Grades: 9-12

Course Schedule: 2014

The Academic Seniors program provides high school students in grades 9-12 with opportunities to connect with peers who share their interests.

Based on your selected pick-up time, please choose from the following course options.

Below are the course offerings for periods 1 - 9. Personalize your experience by selecting a first and second choice for each of the periods. Please click on each course for a brief description. (All students should choose courses based on the grade level they will be entering in Fall 2014.)

Pick-up Times

  • Half Day - 12:30 p.m. Pick-up (4 Classes / No lunch)
  • Full Day - 3:30 p.m. Pick-up (6 Classes / Lunch provided)
  • Full Day - 5:30 p.m. Pick-up (8 Classes / Lunch provided)

Based on your selected pick-up time, please choose from the following course options.

1
1
M940113
SAT Math
This course will be geared toward improving scores on the SAT math section. Included in the course will be test-taking techniques and strategies with reinforcement units in arithmetic, algebra, problem solving, basic geometry and quantitative comparison.

Prerequesite: One year of Algebra. It is helpful to have had some geometry to be successful in this course.

Students must bring a calculator.
Treitler
Open
1
1
H996113
Ethics and Responsibility: Philosophy
How does the definition of “freedom” or “ethical responsibility” change over time? In this class you will explore thinkers such as Berlin, Kant, Mill, Aristotle, and Plato’s definitions of freedom and ethics. You will be asked to choose different sides of the philosophical argument and asked how these traditional ideals are evident in contemporary life.
Buttram
Open
1
2
S964123
Pre-Med
This hands-on Anatomy and Physiology course is designed to provide students who are interested in a pursuing a career in a health or medical field with an understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the physiology of its systems. Students will have the opportunity to perform lab dissections on a variety of mammalian organs in a laboratory. Students will also gain insight into a variety of medical conditions and the fields that treat them.
Cameron
Open
1
3
H969133
DBQ: Critical Thinking
Synthesizing documents and understanding what was said are important elements in creating cohesive essays. This course will challenge to you read other individuals interpretations of documents and draw conclusions that may not be in agreed upon across each of the documents you read. This class will encourage you to challenge what you are reading and hearing to create your own view point. This class is for students who are looking to push their papers to the next academic level and want to work on critical analysis. Fact based debate in this class will be encouraged.
Caruso
Open
1
3
A976133
Pen and Ink Drawing
Pen and ink are traditional mediums used by illustrators, cartoonists, and fine artists. Incorporating proper ink techniques can help make drawings appear bolder and more defined. This class includes techniques of continuous line, continuous line scribble, crosshatch, parallel line and stippling.

Supplies Required: An 8x10, 8.5x11, 9x12, or 11x14 inch spiral-bound drawing notebook, and a Sakura 30061 3-Piece Pigma Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black.
McWilliams
Open
1
4
H949143
Voyage through the Ages
Prepare to be an early explorer with an exploration of history with Vikings, Conquistadors, and pirates joining in their voyage at sea. Join in the tradition of discovery of new worlds and civilizations by tracking explorers like Marco Polo and follow the Vikings through North America. Do you better represent Sir Francis Drake? History is filled with excitement, new discoveries, and stories that have helped shape who we are today. By joining in the Voyage Through the Ages, you will have an opportunity to discover some of your own past.
Woods
Open
1
4
S972143
Abnormal Psychology
Investigate the experience and expression of psychological disorders. This class will discuss what it means to be "abnormal" verses “normal” and its effect on peoples’ lives. You will be asked to think analytically and challenge perceptions regarding what is considered abnormal behavior and personality. Through dynamic group exercises and discussions prepare to gain a working knowledge of psychological disorders and an appreciation for the challenges of those who experience mental illness.
H. Klein
Open
1
5
H905153
Building Peace-Conflict Resolution
When you see an argument starting are you a peacemaker, do you walk away, or do you join in? In any argument there are three main responses to conflict. Often we feel the need to handle conflicts by running away or fighting. In this course through role play and different scenarios we will work on skills for handling conflict when it arises. In addition to discussing day-to-day issues faced in school, we will take a look at global conflicts and how peace processes are initiated.
Flotard
Open
1
5
T920153
3D Design
Explore various computer assisted drawing programs and techniques used for Architectural design and 3d modeling. Problem solving activities involving design through the use of computer assisted drafting will be stressed.Computer generated drawings will be created in the areas of design, Architecture / Interior design, 3 dimensional modeling, animation, and multi part assemblies as well as a focus on graphics and technical illustration.
Coren
Open
1
7
H978173
Speeches of Great Leaders
What do Susan B. Anthony, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They were all great speakers who could inspire an audience of listeners. In this class you will learn parts of their speeches and why individuals like these were such dynamic speakers.

Be prepared to recite and practice speaking in front of an audience. Learn where and how they used gestures to make a point. Enter into the world of forensics (public speaking), and pick a speech of someone who inspires you to learn about in more detail for this course.
Caruso
Open
1
8
A936183
Clay Studio
While working in a professional ceramic studio students will learn and apply many clay art techniques. They will have an opportunity to create imaginative sculptures and a variety of pottery pieces. Each individual student will approach the projects from their particular point of view allowing for personal expression and freedom to explore. No prior experience is needed to learn about and enjoy the exciting challenges of clay art.
Ayers
Open
1
9
M960193
Geometry/Trigonometry
Trigonometry is found within math, physics, biomechanics, physiology, and banking. Trigonometry is also an important component within calculus. This course will review and emphasize some of the core concepts in trigonometry used in both precalculus and calculus. You will be given active hands on exercises to bring the lessons of trigonometry to life. You will need to bring a calculator, note book, and curiosity for mathematics and science.
Romeo
Open
2
1
H996213
Ethics and Responsibility: Philosophy
How does the definition of “freedom” or “ethical responsibility” change over time? In this class you will explore thinkers such as Berlin, Kant, Mill, Aristotle, and Plato’s definitions of freedom and ethics. You will be asked to choose different sides of the philosophical argument and asked how these traditional ideals are evident in contemporary life.
Open
2
1
M940213
SAT Math
This course will be geared toward improving scores on the SAT math section. Included in the course will be test-taking techniques and strategies with reinforcement units in arithmetic, algebra, problem solving, basic geometry and quantitative comparison.
Open
2
2
S964223
Pre-Med
This hands-on Anatomy and Physiology course is designed to provide students who are interested in a pursuing a career in a health or medical field with an understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the physiology of its systems. Students will have the opportunity to perform lab dissections on a variety of mammalian organs in a laboratory. Students will also gain insight into a variety of medical conditions and the fields that treat them.
Open
2
2
B901223
Advertising Agency
Did you know that you may see up to 3,000 advertisements per day? What you may not see is all the behind the scene work that goes into the creation of an advertising campaign. In this class, students will experience how campaigns are created, from beginning to end.

Advertising involves an entire world of unseen collaborators. The artist is tasked with bringing an idea to life with eye catching designs. The strategist is responsible for understanding the audience, market and competition. The writer uses both creative and informational writing tactics to find the right message for the brand. The planner explores emerging media to gain brand exposure. The pitchman presents the final product using business and promotional tactics. What role fits your personality best?

In addition to learning each role, you will be introduced to some of the current heavy players in advertising. Most large brands hire advertising firms to create their tv and radio commercials, online marketing, cell phone apps, and print materials. You will be tasked to work together in developing a campaign for a current popular brand. You will work with your team in a "think tank" to create all of the elements of an advertising campaign. The final challenge will be a full pitch in front of a panel of advertising experts for your group's campaign.
Open
2
3
S918233
Rocketry
Become a rocket scientist in Rocketry and Science. Learn about the science behind what makes a rocket soar into outer space and the physics involved in getting it off the ground. Students will build 2 different rockets while learning the science behind why it is constructed the way it is. While students are building their rockets, they will learn about the forces acting on their rocket, how an engine lifts the rocket off the ground and see how Newton's Laws of Motion affect rocket flight. We will also explore NASA's space program and focus on Mission Control. Students will learn how NASA got started and the struggles they dealt with to get the rockets into space. Finally, students will use math to determine how high their rockets fly and how fast they travel.
Open
2
3
H900233
Rhetoric and Composition
Emotion, credibility, and logic are three elements necessary in writing. Rhetoric itself is the study of writing and speaking well. Rhetoric requires persuasion and proper composition to create a successful piece or writing or presentations. When you write, knowing your audience and how to talk to your audience is important. This determines tone, voice, and language. In this class you will focus on the art of persuasion and knowing your audience. You will be asked to think critically about arguments and evidence in writing. You will be asked to challenge what is known in a piece of writing, and then examine how to improve upon it.
Open
2
4
H993243
Knights, Dragons, and Mysteries Galore!
This is one of the most interesting and exciting history courses you will ever take. Imagine studying the life of Richard the Lionhearted, the Lincoln assassination, the wreck of the Hindenburg, and the real Count Dracula all in the same course. With extensive use of film, speculation, and the professor's collection of medieval artifacts and weaponry, the greatest events of all time will spring to life. From Hannibal to the Beatles, King Arthur to the Bermuda Triangle, the Vikings to the Princes in the Tower, we will cover the best of the best. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the pages of time.
Open
2
4
S972243
Abnormal Psychology
Investigate the experience and expression of psychological disorders. This class will discuss what it means to be "abnormal" verses “normal” and its effect on peoples’ lives. You will be asked to think analytically and challenge perceptions regarding what is considered abnormal behavior and personality. Through dynamic group exercises and discussions prepare to gain a working knowledge of psychological disorders and an appreciation for the challenges of those who experience mental illness.
Open
2
5
H999253
Human Puzzles
Communication can be extremely complex. Your super squad will figure out how to untie a human knot, use your wits to cross a treacherous “swamp”, and transport treasure to safety without touching it! This course will challenge you to be a problem-solver, a team-player, an innovator, and a leader who guides the team to triumph! Your group will run, jump, leap, and challenge one another as you learn how to be each piece of the Human Puzzle! 
Open
2
5
H960253
Understanding Political Systems
This course will be a combination of a lecture and hands on experience. After reviewing aspects of the United States political systems you will be broken into groups to create and propose a bill. Everyone in the class will be given a specific role to fulfill. It is your job to act out this role with what you know about the political system, history, and any prior knowledge you have on current affairs. You will be encouraged to emulate, debate, and experience aspects of the political system.
Open
2
7
P900273
Engineering Mini-Golf (Double Period)
We’ve covered the basics of Newton’s first law of physics. Now it is time to put elements of physics, geometry, teamwork, and creativity into action. Students will build a portable mini-golf course. Incorporated into the building of each hole will be different elements that illustrate different rules and principles of physics.
Open
2
7
H978273
Speeches of Great Leaders
What do Susan B. Anthony, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They were all great speakers who could inspire an audience of listeners. In this class you will learn parts of their speeches and why individuals like these were such dynamic speakers. Be prepared to recite and practice speaking in front of an audience. Learn where and how they used gestures to make a point. Enter into the world of forensics (public speaking), and pick a speech of someone who inspires you to learn about in more detail for this course.
Open
2
8
B905283
Research Techniques
This course will focus on introducing how to analyze qualitative data for research projects and papers. We will take a look at ethnographic research, ethical inquiry, subject relativity, and market research to draw a fact based conclusion. You will be asked to examine validity of sources, and begin to interpret data as a group.
Canceled
2
8
A936283
Clay Studio
While working in a professional ceramic studio students will learn and apply many clay art techniques. They will have an opportunity to create imaginative sculptures and a variety of pottery pieces. Each individual student will approach the projects from their particular point of view allowing for personal expression and freedom to explore. No prior experience is needed to learn about and enjoy the exciting challenges of clay art.
Open
2
8
P900283
Engineering Mini-Golf (Double Period)
We’ve covered the basics of Newton’s first law of physics. Now it is time to put elements of physics, geometry, teamwork, and creativity into action. Students will build a portable mini-golf course. Incorporated into the building of each hole will be different elements that illustrate different rules and principles of physics.
Open
2
9
M937293
Algebra II

This course will provide students who have algebra experience with a strong foundation for the study of higher mathematics. The focus will be on developing proficiency and conceptual understanding of algebra. Topics will include graphs and functions, factoring and solving equations, and systems of linear equations.

Goals:
To develop an advanced proficiency and a conceptual understanding of algebra
To acquire a variety of techniques, symbolic, numeric, and visual, for solving problems
To recognize the relevance to and practical use of algebra in real-life application
Open
2
9
S981293
Architectural Design
Architecture combines the practical qualities of safety and protection for our lives with unlimited possibilities of selfexpression. Architecture can also offer solutions to problems such as ecological concerns, energy issues, or space limitations. After learning about form and function and the ways structures are built, you will create an architectural solution to a problem that concerns you.
Open