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Alexandria High School Curriculum Requirements & Class Course description

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND CURRICULUM OFFERINGS

Students wishing to receive a diploma from Alexandria-Monroe High School must earn 47 credits during their high school career.  Students have the opportunity to earn 14 credits in each of grades 9-12, for a total of 56 credits possible.

In addition to earning credits, students must also pass the Indiana Graduation Qualifying Exam or qualify for an exam waiver. 

For the class of 2012, the GQE will be the Core 40 End of Course Assessment (ECA) tests in English 10 and Algebra I and will be given upon completion of the classes.

Should a student reach the end of the senior year without qualifying in both English 10 and Algebra I, the student may apply for an exam waiver.  The waiver can be granted in two ways:

 

  1. Students can receive a waiver if they have followed the Indiana Core 40 curriculum with a "C" average.

  2. Students can receive a waiver if they have met each of the following criteria:

 

  1.  
    1. 95% attendance over the four years of high school

    2. take the tests at least once each year they are eligible

    3. take advantage of any help sessions offered by the high school

    4. finish high school with a cumulative GPA of  2.0 in core classes directed by the state

    5. complete all graduation requirements directed by the corporation

    6. receive a written recommendation from a teacher in the English/Language Arts or Mathematics area stating the student has achieved at least  10th grade proficiency in English and Algebra I competency (whichever test the student has not passed), and show proof through classroom work or other tests that the Indiana Academic Standards have been met OR  Complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma, including the career academic sequence; a workforce readiness assessment; and, at least one career exploration internship, cooperative education, or a workforce credential recommended by your school.

 

Students who receive a waiver will participate fully in graduation ceremonies.  They will receive the same diploma as students who have passed the GQE.  Students receiving waivers will have the word Waiverstamped on the front of their high school transcripts.

 

 

 DIPLOMA TRACKS

Alexandria Monroe High School offers three different tracks for completing graduation requirements.

 

  1. Indiana Core 40        This diploma track is required by the state of Indiana for Class of 2014.  A student who finds he or she cannot complete the Core 40 because of failing required classes or through parental request must participate in an Opt-Out conference.  This is also the basic curriculum required for admission to all Indiana four year colleges.  The requirements are as follows:

 

English                                   8 credits including a balance of literature, composition, and speech

              Mathematics                           6 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II required)

                                               

Social Studies                       6 credits  2 U.S.  History, 2 World History,1 U.S. Gov., and 1Economics

               Science                                  6 credits Biology I: Chemistry, Physics, or  Integrated Chemistry-                                                                                                              Physics, and one more year of Core 40 science

               Health Education 1 semester, 1 credit

               Physical Education            1 year, 2 credits

               Directed Electives             5 credits in World Languages, Fine Arts, or Career/Technical

Electives to equal 47 credits

The State requires 40; AMHS requires 47

 

 

  1.   Core 40 with Academic Honors This diploma track is the most rigorous curriculum and the one recommended for any student planning to attend 4-year college after graduation.

English                                     8 credits  

Mathematics                           8 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Alg. II, and PreCal or Stats)

        Social Studies                         6 credits World History, U.S.                                                                                                                                               History, U.S. Government, Economics

Science                                    6 credits ( Biology and Chemistry  Physics or ICP required)

        Fine Arts                                 2 credits in visual art or band or choir

        Foreign Language                 6 credits in one language OR 4 credits in each of 2 languages

        Health Education                  1 credit

        Physical Education                2 credits

        Speech                                     1 credit

       Electives to equal 47 credits required for Academic Honors

IN ADDITION, students must complete ONE of the following:

1.  Two AP courses and corresponding AP exams   

2.  Two ACP courses leading to 6 college credits     

3.  One AP course and corresponding AP exam and One ACP course with 3 college credits 

4.  Score 1200 or higher on the TWO sections of the SAT labeled Critical Reading and Math

5.  Score a 26 or higher composite ACT

Academic Honors candidates must graduate with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and no grade lower than a "C" can be used to fulfill Academic Honors requirements.

The RETAKE policy for Academic Honors allows a student to retake a course if the course is required for the Academic Honors Diploma and the student receives a grade lower than "C."  The student must have teacher approval to retake a course and the retake grade will not be higher than "C." The retake course must be at AMHS. The new grade replaces the old grade on the student's transcript.

 

  

3.  Core 40 with Technical Honors  This diploma combines rigor and relevance which prepares students for technical schools, apprenticeships or the workforce.  (Must be completed at a Career Center.)

        *Complete all requirements for Core 40 Diploma

         *Complete a technical-career program (8 or more related credits)

         *Earn a grade of "C" or better in courses that count for the diploma

         *Have a 3.0 or higher GPA                               

                *Complete 2 of the following, one must be A or B

A.  Score at or above the following levels on Work Keys:  Reading for information-Level 6; Applied Mathematics - Level 6; Locating Information - Level 5

B.  Complete dual high school/college credit courses in a technical area (6 college credits)

C.  Complete a Professional Career Internship course or Cooperative Education course (2 credits)

D.  Complete an industry-based work experience as part of two-year technical education program (minimum 140 hours)

E.  Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification                       

 

Opt-Out Procedure:

 1.  Upon request of a student's parent, the student may be exempted from  the Core 40  

      Curriculum.

2         A student who does not pass at least three (3) courses required under the Core 40 Curriculum, must meet with counselor and parent at which time the parent will decide if the student shall remain on the Core 40 track or change to the Basic Diploma.

3          A student who receives a score that is in the twenty-fifth percentile or lower must meet with the guidance counselor to discuss the Opt Out procedure.

 

 

Basic Diploma:  This track completes just the basic requirements for graduation set by the

State of Indiana.  This does not prepare a student for post-secondary education.  Students must complete an Opt Out conference to graduate with this diploma.

 

       English                                    8 credits

        Mathematics                         4 credits must include Algebra I

        Science                                  4 credits  must include Biology I

        Social Studies                       6 credits  World and U.S. History as well as

                                                      Government and Economics are required

        Health Education                 1 credit

        Physical Education              2 credits

                                                        Electives to equal   47  credits

 

 

 

. Valedictorian and Salutatorian Requirements

The Alexandria Community School Board of Education has implemented the following requirements for the high school Valedictorian and Salutatorian:

*Complete the requirements for the Core 40 Diploma with Academic Honors

*Complete one (1) additional AP course with test or Dual Credit course with college credit awarded

*Complete a fourth year of foreign language or a fourth year of science or be enrolled in AP Calculus as a senior.

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

 

I.  Visual Arts

Introduction to 2-Dimensional Art  (One Semester)

Students will produce art work  on flat surfaces.  Pastels, drawing pens, paints, and colored pencils are some of the materials utilized. 

Introduction to 3-Dimensional Art (One Semester)

This course uses clay, plaster, wood, foam board and some glass to complete projects.  Painting, drawing, and sculpturing will be explored.

Ceramics  (One Semester)  11-12 Only Prerequisite 2D and 3D art

The focus of this course is to learn the hand building techniques of clay.  A variety of projects will be made using these three techniques:  coil, pinch and pull, and slab.  These projects are then glazed by the students and kiln-fired.  Every effort will be made to give the student an opportunity to explore the potter's wheel.

Drawing  (One Semester)  10-12 grade only  Prerequisite:  2-D Art

This basic course in drawing will give students the opportunity to explore techniques in pen, pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel, and a mix of other media.

Painting  (One Semester)  10-12 grade only  Prerequisite:  2-D Art

Students interested in painting should pursue this coursework.

Jewelry Making (One Semester)  11 and 12 grade only  Prerequisite 3D Art

  In this class, students will design and make jewelry using various metals and stones.

Advanced 2-Dimensional Art  (Successive Semesters possible with teacher approval)  Prerequisites:  3 semesters of Art and teacher approval)

Advanced Art is only for serious art students who are intending to pursue art as a career.

 

 

 

II.  Business Technology

Computer Applications  (One Semester)  Paired with World Geography 9th grade

This class gives instruction in the functions that will enable the student to create documents such as letters, memos, term papers, reports, columnar charts, etc.  Instruction is also given in the operation of school printers.

Business Foundations (One semester paired with Health 10th grade year)

This introductory course provides the framework for future business classes.  Students are acquainted with personal finance, communications, technology, management, marketing, law, economics, entrepreneurship, and business careers.

Marketing Foundations  (One Semester) 

This class is defining what marketing does for a consumer, business, and our society.  We deal with all kinds of marketing strategies that businesses use on the consumer to  give the incentive to buy their product.  We also learn the steps that salesmen go through to sell their product whether it be a good or a service.

Business and Personal Law  (One Semester) 

This class will give the student a basic foundation of laws that our government has laid down for them.  It will concentrate on those laws that pertain to the young adult from basic transition from teenager to adult. It will cover the law on employment, relationships, and federal law.  Also, we will define values and ethics as a major foundation for understanding each law and why it is important.

Accounting I  (One Year)

This is a first level accounting class that will concentrate on learning the basic accounting system that will give the students a foundation for college level classes.  The class will also cover a payroll system and checking account system in which the student will learn how to balance their checkbook.

Personal Finance (One Semester)

  Personal Finance is a business course that focuses on personal financial planning.  This course will prepare the student for the roles and responsibilities of being a citizen.  Concepts and principles  will be learned to avoid financial pitfalls.  Topics will include banking, credit/debit cards, loans, and budgeting.

 Business Math  (One Year)

This class meets the full year.  It will consist of basic life skills math which would consist of calculating mortgage payments, gas mileage, rent payments, insurance premiums, and many other activities that you will have to do every day financially.

 

 

 

III. Foreign Language

All foreign languages are progressive.  Taking the succeeding year of language requires that students have passed the preceding year successfully.  Students must begin with level I language.  It is highly recommended that students take upper level language in the senior year if the student will be attending college.

German I  (One Year)

Speaking German is emphasized.  Writing and reading are implemented in order to reinforce this oral emphasis.   Having fun while learning German, stressing sentence structure, and concentrating on relevant vocabulary are vital aspects of this class.  Topics of German culture and society are investigated. 

German II  (One Year) 

German stories are read and discusses.  Grammar and structure are investigated and reinforced while    

dealing with interesting readings.  The textbook is used as a reference guide.  Oral participation,

keeping diaries in German, composing weekly sentences and paragraphs, and speaking the language as

much as possible are integral parts of this class.

German III  (One Year)

German grammar is reviewed.  The textbook is supplemented with newspaper articles and German magazines.  Speaking German, diary writings, discussing German culture and history, and putting a German newspaper together are activities that build on the first two years of German.

German IV  (One Year)

The history, geography, culture, and literature of the German-speaking countries are the focus at this level.  Peer teaching and possibly cadet teaching would be goals to aspire to. Short stories, newspapers and magazine articles are read and discusses.  Diaries and a German newspaper are ongoing projects. 

Spanish I  (One Year)

  Students in this course develop facility in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing simple Spanish.  A cultural understanding of  Spanish-speaking countries is also required.

Spanish II  (One Year) 

The second year of Spanish emphasizes grammar and comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing more advanced Spanish.  In addition, Spanish and Latin American history is acquired through selective Spanish readings.

Spanish III  (One Year) 

Spanish III is available to student who have made above-average grades in first and second year Spanish  This class is designed to increase the students' Spanish vocabulary, their understanding of Spanish grammar, and their oral proficiency and their comprehension through readings.

Spanish IV  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish I, II,  and III. 

To be successful in Spanish IV, students must have had above-average grades in Spanish I, II, and III.  The emphasis is placed on increased speaking and writing ability in Spanish

 

 

 

IV.  Language Arts

Language Arts classes Grades 9-12 at Alexandria Monroe High School are aligned with the State Standards for English/Language Arts.  For course descriptions, see the State Standards.

English 9 ( One Year) 

Required for all Freshmen, required for graduation

Honors English 9  (One Year  Students must apply and be accepted into Honors English.)

This course covers the state standards for English 9 at a more advanced level than regular English 9.

English 10  (One Year)

  Required for all Sophomores, required for graduation.  At the end of English 10, students will take the GQE End of Course Assessment for English 10.

Honors English 10 (One Year) 

Students must apply and be accepted into Honors English.

American Literature (One Semester)

  Required for all 11th graders unless they take AP Comp.

Composition  (One Semester)

To follow American Literature for 11th grade.

Genres of Literature  (One Semester)

  Required for all 12th graders unless they take AP Literature  or lower level English 12.      

Advanced Composition  (One Semester)

To follow Genres of Literature for 12th Grade.

English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement/ACP English Composition (One Year)

English Language and Composition , Advanced Placement is a course which follows the College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for advance placement English.  Writing assignments will be frequent, including weekly in-class essays and periodic research papers.  Students will also be expected to participate fully in class discussions and make presentations.  Students will take the AP test after completion of this course.  Students who qualify may earn Dual Credit with Ivy Tech Community College (transferable to state colleges and some private colleges) with a grade of B or better in this class.

English 12 (One Year) 

This English class is for non college bound students only.  It is not a class which prepares students for four-year college.  Rather, it is a course designed to prepare students for the world of work or for 2-year vocational or technical programs after high school

 Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement  (One Year)

English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement is a course which follows the College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for Advance placement English.  Writing assignments are college level and reading is advanced.  Students will be expected to participate fully in class discussions and make presentations.  Students in this course may choose to take the AP test at the end of the year.    This course will also give qualifying students dual credit with Ivy Tech Community College if the student earns a B or better in the class.

Creative Writing (One Semester) 

Students complete creativity exercises and write poetry, short stories, dialogues, and plays.  Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, the nuances of language and vocabulary, English language conventions, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing.

 Speech  (One Semester)  Required for Academic Honors Diploma

Speech is the study and application of the basic principles and techniques of effective oral communication.  Students deliver focused and coherent speeches that convey clear messages, using gestures, tone, and vocabulary appropriate to the audience and purpose.  Students deliver different types of oral and multi-media presentations, including viewpoint, instructional, demonstration, informative, persuasive, and impromptu.

Debate  (One Semester)    Prerequisite:  Speech

Debate is the study and application of the basic principles of debate involving support for the basic types of arguments (induction, deduction, causation) and debate strategies (affirmative or negative argument construction and extension, case development, refutation or rebuttal of argument claims and evidence, and persuasive speaking). 

Language Arts Continued:

Film Literature  (One Semester)

Film Literature is a study of how literature is adapted for film or media and include role playing as film

Directors for selected screen scenes.  Students read about the history of film, the reflection or influence       of film on the culture, and issues of interpretation, production, and adaptation.  Students examine the visual interpretation of literary techniques and auditory language in film and the limitations or special capacities of film versus text to present a literary work.  Students analyze how films portray the human condition and the roles of men and women and the various ethnic or cultural minorities in the past and present.

Student Publications  (One Year May be taken in subsequent years with teacher approval.)

Student publications is the continuation of the study of journalism.  Students demonstrate their ability to do journalistic writing and design for high school publications, including school newspapers and yearbooks.  Students follow the ethical principles and legal boundaries that guide scholastic journalism.

 

 

V.  Family and Consumer Science

Nutrition and Wellness  (One Year)

Students will learn about the 6 essential nutrients and what they do for the body.  We will also look at how the cooking techniques and food differ in other parts of the world.  This is anso an introduction to cooking class, so we will have about 2-3 cooking labs per week.

Housing and Interior Design  (One Semester)

Examples of a few topics discussed:  the need for housing, renting vs. buying, construction basics, architectural design, elements of design.  We will have 2 major projects in this class.

Interpersonal Relationships  (One Semester)

During this class, we will investigate the skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to participate in positive, caring and respectful relationships in your family and with others.  WE will also look at factors that impact relationships, how to maintain relationships, and how to prevent conflict.  There will be a final project.

Culinary Arts Foundations  (One Year)  Prerequisite is Nutrition

This class will take a closer look at the different food groups.  You MUST be open and willing to try new foods to participate in this class.  We have 3-4 cooking labs per week.

Child Development  (One Year, open only to 11th and 12 grade students)

Students will learn how children develop and learn.  This class focuses on infants through age 6.  In the spring semester, the students will plan and run a Playschool during class.

Adult Roles and Responsibilities  (One Semester open only to 11th and 12th grade)Topics include living independently and family formation; financial management; what are your personal standards and needs as you live on your own; career choices and responsibilities.

 

 

VI.  Technology

 Introduction to Design Processes  (One Semester Required before taking other technology classes.)

Techniques of drafting design will be learned.  T-square, 45-30 degree Triangle, Rulers, and Compases will be used to draw mechanical and architectural drawings.  Projects include 2-D orthographic drawings, 3-D isometric drawings, architectural floor plans and exteriors, and dimensioning of working and architectural drawings.

Computers in Design I  (One Semester)  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Design Processes or Teacher approval

Techniques with CAD software will be used.  Visual CAD software will be used for all drawings.  Projects include Floor plan, Boat Wheel and Star; Car Designs; Jet Designs; Scale drawings of basketball court, football field, baseball field and tennis court; drawing Alexandria Jr. Sr. High School floor plan and make changes and improvements as needed; one story house floor plans, exteriors, and 3-D interiors.

Computers in Design II  (One Semester)  Prerequisite:  Computers in Design I

Computers will be used to design numerous projects in 2D and 3D.  Software used includes Visual CAD, Design CAD 2000, and Home Design 3D.  Projects include designing a tourist attraction of 3 towers for a downtown city plot of ground; learning new software and design shapes and objects using 3D technology, and learning new software and designing 3D one and two story homes.

Construction Systems  (One Semester)

Learn construction techniques in building and construction of homes and furniture.  Introduction and use of hand and power tools.  Projects include bridge design and testing, St. Louis Arch design and construction, house framing and model home design and construction, design construction of a tool box.

Manufacturing Systems  (One Semester)

Learn assembly and construction techniques used in manufacturing products.  Proper use of hand and power tools will be learned. Finishing techniques of sanding, staining, and finishing will be taught and used in the class projects.  Projects include four peg shelf coat rack, pair of show shelves, an end table, and other products of the students' choice as time allows.

Transportation Systems  (One Semester)

Learn different aspects of power and transportation.  Projects include cars and airplanes.  We will design and test the gravity of paper cars; design and test the gravity of wood cars, design and test One/Two "Mouse Trap" cars; design and test CO2 cars, and design and test airplanes.

 

 

 

VII. MATHEMATICS

(Math placement is through teacher recommendation, middle school math grades, and scores on the math portion of the ISTEP and the 8th grade math placement test.  Students are placed where they have the best chance of success.  Parents who want their child placed in a HIGHER  math level  must write a letter to be placed in their child's permanent folder.  Generally, if a student is failing upper level math  (Algebra II and above) at the semester, the student is removed from the class.

Algebra I ( One Year,  2 math credits) Required for graduation

This course covers the vocabulary of algebra, operations with real numbers, algebraic properties, solution of linear equations, solution of linear inequalities, word applications of skills, operations with radicals, graphing of linear relationships, and factoring of trinomials.  At the completion of Algebra I, students will take the GQE End of Course Assessment for Algebra I.

Geometry  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I

  Students will use basic geometric figures and inductive/deductive reasoning.  Postulates, definitions, theorems, and corollaries will be used in forming 2-column proofs.  Congruence of triangles and angle relationships with parallel lines are emphasized.  Similarity, ration, proportion, angle and side relationship, and special right triangle with polygons are studied.

Algebra II  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry

(Special permission may be granted to students to take Algebra II at the same time as Geometry for purposes of attaining Core 40, the Academic Honors Diploma or of advancing to AP Calculus.)

After some review of first year algebra, the student takes up solutions of simultaneous equations and quadratic equations,  graphing of second-degree equations, elementary trigonometry, and probability.

Pre Calculus  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of academic Algebra II  (This

course fulfills the Academic Honors requirement for upper level math.

Pre Calculus blends together all of the concepts and skills that must be mastered prior to enrollment in a college-level calculus course.  Student study vectors, polar coordinates, complex numbers and their applications in trigonometry.  Several chapters are devoted to graphing various relations, polynomial functions, and conic sections.

Calculus, Advanced Placement  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre Calculus

Beginning with the class of 2010, students wanting to complete the Academic Honors Diploma or be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian  must have 2 AP, 2 ACP, or a combination of one AP and one ACP course.

This course assumes a grasp of trigonometry, analytic geometry, and various types of functions such as exponential, logarithmic, and polynomial.  It studies limits, continuity, and implicit and explicit differentiation of functions.  The second semester is devoted to techniques of integration finding both the definite and indefinite integrals.  The syllabus of the course prepares the students to take the AP Calculus AB exam.  A graphing calculator is required for all students.

Probability and Statistics. (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of academic Algebra   II  (This course fulfills the Academic Honors requirement for upper level math.)

This course develops appreciation for and skill in applying statistical techniques in the decision-making process.  Topics include methods of data collection, organization of data, and graphical techniques for exhibiting data together with measures of central tendency and  variation.   Practical examples based on real experimental data are used.

  

 

VIII.  Music

Beginning Chorus  (One Year-May be taken successive years)

This non-audition choir sings all types of music from pops to classical.  Singing events include departmental choral concerts, festivals, contests, and special programs. Outfits are required but fundraising activities help defray to outfit's cost.

Intermediate Chorus  (One Year-May be taken successive years) 

This class is for students aspiring to move into Show Choir.  This class is by AUDITION ONLY.

Advanced Chorus  (One Year-May be taken successive years)  Performs as Crescendos Choir

This advanced group consists of students who are committed to a high level of musicianship and quality choral sound.  Along with singing, choreography is a vital part of this choir's performance.  Events include concerts, festivals, contests, and community functions.  Membership is by vocal and choreography audition and director recommendation.  Each member purchases an outfit.  AUDITION ONLY

 

 

IXDrama

Theater Arts  (One Year)

This class is open to any students who wish to learn about acting and putting on a theatrical production.  No audition is required.

Advanced Theater Arts (One Year) Audition Required

This class is open by audition only to students who successfully passed Theater Production.  More than two credits may be earned in this class.

 

 

 

X.  Physical Education and Health Education

Physical Education I and II  (One Year, 1 credit per semester)  Required for Graduation

Students experience both team and individual sports, including both indoor and outdoor activities.  Students use weights, stair climbers, treadmills, rowers, Nordic tracks, and step benches.

Health Education  (One Semester)  Required for graduation

This class provides the basis for continued methods of developing knowledge, concepts, skills, behaviors, and attitudes related to student health and well-being.

Elective PE Physical Conditioning (One Semester but may take in successive semesters.)

Students in this class participate in a program of wt. lifting, running, and physical conditioning which will help them lead a healthier lifestyle and acquire healthy habits for a lifetime.

Elective PE  Personal Fitness (One Semester)

This course is designed for the student who is self-motivated to increase personal awareness and knowledge of the principles of physical fitness and health and wellness.  The student must have a strong desire to improve personal levels of physical fitness and to learn and develop personal health habits, skills, and knowledge that can lead to overall wellness for life.  The curriculum will introduce a viariey of workout techniques and activities including step aerobics, yoga, cycling, jump rope, light weights, body bars, Tai Chi and resistance bands.  Students will also be given learning experiences on topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, workout safety, goal setting and developing a personal fitness plan. 

 

  

 

XII.  Science

Earth/Space Science (One Year)  For all Freshmen. 

 This course studies the earth sciences such as weather, volcanoes and earthquakes, astronomy, geology, oceanography, and environmental issues affecting our planet. 

Biology I  (One Year)  Required for graduation  for all sophomores or may be taken in place of Earth Space for upper level freshmen who received an A in 8th grade science and are in Geometry

This course explores the functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems within various species of living organisms and the roles and interdependence of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere.

Integrated Chemistry-Physics  (Prerequisite:  Algebra I)

This course is a laboratory-based course in which students explore fundamental chemistry and physics principles.  Students enrolled in this course examine the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, and the interactions between energy and matter.    It is a Core 40 science that prepares students to take more rigorous science in upper grades.  Algebra I is a prerequisite or may be taken concurrently.

Anatomy and Physiology  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Biology I 

The anatomy of the human body will be studied extensively and the functions of all body systems will be explored.  Diseases of the body will be studied.  Dissections will include a cow eye, a sheep brain, a sheep heart, and a fetal pig.

Chemistry I  (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Biology I and successful completion or current enrollment in Algebra II

Chemistry I allows students to synthesize useful models of the structure of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions through laboratory investigations of matte and its chemical reaction.

Chemistry, Advanced Placement  Prerequisite:  Academic Chemistry I with a "B" or better.  Successful completion or current enrollment in higher math. 

This course follows College Board entrance examination guidelines for advanced placement chemistry.  Students take the AP Chemistry exam in May for possible qualification for college credit.

Physics (One Year)  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II  and enrolled or  passed upper level math.  Junior and Senior class only.                               

Physics aids students in synthesizing the fundamental concepts and principles concerning matter and energy through the laboratory study of mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.

Earth Space II  (One Year)  Prerequisite  Algebra I and Biology I

Project based Earth Science class that explores the dynamics of Earth's changing surface, natural disasters, environmental concerns, weather patterns and current trends in astronomy.  This class is set up to concentrate on hands-on learning and research projects using PowerPoint and Publisher.

Environmental Science, Advanced Placement

This year-long course will study the environmental sciences with an emphasis on ecology and habitats.    Students take the AP exam for college credit.

 

  

XIII. Social Studies

 

World Geography  (One Semester)  Required for Freshmen paired with Computers

This course provides an opportunity to study the interaction of humans and their environment in space and time.  The course helps students understand global patterns of physical and cultural characteristics.  The course provides the opportunity to study the five basic geographic themes of location, place, and relationships within places, movement, and regions as they apply to selected areas of the world.

World History and Civilization  (One Year)  Required for graduation

This course provides for a study of selected world cultures, past and present.  The course provides a basis for students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior.  The course emphasizes the connections among civilizations from the earliest times to the present.

United States History  (One Year)  Required for graduation

The focus of this course is the 20th Century.  Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making will be emphasized.  Current events will be an integral part of the class.

United States History, Advanced Placement  (One Year)

This rigorous course will intensely study a selected time period of U.S. History.  Much reading and research will be required.  The students will take the AP United States History exam for possible college credit in United States History.

United States Government  (One Semester)  Required for Graduation

The course outlines the organizations and functions of United States Government at the local, state, and national levels.  The focus is to encourage students to become active participating members of society.  Current events will be discussed regularly.

Economics  (One Semester)  Required for Graduation

The course introduces students to basic economic concepts.  Strong emphasis will be placed on applying these concepts to every day economic problems involved in the business world.

Psychology  (One Semester) 

       The course is a general survey course of psychological methods, human growth and development,

       Human behavior, learning and thinking, perceptions and emotions, conflicts and adjustments,

       and social behavior.          

Sociology  (One Semester) 

Sociology is the study of human society, including social action and social organization.  Social life will be studied in settings including cultural and social structure, individuals in society, social inequality, social institutions, and the social world.  Students will read and interpret charts, graphs, tables, and maps.

 

 

XIV.  Career Centers

Students from Alexandria Monroe High School may attend a career center for half the day once they have attained Junior Status, having accumulated 24 or more credits.  Students can attend either Ebbert Education Center in Anderson or John H. Hinds Career Center in Elwood.  Many of the programs at each school lead to college credit at Ivy Tech State College.  Students provide their own transportation to and from the vocational schools.  They may attend in the morning or the afternoon.  Students sign up for vocational school when they make their regular class schedule for the coming year.  Applications to each school are readily available to every student in the high school Guidance Office.  Students must make a year-long commitment when registering for vocational school. Students will need to be enrolled at a career center to attain the Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma.

 The programs at each school are as follows.

 

Ebbert Education Center Programs  (Anderson)

Business Technology   Students taking this program should desire training as office managers, secretary/receptionists, work processing/personal computer operators, and administrative assistants.

Employment Skills Training Program   This prepares special education students employability skills designed to assist them in their transition from school to work and meet career goals and the transition to adult living.

Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education   Students spend half a day  in a job that is arranged through ICE with a participating employer.  Students also attend classes at Ebbert Education Certer weekly as directed by the ICE program coordinator.  May be an Internship program as well.

Child Care   This one year course offers training working with pre-school children who attend the vocational school's lab facility.  This course is training for students wishing to become teachers, social workers, or other child-related professions.

Health Professions   This two-year course teaches basic medical terminoloty, infection control, anatomy and physiology and much more.  Students become CNA certified upon completion.

Cosmetology   This is a course for seniors only and begins in the summer before the senior year of high school.  The course is taught at APEX Beauty School and involves extra tuition.  Upon completion of the course, students are ready for State Board licensing as cosmetologists.

Law Enforcement   This one year program allows students to learn the fundamentals of law enforcement.  Students will be exposed to skills such as patrolling, search and arrests, fingerprinting, and criminal investigation.

Auto Body Technology   The 2-year program uses state of the art collision repair techniques and equipment.  Credits may be earned toward ASE Certification to further a career in auto body collision repair.

Automotive Technology   This high tech  2-year program covers every operating system in a vehicle which is controlled by a microprocessor.  Students in this class learn how to repair them all.

Building Trades   This 2-year program is geared to give students the practical skills to enter a four-year apprenticeship leading to journeyman status in the skilled trades in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, concrete, blueprints, roofing, framing, and related areas.

Aviation Maintenance Technology   Students completing this course gain advanced placement credits toward any FAA approved aircraft maintenance school.  This course takes place at Indianapolis International Airport in connection with Vincennes University.

CAD/CAM   Technical Drafting using computer assisted design, or CAD, gives the student the basics of virtually anything that is built, produced or manufactured.  CAD is used in machinery and tooling design as well as in architectural design.  This is a 2-year program.

Electricity   Work toward an apprenticeship in electrical trades in commercial and home wiring , learning repair  of electrical/mechanical devices, installation of conduits, branch circuits, lighting, switches, receptacles, etc.  This is a 2-year program.

Graphic Communications   The old printing press has given way to sophisticated desktop publishing systems which can interface with computerized printing systems.  Students get hands-on experience with a variety of publications.

Heating and Cooling Technology   Successful completion of this 2-year program qualifies the student for 24 credit hours towards an Associate Degree at Ivy Tech.  Students learn the various aspects of installation, maintenance and repair of climate control equipment.  Classes take place on the Ivy Tech campus.

Welding  This 2-year program also takes place on the campus of Ivy Tech and results in college credit upon completion.  Blueprint reading, oxyacetylene cutting and welding, arc welding, MIG welding, and various metals fabrication methods are learned.

 

 

 

John H. Hinds Career Center Programs  (Elwood)

Auto Body Technology   Two-year program that prepares students to work in the collision repair industry.  Students gain knowledge in design and identification, damage analysis, measurement, pulling and straightening, welding, parts, surface coatings, steering, suspension, and safety.

Auto Mechanics Technology   This 2-year program allows a student to gain necessary knowledge, experience, and skill for entry level positions as Auto Mechanic Technicians.  Students are instructed in the areas of Vehicle Service, Brake Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Transmission, Engine Tune-up and Repair, Electrical Systems, and Front-end Work.

Building Trades Technology   This is a 2-year program designed to prepare students to become apprentices in one of the construction trades such as carpentry, masonry, drywall, bricklaying, electrical wiring, painting, heating and ventilation, landscaping, and roofing.

Cosmetology   Seniors only for this course which starts in June after the junior year and also requires payment on a weekly basis.  Uses the cosmetology school in  Anderson.

Health Occupations   This two-year course will help students achieve success in entry-level positions, within the health care industry.  This course will also help the student achieve success in postsecondary education related to the health care industry.  Students receive their CNA certification while enrolled.

Business Technology  InternshipsThe business Tech and Internship program provides opportunities to obtain extra advanced technology skills for success in career and/or post-secondary education plans.  Bus Tech provides experiences in career areas through internships in actual work environments.  In labe projects, career focused simulations, MOUS certification prep, Novell electronic communication, personnel networking, and portfolio development are in class activities.  Earning college credit through dual credit agreements with post secondary institutions is available.

Cosmetology   This program will take place at Heavenly Hair School of Cosmetology in Alexandria.  Seniors only. Students will start school in June prior to their senior year and will complete their degree during the school year. Tuition is reduced for high school students who participate.

Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education  Program in which the student works half day and earns high school credit while on the job.

Machine Trade Technology   This is a two-year program that provides opportunity to learn manipulative skills as machine operator, machinist, or toolmaker.  Students learn the latest technologies utilized in a machine shop such as C-N-C, Electrical Discharge, EM D, CAD, and CAM.

Marketing Education   Marketing Education is a two-year program that introduces students to issues in business, the economy, marketing, management, finance, selling, distribution, inventory, advertising, and promotion.  Jr. ME students explore careers in the business field for shadowing.  Sr. ME students are placed in jobs that are compatible with their long-range career objectives.

Printing Technology   Vocational Printing Technology is a two-year program that provides an introduction into the graphics industry.  Offset printing, screen printing, photography, and video editing are emphasized.  Students study Design and Layout, Copy Preparation, Photo-conversion, Image Carriers, Image Transfer, Finishing, and Economics.

Purdue School of Technology

This is an opportunity for students to earn Purdue University Credit.  See the career center for details.

Welding Technology   This two-year program instructs students in a lab setting in all areas of welding.  Students learn proper skills and techniques in Arc, Mig, and Tig Welding, Blueprint Reading, Carbon Arc Cutting, and Fabrication.  With successful completion of  this program, students will be prepared to function in an apprenticeship or entry level position in welding.

 

 

 

XVI.  Other opportunities

    Senior options:

A.  Leaving school junior and senior year half days to attend  

                              a local college or university.

B.  Graduating at semester of senior year. 

Students who wish to do this must fill out paperwork in January of their junior year.            

 

Non Credit options

A.     Study Hall

B.     Teacher Assistant, Office Assistant, Media Center Assistant

 

 

 

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