Courses Offered

To register for an online course students should consult their school counselor for registration information and support.  

In addition to the high school courses listed below we also offer the following
yearlong middle school courses:
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Math
6th Grade English
 

 

 

 

English I

Grade Level: 9 

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course challenges students to acquire, master, and use skills in studying, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature (terms, types, elements). Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English I prepares students for college. The State NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


English I Honors

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Course Description: This course introduces the higher-level thinking skills in the study of literature (terms, types, and elements), writing, grammar and vocabulary. Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English I. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills. The State NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


English II

Grade Level:10

Credit:1

Course Description: This course builds on skills mastered in English I, especially as they apply to World Literature and writing. Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English II prepares students for college. The State EOC assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.



English II Honors

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Course Description: Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. English II Honors applies the higher-level thinking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English II. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced placement program. Emphasis is placed on the study of world literature and on expository writing. The State EOC assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.


English III

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course builds on skills mastered in English II, especially as they apply to American Literature, writing and research. Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English III prepares students for college. The State NCFE assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.

*English III OCS also available


English III Honors

Grade Level 11

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Course Description: Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. English III Honors applies the higher-level thinking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English II. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced placement program. The State NCFE assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.


English IV

Grade: 12

Credit: 1

Course Description: English IV requires students to extend the skills mastered in reading, writing, listening and speaking and to apply them to a survey of British Literature. Mastery of skills taught in English IV prepares students for college. The State NCFE assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.



English IV Honors

Grade: 12

Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Course Description: English IV Honors requires students to demonstrate the ability to use analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in relation to a survey of British Literature. Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. This course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English IV. The State NCFE assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.


Advanced English and AP English  Language and Composition

Grade: 11

Credit: 1 (1.5 quality point)

Recommended:  “B” or above in English II Honors


Course Description:  Advanced English Language and Composition is the fall semester course taken before AP English Language & Composition.  In AP Language and Composition students will learn to use the characteristic modes of discourse (narration, description, cause and effect, definition, persuasion, etc.) and to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through speaking, listening, reading, and critical analysis, but chiefly through the experience of their own writing, students will become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, diction, and tone. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and mastering styles of various discourses, particularly argumentation; the primary literary focus here is nonfiction, fiction, and drama. An AP course is challenging and stimulating and takes substantially more preparation than other high school courses. It also gives greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment and goes into great depth. Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year.
 


NC Math I and Math I Honors

Grade 9-12

NC Math I Credit:1

NC Math I Honors Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Course Description: NC Math 1 provides students the opportunity to study concepts of algebra, geometry, functions, number and operations, statistics and modeling throughout the course. These concepts include expressions in the real number system, creating and reasoning with equations and inequalities, interpreting and building simple functions, expressing geometric properties and interpreting categorical and quantitative data. The state EOC test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


NC Math II and Math II Honors

Grade: 9-12

NC Math II Credit: 1

NC Math II Honors Credit 1 (.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: NC Math I

Course Description:  NC Math 2 continues a progression of the standards established in NC Math 1. In addition to these standards, NC Math 2 includes: polynomials, congruence and similarity of figures, trigonometry with triangles, modeling with geometry, probability, making inferences and justifying conclusions. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


NC Math III and Math III Honors

Grade: 9-12

NC Math II Credit : 1

NC Math II Honors Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: NC Math II

Course Description: NC Math 3 progresses from the standards learned in NC Math 1 and NC Math 2. In addition to these standards, NC Math 3 extends to include algebraic concepts such as: the complex number system, inverse functions, trigonometric functions and the unit circle. Math III also includes the geometric concepts of conics and circles. The state EOC test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


Pre-Calculus Honors

Grade 11-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: NC Math III or AFM 

Course Description: This course is designed for those students who are planning to continue their education beyond high school in a field of study where calculus is an entry level mathematics course. The course covers functions, graphing, trigonometry, sequences and series, and an introduction to calculus. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


Advanced Functions and Modeling or Advanced Functions and Modeling Honors (AFM)

Grade 10-12

AFM Credit: 1

AFM Honors Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: NC Math III

Course Description: This course provides students an in-depth study of modeling and applying functions. Home, work, recreation, consumer issues, public policy, and scientific investigations are just a few of the areas from which applications should originate. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.



 

Note: It is recommended that foreign language courses be taken during consecutive years.

French I

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the study of the French language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language needs (functions). A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games) perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, and beliefs) and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the target language and culture(s) to their own. Integration of other disciplines is ongoing throughout the course.


French II

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: French I

Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to continue the development of their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students participate in simple conversational situations by combining and recombining learned elements of the language orally and in writing. Students are able to satisfy basic survival needs and interact on issues of everyday life in the present time and past time inside and outside of the classroom setting. They compose related sentences that narrate, describe, compare, and summarize familiar topics from the target culture. Focus is placed on understanding main ideas. They develop a better understanding of the similarities and differences between cultures and languages and they examine the influence of the beliefs and values on the target culture(s). Integration of other disciplines is ongoing throughout the course.


French III Honors

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: French II

Course Description: This course provides students with additional opportunities to expand their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as they create with the language and as they access short literary texts, authentic materials, and media on generally familiar topics. Students satisfy limited communication and social interaction demands, they initiate and maintain face-to-face communication. They identify main idea(s) and significant details in discussions, presentations, and written texts within a cultural context, read and interpret authentic materials, narrate and describe in sentences, groups of related sentences, and short cohesive passages in present, past, future, and other complex tenses and compose messages, announcements, personal notes, and advertisements. They refine their knowledge and understanding of the target language and culture(s) and their own by examining the interrelationship of other cultures to their own, by demonstrating behaviors appropriate in target cultures, and by applying their knowledge and skills inside and outside of the classroom setting. Integration of other disciplines is ongoing throughout the course.


French IV Honors

Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: French III

Course Description: A major focus of this course is to enable students to communicate in writing and in extended conversations on a variety of topics. Students begin to narrate, discuss, and support fairly complex ideas and concepts using concrete facts and topics in past, present and future time. They satisfy routine social demands and meet most social requirements. Culture, history, and literature are also emphasized. Short stories, poetry, excerpts from various periods of literature, current events, and authentic materials are included. Emphasis is placed on independent reading. Finer points of grammar are studied to aid oral and written communication. There is more in depth study of the target culture(s) and their influence throughout the world. Students are able to connect the target language to other disciplines and compare it to their own. Finally, they are able to use the language inside and outside the classroom setting.


French V Honors

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: French IV

Course Description: This course is designed for those students who want a course of study which concentrates on major literary works, including explanation of texts along with a detailed study of history and culture as they relate to the author’s studies. Students are encouraged to work independently and to become well acquainted with the technology presently available for language study.


Spanish I  

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the study of the Spanish language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language needs (functions). A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games) perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, and beliefs) and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the target language and culture(s) to their own. Integration of other disciplines is ongoing throughout the course.


Spanish II

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to continue the development of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students participate in simple conversational situations by combining and recombining learned elements of the language orally and in writing. They are able to satisfy basic survival needs and interact on issues of everyday life in the present time and past time inside and outside the classroom sitting. They compose related sentences which narrate, describe, compare, and summarize familiar topics from the target culture. Focus in placed on understanding main ideas. They develop a better understanding of the similarities and differences between cultures and languages and they examine the influence of the beliefs and values on the target culture(s). Integration of other disciplines in ongoing throughout the course.
 


Spanish III Honors

Credit: 1(.5 quality points)

Prerequisite: Spanish II

Course Description: This course provides students additional opportunities to expand their listening, speaking, reading, & writing skills as they create with the language and as they access short literary texts, authentic materials, & media on generally familiar topics. Students satisfy limited communication & social interaction demands, they initiate & maintain face-to-face communication. They identify main idea(s) & significant details in discussions, presentations, & written texts within a cultural context, read & interpret authentic materials, narrate and describe in sentences, groups of related sentences, and short cohesive passages in present, past, and future time and compose messages, announcements, personal notes, & advertisements. They continue to refine their knowledge & understanding of the target language & culture(s) & their own by examining the interrelationship of other cultures to their own, by demonstrating behaviors appropriate in target cultures, & applying their knowledge & skills inside & outside the classroom setting. Integration of other disciplines is ongoing throughout the course.


Spanish IV Honors

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: Spanish III

Course Description: A major focus of this course is to enable students to communicate in writing and in extended conversations on a variety of topics. Students begin to narrate, discuss, and support fairly complex ideas and concepts using concrete facts and topics in past, present and future time. They satisfy routine social demands and meet most social requirements. Another emphasis of this course is on culture and literature. Short stories, poetry, excerpts from various periods of literature, current events, and authentic materials are included. Emphasis is placed on independent reading. Finer points of grammar are studied to aid oral and written communication. There is more in depth study of the target culture(s) and their influence throughout the world. Students are able to connect the target language to other disciplines and compare it to their own. Finally, they are able to use the language inside and outside of the classroom setting. This course may be taught as a pre-AP class.
 


Latin I

Credit: 1

Course Description: The Cambridge Latin Course is designed to introduce students to the language, culture, and history of the Roman Empire during the first century AD (especially that of Pompeii, Roman Britain, and Alexandria). Emphasis is placed on reading and comprehension of the written word. Through the study of Latin, students begin to master a wealth of root words, prefixes, and suffixes essential to build English vocabulary useful in preparing for the SAT.


Latin II

Credit:1

Prerequisite: Latin I

Course Description: Latin II reviews the skills mastered in Latin I and uses them as a building block for further grammatical concepts. The course continues to introduce new aspects of culture and history, focusing on Roman Britain and the city of Rome. Emphasis is still placed on learning new vocabulary and increasing English vocabulary via derivatives.


Latin III Honors

Credit:1 (.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: Latin II

Course Description: Latin III includes a review of introductory and intermediate Latin vocabulary and grammar while students continue to work toward a mastery of reading and interpreting original works of Latin authors of the first century AD. Original passages from Ovid and Vergil (mythology), Catullus (poetry), and Pliny (prose) are first introduced.



 

 

Physical Science

Grade:9-12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: NC Math I Suggested

Course Description:  This course introduces the basic principles of physical science with an emphasis on chemistry and physics. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.

 *Chemistry and Physics also satisfy the requirement of the “physical science” credit.


Biology 

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare the student to live in our world of technology with an in-depth understanding of science concepts and specialized instruction. Special emphasis is given to lab work and projects, which promote creativity and the use of the scientific method. Topics include: life functions, classification, cell biology, plant and animal structure, reproduction and ecology. The state EOC test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.
 


Biology Honors

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: Honors Earth/Environmental Science Suggested

Course Description: This course is designed to give the student a more challenging and in-depth experience of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in Biology. Students are expected to work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for their earning. In addition to the NCSCS goals and objectives, students are expected to: design and carry out several independent investigations of biological questions, read and report on recent research in biology, and demonstrate a more in-depth conceptual understanding of all biology objectives. The state EOC test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


Earth and Environmental Science

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed for students interested in studying basic principles of Earth Science. Special areas of study include: meteorology, historical geology, plate tectonics, mineralogy, astronomy, oceanography, geology, and environmental issues. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


Earth and Environmental Science Honors

Grade:9-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Course Description: Honors Earth/Environmental Science is a rigorous curriculum designed to allow highly motivated students to conduct an in-depth study of the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students are expected to work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for their learning. In order to develop a greater understanding of the processes that shape our everyday lives, the curriculum will integrate inquiry investigations and a variety of technologies with the study of earth as a system. The impacts of human activities on earth systems will also be a focus. The results of student investigations will be communicated through presentations and formal laboratory reports. Enrichment and integration with other disciplines is encouraged. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final grade.


Chemistry Honors

Grade: 10-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: NC Math III Suggested

Course Description: Chemistry is an accelerated comprehensive laboratory course designed to give students a conceptual and in-depth understanding of the concepts in the NC Standard Course of Study in Chemistry. Students are expected to work independently on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for their learning. The course will include honors objectives and an in-depth study of at least two enrichment topics. Students will design and complete at least one in-depth independent study of chemistry directed questions. The curriculum will integrate inquiry and technology to explore the world of chemistry. The state NCFE test is required and will count as 20% of the final 


Forensics or Forensics Honors

Grade: 11-12

Forensics Credit: 1

Forensics Honors Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisites: Physics or Chemistry and Biology

Course Description: Forensic Science is designed to sharpen the student’s problem solving skills, with an emphasis on writing, direct experimentation, and the formation of evidence based conclusions to a variety of criminal proceedings. Students will write reports that record their findings on evidence presented from case studies and actual investigations. Emphasis will be on all scientific connections of forensics using concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will conduct their own experiments and research current issues.


Anatomy or Anatomy Honors

Grade: 11-12

Anatomy Credit: 1

Anatomy Honors Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: Biology and/or Chemistry Suggested

Course Description: Anatomy is a course that allows students to develop and build a better understanding of the structures and functions of the human body.  Students will see the connections between how the systems of the body interact and work together. 


 

Health and PE

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is required for all students. Physical, mental, social, and emotional health is explored. The physical education component consists of physical fitness testing, individual and team sports, and a variety of other activities. Students will complete district required Fitnessgram as a part of this course.



 

Civics and Economics

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: In this course, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. Students will need a practical understanding of these systems of civics and economics that affect their lives as consumers and citizens. Furthermore, this course serves as a foundation for United States History.
 


Civics and Economics Honors

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Suggested

Course Description: This course covers material in greater complexity, novelty, acceleration and/or pacing. Honors students will learn to express and defend their ideas while attaining the distance necessary to accept constructive criticism. Teachers should incorporate opportunities for each student to become a reflective thinker who possesses the potential to become an initiator of learning and accomplishments exploring areas of his/her interests within the designated course of study.
 


American History I or American History I Honors

Grade: 11-12

American History I Credit: 1

American History I Honors Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Course Description: American History 1 is designed to give students the opportunity to examine the historical origins of the U.S. from European exploration through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of America, the establishment of political parties, America's westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, conflict and consequences of war, including the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this course you will acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic information about the historical forces that affect our lives today. You will emerge with skills that enhance your capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness. 


American History II or American History II Honors

Grade:  11-12

American History II Credit: 1

American History II Honors Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

Prerequisite: American History I

Course Description:  American History II will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction era to present times. The essential standards of American History Course II will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on in the United States in an interconnected world.


Psychology or Psychology Honors

Grade: 11-12

Psychology Credit: 1

Psychology Honors Credit: 1(.5 honors credit)

Course Description: This course focuses on the study of leading psychologists and their theories and on how psychological theories relate to contemporary life. It includes a basic survey of social and human relations. The formation of human personality is analyzed and examined with regard to the role of the individual in human society.


Advanced Psychology and AP Psychology

Grade: 11-12

Advanced Psychology Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

AP Psychology Credit : 1 (1 quality point)

Course Description: Advanced Psychology is the fall semester course taken prior to AP Psychology.  This yearlong course  is designed to engage students in the understanding, articulation, and dissemination of psychology as a science. Students are introduced to psychology, with a focus on the scientific study of human development, learning, motivation, and personality. The course emphasizes the empirical examination of behavior and mental processes and offers perspectives that foster students’ growth, development, and understanding of cultural diversity. Students of psychology acquire information from a variety of sources, use information as they make decisions and evaluations, and solve problems. Honors Psychology covers the material in greater complexity, novelty, and pacing. Honors Psychology is distinguished by a difference in the quality of the work expected, not merely an increase in quantity.


Accounting I or Accounting I Honors

Grade: 10-12

Accounting I Credit: 1

Accounting I Honors Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

*Course can count as 1 Full Math Credit

Prerequisite: Personal Finance Suggested

Course Description: This course is designed to help students understand the basic principles of the accounting cycle. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and recording of business transactions, preparation and interpretation of financial statements, accounting systems, banking and payroll activities, basic types of business ownership, and an accounting career orientation. Mathematical skills and critical thinking are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate to this course are school-based enterprises, internships, cooperative education, and apprenticeship. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.


Accounting II Honors

Grade: 10-12

Credit: 1(.5 quality point)

*Course can count as 1 Full Math Credit

Prerequisite: Accounting I

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of accounting procedures and techniques utilized in solving business problems and making financial decisions. Emphasis includes partnership accounting; adjustments and inventory control systems; budgetary control systems; cost accounting; and further enhancement of employment skills. Mathematics skills and critical thinking are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate to this course are school-based enterprises, internships, cooperative education, and apprenticeship. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.


Personal Finance

Grade 11-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course prepares students to understand economic activities and challenges of individuals and families, the role of lifestyle goals in education and career choices, procedures in a successful job search, financial forms used in independent living, and shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs. The course also prepares students to understand consumer rights, responsibilities, and information, protect personal and family resources, and apply procedures for managing personal finances.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing.
 


Business Law or Business Law Honors

Grade: 11-12

Business Law Credit: 1

Business Law Credit: 1 (.5 quality point)

Course Description: This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic legal principles common to business and personal activities. Topics include consumer concepts to assist students when evaluating contracts, purchasing with credit, purchasing appropriate insurance, and renting and owning real estate. Business concepts such as contracting, ethics, starting a business, hiring employees, managing employees, or representing other businesses as employee or contractor are included. Skills in critical thinking are reinforced in this course along with oral and written communication skills. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips and job shadowing. Simulations, projects, teamwork, and FBLA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.
 


Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Grade: 10-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed for students interested in sports, entertainment, and event marketing. Emphasis is placed on the following principles as they apply to the industry: branding, licensing, and naming rights; business foundation; concessions and on-site merchandising; economic foundation; promotion; safety and security; and human relations. Skills in communications, human relations, psychology, and mathematics are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education paid/unpaid internships, and school-based enterprises. Marketing simulations, projects, teamwork, and DECA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.