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AP English Language and Composition

Angela Hudson

AP Lang is a three-session course that focuses on language as a persuasive tool and is designed to develop students’ ability to utilize and analyze rhetorical appeals, techniques, and devices in various media.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

AP English Literature and Composition

Ellen Stackable

This is a college-level literature course which explores a variety of the world’s great literature. It prepares students to take the AP Literature exam which, if passed, counts for college credit. The course involves intensive reading, writing, and discussion.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

AP Physics

Steven Okapal

The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

STEM

Advanced Drama

Marilyn Gates

A more in-depth exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!

Fine Arts

Advanced Speech & Debate

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments.

Fine Arts

Algebra I & Fundamentals

Ademola Adeyemi

Students are initially introduced to: one-step, two-step, and multiple-step equations; factoring simple one variable equations; substituting values for various unknowns; rates and proportions; percent problems; combining various math concepts in solving real-world problems.
Algebra I students are ready to learn: functions, linear functions and equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, different methods of factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, data analysis and probability and introduction to complex numbers.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Algebra II

Stephanie Heiliger

Algebra II students are ready to learn: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and applications, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequence and series.

Liberal Arts
STEM

American Sign Language I

Rogelio Contreras

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Art of Storytelling

Ellen Stackable

From our very beginnings we have told stories to remember, to explain, to mythologize, and explore who we are. This writing intensive course will allow students to engage the art of storytelling in all of its forms: fiction, nonfiction, spoken, video, etc.

Biology

Jackie Brewer

Biology is a laboratory science course in which students investigate a wide range of topics including cells, cell transport and reproduction, genetics, DNA, evolution, and ecology. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various laboratory activities and dissections throughout the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Chemistry

Cindy Lance

Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Guided and open-ended laboratory investigations will form a large component of the course.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Choir I

Kate Hughes

Choir is a class designed to teach students the art of vocal performance. Students will be trained in methods of healthy vocal production, ensemble-building, choral blend, sight-singing, and more. All are welcome - no previous experience is necessary!

Fine Arts

Choir II

Kate Hughes

Choir is a class designed to teach students the art of vocal performance. Students will be trained in methods of healthy vocal production, ensemble-building, choral blend, sight-singing, and more. All are welcome - no previous experience is necessary!

Fine Arts

Computer Programming

Suzan Ozkilic

Students will be introduced to Programming. The curriculum exposes students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they build artifacts in Python. Students will accomplish a Capstone project at the end of this session.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Conceptual Physics

Steven Okapal

In Conceptual Physics students investigate the interaction of matter and energy in a variety of methods, focusing on the concepts, rather than the math, involved with these interactions. The course begins with an introduction to the scientific method and Newtonian mechanics. It then follows with thermodynamics and proceeds to electromagnetism. At the end, the students have a choice of a variety of topics including modern physics, a more intense look at mechanics focusing on rotational motion, or optics.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Critical Communication

Ellen Stackable

As the culmination of their language studies, students read challenging and diverse material and are also given freedom to choose their own topics of inquiry. Students will write essays and other short works, both fiction and non-fiction, for each section with the goal of creating arguments that synthesize their readings, discussions, and research and clarify their individual ideas about each theme/topic.

Career & College
STEM

Critical Writing

Angela Hudson

Critical Writing is a two-session course designed to help students understand practical approaches to critical analysis, research, and the application of critical thinking to reading and writing.

Career & College
STEM

French Culture

Rachel Doss

Bienvenue! French Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several distinct aspects of culture in France, including: inventions, famous people, language, Impressionism, Paris, history, literature and food. The importance of cultural awareness is stressed through group work, presentations, reenactments and projects. All coursework and instruction will be in English.

French I

Rachel Doss

French I focuses on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities through vocabulary, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture. The textbook used is Bon Voyage! Level I, and there is a penpal component to the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

French II

Rachel Doss

French II continues to develop basic concepts learned in French I including pronunciation, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students who have completed French I. We will work with the Glencoe textbook Bon Voyage! Level II, and there is a penpal component to the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Government

Alyssa Doty

This course will provide students with knowledge of the United States government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the policy-making process; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy; and the American economic system.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Horticulture

Jackie Brewer

This course is designed to introduce and explore plant science, soil science and landscape design. Students will become familiarized with plant identification, structures and functions and learn various methods of plant propagation. Instruction will largely consist of hands-on activities, labs and development of our school garden.

Intro to Drama

Marilyn Gates

Exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!

Fine Arts

Intro to Speech & Debate

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments.

Introduction to Computer Science

Suzan Ozkilic

Students will be introduced to Computer Science through the blocking programming and website development. The curriculum exposes students to all seven "Big Ideas" from the "Computer Science Principles" framework as they build artifacts in Scratch and Thimble.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Jazz I

Kevin Couch

The premier performing group at TSAS, Jazz I is a selective jazz ensemble. This ensemble participates in many festivals and competitions including the Class 3A State Jazz contest. Coursework includes the preparation of ensemble music, the All-State Jazz audition music, scales, and supplemental materials.

Fine Arts

Jazz II

Kevin Couch

Jazz II is the foundational jazz ensemble at TSAS. Students begin to learn jazz standards including the fundamentals of jazz performance and personal performance fundamentals. Coursework includes the preparation of ensemble music, etudes, scales, and supplemental materials.

Fine Arts

Language & Food

Angela Hudson

Food and Culture is a single session course that explores the role of food in many cultures through reading, writing, film, and personal experience. In addition to written assignments and research presentations, students will be engaging in some cooking and sharing of food.

Latin American Studies

Alyssa Doty

This course is an interdisciplinary overview of Latin American history, culture, geography and art. Through the trimester students will learn about Latin America through a variety of mediums including primary documents, films, literature, food, art, music and current events. Topics will include pre-colonial societies, current day politics, festivals, religion, musicians and artists, and more.

Microbiology

Jackie Brewer

This course is an in-depth look at biology on the cellular level with an emphasis on microorganisms and biotechnology applications. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease, immunity and their impact on the environment. Students will become familiar with a wide range of laboratory procedures and analysis.

Mobile Application Development

Suzan Ozkilic

Google’s Android OS runs 86% of smartphones worldwide and has shipped over one billion units this past year alone. Meanwhile, the search for talented Android developers continues, making it one of the most in-demand software development skills today.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Musical Theater

Marilyn Gates

This course entails developing skills in vocals, dance and acting. Class performs at all applicable venues and performs the annual “big” musical which is democratically selected by the students. Lots of hard work but even more fun!

Fine Arts

Native American Literature

Angela Hudson

A study of Native American literature allows the reader to explore an overlooked and underappreciated piece of our collective heritage. This single-trimester elective will look at Native texts chronologically, both fiction and nonfiction, and the cultural and historical environments that produced them. Reading intensive course with some writing and presentations.

Oklahoma History

Victoria Murphy

This course will provide students with knowledge of the history of state of Oklahoma.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Philosophy

Steven Okapal

Philosophy is an investigation of Western thought presented as two separate courses which are alternated each year. The first course is over Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant, where the focus is on deep reading of the material. The second is over the major topics of philosophy, namely logic, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and linguistics/aesthetics.

Physics - Engineering

Steven Okapal

Physics - Engineering is a project-based class, focusing on the mechanical aspects of physics, and how they can be applied to various physical tasks. The students will complete a series of projects illustrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, as well as integrating other aspects of traditional physics as they explore how to take direct action in the world around them.

Career & College
Fine Arts

Pre-calculus

Stephanie Heiliger

Pre-Calculus takes the concepts and skills from Algebra II and extends both depth and application. Calculus is the mathematical study of continuous change. This class will provide an introduction to some foundational Calculus concepts and should prepare you for any College Algebra course as well to go on into Calculus.

STEM

Spanish Culture

Rogelio Contreras

Hola! Spanish Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several different aspects of culture (Language, History, Art, Culinary Arts, Geography, Demographics, Music, Cinematography) in Spain, Mexico, Central America other South American-speaking countries. All coursework and instruction will be in English, but hopefully the students will learn some new Spanish phrases along the way!

Spanish I

Rogelio Contreras

This course assumes no prior Spanish knowledge and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write Spanish on an elementary level. This is accomplished through activities, projects, and lessons from a variety of sources and experiences that focus on these four skills.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Spanish II

Rogelio Contreras

This course builds upon the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing learned in Spanish I through activities, projects, and lessons from our curriculum (Avancemos II) and other sources that focus on these four skills.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Trigonometry

Stephanie Heiliger

Trigonometry is a branch of mathematics that studies relationships involving lengths and angles of triangles. Trig students are ready to learn: trigonometric functions, trigonometric graphs and identities, advanced forms of geometry, and real world applications.

STEM

US History

Victoria Murphy

American Studies is a course analyzing the history of the American nation from its origins to the present. At the conclusion of the course students will have a ready command of the details of American history, allowing them both the historical perspective to comment on original documents as well as inform their thinking regarding current issues.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Web Development

Suzan Ozkilic

This course will allow a student to create interactive website front-ends using (X)HTML, JavaScript, and CSS and the student will be able to code websites, web applications, and learn about web graphics by using GIMP.

Career & College
STEM

Women’s Studies

Victoria Murphy

Women's Studies is an introductory course which looks at the history of gender roles and relationships between women and men and among women, from ancient history to modern times. We will examine the social, cultural, historical and political influences on the status of women while presenting women’s experiences from diverse backgrounds, social structures, and cultures.