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The Center School’s course offering is intentionally narrower than those of large comprehensive high schools, reflecting best practices based on current educational research within an arts-integrated, college preparatory-focused curriculum. Our small school size offers a stimulating educational environment, including a rigorous, standards-based core academic program in the humanities, math, science, and Spanish.

As part of our commitment to college preparedness for all of our students, The Center School offers AP courses and requires a full 24 credits to graduate. This is the current standard for applying to most four-year universities, so even if a graduating senior isn’t sure college is the next immediate step, the door has been opened for that option.

2021 – 2022 Course Description

Course Name(s): Intro to Lit Comp 9A (HLA3093), Intro Lit Comp 9B (HLA3095) 

Grade(s):
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: English 

Course Descriptions: 

Intro Lit Comp 9A: (semester-long) Intro to Lit & Comp 9A concentrates on critical reading of texts from different genres, reflecting themes of identity and self-discovery, and also focuses on clear and purposeful writing. 

Intro Lit Comp 9B: (semester-long) Intro to Lit & Comp 9B concentrates on critical reading of texts from different genres, reflecting themes of identity and self-discovery and also focuses on clear and purposeful writing.  

Course Name(s): World Lit Comp 10A (HLA3097), World Lit Comp 10B (HLA3099) 

Grade(s): 10 
Credits: .5 credit/semester  
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: English 

Course Descriptions: 

World Lit Comp 10A: (semester long)  
World Literature & Comp 10A is semester 1 of a year-long course where students read international texts. The course concentrates on critically reading how the human experience is expressed in literature from around the world. 

World Lit Comp 10B: (semester-long) World Lit & Comp 10B is semester two of a year-long course where students read international texts, concentrating on critical reading and the human experience, and where students write expository and persuasive texts. 

Course Name(s): Amer Lit Comp 11A (HLA3101), Amer Lit Comp 11B (HLA3103) 

Grade(s): 11 
Credits: .5 credit /Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: English  

Course Descriptions:  

Amer Lit Comp 11A: (semester long)  
American Lit & Comp 11A is part one of a year-long course that concentrates on critically readings about the American experience with an emphasis on increased sophistication through reading, writing, and speaking. 
Amer Lit Comp 11B: (semester-long)  
American Lit & Comp 11B is part two of a year-long course that concentrates on critically readings about the American experience with an emphasis on increased sophistication through reading, writing, and speaking. 

Course Name(s): AP Language Arts 12 (HLA0026)

Grade(s): 12 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: English 
Course Descriptions: This course serves the needs of students who have attained the reading and writing skills generally expected in introductory college courses in composition and literature and who are ready for advanced, more specialized English courses when they arrive at college.  
*Course will be AP English Lang Comp 1 (semester 1) and AP English Lang Comp 2 

Course Name(s): World History 1 (HSS5852) 

Grade(s): 9-10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) investigates civilizations across the globe focusing on 600 C.E. through 1440 CE. 

Course Name(s): World History 2 (HSS5853) 

Grade(s): 9-10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) the second of three semester length sequenced courses continues to investigate the emergence of civilizations across the globe through 1900 C.E.-how their interaction impacted their growth and evolution. 

Course Name(s): World History 3 (HSS5854) 

Grade(s): 9-10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) the third semester of the World History courses, encompasses 1900 C.E to the present in the continued investigation of the emergence of civilizations across the globe. 

Course Name(s): World History 4 (HSS1069)  

Grade(s): 9-10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective 
Course Descriptions: (semester long) This course emphasizes current foreign issues and investigates the historic and political causes of current problems. Student Learning Objectives (SLO’S): 1. The student will be able to apply social studies skills. 2. The student will be able to show knowledge of significant persons, 

Course Name(s): US History 11A (US History 11A) 

Grade(s): 11 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) US History 11A, the first semester of a year-long course, analyzes the origins of the American Republic and concentrates on the Industrial Revolution to the emergence of the modern United States through 1920. 

Course Name(s): US History 11B (US History 11B) 

Grade(s): 11 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) US History 11B, the second semester of a year-long course that analyzes the origins of the American Republic, concentrates on the Roaring 20s era through the end of the cold war in 1989. 

Course Name(s): AMmerican Govt Civics Econ (HSS1742) 

Grade(s): 12 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: History  
Course Descriptions: (semester long) The purpose of this course in American Government, Civics and Economics is to give students an historical and current day understanding of how their government works, the importance of civic engagement in a democracy and how their economic system operates in order for them to participate meaningfully in making decisions that affect their lives. 

Course Name(s): Contemp World Contemp World Prob (Contemp World Prob) 

Grade(s): 12 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective 
Course Descriptions: (semester long) In Contemporary World Problems, students examine global issues such as human rights, global health, and the role of the United States and the United Nations in a changing world. This course is intended for 10th grade students 

Course Name(s): Algebra 1A (HMA2684), Algebra 1B (HMA2686) 

Grade(s):
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  
Course Descriptions:  
Algebra 1A: (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using linear and exponential equations and functions. Note: Algebra 1 may be taken concurrently with Geometry. 
Algebra 1B (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using linear, exponential, quadratic equations, inequalities and functions. Students will summarize, represent, and interpret single variable and bi-variate categorical and quantitative data. 

Course Name(s): Geometry A (HMA2692), Geometry B (HMA2694) 

Grade(s): 9, 10 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  
Course Descriptions:  
Geometry A: (semester long)  
Students formalize their understanding of angle relationships and triangle properties. Students use geometric transformations and formal constructions to study congruence and similarity. Students develop formal proofs of angle and triangle properties and relationships using precise language and notation. Note: Geometry may be taken concurrently with either Algebra 1 OR Algebra 2. 
Geometry B: (semester long) 
Students establish properties of right triangles (including trigonometric ratios), quadrilaterals, and circles and use these properties to write formal proofs and solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students extend work with area and volume to investigate real-world modeling problems. Students further develop probability concepts, focusing on conditional probability, independence, and compound events. Prerequisite OR Co-requisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. (Note: Geometry may be taken concurrently with Algebra 1.) 

Course Name(s): Algebra 2A (HMA2688), Algebra 2B (HMA2690) 

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11 (Follow math sequence) 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  
Course Descriptions: 
Algebra 2A: (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic, functions and equations. Prerequisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. AND Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 1.0 Geometry credit. (Note: Co-requisite means Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently with Geometry.) 
Algebra 2B: (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using rational and trigonometric functions and equations. Students use statistical techniques to evaluate linear models for bivariate data and normal models for single variable quantitative data. Prerequisite: Algebra 1. 

Course Name(s): Pre-Calculus A (HMA2696), Pre-Calculus B (HMA2698) 

Grade(s): 10-12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied:  
Course Descriptions: 
Pre-Calculus A: (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using piece-wise, absolute value, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions. Students extend their understanding of these functions through study of their inverses, reciprocals and composition of functions. 

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Pre-Calculus B: (semester long)  
Students apply trigonometric and triangle relationships to prove trig identities. Students use matrices as a tool to solve systems and vectors to model Physics applications. Students represent conic sections algebraically and graphically. Students extend their understanding of probability to evaluate outcomes of decisions. 

Course Name(s): AP Statistics A (HMA2530), AP Statistics B (HMA2531)  

Grade(s): 11-12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  
Course Descriptions:  
AP Statistics A: (semester long) AP Statistics A is designed to be the equivalent of the first half of a one-semester college statistics course and prepares students to take the AP Statistics Exam in May. Students learn how to collect, display and describe data. Students deepen their understanding of probability as it pertains to the role of randomness in data gathering. Prerequisite: Algebra 2. 
AP Statistics B: (semester long) AP Statistics B is designed to be the equivalent of the second half of a one-semester college statistics course and prepares students to take the AP Statistics Exam in May. Students learn to draw conclusions about populations based on the results of a single sample by creating confidence intervals to estimate population values, and conducting hypothesis tests to make decisions. Prerequisite: Algebra 2. 

Course Name(s): AP Calculus AB A (HMA1929), AP Calculus AB B (HMA1932) 

Grade(s): 11-12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  
Course Descriptions: 
AP Calculus AB A: (semester long)  
AP Calculus AB A is designed to be the equivalent of the first half of a one-semester college calculus course and prepares students to take the AP Calculus AB Exam in May. Units include limits, differentiation 
AP Calculus AB B: (semester long)  
AP Calculus AB B is designed to be the equivalent of the second half of a one-semester college calculus course and prepares students to take the AP Calculus AB Exam in May. This course follows AP Calculus AB A. Units include integration, differential equations, and their applications. 
*This math course is offered every other year. The next school year that it will be offered is 2022-2023. 

Course Name(s): Physics A (HSC3112), Physics B (HSC3212)  

Grade(s): 9 – 10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Science Lab 

Course Descriptions: 

Physics A: (semester long)  
In this course, Physics A: Mechanistic Models for Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves, students will study static electricity and current electricity, conservation of energy, energy transfer, magnetism, wavelength and frequency, and light and sound waves. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 

Physics B: (semester long) 
In this course, Physics B: Mechanics, students will study energy transfers and conversions, conservation of energy, Newton’s Laws of Motion, conservation of momentum, gravitation, Coulomb’s Law. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 

Course Name(s): Chemistry A (HSC3111), Chemistry B (HSC3211)  

Grade(s): 9 – 10 
Credits: .5 credit /Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Science Lab 

Course Descriptions: 

Chemistry A: (semester long)  

In this course, Chemistry A: Atomic Structure and Periodicity, students develop and use models of the atom to investigate the properties of matter at an atomic level and explore how the periodic table provides a way to organize all this information. Students carry out investigations to explain properties of substances and develop solutions to engineering problems of materials science. Finally, students examine the nucleus of the atom and evaluate models to come up with solutions to problems in nuclear chemistry. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 

Chemistry B: (semester long) 

In this course, Chemistry B: Reactions and Energy Transfer, use the basic understanding of the structure of matter to investigate chemical reactions, and to further develop models of matter and energy transfer. Students analyze real world data to develop mathematical models. Finally, students carry out investigations to make sense of everyday chemical reactions and processes. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 

Course Name(s): Biology A (HSC1258), Biology B (HSC1259) 

Grade(s): 9 – 10 
Credits: .5 credit/Semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Science Lab 

Course Descriptions: 

Biology A: (semester long) 
In this course, Biology A: Tracing Matter and Energy, students will focus on processes that transform matter and energy in organisms, ecosystems, and global systems: combustion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, digestion, and biosynthesis. Students use these cellular and chemical processes to explain the functioning of organisms – plants, animals, decomposers – as well as ecological and global carbon cycling. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 
Biology B: (semester long) 
In this course, Biology B: Tracing Information through Generations, students will study mitosis, DNA, proteins, homeostasis, inheritance, genetic variation, population genetics, group behavior and survival, evolution, natural selection, adaptation, Earth’s formation, Earth’s systems and life on Earth, carrying capacity, biodiversity, and impacts of human activity. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon. 

*This science course is offered every other year. The next school year that it will be offered is 2022-2023.*

Course Name(s): AP Environtmental Sci 1 (HSC0451), AP Environmental Sci 2 (HSC0452) 

Grade(s): 11 – 12 
Credits: 0.5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Science 

Course Descriptions: 

AP Environmental Sci 1: (semester long) No per-requisites. AP Environmental Science 1 is the first course in the yearlong sequence of courses. This course involves the study of a wide variety of sciences, including geology, biology, environmental studies, chemistry, meteorology and geography as well as the study of natural systems, risks associated with these problems, and alternative solutions. Themes include: science as a process, energy in ecosystems, Earth systems, human impacts, societal context, designing solutions. 

AP Environmental Sci SCI 2: (semester long) Pre-requisite: AP Environmental Science 1. Study of natural systems, environmental issues, risks associated with these problems, and alternative solutions. Themes include: science as a process, energy in ecosystems, Earth systems, human impacts, societal context, designing solutions. 

Course Name(s): Career Connect 1 (HCT1298), Career Connect 2 (HCT1299) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: CTE  

Course Descriptions: 

Career Connect 1: (semester long)  
Think about it. The average person spends at least 30% of their time each day at work. Finding a career that will satisfy you in your work life is probably high on your list of priorities. The first step in the career search process starts with connecting to a pathway of interest. During this semester long course, you will identify and examine your motivators, dependable strengths, experiences, skills, personality, values, and needs that affect choosing and/or making career and life decisions. Discover your best fit career pathways and design an action plan. Benefits of this course include acquiring marketable skills, exploring career goals, learning to work with others, and gaining self-confidence. 

Career Connect 2: (semester long)  
This semester long course is designed to teach you the processes and strategies involved with successful career management. Whether you’re contemplating starting a career, trying to choose a career path, or are looking to make changes or improvements to your career goals, this course will provide you with the information you need on your way to achieving success. During Career Connections 2 you will have an internship experience (paid or unpaid) and demonstrate a deeper understanding of worksite learning including branding yourself on social media, interviewing skills, and how to prepare for the first day on the job. 

Course Name(s): Video Beginning A (HCT2452), Video Advanced A (HCT2454) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: CTE  

Course Descriptions: 

Video Beginning A: (semester long)  
This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of creatively and effectively communicating visual stories through the lens of a video camera, including critical media analysis. Students collaborate while learning the video production process: pre-production (planning, developing ideas, and identifying resources), production (lighting, composition, and audio recording techniques), and post-production (editing with graphics, sound, and visual effects). Types of productions may include narrative, documentary, news, informational, and experimental. This course may be cross-credited for Fine Arts. 

Video Advanced A: (semester long)  
This is a hands-on, project-based course in which students work in teams to produce a variety of increasingly complex productions. Students refine their understanding of the production process, incorporating more advanced techniques in development, shooting, sound, lighting, editing, graphics and special effects. This course may be cross-credited for Fine Arts. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Graphic Design Beg (HCT2543), Graphic Design Adv (HCT2544) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: CTE 

Course Descriptions: 

Graphic Design Beg: (semester long)  
Graphic Design Beginning is an introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of creatively and effectively communicating through digital images. Employing both traditional and digital tools, students learn graphic design skills, software, and industry standards. This course may be cross credited for Fine Arts. 

Graphic Design Adv: (semester long)  
Graphic Design Advanced emphasizes the development of an individual style and creative approach to design. Students are challenged to grow as independent learners with more complex and open-ended design assignments. Students explore real-world, client-based projects such as Yearbook or promotional materials for the district, school, or class. This course may be cross-credited for Fine Arts. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Photography Beg (HCT2536)  
Grade(s): 9 – 12  
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: CTE 

Course Descriptions: 

Photography Beg: (semester long) Photography Beginning is designed to explore photography as a method of creative visual communication. Students in this course learn basic camera operations and principles of photography such as photo composition, lighting, exposure, and editing. This course may be cross-credited for Fine Arts. 

Course Name(s): Drawing & Painting Beg (HFA8128), Drawing & Painting Adv (HFA8129) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

Drawing & Painting Beg: (semester long)  
Drawing and Painting Beginning introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Study of these are included in art projects to establish fluency in the language of art. Students create art in a variety of drawing and painting media and explore the relationship between observation, artistic vision, and composition. Students use sketchbooks or other means to develop skills and ideas. Visual Art builds lifelong skills through critical thinking and the creative process. No previous arts experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Drawing & Painting Adv: (semester long)  
Drawing and Painting Advanced is intended for students who want to further their knowledge and experience in drawing and painting media. Students in this course continue to create art and explore the relationship between observation, artistic vision, and composition in an advanced setting. Students explore media and ideas with more independence and demonstrate responding and reflecting on their own work and that of others. Students produce a portfolio of work at the end of this course. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Sculpture (HFA8073) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester  
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) Students in this course explore, plan, and create 3-dimensional artwork. Students engage in the element of form using a variety of materials such as clay, plaster, wood, and metals. No previous arts experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Art Survey (HFA8059) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) In this introductory course, students cover a broad range of art concepts, techniques, and media. Study of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design are included in the projects to begin establishing fluency in the language of art. Sketchbooks are used to document the progression of skills acquired, and self-expressions. The sketchbook contains visual and written entries, including responses and reflections on works of art. No previous art experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Theatre Beginning (HFA7872) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts  

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) This introductory course is for all students looking to develop skills in acting and performing in front of others. Public speaking, creative problem solving, and collaboration are explored through creative activities, voice and movement exercises, improvisation, story structure, creating character, and scene study. No previous theatre experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit.  

Course Name(s): Musical Theatre Prod (HFA7881) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) Musical Theatre Production prepares students to synthesize the skills and techniques of acting, singing, dancing, and performance into a musical theatre production for a public audience. Throughout this process students develop community by working as an ensemble. This course mirrors professional theatre standards, culminating in a full-scale production of a musical. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s): Theatre for Justice (HFA7875)  

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) In this project-based course, students collaborate to explore local and world issues through scripted pieces and works that are created in class. Students explore global theatre genres and styles and how they represent cultural, social, economic, and political issues. Students learn how dramatic performance can be used as an expression of social change and activism. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Course Name(s) Intro to Dance (HFA3249) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Fine Arts 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) Designed for the student with little or no prior movement experience, Introduction to Dance will teach the basic principles of movement: space, time, shape, and effort through Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical dance forms. Students will learn basic dance terminology, technique and choreography skills all while developing an appreciation for dance as an art form. No pre-requisites. This class also provides an opportunity for students interested in auditioning for Musical who (due to lack of resources or time) are unable to obtain extracurricular training. 

Course Name(s): Spanish 1A (HWL1279), Spanish 1B (HWL1280), Spanish 2A (HWL3560), Spanish 2B, Spanish 3A (HWL3564), Spanish 3B (HWL3565) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: World Language 

Course Descriptions: 

Spanish 1A : (semester long) Prerequisite: N/A. This course is an intro to Spanish language and culture. Build communication skills through conversation and understanding. Learn customs and lifestyles of various Spanish-speaking cultures and countries through music, food, art and current events. 
Spanish 1B: (semester long) Prerequisite: Spanish 1A. This course is an intro to Spanish language and culture. Build communication skills through conversation and understanding. Learn customs and lifestyles of various Spanish-speaking cultures and countries through music, food, art and current events. 

Spanish 2A: (semester long) Prerequisite: Spanish 1B. Increase and strengthen communication skills by giving opinions and engaging in social conversations. Read stories and write about familiar topics. Deepen understanding of customs and history of Spanish-speaking countries. 
Spanish 2B: (semester long) Prerequisite: Spanish 2A. Increase and strengthen communication skills by giving opinions and engaging in social conversations. Read stories and write about familiar topics. Deepen understanding of customs and history of Spanish-speaking countries. 

Spanish 3A: (semester long) Prerequisite: Spanish 2B. Express increasingly complex concepts verbally and in writing in authentic settings. Aim for more immediate understanding when listening to native rates of spoken Spanish. Increase ability to paraphrase. Culture is interwoven. 
Spanish 3B: (semester long) Prerequisite: Spanish 3A. Express increasingly complex concepts verbally and in writing in authentic settings. Aim for more immediate understanding when listening to native rates of spoken Spanish. Increase ability to paraphrase. Culture is interwoven. 

Course Name(s): Health Education HS (HHE9006) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 

Credits: .5 credit/semester  

Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Health 

Course Descriptions: 

(semester long) This course provides students opportunities to acquire knowledge and apply decision-making skills and promotes the desire to attain and/or maintain good health. It assumes that students have had some background in the structure and function of human body systems. This course covers the physical, social and emotional determinants of health; e.g., the physiology of stress, effect of nutrition on fetal development, weight control and self image, determining readiness for a family and basic parenting techniques. 

Course Name(s): Algebra 1A-M (HMA2704), Algebra 1B-M (HMA2705) 

Grade(s):
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math  

Course Descriptions: 

Algebra 1A-M : (semester long)  
Algebra 1A-M is the first semester of a year-long Algebra 1 course in which students make sense of important algebraic concepts, learn and practice essential algebraic skills, and apply algebraic thinking. This modified course code provides an option for special education students. 
Algebra 1B-M: (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using linear, exponential, quadratic equations, inequalities and functions. Students will summarize, represent, and interpret single variable and bi-variate categorical and quantitative data. Teachers will provide modifications in the content to meet student IEP goals. Students with an LRE score of 80-100 and who qualify in mathematics can be enrolled in this course. Note: Algebra 1 may be taken concurrently with Geometry. 

Course Name(s): Geometry A-M (HMA3733), Geometry B-M (HMA3738) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Math 

Course Descriptions: 

Geometry A-M : (semester long)  
Students formalize their understanding of angle relationships and triangle properties. Students use geometric transformations and formal constructions to study congruence and similarity. Students develop formal proofs of angle and triangle properties and relationships using precise language and notation. Teachers will provide modifications in the content to meet student IEP goals. Students with an LRE score of 80-100 and who qualify in mathematics can be enrolled in this course. Prerequisite OR Co-requisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. (Note: Geometry may be taken concurrently with Algebra 1.) 
Geometry B-M: (semester long)  
Students establish properties of right triangles (including trigonometric ratios), quadrilaterals, and circles and use these properties to write formal proofs and solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students extend work with area and volume to investigate real-world modeling problems. Students further develop probability concepts, focusing on conditional probability, independence, and compound events. Teachers will provide modifications in the content to meet student IEP goals. Students with an LRE score of 80-100 and who qualify in mathematics can be enrolled in this course. Prerequisite OR Co-requisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. (Note: Geometry may be taken concurrently with Algebra 1.) 

Course Name(s): Algebra 2A-M (HMA2706), Algebra 2B-M (HMA2707) 

Grade(s): 9 – 12 
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied:  

Course Descriptions: 

Algebra 2A-M : (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic, functions and equations. Teachers will provide modifications in the content to meet student IEP goals. Students with an LRE score of 80-100 and who qualify in mathematics can be enrolled in this course. Prerequisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. AND Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 1.0 Geometry credit. (Note: Co-requisite means Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently with Geometry.) 

Algebra 2B-M : (semester long)  
Students model and analyze real-world and mathematical situations using rational and trigonometric functions and equations. Students use statistical techniques to evaluate linear models for bivariate data and normal models for single variable quantitative data. Teachers will provide modifications in the content to meet student IEP goals. Students with an LRE score of 80-100 and who qualify in mathematics can be enrolled in this course. Prerequisite: 1.0 Algebra 1 credit. AND Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 1.0 Geometry credit. (Note: Co-requisite means Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently with Geometry.) 

Course Name(s): FOCUS (Special Education Only) 

Grade(s):
Credits: .5 credit/semester 
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective  

Course Descriptions: (semester long) Focus is an orientation class designed to help incoming freshmen succeed in high school. The emphasis is on study skills, personal assessment, career decisions, conflict resolution, goal setting, health choices and leadership skills. Students who attain these skills are more likely to stay in school and succeed in life. 

Students are required to complete 225 hours of PE to graduate from TCS. Students are expected to complete the majority of the hours outside of TCS. PE activities must be pre-approved and tied to the PE state standards.

There is a contract on the wall by the counselor’s office that needs to be completed in order to log and submit PE hours. A reliable adult involved in the activity must sign off to verify the hours completed.

Completed contracts should be submitted to the main office as soon as they are completed rather than waiting until the last semester of the senior year.

The hours will be logged and a .5 credit will be given to every 75 hours completed. Keep a copy of your contract – while we are very efficient and organized – you never know!!!!

Examples of P.E. activities that students have done in the past include

  • yoga
  • martial arts
  • running
  • horseback riding
  • fencing
  • gymnastics
  • dance

TCS offers some opportunities to meet the P.E. requirements. During workshops, we have offered yoga, dance and running opportunities. Some students join ski club or our Ultimate Frisbee and soccer teams. Students have also joined fitness centers and worked with a trainer to get in shape. The P.E. activity must have goals and students must write a reflection on whether or not they achieved those goals.

If you need more information on getting P.E. hours, don’t hesitate to ask!