12th Grade Courses

English 4

The purpose of this course is to provide grade 12 students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness. In this course, you will learn reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the study of literature and the composition of both analytical and creative written works. Specifically, the literature we will study in this class will be divided into four themes: Heroism, Chivalry, Satire, and Knowledge.

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Unit 1: What is Biology?

  • Describe how scientists study the natural world.
  • Explain how and why scientists do experiments.
  • Describe other types of scientific investigations.
  • Explain what a scientific theory is.
  • List the characteristics of all living things.

Unit 2: The Chemistry of Life

  • Define elements and compounds.
  • Explain why carbon is essential to life on Earth.
  • Describe the structure and function of the four major
  • Types of organic compounds.
  • Describe what happens in chemical reactions.
  • State the role of energy in chemical reactions.
  • Explain the importance of enzymes to living organisms.

Pre-Calculus

The curriculum for Honors Pre-Calculus emphasizes conceptual and graphical understanding of functions. It reinforces critical thinking and keeps pace with the changes in mathematics and its applications. The content of this course includes the study of a variety of function types (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, periodic, rational), as well as function transformations and function inverses, the Binomial Theorem, mathematical induction, sequences and series, combinatorics and probability, trigonometry, complex numbers, polar coordinates and topics at the onset of Calculus: limits and derivatives.

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Unit 1: Functions and Their Graphs

  • Lesson 1: Lines in the Plane
  • Lesson 2: Functions
  • Lesson 3: Transformations of Graphs
  • Lesson 4: Combinations of Functions
  • Lesson 5: Inverse Functions
  • Lesson 6: Linear Models and Scatter Plots

Unit 2: Polynomial and Rational Functions

  • Lesson 1: Quadratic Functions
  • Lesson 2: Polynomial Functions
  • Lesson 3: Complex Numbers
  • Lesson 4: The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • Lesson 5: Rational Functions
  • Lesson 6: Quadratic Models

Economics with Financial Literacy

Economics course consists of the following content area strands: Economics and Geography. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the concepts and processes of the national and international economic systems. Content should include, but is not limited to, currency, banking, and monetary policy, the fundamental concepts relevant to the major economic systems, the global market and economy, major economic theories and economists, the role and influence of the government and fiscal policies, economic measurements, tools, and methodology, financial and investment markets, and the business cycle.

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Unit 1: Introduction to Economics

  • Lesson 1: Fundamental Economic Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Economic Systems
  • Lesson 3: Demand & Supply
  • Lesson 4: Markets, Decision-Making and Market Structure

Unit 2: Economic Issues and Institutions

  • Lesson 1: Employment, Wages and Labor
  • Lesson 2: Sources of Government Revenue & Government Spending
  • Lesson 3: Financial Markets

Anatomy and Physiology

In this course, you will learn that Anatomy and Physiology is a study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is preparation for advanced biological studies, biomedical nursing, and other science based careers. Laboratory experiences and text based activities provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics. This course fulfills the graduation requirements for one elective unit of life science for the advanced academic diploma or the standard diploma.

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Unit 1: Organization of the Body

  • Lesson 1: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Lesson 2: The Chemical Level of Organization
  • Lesson 3: The Cellular Level of Organization
  • Lesson 4: The Tissue Level of Organization

Unit 2: Support and Movement

  • Lesson 1: The Integumentary System
  • Lesson 2: Osseous Tissue and Bone Structure
  • Lesson 3: The Axial Skeleton
  • Lesson 4: The Muscular System