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  • HIGH SCHOOL COURSE CATALOG

    2014 - 2015

  • Table of Contents ACADEMIC INFORMATION ................................................................................................................................................. 1

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (Grades 9-12) .......................................................................................................... 1

    GENERAL INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................................... 2

    DETERMINATION OF HONORS ...................................................................................................................................... 4

    ACADEMIC SUPPORT SYSTEMS ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    BLENDED COURSES ......................................................................................................................................................... 5

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT & INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS ......................................................... 6

    MID-PACIFIC EXPLORATORY PROGRAM (MPX) ............................................................................................................ 9

    ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) ...................................................................................................................... 10

    LANGUAGE ARTS................................................................................................................................................................ 12

    WRITING COURSES ........................................................................................................................................................ 13

    LITERATURE COURSES ................................................................................................................................................. 14

    IB ENGLISH COURSES .................................................................................................................................................... 15

    WORLD LANGUAGES ......................................................................................................................................................... 16

    MATHEMATICS................................................................................................................................................................... 20

    SEQUENCE OF COURSES ................................................................................................................................................ 20

    COURSES .......................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    SCIENCE ............................................................................................................................................................................... 24

    SEQUENCE OF COURSES ................................................................................................................................................ 24

    COURSES .......................................................................................................................................................................... 25

    TECHNOLOGY ..................................................................................................................................................................... 28

    SOCIAL STUDIES ................................................................................................................................................................ 30

    MID-PACIFIC INSTITUTE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MPSA) .......................................................................................... 33

    MPSA CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ................................................................................................................................. 33

    DANCE .............................................................................................................................................................................. 33

    HULA: HAWAIIAN CHANT AND DANCE ...................................................................................................................... 35

    INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC .......................................................................................................................... 36

    THEATRE ARTS .............................................................................................................................................................. 38

    VISUAL ARTS .................................................................................................................................................................. 40

    DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS ....................................................................................................................................................... 43

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH ............................................................................................................................ 46

    OTHER ELECTIVES ............................................................................................................................................................. 49

    ATHLETICS .......................................................................................................................................................................... 51

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    ACADEMIC INFORMATION

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (Grades 9-12) Language Arts 4 credits (Enrollment in an English course is required each semester) World Language 3 credits of one foreign language (Credit will be given for Level I completed in Grade 8) Mathematics 3 credits Algebra I - Geometry - Algebra II (Credit will be given for any of the above completed in Grade 7 or 8) Science 1 credit Biology 1 credit Chemistry 1 credit Physics Social Studies 3 credits (To include U.S. History) Performing & Visual Arts 2 credits Health credit Physical Education 1 credits (To include successful completion of swim test) Technology for the 21st Century credit Electives 4 credits 1 credit = Completion of one year of course work credit = Completion of one semester of course work

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

    ACADEMIC CREDIT Mid-Pacific Institute will grant credit for any course taken at MPI in which a student receives a passing grade. Students who receive a grade below C- in a course may receive a recommendation from the teacher to repeat that course. Generally, a student who receives a grade below C- in a course that is part of a sequence (e.g., Mathematics and World Language) may not be allowed to take the subsequent course in the sequence without some makeup or other remedial work.

    No credit is given for a year course dropped at any time during the year. Generally, transfer students receive credit toward graduation for courses taken at other schools if it is recommended by the dean and approved by the principal, and if a comparable course is offered at Mid-Pacific Institute.

    Credit for a year-long course is based on both semesters work. If a student receives a failing grade for either of the two semesters of a year-long course, credit will be awarded only if the averaged percentage for both semesters is 60% or higher.

    A student who wishes to earn credit or higher placement by taking courses during the summer or by taking online, college, or other school courses should receive prior approval from his/her dean. In departments where courses are sequential (e.g., Mathematics, World Language), a student seeking higher placement as a result of summer work completed at a school other than Mid-Pacific Institute will usually be required to successfully complete a departmental examination in order to receive higher placement the following school year.

    MINIMUM COURSE LOAD 1. Ninth grade students are required to take seven courses each semester. 2. Tenth grade students are required to take a minimum of six graded courses each semester. 3. Eleventh and twelfth grade students are required to take a minimum of five graded courses each semester, to include four core

    academic courses (Language Arts, World Languages, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Technology).

    COURSE SELECTIONS In selecting and registering for courses, the student should seek the advice of his/her dean and teachers, and discuss the selections with his/her parents. Parents will be required to approve course choices during the online registration process with a special parent code which will be provided. Course selections are reviewed and approved by the grade level dean. Some courses are subject to field trip, material and/or examination fees. In most cases, the students first choice in a course selection will be met. However, if a scheduling conflict occurs or if there is insufficient enrollment in the class selected, the student will be placed in an alternate selection. COURSE SELECTIONS MADE DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS ARE FINAL.

    SCHEDULE CHANGES Any change to a schedule is regarded as an exception to the rule that course selections made during registration are final. Exceptions may be made under any of the following conditions: 1. Scheduling conflict occurs 2. Summer school courses taken 3. Change is initiated and strongly recommended by the students dean 4. Min