AIAN HS Electectives 2018-19 School Year

Here is the list electives that HS students can take for the 2018-19 school year.

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AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.

AP Computer Science Principles

The Mobile Computer Science Principles course provides an introduction to the basic principles of computer science (CS) from the perspective of mobile computing, including programming in App Inventor, a graphical programming language for Android mobile devices. The lessons and materials used by students incorporate programming while also integrating all other AP CSP big ideas: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, the internet and global impact. The curriculum engages students and supports the development of problem solving skills honing in on the computational thinking practices as indicated in the AP CSP curriculum framework. Students learn to create socially useful computational artifacts using App Inventor as well as connect computing and learn about abstracting as they develop and analyze their programs. The curriculum also emphasizes communication and collaboration in a project-based approach and classroom environment. This course involves a strong writing component. Students will maintain a portfolio of their work, which will include several performance tasks in the areas of programming and the impact of computing technology.

Network / Security Fundamentals

This course will have students will discover the building blocks of modern network design including understanding wired and wireless networks, learn server basics, how data actually travels around the internet and more.  Also students will build an understanding of network security, operating system security and security software.  The course will hands on activities.

Computer Hardware / Robotics

Are you interested in learning about computers including tearing them apart and putting them back together? Want to learn how write an app.  Interested in building robots?  This is the class for you.  This class allows you learn about it but actually allows you to get your hands dirty and do it.  This class is open to any 9th through 12th grade student.

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

AP Calculus BC

AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

AP Statistics

The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.

AP English Langauge 

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

AP English Literature

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

US History

In American History we will be looking at significant events and people who helped shape the United States and impact world events.  Topics include the migrations to the Americas, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the development of the Republic, the Civil War and reconstruction, WWI, WWII, and beyond. Upon completion, student should be able to understand cause and effect while analyzing far reaching effects.

AP Chinese

The AP Chinese Language and Culture course is designed to be comparable to fourth semester (or the equivalent) college/university courses in Mandarin Chinese. The course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and the five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparison, and Communities) as outline in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture. The textbook we are using for this course is Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture and also some other reference.

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of creating Art. Students undergo a rigorous program of  study in which they develop a portfolio of 24 Artworks over the course of the school year. In place of writing a formal exam, students submit their body of work to AP Central for evaluation. The portfolio itself consists of 3 main parts: Breadth, 12 artworks in which students explore a wide variety of ideas, media and artistic subjects, Concentration, 12 artworks which consist of an in depth exploration of a central theme, and Quality, 5 artworks which represent the best work the student is capable of and display a mastery of their selected media and/or techniques.

Students at AIAN may submit their work under the AP 2-D Design or AP Drawing Portfolio.

HS Art

High School Art is designed for students who wish to explore a wide range of media and artistic techniques. These include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design. Students in High School Art are strongly encouraged to challenge themselves and push beyond their own perceived level of ability. The teaching approach is one which challenges students to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills through creativity and self expression.

AP Chemistry
This course offers an in-depth investigation of chemistry concepts such as physical and chemical properties of matter, energy, chemical nomenclature, mole relationships, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, solutions, and acid-base theory. Students will be expected to use mathematical problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills in student-directed labs and classroom experiences. This course is designed for college-bound students. In addition, extensive independent work, self-discipline, and commitment to meet rigorous expectations and timelines is required. This course will prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Chemistry in May.

AP Biology

The purpose of this course is to give students a working knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body. The emphasis will be on anatomy but physiological processes will also be addressed. This is a course best suited for those wishing to pursue a degree in the health fields or for those with a suitable interest in the subject. Coursework will include a thorough understanding and application of the following topics: identifying parts of the body and discussing its functions, understanding dysfunctions and learning the current trends in technology and their effects on the body.

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