Special Education

SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Career Exploration Internship 1 Semester, 1-3 credits
Grades 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
The focus of this course is to provide for workplace learning in an area of student interest.  In addition to their workplace learning activities, students participate in regularly scheduled meetings with their classroom teacher for the purpose of helping students make the connection between academic learning and their work-related experiences. 


Developmental Reading, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation
The focus of this course is to provide student with individualized reading instruction designed to support success in completing course work.  All students will be concurrently enrolled in an English course.

Algebra I A, 2 semesters 1 credit
Grade 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.

Algebra I B, 2 semesters 1 credit
Grades 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.           


Algebra II 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation
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.


Geometry, 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grade 11 and 12
Prerequisite:  Algebra II
This course is the third in a series of courses that meet the minimum requirement for a Core 40 diploma. Students who took Algebra 2 will continue in this course. Geometry provides the student with a basic understanding of Geometry concepts and applies them to create basic Geometric skills. Students will study and apply definitions, postulates, and theorems relating to inductive and deductive reasoning. Intuitive thinking skills are explored. The relationship between geometry and algebra concepts is also explored.


Multi-level Math, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation
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.

Earth and Space Science, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grade 9
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation           

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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.

 

Health & Wellness, 1 semester 1 credit

Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 
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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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 10
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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.

 

Functional Writing, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 

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
Career Exploration Internship, 1 semester, 1-3 credits


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