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Fall and Spring Block Courses

Block courses last one semester and are worth 1 Carnegie credit. Block courses move at a faster pace, completing the same amount of content as a full year course within half the time. The courses listed below are offered as either a fall or spring block course.

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Algebra II (1 Carnegie Credit)

Algebra II continues the study of linear, quadratic, and exponential functions from previous courses as well as limited study of rational and radical functions. Students will model situations and solve equations, involving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solve exponential equations using the properties of logarithms.

MathXL for School, an internet based program, will be used to complete assigned problems from each lesson as well as take quizzes and tests. This program provides immediate feedback; learning aids such as associated videos and “Help Me Solve This;” and extended opportunities to practice math skills. Mastery of each set of assignments is required to ensure comprehension of the material.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

Fine Arts Survey (1 Carnegie Credit)

The Fine Arts Survey course is a journey through the development of Western Art from prehistory to the 20th century. Students will apply critical, reasoning, and creativity while learning about the social, cultural, and historical influences within visual art, music, and theater. Students will learn about each of these art forms through specific works of art, artists, composers, and playwrights of the various time periods. Their individual creativity will be expressed through several interpretive assignments.

Prerequisites: None

French I (1 Carnegie Credit)

Bienvenue mes amis in Cajun French, Parisian French and Canadian French… it all ties into the culture of Louisiane!

French I is a beginning level course for students in grades 8-12. No prior experience in French is required. The course is centered on topics linked to content standards and tied to real-life situations. The students will learn the basics of the French language by using a variety of multimedia materials such as video clips, audio conversations, vocabulary presentations, pronunciation, and written conversation.

Prerequisites: None

French II (1 Carnegie Credit)

Do you have French-speaking family members or have you ever wondered how the French history of Louisiana fits in with the rest of the French-speaking world?

This online French II course is intended to provide an alternative way for you as a Louisiana high school student to continue your education in French for a second year. It provides not only the means to enhance your speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities, but also a look at francophone (French-speaking) culture in places you might not expect to find it — Africa, for example. Students, you will visit places via the Internet that you've only heard of…and, as a matter of fact, some that you haven't heard of. And you’ll see where French here in Louisiana fits into the big picture of French around the world!

Prerequisites: French I at the high school level or equivalent.

Geometry (1 Carnegie Credit)

Geometry is the study of visual patterns and the use of these patterns to describe the physical universe. Course topics include methods of reasoning, construction, the coordinate plane, transformations, and types of measurement. Properties and applications of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and similarity will be studied.

MathXL for School, an internet based program, will be used to complete assigned problems from each lesson as well as take quizzes and tests. This program provides immediate feedback; learning aids such as associated videos and “Help Me Solve This;” and extended opportunities to practice math skills. Mastery of each set of assignments is required to ensure comprehension of the material. Individual instructor-student feedback will be provided as the student achieves mastery of the lesson objectives. Discussion boards will be used to provide a forum for students to ask for help from the online instructor and by his/her peers.

Prerequisites: Algebra

Spanish I (1 Carnegie Credit)

Spanish I is a beginning-level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of language learning. In this course, the student will gain listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through interactive and entertaining multimedia activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students will learn about topics familiar to them, including family, academic, and social life, in an intercultural context.

Prerequisites: None

Spanish II (1 Carnegie Credit)

Spanish II is a continuation of a beginning-level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of language learning. In this course, the student will hone their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout the ten units of material, students will learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind.

Prerequisites: Spanish I

Spanish III (1 Carnegie Credit)

In this globalized society, learning Spanish at an advance level is a invaluable tool that will equip students with one of the most important skills necessary to be prepared to face now-a-days social and professional demands.

Spanish III is a continuation of the first two years and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn advance Spanish conversational and writing skills. The student will continue to sharpen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through individual and group activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction.

Prerequisites: Spanish II