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FACING HISTORY: This course incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to promote the knowledge, values, and skills needed to preserve and protect democracy. The course begins with the issues of identity, moves to a consideration of history and judgment using the Holocaust as a case study, and ends with examples of positive participation.

PRACTICAL LAW: Practical Law is taught using citizenship and the role of citizenship as a framework. There is an emphasis on the principle of equality under law to help students understand the responsibilities that accompany the rights granted to citizens in the United States. The working relationship between the courts and court procedures, the functions of attorneys, and the legislative right to make laws are examined.

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION: This course will include basic health care information on services/products related to the health of people or animals.  Subject matter will include career choices, skill development, and application of health concepts relative to becoming a health care professional.

LIFETIME WELLNESS: This course incorporates standards in the study of disease prevention control, mental health, nutrition, personal fitness and related skills, safety and first aid, and human sexuality and family life.  This course is required for all students earning a Tennessee Diploma. 

ART HISTORY: This course is a study of the visual arts within cultural contexts. Emphasis is placed upon the language of the visual arts and an understanding of artists, their works, and their impact on society, leading to an appreciation of their unique place throughout history.

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: AP Human Geography to introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students will take the national Advanced Placement examination in the spring; those scoring high enough may receive college credit, advanced placement, or the right to waive a required history course in college.

AUDIO PRODUCTION I: Audio Production I is designed to give students the basic knowledge and technical skills needed to prepare them for postsecondary study or entry level employment in the audio industry. The students will develop the technical skills necessary to operate the equipment to produce a finished audio product in both studio situations and live performance. Students will develop knowledge of the business of music which will include publishing and promotional issues. They will also study the language of music.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS: Information Technology Foundations is designed to prepare students with work-related skills for advancement in the telecommunication and information technology career paths

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: This course provides an overview of the involvement of public safety professionals and healthcare professionals in the response to various natural and unnatural emergencies. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to identify the magnitude of a natural or unnatural disaster and its effects on the many facets of communities.

AJROTC I: This course includes Introduction to AJROTC, Leadership Theory and Application, Foundations of Success, Lifetime Wellness, Fitness, First Aid, Geography and Earth Science, Citizenship and American History, Personal Finance, Service Learning, U.S. Government, and Physical Conditioning.

VISUAL ART I: Art I is a basic art/studio orientation course that utilizes the elements and principles of design and artistic awareness. Students become acquainted with a number of different media and are encouraged to experience, invent, and transfer learning from one medium to another. The specific program content includes drawing, extensive color study, perspective, structure and composition, art vocabulary, art history, painting, design and three dimensional experiences. Course expectations include in-class projects, quizzes, tests, a final exam, and regular class attendance. Supplies and a fee are required.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: African-American History is designed to provide a historical perspective of African-Americans. Course content includes the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., a study of Africans and African slavery, the Middle Passage and the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean for Africans, and various modes of slavery in the colonial Americas under the Spanish, the French, the Dutch, and the English. Students investigate the uniquely American side of slavery from 1776 through the American Civil War in 1861, as well as the experience of the Freedman, life as an African-American in the Jim Crow South, and the Harlem Renaissance.

LIFETIME WELLNESS: Lifetime Wellness is designed to instill a lifelong process of positive lifestyle management that seeks to integrate the emotional, social, intellectual and physical dimensions of self for a longer, more productive, and higher quality of life. The course objective is that students completing this study are better prepared to assume responsibilities for personal lifetime wellness. Lifetime Wellness is a graduation requirement and may be substituted by two years of AJROTC.

HERITAGE SPANISH: The Spanish Heritage Language (SHL) Program offers courses for individuals who grew up in Spanish-speaking environments and are able to communicate, to some extent, in more than one language. Some students are immigrants who have recently arrived in the US and have had extensive schooling in their native countries. Others are first, second, or third generation bilinguals whose abilities in the heritage language vary widely.

What is an Elective Focus? An Elective Focus is a focused program of study. Three (3) credits must be earned in one of the programs of study listed below. These 3 credits are in addition to the required credits for graduation.

Humanities: This includes any Social Studies, English, or Foreign Language class above and beyond the ten (10) required courses for graduation. A student must earn a minimum of twelve (12) credits in Humanities to have a Humanities Elective Focus.

 Fine Arts: This includes any music, band, chorus, theatre, art, dance class above and beyond the one (1) credit required for graduation. A student must earn a minimum of four (4) credits in Fine Arts to have a Fine Arts Elective Focus.

JROTC: Successful completion of 4 years of JROC will fulfill the Lifetime Wellness, Physical Education, Personal Finance, and U.S. Government requirements along with the elective focus requirement.

Brief Synopsis of Courses

Students explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional service technician. Content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills. Students study safety, tools, equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: Computer Applications is a foundational course intended to teach students the computing fundamentals and concepts involved in the proficient use of common application software. Upon completion of this course, students will gain basic proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.

CONSTRUCTION CORE: Construction Core is a course that will introduce students to basic skills and knowledge applicable to all construction trades. Topics covered include safety, construction drawings, site layout, hand and power tools, linear and angular measurements, and application of algebraic and geometric principles to construction problems.

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN STUDIES: Introduction to Human Studies is a foundational for students interested in becoming a public advocate, social worker, dietician, nutritionist, counselor, stay-at-home parent or community volunteer. This course covers the history of counseling, career investigation, stress management, mental illness, communication, and the counseling process.

BROADCASTING I: Broadcasting I is offered for students interested in either the Audio and Video Technologies sub-cluster or the Journalism and Broadcasting sub-cluster of the arts and communication cluster. The overlap in these industries is extensive as can be witnessed in television, film, music, radio, newspaper, Web-cast, and entertainment just to name a few. This course is the entry-level course to prepare students for the media industry.

GENERAL MUSIC: General Music focuses on discovering music as a means of communication in and between cultures, and how we use music to tell the story of our lives. The course provides experiences for all students in the area of creating understanding of and listening to music. Areas of focus are producing and experiencing music, musical styles, and music in contemporary life. Students will develop skills in performing, organizing, and describing music.

ADVANCED FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION I: This course examines the areas of film and TV production from historical, theoretical, and practical applications. The study of film as literature and film evaluations are emphasized. Students receive hands on instruction with film and video equipment.

Introduction to Performing Arts introduces the student to other theater courses. This course acquaints the student with all aspects of the theatre: imagination, acting, interpretation, competition, use of the voice, and career orientation.

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE: In this course, students are actively involved in acting techniques, playwriting, directing and technology associated with theatre production. Students are responsible for writing and performing original scripts.

THEATER ARTS II (ACTING & TECHNOLOGY FOR TV/FILM/VIDEO): This course involves the student in a study of the various roles, concepts, and skills associated with creating television, radio, and film multi-media productions. Students are involved in all aspects of production including acting, scriptwriting, filing techniques, editing, digital technology, sound, lighting, and marketing.