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1 Niceville High School 800 East John Sims Parkway Niceville, Florida TABLE OF CONTENTS Registration Instructions Page 2 Grade Classification/Grading Scale Page 3 Grade Forgiveness Page 3 Guidance and Counseling Services Page 3 Graduation Requirements by Cohort Page 4-9 NHS System Page 10 Competitive Sports Page 10 Honor Graduation Requirements Page 10 Bright Futures Scholarships Awards Page 11 Advanced Studies Course Progression Page 12 Advanced Placement and AICE Programs Page 13 Course Level Expectations Page th -12 th Grade Core Course Offerings Pages ESE Course Offerings Page th -12 th Grade Elective Course Offerings Pages CHOICE Program Information Technology Pages CHOICE Technical Center Pages CHOICE Program - Culinary Institute Pages 38 Four-Year Course Planner Page 24 1

2 NICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL th - 12th Grades REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS As a student enrolled in Niceville High School, you are given the opportunity to select coursework each spring for the following year. It is important that you involve your parents in course selection, that you make certain you meet the prerequisites, and that you keep high school graduation requirements and career objectives in mind. This guide is designed to aid you in making appropriate choices by providing brief program and course descriptions, prerequisites, and other information related to this process. In order to complete registration successfully, you are urged to follow the steps identified below: 1. READ the curriculum guide carefully. 2. REVIEW the list of graduation requirements and determine which requirements have been met and which courses need to be taken next year. Consider courses which need to be repeated because of lost credit. 3. TALK to your parents and teachers about course selections and appropriate academic levels (general, honors, advanced studies, or vocational) as determined by your classroom teacher. General These courses are designed for in-depth instruction that challenges students. These classes are suitable for all students. Honors These courses are designed for self-motivated students who wish to pursue a more challenging curriculum while in high school. Advanced Studies (Advanced Placement/AICE) These college-level courses are designed for highly motivated students who wish to pursue potential college credit in high school. Vocational These courses are designed to prepare students for employment and/or postsecondary education in a career of their choice. 4. SELECT courses that will correspond to or complement your goals for the future. Course selection represents a commitment on the part of the student and parent to complete the schedule of classes chosen; however, requests for schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons: a. Scheduling error (example request Algebra I and receive Algebra II) b. Failure to complete a prerequisite course or requirement c. Graduation or college requirement omitted from schedule d. Special programs requiring unique schedules (examples choral, instrumental, vocational, Exceptional Student Education, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, AICE) e. Summer School course completion (if summer school is available) Special Note: Administration reserves the right to make necessary changes based on class size and teacher load as determined by the state of Florida class size requirements. As a reminder, NHS does not accept teacher requests. 2

3 General Information GRADE CLASSIFICATION The following classification system applies to Niceville High School students: Freshman (9th grade): Promotion or placement from eighth grade. Sophomore (10th grade): 6 credits are needed for promotion to this grade. Junior (11th grade): 12 credits are needed for promotion to this grade. Senior (12th grade): 17 credits are needed for promotion to this grade. GRADING SCALE AND POINT VALUE PER CREDIT FOR ACADEMIC SUBJECTS The following table reflects the statewide, uniform grading system used on report cards for grades 1-12, the grade definitions, and the grade point values. The table also lists the weighted grade point values that apply to Okaloosa County. F.S Grade Percent Grade Definition Grade Point Value Non-weighted Grade Point Value Weighted: all other district approved weighed courses Grade Point Value Weighted: IB, AP, AICE, Gifted, Dual Enrollment, CHOICE courses receiving college credit-applies to SUS and county only (does not apply for FL Bright Futures) A Outstanding Progress B Above Average Progress C Lowest Acceptable Progress to Average Progress D In Danger of Failing F 0-59 Failure Students will receive a weighting of one (1) point for all courses held to a college standard. These include all AP, IB, AICE, Dual Enrollment, Gifted and designated CHOICE courses. All other courses listed on the district weighting table will receive a weighting of one-half (0.5) of a point. GRADE FORGIVENESS Students who earn a grade of D or F may retake the course and replace the D or F grade with a grade of C or higher. Credit toward graduation can only be awarded once. For those students who received high school credit in middle school, courses for forgiveness may be taken if a student earned less than a B average in the original course. WEIGHTED GRADES NHS offers many courses that are weighted either 4.5 or 5.0 on a 4.0 scale. These courses are college-level or equivalent to college rigor. (See chart on previous page.) GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES In an effort to provide a successful and rewarding school experience, a number of services have been made available to assist you and your parents through the Guidance Department. They include the following: Short-term individual counseling Registration of new students Course selection and scheduling Maintenance and transfer of student records Conference scheduling Group presentations involving financial aid, college admissions procedures and scholarships Academic credit checks You are encouraged to meet with your counselor on an individual basis and to use his or her expertise in planning for the future. 3

4 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year What Students and Parents Need to Know STANDARD 24-CREDIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 4 Credits English Language Arts (ELA) ELA 1, 2, 3, 4 ELA honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement 4 Credits Mathematics One of which must be Algebra 1 and one of which must be geometry Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to 2 mathematics credits 3 Credits Science One of which must be Biology 1 and two of which must be in equally rigorous science courses 2 of the 3 required science credits must have a laboratory component Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to 1 science credit 3 Credits Social Studies 1 credit in world history, 1 credit in U.S. history,.5 credit in U.S. government and.5 credit in economics to include financial literacy 1 Credit Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate or Practical Arts Eligible courses are specified in the Florida Course Code Directory To include the integration of health 1 Credit Physical Education 8 Elective Credits Note: 2 credits in the same world language are required for admission into state universities Check with your Counselor for available options 1 Online Course Must-Pass Assessments 10 th Grade ELA Assessment (currently FCAT 2.0 Reading) State Algebra I EOC Can a student who selects the 24-credit program graduate early? Yes, a student who completes all the 24-credit program requirements for a standard diploma may graduate in less than eight semesters. What is the credit acceleration program (CAP)? This program allows a student to earn high school credit if the student passes a statewide course assessment without enrollment in the course. The courses include: Algebra 1, Geometry, U.S. History and Biology 1 18-Credit Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS Physical education is not required 3 elective credits Online course is not required All other graduation requirements for a 24-credit standard diploma must be met (per section (3)(a)-(e), Florida Statute [F.S.]). 4 A student must successfully complete a 24-credit standard diploma, ACCEL option, AICE curriculum, or Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and pass the required statewide assessments.

5 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year Optional Diploma Designations Postsecondary Options Scholar Diploma Designation State University System In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Pass the ELA Grade 11 statewide assessment once implemented Earn 1 credit in Algebra 2 (must pass statewide assessment) Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course Pass the Biology 1 EOC Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics Pass the U.S. History EOC Earn 2 credits in the same world language Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course. Admission into Florida s public universities is competitive. Prospective students should complete a rigorous curriculum in high school and apply to more than one university to increase their chance for acceptance. To qualify to enter one of Florida s public universities, a first-time-in-college student must meet the following minimum requirements: High school graduation with a standard diploma Admission test scores 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language) 2 approved electives Merit Diploma Designation In addition to meeting the standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per s , F.S.). Acceleration courses and advanced coursework options include, AICE Program, AP Program, IB Program, industry certification and dual enrollment and early admission. For more information, visit For more information on local public school district graduation programs, please contact the school counselor. The Florida Department of Education provides additional resources on the Graduation Requirements webpage at The Florida College System Includes 28 state colleges. These institutions offer career-related certificates and two-year associate degrees that prepare students to transfer to a bachelor s degree program or to enter jobs requiring specific skills. Many also offer baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields. Florida College System institutions have an open door policy. This means that students, who have earned a standard high school diploma, have earned a high school equivalency diploma or have demonstrated success in postsecondary coursework will be admitted to an associate degree program. Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships. Bright Futures The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend a postsecondary institution in Florida. 5

6 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year What Students and Parents Need to Know STANDARD 24-CREDIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 4 Credits English Language Arts (ELA) With major concentration in composition, reading for information, and literature 4 Credits Mathematics One of which must be Algebra 1 or its equivalent and one of which must be geometry or its equivalent 3 Credits Science One of which must be Biology 1, two of which must be have a laboratory component 3 Credits Social Studies 1 credit in world history, 1 credit in U.S. history,.5 credit in U.S. government and.5 credit in economics 1 Credit Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate or Practical Arts Eligible courses are specified in the Florida Course Code Directory To include the integration of health 1 Credit Physical Education 8 Elective Credits Note: 2 credits in the same world language are required for admission into state universities Check with your Counselor for available options 1 Online Course Must-Pass Assessments 10 th Grade ELA Assessment (currently FCAT 2.0 Reading) State Algebra I EOC Can a student who selects the 24-credit program graduate early? Yes, a student who completes all the 24-credit program requirements for a standard diploma may graduate in less than eight semesters. What is the credit acceleration program (CAP)? This program allows a student to earn high school credit if the student passes a statewide course assessment without enrollment in the course. The courses include: Algebra 1, Geometry, U.S. History and Biology 1 18-Credit Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS Physical education is not required 3 elective credits Online course is not required All other graduation requirements for a 24-credit standard diploma must be met (per section (3)(a)-(e), Florida Statute [F.S.]). 6 A student must successfully complete a 24-credit standard diploma, ACCEL option, AICE curriculum, or Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and pass the required statewide assessments.

7 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year Optional Diploma Designations Postsecondary Options Scholar Diploma Designation State University System In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Pass the ELA Grade 11 statewide assessment once implemented Earn 1 credit in Algebra 2, pass Algebra 2 assessment once implemented Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course Pass the Biology 1 EOC Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics Pass the U.S. History EOC Earn 2 credits in the same world language Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course. Admission into Florida s public universities is competitive. Prospective students should complete a rigorous curriculum in high school and apply to more than one university to increase their chance for acceptance. To qualify to enter one of Florida s public universities, a first-time-in-college student must meet the following minimum requirements: High school graduation with a standard diploma Admission test scores 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language) 2 approved electives Merit Diploma Designation In addition to meeting the standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per s , F.S.). Acceleration courses and advanced coursework options include, AICE Program, AP Program, IB Program, industry certification and dual enrollment and early admission. For more information, visit For more information on local public school district graduation programs, please contact the school counselor. The Florida Department of Education provides additional resources on the Graduation Requirements webpage at The Florida College System Includes 28 state colleges. These institutions offer career-related certificates and two-year associate degrees that prepare students to transfer to a bachelor s degree program or to enter jobs requiring specific skills. Many also offer baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields. Florida College System institutions have an open door policy. This means that students, who have earned a standard high school diploma, have earned a high school equivalency diploma or have demonstrated success in postsecondary coursework will be admitted to an associate degree program. Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships. Bright Futures The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend a postsecondary institution in Florida. 7

8 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year What Students and Parents Need to Know STANDARD 24-CREDIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS 4 Credits English Language Arts (ELA) With major concentration in composition, reading for information and literature 4 Credits Mathematics One of which must be Algebra 1 or its equivalent and one of which must be geometry or its equivalent 3 Credits Science One of which must be Biology 1, 2 of which must have a laboratory component 3 Credits Social Studies 1 credit in world history, 1 credit in U.S. history,.5 credit in U.S. government and.5 credit in economics to include financial literacy 1 Credit Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate or Practical Arts Eligible courses are specified in the Florida Course Code Directory To include the integration of health 1 Credit Physical Education 8 Elective Credits Note: 2 credits in the same world language are required for admission into state universities Check with your Counselor for available options 10 th Grade FCAT 2.0 Reading State Algebra I EOC 1 Online Course Must-Pass Assessments Can a student who selects the 24-credit program graduate early? Yes, a student who completes all the 24-credit program requirements for a standard diploma may graduate in less than eight semesters. What is the credit acceleration program (CAP)? This program allows a student to earn high school credit if the student passes a statewide course assessment without enrollment in the course. The courses include: Algebra 1, Geometry, U.S. History and Biology 1 18-Credit Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS Physical education is not required 3 elective credits Online course is not required All other graduation requirements for a 24-credit standard diploma must be met (per section (3)(a)-(e), Florida Statute [F.S.]). 8 A student must successfully complete a 24-credit standard diploma, ACCEL option, AICE curriculum, or Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and pass the required statewide assessments.

9 Students Entering Grade Nine In School Year Optional Diploma Designations Postsecondary Options Scholar Diploma Designation State University System In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Earn 1 credit in Algebra 2 Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course Pass the Biology 1 EOC Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics Pass the U.S. History EOC Earn 2 credits in the same world language Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course. Admission into Florida s public universities is competitive. Prospective students should complete a rigorous curriculum in high school and apply to more than one university to increase their chance for acceptance. To qualify to enter one of Florida s public universities, a first-time-in-college student must meet the following minimum requirements: High school graduation with a standard diploma Admission test scores 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language) 2 approved electives Merit Diploma Designation In addition to meeting the standard high school diploma requirements a student must: Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per s , F.S.). Acceleration courses and advanced coursework options include, AICE Program, AP Program, IB Program, industry certification and dual enrollment and early admission. For more information, visit For more information on local public school district graduation programs, please contact the school counselor. The Florida Department of Education provides additional resources on the Graduation Requirements webpage at The Florida College System Includes 28 state colleges. These institutions offer career-related certificates and two-year associate degrees that prepare students to transfer to a bachelor s degree program or to enter jobs requiring specific skills. Many also offer baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields. Florida College System institutions have an open door policy. This means that students, who have earned a standard high school diploma, have earned a high school equivalency diploma or have demonstrated success in postsecondary coursework will be admitted to an associate degree program. Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships. Bright Futures The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend a postsecondary institution in Florida. 9

10 NICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM Become a part of the Niceville High School notification system! Many students, parents, and community leaders are now receiving s reminding them of upcoming events at Niceville High School. Parents are receiving their s at home and at work! The new incoming 9th Grade System is designed to keep incoming students updated throughout the spring and summer. If you would like to be a part of the NHS family, follow the instructions below: Go to Click List link on left side of home page; Select Registration link; Type first and last name, address; Select Incoming 9th grade list to receive . (Incoming 9th grade is for current 8th grade students registering in the fall.) Submit COMPETITIVE SPORTS Below is a list of competitive sports/teams students may participate in at NHS. The majority of NHS sports require a tryout. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for participation in sports. The following team sports/activities are offered at NHS during the school day: Baseball Basketball (Boys and Girls) Coed Cheerleading Dance Team Football Soccer (Boys and Girls) Softball Volleyball Wrestling Other team sport/ clubs offered that do not have a designated class period: Flag Football Golf Rugby Track and Field Swimming EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Extracurricular activities include any after-school, schoolsponsored activities, such as athletic competitions, musical performances, school dances, and club meetings. Many activities require a cumulative 2.0 GPA for participation. SELECTION OF HONOR GRADUATES A district-weighted grade point average will be used to calculate class rank and honors designations. At the end of the seventh semester for 24-credit graduates and the end of the fifth semester for the 18-credit graduates, honor graduates will be determined by the following scale: Summa Cum Laude 4.5 and above Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude In order to be considered an honors graduate, students must be enrolled in the same year-long course at the same level and receive a grade for the eighth semester or have completed their four required courses by the end of the seventh semester. 24-Credit Graduates At the end of the seventh semester, honor graduates will be determined by averaging the following highest 19 credits. High school credits earned in middle school will be included in the determination of honor graduate status. As a reminder, any foreign language taken in middle school for high school credit will be counted as an elective for the purpose of honor graduate status; however, Florida Bright Futures will award credit as foreign language credit. Therefore, students will still need an additional year at the next level of language to meet the two-consecutiveyear foreign language requirement for the State University System of Florida. 3.5 English Credit 3.5 Social Science Credits 3.5 Math Credits 3.5 Science Credits 1.5 Foreign Language Credits of the same language 3.5 Elective Credits 19.0 Total Students may not sign up for competitive sports without the coach s signature on the registration form. 10

11 BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA There are three scholarship awards under the title of Florida Bright Futures. The following is a list of the current requirements. For the latest information you can call or visit the home page at A student may qualify for all three award levels but may only receive the highest one earned. These requirements are for the Class of 2014 High School Graduates and beyond and are subject to change with each legislative session. The Florida Academic Scholars Award requires: 3.5 weighted GPA in the 16 credits identified by the Florida Board of Regents college-preparatory courses: o 4 English o 4 Math (Algebra I and above) o 3 Science o 3 Social Studies o 2 Foreign Language (sequential, same language) SAT score of 1290 or higher or ACT score of 29 or higher (class of 2014 and thereafter) 100 hours of documented community service The Florida Medallion Scholars Award requires: 3.0 weighted GPA in the same 16 credits identified by the Florida Board of Regents as college-preparatory courses listed above. SAT score of 1170 or higher or ACT score of 26 (class of 2014 and thereafter) 75 hours of documented community service The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award requires: 3.0 weighted GPA in 16 specific courses o 4 English o 4 Math (Including Algebra II) o 3 Science o 3 Social Studies o 1 Fine or Practical Art (may be.5 of each) 3.5 un-weighted GPA in the required 3 vocational courses in the same program 30 hours of documented community service The following minimum scores on one of the following tests: SAT Verbal 440 Math 440 ACT Reading 18 English 17 Math 19 PERT - Reading 104 Writing 99 Math 113 The Florida Academic Scholars awards now cover only a portion of the tuition at Florida public institutions. This same dollar amount will also be awarded to students attending accredited private colleges in Florida. Detailed information may be found at FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/BF/awardamt.htm as changes in legislation may still occur. *Bright Futures weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as.50 per course per year. If you study to remember you will forget, but if you study to understand you will remember. ~author unknown 11

12 RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION OF ADVANCED STUDIES COURSE WORK TH GRADE 10TH GRADE 11TH GRADE 12TH GRADE English I Honors English II Honors (1 st sem) AICE General Paper (2 nd sem) AP English Language & Composition AP English Literature & Composition Geometry Honors or higher Algebra II Honors or higher (required for AP Physics) Pre-Calculus or higher AP Calculus AB/BC Biology I Honors AP Environmental Science (if taken concurrently with Biology I Honors) AP Environmental Science Chemistry I Honors (required for AICE Biology and AP Chemistry) Physics I Honors (after successful completion or concurrently with Algebra II Honors) AP Chemistry (after successful completion of Chem I Honors and Algebra II Honors or concurrently taking Alg II Hon) AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science AP Physics 1 AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science AP Physics 2 AICE Marine Science AICE European History AP World History AP American History AP Macro-economics AP Micro-economics AP Government: U. S. Foreign Language of Choice Pre-AICE Spanish I Pre-AICE Latin I Pre-AICE Chinese I Foreign Language of Choice Pre-AICE Spanish II Pre-AICE Latin II Pre-AICE Chinese II Foreign Language of Choice Spanish III Honors Latin III Honors Chinese III Honors Foreign Language of Choice AICE Spanish AICE Latin AP Chinese *AS Elective: AICE Physical Ed AP Human Geography *AS Elective(s): AP Art History AP Human Geography AP Music Theory AP Statistics AICE European History AICE Thinking Skills AICE Physical Ed *AS Elective(s): AP Art/Draw Portfolio AP Art History AP Human Geography AP Psychology AP Statistics AP Studio Art/2-D AP Studio Art/3-D AICE Sociology AICE Thinking Skills AICE Physical Ed AICE Global Perspectives *AS Elective(s): AP Art/Draw Portfolio AP Art History AP Human Geography AP Psychology AP Statistics AP Studio Art/2-D AP Studio Art/3-D AICE Sociology AICE Thinking Skills AICE Global Perspectives Elective: Choose one additional elective of your choice. Elective: Choose one additional elective of your choice. Elective: Choose one additional elective of your choice. Elective: Choose one additional elective of your choice. AICE = Advanced International Certificate of Education; AP = Advanced Placement; AS = Advanced Studies (term used to include AP and AICE courses) Students desiring to immerse themselves in the Advanced Studies Program should choose an additional AS Elective at each grade level. When considering students for admission, colleges and universities in Florida, as well as across the nation, place an extremely high emphasis on the number of college-preparatory courses taken while in high school. For high school purposes, any course(s) taken over and above the needed graduation requirements will count as elective credit. SPECIAL NOTES: All students must meet state and local requirements for graduation. Also, a subject may not be offered if enough students do not request it. You may contact Donnie Pridgen, Advanced Studies Coordinator, at or x1194. (Rev. 1/14/13) 12

13 COLLEGE BOARD ADVANCED PLACEMENT The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit by scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exam at the end of the course. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. All AP courses receive a 1.0 weighting. The AP exam score is not part of the student s classroom grade. For more information on our AP Program, visit The College Board recognizes students each year who successfully pass three or more Advanced Placement Exams each year. ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (AICE) The University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world s largest provider of international qualifications for 4 19 year olds. CIE is a part of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organization. CIE was formally established in 1998 to provide high-quality, leading-edge qualifications that meet the ongoing demands of employers and educators around the world. Students who pass the end-of-course exam will receive an Academic International Certificate of Education (AICE) certificate. Scores of A, B, C, D, or E are considered passing for an AICE exam and will earn credits at many colleges and universities. All AICE courses receive a 1.0 weighting. Like AP exams, the AICE exams are not part of the student s high school grade; however, Cambridge requires that a student sit for an AICE exam in order to complete the course and receive the weighted credit. For further information on our AICE program, visit AICE recognizes students on an individual basis depending on their level of achievement nationally among other students. AICE DIPLOMA The Cambridge AICE Diploma is a group certificate for Cambridge International AS and A Level learners who pass examinations in subjects drawn from across the curriculum. It offers learners the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and future plans within an international curriculum framework (available for grades only). The Cambridge AICE Diploma programme is used by schools around the globe. It was successfully piloted between 1997 and 2000 in Florida, USA where it continues to receive legislative support and funding. How do I earn an AICE diploma? Complete a minimum of six AICE courses, passing at least one exam in each of the three areas of Math/Science (Group A), Languages (Group B), and Arts/Humanities (Group C). Also, a minimum of 120 points must be earned. (An a earns 60 pts., b 50, c 40, d 30 and e 20.) Exams must be taken within a 25-month period. What are the benefits of an AICE diploma? If you receive the diploma, it waives all requirements (except community service hours) for FL Bright Futures. If you only complete the curriculum and do not receive the diploma, you also need a composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT to qualify for FL Bright Futures Waives GPA requirements for FL Bright Futures. Provides broad curriculum for students Waives personal fitness and PE requirements for graduation Many colleges and universities look favorably upon students who follow the AICE diploma curriculum Here is a possible progression of AICE courses for earning an AICE Diploma at Niceville High School: 10 TH GRADE 11 TH GRADE 12 TH GRADE AICE General Paper (2 nd sem) (Group C) AICE Physical Education (Group A) AICE European History (Group C) AICE Thinking Skills I (Group A) AICE Sociology (Group C) AICE Global Perspectives (Group D, optional) AICE Marine Science (Group A) AICE Spanish or AICE Latin (Group B) AICE Thinking Skills II (Group A) Sit for additional AICE English Language exam (Group B) For more information, or for an individualized AICE Diploma plan, Donnie Pridgen, Advanced Studies coordinator, at or contact your guidance counselor. Course pre-requisites may apply; see curriculum guide. 13

14 DUAL ENROLLMENT Dual enrollment courses offered at Northwest Florida State College offer qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses while also enrolled in high school. Dual enrollment courses at UWF are offered online and are available to juniors and seniors who meet admission requirements set forth by UWF. Students receive both high school and college credit for courses taken at either school; therefore, students may only register for college courses which have been approved by the high school counselor. NWFSC exempts dual enrollment students from application, course, and laboratory fees and requires a unweighted GPA of 3.0. UWF requires qualifying juniors and seniors to have a 3.0 unweighted GPA. Note: 9th and 10th grade students may not be considered for dual enrollment opportunities at NWFSC during the school day. Participation in dual enrollment by 9th grade students may only occur during the summer after their 9th grade year. 10th graders have the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses after their regular high school day ends and in the summer. Please note that participation through UWF only applies to juniors and seniors in high school. For more dual enrollment information, please see your guidance counselor. ONLINE EDUCATION Florida HB7067 (Section 4.Section ) requires each school district within the state to provide eligible students within its boundaries the options of participating in an online instructional program. For more information, please contact your guidance counselor. For courses offered at NHS that meet the online graduation requirement, look for this icon: AP State Scholar AP State Scholar is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and District of Columbia with grades of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams (at least three full-year course exams or the equivalent), and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP exams taken AP National Scholar National AP Scholar is granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams on full-year courses TRANSCRIPTS Transcript requests to colleges or other institutions will be limited to 2 requests without charge. Thereafter, students must pay $1.00 PER TRANSCRIPT REQUEST. Transcripts for scholarship applications will be $1.00. NO-CLASS OPTION (for Juniors and Seniors only) Only students on track for graduation with a minimum of 14 credits, a 245 or higher on FCAT Reading, a passing score on the Algebra EOC, and a cumulative un-weighted GPA of 2.50, will be allowed to register for a maximum of ONE No-Class period per year. Requests for a No-Class should be made at the time of registration and the completed notarized parent form MUST be returned BEFORE the last day of the current school year. Final approval for 11th and 12th graders making a request will occur after FCAT scores and GPA s are received during the summer. Requests for a No-Class period will not be considered after the last day of the current school year due to courses and teachers schedules being built based on student requests. NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR RECOGNITION Students are recognized by the College Board after AP exam scores are released. AP Scholar The award of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams on full-year courses AP Scholar with Honor AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams, and grades of 3 or higher on four or five or more of these exams on full-year courses AP Scholar with Distinction AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams on full-year courses 14

15 NHS COURSE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS Colleges want students to be as well prepared as possible. NHS offers three levels of instructional difficulty: regular, honors, and Advanced Studies (Advance Placement and AICE courses). To move from one level to the next, students must earn an A or B in that subject area and have that subject area teacher recommend the student for higher level work. Students are strongly encouraged by universities, colleges, and NHS to strive for the highest, most rigorous level of coursework in which they can be successful. GENERAL Expected to meet requirements of Sunshine State Standards Expected homework: approximately minutes day/course HONORS Grades of A or B in a regular or honors (other pre-requisites may apply) FCAT scores at level 3 and above, Algebra I EOC B or higher (Reading Level 2 or C on Algebra I EOC requires teacher recommendation) A solid work ethic and good attendance Expected homework: approximately minutes day/course Summer assignments from some instructors ADVANCED PLACEMENT and AICE PROGRAMS (Advanced Studies) Grades of A or B in previous honors level course in the subject area FCAT scores at level 3 and above for optimal success Solid work ethic and excellent attendance College-level analysis, synthesis, and evaluation Expected homework: approximately one hour day/course All students will sit for the AP or AICE exam for each course Summer assignments from some instructors 15

16 NHS th -12 th Grade Core Course Offerings ICON KEY Use the icons listed to determine the weighting of both core and elective courses listed in this guide. For your convenience an icon is also provided to identify which courses meet the online graduation requirement. 4.5 Weighted Course 5.0 Weighted Course Meets Online Requirement LANGUAGE ARTS Florida requires a minimum of 4 Language Arts credits to graduate and to be considered for honors graduation status English II 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 10; prerequisite: completion of English I English II Honors/ AICE General Writing Paper I English II Honors: 1 semester (1 st semester);.5 English credit; grade 10; prerequisite: completion of English I Honors; A/B average; minimum level 3 FCAT Reading; teacher recommendation AICE General Paper: Students choosing English II Honors will be enrolled in AICE General Writing Paper I second semester. Students will continue with the English II Honors curriculum during 2 nd semester but with an emphasis on expressing arguments, ideas and opinions in a reflective and academic manner. Students will take the AICE General Paper exam at the end of the course. This exam will take the place of the English II Honors end-ofcourse (EOC) exam. 1 semester (2 nd semester);.5 English credit; grade 10; prerequisite: completion of 1st semester English II Honors English III 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 11; prerequisite: completion of English II English III Honors 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 11; prerequisite: completion of English II Honors; A/B average; minimum level 3 FCAT Reading; teacher recommendation AP English Language and Composition* The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the semantic, structural, and rhetorical resources of the English language as they relate to the principles of effective writing. The course is also provides a variety of writing opportunities calling for the use of different styles and tones. Students will take the AP English Language and Composition exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 11; completion of English II Honors; A/B average; minimum level 3 FCAT Reading and a passing score on FCAT Writes; teacher recommendation English IV for College Success 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 12; prerequisite: completion of English III English IV Honors 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 12; prerequisite: completion of English III Honors; A/B average; minimum level 3 FCAT Reading; teacher recommendation AP English Literature and Composition The purpose of this course is to study and practice writing and to study literature. Students will learn to use the modes of discourse and recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Students will also acquire an understanding of the resources of the language and of the writer s craft. They will develop critical standards for the appreciation of any literary work and increase their sensitivity to literature as shared experience. Students will take the AP English Literature and Composition exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 English credit; grade 12; completion of English III Honors or AP Language and Composition; A/B average; minimum level 3 FCAT Reading; teacher recommendation 16

17 INTENSIVE READING Intensive Reading The state of Florida requires any student who has not passed the reading portion of the FCAT receive remediation. Students will receive remediation either through Intensive Reading or through a content-area class if a reading endorsed teacher is available. Placement is determined once scores arrive during the summer. 1 year; 1 elective credit Special Notes: At the time of registration, students should designate which elective to drop in the event this course is required All level 1 students will be enrolled in Intensive Reading Level 2 students will receive instruction through Intensive Reading or in a content area where a reading-endorses teacher is available. Placement will be mane after careful evaluation of students academic history Intensive Reading will primarily focus on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies through the use of flexible small group instruction and guided and independent practice MATHEMATICS Florida requires a minimum of four math credits to graduate and to be considered for honors graduation status. MATH ASSISTANCE COURSE b Intensive Math II This course is designed for students who need additional assistance while enrolled in Algebra II. Students are placed in this course concurrently with Algebra II and/or based on need. 1 year; 1 elective credit ALGEGRA These courses develop the algebraic concepts and processes that can be used to solve a variety of realworld and mathematical problems Algebra II 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: Geometry Algebra II Honors 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: Geometry Honors Math for College Readiness Accepted as a math graduation credit and serves as college readiness (i.e., resembles college Intermediate Algebra course) and is not a remedial course. Students enrolled in this class should be in the PERT range of and/or have received an Algebra II grade of a low C/D. Successful completion of this course and passing the end-of-year PERT with a score of 123 or higher will enable the student to be enrolled in a college Algebra course without prior remediation. 1 year; 1 math credit; grades

18 GEOMETRY The purpose of these courses is to develop the geometric relationships and deductive strategies that can be used to solve a variety of real world and mathematical problems Geometry 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: completion of Algebra I Geometry Honors 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: A/B in Algebra I Honors ADVANCED MATHEMATICS The purpose of these courses is to develop and supplement the understanding of advanced topics in mathematics below the level of calculus Trigonometry 1 semester (1st semester);.5 math credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Algebra II and math teacher recommendation Analytic Geometry 1 semester (second semester);.5 math credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Trigonometry and math teacher recommendation Math Analysis 1 semester;.5 math credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry or concurrently, math teacher recommendation AP Statistics The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: Students will take the AP Statistics exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: A/B average in Algebra II OR taken concurrently with Algebra II Honors; math teacher recommendation CALCULUS AP Calculus AB Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. Students will take the AP Calculus AB exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 math credit; grade 11-12; prerequisite: completion of pre-calculus and math teacher recommendation AP Calculus BC Calculus BC is primarily concerned with continuing to develop the students understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. Students will take the AP Calculus BC exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 math credit; grade 12; prerequisite: AP Calculus AB and teacher recommendation Analysis of Functions Students choosing Math Analysis will be enrolled in Analysis of Functions second semester. 1 semester;.5 math credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry or concurrently, math teacher recommendation Pre Calculus 1 year; 1 math credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Algebra II Honors, math teacher recommendation elective credit 18

19 SCIENCE The state of Florida requires students to complete three years of science for graduation; however, it is recommended by Niceville High School and most universities that students complete four years of science. Florida also requires a minimum of four science credits in order to be considered for honors graduation status. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Anatomy and Physiology Honors The purpose of this course is to provide exploratory and advanced activities in the structures and functions of the components of the human body. The content will include anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, all the human body systems, homeostasis, disease process, immune response, inheritance, genetic disorders and several dissections. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation AP Biology The AP Biology course is designed to enable students to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts across domains. The key concepts covered focus on the big ideas of evolution, cellular processes, genetic and information transfer, and interactions. Students will take the AP Biology exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Biology I Honors, Chemistry I Honors; FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation AICE Marine Science AICE Marine Science provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of the marine environment. The content of the AS part of the course concentrates on the scientific study of the sea and its ecosystems. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of ideas to new contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. It is expected that practical activities will underpin the teaching of the whole course, and students may be asked about practical activities in examination questions, but there is no practical paper and no coursework. AS Level Marine Science can form part of an ideal subject combination for students who want to study Marine Biology or Environmental Science at a university or to follow a career in shipping, fisheries, tourism or aquaculture. Students will take the Cambridge AICE Marine Science exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grade 12; prerequisite: Biology I Honors, Chemistry I Honors; FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation Marine Science Honors (Does Not Advance to AICE Marine) Students will delve deep into Earth s bodies of water and study geologic structures and how they impact the oceans as well as investigate populations, patterns of distribution of life in aquatic ecosystems, and explore ecosystems. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation PHYSICAL SCIENCES Earth/Space Science The study of the weather, earth processes, environment, astronomy, and space exploration 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: science teacher recommendation Earth/Space Honors An advanced approach to the study of weather, earth processes, environment, astronomy, and space exploration 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, science teacher recommendation Environmental Science The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop knowledge of the ways that humans interact with the natural environment. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: science teacher recommendation AP Environmental Science A college-level course focusing on the interaction of man with the environment, including but not limited to the following: scientific analysis, fundamental principles and concepts about the interdependence of earth s systems, population dynamics, distribution, ownership, use and degradation of renewable and nonrenewable resources, environmental quality, global changes and their 19

20 consequences, environment and society, trade-offs and decision making, and choices for the future. Students will take the AP Environmental Science exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Biology I Honors, Chemistry I Honors, FCAT Reading level 3, science teacher recommendation Note: If taken in 9 th or 10 th grade, must be taken concurrently with Biology I Honors or Chemistry I Honors Chemistry I Chemistry I provides opportunities to study the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their application. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: the nature of science, the classification, structure, and changes of matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, bonding, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, balanced equations, stoichiometry, reaction rates and equilibrium. An introduction to chemistry with more of an emphasis on general concepts 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: Biology I, A/B in Algebra I and science teacher recommendation Chemistry I Honors Chemistry I Honors provides opportunities to study the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter, and their applications. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: the nature of science, the classification, structure, and changes of matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, bonding, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, balanced equations, stoichiometry, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, behavior of gases, dynamics of energy, and chemistry of life. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: A/B in Algebra I Honors. FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation AP Chemistry Advanced Placement Chemistry reinforces the chemical principles learned in Chemistry I Honors such as the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry, and chemical bonding. This course will also include new topics such as hybrid theory, the molecular orbital theory, organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermochemistry. Students will take the AP Chemistry exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Chemistry I Honors, FCAT Reading level 3, science teacher recommendation Conceptual Physics (Physics I) Conceptual Physics engages students with analogies and imagery from real-world situations to build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. With this strong conceptual foundation, students are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and to make connections between the concepts of physics and their everyday world. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades Physics I Honors (Does Not Advance to AP Physics 1 or 2) Physics I Honors provides opportunities to study the concepts, theories, and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and forces, and their application through exploratory investigation and activities. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: unifying concepts and processes of science, energy, force and motion, dynamics, wave characteristics, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, interactions among science, technology, and society. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: A/B in Algebra II Honors, FCAT Reading level 3 and science teacher recommendation AP Physics 1 Algebra-Based is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Students will take the AP Physics exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: A/B Geometry Honors, A/B Algebra II Honors (or may be concurrent), FCAT Reading level 3, honors science teacher recommendation AP Physics 2 Algebra-Based is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics. Students will take the AP Physics 2 exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 science credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 1 teacher recommendation, FCAT Reading Level 3 20

21 SOCIAL STUDIES Florida requires a minimum of three social studies credits to graduate (World History, American History, and American Government/Economics) Note: four years of social studies are required for honors graduation status AP Human Geography A college-level course in which students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth s surface; students will take the AP Human Geography exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, SS teacher recommendation AICE European History Students learn about cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies in AICE European History. The flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covers six periods, ranging from the history of the Caribbean from 1794 to 1900, to international history from 1945 to Students can also study periods from European, Asian, African and American history. Schools choose which periods to focus on, allowing them to build a course that reflects student interest and staff specialisms, or which is relevant to the local or regional context. The course at NHS will cover the French Revolution through totalitarianism and up to, but not including, World War II. Nationalism, Imperialism, the Russian Revolution and World War I will be covered. Students will take the Cambridge AICE European exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 social studies credit; minimum FCAT Reading level World History Enables students to understand their connections to the development of civilizations by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of a global community 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades World History Honors An advanced course aiding students in their understanding of the development of civilizations by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of a global community 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation ` AP World History A college level course that highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies; students will take the AP World History exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation American History Provides students an understanding into the development of the US within the context of history with a major focus on the post-reconstruction period 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades American History Honors An advanced course that provides students with an understanding into the development of the US within the context of history with a major focus on the post- Reconstruction period 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation AP American History A college-level course that provides students an understanding into the development of the US within the context of history by examining the connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a democratic society; students will take the AP American History exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 social studies credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation American Government Provides students an understanding of American Government and political behavior that is essential for effective citizenship and active involvement in a democratic society 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grades

22 American Government Honors An advanced course which provides students an understanding of American Government and political behavior that is essential for effective citizenship and active involvement in a democratic society 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation AP American Government A college-level course that assists students in acquiring a critical perspective of politics and government in the United States; students will take the AP American Government exam at the end of the course. 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grade 12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation Economics Provides students an understanding of how society organizes its limited resources to satisfy its wants; students will gain understanding of choices they must make as producers, consumers, investors, and taxpayers. 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grades Economics Honors An advanced course which provides students an understanding of how society organizes its limited resources to satisfy its wants; students will gain understanding of choices they must make as producers, consumers, investors, and taxpayers. 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation AP Macroeconomics This college-level course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and develops your familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Students will take the AP Macroeconomics exam at the end of the course. It is recommended (though not required) that it be taken as a companion with AP Microeconomics. It satisfies the graduation requirement for economics. 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grade 12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation AP Microeconomics This college-level course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students will take the AP Microeconomics exam at the end of the course. It is recommended (though not required) that it be taken as a companion with AP Macroeconomics. It satisfies the state high school graduation requirement for economics. 1 semester;.5 social studies credit; grade 12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation Psychology Students acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for human behavior, behavioral interaction, and the progressive development of individuals 1 semester;.5 elective credit; grades AP Psychology A college-level course that introduces the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals; included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology; students will take the AP Psychology exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, social studies teacher recommendation Sociology Through the study of sociology, students acquire an understanding of group interaction and its impact on individuals so that they have a greater awareness of the beliefs, values and behaviors of others. 1 semester;.5 elective credit; grades AICE Sociology In a rapidly changing world, A and AS Level Sociology offers students the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past. The study of sociology stimulates awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focuses on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way. Students will take the Cambridge AICE Sociology exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading Level 3; social studies teacher recommendation. 22

23 ESE COURSE OFFERINGS Students selecting courses within this section must have an active Individualized Education Plan Learning Strategies The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students with disabilities to acquire and use strategies and skills to enhance their independence as learners in educational and community settings. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility Only students pursuing a Special Diploma may take the following courses: Access English 1/2 The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in knowledge and skills of English to enable students with disabilities to function at their highest levels and prepare to participate effectively in post-school adult living and the world of work. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special diploma only Access Biology The purpose of this course it to provide students with cognitive disabilities access to the concepts and content of Biology. Understanding the diverse characteristics of and dynamic relationship between life forms, processes, and the environment improves the ability to predict how we develop, maintain health, and impact our surroundings. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special diploma only Life Management and Transition 9-12 The purpose of this course is to enable students with disabilities to apply the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement personal plans for achieving their desired post-school outcomes. These plans will address transition areas such as personal and career planning, information about careers, diploma options and postsecondary education, community involvement and participation and use of leisure time. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special diploma only Career Preparation The purpose of this course is to enable students with disabilities to acquire the career knowledge and skills necessary to identify career options, obtain community resources, and develop work-related behaviors. The course will provide a foundation for further progress toward achieving the student s desired post-secondary outcomes related to a career. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special Diploma Only Career Placement The purpose of this course is to enable students with disabilities to use the career knowledge and skills necessary to identify career options, access community resources, and apply work-related behaviors. The course will provide placement in a job in the community to further progress toward achieving the student s desired post-school outcomes related to a career. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special Diploma Only Access Algebra 1A The purpose of this course is to develop the algebraic concepts and processes that can be used to analyze and solve a variety of routine and non-routine real-world and mathematical problems. 1 year; 1 credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ESE program eligibility; Special diploma only 23

24 NHS th -12 th Grade Elective Course Offerings IMPORTANT NOTE: The number of course requests for each elective determines whether a particular course will be offered. It is advised that students make a 2nd and 3rd selection at the time of registration in the event there are insufficient requests for their first choice. ART A $20 consumable art fee is greatly appreciated for each class taken to assist in purchasing supplies for student use. All Art courses count as a Fine Art D Studio Art I Enables students to communicate ideas and concepts through intermediate-level two-dimensional design and composition, and to develop appreciation of exemplars in varied cultures and historical periods 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades D Studio Art I Enables students to develop fundamental skills necessary to communicate a range of ideas using knowledge of three-dimensional art and sculpture media, design, and processes 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades D Studio Art 2 Enables students to develop intermediate-level perceptual, observational, and compositional skills necessary to communicate a range of subject matter, symbols, ideas, and concepts 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art I, art teacher recommendation Studio Art 3 Honors Students demonstrate proficiency in the conceptual development of content in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design to create selfdirected or collaborative 2-D artwork suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Students produce works that show evidence of developing craftsmanship and quality in the composition. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. Through a focused investigation of traditional techniques, historical and cultural models, and individual expressive goals, students begin to develop a personal art style. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art 1, 2-D Studio 2 or art teacher recommendation Portfolio Development/2D Design Honors Students work in a self-directed environment to develop a portfolio showing a body of their own work that visually explores a particular artistic concern, articulated and supported by a written artist's statement. Artists may work in, but are not limited to, content in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, traditional photography, digital photography, and/or new media and emerging technologies that demonstrate understanding of design principles as applied to a 2-dimensional surface. Students regularly reflect on aesthetics and art issues individually and as a group, and manipulate the structural elements of art and organizational principles of design to create 2-dimensional works of art that are progressively more innovative and representative of the student's artistic and cognitive growth. In keeping with the rigor expected in an accelerated setting, students portfolios show personal vision and artistic growth over time, mastery of visual art skills and techniques, and evidence of sophisticated analytical and problem-solving skills based on their structural, historical, and cultural knowledge. Students are self-directed and display readiness for high levels of critical thinking, research, conceptual thinking, and creative risk-taking. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: 3 years of art AP Art History A college-level course that introduces students to the appreciation of works of art, the intelligent examination of works of art, and to the major forms of artistic expression in Western art from prehistoric to the present; students will take the AP Art History exam at the end of this courses. NOTE: Students should consider taking AICE European History as a companion course to AP Art History. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3; SS and art teacher recommendation AP Art/Drawing Portfolio A college-level course that assists students in developing quality, concentration, discipline, and breadth in drawing; this course is for the advanced student who wishes to seek credit through submitting a portfolio of work in May for consideration by the College Board. Students will take the AP Art/Drawing Portfolio exam at the end of the course. 24

25 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art II (Drawing/Painting I), art teacher recommendation based on portfolio evaluation AP Studio Art/2-D This college-level course is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional design issues. It is for the advanced student who wishes to seek credit through submitting a portfolio of work in May for consideration by the College Board. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art II (Drawing/Painting I), Digital Photography, art teacher recommendation based on portfolio evaluation AP Studio Art/3-D This college-level course is intended to address a very broad interpretation of sculptural issues in threedimensional. It is for the advanced student who wishes to seek credit through submitting a portfolio of work for consideration by the College Board. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art II (Drawing/Painting I), 3-D Studio Art I, Art teacher recommendation based on portfolio evaluation DRAMA All Drama courses count as a Fine Art /20/30/40 Theatre I, II, III*, IV* The purpose of these courses is to enable students to develop skills in the multiple elements of theatre as a collaborative art. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Parent and instructor approval *Theatre III and IV are weighted a Theatre, Cinema and Film Production (Formerly NTV) Students explore the elements of film and cinematic techniques used by those who create movies. Students study the techniques in film that serve the story and articulate the theme. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades DRIVERS EDUCATION IMPORTANT NOTE: Students registering for this course must be age 15 prior to the first day of class or turn age 15 within the first two weeks of the semester for which they are registering. Enrollment in requested semester cannot be guaranteed B Drivers Education (Semester 2; start date usually around January 4) ½ year; ½ elective credit ENGINEERING PATHWAYS TO ENGINEERING Three courses in an academy are required for Gold Seal Scholarship (Florida Bright Futures) eligibility. All courses listed below meet the fine art graduation requirement Introduction to Engineering Design/Robotics Prerequisite: Algebra 1 Introduction to Engineering Design is designed to provide an introduction to engineering: definition and uses of simple machines, application of math and science concepts as related to structures and kinetics (motion). Class is mixture of lecture and projects. Projects are intended to provide reinforcement and application of course topics. Projects are both individual and team based. Students will be introduced to computer aided design using Autodesk Inventor Principles of Engineering Design Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design Providing students with application of math and science knowledge garnered from school curriculum and concepts learned from Introduction to Engineering Design, students will continue learning engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Students are introduced to electric circuits and pneumatic systems. Simple programming concepts and control of systems are presented using National Instrument s LabVIEW graphical development environment Computer Integrated Manufacturing Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering Design Computer Integrated Manufacturing applies principles of robotics and automation and builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included A Drivers Education (Semester 1; start date usually beginning of August) ½ year; ½ elective credit 25

26 FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE Commercial Foods and Culinary Operations I The purpose of this course is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the food service and hospitality industry. See Pg. 44 for more information about the Academy of Culinary Arts. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-11; counts for Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, ProStart Certification Commercial Foods and Culinary Operations II (Fine Art) The purpose of this course is to further prepare students for employment or advanced training in the food service and hospitality industry. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; passing grade in Culinary Ops I, counts for Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, ProStart Certification Commercial Foods and Culinary Operations III (Fine Art) In this course the student will research career opportunities in professional cooking/baking; follow guidelines on food selection, purchasing, and storage; and use communication skills. Students will prepare and present a variety of advanced food products; create centerpieces; and research laws specific to the hospitality industry (including handling of alcohol). Also covered are management skills; how to develop a business plan; and utilization of technology in the workplace. Students will be knowledgeable about food safety manager training/certification training programs that are acceptable in Florida. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: successful completion of Culinary II, counts for Gold Seal Vocational and ProStart Certification FOREIGN LANGUAGE Foreign language courses receive one elective credit; though not required for graduation from NHS, Florida universities require two years of the same foreign language for college entrance. Special Note: In the event there are not enough course requests to hold a certain level of a foreign language, students should plan to take an alternative language. Also, Florida universities recognize all languages below as foreign languages. When seeking admission to schools out of state, students are encouraged to confirm admission requirements regarding foreign languages that are accepted and the number of required years of participation Pre-AICE Chinese I The purpose of this course is to develop oral and written Chinese linguistic accuracy, strategic and meta-cognitive skills, and an understanding of contemporary and historical Chinese culture. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades Pre-AICE Chinese II The purpose of this course is to expand previously acquired skills. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: expansion of vocabulary and conversational skills through discussions based on readings, strengthening of grammar skills through analysis of reading selections, and acquisition of vocabulary relevant to everyday life of Chinese-speaking people. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades Chinese III Honors Chinese 3 provides mastery and expansion of skills including vocabulary and conversational skills through discussions of selected readings. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades AP Chinese The AP Chinese course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and the five goal areas of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture. Students will take the AP Chinese exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 elective credit; prerequisite: Chinese Latin I The purpose of this course is to introduce students to fundamental Latin vocabulary and grammar and to classical culture. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: communication in Latin using reading, writing, and comprehension strategies, with emphasis on reading and writing strategies; perspectives, practices, and products of classical culture; application of knowledge of the Latin language and classical culture to further knowledge of other disciplines; comparison and contrast of the Latin language and classical culture with the student s own language and culture; influence of the Latin language and classical culture in modern society. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades

27 Pre-AICE Latin I The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire proficiency in Latin through a linguistic, communicative and cultural approach to language learning. This course shall also provide an understanding of some of the elements of Roman civilization, literature and language which have had an influence on Western civilization. Through imagination and experience, the student will consider a range of aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, political, religious and social issues. In this course, the study of Latin prose and verse literature, in its social and historical context, receives the same emphasis as the study of the Latin language. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, teacher recommendation Latin II 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Latin I Pre-AICE Latin II (See course description for Pre-AICE Latin I.) 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Latin I Honors, FCAT Reading level 3, teacher recommendation Latin III 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 10-12; prerequisite: Latin II Honors, teacher recommendation Latin IV 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Latin III, teacher recommendation AICE Latin Language The purpose of this course is to enable students to enhance their proficiency in the foundation of Latin vocabulary and grammar and to expand their knowledge of classical culture. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: with appropriate assistance, communication in the Latin language using reading, understanding, and interpreting passages from selected Latin sources; identification of target-language writers and the language of their works; relationship of the Latin language to other disciplines, particularly the English language; comparison of English and Latin with emphasis on observation of the influence of the Latin language on the English language; usage of the Latin language to broaden one s perspective beyond the classroom setting. Students will take the Cambridge AICE Latin exam at the end of the school year. 1 semester;.5 elective credit; grade 12; prerequisite: Latin III and teacher recommendation. Students must take AICE Latin Literature 2 nd semester AICE Latin Literature The purpose of this course is to enable students to enhance their proficiency in the foundation of Latin vocabulary and grammar and to expand their knowledge of classical culture. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: with appropriate assistance, communication in Latin using reading, understanding, and interpreting passages from Virgil and other selected Latin authors; development of insights into the culture of the classical Roman civilization, especially as it relates to the literature being studied; application of the knowledge of the Latin literature in understanding of English, history, humanities, and related disciplines; development of a sensitive, analytical approach to literature by comparing and contrasting the stylistic devices used in English and Latin; usage of the knowledge of the Latin literature and classical Roman culture within and beyond the school setting. Students will take the Cambridge AICE Latin exam at the end of the course. 1 semester;.5 elective credit; grade 12; prerequisite: AICE Latin Language 1 st semester, Latin III and teacher recommendation Spanish I Spanish I introduces students to the target language and its culture. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture, connections, comparisons, and communities 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades Pre-AICE Spanish Language I Pre-AICE Spanish Language covers the first half of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Language (Spanish) syllabus written and administered by the University of Cambridge s International Examinations Program. The purpose of this course is to enable students to begin to acquire proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative and cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: FCAT Reading level 3, teacher recommendation. Spanish I is NOT a prerequisite 27

28 Spanish II Spanish 2 reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by the students in Spanish 1. The course develops increased listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Spanish I Pre-AICE Spanish Language II Pre-AICE Spanish Language is the second course in the University of Cambridge s International Examinations Program. The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative, cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: Spanish I Honors, FCAT Reading level 3, teacher recommendation Spanish III An honors level course that is provided to students with the ability to learn the Spanish language at a faster pace; this track allows students to progress to AP Spanish the following year. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Spanish II Honors; teacher recommendation Spanish IV 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 11-12; prerequisite: Spanish III; teacher recommendation AICE Spanish The purpose of this course is to develop students ability to understand and communicate confidently and clearly in speech and written language. Students will be encouraged to read widely, to use relevant vocabulary, employ correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. The students will develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, make inferences, and organize arguments and ideas logically. Students will take the Cambridge AICE Spanish Language exam at the end of the course. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grade 12; prerequisite: Spanish III or Spanish III Honors, or Spanish IV, teacher recommendation, parent approval American Sign Language II A continuation of basic skills in American Sign Language through linguistic, communicative, and cultural approaches. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-12; prerequisite: ASL I GIFTED Students taking these electives in grades 9-12 must have an active Educational Plan and the gifted teacher recommendation. Students participating in the NaGISA curriculum are eligible for 5.0 course weighting: N Research Methods for Gifted Students These courses are taught in modules that can vary from year to year. A major emphasis is placed on individual and group projects, strategic thinking, problem solving, creativity, research, presentations, and curriculum flexibility. Topics will enhance skills needed for critical thinking and information processing. All topics are designed to connect to the NaGISA (Natural Geography In Shore Areas) global biodiversity project and its international hands-on science research. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades 9-11; prerequisite: Active EP, parent approval, gifted teacher recommendation N Externship for the Gifted Student (NaGISA Option) This course offers students an opportunity for supervised, individualized externships with professional or business persons in the community. Students develop practical, intellectual and career skills by spending time with an adult mentor. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grade 12; prerequisite: Active EP, parent approval, gifted teacher recommendation Note: Students enrolled in the externship and NOT involved in NaGISA will be enrolled in a 4.5 weighted externship per the instructor American Sign Language I This course introduces students to the target language and its culture. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language with introductions to culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. 1 year; 1 elective credit; grades

29 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Every day innovations in technology change our world. Computers and the Internet are revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. From autonomous robot cars to cloud application servers, we are using technology to improve the way we live. At the IT institute, students learn how to implement the newest technologies while using industry standard equipment and applications. The IT Academies Adobe Digital Media, Microsoft Networking, Adobe Web Design, Microsoft Programming, Pathways to Engineering, and Apple Professional Applications are all aimed at the various career opportunities in today s high-skill, highwage market. Students entering ITI will be prepared for any number of the 28 national certification tests that will allow them to enter directly into the job market or continue training at a community college or university with a Florida Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship earned from three IT elective credits. NOTE: Three courses in an academy are required for Florida Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship eligibility Introduction to Information Technology (Meets Fine Art Requirement) This course is designed to provide an introduction to information technology concepts and careers. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency with the fundamental computer applications of keyboarding and word processing so they may be used as communication tools for enhancing personal and workplace proficiency in an information based society. Students will be introduced to the Microsoft Office Suite 2013, and Internet services, computing fundamentals, and will have practical experience with Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, and Vista. Students prepare for national industry certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Programming I /.NET Application Development Foundation Prerequisite: Algebra 1 This course introduces students to computer programming. Course reinforces problem solving skills using logic flow, iteration, and algorithm development and testing. Students will learn Visual Basic programming language to develop Windows applications and learn Microsoft s.net development environment. Students will prepare for the MTA Software Development Fundamentals certification Programming 2/ Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals Prerequisite:.NET Application Development Foundation This course continues the study of Object Oriented Programming. Study transitions to Java with greater study of data structures and efficiencies of algorithms. Students will prepare for the AP Computer Science exam Programming 3/.NET Application Development Prerequisite: Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals This course continues with the study of C# and.net, plus a survey of JavaScript, JQuery, and SQL. Specifically focus on developing Web-based applications and building datasets from database management systems. Students will be introduced to Project Management concepts. Students will prepare for the MTA Web Development Fundamentals certification Programming 4/.NET Application Development Capstone Prerequisite:.NET Application Development In the last year, students will focus on project management. Students will be assigned to a team tasked with developing an application within given time and manpower constraints. Team will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing, testing and documenting project solution. Students will use all skills learned from prior programming courses to ensure team s success. Students will prepare for the MTA.NET Fundamentals certification Digital Media Fundamentals/ Digital Cinema 1 Learn to write, direct, shoot, and edit movies in this intensive year-long course. Express your creativity through the art of cinema and prefect your technical skills in the digital age. Get certified in Adobe Premiere Pro with an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and prepare yourself for an amazing career in the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry Digital Media Production Systems/Digital Cinema 2 Prerequisite: Digital Media Fundamentals Take your filmmaking skills to the next level as you study motion graphics, compositing, and special effects. Learn to craft stories and develop your own personal style. Students will prepare to get certified in Motion Graphics and will receive hands on experience crafting visual stories from scratch. 29

30 Digital Media Delivery Systems/ Digital Cinema 3 Prerequisite: Digital Media Production Systems +This course covers the film production process in more detail through team based real world projects. Learn to develop and plan large productions from script to screen. In this class, you will begin to focus on specific areas of expertise and learn to master industry standard techniques and equipment used in that particular field Advanced Digital Media Systems/ Digital Cinema 4 Prerequisite: Digital Media Delivery Systems This course covers the mastery of the film production process through the completion of a thesis project. Learn to create, distribute, promote, and network as you prepare yourself for an exciting career in the entertainment industry. The final project for this course will include an extensive portfolio of all your work Digital Design 1: Photoshop Fundamentals and Digital Photography (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Learn to enhance, manipulate, and transform your photographs using the world s leading software in graphic design, Adobe s Photoshop CS6. Discover the basics of photography all while earning an industry standard certification in this rewarding and creative field. Projects include: Designing your own CD, Movie Poster, the NHS Planner, Cereal box, turn photos into paintings, create panoramas, and many more! Digital Design 2: Advanced Photoshop & Digital Photography Techniques (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Turn your dreams into action by using Adobe InDesign in Digital Design 2. In this course, you will experience the extraordinary power of the InDesign software and the creative freedom that allows you to take your designs to new levels. This course introduces the fundamentals of InDesign s tools, menus, panels, and interactivity. Discover how to create custom page layouts, digital e- books, magazines, interactive Web sites, and develop Apps. Students will learn how to use DSLR Cameras & Photography techniques. Prepare to earn your certification in Adobe ACA InDesign and have challenging photo assignments Digital Design 3: Illustrator (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Experience the industry s premier vector-drawing environment and maximize your creative talents using Adobe Illustrator while taking the Digital Design 3 course. You will be able to bring your vision to life with shapes, color, effects, typography, and more. Learning Adobe Illustrator will allow you to develop your unique personal style as a graphic artist and add to your electronic portfolio. This course allows you to perfect your skills with creating computer graphics and illustrations. Students will prepare to earn their certification in Adobe ACA Illustrator Digital Design 4: Capstone Students taking the Digital Design 4 class will continue mastering their design skills by creating effective visual communications and expanding their knowledge in design techniques, visual thinking, concept development, color, composition, and typography, through case studies and hands-on exercises. They will further develop their skills in using Adobe software, the industry standard software, that will provide them with a competitive edge when entering the workforce or furthering their education. Assignments will incorporate problem-solving projects that relate to visual communication. Students in this course will build a strong foundation for a graphic design career as well as add to their individual electronic portfolio Computer & Network Security Fundamentals/Networking 1 This course is the foundation of all Cybersecurity classes. Students will be introduced to the world of cybersecurity and immersed into an interactive environment of hardware configuration, hardware and software troubleshooting, operating systems, and computer networking. They will be shown how to scan, test, and secure their own systems. The curriculum prepares students for MTA Windows Operating Systems Fundamental national industry certification Cybersecurity Essentials/ Networking 2 Prerequisite: Computer & Network Security Fundamentals This course focuses on understanding network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, widearea networks, OSI models, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing and network standards. The lab-intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter 30

31 defenses work and then be led into scanning and attacking their own networks. The curriculum prepares students for Microsoft Technology Associate Networking Fundamentals national industry certifications Operational Cybersecurity/ Networking 3 Prerequisite: Cybersecurity Essentials This course provides students with insight into the many ways in which computer systems can be secured, countermeasures implemented, and risk assessment performed. The curriculum prepares students for Microsoft Technology Associate Security Fundamentals national industry certifications Cybersecurity Planning & Analysis/ Networking 4 Prerequisite: Operational Cybersecurity This course focuses on the mitigation planning, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and forensic analysis dealing with securing computer environments. Many of the standards covered in this framework are based on or aligned with guidelines published by the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The curriculum prepares students for Microsoft Technology Associate Windows Server Administration national industry certifications Web I/Foundations of Web Design Meets Fine Art Foundations of Web Design is a basic course that teaches how to plan, organize, and create a Web site from start to finish while having fun doing it. Some of the things discussed in this course are: planning (what to do before you even start designing the page), site structure, page layout, the home page, presentation, printing, images, content, fonts, and much more. The combination of hands-on learning and teacher instruction gives the student a well-rounded background in Web design. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Certified Internet Webmaster Site Development Associate industry certification Web 2/User Interface Design Prerequisite: Foundations of Web Design (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Students focus on expanding their Web design in an everchanging world of Web technologies where they explore several advanced features of the Adobe software and build on their existing Dreamweaver skills. This course provides advanced concepts used in interface design and includes principles of Human Computer Interface (HCI), advanced page design using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), advanced HTML commands, multimedia applications, Internet/ Intranet tools, and Web site promotion. Individual and group projects are assigned and involve the creation of real world interactive Web sites. The curriculum prepares students for Adobe Dreamweaver Associate national industry certification Web 3/Web Scripting Fundamentals Prerequisite: User Interface Design (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Many Web languages and tools are required to create or support effective Web sites. In Web Scripting Fundamentals, students move beyond HTML-based Web pages and learn to create interactive, state-of-the-art, Web-based applications that support the demands of tomorrow's Web applications. This course allows students to increase their knowledge and skills through scripting related to Web development. The content focuses on client-side scripting using JavaScript, while allowing students to expand their HTML5 and CSS knowledge as they participate in real-word projects. Students will learn how to create interactive features for a Web site such as slideshows and on-the-fly graphics. Through this hands-on course, students will take their Web development skills to a new level. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development industry certification Web 4/Media Integration Essentials Prerequisite: Web Scripting Fundamentals (Meets Fine Art Requirement) Students will learn techniques for integrating various forms of media onto Web pages. The course focuses on creating dynamic Web sites that interact with databases using server-side scripting as well as XML and AJAX technologies and frameworks. Students should have a good understanding of JavaScript prior to taking this course. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals industry certification Web 5/E-commerce and Marketing Essentials Prerequisite: Media Integration Essentials Survey course of web programming and database query languages: JavaScript, JQuery, SQL, and ASP.NET (C#) to understand requirements to create and manage transactions on ecommerce websites. Students prepare for MTA Web Development Fundamentals certification. 31

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