drawings and
procedures will be developed before students make their own projects. A greater variety
of wood joints and methods of reinforcing will be practiced while students make their
own projects. Career opportunities will be explored in order that students are aware of
related occupations.



                                    MATHEMATICS



INTEGRATED MATH (replaces General Math)                        Grade 9
                                                         (2 semesters ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: placement by teacher recommendation
This course is designed for the student who is not ready for pre-algebra. The course is
designed to teach and review mathematics skills. The course prepares students for further
mathematics courses by including topics such as basic algebra, geometry, probability,
statistics, and word problems. Need scientific calculator with fraction key. (TI-30
recommended)

PRE-ALGEBRA                                    Grades 9, 10
                                       (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: General Math or teacher recommendation

This is a preparation course for Algebra I designed to develop basic Algebra skills.
Topics that are reviewed include: solving and graphing equations, ratios, percents,
integers, formulas, expressions, etc. Need scientific calculator with fraction key. (TI-30
recommended)

ALGEBRA I*                                     Grade 9 - 11
                                      (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra (with A or B if taken in middle school)

This course is the study of sets, operations, properties, solving and graphing equations
and inequalities, factors, polynomials, linear sentences, rational expressions, radicals, and
quadratics. Applications of algebra in graphing and methods of problem solving are
among the topics covered. Need scientific calculator with fraction key.
GEOMETRY                                    Grades 9 - 12
                                   (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)



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Prerequisite: Algebra I (with A or B if taken in middles school)

This course is designed as preparatory for college-bound science and math. Some topics
covered include: basic concepts and definitions, parallel and perpendicular lines,
congruent triangles, similarity, right triangles, and trigonometric functions, circles, area,
volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations.

ALGEBRA II                                 Grades 10 - 12
                                (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry (successful completion) A graphing calculator is
required for this course (TI-83 Plus)

This is a college bound course reviewing some Algebra I topics and introducing topics of
advanced Algebra. Part of the year is spent on trigonometry. Other topics include
inequalities, polynomials, rational and irrational numbers, quadratics, analytical
geometry, logarithms, and if time permits, sequences, matrices and probability. Graphing
calculator will be required. (TI-83 Plus)

ADV MATH/PRE-CALCULUS **                                       Grade 11, 12
                                                       (2 sem. 1/2 credit each sem.)

Prerequisite: Algebra II (successful completion) A graphing calculator is required for
this course (TI-83 Plus)

This course is recommended for advanced students preparing for college. It includes
topics such as trigonometric functions, circular functions, oblique triangles, graphing
sinusoids, vectors, complex numbers, transformations, and spherical trigonometry. It
explores advanced math concepts pertaining to functions and their graphs, linear
equations, exponential and logarithmic functions.



CALCULUS **                            Grade 11, 12
                                    (2 sem. ½ credit per semester)
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Adv. Math/Pre-Calculus. (A graphing calculator is required
for this course TI-83 Plus)

Topics include: functions, graphs, limits, differentiation, exponential functions, integrals,
functions of several variables
Applications to: Business, Economics, Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences,
Physical Sciences and general topics




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                                          MUSIC




CHORUS                                                Grade 9 – 12
                                            (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

This course is designed to allow students to develop vocal techniques and musical
literacy through performances and festival settings.


BAND                                                  Grade 9 - 12
                                            (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Pre-requisite: Two (2) years of applied study on a given instrument or consent of
instructor

This course provides students with the opportunity to express instrumental performance
capabilities while exposing them to a component of all cultures. Students will be given a
unique outlet for their own creative thoughts and develop the ability to critically analyze
music.

High School Band meets Monday through Friday. High School Band will include
performances in the following musical ensembles: Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands.
Additional performance opportunities may include Jazz Band, Solo and Ensemble
Contest, and Honor Bands, but are not required. These groups will perform at several
events throughout the school year, including concerts, home football games, and home
basketball games.



                               PHYSICAL EDUCATION


PHYSICAL EDUCATION *                                  Grade 9 – 12
                                             (1 year .5 credit each semester)

Physical education should promote the health and physical well being of the student
through participation in a variety of activities including both individual and team sports.
Students should also gain knowledge of the rules and structure of the activities included.
They should gain appreciation for and interest in activities that will carry over into adult
life.
          Activities and Sports (May include but not limited to the following):




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                       Soccer                         Handball
                       Speedball                      Floor Hockey
                       Flag Football                  Track and Field
                       Volleyball                     Softball
                       Basketball                     Frisbee
                       Weight Training                Pickle Ball
                       Recreational Activities        Physical Fitness Testing
                       Aerobic Dance (girls)          Badminton

Students will be evaluated on participation and skill improvement of each activity as well
as written tests over rules and regulations of each activity.

DRIVER EDUCATION                                   Grade 10
                                              (1 sem., ½ credit)
                                             (Class and Behind the Wheel)

Prerequisite: 15 years of age or sophomore (9TH grade 2nd semester only)
Driver Education is a required course consisting of ten weeks of classroom work and six
weeks of behind the wheel. Students are enrolled according to birth date and must be at
least fifteen in the semester in order to enroll in the class portion. The classroom work
consists of chapter tests, homework assignments, accident reports, a poster, and a major
term paper. Students must pass at least 30 hours of the class work in order to be eligible
for their licenses according to state law. The student must be passing the classroom
phase of the program before he or she will be allowed to drive behind the wheel.
         The behind-the-wheel phase of the program consists of three to seven weeks of
driving. There are six to twelve lessons and the student must be present for each lesson.
Any missed driving times will be made up or the student will be made up or the student
cannot pass the behind-the-wheel phase. The driving lessons will include driving in
Decatur, pulling up to a curb, 3-point turns, turn about, backing, hand over hand turns,
stops, speed control, interstate driving, and other driving skills. Students will be driven
according to birthday order and the availability of their schedule during the school day.




HEALTH *                                  Grade 9                         ( 1 sem. ½ credit)

This course is designed to inform students of health related issues that are related to
everyday living. Topics include drug abuse, diseases, mental health, careers in health,
proper health care, identifying services to aid in health related issues, First Aid and CPR.




                                        SCIENCE



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GENERAL SCIENCE                            Grade 9
                                      (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

One of the primary goals of this course is to help students understand what they read and
make it a part of their physical science knowledge base. Students may find it difficult to
understand scientific vocabulary and concepts in printed materials. The teacher will help
students extract important information from the textbook, to provide an accurate
evaluation of the concepts and communicate meaningful interpretations of the concepts
and their relationships.

BIOLOGY I*                                   Grade 10 –12
                                        (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: Physical or General Science

This course is designed as an overview of the Life Sciences. Topics covered include
comparative anatomy, genetics, cell biology, ecology, evolution, botany, five kingdom
classification, and environmental issues. Lab work is included and essential (class size
limited to 16)

BIOLOGY II**                                     Grade 11 – 12
                                             (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.) weighted

Prerequisite: 2 years of Science including Biology and recommendation of Science Dept.

This is a college preparatory class with great emphasis placed on anatomy, physiology,
biochemistry, and genetics. Laboratory experiments and dissections are essential.


CHEMISTRY                                     Grade 11 - 12
                                         (2 sem. ½ credit per sem) weighted

Prerequisite: Geometry, and co-enrolled in Algebra II, or permission from Sci. Dept.

This is a college preparatory class involving lab work. Major areas of study include
chemical shorthand, mole theory, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding,
physical states, solutions, energy, and equilibrium. (Class size limited to 12




ENVIRONMENTAL ED.                                Grade 11 – 12
                                            (1 sem. ½ credit)



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Prerequisite: 2 years of high school science including Biology

This course explores the ecosystems, environmental issues, human impacts on the
environment and resource recovery. Fieldwork is included and essential. (Class size is
limited to 12)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE                                       Grade 9
                                              (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: top 3/4 of 8th grade Science students

This required freshman science class (unless recommended for Gen. Sci.) is designed for
students who will take science throughout high school. Topics include: physical science
basics, energy and motion, nature of matter, kinds of substances, and interactions of
matter, waves, light sound, electricity and energy resources.

PHYSICS **                                               Grade 11, 12
                                               (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

Prerequisite: Geometry and co-enrolled in Alg. II, or permission from Sci. Dpt.

This is a college preparatory class pertaining to the study of matter and energy. Some
topics include: mechanics, wave phenomena, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic
and nuclear physics. Lab work is a major part of this course explaining that physics is a
part of everyday life.

CHEMISTRY II**                                                Grade 12
                                                      (1 year 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra II and Chemistry I with a B or better

This course is a continuation of Chemistry I. The first part will primarily be used as a
review of Chemistry I. The class will be lab oriented. New topics covered will include
thermo chemistry, reaction rate, chemical equilibrium, redox equations, nuclear
chemistry and organic chemistry. (Class size is limited to 12)




ASTRONOMY                                                            Grade 11-12



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                                                             (1 semester ½ credit)

Prerequisite: 2 years of science

This class is designed as a mid level course in science at the high school level. Major
emphasis is placed on presentation of group projects, research, investigatory labs and
observation of the sky. (Class size is limited to 12)


                                   SOCIAL SCIENCE



WORLD GEOGRAPHY *                                      Grade 10
                                               (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

This course is designed to acquaint the students with the cultures of the world and be able
to locate various countries and continents. Student will complete map work with the
various countries with an emphasis on the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

ILLINOIS HISTORY                                                              Grade 11-12
                                                                    (1Semester, ½ credit)
This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of our native state. Students
will study the physical geography of Illinois and the history of Illinois from before
statehood to modern times.

SOCIOLOGY                                                                  Grade 11-12
                                                                (1semester, ½ credit)
This course focuses on the study of human society, including both social action and
social organization. Among the topics explored are: The Family, Sex and Gender, Race
and Ethnicity, and Religion


WORLD HISTORY *                                        Grade 9
                                                 (2 sem. ½ credit per sem.)

This course traces mankind from prehistory to the present. Political and cultural aspects
are studied in all major civilizations. Students are encouraged to reflect on what can be
learned from the past that will aid us today.




U.S. GOVERNMENT *                                     Grade 10
(1 sem. ½ credit)



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This course is a survey of the various aspects of the U.S. Government at all levels with a
focus on the national level.


U.S. HISTORY*                                        Grade 11,12
                                                     (2 semesters, ½ credit per sem.)

This course is devoted to the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian times to
the present. Significant world events impacting the United States are also studies.




CURRENT EVENTS Grades 10,11,12                               1 semester .5 credit
In this course, students read and study important issues and events in our world today.
Area newspapers and network news broadcasts taped the previous day are the major
sources of information in the class.


MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY Grades 10,11,12                      1 semester, .5 credit

This course explores events in western and eastern European history since the end of
WW II. Ability to analyze and write is important.




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