Course Offerings

Bishop England High School provides a rigorous academic program that is designed to prepare students for college level work. Most of our core courses are offered at three levels of instruction: Academic I, Academic II, and Honors/Advanced Placement (AP).  If a student excels in some areas more than others, the student will be placed into a combination of courses from different levels to accommodate the strengths of the student. View available courses for the 2017 – 2018 school year by selecting from the tabs below.

Theology

*Denotes Semester Course

*THE131 GOD’S REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE (H-THEOLOGY 1-A)

Course Description: The purpose of this one semester course is to give students a knowledge and appreciation of Sacred Scripture with an emphasis on the Old Testament.   Revelation, inspiration, interpretation, and the senses of scripture are covered through a complete overview of the major sections of the Bible. The course requires outside reading, research, and both written and oral reports.

Prerequisites:  The student must be a freshman recommended for the Honors level by a placement committee.

*THE132 JESUS CHRIST’S MISSION CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH (H – THEOLOGY 1-B)

Course Description: This one semester course is concerned with the sacred nature of the Church as being founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is placed on the Church being the living Body of Christ today. The course requires outside reading, research, and both written and oral reports.

Prerequisites:   The student must be a freshman recommended for the Honors level by a placement committee.

*THE111 GOD’S REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE (AI – THEOLOGY 1-A)

Course Description: This semester course provides a comprehensive study of scripture with an emphasis on the Old Testament. The major sections of the Bible will be studied along with the overall themes of salvation history. The course requires guided reading along with written and oral reports.

Prerequisites:   The student must be a freshman recommended for the A1 level by a placement committee.

*THE112 JESUS CHRIST’S MISSION CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH (AI-THEOLOGY 1-B)

Course Description: This one semester course is concerned with the sacred nature of the Church as being founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is placed on the Church being the living Body of Christ today. The course requires guided reading along with written and oral reports.

Prerequisites: The student must be a freshman recommended for the AI level by a placement committee.

*THE101 GOD’S REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE (AII THEOLOGY 1-A)

Course Description: This one semester course provides an overall view of God’s revelation in Sacred Scripture and how this revelation is continued and protected through the Church today. Emphasis is placed on the study of scripture formations and the foundational beliefs of Catholicism. Projects and activities associated with the content are provided throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a freshman recommended for the AII level by a placement committee.

 *THE102 JESUS CHRIST’S MISSION CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH (AII THEOLOGY 1-B)

Course Description: This one semester course is concerned with the sacred nature of the Church as being founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is placed on the Church being the living Body of Christ today. Projects and activities associated with the content are provided throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a freshman recommended for the AII level by a placement committee.

*THE231CH CHURCH HISTORY (H -THEOLOGY 2 CH)

Course Description: This one semester course is a study of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, set in the context of the general history of Western Civilization from apostolic times through the present day. Key figures, general conditions and movements in the history of the Church will be covered. Extensive reading and research are required.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE232W THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD (H -THEOLOGY 2 W)

Course Description: This one semester course includes a survey of the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Western non-theism) particularly in comparison to Catholic Christianity. Extensive reading and research are required.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE211CH CHURCH HISTORY (AI -THEOLOGY 2 CH)

Course Description: This one semester course is a study of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, set in the context of the general history of Western Civilization from apostolic times through the present day. Key figures, general conditions and movements in the history of the Church will be covered. Outside reading and periodic research are required.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE212W THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD (AI – THEOLOGY 2 W)

Course Description: This one semester course includes a survey of the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Western non-theism) particularly in comparison to Catholic Christianity. Outside reading and periodic research are required.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

 *THE201CH CHURCH HISTORY (AII – THEOLOGY 2 CH)

Course Description: This one semester course is a study of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, set in the context of the general history of Western Civilization from apostolic times through the present day. Key figures, general conditions and movements in the history of the Church will be covered. Guided research and outside activities associated with the curriculum are assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE202W THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD (AII – THEOLOGY 2W)

Course Description: This one semester course includes a survey of the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Western non-theism) particularly in comparison to Catholic Christianity. Guided research and outside activities associated with the curriculum are assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE331 THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST (H – THEOLOGY 3-A)

Course Description: The subject of redemption is explored thoroughly in this semester course. The promise of redemption is examined from its beginnings in the Old Testament through the fulfillment of the promise in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament. Application is made to our need for redemption and the continuation of the Paschal Mystery in the Mass. In-depth research and outside reading include various selections of Church documents as well as theological, philosophical, and apologetic works. Projects, papers, and oral presentations are assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE332 LIFE IN CHRIST HONORS (H – THEOLOGY 3-B)

Course Description: This semester course reveals the meaning of living as a disciple of Christ. By delving into the Church’s moral tradition, informed by faith and reason, the discovery is made that morality is about the search for human happiness and ultimately fulfilled in Christ. In-depth research and outside reading include various selections of Church documents as well as theological, philosophical, and apologetic works. Projects, papers, and oral presentations are assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE311 THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST (AI – THEOLOGY 3-A)

Course Description: The subject of redemption is explored thoroughly in this semester course. The promise of redemption is examined from its beginnings in the Old Testament through the fulfillment of the promise in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament. Application is made to our need for redemption and the continuation of the Paschal Mystery in the Mass. Outside reading and research are assigned to aid the understanding of the Paschal Mystery.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE312 LIFE IN CHRIST (AI-THEOLOGY 3-B)

Course Description: This semester course provides a comprehensive study of the life of Christ as a means of discovering the moral realities that we are called to as followers of Christ. Specific social and moral issues are addressed in order to consider the importance of decisions made within the context of Christian principles.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE301 THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST (AII – THEOLOGY 3-A)

Course Description: The purpose of this semester course is to provide an over view of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and to recognize the continuation of the Paschal Mystery in the Mass. Guided research through periodic use of outside sources is assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE302 LIFE IN CHRIST (AII – THEOLOGY 3-B)

Course Description: This semester course provides a framework for Christian morality. Specific social and moral issues are addressed in order to consider the importance of decisions made within the context of Christian principles. Guided research through periodic use of outside sources is assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE431 THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (H – THEOLOGY 4-A)

Course Description: This semester course brings together previously studied materials through an overview of natural and divine revelation, the beginnings of God’s revelation in the Old Testament, the fulfillment of the promises of redemption in the New Testament, and the role of the Church throughout the centuries in protecting and transmitting the faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. Outside reading and research are required as well as accurate lecture notes and mastery of the subject matter.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE432 THE SACRAMENTS (H – THEOLOGY 4-B)

Course Description:   This semester course reveals the reality of encountering Christ in a full and real way through the sacraments. Each sacrament will be examined in detail. Outside reading and research are required as well as accurate lecture notes and mastery of the subject matter.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE411 THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (AI – THEOLOGY 4-A)

Course Description: This semester course brings together previously studied materials through an overview of natural and divine revelation, the beginnings of God’s revelation in the Old Testament, the fulfillment of the promises of redemption in the New Testament, and the role of the Church throughout the centuries in protecting and transmitting the faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. Outside reading is required as well as accurate lecture notes and mastery of the subject matter.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE412 THE SACRAMENTS (AI – THEOLOGY 4-B)

Course Description: This semester course provides a careful study of each sacrament in order to understand the origin of the sacrament as well as its purpose in encountering Christ. Outside reading and periodic research are required.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE401 THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (AII – THEOLOGY 4-A)

This semester course is an overview of the story of salvation history found in the Old and New Testament and a study of the role of the Church in protecting and transmitting the deposit of faith through the Holy Spirit. Projects and activities associated with the content are assigned throughout the year.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE402 SACRAMENTS (AII – THEOLOGY 4-B)

Course Description: This semester course will provide a careful look at the sacraments as they provide the grace and   strength needed for each stage of life. Projects and activities associated with the content are assigned throughout the year. Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current theology teacher.

*THE333 TOLKIEN AND LEWIS H

Course Description: This semester course will investigate the friendship of two famous writers and their writing fellowship, the Inklings, and will examine some of their best works. This course will compare and contrast the works of these two famous authors through reading, research, and class discussion. The writers will be examined by current critics of literature as well as the writing peers of Tolkien and Lewis.

Prerequisites: Enrollment is open to juniors and seniors who have the approval of Mrs. Durst, room 238A. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

 

English

ENG131 ENGLISH I H

Course Description: Freshman Honors English is a challenging course in which students are expected to learn in a variety of modes. A full grammar course is offered along with vocabulary study, practice in basic speaking skills, and a variety of writing activities concentrating on analysis and style development. Literary types are studied, and students pursue a program of independent reading and reviewing. A unit in research and media center use is included.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of eighth-grade English and recommendation for Honors level by the placement committee.

ENG111 ENGLISH I AI

Course Description: This course is designed to develop basic grammar/language skills, to broaden vocabulary, and to increase competency in reading, speaking, and writing. Included is an introduction to major literary genres.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of eighth-grade English and recommendation for AI level by the placement committee.

*ENG113 RESEARCH/STUDY SKILLS AI

Course Description: This semester course emphasizes the study and practice of research methods/techniques. As the comprehensive semester project, each student will produce an MLA-style research paper written on a general topic. Also, during the semester, students will hone their study and test/exam-taking skills and learn how to utilize the Microsoft Office 365 software that will become a base for much of their work at Bishop England.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of eighth-grade English; placement in English I AI.

ENG101 ENGLISH I AII

Course Description: This course emphasizes the mastery of fundamental English language skills. Basic grammar, vocabulary usage, library use, and literature for enrichment are included.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of eighth-grade English and recommendation for AII level by the placement committee.

*ENG103 RESEARCH/STUDY SKILLS AII

Course Description: This semester course teaches library skills and the steps for writing a research paper. The students also become familiar with various study methods and test-taking skills and learn how to utilize the Microsoft Office 365 software that will become a base for much of their work at Bishop England.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of eighth-grade English; placement in English I AII.

ENG231 ENGLISH II H

Course Description: This course in world literature prepares students for college by developing language skills through grammar review, composition, vocabulary, and the reading and analysis of selections from world literature with an emphasis on the masterpieces of world literature. A course requirement is completion (with revisions if necessary) of a research component that meets departmental standards. In addition, research of a career is part of the program.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I and approval of current English teacher.

ENG211 ENGLISH II AI

Course Description: Continued grammar instruction, with emphasis on sentence structure, is important in this course and provides a basis for the development of composition skills. Differences in writing purposes and techniques are emphasized. Literary types are studied during a survey of world literature. Book reviews, formal essays, a research component, an informal speech, and vocabulary study are also part of the program.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I and approval of current English teacher.

ENG201 ENGLISH II AII

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to strengthen basic language skills. Participation in a variety of language-related activities, including continued vocabulary study, is required. During a survey of world literature, literary types are studied. Also included in the course are book reviews, formal essays, an informal speech, and a research component.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I and approval of the current English teacher.

ENG351 ENGLISH III AP (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION)

Course Description: The Advanced Placement course in language and composition is a rhetoric-based, college-level course designed to help students become both skilled readers of primarily American nonfiction prose styles and skilled writers of formal and informal essays. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the persuasive tools of an author (e.g., diction, tone, voice, sentence structure) and on being able to compose, both in and out of class, essays analyzing the use of such tools in persuading an audience. In keeping with the AP Language and Composition trends, the course will include a required research component, the completion of which will allow students to formulate, polish, and deliver informed arguments. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English II and approval of the current English teacher.

Recommendation for Advanced Placement English is based on a demonstrated ability to do college-level work.

ENG311 ENGLISH III AI

Course Description: This course in American literature prepares students for college by developing language skills through grammar review, composition, vocabulary, and the reading and analyses of core selections from American literature. A course requirement is completion (with revisions if necessary) of a research component that meets departmental standards.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English II and approval of the current English teacher.

ENG301 ENGLISH III AII

Course Description: This college-preparatory class continues to develop comprehensive language skills through the study of American literature, including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Varied writing exercises and compositions, along with a required research component that meets department standards, are also included in this course. The study and practice of vocabulary and grammar continue, and collaborative learning projects along with oral presentations are integrated into language arts instruction throughout the year.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of English II and approval of current English teacher.

ENG451 ENGLISH IV AP (ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION)

Course Description: The Advanced Placement English course in literature and composition is a college-level course designed to develop skills in critical reading, higher-level thinking, and writing about literature. Students read a variety of challenging prose and poetry with a concentration in British literature, engage in critical analysis, and write essays based on the works read. Most class time is devoted to class and small group discussions of literature. Reading is done primarily out of class, but writing assignments may be out of class, in-class prepared, or in-class extemporaneous.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English III and approval of the current English teacher.

Recommendation for Advanced Placement English is based on a demonstrated ability to do college-level work.

ENG411 ENGLISH IV AI

Course Description: This college-preparatory course encompasses a survey of British literature as well as continued development of composition, language, and vocabulary skills with increased emphasis on independent literary criticism. Assigned reading is at the college level; speech experiences are integrated into the literature curriculum; and grammar review emphasizes the improvement of writing and proofreading skills. A course requirement is completion (with revisions if necessary) of a research component that meets departmental standards.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English III and approval of the current English teacher.

ENG401 ENGLISH IV AII

Course Description:  This college-preparatory class encompasses a survey of British literature with the emphasis on improving comprehension, interpretative, and thinking skills. Students’ language skills—both written and oral—are developed through the composition of various forms of literary analysis, with the incorporation of revising and proofreading to improve writing. Vocabulary study and outside reading are continued. A course requirement is the submission of an acceptable research component: students must complete and meet the minimum requirements of all preliminary steps and the final product (with revisions if necessary).

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of English III and approval of current English teacher.

*ENG232 CREATIVE WRITING H

Course Description: During this semester course, students will participate in workshop activities that will stimulate the creative writing of prose fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Prerequisites: Enrollment is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the approval of the current English teacher.

Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*ENG115 COMPOSITION AI

Course Description: This semester course will provide students with a variety of in-class writing experiences in order to strengthen communication skills required in academic courses and college entrance tests and applications. Composition of the thesis essay will be prominent among student activities, along with the improving of thinking, writing, and speaking skills. In addition, the course will emphasize the effective use of language as well as grammatical and mechanical writing skills.

Prerequisites: Open to freshmen with the approval of the placement committee and to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the approval of the current English teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*ENG135 COMPOSITION H

Course Description: This semester course will provide students with a variety of in-class writing experiences in order to strengthen communication skills required in both high school and college-level academic courses and college entrance tests and applications. Composition of the thesis essay will be prominent among student activities, along with the improving of higher-level thinking, writing, and speaking skills. In addition, the course will emphasize the effective use of language as well as grammatical and mechanical writing skills.

Prerequisites: Open to freshmen with the approval of the placement committee and to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the approval of the current English teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*ENG3185 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING AI

Course Description: This semester course provides students with an introduction to public speaking, terminology, basic skills, and techniques for making oral presentations and different types of speeches. The course will offer ample opportunities for the beginning speaker to stand in front of a live audience and present his/her practiced performance. Students will develop the skills of articulation, relevant argument, poise, and presence through repeated experience in practice and performance. Students will learn about the role of communication in our lives, the communication model, spatial relationships, delivery styles, and the effectiveness of language, gestures, and organization techniques. As they gain knowledge and experience, students will gain confidence in their public speaking capabilities.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors with the approval of their current English teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Fine Arts

*FAA111 INTRODUCTION TO ART AI

Course Description: This course presents an introduction to the world of visual arts through drawing and the elements and principles of design. The student will learn about art by producing art. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and the elements of design. Technical skills are developed through studio work, using a variety of media: graphite, charcoal and colored pencils. Students will exhibit their work to the school community. Students who display a high degree of talent and task commitment in this course will be considered for Ceramics Honors or Painting Honors at the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.)

*FAA211 DRAWING AI

Course Description: This semester course follows Introduction to Art. Students will improve their technical skills through studio work, using a variety of drawing media. Students will demonstrate the use of the elements and principles of art, with special emphasis on the elements of line, value and space, form and texture. Units of study will include still life, relief printmaking, the human figure, fantasy and landscape. Student critiques and class discussion of master artists and art movements are included. Students will exhibit their work to the school community.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Introduction to Art and must have the approval of Ms. Johnson, room 101C. Students may sign up for FA111 Introduction to Art and FAA211 Drawing during the same year, with approval of the course instructor. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAA331 CERAMICS H

Course Description: Students will acquire knowledge of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques through the production of clay forms. Students will fire and glaze each piece they create. Study of the chemistry of ceramics is included. The ability to work independently is an expectation in this course. Students are required to attend after school open studio on a regular basis throughout the course. Students will draw and design each project in a sketchbook. Students will exhibit their work to the school community, and they will enter their work in one art contest during the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be recommended for this course by Ms. Johnson, room 101C. To be eligible, students must have completed Introduction to Art and/or Drawing and must display a high degree of creativity. The student must be proficient in producing art and must demonstrate a high level of talent and task commitment. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAA332 PAINTING H

Course Description: Students will advance in the study of acrylic painting and other painting media. Studio projects will focus on observation and representation as well as fantasy and creativity from photographs. Students will develop at least one independent study painting or drawing using their own initiative and design. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of design, painting techniques, color and craftsmanship. Study of art history will increase the students’ knowledge of an artistic heritage. Students are expected to improve their drawing skills by maintaining a sketchbook. Students will exhibit their work to the school community, and they will enter their work in one art contest during the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be recommended for this course by Ms. Johnson, room 101C. To be eligible, students must have completed Introduction to Art and/or Drawing and must display a high degree of creativity. The student must be proficient in producing art and must demonstrate a high level of talent and task commitment. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAA3335 ADVANCED ART H (SEMESTER)

FAA333 ADVANCED ART H (YEAR)

Course Description: In this course, students will expand the skills acquired in previous semesters of study. Their creativity will be challenged by more complex problems in studio art, including painting, drawing, printmaking or other media. Advanced Art students will complete at least two independent works of art and will maintain an extensive sketchbook. Students will participate in peer critiques, and they will research select artists and periods of art. Students will exhibit their work to the school community, and they will enter their work in one art contest per semester. Students may sign up for this course as a semester or yearlong course.

Prerequisites: To be eligible, the student must be highly self-motivated, must have completed Ceramics and/or Painting, and must have the recommendation of Ms. Johnson, room 101C. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FAA451 STUDIO ART AP: DRAWING AND 2-D DESIGN

Course Description: The student enrolled in the course will produce a portfolio of at least 24 works, including a concentration in an independent theme of study, as outlined in the College Board Advanced Placement bulletin Studio Art Course Description. Students will maintain an extensive sketchbook and will prepare at least four works for the portfolio during the summer preceding the course. Students will participate in and will lead peer critiques, and they will research select artists and art movements for class discussion. Through studio practice, application of design concepts and informed decision making, all students will assemble a body of art that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time of content, technique and process. Students will select a portfolio for completion, either Drawing or 2-D Design. Through the ongoing creative process, students will develop mastery in concept, composition and execution. Students will address three components in their portfolios: Quality, Breadth and Concentration. An art exhibit during the second semester gives the students the opportunity to demonstrate their accomplishments to the school community. Each student must enter their work in at least one art contest per semester. *Students who enroll in this course will be expected to attend an extended session of class each time the class rotates to the last period of the day. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 Monday through Friday of that week.

Prerequisites: To be eligible, the student must be highly self-motivated, must have completed Painting and must have the approval of Ms. Johnson, room 101C. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN AP STUDIO ART MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE FOUR ART ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK AS FOUR MAJOR GRADES DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL.

*FAC114 CHORUS AI (SEMESTER)

Course Description: This semester course will present an overview of choral singing through rehearsal and performance activities and through the presentation of music theory fundamentals. Students will learn by performing choral pieces from various genres of music. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of singing, vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Concerts and school functions requiring vocal music will take place throughout the course and are required. After-school rehearsals will be held for select events. Students will be required to participate in a performance at the end of the semester in place of an exam. No previous vocal or musical training is required. Students who display a high degree of talent and task commitment in this course may audition for Choral Ensemble during course selection. All students will be required to purchase concert apparel. Extracurricular choral activities may be offered on a volunteer basis during the course. Note that students may sign up for this course more than once.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.)

FAC118 CHORUS AI (YEAR)

Course Description: This year-long course will present an overview of choral singing through rehearsal and performance activities and through the presentation of music theory fundamentals. Students will learn by performing choral pieces from various genres of music. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of singing, vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Concerts and school functions requiring vocal music will take place throughout the course and are required. After-school rehearsals will be held for select events. Students will be required to participate in a performance at the end of each semester in place of an exam. No previous vocal or musical training is required. Students who display a high degree of talent and task commitment in this course may audition for Choral Ensemble during course selection. All students will be required to purchase concert apparel. Extracurricular choral activities may be offered on a volunteer basis during the course. Note that students may sign up for this course more than once.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.)

*FAC134 CHORAL ENSEMBLE H (SEMESTER)

Course Description: This semester course will focus on advanced choral technique, sight reading and musicianship skills. Students will learn by performing choral pieces from various genres of music. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of singing, vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Concerts and school functions requiring vocal music will take place throughout the course and are required. After-school rehearsals will be held for select events. Students will be required to participate in a performance at the end of the semester in place of an exam. All students will be required to purchase concert apparel. Note that students may sign up for this course more than once.

Prerequisites: Students must have the approval of Mr. Gerber, 164C.

FAC138 CHORAL ENSEMBLE H (YEAR)

Course Description: This year-long course will focus on advanced choral technique, sight reading and musicianship skills. Students will learn by performing choral pieces from various genres of music. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of singing, vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Concerts and school functions requiring vocal music will take place throughout the course and are required. After-school rehearsals will be held for select events. Students will be required to participate in a performance at the end of each semester in place of an exam. All students will be required to purchase concert apparel. Note that students may sign up for this course more than once.

Prerequisites: Students must have the approval of Mr. Gerber, 164C.

*FAM113 MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES AI

Course Description: This course presents a survey of music repertoire beginning with J.S. Bach and working its way towards modern day. Students will form an understanding of the different styles/ genres of music and the eras within which the music operated. Students will also gain musical vocabulary and will apply it to listening examples from each composer covered. The goal is to create a chronology of composers and their works in order to see the progression of music through the ages. Students will have daily discussion of the material covered and its significance in helping to advance music. Students will have the opportunity to listen and to analyze many different styles of music, and they will be able to differentiate between the many genres of Western Music.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.)

*FAM1385 MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES H

Course Description: This semester course will be an in-depth study of music beginning in Antiquity and ending in Contemporary/Modern Day music. Students will study major composers and music pieces of each time period through oral and written analysis. Students will be able to have in-depth and analytical discussions of the music we will cover. The course will include the historical context and major events that may have influenced the music of that time. Students will be able to recognize successfully and to analyze music of many genres. Students also will be able to differentiate between the different musical time periods, including Antiquity, Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary and Modern Day. Throughout the course students will be challenged to differentiate music not only by melody and harmony, but also they will differentiate by form and the compositional techniques used during each specific musical era.

Prerequisites: The student must be recommended for Honors level social studies, and they must have the approval of Mr. Gerber, 164C. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAM133 MUSIC THEORY H

Course description: This semester course provides an in-depth study of music and theory behind composition. Students will learn the basics of music and the techniques used in composition and the analysis of music. Students will form an understanding of the different styles/ genres of music, the eras in which they operated, and the compositional techniques employed. Students will also gain musical vocabulary and will apply it to music examples through harmonic analysis. The goal is for students to walk away with the fundamentals of music theory from scales and pitch intervals all the way to harmonic analysis of works.

Prerequisites: Students must have prior experience playing an instrument and reading music. Students will need to go through an application process. See Mr. Gerber, 164C. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAD112 DRAMA I AI

Course Description: This course presents a foundation of skills for students to develop a comfort level when speaking and performing in front of others. The students will explore the various skills needed to build a framework for performing onstage. Through group projects and presentations, the student will start hands-on involvement in every aspect of theater. From stage craft design to publicity and improvisation to scene work, students will gain a working knowledge of the theatre world.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.)

*FAD212 DRAMA II AI

Course Description: This semester course will build on the skills acquired in Drama I. Study will include in-depth acting exercises and important dramatic works. Students also will begin a study of playwriting and directing. Students will rotate through a variety of roles, including working as a production team. Students will produce a number of monologues, scenes, and other projects, making their own artistic decisions for each step.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Drama I and approval of the student’s Drama I teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAM1345 MUSICAL THEATRE H

Course Description: This semester course is for the student who is interested in musical theatre- both onstage and “behind the scenes.” Students will have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, direct and choreograph/stage various scenes from shows in the Broadway genre. All students are expected to both perform and direct/produce. Performances will be both in-class and “main-stage” productions. The final project will be a performance of the scenes and will be outside of class at the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Drama I or Chorus at BEHS and the approval of Mr. Gerber or Ms. Stephenson. If those classes have not been taken at BEHS, the student must audition to take the class. See Mr. Gerber, 164C, or Ms. Stephenson, 109D. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*FAD332 ADVANCED DRAMA H

Course Description: This advanced course is designed for students who have a high level of interest in theatre and who have participated in Bishop England theatrical productions and/or regional or community theatre. Study will include reading and evaluating popular classic and contemporary plays, research and performance of musical theatre scenes, and preparing for a career in theatre and film. There will be a final performance of a complete one-act play or a series of ten-minute plays that is chosen, produced, directed, and acted by the class.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Drama II (or other advanced drama programs) and approval of the student’s Drama I or Drama II instructor. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Mathematics

All math courses require the completion of summer review work. Information regarding this work is posted on the BEHS website at the beginning of the summer. Assessments based on this work will be given at the beginning of the school year in each course.

MAT111 ALGEBRA I AI

Course Description: This course develops the essential concepts of operations with signed numbers, equation solving, graphing, polynomials, rules of exponents, and radicals. The intent of this course is to lay the groundwork for higher mathematics.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for AI level by the placement committee.

MAT101 ALGEBRA I AII

Course Description: This course is a guided approach to essential algebraic concepts. Topics include algebraic expressions, equations, rational numbers, proportions, percent, linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, and radical expressions.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for AII level by the placement committee.

MAT231 GEOMETRY H

Course Description: This course places an emphasis on the development of an organized mathematical system that relates the study of geometry to the student’s knowledge of algebra. Students will be actively involved in a logical, sequential development of geometry and will be expected to develop skills necessary to master the process of deductive reasoning as well as the application of geometric principles.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and the recommendation for Honors level by the placement committee or by the current math teacher.

MAT211 GEOMETRY AI

Course Description: The essential characteristics of an abstract mathematical system are explored through the process of deductive reasoning. The study of systems in two and three dimensions encourages students to think carefully and creatively while enhancing their spatial visualization skills. Note: A basic scientific calculator will be used periodically during the year.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I AI and approval of the current math teacher or placement committee.

MAT201 GEOMETRY AII

Course Description: Students will study polygons, perimeter, area, volume, congruent and similar figures, special right triangles, parallel lines, and the coordinate plane using deductive reasoning. Note: A basic scientific calculator should be used throughout the year in class and for homework.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and approval of the current math teacher.        

MAT331 ALGEBRA II H

Course Description: Topics include polynomial operations, coordinate geometry, rational expressions and exponents, matrices, quadratic equations, logarithms, and conic sections. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geometry H and approval of the current math teacher.

MAT311 ALGEBRA II AI

Course Description: This course builds upon the skills learned in Algebra I AI. The basic topics studied during this year include polynomials, factoring, coordinate geometry, relations, functions, quadratic equations, rational expressions, and real exponents. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I AI and Geometry AI and approval of the current math teacher. Special consideration will be given, upon the recommendation of the instructor and the Math Department chairperson, to those qualified students who wish to take this course concurrently with Geometry AI.

MAT301 ALGEBRA II AII

Course Description: This course builds upon the skills learned in Algebra I AII. The basic topics include equation solving, relations and functions, systems of equations, matrices, polynomials, factoring, radical equations, and quadratic functions. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry and approval by the current math teacher.

MAT411 ALGEBRA III AND TRIGONOMETRY AI

Course Description: Topics included in this course are polynomials, functions and relations, equation and inequality solving, graphing, exponents, logarithms, circular functions, and trigonometry. THIS COURSE IS NOT A PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a

TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II AI and approval of the current math teacher.

MAT401 ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY AII

Course Description: This course builds upon the skills learned in Algebra II AII. Topics include factoring, linear and quadratic functions, higher degree polynomials, rational functions, logarithms, exponents, and trigonometry. There is extensive work with a graphing calculator. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a

TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II and Geometry and approval of the current math teacher.

MAT431 PRE-CALCULUS H

Course Description: This course covers an in-depth study of trigonometry and circular functions, algebra review, basic graphs, conic sections, sequences, series, limits, and an introduction to differential calculus. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II H and the approval of the current math teacher.

MAT511 PRE-CALCULUS AI

Course Description: Topics include trigonometry and applications, circular functions, algebra review, higher degree polynomials, basic graphs, conic sections, and limits. NOTE: Student is required to have a

TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II and approval of the current math teacher.

MAT433 CALCULUS H

Course Description: This course builds upon the skills learned in Pre-Calculus. Topics include the algebra of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and applications, anti-derivatives, and the definite integral. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre–Calculus and approval of the current math teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

 FOR AP CALCULUS AND STATS CLASSES LISTED BELOW, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND EXTENDED CLASS SESSIONS AFTER SCHOOL WHEN THE CLASS IS THE LAST PERIOD OF THE DAY, AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION.

MAT451 CALCULUS AB – AP

Course Description: This advanced placement course is a study of elementary functions, differential and integral calculus. Topics covered include limits, continuity, the derivative and applications, anti-derivatives and applications, techniques of integration, and the definite integral and applications. This course is a good choice for those students considering a major in mathematics, science, engineering, economics, or the actuarial sciences. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus and approval of the current math teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

MAT551 CALCULUS BC — AP

Course Description: Calculus BC is an intensive Advanced Placement course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. In addition to the topics covered in Calculus AB, this course includes topics such as infinite series and differential equations. This course is a good choice for those students considering a major in mathematics, science, engineering, economics, or the actuarial sciences. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus H and approval of the current math teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

MAT552 STATISTICS – AP The AP Statistics course is an introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding. This course is a good choice for those students considering a major in pre-professional health studies. NOTE: Student is required to have a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition or a TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus AI AND approval of the current math teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Physical Education

*PEM111 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FALL SEMESTER A1 (MALES)

*PEM112 PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPRING SEMESTER AI (MALES)

Course Description: This course consists of basic fundamentals of various team, recreational, lifetime, and individual sports. Basic physical fitness testing is initiated at the beginning and end of the school year to assess overall improvement in physical fitness. Specific issues relating to healthier living and character building will be included in the overall program. Typically, students enroll in these courses in the freshman and/or sophomore year to satisfy the requirement for one Carnegie unit of credit in physical education.

Prerequisite: No teacher signature required.                                                                     

*PEF115 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FALL SEMESTER AI (FEMALES)

*PEF116 PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPRING SEMESTER AI (FEMALES)

Course Description: This course consists of basic fundamentals of various team, recreational, lifetime, and individual sports. Basic physical fitness testing is initiated at the beginning and end of the school year to assess overall improvement in physical fitness. Specific issues relating to healthier living and character building will be included in the overall program. Typically, students enroll in these courses in the freshman and/or sophomore year to satisfy the requirement for one Carnegie unit of credit in physical education.

Prerequisite: No teacher signature required.

*PE311 HEALTH AI

Course Description: This semester course provides an in-depth view of health related topics vital to teenagers of today. These include self-esteem issues, suicide, mental health, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, tobacco abuse, physical fitness, nutrition, first aid, AIDS, and infectious disease awareness.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. No teacher signature required. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*PEM211 WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS AI (MALES)

Course Description: This semester course consists of the fundamentals of weight training, conditioning, and nutrition necessary for male total body development. Basic strength and cardiovascular endurance testing will be done at the beginning and end of each semester to assess overall improvement.

Prerequisites: Open to junior and senior boys. No teacher signature required. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*PEF215 WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS AI (FEMALES)

Course Description: This semester course consists of the fundamentals of weight training, conditioning, and nutrition specific to female total body development. Emphasis is also placed on self-imaging issues regarding women today. Basic strength and cardiovascular endurance testing will be done at the beginning and end of each semester to assess overall improvement.

Prerequisites: Open to junior and senior girls. No teacher signature required. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Science

SCI131 BIOLOGY H

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the central concepts and principles of biology. Topic areas include cell structure and function, organic chemistry, respiration, photosynthesis, DNA, genetics, structure and function of animals, and vertebrate studies with an emphasis on humans. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics, and out-of-class research on various projects is required.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for Honors level by the placement committee.

SCI111 BIOLOGY AI

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental principles of life function and forms. Topics include cell structure and function, DNA, genetics, and vertebrate organ systems with an emphasis on humans. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for AI level by the placement committee.

SCI101 BIOLOGY AII

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to life science. Topics include cell structure and function, multi-cellular organisms, DNA, genetics, a survey of human systems, and ecology. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for AII level by the placement committee.

SCI314 BIOLOGY II AI

Course Description: This course serves as a continuation of Biology I. The course will include a more in depth study and application of topics such as the diversity of life, evolution, plant life, and ecological interactions. Students will be required to complete an assignment each quarter that involves Internet research and computer applications.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AI or Honors Biology and AI or Honors Chemistry and the approval of the current science teacher. Please note that students will not be permitted to take Biology II if they have already taken Biology II AP.

SCI453 BIOLOGY II AP

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth study of topics which include basic and organic chemistry as related to biology; cells and sub-cellular organization; the cell cycle; cellular respiration and photosynthesis; heredity and genetics; molecular genetics and gene regulation; theories, evidence, and mechanics of evolution; diversity of organisms and populations; structure and function of plants and animals; and ecology, communities, and ecosystems. This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam given in May. *Students who enroll in this course will be expected to attend an extended session of class each time the class rotates to the last period of the day. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 Monday through Friday of that week in order to complete the lab work that is required for an AP science course.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry and Biology and the approval of Dr. Hellstrom, room 167A. Students are placed in AP Biology based on demonstrated ability to do college-level work. Please note that students will not be permitted to take Biology II AP if they have already taken Biology II AI.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN AP BIOLOGY MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

SCI231 CHEMISTRY H

Course Description: Concepts include an in-depth investigation of the elements, their interactions with each other, and the transformations of matter as a result of energy changes. Laboratory investigations are correlated with these concepts.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology H or its equivalent and the approval of the current science teacher. Students should be recommended for Honors level math.

SCI211 CHEMISTRY AI

Course Description: This course is a complete investigation of the elements and their interactions with each other. Laboratory investigations are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Biology H or Biology AI and the approval of the current science teacher.

SCI201 CHEMISTRY AII

Course Description: This course is designed to help students realize the important role that chemistry plays in everyday life. Chemistry concepts are presented utilizing decision-making and problem-solving skills as well as laboratory techniques.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and approval of the current science teacher.

SCI331 PHYSICS H

Course Description: The course investigates the effects of energy and matter in the dynamic changes that nature undergoes. Laboratory investigations and individual research projects supplement learning objectives. Major topics include mechanics of linear and periodic motion, forces, vectors, energy and simple machines. Usage of current physics software is incorporated into the studies.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II and Chemistry H or Chemistry AI as well as the approval of the current science teacher. Students should be recommended for Honors level math. It is strongly recommended that the student be enrolled in Pre-Calculus or a higher-level math course.

SCI432 PHYSICS II   H

Course Description: This lecture and laboratory based class covers waves, sound, light, optics, magnetism, electricity, quantum and string theory as well as nuclear physics. Students will continue their studies in the same textbook as used in Physics H.

Prerequisites: Successful completion Honors Physics. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

SCI311 PHYSICS AI

Course Description: This course investigates the effects of energy and matter in the dynamic changes that nature undergoes. Major topics include mechanics of linear and periodic motion, forces, vectors, energy and simple machines. Laboratory investigations and individual projects supplement course materials.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry AI and at least an 80 average in Algebra II as well as the approval of the current science teacher.

SCI412 PHYSICS II AI

Course Description: This course applies the concepts learned in AI Physics to waves, sound, light, and optics, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. Students will continue their studies in the same textbook as used in Physics AI.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Physics AI and the approval of the current science teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

SCI454 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP

Course Description: This course is an interdisciplinary course that embraces a wide variety of science topics including biology, chemistry, earth science, geography, geology, and environmental studies. Students will study the interactions of the natural world including earth systems, resources, population, land use, pollution, and global change. Students will identify human and man-made environmental problems as well as the risks associated with them and examine ideas to prevent the problems. Laboratory and field activities will be performed to enhance data collection, analysis, and understanding. This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam given in May. *Students who enroll in this course will be expected to attend an extended session of class each time the class rotates to the last period of the day. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 Monday through Friday of that week in order to complete the lab work that is required for an AP science course.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and the approval of Mrs. Van Metre, room 110B. Students are placed in AP Environmental Science based on their demonstrated ability to do college-level work. Previous science teacher recommendations and results of PSAT/SAT will be considered. Students will also need to have completed Algebra II or be enrolled in the course concurrently.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

SCI313 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AI

Course Description: Students in the lab-based course will focus on specific aspects in the study of ecology (the interaction of organisms with each other and with their environments). This course will include research on natural resources, ecological systems, environmental biomes as well as problems facing environmentalists today. Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and approval of the current science teacher.

SCI401 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AII

Course Description: Students in the lab-based course will learn about the foundation concepts in environmental science by first studying people in global ecosystems. Students will apply their knowledge of assessing natural occurrences such as floods, volcanoes, and earthquakes in a computer-assisted lab environment. Field studies and major environmental news stories will also be a component of the curriculum.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and approval of the current science teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

SCI328 Marine Biology AI

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of marine ecology and the ocean environment through lecture, labs, and hands on activities. Specific topics will include primary and secondary production, geology and geography of the ocean, estuaries, intertidal communities, coral reefs, pelagic and deep sea communities, impacts of humans, biology of life in the ocean, and conservation. Course presentation will be varied and interactive, including hands on activities, labs, field work, projects and multimedia presentations. Material will be presented in a variety of ways that will require student preparation and participation. The dynamic nature of marine systems will provide learning opportunities for all of us.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and approval of the current science teacher.

SCI308 Marine Biology AII

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to marine ecosystems and the marine life found within these ecosystems. Topics will include introductory oceanography, tides and tidal communities, coral reefs, vertebrates, invertebrate life, and environmental concerns. Course presentation will be varied including hands on activities, projects and multimedia presentations. The dynamic nature of marine systems will provide learning opportunities for all of us.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and approval of the current science teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

Social Studies

HIS131 WORLD HISTORY H

Course Description: This course is a survey covering modern times in both the Western and non-Western worlds. Topics include the following: the Renaissance and the era of Discovery; the growth of democracy and nationalism, the Industrial Revolution; the two World Wars and the post –war conflicts such as the Cold War. The developments and influence of various religions and philosophies as well as political, social, and economic systems are examined in context.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the Honors level by the placement committee.

HIS111 WORLD HISTORY AI

Course Description: This course is a survey covering modern times in both the Western and non-Western worlds. Topics include the following: the Renaissance and the era of Discovery; the growth of democracy and nationalism, the Industrial Revolution; the two World Wars and the post –war conflicts such as the Cold War. The developments and influence of various religions and philosophies as well as political, social, and economic systems are examined in context.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the AI level by the placement committee.

HIS101 WORLD HISTORY AII

Course Description: This course is a survey covering modern times in both the Western and non-Western worlds. Topics include the following: the Renaissance and the era of Discovery; the growth of democracy and nationalism, the Industrial Revolution; the two World Wars and the post –war conflicts such as the Cold War. The developments and influence of various religions and philosophies as well as political, social, and economic systems are examined in context. Emphasis is placed on developing organizational, note taking, and study skills.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the AII level by the placement committee

HIS351 U.S. HISTORY AP

Course Description: This course is an in-depth survey of American history from the colonial period through the late twentieth century. Students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of his or her former World History teacher or Ms. Humphreys (224A).

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN U.S. HISTORY AP MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

HIS311 U.S. HISTORY AI

Course Description: This course is an in-depth survey of American history spanning the colonial period to the twentieth century.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of his or her former World History teacher or Ms. Humphreys (253A).

 HIS301 U.S. HISTORY AII

Course Description: This course is a survey of American history spanning the colonial period to the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the development of the note-taking and study skills needed for higher education.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior and have the approval of his or her former World History teacher or Ms. Humphreys (253A).

 *HIS451 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AP

Course Description: This semester course provides an in-depth study of the national government, focusing on the national government and the nature of U.S. politics. It includes a study of political parties, interest groups, civil liberties civil rights, and federalism, as well as the powers and limits of the three branches of government. The course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. Government and Politics.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS411 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AI

Course Description: This semester course focuses on the structure and workings of the national government and the nature of politics in the United States. It includes a study of political parties, interest groups, civil liberties and civil rights.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS401 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AII

Course Description: This semester course focuses on the structure and workings of the national government and the nature of politics in the United States. It includes a study of political parties, interest groups, civil liberties and civil rights.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS431 ECONOMICS H

Course Description: This semester course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics. However, it places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS412 ECONOMICS AI

Course Description: This semester course introduces the principles that form the basis of the American economic system. It involves a study of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS402 ECONOMICS AII

Course Description: This semester course introduces the basic economic principles underlying the American economic system. It involves some study of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the current social studies teacher.

*HIS213 LAW EDUCATION AI

Course Description: This semester course is an in-depth study of the American criminal justice system. Special emphasis will be placed on how the justice system could impact the lives of students.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have the approval of his or her World History teacher. The student must have a passing average in his or her current or previous history class to gain approval. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*HIS203 LAW EDUCATION AII

Course Description: This semester course is an introductory study of the American criminal justice system. Special emphasis will be placed on how the justice system could impact the lives of students.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have the approval of his or her World History teacher. The student must have a passing average in his or her current or previous history class to gain approval. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

HIS315 PSYCHOLOGY AI

Course Description: This year long course introduces students to the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the brain and behavior, developmental stages of the human life span, states of consciousness, abnormal psychology, learning theories, personality and gender traits, as well as substance abuse and addiction.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior or senior. Juniors must have approval from their former World History teacher. Seniors must have approval from their current U.S. History teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

HIS452 PSYCHOLOGY AP

Course Description: This is a one-year introductory course, designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college level psychology course, and to prepare students for the AP Psychology exam. This course is designed to allow students to experience an in-depth exploration of human thought processes and behavior through various psychological perspectives, including the psychoanalytic, biological, cognitive, behavioral, sociocultural, and humanistic schools of thought.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior or senior. Rising juniors must have the approval of their former World History teacher. Rising seniors must have approval of their current U.S. History teacher.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN PSYCHOLOGY AP MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

*HIS333 THE HOLOCAUST H

Course Description: This semester course will focus on acts of genocide throughout history with a primary focus on the Holocaust. The students will examine how a civilized Western democracy in the 20th century comes to be governed by a despotic regime. Students will analyze the economic, social, and political factors that allowed such a regime to emerge. They will also study the influence of literature, art, music, and propaganda of the period. Finally, the students will learn about other acts of genocide and analyze how individuals can make a difference. Students will be part of the Remember Program that is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center.

Prerequisite: The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior. Rising sophomores and juniors must have the approval of their current or former World History teacher. Rising seniors must have the approval of their current U.S. History teacher

Technology & Business

*BUS111 BUSINESS APPLICATIONS AI

Course Description: This course is designed to teach students software applications that are necessary to live and work in a technological society. The applications covered include word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation.  Other content areas will include computer hardware, terminology, and concepts.

Prerequisites: None. (No teacher signature required.) Students may test out of the semester course, Business Applications, by performing satisfactorily on a test to be given at BEHS on Monday, May 1 at 3:15. The registration deadline is Friday, April 7. For your convenience, parents are invited to register and pay online through our website. The non-refundable registration fee is $20.

*BUS311 DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN 1

Course Description: This course focuses on the development of basic concepts, ideas, skills and techniques for design, color and typography utilizing professional practices and procedures. Students will use the computer as a graphics tool as well as traditional layout device. Students will gain an understanding of all production processes as it relates to printed materials. This course also provides the student with an understanding of visual problem solving from the concept stage through the finished product stage.

Prerequisites: Open to all students who have successfully completed the Business Applications course. (No teacher signature required.)

*BUS312 DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN 2

Course Description: This course will be the natural progression of Digital Art and Design 1 as it continues the fundamental idea of using computer technology to produce an artistic image. Students will further advance their computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, digital camera use, graphic design knowledge, art history concepts, visual literacy and the principles and elements of art in composition by running and managing an in-house print shop.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications and Graphic Design or Digital Art and Design I. (See Mr. Traegar, 207B, for approval)

*BUS323 DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Digital Arts & Design 3 is a continuation of the Digital Art and Design courses. In addition to applying design skills developed in prior courses, students will focus on perfecting their time management, project management and career development. Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications and Graphic Design or Digital Art and Design 2. (See Mr. Traegar, 207B, for approval)

*BUS214 INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING AI

Course Description: In this semester course, students enter a world of computer science by learning how to create animations, computer games, and interactive projects. Using a graphical programming language, students learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, conditional statements, and event handling. Students learn how to use logic and computer code to think creatively. The course will show students how to make and import objects, create audio recordings, and use them to develop interactive projects. Students do no need to purchase any software or textbook.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications. (No teacher signature required.

*BUS215 PERSONAL FINANCE AI

Course Description: This semester course is designed to educate the student on the importance of personal financial responsibility. It will cover topics such as goals and decision making, careers and planning, budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debt, banking services, and risk protection. (This class does NOT count towards the computer credit requirement.)

Prerequisites: This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (No teacher signature required.)

*BUS3185 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AI

Course Description: In this introductory business course, students learn the basics of planning and launching their own successful business. Whether they want to start their own money-making business or create a non-profit to help others, this course helps students develop the core skills they need to be successful. They learn how to come up with new business ideas, attract investors, market their business, and manage expenses. (This class does NOT count towards the computer credit requirement.)

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications or tested out of Business Applications with approval from Mr. Davis, room 206B. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

*BUS314 YEARBOOK PRODUCTION AI

Course Description: This semester course allows students to plan, produce, market, and distribute a product for the entire school community. Topics include current design trends as well as Yeartech and journalistic techniques. Editing, analytical, communication, and leadership skills are also stressed.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications and who have gone through an application process and received the approval of Ms. Martini, Room 252A. Also, every yearbook student is strongly recommended to attend a 2-3-day summer workshop with the BE yearbook staff. In order to list this course as an alternate, a student must meet all prerequisites described above.

BUS315 YEARBOOK PRODUCTION AI

Course Description: Students are permitted to sign up for a whole year of Yearbook Production using this course number. Students plan, produce, market, and distribute a product for the entire school community. Topics include current design trends as well as Yeartech and journalistic techniques. Editing, analytical, communication, and leadership skills are also stressed.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications and who have gone through an application process and received the approval of Ms. Martini, Room 252A. Also, every yearbook student is strongly recommended to attend a 2-3-day summer workshop with the BE yearbook staff. In order to list this course as an alternate, a student must meet all prerequisites described above.

BUS431 YEARBOOK EDITORS H

Course Description: This course allows students to direct the planning, production, marketing, and distribution of the Yearbook for the entire school community. Topics include current design trends as well as Yeartech and journalistic techniques. Editing, communication, and leadership skills are required to be editors. Editors receive Honors quality points for the course described above. Editors are required to attend the summer workshop prior to the year they will serve as editor.

Prerequisites: Open to juniors, and seniors who have successfully completed Business Applications and who have gone through an application process and received the approval of Ms. Martini, Room 252A. Editors are required to attend the summer workshop prior to the year they will serve as editor.

World Languages

FLS131 SPANISH I H

Course Description: This course is a study of basic grammar, vocabulary, and Spanish/Hispanic culture with emphasis on conversation and other basic skills taught at an accelerated level. Greater emphasis is placed on aural/ oral comprehension and early grammar applications.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the Honors level by placement committee.

FLS111 SPANISH I AI

Course Description: This course is a study of basic grammar and vocabulary with emphasis on conversation and the other basic skills. Verb study, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed. Spanish/Hispanic culture and geography are also introduced on this level.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the AI level by placement committee. Current BE students who are interested in taking this course in lieu of an additional year of French need approval from their current language teacher.

FLS101 SPANISH I AII

Course Description: This course is a study of basic vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. It includes basic skills in verbal study, speaking, reading, and writing. Spanish/Hispanic culture is introduced.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the AII level by placement committee. Current BE students who have not taken a language yet must get approval from Ms. Rosebrock, room 113A.

*Note that students recommended for AII level may opt to wait until sophomore year to begin their World Language studies.

FLS231 SPANISH II H

Course Description: This course covers more in-depth work than the Spanish II AI. It includes detailed verb study and grammar applications at an accelerated level as well as the study of the Spanish/Hispanic culture. Emphasis is placed on oral proficiency.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I and recommendation of placement committee or the approval of current language teacher.

FLS211 SPANISH II AI

Course Description: This course involves a review and extension of grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing skills and conversational Spanish with the study of Spanish/ Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I and recommendation of placement committee or the approval of current language teacher.

 FLS201 SPANISH II AII

Course Description: This course is a review and extension of Introductory Spanish. New grammar applications are introduced as well as verb tenses and Spanish/ Hispanic culture. Speaking and writing skills are further developed along with pronunciation and reading skills.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I and approval of current language teacher.

FLS331 SPANISH III H

Course Description:  This course is a more advanced study of grammatical structures, with an emphasis on conversation and writing skills. Students are expected to speak mostly in Spanish in class, except during grammar instruction. Students will also study about Spanish culture and literature.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish II and approval of current language teacher.

FLS311 SPANISH III AI

Course Description: This course is a concentrated review and extension of grammar with a greater emphasis on conversation and composition than Spanish II AI. Emphasis is also placed on application of thematic vocabulary and grammar. The culture of Spanish speaking countries is also studied.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish II and approval of current language teacher.

FLS301 SPANISH III AII

Course Description: Verb tenses and grammar applications are further developed with an emphasis placed on application of thematic vocabulary in writing and conversation. Culture of the Spanish speaking countries is also studied. This course completes the AII language program.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish II and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLS431 SPANISH IV H

Course Description: This course is an accelerated comprehensive review of grammar. In-depth study of Spanish/Hispanic literature is included in various genres.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish III and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLS411 SPANISH IV AI

Course Description: This course is a comprehensive review of grammar with emphasis on conversation and comprehension of spoken Spanish. The study of Spanish/Hispanic literature and civilization is included in various styles and genres.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish III and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLS551 SPANISH LANGUAGE AP

Course Description: This course is intended for those who have chosen to develop their proficiency for listening, reading, writing and speaking Spanish. It emphasizes aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition in various formal and informal styles. Emphasis is also placed on the use of Spanish for active communication. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the year.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish IV and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student will is not permitted to drop the class.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN SPANISH LANGUAGE AP MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

FLF111 FRENCH I AI

Course Description: This course includes a thematic approach to French culture and vocabulary Conversation skills are encouraged by using the vocabulary in a variety of interactions. Basic grammar skills are covered with an emphasis on verb study. This level also stresses speaking, reading, and writing.  The geography of France is introduced.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the AI level by placement committee. Current BE students who are interested in taking French I in lieu of an additional year of Spanish need approval from their current language teacher.

Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF131 FRENCH I H

Course Description: This course includes all materials covered in AI. However, the student does accelerated and in-depth work on the Honors level. Greater emphasis is placed in aural/oral comprehension.

Prerequisites: Recommendation for the Honors level by placement committee. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF231 FRENCH II H

Course Description: This course places emphasis on pronunciation, conversation, reading, and composition. It includes a review and further study of grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and the study of French and Francophone culture.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French I and recommendation of placement committee or the approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF211 FRENCH II AI

Course Description: This course includes further study of verb conjugations, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and conversational French as well as French culture.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French I and recommendation of placement committee or the approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF331 FRENCH III H

Course Description: This course is a more advanced study of grammatical structures, with an emphasis on conversation and writing skills. The units are based on themes in French culture. Students are expected to speak mostly in French in class, except during grammar instruction.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French II and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF311 FRENCH III AI

Course Description: This course includes a review of grammar, as well as an introduction to more advanced structures. Students practice conversing and writing in French. The units are based on themes in French culture.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French II and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF431 FRENCH IV H

Course Description: This course includes a comprehensive review of grammar, a more advanced study of grammar, as well as practice of conversation, writing, and reading. Students are expected to speak mostly in French in class. The units are formed around samples of media from France and other French-speaking countries, which may include songs, movie clips, literature, and current events.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French III and approval of current language teacher. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student will is not permitted to drop the class.

FLF551 FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE AP

Course Description: This course is intended for those who have chosen to refine their proficiency for reading, writing, and conversing in French.  Units are based on novels, songs, current events, and movies from France and other French-speaking countries.  Students speak only in French during class.  This course incorporates grammar review and expansion of vocabulary.  Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the year.

Prerequisites: Any student successfully completing of French IV and recommended for AP. Note that if a student signs up for this class as a first choice or an alternate, and the enrollment in the class is fewer than ten, the student will is not permitted to drop the class.

NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE AP MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE A PACKET OF COURSE WORK OVER THE SUMMER (THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS OF READING AND STUDYING), PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS WORK THROUGH ASSESSMENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS WELL AS ON THE MIDTERM EXAM.

Special Offerings

*SCH211 OPTIONS SCHOLARS AI

Course Description: This semester course is designed to enable students to develop peer relationships while serving as academic peer mentors for students with moderate cognitive disabilities. While enrolled in the course, students will learn about various types of disabilities, different learning styles, and effective instructional techniques.

Prerequisites: Good attendance and discipline records are essential for this course. Interested students must submit an application and be approved by Ms. Boudreaux, room 115A. Note that students may NOT list this course as an alternate without completing the application process and receiving approval from Ms. Boudreaux.

*SCH212 OPTIONS SCHOLARS II AI

Course Description: This semester course is designed to allow students to continue to develop peer relationships while serving as academic peer mentors for students with intellectual disabilities. While enrolled in the course, students will participate in reflective journal exercises, increase leadership skills, and develop effective instructional techniques.

Prerequisites: Good attendance and discipline records are essential for this course. Interested students must be approved by Ms. Boudreaux, room 115A. Note that students may NOT list this course as an alternate without receiving approval from Ms. Boudreaux.

*OFF100 STUDENT OFFICE ASSISTANT

Description: Seniors who have all their required courses for graduation and who do not want to take seven academic subjects may serve as aides in the school office or in the library for one period per day for a semester. Students will be assigned a location for the entire semester by the principal.

The Director of School and College Counseling, Ms. Gastaldi, must approve these students. Note: This is not a credit activity.

* LAB111 FALL LEARNING LAB AI

* LAB112 SPRING LEARNING LAB AI

Description: Students will develop organizational and study skills that are essential to being successful in the student’s academic program of study. A learning specialist will work with students on an individual basis.

Prerequisites: Students must have a documented learning difference and recommendation from an educational clinician. Parent/student must apply for academic support. Contact Ms. Boudreaux, 849-9599, ext. 141, to apply or receive more information.

*STD101/STD102 FALL OR SPRING STUDY HALL-No credit

Description: The purpose of a study hall is for students to work on tasks for their courses. Students are responsible for bringing academic materials to the study hall classroom in order to be ready to spend the period working and studying. In order to foster an environment where everyone can focus and be productive, study halls are quiet, and normally, students may only leave the room if they have previously arranged to so before the study hall period.

Prerequisites: No teacher signature required. Note that students must have six classes for credit in grades 9, 10, and 11 and five classes in grade 12.

*FREE401 FALL FREE PERIOD (SENIORS ONLY)—No teacher signature required.

*FREE402 SPRING FREE PERIOD (SENIORS ONLY)—No teacher signature required

Options Courses

BUSOPT285 PERSONAL FINANCE OP

Course Description: This course is designed to educate the student on the importance of personal financial responsibility. It will cover topics such as managing money, banking, budgets, credit, and avoiding debt.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*BUSINC285 PERSONAL FINANCE INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course is designed to educate the student on the importance of personal financial responsibility. It will cover topics such as finance, credit, retirement, college planning, avoiding debt, insurance and home mortgages.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director. This course is open to seniors.

*BUSINC181 BUSINESS APPLICATIONS INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is designed to teach students software applications that are necessary to live and work in a technological society. The applications covered include word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation.  Other content areas will include computer hardware, terminology, and concepts.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

*BUSINC381 DIGITAL ART & DESIGN I INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course focuses on the development of basic concepts, ideas, skills and techniques for design, color and typography utilizing professional practices and procedures. Students will use the computer as a graphics tool as well as traditional layout device. Students will gain an understanding of all production processes as it relates to printed materials. This course also provides the student with an understanding of visual problem solving from the concept stage through the finished product stage.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Business Applications Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

BUSINC384 YEARBOOK PRODUCTION INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course allows students to plan, produce, market, and distribute a product for the entire school community. Topics include current design trends as well as Yeartech and journalistic techniques. Editing, analytical, communication, and leadership skills are also stressed.

Prerequisites: Open to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Computer Applications or Business Applications and who have received the approval of Ms. Martini. Also, every yearbook student is strongly recommended to attend a 2 to 3-day summer workshop with the BE yearbook staff.

*BUSINC3185 ENTREPRENEURSHIP INCLUSIVE

Course Description: In this introductory business course, students learn the basics of planning and launching their own successful business. Whether they want to start their own money-making business or create a non-profit to help others, this course helps students develop the core skills they need to be successful. They learn how to come up with new business ideas, attract investors, market their business, and manage expenses. Students examine stories of successful youth entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into reality, and then they plan and execute their own business.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Business Applications Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

ENGOPT191 ENGLISH I OP

Course Description: This course is designed to develop basic grammar/language skills; to broaden vocabulary; and to increase competency in reading, speaking, and writing. Note-taking skills, use of reference materials, and literature for enrichment are included.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

ENGOPT291 ENGLISH II OP

Course Description: This course is designed to further develop basic grammar/language skills; to broaden vocabulary; and to increase competency in reading, speaking, and writing. Note-taking skills, use of reference materials, and literature for enrichment are included.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I OP and approval of the Options Director

ENGINC281 ENGLISH II INCLUSIVE

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to strengthen basic language skills. Participation in a variety of language related activities, including continued vocabulary study, is required. During a survey of world literature, literary types are studied. Also included in the course are book reviews, formal essays, an informal speech, and a career research paper.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I and approval of the Options Director.

ENGOPT391 ENGLISH III OP

Course Description: This course is designed to strengthen basic language skills through grammar instruction, the study of American literature, writing exercises, informal speeches, and continued vocabulary study.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English II OP and approval of the Options Director

ENGINC381 ENGLISH III INCLUSIVE

Course Description: Language skills are developed through grammar instruction, the study of American literature, writing exercises, a formal speech, and continued vocabulary study. A course requirement is completion (with revisions if necessary) of a library research paper that meets individualized standards based on student achievement.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English II and approval of the Options Director.

ENGOPT491 ENGLISH IV OP

Course Description: This course provides students the opportunity to refine communication skills that will prove vital to success in academic, professional, and social situations. Emphasis is placed on reading, speaking, and writing across the curriculum.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English III OP and approval of the Options Director.

ENGINC481 ENGLISH IV INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course emphasizes improvement and advancement of language skills through a review of basic grammar and continued vocabulary study. A survey of British literature provides a basis for a variety of composition activities, including proofreading. A course requirement is completion (with revisions if necessary) of a library research paper that meets individualized standards based on student achievement

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English III and approval of the Options Director.

*ENGINC3185 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course provides students with an introduction to public speaking, terminology, basic skills, and techniques for making oral presentations and different types of speeches. The course will offer ample opportunities for the beginning speaker to stand in front of a live audience and present his/her practiced performance. Students will develop the skills of articulation, relevant argument, poise, and presence through repeated experience in practice and performance. Students will learn about the role of communication in our lives, the communication model, spatial relationships, delivery styles, and the effectiveness of language, gestures, and organization techniques. As they gain knowledge and experience, students will gain confidence in their public speaking capabilities.

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors with the approval of the Options Director.

*FAAINC181 INTRODUCTION TO ART INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course presents an introduction to the world of visual arts through drawing and the elements and principles of design. The student will learn about art by producing art. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and the elements of design. Technical skills are developed through studio work, using a variety of media: graphite, charcoal, and colored pencils. Students will exhibit their work to the school community.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

*FAAINC281 DRAWING INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course follows Introduction to Art. Students will improve their technical skills through studio work, using a variety of drawing media. Students will demonstrate the use of the elements and principles of art, with special emphasis on the elements of line, value and space, form and texture. Units of study will include still life, relief printmaking, the human figure, fantasy and landscape. Student critiques and class discussion of master artists and art movements are included. Students will exhibit their work to the school community.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Art and approval of the Options Director.

*FADINC182 DRAMA INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course presents a foundation of skills for students to develop a comfort level when speaking and performing in front of others. The students will explore the various skills needed to build a framework for performing onstage. Through group projects and presentations, the student will start hands-on involvement in every aspect of theater. From stage craft design to publicity and improvisation to scene work, students will have a working knowledge of the theatre world.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

*FADINC282 DRAMA II INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course will build on the skills acquired in Drama I. Study will include in-depth acting exercises and important dramatic works. Students will also begin a study of playwriting and directing. Students will rotate through a variety of roles, including working as a production team. Students will produce a number of monologues, scenes, and other projects, making their own artistic decisions for each step.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Drama I and approval of the Options Director

*FACINC184 CHORUS INCLUSIVE (SEMESTER)

Course Description: This semester course will present an overview of choral singing through rehearsal and performance activities and through the presentation of music theory fundamentals. Students will learn by performing choral pieces from various genres of music. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of singing, vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Several concerts and school functions requiring vocal music will take place during the semester, and are required. After-school rehearsals will be held for select events. Students will be required to perform at various school events, in addition to a performance at the end of the semester in place of an exam. No previous vocal or musical training is required. Students who display a high degree of talent and task commitment in this course may audition for Choral Ensemble during the third quarter. All students will be required to purchase concert apparel. Extracurricular choral activities may be offered on a volunteer basis during the course.

Prerequisites: Approval of Options Director

*FAMINC183 MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES INCLUSIVE

Course Description: Course Description: This course presents a survey of music repertoire beginning with J.S. Bach and working its way towards modern day. Students will form an understanding of the different styles/ genres of music and the eras within which the music operated. Students will also gain musical vocabulary and will apply it to listening examples from each composer covered. The goal is to create a chronology of composers and their works in order to see the progression of music through the ages. Students will have daily discussion of the material covered and its significance in helping to advance music. Students will have the opportunity to listen and to analyze many different styles of music, and they will be able to differentiate between the many genres of Western Music.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

MATOPT191 PRE-ALGEBRA I OP

Course Description: This course is a guided approach to essential mathematical concepts. Topics include time, money measurement, and basic operations with fractions, decimals, percentages, and problem solving strategies. The intent of this course is to lay the groundwork for higher mathematics.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

MATOPT292 PRE-ALGEBRA II OP

Course Description: This course develops the essential concepts of pre-algebra. Topics include mixed operations, measurement, solving equations, rational numbers, proportions, percentages, and graphing.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra I OP and approval of the Options Director.

MATINC181 ALGEBRA I INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is a guided approach to essential algebraic concepts. Topics include algebraic expressions, equations, rational numbers, proportions, percentages, linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, and radical expressions.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

MATOPT392 GEOMETRY OP

Course Description: This course provides students with an opportunity to enhance their spatial visualization skills by studying two and three-dimensional shapes. Students will study polygons, perimeter, area, volume, and parallel lines.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra II OP and/or Algebra I Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

MATINC382 GEOMETRY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: Students will study polygons, perimeter, area, volume, congruent and similar figures, parallel lines, and the coordinate plane using deductive reasoning.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra II OP and/or Algebra I Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

*PEMINC181 PHYSICAL EDUCATION INCLUSIVE FALL SEMESTER (MALES)

*PEMINC182 PHYSICAL EDUCATION INCLUSIVE SPRING SEMESTER (MALES

Course Description: This course consists of basic fundamentals of various team, recreational, lifetime, and individual sports. Basic physical fitness testing is initiated at the beginning and end of the school year to assess overall improvement in physical fitness. Specific issues relating to healthier living and character building will be including in the overall program.

Prerequisite: Approval of the Options Director.

*PEFINC185 PHYSICAL EDUCATION INCLUSIVE FALL SEMESTER (FEMALES)

*PEFINC186 PHYSICAL EDUCATION INCLUSIVE SPRING SEMESTER (FEMALES)

Course Description: This course consists of basic fundamentals of various team, recreational, lifetime, and individual sports. Basic physical fitness testing is initiated at the beginning and end of the school year to assess overall improvement in physical fitness. Specific issues relating to healthier living and character building will be including in the overall program.

Prerequisite: Approval of the Options Director.

*PEMINC2815 WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS INCLUSIVE (MALES)

*PEFINC2815 WEIGHT TRAINING & FITNESS INCLUSIVE (FEMALES)

Course Description: This semester course consists of the fundamentals of weight training, conditioning, and nutrition necessary for total body development. Basic strength and cardiovascular endurance testing will be done at the beginning and end of each semester to assess overall improvement.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

SCIINC181 BIOLOGY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to life science. Topics include cell structure and function, multi-cellular organisms, DNA, genetics, a survey of human systems, and ecology. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

SCIINC281 CHEMISTRY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is designed to help students realize the important role that chemistry plays in everyday life. Topics include an investigation of the elements and their interactions with each other. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

SCIINC381 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is designed to help students learn about the concepts in environmental science by first studying people in global ecosystems. Students will study natural occurrences such as floods, volcanoes, and earthquakes in a computer-assisted lab environment. Field studies and major environmental news stories will also be a component of the curriculum. Laboratory exercises are correlated with these topics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology Inclusive and Chemistry Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

SCIINC328 MARINE BIOLOGY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of marine ecology and the ocean environment through lecture, labs, and hands on activities. The marine environment encompasses 99% of the Earths biosphere and contains an incredible amount of biodiversity. Specific topics will include primary and secondary production, geology and geography of the ocean, estuaries, intertidal communities, coral reefs, pelagic and deep sea communities, impacts of humans, biology of life in the ocean, and conservation. Course presentation will be varied and interactive, including hands on activities, labs, field work, projects and multimedia presentations. Material will be presented in a variety of ways that will require student preparation and participation. The dynamic nature of marine systems will provide learning opportunities for all of us.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology Inclusive and Chemistry Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

SCIINC481 PHYSICS INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course investigates the effects of energy and matter in the dynamic changes that nature undergoes. Major topics include mechanics of linear and periodic motion, forces, vectors, energy and simple machines. Laboratory investigations and individual projects supplement course materials.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry and approval of the Options Director.

*Denotes semester course.

HISINC181 WORLD HISTORY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: Course Description: This course is a survey of major civilizations and cultures throughout the world focusing on the period just after the birth of Christ and concluding with the major events of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on developing organizational, note taking, and study skills.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director

HISINC381 U.S. HISTORY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is a survey of American history spanning the colonial period to the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the development of the note-taking and study skills needed for higher education.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of World History Inclusive and approval of the Options Director.

*HISINC481 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course focuses on the structure and workings of the national government and the nature of American politics.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the Options Director.

*HISINC482 ECONOMICS INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course introduces the basic economic principles underlying the American economic system. It involves some study of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Prerequisites: The student must be a senior and have the approval of the Options Director.

*HISINC283 LAW EDUCATION INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course is an introductory study of the American criminal justice system. Special emphasis will be placed on how the justice system could impact the lives of students.

Prerequisites: The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have the approval of the Options Director

HISINC385 PSYCHOLOGY INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course introduces students to the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the brain and behavior, developmental stages of the human life span, states of consciousness, abnormal psychology, learning theories, personality and gender traits, as well as substance abuse and addiction.

Prerequisites: The student must be a junior or senior and have the approval of the Options Director.

*HISINC383 THE HOLOCAUST INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course will focus on acts of genocide throughout history with a primary focus on the Holocaust. The students will examine how a civilized Western democracy in the 20th century comes to be governed by a despotic regime. Students will analyze the economic, social, and political factors that allowed such a regime to emerge. They will also study the influence of literature, art, music, and propaganda of the period. Finally, the students will learn about other acts of genocide and analyze how individuals can make a difference. Students will be part of the Remember Program that is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center.

Prerequisite: The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and have the approval of the Options Director

*THEINC181   GOD’S REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 1-A)

Course Description: This semester course provides a comprehensive study of scripture with an emphasis on the Old Testament. The major sections of the Bible will be studied along with the overall themes of salvation history. The course requires guided reading

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC182 JESUS CHRIST’S MISSION CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY1-B)

Course Description: This semester course is concerned with the sacred nature of the Church as being founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is placed on the Church being the living Body of Christ today. The course requires guided reading.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC281CH CHURCH HISTORY INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 2 CH)

Course Description: This one semester course is a study of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, set in the context of the general history of Western Civilization from apostolic times through the present day. Key figures, general conditions and movements in the history of the Church will be covered. Extensive reading and research are required.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC282W THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD (THEOLOGY 2 W)

Course Description: This one semester course includes a survey of the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Western non-theism) particularly in comparison to Catholic Christianity. Extensive reading and research are required.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC381 THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 3-A)

Course Description: This semester course provides an in-depth study of the New Testament in terms of formation, content, revelation and knowledge of Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC382 LIFE IN CHRIST INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 3-B)

Course Description: This semester course provides a comprehensive study of the life of Christ as a means of discovering the moral realities that we are called to as followers of Christ. Specific social and moral issues are addressed in order to consider the importance of decisions made within the context of Christian principles.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC481 RESPONDING TO THE CALL OF JESUS INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 4-A)

Course Description: This semester course reveals an understanding of the vocations of life. The course is structured around married, single, priestly, and consecrated life.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC482 THE SACRAMENTS INCLUSIVE (THEOLOGY 4-B)

Course Description: This semester course provides a careful study of each sacrament in order to understand the origin of the sacrament as well as its purpose in encountering Christ.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

*THEINC383 TOLKIEN AND LEWIS INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This semester course will investigate the friendship of two famous writers and their writing fellowship, the Inklings, and will examine some of their best works. This course will compare and contrast the works of these two famous authors and the writers will be examined by current critics of literature as well as the writing peers of Lewis and Tolkien.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

FLSINC181 SPANISH I INCLUSIVE

Course description: This course is a study of basic vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. It includes basic skills in verbal study, speaking, reading, and writing. Spanish/Hispanic culture is introduced.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

FLSINC282 SPANISH II INCLUSIVE

Course Description: This course is a review and extension of Spanish I. New grammar applications are introduced as well as verb tenses and Spanish/ Hispanic culture. Conversational Spanish and writing are further developed along with pronunciation and reading.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I and approval of the Options Director.

FLFINC181 FRENCH I INCLUSIVE

Course description: This course covers basic grammar and vocabulary with an emphasis on conversation and other basic skills. This level also stresses verb study, speaking, reading, and writing. French culture and geography are introduced.

Prerequisites: Approval of the Options Director.

FLFINC282 FRENCH II INCLUSIVE

Course description: This course includes further study of verb conjugations, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and conversational French as well as French culture.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of French I and the approval of the Options Director.

*STD101 FALL STUDY HALL-No teacher signature required.

*STD102 SPRING STUDY HALL -No teacher signature required.

*FREE401 FREE PERIOD (SENIORS ONLY–No teacher signature required.

*FREE402 FREE PERIOD (SENIORS ONLY–No teacher signature required.