Course Descriptions

Social Studies

Government and Citizenship
Government is the study of how we organize ourselves; the social contract by which we live. In this class we will learn about how our country came about, how the system works, how laws are made, and most importantly how to change it.

World Geography
Geography is how the land is structured around us; it makes us who we are. If we live in the mountains our lives are much more different than if we live on the shores of a lake, or on an island in the ocean. Humanity is shaped by its geography. This class is the study of how geography shapes us, our beliefs and our culture.

Sociology
Sociology is the study of social relations, institutions and society. In this class we will be talking about government, minorities, deviance, poverty, religion and all the other things that make people talk and argue and fight with each other.

Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. Your mind is the most complex thing in the universe. Why people behave in the way they do is one of the oldest and hardest questions that can be asked. This class tries to answer the question of what is your mind, how does it work, and why do humans act in the ways that they do.

US History
This class will cover the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. It looks at several key points and factors that shaped the U.S. Aside from discussing people and events, it will go over technology, laws and ideas that contributed to our nation.

World Civilizations
Ancient World Civilizations is the study of humanity, where we came from, how we created our societies and how we came to be how we are today. It is the study of culture, religion, art and geography.

Mathematics

Secondary 1
The goal of Secondary 1 is to develop a fluency and understanding of linear and exponential equations as well as develop a basic and working foundation of geometry, including reasoning and measuring. This course compiles as well as builds upon students ability to work with tables, graphs, system of equations and inequalities as they relate to both linear and exponential equations. In order to do so, students will be expected to understanding number systems, formulas, polynomials and basic forms of geometry.

Secondary 2
Students in Secondary Mathematics II will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.

Secondary 3
It is in Mathematics III that students pull together and apply the accumulation of learning that they have from their previous courses, with content grouped into four critical areas, organized into units. They apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. Students expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. They expand their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles. And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Personal Finance
Personal Finance is a very applicable math class. The main goal of this class is to help students implement mathematical and decision-making skills to become wise and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, citizens, and members of a global workforce and society.

Sciences

Human Biology
Human Biology is a class where students study the human body at an in depth level. This course includes anatomy and physiology, genetics, disease, human evolution and include an in depth study of all of the body systems.

Environmental Science
Environmental Science teaches about how as humans we interact with our environment. Topics include species, populations and communities, land biomes, aquatic ecology, waste management, watershed, water and air pollution, environmental toxins, overfishing, The Great Salt Lake, plant agriculture, human population, and renewable energy.

Biology
This class deals with biological principles and the ways and means of living things. Topics include organization of living matter, metabolism, reproduction, genetics, evolution and ecology. Hands on learning and the use of the scientific method are emphasized.

Earth Systems
This class explores the foundations of Earth Science by studying these topics: Earth’s place in the universe, dynamic Earth processes, energy in the Earth system, biogeochemical cycles, structure and composition of the atmosphere, and the ways that living things affect the physical environment and vice-versa. Labs and hands on learning are used whenever appropriate.

Career and Technical Education

Computer Technology
Computer Technology is a CTE class that teaches information about Microsoft Office, Computers and Internet Basics. It is geared toward the IC3 Industry Certification.

Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science is a new CTE Course that introduces Basic Coding, programming, problem solving and current technology.

Commercial Photography
Commercial Photography is a CTE course that explores photography as a career. Professional in-class opportunities include graduation and senior photos, child and glamour portraits, and engagement photos,. It can count for either Art or CTE credit.

Financial Literacy
Financial Literacy covers topics like paychecks, careers, paying for college and balancing a budget. It is a required class for graduation.

Food & Nutrition
Instruction in basic nutrition and how it affects the health of individuals and families. Topics covered include basic food preparation, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and protein. Instruction is given in the selection and preparation of food supplying these nutrients. Health and well-being are emphasized from a personal perspective.

Health Science
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides critical learning and hands-on skills to prepare you for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in health care. The following topics are covered in this course: healthcare, health science careers, skeletal system, muscular system, integumentary system, circulatory system, respiratory system, immune system, nervous system, special senses, endocrine system, digestive System, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Health

Health
Health Education gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors to improve their quality of life. This course will cover a wide range of health topics such as nutrition & fitness, disease prevention, first aid, substance abuse prevention, developing a healthy self, and developing healthy relationships.

Physical Education

Girls PE
This course provides students the opportunity to enhance their learning of personal fitness concepts and principles. The focus of this course is the development of fitness knowledge, principles, strategies, and skills. In this course you will learn to properly lift weights, perform cardio exercise and involve yourself in team sports. You will learn skills that will enable you to continue to work out in different settings throughout the rest of your life.

Boys PE
The Physical Education class introduces concepts for personal development in health-related fitness and physical skills; these include cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, strength, and endurance, which will be the basis for this class. Students will develop physical and health-related fitness skills through participation in individual and field activities.

Language Arts

English
Reading, writing, and thinking are not simply topics to study in school; they are foundations of life. Students in English class will improve their ability to read, write, and communicate. This will be accomplished through the study of literature (popular, classic, and historical), writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will gain the following skills: compare and contrast, infer and conclude, formal communication, and identify and summarize.

Honors English
Students in Honors English class will improve their ability to read, write, and communicate. This will be accomplished through the study of literature (popular, classic, and historical), writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will gain the following skills: compare and contrast, infer and conclude, formal communication, and identify and summarize. The honors class will learn at a more rigorous level and read more difficult books than the regular English class.

Music

Guitar
This class will teach students fundamentals of playing the guitar. It covers need-to-know chords, basic exercises and scales to increase speed, accuracy, and finger strength.

Invictus Band
Invictus is the school’s own rock band. Students learn to play with one another and perform often throughout the school year.

Percussion
This class will teach students fundamentals of playing the percussion. It covers need-to-know rudiments and basic exercises to increase speed and accuracy. The percussion class also makes up the school drumline.

1581 W 1000 S, Orem, UT 84058 - Phone: (801) 610-8183 - Fax: (801) 227-7831