Course Descriptions

Math Course Descriptions:

Algebra I

“Why are there letters now in math?” Algebra introduces variables (letters) to represent an unknown number or a solution to an equation. It is the class that most 9th introduces basic algebraic skills in a logical order, including relations, functions, graphing, systems of equations, exponents, exponentials functions, and data analysis. Many real world problems applications are included in each chapter. A thorough understanding of the concepts in Algebra I is necessary for success in both Geometry and Algebra II. Algebra I real life applications include calculating and predicting investments, population growth, money earned at a job, and distance traveled.

Geometry

Geometry is the math class that 10th in Geometry learn about reasoning, developing proofs, and constructing figures. They explore the relationship between parallel and perpendicular lines and study quadrilaterals, right triangles, and trigonometric ratios and continue to explore probability concepts. Geometry real life applications include carpentry, design, architecture and spatial planning.

Algebra II

“What is an imaginary number?” You will find out in Algebra II. Algebra II is the class that graders take after passing Algebra I and Geometry, and is also a requirement for high school most 11th graduation. Algebra II expands on many of the concepts that students began to explore in Algebra I. Students solve equations, inequalities, and systems of equations. They also solve quadratic (x2cubic (x3) equations. Additionally, they find complex (both real and imaginary!) solutions to equations. Students also learn about different functions including linear, quadratic, absolute value, and polynomial.

Finally, students study probability and statistics. Real life benefits and applications of Algebra II include teaching logical thinking, complex problem solving, and solving problems involving several unknown factors.

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Science Course Descriptions:

Biology I- 10th Grade

This course is designed as an introduction to Biology using the Ohio Content Standards as a guide. Some of the topics that are covered in the course range from Biology Basics and The Scientific Method, Chemistry of Life, Cell Biology, Photosynthesis and DNA/Genetics.

Biology II- 11th Grade

This course is designed to reach a higher level of knowledge and scientific skills using Biology I as a prerequisite for this course keeping Ohio Content Standards in mind.  Topics covered over the course of the year range from natural selection and behavioral biology, to ecosystems and classification to human impact on the planet, and human anatomy.

Physical Science- 9th Grade

This course is designed as an introduction to the basics of our physical world and chemistry by exposing our students to topics such as properties of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions and the periodic table.

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English Course Descriptions:

English I (World Literature I)

Students read and analyze a variety of literature from the World Literature genre. Students explore the writing process through various assignments in multiple modals, including but not limited to: expository writing, creative writing, personal essay writing, and literary analysis. In this course, students begin to learn the basics of MLA formatting and structured research.

English II American Literature)

Students read and analyze a variety of literature from the American Literature genre. A large portion of this course concentrates on OGT preparation in the areas of reading and writing. Students apply their understanding of MLA format, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing to varied and frequent writing assignments.

English III (World Literature II)

Students read and analyze a variety of literature from the World Literature genre. Students explore and master the writing process through daily expository writing, as well as literary analysis. A large portion of this course focuses on the research process, as well as a holistic review of MLA formatting. Students are required to read many pieces of literature that are considered to be social commentary (Native Son, A Doll’s House, 1984, to name a few). These pieces of literature challenge students to think critically and analytically, as they read and respond to various texts in multiple modals. Classroom discussions and sharing of ideas/public speaking are also focused on in this course.

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Social Studies Course Descriptions:

World History

This course covers the history of the world from the Enlightenment up to modern day issues. In this course we explore the impacts of major events and figures on a global scale through a variety of activities including notes, videos, art, music, games and more.

U.S. History

This U.S. History course picks up after America rebuilt from the Civil War and ends with modern day. As a citizen of the United States, it’s important to know our past and how it has shaped what our country is and who we are as individuals.

U.S. Government

This course explores the details of how our country was born through the Constitution and delves into the changes made to our government along the way. We look at events that shaped our laws and discuss ways we can play an important role in our country as informed citizens.

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