College Level and Workforce Electives

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These elective choice are for our High School students grades 9-12.

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Driver Education

The Driver Education Program that Helps Students Manage the Responsibilities and Risks of Driving! This classroom-tested program developed with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reflects the changes surrounding teen driving—from graduated driver licensing to zero tolerance laws to cell phones to information about vehicle maintenance. There's even a chapter that emphasizes the facts about driving today's larger, heavier sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and vans. Each student will have to take the mandatory D.A.T.E. course with our teachers. Behind the wheel training is NOT offered, only the valuable text, workbook.

Intro. World Religion Studies

This most interesting class is about the history, culture, traditions, foods, and practices of all of the world's religions and spiritual paths. This course comes from a historical and social studies perspective and engages the student in humanities. Please note that this class requires an open mind, and respect for all religions. There is no preaching of any religion as this is considered to be a humanities course. Pictures, diagrams, images, stories, videos, movies, projects, and Power Points included.

Intro. Philosophy

Diverse classic and contemporary selections in this accessible reader/text are presented in a narrative format that simplifies difficult issues and readings.The Philosophical Journey: An Interactive Approach enhances the comprehension of philosophical study by encouraging students to ponder, explore, and actively participate in the learning process. Philosophy becomes a personal journey for students through Lawhead’s unique pedagogy that introduces philosophical concepts through practical application in the form of primary sources, interwoven exercises, critical thinking, and core concept exploration.

Intro. Criminal Justice

This particular class teaches an introduction to the criminal justice system. Law Enforcement, Police Academy, Corrections, Bill of Rights, Prisons/Jails, Court System, Rights, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Procedures & Etc. Movies and videos included. Intro. Criminal Justice prepares a person for entry level into corrections, or, prepares a person to take college courses for a criminal justice degree, certificate or police academy.

Intro. Medical Assisting

For those curious about being a Medical Assistant, or a type of nurse, this is a wonderful introduction. The lessons include Medical Administration, Clinical Procedures, CPR, First Aid, Insurance Billing CPT Codes, Biology, Pharmacology, Phlebotomy, and assisting other nurses and the doctor. Half of the class is about administrative duties. The other half is a great introduction to clinical duties including online simulations done by the student. This does not lead to certification.

Intro. Emergency Medical Technician

EMT's are often the first licensed EMS personnel to arrive on the scene of an emergency, size up the situation, and provide emergency care and transportation. They practice in a wide diversity of settings—EMT's are everywhere in our community, many of them performing their EMT duties as well as their regular jobs. These providers demonstrate pride and dedication in their role on the front line of emergency care in this country. This does not lead to certification.

Health and Wellness

Wellness: Concepts and Applications use the basic precepts of the wellness movement, personal responsibility, behavior change and risk reduction, and health-care consumer awareness, introduces students to the health and wellness-related information they need to thrive in today's world. The teachers provide accurate, scientifically based information on wellness topics as well as assessment activities and other tools for behavior change. The teachers also provide a balance among the seven dimensions of wellness while at the same time emphasizing the central roles of physical fitness, nutrition, avoidance of tobacco, and stress management as keys to a healthy life. Other fitness and wellness topics include body composition, flexibility, safety, drugs, STDs, chronic diseases, and more.

Zoology Studies

Emphasizing the central role of evolution in generating diversity, this course describes animal life and the fascinating adaptations that enable animals to inhabit so many ecological niches. Featuring illustrations and photographs set within an engaging narrative, Integrated Principles of Zoology is considered the standard by which other texts are measured. Biological and zoological principles, mechanisms of evolution, diversity, physiology, and ecology are organized into five parts for easy access.


This is marked by major changes in organization and expanded coverage of weather and climate. The discussion of natural disasters is based on 4 main energy flows: 1) Earth's internal energy flow underlies earthquakes and volcanoes, 2) the external energy flow from the Sun fuels weather and climate including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 3) gravity acts to pull down mass movements of earth and snow, and 4) impacts with asteroids and comets can have major effects on life. The book focuses on the Earth's natural processes and the disasters that occur when the Earth concentrates its energy and releases it to causing death and destruction. Throughout the book, certain themes are maintained: energy sources underlying disasters, plate tectonics and climate change, earth processes operating in rock, water, and atmosphere significance of geologic time, complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously, and detailed and readable case studies.

Consumer Education (Mandatory Elective)

Consumer Education & Economics is a contemporary consumer education program that covers all financial literacy basics:

  • Understanding our economy
  • Managing family and personal finances
  • Savvy Consumer features guide students in applying their knowledge as they analyze actual situations.
  • Contemporary content includes changes and developments in health care systems, consumer laws, and the continued growth of Internet resources.
  • Dollars and Sense features provide practical tips to help students make the most of their money.

  • Understanding and managing credit
  • Skill development focuses on critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, and resource management.
  • Economic Impact & Issues features explore how events impact the economy with issues such as the cost of college, consumer confidence, saving for retirement, and insuring against disaster.

  • Making well-informed purchasing decisions.
  • Reading with Purpose features build reading skills. Students learn to define vocabulary, visualize ideas, paraphrase chapter content, and create outlines.
  • InfoSource features help students develop essential consumer skills of finding and utilizing print and online resources for reliable information.

Managing Life Skills (Mandatory Elective)

Build students independent living skills and prepare them for success beyond high school! This program meets the newest FACS standards. Students are prepared for career or college with full-page Career Pathway or College Readiness features. Career cluster guidance, job outlook, education and training, and 21st Century Skills are included. Career Readiness: is also focused on thorough résumé writing, job interview prep, and portfolio building activities and guidance. College Readiness includes information on scholarships, financial matters, and the college application process. Project-based pedagogy is used throughout this program through Unit Portfolio Projects. Financial literacy education is integrated throughout this program, both in the context of projects and activities and with specific chapter-based Financial Literacy features that include math practice. 21st Century Skills: Time-management skills, leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and teamwork skills are focused on. Succeed in School and Life features appear throughout each chapter to reinforce skills concepts and applications. Rigorous, standards-based academic integration to support the Perkins legislation mandate is included. Family and community connections are approached through activities in each chapter. Independent living skills, self-discovery, and value-based self-affirmation are focused on. 

Home and Interior Design

Homes & Interiors offers content appropriate for both an interior design course and a consumer-based housing course. This edition places even greater emphasis on the interior design process. Units 1 & 2 address housing from a consumer point-of-view. Units 3 & 4 focus on the actual structure and style of homes. Units 5 & 6 familiarize students with the interior design process. Special topics that are highlighted include Consumer Considerations, Commercial Applications, The Impact of Technology, and Careers in Housing and Interiors.

Drama and Theater
Glencoe's classic The Stage and the School provides students and teachers with the tools needed to build key theater arts skills. Students receive instruction in classic training exercises, production techniques, and theater conventions. Skills are developed through lessons that help students draw on their personal experiences and build historical and cultural background knowledge; hands-on exercises that provide students with authentic practical experience in casting, directing, and presenting plays; frequent application activities with options to meet any student ability and interest level; and a flexible five-part organization that allows for customization to fit the unique needs of each class.

World of Work – Careers

Building reading skills is a primary focus of the program. Building math skills is a second focus of the program. There is no other careers book on the market with the same target audience. Key topics covered in Entering the World of Work are:

  • Career awareness and researching careers
  • Self-exploration and the selection of a preferred career
  • Making career decisions
  • Finding job openings, applying for jobs, and interviewing 

  • Professional behavior on the job and in job situations
  • Independent living skills such as money management, using technology, balancing work and personal life, etc.

Intro. Psychology

Understanding Psychology simplifies complex psychological concepts for students. The program’s philosophy is to make psychology relevant, fun, interesting, and approachable. Understanding Psychology is an interactive book with hands-on activities, case studies, current issues, and readings about the field of psychology. This is a wonderful introduction to Psychology.

Computing Essentials

How are you learning about the most important, essential, and current concepts of information technology? Computing Essentials 2015 allows you to Make IT Work for You through relevant explorations, ethics and environment sections throughout each chapter. Current and exercises allow students to be successful in understanding today's role of Computer Information Technology. This definitive approach provides the essentials students need while bringing them a complete digital solution through Connect CIT. Connect CIT is an online learning and assessment platform that engages today's students and helps them apply the key concepts they are learning.

Living with Art

Living with Art's approach to art appreciation supports students' acquisition of the essential skills of the course. Mark Getlein's vivid narrative, in concert with McGraw-Hill's powerful adaptive learning program LearnSmart within CONNECT Art, helps students understand, analyze, and appreciate the ways art work communicates to us in our visual world. In doing so, Living with Art provides the foundation for a life-long appreciation of art, as well as critical thinking skills that will benefit students far beyond the classroom into their chosen careers.


Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology's purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.


This meteorology text focuses on explanation about the processes that produce Earth's weather and climate. It emphasizes a non-mathematical understanding of physical principles as a vehicle for learning about atmospheric processes. This book applies qualitative reasoning and appeal to everyday occurrences to understand atmospheric behavior. Students track real weather and also present their own forecasts through PowerPoints and making of YouTube videos. Latitude Cyclones; Lightning, Thunder, and tornadoes; Tropical Storms and Hurricanes; Weather Forecasting and Analysis; Human Effects: Air Pollution and Heat Islands; Earth's Climates; Climate Changes: Past and Future; Atmospheric Optics.

Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere; Solar Radiation and the Seasons; Energy Balance and Temperature; Atmospheric Pressure and Wind; Atmospheric Moisture; Cloud Development and Forms; Precipitation Processes.Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions; Air Masses and Fronts.

Small Animal Care and Management Veterinarian Tech.

This course explores the care and management of small or companion animals. It includes units on history, characteristics of different species, housing, equipment, handling, reproduction, diseases, and ailments. Discussion and student activities engage students and help them monitor their progress. This newest edition includes related Internet sites for further study. Numerous full-color photographs promote visual learning and help students identify different species. Small Animal Care and Management is a highly researched text that covers numerous species, which is detailed by scientific names, as well as the history and the domestication of animals including information on safety, nutrition, and careers. while this course does not lead to certification, many veterinary clinic and hospitals do not require certification in most States.


We present a broad view of astronomy, straight forwardly descriptive and without complex mathematics. Astronomy is a rapidly evolving field and our course reflects new understanding and emphases in contemporary astronomy. Companion Web site, organized by chapter, provides students with additional images, videos, and animations, links to related material on the Web. *Astronomy and the Universe *Our Planetary System *Stars and Stellar Evolution *Galaxies and Cosmology.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Professional provides students with a comprehensive explanation of culinary techniques, identification of the vast array of equipment and foods used in a professional kitchen, and an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to manage a food service operation. This book gives students the basics for working in a food service operation as well as an excellent foundation for the study of classical cuisine. Careers in the culinary arts and a brief overview of the industry are also covered.

Step-by-step techniques for essential culinary skills.

Over 1,000 illustrations.

Repeated features on history, workplace issues, safety and sanitation, science and technology, culture, culinary tips, trends, health, and math.

Chapter activities on workplace math, problem-solving, and critical-thinking challenges, as well as minilabs.

Chapter on culinary history.

Bound-in student CD provides illustrated activities, primal cuts activities, recipes, and more. 

Mindful Meditation

Secular course: For most of us, when this happens, it's unexpected, maybe while walking on a mountain trail on a crisp autumn day, or being so focused in work or play that you are not thinking about past or future, or connecting with someone in a way that makes it seem like time is standing still. This state of being alive and whole in the present moment is always available, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.

"Mindfulness" is used in many contexts nowadays and there are many different understandings of the term. Diana Winston of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center gives my favorite definition: Paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a blend of meditation, body awareness, and yoga: learning through practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically.

Meditation is a scientifically proven way to improve one's health and balance in life. Today, meditators from across the globe, whether young or old, have found an effective way of bettering their lives using meditation practices. Its surprising simplicity combined with immediate and tangible results has proven that meditation is a wholesome and enriching experience.

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