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2018-2019

ENGLISH

The following guidelines will be used to place students in the different grade levels of the Honors/AP program:

Honors / AP English Student Placement Guidelines

Honors English 9

A. Students must receive an A or B both semesters in their 8th grade English class
B. Students must have the recommendation of their 8th grade English Instructor.
C. Students must read at grade level or above.

Honors English 10

A. Students must receive an A or B both semesters in their Freshman English class.
B. Students must have the recommendation of their Freshman English Instructor.
C. Students must read at grade level or above.

AP Language and Composition

A. Students must receive an A or B both semesters in Sophomore or Junior English class.
B. Students must have the recommendation of their Sophomore or Junior English Instructor.
C. Students must read at grade level or above.

AP Literature and Composition

A. Students must receive an A or B both semesters in Sophomore or Junior English class.
B. Students must have the recommendation of their Sophomore or Junior English Instructor.
C. Students must read at grade level or above.

*Students new to PHS:

A. Students must read at or above grade level.
B. Students must provide a transcript that shows they earned an A or B both semesters in their previous English class and have their previous English teacher’s written recommendation.


COURSES:


English 9
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This course is designed for students achieving at grade proficiency in both reading and writing. It includes a survey of literature, exploring selections from the past as well as from contemporary works. Students will read short stories, poetry, novels, and a Shakespearean drama. Supplementary reading of both fiction and nonfiction will be required as outside assignments. Students will write compositions based on their reading, and effective expression will be encouraged through the writing of an expository writing.

Honors English 9
Grade: 9
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: See Student Placement Guidelines for Honors English 9
Description: This course includes a survey of literature with special emphasis on short stories, poetry, drama, and novels. Through the study of various genres of literature, students can develop the skills to determine the author’s intent and theme and recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message. Additionally, students will write persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph essays based on the literature they read. Students must complete a summer reading assignment before they begin the class.

English 10
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This course is for students performing at grade level. The class is a chronological survey of selected American literature combined with related work in writing, language, speaking, and vocabulary. It features a variety of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry from major American authors. Effective paragraph development, persuasive essay/speech writing, and a short story project are the major considerations in the writing program. Students will work independently, as well as in groups, and will be responsible for both short-term and ongoing projects, as well as required outside reading.

Honors English 10
Grade: 10
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: See Student Placement Guidelines for Honors English 10
Description: This class focuses on American literature as well as persuasive, expository, and analytical writings. Language study will guide students to become accurate in form and expression, and writing will be heavily stressed. Students should expect homework several times a week. Students must complete a summer reading assignment prior to the beginning of the class.

Block English 10
Grade: 10
Credit: 2.0; Students may earn 1 credit in English and 1 credit in US/AZ History
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor approval & Application Process
Description: This is an interdisciplinary course that integrates U.S. History and U.S. Literature. The purpose of this course is to stimulate student interest and enthusiasm about the past. While learning about Art, Music, Literature and History, students will demonstrate an understanding of the complex issues and themes of U.S. History and Literature. Additionally, they will also learn to work cooperatively with others in large and small groups. Block encourages active and cooperative learning, as well as critical thinking, close reading, and analytical writing.

English 11
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This course is for students performing at grade level. The class consists of an in-depth study of major world writers. Composition will also be stressed and most often will relate to exposition and analysis. A research paper unit will also be taught in this course in order to prepare students to write formally beyond high school.

Block English 11 + Block World History
Grade: 11
Credit: 2.0; Students may earn 1 credit in English and 1 credit in World History
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor approval & Application Process
Description: This is a class for students who enjoy different learning styles, working in groups and are self-motivated. It is designed to integrate world history and world literature by viewing literature in terms of events, philosophy, visual arts, music, and history. Students will be actively involved in the learning process through cooperative learning projects. Emphasis will be on relating the past to the present. “A Life after High School” unit will also be taught in this course to prepare students to write formal communications they will need beyond high school.

AP Language and Composition
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: See Student Placement Guidelines for Honors English 11
Description: This class provides an exploration of major World authors through an anthology, novels, plays, and poetry. The students must complete independent reading every quarter. The writing centers on literary analysis and research. Students should expect homework several times a week. Students must complete summer reading prior to the beginning of the class. AP Language and Composition (pending Board approval) will replace Pre-AP English 11. This class focuses on both the PHS senior English curriculum and the College Board AP Test Prep curriculum.

English 12
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This course is for students performing at grade level. The students will focus on three areas: extensive reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will engage in the process of research and must complete a senior paper. Elements of this class may include, but are not specific to developing speaking skills, independent reading, a writing portfolio, elements of memorization and recitation, and the cinematic genre. This class meets the performance objectives for Common Core.

AP English Literature & Composition
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0 weighted credit
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: See Student Placement Guidelines for AP English Literature & Composition
Description: This class focuses on both the PHS senior English curriculum and the College Board AP Test Prep curriculum. The literary focus is British literature, and the writing centers on literary analysis and research. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours a night in preparation for class. Students must complete summer reading prior to the beginning of class.

English 12/ENG 101 – English 12/ENG 102
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0; NAU will only accept transfer if 101 and 102 are taken
Duration: yearlong, but encompasses Yavapai College semester courses
Prerequisite: Mandatory: placing into ENG 101 on the Yavapai College ACCUPLACER which is not an admissions test. The testing is not timed. Each assessment takes about 45 minutes to complete. The testing is done on the computer. There is no fee for YC students, and results are immediately available upon completing the test. To take ENG 102, students must earn a C or above in ENG 101. Students must be admitted to Yavapai College
Description: This is a class in critical thinking and academic writing. English 101 is designed to prepare each student for a successful career in both academic and non-academic endeavors. Writing involves complex interactions between writers, readers, and subject matters, so we will be looking at how our audiences, our topics, and our own abilities as writers influence our communication. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours a night in preparation for class. English 102 composition involves continued development of skills acquired and honed in English 101. Course requirements include critical essays on literature, digital journals, and final examinations.

MATH

Four years of math is required, consisting of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a fourth year course with significant math content as determined by the local school district governing board. This fourth year course could be Business Tech Mathematics, or any course that has Algebra II as a prerequisite. Students will be taking the AZ Merit at the end of Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II.

Math Department Placement Policy:
As per PUSD school board policy (I.9.4 and I.9.5), placement of students in math classes is determined by the math teacher and math department policy. The teachers within the district believe that this is one of the most important steps in determining the success of students in the math program.

Math Department Level Change Policy:
A parent, student, or teacher may initiate a request for a math level change during the first quarter of each semester or at the semester break. Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances. There will be consideration given to course history, past records, test scores, homework, and in class performance.

Prescott High School Calculator Policy:
No class allows any calculator that does algebraic manipulation or has a keyboard type calculator such as is TI 92. Also, cell phone calculators are not allowed. Graphing calculators will be required for Math courses from Algebra I, II and beyond.  


COURSES:


General Mathematics
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; for students with “Individual Education Plans” or “Personal Curriculum Plans”*.
Duration: Yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Math and/or Special Education Instructor Approval
Description: This is a course designed for students with low math ability. It will cover the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Other topics will include percent, measurement, geometry, and basic statistics.

General Mathematics (Geometry)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; for students with “Individual Education Plans” or “Personal Curriculum Plans”*.
Duration: Yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Math and/or Special Education Instructor Approval
Description: Students will explore and comprehend basic terms, write very basic proofs, understand lines and transversals, the coordinate plane (slope, intercepts, slope intercepts, and graphing lines), geometric properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, proportions, similarity, the Pythagorean Theorem, perimeter, area, circles, spheres, and solids.

General Mathematics (Algebra)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; for students with “Individual Education Plans” or “Personal Curriculum Plans”*.
Duration: Yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Math and/or Special Education Instructor Approval
Description: Student will be introduced to basic Algebra concepts based on algebraic equations, inequalities, probability and data analysis. Other topics will include the coordinate plane, slope and slope intercept form.

General Mathematics (Consumer)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; for students with “Individual Education Plans” or “Personal Curriculum Plans”*.
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Math and/or Special Education Instructor Approval
Description: Students will use basic math operations as they apply it to being a consumer. Students will learn how to write checks and how to balance a checkbook. They will study concepts covering: wages, shopping for food and clothing, managing a household, writing a budget, and owning a car.

Algebra I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Placement Test and/or Instructor Recommendation
Description: Students will apply concepts of integers, decimals, and rational numbers to simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations. Other topics include factoring, probability, and statistics.

Honors Algebra I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Placement Test and/or Instructor Recommendation
Description: This is the first math course recommended for university-bound students. Topics covered include linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring, matrices, and solving systems of equations. This course is designed for students who have a good grasp of basic arithmetic skills and are able to reason abstractly.

Geometry
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Placement Test and/or Instructor Recommendation
Description: This course reviews topics from Algebra I and applies to geometric contexts. New topics introduced include properties of points and lines, triangles, and convex polygons as well as some basic trigonometry.

Honors Geometry
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra I or Algebra I with teacher recommendation and placement test.
Description: This is the second math course recommended for university-bound students. Topics covered include development of deductive reasoning and relationships of geometric shapes. Students will also use logical reasoning to solve problems involving geometric figures. Other topics include making conjectures based-on observations, as well as real-world applications involving logic, proof, plane and solid geometry.

Algebra II
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Placement Test and/or Instructor Recommendation
Description: This is the third or fourth course recommended for students who are required to take 4 years of math but are not university bound. It involves a summary look at all of the topics in Algebra I, and introduces new topics such as applications of multiplication, exponential growth/decay, sequences and series, basic trigonometry, basic counting principles, and probability.

Honors Algebra II
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Geometry Honors or Placement Test and/or Instructor Recommendation
Description: This is the third of four courses required for university-bound students. THIS IS A RIGOROUS COURSE. It involves a more comprehensive look at all of the topics in Algebra I. The class also covers operations with matrices, trigonometric functions, analytic geometry, sequences and series, and probability and statistics.

Algebra III
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 0.5
Duration: S1 only
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II C grade OR D and Instructor recommendation, OR B or better in Algebra II and Instructor recommendation.
This course is designed for students who are college bound and need to reinforce their pre-college math skills. This course provides for a review of most of the concepts taught in Algebra II. Upon completion with a C or better, the student has the option to enroll in Concepts in College Mathematics, a Yavapai College dual credit course. (See below)
Description: Simplifying polynomial, rational and radical expressions; solving quadratic, rational and radical equations; introducing function and their representations; applying mathematics in real-world contexts, and using appropriate technology. (This course does not count as dual credit).

Business Tech Math
Grade: Open to 11th and 12th graders only & based upon student course history and state test scores.
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: D or better in Algebra II or Instructor recommendation/department chair approval. Students must have passed state test in Math or be concurrently enrolled in another math class that covers state testing content.
Fee: None
Description: Topics covered include: gross and net pay, federal, state, and local taxes, budgeting, banking services, loans, credit cards, finance charges, comparison shopping, homeownership, investments, and business statistics and probability. This course counts as one of the fourth year math requirements with significant math content including: compound interest, amortization, and spreadsheets.

College Mathematics/MAT 142
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 0.5 PHS math credit/3 YC credits
Duration: semester – offered S2
Fee: Textbook will have to be purchased by the student, as well as a $30 tuition non-refundable fee.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better both semesters and the final exam for Honors Algebra II AND Acceptable Placement on the YC Placement test. OR Grade of C or better in Algebra III AND acceptable placement on YC Placement test.
Description: THIS IS A RIGOROUS COURSE. Survey of mathematical topics and applications. Includes statistics, probability, exponential functions, geometry, and topics from discrete math. Students going on to the university level who will most likely major in social sciences, the arts, liberal studies, and math majors that will require one college level math class. (Specific Learning Outcomes will be provided in the course syllabus.)

College Algebra/MAT 152
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 0.5 PHS math credit/3 YC credits
Duration: semester – offered Semester 1
Fee: Textbook will have to be purchased by the student, as well as a $30 tuition non-refundable fee.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better both semesters and the final exam for Honors Algebra II AND Acceptable Placement on the YC Placement test.
Description: THIS IS A RIGOROUS COURSE. Modeling of applications using linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions. Introduction to solving systems of equations using matrices. (Specific Learning Outcomes will be provided in the course syllabus.)

Elementary Statistics/MAT 167
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 0.5 PHS math credit/3 YC credits
Duration: S2 Only
Fee: There is $30 tuition non-refundable fee. The textbook may have to be purchased separately by the student.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT 152, or MAT 187 AND acceptable placement on the YC Placement Test.
Description: THIS IS A VERY RIGOROUS COURSE. Statistical tools and techniques used in research and general applications. Description of sample data, probability and probability distributions, point and interval estimates of population parameters.

Pre-Calculus /MAT 187
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0
Yavapai College Dual Credit Information: Students who pass first semester Pre-Calculus with a grade of C or better and enroll in second semester Pre-Calculus at Prescott High School, must be enrolled in the “Dual Credit” with Yavapai College. This means they can still earn the ½ credit at PHS for second semester, and the 5 college math credits at Yavapai College. Students doing second semester will take the Yavapai College Common Final exam. To earn the Yavapai College credit, a grade of C or better is required for the semester grade. The Pre-Calculus college credit transfers to most major universities, however students will need to confirm that with the university they are transferring to. (Note: per YC policy- Students cannot take this class for dual credit who have received MAT 152 dual credit.
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $50 non-refundable tuition fee. Textbook will be provided by PHS.
Prerequisite: A grade of B or better both semesters and the final exam for Algebra II Honors AND acceptable placement on the YC placement test.
Description: THIS IS A VERY RIGOROUS COURSE. This course extends the study of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions numerically, algebraically, graphically through the use of technology and real- world* applications. Other topics include matrices, sequence, series, probability, and systems of equations and inequalities. Specific Learning Outcomes will be provided in the class syllabus.

AP Calculus AB
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: AP Test Fee
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Pre-Calculus /MAT 187
Description: Advanced Placement Calculus is a VERY RIGOROUS COURSE that includes the concepts of limit, area under a curve, rate of change, optimization, related rates, integration techniques and applications of integration. These topics will be examined numerically, analytically, and graphically to deepen understanding of various functions and to apply concepts to real-world problems. Please note that students that are enrolled in the class after the five day drop period will not be able to drop calculus and/or change math classes until the end of the semester.

SCIENCE

COURSES:


Beginning Integrated Science
Grade: 9
Credit: 1.0; Non-college prep, does not meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation.
Description: This course is an introductory science class with a focus on earth science. It is designed to introduce students to real-life applications of scientific principles and understanding how these principles are personally relevant.

Intermediate Integrated Science
Grade: 9-10
Credit: 1.0; Non-college prep, does not meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Student received a D or below in Beginning Integrated Science.
Description: This course is designed to be less rigorous than Biology while still allowing students to learn the basics of life science. The course will be a combination of online, in-class instruction, as well as individual projects centered on core life science and biology topics.

Advanced Integrated Science
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0; Non-college prep, does not meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This course is a further continuation and exploration of real-life explorations in chemistry and physics and applications of basic scientific principles to students’ lives.

Biology
Grade: 9-10; Successful completion of biology is a prerequisite for all other college prep science classes.
Credit: 1.0; meets Arizona university prerequisite science requirements.
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation, grade of “C” or better for both semesters of previous science course for incoming freshman and sophomores.
Description: This class is designed as an entry-level college preparation course with numerous labs. The first semester covers biology, basic chemistry and organic chemistry, cytology, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and fermentation. Second semester covers DNA, replication, protein synthesis, microbiology, cell division, genetics, zoology, evolution, and ecology.

Honors Biology
Grade 9; Successful completion of Biology is a prerequisite for all other college prep science classes.
Credit: 1.0; meets Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: “A” in Honors Science and an “A” in Honors Language Arts
Description: Honors Biology is designed to be a rigorous high school level entry course for students who have a strong interest in Biology or related sciences. Students must commit to spend approximately 1 hour per day of study time in addition to class time. Students will be provided additional resources to allow students to examine Biology topics with more depth than the regular Biology course.

Human Anatomy/Physiology
Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 does not fulfill ABOR (Arizona Board of Regents) prerequisite science requirement. Please contact individual college or university for clarification.
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $20.00
Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of “C” or better and instructor recommendation.
Description: This course is a college prep science course designed to create an understanding of the human body and its health and diseases. Human anatomy and physiology is strongly recommended for students anticipating entering human and veterinary health professions and for students entering the JTED Medical Professions program. It will provide students interested in health related fields with a head start in their future career and prepare them for college. This course will investigate the structure and function of the human body and covers fundamental concepts of all body systems. The course includes clinical application and hands on laboratory activities, including a complete cat dissection, and pig heart and pig brain dissections.

Earth Science: Marine
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Biology with a D or better and Instructor recommendation
Description: This course covers the fundamentals of oceanography and marine biology. Topics will include earth origins and structures, plate tectonics, ocean chemistry and physics, sediments, ocean basins, ocean circulation, atmospheric circulation, waves and tides, coasts, life in the ocean, marine resources and ocean environmental concerns. Labs will include dissection of squids and sharks.

Big History Science (Coupled with Big History as a Block Class)
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0; does not meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: None
Description: This class along with the historical information integrates multiple science disciplines, such as the physical and natural sciences. Big History encourages the student to think across scales, integrate multiple disciplines, and make and test claims. Students learn to apply a thoughtful, consistent, and rigorous approach to engaging with new ideas and information and using evidence to construct effective arguments. Curriculum will be based on the Big History Project teaching guide provided by the Bill Gates Foundation.

Concepts of Chemistry
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0; College prep; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements; may not satisfy out-of-state university requirements – please contact individual school for clarification
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Biology with a minimum grade of “C”, and must be concurrently enrolled in math, Algebra I is preferred.
Description: This course will cover fundamental concepts in Chemistry and is designed for students having limited math skills. However, basic mathematical and algebraic operation will be used and reinforced. It is designed for college bound students who are not entering a science-related career. This course will deal with the conceptual nature of basic chemistry and topics include the chemistry of water, minerals, petroleum products, foods, nuclear industries, health, air, and climate.

Chemistry
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0; College Prep; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00 lab fee
Prerequisite: Biology with a minimum grade of “B”, minimum of “B” in Algebra I Honors, and Instructor approval – It is recommended that students be enrolled concurrently in a math class.
Description: The course is a college preparation course for students interested in a career in Science, Math or Engineering. You will learn how to utilize the symbols of chemistry and related calculations and to explain the make-up of the world around us. The course covers four main areas of chemistry: symbols and equation writing with associated calculations, atomic theory, gas laws, and acid-base chemistry.

Standard Physics
Grade: 10–12
Credit: 1.0; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10.00
Prerequisite: Standard Chemistry with a minimum grade of C, and at least concurrent enrollment in Honors Algebra II.
Description: Physics is a challenging algebra based course. It is designed to prepare students for success in college level physics and/or to provide them with a broad background in the topic if it is their only exposure to physics. Topics include motion, forces, energy, momentum, heat, sound, light, astronomy, history of science, the epistemology of science and modern physics.

AP Biology
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 weighted; College prep; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $20.00 and cost of AP exam
Prerequisite: Instructor Recommendation/Approval, and Biology, and Chemistry with a minimum grade of B.
Description: This course is a challenging college-level paced course utilizing a college text and modified college laboratory work. Concepts covered will include biochemistry, cytology, bioenergetics, genetics, evolution, ecology and plant and animal systems. Student investigations emphasize accurate observation, data collection, data analysis and the safe manipulation of advanced scientific equipment during field or laboratory investigations.

AP Chemistry
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 weighted; College Prep; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $15.00 lab fee and price of AP exam
Prerequisite: Chemistry with a minimum grade of “B”, concurrent enrollment in Algebra II, Pre-Calculus or Calculus, and Instructor approval.
Description: This is a challenging college level paced course, utilizing a college text and modified college laboratory work. Students will continue the study of Chemistry 1-2 in depth, as well as descriptive chemistry, kinetics, nuclear and organic chemistry, equilibrium systems, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, molecular geometry and coordination compounds.

AP Physics 2: Algebra Based (offered 2018-19). Beginning 2019-20 Students will take AP Physics 1-2.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 weighted; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: AP exam, and $15 Lab Fee
Prerequisite: Standard Physics with a B or better or AP Physics 1, and a C or better in Honors Algebra II.
Description: The course will emphasize critical thinking, deep understanding of concepts, analytical problem solving skills, and lab skills. Topics include electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, light, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics
Note: This is the only AP Physics class being offered in 2018-2019. Students who have taken Standard Physics and want an AP Physics class will have the proper background to take this class and are encouraged to do so.

Engineering Science
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; Does meet Arizona university prerequisite science requirements
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $30
Prerequisite: Geometry or Algebra 1 Honors with teacher recommendation. Freshmen taking Engineering Science must also be enrolled in biology.
Description: Engineering Science is a project-based hands on course that explores each discipline within Engineering. Projects include collecting used cooking oil and processing it into biodiesel, moving a very heavy block using only ancient technology, creating digital circuits, programming a robot, and more. Students will learn the physics, chemistry, ecology, and economics that tie into the projects. Students will also learn how to use industrial 3D CAD software and print their designs on a 3D printer.

SOCIAL STUDIES

COURSES:


World Geography
Grade: 9
Credit: 0.5
Duration: semester
Fee: None (unless taken online)
Prerequisite: None
Description: The purpose of this course is to expose the student to our ever changing world. Students will learn the importance of world physical and cultural geography. Emphasis is placed on how the world has and must become interdependent. Special emphasis is placed upon how world geography affects the lives of the student and how the student plays their role in world events. It is stressed and analyzed how people of individual nations have individual differences and how these differences shape world events.

US/AZ History
Grade: 10
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course covers the History of the United States beginning with native societies up to current events. The basic methods used are lecture, reading, and writing. However, most units include films, videos, group activities, and presentations that reinforce the lessons taught. The activities are planned to allow students to take an active part in the learning process

Block US/AZ + Block English 10
Grade: 10
Credit: 2.0; Students may earn 1 credit in Social Studies and 1 credit in English.
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Instructor’s approval
Description: This is an interdisciplinary course that integrates U.S. History and U.S. Literature. It is designed to show students the connectedness of art, music, literature, and history. Students will be actively involved in the learning process and increasingly assume more responsibility for their own learning. They will also learn to work cooperatively with others, be able to reach consensus, and apply their knowledge through various forms of representation. Opportunities will be provided to meet the needs of the different learning styles of students. Instruction will focus on making the material meaningful and the experience of learning fun.

AP US History
Grade: 10
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: Cost of AP exam and textbook
Prerequisite: Completion of Freshman English with teacher recommendation and completion of summer assignment on exact due dates. Summer assignments will be given at the end of the previous school year.
Description: AP United States History will offer students a rigorous course of study that will cover events in the United States from early nomadic cultures to the present. This course will require a mature understanding of history with an emphasis on higher order thinking. This course will prepare students to take the United States AP exam at the end of the school year.

Introduction to Law
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: Club fee for Mock Trial ($15.00 year one)
Prerequisite: None
Description: Introduction to Law is a course that focuses on both the substance and the process of our legal system, and reflects many social and ethical issues. The course has great practical value as it provides background for professional explorations as well as illuminating the problems of private life. Emphasis is placed on trial procedures, contract, research, understanding and analyzing cases, creation, and supporting laws.

Advanced Law
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: Club fee for second year of Mock Trial ($5.00 year two)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Law with a B or higher grade
Description: Advanced Law is a more in depth study of our legal system, and reflects many social and ethical issues. The course will allow the students to gain valuable leadership skills and application as they will work with the students in the Intro class. Emphasis is placed on trial procedures, contract, research, understanding and analyzing cases, creation, and supporting laws.

World History
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: None
Prerequisite: None
Description: This class begins with ancient civilizations and traces events around the world, including the impact of the world’s major religions, up to the present. An emphasis on cause and effect helps students understand the present through knowledge of the past. Students will improve their research skills, turn in formal writing assignments, and engage in the analysis of current events.

AP World History
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0 weighted
Duration: yearlong
Fee: Cost of AP exam and textbook
Prerequisite: Completion of US History with a minimum grade of “B” and Instructor recommendation
Description: AP World History will offer students a rigorous course of study that will cover the events of the entire world. This course will require a mature understanding of history with an emphasis on higher order thinking. This course will prepare the student for the World History AP exam.

US/AZ Government (offered both S1 and S2)
Grade: 12
Credit: 0.5
Duration: semester
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Passing grade in US/AZ History and World History
Description: This course allows students to involve themselves more thoroughly in our democratic process. Since most seniors will be eligible to participate in the election process after turning 18, this course should prove helpful in creating an interest and awareness of that procedure. Many local, state and federal political issues are examined in hopes that these students will be better informed when they become involved in government. An out of class project is required.

AP United States Government & Politics
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0 weighted; must complete both semesters to meet graduation requirement
Duration: yearlong
Fee: cost of AP exam
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This class is a rigorous analysis of institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute US Politics. Students will learn about political processes through the analysis and interpretation of data. Since the course involves an in-depth analysis of US government and politics, a considerable amount of reading and writing will be required.

Comparative Economics (offered both S1 and S2)
Grade: 12
Credit: 0.5
Duration: semester
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Passing grade in US/AZ History and World History
Description: This class will be an introduction to micro and macroeconomics. Students will study economic concepts such as supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, personal finance, as well as an in-depth look at the American Stock Exchange. Students will be required to complete a mock stock portfolio project. Students will gain a practical understanding of our economic system as well as an introduction into other world systems. Students will also spend time exploring personal finance and its practical applications.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Physical Education/Health
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0; Graduation requirement
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $15.00 per semester for lock, towel, and gymnastics
Equipment: Students provide their own shorts, P.E. shirts, and athletic shoes.
Description: The Physical Education program consists of instruction in individual and team sports with an emphasis on lifelong activities. Some of the lifelong activities may be co-educational and tournaments are scheduled for selected activities. The classes will consist of, but are not limited to, the following: aerobics, archery, badminton, basketball, calisthenics, flag football, floor hockey, golf, kickball, physical fitness testing, pickleball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, volley tennis, team handball, wrestling, softball, volleyball, tennis, track, weight training, cardiovascular activities, gymnastics at the YMCA. Health is taught throughout the year as part of the overall curriculum, including life decisions, sex ed and drug ed. Non-participation without loss of points requires a doctor’s note.

AS-100 JROTC PE/Health/Survival (JROTC)
Grade: 9-12
Duration: yearlong
Credit: 1.0 credit Physical Education – This class meets the AZ Physical Education credit standards.
Prerequisites: none: grade of D or better to continue to semester two.
Fee: $15.00 per year for lock, towel, and PE clothes. Students provide athletic shoes. PE clothes and sweats are provided by AFJROTC.
Description: This co-educational, non-traditional PE course is taught by Air Force Junior ROTC. Students are not required to dress out every day. This is a first year AFJROTC course designed to acquaint students with non-traditional physical education such as ultimate Frisbee, swimming at the YMCA, team building, archery, land navigation, group leadership projects, capture the flag, pickleball, orienteering, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, etc. The course consists of three components: Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%), and Wellness/Physical Fitness (20%). Aerospace Science focuses on basic survival skills. Leadership Education I focuses on introduction to JROTC programs, personal behavior, health, making safe and drug-free decisions, and foundations of US citizenship. In addition, cadets will learn elements of military drill. Wellness/Physical Fitness focuses on motivating cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives.
Field Trips: Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in at least one field trip that supports the goals of the curriculum.
Uniforms: Cadets wear USAF blue uniforms one day each week, as determined by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.

Adaptive PE/Health
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation and physician’s statement of need. May be used as the required ninth grade Physical Education requirement.
Description: This is an activity class including motor skills development and sports activities. Emphasis on lifelong activities that you enjoy and can do now and for the rest of your life. Physical fitness is done twice a week.

Girls Advanced PE/Weight Training
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 0.5 elective
Duration: semester, may be repeated
Fees: $15.00 per semester (for lock and towel) $5.00 per semester for a week of gymnastics.
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation and completion of Girls PE/Health
Description: The lifelong activities may include aerobics, archery, badminton, basketball, golf, hiking, pickleball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and weight lifting. Areas of emphasis will be: safety and proper warm-up, and lifting. Physical fitness and proper nutrition is an integral part of this class.

Advanced Weight Training
Grade: 10–12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $15.00 per semester, Students may provide their own weight belt, but belts are available.
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation
Description: This class is for students interested in increasing size, power, speed, agility, and cardiovascular endurance and is geared toward athletics. There are three different sections offered (football, basketball, and baseball). CANNOT enter as a new 2nd semester student.

Weight Training and Conditioning
Grade: 10–12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $5.00 per semester. Students may provide their own weight belt, but belts are available.
Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation.
Description: This class is for students interested in increasing size, power, speed, agility, and cardiovascular endurance and is geared toward athletics. CANNOT enter as a new 2nd semester student.

Girls’ Fitness
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 0.5 elective per semester
Duration: semester
Fees: $15.00 per semester (for lock and towel)
Prerequisite: Passing grades in Girls PE/Health and instructor recommendation
Description: Designed to allow students to enjoy lifelong daily exercise without competition, within the school day.
Activities include, but are not limited to: Pilates, yoga, tae bo, aerobics, track work, weight lifting, power walking, jogging, toning, and circuit training. All new work out trends will be included using heart rate monitors.

Coed Water Fitness and Lifeguarding
Grade: 9 – 12
Credit: 1 elective credit
Duration: semester
Fees: $50
Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced swimming ability subject to approval from YMCA instructors, swimsuit, towel, goggles, swim cap (if desired), athletic shorts, t-shirt, and athletic shoes. Cannot enter as a new 2nd semester student.
Description: This course is designed to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. In this class we will focus on water exercise, fitness swimming, lifeguard certification class, CPR certification, and first aid certification using the American Red Cross curriculum. The first semester will focus on swimming skills including but not limited to the 6 swimming strokes, entries into the water, fundamentals of diving, and turns. Students must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of school to receive certification in lifeguarding through the American Red Cross. Students who are 14 years old at the end of the year but turn 15 by the end of the summer (July 31st) will need to take a review class for an additional fee through the YMCA. This course is offered as a partnership with the James Family Prescott YMCA. YMCA membership not required.

AIR FORCE JROTC

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Air Force Junior ROTC is a citizenship program dedicated to helping cadets learn skills that will help them prepare for life. It is not a recruiting program for the military. There is NO requirement to go in the military when cadets finish high school. We receive funding from the United States Air Force to pay for uniforms, equipment, books, and field trips. The military services are required by Congress to provide these programs as citizenship building programs. All cadets earn credit towards a 2yr or 3yr certificate if they choose to enlist in the military. College bound cadets may apply for ROTC scholarships.

If you have any questions, please contact Lt Col Bill DeKemper
Phone: 928-420-0093
Email: bill.dekemper@prescottschools.com

NOTE: Students should only be enrolled in one (1) AFJROTC course per semester.


COURSES:


AS-100 Physical Education/Survival (JROTC) – See Physical Education section

AS-300 Space & Astronomy (JROTC)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 Elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10 for t-shirt, equipment fee, PE locker (JROTC will provide PE clothes)
Prerequisites: None, grade of D or better to continue to semester two.
Description: The course consists of three components: Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%), and Wellness/Physical Fitness (20%). Aerospace Science focuses on the Exploring Space. Leadership Education III focuses on future plans/careers, finances, life skills. In addition, cadets will learn elements of military drill. Wellness/Physical Fitness focuses on motivating cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives.
Field Trips: Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in at least one field trip that supports the goals of the curriculum.
Uniforms: Cadets wear uniforms one day each week, as determined by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
NOTE: This course alternates each year with AS-200 (Science of Flight)

AS-400 Senior Aerospace Leadership (JROTC)
Grade: 12 (Selected by AFJROTC Instructor)
Credit: 1.0 Elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10 for t-shirt, equipment fee, PE locker (JROTC will provide PE clothes)
Prerequisites: Must complete one previous JROTC course with a grade of B or better, and be selected for the class by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
Description: The course consists of three components: Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%), and Wellness/Physical Fitness (20%). Aerospace Science focuses on special projects designed to support and lead the cadet corps. Cadets in this class are senior leaders of the cadet corps. Leadership Education IV focuses on the principles of management/leadership by planning and implementing various cadet functions throughout the school year. Wellness/Physical Fitness focuses on motivating cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives.
Field Trips: Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in at least one field trip that supports the goals of
the curriculum.
Uniforms: Cadets wear uniforms one day each week, as determined by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.

AS-403 S.A.L./Space & Astronomy (JROTC)
Grade: 10-11 (Selected by AFJROTC Instructor)
Credit: 1.0 Elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $10 for t-shirt, equipment fee, PE locker (JROTC will provide PE clothes)
Prerequisites: Must complete one previous JROTC course with a grade of B or better, and be selected for the class by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
Description: The course consists of three components: Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%), and Wellness/Physical Fitness (20%). Aerospace Science focuses on the Exploring Space. Leadership Education III focuses on future plans/careers, finances, life skills. In addition, cadets will learn elements of military drill. Wellness/Physical Fitness focuses on motivating cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives.
Field Trips: Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in at least one field trip that supports the goals of
the curriculum.
Uniforms: Cadets wear uniforms one day each week, as determined by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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Joint Technical Education District (JTED)

Prescott High School is a member of the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District (JTED). Many of these classes are taught on the PHS campus, some are taught off campus.  Transportation is provided.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

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COURSES:


AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Automotive Technologies I
Grade: 10
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective (May be awarded Dual Enrollment credit at Yavapai College)
Duration: 1 Year
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Must complete the admissions process to become a Yavapai College Student.
Description: This is the first course in the Automotive Technologies sequence and will prepare the student to apply the basic auto skills with instruction into the areas of: Introduction into shop and personal safety, tool identification and proper use of tools, servicing of wheels and tires, steering/suspension systems, brakes and brake systems. ASE certification test will be offered on content studied throughout the current academic year.

Automotive Technologies II
Grade: 11
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective (May be awarded Dual Enrollment credit at Yavapai College)
Duration: 1 Year
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Automotive Technologies I with a grade of “C” or higher
Description: This is the second course in the Automotive Technologies sequence. This course will prepare students to apply higher levels of technical knowledge and skills to maintain, diagnose and repair automobiles and light trucks. Students will gain knowledge needed to troubleshoot and identify malfunctioning components and sensors; and correct these problems in transmissions (automatic, manual, constant velocity and hybrid), clutches, clutch assemblies and final drives. ASE certification test will be offered on content studied throughout the current academic year.

Automotive Technologies III
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective (May be awarded Dual Enrollment credit at Yavapai College)
Duration: 1 Year
Fee: None
Prerequisite: Automotive Technologies I & II with a grade of “C” or higher
Description: This is the third course in the Automotive Technologies sequence. This course will prepare students to apply higher levels of technical knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair automobiles and light trucks through the use of specialized electrical meters and diagnostic tools.
Study the fundamentals of heating and air conditioning systems, using specialized tools specifically designed for these systems. ASE certification test will be offered on content studied throughout the current academic year.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM OF STUDY

Business Management 1
Grade: 9-11
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective (May be awarded Dual Enrollment credit through Yavapai College)
Duration: 1 Year (First year of a 2-year Business Management Program Certification)
Prerequisite: None
Description: Will you ever manage a business, own a business, or work at a business? If yes, then this course is for you! Learn a variety of transferable employability skills, including basic office skills from writing professional letters and emails to conflict resolution. You will learn more advanced uses of Google Application and Microsoft Office. Personal finance is covered in detail from budgeting and investments to car loans and banking services. Other business concepts covered in the course include résumés, interviewing techniques, marketing, economics, accounting, teamwork, management styles, leadership qualities, business ethics, and international trade. Career exploration with life beyond graduation is emphasized. This course has real-life applications that you don’t want to miss. Students will also learn leadership skills and develop their leadership abilities through participation in the state recognized Career and Technical Student Organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
*Priority given to upper class students.

Business Management 2
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective (This course is Dual Enrolled with Yavapai College MGT220 – Principles of Management)
Duration: 1 Year (Second year of a 2-year Business Management Program Certification)
Prerequisite: Business Management 1 (with a grade of C or better)
Description: It’s been said that it’s better to BE a manager than to HAVE a manager. If you would agree, then this course if for you. This course builds off information and skills attained in the first-year course, Business Management 1. Students will develop technical, human, and conceptual skills while studying the five Pillars of Management; Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Leading, and Controlling. Specific areas of study include business ethics, decision-making process, goal-setting, strategic management, organizational design, human resource management, motivating and communication with others. This course is a very active and engaging course with emphasis on applying course content for higher-level learning. Students will also learn leadership skills and develop their leadership abilities through participation in the state recognized Career and Technical Student Organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Microsoft LogoAt the end of the 2-year program of study in Business Management, students will have the opportunity to acquire Microsoft Office (MOS) Word Certification. MOS certification validates mastery of Microsoft Office skills that all businesses require, setting students apart as they go on to higher education or enter the workforce.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

Computer Networking I
Grade: 10-12 (freshman may be allowed to enroll if enrolled in Algebra 2)
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective at PHS; Dual Enrolled with Yavapai College
Duration: 1 Year
Prerequisite: Must complete the admissions process to become a Yavapai College Student.
Description: This excellent course will prepare you for the future with state of the art technology facts and hands on applications while earning 6 free college units, if you pass with a “C” or better. This course is the first of a two-year program to prepare students for the Comp TIA A+ Certification Exam which is taken during the second year of this program. During the first semester, you will cover the Introduction to Networking Technologies/CNT 100 Yavapai College curriculum with an emphasis placed on practical applications of networking and computer technology to real world problems, including home and small business network setup. In the second semester you will cover Network + Certification/CNT 115 Yavapai College curriculum. Topics include network media, topologies, protocols, operating systems, network management, and security.

Computer Networking II
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 CTE/elective at PHS; Dual Enrolled with Yavapai College
Duration: 1 Year
Prerequisite: “C” or better grade in Computer Networking I
Description: You are well on your way to completing the Computer Networking Program of Study by enrolling in this IT course and receiving 8 free college units, if you pass with a “C” or better. During the first semester you will cover the A+ Computer Technician Cert/CNT 110 Yavapai College curriculum. You will install, configure, support, and troubleshoot personal computers. Course emphasis is on PC hardware and installation, operation, and upgrade procedures. Focus on practical networking in a PC environment along with server hardware maintenance and troubleshooting. During the second semester, you will cover Exploring Network Operating Env/CNT 120 Yavapai College curriculum. This course is an introduction to the Windows Server line of network operating systems. Topics include installation, file systems, networking, directory services, file and printer sharing, and security. It provides extensive hands-on exercises with realistic scenarios to help students apply new concepts and sharpen problem-solving skills. Near the end of the course, you will take the A+ Certification at no cost to you. All tuition and fees are paid through CTE grants and JTED funding. Take advantage of this great opportunity and enroll today!installation, file systems, networking, directory services, file and printer sharing, and security.

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COMMUNICATION MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES

Media Technology I
Grade: 9-10
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: None
Description: This class presents an overview of the fields of digital communication through media production and marketing. This course teaches students to be critical consumers of media and to understand the process of news gathering and production. It includes basics of photojournalism including: photography, design, news writing and video production. It also teaches the basics of camera use and image or video processing. This course provides the fundamentals of media marketing, advertising, promotion, and communication, with an emphasis on audio, video, still images, and print and video media. There are elements of web design and graphic design presented throughout the semester and Adobe Creative Suite programs are introduced to students. After this year long course, students choose to join the Yearbook Staff or the Film & Media Production team.

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Digital Communications 2
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C” or better in Media Technology I
Adobe LogosDescription: This course continues to builds upon the basics of photojournalism and digital design as presented in Media Technology 1. It expands to include a more advanced study of the digital print profession including design/layout/photography and in-depth participation in the creation of digital production through the school YEARBOOK.
While the course concentrates on the quality standards in journalistic writing and media production, instruction grows from involvement in the production process, including sophistication of writing and page design skills, use of software and camera operation, including digital equipment. The course prepares the student to integrate pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, sales, quality assurance, and presentation phases of Digital Media and Print Production 3 and 4. Students will learn how to market their product to consumers using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.

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Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C” or better in Digital Communications 2
Description: Instruction goes into depth with the digital production and design of the high school YEARBOOK, including sophistication of writing and design, photography, and editing as well as continued examination of current issues related to scholastic and professional media.. Marketing materials are designed and sales campaigns are created by the students to promote book sales and fundraising. Students are expected to go more in depth with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
Students may apply for an editorial position. Those in editorial positions will learn coaching/mentoring strategies to employ with less experienced students. This course concentrates on continued emphasis of quality standards in YEARBOOK production. Those in editorial positions will learn coaching/mentoring strategies to employ with less experienced students. A major project in this class will be the development of a portfolio detailing the students’ experience throughout the course. Should the student choose, he/she can take the test toward professional certification: Adobe Certified Associate in InDesign.
*Priority given to upper class students.

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Digital Communications 4
Grade: 12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C”or better in Digital Communications 3
Description: This advanced course is designed for the student who wants to conduct in-depth studies in journalism, and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and play an increasing role in the production of the YEARBOOK. A major project in this class will be the continuation of a digital portfolio. Students will explore career opportunities, journalism law and ethics, and magazine journalism, in addition to assuming editorial positions and mentoring new staff members.
*Priority given to upper class students.

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Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C” or better in Media Technology I
Fee: $20
Description: This class focuses on students’ continued development of professional skills by creating live daily announcements for the school, production of live events, and participating in national and local competitions. Digital video assignments include coverage of school related activities, community events and personal projects.
While the course concentrates on the quality standards in film and media production, instruction grows from involvement in the production process, including sophistication of video and audio production, use of software and digital equipment. The course prepares the student to integrate pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, sales, quality assurance, and presentation phases of Film and TV II.

Adobe Certified Associate LogoFilm and TV II
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C” or better in Film and TV I
Fee: $20
Description: Instruction goes into depth of the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of film and media, as well as examination into more of the business and marketing aspects of the professional film and media production world as well as continued examination of current issues related to scholastic and professional media. Upon completion of this class, students will produce a resume reel for professional employment and education beyond high school.
Students may apply for a station manager position. Those in management positions will learn coaching/mentoring strategies to employ with less experienced students. This course concentrates on continued emphasis of quality standards in film and media production. Students have an opportunity to take the Adobe Certified Associate in Video Communication exam for certification in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
*Priority given to upper class students.

Film and TV III
Grade: 12
Credit: 1 Carnegie unit of CTE credit (.5 each semester)
Prerequisite: A “C”or better in Film and TV II
Fee: $20
Description: This advanced course is designed for the student who wants to conduct in-depth studies in audio, video, media, and Adobe Creative Suite, and play an increasing role in the production of film and media projects for the school and community or develop their own skills with supervised independent projects and continued development of a digital portfolio. Students continue to develop professionally with assignments both on and off campus. Assignments might require students to work after-school hours and weekends. This course requires self-motivation and direction. Student’s work is held to professional industry standards.


The Prescott Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Career and Technical Education program offerings include: Film/TV, Digital Communications, Business Management, Automotive Technologies, and Computer Network Technologies. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the Career and Technical (vocational) Education programs of Prescott Unified School District.
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Name/Title:  Joe Howard, District Superintendent
Office Address:  300 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone Number:  (928) 445-5400
Days/Hours:  M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

COURSES:


Life Connections
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: Yearlong/semester – may be taken either semester for 0.5 credit or both for the 1.0 credit
Fee: $20
Prerequisite: None
Description: This is the basics of Family and Consumer Science, helping you meet the challenges of daily life with confidence. Students will learn independent living skills that include nutrition and foods, how to budget your money and find affordable housing as well as transferring school skills to life and work. Additionally, students will engage in hands on activities related to such topics as interpersonal and family relationships, communication, career preparation and human development. Skills in mathematics, communication, science, and technology are reinforced.

Clothing/Fashion
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 0.5 elective
Duration: Semester, may be repeated
Fee: Students are expected to provide supplies and this is approximately $30 and up.
Prerequisites: None
Description: This is a clothing construction class for all levels of sewing skills. The course includes, pattern and fabric selection, and basic construction techniques. Students will be required to complete a teacher-selected project (e.g. sports bag, boxers, etc.) and at least two items of their own choosing. Upon the completion of the required project, students will work on projects to fit their individual skill levels and interests and may include clothing, crafts, artwork, needlework, or clothing make-overs.

Fashion Design (may not be offered each year)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 0.5 elective
Duration: Semester
Fee: None
Prerequisites: None
Description: This is a very hands-on class. Artistic ability is not necessary. In this course you will discover the history of the fashion industry and how it operates today. You will learn how the elements of design, color and line go together to design unique clothing. You will be applying the principles and elements of design to create your own sketches and designs. Careers in the fashion industry will be explored. You will be required to do a major fashion-related project which may include clothing construction, advertising, fashion career research, etc.

Child Development
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: Yearlong/semester – may be taken either semester for 0.5 credit or both for the 1.0 credit
Fee: None
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course targets students interested in child care and early childhood related careers as well as those interested in learning successful parenting techniques. The first semester includes the factors to consider before having children, family responsibilities, the prenatal care, nutritional eating, the growth and development of a baby, and the process of childbirth. Second semester covers the growth and development of children from birth to 5 years and positive techniques for dealing with children. Each student is required to care for “Baby-Think-It-Over” for a 3 nights and 3 days.

FINE ARTS

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Art I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Students must take first semester to enroll in second semester.
Description: This dynamic class is an introduction to the awesome field of visual arts. Students with no or limited prior art exposure will experience success in Art I. We will study basic art concepts including the elements of art and the principles of design, art history, and aesthetics. The emphasis in class is on the studio or creative aspect of production. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the use of many different mediums and use of technology in the art room. Student art will be exhibited in the art gallery at PHS and around the community. Most assignments are completed in class and a weekly sketch is required as homework.

Art II
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Art I with a grade of a B or higher and instructor’s signature; or portfolio approval by art instructor with signature; first semester required to enroll in second semester.
Description: This class is an intermediate course that builds upon the concepts learned in Art I, giving students experience in developing ideas and problem solving. The class consists of studio work, multimedia presentations, demonstrations, and critiques. The media emphasis is on drawing and painting, although students will have a variety of experiences with supplies and techniques. Art II trains students visually as they develop technical skills with various tools and techniques.

Art III
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Art II with a grade of B or higher and instructor’s signature, or Portfolio approval by art instructor with signature. First semester required to enroll in second semester.
Description: Art III is designed to extend the student’s knowledge in drawing and painting; building ability beyond Art II. Emphasis is on composition and communication. Problems are assigned to study the design elements as they relate to drawing and painting. Visual observation and basic skills are stressed. The students will deal with traditional and contemporary problems of representation and composition. Drawing and painting skills are reinforced; additionally, graphic design and illustrative techniques are introduced.

Art IV
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Art III, with a grade of B or higher and instructor’s signature, or Portfolio approval by art instructor with signature. First semester required to enroll in second semester.
Description: Art IV is designed as a portfolio preparation course. The students will compile a record of high quality art works completed in this art class and/or any previous art classes. Students do a portion of their work independently, outside of class, as approximately 10 major pieces will be due each semester. They will develop objective criticism about their work, as well as the work of their peers. Independent discussions with faculty, as well as group critiques, aid this development.

AP Studio Art/ AP Art Independent
Grade: 12
Credit: 1.0 weighted elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Art III or IV, with a minimum grade of B both semesters, and instructor’s signature; or Portfolio approval by art instructor with signature. First semester required to enroll in second semester. Students must complete summer assignments prior to first class meeting. Summer assignments will be given at the end of fourth quarter of the previous semester.
Description: This class is for the dedicated art student who will be taking the AP College Board Studio Art Exam in May. This a portfolio- based course designed to prepare for the AP College Board exam. The AP portfolios share a basic three-section structure which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. The three portfolio sections are Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Students do much of their work independently; expect 1-2 hours a night in preparation for a weekly major art piece. In addition, in-class studio assignments are due roughly every three weeks. Students are required to submit a high quality portfolio with approximately 20 major pieces per semester. Students will develop objective criticism about their work as well as the work of their peers. Independent discussion with faculty as well as group critiques aids this development. In addition, art history assignments and an artist’s statement will be included to challenge the study and writing skills of the student.

Ceramic and 3D Sculpture
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective; may be repeated
Duration: yearlong
Fee: $60.00
Prerequisite: Admittance to second semester by instructor approval.
Description: This introductory course covers various sculpture styles using a variety of materials, tools and equipment. Two quarters are dedicated to working with clay; hand built and wheel thrown methods, glazing and firing, student produced ceramics. Other media used are; paper, wire, leather, and foam. The course of study focuses on the art elements and principles of design as they apply to 3-dimensional art. Classwork includes; art history, writing, art vocabulary, and conceptual planning, with the majority of time in creative production. Student art is exhibited at PHS and around the community during the year.

Animation Principles and Stop Motion Animation
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: None
Description: Semester 1- Animation Principles (YC- FMA 100)
Introduction to fundamental principles of animation. Students will watch & analyze animation media, storytelling techniques & characters, from various categories and applications. The class also covers basic theory and mechanics of animation, and how those skills apply to specific careers. Emphasis on the fundamentals of character design, storyboarding, and layout through the creation of a short animation project. Students will work individually and as team in the creation of a short animation project.
Semester 2- Stop Motion Animation (YC- FMA 113)
How you build the world you write and how you shoot it is essential to the storytelling method. In this class we will examine the design process from start to finish. Our production includes building a character from armature to costuming, building scene, use of basic digital photography, use of stop motion software Dragonframe, and editing software. Students will work individually and in teams in the creation of short stop motion animation projects.

Introduction to Theatre Arts
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong; may be taken one semester or two.
Prerequisite: None
Description: Students receive an introduction to drama as they focus on drama appreciation through theater vocabulary, acting techniques and methods, analysis and evaluation of performances, theater history and application of theater skills as they relate to other disciplines. General instruction in the dramatic arts includes units in mime and improvisation, voice and oral interpretation, audition, acting and directing, history of the drama, stagecraft, costuming and makeup.

Intermediate Theatre
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Audition with instructor and successful completion of Beginning Drama with a “C” or
better. Instructor approval.
Description: Continued instruction on drama basics, including playwriting, projection of voice, dialects, movement, and children’s theater. Emphasis on acting theory, directing, classical works, and auditioning.

Advanced Theatre Productions
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning (and Intermediate) Drama with a “C” or better, and audition/approval of instructor.
Description: This full year course is designed to reinforce and refine acting skills. Particular emphasis is placed upon the development of the performance ensemble. Students will investigate details of production, aspects of movement, voice and diction, and line interpretation in preparation for performance. Students are required to perform in all class productions and showcases, which will include after school hours.

Introduction to Technical Theatre Productions (Technical Theatre 1)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong; may be taken one semester or two.
Prerequisite: None
Description: Students receive an introduction to technical theatre including all aspects of backstage work. This will include costume design and costuming workshop, scenic design and scene building, sound design and sound board operating, lighting design and light board operating, and prop building and handling. Students will have a hands on learning approach as they prepare to work on Ruth Street Theatre productions.

Advanced Technical Theatre Productions (Technical Theatre 2)
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective; may be repeated
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Drama Productions or equivalent and Instructor recommendation.
Description: This class is designed for the continuing tech student. Students will have an advanced experience to backstage and behind the scenes work. Students will show leadership in the areas of lighting, sound, set construction, scenic design, properties, and special effects with opportunities of stage management. Advanced Tech Students will be directly involved in all Ruth Street Theater events.

Concert Choir
Grade: 9-12; Mainly for freshmen girls and young men, but is also open to sophomores,
juniors, and seniors.
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: No audition is required.
Description: Course content includes singing techniques, music notation and reading, tone production, professionalism, history, and performance. Required concerts are performed at least once every 9 weeks; however, other performance opportunities may be available.

Women’s Choir
Grade: 10-12; Females
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: PHS instructor signature or audition.
Description: Women’s Choir is an all female chorus that has concerts at least once every 9 weeks. However, other performance opportunities may be available. Students will also attend competitions and workshops throughout the year. Moderate music reading skills are required. The literature is moderate to advanced levels.

Chamber Singers
Grade: 10-12; Men and Women
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Auditions and Director’s approval only
Description: This course is for the advanced performing student who desires extra performance opportunities. Ability to read music is a must. Students must be able to master their music quickly and is expected to participate in Regional and All-State Auditions. Students in this class will be required to possibly perform up to 25 shows a year. Students must maintain a passing grade in all areas to be considered or remain in this group. All performances both weekend and weeknights are mandatory.

Orchestra
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Director’s signature or audition.
Description: Orchestra is an on-going, hands-on experience developing and reinforcing advanced playing skills through classical performance pieces which explore various orchestral styles and periods. Generally this class has students who have been playing on their instruments for 3 to 6 years. All performances both weekend and weeknights are mandatory.

Symphonic Band
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Director’s approval or audition.
Description: This class is geared towards preparing students for Wind Ensemble. Generally this class has students who have been playing on their instrument for 3 to 6 years. Participation in the Pride of Prescott Marching Band is strongly encouraged. All performances both weekend and week nights are mandatory.

Percussion/Guard
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Director’s approval/audition and membership in the Pride of Prescott Marching Band.
Description: This class generally involves students who have been playing percussion instruments for 4 to 6 years or members of the marching bands color guard who auditioned in the spring. During the first semester the emphasis is placed on the marching band aspect of both percussion and guard. Second semester’s emphasis is placed on percussion technique and ensemble playing and supporting the various concert bands and the winter guard season for the guard members.

Wind Ensemble
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Audition held in the month of April and Director’s approval
Description: Wind Ensemble, an audition only based ensemble, is our schools top performing concert band. These students have been playing on their instrument for 4 to 6 years and are most likely taking private lessons from a local musician. All performances both weekend and weeknights are mandatory.

Jazz Ensemble
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Prerequisite: Audition held in the month of April and Director’s approval.
Description: Jazz Ensemble, an audition only based ensemble, is our schools top performing jazz ensemble. These students have been playing on their instrument for 5 to 7 years and are most likely taking private lessons from a local musician. Instrumentation is limited to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, and drums. Any freshman that is selected must participate in the Pride of Prescott Marching Band.

AP Music Theory
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Description: AP Music Theory is an advanced level course designed to engage students in learning activities that will help them to achieve the outcomes assessed by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. The AP Music Theory course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities will be developed through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1600 – 1900), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied. Students are required to sit for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. Students who successfully complete the AP Music Theory Examination and plan to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending upon the individual college’s policy.

MODERN LANGUAGE

The following guidelines will be used to determine eligibility of 9th grade students for enrollment in the modern language program:

Incoming Freshmen who wish to enroll in Spanish, French, or Japanese must have earned an A or a B in a non-foundations English class in the semester of 8th grade previous to requesting enrollment in one of the modern language courses.


COURSES:


French I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Regular English or higher with a grade of C; D or better in Fall semester to continue to Spring semester.
Description: French I is an academic elective that emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, and writing grammar and vocabulary in French. Students will also gain exposure to the aspects of French and francophone culture.

French II
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in French I; D or better in French II semester 1 to continue to French II semester 2.
Description: French II builds on concepts learned in French I. Students will continue to practice listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills. Advanced grammar concepts are presented and practiced.

French III
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in French II; D or better in French III semester 1 to continue to French III semester 2. This is an independent study class.
Description: French III is an advanced class for students who desire to continue their acquisition of the language. Very little English is used in the class. An introduction is made to French literature and poetry. Students will work on various projects and presentations to practice and improve upon the vocabulary and grammar.

German I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Regular English or higher with a grade of C; D or better in German I first semester to continue to German I second semester.
Description: This is an academic elective that requires consistent studying and completion of written assignments. Students will learn vocabulary and basic grammar structure in addition to being introduced to concepts of daily life, customs and traditions of people of German speaking countries.

German II
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Regular English or higher with a grade of C; D or better in German I.
Description: This class will continue the course of study from German I. Students will continue to build on their elementary German writing, speaking, and listening skills. Concepts presented in the first year are more demanding in the second year and have a higher degree of difficulty. Advanced grammar concepts are presented and practiced, with an emphasis on vocabulary acquisition for the study of short stories, fairy tales, online articles and video presentations.

Japanese I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Fall semester to continue to Spring semester.
Description: Japanese I is an introductory level course for students interested in learning the fascinating and challenging language and culture of Japan. The focus of the course is basic communication in Japanese with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. Students will also learn elementary Japanese reading and writing skills. In addition, students will be introduced to historical as well as modern Japanese society.

Japanese II
Grade: 10-12
Credit 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Japanese I; grade of D or better in Fall semester to continue to Spring semester.
Description: This class will continue the course of study from Japanese I. Students will continue to build on their elementary Japanese language skills. Continued emphasis is placed on speaking and listening skills with increased emphasis on kanji characters. The society and culture of Japan are studied further.

Japanese III
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisites: Grade of C of better in Japanese II; grade of D or better in Fall semester to continue to Spring semester.
Description: This class will continue the course of study from Japanese II. Students will continue to build on their elementary Japanese language skills in a variety of contexts. Continued emphasis is placed on speaking and listening skills, with increased emphasis on kanji characters. The society and culture of Japan are studied further, using authentic materials.

Spanish I
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: Regular English or higher with a grade of C; D or better in Spanish I, 1st semester to continue to Spanish I 2nd semester.
Description: This is an academic elective that requires consistent studying and completion of written assignments. Students will learn vocabulary and basic grammar structure in addition to being introduced to concepts of daily life, customs and traditions of people of Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish II
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Spanish I; D or better in Spanish I 1st semester to continue to 2nd semester.
Description: This is an academic elective that requires consistent studying and completion of written assignments. Concepts presented in the first year are more demanding in the second year and have a higher degree of difficulty. Advanced grammar concepts are presented and practiced.

Spanish III
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 1.0 elective
Duration: yearlong
Fee: none
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Spanish II; D or better in Spanish III 1st semester to continue to second semester.
Description: Spanish III is an advanced class for students who desire to continue their acquisition of the language. Very little English is used in the class. An introduction is made to Spanish and Latin American literature and poetry. Students will work on various projects and presentations to practice and improve upon the vocabulary and grammar. This course assumes a basic/novice level of Spanish language acquisition and Latin American cultural norms. This course focuses on the development of speaking, writing, listening, and reading proficiency in Spanish at the intermediate level. Includes culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

PHS CREDIT ASSISTANCE

Prescott High School Credit Assistance offers two ways for students in grades 9-12 to take hybrid online courses. The courses offered through PHS Credit Assistance satisfy the online graduation requirement. Courses can be taken for credit recovery, for advancement and there is also a selection of elective courses. All courses for PHS Credit Assistance have a fee(s) to cover licensing and curriculum costs. Fees can also support math and other teachers who are available in the evenings in the PHS Credit Assistance Lab for tutoring.

PHS Credit Assistance Open Lab
The PHS Credit Assistance Open Lab is a regularly scheduled class period during the day where students can complete online courses with the guidance of a physically present certified teacher. All courses have an additional teacher created project component that students are required to complete. Students scheduled into the PHS Credit Assistance Open Lab have the same attendance requirements as all other regularly scheduled classes. Student in the PHS Credit Assistance Lab can complete multiple courses throughout the year, though it is suggested that students attempt no more than one course per quarter. The PHS Credit Assistance Open Lab is $25. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please inquire about fixed pricing. All courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

PHS Credit Assistance
The PHS Credit Assistance Credit Assistance program offers hybrid online courses to students in addition to their regularly scheduled classes. These courses are primarily done off campus. Students are required to attend an orientation in the PHS Credit Assistance Lab that is offered four times a year (beginning of each quarter) and complete a final exam in the PHS Credit Assistance Lab. All courses have an additional teacher created project component that students are required to complete. Students enrolled in PHS Credit Assistance Credit Assistance can complete multiple courses throughout the year, though it is suggested that students attempt no more than one course per quarter. Each .5 credit course taken in the PHS Credit Assistance Credit Assistance program is $50. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please inquire about fixed pricing. All courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

PHS Credit Assistance Courses
PHS Credit Assistance offers all levels of courses in all the core classes. PHS Credit Assistance science courses are non-lab science courses. The following electives are offered through PHS Credit Assistance:

Anthropology
Art Appreciation
Career Essentials
Humanities 1 and 2
Personal Finance
Psychology
Sociology
US Geography
World Geography

All courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

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