Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:


ENGLISH: (4 Credits)


Subject Title: Basic English (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the fundamentals of English for effective communication. Capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling are covered, with an aim toward writing clearer sentences. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: April White

Subject Title: Practical English (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn to develop writing skills by emphasizing sentence structure, paragraphs, letters, and compositions. Opens with a study of grammar, including the parts of speech, punctuation, spelling and word usage. Explains the writing process and emphasizes an individual approach. Five exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Connie Smith

Subject Title: Written Communication (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn step-by-step instructions for handling sentence structure, paragraphing, punctuation, grammar and pronunciation. Emphasizes practical writing techniques and library research. Shows you ways to increase vocabulary, understand others better, and express yourself with confidence. Eight exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: April White

Subject Title: Literature (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the reading of short stories, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Intended to give a deeper appreciation of the relationship between literature and life, and of the pleasures and benefits of reading. Seven exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Connie Smith


MATHEMATICS: (4 Credits)

Subject Title: Algebra 1 (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn basic operations with signed numbers, monomial and polynomials. Also Includes formulas, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents, roots, quadratic equations and algebraic fractions. Six exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Sharon Broderick

Subject Title: Algebra II (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn algebraic functions, ratios, proportions, logarithms, variations, progressions, theorems, matrices, determinants, inequalities, permutations and probability. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Carlos Mendez

Subject Title: Geometry (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the properties of points, lines, planes, and angles; polygons and triangles; circles; solids. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Sharon Broderick

Subject Title:
Calculus (prerequisite Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry) (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn derivative of a function and the applications of derivatives, the integral and how to use it and methods of integration. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Marc Lewinsky


SCIENCE: (3 Credits)

Subject Title: Earth Science (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn about the scientific method, the formation of the solar system, the moon’s phases, the movement of the earth, plate tectonics, the formation of the oceans and erosion. Also looks at chemical principles, rock and mineral analysis, soil formation and weather patterns. Six exams
Program Used; Encore
Primary Teacher: Sandra Pearson

Subject Title: Biology (1 Credit)
Course Description
Students learn the characteristics of life, chemistry of cells, and the links between life and energy. Discusses evolution, ecosystems, biological kingdoms, and adaptation. Also covers human body systems and activities. Five exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Jay Luis

Subject Title: Physical Science (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the study of matter and energy: their nature and the relationships between them. Explains the role of atomic structure in chemical and nuclear reactions. Emphasizes problem solving skills and discusses the relationship between science, technology, and the environment. Covers topics such as water, the chemistry of building materials, fuels, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, energy in relation to motion and force, machines, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Six exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Sandra Pearson


SOCIAL STUDIES: (3 Credits)

Subject Title: American History (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn about the discussion of people, events, and sociopolitical forces that have shaped America, from its discovery to the present. Shows how American history affects today’s events and global conditions. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Erica McDuffie

Subject Title: Civics (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizens. Reviews the roots of American government and studies the modern U.S. government, its branches, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the roles of federal, state and local governments, political parties and elections. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Erica McDuffie

Subject Title: World History (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the study of global history with attention focused on important facts and significant concepts. Includes considerable discussion of recent world affairs, and the past is viewed in terms of current forces and problems. Four exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Leroy Stephenson


ARTS & HUMANITIES: (2.5 Credits)

Subject Title: Orientation (0.5 credit)
Course Description
Students learn overview of the High School Program, including such topics as your program study materials, using Keystone website, establishing study schedules, building your vocabulary, and preparing for and taking an examination. Also covers an introduction to the personal computer; Windows® programs; word processing, spreadsheet, and database software; the Internet; and electronic mail. Two Exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Beverly Jones

Subject Title: Human Relations (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn methods of analyzing and improving relations with other people in personal life and working environments. Accents, individual productivity, teamwork, working relationships, dealing with frustration, organizing, repairing relationships and maintaining one’s attitude. Three exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Beverly Jones

Subject Title:
Reading Skills (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn techniques applicable to any type of reading. Includes reviewing, predicting, scanning, finding the main idea and drawing conclusions. Discusses how to determine word meanings by examining context clues, and differentiating fact from opinion to identify bias. Also covers poetry and fiction. Three exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Beverly Jones


HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION: (1 Credit)

Subject Title: Fitness & Nutrition (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn the forms and functions of the muscular, cardio, respiratory and skeletal systems. Discusses the role of energy and mechanisms for transferring it to exercise. Shows you how to adapt exercise programs for those with special needs, and how to prevent and treat injuries. Describes the details of proper nutrition. Six exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Samuel Thomas


FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 Credits)

Subject Title: Spanish 1 (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn to articulate speaking, active reading, and comprehensive listening. Covers the details of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, and improves fluency through listening to and creating stories. Enables you to learn and use the language for business situations and other purposes. Six exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Maria Gonzales

Subject Title: Spanish II (1 credit)
Course Description
Students learn to enhance proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. There is continued emphasis on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and on acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course. Six exams
Program Used: Encore
Primary Teacher: Nicholas P. Luis