SCHEDULING REQUIREMENTS by gvy99938

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									01/30/09
                                              Table of Contents


Scheduling Requirements ..................................................................................Page 3

Graduation Requirements ..................................................................................Page 4

Art Department.................................................................................................Page 6

Business Education Department.........................................................................Page 9

Internship Form ................................................................................................Page 12

English Department ..........................................................................................Page 13

World Language ...............................................................................................Page 18

Family & Consumer Sciences............................................................................Page 20

Mathematics Department ..................................................................................Page 21

Music Department ............................................................................................Page 25

Physical Education Department .........................................................................Page 27

Science Department ..........................................................................................Page 29

Social Studies Department.................................................................................Page 31

Miscellaneous ..................................................................................................Page 35

Outside Programs .............................................................................................Page 36




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                              SCHEDULING REQUIREMENTS

         Students selecting a schedule must look not only at the graduation requirements but also
at their Career Pathways and what will help them with their life after graduation. Students may
use their Educational Development Plan (EDP) at www.careercruising.com (Username:
Richmond; Password: Bluedevils) as a resource for selecting courses related to their career plans.

        Career Pathways are large groups of careers that share similar characteristics and whose
employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths, and competencies. Career
Pathways can assist you in finding your way among the thousands of different occupations
available to you. Following a career pathway makes it easier for you to identify career choices
and can help you develop a plan on how to prepare for your chosen career. Following are some
examples of electives that would pertain to Career Pathways:

                          Career Pathway Elective Choices
Arts and Communication           Business Management              Engineering/Manufacturing
Basic Design                     Foreign Language                 Foreign Language
Drawing, Video                   Accounting, Speech               Basic Design
Photography                      Bus. Management Tech.            Choir, Band
Printmaking                      Internship                       Bus. Management Tech.
Sculpture                        Speech                           CAD/Drafting
Painting                         Theater                          Higher Level Math
Choir, Band                      Basic Design                     Higher Level Science
Speech, Theater                  Band                             Construction Tech
Visual Imaging Tech              Choir                            AIS Heavy Equipment

Human Services                   Health Sciences          Natural Resources and Agriscience
Foreign Language                 Foreign Language         Foreign Language
Basic Design                     Basic Design             Basic Design
Band, Choir                      Band, Choir              Bus. Management Tech.
Culinary Arts                    Health Occupation        Speech
Law Enforcement                  Theater                  Agiscience
Bus. Management Tech.            Chemistry                Law Enforcement
Theater/Speech                   Honors Biology
Culinary Arts                    Anatomy/Forensics

         A student may repeat a class in which he or she received a poor grade. The original
grade will become a “Credit‖ and will be counted only as an elective. The student will be given
the second grade received for the class. This must be pre-approved by the administration and the
teacher.

         All the courses listed in this catalog may not be offered every year. A class will be
scheduled only if enough students request it and if the Richmond High School budget permits it.
You will be placed in one of your alternative choices if too few students choose the class, if the
class is not offered, or if too many students choose the class and there are no spaces remaining.

        You will not be permitted to take any classes deemed inappropriate for you in the
professional opinion of the Richmond staff without a parental conference and a waiver letter
signed by your parent.

        The counselor is available to provide guidance as needed.



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                               GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
                                  Class of 2011 and Beyond

Cred its             Subject Area                     Description                      Additional
                                                                                      Information
4 Credits     English Language Arts              English 9                        Students may take
                                                 English 10                         equivalent Honors
                                                 English 11                         English classes
                                                 English 12
4 Credits     Mathematics                        Algebra I                        Students shall be granted
                                                 Algebra II                         credit for satisfactorily
                                                 Geometry                           complet ing Algebra I in
                                                                                     8th grade
                                                 Trigonometry
                                                                                   Algebra II may be taken
                                                 Pre Calculus                       over 2 years with credit
                                                 Calculus                           granted for each year
                                                 1 additional math or             Students may take
                                                   math-related credit in            equivalent Honors math
                                                   final year                        classes
                                                                                   See Course Catalog for
                                                                                     specific listing of
                                                                                     allo wable Math related
                                                                                     courses
3 Credits     Science                            Earth Science                    Students may take
                                                 Biology                            equivalent Honors
                                                 Chemistry or Physics               science classes
3 Credits     Social Studies                     World Hist. & Geography          Students may take
                                                 U.S. Hist. & Geography             equivalent Honors
                                                 Government/ Economics              social studies classes

1 Credit      Health and Physical                .5 Health
              Education                          .5 Physical Education
1 Credit      Visual, Performing,                Band                         Students may take
              Applied Arts                       Choir                            additional credits in
                                                 Theatre Arts                     English, Math, Science,
                                                                                   or World Languages
                                                 All Art Department               (beyond what is
                                                   classes- See Course             required) as a substitute
                                                   Catalog                         for this requirement
                                               Designated vocational
                                                   classes
6 Credits      Electives                       Elective Credits are listed
                                                   by department in the
                                                   Course Catalog
All students must earn credit in the Career Planning Seminar. This seminar is offered during the
sophomore year and meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirement for an on-line learning
experience.
During the Junior year of high school, all students will take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and/or
any other State or Federal mandated assessments. In the event a student does not achieve proficiency on
the MME or other State or Federal mandated assessment in the Junior year, the student will be required
to retake the appropriate assessment during the Senior year.
22 Credits                                     Minimum credits
Total                                              required to graduate

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         A. A student must earn a total of twenty-two credits in four years of high school work.
            A credit is earned for satisfactorily completing a full year of work in a scheduled
            class.

         B. The High School Administration and an appropriate Committee of staff members
            determine the required sequence and timing of these credits.

         C. No student will be exempt from any graduation requirement except for proven
            physical disability, or as the result of an Educational Planning and Placement
            Committee meeting and/or approval of the Principal.

         D. There are no exemptions to the 22-credit graduation requirement!

         E. A student may not take more than two music classes without parental permission
            and the recommendation of the instructor and the counselor.

II.    Student Load

       A. All students must schedule six (6) credits of classes.

       B. A student may schedule seven (7) credits of work only with the written permission of
          his/her counselor and parents. Seven credits of work constitute a heavy schedule and
          are not recommended unless the student’s individual career goals justify such a load.

III.   Testing Out

       Students may test out of any core graduation required class. Elective classes are not
       eligible for testing out. There are two testing out periods per year near the end of each
       semester. Advanced registration to test out is required and sign up will be announced via
       student announcements. Students may not attempt to test out of a class they have
       previously failed. Students may only attempt once to test out of any given class. In
       preparation for testing out, students are only entitled to the textbooks used and the course
       syllabus/outline used in class or a general list of testable subject areas. A score of 77%
       must be obtained in order to successfully test out of a class. If successful, a credit will
       not be earned or recorded on the transcript; it will only be noted that the requirement for
       graduation has been met. A minimum of 22 credits is required for graduation.

IV.    Earning Credit

       A student will receive credit only after the successful completion of a course with a
       minimum grade of ―60%‖ or ―credit‖. Credits are earned each semester. Each semester
       class is worth ½ credit. In the process of completing credit requirements, students will be
       enrolled in a high school program for eight (8) semesters.

V.     Graduation Participation

       To participate in graduation ceremonies, a student must have completed all graduation
       requirements including the earning of 22 credit hours. Those who are ½ credit short will
       still be allowed to walk, but will not receive their diploma until all requirements have
       been met. Those more than ½ credit short will not be allowed to participate in
       graduation ceremonies.




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                                ART DEPARTMENT

*All classes listed in this section meet Michigan Merit Curriculum requirement for
Visual, Pe rforming, and Applied Arts.

Basic Design
       Code: 1601/1602                   Grade: 9 - 12                    Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisites: None

Description:     The study of basic design principles and elements in two-dimensional and three-
dimensional design will be explored. The areas that will be explored include shading, design,
sculpture, printmaking and color. The course is designed for the student who is interested in
exploring and experiencing the many areas of art. This course is also a prerequisite for all other
art classes.


Drawing 1
      Code: 1011/1012                 Grade: 9 - 12                  Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisites: ―B‖ or better in Basic Design and teacher approval. 9th graders must
      have the recommendation of 8th grade art teacher and give examples of their drawing
      skills.

Description:     Drawing skills and techniques will be explored with emphasis on contour
drawing, composition and shading. The black and white media to be explored include pencil,
charcoal, ink, conte crayon, and scratchboard. This course is designed for the student who is
interested in developing his/her drawing ability.


Drawing 2
      Code: 1021/1022                Grade: 10 - 12                 Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisites: ―B‖ or above in Drawing 1 or teacher approval.

Description:     This is a class for the serious art student with a strong background in drawing.
The class will explore advanced drawing techniques and problems. The class will work in color
media such as cray-pos, color pencil, and pastellos. Portrait drawing will be introduced during
the second semester.


Drawing 3
      Code: 1031/1032                Grade: 11 - 12                 Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: ―B‖ or better in Drawing and the teacher approval.

Description:    This class is for the student who is planning a career in art. The class will
concentrate on preparing a well-balanced portfolio for competition. Continuation of portraiture,
printmaking, and an introduction to watercolor will be covered. Each senior will also prepare a
portfolio.




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Drawing 4
      Code: 1041/1042              Grade: 12                               Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: ―A‖ in Drawing 3 or teacher approval.

Description: Drawing 4 is for a senior planning a career in art. This class will be an
independent study for the advanced drawing student.


Photography 1
       Code: 1203                        Grade: 11 - 12                    Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None
       Fee: $10 lab fee + other supplies

Description:     This class will introduce students to black and white photography and the history
of photography. Students will learn to make compositionally strong photographs through a
variety of techniques. Students will also learn to use the 35-mm SLR camera, process their film,
and print their photos. It would be beneficial if students had their own 35mm manual camera.
There will be cameras available to share in the classroom, however these cameras may not be
taken home. Students should be prepared to buy their own paper and film.



Photography 2
       Code: 1223                      Grade: 11 – 12                Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Must have a ―B‖ or better in Photography 2 and teacher approval.
       Fee: $10 lab fee and paper and film

Description:      This class is designed for the serious photography student and those interested in
furthering their knowledge and experience in this field. In this course more advanced exploration
of techniques and principles from Photo 1 will be provided along with investigation of job
opportunities. Each senior will prepare a portfolio of work for art competit ions, college admission
or job placement.


Independent Photography
       Code: 1243                     Grade: 12                            Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: B or better in Photo 2 and teacher approval.

Description:    This class is for the student who is serious about a career in photography. Each
student will work to develop a strong personal statement in his or her photos. Students will also
be responsible for a portfolio of work for competition.


Digital Photography
      Code:                         Grade: 12                   Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: B or better in Photo 1 and must also take Photo 2 at the same time,
                    Teacher approval is also required.

Description: The class is for the advanced photo student who is serious about a career in
Photography and is at least a second year photo student. This class will emphasize all of the
elements taught in Photo 1 but will allow the student to work in color. Students will be
encouraged to prepare work for competition. Students will also create a portfolio of their
strongest work. Students will not be required to have cameras.
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                             BUSINESS EDUCATION
         All Business Education Department offerings are elective. The skills learned in this
department will assist students in completing their college assignments, help qualify them for
employment, and be of value in their own personal use. This Department is an equal opportunity
provider. Career Technical classes are available to all persons, regardless of race, gender,
religion, national origin, and disability.

*Designated classes listed in this section meet Michigan Merit Curriculum
require ment for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts or Math or Math related
credit if taken the final year of high school.

Accounting I
      Code: 2111/2112              Grade: 10 - 12                  Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Must have a ―C‖ average or better, 10 graders – instructor permission
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*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for Math or Math related credit if taken
in the final year of high school.

Description:     This beginning accounting course will teach students to keep financial records
and prepare financial statements (from those records) for a single owner business and partnership.
In addition, students will learn petty cash and payroll procedures. Where appropriate, these skills
will be taught through the use of the computer. Accounting is an essential course for college-
bound students who are considering a major in business. Accounting is also a very appropriate
choice for students who plan to own businesses, manage businesses, or work in a management
support role.


Accounting II
      Code: 2121/2122                Grade: 11 - 12                 Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: ―C‖ or better in Accounting 1 and teacher approval.

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for Math or Math related credit if taken
in the final year of high school.

Description:      This course is a continuation of accounting concepts mastered in Accounting I.
Loans, interest, inventory, receivables, payables, stock, dividends are just some of the topics
covered.


Introduction to Business
       Code: 2611/2612                   Grade: 9 – 10                    Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description:     The basic functions of business as experienced in everyday life are presented in
this course. Students will better understand American business and its relation to our social and
economic well being. Careers will be discussed and integrated throughout the course to enable
students to consider and explore occupations for personal satisfaction. Aspects of business
ownership, use and cost of credit, functions of banking and financial services, budgeting and
personal records, rights and responsibilities of consumer awareness, and the basic principles of
insurance and stock investments are included in this course.

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MOUS 1—MicroSoft Office User Specialist 1
     Code: 2731/2732             Grade 9-12                                Credit 1/year
     Prerequisite: None

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum re quirement for Visual, Performing, and
Applied Arts .

Description:     Description: This program is a hands-on computer class where students will
learn entry-level skills required in various occupations. In addition, college bound students
become prepared in the programs that they are expected to have a working knowledge of when
they arrive on campus. Students become familiar with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation
and database tasks. Students learn to navigate through documents with navigation tools,
customize text and paragraphs, format pages, maintain documents, create tables and SmartArt,
insert formulas, format worksheets, enhance worksheets, etc. Students gain the skills needed for
successful completion of the MOUS certification test.



MOUS 2--Microsoft Office User Specialist 2
     Code: 2781/2782               Grade: 10 – 12                          Credit: 1/year
     Prerequisite: MOUS 1

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum re quirement for Visual, Performing, and
Applied Arts .

Description:     This program is a hands-on computer class where students build on the skills
introduced in MOUS 1. Students work with the MicroSoft Office program. Students learn to
merge, automate and customize formatting, create specialized tables, automate repetitive tasks,
import, export, and distribute data, deliver presentations, work with outlines, handouts and
speaker notes, organize presentations, etc. Students gain the advancred skills needed for
successful completion of the MOUS certification test.




Marketing
      Code: 2511/2512              Grade: 11 – 12                    Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: One year of any other class in the business department preferred.

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum re quirement for Visual, Performing, and
Applied Arts .

Description:        Marketing is a course, which enables the students to develop an understanding of
the broad field of marketing and distribution. This course deals with the study of what marketing
is, its role in the American economic system, the relationship of retailing, wholesaling,
merchandising and operations.




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Marketing 2
Code: 2521/2522                        Grade: 11 – 12                    Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite:     One year of any other class in the business department preferred.

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirement for Visual, Performing, and Applied
Arts.

Description:      The course builds on what was learned in Marketing 1. It also involves study in
career planning, management decision-making, critical thinking, and business development.
Today's marketing world is analyzed through current publications, guest speakers, and classroom
activity. In addition, students are involved in the buying, selling, and management process with
the school store.



Webmaster
     Code:                               Grade: 11-12                     Credit 1/year
     Prerequisite: None

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirement for Visual, Performing, and Applied
Arts.

Description:     Webmaster is a course that prepares individuals to apply HTML, XML,
Javascript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing
(launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide
Web. Includes instruction in internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web
page design, user interfaces, vector tools, special effects, interactive and multimedia components,
search engines, navigation, morphing; e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies.


Internship
       Code: 2751/2752                  Grade: 11 - 12                    Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: 1. Fill out Pre-registration form
                     2. Sign up for related class-BMT or Marketing
                     3. Signature of Program Coordinator

Description:    Intensive job shadowing and career exploration.
Regulations:    1. All prospective internship students must have permission of the instructor
                before the registration process begins.
                2. Internship may be taken for 1 hour each day.
                3. Internship students must take related course.




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                              RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL
                            PRE-REGISTRATION FORM FOR
                               INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


This form must be completed and signed before any student is enrolled in the Internship program.

Name_____________________________ Grade (next year)___________________

Phone Number________________________________________________________

Have you received prior credit for either program before this year? ______________

Proposed schedule for next year

BMT or Marketing___________________          ________________________________

__________________________________           _______________________________

__________________________________           _______________________________

Employment information:

Employer_________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________

Phone____________________________________________________

Briefly state your duties while at work and why this program would help meet your career goals.
Use reverse side if you need more space.




Approved for class registration____________________________Date____________
                                Business Education Teacher




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                                  ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

        Students must earn a total of 4 credits of English in order to meet the graduation
requirements of Richmond High School. Students cannot advance to the next class level until
they have earned the previous credit and/or meet the prerequisite for that course.

Required                                              Elective

English 9*                                                        One Semeste r Courses
English 10**                                          Creative Writing****
English 11                                            Contemporary Thought***
English 12 or                                         Popular Literature****
Technical Writing (Career Tech Students)***           Speech
                                                      Shakespeare****
Honors English 9*
Honors English 10**                                                 Yearlong Courses
Honors English 11                                     Writing for Publication: Newspaper
Honors English 12                                     Writing for Publication: Yearbook
                                                      English for Expressing: Theatre Arts***


*English 9 (1 Credit)
Students who do not earn a full credit for English 9 will not be allowed to enroll in any other
English course until they have successfully earned credit in English 9.

**English 10 (1 Credit)
Students who do not earn a minimum of ½ credit of English 10 will not be permitted to enroll in
any other English course until they have earned said credit.

***Contemporary Thought: English for Expressing and Technical Writing
 These courses are offered during the EVEN years based upon the year when school starts in the
fall. Ex. 2010-2011.

****Shakespeare: Popular Literature and Creative Writing
These courses are offered during the ODD years based upon the year when school starts in the
fall. Ex. 2009-2010.




English 9
       Code: 3001/3002                   Grade: 9                           Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description:      This course will focus on communication skills, with emphasis on written skills.
Activities will include the development of reading strategies as well as speaking, listening, and
organizational skills. Students will be guided by essential questions as they explore the themes of
inter-relationships and self-reliance. This course also deals with the principle parts of the
following forms of literature: short story, novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. Students will
also learn to recognize grammatical errors through the use of copy-rewrites.




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English 9 Honors
       Code: 3021/3022            Grade: 9                                  Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Recommendation of 8th grade teacher.

Description:     This course will focus on literature and the writing process. The literature will
come primarily from the English 9 text but also include outside reading. Students will be guided
by essential questions as they explore the themes of inter-relationships and self-reliance.
Various types of expression will be practiced. Students will also learn to recognize grammatical
errors through the use of copy-rewrites. In addition, vocabulary development will also be
emphasized. Because this is an advanced class, expectations are high.

English 10
       Code: 3101/3102                Grade: 10                             Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 9 (Full Credit)

Description:      This course will focus on American literature, culture, and history as it pertains
to the development of early American ideals. Students will be guided throughout the entire
course by Critical Response and Stance questions. Students will examine our nation’s growth
to a culturally diverse modern America. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of our
country’s heritage through the reading of novels, plays, short stor ies, poetry, and historical
perspectives. Course objectives will include the continuing development of unified and coherent
written and oral communication skills. Students will also be introduced to research skills.


English 10 Honors
       Code: 3121/3122                  Grade: 10                         Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 9 (Full Credit) and/or instructor permission

Description: This course will be guided by Critical Response and Stance questions. Students
will survey the work of American authors, read representative samples, and discuss the evolution
of American ideas. This course provides instruction in the writing of essays. It will include
activities in pre-writing, writing, and editing of various kinds of composition. Speech activities
will also be included. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of our country’s heritage through
the reading of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and historical perspectives. Students will also
be introduced to research skills. Because this is an advanced class, expectations are high.


English 11
       Code: 3333/3343                Grade: 11                      Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:     Selections covered in English 11 will focus on the theme of Transformational
Thinking. English 11 is divided into two semesters and will survey some of the finest examples
of traditional and contemporary literature from Britain and the rest of the world. Semester one is
concerned with the Old English and Medieval Periods, the English Renaissance, and the 17th &
18th centuries. Semester two will continue with the Transformational Thinking theme under the
umbrella of the Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern Periods. Students are required to
read and compose poetry, essays, short stories, and read several novels throughout the year,
including an outside reading novel. Course objectives will also include the continuing
development of oral communication and collaborative group skills.




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English 11 Honors
       Code: 3221/3222               Grade: 11                              Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 10 (Full Credit), instructor permission

Description: Selections covered in English 11 will focus on the theme of Transformational
Thinking. English 11 is divided into two semesters and will survey some of the finest examples
of traditional and contemporary literature from Britain and the rest of the world. Semester one is
concerned with the Old English and Medieval Periods, the English Renaissance, and the 17th &
18th centuries. Semester two will continue with the Transformational Thinking theme under the
umbrella of the Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern Periods. Students are required to
read and compose poetry, essays, and short stories, all of which will culminate into a portfolio
project due at each semester's end. Several novels will be read and analyzed throughout the year,
including an outside reading novel of the instructor’s choice. Course objectives will also include
the continuing development of oral communication and collaborative group skills.

English 12
       Code: 3553/3554               Grade: 12                              Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 10 (Full Credit)

Description: A survey of literature, this course is anchored by the study of five novels that are
supplemented by literature and texts from diverse genres. Selections covered in English 12 will
focus on the theme of Leadership Qualities. Students are required to read and compose essays
as well as creative writing in a variety of genres, all of which will culminate into an optional
portfolio project due at each semester's end. Course objectives will also include the continuing
development of oral communication and collaborative group skills. Summative assessments will
be project-based involving research and multiple revisions.


English 12 Honors
       Code: 3421/3422              Grade: 12                        Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: English 11 Honors or permission of the instructor

Description:      This course is an in-depth study of essential college writing skills literary
analysis. This theory based class for college-bound students deals with contemporary and
sometimes controversial issues that the students will be required to examine, analyze, evaluate,
discuss, and debate. Themes of this course include: good and evil, identity, truth, and living a
purposeful life. Students will learn various theoretical approaches to analyzing and evaluating
literature and other texts. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement: English
Literature and Composition test in the spring. This course is ideal for those who are planning to
attend a liberal arts college or those who love literature and composition.


Contemporary Thought
      Code: 3323                     Grade: Upper Classmen          Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:       In this course, emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills and speaking
skills as it pertains to philosophy based literature. Students will be expected to openly participate
in discussions involving debate, belief and value systems, philosophy, and the ideals of other
cultures as the complex diversity of our world changes.




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Creative Writing
       Code: 3303                         Grade: Upper Classmen          Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite:     English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:     This course will center on the students’ thoughts and emotions as expressed in a
variety of written forms including short stories, satires, poetry, screen plays and descriptive
narratives. A goal of this class is to develop writing potential by using language as a way of
communicating a message to the reader. Because of this, we will be working with students from
first through twelfth grade to gain insights on readers’ interests.


Popular Literature
       Code: 3313                         Grade: Upper Classmen          Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite:     English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:      In Popular Literature, students will analyze and evaluate novels and poetry
considered to be an integral part of pop culture. Course objectives will also include the
continuing development of written and oral communication skills. Students are expected to
participate in discussions and construct projects that assess how literature reflects values of the
time period in which they were created as well as values of today. Coursework will be centered
around the theme of Transitional Thinking.


Shakespeare
      Code: 3363                          Grade: Upper Classmen          Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite:      English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:     This course will focus on the study and performance of plays written by William
Shakespeare including three comedies and two tragedies. Students will view various film
versions of the plays and possibly a live performance as well. Students will also study the
Renaissance Period and the life of William Shakespeare. Students will construct projects, write
analytical and evaluative essays, and perform dramatically.


English for Expressing: Speech
       Code: 3503                     Grade: Upper Classmen          Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:     In this course, emphasis will be placed upon developing basic communication
skills. An intensive study of the communication process will be covered. Class work will focus
on speaking and listening effectively and basic research and organization of information,
including library skills and outlining. Speech experiences will include informative and
persuasive speaking, debate, and interviewing. Students will also complete various projects and
write evaluative essays.




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Theater Arts
       Code: 3531/3532                    Grade: 9-12                      Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: None

Description:    Theatre Arts is a course that blends the appreciation of drama with the art of
actual performance. The basics of acting will be covered including movement, characterization,
voice, make-up, set design and construction, and costuming. Students will learn first hand about
show production when they work as a class to produce each of the major theatrical performances
put on the main stage throughout the year. Students will learn theatrical terminology and be
exposed to influential playwrights. This class may be taken more than once by students in the
Arts and Communication Cluster. However, this class does not fulfill an English credit
requireme nt.


Writing for Publication: Yearbook
       Code: 3371/3372              Grade: 11 - 12                 Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: Permission from instructor

Description:      This class will focus on many different aspects of Yearbook fundamentals.
Spread design, writing, picture taking, digital imagery, editing, cropping of pictures, web-based
software use, and cost advertising will be some of the many learning opportunities that students
will experience. All of this has to be done within a budget of approximately $25,000. Students in
this class will be assessed on overall knowledge of all aspects of Yearbook fundamentals from the
beginning of the year to the finished product. The Richmond High School Yearbook will be a
high-quality book that will be fully developed and funded by the end of the school year. This
class may be taken more than once by students in the Arts and Communication Cluster.
However, this class does not fulfill an English credit requirement.


Writing for Publication: Newspaper
       Code: 3351/3352                Grade: 11-12                         Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: Teacher permission

Description:     This class is responsible for publication of The Blue Devil’s Advocate. Students
will be assigned jobs as reporters, staff writers, and possibly become editors of various sections in
order to publish a tri-weekly school newspaper. In addition, students will learn the basic
fundamentals of writing different types of news stories, news vocabulary, layout, advertising and
distribution. This class may be taken more than once by students in the Arts and
Communication Cluster. However, this class does not fulfill an English credit requirement.


Technical Writing
       Code: 3513                         Grade: 11 – 12                   Credit: 1 per year
       Prerequisite:

Description:     Technical writing deals with practical and essential writing for the
workplace/profession. Technical writing will emphasize the various types of writing needed for
business, industry, or other professions. They include: patterns of development (such as
descriptive, classification argument, process, and comparison), informal/formal reports, fliers,
brochures, and newsletters. Students will learn how to work within project teams as they analyze
writing situations and respond to them. This class is limited to seniors who are in a Career
Technical class. Technical Writing meets the English 12 requirement.




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                               WORLD LANGUAGE
        The study of a world language develops cultural understanding and appreciation;
therefore, students are urged to take as much language as possible. It is possible for the student to
begin a sequence even though he or she does not plan to complete the entire selection of courses.
However, it is recommended that a student continue with one language as long as possible instead
of studying several languages for shorter periods of time.

*All classes meet Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for World Languages.

Spanish 1
       Code: 3911/3912               Grade: 9 - 12                         Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in language arts

Description:     Basic conversational Spanish exploring the basic elements of the Hispanic
culture through reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target language.


Spanish 2
       Code: 3921/3922               Grade: 10 - 12                        Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in Spanish 1

Description:    Continuation of Spanish 1. Practice and perfection of pronunciation,
conversational forms and correct grammatical structures.


Spanish 3
       Code: 3931/3932              Grade: 11 - 12                         Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: ―C‖ Average in Spanish 2

Description:  Continuation of Spanish 2 with an emphasis on Spanish literature, advanced
grammar and extensive vocabulary building in areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.


Spanish 4
       Code: 3941/3942               Grade: 12                             Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in Spanish 3

Description:    Continuation of Spanish 3.


German 1
     Code: 3951/3952               Grade: 9 - 12                           Credit: 1/year
     Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in language arts

Description: Basic conversational German exploring the basic elements of the German
culture through reading, writing, listening and speaking the target language.




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German 2
     Code: 3961/3962               Grade: 9 - 12                        Credit: 1/year
     Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in German 1

Description:    Continuation of German 1. Practice and perfection of pronunciation,
conversational forms and correct grammatical structures.


German 3
     Code: 3971/3972               Grade: 10 - 12                       Credit: 1/year
     Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in German 2

Description:    This course will have more emphasis on the cultural aspects of the language,
German literature and additional authentic materials, while, also continuing to build in the
advanced skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.


German 4
     Code: 3981/3982               Grade: 12                            Credit: 1/year
     Prerequisite: ―C‖ average in German 3

Description:    A continuation of German 3.




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                   FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
         Life management is designed to help students maintain effective home and personal lives
through the development of skills and attitudes for everyday living. All classes at Richmond
High School are available to all persons, regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin,
disability or age.

Nutrition
        Code: 4003                     Grade: 11 - 12                       Credit: ½ per semester
        Prerequisite:    Must have permission of the instructor.

Description:      Study of foods, nutrition, selection and preparation of various foods and the
relationship of lifelong nutritional changes to health and well being.


Health
         Code: 6913                       Grade: 9-12                       Credit: ½ per semester
         Prerequisite:   None

Description:   This course gives students a background in areas of wellness and lifestyle
choices. Disease prevention, current health issues, drug and alcohol dangers, and first aid are
covered. Also covered are sexual health issues including the benefits of abstinence and the risks
of STD’s and teen pregnancy.


Family Living
       Code: 4103                         Grade: 10 - 12                    Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite:     none

Description:    This course emphasizes the skills needed for successful family relationships.
Topics covered include communication, dating, love and marriage. Issues such as divorce,
domestic violence, and other crises are addressed. The course follows the life cycle of the family
including aging, and end-of-life concerns.


Parenthood

         Code: 4203                       Grade: 10 – 12                    Credit: ½ per semester
         Prerequisite:   None

Description:    Beginning with prenatal development, this course covers childbirth, infancy,
toddlerhood, and the pre-school years. Topics include the levels and types of human
development including cognitive, social-emotional, and physical. Also covered are the skills
necessary for successful parenting and the changes involved in becoming a parent.


Healthy Relationships

         Code: 4303                  Grade 11-12                            Credit: ½ per semester
         Prerequisite: Health and permission of parent/guardian

Description: Topics covered include: self-esteem, good communication skills and goal-setting.
STD and Pregnancy prevention, and avoiding involvement in violent/destructive relations.

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                        MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT
        Students must earn a total of 4 credits in Mathematics.

                Required Courses:                         Electives:
                Algebra I    1 credit                     Trig/Pre-Calculus        1 credit
                Algebra II   1 credit                     Calculus                 1 credit
                Geometry     1 credit                     Applied Math             ½ credit
                                                          Consumer Math            ½ credit
                                                          Real World Statistics    ½ credit
                                                          * Accounting I           1 credit
                                                          * Accounting II          1 credit

*Must be taken in the final year in order to be counted as a math credit.


Algebra 1
       Code: 5201/5202                   Grade: 9 - 12                      Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description:     This course covers the language of algebra and its applications—expressions;
equations, inequalities, and systems; functions; linear functions; exponents and polynomials,
including methods of factoring; quadratic equations and functions; exponential and logarithmic
functions; data analysis and probability.


Algebra 1B
       Code: 5221/5222                   Grade: 9 - 12             Credit: ½ semester credit and
                                                                   ½ semester elective credit
        Prerequisite:    Teacher recommendation.

Description:    This course is offered for those students that did not successfully complete the
second semester of Algebra I. This class is the same as Algebra I; however, only the second
semester of Algebra I is taught for the entire year. Students receive ½ credit of math and ½ credit
of elective.


Algebra 2
       Code: 5401/5402                   Grade: 9 - 12                      Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Algebra 1

Description:    This course covers the foundations for functions, linear functions, quadratic
functions, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and radical
functions, some probability and statistics, introduction to conic sections sequences and series, and
some trigonometric functions.




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Algebra 2 Honors
       Code: 5421/5422                      Grade: 9 – 12                  Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: 8th grade Advanced Algebra or teacher recommendation.

Description:     This course covers linear functions, linear systems, matrices, quadratic functions,
polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics, conic
sections, sequences and series, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. This class will be a
faster pace course, with more focus on graphing calculators than the regular Algebra II class.

Algebra 2A/Algebra 2B
       Code: 5411/5412              Grade: 9 – 12                          Credit 2/2years
               5413/5414
       Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

Description:    This course is the same as Algebra II; however, the material is spread over two
years. This is a two-year course. Once enrolled, students are locked into a two-year
program to earn their credit in Algebra II. Students will receive 2 credits upon completion.


Geometry
      Code: 5301/5302               Grade: 10 - 12                 Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Algebra II or Algebra I with teacher recommendation

Description:     This course includes the study of: points and lines, definitions and if-then
statements, angles and lines, reflections, polygons, transformations and congruence, triangle
congruence, measurement formulas, three-dimensional figures, surface areas and volumes,
coordinate geometry, similarity, inductive and deductive reasoning; trigonometry; vectors; and
writing basic proofs.


Geometry Honors
      Code: 5321/5322              Grade: 10 – 12                   Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II or Algebra II with teacher recommendation.

Description:  This course includes the same material as Geometry; however, this class will
place more emphasis on logical reasoning including truth tables and a more in depth study of the
proof.


Applied Math
Code: 5431/5432                 Grade: 11 – 12                  Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite:     Honors Algebra II or Algebra II and Geometry or Geometry Honors.

Description:     This course will use algebraic thinking to expand upon students’ ability to work
to solve complex problems. Test taking strategies will be discussed as well as examining math in
other subject areas (interpreting graphs, charts, etc.)




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Trig/Pre-Calculus
       Code: 5551/5552               Grade: 11 -- 12                        Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

Description:     This course will focus on a detailed study of the basic concepts in a beginning
calculus course: trigonometry and its applications, limits, continuity, graphing, differentiation,
and integration. Applications of these concepts, including maximum – minimum, and related rate
problems, concavity, areas and volumes will be studied.


Calculus
       Code: 5561/5562               Grade:12                       Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trig/Pre-Calculus

Description:      Calculus involves the study of the derivatives of a function (geometric
interpretation and analytic definition) and it’s applications; linear approximation; limits and
continuity; critical points and max/min problems; mean value theorem; second derivative;
definite integral and its applications; the fundamental theorem of calculus, indefinite integrals,
and area between curves in order to prepare students for Calculus in college.


Consumer Math
      Code: 5413                Grade: 11 – 12                              Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite:      Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

Description:     This course shows math skills needed to make good decisions in and out of the
classroom instances like balancing a check book, making wise investments, investigating loan
rates and mortgages, etc. Finding percent discounts and sales prices, estimating tips, simple
interest and principal, calculating commissions, paying bills, and credit card rates are a few of the
topics to be covered.


Real World Statistics
      Code: 5423           Grade: 11 – 12                                   Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

Description:    This course is designed to explore the world by using experimental data found by
the students’ own investigations. Basic statistics are taught and emphasized through instructor-
guided investigations. Students will then compile their own data from something outside the
classroom and examine it using the basic statistics properties such as mean, median, mode, box
and whisker plots, probabilities, etc.




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Accounting I
      Code: 2111/2112              Grade: 10 - 12                    Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Must have a ―C‖ average or better, 10th graders – instructor permission

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for Math or Math related credit if taken
in the final year of high school.

Description:     This beginning accounting course will teach students to keep financial records
and prepare financial statements (from those records) for a single owner business and partnership.
In addition, students will learn petty cash and payroll procedures. Where appropriate, these skills
will be taught through the use of the computer. Accounting is an essential course for college-
bound students who are considering a major in business. Accounting is also a very appropriate
choice for students who plan to own businesses, manage businesses, or work in a management
support role.


Accounting II
      Code: 2121/2122                Grade: 11 - 12                 Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: ―C‖ or better in Accounting 1 and teacher approval.

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for Math or Math related credit if taken
in the final year of high school.

Description:      This course is a continuation of accounting concepts mastered in Accounting I.
Loans, interest, inventory, receivables, payables, stock, dividends are just some of the topics
covered.




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                              MUSIC DEPARTMENT
         The performing choral and instrumental groups are designed to help the student develop
his/her individual musical talent and to offer an opportunity for ensemble participation.

*All classes listed in this section meet Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual,
Performing, and Applied Arts.

Varsity Band
       Code: 6101/6102                   Grade: 9 - 12                     Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description:      Members of this organization must display instrument performance skills on a
traditional band instrument, and be able to sight-read music containing eighth notes, dotted
quarter notes and syncopation in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time. These skills must be demonstrated by
audition prior to admittance to the class. All members of this organization will perform in the
Marching Band and Concert Band. Performing and practicing with the band outside of school
hours is required to receive a passing grade. Home practice is expected of band members in
preparation of their musical assignments. A varsity letter may be earned through adequately
fulfilling the posted requirements.


Jazz Band
       Code: 6151/6152               Grade: 9 - 12                      Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Minimum instrumentation of 3 Saxes (Alto, Tenor, Baritone); 2
       Trumpets; 2 Trombones (Baritone Horns); Keyboard (Piano); Bass (can use Keyboard),
       Drums. These instruments are required in order to hold the class.

Description:     The Jazz Band rehearses and performs popular music and jazz. Attendance at
rehearsals and performances is required to receive credit. Membership in Jazz Band is open to all
students playing winds, percussion, keyboard, and guitar or bass guitar. Students must have music
reading skills. An audition is required prior to acceptance into the class. This group performs for
community events as well as concerts.
                   No letter grades will be posted only Credit or No Credit.


Concert Choir
      Code: 6321/6322                    Grade: 9 - 12                     Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: None

Description:      A vocal music course designed for singers in the earlier stages of training. High
quality choral literature of folk and classical nature will be studied and performed. Students will
gain knowledge of proper vocal technique, as well as basic music theory. Members will be
expected to attend all performances and participate in fundraising activities. Individuals and
small groups will have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival and other
musical activities. Individual study in voice is encouraged.




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Chorale
       Code: 6521/6522               Grade 10 - 12                       Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Audition and instructor approval

Description:     A vocal music course designed for more experienced singers. This group will
study and perform high quality choral literature. This literature will be at an intermediate or
advanced level and incorporate study of the five major music style periods. Advanced study in
music theory, history and vocal technique will also be included in course work. Members will be
expected to attend all performances and participate in fundraising activities. This group will
perform at numerous events throughout the year. Individuals and small groups will have the
opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival and other musical activities. Individual
study in voice is highly recommended.




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               PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Requirements: 1 semester (1/2 credit) of P.E. and 1 semester (1/2 credit) of Health


P.E. 1
         Code: 6901                        Grade 9 – 10                       Credit: ½ per semester
         Prerequisite:    None

Description:   Physical Education is designed to offer a program that a student will:
 Demonstrate competence in selected motor skills;
 Assesses, achieves, and maintains physical fitness (PPFT);
 Applies cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices; and
   Exhibits appropriate personal-social character traits while participating in physical activity.


Strength and Conditioning
       Code: 6671/6672                     Grade 10 – 12                              Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Must pass P.E.1

Description:    This class is designed for the student who has the desire to improve overall
muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance. The class involves daily weight training,
cardiovascular exercises, plyometrics and agility drills. Aerobic weight training will consist of
light to heavy workouts to meet individual needs.


Advanced Physical Education
      Code: 6823                   Grade: 10 – 12                             Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: Must pass P.E. 1

Description:     This is an intense class designed to meet the needs of the serious athlete.
This course is designed for the skilled and/or highly motivated student-athlete who desires to
refine his/her sport specific skills, as well as enhance personal fitness. Self-improvement through
the use of weights, resistance training, and various cardiovascular aerobic and anaerobic styles of
training will be promoted. Components of power, speed, agility, and coordination are included
with the various units of study. This course is highly based on self-motivation, desire and
determination.


Body Sculpting and Core Training
      Code: 6833                    Grade: 10 – 12                            Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: Must pass P. E. 1

Description:     This class offers students an alternative to full time weight lifting to a practical
form of exercise that can be carried on after high school through step aerobics, aerobics, team
sport, weight training and abdominal exercises. Class is designed to train the body from the
ground up with core training to improve coordination as well as to improve the body overall
aspect.




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Athletic Training and Conditioning
        Code: 6843                    Grade: 10 – 12                       Credit: ½ per semester
        Prerequisite: Must pass P. E. 1

Description:     This class will focus on the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries.
Students will be required to work in the classroom as well as the physical aspect of exercise
designed to rehabilitate or train a student athlete. Techniques both physical and therapeutic are
required. Students will be required to supply some of the essentials such as tape and other
materials. Gym attire is required.


Self Defense
        Code: 6853                      Grade: 10 – 12                 Credit: ½ semester
        Prerequisite:    Written approval and recommendation from instructor.

Description:     Self-defense techniques, beginning level martial arts techniques, and rape
prevention will be included, along with a unit on strength training.




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                            SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
        Three credits of science are required for graduation.

Earth Science
       Code: 7001/7002                   Grade 9                           Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description: This class is required for all incoming freshmen unless they are accepted into the
honors program. Through scientific inquiry the students will be introduced to the following
concepts: plate tectonics, weather and climate, glacial geology, the earth and moon’s attributes,
and rock formation.


Earth Science Honors
       Code: 7021/7022              Grade: 9                      Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Teacher approval with recommendation from previous science teacher.

Description:    Accelerated version of Earth Science. Lab-based course that will emphasize
independent learning with semester research projects.


Biology
       Code: 7101/7102                   Grade: 10                         Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: None

Description:     Major topics include cell biology, plant and animal reproduction, Mendelian
genetics, organization of living things, ecology, environmental issues and evolution. Lab based
course.


Honors Biology
       Code: 7771/7772              Grade: 10                     Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: Teacher approval with recommendation from previous science teacher.

Description:    Accelerated version of Biology 1 and 2. Lab-based course that will emphasize
independent learning with semester research projects.


Chemistry
      Code: 7501/7502               Grade: 11                       Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: One credit of Earth Science; 1 semester Biology and 1 credit Algebra 1.

Description:    The study of matter and changes in matter. Includes the properties of elements
and compounds, the theory of ionization, atomic structure, acid and base theory, formula writing,
balancing equations, and mathematical relationships. Laboratory work in all areas where
applicable.




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Honors Chemistry
        Code: 7521/7522                Grade: 11                              Credit: 1/year
        Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra 2 and teacher approval with recommendation from
previous science and math teacher.

Description:     Accelerated version of Chemistry 1. Intensive laboratory work in all areas where
applicable.

Physics
          Code: 7601/7602               Grade 11 – 12                              Credit: 1/year
          Prerequisite: Passing grade in Algebra and Geometry

Description:      The study of energy in all of its forms. This includes mechanics, velocity and
forces, heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear energy. Theory and math in all areas.
Laboratory work where applicable. All areas of math are covered from kindergarten through
trigonometry. Some building projects are included during the year.


Honors Physics
      Code: 7621/7622                         Grade: 11 – 12        Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisites: B or better in Algebra 2 and Geometry and teacher approval with
recommendation from previous science teacher.

Description:     Accelerated version of Physics 1. Intensive laboratory work where applicable.


Anatomy and Physiology
      Code: 7241                    Grade 11 – 12                  Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Chemistry at Richmond High School.
                    Photography class is encouraged. Limited to 24 students.

Description: Study of human anatomy and how systems work together.


Forensics
       Code: 7242           Grade 11                              Credit: ½ per semester
             Limited to 24 students.

Description: Processes and lab techniques dealing with forensics. There will be a mystery to
solve using the techniques.


Independent Science
        Code: 7781/7782               Grade: 12                            Credit: 1/year
        Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Description:    Must be a member of the Science Olympiad team.




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                     SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Students must earn a total of 3 credits of Social Studies.

        Required Courses
        2 Semesters of U.S. History and Geography
        2 Semesters of World History and Geography
        1 Semester of Government
        1 Semester of Economics

        Suggested Electives:
        Contemporary Issues
        Social Studies through Cinema
        Psychology
        Philosophy
        Law & Justice
        Sociology
        Current Events


World History & Geography 1
      Code: 8201                          Grade: 9                        Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: none

Description: The course will examine key historical events that happened throughout the world.
Ancient times through current events will be examined. World cultural regions will be studied
including an examination of religion, social customs, and regional traditions. The five themes of
geography will also be applied to help further historical and cultural understanding. Students will
be expected to locate countries, major cities, and major geographical features.


World History & Geography 2
      Code: 8202                          Grade: 9                        Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: none

Description: The course will examine key historical events that happened throughout the world.
Ancient times through current events will be examined. World cultural regions will be studied
including an examination of religion, social customs, and regional traditions. The five themes of
geography will also be applied to help further historical and cultural understanding. Students will
be expected to locate countries, major cities, and major geographical features.


World History & Geography Honors
      Code: 8211/8212                        Grade: 9                             Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Description: The first portion of this course will focus on comparative political systems of the
world (preparation for We the People). The second portion will integrate world cultures and the
five themes of geography.


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US History & Geography 1
       Code: 8001                       Grade: 10                          Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: Student must be in second year of high school.

Description: This course will focus on the time from 1900 to 1939. The time periods and issues
covered will include the Progressive Era, White House reforms, WWI, Roaring 20s, Great
Depression, and the New Deal. Applying the five themes of geography will also be a tool used to
help students understand the historical principles.


US History & Geography 2
       Code: 8002                       Grade: 10                          Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: Student must be in second year of high school.

Description: This course will focus on the time from World War II to the present day. The time
periods and issues covered will include World War II, the Cold War and US Involvement, the
Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Era, political issues, and current topics. Applying the five
themes of geography will also be a tool used to help students understand the historical principles.


US History 1 & 2 Honors
      Code: 8321/8322                Grade: 10                        Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisites: Student should have at least an 85% in 9th grade history.

Description: The first portion of this course will focus on Constitutional history (We the People).
The second portion will focus on the Civil War to World War II. Topics of significance will be
the political consequences of the Civil War, the Roaring 20s, and World War II.


Government
       Code: 8403                      Grade 11                       Credit: ½ per semester
       Prerequisite: Student must have credit in World History & Geography and US History &
Geography

Description: This course is designed to evaluate the branches of government, voting, and the
Constitution, with an emphasis on current political issues.


Economics
        Code: 8453                      Grade: 11                      Credit: ½ per semester
        Prerequisite: Student must have credit in World History & Geography 1/2 and US
History & Geography 1/2

Description: This course is designed to introduce economic principals such as supply and
demand, consumption, debt, production, investments, and their global implications.




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Honors Government / Economics
      Code: 8421/8422              Grade: 11                               Credit: 1/year
      Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA or better or permission of instructor.

Description: This course includes intensive evaluation and philosophical beginnings of the
American Government. All levels will be discussed to include a comparison with foreign
governments. Aspects of the American economic system including macro and micro economic
principles will be analyzed as they apply both the US and global economics. Investment planning
and basic business principles will also be examined.


Psychology
       Code: 8521/8522                Grade: 11-12                         Credit: 1/year
       Prerequisite: ―B‖ average overall

Description: This course is a full year but will be divided into two semesters. If you do not pass
the first semester, you will not be asked to return for the second. In the first semester we will
dissect the roots of psychology and learn how to study and apply it to our lives. We will unveil
the founding fathers of the field analyzing and applying their insights and contributions to the
realm of psychology, and we will discern between such application theories and how they may
factor into our own lives and the world at large. In the second semester we will consider
psychology from a broader perspective, understanding how many of the unique divisions of the
field may or may not directly apply to us and to other persons in and throughout our lives. We
will unearth the hidden basis of personality types and stare directly into the normal and abnormal
worlds in which we all live, appreciating how various therapies and coping methods are a natural
part of who we are and what we do every day in private and social atmospheres.


Social Studies Through Cinema
        Code: 8823               Grade: 11-12                             Credit: ½ per semester
        Prerequisite: Credit in World History & Geography 1/2 and US History & Geography
1/2 together with a signed permission slip from parents (some films will be R rated due to
violence and/or language.)

Description:     This course will be a study of key events of American History from WWII, the
1950s, and Civil Rights. Movies will be used to explore an in-depth study of history. The
purpose of the class is not to give general information of the entire time period, but give a narrow
detailed perspective on key events (examples: McCarthyism & the push for minority voting rights
during the 1960s). Focus will also be on Hollywood’s interpretation of history versus the
historical correctness of the movie adaptation. Main resources for the class include film, primary
readings and notes.


Current Events
      Code: 8303                       Grade: 11 / 12                    Credit: ½ per semester
      Prerequisite: Have 2 credits (4 semester classes) in social studies.

Description: Current Events is designed to further a student’s knowledge of social studies
through a study of World History since 1945 and how current events (political, historical,
economic, geographic news, etc.) are founded and tied to previous events, history, and future
outcomes. Students will demonstrate cause and effect, critical thinking, comprehensive
knowledge, etc. through tests, research, papers, projects, presentations, and so on.



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Contemporary Issues:
                                         Grade: 12                         Credit: ½ per semester
        Prerequisite: Have 2 credits (4 semester classes) in social studies.
                      Students must have a 3.5 GPA or teacher approval

Description: This research and writing intensive class will allow students to look closely at
several current issues (such as terrorism, the environment, and human rights) that influence our
lives. Students will learn in-depth knowledge of issues; apply decision-making and critical
thinking skills to real world problems. Assessment will be in form of presentations, papers,
traditional tests, and other projects.


Law & Justice
      Code: 8243                         Grade 10-12                      Credit: ½ per semester

Description:     Course is broken into two parts. The first part deals with state and local law.
(Police procedures, crime scene investigation, and local jurisprudence.) The second part
addresses the court system to include court procedures, pre-trial behaviors, and prosecution of
offenders. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to apply local law, follow a
case to its completion, and analyze the decision. Mock trials as well as evaluation of actual cases
will be used as a basis of assessment.


Sociology

   Code: 8533                                 Grade: 11-12                Credit: ½ per semester
   Prerequisite: ―B‖ average overall

Description: This course will study society and human social interaction. Emphasis on the
analysis of human contact, human organization with groups and also as individuals, class
structure, population, criminology, political sociology, gender and race inequality.
The basis for this class will include an overall study of society and social behavior by examining
the groups and social institutions people form.
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Philosophy: A Journey into the Thinking of the Human Mind

  Code: 8543                             Grade: 10-12                     Credit: ½ per semester
  Prerequisite:

Description: A Journey into the thinking of the human mind. This will be a one-semester course
that will focus on the discovering of philosophy. The foundation of this course will be the great
philosophers (Plato, Locke, Mill, Kant, etc.) However, the goal of the course is to develop or
better understand a personal philosophy as well as understanding esoteric philosophical concepts
and alternative philosophical opinions. Current events and moral dilemmas will be used to apply
philosophical principles.




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                 VOCATIONAL AND OTHER PROGRAMS
         Richmond students cannot participate in any career/technical programs offered at other
centers if the programs are offered at Richmond High School. Regardless of your post high
school plans, you may want to explore your options by enrolling in career and technical
programs, work experience/co-op programs, and dual enrollment opportunities.

         Internship procedures are spelled out in the Business section of this course-offering
guide.
         On-line Classes are available on a limited basis for classes not offered at RHS or for
classes that cannot be scheduled due to conflicts. See your counselor for more information.
         Dual Enrollment: Richmond Community Schools will assist students in paying tuition
for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities if all of the following conditions
are met:
         1. Students are in grade 11 or grade 12.
         2. Students must meet the requirements for endorsement in the three subject areas of the
             MEAP or the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). A student in grade 12 is eligible for
             courses in the subject areas in which he or she has earned endorsements. Also,
             students in grade 12 may take courses in subjects for which there are no
             endorsements, such as history, political science, psychology, computer science or
             foreign language courses not offered by school, and fine arts programs as permitted
             by the district, as long they have attained at least one endorsement.
         3. Sophomores who wish to dual enroll at the beginning of their junior year must meet
             the endorsement requirements in the PSAT or ACT Plan. Participation in these tests
             is voluntary. Students should see their counselor in the Fall of their sophomore year
             for more information.
         4. Students must be enrolled in both the school district and postsecondary institution
             during the local school district’s regular academic year and must be enrolled in at
             least one high school class.
         5. The district must not offer the college courses. An exception to this could occur if
             the board of education determines that a scheduling conflict exists, which is beyond
             the student’s control.
         6. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject
             areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
The students are responsible for the books and other course related fees. Transportation is not
provided.

Vocational-Technical Programs: Students may enroll in the technical/vocational programs
offered. Those classes are subject to availability and maximum enrollment numbers. In order to
enroll, all of the following criteria must be met:

                 1. The student has earned enough credits to be a junior or senior. NO
                    SOPHOMORES.
                 2. The program being enrolled in is identified/related to the chosen career path
                    through CAREER CRUISING.
                 3. The student has not lost credit in their freshman or sophomore years due to
                    attendance. Further attendance problems may result in removal from the
                    program.
                 4. Evidence of academic progress in the student’s core classes at RHS.
                 5. Evidence of progress in the students career/technical program.




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             Vocational-Technical Programs Offered at Richmond High School

Career Technical classes at Richmond High School are available to all persons, regardless of race,
gender, religion, national origin, disability or age.

AIS Heavy Equipment, Operation, Repair & Maintenance
      Code: 9878                              Grade: 11-12              Credit: 3/year
      Prerequisite: 2.0 or above GPA and good attendance. Student must provide own
      transportation to AIS Construction Equipment Corporation in Richmond.

*This class meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum require ment for Visual,
Performing, and Applied Arts.

Career Technical classes are available to all persons, regardless of race, gender, religion,
national origin, and disability.

Description: Richmond High School along with AIS Construction Equipment Corporation offer a
program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the safe operation,
maintenance and repair of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and front-
end loaders. This course includes electronics, hydraulics, engine performance, fuel systems, and
fundamentals of mechanics related to heavy equipment and diesel operations. Successful
completion will afford students an opportunity to earn a sponsorship to Ferris State University
worth approximately $10,000 (tuition costs), apply for acceptance into the AIS Apprenticeship
Training Program, or find employment with other heavy equipment or diesel maintenance
companies.

                      Vocational/Technical Course Offerings at Pankow

Agriscience & Nat.                 Culinary Arts 1                    Programming
  Resource                         Culinary Arts 2                    Teacher Cadet (pre-
Auto Collision &                   Early Childhood Ed. 1              teaching)
 Refinishing                       Health Occupations 1               Telecommunications
Auto Technology 1                  Health Occupations 2               Visual Imaging Tech
Auto Technology 2                  Law Enforcement                    X-Bo x360 Programming
CAD/Drafting                       Medical Assisting
Construction Technology            Network Administration

        Once enrolled in the Vo-Tech program the following procedures will be in place:

                1. No driving of personal vehicles. All students will ride the bus to and from
                   the Pankow Center. Attendance may be taken on the bus.
                2. Students enrolled in the Construction/Building Trades program must have
                   their instructor provide RHS with a schedule of when students are required to
                   be on the job site so transportation can be arranged. Changes to this schedule
                   must be made at least one week in advance.
                3. On days that there are no classes at Pankow, RHS students will be required to
                   attend their regular RHS classes (if in session) and then vacate RHS.
                4. When students are not at Pankow and they are done with their classes at
                   RHS, they will not be allowed back into RHS until RHS classes are
                   dismissed for the day.
                5. Exceptions will be granted only by written permission of the administration.




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          6. Failure to adhere to these procedures may result in being withdrawn from the
             Pankow Center and/or disciplinary action from RHS.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE.




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