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Alma d’arte Course Description Catalogue

Important Information for the Students and Parents of Alma d’arte

The purpose of this catalogue/registration guide is to help you register for classes so the Alma

staff can create the best possible instruction in and through the arts and to achieve academic

excellence. Your years at Alma are both an end in and of themselves, and a means to prepare for

your future. Please consider the arts areas you wish to explore and also your educational

destination beyond the Alma experience. As you select courses to take each year, keep in mind the graduation requirements specific to Alma D’Arte Charter High School and from the State of New Mexico Public Education Department. As early as your sophomore year, plan your courses in keeping with admission requirements of post-secondary institutions that you may choose to attend. Discuss your selections with your parents/guardians and seek advice from Alma staff during Platica/Advisory as you complete this process. These people can provide tremendous insight into your course requests as you design your schedule for next year.

Graduation Requirements Credit Requirements  English – 4 credits  Mathematics – 4 credits (including Algebra II)  Science – 3 credits  Social Studies – 3.5 credits (NM, World, US, Government)  Physical Education – 1 credit  Career/Transitions or Foreign Language – 1 credit  Health --.5 credits, high school or middle school (cohort of 2017 and beyond)  Elective credits – 7.5  One credit, either required or elective, must be honors, Advanced Placement, dual credit, or on line  Total Required – 24.5 The total required credits for graduation from Alma d’arte are determined on an individual basis by the Principal. Factors include where and for what duration the student was enrolled, and the credit plans in force at those schools.

Demonstration of Competency To earn a New Mexico Diploma of Excellence and graduate from Alma d’arte,

students must demonstrate competency in five assessed areas. These are:

 Reading  Writing  Mathematics  Science  Social Studies Various measures of demonstration include the PARCC and SBA test platforms, End of Course examinations in numerous core classes, and alternate means such as ACT, SAT, and COMPASS college admissions examinations. The different means evolves from year to year; current information will be presented to students as such becomes available.

Classes by Area Academic Classes English 9, Honors English 9 English 10, Pre AP English 10 English 11, AP English 11

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Each student's individual situation is taken into account when creating a course schedule.

Special attention must be directed by students and staff to ensuring grade level appropriate courses, prerequisites and sequencing of courses, completion of required NMPED credits, and a meaningful experience in the arts pursuant to accomplishing the Alma mission.

Classification of Students

9th grade – Freshman – student must have been promoted to the 9th grade 10th grade – Sophomore – student must have earned at least six credits 11th grade – Junior – student must have earned 12-14 credits 12th grade – Senior – student must have earned at 18-21 credits On-Line and Distance Learning Courses; Dual Credit Courses On line courses are available through IDEAL New Mexico in a variety of subject areas. In nearly all situations, the student/family bears the expense of an IDEAL or other on line class.

A wide variety of dual credit courses are available at both the main campus of New Mexico State University and the Dona Ana Community College. Graduates in the cohort of 2016 must complete one credit in honors, Advanced Placement, on-line or dual credit options. This credit may be a core or an elective class. See the CAO/Principal for more information.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The Advanced Placement Program is a nationwide program based on the premise that some students can complete college-level courses while still in high school. These classes are the culmination of a sequence of classes that ultimately entail curriculum and assignments on the level of a college freshman class.

Advance Placement courses earn a 0.0344 bonus grade point for each successfully completed credit (.0172 bonus grade point for ½ credit). These bonus points are added directly to the calculated GPA to yield a weighted GPA.

Dropping or Adding Courses After the semester begins, consideration to add or drop a class will be made in the following

circumstances:

Lack of prerequisite Graduation requirement needed Inappropriate placement Result of a parent conference Incomplete student schedule Other circumstances, at the discretion of the Principal/Academic Director ** Withdrawing from a class after the 25th day of the semester may result in the recording of “WF” at the discretion of the Principal/Academic Director.

Grade Transfer Policy When a student transfers from another high school transferred credits and grades shall be transcripted exactly as received. Should the need arise caused by a different state’s or school’s credit granting system, the principal/designee shall convert received grades into appropriate Alma and state graduation requirements. Transcript grades received by Alma are included in the student’s GPA calculation.





The Platica Experience

All students at Alma participate in the Platica Advisory class. This class serves as a time for students, educators, and artists to discuss and review general school and academic information.

The Platica structure provides the opportunity for students to develop their personal, social, and academic skills. Students and educators develop long range educational goals through the Next Step plan from the NM PED, and address and plan for post-secondary options. This is a graded class and students are expected to pass this course annually as part of the Alma experience.

Apprenticeship in the Senior Year

Within the Platica format, Alma students participate in an apprenticeship during their final year.

This class centers on career readiness, professional workplace skills, and college/post-secondary preparation. The course involves both field work and an apprenticeship panel as requirements for completion. The Senior Platica serves as the Career/Transition credit required on the state level.

For students who have met this requirement with other course work, the apprenticeship may be waived by the CAO/Principal, in consideration of individual circumstances and only at his discretion.

Core Classes Alma d’arte Charter High School English Language Arts

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English Language Arts Courses-ELA English 9 Honors 9 English 10 Pre AP 10 English 11 AP English 11 English 12 AP English 12 Course: English 9 Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: None This course uses a thematic curriculum which builds upon the students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and includes the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Various genres of literature and art are introduced and defined, with writing exercises linked to reading and viewing selections. Critical thinking and discussion skills are emphasized. Students will be required to master basic computer skills. Students will study Greek and Latin word roots, stems, and prefixes.

Course: Honors English 9 Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: self selection and placement test Faster-paced, thematic curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, builds upon the students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and includes the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Various genres of literature and art are introduced and defined, with writing exercises linked to reading and viewing selections.

Critical analysis and discussion skills are stressed. Students will be required to master basic computer skills. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in peer tutoring. Students will study Greek and Latin word roots, stems, and prefixes.

Course: English 10 Grade Level: 10 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: Completion of Language Arts I This thematic curriculum offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Students learn about alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical and creative multi-paragraph thematic essays and compositions. The course encompasses various genres as students improve their reading and comprehension and develop skills to interpret texts and identity themes and motifs. Analytical skills are emphasized.

Course: Pre AP English 10 Grade Level: 10 Requirement/Elective: Required in Place of English 10 Prerequisite: English 9 Faster-paced, thematic curriculum offers a balanced focus on composition and literature.

Students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-page thematic essays and compositions. Instruction encompasses various genres as students interpret texts and identify themes and motifs. Analytical skills are emphasized. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in peer tutoring.

Students registered for Pre AP/Honors Language Arts will read an assigned novel over the summer and will complete a written assignment related to the reading. Students will study Greek and Latin word roots, stems, and prefixes. Students will learn to write using APA style, and develop effective research skills.

Course: English 11 Grade Level: 11 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: Completion of English 9 and 10 English Language Arts 11 focuses on the study of American Literature spanning from the precolonial period to the late 20th century. Students will read works of American literature, ranging from poetry, short story, and novel to essays, biographies, and plays. These reading will often form the backbone of writing assignments. Following the writing process, students will learn to produce final, error-free drafts by editing papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of conventions and mechanics of written English. An emphasis will be placed on rhetoric, argumentative analysis, synthesis research and personal writing, including the personal narrative and essay.

Course: English 12 Grade Level: 12 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: Completion of English 9, 10, and 11 English Language Arts 12 fosters students in developing a world perspective by analyzing classic and contemporary texts from around the world. Students will examine how authors from different cultures and eras approach universal questions such as how does culture influence our values, attitudes, and behaviors? What are my responsibilities to myself and to others? Through close reading, discussions, and writings about literature and nonfiction, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. They consider the social and historical values the text embodies. Students examine sophisticated texts containing demanding, highly context dependent vocabulary. They refine the knowledge, skills, and strategies acquired in prior academic study and prepare for leading productive lives as responsible members of the community.

Course: AP English ELA 11 (Language and Composition) Grade Level: 11 Requirement/Elective: Requirement in Place of English 11 or 12 Prerequisite: Pre AP 10 and/or teacher recommendation; self selection This course, designed to parallel a college-level composition course, is aligned with the following College Board objectives: Students will analyze and interpret samples of purposeful writing, analyze images and other multimodal texts for rhetorical features, recognize and use effective rhetorical strategies and techniques when composing, write for a variety of purposes, create and sustain original arguments based on information synthesized from readings, research, and/or personal observation and experience, and draft, revise, and edit their writing. This course prepares students for the optional Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam.

Course: AP English 12 (Literature and Composition) Grade Level: 12 Requirement/Elective: Requirement in Place of English 11 or 12 Prerequisite: teacher recommendation and/or self-selection In this course, designed to parallel college-level English courses, students will develop critical standards for the interpretation and the evaluation of literature, read widely from various genres and periods, study the language, character, action, and theme in works of recognized literary merit, and enrich their understanding of rhetorical purpose and strategy. Writing assignments will focus on the understanding and critical analysis of literature, as well as the development of the writer’s stylistic maturity. This course prepares students for the optional Advanced Placement Exam Literature and Composition exam.

Mathematics Courses Students entering high school in the fall of 2009 or later are required to take four credits of mathematics. The Math Department at Alma integrates the College Preparatory Mathematics Program into all instruction. This program incorporates an extensive online component that requires students to do some course work, research and referencing on the Internet.

Algebra I* Geometry* Algebra II* Math IV Pre Calculus & Trigonometry Advanced Placement-AP Calculus AB Course: Algebra I Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: None This course includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities;

translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations. Review topics include: ratio and proportion, operations with sets, simplifying radical expressions, operations with exponents, and solution of simple linear equations. Enhancement topics: field properties and theorems, set theory, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, and solving and graphing more complex quadratic equations.

Projects will include concept problems (application) that incorporate art.



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