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1 Lake Dallas High School Planning and Course Description Guide

2 Contents Lake Dallas High School... 3 Lake Dallas High School Mission Statement... 3 Course Selection and Request for Changes... 3 Earning Credits... 3 Grade Point Average and Class Rank... 4 Grade Classification... 5 Learning Opportunities... 5 Credit by Examination without Prior Instruction (Original Credit)... 5 Credit by Examination with Prior Instruction... 5 Dual High School/College Credit... 5 Tier II... 6 Early Graduation... 7 Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement Courses... 7 Registering for Pre-AP and AP courses... 7 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Advanced Placement... 7 Lake Dallas ISD Pre-AP and AP Courses: Special Education Services Content Mastery Program Vocational Adjustment Education (VAC) Life Skills Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) Assessment State Programs Supporting Texas Students Top Ten Percent Admissions Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) Other Texas Financial Aid Programs NCAA Eligibility for College Sports Graduation Requirements Semester Exemption Policy... 19

3 LDHS Course List Career and Technical Education Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Health Science Career Cluster Human Services Career Cluster Education and Training Cluster Architecture and Arts Career Cluster Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster..41 Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster.43 Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Career Cluster English / Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies and Economics Foreign Languages Health & Physical Education Physical Education / Athletics Fine Arts Visual Arts Performing Arts Music Band Choir Theater Other Electives Appendix Pre-AP/AP Course Agreement... 86(i) Pre-AP/AP Course Withdrawal/Course Change Request Forms... 87(ii) Schedule Change Request Form... 88(iii) LDHS Course Description Guide 2

4 Lake Dallas High School Where Knowledge Takes Flight Lake Dallas High School Mission Statement Believing that the future lies in our youth, our mission at Lake Dallas High School is to challenge students to achieve their full potential in a way that prepares students to be productive citizens. Course Selection and Request for Changes Please take the time to read and study this guide thoroughly. Students will select courses for the next school year during the spring semester. Factors to be considered in selecting courses include the: requirements for graduation; significance of the course to the student's overall program and educational/career goals; purpose of the course; and/or possible prerequisite for other courses. A decision of this nature should be considered with parental aid. All requests for changes must be submitted on a schedule change request form (Appendix iii) in accordance to the schedule change deadline set forth by the administration. The following guidelines will be used in honoring changes/requests made after that date. Changes will be made during a designated time frame set by the administration for the following reasons. The student: does not meet prerequisite(s) for the course; does not meet grade placement requirement of the course; already has credit in the course; is placed in an inappropriate level; or has not met requirement for AP placement. Earning Credits When a student earns a passing grade in only one semester of a two-semester course and the combined grade for the two semesters is lower than 70, the District shall award the student credit for the semester with the passing grade. The student shall be required to retake only the semester in which he or she earned the failing grade. LDHS Course Description Guide 3

5 Grade Point Average and Class Rank All students shall be ranked in their respective classes in accordance with guidelines established in LDISD Board policy EIC (local). Grades earned in all high school academic courses shall be used in averaging the students grades, including high school credits earned at the middle school level. The following courses have been designated as nonacademic (not averaged in GPA): 1. Physical education 2. Athletics 3. Band 4. Drill team 5. Dance 6. Cheerleading 7. Courses designated for local credit only Grades received for the following courses shall not be included in the computation of GPA, class rank, and honor graduate status: 1. Correspondence courses, 2. Credit by examination for acceleration, 3. Credit by examination with prior instruction, or 4. Grades received in virtual learning courses completed through a source other than the District. Grades received in virtual learning courses offered by the District shall be included in computing class rank and shall be weighted as the equivalent high school course. Semester grades shall be used for averaging and calculating class rank. Weights shall be assigned and used in computing averages and ranks. The weighted numerical system on a four point scale shall be as follows: 4.0 Regular Classes 4.5 Pre-Advanced Placement 5.0 Advanced Placement Courses and Dual Credit Courses No points shall be awarded for failing semester grades, or if the course is not completed. Retaking a Course Students who have successfully completed a course for state graduation credit may retake that course for local credit. This local credit course must be taken the year following the successful completion of the course. LDHS Course Description Guide 4

6 Grade Classification Students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward graduation. Freshman 9 th grade credits Sophomore 10 th grade 6 credits Junior 11 th grade 12 credits Senior 12 th grade 19 credits Classification will be made only at the beginning of the fall semester and will remain the same throughout the school year. Learning Opportunities High School Counselors and Student Advisors can provide information, answer questions and help students enroll in courses outside the regular school day. The following options are available to Lake Dallas I.S.D. students. Credit by Examination without Prior Instruction (Original Credit) In accordance with the Texas Education Code, Lake Dallas I.S.D. will administer examinations for specified courses to eligible students. Credit-by-exam will serve primarily as the vehicle for students to be given credit for a course they have not yet taken formally. The passing standard is a grade of 90+. The passing grade and credit earned on the creditby-exam will be placed on the student s transcript, but will not be used in GPA and class rank calculations. Students wishing to exercise this option should see their counselor or advisor for an application. The exams are scheduled each June and August. A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course for which the student has no prior instruction on dates scheduled by the district. The student (or parent) must register with the principal no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. Credit by Examination with Prior Instruction Students may be awarded credit by examination (CBE) for course validation. A student who has received prior instruction in a course or subject may, with administrative approval, be permitted to earn credit by passing an exam on the essential knowledge and skills defined for the course or subject. To receive credit, a student must score at least 70 on the exam. Dual High School/College Credit Lake Dallas I.S.D. has entered into agreements with North Central Texas College (NCTC), the University Of North Texas (UNT), and Texas Woman s University (TWU) and the Texas Virtual School Network allowing students, who meet specified criteria, to earn both high school credit and college credit for certain high school courses. High school students who meet district requirements for enrolling in the courses, have acceptable college placement scores on the SAT or ACT, and meet the exemption requirements on state mandated testing may enroll in the course for dual credit. A student will be awarded credit toward graduation only if he/she obtains prior approval from the appropriate district personnel. LDHS Course Description Guide 5

7 A student who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the opportunity to earn high school credit through a college course: 1. The student must have completed his/her sophomore year in high school. 2. The student must demonstrate a history of good attendance and conduct. 3. The student must have successfully completed prerequisite courses as identified by district guidelines. 4. The student must meet the exemption requirements on state mandated testing unless they have successfully passed an alternate college readiness exam. 5. The student must obtain an application from the counselor s office prior to seeking enrollment. Once approved for admission, the student may enroll in a pre-approved course. 6. The student must apply to NCTC/TWU/UNT and be admitted to the college. 7. The student is responsible for the payment of all tuition, fees, and books as well as providing for his/her own transportation if course is not on the LDHS campus. Specific requirements and procedures are available in the academic advisor s office. Students must understand that a dual credit class is college level class and the grade for the college class will be converted to a numerical grade for the high school transcript. Failing a dual credit course will prohibit LDHS from recommending a student for further dual credit coursework. The final grade earned will be designated on the high school transcript and is included in grade point and class ranking calculations. This will affect the No Pass No Play rule at the high school level. While this course will earn university credit and will be recorded on a formal transcript, the transferability of this course to another university rests solely with the accepting institution. Students should consult the admissions office of the appropriate institution for information regarding the transfer of credits. The student will have to follow NCTC/TWU/UNT procedures for requesting transcripts of college credit and must remember that the dual credit classes will become part of their permanent college record. Dual credit classes taken during the second semester of the senior year will not be counted in GPA or class ranking calculations. The student will be responsible for bringing the NCTC/TWU/UNT grade to the high school academic advisor s office within five days after the course grade is assigned. Students must officially drop any dual credit class at the college prior to changing their schedule with an academic advisor. Tier II Loss of credit in courses taken during the school year can possibly be regained with the extended year program (Tier II). If credit is not regained during Tier II, the student may need to attend summer school (Tier III). LDHS Course Description Guide 6

8 Early Graduation Students should declare intent to graduate early with their academic advisor prior to their third year in high school. Early graduates must complete all required credits before they can participate in graduation ceremonies. Students may graduate at the end of the first semester of their senior year and participate in the graduation ceremonies. Grade point averages for these mid-term graduates will be treated in the same manner as fouryear graduates in so far as class rank and class honors are concerned. Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement Courses The College Board s Advanced Placement (AP) program is a cooperative endeavor between secondary schools, colleges and universities. AP courses offer a fast-paced challenging environment for students who are interested and motivated in each discipline. Students in AP courses will have more opportunities for individual study, projects, and college-level research. Pre-AP courses are designed for students who desire advanced level course work and who want to be prepared for later AP courses. Our goal at LDHS is to help each student be successful in taking course work that meets their needs. Pre-AP and AP students must: be highly self-motivated and responsible be willing to spend additional time outside the realm of the normal classroom workload to complete required course work maintain a semester average above 70 complete any required summer assignment prior to the first class complete the AP/Pre-AP Course Agreement (Appendix i) Registering for Pre-AP and AP courses In order to guide students in selecting course work, the following measures are required before a student may be registered for a Pre-AP or AP course: teacher recommendation; at least a B average in previous course work Dropping a Pre-AP or AP course after the semester is under way requires a Pre-AP/AP Course Transfer Request. (Appendix ii) Students are encouraged to carefully consider the challenge of the Pre-AP and AP class prior to enrollment and commit themselves to completion of the semester in order to have a chance to see what the course is really like. In most instances, students find out that they really are ready for challenging course work. Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Advanced Placement What background is needed for students to succeed in the Pre-AP Program? Students must be dedicated to complete a more rigorous course of study. The keys to success are maturity, motivation, self-discipline, and academic preparation. In the Pre-AP program, students are encouraged to ask good questions, to acquire deep understandings, to apply comprehensive analytical techniques, and to construct good written and verbal arguments. LDHS Course Description Guide 7

9 Lake Dallas ISD encourages students to pursue a course of study in the area of Advanced Placement. Both students and parents are encouraged to consult with teachers, academic advisors, and administrators if they need assistance with any concerns. Generally, it is recommended that students and parents consider the following criteria for enrollment in a Pre-AP course: 1) the grade the student received in that subject area during the preceding year (preferably an average of "85" or above); and 2) the score the student received on the state mandated testing. What is the Advanced Placement Program? The Advanced Placement Program allows high school students the opportunity to enroll in a college-level course and to possibly earn college credit for that course while still in high school. Although the program is administered by the College Board, secondary schools have the flexibility to establish the curriculum, to select materials and resources, and to determine the instructional methods. Students may show mastery in these courses by taking the AP exams that are administered in May of each school year. What are the advantages of taking an AP course? Enrollment in an AP course may benefit students in several ways. The main advantage is in providing an academic background that will better prepare students for college. Successful completion of an AP exam can also fulfill one of the requirements of the Texas Distinguished Achievement Program graduation plan. Of course, another benefit is the award of college credit during the high school years. How is college credit awarded? High School students must successfully complete the AP exam in order to receive college credit for the course. Tests are scored with grades from 1-5. The College Board then reports the scores to colleges with the following recommendations: 1-no recommendation 2-may be qualified 3-qualified 4-well-qualified 5-extremely qualified Each college sets its own policy for the award of AP credit, determining which score is successful and how much college credit will be awarded. Generally, colleges accept a score of "3" with credit ranging from three to six semester college hours per test. Students should contact the college directly to find out about the AP policy for that institution. LDHS Course Description Guide 8

10 What background is needed to succeed in an AP course? The College Board offers the following recommendation to ensure success in the AP program: Students should have had practice in analyzing content, drawing comparisons, and reasoning through problems. They must be able to read perceptively and independently. Additionally, students will need to be proficient in writing clear, concise essays. Students who are not skilled in these areas must be even more highly motivated to make up deficiencies at the same time they are taking more rigorous courses. The earlier students prepare for AP or college courses by taking the most rigorous classes available, the more likely will be their success. The keys to success are motivation, self-discipline, and academic preparation. What are the costs involved in taking a course? Since the AP courses are a part of the Lake Dallas High School curriculum, there is no charge for taking an AP course. Students are responsible for additional textbooks/materials required in an AP course and fee is required, if a student chooses to take the exam for a subject. The Texas legislature has substantially increased funding for the AP program. As a result, Texas students will pay no more than $52 for each AP exam in the May testing. Students with financial need will receive further federal and state fee reductions, resulting in a $27 fee per exam. How are Pre-AP and AP courses weighted? Because of the advanced level of pre-ap and AP courses, Lake Dallas ISD assigns a course weight of 4.5 to Pre-AP classes and a weight of 5.0 to AP classes. What Pre-AP and AP courses are available? Lake Dallas ISD provides courses in both Pre-AP (beginning with grade 7) and AP (beginning with grade 10). The following courses are currently available: LDHS Course Description Guide 9

11 Lake Dallas ISD Pre-AP and AP Courses: English/Language Arts English I Pre-AP English II Pre-AP English Language and Composition AP (Level III) English Literature and Composition AP (Level IV) Math Algebra II Pre-AP Geometry Pre-AP Pre-Calculus Pre-AP Calculus AP Science Biology I Pre-AP Chemistry I Pre-AP Physics I Pre-AP Chemistry AP Physics AP Social Studies World Geography Studies Pre-AP U.S. History AP Economics AP Government and Politics: United States AP World History AP Fine Arts Art I Pre-AP Art II Drawing Pre-AP Art AP Drawing Portfolio Art AP Two-Dimensional Design Portfolio Art AP Three-Dimensional Design Portfolio Languages Other Than English Spanish II Pre-AP Lake Dallas ISD Dual Credit Courses English Composition 1301 (1 st semester) & 1302 (2 nd semester) United States History 1301 (1 st semester) & 1302 (2 nd semester) College Algebra 1314 offered in both the Fall & Spring semesters Public Speaking 1315 offered in both the Fall & Spring semesters Senior Level Course Junior Level Course Senior Level Course Senior Level Course LDHS Course Description Guide 10

12 Special Education Services Courses and individualized programs available are based on the instructional needs of the student. In all instances, the students receive special educational services through an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meeting. The student is placed in the least restrictive environment and is educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate for that student. Services offered through special education include: General education monitoring, General education with accommodations for disability, including modifications to instruction, General education with content mastery support, Vocational adjustment program, Life skills training, Occupational preparation, and Alternative learning environment (ALE). Content Mastery Program The content mastery program serves students who have learning needs that can be addressed without changing the established school curriculum, which is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students may seek help in content mastery on an as-needed basis, as directed in the student s individual educational program (IEP). The ARD committee will determine the appropriate amount of time based on the needs of the individual student. Vocational Adjustment Education (VAC) An ARD committee makes decisions regarding a student s placement in the VAC program. The vocational adjustment program is offered to those students who cannot benefit from being enrolled in career and technology courses or the general education cooperative work program. These students needs include training in areas of obtaining and maintaining employment. The program is designed to aid the student s transition from school into an employment situation with the appropriate work attitude, habits, and skills necessary to maintain employment. Life Skills The life skills program provides students with severe learning challenges a separate curriculum based on their individual needs. The life skills program can provide training in functional skills in the following areas: Daily living Personal social skills Communication Basic technology Math concepts Community Applied science Personal health LDHS Course Description Guide 11

13 Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) The Alternative Learning Environment provides an alternative class setting for the student with significant emotional or behavioral problems. Classes are highly structured and individualized through the use of a variety of teaching methods. The goal is to create a positive learning environment so students may increase their self-esteem, behavior control, and improve their academic performance. This program includes academic activities specifically geared to remediate the students weaknesses and reinforce their academic strengths. Assessment In addition to meeting specific course requirements listed previously, as mandated by Texas law, students must meet the requirements of the state mandated testing. Students must meet the course and testing requirements to receive a high-school diploma. Grades 9 & 10: The STAAR testing program (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) will require students to take 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments as they complete the corresponding courses. A student s score on the STAAR EOC assessment will count 15% towards the final grade in that course and have a four-hour time limit to complete. The 12 EOC assessments are: English I, English II, English III Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Biology, Chemistry, Physics World Geography, World History, U.S. History Students graduating under the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) must take all twelve STAAR EOC assessments and meet the cumulative score requirement in each of the four foundation content areas. Additionally, these students must achieve Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance on the Algebra II and English III assessments in order to receive a diploma under the RHSP. Students graduating under the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) must take all twelve EOC assessments and meet the cumulative score requirement in each of the four foundation content areas. In addition, these students must meet Level III: Advanced Academic Performance, the postsecondary-readiness performance standard, on the Algebra II and English III assessments in order to receive a diploma under the DAP. If the student passes the course, but does not earn the required minimum score, the student may retake the test. Students are not required to retake a course as a condition of retaking the test for that course. Grade 11: Exit-level TAKS The TAKS tests are designed to measure academic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and problem-solving in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The Exit-level tests will cover material from the following academic subjects. LDHS Course Description Guide 12

14 English Language Arts, including at least English III and writing Mathematics, including at least Algebra I and geometry Social Studies, including early American history, United States History, and content common to World Geography and World History Science, including at least Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) Students who do not demonstrate mastery on one or more sections of the Exit-level TAKS may take the failed sections as often as available may be required to take additional academic courses designed to help them overcome deficiencies.. Special education students will take the TAKS, TAKS-Accommodated, TAKS-Modified, TAKS-Alternate, STAAR EOC, STAAR EOC-Modified, STAAR EOC-Alternate, or may be exempt from this requirement as determined by the student s ARD committee. For more information, please access the TEA website at: or contact your school counselor/advisor. Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA Test) The THEA Test has been approved by the Texas Higher Education coordinating Board, under Senate Bill 286, Texas Education Code (TEA) : Texas success initiative, for use by Texas institutions of higher education as an assessment instrument for entering students. The THEA Test provides the diagnostic data required by this legislation. It provides information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of students entering Texas public colleges and universities. State Programs Supporting Texas Students The State of Texas has developed several programs to encourage students to pursue a strong academic high school program which will adequately prepare them for further study and to face challenges in the twenty-first century work place. These programs focus on admissions, grants, tuition exemptions, and financial aid, which will enable well-prepared, eligible students to attend public and non-profit institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas. Some programs specify that students must graduate under the Recommended High School Program. Top Ten Percent Admissions Applicants from accredited Texas schools who graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class shall be admitted to a general academic institution if the students meet the following conditions: apply no later than two years after graduating from high school; submit a completed application prior to filing deadlines set by the college; graduate under the Recommended High School Program, effective with the class of 2008; and provide additional documents requested by the college, including essays, letters of recommendations, admissions tests, and high school transcript. LDHS Course Description Guide 13

15 Note: Colleges may limit the number of first time freshmen eligible for admission due to enrollment caps. In some instances, students may be admitted to the university but not to the college of choice within the university. Colleges may admit students on a first-comefirst-admitted basis or may use a lottery system. The University of Texas Austin campus will limit automatic admissions to students who rank in the top 7 percent of their class, rather than the top 10 percent effective with the freshmen summer/fall applicants of Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program The Texas Grant Program establishes grants to cover tuition and fees to Texas public and independent colleges and universities, including community colleges and technical schools for students with financial need who successfully complete the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Graduation Programs. Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards up to 150 semester credit hours or six years, whichever occurs first. In the first year of college, the academic standards are set by the institution. In subsequent years, the requirements are completion of at least 75 percent of the hours taken in the prior semester, plus an overall grade point average in college of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Awards will be made through the financial office of the college. Persons interested in the program should contact the financial aid office to find out about deadlines and procedures. Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) The purpose of the program is to provide a grant of money to enable well-prepared eligible students to attend public community colleges, technical colleges, or public state colleges in Texas. Students must be a Texas resident, have a financial need, enroll in the first thirty hours in college, and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance. Other Texas Financial Aid Programs Other scholarships, grants, and financial aid, including tuition exemption, loans, and workstudy are available including a tuition rebate program from Texas public universities, the Texas B-On-Time student loan program, a loan repayment program for teachers, and the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG). Students should begin preparing for these opportunities early in their high school years. Students should develop a portfolio, which shows evidence of high achievement in a strong academic program as well as contributions to their school and community by participating in extracurricular activities and community organizations and projects. (Reminder: Some financial aid programs require students to graduate under the Recommended High School Program.) LDHS Course Description Guide 14

16 General Information Texas Financial Aid Information Center Exemption Information Toll free: (877) or , ext Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Tract sheet and links to other sources Web Address: Web Address: Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation Web Address: Resources Available in the Academic Advising Office College catalogs(4 year, 2 year, and technical) PSAT, SAT, ACT, THEA registration information Scholarship opportunities that come through the Academic Advisor s office Financial aid forms Resource books on colleges and other career materials United States Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy NCAA Eligibility for College Sports Students who wish to participate in college athletics must be registered with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. Students must submit: Student Release form; Final high school transcript; and ACT or SAT scores. Students should download a release form and turn in to the Academic Advising office so a transcript may be sent. Contact information: NCAA Web Address: Clearinghouse Web Address: Graduation Requirements Students must enroll in courses necessary to complete the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program unless the student, parent, and a school counselor agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program. Using the list of course descriptions that follow, students should select and register for courses. Students must earn 27 total credits including four math and four science credits. LDHS Course Description Guide 15

17 Subject English Language Arts Recommended Plan 27 Credits 4 Credits Total Four credits must consist of: English I English II English III English IV English I and II for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) may be substituted for English I and II only for identified immigrant students with limited English proficiency. Distinguished Achievement Plan 27 Credits 4 Credits Total Four credits must consist of: English I English II English III English IV English I and II for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) may be substituted for English I and II only for identified immigrant students with limited English proficiency. Mathematics 4 Credits Total Three credits must include: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II One credit from: Math Models with Applications (must be taken before Algebra II) Foundations of College Math (Independent Study) Pre-Calculus AP Calculus College Algebra Linear Algebra (½ credit) Linear Programming (½ credit) Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Math for Innovators/Engineering Mathematics 4 Credits Total Three credits must include: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II One credit from: Foundations of College Math (Independent Study) AP Statistics Pre-Calculus AP Calculus College Algebra Linear Algebra (½ credit) Linear Programming (½ credit) Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Math for Innovators/Engineering Mathematics LDHS Course Description Guide 16

18 Subject Science Recommended Plan 27 Credits 4 Credits Total Three Credits must include: Biology Chemistry Physics One Credit from: Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC must be taken prior to Chemistry and Physics and cannot be taken as the final or fourth year of science) Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems Chemistry AP Physics AP Environmental Systems Astronomy Engineering II (can be taken concurrently or after Physics) Forensic Science (can be taken concurrently or after Physics) Distinguished Achievement Plan 27 Credits 4 Credits Total Three Credits must include: Biology Chemistry Physics One Credit from: Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems Chemistry AP Physics AP Environmental Systems Astronomy Engineering II (can be taken concurrently or after Physics) Forensic Science (can be taken concurrently or after Physics) 4 Credits Total 4 Credits Total Social Studies And Economics World Geography Studies World History Studies U. S. History Studies Since Reconstruction U. S. Government (½ credit) Economics (½ credit) World Geography Studies World History Studies U. S. History Studies Since Reconstruction U. S. Government (½ credit) Economics (½ credit) Total Total Physical Education Foundations of Personal Fitness (1/2 credit) Team or Individual Sports May substitute: Drill Team (fall semester) Marching Band (fall semester) Cheerleading (fall semester) Athletics Dance I-IV Foundations of Personal Fitness (1/2 credit) Team or Individual Sports May substitute: Drill Team (fall semester) Marching Band (fall semester) Cheerleading (fall semester) Athletics Dance I-IV LDHS Course Description Guide 17

19 Subject Recommended Plan 27 Credits Distinguished Achievement Plan 27 Credits Technology Total Business Information Management I (BIM) Total Business Information Management I (BIM) Health Health ½ Credit Total Health ½ Credit Total Communication ½ Credit Total Professional Communications ½ Credit Total Professional Communications Total Total Fine Arts Selected from: Art Theatre Dance Music Selected from: Art Theatre Dance Music Foreign Language 2 Credits Total Must consist of any two levels in the same language from: Spanish American Sign Language 3 Credits Total Must consist of any three levels in the same language from: Spanish American Sign Language Electives 5 Credits Total 4 Credits Total Advanced Measures Total 27 credits 4 advanced measures 27 credits plus four advanced measures LDHS Course Description Guide 18

20 Distinguished Achievement Program Students desiring to earn the Distinguished Achievement Program transcript must complete the requirements for the Recommended High School Program plus one additional credit in languages other than English (foreign language) and any combination of four advanced measures selected from the following options: A score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement Examination. A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including dual credit courses. Original research/project conducted under the direction of mentor(s) reported to an appropriate audience and judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project. Original research may not be used for more than two measures. A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition in one of these ways: (1) Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, (2) National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students, or (3) National Hispanic Scholar Program. Note: The PSAT score may only count as one advanced measure, regardless of the number of honors received by the student Students in Grades 9 and 10 must also achieve a Level III score on their Algebra II and English III EOC exams to meet the requirements of the Distinguished Achievement Program. Spring Semester Exemption Policy **The following policy may be adjusted by the CEIC (Campus Educational Improvement Council)** Exemption from Spring Semester Exams Lake Dallas High School The purpose of the exemption plan is as follows: To provide an incentive for academic endeavor To encourage good citizenship and punctuality To improve school attendance To foster teacher-student rapport and responsibility Eligibility for Exemption Each course will use a measuring instrument for the fall semester. The following chart contains the grade, attendance, and tardy requirements per course for spring semester exam exemptions: Semester Grade Accumulates no more than this many absences : Accumulates no more than this many tardies: 95 or above LDHS Course Description Guide 19

21 Eligibility for spring semester exemptions is based on the semester course grade average, semester attendance, and semester tardies for each individual class. For the purposes of counting absences, the following will apply: School-sponsored absences do not count against a student for exemption purposes. All other absences, whether excused or unexcused, will count toward exemption status unless a doctor's excuse has been provided. College visits for seniors who have brought verification of attendance for up to two days do not count against a student for exemption purposes. Unusual circumstances will be determined by the LDHS Attendance Committee. Any student with a discipline violation, such as ISS, out-of-school-suspension, DAEP assignment, or two or more office referrals will lose all exemption privileges. 9th Graders Freshmen are eligible to be exempt from 2 exams. 10th Graders Sophomores are eligible to be exempt from 3 exams. 11th Graders Juniors are eligible to be exempt from 4 exams. 12th Graders Seniors are eligible to be exempt from 5 exams. Exemption Procedures In compliance with Attendance Laws (ADA), students who earn exemptions must sign in each day in the designated area between 8am-10am ONLY. Students who do not report by 10am each day may receive a zero on missed exams, lose subsequent exemption privileges, and/or counted absent for the day. LDHS Course Description Guide 20

22 LDHS Course List Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies Agricultural Power Systems Agricultural Facilities Design and Fabrication Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management Health Science Career Cluster Principles of Health Science Medical Terminology Child Development Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness Human Growth and Development Anatomy and Physiology Human Services Career Cluster Principles of Human Services Child Development Human Growth and Development Interpersonal Studies Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness Child Guidance Education and Training Career Cluster Principles of Education and Training Child Development Human Growth and Development Ready, Set, Teach! Instructional Practices in Education and Training Ready, Set, Teach! II Practicum in Education and Training Architecture/Arts Career Cluster Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance Principles of Human Services Business Information Management I (BIM) Fashion Design Advanced Fashion Design Interior Design LDHS Course Description Guide 21

23 Arts, A/V Techonology and Communications Career Cluster Principles of Arts Graphic Design and Illustration Commercial Photography Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Career Cluster Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Law Enforcement I Court Systems and Practices Forensic Science (Science credit) Law Enforcement II Business, Marketing, and Finance Career Cluster Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance Accounting Business Law Business Information Management I (BIM) Business Information Management II (BIM) Business Information Management II (BIM) with MOS Business Management (LDHS Office Aides Program) Entrepreneurship Human Resource Management Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster Principles of Engineering & Technology Engineering Design I Engineering Design II (Science credit) Math for Innovators/Engineering Mathematics (Math credit) English Language Arts English I English I for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English II English II for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English III Advanced Placement English III Language and Composition English IV Advanced Placement English IV Literature and Composition Journalism Advanced Journalism: Yearbook production I, II, III Advanced Journalism: Newspaper I, II, III LDHS Course Description Guide 22

24 Advanced Journalism: Broadcast Journalism I, II, III (Radio) Professional Communications Mathematics Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Linear Algebra Linear Programming Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Mathematical Models with Applications Foundations of College Mathematics MATH 1314 College Algebra Dual Credit Pre-Calculus Advanced Placement Calculus AB Math for Innovators/Engineering Mathematics Science Biology Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) Chemistry Advanced Placement Chemistry Physics Advanced Placement Physics Environmental Systems Anatomy and Physiology Astronomy Engineering Design II Forensic Science Social Studies and Economics World Geography Studies World History Studies Advanced Placement World History U.S. History since Reconstruction Advanced Placement U.S. History Government Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Economics Advanced Placement Economics Psychology Sociology LDHS Course Description Guide 23

25 Foreign Languages American Sign Language I, II, III, IV Spanish I, II, III, IV Health Health Sports Medicine 1 & 2 (Pending TEA Approval class may not be available for ) Physical Education/Athletics Foundations of Personal Fitness Team or Individual Sports Dance I, II, III, IV Cheerleading/PE Equivalent Drill Team/PE Equivalent Athletics/UIL Competitive Sports Visual Arts Art I Ceramics II, III, IV Drawing II, III, IV Painting II, III, IV Photography II, III Electronic Media II, III, IV Sculpture II, III, IV Advanced Placement Two-Dimensional Design Portfolio Advanced Placement Three-Dimensional Design Portfolio Advanced Placement Art Drawing Portfolio Music Music A Z Music Theory Band I, II, III, IV Jazz Band I, II, III, IV Lab Band Choir I, II, III, IV Men s Choir I, II, III, ICV Vocal Ensemble Treble Choir Vocal Ensemble Vocal Techniques Vocal Ensemble Show Choir Vocal Ensemble Concert Choir LDHS Course Description Guide 24

26 Theatre Theatre Arts I, II, III, IV Technical Theater I Stagecraft Technical Theater II Introduction to Stage Design Technical Theater III Stage Design Technical Theater IV Technical Direction and Stage Other Electives Peer Assistance Leadership I, II (PALs I, II) Student Council (StuCo) Web Mastering Discrete Mathematics Digital Communications in the 21 st Century Independent Study in Technology Applications Independent Study in Emerging/Evolving Technologies LDHS Course Description Guide 25

27 Course Descriptions AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES CAREER CLUSTER Agriculture Mechanical Systems Career Pathway Principles of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (1) (9-11) (required course to continue pathway) Agricultural Mechanics & Metal Technologies (1) (10-12) Agricultural Power Systems (1) (10-12) Agricultural Facilities Design & Fabrication (1) (11-12) Additional Elective Choice(s) Business Information Management I (1) (9-12) (counts as Technology Applications credit for graduation) Professional Communications (1/2) (9-12) (counts as Communications credit for graduation) Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Grade Levels 9 11 Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources introduces beginning students to the knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices, and expectations to be prepared for careers in agriculture. This course enhances the agricultural comprehension of beginning students. The course includes soil, plants, animals, agricultural construction, food science, supervised occupational experience programs, and leadership skills. Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies Grade Levels Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Students attain academic skills and knowledge; acquire technical knowledge and skills related to power, structural and technical agricultural systems and the industry; and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, industry certifications, and industry expectations. Students are provided opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer knowledge and skills and technologies in a variety of settings. This course is designed to develop an understanding of agricultural mechanics as it relates to safety and skills in tool operation, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, fencing, concrete, and metal working techniques. LDHS Course Description Guide 26

28 Agricultural Power Systems Grade Levels Prerequisites: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Students attain academic skills and knowledge; acquire technical knowledge and skills related to power, structural and technical agricultural systems and the workplace; and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, industry certifications, and industry expectations. This course is designed to develop an understanding of power and control systems as related to energy sources, small and large power systems, and agricultural machinery. Agricultural Facilities Design and Fabrication Grade Levels Prerequisites: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Students attain knowledge and skills related to agricultural facilities design and fabrication. Students explore career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success, students reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and technical skills in a variety of settings. This course is designed to develop an understanding of power and control systems as related to energy sources, small and large power systems, and agricultural machinery. Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management Grade Levels Students attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire technical knowledge and skills related to natural resources, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. Students are provided opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. This course examines the management of game and non-game wildlife species, fish, and aqua-crops and their ecological needs as related to current agricultural practices. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department s Hunter Education Course will be included in this class. LDHS Course Description Guide 27

29 Business Information Management 1 (BIM) Grade Levels 9-12 Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce or postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop spreadsheets, formulate databases, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software. Professional Communications Grades 9-12 ½ Credit Course blends written, oral, and graphic communication in a career-based environment. Careers in the global economy require individuals to be creative and have strong backgrounds in computer and technology applications, a strong and solid academic foundation, and a proficiency in professional oral and written communication. Students will develop and expand the ability to write, read, edit, speak, listen, apply software applications, manipulate computer graphics, and conduct Internet research. LDHS Course Description Guide 28

30 Business Information Management 1 (1) (9-12) (counts as Technology Applications credit for graduation) HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER CLUSTER Health Science Career Pathway Child Development (1/2) (10-12) and / or Human Growth & Development (1) (10-12) Additional LDHS Elective Choice Professional Communications (1/2) (9-12) (counts as Communications credit for graduation) Lifetime Nutrition & Wellness (1/2) (10-12) Anatomy & Physiology (1) (11-12) and / or Health Science (2) (11-12) Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex Denton ISD ATC Options Advanced Clinical Specialist Certified Nursing Assistant Pharmacy Technician Pre-LVN Pre-Veterinary Practicum in Health Science (2) (12) Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex (see options below) Principles of Health Science Grade Levels 9-12 ½ Credit The Principles of Health Science course provides an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development systems of the health care industry. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively and recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others. Business Information Management I (BIM) Grade Levels 9-12 Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce or postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop spreadsheets, formulate databases, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software. LDHS Course Description Guide 29

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