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2022-23 Course Descriptions

Hours 1 - 4 offer 0.5 credit, while our "Learning Labs" offer 1.5 credit.

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Algebra 1

This is semester 2 of a year-long Algebra 1 course. Algebra and Geometry are required for graduation. 

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Algebra 1

This is semester 1 of a year-long Algebra 1 course. Algebra and Geometry are required for graduation. 

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Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a part of the traditional sequence of math classes set forth by the district. This course is meant for those that are looking to prepare for college and ramping up their personal student expectation to meet a more rigorous college-prep course.

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Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a part of the traditional sequence of math classes set forth by the district. This course is meant for those that are looking to prepare for college and ramping up their personal student expectation to meet a more rigorous college-prep course.

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Algebra 3

This is the first semester of a year-long course that formalizes Algebra skills in preparation to the transition to Calculus. Sometimes called Pre-Calculus, students will take the topics from Algebra 2 to their limits to understand the extreme cases of end behaviors, asymptotes, infinity and dividing by zero.

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Algebra 3

This is the first semester of a year-long course that formalizes Algebra skills in preparation to the transition to Calculus. Sometimes called Pre-Calculus, students will take the topics from Algebra 2 to their limits to understand the extreme cases of end behaviors, asymptotes, infinity and dividing by zero.

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Anatomy and Physiology

This is an introductory Biology course that will primarily focus on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems. Students will take a fascinating in-depth look at the human body and be expected to engage in a variety of comparative anatomy dissections throughout the quarter.

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Animating Social Change

Animating Social Change is a dual credit (1.0 social studies & .5 art credits ) where students will learn how to use animation to tell the story of advocacy or social change. In this class students will learn about social issues in society, their causes, and what is currently be done to help and eliminate the issue by various groups. Students will use the creative process to convert their learning around social issues into an animated short. This will involve planning, revising, and creating animations that advocate for the changes in a way that is understandable to an audience. Students will explain their creative and learning process through written reflection. Student animation will be shared with Shabazz and community audiences in the form of an animation film festival.

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Animating Social Change

Animating Social Change is a dual credit (1.0 social studies & .5 art credits ) where students will learn how to use animation to tell the story of advocacy or social change. In this class students will learn about social issues in society, their causes, and what is currently be done to help and eliminate the issue by various groups. Students will use the creative process to convert their learning around social issues into an animated short. This will involve planning, revising, and creating animations that advocate for the changes in a way that is understandable to an audience. Students will explain their creative and learning process through written reflection. Student animation will be shared with Shabazz and community audiences in the form of an animation film festival.

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Art of the Print

In this class students will explore the artform of printmaking through historical perspectives, artist exploration and artwork generation. Students will learn to engage in the full process a printmaker goes through from generating ideas, visioning, carving and inking techniques, and presenting the work to receive feedback. Students will also explore the diversity of printmaking that includes paper making, book construction, fabric printing, and print block creation.

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Book Arts

In this class, students will develop an understanding of book history, reading, writing, text art, and multimedia artistic projects. The class will include the study of writing and print text that will require reading, annotating, and demonstrating text comprehension. Students will use a process approach to a summative artistic product focusing on repurposing a text. This process will include brainstorming, planning, assessing resources, acquiring materials, reflecting upon and revising one’s vision, exploring a variety of artistic techniques, constructing the final product, and composing a reflective artist statement. As in all classes, students will practice time management, academic organization, collaboration, and basic study skills.

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Cell Biology

Cell Biology is a semester science course intended for freshmen/sophomores. The first quarter content focuses on the study of biomolecules and the structure and function of biological cells. The second quarter focuses on cellular processes and begins to lay the foundation of understanding how cells can interact with each other to form organisms. This course is an excellent precursor to Anatomy & Physiology and Genetics.

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Ceramic and Sculpture

In this class students will explore the art form of ceramic and sculpture through artist exploration and artwork generation. Students will learn to engage in the full process a ceramic or sculpture artist goes through from generating ideas, visioning, sculpting a work using handbuilding techniques, and presenting the work to receive feedback. Students will also learn about the rich history of ceramic and sculpture artists in order to find inspiration.

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Changing Climate

What evidence have you seen that climate change is real? Is your knowledge of climate change based on evidence or statements of people you trust? This course will be about seeing the evidence for yourself and seeing the impact of climate change is having on the environment around us. After we learn about climate change data ourselves, we will be sharing that information by writing letters and doing presentations with others in the community and policy makers to help influence the trajectory of the conversation. 

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Chemicals & Reactions

Chemistry-2 is the second semester of a year-long for students new to high school science courses. First semester focuses on the structure of atoms and the nature of chemical bonding as well as the main groups of atoms, and the meaning behind the structure of the Periodic Table of the Elements. Second semester examines the fundamentals of organic chemistry, the properties of complex polymers, and the mathematical relationships in chemical reactions and how ideal gasses interact in these reactions. A lot of time is spent on learning about and using basic study skills, developing increasing responsibility and independence, and classroom discussion skills. Credit is earned using the District expectations and assessment occurs via written assessments, in-class work, and completion of laboratory write-ups. This is not an appropriate course series for experienced science students and it is recommended that such students seek alternative science courses offered at other times or by other instructors.

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Chemicals & Reactions

Chemistry is a year-long for students new to high school science courses. First semester focuses on the structure of atoms and the nature of chemical bonding as well as the main groups of atoms, and the meaning behind the structure of the Periodic Table of the Elements. Second semester examines the fundamentals of organic chemistry, the properties of complex polymers, and the mathematical relationships in chemical reactions and how ideal gasses interact in these reactions. A lot of time is spent on learning about and using basic study skills, developing increasing responsibility and independence, and classroom discussion skills. Credit is earned using the District expectations and assessment occurs via written assessments, in-class work, and completion of laboratory write-ups. This is not an appropriate course series for experienced science students and it is recommended that such students seek alternative science courses offered at other times or by other instructors.

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Civics through Games

This highly engaging semester long course will ask students to take on the role of an active and informed citizen in a computer/classroom simulation. Topics will include basic US governmental structures, political philosophies, economics, law, legislation creation, rights, freedoms, responsibilities, and family. There will also be a strong focus on the teaching and practicing of collaboration skills.  At the end of this course, students will take the required Civics test for graduation.

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Civics through Games

This highly engaging semester long course will ask students to take on the role of an active and informed citizen in a computer/classroom simulation. Topics will include basic US governmental structures, political philosophies, economics, law, legislation creation, rights, freedoms, responsibilities, and family. There will also be a strong focus on the teaching and practicing of collaboration skills. At the end of this course, students will take the required Civics test for graduation.

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Coming of Age

What shapes who you are and what you'll become? Are you willing to push yourself physically and mentally to think about life's big questions? This class will explore how our relationship with the natural world, diverse perspectives, and philosophies of those around us shape our current and future selves. This class will use nature and a community of mentors as a tool to explore what aspects of our lives have the most impact on who we become as adults in our next phase of life. Priority for this class will be given to seniors.

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Digital Art

In this class students will explore artmaking that involves the use of technology. Specifically students will explore digital photography, graphic design, digital illustration, and animation. Students will use the programs adobe illustrator, adobe photoshop, stop-motion animator, and imovie to create artwork. Students will use the artistic process to design and generate a work of art using technology. Students will showcase their digital creations in an end of semester gallery show.

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