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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This is a basic course in developing English skills for English language learners (ELL’s).  The emphasis is on securing a working knowledge of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and American culture. THIS IS A DOUBLE PERIOD CLASS.



ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12
                                                                                               
English language learners (ELL’s) who have developed some facility in English will enroll in this advanced beginner/intermediate course.  ESL II concentrates on an intensive study of the structure of the English language and on composition.  Students in this course will receive intensive instruction in beginning reading and basic writing in English. THIS IS A DOUBLE PERIOD CLASS.



ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE III (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Through the ESL continuum, students who have developed considerable ability in the use of spoken and written English, but who are not yet ready to function in a conventional English class at an appropriate grade level, will enroll in this course. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH COURSES AND CONCURRENTLY ENROLL IN ENGLISH I ON A PASS/FAIL BASIS.

After students successfully complete ESL III (EN253C and ES261C), they move into the English department and will be placed in either Transitional English (EN213) or English II, depending on proficiency levels.



TRANSITIONAL ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This double-period English course incorporates the skills included in the English II curriculum with those reading skills necessary for comprehension and interpretation of the required course material and subject matter. This double-period class is open to students who have successfully completed the ESL program to assure a smooth transition in their second-language acquisition progression. Students who successfully complete Transitional English earlier than Grade 12, will take subsequent English courses.
In order to be placed into Transitional English class, the student must have:
1. Passed ESL 3
2. Earned a 4 or 5 overall on the LAS Test
3. Earned a 3 or lower on either the reading or writing sections of the LAS Test

 

ENGLISH I (COLLEGE PREP) 9

The freshman English class is a preliminary survey of general English terms and skills. Students in this course will further develop the foundational skills in reading and writing as a continuation of those introduced in the previous grade. Writing opportunities will address the constructs of process writing, and students will be guided through peer-conferencing and peer-editing on a regular basis to enhance their writing and foster the necessary relationships found in a writing community. Throughout the year, thematic units ask students to look at literature and how it relates to them and the world around them. Academic growth within these units will be measured through various performance-based and writing assessments. Students will also have a guaranteed portfolio experience, providing them the opportunity to look back at these assessments and reflect on how their writing has improved throughout the year. This course must be taken concurrently with English as a Second Language III. Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

ENGLISH I (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This class is centered on instruction in the basic skills of English Language Arts. The variety of activities in this class will cover the scope of the English I curriculum, while moving at a pace which will encourage growth for the students. As the content will change from semester to semester, it need not be parallel to the English I semester for which the student needs credit. Students needing two semesters of English I may enroll for two semesters of this class. This course must be taken concurrently with English as a Second Language III. Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

LANGUAGE, CULTURE & CIVICS (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is required for students registering at DHS without foundational academic skills in their native language and/or a discontinuous educational background. Students in this class will receive support in literacy development that ranges from phoneme awareness and the formation of letters, to the task of writing and reading words from a high-frequency word list. In addition, students will receive instruction in civics and acculturation from school counselors and guest speakers.STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH COURSES. STUDENTS MUST ALSO CONCURRENTLY REGISTER FOR ESL I.



ALGEBRA I BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is designed for Spanish-speaking students. This Algebra I course emphasizes the study of functions with tables, graphs, verbal rules and symbolic rules. Students will explore topics in systems of linear functions and inequalities, exponential functions, quadratic functions, and piece-wise functions. Practical application through the incorporation of word problems is required in this course.



ALGEBRA I BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is designed for Portuguese-speaking students. This Algebra I course emphasizes the study of functions with tables, graphs, verbal rules and symbolic rules. Students will explore topics in systems of linear functions and inequalities, exponential functions, quadratic functions, and piece-wise functions. Practical application through the incorporation of word problems is required in this course.



ALGEBRA II BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. This Algebra II course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts and provides further development of the concept of a function. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, imaginary and complex numbers, and a variety of functions including inverse, quadratic, polynomials, rational and power, exponential and logarithmic. The content of this course is important for students’ success on the ACT, the SAT and college mathematics entrance exams. A graphing calculator is recommended.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I OR concurrent enrollment in Geometry



ALGEBRA II BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. This Algebra II course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts and provides further development of the concept of a function. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, imaginary and complex numbers, and a variety of functions including inverse, quadratic, polynomials, rational and power, exponential and logarithmic. The content of this course is important for students’ success on the ACT, the SAT and college mathematics entrance exams. A graphing calculator is recommended.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I OR concurrent enrollment in Geometry



GEOMETRY I BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. This Geometry course emphasizes the study of congruence and similarity among classes of two and three dimensional geometric objects. Through the introduction of the point, line, plane, and space the students develop an understanding of theorems and postulates which form the foundation of geometry. Students will explore topics in quadrilaterals, triangles, surface area and volume, circles, trigonometry, and topics on probability. Practical application through the incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I



GEOMETRY I BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. This Geometry course emphasizes the study of congruence and similarity among classes of two and three dimensional geometric objects. Through the introduction of the point, line, plane, and space the students develop an understanding of theorems and postulates which form the foundation of geometry. Students will explore topics in quadrilaterals, triangles, surface area and volume, circles, trigonometry, and topics on probability. Practical application through the incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I




BIOLOGY BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. In this course, students will learn broad biological concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data and making inferences. Students will study topics on cell chemistry, and biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the students’ course work. This class has a lab that meets once per week.




BIOLOGY BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. In this course, students will learn broad biological concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data and making inferences. Students will study topics on cell chemistry, and biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the students’ course work. This class has a lab that meets once per week.




CHEMISTRY BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. This course provides an overview of chemical concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment




CHEMISTRY BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. This course provides an overview of chemical concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment




CHEMISTRY BILINGUAL HONORS (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. This course provides an in-depth study of the principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis on the application of mathematics and is recommended for students who have strong ability and/or interest in the sciences. Emphasis is placed on the scientific literacy which includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This course is appropriate for students interested in science or engineering-related college majors. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment




CHEMISTRY BILINGUAL HONORS (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. This course provides an in-depth study of the principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis on the application of mathematics and is recommended for students who have strong ability and/or interest in the sciences. Emphasis is placed on the scientific literacy which includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This course is appropriate for students interested in science or engineering-related college majors. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment



MODERN WORLD STUDIES BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 10

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. In this year-long survey course, students will study significant events of global 20th and 21st-century history. A regional evaluation of events of the past will help students to understand the conflicts and crises of today’s global civilization. Themes of power, nationalism, war, peace and global interdependence provide a powerful lens to view the world we live in. During the course of the year, students will improve analytical and research skills, reading comprehension, note taking and writing proficiency. Current events will be reviewed weekly and students will complete a significant research project.



MODERN WORLD STUDIES BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 10

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. In this year-long survey course, students will study significant events of global 20th and 21st-century history. A regional evaluation of events of the past will help students to understand the conflicts and crises of today’s global civilization. Themes of power, nationalism, war, peace and global interdependence provide a powerful lens to view the world we live in. During the course of the year, students will improve analytical and research skills, reading comprehension, note taking and writing proficiency. Current events will be reviewed weekly and students will complete a significant research project.



WORLD STUDIES BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. World Studies is designed to introduce students to major belief systems, the eras of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation and the Enlightenment. Organized in a chronological fashion, the course of study enables students to understand world, political, economic, religious, and social ideas, as well as values and attitudes to provide a full appreciation of their cultural heritage and diversity. Academic skills such as critical thinking, writing, primary and secondary source analysis are developed.



WORLD STUDIES BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course is designed for Portuguese-speaking students. World Studies is designed to introduce students to major belief systems, the eras of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation and the Enlightenment. Organized in a chronological fashion, the course of study enables students to understand world, political, economic, religious, and social ideas, as well as values and attitudes to provide a full appreciation of their cultural heritage and diversity. Academic skills such as critical thinking, writing, primary and secondary source analysis are developed.


U.S. HISTORY BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 11

This course is designed for Spanish-speaking students. This U.S. History course covers major events and turning points starting with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and The Great Depression. The curriculum spirals up to and including present day issues and challenges facing America today. Students will to work with complex research and historical writing skills through a variety of critical thinking activities and projects. Student will investigate historical events through a unique lens, which focuses on civil rights issues over time. Additionally, a year-long portfolio project will allow students to demonstrate and reflect on a variety of historical thinking skills mastered through each semester. The portfolios will serves to prepare students for a required major research paper due towards the conclusion of the course.


U.S. HISTORY BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 11

This course is designed for Portuguese-speaking students. This U.S. History course covers major events and turning points starting with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and The Great Depression. The curriculum spirals up to and including present day issues and challenges facing America today. Students will to work with complex research and historical writing skills through a variety of critical thinking activities and projects. Student will investigate historical events through a unique lens, which focuses on civil rights issues over time. Additionally, a year-long portfolio project will allow students to demonstrate and reflect on a variety of historical thinking skills mastered through each semester. The portfolios will serves to prepare students for a required major research paper due towards the conclusion of the course.


CIVICS BILINGUAL (SPANISH) (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

This course is only for Spanish-speaking students. This course deals with the concept of government, the basic elements of the U.S. Constitution, the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited government, and the evolution and many roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students will examine the civic responsibilities that are important to preserving and improving our American constitutional democracy.


CIVICS BILINGUAL (PORTUGUESE) (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

This course is only for Portuguese-speaking students. This course deals with the concept of government, the basic elements of the U.S. Constitution, the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited government, and the evolution and many roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students will examine the civic responsibilities that are important to preserving and improving our American constitutional democracy.