Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.

Accounting I (Blended Instruction)
BUSb205 and BUSb206
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course

Accounting is “the language of business.” Warren Buffet says that anyone with an interest in business should learn as much about accounting as possible. Here’s your chance! This two-semester course covers the complete accounting cycle for proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Accounting provides the background for a student seeking an entry-level accounting job, as well as for college-bound students who plan to enter the field of business.

Algebra I (Online Instruction) (NCAA, RAI)
MTHb111 and MTHb112
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course

Algebra I is a two-semester course aligned with the High School Iowa Core Math Standards. Topics include solving, writing, and graphing linear equations; quadratic equations and functions; polynomials; systems of equations; radicals; rational expressions; as well as probability and statistics (data analysis).


Biology B (Blended Instruction) (NCAA, RAI) 
SCIb211 and SCIb212
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course

This is an enriched two-semester lab-based course. All topics are covered in greater breadth and depth than the Biology A course. This course will include the understanding of human body systems, micro, and macro evolution, and biochemistry in addition to the NGSS requirements covered in Biology A. Instructional shifts will include analytical reading and writing, applying mathematics and attention to modeling. Students who would like the option to take Human Anatomy or AP Levels of Science should enroll in this course. This course requires students to gain an understanding beyond the life science standards associated with Iowa Science Standards. Schedule changes from this course to Biology A can be made with teacher recommendation and must be done within the first ten weeks of the semester.


Biology B (Online Instruction) (NCAA, RAI) 
SCIo211 and SCIo212
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course

This is an enriched two-semester lab-based course. All topics are covered in greater breadth and depth than the Biology A course. This course will include the understanding of human body systems, micro and macro evolution, and biochemistry in addition to the NGSS requirements covered in Biology A. Instructional shifts will include analytical reading and writing, applying mathematics and attention to modeling. Students who would like the option to take Human Anatomy or AP Levels of Science should enroll in this course. This course requires students to gain an understanding beyond the life science standards associated with Iowa Science Standards. Schedule changes from this course to Biology A can be made with teacher recommendation, and must be done within the first ten weeks of the semester.


Computer Applications I (Blended Instruction) (DMACC)
BUSb203 or BUSb204
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

Computer Applications I is designed as a computer user-oriented course with no programming required for successful completion of course goals and objectives. Emphasis will be on four major microcomputer application areas: word processing (Word), database (Access), spreadsheets (Excel), and presentations (PowerPoint). Techniques learned here can be applied to many courses throughout high school and beyond. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.


Current Issues (NCAA) (Blended Instruction)
SOCb205 or SOCb206

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This is a one-semester course targeting all students in grades 10-12 seeking to fulfill elective work in a social studies area other than history or the behavioral sciences. Students will investigate important national and international problems, events, and controversies that affect the modern world. The treatment of each topic will include its origin, historical development and present status. Attention will be given to vocabulary, personalities, and geography as they apply to each issue. Possible solutions to problems will be a focus of the course. Students will be expected to complete research outside of class to reinforce their understanding of the issues.


Evolution of American Popular Music (Blended Instruction)
MUSb404

(Elective 10-11-12) First or Second Semester

Evolution of American Popular Music is a one-semester course that will trace the development of popular music in America from the mid-1800s to the current day. Students will enhance their abilities to describe music and evaluate musical performances while learning of the cultural and technological influences on the development of popular music styles. This class is not for students expecting to only listen to music of the current day. Analysis of music styles, performances, and research into the development of music will be the major focus of the class.

This course is offered as a hybrid with two periods per week of traditional classroom meeting times and two hours per week in online research and discussion groups. The online portion of the course requires student access to computers but can be completed during the school day or in the evenings and weekends. Attendance and participation in the online portion of the course are required for a successful grade. Online experiences will include chat discussions and reading assignments, listening lists, and research through the Library of Congress and/or specific music collections in University libraries.


Fundamentals of Writing (Blended Instruction)(NCAA, RAI) 
ENGb213 or ENGb214
(Required 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisites: Both semesters of Language and Literature. Students who score in the 98th percentile (National Percentile Rank) of the Iowa Assessment on Reading Comprehension and who earn an “A” in their first semester of Language and Literature may opt out of this course. Students opting out of this course should take Advanced Composition, Intermediate Writing, or Creative Writing.

This is a one-semester course designed to teach basic composition. Fundamentals of Writing includes expository, persuasive, and literary analysis essays with enrichment in grammar, vocabulary and writing process skills. To earn credit, students must demonstrate proficiency in three district assessments: 1) Reading for Information, 2) Literary Analysis, and 3) Reading Response. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.


Geometry B (Blended Instruction) (NCAA)
MTHb221 and MTHb222
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra B

Geometry B is a two-semester course, which involves the development and study of a mathematical system. This course is designed to review and strengthen algebraic skills, develop deductive and inductive reasoning ability, and increase spatial perception. The topics include principles of logic, parallelism, congruence, similarity, circles, spheres, constructions and loci, areas, volumes, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Changes from this course to Geometry A may be made with teacher recommendation and must be completed during the first ten weeks of the semester. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.


Human Anatomy and Physiology (Blended Instruction) (NCAA, RAI) 
SCIb301 and SCIb302
(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology

This is an advanced two-semester course designed for the student interested in an in-depth study of the human body. The structure and function of all body systems is covered through text reading, class discussion, computer simulations, teacher explanation, and laboratory experiences which will include dissection of mammalian organs. It is expected that all students participate fully in all activities including dissection. Introduction to the course will include the chemical basis of life, the cell and its metabolism as well as a tissue unit. The body systems taught will be: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, urinary, reproductive, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.


Lifeguarding (Blended Instruction)
PHYb315 or PHYb316

(Elective 10-11-12) First Semester
Prerequisite: Need for instructor approval

Students will receive lifeguard certification. Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course.


Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography (DMACC) (Blended Instruction)
ARTb301 Or ARTb302
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Photographic Foundations or Photo I: Principles of Photography

Principles of Digital Photography is a course where students will learn the basic principles of digital photography. Topics will include basic camera operation, composition, metering, and computer tips and tricks, as well as shooting tips and tricks. A digital SLR camera in conjunction with the computer will become instruments to explore visual communication effectively. The training will provide the student with entry-level skills to meet current photographic industry standards. No camera is required. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.


United States History (Blended Instruction) (NCAA)
SOCb301 and SOCb302

(Required 10*-11) Full-Year Course

This one-year course will give students a good foundation in United States History. Students will complete a brief survey of the forming of our government to the Civil War. The course will then emphasize the Reconstruction era to the present. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.

*To take U.S. History as a sophomore, a student must have a 323 National Standard Score (NSS) in social studies on the Iowa Assessments and an A in Geographic Cultural Studies or a B in Global Understanding and a 3.5 GPA.


United States History (Online Instruction) (NCAA, RAI) 
SOC0301 and SOC0302
(Required 10*-11) Full-Year Course

This one-year course will give students a good foundation in United States History. Students will complete a brief survey of the forming of our government to the Civil War. The course will then emphasize the Reconstruction era to the present. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.

*To take U.S. History as a sophomore, a student must have a 323 National Standard Score (NSS) in social studies on the Iowa Assessments and an A in Geographic Cultural Studies or a B in Global Understanding and a 3.5 GPA.