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Course Descriptions for High School coursework. 2015-2016

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  • Rob Neu, Superintendent

    2015-2016

    High School Course Description Guide

    Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • 2015-2016

    High School Course Description Guide

    Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • 1 | Course Description Guide 2015-2016

    Planning for High School and CollegeWelcome ...................................................... 2High School Entrance Requirements ................. 3Selecting Appropriate Courses .........................3High School Units ...........................................4Achieving Classroom Excellence .......................6(ACE) Flowchart .............................................7Achieving Classroom Excellence .......................9(ACE) Concurrent ...........................................9Advanced Placement Overview ........................10Diplomas .......................................................10Certificate of Distinction ..................................10Credits, Grades, Grade Point Averages ..............11NCAA Division I and II .....................................11Oklahomas Promise .......................................12Plan of Study .................................................13Freshman Checklist .........................................14Sophomore Checklist ......................................15Junior Checklist ..............................................16Senior Checklist .............................................17

    Course DescriptionsEnglish Language Arts .....................................18English Language Development (ELD) ................21Mathematics ..................................................22Physical Education and Varsity Athletics ...........25Science .........................................................27Social Studies ................................................30Visual and Performing Arts ..............................33

    Theater Arts ................................................33General Music .............................................34Vocal Music ................................................34Instrumental Music ......................................34Visual Arts ..................................................37

    World Languages ............................................40

    Special ProgramsCareer and Technical Education (CTE) at High Schools ........................................43

    Agricultural Education and Related Courses........43Business/Computer and Related Courses ...........45Computer Graphic and Video Design .................47Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Courses ....................49Family and Consumer Sciences (F.A.C.S.) .........51Technical Trades ............................................55Marketing - DECA ...........................................57Health Careers ................................................59

    JROTC .............................................................61Classen School of Advanced Studies ...................64Emerson ...........................................................65

    Emerson Secondary School ..............................65Emerson Metro Program ..................................65Emerson Outreach ..........................................65

    Evening High School ..........................................65iOKCPS ............................................................65Career Academies ..............................................66

    Miscellaneous Courses .......................................75Metro Technology Centers ..................................77

    2015-2016 Course Description Guide

    Table of CoNTeNTS

  • 2The four year high schools of the Oklahoma City Public School District house grades 9 through 12. The Board of Education believes that all students can learn and is committed to provide the best educational opportunities for all students. It further believes that instructional personnel must maintain high expectations for all students and provide opportunities for them to achieve educational excellence. (Policy 101)

    The goal of Oklahoma City high schools is to prepare students to realize their full potential

    as self-sufficient citizens. All students are expected to leave high school prepared to succeed in college, in the workplace or in both. We believe it is in the best interest of most students to enroll in college/career preparatory courses.

    All students are encouraged to follow a written four-year curriculum plan, which will prepare them to enter college, enter the work force, or both, upon high school graduation. Students may also modify and upgrade their curriculum plans.

    Welcome

    SECTION I:

    PlaNNiNG foR HiGH SCHool aND ColleGe

    This Course Description Guide contains general information concerning school requirements, courses available for student and other items for consideration for high school planning. The information contained is current and up-to-date at the time of printing/posting and is not to be considered the final authority on information contained here. Please check with your school counselor for any updates.

    Not all courses in this course guide will be offered at all schools each year.

    U.S. Grant High School Star Spencer High School Oklahoma Centennial High School

  • 3 | Course Description Guide 2015-2016

    HiGH SCHool eNTRaNCe RequiRemeNTS

    SeleCTiNG aPPRoPRiaTe CouRSeS

    1) A student entering high school from an accredited middle or junior high school must present evidence of successful completion of the eighth grade.

    2) In the event that records are not readily available, new students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be enrolled properly. Final grade and course placement may be adjusted upon the receipt of official records.

    3) Any senior entering the Oklahoma City system during the senior year may graduate by satisfying the requirements of the State Department of Education.

    4) Students who lack no more than one of the required units for graduation will be permitted to participate in graduation exercises.

    5) Residence Requirements: The last four credits (two units) completed for graduation shall be earned while in attendance at an Oklahoma City Public High School.

    1) Following a curriculum plan will ensure that graduation requirements are met.

    2) Parental involvement is needed to help students be sure that their high school education leads to desired goals. Parents are asked to discuss goals with their children and assist them in choosing a high school curriculum plan. The signature of a parent or guardian is required when the student selects or changes a high school curriculum plan or wishes to enroll in courses, which are NOT part of the selected curriculum plan.

    3) Students may only enroll in courses for which they have completed the prerequisites. Exceptions must have teacher or parent approval.

    4) All students must be enrolled in credit earning courses equal to the maximum number of time blocks available during the school day. Exceptions may be granted by the principal to students who are concurrently enrolled in college courses, who are attending high school for the 5th or 6th year or who are enrolled in a course at another school which requires transportation during the school day. Block Eight Schedules require a minimum of 8 classes or 8 units per year.

    5) Students are expected to enroll in courses for which they register in the spring. Schedules and textbook orders for the following school year are based on spring registration. Requests to change a course for which a student has registered require principal and counselor approval and parental involvement.

  • 4COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM

    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

    Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act of 2005 revised in 2006 [70 OS 1210.521]

    Must pass 4 of 7 EOI Exams**

    Required: Algebra I, English II Plus 2 more from: Biology, Geometry, Algebra II, English III, and US History

    ENGLISH 4 UNITS

    English I: Grammar and Composition 1 unit

    English II: World Literature** 1 unit

    English III: American Literature or other approved courses** 1 unit

    English IV: English Literature or other approved courses 1 unit

    MATHEMATICS 3 UNITS

    Algebra I** 1 unit

    May include: Algebra II**, Geometry**, Algebra III, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, any Adv Placement Math, Concurrent Math course (non remedial) and other courses approved for college admission requirements.

    3 units of Mathematics must be taken in Grades 9-12, in addition to any of the courses listed above that were taken prior to Grade 9.

    2 units

    LABORATORY SCIENCE 3 UNITS

    Biology I** 1 unit

    May include: Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, Earth Science, Physical Science, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy/Physiol-ogy, and Advanced Placement Science courses, Concurrent College Laboratory Science or other courses approved for college admission requirements.

    2 units

    HISTORY AND CITIZENSHIP SKILLS 4 UNITS

    Oklahoma History (9th) .5

    Geography (9th) .5

    World History (10th) 1

    US History** (11th) 1

    US Government (12th) 1

    FOREIGN OR NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE **

    **Two units of the same foreign language OR two units of computer technology. **

    COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 1-2 UNITS*

    Courses may include: computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses.Computer Technology courses must be approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at HS or technology center school.

    *One unit required for all students, one additional unit required for students who d