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    American Studies

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: English 9 (1),  U.S. History (1)

    Gradel: 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, Google Docs, etc.)


    BioChem

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Biology  (1), Chemistry (1)

    Grade: 9

    Prerequisite: None

    This course integrates biology and chemistry curriculum that is traditionally taught separately. In this course, learners will solve challenging real-world problems that demonstrate understanding of how abiotic matter (atoms, molecules, elements) interacts with and effects biotic matter (living organisms and the environment). Specific concepts that are covered include the scientific process, periodic table, atom & molecular structures, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, cells, DNA, homeostasis, evolution, genetics, ecology, as well as additional scientific concepts necessary for future success.


    Civics Lit

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: English 10, Civics

    Grade: 10

    Prerequisite:  English 9, U.S. History

    This integrated semester-long course pairs the social science of Civics with English 10. The purpose of this course will be to enhance critical thinking skills, writing skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation through project-based learning. In this course, learners will study the forms of government, foundations, structure, and functions of the government of the  United States of America, civic virtues and constitutional principles, foreign and domestic policy, civic engagement in society, and rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Learners will develop and apply their reading and writing strategies through literature, informational text, and foundations/vocabulary to explore civics and deepen their understanding of language, grammar, and communication. Learners can expect to read a range of texts day to day (informational articles to Shakespeare), and write a research paper during the semester.


    Health Wealth

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Health (.5), Marketing (1)

    Grade: 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.


    Reading Revenue

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned:  English (.5), math elective (.5)

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisite:  Completion of math through Algebra II

    This course is an introduction to basic accounting principles, vocabulary and financial information utilized in today’s business environment.  The topics covered in this course are, but not limited to: basic business financial functions, transaction recording, identification of accounting source documents, different types of accounting methods used in business, inventory control methods, financial statements, retail business operations, department identification, job roles, pricing, advertising, and sales. Emphasis is placed on the functions of running and recording the day to day operations of a small business (i.e. School Store).  These accounting principles are reinforced through academic and professional readings with a focus on decoding challenging information texts and manuals through reading protocols. The reading strategies are designed to prepare learners for rigorous college texts.


    Scientific Modeling

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Physics (1),  Algebra II (1)

    Grade: 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.


    World Studies

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: English 11 (1),  World History (1)

    Grade: 11

    Prerequisite: English 9, US History

    This interdisciplinary humanities course integrates a comprehensive academic survey encompassing global themes of World History/Geography with 11th grade English. In this course, learners will experience challenging projects that focus on imperialism, colonialism, industrialism, global interdependence through trade/exploration, and global conflicts up to current situations Middle East. Learners will examine these global concepts and diverse regions of the world by reading short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and Shakespearean 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.). Learners will also engage in SAT prep in a variety of ways.



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    Algebra I

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Algebra (1)

    Gradel: 9

    Prerequisite: None

    In this course, learners will solve challenging real-world problems that demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts such as: statistics and probability, linear functions and equations, polynomials, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logic and indirect reasoning, as well as additional algebraic concepts necessary for success in their future. Learners will continue to develop their critical thinking skills by exploring the various representations and approaches that can be taken when numbers and patterns are encountered in the world around us.


    Geometry

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Geometry

    Grade: 9,11

    Prerequisite: None

    In this course, learners will further develop their spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills, by exploring the way that two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures influence the world around us. Using algebra skills as a strong foundation, learners will prove and use geometric theorems, determine and apply relationships between similar figures, understand the origin of surface area and volume formulas while utilizing them, deepen their understanding of how sides and angles of a triangle are related, and investigate the formula and properties of a circle. At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to rely on their problem solving skills to approach a wide variety of different mathematical problems.


    Personal Finance

    Semester/.5 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: final year math if taken senior year

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisite:  Pre-calculus or statistics

    Understanding and managing personal finances are crucial to one’s future financial success. This one-semester course provides learners with the essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their financial futures. Learners will learn to apply decision making skills to evaluate career choices and set personal goals. The content of the course is designed to help the learner make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial success.


    Statistics

    Year/1 credit

    MMC Credits Earned: Statistics (1)

    Level: 11

    Prerequisite:  Completion of math through Algebra II

    Learners in Statistics will encounter mathematics in two different ways. The first focus will be to further the understanding of essential functions present in the world around us.  Continuing from Scientific Modeling, learners will analyze linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, radical, and trigonometric functions. The second focus of the course will introduce learners to the major concepts of probability, interpretation of data, and statistical problem solving. 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.

     

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    Dual Enrollment

    Students who pass the entrance exam may take college courses at Lake Michigan College or Southwestern Michigan College in their junior and senior years.  These courses are free of charge to learners.  Two courses per semester may be taken in the junior year and three courses per semester may be taken in the senior year.

    Other College Opportunities

    • Early Middle College: This is Berrien County’s 5th year program.  Students apply in the middle of the sophomore year and must commit to three years in the program.  Students are not considered high school graduates until after their “5th year” of high school. The 5th year is a full time college schedule on campus at either LMC or SMC.  
    • Early College Academy: As an ECA student, more courses than 10 are allowed as NHS and LMC have an agreement that allows for more.

     

    Updated July 2, 2018