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ENGLISH REVIEW —  Designed for ESL students and students who have been out of school for a long time. Designed to give the students a basic foundation in the skills of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.


ENGLISH I —  Provides basic instruction in literature and composition. The course teaches the student to write personal and business letters, essays, and the basic fundamentals of writing.


ENGLISH II —  English II will review English I and continue students into English II. The learning process will include entire class instruction covering basic foundation skills in spelling, vocabulary, reading and writing. 


SHORT STORIES I, II — This course is for the avid reader. The requirements for credit are to read four 300 page novels and twenty-five short stories. The instruction also includes spelling, vocabulary, and the mechanics of composition.


WORD STUDY I, II — Designed to introduce the student to different methods of vocabulary improvement including word origins, synonyms, antonyms, using the dictionary, improving spelling, and constructing sentences and paragraphs.


WRITING IMPROVEMENT — Designed to instruct students on the basics of writing one sentence, one paragraph, and finally a five-paragraph essay. The course includes instruction in basic grammar and parts of speech, sentence structure, and paragraph organization.

ARTS I & II — This Visual and Performing Arts/BEGINNING A & B one year class is structured to focus on the rudimentary understanding of the three major components of visual art perform, subject matter, and context. By the investigation of relevant art history, philosophy, and criticism, students will gain a greater awareness of the scope and magnitude of the visual arts and the career possibilities that lie within the discipline. This course satisfies the fine arts requirement for graduation.


FINANCIAL LITERACY I — This course teaches students how to figure expenses, salaries, and net income. Students also learn to plan budgets, use checking accounts, select housing, and plan for furnishing living quarters. This course’s credit may only be used for electives.


FINANCIAL LITERACY II — This course prepares students to plan for purchasing food, personal items, and vehicles. The course also teaches students to plan for eating healthfully, find the best buys, maintain vehicles, and use credit cards and loans. Budgeting for recreation and vacations is also taught.

ECONOMICS  This course will study economics and its importance to students as present and/or future employees, employers, consumers, savers, innovators, and citizens. Students will study comparative market systems, understand the role of government in our economy, identify the role of consumers and producers, and examine the theory of supply and demand as it models macro and micro-economics phenomena. In addition, this course will introduce positive economic behaviors as they relate to individuals and the nation as a whole.


U.S. GOVERNMENT  A general overview of the theories, institutes, and practices associated with this vital area of human endeavor. The course covers political and economic systems, the foundations of the American Government and the Constitution, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, individual rights, state government, local government, and a foreign government.


U.S. HISTORY I — A chronological overview of the American experience prior to the arrival of Columbus and progressing to World War II.


U.S. HISTORY II  A chronological overview of the American experience starting with world War II and progressing into current times. The intent of the course is to assist students to understand the cultural, economic, and political links between the past and the present.


WORLD HISTORY I/II — The course in World History offers an in-depth study of history, geography, and cultures of selected civilizations chosen from the Western and non-Western world. Students will also examine major turning points in the shaping of the modern world. The course will provide students opportunities to compare and contrast Western and non-Western cultures and to become knowledgeable about historical events as they relate to their respective geopolitical settings. World History II presents a chronological narrative of the age of imperialism, major wars, and revolutions in the modern world, economic and technological change in the world in recent times.

BIOLOGY GENERAL I, II — Introductory study in the world of living things, Cells, classification, human organ systems, protists and plants, and animals are explored. Laboratory activities play an important part in the course.


EARTH SCIENCE I, II-A A course in which the following topics are included: Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanographic, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Climatology. 

ALGEBRA IA — This course is the study of the basic operations on integers, polynomials, and rational expressions. The course also includes problem-solving, factoring, and writing, applying, and solving equations. Basic calculator operations are performed on a limited basis. Weekly computer labs are available to enhance the study of these concepts. Proficiency in arithmetic skills is required.


ALGEBRA IB — This course is the study of problem-solving equations involving two variables, fractions, decimals, and percents; radicals; construction and interpretation of graphs; quadratic equations; and an introduction to functions.


CTE MATH — This Career Technical Education mathematics course meets the Electrical Union requirement for Algebra for students who are high school grads, but did not complete Algebra1 in high school. 


FOUNDATIONS I A/B — This course is intended for students who need to develop their basic arithmetic skills. Emphasis will be placed on operations and problem solving with fractions, decimals, and percents. 


FOUNDATIONS II A/B — This course is intended for students who may need to review basic skills before taking Algebra. Emphasis will be placed in the areas of number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, probability, data analysis, and statistics, and mathematical reasoning.


MATH 50A — This course is offered for students who have completed Algebra and plan to attend a community college. It is the same course as offered at BC, but free of charge. Books will be in the classroom as a class-set. The course WILL NOT articulate at this time but will provide the students an opportunity to take a college-level course. The goal is to streamline the time a student may spend in a nontransferable class at a community college.