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Art



Art Courses
Art I Advanced Placement Studio Art IB Art

Art II Art Appreciation Painting

Art III Computer Art/Digital Imaging I Pottery and Sculpture I

Art IV Computer Art/Digital Imaging II Pottery and Sculpture II


The offerings in art make provisions for individual student interest and aptitude. A strong drawing foundation is emphasized in all studio courses. Qualified studio students preparing for vocations in art are given an opportunity to develop their talents and skills through advanced course offerings.



Art I
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: None
Art I is designed for the beginning art student and focuses on building a strong drawing foundation. Skills are developed through the use of a variety of drawing mediums. These mediums are introduced through a wide range of experiences that enhance the student’s understanding of the discipline of art. Line drawing and compo­sition are stressed at this level and contin­ued throughout the program. The student is also exposed to computer art and current technology as well as a wide range of art topics including art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art in society.
Fee: $22.00
Art II
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Art I


Figure drawing is introduced to the Art II student with the intention of enhancing an already established foundation. Naturalism and proportions are emphasized. It is with this course that an in‑depth exploration of different mediums is initiated. Wa­tercolors, oil paints, pastels, technical pen, and mixed media are a few of the mediums introduced. Computer art, art history, criticism, aesthetics, and art in society are also carried over from Art I as an integral part of the curriculum.
Fee: $40.00
Art III
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 11, 12)

Prerequisites: Art I, II


Creative thought and the mastery of al­ready established drawing skills are the focus of this course. Mediums are reintro­duced with the intention of enhancing the student's proficiencies in those areas. Fig­ure and portrait drawing are also elabo­rated on from Art II. Students are provided the opportunity to experience portfolio de­velopment and independent study. Com­puter art, art history, criticism, aesthetics, and art in society are continued.
Fee: $40.00

Art IV
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 12)

Prerequisites: Art I, II, III


Sophisticated drawing skills and experi­mentation in a wide range of mediums are the foundation of Art IV. More indepen­dent study is provided and students are encouraged to explore an area of keen interest. Portfolio development is pos­sible at this level, if the student elects to do so. Computer art, art history, criticism, aesthetics, and art in society are continued.
Fee: $50.00

Advanced Placement

Studio Art
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 12)

Prerequisites: Art I, II, III


Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed for the serious art student who wishes to major in art in college. Portfolio development is a must with the requirement of sending that portfolio to a college board for review. The review may earn college credit for the student concerned while they are in high school. Work inside and outside of school is man­datory with an emphasis on further devel­opment of drawing skills. Experimentation is recommended, though not at the expense of a quality portfolio. Students concerned must regulate time in school and out of school with the art instructor.
Fee: 1/3 of AP Exam & $50.00 supplies
Art Appreciation
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: None
The only requirement for Art Appreciation is an interest in finding out more about art. This course is designed according to the State Board of Education exemplary model. A balanced curriculum of studio art, art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art in society is the main focus for the semester. Significant artists and periods of art are introduced as the basis for further research. A wide range of experiences are provided for the students with field trips and guest artists supplementing the material provided. A portfolio of work accomplished is assembled by each student and rounds out the experience. Objective and subjective grading practices are utilized.

Computer Art/Digital

Imaging I
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Art I


Computer Art/Digital Imaging is an art course that focuses on the latest tech­nologies available to the Arts. Students will explore this new medium in depth and will be exposed to current software (Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and a variety of other art‑related programs). High tech equipment like digital cameras, color scanners, and color laser printers will be an integral part of this course. The Internet will be at the students’ disposal for references to create art and students will experience a variety of computer related exercises. Students will explore graphic designing as a form of art.
Fee: $15.00

Computer Art/Digital

Imaging II
(One semester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Computer Art/Digital Imaging I


This course is very similar to Computer Art/Digital Imaging I only contains more advanced lessons and projects. Students would create advertisements and graphic designs that meet community and school needs, as well as create images that display the students' expertise in specific approaches in the world of graphic de­signing.
Fee: $15.00
IB Art
Students can enroll in one of the IB Art programs as a certificate (non-diploma) student. Please see page 49 for the course description and requirements.

Painting
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester,

10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Art I, II
Painting is designed for the student who wishes to explore in depth this studio area. Detailed instruction is provided for a variety of liquid mediums. Watercolor is rein­troduced and used as a foundation for other experiences. Students may be exposed to Watercolor, Egg Tempera, Oil Painting, and Acrylic. All areas of this discipline are scrutinized with students being expected to stretch their own canvases and be aware of the potential hazards of certain solvents. This is a very demanding course that requires proficient drawing skills and a desire to master a variety of painting techniques. Instruction will encompass still life, figure, portrait, and landscape with the focus on the students developing personal expression.
Fee: $40.00

Pottery and Sculpture I
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Art I


Pottery and Sculpture I is designed for the student who wishes to explore the three dimensional side of Art. Students will experience hand building as well as creating forms on the potter’s wheel. A variety of experiences will be provided in clay that are sculptural in nature and will enhance the students’ understanding of the importance of clay as a medium. Other materials will be scrutinized as sources of ideas for sculpture as they become available. Students are advised to wear old clothing for this class and expected to get their hands dirty.
Fee: $30.00
Pottery and Sculpture II
One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: Pottery and Sculpture I
Pottery and Sculpture II builds upon the concepts mastered in Pottery and Sculpture I. Additional advanced topics will be presented.
Fee: $25.00



Business
Business Courses
Accounting I Keyboarding

Accounting II Marketing

Business Foundations Office Technology

Business Management Personal Finance

Computer Applications/MOUS Sports & Entertainment Marketing
The purpose of Business Education is to develop in all students a foundation of information relating to the world of work and the economic environment of which we are a part. This foundation is to include (1) an understanding of the business community, (2) an attitude that permits effective human relations, and (3) an array of marketable skills.
The business curriculum provides opportunities that develop problem-solving skills. It provides a sound background for students entering the world of work as well as for those who seek additional academic learning.


Accounting I
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 10, 11, 12)
Students will record transactions in jour­nals, post to ledgers, make worksheets and financial statements, keep checking ac­counts and analyze business records. Ac­curacy, neatness, and thoroughness are stressed in this course. These skills can be applied to everyday situations.
A simulated business project, with stu­dents keeping a complete set of books for a merchandising business, is part of the course. Grades for all simulations will con­sist of an independent work/study grade and an audit test grade periodically throughout the simulation.
Students will use accounting software and computer spreadsheets throughout the course. They will see how the business community uses computers as tools.
This is a great foundation course for stu­dents who are interested in pursuing a career in either business or accounting.

Workbook Fee: $25.00
Accounting II
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Accounting I


Accounting II expands the accounting knowledge base learned in Accounting I. During this year, the students study departmentalize accounting, partnership and corporate accounting, depreciation, budgeting, the cash flow statement, and cost accounting. More emphasis is placed on accounting concepts and principles than in Accounting I.
The students will complete two different business simulations that emphasize the concepts learned in class. These simulations will consist of an independent work/study grade and a final audit test grade.
Computers and calculators will have an expanded role in Accounting II. In addition to using their own original spreadsheets to perform accounting tasks, the students will use commercially prepared accounting packages to solve accounting problems.
By the end of Accounting II, students will have acquired skills and knowledge necessary to perform entry‑level accounting tasks in industry or take advanced training in the college setting.

Workbook Fee: $25.00
Business Foundations
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 9, 10, 11, 12)
This course will start students early in their high school careers with the introduction of the integration between business and technology. In this course, students will focus on recognizing a business opportu­nity, starting a business based on the rec­ognized opportunity and maintaining that business.
The areas of business that will be inte­grated into the course are: accounting, finance, marketing, management, as well as the legal and economic environments in which a new venture operates. There will also be a focus on career development for the business minded student. By taking this course, students will learn basic busi­ness terminology, as well as being intro­duced to other business department offer­ings.

Workbook Fee: $20.00

Business Management

(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)


Students will operate their own business for one semester through the Junior Achievement's Company Program with the assistance of community business vol­unteers. They use computers and the office setting to complete in‑class spreadsheets, accounting, and finance projects with rela­tion to the Company Program. Computer­ized business practices are emphasized throughout this hands‑on business course.
Students will also learn theory and prin­ciples of management, such as business structure, leadership, advertising, product promotion, planning, organizing, imple­menting, and controlling. Students will write a complete business plan, order, promote, sell, and liquidate their business venture in a semester's time. Students will get real world exposure to operating a busi­ness within the confines of the classroom.

Workbook Fee: $15.00
Computer Applications/

MOUS
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: None
The student will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Database, and PowerPoint within one semester and will be prepared for the MOUS certification exams, which can be taken upon completion of this course for those interested in business productivity software.
The Microsoft Office User Specialist examination (MOUS) is a globally recognized standard for skills using the Microsoft Office suite of business productivity applications. The MOUS certification provides a framework for measuring proficiency with the Microsoft Office program. This is an industry recognized, vendor-specific certification, which is highly valuable to those seeking entry-level positions in business.
Fee: None (MOUS examination is taken at an official Microsoft testing center and is a separate charge administered at the testing center.)
Keyboarding
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Keyboarding will introduce students to the touch system on the keyboard. A variety of effective skill-building routines will be used to make the student proficient in building keyboarding speed and accuracy. The student will develop the knowledge to format a variety of business documents such as letters, reports, resumes, and tables using Microsoft Word. Keyboarding is a crucial skill for the college preparatory student due to the extent of keyboarding required in the college setting and is helpful before taking any of the computer courses.

Workbook Fee: $10.00
Marketing
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12)

In this class, students will experience firsthand the dynamic and interactive world of marketing today. From in‑depth coverage of the latest marketing trends to ethical marketing practices to multi‑cultural perspectives are covered during the semester. Topics to be covered during the semester include: marketing technology and the Internet, global marketing, ethics, market analysis, types of consumers, promotion, buying, pricing, trends, and career development.


This class is a terrific introductory class to any student who is interested in a business career and majoring in marketing. This engaging course will demonstrate how the world of marketing is ever changing, as well as how marketers are constantly attempting to stay current with the latest trends.

Office Technology
(One semester, ½ Credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
In this one semester course, students will get a hands-on approach to working in the office atmosphere. This comprehensive overview of office procedures and concepts introduces the effects of technology on the office of tomorrow. By focusing on the skills necessary for office workers at every level, evolving technologies are examined and the interpersonal skills vital to a successful career are highlighted. Students will also focus on correct keyboarding procedures. Students will have additional learning opportunities in this class using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. They will also work in cooperative learning teams on exciting new simulations that emphasize commitment, teamwork, research, problem-solving and effective information management. Topics in this class include: using proper keyboarding skills, effective communication, information processing and presentation, and personal and career development.

Personal Finance
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: None
Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success. This semester course is based on the Ohio Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world finances. Students will be equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to interact successfully in today’s complex global market. Insight is given to the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing. As Americans assume greater responsibility for their own long-term financial security, the importance of making sound financial decision becomes ever more obvious. Students become more financially savvy and able to make better decisions leading to financial independence.

Sports and Entertainment

Marketing
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: None
Sports and Entertainment Marketing is a hot topic and through this course students will learn how to apply various marketing principles to the exciting and ever changing world of marketing. Students will encounter and learn about the key functions of marketing and how those functions are applied to sports and entertainment.
Topics to be covered in this course include: business management, marketing principles and functions, sports operations, along with a behind‑the‑scenes look at the profession of sports and entertainment marketing. The course will be both exciting and relevant with a hands‑on approach through various projects pertaining to the exciting world of marketing.

English
English courses
CP English 9 Honors English 11 Creative Writing

Honors English 9 Language AI English (HL) (IB 11 & 12) Drama

CP English 10 CP English 12 Journalism/Composition

Honors English 10 English 12 – Advanced Placement Journalism/Composition II & III

CP English 11 Literature and Composition
Four credits are required for graduation.


CP English 9
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester)
The ninth grade college preparatory course is a post secondary writing-based course with an emphasis on the writing process as well as reading, listening, oral communication and study skills. Major literary works covered from a variety of genres include: short story, novel, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Test taking techniques for the OGT are also reinforced.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books
Honors English 9
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: Recommended by eighth grade teacher and an 85% or higher in Honors English 8.


Honors English 9 is a writing intensive course that integrates critical thinking, creative writing, literary analysis, and performance skills. Major literary works covered from a variety of genres include: short stories, novels, non-fiction selections, dramatic readings and poetry collections. Students will be responsible for independent reading selections assigned each nine weeks. Oral presentations consist of impromptu speeches, demonstrative speeches and dramatic performances. Test taking techniques for the OGT are also reinforced.
Required summer reading .

Fee: Reading books

CP English 10
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester)
The tenth grade college preparatory course focuses on the analytical reading and formal writing skills needed for college. Students will read approximately five major works of American Literature and respond to them through a variety of writing techniques. The class aligns chronologically with American History. A research project will be completed in the second semester. Oral presentations will be a key component in the curricula. Skill development for the OGT, SAT and ACT will be studied.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books
Honors English 10
(Two semester course, ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: 85% from previous Honors English class and teacher recommendation.


Honors English 10 is a writing intensive class for the highly motivated student. Students will analyze approximately seven major works of American Literature and be responsible for writing a formal response to each. An independent book project will be completed the first three quarters culminating into a research project in the fourth quarter. Oral presentations will be a key part of the curricula. Skill development for the OGT, ACT and SAT will be studied.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books


CP English 11
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester)
The eleventh grade college preparatory course focuses on the analytical reading and formal writing skills needed for college. Students will read approximately five major works of British Literature and respond to them through a variety of writing techniques. A research project will be completed in the second semester. Oral presentations will be a key component in the curricula. Skill development for the SAT and ACT will be studied.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books
Honors English 11
(Two semester course, ½ credit per semester)

Prerequisite: 85% from previous Honors English class and teacher recommendation.


Honors English 11 is a writing intensive class for the highly motivated student. This class covers major authors, works and literary periods of British Literature. Students will analyze approximately seven major works of British Literature and be responsible for writing a formal response to each with a distinct focus on formalism and persuasive writing. Self-selected projects will be assigned each nine weeks. A research project using the MLA format is completed in the second semester. Oral presentations include both planned and impromptu structures. Critical reading, analytical writing and vocabulary skills are continuously exercised as preparation for the SAT and ACT.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books
Language AI English (HL)

(IB 11 & 12)
This class can be taken as a certificate course as part of a two year sequence. See page 47 for the details of the course.
CP English 12
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester)
This college preparatory literature and composition based course draws upon world classic and modern literature through the short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Composition focuses on various narrative styles as well as an emphasis on persuasive and expository writing. The students will focus on an in-depth evaluation and practice with five of the dominant literary criticism theories using the course literature. The student is expected to become an independent reader and writer throughout the course of the year. The culminating activity of this course is the multi-genre senior narrative.
Required summer reading

Fee: Reading books

English 12 – Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester) Prerequisite: 85% from previous English class and teacher recommendation.
Designed for the self-motivated student, AP Literature and Composition draws upon world classic and modern literature through the short story, novel, drama and poetry. The students will focus on an in-depth evaluation and practice with seven of the dominant literary criticism theories using the course literature. Students are expected to already be independent readers and learners, and proficient writers who seek to add to their educational experience through this university level class. The culminating activities for this course are the multi-genre senior narrative and the national Advanced Placement in Literature and Composition Exam.
Required summer reading

Fee: 1/3 of AP Exam and Reading books

English 12 – International Baccalaureate Language A1
This course is for International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidates or students who have completed Language AI English (HL) (IB 11) See the IB Program section for course description. (Page 47)
Creative Writing
(One semester, ½ credit)
This course provides students interested in writing poetry and fiction the opportunity to refine their skills and learn how to market their writing for publication. Students will write in journals everyday following a variety of prompts. Free writing techniques will be discussed and practiced. Students will also have the opportunity to write in groups and respond to different media. The course is introductory in nature, giving students an opportunity to write in a variety of areas that include poetry, children's books, short stories, etc.
Drama
(One semester, ½ credit)
In this hands‑on course, students will develop and improve their acting and stage presence through involvement in class and on stage with instruction in basic acting skills, improvisation, movement, vocal projection, production and rehearsal. Students will also learn the basics of scene design and construction, stage lighting, costuming and make‑up. Field trips to productions will be part of this course, as well as guest presenters from various disciplines of theater. Careers in acting and technical production will also be explored.

Journalism/Composition I
(Two semesters, 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Sophomore status


Students will develop their writing with a focus on expository and persuasive techniques, and an emphasis on revision. Journals will be kept throughout the class for the students to see growth as writers. Careers in writing will be explored through field trips and guest speakers. Students will be responsible for independent reading selections assigned each nine weeks. Various written documents will be available for public reading.
Journalism/Composition II, III
(Two semesters, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Journalism/Composition I and teacher recommendation
An extension of Journalism/Composition I, students will continue to work on the school publication in a leadership position. Students will further grow as writers through reflecting on their own work and the work of other famous writers using a writing log. Students will be responsible for independent reading selections assigned each nine weeks. Writing careers and college writing programs will also be explored.



Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science Courses
Child Development I Fashion Merchandising

Child Development II International Cuisine

Culinary Arts I Living on Your Own

Culinary Arts II

Creative Cooking
The Family and Consumer Sciences courses at Aurora High School are designed to assist students with their own personal and interpersonal living and to use this experience to assume with confidence their future life roles. The Family and Consumer Sciences Department is an advocate of the importance of the "FAMILY". These courses draw on all courses in the school curriculum and apply them to real life situations. Education of the "whole" person is important for college, technical school or non‑college bound students to be successful in today's global society. This department is proud to state that it plays a major role in helping AHS students accomplish this vital task.


Child Development I
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: None


Child Development I focuses upon the study of how children grow in all aspects of development: physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally. This course provides students with an opportunity to study human growth and development from conception up to the age of two. This course provides valuable insight into the importance of childhood and the responsibilities of individuals who care for children. Units studied include: conception and changes that occur, the parents' role in preparing for the birth of the baby and the importance of the child's environment within the home and in childcare facilities. Parenting issues such as creating a new family, discipline and guidance, roles and responsibilities, and problems encountered by new parents will also be studied. The roles and responsibilities of caregivers will also be examined. A service learning project will be completed.
Child Development II
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Child Development I


Child Development II focuses upon the premise that human growth and development continues well into adulthood. This course emphasizes the understanding and guidance of young children from the age of three and beyond including the elementary school years. Students will continue to study all aspects of a child's development: physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and morally. The changes and advances of children during these age groups will be the focus of this course. Parenting and caregiver topics relevant to this age group will also be studied.
Activities will include observing children in preschool and day care settings. Visitations and interactive activities with kindergarten and early elementary classes within our school district will also be included. Students will also have the opportunity to design and create projects and activities, which are suitable for the different age levels of children. The highlight of this course will include a preschool practicum utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in class in conjunction with a local day care.
This course is recommended for anyone interested in a career in the fields of education, medicine, law, teaching, childcare, social work, psychology and sociology. A service learning project will be completed.
Culinary Arts I
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: None


Culinary Arts I is designed for the student who has no cooking experience or is a beginning cook. This course emphasizes a general understanding of nutrition, knowledge of cooking terms and equipment, measurements and abbreviations, kitchen safety and sanitation, dining etiquette and creating foods which taste great, are healthy and meet the student’s lifestyle demands. The purpose of this course is to give the student the opportunity to work in a cooperative group lab environment to create parts of a meal, snacks, and entire meals to practice newly acquired culinary skills while improving self-confidence in the kitchen. Units studied will include cooking principles, consumer skills, eggs, cheese and dairy, fruits, vegetables and yeast breads. The highlight of this course is eating all of the foods prepared by the students.
This is an excellent introduction course for students who are planning to go to college, to live on their own after high school, or who are interested in a culinary arts career. A service learning project will be completed.
Fee: $24. 00
Culinary Arts II
(One semester, ½ credit, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I
Culinary Arts II is designed for the student who has basic cooking experience. This course emphasizes the improvement of cooking techniques and skills, while developing an appreciation for creative food preparation, and presentation and knowledge of entertaining techniques.
Learn to coordinate menus following nutritional guidelines. Learn to prepare a variety of foods that tempt both the eyes and the palate. Learn to use a variety of serving styles while planning and creating theme meals. Learn the creative art of cake decorating while designing your personal mini cake. Learn the wonderful art of candy making while creating a vast array of candies. Finally, learn to prepare a variety of meals, which are healthier than fast food restaurants, but much cheaper than meals served in those expensive restaurants. A service learning project will be completed.

Fees: $40.00



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