• Course Descriptions

    2016-17 School Year


    The following are descriptions of all courses offered at Niles New Tech for the 2015-16 school year. Each year, as we increase our enrollment, we will add more courses and thus more course descriptions.
     
     
    BioArt
    MMC Credits Earned: Biology  (1),  Art  (1)
    Level: 9
     Prerequisite: None
     
    This integrated course blends a comprehensive academic survey of biology with an introduction to art. In this course, learners will create works of art that demonstrate an understanding of biological concepts. They will experience both laboratory and field work with an emphasis on an investigative approach to biological problems. From within the context of completing larger projects and artistic works, learners will study ecology, cell and molecular structure, energy and metabolism, development and reproduction, and evolution. Learners will create art in functional and non-functional two- and three-dimensional forms. Learners will have creative experiences in art appreciation, studio, history, and criticism.
     
    MathMath
    MMC Credits Earned: Geometry (1),  Algebra 1 (1)
    Level: 9
     Prerequisite: None
     
    This course integrates math curriculum traditionally separated into Algebra 1 and Geometry. In this course, learners will solve challenging real-world problems that demonstrate understanding of mathematical concepts such as: statistics and probability, linear functions and equations, polynomials, quadratic functions, exponential functions, reflections, symmetries, translations, polygons, areas and volumes, congruence, similarity, logical and indirect reasoning, introductory trigonometry, as well as additional algebraic and geometric concepts necessary for success in their future.
    Note: Learners who received Algebra 1 credit prior to enrolling in Niles New Tech will receive Math Elective Credit in lieu of duplicate credit in Algebra 1.
     
    American Studies
    MMC Credits Earned: English 9 (1),  U.S. History (1)
    Level: 9
     Prerequisite: None
     
    This interdisciplinary humanities course integrates a comprehensive academic survey of twentieth-century U.S. History with ninth grade English. In this course, learners will complete complex and challenging projects that focus on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to the United States development as a world power. Their work will include reading short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and drama related to the United States in the twentieth-century. They will write for a variety of purposes and audiences in traditional forms (personal narrative, essay, literary analysis, journaling, poetry, etc.) as well as in 21st-century forms (movies, documentaries, weblogs, digital stories, podcasts, presentations, GoogleDocs, etc.)

    World Studies
    MMC Credits Earned: English 10 (1),  World History (1)
    Level: 10
     Prerequisite: English 9, US History
     
    This interdisciplinary humanities course integrates a comprehensive academic survey encompassing global themes of World History/Geography with tenth grade English. In this course, learners will experience challenging projects that focus on imperialism, colonialism, industrialism, global interdependence through trade/exploration, and global conflicts through wars and revolutions. Learners will examine these global concepts and diverse regions of the world by reading short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and drama. Learners will write for a variety of purposes and audiences in traditional forms (personal narrative, essay, persuasive writing, literary analysis, journaling, poetry, reflection, etc.) as well as 21st-century forms (movies, documentaries, weblogs, digital stories, podcasts, presentations, Google Docs, etc.).

    Health Wealth
    MMC Credits Earned: Health (.5), Marketing (1)
    Level: 10
     Prerequisite: None
     
    Combining Marketing and Health education, this course focuses on project-based initiatives to encourage healthy lifestyles.  Life-long learners will explore their social, emotional, and physical health. Healthy eating habits and the necessity of physical activity will be the focus.  Other areas analyzed include STD education,reproductive health, and drug and alcohol abuse.  Learners will use marketing strategies to promote personal wellness and create a marketing plan for the school.

    Scientific Modeling
    MMC Credits Earned: Physics (1),  Algebra II (1)
    Level: 10
     Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I, Geometry
     
    This course integrates Physics and Algebra 2. Learners will collect data through experimentation and simulations, while using tables, graphs, and equations to analyze.  Topics in physics include one and two-dimensional motion, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, light and reflection, and electricity and magnetism.  Functions used to model these phenomena include  linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, radical, and trigonometric.  Through such data analysis, learners will experience science and mathematics as coherent, useful, and logical subjects that make use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

    Civics/Econ
    MMC Credits Earned:
    Level: 11
     Prerequisite:  None

    This integrated course combines the social sciences of civics and economics. The purpose of this course will be to enhance interdisciplinary knowledge, critical thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation through project-based learning. In this course, learners will study macro and microeconomic principles researching how market, national, and international economies make choices in allocating scarce resources to satisfy their wants. Additionally, learners will study the forms of government, foundations, structure, and functions of the government of the  United States of America, foreign policy, and rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

    Statistics
    MMC Credits Earned: Statistics (1)
    Level: 11
     Prerequisite:  Completion of math through Algebra II
                                                         
    This course introduces learners to the major concepts of probability, interpretation of data, and statistical problem solving. They will analyze existing data as well as data collected through a survey, observational study, or experiment. They will then display the data in different ways, analyze it, and draw conclusions based on the results. The four main components of the course are: exploring data, data collection, anticipating patterns using probability and simulation, and statistical inference.  These skills are necessary to interpret academic research and will prepare students to take a college level statistics course required for most majors; including business, engineering, and the social and biological sciences.

    Precalculus
    MMC Credits Earned: Precalculus (1)
    Level: 11
     Prerequisite:  Completion of math through Algebra II                                  
     
    This course deepens learners’ understanding of algebra and extends their ability to apply algebra concepts and procedures at higher conceptual levels, as a tool, and in the study of other subjects. The theory and applications of trigonometry and functions are developed in depth. New mathematical tools, such as vectors, matrices, and polar coordinates, are introduced while modeling data and solving real-world problems. Precalculus is very strongly recommended for all college-bound students. Students taking this course should have successfully completed Algebra 2.
                                                         
    Global Studies
    MMC Credits Earned: English 11, US History II
    Level: 11
    Prerequisite:  Completion of World Studies

    Learners in Global Studies will work within the context of blending US History and English 11.  Critical reading and analysis of informational, literary, and primary sources will contribute to learners’ global awareness.   In connection with the readings, learners will use critical thinking, collaboration, and personal reflection to investigate and develop worldviews through various methods which include oral presentation, argumentative essay, and reflective pieces.  Global learners will be challenged to contribute to an increasingly interconnected global society as they actively build a foundation geared towards college and career readiness through the furthering of these various literacy skills.
     
    Chemistry
    MMC Credits Earned: Chemistry (1)
    Level: 11
     
    Prerequisite: Biology, Physics 
     
    Environmental Science
    MMC Credits Earned: Environmental Science (1)
    Level: 11
    Prerequisite: Biology, Physics  

    Modern Humanities
    MMC Credits Earned: English 12
    Level: 12
    Prerequisite:  Completion of Global Studies
     
    Learners will develop an understanding of art, literature, music, and philosophy, and how these areas relate to everyday life and humankind in general.  Themes related to humanities will be explored through contemporary literature while projects will focus on the development of analytical and critical thinking skills.