Honors and Advanced Level Course Note: Academic rigor is more than assigning a greater quantity of work to students. Through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.

Language Arts 3 Advanced

The purpose of this course is to provide grade 8 students, using texts of high complexity, advanced integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation. 

 

U. S. History Advanced & Career Planning

Primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the Exploration and Colonization period to the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and impact on world history. Students will understand the cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to explore those fundamental ideas and events which occurred after Reconstruction.

 

A & B Physical Science Honors (High School Credit)

High School Credit: 1(0.5 credit earned at end of each semester)

While the content focus of this course is consistent with the Physical Science course, students will explore these concepts in greater depth. In general, the academic pace and rigor will be greatly increased for honors level course work. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that at the high school level, all students should be in the science lab or field, collecting data every week. School laboratory investigations (labs) are defined by the National Research Council (NRC) as an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that provides students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models.  Laboratory investigations in the high school classroom should help all students develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations. Learners should understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data.

 

One of the following Math classes:

M/J Grade 8, Pre-Algebra

Prerequisite: M/J Mathematics 2 Advanced

Students will develop an understanding of and apply proportionality, similarity, and formulas to determine surface areas and volumes of three dimensional shapes including pyramids, prisms, cylinders and cones. Identify and plot ordered pairs in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane and will predict the results of transformations. Determine, compare and make predictions based on experimental and theoretical probability of independent and dependent events. Construct and analyze histograms, stem-and-leaf plots and circle graphs. Analyze and represent linear functions and solve linear equations and systems of equations. Analyze two and three dimensional figures by using distance and angle relationships. Analyze and summarize data sets including box and whisker plots, scatter plots and lines of best fit.

 

Algebra I Honors (High School Credit)

Prerequisite: M/J Mathematics 2 Advanced

State EOC

High School Credit: 1

The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

 

Geometry Honors (High School Credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra I Honors (High School Credit)

State EOC

High School Credit: 1

The fundamental purpose of the course in Geometry is to formalize and extend students' geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Important differences exist between this Geometry course and the traditional approach taken in many other Geometry classes. For example, transformations are emphasized early in this course. Close attention should be paid to the introductory content for the Geometry conceptual category found in the high school standards. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. The critical areas, organized into five units are as follows. Unit 1- Congruence, Proof, and Constructions, Unit 2- Similarity, Proof, and Trigonometry, Unit 3- Extending to Three Dimensions, Unit 4- Connecting Algebra and Geometry Through Coordinate, Unit 5 Circles With and Without Coordinates.

 

 

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