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High School Curriculum:

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS
 
ELA 9 Language Grammar - 1 credit
 
This year-long class serves as a foundational course to the subsequent years of English Language Arts. The students will study and explore the mechanics of language, including the parts of speech, sentence formation, the role of languages in oral and written expression, and many other language-based topics. Also, the students will review the basics of grammar and its role in written expression.
 
ELA 10 Short Stories/Writing Mechanics - 1 credit
 
This class will serve as a natural step for sophomore students to apply their knowledge of language and grammar to reading and writing skills. The genres of short stories and poetry will serve as catalysts to develop the necessary comprehension skills for processing more complex information and identifying plots, themes, character development, and poetic devices. The second semester will introduce the student to basic writing skills. This will include applications such as note-taking, writing letters/emails, and creating narratives. Students will be allowed to use electronic devices due to fine motor skill deficits as the need arises. 
 
ELA 11 American Literature/Drama & Research - 1 credit
 
This class will give high school juniors a basic introduction to American literature. Also, the juniors, in conjunction with selected other students, will study the elements of plays as literature, which will include their participation in a school drama. Finally, each junior will learn the mechanics of creating a research project in preparation for the senior and vocational projects.
 
ELA 12 British Literature/Creative Expressions - 1 credit
 
This class will serve as the culminating experience with English Language Arts for the graduating senior. The student will study basic British literature works as a tool for the continual development of reading comprehension skills. During the second semester, the senior class will have the opportunity to integrate themes and skills from a variety of topics from their 4 years of ELA and create an original work using written prose, the arts, or drama. They will choose the genre in which they are the most comfortable to create their creative expression. These original projects will serve as practice for the formal assessment of the senior and vocational projects.
 
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
 
Spanish 1 - 1 credit
 
This class provides students with an introduction to Spanish. Students will be introduced to fundamental vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and writing skills. Students will learn and practice by writing, speaking, and listening. Students will receive opportunities to practice basic skills through writing, speaking, and listening.
 
Spanish 2 - 1 credit
 
This class serves as the second year for students in Spanish. Spanish 1 is a prerequisite for taking this class. Students will expand their ability to use Spanish by increased work with vocabulary and related topics, such as advanced grammar, spoken and written Spanish, and practice in both mediums of speech and the written text.
 
 
MATHEMATICS
 
Saxon Math - 1 credit
 
Theses classes will serve as a review of foundational mathematical skills, such as orders of operations, numeracy, basic algebra, fractions, and many other topics. These classes will serve as opportunities for students with more severe dyscalculia to build the necessary skills for working with the higher forms of math, including algebra and geometry. Depending upon the student, this class can be taken over two years, which will result in 1 credit for each year upon successful completion.
 
Algebra 1 - 1 credit
 
This class introduces students to concrete models of abstract mathematical concepts. Some of the topics which students will engage are linear relations, algebraic expressions, solving equations with inequalities, graphing functions, and many other topics. Students will discover how algebra is used in ways that relate to everyday life. Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B are offered for students who need more time to process the core content of the course.
 
Algebra 2 - 1 credit
 
This class will introduce students to non-linear functions with an emphasis on graphing. The students will begin incorporating technology to develop understanding of abstract mathematical ideas. Some topics of study include properties and operations of complex number systems, absolute values, inequalities, and comparing equations and inequalities in two variables.
 
Geometry - 1 credit
 
This class serves as a basic introduction to the applications, language, symbols, and definitions of geometry. Students will explore polygons, points, segments, logic, circles, angle measurement, and many other geometrical topics. Geometry A & B are offered for students who need the slower pace in order to process the concepts which geometry presents.
 
Advanced Algebra - 1 credit
 
This class presents some of the highest mathematical concepts at Bachman Academy. Students will create scatter plots, analyze patterns, describe relationships in linear and non-linear data points, interpret the correlation coefficient, and many other topics. In addition, there is some introduction to trigonometry while incorporating trigonometric functions and equations.
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES 
 
United States History - 1 credit
 
This course serves as a general survey of the United States history beginning from the pre-Revolution era until modern American history. Students utilize hands-on projects, classroom discussion, field trips, and consistent assessment to comprehend the content.  
 
World History - 1 credit
 
This course surveys multiple world cultures and history, including the Ottoman empire, Chinese culture, world religions, and many others. The students compare and contrast the cultures of the world with their own as an exercise in building awareness of diverse history and cultures.
 
Economics/Government - 1 credit
 
This class presents basic economic and government principles which comprise our American system. Examples of economic principles include supply and demand, the government's role in maintaining the American economy, and basic economic theory. Students are exposed to basic civics education as well as order to give them practical opportunities to see how personal choices can play a part of our American economy and government.
 
 
SCIENCE
 
Biology - 1 credit
 
This course covers the study of living things from environments to intricate cellular structure. Students will perform multiple experiments using the scientific method, as well as learning the history of several famous scientists. This will be implemented through daily science journals, hands-on experiments, independent learning, and group activities.
 
Physical Science - 1 credit
 
This course is a study of matter and energy. Forms of matter and its varied states will be covered. Elements and the periodic table, as well as motion and forces will also be focused on in this course. These objectives will be explored through daily science journals, hand-on experiments, independent learning, and group activities.
 
Chemistry - 1 credit
This class serves as a basic introduction to high school chemistry. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics, including the structure of the atom, matter and energy, physical processes, and chemical reactions. The learning modalities will include classroom activities as well as laboratory exercises.
 
Physics - 1 credit
 
Potential course offering
 
 
GENERAL STUDIES 
 
Physical Education - .5 credit
 
Students actively participate in group games and organized activities which are designed to create opportunities for movement and teamwork.
 
Finance - .5 credit
 
This course presents the opportunity for the student to consider basic economic practices which are essential for daily living. Examples include budgeting, making wise purchases, personal finance practices, and basic consumer practices.
 
Introduction to Computer - .5 credit
 
This course is a general overview of the computer as a tool for educational, life, and employment purposes. This course will cover the basics of standard computer programs which come with the computer, including applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students will practice the basic applications of these and other programs.
 
ACT Prep - .5 credit
 
Students will explore the format of the ACT test and practice strategies for taking the test. In some cases, students will practice fine motor skills as well, including the skills of bubbling in answers and tracking through the test and answer forms.
 
Fine Arts - 1 credit
 
This class is a survery of basic artistic techniques such as drawing, painting, pencil sketching, and sculpture. Student original work is an emphasis, as work is highlighted in the classroom.
 
Music - 1 credit
 
Stduents will study basic musical theory, including notes, time signatures, and rhythm. Students will also be introduced to general music periods from Baroque and Modern, including the composers. Modern era composers will include Copeland, Bernstein, and Williams, as well as stage composers such as Lerner and Lowe and Rodgers and Hammerstein.  
 
Health & Wellness - 1 credit
 
This course covers basic health-related topics surrounding the physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being. Some of the topics included are basic physical fitness, healthy lifestyle choices, drug prevention, nutrition, dietary practices, and basic survey of body systems.
 
Character Education - .5 credit
 
This course is provided through the organization called "Character Development and Leadership." Students study 18 different character and leadership traits which are essential for success in our global society today. Lessons are high-energy, interactive, and combine traditional and famous leaders from history and in our world today who exemplify the traits being studied.
 
Life Skills - .5 credit
This class will provide the positive development of attitude and health for the student at Bachman Academy. This research-based class includes topics like self-management skills, social skills, and personal health and development skills, such as drug awareness, anger management, and healthy relationships.
 
 
VOCATIONAL MAJOR/ACADEMIC ELECTIVES
 
Woodshop - .5/1 credit
 
Students will learn basic skills with hand tools and power tools. Both group and personal projects give the students opportunities to practice these skills, as well as give them a chance to work on hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills. Students will work with tools which are typical of most woodworking environments, including carpentry.
 
Auto Mechanics - .5/1 credit
 
This vocational class will introduce the student to basic safety for working in a garage. Students will learn basic tool identification and their general uses. More advanced students will identify the basic parts and cycles of the four cycle engine, change a flat tire, jumpstart a car, and change oil. Maintenance, repair, and diagnosis are all topics which students will explore.
 
Equine - .5/1 credit
 
This vocational class will introduce the student to the basics of horsemanship. Topics include safety, grooming skills, equipment identification, communication, handling skills, pasture maintenance, and riding skills.
 
Vocational Apprenticeship - .5 credit
 
The student with a vocational major will participate in their vocational area as an apprentice to the vocational teacher. This means that the student will perform work duties within that vocational environment under the direction of the teacher and as an introduction to the business of their chosen vocational major. The student will also peer-tutor other students who are taking the vocational area as a class.
 
Computer Applications - .5 credit
 
This course will introduce the standard computer programs which they will most likely use in an educational or work environment, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The students will practice extensively on these programs by completing projects that simulate basic activities which they might encounter in a college and/or work environment.
 
Employability Skills - .5 credit
 
This class will introduce the essential personal and professional skills which are needed in order to become employed and maintain employment. Some of those skills will include filling out a job application, creating a resume, personal presentation, and basic job interviewing skills.
 
ACT Prep - .5 credit
 
Students will explore the format of the ACT test and practice strategies for taking the test. In some cases, students will practice fine motor skills as well, including the skills of bubbling in answers and tracking through the test and answer forms.
 
Senior Project - .5 credit
 
This second semester class will serve as the culminating project for their high school experience at Bachman Academy. The student will be required to choose a topic of their choice and construct a project from a multi-disciplinarian viewpoint. While the topic may relate to a specific academic discipline, the students must create a project that weaves multiple academic disciplines into their creation. Therefore, this project will serve as an assessment of understanding of key concepts from multiple disciplines around a common topic or theme.
 
 
 


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