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Course title
Grade level
Credits
Prerequisites

Test Preparation

ACT Preparation: Literacy and Reasoning
11 - 12
0.5
English I, Algebra I

In this elective course, students will learn the literacy and reasoning skills that will be important tools for them when they complete the ACT. This course will focus on helping students understand how to use critical literacy skills to enable them to reasonably develop answers.

Math

Algebra I *
9 - 12
1.0

This course will develop algebraic skills and concepts and enhance problem solving ability. Students will explore relationships between quantities, reasoning with equations, and linear and exponential relationships. Topics will include work with polynomials, quadratics, rational expressions, irrational numbers, coordinate graphing, basic statistics, and introduction to functions.

Algebra II *
11 - 12
1.0
Geometry, Algebra I

This course will review and extend an understanding of the number system, formulas, equations, and graphs. Subject matter includes quadratics, radicals, exponents, and complex numbers. An emphasis will be placed on trigonometric functions, modeling with functions and quadratic relationships. Students will analyze and interpret data, make inferences, justify conclusions and use probability to make decisions.

Consumer Math
11 - 12
1.0

This course will cover the mathematics of discounts, wages, income tax, and money management. It will also focus on interest, credit, economics, and finance. The second semester of the course will explore fractions, ratios measurement, statistics, and percents.

Fundamentals of Algebra Part 1
9 - 12
1.0

This course builds upon the essential skills of arithmetic as they apply to algebra. Students will perform operations and solve problems involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percent. Students will be introduced to geometric concepts as well as integers, real numbers and linear equations, linear inequalities, factoring and graphing. Due to Ohio’s graduation requirements, School Counselor approval is required for participation in this course.

Geometry *
10 - 12
1.0
Algebra I

Properties of geometric figures will be discovered and discussed in this course. Methods of deductive and inductive reasoning will be introduced. The course includes a study of points, lines, planes and angles as well as parallelism, triangles, polygons, regular polygons, circles, areas and volumes, and a review of coordinate geometry. The study of trigonometry of the right triangle and transformational geometry will be introduced.

Pre-Calculus
11 - 12
1.0
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

This course will review and extend various algebraic and geometric topics, including systems of equations, various functions and their graphs, and different topics in trigonometry such as trigonometric identities and graphs, polar coordinates, and applications of the unit circle. Other topics include matrices, complex numbers, vectors, conics, analytical geometry, and sequences and series. This course will provide a solid background for additional advanced math classes such as Calculus and careers in the math and science areas such as engineering.

Trigonometry
11 - 12
0.5
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

This course covers different aspects of Trigonometry: right angles, radian measures, circular functions, trigonometric functions, graphing functions, identities of single variables, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, inverse trigonometric functions, laws of sines and cosines, and polar coordinates.

Social Studies

Fine Arts

Art I
9 - 12
0.5

This course covers creativity, expression, design principles, and evaluation of art. It will also discuss ways to communicate meaning through art and will focus on the history of art, western and world art appreciation, art in the modern world, and art from the 20th century to present day. Students will also have a chance to express their own creativity and ideas through the completion of studio projects that reflect lesson concepts.

Digital Art
9 - 12
0.5

This course covers the History of Digital Art, while focusing on various careers in Digital Art, such as graphic design, web design, advertising, and digital photography. Students will study the differences between various file formats, how to use design principles to create the best layout, how color and font style impact brand recognition, and how to create a sense of space using various non-digital techniques and the rules of perspective. Finally, students will learn to effectively manipulate, edit and render their own images using digital editing software.

Digital Photography
9 - 12
0.5

This course covers the history of photography, famous photographers, careers in photography, and ethics in photography. Students will also learn about digital photography equipment. Students will need an iPhone and a willingness to learn digital editing software.

Music Appreciation
9 - 12
0.5

Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth First Century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.

Science

Biological Science *
10 - 12
1.0
Physical/Earth Science

Biology is the study of life and reactions that drive biological processes. Areas of study include the chemistry, structure and functions of the cell; molecular basis of heredity; biological change over time; behaviors and interdependence of organisms and matter; energy and organization in living systems. Plant and animal structure and function will also be covered. This course will stress hands-on activities by the student as well as self-guided, investigative studies. Activities will stress scientific inquiry, communication, and applications relevant to society.

Chemistry
11 - 12
1.0
Algebra I, Biological Science

Chemistry is the systematic study, involving the scientific method, of matter, its properties, composition, and changes. Students will study matter and atomic structure, and will use the periodic table to identify and/or predict properties of elements. Other topics will include behavior of gases, chemical bonding, acids and bases, reactions, energy changes, organic and environmental chemistry and more. The use of mathematics is an integral part of this course. Real-world examples are used throughout the course to provide context for student learning.

Environmental Science
9 - 12
1.0

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course covering a wide variety of topics including biology, physics, geology, ecology, chemistry, geography, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and engineering. The course also considers ways in which human populations affect our planet and its processes. Of special emphasis is the concept of sustainability as a means of using resources in a way that ensures they will always be around us.

Physical/Earth Science *
9 - 12
1.0

Physical Science will provide a scientific way of thinking, problem solving and an overview of essential science content in the areas of physics and chemistry. Major topics included in this course are forms and properties of matter, bonding and types of compounds, types of mixtures, energy, energy applications, forces, and motion. Students will study these topics from both a regional and global perspective and emerge with an understanding of the interconnected nature of all the natural and physical components of our world.

Physics
11 - 12
1.0
Algebra I, Geometry, Physical/Earth Science

Physics is the study of the physical laws of nature. Students will investigate the motion of objects and the forces that cause it. Learners will apply knowledge of the relationships between time, velocity, displacement and acceleration. Additional topics covered include waves, light and sound, force and motion, electrostatics, circuitry, magnetism, and atomic and modern physics.

Zoology
11 - 12
1.0
Biological Science

Zoology is an advanced biology course that addresses an audience of students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Zoology involves study of all aspects of organisms belonging to the animal kingdom. Topics covered include: classification; cell structure and organization; genetics; animal behavior; development; the structure and function of physiological systems; change over time; college and career connections; and contemporary issues. Labs and projects are integrated into the course.

Career Tech

Business Fundamentals
9 - 12
0.5

This is the second course specific to the Business & Administrative Services and Marketing Career Tech Pathway. Students will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills in general management, human resources management, operations management, business informatics and office management. They will acquire knowledge of business operations, business relationships, resource management, process management and financial principles. Students will use technological tools and applications to develop business insights.

Business Pathways Capstone
9 - 12
0.5

This is the fifth and final course in the Business & Administrative Services and Marketing Career Tech Pathways. Students will apply knowledge, attitudes and skills that were learned in prior CTE classes. Capstones often include project-/problem-based learning opportunities that occur both in and away from school. Under supervision of the school and through community partnerships, students may combine classroom learning with work experience. This course can be delivered through a variety of delivery methods including cooperative education or apprenticeship.

Computer Software
9 - 12
0.5

As part of the Cybersecurity pathway, this course covers application and operating systems relevant to security professions. The Windows and macOS systems are introduced along with desktop and mobile applications. The course focuses on the Linux operating system, a very popular system in cybersecurity. Students will learn how to log in to Linux, files and directories, processes, permissions, and more. This course is an elective open to both TRECA Tech and current non-TRECA Tech students and helps prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ industry exam (additional study required). College credit is offered through the Ohio CTAG program.

Digital Graphics
9 - 12
0.5

Interactive media includes the design and creation of digital graphics artwork. Students will use the Adobe Photoshop application to learn about photo correction, layers, masks, channels, topography, color design, web based images, and printing requirements. Students will also be introduced to 3-dimensional vector graphics and animation. Adobe Photoshop is popular with industry professionals for free-lance and organizational artwork creation. This course is an elective open to both TRECA Tech and current non-TRECA Tech students and is preparation for the Adobe ACA Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop industry exam (additional study required).  College credit is offered through the Ohio CTAG program.

Digital Marketing
9 - 12
0.5

This is the fourth course specific to the Marketing Career Tech Pathway. Students will apply tools, strategies, and processes to communicate digitally with targeted customers. They will create, implement, and critique online advertising, email marketing, websites, social media, mobile marketing, search-engine optimization, video or images and podcasts/webcasts. Students will apply project management techniques to guide and control digital communications efforts. They will also create and repurpose content for use in digital environments. Technology, employability skills, leadership, and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities.

Human Resources Management
9 - 12
0.5

This is the third course specific to the Business & Administrative Services Career Tech Pathway. Students will develop human resources strategies to obtain, retain, and effectively use talent throughout the organization. Students will utilize technology to create job applications, job descriptions, and job profiles to support the talent acquisition process. They will learn to recruit applicants, administer employment assessments, conduct background investigations, and make and communicate hiring decisions. Students will also develop employee handbooks and establish performance improvement processes. Rewards and recognition practices, relationship management and compliance will be addressed.

Information Technology
9 - 12
0.5

This first course in the IT pathways is designed to provide students with essential skills in information technology. Students will learn about IT concepts, computer components, software development, databases, and security. This course is an elective open to both TRECA Tech and non-TRECA Tech students and is preparation for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ industry exam (additional study required).

Marketing Principles
9 - 12
0.5

This is the third course specific to the Marketing Career Tech Pathway. It introduces students to the specializations offered in Marketing. Students will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills in marketing communications, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising and professional selling. They will acquire knowledge of marketing strategies, market identification techniques, employability skills, business ethics and law, economic principles, and international business. Technology, leadership, and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities.

Office Management
9 - 12
0.5

This is the fourth course specific to the Business &Administrative Services Career Tech Pathway. Students will apply techniques used to manage people and information in a business environment. Students will learn to build relationships with clients, employees, peers, and stakeholders and to assist new employees. They will manage business records, gather, and disseminate information, and preserve critical artifacts. They will also examine contracts, internal controls, and compliance requirements. Business office tools and applications will be emphasized.

Web Design
9 - 12
0.5

Students will learn the dynamics of the Web environment while pursuing an in-depth study of both Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will create a static web page with tags, elements, special characters, lines, graphics, hypertext links, and layouts. HTML and CSS are industry standards for creating and presenting web content. This course is an elective open to both TRECA Tech and current non-TRECA Tech students and with the option of applying for college credit through the Ohio CTAG program.

Web Programming
9 - 12
0.5

Students will write JavaScript code using features common to most programming languages. Students will design, develop, and test animations, basic games, and dynamic web pages. Topics include drawing, text display, movement and color, conditional statements, looping, functions, handling user-input, and object-oriented design. JavaScript is a powerful, yet easy-to-learn language essential in web development. This course is an elective open to both TRECA Tech and current non-TRECA Tech students and with the option of applying for college credit through the Ohio CTAG program.

Life Skills

Computing for College and Careers
9 - 12
0.5

Technology Applications introduces useful computer applications. Students will learn about computers, their history and the Internet. Students will also learn about word processing, database management, spreadsheet creation and graphics manipulation. Students will be evaluated through completed projects demonstrating knowledge and skills learned.

Financial Literacy *
9 - 12
0.5

This course will equip students with personal financial skills and help them to make well-informed purchasing decisions. Students will learn how to deal with the complex issues that individuals and families need to successfully navigate an ever-changing economy. It will help prepare for those large purchases such as a car, and/or house, plus planning for retirement.

Introduction to Culinary Arts
9 - 12
0.5

In this course, you will learn all about food including food culture, food history, food safety, and current food trends. You'll also learn about the food service industry and try your hand at preparing some culinary delights. Through hands-on activities and in-depth study of the culinary arts field, this course will help you hone your cooking skills and give you the opportunity to explore careers in this exciting industry.

Life and Job Skills
9 - 12
1.0

This course will equip students with the skills necessary to find a job and be a valuable employee. Topics covered include searching for a job, the application and interview process. A student will set short and long term goals along with student success plans. Topics will include saving money, making a budget, and personal banking. Students will learn how to write an agenda, writing the minutes and ideas. They will also learn the process of communication.

English

Creative Writing
9 - 12
0.5

In Creative Writing, students will explore the elements of storytelling and the crafts of writing short stories, scripts, and poetry. By reading stories, screenplays, and poems, students will become familiar with the conventions of these genres. Our goal is for students to pen their own short story, one-act play, and a collection of poems. Students will also develop their writing abilities by refining grammar skills and building vocabulary.

English I *
9 - 12
1.0

This course develops an understanding of literary genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, rhetoric, essay and oratory) and communication skills (reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, and inquiring). Students will increase reading comprehension by practicing access to prior knowledge, using visualization techniques and creating graphic organizers. Learners will interpret and apply proper vocabulary and punctuation, identify facts/opinions in literature, examine effective uses of dialogue and analyze differences in perspective. Students will also focus on reading and writing personal and business letters, conducting research and exploring persuasive writing techniques.

English II *
10 - 12
1.0
English I

This course builds upon the content, skills and concepts of English I. Students will extend their knowledge of common literary genres (short story, novel, drama, and poetry) from a diverse pool of authors and subject matter; and they will acquire the vocabulary, grammar, writing, research, and communication skills necessary for academic success. Students will improve reading and writing by examining technical documents, social science-related literature, historical fiction and scientific articles. They will also explore persuasive writing and will develop an understanding of critical thinking skills as they apply to reading, writing, and discussion of literary works. Students will conduct critical research and synthesize findings in a presentation.

English III *
11 - 12
1.0
English II

English III is a yearlong course designed for the general student of language arts as well as for the college- bound student. The course includes selected readings in American literature from short stories, essays, poems, drama, and novels. Students will develop listening and visual communication skills. Topics covered include effective writing, analyzing literature, writing process, and research.

English IV *
12
1.0
English III

The focus of this senior level course is British literature. Students will read a broad selection of British literature and complete a comprehensive agenda of assignments designed to foster critical thinking. This class will enable learners to develop and use an expanding knowledge base and essential processes for effective communication. It will also cover symbolism, interpretation of drama, and documenting research.

Stay Gold: Life Lessons from "The Outsiders"
11 - 12
0.5

Written during the 1960s, "The Outsiders" covers topics still prevalent in today’s society. In this elective course, students read the novel and analyze issues the characters face in the story. Students apply what they learn to their own lives as they set goals and develop plans to achieve their aspirations.

Global Languages

French I
9 - 12
1.0

This course provides a solid foundation for reading, speaking, writing, and understanding French and cultivates a passion for the language through exposure to culture and dynamic experiences of real people and real places. Weekly vocabulary themes and grammar concepts are introduced and reinforced throughout the course.

French II
10 - 12
1.0
French I

Students with a beginning foundation in French will expand their skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Weekly ongoing adventure stories, vocabulary themes and grammar concepts effectively take students from a tentative understanding of French basics to a greater level of sophistication. This course concentrates on students’ ability to articulate more and more complex thoughts and to understand authentic native language from a variety of enticing sources.

French III
10 - 12
1.0
French I, French II

This course will help students become culturally and linguistically competent among French speakers from a diverse variety of francophone countries around the world. Students continue to expand their ability to communicate orally and in writing, in a culturally appropriate manner about a variety of familiar topics. Students interpret detailed information from authentic French sources, in listening and in reading. Vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures are taught within the context of these topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

German I
9 - 12
1.0

This course will help students develop the ability to understand, speak, read, and write German and to acquire knowledge of the people and cultures of the German-speaking countries. In the online classroom there will be a strong emphasis on reading and understanding German. Grammar is practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Listening and speaking skills will also be practiced. Students will gain a good knowledge of the grammatical forms and structures of the language.

German II
10 - 12
1.0
German I

Student will continue their introduction to German and expand on their ability to understand, speak, read and write German. Vocabulary and grammar skills introduced in German I will be regularly reviewed and expanded through a variety of reading, speaking, and writing activities. Students will also continue to study the people and cultures of the German-speaking countries.

Spanish I
9 - 12
1.0

In this course, the student will develop listening; speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories.

Spanish II
10 - 12
1.0
Spanish I

The student will continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students learn to express themselves using an ever increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, past-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to engage the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories.

Spanish III
11 - 12
1.0
Spanish II

The student will continue to expand listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students will read significant works of literature in Spanish and will respond orally or in writing. Students learn to express themselves using ever- increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, past-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is embedded throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and its culture, people, geographical location and history.

Physical Education & Health

Health *
10 - 12
0.5

This class will focus on an understanding of the issues of leading a healthy life. Topics covered during the course are as follows: nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, conflict management, injury prevention & control, lifetime sport and leisure skill development, total fitness, mental & emotional health, prevention of disease and infection, and environmental health.

Physical Education *
9 - 12
0.5

Students will participate in physical activities of their choice and report their hours to the instructor, and complete various reports regarding nutrition, physical activity, different sports, and other topics. Students are required to complete 120 hours of physical education course instruction, including both physical activities (a minimum of 60 hours for the course) and classroom activities.