• Course Descriptions

    2017-18 School Year

     

    Algebra I

    MMC Credits Earned: Algebra I

    Level: 9

    Prerequite: None

    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, logic and indirect reasoning, as well as additional algebraic concepts necessary for success in their future.

     

    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.)

     

    BioChem

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

    Level: 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

    MMC Credits Earned: English 10, Civics

    Level: 10

    Prerequisite:  English 9, U.S. History

    This integrated course pairs the social science of Civics with English 10. 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 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. Additionally, learners will enhance their reading strategies through literature, informational text, and foundations/vocabulary.

     

    Geometry

    MMC Credits Earned:  Geometry (1)

    Level:  9

    Prerequisite: Algebra I

    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.

     

    Health Wealth

    MMC Credits Earned: Health (.5), Advanced 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.

     

    Personal Finance

    MMC Credits Earned: .5 Math

    Level: 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.

     

    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.

     

    Reading Revenue

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

    Level: 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

    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.

     

    Spanish I

    MMC Credits Earned:  Spanish (1)

    Level: 9

    Prerequisite: None

    Spanish 1 is an introduction to the nuances of the Spanish language with specific comparisons to the English language. Methods employed to learn the target language include TPRS which the uses interactive storytelling.  Learners will be equipped with the confidence to utilize resources to create a Spanish autobiography and depict it using animation while also generating basic conversation skills in order to interact with native speakers over various contexts.

     

    Statistics

    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.

     

    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.).

     

    NT Dual Enrollment in English, History, Math, and Science

    Courses vary: LMC, SMC; weighted

    Semester/.5 credit

    Prerequisite: application to LMC or SMC, minimum AccuPlacer score, interview