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ENGLISH

English (4 units/credits required for both university admissions and Millennium Scholarship)

Course Title: English 1

Course Number: 1101

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course focuses on basic grammar, reading and composition skills. Students will further develop reading comprehension and read novels of their choice for enjoyment through a reading workshop. This course also aims to establish a solid foundation in grammar, usage, library skills, types or literature, discussion, composition, and oral presentation. Students also study vocabulary and learn to identify and use the parts of the sentence and different phrases. The writing program includes personal, imaginative, and analytical assignments.

Course Title: English 1 Honors

Course Number: 1105

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course focuses on basic grammar, reading and composition skills. Students will further develop reading comprehension and read novels of their choice for enjoyment through a reading workshop. This course also aims to establish a solid foundation in grammar, usage, library skills, types or literature, discussion, composition, and oral presentation. Students also study vocabulary and learn to identify and use the parts of the sentence and different phrases. The writing program includes personal, imaginative, and analytical assignments.

Course Title: English 2

Course Number: 1102

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: English 2 is a study of the language arts. This course continues the study of composition that was introduced in the English 1.  The reading assignments are designed to enhance student’s understanding and appreciation of literature. By reading and discussing poems, plays, and novels students will learn an interpretive approach applicable to all great works of literature. Techniques in style will be studied, and grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling and vocabulary will be reviewed as needed through student writing.

Course Title: English 2 Honors

Course Number: 1106

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: English 2 honors is a comprehensive study of the language arts. This course continues the study of composition that was introduced in the English 1 in a deep and broad perspective.  The reading assignments are designed to enhance student’s understanding and appreciation of literature. By reading and discussing poems, plays, and novels students will learn an interpretive approach applicable to all great works of literature. Techniques in style will be studied, and grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling and vocabulary will be reviewed as needed through student writing.

Course Title: English Lit. & Comp.

Course Number: 1111

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course analyzes the progression of the America Dream and its influence on literature. Emphasis is placed written composition, grammar, usage, logical thinking, and methods of writing. Formal descriptive expository, narrative, and persuasive compositions will be required to show student competence with the written word. An inclusive study of American authors, historical events, and literary happenings will be covered to familiarize the student with some of the great writers and writings from the early 1500’s to present day.

Course Title: English Lang. & Comp.

Course Number: 1112

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course focuses on a study and discussion of British literature, drama, and other fine arts. Novels and short stories in conjunction with creative writing projects will be presented. Students will participate in oral and written analysis of works studied in class and will also complete outside reading, projects, and research.

Course Title: AP English Lit. & Comp.

Course Number: 1122

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.

Course Title: AP English Lang. & Comp.

Course Number: 1121

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Course Title: Debate 1

Course Number: 1891

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: Debate is rigorous yearlong elective course for High School students. This course will examine the art of argumentation and speech giving. Students will learn to construct an argument, write and deliver an effective speech, and avoid logical fallacies. Debate explores the different rhetoric styles and how to use them effectively. Students will have the opportunity to participate in local, state, and national tournaments.

Course Title: Debate 2

Course Number: 1892

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This Elective will provide instruction in the art of debate and speech. Students will continue to learn how to make intelligent and sound arguments, how to construct effective speeches, and how to deliver emotional interpretations of historical speeches and scripts. They will build upon the skills obtained in Speech and Debate 1 and continue to use them to communicate effectively. Speech and Debate 2 functions as a class for CASLV’s competitive high school debate team. As such they will be required to compete in local, statewide, and national speech and debate tournaments.

Course Title: Creative Writing

Course Number: 1131

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: Creative Writing is a one year course that focuses on the development of the skills necessary to “create real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well structured event sequences” (Common Core Standard W10.3).  Through daily prompts, a relaxed and creative atmosphere, and a reassuring classroom, the student is pushed to develop the poem, the short story, the screenplay, and the novel sequence. Other writing formats are developed and discussed throughout the year as well. As the students create, the goal is to aide in the development of self assurance and dedication to the craft of writing.  Through small projects, a collective sharing of final drafts, and the continuation of works discussed throughout the year, the student will ultimately illustrate mastery through a publication of “clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience” (Common Core Standard W10.4).

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics  (3 units/credits required for university admissions; 4 units/credits required for Millennium Scholarship)

Course Title: Algebra 1

Course Number: 1211

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: Algebra 1 is intended to build a foundation for all higher math classes. This course will review algebraic expressions, integers, and mathematical properties that will lead into working with variables and linear equations. There will be an in-depth study of graphing, polynomials, quadratic equations, data analysis and systems of equations through direct class instruction, group work, homework, and technology. This course will fulfill the Algebra 1 requirement for and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Algebra 1 Honors

Course Number: 251

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This one-year course is designed for highly motivated students committed to challenging coursework. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, logic, reasoning, and effective communication in the study of patterns, functions, and algebra. This course builds on the concepts of rational and irrational numbers, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial relationships, patterns, and algebraic concepts. Emphasis will be placed on abstract algebraic methods and strategies for solving complex problems. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill the algebra requirement and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Geometry

Course Number: 1221

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of Euclidean geometry including. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of transformational geometry, trigonometry, measurement, and probability. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Geometry Honors

Course Number: 1222

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This is the study of basic figures and shapes in the plane and in space. It is simple deductive reasoning applied methodically to points, lines and planes while developing relationships and applications to other geometric figures. This study will cover triangles, quadrilaterals, regular polygons, and circles; congruency and similarity of the same basic shapes will be included; simple treatment of inequalities; special constructions and the related loci; areas and volumes.

Course Title: Algebra 2

Course Number: 1212

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This one-year course in algebra continues and expands upon the concepts and procedures learned in Algebra I. It has the primary goal to develop competence in using variables and functions to model numerical patterns and quantitative relations. Emphasis is on the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrix arithmetic, and sequences and series. Connections to other areas of mathematics and applications to other disciplines are integrated into the course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Algebra 2 Honors

Course Number: 253

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This college prep mathematics class includes the study of simplifying expressions and solving equations involving powers, roots, and complex numbers; the study of functions including polynomials, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric; the study of the transformations of these functions and their graphs; the study of function operation including inverses and composition; the study of sequences and series; and the study of statistics.  In this course, there is also an emphasis on modeling in the real world with functions.

Course Title: Pre-Calculus

Course Number: 1225

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This class is designed to prepare students for an entry level college math class and the SAT and ACT exams.  Topics investigated are sequences, methods for solving equations and inequalities, polynomials and rational functions, graphing and identifying characteristics of specific functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, conic sections and matrices.

Course Title: Pre-Calculus Honors

Course Number: 1226

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: Honors (Prerequisite: passed Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry) This class is designed to prepare students for the AP Calculus and the SAT and ACT exams.  Topics investigated are sequences, methods for solving equations and inequalities, polynomials and rational functions, graphing and identifying characteristics of specific functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, conic sections, and matrices.  Students can expect to spend about an hour nightly on homework to master each of the above topics.  It is highly recommended that each student have their own TI graphing calculator.

Course Title: AP Calculus BC

Course Number: 1251

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: (Prerequisite: passed Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus; and must have a year grade no lower than a B- in Pre-Calculus.) This course will prepare students for the Calculus BC test with an AB subscore.  Calculus AB is equivalent to Calculus 1, and Calculus BC is equivalent to Calculus 2.  An AB subscore is seen as the same as an AB score.  Students can also opt to take only the Calculus AB test; however, this is not the intention of the course.  Topics investigated include functions and limits, differentiation techniques and applications, integration techniques and applications, and polynomial approximations and series, including Maclaurin and Taylor series.  You can expect to have about an hour of homework each night, including Fridays.  It is highly recommended that each student have their own TI graphing calculator.

Course Title: American Math Contest 10 (AMC 10)

Course Number: 1281

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course helps students prepare for the AMC 10, which is the first test in the series of contests that determine the United States team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The class will consist of discussion of problems from past exams, as well as strategies for taking the test. The main purpose of the AMC 10 is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. The problems range from the very easy to the extremely difficult. Students who participate in the AMC 10 should find that most of the problems are challenging but within their grasp.

Course Title: American Math Contest 12 (AMC 12)

Course Number: 1282

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course helps students prepare for the AMC 12, which is the first test in the series of contests that determine the United States team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The class will consist of discussion of problems from past exams, as well as strategies for taking the test. A special purpose of the AMC 12 is to help identify those few students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. Students who are among the very best deserve some indication of how they stand relative to other students in the country and around the world . The AMC 12 is one in a series of examinations (followed in the United States by the American Invitational Examination and the USA Mathematical Olympiad) that culminate in participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world.

Course Title: Math Applications

Course Number: 1230

Credit(s): 1

Course Description:  This one-year course is designed for seniors who need to pass the Nevada High School Proficiency Examination in Mathematics (NHSPE). Students passing the NHSPE in Mathematics are recommended to be transferred out of this course at the conclusion of the semester. This course builds on the concepts of algebra, geometry, and data analysis while solidifying and extending mathematical concepts, problem solving, and procedures. Concepts are explored through the use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, and hands-on applications. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.

NATURAL SCIENCE

Natural Science (3 credits required for both university admissions and Millennium Scholarship)

Course Title: Biology

Course Number: 1311

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: This course introduces the student to the science of biology. The fundamentals of cell structure and function will be covered as well as patterns and mechanisms of genetics and inheritance.  Students will also explore the interrelationships and evolution of the five major kingdoms. Lab work involves microscope observation and chemical analysis of simple biological molecules.

Course Title: Biology Honors

Course Number: 1312

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: Students who have passed Physical Science during their freshman year and who are taking or have taken Algebra I are recommended for this course.  Biology is the study of living organisms using the inquiry approach.  Through the use of laboratory techniques, class discussions, cooperative learning, current events and independent work, the student will develop an appreciation and understanding of the following: modern biological concepts: microscopy, cytology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, taxonomy, microbiology, animal and plant anatomy and physiology, and ecology.

Course Title: Physics

Course Number: 1321

Credit(s) 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: This course is directed toward the applied aspects of physics. Emphasis will be directed to the application of major principles to everyday experiences. The following topics will be of major concern during the year: Forces and Motion, Energy and Heat, The Conservation Laws, Forces in Nature, Properties of Matter, Electrical Systems, Wave Motion, Sound and Light, and Atomic Energy. The course includes group discussion, films, labs and tests. “Hands-on” experiments will be emphasized; visual means for problem solving will be stressed.

Course Title: Chemistry

Course Number: 1341

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: The regular Chemistry course serves as the basic level, college preparatory course in chemistry. The purpose of the course is to prepare students who plan to pursue non-science careers for college level chemistry and to help them realize the important role that chemistry will play in their personal and professional lives.  The course emphasizes basic chemical principles, develops basic laboratory skills, and has the students learn problem-solving methods. The course stands alone as a basic study, but serves as a foundation for future science courses.

Course Title: Chemistry Honors

Course Number: 1342

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: The goals of this chemistry course are for students to learn the facts, formulas, and principles that compose the standard high school curriculum. Students will also understand the basic concepts underlying the facts, formulas, and principles. Students will develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, not only to use in chemistry but, by extension, to use in everyday life.

Course Title: AP Biology

Course Number: 1351

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: The AP Biology course covers topics typically found in a first-year college biology course and advances the student’s understanding of concepts normally covered in high school biology. It provides a solid preparation for the AP Biology exam. Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of Algebra I and high school biology with a B or higher.

Course Title: AP Chemistry

Course Number: 1353

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Emphasis is placed on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the lab.

Course Title: AP Physics C: Mechanics

Course Number: 1326

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description: This course is a college level course that uses advanced algebra and trigonometry as the primary tools for problem solving.  The course covers topics in mechanics, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, fluids, thermodynamics, optics, quantum theory, and nuclear physics.

Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology

Course Number: 1313

Credit(s): 1 Lab included? Yes

Course Description:  Anatomy and Physiology is a strenuous survey of the structure and function of the human body from the cellular level to the organism.  This course also focuses on anatomical terminology, anatomical identification, and physiological process of human body systems.  Students will engage in lab work, dissections, and research projects with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and science inquiry skills.  Some of the topics covered in class include cells, tissues, skeletal system, muscular system, and cardiovascular system.  Prerequisites: C or better in freshmen and sophomore science courses or teacher recommendation.

SOCIAL SCIENCE / SOCIAL STUDIES

Social Science/Social Studies (3 units/credits required for both university admissions and Millennium Scholarship)

Course Title: World History

Course Number: 1411

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: In World History, students will study the development of human history from prehistory to present day.  This course includes the political, economic, and cultural developments of all regions of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.  Students will use a variety of sources, such as textbooks, primary sources, video, and internet to study four main themes: People, Cultures, and Civilizations; Nation Building and Development; Social Responsibility and Change; and International Relationships and Power.

Course Title: AP World History

Course Number: 1413

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle to address change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.

Course Title: American Government

Course Number: 1421

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course will offer students a better understanding of the functions of federal, state and local governments. It discusses topics such as participation in the political system, policy making, and contrasting economic and political systems. Current political, legal, and governmental issues are used to illustrate major points and refine student’s understanding. Those issues include the administration of justice, foreign policy, and government’s role in solving national economic problems.

Course Title: US History

Course Number: 1450

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course is one of the graduation requirements. U.S. history is designed to enable the students to gain an understanding of the effects of American History on American society. Topics covered include early exploration, colonial settlement, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the industrial Revolution of U.S. This course combines both a chronological and topical approach to history.  It will meet all State of Nevada US and Nevada History Standards at the 12th grade level.

Course Title: AP US History

Course Number: 1451

Credit(s): 1

Course Description: This course prepares students for Advanced Placement examination in American History. It will give students a thorough treatment of the fact as well as their significance, context, causes, and results.

Besides essential, primary and factual information, this course also seeks to introduce students to a variety of major historical issues, types of historical evidence and interpretations.  How to arrive at conclusion in historical events is also emphasized in this course.

Course Title: AP U.S. Government

Course Number:         1420

Credit(s):                     1

Course Description: This course will cover the scope of US Government from the basic structure to how politics influences government today.  Strong emphasis is placed on analysis and writing skills needed for the free response section of the exam, including student research and classroom lecture/discussion to foster an understanding of the workings of government.  Students will have a working knowledge of the American System, Politics of Public Policy, The Nature of American Democracy.

SOME OF THE ELECTIVES

Introduction to Programming

Introduction to Digital Arts

Introduction to Photoshop

Fine Art

Yearbook

Creative Writing

Jazz Band

Music Production

Spanish 1

Spanish 2 Honors

Spanish 3 Honors / AP Spanish

AP Human Geography

Drama

Leadership

College Prep ( Mandatory for juniors)

English Lab

Debate and Speech 1 & 2

Math Application

AMC 10

AMC 12

Physical Education 1 & 2

Turkish 1 & 2

Turkish 3 & 4

Graphsics/Website Design

Journalism

Health

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