Nuances & Changes by Department

 Below are things our teachers felt might be helpful for parents and students to consider when preparing to register.
AGRICULTURE
  • Promotes post secondary and career opportunities in the growing Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources pathway.
  • The economics requirement can be met through Ag. Econ.
  • Students do NOT need to take Youth Leadership A to enroll in Youth Leadership B. Both Youth Leadership A and B courses can be repeated.
  • Students should take both A and B of Senior Ag, if they want that course. Students must take Sr. Agriculture A & B to be enrolled in C or D.
  • Concurrent enrollment and articulated classes are offered for college credit
ART
  • One credit of art is required – either performing or visual arts. Courses in this department satisfy the art requirement.
  • Students must take EITHER Design Basics OR Fundamentals of Art before taking more advanced art courses. (Not both.)
  • AP course choices are available
BUSINESS
  • Business offers a variety of practical classes for success in college, careers, and technology.
  • The standard economics requirement can be met in the business department.
  • Business elective courses have been added in the last few years.
  • Concurrent enrollment and articulated classes are offered for college credit.
  • Management & Leadership is now called Business Leadership.
  • New course for this year:
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management 
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
  • FACS offers a culinary arts certification program. 
  • Interior Space Design and Fashion Marketing can be used to fulfill the art requirement. 
  • Concurrent enrollment and articulated classes are offered for college credit.
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
  • Several courses have been renamed in the last few years. Have students double check course numbers so they do not repeat courses. 
  • Encourage students to pay close attention to prerequisites. See the course descriptions in the registration guide.
  • Articulated courses are available.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students are required to take 4 credits of Language Arts to graduate.
  • Students have a speech/communications requirement: Speech, Argumentation, Communication Theory and Practice and CIS Advanced Public Speaking fulfill this requirement.
  • All students have a writing requirement: Writing Workshop, College Prep Composition, AP Language and Composition, and CIS University Writing fulfill this requirement. Students planning to attend a 4 year university should be encouraged to take College Prep Comp or AP Language and Composition their junior year. Students planning to attend a 1 or 2 year trade school are encouraged to take Writing Workshop. The writing requirement can also be met through CIS University Writing (which can only be taken by seniors). NOTE: Creative Writing and Technical Writing no longer meet the writing requirement.
  • Students also have a literature requirement beyond American Lit or Voices. Students are encouraged to take one during their junior year to prep for the ACT test.
  • Other electives are available including AP and CIS courses.
MATHEMATICS
  • Three credits of math are required for graduation. Students first take Algebra 1A & B, then Geometry A & B, then Algebra II A & B. All juniors must be in a math course since they take the MCA Math test in April.
  • It is highly recommended that students take some sort of math every year.
  • Beginning 2015 the U of M is requiring math through senior year.
  • AP courses are available.
  • A CIS math class is available called CIS College Algebra Through Modeling A and B. It is open to grades 11 and 12. Students who qualify for the class will have finished Algebra II A and B, and be between the top 50-80% of their class.
MUSIC
  • One credit of art is required – either performing or visual arts. Music courses meet the 1 credit of art requirement.
  • Please note that Music Theory and AP Music Theory do NOT satisfy ,5 of the art graduation requirement.
  • AP courses are available.
  • Students who wish to double participation in musical groups should pay close attention to the registration guide for the correct numbers.
  • All students registering for band, choir, or orchestra, or the doublers must use the numbers in RED in the registration guide.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
  • 1.5 credits are required for Phy Ed and Health.
  • A wide range of health and fitness courses are available.
SCIENCE
  • Science requirements have changed recently.
  • Ninth graders now take a half year of chemistry and a half year of physics.
  • For the sophomore student who loves science and has strong math skills - AP Chemistry or AP Physics 1 (both are 1.5 credit courses that meet the graduation requirement)
  • For the sophomore student who likes science and has average math skills - Chemistry AB or Physics AB (both are 1 credit courses that meet the graduation requirement)
  • For the sophomore student who would like an alternate approach to science that is less mathematical and more conceptual - Topics in Physics AB (this is a 1 credit course that meets the graduation requirement
  • Any student can opt to take the required Earth and Space Science course as a 10th grader. They could take only Earth and Space sophomore year and save the rest for later, or take Earth and Space with another science course.
  • 2015 graduates and beyond are required to take Earth and Space Science at some point between grades 10-12.
  • All sophomores should take a science course, either Chemistry or Physics or Earth and Space Science
  • Biology is taken during the junior or senior year.
  • The class of 2015 and beyond need 3.5 science credits to graduate.
  • AP courses are available.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Social studies credit requirements have changed to 3.0 for the class of 2015 and beyond.
  • World History, including AP World history, is generally taken in grade 10. US History, including AP US History, is generally taken in grade 11. 
  • Economics requirement(0.5 credit) can be met by taking Economics, Agricultural Economics, or Micro or Macro Economics
  • The following electives have opened to grades 10-12: Sociology, International Relations, Political Science and Psychology. (Not AP)
  • AP and CIS courses are available.
  • The Immersion history courses are as listed:
    • 7003 - US History in Spanish A (11 - 12th)
    • 7004 - US History in Spanish B (11 - 12th)
    • 7024 - World History in Spanish A (10 - 12)
    • 7025 - World History in Spanish B (10 - 12)
SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • Whenever possible, special education services are offered in a general education setting.
WORLD LANGUAGES
  • 4 year colleges and universities generally recommend at least 2-3 years of a world language. Check with college admissions counselors or see the World Language department members for more information . Colleges generally do not count a world language from grade 8, but high school credit is given. Some colleges require students to take a language in order to graduate from their institution. 
  • NCAA does not recognize language courses started in grade 8 and a minimum of 2 years is required to fill one of the elective areas. 
  • Chinese I, II, III, IV, and V are now being offered.
  • A grade of C- or better is required to advance to the next level of any world language.
  • Popular Literature has a section being taught in Spanish for grades 11 and 12.
  • Spanish Immersion History is available.
  • An AP Spanish literature course has been added.
  • Concurrent College Enrollment courses are available for Spanish IV and V, and French V.
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