Course Descriptions

Mathematics Department

 

Modified Algebra Topics

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5 (Math Elective)

 

This semester long course is offered to help students with basic math skills.  Topics include basic number sense—including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, order of operations, and introduction to algebra topics including evaluating expressions and solving one-step equations. This course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).  

 

Modified Algebra

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

This yearlong course focuses on beginning algebra concepts.  Emphasis will be on basic number sense, data relationships, graphing factual information, solving basic algebraic equations, algebraic word problems, number patterns, and linear functions.  Students are provided the opportunity to apply problem solving to real world algebraic application that they will face throughout their life.  This course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).  

 

Modified Geometry

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

The course provides the student with language, models, and logic of geometry. This course introduces and expands on the concepts of tools of Geometry; geometric figures; triangle relationships; measurements in planes and space; reasoning; congruency; quadrilaterals; similarity; triangles; polygons; basic trigonometry. Students will master the essential concepts of geometry as it is used to generalize problem-solving situations and gain an appreciation and understanding of its historical roots.

 

Algebra Topics

Prerequisite: none                                               

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5 (math elective)                                                             

                                               

This course is offered to help students with basic math skills.  Topics include basic number sense—including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, order of operations, and introduction to algebra topics including evaluating expressions and solving one-step equations. 

 

Algebra 1-1

Prerequisite: 80% score on pretest or passing grade in Algebra Topics                                   

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course takes many algebra topics to a deeper level.  The course begins with a review of basic number sense and progresses through solving basic one-step and two-step equations.

 

Algebra 1-2

Prerequisite: Passing grade in 1-1                                                                                                                   

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course is a continuation of Algebra 1-1.  Topics include solving proportions, multi-step equations, absolute value equations, inequalities, and linear functions.

 

Algebra 1-3

Prerequisite: Passing grade in 1-2                                                                                                                   

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course is a continuation of Algebra 1-2.  Topics include solving systems of equations and inequalities (linear and non-linear), quadratic functions, exponential functions.

 

Algebra 1-4

Prerequisite: Passing grade in 1-3                                                                                                                                   

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course is a continuation of Algebra 1-2.  Topics include the Pythagorean Theorem, distance formula, square root functions, polynomials, rational expressions and functions.

 

Algebra 2-1

Prerequisite: Passing grade for Algebra 1-4 and/or teacher signature

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course is a continuation of Algebra 1.  Topics include properties of parabolas and quadratic equations, inverses and square root functions, complex numbers, completing the square and the quadratic formula; power functions and their inverses, polynomial functions and equations, dividing polynomials; exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs; combinations and the binomial theorem.

 

Algebra 2-2

Prerequisite: Passing grade for Algebra 2-1 and/or teacher signature

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course is a continuation of Algebra 2-1.  Topics include inverse variation and their graphs, rational expressions and equations; the unit circle, radian measure, trigonometric functions, oblique and right triangles; conic sections, parabolas, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and non-linear systems. 

 

Geometry 1

Prerequisite: Passing grade for Algebra 1-2   and/or teacher signature                                                  

Course Length: 1 semester

Credits: 5                   

 

This course provides the student with the language, models, and logic of geometry.  It introduces and expands on the concepts of tools of geometry, investigating geometric figures, transformations, triangle relationships, measuring in the plane, and measuring in space.

 

Geometry 2

Prerequisite:  Passing grade for Geometry 1   and/or teacher signature                                                  

Course Length: 1 semester

Credits: 5                                              

 

This course provides the student with the language, models, and logic of geometry.  It includes reasoning and parallel lines, proving triangles congruent, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, chords, secants, and tangents.

 

7th Block Algebra A                  Offered ONLY 1st and 3rd quarters!!!

Prerequisite: 80% score on pretest or passing grade in Algebra Topics

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 5

 

This course covers all the material from Algebra 1-1 and 1-2.  It takes many algebra topics to a deeper level.  The course begins with a review of basic number sense and progresses through solving basic one-step and two-step equations, solving proportions, multi-step equations, absolute value equations, inequalities, and linear functions.

 

7th Algebra B                            Offered ONLY 2nd and 4th quarters!!!

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Algebra A or Algebra 1-2

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 5

 

This course is a covers all the material from Algebra 1-3 and d1-4.  It takes covers solving systems of equations and inequalities (linear and non-linear), quadratic functions, exponential functions, Pythagorean Theorem, distance formula, square root functions, polynomials, rational expressions and functions.

 

8th Block Geometry 1               Offered ONLY 1st and 3rd quarters!!!

Prerequisite: Passing grade for Algebra 1-2 and/or teacher signature                                                    

Course Length: 1 semester

Credit: 5                                                               

 

This course provides the student with the language, models, and logic of geometry.  It introduces and expands on the concepts of tools of geometry, investigating geometric figures, transformations, triangle relationships, measuring in the plane, and measuring in space.

 

8th Block Geometry 2               Offered ONLY 2nd and 4th quarters!!!

Prerequisite:  Passing grade for Geometry 1   and/or teacher signature                                                  

Course Length: 1semester

Credit: 5

                                    

This course provides the student with the language, models, and logic of geometry.  It includes reasoning and parallel lines, proving triangles congruent, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, chords, secants, and tangents.

 

MAT 121 College Algebra         Offered only 1st quarter!!!

Prerequisite:  Teacher Signature

Course length:  1 quarter

Credit:  CCA=4, RVA=2.5

 

This course may be taken as a dual credit course (high school and Community College of Aurora) or simply a high school course.  The course includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem and the theory of equations.  Additional topics will complete the course content.  Faculty will model the use of graphing calculator technology in the teaching of these topics so that students will be able to use graphing calculators to enhance their algebraic thinking, understanding, and problems solving.

 

College Algebra Topics Offered only 2nd quarter!!!

Prerequisite:  Passing grade in College Algebra and Teacher Signature                                                  

Credit:  RVA 2.5 (math elective)

Course length:  1 quarter                                                  

 

This course is a continuation of the topics covered in College Algebra.  Trigonometry will also be covered.

 

MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts                  Offered only 3rd quarter!!!

Prerequisite:  Teacher Signature                                                                      

Credit:  CCA=4, RVA=2.5

Course length:  1 quarter

Grade Level:  9-12                                              

 

This course may be taken as a dual credit course (high school and Community College of Aurora) or simply a high school course.  This course develops mathematical and problem-solving skills.  Content is selected to highlight connections between mathematics and the society in which we live.  Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods, and consumer mathematics.  Additional content will include one topic in geometry, numeration systems, decision making. 

 

MLA Topics Offered only 4th quarter!!!

Prerequisite:  Teacher Signature                                                                                      

Credit:  RVA=2.5

Course length:  1 quarter                                                  

 

This course is a continuation of the topics covered in Mathematics for the Liberal Arts. 

 

English Department

 

Title I Reading

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This class is designed for struggling readers.  This course will focus on basic reading strategies.  Students will focus on accomplishing individualized reading goals.  This course will cover the six main areas of focus within reading. This course aims to increase the reading and writing abilities of students with direct and highly individualized instruction. 

 

Modified Introduction Literature and Composition

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 year

Credits:  10

 

Modified Introduction Literature and Composition is a course meant to augment the General Introduction Literature and Composition Curriculum. This modified course will allot for any accommodations and modifications as necessary or mandated by the students Individualized Education Plans. This course is designed to develop and challenge student ability in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level.  Extended reading and literary selections are taken from adopted texts and the recommended reading list.

 

Modified American Literature

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 year

Credits:  10

 

Modified American Literature is a course meant to augment the General American Literature Curriculum. This modified course will allot for any accommodations and modifications as necessary or mandated by the students Individualized Education Plans. Students will spend the quarter focusing on a single author, genre, in American Literature from 1500 to 1900, with special emphasis on social and literary movements and conflicts throughout the period. This course utilizes literature from all cultures and eras, with special emphasis on social and literary movements and conflicts throughout the period.

 

01446—High School Reading

Prerequisite: None                                              
Course Length: 1 quarter

Credit 2.5                             

This one-quarter class provides both individualized and group instruction in reading and literacy strategies.  Additionally, they will be introduced to diverse genres of reading materials.  All students will have access to checking out materials from the library and will be required to demonstrate completion and understanding of the material that they choose.

 

01356—Introduction to Literature & Composition

Prerequisite: None                                                              
Course Length: 1 year

Credits: 10                                                           

This yearlong required language arts course is designed to develop and challenge student’s abilities in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level. Students develop skills in reading and writing while investigating literary genres such as the essay, poetry, short story, drama, and the novel.

 

01400—American Literature and Composition

Prerequisite: None                                              
Course Length: 1 year

Credits: 10


This yearlong required language arts course focuses on American Literature form 1500 to the present. With an emphasis on social and literary movements and conflicts throughout the history of America, this class presents works of exposition, poetry, prose, drama, and film, and asks students to increase their ability to read and write while coming to an understanding of the American experience.

 

High School Research

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This one-quarter course provides students with an in-depth understanding of media centers and academic research.  Students will learn to utilize the library resources for academic and expository compositions, and research for other courses. 

 

01356—Introduction to Literature & Composition 7th Block or 8th Block

Prerequisite: None                                                              
Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 5                                                              

This intensive course is a required language arts course that is designed to develop and challenge student’s ability in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level. Students develop skills in reading and writing while investigating literary genres such as the essay, poetry, short story, drama, and the novel.

 

01400—American Literature and Composition 7th Block or 8th Block

Prerequisite: None                                              
Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 5                                                              

This intensive course is a required language arts course that focuses on American Literature from 1500 to the present. With an emphasis on social and literary movements and conflicts throughout the history of America, this class presents works of exposition, poetry, prose, drama, and film, and asks students to increase their ability to read and write while coming to an understanding of the American experience.  

 

  

Science Department

 

Modified ICPE (Introductory Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science)

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 year

Credits:  10

*While 9-12 graders may take this course, it needs to be the first high-school science experience students have.

 

This course introduces the students to the world of science.  It covers the scientific method, metrics, interactions of matter, the periodic table, valence electrons, motion and forces, sound and light, plate tectonics, oceanography, and astronomy.

 

13560—Modified Biology

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral (Preferably students in this class will have taken ICPE)

Course Length:  1 year

Credits:  10

 

This course presents classification of organisms, ecology, cytology, cellular respiration, cell reproduction, DNA and genetics, bacteria, viruses, invertebrates, and vertebrates.  This course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their individual education plan. 

 

Introductory Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science (ICPE)

Prerequisite:  NONE                                                           

Course Length:  1 Year

Credits:  10

Grade Level:  9-12*

*While 9-12 graders may take this course, it needs to be the first high-school science experience students have.

 

This course introduces the students to the world of science.  It covers the scientific method, metrics, interactions of matter, the periodic table, valence electrons, motion and forces, sound and light, plate tectonics, oceanography, and astronomy.  This course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their individual education plan. 

 

03560—Biology

Prerequisite:  ICPE                                                                              

Course Length:  1 Year

Credits:  10

 

This course presents classification of organisms, ecology, cytology, cellular respiration, cell reproduction, DNA and genetics, bacteria, viruses, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

 

03585—Chemistry

Prerequisite:  Biology                                                         

Course Length:  1 Year

Credits:  10                                          

 

This course presents the structure and organization of matter, the conversion of matter from one form to another, chemical reactions, acids and bases, and gases.

 

Earth Science (7th or 8th Block)

Prerequisite:  None                                                                             

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  5

                                               

This course presents rocks and minerals, history of the earth, earthquakes and volcanoes, soil and soil formation, space and our solar system, and atmosphere and weather.

 

03720—Anatomy and Physiology

 

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:

Credits:

 

 Social Studies Department

 

12500—Modified American History I

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

This class is a survey of US History beginning with the Pre-Columbian migration of tribal groups through the Bering Strait and their expansion into North and South America.  It continues through the period of exploration, the establishment of the thirteen colonies and the development of the republic through the War of 1812.  The conclusion of this semester deals with Sectionalism and the seeds of the American Civil War.  This course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their individual education plan. 

 

12505—Modified American History II

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

This course examines the events and issues in American History from Reconstruction to the Persian Gulf War.  Through reading, writing, and discussion students develop a further understanding of the history of our nation as it establishes itself as the preeminent power in the modern world.  The course is modified to meet individual student needs as noted in their individual education plans. 

 

12485—Modified American Government

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

This course explores the government of the Unites States and focuses on individual rights, how the U.S. government operates, checks and balances, political parties, individual branches of government, the U.S. Constitution, federalism, the electoral process, state and local government, and international relations.  While the essential content is not significantly different from the regular government course, the material is covered at a slower pace and is modified to meet the needs of each student’s Individual Education Plan.

 

12610—Modified Geography

Prerequisite:  IEP Referral

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5

 

Students investigate and understand basic concepts of geography as they apply at any scale, global and local.  These concepts, suggested by district standards, are examined using examples from the Denver area and the world at large.  The course is modified to meet individual student needs as outlined in his Individual Education Plan.  

 

02635—History of Colorado

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credit: 5                                                               

 

This course examines how geography, events, and issues in Colorado history shaped the current State.  Through reading, writing, and discussion, students develop an understanding of the history of Colorado and their community.

 

02610—World Geography

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credit: 5                                                               

 

In this course, students investigate and understand basic concepts of geography, including geographic tools, physical and human geography, earth’s surface, human population patterns, and human interaction, and learn to apply them locally, nationally and globally.

 

02500—American History I

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credit: 5

 

This course examines events and issues in American history from Jamestown through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Through reading, writing, and discussion, students develop an understanding of how and why the United States has become a diverse and ethnically rich nation.

 

02505—American History II

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credit: 5

 

This course examines events and issues in American history from the post-Reconstruction era to Watergate.  Through reading, writing, and discussion, students develop a further understanding of the history of our great nation as it enters the modern era and establishes itself as the leading nation in the world.

 

02485—American Government

Prerequisite: None                                                                

Course Length: 1 Semester                

Credit: 5                                                                 

 

This course explores the government of the United States and focuses on individual rights, how the U.S. government operates, checks and balances, political parties, individual branches of government, the U.S. Constitution, federalism, the electoral process, state and local government, and international relations.

 

02501—Honors American History

Prerequisite: Dept Head Signature                                  

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credit: 5

Grade Level: 11-12 only                                                    

                                                               

This course provides an opportunity for those students who have completed the regular American History cycle and/or have shown outstanding ability in the discipline to study the subject in greater depth.  The course emphasizes critical thinking, essay writing, debate, and enables each student to research a significant event in American history using primary and secondary sources.  

 

Required Electives

 

07506—Computer Fundamentals

Prerequisite: None

Course Length:  1 semester; {Level I}

Credits:  5

This course introduces the student to the desktop computer and takes them from basic computer history through the essential functions of the Windows 98 and 2000 operating systems.  The bulk of the course is applied towards mastering the basic operations of MicrosoftÓ Word and includes the development of several papers and projects, to include professional letters, charts, newsletters and multi-page reports.

 

07418—Life Management and Relationships

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This course is designed to assist the student in developing the skills needed in order to be successful citizen in the community while having an independent lifestyle.  The course focuses on four main sections, personal finance, employment, portfolio, and home economics. 

 

03740  CPR / First Aid

 

Prerequisite:  None                                                             

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

Students are taught to understand and apply skills as required for First Aid and CPR under guidance of the American Red Cross, to include:  Identifying and treating signs and symptoms of cuts and fractures, choking, cardiac distress, heart failure, cardiac arrest, heart attack, and shock.

 

OSHA

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  10 hours

Credits:  N/A  (Certificate)

 

This class is designed to help students understand occupational health and safety.  Upon completion the student will receive their 10-hour industrial safety card, issued by the Department of Labor OSHA-division.

 

High School Physical Education

Prerequisite:  None                                                             

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  5                                             

 

This course meets every day of the week for one hour.  It is designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to develop and maintain personal physical fitness.  The course focuses on three main sections:  timed three-mile runs, group runs, and 18 X 20’s.


 

Electives

 

Art

05545—Beginning Drawing

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This course is an introduction to basic drawing.  Students will learn art vocabulary along with the application into several drawing projects.

 

05546—Beginning Drawing and Painting/ART HISTORY

 

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  12

 

This is an introduction into studio art.  In this much more extensive course, students will learn art vocabulary, study art history, and then apply this into all the elements of art with studio projects.

 

05547—Advanced ART/Art History

 

Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  12

 

This course is designed for the student pursuing the ARTS.  Students will continue with extensive vocabulary, much more in-depth Art History, as well as continue applying this into studio projects.


Health

 

03740-1—American Red Cross Instructor Trainer

 

Prerequisite:  Complete Application                               

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This study focuses on qualifying students as certified instructors, through the American Red Cross on CPR and First Aid.

 

03742—Alcohol and Drug Education

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length:     1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

An area of healthy living education focuses on the overall dangers and risk of alcohol and drugs to the student and family.

 

 

Music

 

05775—Band

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5 to 12

 

These course will teach tone production, articulation, range, dynamic, and technical facility of all instruments, and for players at every stage of development, including beginners.  Instrumental music will also provide students with sophisticated knowledge in music, literature, instrument techniques, group coordination, and an appreciation for music understanding for music through performance in band.

 

05780—Choir

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5 to 12

 

This course provides the opportunity for the continued development of the skills necessary for effective participation in a performing vocal ensemble.  Choir also provides students with sophisticated knowledge in music literature, choral techniques, group coordination, and an appreciation of choral music as an art form. 

 

Vocations Department

 

Automotive

 

07005—Automotive Maintenance

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

Reinforcing academic/vocational integrated learning and human relation skills.  This course emphasizes learning opportunities and theoretical study of automobiles and their various parts and functions.  This course is introductory in nature, and teaches students how to properly maintain an automobile.

 

07015—Automotive Technologies

Prerequisite:  07005-Automotive Maintenance

Course Length:  1 year

Credits:  10

 

This class is designed to give the students a more in-depth theoretical study of the subsystems of an automobile including electrical, brakes, tires and wheels, and suspension and steering.

 

07018—Advanced Automotive Technologies (7th/8th Vocational Block)

Prerequisite:  07015-Automotive Technologies

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5 per quarter

 

This class is designed to give the students practical application of theories that are learned in the day blocks.  Students will use one or more of the following:  problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and time management.  Students will perform repairs on various types of vehicles to meet all ASE Standards using the latest automotive diagnostic tools, alignment equipment, and hand and power tools.

 

Barbering

 

07837—Barbering I

Prerequisite:  Must be 16 years old

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits: 2.5

 

This course provides the training to lead to a lucrative and growth filled career offering opportunities for artistic and creative expression.  Barbering refers to the performance of those techniques and arts such as hair cutting, shaving, massaging, facial treatments, and knowledge of bacteriology, anatomy, as well as safe work practices.

 

07838—Barbering II

Prerequisite:  Must be 16 years old

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  5

 

This course provides all of the hands on lessons with live models that are taught during the day block classes.  The opportunity for professional growth in this course is immeasurable.

 

Applied Technology

 

05336-2—Intermediate Software

Prerequisite: #05336-1                                     

Course Length:  1 Quarter; {Level II}

Credits:  2.5

 

This course takes the skills learned in the fundamentals class and expands into the area of creating, understanding and manipulating spreadsheets in MicrosoftÓ Excel and Presentations in MicrosoftÓ Powerpoint.  This session will include the inclusion of charts from MicrosoftÓ Excel, imported images, and will required the student to deliver a presentation with PowerPoint.  Skills learned will include creating running lists, building charts and graphs, importing a spreadsheet into a database, and utilizing multiple sheets.

 

05336-3—Advanced Software

Prerequisite: #05336-1, 2                                

Course Length:  1 Quarter; {Level III}

Credits:  2.5

 

The advanced software session will take student skills and knowledge to the more challenging yet enjoyable areas of database development and web page design.  Students will work with MicrosoftÓ Access to understand and create the design, purpose and development of interactive databases.  Students will then be introduced to the creativity and ease of web site development using MicrosoftÓ FrontPage and will be required to import images and .GIF files.  Their end product will include a complete web site with at least 5 hyperlinked pages, a home page and proper navigation devices.

 

05360-1—Computer Troubleshooting I

Prerequisite: #05336-1                                     

Course Length:  1 Quarter; {Level III (a)}

Credits:  2.5

 

The Introduction to A+ class is geared to towards the students who wish to pursue the A+ Vocation classes.  It is an involved class covering many aspects of the computer hardware systems as seen through the requirements of the CompTIA A+ requirements.  This class covers an overall look at the hardware systems, motherboards, system BIOS, making changes to system settings, memory functions, CPUs, and the external data bus network.

 

05360-2—Computer Troubleshooting II

Prerequisite: #05360-1                                     

Course Length:  1 Quarter; {Level III (b)}

Credits:  2.5

 

This class is a continuation from the Intro to A+ Intro I class and will complete the learning objectives that centers on computer hardware.  It is an involved class covering many aspects of the computer hardware systems as seen through the requirements of the CompTIA A+ requirements.  This class covers an overall look at Power supply, Floppy and hard drives, CD media, sound, video, modems, portable PC’s, printers and networks.  Students who complete this class (and A+ Intro I) will have filled the educational needs to certify Level III of the Applied Technology Vocation w/o the CompTIA certification.

 

001445—A+ Vocation

Prerequisite: #05360-1                                     

Course Length:  1 Quarter; {Level III (b)}

Credits:  12

 

This vocational series of classes focuses on the CompTIA A+ Computer Hardware and Software certification requirements.  This vocation is broken into 2 classes:  one that centers on hardware requirements and the other on just the software requirements.  The hardware class centers on extremely in-depth skills and knowledge in the areas of basic hardware systems, BIOS, Memory, Motherboard form factors and functions, hard drives, floppy drives, power supply, printers, networking and more. 

The software requirements session focuses on in-depth information dealing with the MS DOS, Windows 98 and Windows 2000 systems.  This vocation is recommended only for the students who have exceptional academic standing, as there is a high degree of knowledge retention required in this technologically demanding area.  There are also many tests given each week in both sessions.  Students who finish the sessions with a 90% or better will be recommended for CompTIA testing for their A+ certificate.

 

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Construction

 

06800—Construction Technologies

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  5 quarters

Credits:  2.5 per quarter

 

Reinforcing academic/vocational integrated learning and human relation skills.  This course emphasizes learning opportunities and theoretical study of construction including framing, masonry, and finish carpentry. 

 

06806—Construction Technologies (7th/8th Vocational Block)

Prerequisite:  06800—Construction Technologies

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5 per quarter

 

This class is designed to give the students practical application of theories that are learned in the day blocks.  Students will use one or more of the following:  problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and time management.  Students will build various projects to meet all applicable building codes, using carpentry tools, hand tools, and power tools.

 

06960—Manufacturing/Fabrication

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  5 quarters

Credits:  2.5 per quarter

 

Reinforcing academic/vocational integrated learning and human relation skills.  The course emphasizes learning opportunities and theoretical study of welding, manufacturing, and fabrication.

 

06966—Welding/Fabrication (7th/8th Vocational Block)

Prerequisite:  96960—Manufacturing/Fabrication

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5 per quarter

 

This class is designed to give the students practical application of theories that are learned in the day blocks.  Students will use one or more of the following:  problems solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and time management.  Students will perform welding operations using Oxy/accl, ACR, MIG, TIG equipment to meet AWS standards.

 

Trowel Trades

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  5 quarters

Credits:  2.5 per quarter

 

Reinforcing academic/vocational integrated learning and human relation skills.  This course emphasizes learning opportunities and theoretical study of a variety of vocational trades that incorporate the use of various trowels and other essential tools and equipment. 

 

 

Trowel Trades (7th/8th Vocational Block)

Prerequisite:  Trowel Trades

Course Length:  1 semester

Credits:  5 per quarter

 

Trowel trades, through a combination of class work and hands-on work, encompass.  The student will learn and understand the different career ladders, skills and attitudes of the trowel trades.  Trades include:  Masonry (brick, block, stone, pavers), Stucco, Tile, Concrete, Drywall

 

 

Culinary

 

07355—Introduction to Culinary Arts  

Prerequisite: None                                                              

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  2.5

 

This is the first course for all culinary students.  This class provides the basic understanding of the fundamentals of food safety and sanitation.  Students will be trained through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation ServSafe training curriculum and become eligible to take the national certification test upon completion.

 

07355—The Ridge

Prerequisite: Introduction to Culinary Arts                    

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  7.5

 

This is the second course for culinary students.  This class covers culinary history, knife safety and skills, professional equipment, culinary measurement, cooking methods, and recipe conversion.

 

07355—The Ridge II

Prerequisite: Introduction to Culinary Arts                    

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  7.5

 

This next professional course is designed to continue to build the culinary fundamental skills for success in a kitchen.  Within this class, the students will learn basic baking fundamentals, breakfast cookery, sandwich cookery, salad cookery, and customer service guidelines.

 

07358—Practical Culinary Arts

Prerequisite: Intro to Culinary Arts                 

Course Length:  1 quarter

Credits:  10

 

This hands-on class provides the students an opportunity to practice the knowledge and understanding they are learning while in this vocation.  Within this class, basic sanitation, safety, and fundamental kitchen skills are practiced and utilized.  This class also focuses on developing a good work ethic and kitchen professionalism.  During this class, students will gain the opportunity to plan, prepare, cook, and serve a variety of meals.  These various meals include on site special events like graduations and sports banquets as well as off site catering events around the community ranging from 10-600 guests.

 

Media Productions

 

 

7575—CineVideo  1-1

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credits: 2.5

 

 This course takes the student through the three stages of filmmaking preproduction, production and postproduction. The student will learn, narrative format, documentary format, story telling, how to create a treatment, scripting, storyboarding/shot list, location, production management, camera techniques and operations, parts of a camera, care of equipment, camera supports, difference between auto and manual controls, play mode, tape speed, viewfinder, video and audio outputs, audio recording, non-linear editing and editing techniques. Students will also learn the basics of film history and expression.

 

5066—AA Multimedia 1

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length: 1 Semester

Credits: 2.5

 

This course will look at the ethics and legalities of newsgathering and news writing.  Students will apply this knowledge towards the fundamentals of news interviewing, writing and reporting skills, to include advertisements, headline stories, attributions, story structures, page layout and design, development of a newsletter and television news scripts. Students will plan, design and develop multimedia projects through the use of software and will function in teams to create a variety of presentations, including audio, video, images, text and graphics.

 

1596—Practical Media Productions

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length: 1 quarter

Credits: 5

 

This hands-on class provides the practical end of all other Media Production classes. It focuses on work ethic professionalism and provides real world problems in a classroom/campus environment. This class also works as a community outlet.

 


 

Orientation Classes

 

Orientation Math

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  One hour per day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

The math class in orientation uses competencies in vocabulary, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and basic algebraic concepts to assess the students.  Students are prepared in proper note taking and subject specific reading and writing.  The majority of the curriculum delivery is student centered.  Students are able to review important fundamental math concepts while being assessed accurately and subsequently being placed into appropriate math classes in the General Population at ROP.

 

Orientation English

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  One hour per day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

In this course, students will study English composition by working on daily assignments that are organized into weekly mini-units.  The mini-units are based on different types of literature including essays, short stories, autobiographies, business letters, personal letters, advertisements, news articles, poetry, mythology, business plans, screenplays & theatre plays, book reports, and journaling.  Skills that will be addressed in assignments include handwriting, spelling, punctuation & grammar, organization, knowledge of the writing process, test taking and study skills, and descriptive writing.

 

Orientation Social Studies

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  One hour per day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

The social studies class in orientation uses competencies in vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing skills, government issues, and common historical facts to assess the students while following the American History 1 Curriculum.  Students are prepared in proper note taking and subject specific reading and writing.  By following the American History 1 Curriculum, students are able to make a smooth transition into the American History 1 program in the General Population at ROP.

 

06870—Orientation Keyboarding  (Required RVA elective.)

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  One hour per day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

Course Description:  This class guides students through the processes needed and allows them the practice to insure their typing skills and speed are at a minimum of 35 words per minute. This class will introduce the students to the keyboard and to Mavis Beacon, the typing tutor to be utilized for all the practice.  As class progresses, students will be allowed/encouraged to type their required papers (RAM speech, Graduation plan, etc).

 

Orientation Health Class

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  One hour per day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

This class covers health and wellness.  Students will study how to make responsible decisions, physical fitness, nutrition principals, personal care and appearance, building self-esteem, drugs, relationships in adolescence and adulthood, families, abuse, and diseases. 

 

Orientation Physical Education & Sports Training

Prerequisite:  None

Course Length:  3-4 hours each day

Credits:  15 hours = 1 credit

 

This course is designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to develop and maintain personal physical fitness.  The course focuses on two main sections.  The first section rotates twice each day in which groups complete eighteen exercises at twenty repetitions, run three miles on the stamina course, or complete cardiovascular circuit training.  The second section of sports training occurs once each day.  Depending upon the athletic season, during this time, student athletes practice the fundamentals of sports such as football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, etc. in preparation for their transition to an athletic team in the general population.