Achievement House has an outstanding staff that is directly involved in developing our customized curriculum and teaching live online classes. We partner with other online education resources to offer students a range of courses that supplement and complement our courses. All courses meet PA academic standards. Click here to download our printable Program of Studies.


Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 4.0 credits in English, to include 1 course in Literature and an English course to be taken each school year, during grades 9-12. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their school counselor. Courses marked (*) meet the Literature requirement for this department.

Core Classes

This course will offer an in-depth study of the American experience through a rich variety of literature from Native American writings to modern novels. Students will learn about the major writers and
time periods, as well as the various periods of American literature and the ideas that shaped
the writing of those times. Students will be challenged to study how various genres of writing and speaking transformed over time as America grew and cities were built. Students will learn to understand authors in relation to their historical settings; gather biographical information; and write literary essays, research papers, and personal responses.
Available Sections: Honors, CP

 

This course will model college-level composition courses with an emphasis on expository, analytical, argumentative, personal and reflective writing on a variety of subjects. Students will learn to write effectively through rhetorical choices appropriate to audience, message, and medium. Teacher and peer writing feedback and revisions will be a large component of the course. There will be an emphasis on
vocabulary/diction, grammatical conventions, organization, and effective use of tone and voice to achieve desired goals of the compositions. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare for the College Board AP English Language and Composition exam, which, with a qualifying score, can earn students college credit in English Composition at many postsecondary
institutions.

 

This highly advanced course engages students in the critical analysis of fiction. Students will study representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Critical analysis of literary works will include both social and historical perspectives so that students can reflect on multiple interpretations of literature. Students are strongly encouraged to read Fitzgerald’s
The Great Gatsby over the summer months. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare for the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam, which, with a qualifying score, can earn students college credit in English Composition at many post-secondary institutions.

 

This course is designed to help seniors develop practical reading and writing skills for the workplace. Areas of focus include author’s perspective and
craft choices in career- and goal-oriented fiction writing, structures of informational nonfiction
writing, verbal and written communication, and persuasive writing. We will explore how literature can help students make personal and career choices, and we will practice sharing information from research with others in an engaging way. Students will construct a personalized resume and cover letter. The capstone of the course will be the development of a business proposal that solves a problem or meets a need selected by the student.

This course is designed to develop student understanding
of fictional works. Students will explore narrative structure and the impact that narrative elements have on not only the text but the reader as well. Students will study universal themes in literature and will learn to compare texts.

This course will expose students to both fiction and nonfiction works. Through the study of nonfiction, students will explore ways in which literature serves as
a vehicle for social change. A study of the drama genre will allow students to consider questions of personal destiny and corruption of power.

This course prepares students for the Literature Keystone Exam. Students study word skills, vocabulary acquisition, narrative structures, figurative language, and dramatic and poetic elements. Students develop constructed response skills.

 

Experience the cultures of the world through fiction, poetry, and memoirs. In this course, students read works from Africa, Japan, China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East to compare cultural perceptions of love and marriage, childhood, careers, and justice.
Available Sections: Honors, CP

 

This course will introduce students to a variety of reading and writing skills that will help them become familiar with literary terms, text structures, and reading strategies. Students will learn how to develop their writing in response to the literature using narrative, argument, and informational writing. Students will read texts that will include short stories, poems, nonfiction texts, and drama, and will begin to prepare for the Literature Keystone exam.
Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

 

In this course, students finish preparing for the Literature Keystone exam. Students will read novels and online texts to show mastery of literature standards for fiction and nonfiction. They will be able to apply critical reading and thinking skills to help analyze and evaluate texts. They will continue to develop writing skills in response to the literature.
Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career
Prerequisite – Literature and Composition 1 – From Prose to Poetry

 

This course is designed around the pillars of literacy. It prioritizes reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and written expression. The course actively monitors a student’s progression as a reader and a writer.

 

Electives

Students will learn
about the best ways to communicate in our digital world in order to share their thoughts and ideas. Students will explore some of the most popular types of writing such as narrative and argumentative. Students will be expected to respond using a variety of online media, such as blogs, forums, discussion boards, and images.

In this writing-intensive course, students will be introduced to the major genres of writing, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Through lessons, class discussions, and selected readings, students will learn about the elements of good writing. Students will build a variety of writing techniques and
skills through both short- and long-term writing assignments.

Students will learn techniques to format text and/or video to enhance their intended meaning. Students will complete a full cycle of the writing process, resulting in a published work in the form of a personal blog, podcast, or YouTube video, choosing from a list of teacher-approved projects. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective.
Associated IA Pathway: AV Communication Arts

 

Explore the basics of combining text with images to create artwork for advertisements or book and album covers. Review advertising techniques and the power of visual communication. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts, AV Communication Arts

In this course, students will explore the relationship between print and screen, using literary criticism to examine authors’ purpose in narrative and the cultural interpretation as it is transformed into an alternative
media.

 

Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 3.0 credits in Mathematics, to include 1 course in Algebra during grades 9-12. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor. Courses marked (*) meet the Algebra requirement for this department.

Core Classes

In this Pennsylvania Algebra I Keystone Exam aligned course, students will be introduced to linear equations and inequalities including models and graphs. This class will continue with the study of systems of linear equations and inequalities as well as exponents, polynomial expressions, radicals, quadratic functions, and data analysis. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam at the conclusion of this class.
Available Sections: Honors, CP, Algebraic Concepts

 

This course reviews the ideas and concepts taught in Algebra 1 along with a serious investigation of advanced algebraic concepts including: quadratic equations, systems of equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices and determinants, polynomial functions and radical functions and exponents.

Prerequisite – Algebra 1
Available Sections: Honors, CP

This course covers the second half of Algebra 1. This class will focus primarily on systems of linear equations and inequalities as well as exponents, polynomial expressions, radicals, quadratic functions, and data analysis. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam at the conclusion of this class.
Prerequisite – Introduction of Algebra.

This is a college level course that covers material equal to one semester of college work. Students are required to have and use a graphing calculator. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways, determine limits of expressions, understand the meaning of a derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, define the derivative of a function and find the derivative and integral of functions, apply differentiation techniques to the Theory of Extrema to sketch functions, solve related rates problems, optimization problems, and apply the Mean Value Theorem, understand the meaning of the definite integral, apply integration techniques to area
between curves, volumes, length of curves and average value of function, use trigonometric and algebraic substitutions, and solve differential equations.

Prerequisite – Pre-Calculus

 

This course is designed to prepare students, who have
successfully completed AP Calculus AB, for the BC level Advanced Placement Examination of the College Board. It is a college level course that covers material equivalent to a 2nd course in college calculus. This is a rigorous course which requires mastery and recall of all AP
Calculus AB topics.

Prerequisite – AP Calculus AB

 

This is a college level course that covers material equal to one semester of college work. This course is activity driven, with applications in gaming scenarios,
population growth, and sports. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to
perform exploratory analysis of data, making use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns, apply sampling techniques to estimate population statistics, anticipate patterns by producing models using probability and simulation, and make statistical inferences using appropriate models.

 

In this high school level course, students are expected to use their mathematical knowledge and practices to solve problems. This course strengthens students’ understanding of functions in preparation for the process of differentiation and integration. Calculus concepts explored include limits and continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and techniques of integration. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of real-world calculus applications. Instruction will include appropriate use of technology to facilitate continued development of students’ high-order thinking skills.

 

Build computational fluency with all real numbers including fractions, decimals, integers and rational numbers.  Learn to solve problems involving exponents, proportions, data analysis and probability.  Discover geometric transformations and the Pythagorean Theorem.  Explore algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities. Includes problem solving with direct real-world applications.  Students in this course are automatically enrolled in the requisite companion course: Building Mathematical Mastery.

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This course is a bridge to prepare you for college-level math courses. This will include topics from Geometry, Algebra 1, and SAT preparations. Students will extend
their learning through real world applications of algebraic, geometric, and statistical concepts. The course will include a review of the families of functions (linear, exponential, and quadratic), measures of central tendency, standard deviation, probability, combinations, permutations, properties of polygons, area and perimeter of two-dimensional figures, surface
area and volume of three-dimensional figures, algebraic and geometric transformations, and right triangle trigonometry.

 

This course will emphasize making connections within the concept of plane geometry. Students will be introduced to inductive and deductive reasoning, logic and proof including two column proofs, thinking logically and precisely, the basic principles of plane and coordinate geometry, development of problem
solving skills, and full integration of algebra and geometry. Additionally, this course will prepare students for more advanced work in mathematics in other high school and college courses.

Available Sections: Honors, CP

This course is the first of two year-long courses in the alternative Algebra 1 sequence. This course will focus primarily on linear relationships, with an emphasis on the algebraic manipulation of linear expressions, equations, and inequalities, as well as graphing and modeling with linear functions.

 

This course is designed to help prepare students for the financial challenges they will face in life after high school. Topics covered include the concept of “financial health” which compares the discipline required to maintain financial health to the discipline required to keep physically healthy; budgeting; and banking. The course will end with the “real world” calculator. Students have the opportunity to interact with a hypothetical post-graduation budget based on actual starting salary data for over 40 professional fields.

 

Prepare for algebra through exploring the real number system, powers/roots, scientific notation and the laws of exponents.  Study algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities.  Explore linear equations and functions.  Includes problem solving with direct real-world applications. Students in this course are automatically enrolled in the requisite companion course: Building Mathematical Mastery.

Precalculus is a high school level course designed for students who have successfully completed the Algebra II with Trigonometry course. This course is a prerequisite for success in Calculus. Algebraic, graphical, numerical, and verbal analyses are incorporated during investigations of the Precalculus content standards. Parametric equations, polar relations, vector operations, conic sections, and limits are introduced. Content for this course also includes an expanded study of polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, and logarithmic and exponential functions.  Application-based problem solving is an integral part of the course. Instruction will include appropriate use of technology to facilitate continued development of students’ higher-order thinking skills.

Pre-Requisite – Algebra 2

 

Electives

This semester-long course is designed for students who are interested in or challenged by puzzles and mathematical problems. Throughout the course, students will use the familiar operations as the starting point of intriguing investigations into a variety of math and logic puzzles.

This course is an introduction to the concepts of probability. Topics include randomness, theoretical and experimental probability, probability rules, counting rules, distributions, and calculating expected values. Students will develop analytical skills through interpreting data and making connections with actual events. This course pairs well with Statistics. It may be take before, after, or independently of Statistics.
Enrollment subject to seat availability.

 

This course is an introduction into concepts and
methods of statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics of categorical and quantitative data, the normal model, scatter plots, data collection, and an introduction to inference. Students will develop analytical skills through interpreting data and making connections with actual
events.

Enrollment subject to seat availability.

 

Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 3.0 credits in Science, to include 1 course in Biology, during grades 9-12. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor. Courses marked (*) meet the Biology requirement for this department.

Core Courses

This course is designed for students who have an
interest in biology/environmental themes. The course is an extension of environmental/ ecology topics that were covered in the student’s first year Biology course. This is a multidisciplinary science course that applies scientific concepts to real world problems and dilemmas. Course topics include traditional and experimental ecology, types of pollution, energy sources, oceanography, global trends, economics, ethics, and sustainability.

 

This Pennsylvania Keystone aligned course examines the concepts and processes of life science. Topics include cell chemistry and function, heredity, evolutionary theory and ecology. All topics will focus on the principles that govern biological processes observed in the natural world. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the physically proctored Pennsylvania Biology Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.

Available Sections:  Honors, CP, Career

 

In this course, students will learn about matter, its chemical structure and properties, and the changes it
undergoes. Topics include atomic structure, stoichiometry, solutions, gas laws, periodic law,
bonding, molecular orbital theory, equilibrium, acids, and bases.
Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

This course explores the complex interactions between living organisms and their non-living environments as well as current environmental concerns and strategies for conservation and preservation. It examines the vital role that humans play in the global ecosystem. All topics focus on the scientific principles that govern ecological processes that can be observed in the natural world.

 

Imagine being in the deepest part of the Earth or imagine being at the bottom of the ocean or outside of our Milky Way galaxy. These are a few places that
you will explore as we move through our Earth Science course. In this course, you’ll be able to look at the dynamic Earth as it moves and works to bring different processes to life. You’ll explore the four major branches of Earth Science: Geology, Meteorology,
Oceanography, and Astronomy. By the end you will have learned the different ways Earth and surroundings can really be extraordinary.

 

This course will introduce students to fundamental
biological principles. Students will learn about the chemistry of life, the basics of cells and cell processes, genetics, and ecology. Students will also learn how other scientific fields, such as chemistry, play an important role in the functions of life.

 

Physics is an important, relevant, and enjoyable discipline which includes the topics of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. In the various levels of this science course, students learn by doing, experiencing practical applications as well as theoretical aspects of the discipline. Students gain an understanding of how Physics applies to everyday life while preparing for the challenges of science at the college level.

Available Sections: Honors, CP

 

Electives

This course investigates the study of anatomical structures, physiological systems, and body functions. Using craft items and recycled materials, students will engage in hands-on STEAM-based projects. Students will review human structural and functional organization at both the microscopic and macroscopic
levels. Units will include discussions of the basic body systems, including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous, and integumentary systems. The course also includes the study of recent advances in medical technology such as 3D printed bones and organs!
This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: Biomedical

This course explores natures fury, and how we respond to, learn from, and try to prepare for the next disaster. From tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunami’s, to avalanches and lightning storms, students will discover what causes these natural phenomena. Students also explore some of the worst natural events in human history, and how we are  trying to prevent casualties and damage from future events. As Murphy has expressed so eloquently in his own “law,” if something can go wrong, it will. One thing we know for sure – it’s not a matter of if, it’s a
matter of when.

This course surveys key topics in forensic science, including the application of the scientific process to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation, physical and trace evidence, and the law and courtroom procedures from the perspective of the forensic scientist. Through online lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about
forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. Enrollment subject to seat availability.
 Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least two years of high school science including Biology and Chemistry.

This class is building off what the students learned
in Middle school as well as 9th grade science. This will be a fun and exciting class to
experience how we play a part in the universe around us. We will explore our solar system as
well as beyond the limits of our solar system. We will observe Stars and breakdown what
makes them hot and bright. In this class we will answer the questions of, how do we observe
galaxies far away? And what are old and new ways of exploring space? They will apply critical
thinking and discovery to the expanding universe and the objects that make it up. Learning
about astronomy will be cool, but learning about Supernovae will be a blast.

 

Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 3.0 credits in Social Studies, to include 1 course in Civics (or Government) during grades 9-12. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor. Courses marked (*) meet the Civics requirement for this department.

Core Classes

This course is designed to help students become active, productive citizens of the U.S. Throughout the course, students will learn what government is, how the American government functions, and what they can do to become an ideal citizen of the U.S. Topics covered include a study of citizenship and the American government.

Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

 

This course requires students to analyze
United States government and explore economic theory and practice. After examining
the underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution, students will begin to interpret and apply
the Constitution to governmental policy. Students will develop an understanding of the principles and processes of formal institutions and informal institutions. The course will introduce students to the economic perspective, and students will develop an
understanding of economic indicators and the role of government in economic decision-making. The course will emphasize the importance of civic life and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Finally, students will examine civil liberties and public policy
from both a legal/theoretical and a practical perspective.

 

This course covers a time period that begins in the early 1500s and continues to the end of World War II. By the end of the course, students will have focused on the events, people, conflicts, and ideas that have shaped our modern world. Students will develop an understanding of modern world history by studying topics such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, exploration, colonization, sslavery, monarchies, revolutions, WWI, and WWII.

Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

 

This course investigates the events that occurred in the US as well as those that impacted the US during the 1800s through the 1970s. Throughout the course, students will explore major events that shaped the future decades and generations of the United States, its allies, and also its enemies. The course will also look
to highlight the accomplishments and challenges of minorities throughout these periods and their contributions to the development of American history. Students will learn how to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented.
Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

Do you consider yourself to be a “World Traveler” and
want to explore locations around the Earth? This class will explore the different elements geography and locations around the world. You will explore the physical and cultural characteristics of these places while learning about the current problems they face. Current events and other ideas will be discussed.

 

Electives

Using primary sources and firsthand accounts, this semester-long course will present an in-depth look at black history in America, from enslavement through the Civil Rights Movement. While students will learn about the changing social, political, and economic discrimination African Americans faced from slavery, through the Jim Crow era, and during the Civil Rights Movement, emphasis will also be placed on the achievements and contributions African Americans have made to the U.S. By studying the past, students will also have a better understanding of current events.

Have you ever wanted to learn how businesses make money? If so, then this course is for you! This course is
designed to provide students with the fundamental tools for economic thinking. The course will examine decision-making by consumers and producers. Students will also analyze supply and demand, pricing and production, and providing goods and services. By the end of this course, students will have an opportunity to create their very own business plan.

Do you want to become a lawyer or work in criminal justice? Have you ever wondered how law and justice work? This course will explore the many different areas of the criminal justice system, from crimes and courts to how society addresses different issues related to them in the present. The course will also examine
activities and scenarios related to the criminal justice system to gain real world knowledge and experience of law and justice.

 

This semester long course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding and application of the history, geography, culture, and politics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will apply their cumulative knowledge of major events in US History from colonial America to the present day to see
how Pennsylvania and their local communities helped to affect the development of the American story directly or indirectly.

Have you ever wondered about the brain and how it works? Or why we feel happy or sad? Psychology seeks to explain those things and more! In this full-year
elective course, students will learn about and discuss the basics of psychology and the study of it. The course will explore how the brain works and thinks, why we feel and act the way we do, and much more!

In this course, students will learn about the important roles that women played in America from the pre-colonial era up until the present day. Key topics
include the contributions of women before and during the Revolutionary War, the abolitionist, suffrage, civil rights, and feminist movements, as well as key pieces of legislation, particularly those obtained during the 1970s. Current issues will also be examined.

Department Requirement: This department allows students to explore who they are, what is important to them, and what they would like to do. These classes allow students to develop the tools they need to create the kind of life they want. Classes marked (*) meet the Career and College Readiness requirement for this department.

This course introduces students to the building blocks
necessary to select and prepare for a career. Students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio.

 

This course introduces students to the building blocks
necessary to select and prepare for a career. Students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio.

This course provides students with a solid foundation to a successful future beyond high school. Students will continue to explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a college/career plan. Topics will include interviewing skills, completing job-related paperwork such as tax forms, planning for SAT/ACT exams and college applications, and skills needed to become a successful adult.

 

The graduation project is the culmination of knowledge, skills, and experience achieved throughout a student’s high school career. The complete project will be presented to the Graduation Project Advisor who will ensure that all specific project requirements have been completed as mandated by the state and assign a presentation date. The graduation project must be completed in order to fulfill student graduation requirements. Students entering grades 10 and 11 may choose to complete their Graduation Project requirement by doing a career-based project. Completing the career- based project in 10th or 11th grade will mean not having to take the Graduation Project 12 course to complete it during the senior year.

The graduation project is the culmination of knowledge, skills, and experience achieved throughout a student’s high school career. The complete project will be presented to the Graduation Project Advisor who will ensure that all specific project requirements have been completed as mandated by the state and assign a presentation date. The graduation project must be completed in order to fulfill student graduation requirements.

 

These asynchronous courses are designed for students who are interested in and plan to apply to a college program. A 2.0 or higher GPA is recommended, but not required. Students will use a program called OnTrack, which will provide then with online videos each week on how to succeed in high school, find the right college, and
how to pay for it.

Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 2 credits in Arts and Humanities during grades 9-12.

 

Students will learn about the best ways to communicate in our digital world in order to share their thoughts and ideas. Students will explore some of the most popular types of writing such as narrative and
argumentative. Students will be expected to respond using a variety of online media, such as blogs, forums, discussion boards, and images.

This course will focus on the music created in America from the founding of our country to today. Students will learn about music in the early days of America and
travel through time exploring many different genres. The course will focus mainly on jazz and rock and roll, but will also investigate the blues, musical theatre, film scores, and the music of today.

 

In this course, students will focus on learning the Principles and Elements of Art. Students will experiment with various art mediums, explore famous artists throughout history and express their creativity. *All materials provided. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts

 

 Students will investigate a wide array of art materials thought this course. Projects will be based on various periods and movements from art history including Surrealism and Pop Art as well as other cultural art studies. Projects aim to help develop individual self-expression and style. *All materials provided. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts Prerequisite – Art 1

 

 

In this course we will explore several body systems and this knowledge will be the starting point for STEAM focused projects that utilize a student’s creativity and
creative thinking skills. Students will complete activities that are hands-on and based on the human body. Experimental data will be collected and analyzed and students will present student created graphics. Students will also create various art projects in relationship to the content and will learn anatomical structures through coloring book activities. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Biomedical, Fine Arts

 

Studying children helps an individual understand the importance of personal development, the developmental processes of children, and careers in the childcare/educational field. By understanding how a child develops intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, students are empowered to make choices for themselves and others to optimize their quality of life. Students taking this course will also learn about the role of a parent and how to build self-esteem within the family.

 

In this writing-intensive course, students will be introduced to the major genres of writing, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Through lessons, class discussions, and selected readings, students will learn about the elements of good writing. Students will build a variety of writing techniques and
skills through both short- and long-term writing assignments.

Students will learn techniques to format text and/or video to enhance their intended meaning. Students will complete a full cycle of the writing process, resulting in a published work in the form of a personal blog, podcast, or YouTube video, choosing from a list of teacher-approved projects. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: AV Communication Arts

This hands on coursewill teach studentsabout the history of the camera, as well as its everchangingcapabilities and functions the various types provide.Composition, lightingand perspective area few of the concepts covered throughout this course. Students willapply these concepts to their photographs and learn how to edit and manipulate photographic images for their portfolio. *Personal smartphones accepted as camera device. If necessary, a camera will be providedThis course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts

 

This course is designed to provide students with basic information and skills needed to function effectively within the family as well as a changing, complex society. They will delve into topics such as meal planning, grocery shopping, and dietary modifications. Students will also focus on financial concepts and making informed decisions when it comes to savings and debt. They will familiarize themselves with checking/savings accounts, interest, credit/debt, and the importance of a budget.

 

Explore the basics of combining text with images to create artwork for advertisements or book, album covers and t-shirts. Review advertising techniques and the power of visual communication. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated IA Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts, AV Communication Arts 

 

This asynchronous course will look at fictional and non-fictional storytelling techniques, both written and visual, as well as how this genre influences modern media. Works will include memoirs, interpretative history, and more conventional fiction.

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design
projects that are independently approved and relate to Art. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate
to Family and Consumer Sciences. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design
projects that are independently approved and relate to Music. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

This asynchronous course will allow students to showcase their talents which they have been pursuing outside of school. These talents can include, but are not limited to artistic forms of expression such as music, dance, painting, cooking, cosmetology, jewelry making, etc.

 

 Drawing is a fundamental art form that is used in many different mediums. This course is an introduction to the foundation of both design and realistic drawing. Students will review the elements of drawingwhile exploring drawing materials such as charcoal, graphitand ink. Students will work from observation and imagination to address topics such as proportion, perspective, light and shadows. *All materials provided. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: Fine Arts
Prerequisite: Art 1

 

This introductory course will explore the artistic expression of watercolors. Starting with the basics and working your way through experimentation pieces to build your own style with your watercolor portfolio. *All materials provided.
This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: Fine Arts
Prerequisite: Art 1

 

This course is designed to expose students to the elements of music and the primary musical periods of traditional Western European classical music as well as World Music. Learn the basics of music reading, study a variety of composers and musicians, and listen to a variety of musical examples. Experience the music of many different cultures around the world.

 

In LearnKey’s Photoshop CC course learn to edit and retouch photos as well as create digital images and designs. Learn digital image formats, basic color theory, and how to retouch and apply other tonal adjustments to images. Explore editing tools through various projects while preparing for the Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop ACA exam. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: Digital Graphic Arts
Prerequisites- Art 1, Digital Photography or Graphic Design 

 

In this course, students will explore the relationship between print and screen, using literary criticism to examine authors’ purpose in narrative and the cultural interpretation as it is transformed into an alternative
media.

Department Requirement: Students are required to complete 1.0 credit in Health/Physical Education, to include Health (Wellness) and a PE course to be taken each school year. Physical Education courses do not need to be taken consecutively.

 

Core Classes

In this introductory course, students are provided with
instruction and practice in the ten health skills: communication, refusal skills, conflict resolution, accessing information, analyzing influences, practicing healthful behaviors, stress management, decision making, advocacy, and goal setting. Students show that regular physical activity is essential to good health and wellness. Students will learn basic fitness terminology as well as how physical activity benefits both the body and mind.

 

In this continuing course, students are provided
with instruction and practice in the ten health skills: communication, refusal skills, conflict resolution, accessing information, analyzing influences, practicing healthful behaviors, stress management, decision making, advocacy, and goal setting. Studies show that regular physical activity is essential to good health and wellness. Students will learn basic fitness terminology as well as how physical activity benefits both the body and mind.

 

Students will learn about a variety of health topics, ranging from stages of grown and development to different healthful living practices.

In this course, students will learn to make informed
decisions that will assist them both now and in the future. Course work has been developed using
scientific evidence that has shown regular physical activity is essential to good health and wellness. Students will learn basic fitness terminology as well as how physical activity benefits both the body and mind. Students will research and choose fitness activities that
promote lifelong participation.

 

In this course, students will practice making informed
health and fitness decisions that will assist them now and in the future. Many assignments in this course are based upon research from the American Heart Association indicating that the primary cause of death in the United States, heart disease, can be treated with daily participation in physical activity. Students will review basic fitness terminology and benefits. The students will also be introduced to the steps of the personalized fitness program design process.

 

Electives

In this course, students will apply the skill of developing a workout routine and explore how to improve their current fitness levels. Students will complete a fitness test and log their progress towards their individual fitness
goal.

This course is designed to give students an overview of the skills in first aid and CPR/AED. It will not certify students in these areas, but it will help prepare them for the certification exams through American Red Cross.
This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathways: Biomedical

 

In this course, students will complete a variety of scenarios pertaining to emergency situations in order to show mastery of previously learned First Aid and CPR skills.
Prerequisite – Students must be certified in First Aid and CPR/AED through American Red Cross.

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate to Physical Education. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

In this introduction course, students will learn about the
history and various styles of Yoga. Students will be responsible for attending each live session, where they will practice Yoga with a certified instructor and keep a reflection journal of the different poses practiced. Students will also be responsible for uploading pictures of themselves practicing different Yoga poses. A yoga starter kit will be sent out to each student.

Innovation Career Academy is a collection of pathways that provide valuable skills in a STEAM related career. There is opportunity to take multiple courses in a specific pathway or to sample different courses in different pathways to explore different STEAM interests. All students are encouraged to try different courses in the Innovation Academy to help guide them towards a future career interest. The Innovation Career Academy Pathways are:

Advanced Engineering, Architecture and Construction, Audio Visual Communication Arts, Biomedical, Computer Science, Digital Graphic Arts, Drone Innovators, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, Information Technology, Programming, and Robotics.

For courses marked with an asterisk (*), students may take an industry-recognized certification exam.

 

Innovation Career Academy Courses

Create your own video game as you learn to program and use Unity gaming software. This is an introductory course to game design with components of graphic design, programming, math, and physics built into the curriculum.
Associated Pathway: Programming

Ever want to take design to the next level and
make your creations come to life? In this course you will learn all about 3D design and learn to create in the third dimension using the 3D CAD program SketchUp. This is a hands-on class where we will mail out several materials to you for your projects. You design it, we print it, then mail your designs directly to you. Come explore the possibilities. Associated Pathways: Engineering, Architecture & Construction, Robotics

 

This course investigates the study of anatomical structures, physiological systems, and body functions. Using craft items and recycled materials, students will engage in hands-on STEAM-based projects. Students will review human structural and functional organization at both the microscopic and macroscopic
levels. Units will include discussions of the basic body systems, including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous, and integumentary systems. The course also includes the study of recent advances in medical technology such as 3D printed bones and organs!  Associated Pathway: Biomedical

 

Get familiar with the concepts and tools of computer
science as you learn a subset of the Java programming language. You’ll do hands-on work to design, write, and test computer programs that solve problems or accomplish tasks. Associated Pathway: Computer Science

 

Learn the principles that underlie the science of computing and develop the thinking skills that computer scientists use. You’ll work on your own and as part of a team to creatively address real-world issues using the tools and processes of computation. Associated Pathway: Computer Science

 

In this course, students will focus on learning the Principles and Elements of Art. Students will experiment with various art mediums, explore famous artists throughout history and express their creativity. *All materials provided.  Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts

 

Students will investigate a wide array of art materials thought this course. Projects will be based on various periods and movements from art history including Surrealism and Pop Art as well as other cultural art studies. Projects aim to help develop individual self-expression and style. *All materials provided
Prerequisite: Art 1. Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts

 

In this course we will explore several body systems and this knowledge will be the starting point for STEAM focused projects that utilize a student’s creativity and
creative thinking skills. Students will complete activities that are hands-on and based on the human body. Experimental data will be collected and analyzed and students will present student created graphics. Students will also create various art projects in relationship to the content and will learn anatomical structures through coloring book activities.
Associated Pathway: Biomedical, Fine Arts 

 

Validate to a potential employer that you understand key communication principles and have the skills necessary to be effective and efficient in a work environment. Learn to describe basic communication principles, plan for effective communication, apply best practices for creating business deliverables
and delivering your message, receiving communications, and analyzing communication
scenarios. You’ll learn the skills tested in the Communication Skills for Business (CSB certification exam. Make your resume stand out by sitting for and passing this certification exam if you meet the basic requirements. You will earn the proof that you understand good communication and bring necessary skills to be effective and efficient in a job.
Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship,
Business

Students will learn techniques to format text and/or video to enhance their intended meaning. Students will complete a full cycle of the writing process, resulting in a published work in the form of a personal blog, podcast, or YouTube video, choosing from a list of teacher-approved projects. Associated Pathway: AV Communication Arts

 

This hands on course will teach students about the history of the camera, as well as its everchanging capabilities and functions the various types provide. Composition, lighting and perspective are a few of the concepts covered throughout this course. Students will apply these concepts to their photographs and learn how to edit and manipulate photographic images for their portfolio. *Personal smartphones accepted as camera device. If necessary, a camera will be provided. Associated Pathway: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts 

 

This course is designed to give students an overview of the skills in first aid and CPR/AED. It will not provide certification in these areas, but it will help prepare for the certification exams through American Red Cross. Associated Pathway: Biomedical

 

This course surveys key topics in forensic science, including the application of the scientific process to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation, physical and trace evidence, and the law and courtroom procedures from the perspective of the forensic scientist. Through online lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about
forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. Enrollment subject to seat availability.
 Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least two years of high school science including Biology and Chemistry.

This course will focus on the basics of combining text with images to create things such as advertisements or
book and album covers and t-shirts. Advertising techniques as well as the power of visual communication will be reviewed.
Associated Pathways: Fine Arts, Digital Graphic Arts, AV Communication Arts 

 

 This course will guide students to develop the foundational set of skills necessary to not only navigate the digital world but to also comprehend its possibilities. Students will work with technology basics, digital citizenship, information management, content creation, communication, collaboration, and safety and security. Students will learn the skills tested in the IC3 (Internet Core Competency Certification) Global Standards 6 Exam. When added to one’s resume, the IC3 certification validates to potential employers that the applicant has the computer skills needed in today’s world, as objectively measured by a global industry standard. 

Associated Pathway: Computer Science, Programming

 

Drawing is a fundamental art form that is used in many different mediums. This course is an introduction to the foundation of both design and realistic drawing. Students will review the elements of drawingwhile exploring drawing materials such as charcoal, graphitand ink. Students will work from observation and imagination to address topics such as proportion, perspective, light and shadows. *All materials provided. Prerequisite: Art 1.  Associated Pathways: Fine Arts 

 

Did you know that, alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript
is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web? It enables interactive web pages and is an essential part of web applications. When you click a button and get a response, it is probably JavaScript that made that happen. You can learn the fundamentals of this
programming language. Join the class to learn some of the basics of timers and animation using JavaScript.
 Associated Pathway: Programming 

 

This is a continuation of Intro to JavaScript I.  This course focuses on animation with JavaScript – Timers, Randomizers, Mouse Events, Keyboard Events, Graphics, and Collision Detection.  Students will learn the skills tested in the JavaScript Level I certification exam.

Associated Pathways: Computer Science and Programming

In this course students will learn to code a robot to move, create a virtual reality video game, or even program NASAs space shuttles? The first step to any of this is learning Python. This is a coding language that is being used in many newest technologies of today. This entry level course will open students up to a world of opportunities and give them the programming foundation needed to take the Raspberry Pi robotics courses. Associated Pathways: Engineering, Robotics

 

This introductory course will explore the artistic expression of watercolors. Starting with the basics and working your way through experimentation pieces to build your own style with your watercolor portfolio. *All materials provided Prerequisite: Art 1
Associated Pathway: Fine Arts 

 

Microsoft Office Basics: Designed for beginning high school students, this course introduces students to the three major Microsoft Office programs: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.   All three programs are relevant to a student’s ability to communicate, present, and organize data into a logical format. They help set the student for success in conveying their information appropriately and is a necessary 21st Century skill for today’s job market.  Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

Microsoft IT Academy Excel: In this course, students will validate skills in the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions, and creating charts and objects.  Students will learn the skills tested in the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel certification exam. (Microsoft Word and PowerPoint certifications complete the requirements of the overall Microsoft Office Specialist Associate certification.)    Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

Microsoft IT Academy PowerPoint: In this course, students will validate  skills in creating and managing presentations, inserting, and formatting shapes and slides, creating slide content, applying transitions and animations, and managing multiple presentations.  Students will learn the skills tested in the Microsoft Office Specialist -PowerPoint certification exam. (Microsoft Excel and Word certification exams complete the requirements of the overall Microsoft Office Specialist Associate certification.)    Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

Microsoft IT Academy Word: In this course, students will validate  skills in Word tasks, such as creating and managing documents, formatting text, paragraphs, and sections, creating tables and lists, applying references, and inserting and formatting objects.  Students will learn the skills tested in the Microsoft Office Specialist – Word certification exam (Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint certification exams  complete the requirements for the overall Microsoft Office Specialist Associate certification.)     
Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

 

In LearnKey’s Photoshop CC course you will learn how to edit and retouch photos as well as create digital images and designs. You will learn digital image
formats, basic color theory, and how to retouch and apply other tonal adjustments to images. Students will explore editing tools through various projects while preparing for the Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop ACA exam.  Prerequisites: Art 1, Digital Photography or Graphic Design. Associated Pathways: Digital Graphic Arts

 

This honors level course is for students who enjoy working with their hands doing construction projects or who enjoy designs such as those seen on HGTV. In CEA students will learn about construction and architectural design with both residential and commercial projects. Students will create designs using the 3D architectural design software Autodesk Revit and will have the opportunity to get their professional certification for the 3D design software. Student in this course will need to take the PLTW End of Course Exam which has the potential for college credits. Associated Pathways: Advanced Engineering, Architecture & Construction. Prerequisites: Green Architecture or Introduction to Engineering Design. 

Are you interested in creating and building hands-on projects?  Discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in your lives. In this Project Lead the Way course you will be challenged and empowered to use and apply what you learn to solve real-world problems by designing and building your own prototypes. Associated Pathways: Architecture & Constructionand Engineering 

 In this hands-on, project-based course, students will dive into construction and architectural design. You will design homes in a way that keeps human carbon footprints small by using environmentally sustainable practices. Explore dimensioning, measuring, and design by building scale model homes and using a 3D architectural design software. Associated Pathways: Architecture & Construction, and Engineering. Prerequisites: Design & Modeling, 3D Printing and Guidance Counselor Approval. 

This Honors Level Project Lead the Way course is not just for future engineers. Students will solve real-world problems by designing prototypes as well as strengthen creative and innovative problem-solving skills that will open their minds to a world of possibilities. Students will design in 3D using Autodesk Fusion 360 software and will even have the opportunity to get their professional certification for the software program. Student in this course will need to take the PLTW End of Course Exam which has the potential for college credits. Associated Pathways: Advanced Engineering, and Engineering. Prerequisites: Design & Modeling and 3D Printing or Guidance Counselor Approval. 

Go beyond “myth buster” to solution builder!
As you master the basic concepts needed to continue your education in engineering or engineering technology, you’ll apply them, tackling real world challenges using the VEX Robotics platform to design & build solutions! Principles of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts’ students will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. This is an honors level class where students have the potential to earn college credits based on their score on the Project Lead The Way EOC (End of Course) Exam which is required for
students enrolled in the class. Associated Pathways: Advanced Engineering, Engineering
Prerequisite: Civil Engineering & Architecture

In this project-based course, you will dig deeper into the Python programming language and automate your very own robot! This course is centered around hands-on learning where students have the chance to design, program and build projects such as electronic whoopie cushions, race cars and more.  Associated Pathways: Engineering, Robotics
Prerequisite: Intro to Python

 

Schoolyard Ventures is an innovative program that helps teens launch businesses, non-profits and other real-world projects that are meaningful to them. The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp gives students an introduction to the program and helps them develop ideas for starting their own business.
Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

 

Schoolyard Ventures provides students with curriculum, workshops, mentorship, and micro-capital to help them launch their own businesses. Students are encouraged to experiment with various business ideas and progress through the program at their own pace. Instructors and mentors help with this process as students work to bring their product to market.
Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite
– Schoolyard Ventures Entrepreneurship Boot Camp 

 

Be immersed in virtual search and rescue missions performed by drones. You will learn how drone SAR teams operate to get the job done. Drone technology is in your future. Search and rescue is just one of many
ways drones will change how we do things – inspections, construction, law enforcement, and
agriculture, to name a few. Learn about drones, autonomous flight, and the foundations of the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam. Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone.
Associated Pathway: Drone Innovators 

 

In part 2, the SAR missions become trickier. How do we complete missions with drone flight safety regulations, FAA flight standards, flight principles, & drone design in mind? This course emphasizes drone flight safety and the law. FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam safety and legal questions are discussed. Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone. Prerequisite: Search and Rescue (SAR) by Drone, Part 1Associated Pathway: Drone Innovators

 

Create your own webpage with your career goals so that you can wow potential colleges or employers with this valuable reference tool!  You will learn how to write HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which are two of the three basic programming languages on the Internet (JavaScript being the third). You will also create your own live homepage to serve as a portfolio of your creations.  

Associated Pathway: Computer Science, Programming

 

This is a continuation of Web Development I. Be able to explain how web pages are developed and viewed on the Internet, analyze and fix errors in existing websites, and create your very own multi page websites. Students will learn the foundations of user interface design, rapid prototyping, and user testing, and will work together to create professional, mobile responsive websites. Students will learn the skills tested in the Web Design Level I certification exam.  Associated Pathway: Programming, Computer Science

Department Requirement: This program is designed to allow students to earn elective credit for participating in a weekly paid position or a non-paid internship. Students with an Individualized Educational Program should contact their Learning Support teacher for alternative eligibility, pre-requisites, and requirements.

This course will provide students a framework with which to develop their work and career readiness skills. Students who have found paid employment, and who can work a minimum of 60 hours per 9 week quarterly period, will have the opportunity to earn 0.5 credits per quarter. Students will be responsible for weekly check-ins with their teacher (to include adequate progress on their quarterly grade sheet), criteria based on a quarterly assessment (rubric will be provided), and a final presentation of their experience. Students must maintain a passing GPA in their core classes and appropriate school attendance, quarterly, to be eligible to remain in the program for the next quarterly period.

Pre-Requisite: Students must be in the 10th grade or 16 years of age.

 

Courses offered by AHCCS

In this independent study class, students will be provided with all the information needed to earn their driver’s license. Interactive lessons are used to examine up-to-date safe-driving techniques. Students who take this class will enjoy an effective, high-quality driver’s education class that will teach them everything they need to know to become safe, confident drivers. The 24/7 online access is perfect for those students who may not have the time to attend traditional driver’s education classes. Students must be 16 years old by January 1st of the academic year to enroll in this course.

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design
projects that are independently approved and relate to Art. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate
to Family and Consumer Sciences. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

In this course, students will complete a variety of scenarios pertaining to emergency situations in order to show mastery of previously learned First Aid and CPR skills. Prerequisite – Students must be certified in First Aid and CPR/AED through American Red Cross. This course also qualifies as an ICA elective. Associated Pathway: Biomedical

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design
projects that are independently approved and relate to Music. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate to Physical Education. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the course to determine whether course goals and objectives were met and award credit.

 

This asynchronous course will allow students to showcase their talents which they have been doing outside of school. These talents can include, but are not limited to artistic forms of expression such as music, dance, painting, cooking, cosmetology, jewelry making, etc.

 

Third-Party Courses

AHCCS offers its AP courses through FLVS, which is an online school dedicated to personalized learning. They offer dedicated, certified teachers, while AHCCS teachers are on hand to provide support as needed.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics

AHCCS joins more than 20,000 schools and districts around the world that have integrated Rosetta Stone Solutions into their curriculum to support the growing need for language skills. The Dynamic Immersion® method used within this program allows student to engage with the language through images, repetition, and scaffolding without need of English-to-Language translating. Rosetta Stone also offers ease of learning through a mobile application for students on the go. A school facilitator will oversee the students’ progress in this self-paced online course, as well as grade assignments, and help keep students on track to complete their language level in a timely manner. Students must have at least a B in all courses and receive approval from their guidance counselor in order to enroll in an independent language course. Each language typically has 3-5 levels of study available. Completion of a level is equal to one academic credit. The following languages are offered through Rosetta Stone Solutions. Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in taking a language that is not listed below.

  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish

AP and Honors Courses
Our Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level courses taught according to syllabi prescribed by The College Board Advanced Placement Program and/or to courses designed to prepare students for College Board AP Tests. Success in AP courses can be an important factor in admission to colleges and universities. Successful performance on AP Tests (a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a 5-point scale) may lead to college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. AP courses receive appropriate weight when the Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated.

Honors courses allow students to explore topics in greater depth than non-honors courses. Honors students will complete projects that enrich their understanding of topics and the links between them. Honors level courses are listed as such on the students’ transcripts.


Graduation Requirements
Students must successfully complete 21.0 cumulative credits in grades 9-12 as follows:

  • 4.0 credits in English to include 1 course in Literature and an English course to be taken each school year
  • 3.0 credits in Mathematics to include 1 course in Algebra
  • 3.0 credits in Science to include 1 course in Biology
  • 3.0 credits in Social Studies to include 1 course in Civics (or Government)
  • 1.0 credit in Health and Physical Education, to include Health (Wellness), and a PE course to be taken each school year
  • 2.0 credits in Arts and Humanities
  • 5.0 credits in electives to include 0.25 credits in Graduation Project. Any course that has not been counted to fulfill other graduation requirements as indicated in this site shall also satisfy this requirement. Two credits in the Innovation Academy are highly encouraged, but not required.
  • 21.0 total credits