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English 1

English 1 Syllabus
English 1 Competencies

English 2

English 2 Syllabus
English 2 Competencies

English 3

College Reading Dual Credit (Sem 1)

College Writing Dual Credit (Sem 2)


Algebra 1

Algebra 1 Syllabus
Algebra 1 Competencies


Geometry Syllabus

Financial Literacy (Sem 1)

Individual Math (Sem 2)

Individual Math
Science Integrated Science Biology    
Social Studies

US History

US History Syllabus

Modern US History

Modern US History Syllabus

Civics College Success Dual Credit

Course Descriptions

English 1

In this year-long course, students build on their learning from grade 8 as they develop their skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards grades 9-10 band. Reading, discussing, and writing in response to high-quality, high-interest literary and informational texts develop students’ ability to synthesize ideas within and across texts, analyze the choices authors make, use knowledge of language and its conventions, acquire and use vocabulary words, and foster the joy of reading. Using collaborative discussions and activities enables students to understand the importance of considering various perspectives. Students use the writing process and technology to create and publish narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument texts. 

English 2

In this year-long course, students continue to develop their skills and understandings from the Common Core State Standards grade 9-10 band. Students engage with both literary and informational texts to hone their ability to read, write, and think critically about the course’s themes and topics while engaging in both collaborative work with their peers as well as independent work. Students write shorter and extended texts in the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts, leveraging technology, the research process, and the writing process to develop and publish writing. 

Algebra 1

This course focuses on student understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. This course follows a Traditional Pathway, as outlined in Appendix A of the Common Core Standards.


The purpose of this geometry course is to understand the attributes and relationships of geometric figures which can be applied in diverse contexts. Topics include, but are not limited to, congruence, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, geometric properties of figures, modeling, probability, transformations and constructions. Geometry is devoted primarily to plane Euclidean geometry, studied with and without coordinate systems. This course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and closely follows the Traditional Pathway, as outlined in Appendix A. The CCSS Mathematical Practice Standards are applied throughout this course.

US History

U.S. History is a comprehensive course that provides students with a survey of the history of the United States, examining time periods from Reconstruction through the World War II era. Students will explore the nature of change, how power is gained and maintained, what influences policy, how race, class and gender shape the American experience and their individual role in society. Within each unit, students will build their historical thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Modern US History

The Modern U.S. History summative assessment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate historical thinking skills and historical content knowledge by completing a document based question (DBQ). These skills include the ability to closely read primary sources, construct a thesis, support an argument with accurately cited historical evidence, construct counter-arguments, and synthesize information from multiple sources. 

Intro to College Reading Strategies

The course focuses on enhancing college reading and study techniques and offers students extended practice in applying these strategies to a variety of college-level materials. Emphasis will be given to developing the critical thinking and reading skills as well as building the vocabulary necessary to be successful college readers.

Intro to College Writing Strategies

The course reinforces principles of composition that employ critical thinking for writing and develops your grammatical competence and writing style. Through multiple revisions and workshops, you will acquire writing process awareness, self-advocacy skills for understanding and managing assignments, and information literacy skills to prepare you for college reading and writing.

College Success

This course provides information and skills for students who wish to improve their college achievement. The focus of this course will be on learning to learn, learning to be successful. You will have processes and procedures to apply in learning situations in and out of the academic setting. Topics include personal responsibility; self-motivation; self-management; self-awareness; effective study skills, such as note taking, test taking, reading, writing, research skills; team building; and self-assessment.