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## Courses

##### Algebra II

##### AP Biology

This is a college level course in Biology. The course is designed to prepare students to take an advanced placement test and earn up to eight college credits in Biology. Students are requried to perform all of the twelve laboratory exercises (3 hours each) some of which may extend beyond the school day.

This course may include the dissection of preserved animal specimens. Alternative activities are provided should the student or parent request non-participation. The parent should request non-participation. The parent should submit a written request for the alternative activities to the course instructor. This course satisfies the Maryland Environmental Literacy graduation requirement.

##### College Writing

**Prerequisite:**Satisfactory completion of three level 3 English courses

##### AP Environmental Science

##### British Literature

##### College Algebra and Trigonometry

**Prerequisite: **Satisfactory Completion of Geometry and HSA-related Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2, or Maryland College and Career Ready Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2

This duel enrolled course covers the advanced algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry necessary to prepare a student for the study of calculus. Topics include linear and quadratic functions, right-triangle and unit-circle trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and graphing of polynomial functions. This course may not be offered at all schools.

##### Elementary Statistics

**Prerequisite: **Satisfactory completion of Geometry and HSA-related Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2, or Maryland College and Career Ready Algebra II or Algebra II, Part 2

This college level duel enrolled course provides an opportunity for students to investigate elementary statistics through a critical examination of its subjects and applications. Topics from descriptive statistics include data organization, expectation and measures of variation. Also covered are random variables, probability laws, counting techniques, binomial and normal distributions, applications of the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals and tests of statistical hypotheses involving the mean, median and proportions. Topics from parametric and non-parametric statistics are introduced. This course may not be offered at all schools.

##### Fundamentals of English

**Prerequisite: **Satisfactory completion of three Level 3 English courses

This dual enrolled course is designed to help students develop their college-level writing skills with an emphasis on the writing process. This course includes an introduction to research skills. Students write summary assignments and a series of essays in various modes, culminating in argumentative research paper. Students must earn a “C” or better in this course in order to enroll in fundamentals of English II (DE). This course may not be offered at all schools.

##### Geometry

##### Pre-Calculus

**Prerequisite:** Completion of Geometry and Algebra II

This single semester course bridges mathematics skills beyond those studied in the (3) Maryland College and Career Ready courses of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II and continues a students’ mathematical progression towards the study of calculus. The Common Core State Standards-Mathematics document refers to Precalculus as the “4th course” in a high school program. Emphasis in this course is placed on a multi-representational approach to solving problems which are graphical, numerical, analytical, verbal and technological in nature. Topics in this course include analysis of families of functions, exponential, logarithmic, polar and transcendental functions; real and complex numbers, polynomial and rational functions; trigonometric functions and analytical and parametric equations, and concepts associated with the derivative and integral in calculus. Students will be required to use a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.

##### Trigonometry

Trigonometry provides an in-depth study into the relationships of sides and angles of triangles. Trigonometric functions, circular functions, trigonometric identities, vectors, matrix representations of rotations, polar coordinates and trigonometric representations of complex numbers are among the topics of study. Emphasis is placed on applications of trigonometric functions and related mathematical topics. College Algebra and Trigonometry may not be substituted.

##### United States History

This course is a chronological survey of United States History from 1877 to the present. Emphasis is given to the acquisition of skills so that students can evaluate social, economic, political, and diplomatic developments in the United States. Students are expected to complete extended reading and writing assignments. The ultimate goal of the course is to have students gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of the past so they will be better prepared as responsible adult citizens. This course satisfies the United States History course requirements for graduation.

##### World History

This course is designed to help students become familiar with diverse civilizations and develop an understanding of the history which has culminated in current world situations. Students study at least one new European civilization in depth while surveying the history of humankind from the Renaissance to the present. Students examine the geographic, economic, and social conditions and their influence on the modern world. Students also study the concepts of industrialization, nationalism, revolution, and imperialism. In the final units, students focus on the modern world with an extensive review of (1) World War II and (2) the Soviet economy, government and history followed by (3) an examination of present day world problems (the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe). Students are expected to complete extended reading and writing assignments.