Special Education

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 
Peer Tutoring, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Students may sign up to assist students in the LRE program. Peer tutoring for credit requires a daily journal, final summary paper, and an extracurricular assignment. All peer tutors provide academic guidance in either the LRE classroom or in a regular education classroom with adaptations. Modeling and directing age appropriate behaviors for LRE students is an important role for peer tutors. Excellent attendance and strong leadership qualities are necessary traits for peer tutoring. Note: *An academic GPA of "C" or better is required as is a clear disciplinary record. Prerequisite For The Following Special Education Courses: To enroll in any of the classes listed below, a student must have a current IEP.
 
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Multi-level Math, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Focus of this course is on calculator usage, remediation of basic skills necessary for success in everyday situations, as well as number sense and measurement.  Note: This class is for students who are pursuing a certificate of completion.

Algebra I A, 2 semesters 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of Algebra concepts and applies them to create basic Algebra skills. Students will learn how to represent numbers with symbols and will study operations on these symbols. In addition, students will improve problem-solving skills to connect mathematics to the workplace. This course is for students seeking a diploma and will include the Algebra end-of-course assessment.
                        
          
Algebra I B, 2 semesters 1 credit
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rades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I A and teacher recommendation
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of Algebra concepts and applies them to create basic Algebra skills. Students will learn how to represent numbers with symbols and will study operations on these symbols. In addition, students will improve problem-solving skills to connect mathematics to the workplace. This course is for students seeking a diploma and will include the Algebra end-of-course assessment.
           
Math Lab, 2 semesters 2 elective credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Algebra I A or B and teacher recommendation.
This course is designed to provide additional instruction and skills practice for students who are in Algebra 1 A or Algebra 1 B. Students are automatically signed up for this class if they qualify for Algebra 1 A or B.
 
Algebra II C & S, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and or Algebra 1 ECA score
Algebra 2 C & S provides the student with a basic understanding of Algebra II concepts. This course is not recommended for those who are planning to attend post-secondary schooling. The class will review basic algebraic skills to include polynomial functions, system of equations, functions and relations, and quadratic equations.
         
          
Earth and Space Science, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 9           
This course covers the same standards as the general education Earth/Space science class and students take nearly identical indicator assessments as their general education peers. The first semester covers standards over Atmospheric Forces, the Composition of the Earth, and Reshaping the Crust. The second semester covers standards over the History of the Earth, the Dynamic Earth, and Space. Note: A fee is charged for this course
 
Biology, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 10
This biology course covers the same standards as the general education Biology 1 course. Students take the same indicator assessments and End of Term assessments as their general education peers. The first semester cover the standards over Cellular Chemistry, Cells, Photosynthesis/Respiration, DNA, and Mitosis/Meiosis. The second semester covers the standards over Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology. Assessments are modified for ISTAR students in this class.
Note: A fee is charged for this course
 
Integrated Chemistry/Physics, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra Note: A fee is charged for this class
Integrated chemistry/Physics is a laboratory-based course in which students explore fundamental chemistry and physics principles. Students enrolled in this course examine, through the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, and the interactions between energy and matter. Working in a laboratory environment, students investigate the basics of chemistry and physics in solving real-world problems that may have personal or social consequences beyond the classroom.
 
Physical Science, 1 semester 1 credits
Grade 10, 11, 12
A laboratory-based course in which students are introduced to basic chemistry and physical science principles. Students will examine, through the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces, and motion. Students will investigate the basics of chemistry and physical science in solving real-world problems that may have personal and/or social consequences beyond the classroom.
Note: A fee is charged for this course
 
Health & Wellness, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Emphasis is placed in providing the students with fundamentals of good health. The human body, nutrition, diseases, drug use and misuse, and first aid are studied. Safety in the home and environment will also be discussed.
 
U. S. History, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This course emphasizes our nation's development in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It builds on concepts that were studied in previous American History classes. Students review significant events and movements in the early development of the nation. After this review, the course emphasizes the interaction of historical events and social and economic influences on national development in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Skills such as note-taking, outlining, and reading comprehension will be emphasized and a variety of teaching methods will be used to ensure that students are grasping the concepts presented in class.
 
U. S. Government, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 12
The goal of this course is to expose students to the nature of government in general and American government in particular, with emphasis on the concept of democracy as practiced in America. The abilities and limitations of government, the equality of all persons before the law, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy are also studied.
 
Economics, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 12
This course gives special attention to economic concepts and principles used by consumers, producers, and voters. An emphasis is placed on practical applications of economic concepts. Students will be able to develop a stronger understanding of supply and demand, investigate the stock market to understand how economic performance is measured, and apply key economic concepts to their future lives. Decision making and a variety of topics that students will need to be familiar with following graduation such as personal finance, insurance, taxes, credit, and budgeting will also be addressed.
 
Multi-level English: 9,10,11,12, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
A variety of reading materials and subjects will be used to enhance the students reading skills and encourage students to read for enjoyment. Writing skills will be addressed by composing different types of essays as well as practical writing activities. Oral presentations will also be a component of this class. The curriculum is designed to include components of the regular education English classes and is organized on a four-year rotation to avoid repetition of reading and writing assignments. Skills needed to succeed on standardized testing will be emphasized.
 
English 9, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 9
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
This class will consist of an overview of literary genres, grammar, and writing skills needed for different types of essays and personal writing. Skills needed to succeed on standardized testing will be emphasized. A variety of reading materials will be used to expose the student to different types of literature.
 
English 10, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 10
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Students will continue to develop and practice skills specific to the Grade 10 Indiana Standards through the reading of literature from world sources. Students will be required to do reading assignments in class as well as outside of class. Writing skill development and practice will include workplace writing, analytical and expository essays, journals, and critiques. Projects and oral presentations will be required. Vocabulary, grammar, and word usage units will be studied and applied. This course is for students seeking a diploma and will include the end-of-course assessment.
 
English 11, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 11
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Students will continue to develop and practice skills specific to the Grade 11 Indiana Standards through reading American literature. Students will be required to do reading assignments in class as well as outside of class. Writing skill development and practice will include workplace and expository writing. Vocabulary, grammar, and word usage units will be studied and applied.
 
English 12, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
This course is designed to include some of the general education 12th grade curriculum. Students will write for different purposes to produce personal, persuasive, and literary essays. Students will study grammar and usage as they apply to writing skills. Oral presentations are also a requirement of this class. Some of the major works that may be studied include Beowulf, Arthurian Legends, Macbeth, The Lion in Winter, Animal Farm, Canterbury Tales, and short stories. Skills needed to succeed on standardized testing will be emphasized as needed.
      
 
Career Planning and Success Skills, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 9
This directed elective course is designed to improve student's success skills as they develop a personal profile to guide them as they explore different occupations in a variety of career clusters. Study, communication, and social skills are emphasized in this class to aid students in their adjustment to high school. Some of the skills covered include: following directions, organization, public speaking, test preparation, note taking, and problem solving.
 
Geography/History of the World, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10
This course is an overview of world history in relation to its geography. It will focus on the connection global geography has to history and the world students live in today. High interest lessons help student explore the diverse geography and history as well as the people, cultures, politics, and economics of each world region.
 
Interpersonal Relations (IPR), 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Students may not sign up for this class unless recommended by their teacher of record or the student service coordinator.
Interpersonal relations is a class where students learn skills such as anger management, coping skills, relationship building, social skills, stress management, and communication skills. The importance of values, self-esteem, and goal setting will also be addressed. The class is largely based on students participating orally in class discussions. Students will also participate in team building and will work with others.
           
The Following Courses are for the LRE Curriculum:
Credits earned apply to a Certificate of Attendance.
 
Functional Mathematics, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Based upon individual assessment and previous performance, each students needs are addressed to best support them in their future adult living situation. Emphasis is placed on money handling skills, budgeting, time, measurement in a variety of domains, and basic mathematical concepts.
 
Reading, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Beginning with the most necessary and most frequently used vocabulary, students progress as far as their abilities allow. A number of teaching strategies are used to develop this skill. Reading as a leisure activity and as a means of obtaining interesting and required information is also stressed.
 
Functional Writing, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Writing as an important method of communication is the focus. Starting with the most elementary skills, which involve letter/word formation and spacing, and progressing to personal correspondence and the completion of common forms, students are encouraged to learn and maintain the highest level of skills possible. Use of a word processing format on the computer may also be integrated into this class to reinforce or supplement handwriting skills.
 
Living Skills, 0 - 2 semesters per school year
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooking, shopping, laundry care, community involvement, and personal hygiene are among the skills taught in this class. A hands-on learning approach is the primary technique used in this classroom situation. When possible, these real life skills are also reinforced through practice in their natural setting in the community
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