Non-Departmental Electives

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This course prepares students entering grade 9 for the rigor of high school. Special attention will be paid to showing students the different “pathways” to careers present in the comprehensive high school curriculum. Specific topics: course selection, study skills, note taking for success, preparation for testing.

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Thinking of taking Advanced Placement classes? Wondering if you have the time and effort necessary to be successful? Looking for strategies to make that experience a good one? Then “Preparing for the Advanced Placement Experience” is the class for you! This one credit elective class will teach you skills in time management, note taking, reading comprehension, test taking and listening strategies, along with opportunities to review and discuss the Advanced Placement tests. This is the class designed to support your Advanced Placement courses at the onset of school year, with several added “refresher” moments throughout the regular school year.

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The Teacher Cadet Program gives high school students realistic experiences in the education field that will help them make informed decisions about teaching careers. During their cadet experiences, students will: examine the multiple responsibilities and professional roles of a teacher; explore career options in education; observe, explore, and use effective teaching practices; recognize how learning is affected by human growth and development; demonstrate leadership, interpersonal, intrapersonal and self-evaluation skills; and understand school structures, operations, and policies.

Available At: East Ridge High School

Students of this course will gain the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of creating video productions and television studio techniques. Students will work in a variety of production positions over the course of the year’s study. Students will gain an understanding of the history of video production by looking at the changes in equipment and production techniques over the years. Students will develop basic skills in camera techniques, audio production, directing, digital nonlinear editing, script writing, lighting, set design and a wide variety of other skills required to create a finished video production.

Available At: East Ridge High School

This course is designed to teach more advanced methods of reporting, shooting and lighting, scripting, editing and production of a television newscast. Students will learn how to use television news cameras, tripods, lights and editing equipment. Beginning with the second week of the trimester, students will produce weekly newscasts that will air at the high school. Journalism or Video Production are pre-requisites. Register by application.

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Discover how to apply note-taking, time management, effective text reading, test and assessment preparation, test-taking skills, research skills, etc. to your current classes! We work to make these strategies part of your skill set so you can be an independent, lifelong learner. Gain skills in this one trimester class that will affect your educational studies and life beyond high school!

Available At: East Ridge High School Woodbury High School

Do you want to volunteer and serve your community but do not have enough time in your schedule? Community Outreach is a unique class where students volunteer off-campus during the school day, four days a week and attend one on-campus seminar a week. Learn valuable life skills and explore possible career options by volunteering and journaling your experiences. Note: Volunteering is extremely important when applying for scholarships, colleges and/or jobs.

Available At: Woodbury High School

Investigate and develop lifelong, positive leadership characteristics and skills. We use team building activities, problem solving skills and cooperative decision-making throughout this course. Students learn techniques to handle success, adversity and negative peer pressure. Come explore the value of citizenship, community service, and being a positive role model. Learn goal setting, organizational skills and time management. This course is invaluable for any student who plans to attend college.

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Independent Study provides the opportunity for a student to complete advanced study as an independent project beyond the classroom. The prospective student should be highly motivated and organized. The topic of study is the responsibility of the student and subject to approval of the supervising teacher. Courses are available in most departments. See your counselor if you’re interested in Independent Study.

Available At: Park High School

IB Computer Science is a three trimester course that focuses on problem solving with computers. The course’s main ideas are software development, the fundamentals of computer systems, and the relationship between computer systems and society. Through these topics students will use Java and obtain mastery of aspects such as encapsulation and inheritance. At the end of the course student will create a Program Dossier which will showcase their mastery of the content. Students in this course will be prepared to take the IB Computer Science SL exam.

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This course prepares students for the ACT (American College Testing) exam, which is widely used for college admissions. Students will learn test taking strategies and tips to boost their confidence, take full practice ACT tests with in-depth answer explanations and receive over 40 hours of personalized content review through classroom presentations and short 5 to 15 minute lessons and exercises. The course will also prepare students for the optional ACT writing test and address college selection, admissions and financial aid.

Available At: Park High School

These sessions are for students choosing to start the IB Diploma Program their junior year. Students should attend these sessions during the summer between sophomore and junior year. Topics covered include: center of the hexagon, process to earn the IB Diploma, study skills, critical thinking skills, time management, listening skills, college recognition, self advocacy and group-study.