Electives

ART HISTORY

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: None

This course offers a broad view of the development of western art from early Greece to the present. Lessons link the development of art forms to their political, cultural, and religious settings. Students visit the world’s heritage sites, museums, and galleries on- line to view examples of painting, architecture, and sculpture. Students learn characteristics of major art periods, acquire a basic art vocabulary, and develop skills in analyzing and observing art.

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CAREER PLANNING

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Career Planning directs students in determining and preparing for a career path according to their interests. Students compile a resume and associated documentation, engage in research, and utilize communication skills in preparation for an interview. Students edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

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CAREER SKILLS

Grade Level: Adult Diploma Program
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Career Skills is a courses where students submit a proposal to receive an elective credit for your career experiences and skills. Once your proposal is approved, you will write an essay detailing your experiences, what you have learned and how you have benefited from the experience.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Students will volunteer for a community organization in their neighborhood or in their home. These activities must not be compensated for monetarily or be part of regular family chores. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to give back to the community.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE – WEB DESIGN

Grade level 9,10,11,2
Credit: 1.0 credit
Prerequisite: None

Students do assignments and one final project relating to web design, including creating and designing their own web page. They learn the basics of HTML coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and do research on their own to learn about the Web, search engines, and troubleshooting.

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CYBER 101 (required for NCAA students)

Grade level 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on building the skills necessary to become a successful online student. Students will learn the basics of the Learning Management System that powers the curriculum, as well as tips for best practices in conducting Internet research. Cyber 101 is required on all new NCAA students. Students take responsibility for registering with and maintaining regular contact with the NCAA to ensure eligibility status. Cyber 101 is a Pass/Fail course and does not factor into the student’s GPA.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Independent study allows students to choose a topic of interest to them and to research it. With an emphasis on composition, students learn how to choose and narrow their topics appropriately, and they learn how to research them using various online and print sources. The course culminates with the students writing a well-organized research essay on the topic. Students must learn and demonstrate proper techniques for citing their sources in their essays as well as demonstrating the use of proper grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Students also learn to proofread and edit their essays for the aforementioned elements.

 

LIFE SKILLS

Grade Level: Adult Diploma Program
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Life Skills is a courses where students submit a proposal to receive an elective credit for your life experiences and skills. Once your proposal is approved, you will write an essay detailing your experiences, what you have learned and how you have benefited from the experience.

 

MENTORSHIP

Grade level 9,10,11,12
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

The mentorship course encourages students to partner with a mentor from any of a wide range of professions in order to learn about that profession during a six week period. The students will shadow their mentors for two to four hours a day, at least three days a week, for the six week period. At the end of each week during the mentorship, the student will file updates on the process, usually explaining what s/he has done and what s/he has learned from each week’s work. In the sixth week, students write an essay on the experience. They must demonstrate proper writing techniques in grammar, mechanics, and spelling, as well as demonstrating organization and clarity of purpose.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Music Appreciation students learn about the basic elements of sound as well as a brief history of Western music from the Baroque period to the modern era. For a final essay, students choose a specific style of music to write about.

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PRE-COMPOSITION 

Grade level 9,10,11,2
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Students analyze sentences to identify their underlying structure. Once analysis is mastered, students will learn to properly punctuate sentences. Students also write essays and learn some basic skills for essay writing.

 

SPANISH 1 (NCAA approved)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Spanish 1 is an Introduction to the Spanish language and includes lessons on pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. Students learn the basic structure of Spanish, with an emphasis on verb conjugation, gender agreement, and commonly used irregular verb forms. The class also discusses the diverse culture of Spanish speaking countries.

 

SPANISH 2 (NCAA approved)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 1

Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1 and is the equivalent of the second year of High School Spanish. Along with occasional review from Spanish 1, this course focuses on new grammar, greater comprehension, and more vocabulary. Students work on advanced verb conjugation, the use of prepositions, and Spanish writing. All lessons include dialogues (with sound), which emphasize the vocabulary and grammar of the lesson.

 

SPEECH

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

Speech is a half credit course designed to teach students how to effectively listen to and finally give their own speech. Students will listen to and critique the speech-giving skills of three speakers, one of which must be physically attended and viewed by the student. They will also learn how to lead a group discussion and maintain order and focus among the group. Nonverbal communication is also covered in the course, so that students may learn that not all communication needs to be spoken, and that some things can be conveyed in a gesture. The final project is a 3-5 minute speech prepared and presented by the student in audio or video format.

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STRESS MANAGEMENT

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Students in this course will study the physiology of stress and the relaxation responses of the body. They will be provided with opportunities to gauge their own stressors and adaptation techniques and will have chances to learn tools for managing stress. In addition to learning the foundational work done on the study of stress and its effects, students will be able to identify stress in others and to develop programs of stress reduction.

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TEST PREP CP

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: Student must have completed one year with Whitmore School, or be enrolling as a senior.

Test Prep is a course designed to teach students how to prepare for a variety of tests. Not only does this course cover strategies for the SAT and ACT, but it also help students manage test anxiety. Students will learn time management leading up to the test, how to manage the day of the test, and what to do after the test has been completed. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned with a comprehensive test at the end of the course.

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TEST PREP GS

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Student must have completed one year with Whitmore School, or be enrolling as a senior.

Test Prep is a course designed to teach students how to prepare for a variety of tests. Not only does this course cover strategies for career assessments, but also help students manage test anxiety. Students will learn time management leading up to the test, how to manage the day of the test, and what to do after the test has been completed. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned with a comprehensive test at the end of the course.

 

THINK ABOUT IT

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: none

“Think About It” is a course designed to engage students in the research and writing process in order to develop a more complete understanding of a particular topic. Students choose their topic and demonstrate that they can successfully narrow their focus of it. They are encouraged to fully develop their ideas in an organized essay once they have done their research, and they demonstrate that they can add their own voices to ongoing conversations using proper citation methods. Additionally, students must demonstrate the ability to use proper grammar, mechanics, and spelling to convey their ideas, and they practice editing their work for these elements.

 

WORK ETHICS with WORK EXPERIENCE

Grade level 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 credit
Prerequisite: None

Students will learn about accountability and responsibility in the work place. Some topics to be covered are proper dress, attitude, honesty, and respect. They will also learn about work safety practices, conflict management, working in teams, and effective communication skills. Students will also be able to submit work experience hours for this course. Students are required to journal about how the topics covered in the lessons relate to their experiences on the job.

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WORK ETHICS (without work experience)

Grade level 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None

Students will learn about accountability and responsibility in the work place. Some topics to be covered are proper dress, attitude, honesty, and respect. They will also learn about work safety practices, conflict management, working in teams, and effective communication skills.