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Course: Geometry Grade Level: 10 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: Algebra I This course emphasizes an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry; include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic;
including coordinate geometry, and transformational geometry. Review topics: basic measurement, perimeter, area, and volume, and inductive methods of reasoning.
Course: Algebra II Grade Level: 10-11 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry Course topics include field properties and theorems; set theory; operations with rational and irrational expressions; factoring of rational expressions; in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; solving systems of linear and quadratic equations; graphing of constant, linear, and quadratic equations; properties of higher degree equations; and operations with rational and irrational exponents. Review topics: operations involving real numbers, evaluating rational algebraic expressions, solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities, operations with and factoring of polynomials, and solving simple quadratics.
Enhancement topics: use of quadratics in structural integrity and business; practical applications of conic sections; use of probability and statistics in everyday situations; and research in careers that utilize advanced mathematics (e.g. architecture, engineering, data analysis, financial, forensics and other scientific fields).
Course: Math IV Grade Level: 11-12 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II This course meets the required fourth math credit for students graduating in 2013 and beyond. It is an extension of Algebra II and is recommended for students pursuing a two-year degree or entering the world of work directly after high school. The class is not recommended for students entering a four-year degree program. This course is of a higher level than Algebra II. Math IV will prepare students for entry into calculus, and includes the study of relations and functions;
including polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational, right trigonometric, and circular functions, and their inverses, graphs, and applications. Review topics for this course include structure of the real number system. Enhancement topics include statistical and probability functions.
Course: Trigonometry/Pre Calculus Grade Level: 11-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective or math credit Prerequisite: Algebra II, possible teacher approval This course is a study of right triangles and circular functions. Topics will include special right triangles, degrees and radian measure, and the application of right triangles in real life situations.
All six trigonometric functions will be learned and used throughout the course. The student will also learn to graph the six trig functions.
Course combines the study of Trigonometry, Elementary Functions, Analytic Geometry, and Math Analysis topics as preparation for calculus. Topics include the study of complex numbers;
polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational, right trigonometric, and circular functions, and their relations, inverses and graphs; trigonometric identities and equations; solutions of right and oblique triangles; areas under triangles, and basic differentiation.
Course: AP Calculus AB Grade Level: 11-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Students will be identified specifically through standardized test results and teacher recommendation. Students must have a 3.0 or higher in Algebra II.
AP Calculus AB provides students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses introduce calculus and include the following topics: elementary functions; properties of functions and their graphs; limits and continuity; differential calculus (including definition of the derivative, derivative formulas, theorems about derivatives, geometric applications, optimization problems, and rate-of-change problems); and integral calculus (including anti-derivatives and the definite integral). This course is intended to prepare students for the optional Advanced Placement Exam in this subject and will follow the published College Board guidelines.
*Classes may be offered at an honors level with sufficient requests Science Courses Students must complete three credits in science, two of which must be lab sciences. All science classes at Alma d’arte qualify as lab sciences.
Physical Science Health Science Biology Honors Biology Chemistry Honors Chemistry Course: Physical Science Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: None Physical Science is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. Topics include general science skills (measurement, graphing, and the scientific method); and lab safety and equipment. In chemistry, topics include the structure and properties of matter, the periodic table, elements and compounds, and chemical reactions. In physics, mechanics, energy, and waves are covered. Arts integration projects such as the Atomic Timeline Project provide opportunities for the students to create a product that combines their science and art skills and knowledge. The course culminates in an Energy Resource Project in which students research, describe, and evaluate energy resources and consider environmental and ethical implications.
Course: Health Science Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: None Health Education - required for Students Grades 9 – 12 entering in the Fall of 2012 – this course provides knowledge and skills practice in a variety of health topics including the six CDC health risk behaviors, and is aligned with the 9-12 PED Health Education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards. This course will meet the graduation requirement for Health Education. At Alma, this class is completed with the on-line IDEAL-NM class.
Course: BiologyGrade Level: 10Requirement/Elective: RequiredPrerequisite: None
Course is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized in course work focusing on evolution, diversity genetics, ecological relationships, and uses of biological technologies in society. Activities are designed to acquaint students with processes of science, such as experimental design and data interpretations. Extensive inquiry-based laboratory work is required. Students will research various topics and present their findings in oral and written form during the school year. Course will utilize art extensively via projects such as: 3-D models and biomes; mobiles; and power point presentations.
Course: Honors Biology Grade Level: 10 Requirement/Elective: Required Replacing Biology Prerequisite: 3.0 in honors physical science and/or teacher recommendation Course is typically offered (but not restricted) to students who have mastered the concepts covered in first year biology courses. These courses examine biological systems in more detail, concentrating on a particular subtopic (such as botany, zoology, microbiology, genetics, and so on). These concepts are often studied on a college level.
Course: Chemistry Grade Level: 11 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science and Algebra I This course involves the study of the composition, properties, and structure of matter. Topics include the classification of matter, the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; atomic structure;
chemical bonding; chemical formulas and equations; and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations are used to teach safety procedures, the use of lab equipment, and various experimental techniques. Math is applied in the measurement and calculation of chemical quantities. Arts integration projects such as the Element Project provide opportunities for the students to create a product that combines their science and art skills and knowledge. This course is designed to develop scientifically literate citizens through an understanding of the methods of science and the role of chemistry in society and everyday life. Chemistry requires motivation, attention to detail, effort, study time, and responsibility.
Course: Honors Chemistry Grade Level: 11-12 Requirement/Elective: Requirement in place of Chemistry Prerequisite: Physical Science and Algebra I Honors chemistry is a fast-paced, in-depth course covering the Chemistry content as well as additional topics in quantum chemistry, bonding theory, acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions, stoichiometry, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations are used to teach safety procedures, the use of lab equipment, and various experimental techniques.
Math is applied in the measurement and calculation of chemical quantities. Arts integration projects such as the Element Project provide opportunities for the students to create a product that combines their science and art skills and knowledge. This course is designed to develop scientifically literate citizens through an understanding of the methods of science and the role of chemistry in society and everyday life. Honors Chemistry is a rigorous course requiring motivation, attention to detail, effort, study time, and responsibility.
Social Studies Courses All students must enroll in New Mexico History, World History, US History, and Government through the course of their high school career.
New Mexico History Global History and Geography Honors Global History US History Government and Economics AP Government/Economics Course: New Mexico History Grade Level: 9 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: None New Mexico History is a course that will give you the opportunity to learn the “story” of New Mexico! This course builds on what you learned in your middle school New Mexico History class. It will extend your knowledge of the geographical, cultural, economic and political history of New Mexico. You will examine the role that New Mexico plays in the national and international arenas. By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of how people and events have influenced the development of New Mexico up to the present day.
Course: Global HistoryGrade Level: 10Requirement/Elective: NonePrerequisite: None
This course covers the major eras and important turning points in world history from the Age of Enlightenment to the present. Included within this course is world geography to support geographical concepts as they relate to the understanding of the changes throughout the world.
Course: Honors Global History Grade Level: 10 Requirement/Elective: None Prerequisite: None This course covers the major eras and important turning points in world history from the Renaissance to the present. Included within the course is world geography to support geographical concepts as they relate to the understanding of the changes throughout the world. In addition, special attention will be paid to artists’ role in the making of history. Students will also create artworks from the four art forms (performance, visual, literary and culinary).
Course: U.S History Grade Level: 11 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: None This course examines the history of the United States of America through thematic units that cover Reconstruction history through the present time. Before any text is read or lectures are given, students will share their understanding of the content and work with the instructor to develop the themes to be studied.
Course: Honors U.S History Grade Level: 11 Requirement/Elective: Requirement Prerequisite: None This course examines the history of the United States of America through thematic units that cover Reconstruction history through the present time. Before any text is read or lectures are given, students will share their understanding of the content and work with the instructor to develop the themes to be studied. Students are also expected to develop essential questions and identify primary source documents that correspond to the questions they develop.
Course: Government and Economics Grade Level: 12 Requirement/Elective: Required Prerequisite: None This course provides an understanding of the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and the content and history of the founding documents of the United States including the New Mexico and United States Constitutions and how governments function at the local, state, tribal, and national levels. In addition, 9-12 Social Studies Benchmarks and Performance Standards (History, Civics, and Government, Economics and Geography) should be included as appropriate to the course.
Course: AP US Government Grade Level: 12 Requirement/Elective: Elective/ Required Prerequisite: None This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Politics Matters is the core message of this course. To that end, this course provides an intensive study of the formal and informal structures of government and the processes of the American political system, with an emphasis on policy making and implementation. This is a college level course, and as such is rigorous and demanding. This course requires that students fully engage with the material and discussion on a daily basis, both inside and outside of class.
Arts Classes Alma d’arte High School Visual Arts Performing Arts Culinary Arts Literary Arts New Media Arts Visual Arts Courses Artist Within 3D Concepts (Ceramics) Printmaking Drawing and Painting 1 Drawing and Painting 2 AP Art The Artist Within Grade: 9th/10th Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: none The Artist Within is a basic visual arts foundation course. This intensive studio class focuses on how to use the elements and principles of design in the development of personal visual art solutions to basic design problems. A wide variation of mediums and ways of creating will be taught. Basic visual art vocabulary, critique techniques, composition and perspective will also be taught. This class is a required prerequisite course for all visual art majors and any student wanting to take any further visual arts classes such as Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, and AP Art Three Dimensional Concepts: Mixed Media (1 Semester) Grade: 10 and 11 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Artist Within ("C" or better ), or consent of instructor.