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This Course Description Guide has been developed for the students and parents in Blue

Valley School District #229 to present information about programs and courses offered in
the high schools. Students and parents should be able to combine the information in this
guide with advice received from teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to
make decisions regarding their future plans.


BLUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
6001 West 159th Street Stilwell, KS, 66085
(913) 239-4800

BLUE VALLEY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
12200 Lamar Overland Park, KS 66209
(913) 239-3000

BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
13260 Switzer Overland Park, KS 66213
(913) 239-3400

BLUE VALLEY SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
17600 Quivira Overland Park, KS 66062
624-2000

BLUE VALLEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL
16200 Antioch Road Overland Park, KS 66085
(913) 239-3700

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
The Blue Valley Unified School District #229, Overland Park, Kansas, does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission
or access to or treatment, or employment in its programs and activities. If you have
questions regarding the above, please contact Dr. Tonya Merrigan, 15020 Metcalf
Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223, (913) 239-4000. This publication is available on the
Blue Valley District website and in alternative formats upon request.


Produced by:
Education Services
Blue Valley School District
15020 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66283-0901
(913) 239-4000

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Basic Graduation Requirements ............................................................................................................................ 3
Blue Valley, Regents & Kansas Scholars ............................................................................................................. 4
NCAA Eligibility ............................................................................................................................................................ 5
Division I Rules For Students Entering College Before 2016 (16 Core Courses) .................................................................... 5
Division I Rules for Students Entering College in 2016 or Later ................................................................................................... 5
Additional Information on NCAA Eligibility .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Post-High School College Recommendations ................................................................................................. 5
College Entrance Recommendations ....................................................................................................................................................... 5
Traditional College Entrance Recommendations................................................................................................................................ 5
Selective College & University Entrance Recommendations ......................................................................................................... 6
Qualified Admissions for Kansas Regents Institutions ..................................................................................................................... 6
Kansas Scholars Curriculum ......................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Earning College Credit While Still in High School .......................................................................................... 7
Advanced Placement Exams ........................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Concurrent Enrollment .................................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Johnson County Community College ................................................................................................................................................. 7
Baker University ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Quick Step at JCCC .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Career Pathways Partnership at JCCC ...................................................................................................................................................... 8
The Scheduling Process ............................................................................................................................................ 9
The Importance of Course Selection ........................................................................................................................................................ 9
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses ........................................................................................................................................... 9
Important Miscellaneous Information ................................................................................................................. 9
Grade Reports ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Schedule Changes/Withdrawals ................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Repeating Courses ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Auditing a Class .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
Grading Scale .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
Pass/Fail Classes ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
Weighted Grades ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Fee Statement ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Early Graduation ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Transcripts ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Incomplete Grades ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Final Examinations ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Honor Roll......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Other Credit Options .................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Independent Study ................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Credit by Exam ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Each title and page number
is a clickable link in the
Table of Contents.
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Summer School ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Virtual Courses ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Credit from an Outside Institution...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Homebound/Hospital Instruction ....................................................................................................................................................... 12
High School Credit for Middle School Spanish or French ......................................................................................................... 12
Art ................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Business & Computer Technology ..................................................................................................................... 18
English Language Arts (ELA) ................................................................................................................................. 23
Family and Consumer Sciences ........................................................................................................................... 27
Industrial Technology .............................................................................................................................................. 32
Interdisciplinary Studies ......................................................................................................................................... 34
Mathematics ............................................................................................................................................................... 35
Performing Arts: Communication ...................................................................................................................... 39
Performing Arts: Music and Music Interpretation ........................................................................................ 40
Physical Education .................................................................................................................................................... 47
Science .......................................................................................................................................................................... 49
Social Studies ............................................................................................................................................................. 53
Student Activity Courses ........................................................................................................................................ 57
Student Services ........................................................................................................................................................ 58
World Language ........................................................................................................................................................ 59
Johnson County Technical Education Partnership ....................................................................................... 65
Blue Valley District Virtual Program ................................................................................................................... 68
Blue Valley District Virtual Courses .................................................................................................................... 71
MOOC (Massive Open Online Classes) ............................................................................................................. 75
Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) ....................................................................................... 76
Sample Freshman Schedules ................................................................................................................................ 84
Blue Valley Graduation Checklist ........................................................................................................................ 85
Four-Year Planning Worksheet ............................................................................................................................ 86
Appendix A: Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions ................................................................. 87
Appendix B: Qualifying Courses for Fine Arts Requirement .................................................................... 88
Appendix C: Qualifying Courses for Technology Requirement .............................................................. 89



Throughout this guide, click on this icon to find additional information online.

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Basic Graduation Requirements
Students are reminded to check with their counselors periodically. Review of progress toward achieving
graduation requirements will facilitate timely completion. A student must have completed all graduation
requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony (Board Policy 3430).
Courses are scheduled according to students choices. Each time students change their minds, classes are
impacted. Please note the need for students to be very serious about their first enrollment choices. Changes will
be considered on a space-available basis. The Course Description Guide will be referred to as CDG throughout
this document. Fees are subject to change.
Credits
Required
Credit
Available
4.0 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

English Language Arts 9
or Honors English Language Arts 9
English Language Arts 10
or Honors English Language Arts 10
English Language Arts 11
or Advanced Placement English Lang & Composition
English Language Arts 12
or Advanced Placement English Literature
or Contemporary Communications

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3.0 SOCIAL STUDIES


History of the Western World
or Advanced Placement European History
U.S. History
or Advanced Placement U.S. History
American Government
or Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics
Social Studies elective

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1

0.5

0.5
3.0 LABORATORY SCIENCE


Biological Science
Physical Science
1 Additional Science

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1
1
3.0 MATHEMATICS


1.0 PHYSICAL EDUCATION


0.5 HEALTH AND WELLNESS


1.0 TECHNOLOGY
See appropriate courses throughout CDG or in Appendix C


1.0 FINE ARTS
See appropriate courses in Appendix B


7.5 ELECTIVES


24.0 TOTAL CREDITS


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Requirement Comparison:
Blue Valley, Regents & Kansas Scholars

BLUE VALLEY
Graduation Requirements
KANSAS REGENTS
Qualified Admissions Curriculum
KANSAS SCHOLARS
Curriculum
ELA (4.0 credits)

ELA (4.0 credits)
Blue Valley graduation requirements fulfill
the minimum requirement in this subject
area.

ELA (4.0 credits)
Blue Valley graduation requirements fulfill the
minimum requirement in this subject area.
Math (3.0 credits)
Math Strategies cannot be used to fulfill
this requirement.

Math (3.0 credits)
Required:
Algebra II or Higher (1.0)
ACT College Readiness Math Sub Score (22+)
OR
Math (4.0 credits)
Required:
Algebra II or Higher (1.0)

Math (4.0 credits)
Required:
Algebra II (1.0)
One additional Math class above Algebra II (1.0)
Middle School Algebra can count.

Science (3.0 credits)
Required:
Biology or Honors Biology (1.0)
Physical Science (1.0)
Other Science (1.0)

Science (3.0 credits)
Required:
Biology or Honors Biology (1.0)
Chemistry or Physics (1.0)
Other Science (1.0)
Natural Science (3.0 credits)
Required:
Biology or Honors Biology (1.0)
Chemistry (1.0)
Physics (1.0)
Social Studies (3.0 credits)
Required:
History of the Western World
or AP European History (1.0)
U.S. History or AP U.S. History (1.0)
American Government
or AP US Govt & Politics (0.5)
SS Elective (0.5)

Social Studies (3.0 credits)
Blue Valley graduation requirements fulfill
the minimum requirement in this subject
area.
Social Studies (3.0 credits)
Blue Valley graduation requirements fulfill the
minimum requirement in this subject area.
Physical Education (1.0 credit)
General Physical Education (1.0)

Physical Education (no credits)
No Credits Required
Physical Education (no credits)
No Credits Required
Health (0.5 credit)
Health and Wellness (0.5)

Health (no credits)
No Credits Required
Health (no credits)
No Credits Required
Fine Arts (1.0 credit)
See Appendix B for list of courses.

Fine Arts (no credits)
No Credits Required
Fine Arts (no credits)
No Credits Required
Technology (1 credit)
See Appendix C for list of courses.

Technology (no credits)
No Credits Required
Technology (no credits)
No Credits Required
Additional Electives
(7.5 credits)
Additional Academic Courses
(3.0 credits)
World Language (2.0 credits)
Students are Required to complete two years of
the same world language.

See Appendix A for additional
information on Kansas Regents
Qualified Admissions Curriculum
See page 6 for additional information
on Kansas Scholars Curriculum.



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NCAA Eligibility
Any student athlete interested in playing athletics in college should become familiar with NCAA requirements at
www.ncaa.org. The NCAA requires 16 core classes coming only from the areas of English Language Arts,
Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science, Social Science, World Language, Non-Doctrinal Religion or Philosophy.
Division I Rules For Students Entering College Before 2016 (16 Core Courses)
A GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in the 16 core courses.
4 years of English
3 years of Mathematics including Algebra I or higher*
2 years of Natural/Physical Science (one must be a lab science)
1 year of additional English Language Arts, Math or Science
2 years of Social Studies
4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above)

*Pre- Algebra and Introduction to Algebra II are not accepted by the NCAA
Division I Rules for Students Entering College in 2016 or Later
Minimum core-course GPA of 2.300 required;
Change in GPA/test score index (sliding scale); and
Ten core courses required before beginning of senior year.
Additional Information on NCAA Eligibility
Contact your school counselor or the Blue Valley School Districts Director of Activities/Athletics at 913-624-2025
if you have further questions.
You can also visit the NCAA Eligibility Center at http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp.
Post-High School College Recommendations
College Entrance Recommendations
Students who plan to enter a two-year or four-year college should check the admission requirements at the
institutions in which they are interested. Students should be sure they are using the most recent information
available.
Most colleges require a minimum of a C average. Highly competitive colleges often require a B average or
better for admission. A record of good behavior and cooperation with school staff and classmates is expected
and necessary in order to receive satisfactory recommendations for college. Good academic and attendance
records as well as involvement in school and/or community activities are the best qualifications an applicant can
offer.

Traditional College Entrance Recommendations
College-bound students should consider a high school program which will prepare them for university work. Refer
to pages 4 or 6 for complete Kansas Regents requirements. A minimum program should include:
4 credits English Language Arts 3 credits Social Studies
4 credits Mathematics 2 credits World Language
3 credits Science

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Selective College & University Entrance Recommendations
Many selective colleges, both public and private, recommend these high school courses. Honors or AP courses are
highly recommended in all subject areas. These courses not only help in securing admission but also enhance
success in college work.
4 credits English Language Arts (9, 10, 11, 12)
4 credits Mathematics (must include higher level math)
4 credits World Language (all same language)
4 credits Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
3 credits Social Sciences
1 credit Visual and/or Performing Arts


Qualified Admissions for Kansas Regents Institutions
The Kansas Board of Regents has established the following qualified admissions requirements. See Appendix A
for further clarifying information as well as a list of Blue Valley classes that fulfill each requirement.
4 credits English Language Arts (9, 10, 11, 12)
4 credits Mathematics or 3 credits Mathematics with ACT Math subscore of 22
3 credits Science
3 credits Social Sciences
3 credits of additional electives

The Regents institutions will accept pass/fail credit in any of the courses taken to fulfill the admission
requirements but will treat the P like a D for grade calculation.

Kansas Scholars Curriculum
Students who complete the following curriculum will receive a certificate of completion from the Kansas Board of
Regents and will be considered for the Kansas State Scholars Program. The Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship,
Kansas Nursing Scholarship and the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship also require the following curriculum for
application consideration.
English Language Arts (4.0 credits)
Not approved: Journalism, Reading Lab, Literary Magazine, Writers Workshop, Advanced Writers
Workshop, Language Styles and Structure and Reading Strategies.
Natural Science (3.0 credits)
One credit each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Math (4.0 credits)
Including Algebra II plus one additional higher course.
Middle School Algebra counts toward this requirement.
Social Studies (3.0 credits)
World Language (2.0 credits)
Two years of one language.
Middle School language classes can count toward this requirement if it is on the high school
transcript.


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Earning College Credit While Still in High School
Advanced Placement Exams
Certain advanced courses in the high school program are designated Advanced Placement. The Advanced
Placement examinations given each May on a standardized national test day are scored by the Education Testing
Service. Each examination receives an overall grade on a five point scale.
Each college decides which AP examination grades it will accept. Some
colleges accept scores of 3 or better and give the student credit as if that
person had taken one or more basic courses in the subject tested. In some
cases credit is not given, but the necessity of taking basic courses is waived.
Students are encouraged to check with individual colleges to determine
credit options that are best for them.
College bound students should consider taking one or more AP courses.
Research shows students completing one or more AP courses, regardless of
their grades; do better in college than those never taking AP courses.
Testing information will be given to teachers of AP courses during the early part of second semester and will be
distributed to interested students. The current cost is approximately $94.00 per AP exam. Courses that help
students prepare for AP tests are below.
English Language Arts
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature

World Language
Honors French 4.0
AP French Language
Honors German 4.0
Honors Latin 4.0
Honors Spanish 4.0
AP Spanish Language

Mathematics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
Social Studies
AP US Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Psychology
AP European History
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics
AP Human Geography
Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Environmental Science



Concurrent Enrollment
JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Blue Valley School District has an articulated agreement with Johnson County Community College
(JCCC) to offer concurrent enrollment courses in a program referred to as College NOW. The courses listed below
are articulated with the curriculum at JCCC but are taught in the high school classroom. The College NOW
program is open to high school juniors and seniors or students identified as gifted with a current Individualized
Education Plan (IEP). A student must complete a JCCC application, a high school authorization form, assessments
as required, and provide payment for tuition. A high school transcript is not required at the time of enrollment. A
schedule of College NOW classes is available early each semester at the high schools and online at
http://www.jccc.edu/collegenow
BAKER UNIVERSITY
The Blue Valley School District also has an articulated agreement with Baker University to offer concurrent
enrollment courses. The courses are articulated with the curriculum at Baker but are taught in the high school
classroom. The Baker program is open to high school juniors and seniors or students identified as gifted with a
current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). A student must have an overall cumulative high school GPA of 3.0,
complete a Baker registration request and student enrollment form, and provide payment for tuition. A high
school transcript is not required at the time of enrollment.
The decision on which program will be offered (JCCC or Baker) will be made in each individual high school based
Advanced Placement
Five Point Scoring Scale
5 = extremely well-qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation

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on whether the high school teacher meets the requirements for the higher education institution. A high school
may in some cases offer classes from both JCCC and Baker. The high school courses that have been designated
for concurrent enrollment credit are as follows:
English Language Arts
AP English Literature

Business and Computer Technology
JAVA Programming I
Honors JAVA Programming II

FACS
Child Development and Human Growth II
(when taken after or concurrently with Psychology)

CAPS Courses
All CAPS courses are eligible for college credit
World Language
Honors French 4.0
Honors German 4.0
Honors Latin 4.0
Honors Spanish 4.0
AP Spanish Language
AP French Language

Mathematics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
Honors PreCalc/Trig
Social Studies
AP US Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Psychology
Economics
AP Macroeconomics

Science
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics 1 (may be eligible)
AP Environmental Science
Quick Step at JCCC
This program is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors or students identified as gifted with a current IEP.
Instruction is provided by JCCC faculty and held on the college campus. The student must complete a
JCCC application, a high school authorization form, assessments (if required), and provide payment for tuition. A
complete list of classes each semester is found on their website at www.jccc.edu. Seniors may be eligible for
college release hours in their schedule.
To count the JCCC class as dual credit credit on both the high school and college transcript the student must
complete a dual credit form and obtain the signature of the principal or his/her designee before they enroll.
Students enrolled at JCCC are responsible for contacting JCCC to request any modifications, accommodations or
health plans to be used during a JCCC-sponsored program or activity.
The KSHSAA eligibility rule that applies to college release reads as follows: The student shall be enrolled in and
attending a minimum of five new subjects (those not previously passed) of unit weight or its equivalency during
the present semester. High school students dually enrolled in colleges who have their college hours recorded on
their high school transcript may count five hours of college credit as two subjects of unit weight or three hours of
credit as one subject of unit weight. However, the student must attend at least one class of unit weight at the
member base school per semester (one unit=0.5 high school credit). KSHSAA requires that a course be listed on
the high school transcript for it to count toward eligibility.
Career Pathways Partnership at JCCC
As part of Career Pathways, instructors from participating high schools and Johnson County Community College
align their curricula so students can begin a career path in high school and earn advanced standing credit in a
college career program. Instruction is provided on the high school campuses or area technical centers. Advanced
standing credit at JCCC is awarded for a grade of "C" or better in specific courses in the Pathways that follow.
Business and Finance
Engineering
Health Sciences
Marketing
Architecture: Design and Pre-construction (Drafting)
Hospitality: Culinary Arts & Management
Information Technology: Computer Programming, Web and Digital Communications


After enrolling and paying fees to JCCC for other college coursework in any field, a student may apply to JCCC to
receive the advanced standing credit for eligible high school courses at no additional cost. See course
descriptions in this guide for courses eligible Career Pathways credit.
Note: Career Pathways advanced standing credits are accepted towards two-year degree completion at JCCC.
Please consult a counselor at JCCC or the four-year College or University of interest for further information
regarding credit transfer between colleges.

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The Scheduling Process
The scheduling process is the shared responsibility of students, parents/guardians, teachers and counselors. All of
these people contribute ideas and information which result in effective educational programs for students. Since
students' educational programs have implications for post-high school education and eventual career choice,
careful planning is required. Parents/guardians assist students in the selection process by discussing
alternatives with them and by helping them analyze their individual interests, needs and goals.
Involvement of parents/guardians provides students with the support, encouragement and knowledge necessary
for this important step in educational career planning. Teachers and advisors are available to discuss the
curriculum with students in an effort to provide understanding of the many options that are available.
Students are encouraged to seek their teachers' recommendations before enrolling in some courses so that they
are appropriately placed and meet the prerequisites. Counselors are available to assist students, parents and
teachers in developing a sound educational program. The counselors have skills, experience and accessibility
to information needed to help students in the selection process.
Students are provided with information about all the subjects available to them. They must choose those subjects
which give them knowledge and skills that are necessary for their future educational and career plan.
The Importance of Course Selection
If students give careful thought to the future, they will realize that course selection is a means to an end, not an
end in itself. They are encouraged to seek as much information as needed from parents, teachers, counselors and
other students in order to make the wisest choices. Personal conferences can be arranged with teachers or
counselors by calling the school office. Students with post-secondary plans should note the college admissions
and Johnson County Community College guidelines addressed in this booklet when planning their courses. A
tentative four-year plan will be helpful. (See four-year plan documents in the back of this book)
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
All Blue Valley students may enroll in honors, Advanced Placement, or advanced courses.
Please Note: Each high school will determine a master schedule of classes based on the enrollment of its
students. Courses with low enrollments may not be offered in a high school. Additionally, students with
conflicting hours may have to choose between two courses. If the course is offered at another Blue Valley high
school, the student may travel to that school on a space availability basis. Transportation would be the
responsibility of the student.

Important Miscellaneous Information
Grade Reports
Grade reports will be available online after each grading period.
Schedule Changes/Withdrawals
A schedule change may be requested during the first 5 days of the semester. The student must follow established
building procedures and new courses will be added on a space availability basis.
Provided the student meets the criteria for dropping a course, withdrawal from most courses is permitted without
penalty up to the Friday before final exams. A mark of W will be recorded on the students transcript.
Withdrawals will not be permitted from a course after this date.
Exceptions to this drop policy include the following.
1. CAPS course drops will not be permitted after the 5
th
day of the semester.
2. If virtual education courses with a fee attached to them are dropped after the 10
th
day of the semester, no
refund will be given.
3. Virtual courses can be dropped without grade penalty up to the Friday before the scheduled final exam
unless the student finishes the course earlier. If the course is finished early, the student may drop the
course without penalty only before taking the final exam. Once the final exam is taken, the course cannot
be dropped.
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Blue Valley
Four-Point Grading Scale
A 90%-100% 4 points
B 80%-89% 3 points
C 70%-79% 2 points
D 60%-69% 1 point
F Below 60% 0 points

Repeating Courses
Students usually repeat high school courses only when they have failed the course the first time. However, the
Blue Valley School District acknowledges there are times when it is in the student's best interest to repeat a
course for which he/she has already earned credit and when certain guidelines are met. Students will receive a
letter grade for the course taken the second time. Both grades will be figured in the GPA. A course taken the
second time will count as elective credit only. Administrative approval is required prior to any student enrolling in
a course for which he/she has already received credit.
Auditing a Class
If students are to audit (observe a class for no credit) any class, they must obtain written permission from that
teacher and the Curriculum and Instruction administrator. Auditing requests must be processed through the
students counselor before the course begins.
Grading Scale
Blue Valley officially recognizes two different grading systems. On the grade reports and transcripts, each student
will receive one grade point average (GPA) which is based on the four-point system for all courses. Each student
will also receive a second grade point average which gives certain courses a
weighted grade. All other courses continue to receive the points listed above on
the four point scale. The students' transcripts will have two class ranks listed,
one for each grading system. Courses earning pass/fail or K credit are not
counted in the GPA.
Blue Valley School District utilizes a traditional grading scale when subject
grades are being determined. The grading scale can be seen to the right.
Students moving into the Blue Valley School District from schools with a
different grading scale will have the letter grade from the sending school
recorded on the Blue Valley transcript.
Pass/Fail Classes
Some credit options may be graded with a P for Pass or F for Fail with prior administrator approval. The NCAA
accepts only letter grades for credit on the transcript for their course requirements.
Weighted Grades
The courses receiving weighted credit are below.
Business
Honors JAVA Programming II

English Language Arts
Honors ELA 9
Honors ELA 10
AP English Language &
Composition
AP English Literature.

Industrial Technology
Honors Principles of Engineering

Mathematics
Honors Geometry
Honors Algebra II
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
Honors Accelerated Pre-Calculus/Calculus BC
Honors Multivariable Calculus

Social Science
Honors Advanced Studies in American Government
AP US Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Psychology
AP European History
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics
AP Human Geography
Science
AP Biology
Honors Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Environmental Science

Performing Arts
Honors Music Theory

World Language
Honors German 4.0
Honors Latin 4.0
Honors Spanish 4.0
Honors French 4.0
AP Spanish Language
AP French Language




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The formula used to calculate weighted grades is:
Weighted GPA = Standard GPA +
Number of Weighted Courses
7 (Number of Semesters)

Students will receive weighted grades only for the courses listed previously with grades of A, B, or C. Students
moving into the Blue Valley district will receive weighted grade credit only for courses taken in a previous high
school that Blue Valley offers for weighted credit. Students who take any of the courses listed on a college
campus will not receive weighted grades.
All Blue Valley distinctions and class ranks will be awarded to students on the basis of either grading system.
When students complete applications for college or scholarships, they may list both grade point averages and
class ranks or the one of their choice according to each schools requirement. Universities will be informed of
both the standard and weighted GPA and class rank when they receive the students Blue Valley transcript.
Fee Statement
All fees are subject to change and are approved by the Board of Education.
Early Graduation
Board of Education Policy #3450 states, Students meeting graduation requirements and wishing to graduate
early may do so. Students who graduate early shall be invited to participate in the graduation exercises
conducted at the end of the school year in which they receive their diploma.
Application for graduation after either 6 or 7 semesters may be obtained through the counselors. Students are
encouraged to talk with their counselors about this option early in their high school career.
Transcripts
Students requesting transcripts for colleges or other official agencies must formally request these be sent through
Naviance. Official transcripts will be transmitted electronically through Naviance. An official copy can also be
mailed to an institution that does not accept them electronically.
Incomplete Grades
Students who are excusably absent and require additional time to complete missed work may contact building
administration to request an incomplete grade. The student will take responsibility to contact the teacher for
make-up work and complete it within the required time period. Incomplete grades are to be made up no later
than two (2) weeks after a grading period ends. Students who have been unable to complete make-up work in
the two-week time allotted due to a family or medical emergency may be given additional time by the
administration.
Final Examinations
The Blue Valley School District believes that final examinations are important to the high school experience.
Students are shown the value of the course work they complete in a semester, and they learn to study for major
tests, a skill they will need in post-high school endeavors. Final examination schedules are determined prior to
the beginning of the school year. Allowing students to take exams early is problematic, and experience has
shown that students do not perform as well on exams when they take them late. For these reasons, permission to
take final examinations on any date other than the assigned date can only be granted by the principal.
Honor Roll
Each Blue Valley high school has an academic recognition program. Honor rolls are available after each semester.
The two honor rolls and their criteria are: Principal's Honor Roll (requires a 4.00 or better on either scale) and
Honor Roll (requires a 3.00-3.99 grade point average on either scale; all grades must be C or higher).

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Other Credit Options
INDEPENDENT STUDY allows a student to work individually with a willing teacher on an agreed-upon topic above
and beyond what is offered in the course description guide. Applications may be obtained from the students
counselor prior to the beginning of the semester. A team composed of a counselor, administrator and the
teacher(s) reviews the applications. The building principal or their designee will have final approval on all
independent study courses. The student does the work independently and meets with the teacher throughout the
semester for assistance and grading. This course may be taken for a letter grade or on a pass/fail basis. A course
that is completed as an independent study will not receive Honors or Advanced Placement credit.
CREDIT BY EXAM offers a student the chance to earn credit by demonstrating proficiency on tests which will be
designed and administered by the staff. The Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction has information
about credit by exam. This must be requested before the start of the course. Credit by exam can only be taken
for courses at or above current course level. Credit by exam does not award Honors credit.
SUMMER SCHOOL allows students to complete coursework during the summer. Whether taken at a Blue Valley high
school or elsewhere, courses should have the prior approval of the student's counselor to ensure that the student
is enrolled appropriately.
VIRTUAL COURSES offer students an opportunity to complete coursework at their own pace. The Blue Valley district
has several virtual classes. For specific information, please contact your counselor. See the virtual course section
beginning on page 68 for more information.
Credit from an Outside Institution
Students may enroll in a course from an outside institution only with prior administrator approval. Application
must be made with the counselor before enrolling in the class. Please note that once the grade is submitted on
an approved class from the outside institution it will be placed on the official Blue Valley transcript and it will not
be altered or removed.
Homebound/Hospital Instruction
Another available service which is coordinated by the nurse, counselor and the Assistant Principal for Curriculum
& Instruction is home or hospital instruction. Parents of any student whose illness will result in an absence longer
than two weeks should contact the nurse. A medical form will be provided to the student's doctor for a
recommendation for this instruction which will begin as soon as possible. Arrangements for teachers and services
are provided through the District's Department of Student Services and are coordinated by the nurse.
High School Credit for Middle School Spanish or French
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grade year can request high school credit for the class. All 8
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grade 8 will receive the credit application form in the mail at the end of the school year. The form will list the
students semester grades. The signed copy of the request for credit must be returned to the students high
school registrar by September 1. Once recorded as part of the official high school transcript, neither the course
nor the grades may be changed or removed from the transcript.

















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Painting I


Painting II


Graphic Design I*


Graphic Design II*

Digital Imaging*


Ceramics I


Ceramics II


Textile Design & Fibers


Sculpture I


Sculpture II

Photography I


Photography II


Portfolio Seminar


Jewelry/Metalsmithing


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Art History


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High School Visual Arts Scope & Sequence
The graphic below illustrates the course scope and sequence, including the required requisites for specific
courses. A couple of items to note:
The Portfolio Seminar course requires a student to have earned 2.5 Visual Arts credits (taken 5 courses.)
Art History has no prerequisites.

Visual Arts: Graphic Design Career Pathway
Pathway courses offer students the opportunity to explore fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Please check the course description guide for information on prerequisites. Courses taught in the
Art Department are listed in bold. For information on supporting courses see Department in parentheses.

Art Course




FACS Course


Business Course


Business Course
Art Course


Art Course


Art Course




Business Course


CAPS Related Course


Design
Fundamentals
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Digital Imaging Drawing I
Painting I
Painting II
Drawing II
Jewelry/
Metalsmithing I
Jewelry/
Metalsmithing II
Graphic Deisgn I
Graphic Design II
Photography I
Photography II
Scultpure I
Sculpture II
Textiles
Design & Fibers
DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
CAREER EXPLORATION & PLANNING
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
DIGITAL IMAGING
GRAPHIC DESIGN I
GRAPHIC DESIGN II
COMPUTER GRAPHICS & PUBLISHING
DIGITAL DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY
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NOTES:
Basic supplies are provided in class after
payment of fees.
Students may need to purchase extra supplies.

AR0100, AR0101
Design Fundamentals
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Design Fundamentals serves as a general introduction to
all aspects of the visual arts, giving students exposure to a
variety of studio disciplines including development of
fundamental drawing skills, aesthetics, art history and art
criticism. Students will explore visual problem solving
using the elements of art and principles of design. Fees
cover requirements of assignments.

AR0102, AR0103
Drawing I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $25 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
Drawing is a course that emphasizes drawing techniques,
drawing media and application of the elements of line,
shape, values, texture and color to good design and
composition. Experimentation with pencil, charcoal, ink,
conte crayon, pen and brush will be encouraged. Subject
matter will include still-life, figure, abstracts and landscape
(when weather permits). Students will be exposed to
professional masters work and learn fundamentals of art
criticism and evaluation. Fees cover basic supplies.

AR0104, AR0105
Drawing II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Drawing I
This course is designed for those students who have
successfully completed Drawing I and who have a desire
to do advanced work in drawing. Experimentation and
originality will be stressed. A variety of subject matter will
be used, but the emphasis will be on drawing from life. Art
history and criticism will be studied. Portfolio preparation
for college and entry into competitive shows will be
encouraged. Fees cover basic supplies.

AR0106, AR0107
Painting I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $65 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Drawing I
This course is designed for students who have matured in
Drawing and are ready to widen their personal skills with
the introduction of painting techniques. The course will
introduce painting application, color theory, first-hand
observation and originality. Students will study the work
of the masters and learn fundamentals of art criticism and
evaluation. Fees cover start-up supplies. Students supply
palette and sketchbook.
AR0108, AR0109
Painting II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $50 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Painting I
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed Drawing I and Painting I and have
demonstrated effective, specific modes of problem solving
with insight and reason as they relate to the art form.
Experimentation and working from life will be stressed as
well as art history and art criticism. Portfolio preparation
for college and entry into competitive shows will be
encouraged. Fees cover start-up supplies. Students supply
palette and sketchbook.

AR0112, AR0113
Graphic Design I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This course will provide students with the skills needed to
independently create high quality graphic designs using
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Through
integration of Adobe software, the students solve visual
problems in typography, illustration, animation and other
techniques. Students will learn to think critically, make
aesthetic judgments and become familiar with a variety of
tools and techniques used to produce professional work in
the fields of graphic design, illustration and advertising.
Students will design for traditional print, web and next-
generation digital devices. This course is highly
recommended for students considering a career in design.
Fees cover basic supplies.

AR0114, AR0115
Graphic Design II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Graphic Design II
This course is for students who want advanced training to
continue the development of their skills in Graphic
Design. Students will work on client-based projects for a
college and career-ready experience. Students will add
original works to their portfolio, including projects in
animation, illustration and computer-generated images for
marketing.

AR0116, AR0117
Ceramics I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This course provides an introduction to hand building and
wheel-thrown ceramic methods. Hand building
techniques include pinch, slab, coil, drape and extruded
forms. The elements of art and principles of design are
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stressed as they apply to form and surface decoration.
Historical and current cultural references will be explored
as they pertain to functional and non-functional wares.
Fees cover basic supplies.

AR0118, AR0119
Ceramics II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
This course is a continuation of clay methods learned in
Ceramics I. Greater emphasis will be placed on problem
solving and experimentation in clay and glazes. As a result,
assignments will provide opportunity for making unlimited
personal and creative artistic decisions. Historical and
cultural references to the media will continue as part of
the process of describing how factors of time and place
influence characteristics that give meaning and value to a
work of art. Fees cover basic supplies.
AR0120, AR0121
Textile Design and Fibers
9 10 11 12 Fee: $45 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This course includes both the creation of woven and
meshed materials and the surface decoration of pre-
woven fabrics. The elements of art and principles of
design are stressed as they apply to form and surface
decoration. Introductory processes include may include
silk painting, paper etching, bookmaking, altered books,
screen painting, felting, wrapped pots or textile
construction. Fees cover basic supplies.
AR0122, AR0123
Sculpture I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This course provides a 3-dimensional approach to
problem solving through a variety of media and materials
including paper, ply board, clay, plaster, wood, wire, metal
and stone. Techniques will include modeling, carving,
assemblage, casting and paper folding. The scale of
problems presented will range from small pieces such as
jewelry to larger freestanding forms. Students will furnish
small sketchpads and pencils. Fees cover most class
assignments.
AR0128, AR0129
Sculpture II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Sculpture I
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed Sculpture I and are interested in further
exploration of the sculptural media. More complex
technical processes will be emphasized with a variety of
techniques. Historical and cultural influences will be
examined as well as their influence in the development of
major sculptural styles and movements. Assignments will
stress independent aesthetic problem solving in the
design process. Portfolio preparation for college and entry
into competitive shows will be encouraged. Fees cover
most class assignments.

AR0124, AR0125
Photography I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $60 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This beginning photography class will engage students in
hands-on, imaging-making processes using the traditional,
film-based 35mm camera, and chemical darkroom
techniques. There is an emphasis in project-based, creative
approaches to developing film, making prints in the
darkroom, expressing themselves through images,
experimenting, and reflecting on their work and the work
of others. Class cameras are limited. Bring your own
35MM, SLR camera if possible. Fees cover basic supplies.
Some additional supplies WILL be needed.
AR0126, AR0127
Photography II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $60 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Photography I
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed Photography 1 and are interested on
continuing their work on an advanced level with film-
based photography. Students will engage in portfolio
development that illustrates personal style, advanced
creative thinking, experimentation and self-expression.
Class cameras are limited. Bring your own 35mm SLR, film
camera if possible. Fees cover basic supplies. Some
additional supplies WILL be needed.
AR0132, AR0133
Digital Imaging
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
Digital Imaging provides students with hands-on
experience in creating and editing quality digital
images. This course is highly recommended for students
considering further study or a career in digital multi-media
fields. Problem-solving is encouraged as each student
develops a portfolio of original work using Adobe
Photoshop and a variety of electronic imaging devices
including digital SLR cameras, mobile devices, and
scanners. Additionally, students' understanding of medias
impact on culture and history will be enhanced. Fees
cover basic supplies.
AR0142, AR0143
Jewelry/Metalsmithing
9 10 11 12 Fee: $50 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Fundamentals
This course provides an opportunity to work on a smaller
scale with different valuable metals. Techniques will
include soldering, casting, forming, cutting, and surface
refinement of the metal. Historical and contemporary
processes will be explored with an emphasis in design
through the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.
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Students have the option of providing sterling silver for
their projects. Brass, copper, or nickel silver can also be
used for no additional fee. Fees cover basic supplies.
AR0162, AR0163
Jewelry/Metalsmithing II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $50 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Jewelry/Metalsmithing

This course concentrate on more advanced techniques and
processes involved with metalsmithing. Students will build
on techniques learned during Jewelry including casting,
advanced stone setting and bead making. Fees cover
basic supplies.
AR0146, AR0147
Art History
9 10 11 12 Fee: $60 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course will provide an overview of select major art
history images through the ages beginning with
prehistoric and ending with contemporary themes. The
course will provide tools for analysis as well as historical
understanding. Students will be involved with reading,
memorization, and discussion of works of art as well as
appreciating the value of art in society. Students should
carefully consider the extra time needed for this more
challenging course.
AR0130, AR0131
Portfolio Seminar
9 10 11 12 Fee: $25 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: 2.5 Visual Art credits including Drawing I
This portfolio preparation class is designed for students
interested in post-high school study of art. Students will
work mostly in two-dimensional form. This class is
designed for the highly motivated student. Students must
make application for this course through the teacher. Fees
cover basic supplies.


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Marketing: Product Development and Branding
Marketing: Promotion and Advertising
Business Law
Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Business Essentials

Word Processing for Beginners
Computer Applications
Computer Graphics
Web Design
Advanced Web Design

Entrepreneurship

Emerging Technologies
Software Development and Game Design I

Software Development and Game Design II

JAVA Programming I

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Career Pathway Course Offerings
Courses offer opportunities for students to explore various fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Check course descriptions in this guide for prerequisites.

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Computer Programming





GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
GLOBAL ECONOMICS
(CAPS COURSES)
CULINARY ESSENTIALS
(FACS COURSE)
ADVANCED ACCOUNTING
ACCOUNTING
BUSINESS LAW
WEB DESIGN
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
(ART COURSE)
DIGITAL DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY,
FILMMAKING
(CAPS COURSE)
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
& PUBLISHING
ADVANCED WEB DESIGN
WEB DESIGN
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
(CAPS COURSE)
JAVA PROGRAMMING II
JAVA PROGRAMMING I
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
& GAME DESIGN II

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
& GAME DESIGN I
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
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BC0262, BC0263
Accounting
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course includes a comprehensive study of accounting
including the procedures and systems used to record
transactions and to prepare financial statements.
Accounting is a foundational class that addresses the
needs of college bound students and all students entering
the work force.
BC0264, BC0265
Advanced Accounting
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Accounting
This course expands upon the foundational accounting
principles and procedures used in business. Advanced
content includes managerial and financial accounting
practices. Advanced Accounting is recommended for
students who plan to pursue a career in business.
BC0204, BC0205
Personal Finance
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to cover the important skills in
personal finance that every person should have before
leaving high school. Course content includes basic
business decisions such as getting and keeping a job,
employee pay and benefits, checking accounts, banking
services, income tax, investing, insurance, credit, consumer
protection, consumer decision making and an introduction
to economics.
BC0458, BC0459
Marketing: Product Development
and Branding
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This project-based course will cover the following topics
and related competencies: foundations of marketing, free
enterprise system, market research, product planning,
political, economic and global analysis, branding,
packaging and labeling, price planning and strategies,
distribution, consumer behavior, personal selling, legal
and ethical issues, marketing plan, and career exploration.
BC0460, BC0461
Marketing: Promotion and Advertising
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This project-based course will cover the following topics
and related competencies: foundations of marketing,
promotion, direct marketing, sales promotion, public
relations and interactive media, target marketing, viral,
guerilla and social media, selling and sales presentations,
visual merchandising, advertising and advertising media,
consumer behavior, legal & ethical issues, and career
exploration.
BC0266, BC0267
Business Law
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course identifies and promotes the skills needed in
law and law associated professions. Topics include the
origins, ethics, structures, and institutions of law. It
concentrates on several types of law including criminal,
civil, consumer, contract, property, agency, employment,
family and environmental law.
BC0268, BC0269
Sports & Entertainment Marketing
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course will provide students an opportunity to apply
marketing principles in the fields of sports, recreation, and
entertainment. This course will cover a wide variety of
marketing topics related to sports and entertainment and
will allow students to develop skills in the areas of facility
design, merchandising, advertising, public
relations/publicity, event marketing, sponsoring, ticket
distribution, and career opportunities as they relate to the
sports and entertainment industry. Students will
participate in case studies, computer simulations, and
hands-on projects.
BC0234, BC0235
Business Essentials
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This project-based course serves as an introduction to
business and marketing courses and career fields and is
recommended for 9
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broad background and contemporary view of technology,
finance, accounting, management and marketing. The
primary hands-on activity is the development of a global
(international) project.
BC0218, BC0219
Word Processing for Beginners
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
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This course introduces the touch method of keyboarding
and is recommended for the beginner or for students who
need to improve basic keyboarding competencies.
Students learn proper techniques to master the keyboard
by touch. Students use word processing features to
format memos, letters, reports and tables. Speed rated by
the end of this class should be 30 production words per
minute. Windows and Microsoft Word are used. This
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Computer Applications
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: JCCC Career Pathways college credit available
Computer Applications offers students a thorough
knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, web
integration, database and presentations and is
recommended for the student with proficient keyboarding
skills using the touch method. Students use the above
applications to produce personal and business-related
communications.
BC0272, BC0273
Computer Graphics (Desktop Publishing)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: JCCC Career Pathways credit available
Students learn to use a variety of digital tools to produce
publishable works. This course incorporates desktop
publishing, digital editing software (Photoshop), digital
drawing, layouts, presentation software, digital cameras
and scanners to create digital media for print and web
applications. Students learn design principles to create
unique and appealing projects.

BC0274, BC0275
Web Design
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students learn the fundamentals of web design to create
functional and unique websites. Students create distinctive
graphics and animations to be included in their web
projects. Students will work with basic HTML and then
move to using more advanced HTML editors.
BC0276, BC0277
Advanced Web Design
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Web Design
Students will continue the development of their web skills
with the introduction of CSS design. Actionscripting will
be applied to web based game design. Students will
complete a variety of project-based activities.
BC0230, BC0231
Entrepreneurship
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to the knowledge and
skills necessary to own and operate their own business.
Topics include marketing, finance, economics, business
law, and human resources. Students will use their
creativity, knowledge and skills to create a business plan.
BC0456, BC0457
Emerging Technologies
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This project-based course will focus on the use of
emerging technologies as tools for learning. This is a
dynamic course with content that is updated frequently to
reflect new technologies that students will be expected to
use within the full range of classes taken during their high
school program of study. Therefore, this class is
recommended for 9
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employ college readiness skills and technology literacies
and apply these skill sets in assignments for other courses.
Students will also be introduced to the tools, processes,
and self-management skills required for online courses.
BC0464, BC0465
Software Development
and Game Design I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
In this course, students will build simulations and games
as they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to begin
constructing computer programs. Students are
introduced to object-oriented programming through
various programming techniques. Students learn to
design, create, document and debug computer programs,
and as they progress, more emphasis is placed on design,
style, clarity, and efficiency. Students may apply the skills
they learn to relevant applications such as modeling, data
management, graphics, text-processing and games.

BC0466, BC0467
Software Development
and Game Design II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Software Development & Game Design I or Intro to
Computer Programming in Basic
Note: JCCC Career Pathways college credit available
This course builds on the skills learned in the Software
Development and Game Design I course. Emphasis is
placed on design, style, clarity, and efficiency of
programming as students create, document and debug
computer programs. As students complete course
projects, they will gain a basic understanding of
programming concepts. Successful completion qualifies
for advanced standing articulated credit through Career
Pathways Partnership with Johnson County Community
College.

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JAVA Programming I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Software Development & Game Design II
This course is eligible for college credit.
This course is an introduction to Java. Students will learn
programming methodology and problem solving in a Java
environment. Topics include algorithm design and
development for object oriented programming, problem
solving skills, programming style, data abstraction, testing
and debugging.
BC0470, BC0471
Honors JAVA Programming II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: JAVA Programming I
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. This course is eligible for
college credit.
This course will cover advanced programming topics using
Java. Topics include designing and implementing abstract
classes and interfaces, processing of arrays, vectors,
wrappers, and superclasses, advanced data abstraction,
and web application using Applets and Servlets.
BC0432, BC0433
Marketing Management (IHM)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: One marketing course
Students will implement a business plan and apply
marketing theories such as supply and demand, marketing
research, product planning, pricing, promotion,
distribution and financial planning through school based
business (school store). Additionally, students develop
leadership and customer service skills through being
responsible for the management of a business and
interactions with customers. Marketing Management
students are required to be a member of DECA, the
national association of marketing students. Students in
Marketing Management may be asked to work one shift
per week outside of class in the school based business.
BC0492, BC0493
Business Management
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Marketing Management

This course would be comprised only of students
approved as staff members for the school store and
concurrently enrolled in Marketing Management. This
course will provide students an opportunity to experience
running and operating a business first hand. Topics
covered in this course include: financial
management, organizational design, leadership,
teamwork, business operations, data analysis and record-
keeping, management, inventory analysis, promotion,
communication skills, problem solving and career
exploration.
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Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Contemporary Communications

Language Styles and Structures

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EL0300, EL0301
English Language Arts 9
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
English Language Arts 9, a skill-based course, focuses on
themes of identity and the individuals journey as a hero.
The curriculum contains a balance of reading, writing,
listening, speaking and viewing skills. For comprehension
and pleasure, students read novels, plays, short stories,
poetry and non-fiction. Students write narratives, poetry
and exposition. The class includes the study of literary
terms, vocabulary and conventions, as well as the
application of research skills.

EL0302, EL0303
Honors English Language Arts 9
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted-grade and requires
more in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should
carefully consider the extra time needed for this challenging
course.
Honors English Language Arts 9, a skilled-based course,
focuses on themes of identity and the individuals journey
as a hero. The curriculum contains a balance of reading,
writing, listening, speaking and viewing skills. For
comprehension and pleasure, students read novels, plays,
short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Students write
narratives, poetry and exposition. The class includes the
application of research skills and the study of literary
terms, vocabulary and conventions. This course is
designed for students who have an interest in the
communication arts and who want to pursue a more
rigorous curriculum in writing, reading, and critical
thinking.

EL0304, EL0305
English Language Arts 10
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 or Honors English
Language Arts 9
English Language Arts 10, a skilled-based course, focuses
on the traditional elements of story and the connection of
self with others. To enhance comprehension and pleasure
in the sophomore year, students read challenging novels,
plays, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Students
analyze literature and poetry through expository,
persuasive, and narrative writing techniques. The class
includes application of literary terms in literature and the
refinement of vocabulary, research skills and accuracy in
conventions.
EL0306, EL0307
Honors English Language Arts 10
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 or Honors English
Language Arts 9
Note: This course earns a weighted-grade and requires
more in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should
carefully consider the extra time needed for this challenging
course.
Honors English Language Arts 10, a skill-based course,
focuses on the traditional elements of story and the
connection of self with others. To enhance
comprehension and pleasure in the sophomore year,
students read a more challenging selection of novels,
plays, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Students
analyze literature and poetry through expository,
persuasive, and narrative writing techniques. They apply
their understanding of literary terms and refine skills in
vocabulary, research and conventions. This course is
designed for students who have an interest in the
communication arts and who want to pursue a more
rigorous curriculum in writing, reading, and critical
thinking.
EL0308, EL0309
English Language Arts 11
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 &10 or Honors English
Language Arts 9 & 10
English Language Arts 11 explores the on-going struggle
between the needs of the individual and of an ever-
changing society in America. Students interpret and
analyze works by various American authors. Through
reader response, essays, technical writing and a research
project, students begin to further develop personal styles
of writing. Vocabulary, literary terms, conventions and
research skills continue to be a significant part of the
curriculum. Students will also continue to focus on critical
thinking within the contexts of reading, writing, listening,
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EL0310, EL0311
Advanced Placement
English Language & Composition
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 &10 or Honors English
Language Arts 9 & 10
Note: This course earns a weighted-grade and requires
more in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should
carefully consider the extra time needed for this challenging
course.
Advanced Placement English Language is an in-depth
exploration of the forces, the dreams and the ideas that
have driven and continue to drive the American identity
and the American spirit. Students read colonial,
revolutionary, romantic, regional, transcendental and
contemporary American authors in a variety of forms:
novels, short stories, plays, poems and essays. This year-
long class prepares students for college writing and/or the
Advanced Placement (AP) language test. The focus is on
literary style, argumentation, synthesis, and research skills.
The class is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for
Advanced Placement English Literature.
EL0342, EL0343
English Language Arts 12
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Three (3) high school ELA credits
English Language Arts 12 is a year-long class that seeks to
offer the best of contemporary, British, and world
literature. Students may explore a variety of genres such
as non-fiction, satire, mystery, science fiction, poetry and
drama. Since this course celebrates the diversity of genres
in our culture, students will analyze and interpret the roles
of these genres in their lives. Through reader response,
literary analysis, and persuasive writing, students will
continue to improve and develop their personal writing
skills. Emphasis also will be placed on reading strategies
to prepare students for successful post-secondary and
lifelong reading.

EL0314, EL0315
Advanced Placement English Literature
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Three (3) high school ELA credits
Note: This course earns a weighted-grade and requires
more in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should
carefully consider the extra time needed for this challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
AP English Literature is a challenging course for the highly
motivated reader and critical thinker. The emphasis is on
the analysis of traditional poetry, novels, short stories,
plays and essays. The course also includes frequent
analytical essays and in-class writings which will prepare
students for college level writing and/or the Advanced
Placement (AP) literature test. Students make conscious
stylistic choices in writing, which will include sophisticated
sentence structure and advanced vocabulary. A research
paper is required in this course.

EL0324, EL0325
Contemporary Communications
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Three (3) high school ELA credits
Contemporary Communications is a year-long course that
will focus on collegiate-level and corporate-level
communication skills through a technologically-innovative,
fast-paced, advanced course of study. Students will
develop abilities in technical reading and writing, oral
presentation, desktop publishing, researching and reading
contemporary and classical fiction and nonfiction.
CA0328, CA0329
Language Styles and Structures
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Two (2) years of high school ELA
The curriculum of this course includes an in-depth study of
English grammar and usage to improve correctness and
style in writing and speaking.. Students apply skills to
their own writing and become familiar with the study of
various aspects of linguistics and of the history and
development of the English language. Vocabulary study
occurs throughout the course. Students refine
conventions, vocabulary, self-editing skills, group
discussion and cooperative learning techniques. This
course is for average and above-average students; it is
NOT a remedial course.
CA0326, CA0327
Literary Magazine
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 or Honors English
Language Arts 9
Reading, evaluating and selecting student writings for
publication in the school literary magazine is the primary
focus of this class. Students produce the magazine,
engaging in such activities as layout and design, selection
of art and photography, proofreading and editing, desktop
publishing and publicity. On a limited basis, students
engage in their own writing activities for submission to the
magazine. This class is for those with good organizational
and editing skills, the ability to judge work on its literary
merit and the ability to work independently and
collaboratively.
CA0318, CA0319
Reading Lab
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Reading Lab is designed to provide an environment that
encourages academic reading and pleasure reading. This
course offers individualized instruction for improving
study skills, preparing for college entrance exams, and
developing reading power in comprehension, vocabulary,
speed and critical reading. The design of the instructional
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Reading Strategies
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
This course will be required of all students who are not
proficient in reading. Students not performing at the
proficiency level or at the identified level on the norm-
referenced test will need to complete this course. This
course will focus on teaching strategies that enhance the
students skills in comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.
This course must be taken concurrently with an English
Language Arts course.
CA0320, CA0321
Writers Workshop
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 or Honors English
Language Arts 9
Writers Workshop is a semester course that focuses on
the process and products of creative writing. In this class,
students will examine models of writing, including reading
books by writers on writing, and they will create their own
original pieces in various genres, including poetry, short
stories, essays, dramas and other modes. In addition to the
workshop setting that will provide an open and free
exchange of ideas and reflections on writing, students will
aim to publish a piece of writing.
CA0322, CA0323
Advanced Writers Workshop
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Writers Workshop
Advanced Writers Workshop is a semester course that
builds on the skills and ideas introduced in Writers
Workshop. In this course, emphasis will be placed on
writer/reader response, frequent teacher conferences, and
preparation for multiple out-of-school publications.
Students in this course will gain more exposure to writing
theory and contemporary writers, and they will also
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Food Decisions
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Culinary Arts I

Culinary Arts II



Child Development and Human Growth I


Child Development and Human Growth II



Career Exploration and Planning
Career and Community Connections


Exploring Health Professions






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Courses offer opportunities for students to explore various fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Check course descriptions in this guide for prerequisites. For information on supporting courses,
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Visual Arts: Interiors & Textiles Hospitality: Culinary & Restaurant Management




















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CAREER & COMMUNITY
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DESIGN STUDIO II
(FASHION & CLOTHING PRODUCTION)

DESIGN STUDIO I
(FASHION & CLOTHING PRODUCTION)
INTERIOR DESIGN
APPAREL & INTERIOR ESSENTIALS
(INTRO TO FASHION & INTERIORS)
DIGITAL IMAGING
(ART COURSE)
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
(BUSINESS COURSE)
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
(BUSINESS COURSE)
DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
(ART COURSE)
CAREER EXPLORATION & PLANNING
MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLOTHING & CONSUMERISM
CULINARY APPLICATIONS
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CULINARY ARTS
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CAREER & COMMUNITY
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MARKETING
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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CULINARY ARTS II
CULINARY ARTS I
FOOD DECISIONS
CULINARY ESSENTIALS
BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
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CAREER EXPLORATION & PLANNING
MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLOTHING & CONSUMERISM
GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP
GLOBAL ECONOMICS
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2020 INSTRUCTOR INTERNSHIP
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY &
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CHILD DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN
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CAREER EXPLORATION & PLANNING
MIDDLE SCHOOL FACS &
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CAREER & COMMUNITY
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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MARKETING
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PERSONAL FINANCE
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CAREER EXPLORATION & PLANNING
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FC05104, FC05105
Apparel & Interior Essentials
(Intro to Fashion and Interiors)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $12 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to the essential concepts
of the apparel and interior design. Students engage in
hands-on projects, applying the principles and elements of
design. Trends and career opportunities in the fields of
fashion, textiles, and interiors will be explored.
FC05106, FC05107
Design Studio I (Fashion and Clothing
Production)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Apparel & Interior Essentials or Teacher Approval
Design Studio I provides students with the opportunity to
create projects displaying knowledge of elements and
principles of design. Students work independently on
dynamic projects and are encouraged to develop their
own style. Visual merchandising and career opportunities
are explored. The individuals choice of projects will
determine costs.
FC05108, FC05109
Design Studio II (Projects in Fashion &
Interiors)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Design Studio I or Interior Design
Design Studio II provides authentic experiences in apparel,
interiors and textiles which builds and refines knowledge
learned in Design Studio I or Interiors. Students will use
the creative design process to meet the needs of a client.
This application course supports entrepreneurial
endeavors in the interior, textile or apparel field. The
individuals choice of projects will determine costs.
FC0584, FC0585
Food Decisions
9 10 11 12 Fee: $22 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
The Food Decisions class is recommended for all students
in order to build basic nutrition and wellness knowledge
and skills by enabling students to analyze lifelong benefits
of current nutrition and wellness practices. Laboratory
experiences emphasize nutrition with an emphasis on
healthy meals, snacks, beverages, and sports nutrition. This
course is especially appropriate for students with an
interest in wellness and fitness, health, culinary, or
nutrition-related careers.


FC0598, FC0599
Culinary Arts I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $22 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Culinary Essentials
In this course students will learn professional preparation
techniques and build on the skills learned in Culinary
Essentials. Laboratory experiences will include advanced
baking methods and creating a wide variety of complex
dishes. Careers in the Restaurant and Event Management
Pathway will be explored by implementing a culminating
hospitality project. The fee is used to purchase food and
supplies for the class.

FC05100, FC05101
Culinary Arts II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $25 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I
In this course, students build on the skills learned in
previous classes to develop culinary techniques that will
result in planning, designing, and serving foods at a
professional level. Professional career options of the Garde
Manger Chef, Executive Chef, and Pastry Chef will be
explored through laboratory experiences including
garnishing, chocolate usage, advanced pastries, and more.
A catering project will expose the students to marketing
techniques, management skills, and completion of a
professional cuisine experience. The fee is used to
purchase supplies for the class.
FC05116, FC05117
Child Development & Human Growth I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students examine physical, emotional, intellectual and
social development stages of a child. Additional
studies/topics include theories of human development,
discipline, nutrition, first aid and effects of the media on
children. This course includes observation of children.
Information gained in this class can prepare students for
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FC05114, FC05115
Child Development & Human Growth II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Child Development and Human Growth I
Note: Students may choose to enroll in Baker credit for this
course when this course is taken following Psychology and
Child Development.
Students will build on their understanding of the
developmental stages of children and adults, beginning
with the adolescent years. This course will be of particular
value to students interested in careers in education,
counseling, social services or human resource
management. Students will discuss personal, family and
business interactions related to friendships, dating,
marriage, family life cycles and careers. Students will also
practice the positive communication skills that assist in
building trust, solving problems, and collaborating with a
team.
FC0596, FC0597
Culinary Essentials
9 10 11 12 Fee: $22 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to professional food
preparation. Through laboratory experiences, students will
use various culinary equipment to learn baking techniques,
meat preparation, and advanced cooking methods. Safety,
sanitation, and leadership development is integrated
throughout the course. The fee is used to purchase food
and supplies for the class.
FC0580, FC0581
Interior Design
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students may apply to JCCC for Career Pathways
college credit for this course
Students create the environment for a home by the
selection of color, fabric, furniture and accessories using
the elements and principles of design. The students apply
the skills necessary to design interior spaces that
acknowledge personal and client needs, housing codes,
and architectural trends. Utilizing current technology,
students evaluate and draft floor plans that meet lifestyle
needs. Career opportunities and leadership development
are included.
FC0586, FC0587
Career Exploration and Planning
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
College and career success begins with careful planning
and preparation during high school. In this course,
students examine factors involved in college readiness,
career decisions and life planning. Surveys, interest
inventories, and computerized career analysis help
students identify areas of interest and financial options for
their future. Students are introduced to career options
through informational interviews, guest professionals and
field trips. Students examine high school and college
requirements for various careers, set goals, develop plans
to meet those goals, create resumes, and refine interview
and self-presentation skills.
FC0582, FC0583
Career and Community Connections
9 10 11 12 Fee: $10 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: One other FACS course or Personal Finance (may
be taken concurrently)
Note: 1 Credit per Semester
This course provides students with hands-on experiences
through problem-based learning related to the service
professions including culinary, tourism, and human
services. Emphasis is placed on continued development of
the 21st Century skills necessary for college and career
success. Students will have short internships in career
fields of interest and investigate career outlook, post-
secondary training requirements, and professional
organizations related to these fields. A portfolio will be
developed as part of this class. This is the capstone class
for Human Services and Hospitality and Tourism Career
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Offerings
Courses offer opportunities for students to explore
various fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Check course descriptions in this
guide for prerequisites. For information on
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Health Science







FC05110, FC05111
Exploring Health Professions I
FC05112, FC05113
Exploring Health Professions II
11 12 Fee: $30 2.0
APPLICATION REQUIRED
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology required and Anatomy
and Physiology or Chemistry is recommended and can be taken
concurrently.
Notes: Students take 1 credit per semester. Students may
need to have a background check and/or hepatitis B
vaccination for placement at some health facilities.
Students enrolled in Exploring Health Professions may
choose to enroll concurrently in Certified Nursing Assistant
training at JCCC. This course is articulated with health care
programs at JCCC and students could be eligible for college
credit. The full course fee is paid the first semester entered.
This two-period block course will be of value to students
considering a medical career. The first quarter includes a
review of various possible career options, medical
terminology and CPR. During the remaining three
quarters, students will observe professionals in work
settings including hospitals, clinics, labs, nursing facilities,
veterinary clinics, etc. These job-shadowing experiences
combined with classroom instruction will enhance
students knowledge and skills related to occupational
safety, HIPPA regulations, and other essential healthcare
practices. Students must provide their own transportation
to on-site experiences, some of which require highway
driving. Background checks and current immunizations
(including Hepatitis B, TB, H1N1 and seasonal flu shots)
are required.



BIOLOGY OR HONORS BIOLOGY
(SCIENCE COURSE)
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
(SCIENCE COURSE)
AP BIOLOGY
(SCIENCE COURSE)

EXPLORING HEALTH PROFESSIONS
(FACS HEALTH COURSE)
FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE
SPORTS MEDICINE
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Drafting II/Architecture*

Drafting III/Advanced Concepts in CAD*

Wood Technologies I
Wood Technologies II


Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)*


Honors Principles of Engineering (POE)


*Course can be used for Fine Arts or Technology credit but not both.


Industrial Technology: Career Pathways Course Offerings
Courses offer opportunities for students to explore various fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Check course descriptions in this guide for prerequisites. For information on supporting courses,
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Architecture: Design & Preconstruction Engineering & Applied Math












DRAFTING III / ADVANCED CONCEPTS
IN CAD
WOOD TECHNOLOGIES II
WOOD TECHNOLOGIES I
DRAFTING II / ARCHITECTURE
DRAFTING I / CAD
CAPS ENGINEERING
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HONORS PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION TO
ENGINEERING DESIGN
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
(BUSINESS COURSE)
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
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IT0738, IT0739
Drafting I/CAD
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students may apply to JCCC for Career Pathways
college credit for this course.
This course develops specific skills for drafting, design
concepts and computer aided design. It includes standards
for both engineering and architectural drafting. Students
use basic geometric construction techniques to develop
drawings on board and computer. Math competency in
Algebra is recommended. Fees for this course cover paper
for drawings and prints.
IT0740, IT0741
Drafting II/Architecture
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Drafting I/CAD or IED
Note: Students may apply to JCCC for Career Pathways
college credit for this course.
This course expands the principles and techniques of
architectural and engineering drafting. The course is
geared toward the architectural industry, but engineering
concepts are also covered. Students complete design
problems on the board and on the CAD system.
Architectural Design projects and modeling techniques are
incorporated throughout the course. Fees for this course
cover paper. Students may incur costs for additional
projects.
IT0742, IT0743
Drafting III/Advanced Concepts in CAD
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Drafting II/Architecture
Note: Students may apply to JCCC for Career Pathways
college credit for this course.
This problem solving course for students increases
competency in CAD drafting. Computer and hands-on
three dimensional problems are emphasized and used
with specific technical skills to solve design problems.
Students prepare a project of their choice for presentation.
Fees for this course cover paper for drawings. Students
may incur costs for additional projects.
IT0744, IT0745
Wood Technologies I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students may apply to JCCC for Career Pathways
college credit for this course.
This course is a project-oriented class which includes the
study of materials and processes used in industry.
Students learn to read working drawings, identify
characteristics of materials, and apply safety guidelines.
Projects in wood and other materials are completed. Fees
cover the materials utilized, but students must provide
their own wood.

IT0746, IT0747
Wood Technologies II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Wood Technologies I
Note: Students may receive credit by written and
performance exam for WT103 Experience in Wood
Technology (3 credits from Pittsburg State University.)
This course expands on the materials and processes used
in Wood Technologies I. Design and aesthetics are
stressed in the creation of projects. Students utilize mass
production concepts to create a class project. Fees cover
the materials utilized, but students must provide their own
wood.
IT0724, IT0725
Introduction to Engineering Design
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students may receive college credit by exam at
various universities. For additional information see
http://www.pltw.org/college-universities.
This course introduces students to the engineering design
process. They develop their engineering portfolio that will
follow them through all the courses. Working in teams
they learn how to use sketching as a means to
communicate their ideas as well as the geometry used in
parametric modeling, assembly, and motion constraints.
They explore the production and marketing of products.
College credit can be obtained by completing Introduction
to Engineering Design & Honors Principles of Engineering.
IT0748, IT0749
Honors Principles of Engineering
9 10 11 12 Fee: $15 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Geometry
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. Students may receive college credit by exam at
various universities. For additional information see
http://www.pltw.org/college-universities.
This course covers the different types of engineering, the
communication and documentation that are used by
engineers. Mechanisms, thermodynamics, fluid systems,
electrical systems and control systems are also covered.
Using the appropriate formulas, students make static and
strength calculations for various materials before testing
them. They explore the fields of reliability engineering and
kinematics. Students will participate in projects that teach
how to communicate effectively and work as a team. This
is a foundational course in the PLTW series. College credit
can be obtained by completing Introduction to
Engineering Design & Honors Principles of Engineering.


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Odd numbers are second semester courses.

IN1800, IN1801
Philosophy
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course studies existence, knowledge, ethics and
aesthetics, as discovered by the student and confirmed by
the philosophers of many cultures. The course includes
study of philosophy including the nature of being, the
nature of knowledge, the nature of aesthetics (beauty), the
nature of ethics (morality) and political philosophy.
IN1804, IN1805
Student Leadership in the
School and Community
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students in this course learn about various leadership
styles and strategies, reflect on their own developing
leadership abilities and apply various strategies to real life
leadership experiences in school and community settings.
The course focuses on:
Critically evaluating contemporary and historical
leadership concepts and theories;
Applying critical/creative thinking skills to the study
and practice of leadership;
Describing the fundamental concepts of leadership
competencies;
Describing the effects of contextual variables on the
practice of leadership in various settings;
Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, what
is learned about leadership;
Describing the fundamental concepts that enable one
to understand and lead individuals and groups;
Understanding community and fostering
volunteerism.
IN1810, IN1811
ACT/SAT Test Preparation
9 10 11 12 Fee: $100 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
SAT/ACT Test Preparation is a course designed to teach
strategies that can enable a student to improve SAT and
ACT test scores. Content is not taught although some is
reviewed. An additional area of focus is on the study of
vocabulary words commonly used in these specific tests.
One practice SAT and three practice ACT tests are
required. All or some of these are administered outside of
the class period so that exact testing conditions can be
simulated. Fees cover the cost of materials used.
IN1812, IN1813
Peer Tutoring
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Teacher and Counselor approval needed
This course is designed for students who are interested in
helping and/or tutoring semi-independent Learners or the
English Language Learners. Students work independently
as well as cooperatively in either or both programs.
Students are expected to assist in academic areas and help
encourage a positive learning environment. Students are
expected to complete a journal sharing new learning on a
weekly basis for a grade as well as plan ways to aid their
tutees.
FC5104, FC5105
Connections
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Students with an IEP or application for peer
mentors

The Connections course is for students who need
instruction, modeling, and practice in social skills. General
education students who act as role models and
mentors are an important part of the class. In addition
to learning appropriate social skills, the class allows
students who often feel different or alone to meet new
people and develop healthy friendships. It provides social
opportunities for the students to practice the skills they
are learning and interact with peers outside of the regular
school day and/or school building. Students enrolled in
this class may participate in school dances, attend athletic
events, or become involved in other school activities with
their Connections classmates and mentors.


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Honors Geometry


Intro to Algebra II



Algebra II

Honors Algebra II


Advanced Algebra

Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry

Honors Pre-Calculus &Trigonometry


Honors Accelerated Pre-Calculus BC




Advanced Placement Statistics

Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Advanced Placement Calculus BC

Honors Multivariable Calculus



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Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

MA0846, MA0847
Math Strategies
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in Algebra I OR Geometry and
Teacher Recommendation
This course is designed for students who are not proficient
in the requisite skills needed for successful completion of
Continuing Algebra or Geometry. Students who are not
performing at the identified level on norm referenced
tests, the state mathematics assessments from 7th and 8th
grade and their previous coursework will be invited to take
this course. The course will focus on teaching strategies
that enhance a students ability to find success within a
high school mathematics class. The course must be taken
concurrently with Continuing Algebra or Geometry.
Geometry students who are enrolled in this course must
have taken Continuing Algebra at some point within their
high school coursework in order to qualify for an
invitation.
MA0864, MA0865
Pre-Algebra
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
This mathematics class is designed for students who are
not proficient in the requisite skills for successful
completion of Algebra I. Students not performing at the
identified level on norm-referenced tests from 7th and 8th
grade will be invited to take this course. This course will
focus on teaching strategies that enhance the students
ability to find success within a high school mathematics
class in addition to the following math concepts: Algebraic
Expressions and Integers, Decimals and Equations; Factors,
Fractions, and Exponents; Ratios, Proportions, and Percent;
Solving Equations and Inequalities; Linear Functions and
Graphing; and Area and Volume. This class does not fulfill
Kansas Regents requirements or NCAA criteria.
MA0806, MA0807
Algebra I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students will master algebraic skills essential for the study
of higher mathematics. This course is designed to bring
together past experiences in algebraic concepts and
extend these experiences through the real number system.
The course stresses understanding of the structure of
different number systems and learning to appreciate the
need for precision of language. Topics include the real
number system; first degree equations and inequalities;
polynomials; applications of factoring, statistics,
probability and geometry; functions; relations; graphs,
quadratic equations and inequalities.

MA0810, MA0811
Geometry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Continuing Algebra, Algebra l or Course Equivalent
Students are provided the opportunity to extend
knowledge in algebraic concepts through the study of
geometric relationships. Students communicate
mathematical ideas and geometric arguments by a variety
of means including 2-column proofs, flowcharts,
paragraphs and indirect arguments. The information about
geometric relationships and the variety of communication
strategies and logic skills should prove extremely valuable
in future courses in mathematics as well as other fields of
knowledge. Topics include transformations; congruence;
linear and quadratic equations; right triangular
trigonometry; the basic ideas of coordinate geometry;
direct and indirect proofs; and applications of formulas,
ratio and proportion, statistics and probability.
MA0812, MA0813
Honors Geometry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra l or Course Equivalent
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Students cover the same topics in the Geometry course
but in greater depth. Emphasis is given to the theory
underlying the mathematical concepts and more
challenging problems are included. This course is
designed for students who possess a high interest in
mathematics and who plan to enroll in advanced/honors
math courses during subsequent high school years.
MA0844, MA0845
Introduction to Algebra II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry and teacher recommendation
This course is designed for students who struggle with
proficiency in requisite skills needed for successfully
completing Algebra II. Students not performing at the
identified level on norm-referenced tests and their
previous high school math coursework will be invited to
take this course. This course will focus on teaching
strategies that enhance the students ability to find success
within a high school and college mathematics class in
addition to the following math concepts; properties of the
real number system and an introduction to the complex
number system, first degree and quadratic equations and
inequalities and an introduction to polynomial and
exponential functions; in-depth analysis of the graphs of
various functions; applications of geometry, probability
and statistics; and an introduction to conic sections and
sequences/series. This course is not Regents or NCAA
approved.

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MA0814, MA0815
Algebra II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra I or Course Equivalent and Geometry
Students continue the study of the real number system
with an introduction to the complex number system. This
course allows the student to develop a mastery of
algebraic techniques and a thorough knowledge of
elementary functions and the graphs of these functions.
Topics studied include properties of the real number
system; polynomial and exponential functions,
applications of geometry, probability and statistics and
conic sections.
MA0816, MA0817
Honors Algebra II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra I or Course Equivalent and Geometry
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Students cover the same topics in Algebra II course listed
above but in greater depth. Emphasis is given to the
theory underlying the mathematical concepts and more
challenging problems are included. This course is
designed for students who possess a high interest in
mathematics and who plan to enroll in advanced/honors
math courses during subsequent high school years. See
the online section for more information regarding online
Honors Algebra II.
MA0818, MA0819
Advanced Algebra
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra ll or Honors Algebra II
Note: Eligible for Quick Step Plus
This college preparatory course is offered to students who
have passed Algebra II but who are not interested in Pre-
Calculus/Trigonometry. Topics for this course include
arithmetic/geometric sequences and series; parametric
equations; inverse variation functions, rational functions;
trigonometric functions; conic sections; complex numbers;
regressions; and combinations/ permutations. Students
enrolled in this course will be offered the opportunity to
earn College Algebra credit through JCCC as part of their
course work. Students exercising this option must
complete a JCCC application, qualify for admission,
complete JCCC assessments (if required), and provide
payment for tuition.
MA0858, MA0859
Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
Topics for the course include properties of the real
numbers, circular functions, trigonometric functions,
applications of trigonometry, sequences and series, limits,
basic functions and their transformations; and vectors.
MA0836, MA0837
Honors Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Students who plan to continue their study of mathematics
with Calculus or other courses at the college level are
encouraged to take this course. Students cover the same
topics in Pre-Calculus course listed above but in greater
depth. They study additional topics of analytic geometry,
application of matrices and the binomial theorem.
Emphasis is given to the theory underlying the
mathematical concepts and more challenging problems
are included. This course is designed for students who
possess a high interest in mathematics and who plan to
continue with advanced/honors math courses during
subsequent high school years. Students enrolled in this
course will be offered the opportunity to earn College Pre-
Calculus credit through JCCC as part of their course work.
Students exercising this option must complete a JCCC
application, qualify for admission, complete JCCC
assessments (if required), and provide payment for tuition.
MA0860, MA0861
Honors Accelerated Pre-Calculus BC
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II and Teacher Recommendation
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Students who plan to continue the study of mathematics
with AP Calculus BC and then on to Multivariable Calculus
are encouraged to take this course. Topics for the course
include: properties of real numbers, circular functions,
trigonometric functions, applications of trigonometry,
basic functions and their transformations, sequences and
series, systems of equations and vectors, followed by limits
and differential calculus.

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MA0826, MA0827
Advanced Placement Statistics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Students are introduced to the major concepts and tools
for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from
data. College-bound students who plan to enter such
fields as economics, business, journalism, education,
research, psychology, sociology, biology, and medicine,
benefit from this course. Topics for this course include
exploring data, experimental design, probability and
simulation, and statistical inference. Students may choose
to enroll for Johnson County Community College credit
and/or students may take the Advanced Placement (AP)
Statistics test.
MA0830, MA0831
Advanced Placement Calculus AB
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Honors Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Students take a standard one year course in Calculus. The
course closely follows the recommendations of the
Committee on Mathematics of the Advanced Placement
Program and meets the requirements set forth by the
College Board for the AP exam. Topics for the course
include elementary functions (polynomial, algebraic,
trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic), limits
(including epsilon-delta definition), differential calculus
with applications, integral calculus with applications,
techniques of integration and plane analytic geometry.
Students may choose to enroll for Johnson County
Community College credit for Calculus I and/or students
may take the Advanced Placement (AP) test for Calculus
AB.












MA0834, MA0835
Advanced Placement Calculus BC
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Honors Accelerated Pre-Calculus BC and
Consultation with Instructor(s)
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
This course in single-variable calculus closely follows the
recommendations of the Committee on Mathematics of
the Advanced Placement Program and meets the
requirements set forth by the College Board for the AP
exam. Topics for the course include all the topics listed
above for Calculus-AB plus additional topics in: differential
and integral calculus including parametric, polar, and
vector functions; slope fields; solutions to differential
equations using Eulers method; LHopitals Rule and
polynomial approximations and series including extensive
attention to Taylor Series. Students may choose to enroll
for Johnson County Community College credit for Calculus
I and/or students may take the Advanced Placement (AP)
test for Calculus BC.
MA0856, MA0857
Honors Multivariable Calculus
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Placement
Calculus BC and consultation with Instructor
Note: This course earns weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
This course extends the topics from AP Calculus BC,
working with multiple variables and multiple dimensions.
Topics include vectors in space, cylindrical and spherical
coordinates, calculus of vector-valued functions, limits of
functions of several variables, partial derivatives,
directional derivatives and gradients, double and triple
integrals, and applications to analysis of functions of
several variables. Students will complete concepts from
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Argumentation and Debate

Beginning Acting

Advanced Acting

Stagecraft
Advanced Stagecraft

Repertory Theatre
Advanced Repertory Theatre


Beginning Forensics

Advanced Forensics

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Century Journalism*
Digital Communications Newspaper I*

Digital Media Productions-Newspaper II*

Digital Communications Yearbook*


Media and Popular Culture

Media Production I-Broadcast*

Media Production II-Broadcast*

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Concert Band


Jazz Ensemble


Concert Orchestra


Symphonic Orchestra


Music Theory

Honors Music Theory




Music Interpretation Course Name



Dance Team




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Multimedia Communications: Career Pathway Course Offerings
Courses offer opportunities for students to explore various fields of interest and prepare for college and
employment. Check course descriptions in this guide for prerequisites. For information on supporting courses,
see Department in parentheses.







SUPPORTING COURSES







DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
NEWSPAPER II

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
YEARBOOK
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
NEWSPAPER I
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CENTURY JOURNALISM
MEDIA PRODUCTION II -
BROADCAST
MEDIA PRODUCTION I -
BROADCAST
GRAPHIC DESIGN II
(ART COURSE)
GRAPHIC DESIGN I
(ART COURSE)
DIGITAL IMAGING
(ART COURSE)
BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
(BUSINESS COURSE)
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
& GAME DESIGN II
(BUSINESS COURSE)
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
& GAME DESIGN I
(BUSINESS COURSE)
ADVANCED WEB DESIGN
(BUSINESS COURSE)
WEB DESIGN
(BUSINESS COURSE)
COMPUTER GRAPHICS &
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COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
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EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
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FILMMAKING
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IMEDIA
(CAPS COURSE)
DIGITAL DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY
(CAPS COURSE)
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
(CAPS COURSE)
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Performing Arts:
COMMUNICATION COURSES

PA0900, PA090
Speech I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the student to public speaking,
group communication dynamics and discussion. The
student develops self-confidence and professional life
skills in communication.
PA0902, PA0903
Speech II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Speech I
This course continues the study of communication,
developing critical thinking, persuasion and delivery skills.
The student develops confidence in communication
situations.
PA0904
Debate
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Students must meet state eligibility requirements
for interscholastic competition.
Debate develops communication skills, critical thinking
and the ability to serve as an advocate in a democratic
society. Students research a topic and prepare arguments
for and against a resolution. The class requires time for
research, preparation and competition outside of class.
PA0906
Advanced Debate
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Debate and meet state eligibility requirements for
inter-scholastic competition.
Advanced Debate continues the study of argumentation,
persuasion, critical thinking and performance of debate.
Students research, prepare and compete, all using time
and resources outside of class.
PA0957
Argumentation and Debate
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to extend the Debate class study
and prepare students for the Lincoln-Douglas debate,
student congress, mock trial and the new topic for debate
for the next school year. Offered only second semester,
the course offers in-depth critical thinking instruction not
available in other course work.
PA0908, PA0909
Beginning Acting
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Acting is an introductory course in dramatics. Emphasis is
placed on acting, developing roles and performing. Class
activities include pantomimes, interpretations,
monologues, improvisations, duets, scenes, and one act
plays, as well as student directed projects and audition
techniques. Students are asked to lead and see plays of
their own choosing, write critiques and keep a journal.
PA0910, PA0911
Advanced Acting
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Beginning Acting
This course is designed to be a continuation of Beginning
Acting where students explore a variety of acting and
directing techniques and modes of expression. Students
read and see plays of their own choosing, prepare a one-
act play for production, write critiques and keep a journal.
PA0912, PA0913
Stagecraft
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Stagecraft is a course designed to aid students in the basic
technical elements of theatre. Areas studied include tools,
building of scenery, designing of scenery, costumes,
make-up, the basic elements of a publicity campaign,
lighting and lighting design, lumber and how to prepare a
budget for expenses for a production. Students read and
see plays, write critiques and keep a journal.
PA0914, PA0915
Advanced Stagecraft
9 10 11 12 Fee: $20 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Stagecraft and Application process or successful
completion of the safety test.
Students in this course apply their creativity and the
technical research skills learned in Stagecraft in order to
design a play and budget time, money, facilities and
personnel. Students put together a portfolio of their work.
Students read and see plays, write critiques and keep a
journal.
PA0916, PA0917
Repertory Theatre
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spring Auditions
Students are required to work with main stage and
repertory lab productions throughout the year in this
performance based class. Students participate in a
comedy troupe, a mime troupe, audition preparation, a
T.I.E. (Theatre-In-Education) childrens theatre script to be
produced and presented at the district elementary schools,
one-act plays presented at state drama festivals,
playwriting, directing, and musical theatre. The weekly
reading and discussion of plays chosen by the students
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and attendance at district and local professional theatre
productions are important extensions of the course.
PA0990, PA0991
Advanced Repertory Theatre
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Repertory Theatre
The curriculum for this course will be the same as
Repertory Theatre. This course is a production class that
produces four to six full length productions each year.
Students will be responsible for all phases of production
including publicity, ticket sales, program/poster design,
design, lighting and sound, act in each of the productions
and work as an ensemble.
PA0919
Beginning Forensics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Students must meet state eligibility requirements
for interscholastic competition.
This second semester class covers the fundamentals of
forensics which include oral interpretation, humorous
interpretation, informative speaking, original oratory,
extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate and
duet acting. Students enrolled in Forensics automatically
become members of the forensics team and are required
to participate in four weekend tournaments for class
credit. Students are asked to choose play cuttings and
performance material for competitions. Tournaments are
usually scheduled all day on Saturdays.
PA0921
Advanced Forensics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Beginning Forensics and meet state eligibility
requirements for inter-scholastic competition.
Students who have successfully completed Beginning
Forensics may continue their studies on more advanced
levels. Students enrolled in Advanced Forensics
automatically become members of the forensics team and
are required to participate in four weekend tournaments
for class credit. Students are asked to choose play
cuttings and performance material for competitions.
Tournaments are usually scheduled all day on Saturdays.
PA09102, PA09103
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Century Journalism
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
By incorporating technology, students become better
communicators and media consumers. The focus is on
journalistic writing including news, sports, feature, opinion
and web stories that may be published. Throughout the
course students will gain practical experience using a
variety of storytelling technologies such as audio, video,
photo and social media. Responsible and ethical uses of
these platforms will be emphasized. Students develop
interviewing, listening, note-taking and problem-solving
skills. Students who take journalism courses statistically
earn higher grade point averages, score better on the ACT
and demonstrate better writing and grammar skills in
college. This course is a prerequisite for students
interested in being on the Newspaper or Yearbook staff.
PA0998, PA0999
Digital Communications
Newspaper I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: 21
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Century Journalism
In this course students build on skills learned in 21st
Century Journalism as they investigate and communicate
about school, community, and world events and issues.
Students will learn the technical skills needed to work with
electronic media, including digital images, text, audio and
video, as they write, edit, and design journalistic
communication. Members of the news media staff take a
leadership role in the school and are encouraged to be
visionary thinkers and practice ethical use of technology,
student rights and the First Amendment. Teamwork,
cooperation and dependability are stressed. Managing
time and resources to meet deadlines is emphasized and
time outside of class is required.
PA09100, PA09101
Digital Media Productions
Newspaper II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Digital Communications Newspaper I and
application process
This is an advanced course in digital media production for
real-world audiences, with opportunities for editorial
leadership experience. Students will take increased
responsibility for design and content decisions related to
writing, editing, and producing journalistic and business
communication using a variety of digital platforms.
Members of the news media staff take a leadership role in
the school and are encouraged to be visionary thinkers
while practicing ethical use of technology, student rights
and the First Amendment. Teamwork, cooperation and
dependability are stressed. Deadlines are emphasized and
outside-of-class time is required
PA09104, PA09105
Digital Communications - Yearbook
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: 21st Century Journalism and application process.
Note: Photographers may enroll with prerequisite of either 21st
Century Journalism or Photography I.
Students practice digital storytelling skills through the
production of the school yearbook. Skills include
computer design, interviewing, feature writing, digital
magazine layout, picture planning, sales and advertising
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PA0926, PA0927
Media and Popular Culture
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to introduce students to radio,
T.V., film and advertising. Students use classroom and
production activities to understand the limitations and
capabilities of the media in a free society. Students
examine the impact of media on social values, current
issues and self-perception. Students develop critical
thinking skills to help them become a more discriminating
audience for the medias message.

PA09106, PA09107
Media Production I-Broadcast
9 10 11 12 Fee: $25 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course offers students an opportunity to gain basic
understanding of professional video production
technology and to use these tools to create video
products for a variety of purposes and audiences. The
course offers students hands-on, practical, real-world
experience in many aspects and techniques of professional
video production, including pre- and post-production
work with industry-standard equipment and software.
Students will learn fundamental principles of visual
storytelling, interviewing, video editing, script writing,
storyboarding, videography, and audio mixing. Media
Production I not only provides students with practical
experience with the technical side of video production
technology; the course also explores the responsible and
ethical use of these technologies and aims to deepen
students conceptual understanding of our increasingly
visual media landscape. Audio/Video Production
FundamentalsMedia Production I will be a prerequisite
course for Media Production II.
PA09108, PA09109
Media Production II-Broadcast
9 10 11 12 Fee: $25 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Media Production I and Application
Note: This is a semester-long course that meets daily for
two class periods.
Media Production II expands upon the fundamental
techniques offered in Media Production I as students
produce audio and video products for distribution to real
audiences across a variety of digital platforms. The Media
Production II classroom serves as the schools video
production facility, and the dynamic class environment
encourages collaboration and creativity and follows
professional production standards. Students in Media
Production II will practice many skills demanded in the
workplace, and will have the opportunity to learn about
video and media-related careers and post-secondary
opportunities. Additionally, this course will prepare
students to apply for Final Cut Pro end-user certification,
an industry-standard professional credential.

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Performing Arts:
MUSIC COURSES

PA0930, PA0931
Concert Choir
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Concert choir provides an opportunity for ninth graders to
participate in singing for pleasure or to develop skills for
succeeding choral participation. Concert attendance is
required. Although this course is one semester, a ninth
grader may enroll in both semesters.
PA0954, PA0955
Choraliers
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition
This class provides students a balanced choral ensemble
experience. All styles of choral literature are studied and
prepared for performances. Students in this choir are
eligible to participate in regional and state solo and
ensemble festivals. Concert attendance is required.
PA0932, PA0933
Chorale
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition
This class is designed for an auditioned, balanced group of
mixed voices. Membership is limited to those meeting
audition requirements. All styles of choral literature are
studied and prepared for performances. The Chorale
participates in district, regional and state festivals. Concert
attendance is required.

PA0934, PA0935
Chamber Singers
` 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition and concurrent enrollment in Chorale
This course is a small, select balanced choral ensemble.
The members of the Chamber Singers must be enrolled in
Chorale as well. The class prepares and performs a wide
variety of advanced choral literature including madrigals,
motets, romantic and contemporary music as well as vocal
jazz and Broadway show tunes. Costume/uniform
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PA0958, PA0959
Freshman Band
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Previous participation in the middle school band
program
The Freshman Band is comprised of freshman students
who have had prior band experience. As part of the
curriculum, they participate in some marching band
experiences in the fall and perform concert band literature
the remainder of the school year. Members of the
freshman band are eligible for participation in solo and
ensembles including jazz band, brass, woodwind, or
percussion choir and pep band. Some freshmen, by
audition, may be included in one of the upperclassman
bands. Attendance at performances is required.
PA0936, PA0937
Symphonic Marching Band
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition
The symphonic band is part of the marching band during
the beginning of the year. Following marching season, the
symphonic band is formed to include tenth, eleventh and
twelfth graders who are members of the high schools
band programs. Advanced concert band literature is
performed during the remaining part of the school year.
Members of the symphonic band are eligible for
participation in solo and ensembles including Jazz Band,
Brass Choir and Pep Band. Attendance at performances is
required.
PA0940, PA0941
Concert Band
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition
The Concert Band is part of the Marching Band during the
first semester and becomes the concert band after
marching season. During the concert season, students
prepare and perform the finest in wind and percussion
music. Members of this group are eligible for participation
in solo and ensemble festivals as well as Jazz Band, Pep
Band and Brass Choir. Attendance at performances is
required.
PA0944, PA0945
Jazz Ensemble
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Band or Orchestra
The Jazz Ensemble is open to students only through
audition. The ensemble studies the history and theory of
jazz music both academically and in a performance
setting. Students are expected to become versatile in the
performance of all major and minor scales, rhythmic
patterns and articulations. Instrumentation includes
trumpets, saxophones, trombones, percussion, piano, bass
and guitar. Performances include evaluative festivals,
social functions and formal concerts.
PA0946, PA0947
Concert Orchestra
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Previous participation in middle school orchestra
This course allows experienced string players to perform
outstanding orchestral literatures at a level of difficulty
appropriate for this group of students. Daily rehearsals
allow students to increase their technical proficiency, learn
how to contribute to a successful ensemble and develop a
greater appreciation for music. Rehearsals and
performances are held during and outside of the academic
day and attendance is required. Each high school teacher
determines the qualifications for enrollment in this
ensemble.
PA0994, PA0995
Symphonic Orchestra
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Previous participation in high school orchestra
This course allows qualified string players to perform
challenging orchestral literature. Daily rehearsals allow
students to increase their technical proficiency, learn how
to contribute to a successful ensemble and develop a
greater appreciation for music. Rehearsals and
performances are held during and outside of the academic
day and attendance is required. Each high school teacher
determines the qualifications for enrollment in this
ensemble.
PA0950, PA0951
Music Theory
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Prior music experience or audition
Music Theory is designed for any student who is interested
in music beyond the normal performance medium. The
class emphasizes the fundamentals of music such as
scales, intervals, chord voicing, elementary counterpoint,
chord progressions, basic music analysis skills, and some
ear training. Computer composing software is used in this
course. Music history and listening as it pertains to
composition will also be a component of this course.
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PA0978, PA0979
Honors Music Theory
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Band, Orchestra or Choir
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Honors Music Theory is designed for the advanced music
student seeking mastery of music outside the normal
performance medium. This full year course is equivalent
to a college level music theory class. The curriculum
includes a rigorous and detailed study of music
fundamentals, composition, ear training, sight singing,
music form and analysis, score study and harmony. The
course includes Eighteenth through Twentieth century
composition techniques and prepares the student for
college music coursework.
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Performing Arts:
MUSIC INTERPRETATION COURSES

PA0952, PA0953
Dance Team
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Audition
Note: Credit is awarded by semester unit of graded credit is
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Dance team is designed to teach marching fundamentals,
several types of dance techniques, music interpretation
and choreography skills. During the first part of the year
the dance team performs as part of the Blue Valley high
schools marching band. Performances during marching
season include pep assemblies, soccer games, home
football games and marching competitions. After
marching season, performances include pep assemblies,
home basketball games, dance competitions and other
special events. A spring show is scheduled as a finale for
the year. Additional practices may be scheduled as
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Students are required to wear a Blue Valley Physical Education uniform for Physical Education courses. Purchasing
information is provided at registration. Students enrolled in aquatics must furnish their own suits, towels and
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Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

PE1000, PE1001
General Physical Education
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Bowling fee for BVN and BVNW
This course is directed toward developing and improving
physical fitness knowledge and ability, knowledge of rules
and interest in physical activities with individual and small
group sports. Basic activities offered may include
basketball, flag football, softball, wrestling, golf, volleyball,
swimming, tennis, track and field, soccer, team handball,
bowling, social dance, tumbling, fitness including aerobic
capacity, flexibility and muscular strength and endurance.
This course is a graduation requirement. See the online
section for more information regarding online General
Physical Education.
HE0098, HE0099
Health & Wellness
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to meet the general informational
and educational needs of students in the areas of health
issues and wellness. Students will gain practical
information to support healthy, life-long decision making.
Subject matter includes Nutrition, Prevention and Control
of Disease, Injury Prevention and Safety, Personal Health
and Wellness, Mental and Emotional Health, Substance
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PE1002, PE1003
Individual Sports
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: General Physical Education
This course is designed for the student who is interested in
learning, developing and practicing good skills and
technical knowledge of tennis, badminton, racquetball,
handball, pickle ball, table tennis, bowling, tumbling, golf
and other lifetime activities. Students must provide their
own tennis balls.
PE1006, PE1007
Team Sports
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: General Physical Education
This course is designed for the student who is interested in
recreational physical activity. The emphasis is on daily
participation and course content stresses a higher
proficiency in sports skills, teamwork and greater
knowledge of the strategy and rules of team sports.
Activities offered may include softball, flag football,
bowling, volleyball, basketball, team handball, soccer,
ultimate Frisbee, variations of the above, partner activities
and water polo.
PE1008, PE1009
Weight Training and Conditioning I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: General Physical Education
This course is designed to enhance the students academic
and practical application of physical conditioning
(strength, endurance, quickness, flexibility) and develop a
knowledge base toward the design of a Physical Fitness
Program. The class content includes conditioning drills,
flexibility exercises, a variety of aerobic activities and
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PE1010, PE1011
Weight Training and Conditioning II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Weight Training and Conditioning I or equivalent
experience
This course is designed to increase the students present
condition (strength, endurance, quickness and flexibility)
through weight training, exercises, aerobic conditioning
drills and stretching exercises. The student is required to
develop a personal Physical Fitness Program that enhances
the entire body.
PE1018, PE1019
Personal Fitness
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: General Physical Education
This course provides instruction in methods used to attain
a healthy level of physical fitness. The course will include
information on developing a lifetime fitness program
based on personal fitness assessment. The course will
stress the health related components of fitness and will
incorporate activities that benefit cardiovascular
endurance, muscle strength and endurance, body
composition and flexibility. Class will include such
supplemental activities as yoga, palates, kick boxing, body
pump, etc.
PE1012
Aquatics I
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: General Physical Education
This course is designed to develop swimming and water
safety skills from beginner up to the immediate and
swimmer levels. Instruction is provided in survival and
basic water safety skills, water games, springboard diving
and adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. Students are
exposed to other aquatic activities such as SCUBA and
kayaking and are provided the opportunity to swim for
fitness. Students do not need to have any swimming
ability to enroll in this course. This course may be
repeated for credit.
PE1013
Aquatics II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Aquatics I or pass a competency test
This course is designed for the strong intermediate or
better swimmer who wishes to improve swimming skills
and endurance and receive Life Guard Training
certification. Instruction and certification are offered in
swimmer level swimming; community water safety;
lifeguard training; CPR for the Professional Rescuer and
first aid. Course content may include springboard diving,
SCUBA diving and practice for swimming with endurance
and speed. The swimming competency test given at the
end of the first week of class includes a 500 yard swim,
with 100 yards each of front crawl, breaststroke,
elementary backstroke, sidestroke, back crawl with good
technique and a two minute tread with no hands. This
course may be repeated.
PE1016, PE1017
Community Recreation Physical
Education
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Physical Education and Guidance Counselor
recommendation is required.
This course is designed for the student who is interested in
working with students with special needs while
participating in modified physical education activities.
This opportunity is for students who have an interest in
special education, physical therapy and physical education.
An application is available through the Guidance
Counselor; Guidance Counselor recommendation is
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LIFE SCIENCE COURSES

SC1100, SC1101
Biology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Biology is the study of all living things and how they
interact with their environment. This introductory course is
designed for students who desire a general overview of
biology including the survey of plants, animals, human
beings, ecology and genetics. Laboratory experiences
include microscopic work, technology applications,
dissection and basic laboratory skills. The course satisfies
the graduation requirement of one unit of Biological
Science.
SC1102, SC1103
Honors Biology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This is a weighted grade course and requires more in-
depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Honors Biology covers the same subject matter as Biology
but in more detail. Emphasis is given to the process of
science. This course is for those students who possess
either a high interest or ability in science and plan to
enroll in advanced science courses. This course satisfies
the graduation requirement for one unit of Biological
Science.
SC1104, SC1105
Advanced Placement Biology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Chemistry and Algebra II
Note: This is a weighted grade course and requires more in-
depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
This course is designed to extend students understanding
of biology by providing an in-depth study of fundamental
concepts. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences
and problem solving. Topics include molecules and cells,
heredity and evolution, organisms and populations. This
course prepares students for the Advanced Placement (AP)
Biology Exam.

SC1106, SC1107
Anatomy and Physiology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
In Anatomy and Physiology, students gain a thorough
understanding of the structure of the human body and
how it functions. Students perform comparative dissection
labs and use the microscope for more detailed study of
minute structures. Physiological principles studied include
cellular activity, muscle physiology, cardiovascular
function, gastrointestinal function and reproduction.
SC1108, SC1109
Field Biology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
Field Biology offers curricular diversity to students. This
course includes selected topics in biology with an
emphasis on research and field experiences in
environmental monitoring, and plant and animal
population studies.
SC1110, SC1111
Zoology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
Zoology offers curricular diversity to students. This course
includes selected topics in animal biology such as
taxonomy, animal physiology and ecology. Laboratory
research skills are developed in the classroom and
outdoors.
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PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSES

SC1112, SC1113
Earth-Space Science
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
In Earth-Space Science students gain an understanding of
the processes and interdependence of the earths systems
and its relationship to other objects in space. Topics
encompassing geology, astronomy, oceanography and
meteorology are explored. This course satisfies the
graduation requirement for one unit of Physical Science.
See the online section for more information regarding
online Earth Space Science.
SC1132, SC1133
Physical Science
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and Algebra I
This course is designed to help students develop the skills
necessary to succeed in future science courses. Students
will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of
chemistry and physics through laboratory experiments.
Classroom activities serve as a basis for improving math,
science and inquiry skills needed for further study in
science. This course satisfies the graduation requirement
of one unit of Physical Science.
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SC1114, SC1115
Astronomy
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Continuing Algebra, Algebra I or course equivalent
plus one of the following: Chemistry, Physics or Earth-Space
Science
This course provides students with an in-depth exploration
of astronomy. Topics include historical and technological
contributions to astronomy, field experience and
observational techniques, the theoretical origins of the
universe and its evolution, the formation and evolution of
interstellar objects, space exploration, universal laws of
motion and interrelationships between astronomical
bodies.
SC1116, SC1117
Meteorology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra I or course equivalent plus one of the
following: Chemistry, Physics or Earth-Space Science
Meteorology provides the student with an in-depth study
of the processes that govern the earths climate and
weather. Course topics include world climate systems,
climatic changes, human influence on climate, the causes
of local weather systems, historical and technological
contributions to meteorology, weather forecasting,
observational and data collecting techniques and the
processes that cause severe weather.
SC1118, SC1119
Chemistry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and concurrent
enrollment in or completion of Algebra II
This course presents the fundamental theories and
concepts of chemistry in a manner that is meaningful to
high school students. Student laboratory experiments
serve as a basis for deriving many basic chemical
principles. This course satisfies the graduation requirement
of one unit of Physical Science.
SC1120, SC1121
Sophomore Chemistry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology, Algebra I or course
equivalent, Geometry or Honors Geometry, concurrent
enrollment or completion of Algebra II
This course presents the fundamental theories and
concepts of chemistry to sophomores seeking a more
rigorous and mathematical approach. Student laboratory
experiments serve as a basis for deriving many basic
chemical principles. This course satisfies the graduation
requirement of one unit of Physical Science.




SC1122, SC1123
Advanced Placement Chemistry
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Algebra ll
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit
This course is designed to extend students understanding
of chemistry by providing an in-depth study of
fundamental concepts. Emphasis is placed upon laboratory
experiences and chemical problem solving. Topics include
structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical
equilibria, chemical kinetics and basic concepts of
thermodynamics. The course contributes to the students
abilities to think clearly and to express ideas orally and in
writing, with clarity and logic. Students are strongly
encouraged to take physics prior to or concurrently with
this course. This course prepares students for the
Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Exam. Students may
also choose to enroll for one semester of credit with
Johnson County Community College.
SC1124, SC1125
Physics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Physics is designed for any student who desires
knowledge of the basic principles of physics. The content
of this course deals with the various forces and forms of
energy in our environment. The fundamental principles
underlying natural phenomena such as heat, light,
magnetism, motion, sound, electricity and the application
of these principles to everyday life are presented. This
course satisfies the graduation requirement of one unit of
Physical Science.
SC1194, SC1195
Advanced Placement Physics 1
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Pre-
Calculus & Trigonometry
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course may be eligible for college credit
AP Physics 1 is designed to provide students with a more
in-depth look at subjects within physics. Along with AP
Physics 2, (which will be offered in the 2015-16 school
year), these two courses provide the equivalent of one full
year of a college level, algebra-based physics
course. Topics in AP Physics 1 include kinematics,
Newtons laws, torque, rotational motion, gravitation, work
and energy, linear momentum, harmonic motion, sound
and an introduction to electric circuits. This course will
contain a significant lab component. Successful
completion of the course should prepare students to show
proficiency on the AP Physics 1 exam.

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SC1134, SC1135
Advanced Placement Environmental
Science
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra I and 2 years of high school laboratory
science
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit
Advanced Placement Environmental Science will provide
students with the scientific principles, concepts and
methodologies required to understand the
interrelationships of the natural world. Students will also
identify and analyze environmental problems both natural
and human made to evaluate the relative risks associated
with these problems and to examine alternative solutions
for resolving or preventing them. This course prepares
students to take the Advanced Placement Environmental
Science Exam.
SC1126, SC1127
Topics in Science Research
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Application and teacher approval

Students apply both laboratory and library research
techniques while exploring and/or researching a scientific
topic or topics of choice. The topics may be in either the
physical or biological science areas and are subject to the
approval of the teacher. The student completes a major
experiment, research paper or research project in
accordance with the requirements of the instructor and
according to accepted scientific methodology. The
student may be required to present the paper or project at
science congresses or fairs. Student must apply for
admission to this class. Additional requirements may
include the completion of units of study in scientific topics
determined by the instructor.
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Sociology

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Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

SS1200, SS1201
History of the Western World
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students study modern western civilizations, primarily
European, dating from the Renaissance to the present.
Emphasis is placed on the use of important concepts from
political science, economics, geography and sociology.
Students demonstrate knowledge of the development of
the modern western world and apply their knowledge to
understand current world affairs. Students participate in
simulations emphasizing international issues or concepts.
Students also use a wide range of historical sources in
their studies. This course fulfills the World History
requirement for graduation.
SS1230, SS1231
U.S. History: Understanding the
Contemporary United States Since 1865
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students will begin this year-long course studying the
foundational themes in our nations creation, i.e. creation
of government, federalism, rule of law, etc. The emphasis
of this beginning unit will be how these foundational
themes defined the nation in 1865. This prerequisite
knowledge is a necessity to understanding the
contemporary United States and will be used as a building
block from which to study all future events. All themes will
be examined through a philosophical and ideological lens,
analyzing the core of our representative democracy. This
philosophical approach will require students to use
historical events as predictors of future policy and activity.
Students will focus on international affairs and the future
of the United States in an international/global community.
This course fulfills the United States History requirement
for graduation.
SS1206, SS1207
Advanced Placement U.S. History
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Advanced Placement U.S. History is designed for highly
motivated students. Participants survey United States
history from colonial times to the present, emphasizing
important social, political, cultural and economic forces
that have shaped the United States. Extensive research,
reading and writing are essential to success in this course.
Students participate in simulations emphasizing
democratic processes. Students demonstrate the ability to
interpret a variety of historical and contemporary sources
and to connect past trends with current issues. This
course fulfills the United States History requirement for
graduation. This course prepares students for the
Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History Exam.
SS1208, SS1209
American Government
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students study citizenship and the working of our system
of government. Emphasis is placed on rights,
responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, the
development of the United States Constitution, the
operating of the government, contemporary politics and
current affairs. Students demonstrate the knowledge and
skills to participate effectively in a democratic society.
Students conduct research on current issues. Teachers
may choose to implement the We the People program (in
part or whole) as part of the curriculum in a non-
competitive environment. This course fulfills the
graduation requirement for American Government.
SS1210, SS1211
Advanced Placement United States
Government and Politics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Designed for the highly motivated students, participants
study political philosophies and process in the modern
world. Emphasis is placed on constitutional law, civil
rights, the legislative, executive and judicial processes, as
well as politician action. Students complete research
analyzing contemporary political issues. Teachers may
choose to implement the We the People program (in part
or whole) as part of the curriculum in a non-competitive
environment. Students demonstrate the knowledge and
skills to function as a reflective, responsible citizen in our
democratic society. This course fulfills the American
Government graduation requirement. Students may
choose to take the Advanced Placement (AP) United States
Government and Politics Exam.
SS1212, SS1213
Honors Advanced
Studies in American Government
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Advanced
Placement American Government
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Designed for highly motivated students, participants
extend their understanding of concepts and skills
addressed in AP American Government. Students study
political philosophies and processes by examining current
issues of public concern. Major emphasis is on student
understanding of constitutional law, civil rights, electoral
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politics and political processes. Students apply their
learning to issues of policy beyond the classroom and
engage in additional college-level work.
SS1216, SS1217
Sociology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students study human relationships in society. Emphasis
is placed on investigating social issues in local, national
and global environments. Students recognize the impact
of norms, ideologies and institutions on individuals.
SS1218, SS1219
Economics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course is eligible for college credit
Economics is an elective course addressing four major
topics: economic foundations, macro-economics, micro-
economics and international economics. Students apply
economic theories and principles to current economic
issues and use their theoretical knowledge in hands-on
programs such as the Stock Market Game.
SS1220, SS1221
Psychology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students study human behavior. Emphasis is placed on
motivation, learning, social psychology and human
development. Students demonstrate the ability to apply
psychological principles and thought to individual
behaviors and social issues.
SS1222, SS1223
Advanced Placement Psychology
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Psychology
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course. This course is eligible for college credit.
Students supplement and expand the studies they began
in Psychology. Emphasis is placed on the history and
empirical bases of psychology, the brain and behavior,
consciousness, sensation and perception, learning and
memory, personality development, psychological testing,
abnormal behavior and therapy, group dynamics and
applied psychology. This course prepares students for the
Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Exam.
SS1260, SS1261
World Geography
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None

Introductory social studies course designed to familiarize
students with the world utilizing the five geographic
themes (location, place, human/environment interaction,
movement and regions) and elements of culture.
Emphasis will be placed on students developing the
ability to apply geographic skills and knowledge to their
community, state, nation, world and themselves.

SS1262, SS1263
AP Human Geography
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
Designed for highly motivated students, this course offers
students the opportunity to engage in the systematic
study of human geography. Utilizing the methods and
tools geographers use in their research and applications,
students will be able to: interpret maps and analyze
geospatial data, differentiate spatial relationships among
patterns and processes at different scales of analysis;
explain how complex associations and networks work
together to create particular landscapes; define regions
and evaluate the regionalization process; characterize
and analyze changing interconnections among places.
This course is intended to prepare students for the AP
Human Geography exam.

9 10 11 12 1.0
SS1226, SS1227
International Relations
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Students study how nations interact in the contemporary
world. Emphasis is placed on diplomatic methods and
foreign policy formulation, in combination with an
examination of current world events. Students
demonstrate the ability to analyze regional concerns in
areas such as the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, the
Pacific Rim and international concerns such as human
rights, disarmament and world trade. Students participate
in a variety of role-playing and simulation activities.

SS1240, SS1241
Advanced Placement European History
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
This course is designed for highly motivated students.
Participants study Europe since 1050. This course
introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and
social developments that played a fundamental role in
shaping the world in which we live. Advanced Placement
European History helps students understand the
development of contemporary institutions, the role of
conflict and continuity in present-day society and politics,
and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression
and intellectual discourse. This course fulfills the World
History graduation requirement. Students may choose to
take the Advanced Placement (AP) European History Exam.
College credit is not available for this class.
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SS1258, SS1259
Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 Repeatable 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study of the curriculum. Students should carefully
consider the extra time needed for this more challenging
course.
This course includes the study of macroeconomics in order
to prepare students for the Advanced Placement
Macroeconomics Exam. Macroeconomics examines the
principles of an economic system as a whole. This course
places particular emphasis on the study of national income
and price determination, economic performance measures,
economic growth, and international economics.


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Student Activity Courses


Only one (1) unit of aide credit may count towards graduation.

NOTES:
Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

SA1300
Cheerleading
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
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This course is required of all cheerleaders who are selected
during spring auditions. Class activities involve
developing routines and leadership skills, planning pep
assemblies and completing various projects aimed at
encouraging school and team spirit.
SA1302, SA1303
Media Center Student Aide
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Application/Approval
Note: Only one (1) unit of aide credit may count toward
graduation.
A variety of opportunities exist for student aides in the
library-media center. Students assist in supplying
periodicals and audiovisual equipment to users, shelving
returned materials and maintaining the media center for
use. Prior written application and approval by one of the
librarians is required before a student may enroll as an
aide.
SA1320, SA1321
Office Aide
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Application/Approval
Note: Only one (1) unit of aide credit may count toward
graduation.
Office aides perform a variety of duties including
delivering messages and general office work. Prior written
application and approval of a counselor or administrator is
required before a student may enroll as an aide.







Teacher Aide
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Application/Approval
Note: Only one (1) unit of aide credit may count toward
graduation.
Students may serve as an aide for a specific teacher. Prior
written application and approval by the teacher is required
before a student may enroll as an aide. Students must
confer at that time as to the specific requirements and
expectations of the teacher. In most cases a student must
be able to type accurately. In all cases, teacher aides are
assigned to a specific classroom unless given a pass for a
specific assignment by the teacher and allowed to be an
aide no more than one period per day.
SA1340, SA1341
Counselor Aide
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Application/Approval
Note: Only one (1) unit of aide credit may count toward
graduation.
Counselors aides assist in the counselors office by
performing assigned duties. Prior written approval of a
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Odd numbers are second semester courses.

See Counselor for Appropriate Course Number
Study Skills
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0

Learning Center credit is available for students who have
an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and need specially
designed instruction as determined by the schools
Student Services Team. Credit can be received for either
elective or required courses depending upon the students
needs. Determination of enrollment and credits is made
by the students counselor and special education teacher.
The number of hours for which eligible students are
enrolled in learning center credit is also determined by the
counselor and special education teacher and is based
upon the students (IEP).

LE2226, LE2227
Limited English Proficiency
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Students who have emigrated from a foreign country and
are not proficient in the English language may enroll in
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) course work. The primary
purpose of the class is to enable students to achieve
proficiency in English. The course is also organized to
provide instruction in American culture and to aid
students in adjusting to school and life in the community.
Students enrolled in an LEP class may receive English
Language Arts credit for the class. If the student needs an
additional period of LEP support during the semester, the
student may receive elective credit for the second class.
Offered at ESOL center schools BVW, BVN and BVNW.
EN0020, EN0021
Gifted Education
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
The Gifted Education course is available to those students
who have been identified as gifted according to criteria
prescribed by the state of Kansas and the Blue Valley
School Districts Department of Student Services. The
purpose of the course is to provide these students the
opportunity to identify, develop and expand their interests
and strengths. The Gifted Education course is designed to
address the intellectual, academic, social and emotional
needs of each student. Course assignments are developed
for each student based upon the required Individualized
Education Program (IEP). The course may include pacing,
independent study, seminars, individually arranged
mentoring opportunities, college and career exploration,
gifted education curriculum and additional options as
defined by the IEP.
IS3024, IS3025
Career Development Opportunity
Program
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
The Career Development Opportunity Program provides
students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
opportunity to participate in career development and
exploration for school credit. Priority is given to juniors
and seniors. Enrollment in the program is based on
transition goals and objectives on the IEP as well as intake
with a transition specialist. The number of school credits
awarded is flexible and is based on the hours of
enrollment. Placements in area businesses may be paid or
unpaid depending upon individual student goals.
Transportation (during school hours) is provided upon
request within the Blue Valley area. Placement decisions
are based on the interests of the student, the willingness
of the community businesses to host a student and upon
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World Language

World Language courses are not offered at every high school. Please check your enrollment form to determine
which languages are offered at your home high school. Students may travel to take higher level languages at any
high school in Blue Valley. Some course may be offered via the districts Digital Bridge (network distance
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German 1.0


German 2.0



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Honors German 4.0

Latin 1.0

Latin 2.0

Latin 3.0


Honors Latin 4.0



Spanish 1.0

Spanish 2.0


Spanish 2.5



Spanish 3.0

Spanish 3.5


Spanish 4.0



Honors Spanish 4.0

AP Spanish Language

Asian Language (Mandarin Chinese)*

*Class held at KU Edwards Campus

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FRENCH
French courses scope and sequence:






WL0600, WL0601
French 1.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This full year class is designed to meet the needs of
students who have had little or no experience in learning
French as a foreign language. Students can expect to
understand, speak, read and write French in the context of
ordinary, daily situations. Students study grammar and
basic vocabulary, identify relationships between languages
and cultures, and demonstrate an increasing awareness of
the civilization and customs of the people of French-
speaking countries. Regular attendance and active in-class
participation are essential. Frequent out of class
preparation and review are expected. Performance tasks
are a consistent part of assessment. In order to promote
language proficiency, most of this class is taught in French.
WL0602, WL0603
French 2.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: French 1 or Continuing French Grade 8
This full year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed French 1.0. Students have the
opportunity to expand their skills in speaking, listening,
reading, writing and cultural awareness in order to tend to
survival needs and interact in a culturally appropriate
manner. Students continue to study the grammar and
vocabulary in expanded topics. Regular attendance and
active in-class participation are essential. Frequent out of
class preparation and review are essential. Performance
tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In order to
promote language proficiency, this class is taught in
French.
WL0610, WL0611
French 2.5
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Continuing French 8
This full year intermediate class is for students who have
successfully completed the Blue Valley districts
Continuing French 8 curriculum. Students are expected to
use French for classroom communication and in
spontaneous situations. Students have the opportunity to
expand their skills to comprehend authentic listening and
reading passages. Students continue their study of the
grammar, idioms and expanded vocabulary topics.
Regular attendance and active in-class participation are
essential. Frequent out-of-class preparation and review are
expected. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. In order to promote proficiency, this course is
taught in French.
WL0604, WL0605
French 3.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: French 2.0
This full year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed French 2.0. Students have the
opportunity to expand their skills in speaking, listening,
reading, writing and cultural awareness in order to interact
with proficient speakers in a culturally appropriate manner.
Students continue their study of the grammar, idioms and
expanded vocabulary topics. Regular attendance and
active in-class participation are essential. Frequent out of
class preparation and review are expected. Performance
tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In order to
promote language proficiency, this class is taught in
French.
WL0612, WL0613
French 3.5
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: French 2.5
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed French 2.5. Students expand their skills in
speaking, reading, listening, writing and cultural
awareness. Students increase their knowledge of grammar
concepts and vocabulary with a continued emphasis on
using French proficiently in oral and written
communication. Students read and comprehend extended
print and listening passages from authentic sources.
Performance tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In
order to promote language proficiency students and
teachers are committed to maintaining French 90% of the
time.

French 1.0
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Continuing
French 8
French 2.0 French 2.5
French 3.0 French 3.5
Honors
French 4.0
AP French
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WL0606, WL0607
Honors French 4.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: French 3.0 or French 3.5
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit.
In this full-year course, students are expected to
participate in and maintain conversation totally in French
during the class. Students build an extensive reading,
speaking and listening vocabulary through use of
authentic materials representative of French-speaking
cultures. Students also study advanced grammar
structures, idiomatic expressions, and nuances of the
French language. More emphasis is placed on summary
and synthesis in journal and composition writing than in
previous years. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. Students may also enroll for College Now
credit. Students may consider taking the Advanced
Placement (AP) French Language Exam at the end of this
course. In order to promote language proficiency, this
class is taught entirely in French.
WL0614, WL0615
Advanced Placement French Language
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Honors French 4.0
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit.
In this full-year course, students are expected to
participate in and maintain conversation totally in French
during the class. Students build an extensive reading,
speaking and listening vocabulary through use of
authentic materials representative of French-speaking
cultures. Students also study advanced grammar
structures, idiomatic expressions, and nuances of the
French language. More emphasis is placed on summary
and synthesis in journal and composition writing than in
previous years. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. This course focuses on preparing students for
the Advanced Placement (AP) French Language Exam.
order to promote language proficiency, this class is taught
entirely in French.










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GERMAN
German courses scope and sequence:





WL0616, WL0617
German 1.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This full year class is designed to meet the needs of
students who have had little or no experience in learning
German as a foreign language. Students can expect to
understand, speak, read and write German in the context
of ordinary, daily situations. Students study grammar and
basic vocabulary, identify relationships between languages
and cultures, and demonstrate an increasing awareness of
the civilization and customs of the people of German-
speaking countries. Regular attendance and active in-class
participation are essential. Frequent out of class
preparation and review are expected. Performance tasks
are a consistent part of assessment. In order to promote
language proficiency, most of this class is taught in
German.
WL0618, WL0619
German 2.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: German 1.0
This full year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed German 1.0. Students have the
opportunity to expand their skills in speaking, listening,
reading, writing and cultural awareness in order to tend to
survival needs and interact in a culturally appropriate
manner. Students continue to study the grammar and
vocabulary in expanded topics. Regular attendance and
active in-class participation are essential. Frequent out of
class preparation and review are essential. Performance
tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In order to
promote language proficiency, this class is taught in
German.
German 1.0
German 2.0
German 3.0
Honors
German 4.0
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WL0620, WL0621
German 3.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: German 2.0
This full year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed German 2.0. Students have the
opportunity to expand their skills in speaking, listening,
reading, writing and cultural awareness in order to interact
with proficient speakers in a culturally appropriate manner.
Students continue their study of the grammar, idioms and
expanded vocabulary topics. Regular attendance and
active in-class participation are essential. Frequent out of
class preparation and review are expected. Performance
tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In order to
promote language proficiency, this class is taught in
German.
WL0622, WL0623
Honors German 4.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: German 3.0
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit.
In this full-year course, students are expected to engage in
and sustain conversation and discussion in German
throughout the class time. Students build a larger reading,
speaking and listening vocabulary through extensive use
of authentic materials. Students write regularly for a
variety of purposes. Students may consider taking the AP
exam at the end of this course. Students can expect
homework on a regular basis. Performance tasks are a
consistent part of assessment. In order to promote
proficiency, this course is taught in German.
















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LATIN
Latin courses scope and sequence:






WL0630, WL0631
Latin 1.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This year long course offers a basic understanding of the
Latin language, Roman history and mythology. Students
study the Latin origin of English words, memorize
vocabulary and learn the basic Latin grammar.
WL0632, WL0633
Latin 2.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Latin 1.0
The course continues the study of Latin grammar, which
includes most tenses, verb forms and cases. Students build
vocabulary, learn derivatives and translate from Latin to
English. Students continue to study Roman history and
culture.
WL0634, WL0635
Latin 3.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Latin 2.0
This full-year course completes the survey of Latin
grammar, as well as a comprehensive review of Latin
grammar learned previously. During the course the focus
shifts from grammar to the application of structure as
support for reading and comprehending authentic Latin
literature. Students continue to study aspects of Roman
culture, history and mythology.


Latin 1.0
Latin 2.0
Latin 3.0
Honors
Latin 4.0
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WL0636, WL0637
Honors Latin 4.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Latin 3.0
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit. This course is eligible for college
credit.
This full year course focuses on reading a variety of
literature excerpts by authors such as Caesar, Cicero, Pliny,
Vergil, Catullus and Ovid. Students also review
comprehensively Latin grammar from previous courses. In
addition, students study rhetorical devices and new syntax
structures that are particular to specific authors styles.
Students continue to study Roman culture, history and
mythology.
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SPANISH
Spanish courses scope and sequence:





WL0646, WL0647
Spanish 1.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This full-year class is designed to meet the needs of
students who have had little or no experience in learning
Spanish as a foreign language. Students can expect to
speak, read and write Spanish in the context of ordinary,
daily situations. Students study grammar and basic
vocabulary, identify relationships between languages and
cultures, and demonstrate an increasing awareness of the
civilization and customs of the people of Spanish-speaking
countries. Regular attendance and active in-class
participation are essential and frequent out of class
preparation and review is expected. Performance tasks are
a consistent part of assessment. In order to promote
language proficiency, most of this class is taught in
Spanish.
WL0650, WL0651
Spanish 2.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 1.0 or Continuing Spanish 8
This full-year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed Spanish I.0. Students have the
opportunity to expand their skills in speaking, listening,
reading, writing and cultural awareness in order to tend to
survival needs and interact in a culturally appropriate
manner. Students continue to study the grammar and
vocabulary in expanded topics. Regular attendance and
active in-class participation are essential. Frequent out of
class preparation and review are expected. Performance
tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In order to
promote language proficiency, this class is taught in
Spanish.
WL0662, WL0663
Spanish 2.5
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Continuing Spanish 8
This full-year intermediate class is for students who have
successfully completed the Blue Valley Districts
Continuing Spanish 8 curriculum. Students are expected to
use Spanish for classroom communication and in
spontaneous situations. Students have the opportunity to
expand their skills to comprehend authentic listening and
reading passages. Students continue their study of the
grammar, idioms and expanded vocabulary topics.
Regular attendance and active in-class participation are
essential. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. Frequent out-of-class preparation and review
are expected. In order to promote language proficiency,
this course is taught in Spanish.
WL0654, WL0655
Spanish 3.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 2.0
This full year class is designed for students who have
successfully completed Spanish 2.0 To maintain the
proficiency orientation of the recently adopted curriculum,
students will be expected to engage in performance-based
tasks and assessments. Students continue their study of
grammar, idioms, and expanded vocabulary topics.
Regular attendance and active in-class participation are
essential. Frequent out of class preparation and review are
expected. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. In order to promote language proficiency, this
class is taught in Spanish.





Spanish 1.0
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Continuing
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Spanish 2.0 Spanish 2.5
Spanish 3.0 Spanish 3.5
Spanish 4.0
Honors
Spanish 4.0

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WL0664, WL0665
Spanish 3.5
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 2.5
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed Spanish 2.5. Through thematic units, students
expand their skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing
and cultural awareness. Students increase their
knowledge of grammar concepts and vocabulary with an
emphasis on using Spanish proficiently in oral and written
communication. Students read and comprehend extended
print and listening passages from authentic sources.
Performance tasks are a consistent part of assessment. In
order to promote language proficiency, students and
teachers are committed to maintaining Spanish 90% of the
time.
WL0678, WL0679
Spanish 4.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 3.0 or Spanish 3.5
This course is designed for students who want to continue
their study of Spanish but do not want to pursue the
Advanced Placement coursework. This course focuses on
improving speaking and listening skills with a reading
emphasis on current events and informational text to build
a functional communicative vocabulary. Students will
write short compositions and practical writing assignments
to improve their knowledge and application of grammar
concepts. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. In order to promote language proficiency,
students and teachers are committed to maintaining
Spanish 90% of the time.
WL0656, WL0657
Honors Spanish 4.0
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish 3.5 (or Spanish 3.0 with teacher
recommendation)
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit.
In this full-year course, students are expected to
participate in and maintain conversation totally in Spanish
during the class. Students build an extensive reading,
speaking and listening vocabulary through use of
authentic materials representative of Spanish-speaking
cultures. Students also study advanced grammar
structures, idiomatic expressions, and nuances of the
Spanish language. More emphasis is placed on summary
and synthesis in journal and composition writing than in
previous years. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. Students may consider taking the Advanced
Placement (AP) Spanish Language Exam at the end of this
course. In order to promote language proficiency, this
class is taught entirely in Spanish.

WL0660, WL0661
Advanced Placement Spanish Language
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Honors Spanish 4.0
Note: This course earns a weighted grade and requires more
in-depth study. Students should carefully consider the extra
time needed for this more challenging course. This course is
eligible for college credit.
In this full-year course, students are expected to
participate in and maintain conversation totally in Spanish
during the class. Students build an extensive reading,
speaking and listening vocabulary through use of
authentic materials representative of Spanish-speaking
cultures. Students also study advanced grammar
structures, idiomatic expressions, and nuances of the
Spanish language. More emphasis is placed on summary
and synthesis in journal and composition writing than in
previous years. Performance tasks are a consistent part of
assessment. This course focuses on preparing students for
the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language Exam. In
order to promote language proficiency, this class is taught
entirely in Spanish.
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MANDARIN CHINESE

WL0676, WL0677
Asian Language (Mandarin Chinese)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: This is a JCCC college course taken on the KU Edwards
Campus. Students must be enrolled for JCCC college credit.
Students may also enroll for optional high school dual
credit.
This is a beginning level Asian Language course offered by
Johnson County Community College (JCCC) on the
Edwards campus. Students also learn about Chinese
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eligible for the Quick Step program. The availability of this
course will be contingent upon the placement of a
qualified college instructor and upon sufficient student
enrollment numbers which are established by JCCC.
Attendance and grading guidelines will be established by
JCCC and the college course instructor. Students will
receive college credits.
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Johnson County Technical Education Partnership

The following Technical Education courses are offered through a partnership with the Olathe School District and
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Auto Collision Technology II
Automotive Chassis and Driveline
Automotive Electrical and Drivability
Construction Trades I
Construction Trades II
Welding Technology I
Welding Technology II
Olathe North High School



Culinary Arts I
Culinary Arts II
Shawnee Mission Broadmoor Center



Commercial Baking I
Commercial Baking II
Culinary Arts I
Culinary Arts II
Introduction to Restaurant Management


Olathe Advanced Technical Center
611 N. Nelson Olathe, KS (913) 780-7026

Olathe North High School
600 E Prairie Olathe, KS (913) 780-7140

Broadmoor Center in Shawnee Mission
6701 W. 83rd Street Shawnee Mission, KS (913) 993-9817.

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Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

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OLATHE PROGRAMS INFORMATION
Lab courses are designed to be a two-year
program, three hours daily. Juniors successfully
completing the first year with a "C" or better
may return as seniors to complete the full
program which consists of 1080 clock hours of
classroom instruction and hands on experience.
Students must provide their own transportation.
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Courses at
OLATHE ADVANCED TECHNICAL CENTER

TE4160, TE4162, TE4165, TE4167, TE4169
Auto Collision Technology I
TE4170, TE4172, TE4175, TE4215
Auto Collision Technology ll
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 3.0
Prerequisite: None
Auto Collision Technology includes classroom instruction
with hands-on experience to prepare students for entry-
level employment in the auto body repair field. Students
reconstruct, repair and replace vehicle body parts, develop
an understanding of metal work fundamentals, learn
unibody and structure repair, replace glass and hardware,
paint and restore vehicles to their original condition.
Students are required to provide specific tools and safety
equipment, which should not be purchased until students
have met with the instructor. Students have the
opportunity to participate in the Vocational Industrial
Clubs of America (VICA).
TE4178, TE4180, TE4182, TE4185, TE4187, TE4189
Automotive Chassis and Driveline
TE4176, TE4190, TE4191, TE4195, TE4177, TE4194
Automotive Electrical and Drivability
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 3.0
Prerequisite: None
Automotive Chassis and Driveline and Automotive
Electrical and Drivability include classroom instruction and
automotive shop work in the basic principles of auto
maintenance through inspection, diagnosis and repair
work. Students are required to provide specific tools and
safety equipment. Tools should not be purchased until
students have met with the instructors. Students have the
opportunity to participate in the Vocational Industrial
Clubs of America (VICA).


TE4148, TE4150, TE4153, TE4155
Construction Trades I
TE4156, TE4158, TE4161, TE4163
Construction Trades II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 3.0
Prerequisite: None
Students in Residential Carpentry construct a house or
building from the foundation work to the finish work.
Instruction includes classroom as well as job-site activities
and experiences. Students work with measurements,
mathematical calculations, and listings of materials from
blueprints as they work with building materials and
equipment. Students learn to work with sub-contractors
and construction inspectors. Students study building
plans, building permits, insurance coverage, and building
codes. Students are required to provide specific tools and
safety equipment. Students will have the opportunity to
compete in state and national contests through Skills USA-
VICA.
TE4196, TE4198, TE4200, TE4199, TE4201 , TE4197
Welding Technology I
TE4202, TE4204, TE4206, TE4203, TE4207, TE4205
Welding Technology II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 3.0
Prerequisite: None
The Welding program provides students with the
opportunity to gain entry-level welding skills. Welding
skills and competencies are gained through classroom
instruction as well as shop/lab workstations involve a wide
variety of processes, techniques, and equipment. Welding
introduces students to cutting and joining metals by the
use of heat or pressure in the fabrication and repair of
metal parts. Students are involved in gas welding and
cutting; using a variety of electrodes to complete string
and fillet beads; groove welding techniques; bas metal arc
(GMAW) welding equipment used to make welds in flat,
vertical, horizontal and overhead positions; practice using
short circuiting and spray transfers with solid and flux
cored wire; gas tungsten arc welding processes, running
beads, fillet, groove welds on steel and aluminum; and
planning and construction of approved projects. Students
have the opportunity to participate in Skills USA-VICA. An
articulation agreement with Johnson County Community
College is in place allowing students to receive credit for
successful completion of the program.

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Courses at
OLATHE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

TE4056, TE4057, TE4208, TE4209
Culinary Arts I
TE4058, TE4059, TE4210, TE4212, TE4211, TE4213
Culinary Arts II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 3.0
Prerequisite: None
This program develops high skills and competence
demanded in the food service industry. Students have a
monthly opportunity to work in and manage the Culinary
Restaurant. This is a sequential program that prepares
students for occupations and higher education programs
of study related to culinary arts. Culinary Arts II is an in-
house training program. Skill areas to be developed
include teamwork, decision making process, goal setting,
leadership, business etiquette, conflict resolution,
professional dress, communication, workplace ethics,
career education, resume writing, finding and applying for
a job.

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SHAWNEE MISSION
PROGRAM INFORMATION
These courses are offered on space available
basis. Courses are designed as a two-hour block.
Students must provide their own transportation
to Broadmoor.
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Courses at
BROADMOOR CENTER

TE4222, TE4224, TE4227
Commercial Baking I
TE4228, TE4231
Commercial Baking II
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 2.0
Prerequisite: Food Decisions or Culinary Essentials
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic
understanding of yeast, sweet and quick dough, and pie,
pastry, and cake production through basic lectures and lab
practicums. Emphasis will be in scaling ingredients,
kitchen math, and formula expansion. Students will use
industrial equipment and will apply sanitation procedures
to food production. Course cost is $35.00 for
consumables. Students must wear appropriate
professional attire and may be required to purchase pants
and shoes to meet the program requirements. Credit may
be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation
requirement.

TE4234, TE4237
Culinary Arts I (Broadmoor)
TE4238, TE4241
Culinary Arts II (Broadmoor)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 2.0
Prerequisite: Food Decisions or Culinary Essentials
This course is designed to introduce students to the
fundamentals of culinary arts and food service hospitality.
Students learn preparation skills, quantity food
production, service of food, use of commercial equipment,
and other facets of the hospitality industry. Course cost is
$35.00 for consumables. Students must wear appropriate
professional attire and may be required to purchase pants
and shoes to meet the program requirements. Credit may
be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation
requirement. Course may qualify for JCCC advanced
standing credit.
TE4146, TE4147
Introduction to Restaurant Management
9 10 11 12 Fee: $35 0.25 0.5 1.5
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Culinary Arts I, Culinary
Arts II, Commercial Baking I or Commercial Baking II; and an
application interview and written assessment.
Culinary students will learn how to be restaurant
entrepreneurs as they learn all facets of the restaurant
business. Course includes two hours per week instruction
in quality service, restaurant financials, restaurant
management, food production, beverage service, modified
table service, marketing and promotion. In addition,
students will run the Broadmoor restaurant and perform
front-of-the-house operations and culinary/baking
production duties five hours per week. The course is held
two evenings per week, Tuesday from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
and Wednesday from 4:00 PM-9:00 PM. This course can
be repeated for credit. Course cost is $35 for
consumables. Students must wear appropriate
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Blue Valley District Virtual Program

The Blue Valley School District will continue to offer a limited number of virtual (online) courses during the 2014-
15 school year. Specific information about the courses offered as well as virtual courses in general is presented in
this section. Students may enroll in these courses during the school day as one of seven courses, or as an after
school option (fee involved). The District will continue to research and develop other courses for future
implementation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Blue Valley Virtual Education?
A: Blue Valley Virtual Education provides students with the opportunities to design their own
personalized learning. Students who participate in web-based instruction are participating in courses
with students across the district. Virtual classrooms allow students the freedom to work on the
coursework when and where they have time. The online classrooms contain a variety of technologies
including: discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, blogs, and virtual textbooks. Each web-based course
is designed to align with Blue Valley District curriculum and the Kansas state standards.
The virtual courses offered are equivalent to the traditional high school course. Each semester completed
is worth .5 credit. To earn a total 1.0 credit a student will need to complete:
1. Two semesters of the course during regular school year
2. One summer and one semester during school year
3. Two summer sessions (if available)
Each semester, or session, has a fee of $250 unless taken as part of regular school day (1
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Q: What computer skills do students need?
A: Students should possess a basic understanding of computers as well as the internet. Students should
be familiar with basic computer features, internet searches, Microsoft Office software, and email.

Q: What computer system configurations must a student have?
A: Students will need the following minimum system configurations in order to take a virtual course:
Students can run either a Macintosh or a PC (Dell, HP, IBM, etc.) for the virtual courses. Below is a list of
minimum software requirements:

PC - (Windows 7or XP)
Internet access
Internet Explorer 5 (or higher) or Firefox (Students should not use Google Chrome with their online
coursework. Google Chrome is incompatible with Blackboard and will not function correctly.
Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2007 (Students enrolled in computer courses are required to have
Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2007).
Windows Media Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Macintosh - (OS 9 or X)
Internet access
Firefox or Safari (Some students have reported issues with Safari).
Microsoft Office 2008, Microsoft Office 2011 or iWork (Students using iWork will need to convert the
documents to Microsoft Office files prior to submitting for grading).
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Q: What software is required?
A: Students must have Microsoft Office to submit assignments. Students enrolled in Computer
Applications are required to have Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 2007 if using a PC (Word,
Power Point, Access, Excel). Macintosh users are required to have Microsoft Office 2011 or Microsoft 2008.
Students will not be able to complete the course content using iWork.

Q: What about internet security?
A: Students will be provided with a username and password. Online content is not accessible without a
virtual education account.

Q: Who can take Blue Valley Virtual Education courses?
A: Virtual education courses are available to any high school aged student who is enrolled in the Blue
Valley School District.

Q: Can students work on the classes from home?
A: Virtual education courses can be accessed from any location with internet access. Final exams are
password protected and must be completed in a proctored setting.

Q: How do you enroll in a virtual class?
A: Enrollment for the spring and fall semesters is done through the high school counseling office.
Summer enrollment is done through Blue Valley ParentVue.

Q: Is there a fee for virtual courses?
A: Blue Valley virtual education courses taken outside of the school day or in the summer have a $250
fee. Drivers Education has a $275 fee. All fees are paid at the high school or through Blue Valley
ParentVue.

Q: What is included in the virtual classroom?
A: Courses include video, audio, online quizzes, discussion forums, blogs, assignments, and projects. All
virtual education courses require students to submit their work through the virtual classroom. Textbooks
and supplemental resources are available in the courses. Students who require an actual copy of the
materials can obtain them through the high school libraries.

Q: Who teaches Blue Valley Virtual Education courses and how do students communicate with the
instructor?
A: All Blue Valley virtual courses are taught by highly qualified instructors as determined by the state of
Kansas. Virtual education instructors communicate with the students through the collaboration tools
located in the course, via telephone and through electronic mail.

Q: How much time should I expect to spend on a Blue Valley virtual class?
A: Students should plan to spend approximately 4-6 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters
and up to 10 hours per week during the summer on each course.

Q: How do I access the Virtual Education website?
A: The Blue Valley Virtual classroom is located at http://bluevalleyk12.blackboard.com. This website is
accessible both from school and home to give students the freedom to work when and where they have
time. All users are required to have a username and password which students obtain at orientation.

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Q: Are the courses self-paced?
A: Virtual courses have specific deadlines for assignments. Instructors have the authority to alter the
deadlines at any given time. Course deadlines will be posted in the learning management system.
Questions about course deadlines or requirements should be directed to the virtual instructor.

Q: What types of technical support is available?
A: At the beginning of each semester, Virtual Education staff members meet with each student for a
mandatory course orientation. Course materials and required information is covered during the
orientation session. All students access the class during this time to ensure their account information is
working correctly. At these orientation sessions students are also given information regarding who to
contact if they have technical difficulties. Each virtual course also contains a Get Help section that
includes handouts and tutorials covering the virtual course tools.

Q: Is there a final exam?
A: Yes, finals are scheduled for the last week of each semester. The final exam may be taken on or before
the scheduled time. Course instructors provide specific dates and times for final exams which require
physical attendance at a proctored session to complete.

Q: How do I know if I will be successful in an online course?
A: Online learning is hard work. Students who choose to take a virtual course need to be aware of the
demands before they make the commitment.
Consider the following characteristics. If these statements describe the way you learn best, you are a
good candidate for online learning.
I am self-disciplined. I enjoy working on my own and dont need coaxing to get a job done.
I can manage my time. I dont procrastinate. I can balance my school work, social life and work
schedule and keep track of deadlines.
I would rather organize my thoughts in writing rather than speak in class.
I have study strategies that help me get the most out of reading my textbook and other course
resources.
I enjoy self-paced projects and the freedom to work on my own time.
I am very comfortable using the internet. I can communicate using email or online discussions. I can
navigate web sites and am comfortable reading on a computer screen.

Q: Can you withdraw from a Virtual Education course?
A: A schedule change may be requested during the first 5 days of the semester. The student must follow
established building procedures and new courses will be added on a space availability basis.
Virtual education courses with a fee attached to them dropped after the 10
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receive a refund.
Virtual education courses can be dropped without grade penalty up to the Friday before the scheduled
final exam unless the student finishes the course earlier. If the course is finished early, the student may
drop the course without penalty only before taking the final exam. If a course is dropped the student will
receive a W on their transcript. Once the final exam is taken, the course cannot be dropped.

Q: Do Virtual Education courses follow the same guidelines as high school classes?
A: Yes all virtual education courses are governed by the same policies as any other Blue Valley District
course and will be noted on the student transcript and included in the students GPA. The Blue Valley
policies and guidelines regarding plagiarism are strictly enforced. Information contained in the virtual
courses should not be distributed, duplicated or shared by students (including assignments, tests, quizzes
or documents) unless given permission by the course instructor. Students who distribute materials
without permission of the instructor will be subject to the appropriate discipline procedures and policies.
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Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
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American Government

Business Essentials
Computer Applications
Contemporary Communications

Drivers Education

Earth Space Science

Emerging Technologies

English Language Arts 9

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General PE

Health & Wellness
History of the Western World


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Personal Finance
Psychology
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NOTES:
Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

SS1210O/A, SS1211O/A
Advanced Placement United States
Government and Politics (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section. This
course earns a weighted grade and requires more in-depth
study of the curriculum. Students should carefully consider
the extra time needed for this more challenging course.
This course is eligible for college credit.
Students study citizenship and the working of our system
of government. Emphasis is placed on rights,
responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, the
development of the United States Constitution, the
operating of the government, contemporary politics and
current affairs. Students demonstrate the knowledge and
skills to participate effectively in a democratic society.
Students conduct research on current issues. Teachers
may choose to implement the We the People program (in
part or whole) as part of the curriculum in a non-
competitive environment. This course fulfills the
graduation requirement for American Government.
SS1258O/A, SS1259O/A
Advanced Placement
Macroeconomics (Online)
9 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section. This
course earns a weighted grade and requires more in-depth
study of the curriculum. Students should carefully consider
the extra time needed for this more challenging course.
This course is eligible for college credit.
This course includes the study of macroeconomics in order
to prepare students for the Advanced Placement
Macroeconomics Exam. Macroeconomics examines the
principles of an economic system as a whole. This course
places particular emphasis on the study of national income
and price determination, economic performance measures,
economic growth, and international economics.
SS1242O/A, SS1243O/A
Advanced Placement
Microeconomics (Online)
9 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section. This
course earns a weighted grade and requires more in-depth
study of the curriculum. Students should carefully consider
the extra time needed for this more challenging course.
This course is eligible for college credit.
The course includes the study of microeconomics in
order to prepare the students for the Advanced
Placement microeconomics exam. Microeconomics
examines the behaviors of individual businesses and
individual households in decision making.
SS1208O/A, SS1209O/A
American Government (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section.
Students study citizenship and the working of our system
of government. Emphasis is placed on rights,
responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, the
development of the United States Constitution, the
operation of the government, contemporary politics and
current affairs. Students conduct research on current
issues. Teachers may choose to implement the We the
People program (in part of whole) as part of the
curriculum in a non-competitive environment. This course
fulfills the graduation requirement for American
Government.
SS1206O/A, SS1207O/A
Advanced Placement U.S. History
(Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section. This
course earns a weighted grade and requires more in-depth
study of the curriculum. Students should carefully consider
the extra time needed for this more challenging course.
This course is eligible for college credit.
Designed for highly motivated students; participants
survey United States history from colonial times to the
present emphasizing important social, political, cultural
and economic forces that have shaped the United States.
Extensive research, reading and writing are essential to
success in this course. Students participate in simulations
emphasizing democratic processes. Students demonstrate
the ability to interpret a variety of historical and
contemporary sources and to connect past trends with
current issues. This course fulfills the Unites States History
requirement for graduation.
BC0234O/A, BC0235O/A
Business Essentials (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section.
This course gives a broad background and contemporary
view of business topics and careers. The student explores
business economic concepts and the interrelationship of
finance, accounting, management and marketing.
BC0270O/A, BC02271/A
Computer Applications (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section.
Computer Applications offers students a thorough
knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, web
integration, database and presentations and is
recommended for the student with proficient keyboarding
skills using the touch method. Students use the above
applications to produce personal and business related
communications.
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EL0324O/A, EL0325O/A
Contemporary Communications (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Three years of High School English Language Arts
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
Contemporary Communications is a year-long course that
will focus on collegiate-level and corporate-level
communication skills through a technologically-innovative,
fast-paced, advanced course of study. Students will
develop abilities in technical reading and writing, oral
presentation, desktop publishing, researching and reading
contemporary and classical fiction and nonfiction.
DE1400A, DE1401A, DE1402A
Driver Education (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $275 0.25 0.25
Prerequisite: Kansas Instructional Permit
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section.
Pass/Fail grading is used for this course.
The classroom phase of the course may be taken in an
online format. The course will involve lectures, discussion
and tests over basic principles of car control, turns,
parking, the drivers physical and psychological factors in
driving, Kansas driving laws and natural laws affecting
driving emergency procedures. Students need to obtain
an instructional permit prior to the course. Students will
also be required to log driving time with a licensed
Drivers Education teacher. For more information see the
Driver Education section of this book.
SC1112O/A, SC1113O/A
Earth Space Science (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
In Earth-Space Science students gain an understanding of
the processes and interdependence of the earths systems
and its relationship to other objects in space. Topics
encompassing geology, astronomy, oceanography and
meteorology are explored. This course satisfies the
graduation requirement for one unit of Physical Science.
BC0456O/A, BC0457O/A
Emerging Technologies (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
This project-based course will focus on the use of
emerging technologies as tools for learning. This is a
dynamic course with content that is updated frequently to
reflect new technologies that students will be expected to
use within the full range of classes taken during their high
school program of study. Therefore, this class is
recommended for 9
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employ college readiness skills and technology literacies
and apply these skill sets in assignments for other courses.
Students will also be introduced to the tools, processes,
and self-management skills required for online courses.
EL0300O/A, EL0301O/A
English Language Arts 9 (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
English Language Arts 9, a skill-based course, focuses on
themes of identity and the individuals journey as a hero.
The curriculum contains a balance of reading, writing,
listening, speaking and viewing skills. For comprehension
and pleasure, students read novels, plays, short stories,
poetry and non-fiction. Students write narratives, poetry
and exposition. The class includes the study of literary
terms, vocabulary and conventions, as well as the
application of research skills.
EL0304O/A, EL0305O/A
English Language Arts 10 (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 9 or Honors English
Language Arts 9
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
English Language Arts 10, a skilled-based course, focuses
on the traditional elements of story and the connection of
self with others. To enhance comprehension and pleasure
in the sophomore year, students read challenging novels,
plays, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Students
analyze literature and poetry through expository,
persuasive, and narrative writing techniques. The class
includes application of literary terms in literature and the
refinement of vocabulary, research skills and accuracy in
conventions.
EL0308O/A, EL0309O/A
English Language Arts 11 (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: English Language Arts 10 or Honors English
Language Arts 10
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
English Language Arts 11 explores the on-going struggle
between the needs of the individual and of an ever-
changing society in America. Students interpret and
analyze works by various American authors. Through
reader response, essays, technical writing and a research
project, students begin to further develop personal styles
of writing. Vocabulary, literary terms, conventions and
research skills continue to be a significant part of the
curriculum. Students will also continue to focus on critical
thinking within the contexts of reading, writing, listening,
speaking and viewing.
PE1000O/A, PE1001O/A General Physical
Education (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section.
Students will be required to complete content from both
semester 1 and semester 2 in order to receive the required 1
credit for graduation.
This course is directed toward developing and improving
physical fitness knowledge and ability, knowledge of rules
and interest in physical activities with individual and small
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group sports. Students will be required to complete both
online assignments as well as logging fitness hours using a
heart rate monitor. Each semester class will require
approximately 80 hours of fitness activities (approximately
four hours each week during fall and spring semesters and
ten hour per week during the summer semester).
Organized sports or activities will not be counted towards
the exercise requirements. Students will be required to
personally meet with the instructor four times per
semester at pre-arranged times after school. Semester 1
content is offered during the fall term. Semester 2 content
is offered during the spring term. During the summer
term, semester 1 content is available.
HE0098O/A HE0099O/A
Health & Wellness (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
This course is designed to meet the general informational
and educational needs of students in the areas of health
issues and wellness. Students will gain practical
information to support healthy, life-long decision making.
Subject matter includes Nutrition, Prevention and Control
of Disease, Injury Prevention and Safety, Personal Health
and Wellness, Mental and Emotional Health, Substance
Use, Abuse and Misuse, Family Life and Sexuality,
Consumer and Community Health. This course is a
graduation requirement.
SS1200O/A, SS1201O/A
History of the Western World (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
Students study modern western civilizations, primarily
European, dating from the Renaissance to the present.
Emphasis is placed on the use of important concepts from
political science, economics, geography and sociology.
Students demonstrate knowledge of the development of
the modern western world and apply their knowledge to
understand current world affairs. Students participate in
simulations emphasizing international issues or concepts.
Students also use a wide range of historical sources in
their studies. This course fulfills the World History
requirement for graduation.
MA0816O/A, MA0817O/A
Honors Algebra II (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: Continuing Algebra/Algebra I/Course Equivalent
and Geometry
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section. This
course earns weighted grade and requires more in-depth
study of the curriculum. Students should carefully consider
the extra time needed for this more challenging course.



Students cover the same topics in Algebra II but in greater
depth. Emphasis is given to the theory underlying the
mathematical concepts and more challenging problems
are included. This course is designed for students who
possess a high interest in mathematics and who plan to
enroll in advanced/honors math courses during
subsequent high school years.
BC0204O/A, BC0205O/A
Personal Finance (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
This course is designed to cover the important skills in
personal finance that every person should have before
leaving high school. Course content includes basic
business decisions such as getting and keeping a job,
employee pay and benefits, checking accounts, banking
services, income tax, investing, insurance, credit, consumer
protection, consumer decision making and an introduction
to economics.
SS1220O/A, SS1221O/A
Psychology (Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
Students study human behavior. Emphasis is placed on
motivation, learning, social psychology and human
development. Students demonstrate the ability to apply
psychological principles and thought to individual
behaviors and social issues.
SS1230O/A, SS1231O/A
U.S. History, Understanding the
Contemporary United States since 1865
(Online)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $250 0.25 0.5 1.0
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee is per semester for an after-school section
Students will begin this year-long course studying the
foundational themes in our nations creation, i.e. creation
of government, federalism, rule of law, etc. The emphasis
of this beginning unit will be how these foundational
themes defined the nation in 1865. This prerequisite
knowledge is a necessity to understanding the
contemporary United States and will be used as a building
block from which to study all future events. Quarters 2-4
will focus on events extending from 1900 to present. All
themes will be examined through a philosophical and
ideological lens, analyzing the core of our representative
democracy. This philosophical approach will require
students to use historical events as predictors of future
policy and activity. Students will focus on international
affairs and the future of the United States in an
international/global community. This course fulfills the
United States History requirement for graduation.
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MOOC (Massive Open Online Classes)
What is a MOOC?
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are courses offered by universities and colleges using a web-based
interface. These MOOCs are typically available free of charge for enrollment and are not offered to
students for traditional academic credit. The instructors are employees of the hosting college or
university and not associated with the students local school district.

Where could I see a list of MOOC offerings?
A catalogue of potential MOOCs can be found at http://www.mooc-list.com; https://www.edx.org or
https://www.coursera.org/.

How does a MOOC work?
Hosting colleges and universities determine the specifics about the MOOC courses as well as enrollment
and timelines. Courses offered as part of a MOOC program differ in content design, layout and duration.
Can Blue Valley Students take a MOOC and what are the requirements?
Prior approval is required for students wanting credit from a MOOC course on the high school transcript.
Students should start this process with their counselor.

Students will receive a Pass/Fail elective credit for any approved courses taken as a MOOC.

Students will not be allowed to receive credit for a MOOC course if the district currently offers the course
either in the traditional or virtual classroom.

Students will be responsible for their enrollment, communication and documentation required to
participate in a MOOC program.

Students will be required to submit the certification of completion from the MOOC to the high school
counseling office once they complete the approved MOOC course.

The district will not be accountable for any web-based content, equipment, internet connections, other
requirements, fees or textbooks needed to participate in a MOOC course.

MOOC courses require a variety of technical specifications. Students are responsible for resolution of any
technical issues.

Students may take 1 MOOC per semester for elective credit outside of the school day. Students wishing
to take more than 1 MOOC per semester for elective credit will need to appeal to the Executive Director
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Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

NOTE: College credit available for all CAPS courses
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is CAPS?
A: Blue Valley School Districts Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), is a nationally
recognized, innovative high school program created in partnership with seventy-four domestic and
international business partners, hundreds of business mentors, six leading universities and educational
experts. Students fast forward into their future as if they already have a college degree and are fully
immersed in a professional culture. They are solving real world problems, using industry standard tools
and are mentored by real employers, which lead to substantial advanced contribution during the
formative high school years. Students learn from global and local leaders, such as Black & Veatch, Cerner,
Burns & McDonnell, Sprint and Garmin who have chosen to partner with CAPS and share the programs
commitment to educate the future leaders of America. CAPS is an example of how business, community
and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the needed
workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs. Early career professional skills like
project management, business ethics, time management, teamwork, creativity are instructed, role
modeled and measured.
Q: Is CAPS a trade school or vocational program?
A: No. CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a
profession-based, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly
skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high demanding high skill 21
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century professions.
Q: How do colleges/universities view CAPS students?
A: CAPS is endorsed by 38 universities including TCU, Cal Poly, Drake, etc. See a complete endorsement
list at www.bvcaps.org.

Q: What type of credit can be received from a CAPS course?
A: CAPS courses offer high school credit, elective and core, and college credit is also available.

Q: What is the schedule in the CAPS program?
A: CAPS courses are 2 or 3 periods long and meet 5 days a week for a semester. CAPS courses are
offered in morning and afternoon sessions to better accommodate students schedules.

Q: What are the requirements to enroll?
A: Students interested in the CAPS program need to:
1. Attain junior or senior status;
2. Desire to work in a profession-based real world environment with other Blue Valley high
school students;
3. Be willing to comply with business ethics (e.g. attendance) and dress codes determined by
the type of CAPS study they are involved in;
4. Be willing to spend 2 or 3 periods a day away from their home high school; and
5. Be able to provide their own transportation to the CAPS site and business partnership sites.

Q: How do I apply for a CAPS course?
A: Complete and submit the CAPS online application at www.BVCAPS.org beginning November 12, 2014.
Space in the program is limited and students are encouraged to apply in a timely manner.

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Innovate
Global Food Industries
Bioscience Strand



Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering *
Environmental Science and Animal Health
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Bioscience Research
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Global Business Pathway



Global Marketing & Business Development
Global Business Leadership & Global Economics
World Language + Business Leadership

Technology Pathway
Technology Solutions and Software Engineering

Media Pathway



iMedia
Filmmaking
Digital Design and Photography
Engineering Strand



Engineering

Engineering (2 period option)
Engineering-Industry Sponsored Internship
Teacher Pathway




2020 Instructor
2020 Instructor Internship

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Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine: Research and Innovation
Foundations of Medicine *
Foundations of Medicine: Research and Innovation

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Law & Public Safety Pathway




American Justice for All *
*NCAA Eligibility is pending. Please check page 5 for the online address listing all current approved classes.
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NOTES:
Even course numbers are first semester courses.
Odd numbers are second semester courses.

BC0282, BC0283, BC0452, BC0453
Innovate
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0 Innovation Elective, 0.5 Technology or Advanced
Engineering Mathematics
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
The CAPS Innovate course is designed for entrepreneurial
minded students seeking high-tech resources and multi-
talented teams to Innovate and Accelerate their ideas.
Located in the recently developed CAPS Accelerator,
students from varying backgrounds and interests will work
together to explore and pursue opportunities such as new
product inventions or services while connecting with a
support network to act on those opportunities.
Programming is modeled from top innovative labs such as
the Babson Venture Accelerator, Harvard Innovation Lab
and the MIT Media Lab, offering copyrighted curriculum
and certification through our local Kauffman FastTrac
TechVenture program. Students will have the
opportunity to work with and be mentored by both local
and coastal design firms such as Google, Apple, and IDEO.
Successful launching and growing of start-ups will be
provided initial business and legal counsel by our
partnering firms. The CAPS Innovate course concludes
with the opportunity to pitch your business plan to a panel
of investors in a Shark Tank style event
SC1196, SC1197, BC0500, BC0501
Global Food Industries
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry recommended
Credit: 1.0 Life Science, .5 Business Elective
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Global Food Industries is a multi-disciplinary class
examining all aspects of the food industry along the field
to fork continuum from a local, national, and global
perspective. Special emphasis will be placed on preparing
students to meet impending food challenges faced by a
rapidly-growing population. Coursework will integrate
topics encompassing human nutrition, chemistry of food
ingredients, food processing, supply chain management,
and food security. Students will participate in a variety of
hands-on activities mentored by industry professionals.
Students will also engage in a semester-long project in
which they design a unique commercializable food
product, determine its nutritional profile, develop
appropriate packaging, and generate a business plan for
its marketing to both a national and international
audience. Real world, authentic experiences will occur
with partners like Kansas State University, DuPont,
Danisco, and supply chain management + logistics
companies.



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CAPS Bioscience Strand

SC1138, SC1139
Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.5 Life Science
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering will introduce you
to the universe of molecules that are the foundations of
human physiology in both health and disease, and
introduce you to the techniques and skills necessary for
becoming an active participant in solving molecular
problems. Learning experiences consist of numerous
hands-on laboratory activities and experiments, some
computer modeling, as well as professional discussions
with project mentors and guest speakers at the CAPS
facility, and community partners during site visits to their
institutions.
SC1140, SC1141
Environmental Science and Animal
Health
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.5 Life Science
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Explorations in Environmental Science and Animal Health
will introduce you to a variety of professions that work
with animals, including, developmental biology, genetics,
wildlife and conservation biology, and veterinary medicine,
and to the techniques and skills necessary for becoming
an active participant in resolving environmental issues.
Learning experiences will consist of numerous hands-on
activities and experiments occurring in the laboratory and
in the field, as well as professional discussions with project
mentors and guest speakers at the CAPS facility, and
community partners during site visits to their institutions.
SC1192, SC1193
Bioscience Research
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.5 Life Science
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Bioscience Research will help you hone your technical
skills while introducing you to the content knowledge and
professional attributes associated with conducting
authentic bioscience research. You may work at the CAPS
Bioscience research laboratory or at the facility of one of
our community partners, depending on your project.
Community partners include KU Medical Center, UMKC
School of Biological Sciences, Stowers Institute for Medical
Research, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and
Archer Daniels Midland.

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CAPS Business Strand
Global Business Pathway
BC0480, BC0481, BC0488, BC0489, BC0490, BC0491
Global Marketing & Business
Development
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Marketing and Accounting recommended
Credit: 1.0 Global Marketing, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course will be offered as a part of the CAPS Business
Strand. In an ever-expanding world, understanding how
marketing decisions must be adapted to be global rather
than just domestic is essential for successful careers in
business. This course will build upon the accounting,
marketing and business law while presenting current
frameworks, research, and marketing strategies that will
prepare students to develop a domestic business with the
intention to take it global. Students will have the
opportunity to have virtual internships with CAPS global
business partners).

BC0478, BC0479, BC0486, BC0487
Global Business Leadership
& Global Economics
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Global Business recommended
Credit: 1.0 Global Economics, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course will be offered as a part of the CAPS Business
Strand. Political, technological, market, cost and
competitive change have driven many businesses to
expand operations globally, creating an explosion in the
growth rate of global business. Students will be
introduced to domestic and global business operations,
economic and cultural factors, political systems and a
survey of marketing within the global economy. Students
will have the opportunity to have virtual internships with
CAPS global business partners.
BC0502, BC0503
World Language + Business Leadership
9 10 11 12 Fee: TBD 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: Spanish 3.5, French 3.5 or demonstrated
proficiency in a 2
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Credit: 1.0 Global Business
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
World Language + Business Leadership is a multi-
disciplinary class that combines global business,
leadership, and world language skills. Students who have
prior experience in world languages will learn business
skills, and collaborate with other CAPS strands such as
bioscience, engineering, and food technology on real
business projects that require world language expertise.
They will gain proficiency in culture and language usage
required in the international business context while
working with these business partners.
Students will explore career paths and marketplace
opportunities available for those with language skills, and
investigate specialized professional and language
qualifications available in various countries.
In collaboration with other CAPS strands, they will also
generate a business plan tailored for a specific corporate
client who is expanding to the international market and
learn key business and leadership principles unique to
global business.

Technology Pathway
BC0484, BC0485, MA0850, MA0851
Technology Solutions
and Software Engineering
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Algebra II recommended
Credit: 1.0 Technology, 0.5 Discrete Mathematics
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course is ideal for students who are interested in
developing the professional and technical skills and
knowledge required to forge forward in exploring all areas
of technology. Discover a vast array of specialty areas
available in technology careers where professionals utilize
technology to solve business problems and design
products. Immerse yourself in a professional environment
while you tackle and solve real-world problems. Explore
the following areas as they relate to PCs and mobile
devices: software engineering, web development,
operating systems, hardware technologies, network
design/technologies, management information systems
and emerging technologies. Gain insights from a diverse
group of technology professionals who will serve as guest
instructors and mentors. Discrete mathematics topics,
which are integral to technological development, will be
embedded for core mathematics credit. Students will have
the opportunity to have mentors and client based projects
with CAPS Technology Solutions business partners (i.e.,
Garmin, Cisco, Sprint, Cerner, and other technology
companies.)
Media Pathway
AR0148, AR0149, BC0452, BC0453
iMedia
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, One of the following recommended: Media
Productions I, Desktop Publishing, Web Design, Journalism,
Photography, Newspaper, Digital Imaging
Credit: 1.0 Fine Art, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
iMedia is mobile, on demand, and interactive. Students will
become backpack journalists who can videotape, edit,
write, report, blog, and post their products on the web.
Students will have the opportunity to explore three main
communication areas: multimedia reporting, live show
production, and utilizing video, photography, graphics,
and print in a web environment. In addition to the CAPS
website, students will use social media such as Facebook,
you tube, Flickr, and Twitter to distribute their product.
Internships with business partners such as Metro Sports,
435 South Magazine, Channel 41, and Sun Publications will
provide real-life project based work assignments.
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AR0150, AR0151, BC0452, BC0453
Filmmaking
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Media Production I recommended
Credit: 1.0 Performing Arts, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course will be offered as part of the CAPS Media
Pathway. This class will guide students through every
aspect of the filmmaking process from story development
to the production of their own short films. Students will
build sets (and break them down), shoot on location, hold
casting calls, work on the actors make-up, and create
special effects to enhance their films. Then, when the film
is in the can, students will edit, work on visual effects,
polish the sound, and prepare the film for viewing on the
big screen. Students will execute every position on a film
and television production set from director,
cinematographer, and producer, to key grip, set dresser,
and electrician.
AR0164, AR0165
Digital Design and Photography
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Graphic Design I recommended
Credit: 1.0 Fine Art, 0.5 Technology Note: This course is
eligible for college credit.
Students are paired with two or more local, national, or
international organizations for which they prepare
materials such as logos, print materials, websites, apps,
animations, games, and social media. Non-Profits, Start-
Ups and Small Businesses provide the perfect forum for a
creative thinker to bring his or her thoughts into the
public eye for marketing and advertising campaigns.
Students take on the role of a professional creative
consultant when working with these organizations. This
is an ideal class for any student who has taken classes
utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, or
MAYA, and wants to take their skills to a professional level.
Each student will have a fully developed professional
portfolio by the end of the semester.
Returning students have the opportunity to set up a
professional design business during the course of the class
period. This student will not only develop his or her own
branded company but develop a list of cliental whom they
may work with well into their future and professional
careers. This student will work one on one with
professional design mentors who will assist them in
setting up the financial, legal and creative aspects of
owning and running ones own business.
Returning students can also be fully immersed in a
creative field of his or her choosing for an entire semester.
The student reports directly to the business for which he
or she has chosen to work during the duration of the CAPS
class period. The student has an opportunity to work on
an array of products for the business that will be used with
real clients. This is an unpaid internship but provides the
student with experiences equal to and above those offered
at the college level. A professional portfolio is required to
apply for internships.
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CAPS Engineering Strand
IT0940, IT0941, BC0452, BC0453
Engineering
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, IED or Drafting I recommended
Credit: 1.0 Engineering Elective, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.

The CAPS Engineering course is designed for students
who are interested in a combination of rigorous science
and engineering fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and
innovation. New CAPS Engineering students begin with a
broad introduction to industry-based engineering. The
remainder of the students experience is individually
tailored to the students engineering interest, e.g.
chemical, electrical, mechanical, aeronautics &
astronautics, nuclear, civil & environmental, software/
computer, architectural, advanced manufacturing,
robotics, biological, environmental, social engineering.
CAPS Engineering has a deep commitment to hands-on,
active learning with a full immersion in real-world
projects sponsored by local business partners. Students
work in multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative
solutions to a companys real-world problems.
CAPS Engineering program is modeled after cutting-edge
engineering schools like MIT School of Engineering, Olin
College of Engineering, Stanford School of Engineering
and Purdue University, inspired by Project Lead the Way,
and endorsed locally by the following universities:
University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Missouri S &
T University, Iowa State University, and the University of
Iowa. See all endorsements at http://www.bvcaps.org.

IT0940, IT0941
Engineering (2 period option)
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 0.25 1.0 1.0
Prerequisite: None, (Concurrent) Algebra II recommended
Credit: 1.0 Engineering Elective
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.

See Description for CAPS Engineering above. Students
will not receive technology credit with this option.














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IT0942, IT0943, BC0452, BC0453
Engineering Industry Sponsored
Internship
9 10 11 12 Fee: $40 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: CAPS Engineering
Credit: 1.0 Engineering Elective, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
The CAPS Engineering Industry Sponsored Internship
course is designed for students who have successfully
completed the CAPS Engineering course, complete an
internal application process with mentor and faculty
review, and are ready to hone their engineering
professional skills in a real industry partner setting.
Students will have hands-on exercises in engineering
specifications, project management, negotiation, agile
engineering, and ethical implications of engineering
decisions. Students will also practice professionalism
skills in preparation for internship placement. Students
will develop a professional portfolio, professional resume,
and a network of mentors who can support them
throughout their college and career years. This is an
unpaid internship, which provides students with
experiences equal to and above those offered at the
college level.
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CAPS Human Services Strand
Teacher Education Pathway
FC0570, FC0571, BC0452, BC0453
2020 Instructor
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Child Development recommended
Credit: 1.0 Teacher Education Elective, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This program will immerse the students in a project-
centered field of study in the area of teacher education.
Students in this program will be participating in
internships, mentorships, networking, and futuristic
modeling. Students will be immersed in practices of
educational technology and will incorporate 21
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century
skills into every aspect of observation and coursework.
Students will study educational pedagogy as the basis for
the profession and will experience the true essence of the
teacher-classroom experience.
FC0572, FC0573, BC0452, BC0453
2020 Instructor - Internship
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, 2020 Instructor recommended
Credit: 1.0 Teacher Education Elective, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
2020 Instructor Internship is similar to a pre-lab or student
teaching experience that allows students to focus on at
least one subject area/grade level for in-depth study and
project-based learning. Students will take the information
acquired and skills developed in 2020 Instructor and apply
their learning into a real-life, hands-on relationship among
teaching peers, students, and administration. Students in
this course will exit with similar skills and portfolio
credentials to those of students in collegiate teacher
education preparatory programs.
FC0578, FC0579, BC0452, BC0453
Educational Technology and Gaming
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0 Teacher Education Elective, 0.5 Technology
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course will explore educational technology through
the latest research and will provide opportunities for
students to work with teachers and students to
substantiate the power of technology, specifically gaming,
in education. Developments in gaming, digital story-telling
and authoring tools, and collaborative virtual experiences
are creating powerful new opportunities in the area of
education. These games have positive social and cognitive
value when used in an educational setting. This course will
go beyond the coursework structure started in 2020
Instructor and 2020 Instructor Internship and will continue
to incorporate students into the practice of teaching while
incorporating 21
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Century skills.
Health Sciences Pathway
SC1184, SC1185, SC1186, SC1187
Sports Medicine
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.5 Sports Medicine Elective
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
The health care industry is exploding with exciting
changes, which will provide unlimited opportunities for
qualified health and fitness professionals. Sports medicine
is a health care profession devoted to the prevention,
management and rehabilitation of injuries in the physically
active population along with looking to improve the
lifestyle and performance of these individuals, both
mentally and physically. Introduction to Sports Medicine is
a comprehensive survey of the basic principles of sports
medicine and athletic training. This course is designed for
students who have an interest in pursuing a profession in
sports medicine such as athletic training, physical therapy,
orthopedics, chiropractic medicine, sports performance,
sports nutrition and sports psychology.










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SC1180, SC1181, SC1182, SC1183
Sports Medicine:
Research and Innovation
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Sports Medicine recommended
Credit: 1.0 Sports Medicine Elective, 0.5 Technology or
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
This course provides a supervised, clinical experience at
multiple approved clinical settings of the students choice.
Examples of past clinical rotation settings are: Shawnee
Mission Medical Center, Orthopedic surgery, Performance
Rehab, Johnson County Community College and Mid
America Nazarene University. Students will also have the
opportunity to create a research project involving experts
from the academic and/or professional community who
will provide mentoring and guidance. The research and/or
product can be from a rehabilitative aide to a new
prosthetic device to an interactive app for your mobile
device. Anything is possible in these courses because the
student determines the projects and what they want to
work on. Each student will be encouraged to enter
regional and national competitions, apply for patents and
even submit for published work. Experts from the
academic and/or professional community will be available
to mentor students in the successful development and
completion of their project(s).
SC1200, SC1201, SC1150, SC1151
Foundations of Medicine
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Chemistry recommended
Credit: 1.5 Life Science
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Foundations of Medicine is an engaging, hands-on
experience that examines the field of medicine. It is
designed to advance the students understanding of
patient care, human physiology and disease process,
professionalism and ethics, and finally, provide an
exposure to several career pathways in health care.
In the classroom, students will expand upon principles of
human physiology by creating life like models of organ
systems, formulating treatment plans for patients, and
practicing life-saving procedures on patient simulators. All
of these activities are designed to enhance student
analysis and problem solving skills.








SC1188, SC1189, SC1190, SC1191
Foundations of Medicine:
Research and Innovation
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Chemistry recommended
Credit: 1.5 Life Science (Not Regents Approved)
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
Students that chose to take a second semester of
Foundations of Medicine will create a list that outlines
their interests in medicine. Every effort will be made to
pair them up with mentors and clinical supervisors in the
real world that correlates with this list. Students will
experience case-based instruction similar to top tier
medical schools by attending local medical schools.
Clerkships, shadowing, and community service could be a
part of the experience based on student interest and
expertise. Clinical Skills Centers with multiple exam rooms
will be frequent site visits for students.
Students will perform in an interprofessional team,
responding to computerized human mannequins
simulators. During medical simulations, students will have
the opportunity to perform a self-analysis of videotapes
made in standardized patient encounters. Students will
gain wet-lab exposure to some basic techniques that are
widely used in cellular and molecular research.
SC1198, SC1199
Veterinary Medicine
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 0.25 1.0 1.5
Prerequisite: None, Biology and Chemistry recommended
Credit: 1.5 Life Science
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.

Veterinary Medicine focuses on well-rounded student
exposure and experiences with animal health
professionals. While analyzing actual veterinary case
studies, disciplines, and career opportunities, students will
develop problem-solving and analytical skills. Topics that
will be explored through hands-on projects, site visits
and mentor-ship include small/large animal practices,
exotic and zoo medicine, shelter medicine, animal rights
and welfare, food animals, handling, and ecological
interactions. Individual interests within the field of animal
health will be pursued throughout the course of the
semester. Students enrolling in Veterinary Medicine
should have an intense desire to learn, an ongoing
compassion to help animals through an understanding of
veterinary science, and be strong self-advocates for
developing his/her content and understanding. Real
world, authentic experiences will be provided through area
business partners.






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Law & Public Safety Pathway
SS1256, SS1257
American Justice For All
9 10 11 12 Fee: $30 Repeatable 1.5
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.5 Law Elective
Note: This course is eligible for college credit.
The course is part of CAPS Human Services Strand.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a
fundamental working knowledge of the major substantive
and procedural aspects of civil and criminal law, public
safety, public policy, and social services. The course
includes the basics of legal topics of constitutional issues,
criminal law, ethics, torts, contracts, family and juvenile
law. Students will be exposed to broad concepts of our
justice system through in depth case study approach of
past and historical cases plus current, live trials as well as
legal research and writing. Students will learn and grow
from experts while participating in field visits to municipal,
state and federal courthouses, juvenile detention center,
prisons, crime scene labs, tactical support teams (SWAT),
firearms range, local and federal law enforcement
departments (namely DEA, US Secret Service), fire
departments, state and federal prosecutors' offices, local
law firms, policy makers, public and private social service
agencies.
Students will expand their understanding and experiences
of the varied and diverse careers opportunities and tracks
of our American Justice System from experts, practitioners,
mentors, and experiential projects.
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Sample Freshman Schedules
The following are samples of schedules that freshmen might have in their first year of high school. These samples
are provided only as a guide. Use teacher and counselor recommendations to construct a schedule that is
consistent with personal interests and abilities.

This student is preparing to meet the entrance requirements for a TRADITIONAL COLLEGE OR
UNIVERSITY PROGRAM, BUT ALSO TAKING COURSES LEADING TOWARD ENROLLMENT
IN A TECHNICAL SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

1st Semester 2nd Semester
English Language Arts 9 English Language Arts 9
Geometry/Algebra I Geometry/Algebra I
Biology Biology
General PE General PE
Wood Technologies I Emerging Technologies
Drafting I Drafting I
Culinary Essentials World Geography





This student is preparing to meet the entrance requirements for a TRADITIONAL COLLEGE OR
UNIVERSITY PROGRAM.

1st Semester 2nd Semester
English Language Arts 9 English Language Arts 9
Geometry/Algebra I Geometry/Algebra I
Honors Biology Honors Biology
General PE General PE
World Geography Design Fundamentals
French 1 French 1
Computer Applications Forensics




This student is preparing to meet the entrance requirements for a COMPETITIVE COLLEGE OR
UNIVERSITY.

1st Semester 2nd Semester
Honors English Language Arts 9 Honors English Language Arts 9
Honors Geometry Honors Geometry
Honors Biology Honors Biology
General PE General PE
Spanish 2.5 Spanish 2.5
AP Human Geography AP Human Geography
Debate Emerging Technology


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Blue Valley Graduation Checklist
To help plan course selections for next year, use the checklist below to keep track of
completed requirements.

English
Language Arts
(4.0 credits)

English Language Arts 9 or Honors English Language Arts 9

English Language Arts 10 or Honors English Language Arts 10

English Language Arts 11 or Advanced Placement English Language
English Language Arts 12 or Advanced Placement English Literature or
Contemporary Communications
Math
(3.0 credits)
Chosen from any course in the Mathematics Department
except Math Strategies.
Chosen from any course in the Mathematics Department
except Math Strategies.
Chosen from any course in the Mathematics Department
except Math Strategies.
Science
(3.0 credits)
Biological Science: Biology, Honors Biology, Anat. & Physiology, Field
Biology, Zoology, Advanced Placement Biology
Physical Science: Earth Space Science, Physical Science, Astronomy,
Meteorology, Chemistry, Sophomore Chemistry, Advanced Placement
Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Placement Physics 1, Advanced Placement
Environmental Science

One additional Biological or Physical Science
Social Studies
(3.0 credits)

History of the Western World or Advanced Placement European History

U.S. History Since 1865 or Advanced Placement U.S. History

American Government/Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics (.5)

Elective (.5)
Physical Education
(1.0 credit)

General Physical Education
Health
(0.5 credit)

Health & Wellness
Fine Arts
(1.0 credit)

See Appendix B for eligible courses
Technology
(1.0 credit)

See Appendix C for eligible courses
Electives
(7.5 credits)



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Appendix A: Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions
English Language Arts | 4.0 Credits Natural Sciences | 3.0 Credits Required*
English Language Arts 9 or Communication Arts I
Honors English Language Arts 9 or Honors
Communication Arts I
English Language Arts 10 or Communication Arts II
Honors English Language Arts 10 or Honors
Communication Arts II
English Language Arts 11 or Communication Arts III
Advanced Placement English Language
English Language Arts 12 or Communication Arts IV
Advanced Placement English Literature
Contemporary Communications

Biology
Honors Biology
Advanced Placement Biology
Anatomy & Physiology
Field Biology
Zoology
Earth-Space Science
Astronomy
Meteorology
Chemistry/Sophomore Chemistry
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Physical Science
Physics
Advanced Placement Physics 1
Topics in Science Research
Advanced Placement Environmental Science
CAPS Bioscience Research
CAPS Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering
CAPS Environmental Science and Animal Health
CAPS Foundations of Medicine
CAPS Veterinary Medicine
*One credit must be Chemistry or Physics.

Social Science | 3.0 Credits Required


History of the Western World
History of the U.S. Since 1865
Advanced Placement U.S. History
American Government
Advanced Placement US Govt & Politics
Honors Advanced Studies in American Government
Sociology
Economics
Psychology
Advanced Placement Psychology
Area Studies: Asia
Area Studies: Middle East
Area Studies: Africa
Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement Microeconomics
Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
Contemporary Issues
CAPS American Justice
CAPS Guilty or Innocent: Law



Mathematics | 3.0 Credits + ACT Math 22+
Mathematics | or 4.0 Credits
Algebra I
Geometry
Honors Geometry
Algebra II (Intro to Alg. 2 does not count)
Honors Algebra II (Intro to Alg. 2 does not count)
Advanced Algebra
Honors Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry
Advanced Placement Statistics
Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry
Honors Accelerated Pre-Calculus BC
Honors Multivariable Calculus
Advanced Placement Calculus AB
Advanced Placement Calculus BC
Advanced Placement Statistics
CAPS Discrete Math
CAPS Advanced Engineering Math
Electives | 3.0 Credits
Electives must come from any of the following
areas:
English, Math, Natural Science, Social Science, Fine
Arts, Computer/Information Systems, World
Languages, Personal Finance, Speech, Debate,
Forensics, Journalism, Career and Technical
Education (More than one elective from the CTE
content area is allowed.)

Notes: Dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and online courses may be used to fulfill the requirement.

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Appendix B: Qualifying Courses for Fine Arts Requirement
The following courses qualify for the Fine Arts graduation requirement.


Visual Arts

Performing Arts
Art History
CAPS Interactive Design
Ceramics I, II
Design Fundamentals
Digital Imaging
Drawing I, II
Graphic Design I, II
Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Painting I, II
Photography I, II
Portfolio Seminar
Sculpture I, II
Textile Design & Fibers

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st
Century Journalism
Advanced Acting
Advanced Debate
Advanced Forensics
Advanced Repertory Theatre
Advanced Stagecraft
Argumentation and Debate
Beginning Acting
Beginning Forensics
CAPS Filmmaking
CAPS iMedia
CAPS Digital Design and Photography
Debate
Digital Communications Newspaper I
Digital Communications - Yearbook
Media Productions I or II Broadcast
Digital Media Productions Newspaper II
Media and Pop Culture
Repertory Theatre
Speech I, II
Stagecraft

Music
Chamber Singers
Chorale
Choraliers
Concert Band
Concert Choir
Concert Orchestra
Dance Team (one semester only)
Freshman Band
Honors Music Theory
Jazz Ensemble
Music Theory
Symphonic Marching Band
Symphonic Orchestra


Industrial Technology
Drafting I, II, III
Introduction to Engineering Design
Wood Technologies II


Interdisciplinary Studies
Philosophy
Truth, Reality, and the Self

Shawnee Mission - Broadmoor

Family and Consumer Sciences
Culinary Arts I, II


Apparel & Interior Essentials
Culinary Arts I, II
Design Studio I, II
Interior Design


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Appendix C: Qualifying Courses for Technology Requirement
The following courses qualify for the Technology graduation requirement.

Department Course
Business & Computer Technology Accounting
Advanced Web Design
Business Management
Computer Applications
Computer Graphics (Desktop Publishing)
Emerging Technologies
Honors JAVA Programming II
JAVA Programming I
Marketing Management
Software Development and Game Design I
Software Development and Game Design II
Web Design

CAPS CAPS Innovate
Global Marketing & Business Development
Global Business Leadership & Global Economics
Technology Solutions and Software Engineering
iMedia
Filmmaking
Digital Design and Photography
CAPS Engineering (3 hour option only)
CAPS Engineering Industry sponsored Internship
2020 Instructor
2020 Instructor Internship
Educational Technology and Gaming
Industrial Technology Drafting I/CAD
Drafting II/Architecture
Drafting III/Advanced Concepts in CAD
Honors Principles of Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Design

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st
Century Journalism
Digital Communications Newspaper I
Digital Communications - Yearbook
Digital Media Productions Newspaper II
Media Productions I-Broadcast
Media Productions II-Broadcast

Visual Art

Graphic Design I and II
Digital Imaging