Business Education

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Introduction to Business (CTE12001A001)

Introduction to Business is an orientation level course designed to provide an overview of all aspects of business marketing and management, including the concepts, functions, and skills required for meeting the challenges of operating a business in a global economy. Topics covered will include the various forms of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, as well as the basic functional areas of business (finance, management, marketing, administration and production).


This course is available to 8th grade students for yearlong course enrollment. Grades earned count toward cumulative high school GPA.

Business Software Applications

Business Software Applications is designed to develop computer competency. Students will use a variety of computer applications with emphasis on word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation software, desktop publishing, and photo editing. Students will become proficient integrating these applications.

Accounting I-IV

This course provides a general introduction to accounting and emphasizes the need for financial records. It presents the fundamental accounting equation and its application to accounting procedures, including the basic steps of the accounting cycle, special journals and ledgers, worksheets, adjusting and closing entries, the purchase and sale of merchandise, notes and interest, payroll records, and personal income taxes. This course develops the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary for individuals to conduct personal business or to further an education in a variety of careers in the business world.

Personal Finance  (senior year course)

Course description coming soon.

International Business  Grades 10-12

Course description coming soon.

Advanced Marketing  Grades 10-12

This course focuses on the wide range of factors that influence the flow of goods and services from the producer to the consumer. Topics may include (but are not limited to) market research, the purchasing process, distribution systems, warehouse and inventory control, salesmanship, sales promotions, shoplifting and theft control, business management, and entrepreneurship. Human relations, computers, and economics are often covered as well.


Entrepreneurial Experience  Grades 10-12

Course description coming soon.

English Language Arts (ELA)

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Freshmen Literature and Composition

This course will develop the writing processes and practices necessary for producing successful high school compositions. Students will specifically create paragraphs that have the following elements:  topic sentences, details, transitions, unification, and closing statements.  Students will also create multiple-paragraph compositions that may be persuasive, critical, informative, or creative. Essays, speeches, drama, and poetry will be incorporated into the course as models and for topics.


World Literature and Composition

Students will improve their critical thinking skills as they comprehend the diversity of literary traditions, such as Beowulf and Julius Caesar, and the influences of those traditions on cultures throughout the world. Students will present their analyses as well as develop multiple written compositions.


Advanced Literature and Composition

Juniors and/or seniors will build upon previous writing skills. Logic and critical thinking will be practiced as students analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction pieces in essay structure and word choice, usage, and mechanics will emphasized to reinforce solid writing techniques. College and business preparation are the focus of this course.


Creative Writing I & II

Students will develop and improve their writing technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays, and other forms of prose. Students will also continue contributing, editing, and publishing the school paper (a collection of creative works).


AP English Literature and Composition

Students will evaluate and critically respond to literature by examining the use of language, character, action, theme, connotation, metaphor, irony, tone, and author’s purpose.  Students will learn to develop stylistic flexibility as they write critical response compositions while covering a wide variety of subjects based on assigned readings. Students will also develop their writing and research skills as they compose papers and presentation that are analytical and informative. A literary analysis, general research paper, critical response to a contemporary issue, and a self-assessment will be included in the required assignments.


College Writing I/EN 101

Students will evaluate and critically respond to literature by examining the use of language, character, action, theme, connotation, metaphor, irony, tone, and author’s purpose.  Students will learn to develop stylistic flexibility as they write critical response compositions while covering a wide variety of subjects based on assigned readings.


College Writing II/EN 102

Students will develop their writing and research skills as they compose papers and presentation that are analytical and informative. A literary analysis, general research paper, critical response to a contemporary issue, and a self-assessment will be included in the required assignments.


Theatre and Speech

Students will engage with a variety of literary pieces and develop their performance skills through daily classroom and after school course related activities. 


Literature - Independent Study

The instructor will act as a mentor and enable the students to explore topics of interest related to literature.  Students will develop advanced skills as they prepare compositions and discuss their critical analysis with the instructor.

Fine Arts

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Chorus I-VIII

The high school chorus gives changing and recently changed voices a chance to develop their capabilities while participating in a group activity. The chorus also participates in solo and ensemble contest, and occasionally sings the Star Spangled Banner at varsity ball games.


Advanced Vocal Music

description coming soon


Advanced Instrumental Music

description coming soon


Drawing & Printmaking Grades 9-12

Students: explore the foundations of drawing by exploring different media (pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor, and pen and ink) and art forms (landscape, portrait, self-portrait, still life, figure study, et al.)  Through project work you will be introduced to basic printmaking techniques including intaglio (etching & engraving), block printing, monotype, and colligraph.  Additionally, you will gain an understanding of how picture-making has changed the world we live in.


Advanced Drawing & Printmaking Grades 10-12

Prerequisite:  Drawing & Printmaking

Want more drawing? Lets expand upon the base knowledge developed in Drawing & Printmaking.  In this advanced level class you can develop your own individual artistic style while increasing your appreciation for art history and using that as inspiration.  You will also further your knowledge of materials and techniques. Also, know that artistic experimentation is strongly encouraged.


Painting Grades 9-12

Students, this is acrylic painting. Acrylic Painting, these are our students!  In this introduction to painting, an understanding of materials and techniques will be stressed.  The Elements (Line, Color, Texture, Space, Shape, and Value) and Principles (Contrast, Unity, Rhythm, Pattern, Movement, Balance, and Emphasis) of Design will be used as each student explores the act of painting. Art styles (Realism/Naturalism, Abstraction/Nonobjective Painting, Cubism, et al) will also be thoroughly explored through project work, discussion, and group interaction. And if you really want to, go ahead and finger paint.


Advanced Painting Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Painting

If Painting isn’t enough for you, don’t worry - there’s more. In Advanced Painting you can expand on your base knowledge by continuing to make great paintings. While studying the art movements of the great masters, students will be encouraged to further develop your own individual artistic style and advance your knowledge of materials and techniques - all while being encouraged to experiment artistically and use non-traditional painting methods.


Clay 1: Hand-Building Grades 9-12

Always liked playing in the mud? In this course, students will get their hands dirty as they learn various clay hand-building techniques - including pinching, coiling, slab building, and molding.  Glaze chemistry and experimentation with finishes will also be addressed as students explore the creative possibilities of clay through a variety of projects. The importance of craftsmanship will be emphasized.


Clay 2: Sculpture and Wheel-Throwing Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Clay 1

Humankind has been using a potters wheel to create pottery for over 6,000 years. In Clay 2 you can become skilled in the art of wheel-throwing as you dive into the slippery, slimy slip.  When not on the wheel, you will conquer clay sculpture - gaining a full understanding of how to create dynamic sculptures to best exist in 3-D space. Please note that special attention will be paid to craftsmanship and technique.


Advanced Clay: Wheel Throwing Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Clay 1 & 2

Now that you can throw on the wheel - lets see what you can make. Focusing entirely on wheel work, this semester you will fulfill your dream of becoming a production potter. With a focus on productivity and efficiency of process, you will build on and refine existing knowledge by mastering a variety of techniques including: throwing, paddling, trimming, creating lidded vessels, pulling handles, and making spouts.


Advanced Clay: Clay Sculpture Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Clay 1

Understanding 3D forms and how they best exist in space is not easy, but through continued practice, it can be mastered. In this advanced sculpture class, a variety of techniques will be employed to yield amazing outcomes in clay.  Mastering firing and finish is also a prime objective this class.


Art in Society (AP Art History) Grades 9-12

Be led through a 30,000 year journey as Art is traced from man’s beginnings to today.  Multiple approaches will be explored, starting with the understanding and appreciation of Art, criticism, learning the functions of Art, and theorizing on Art’s past and current positions in society.  Discussing and presenting is the primary format of this class, though you will still have a chance to get your hands dirty.


Photography Grades 11 & 12

To understand how light works with a camera is the first step in becoming a photographer.  By learning to use a camera’s manual settings, understanding composition, and practicing how to edit and print and image - students in this class will learn the full process for how to take amazing photographs.

Note:  Each student must have access to a handheld digital camera and SD card.


Advanced Photography (by Teacher Approval)

Only a very small number of seniors, namely those who have proved themselves to be serious students of photography, will be allowed into this class each year. By planning photo shoots, going on assignment, and documenting important events of your Senior Year, the students of Advanced Photo will establish real working photography habits. As a final project, a portfolio for admission into a college photo program will be made.


Digital Filmmaking Grades 11 & 12

4-D Art!? That’s a thing? Yes it is, and in this course you can learn it.  Storytelling, developing a narrative, basic animation, sound design, cinematography, and editing software will all be mastered as student make movies in a variety of formats (documentary, narrative, animation, and experimental.)  You will split time between shooting and editing.  Each student enrolled in Filmmaking will be required to enter one piece in the end of year Film Festival.


Advanced Filmmaking (by Teacher Approval)

Prerequisite: Digital Filmmaking

Only a very small number of seniors, namely those who proved themselves to be serious students in Filmmaking, will be allowed into this class each year.  The main focus of the class will be the development of one short film.  Advanced Filmmaking students will also be required to work together on two projects: The Senior Short, and the introduction to the Film Festival.


Theatre Arts 1: Sets & Lighting Grades 10-12

Each time a theatrical or musical production is launched - hundreds of hours of work have already gone into the creation of the world it inhabits. That all starts with a plan, and in this course students will learn how that plan starts, and each step it takes to make it a reality.


Theatre Arts 2: Costumes & Props Grades 10-12

Broadway’s production of the musical Wicked had over 400 custom made costumes consisting of 2000 individual pieces! The creation of costumes for the theatre is an artform in the truest sense - and in this course, we’ll learn the entire process. Additionally, we’ll learn of variety of manufacturing and finishing techniques to help us fabricate a wide variety of props for the stage.


Advanced Theatre Arts Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1 & 2

You know about theatrical design now, and now it’s time to put your knowledge to use. Working with Mr. Bell and Mrs. Nichols, you will assist in developing designs for a wide variety of productions. Additionally you will have leadership opportunities as you help the beginning level students complete projects relating to lighting, sound, sets, costumes, and props. There’s more to technical theatre than design though, so plan on gaining a complete knowledge for how your designs will become a reality.


Foreign Language

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

French I & II

The purpose of French I & II is to learn to speak with a controlled vocabulary and to familiarize the students with the French culture.  By the end of the first year, students should understand spoken French, read materials within their vocabulary level, write grammatically correct sentences and have acquired sensitivity to the French speaking world.  

French I & II are available to 7th & 8th grade students for yearlong course enrollment. Grades earned count toward cumulative high school GPA. 


French III & IV

The purpose of French III & IV is to develop greater proficiency in speaking and understanding French.  Students will do much more speaking, reading, writing, and grammar.  They will converse formally and informally in French.

French III & IV will be available to 8th grade students for yearlong course enrollment in the 2017-2018 school year provided they have successfully completed French I & II. Grades earned count toward cumulative high school GPA.  


French V & VI

Coming in the 2017-2018 school year.


AP French Language and Culture

Coming in the 2018-2019 school year.



Health & Physical Development

Written by Tim Farquer on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Health  Grades 9-10

Each student shall take the equivalent of one semester. Course description coming soon.


Physical Education  Grades 9-12

Each student shall be required to take physical education daily, however, course substitutions and exemptions in accordance with BOE policy 6:310 are allowed.

Students will develop physical fitness, learn good personal hygiene for healthful living, develop recreational skills, develop good sportsmanship and fair play, and learn desirable social attitudes in physical education.  Individual and dual sports (badminton, table tennis, dance, golf, pickle ball) will be included in the curriculum where class size and equipment are suitable. Team sports available are soccer, speedball, flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, cage ball, whiffleball, ultimate Frisbee, monarch. Physical fitness tests will be given.  Objectives of physical education courses include:  (a)  To develop skills and knowledge of individual and team activities for later use of leisure time, and (b) To establish a well-rounded program where students get a variety of activities and are taught the fundamentals and strategy of play. All non-contact sports competition will be coeducational.


Driver Education  Grades 9-10

This course consists of 30 hours of classroom work and 6 hours of behind the wheel training. Classroom work consists of the basic written test and an eye exam, which are both required to obtain a driving permit. The classroom also includes programs on insurance coverage, seatbelt and motorcycle safety and concludes with 4 instructional tapes on how to apply the rules of the road. The grade you receive will be the average of the 30 classroom hours. The final phase of the class is the 6 hours of the behind the wheel training with the instructor. Your grade in this phase will be the pass or fail that you receive on your license facility road test.




Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Integrated Mathematics I, II, III  Grades 9-12  (year-long courses)

Integrated Math courses emphasize the teaching of mathematics as problem solving, communication, and reasoning, and emphasize the connections among mathematical topics and between mathematics and other disciplines. The scope & sequence of Integrated Math replaces the traditional Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence of courses, and usually covers the following topics during a three or four year sequence:  algebra, functions, geometry from both a synthetic and an algebraic perspective, trigonometry, statistics and probability, discrete mathematics, the conceptual underpinnings of calculus, and mathematical structure.


Trigonometry I  Grade 12, first semester  (Prerequisites Integrate Math I-III)

This is a college preparatory math course strongly recommended for students planning on entering a math-related field of study. Topics discussed in this course include:  vectors, circular functions, trigonometry, and applications of trigonometry, and polar coordinates.  Topics in analytic geometry will also be explored.


Calculus I  Grade 12, second semester  (Prerequisites Integrate Math I-III, Trigonometry)

This course explores the basic principles of calculus.


Pre-Calculus (UC Irvine via Coursera)

This course covers mathematical topics in algebra and trigonometry and is designed to prepare students to enroll for a first semester course in single variable calculus. 


Calculus One (The Ohio State University via Coursera)

Calculus One is a first introduction to differential and integral calculus, emphasizing engaging examples from everyday life. 


Calculus Two: Sequences and Series (The Ohio State University via Coursera)

Calculus Two: Sequences and Series is an introduction to sequences, infinite series, convergence tests, and Taylor series. The course emphasizes not just getting answers, but asking the question "why is this true?"


Massively Multivariable Open Online Calculus Course (The Ohio State University via Coursera)

M2O2C2 provides a first taste of multivariable differential calculus. By introducing the machinery of linear algebra, this course provides helpful tools for understanding the derivative of a function of many variables.


Calculus Single Variable (University of Pennsylvania via Coursera)

This course provides a brisk, challenging, and dynamic treatment of differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications to the engineering, physical, and social sciences. 


Science, Engineering, & Robotics

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

Life Sciences


Biology I  Grade 9

Biology is the study of living things. This course includes a survey of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, classification, botany, and zoology. Lab activities are infused throughout the curriculum.


Biology II & III  Grades 10-12

Biology II is an advanced study of specific areas in biology. Topics to be covered include Biochemistry/Microbiology, Genetics, Zoology, and Botany.


Anatomy & Physiology  Grades 11-12 (Prerequisites: Biology I-III & Chemistry)

Anatomy & Physiology is the study of the structures and functions of the human body. All major systems are covered. Dissection and clinical diagnosis are infused throughout the curriculum.


Ecology  Grades 10-12  (Prerequisites: Biology I-III & enrollment in Chemistry)

Earth Community is an integrated science. It will incorporate biology, chemistry, and earth science while learning about the environment. The lab activities and field studies will encourage you to take a closer look at the environment in which you live and your roll in its future.


Emergence of Life (University of Illinois via Coursera)

How did life emerge on Earth? How have life and Earth co-evolved through geological time? Is life elsewhere in the universe? Take a look through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth through the lens of the modern Tree of Life.


Introduction to Forensic Science (Nanyang Technological University via Coursera)

We have all seen forensic scientists in TV shows, but how do they really work? What is the science behind their work? This course aims to explain the scientific principles and techniques behind the work of forensic scientists and will be illustrated with numerous case studies from Singapore and around the world.


Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within (The University of Melbourne via Coursera)

This course examines the physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise, with a focus on skeletal muscle, energy metabolism, the oxygen transport system and temperature and fluid balance. The factors that limit exercise performance will be reviewed and the role of genes in determining athletic performance will be considered. At the end of this course, you should have a better understanding of the athlete within!


What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn't know about plants) (Tel Aviv University via Coursera)

Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.





Chemistry I & II  Grades 10-12

Basic chemistry principles and the development of these principles are learned. This course is an advanced lab-oriented approach to the science with much of the class time devoted to labs. Basic procedures and apparatus are learned. Lecture material concerns classic chemistry.  Basic algebra is used in the course of the year. The course is recommended for college bound students.


Chemistry III & IV  Grades 11-12 (Prerequisite: C or better in Chemistry I & II) 

Second year chemistry is for students who have taken first year chemistry. We will address topics not covered in Chemistry I. Suggested for students who intend to take college chemistry. We will cover topics not covered in Chemistry I including organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Lab activities and reports are a major part of the course.





Engineering I  Grade 9

Course description coming soon.


Physics I & II  

Class may be taken in conjunction with Chemistry I with teacher approval.  This class will explore these areas of Physics (kinematics, sound, light and electricity).  While it is a science course and labs are employed, it will also focus on use of math to calculate events occurring in the laboratory and class work components of this class.


Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory (Rice University via Coursera)

This hands-on laboratory course complements Coursera's Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. The course develops basic skills in constructing and measuring electrical circuits using modern laboratory instruments.


Introduction to Engineering Mechanics (Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera)

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.


Applications in Engineering Mechanics (Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera)

This course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering systems and problem solving.





courses and descriptions coming soon


Social Sciences

Written by Tim Farquer on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Course Offerings & Descriptions

American Government

American Government meets and exceeds all State of Illinois high school requirements for “constitution tests” and other civic and government mandates from the State Board of education. In this course, students study the institutions of American national and Illinois state government, and then explore how those institutions interact and function in a modern American society. All students are required, during the school year, to attend one meeting of an elected body and keep up with events in the news. At the end of the year, if time permits, there is a short unit on basic economics, and how the government and economy interact.


World History & Geography I & II

course description coming soon


AP US History

course description coming soon


Publications  Grades 11-12

This course focuses documenting school/community events and publishing the results periodically throughout the year. Students will learn the basic elements of journalism and yearbook production.  Special emphasis on topics include:  journalistic writing, photography, journalistic business practices, computer applications, sales, and interviewing.  Students taking this course must be self-directed yet able to work effectively in a group.  Leadership, cooperation, and high standards of achievement will be learned in the Publications classroom.


Introduction to Psychology (University of Toronto via Coursera)

This course is all about you ... your mind, your behavior, and what underlies them both. It will be a fast paced tour of the most important experiments in psychology, one that is intended to fascinate, inform, and provoke deep thought. Come learn about yourself with us!


Introduction to Sociology (Princeton University via Coursera)

In this class we will cover the essentials of sociology, to help you better understand your own life and situations far from your experience.


Social Psychology (Wesleyan University via Coursera)

Coursera's largest class is back by popular demand! Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology.


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