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THEOLOGY

THEOLOGY I

Will count towards the graduation requirement for THEOLOGY.                                    
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  9

DESCRIPTION:  Jesus Christ in Scripture (Semester 1). This section of the course provides students with a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ; students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. The class will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally. Who is Jesus? (Semester 2). An introduction to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God, and in learning about who He is, students will also learn who He calls them to be.  (State ID # 9999999; counts as Bright Futures Elective)


THEOLOGY II

Will count towards the graduation requirement for THEOLOGY.                                    
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  10

DESCRIPTION:  The Mission Of Jesus (Semester 1). Students will come to understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ, and learn that for all eternity God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also delve deeper into what it means to be a disciple of Christ, and what life as a disciple entails.  Jesus’ Mission Through the Church (Semester 2). The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by Him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements and students will learn about the sacred nature of the Church. (State ID # 9999999; counts as Bright Futures Elective)


THEOLOGY III

Will count towards the graduation requirement for THEOLOGY.                                    
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  11

DESCRIPTION: Sacraments as Encounters With Jesus (Semester 1).  This course helps students understand that they can encounter Christ today, in a full and real way, in and through the sacraments and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail, to better understand how they may encounter Christ throughout their adult life. Moral Lives in Jesus (Semester 2). The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students will learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples. (State ID # 9999999; counts as Bright Futures Elective)


THEOLOGY IV

Will count towards the graduation requirement for THEOLOGY.                                    
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  12

DESCRIPTION:  Responding to the Call of Jesus (Semester 1). This course helps students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. Students will learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course is structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life, and students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.  Living as a Disciple in Society (Semester 2).  An introduction to the Church’s social teaching; in this segment, students learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. (State ID # 9999999; counts as Bright Futures Elective)


ENGLISH

ENGLISH I

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  9

DESCRIPTION:  This course acquaints students with various types of literature, such as the short story, novel, drama, poetry, and essay. Instruction in the writing process includes grammar, usage, and library skills, as well as opportunities for listening, viewing, speaking, and creative writing.  A research paper is assigned in the second semester.  (State ID # 1001310; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)


ENGLISH I HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  9

DESCRIPTION:  Literature study includes reading and analysis of literary genres. Instruction and practice is given in a variety of writing modes, together with college prep vocabulary study, creative writing, and formal and informal speaking experiences. Outside reading and other independent projects are required, and a research paper is assigned in the second semester.  (State ID # 1001320; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)     Prerequisite:  SFCA Honors criteria, HSPT score


ENGLISH II

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  10

DESCRIPTION:  This course focuses on analyzing genres in world literature, with emphasis on the writing process and development of various types of written papers, and the continued development of listening, speaking and reading skills. A research paper is assigned in the second semester. (State ID # 1001340; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)   Prerequisite:  English I


ENGLISH II HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                       
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  10

DESCRIPTION:  This is an advanced course with strong emphasis on the writing process. College-prep vocabulary and grammar study are included, along with the critical reading of major works of world literature, both in class and independently. The course includes formal and informal speaking opportunities, and study of the research process which involves an independent, documented paper. (State ID # 1001350; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)  Prerequisite:  English I or English I Honors; SFCA Honors criteria


ENGLISH III

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH.                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  11

DESCRIPTION:  This course is based on the chronological study of various genres in American multicultural literature. Writing instruction emphasizes multi-paragraph papers and imaginative writing of various kinds. Vocabulary study and speaking experiences are included. A research paper and individual and group presentations are required. Summer reading is required.  (State ID # 1001370; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)   Prerequisite:  English II or English II Honors


ENGLISH III HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH.                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  11

DESCRIPTION:  This is an advanced course including various genres in American multicultural literature, with a strong emphasis on writing multi-paragraph papers and imaginative writing. College prepatory vocabulary study and speaking experiences are incorporated in the course as in an in-depth research paper, which proceeds through stages.  Individual and group presentations are required. Summer reading is mandatory.  (State ID # 1001380; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)   Prerequisite:  English II or English II Honors; SFCA Honors criteria


AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level:  11

DESCRIPTION:   The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods. (State ID # 1001420; counts towards Bright Futures English Requirement)   Prerequisites:  English I/II Honors, SFCA AP criteria


ENGLISH IV

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                       
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:   Students will study representative examples of British and world literature in various genres. The course includes writing for college and vocational experience, SAT-prep vocabulary study, and a required documented paper. Outside reading, individual and group presentations and imaginative writing are included. Summer reading is required. (State ID # 1001400; counts toward Bright Futures English Requirement)      Prerequisite:  English III


ENGLISH IV HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                       
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:   This is an advanced course in which students study representative examples of British and world literature in various genres. Intensive writing for college and vocational experience is included as is college level vocabulary study.  A documented paper, outside reading, individual and group presentations and imaginative writing are required. Summer reading is mandatory. (State ID # 1001410; counts toward Bright Futures English Requirement) Prerequisite:  English III or English III Honors; SFCA Honors criteria


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Will count towards the graduation requirement for ENGLISH                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:   The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.  (State ID # 1001430; counts toward Bright Futures English Requirement) Prerequisites:  AP English Language, SFCA AP criteria


MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA I

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to provide the foundation for more advanced mathematics courses and to develop the skills needed to solve mathematical problems.  Sets, variables, structure and properties of the real number system, first-degree equations/inequalities, relations and functions, graphs, systems of linear equations/inequalities, integral exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational algebraic expressions, irrational numbers, radical expressions, quadratic equations and mathematical problems will be studied. (State ID # 1200310; fulfills Bright Futures Algebra I Requirement)


ALGEBRA I HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed for the student with the ability to quickly master algebraic concepts and apply them to challenging situations.  This is an intense study of algebra and its applications with an emphasis on problem-solving skills.  It includes Algebra I content, quadratic functions and their graphs, and direct and indirect variations. (State ID # 1200320; fulfills Bright Futures Algebra I Requirement)      Prerequisite:  SFCA Honors Criteria, HSPT and 8th grade math exam score


GEOMETRY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  This course emphasizes critical thinking involving the discovery of relationships and their proofs, and skills in applying the deductive method to mathematical situations.  Logic and reasoning will be used.  The study of Euclidian geometry of lines, planes, angles, triangles, similarity, congruence, geometric inequalities, polygons and circles, area and volume and constructions will be studied. (State ID # 1206310; fulfills Bright Futures Geometry Requirement)   Prerequisite:  Algebra I


GEOMETRY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9, 10

DESCRIPTION:  This course is a rigorous in-depth study of geometry with emphasis on methods of proof and the formal language of mathematics.  The study of the structure of geometry, angles, triangles, polygons, perpendicularity and parallelism in a plane and in space, similar polygons, circles and spheres, constructions, area and value, and coordinate geometry will be studied. (State ID # 1206320; fulfills Bright Futures Geometry Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Algebra I Honors with grade of B or better; SFCA Honors Criteria


FINANCIAL ALGEBRA

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11

DESCRIPTION:  This course applies Algebra I concepts in practical business and personal finance contexts, applying mathematical ideas to everyday lives – credit, banking insurance, the stock market, independent living and more! It includes a strong review of Algebra I formulas with variables, equations, functions, systems of equations, graphs, statistics, and more within a financial context and emphasis on problem solving.  (State ID # 1200387 counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry


ALGEBRA II

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:  This course continues the study of the structure of Algebra and provides the foundation for applying these skills to other mathematical and scientific fields.  Review and extension of the structure and properties of the real number system, relations, functions and graphs including conic sections, polynomials and rational expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, rational and irrational exponents, logarithms, complex numbers and word problems will be studied. (State ID # 1206320; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)    Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry


ALGEBRA II HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10, 11

DESCRIPTION:  This course is a rigorous, in-depth study of the topics of Algebra II with emphasis on theory, and development of formulas, as well as their application.  The student also studies circular and trigonometric functions and their applications. Extension of polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, mathematical induction, matrix Algebra, the concept and theory of limits, vectors, and conic sections will be studied. (State ID # 1200340; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)  Prerequisite: Geometry Honors; SFCA Honors Criteria


PRECALCULUS HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:  This is a rigorous course that emphasizes the skills necessary for the study of Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus.  Trigonometry, linear relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities, the nature of graphs, polynomial and rational functions, conics, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and combinatorics will be studied.  (State ID # 1202340; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)   Prerequisite:  Algebra II Honors with grade of B+ or better, SFCA Honors criteria


PROBABILITY & STATISTICS HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:  This is a rigorous course in which students are introduced to the fundamental concepts involved in using sample data to make inferences about populations. Included are the study of measures of central tendency and dispersion, finite probability, probability distributions, statistical inferences from large and small samples, linear regression, and correlation.  (State ID # 1210300; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)   Prerequisite: Algebra II Honors with grade of B+ or better, SFCA Honors criteria


AP STATISTICS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:  The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.  (State ID # 1210320; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)   Prerequisite:  Algebra II Honors, Algebra II with B+ or higher and teacher recommendation


AP CALCULUS AB

Will count towards the graduation requirement for MATHEMATICS                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:  AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. (State ID # 1210310; counts toward Bright Futures Mathematics Requirement)     Prerequisite:  Precalculus Honors, SFCA AP criteria


SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for BIOLOGY/SCIENCE                                     
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to life sciences and an understanding of the differences and interconnectedness within nature. Basic chemistry of life, cell structure and function, genetics, and mechanisms of evolution will be studied as unifying themes in biology. A general survey of the characteristics and ecology of archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals, with primary emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, will highlight the exceptional diversity of life. (State ID # 2000310; fulfills Bright Futures Biology Requirement)


BIOLOGY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for BIOLOGY/SCIENCE                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:   This course in an introduction to life sciences with emphasis on reading in the content area, exploring internet resources, conducting laboratory exercises, writing scientific papers, and generally understanding both the differences and interconnectedness within nature. Basic chemistry of life, cell structure and function, genetics, and mechanisms of evolution will be studied as unifying themes in biology.  A thorough survey of the characteristics and ecology of archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals, with special emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, will highlight the exceptional diversity of life. (State ID # 2000320; fulfills Bright Futures Biology Requirement)   Prerequisite:  SFCA Honor criteria, HSPT scores


CHEMISTRY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE with Lab                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry.  Among the topics covered are: measurement, phases of matter, gas laws, kinetic theory, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, formulas, equations, mole concept, solutions, kinetic equilibrium, and acid-base theory.   (State ID # 2003340; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)    Prerequisite:  Biology and Algebra I


CHEMISTRY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE with Lab                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  This course is a rigorous introduction to the basic principles of chemistry.  Among the topics covered are measurement, phases of matter, gas laws, kinetic theory, energy and order, reaction rates nuclear chemistry, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, formulas, equations, mole concept, solutions, kinetic equilibrium, acid-base theory, Redox Chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry.  (State ID # 2003350; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)   Prerequisite:  Biology Honors, Algebra I Honors, SFCA Honors criteria


MARINE SCIENCE

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE with Lab                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10-12

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to key marine science concepts and ideas. It is intended to expose students to the marine organisms and ecosystems as well as the ecology/relationships between them.  Students will develop critical and creative problem-solving skills that will prepare them for future marine science courses. The topics will raise awareness of the physical, chemical and geological aspects of oceanography, marine biology, the coastal environment and what we need to do to preserve it.  (State ID # 2002500; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Biology


PHYSICS HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE with Lab                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11

DESCRIPTION:  This course provides the student with an introductory study of the theories and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and the forces of nature.  These four major areas will be studied:  mechanics, wave action, electricity, and nuclear physics.  Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course.  (State ID # 2003390; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Chemistry Honors, SFCA Honors criteria


ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE or ELECTIVE                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:    Anatomy and physiology is a course that will enable students to develop an understanding of the relationships between the structures and functions of the human body. Students will also learn the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body. This course will involve laboratory activities, projects, dissections, textbook material, models, diagrams, journal writings, and clinical studies. (State ID # 2000350; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry, SFCA Honors criteria


AP BIOLOGY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE or ELECTIVE                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:    AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.  This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.  (State ID # 2000340; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)  Prerequisite:  Biology Honors, Chemistry, SFCA AP criteria


AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE or ELECTIVE                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11, 12

DESCRIPTION:  The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.  Although there are no specific AP Environmental Science labs or field investigations required for the course, it is expected that students perform as many labs/field investigations as possible.  (State ID # 2001380; counts toward Bright Futures Science with Lab Requirement)    Prerequisite: Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, Algebra II Honors, SFCA AP criteria


SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD HISTORY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  This course provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to meet their responsibilities as citizens of their community, state, and nation in an increasingly interdependent and complex global society.  The Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America will be the focus of attention as students identify similarities and differences between today’s reality and the world of the past.  (State ID # 2109310; fulfills Bright Futures World History requirement


WORLD HISTORY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  This course provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to meet their responsibilities as citizens of their community, state, and nation, in an increasingly interdependent and complex global society. The course is designed for the student interested in the how and why of history.  The Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America will be the focus of attention as students identify similarities and differences between today’s reality and the world of the past.  The student will develop the ability to identify the cause and effect of historical development and learn how to produce research projects.  (State ID # 2109320; fulfills Bright Futures World History requirement)  Prerequisite:  SFCA Honors criteria, HSPT scores


AP WORLD HISTORY: MODERN

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9

DESCRIPTION:  AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two semester introductory college or university World History course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.  (State ID # 2109420; fulfills Bright Futures World History requirement)  Prerequisite:  SFCA AP criteria, HSPT scores; students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. 


EUROPEAN HISTORY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to help the student understand the development of Europe within the context of history by examining connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a global community.  The students will acquire an understanding of the history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics and diverse cultures and humanities beginning with early man up through the twentieth century. (State ID # 9999999; counts as Bright Futures Elective)  Prerequisite:  World History


EUROPEAN HISTORY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  Honors credit will be extended to students enrolled in European History who demonstrates the desire to learn and research beyond the basic requirements.  Students who meet the grade point criteria are offered a conjunction with their regular European history assignments.  (State ID # 9999999; counts as a Bright Futures Elective)   Prerequisite:  World History Honors, SFCA Honors criteria


AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10

DESCRIPTION:  AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; individual and society; and national and European identity.  (State ID # 2109380; counts toward the Bright Futures Social Sciences requirement). Prerequisite:  Honors or AP World HistorySFCA AP criteria; students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.


UNITED STATES HISTORY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11

DESCRIPTION:  This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine chronological development of the American people by examining those political, geographic, economic, social, religious, technological, demographic and cultural components that have affected the rise and growth of our nation.  The first semester deals with the development of democracy from the efforts of the thirteen colonies to the Civil War.  The second semester deals with Reconstruction to the twentieth century. (State ID # 2100310; fulfills Bright Futures US History requirement)  Prerequisite:  World History, European History


UNITED STATES HISTORY HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11

DESCRIPTION:  Course objectives are designed to provide students with cognitive and factual knowledge necessary to analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical issues.  Course work will include substantial writing as well as an emphasis on primary source readings.   The first semester deals with the development of democracy from the efforts of the thirteen colonies to the Civil War.  The second semester deals with Reconstruction to the twentieth century.  The purchase of additional paperback books during the course will be required. (State ID # 2100320; counts toward Bright Futures US History requirement)  Prerequisite:  World History Honors, European History Honors, SFCA Honors criteria 


AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SCIENCE with Lab                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11

DESCRIPTION:  AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.  (State ID # 2100330; fulfills Bright Futures US History requirement) Prerequisite: Honors/AP World History, Honors/AP European History, SFCA AP criteria


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 0.5/0.5
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:  United States Government is a semester course which is designed to acquaint students with the origins, concepts, organizations, and policies of the United States government and political system,  concentrating on an in-depth study of the three branches of the federal government. Students develop a better understanding and appreciation of the United States Constitution and government at the national, state, and local levels.  (State ID # 2106310; fulfills the Bright Futures US Government requirement)

Economics is a semester study of the concepts and processes of the national and international economic systems. Topics to be covered include the following: the fundamental concepts relevant to the major economic systems including supply and demand, and the production of goods and services; the role of the consumer, of labor, of public finance. Also covered is credit, banking and monetary policy; financial and investment markets and the business cycle; promotion of economic stability including major economic theories, measurements, tools, and methodologies; and the influence and role of the government and fiscal policies on the United States and world economies. (State ID # 2102335; fulfills the Bright Futures Economics with Financial Literacy requirement)


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS HONORS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 0.5/0.5
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:  United States Government is a semester course which is designed to acquaint students with the origins, concepts, organizations, and policies of the United States government and political system,  concentrating on an in-depth study of the three branches of the federal government. Students develop a better understanding and appreciation of the United States Constitution and government at the national, state, and local levels.  Assignments will be more in depth with some outside reading, research papers and decision papers.  The student will also report on current events.  (State ID # 2106320; fulfills the Bright Futures US Government requirement) Prerequisite: United States History; SFCA Honors criteria 

Economics is a semester study of how society, using limited resources, goes about producing, distributing, and consuming goods and services to satisfy its wants. Topics to be covered include the following: supply and demand, production of goods and services, the role of the consumer, labor and its role, public finance and the role of government, credit and banking, promotion of economic stability, persistent economic problems, and the United States and world economies.  Assignments will be more in depth with some outside reading, research papers and decision papers. (State ID # 2102345; fulfills the Bright Futures Economics with Financial Literacy requirement) Prerequisite:  SFCA Honors criteria


AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS /AP MICROECONOMICS

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 0.5/0.5
Grade Level: 12

DESCRIPTION:  AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. (State ID # 2106420; fulfills the Bright Futures US Government requirement) Prerequisite:  SFCA AP criteria, AP US History recommended; students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

AP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. (State ID # 2102360; fulfills the Bright Futures Economics with Financial Literacy requirement)Prerequisite:  SFCA AP criteria; students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.


AP PSYCHOLOGY

Will count towards the graduation requirement for SOCIAL STUDIES                                      
Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11-12

DESCRIPTION:  The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. (State ID # 2107350; counts towards the Bright Futures Elective requirement)Prerequisite:  SFCA AP criteria; students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.


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