Academics

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Graduation Requirements - Standard Diploma

English* 8 semester credits 2 - English 1 Grade 9

2 - English 2 Grade 10

2 - Am Lit/Comp 3 Grade 11

2 - English Elective Grade 12

Mathematics* 5 semester credits 2 - Math Elective Grade 9

2 - Appl Math/Alg 1 Grade 10-12

Speech* 1 semester credit Grade 11

Science 4 semester credits 2 - Phys Science Grade 9

2 - Biology Grade 10

Social Studies 6 semester credits 2 - US History Grade 11

2 - US Government Grade 12

2 - Soc Stu Elective Grade 9-12

Consumer Economics 1 semester credit Grade 12

Health 1 semester credit Grade 11

Physical Education 2 semester credits Grade 10

Keyboard/Computer 1 semester credit Grade 9

Humanities** 4 semester credits Grade 9-12

Electives 9 semester credits Grade 9-12

TOTAL 42

*In addition to a passing grade in each Core Class, satisfactory achievement shall be validated for each student by: 1) Achieving a composite grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) in the 14 credit core or

**Courses approved for Humanities are: Art, 2 credits of Home Economics or approved Vocational courses. 2) Receiving appropriate score on the required State of Idaho tests.

Technical Colleges now require for admission that the 4 credits of Math must be at the Algebra I or Applied Math I level or higher. At least 2 credits of Math must be taken during a students junior or senior year.

Four year Colleges now require for admission 6 credits of Math and 6 credits of Science. You should see a counselor/administrator for specific requirements.

Starting with the Class of 2008, all students must score at least 222 on the Language Usage, 219 on the Reading, and a 241 on the Math ISAT tests to graduate. Starting with the Class of 2011, all students must complete 8 credits of Math and 6 credits of Science.

Graduating MV Seniors will have the option of having their own graduation ceremony and/or participating with the seniors from Lakeland or Timberlake High School.

COURSES

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

Apparel Housing - 0702 1 semester 1 credit Grade 10-12 A semester length course, in which apparel and housing decisions are explored. Emphasis is on skills in planning, acquiring, and maintaining apparel and housing, application of art principles, and use of related equipment. "Hands-on" experiences in both apparel and housing.

Adult Living 1 - 0704 1 semester 1 credit Grade 9-12 This course emphasizes nutrition and food management and preparation, personal awareness, consumer skills, and financial resource management.

Adult Living 2 - 0705 1 semester 1 credit Grade 10-12 This course emphasizes interpersonal and family relationships, communication strategies, decision making, family life, parenting issues and home and family management skills.

Nutrition Foods - 0701 1 semester 1 credit Grade 10-12 A semester length course addressing nutrition and personal life style that emphasizes food preparation techniques, meal management skills, consumer skills, the impact of nutrition on our lives, and career options in nutrition and related fields.

Parenting Child Development - 0703 1 semester 1 credit Grade 10-12 A semester length course in which parenting skills and choices are employed. Emphasis is on parenting decisions, stages in child development, relationship within families, appropriate family coping strategies, evaluation of child care services, and careers in child development and parenting related areas.

COMPUTERS/TECHNOLOGY

Computer Applications 2 credit Grades 9-12Pre-requisite: Computer Applications 1. A more in-depth course covering complex softwareapplications. Keyboarding speed and accuracy are part of required competencies.

Biology - 0501 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 10 Required to graduate. A course covering the principles of modern biology with emphasis on laboratory investigation.

Anatomy Physiology – 0532

1 semester 1 credit Grades 11-12 Pre-requisite: C+ or better in Biology or instructor permission. College preparation class for those interested in a one semester class toward a natural resource career pathway and/or a one semester class benefiting those interested in the health science careers. Several individual and group presentations are required. Areas of study include the major organ systems of the body.

Applied Horticulture - 0533

1 semester 1 credit Grades 11-12Plant parenthood – what do you need to know to grow a healthy plant? This hands-on class will provide students an opportunity to learn more about plants. Topics to explore include; general botany terms and processes, propagation practices, growing and caring for plants from seedlings to mature plants, opportunities for marketing a product, greenhouse management practices, disease and pest control, plant identification, proper use and handling of chemicals, and research topics and much more. Guest speakers from area businesses related to class topics and potential field trips to visit other sites will add to the scope of this class.

Microbiology- To introduce students students to various aspects of Microbiology. To discuss topics of Mircobiology such as bacteria, viruses, interactions between microbes and a host, and human diseases.

Botany/ Plant Science- To introduce students to various aspects of Plant Science and Horticulture. To do in depth studies of plant structure and function, taxonomy, propagation techniques, as well as practice greenhouse management and skills related to production of a cash crop.

Earth Science- To introduce students to aspects of astronomy, geology, and oceanography. 

Investigating Science- Hands on activities that incorporate math with science application. Experiments involvong mathematical predictions.  

To introduce students to various aspects of Microbiology. To discuss topics of Microbiology such as bacteria, viruses, interactions between microbes and a host, and a human disease.To introduce students to various aspects of Plant Science and Horticulture. To do depth studies of plant structure and function, taxonomy and skills related to production of a cash crop.to introduce students to aspects of astronomy, geology, and oceanography.hands on activities that incorporate math with science application. Experiments involving math problems. 1 semester 1 credit Grades 11-12 Pre-requisite: C+ or better in Biology or instructor permission. College preparation class for those interested in a one semester class toward a natural resource career pathway and/or a one semester class benefiting those interested in the health science careers. Several individual and group presentations are required. This course will focus on ecological principles, including population, economics, environmental health, natural resources and their impact on society.

 LANGUAGE ARTS

Applied English - 0140 1 semester 1 credit Grade 12 This course focuses on writing in the workplace and pays special attention to techniques used there. Literature read during the course pertains directly to workplace situations and exemplifies experiences from various employment situations. Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

English 1 – 0100 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9 The emphasis of this course is on building language skills such as vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and composition.

English 2 – 0101 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 10 This course introduces students to various forms of literature. Emphasis is placed on developing oral and written communication skills, building vocabulary.

English 3 - 0143 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 11 This class introduces students to a wide variety of writing experiences including the research paper. Emphasis is placed on mastering writing mechanics, organizing and studying grammar as an integral part of writing, thoughts, and developing ideas. Vocabulary development is also stressed. This class also surveys American Literature and ideas from the Colonial period to the present day. Along with teaching literature, the development of reading, writing, and vocabulary skills is emphasized.

English 4 - 0144 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 12 This course offers students a variety of writing experiences - letter, essay, and research writing. The purpose is to give students writing skills needed by adults as individuals. How language operates and the development of vocabulary skills will also be taught. This course also teaches general reading skills as well as those related to reading literature. A large variety of subjects will be examined by means of literature. Thinking and language art skills will also be stressed.

Speech - 0108 1 semester 1 credit Grade 11 This course deals with public speaking situations. It explores various means of expression and communication. Emphasis is placed on preparation and delivery of various speaking circumstances. Required to graduate.

Word Building - 0126 1 semester 1 credit Grade 9-10 This course is intended to develop the student’s grammar and writing skills through numerous drills and is intended to improve skills used in other classes.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education - 0431-0432 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-12 The course will involve learning more advanced skills for team and individual sports. Learning of rules and applying the rules to officiating techniques will be required. More emphasis will be placed upon lifetime leisure activities, specifically individual sports. The course will also involve more advanced skill and written tests. Overriding all the principles, goals, and objectives is the simple fact that students need to find the physical education classes enjoyable. If they do not have "fun" with the activities, they will not have been taught usable lifetime skills and good attitudes concerning sports.

FINE ARTS

Drama - 0206 1 semester 1 credit Grades 9-12 The course places emphasis on stagecraft, stage movement and character development through dramatic exercises. Students will be expected to read plays and participate in both in-class and out-of class productions in order to adequately fulfill the purpose of the course. This course will fulfill part of the Humanities requirement. No English credit.

MATHEMATICS

Basic Math - 0319 1 semester 1 credit Grade 9-12 This course is designed to assist students in math, to teach math operations such as fractions, decimals, percents measurements.

Integrated Math - 0320 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-10 This is a course to prepare students for algebra. Topics include: decimals, fractions, equations, integers, percents, graphing, as well as an introduction to variables, polynomials, and work problems.

Algebra 1 - 0301 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 10-12 This is an independent study course dealing with the basic structure of algebra and includes the properties of real numbers, equation solving, polynomial operations, factoring, algebraic functions, and inequalities.

Algebra 2 - 0303 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 10-12 Pre-requisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry. This is an extension of Algebra 1 for better understanding and application of basic algebraic skills. Emphasis is on quadratic functions and their solutions.

Geometry -0302 2 semesters 2 credits Grades 9-10 This course deals with planar figures, congruence and similarity of convex polygons, and the direct proof, constructions, circles and arcs, right triangles, the concept of area, and an introduction to coordinate geometry.

Senior Math - 0316 1 semester 1 credit Grade 12 Pre-requisite: Completion of 2 years of high school math, with at least 1 year of algebra. Senior math is a course designed to review and present the math concepts the State of Idaho has established for students to master before graduation from high school. The course will cover concepts such as basic algebra, geometry, statistics, number theory, measurement and problem solving.

SOCIAL STUDIES

US History - 0621/0622 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 11 Required for graduation, this course will begin with the causes of the Revolutionary War. First semester will cover the major social, political and economic developments from the 1760's - 1880's. Second semester will cover the major developments from the 1880's - 1990's.

Geography - 0614/0615 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-12 This course is intended to provide students with a basic knowledge of the geographic regions of the seven continents and to provide an opportunity for the students to relate and analyze the many factors that are involved in creating culture.

World History - 0611/0612 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 10 This course covers the beginning of modern western civilization to the present. Areas of study include the Renaissance, age of exploration, the reformation, Europe in an age of autocracy, the Industrial revolution, plus the many changes which took place between the 19th century to the present. Highlights include nationalism and revolution, imperialism, World War I and Peace treaties, inflation and depression, technology in the 20th Century and the cold war.

US Government - 0603 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 12 This required course covers the major elements of American government beginning with a background of governments in general. It includes a survey of the specific function of the three branches of the U.S. Government. Other sections deal with the various powers such as taxing and commerce, regulation of immigration and naturalization, civil rights, political parties, pressure groups, suffrage, nominations and elections. The final semester examines state and local government. This includes state constitutions, state finance, municipal government in action, and case studies involving cities of the future.

Economics - 0607 1 semester 1 credit Grade 12 Required for graduation, this course will give students a working knowledge of world economic systems, supply and demand, inflation and its causes, rights of consumers; including contracts, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, credit, housing, buying skills, tax preparation, insurance and budgeting.

GRADING SYSTEM

The Alternative School staff believes that it is important to communicate with students and their parents regarding grades. Students/parents may request grade information from teachers at any time. Report cards will be issued quarterly, and mid-quarter reports will be mailed to all students. The Lakeland District 272 grading standards will be followed in all classes.

A - 90% to 100%

B - 80% to 89.9%

C - 70% to 79.9%

D - 60% to 69.9%

F - 0 to 59.9%

Any student who fails to maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester will be removed from the Alternative School.

Developmental Reading - 0118 1 semester 1 credit Grade 10-12 This course is required for graduation and is normally taken as a freshman. The course is intended to develop the students reading skills through numerous reading skill activities.

SCIENCE

Physical Science. – 0500 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-12 The student will understand the process of physical science, measurement, the tools used, and the role of science in society. The student will develop an appreciation of; matter, the structure, composition, and properties of matter, and energy.

Computer Applications - 0008 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-12Computer Application is a two-semester course designed to assist students in mastering thetouch method of key stroking (typing), to apply computer skills in formatting and producing letters, tables, reports, and outlines. Emphasis is placed on development of speed andaccuracy. Composition at the keyboard is introduced.

Computer Science 1 A/B– 0308/1294 2 semesters 2 credits Grade 9-12Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I. Designed for students going into computerprogramming or math-related fields. This is an introductory course in the study of computersand their applications. The history of computers, computer hardware and software, peripheraldevices, operating systems, networks, and telecommunications are studied. Applicationconsists of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, web page design,multimedia, and an introduction to the Qbasic programming language.