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    • Clinton High School Course Registration Guide 2008-2009 800 North Adair Street Clinton, SC 29325 Telephone 864-833-0817 1
    • Table of Contents Registration Process 3 Diploma/Certificate Requirements 4 College Entrance/Admission 5 Grade Promotion 6 Course Selection Guide 7 Retaking a course 7 Grade Point Ratio 7 Attendance 8 EEDA 8 IGP 8 Career Clusters 8 Course Descriptions 11 English/Language Arts 11 Mathematics 15 Science 19 Social Studies 22 Foreign Language 25 Physical Education 27 Freshman Focus 29 Business Education 29 Education and Training 31 Career and Technology Educaion 32 Health Science Technology 33 Fine Arts (Art, Band, Chorus) 35 Driver Education 37 SAT/ACT Preparation 37 Content Mastery 37 JROTC 37 Dual Enrollment 39 Piedmont Tech College 42 SC Uniform Grading Scale 43 Student Planning Guide 44 Year by year checklist NCAA Clearinghouse Information Web reference sheet Graduation requirements worksheet 2
    • REGISTRATION 2008-2009 This Registration Guide is designed to help you, the student, and your parents as you choose your courses for next school year. We encourage you to plan cooperatively with your parents, teachers, and counselors. Our goal is to have you, the student, focus on the future—your career interest, your educational goals, and your personal development. Your course selection should combine into a course of study that blends your interests and abilities and helps you achieve your educational, career, and personal goals. REGISTRATION PROCESS 1. All students must take a minimum of 8 classes each year. Seniors may take 6 units if they request early dismissal. 2. Registration for the 2008-2009 school year will be held in the early spring of 2008. Students are required to attend registration with a parent or guardian to request courses for the coming year. 3. Classes are scheduled based on the number of students requesting them. Classes with very low enrollments may be cancelled. Students will be scheduled into their alternate course selections. 4. Choose your courses to match your educational and career goals 5. Pay attention to recommended grade levels. 6. A prerequisite is a previous course or some requirement, which must be completed or met before you can take a new course 7. Courses are scheduled according to what students request. Choose carefully and be prepared to stick with your choices. 8. All students are required to sign up for 8 classes and 4 alternate courses. Teacher Assistant cannot be used as an alternate selection. 9. Alternates will be used to resolve schedule conflicts. Choose them carefully. We arrange the Master Schedule of classes based on the courses you select. We can consider schedule changes only if: 1) you have previously taken and passed the course; 2) you have failed a required course and must repeat it; or 3) we have made an error in your schedule. Consider the following information in your course selection process:  Students are required to enroll in 4 classes per term.  Students may take only one required English course per yea.r  We may use your alternate course selections to resolve schedule conflicts. Be sure that your alternates are classes you are willing to take.  A minimum number of students must request a course before it can be offered.  Students taking certain courses should be aware of the school insurance requirements (these would include science and vocational, career and technology courses)  Some courses may require special fees, tuition, or purchase of text books (college classes)  Early dismissal and late arrival are options only for seniors enrolled in 3 classes per term  Your registration form must have teachers’ signatures and a parent’s signature in order for it to be accepted.  If you do not complete a Course Registration Form, a form will be completed for you and no changes will be made. 3
    • DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA In order to earn a South Carolina High School Diploma, a student must complete the twenty- four units of credit as listed in the chart that follows. In addition, students must pass BOTH PARTS of the South Carolina Exit Examination (HSAP—High School Assessment Program). Students must pass the HSAP Exit Exam, which consists of three sections—mathematics, language arts, and usage and reading. Each section has four achievement levels: 1, 2, 3, and 4. Students must score a level 2 or higher to pass each section. REQUIREMENTS FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA… SUBJECTS UN ITS ENGLISH 4 MATHEMATICS 4 SCIENCE 3 ECONOMICS ½ GOVERNMENT ½ U.S. HISTORY 1 OTHER SOCIAL STUDIES 1 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 COMPUTER SCIENCE 1 **FOREIGN LANG OR CATE 1 ELECTIVES 7 TOTAL 24 **Students in College Prep Curriculum must have either 1 unit of Foreign Language or 1 additional unit of CATE (Career and Technology). Students who successfully earn the 24 Units above, but who do not pass all parts of HSAP are awarded a State Certificate. A student MUST be in attendance for 85 days per term in order to receive credit for a class. High school students must be aware that course credits are earned in each class. Absences, therefore count for or against a student on a class-by-class basis and not on a daily basis. Student absences are counted in each class individually. 4
    • College Entrance Students who are preparing for admission to a traditional 4-year college during grades 9-12 are encouraged to learn as much as possible about schools they are interested in attending. Admission requirements are the courses that colleges/universities will expect to see on the high school transcript of a student who wants to be considered for admission. Note that colleges do not accept ALL high school electives to meet admission requirements. The courses that follow are appropriate for most South Carolina colleges and universities. COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: FOUR UNITS OF ENGLISH  2 with strong grammar and composition  1 with American Literature  Completing College Prep English 1 thru 4 meets this requirement THREE UNITS OF MATH:  Algebra 1 (Math Tech 1 and Math Tech 2 substitutes ONLY if student successfully completes Algebra 2)  Algebra 2  Geometry  A 4th math is strongly recommended and IS REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. THREE UNITS OF LABORATORY SCIENCE :  Biology  Chemistry  Human Anatomy & Physiology  Physics AT LEAST TWO UNITS OF THE SAME FOREIGN LANGUAGE.  French or Spanish (see note below—some schools require 3 units) THREE UNITS OF SOCIAL STUDIES:  US History is required  Economics and Government are REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION  One unit of Global Studies 1, Global Studies 2, or Law Related Education FOUR UNITS OF ELECTIVES:  Four college prep electives from different fields ONE UNIT OF PE or JROTC 1 or 3 ONE UNIT OF FINE ARTS (this requirement begins with the Class of 2011)  one unit in the appreciation of, history of, or performance in one of the fine arts These requirements are subject to change according to the college or university policies. For more information, please consult the SC Commission on Higher Education web site at www.che400.state.sc.us As of 2001, some universities require:  3rd foreign language  4th math, lab science, or foreign language—note that 4th math is REQUIRED for high school GRADUATION 5
    • REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE PROMOTION GRADE CRITERIA FOR CLASSIFICATION To be classified as a: FRESHMAN--GRADE 9 Student has been promoted from the eighth grade. SOPHOMORE--GRADE 10 Student must have earned a minimum of 6 units including 1 language arts unit and 1 math unit. JUNIOR—GRADE 11 Student must have earned a minimum of 12 units including at least 2 language arts units and 2 math units. SENIOR—GRADE 12 Student must have earned a minimum of 16 units including 2 language arts units and 2 math units. Student must be able to project graduation. Course Selection Guide for Grades 9—12 9th Grade: English 1 11th Grade: Freshman Focus English 3 Math (one or two semesters) Math Biology Chemistry 1 Global Studies 1 U.S. History Physical Education Foreign Language—2nd year 1 elective from career cluster or Keyboarding 3 electives: Government or Economics (optional this year) 10th Grade: English 2 12th Grade: Math English 4 Physical Science Math Global Studies 2 Science Integrated Business Applications Foreign Language—3rd year Foreign Language-1st year Government or Economics 2 electives ( at least one from career cluster) Electives: dual credit courses, special interest course Note: Gifted and Talented students who follow the Honors path will take Physical Science Honors, Geometry Honors and/or Algebra 2 Honors in the 9th grade. They will take Biology 1 Honors in the 10th grade. Electives may include special interests and activities like band, chorus, 9th grade football, weightlifting, and Content Mastery, Business classes, Carpentry, Electricity, Education and Training, and Health Science Technology. These classes offer specialized preparation for entry into the work force or technical training programs after high school and they help the student meet the requirements of EEDA and their chosen career major (four courses). Students in 9th and 10th grade should consider taking at least 2 electives. Taking elective courses early in high school allow students to explore career options early enough to make wise course selections during high school and to prepare for post high school plans. 6
    • Retaking a Course According to the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy (on page 43), students are allowed to retake the same course at the same difficulty level under the following conditions: ♦Only courses in which a grade of D or F is earned may be retaken ♦The course in which a D or F is earned may only be retaken during the current academic year or no later that the next academic year ♦The student’s record will reflect all courses taken and the grade earned. Students who repeat a course in which a D was earned will only receive credit for the repeated course grade. ♦Students taking courses for Carnegie unit prior to their 9th grade year may retake any such course during their 9th grade year. In this case, only the 9th grade retake grade is used in figuring the student’s Grade Point Ratio (GPR) and only the 9th grade attempt is shown on the transcript. This rule applies whether the grade earned in the retake is higher or lower than the pre-ninth grade attempt. Grade Point Ratio South Carolina uses a Uniform Grading Scale to calculate Grade Point Ratio (GPR) and class rank for high school students. The South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale assigns grade points for each numerical grade. By state mandate, all courses carry the same grade point with the exceptions of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Honors courses receive an addition 0.5 weighting and AP courses receive an additional 1.0 weighting. Page 40 provides the chart listing number breaks for letter grades, non-weighted grade points and weighted grade points for specified levels. Attendance Attendance laws require students to be present a minimum number of days (85 days) to receive academic credit, provided the student earns a passing grade in the course. Students who exceed the approved limits for unexcused absences do not receive credit in the course regardless of the final grade average. The final grade for each course in which a student fails to receive credit due to excessive absences will be changed to 62 if the student completed the course with an average of 70 or above. It is important for students and parents to note that attendance is measured in each class period, not per day. Academic credit is lost in any individual course for which a student has excessive absences (>5 unexcused/OSS per term). Please closely review the student handbook for attendance policies related to credits.
    • EEDA (The Education and Economic Development Act—2005) Created by the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005, Personal Pathways is an innovative way of connecting academic studies with preparation for entering the workforce. Beginning in 8th grade (for students who are eighth graders in 2006-2007), students will write and annually update an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) with help from guidance counselors and parents or parental designees. In the 10th grade, students will declare a major based on their chosen cluster of study or career cluster. Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) An Individual Graduation Plan is a road map that guides students toward their education, career and employment goals. IGP’s include general graduation requirements, as well as coursework and out-of-classroom learning opportunities related to a student’s chosen cluster of study. IGP’s also help students align high school courses with college entrance requirements. Still, these plans are flexible and can change based on a student’s aspirations, abilities and interests. Career Clusters and Majors Career Clusters are broad categories into which jobs and occupations are divided. These categories help students and schools plan the appropriate preparation students need to enter their chosen occupation or career. Nationally, there are sixteen recognized Career Clusters. They are: (1) agriculture, food, and natural resources; (9) human services; (2) architecture and construction; (10) information technology; (3) arts, audio-video technology, and communications; (11) law, public safety, and security; (4) business, management, and administration; (12) manufacturing; (5) education and training; (13) government and public administration; (6) finance; (14) marketing, sales, and service; (7) health science; (15) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and (8) hospitality and tourism; (16) transportation, distribution, and logistics. Clinton High School Clusters and Majors At CHS, we offer students nine career clusters from which to choose. As courses are added, other majors may also be offered. The nine clusters offered are:  Architecture and Construction Designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining physical structures and the larger building environment including roadways and bridges and industrial, commercial, and residential facilities and buildings Includes careers in architecture, Brick Masonry Carpentry, Electricity, Equipment Operation, Construction Supervision, HVAC Mechanics, Iron Working, Plumbing, Welding ♦Major – Residential and Commercial Construction  Arts and Humanities
    • Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services Includes careers in audio & video technologies, printing, visual arts, performing arts, journalism, broadcasting, and telecommunications. ♦Major – English ♦Major – Foreign Language ♦Major – Performing Arts ♦Major – Visual Arts  Business, Management, and Administration Planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. These opportunities are available in every sector of our economy. Includes careers in management, accounting, human resources, business analysis, marketing, and administrative & information support. ♦Major – Business Information and Support Systems ♦Major – Financial Management and Accounting  Education and Training Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Includes careers as Preschool, Kindergarten Teachers/ Aids, Elementary Teachers/ Aids, Secondary Teachers/ Aids, Special Education Teachers/ Aids, College/University Lecturers/Professors, Human Resource Trainers, Physical Trainers, Coaches, Child Care Directors, Child Care Workers, Child Life Specialist, Nanny, Early Childhood Teachers/Assistants, Teacher Aids, Group Workers and Assistants ♦Major – Teaching and Training  Government and Public Administration Executing governmental functions to include Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels. Includes careers such as city manage, city council member, city/council clerk, Executive Director of Charitable organization or Industrial Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, court administrator or clerk ♦Major - Social Sciences  Health Science Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. Includes careers in therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, & biotechnology ♦Major – Health Diagnostic Specialties ♦Major – Health Treatment Specialties
    • ♦Major – Medical Science and Research  Human Services Preparing for a career related to families and human needs. Includes careers in Early Childhood services, counseling, mental health, family & community services, personal care, and consumer services ♦Major - Early Childhood Development and Services  Law, Public Safety, and Security Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Includes careers like Animal Control Officer, Bailiffs, Child Support, Missing Persons, Unemployment Fraud Investigators, Criminal Investigators & Special Agents, Gaming Investigator, Bomb Technician, Game Enforcement Officer, Highway Patrol Pilots, Immigration & Customs Inspectors, Mgr/Supv. Police & Detectives, Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators, Police, Fire & Ambulance Dispatchers, Police & Patrol Officers, Private Detectives & Investigators, Sheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs, Training Officer, Transit & Railroad Police, Park Ranger, Evidence Technician, Federal Marshall,, Administrative Law, Attorney, Case Management Specialist, Court Reporter, File and Document Manager, Information Officer, Investigator, Judge, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Magistrate, Mediator/Arbitrator, Negotiator, Para legal, ♦Major - Military Science ♦Major - Law and Legal Services  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. Includes careers such as Engineer, Computer Programmer* Computer Science Technician* Computer Software Engineer* Drafter, Electrician, Electronics Technician, Hazardous Waste Technician, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Packaging Technician, Project manager, Radio/TV Broadcast Technician, Researcher, Sound Technician, Survey Technician, Technical Sales Manager, Technical Writer, Analytical Chemist, Anthropologist, Applied mathematician, Archeologist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Atmospheric scientist, Biologist, Botanist, CAD operator, Conservation scientist, Cryptographer, Ecologist, Economist, Environmental scientist, Geneticist, Geologist, Laboratory Technician, Marine scientist, Mathematician , Metallurgist, Meteorologist, Nuclear technician, Nutritionist, Oceanographer, Ornithologist, Paleontologist, Physicist, Quality-control scientist, Research Technician, Science Teacher , Lab Technician, Scientific visualization / graphics expert, Statistician, Technical writer, Toxicologist, Zoologist ♦Major – Math ♦Major – Science
    • Course Descriptions ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Four units/credits of English are required for high school graduation in South Carolina. Ninth Grade English ENGLISH 1 (01) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation, MAP Reading RIT score of 206 or below GRADE: 9 1 unit English credit English 1 is designed to prepare freshmen for English 2. Students study composition and literature. This course covers a wide variety of important topics presented in a practical fashion. Selections from the literature anthology are explored, novels are read, and modified research work is required. Selected novels are studied. NOTE: Students in English 1 are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. ENGLISH 1 C PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation, MAP Reading RIT score of 210--222 GRADE: 9 1 unit English credit English 1 C includes composition, vocabulary, and literature. Full coverage is given to sentence structure, usage and punctuation. Selections from the world of literature are explored and vocabulary, research work, book talks, and compositions are required. Selected novels and plays are studied. NOTE: Students in English 1 C are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. ENGLISH 1 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Placement in the gifted program, MAP Reading RIT score of 223 or above GRADE: 9 1 unit English credit English 1 Honors includes composition and literature. Students are offered a variety of important topics presented in an accelerated fashion. In-depth coverage is given to usage, composition, research, oral presentations and literature. Several literary works, in addition to the literature anthology, are studied. The literature of mythology is also studied. NOTE: Students in English 1 H are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. Tenth Grade English ENGLISH 2 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) English 1 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADE: 10 1 unit English credit English 2 covers the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening that will prepare the student to succeed as a technical college student and as a life-long learner. Students will also develop and practice those communication skills of reading and writing that will allow them to pass the HSAP Exit Exam. Emphasis is placed on using the communication skills studied in class to work as an effective member of a group. Selected novels are studied.
    • ENGLISH 2 C PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of “C “ or better in English 1C or grade of “B” or better in English 1 GRADE : 10 1 unit English credit English 2 C includes composition and literature. Full coverage is given to parts of speech, sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and vocabulary. Selections from the literature anthology are explored along with other literary works including Shakespearean plays and a modern drama. Research work is required. Students will also work cooperatively in groups demonstrating communication skills studied in class. Selected novels are studied. ENGLISH 2 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): English 1 Honors and/or Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 10 1 unit English credit English 2 Honors is an accelerated class that includes composition and literature. Students are offered a variety of important topics presented by classic literature, as well as adolescent literature. Emphasis is placed on usage, composition, and literature. Selections from the literature anthology are explored along with other literary works. A researched informative speech is required. Eleventh Grade English ENGLISH 3 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) English 2 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADE: 11 1 unit English credit Based on an activity-oriented approach to learning language arts skills, this course is designed to complement a variety of learning styles. A systematic approach to teaching communication skills is used to foster student learning and practice through the use of reports, memos, letters, charts, and graphs. Whether planning to enter the job market immediately after high school or after completion of higher education, students will learn both cognitive and motivational skills necessary to achieve success. A concentrated study of American literature is presented in such a way as to reinforce communications skills learned in each of the modules. These materials, along with the use of innovative instructional techniques, will help students develop the knowledge skills and attitudinal skills to deal with a changing workplace. ENGLISH 3 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Grade of “C” or better in English 2 C or grade of 90 or better in English 2 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADE: 11 1 unit English credit English 3 C includes composition and literature. A variety of grammar, sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and vocabulary is covered. Significant American literature is explored from early America to contemporary times. Research work, book reports, and critical essays are required. Selected novels are studied. Students may choose two of the following areas of study to comprise their English 3 C course: Classes will be scheduled in these areas only if there is sufficient student interest in these categories. American Women Writers—Students will have the opportunity to student the historical, cultural, and societal contributions women have made by focusing on various genres of women’s literature. This course will focus on American women writers throughout history. Students will communicate ideas and opinions through critical commentary, both written and oral. American Contemporary Writers—This course is an extensive study of poetry, short stories, drama and the novel from the years 1980 to the present. Students will read, discuss, research, and respond to the literature in writing, through presentations, classroom discussion, and projects. Authors of various genders, races, and ethnic backgrounds will be chosen in order to explore various themes, styles, and subject matter relevant in the contemporary classroom.
    • African American Literature—This course is a multi-genre study of the rich culture and traditions of African Americans. Students will examine writings from slave narratives to the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary spoken word traditions. Nature, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism—Students in this course will study such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman— rebels who explored the human connection to nature while rebelling against society’s expectations. These freethinking Americans made their own decisions and shocked society with their writings. Through the study of novels, poetry, and essays students will delve into a literary revolution against nineteenth century rules that celebrates American individuality. The study of literature will be infused with historical overviews and perspectives to enhance the experience of exploring this unique group of writers. American Sports Literature—This course is planned for the student with a high degree of interest of significant American Sports Literature. It will allow the student to specialize in an area of interest that includes the best sports literary work available. This course will being insight to a very popular form of literature in today’s fast changing society. Science Fiction/Fantasy—This course will explore the literary components that make the genre of science fiction and fantasy literature one of the more interesting genres in today’s market place. This course will focus on the elements that make science fiction and fantasy true literary works. A variety of short stories, poems, and novels will be used in study of this course. Contemporary American Dramatic Literature—This course will study contemporary American dramatic literature from 1900 through the present. Students will read, discuss, critique, research, and write about the American tradition in theater. ENGLISH 3 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of English 2 H and teacher recommendation. GRADE: 11 1 unit English credit English 3 Honors includes grammar and literature. This course is planned for the advanced college preparatory student, and a wide variety of important topics is presented in an accelerated fashion. In-depth coverage is given to grammar: sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and vocabulary. In addition, significant American literature is explored from early American to contemporary times. Research work is required. Selected novels are studied. ENGLISH 3 HONORS/AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of English 2 H and teacher recommendation. GRADE: 11 1 unit English credit AP Language and Composition is a college level class that focuses on a thematic study of American fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on improving critical reading skills and analytic writing skills. Students will explore the writing process and enhance heir awareness of the writer’s purposes, rhetorical techniques, and the effects of authors’ use of language. Students will engage in the processes of effective critical reading, analytical wiring, high level speaking skills through assignments in literature, nonfiction, composition and various discussion and speech experiences in class. Twelfth Grade English ENGLISH 4 PREREQUISITE(S): English 3 GRADE: 12 1 unit English credit English 4 is a language arts course designed to prepare students for the demands of the changing industrial world. This course continues the development and refinement of the career-related communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing through the study of grammar, and composition. Students also learn and practice techniques useful in problem- solving and interpersonal relationships. Group participation, oral reports, written tests, and research work are required. Students work individually and in groups to apply what they have learned.
    • ENGLISH 4 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Grade of C or better in English 3 C or grade of 90 or better in English 3 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit English credit English 4 C includes composition and literature. This course is for the college preparatory student. Coverage is given to mechanics, word usage, sentence formation, vocabulary, essays, writing, and reading comprehension. The literature component consists of a survey of British literature. An extensive research paper is required. Selected novels are studied. ENGLISH 4 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): English 3 C/3 H GRADES: 11- 12 1 unit English credit English 4 H includes composition and literature. The course is planned for the advanced college preparatory student and covers a wide variety of important topics presented in an accelerated fashion. In-depth coverage is given to sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and vocabulary. Significant British literature is explored from early Anglo-Saxon England through the twenty-first century. Extensive research work, book talks, composition, and written and oral presentations are required. English Electives ENGLISH 5 A.P. PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Grade of “C “ or better in English 4 H or grade of “B” or better in English 4 C (2) Approval of the A. P. instructor GRADE: 12 1 unit English credit The literary classics and literary criticism are stressed. This course is planned for the advanced college preparatory student at a level above English 4 H and a wide variety of important topics are covered: reading, speaking and listening, advanced composition, and mechanics. In addition, significant themes are explored along with an in-depth study of poetry. ENGLISH 101/102 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 12 1 unit English credit + 6 hours college credit A course in the composing process with attention to invention, arrangement, and style, and closely supervised practice in reading and writing essays. Extensive survey of world literature is incorporated into the class with a focus on 4 major genres. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to qualified students. HSAP PREPARATION ENGLISH PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 10 1 unit elective credit HSAP Prep English is designed for the 10th grade student who would benefit from additional help in reading and language usage. Criteria for placement includes: 1: MAP reading RIT score below 220 or 2: teacher recommendation JOURNALISM-YEARBOOK PREREQUISITE(S): Approval of Instructor, application form available from instructor, 3 teacher recommendations GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit Students interested in working on the yearbook are invited to take this class. JOURNALISM-NEWSPAPER PREREQUISITE(S): Approval of Instructor, application form available from instructor, 3 teacher recommendations GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit Students interested in working on the school newspaper are invited to take this class.
    • PUBLIC SPEAKING PT (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit Public Speaking is designed to give students an opportunity to increase their oral communication and research skills. Students will research topics and present informative, expository, and persuasive speeches. Students will also participate in a debate and a group discussion. Students must have used basic research materials (books, periodicals, CD-ROM data bases, and Internet sources) before taking the class. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to qualified students. DRAMA AND SPEECH PREREQUISITE(S): English 1H or 1C; Teacher recommendation GRADES: 10—12 1 unit elective credit Drama and Speech is designed to introduce students to the basic arts of theater and public speaking. Student will practice using their voices and bodies to create characters. Students will study theater history, analyze selected plays, create original characters, perform monologues and selected scenes, direct scenes, attend selected performances, create a director’s book as well as practice the art of speechmaking. After-school attendance at selected theater performances will be required. Efforts will be made to obtain student rates for such performances. Students will be required to purchase their own tickets to such performances. SAT/ACT PREPARATION PREREQUISITE(S): Previously passed Geometry and College Prep or Honors English GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to help prepare the student to maximize his scores on the SAT or ACT for college entrance. It may be offered strictly as an online course with teacher support. It will focus on various techniques and study habits to help make the tests just another part of the college entrance requirements. Also included are: college applications, visits, choosing colleges best suited for the student's plans, and financial aid. Test taking strategies and vocabulary will be emphasized, as well as paper and computer-based practice tests. MATHEMATICS 4 units of math are required for high school graduation in South Carolina. HSAP Math, Accelerated Math and Algebra 1, Part 1 are elective courses and do not fulfill this requirement Ninth Grade Math ACCELERATED MATH PREREQUISITE(S): MAP Math RIT score of 236 or below GRADE: 9 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to assist students with skills needed for success in mathematics courses required for graduation. It offers students the opportunity to review basic skills and acquire elementary algebra skills. Students must complete this course before enrolling in Math Tech 1. MATH 1 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Accelerated Math GRADE: 9 1 unit math credit Math 1 is a course for the student who plans a career in a technical field. There is a conscious effort to meet the needs of students with varying degrees of math backgrounds and to teach the math skills required by various technical areas. Instruction will include: finding slope and equation of a line, working with inequalities, solving proportions and equations, graphing equations and inequalities, and measuring using a ruler.
    • ALGEBRA 1, PART 1 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Completed 8th Grade Pre Algebra with an 85 average (2) Teacher recommendation (3) MAP Math RIT score of 237 or higher GRADE: 9 1 unit elective credit This course is designed for students desiring a formal background in mathematics. Algebra 1 Part 1 includes data and relationships, introduction to functions, solving linear equations and inequalities, linear modeling as well as graphing. Proficiency is required in working with decimals, fractions, percents, and signed numbers. ALGEBRA 1, PART 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Algebra 1, Part 1 GRADE: 9 1 unit math credit This course is designed for students desiring a formal background in mathematics. Algebra 1, Part 2 includes systems of equations and inequalities, square roots, polynomials, quadratic functions, and equations. NOTE: Students in Algebra 1, Part 2 are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. GEOMETRY 1 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of 85 or higher in Middle School Algebra 1 and Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 9 1 unit math credit Sets, real numbers, terminology of geometry, and inductive/deductive reasoning are covered. Trigonometric functions, along with the Pythagorean Theorem, are used to find unknown sides and angles of triangles. Ratios and proportions are used to determine the unknown side in geometric figures. Students are challenged to find area of polygons, as well as perimeter. Algebra is integrated throughout this course, especially factoring. The student is encouraged to make discoveries on his/her own. Most importantly, some of the ideas are abstract and study time must be properly utilized on a daily basis. Students in this course are required to “teach” a lesson from the textbook. Tenth Grade Math ALGEBRA 2 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Geometry Honors with at least an “85” average and Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 9 or 10 1 unit math credit This course goes into considerable depth and details in such topics as: properties of the real numbers; relations and functions; equations and inequalities; rational, irrational and complex numbers; quadratic functions; radicals; conic sections; matrices; and statistics. MATH 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of (1) Accelerated Math and (2) Math Tech 1 GRADES: 10 – 11 1 unit math credit This course is for 10th and 11th grade students who are thinking of pursuing careers in one of these fields: health services, business and marketing, industrial technology, manufacturing, agriculture, or homemaking. The teamwork approach is used to solve problems in each of these areas. Various measuring devices are used as well as many other manipulatives with many chances for hands-on experiences. NOTE: Students in Math 2 are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. GEOMETRY 1C PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of 70 or above in Algebra 1H or 75 or above on Algebra 1C GRADES: 9-12 1 unit math credit Much of the material studied in Geometry 1H is also studied in Geometry 1C; however, the pace is more deliberate. The student is encouraged to discover some concepts on his/her own. The course content is devoted to the logical sequence involved in solving problems and deducing ideas. Some ideas are abstract and daily study time is essential.
    • Eleventh Grade Math PRE-CALCULUS HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Geometry Honors with grade of at least 85 and Algebra 2 Honors with grade of at least 90. GRADES: 11-12 1 unit math credit This course is the study of functions and relations, linear functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, power, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, polar functions, and parametric functions as a preparation for the study of calculus. The introductory calculus topics of limits, derivatives and integrals are presented. Students will be expected to be able to perform basic arithmetic and algebra skills without a calculator. APPLIED GEOMETRY PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Algebra 1, Part 2 or Math Tech 2 GRADES: 10– 12 1 unit math credit This course is designed for students who plan to pursue a technical career rather than a college-based one. All topics covered in Geometry 1C will be covered. Instruction will be reinforced with hands-on activities. Career and real-world applications will be emphasized. ALGEBRA 2C PREREQUISITE(S): : Geometry C SUGGESTED GRADES: 10-11 1 unit math credit Algebra 2C covers properties of the real numbers; relations and functions; quadratic functions; rational, irrational and complex numbers; radicals; quadratic functions; conic sections; statistics; and matrices. Twelfth Grade Math PRE-CALCULUS PREREQUISITE(S): Algebra 2 C and Geometry 1 C GRADES: 11– 12 1 unit math credit DESCRIPTION: Pre-Calculus is a course designed to reinforce algebra background and prepare the student for more advanced courses. This course includes a thorough review of algebra topics including the real number system, properties of real numbers, complex numbers, powers and exponents, polynomials, and inequalities. Families of functions and their graphs, transformations and shifting, logarithms, trigonometric functions with right triangles and the unit circle, and trigonometric identities will be studied. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS TP PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Math Tech 1, Math Tech 2 and Applied Geometry. GRADE: 12 1 unit math credit This course focuses on the development of the student’s understanding of and ability to apply mathematics to solve real- world problems dealing with probability, statistics, and data analysis. Students should have mastered Algebra 1 (or Mathematics for the Technologies 1 and 2) and Geometry (or Applied Geometry) standards prior to enrolling in this course. Students are expected to utilize scientific calculators, graphing calculators, and/or computer software throughout the course. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry. GRADES: 11-12 1 unit math credit This course includes the following topics: introductory probability, counting techniques, and probability distributions. Statistic topics include data organization, sample space concepts, frequency distributions, random variables, binomial and normal distributions and central limit theorem.
    • Additional Math Courses PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS/ MATH 120 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry GRADES: 11-12 1 unit math credit + 3 Hrs college credit This course is taught for college credit through Piedmont Technical College and is considered a Dual Enrollment course. It includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distribution, central limit theorem, confidence intervals and test hypotheses for large and small samples, types I and II errors, linear regression and correlation. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to qualified students. ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Algebra 2 GRADE: 12 1 unit math credit AP Statistics is a college-level, non-calculus based course in introductory statistics. It acquaints students with the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will frequently work on projects involving the hands-on gathering and analysis of real world data. Students will learn to interpret and judge the statistical information in the world around them. Computers and calculators will allow students to focus deeply on the concepts involved in statistics. Effective communication skills will be developed through regular written analysis of real data. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination in Statistics. Students who successfully complete the course and examination may receive credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. CALCULUS/MATH 140 ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS 1 ( Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of 80 or above in Pre-Calculus C GRADE: 12 1 unit math credit plus 3 hrs college credit This course is taught for college credit through Piedmont Technical College and is considered a Dual Enrollment course. Course topics include derivatives and integrals of polynomials; rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; curve sketching; maxima and minima of functions; related rates; work; and analytic geometry. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to qualified students. AP CALCULUS AB PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Pre-Calculus and approval of the AP Calculus instructor. GRADE: 12 1 unit math credit Differential and integral calculus is studied including limits an continuity, derivatives of both algebraic and transcendental functions and their applications, anti-derivatives, the definite integral and its applications, parametric, polar, and vector functions, and polynomial approximations and series. All topics are covered from a numerical, analytical, and graphic perspective. Additional Courses related to Math HSAP PREPARATION MATH PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation for those juniors or seniors who did not meet standard on the math portion of the Exit Exam or have a MAP Math RIT score below 230. GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit HSAP preparation mathematics is designed for the student who would benefit from additional help to pass the HSAP test. Criteria for placement includes (1) MAP Math RIT score below 230 and (2) Teacher Recommendation.
    • SAT/ACT PREPARATION PREREQUISITE(S): Previously passed Geometry and College Prep or Honors English GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to help prepare the student to maximize his scores on the SAT or ACT for college entrance. It may be offered strictly as an online course with teacher support. It will focus on various techniques and study habits to help make the tests just another part of the college entrance requirements. Also included are: college applications, visits, choosing colleges best suited for the student's plans, and financial aid. Test taking strategies and vocabulary will be emphasized, as well as paper and computer-based practice tests. SCIENCE 3 units of science are required for high school graduation in South Carolina. All science classes require a student to receive approval from his/her current science teacher to register for his/her next science class. Most four-year colleges require students to have completed 3 lab science courses in high school. Physical science fulfills graduation requirements, but does not count as a lab science for four-year college admission. Science course sequences: 9th grade 10th grade 11th/12th grade College prep/tech prep Biology 1C/Applied Biology Physical Science Physics or Chemistry Honors Physical Science H Biology 1H Biology 2 H/AP Biology and/or Chemistry 1 and/or Chemistry 2 Ninth Grade Science PHYSICAL SCIENCE HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Identified as Academically Gifted and Talented. Have completed or currently taking Geometry 1H or Algebra 2 H GRADE: 9 1 unit science credit Provides an advanced study of physical science concepts. Students should be comfortable solving mathematical equations and working with graphs. The course provides an introduction to chemistry and physics. NOTE: Students in Physical Science H are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course. APPLIED BIOLOGY 1 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADE: 9 1 unit lab science credit This course emphasizes the study of the scientific method and basic life processes at both the organismal and cellular levels. Major topics of study include cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and principles of ecology. This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course. BIOLOGY 1C PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADE: 9 1 unit lab science credit This course emphasizes the study of the scientific method and basic life processes at both the organismal and cellular levels. Major topics of study include cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, biologic evolution, and principles of ecology. This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course.
    • Tenth Grade Science PHYSICAL SCIENCE PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADE: 10 1 unit science credit This course emphasizes the relationship between the concepts of physics and chemistry. Major emphasis is given to science content and to practical applications. NOTE: Students in Physical Science are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course. PHYSICAL SCIENCE C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Must have completed Algebra 1, parts 1 and 2 GRADE: 10 1 unit science credit Accurate and precise measurement of real systems is emphasized. Experiments are designed to reinforce basic concepts of science by means of observation, calculation, and graphing. Hands-on experience in measuring is provided. No dangerous chemicals are handled. The basic units covered are measurement principles, measurement of force, measurement of energy, and classification and properties of elements. The course provides a foundation for other science courses, particularly chemistry and physics. NOTE: Students in Physical Science C are required to take the state End-of-Course test, which counts for 20% of the final grade. This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course. BIOLOGY 1 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Physical Science Honors and teacher recommendation. GRADE: 10 1 unit lab science credit This course provides students with advanced exploratory experiences and activities in the fundamental concepts of life. Topics such as biochemistry, microorganisms disease, genetics, biological changes through time, and human anatomy and physiology are included. NOTE: This course is taught according to S.C. State Standards for the course. CHEMISTRY 1 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of 80 or above in Algebra 1C and/or Geometry (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit lab science credit Chemistry 1C is designed to give the college/tech school bound student a general background in chemical topics. The course is laboratory oriented with experiments constituting 20% of the course grade. Topics include scientific method, metrics, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, formulas, equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, and acid/base concepts. The student is encouraged to use note taking, listening, and study skills. Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Science BIOLOGY 2 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Biology1C and Chemistry 1C and Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit This course is THE prerequisite for AP Biology. Students who enroll in this course must also enroll in AP Biology. ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of "B" or better in Biology 1 (2) Approval of Biology 1 instructor (3) Bio. 2 Honors GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit This course includes a study of advanced topics in cell biology and genetics. Other topics include botany, mycology, zoology, plant and animal taxonomy, and ecology. Students who enroll in this course must complete in Biology 2 Honors in the semester before AP Biology is offered.
    • HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Applied Biology 1 or Biology 1C GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit This course is designed to extend the learning in Biology 1 for students interested in possible health and medical careers. The content applies to the human body and the molecular and cellular bases of organisms taught in Biology 1. The content provides students with knowledge of human body systems, and their functions and malfunctions. CHEMISTRY FOR THE TECHNOLOGIES PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Algebra 1, Parts1 and 2 or Math Tech 1 and 2 (2) Physical Science GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit Chemistry Tech emphasizes the technological aspects of chemistry with laboratory experiences comprising some of the course work. The focus is on the understanding and application of chemical skills as they relate to current industrial practice. CHEMISTRY 2 HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of 80 or above in Chemistry IC (2) Teacher recommendation (3) Average of 80 or above in Algebra 2H and/or Pre-Calculus GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit Through Chemistry 2H, the college/tech school bound students will be more adequately prepared for post-secondary science courses. In addition, this course is designed to increase the laboratory and data handling skills in preparation for these advanced courses. The topics include review of Chemistry 1C, thermochemistry, Lewis/Structural formulas, molecular geometry, acid/base concepts, and normality. The student is encouraged to use problem-solving skills. PHYSICS FOR TECHNOLOGIES PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of C or above in Math for the Technologies 1 and 2 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11 – 12 1 unit lab science credit This course is designed to expose students to the physical principles on which today's technology is based. Students will be exposed to the areas of mechanics, fluid dynamics, electricity, and thermal physics. The classes are designed to be academically rigorous and realistic for students pursuing technical careers after high school or going on to a technical college. PHYSICS C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of C or above in Algebra 2 and Geometry C (2) Recommendation of previous science teacher GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit This course is designed to prepare students for a 4-year college program. The following topics are considered essential in the curriculum: mechanics, forces, electricity, and waves. Physics is a course designed for the serious college bound student. The goal of physics is to provide a quantitative understanding of certain basic phenomena that occur in the universe. The analytical procedures used in physics require an understanding and the ability to use mathematical concepts. Since this course is designed to use mathematical concepts, students should be comfortable with mathematical applications. PHYSICS H PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average of “C” or above in Pre-calculus (2) Recommendation of previous science teacher GRADES: 11-12 1 unit lab science credit This course is designed to prepare students for a 4-year college program. The following topics are considered essential in the curriculum: mechanics, forces, electricity, and waves. Physics is a course designed for the serious college bound student. The goal of physics is to provide a quantitative understanding of certain basic phenomena that occur in the universe. The analytical procedures used in physics require an understanding and the ability to use mathematical concepts. Since this course is designed to use mathematical concepts, students should be comfortable with mathematical applications.
    • EARTH SCIENCE (Computer/Internet Course) PREREQUISITE(S): Physical Science C/Physical Science; Biology 1C/Applied Biology 1 GRADES: 11-12 1 unit science credit Earth Science is an ongoing process of discovery, asking and answering questions about the structure and forces that act upon the earth and space. It focuses on knowledge of the earth, its structure, its fresh water and oceans, its atmosphere and space. Emphasis is placed on scientific method, reading, discussion, and activities. SOCIAL STUDIES Three units of social studies are required for high school graduation in South Carolina: 1 unit of U. S. History; ½ unit of Government; ½ unit of Economics; and 1 elective. JROTC LET 2 will count as a Social Studies elective. GLOBAL STUDIES 1 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9 1 unit social studies elective credit Students will study world history and geography beginning with man’s origins and ending with the Renaissance. Students will focus on distinct characteristics of each culture such as its religion, traditional practices, social organizations, political organizations, past and present economic structure, and geography. GLOBAL STUDIES 1C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Average or above average reading level GRADES: 9 1 unit social studies elective credit Students will study world history and geography beginning with man’s origins and ending with the Renaissance. Students will focus on distinct characteristics of each culture such as its religion, traditional practices, social organizations, political organizations, past and present economic structure, and geography. This course is designed for the college bound student and will have a faster pace as well as more in-depth study than Global Studies 1. GLOBAL STUDIES 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Global Studies 1 and teacher recommendation. GRADES: 10 1 unit social studies elective credit Students study world history and geography from the Renaissance to the present. Topics include: political changes in Europe during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries; the Renaissance and era of discovery; the growth of democracy and nationalism; the industrial revolution; and the two world wars. Postwar problems and recent developments are also studied. GLOBAL STUDIES 2C PREREQUISITE(S): Global Studies 1C and teacher recommendation. GRADES: 10 1 unit social studies elective credit This course is recommended for all college bound students. Students study world history from and geography from the Renaissance to the present. Topics include: the effects of economic, geographic, and political interactions during the nineteenth century; the growth of democracy and nationalism; the industrial revolution; and the two world wars. Postwar problems and recent developments are also studied. This course is designed for the college bound student and will have a faster pace as well as more in-depth study than Global Studies 2. Both Global Studies 1 and 2 are prerequisites for AP Social Studies courses.
    • ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) WORLD HISTORY (2 semesters) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation and approval of AP instructor GRADE: 10 2 units social studies credit This course focuses primarily on the past thousand years of the global experience. It builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological foundations that, along with geography, set the human stage prior to the year 1000. Historical themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study. Students in the class are required to take the Advanced Placement examination. U.S. HISTORY PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADE: 11 1 unit social studies credit This course is an overview of America's past and present history ranging from colonization to the present. It helps the students understand how past experiences relate to today’s events and emphasizes the relationship of the past to the present. US History is a course required for high school graduation. This course has a state mandated end-of-course test which counts as the student’s final exam grade (20%). US HISTORY C PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation. GRADE: 11 1 unit social studies credit This is an in-depth study of history ranging from colonization to the present. It is geared to teach students to probe beyond the facts of our country’s problems and experiences and relate these to present conditions and world events. U.S. History is a course required for high school graduation. This course has a state mandated end-of-course test which counts as the student’s final exam grade (20%) US HISTORY HONORS PREREQUISITE(S): enrollment in English 3 Honors or English 3 AP and teacher recommendation GRADE: 11 1 unit elective credit This introductory course to AP United States History allows students to probe the history of our nation from colonization through Reconstruction. Students will be provided with analytical and factual knowledge in order to understand problems and events in United States history. Students who master this analysis and information will continue on the Advanced Placement United States History the following semester. Note: this course is the prerequisite for AP US History. ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) U.S. HISTORY PREREQUISITE(S): (1)Teacher Recommendation (2) US History Honors GRADE: 11 1 unit social studies credit This course will provide students with a framework to fit major themes of history from Reconstruction to the present day. Students will be encouraged to think critically about history and to develop a fresh appreciation of our past, present and future. The students will strive for critical interpretation as they combine interactive skills and analyzing data. The course will be presented as a college level course. Students will take the Advanced Placement Exam in May to receive possible college credit through the AP Program.. Students must complete US History Honors prior to this course. U. S. History is a course required for high school graduation. This course has a state mandated end-of-course test which counts as the student’s final exam grade (20%). Students in the class are required to take the Advanced Placement examination. GOVERNMENT PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 11-12 1 unit social studies credit This is a practical course in American Government at the local, state and federal level. It will survey the powers, duties and functions of the three branches as well as the role of students as future citizens. The course focuses upon citizen participation,
    • obedience and respect for law, and the rights and responsibilities of the citizen at all three levels. Students will compare governments and constitutions as well as learn of the benefits of a democratic society. GOVERNMENT C PREREQUISITE(S): college bound students GRADES: 10 Honors or 11 or 12 C 1 unit social studies credit Government C is an in-depth study of the functions and operations of American government with a special emphasis on the role of the citizen. Students will compare constitutions, types of government and characteristics of the states. Students will survey the purposes and necessities for government and the roles that these governments play. Students will use critical thinking skills, analyzing skills and be able to articulate and communicate the roles of three branches in relation to their state and federal constitutions. Students will survey the workings of all three levels of government- local, state and federal. ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) GOVERNMENT (one semester) PREREQUISITE(S): teacher recommendation and approval of AP instructor GRADES: 11—12 1 unit social studies credit The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of government, politics, and political behavior at local, state, and national levels. Topics will include an examination of the structure, functions and inter-relationships of various levels of government; political socialization; elections; the party system; and the role of the individual in American government. Students will be exposed to specific information about government and how government affects their daily lives. Students in the class are required to take the Advanced Placement examination. GRADES:11-12 ECONOMICS PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 11—12 1 unit social studies credit Economics is the study of the basic principles of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The course focuses on fundamental concepts, theories, and issues in economics. This course is designed to enable the student to participate effectively and economically as a consumer, producer, investor, and voter. Economics is required for high school graduation. ECONOMICS C PREREQUISITE(S): College bound students GRADES: 10 Honors or 11 or 12 C 1 unit social studies credit Economics is the study of the basic principles of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Students will study the problems caused by scarcity and how individuals, institutions, and societies deal with these problems. The course focuses on fundamental concepts, theories, and issues in economics. Economics is required for high school graduation. ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ECONOMICS (microeconomics and macroeconomics--two semesters) PREREQUISITE(S): teacher recommendation and approval of AP instructor GRADES: 11—12 2 units social studies credit Microeconomics will give students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to functions of individual decision makers, consumers, and producers, within the larger economic system. It emphasizes the nature and function of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Macroeconomics gives students an understanding of the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole, studying the national income and price determination. Further it develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, growth, and international economics. Students in the class are required to take the Advanced Placement examination.
    • PSYCHOLOGY C PREREQUISITE(S): College bound students GRADES: 11-12 1 unit social studies elective credit This course prepares students for college level psychology. It covers basic theories and theorists of psychology and helps students understand their own behavior and feelings in addition to the behavior and feelings of others. It also includes a study of the three major stages of human growth and development as well learning about abnormal behavior and its causes. PSYCHOLOGY 101 PREREQUISITE(S): 1000 on SAT and/or Top 25 % of Class (these are USC Union requirements) GRADES: 11—12 1 unit social studies credit + 3 hours college credit This course offers the college bound student a unique opportunity to take a college course at a reduced tuition rate during a regular class period at CHS. It offers an overview of basic theories and theorists, as well as an in-depth study of human growth and development. This course includes evaluation by the USC faculty, as well as guest lectures and demonstrations by other experts in this field. Tuition for this class plus books is set by USC Union and is the student’s responsibility. TEACHER CADET PREREQUISITE(S): (1) A 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 (2) Application with 3 teacher recommendations. (3) Short essay (4) personal interview (students who sign up for this course must have already been through the application process). GRADES: 12 only 1 unit social studies elective credit + 3 hours college credit The Teacher Cadet Program is designed for academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. This program provides talented future community leaders with insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education. As an exciting hands-on experience of learning, teaching, and the educational system, the course includes observations and a teaching internship in local schools. A candidate does not have to plan to teach to be considered for the program. LAW EDUCATION PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 10 – 12 1 unit social studies elective credit This course is designed to present to the students an understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities. It presents an everyday knowledge of legal problems, court cases and decisions, which effect our daily lives. It gives the students the opportunity to analyze, evaluate and resolve legal disputes and problems. It is a course in practical living with emphasis on responsibility as well as rights within a legal framework. It includes contracts, marriages, divorces, juvenile law, torts, consumer law, insurance, rental and lease agreements as well as many other aspects of both civil and criminal law. This course can serve to motivate students to accept the challenge of a career in law enforcement or in our criminal justice system. FOREIGN LANGUAGE College-bound students should take at least 2 units of the same foreign language. Some colleges require a third year of that same language. South Carolina graduation requirements include 1 unit of either foreign language or CATE (Career and Technology Education). INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed for students who are interested in a practical introduction to French. Students explore both spoken and written aspects of the language. Hands-on activities, songs, and games are used to enhance the learning process. Please note: this course DOES NOT meet the foreign language requirement for 4-year colleges and universities. FRENCH 1 C PREREQUISITE(S): College prep students GRADES: 10-12 (or 9th grade honors) 1 unit foreign language credit
    • This is a college preparatory class that focuses on the culture of French-speaking countries and the four areas of communication in French: listening, speaking, reading, sand writing. Students will learn through simple and spontaneous conversations using familiar vocabulary, prepared drills, and question-answer exercises. Additionally, games, songs, and food preparation are used to reinforce the learning of the language. FRENCH 2 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) French 1 and (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit foreign language credit This course is a college preparatory course that continues to develop the language skills acquired in French 1. The emphasis remains on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students continue to study the culture and history of French-speaking countries as well as enjoy songs, games, food preparation and active learning strategies. FRENCH 3 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) French 2 and (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit foreign language credit This course is an advanced college preparatory course that continues to develop the language skills acquired in French 1 and 2. Students will use the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the earlier levels. Students will continue learning about the history and culture of French-speaking countries through longer reading selections. Games, songs, food preparation, and active learning strategies are used to reinforce the learning of the language and the culture. INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed for students who are interested in a practical introduction to Spanish. Students explore both spoken and written aspects of the language. Hands-on activities, songs, and games are used to enhance the learning process. Please note: the course DOES NOT meet the foreign language requirement for 4-year colleges and universities. SPANISH 1 C PREREQUISITE(S): College Prep students GRADES: 10-12 (or 9th grade honors) 1 unit foreign language credit This is a college preparatory class that focuses on the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and the four areas of communication in Spanish: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn through simple and spontaneous conversations using familiar vocabulary, prepared drills, and question-answer exercises. Additionally, games, songs, and food preparation are used to reinforce the learning of the language. SPANISH 2 C PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Spanish 1 and (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit foreign language credit This course is an intermediate college preparatory course that continues to develop the language skills acquired in Spanish 1. The emphasis remains on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students continue to study the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries as well as enjoy games, crafts, food preparation and active learning strategies. SPANISH 3 C PREREQUISITE(S): 1) Spanish 2 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit foreign language credit This course is an advanced college preparatory course that continues to develop the language skills acquired in Spanish 1 and 2. Students will use the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the earlier levels. Students will continue learning about the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries through longer reading selections. Games, crafts, food preparation, and active learning strategies are used to reinforce the learning of the language and the culture.
    • PHYSICAL EDUCATION One unit of physical education is required for high school graduation in South Carolina. Physical Education-regular PE 1 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9-12 1 unit PE credit This course exposes students to numerous fitness, sports related, and leisure-time activities they can appreciate now and in the future. Major emphasis is placed on physical and life-time fitness, basic sports skills, game knowledge, and health education. Written tests are included in various activities. The student will be required to dress out daily. PE 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of (1) PE 1 or 1W (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit PE elective credit Students will be required to dress out daily. The activities that will be covered will be in more detail and on a higher level of skill than PE 1. PE 3 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of PE 1 or 1W, PE 2 or 2W, Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11 – 12 1 unit PE elective credit Students will be required to dress out daily and conduct daily warm-up and cool-down movements. Students will assist with team and individual drills in all activities, must have good communication skills, and have the ability to work well in a group. PE 4 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of PE 3 or 3W, Teacher recommendation GRADE: 12 1 unit PE elective credit Students will continue to refine skills developed in PE 3. Additionally, students will develop and participate in a tournament format of various activities and promote fitness by example. Physical Education-weight training PE 1 WEIGHTS PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 9-12 1 unit PE credit This course emphasizes personal and lifetime fitness and strength conditioning. Additional studies will come from Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good. PE 2 WEIGHTS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of (1) PE 1 or 1W (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit PE elective credit This is a continuation for students in strength and conditioning. Advanced strength and conditioning places an emphasis on speed and agility, muscular conditioning, and stamina development. Additional studies will come from Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good.
    • PE 3 WEIGHTS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of (1) PE 1W and PE 2W (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11– 12 1 unit PE elective credit This is a continuation of strength and conditioning. Emphasis will be placed on muscular and speed and agility training, and stamina development. Additional studies will come from Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good. PE 4 WEIGHTS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of (1) PE 1W 2) PE 2W (3) PE 3W (4)Teacher recommendation GRADE: 12 1 unit PE elective credit Students will be required to dress out daily. This is for students who would like to continue in strength and conditioning as it relates to their team or individual sport Emphasis is put on specific training for high school student-athletes and their physical needs. Additional studies will come from Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good. Physical Education Electives PERSONAL HEALTH PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of PE 1 GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course provides educational information to students to take positive actions about their own health, the health of others, and the environment. The main objective is to provide students with a solid understanding of wellness and how to make it a lifelong habit. SPORTS MEDICINE PREREQUISITE(S):Completion of Physical Science College Prep or Honors GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course provides an opportunity to study history, athletic injuries, rehabilitation techniques, and basic first aid as it pertains to the profession of athletic training. This class offers initial introduction to treatment of student athletic injuries and basic operation of therapeutic modalities for the injured athlete using classroom instruction, outside readings, article reviews, and practical experiences in managing athletic injuries. PE NINTH GRADE FOOTBALL PREREQUISITE(S): Recommendation of 8th grade football coach GRADE: 9 1 unit PE credit This course is intended for members of the ninth grade football team. Daily practice is held during this class period each day during the fall semester. Students enrolled in this class must have the approval of the ninth grade football coaches. PE NINTH GRADE FOOTBALL WEIGHTS PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Ninth Grade Football and teacher/coach recommendation. GRADE: 9 1 unit PE credit This course is weight training for members of the ninth grade football team. Daily workouts are held during this class period each day of the spring semester. Students enrolled in this class must have the approval of the ninth grade football coaches. TURF MANAGEMENT PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher recommendation GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit
    • FRESHMAN FOCUS FOCUS (FRESHMAN ORIENTATION) REQUIRED FOR ALL FRESHMEN PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADE: 9 1 unit elective credit FOCUS is a freshman orientation course that provides an introduction to the high school environment, enhances skills necessary for a successful academic career, and helps students develop the skills and plans for productive schooling. Topics include study skills, conflict management, career exploration, reference skills, and communication techniques. BUSINESS EDUCATION 1 unit of computer science is required for high school graduation in South Carolina. Both Computer Applications and Integrated Computer Applications fulfill this requirement. Business Education is for all students who wish: • to develop occupational knowledge, attitudes and skills. • to develop keyboarding proficiency and become computer literate. • to explore job opportunities and requirements in the business community. • to assume their economic roles as consumers, workers, and citizens through the development of personal-use skills. • to plan careers in business which require preparation beyond high school. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 1 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Keyboarding and Teacher Recommendation. GRADES: 9-12 1 unit computer science Computer Applications 1 is designed to teach the student to use database, spreadsheet, and word processing software in analyzing and solving problems. Other areas include presentation software, desktop publishing, components of computer systems and the impact of computers on businesses and individuals. The computer is used as the primary instructional tool. A student who successfully completes CA1 and would like a more intensified study of computer-based skills and terminology may take Integrated Business Applications 1 as an elective. The successful completion of Computer Applications 1 satisfies the computer literacy graduation requirement. INTEGRATED BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 1 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Keyboarding and Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 9-12 1 unit computer science This course is designed to teach students how to process data into useful information by using database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and presentation software. Other content areas include computer systems, system software, and information needs of business, industry, and government. This course is designed to be a more intensified study of computer- based skills and terminology than Computer Applications 1. The successful completion of Integrated Business Applications 1 satisfies the computer literacy graduation requirement. INTEGRATED BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Integrated Business Applications 1 and Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to teach students advanced computer concepts as related to processing data into useful information needed in business situations by using advanced database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and presentation software. The emphasis of this course is on speed, accuracy, and production using proper keyboarding techniques.
    • ACCOUNTING 1 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Keyboarding and Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to help students develop skills necessary for the highly technical interaction between accounting and business, to develop an understanding of the steps of the accounting cycle as applied to several different kinds of business operations, and to develop an understanding of accounting concepts, principles, and practices. The computer will be used as an instructional tool. It is recommended that students have a good background in basic math operations and good reasoning ability. ACCOUNTING 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Accounting 1 GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit This course expands the student’s understanding of accounting subsystems and develops an understanding of various methods of internal control procedures. The student develops competence in using subsidiary ledgers, in preparing financial statements, and in performing end-of-period procedures. The student will demonstrate the use of accounting principles through the use of computer software and simulated activities. BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FINANCE PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of Keyboarding GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course introduces the student to the elements of finance such as understanding money, budgeting, obtaining credit, maintaining checking/savings accounts, computing payroll, and various types of investments. The student will use the computer as a tool to manage finances. ENTREPRENEURSHIP PREREQUISITE(S): Integrated Business Applications 1 or Comp. Applications and teacher recommendation GRADES: 11–12 This course is designed to provide a general overview of the American enterprise system with special emphasis placed on small business ownership. An important part of the course will be development of business and managerial leadership skills as they relate to the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling a small business. Topics include identifying entrepreneurial characteristics, preparing a management plan, interpreting financial statements, determining legal responsibilities, and calculating taxes and tax credits. WEB PAGE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 1 (5031) PREREQUISITE(S): Keyboarding and Computer Applications or Integrated Business Applications GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to design Web pages. Students will develop skills in designing, implementing, and maintaining a Web site using authoring tools. MULTIMEDIA/WEB PUBLISHING 1 (to be offered in 2008-2009 and again in 2010-2011) PREREQUISITE(S): Integrated Business Applications 1 and teacher recommendation SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 This course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions in multimedia and web publishing. Multimedia combines computer-based text, graphics, audio, and video within an interactive environment BUSINESS LAW PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit
    • This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the legal environment in which a consumer operates, to provide knowledge of the legal environment in which business operates, and to provide knowledge of legal principles. EDUCATION AND TRAINING INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (5702) PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADES: 9 only 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to provide an overview of skills required to enter a career working with young children. Students will develop skills in areas including career paths, developmentally appropriate practices, safe and healthy learning environments, collaborative relationships, and professional employment skills. CHILD DEVELOPMENT 1 (5800) PREREQUISITE(S): None SUGGESTED GRADES: 10-11 1 unit elective credit Child Development approaches the study of human growth and development from conception through age 8. This course also stresses the care and guidance of young children relative to the physical, social, emotional, and mental developmental tasks. Efforts are made to incorporate guided observation and participation with young children and their parents in order to promote personal confidence in responding to young children. The knowledge, skills, attitudes, and understanding gained will prepare students to assume the parental role and/or care involving young children. EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 101 (ECE 1 5700) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit and 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course is an overview of the history, theories, and curriculum models of early care and education. Emphasis is on current trends/issues, including state and national regulations. Characteristics of quality programs and professional teachers will be explored. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 132 (see next course description). EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 132 (ECE 1 5700) PREREQUISITE(S): teacher recommendation SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit and 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. In this course the importance of creativity and independence in creative expression are stressed. A variety of age-appropriate media, methods, techniques, and equipment are utilized. Students plan, implement, and evaluate instructional activities. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 101 (see previous course description). EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 135 (ECE 2 5701) PREREQUISITE(S): completion of ECE 101 and 132 and teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit and 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course—Health, Safety, and Nutrition—covers a review of health and safety practices recommended for child care and includes information on common diseases and health problems. Certification preparation is provided in pediatric safety, CPR, and first aid. Guidelines and information on nutrition and developmentally appropriate activities are also studied in the course. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 203 (see next course description). See note following next course description regarding out of class requirements.
    • EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 203 (ECE 2 5701) PREREQUISITE(S): completion of ECE 101 and 132 and teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit and 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course—Growth and Development—presents an in-depth understanding of preschool children growing and developing in today’s world. Focus is on total development of the child with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and nutritional development. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities will be explored. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 135 (see previous course description). NOTE REGARDING OUT OF CLASS REQUIREMENTS—for successful completion of ECE 2 (both ECE 135 and 203 courses make up level 2), students must serve a 25 hour supervised internship. These hours must be served in a child care facility, a public school, or some other appropriate approved site. Assignments accompany these hours and must also be completed for the student to receive credit. CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION All students taking a course in the Trade, Technical, and Industrial Department must participate in the school insurance program. Other family insurance will not meet this requirement. INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION (6001) PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADE: 9 only 1 unit CATE elective This course begins the study of such topics as hand tools, power tools, safety in the workplace, measurement and blueprint reading. While it is not a prerequisite to Carpentry 1, it can be used as a lead-in course. Students complete hands-on tasks as they work with had tools and complete a project. Students participating have the opportunity to receive and NCCER industry credential. CARPENTRY 1 PARTS 1 & 2 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 10-11 1 unit CATE elective each This course introduces the student to carpentry and the building trades. The student will learn safety of the shop, hand and power tools, and building site safety. In addition, students will learn to read blueprints, select and order materials, and safely use all hand and power tools in the shop. During the course students will be building individual projects to sharpen their skills in measurement, hand tools, and power tool use. CARPENTRY 2, PARTS 1& 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Carpentry 1 GRADES: 11-12 1 unit CATE elective each Students in Carpentry 2 will be reviewed and tested on the safety and use of the shop, building site, and machines used in Carpentry 1. Students will then start tasks involved in building a residential structure. Students will have the opportunity to cut and, in some cases, install most of the different components required in construction of a home. Note: Carpentry 1 and 2 have an articulation agreement with Piedmont Technical College to receive credit for Building Construction Technology 101 upon completion of all competencies. Students will also have the opportunity to take the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) National Career Test (NCCT) end of program assessment for certification.
    • INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICITY PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9 1 unit CATE elective This course is designed to introduce students to the electrical field. Students will learn about safety, basic electricity, circuits, measurements, and basic wiring. ELECTRICITY 1, PARTS 1 & 2 PREREQUISITE(S): A strong background in mathematics GRADES: 10-11 1 unit CATE elective each This course is a study of electronic and circuit theory including the planning, layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Students learn how to follow federal, state, and local electrical code regulations to plan and install wiring systems in residential and small commercial buildings. Electricity 1 has an articulation agreement with Piedmont Technical College to receive credit for EEM 115 DC Circuits. ELECTRICITY 2, PARTS 1 & 2 PREREQUISITE(S): Electricity 1 GRADES: 11-12 1 unit CATE elective each This course is a study of applications, operations, and construction of DC and AC machines and various wiring used in industry. Students will advance beyond Electricity 1 skills to solve more complex problems in residential and commercial buildings including installation of conduit. A thorough study of motors, motor controls, and both single and poly-phase electrical systems will be given. Upon completion of all competencies students will receive credit in EEM 215 DC/AC Machines and EEM 151 Motor Controls from Piedmont Technical College. Note: Students completing Electricity 1 and 2 will take the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) National Construction Career Test (NCCT) end of program assessment for certification. HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9 1 unit CATE elective This course is designed to acquaint students with the many career opportunities in the healthcare field. The theory will be applicable in a variety of health careers, as well as enhance the student’s knowledge as a healthcare consumer and enable the student to make informed decisions about personal healthcare and career objectives. HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY 1, PARTS 1 & 2 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Introduction to Health Science Tech or Teacher recommendation (2) Grade of C or better in Biology 1 C or Applied Biology 1 SUGGESTED GRADE: 10—11 1 unit CATE elective each Health Science Technology is a course designed to teach students basic nursing skills, basic anatomy and physiology, and basic medical terminology and abbreviations. The curriculum emphasizes designing roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team, anatomy of the human body and promoting a realistic self-perception of abilities, interests, and goals as they relate to career objectives. The curriculum also includes training in first aid and CPR. Students must purchase an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid card.
    • HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY 2 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Health Science Tech 1, Part 1 and 2 (2) Grade of "C" or better in Health Science. Tech 1 (3) Teacher recommendation GRADE: 12 2 units CATE elective The course is a two block, 3-hour course that will provide a review of skills learned in Health Science Tech 1, re-certification in First Aid and CPR, and shadowing and clinical experiences. Other Requirements: Criminal Background Check Tuberculin Skin Test Hepatitis B Vaccine Purchase of Uniform Purchase of American Heart Association First Aid Card Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from healthcare facilities. MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY/MEDICAL ETHICS (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Average of "C' or better in English and Biology SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit CATE elective + 6 hours college credit These courses are dual enrollment courses with Piedmont Technical College. They are designed for students who plan to pursue a career in the field of medicine. Students study the fundamental principles of medical terminology. Each system of the body is explored with a focus on the anatomy (what makes up the system). Students learn medical terms that enable them to communicate effectively with medical personnel. Medical Ethics is an introduction of ethical and legal concepts encountered in the healthcare professions. It provides an overview of the legal system and assists the student in contemplating bioethical issues facing healthcare workers. PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY (5570) PREREQUISITE(S): Health Science Tech 1 (both parts), Anatomy & Physiology OR Biology 2, teacher recommendation GRADES: 12 Pharmacy Technology is designed to train pharmacy technicians to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certifying Board examination. Student work-based learning opportunities in pharmacies for practical experience will be given. The CD-ROM format serves as the student’s text and workbook. The interactive multimedia training uses Internet access, on-line testing, scoring, and monitoring. Students work at their own pace and teachers determine when exams are taken. This course is recommended for students in grade 12 who are scheduled to graduate at the conclusion of the year in which training is begun. Eligibility to register for the Pharmacy Technician Certifying Board examination requires a high school diploma. HEALTH SCIENCE WORK BASED CREDIT PREREQUISITE(S): Health Science Tech 1 and 2, Anatomy & Physiology OR Biology 2, teacher recommendation GRADES: 12 only ½ unit for 60 hours OR 1 unit for 120 hours Health Science work based credit experiences provide for students to enter the workplace at a local health care institution. Activities include exploring a variety of health careers, developing knowledge and skills related to health care and transition for the role of student to that of professional. 60 contact hours earn students ½ unit of credit and 120 contact hours earn students 1 unit of credit. Internships may be paid or unpaid experiences depending upon the arrangement agreed upon by the employer, the school, the student, and the parent or guardian. Students in this class must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the work sites.
    • FINE ARTS SYMPHONIC BAND 1-4, PART A& B PREREQUISITE(S): Selection through audition by Band Director GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit each DESCRIPTION: Membership in the Symphonic Band is by audition only. Each member is required to participate with the band at all performances. Band members are also required to be at all regularly scheduled after-school rehearsals. Symphonic Band Part A will perform at all football games (home and away) as well as all parades and concerts. Symphonic Band Part B will perform concerts as well as Region Band auditions and Solo & Ensemble Festival. PERCUSSION 1-4, PART A & B PREREQUISITE(S): Selection through audition by Band Director GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit each Membership in the Percussion class is by audition, which includes fundamental technique. Each member is required to participate with the band at all performances. Members are also required to be at all regularly scheduled after-school rehearsals. Percussion Part A will perform at all football games (home and away) as well as all parades and concerts. Percussion Part B will perform concerts as well as Region Band Auditions and Solo & Ensemble Festival. COLOR GUARD 1-4, PARTS A & B PREREQUISITE(S): Selection by tryouts (audition) held in late spring of each year GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit each Members of the Color Guard Class will be required to participate in the marching band. Each member is required to perform with the band at all football games (home and away), parades, contests, and any other scheduled marching band activity. In addition, members are required to attend after-school rehearsals as well as the three weeks of pre-school rehearsals in July and August. Members of the Color Guard Part B class will be required to be a part of the Winter Color Guards and attend all after-school rehearsals and contests. Color Guard Part B will also schedule, advertise, and implement the spring tryouts for the following year. INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES 1-4, PARTS A & B PREREQUISITE(S): Selection through interview with Band Director GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit each This course is designed for students who wish to learn to play a band instrument or for those students who cannot schedule Symphonic Band. Requirements will be the same as Symphonic Band. CONCERT CHORUS 1-4, PART A & B PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit each Chorus 1 is an introductory course designed for the student who has no previous choral experience or who does not meet requirements for Advanced Chorus. There are outside performance activities. ADVANCED CHORUS 1-4, PARTS A & B PREREQUISITE(S): Demonstration of advanced level of vocal proficiency by audition GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit each This class designed for those students who, by audition, demonstrate an advanced level of vocal proficiency, including good vocal quality and intonation as well as basic rhythmic stability. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement. Students have the option of participating in all South Carolina Choral Directors Association events.
    • MUSIC APPRECIATION PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit Students will study music from Medieval through Hip Hop. Students will also study music of other cultures including areas specific to the United States. As part of this class, students will be required to attend various local musical performances. Depending on scheduling, out of town field trips will be offered to professional performances. ART 1 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9-12 1 unit elective credit Art 1 offers experience in a variety of materials for drawing, painting, and printmaking while studying basic art concepts such as color, realism, and abstraction. Subjects include portraits, landscapes, the still life, and design. Grading emphasis is on completion of assignments rather than “talent.” ART 2 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Art 1 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit Art 2 gives the student experience in understanding and producing art while learning advanced concepts in drawing, painting, and clay sculpture. ART 3 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Art 2 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit Art 3 gives the advanced art student the opportunity to make independent creative decisions while developing skills in self- expression as well as perceiving famous works of art. The student will use problem-solving skills in painting, drawing, and clay sculpture. ART 4 PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Art 3 (2) Teacher recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit Art 4 is offered for the student who is seriously considering a career in a field where visual art skills will be used. Students will develop a varied, intensive portfolio for the possibility of evaluation by a higher institution of learning. ART 5—ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART, STUDIO ART PREREQUISITE(S): Art 1, 2, and 3 and Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 12 2 units elective credit This is a two-semester college-level art course in which students prepare a portfolio following Advanced Placement guidelines for possible college credit. All students considering this course should consult directly with the art instructor. ART –INDEPENDENT STUDY PREREQUISITE(S): Art 1 and Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course provides an opportunity for students with a full schedule to take an art class by working independently and consulting the teacher periodically. A project list with deadlines will be assigned by teacher, and complete projects will be reviewed at each deadline for a grade.
    • DRIVER EDUCATION DRIVER EDUCATION PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Age 15 (2) Possession of beginner's permit from SC Highway Dept. PRIOR to beginning the course and (3) payment of $50 fee GRADES: 9-12 ½ unit elective credit The purpose of this course is to produce better and safer drivers by teaching proper methods and techniques in defensive driving. The course consists of three instructional phases: (1) study of traffic safety education; (2) successful completion of the classroom phase, securing a beginners permit, and in-car observation; and (3) behind-the-wheel instruction with actual driving situations in a variety of traffic conditions. Consider enrolling in Introduction to JROTC when enrolling in Driver’s Education in order that you may earn and additional ½ unit of credit. The JROTC course, in addition to allowing you to earn the ½ unit needed for a whole unit, enables you to check get a glimpse of the JROTC program and qualifies you to join special teams (rifle, drill, bridge club) and to attend field trips and the military ball. There is a $50 fee for Driver Education that is due the first day of class. SAT/ACT PREPARATION Statistics show that students who prepare for college entrance tests by taking appropriate courses are more successful on those tests. Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses that support their future plans, including preparation for college admission. SAT/ACT PREPARATION PREREQUISITE(S): Previously passed Geometry and College Prep or Honors English GRADES: 10-12 1 unit elective credit This course is designed to help prepare the student to maximize his scores on the SAT or ACT for college entrance. It may be offered strictly as an online course with teacher support. It will focus on various techniques and study habits to help make the tests just another part of the college entrance requirements. Also included are: college applications, visits, choosing colleges best suited for the student's plans, and financial aid. Test taking strategies and vocabulary will be emphasized, as well as paper and computer-based practice tests. CONTENT MASTERY CONTENT MASTERY PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher/parent referral, testing, and subsequent placement into Content Mastery according to criteria set forth by Office of Programs for Students With Disabilities and the South Carolina Department of Education. GRADES:9-12 1 unit elective credit Content Mastery supports regular classroom instruction and supplements vocabulary and comprehension in the content areas. The program addresses career education and an individual student's problem areas. Instruction and evaluation are done individually and according to the readability level of the student. J. R. O. T. C. JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS’TRAINING CORPS Get a head start on high school and life by joining JROTC! JROTC is designed to improve citizenship. It is not the military and, in fact, the vast majority of the students who take JROTC do not enter the military. All uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost. While in high school, JROTC offers a course of instruction that can help you in the following: ♦satisfy PE and a Social Studies requirement in your freshman year ♦earn a ½ unit credit to combine with the ½ unit earned in Driver Ed to make a whole unit
    • ♦a chance to have FUN, FUN, FUN! ♦great field trips to places like Washington, DC and Charleston, SC ♦special events like the Military Ball ♦opportunities to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct real events, giving you valuable, real life experience ♦earning a letter and elective credit on the Marksmanship team ♦a big plus on job applications to local businesses After high school, students interested in joining the military can: ♦earn a promotion (up to two of them) for every two JROTC classes completed ♦earn a $500 monthly pay increase for those promotions ♦earn scholarships for college, some in excess of $130,000 at a school like Presbyterian College JROTC is designed to improve citizenship, not to create soldiers. Equipment and uniforms are free! J. R. O. T. C. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 1 PREREQUISITE(S): None GRADES: 9 – 12 1 unit PE credit Leadership Education and Training 1 is an introductory course designed to teach the fundamentals of citizenship while simultaneously improving students’ overall physical and mental strengths. J. R. O. T. C. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 2 PREREQUISITE(S): suggested that you have completed LET 1 GRADES: 9 – 12 1 unit Social Studies credit Leadership Education and Training 2 centers on history, leadership, map reading, current events and geography. J. R. O. T. C. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 3 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of JROTC 1 and JROTC 2 GRADES: 10 – 12 1 unit elective credit This course centers on developing strong citizenship skills through Service Learning. In addition, and emphasis is placed on those academic skills necessary to successfully pass the HSAP (high school exit exam). J. R. O. T. C. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 4 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of JROTC 1, 2, and 3 GRADES: 10--12 1 unit elective credit This level is devoted to staff and leadership procedures at an ever increasing level of responsibility culminating in hands-on experience in planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and controlling cadet battalion operations in major events such as the Community Veterans’ Day Program, the Military Ball, fund raising, and field trips. J. R. O. T. C. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 4 through 8 PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of JROTC 1, 2, and 3 GRADES: 10--12 1 unit elective credit (each level) These levels are devoted to staff and leadership procedures at an ever increasing level of responsibility culminating in hands- on experience in planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and controlling cadet battalion operations in major events such as the Community Veterans’ Day Program, the Military Ball, fund raising, and field trips. Introduction to JROTC PREREQUISITE(S): be enrolled in Driver’s Education GRADES: 9—12 ½ unit elective credit This ½ unit credit option is in conjunction with the Driver’s Education course. JROTC offers an opportunity to earn the other ½ unit through this course, giving the student a full unit of credit during driver’s ed. Students who have never had a JROTC
    • course will be taught the basics of JROTC to include physical and citizenship training. Cadets who have had a JROTC course may still take this course, but they will serve as assistant instructors. Students enrolled in the Introduction to JROTC course will begin the JROTC phase after the first few weeks of their Driver’s Ed course. First priority is given to the Driver’s Ed course, both the classroom and driving sections. Introductory students are eligible to participate in any of the extra curricular JROTC activities such as special teams (rifle, drill, Bridge Club) or events such as field trips and the Military Ball. J.R.O.T.C. MARKSMANSHIP 1—7 (Early Bird) PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADES:9—12 ½ unit elective credit This series of courses teaches the basics of rifle marksmanship and enables the participants to compete for the varsity rifle team and earn a letter. It teaches NRA competition standards, safety and focuses on self-discipline with each course level building on the previous one. BASIC DRILL PREREQUISITE(S): (1) JROTC LET 1 (2) Approval of Senior Army instructor GRADES:9-12 1 unit elective credit This course involves the coordination of precise military movements. Cadets will be required to perform all aspects of drill routine, ranging from the basics to the more complex routines. Students are required to participate in drill competitions, parades, and other designated ceremonies. They will be taught the history and purpose of drill. ADVANCED DRILL PREREQUISITE(S): (1) Basic Drill and (2) Approval of Army instructor GRADES: 9—12 1 unit elective credit This course builds on the Basic Drill course and involves more senior and experienced cadets in teaching and leading in the drill. Cadets will be required to perform all aspects of drill routine, ranging from the basic to the more complex routines. Students are required to participate in drill competitions, parades, and other designated ceremonies. DUAL ENROLLMENT (college credit) ENGLISH 101/102 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADE: 12 1 unit English credit + 6 hours college credit This is a course in the composing process with attention to invention, arrangement, and style, and closely supervised practice in reading and writing essays. Extensive survey of world literature is incorporated into the class with a focus on 4 major genres. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to qualified students. PUBLIC SPEAKING PT (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Teacher Recommendation GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit Public Speaking is designed to give students an opportunity to increase their oral communication and research skills. Students will research topics and present informative, expository, and persuasive speeches. Students will also participate in a debate and a group discussion. Students must have used basic research materials (books, periodicals, CD-ROM data bases, and Internet sources) before taking the class. Tuition for this class is $99 plus books. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS/ MATH 120 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry GRADES: 11-12 1 unit math credit + 3 hrs college credit
    • This course is taught for college credit through Piedmont Technical College and is considered a Dual Enrollment course. It includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distribution, central limit theorem, confidence intervals and test hypotheses for large and small samples, types I and II errors, linear regression and correlation. CALCULUS/MATH 140 ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS 1 ( Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of 80 or above in Pre-Calculus C GRADE: 12 1 unit math credit plus 3 hrs college credit This course is taught for college credit through Piedmont Technical College and is considered a Dual Enrollment course. Course topics include derivatives and integrals of polynomials; rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; curve sketching; maxima and minima of functions; related rates; work; and analytic geometry. PSYCHOLOGY 101 (USC-Union) PREREQUISITE(S): 1000 on SAT and/or Top 25 % of Class (these are USC Union requirements) GRADES: 11—12 1 unit social studies credit + 3 hours college credit This course offers the college bound student a unique opportunity to take a college course at a reduced tuition rate during a regular class period at CHS. It offers an overview of basic theories and theorists, as well as an in-depth study of human growth and development. This course includes evaluation by the USC faculty, as well as guest lectures and demonstrations by other experts in this field. Tuition for this class plus books is set by USC Union and is the student’s responsibility. TEACHER CADET (Presbyterian College) PREREQUISITE(S): (1) A 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 (2) Application with 3 teacher recommendations. (3) Short essay (students who sign up for this course must have already been through the application process). GRADES: 12 only 1 unit social studies credit + 3 hours college credit The Teacher Cadet Program is designed for academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. This program provides talented future community leaders with insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education. As an exciting hands-on experience of learning, teaching, and the educational system, the course includes observations and a teaching internship in local schools. A candidate does not have to plan to teach to be considered for the program. EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 101 (ECE 1 5700) (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course is an overview of the history, theories, and curriculum models of early care and education. Emphasis is on current trends/issues, with a review of state and national regulations. Characteristics of quality programs and professional teachers will be explored. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 132 (see next course description). EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 132 (ECE 1 5700) (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. In this course the importance of creativity and independence in creative expression are stressed. A variety of age-appropriate media, methods, techniques, and equipment are utilized. Students plan, implement, and evaluate instructional activities. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 101 (see previous course description). EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 135 (ECE 2 5701) (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit
    • This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course—Health, Safety, and Nutrition—covers a review of health and safety practices recommended for child care and includes information on common diseases and health problems. Certification preparation is provided in pediatric safety, CPR, and first aid. Guidelines and information on nutrition and developmentally appropriate activities are also studied in the course. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 203 (see next course description). EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ECD 203 (ECE 2 5701) (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit This is a Dual Enrollment course with Piedmont Technical College. This course—Growth and Development—presents an in-depth understanding of preschool children growing and developing in today’s world. Focus is on “total” development of the child with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and nutritional development. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities will be explored. Note: students enrolled in dual enrollment classes are eligible to apply for Lottery tuition assistance only if they are enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours per semester. Students who enroll in this course should also enroll in ECD 135 (see previous course description). MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY/MEDICAL ETHICS (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): Average of "C' or better in English and Biology SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 2 units CATE elective + 6 hours college credit These courses are dual enrollment courses with Piedmont Technical College. They are designed for students who plan to pursue a career in the field of medicine. Students study the fundamental principles of medical terminology. Each system of the body is explored with a focus on the anatomy (what makes up the system). Students learn medical terms that enable them to communicate effectively with medical personnel. Medical Ethics is an introduction of ethical and legal concepts encountered in the healthcare professions. It provides an overview of the legal system and assists the student in contemplating bioethical issues facing healthcare workers. The following courses are tentatively planned for offering during 2008-2009: COMPUTER SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT CPT 209/257 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 6 hours college credit CPT 209 examines the methods and procedures used in maintaining microcomputer systems. Topics include hardware and software installation, configuration, operations and troubleshooting. CPT 257 examines the theory of operating systems and how the operating system theory is implemented in current operating systems. These courses are preparation for the National A+ Examination. DATA COMMUNICATIONS IST 220 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit This course introduces the fundamentals of data communications. Basic signaling, networking and various transmission media are covered. VISUAL BASIC.NET 1 CPT 186 (Piedmont Tech) PREREQUISITE(S): none SUGGESTED GRADES: 11-12 1 unit elective credit + 3 hours college credit This course introduces the student to development of Visual Basic Windows applications using the Microsoft.Net framework.
    • DUAL ENROLLMENT Dual enrollment gives juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. This program is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in getting a head start on college. Most students earn Dual Credit, receiving college credit and high school credit simultaneously, which has been approved in advance by a high school guidance counselor or administrator. Other high school students choose to enroll in courses at Piedmont as Early Admission students, taking courses beyond those required in high school. These courses only earn college credit. TYPES OF COURSES Several options exist for high school students interested in dual enrollment. With the appropriate approval, students can enroll in any of the following types of courses: • Piedmont Technical College courses taught at the high school, earning dual credit • Regularly scheduled Piedmont Technical College courses taken with Piedmont Technical College students • Online courses where students work independently in a virtual classroom taught by Piedmont faculty For any of these courses to earn dual credit, the approval and signature of the guidance counselor is required. REQUIREMENTS Students must complete the following admissions requirements. All forms are available in the school guidance office or from the dual enrollment liaison. • Piedmont Technical College Application for Admission • Piedmont Technical College Dual Enrollment Registration Form signed by parent and guidance counselor/administrator • Piedmont Technical College placement test scores (ASSET or COMPASS) or appropriate SAT or ACT scores COST The cost of dual enrollment courses varies depending on the location where the course is taught -- at the high school, online, or at Piedmont Technical College. • Students enrolled in 6 credit hours (usually 2 classes) taught at the high school receive FREE tuition. • Students enrolled in OnDeck, online, or regularly scheduled courses pay regular tuition; however, when enrolled in 6 credits, the student is eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), which greatly reduces the cost of tuition. • The Enrollment Fee of $25 is WAIVED for all high school students. Later, if the student attends Piedmont Technical College, the one-time $25 Enrollment Fee will be charged to the student’s account. Tuition for the academic year 2008-2009 will be established by the PTC Area Commission by May 1, 2008. The amount of Lottery Tuition Assistance is determined by the state legislature and will be announced in June 2008. FINANCIAL AID/GRADES State aid is available for high school students enrolled in college classes. Students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (usually 2 classes) are eligible for South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance. High school students are NOT required to complete the FAFSA form to qualify for Lottery Tuition Assistance. High school students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid available for college students. High School students who graduate and attend Piedmont in the summer term, will need to apply for financial aid to receive LTA benefits. The student’s LIFE scholarship “clock” does not start until a student has graduated from high school. Students will still be eligible for the full 4 years of LIFE scholarship assistance after high school graduation, if they maintain the appropriate GPA. If students apply to another college or university, the grades earned at Piedmont will be reviewed by the receiving institution. These grades will affect their LIFE Scholarship, and students earning less than a B average in any college course may jeopardize future financial aid eligibility. Grades and GPA calculations from transferable dual enrollment courses are calculated the same as honor courses. Career and technical courses are calculated the same as College Prep and Tech Prep courses. All grades earned in Dual Enrollment courses will be posted to an official Piedmont Technical College transcript. TRANSFERABILITY The SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE) publishes a list of 86 courses that are transferable to all public institutions in South Carolina. This list can be found at www.ptc.edu//Transfer/Course_List.htm. Many private colleges also accept these courses for transfer credit. Career and technical courses not found on this list are transferable to all technical colleges and many public and private 4-year colleges, depending on the student’s major. TRANSCRIPTS Official transcripts will be issued to other colleges upon the student's written request and receipt of a $5 transcript fee. Transcript request forms are available in the guidance counselor's office, at any Piedmont location, and on Piedmont's website at www.ptc.edu/Registration/Request_Transcript.htm. If tuition has not been paid in full, transcripts will not be released to another college or university. All dual enrollment courses taken will be listed on the transcript. Partial transcripts are not available. BOOKS Students must purchase textbooks for dual enrollment courses. A list of required textbooks will be provided to the Guidance Office by May 1 of each year. Please consult with your Guidance Counselor regarding the procedures for purchasing textbooks. ATTENDANCE Students must adhere to the Piedmont Technical College attendance policy, which allows a student to miss no more than 10% of class meetings. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances as approved by the instructor and the Dual Enrollment Liaison at the high school. QUESTIONS?
    • If you have questions regarding the dual enrollment program, please contact Jennifer Mathis, Dual Enrollment Coordinator at Piedmont Technical College, at (864) 941-8397, or email her at mathis.je@ptc.edu South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale Conversions *approved beginning with the 2007-08 school year Num Average Letter Grade CP Honors AP/Dual Credit 100 A 4.875 5.375 5.875 99 A 4.750 5.250 5.750 98 A 4.625 5.125 5.625 97 A 4.500 5.000 5.500 96 A 4.375 4.875 5.375 95 A 4.250 4.750 5.250 94 A 4.125 4.625 5.125 93 A 4.000 4.500 5.000 92 B 3.875 4.375 4.875 91 B 3.750 4.250 4.750 90 B 3.625 4.125 4.625 89 B 3.500 4.000 4.500 88 B 3.375 3.875 4.375 87 B 3.250 3.750 4.250 86 B 3.125 3.625 4.125 85 B 3.000 3.500 4.000 84 C 2.875 3.375 3.875 83 C 2.750 3.250 3.750 82 C 2.625 3.125 3.625 81 C 2.500 3.000 3.500 80 C 2.375 2.875 3.375 79 C 2.250 2.750 3.250 78 C 2.125 2.625 3.125 77 C 2.000 2.500 3.000 76 D 1.875 2.375 2.875 75 D 1.750 2.250 2.750 74 D 1.625 2.125 2.625 73 D 1.500 2.000 2.500 72 D 1.375 1.875 2.375 71 D 1.250 1.750 2.250 70 D 1.125 1.625 2.125 69 F 1.000 1.500 2.000 68 F 0.875 1.375 1.875 67 F 0.750 1.250 1.750 66 F 0.625 1.125 1.625 65 F 0.500 1.000 1.500 64 F 0.375 0.875 1.375 63 F 0.250 0.750 1.250 62 F 0.125 0.625 1.125 0–61 F 0.000 0.000 0.000 61 (failure due to attendance) FA 0.000 0.000 0.000 61 (withdraw failing) WF 0.000 0.000 0.000 — WP 0.000 0.000 0.000
    • STUDENT PLANNING GUIDE Today’s students must consider their options for all four years of high school as a whole. No longer can they operate and plan for only one year at a time. Choosing courses for next year is impacted by both what the student has already taken and what they need to take to prepare them for life after high school. Having a plan for the time following high school can include a number of options, including two year college or technical school, a job, a traditional four year college, the military, or a specialized training school or program. First, all students must successfully complete high school. For most students, that means earning a high school diploma. For some students, that means completing the program designed for them individually. This planning guide is intended for diploma track students. It includes the following: • a year by year checklist for students. This list is specific for each grade. • a copy of the NCAA Clearinghouse Quick Reference Sheet. Any student who plans to pursue athletics in the NCAA (Division I or II) must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). These are grade and college entrance exam requirements and take into consideration an entire high school academic career, not just the last grade. • a list of helpful web site addresses. • a graduation checklist/worksheet. This form is a planning tool for students to keep up with their progress toward graduation and to plan future course selections. FRESHMAN YEAR (Grade 9) Requirements : • Select a career cluster (begins with the Class of 2011). This is a requirement of the EEDA law. Now is the time to begin focusing your efforts on your plans after high school. • Earn at least 6 credits, including at least one English and one Math so that you can be promoted to 10th grade. • Attend school regularly. SC Law allows only five unexcused absences. Exceeding this limit will cause you to lose credit for your classes. Note that attendance and credits are on a class by class basis in high school, not a day by day basis. For example, you can lose credit in one class for having excessive absences, but earn credit in another because you have not missed as many classes. Be sure you understand the consequences of missing each class. Suggestions:  Begin high school with a positive attitude and determine to make wise choices.  Keep track of your absences and turn in written excuses the day you return.  Work hard every day in every class. No class is unimportant.  Make every effort to earn good grades. Your GPA is cumulative throughout high school.  Get involved in extracurricular activities, which provide a constructive way to belong at CHS and learn to get along with others as part of a team.  Explore careers that interest you and offer the life style you intend to have.  Make sure the career you want to pursue is realistic according to your strengths and abilities.  Research and work as a volunteer or part-time, with someone employed in your career cluster choice.  Seek advice from your parents, teachers, and guidance counselors regarding your future plans.  Take courses related to your career interests and ones required to attend college if that’s your goal.
    •  Enroll in challenging courses, which can pave the way for future success.  If you will be attending a 4-yr college, prepare for taking the PSAT this year.  Choose your courses carefully. You will remain in what you have selected. If the class or level on your schedule seems incorrect, check with your guidance counselor.  Become familiar with the college entrance exams – the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and ACT.  Select challenging courses for the tenth grade. SOPHOMORE YEAR (Grade 10) Requirements: • Earn an additional minimum of 6 credits, including another English and another Math, so that you can be promoted to 11th grade. • Take the HSAP (High School Assessment Program) test. This is South Carolina’s high school exit exam. Passing both parts (English/Language Arts and Mathematics) is required for students to receive a high school diploma in S.C. • Declare a high school major (begins with Class of 2011) to meet the requirements of the EEDA. Your major will be related to your career goal and will be composed of four courses that you will take during high school. The courses will be part of your chosen Career Cluster (see 9th grade). • Maintain good attendance so that you do not lose credits due to absences. Suggestions:  Focus on your grades. Remember that GPA’s are cumulative.  Talk about your tenth grade classes with your instructors and counselors. Make sure that you are taking courses that offer a challenge. An easy road now leads to few rewards later.  Continue giving your best to each course daily.  Plan a meeting with your school counselor to discuss your ninth grade standardized test results. Listen carefully to your counselor’s comments and suggestions for improving test scores.  Attempt some new extracurricular activities. You mature, your interests change.  Talk to your counselor about career options, programs of study, and your special interests.  Register for a if you have not taken one already. This class is a prerequisite for all computer classes.  Ask for help from your counselor in contacting post-secondary schools in our area. Catalogs from all nearby post-secondary schools are located in the guidance office. The counselors and media specialist have information on financial aid.  Maintain a portfolio of your grades, extracurricular activities, awards, and accomplishments beginning with middle school. Things to include are: copies of your report cards; a list of awards and honors you receive; a list of school and community organizations and clubs you join, including dates of service and offices held; and a list of paid and volunteer job you have had.  Plan a challenging eleventh grade schedule. Sample schedules may include advanced, college-prep, business, and Career and Technology courses. If you plan to attend a 4-year college, register for a foreign language course this year. Try a third-year science course. JUNIOR YEAR (Grade 11) Requirements: • Earn an additional minimum of 6 credits, including a third English and a third Math, so that you can be promoted to 12th grade. • Pass any part of the HSAP (Exit Exam) that you did not pass last year. • Continue to attend school so that you do not lose credit due to absences.
    • Suggestions:  Be sure you are enrolled in challenging courses that require you to work to your potential.  Consider taking the ACT or SAT after you have completed Algebra 2. Most technical schools do not require either for general admission; however, many selected programs of study within the school do require it as a necessary step for admission. Four-year colleges require one of them. See your counselor if you have questions about these tests.  Plan career goal strategies with your counselor.  Set up an appointment with your counselor to discuss the Exit Exam and other Standardized test results as well as your course selections. The counselor will help you plan for success in both school and later life.  Update your portfolio to include any activity you joined or any award you received during your junior year.  Begin thinking seriously about your career options and occupational preparation for them. Use SCOIS to update information concerning projected employment needs.  Sign up for the ASVAB (Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery), which is given at no cost and may help expand your career options.  Start planning financially for post-secondary training; ask your counselor about information on scholarships and grants.  Meet with your counselor. Discuss your concerns and plans with your counselor. Ask for computer information on your career choice.  Visit post-secondary institutions in our area. Compare them to others you visit. Make a list of advantages/disadvantages of each school and review the program offerings to help you select the right place for you to attain your career goal.  Consider taking a foreign language if you are in college prep English.  Focus on your grades in each class. Remember, GPA’s are cumulative. SENIOR YEAR (Grade 12) Requirements: • Earn the units that you need to complete graduation requirements (24 units). • Pass any parts of HSAP that you have not passed. • Complete the required classes for your career major (begins with Class of 2011). • Attend school regularly so that you do not lose credits due to absences. Suggestions:  Enroll in challenging courses that are appropriate for your future plans and academic ability.  Continue to do your best; after graduation, your final transcript is sent to the post-secondary school(s) that you wish to attend.  Make an appointment with your counselor to expand your options for schools appropriate for your career preparation. If you plan on attending a 4 year school, plan to take the SAT or ACT as soon as possible in the school year. Refer to handbook and test booklets (available in the guidance office) to note dates and times. If you plan on attending a technical college, you will take the COMPASS/ASSET at that college.  Create a file for each school you are interested in attending and keep information from each school in its appropriate folder.  Utilize your senior notebook for planning and organizing your senior information.  Get your applications ready early in the school year and give your counselor plenty of time before deadline to get all forms in on time. Bring the fees and stamped envelopes for each complete application to be mailed. Have someone read over them before you given them to your counselor.  Develop a resume to give to teachers/counselor who will be writing your recommendations. Your counselor’s recommendation is all that is necessary for most applications; however, some scholarships and grants also require teacher recommendations.
    •  If application fees are a financial burden to you, ask your counselor about fee waivers.  Request financial aid information when you ask for an admissions application. Attend the financial aid workshop sponsored by your school during second semester.  Ask your parents to plan ahead and prepare their tax returns as early as possible this year, because tax information goes on the financial aid form. Photocopies of tax forms will eventually go to the school for consideration of the amount of financial aid you will receive. This financial aid form is available in the guidance office in December or early January. Find out financial aid deadlines for each school to which you have applied.  Get set for your post-secondary adventure. Attend your school’s orientation program for incoming freshman.  GOOD LUCK TO YOU!
    • NCAA Freshman Eligibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet KNOW THE RULES: Core Courses • Starting August 1, 2008, 16 core courses will be required for NCAA Division I only. This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008. See the chart below for the breakdown of this 16 core-course requirement. • 14 core courses are required in NCAA Division II. See the breakdown of core-course requirements below. Test Scores • Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average. The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on page two of this sheet. • Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used. • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the four sections on the ACT: English, math, reading and science. • All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will no longer be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the clearinghouse code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the clearinghouse. Grade-Point Average • Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average. • Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses on the clearinghouse Web site to make certain that the courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net • Division I grade-point-average requirements are listed on page two of this sheet. • The Division II grade-point-average requirement is a minimum 2.000. DIVISION I DIVISION II 16 Core-Course Rule 14 Core-Course Rule 16 Core Courses: 14 Core Courses: 4 years of English. 3 years of English. 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). offered by high school). 1 year of additional English, mathematics or 2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. natural/physical science. 2 years of social science. 2 years of social science. 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign 3 years of additional courses (from any area above, language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy). foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy). PLEASE NOTE: For students first entering any NCAA college or university on or after August 1, 2005, computer science courses may only be used for initial-eligibility purposes if the course receives graduation credit in mathematics or natural/physical science and is listed as such on the high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses.
    • NCAA Division 1 Sliding Scale Core Grade Point Avg/Test Score OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION New Core GPA—Test Score Index Core GPA SAT ACT • Division II has no sliding scale. The minimum 3.550 & above 400 37 core grade point average is 2.0000. The minimum 3.525 410 38 SAT score is 820 (critical reading and math only) 3.500 420 39 and the minimum ACT sum score is 68. 3.475 430 40 • 14 core course are required for Division II. 3.450 440 41 • 16 core courses are required for Division 1. 3.425 450 41 3.400 460 42 • The SAT combined score is based on the verbal 3.375 470 42 and math sections only. The writing section will 3.350 480 43 not be used. 3.325 490 44 • SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to 3.300 500 44 the clearinghouse from the testing agency. Scores 3.275 510 45 on transcripts will not be used. 3.250 520 46 3.225 530 46 3.200 540 47 For more information regarding the rules, please go to 3.175 550 47 www.ncaa.org. Click on “Academics and Athletes” then 3.150 560 48 “Eligibility and Recruiting.” You can also visit the NCAA 3.125 570 49 Clearinghouse web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. 3.100 580 49 3.075 590 50 3.050 600 50 Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have 3.025 610 51 questions: 3.000 620 52 2.975 630 52 Toll free number: 877-622-2321 2.950 640 53 2.925 650 53 2.900 660 54 2.875 670 55 2.850 680 56 2.825 690 56 2.800 700 57 2.775 710 58 2.750 720 59 2.725 730 59 2.700 730 60 2.675 740-750 61 2.650 760 62 2.625 770 63 2.600 780 64 2.575 790 65 2.550 800 66 2.525 810 67 2.500 820 68 2.475 830 69 2.450 840-850 70 2.425 860 70 2.400 860 71 2.375 870 72 2.350 880 73 2.325 890 74 2.300 900 75 2.275 910 76 2.250 920 77 2.225 930 78 2.200 940 79 2.175 950 80 2.150 960 80 2.125 960 81 2.100 970 82 2.075 980 83 2.050 990 84 2.025 1000 85 2.000 1010 86
    • Web site Reference List South Carolina Commission on Higher Education www.che400.state.sc.us college entrance requirements for our state, information on lottery tuition assistance (LIFE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows, HOPE Scholarship, etc.), a helpful site for students who plan to attend college in South Carolina. Fast Web www.fastweb.com a site dedicated to financial aid information--useful for scholarship searches, helpful hints on finding financial aid, preparing to attend college. FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov the Federal government’s web site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid SC Student Loan Corporation www.scstudentloan.org South Carolina’s loan agency for college students College Board www.collegeboard.com the non-profit company that administers the SAT college admission test. This site has a wealth of information for students and parents, including practice test questions. ACT www.act.org the non-profit company that administers the ACT college admission test. This site also has a lot of information for students and parents. Pell Grants www.pellgrantsonline.ed.gov United Negro College Fund www.uncf.org U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov NCAA Clearinghouse www.ncaaclearinghouse.net Project Scholarship Scam www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/scholarship Access America for Students www.students.gov College is Possible www.collegeispossible.org College View www.collegeview.com Peterson’s www.Petersons.com Princeton Review www.review.com Go College www.gocollege.com
    • STUDENT NAME: _________________________________________________________ 24 UNIT REQUIREMENT GRADUATION CHECKLIST/WORKSHEET Use this checklist to determine which classes you will need to complete to graduate. Write in course names that you have completed and courses you still need to pass. To be classified as a senior you must have earned 16 units. You must also be able to project graduation to be classified as a senior. English (4 units) Mathematics (4 units) Science (3 units) Social Studies (1 unit) US History (1 unit) Economics (1/2 unit) Government (1/2 unit) PE (1 unit) Computer Science (1 unit) Foreign Language or CATE elective Electives (7 units) _________________ __________________ _________________ ______________ _________________ __________________ _________________ Total units should be 24 or greater for graduation 9th Grade 10th Grade ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ 11th Grade 12th Grade ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ___________ HSAP (Exit Exam): _____I have passed all parts ______I still need to pass [ ] ELA [ ] Math