Liberal Arts

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Core Classes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oklahoma History

Victoria Murphy

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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American Sign Language II


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Electives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!