English 12 Part A/ British & World Literature

This is a class that will prepare students for the skills they will need to be successful in college and in life. When they have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to our world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, speeches, poetry, essays, and novels.

Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication. Learning activities include close reading, paraphrasing, discussions, essays, short answer exams, research papers, reflective journals, web quests, and others. The unit structure below identifies the main headings of the units only.

Units will include a combination of genres and activities. The structure to the class is not based upon a sequence of chronology, national origin, or genres. It is instead based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.


COURSE LENGTH: Two semesters

REQUIRED TEXT: King Lear, There Will Come Soft Rains (Available online)

Course Description

General Chemistry (AP) is a beginning College Freshman course or Advanced Placement for high school seniors. The course includes 20 lessons, 10 during each of two semesters. Each lesson takes 7-8 hours to complete and includes textbook readings, interactive activities, simulated and hands-on labs, and chat, peer-to-peer learning, threaded discussion, and a quiz or assessment.

The course is intended for use in the introductory chemistry course taken by students of chemistry, biology, geology, physics, engineering, and related subjects. Although some background in high school science is assumed, no specific knowledge of topics in chemistry is presupposed. The book is self-contained in the fundaments of chemistry and is aimed at conveying the dynamic and changing aspects of chemistry in the modern world. Topics discussed include; the foundations of chemistry, formulas, composition stoichiometry. Chemical equations and reactions, the structure of atoms, chemical periodicity, bonding, molecular structure , covalent bonding theories, orbitals, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium acids, bases, electrochemistry, metallurgy, nonmetal and metalloids, as well as nuclear chemistry. At the conclusion of the course, students are well prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in General Chemistry. Course content is aligned to the College Board AP Chemistry course recommendations.

Construction Basics

Course Description

Construction Basics is a year-long course that prepares students to enter the construction industry as an intern. Part of the "Residential Construction Academy," the course discusses the construction industry and the different jobs available and the skills required.

Students discuss topics such as jobsite safety, construction math, hand and power tools, fasteners and rigging, blueprint reading and the different symbols used on blueprints.

Art Appreciation

This one-semester course will introduce learners to the various forms of the visual arts, such as painting, sculpture, film, and more. Students will learn how to look at a work of art, identify and
compare key characteristics in artworks, and understand the role art has played throughout history.

Through hands-on activities, virtual museum tours, discussion, and research, learners will develop an overall appreciation for the art they encounter in their daily lives.


After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Understand and explain the significance of artworks in Western and non-Western cultures
• Identify the medium, and explain the technique, used to create works of art
• Identify and analyze formal elements, principles of design, and stylistic characteristics found
in artworks from various art historical periods
• Converse with others about art, using visual literacy skills and relevant terminology acquired
in the course
• Discuss and evaluate the impact of societal conditions on the production of artwork
• Analyze a work of art, placing it in historical, social, and cultural context
• Create works of art utilizing techniques such as perspective, and concepts such as color theory

Course Description

Geometry is a 36-week course with 5 units. Each lesson takes 5-6 hours to complete and includes a quiz or assessment.

Geometry is intended for high school students who have successfully completed Algebra 1A and 1B. Geometry begins by reviewing common terms and basic building blocks of geometry. Students study all the different components of geometry, including: segments, rays, angles, chords, and transformations. The course is skill oriented, interactive, informative, and enjoyable. Students use a wide variety of online resources.

Course Description 

Chemistry is a 36-week course with 11 units divided into two semesters (A & B) with 5-6 units each. The course is designed for high school students who are preparing for college and need a strong basis in chemistry. Each lesson takes approximately 10-12 hours, or 2 weeks, to complete and includes textbook readings, interactive exercises, threaded discussion, and an assessment. There is a final exam at the end of the semester. 

The course emphasizes chemical reactions in the earlier chapters and more abstract material on orbitals in later chapters. Students discuss the chemical nature of matter and theoretical intricacies of atoms and orbitals. Students also use the virtual classroom to discuss and view classroom demonstrations and laboratory experiments. 

Problem solving is strongly emphasized during the course and students spend considerable time guiding themselves to an understanding of the importance of learning chemistry and its relationship to everyday life. Mathematical skills are critical and it is suggested that chemistry students complete Algebra 1 before taking this course. 

Required laboratory Internet-based activities are included with each lesson, taking about 1 hour to complete. Additional laboratory assignments are included for enrichment. 

Course Description

Computer Applications is a 36-week course with 10 units. Each unit takes approximately 3 weeks (15-18 hours) to complete. Students learn basic keyboarding skills, the basics of how to use a computer, word processing, spreadsheets, database management and desk top publishing programs using Microsoft Office.

Students also learn how to access the Internet for school and research purposes and to build their own simple web page using Microsoft Office and basic HTML. They learn how to use different search engines to locate information, how to use email, ftp (file-transfer-protocol), chat rooms and the different social aspects of the Internet. Students also learn about the origins and history of the Internet, how it is controlled and organized and what the future may hold for users of technology.

 Course Description

French 1 (Beginning French) is a 36-week course divided into two semesters, (A & B) with 5 units to be completed during each semester. Each Unit takes about 3-4 weeks to complete and include textbook readings, interactive activities and chat, threaded discussions, peer-to-peer training, and a quiz or assessment.

The course is designed for the beginning French student who is interested in learning words, phrases, and how to describe things in French. Students discuss French grammar, spelling, phraseology and learn how to describe things in French and to understand simple French phrases. Special emphasis will be put on communication, dialect and accent.