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Financial Literacy

General Financial Literacy (9-12)
This course will prepare students for the choices and challenges of today’s financial markets. A better understanding of personal finance will help students move into adulthood making more informed monetary decisions, realizing a greater potential for personal wealth, and fostering a stronger state and national economy. The class will focus on income, money management, spending and credit, saving and investing, consumer protection, and risk management.

Visual Arts

Art Foundations 2 (9-12)
This class is designed to provide an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials.  This course builds on Art Foundations 1 providing a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms with an emphasis in art criticism, art history and esthetics. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
Art History and Criticism (9-12)
This is an entry-level course for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. It is designed to provide an overview and appreciation of the Visual Arts. With an overview of studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. Students will assemble and create visual art by manipulating art media and by organizing images with the elements and principles. Students will find meaning by analyzing, criticizing, and evaluating visual art. Students will create meaning in visual art. Students will find meaning in visual art through settings and other modes of learning.

Science

Earth Science (9-12)
Earth Systems integrated science core focuses on earth, physical, space, and life science contents. Using observable evidence, students will study interactions among earth systems.
Physics(10-12)
The three major concepts included in the Physics Core are: (1) motion of objects, (2) forces acting on objects, and (3) energy. Physics students should design and perform experiments, and value inquiry as the fundamental scientific process.
Biology (9-12)
The Biology Core Curriculum is based on a set of life science learning standards that all students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate understanding of upon completion of this course. The course is designed to emphasize problem solving and scientific reasoning. Students will learn the scientific processes related to life science. Learning activities are varied with an emphasis on student investigations in the field, laboratory, and in technical research.
Chemistry (10-12)
This course is organized around major concepts of matter, structure, energy, and change. The concepts, principles and laws that describe the conservation of matter, changes in the structure of matter, and changes in energy will provide focus for this course.  Chemistry students should design and perform experiments, and value inquiry as the fundamental scientific process.

World Languages

German 3H (9-12)
This course is designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate was in the target language. By the end of the course, student skill level should be at intermediate-low level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards.

English Language Arts

Language Arts 9 (9-12)
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.
Language Arts 10 (9-12)
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.
Language Arts 11 (10-12)
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms, with an emphasis on American literary texts.
Language Arts 12 (11, 12)
This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms, with an emphasis on British literary

Mathematics

Secondary Mathematics 1 (9, 10)
Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes sense of problem situations.
Secondary Mathematics 2 (9-11)
Students in Secondary Mathematics 2 will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.
Secondary Mathematics 3 (10-12)
Students in Secondary Mathematics 3 will pull together and apply the accumulation of learning they have from previous courses.  They will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions, expand their study of trigonometry to include general triangles, and use functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.

Social Studies

Utah Studies (7)
This course is designed to help students understand Utah’s history, particularly emphasizing the periods of time in Utah from statehood to the present. Students will review the interaction between Utah’s geography and its inhabitants, the formative contributions of Native Americans, explorers, and Utah pioneers, the relationships between government and the people of Utah, the many opportunities people have to make a living in Utah, the diverse nature of Utah’s people and cultures, and the impact of contemporary events on the land and people of Utah. The Utah Studies Core is designed to meet the needs of a semester length course. Full-year Utah Studies courses may expand the scope and detail of this course to meet specific needs.
U.S. History 1 (8)
This course covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Westward movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the Revolutionary War, Constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Westward movement.
Geography for Life (9-12)
This course introduces students to cultural and physical geography. The framework of this course is the five themes of geography-location; place; human interaction with the physical environment; the impact of movements of people, ideas and things; and similarities and differences within and between regions. In addition, the course emphasizes critical, causal, interpretive and reflective thinking skills through observing, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving.  This course emphasizes in-depth reading, writing and independent study.
World Civilizations (9-12)
The study of world civilizations emphasizes the increasing interrelationships over time of the world’s peoples. These interrelationships have developed in two major arenas.  First, the relationships have developed among major regions of the world:  East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America. Second, they have developed within all aspects of human activity:  political, economic, social, philosophical and religious, scientific and technological, and artistic.
U.S. History 2 (9-12)
Understanding United States history is essential for the continuation of our republic. This course will help students make connections between their world and the rich heritage of United States history. The course is designed as a survey of American history with an emphasis on post-Reconstruction America (1876-Present), but should include a review of the earlier period. The course may be taught using a thematic approach or in chronological order.
U.S. Government and Citizenship (10-12)
The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. This course is recommended for seniors due to their proximity to voting and draft age.

Health and Physical Education

Health 1 (7, 8)
This course develops the skills needed to improve the quality of life by helping students to cope with and solve problems, develop positive self-image, and make healthy decisions. The students will explore positive life styles, disease prevention, emergency procedures, media literacy, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
Health 2 (9-12)
This course emphasizes the physical, social and mental dimensions of people. This course offers students an opportunity to evaluate health practices, products, and services.
Beginning Fitness, Sports Skills, and Dance (7)
This is a physical education course with emphasis on skill development, basic knowledge, and participation in a variety of games, sports, and fitness conditioning.
Intermediate Fitness, Sports Skills, and Dance (8)
This is a physical education course with emphasis on skill development, basic knowledge, and participation in a variety of games, sports, and fitness conditioning.
Participation Skills and Techniques (9-12)
This course is designed to develop skills and techniques in a variety of team and individual sports as well as improvement in personal fitness.
Fitness for Life (9-12)
This course is designed for continued improvement of physical fitness. The course content includes an understanding of the components of fitness, i.e., heart-lung fitness, strength, flexibility, muscle endurance, weight control/nutrition, and stress

Computer Technology

Computer Technology 1 (9-12)
This is an introduction to computer application software that encompasses document processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. An understanding of ethics and use of operating systems, information resources, and electronic mail is included.

Specialized Courses

Drivers Education -- Coursework only (10-12)
This course is the classroom portion of Drivers’ Education. On road and range driving experiences must be scheduled at your home high school. Driving fees will apply at your school.