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High School Academics

ACADEMICS

AVID =  Proven Achievement Lifelong Advantag

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID is a nonprofit organization that trains educators to use research based strategies and practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

AVID (Advancenment Via Individual Determination)

Has provided educators nationwide a proven solution for systematically increasing academic rigor and creating engaging learning envirinments, accelerating the performance of underrrepresented students and delevering results schoolwide.

AVID Graduates: Enroll in College at Higher Rates

AVID seniors outpaced the national average of enrolling in either a two or four –year college the first fall term after high school. This success is remarkable considering AVID’s population is largely comprised of students typically underrepreented in higher education.

Persist into Tear 2 of College at Higher Rates

AVID graduates “stick with it”—applying the learning, study, and academic behavioral skilles gained through AVID—to succeed in rigorous college coursework year after year.

AVID  Students

  • Possess the desire and potential to succeed in rigorous courses.
  • Are committed to working hard in order to attain goals.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward themselves and others.
  • Are open to new experience in all phases of AVID.
  • Want to become independent learners.
  • Act as model students in the classroomm, taking notes, listening, questioning, and being prepared.
  • Willingly cooperate and collaborate with peers as part of a team.
  • Expect and anticípate college enrollment after graduation.
  • Become actively involved in a variety of campus activities

ENGLISH

English I

English II

English III

AP Language and Composition, Summer Reading

AP Junior English

English IV

AP Senior English

Summer Reading Assignment

WORD LANGUAGES

French

German

Latin

Spanish

Computer Science

The Computer Science department is composed of a series of perse classes designed to help students understand how to apply their pre-existing logic and algebraic skills to solve problems with the aid of a computer.

The two introductory courses, Computer Science I and Pre-AP Computer Science, give students their first exposure to the Java programming language and their first foray into computational thinking utilizing the problem solving skills learned in Algebra I and prior math classes.

Students are strongly encouraged to take Pre-AP Computer Science as their first computer science class, because it provides more opportunities to advance through the Computer Science department.

AP Computer Scienceexpands on students’ knowledge of the Java programming language and prepares students to take the AP Computer Science test. This class focuses heavily on creating a practical knowledge of Java and teaching students advanced algorithmic skills.

Students in the IB program may enroll in IB Computer Science, which focuses on a broader array of computer concepts and skills. Students in this class will not only grow in their ability to understand and solve problems through coding, but will also learn about other topics such as networks and system administration that translate directly into the business world.

Game Programming and Design takes advantage of a program called Gamemaker to allow students to create their own games all the while learning introductory programming skills and game theory.

Students interested in designing applications for the ever growing Android mobile operating system should consider taking Mobile Application Development which uses the App Inventor program from MIT to allow student to make ready-to-use application with only introductory programming skills.

The Robotics class encourages students to apply their problem solving skills to automated robots using the Lego NXT solution. In addition to creating working robots, this class also teaches students beginning programming skills that can be used in a variety of other fields.

MATHEMATICS

We are committed to helping prepare students to be successful not only in our classrooms, but on standardized tests, in colleges and universities, the military, and eventually into the work world.

Math is one of the most valuable tools for advancing one’s career plans and has often been shown to be the subject area most likely to earn a high salary. We would like to help students excel at mathematics so that as many windows of opportunity are open as possible.

Algebra I, II, Pre-AP

Finance Math

Geometry, Pre-AP

Math Models

Precalculus. Pre-AP

Statistics

Calculus AB-BC

Algebraic Reasoning

SCIENCE

Anatomy & Physiology of Human Systems

Students conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Topics will be presented through an integration of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Students will study the structures and functions of the human body and and body systems and will investigate the body’s responses to forces, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy systems. Students will also analyze the relationship between anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human systems.

Aquatic Science

In Aquatic Science students conduct laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include the following: components of an aquatic ecosystem; relationships among aquatic habitats and ecosystems; roles of cycles within aquatic environments; geological phenomena and fluid dynamics effects; and origin and use of water in a watershed.

Health & P.E.

Biology 1

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of biology. A developmental approach is utilized beginning with life at the cell level and progressing to the most advanced life forms. Laboratory and student projects are an integral part of the course.

Topics of study shall include: cytology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, ecology, plant and animal survey, and human systems. During the course of instruction in this class, the textbooks, audiovisual materials, and lectures will include instruction and information concerning human growth and development. These topics are designed to inform and instruct only and not to enforce or diminish the individual’s personal or religious attitudes.

Biology 1 Honors

This course is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. It is designed to acquaint the student with concepts and processes of biology and is a modification of the regular class.

Experimentation and individual student inquiry are essential components of the course. During the course of instruction in this class, the textbooks, audiovisual materials, and lectures will include instruction and information concerning human growth and development. These topics are designed to inform and instruct only and not to enforce or diminish the individual’s personal or religious attitudes.

Biology, Advanced Placement

This course examines and discusses the principles of biology in considerable detail. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiments and individual research. This course follows the Advanced Placement scope and sequence. During the course of instruction on this class, the textbooks, audiovisual materials, and lectures will include instruction and information concerning human growth and development. These topics are designed to inform and instruct only and not to enforce or diminish the individual’s personal or religious attitudes.

Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems

Students conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Topics will be presented through an integration of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Students will study the structures and functions of the human body and and body systems and will investigate the body’s responses to forces, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy systems. Students will also analyze the relationship between anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human systems.

Chemistry

Earth & Space Science

Environmental Science

Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography

scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include the following: characteristics and conditions of the Earth; formation and history of the Earth; plate tectonics; origin and composition of minerals and rocks and the rock cycle; processes and products of weathering; natural energy resources; interactions in a watershed; characteristics of oceans; characteristics of the atmosphere; and the role of energy in weather and climate.

Integrated Physics & Chemistry

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of physics and chemistry. Laboratory activities are an integral part of the course. Topics of study shall include properties and relationships of matter and energy, atomic structure, chemical formulas and equations, mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, and light and sound.

Physics

Physics 1

Physics 1 is the study of interactions of matter and energy. The laboratory program is closely correlated with the discussion of topics or areas, and the student develops skill in laboratory techniques by setting up experiments, using instruments, interpreting data and evaluating experimental error.

Topics include: measurement, force and motion, heat energy and nuclear energy, wave transfer of energy, physical optics, and direct and alternating current electricity. Mathematical applications are included throughout the course.

Physics 1 Honors

Physics 1 Honors is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. It is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts and processes of physics and is a modification and expansion of the regular class. Experimentation, individual student inquiry and mathematical applications are an integral part of the course.

Physics B, Advanced Placement

Physics B, Advanced Placement is an in-depth study of the principles set forth in Physics I. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics to physical situations. Experimentation, individual student inquiry, and mathematical problem solving are an integral part of the course. This course follows the Advanced Placement recommended scope and sequence.

Social Studies

Economics

«The theory of economics does not furnish a body of settled conclusions immediately applicable to policy; it is a method rather than a doctrine, an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions.» – John Maynard Keynes The goal of economics instruction is to produce citizens who think clearly.

We believe that instruction in and practice with the economic way of thinking is the surest way to produce clear thought. The context of our explorations is the traditional realm of economics, with an emphasis on microeconomics, including the following:

  • scarcity and the economic problem
  • supply and demand
  • market failures and the role of government
  • business organizations and market structures
  • money, banking, and the Federal Reserve
  • macroeconomic stabilization and economic growth policy
  • comparative advantage and international trade.

Advanced Placement Economics – Microeconomics

This Advanced Placement course in microeconomics designed to prepare students to score successfully on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Microeconomics exam. Consequently, this course offers a curriculum at the freshman college level of study. Students certainly find the subject matter challenging, but it’s a good foretaste of what is to come for our college-bound students.

The teacher recommends the course for all college-bound students. Students will use three differing texts, presenting an intriguing mix of perspectives on economics. The main text is Economics by McConnell & Brue. That text is supplemented by Dr. Paul Heyne’s Microecoomics, which presents the micro topics of his landmark textbook entitled The Economic Way of Thinking.

To further challenge the students to think beyond the ordinary, students read selected parts of Dr. Steven Landsburg’s The Armchair Economist. Microeconomics focuses on the economic decisions of single decision making units, be they high school students or multinational corporations.

Advanced Placement Economics – Macroeconomics

This Advanced Placement course in microeconomics designed to prepare students to score successfully on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Macroeconomics exam.

Consequently, this course offers a curriculum at the freshman college level of study. The teacher recommends the course for all college-bound students. Macroeconomics focuses on the performance of the US economy as whole and the way in which that performance can be enhanced through appropriate public policies.

European History

From The College Board: «The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live.

Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.

In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (A) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.»

Government

Government Links

Psychology

Psychology is a one semester elective course. During the semester, students explore the behavior and mental processes of individuals. The students gain an understanding of behavioral differences in humans and the reasons for these differences. This introductory course covers a wide range of topics, such as:

  • The human life span,
  • Learning processes,
  • Personalities,
  • Altered states of consciousness (dreams are the student favorite!),
  • Abnormal behavior, and
  • Therapy and change. This class offers an exciting, innovative curriculum that the students really appreciate!

Advanced Placement Psychology. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully take the College Board’s A.P. Psychology test.

Sociology

US History

This course provides a general survey of U.S. historical development from the late 19th to the late 20th century. The emphases are on the relationship between economic development and government’s role in domestic affairs and the rise of the United States to the status of world power in international affairs.

U.S. History – Dual Credit

This program offers students the opportunity to earn credit both at High School and college credit via Lone Star College.

U.S. History – Advanced Placement

This honors level course is geared to preparing students for the College Board’s Advance Placement test in U.S. History..

U.S. History Links

World History

«Those who refuse to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it» is not an idle quote. All too often people have ignored the course of world events and then endured a fate which is all too predictable.

Our main goal is to make students aware of the ebb and flow of historical events and how they often reflect modern events and modern ideas. Thinking about history and how it works in our lives is one of the keys to developing a critical mind. A survey course covering the time period of roughly 10,000 BC to the present, some of the topics covered in the world history course are listed below:

  • the shift from nomadic life to a settled agrarian life
  • the impact of great ideas
  • the influence of personality on the course of world events
  • how technology shapes the world and man’s view of the world
  • the role of organized religion in settled societies
  • how people legitimize their power or authority
  • the rise and fall of great nations
  • key terms, such as imperialism, nationalism, and militarism

Advanced Placement World History

This course is designed to prepare students to successfully take the A.P. World History test from the College Board.

WORLD HISTORY

Advanced Placement World History

This course is designed to prepare students to successfully take the A.P. World History test from the College Board.

World History Links

World Geography

  • Geography is a social and environmental science which focuses on the inter-relationships among people and their physical, economic and socio-cultural environments.
  • Pre-AP World Geography
  • This class utilizes the Pre-AP World Geography curriculum from the College Board.

Special Education

When provided with appropriate levels of academic, social and behavioral supports, all students can achieve success in the least restrictive environment.

Speech

Communication Applications Course Description

Students enrolled will be expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations. The course emphasizes the application of verbal and nonverbal skills and critical thinking and problem solving processes. 

Debate Course Description

Debate is designed for the student who wishes to explore and learn the fundamental concepts and skills of debate. Students will learn the presentation of debate through reading, writing, researching, listening, speaking, and competitive tournament debating. 

Journalism

Career Technical Education (CATE)

Agriculture

Problems and Solutions in CTE II

The project provides opportunities for an in-depth study in varied aspects in the different clusters of Career and Technical Education. This course receives advanced grade points. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to earn one advanced measure for the Distinguished Achievement Program.

All Systems:

Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

A basic course designed to provide an introduction to all aspects in agriculture including agricultural career development, leadership, communications, personal finance, mechanized agriculture, soils, plants, animals, agricultural construction, food science, and supervised agricultural experience programs.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Preparation I, II

A work-based learning course designed to provide training in specific agribusiness careers. Classroom learning and work-based learning provide career and related training by alternating group and individual instruction in the classroom with the work-based experiences at an approved agribusiness training station in the local community. Students must provide their own transportation to their training station.

Problems and Solutions in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

A project-based learning experience developed by a student or group of students, teacher, and an interdisciplinary mentor team. The project provides opportunities for an in-depth study of at least one aspect of the agriculture science and technology area. The student or group demonstrates the ability to utilize a variety of resources, advanced technology, and communication skills in the development and presentation of the project. This project-based course may allow a student to meet one of the Distinguished Achievement Program advanced measures. Incoming 9th graders of 2009-2010 will receive advanced grade points for this class.

Agribusiness Systems:

Professional Standards in Agribusiness

A comprehensive course designed to develop agricultural leadership, citizenship, and interpersonal skills. Instruction includes such topics as personal development, employee/employer relations, and group and communication skills.

Natural Resources Systems

Forestry and Woodland Ecosystems

This course examines current management practices for forestry and woodlands. Special emphasis is given to management as it relates to ecological requirements and how these practices impact the environment. Includes exploration of careers associated with the forestry system, tree identification, calculating tree harvest, and a study of the forest ecosystem.

Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management

A course designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation with emphasis on using wildlife, fish and natural resources and their management. Hunter, boater, and angler safety instruction are components of this class. Research into occupational opportunities and identification and laws associated with game, non-game, fur-bearing and fish species are included.

Range Ecology and Management

A course designed to provide information regarding the management and ecology aspects of rangelands. Instruction will include the study and development of technical skills in renewable natural resources, range plants, ecosystems, water cycles, range conditions, carrying capacities, livestock management, wildlife management, and research. Information and safe working practices, recordkeeping, career exploration, and leadership will be included.

Plant Systems

Horticulture Science

A laboratory oriented course designed to develop skills in the production of greenhouse/nursery plants and the maintenance of plant growth and propagation structures. The course emphasizes production of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops.

Landscape Design and Turf Grass Management

A course designed to develop skills in the design, construction, and maintenance of planted areas. The course includes the use of devices for the beautification of home grounds and other areas of human habitation and recreation. Students will also learn techniques in how to establish and maintain turf grass.

Principles and Elements of Floral Design

A course designed to develop and examine floral design in relation to arrangement of flowers, foliage, and related plant materials for interior locations. Also incorporates business practices and careers in the floral industry. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit is available through community colleges in Texas.

Practicum in Horticulture Science I, Practicum in Horticulture Science II

A laboratory-oriented course designed to develop skills in the various technical areas of the horticulture industry. The major focus is preparing individuals to perform horticulture related skills.

The course emphasizes greenhouse and nursery crop production; landscaping; floral design; and fruit, nut, and vegetable crop production. Instruction will include information on career opportunities, leadership activities, and recordkeeping practices related to the horticulture industry. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Advanced Plant and Soil Science

A course designed to study the exploration of principles related to plant production and the management of soils as related to agriculture. Included in the course are experiments, laboratory explorations, and the study of soil and plant relationships that affect the production of food and fiber.

CTED Practicum in Horticulture Science I, II, Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities

A laboratory course designed to develop entry-level employment skills in horticultural related careers for special needs students. A laboratory-oriented course designed to develop skills in the various technical areas of the horticulture industry.

The major focus is preparing individuals to perform horticulture related skills. The course emphasizes greenhouse and nursery crop production; landscaping; floral design; and fruit, nut, and vegetable crop production.

Instruction will include information on career opportunities, leadership activities, and record keeping practices related to the horticulture industry. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. This course may be taken for more than one year – up to four years.

Power, Structural & Technical Systems

Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies

A course designed to introduce basic theory and specialized skills in agricultural mechanics. Skills to be developed include identification and safe use of tools, carpentry, electricity, plumbing, masonry, fencing, painting, hot and cold metal working, and welding processes.

Construction of projects will be included in this course. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit is available through community colleges in Texas.

Agricultural Facilities Design and Fabrication

A laboratory oriented course designed to teach the basic principles of agricultural mechanics, including: blueprint reading and implementation, carpentry and construction, electrical and plumbing systems, concrete and masonry construction, small engine and power systems, metal construction and large project building. Structures constructed in this class could include, but not limited to: large and small trailers, wooden structures, outdoor recreational facilities, and other metal fabrication projects. CNC PlasmaCam design and fabrication will be taught and applied in this class. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Practicum in Agricultural Mechanics

A laboratory oriented course designed to teach the basic principles of agricultural mechanics, including: blueprint reading and implementation, carpentry and construction, electrical and plumbing systems, concrete and masonry construction, small engine and power systems, metal construction and large project building.

Structures constructed in this class could include, but not limited to: large and small trailers, wooden structures, outdoor recreational facilities, and other metal fabrication projects. CNC PlasmaCam design and fabrication will be taught and applied in this class. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Food Products and Processing Systems

Food Technology and Safety

A course designed to examine world food production, governmental regulations regarding foods, and food safety. Methods of processing, preparing, and packaging of foods; exploration of career opportunities, and leadership development are included. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Animal Systems

Livestock Production

A technical course designed to develop the students knowledge and skills pertaining to the nutrition, reproduction, health and management of domestic livestock. Study of animal systems, animal restraint, business management, and careers are included. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Small Animal Management

Students will be provided with opportunities to learn, reinforce, and apply information in a variety of settings in the areas of small animal, systems/business and associations. Subject areas in this course to be covered are but not limited to: small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, dogs, cats and species specific information. Study will also highlight ownership, hazards, and welfare of small animals.

Advanced Animal Science

This technical course provides an academically stimulating environment for students wishing to advance their understanding of animal science. This will be a lab oriented course with emphasis on reproduction, breeding, genetics, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, and the marketing and harvesting of domestic livestock. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Equine Science

Students will identify career opportunities, industry expectation, and attain general knowledge of horses, mules and donkeys. Areas of study shall include but are not limited to: breed identification, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, diseases, parasites, proper handling, training, confirmation, and selection of horses. 

Veterinary Medical Applications

Students will be prepared for careers in the field of animal science. Students will be provided opportunities to demonstrate proper knowledge and skills in the veterinary medicine industry. Topics to be covered in this course are, but not limited to veterinary practices and knowledge as they relate to both large and small animal species.

Subject areas include: animal behavior, communication, species/breed information, diseases/disorders, parasites, clinical examinations, imaging equipment, hematology, hospital procedures, and surgical assisting procedures. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course.

Practicum for Veterinary Medical Assistant

This course is a continuation of the Veterinary Medical Applications course providing more in-depth opportunities for students to increase their knowledge in animal anatomy, animal disease, treatment techniques, lab procedures, emergency procedures, and clinical operations. Students will be required to participate in clinical rotations, gaining hands-on experiences working in various veterinary assistant positions.

This course provides further opportunities for students to explore the veterinary medical field as well as to continue earning possible industry standard certification in veterinary assistant and possible college credits toward certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical setting. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course.

BUSINESS

Professional Communications

This is an activity based career development course in which students will develop an understanding of professional communications through exploration of the career clusters. Students will explore a variety of career options and activities including formal and informal presentations, resume writing, and job interviewing. Students will exhibit public relations skills, leadership characteristics, knowledge of the global economy, and information technology applications.

Business Management and Administration

Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

Students will participate in activities which focus on business ownership, business and personal finance, global economies, business operations and advertising. The course allows students to be involved with a variety of activities such as running a business, evaluating leadership styles, problem solving, business setting, marketing, and finance.

Touch System Data Entry

This course will train students to create documents and input data using the “touch system” of keyboarding. Emphasis is placed on student accuracy, speed and production of business documents using the touch system. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

CTED Touch System Data Entry, Career & Technical Education for Students with Disabilities

This course provides keyboarding skills for students with special needs. This course will train students to create documents and input data using the “touch system” of keyboarding. Emphasis is placed on student accuracy, speed and production of business documents using the touch system. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. 

Business Information Management I

In this course students will apply technical skills to personal or business situations focusing on word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, presentation management, operating systems and emerging technologies.

This course provides students with an overview of the various uses of information processing tools and skill development needed to make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

CTED Business Information Management I, Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities

This course provides computer skills for the special needs students. In this course students will apply technical skills to personal or business situations focusing on word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, presentation management, operating systems and emerging technologies.

This course provides students with an overview of the various uses of information processing tools and skill development needed to make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. This course may be taken for more than one year—up to four years.

Business Information Management II

Students will apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create complex word-processing documents, develop sophisticated spreadsheets using charts and graphs, manage and create enhanced data reports and create an electronic presentation using appropriate multimedia software.

Students will focus on Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and computer based certification software. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) exams.

The course objective is for students to obtain high-level skills in Microsoft Office. Students are responsible for the MCAS exam fees and for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Business Law

Students analyze the social responsibility of business and industry regarding the significant issues relating to the legal environment, business ethics, torts, contracts, negotiable financial instruments, personal property, sales, warranties, concept of agency and employment, business organizations and real property. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of contemporary legal issues. Students apply skills learned when participating in a mock trial.

Virtual Business

Students incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of business to make appropriate business decisions. Students will be able to identify steps needed to locate customers, set fees, and develop client contracts.

Student will be able to provide administrative, creative, and technical services using advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery. The student builds a functional website that incorporates the essentials of a virtual business. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Formerly International Business

Global Business

This course provides students with an understanding of cultural persity, the global economy, and the international business environment. The content and activities of the course allow students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to work in a global marketplace. Students will also have opportunities to work collaboratively and give presentations based on research gathered on international business projects.

Human Resources Management

This course introduces the primary concepts of human resources management including recruitment, selection, training, safety, wellness, development and compensation of people who work in an organization. Topics covered will include social responsibility of business and industry, employment laws, current trends and managerial practices.

Problems and Solutions in Business, Finance and Information Technology

A project-based learning experience developed by a student or group of students, teacher, and an interdisciplinary mentor team. The project provides opportunities for an in-depth study of at least one aspect of the business area.

The student or group demonstrates the ability to utilize a variety of resources, advanced technology, and communication skills in the development and presentation of the project. This project-based course may allow a student to meet one of the Distinguished Achievement Program advanced measures. Incoming 9th graders of 2008-09 will receive advanced grade points for this course.

Business Education Career Preparation I, II

This course provides an opportunity for students to obtain high school training through work-based paid experiences. The student attends one class period of instruction and reports to an approved training site for a minimum of 10-15 hours per week.

Advanced concepts and technical skills in business management and enable the student to function successfully in the workplace. Emphasis includes technical skills, effective oral and written communication, planning and organizing work, establishing priorities, records and information management, and operation of equipment. Students provide their own transportation to their training stations. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. 9333CT Formerly Ready, Set, Teach!.

Finance

Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

Students will participate in activities which focus on business ownership, business and personal finance, global economies, business operations and advertising. The course allows students to be involved with a variety of activities such as running a business, evaluating leadership styles, problem solving, business setting, marketing, and finance.

Money Matters

Students discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. Students will discuss current trends and issues consumers face in today’s marketplace. CTED Money Matters, Career and Technical education for Students with Disabilities

Special needs students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. Students will discuss current trends and issues consumers face in today’s marketplace.

Securities and Investments

This course introduces students to the regulation of the securities and investment industry, the risk factors of selecting investments, concepts of real estate law and titling. Students will use career planning concepts, tools, and strategies to explore, obtain, and develop a career in the securities industry. Students may have the opportunity to participate in stock market simulation activities.

Insurance Operations

This course will introduce students to the insurance industry. The types of insurance discussed will include liability, automobile, property, health, unemployment, life and disability. Students will use career planning concepts, tools and strategies to explore and develop a career in insurance. Students will determine client needs and respond through planned, personalized communication to influence purchase decisions and enhance future insurance business opportunities.

Accounting I

This course introduces general accounting concepts, principles and procedures while emphasizing the need for financial records. The student performs accounting functions for service and merchandising businesses, completes account payable and receivable functions, determines inventory value, calculates and records payroll and associated taxes, verifies cash flow and analyzes financial data.

Students will explore accounting career options and discuss current events involving accounting practices. Calculators are used and exposure to computerized accounting is provided. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Accounting II

Students continue the investigation of the field of accounting, including how it is impacted by industry standards as well as economics, financial, technological, international, social, legal and ethical factors. This course incorporates the complete accounting cycle in relationship to partnerships and corporations, as well as cost accounting.

Students use computerized accounting techniques and available software. Experience is provided through simulation by initiating and maintaining an accounting system. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course.

Financial Analysis

Students apply technical skills to develop knowledge and skills in the economical, financial, technological, international, social and ethical aspects of business to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Students develop analytical skills by actively evaluating financial results of multiple businesses, interpreting results for stakeholders, and presenting strategic recommendations for performance improvement.

Problems and Solutions in Business, Finance and Information Technology

A project-based learning experience developed by a student or group of students, teacher, and an interdisciplinary mentor team. The project provides opportunities for an in-depth study of at least one aspect of the business area.

The student or group demonstrates the ability to utilize a variety of resources, advanced technology, and communication skills in the development and presentation of the project. This project-based course may allow a student to meet one of the Distinguished Achievement Program advanced measures. Incoming 9th graders of 2008-09 will receive advanced grade points for this course.

Business Education Career Preparation I, II

This course provides an opportunity for students to obtain high school training through work-based paid experiences. The student attends one class period of instruction and reports to an approved training site for a minimum of 10-15 hours per week.

Advanced concepts and technical skills in business management and enable the student to function successfully in the workplace. Emphasis includes technical skills, effective oral and written communication, planning and organizing work, establishing priorities, records and information management, and operation of equipment. Students provide their own transportation to their training stations. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Information Technology Digital and Interactive Media

In this course students will develop proficiencies in designing, importing, and manipulating advanced text, graphics and audio used in presentation management, multimedia productions, publishing systems, web design, and emerging technologies.

Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Web Technologies

Through the study of web technologies and design, students create web sites based on the needs of a client. The student researches legal and copyright issues, hardware and software, connectivity issues and security protocols to make professional web pages.

Students are expected to plan, create and maintain web sites with appropriate graphics, content, video and programming elements. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Programming and Software Development

Computer Programming

This course introduces beginning programming. Student will apply an algorithmic approach (program execution, testing, debugging, and data storage) to problem solving and program design using an appropriate programming language. Emphasis is placed on programming problem identification and solving. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Network Systems

Research in Information Technology Solutions

A student will gain advanced knowledge and skills in the application, design, production, implementation, maintenance, evaluation and assessment of products, services and systems. Analytical skills and application of information technology concepts and standards are essential to prepare students for success in a technology-driven society.

COSMETOLOGY I AND II

Cosmetology is a two-year program designed to teach students the profession of beauty culture. One class period is devoted to classroom work for the study of cosmetology theory. Two class periods each day are devoted to practice in the laboratory to increase each student’s manipulative skills.

After two years the students will have fulfilled the 1500–hour requirement to take of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) examination to become a licensed hairstylist. Occupational opportunities are hairstylist, platform artist, wig stylist, manicurist, makeup artist, manager of beauty a supply firm or beauty salon, owner of beauty salon and color technician.

Students enrolled in Cosmetology I and II are responsible for the required supplies pertaining to the program.

The written exam must be passed before applying for the practical exam. Students eligible for the exam are responsible for the exam fees. Cosmetology II students will be required to enroll in (Problems and Solutions) to meet the required hours. In ordered to be accepted to Cosmetology II a student must have a minimum of 430-450 hours and pass the Cosmetology I course.

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

Advanced Fashion Design

This technical laboratory course is designed to address the textiles and apparel industries, textile design and production, apparel design practices, influences and career preparation. Instruction includes knowledge and skills of the mass production and haute couture of the worldwide design industry, fiber testing, fabrics and finishes, textile and apparel manufacturing systems, product marketing techniques, computer-aided design, federal regulations, career options, fashion illustration, and portfolio design.

Design procedures and management of multiple family, community, and career roles are emphasized. Advanced Technical Credit is available through community colleges. 

Child Development

 This is a technical laboratory course which is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Knowledge and skills related to child growth and development equip inpiduals to develop positive relationships with children and effective parenting and caregiver skills.

Inpiduals use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children, strengthen families in a culturally perse society, and pursue careers related to the care and education of children.

Child Guidance

This course provides occupationally specific training and is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Students may be awarded two credits per year for one to two years for the successful completion of this course.

Instruction will be delivered through school-based pre-employment laboratory training. The two recommended prerequisites for this course are: Child Development, Nutrition and Food Science. Knowledge and skills related to child growth and development equip inpiduals to develop positive relationships with children and effective parenting and caregiver skills. Inpiduals use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children, strengthen families in a culturally perse society, and pursue careers related to the care and education of children.

Fashion Design

This technical laboratory course focuses on apparel from the perspectives of personal decision making relating to the apparel industry and career preparation. Topics include apparel repair and alterations, managing the apparel dollar and the history of fashion.

The production of fibers and fabrics, apparel care, garment construction and maintenance are also covered in this course. Quality apparel construction is addressed as it relates to consumer decision making and career preparation for the apparel industry.

Other content addresses career options and management practices for assuming multiple family, community, and wage-earner roles. Advanced Technical Credit is available through community colleges. 

Interior Design

This is a project driven course that focuses on interior environments. Students will discover ways to enhance spaces using knowledge based on the psychological, physiological and sociological needs of people.

Students will be able to create a scale drawing of spaces as well as understand the basic construction of homes and furniture. This course will also create an awareness of the following topics; principles and elements of design, consumer decision making, safety, as well as care and maintenance of interiors.

Interpersonal Studies

This course examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life. Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services.

Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness 

This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12.
This cooking laboratory course allows students to use principles of lifetime wellness and nutrition to help them make informed choices that promote wellness as well as pursue careers related to hospitality and tourism, education and training, human services, and health sciences.

Principles of Human Services

This course is recommended for students in Grades 9-12.
This laboratory course will enable students to investigate careers in the human services career cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, and personal care services.

Each student is expected to complete the knowledge and skills essential for success in high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand human services careers.
Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

HEALTH SCIENCE

Principles of Health Science

This course includes skills related to the health care industry. Content relates to patient relationships, working environments, and ethical and legal responsibilities.

Entry-level skills will also be developed for taking vital signs, maintaining safety, and performing first aid. Introduction to basic human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology will prepare the student for a transition to clinical experiences in health care.

Science Technology II Health Science

This course will provide for the development of multi-occupational knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will observe and assist professional health care personnel in clinical/hospital environments.

Students must provide their own transportation to their assigned clinical settings. Students must be certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. A uniform, name tag, stethoscope and professional liability insurance will be required. This course receives advanced grade points. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges.

Medical Terminology

This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, and acronyms.

By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances the student’s ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in health care.

Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges. Problems and Solutions in Health Science.

This is an occupational specific course designed to provide knowledge and skills for certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant. The course of instruction is comprised of classroom instruction and clinical/hospital experience.

Students will learn to attend to patients’ hygiene, comfort, nourishment, and social needs. Competencies will be demonstrated by the taking of vital signs, maintaining patient hygiene and safety, and providing infection control. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to test for state Certified Nurse Assistant certification.

Students must be certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. A uniform, name tag, stethoscope, gait belt, fee for certification testing, and professional liability insurance will be required. A criminal background check will be required upon entrance into the course due to licensing rules for certification.

This course receives advanced grade points. Local Articulated Credit and Tech Prep college are available through the Community College System.

Practicum in Health Science.

This is an occupational specific course designed to provide knowledge and skills for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Instruction will be provided related to patient assessment, spinal immobilization, trauma management, treatment of medical emergencies and mechanical aids to breathing.

The program requires an additional ambulance and emergency room experience outside the classroom. The student must be age 18 by March 1st to participate in the course and take the test. In order to receive the state certification, the student must be 18 years of age, have successfully passed the certification test and have proof of a high school diploma.

Students must be  certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. Student tuitions, uniform, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, trauma scissors, penlight, safety glasses, and professional liability insurance will be required. This course receives advanced grade points. Local Articulated Credit and Tech Prep college are available through the Community College System.

Problems and Solutions in Health Science/Certified Pharmacy Technician.

This is an occupational specific course designed to provide knowledge and skills for certification as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The course of instruction is comprised of classroom instruction, lab applications, and independent study.

No clinical hours are required but may be provided based on individual needs and students must provide own transportation. Students will learn federal and state law pertaining to the pharmacy industry, drug classifications, medical terminology, ethical and legal issues, safety, aseptic technique, calculations, career opportunities, and pharmacy operations.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to test for national Certified Pharmacy Technician certification. The student must provide proof of a high school diploma to receive certification. Student tuition, computer access, and national testing fee will be required. This course receives advanced grade points.

Anatomy and Physiology

In this course students conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Topics will be presented through an integration of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Students will study the structures and functions of the human body and body systems and will investigate the body’s responses to forces, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy systems.

Students will also analyze the relationship between anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human systems. This same course is also listed in the Science Section of the Guidance Handbook. This course receives advanced grade points.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
This course introduces students to professions in law enforcement, fire and emergency management services, security and corrections.

Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security and corrections.

Law Enforcement I

This course is an overview of the history, organization and functions of local, state and federal law enforcement. This course includes the role of constitutional law, the United States legal system, the classification and elements of crime, criminal law and law enforcement terminology.

Formerly Emergency Communications

Law Enforcement II

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment and courtroom testimony. Students may be able to obtain an entry level Emergency Telecommunications certification.

Correctional Services

In this course students begin the preparation for certification required for employment as a correctional officer. The student will learn the role and responsibilities of a correctional officer, discuss relevant rules, regulations and laws.

The student will become familiar with defensive tactics, restraint techniques and first aid procedures as used in the correctional setting. The student will analyze rehabilitation and alternatives to institutionalization. The certification test is not administered in this course.

Court Systems and Practices

This course is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The course identifies the roles of judicial officers, reviews trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal procedures such as search and seizure, stop and frisk and interrogation.

Security Services

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for certification in security services. The course provides an overview of security elements and types of organizations with a focus on security measures used to protect lives, property, and proprietary information. Students may be able to obtain an entry level Security Officer Certification.

Forensic Science

This course uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide, and the psychology of criminal behavior.

Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes.

Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science.

MARKETING

Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

Students will participate in activities which focus on business ownership, business and personal finance, global economies, business operations and advertising. The course allows students to be involved with a variety of activities such as running a business, evaluating leadership styles, problem solving, business setting, marketing, and finance.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports, sporting events and entertainment.

Students investigate basic marketing, licensing, target marketing, sponsorship, event marketing, promotions, and implementation of sports and entertainment marketing campaigns.

This course will also provide an opportunity to develop various marketing and business plans, evaluation and management tools, sponsorship proposals and endorsement contracts.

Fashion Marketing

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the various business functions in the fashion industry. Students will explain the importance of fashion; demonstrate knowledge of fashion history and how it relates to today’s fashion, along with distinguishing among terms used in the industry.

Students will gain a working knowledge of promotion, textiles, merchandising, pricing, selling, visual merchandising, and career opportunities in the fashion industry.

Retailing and E-Tailing

Students will focus on the retail phase of marketing and career planning, credit, merchandising math, control and planning, retail safety and security, selling, entrepreneurship and promotion. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills that involve electronic media techniques necessary for a business to compete in a global economy.

Advertising and Sales Promotion

This course is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to advertising. Students will learn techniques used in current advertising, including print, broadcast, and digital media.

Students will explore the social, ethical, and legal issues of advertising, historical influences, strategies, and media decision process.The course provides an overview of how communication tools can be used to reach target audiences and why we buy what we buy.

Entrepreneurship

Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become an entrepreneur. A primary focus of the course is to help students understand the process of analyzing a business opportunity, preparing a business plan, determining feasibility of an idea using research, and developing a strategy to organize and promote the business and its products and/or services. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges.

Marketing Dynamics (Career Preparation)

Students gain knowledge and skills to help them be proficient in one or more of the marketing functional areas associated with distribution, financing, marketing information management, pricing, product planning, promotion, purchasing, risk management and selling skills.

Students will seek employment in marketing occupational areas related to apparel and accessories, banking, food marketing, automotive retailing, general merchandising, retailing, promotion, international marketing, travel and tourism, wholesaling/warehousing, and personal services marketing.

Classroom activities will correlate with work-based experiences. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges.

Practicum in Marketing Dynamics (Career Preparation II)

Students gain knowledge and skills to help them be proficient in one or more of the marketing functional areas associated with distribution, financing, marketing information management, pricing, product planning, promotion, purchasing, risk management and selling skills.

Students will seek employment in marketing occupational areas related to apparel and accessories, banking, food marketing, automotive retailing, general merchandising, retailing, promotion, international marketing, travel and tourism, wholesaling/warehousing, and personal services marketing. Classroom activities will correlate with work-based experiences.

Technology Education

Animation I

A technical course which develops advanced knowledge and skills in the area of digital animation. This hands-on course allows students to create, edit, and render characters, vehicles, scenes or objects and to design and produce digital animation using images, video, and audio resources. Students will learn design, design history, techniques and tools related to the production of drawings, renderings, and scaled models for commercial or residential purposes. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. This course receives advanced grade points.

Architechture and Construction

Architectural Design

Students will receive an overview of the various fields of architecture, interior design, construction science and construction technology. The software applications include but are not limited to: AutoCAD Architecture, Revit and Chief Architect. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. Formerly Architectural Construction

Construction Management

Students will learn design, design history, techniques and tools related to the production of drawings, renderings and scaled models for commercial or residential purposes. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Problems and Solutions in Architecture and Construction

This is a project-based course for students to research a real-world problem. Students develop a project on a topic related to career interests, use scientific methods of investigation to conduct in-depth research, compile findings, and present their findings.

Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course. This course receives advanced grade points. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to earn one advanced measure for the Distinguished Achievement Program.

Information Technology

Network Systems
 Formerly Introduction to Computer Maintenance

Computer Maintenance

Students learn the principles of computer maintenance, including computer hardware and broad level components related to the installation, diagnosis, service, and repair of computer systems and electrical/electronic theory. To prepare for success, students will have the opportunities to build personal computers and troubleshoot common maintenance problems. Students may have the opportunity to take the CompTIA A+ certification test.

Internetworking Technologies I

This course is designed to develop the skills needed to design, build and maintain small to medium-sized networks. In a lab setting that corresponds to the real world, students utilize the building blocks of today’s global information technologies to design small to medium-sized local area networks. The course focuses on network fundamentals and protocols, network theory, structured cabling, and the configuration of routers, wireless equipment, and PCs.

This high-tech learning environment provides students the knowledge and experience to enter the workforce and/or further their education and training in the computer networking field. This course is the first part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program that can lead to industry recognized certifications: the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Dual Credit is available through Lone Star College System. Students will receive advanced grade points for this course.

Internetworking Technologies II

This course is the second part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program. It focuses on switching, basic network security, LAN design, WAN design, and exploration of advanced routing protocols. This high-tech learning environment provides students the knowledge and experience to enter the workforce and/or further their education and training in the computer networking field. Successful completion of Internetwork.

TRADE & INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION

Manufacturing

Principles of Manufacturing

In this course, students gain knowledge and skills in the application, design, production and assessment of products, services and systems. Student will explore the various fields in metalworking and will receive experience in the use of precision and non-precision tools as they learn the basic operations of manufacturing.

Students will be involved in the problem solving process, safety with hand tools and power tools, familiarization of different welding and machining techniques. Special attention will be given to the various careers available in the machine shop and welding industries and will emphasize the welding process.

Welding

This two-year program prepares students to be skilled workers and to understand, perform and supervise or inspect a wide variety of welding processes. These processes include gas welding, brazing, flame cutting, plasma cutting, shielded metal arc welding and resistance welding. Introduction to gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core welding will also be explored.

Students will develop a basic understanding of design for welding fabrication, an understanding of the cost and economics of various types welding. Students are introduced to the methods of nondestructive and destructive inspection of welds and welded products. Students will also develop math and problem solving skills used in the welding field.

The nationally accredited CONTREN learning series, approved by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and the Associated Builders and Contractors chapter is a supplemental curriculum resource for this course.

This class meets for two periods each school day.AWS certification is available upon passing of Structural Steel D1.1 codebook. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials or assessed a fee associated with this course.

Advanced Welding

The advanced welding program prepares students to be skilled workers and to understand, perform and supervise or inspect a wide variety of welding processes. These include gas welding, flame cutting, plasma cutting, arc gouging, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core welding.

Students will develop a basic understanding of design for welding fabrication, an understanding of the cost and economics of welding of various types. Also introduced are the methods of nondestructive and destructive inspection of welds and welded products and an understanding of auxiliary equipment used in the process, such as jigs, fixtures, and tools and equipment related to welding.

Students will develop math skills and problem solving skills used in the welding field. The nationally accredited CONTREN learning series, approved by the National Center For Construction Education & Research and the Associated Builders & Contractors is the co curriculum for instruction in the course.

Classes meet for two periods each school day. AWS certification is available upon passing of Structural Steel D1.1 codebook. Advanced Technical Credit and Tech Prep college credit are available through community colleges in Texas.

Problems and Solutions in Trade & Industrial Education

A project-based learning experience developed by a student or group of students, teacher and an interdisciplinary mentor team. The project provides opportunities for an in-depth study of at least one aspect of an industry in the trade and industrial program area.

The student or group demonstrates the ability to utilize a variety of resources, advanced technology, and communication skills in the development and presentation of a project. This project-based course may allow a student to meet one of the Distinguished Achievement Program advanced measures. Will receive advanced grade points for this class.

TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS

Energy, Power, and Transportation Systems

This semester course will identify entry-level skills in the automotive industry while exploring inpidual employability. Emphasis is on various safety/ethical concepts and skills associated with the automotive services industry.

Topics will include industry safety standards, identification and use of tools, and understanding of major automotive components and maintenance. Classroom instruction will be enhanced by limited shop demonstration.

Automotive Technology

This sequential two-year program is designed to train students through classroom instruction, interactive computer application, and lab/task experiences. Automotive students will be taught basic fundamentals and operation of all major automotive systems.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and skills related to the following NATEF certified automotive areas: (1) Brakes, (2) Steering and Suspension, (3) Electrical and Electronic Systems, and (4) Engine Performance. Special emphasis is placed on professional work ethics and safety.

Advanced Automotive Technology

This course is a continuation of Automotive Technology and is designed to train students through classroom instruction, interactive computer application, and lab/task experiences. Automotive students will be taught basic fundamentals and operation of all major automotive systems.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and skills related to the following NATEF certified automotive areas: (1) Brakes, (2) Steering and Suspension, (3) Electrical and Electronic Systems, and (4) Engine Performance. Special emphasis is placed on professional work ethics and safety.

Small Engine Technology

This two year program is designed to provide training for entry-level employment in the air and liquid cooled engine technology industry. Skills developed include knowledge of the function, limited diagnosis and service of the systems and components of all types of lawn care equipment and irrigation engines.

Instruction consists of repairing and servicing cooling systems, air cleaners, fuel systems, lubricating systems, and starter/ignition systems. In addition, students will receive instruction in safety, academic, leadership skills and career opportunities. 

CTED Small Engine Technology, Advanced Small Engine Technology, Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities
This program provides students with employment skills that are transferable and immediately useful.

Instructional areas include small engine repair, engine tune-up, minor automotive maintenance and welding. Classes meet for two periods or one period each school day and one period each day. This course may be taken for more than one year – up to four years.

Advanced Small Engine Technology

This is the final course of the two year program in small gas engines. Instruction will include advanced knowledge of the function, diagnosis, and service of the systems and components of all types of lawn equipment, motorcycle, marine engines, and irrigation engines.

This course is designed to provide advanced training for employment in the small engine technology industry. Instruction includes the repair and service of cooling systems, fuel systems, lubrication systems, electrical/ignition systems, and mechanical systems. In addition, the student will receive instruction in safety, academic, leadership skills and career opportunities. 

Orchestra

Previous experience in playing string instruments is required and placement is based upon an audition process. The KOHS Orchestra classes are titled Concert Orchestra, which meets period 6, Camerata Orchestra which meets period 5, Philharmonic Orchestra which meets period 4, Symphony Orchestra which meets period 3, Sinfonietta Orchestra which meets period 2, and Chamber Orchestra which meets during Period 1.

Theatre

The written exam must be passed before applying for the practical exam. Students eligible for the exam are responsible for the exam fees. Cosmetology II students will be required to enroll in an 8th period class (Problems and Solutions) to meet the required state hours. In ordered to be accepted to Cosmetology II a student must have a minimum of 430-450 hours and pass the Cosmetology I course.

ARTS/VISUALARTS

The purpose of the Fine Arts Department is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for cognitive, creative, and social growth.
We actively seek to:

  • Build many types of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication.
  • Explore the influence of the arts in their power to create and reflect cultures.
  • Engage students in a process that enables them to develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation and cooperation necessary for success in life.

We in the Fine Arts Department share the following beliefs regarding Fine Arts curriculum and instruction:

  • Instruction in the fine arts is essential for the development of the whole child.
  • Fine Arts education is for all students.
  • Well-educated students have basic knowledge, skills and appreciation of the arts.
  • The fine arts provide unique experiences that combine the physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of human existence.
  • The fine arts are a means of communication beyond the written and spoken word.
  • The fine arts are a historical component of civilization and a body of knowledge which provide a sense of cultural integrity and a sense of belonging.
  • Participation in the fine arts maximizes critical thinking skills and creativity.
  • Fine arts education prepares students to be successful, contributing members of society.

Dance

Band

Choir

JROTC (Military people)

Special Education