Independence High School

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Business

Title

 

 

Business Concepts

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Business Concepts is for all general level students. This course provides an understanding of business practices and provides an understanding of business practices and procedures important to everyone as a citizen and consumer. Topics covered include personal record keeping, budgets, economics, records, banking, insurance, the stock market, and consumerism and career exploration.

 

Title

 

 

Business Law

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Business Law is a course in the Business Department. The course can be taken by a student pursuing a career in the business field or as an elective by a student wishing to learn more about the legal profession and how it relates to business. The course assists the student in meeting legal demands of the everyday business world and helps them to develop an understanding of personal rights and obligations in business situations. Students study ethics; criminal law; civil law (torts); laws for minors, families, and consumers; contracts; credit; employment issues; financial obligations; property laws; and insurance.

 

English 

Title

 

 

20th Century American Literature

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Completion of English 1 and English 10 with a grade of "C" or better or approval by instructor

11-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

20th Century American Literature is an elective course designed to give students the opportunity to study and explore current issues and themes as portrayed in novels, short stories, poems, articles, speeches, and movies written by culturally, socially, and economically diverse authors. This course will be dedicated to multicultural authors including but not limited to Asian Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, the study of women, and authors of diverse backgrounds.

 

Title

 

 

Film & Literature

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Film and Literature offers students the opportunity to analyze film both as a form of communication and as an art form. The students will explore connections between great films and classic literature. The initial focus will be on learning to "read" a film, analyzing its technical and artistic factors, narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, and purpose. Students will make connections between themes and devices, such as allegory, symbolism, irony, and metaphor.

 

Title

 

 

Accelerated Reader

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

The Accelerated Reader Program is a self-paced course designed to encourage students to read and comprehend and analyze what they read.  Students have a selection of books from which to choose.  Students will be awarded 1 credit for every 15 points earned on the computerized Accelerated Reader tests.

 

Family and Consumer Science

Title

 

 

Adulthood 101

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

What do you need to know to take that first big step to live on your own and become a successful adult? This class is designed to teach senior level students the practical skills necessary to survive independently while going to college or simply living on their own or with a roommate. A few topics of emphasis are: the legal issues of adulthood, planning for college, career exploration, personal finance, consumerism, renting an apartment, résumé writing and job interviewing, relationships and parenting, alcohol use and addiction, personal health and wellness, and owning and maintaining a car.

 

Title

 

 

Child Development

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

In this yearlong class, students study the physical, mental, and emotional growth of children through hands on experience in the on campus preschool as well as class assignments. Working as head teacher, students plan and lead activities for the lab preschool, conduct observations, and develop work samples for their professional portfolios. Students will also participate in off-campus activities working with young children. Speakers from a variety of topics are brought in throughout the year. Find out if you want to pursue a career working with children.

 

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Grade Range

Title

 

 

Eat for Fitness

 

 

Prerequisites

College Requirement

None

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for students who are interested in feeling good about themselves by “eating right” and “exercising right” to be healthy and fit. Students will learn and practice an improved lifestyle that will become a lifetime fitness program. They will learn to select and prepare the proper foods for healthier eating, practice “exercising right” and gain knowledge about how to treat their bodies right. Designed for students seeking a better understanding of being fit for performance, as in athletics, preventing health or weight problems, or just becoming more fit for the health of it! Through knowledge and practice of food preparation and good exercise, students will definitely improve in body composition (percentage of body fat) and health.

 

Title

 

 

Family Living

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Ever want to know the secrets to an ideal family? What are your ideas on parenthood? How can you make a relationship work? You’ll find many answers here. Emphasis will be on relationships, communications, marriage, self–awareness, human development, and responsible parenting. Students will develop an understanding of the significant roles, functions, and responsibilities involved in family life.

 

Title
 
 
Life Skills for Today
 
 
Prerequisites
Grade Range
College Requirement
None
9 - 10
 
Course Description from Program Planning Guide
This comprehensive course is an introductory class to all areas of FACS. It teaches students how to increase their purchasing power and offers the opportunity to explore the area of foods and nutrition, textiles and clothing, family relationships, childcare, housing, and consumer education.
 

Music

Title

 

 

Glee

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for less experienced singer. This class will focus on vocalization, diction, breathing, note reading, basic vocal theory, solo singing, sight singing, and performance techniques .

Title

 

 

Beginning Guitar

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for the beginning guitar student. Instruction will include acoustic guitar techniques and skills, chords, progressions, music reading, and theory. Acoustic guitar only.

 

Title

 

 

Advanced Guitar

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Instructor approval based upon an audition

9 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Advanced Guitar builds on the skills taught in Guitar and is designed for the intermediate to advanced student in grades 10 - 12. The course emphasizes performances in a variety of styles, including fingerstyle, classical, pop, and blues. Technical and improvisational exercises will be studied, as well as elements of music appreciation, composition, and arrangement. Students are required to participate in musical performances and attend rehearsals associated with these performances. May be repeated for credit. Lab fee.

 

Title

 

 

Music Appreciation

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

10 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Music Appreciation is an elective course for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who desire a more in-depth understanding of music. This course will engage students in the study of music theory, history, instrumentation, and ethnomusicology. The course is designed for all students, those who play a musical instrument and those who do not. It will include all different forms of music, from America and from other cultures. If you love music and want to have lots of fun, Music Appreciation is the course for you!

 

Title

 

 

Music Theory

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

10 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Music Appreciation is an elective course for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who desire a more in-depth understanding of music. This course will engage students in the study of music theory, history, instrumentation, and ethnomusicology. The course is designed for all students, those who play a musical instrument and those who do not. It will include all different forms of music, from America and from other cultures. If you love music and want to have lots of fun, Music Appreciation is the course for you!

 

Visual Arts

Title

 

 

Art 1

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

This is a beginning course where no experience is necessary. Students only need to have an interest in developing skills in basic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional media, and learning about other artists. Emphasis will be in learning and developing techniques necessary to complete assignments in the various mediums. Students will also use their imagination to develop creative and expressive works of art. Lab Fee if you want to keep what you produce.

 

Title

 

 

Art 2

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Completion of Basic Art with a grade of "B" or better or instructor approval

10-12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

This course emphasizes canvas painting, printmaking, acrylic painting and opportunities for more intense investigation into drawing and painting techniques in a variety of materials/media. The elements and principles of design are integrated throughout the course. This course also includes the development of artistic concepts through the study of art heritage in America and the world. Attendance at a professional gallery will be required, and the school will provide transportation. Lab Fee if you want to keep what you produce.

 

Title

 

 

Art 3

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Completion of Advanced Art with a grade of B or better

10 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

This course follows Advanced Art and is recommended prior to taking AP Studio Art. Students focus on a series of works that relate thematically and in technique. The students can decide what materials to use and can include: airbrush, oil paint, acrylic, printmaking, etc. A major portion of the grade will be the art show that the students organize, design and publish brochures, and host a reception. The artwork can be sold and students will gain experience in running their own show, similar to professional artists. Students will be able to complete their VAPA graduation requirements. Lab Fee if you want to keep what you produce.

  

Title

 

 

Ceramics 1

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Emphasis will be on understanding the use of design in functional clay work in pottery and sculpture. The class covers wheel and hand-built pottery, clay sculpture, and art appreciation and design, especially as they relate to ceramics. Lab fee if you want to keep your pieces.

 

Title

 

 

Ceramics 2

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Grade of "B" or better in Ceramics 1 or instructor approval

10 -12

F

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to give students an opportunity to concentrate in hand-built pottery, wheel pottery, or sculpture. Students will be expected to perform at an advanced level and develop an individual style. Lab fee if you want to keep your pieces.

 

Title
 
 
Ceramics 3
 
 
Prerequisites
Grade Range
College Requirement
Grade of "B" or better in Ceramics 2 or instructor approval
10 -12
F
Course Description from Program Planning Guide
Designed to give students an opportunity to concentrate in hand-built pottery, wheel pottery, Raku, or sculpture. Students will be expected to perform at an advanced level and develop an individual style. Students will become acquainted with the work of famous sculptures from the 20th century and make informed responses to works of art, nature, and other objects by using objective criteria for analysis, interpretation, and judgment. Technically, students will refine their abilities to apply design elements and principles in wheel throwing, hand building, and glazing techniques. Students will build a portfolio and be responsible for organizing art shows featuring their own work. Attendance of student art shows outside of class will be required. Lab fee if you want to keep your pieces.
 

Leadership

Title

 

 

Student Government

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Election or appointment

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

For students elected or appointed to Student Council. This course is designed to teach the basic functions of responsible government including representing the views of the constituents, budgeting, decision-making, and the reaching of consensus and compromise agreements. This course does not meet the district social studies graduation requirement but may be repeated for credit.

  

Physical Education

Title

 

 

Elective PE

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Successful completion of PE 9 and PE 10. Sophomores concurrently enrolled in PE 10 may be allowed to take this course with prior teacher approval.

10 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide an opportunity to expand and refine skills learned in PE 9 and PE 10. The emphasis will be on recreational fitness, and individual and team strategies.

 

Title

 

 

Aerobics and Fitness

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Grade of “C” or better in PE 9

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide the opportunity to develop high levels of fitness through involvement in aerobic dancing, exercises to music, walking, study of nutrition, and other fitness activities.

 

Title

 

 

Conditioning

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Grade of “C” or better in PE 9

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide the opportunity to develop fitness through involvement in running, and/or calisthenics. This course does not fulfill the PE 9 and 10 requirement.

 
 

Science

Title

 

 

Fish & Wildlife Biology

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Grade “C” or better in CP Biology or permission of the instructor

10-12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

A science elective for students who have successfully completed Biology. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn the principles of environmental science and fish and wildlife management. Students will study wetlands, habitat maintenance, species identification, and diversity studies, and careers in State Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other related careers..

  
Social Science
 

Geography

Title

 

 

Geography

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

9 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed for general level and college preparatory freshmen, this course serves as an introduction to World History and US History graduation requirements. Following the national standards for geography, this course focuses on the unique characteristics of selected world regions from a geographic perspective, as well as the characteristics, distribution, and contributions of the cultures that make up those regions. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which the natural environments (climate, landforms, oceans), economies, cultures, and other aspects of world regions interact. An emphasis will be placed on defining the roles of global citizens through awareness of contemporary issues such as world trade, terrorism, religious conflict, pollution, and conservation of world resources.

 

Title

 

 

AP Human Geography

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

 
 

Psychology and Sociology

Title

 

 

AP Psychology

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to prepare students for the AP Psychology test. More importantly, AP Psychology, the scientific study of the individual, attempts to answer questions about who we are, where our thoughts, feelings and actions come from, and how we understand the world around us. In this course students will have the opportunity to study human development, brain function, levels of consciousness, learning and memory, personality theory and development, mental disorders and many other topics. This course offers scientifically researched explanations to commonly asked questions; it also offers the students an opportunity to connect the information from those findings to themselves, their relationships, and the world around them. Students will form a deeper sense of how the human mind words and come to understand themselves better.

 

Title

 

 

Psychology

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Psychology, the scientific study of the individual, attempts to answer questions about who we are, where our thoughts, feelings and actions come from, and how we understand the world around us. In this course students will have the opportunity to study human development, brain function, dream analysis, learning and memory, personality theory and development, mental health, mental disorders and many other topics. This course offers scientifically researched explanations to commonly asked questions; it also offers the students an opportunity to connect the information from those findings to themselves. Students will form a deeper sense of how the human mind words and come to understand themselves better.

 

Title

 

 

Psychology/Sociology

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Psychology/Sociology is a course designed to provide 11th and 12th grade students with an opportunity to study human development and relationships from sociological and psychological perspectives. The first part will focus on cognitive, social and personality development of the individual, the formation of relationships and behavior/conflict within those relationships, as well as societal influences, and group dynamics. The focus of the second half includes the study of brain function in terms of motivation, learning, memory and language. In addition, the patterns, assessment, treatment and prevention of abnormal behaviors are also studied. Students will have an opportunity to do field observations and research various psychological issues.

 

Title

 

 

Social Psychology

 

 

65653663Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

G

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Social Psychology is a course designed to provide 11th and 12th grade students with an opportunity to study human development and relationships from sociological and psychological perspectives. The first part will focus on cognitive, social and personality development of the individual, the formation of relationships and behavior/conflict within those relationships, as well as societal influences, and group dynamics. The focus of the second half includes the study of brain function in terms of motivation, learning, memory and language. In addition, the patterns, assessment, treatment and prevention of abnormal behaviors are also studied. Students will have an opportunity to do field observations and research various psychological issues. This course offers scientifically researched explanations to commonly asked questions; it also offers the students an opportunity to connect the information from those findings to themselves. Students will form a deeper sense of how the human mind words and come to understand themselves better.

 

Youth and the Law

Title

 

 

Youth and the Law

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

None

11-12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

A course for general or college preparatory students who have an interest in legal issues, especially as they relate to law enforcement. Course content includes criminal law and the Bill of Rights, juvenile justice, trials, probation, parole, and the death penalty. This course will also explore careers in law enforcement and career related fields.

 

Support

Title

 

 

Academic Literacy 1

 

Prerequisites/Placement Criteria

Grade Range

College Requirement

 

9 -12

 

 

 

 

Title

 

 

Academic Literacy 2

 

Prerequisites/Placement Criteria

Grade Range

College Requirement

 

9 -12

 

 

 

Support for CAHSEE

Title

 

 

CAHSEE English Prep

 

 

Prerequisites/Placement Criteria

Grade Range

College Requirement

 

9 -12

 

 

 

Title

 

 

CAHSEE Math Prep

 

 

Prerequisites/Placement Criteria

Grade Range

College Requirement

 

9 -12

 

 

 
Teacher Aide

Title

 

 

Teacher Aide

 

 

Prerequisites

Grade Range

College Requirement

Good attendance and grades and approval of instructor and counselor.

11 -12

 

Course Description from Program Planning Guide

Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to communicate subject areas correctly and clearly to others, to take on responsibilities and to work with others. Emphasis will be on organizing materials, understanding material and teaching it to others, preparing quizzes, aiding substitute teachers, performing clerical work, giving individual instruction to students who have been absent or need help in a given area, helping to proctor exams and checking grades on exams and homework assignments. A maximum of 10 credits may be applied toward graduation. Any violations of school rules may necessitate removal from this position.

 

 

 

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