Special Education Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Contemporary World Issues

    Course Description: This course is a one semester social studies course for all tenth graders that will study major turning points from the turn of the century to the present. They will study the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. Students will develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.

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  • 2018-19: Human Biology

    Course Description: The goal of the human biology course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the human body. Topics include the nature of science, the eleven body systems and how body systems work together to create homeostasis. Through this course students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made.
    - evaluate the importance of living organisms in the cyclical progression of the natural world.
    - learn about organisms through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
    - explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to building listening and public speaking skills.
    - apply NGSS science and engineering practices to perform investigations, solve problems and communicate ideas

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  • 2018-19: Learning Skills/Study Skills

    Course Description: Study Skills and Learning Skills are Special Education support classes intended for students to have time on campus to access resources needed to be successful in their academic classes. This class is a study hall with availability to teacher assistance, IEP management, case manager support, etc. Class time is to be productive and efficient and socializing is at a minimum. This is also a time for students to receive their accommodations and additional services

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  • 2018-19: Mathematics Essential Concepts

    Course Description: This course reviews math concepts in preparation of entry level math courses (such as Statistics, Liberal Arts Math & Advanced Algebra) given by community colleges. Life skills will also be introduced such as

    ● Resiliency
    ● College/Post-secondary awareness
    ● General finance

    Lecturing, class discussions, small group work, and student’s individual work in class will be the main modes of instruction to promote the development of analytical thinking in abstract domains and problem solving approaches.

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  • 2018-19: SAI Algebra 1.2

    Course Description: SAI Algebra 1.2 is a foundation course to help prepare students for SAI Geometry. Successful completion of both SAI Algebra 1.1 and 1.2 fulfills the Algebra 1 high school graduation requirement. Topics covered include basic operations and properties of the real number system, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, and basic coordinate geometry of lines. Also studied are systems of equations in two (2) variables, properties of exponents, rational expressions, irrational numbers and radicals, and word problems related to the above topics. Lecturing, class discussions, small group work, projects and student’s individual work in class will be the main modes of instruction.

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  • 2018-19: SAI Civics

    Course Description: This is a one semester course where students will pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents. The major goal of this course is for students to understand and apply democratic and civic values. This course will enable students to have a better understanding of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

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  • 2018-19: SAI Economics

    Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop fluency with core economic concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our market economy and democratic republic. Specifically, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the principles and dynamics of a market economy.
    2. Analyze the relationship between demand and supply and the role of banking and savings in a market economy.
    3. Analyze markets, failures, and regulations in a market economy.
    4. Analyze the role of the government in measuring and managing the growth of the U.S. Economy.
    5. An understanding and application of general finance.

    Lecturing, class discussions, small group work, simulations and student’s individual work in class will be the main modes of instruction in order to develop analytical skills and an understanding of how economics applies to the real world.

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  • 2018-19: SAI English I

    Course Description: This one year specialized academic course to prepare students for academic success in language arts. The course is designed to improve students understanding of literature from different genres -- novels, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, drama -- and to improve students ability to express their thoughts through the writing process. Students will be expected to critically think and analyze texts from different perspectives. Homework, class activities, discussions, reading assessments, major projects, and major papers are carefully designed to develop students’ language art skills as well as to help them foster an appreciation for and confidence in reading. The course is designed such that every unit asks students to engage personally with the themes and texts, and have writing and reading skills progressively build with every unit throughout the year.

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  • 2018-19: SAI English II

    Coursre Description: This one year course is designed to introduce and expand an understanding of world literature. The approach and methodology will be “hands-on” and include lecture, group work and class discussions. This course teaches students to read texts from different genres—novels, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, videos, and online publications—both appreciatively and critically. Homework, class activities, discussions, reading assessments, major projects, and major papers are carefully designed to develop students’ language arts skills as well as to help them connect literary themes with their own experiences and with their observations of the world around them. Students and teachers will use google classroom to give and receive immediate feedback on assignments; this platform also allows the class to discuss ethics surrounding online collaboration and sharing. The course is designed such that every unit asks students to engage personally with the themes and texts, and have writing and reading skills progressively build with every unit throughout the year.

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  • 2018-19: SAI English III (American Literature)

    Course Description: Students in this English course will study major works of American literature, focusing on how the American experience is addressed by writers throughout history. Students will explore poetry, novels, short stories, informational texts, dramas and essays. Students will examine similar themes through a variety of structures and styles and will be challenged to demonstrate their understanding through multiple formats, including literary analysis and expository essays, speeches, performances, creative compositions, Socratic seminar, and class discussions.

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